WEEKENDER: Finish off your July with an outdoor block party, burlesque night, Christmas in July, Herbfest, and more
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WEEKENDER: Finish off your July with an outdoor block party, burlesque night, Christmas in July, Herbfest, and more

One block. One night. One thousand people. Sparks Street will be shutting down from Metcalfe to O’Connor for this happening, and provided will be a never before seen outdoor block party. The event will kick off with a complimentary dance workshop to warm you up to the Latin rhythms. Then, enjoy a night full of social dancing, mingling, Latin cuisine, beverages, live musicians, and animation. Live the culture of South America right here in Ottawa under the starlight. $10. Saturday, July 27. 9:30 p.m.-2:00 a.m. Sparks Street. www.theinternational.ca

Worker ants. Photo courtesy the Canadian Museum of Nature.

This internationally acclaimed photo exhibition includes 39 captivating, large format images by renowned photographer (/ecologist/explorer) Mark W. Moffet. These superb photos, shot with a macro lens, show ants hunting, communicating, dealing with disease, and managing agriculture. Highlights include an aluminum cast of an ant nest, and terrariums filled with various types of live ants! July 26 – January 5, 2014. Canadian Museum of Nature, 240 McLeod St. www.nature.ca

Hot and sultry burlesque will be in abundance at this event, featuring Rockalily Burlesque – an Ottawa based burlesque performance troupe. Planned Parenthood Ottawa, which contributes education, counseling, and information services that benefit people’s everyday sexual and reproductive health, offers up $5 drinks, sex trivia, and even sexier prizes! $15. Friday, July 26. 8 p.m.-11:30 p.m. SAW Gallery, 67 Nicholas St. www.ppottawa.ca

Hot, hot, hot! Christine Vestervelt, professional therapist, counselor, and life coach, will be presenting this unique workshop consisting of topics such as: what is considered hot, the importance of this psychological expression, and how to go about getting in touch with your inner hottie. She claims that this is a theme continuously expressed by men over the past 13 years, and wants to help you achieve it! $25. Friday, July 26. 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Brighter Vistas Counselling Services, 4467 Farmer’s Way. www.brightervistas.com

On behalf of the One Boy One Van Foundation, which supports special needs children, Yin Yoga instructor Nathalie Gagnon (in collaboration with Upward Dog Yoga Centre) will be hosting a fundraiser 90 minute class. Yin Yoga uses long-held relaxed floor postures to stretch and stimulate the connective tissues of the body. This gentle practice helps improve flexibility and increases the circulation in the joints. All proceeds will go to the chosen charity. By donation. Saturday, July 27. 1:30 p.m-3:00 p.m. Upward Dog Yoga Centre, 251 Dalhousie St. www.oneboyonevan.ca

The second annual Hintonburg Dog Movie Night is upon us. Presented by Global Pet Foods Hintonburg and The Hintonburg Community Assocation, the night will include the feature film showing of Beethoven, as well as extras such as snacks, $10 nail trims, a rookie agility course, and more! So, bring your blanket, beverage, and best furry friend, and cuddle up for a movie night under the stars. Saturday, July 27. 7 p.m. Parkdale Park.

Beat the summer heat and help Papanack Park Zoo support those who are less fortunate in the community. Bring an unwrapped toy or a gently used snowsuit and receive a free child admission to the zoo. Santa is making a very special trip all the way from the North Pole to spend the day helping collect toys and snowsuits, so be sure to bring your Christmas wish list as this very special holiday is celebrated in the hot summer months. Adult admission $17.50. Thursday, July 25. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Papanack Park Zoo, 150 County Rd. 19, Wendover. www.papanack.com

Did you miss out on Bluesfest? Then check out the 18th annual Herbfest featuring live music, dance performances, food vendors and beer on tap. This is a must-attend event for those interested in herbs, gardening, cooking, and living a healthy lifestyle. Check out the Chef cook-off, take a guided herbal walk, or enjoy a quiet rest in the gazebo – there’s something for everyone! $4. Sunday, July 28. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The Herb Garden, 3840 Old Almonte Rd. www.herbfest.ca