Thursday, June 16

Lana Schwarcz tackles her breast cancer diagnosis in a new, much-anticipated autobiographical show at the Ottawa Fringe Festival.

Our picks for the Ottawa Fringe Festival‘s opening night include Lovely Lady Lump by award-winning comedian and puppeteer Lana Schwarcz (she trained with Jim Henson), who has turned her comic touch to her breast cancer diagnosis (9 p.m., Arts Court); the return of infectiously-amusing academic Keir Cutler who this time lectures his Shakespeare Crackpot theory: that Shakespeare wrote none of his plays (6:30 p.m., Studio Léonald Beaulne); also Best Picture, in which three comedians take on every single Oscar-winning best picture — that’s every single one, with impressions, (10 p.m., Studio Léonald Beaulne).

Other notable pieces to see this year include 2 For Tea, a comedy ostensibly by two Englishmen (they’re actually Canadian, though do come from British Columbia) bringing this crowd-pleasing show to Ottawa, and Laser Kiwi, a collection of circus and comedy pieces that did not make it into the performers’ other shows — or, much like the Laser Kiwi flag proposal for New Zealand that garnered much popularity, their “best worst ideas.” On to June 26. Myriad ticket options at ottawafringe.com.

Paris affected Napoleon as much as he affected the city, in his bid to shape it into the capital of  Europe, according to a new exhibit opening today at the Museum of History. The exhibit, jointly produced by the Musée Carnavalet – Histoire de Paris, Paris Musées, uses personal objets, furniture and art to show insight into the emperor’s inner-circle and the artisans of his time. On until Jan. 8. historymuseum.ca

Canadian TV host and producer David Rocco cooking for Italian Week.

Another Italian, bestselling cookbook author and celebrity chef David Rocco is hosting a very exclusive evening of food, starting with a cooking demonstration, then a meal and wine pairing designed by Rocco himself, and a book signing, 6 to 10 p.m., Divino Wine Studio, 225 Preston St. Tickets: $300 (boh!?!), and we are told includes a special gift … of gold?  www.italianweekottawa.ca

Nadia Bozak, another writer but this time of fiction, and also professor of English at Carleton, is launching her book Thirteen Shells tonight, even though we reviewed it last month. This book tells the funny and poignant story of the life experiences of Shell, a precocious child of hippie parents, who we first meet at age five and then at a different age in each chapter, until she is ready to head off to university, 7 p.m., Octopus Books, 116 Third Ave. octopusbooks.ca.

Men and women in blue will be serving out the fajitas at Lone Star Grills across the city to raise money for the Special Olympics today, at lunch from  11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and dinner from 5 to 9 p.m.  www.lonestartexasgrill.com

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Art events this week: 2 outdoor parties, 3 vernissages and 4 talks

Concerts this week: Festival season enters like a ferocious, indie band

Friday, June 17

Jackie Xu BBQ’s cooks chicken skewers at the first ever Ottawa Night Market at Lansdowne Park last year. This time, the market has more room and more chefs — and hopefully better weather.

Judicious decision will have to be made as there is much to choose from tonight.

The 2nd Asian Night Market is on at Lansdowne Park, moving this time to the great lawn so there will be more room for twice as many chefs from Ottawa and Toronto and more visitors, which is good because it was packed last year. The favourite Asian delights are back, like bubble waffles and squid on a stick, but now with a beer tent, 5 pm. to midnight, then Saturday from noon to midnight, and noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Admission; Free, and don;t forget your free OC Transpo tickets.  www.ottawaasianfest.com

Glow Fair starts tonight, covering 10 city blocks along Bank Street downtown with outrageous fun and music, including performances by electro-pop band Fevers (7:45 p.m.), synthpop Young Galaxy (8:30 p.m.) and genre-demolishing, electro, hip hop, dance group Keys N Krates (9:30 p.m.). The LED-lit Enchanted Forest is back (Somerset to Maclaren), as is the Kid Zone with mural painting, buskers and puppets (Nepean to Lisgar), Art Chaos brings local artists and you together to create (Gilmour to James), and there’s yoga, belly dancing, bowling and aerial silks at the Glowfit block (Cooper to Somerset), and the new Legacy block looks at Ottawa’s past (Gloucester to Nepean). So much to do and it continues on Saturday — including a performance by electro-pop group Dragonette. glowfairfestival.ca

Art in the Alley is part exhibit, part night party.

Let’s hope it does not rain: Art in the Alley brings artists Alison Fowler, Ross Rheaume, Andrew King and Jason Fournier will be exhibiting their new works in the alley of 1395 Wellington St W. with a sort of off-street party, from 7 p.m. Exhibit continues outdoors until Sunday. facebook.com

Burlesque goes just a little off-piste at the Kinky Kabaret show, featuring performances by the newly-crowned Ms. National Capital Leather Pride, Holly Sin, members of Twisted Knickers, Maggie Sue Sin, Don Jovi and more, presented by the Shade Nyx Theatre of the Macabre, 10 pm., House of Targ. Tickets: $10. www.houseoftarg.com

For those wanting just music: tight rock group The Weber Brothers will be joined by the Fathers of Modern Rocketry at Irene’s Pub ($10), one of my favourites, the Mehdi Cayenne Club is back from Paris to play their quirky, funky experimental pop at The Black Sheep Inn ($10), and there’s a free, pop-rock concert in Cornwall, with The Balconies and Rebelle on the bill (Lola’s Pub and Grub, 9 p.m.).

Saturday, June 18

Teddy bears will be diagnosed, healed and even have their teeth cleaned at the B.A.S.H. tent (Bear Ambulatory Surgical Hospital) at Rideau Hall today.

The stuffed-toy surgeons will be doing emergency surgery all day at the CHEO Teddy Bears’ Picnic, the very popular annual fundraiser for the hospital at Rideau Hall. Worried family members may drop off their patients from 8 am., then enjoy a pancake breakfast until 10 a.m.($3), followed by games, rides and live entertainment, until 3 p.m. (NB: there are shuttle buses leaving the NRC and Baseball stadium parking lots regularly from 7 am.. to 2 p.m.)

The styling cars will be out on Preston Street for this final weekend of Italian Week.

Meanwhile, Preston Street will be closed to traffic from Pamilla to Poplar streets so some fine Italian vehicles — brawny Ferraris to cute Isettas — can model without fear of getting dinged, as part of Italian Week’s final celebrations. There are also activities for kids, including an Italian-themed bouncy park and games, circus and juggling acts from noon to 8 p.m. Plus, son of the famous crooner, Louis Prima Jr. brings the Mambo Italiano to the big tent. Cost: Free admission, the delicious cannolis, gelato and cappuccinos are extra. www.italianweekottawa.ca

Carivibe brings much-needed colour to Ottawa.

Caribbean culture and colour is taking over Petrie Island for Carivibe, with a new all-ages/teen section with its own music stage and water section, plus kiddies carnival, rum shack and food festival, with performances by Barbadian soca artist Hypasounds and Jamaican reggae/dancehall singer Sanchez, rain or shine from noon to 9 p.m. Beach attire or spectacular costumes recommended. Tickets: $15 in advance, $25 at the gate, free for children 12 years and under. bit.ly/1WFhvF2

Across town, the Westboro Beach is also having an event albeit probably with less costuming, celebrating its opening with a community barbecue, followed by a bonfire with marshmallows, 4 to 10:30 p.m.

There’s also an Urban Picnic Craft Pop-up show, a curated selection of the 50 “best modern makers” from the area, hosted by Freewheeling Curator, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Makerspace North, 250 City Centre Ave. Plus, the makers are selecting some items just for Dad (it’s Father’s Day tomorrow), and there will be a picnic area to enjoy the yummy lunches available. Admission: $5.

A youngster in traditional regalia wanders about at the Summer Solstice Aboriginal Festival at Vincent Massey Park on Saturday.

Everyone is invited to the Summer Solstice Aboriginal Festival and Competition Pow Wow, where this year Inuit culture will be highlighted with an Arctic Summer art pavilion, workshops, and performance by the “ministers of cuteness,” throat singers Tarniriik. The impressive grand entry to the Pow Wow begins at noon, then enjoy the elder storytelling, pow wow competition, fire hoop dancing, delicious cultural foods, and a night time concert from DJ Shub at 9:15 p.m. Events continue all weekend. Admission: free, with paid parking, Vincent Massey Park. www.ottawasummersolstice.ca

There are two book events today: the Ottawa small press book fair celebrates the independent publisher of all types, from noon to 5 p.m., Jack Purcell Community Centre (320 Jack Purcell Lane), while the Books for Blooms Sale is a fundraising two-day used book event to benefit the Friends of the Experimental Farm, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Bldg 72, Experimental Farm (friendsofthefarm.ca).

There are only 100 tickets to spend an intimate, musical and storytelling evening with Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, part of fundraising efforts for the Brothers and Sisters of Outaouais (tomorrow, you can run 5K with him down an airport runway), 5:30 to 8 p.m., Vintage Wings of Canada, 1699 Arthur Fecteau St., Gatineau. Tickets:$120-$150. intimateeveningwithchrishadfield.eventbrite.ca/

Shane Lanigan practises his technique at the very popular Lawn Summer Nights in 2014.

Most shockingly, there are still spectator tickets to the Pop-Up Ottawa Lawn Summer Nights lawn bowling event, the uber chic and fun event to support Cystic Fibrosis research, 4;30 to 10 p.m., Elmdale Lawn Bowling. (The main event is still on July 6, for which there are also still spectator available. Is this opposite day?) lawnsummernights.com/OTT

Here’s what to do if you are not one of the lucky with tickets to see the UFC fight tonight: The Spartan Race Sprints. These are insane races, but organizers claim the three-mile sprint on today is accessible to beginners, and athletes at all levels. However, the obstacles still include the like of FIRE (not kidding) and barbed wire. Do this race, and you’ll be too sore to care about the UFC fight tonight. Check-in starts at 7:30 a.m., Ski Edelweiss. Cost: $90 in advance, $120 on site. spartanrace.ca

On a gentler note, Paddlecopia is a day of on- and off-water classes and outdoor workshops on canoeing, kayaking, SUPing, backcountry cooking, rescue tips, shelter building and more, from 9 a.m., Trailhead Adventure Center, Cost: $20 gets any three classes, or $10/each without registering. trailheadpaddleshack.ca

This is the last night to see ROAR, a three-piece performance by Propeller Dance, am inclusive troupe of dancers with and without disabilities: Umajuit, based on an Inuit legend of a soul born again into the world’s animals, Spasticus set to the ‘war cry’ song for all of those with disabilities, and Circuit alongside ballet and break dancers, 7 p.m., GCTC. Tickets: $15-$25. gctc.ca

For the ultimate in cool: Pulp Fiction costumes encouraged for anyone joining in on the bike-in pop-up cinema screening tonight of the neo-noire crime film, 9 p.m. Cyclists are meeting up, with or without the black coats and wigs (lights necessary), at Confederation Park at 7:30 p.m., heading to Zibi, 6 Booth Ave. Cost: Free – and remember a chair. www.capitalpopupcinema.com

Salivation Army plays the Queer Mafia party

The monthly Queer Mafia party at Babylon, running tonight alongside the epic block party Glow Festival, is going ahead in solidarity with those affected by the Orlando shooting, including giving half the proceeds to the GoFundMe for the victims, a moment of silence and ensuring all feel welcome in the club. On decks are Montreal’s The Salivation Army spinning dancehall and afropop, High Fantasy and DJ Tamika, 10:30 p.m., 317 Bank St. Tickets: $7 before 11:30 p.m., $10 afterwards. thequeermafia.com

This full moon stand-up paddleboard event is not open to first-timers — ’cause it is going to be very dark — but it is open to anyone else, 9 to 10 p.m., Mississippi River at Carleton Place. Cost: $10, $35/with board, lights will be provided.  www.supottawaandthevalley.com

Sunday, June 19

Competitors in the womens division of the Italian Week bike race are a blur down Preston Street. Sunday June 20,2010.

The 44th Preston Street Criterium street bike race should not be discounted: it is an exciting event to watch (with lattes or gelato in hand), with the one-kilometre laps running from Preston to Adeline, Aberdeen and back. Races start at 10 a.m., then 11 a.m. and noon, with kids races at 1 p.m. (open to ages 5 years and up), and master’s men at 2 p.m. It’s a final cap to Italian Week,  and also Father’s Day, so treat papà to brunch at Villa Marconi (11:30 a.m.), then let the kids go wild at the Kids Zone while he checks out the Ferraris. Music caps the night with Johnny Vegas at 6:30 p.m., and Disco Inferno at 8 p.m. www.italianweekottawa.ca

There’s another Father’s Day brunch on at the Museum of Nature, where the traditional buffet also includes filet mignon, ribs, steak and pork at three seatings: 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Cost: $6.50-$39.99, includes museum admission, where there is a new Ultimate Dinosaurs exhibit. nature.ca

Retired astronaut and International Space Station Commander, Chris Hadfield.

Or, take advantage of a double-rare event, and run a 5K along an airport runway with astronaut Chris Hadfield, to benefit the Brothers and Sisters of the Outaouais. Events are hosted by Vintage wings of Canada, and include a children’s 1K, 8:30 a.m., 1699 Arthur Fecteau St., Gatineau. Cost: $10-$40.  www.events.runningroom.com

The Billings Estate promises dad his favourite things today: barbecue, live music and an antique car show, plus a scavenger hunt to keep the kids occupied, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 2100 Cabot St. Admission: $6.15, $16.35/family.

Maybe dad will enjoy a cop movie, this time, about two veteran officers whose trust in each is tested after hints of connections to the criminal underworld and a suicide bombing in Wounded Land, today’s screening at the 13th Israeli Film Festival, 7 p.m., River Building, Carleton University. (English subtitles.) Tickets: $13 at the door. www.cfi-icf.ca

Or, play some pinball while eating eggs, sausages and quaffing beer at House of Targ’s rustic Father’s Day brunch (yes, they do more than perogies), 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 1077 Bank St. (There’s also a vegan option and the venue is all-ages until 9 p.m.) www.houseoftarg.com

A rainbow playdate in the park is on for all today.

Everyone can come together under the rainbow at a safe, supportive play date in the park open to all members of the GLBTQI community , to play with silks, parachutes, skipping ropes and tell stories and snack in the wake of the shooting in Orlando, 2 to 6 p.m., McNabb Skatepark, Bronson at Gladstone avenues. facebook.com

Wonder was the theme for this year’s Digi60 Filmmakers’ Festival, where participants have three weeks to create an original, three-minute film, and all of them (this time, 23 of them) are screened in one night and then judged, 6 p.m., The Mayfair. Tickets: $10, and half-price for your dad when you bring your Eventbrite ticketed to the box office. http://bit.ly/1XQhT2m / www.digi60.org/

Monday, June 20

Kiefer Sutherland, who remains the vampire of choice for a (slightly older) generation of women, has now turned his hand to country music — hat, heartache and all — and is at Mavericks on tour, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25. mavericksbar.com (There’s still something about that video that makes me think this is all some elaborate sketch comedy bit  … )

Rachelle Eli brings her popular show back to Ottawa Fringe.

There’s no quiet night while Ottawa Fringe Festival is on, with 25 shows to see today alone, including Get Lost, a study in personal stupidity (7 p.m) by veteran UK fringe performer Jem Rolls, who holds the world record for most Fringe Festival performances, ever. Tonight might be a good chance to see Love is a Battlefield, a show about a singer and producer’s efforts to record an album that will probably sell out (8:30 p.m.) this year, and Laser Kiwi (9 p.m.), a collection of circus performers “best worst ideas.” Plus, popular show from last year, ’80s themed Sh!t I’m in love with you again by Rachelle Elie, is back (6 p.m.).

On Wednesday, see A Tension to Detail (7:30 p.m.) by British comedian Gerard Harris (he writes for one-line king Jimmy Carr) and on Thursday take in Bride or Die (8 p.m.), a dark comedy about that hour before the wedding, written by long-time wedding consultant. Tickets: $12/ea. ottawafringe.com.

Tuesday, June 21

Head back to the not-so distant past on two free, downtown tours.

Just when you think nothing comes for free, the Ottawa Free Tours return with two different options this tourist season: The Capital City Tour (11 a.m.) covers Centretown, monuments and stories about drunk prime ministers in the age before selfies; The ByWard Market Tour (2 p.m.) talks about the local arts and culture, but also the seedy element that lurked in the 1800s, marking us as one of the rowdier cities in North America (who knew?). Meet at the Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill (and, don’t forget to tip). www.ottawafreetour.com

Celebrate National Aboriginal Day exploring indigenous creativity at two different events: first, a panel exploring First Nations architecture and design with working designers from across the country (6 p.m.), then a conversation with authors including Parliamentary Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke, Algonquin elder, poet and artist Albert Dumont, Cree poet Louise Bernice Halfe (Skydancer), Tuscarora poet and playwright Daniel David Moses, and Mohawk poet and spoken word artist Janet Marie Rogers (8:30p.m.), both at the Capital Urbanism Lab, 40 Elgin St. Cost; Free, but register in advance. www.ncc-ccn.gc.ca (Another group of aboriginal artists will be talking writing and fine arts and truths at Gallery 101 on Thursday at 7 p.m.. g101.ca)

It’s International Yoga day.

(It’s also the second International Day of Yoga and the High Commission of India — where the yoga came from over 500 years ago — has organized a yoga and wellbeing session, including a light indian lunch, 9 a.m. to 2;30 p.m., Centurion Conference Centre, 170 Colonnade Rd. Cost: $10, and pre-registration is required.http://bit.ly/1OnU4NZ. There’s also a free, all-level class from 6 to 7 p.m at Hog’s Back Park, next to the parking lot. And don’t forget the Parliament Hill yoga class continues tomorrow at noon.)

Wednesday, June 22

It must be tough to get any work done in the downtown core as the smell of charcoal fro Ribfest floats on the air.

Leave lunch at home but bring some paper towels for Ribfest is back on Sparks Street, with at least 13 barbecuers setting up from 11 a.m. Bring cash to move things along quickly: full-rack/$23, half-rack/$13, chicken and pulled pork/$15, half-chicken/$12, pork sandwich/$8, chicken and ribs/$5, beans and coleslaw/$3. And remember, voting on people’s choice for ribs, chicken and sauce also starts today. Continues to Sunday, June 26.ottawaribfest.ca

The RMP Musical Ride sunset ceremonies is on for this week only.

The popular (and free) RCMP Musical Ride sunset ceremonies begin today, just after they performed in England for Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday. The stirring sunset ceremony is on daily only until June 26, with kids’ zone events at 5 p.m., pre-show at 6 p.m. and the ceremony at 7 p.m., timed to end with a dramatic flourish just as the sun goes down, RCMP stables, 1 Sandridge Rd. Remember to bring a blanket or lawn chair.  www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca

Bring your Government of Canada I.D. to get into a facilitated discussion on millennials in the public service, touching on generation gap issues, career advancement, rights and employment equity and transforming the bureaucracy, 5:30 to 8 p.m., Les 3 Brasseurs, 240 Sparks St. Cost: Free, just bring that I.D. http://bit.ly/1UitLYx

The Voyageur Walking Club has it right with their new summer series: stroll for a while then settle down in a pub. Today, begin at Grace O’Malley’s, 115 Ogilvie Rd., at 5:30 p.m., for a 5- or 10-kilometre walk (maps provided online), then meet up at 9 for some socializing. Cost: $2. ottawavoyageurs.ca.

Thursday, June 23

Cirque de la Symphonie performs while the NAC Orchestra performs, in three shows this week.

The Ottawa Jazz Festival gets started in earnest with eight different shows today (two free), including two late-night shows: zany, jazz-pop, big band ensemble Flat Earth Society that is performing the soundtrack, live, to a screening of the fun, 1919 movie The Oyster Princess (10:30 p.m, $20), and calypso-influenced five-piece group Kobo Town play at Mercury Lounge (10 p.m., $15). Earlier.  the ‘old cats’ of blues-folk and harp Elvin Bishop and Charlie Musselwhite play Confederation Park, 9 p.m. ($50). ottawajazzfestival.com

Next week, Cirque de Soleil brings blue-skinned acrobatics to the Canadian Tire Centre, but today there are acrobatics to see in an intimate setting:  Cirque de la Symphonie give the circus a high-brow twist as they perform aerial feats and tumbling while the NAC Orchestra plays classical favourites, 8 p.m., until Saturday. Tickets: from $25. nac-cna.ca  on to Saturday

Friday, June 24

The midway ridesand cotton candy are in Riverside South this weekend, with three days of fun set up in the parking lot of the Moncion’s Independent Grover, 4 p.m., 685 River Rd. Cost: $18/pay-one-price bracelet on Friday, $20/bracelet on Saturday, all rides two tickets on Sunday. Proceeds to the School Breakfast program. cartershows.ca

The Beaches are quite aptly playing Mooney’s Bay tonight at the free, outdoor, Dragon Boat Festival concert, though this fantastic Toronto band is just warming up for Juno-nominee Ria Mae and headliner, indie rockers Mother Mother, starting at  (The Beaches are about to go on the road with Eagles of Death Metal.)  www.dragonboat.net

Montreal gypsy punk band Bad Uncle are celebrating psychedelic polkabilly with a CD release show, joined by The Dumb and Homely Band, 10 p.m., House of Targ. Tickets: $8. www.houseoftarg.com

Outdoor movie: There’s a lot of air guitar, AC/DC impressions, and a good time for all ages in the movie School of Rock, being screened at Suzy Q doughnuts’ new location, 969 Wellington St. W. Tickets: Free (but bring a chair and doughnut money). www.capitalpopupcinema.com

Rock and reggae are joining together to support Fort McMurray as the community attempts to rebuild, with a concert by The Superlative, Metronome Jones and Missioner, 8 p.m., Zaphod’s. The show will be live-streamed on www.blasttheradio.com. Tickest: $10. zaphods.ca

Local soul-pop group The Harea Band is sizzling with their latest release, bringing the party with them to The Black Sheep Inn tonight, along with Kingston pop-rockers Lost Cousins and Toronto indie folkers Wild Rivers, 8 p.m. Tickets: $10 (and there is a bus leaving from the Museum of Nature.) theblacksheepinn.com

Saturday, June 25

Members of the Ceremonial Guard have been known to pass out from the heat of their uniforms, including those big, furry hats.

The red wool uniforms will be crisp and clean (and probably very hot) at the annual inspection of the Ceremonial Guard, with parades and ceremony starting at 10 a.m., Rideau Hall. (Also as of today, there will be a Reading Tent offering storytime and other activities from 1 to 3 p.m. each Saturday and Friday all summeron the grounds, and may amuse any children seeking diversion from the beauitful gardens at the residence.) rideauhall.ca

Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival, recognized as North America’s largest dragon boating festival spread over four days at Mooney’s Bay Park. Paddlers push to the finish line during races Saturday June 27, 2015. ( Ashley Fraser / Ottawa Citizen )

With such a great musical lineup, it is easy to forget there are actual races at the Dragon Boat Festival, with heats from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., rain or shine, Mooney;’s Bay. (There are also inflatable games, reptiles, bicycle stunts, fairytale princesses, and an illusionist for the entire family to enjoy.) As always, admission is free for everything, and be sure to catch the free concert with local art-pop group Pony Girl, and festival favourite Alvvays starting at 6:30 p.m. www.dragonboat.net

Another way to get on the water: The Nepean Sailing club is giving everyone a chance to try if sailing is for them with free, 45-minute sails (and a free lunch), to see if the sport is for you, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 3259 Carling Ave. (Who does not like the feel of the wind in their hair?) Register at http://bit.ly/1rooqVd / www.getoutonthewater.ca

Join in on making a huge mural inspired by science at the Science and Tech Museum, with the whole family.

All ages can come splash some paint on the wall alongside expert graffiti artists, as part of the House of PainT Urban Fest and Canada Science and Technology Museum community jam and mural creation, with a science theme. There will also be break dancing performances, skateboarding demos and workshops and hands-on science to try — as well as live spinning of music and food trucks, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 1867 St. Laurent Blvd. Cost: Free, suitable for all ages.

The Ottawa Makers Market June edition is at the Rideau Curling Club this month, with a return of artist Emil Mateja, ethically-sourced terrariums by Kat Axam of Little Bones and a newcomer with a vast collection of vintage movie posters, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 715 Cooper St.  www.ottawamakersmarket.com

There may be a penny farthing at the show.

The Vintage Bicycle Show may or may not have a penny farthing or two to show off, but there will definitely be fixies, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Almonte and District Community Centre, 182 Bridge St., Almonte. (There will be a screening of the film Marinoni: Fire in the Frame at the Old Town Hall at 45 p.m.). Admission: $10 in advance, $5 with the donation of an adult bike. facebook.com

Ottawa Police are holding an information session and PREP test workshop for men and women interesting in  pursuing policing as a career, 9 a.m to  1 p.m., Algonquin College, P Building, 1385 Woodroffe Ave. Wear gym clothes and see if you  meet the physical requirements. Pre-register at www.surveymonkey.com/r/H8CXYCK.

Bananas Beach Grill and Rum Shack is not letting Carivibe go, and is throwing another (family-friendly) beach party on Petrie Island, 4 to 7 p.m. every Saturday night this summer, with Latin dance workshops on the sand and DJs to keep it moving. Admission: Free, tropical drinks extra.  www.BananasCaribbean.com

Popular groove choir Big Soul Project are holding a benefit concert for Fort McMurray’s Nistawoyou Association Friendship Centre, for rebuilding efforts in support of the indigenous population in the area devastated by the wildfire, 8 p.m., St. Joseph’s Church, 174 Wilbrod. Tickets: $20 min. donation, and may be made in advance to reserve seats (recommended, as their shows tend to sell out.) www.bigsoulproject

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