CITY SHORTS ART: This bed at Niagara Street and Riverbank is a tribute to the Ukrainian Labour Temple, Ontario Road, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Floral design and work by City of Welland horticulture crew. (Photo by Joe Barkovich.)
Compilation by Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large
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FLOATFEST ON SUNDAY!
WELLAND – The second annual FloatFest is expected to attract a huge crowd when held this Sunday on the recreational waterway at the Lincoln Street dock area
Registration starts at 10am and floaters will start hitting the water at noon. An attempt for a Guinness World Record, the longest line of water inflatables, will start at 2:30pm.
This year’s event is larger than the inaugural, with new attractions being added including face painting and games, a Kidzone, food drive supporting Open Arms Mission and Hope Centre and more. Live music featuring several musicians and singers is also on the schedule.
More than 1,200 people have already registered to participate. More info, visit http://www.wellandfloatfest.com
SAFE TO SWIM AT YOUR FAVOURITE BEACH?
WELLAND – Check the water before you go swimming this weekend, or any day. Make sure the water is safe. This is a great service provided by Regional Niagara.
For latest results, visit http://www.niagararegion.ca/living/water/beaches/default.aspx?topic=1
WATER SPORTS MAKE BIG SPLASH IN ROSE CITY
WELLAND – It’s a busy weekend, competition wise, on the Welland International Flatwater Centre courses. Here’s the rundown:
July 29-30 ROWONTARIO Championships South Course, Rowing, 1000 athletes, and July 29-30 Western Ontario Division Trials & Championships, North Course, Canoe Kayak, 500 athletes
SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL AT THE AMPHITHEATRE
WELLAND – Enjoy free concerts on the floating stage at Merritt Park. All concerts are on Friday nights and begin at 7pm, unless otherwise noted.
- Nashville: Country Classic, Friday, July 28 – Johnny Cash, Tammy Wynette, June Carter, Jerry Lee Lewis and more presented by James Yorfido; Guest Artist: Ashlynne Vince
- Welland Rocks on the Canal, Friday, August 11 – The Associates, The Howling Horns and Heather Glaab
- Soulsville, Friday, August 18 – Juno Award winner Lance Anderson presents the music of STAX Records,Otis Redding, Wilson Picket, Sam & Dave, Brooker T & the M.G.s, Eddie Floyd and many more Southern Soul Artists; Guest Artists: John Finley, George Oliver, Jay Douglas and Cheryl Lescom
- The British Rock Invasion, Friday, August 25 – Hot Rocks: Tribute to the Rolling Stones – The British Invasion with the music of The Beatles, The Dave Clark 5, The Kinks, The Who, Freddy and The Dreamers
LIBRARY NOW ON INSTAGRAM, PINTEREST
WELLAND – The Welland Public Library has just launched two new social media accounts: Instagram and Pinterest!
The Instagram account will feature library staff, events and patrons, as well as new arrivals to the collection. It will also share Instagram Stories of events, programs, and fun things around the library.
Follow here: @wellandlibrary
Pinterest will offer a fun way to see what staff is reading with “Staff Pick” boards. It will also include read-alike suggestions, photos from library events and local history archives, and ways for YOU to participate!
Follow here: @wellandpubliclibrary
BINGO, ELIMINATION DRAW TO RAISE FUNDS FOR IRISH HOOPSTERS
WELLAND – Having accepted an invitation to play in a holiday hoops tournament in south Florida, Notre Dame senior boys basketball team is holding a bingo fundraiser in September.
The bingo is one of two fundraisers scheduled for fall. The date is Tuesday, Sept. 12 at Delta Bingo, Niagara Falls. Tickets are $15 which includes two single books which contain regular games and the regular jackpot only. Also one $5 voucher for use in the Tap Tix machines.
Tickets can be purchased from Coach Gallagher, 905-788-2636 or Chris Biggar, 905-380-2593 until school starts in September.
The second fundraiser is an elimination draw evening. More details will be released at a later date.
The senior Irish will be in the All-Catholic New Year’s Holiday Tournament in Miami the first week of January 2018. The tourney is being hosted by Belen Jesuit Prep School. The eight-team tournament features six south Florida teams, a team from New York City, and the Irish.
BIG CROWD AT MUSEUM
WELLAND – On Canada Day, the museum had 816 guests! The amount of guests at once in the building was quite a sight.
The museum had exciting things going on for Canada Day guests. In the Capitol Theatre exhibit, Canadian Heritage Minutes was shown. In the “Live, Learn, Explore!” Gallery, colouring and word search activities for children were offered. The Canadian Flag Mosaic was hanging in the children’s galler
y. Magazines and brochures from a number of years ago for people to look through as part of the Canada150 exhibit were available. These magazines and brochures are part of the research collection.
Museum staff thank people who came to celebrate Canada Day and staff appreciate the activity the donations box received. Monetary donations as admission fee provides the museum with the necessary funds to operate. Donations help deliver educational and recreational programming to children across Niagara. Donations are also used to fund archival conservation, exhibit maintenance and promotional materials for in-house publications. The Board of Management and staff gratefully acknowledge your continued support.
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.
VISIT WELLAND SUPPER MARKET
WELLAND – Every Wednesday 4:30pm to dusk, a mid-week gathering of families, friends and community to have supper on Merritt Island. Enjoy yummy food, delicious craft ales, wines and ciders. Take in some local entertainment and a great evening on the Island. The next is Wednesday, July 26.
DON’T MISS JAMMIN’ AT THE MARKET
WELLAND – The 2017 music series Jammin’ at the downtown market is now in full swing. Upcoming performers are: 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.
JOIN THE MAYOR’S WALK ON MERRITT ISLAND
WELLAND – Meet Mayor Frank Campion at the Merritt Island parking lot Monday mornings at 7:30am for a 40 Minute Walk on Merritt Island. The next is Monday, July 24.