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(Posted 6:30 a.m., June 7)
Plenty to see and do on busiest weekend of the year so far
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The Orleans Soap Box Derby is just one of the many events taking place this weekend across the entire city. File photo

The weatherman is forecasting perfect skies as Ottawa residents gear up for one of the busiest weekends of the year.

There are a number of activities going on in Orléans alone starting the Orléans Lions Club Walk-a-Thon at École Voyageurs in Convent Glen where proceeds raised will go to a number of local charities. Registration opens at 8 a.m. and the cost is just $5 per person, although larger donations will be accepted.

The Blackburn Fun Fair is on this weekend. Today's itinerary includes the annual Blackburn Fun Fair parade down Bearbrook Road from Louis-Riel high school to Orient Park. The centrepiece of the Fair is the midway but there are plenty of other things to see and do. For a complete schedule visit www.blackburnfunfair.ca.

The Orleans Soap Box Derby makes its highly-anticipated return to Orleans Boulevard today after a one year absence. The races get underway at around 9 a.m. between Carriere Street and St. Joseph Blvd. One of the highlights of the derby is the Councillors' Cup in which the local councillors race against the clock for the coveted trophy along with bragging rights for another year. Cumberland Coun. Stephen Blais will no doubt be back to defend his crown.

This afternoon in Navan, two well-deserving individuals and the town's patriarch will be inducted into the Wall of Fame. The two individuals are Second World War veteran Eric Smith and long-time community volunteer and organizer Sheila Calver-Minogue. The town's patriarch to be inducted is Michael O'Meara, the postmaster who named the village after his home town Navan, Ireland.

Other events taking place across the city include Open Doors Ottawa and the Telus Walk to Cure Diabetes which takes place Sunday morning at Dows Lake. For a list of the public buildings and facilities open to the public during Doors Open Ottaw visit www.ottawa.ca.

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)

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