Great article on Kitchener-Waterloo

First off, the MHBPNA Blog apologizes for the lack of recent articles. We can only blame it on the heat which makes us slothful in all ways. Plus, there are always lots of events in Kitchener and Waterloo over the summer, so perhaps people are not as interested in Blog related items anyway.

The next Big Event will be the Kitchener Blues Festival, and this is an easy walk for most areas of our Neighbourhood.

There are some updates we've received from city hall on three "brownfields" in our area and information will be posted on those. Perhaps I will have some time on this beautiful long weekend for that.

In the meantime, we wanted to point out a great story about Kitchener and Waterloo published online by Macleans's magazine. Click here for the story. It is well written indeed, so enjoy.


Square2Square and "car free" on Sunday

The MHBPNA Blog attended this event in 34 degree heat (!!) to show total dedication for reporting about our community. In an effort to combine this with taking in the last concert at the Waterloo Jazz festival, I rode my bike from down town Kitchener to Waterloo starting at 2:20.

The event was from 11 to 3 so some folks were packing up. Not a lot of activity in either down town so most people probably passed through earlier in the day. Some nice items were for sale from independent craft people and artists.

It was fun riding on the reserved lane along King street between the two city cores but it did not really feel "car free" since three lanes were open, and cars were crossing at all intersections as well with police monitoring them. So there were plenty of cars on this "car free" Sunday.

The highlight for me was watching a few minutes of the "bike polo" game in front of the Bauer Lofts area. Who knew there is even a club with a website?


Square2Square, July 17, 2011

Full slate of ‘active’ planned for Square2Square

KITCHENER – Get ready to get squared! On Sunday, July 17, King Street will be closed from Civic Square in front of Kitchener City Hall all the way up, past Waterloo’s Public Square, to Central Street, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in honour of Square2Square - Car-Free Sunday.

Square2Square is an opportunity to walk, bike, rollerblade, skateboard, hop, skip or run from downtown Kitchener to uptown Waterloo. The event promotes healthy, inviting and fun activities to engage both communities, while aiming to protect the local environment.

King Street will be closed in Kitchener from Gaukel to Victoria streets. Three of the four lanes of the main artery between the two cities -- two westbound lanes and one eastbound lane -- will remain open to traffic between Victoria and Union streets. The on-street fun will pick back up again from Union to Central streets in Waterloo, where visitors will enjoy plenty of family-friendly fun.

Join us downtown! 
In downtown Kitchener, two stages will be set up in the people-friendly street space, between Gaukel and Victoria streets, featuring musical and multicultural entertainment.

Solo musicians Mike Erb, Tyler Schwende, Alysha Brillinger and Alisha Nauth will perform on the stage at Civic Square. The second stage, located at the CHYM FM building, will celebrate African culture with a steel drum band and full costumes presented by LINK. Also, a South Asian Mela will feature dancers in full costumes.

Street activities include street scrabble, inflatables, an artist market, bike safety workshops, music and sidewalk art, and zumba class demos. The reflecting pool at Kitchener City Hall will be a microcosm of a marina as model boats sail around during the event.

Additional entertainment will be provided by our media partners, Rogers TV, CHYM/570, News/KIXFM, 91.5 The Beat/Dave FM and The Record.

Picture-perfect walking tour 
If that’s not enough, join City of Kitchener 2011 Artist-in-Residence, Sean M. Puckett, for a walking tour of downtown Kitchener to photographically explore an urban streetscape, fascinating local architecture and the natural splendour of Victoria Park. The workshop is on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Meet in the rotunda on the ground floor at Kitchener City Hall at 10 a.m.  The 'crawl' begins at 10:15 a.m., rain or shine!

Tempt your tastebuds 
Also in downtown Kitchener, don’t forget to feed your stomach with barbecued ribs and chicken and craft-brewed beer at the Downtown Kitchener Ribfest & Craft Beer Show in Victoria Park, which runs from Friday 5-10 p.m., Saturday noon-10 p.m. and Sunday noon-6 p.m. There is also live entertainment and a children’s midway.

Admission is free but donations to the Food Bank of Waterloo Region will be accepted at the gate. Please note that due to the nature of the event, anyone under the age of 19 must be accompanied by an adult to be admitted.

All events and activities on Sunday will keep pedestrians busy and active. If you have to drive, please find an alternative route.


Happy Canada Day everyone!

It is a wonderful day to celebrate another birthday of our great country. This one marks 144 years and a bright future lies ahead. There are events in so many communities and in southern Ontario we are getting some excellent weather as well.

The Globe and Mail is producing a series on "great communities" and the MHBPNA Blog felt that was very relevant to what we are trying to do here on the web. You can read the article by clicking here.

Have a great weekend (the Blog will post some more neighbourhood news when its editor is back from vacation).