Ukraine, chuckles and sports in the Glebe this week
You won’t have to travel very far to spend A Day in Ukraine.
Just a hop, skip and a jump, to Lansdowne Park, where Ottawa 2017 will be hosting a Ukrainian bash as part of Ottawa Welcomes the World August 24.
And the Ukrainian Embassy is pulling out all the stops for a raucous party inside the Horticulture Building.
Take a virtual reality tour through the historic Chernobyl nuclear site, browse exhibits from the country’s leading innovators, or test your problem-solving skills at the portable escape room.
The party will also boast traditional food, a marketplace, and a live concert for electro folk up-and-comers ONUKA.
The event runs from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. and is free for both the young, and the young at heart. Click here for your passport to Ukraine.
The Ukraine party is just the start of a bustling weekend that will see both football and soccer games, book signings and an outdoor movie night and a nostalgic 90s concert.
Ottawa REDBLACKS vs. B.C. Lions
The REDBLACKS will look to get back on track Saturday when the BC Lions blow into TD Place. The squad has had a tough start to the year, winning just one game in their first nine outings. But they will need to start winning now if they want any chance of competing for a second consecutive Grey Cup Championship, one that is in their hometown this year. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. at TD Place. Click here for tickets.
Laugh away your woes
Join Brian King, psychologist and comedian for a book signing and talk at Octopus Books on Saturday. He’ll be touring his new book The Laughing Cure, where he explores the benefits of laughter and humor on physical and emotional health. Learn how laughing can lower blood pressure, reduce stress hormones, increase muscle flexion, boost immune systems, and trigger endorphins. The signing runs from 1 to 3 p.m. at Octopus Books. Click here to learn more.
Feel the Fury
The Ottawa Fury FC will continue their push for a playoff spot Saturday when the New York Red Bulls II come into town. Just four points out of a playoff spot, the Fury will look to get on a roll as they inch closer and closer to the season’s end. They’ll need to start putting points in the win column with just 11 games remaining on the season. Kickoff is at 2 p.m. Click here for tickets.
Bang, Bang in the park
Catch the classic Chitty, Chitty Bang, Bang as part of the Lansdowne Summer Movie Nights Monday night. It’s the final outdoor movie night in the season, so grab some lawn chairs, or a blanket, some snacks and watch a flick under the stars. The movie is free for everyone. Show starts at dusk, around 8:30 p.m. Click here for more tickets.
Your week awaits in the Glebe.