Calling all Easter bunnies!

Calling all Easter bunnies!

Do you have a young one at home that can’t get enough of Easter egg hunts? Well, then you are in luck! Thanks to a generous donation by Hamilton philanthropist Chris Ecklund (in association with @cityofwaterfall) the Strathcona Community Council will be conducting it’s first ever free chocolate Easter egg hunt in Victoria Park this Saturday, March 30th at 2 pm. The first site is Victoria Park (meeting at the tennis courts) and the second site is the playground of Victoria Park Management Homes at the corner of Queen/Oxford and York.  Paper bags will be provided for the children to gather up their goodies in, but if you have a festive basket at home that you would like to use instead then by all means bring it along.  Each hunt site will be divided into two separate areas, one for toddlers and one for older children so as to give the wee ones a fair shot at some loot. We are looking for volunteers to assist with the following activities: giving the search areas a bit of a cleaning up before the hunt hiding the eggs in the two different areas handing out bags to the children for collecting the eggs monitoring the areas before and during the hunt gathering up any leftover eggs after it’s over. If you are interested please email me ASAP so we can organize our volunteers accordingly.  We are so excited about the opportunity Chris has provided the community with and would love to see it be a smashing success.  The more volunteers we have the smoother the event will run so please consider joining us on...
Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

The reality of the heaviest snow downfall in the past few Hamilton winter seasons was for many a chance to relax and to enjoy an unexpected long weekend.  While it was definitely a day to enjoy from inside your living room, possibly with a cup of hot chocolate, Victoria Park remained the soul of the neighbourhood. There were a few brave animal enthusiasts who took the opportunity to give their dogs midday walks, despite 25 cm of snow.  City crews were able to clear the walk ways in a timely manner, although there were some interesting images on Twitter being shared that showed clear sidewalks within the park, and snow covered sidewalks alongside King St. We’ll see if we can dig them up for everyone....

Tom Street Park – Public Comments

The comments that were received at the April 18 community meeting are now posted on the City website. Please visit http://www.hamilton.ca/CityDepartments/PublicWorks/Environment_Sustainable_Infrastructure/OpenSpace/Tom+Street+Park.htm Additional comments can be submitted to Meghan Stewart at...

cootes paradise and the neighbourhood

Wednesday May 4, 7 to 9 pm Westdale Secondary School Cafeteria Brian and the RBG (Royal Botanical Gardens) are co-hosting a community meeting to learn about ways to help preserve Cootes Paradise.  Note that Brian represents the City of Hamilton on the RBG Board. Help preserve Cootes Paradise – the jewel in your neighbourhood > Did you know that Cootes Paradise and Royal Botanical Gardens’ other natural lands contain over 1,500 different species of plants and animals, including over 50 species at risk, like the Jefferson salamander? > Did you know that the forest on the edge of Churchill Park is one of Ontario’s rare Carolinian forests? Did you know that this forest is in decline, but can be revived, with the help of Westdale residents? > Did you know that Royal Botanical Gardens, the City of Hamilton, and 7 other partner agencies are working together to create the Cootes to Escarpment Park System – a vision to protect and enhance our region’s incredible natural spaces? Come out to learn more about Cootes Paradise, Royal Botanical Gardens and the Cootes to Escarpment Park System project. Contribute your ideas and find out what you can do to help protect our natural lands. This public meeting will feature informative presentations followed by discussion of the relationships Westdale residents have with neighbouring natural lands, and how they can help revive them. Presentations 1. The ecology of our natural lands and how residents can contribute to stewardship 2. The Cootes to Escarpment Park System Project For more information, please call or email Deborah Herbert at 905.527.1158, ext. 225 or...

rbg presentation about cootes restoration

February 24, 2011, 7 to 9 pm RBG Centre (café annex), 680 Plains Road West, Burlington The RBG wetland restoration staff are presenting information on the progress of the restoration of Cootes Paradise. How did the marsh restoration progress despite the Fishway being underwater for two days in March 2010. This is a free event sponsored by Environment Canada (Great Lakes Sustainability Fund), and provides an opportunity to visit with RBG staff. It includes a mixture of presentations and displays in the café...

tree walk sunday february 6

Hey Strathcona, Just a reminder about Paul O’Hara’s winter tree walk this weekend (details below). Now that you’ve liberated yourself and your vehicle (hopefully!) from the blanket of snow we received yesterday why not reward yourself by getting outside and enjoying the winter wonderland?  The weather is looking good for Sunday (fingers crossed!) and the walk starts at 1 pm so there’s plenty of time to get to your Super Bowl party afterwards.  Come learn some neat and interesting information from a neat and interesting guy!! Dress for the weather and I’ll see you on Sunday! Cheers, Dawn. SCC President PS – There are still a couple spots left for Graham and Emma’s cheese workshop so act fast!! DG. —————————————————————————————————— Winter Tree Walk Sunday February 6, 1 p.m. Meet at the Dundurn Castle stone gates (recently moved to the castle grounds near Dundurn St. N and York Blvd.) Join local botanist Paul O’Hara for a winter stroll to look at Strathcona’s most significant trees. Paul will highlight the largest and oldest trees that tell stories about the historical ecology of our neighbourhood. Dress for the weather! Say Cheese! A Neighbourhood Cheese-making Workshop Tuesday February 22, 7 p.m. Location TBA Local cheese enthusiasts Emma and Graham Cubitt will show us just how easy it is to make home-made goat cheese from a few simple ingredients. Numbers are limited so register in advance at strathconacommunitycouncil@gmail.com or...