City Shorts: Try ’em On For Size


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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:

 Family Literacy Day at Welland library branches

WELLAND –Family Literacy Day is being celebrated on Saturday, January 23 at both branches of  Welland Public Library: Main Branch: 10:30 – 11:30 am | Diamond Trail Branch: 1 – 2pm

Come with your family and friends to play Book BINGO and/or Library-opoly. There are prizes to be won, snacks to enjoy, and fun for all!

Family Literacy Day is a national awareness initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999 and held annually on January 27 to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family.

Taking time every day to read or do a learning activity with children is crucial to a child’s development. Even just 15 minutes a day can improve a child’s literacy skills dramatically, and can help parents improve their skills as well.

 New Professional Activity Day

WELLAND – A new Professional Activity Day has been added to this year’s school calendar.

This new P.A. Day was a part of the agreement reached during the central negotiations in 2015, and affects all elementary and secondary schools in Ontario.

Niagara Catholic’s additional P.A. Day will take place on Friday, April 15, 2016. The Board approved this date during a Special Board Meeting earlier this month.

This information is also being shared on the Board website and social media accounts, and will be published in school newsletters.

If you have any questions, please contact your child’s school.

 Calling all local entertainers!

WELLAND – All types of musicians, dancers, singers and/or bands are invited to make a submission for consideration to perform during Friday Night Live 2016 Concert Series.

The monthly concert series will run March to May and September to November in the Theatre at the Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street, with performances beginning at 7pm.

More info and applications can be found at or by calling 905-735-1700 ext. 4000.

 New! Children’s program guide available

WELLAND – The new Children’s Program Guide is now available at Welland Public Library. It features programs scheduled from January to June 2016. The March Break Program Guide will be available mid-February.

The program guide is available at both library branches, and on the library website.

T. Roy Adams award nominations open


T. Roy Adams

WELLAND – The prestigious T. Roy Adams Humanitarian of the Year is awarded annually by Niagara Region to a current resident of Niagara to honour the memory of the late T. Roy Adams. This is the fourteenth year of the Award.

The recipient will be someone who best exemplifies Roy’s values and dedication to community service; a person who sees volunteerism as an integral part of their life. T. Roy Adams was an eminent Niagaran, well known throughout the Region, Canada, and abroad for his service to God, his country and his fellow citizens.

The deadline for receiving nominations is March 31, 2016. For further information and nomination form please visit, or contact Sharon McNames at 905-685-4225 ext 3224, or by email at

Writers Gathering returns January 24

WELLAND – 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 returns Sunday, January 24 from 1:30 to 4:30 pm. No registration is required.

Request for Proposal – Strategic Plan

WELLAND – The Welland Public Library Board is seeking proposals for the Facilitation of the Development of 2016 – 2020 Strategic Plan.

The Welland Public Library (WPL) seeks a consultant to develop a strategic plan for the library. Specifically, the Library Board expects a service plan that includes goals, measurable objectives, and proposed activities to meet community needs for the next five years.

The RFP document can be found here.

 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,.

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

Alumni association seeks registrants for new website

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

 Theatre group to stage two plays

WELLAND – Canalside Players 2016 season is coming up.

First on the playbill is Marriage is Murder, a Valentine’s Day murder mystery. It’s being staged – you guessed it – Sunday, February 14.

The second production, Bemused, will take to the stage in May. Auditions are being held this month.

 (City Shorts is a recurring feature on the blog appearing most often on Wednesdays and Saturdays, or otherwise as circumstances arise. Send submissions to:

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