WADDLEFEST postponed. Porch Party September 14th

 Dear ANA Neighbours — we provide you with a mid-summer update!
The ANA had hopes to celebrate the amelioration of Knollwood Park at another annual Waddlefest this summer.  However, some delay has become inevitable as necessary upgrades and repairs to Stirling Avenue and side streets continue and because the bid process and imminent construction of Knollwood Park’s crown jewel, the Pavilion, is now unfolding.   Until August 15, 2014, interested parties may respond to the Bid/Tender opportunity posted now on the City of Kitchener’s website to supply all labour, equipment and materials as per specifications and drawings for the park’s pavilion.   As many of you know, the ANA has worked closely with the City of Kitchener since the latter’s 2011 proposal to tear down the old Club (hydro) house at East and Stirling Avenues, a demolition which occurred in 2012.  Now after some three years of neighbourhood consultations, fundraising and much participation, things are shaping up beautifully and we are poised to see a new skyline across Knollwood soon once the centrally placed pavilion is up.
This summer, the ANA was also able to secure a further $2000 grant from the City of Kitchener after successfully submitting a proposal to their Safe and Healthy Community Advisory Committee for a message or notice board for Knollwood Park.  While many ANA residents are apprised of new events through email, the ANA website or ANA Facebook page, there remains a vital constituency of our neighbourhood, who are not connected.   To be placed at a prominent point along the new Knollwood path, the message board will become another spot where our bikers and walkers can stop and check for ANA news.   The ANA aims to acquire and see such board erected along with or shortly on the heels of the Stirling construction clean up this fall.
Given the above, Waddlefest will not occur until either the mid-fall or even spring 2015 when we are able to enjoy a safe and more settled venue for this neighbourhood celebration.   It’ll be much more inviting to waddle through finished streets and catch up at the new meeting spot than to navigate treacherous terraine!
All this said, the great grassroots musical Porch Party planning has gotten underway for September 14th.   Many of you have already received Wayne Moffat’s recent solicitation by email, so ‘if you think you’ve got talent,’ please send him an email before August 22nd at wayne_moffat@rogers.com and set aside that date to participate in making or taking in some great vibes and meet your neighbours.  More details will follow in upcoming weeks from Wayne and his cohorts.
Lastly, some younger ANA members have expressed an interest in starting a neighbourhood book club this fall, to be hosted by any person having a ‘good read’ suggestion and a willingness to organize and/or host the meetings.   If your young reader has an interest in suggesting and hosting a book discussion, send the ANA the title, the dates and the venue, and we will post it.   We are reminded of the sage words of Dr. Seuss, “The more that you read, the more things you will know.  The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go” or those of Horace Mann, “Resolve to edge in a little reading every day, if it is but a single sentence. If you gain fifteen minutes a day, it will make itself felt at the end of the year.”
These are just some highlights of the ongoing ruminations, culminations and implementations in our ANA neighbourhood.  And while much that is heralded here seems to be ‘behind the scenes’ activity, it is utterly necessary and foundational for future ANA activities and a thriving neighbourhood.   We appreciate everyone’s patience, input and enthusiasm to build one more vibrant corner in good old K-W.    Stay tuned! Melanie Toolsie ANA President

Family Weekend Outdoor Party on Sunday!

by Fiorella Benini

Family Weekend Outdoor Party on Sunday, 2:30 pm
Knollwood Park at Sheppard School

Join us for Family Weekend Outdoor Party in Knollwood Park at Sheppard School on Sunday at 2:30pm. Bring your skates for the outdoor rink, your toboggan for the hill, something to bbq for the grill and food for the buffet!

For questions, please contact Tara O’Donnell at taraodonnell@rogers.com

See you there!


New Rangers/ANA Partnership

Kitchener Rangers and ANA announce Partnership and celebrate $25,000 cheque at Centre Ice

by the Kitchener Rangers Hockey Club

The Kitchener Rangers Hockey Club is proud to announce that they have partnered with the Auditorium Neighbourhood Association to erect a new Community Pavilion in the recently-rejuvenated Knollwood Park.

The 2015 Centennial Pavilion Project will celebrate the 100th anniversary of our extraordinary neighbourhood, in the park located directly across from the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium.

‘‘We want to turn our park back into a harmonious greenspace that invites neighbours to spend time outside together to meet, talk, play, eat and enjoy,“ said Melanie Toolsie, the ANA project manager.

‘‘The new pavilion will provide a meeting point, a place to rest for seniors, a shelter from the elements for the youth teams playing in the park, and a picnic spot for families on the weekend. The Kitchener Rangers Hockey Club is committed to this neighbourhood and when the ANA approached them, they did not hesitate a minute to help us with this endeavor.”

The Rangers and the ANA will each contribute $25,000 to the project, which aims to be completed and inaugurated in Autumn 2014. The pavilion will be designed by local architect David Thompson to reflect the architectural esthetics of the neighbourhood, and will be built in cooperation with the City of Kitchener.

“The Rangers are extremely proud to be a part of this Pavilion project” said Craig Campbell, President of the Rangers Board of Directors.

“Our proximity to the park and historical ties to the neighbourhood made our decision to support this project very easy and the donation of funds to the project ensured that the pavilion would see completion quickly. We recognize the value of this close knit neighbourhood and want to continue our strong relationship with the Association.”

Last call for ANA ski trip

by Markus Philipp

Ski fans in the Hood,

Brian has organized the traditional ANA ski day at Alpine Ski Club (beside Blue Mtn up in Collingwood area) for Friday January 17, 2014 which is an elementary PD day.

The price is $70 per adult and $60 per student (and $39 for 4 to 6 olds)

The price includes:
* lift ticket
* free group lesson in the morning (either beginner lesson or a intermediate lesson)
* afternoon fun race (two races down a easy ski race course – match & win > most consistent wins! not the fastest)

No need to pay in advance. You pay when you get to the club! You tell them you are with the ANA (Auditorium Neighbourhood Association Group). Feel free to invite friends and amigos.

And if you do not want to ski … They also offer a $20 snow shoe package which include a ride up the big chairlift to the trails at the top of the escarpment.

If you are interested then please email brian.laube@rogers.com
They would like me to tell them the approximate numbers of people attending.

Here is Alpine ski club website for more details about their club and facilities

They have a great ski hill with varied terrain. 500+ feet of vertical. 120 acres of skiing and snowboarding. several lifts include a high speed 6-pack.

Your neighbourhood Gastropub is here!

by Markus Philipp

Your neighbourhood Gastropub is here!


Get ready for a new food and drink experience! Gastropub No. 29 is a unique pub-bistro blend, where handcrafted classics, reinvented pub fare and craft beer meet a warm, casual atmosphere. Sounds awesome, right? It gets better. Gastropub No. 29 is a place for you to recharge, share the evening with someone special, fuel the family and talk hockey – before or after the game. Is there a better place to kick back and relax? We don’t think so. So stop by, and see for yourself.

Lunch & Dinner
Tuesday – Sunday
120 Ottawa St. N.

Savour the date. We can’t wait to see you there!

PS. Want to get the latest Gastropub No. 29 news? Be sure to add eat@gastropubno29.com to your address book.

ANA wins two Festival of Neighbourhood Awards

ANA Awards
ANA Awards

by Markus Philipp

The Auditorium Neighbourhood received two awards at Sunday’s FESTIVAL OF NEIGHBOURHOODS Finale at City Hall.

Our Knollwood Park Rejuvenation and Fundraising Campaing reveived the INCLUSION AWARD 2013, sponsored by the Independent Living Centre of Waterloo Region. This award wanted to recognize our efforts with establishing the trail, the pavilion and the berm to make the park more accesible, safe and attractive to diverse groups, for example in ability, age, culture, economic level and identity.

Waddlefest received the SAFER NEIGHBOURHOOD AWARD; sponsored by Swanson’s Home hardware Building Centre for creating an event with the purpose of building a stronger, safer neighbourhood by encouraging community engagement and participation.

East Village Porch Party 2013

Check out Dave Bradshaw’s photos on Flickr. If you were there you will find your face: 2013 Photos on Flickr


A big thank you to Wayne, Lisa, Rob, Tricia and everyone else who helped with this amazing party. Thanks for the wonderful food and bravo to all performers, including: Lisa Dal Bello, Kids Stage, The Two Soccer Dads, Kimberly Barber and Annika , i81, Zoe Ukulelezoe Janzen, The Impatient Wrist Band, Boat Yard Boys, Emma Cooper, Bob Mathers and the East Village House Band, The Cooper Family Band The 1.21 Jigawatts, Safe As Houses, Will Currie and the Country French.

Check out the video of the 2012 East Village Porch Party:



Join your neighbours in Knollwood Park behind Sheppard School, for an organized walk through the neighbourhood, games and fresh air.

Held annually in June.