Media Advisory - City of Pickering Mayor's New Year's Day Levee Offers a "Twist" on Family Fun

    PICKERING, ON, Dec. 27 /CNW/ - On January 1, 2008, Mayor Dave Ryan and
the Members of Council will throw open the doors of City Hall to welcome
hundreds of residents and celebrate the new year with traditional flare at the
2008 City of Pickering Mayor's New Year's Day Levee.
    While the historical origins of the Levee trace back to the 17th century,
the 2008 City of Pickering Mayor's New Year's Day Levee will have a 21st
century twist. After exchanging greetings with Mayor Ryan and the Members of
Council, well wishers are invited to stay and enjoy the Balloon Twistology
show in the Council Chambers - featuring black lights, high energy music and
seriously twisted balloon antics.
    In addition to the family entertainment in the Council Chambers, the
lobby area offers plenty of seating to enjoy free refreshments and live
entertainment provided by the Ragweed Jazz Band. To conclude the event, the
much-anticipated grand prize draw will be held to give away a Nintendo Wii
console, iPod and digital camera.

    WHO:   Mayor Ryan, Members of Council and Residents

    WHAT:  As the grand finale to Pickering's Celebrate Winter festivities,
           the Mayor's New Year's Day Levee offers an afternoon of free
           family fun.

    WHERE: City Hall Pickering - One The Esplanade

    WHEN:  Tuesday, January 1, 2008 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

    "After I became Mayor, I established the New Year's Day Levee in
Pickering as a way to help uphold and promote some of the traditional Canadian
values we hold dear," said Mayor Dave Ryan. "I am really looking forward to
seeing many exciting things come to fruition for Pickering in 2008. The
Mayor's New Year's Day Levee is an important celebration that will definitely
set the tone for a dynamic and prosperous year for our city."

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Mark Guinto, Executive Assistant
to the Mayor, (905) 420-4660 ext. 2013, (416) 409-0559 (mobile),,

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