CITY SHORTS ART: A salute in tulips to our Canada 150 celebration is the theme of this bed at the intersection of First Avenue and Prince Charles Drive. The bed across Prince Charles, at Colbeck Drive, has the Canadian flag for its theme. Both are examples of the beautiful work done by City of Welland gardeners/horticulture staff. (Photo by Joe Barkovich)
Compilation by Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
CANVAS AND COFFEE – PAINTING WITH KIM MOREAU
WELLAND –This exciting paint party, in support of Welland’s Outpatient Mental Health Clinic, will take place on Thursday, May 25 from 6:30-8:30pm in the Community Room.
Have you ever wanted to try a painting party but were discouraged by the cost, location, or a lack of experience? Well, we’ve got just the answer for you! The Welland Public Library is hosting its first ever Canvas & Coffee painting event on May 25th at 6:30pm led by artist and art teacher, Kim Moreau. No experience is required; and even better: the event is free with your donation of a new aluminum water bottle and/or bottle of adult sunscreen!
These items will be donated to the Outpatient Mental Health Clinic in Welland. This clinic offers a group-based program that helps people living with mental health issues learn to cope with – and hopefully alleviate – their mental health symptoms. The severity of these symptoms often hinders the person’s ability to work; their primary modes of transportation are taking the bus, riding bikes, or walking.
These donations will help reduce the risks of sun exposure and provide for a happier, healthier summer. Come out for a fun evening with friends and support this great cause! Light refreshments will be provided.
Tickets will be available May 1 but are limited so act fast! Donations will be collected at time of ticket pick up.
WALK-A-THON TO HELP RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT ADDICTIONS
WELLAND – On Saturday, May 6, Arid Recovery Homes is holding its 18th annual walk-a-thon to help raise awareness, promote discussion and lessen the stigma about addictions and mental health.
The 5k or 10k walks are being held on Merritt Island, registration opens at 9am and the walk starts at 10.
More details and pledge sheets are on the web site, www.aridhomes.ca or call 905-227-1113.
GET YOUR BIKE SAFETY CHECKED AT ST. MATTHEW’S
WELLAND – St. Matthews’ Lutheran Church is holding its 11th annual Free Bike Clinic and Block Party on Saturday, May 6, from 10 am to 12 noon.
Everyone is welcome. Bring your family’s bikes for simple maintenance: air in tires, seat adjustment, lubrication, reflective tape.
The event is also a great opportunity to chat with neighbours, enjoy a free barbecue lunch and enter the free bike helmet draw.
Last but not least – Learn the proper way to wear your helmet and the ABCs of bicycle care. wwwstmatthewswelland.com
STAGED MAYHEM AT MUSEUM FUNDRAISER
WELLAND –- On Saturday, April 29, Welland Historical Museum is holding a Murder Mystery Fundraiser at Welland Legion, Morningstar Avenue from 6 to 10pm. Come out for a night of dinner, entertainment, and silent auction.
Tickets are $40/person or $35/person when booking a table of 8. Tickets can be booked online or by phone.
ROTARY CELEBRATES CINCO DE MAYO
WELLAND – The Rotary Club of Welland invites you to the Cinco de Mayo event of the year. It will take place on Friday, May 5 at Riverstone Event Centre and will feature Mexican fare, entertainment, specialty drinks, cash bar and games.
Tickets are $75 each and include one drink, Tequila tasting, dinner buffet, prizes and games. Tickets can be reserved via email by contacting us at email@example.com.
COLLEGE’S 50th ANNIVERSARY DINNER ‘A JOURNEY THROUGH TIME’
WELLAND – A celebration of Niagara College’s 50th anniversary and the college’s connection to the Niagara Region will take place at the Canadian Food and Wine Institute on May 6.
The evening will be a journey through time with food, wine, beer, music, alumni and special guests. To order tickets or for more information, contact Sarah Scott at 905-641-2252 ext. 4623, firstname.lastname@example.org.
LADIES, DON’T MISS LADIES NIGHT OUT!
WELLAND – Welland Heritage Council and Multicultural Centre is holding its 10th annual Ladies Night May 11 at Riverstone Event Centre, 414 River Road from 6 to 10pm.
Music, vendors, family style dinner, door prizes and raffles, fashion show by The Post Office, silent auction and more are on the program. Tickets are $40 per person or $375 for a table of 10.
Tickets available at the Heritage Council and Multicultural Centre, 26 East Main. Call 905-732-5337 for more info.
ROCKIN’ AT THE FLATWATER CENTRE
WELLAND –Here’s your invite to some Flatwater Fun. It’s Friday, April 28 at 7 pm at the Welland International Flatwater Centre. The evening features Howling Horns and Groovy Food. Ticket price includes finger foods provided by Smokin’ Buddha. This City of Welland sponsored event benefits Womens’ Place Welland through the United Way. Tickets: $15 per person.
TICKETS ON SALE FOR POPULAR ELIMINATION DRAW
WELLAND – The annual Croatian National Home Elimination Draw is being held Wednesday, May 10 at the hall on Broadway Avenue. Tickets are $70.
Tickets are available from Kathleen Turkovich, 905-735-5089 if you are interested in purchasing.
Don’t wait long, the event sells out quickly.
AUTHOR TALK WITH BRENT JONES
WELLAND – Join Niagara author Brent Jones at Welland Public Library on Monday, May 8 at 7 pm. The event will include a discussion of his debut novel “The Fifteenth of June,” a short reading, a Q&A session, and a book signing.
About the author: “From bad checks to bathroom graffiti, Brent Jones has always been drawn to writing. He won a national creative writing competition at the age of fourteen, although he can’t recall what the story was about. Seventeen years later, he gave up his freelance career as a social media manager to pursue creative writing full-time. The Fifteenth of June is his debut novel.
Jones is working on his sophomore release from his home in Fort Erie. Subscribe to his newsletter (AuthorBrentJones.com) or follow him on Twitter (@AuthorBrentJ).” –from Goodreads.com
COLLEGE HOLDS ORIENTATION
WELLAND –Spring Orientation takes place May 4 at Niagara College.
Get started at the college by participating in Orientation! Visit http://orientation.niagaracollege.ca for details. For exceptions and more important dates please visit www.niagaracollege.ca/dates.