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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
NEEDLE DISPOSAL SITES NEEDED: PETITION
WELLAND – An online petition is asking the city to investigate installing sharps containers in public places, such as parks.
The campaign was launched by Welland resident James Takeo earlier this month.
“What I’m trying to put into people’s heads is that this is not a drug abuse issue, this is a harm reduction issue,” Takeo said.
He has found discarded needles and related paraphernalia in various public places, including the south end of Aqueduct Street this month. Social media posts report sightings in playgrounds, walking trails and other public areas.
The internet link to the petition can be found at: http://bit.ly/2vmQrz2. You can read it and if so inclined, sign it in support.
MOANA LAUNCHES CITY’S BIG MOVIE NIGHT
WELLAND – The City of Welland is releasing its second annual Big Movie Night series on Saturday, August 26, with Disney’s animated film Moana. Initiated in 2016, Big Movie Night series offers free blockbuster movies and refreshments for families to enjoy.
Big Movie Night is an initiative to bring families to Welland’s downtown core, stimulate economic development, revitalize public space, and encourage civic pride. The film series followed a very successful live broadcast of the Tragically Hip in August 2016, where close to 3,000 people gathered at Civic Square to view the concert on the BIG SCREEN.
Moana kicks off the 2017 series, followed by three other scheduled movies on September 22, October 27, and ending with a Christmas film after the Santa Claus Parade on November 18.
“Civic Square has a lot of potential to bring more engaging and entertaining events downtown,” said Cassandra Magazzeni, Arts and Culture Coordinator for the City of Welland. “We’re planning a Moana Hawaiian themed movie night along with treats for the kids.”
City staff remind participants to bring their own lawn chairs to view the movie. Viewers are also welcome to bring snacks; however, Sweet Sunshine Ice Cream will be on site selling dairy-free ice cream. In the event of rain, the movie will be shown in the Community Room at Civic Square (seating capacity of 100). The movie will begin at dusk.
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
MARSHVILLE FEST LABOUR DAY WEEKEND
WAINFLEET – A big draw for many in Welland year after year is the annual Marshville Heritage Festival. This year’s, the 29th annual, is on Saturday, September 2, Sunday, September 3 and Monday, September 4, 10am to 5pm all three days.
The festival takes place at Wainfleet Village Sports Complex, Hwy. 3 West. Parking is free and no pets are allowed.
The event features high quality handcrafted merchandise by more than 130 artisans from across the province.
MP HOSTS BBQ IN PARK
WELLAND – Niagara Centre MP Vance Badawey is holding his end of summer BBQ on Sunday, August 27 from 1pm to 4pm in Memorial Park. Enjoy food, games and activities for the youngsters. Open to the public.
SEE YOU AT THE POOL, RUFF, RUFF!
WELLAND – Memorial Park Pool is going to the dogs for one last swim before it is drained for the season. Dog owners are invited to bring their pets to Memorial Park pool for an all-dog swimming party, Monday, September 4. Time: Small Dogs (under 30 pounds) 4pm to 5pm; Larger Dogs (over 30 pounds) 5pm to 6pm.
AUXILIARY SEEKS VOLUNTEERS
WELLAND – Welland Hospital Auxiliary gift shop is in need of new volunteers and auxiliary members. Interested, call 905-732-6111 ext. 33141 or email email@example.com
POP-UP IN THE PARK
WELLAND – The City of Welland has more than 447 acres of parkland for children to enjoy! Join playground leaders for some truly extraordinary summer fun! Informal games, activities and creative crafts in the park for absolutely free!
Tuesday, August 29 10am- noon Maple Park
Thursday, August 31 10am-noon Memorial Park
CONCERT ON THE CANAL
WELLAND – The free concerts on the floating stage at Merritt Park have been great!Tonight’s (Friday) is the wrapup to what many attendees say is a very successful concert series. Friday, August 25: – The British Rock Invasion, 7pm – 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, more.
WELLAND HERITAGE MARKET
WELLAND – On Saturday, August 26, go back in time at the Welland Farmers’ Market. Bring the family for a corn roast and some carnival games. Enjoy the photo booth, make your own ice cream, enjoy the old tyme fiddlin’ and much more. Lots to see and do, 9am to 11am. Welland Farmers’ Market, 70 Young Street, Welland.
FALL PROGRAM GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE
WELLAND – Curious about fall programs at the library? The library has released the Fall 2017 Program Guide online (take a peek here!) and it’s filled with a variety of programs for all ages!
The program guide is available at all branches. Registration for fall programs began Monday, August 14. To register call 905-734-6210 ext. 2521 or register through our Events Calendar.
DON’T MISS JAMMIN’ AT THE MARKET
WELLAND – The 2017 music series Jammin’ at the downtown market is in full swing. Upcoming performers are: 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.