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City Shorts, Try ’em On For Size

Ric Nattress guest speaker at museum’s fund-raising dinner, silent auction. (Supplied graphic)

Compilation by Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large

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

FOOD DRIVE NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT
WELLAND – The 26th annual Welland Community Food Drive takes place Saturday, November 3. Canvassers will be going door to door, starting at 10am. Food should be left outside by the door. Non-perishable items please. Proceeds divided equally among Hope Centre, Open Arms Mission and Salvation Army food banks. More info to follow.

NOTRE DAME HOLDS 43rd ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE
WELLAND – Sunday, October 28 marks the day for Notre Dame College School’s 43rd annual Pilgrimage for the Developing World. The Pilgrimage is an opportunity for the school community (students, teachers, parents, friends, and alumni) to “put their feet to the gospel” by walking in solidarity with those of the developing world who are less fortunate.
The Notre Dame community invites and encourages alumni and friends to be a part of this special Notre Dame tradition. Registration is at 8:30am, departure prayer at 9am, and Pilgrimage Eucharist at approximately 1pm.
Over the years, Notre Dame has raised over $2 million through this event for development projects throughout the world. From the Pilgrimage it is learned that Canadian Christians are abundantly blessed – we have the ability and means to respond to the needs of the poor. Please support Notre Dame students as they walk in solidarity with those who are less fortunate. If you can’t be there, please consider a donation online at http://www.notredamewelland.com

KINDRED PRESENTS CELTIC JOURNEY
WELLAND – An evening of Kindred’s Celtic to Cajun Journey, and some reflections of the Christmas season. The popular local group performs Saturday, December 1, in the theatre at the Welland Community Wellness Complex at 7pm. Tickets: $12 for passholders and $15 for non-passholders. More Information: 905-735-1700 Ext. 4000 or recreation@welland.ca

HO, HO, HO TIME!
WELLAND – Want some great exposure on your organization this November? Join in one of Welland’s most celebrated events. On November 17, the Welland Santa Claus Parade will open the holiday season and entertain families with floats, festivities, and treats.
Applications are open until November 12. Come be a part of the excitement and join the 2018 Welland Santa Claus Parade! You can apply on the city’s website.

‘ZOMBIES’ TO WALK IN DOWNTOWN WELLAND
WELLAND –  The 8th annual Welland Zombie Walk takes place this evening, October 21, 6pm downtown Welland ( Hellems Ave between Main and Division streets.) This event is community run and has grown in size thanks to the commitment of its volunteers and local sponsors. As in past years thanks to local businesses there will be prizes for best costume as well as added attractions Brampton Batman and the 89 Batmobile as well as appearances by Crossfire wrestlers Rage and Beautiful Bea, available for pics and autographs. And of course the Zombie Dance Party. So come out dressed in your best and zombie costume or any costume you like (no fake or real weapons please as this is a family friendly event) or just come and watch the fun but please don’t forget to bring a non-perishable people or pet food item for local charities Hope Centre Welland and Pets Alive Niagara.

E.T. ON CITY HALL SCREEN!
WELLAND – Come out and enjoy E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial on the big screen at Civic Square – free family fun. Friday, October 26, – dusk (approximately 6:30pm)

WEAR COSTUMES TO THIS HALLOWEEN FUNDRAISER
WELLAND – The annual fund-raising Kacey Lynn Halloween Dance is on Friday, October 26 at St. John the Baptist Church Hall, 111 second St. Doors open at 7pm, ribbon cutting at 7:30pm, music starts at 8pm, costume contest at 10pm. Tickets $10 in advance or $12 at the door, call Mary or Jim, 905-735-9526 for tickets or more info.

SPOOKY HALLOWEEN PARTY
WELLAND – Boo! Search for ghosts in a spine-tingling scavenger hunt, listen to some scary stories, and try your hand at a spooktacular craft. And yes, there will be candy! You’re invited, Wednesday, October 31 5pm to 7pm at Welland Public Library’s Seaway Mall Branch. Costumes welcome. No registration required.

MUSIC TRIVIA NIGHT TICKETS ON SALE
WELLAND – Think you know music? Come on out and show what you’ve got in support of your library! The 4th annual Trivia Night Fundraiser will once again feature music trivia by Shawn McCart from “Name This Tune.” If you missed it last year, now’s your chance to experience the fun that everyone is raving about! Join in at the Croatian National Home, Broadway, on Friday, November 2 for their endless (well, almost) penne and meatballs dinner. Gather a few friends – or enter as a team of up to 10 – for some friendly competition! Prizes for the top three tables.Tickets are on sale for $25 each at all library branches.

MAIN BRANCH OPEN SUNDAYS
WELLAND – Welland Public Library is pleased to announce that the Main Branch is open Sundays 1pm – 5pm.
These special Sunday hours, which started October 14, will run to April 28, 2019. The library’s main branch is at downtown Welland’s Civic Square.

WALK FOR WOMEN’S PLACE AT SEAWAY MALL EVENT
WELLAND – Join a wave of men, women, youth and children Saturday, November 3 as you walk to WIPE OUT domestic violence in support of the local women’s shelters operated by Women’s Place. Put on some beachwear, come in from the cold and join for a 5 km mall walk and beach party. By raising pledges and walking, you will be helping women and children to transition to lives free of abuse. The event is perfect for walkers of all ages and abilities. Encourage your friends, family and coworkers to put on some sunscreen and register for this fun event. Time: 9 a.m. (check-in starts at 8 a.m.) at Seaway Mall.

‘POLKA KING’ OSTANEK HERE FOR LIVE CONCERT
WELLAND – Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 3, when Walter Ostanek and his friends Big John T Bone Little and Roger Wyatt perform at the Welland Community Wellness Complex starting at 7pm! Tickets: Advanced (until October 21): $12.50 passholder & $14.50 non-passholder; Regular (October 22 onward): $13.50 passholder & $15.50 non-passholder. All tickets plus HST

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 Sundays.)

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She’s Baaaaack!

The hapless witch of First Avenue, Welland. Thanks to the family of Eleanore Clark for keeping this Halloween tradition going in our neighbourhood. (Photo by Joe Barkovich)

Celebrated Harvest Kitchen Ready For New Season Of Community Suppers

Harvest Kitchen schedule, 2018-19. (Supplied graphic)

By Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large

WELLAND – The city’s acclaimed Harvest Kitchen program is ready to start another season. .

Thursday, November 1 is the first night of the year for Harvest Kitchen. It continues on through the winter at severval sites to the following spring. The opening will be at Hope Centre on King Street.

The program is in its 23rd season, said Rev. Bob Bond, co-ordinator.

It was launched, as Out of the Cold, Friday, January 10, 1997 after community organizing meetings and training that took place from November 1996 through January 1997, he said.

New this season are two Friday night dinners hosted by Southridge Church, River Road. The Friday night dinners are a first for Harvest Kitchen, according to Rev. Bond.

Southridge got involved last year, hosting first at Hope Centre but later at their new facility at the end of the season. This year they are at their own site throughout.

Also newly-involved this year is Holy Trinity Anglican Church, where a meal will be hosted every third Thursday of the month.

“Actually this is like a reincarnation, because Holy Trinity was the site that very first night in the first year of our operation,” Rev. Bond said in e-mail correspondence.

Watch for more reports about Harvest Kitchen in Welland through the coming weeks.

Niagara College Introduces Interim Cannabis Policy

In light of the provincial government’s introduction of legislation regarding the use of Cannabis, Niagara College has updated its on-campus smoking policy on an interim basis to reflect provincial legislation, which allows the smoking of cannabis only where the smoking of tobacco is permitted.

Under this interim policy, the smoking of cannabis will be not be permitted on campus grounds, except in designated areas. The College’s longstanding policy for on campus smoking will be updated to include the smoking of cannabis, and align with provincial legislation. Designated Smoking Areas (DSAs) exist at both the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campuses. For DSA locations, please consult campus maps. Using cannabis on Niagara College’s campuses in any space other than a DSA is against college policy, municipal bylaws and provincial law.

Niagara College’s policy reflects a desire to provide a learning environment and workplace that promotes mutual respect, health and well being, while complying with municipal, provincial and federal laws and regulations.

While the use of recreational cannabis is legal in Canada as of October 17, 2018, the college’s expectations and policies regarding conduct remain unchanged. As we strive to provide a safe and respectful learning environment, any impairment or disruption in classrooms, labs, offices or any public spaces on campus will be addressed via existing policies governing conduct and behaviour on campus. Employees are not permitted to attend work while impaired.

Niagara College also encourages the safe use of cannabis. If you have questions regarding cannabis safety, please visit the Student Health, Wellness and Accessibility offices at the Welland (AH125) or Niagara-on-the-Lake (W102) campuses. For questions regarding the use of cannabis on campus, please contact Campus Safety or Student Services.

While the college has done its best to anticipate how the legalization of recreational cannabis may affect campus life, this is new territory for institutions like ours. We will monitor the situation very closely, and respond appropriately or adapt our policies should unforeseen issues arise.
(Source: InsideNC)

You Know The Old Saying: ‘Frost On Your Pumpkins?’

Statements
3:45 PM EDT Monday 15 October 2018
Frost advisory in effect for:
Niagara Falls – Welland – Southern Niagara Region
St. Catharines – Grimsby – Northern Niagara Region
Frost may damage some crops in frost-prone areas.

Temperatures tonight will fall to near or below freezing for several hours, even in regions where winds don’t diminish to light.

Hence tender plants will be subject to a general freeze tonight.

Temperatures immediately along the shorelines of the Great Lakes may hover just above the zero degree mark thanks to the relatively mild waters of the lakes.

Temperatures will rise above the freezing mark after sunrise Tuesday morning.
Cover up plants, especially those in frost-prone areas.

Frost advisories are issued when temperatures are expected to reach the freezing mark during the growing season, leading to potential damage and destruction to plants and crops.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ONstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #ONStorm.

Welland City Shorts, Try ’em On For Size

Welland Museum to host ‘Victorian mummy unwrappping’ Why not check it out! (Supplied graphic)

Compilation by Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large

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

MANTINI BRINGS BROADWAY TO ROSE CITY!
WELLAND – Friday Night Live presents Barbara Mantini in Broadway My Way. Enjoy an evening of songs from classic Broadway hits such as Evita and Les Miserables to newer shows like Nine and Songs for a New World. Accompanying Barbara are Stu Harrison on piano and Clark Johnston on bass. Friday, October 19, 7pm, in the Theatre at Welland Community Wellness Complex. Tickets: Performance is free; cash bar.

EVENT SUPPORTS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS
WELLAND – A Pink Party is being held at Seasons Welland Retirement Community, 163 First Ave., Friday, October 19 from 3 to 4pm, in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. Blush wine, cheese and crackers and 50/50 draw. Wear pink, of course! Info, 905-735-5333.

‘ZOMBIES’ TO WALK IN DOWNTOWN WELLAND
WELLAND – The 8th annual Welland Zombie Walk takes place Sunday, October 21, 6pm downtown Welland (Hellems Ave. between Main and Division streets.) This event is community run and has grown in size thanks to the commitment of its volunteers and local sponsors. It has come a long way since 12 attendees the first year. As in past years thanks to local businesses there will be prizes for best costume as well as added attractions Brampton Batman and the 89 Batmobile as well as appearances by Crossfire wrestlers Rage and Beautiful Bea, available for pics and autographs. And of course the Zombie Dance Party. So come out dressed in your best and zombie costume or any costume you like (no fake or real weapons please as this is a family friendly event) or just come and watch the fun but please don’t forget to bring a non-perishable people or pet food item for local charities Hope Centre Welland and Pets Alive Niagara.

E.T. ON CITY HALL SCREEN!
WELLAND – Come out and enjoy E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial on the big screen at Civic Square – free family fun. Friday, October 26, – dusk (approximately 6:30pm).

WEAR COSTUMES TO THIS HALLOWEEN FUNDRAISER
WELLAND – The annual fund-raising Kacey Lynn Halloween Dance is on Friday, October 26 at St. John the Baptist Church Hall, 111 second St. Doors open at 7pm, ribbon cutting at 7:30pm, music starts at 8pm, costume contest at 10pm. Tickets $10 in advance or $12 at the door, call Mary or Jim, 905-735-9526 for tickets or more info.

NOTRE DAME HOLDS 43rd ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE
WELLAND – Sunday, October 28 marks the day for Notre Dame College School’s 43rd annual Pilgrimage for the Developing World. The Pilgrimage is an opportunity for the school community (students, teachers, parents, friends, and alumni) to “put their feet to the gospel” by walking in solidarity with those of the developing world who are less fortunate.
The Notre Dame community invites and encourages alumni and friends to be a part of this special Notre Dame tradition. Registration is at 8:30am, departure prayer at 9am, and Pilgrimage Eucharist at approximately 1pm.
Over the years, Notre Dame has raised over $2 million through this event for development projects throughout the world. From the Pilgrimage it is learned that Canadian Christians are abundantly blessed – we have the ability and means to respond to the needs of the poor. Please support Notre Dame students as they walk in solidarity with those who are less fortunate. If you can’t be there, please consider a donation online at http://www.notredamewelland.com

MUSIC TRIVIA NIGHT TICKETS ON SALE
WELLAND – Think you know music? Come on out and show what you’ve got in support of your library! The 4th annual Trivia Night Fundraiser will once again feature music trivia by Shawn McCart from “Name This Tune.” If you missed it last year, now’s your chance to experience the fun that everyone is raving about! Join in at the Croatian National Home, Broadway, on Friday, November 2 for their endless (well, almost) penne and meatballs dinner. Gather a few friends – or enter as a team of up to 10 – for some friendly competition! Prizes for the top three tables.Tickets are on sale for $25 each at all library branches.

CHECK, MATE!
WELLAND – A new and exciting chess club begins this fall! Players of all skill levels are welcome to join. Come learn how to play or improve your game with new strategies. An experienced chess teacher will be on-hand to assist. Chess boards will be supplied. For more information, please call 905-734-6210 ext. 2521 or contact: info@wellandlibrary.ca

FOOD DRIVE NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT
WELLAND – The annual Welland Community Food Drive takes place Saturday, November 3. Canvassers will be going door to door, starting at 10am. Food can be left outside by the door. Non-perishable items please. More info to follow.

WALK FOR WOMEN’S PLACE AT SEAWAY MALL EVENT
WELLAND – Join a wave of men, women, youth and children Saturday, November 3 as you walk to WIPE OUT domestic violence in support of the local women’s shelters operated by Women’s Place. Put on some beachwear, come in from the cold and join for a 5 km mall walk and beach party. By raising pledges and walking, you will be helping women and children to transition to lives free of abuse. The event is perfect for walkers of all ages and abilities. Encourage your friends, family and coworkers to put on some sunscreen and register for this fun event. Time: 9 a.m. (check-in starts at 8 a.m.) at Seaway Mall.

‘POLKA KING’ OSTANEK HERE FOR LIVE CONCERT
WELLAND – Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 3, when Walter Ostanek and his friends Big John T Bone Little and Roger Wyatt perform at the Welland Community Wellness Complex starting at 7pm! Tickets: Advanced (until October 21): $12.50 passholder & $14.50 non-passholder; Regular (October 22 onward): $13.50 passholder & $15.50 non-passholder. All tickets plus HST

‘HOMETOWN CULTURE’ THEME OF MAYOR’S FUNDRAISER
WELLAND – Welland Hydro Electric System Corporation on Friday, November 9 presents Hometown Culture – an evening with Mayor Campion. An evening of great food, music and more. Proceeds go to the following organizations: Niagara Community Foundation Welland Mayor’s Children & Youth Fund; Niagara Nutrition Partners; Family and Children Services Niagara; and YMCA Pro-Kids. Hometown Culture is being held at Croatian National Home, 6 Broadway Avenue, Welland. Doors open at 6pm, casual dress. Tickets are $150 per person (all inclusive). Please call 905-735-1700 Ext. 2338 or email matthew.bosnich@welland.ca

HO, HO, HO TIME!
WELLAND – Want some great exposure on your organization this November? Join in one of Welland’s most celebrated events. On November 17, the Welland Santa Claus Parade will open the holiday season and entertain families with floats, festivities, and treats.
Applications are open until November 12. Come be a part of the excitement and join the 2018 Welland Santa Claus Parade! You can apply on the city’s website.

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 Sundays.)