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TOPCA'S 2017 SUNFLOWER GROWING CONTEST: 
We will have a fun, competitive Summer in Port Credit, returning to "our roots" as the Sunflower Capital of Ontario! This is also a great way to "Grow our Membership."

The first opportunity to pick-up your FREE seeds is at the Re-Opening of the Port Credit Seed Library on Sat. March 25, 2017 @ 11am - 3pm.

There will be a great array of PRIZES to be won, including for some kooky categories; size does not matter (except for the tallest prize, of course).  Top prizes may include lunch with the Mayor (TBC), and a professional family portrait by Kostel, a local photographer.  There is also a gift card from Springbank Greenhouses! Free rain barrels and free mulch deliveries too! 

Mayor Bonnie Crombie grew her TOPCA sunflowers (in 2015)!

We'll distribute the seed packets!  The specially ordered variety we're using is 'Russian Mammoth'.

Click image below to view TOPCA Sunflower POSTCARD which comes inside every FREE packet of sunflower seeds.

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TOPCA PAINTED BIKES PROGRAM:  We are again planting, painting and maintaining (watering) our bike planters for another year, starting in Spring 2016!  This is a photo of our Clarke Hall bike.  We appreciate the City of Mississauga for creatively planting the ground cover at the base of the bike to set it off perfectly!  See background to this project further below...

Click image to view enlargement of the Clarke Hall bike (photo dated 2013). 

The bikes are in part sponsored by the Port Credit BIA in 2015/16. Thank you!

TOPCA PAINTED BICYCLE PROJECT 2010:  We were very excited about our Association's public art/beautification project in honour of Port Credit's 175th Anniversary in 2010, with the support of our 2010 sponsors: Imperial Oil Limited and Sheridan Nurseries.  TOPCA acquired, painted and displayed several painted bicycles around Port Credit and provided the baskets and flowering plants.  City Parks staff performed the physical installations.  We have kept the project going!  TOPCA volunteers water and maintain the baskets seasonally. 

During the Fall period, volunteers maintain dried arrangements in the baskets, utilizing natural items found along the PC Waterfront Trail and local gardens.  In December, the baskets are furbished with evergreen arrangements for the winter.

In 2012, the bikes were repainted, and new plantings were done with the advice of members of Cloverleaf Garden Club, with a view to marking the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.  Below is how the painting was shaping up.  We're going brighter!  Still to come: orange and bubble gum pink!  The gold bike will be the Jubilee bike.  Click images below for full-size.

    

Click image for enlargement -- Students are sketching the Harbour bike, freshly painted red!  -- May 28, 2012

 

 

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TOPCA BICYCLE PLANTER PROJECT IN BLOOM:  July 22, 2012.  Almost mid-summer and the mainstreet planters are rewarding the faithful watering by our volunteers despite the heat! 

Thanks very much to the Port Credit BIA for the donation of the brand new baskets this year, which hold the flowers much better than the old style (which were getting pretty ratty)!

Click image for enlargement.

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YARN-BOMBER STRIKES PORT CREDIT: July 27, 2012.  TOPCA's painted bicycle planters are a form of "urban acupuncture" stated the Hon. Glen Murray, when he spoke at our meeting Ramping-up the Port Credit Vision in March 2011.  And now knitting needles have delivered an extra hit, as some observant yarn-bomber has made a seat cover for our Harbour bike, to cover the vandalized seat.

TOPCA volunteers couldn't find a compatible replacement for the old seat which had a unique
stem size. 

We are so grateful to the anonymous knitter who solved the problem and we have left a note in the basket with our website address. 
IF YOU SEE THIS, THANKS SO MUCH!

Click for the Wikipedia article about Yarn Bombing.  We hope to see more around town!!

Click images for full-size.
FOUND HER!  Click to see the yarn-bomber's album

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Click the 'TOPCA Summer 2010 Bike Postcard' to view all the bikes (shown below).

The City has mapped the locations of the Port Credit painted bike planters on the Parks webpage.  Click for the INTERACTIVE MAP to display the TOPCA bike planters by location!  Thanks to Joanne Foote in the Parks Dept. for supporting this ongoing volunteer effort! 

SPECIAL NOTE:  Some residents have been concerned about the purpose for these bikes.  These are NOT memorial bikes.  There is a world-wide custom to place painted all-white (or 'ghost') bikes at locations where cyclists have been killed: www.ghostbikes.org.  BUT, the Port Credit bike project is to celebrate our walkable / bikeable community, and white paint has been avoided!

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TOPCA BIKE PLANTER PRINT:  TOPCA is offering glossy 12x18 inch colour prints (on heavy stock) of our 'homespun' Summer 2010 (PC175) painted bike planter installations (see image below).  Each print is a GIFT with your $25.00 (or more) donation.

Impressionable Gifts (905) 271-8999 has kindly offered to have quantities (unframed) available for pick-up.  Thanks to the quick local turnaround provided by Options (which provides employment training to individuals with an intellectual disability, right here in Port Credit), we can fill orders as necessary.  

Orders may also be placed by e-mailing topca@topca.net with your name, address, phone and # of copies required.

NOTE:  A $25.00 donation does not constitute TOPCA membership, but please do consider joining TOPCA while you're at it!  Click for the TOPCA Membership webpage.

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QUEEN'S DIAMOND JUBILEE CELEBRATION:   Could it be?  The 'Queen' and 'Prince Philip' arrived in Port Credit on July 2, 2012 as part of the Mississauga South Diamond Jubilee celebration.  The Queen was greeted by our MP, MPP and Councillor.  Everybody played it straight -- what fun!  Click image for enlargement.  Photo album pending.

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QUEEN'S DIAMOND JUBILEE 'BIG LUNCH': 
Monday, July 2 @ 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

at J.C. SADDINGTON PARK (map) in Port Credit. 
ALL ARE WELCOME! 
CLICK FOR MEDIA ADVISORY.

BRING YOUR PICNIC LUNCH, CHAIRS AND BLANKETS.

Community organizations including:
Town of Port Credit Assn (TOPCA)
Lakeview Ratepayers Assn (LRA)
Port Credit BIA
Clarkson BIA

are collaborating to present this Community Picnic in honour of the Queen's Diamond (60th) Jubilee.
THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS! 

HER THRONE AWAITS:
'Queen Elizabeth II' has graciously accepted an invitation to arrive in Port Credit Harbour by yacht, to the sound of a 3-cannon salute!  Her Majesty along with 'Prince Philip' will be driven over the Credit River bridge in 'Victory Red' to Saddington Park, where she will conduct a walkabout after being welcomed by (real)  dignitaries MP Stella Ambler, MPP Charles Sousa and Ward 1 Councillor Jim Tovey
Many family activities are planned including children's games (with prizes) and a model boat flotilla on Saddington Pond.  A fire engine will visit.  Prizes awarded for the best theme costume and the best “garden party" hat.  PLEASE COME OUT AND GIVE A ROYAL WELCOME TO HER MAJESTY AND JOIN IN THE FUN!!  FREE STUFF FOR THE KIDS!! 

CLICK FOR OFFICIAL ITINERARY.

KEY TIMES:
11:50 a.m. Queen and Prince Philip leave PCYC (in Lakeview) by yacht with entourage
12:30 p.m. Royal Party arrives and is greeted at the Snug Harbour dock (Port Credit Harbour)
12:45 p.m. Queen and entourage arrive at J.C. Saddington Park in 'Victory Red' vehicle
12:50 p.m. Dignitaries greet the Queen with brief remarks in the amphitheatre area
1:15 p.m.   Queen does walkabout at the BIG LUNCH and then departs
1:30 p.m.   Children's games with prizes and giveaways

Click images for full-size POSTER & info about the Diamond Jubilee.

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TOPCA WINS BEST FLOAT!!  To help promote the Big Jubilee Lunch on July 2, TOPCA sponsored a float in the Port Credit Canada Day parade featuring monarchs from past centuries, including Elizabeth I.  TOPCA members pulled together to provide the flat bed, decorations and royal players complete with authentic costumes.  THANKS AND CONGRATULATIONS TO THE VOLUNTEERS!!

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PORT CREDIT HERITAGE BIKE TOUR: Join TOPCA's Heritage Bike Tour of Port Credit and Clarkson for Culture Days: Sunday, September 27, 2015 @ 10am - 12noon.  We meet at the Port Credit Arena (map) starting at 9:30 am & by 9:45 am.

In 2014 we toured the east side of Port Credit for Culture Days (click for interactive map of the eastside tour).  This year we will tour the west side of Port Credit and go as far as the two (2) museums in Clarkson! (17.8 km round-trip).

Click for 2015 interactive GPS map.

NOTE: All participants must wear a bike helmet, and must sign the Waiver and Release prior to participating.  Copies of the Waiver will be available for signing at the start point before we leavePlease bring your own water bottle

FREE event.  Go to TOPCA's Culture Days webpage to indicate you'll attend or please e-mail topca@topca.net that you're riding with us! We'll provide a free frozen treat at Bradley House.

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TOPCA CYCLING TOUR OF PORT CREDIT:  TOPCA's 1st Cycling Tour of Port Credit was held on June 27, 2010 to highlight all the special places in our walkable/bikeable village, followed by a community picnic.  This was in honour of Port Credit's 175th Anniversary.  The Cycling Tour was designed as an informal outing by anyone with a bike in their garage who would like to try out a cycling route around Port Credit which could then be provided as a self-guided tour for anyone, anytime. 

ROUTE: Approximately 20 km and takes about 1.5 - 2 hours to complete, including stops for photos and discussion.  The route includes a ride-past of the painted bicycle planters (see above) which TOPCA has created.  There is thorough coverage of Port Credit parks, public art, landmarks, heritage spots, neighbourhoods and cycling paths, with forays into adjoining districts to the East, West and North: e.g. Lakeview (Adamson Estate) and Mineola.  Participants contributed to the fine-tuning of this Port Credit bike route for all to enjoy (including tourists) in the future.   

Click to view the MAP of the 20km Port Credit route.