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Goes Both Ways March to Late May (Phase One): Reconstruct St. Paul Street from Burgoyne Bridge to William Street, Ontario Street from Lake to King streets, and King Street from Ontario to Queen Street. This is underway and is on track to ﬁnish on time. This is the only area that is having the massive amount of construction take place in conjunction with the twoway traﬃce conversion. Late May to Early June (Phase Two): This phase is the changing of St. Paul
Street, King Street and William Street to two-way traﬃc. Approximately a two week project including changing signs and traﬃc lights, along with repainting the traﬃc lines and parking spots on the street. The street will then be reopened with two-way trafﬁc ﬂow. Early June to Mid September (Phase Three): Reconstruct Ontario St. between King and St. Paul and convert to two-way traﬃc. Two-way traﬃc will be ﬂowing throughout down-
town (King St. and St. Paul St.) and will be easily negotiable through this phase. By the end of September, Ontario Street will be ﬁnished and re-opened with two-way traﬃc. Phase Four: Conversion to two-way traﬃc on St. Paul and King Street from Carlisle to Geneva. King Street and St. Paul Street will be converted to at least Carlisle Street in late May to early June. We most likely will carry the conversion to Court Street sometime this year as well.
Centre for the Arts In the shadow of the Canada Hair Cloth Building in downtown St. Catharines, M.P. Rick Dykstra and M.P.P. Minister Jim Bradley announced the largest cultural investment in the history of Niagara. The federal and provincial governments will provide $18 million each to build a new Niagara Centre for the Arts and Recital Hall in downtown St. Catharines. In addition, Mayor Brian McMullan conﬁrmed that the city will also commit $18 million. "We have been advocating for this investment as a means to revitalize our downtown, and it’s good to see all orders of government working together to make this project a reality," states Rob DePetris, President of the Board of Directors of the St. Catharines-Thorold Chamber of Commerce. “ This development will create much needed jobs in our community, and it will reposition St. Catharines as a vibrant centre for creative activity.”
The Niagara Centre for the Arts will be capable of hosting big-ticket theatre and concerts with a capacity of 800 to 900 patrons. The Recital Hall will be a 300-seat venue that will primarily be used for community and public musical performances. Construction for the centre is slated to begin in 2010. The announcement is the culmination of hard work by a number of groups including Brock University, St. Catharines and Area Arts Council, Niagara Artists' Centre, Downtown Association, Chorus Niagara to name only a few. As well, St. Catharines city staﬀ worked hard on this project, and deserve to be commended as well. "Today is a historic day for St. Catharines," states Walter Sendzik, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Chamber. "It goes to show that we can achieve great things when we all work together."
Grilled Veal Chop with Fig & Port Reduction Recipe from La Scala Ristorante & Café • 26 Church Street
Procedure Ingredients 2 - 1 ¼“ thick veal chops Note: for best results, ask your butcher for 10-12 oz frenched veal chops. 2 fresh figs 1 tbsp butter-1 ½ cups port Sea salt, pinch Freshly ground pepper, pinch Extra virgin olive oil, splash
Season veal chops with sea salt, cracked black pepper and extra virgin olive oil. Set aside to bring veal chops to room temperature. Meanwhile, cut the figs into quarters. In a small saucepan, combine port, figs, butter, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer- until reduced by half. To prepare the veal chops medium, set your grill to high and cook chops for approx 3 ½ minutes per side. Transfer to plate and spoon reduction over veal chop. Serve with grilled seasonal vegetables and roasted potatoes. Serves: 2
The 2009 spring/summer season marks the third consecutive year that yellow has been a trendy color. Accessorize with yellow shoes or a yellow purse. Yellow makes a strong color pop to brighten your days.
Floral arrangement, The Watering Can
Mums, The Watering Can Chinese Laundry clutch, The Boot Shop
Moda sandal, The Boot Shop
The color experts at Benjamin Moore believe their St. Elmo’s Fire 362 yellow may be spot on as an interior décor hue for 2009. Evocative of flickering firelight, this zesty citron yellow conveys a sense of optimism about what lies ahead.
Heritage Corridor Walk 5th of each month, March - December 2009 Downtown St. Catharines has a rich and signiﬁcant past. It has evolved since the ﬁrst settlers, leaving behind a historical trail of events. These stories are told through our Downtown Walking Tour, designed to provide a picture of our city and the accomplishments that we celebrate. Take some time to explore while on the tour, learning our history while seeing some of our most valuable sites. Tours meet at 7pm on the 5th of each month at the Old Courthouse, 101 King Street. Tickets are $5.00 per person. Advance reservations are requested. Tour is approximately 90 minutes.
Full Moon History & Haunts Walks Monthly on each full moon, 2009 Take an eerie stroll through Downtown and explore the history and haunted tales of some of the cities oldest buildings, under the magic of the full moon. Tours run each full moon at 7pm in winter and 9pm in summer. Advance reservations are suggested. Tours meet 15 minutes prior, at the Market Square, 91 King Street. Tickets are $8 for adults & group discounts are available. Tour is approximately 75 minutes.
ArtsCity First Friday of each month, May - October 2009 Come experience the arts in Downtown St. Catharines. The ﬁrst Friday of each month the arts come alive in a variety of venues throughout the Downtown. Visit galleries, restaurants, retailers and businesses that have art installations and exhibits on display for everyone to enjoy. Print oﬀ your self guided tour from our website. Free admission. Participants open 6 pm - 9 pm.
Downtown Classic Car Show & Fiddle Festival Saturday July 11, 2009 Stroll down memory lane along St. Paul Street from 9am to 5pm, where over 400 fantastic classic and custom cars will be on display. Check out the bouncing cars in the low rider hop oﬀ. Take in our second annual Fiddle & Step Dancing Festival happening on the lawn of Silver Spire Church, categories for all ages and registration available on site. Live entertainment throughout the festival all day. Fun for the whole family!
Summerlicious August 16-29, 2009 Enjoy some of your favourites or try something new, as many of the Downtown restaurants open their doors over these two weeks oﬀering fabulous 3 course ﬁxed price menus - ranging from $15-30. Make plans to dine out every night during this mouth watering event. Please see website for lists of participating restaurants and the menus served.