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Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for April 1 to 3

Photo credit: Harlem Globetrotters International, Inc.

Friday, April 1
Your whole family can enjoy the special brand of basketball served up by the Harlem Globetrotters in their “4 Times the Fun” world tour at Scotiabank Place. Known for their hilarious hijinks, this teams combines athleticism with comedy and theatre, putting on a show that’s rife with fun and, of course, mad skills.

Saturday, April 2
Couples looking to get hitched — or those who can’t resist a good gathering of gowns and flowers — will find an endless list of ideas for their nuptials at the Ottawa Wedding Show at Lansdowne Park. At this free event, experts provide advice on checking out reception venues, how to avoid costly mistakes, deciding on whom to invite, and other concerns of the newly-engaged. There are also fashion shows, seminars, a wedding gown sale, and more.

Coppélia by Ballet Jörgen. Photo credit: Linda Schettle.

A lonely toymaker longs for a wife, so he creates a life-sized doll. But unbeknownst to him, a local villager falls in love with the beautiful creation, causing the young man’s spurned sweetheart to cloak herself in the doll’s clothes and trick him into thinking she’s come to life. This is the exquisite world of Coppélia, a dreamy retelling of the comic love story as imagined by the contemporary Ballet Jörgen.

More than 50 craft-connoisseurs gather for this annual display and sale at the Ottawa Artisans Guild Annual Spring Craft Show. Included are stained glass pieces, jewellery and wire works, pet accessories, paintings, knits, and much more. There is free parking and fabulous door prizes to be won. Admission is free but don’t forget to bring a non-perishable food item for donation. Also taking place on Sunday.

One on One with Etgar Keret. Photo credit: Moshe Shai.

Sunday, April 3
Don’t miss One on One with Etgar Keret, an evening of prose, conversation, and film with the best-selling Israeli writer and filmmaker. Hailed as “the voice of young Israel” and one of its most radical and extraordinary writers, he has won numerous awards and accolades. His first movie as a director, Jellyfish, won the coveted Camera d’Or prize for best first feature at the Cannes Film Festival.

Spring means rejuvenation and renewal, so why not try PranaShanti Yoga Centre’s free intro to Tai-Chi class? Learn the Yang style Tai-Chi, which consists of a series of 108 movements always executed in the same sequence to calm the mind.

Learn how the pioneers did it in Tales of the One-Room Schoolhouse, taking place at the Nepean Museum. Author Joy Forbes reads from her book Perseverance, Pranks and Pride: Tales of the One-Room Schoolhouse, and afterward families can play games and activities that were popular with children in the olden days. You can also learn the ins and outs of pioneer schools, everything from decorum to writing with chalk and slate, and make a craft to take home.

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