Hello Duranders, its another great summer day in the neighbourhood.  If you’re looking for something to do, you could always walk to Durand Park, play a tennis match at the Hamilton Tennis Club, or attend a very interesting event at Whitehearn:

Downtown Downtow at Whitehearn – July 5th (today!)

Discover the Downton in your own downtown. Visit vintage vendors on the west lawn, savour tasty treats from food vendors, and listen to music in the historic back garden. Visit the Downton Downtown page for event details and vendors.

  • Sunday, July 5, 2015
  • Time: 12 to 5 pm
  • Ages: All
  • Cost: Free outdoor event. Regular admission rates apply to the museum

Update on Car Thefts in Durand/Kirkendal – Police Lay Charges

Police have arrested a man they say is linked to at least 129 property crimes in Hamilton and Dundas.  The HEAT unit arrested Mark Aubertin, 41, Friday. He was wanted for a rash of break and enters and thefts – many were in apartment buildings in central and west Hamilton and Dundas and in parking garages throughout the city.

New Four Storey Building Planned at 21 Main St. W. as part of a larger planned developement

The Staff report for Wilson-Blanchard’s proposal was mainly positive but highlights concerns about lost surface parking and the pre-existing plan to widen Main Street. A raise the hammer review can be linked to here.

SoBi Hamilton Bikeshare hits over 5000 members

If you haven’t experienced it yet, the Hamilton Bikeshare system is in full summer mode, with 750 bikes and 114 stations; many serving the Durand. Bikeshare users have collectively ridden over 121,000 km in the first 3 months of oeprations.  This spec article sums up the success and provides some user persepctives. If you want to find out more about the system, visit the SoBi Hamilton website.

Pan Am Games and Panamania (July 10th to 26th)

The Games are coming – July 10 to 26. Don’t run away, don’t worry about traffic jams; instead, enjoy the wide variety of sporting and cultural events that the games will bring to Hamilton and the Region.  While Soccer is obviously the main event in Hamilton, there are other sporting events accross the region which may be of interest.

Beyond sport, the Hamilton Kicks it Up Cultural and Entertainment Festival offers an alternative that is both entertaining and multifaceted.  It is occuring at multiple venues accross the City including Gore Park and the Bayfront. The Kicks it Up website provides more information on these exciting events.

If you’re worried about getting around during the games, check out this cbc article and if you are wondering what to do, check out this handy spec article outlining the top 10 things to do during Pan Am in Hamilton.