City Shorts, Try ’em On For Size

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CITY SHORTS ART: Gotta love a coneflower bed in full glory on a sunny, summer afternoon. (City Shorts photo/Joe Barkovich)

Compilation by Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large

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City Shorts

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: joe0606barko@gmail.com

WATER SPORTS MAKE BIG SPLASH IN ROSE CITY

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WELLAND – It’s another busy weekend, competition wise, at the Welland International Flatwater Centre. Here’s the rundown:

August 4 – 6:  The 11th Dragon Boat Canada Canadian Dragon Boat Racing Championships (CDBRC) at the Flatwater Centre. (Practice times were available Thursday August 3). The event is expecting 2,000 participants, and racing is on the WIFC north course.  Racing starts Friday at 8am. This event is fun and exciting to watch, be sure to stop by to see some of the action.

SAFE TO SWIM AT YOUR FAVOURITE BEACH?

mingwTVYWELLAND – 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

CANAL DAYS FESTIVAL IN PORT COLBORNE!

PORT COLBORNE – Wellanders are big supporters of Port Colborne’s great festival, Canal Days, which is celebrating its 39th year. Count many Wellanders among the 300,000 or so anticipated visitors.

The big event starts Friday, August 4 and runs through the Civic Holiday weekend to Monday, August 7.  Come celebrate and explore the city’s Marine heritage, live entertainment, fabulous firework display, signature events, food, vendors and so much more!  Find out all you need to know on the Canal Days website. Be sure to check out details of shuttle bus service that is available at no cost!

LOTS TO DO FROM NIAGARA PARKS COMMISSION

NIAGARA FALLS – The Niagara Parks Commission will be hosting a diverse lineup of activities and promotions for all visitors to enjoy while spending the Civic Holiday weekend in Niagara Parks. Two events:

Simcoe Days at Mackenzie Printery:  Celebrate the Civic Holiday, also known as ‘Simcoe Day’, or ‘Emancipation Day’ in the African Canadian community, which honours the first Lieutenant Governor of this province. Join us during the holiday weekend from August 4 to 7, as the Mackenzie Printery will be featuring the works of Upper Canada’s first Lieutenant Governor, John Graves Simcoe and his contributions to shaping the future of Ontario. Admission is $6.25 for adults and $4.05 for children six to 12 years of age. Children five years and under are admitted free at all Niagara Parks attractions. The Mackenzie Printery is open daily from 10am to 5pm, with free parking available.

Free Admission to the Laura Secord Homestead and Old Fort Erie: Visitors are invited to immerse themselves in the rich cultural heritage of the Niagara River Corridor as they experience the sights and sounds of a fort under siege at Old Fort Erie and the enchanting stories and adventures of Canada’s most famous heroine, Laura Secord, at the lovingly restored Laura Secord Homestead in the historic village of Queenston, Ontario. Niagara Parks is proud to offer free admission to Old Fort Erie and the Laura Secord Homestead on Monday, August 7. Both sites are open daily from 10am to 5pm with free parking available.

For more information on all events visit www.niagaraparks.com

CITY HALL, DEPARTMENTS CLOSED MONDAY FOR HOLIDAY

WELLAND –  All City Hall departments will be closed on Monday, August 7 for the Civic Holiday, and will re-open on Tuesday, August 8, at 8:30am. For complete information visit https://www.welland.ca/HotTopics/HolidayHours.asp

OFF WEEK FOR SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL

WELLAND – The festival is on break this week because of the Civic Holiday weekend but gets back into the swing of things next weekend.

  • 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 ON INSTAGRAM, PINTEREST  

instagramWELLAND –  The Welland Public Library has 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 BENEFIT 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.

nd logoThe 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.

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, August 9.

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: 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.  Because of the holiday weekend, the next is scheduled on Monday, August 14.

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