Submit your Ottawa-based event to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 613-232-9055 by Friday at 5 p.m.WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30The DRC celebrates its Independence Day. It gained independence from Belgium in 1960. For information on any celebrations please call the embassy at 613-230-6391.
Royal Visit to the National Capital—The visit of the Queen of Canada and the Duke of Edinburgh continues in the National Capital Region with a visit to the newly renovated Canadian Museum of Nature, where Queen will unveil a commemorative plaque and meet with members of the public at 12:25 p.m. Following that, the couple will participate in public unveiling of a new statue of Canadian jazz legend Oscar Peterson at the National Arts Centre at 1 p.m. The Royal Couple will then attend a tree-planting at Rideau Hall at 1:40 p.m. At 3 p.m. the Duke of Edinburgh will attend a private reception, also at Rideau Hall, of the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa, of which he is Colonel-in-Chief. The Queen will then have an audience with Prime Minister Steven Harper at Rideau Hall at 4:30 p.m. That will be followed by unveiling of the Diamond Jubilee window and bust for the Senate. They will wrap up with a Garden Party at Rideau Hall. For more details, please call 613-957-5555 or visit http://royaltour.gc.ca/itiner/intiner-eng.cfm
Institute on Governance—The Institute on Governance celebrates its 20th anniversary by hosting an event that highlights emerging models of governance that are citizen-led. Guest speakers are businesswoman Barbara Stegemann and Afghanistan Ambassador Jawed Ludin. 10:30 a.m.—12 p.m. $50. The Westin Hotel, Ottawa, Ont. For tickets and more information, please call Kate Kane at 613-562-0092 ext. 234 or visit www.iog.ca
A Family Affair Warm Up Fete—The Trinidad & Tobago Association of Ottawa presents a pre-Canada Day party. Some of the proceeds will go to the CLR James Scholarship Fund. 6:30-11:30 p.m. $10 adv. $15 door. Ukrainian Hall, 1000 Byron Ave. Tickets at email@example.com
THURSDAY, JULY 1Burundi celebrates its National Day. It gained independence from Belgium in 1962. For information on any celebrations, please call the embassy at 613-789-0414.
Canada Day Royal Visit—The Royal Couple will attend the Canada Day Noon Show and the Queen will give an address and do a walkabout. The Noon Show will be broadcast live. July 1, 12 p.m. Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ont. For more details, please call 613-957-5555 or visit http://royaltour.gc.ca/itiner/intiner-eng.cfm
Special Canada Day Concert—The Austrian Embassy presents Radio String Quartet Vienna in concert. 2 p.m. Free. Tabaret Hall, University of Ottawa, 550 Cumberland St. 613-789-1444 ext 27.
FRIDAY, JULY 2The Four Indian Kings: War and Diplomacy in 1710—The famous portraits of four Aboriginal emissaries who traveled to London 300 years ago to visit Queen Anne are on display, along with some related historical material. Runs until Sept. 6. Museum of Civilization, 100 Laurier St., Gatineau, Que. www.civilization.ca
SATURDAY, JULY 3Belarus celebrates its Independence Day. Belarus celebrates the liberation of Minsk from German occupation by Soviet troops in 1944. For information on any celebrations, please call the embassy at 613-233-9994.
SUNDAY, JULY 4Rwanda celebrates Liberation Day. It gained independence from Belgium in 1962. For information on any events, please call the embassy at 613-569-5420.
United States celebrates Independence Day. The U.S. declared independence from Great Britain in 1776. To celebrate, the Ambassador of the United States, David Jacobson and his wife Julie invite you to a 4th of July Celebration: A Taste of Illinois. By invitation only. Rain or shine. Smart casual dress. 500 Lisgar Rd., Rockcliffe Park. RSVP to 613-688-5123 or 5124.
MONDAY, JULY 5Cape Verde celebrates its Independence Day. It gained independence from Portugal in 1975.
Venezuela celebrates its Independence Day. It declared independence from Spain in 1811. For information on any events, please call the embassy 613-235-5151.
Music and Beyond—Canada's newest classical music festival comes to the Nation's Capital. The Opening Gala Concert will feature the Emerson String Quartet and Menaham Pressler. 8 p.m. $20-$40. The festival runs until July 14. Dominion Chalmers United Church, 355 Cooper St. www.musicandbeyond.ca
TUESDAY, JULY 6Comoros celebrates its National Day. It gained independence from France in 1975.
Malawi celebrates its Independence Day. It gained independence from the UK in 1964.
Kathleen Battle in Concert—Kathleen Battle performs in concert, presented by the Music and Beyond. 8 p.m. $22-$72. The festival runs until July 14. Southam Hall, 53 Elgin St. www.musicandbeyond.ca
Ottawa Blues Fest—Ottawa's biggest and best music festival. Highlights include The Gypsy Kings, Jimmy Cliff, Steel Pulse, Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba, and much more. $40-$250. Runs until July 18, 2010. Lebreton Flats, Ottawa, Ont. www.ottawabluesfest.ca
WEDNESDAY, JULY 7Solomon Islands celebrates its National Day. The Solomon Islands gained independence from the UK in 1978.
Screening: Agora—A slave in Roman Egypt turns to Christianity in hopes of gaining his freedom, but in the meantime falls in love with his master, the famous female philosophy professor and atheist Hypatia of Alexandria. Dir. Alejandro Amenabar. Spain, 2009. 6:45 p.m. $7. Runs until July 8. Bytowne Cinema, 325 Rideau St., 613-789-3456 or www.bytowne.ca
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