The Manor Park Community Council (MPCC) endeavours to provide opportunities for members of the community and beyond to develop their minds, bodies, and community spirit. Below you can see programs for Teens and Adults that are open for registration right now!
MPCC programs, events and activities do change with the seasons. Continue scrolling to get a feel for seasonal programs that we offer throughout the year.
Core and Full Body Workout
Classes start with a 15 minute warm-up with high intensity intervals (HIIT), followed by balance and strength exercises for the whole body. You'll do squats, push-ups, planks, side planks and much more. The hour ends with a thorough stretch and time for mindful relaxation.
By focusing on the deep core muscles, you gain the strength and stability needed to support and protect your body during physical activity. Proper training of the core provides better posture and balance while supporting our joints and spine.
Instructor: Louise Hannant, CanFitPro Certified Personal Trainer
Manor Park Community Centre
6:00 - 7:00 PM
This is a classical Hatha flow class for all levels. You will stretch, unwind and use different breathing exercises as well as a nice relaxating cool down. Its a great way to unwind after a good a long week.
Instructors: Rebeca Rondon and Nina LePage
Stay Strong and Stable
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.
Instructors: Louise Hannant, CanFitPro Certified Personal Trainer
Nina LePage, CanFitPro Certified Personal Trainer
Anthony Vincent Park
10:30 - 12:30 PM
11:45 - 12:45 PM
National Gallery of Canada: New Perspectives - Online Discussion
Join Gary Goodacre, Chief, Education and Public Programs at the National Gallery of Canada for a one-time online presentation, to discuss a selection of artworks in your national collection. This interactive presentation will centre on ways of finding meaning in artworks, and sharing new perspectives these works can bring to us. We’ll also look at online resources so that you can explore what’s new at the Gallery. Garry is an excellent and knowledgable speaker who has spoken in person many times at the Manor Park Community Centre. We are excited to welcome him back - virtually - in 2021.
February 25, 2021
7:00 - 8:00 PM
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 are 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 skill levels welcome. Supplies not included.
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.
Feb 20 - Apr 10, 2021
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The Magic of Drawing - with Laurie Hemmings
Master your techniques in drawing in order to open doors to your creativity! This is a basic course in the essentials of drawing. Whether it be to do outdoor sketching or to develop further skills in using graphite mediums, this course will enable you to understand the artistic values of the pencil. Topics include understanding shape, value and texture of subject matter and will touch on perspective and planning your composition. The pencil can truly open doors to further creativity!
Apr 17 - May 22, 2021
10:00 - 11:30 AM
Acrylic Painting: Exploration & Composition - with Antonia Weetman
Acrylic painting is a fun way to paint. Be spontaneous - as the paint dries fast - paint over the top if you want to change the composition. Enjoy painting and building on techniques for mixing colour and making an appealing composition. Classes will look at tone and colour mixing. Explored will be techniques like palette knife painting, painting in black and white, looking at still lives and more. All levels welcome. Instructor: Antonia Weetman is an alumna of the Diploma programme at the Ottawa School of Art and has an Masters Degree in Art History.
March 24 - April 28, 2021
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Collage: Exploration & Composition
Collage is a wonderfully creative medium allowing for many different types of composition. During this course examined will be the work of Matisse, Picasso, Braque and Kurt Schwitters - to be inspired by their style! Expect to create compositions and collages with your own ideas as well. All levels welcome. Instructor: Antonia Weetman is an alumna of the Diploma programme at the Ottawa School of Art and has an Masters Degree in Art History.
MArch 27 - May 1, 2021
2:00 - 4:00 PM
Acrylic Painting - with Antonia Weetman
Enjoy painting and building on techniques for mixing colour and making an appealing composition. Classes will look at tone, focus on colour mixing and landscape, before exploring techniques like palette knife painting and abstract. All levels welcome. Instructor: Antonia Weetman is an alumna of the Diploma programme at the Ottawa School of Art and has an Masters Degree in Art History.
Nov 11 - Dec 16, 2020
Still Life Exploration - with Anotnia Weetman
Still lives can give us a particular focus for our art. Join Antonia to explore painting and drawing still life compositions - including fruit, flowers and more! Course will touch on the concept of ‘momento mori’ often found in still lives, a reminder of the inevitability of decay. All levels welcome. Instructor: Antonia Weetman is an alumna of the Diploma programme at the Ottawa School of Art and has an Masters Degree in Art History.
Nov 14 - Dec 19, 2020
Sew Amazing Sundays
This group of sewists will meet every other Sunday at the Manor Park Community Center to work on, and assist each other with, various projects and skills. Need somewhere to sew with likeminded individuals? Need some assistance with a difficult pattern? Join the group and share your love of fabric hoarding, project starting and the immense gratification that finishing the perfect project brings!
Every other Sunday
Feb 21 - June 16, 2021
1:00 - 4:00 PM
$10 drop in
Sew Amazing Sundays All Day Sew-A-Thon
Kick off the fall with the Sew Amazing Sunday sewists for a full day of sewing at the Manor Park Community Centre. Need somewhere to sew with likeminded individuals? Need some assistance with a difficult pattern? Join social group of enthusiastic sewists and share your love of fabric hoarding, project starting and the immense gratification that finishing the perfect project brings! Self-guided. Bring your own materials.
Small group size. Work spaces will be sufficiently distanced. Masks are required to be worn inside the building. New HEPA filters installed to support excellent air quality.
Dec 13, 2020
The Manor Park Knitting Circle
Have a project you're working on? Need help getting something started or learning a new stitch? Say 'hello' to Manor Park's new Knitting Circle. Join Marianne van der Jagt, Christine Bloch & Nina LePage for a weekly social knitting club. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Attending is free! But a small weekly donation is welcome!
The Manor Park Knitting Circle will be taking a break in January & February 2021.
Kids Ergonomics for Virtual Schooling wit Dr. Martin Zollinger
Research shows kids have pain. Ask your school age children if they ever get sore or stiff and I guarantee they will say YES! Our children are already the computer/phone/tablet generation which means they will be dealing with back and neck issues decades before we did! A fun, interactive evening of learning and helping your kids survive the school stress, with a desk setup, tips and tricks to keep healthy and moving!
March 8, 2021
Ergonomics: Working From Home
Do you want to get more comfortable and efficient? Come learn how to survive with Manor Park expert Dr. Martin Zollinger! How many of you are now working from home with no end in sight? This is the new reality and there are new challenges in ergonomics, scheduling your fit breaks, and keeping mobile! More than ever, I am receiving complaints about back stiffness and neck tension.
When things get bad you can live with neck pain, upper back tension/burning, shoulder pain, headaches, even arm numbness. If you have these, you should make the time to attend as none of these symptoms are normal! Join Dr. Martin for the first of the 2021 series of classes that will change the way you think about posture, spine and how you can act now to stop those nagging aches and pains.
Feb 22, 2021
Hygge for the Soul
Are you ready to get your cozy on? This workshop will explore the concept of "Hygge" for the Soul, bringing more mindfulness and yin energy into the winter months. Join Nathalie Gagnon, Mindset and Communication Coach and Yoga Instructor and Nina Munthe Lepage a master Nordic walking trainer, yoga instructor and health and wellness coach.
Discussion & tips to be shared:
- mindfulness and staying even more present
- making our homes more cozy
- some relaxing movement and breathwork we can explore to feel ourselves even more grounded and present to thrive this winter
You will need to be comfortable, have a warm beverage and a journal, blankets, warm pjs, fuzzy socks....you get the idea!
February 3 2021
Mobility and Flexibility Restoration through Stretching with Dr. Matin Zollinger
We talked about your posture, spine, ergonomics and how to take breaks to keep you energetic and feeling great, now we start stretching! We should have 90-100 years of good movement and more importantly good health - but this is not the reality for most of the population - where and why do we go wrong? Come and join Dr. Martin to learn how to restore your mobility, your flexibility and how to get (and stay) healthy from top to bottom and most importantly from the inside out! In part two of our three part series, Dr. Martin will teach you how simple it is to get and stay healthy and will walk you through the best stretches for neck and back! Whether it's the nagging tension between the shoulders, or a burning sensation you cannot get rid of, or that tight and stiff neck from all the sitting these days, or that chronic low back - research shows us the right stretching exercises you can do - and in what order! Tune in and learn how to keep loose and mobile through this pandemic with all the Zoom, sitting and being so sedentary. This is very relevant to all ages, so grab a seat and join us!
Why Posture is Important with Dr. Martin Zollinger
Text Neck, tech neck - Neck Pain - Upper Back Tension/Burning - Shoulder Pain - Headaches - Arm Numbness? How many of these resonate with you or someone in your household? None of these symptoms are normal - yet so many people struggle with them every day! Why do people suffer? Some people have had accidents (a slip, strain, fall, or maybe an old car accident) BUT the number one cause of these symptoms is chronic postural strain - either at the school computer, the ‘home office’ (aka dining room table or kitchen island), sitting through a Zoom meeting, or binge watching Netflix! Join Dr. Martin for the first of his series of classes that will change the way you think about those nagging aches and pains. Come prepared for a ‘hands on’ interactive evening and learn why these problems occur; and more importantly what to do about them. We will go through stretches and strengthening exercises and it's interactive (as much as we can online!) so questions are most welcome.
Virtual LEGO® Building Online for Adults
Join the LEGO® guy, Ian Dudley of Orange STEM Education, for online LEGO engineering classes that will teach you virtual LEGO building using the LEGO Digital Designer (LDD) application. You will learn the basics of the program: how to create and save building instructions, how to select, connect and rotate pieces, and how to change colours. Ian will lead you in a succession of Technic projects and you will build tools, structures and machines including vise grips, a drawbridge and other mechanisms. All your projects can be saved on your computer for future use, and you will learn how to render them as high-quality realistic images. With your knowledge of online LEGO building, you will be able to create other virtual projects to share at home.
November 13 - Dec 4, 2020
Macrame Hanging Planter
Learn how to create a fun and trendy macramé hanging planter – complete with pot and real plant! Kaitlin Shears of Minimalist Macrame will guide you through the steps to create a beautiful hanging planter, perfect to bring some fresh, greenery to your home this spring. All supplies included.
March 5, 2020
Don't Waste Your Waste: Pestos, Leafy Greens & Pickles
Create delicious meals using all the odds and ends that may otherwise end up in the compost - or event worst - the trash! This class will guide you to better understand how to get the most out of whats in your kitchen! Don't waste your waste - turn it into healthy and hearty meals. Reduce your waste and get the most out of your dollar! All supplies & samples included.
March 25, 2020
Don't Waste Your Waste: Broths
Learn ways to keep vegetable trimmings on hand to make delicious vegetable and chicken broths and avoid costly high sodium store bought versions! This class will guide you to better understand how to get the most out of whats in your kitchen! Don't waste your waste - turn it into healthy and hearty meals. Reduce your waste and get the most out of your dollar! All supplies & samples included.
April 22, 2020
Gluten Free: Pizza & Doughs
Who doesn’t love pizza? Now even those with mild to severe gluten intolerances can enjoy this family friendly staple. Learn to make gluten free pizzas and crusts for crowd pleasing pizzas.
April 4, 2020
Gluten Free: Muffins to go!
Delicious gluten free muffins for people on the go! There are many ways to make quick, delicious muffins that are gluten free and still super tasty. Gluten sensitive – or not - learn how to make both savoury and sweet muffins.
May 2, 2020
Easter Chick Cake Topper
Learn to make edible Easter chicks in a delicious chocolate nest! Create adorable fondant chicks and chocolate nest by following a simple step-by-step process. Techniques learned will be transferable to other cake toppers, so be prepared to go on to impress your friends and family with your cake topping skills. All skill levels welcome. Ages 12 and up. All under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult.
April 8, 2020
Essential Oils & Yin Yoga: Self-Care Using Mindset Techniques & Essential Oils
All participants will receive a complimentary 15 minute, Yin Yoga session and leave with calming essential oil infused bath salts. Join Nathalie Gagnon, Speech Language Pathologist and yoga teacher, as she guides you how best to use essential oils when considering self-care and mindset techniques. Discover the ways essential oils can bring balance and healing to your life, or simply enjoy the calming aroma they can bring to your home.
April 6, 2020
Essential Oils & Yin Yoga: Kids Support
Join Nathalie Gagnon, Speach Language Pathologist and yoga teacher, to learn how best to use essential oils to support the children in your life. All participants will receive a complimentary 15 minute Yin Yoga session and leave with a 5ml essential oil filled rollerball of a calming bedtime blend suitable for children. Discover the ways essential oils can bring balance and healing to your life, or simply enjoy the calming aroma they can bring to your home.
May 4, 2020
Urban Ikebana with The Urban Botanist
Urban Ikebana: Modern Japanese Flower Arranging. Find out how the modern Japanese art of flower arranging differs from Western-style arrangement. Discover the main principles of Sogetsu ikebana, including the importance of line, space and mass. Learn how to use a kenzan (or “pin frog”) to create a naturalistic effect with dramatic angles. Begin this truly Zen practice by making your own, minimalist fresh-flower arrangement in a typical, Japanese-style shallow vessel (suiban) to take home. All materials provided. Light snacks provided.
June 5, 2020
Cake Decorating Techniques
Join Sophie as she takes you through a new cake decorating technique each week. You will learn skills and techniques to decorate professional and tasteful looking cakes. From icings to fondants, this is a great place to get started learning useful and life-long skills. All supplies included.
January - February 2020
Warm Hearts Lunch Club - IS BACK!
Don't eat lunch alone this winter. Warm your heart and share a delicious, freshly prepared lunch with friends and neighbours. Join us for Warm Hearts Lunch Club, where you will learn how to and help prepare a delicious new recipe - then sit down with fellow friends and neighbours to enjoy a beautiful lunch! All ages and skill levels welcome.
Session #1 - Fish Tacos Anyone?!
Join in and make your own FRESH tortillas from scratch - to serve with delicious fish tacos - along with all the accompaniments and a beautiful apple, fennel slaw. Delicious!! Tacos can be made vegetarian or vegan!
Session #2 - Vegetarian Burgers with Pizazz!
Join in to make healthy, flavourful beet burgers, which will be served on homemade buns, with quick pickled cucumbers, crispy shallots! A lovely mixed green salad with maple vinaigrette and candied walnuts will be prepared as a side. A menu not to miss!
Essential Oils: Learn the Basics of Essential Oils
Join Nathalie Gagnon, Speech Language Pathologist and yoga teacher, as she guides you through the basics of Essential Oils and their uses. Discover the ways essential oils can bring balance and healing to your life, or simply enjoy the calming aroma they can bring to your home. All participants will leave with new knowledge and a 15ml Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Lemon Oil.
Essential Oils: Managing Stress & Anxiety
Join Nathalie Gagnon, Speech Language Pathologist and yoga teacher, as she guides you through the uses of essential oils when managing stress and anxiety. Discover the ways essential oils can bring balance and healing to your life, or simply enjoy the calming aroma they can bring to your home. All participants will leave with a 5ml Relaxing Rollerball Blend, for easy and clean application.
Moss Frame Workshop with The Urban Botanist
Design your own unique frame with preserved Scandinavian reindeer moss. Learn all about how this moss grows, where it comes from and how to care for it! Best news of all? These Moss Frames are very low maintenance! Great for all ages. Bring your creativity to life! Explore layering of textures and colours in your frame with natural moss. All supplies included. Each participant will leave with a 12.5" x 12.5" filled moss frame. Perfect to breathe some freshness into your home this winter. All supplies included. Ages 14+
Manor Park's chamber orchestra is looking for people who play violin, viola, cello and bass. United by their enjoyment of learning and playing a classical repertoire, this group meets bi-weekly at the Manor Park Community Centre for guided rehearsals. Brigitte Amyot (Masters in Chamber Music, University of Ottawa), directs the group and guides with years of expertise.
New players welcome. Approximately Grade 5 Royal Conservatory of Music or Suzuki Book 4 levels are recommended. The conductor will quickly assess each participants playing level to be sure the group is right fit - this is not an audition.
Currently on hiatus.
Art created by local artists, will be proudly displayed in the entrance of the Manor Park Community Centre. Great viewing for residents and visitors. All pieces available for purchase.
Artists wishing to have their pieces considered must apply.
To apply, submit via email to firstname.lastname@example.org the following:
- high quality .jpg or .png file of art work
- artist's name
- contact information
- brief biography
- artist's statement (200 words maximum)
- title of the work
- exact size (including frame, if applicable) and
All mediums accepted for consideration (photography, painting, mixed media, textile, sculpture, etc...)
Artwork sale transactions will be handled by MPCC and 20% of the selling price will be taken by the MPCC as commission. Revenue generated will support recreation programs for residents in financial need through The Opportunity Fund.
Unsold artwork will be returned to the artist after a period of approximately 6 months. Artwork that has been sold will be available to the buyer for pick-up no later than the end of the 6 month-term that works will be on display. Amateurs and professionals are welcome to submit their work for consideration. Only those whose work is selected for display will be contacted.
Do you have a story to tell? The MPCC is looking for people from all walks of life wanting to share their stories. Storytelling predates writing. It brings people together. It is a means of entertainment, cultural expression, education and can teach lessons or moral values. Celebrate storytelling in 2020 with us at the Manor Park Community Centre.
We want to hear your story! Silly, sad, heartfelt, passionate, heartbreaking and everything in between.
Contact email@example.com for criteria and availability.
Information and opinions expressed by speakers at Manor Park Talks or at workshops are their own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Manor Park Community Council.
National Gallery of Canada: New Perspectives with Gary Goodacre, Officer, Education & Public Programs
Join Gary Goodacre, Chief, Education and Public Programs at the National Gallery of Canada for a one-time online presentation, to discuss a selection of artworks in your national collection. This interactive presentation will centre on ways of finding meaning in artworks, and sharing new perspectives these works can bring to us. We’ll also look at online resources so that you can explore what’s new at the Gallery.
Feb 22 2021
How I learned to be Fearless and Vulnerable in the pursuit of the Impossible with Melanie Rebane
A local Manor Park Mom, beat all the odds when she competed in the British Columbia Bike Race.
"Have you ever just set the wheels in motion to achieve something so impossible that you don’t tell a soul for months for fear they will talk you out of it or affirm your negative self talk for all the reasons that it’s unreasonable? Like deciding to race in an 8 day mountain biking stage race in BC with olympic and pro riders, people who live and breath mountain biking - and you just got back on your back after 15 years and it might as well be the first time.?
With plenty of road blocks and really good reasons to quit many times, I pushed myself to my physical and mental limits in a fearless pursuit to prove to no one but myself that I was stronger than I thought. I needed to know the answer to “what if?” - what if I just kept going? What if I just embraced the vulnerability of a process that would be new and push new boundaries every day. Where would it take me and how might it change me?
Join me as I share the experience of journey to Riding the BC Bike Race - it has almost nothing to do with a bike and everything to do with with reaching past who you think you are to become something new."
Key Concepts in Àbadakone: Continuity, Relatedness and Activation with Gary Goodacre, Chief of Education and Public Programs at the National Gallery of Canada
Learn about the newest exhibition in the National Gallery of Canada’s series of presentations of contemporary international Indigenous art, Abadakone. Discover how gallery programming, artist performances and community activities engage us with the creativity, concerns and vitality of contemporary Indigenous art from around the world.
Father, Daughter Hike through Camino De Santiago with Mark Lowry
The Camino de Santiago is a network of pilgrimages, totalling 800km, leading to the shrine of the apostle Saint James in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain. In 2015, Mark completed this trek with his daughter Taylor. Before, during and after they took on this endeavor they were often asked - Why? Mark will share his top ten reasons for taking this challenge, including his most personal and unexpected discovery, which was the deep bonding and reshaping of his relationship with his daughter.
March 30, 2020