City Shorts: Try ’em On For Size


CITY SHORTS ART: High flyer over Welland’s Chippawa Park. (Photo by Joe Barkovich)

Compilation by Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large

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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:

 Candlelight Christmas Service of Hope

WELLAND – A memorial service to celebrate and remember the lives of those we loved and cherished is once again being held this Christmas season with local clergy from various churches. All are welcome to attend on Wednesday December 16 at 7pm at Sts. Peter & Paul Church, on Devon Street in Welland.

 NRP officers volunteer to support Special Olympics

LawEnforcement Torch Run logoWELLAND – On Tuesday December 8, officers from the Niagara Regional Police Service will join members of the Law Enforcement Torch Run and the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police to honour Special Olympics Athletes participating in the Special Olympics Four Corners Youth Bocce Qualifier.

The event will take place from 10am to 1:30pm at the Young’s SportsPlex at 570 River Rd in Welland.

Niagara Regional Police Officers will provide a motorcade for the Special Olympics Athletes to the event and will greet the athletes as they enter the facility.The Special Olympics Four Corners Youth Sport Competition program includes: Basketball, Soccer, Bocce and Track & Field.

The program aims to provide quality youth sport competition opportunities to school students aged 13 to 21 with an intellectual disability. To qualify for the Special Olympics Four Corners Youth Sport Provincial Championships in the summer of 2016, participating athletes will compete in their respective sport at one of the 48 qualifying events across Ontario.

Members of the Niagara Regional Police Service have volunteered their time to make the 2015 Special Olympics Youth Bocce Qualifier a memorable event for the athletes, coaches and athletes families.

Here’s your chance to decorate the Mitten Tree

WELAND – Please help decorate the Mitten Tree at Welland Community Wellness Complex with items such as mittens, hats, scarves, socks, onesies, toiletries, slippers, canned/boxed non-perishable food items. Donations go to: Welland Community Christmas: Salvation Army, Hope Centre, St. Vincent de Paul, Community Christmas Toys. . Last day to donate is Friday, December 11 at 2pm

 Museum hosts Christmas open house


WELLAND –The Welland Museum is hosting its annual Christmas Open House today, Saturday December 5. The event will take place at the museum and runs from 10am – 4pm.

Please join in for a day of crafts, hot beverages, and snacks.

The gift shop is stocked with unique gifts from local crafters, artists and vendors.

This year the museum will also be offering photos with Santa for $5. each. from 12 noon to 2pm

Lastly, organizers ask that all visitors kindly bring a non-perishable food item for donation to a local organization.

 Kindred on stage with Christmas concert

WELLAND – Looking for a Christmas gift for that, you know, someone-who-has-everything person in your life? Well, a ticket or tickets to Kindred’s Christmas Concert might be your answer.

This amazing group of multi-talented performers will be back on stage at the Welland Community Wellness Centre on Saturday, December 12 in their third annual Christmas concert.

The concert is in the Wellness Centre’s theatre from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets, $10 for passholders and $12 for non-passholders, are available from the Wellness Centre office.

City’s 15th annual Childrens New Year’s Eve Bash

WELLAND – Come and enjoy FREE family fun and entertainment on New Year’s Eve. Two locations, twice the fun! The celebration is at Welland Community Wellness Complex and the Welland Main Arena from 4pm to 6pm. Join us outside along the canal bank for a thrilling fireworks display at 5:50pm. More info, 905-735-1700 ext 4000

Sign up for Christmas lighting bus tours

WELLAND –Bus tours will take place on December 14th & 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 is available.

 Wood Singers, Wood Kids spread Christmas cheer

WELLAND – The Robert Wood Singers and The Wood Kids will be performing concerts on Sunday, December 6 at 2:30pm at Sacred Heart Church in Welland, and on Friday, December 11 at 7:30pm at Bethany Christian Reformed Church in Fenwick. Tickets can be purchased from Arcuri’s Cheese World in Welland, Fonthill Pharmacy (at The Log Cabin) in Fonthill, Ryson’s Music, St. Catharines and Clarence’s Service Centre Fenwick.

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 today, Saturday, December 5, 2pm to 2:45pm.

It will offer family based stories and free activities.

Meet the library team at the centre court. No registration needed.

Join in four-part-harmony fun

WELLAND – A Capella Niagara, a men’s chorus, invites singers for fun, fellowship and four-part harmony, at Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln St., Welland, Tuesdays at 6:30pm. More info, call 289-820-6584.

 Strudel for Christmas?

WELLAND – St  Anthony’s Croatian Catholic Church, River Road is selling frozen apple and cheese strudels. To order please call 905-735-6159.

Tickets available for soup fundraiser

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WELLAND – Tickets are now being sold for the 14th annual Soup’s On!, a popular fundraiser held at the Parish Community of St. Kevin, 303 Niagara Street.

The event is on Friday, January 29, 2016 with seatings at 11am, noon and 1pm. Tickets are $10 per person and can be bought from the parish office Monday through Friday 9am. to 5pm.

 Christmas and New Year’s holiday hours

WELLAND – The Welland Public Library Board and staff wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday season. No items are due on days that we are closed. You can renew your items or place holds here any time. Library hours over Christmas and New Years are as follows for both of our locations:

Thursday, December 24 9 am to 12:30 pm CLOSED
Friday, December 25 CLOSED CLOSED
Saturday, December 26 CLOSED CLOSED
Sunday, December 27 CLOSED CLOSED
Monday, December 28 9 am to 9 pm 3:30 pm to 8 pm
Tuesday, December 29 9 am to 9 pm 3:30 pm to 8 pm
Wednesday, December 30  9 am to 9 pm 3:30 pm to 8 pm
Thursday, December 31 9 am to 12:30 pm CLOSED
Friday, January 1 CLOSED CLOSED

Regular library hours resume at both locations January 2, 2016.

 (City Shorts is a recurring feature on the blog appearing Wednesdays and Saturdays.  Send submissions to:


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