CITY SHORTS ART: Hot soup on a cold day in January! Hot pepper bread from Spinosa’s Welland Bakery to spice it up! See City Shorts brief, Hottest Ticket In Town, below, for ticket information. (File photo)
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: email@example.com
PUBLIC MEETING ABOUT BRIDGE CLOSURE
WELLAND – A public meeting is scheduled regarding the Forks Road Bridge Closure on Tuesday, December 11, at Civic Square (60 East Main St. in the Community Room) from 5pm-6:30pm. Staff will answer questions, address concerns, and present options under consideration moving forward.
NIAGARA HEALTH FOUNDATION’S ELIMINATION DRAW AND DINNER
WELLAND – Wednesday, Jan. 30 2019, at the Croatian National Home in Welland. Tickets are $95 each or $760 for a table of 8. Ticket price includes dinner, wine at your table, and your chance to win a share of prize money. All proceeds will support our Gifts of Extraordinary Care fund, for the purchase of urgent equipment needs such as defibrillators at Niagara Health’s Welland Site. Tickets are limited so buy now. Or call the Foundation at 905-323-3863.
KANETIX ANNOUNCES EXPANSION INTO WELLAND
TORONTO – Kanetix Ltd., Canada’s largest comparison website for insurance and financial products, will be opening an additional office in Welland in January 2019. Within the year, the move will create over 100 jobs in the area.
“We are delighted to announce our expansion into Welland,” said Igal Mayer, President & CEO of Kanetix Ltd. “Kanetix helps millions of Canadians compare financial products each year and we are eager for the Welland community to learn more about the company. We plan on being a long-term partner in the region and will be creating hundreds of jobs over the next few years.”
According to a city source, the company will set up shop in the space being vacated by Convergys at Lincoln Centre on Lincoln Street. Convergys has closed its doors after 16 years in the city. Job applicants can register at Welland Job Gym.
STRUDEL SALE FOR CHRISTMAS
WELLAND – Interested in apple or cheese strudel for Christmas? Yummy! A Christmas strudel sale is taking place at the Croatian National Home, Sunday, December 16 from 10am to 1pm. Easy enough to do: Call Barb at 905-788-6991 to place your order, then pick it up on the 16th.
HO, HO, HO AT WELLAND MARKET
WELLAND – Don’t miss Christmas at the market, Saturday, December 22, 9am to 11am at the Welland Farmers’ Market, 70 Young Street, Welland. Join in for festive fun and a visit with Santa. Enjoy some holiday crafts, free face painting, colouring and winter activities.
HOTTEST TICKET IN TOWN
WELLAND – Tickets for Soup’s On! are now being sold. The popular soup luncheon fundraiser is being held Friday, January 25, 2019 at St. Kevin’s Church parish hall, 303 Niagara St.
Tickets are available Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm at the parish office, before and after all weekend Masses in the foyer of the church (Saturday 5pm, Sunday, 8:30, 10 and 11:30am and 5pm), from ticket convenor Bernie Barkovich, 905-735-3562, or call for more info. Soup’s On! offers three servings: 11am, noon and 1pm.
COMMUNITY CONNECT WITH JOHN HOWARD SOCIETY
WELLAND – Did you know Welland Public Library offers weekly access to a personal support worker who can connect you with wellness resources in the community? Karlie, from the John Howard Society, is available at the Main Branch on Mondays from 12pm-3pm. Drop-in and ask her about mental health support, housing, addiction counselling, employment counselling, anger awareness programming, and more.
ONE-DAY EXTENSION IN HOLIDAY CLOSURE
WELLAND – Niagara College has recently approved an extension to the normal holiday closure to include Monday, Dec. 24. The College will therefore be closed from Dec. 24, 2018 to Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019 (Inclusive) with normal operations resuming on Wednesday, Jan. 2.
Retail stores at the Teaching Brewery, Wine Visitor and Education Centre, and the Community Employment Services office in St. Catharines will remain open to the public on Dec. 24, 27, 28 and 31. Other modified hours for the holiday break will be shared in the coming weeks.
NEW OR USED KOATS WANTED
WELLAND – Koats for Kids takes place until December 15. Needed are new or good used winter coats for men, women and children, these donations can be dropped off at any local cleaner. Koats for Kids is based at Central United church house on Young Street on Monday to Friday from 11am until 3pm to Saturday, Dec. 15. Koats for Kids is done in partnership with the Hope Centre.
18th ANNUAL CHILDREN’S NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY
WELLAND – Two locations, twice the fun. Celebrate the New Year with the family at the Welland Community Wellness Complex and the Welland Main Arena, Monday, December 31 2018. There are plenty of activities at both locations and fireworks along the canal at 5:50pm. Donations of non-perishable food items are appreciated. Time: 4-6pm. This is a FREE family-friendly event
LONGER MONDAY HOURS FOR LIBRARY’S MALL BRANCH
WELLAND – Welland Public Library announces that the Seaway Mall Branch is now open on Mondays 9am-8pm. Celebrate by enjoying a tasty cup of hot chocolate and cookies while supplies last. Monday, December 10, 17, 24* *Open Dec 24 9am-2pm. Supplied by Health Wise Sponsored by Seaway Mall & Welland Public Library
WINTER BOARDWALK BANTER NOW AVAILABLE
WELLAND – The Winter issue of the Boardwalk Banter is full of news about events and changes happening at Welland Public Library, as well as some fun activities to participate this holiday season.
Don’t miss out on all of the exciting things taking place at your library. Available at all branches and online.
HARVEST KITCHEN SEASON IS UNDERWAY
WELLAND – Welland’s Harvest Kitchen program started its 23rd season on Thursday, November 1 at Hope Centre, 570 King Street.
The weekly schedule is:
Sundays: Central United Church, 12 Young St., 5pm; Mondays: Eglise du Sacre-Coeur, 72 Empire St., 5:30pm; Tuesdays: Hope Centre, 570 King St., 5:30pm; Wednesdays: St. Kevin Roman Catholic Church, 307 Niagara St., 5pm; Thursdays 5pm for all: first Thursday of the month, Hope Centre, second Thursday, Southridge Community Church, 414 River Rd., third Thursday, Holy Trinity Anglican Church (use the market square door at the back), fourth and fifth Thursdays, Sts. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church, 300 Chaffey St. and new this season, third and fourth Fridays, 5pm: Southridge Community Church.
For emergency shelter please call 905-714-5007.
JOIN THE MAYOR’S WALK ON MERRITT ISLAND
WELLAND – Put your best foot forward! 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 most often on weekends.)