This even occurs outside our area, but will include organizations that work inside it.
Volunteer Action Centre is hosting a Volunteer Speed Matching event on
February 16th from 5.30 pm – 8:00 pm at the Flying Dog Restaurant on Marsland Drive in Waterloo.
Volunteer Speed Matching works exactly like speed dating where volunteer daters and community organizations have about 4 minutes to impress one another. Second dates are optional. There will also be an opportunity to network with representatives from over 25 organizations in the community.
Limited spaces are available and hence it’s important to register ASAP.
For more information and to register online please click on the following link:
Clicking the title of this article will take you to the City of Kitchener Website. Leisure Magazine is available online there.
Click on the image below to get a larger view of the programs we offer.
It is still not clear what will happen to the building. According to this earlier article, the area is now zoned residential (since 1994) so it can only be sold as a residence or a business with a bike shop. We already have Brauns and Ziggys in downtown Kitchener, so it is unlikely another bike shop will open there. The building is unsuitable as a residence in its present condition. From a neighbourhood perspective, it would seem to make most sense for another small business to open there with an opportunity for an apartment or two. This would need some kind of zoning variance and the earlier article discusses how getting any variance is problematic.
It now seems likely that with the name and inventory sold, the building itself could be sold to a developer who could renovate or level it altogether and build apartments.
I think this shows it is tricky to use zoning regulations to build a neighbourhood the way we want. Without the regulations, a small business could have more easily continued in the building and the area could have kept a building with a lot of history and nice memories. On the other hand, it could have been bought by a business we did not like who might have erected a garish sign. It is difficult to enforce taste and restraint.
Whatever happens I hope the existing building can be preserved. Whenever I drive, walk or cycle past I think of John Burhatsky sitting in the store dispensing advice and fixing a flat tire or two.
Time Out Mom and Tot Drop-in
A Mt.Hope-Breithaupt Park Neighbourhood Assoc. Program
At Grace Lutheran Church
136 Margaret Ave.
You and your children/grandchildren/daycare children are invited to join us
Wednesday mornings from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Our program gives children the opportunity to “get their wiggles out” with free play, learn social skills, use their imagination with craft activities, and play organized indoor games as well.
Refreshments are available.
Donations appreciated to help cover costs and activities associated with the program, however, first time visits are always free. Come check us out!
For more information, contact Laurie Donaldson at 519-886-5080
Recently, the Mt. Hope Breithaupt Park Neighbourhood Association was honoured for 25 years ofvolunteering and service to the community. In this photo, Mayor Carl Zehr (left) has presented a certificate of appreciation to Brian Steubing (middle) and Syd Gerhardt. The association's 25th anniversary was in 2008 and the presentation took place during a televised council meeting on June 15th, 2009.
Festival of Neighbourhoods
Your neighbourhood could win
a $10,000 capital grant from the City of Kitchener
HOW ? Just hold an activity that brings neighbours together to
get to know one another better and register it. Go to:
for great resources and to register.
Festival of Neighbourhoods Kitchener Finale
Sunday, October 25, 2009, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Kitchener City Hall
Please join us for an afternoon of community connectedness and fun.
Come and enjoy: • Refreshments & family activities, • Stories & displays celebrating events & initiatives • Prizes & awards
Saturday, July 4th, 2009
12:00 pm - 3 pm
George Lippert Park
(on Weber St. between Louisa and Wilhelm Streets)
Games for kids, Draws to teens and adults, Tie dye your own t-shirt, Skateboard Park
Displays from Fire and Police Services, Talent Show, Food (small charge), Lots of FUN!
After George Lippert Park and the historic houses (and church) on Louisa, we looped around to the Mt. Hope cemetery and Wayne took us on a guided tour. I found this fascinating because I walk and bike through the cemetery all the time (often on the way to Central to purchase some of their fine produce or other wares). And I read some of the headstones, but with Wayne we walked through many areas where I hadn't wandered previously. He explained how we may not leave many marks while we are living, but a headstone is a permanent marker for all to see many years after we've gone.
We are missing a hot pink plastic long handled salad spoon. If you know where it is, please email email@example.com
- Info from previous meeting re: insurance, leading to terms of reference discussion
- Staff roles
- Role of NA in programs at Breithaupt Centre, and decision making as required for Fall Leisure submission
- Appointment of Treasurers (Joan Lazarski and Helen Lippert) per bank requirements
- Craft Night/Craft Activity proposal - partnering with Extend-A-Family
We had more than 20 people attend this first Jane's walk in our neighbourhood. It was really a lot of fun to meet new people, and chat with folks we already know. There was so much good will, and in addition to the official guides, many others filled in details they knew about the area, which is what the walk is all about. The tour started at 10 am, Saturday May 2nd in Lippert park.
We've put together a schedule for a walk in our neighbourhood with "guest speakers" for each stop.
1. Meet at Lippert Park (On Weber Street between Wilhelm and Louisa) at 10 am and learn about its history.
2. Walk up Louisa Street to learn about some Heritage Houses.
3. Walk to Mt. Hope cemetary and learn about some fascinating people buried there (we'll stay in the Moore street area so as not to roam too far).
4. Walk along Peltz Avenue and learn about naturalized landscaping and local area plants.
5. Finish up at B.F. Goodrich park to talk about eco restoration and anything else we can think of.
Children and bikes are welcome. It's all about the journey and the conversations along the way.
For a map of our local walk, click here.
For information about other walks in Kitchener, and around North America: click here.
Major Park is located between Breithaupt and Wellington, one block west of Lancaster.
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Join in for a planned clean-up for the lane-ways that run from
King toDuke, between Shanley, Louisa and Breithaupt
Date: April 18, 2009
Time: 9:45 am
Place: meet at 100 Louisa St.
150 Frederick St., Tuesday, April 14, 7 - 9 PM
Here is the tentative program:
2. Purpose of the Forum
3. Panel Presentation and Discussion (40 minutes)
Panel: Block Parents, Neighbouhood Watch, Regional Police
10-minute presentations from panelists, 10 minutes for a moderated Q&A session
Question: How is your organization improving neighbourhood safety and how can local residents help you?
4. Second Panel Presentation and Discussion (40 minutes)
Panel: By-law Officers from Waterloo, Cambridge, and Kitchener
10-minute presentations from panelists, 10 minutes for a moderated Q&A session
Question: What challenges do you see in maintaining safe and healthy neighbourhoods? How can the public help?
5. General Brainstorming and Discussion (30 minutes)
Representatives from Regional Police, School Boards, and Social Agencies will be available to hear suggestions and to answer questions
6. Summary and Wrap-up
The NMA meets the third Wednesday of each month at Kitchener City Hall, in the Conestoga Room located on the main floor, unless otherwise stated. Meetings are from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
April 15 May 20 June 17 July 15 August 19
September 16 October 21 November 18 December 16
TIME: 6:30 P.M.
WHERE: Mill-Courtland Community Centre
216 Mill Street, Kitchener
(corner of Mill & Stirling)
DOWNTOWN COMMUNITY FORUM
LET’S CELEBRATE OUR DOWNTOWN PARTNERSHIPS!!
SHARE WHAT YOU ARE DOING IN YOUR COMMUNITY
LEARN HOW IMPORTANT EACH OF OUR CONTRIBUTIONS IS TO THE ONGOING HEALTH AND SAFETY OF OUR DOWNTOWN COMMUNITIES
Representatives from Waterloo Region Police will talk about some of their projects and how we must continue to learn how to be more effective“eyes and ears” of our communities
We will hear what is happening with:
The Kitchener Market,
New trends that are beginning to positively impact our downtown,
Landlords Program and how that will be expanding to include the Landlords on King Street
Call 741-2491 to register if you are in need of Childcare
Refreshments will be available
It is located here:
We've been adding meeting minutes, older newsletters and hope to make it a "one stop shopping" place for information about our neighbourhood and the people who volunteer to make it better.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if there is something else you'd like to see on the site, or on this blog.
Ecological Restoration Project
Neighbours are invited to attend a design planning session hosted by UW graduate student, Katelyn Inlow. Come share ideas and learn about ways that we can restore this park in our neighbourhood!
Date: Saturday, April 18, 2009
Time: 12:00 noon - 3:00 pm
Loaction: Extend-A-Family, Board Room
91 Moore Ave., Kitchener
Everyone is welcome!
All interested are welcome to attend. See what is going on in our community.
For minutes from the last meeting (Monday, December 8th, 2008) please click here
Two citizen advisors are being sought for the City of Kitchener's new $5 million Local Environmental Action Fund (LEAF) steering committee. Deadline for citizen advisor application is Jan. 30 by 5 p.m.
The two citizen advisors will be members of the public who are environmental experts and/or community leaders with experience in granting organizations. A two-year commitment is required, with the evaluation work to occur in each of 2009 and 2010 between mid-February and mid-April.
The applicants must also be passionate about improving Kitchener's biophysical environment, and at least one of the two citizen advisors must provide environmental expertise in one or more of the following areas:
· Climate change;
· Mitigation and/or adaptation;
· Public awareness of environmental issues;
· Air quality;
· Energy use and efficiency;
· Alternative energy sources;
· Land trusts and natural lands management, and/or
· Green transportation, walkable communities and alternatives to the automobile.
Nomination forms, submission information and further information about the LEAF steering committee can be found at www.kitchener.ca/leaf