City Shorts: Try ’em On For Size!


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CITY SHORTS ART: Still time to buy Soup’s On! tickets as Christmas stocking stuffers. Tickets are being sold from the parish office at St. Kevin Church Wednesday, December 23, during regular business hours and on Christmas Eve 9am to 1pm. Jessica Soul, pictured, is secretary of the committee. Soup’s On! is being held Friday, January 29, 2016 in the parish hall. Ticket sales resume after Christmas (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.

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A bloody good idea!

WELLAND – A blood donor clinic is scheduled for Thursday, December 24 at the Welland Community Wellness Complex.

It’s from 9am to 1pm.

“To a hospital patient there is no better gift,” says an ad on the city’s Civic Corner page, by the Canadian Blood Service.

The name of the campaign is: Wrap It Up in Red.

 Holiday schedules for city services

WELLAND – Want info about the city’s holiday hours? It’s right here at your fingertips:



For further detail regarding the Welland Community Wellness Complex Holiday Hours, please click here

Midnight Mass from the cathedral

CATHARINES – A long running seasonal tradition continues again this year.

Midnight Mass from the Cathedral of St. Catherine of Alexandria, St. Catharines, will be broadcast by Newstalk 610 CKTB, St. Catharines, Christmas Eve.

It will be the 83rd annual live broadcast.

Coverage begins with Christmas music by the Cathedral choir directed by Lucas Chorosinski, at 11:30 p.m. followed by Midnight Mass.

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

 Alumni association seeks registrants for new website


Notre Dame

WELLAND – Notre Dame College School Alumni Association is inviting all alumni to register on its new website in order to re-establish the association’s contact list.

Once logged in and registered you will be able to peruse over 65 years of Notre Dame yearbooks online.

Please register at

 Library starts registration for winter programs

WELLAND – Winter programs at Welland Public Library will begin the week of January 11. Registration for these programs began Saturday, December 12.

There are programs for infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers and school-age children.

Check the library’s Event Calendar for more details.

Writers Gathering returns January 24

writersWELLAND – The Writers Gathering at Welland Public Library is a group of creative individuals who wish to openly share ideas, discuss work in progress, and ultimately, have fun! This group is open to everyone aged 14 and up.

This program will return on Sunday, January 24 from 1:30 to 4:30 pm. No registration is required.

Hoof it with the Welland mayor

WELLAND – Put your best foot forward with Welland Mayor Frank Campion.

Join the mayor’s Monday walk on Merritt Island, commencing Monday, January 11, 2016.

Meet at the island’s parking lot at 7:30am for a 40-minute walk.

Christmas, New Year’s holiday hours

WELLAND – Welland Public Library Board and staff wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday season. No items are due on days the library is 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.

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