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...

Drugs and Crime SCC meeting

You are warmly invited to… What: “Drugs & Crime” When: Wednesday February 17, 2010 Where: Hellenic Community Centre, 27 Head St. Time: 7 p.m. “Drugs & crime”…did we get your attention? Join us for a personal health and safety double bill, brought to you by local pharmacist Ehab Sefain (our “drugs” expert) and members of Hamilton Police Services (our “crime” team). Ask questions and be informed! We’ll also meet our new Crime Manager, Tina Potter. Share your thoughts with Tina about neighbourhood policing...

By-law Crawl

On Saturday February 6th, Hamilton will see it’s first BY-LAW CRAWL, at 1 PM beside the remains of the Century Theatre. Please be advised that the date and time of this event have been changed from the original time and date (Friday Feb 5th at 7 PM). Many people in our community are saddened to see another heritage building destroyed- demolition crews are dismantling the 97-year-old Century Theatre as I write this. Multiple parties are to blame for this prime example of demolition by neglect- the owners for not living up to their responsibilities as a property owner, and the City for not holding the owners to those responsibilities. The public also has a role in this; by-law enforcement is complaint-based. We need to break the cycle of willful negligence and emergency demolition in this city. The only way for us to do that is by reporting property standards by-law infractions to the city when we see them. It’s the only way we can stop the next building(s) from being torn down. We don’t need any new by-laws passed to prevent this from happening. The city simply has to enforce the by-laws we already have as they’re written. And the public needs to ensure that enforcement happens. We will be printing up copies of the Property Standards By-Law for distribution at the event, and we will scour the core for the worst offenders. We will forward these findings to the city’s by-law enforcement, and ensure that these complaints are processed and acted upon. I will be in contact with senior by-law staff to explore ways in which we can...

CPR/AED Training by Hamilton Emergency Services-EMS

What: CPR/AED Training by Hamilton Emergency Services-EMS Date:   Monday, February 1, 2010 Time:  6:30 to 8:30 pm Location: Melrose United Church, 86 Homewood Ave. at Locke, Hamilton   Ward 1 residents are invited to a FREE public training clinic for Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s), to be presented by Hamilton Emergency Services – EMS with the generous support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.     CPR can be a vital link in saving the life of a loved one in cardiac arrest and anyone can learn it.   The first 65 familieswho register will receive a free CPR AnytimeTM Family & FriendsTM kit (one kit per family, valued at $35) to take home and share with their families.  These kits have been donated by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario and will be limited to one per family.  Participants will also receive a CPR participation card upon completing the training.   In addition to becoming familiar with CPR, participants will also learn how to use Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs).  These defibrillators are the ones that you will have seen in many public buildings as part of the Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) program and they may also be a life-saver if used on someone in cardiac arrest.   According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 40,000 people in Canadaexperience cardiac arrest each year, the majority of which occur either at home or in public places. For every minute that passes without help, a person’s chance of surviving a cardiac arrest drops by seven to 10%. Learning CPR is easy and inexpensive and it could mean...
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