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ROSE FEST PARADE SUNDAY
WELLAND – Each year the Rose Festival closes with the big parade. Community groups, bands and other participants create floats and put on a great show for the community.
The parade will take place on Sunday, June 26 starting at 1pm. This year’s theme is: The Spirit of Culture.
The parade starts from Canadian Tire Financial Services on East Main Street (1000 East Main St. at 406) and will travel along East Main St. to King Street to end at the Welland Arena.
A special Art Fair and Drum-off competition is scheduled following the parade, at the arena, from 2pm-6pm.
Note: Welland Transit will be collecting non-perishable food donations along the parade route for local food banks.
SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL
WELLAND – Friday is opening night of the 2016 Festival season, featuring the Caverners, a Beatles tribute band, on stage at the Merritt Park amphitheatre. The free concert series runs weekly, starting Friday, June 24, 7pm, to the end of August.
CITY’S WHAT’S OPEN, CLOSED ON NATIONAL HOLIDAY
WELLAND – The City of Welland has announced its Canada Day hours (Friday, July 1.) FOR INFORMATION PLEASE CLICK HERE
WELLAND LIBRARY CLOSED FRIDAY
WELLAND – The public library will be closed on Friday, June 24 for the annual Staff Development Day. Regular library hours will resume on Saturday, June 25. No items are due on June 24, and you can use the online catalogue to search, renew your items, place holds, check out e-books and more.
RIDE TO READ IS BACK
WELLAND – Welland Public Library is proud to partner with Welland Transit and the City of Welland for another summer of reading and riding to both library branches.
Ride to Read supports the TD Summer Reading Club and summer programs. This special service begins Thursday, June 30.
Those participating in Ride to Read 2016 will be entered into a draw for a special prize donated by the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1633!
How it Works: Youth 14 years of age and younger can enjoy free rides to the library branches on Welland Transit all summer long by showing their stickered library card upon boarding any conventional service bus. Children, ages 4-9, must be accompanied by an adult (14 years and older). One adult accompanying the child can ride for free. Youth ages 10-14 are free and can ride alone. Stickers can be picked up at either library branch.
For more details or to get your sticker for Ride to Read 2016, visit either library branch starting Monday, June 27.
SECOND PUBLIC MEETING ON WRCC
WELLAND – The Welland Recreational Canal Corporation (WRCC) in partnership with the City of Welland will be hosting a second public meeting on June 30 in the Community Room at Welland Civic Square to provide an opportunity for Welland’s citizens to share their thoughts on the mandate and governance structure of the WRCC. The meeting will be from 7pm to 9pm.
These public meetings are being hosted as part of a planned governance and operational review of the WRCC. Feedback from the meetings will be included in reports to the WRCC Board and City Council with recommendations on future policy directions of the organization.
A short presentation will be made by WRCC interim management followed by an open floor for sharing constructive ideas and suggestions. Written submissions can be shared via email to firstname.lastname@example.org until June 30. All members of the public are welcome to attend
BLOOD DONOR CLINIC
PELHAM – Canadian Blood Services is holding a clinic July 1 in Pelham, at Pelham Fire Station, 177 Hwy. 20 West. Call ahead, 1-888-2DONATE. There is a critical need for Type O blood.
WELLAND ARTS PROJECT INVITES ARTISTS TO GET CREATIVE
WELLAND – The City of Welland is inviting artists from all disciplines and mediums to participate in the Welland Arts Project taking place this August 27, 2016, in downtown Welland. Applications are now open to the arts community and can be accessed at wellandartsproject.com or through the City’s website. The day of arts, performances, and festivities is made possible with support from Niagara Region and Black Lantern Experience (BLX).
The event is scheduled to begin at 1pm at Civic Square and end at 9:30pm. After that, the festivities will move into designated downtown businesses. The Mandevilles are scheduled to headline the event, along with Step Echo, Key Machine, and Sonic Arc. The event will also feature artisans, dancers, theatre performers, and food vendors.
The City has received $9,000 from the Region’s 2016 Niagara Investment in Culture Grant. Cassandra Magazzeni, Arts and Culture Coordinator for the City of Welland, says the grant will help showcase local talent and introduce a variety of arts to the community.
Artists must submit a vendor application to the Recreation and Culture Division by August 1. For more information and applications visit wellandartsproject.com or find it on Facebook.
LIBRARY’S SUMMER READING PROGRAM GUIDE
WELLAND –Welland Library has an incredible line-up of programs planned for the summer! The list includes the TD Summer Reading Club, Ride to Read, Splash ‘N Boots, Paws for Stories, pre-school and family programs, and programs for children 8 and up.
There are special events planned for the Main Library, Diamond Trail Branch, Seaway Mall, and other locations in the community. The Summer Reading Program Guide is available here.
HOLY CROSS CEMETERY CELEBRATION MASS
WELLAND – The fourth annual Outdoor Mass will take place on Saturday, June 25 at 11am. at Holy Cross Cemetery, Niagara Street and Woodlawn Road. Bishop Gerard Bergie will be the presider. In the event of inclement weather, the Mass will be rescheduled for Saturday, July 9 at 11 am.
HOOF IT WITH WELLAND’S MAYOR
WELLAND – Meet Mayor Frank Campion at the Merritt Island parking lot Monday mornings at 7:30 a.m. for a 40-minute walk on Merritt Island.