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WEEKENDER: Arms and the Man, aroma in the kitchen, wrestlers in the ring, plus Nature Nocturne and a walking tour of LeBreton Flats

SUMMER PLAYSHOP: AROMA IN THE KITCHEN
With a few drops here and there, essential oils enhance everything from the atmosphere in your home to your favorite dishes. Learn the importance of aroma in food, and how to boost the various tastes using pure essential oils. As a hands-on workshop, you will have the opportunity to enjoy some tasty nibbles throughout the evening, and bring home a few goodies. $15. Thursday, Aug. 8. 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. The Village Clinic, 361 Churchill Ave. N. www.villageclinic.ca

Odyssey Theatre's masked performers in "Arms and the Man"

THEATRE UNDER THE STARS
Escape to another world with George Bernard Shaw’s intriguing pageant of love, war, naivety, and blunt reality in “Arms and the Man.” Presented by Odyssey Theatre, at their usual spot in Strathcona Park. The plays are noted for their imaginative use of masks, fusion of art forms and cultures, and innovative staging. $24. 8 p.m. Until Aug. 25. www.odysseytheatre.ca

BIG TIME PRO WRESTLING PRESENTS SUMMER SHOWDOWN
Big Time Pro brings a stellar lineup of competitors with a unique brand of pro wrestling that’s fun for the entire family. This weekend, “The Queen of Mean” Persephone Vice takes on former international-fitness-model-turned-wrestler Melissa Coates. Watch for Thunder, Drake Styles, The Wonder Twins, and more! $12.  Saturday, Aug. 10. 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Rideau Carleton Raceway, 4837 Albion Rd. www.bigtimeprowrestling.ca

NATURE NOCTURNE: STAR WARS
Calling all Star Wars fans! The Canadian Museum of Nature and Canada Aviation and Space Museum are joining forces to present a Star Wars themed Nature Nocturne event. Enjoy the galleries, activities, drinks, and food stations while you dance the night away. So, grab your light saber and get ready for a good time! $20. Friday, Aug. 9. 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. The Canadian Museum of Nature, 240 McLeod St. www.nature.ca

ARCHAEOLOGICAL TOUR OF LEBRETON FLATS
This walk/lecture takes participants through the storied land to the west of Parliament Hill, and will focus on what archaeological investigations over the past decade reveals about the area known as LeBreton Flats. Visit such sites as the Aubrey Row House, the Frith Tavern, St. Famille School, and Duke Street, and learn more about the community of LeBreton Flats in the mid- to late-nineteenth century. The ground is uneven, so please wear good footwear.  $10 ($5 for Heritage Ottawa Members). Saturday, Aug. 10. 2 p.m. Meet outside the main door of the Canadian War Museum, at 1 Vimy Pl. www.heritageottawa.org
 

~ Hollie Davies