Join Niagara Parks to Celebrate Earth Day: Saturday, April 20, 2013

In celebration of Earth Day, The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) will host a number of events on Saturday, April 20, to encourage a greater appreciation of nature and our environmental surroundings. Join us and take part in the following programs:

4th Annual Friends of the Niagara Glen Earth Day Event Niagara Glen Nature Centre 3050 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls, Ontario 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Friends of the Niagara Glen invite everyone to gather at the Niagara Glen Nature Centre for free guided tours of the Glen, home to Ontario’s

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greatest concentration of Species at Risk. Tree plantings, geocaching demonstrations and a photo scavenger hunt will also be offered. The Friends Group and their partners will also be showcasing various displays and educational materials about their conservation efforts. Those planning to spend the day are encouraged to bring their own bagged lunch, refillable water bottles and appropriate footwear for rugged terrain.

NPC will also be offering free mulch for pick-up in the Niagara Glen parking lot. Please bring your own shovel and bags.

“Capture the Moment” Photography Workshop with Teresa Forte Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens, Butterfly Conservatory Classroom 2565 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls, Ontario 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.   Looking to stay overnight?  Call us at 1-866-226-4730 or visit our website at:


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Led by Anne Reimer

Saturday, May 4 at RiverBrink Art Museum


Following a successful series of artist’s demonstrations over the fall and winter, RiverBrink is pleased to announce the second of its artist’s workshops. Under the tutelage of noted painter Anne Reimer, participants will create their own autumn landscape painting, using the techniques taught in the workshop.


Anne Reimer fall painting_6232Anne Reimer will conduct a mini-workshop in palette knife application of oil paint. In this “beginner” workshop, students will create their own fall landscape while learning the principles of colour and design. Anne invites you to learn the many ways you can use the palette knife, sometimes working with a full blade or with the tip to create the texture you desire. Although it would be beneficial to have some knowledge of oil paint, beginners to this medium are welcome to join the class.


Anne is known for her intuitive sense of colour, and her love and understanding of nature.  Her inspirations come from the beauty of area scenes and travels, depicting barns, mills, and capturing still life from her garden.  The Niagara Region offers her this wealth of resources.


Anne was born in Paraguay, South America, and immigrated to Canada in 1955 at the age of 16.  Her art training from Art Instruction Schools Home Study Course has helped her gain much understanding of the fundamentals of art.  Feeling a deep love for fine art, she has been inspired to perfect her technique in oil, watercolour, and mixed media.


Date Saturday, May 4.
Time:  10:30 am to 2:30 pm (half hour lunch break in between)Please bring a bagged lunch.  Coffee and tea will be provided.
Cost:  $45.00 ($25 fees and $20 for materials:  includes stretched canvas, 11” x 14”; oil paint and palette knife).
Class size:  10  students

To register please contact RiverBrink by phone 905-262-4510 or by email to manager@riverbrink.


Chorus Niagara, Niagara’s premier 100-voice choral ensemble in St Catharines

From  A Spark to a Flame – Celebrating 50 Years of Choral  Brilliance!

Giuseppe  Verdi’s  Requiem – A Gala Presentation

 Chorus  NiagaraNiagara’s  premier 100-voice choral ensemble, with Artistic Director Robert Cooper, present  Giuseppe Verdi’s masterwork Requiem Saturday May 4th, 7:30pm,  at the historic Lake Street Armoury,  81  Lake StreetSt.  Catharines.  Audiences are invited to attend a  post-concert reception for the historic lighting of Chorus Niagara’s  50th Anniversary Candles and to enjoy a sample of the anniversary  celebration cake.


This  50th Anniversary season finale features over 200 singers and  instrumentalists and showcases a brilliant quartet of Canadian Opera stars.  Joining the 100 voices of Chorus Niagara  are Choralis Camerata and Chorus Niagara’s Community and  Side-by-SideHigh  School Chorales.  The Niagara Symphony  Orchestra accompanies the massed choir. This gala performance celebrates not  only the Golden Anniversary of Chorus Niagara, but also the 200th anniversary of the birth of Giuseppe Verdi,  Italy’s  most celebrated operatic composer.

 Audiences  will be dazzled by a Canadian superstar operatic quartet, comprised of Leslie  Ann Bradley, soprano; Anita Krause, mezzo-soprano; David Pomeroy, tenor and  Stephen Hegedus, bass-baritone.


Leslie  Ann Bradley, soprano,  possesses a voice described as ‘warm,  voluptuous and beautifully expressive’.  Opera Canada has described her as ‘A  stylish singer that recalled a young Renee Fleming.’  Equally at home in opera, concert and recital, Ms. Bradley has performed with  the Calgary Philharmonic, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Toronto Opera in Concert,  Brott Summer Music Festival, Boston Midsummer Opera, Toronto Operetta Theatre  and the Aldeburgh Connection.  A  graduate of the University of Toronto  Opera Program with a Master’s Degree, Ms. Bradley is also the winner of several prestigious  awards. She has appeared on BRAVO television in ‘Love  Story’ and recorded two episodes of ‘Opera  Easy’ for  BRAVO.

Verdi’s  Requiem was first performed in Milan Italy in May of 1874.  It was composed in  memory of Italian poet and novelist Alessandro Manzoni, who was much admired by  Verdi.  Giuseppe Verdi is the  composer of many well-known operas including Nabucco,  Rigoletto, Aida, Otello and Falstaff,  favourites of opera companies around the world today.  Requiem,  was a departure for the composer, who was considered to be an agnostic.  Verdi’s operatic style lent a complex  and theatrical flair to the Mass format, making it a dramatic audience  favourite.

Tickets  are available from the Brock University Box Office in  St.  Catharines 905-688-5550 ext. 3257; toll free 1-866-617-3257; online , or from a chorus  member.   Media  Contact Paul Price 905-227-2356 

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