Flamborough E-NEWS
September 2018
Welcome to the September 2018 E-NEWS. Below are important updates regarding Joe Sams Park, the Puslinch Bridge and much more. Good luck to all students this September - best wishes for a wonderful start to the new academic year. October Election Day is an important day for all of us, and I encourage everyone to take the opportunity to build this community together by voting on October 22nd. Please join me for the 2018 Flamborough Women's Resource Centre (FWRC) Annual Chili Fest fundraiser on Tuesday September 25, 4-8pm at the Waterdown Legion- all proceeds go directly to supporting women and children in Flamborough.

Don't forget to please call or email my office if you need help with any issues. If you see me in the community, stop and say hi.

Joe Sams Park Upgrades

Please click here to watch my latest update on Joe Sams Park where we've officially opened a brand new sun shelter, a joint partnership between the Waterdown Minor Baseball Association, the Waterdown Lions Club, city staff and myself. The park is located 1 km north on Hamilton Street/Centre Road with numerous woodland trails to explore, including the John MacLennan Wetland Trails.

John was a well-known local champion of environment and creation of parkland in our wonderful community. Before I was elected I had the pleasure of participating with John on the cities Joe Sams Park design and development committee. Previously the park was Agro Brothers dairy farm. After we acquired it, the committee was formed and today we are seeing the fabulous results. We named part of the trails the John MacLennan Wetland Trails for his dedication and commitment to our community. Thank you for taking the time to view the video.

Waterdown Legion Vimy Oak Tree Fundraiser

In 2017, we planted a Vimy Oak Tree on the South East corner of the Waterdown Legion, which has gained a lot of interest by members in the community. There is now a plan place a plaque beside it with the story and background of the tree. Projected costs are $1700.00. All donors to the project will be recognized. This is an excellent opportunity to remember a member of your family who served in the military. There are three levels of sponsorship:

GOLD - $100
SILVER - $50
BRONZE - $25 

If you wish to contribute to this very worthwhile project, please complete the form available in the legion with a cheque or cash and hand in to the Bar Steward. Thanks for your support.

There are a number of ongoing events and fundraisers going on at the Waterdown Legion this month- all events and important information is listed at www.waterdownlegion.ca under “What’s Going On”.

Waterdown Memorial Park Parking Lot

This past June, City Council unanimously supported my motion at a Council meeting for the reconstruction of the Waterdown Memorial Park parking lot, which includes underground drainage infrastructure with new parking lot paving and lot markings. Staff have been working with the contractor and construction is anticipated to begin late September to be completed by the beginning of November in time for the Flamborough Santa Claus Parade.

New Stoplight For Hamilton Street at White Oak Drive and Melanie Crescent

Concrete and underground works are currently underway for a new stoplight to be installed on Hamilton Street at White Oak Drive and Melanie Crescent. It is expected that it will be completed and operational by mid October.

Meander Close / Centre Road Pedestrian Crossing

The Pedestrian Crossing in Carlisle on Centre Road at Meander Close has been installed, and is up and running for safe crossings.

Puslinch Bridge Replacement Over Highway 401 - Updates

The MTO is moving forward with the replacement of the Concession Road 7 bridge over Highway 401, which will be built west of the current bridge to accommodate the future widening of the highway. The Concession Road 7 / McLean Road intersection north of the bridge will be improved to better accommodate truck turning movements. Traffic will be maintained for the majority of the construction with some short-term closures required. During the removal of the existing bridge, 401 traffic will be redirected to the Emergency Detour Route- which is anticipated to take place on a single weekend night. Construction of the bridge is expected to start in 2019.

The design and construction report is available for review and comments for 30 days, starting August 20 in Freelton- details below. Comments are encouraged to be submitted by September 18, please read more here .

Freelton Library Branch
1803 Brock Road, Freelton, ON L0R 1K0
Telephone: 905-659-7639
Monday and Wednesday: 3:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Tuesday and Thursday: 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Saturday: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

Waterdown Memorial Hall - Update

Staff are working to move forward with the landscaping and foundation waterproofing for Waterdown Memorial Hall, and are diligently working with all departments to get the project awarded so that the contractor can start as soon as possible.

CCMA Country Music Week in Hamilton

The City of Hamilton will be hosting Country Music Week this September, a popular annual event by the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA). The 2018 CCMA Awards Show is taking place on Sunday September 9 (Broadcast) at FirstOntario Centre- Canadian country music’s biggest night. This event attracts approximately 10,000+ delegates/members/staff, music industry and performers, volunteers, family and friends, who will be visiting Hamilton during this time frame. We have had the privilege of hosting this event 5 times (1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, and 2011), and now 7 years event later this event is back in Hamilton.
The 2018 Canadian Country Music Week and Awards Broadcast consists of four days filled with exciting events for both the attending industry and the local community. Some performers for the Awards Show include Keith Urban, Lindsay Eli, High Valley, Dallas Smith and much more.
For more information or for tickets to the show on Sunday September 9, please visit Tourism Hamilton online or please visit the CCMA website .
With warm regards, 

Judi Partridge
Flamborough Ward 15
Community Updates
2018 Youth Strategy Project

As a result of the Youth Roundtable that I hosted in January 2018 with Trustee Deathe, the City of Hamilton has created a live web page that provides all information regarding a new youth strategy project rolling out in 2018. This project was created to understand the successes and challenges youth face, also to learn and showcase great stories of youth and partners supporting youth 14-29 in our communities, identify partnerships to create new opportunities for youth, and showcase our youth and partners and look for opportunities to enhance services with better city support.

The youth strategy project will roll out in 3 phases over the course of 2018/2019. For more details, please click here.
Ongoing Falls Prevention Program for Seniors

A free 12-week program for seniors focusing on falls prevention strategies through education and exercise is being offered by VON Canada. The program includes two 45 minute sessions per week, and participants will learn about fall risk factors and solutions to reduce their risk. Participants will work through exercises to improve strength, balance and coordination. The Falls Prevention program is provincially funded through the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network. All programs are coordinated by the VON and instructed by Lifemark Seniors Wellness. Registration is required- for more information, please click here . Contact the VON for class location information and to register at 905-529-0700 ext. 2282 or elisia.mancini@von.ca
Community Events
Bethel Church Annual Fall Fair

When: Friday September 7, 2018

Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Where: Bethel Church, 616 Dundas St E, Waterdown

The plans for the annual fall fair are already underway! Put September 7 on your calendar and come for an evening of good food and great fun at Bethel CRC. Meet old friends and make new ones! Here are a few things that we’ve got planned: pony rides, bouncy castle, chili contest, roast corn, BBQ, games for all. For more information, please click here .
Pepper Shakers Band at Waterdown Legion

When: Saturday September 8, 2018

Time: 8:00 pm

Where: Branch 551 Waterdown Royal Canadian Legion, 79 Hamilton St N, Waterdown

Everyone is invited to the Pepper Shakers Band at the Waterdown Legion for rock'n'roll, rockabilly, classic country, blues, R & B, classic rock, oldies musical entertainment.
Waterdown 551 Fiddlers Entertainment

When: Friday September 14, 2018

Time: 7:00 pm

Where: Branch 551 Waterdown Royal Canadian Legion, 79 Hamilton St N, Waterdown

The Waterdown 551 Fiddlers play every 2nd Friday night of the month at 7:00 p.m. hosted by Wayne Belanger. Everyone is welcome - you do not have to be a legion member to attend.
Petal Festival at Waterdown Farmers' Market

When: Saturday September 15, 2018

Time: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Where: Branch 551 Waterdown Royal Canadian Legion, 79 Hamilton St N, Waterdown

The Waterdown Farmers' Market is hosting a Petal Festival on September 15 with a focus on flowers. This event will run in conjunction with Canadian Flowers Week. Connect with local farmers and producers to enjoy offerings including fruit, vegetables, eggs, artisan breads, baked goods, wine and more. Come celebrate a time of new beginnings. See you there!
Family Fun Zone and Community BBQ

When: Saturday September 15, 2018

Time: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Where: Grace Anglican Church, 157 Mill Street North Waterdown

Grace Church invites everyone to their Family Fun Zone and Community BBQ with children's activities that include bouncy castles, games, face painting, and a photo booth. All food and activities are free of charge.
Terry Fox Run Event

When: Sunday September 16, 2018

Time: Registration- 7:30 am, event starts 9:00 am

Where: Waterdown Memorial Park, 200 Hamilton Street. Route distance: 5 km

Join us for this year's Terry Fox Run in beautiful Waterdown! The route is bicycle, stroller, roller-blade, and wheelchair accessible. Dogs must be on-leash. Please note: the parking lot will be under construction and parking is available behind Mary's Hopkins.
Westfield Heritage Village - Telling Tales Family Festival

When: Sunday September 16, 2018

Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Where: Westfield Heritage Village, 1049 Kirkwall Road, Rockton

Designated one of the province’s “Top 100” by Festivals and Events Ontario, this is a free event celebrating Canada’s leading children’s writers and illustrators. Meet authors, artists and musicians and take part in the popular Book Swap and Shop. Free parking at Rockton Fairgrounds with complimentary shuttle service to Westfield. (Please note there is no parking at Westfield.) For more information visit www.tellingtales.org.
Flamborough Horticultural Society Meeting

When: Wednesday September 19, 2018

Time: Social time- 7:00 pm, Meeting- 7:30 pm

Where: St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Parish Hall, 715 Centre Road, Waterdown
Guest speaker: Paul Knowles will speak on the topic "Joy in the Garden". Paul Knowles is an author and arts presenter. His gardening books include “Escaping Eden”. He has written 16 books, gardening, humour, travel and feature articles for publications and websites including Forever Young, The Ottawa Citizen, The United Church Observer, Joyoftravel.ca, The Toronto Sun, trivago.ca, and many other periodicals and websites. His work has been published in Ontario Gardener Living, Canadian Gardening, The Reader’s Digest, and Maclean’s. For more information please click here .
Rotary Food4Kids Brunch Fundraiser

When: Saturday September 22 and October 13, 2018
Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Where: Branch 551 Waterdown Royal Canadian Legion, 79 Hamilton St N, Waterdown

Come and enjoy a tasty brunch, prepared by community members and the volunteers of the Rotary Club of Waterdown in support of Food4Kids Hamilton-Halton on September 22 and October 13 inside the Legion. It is running in conjunction with the Waterdown Farmer's Market so come and have your breakfast to support this worthwhile event. Then, feel free to walk outside and enjoy the market!   
Flamborough Chili Fest 2018

When: Tuesday September 25, 2018

Time: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Where: Branch 551 Waterdown Royal Canadian Legion, 79 Hamilton St N, Waterdown

The annual Flamborough Chili Fest is back! Join me at this popular fundraising event organized by Flamborough Women's Resource Centre, a community program of Interval House of Hamilton. All proceeds go directly to supporting women and children in Flamborough. For more information, please click here
Flamborough Heritage Society Public Meeting

When: Friday September 28, 2018

Time: 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Where: Branch 551 Waterdown Royal Canadian Legion, 79 Hamilton St N, Waterdown

Join us for a Flamborough Heritage Society Public Meeting where Canadian Armed Forces veteran Bob Thomas will talk about his book, Motorcycles in the Canadian Provost Corps and Military Police Branch. Free admission, coffee/tea and cookies served, cash bar. Visit  www.flamboroughhistory.com/   for details.
Fibre Day at Waterdown Farmers' Market

When: Saturday September 29, 2018

Time: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Where: Branch 551 Waterdown Royal Canadian Legion, 79 Hamilton St N, Waterdown
Join us for a Fibre Day at the Waterdown Farmers' Market, for those knit and spin- consider bringing your wool project to market to work on under our Fibre Tent!
Waterdown Scarecrow Walk

When: Monday October 1 - Wednesday October 31, 2018

Celebrate fall with a walk through the Village to see the scarecrow uprising, for the whole month of October. Vote for your favourites. Enter a draw for prizes! More information to come.

When: Friday October 12, 2018

Time: 6 :30 pm - 9:00 pm, doors open 6:00 pm

Where: Grace Anglican Church, 157 Mill Street North Waterdown
Join us for a wonderful Oktoberfest celebration October 12, featuring a raffle of a Wheel Barrow of Beer, dinner of sausages, schnitzel, sauerkraut, potatoes, strudel beer & wine, and live music. There is seating for everyone. All are welcome!
Waterdown Legion Annual Honours and Awards

When: Saturday October 20, 2018

Time: 11:10 am - Opening Ceremonies

Where: Branch 551 Waterdown Royal Canadian Legion, 79 Hamilton St N, Waterdown
You are cordially invited to attend the Annual Honours and Awards Luncheon and the Ladies Auxiliary 62nd Birthday celebration- opening ceremonies start at 11:10 am, luncheon at noon with the Awards Presentation to 1:00 pm. Tickets are $18.00, all Veterans dinners are complimentary. Please pick up tickets by October 10 th .
Waterdown Ghost Pub Walk

When: Thursday October 25, 2018

Time: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Learn about our haunted past. Guided tour past some of our most storied buildings with pub stops along the way. In partnership with Flamborough Heritage Society and participating pubs.
Waterdown Pet & Treat Walk

When: Saturday October 27, 2018

Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Waterdown Village merchants are celebrating Halloween. Bring your little ones and furry friends dressed up in costume and receive treats from participating businesses. Free canvas tote bag giveaways for early arrivals. There will also be special children’s entertainment and fun activities throughout the Village. Prizes for best-dressed pets.
Grace Christmas Market

When: Saturday November 10, 2018

Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Where: Grace Anglican Church, 157 Mill Street North Waterdown (Parking at 182 Main St N)

Join the community for the Grace Christmas Market - Silent Auction, Wine Raffle, 50 / 50 Draw, Homemade Baked Goods, Knitted Items, Trinkets & Treasures, Café, Musician.
Waterdown Annual Community Tree Lighting

When: Saturday November 17, 2018

Time: 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Where: Waterdown Memorial Park, 200 Hamilton Street.

Join us as we kick-offs the holiday celebrations and light the way for Santa. Holiday entertainment, kids’ activities, and a visit from ol’ Saint Nick. Watch for more activities leading up to the holidays.
Flamborough Santa Claus Parade

When: Saturday November 24, 201
Time: 6:30 pm

Where: To view the parade route, please click here .

Come see Waterdown Village all lit up for the arrival of Santa. The annual nighttime Flamborough Santa Claus Parade is a much-loved community event perfect for kids of all ages. Fun, festive and full of spectacular light. Parade theme for 2018: Light the Way for Santa. Judges will be looking for best float based on music, lighting, presentation, imagination and that WOW factor while embracing this year's theme. For more information, please click here.
Waterdown Village Farmers' Market

When: Saturdays, rain or shine!

Time: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Where: Branch 551 Waterdown Royal Canadian Legion, 79 Hamilton St N, Waterdown

The Waterdown Village Farmers’ Market has launched for its 5th season! Connect with local farmers and producers to enjoy offerings including fruit, vegetables, eggs, artisan breads, baked goods, wine and more. Come celebrate a time of new beginnings. See you there!
For more local events...
The Flamborough Review's Events Calendar
The Waterdown Legion Events
Community Resources and Opportunities
Flamborough Recreation Programs

Arena Public Programming has started at Harry Howell Arena in Flamborough. The weekday sessions will run during the month of September (starting on September 4 th ). Weekend sessions will start Saturday, October 6 th .
Free Public Programming is available on Mondays at Harry Howell 2pm to 3:30pm – FREE Open Skate and Wednesdays 2pm to 3:00pm - FREE Open Skate 55+
Please click here for further scheduling and information.
Hamilton Public Library

Looking for something to do with your children on their P.A day? Need to get out on a rainy Sunday Funday? Hamilton Public Library’s hours are changing to serve you better! HPL Branches will be open for elementary school shared PA days. Waterdown Library will also be opening every Sunday until June from 1:00pm- 5:00pm.
Starting in September- children staples
Mondays and Thursdays- Family time 10:30, Babytime 11:30
Wednesdays: Stream learning lab 4:30 pm
Thursdays and Saturdays: Math Quest (Wed- 4pm, Sat- 10:30am)
Flamborough Connects

Congratulations to Flamborough Connects on their new branding, previously known as Flamborough Information and Community Services. Visit their website at http://flamboroughconnects.ca/

Seniors Grocery Shopping Bus and Seniors Trip Events schedules available at the office – call: 905-689-7880 for more information or visit their website.

Stitch’ N Chatter at St James United Church, 306 Parkside Dr. Tuesday mornings 10 am-12 noon September – mid June. Come and enjoy fellowship and new skills as we learn from each other. Bring your knitting, crocheting, sewing, embroidery, quilting, smocking, etc or come and learn from others. Baking, pie crust making, computer skills, cooking skills are all available to learn. No cost and ALL ages are welcome. For more Seniors activities- please click here.
Join Flamborough Scout Groups

The mission of Scouts Canada is to contribute to the development of young people in achieving their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potential as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities. There are currently two local groups in Flamborough. Youth are divided into five sections based on age group. These programs are open to both male and female.

Beavers: ages 5 – 7 yrs
Cubs: ages 8 – 10 yrs
Scouts: ages 11 – 14 yrs
Ventures: ages 14 – 17 yrs
Rovers: ages 18 – 26 yrs

Carlisle contact: Andrea McRae, Group Commissioner carlislescouts@bell.net
3rd Waterdown contact: Wanda Chevrier, Group Commissioner info.3rdwaterdown@gmail.com .
Drummond House - Rescued and Restored

Visit our building location on Freelton Road to find many treasures of gently used furniture, clothing, books, pianos, dining room and living room sets. It's a wonderful way to support Drummond House programs to help women and their families in transition.

New hours:
Monday- Wednesday 11am - 4pm 
Thursday & Friday 11am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm 
248 Freelton Road, Freelton, ON L0R 1K0
Tel. 289.679.0481
ABC Nursery School

ABC’s co-operative pre-school program is unique and special in that staff, parents and children work, learn and grow together. It is a family based program administered by the parents in our community.

Children from 24 months to 5 years old are welcome. There are limited spaces available for children 24-30 months old so book your spot early to avoid disappointment.

To learn more, please contact ABC Nursery School or visit www.abcnurseryschool.ca
City of Hamilton Volunteer Opportunities

Join the Volunteer Team at Macassa Lodge 

  • Volunteer positions for adults and teens (14 yrs +)
  • Morning, afternoon, and weekend shifts
  • Attend an orientation session to learn about the current opportunities available
  • Vulnerable Sector Police Check and 2-Step TB test required before starting
  • Learn more about how to volunteer at Macassa Lodge
Ontario Works Case Manager

An Ontario Works Case Manager is now available twice monthly in the Flamborough/Waterdown area. Ontario Works provides temporary financial and employment assistance, also known as social assistance, for people who are in financial need. If you are in receipt of Ontario Works, or if you are interested in obtaining further information about the Ontario Works program please access drop in services at the following times and locations: 

All Individuals/families:
Where: Flamborough Food bank located at 1492 Centre Rd, Carlisle ON
When: 1-3:30pm on the 4th Wednesday of every month

Females only:
Where: Flamborough Woman's Resource Centre at 17 Main St S, Waterdown ON
When: 1pm-4pm on the 1st Monday of every month

The Ontario works Case Manager will be available to answer questions, provide referrals, potentially process paperwork and complete update appointments. If you have any questions regarding this, please contact OW Case Manager Karen at 905-546-4800 ext 1522.
Flamborough Women's Resource Centre

The Flamborough Women's Resource Centre (FWRC) has a variety of services and programs for women. To begin, individual Counseling supports women in making life decisions that are good for them. Specialized counselling for women who have, or are experiencing, mental or physical abuse is also available. The Transitional Support Program is available to link women to a variety of Flamborough community resources including assistance with housing supports. Legal advocacy assists women in navigating today's complicated legal systems including police, legal aid, family law, custody issues and immigration law. All of these services are private and confidential and located at the FWRC in Waterdown.

Contact Shannon Hamar  for further details at (289)-895-8580.
Waterdown Food Bank, Food With Grace

Location: Grace Anglican Church 
157 Mill Street North, Waterdown 

The Waterdown Food Bank is open to those in need every Tuesday from 2-6pm or by appointment. The Waterdown Food Bank has helped many residents over the years through difficult times, and continues to be a valued community service. 

To contact the organization, please call (905)-966-7900 or email  foodwgrace@graceanglicanwaterdown.org
Flamborough Food Bank

Location: Carlisle United Church 
1432 Centre Road, Carlisle
Hours: Every Wednesday from 1pm-3pm and 7pm-8:30pm
The Flamborough Food Bank (FFB) is a not-for-profit, community based organization that supplements individual and family household food and personal care needs through community donations and resources. The FFB is open to anyone who is in need of food or personal care supplements. It also offers holiday assistance including Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas food hampers. Clients can only be registered with one food bank in the Hamilton area. Clients are welcome to come in every two weeks.
To register as a client, please fill out a registration form at the Carlisle United Church. The registration process requires: Photo ID, proof of residency, proof of income and major expenses. For more information, please  click here.
YFC Waterdown Youth Centre
Location:  273 Parkside Drive, Waterdown
YFC/YOUTH UNLIMITED Waterdown is committed to mentoring youth by offering programs and developing relationships that nurture the whole person - physically, mentally, emotionally, socially and spiritually. The Youth Centre welcomes all youth regardless of race, gender, or religion and offers a safe place for them to discover who they are.

To view schedules for AIM-Archery in Motion, Axiom, iMatter, The Bridge, Chill Zone and more, please visit their website at www.yfcwaterdown.com o r email info@yfcwaterdown.com

Watch for new upcoming programs on their Facebook page: YFC/Youth Unlimited Waterdown


Judi Partridge
Ward 15 Flamborough
Building Community Together
Ward 15 Community Profile 
Please select the link below to view the City of Hamilton Ward Profile for Ward 15 Flamborough. 

The Profile contains an overview of the ward's features, assets and various indicators of socio-demographic characteristics. 

Judi Partridge | judi.partridge@hamilton.ca