Submit your Ottawa-based event to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 613-232-9055 by Friday at 5 p.m.WEDNESDAY, MAY 5The Potential of Open Development for Canada and Abroad—IDRC presents a public event and live web-cast "The Potential of Open Development for Canada and Abroad." Panelists will examine the possibilities of this more open future and look at ways to manage the potential risks while harnessing the opportunities for our collective social benefit. 2:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Autumn Room, Albert at Bay Hotel, 435 Albert St. Register to 613-696-2075 or www.idrc.ca/events-OpenDevelopment
Water for Life—Photographer Peter Bregg captures images that explore the global water and sanitation crisis. Runs until May 16. Canada Science and Technology Museum, 1867 St. Laurent Blvd. www.sciencetech.technomuses.ca
THURSDAY, MAY 63rd Annual Run for Military Families—The purpose of the 3rd Annual Run for Military Families is to raise awareness and funds in support of the Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre and its mission. Event kick-off: 8- 9 a.m., Parliament Hill. May 6-7. For more information, visit www.commissionaires-ottawa.on.ca
Day of the Portuguese Language and Culture—The Heads of the Diplomatic Missions of CPLP resident in Ottawa, Angola, Brazil and Portugal, and the University of Ottawa invite you to the commemorating the Day of Portuguese Language of the CPLP (Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries.) Reception to follow. 6 p.m. Senate Room, Tabaret Hall, 75 Laurier St., University of Ottawa. Gomes.email@example.com
Lecture: Palestinian political dynamics—Canadians for Peace and Justice in the Middle East presents Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, Palestinian presidential candidate, who will discuss "Palestinian political dynamics and the realities for the Middle East." 7 p.m. $15. Marion Hall, Room 130, University of Ottawa, 140 Louis Pasteur St. 1-888-222-6608 or www.ticketweb.ca
FRIDAY, MAY 7WaterCan Embassy Dinner: A Wellspring of Hope—Chefs from dozens of embassies and high commissions will showcase dishes from their countries of origin. Proceeds from the evening will go to WaterCan, helping to support clean water projects in the developing world. May 7, 6 p.m. $125. Lansdowne Park, 1015 Bank St., 613-230-5182 or www.watercan.ca
Canadian Tulip Festival—This year, the Canadian Tulip Festival celebrates the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Holland and the Canadian Naval Centennial. Events include a tribute to veterans and troops (May 7) followed by a Street Party on Sparks Street. And Major's Hill Park will once again host international pavilion, showcasing music, cuisine and culture from around the world (May 14-24). Stop at the Liberation tent for international beers, or take in the Celebridée discussion series about the power of ideas, hosted by notable thinkers. Daily performances are featured on the International Friendship Stage. Last but not least, check out the tulips! May 7-24. Various venues. 613-567-5757 or www.tulipfestival.ca
SATURDAY, MAY 865th Anniversary of VE-Day and the End of WWII—Veterans who fought in Europe during the Second World War will be part of a parade of vintage vehicles in downtown Ottawa commencing at Cartier Square Drill Hall at 10:15 a.m. and making its way to the National War Memorial for a commemorative ceremony at 11 a.m. Veterans Affairs Canada encourages the public to attend the parade and cheer our Canadian heroes on.
From Forgotten to Freedom—Lorna Dueck of the Globe and Mail will give a free public lecture about human trafficking in support of World Hope Canada in Ukraine. 7 p.m. Sunnyside Wesleyan Church, 58 Grosvenor Ave., Ottawa, Ont. http://www.sunnysideottawachurch.com/
Chinatown Remixed—The Chinatown Remixed Collective presents Chinatown Remixed—the 2nd annual celebration of art on Somerset Street West. Enjoy live street performances and artist vernissages. Part of Asian Heritage Month activities. 2-5 p.m. www.ottawachinatown.ca
SUNDAY, MAY 9The European Union celebrates Europe Day. On this day in 1950, French foreign minister Robert Schuman presented the Schuman Declaration, which paved the way for the creation of the EU.
MONDAY, MAY 10Royal Visit—Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands will make an official visit to Canada. She and her husband, Pieter van Vollenhoven, will undertake programs in Calgary and Ottawa and will participate in ceremonies to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands at the end of the Second World War. Canadian forces played a leading role in the liberation. May 10-16. Call 613-995-1851.
TUESDAY, MAY 11PPF Luncheon: Curbing our Energy Appetite—The Public Policy Forum presents guest speaker Peter Tertzakian, author of The End of Energy Obesity. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Panorama Room, NAC, 53 Elgin St., Ottawa, Ont. www.ppforum.ca
Party Under the Stars—Defence Minister Peter MacKay and Public Safety Minister Vic Toews and others will host a BBQ event to support Canada's troops serving in Afghanistan. All proceeds go to purchasing gift cards for the soldiers upon their return home. Defence critics Bloc Québécois MP Claude Bachand, Liberal MP Ujjal Dosanjh, and NDP MP Jack Harris will also host. Attire: Business/casual. Sponsored by Spirits Canada and the Pork Council of Canada. 6-10 p.m. East Block Courtyard, $20, suggested donation (available from 306 Justice Building. Minister Vic Toews; 242 Confederation Building, NDP MP Peter Stoffer; and 433 Centre Block, Conservative MP Tom Lukiwski).
Screening: The Soviet Story—Filmed over two years in Russia, Ukraine, Latvia, Germany, France and Belgium, The Soviet Story tells the story of the Soviet Regime including events like the Katyn Massacre of 1940. Dir. Edvins Snore. The director will be in attendance. Presented by the Free Thinking Film Society and Tribute to Liberty. 7 p.m. $15. Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank St. www.freethinkingfilms.com
Screening: Mon Colonel—A political drama set during the Algerian war of independence that questions the rationale for torture and extreme interrogation in times of war. Dir. Laurent Herbiet, France, 2006. 7:30 p.m. $15. Presented as part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival Ottawa and the Bytowne Cinema. Bytowne Cinema, 325 Rideau St. www.bytowne.ca
WEDNESDAY, MAY 12Laureate Circle Evening—Russian Ambassador Georgiy Mamedov and Ekaterina Mamedov invite you to a Laureate Circle evening with Evgeny Starodubstev, 2009 Laureate, Honens Piano Competition. Members only. 5 p.m. Embassy of the Russian Federation, 285 Charlotte St. firstname.lastname@example.org
Screening: Afghan Star—A documentary following four ethnically diverse finalists on talent show Afghan Star. Dir. Havana Marking. UK, 2008. 7:30 p.m. $15. Presented as part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival Ottawa and the Bytowne Cinema. Bytowne Cinema, 325 Rideau St. www.bytowne.ca.
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