CITY SHORTS ART: At the Chippawa Park pond, a hand out for friendship! (Photo by Joe Barkovich)
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LOTS GOING ON FOR CANADA DAY!
WELLAND – Celebrate Canada Day in downtown Welland. Enjoy Family Fun in Merritt Park. Free activities on the water all from the King Street Docks. Final Round for the Canada 150 Talent Showcase starts at 2:30pm on the Merritt Park Amphitheatre. Fireworks at 9:50pm.
When: Saturday, July 1, 2017, Time: Noon to 10:00pm
On The Water @ Merritt Park: Free Water Activities: Paddle Boards, Pedal Boats, Canoes and Kayaks,Wibit on the Water: Reach the peak on the massive IceTower XXL. Ride the tubes on RodeoSplash for the ultimate cooling-down experience.
Lifeguards will be On Duty for all water activities and Life Jackets are mandatory!
On the Merritt Park Amphitheatre @ 7:30pm: The beat definitely goes on this Canada Day when the legendary ’80s band The Kings take to the Merritt Park Amphitheatre, where they will no doubt perform their greatest hit: “This Beat Goes On/Switchin’ To Glide”.
Opening act: the Madhatters
In The Park: Inflatables, Face Painting, Arts & Crafts, Canada Day Cupcakes, Pop-Up in the Park, Kub Kar Racing Track
On King Street: Explore the Museum’s 150th Exhibit, Robert Wood Singers, Smudge Fundaes, Food Trucks, Bike Valet Onsite
WOO HOO! WEEKEND ON THE WATER
WELLAND – Celebrate the Canada Day long weekend on the water at the Merritt Park Amphitheatre. Enjoy four nights of excited concerts and events. Check times on the city website.
Friday, June 30, 2017 Summer Music Series presents: Chicago Tribute Brass Transit with guests Aidan Payne & Autumn Conrad. Special guest Merv & Johnny G
Saturday, July 1, 2017 Canada Day Celebrations Talent Showcase Top 10 acts and awards; The Kings with special guests The Madhatters
Sunday, July 2, 2017 Worship on the Water Interdenominational City-wide Worship Service
Monday, July 3, 2017 150 VOICES CANADA 150 Hungarian performers, Szentegyháza Children’s Philharmonia – Canada tour.
WELLAND REMEMBERS WARD 5 COUN. ROCH LETOURNEAU
WELLAND – City of Welland Council and staff are mourning the loss of Welland’s Ward 5 Councillor Rocky Letourneau, who passed away on Thursday, June 22, 2017.
Councillor Letourneau was a distinguished figure in the Francophone community. He helped bring a variety of Francophone events to Welland, including the Francophone Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AFMO) conference in 2014.
Councillor Letourneau lobbied to have a permanent flagpole at Welland Civic Square to display the Francophone flag. His funeral Mass was celebrated Wednesday, June 28 at St. Kevin Catholic Church.
GRAND OPENING AT SEAWAY MALL FOR KIDS
WELLAND – Kids, listen up! School is out and Welland library staff are planning a big Seaway Mall Branch Grand Opening just for you!
Join in on July 11th from 2pm-4pm for family-friendly activities and refreshments. Come celebrate the new branch with balloons, green screen fun, crafts, face painting and more!
CROATIAN TOURING GROUP IN CONCERT
WELLAND – Croatian Fraternal Union (CFU) Lodge 617 Hrvatski Sinovi, Welland is hosting the Croatian Tour 2017 group TS SARMERI & VLATKA KOPIC-PERKOVIC “TENA” Saturday, August 19, in the Croatian National Home clubroom. Tickets $40 for dinner and concert, dinner 5pm, concert 7:30pm. For tickets call Ann Simunic 905-734-9851.
A DIFFERENT TYPE OF MARKET AT OUR FARMER’S MARKET
WELLAND – The next Antique and Artisan Market is scheduled for Sunday, July 9, 9am – 2pm at Welland Farmer’s Market, 50 Market Square. Events: Food Truck Frenzy, Repair Cafe, Workshops, Junk in the Trunk & more.
IT’S BACK! RIDE TO READ
WELLAND – The Welland Public Library is proud to partner with Welland Transit and the City of Welland for another summer of reading and riding to library branches. Ride to Read supports our TD Summer Reading Club and summer programs. This special service began June 26.
Those participating in Ride to Read 2017 will be entered in a draw for a special prize donated by the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1633! For more details, or to get your sticker for Ride to Read 2017, visit any of the Welland library branches.
CANOE RENTAL PROGRAM OPEN WEEKDAYS AS OF JULY 1
WELLAND – Welland’s popular canoe rental program has started up for the season at the PenFinancial Credit Union Flatwater Centre.
Canoes, solo kayaks, tandem kayaks, standup paddle boards and pedal boats are available for rent at the site.
The centre is open 10am to 6pm on weekends June to September. During July and August the centre is open weekdays from 11am to 6pm.
Cancellations due to weather will be posted on the Welland Canoe Rental Program Facebook page
DON’T MISS JAMMIN’ AT THE MARKET
WELLAND – The 2017 music series Jammin’ at the downtown market is now in full swing. Featured performers are: Flatwater Shadows, July 15; Joe Crawford Karaoke, July 29; David and Joni, August 12; Niagara Region Old Tyme Fiddlers, August 26; Jessica Wilson, September 2 and Tracks, September 9. Great entertainment while you shop at our local farmers market. Performances are 9:30am to 10:30am.