Submit your Ottawa-based event to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 613-232-9055 by Friday at 5 p.m.WEDNESDAY, DEC. 8Exhibition: Global Citizen—This exhibition explores the work of Israeli-born architect Moshe Safdie, including structures such as the National Gallery of Canada, the Mamilla Centre in Jerusalem and the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, and the philosophy that shapes them. Runs through Jan. 9. $15. National Gallery of Canada. 380 Sussex Dr.
What is Your Story?— Share your experiences about family, traditions, culture, food, etc., and listen to stories from others in the group. Run in English and Mandarin languages in partnership with Ottawa Chinese Community Services Centre. 10:30 a.m. Ottawa Public Library, Beaverbrook Branch, 2500 Campeau Dr. Call 613-899-3128 to register.
Kilimanjaro: A Purposeful Journey—Join the Kilimanjaro Grannies as they discuss their climb of Mount Kilimanjaro. The authors will talk about the rewards of making the climb, as well as the physical, mental and spiritual challenges they faced. 7 p.m. 5400 South River Dr.
The Horse That Leaps through The Clouds—Talk to Eric Enno Tam, author of The Horse That Leaps through The Clouds: A tale of espionage, the Silk Road and the rise of modern China. 7 p.m. Ottawa Public Library Main Branch, 120 Metcalfe St.
Play: The Road to Mecca—Helen, a widow, lives in a small village in the South African bush. After her husband dies, she finds she has a gift for sculpture. Day after day she constructs an unusual and imposing original work that runs counter to her neighbours' values. In French. Wednesday to Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. Adults $25/Seniors $22/Students $10 Théâtre de L'Île, 1 Wellington St., Hull
THURSDAY, DEC. 9Tanzania celebrates its national day. It gained independence from the UK in 1961.
Pakistan: Inequalities and gender—Pakistani social activist Khawar Mumtaz examines how structural inequality, religion, and gender intersect to further women's oppression in Pakistan and inhibit social change. Presented by IDRC. 2 p.m. IDRC, W. David Hopper Room A, 150 Kent Street, 8th floor. Register at http://guest.cvent.com/d/vdqtb3/4W For more info contact 613-696-2244.
Arabic Conversation Group—Join a discussion about families in Canada, in Arabic. Ottawa Public Library, North Gloucester Branch, 1595 Telesat Crt. To register call 613-668-5594 or e-mail email@example.com.
FRIDAY, DEC. 10EU Christmas Concert—A lovely way to get in to the Christmas spirit. Carols from the countries of the EU will be sung by three Ottawa choirs. 7 p.m. Notre Dame Cathedral, 375 Sussex Dr. Free
Talking Rights—On the occasion of International Human Rights Day a discussion will be held on the rights of indigenous women. Panelists include MP Todd Russell, Kate Rexe, director of Sisters in Spirit, and Isabel Altamirano-Jimenez, professor at the University of Alberta. The event is organized by the Embassy of the Netherlands, the Native Women's Association of Canada and the Canadian Museum of Civilization. 2-4 p.m. Canadian Museum of Civilization, 100 Laurier St., Gatineau. Free. Register at firstname.lastname@example.org For more info, call 613-237-5031 ext 227 or 246.
SATURDAY, DEC. 11South Africa celebrates attaining independence from the UK, which came on this day in 1931.
HIV/AIDS Christmas Cookie Walk Fundraiser—Choose your favourite delicious home made Christmas Cookies to share with your family and friends. The event is sponsored by Grannies All About Kids, a member group of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign working to Turn the Tide on HIV/AIDS in Sub Saharan Africa. 1-3 p.m. 2803 8th Line Rd., Metcalfe (Fair Grounds)
Chinese Community Celebration Concert— To mark the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Canada and China, the AiYue Choir of Ottawa Chinese Community will host a special concert featuring Ottawa 's professional and young artists. 7-9 p.m. Dominion Chalmers United Church, 355 Cooper St. Tickets $15/$10 for senior and students. Reservation: Call 613-729-8957, 613-742-5345 or e-mail: email@example.com.
SUNDAY, DEC. 12Kenya celebrates its national day. It attained independence from the UK on this day in 1963.
Arabic Stories—Enjoy stories, games and crafts in Arabic. Offered in partnership with the Ottawa Chinese Community Services Centre. 3 p.m., Ottawa Public Library, Nepean Centrepointe Branch, 101 Centrepointe. Register at 613-899-3108.
MONDAY, DEC. 13St. Lucia marks its independence from the UK, attained on this day in 1979.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 15The Netherlands celebrates Kingdom Day, which marks the signing of the charter of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in 1954.
Minoan Palatial Culture: Priniatikos Pyrgos, Crete—A lecture by Rebecca Mullin Megarry of Trinity College, Dublin, in which she will display newly excavated material and offering a look at the lost civilization of the Minoans. Presented by the Archaeological Institute of America, the Greek Embassy, the Canadian Institute in Greece, the Canadian Institute for Mediterranean Studies and the Parnassos Hellenic Cultural Society. 7:30 p.m. Auditorium, Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington St.
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