What’s up with the WCNA …

“What’s up with the WCNA …” a question asked more frequently of us recently. So we’ll put the upcoming events and dates right up front for easy finding and marking on your home calendars!!

WCNA Parks “Pitch In Week” schedule: Each Pitch In Week event begins at 7:00 PM

Tuesday April 24   Meet at the Parnell Street entrance for the Cindy Drive Park clean up

Wednesday April 25   Meet at the Parnell Street entrance for litter clean up, especially the Teen Hang-out area

Thursday April 26   Meet at the Cindy Drive entrance for the Cherie Road Park cleanup and mulch spreading on the newly               planted trees

Friday April 27  Meet at the Starbuck’s parking area on Scott Street for the Scott to Linwell Street clean up

Saturday April 28   The City wide “Clean Sweep by the Clean City Committee”, starting at Market Square with electronics recycling, battery disposal, displays and entertainment from 8:00 AM to 10: 00 AM. Sign up there for the chosen sites and “Pitch In to Pitch Out” all the winter litter and thoughtless detritus!!

MANY THANKS to all the folks who have been carrying bags and picking up litter these past few weeks. Your efforts certainly are appreciated and the Parks do look a lot cleaner because of your efforts on behalf of us all!!

TUESDAY MAY 8… RICE ROAD NURSERY DISCOUNT SALE DAY … for current holders of a 2012 WCNA membership card, which must be shown to receive the discount. This is the third year of the Rice Road Nurseries discount day for WCNA members, carrying on a welcome community tradition so appreciated at Broadway Nurseries. A grand selection of quality plants at a seriously discounted price is another benefit of the WCNA Membership … please plan on taking advantage of this kind offer by the Nursery owners and staff on behalf of the WCNA.

Tuesday May 15   Our next WCNA Community Meeting   “Gardening 301” … for the experienced gardener, the beginning gardener, the aspiring gardener … a hands-on evening of working your garden this spring and summer. Dividing plants, saving your special plants, garden soil preparation and augmentation, native plant gardening, dealing with bugs, bringing butterflies into your garden … question and answers time with knowledgeable gardeners. Grantham Lion’s Club, Niagara Street at Lakeshore, beginning at 7:00 PM.

WCNA PLANT SALE … Saturday June 2 at 88 Cherie Drive. A fine tiem to find the plants you want at very modest prices … perennials always. And if you are dividing plants in your home garden and have excess, please consider potting them up and dropping them off at 88 Cherie Drive anytime from now  until  Friday June 1.

This plant sale is the WCNA major fun raising event …. with all proceeds going right back in to Park projects. In 2010 the WCNA added a new bench; in 2011 the WCNA purchased Tree identification tags that will soon appear on designated trees in the Parks, this marking a beginning of the tagging of trees … and this year the WCNA plans on  purchasing native bushes for planting in renovated areas by the Creek and also buying native perennial wild flowers to add splashes of colour to be enjoyed  by all users of the Parks.

Watch for the Spring Walks In The Parks” schedule that will be posted soon. Hour long Thursday morning Strolls with knowledgeable WCNA leaders will show you what you might have missed, dissolve the mystery of tree names and the flora of the Parks, what plans are in place for the parks and  what gems are worthy of gentle study and enjoyment.