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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
BULLETIN! BULLETIN! BULLETIN!
WELLAND – St. Matthews’ Lutheran Church Free Bike Clinic has been cancelled due to inclement weather. The clinic had been scheduled for today, Saturday, May 6 .
CITY SEEKS INPUT ON CIVIC SQUARE FRONT PLAZA
WELLAND –The City of Welland would like to hear from residents and business owners regarding ideas on how to revitalize the outside front plaza of Welland Civic Square. Welland City Council approved a staff recommendation to seek public input on a concept plan that will design a public space to attract more people to downtown Welland, create community activities, and encourage people to gather and interact.
The planning and design of the project is being completed in-house to keep costs to a minimum, and to draw on the skills and expertise of the Project Team, which is comprised of City staff from various departments.
City staff will be organizing several public meetings, and launching an online public survey to gather feedback from residents and business owners on enhancing the outdoor space at Civic Square. This will assist the City’s Project Team in producing a concept plan for consideration.
To participate in the Civic Square concept plan, take the online “My Civic Square” survey at welland.ca or attend one of the public meetings, which will take place this spring. More details will be made available over the next few weeks.
SHIRLEY JONES, FORMER LIBRARY CEO, REMEMBERED
WELLAND – Shirley Jones, former Chief Librarian of the Welland Public Library, passed away on Saturday, April 29, 2017. A native of Moncton, NB, she studied at Mount Allison University and furthered her studies at University of Toronto. Shirley began her career at the St. Catharines Public Library and in 1960, took the position of Chief Librarian at the Welland Public Library – a position she held for 34 years until her retirement in 1994.
Current WPL staff members – Debbie Kallender, Anna Murtaugh, and Cathy Comar – who worked under Shirley’s leadership have fond memories of Shirley as someone who “devoted her life to the library” and was very loyal, supportive and compassionate to both staff and the public.
The full obituary can be seen at the Welland Tribune website here.
CELEBRATING THE CLASS OF 2018
WELLAND – On May 18, Niagara Catholic District School Board will celebrate the 2,000 members of the Class of 2018 during the annual Graduation Celebration.
This event, led by the Student Senate, is a time for the board to bring together students from all eight of its Catholic secondary schools for a day of faith and fellowship. Later that evening, Niagara Catholic will bring together stakeholders for the annual Partners in Catholic Education dinner.
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 are limited so act fast! Donations will be collected at time of ticket pick up.
LIBRARY’S SUNDAY HOURS RESUME IN FALL
WELLAND –-It’s that time of year again! The Main Branch will now be CLOSED on Sundays beginning May 7. Sunday hours will resume on October 15, following the Thanksgiving holiday.
COLLEGE’S SPRING CONVOCATION
WELLAND – Niagara College’s Spring 2017 Convocation Ceremony will take place between June 20 – 23, 2017 at the Welland Campus with a reception immediately following the ceremony. Parking is free during Convocation. For full details, visit the college’s web site.
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.
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.
COLLEGE CELEBRATES 50th ANNIVERSARY
WELLAND –A celebration of Niagara College’s 50th anniversary and connection to the Niagara Region will take place at the Canadian Food and Wine Institute on Saturday, 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, email@example.com.
KINDRED PERFORMS A CANADIAN SONGBOOK
WELLAND – Join Kindred in celebrating Canada’s 150th, playing folk, Celtic and well known songs by some great Canadian songwriters. Featuring the music of: Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell, Spirit of the West, Murray McLaughlin, Blue Rodeo, Tragically Hip, Neil Young and many more.
When: Friday, May 26, 7pm, Welland Community Wellness Complex, free event.