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THE OTTAWA SCHOOL OF THEATRE presents an all ages production of Treasure Island in the Richcraft Theatre at the Shenkman Arts Centre. Showtimes Thursday, April 18 and Friday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21 at 1:30 p.m. Tickets $20 for adults. Students and youth 25 and under $10. To purchase visit / ottawaschooloftheatre?

TAPROOM 260 presents Michael Ben-Shalom live from 8-11 p.m. at 260 Centrum Blvd. For more information visit

TAPROOM 260 presents The Underground live from 8-11 p.m. at 260 Centrum Blvd. For more information visit

CLASSIC PIANO RECITAL – Orléans pianist Emily Hou will be performing works by Chopin, Mozart, Rachmaninov and Liszt at Kanata United Church as part os the Beaverbrook Community Concert Series. The recital will start promptly at 3 p.m. Kanata United Church is located at 33 Leacock Dr. in Kanata. For more information visit 2024/03/24/april-21-emily-hou.

THE ORLÉANS BREWING CO. Trivia Night from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Call (613) 834-9005 to reserve your spot. The Orléans Brewing Co. is located at 4380 Innes Rd. near the Innes Road McDonalds.

GRANDMAS AIDING GRANDMAS 10th Annual Card Party from 12:30p.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Helen’s Church, 1234 Prestone Dr. Tickets $35 includes lunch, door prizes, raffle and market. Call Barbara at 613-824-3524 or Sue at 613-834-4706.




Knitting club overwhelmed by community's response to call for donations
Fred Sherwin
Dec. 5, 2023

Members of the Busy FIngers knitting club playfully dump balls of wool donated by area residents on president Eileen McCaughey. FRED SHERWIN PHOTO

"It's been unbelievable. Absolutely, unbelievable," That's the response from Busy Fingers Knitting Club founder and driving force Eileen McCaughey when asked about the response the club has received to a call for donations of wool and yarn in the Nov. 23 edition of the The Orléans Star.

"Honestly, you wouldn't believe it. I can hardly believe it," says McCaughey standing in a room filled with just some of the donated material..

Since the Orléans Star put out a call for wool and yarn donations in the Nov. 23 edition of the newspaper, the club has received more than 1,000 balls of wool and yarn members of the public have dropped off at Symphony Senior Living Orléans, Fire Station 31 on Charlemagne Blvd., and the Willowbend Retirement Community.

They have even received several garbage bags of wool from the Aspira Bearbrook Retirement Community in Blackburn Hamlet which precipitated the call for donations after they told McCaughey they couldn’t collect any wool for her this year.

Besides the wool and yarn that has been dropped off at Symphony Senior Living Orléans and Willowbend, residents at both retirement communities have also joined in the campaign by donating wool of their own. Plus there has s been a steady stream of donations dropped off on McCaughey’s doorstep in Fallingbrook.

Most of the donated wool and yarn will be turned into mittens, toques, scarves and slippers made by the club’s 200-plus members over the coming year.

In 2023, they made and donated more than 3,100 items to 31 different organizations. They shipped another 1,000 items to Catholic missions operating in Guatemala which handed them out to local residents who live in the mountainous region of the country that often gets extremely cold in the winter months. Many of the items sent to Guatemala were made by a group of nuns at a monastery in the Beauce, Québec who started a Busy Fingers chapter during the pandemic.

Among the many local organizations which receive items from Busy Fingers are the Perley and Rideau Veterans Health Centre, the Clothesline Project which supports survivors of violence against women and the Orléans-Cumberland Resource Centre.

None of the aforementioned would be possible without the donations by local residents and the participation of Symphony and Willowbend, for which the 89-year-old
McCaughey is eternally grateful. “There’s no way I can thank everyone enough.”

The Busy Fingers knitting club has over 200 members including the core group of about 30 women who meet the first and third Monday every month at Eileen McCaughey’s house. FRED SHERWIN PHOTO




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