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Monthly News Round Up – October 2017

OCTOBER 2017 

If you have information or events relevant to the Central neighbourhood that you would like to share, please send your request and information to contact@centralneighbourhood.ca – Thank you.

Neighbourhood Action Strategy (NAS)
The remaining 3 Community Conversations Events locations and times have now been confirmed;

Wednesday, October 18, 6-9PM – St Helens School, 785 Britannia Ave.
Monday, October 23, 6-9PM – Pine Grove Place, 30 Congress Cres.
Saturday, November 11, 10.30 am to 1.30 pm – N2N Centre, 28 Athens St.

To learn more about the event and the requirements for project ideas, please visit their website by clicking here. 

Bay St Bike Lanes
The bike lanes running the length of Bay St are due to be installed on Friday, October 27th

Family Friendly Housing in Ward 2
A letter from the CNA was sent to the Mayor and Councillor Farr in support of the Beasley Neighbourhinitiativeitve as follows;

Central Neighbourhood Association is in support of our friends in the Beasley Neighbourhood Association and their request for the city to conduct a feasibility study to develop a family friendly housing policy for Ward 2 and the City of Hamilton. It is our position that that there is a need to preserve the dynamic neighbourhoods in Ward 2 which include people of all income levels and family sizes. We believe such a housing policy is necessary to ensure that the ongoing development of our neighbourhoods include affordable rental housing for larger family-sized units.

West Harbour Conversation
The next West Harbour Community Conversation will be held on Thursday, October 26 at 7:00 pm at the Evergreen Community Storefront (294 James St N).

The agenda includes an update from Public Works Landscape Architecture staff about the redesign and rebuild of Central Park. 

New Sponsor
We are pleased to welcome The Hamilton Store as a new CNA sponsor. Check out the store at 165 James St. North, visit their website by clicking here and go on over and Like their Facebook page here

New Vision United Church – The Music Hall
The official call to action is kicking off with an open house, live music and a community call to action. Full details on their website – click here

CNA Board & General Meetings

The next Association Board Meeting will be in November.

We are currently in the process of reimagining how CNA will operate have embarked on a process to visit Mission, Vision, Values as well as reviewing our terms of reference, board roles, responsibilities and terms and then looking to establish our goals and priorities going forward. We will be seeking neighbour input during this and will keep you posted.

Central Neighbourhood Association

This months newsletter has been brought to you through the kind sponsorship of The Gallery on the Bay, Publicity Works, Gate of India, The Hamilton Store and PC Unlimited.  Check out their ads on our website http://centralneighbourhood.ca/

The next artist showing at the Gallery on Bay runs October 20th to November 12th and will be ‘A Sense of Place’ new prints from Robert Creighton. The opening night is on Friday, October 27th, 7-10 pm. Details can be found on the Gallery on the Bay Facebook page or their website 

If you would like to be a sponsor of CNA please click here

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Monthly News Round Up – May 2017

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We do not want to add unnecessarily to your inboxes, but as you know, there is a lot more going on in our neighbourhood and several of you have asked for more regular information and updates outside of our 2-3 meetings a year. This newsletter is intended to do just that. If you have information or events relevant to the Central neighbourhood you would like to share, please send your request and information to contact@centralneighbourhood.ca – Thank you.


ASSOCIATION MEETING – Monday, June 19th 7 pm – The Gallery on Bay

Our next all neighbours meeting will be held on Monday, June 19th at 7 pm at The Gallery on Bay, 231 Bay St. North. We have extended an invitation to Councillor Farr and will also be updating neighbours on recent developments and future community events. Please try to attend and bring a friend and neighbour!

If you had this notice forwarded to you, sign up for all future updates by clicking here.

100 IN 1 DAY – COME TAKE A SELFIE WITH PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU – Saturday, June 3rd 10 am to 12 noon. 

He has been banned from every Canadian embassy, but we have our very own Justin cutout. As part of the 100 in 1 Day events on Saturday, June 3rd, Central Neighbourhood Association invites you to come and take a selfie taken with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau from 10 am to 12 noon.  We will be located on James St North near Acclamation Bar & Mulberry Cafe or across the street from there depending on space available.

Details of all 100 in 1 Day events – click here

 
CENTRAL PARK CLEAN UP 

Thank you to everyone who came out to the recent Central Park clean up. Other Earth Day clean-ups locally helped our work, we still ended up with 9 bags of garbage and 5 bags of recycling. Enjoy a cleaner park.

FESTIVAL OF MARIA DEL MONTE – June 23rd – 25th
The festival of Maria Del Monte is in its 29th year. This year’s festival is being celebrated the weekend of June 23, 24, and 25. The central location is Our Lady of All Souls and St. Mary’s School parking lots. This is located on the corner of
MacNab and Colbourne Street. This festival has significant history in Hamilton and the first celebration occurred in Hamilton circa 1930’s.More details at their website – please click here



LRT
The Association Board attended several meetings and made representations to council including letters to all members of the council in support of LRT. Thank you to everyone for their support. A copy of the letter to the Mayor can be seen on our website. 

Hess Street School, at the corner of Hess Street North and Cannon Street West. – Gary Yokoyama,The Hamilton Spectator

HESS STREET SCHOOL
The Association Board attended several meetings and made representations to council and the school board and trustees. Thank you to everyone for their support.

Wishing you all a safe and happy Victoria Day weekend. Look forward to seeing you at one of the events!

Central Neighbourhood Association

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More Stories from Central – Past/Present/Future

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Jane’s Walk: May‎ ‎08‎, ‎2016‎ ‎1‎:‎00‎ ‎PM, 1.5 Hours

‎Begins at the Workers Arts & Heritage Centre, 51 Stuart St.

The Walk Team: Helen Kirkpatrick, Frank Soberg, Ron Rubin, Richard Ficek

Introductory talk by Florencia Berinstein, Executive Director, Workers Arts and Heritage Centre

About This Walk: This 90 minute walking tour features Central Neighbourhood residents sharing historical tales about homes, the industrial past, current changes & plans for the future. This walk will begin at the Workers’ Arts &Heritage Centre (WAHC) with a brief presentation of the history of the railway & the Customs House, now WAHC, and the future.

On the walk along Murray St to Bay St, stops include The Witton Lofts, the Fratellanza Hall and the Harmony Apts, both reflective of the Italian history in the area, and the 1842 Stone House at Murrary and Park.

We will then walk to Central Park for presentations on the history in the area and plans for the Barton-Tiffany lands and for Central Park itself. We will then walk along Sheaffe Street to MacNab with a presentation at the 1879 MacNab Terrace and then return to WAHC.

WAHC is part of OPEN DOORS and participants are encouraged to spend time inside learning more about our history and plans for the future.

How to Find Us: We will have a banner More Stories from Central (see picture) and each of the 4 Walk Team members will have a badge and their name with the same picture.

Taking Public Transit:  The Workers’ Arts & Heritage Centre (WAHC) is at 51 Stuart St, between Bay & MacNab N. There is street parking available on the surrounding streets. The Bayfront Bus stops at MacNab & Murray, and then a one block walk North along MacNab St.

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Complimentary Concert Tickets

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The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra​ have kindly offered complimentary tickets to any Central neighbour who would like to go to a James Somerville concert on May 23rd. Limited number, first come , first serve – call 905-526-7756 for details.

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Sharing Your Story Workshop – Sunday April 19th

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Sharing Our Stories

Join us for our final storytelling session for Stories From Central, Sharing our Stories.

Sunday April 19th – 12 noon to 2.30 pm

A workshop designed to help you uncover your personal style of storytelling. Led by professional actor, Darla Biccum, participants will engage in physical and vocal warmups as well as exercises geared toward uncovering your unique voice and engaging an audience. Participants will have the opportunity to practice their stories and receive feedback.

Please RSVP to Project Coordinator Lisa Pijuan-Nomura at girlcancreate@gmail.com as spaces are limited.

All workshops are free and open to residents of the Central Neighbourhood.

Originally from Saskatchewan, by way of Toronto, Darla now calls Hamilton home. Darla has worked as a performer, adjudicator and facilitator for over 20 years across Canada. On stage or screen, Darla is a dynamic and engaging performer with a bold presence and solid comic timing. As a facilitator, Darla’s unique skill set and special brand of humour creates a safe and fun environment for participants to explore their creativity.

Stories from Central is a project in collaboration with Central Neighbourhood Association and Workers Arts & Heritage Centre generously funded by Hamilton Community Foundation. A series of workshops focusing on stories of homes, heritage and personal tales will culminate in a walking tour of the neighbourhood on May 3 starting at 1:00 p.m. at WAHC.

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Crafting Your Story Workshop – Saturday April 18th

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Crafting Your Story Workshop

Saturday April 18th – 9 am to 11.30 am – Workers Arts & Heritage Building, Stuart Street.

This lively & fun workshop with writer Gary Barwin explores ways to shape a story for greatest impact, whether that be for humour, drama, suspense, or surprise.

It will also address the best ways to begin and end a story, how to most effectively craft what comes in between, and how to add colour and vitality with descriptions of character and setting.

Participants will try the ideas out on their own stories and receive helpful feedback and suggestions for further development.

Please RSVP to Project Coordinator Lisa Pijuan-Nomura at girlcancreate@gmail.com as spaces are limited.

All workshops are free and open to residents of the Central Neighbourhood.

Gary Barwin is a writer, composer, multimedia artist, educator and the author of 19 books of poetry and fiction as well as books for kids. He was Young Voices eWriter-in-Residence at the Toronto Public Library in Fall of 2013 and Writer-in-Residence at Western University in 2014-2015.


He teaches creative writing at Kings University College in London. His high-energy performances often involve music, multimedia, and interactive storytelling.

Stories from Central is a project in collaboration with Central Neighbourhood Association and Workers Arts & Heritage Centre generously funded by Hamilton Community Foundation. A series of workshops focusing on stories of homes, heritage and personal tales will culminate in a walking tour of the neighbourhood on May 3 starting at 1:00 p.m. at WAHC.

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Share Your Story Workshop – Tuesday April 7th

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Join us for an evening of Stories from Central as we continue to explore this history, homes and personal tales of the Central Neighbourhood and it’s residents.

Workers Arts & Heritage Building – 7 pm to 9.30 pm.

For the past few weeks residents have been gathering stories and now it’s time to share our tales!

A StoryShare is a chance to tell your tale in front of an audience and hone your storytelling skills.

There are a few rules about the StoryShare!

1. Stories must be told, not read.
2. Stories must be no longer than 7 minutes.
3. The stories must be true…ish.
4. We welcome songs as well as stories.

Invite your friends, your neighbours, anyone who might be interested in hearing tales.

Please RSVP to Project Coordinator Lisa Pijuan-Nomura at girlcancreate@gmail.com as spaces are limited.

Stories from Central is a project in collaboration with Central Neighbourhood Association and Workers Arts & Heritage Centregenerously funded by Hamilton Community Foundation. A series of workshops focusing on stories of homes, heritage and personal tales will culminate in a walking tour of the neighbourhood on May 3 starting at 1:00 p.m. at WAHC.

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Song & Storytelling Workshop – Thursday April 2nd

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Join us for an evening of Storytelling and Song with storyteller and songwriter Tor Lukasik-Foss in our third workshop for Stories From Central!

Workers Arts & Heritage Building, 7 pm to 9.30 pm

Songs can be very useful vehicles for telling a story. They have a lot to teach storytellers about economy, the use of repetition and reincorporation, and the strategic value of poetic language, humour, and good delivery. This workshop will show how basic song elements can be used as tools to shape stories, to augment stories, to grab hold of an audience and never let go. No musical experience is required; some willingness to sing, or at least yell, is recommended.

Please RSVP to Project Coordinator Lisa Pijuan-Nomura at girlcancreate@gmail.com as spaces are limited.

All workshops are free and open to residents of the Central Neighbourhood.

Tor Lukasik-Foss is a multidisciplinary visual artist, performer and writer. His hybrids of performance and sculptural installations have been shown as one of the official projects of Toronto’s 2014 Nuit Blanche, as part of the Art Gallery of Ontario’s First Thursday events (2014), as well as in solo exhibitions across Ontario and Canada. He has released 4 Cds of original music under his stage moniker ‘tiny bill cody’, and performed at festivals and venues across Canada, and writes regularly for Hamilton Magazine. Lukasik-Foss has been nominated for a National Magazine Award, been awarded the 2007 K.M. Hunter Award for Visual Arts, 2008 Visual Arts Award from the City of Hamilton, a 2009 Hamilton Music Award (Best Male Artist) as well as several grants from Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario.

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Storytelling Workshop – Combining Historical & Personal – Sunday March 29th

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Sunday March 29th from 12 noon to 3 pm at the Workers Arts & Heritage Centre., 51 Stuart Street.

Join us for an afternoon of Storytelling with writer/playwright Marnie Woodrow as we explore combining historical and personal tales.

How do we turn found facts into compelling stories? What are the ethics of poetic license and where is the line between what really happened and that which makes for a great story? Where do YOU fit into the story you wish to tell? Learn to move from fact into fiction and back again with this workshop led by writer Marnie Woodrow

Please RSVP to Project Coordinator Lisa Pijuan-Nomura at girlcancreate@gmail.com as spaces are limited.

All workshops are free and open to residents of the Central Neighbourhood.

Marnie Woodrow is the author of two short fiction collections, two novels and two full length plays. Her forthcoming novel, “Heyday” took her to archives, libraries and onto a roller coaster at Coney Island–many times. She is an editor, writing instructor and online mentor.

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Central Neighbourhood Association – Updates & News

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Firstly thank you to everyone who came out to our recent General Meeting and Holiday Meet & Greet.  We appreciate your time and engagement toward our neighbourhood.

A capture of the main points discussed at the meeting will be posted shortly.

In the meantime we have a number of updates and news to share;

Sir John A MacDonald Closure

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There was an excellent article recently in Raise The Hammer about considering reversing the proposed closure of Sir John A MacDonald High School.

The CNA is very keen to see this building either remain as a school or become a community resource. We certainly do not want to see the CasiNO issue rise again.

Read the article by clicking here

Snow Angels Needed in the Neighbourhood

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As we experience our first few snowfalls it is an excellent time to remind the able bodied amongst us that there are many in the community who cannot clear their paths and driveways or the sidewalks.

Snow Angels (Twitter @VHSnowAngels ) are again looking for volunteers this winter.

Click here for all the details.  And if you know anyone needing help and you cannot, let Volunteer Hamilton know too.

James St GO Station – Call for Public Art

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There have been a focus group meeting, neighbourhood consultations and soon to be a call for submission for a public art piece for the new GO station on James St. North.

More details can be found here. 

 

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