Week Ahead, Oct. 21 to 27

Brazil’s dance troupe Grupo Corpo returns to the National Arts Centre with for two nights only, 8 p.m. until Oct. 27 and is offering a master class for pre-professional dancers, 14 and older, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., on Oct. 27. Register for the class by contacting kirsten.andersen@nac-cna.ca http://nac-cna.ca/en/dance/event/2697

Oct. 21

The one-day Ottawa Nostalgia and Collectible Show features pre-1965 items, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Nepean Sportsplex. http://antique-shows.ca

Rag and Bone puppet troupe bring to life the story of Zoom at Sea, following the antics of an adventurous cat and his magical friends, from the children’s books by author Tim Wynne-Jones, with shows at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m., Shenkman Arts Centre, http://shenkmanarts.ca

Poet Kimberly Dawkins joins bluegrass fusion band Call Me Katie in a Dusty Owl event that sounds as if it should “be crackling from your great-grandmother’s radio on the back porch,” 3 p.m., Elmdale Tavern. http://www.elmdaletavern.com/

Oct. 22

Back due to popular demand, Ottawa Citizen writer Robert Sibley will be reading from his book The Way of the Stars: Journeys on the Camino de Santiago, at the Ottawa Citizen conference centre, 1101 Baxter Rd., 7 to 9 p.m. RSVP to rdavey@ottawacitizen.com to reserve a spot.

Although Valentine’s Day is months away, get a headstart with a Speed Dating for Singles event 7 p.m., D’Arcy McGee’s, 44 Sparks St. The hitch is that there are only spots left for men. http://www.25dates.com

The Arthritis Society is offering a free, two-hour practical workshop on chronic pain management, for those suffering from the disease and other chronic pain illnesses, like fibromyalgia, or family members seeking to learn how to provide support, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., 20-2269 Riverside Dr. Register at http://arthritis.ca

Oct. 23

Free Anti-bullying Workshop by Dr. Tina Daniels, who has studied bullying behaviour, 7 to 8:30 p.m., 641 Sladen Ave. This workshop will focus on detecting the signs of pre-bullying behaviour in elementary school-aged children and tools the parent, child, or bystander. RSVP to admin@st-laurentacademy.com

Take a vicarious Trip to China as amateur photographer and world traveller Al Sangster shares photos from his tour, 7 to 8:30 p.m., main branch, Ottawa Public Library, 120 Metcalfe St. http://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/main/program?eid=43972

Passes for the 250 kilometres of cross-country and snowshoeing trails at Gatineau Park trails are available at a special early bird rate until Dec. 15. And don’t forget to reserve a spot in one of their four cabins, yurts or four-season tents for the ultimate outdoor experience this winter. http://reservations.gatineaupark.ca

Oct. 24

The Ottawa International Writer’s Festival launches this evening with three very different events. Celebrity Chef Michael Smith will be sharing tips on creating great food on a tight schedule, and providing samples of recipes from his latest cookbook, Fast Flavours, at 6:30 p.m. at Sidedoor contemporary kitchen, 20 York St.

Filmmaker Deepa Mehta will take part in an onstage conversation with CBC’s Lucy van Oldenbarneveld after the Ottawa premiere of Mehta’s film Midnight’s Children, based on the novel by Salman Rushdie, 7 p.m., World Exchange Plaza, 111 Albert St.

Finalists for the Ottawa Books Awards will be announced 8 p.m., Shenkman Arts Centre. Visit http://www.writersfestival.org for tickets and schedules.

There will be vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options at the Ecology Ottawa 6th Eco Gala fundraiser, with a four-course dinner created in collaboration with chef Murray Wilson of the Courtyard Restaurant. The evening also features brothers Jeff and Jonathan Westeinde on Ottawa’s potential to be a leader in environmental protection, and other entertainment. Doors open at 5:30, with dinner at 7 p.m., St. Elias Banquet Centrehttp://ecologyottawa.ca

Oct. 25

The Canadian Film Institute and Embassy of Japan are offering five contemporary Japanese films over three days as part of the Festival Japan 2012, beginning at 7 p.m. with the romantic comedy Happy Flight (2008), 7 p.m., auditorium, 395 Wellington St. Free. http://www.cfi-icf.ca

Extravagant costumes, makeup, internationally renowned artists — and excerpts from repertoires at one time banned by the Chinese government, translated into English — will be showcased at the Peking Opera Soirée, which sold out last year, Fourth Stage, NAC, 7:30 p.m. http://ticketmaster.ca

Those intrigued or concerned about December’s fast approach and the possible end of the world may want to attend this illustrated lecture on The Maya Calendar and 2012 from Claudio Obregón Clairin, a researcher on the Maya, who will explore the doomsday theories, Theatre, Canadian Museum of History, $10. http://civilization.ca

Oct. 26

Brazil’s dance troupe Grupo Corpo returns to the National Arts Centre with for two nights only, 8 p.m. until Oct. 27 and is offering a master class for pre-professional dancers, 14 and older, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., on Oct. 27. Register for the class by contacting kirsten.andersen@nac-cna.ca http://nac-cna.ca/en/dance/event/2697

The one-man show The Player’s Advice to Shakespeare is being re-mounted by the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival for two days, 7:30 p.m. until Oct. 27, St. Andrew’s Church, 425 Centre St., Prescott. http://www.stlawrenceshakespeare.ca

Gold lamé will be de rigueur at the Studio 54-themed fundraiser for the 3C Foundation of Canada charity, the 3rd Annual Gut-Together, to provide support for sufferers of Crohn’s, Colitis and colon cancer in the Ottawa region, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the residence of the Irish ambassador to Canada. http://www.3cfoundation.org

Oct. 27

The Friends of the Farm wants your previously-enjoyed reading material at their Used Book Drop-Off, in preparation for their annual book sale in June. Drop off books, not including encyclopedias, magazines or text books, 10 a.m. and 3 p. m., Building 72, Arboretum, Canadian Experimental Farm. http://friendsofthefarm.ca

The works of more than 60 artists will be exhibited and available for sale at the Ottawa Art Expo, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., St. Elias Centre. Free admission and parking. http://ottawaartexpo.com

Grab your dancing shoes, zombie costume and Michael Jackson moves and join in the annual international Thrill the World event, as thousands simultaneously dance to the iconic song Thriller in an effort to break the world record of more than 22,000 people. Ottawa events begin at 11 a.m. sharp with registration and routine lessons for dancers of all ages and skill, under the Maman statue at the National Gallery of Canada. Makeup artists will zombie-fy all participants before the event starts at 3 p.m. Visit http://thrilltheworldottawa.com to learn the routine or register in advance.

Prizes for best costumes and Halloween gift for all children will be handed out at the Family Cinema showing of the animated, family-friendly but suitably spooky ParaNorman 3D, 2 p.m., Notre Dame school auditorium, 710 Broadview Ave. http://www.familycinema.ca

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