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
CELEBRATION OF LIFE FOR ROSS BEARD
WELLAND – The distinguished artist, Ross Beard, will be remembered and paid tribute at a Celebration of Life service Sunday, February 17, from 1pm – 5pm at Royal Canadian Legion, 383 Morningstar Avenue, Welland. Mr. Beard, 65, passed Friday, February 8 at Welland Hospital.
He was well known, far and near, for his paintings, many of which were of local landscapes, including Dain City, where he grew up. For Welland’s Festival of the Arts in the late 1980s, he was commissioned by the organizing committee to paint three murals, two of them in downtown Welland and one on Niagara Street North.
Full details can be found in the death notice for Mr. Beard, accessible at: https://www.arbormemorial.ca/jjpatterson/obituaries/ross-beard/30165/
THE PUCK STOPS HERE
WELLAND – 8th annual Julia’s Hope Cup Pond Hockey Tournament Saturday, February 16 at Welland’s Chippawa Park. This popular event celebrates the life of Julia Turner and raises funds for her most cherished cause, The Hope Centre. Pond hockey tournament, silent auction, food, games and more combine to make it an event for the entire family and the timing couldn’t be better: Family Day weekend. For complete info about the day, including the touching Julia’s Story, please visit: https://www.juliashopecup.ca/
COLLEGE TO HOST VOLLEYBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
WELLAND – The 2019 CCAA Women’s Volleyball National Championship is being held at Niagara College. The competition is scheduled March 7 through March 9, according to a web page about the championship. Matches are scheduled March 7, 8, 9 with the bronze medal match, gold medal match and closing ceremonies taking place the evening of March 9. Also taking place are: awards banquet, coaches meeting and athletic therapists meeting, all on March 6.
Names of participating teams and other information will be announced soon.
CITY’S FAMILY DAYS HOURS
WELLAND – All City Hall departments will be closed Monday, February 18, for Family Day, and will re-open Tuesday, February 19, at 8:30am. For the full monty, please visit: https://www.welland.ca/HotTopics/HolidayHours.asp
ATLAS: MEMORIES FORGED IN STEEL
WELLAND – Do you have memories of Atlas Steels? Welland Historical Museum wants to hear from you. Share them by calling 905-732-2215 to set up an appointment.
PRAYER SERVICE AT HOLY TRINITY
WELLAND – A World Day of Prayer service on Friday, March 1 will be hosted by Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Division Street. The service will start at 1:30pm.
MARCH BREAK PROGRAM GUIDE AVAILABLE
WELLAND – Are you ready for March Break? Welland Public Library is! The library has taken a ton of great programs and activities to keep your kids and teens busy all week long. Take a look at all of the exciting things going on!
Program guides are now available at all branches and online.
Registration for programs has started. All programs require registration unless otherwise noted.
FAMILY FUN DAY AND FAMILY DAY FREE SKATE
WELLAND – Looking for something to do on Family Day? Have some fun with the family at the Welland Community Wellness Complex and the Welland Main Arena. Donations of non-perishable food items are appreciated. This is a free family-friendly event. Monday, February 18, 10am-2pm. More info on city website.
LIBRARY BRANCHES CLOSED ON HOLIDAY MONDAY
WELLAND – All branches of Welland Public Library will be closed Monday, February 18 for Family Day. Be sure to stock up before then or use the online resources which are available 24/7.
The library encourages folks to read together as a family during the weekend to promote literacy.
THIS TALK WON’T PUT YOU TO SLEEP!
WELLAND – Representatives from the Welland McMaster Family Health Team lead talks on a variety of healthy living topics. Each session includes a question and answer period.
The next is scheduled Wednesday, February 20, 10am – noon, at the library’s Seaway Mall Branch. The subject matter is Insomnia. To register, please contact McMaster Family Health at 905 734 9699 ext. 3 or at wellandmcmasterfht.com.
PUBLIC MEETING WITH GUEST SPEAKER
WELLAND – Hosted by the Visual Artists of Welland, Tuesday, February 19 at 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, in the upper meeting room at Chippawa Park, 90 First Ave., Welland. Open to the public and anyone interested in becoming a member (membership is $35), or registering for the Spring Fling Art Show and Sale (April 5, 6, 7) – Registration package on the website: http://www.visualartistsofwelland.com/. Contact: Deedee Alexandre, co-president via phone: 905-732-4782 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR HUMANITARIAN 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 his memory, Niagara Region initiated a memorial award in 2003 to honour a resident of Niagara who best exemplifies Roy’s values and dedication to community service; a person who sees volunteerism as an integral part of their life. (Welland resident Paul Turner was the 2016 recipient of the award.)
Nominations are now open for the 2019 T. Roy Adams Humanitarian of the Year Award. Sunday, March 31, is the last day for nominations. Nomination info is available online at: https://www.niagararegion.ca/government/awards-bursaries/t-roy-adams/nomination-form.aspx
ORCHESTRUM TO PERFORM AT WELLNESS CENTRE
WELLAND – Catch the band performing all of the classics, including Elvis, Johnny Cash, The Beatles and more. Tickets on sale now. Refreshments and door prizes included in ticket price. Friday, February 22, 7pm in the Theatre at Welland Community Wellness Complex. Tickets are $5 for passholders, $7 for non-passholders.
MAYOR’S COFFEE BREAK
WELLAND – Join Mayor Frank Campion at the Welland Community Wellness Complex for coffee and an update on what’s happening in Welland. This is a free event. Pre-registration is required. Thursday, February 21, 10:45am to noon.
HARVEST KITCHEN SEASON IN WELLAND WINDING DOWN
WELLAND – Welland’s Harvest Kitchen program is in its 23rd season. 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.
The program ends March 31.
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(City Shorts is a weekly feature on the blog appearing most often on weekends.)