Compilation by Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large
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
MEMBERS NEEDED FOR NEW COMMITTEE
WELLAND – The deadline to apply for a seat on an important new city committee is fast approaching.
Members are being sought for the City of Welland Waterway Advisory Committee. It will have a total of nine members, including two members at large.
Applications and info are available on the city website https://www.welland.ca/Media/notices.asp or at the city clerk’s office. Deadline to apply is on or before 4:30pm Thursday, February 1.
BRRR! FUNDRAISE ON THE COLDEST NIGHT
WELLAND – The Coldest Night of the Year is a super-fun, family-friendly fundraiser for hungry, homeless, and hurting individuals and families across Canada. In Welland, the fundraiser benefits Open Arms Mission, an organization that has been serving the community of Welland for 30 years. Last year, the Coldest Night of the Year raised over $4 million for charities across Canada, including over $30,000 for hurting people in Welland. This year, we are looking to raise $45,000. We want to have 25 teams of 8-10 people who will seek to raise $200 each for a team total of $2000. Will you gather a team of friends, family, coworkers, church members or teammates to walk 2, 5 or 10km, fundraise for Open Arms Mission and feel a hint of the challenge faced by those experiencing poverty during the winter? To register your team, join a team or for more information, go to https://cnoy.org/location/welland
FRENCH-CATHOLIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE
WELLAND – An open house in the local French-Catholic high school is being held next week.
The open house, at Ecole Secondaire Catholique Jean Vanier is on Tuesday, February 6 from 7pm to 8pm. The school is located at 620 River Rd.
WHAT IS DEMENTIA?
WELLAND – January is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Dementia, a general term that refers to a variety of brain disorders, is caused by physical changes in the brain. Learn more about dementia, its impact on the brain, and how to keep your brain healthy with this information session presented by Denise Verreault, Director of Education for the Alzheimer Society of Niagara.
This session is scheduled for Saturday, January 27 at the Seaway Mall Branch from 1:30pm-3:00pm. Registration is required; please call the Alzheimer Society at 905-687-3914 or register online at http://www.alzheimer.ca/niagara.
OF INTEREST TO SENIORS
WELLAND – A speaker series, Healthy and Balanced Living for Seniors is being held at Welland Public Library’s Seaway Mall Branch starting Tuesday, January 30 at 2pm. Theme is Estate Planning and Financial Advice. It starts at 2pm.
BETWEEN THE COVERS FEATURE ON HOLD
WELLAND – A new feature column on the blog, intended for startup this month, is delayed.
‘Between The Covers’, a question and answer column about reading habits and interests, will have its start in early February.
The content will be fun, informative, interesting and of course – reader friendly!
Interviewees will answer questions ranging from: current book being read, favourite book read, favourite character, favourite author, worst book ever read, a book the reader started reading but never finished and why, and various other questions.
Between The Covers will feature an array of well known and not so well known Wellanders as interview subjects.
The series will have its start in early February.
POETRY TAKES THE NITE 2018
WELLAND – It starts Saturday, January 27 from 6pm to 8pm at the Black Sheep Lounge, Niagara Street. Program runs the last Saturday of the month, from January 27 to November 24. Poets and spoken word artists from all over Niagara will be performing and putting on a brilliant showcase of diverse talents using words and literature.
NOMINEES SOUGHT FOR PRESTIGIOUS AWARD
WELLAND – T. Roy Adams was an eminent Niagaran, well known throughout the Region, Canada, and abroad for his service to God, his country and his fellow citizens.
In memory of the late councillor, Niagara Region initiated a memorial award in 2003 in his name to honour a resident of Niagara who best exemplifies his values and dedication to community service; a person who sees volunteerism as an integral part of their life. The 2017 recipient was Tom Rankin.
Application info and other details are available on on-line: niagararegion.ca/government/awards-bursaries. Nominations close March 31.
EVENT RAISES FUNDS FOR SURGICAL PROGRAMS
WELLAND – Niagara Health Foundation is holding its annual Elimination Draw/Dinner hosted by the Croatian National Home, on Wednesday, January 31. Tickets are $75 each or $600 for a table of eight.
Now’s the time to enter to win your share of $3,000. The event is a fundraiser in support of surgical programs at the Welland Site of Niagara Health.
Buy your tickets: http://www.NiagaraHealthFoundation.com
STRENGTHENING FAMILIES FOR THE FUTURE SERIES
WELLAND – The Welland Public Library has partnered with the John Howard Society of Niagara to offer a series of presentations designed to equip parents with tools for a better family life. All workshops are FREE and run from 6:00pm-7:30pm. The series will continue into spring 2018.
Register online, or call 905-734-6210 ext. 2521
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR GIFT SHOP
WELLAND – Welland Hospital Gift Shop is seeking volunteers and auxiliary members. Interested? Call 905-732-6111 ext. 33141 or email email@example.com.
LIBRARY CONTRIBUTES TO LOCAL HISTORY BOOK
WELLAND – “Triumph and Tragedy: the Welland Ship Canal” profiles the fallen workers whose lives were lost during the construction of Welland’s waterway. Several Welland Public Library staff members contributed articles to this collection – the third of which, by Loraine Speck, can be read here.
YOUR CHANCE TO BLOOM
WELLAND – Welland Horticultural Society invites new members. The society’s meetings offer guest speakers, demonstrations, lessons and projects. More info, call 905-329-4217.
JOIN THE MAYOR’S WALK ON MERRITT ISLAND
WELLAND – Meet Mayor Campion at the Merritt Island parking lot Monday mornings at 7:30 a.m. for a 40-minute walk on Merritt Island.
(City Shorts is a weekly feature on the blog appearing Thursdays or Fridays)