Community

Happy Hops at the Hall

You may have seen the recent addition of a lovely red sign at the Hall on 28th Ave to the left of the Legion entrance. As per the sign, we are very pleased to be growing hops again for the third year to contribute to Village Brewery's 'Community Involved Ale'. Each year, the fine folks at Village work with many community associations throughout Calgary to craft this 'crowdsourced' ale.

The 2016 beer is rumoured to be a basil IPA, which we think sounds extremely intriguing.

If you have any brewing hops growing in your yard that you're willing to donate, please email us.

We'll keep you posted as to when this beauty comes out so you can get say 'cheers' to a little taste of Killarney-Glengarry.

You're Invited to the 8th Annual 'Miracle on 34th Street' Block Party

For the 8th year, these dedicated Killarney-Glengarry residents are holding their block party - and you're invited! Come and meet your neighbours at this great event.

  • WHEN: Saturday September 10, 3-10pm
  • WHERE: The intersection of 34th St and 30th Ave SW
  • WHAT: Live music, face painting, bike decorating, bouncy castle and more
  • WHO: You and your family and friends!

Everyone is welcome at this fun, family-friendly event. Bring along your own lawn chair and feel free to bring dinner to frill on the BBQ. There will also be food for sale - pulled pork on a bun, hot dogs and Spolumbo's chicken sausages.

Admission is $10 per adult/teen (children 12 and under are free). This is NOT a money-making event. Your admission charge is there simply to cover the city permits, barricade rental, activities (bouncy castle/facepainter), plus juice and pop for the kids, and condiments for the grills.

For more information, email the organizers or call Rob Koski (403 246 3372) or Laura Moore (403 282 8966).

Check out their poster here and spread the word!

 

Home-Start: Help for Calgary Families

Are you a mom? Overwhelmed? Tired? Feeling alone? Home-Start can help. Home-Start is a free program coordinated by Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary that offers support to families, with young children, who may be experiencing a variety of issues. Any family with at least one child under 5 years of age can contact Home-Start.

Issues can include:

  • Feeling alone
  • Postpartum depression
  • Parenting and/or family stresses
  • Caring for twins and triplets
  • Being new to Canada
  • Illness in the family

Trained volunteers with parenting experience will visit a family’s home once per week to offer friendship, encouragement, and practical support.

Interested in getting involved?

  • For more info, contact Home-Start or visit their website
  • North Calgary: 403-660-6809
  • South Calgary: 403-660-1136

Local News for November

Calgary is a very connected city and we receive a lot of information from the City and from various community-minded organizations. We thought it would be a good idea to post this information on our blog so locals can see what's going on, participate in various surveys and have one place to get all their community information. We will create a new story each month and update them as we receive more info - look forward to any feedback or comments:

Snow and Ice Information from the City of Calgary

Bylaws related to snow and ice:

  • The City enforces bylaws related to snow and ice control on sidewalks. It is your responsibility to remove all snow and ice from sidewalks and pathways in front of or on the side of your property. Sidewalks and pathway surfaces should be bare and completely clear of snow and ice.

Keeping sidewalks shovelled, ice-free and safe can be very challenging for older adults and other Calgarians who have limited mobility. Snow Angels is a campaign that encourages Calgarians to help neighbours in need with snow removal. Find out more here.

Safe snow shovelling techniques:

  • Space your hands on the shovel to increase leverage.
  • Stand with you feet apart, knees bent and back straight.
  • Place your front foot close to the shovel.
  • Put weight on your front foot. Step forward and use your legs to load a small amount of snow onto the shovel. Remember the wetter the snow, the heavier it is.
  • Lift with your legs; do not bend at the waist.
  • Keep the shovel close to your body.
  • Walk to where you want to dump the snow. Turn your feet in the direction you are
  • throwing the snow. Do not twist the waist.
  • Pace yourself. Take appropriate rest breaks.
  • Apply road salt/de-icer wherever necessary.

Calgary Board of Education: Public Feedback Invited

The CBE is committed to involving people in decisions that affect them. To do this more effectively, we are developing a new system-wide approach to public engagement. This approach will respect the diversity of our community and support the CBE in achieving its mission.

Parents and the public are invited to discuss their experiences with public engagement at the CBE, what's important to them and what they'd like to see in the future. Three sessions are planned:

  • November 18
  • November 24
  • December 3

All sessions will take place 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. See more information and RSVP for a session here.

Heritage Time-Out in McDougall United Church (no religious content/ non-denominational)

Artisans in quilting, knitting, crocheting, card making and cross-stitching meet to learn and practice their art in a community setting; no experience required: come and learn from instructors, obtain advice, but mostly enjoy the company of women across the ages, make friends and have a personal time-out!

  • Wednesday mornings 9-11 from January 6-Mar 23
  • Registration preferred, but drop-in availability; babysitting supplied

To find out more and register, contact Sarah by email here.

New Friends and Neighbourhood Groups

The New Friends and Neighbourhood Groups program offers immigrant women a place to build friendship and develop community support as well as:

  • Practice English conversation
  • Make new friends
  • Learn about resources in your neighbourhood
  • Share your experiences and stories

Free childcare provided (6 months - 6 years). For more information, see their schedule here, contact: Debra Colley on 403-444-1752  or email debrac@ciwa-online.com

Mount Royal University: Campus Master Plan Input Invited

Mount Royal University would like to invite all community members to find out more about their Campus Master Plan. The event will be held at Mount Royal University, East Gate Entrance, Nov. 25, 9am-8:30pm.

Find out more here.

CERT Training Summit: November 27-28, Ambrose University

After a disaster, people want to help.  Bridges of Love’s Community Emergency Response Team training, or CERT, assures a SAFE “Neighbours helping Neighbours” response. CERT is a grass roots strategy that is both practical and realistic strengthening community safety and preparedness through increased civic participation.

  • Key-Note Speaker: Friday Evening November 27, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM: Financial Preparedness: Sean Baylis, RBC Dominion Securities Inc.
  • Saturday Modules: November 28, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM: Fire Safety & Utility Controls, Search and Rescue, Terrorism, and CERT Organization/ICS

Adults - $149 • Students - $99. Includes: Key-note Friday Session, 2 Saturday training modules (8), Food, Literature, Certificate & ID Card, CERT cap, and CERT kit.

Register here.

Project WinterSkin

This is a humanitarian project to send aid to displaced Syrian refugees in Jordan. They are collecting used and new winter wear, blankets and boots from Canadians to ship to Jordan for charitable distribution. They are an apolitical, non-governmental, secular, non-profit organization.

For more information please visit their website or call: (403) 714-9159 or (438) 825-9656.

 

 

 

A Spring Full of Events - With More to Come!

Thanks to everyone who helped make our recent events so successful. CANDIDATES DEBATE:

On Friday, May 1, we hosted a Candidates Debate where Calgary-Currie candidates all prepared a curry dish and answered your questions. We had over 130 people attend for this fun and delicious evening. The curry winner was Christine Cusanelli - now we need to wait to see who will win the vote! Thanks to Jolly Good for supplying the rice for the evening, and Make My Day Flowers for the arrangements - we love to support local businesses. And thanks to all our volunteers (including Past-President and Chief Rink Rat Rob Smith, and local artist Melissa Centofanti) for all your hard work in bringing events like this to life.

COMMUNITY GARDEN WORKING BEE:

On Sunday May 3, we gathered for the first Community Garden working bee of the 2015 growing season. We picked up trash, weeded and tended the compost - and some eager gardeners were even ready to plant early vegetables like potatoes and kale. Welcome to all our new and returning gardeners - the new cedar beds we put up last year (with funding from ATB Agriculture) are looking great and we are hoping to make even more improvements this year, including a new hand-painted sign from lcoal graphic designer Shannon Thomas to replace the one that recently broke. Here's to a bumper harvest!

RECYCLE & CLEAN-UP DAY:

We hope that many of you now have more room in your basements and garages! We certainly took a fully loaded truck to the landfill this year. Thanks to all those who volunteered including Lola - who is an invaluable KGCA resource, Keren Houlgate and our own President Mike Cundall. Thanks also to everyone who brought along bottles and cans to help raise funds for the new Playground on 29th St. Remember to give your opinion on the proposed Playground designs before the end of this month.

Here's some things coming up on the Agenda for Summer:

MAY:

  • Design a Park, May 16, 1pm: The Killarney-Glengarry Community Association is inviting all residents to a "Design a Park" event at 33 St & 26 Avenue to talk about designing a gathering space at the east end of the strip mall on 26 Avenue. The land is owned by the owners of the strip mall building and have given us permission to use the land for a small pocket park. Eventually there will be Canada Post boxes which would enhance the space as a gathering place for Killarney. Carole Lulham, MSc, landscape & green roof designer and agronomist will be in attendance to assist in the Design Charrette. The process has not been used in Calgary before to our knowledge. So it will be fun finding our way and learning as we go. Find out more here.

JUNE:

  • Urban Cycling Skills Class, June 7, 9am: RKHCA and KGCA are proud to present this course for kids aged 8-14. Only $10 to register with proceeds going to Bike Calgary. Find out more and register online here.
  • KGCA Annual General Meeting, June 10, 7pm:  All welcome! Come along to the Hall at 2828 28th St SW,on Wednesday June 10 from 7-9pm, to find out what the current Board has been up to in the last year, and see how you can get involved and have a stronger voice in your community. If you would like to enquire about joining the 2015/2016 board or one of our volunteer committees, please email our President for more information.
  • Community Garage Sale, Jun 14, 9am: Mark your calendars & book your table now! Come be part of our 3rd annual Garage Sale & get rid of a bunch of  stuff! Sale runs from 9am-5pm & it’s just $20 per table to participate! Killarney-Glengarry residency is preferred as it’s a “Community” Garage Sale. Memberships will be available on-site ($25/family/year) or you can purchase them online here. Call Lola at 403-474-3845 if you have any questions or to book your table.

JULY:

  • Summerfest, July 25, 11am: A fun event in the park by the KGCA on 28th St. more details to come - check back here.

 

Communities come together for visioning workshop

There was a din…the din of a hundred people talking about how the future of our communities could look in 2065. There were ideas of walkable streets, village like communities filled with trees, flowers, children playing, merchants in the streets, public art and people living full, enriched and happy lives. Richmond Knob Hill and Killarney-Glengarry communities came together to create a future for generations to come. The Federation of Calgary Communities played a facilitating role; the University of Calgary Urban Studies students were studying about how communities can connect and create viable and successful communities; CTV came to film these dreams for the evening news and 50 residents came to share how they thought they could shape the future. (Watch the clip here.)

Children came and built, with bricks, to express their ideas about how ‘their’ world could be. We were delighted to welcome Evan Woolley, our City Councillor and Joan Crockatt, our Federal MP to participate. They had ideas on where funding might come from and encouraged us to dream big and to make Calgary the best place to live on earth.

It was magical; there were brain storms and bright ideas zinging through space. Occasionally the squeal of another idea shot through the air that would make something even better.

We used a World Cafe Style of event where people moved from group to group. We discovered that different combinations of people created more ideas - the moving around created an excitement and opportunity to get to know neighbours even better than we already knew them.

We pulled out maps and identified our favourite places and marked areas that we thought we could make better. A piece of public art here, a bench there, maybe even a new park somewhere else. We talked about how murals and bright colours could enliven spaces that we already have

We posted the ideas on stickies and then everyone had the opportunity to walk around and build on other’s ideas and it became even better, yet.

The University of Calgary Urban Studies students under the direction of Professor Geoff Ghitter will now take that information and shape it into a report that they will present to the communities in April. It will be exciting to see how they capture the ideas that floated through the air on wings.

It was a joyful day that was rounded out with a Chili Cookoff - the renowned Richmond Knob Hill Winterfest Chili Cookoff. The competition was stiff and the eating was great! We await the results with great expectations!

Finally, a huge thanks to all our local sponsors: PrintWise, Caffe Francesco's, Youth Central, University of Calgary and the Urban Studies Students, the City of Calgary and our Councillor Evan Woolley, Bricks4Kidz and the Federation of Calgary Communities we appreciate your support and couldn't do this without you!