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Early start to pothole repairs

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City council accepts 2019 budget

The municipal operating budget incorporates a 2.5 per cent tax rate increase – one per cent of which is earmarked for capital infrastructure.

City seeks volunteer advisers for committees

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EVENTS CALENDAR

The Kingston Frontenac Public Library welcomes you to rediscover the Central Branch on Saturday, March 23. Grand re-opening celebrations are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The grand re-opening event will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony, recognition of special donors, hourly storytimes, guided tours, a local history drop-in, special edition library cards and more. Please R.S.V.P. to Reopening celebrations! to help organizers. Please note that the branch will be open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Kingston Frontenac Public Library is welcoming all Kingstonians to rediscover their Central Branch on Saturday, March 23. Following the completion of a large-scale renovation project, the Johnson Street branch will re-open with tours and recognition of some special donors. To prepare for the re-opening of the Central Branch and ensure continued fiscal responsibility, the Wellington Street Branch, which was opened during the Central Branch renovations, has now closed, as has the St Remy Place administration office and collection storage warehouse. Downtown library patrons are encouraged to visit Artillery Park for a pop-up library, or otherwise visit one of our four other branches in the City of Kingston in the meantime. Until the Central Branch is re-opened, certain services – such as interlibrary loans and reservations from the Central Branch collections – will be temporarily disrupted and it will take longer than usual to fulfill requests For updates on the Central Branch Renovation Project and full details on the pop-up library, please visit the KFPL website.
Start Date:
Sat, March 23, 2019 12:00 AM
Duration:
All Day Event
Location:
Central Branch, Kingston Frontenac Public Library 130 Johnson St.
Description:

The Kingston Frontenac Public Library welcomes you to rediscover the Central Branch on Saturday, March 23.

Grand re-opening celebrations are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The grand re-opening event will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony, recognition of special donors, hourly storytimes, guided tours, a local history drop-in, special edition library cards and more.

Please R.S.V.P. to Reopening celebrations! to help organizers.

Please note that the branch will be open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Kingston Frontenac Public Library is welcoming all Kingstonians to rediscover their Central Branch on Saturday, March 23. Following the completion of a large-scale renovation project, the Johnson Street branch will re-open with tours and recognition of some special donors.

To prepare for the re-opening of the Central Branch and ensure continued fiscal responsibility, the Wellington Street Branch, which was opened during the Central Branch renovations, has now closed, as has the St Remy Place administration office and collection storage warehouse. Downtown library patrons are encouraged to visit Artillery Park for a pop-up library, or otherwise visit one of our four other branches in the City of Kingston in the meantime.


Until the Central Branch is re-opened, certain services – such as interlibrary loans and reservations from the Central Branch collections – will be temporarily disrupted and it will take longer than usual to fulfill requests

For updates on the Central Branch Renovation Project and full details on the pop-up library, please visit the KFPL website.

Start Date:
Mon, March 25, 2019 2:00 PM
Duration:
2 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
945 Princess Street, Innovation Park, Front Boardroom
Description:
Indigenous people's focus group, facilitated by RIEL Cultural Consulting. Drop in anytime to review prelimary ideas for belle Park and discuss how Indigenous community values and vision can be integrated into the master plan. Light refreshments will be provided and children are welcome. Learn more about the Belle Park Master Plan on the project page.
Start Date:
Mon, March 25, 2019 4:00 PM
Duration:
3 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
Rideau Heights Community Centre & Library Multi-purpose room 85 MacCauley St.
Description:

Indigenous people's focus group, facilitated by RIEL Cultural Consulting. Drop in anytime to review prelimary ideas for belle Park and discuss how Indigenous community values and vision can be integrated into the master plan.

Light refreshments will be provided and children are welcome.

Learn more about the Belle Park Master Plan on the project page.

Why do stories matter? Join us for a live community storytelling event. Hear from our storytellers and learn more about why stories are an important way to build our community history. Cash Bar. The event will have ASL interpreters and separate programming is available for children. Launch event children’s programming: The Art of Storytelling Let’s explore the creative process of visual storytelling through comics! What’s in a story? What stories would we like to share? Children and youth will learn to craft their own comics to take home inspired by their experiences. All art supplies will be provided. To pre-register your child, send an email to education@cityofkingston.ca. Please include your full name, the name of your child, their age and your contact information. We are committed to fostering an inclusive environment. Please include in your email any information or special needs requirements that can help us best accommodate programming for your child. Kingston is a community that recognizes that people are its most valuable asset. We create opportunities for all people to enjoy our city and contribute as productive citizens. If you have accessibility concerns regarding our upcoming community workshops please let us know and we would be happy to help to plan for your participation. Contact Jennifer Campbell at jlcampbell@cityofkingston.ca Learn more on the project page.
Start Date:
Tue, March 26, 2019 7:00 PM
Duration:
2 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
Royal Canadian Legion 734 Montreal St.
Description:

Why do stories matter? Join us for a live community storytelling event. Hear from our storytellers and learn more about why stories are an important way to build our community history. Cash Bar. The event will have ASL interpreters and separate programming is available for children.

Launch event children’s programming: The Art of Storytelling

Let’s explore the creative process of visual storytelling through comics!  What’s in a story?  What stories would we like to share?  Children and youth will learn to craft their own comics to take home inspired by their experiences.  All art supplies will be provided.

To pre-register your child, send an email to education@cityofkingston.ca. Please include your full name, the name of your child, their age and your contact information. We are committed to fostering an inclusive environment. Please include in your email any information or special needs requirements that can help us best accommodate programming for your child.

Kingston is a community that recognizes that people are its most valuable asset. We create opportunities for all people to enjoy our city and contribute as productive citizens. If you have accessibility concerns regarding our upcoming community workshops please let us know and we would be happy to help to plan for your participation. Contact Jennifer Campbell at jlcampbell@cityofkingston.ca

Learn more on the project page.

City Hall and Springer Market Square will be lit up in purple for Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness
Start Date:
Tue, March 26, 2019 4:00 AM
Duration:
All Day Event
Location:
City Hall and Springer Market Square
Description:

City Hall and Springer Market Square will be lit up in purple for Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness

Start Date:
Tue, March 26, 2019 6:00 PM
Duration:
5 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
Queen's University - Goodes Hall (143 Union Street West) - Room 312
Description:
Start Date:
Tue, April 02, 2019 7:30 PM
Duration:
3 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
Council Chamber - City Hall
Description:
Start Date:
Wed, April 03, 2019 6:30 PM
Duration:
2 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
Councillors' Lounge - City Hall
Description:
Start Date:
Thu, April 04, 2019 1:00 PM
Duration:
2 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
Press Lounge - Portsmouth Olympic Harbour (53 Yonge Street)
Description:
Start Date:
Thu, April 04, 2019 6:30 PM
Duration:
3 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
Council Chamber - City Hall
Description:
Giveaway Days in 2019 are: Saturday, April 6 Saturday, June 22 Saturday, Aug. 17 Saturday, Oct. 26 Giveaway Days are when you put items you no longer want out at the curb for someone who might like them. The City declares Giveaway Days a few times a year - sign-up for collection reminders to be reminded when one is coming up. What to put out: Only set out appropriate items that you know someone else might want. Appropriate items: books, CDs, DVDs, Furniture and small appliances, Electronics, construction materials (including drywall, lumber, hardware), kitchen gadgets, dishes, cutlery, pots and pans. Inappropriate items: the Consumer Product Safety Bureau of Health Canada advises that these items should NOT be given away (or picked-up): baby walkers, cribs, car seats, strollers, playpens, bath seats, mattresses, blinds and toys. Bring any uncollected items back inside at 6 p.m. on Giveaway Day. The City will NOT collect unwanted Giveaway Day items left at the curb and these may be subject to fines from Bylaw Enforcement. Consider donating unwanted items to a local charity. See other diversion & disposal opportunities
Start Date:
Sat, April 06, 2019 6:00 AM
Duration:
12 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
Description:

Giveaway Days in 2019 are:

  • Saturday, April 6
  • Saturday, June 22
  • Saturday, Aug. 17
  • Saturday, Oct. 26

Giveaway Days are when you put items you no longer want out at the curb for someone who might like them. The City declares Giveaway Days a few times a year - sign-up for collection reminders to be reminded when one is coming up.

What to put out:

Only set out appropriate items that you know someone else might want.

  • Appropriate items: books, CDs, DVDs, Furniture and small appliances, Electronics, construction materials (including drywall, lumber, hardware), kitchen gadgets, dishes, cutlery, pots and pans.
  • Inappropriate items: the Consumer Product Safety Bureau of Health Canada advises that these items should NOT be given away (or picked-up): baby walkers, cribs, car seats, strollers, playpens, bath seats, mattresses, blinds and toys.

Bring any uncollected items back inside at 6 p.m. on Giveaway Day. The City will NOT collect unwanted Giveaway Day items left at the curb and these may be subject to fines from Bylaw Enforcement. Consider donating unwanted items to a local charity.

See other diversion & disposal opportunities

Start Date:
Tue, April 09, 2019 6:00 PM
Duration:
2 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
Council Chamber - City Hall
Description:
Kingston Frontenac Public Library is looking for six emerging or practising poets aged 14 or older who are interested in an hour-long one-on-one mentorship session in April with Kingston Poet Laureate Jason Heroux. If that describes you, please submit a sample of your poetry (from five to 12 pages in length) to poetlaureate@cityofkingston.ca . Don't forget to include your full name and your contact information with your submission. To be eligible, your submission must be received by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 11. (Those without an email address may submit their verse as a print-out or typescript at any branch of Kingston Frontenac Public Library, marked to the attention of Poet Laureate Jason Heroux, c/o Isabel Turner Branch.) Please note that the six mentorship sessions will take place at the following times: Tuesday, April 9 at Central, at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Friday, April 12 at Calvin Park, at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 23 at Isabel Turner, at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. When sending in your poetry, please be sure to list which of these six sessions you'd be able to attend, ranked in order of your preference. Jason will review all the submissions and will schedule one-on-one meetings with six poets. During your hour he will go over your work and offer both feedback and possible next steps. KFPL acknowledges the support of the City of Kingston through the Poet Laureate program, increasing the profile of the literary arts within the City and beyond. Please contact Anne Hall, 613-549-8888, ext.3528, ahall@kfpl.ca with any questions or responses.
Start Date:
Tue, April 09, 2019 10:00 AM
Duration:
2 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
Central Branch Kingston Frontenac Public Library 130 Johnson St.
Description:

Kingston Frontenac Public Library is looking for six emerging or practising poets aged 14 or older who are interested in an hour-long one-on-one mentorship session in April with Kingston Poet Laureate Jason Heroux.

If that describes you, please submit a sample of your poetry (from five to 12 pages in length) to poetlaureate@cityofkingston.ca .    Don't forget to include your full name and your contact information with your submission.  To be eligible, your submission must be received by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 11.  (Those without an email address may submit their verse as a print-out or typescript at any branch of Kingston Frontenac Public Library, marked to the attention of Poet Laureate Jason Heroux, c/o Isabel Turner Branch.)

Please note that the six mentorship sessions will take place at the following times:

  • Tuesday, April 9 at Central, at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.
  • Friday, April 12 at Calvin Park, at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 23 at Isabel Turner, at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

When sending in your poetry, please be sure to list which of these six sessions you'd be able to attend, ranked in order of your preference.  Jason will review all the submissions and will schedule one-on-one meetings with six poets.  During your hour he will go over your work and offer both feedback and possible next steps.

KFPL acknowledges the support of the City of Kingston through the Poet Laureate program, increasing the profile of the literary arts within the City and beyond.

 

Please contact Anne Hall, 613-549-8888, ext.3528, ahall@kfpl.ca with any questions or responses.

The City is undertaking an evaluation of all public engagement efforts and wants to hear from you. Join us to share how you engage in matters that most affect your quality-of-life and your city. Learn more about the engagement.
Start Date:
Tue, April 09, 2019 6:30 PM
Duration:
1 hours, 30 minutes
Location:
INVISTA Centre
Description:

The City is undertaking an evaluation of all public engagement efforts and wants to hear from you. Join us to share how you engage in matters that most affect your quality-of-life and your city.

Learn more about the engagement.

City Hall and Springer Market Square will be lit up for Vimy Ridge Day. Find out more about lighting up City Hall.
Start Date:
Tue, April 09, 2019 4:00 AM
Duration:
All Day Event
Location:
City Hall and Springer Market Square
Description:

City Hall and Springer Market Square will be lit up for Vimy Ridge Day.

Find out more about lighting up City Hall.