City Shorts: Try ’em on for size

museum cards

CITY SHORTS ART: Welland Museum is selling these attractive greeting cards. Please see item below in Shorts column. (Supplied photo)

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

Committee co-chairs named

WELLAND – Andre Roy and Maria Lallouet are co-chairs of the city’s 150th Anniversary of Canada’s Confederation committee.

The ad hoc committee 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.

The committee’s members were chosen after a request was made for volunteers for the committee. In addition to the co-chairs, those chosen as members are: Councillor Bonnie Fokkens, Helen Galeota, Teresa Haydon, Debi Katsmar, Kay Annable, James Takeo, Amanda Deschenes, Bernice Booth, Stephanie Hicks, Steve Canjar, Margaret Skinner, Josie Faccini, John Huehnl-Cadwell, Don Romano, Cheryl Edwards, Sandra Phillipson-MacPhee.

 Museum offers ho, ho, ho Yule greetings card

untitledWELLAND – Welland Museum Christmas cards are now available in the museum Gift Shop! The cards feature an image from the museum’s Archival Collection. Limited quantities are available.

Visit the gift shop and get a pack of 10 cards for $12 before they’re gone. The Welland Museum and the Gift Shop are open Tuesday-Saturday from 10-4.

Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Day

WELLAND – Niagara Region’s Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Committee presents the annual Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Day Community Social, Thursday, December 3 from 5 pm – 8 pm

It will offer dinner, drumming and speakers  for family and friends.

This social is being held in Central United Church hall, 12 Young Street. For more info, contact Sarah Burtch, Positive Living Niagara, 905-984-868.

Residential lighting contest starts; nominate your neighbour

WELLAND – The Welland Winter Lights Committee invites you to show off your winter spirit! In keeping with energy conservation best practices, all houses entered must use energy efficient lighting (Exclusively LED or fluorescent lights). Houses will be judged on the following criteria: Balance/Suitability • Colour/Special • Innovation/Creativity/Fun • Buzz” Factor

Do you have a beautifully lit house in your neighbourhood? Nomination forms are being accepted as of November 16 at Civic Square (60 East Main Street) and the Welland Community Wellness Complex (145 Lincoln Street).

Bus tours will take place on December 14 & 15. Enjoy the best Welland has to offer as you and your family tour the city enjoying the breathtaking lights! Christmas carols, apple cider and treats provided for all.

Confirm your spot on a bus tour early to avoid disappointment! To register: 905-735-1700 ext. 3101. Wheelchair accessible busing available.

New service provider for Niagara Specialized Transit

NIAGARA REGION – Niagara Specialized Transit will soon have a new look and new service provider. On Dec. 1, 2015 BTS Network Inc. will officially become the new service provider for Niagara Specialized Transit.

Niagara Specialized Transit is an inter-municipal transit service intended for persons who, due to a functional mobility problem, are physically unable to board a conventional transit vehicle or walk a distance of 175 m (approximately 600 ft.). Niagara Specialized Transit is only available for travel to medical appointments, education and employment purposes.

BTS Network Inc., the new service provider, has been in the transportation business for more than forty years. BTS currently provides transportation services to individuals, groups and organizations across North America.

For the month of November the Red Cross, the current provider, will continue to provide Niagara Specialized Transit service on behalf of Niagara Region. There will be no service interruptions for clients of Niagara Specialized Transit.

To book a trip on Niagara Specialized Transit please call the booking line directly at 905-680-2052. If you experience any difficulties booking trips during this transition period please call Niagara Specialized Transit at 905-980-6000 and ask for Specialized Transit or dial ext. 3336.

The current fares for Niagara Specialized Transit will remain unchanged for the remainder of 2015. Any trips previously booked or paid for will be honoured by the new service provider.

Fundraiser for local hospital

save the hospitalWELLAND – Save Our Welland Hospital is hosting a Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser, Thursday, December 3 at Royal Canadian Legion Br. 4, 383 Morningstar Ave. Welland.

It begins at 6 pm with a meet and greet, followed by dinner at 6:30 pm. For tickets, 289-820-8129 Wendy or 905-932-1646 Sue. Tickets are $15 per person.

Frosty Family Fun at mall

frostyWELLAND – Welland Public Library is hosting a seasonal activity at Seaway Mall that will be fun for the entire family.

It’s Frosty Family Fun and it’s scheduled for Saturday, December 5, from 2 to 2:45 pm.

It will offer family based stories and free activities.

Meet the library team at the mall’s centre court. No registration needed.

Make a holiday door swag

WELLAND – Join Karin Vermeer Monday, November 30 from 2-4 pm at swagsWelland public library and create a fantastic, fresh, and fragrant door swag using lovely holiday boughs to welcome your guests into your home!

What to bring? Gloves and your pruners Cost: $10. per person. All supplies will be provided. Register here.

 95th Anniversary Open House

WELLAND –Knights of Columbus Council #2146, is celebrating its 95th aniversary. The celebration will take place at St. Mary’s Church Hall, 90 Griffith Street on Sunday, November 29 from 2pm-4pm. Members of council 2146 4th Degree KC members are invited to attend. An anniversary cake and refreshments will be available.

Presentations will begin at 3 pm. Please join the council for the celebration of 95 years of history, charity, fraternity and patriotism in Welland.

 (City Shorts is a recurring feature on the blog, now appearing Wednesdays and Saturdays.)

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