The 2014 World Day of Prayer Service in the downtown will take place at 12 noon at Dominion-Chalmers United Church, 355 Cooper Street (corner of Lisgar and O’Connor). Everyone is welcome. For information call 613-235-5143 or 613-731-2739 or visit
"This is Why I Sing!" will be performed by the Canadian Centennial Choir at 3 p.m at St.John the Evangelist Church, 154 Somerset West. Tickets prices are $22, $18 in advance; $25, $22 at the door. For more information visit www.ccc-ccc.ca.
Centretown Citizens Community Association in partnership with the Ottawa Public Library, 120 Metcalfe St., present Urban Gardening with Ed Lawrence: Grief and Glory, 1:30 p.m. Intensifying the city can present challenges to gardens which are squeezed into small lots or containers on decks and balconies. In the city core, the shade from trees and buildings limits choices of plants; the wind on balconies means watering daily or more often and then the constant sun on those south-facing decks exacerbates these challenges. Ed Lawrence has solutions. For more information call: 613-237-1056.
The Ottawa Women’s Canadian Club luncheon will be held at 12:30 p.m., in the Adam Room of the Fairmont Chateau Laurier. The guest speaker will be J. Greg Peters, Usher of the Black Rod. For tickets, call Monique Bertrand at 613-737-6075 or visit www.owcc.ca.
Cultures in Concert, a fundraiser for The Leading Note Foundation’s OrKidstra program will take place 7 p.m. in Trillium Hall, the Ottawa Chinese-Canadian Heritage Centre, 397 Kent Street in Ottawa. The program will feature traditional Chinese music and Chinese-inspired music performed by the Silflay String Quartet, erhu players Patti Chan and Marjolaine Fournier and OrKidstra’s Chamber Players. After the concert, the audience will be invited to enjoy Chinese delicacies while mingling with the performers. Tickets are available from The Leading Note music store (370 Elgin) or at the door. ($10 for adults; $2 for children under 12). For more information visit www.leadingnotefoundation.org.
Ashbury College, 362 Mariposa Ave. presents “ParentPower! Ten Steps to Confident Parenting” with Dr. Maggie Mamen (psychologist and author of The Pampered Child Syndrome) at 7 p.m. Admission is free, although donations to the Ottawa Food Bank are encouraged.
The Carleton University Choir invites you to “HOPE,” a concert featuring Requiem by Gabriel Faure accompanied by orchestra, with soloists Julia Brown and Jack Harries. Other works include James Wright's To Young Canadians, the Mission Impossible Theme, All Days are Nights by Laura Hawley and more. Saturday, at Centretown United Church, 507 Bank, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for students and are available at the door or in advance at The Leading Note, 370 Elgin Street, Compact Music 206 Bank Street and 785A Bank Street, all locations of CD Warehouse. For more information call 613-520-5770 or 613-592-1991 or visit www.carleton.ca/music/choir.
The Lady Evelyn Used Book Fair will be held Thursday and Friday from 3 p.m.- 9 p.m and Saturday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the main foyer of Lady Evelyn Alternative School, 63 Evelyn Avenue. Donations of used books will be accepted March 24 to April 4. Please no computer manuals, Reader's Digest, encyclopedia or magazines.
Sr. John’s Church, Elgin at Somerset, will hold its 38th Art Credo Exhibition. Every day from noon to 6 p.m.; Thursday and Friday until 8 p.m. Free. For more information call 613-232-4500 or visit www.artcredo.ca "
The Ottawa Brahms Choir invites experienced soprano voices to sing the Schubert Mass in G, some German Lieders, and more, at their Spring concert at St. Thomas the Apostle Church at 2345 Alta Vista Drive. Rehearsals are Mondays from 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. at Southminster United Church at Aylmer/Bank Street. For more call 613-749-2391 or 819-568-8169 or visit www.ottawabrahmschoir.ca.
McNabb Community Recreational Centre, 180 Percy St., is holding Chow Qi Gong classes every Tuesday from 9:15-10:45 a.m., and every Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more information visit www.ottawachowqigongassociation.com .
Ottawa ACORN offers free tax preparation for low-income families. For this service call 613-746-5999. Ottawa ACORN also offers affordable tax preparation for moderate-income families through its second service, the ACORN Tax Collective. All funds collected go back into these programs to keep them running. For more information call 613-744-7228, visit www.acorncanada.org or email
The Ottawa Humane Society Auxiliary meets on the first Thursday of each month at the Ottawa Humane Society at 245 West Hunt Club Rd. From time to time, after the business meeting, a speaker will talk about an animal-related topic. For information, call 613-823-6770.