BURA Events

BURA​ events are now online!  Please check here for updates and new events.

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Please join your BURA Executive for our monthly coffee club. Coffee clubs this Fall will resume in person. Be sure to let us know that you plan to attend. Catch up with colleagues for some lively conversation on any topic you wish. This group is very informal in nature.

We have chosen a restaurant with ample dining space to allow for social distancing. Although masks are no longer required, we would encourage you to wear one if that is your level of comfort.

Date: Tuesday, September 13
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Perkins Restaurant, 89 Meadowvale Drive, St. Catharines
RSVP Deadline: Tuesday, September 6

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

You are invited to join other Brock retirees for lunch and a matinee performance of Damn Yankees! at the Shaw Festival Theatre on Wednesday, September 21, 2022. The day starts with a three-course lunch at Zee’s Grill. You can arrive between 11:30 and noon for some socializing. Lunch service starts at noon. After lunch, enjoy a short stroll to the Festival Theatre to take your orchestra level seat to see the Shaw Festival feature musical–Damn Yankees! (Accessible seating is available.)

Damn Yankees – Shaw Festival Theatre

Joe Boyd is an out-of-shape, middle-aged man who has the misfortune to be a Washington Senators fan. One deal with the devil later, he is Joe Hardy, a young ballplayer with a knack for hitting home runs. Can he help his favourite team finally beat the powerhouse New York Yankees?

The cost for lunch and the show is $125. A Shaw ticket only is $80. You can bring a non-member guest for the same price.

A limited number of tickets is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration and full payment reserve your seat. The amount is refundable, less a $20 administration fee if you cancel before August 1, 2022.

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

Please join your BURA Executive for our monthly coffee club. Coffee clubs this Fall will resume in person. Be sure to let us know that you plan to attend. Catch up with colleagues for some lively conversation on any topic you wish. This group is very informal in nature.

We have chosen a restaurant with ample dining space to allow for social distancing. Although masks are no longer required, we would encourage you to wear one if that is your level of comfort.

Date: Thursday, October 6
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Perkins Restaurant, 89 Meadowvale Drive, St. Catharines
RSVP Deadline: Tuesday, September 29

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

Join us on Wednesday, October 19th at the Armenian Community Centre of St Catharines for lunch and musical entertainment by Professor emeritus Don Ursino and pianist Sharree Eidt. Don and Sharree will perform a variety of timeless favourites including folk songs and songs from Broadway!

Don Ursino and Sharree Eidt Don have been active in choral and barbershop quartet singing for many years, most recently singing with Niagara’s Avanti Chamber Singers and with ‘Vintage Blend’, the barbershop quartet that performed in the 2014 Port Colborne Operatic Society’s production of the ‘The Music Man’. In recent years, Don has focused on his solo voice and since then has passed the grades 8, 9, 10 and ARCT voice examinations of the Royal Conservatory of Music. More recently Don has participated in the Oakville Vocal Arts Festival and the Niagara Musical Festivals.

Sharree Eidt studied music at both Western and Brock Universities, graduating with a degree in music education. She is a retired elementary school music teacher from the District School Board of Niagara who has been active in accompanying, choral conducting and singing for many years. She currently plays the flute in the trio ‘A Little Bit of Fresh Ayre’ and in the Fort Erie Legion Band. Registration information for this event will be distributed by email in the coming weeks.

Event Details:
Time: 11:30 am for lunch at noon
Venue: Armenian Community Centre, 156 Martindale Road, St. Catharines
Cost: $45, including taxes and gratuity. $55 for non-members.

REGISTER HERE

Please join your BURA Executive for our monthly coffee club. Coffee clubs this Fall will resume in person. Be sure to let us know that you plan to attend. Catch up with colleagues for some lively conversation on any topic you wish. This group is very informal in nature.

We have chosen a restaurant with ample dining space to allow for social distancing. Although masks are no longer required, we would encourage you to wear one if that is your level of comfort.

Date: Thursday, November 3
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Perkins Restaurant, 89 Meadowvale Drive, St. Catharines
RSVP Deadline: Thursday, October 27

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

Ted Barris is an award-winning journalist, author, broadcaster, and engaging speaker. His writing has regularly appeared in the national press, as well as magazines as diverse as Air Force, esprit de corps, and Zoomer. He has also worked as a host/contributor for most CBC Radio network programs, PBS in the U.S., and on TV Ontario. And after 18 years of teaching, he recently retired as a full-time professor of journalism at Toronto’s Centennial College.

In 2011, he was one of 19 civilians presented with the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation. The citation reads: “Ted Barris has made such exemplary contributions . . . benefiting veterans and making manifest the principle that Canada’s obligation to all who have served in the cause of Peace and Freedom, must not be forgotten.”

In 2012, the Air Force Association of Canada selected Ted Barris to receive Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, recognizing “outstanding Canadians . . .who continue to build this caring society and country through their service and achievements.”

In September 2022, HarperCollins published Ted’s 20th non-fiction book, his largest work to date, on the longest battle of WWII, “Battle of the Atlantic: Gauntlet to Victory”. In the 20th century’s greatest war, one battlefield held the key to victory or defeat – the North Atlantic. It took 2,074 days and nights to determine its outcome, but the Battle of the Atlantic proved the turning point of the Second World War. In 1939, Canada’s navy went to war with exactly 13 warships and about 3,500 sailors. During the desperate Atlantic crossings, the RCN grew to 400 fighting ships and over 100,000 men and women in uniform. By V-E Day in 1945, it had become the 4th largest navy in the world. The Battle of the Atlantic proved to be Canada’s longest continuous military engagement of the war. The story of Canada’s naval awakening in the bloody battle to get convoys to Britain is a Canadian wartime saga for the ages.

Enjoy a plated, hot meal with dessert, tea, and coffee included. Ted’s book will be available for sale at the event.

Event Details:
Time: 11:30 am for lunch at noon
Venue: Johnny Rocco’s Italian Grill, 271 Merritt St, St. Catharines
Cost: $35

REGISTRATION CLOSED

Registration deadline November 7.

Please join your BURA Executive for our monthly coffee club. Coffee clubs this Fall will resume in person. Be sure to let us know that you plan to attend. Catch up with colleagues for some lively conversation on any topic you wish. This group is very informal in nature.

We have chosen a restaurant with ample dining space to allow for social distancing. Although masks are no longer required, we would encourage you to wear one if that is your level of comfort.

Date: Wednesday, December 7
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Perkins Restaurant, 89 Meadowvale Drive, St. Catharines
RSVP Deadline: Wednesday, November 30

REGISTER HERE

Join Brock’s own Sid Segalowitz and the 6-member Niagara KlezMenchen band play Klezmer-inspired music for the sheer joy of music-making! They come from all walks of life and bring many traditions to their music. Everyone around the world has a winter celebration. Niagara KlezMenchen will bring an energy and vibe that will be hard to resist as they help us celebrate our own BURA winter holiday event.

Event Details

  • Thursday December 15, 2022
  • 12:00 pm (Noon) – 2:30 pm (Arrive 11:30 am)
  • Deadline for registration and receipt of fee is: December 8
  • Club Roma – Anziana Ballroom, 125 Vansickle Rd, St. Catharines, ON
  • Holiday meal – salad, lasagna, and dessert
  • Cash Bar

Tickets: $38.00 per person. Please note: BURA will not refund fees for cancellations made after the deadline for registration.

REGISTER HERE