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Manor Park Talks

Manor Park residents share their expertise and experiences in a new speaker series.  Each talk will take place in the renovated Manor Park Community Centre.

Residents who have a topic they wish to speak about -- or a field that they are experts in -- are invited to let us know at  If there is a topic of interest that should be presented to the community, please get in touch!

Manor Park Strings

Did you know that Manor Park has a community string ensemble?

This newly established string ensemble is looking for people of all ages who like to make music on violins, violas, cellos and basses.  The group meets for guided rehearsals and the enjoyment of learning and playing a classical repertoire together.  The musicians meet every second Sunday evening at the Manor Park Community Centre. 

New players, especially for violins and violas, are welcomed.  Approximately Grade 5 Royal Conservatory of Music or Suzuki Book 4 levels are recommended.  For more information please contact the Manor Park Community Council office at 613-741-4753.


Want to play Pickleball?
Great paddle sport for adults, youth or kids!  Pickleball combines badminton, tennis and ping-pong for an easy-to-learn indoor or outdoor game.
Pickleball is most often played as doubles – with four players on a court.
Racquets and balls are available to borrow from the Manor Park Community Council (MPCC)!  Visit the our office at the west entrance to the community centre – and exchange your keys for Pickleball equipment.
Come to the Manor Park tennis courts – or should we say outdoor Pickleball Courts! – to meet players on:
Tuesdays from 9-11am
Wednesdays from 1-3pm
Thursdays from 6-7:30pm

How to play Pickleball? Here's a video.


Core and Upper Body - for Men!

Have fun while working hard! Start with a 15 minute warm-up with high intensity intervals (HIIT), followed by balance and strength exercises for arms and shoulders. Squats, push-up, and planks -- and more -- focus on deep core muscles to develop vital strenghth and support. Proper training of the core improves posture and balance while supporting joints and the spine.

Mats, gliders, therabands, small and stability balls provided.

Instructor:  Louise Hannant, CanFitPro Certified Personal Trainer

September 19 to November 5
7:00 – 8:00 pm
Manor Park Public School (small gym)
$75 per 8-class session
Register online                            

Heart Wise Programs

Programs displaying this Heart Wise symbol are accredited by the uOttawa Heart Institute.  At Heart Wise programs, participants are assured that the programs meet strict criteria, provide excellent exercise for the heart, are safe to do, promote longevity -- and contribute to an active (and healthy) lifestyle.

Party HEARTy  (Heart Wise)

The most fun you can have while getting your heart rate up! A program of dance aerobics to upbeat Latin music makes every class a party.

Dance elements from cha-cha, rhumba, tango -- but participants don't need to know how to dance! No partners needed.  No experience needed.  It's easy! Shouldn't everyone dance in the afternoon?

Instructor:  Michael Markov 

September 26 to November 14, 2018
November 21 to January 16, 2019, except December 26
12:30 - 1:30 pm
Manor Park Community Centre
$75 per 8-class session
Register Online

September 21 to November 9, 2018
November 16 to January 11, 2019, except December 28
12:30 - 1:30pm
Manor Park Community Centre
$75 per 8-class session
Register online

Stay Strong and Stable  (Heart Wise)

This class for adults is strength and stability training in a fun atmosphere. A great introduction to exercises that strengthen the legs and work on balance. This training can add years of independent living while in good health, and the opportunity to manage chronic conditions. Participants will learn how to stay safe by preventing falls.  

Instructor: Louise Hannant, CanFitPro Certified Personal Trainer

September 20 to November 8
11:30am - 12:30pm
Manor Park Community Centre
$50 per 8-class session
Register online


Art Programs

Watercolour Painting with Laurie Hemmings

Laurie's classes have gathered a large and loyal following of artists -- and are known to sell-out! Join them and learn from a master.

Classes resume this fall on Saturday mornings in the newly renovated Manor Park Community Centre. Individual style is encouraged with lots of one-on-one instruction.  Specific lessons will be discussed in the first session.  All levels welcome. Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis.  Supplies not included. 
Supply list:
# 10 or #12 size soft bulb brush for watercolour
Medium sized white palette
Water jar
Watercolour paper (3 sheets 22 x 28) or 16 x 20 watercolour block of paper
Watercolour paints – colours (suggested only): Gamboge, Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna, Alizarin Crimson,
Scarlet lake, Viridian, Utramarine Blue and Pthalo Blue.
Instructor: Laurie Hemmings, OWS 
Laurie has painted in watercolour for the last 35 years and has taught art to the local Ottawa community for 30 years.  Winner of president’s, Jurors’ and Public Choice awards at juried exhibits with the Ottawa watercolour Society and Arteast, Laurie was also represented by Galerie d’Art Nicholas Art Gallery from 1982 to 1997.  Now representing herself, Laurie enjoys painting rural landscape and animal subject matter. Her next project will be a study of canines that she hopes to launch in her next solo show in the 2018, the Year of the Dog. 
September 22 to November 10
10:00am - noon
Manor Park Community Centre
Register online




Mini-Design Workshop for Artists

Are you having trouble planning your composition, whether you draw or paint?  This workshop is geared towards helping you plan a strong piece of work by understanding the essential elements of design.

Supply list:

Sketching pad
HB pencil
White eraser

Fall/Winter 2018 Dates TBD
1:00 - 3:00 pm
Manor Park Community Centre



The Manor Park Community Council (MPCC) strives to give people with disabilities the same opportunities to access and benefit from our services as others, and to provide services while respecting their dignity and independence.  For our policies or to tell us how we are doing:
office: 100 Braemar Street, Ottawa, ON K1K 3C9 613-741-4776
community centre: 100 Thornwood Road, Ottawa, ON  K1K 4Y1  613-741-4753