Winter Fun in Spruce Ave!

Happy Holidays, Spruce Ave!

Here are some community events that are sure to make your days merry and bright:

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FAMILY SKATE & HOT CHOCOLATE: Spruce Ave Community League Hall & Rink

Saturday, December 19th, 1pm – 4pm: bring the kids for a festive family skate at the rink. Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate, holiday snacks and wintery fun! Free!

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WINTERSCAPE CONTEST

Front Yard in Bloom presents Winterscapes. Summer may be over, but you can still create a beautiful and unique winter front yard. Nominate a yard in the following categories:

Winter Gardenlandscaped yards with visible plants, snow, ice, and wildlife-friendly features. Yards may also include garden decorations, accessories, colour, and lights.

Winter Art: yards may feature creative winter scenes and snow/ice sculptures. Add plant materials, colour, lights, and use your vivid imagination to create an artistic winterscape!

Winter Play: these fun and kid-friendly winterscapes have playful features, and may include snow slides, snow forts, colourful snow/ice art, tree ornaments, lights, and much more.

Nominations will be accepted from January 11 – February 21, 2016.  Visit Front Yards in Bloom: Winterscapes for more info!

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LEARN-TO-SKATE

Once again the City is offering free Learn to Skate programs at Community League rinks across Edmonton. Children aged 6-12 can try out various basic skating skills at their own pace through on-ice games and activities. Trained leaders will be on hand to adapt the program to the age and skill level of the participants.

Please note:

  • Participants must have their own skates
  • A CSA approved helmet is required
  • Participants under the age of 5 must be accompanied by an adult
  • The program will be cancelled at -20 degrees Celsius with the wind-chill

The program at Spruce Ave Rink will run Saturdays from January 9th to February 27th at 2pm*. There are also a limited number of skates and helmets available to borrow at no cost.

(*please note there is no program February 13th because of the Family Day weekend)

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SACL HISTORY PROJECT

Spruce Avenue Community League is turning 65 in 2016! And we’re preparing to celebrate all year long with a focus on our community history —  gathering, preserving and sharing.

You’re Invited! We’re holding an organizing meeting on Feb 11 at 7pm at the hall if you’re interested in having a role in organizing and planning projects.

Also: If you have stories or history to share about our neighbourhood, we want to hear from you! Get in touch with Verna at 780-479-8019 or spruceaveleague@shaw.ca and we’ll add you to the list to connect with soon!

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SKATING RINK SCHEDULE

The rink will be ready for regular skating soon. Stay tuned for rink hours!

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We hope you all have a safe and happy holiday season! Best wishes from the Spruce Avenue Community Board!

Neighbourhood Watch Crime Prevention Blitz

Spruce Avenue is hosting a Crime Prevention Blitz: an information session for crime prevention.

WHEN: Tuesday November 3rd, 2015 – 6:30 pm
WHERE: Spruce Ave Community League Hall, 10240 – 115 Ave, 780-471-1932
WHO: Constable Jeff Thomsen is organizing the event.
WHAT: Constable Thomsen will speak and distribute hand outs regarding crime prevention in our neighbourhood. Come meet your neighbours and enjoy some refreshments.

Together we can make Spruce Avenue a safer place to live!

Interested in joining Neighbourhood Watch? Contact Elke Siebels: eladsi@shaw.ca

AND DON’T FORGET:

The Spruce Avenue Annual General Meeting is October 27th at 7pm: everyone welcome to attend!

AUTUMN EVENTS

ANNUAL SPRUCE AVENUE COMMUNITY HARVEST FEST

 

When: Saturday, September 19, 1pm- 5pm

Where: Spruce Ave Community League Hall, 10240 115 ave

What: a celebration of autumn, our Annual Membership Drive, new Apple Harvest, & recognition of our Front Yards in Bloom! All activities are free!

 

Activities

  • Apple Harvest: apple picking and cider making! Bring the kids and collect apples (Sept 17-19) and/or try your hand at pressing and canning cider (Sept 19 at the hall). Contact Nadine Riopel at nriopel2@gmail.com or 780.716.8603 to participate.
  • Bouncy castle and obstacle course: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Horse Drawn Hay rides: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Front Yards in Bloom: recognizing the many yards nominated for their valuable contribution to the beauty and spirit in Spruce Avenue
  • Norwood Child & Family Resource Centre – Wordless Book Library
  • A final splash in the water park, weather permitting.
  • Free hamburger/hotdog BBQ: 5:00 pm

 

Come renew your membership, connect with your neighbours, and enjoy the Front Yards in Bloom display. Our annual Harvest Fest is a great way to wrap-up summer and celebrate the crisp fall days!

 

Volunteers are needed to set-up, clean-up, supervise the bouncy castles, and barbeque. Please call Rebekah @ 780-477-9803 or email bekprine@hotmail.com

 

 

ALSO! PLEASE MARK THESE DATES ON YOUR CALENDARS:

 

A Special Invitation to All Seniors

The Spruce Avenue Community League would like you to join us the second Tuesday of each month from 10:00am to 11:30 am for a game of cards or an opportunity to visit with your neighbours. The first get together will be held Tuesday October 13 at 10:00 am. We will have the coffee/tea on.

If you have questions please call Cindy @ 780-803-2160 or Verna @ 780-479-8019.

The Annual General Meeting of the Spruce Avenue Community League will be held Tuesday, October 27, 7:00 pm. We encourage you to attend.

 

Spruce Avenue Community League meetings are held the 4 Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm. The new league (post-AGM) meetings start November 24. Please note there will be no meeting in December. Please email agenda items to spruceaveleague@shaw.ca

 

The September League Meeting will be held Tuesday September 15. Progressive Conservation Candidate for Edmonton Center James Cumming will address the community at 7:00 pm, followed by the league meeting.

Plant sale! New summer camp!

SPRUCE AVENUE ANNUAL PLANT SALE

The Spruce Avenue School will be holding their annual Plant Sale: Wed, June 10th, 9:00am to 6:30pm on the tarmac on the north side of the school.   This is the 23rd year that Holes has donated bedding plants as a fundraiser to the school.  Holes always provides a good assortment of high quality plants.

Come down and get some colour for your yard!

And please take note of this great, free arts opportunity for youth:

Spark! Youth Camp
for ages 8-16
July 6-18
Alberta Avenue Hall
Spark! Youth Camp is a youth-oriented arts initiative dedicated to celebrating and educating Edmonton’s youth in the arts. We have designed a two-week day camp for children ages 8-16, which takes place at The Alberta Avenue Community League on 118th Avenue for youth in the Alberta Avenue neighbourhood and surrounding areas!
Spark! believes in arts education and making learning accessible!
Registration for Spark! is free for students who commit to the full two week learning experience.
Create an original play: written, acted, designed and constructed with other local youth. Choose a specific area to work in: performance, technical theatre or visual arts. At the end, you will present a totally unique performance for family, friends and community.
Spots are filling up so register quickly! Download your application and register online at http://www.albertaave.org/spark

New Festival on the Ave (& Spray Deck Open!)

Hello Spruce Ave!

A new festival is taking place on 118 Ave! The Thousand Faces Festival begins tomorrow, May 22nd, and runs until Sunday, May 24th.

With theatre, storytelling, art and music, this festival offers fun and entertainment for children and adults alike! Entrance is no charge; donations welcome.

Check out the schedule here, and see you on the Ave!

 

AND DON’T FORGET…

Our spray park is now open! Get out and enjoy!