In the city: Christmas in Gore Park

December 5, 2014

This weekend in the city, the Downtown Hamilton BIA and local radio station AM 900 CHML celebrate Christmas in Gore Park with a variety of family friendly activities.

The fun begins on Friday, December 5th at 5:00 p.m. with a free concert by local band Crank.  The lighting of the Christmas Tree of Hope will take place at 6:00 p.m.  Children can ride the Christmas miniature train and merry-go-round, and everyone is welcome to enjoy free refreshments.  And don’t forget your letter to Santa; letters may be sent to Santa in a “direct to the North Pole” mailbox.


The Downtown Hamilton BIA invites everyone back to Gore Park on Saturday, December 6th, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to shop in Santa’s village.  The event includes great vendors, free refreshments and Christmas crafts.  There will be carolling and Christmas entertainment throughout the park.  You can even have your picture taken with Santa Claus.

Mohawk College Library can help you get ready for the holiday season.  The library has books on cooking, crafts, and your favorite Christmas carols.  If you still have names to cross off our list, checkout this gift guide from People magazine.  You can always keep up-to-date on the latest trends using library databases and e-journals.

In the city: Protect yourself this flu season

November 14, 2014

As the weather grows colder, flu season begins.  Protecting yourself and others around you from the flu virus is important for our overall health and wellness.

Influenza, most commonly referred to as the flu, is a respiratory illness caused by a virus.  Symptoms may include: fever, chills, muscle aches, headache, runny nose, sore throat, cough, weakness and tiredness.  The flu virus is spread through contact with people or surfaces that have been contaminated with the virus.

You can help prevent the spread of the flu:

– get your flu shot every fall

– wash your hands

– cover your cough and sneeze with something other than your hands

– stay home when you are sick

The vaccine is widely available in the city of Hamilton; to find a free flu shot location near you, click here.  For more information about influenza, getting your flu shot at Mohawk College, or other health related topics, check out the Wellness4U@Mohawk web site.

Mohawk College Library can help you protect yourself this flu season.  The video Resisting the flu: How to minimize your risk provides habits to improve your resistance, tips on how to take care of people who are infected, and covers mild and severe symptoms.  The Health, Wellness, & Fitness subject guide includes great library resources to keep you healthy this flu season and all year round!


In the city: Hamilton Multicultural Festival

August 22, 2014

This week in the city, Ward 2 is celebrating its first-ever Hamilton Multicultural Festival!  This free, one-day festival, aims to connect and promote the diverse communities of Hamilton’s Ward 2 neighbourhoods.  The festival will feature local performers, music, games, kids’ activities, food, and arts and crafts vendors. There will also be a space for inter-cultural conversations about inclusion and equity in our communities.  


The Multicultural Festival will take place on Saturday, August 23, 2014, at Pier 8 at 47 Discovery Drive.  The festivities will run from 10:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  You can find out more information on Facebook, or read this article from CBC Hamilton.

The Mohawk College Library has resources that you can use to learn more about diversity, multiculturalism, and equality.  The library databases are a great place to find articles from thousands of journals, magazines, and newspapers.  If you are looking for a specific journal or magazine title, the e Journal portal can help you find exactly what you are looking for.

Whether you are on-campus, or just online, Mohawk College Library staff are available to help you discover everything the library has to offer.  Contact us for more information about our services, locations, and discover how your campus library can help you connect, learn and succeed!

In the city: Countdown to the Pan Am Games

July 11, 2014

The Pan Am games are nearly one-year away, and the City of Hamilton is inviting everyone to join them in starting the countdown to all the action.


Since 1951, the Pan American Games are the world’s third largest international multi-sport games.  The games are held every four years, in the year preceding the Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games.  Canada has had the honour of hosting the games twice; in 1967 and 1999, in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Next year, Toronto will be the proud Host City of the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.

The City of Hamilton, soon to be referred to as “Soccer Central,” will host both the men’s and women’s soccer games in the new Pan Am Stadium.  To learn more about the City of Hamilton’s involvement in the games, click here.

This weekend the City of Hamilton will be hosting a free Pan Am one-year countdown celebration at Bayfront Park, Pier 8.  On Saturday, July 12, starting at 8:30 p.m. there will be a Walk, Move and Video Dance Party.

On Sunday, starting at 12 p.m. at Bayfront Park, Pier 8, there will be live music and ethnic dance, professional football freestylers, giveaways, prizes, and food, followed by the live broadcast of the FIFA Gold Medal match on a giant LED screen!

You can keep up-to-date with the latest news about the Pan Am 2015 Games with resources from the Mohawk College Library.  Search our online newspaper databases for articles in local and national newspapers.  Or search all the databases for news and magazine articles.  For more information about the library databases, check out our updated webpage for an A-Z database list, and tips on how to find articles.


In the city: Celebrate Canada Day

June 27, 2014

The summer season is officially in the city and it’s time to celebrate!  With so many activities happening this weekend, the most difficult decision you’ll have to make is choosing how to spend your time.

This weekend the Hamilton Community Foundation is celebrating its 60th anniversary by inviting you to enjoy our city. On Saturday, June 28th over 40 recreation, conservation and cultural centres will be free and open to the public.  For a detailed list of venue information, click here.

The festival season in Hamilton kicks off this weekend with It’s Your Festival at Gage Park.  This family friendly event includes food vendors, art and crafts, a youth talent search, the Hamilton Spectator Spelling Bee contest, and so much more.  The festival will have five stages for entertainment including Hamilton bands like Harlan Pepper; Tom Wilson will be performing with both Blackie & the Rodeo Kings, and Lee Harvey Osmond.  Find a complete list of all performers and show times on the program listings web page.


The Oh Canada Ribfest knows  that there is nothing like a summer barbecue to get you in the spirit of the season.  The festival is celebrating its 5th year, and is located at Memorial Park in Waterdown.  You can enjoy live entertainment, carnival rides, movies in the park, fireworks, and ribs, of course!

The City of Hamilton will be celebrating Canada Day at Bayfront and Pier 4 parks.  You can enjoy more than ten of Ontario’s finest food trucks, live entertainment, face painting and balloonists.  The celebration will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 with a fireworks display at the end of the night.  For more details about this special event, click here.

Are you looking for a way to stay up-to-date with news and events in the city?  The Mohawk College Library has online access to newspaper databases including the Hamilton Spectator and Canadian Newsstand Major Dailies.  If you are looking for magazines or journals, the library offers online access through the e-journal portal.  You can search for specific titles, or browse the collection by subject.

If you are planning on visiting the library, please remember that all Mohawk College campuses will be closed on Tuesday, July 1, 2014.  Regular hours will resume on Wednesday, July 2, 2014.

Sustainability in the city

October 18, 2013

The City of Hamilton is focusing its efforts on sustainability this week, and Mohawk College is too!

The Sustainability office at Mohawk College  is proud to be a member of the Good Food Box network.  This program distributes fresh fruit and vegetables to customers at various locations around the city.  Staff and students at Mohawk College can order their Good Food Box at the Campus store and support sustainable food systems and local farmers.


Sustainable Hamilton is looking for people to participate in a focus group.   The information session will be held next Wednesday, October 23rd, at City Hall in room 718 from 9 am to 11 am.  The organization aims to create a step-by-step process to sustainability reporting that is accessible to all members of the Hamilton and Burlington business community.

If you are looking for information about how you can be more sustainable, check out the environmental sustainability subject guide!  The guide includes books, e-books, databases, videos, apps, and the most up-to-date trends and issues in the field.  You might be surprised to learn that a small change that you make can have a big impact on the environment.

Take a walk in Hamilton

August 9, 2013

Wentworth_stairsThe summer is nearly half over, and the weather is finally cooperating!  We’ve celebrated three long weekends already and another one is quickly approaching.  I think we can all agree that indulging in backyard barbecues and ice cream treats, is all part of these long summer days and warm summer nights.  All that hard work you did to get ready for the pool doesn’t have to go to waste – why not do the stairs?

The City of Hamilton has five sets of stairs leading from the Hamilton mountain down the escarpment.  Each set of stairs is its own mountain to climb for beginners and long-time enthusiasts  The Hamilton mountain stairs, or simply “the stairs” to locals, are a fixture of the picturesque escarpment and a great way to exercise.  The stairs include: Chedoke (289 steps), Dundurn (326 steps), James (227 steps), Kenilworth (228 steps), and finally the behemoth, known as Wentworth (498 steps).  This article from the Hamilton Spectator includes interviews with local stair climbers, and discusses why they do the stairs.

Maintaining a healthy, balanced lifestyle can be challenging, however, walking might just be the answer you’re looking for.  Walking for fitness: Simple tips to optimize benefit, an article in Alive: Canada’s Natural Health & Wellness Magazine, outlines how to monitor your physiology, setting smart goals, and how to stay motivated.  These key factors can start you off right and lead to a successful routine.  Often music can keep you company on your walk – try Shape’s Ultimate Workout Playlist or The Shape 30-minute playlist.