April Update 2017

Dear Friends of Kingston Inner Harbour,
 
1) FIRST TURTLE HATCHLING SEEN Fri, Apr 7!
2) CALL OF THE FOREST: – Apr. 9, 1:30 & 4pm
3) BELLE ISLAND CLEAN-UPS – weekends
4) THE SANCTUARY – Apr.19, 4-5pm
5) NORTH KING’S TOWN OPEN HOUSE – Apr. 19, 4-6 pm
6) THIRD CROSSING & WELLINGTON ST. EXTENSION: IMPORTANT UPDATE – Apr. 24, 7 pm
7) LET’S MAKE BRICKS AND BUILD OURSELVES A CITY,
Apr 20, 10 am

8) K&P TRAIL CLEAN UP – Apr 22 Earth Day 9:30 am
9) PITCH IN WEEK Apr 23-29
10) VISION FOR KINGSTON TRIVIA NIGHT – May 2, 7 pm

11) GEARS AND GRINDS GREAT CYCLING MAPS
12) SUITE DEAL AT KROCK FOR COMMUNITY GROUPS
 
1) FIRST TURTLE HATCHLING SEEN THIS SEASON

Thanks so much Lesley Rudy! 
Taken right on the asphalt pathway in Doug Fluhrer Park –
Fri, APRIL 7.  Baby Northern Map. Hope it survives!

GREAT NEWS! SNAPPING TURTLES SAVED.
CULL NO LONGER LEGAL IN ONTARIO.

Thanks so very much to everyone who signed the petition.
https://www.ontarionature.org/media/media_template.php?n_code=991
 
2) CALL OF THE FOREST:
THE FORGOTTEN WISDOM OF TREES 

Movie at the Screening Room , Sun April 9, 1:30 and 4:00 pm. http://screeningroomkingston.com/movie/call-of-the-forest-the-forgotten-wisdom-of-trees/
Call of the Forest follows visionary scientist, conservationist and author, Diana Beresford-Kroeger, on her journey to the most beautiful forests of the northern hemisphere. From the sacred sugi and cedar forests of Japan, the ancient Raheen Wood of Ireland, the walnut and redwood trees of America, to the great boreal forest of Canada, Beresford-Kroeger tells us the amazing stories behind the history and legacy of these ancient forests while also explaining the science of trees and the irreplaceable roles they play in protecting and feeding the planet. A lot to reconsider about plantings in parks and along trails.
 
3) BELLE ISAND CLEAN-UPS.  https://www.facebook.com/events/1194714083911800/permalink/1278268362223038/  for possible times for Belle Island clean-ups on weekends this season.  As many of you know, the Tannery has become a real centre for the homeless – especially  over the last year.  They do need a place.  We are very grateful to Home Base Housing for checking things out now and again to make sure they are OK.  We do have fears however that Belle Island will be the next destination for Kingston’s homeless. We honestly hope that  Belle Island sacred grounds can remain natural, free of garbage, and respected.  We need to help to ensure this remains a reality. The clean-ups help.
 
4) THE SANCTUARY
What:  New Community Work Space Tour.
Who: Architect Gerry Shoalts of Shoalts and Zaback Architects.
Developer Ben Pilon has said that non-profits can use the space for free for the first year. Beautiful gesture.
When: Wed. April 19, 4-5 pm
Where: . The former Queen Street United Church at 221 Queen Street, which has been remodelled as a “new community co-working space”  http://www. thesanctuarykingston.ca/
 
5) NORTH KING’S TOWN VISIONING OPEN HOUSE
What: The revised draft report on the North King’s Town community visioning exercise and preliminary market analysis is now available for online input and is the subject of an upcoming open house. http://www.CityofKingston.ca/NorthKingsTown>.
When: Wednesday, April 19, 4-6 pm
Where:  Belle Park Clubhouse – 731 Montreal St.
Once finalized, this document will guide the development of the secondary plan for North King’s Town – the Inner Harbour and Old Industrial Area in Kingston’s near north-end.  Secondary plans contain a land-use plan and policies, urban design guidelines, transportation plan, servicing plan and financial plan to direct the growth of a particular area.

6) THIRD CROSSING & WELLINGTON ST. EXTENSION: IMPORTANT UPDATE:
WHO: Mark van Buren, City’s Director of Engineering
WHAT: Open Community Meeting
WHEN:  Monday, April 24 at 7:00 pm,
WHERE: Artillery Park Centre, 382 Bagot Street
The Friends of Kingston Inner Harbour, in cooperation with the McBurney Park Neighbourhood Association and wellingtonx are pleased to invite you to this small informal open community meeting.  Questions welcome!
If you can’t make this, the city is holding two Open Houses:
Tues, Apr 25, LCVI and Wed, Apr 26, John A. MacDonald School. Both of these meetings from 6-9 pm  

7) “LET’S MAKE BRICKS…
AND LET’S BUILD OURSELVES A CITY”

What: Kingston Heritage Talk
Who: Jennifer McKendry, local architectural historian
When: Thurs, April 20, 10 am
Where: Memorial Hall, City Hall, 216 Ontario St.
Kingston has a reputation as ‘The Limestone City’ but how realistic was that in the 19th century?” says McKendry.  This talk shares the same title as McKendry’s newest book, which explores the origin and evolution of Kingston’s buildings made of hand-made or pressed bricks.
This is the third workshop in the City’s Heritage Resource Centre speaker series.
Registration is free and open to the public. Reserve your spot now at <http://www.CityofKingston.ca/HRC>
 
8) K&P TRAIL CLEAN-UP
When: Saturday, March 22, Earth Day, 9:30 am

Where: Meet as always just north of the intersection of River and Rideau Streets.  Clean all the way up to Belle Park. 
Great refreshments. All welcome!

9) PITCH-IN WEEK – Apr 23-29
Any community members who feel in the mood for fixing up the park are most welcome to go on their own during this week.  Let’s make a difference!
If you would like to help on Friday, April 28 
Malroz Engineering on Rideau, XCG at the Woolen Mill as well sd other local businesses willl go out once again to help clean up Doug Fluhrer Park and Anglin Bay.  They have really made a difference during Pitch-In for the past couple of years.  Great work!

10) VISION FOR KINGSTON TRIVIA NIGHT
Who: Vision for Kingston will host this inaugural Trivia Night
Where: Grad Club, 162 Barrie St.,
When: Tues, May 2, 7 pm
Why;  To raise money for the OMB appeal against the proposed downtown Capital Theatre high-rise development
Entry is $5-$20 per person sliding scale.  Open to all. 
Drinks and snacks available for purchase at the bar.
https://www.facebook.com/events/609524885909774/
 
11) GEARS AND GRINDS GREAT CYCLING MAPS   http://www.gearsandgrinds.com/
If you are looking for fun weekly rides in the area check this out and get on their mailing list.
 
12) COMMUNITY GROUPS SUITE DEAL AT K-ROCK
Starting April 6, community organizations can once again apply to use the City of Kingston’s community suite at Rogers K-Rock Centre for Kingston Frontenacs’ home games during the regular hockey season that takes place between September 2017 and March 2018. Use of the suite includes complimentary tickets to the game.
Groups eligible to apply include:  incorporated not-for-profit agencies, registered charities, minor sports associations, service clubs and community organizations in the Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) which includes the Township of South Frontenac, the Township of Frontenac Islands, Loyalist Township and the City of Kingston.
Groups interested in applying for this suite deal should:
•      review the community suite allocation guidelines at <http://www.CityofKingston.ca/CommunitySuite> and
•      fill out the form at the end of the guidelines and return it by noon on June 1 to <mailto:communitysuite@cityofkingston.ca> or fax it to 613-546-1899.
 
Due to the limited number of home games, applications will be approved by the City on a first come, first served basis. Successful applicants will then have their names entered in a random draw to receive the date of their home game.
When using the suite, successful applicants are responsible for the cost of food and beverages consumed. Groups that applied last season must reapply to be considered for events for this upcoming year
 
So that’s it for this month,
See you out on the trail.
Cheers
Mary Farrar
President,
Friends of Kingston Inner Harbour