Monthly Archives: August 2015

Get Involved In SPARC

FROM THE CITY OF WELLAND WEBSITE – The City of Welland in partnership with the Region of Niagara invites local artists and collaborative art groups to apply to participate in SPARC: Sustainable Public Art Revitalizing Community. This mural project will engage both elementary and high school students as well as at-risk youths as they are paired with an artist to create a public art mural piece for their school/youth home. These new murals will be on display in conjunction to an event celebrating Welland’s Public Art.

To celebrate Welland’s past murals, an interactive exhibit will be created showcasing the creation and inspiration of previous murals, workshops with the original artists of Welland’s murals as well as other successful mural artists will be held, as well as display of several artifacts originating from the creation of Welland’s first murals.

Opportunities for sponsorship from local businesses, banks, corporations and individual community members will also be included as part of the project.

This project is made possible through the Niagara Investment in Culture and the City of Welland.

Goals

The goals of the project are to engage youth and residents of Welland in the creation of new temporary murals with the intent of igniting community unity around Welland’s murals; sending a statement about how art can transform public spaces, celebrate Welland’s heritage, and ultimately to continue to develop Welland’s artistic identity.

Eligibility

Participation is open to all artists, 18 years and older, who reside in the Niagara Region. Applicants may be subject to a Police Check if partnered with youths under the age of 18. Funding Artists are asked to submit a detailed budget as part of the proposal. The proposed budget should cover all related costs including artist fees, materials, copyright and miscellaneous expenses. A payment schedule will be produced in consultation with the selected artist. Copyright The artist may retain the right to be identified as the creator of the artwork. The art owner shall have the right to exhibit the artwork in perpetuity or as long as it so chooses. The City shall have the right to reproduce an image or images of the artwork for non-profit use, public relations and documentation purposes. Selection Criteria All artistic styles are encouraged. All completed proposals will be reviewed by the Arts & Culture Coordinator using the following criteria: past work must demonstrate skill, imagination and creativity; design/idea be creative and youthful ; experience working with children/youth an asset The artist or team will provide: a creative, fun experience for those involved, evidence that s/he can successfully execute the project within the existing budget and timeframe Submissions that include inappropriate elements (text and/or images) will not be considered. Any design that could be construed as advertising or political or religious doctrine will not be considered.

Artist’s Agreement and Requirements If successful, the artist will agree to: sign a Letter of Agreement (contract) with the City of Welland and participating schools/youth groups; complete the mural in compliance with this call’s specifications; obtain all required materials (City staff will assist in sourcing)

For more information, please contact: Cassandra Magazzeni Arts & Culture Coordinator 905-735-1700 ext. 4032 Cassandra.magazzeni@welland.ca 

Applications can be found at the Welland Community Wellness Complex, City Hall, Welland Public Library and Welland Museum. Applications are also available online at: http://www.welland.ca

A Day At The Races

Cheers and applause for Canadians who raced to a first-place finish Sunday morning at the World Dragonboat Championships. (All photos by Joe Barkovich)

Cheers and applause for Canadians who raced to a first-place finish Sunday morning at the World Dragonboat Championships. That’s our team wearing black and red uniforms. (All photos by Joe Barkovich)

By Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large

Hard not to feel proud at the World Dragonboat Championships this morning.

Hard not to feel proud on two counts: Watching Canadian boats win more than a handful of first-place finishes in morning racing; and, a re-affirmation that Welland has a venue that measures up to world-class standards.

As the Toronto couple seated on lawn chairs next to us on the east-side bank said: It’s a great day for racing (weatherwise) and a great place for this sport’s world championships.

They made the drive from Big Smoke Saturday to watch that day’s races, went home at the end of the day and drove back early Sunday morning.

Their son was in both day’s races and they try not to miss seeing him and his teammates race.

But staying overnight was just too costly.

Personally, I wouldn’t describe myself as a huge fan of this sport, but I did  go out twice to watch the action.

It was fast and furious at times. Close finishes were breathtaking. The beating of the drums was exhilarating – even for someone sitting on the bank.

And the cheering: “Go Canada…go Canada…” made it hard not to feel proud.

A Canadian boat powers its way toward the finish line in a late Sunday morning race.

A Canadian boat powers its way toward the finish line in a late Sunday morning race.

A bird's eye view of the course, and the racing.

A bird’s eye view of the course, and the racing.

I think this photo captures the passion and teamwork that is so much a part of this sport.

I think this photo captures the passion and teamwork that is so much a part of this sport.

Brit supporters staked out territory on the east-side bank.

Brit supporters staked out territory on the east-side bank.

A British boat at a leisurely pace heading for the starting line.

A British boat at a leisurely pace heading for the starting line.

One of the teams from China heading for the starting line in their race.

One of the teams from China heading for the starting line in their race.

As are teams from Macau, China (above) and Australia (below)

As are teams from Macau, China (above) and Australia (below)

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(A former reporter and city editor, Joe Barkovich lives in his hometown of Welland, Ontario, Canada’s Rose City.)

My City Of Welland Rose Goes To…

City of Welland rose (File photo/Joe Barkovich)

City of Welland rose (File photo/Joe Barkovich)

By Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large

My ‘City of Welland rose’ this week goes to: City of Welland’s Recreation and Culture Division..

It is deserving because of its programming, in particular the Variety Nites concerts that have been held Wednesday evenings this summer once again.

This is not a new program by any means. Long-time supporters will remember it as Variety Nites Along the Canal years ago, when music concerts were held outdoors.

Sadly, this may be one of the most under-appreciated initiatives we have and that’s a shame. One would think the theatre at the Community Wellness Complex would be packed to overflowing for all these performances but it hasn’t been the case.

This year’s series started July 8 with a performance by The Retro-Matics. The concerts have been diverse, ranging from jazz by the Barbara Mantini Jazz Quartet to country to rock and roll to this week’s by A Cappella Niagara. The series wraps up next Wednesday, Aug. 26, with Kindred.

Here’s hoping Variety Nites concerts continue next year with another fine lineup featuring local talent. The Recreation and Culture Division merits this rose for keeping this program going all these years.

(Joe Barkovich, a former reporter and city editor, lives in his hometown of Welland, Ontario, Canadas Rose City. My City of Welland Rose is a recurring feature on the blog, appearing weekends.)

City Shorts: Try ‘Em On For Size

CITY SHORTS ART: The goldfish pond is a popular attraction, not to mention a pretty feature, in Welland's Chippawa Park. (Photo by Joe Barkovich)

CITY SHORTS ART: The goldfish pond is a popular attraction, not to mention a pretty feature, in Welland’s Chippawa Park. (Photo by Joe Barkovich)

Compilation by Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large

City Shorts

City Shorts

City Shorts is a compilation, from various sources (government websites, news announcements, press releases, church bulletins, advertisements, community service information and events, bulletin boards, requests, telephone requests, web postings, email requests etc.) of short items (in most cases) about matters of local interest in Welland. Want to submit an item for consideration? Please send to: joe0606barko@gmail.com

Volunteers sought for 150th anniversary planning committee

meeting tableWELLAND – Welland city council is seeking dedicated citizens to volunteer their time to form an ad hoc committee that will meet regularly and collaborate on ideas for ways to make the celebration of Canada’s 2017 Anniversary of Confederation a day to remember in Welland.

Please submit your name, address, phone number and email address along with a brief summary of why you would like to volunteer to sit on this committee to clerk@welland.ca no later than Friday, September 18, 2015.

Golf tourney and perch supper fundraiser

Sheila and Rick Kiess

Sheila and Rick Kiess

WELLAND – A fundraiser to assist the Rick Kiess family is being held Sunday, August 30, hosted by St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church at Freedom Oakes Golf Course, 612 Sandy Bay Rd., Dunnville; golf 2 p.m. sharp, supper at 5 p.m.

Nine holes with cart and perch supper is $50 for adults, Kids and youth golf for free. Burgers and fries $6, perch supper only, $20.

A Welland contractor, Kiess suffered several severe and life-changing injuries after a fall from a rooftop in June 2012.

Experienced, casual and first time golfers are all welcome in this tourney! For questions or reservations call Dianne at 905-735-1152.

 Catholic diocese announces info meetings for World Youth Day 2016

The Diocese of St. Catharines is involved in a pilgrimage to World Youth Day 2016.

World Youth Day is the largest gathering of young adult Catholics in the world and only happens every two or three years.

In 2016, World Youth Day will take place in Kraków, Poland. This pilgrimage will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience and we want you to join us as we travel as ONE Archdiocese to Kraków!

Information meetings are being held to prepare for WYD:

Thursday, September 17 7:00 p.m. @ Diocesan Catholic Centre, St. Catharines

Wednesday, October 14 7:00 p.m. @ Diocesan Catholic Centre, St. Catharines

Thursday, November 19 7:00 p.m. @ Diocesan Catholic Centre, St. Catharines.

More info is on the diocesan website http://www.saintcd.com

 Charity gala benefits kids, youth

unnamed (2)WELLAND – The annual Mayor’s Charity Gala is being held Sept. 26 at Riverstone Event Centre, according to an ad on the city’s Civic Corner page.

Ticket price is $150 per person and doors open at 6 p.m.

Proceeds from this event go to the Niagara Community Foundation, Welland Mayor’s Children and Youth Fund. The gala is presented by RBC Wealth Management, Dominion Securities.

Java break at Wellness Centre

Mayor Campion

Mayor Campion

WELLAND – A Mayor’s Coffee Break gathering is being held at the Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln St.

It’s on Thursday, Aug. 27 from 10:45 a.m. to noon. All are welcome.

It’s free, but pre-registration is required at the reception counter for refreshment planning.

Going on vacation?

WELLAND – Ask at the Welland Public Library circulation desk, or call us at 905-734-6210 ext. 2520 to extend your loan period to cover the time you are away (Note: Cannot be applied to high demand items)

No need to miss your holds or lose your position in line either! Simply ask to have your standing holds suspended until after you return.

Enjoy your holidays!

 Online events calendar for library

WELLAND – Welland library will be launching its new online events calendar very soon. SignUp has some great features:

Convenient, online registration and easy-to-read calendars;

Email and text event reminders and notices are sent automatically;

Event cancellation details are clearly displayed and patrons are quickly notified.

The library is excited to have an enhanced calendar as part of the website. You will be able to register for programs from anywhere with an internet connection. Staff will be happy to help you to use SignUp, and you can still call to register for any program.

Annual meeting

WELLAND – Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Niagara has announced the date of its 52nd annual general meeting.

It’s scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Casa Dante hall, 34 Lincoln St. West. Attendees are asked to RSVP by Sept. 8 to 905-735-0570 ext. 221.

Touring Croat musicians to perform in Welland

DSC_7599 (2)WELLAND – The Croatian National Home in Welland is hosting a touring musical group and vocalist from Croatia tomorrow, Saturday, August 22.

Performing in concert will be the musical group Kas, featuring vocalist Igor Delac.

The Welland stop is part of a Croatian Fraternal Union of America-sponsored 2015 cultural tour.

After the Welland performance, Kas and Delac will perform in concerts in St. Thomas, Ontario; Warren, Michigan; Merriville, Indiana; Joliet, Illinois; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Canton, Illinois; Kansas City, Kansas, St. Louis, Missouri and several other communities.

Tickets for the Welland event are $40 which includes dinner and concert. The dinner starts at 5:15 p.m. followed by the concert at 7 p.m.

For more info or to purchase tickets call Ann Simunic, 905-734-9851 or Kathleen Turkovich, 905-735-5089.

 ND Pilgrimages reaches 40th anniversary milestone

DSC_5195 (3)WELLAND – Please support Notre Dame’s 40th Annual Pilgrimage for the Developing World. As a significant anniversary year, the organizers would like to extend a special invitation to alumni to support us this year on Sunday October 25th. Please consider joining the pilgrimage and / or contributing financially to fundraising efforts.

This year’s theme brings us back to basics – it is the concept of pilgrimage itself – a walk to a holy place. For 40 years, the Notre Dame community has come together each October to walk in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the developing world. We reflect on the inequality and injustice that exists in our world and the responsibility God gives us to right these wrongs. Justice is never a ‘quick fix’. It is a journey we travel together.

For more information on Notre Dame’s Annual Pilgrimage go to http://notredamewelland.com/forstudents/pilgrimage

 City council to meet

WELLAND –Welland city council will meet in open session Tuesday, August 25 at 7 p.m. Meetings are held in council chambers in city hall.

(City Shorts is a recurring feature on the blog)

A Cappella Niagara: What A Wonderful Show It Was!

A Capella Niagara on stage at the Community Wellness Complex theatre Wednesday night. Bottom: Three Barbershop Quartets from within the choral group. (Photos by Joe Barkovich)

A Cappella Niagara on stage at the Community Wellness Complex theatre Wednesday night. Bottom: Three Barbershop Quartets from within the choral group. (Photos by Joe Barkovich)

WELLAND – A Cappella Niagara gave a rousing performance Wednesday night at the Welland Community Wellness Complex theatre. It was the next to last concert in the Variety Nites series on Wednesdays, since July 8.

The program backgrounder on the group provides this info: “From Doo-Wop to Barbershop, A Cappella Niagara (ACN) a men’s choral group, has something for everyone! ACN has been thrilling audiences of all ages for the past 11 years. From Tin Pan Alley to the Beatles and Broadway, A Cappella Niagara blends dynamic vocal talent with contemporary performance flair to create a musical experience to remember.”

Not only did the receptive audience listen to the chorus entertain, but three Barbershop Quartets within the chorus were called upon to perform several tunes each as well. Each was superb! Overall, it was a great concert and the audience showed its appreciation with generous applause.

The closing concert in the series is Wednesday, August26 when Kindred is scheduled to perform.

Remarkably, admission is free to these weekly concerts, with a freewill offering taken up. The series is presented by the city’s Recreation and Culture Division.

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