Saturday, March 14, 2009

Upcoming CCCA activity

The Centretown Citizens' Community Association is having its regular monthly meeting this Tuesday, March 17 at 7pm at City Hall. While the agenda hasn't been posted yet to their website, there are some interesting things coming up.

Community Night at Yuk Yuk's

The CCCA is holding a "FUN"draisier at Yuk Yuk's on Thursday, April 2nd, 2009, starting at 8:30 pm. Half the proceeds of tickets sold by CCCA members goes to the CCCA. You can buy a $14 ticket at the meeting next Tuesday, or follow the contact information on their website.

Yuk Yuk's downtown Ottawa location recently moved closer in to Centretown, onto Elgin Street between Hooley's and Sugar Mountain (the space was formerly occupied by the Bytown Tavern).

As for the CCCA meeting, there will be some important and interesting items on the agenda on issues that have a big impact on Centretown. There will be discussion on the City's public consultation on transit, as well as a couple of presentations.

After last month's motion congratulating the Capital Xtra newspaper on its 200th issue, there will be a presentation at this month's meeting by the Village Initiative, a grassroots plan to designate six blocks of Bank Street, plus some adjoining streets, as Ottawa's gay village. CCCA President Shawn Menard and Glenn Crawford, who is spearheading the Village Initiative, spoke with Xtra in the most recent issue, and the Association will be asked to endorse the initiative on Tuesday.

There are many, many gay-owned/operated businesses along Bank Street, most of which are just regular stores that don't have a gay theme--Bridgehead for example. There are certainly a handful of gay-themed stores like One in Ten at the northern end of the Village...

...as well as stores that cater to a gay audience, like the Centretown Pub or the After Stonewall bookstore (whose name references the Stonewall Riots, a turning point in the gay rights movement):

The CCCA meets on the third Thursday of each month at 7pm at City Hall, and has a track record of interesting presentations each month.

Or if the CCCA isn't radical enough for you, Ashanti Alston will be speaking at the ACO on the same night. Click photo below for details:

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