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WEEKENDER: A bicycle race, a ball hockey tournament, Galitcha & the Bollywood Heat, and more events to get you into the summer spirit

CAPITAL VELO RALLY
It’s summertime and wherever you look, you can’t miss the cyclists zooming around town. Join in the fun at Capital Velo Rally, a fun-filled day of cycling through the streets of Ottawa. Riding in a team of 3-6 people, you’ll have to decipher the route, in addition to finding answers to crazy clues and quizzes, all in a friendly competition among other riders. Registration includes a light breakfast, post-rally snacks, drinks, and prizes for every participant.$20 per rider. Saturday, July 13 at 9 a.m. 8 Locks’ Flat Restaurant. www.facebook.com/capital.v.fest

Dancing a unique piece as the sun sets at Dusk Dances Ottawa. Photo by Joseph Michael Photography.

DUSK DANCES OTTAWA
Allow host Annie Lefebvre to lead you through five unique dance pieces as the sun sets over Strathcona Park. Featuring live music by Ottawa’s Junkyard Symphony, Propeller Dance (a leader in integrative dance), choreography by Anjali Patil, and works from visiting artists, this pay-what-you-can event is sure to wow you, and at the same time support the local performing scene. July 11-14 at 7 pm. Strathcona Park. www.duskdances.ca

GALITCHA & THE BOLLYWOOD HEAT
Bollywood has taken the world by storm, and this upcoming event proves it yet again. Galitcha is a Canadian ensemble that integrates music with a strong North Indian style. Overlaid with influences from western folk and jazz, Galitcha (meaning tapestry) takes audiences on a musical journey from one end of the emotional spectrum to the other. The evening will also include Bollywood dance performances and demonstrations with audience participation. $15. Friday, July 12 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Mercury Lounge, 56 ByWard Market Square. 
www.mercurylounge.com/events/galitcha-the-bollywood-heat-jul-12-2013

ALL-STAR BALL HOCKEY CHALLENGE
It all began in Toronto, and now it’s gracing the capital. Valerie’s Flutter Foundation hosts a day full of 5-on-5 ball hockey, a barbeque lunch, and — for those who qualify as a top 10 fundraiser — a game versus NHL and OHL stars! Min. $100 worth of pledges each and must be on a team of 9. Saturday July 13 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Blackburn Arena, 200 Glen Park Dr. www.flutterballhockey-es2.eventbrite.com/?rank=60

GARDEN PARTY & TEA IN SUPPORT OF CANADIAN GUIDE DOGS FOR THE BLIND
Garden parties and tea invoke picturesque images of a tranquil setting and atmosphere. In this case, patrons will be served authentic cream tea with imported Devon cream from the U.K., and scones prepared by the chef at Earnscliffe, the Residence of the British High Commissioner. Fancy that! All in support of Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind; since 1984, the organizations have provided professionally trained dogs to Canadians who are visually impaired. $13 in advance, $15 at the door. Sunday July 14 from 12:00 pm to 3:30 pm. 4120 Rideau Valley Dr. North.
www.guidedogs.ca/EventsList.php

~Hollie Davies