City Shorts: Try ’em On For Size


See: Tell Me The Truth About Love, below. (Supplied graphic)

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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:

Service interruption at library branch January 30

servcice interruptionsWELLAND – Scheduled computer maintenance at Diamond Trail School will be done on Saturday, January 30.

Telephone and WIFI services will be affected until 12pm at the library branch there. If you are unable to reach the Branch Library, please call the Main Library at 905-734-6210. Press 5 for library options.

The library apologizes for any inconvenience

Niagara Counts: Volunteers needed for April 5

niagara-countsTHOROLD – Niagara Counts is part of a national strategy to help determine the extent of homelessness.

About 30 communities across Canada, including Niagara, will be conducting Point-in-Time Counts providing a snapshot of homelessness at a given point in time.

This involves counting and surveying those in the community who experience absolute homelessness (those living outside or in emergency shelters). The Count will help us better understand who is homeless and what their needs are.

A successful count will allow the Niagara community to:

Identify the number of absolute homeless individuals in our community at a given point in time; Identify the characteristics and needs of the homeless; Provide baseline data so we can measure our progress towards ending homelessness; Increase public awareness about homelessness; Enhance our ability to test the effectiveness of programs and services aimed at ending homelessness.

Conducting a successful count will require volunteers who will work together in teams of three to identify and survey individuals who are homeless. Volunteers are needed April 5 from 5 – 8 a.m.

For more information about the program and how to register to be a volunteer, visit the Region’s website.

Tell Me The Truth About Love

RIDGEWAY – Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Lyric Niagara announces their second presentation Tell Me the Truth About Love, a love-themed cabaret style presentation featuring Broadway selections, Jazz standards and a hint of opera. Join the soloists of Lyric Niagara as they share through song stories of falling in love, falling out of love, and all the heartache and joy that accompanies adventures in love.

Appearing for the first time at The Sanctuary Centre for the Arts, a former church remade into a multi-use arts space in historic Ridgeway, and also home to Crave Local Fresh restaurant and the Brimstone Brewery. A casual atmosphere and bar will allow the audience to relax while treated to this entertaining music.

Lyric Niagara is a new collaborative organization of classical singers who perform as soloists, teach, and reside in the Niagara Region. The performers seek to make vocal music accessible to new and long-converted music lovers, through innovative and thoughtful programming, inspiring collaboration, and community interaction. Their repertoire interests span a wide range of genres including interests in opera, art song, jazz, Broadway, and folk music.

The soloists of Lyric Niagara include soprano Jennifer Carter, mezzo-soprano Debra Kingsley, soprano Charlotte Knight, and soprano Breanne Rourke. They each perform regularly in opera, oratorio, operetta and sacred music, both locally and regionally. They are joined by pianist Dr. Erika Reiman, an accomplished performer and musicologist, as well as a piano instructor in the Music Department of Brock University.

Tickets for Tell Me the Truth About Love: A Cabaret are available online in advance for $20, under the events page at (follow the Ticket Scene link); or at the door, for $25.  Each ticket includes the first drink from the bar.

Packages including dinner and show or show and stay in a local bed & breakfast are available, please enquire through the venue website as well.

More information about the soloists of Lyric Niagara can be found at

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 sought


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 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

February book club selections now available

WELLAND – The Afternoon and Evening Book Club selections are now available at the Circulation desk. Welland library’s Afternoon Book Club will be discussing “Our souls at night” by Kent Haruf on Wednesday, February 17. More information is available here.

The Evening Book Club will be discussing “Away” by Amy Bloom on Tuesday, February 23. More information is available here.

High School Hoops: Ontario Classic Coming to St. Cats

DSC_0106 (6)ST. CATHARINES – Notre Dame will tip off against St. Jean de Brebeuf from Hamilton in the Ontario Catholic Classic Basketball Tournament February 12 – 13 in St. Catharines.

Game venues for the Catholic Classic are Denis Morris and Holy Cross gyms.

Sixteen teams from Catholic high schools around the province are taking part.

The Irish and Brebeuf will play Friday, February 12, 12:30 p.m. at Holy Cross.

The winner advances to the championship side of the bracket and will play Friday 6:30 p.m. at Denis Morris. The loser moves on to the consolation side and will play Friday 6:30 p.m. at Holy Cross.

The two championship games are scheduled for Saturday at Denis Morris, with tip off in the consolation championship at 6 p.m. and the championship game at 7:30 p.m.

 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.

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

  (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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