Stocking stuffing and potluck, Saturday, December 7

The annual neighbourhood stocking stuffing event and potluck is Saturday December 7th at 4:30 WALES portable behind Sacred Heart school on Moore Avenue. We are collecting items for people experiencing homeless.
Donation items needed are:
  • Hats, mitts
  • Socks
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Toothbrushes and paste
  • Lip chap
  • Shampoo/ conditioner- travel size
  • Hand warmers
  • Bandaids, deodorant
  • Non perishable packaged snacks
  • Condoms
We will also be decorating the bags, so any craft supplies such as holiday stickers etc would be great.
Questions? Please email
This year the donations will be going to the Kitchener Downtown Community Health Centre‘s outreach team who provides medical services and counselling for those on the streets.

Public Meeting: Public transit project in your community

The future of transit in your community is changing. Metrolinx and the Region of Waterloo are moving forward with plans for the future King Victoria Transit Hub, and we want your input. The transit hub will connect ION, GRT, GO, VIA, pedestrians and cyclists in one convenient location. It will connect to the Toronto-Waterloo innovation corridor and provide opportunities for community and economic development.

The project team is committed to a fair, open, transparent process involving both community and business.

Please join staff from City of Kitchener, Metrolinx and Region of Waterloo for an update on plans for your neighbourhood, which will include information about the potential future closure of Duke Street. Representatives will be available to answer your questions and collect your feedback.

Thursday, November 28, 2019
Kitchener City Hall, Council Chamber
200 King St W, Kitchener, ON
6:30 – 8 p.m.

For further information, contact: Leona Hollingsworth, Senior Manager, Community/Stakeholder Relations,
Metrolinx –
Ellen McGaghey, Project Director, Region of Waterloo –
Barry Cronkite, Director, Transportation Services, City of Kitchener –

2019 AGM, 10 am, November 2

Come out to our Annual General Meeting

10 am, Saturday, November 2, Breithaupt Centre Room 201

Learn about your neighbourhood. Mt. Hope – Breithaupt Park is part of a city with a new LRT and great plans for the future. We will have “special guests” from the City of Kitchener to talk about cycling and traffic infrastructure and other issues. Our Councilor Sarah Marsh will be there and deliver a “city update”. Justin Readman from the City of Kitchener will be presenting on: Complete streets and cycling and trails master plan!

Learn about the MHBPNA: Members of the executive will discuss events we sponsored and assisted with over the past year including soccer programs, Duke St West Music Fest, the Big Breithaupt Campout, our Garage Sale, and City planning and development meetings where we have contributed our perspective. We will also have a Financial report.

Meet your neighbours! Have a coffee and refreshments on us! Aside from the formal presentation and elections everyone benefits from the time to connect with neighbours and friends over a coffee. You can discuss street closures, events you are planning and what is going on in your lives. You will be surprised who you meet!

Election of the executive: we rely on the volunteers who sit on the executive to coordinate our events. We have many formal positions laid out in our constitution but we have tried to make it easy for anyone to participate. You can join the executive at the AGM (or afterwards) and decide in the future what position you would like. Or just be a “Member at Large” and help with whatever projects you find interesting.

–We will have Lego for the kids to play with. What’s more fun than a table full of Lego? Nothing!

Everyone is welcome. You do not have to live in our ‘hood to come out to the meeting.
If you have any questions, please email us at “”

Invasive Species, right here in Kitchener!

Japanese knotweed is found in several Mt. Hope – Breithaupt Park locations – there is a large patch along the Spur Line trail, (Guelph -> Wilhelm), and it can be found on several residential properties in the neighbouring streets.

Japanese knotweed is listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as one of the world’s 100 worst invasive species. Often mistaken for bamboo, this tall and pretty plant is fast-growing (six centimetres per day) and requires minimal care.

The extensive root system can grow through foundations, damage concrete walls, pavement, drainage works, and flood prevention structures, resulting in expensive problems for both the city and private landowners.

Knotweed is notoriously difficult to eradicate, and studies around the world have repeatedly shown that mechanical efforts such as cutting, digging, smothering, or burning are ineffective and can contribute to its spread. The current best practice is spot-application of a selected non-glyphosate herbicide by a licensed contractor. There are a lot of resources to learn more about knotweed online. For example, the Ontario Invasive Plant Council.

For a quick summary of invasive plants in Kitchener, watch this presentation to Kitchener city council, from August 2019.

by Kathy M.

The Library of Things “repair cafe popup” Saturday, Sept 28

The Kitchener Waterloo “Library of Things” is located in the MHBP neighbourhood. Here is some information about their repair cafe event this coming Saturday:

KWLOT ( is hosting its first repair cafe pop-up on Saturday September 28, 9am to 1 pm.
Hosted by KWLOT volunteers & the fabulous folks at Spool & Spindle, we’ll have three stations for the following repairs:
– jewelry
– clothing
– small appliance & electronics repair (120V)
Of course, it’s free, and you will have a chance to learn a bit about doing these kinds of repairs yourself.
Sign up is best to get a slot with our repair people:
Saturday September 28 will be the perfect time to sign up or renew your membership at KWLOT .
Located at 91 Moore Ave, in the middle of the Mount Hope neighbourhood.


Duke St. West Music Fest, June 22, 2019

This year we had amplified sound and the weather was perfect for MHBPNA’s Second Annual Duke St. West Music Fest. On June 22, 2019 we had over 150 people drop by the Duke St. Playground between 2 and 5 pm to hear our neighborhood musicians performing and to grab some of the pizza and refreshments we offered.
We thank our neighbour Gailen for mowing the lawn at the front of the playground which made it nicer for the audience and musicians.
As with last year, our entertainment opened with The Buddy Choir singing a few songs and they performed with energy and enthusiasm. They are sponsored by our partner Extend A Family who do great work in our community.
Frank Baker did some amusing impressions of politicians and movie folks (our favourite was Christopher Walken).
The Duke Street Alicorns performed some songs for younger people in the audience including Rainbow by Sia from the My Little Pony movie.
It was the Scott Family’s first DSWMF. They are Douglas, Jaclyn, Caelyn and Rosie and they played four songs that were all well arranged and included flute, piano, guitar, singing and misc. percussion. The songs were: Theme from “Steven Universe”, O.D.D., Doug’s composition: “Tango” and “In the Jungle.”
We were lucky that Luke Cyrus Hunter has moved into our neighbourhood. He has been writing songs for several years and has recorded CDs and his information can be found here:
All his songs had wit and energy including “Tequila, Rum and Such” which he recorded a highly entertaining video. Click on this link to watch!
Alexis Hammer was back for her second year and was accompanied by Ted Parkinson on guitar. She chose Ahead by a Century (Tragically Hip), The Shallows (Lady Gaga) and I Want to Hold Your Hand (Beatles).
Edward Barrington played his thoughtful original songs on guitar and his artist information can be found here.
Ted Parkinson played keyboard for his set which included his original songs about San Luis Obispo and his orange cats. He finished with a rousing boogie woogie improvisation. Information about Ted and his music can be located here and an entertaining piano performance can be viewed here.
The Peanut Butter Jams are new to our ‘hood and they sang a high energy set which included:

My Friends by Hey Ocean!, Keep on the Sunny Side by Blenkhorn/Entwisle, Who Knew by The New Coon Creek Girls, Rocky Top by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant
The “Jams” can be followed on Instagram: @thepeanutbutterjams
Jakki Annerino told us about all the places she had lived in our neighbourhood over the years and then she and Wayne Cheater played several of Jakki’s original songs including This Can Only Get Better and Dreamin’ of My Ancestors. They can be heard on her YouTube Channel.
Jakki and Wayne have also helped run Black Walnut Open Stage at the Mill Courtland Centre from September to June for many years.  The website is
Throughout the perfect afternoon children played and residents wandered through listening to the music, sitting for a while and meeting other friends. What an amazing day.
Around the half way mark we ordered pizza from Planet Pizza because…..Pizza!
Who made it all happen? An event like this requires some time and help from many people. The overall organization and planning was undertaken by Eli Winterfeld, Ted Parkinson and Emily Slofstra (who are all on the board of the Mt. Hope – Breithaupt Park Neighbourhood Association). The City of Kitchener granted us a noise exemption permit. The keyboard and two amps were loaned by Ted, the sound system and microphones were loaned by Emily and Dan. Dan Kellar volunteered to mix the vocals, arrange the mic setup and generally help out. Extend-A-Family loaned us three tents and paid for some chips and other food. The Midtown folks loaned us their chalkboard. Claudette volunteered to emcee and did a great job. MHBPNA paid for the Portable Toilet, and the pizza and the advertising (this money is raised through programs they run like the soccer league). Other folks organized the water and glasses, helped serve the pizza and did other tasks. Ted and Joan loaned 8 lawnchairs and Jack helped carry and move lots of stuff around. Thanks to everyone who helped out and who came and enjoyed the afternoon with us.
See you all next year!
Ted Parkinson
Communications, MHBPNA

Duke St. West Music Fest, June 22

June 22 is a big day in the Mt. Hope – Breithaupt Park Neighbourhood. In the morning we have been organizing a Garage Sale. For the Garage Sale we will be using a the hashtag #mhbpgarage and if you are on twitter you can post your “great stuff” to direct people to your bargains. We have a large area in our ‘hood so walk, bike, drive around to the different sites to see what is for sale. The link above includes a map showing the addresses of everyone.

In the afternoon, from 2 – 5, we have the second annual Duke St. West Music Fest (we like to call it DSWMF). Many musicians from last year are returning and we have a few additional players as well. The poster below lists most musicians but we have a couple of ‘last minute’ additions as well.

Please drop by our DSWMF. We will have treats and also be ordering pizza for everyone during the music. Last year we had over 100 people listening to our music, all performed by artists who live in the MHBP neighbourhood.

We are also happy for any volunteer help like cleaning up after and we may have various tasks during the fest. It will be a great three hours.