City Shorts, Try ’em On For Size!

Julia Flyer for game Generic Dec 15 2015 (1)

CITY SHORTS ART: Fundraiser honors the memory of Julia Turner and benefits Hope Centre. (Supplied)

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:

 Entries sought for Welland’s 2016 Christmas card

smascontestWebWELLAND – The Mayor’s 2016 Christmas Card Photo Contest is now accepting submissions.

Get your cameras out this holiday season and snap some photographs. More info, entry form, can be found on the city’s website.


 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.

 Donations aid Syrian refugee sponsorship

THOROLD – This Christmas, you may wish to consider making a donation in support of the Syrian refugees who are being sponsored by parishes across the Diocese of St. Catharines. Financial donations can be made to the Diocese of St. Catharines, noting ‘Refugee Settlement’. These donations will be distributed to parishes striving to meet the financial requirements to sponsor a family.

Income tax receipts will be issued.

To donate goods or services, or if you are able to provide storage space, please contact Margaret at 905-684-0154 or

Here’s your chance to decorate the Mitten Tree

WELAND – Please help decorate our Mitten Tree at the 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

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 in outside, along the canal bank for a thrilling fireworks display at 5:50pm. More info, 905-735-1700 ext 4000

 Wood Singers, Wood Kids spread Christmas cheer

12193871_1058966677469530_7157577633484949054_nFENWICK – The Robert Wood Singers and The Wood Kids will be performing in concert 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.

 MacNeil returns as chair of Catholic board

NCDSB-LogoWELLAND – Niagara Catholic District School Board held its annual Organizational Meeting at the Catholic Education Centre December 1.

Father Paul MacNeil was re-elected Chair for 2016, and Kathy Burtnik was elected Vice-Chair.

Father MacNeil was elected to the Board in 2010, representing voters in Grimsby, Pelham, Lincoln and West Lincoln. This is his second term and his second time as Chair.

“Let me say how genuinely proud I am of the improvements we have made in working together as a Board,” said Father MacNeil. “Thank you all for helping us make this happen, and I continue to count on each of you to build on what we are creating together.”

Kathy Burtnik has previously served as Chair and Vice-Chair of Niagara Catholic. She is currently the President of the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association.

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

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 sittings at 11 am, 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 most Wednesdays and Saturdays. Send submissions to:



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