City Shorts, Try ’em On For Size

mitten-treeCompilation by Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large


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:

Tdsc_2705-3WO-DAY TIP-OFF TOURNEY OPENS FRIDAY:  The 18th annual Notre Dame Tip-off Tournament gets underway Friday, November 25 at the Welland school.

It features 16 senior boys teams with action getting underway in Notre Dame’s two gyms at 10am.

The host Fighting Irish are scheduled to play Father Goetz of Toronto at 11:25am in Dillon Hall. If the Irish win they play at 5:05pm in Dillon Hall but if they lose they are scheduled for a game at 3:40pm in the Belcastro gym.

The tourney’s two championship games are scheduled Saturday afternoon with the consolation championship tipping off at 3:40pm in the Belcastro gym and the tournament championship at 3: 50pm in Dillon Hall. The awards ceremony is set to follow at 5pm.

the-secret-path-coverTHE SECRET PATH SCREENED AT NIAGARA:  Students, staff and the community are welcome to attend a free viewing of Gord Downie’s The Secret Path.

The Secret Path highlights the true story of 12-year-old Chanie Wenjack an Anishinaabe boy who died running away from his residential school near Kenora, Ontario in 1966.

Screening info: Monday, November 28, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Niagara College’s Welland Campus, AH141 Auditorium. No ticket required. Doors open at 12:20 p.m.

VELVETONES SINGS SONGS OF THE SEASON:  The Velvetones present their annual Christmas concert on Sunday, December 11 at the Welland Community Wellness Complex starting at 2pm in the theatre.

It features carols and songs of Christmas and a wide variety of Christmas music. There will be solo, duet and quartet performances as well. Tickets are $6 for passholders and $8 for non-passholders.

FREE eBOOKS, eAUDIOBOOKS:  Did you know that you can borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks from the library? Use your library card to access Overdrive to discover thousands of eBooks. You can also download the Overdrive app to read on your Apple or Android smart phone or tablet!

WINTER IS COMING:  So battle the cold and cuddle up with these hot TV series on DVD: Game of Thrones, House of Cards, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Call the Midwife, Entourage, and so many more! All available at the Welland library. Search the catalogue here to find your favourite show!

THINGS ARE HAPPENING AT DIAMOND TRAIL:  Visit Welland library’s Diamond Trail Branch for these great upcoming programs:

XBox One, Mondays @ 4pm; You’re The Chef, Tuesdays @ 4pm; Craft Attack, Wednesdays @ 4pm; Anime Club, Thursdays @ 4pm; Coffee & Colour, Thursdays @6:30pm; Knit & Crochet, Saturdays @ 11:30 am; Giant Games Galore, Saturday, Nov. 19 @ 1:30pm

YULE OPEN HOUSE:  Welland Museum is holding its annual Christmas Open House. It’s on December 3 from 10am – 4pm. Free admission and free apple cider! Raffle for a poinsettia every hour. Thank you to Vermeer’s for the donation! Please call 905-732-2215 to register for a workshop. Find out more »


SOUP’S ON! COMING IN JANUARY: The 15th annual Soup’sOn! fundraiser is being held Friday, January 27, 2017 at St. Kevin parish hall.

Participants include Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute, Blessed Trinity, Eastdale, Confederation, Lakeshore Catholic and Notre Dame soup prep teams and Stephanie the Lunch Lady. Eight soups are on the menu.

Tickets are available before and after weekend Masses, and from the parish office Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. Ticket price is $10 per person.

NEW ISSUE OF BOARDWALK BANTER IS AVAILABLE: The library’s November/December newsletter is now available! It has special events coming up that you won’t want to miss. Copies are available at both branches, or you can view it online here: November/December 2016. Use the Event Calendar to register for programs.

WELLAND CANAL FALLEN WORKERS SPEAKERS SERIES:  Schedule in the Welland Canal Fallen Workers Speaker Series:

Tuesday, November 29: Medical Services on the Canal by Isabel Bachmann

Tuesday, January 31: Art & Poetry on the Canal by Debra Antoncic

Tuesday, March 28: Life and Death on the Welland Ship Canal: The Untold Story of 137 Worker Fatalities by Arden Phair

Tuesday, April 25: Disaster on the Welland Canal: The Lock 6 Gate Collapse, 1928 by Sarah King-Head.

These talks are in conjunction with the development and construction of a Fallen Workers Memorial which will be unveiled in late summer 2017 and will be located adjacent to Lock 3 in St. Catharines. Each talk will take place at 7pm in the Community Room of Civic Square, located at 60 East Main Street in Welland. Please register by calling the Library at 905-734-6210 ext. 2521 or through the online calendar.

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