Good Shepherd Square website

Good Shepherd has advised that the Good Shepherd Square website is now up and working.  See http://www.goodshepherdsquare.ca/.   Regular updates on construction activities are posted under the “Construction Updates” link.  An overview of the project, including images is found under the “Project Information” link.  There is also a “Contact Us” section as well as a phone number (289-426-5611).   Since the latest information will be posted on this website, we will not be sending out project updates from our office for...

Community Gardens at Victoria Park

The Victoria Park Community Garden is a rental garden plot facility in West Hamilton operated by the City of Hamilton.  Located in Victoria Park, the area is surrounded by a security fence with touch-pad access, and contains various water taps to attach hoses for use. There is ample parking available and a limited number of tools, wheelbarrows and watering cans for use by the gardeners free of charge.    Wheelchair accessible raised garden beds as well as trellis-gardening capabilities are two additions to the program offered on a first-come, first-served basis.    There are 8 raised beds (1×2.3 metres at $19.38 each) and 24 plots (6×3 metre at $80.58 each).   Garden plots are rototilled at the beginning and end of each gardening season running from the Victoria Day long weekend in May until theThanksgiving holiday in October. The hours of operation are from 8am to 8pm and gardeners are responsible for weeding and general upkeep of their garden plot.    Garden guidelines – http://www.hamilton.ca/NR/rdonlyres/81F4A457-6252-4E1E-ADD2-DE7F2A7523E2/0/72010VictoriaParkOverview.pdf   Map of Garden Plots – http://www.hamilton.ca/NR/rdonlyres/2DACDA6A-9EDD-4243-AB22-7DDFC69928FA/0/92010VictoriaParkMapofPlots.pdf   Registration Form – http://www.hamilton.ca/NR/rdonlyres/3B1EEF64-DCBB-44E0-876D-06274B5F9645/0/82010VictoriaParkRegistrationForm.pdf     For more information about the Community Gardens Program or to register for a plot, contact: Ed Devries, Business Initiatives Coordinator Phone: 905.546.2424 x 4819 Fax: 905.546.3972 Email: Ed.Devries@hamilton.ca   Or visit the City of Hamilton Community Gardens Program at:...

Victoria Park ice rink open

This Saturday marks the third week of operation for the volunteer-run Victoria Park ice rink.   And while most Hamiltonians are loving this relatively mild and snow-free winter I know there are some folks in the neighourhood that are hoping that Whiarton Willie was right when he said there will be six more weeks of winter.  Fingers crossed…. Thanks go out to Jonathan and Dave for all their hard work preparing and maintaining the ice.  You guys rock!! See you at the...

TAKING THE MYSTERY OUT OF KNITTING

–           Do you want to knit but don’t know how? –           OK, you’ve knitted scarves for everyone in your family (including the dog) and want something a bit more challenging –           Do you find pattern instructions and yarn selection daunting? –           Do you want an excuse to sit in a comfy chair without moving for several hours at a time? You are invited to a free knitting workshop on Sunday, February 21st from 2 to 5 p.m. at Yoga With Ona. Knitters at any level and non-knitters are all welcome. Non-knitters can learn how to cast on, the basic knit and purl stitches, and cast off. All participants can learn to: –           read patterns (written and charts); –           match the yarn to the pattern; –           estimate the amount of yarn needed; –           know the different properties of various fibres; –           finish sweaters, assembly, etc. More advanced knitters may wish to explore cable knitting (Aran), Fair Isle (multi-colour horizontal stripes) and intarsia (colour blocks). I have knitted for many years. I am not an expert knitter but pretty competent. There will be lots of different yarns available for looking at, squeezing and learning about different fibres, and several examples of knitted items. The only materials you need are a pair of straight knitting needles (I suggest between 4 mm and 5 mm) and a ball of light coloured plain smooth (untextured) knitting yarn (so that you can see the stitches clearly). The yarn can be wool or acrylic – just something that feels nice to you. Zellers carries a good range, and Harts also has a basic supply. If you...

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