Manor Park Community Council (MPCC) Recreation Programming for November-December 2023

By Manor Park Chronicle

Manor Park Community Council (MPCC) Recreation Supervisor Melanie Proulx

Soccer has wrapped up, fitness classes are moving and grooving, and Jr. NBA is making a slam dunk at Manor Park School! Time for a whole new season of Manor Park Community Council (MPCC) Recreation Programming.

I am so excited to be a part of all of the programs we have up and running in the community – while seeing the enjoyment they bring! With MPCC’s wide variety of programming, we offer something for everyone – at any age.

While autumn programming is underway, we are looking forward to the return of the Manor Park Outdoor Rink and the skating puddle on the west lawn of the community centre (even if that means it has to snow). The skating rink is a well-loved tradition and staple in the community, and very important for our annual skating party (coming February 2024!).

With the holidays around the corner, we are getting ready for the Holiday Night Market taking place in December. I love a nice Holiday Night Market to get me in the holiday mood. This is the perfect opportunity to get some gifts for your friends and family made by local vendors!

Can’t wait to announce our 2024 programming!

Recreation programming—For teens and adults

Manor Park Community Council (MPCC) Recreation Programming–Arts

Drawing: Fundamentals with Lindsay Watson

Dive into the learnable skill of drawing accurately and expressively! Hone your understanding of form building, shading, rendering, and perspective, through landscape, still-life, and figure drawing. Pencil, pen, and conte will be explored. All levels welcome. Supplies not included.

Course instructor Lindsay Watson, BFA, brings years of art and teaching experience. A teacher at the Ottawa School of Art and Shenkman Arts Center, her work can be found hung in the foyer of the Manor Park Community center, among other local art galleries.

Six weeks 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays

1805 Gaspé


MPCC arts programs include acrylic painting classes

Acrylic Painting: Fundamentals with Lindsay Watson

A fun and creative class where you will get the most out of your acrylics! Learn the fundamentals of colour mixing, composition, and paint application while exploring traditional and non-traditional subject matter, such as landscapes, portraits, and abstraction. All levels welcome. Supplies not included.

Course instructor is Lindsay Watson.

Six weeks, 9:30 a.m. to noon Wednesdays

1805 Gaspé


Watercolour Painting with Laurie Hemmings

Join resident Watercolour Painting teacher, Laurie Hemmings for this popular arts program. Individual style is encouraged with lots of one-on-one instruction. Specific lessons are discussed in the first session. Expect to practice and learn new skills. Explore this beautiful medium in a safe and supportive environment. All levels welcome. Supplies not included.

Instruction is by popular local artist and experienced art instructor, Laurie Hemmings. Laurie’s classes at Manor Park have gathered a large and loyal following of artists, and are known to sell-out!

Eight weeks, 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays starting in January 2024

Saturdays, starting Jan 2024

More details coming soon

Manor Park Community Council (MPCC) Recreation Programming–Wellness

Food for Thought: Nutrition and the Ageing Brain – with Kelly Beaton

Join us for this important expert-led discussion about nutrition and the aging brain. In 2020, approximately 597,000 Canadians were living with dementia. It is estimated by 2050, more than 1.7 million Canadians are expected to be living with this disease. (Landmark Study Report 1 – Navigating the Path Forward for Dementia in Canada, Alzheimer’s Society of Canada). It is important to know that regardless of your age, it is never too late to take action to support your brain’s health. Let’s start now!

Kelly Beaton is a practicing registered holistic nutritionist with an advanced certificate in cognitive support related to nutrition and brain health and is completing an international certificate as an integrative medicine provider in type 2 diabetes, cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease with the Leslie Korn Institute for Integrative Medicine.

Taking place 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday November 23

1805 Gaspé Ave.


Sound Bath Experience

Experience a relaxing, one hour-long sound experience with Jennifer Bell of Ottawa Sound Therapy. Be immersed in the sounds of singing bowls, gongs, ocean drums, rain sticks and more. Bring a soft mat and blanket then drift away on soothing sound vibrations. Deeply relaxing, meditative, healing, grounding, calming and restorative. These are ways people have described their sound bath experience.

Class instructor Jennifer Bell has extensive training in the field, as a certified voice practitioner and Educator. Find her full bio at

7:45 to 8:45 p.m. Tuesday November 28

1805 Gaspé Ave.


Manor Park Community Council (MPCC) Recreation Programming–Sports

All fitness and yoga programs now take place in our bright, clean and freshly renovated Studio, located at 1805 Gaspé Ave.! Expect large windows and fresh décor – a comfortable space to move your body. New classes have been added for more flexibility and options!


1) Unlimited Fitness Pass
One fee, access to every class. Purchase The Unlimited fitness Pass and attend any or all of our Autumn 2023 Fitness and Yoga classes between September and December, 2023. No limit on the number of classes you attend. $300

2) 10-Class Fitness Pass
Our most popular option, the 10-class Fitness Pass is available for those who want more flexibility or who will only attend classes periodically. This pass is transferable and can be used by any member of your family. $135

3) Drop-in anytime
Pre-Register for classes online


Pilates provides the basis for strength training, focusing on stability, mobility and control. It is a calisthenics-based workout using your body weight, an isometric-based workout with holds, pushes and pulls and a plyometric-based workout with bouncing to create elasticity in the fascia and release of joints. Instructor: Catherine Hachigan

9:30 to 10: 30 a.m. Mondays and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays

Hatha Yoga

This classic Hatha class is for all levels. Stretch, unwind and use different breathing exercises, plus a nice relaxing cool down. Nina combines gentle Hatha poses with breathing exercises. Live in each breath as you move from pose to pose, relieving stress and stiffness in mind and body. Instructor: Nina LePage

5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays, 7 to 8 p.m. Thursdays and 10 to 11 a.m. Saturdays

Yoga Flow

A class accessible to all levels. Flow through a series of gentle, yet dynamic movements. Build strength, increase flexibility, and improve balance. Intentional breathing and mindful movement, will release tension, reduce stress to promote a connection with your inner peace.

Instructor will provide modifications to meet individual needs. Instructor: Rena Argiropulos

6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays

Stay Strong and Stable

Let instructor Louise Hannant guide you through a series of exercises that strengthen the legs, work on balance and coordination. This class can help you prevent falls, add years of independent living, and help manage chronic conditions. Heart Wise programs have been accredited by the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. Heart Wise programs provide excellent exercise for the heart, promote longevity, and contribute to an active lifestyle. (It’s our most popular class!)

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays

Total Body Functional Training

Suitable for all fitness levels (modifications for mild, medium or spicy!), the essence of this class is to train and strengthen all areas of our body being used for the positions we live and move in. Think about your daily activities: from bending over, getting groceries out of a car, to cleaning your house. Often these movements, done over and over, can lead to injuries. Use a combination of bodyweight exercises, pilates-inspired movements, and yoga. Instructor: Sophia Wood Massicotte

6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays

Early Morning Full Body Workout

All are levels welcome to join in this energizing, early morning workout class. Focus on high intensity intervals that offer a mix of cardio, core and weight exercises. Class formats are mixed to keep you on your toes and help everyone stay motivated. All exercises offer adaptations so that everyone can feel comfortable. Instructors: Chelsea Passmore and Sophia Wood Massicotte

6:15 to 7 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays


Dance, jump and smile your way towards your personal fitness goals. Combine cardio and Latin-inspired dance for a fun-filled workout! Annie’s passion for dancing and fitness is evident in her every move! Her good vibes make the experience truly engaging and fun for everyone in class! Instructor: Annie N’tula Mankeni

7 to 8 p.m. Mondays

Nordic Walking

Join in for energizing Nordic Walking with Nina this fall. Nordic walking involves using poles to propel yourself forwards, enhancing the health benefits of walking. Nordic walking can be both fitness and therapy. Come out an experience all the benefits this fall. All levels are welcome to participate. Poles not included. Instructor: Nina LePage

5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays

Slow Flow Yoga

This class is suitable for all levels. Enter your weekend feeling relaxed and balanced. Have you ever been in a yoga class where the flow was moving so quickly you couldn’t keep up? Slow flow yoga: yoga that offers all the benefits of vinyasa while giving you more time to pause, adjust, and breathe. Just like the name suggests, slow flow is all about slowing down and concentrating on your mind-body connection. Instructor: Sophia Wood Massicotte

6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Fridays