Flamborough E-NEWS
May 2021
For the month of May, ENEWS includes several important updates on the Waterdown Farmers' Market, Waterdown Road closure coming this summer, On-Demand Transit Pilot in Waterdown coming this September, Waterdown North Drive Bypass update with upcoming Centre Road construction starting this month, COVID-19 Business Grant Program by Rotary Club Of Waterdown and more.
We are also pleased to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our Flamborough community flag and coat of arms at the end of April - on April 29th, 2011, Bishop Ralph Spence, Albion Herald Extraordinary, proclaimed Flamborough's grant of Arms and Flag on behalf of the Canadian Heraldic Authority. This student-lead project was created by the Waterdown District High School History Department and grade 10 students in 2011. You can order one through our Flamborough Heritage Society.

Please keep safe and protect yourselves,

Kind Regards
Councillor Judi Partridge
905 546 2713
Important Notices & Updates
Radon Gas Home Safety
Many thanks to those who have shared their recent experiences testing their home for radon gas, with some saying their readings were off the charts. Radon is a serious issue which is long overdue in acknowledging. I encourage everyone to learn more about radon gas and how you can test your home.

Hamilton Public Health Services conducted a study of radon gas levels in residential homes in Waterdown/Flamborough/Hamilton that did show some areas with higher than acceptable levels. Last Fall, Council approved radon testing equipment to be a requirement for all new construction builds going forward - read more about the residential construction requirements for Radon Gas mitigation.
Climate Change Action Plan
In light of COVID-19, I along with staff have remained committed to improving our energy efficiency, reducing GHG (Green House Gas) emissions and increasing our resiliency to the impacts of climate change to work towards these goals for climate change and mitigation. A few highlights of accomplishments and ongoing efforts towards our Climate Change Action Plan:

  • Flamborough Park wetland restoration project in partnership with Halton Conservation
  • Retrofitted six pumping stations and two outstations (Waterdown) with high efficiency motors to reduce energy consumption and GHG emissions in 2020
  • In 2020, 12,218 trees were planted city-wide along streets, parks, cemeteries and other naturalized areas
  • Hamilton was designated (in 2020) as the 39th “Bee City” in Canada, recognizing the City and community partners efforts to protect pollinators.
  • New Community Energy and Emissions Plan, our pathway towards meeting Flamborough / Hamilton’s future energy needs and reducing GHG emissions:
  • Earlier this year, The City and Enbridge Gas announced the first renewable natural gas (RNG) fuelled bus in Ontario, making @HSR the first public transportation authority in Ontario to use RNG, to transport customers.
Community Initiatives
Rain Barrel Sale at Grace Anglican Church

Support Grace Anglican Church in Waterdown and their Food With Grace Waterdown Food Bank our Foodbank & Climate Action. Let’s take care of people and the Earth together. Pre-Order choices online for $55.00 - home delivery in Waterdown only $10.
4th Annual Flamborough Senior Volunteer Award Nominations

Deadline: Friday May 28, 2021

Where: Flamborough Connects

Do you know a local Flamborough senior who has made a significant contribution to this community through volunteer service? Nominate them for the 4th Annual Flamborough Senior Volunteer Award. Application details can be found on the Flamborough Connects website or call 905-689-7880 for more info.
Waterdown Collision Initiative for Cystic Fibrosis Canada

Where: Waterdown Collision, 24 Dundas St. E. Box 666, Waterdown

Waterdown Collision and the DiFelice Family are hosting a Spring Community Outreach Initiative in support of Cystic Fibrosis Canada. Those who make a $50 donation to "Dante’s Journey to the Cure" will be able to receive a Spring tire swap, mechanical inspection, and a car wash from Waterdown Collision. Book your appointment by emailing community@waterdowncollision.com or call 905-689-8262.
Grace Anglican Church Fundraiser - 52 Weekly Wins

52 Weekly Wins with Grace is an exciting weekly lottery to raise funds for the creation of Bobby’s Place, a new community gathering space in the heart of Waterdown. Every week for 52 weeks, Grace Church will draw one ticket from all the purchased tickets ($25 / each) and the winner will win $200. After the draw, the winner’s ticket will be added back into the tumbler for more weekly chances to win! That is 52 chances to win! Draws will be videotaped and posted on the church website and YouTube channel every Saturday.
Hamilton Trillium Awards 2021

Deadline: Tuesday June 15, 2021

Do you love to garden? Do you have a beautifully landscaped front yard that should be recognized? Self-nominate or nominate a garden you think makes a positive contribution to our Flamborough community and Hamilton. The Hamilton Trillium Awards recognize Hamilton’s outstanding front yard gardens that contribute to the beautification of our city through creative landscaping, colourful annuals, perennials and well-kept property. Nominations are due by Tuesday June 15, 2021.
Community Events
May Library Events for All Ages

The Hamilton Public Library (HPL) provides many on-line fun learning resources for all ages. Councillor Partridge encourages your family to visit the link above for some fun learning resources such as activities, online tutoring, print and digital resources.

A few events coming up this month: Connect online with others age 55 and older for fun and games Tuesday's at 10:30 am. Read and discuss Indigenous literature among fellow book lovers ages 15-30 on Wednesdays 6:30pm. Details and more in the above link.
Virtual Music Mondays Series

When: Every Monday in May, 2021

Time: 12:00 pm
Watch/Listen: Facebook @HamOntMusic and the City of Hamilton’s YouTube channel

In partnership with the Hamilton Music Advisory Team (HMAT), the City of Hamilton is pleased to launch the Music Mondays virtual music series beginning Monday, May 3, 2021. The series will feature pre-recorded performances by 15 local musicians. Each Monday in May, a new video will be released on Facebook and on the City of Hamilton’s YouTube channel. Each video will feature three Hamilton musicians, all of whom perform in a similar musical genre. All videos were pre-recorded by musicians at home following COVID-19 safety regulations.
Eagles Nest Association of Waterdown Silent Auction Fundraiser

When: Wednesday May 12 - Sunday May 16, 2021

Join Eagles Nest Association of Waterdown for their annual Spring Event and help restore hope & change lives. During these challenging times, Eagles Nest continues to regularly connect with clients, as well as offer services virtually including counselling, coaching, and support groups. They are hosting an online silent auction in support of their essential services and the increased need of support for families in the Flamborough community. Bid on items like bread for a year from COBS, a leather tote from Golden Grass Goods, an Evening Appetizer Tray from Tea at the White House and much, much more.Their online auction opens May 12th at 8am, bids close on Sunday, May 16th at 8pm.
Stuffed. Pop-Up Perogy Take-Out Dinner

When: Friday May 14, 21, 28, 2021

Time: 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Where: Royal Canadian Legion Branch #36, 280 King St W, Dundas

Stuffed. Handcrafted Perogies is hosting Take-Out Perogy Dinners the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #36. With COVID-19 restrictions, all meals are for take-out only and can be pre-ordered online by Wednesdays at 5:00 pm, where you can conveniently schedule your pick up time. Cash or interac/debit payments accepted (sorry no credit cards).
Online Auction Fundraiser for ABC Nursery School

When: Saturday May 15 - Sunday May 30, 2021

Having missed the Annual Community Pancake Breakfast hosted by ABC Co-Operative Nursery School in Carlisle this year, they decided to bring their popular silent auction online. Going live May 15 - May 30 at this link, all of the items were donated by members or businesses in the community and all proceeds directly support the not-for-profit nursery school.
Flamborough Horticultural Society May Meeting
When: Wednesday May 19, 2021
Time: 7:00 pm
Where: Virtual by Zoom
Topic: Pollinator Gardening
The Flamborough Horticultural Society, an avid group of gardeners that also provides Civic Improvement, continues to host educational seminars via Zoom. Master Gardener Cathy Kozma will speak about Pollinator Gardens; the who, what, where and why of creating a haven for pollinators in our gardens. Cathy will recommend specific plants, how to care for the garden and advise us of ways to maximize pollinator potential. Join us! The non-member fee for this presentation is $5.00 bank e-transferred to trudybliedung@yahoo.ca. Alert flamhort@hotmail.com once payment is completed or for other methods of payment. If you decide to join for 3 speaker presentations, you automatically become a member and qualify for other benefits. As a not-for-profit Society, we rely on fees to pay for future speakers.
Flamborough Horticultural Society Spring Plant Sale
When: Saturday May 22, 2021

Time: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm 

Where: St Thomas The Apostle Church Parking Lot, 715 Centre Rd, Waterdown

The Flamborough Horticultural Society is holding their Spring Plant Sale on Saturday May 22nd in the St. Thomas The Apostle Church Parking lot from 8am – 1pm - Perennials, Herbs, Shrubs and More. Cash only, please contact flamhort@hotmail.com if you have any questions.
Virtual Hamilton Black Film Festival
When: Friday May 28 - Sunday May 30, 2021

Website: www.hbff.ca

Councillor Partridge is pleased to sponsor and invite the community online to enjoy films crafted by creative minds during the Hamilton Black Fiim Festival, May 28-30th. The festival is hosted on an online accessible platform to showcase films that are made by, for and about People of Colour around the world, focusing on both the challenges and triumphs of everyday life. The primary purpose of the festival is to inspire, motivate, encourage and support BIPOC filmmakers, listen to and learn from stories as told by diverse communities, and more.
Waterdown Farmers' Market
When: Saturdays starting May 29 until mid October 2021

Time: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Where: Waterdown Memorial Park parking lot, 200 Hamilton Street North, Waterdown

As a long-time supporter, Councillor Partridge is very pleased to share that the Waterdown Farmers’ Market is set to return for the 2021 season on Saturday, May 29 at a new, temporary location at Memorial Park. Vendor offerings will include fresh produce, small batch prepared foods, Ontario VQA wines, cider and more. The Waterdown Farmers’ Market is not a resellers’ market – offerings are grown and/or made by local farmers and producers. Learn more at this link.
Waterdown Blood Donor Clinic - Appointment Only
When: Monday May 31, 2021

Time: 2:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Where: St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, 715 Centre Road, Waterdown

Looking for ways to give back even during the current lockdown? Donating blood is both essential and one of the most direct ways you can help patients in need! Donate blood at St Thomas the Apostle Parish on May 31. Appointments are required and the event runs 2:30-7:30pm. Book an appointment at blood.ca/t311 and help save lives!
Community Farmers & Makers Market

When: Saturdays June 5 - October 9, 2021

Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Where: Mode Hospitality Inc, 69 Concession 5 Road East, Waterdown

Join Mode Hospitality for their Community Farmers & Makers Market. Their market, which will run from 9am – 2pm, every Saturday starting June 5 to October 9, will feature seasonal produce, fresh baked goods, specialty products and so much more. Masks must be worn to attend.
Virtual Meeting of 100+ Women Who Care Flamborough-Waterdown

When: Wednesday June 16, 2021

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Where: Virtual Meeting Via Zoom Video Platform
Please join Councillor Partridge at the next virtual meeting of 100+ Women Who Care Flamborough-Waterdown. This program virtually brings together 100 (or more) women in Flamborough / Waterdown who care about local community causes and who are committed to community service. At the online meeting, we will jointly select a local charity or not-for-profit organization. Everyone each donates $100 to the selected organization and watch how the group’s commitment turns into a $10,000+ donation. Do that four times a year and witness how $40,000 can improve the lives of our neighbours. To register, please contact info@100womenflamborough.ca.
CANCELLATION NOTICE: Shredding Fundraiser for Carlisle United Church

Carlisle United Church has cancelled their paper shredding event planned for May 15th, and rescheduled for Saturday, October 2nd from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. Please contact the church directly with any questions.
Community Resources
Mobile Rural Program ~ Flamborough Women's Support Services

Call: 289 895 8580

Flamborough Women’s Resource Centre (FWRC) continues to provide services to women and their children experiencing domestic violence. They are excited to announce a new mobile program providing wraparound services to women living rurally, with a focus on supporting seniors. The mobile counsellor meets women where they are comfortable to provides risk assessments, safety planning, counselling, etc.
Free Flamborough Income Tax Preparation

Time: Ongoing until June

Where: Flamborough Connects

Through the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program, Flamborough Connects offers free tax preparation where volunteers file tax returns for eligible people with a modest income. The program is now operating remotely and screening is happening over the phone. To find out if you might be eligible, please click here. To set up an appointment please call us 905-689-7880.
Food with Grace Waterdown Food Bank

When: Open Tuesdays

Time: 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Where: Grace Anglican Church, 157 Mill Street N (parking can be accessed from ​182 Main Street N)

Food with Grace Waterdown Food Bank remains open to all in the community, with precautionary restrictions, on Tuesdays from 2-6pm. Please do not arrive before 1:30 pm. Neighbours seeking food assistance will be provided with pre-made bags of food at the entrance door. Thank you to our generous community for their donations.
Flamborough Food Bank - NEW HOURS

When: Open Wednesdays

Time: 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Where: Flamborough Food Bank, Carlisle United Church,
1432 Centre Road

The Flamborough Food Bank remains open weekly on Wednesdays 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Instead of entering the Food Bank for personal shopping, food is being packed into hampers by 2 volunteers who work 6 feet apart. Hampers are placed near the front door, into carts and then cars. There is no close contact between clients or volunteers. For more information, please contact Jim Leamen, 905-690-1036; flamborough1@hotmail.com
Councillor Judi Partridge | judi.partridge@hamilton.ca