City Shorts: Try ‘Em On For Size

Canada geese enjoy a leisurely outing in the Welland recreational waterway Thursday afternoon, except for this one, who put on a boisterous show of flapping its wings over and over. (Photo by Joe Barkovich)

CITY SHORTS ART: Canada geese enjoy a leisurely outing in the Welland recreational waterway Thursday afternoon, except for this one, who put on a boisterous show of flapping its wings. (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

Mark it on your calendar: Nov. 7.

food driveWELLAND – Welland Community Food Drive is coming up, Saturday, Nov. 7.

As in previous years, canvassers will be going out door to door starting at 10 a.m. from Auberge Richelieu, River Road. Please leave your food at your front door, non-perishables only!

Most needed are: Cereal, peanut butter, canned fruit, tuna, canned meat, canned stew, canned veggies, pasta and beans, canned pasta, dry pasta, pasta sauce, rice, Kraft Dinner.

Watch for more news about the food drive here on the blog.

‘Zombies’ on the loose in city’s downtown Sunday

zombieWELLAND – The 5th annual Welland Zombie Walk is Sunday, October 25. Participants will be gathering at the Welland bus terminal site at 6:30 pm, with the walk commencing at 7pm.

The route will be down East Main, King Street, Division Street, Hellems Avenue, then returning to the bus terminal.

Prizes will be awarded for best costumes in Child, Teen, Adult, and Family categories, all generously provided by many local business sponsors.

Organizers encourage donations of non-perishable food items to be given to Hope Centre, and pet food items to be given to Welland Humane Society, which will be accepted at the event.

They also ask all participants to remain on sidewalks, follow all pedestrian traffic signals and rules, and to not touch other people or property.

Based on online research, this may very well be one of the biggest Zombie Walks in Ontario this year.

Two-day silent auction at Central

WELLAND – Central United Church is gearing up for its big two-day silent auction.

The silent auction will be held today, Friday, Oct. 23, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, October 24, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Central United is at 12 Young St.

Among the many items to be available: clothing, Christmas decorations, baking, books, flea market, Tiffany,  etc. Admission is free.

Want to quit smoking?

stop smokingWELLAND  – The Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients Program offers eligible participants in Niagara five weeks of cost-free nicotine replacement therapy and smoking cessation information to help them in their quit attempt, says a release on the region’s website.

Eligible participants will: Attend an educational session and receive a five-week course of nicotine patches.

Upcoming workshops are: Niagara Falls, Oct. 28, 6 to 9 pm and Welland, Nov. 19, noon to 3 p.m.

Call 905-688-8248 ext. 7240 to find out if you are eligible and to register for a workshop.

For additional help with quitting smoking, order our free quit smoking kit.

Welland Library, Museum, team up for Trivia Night

WELLAND – Welland Public Library and Welland Museum are joining forces to bring a night of fun to Welland. Together, they are hosting a Trivia Night on Friday, November 6 at Riverstone Event Centre.

The Trivia Night will include eight rounds of trivia questions, a silent auction in support of the library and a 50/50 draw in support of the museum. Doors open at 6:30 pm and trivia begins at 7:30 pm. A cash bar will be available and guests will be filled with a delicious menu of hot and cold food platters consistently throughout the night.

The Museum plans to upgrade current workstations with new computer programs, technology and hardware. Their future goal is to also acquire a new internal communication system. Fundraising efforts and donations are also put towards support material for educational and recreational programming, exhibit maintenance and developing promotional materials created in-house. Tickets for Trivia Night are $25 each, and are now available for purchase at both the museum and the library. For information on the event, contact the museum.

 Sunday hours are back

timthumb.pngWELLAND –The wait is over! The Main Library is open Sundays from 1 to 5 pm as of October 18.

Sunday hours will continue to the end of April 2016 (closed December 27, 2015 and March 27, 2016.)

Flowers and Wine

WELLAND – A Flower Show and Wine Tasting is planned at the Croatian National Home, Broadway and Highway 58, for Thursday, Nov. 26. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Flowers will be by Vermeers and wines, from local wineries. Tickets are $20 per person.

Coffee/tea and dessert will be served.

Time for blades of steel

WELLAND – Public skating is back.

The city’s Jack Ballantyne Memorial Arena (Youth) hosts skating on Saturdays 1 pm to 2:30 pm and Sundays 2 pm to 3:30 pm. Fees and admission standards apply.

Country harvest lunch

WELLAND – A Country Harvest Lunch is being held at Welland Community Wellness Complex, Friday, Oct. 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets: Passholder $8, Non-passholder $9. Deadline: Friday, Oct 30. No tickets will be sold at the door

Boo! ‘Haunted’ walks in Welland’s downtown

WELLAND – Welland Historical Museum is offering a series of Haunted Architectural Walks throughout the month of October!

Join into learn to spooky stories behind some of Downtown Welland’s oldest, and most haunted buildings!

The remaining haunted walks are:  Oct. 24, Oct. 30.

Pre-registration is required. To register, please call the museum at 905-732-2215.

All walks will begin at the museum

Welland Museum holds heritage house tour 

WELLAND – Welland Historical Museum is hosting a fall Heritage House Tour, Saturday, October 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Five historic properties are on the tour including Holy Trinity Anglican Church, the Bujold, Colburn and Steele house, the “Doctors’ House,” Pelham Community Church and Old Pelham Town Hall. Each building has their own unique and interesting history.

All properties are located in either Welland or Pelham and allow visitors access to the interiors of each location.

Participants will have the opportunity to discover the history of these buildings while exploring the architectural features preserved and/or updated inside, and in some cases, through original artifacts associated with the properties. Refreshments and baked goods will be available for purchase at both churches on the Tour. There will also be a door prize draw for an overnight stay for two at “At Home at the Rose Manor” Bed and Breakfast, a historic Welland home on last years’ Tour.

Tickets are $10 per person and are available for purchase at  Welland Museum. For more information, please call 905-732-2215

 (City Shorts is a recurring feature on the blog)

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