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Nominate someone for a Volunteer Ottawa Award. Every year, organizations and individuals that exemplify the spirit of volunteering are nominated for the following awards: Mayor’s Award for Volunteer Spirit, Outstanding Youth Volunteer Award, Outstanding Senior Volunteer Award, Leadership in Corporate Volunteerism, Outstanding Volunteer Program Award, Leadership in Volunteer Diversity. In 2019, they will be recognized at a VOscars evening on April 17 at City Hall. Deadline for nominations: Monday, February 11. Information: volunteerottawa.ca/recognizing_volunteers.html


Undercurrents Festival, February 6–16 presents indie shows from Ottawa creators and one or two from out of town. Local works include Kim Kilpatrick’s Raising Stanley / Life With Tulia; Margo MacDonald and Geoff McBride’s The Persistent Stain about an aging punk band; Pierre Brault’s Coach of the Year about abuse in youth sports; an all-ages show by Second Step called Lightless; and a bilingual University of Ottawa student production titled By-Product.D-rivé.
Visiting artists are Vancouver’s Carmen Aguirre with Broken Tailbone; and Craig Lauzon (from Royal Canadian Air Farce) who is performing the site-specific Tales of an Urban Indian. Arts Court Theatre, 2 Daly Avenue; tickets $20–32; undercurrentsfestival.ca/


Wakefield Doc Fest, 4 weekends Feb. 2–24: 8 feature length films, events, panel discussions, filmmaker visits. Tickets, at the door or online, $15 (inc tax); weekend passes, $25 (inc tax), admit a person to each of the two films offered in a weekend and include a coupon for 10% discount at participating restaurants. Festival passes are $100. Location: Centre Wakefield La Pêche, 38, chemin de la vallée de Wakefield, Wakefield. Details and tickets see wakefielddocfest.ca.


Contest! Capital Crime Writers. Do you keep getting in trouble because of your insatiable need to make up stories? Use your talents for good instead of evil and write those stories down. Then enter them in our short story contest. Entry deadline Monday April 1. Open to everyone living in the National Capital Region; for contest details: capitalcrimewriters.com & search for Audrey Jessup short story contest; or email madonaskaff@gmail.com


Skinny Dipping in Canada, March 30 to April 7, noon to 5 p.m. daily at Worldview Studio, 210 Blackburn Ave., Sandy Hill. Worldview Studio’s artist, Janet K. MacKay will be exhibiting her collection of vibrant summery paintings depicting the intriguing yet PG-rated series titled “Skinny Dipping in Canada.” For information: www.worldviewstudio.ca


Friends of the Farm Master Gardener Lectures: 7 to 9 p.m. FCEF members $12, non-members $15; bldg 72 CEF Arboretum, east exit off Prince of Wales roundabout. 613-230-3276 friendsofthefarm.ca/master-gardener-lectures-2018/
April 2, “Savvy Choices for Spring.” Learn savvy shopping tips for getting the best out of your plants.
April 16, “The Art of Rock Gardening.” Learn about types of rock gardens as well as rock placement in gardens.