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MUSICAL WEEKEND AT THE AMPHITHEATRE
WELLAND – Enjoy the free concert on the floating stage at Merritt Park this weekend. Tonight (Friday, July 7) the Summer Music Festival is back with Rock Fusion – Mark Lalama Trio with special guest Daniel Romano, guest artist Jessica Wilson and also appearing Rita Carrey. The concert begins at 7pm. Tomorrow, Saturday, a children’s concert takes the stage at 1:30 pm, Sonshine and Broccoli.
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
SOCIAL JUSTICE SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED AT GRAD CEREMONIES
WELLAND – Four students from three local secondary schools are recipients of the 2017 St. Kevin Food Bank Social Justice Scholarship. They are: Aaron Parry (Blessed Trinity Secondary School, Grimsby); Laura Ferreira (Lakeshore Catholic High School, Port Colborne); and Emma Mete and Ailene Zamora (Notre Dame College School, Welland). Each scholarship is in the amount of $1,000. The main fundraiser for the award is Soup’s On!, the popular soup luncheon held annually at St. Kevin parish hall the last Friday of January.
CANADA 150 LIVING FLAG
WELLAND – The Port Robinson Living Flag event is scheduled for Sunday, July 9. A Canada 150 celebration, it is being held at Club Castropignano, 1311 Egerter Rd., Thorold. It is hosted by Port Robinson Proud and three other groups. For more details about the afternoon event, visit the Facebook page.
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.
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 10.
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.
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 12.
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 11 from 2pm – 4pm for family-friendly activities and refreshments. Come celebrate the new branch with balloons, green screen fun, crafts, face painting and more!
REGISTRATION FOR AUGUST PROGRAMS OPENS JULY 10
WELLAND – Summer is here! The Welland Public Library is offering exciting programs for all ages at all three branches this summer. Registration is still open for July programs. All programs are first come, first serve. You can register at the library, or call 905-734-6210 ext. 2521, or register using our online Events Calendar. To find out about programs available during the summer, see our Children’s Summer Program Guide. Registration for the TD Summer Reading Club is now open.
CANOE RENTAL PROGRAM OPEN WEEKDAYS
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.