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Out and About in Mississauga: Five Things to do This Spring

It’s time to get out of that winter hibernation mode and give your body some much deserved vitamin D. Spring is officially here, which means it’s time to take advantage of the warmer weather and enjoy spring-time activities in Mississauga.

1) Earth Days
Earth Days 2019 is taking place from April 15 to 27. It’s your chance to take action for the environment and help make Mississauga more sustainable and climate change resilient. There are a number of activities happening throughout the week that you can participate in like a tree planting or litter awareness sessions or a 20-minute makeover litter cleanup. Be sure to register for an event! 

If you’re planning to do a little spring cleaning before then, you’ll be able to drop off clothes for donation or recycle electronics at no charge throughout the week. Participating locations are Civic CentreCentral Library or any of the City’s community centres.

2) Cherry Blossoms at Kariya Park 
Did you know that Mississauga has cherry blossom trees? Kariya Park is truly a hidden gem right in the heart of Mississauga with meandering walkways, a quiet pond and hill garden and approximately 59 Cherry Blossom trees. It’s a nice place to walk around with your friends or family to enjoy the beautiful blossoms this spring.

If the trees aren’t in bloom, you can also visit one of the City’s other parks, trails and woodlands too.

3) Catch a Performance at the Meadowvale Theatre 
If you’re interested in the theatre or dance, you can catch a performance this spring. At the Meadowvale Theatre, you can see Curtains or the In The Garden & Alice dance pieces.

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4) Stroll through Different Villages 
On a nice sunny day, it’s worthwhile to take a stroll through Mississauga’s villages with your friends or family. Visit Streetsville if you’re looking for something quaint that’s home to a number of historic buildings. Port Credit is Mississauga’s entertainment hub for shopping, events, music and dining on the waterfront. Clarkson is Mississauga’s oldest community and would interest history buffs with its historic treasures. You can also visit the City Centre for a performing arts centre, public square and art gallery. Whatever village you decide, you will find a variety of shops, restaurants, cafes and services.

5) Visit Benares Historic House or the Bradley Museum 
Have you ever wondered what it was like to live in the 1800s? Mississauga has a few historic sites where you can take a tour of the Bradley Museum, Benares Historic House or the Leslie Log House. Take a walk through the two-acre Bradley Museum Complex and experience Long Division, a contemporary art installation by LeuWebb Projects. You can also treat Mom to a fabulous High Tea at Benares Historic Housefeaturing That’s Cool! Fashions that Ruled 1965-1975. This presentation is curated by Norma Shephard, founder and director of the Mobile Millinery Museum. Reservations are required, so book early by calling 905-615-4860 Ext 2110.

Community and Culture Groups in Mississauga to Receive Grant Funding for 2019

The City of Mississauga is investing more than $3 million to support community and culture groups in Mississauga. Mississauga City Council approved the grant funding for various community and cultural organizations and projects throughout the city.
 
A total of $3,816,595.56 in grant funding was approved to support the following programs:
 
• Community Grant Program and Multi-Year Agreement: $1,217,670.56
• Arts and Culture Grant Program: $1,837,925
• Cultural Festivals and Celebrations Grant Program: $761,000
 
“Art, culture and community programs play a significant role in creating a vibrant and engaged city,” said Paul Mitcham, Commissioner, Community Services. “The City supports communities and organizations that impact the public in meaningful ways – whether they are organizations that foster community development through learning opportunities, or creating a sense of cultural pride. Supporting local talent and organizations through investment also helps attract visitors, who in return invest back into the local economy.”

Community Grant Program and Multi-Year Agreements
 
Eighteen groups have been recommended to receive grant funding, including eight as multi-year funding agreements and 10 as one-time grants. The City is funding these organizations to support the growth and development of neighbourhoods within communities that these organizations represent. 
 
Funding will also be set aside for the Small Project Matching Grants which supports projects that reach vulnerable target groups such as seniors, youth and newcomers.
 
Multi-year Agreements:
 
• Active Adult Centre of Mississauga: $275,256.81
• Erin Mills Youth Centre: $72,888
• Mississauga Sports Council: $114,595
• Nexus Youth Services: $42,615
• Safe City Mississauga: $132,729.75
• The Riverwood Conservancy: $331,859
• Volunteer MBC: $38,200
• Ecosource: $109,683

One-time Grants:
 
• Applewood Centre for Adult Learning: $6,695
• Backyard Farm and Market: $10,000
• Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel: $6,500
• Cruisers Sports for the Physically Disabled: $10,000
• I Can We Can Incorporated: $3,500
• Indus Community Services: $5,000
• MIAG Centre for Diverse Women and Families: $4,949
• North Mississauga Soccer Club: $5,000
• Senior Tamils Society of Peel: $6,200
• The DAM: $10,000

Small Project Matching Grant: $32,000
 
Arts and Culture Grant Program 
Funding for this grant program supports emerging and established not-for-profit professional and community-based arts, culture and heritage organizations in Mississauga. The grant supports the development of exemplary arts and culture programs and services that improve participation, knowledge, understanding and an appreciation of arts, culture and heritage for the citizens of Mississauga.
 
A total of 35 organizations received funding as an established organization or a new and emerging organization. Funding was also approved to organizations based on specific projects. Six of these organizations are part of a multi-year funding agreement.

Established Organizations:
 
• Art Gallery of Mississauga*: $325,000
• Chamber Music Society of Mississauga: $80,000
• Frog in Hand: $10,000
• Heritage Mississauga*: $237,000
• Living Arts Centre*: $100,000
• Mississauga Arts Council*: $269,670
• Mississauga Big Band Jazz Ensemble: $4,400
• Mississauga Children’s Choir: $21,000
• Mississauga Chinese Arts Organization: $18,500
• Mississauga Choral Society: $57,300
• Mississauga Festival Choir: $38,000
• Mississauga Festival Youth Choir: $18,000
• Mississauga Potters Guild: $15,000
• Mississauga Symphony Orchestra*: $150,000
• Sampradaya Dance Creations*: $150,000
• Sawitri Theatre Group: $40,000
• Small Arms Society: $20,000
• Streetsville Historical Society: $4,000
• Theatre Unlimited: $15,500
• Visual Arts Mississauga*: $160,000
• Youth Troopers for Global Awareness: $15,000
 
* Represents multi-year funding

New and Emerging Organizations:
 
• Arts on the Credit Mississauga: $5,000
• Canadian Arabic Orchestra: $15,000
• My School Rocks: $5,000

Project Grants:
 
• Chamber Music Society (Carnival of Animals): $5,000
• Frog in Hand (Summer Intensive): $5,000
• Heritage Mississauga (Commemorating the Anniversary of the Mississauga Miracle): $5,000
• Hispanic Canadian Arts & Culture Association (Latin American Arts & Crafts Workshop): $5,000
• Meadowvale Music Theatre (Mary Poppins): $5,000
• Mississauga Big Band Jazz Ensemble (Production of CD): $3,750
• Mississauga Pops Concert Band (Summer Concert Series): $5,000
• Mississauga Symphony Orchestra (First Bi-annual Composition Competition): $5,000
• Mississauga Writer’s Group (Creation and Printing of Anthologies): $2,500
• MonstrARTity Creative Community (Mississauga Cultural Impact): $5,000
• Oakville Festival of Film and Arts (Short Film Exhibition): $3,305
• Small Arms Society (Recreation of Local Dance Café): $5,000
• The Story Garden (Celebrating the heritage & arts of the Mississauga of the New Credit First Nation): $5,000
• Visual Arts Mississauga (Culture@Riverwood): $5,000

Cultural Festivals and Celebrations Grant
 
Grant funding supports various events, that reflect Mississauga’s many cultural traditions and practices, to ensure that Mississauga residents and visitors enjoy clean and safe venues.
 
A total of 16 established festivals and new and emerging festivals will receive funding, with three receiving multi-year funding.
 
Established Festivals:
 
• Bollywood Monster Mashup*: $95,000
• Canada Day Together Festival: $7,500
• Carassauga Festival*: $120,000
• Malton Celebrates Canada Day: $23,000
• Mississauga Italfest: $19,500
• Mississauga Latin Festival: $15,000
• Mississauga Waterfront Festival: $97,500
• Mosaic South Asian Heritage Festival: $60,000
• Muslimfest: $60,000
• Paint the Town Red Port Credit: $70,000
• Philippine Festival Mississauga: $19,000
• Southside Shuffle Blues and Jazz Festival*: $100,000
• Streetsville Christmas in the Village: $10,000
• Streetsville Founder’s Bread and Honey Festival: $52,000
 
New and Emerging Festivals:
 
• Dragon Lion Dance Festival: $5,000
• Egyptian Coptic Festival: $7,500
 
* Represents multi-year funding 
 
For more information about the City’s grant programs, visit mississauga.ca/grants.

Tell Us Your Thoughts on Our Draft Smart City Master Plan

Come celebrate International Open Data Day and have your say on the City of Mississauga’s proposed Smart City Master Plan at an upcoming community engagement event.

A Smart City is a municipality that uses data and communication technologies to create sustainable economic development, increase operational efficiency and improve government services and quality of life.

The Smart City Master Plan will detail how technology will enhance the quality of life in Mississauga and help build the city of the future.

As a follow-up to the Smart City public consultation sessions held in 2018, City staff are seeking input for the Smart City Master Plan at the first of several community engagement sessions taking place in March and April.

What: 

Provide your input into the Smart City Master Plan.

When:

Saturday, March 2, 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where:

MindShare Workspace

Lower Level

Erin Mills Town Centre [Centre Map]

5100 Erin Mills Pkwy. [MAP]

Register to attend and participate for a chance to win one of five Amazon Echo Dot Smart Speakers.

Taking transit? Plan your trip with MiWay.

Other ways to get involved:

·         Visit smartcity.mississauga.ca for more information

·         Follow the discussion on Twitter#SmartCitySauga

·         Contact staff directly atsmartcity@mississauaga.ca

City Program Cancellations and Facility Closures Due to Winter Storm

As a result of a significant snow event, all City of Mississauga recreation, culture and library programs are cancelled as of 3 p.m. today and throughout the evening. Meadowvale Theatre, the Small Arms Inspection Building and the City’s museums will also be closed this evening.

Community Centres (including fitness centres), arenas and the Paramount Fine Foods Centre and libraries will remain open to the public. Rentals will continue.

In addition, two committees of City Council are cancelled. The Planning and Development Committee meeting scheduled for tonight and the Road Safety Committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday morning have been cancelled. 

Please follow @mississaugarec on Twitter or check the recreation website for details on registered and drop-in programs. 
Please follow @mississaugalib on Twitter or check on the library website for details on library programs.
Please follow @SaugaCulture on Twitter or check on the culture website for details on culture programs and facilities.

The City’s Animal Services shelter will close at 4 p.m. instead of at 5 p.m.

As a result of the current weather, MiWay is experiencing delays on several routes. We appreciate your patience throughout the day and evening commute.

The City of Mississauga has declared a Significant Weather Event under Regulation 239/02, Minimum Maintenance Standards for Municipal Highways (Municipal Act). Winter maintenance crews have been deployed to maintain road safety. Due to the significant snowfall expected, levels of service will be placed on hold for the duration of the declaration to ensure that crews can focus on areas of immediate need. Residents should exercise caution when travelling on roads and sidewalks as snow clearing may take longer to complete. Crews will focus on keeping major roads clear for the duration of the storm so that emergency vehicles and transit can operate safely. Once completed, crews will move on to clearing residential roads, priority sidewalks and bus stops.

Temporary parking permits have been suspended and new ones will not be issued until further notice. Residents are asked to remove their parked vehicles from streets so that staff and equipment can safely clear roads.

For continued updates, follow @MississaugaSnow on Twitter, visit mississauga.ca/snow and download the Mississauga Roads App to track our snow plows and salt trucks online.

We will continue to post updates on our website mississauga.caTwitter and Facebook.

Open Call For Artists

Submissions for the 20th Annual Lakeshore Art Trail are now being accepted from artists within the Mississauga Area.  The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2019.  For more information on the jurying process, contact Lead Juror Gabby Tutak atgtutak@rogers.com.

The annual Lakeshore Art Trail is an artistic-community based art show tour. The show will run from October 19 – 20, 2019, the weekend following Thanksgiving.  The tour features local, visual artists exhibiting and selling their artwork out of various venues – artists’ studios, local businesses and libraries – located throughout the scenic Mississauga villages of Clarkson and Port Credit.