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Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for January 27 to 29

Friday, Jan. 27
This weekend, the NHL All-Star Game hits Ottawa! One of the many events happening in the city is the Energizer Night Skate, hosted by the NHL and the Sens Foundation. Come out with friends and family for this one-of-a-kind 5K skating event along the Rideau Canal. All participants will wear a headlight to light up the skateway, giving the evening a magical glow. Money raised goes towards the construction of future outdoor ice rinks in eastern Ontario and western Quebec. Make young hockey players’ dreams come true while having a great time yourself! (Editor’s Note: This is a weather dependent event, for a full list of activities taking place this weekend, see here.)

This Friday night, get your laugh on, because CHICKLES: A GALa Comedy Event is back! This hilarious evening features two talented female comedians, Kate Davis and Allyson Smith, each of whom have found great success in the Canadian comedy circuit. Hosted by Jo-Anna Downey and guest Wendi Reed, this event will not only make you die laughing, but will also raise money for the Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa, which helps young at-risk-females. Combining female empowerment with hilarity, this event is sure to be a winning evening.

Barbara Reid illustrates her popular children's books using modeling clay. Photo credit: Barbara Reid, photo by Ian Crysler.

Saturday, Jan. 28
If your kid loves to read – or you’re hoping one day they will – there’s no better place to be this Saturday afternoon than the Canadian Children’s Museum. As part of the Children’s Reading Series, author/illustrator Barbara Reid (Two by Two, The Party) will be reading from her latest book, Picture A Tree. Youngsters will also have a chance to experiment with modeling clay, similar to the designs in Reid’s books. And while you’re there, check out “Much More Munsch,” a fun and interactive exhibit based on Robert Munsch’s popular children’s literature.

This Saturday, Ottawa’s Chinatown is ringing in the year of the dragon with a spectacular lion dance for Chinese New Year. Lions will be going door-to-door visiting local businesses on Somerset Street West to ward off evil spirits and bring good fortune. Take in a meal at one of the delicious Asian restaurants in the area and wait to see the lions in action, or simply come out to the street to watch this spectacular cultural celebration.

This is the last day for WinterBitesOttawa Magazine has teamed up with nearly 30 local restaurants for this food-lovers’ affair, where each restaurant created three-course menus at a fixed – and affordable – price (lunch is $15-$20 and dinner is $30-$40). The weather may be cold, but a delicious meal is sure to warm you up. Some participating eateries include AbsintheKinki, ZenKitchen, and the Urban Pear.

People are fountains of knowledge, and the Human Library event, taking place this Saturday, takes advantage of this belief. This worldwide movement, which originated in Denmark in 2000, provides an exciting opportunity for the public to connect one-on-one with individuals with a diverse set of life experiences, stories, and knowledge. More than 60 volunteers are donating their time to this event, which sees people “check out” the volunteers for 20 minute intervals so they can ask questions about their experiences and learn about the lives of people who interest them. Some of the people acting as the “books” include a woman who trained as a messenger during the Polish resistance, an OC Transpo bus driver, a Peking Opera performer, a refugee from Haiti, a blind octogenarian, and many more. This innovative event is taking place at the Canadian War Museum and five Ottawa Public Library branches (see here for a full list of the volunteers). Don’t miss this once in a lifetime learning experience.

Sunday, Jan. 29
Planning your wedding, or perhaps just dreaming of the day you say “I do”? Come out to the winter edition of the Ottawa Wedding Show to revel in all things white, classy, and beautiful. This one-stop wedding shop features over 125 exhibitors showcasing venues, menus, gifts, and more for all types of weddings. Check out the “Fashion Forward” fashion shows, displaying dresses and suits for the entire wedding party, and head to the special Boutique Gown Area for your very own rendition of Say Yes to the Dress. Runs Saturday and Sunday.

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