January No-sew Rug Workshop

January no-sew rug workshop

January no-sew rug workshop

 

Floors feeling a bit cold this winter? Have some scrap fabric around? Make a rug to keep your tootsies toasty at the Spruce Ave Community League No-sew Rug Workshop. Here are the details:

  • 2-4 PM Saturday, January 21.
  • Spruce Avenue Community Hall 10240 – 115 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta
  • Pay what you can for league members (any league)
  • Bring whatever fabric you’d like to turn into rugs and a pair of scissors, if you can. Extra fabric and scissors will be provided.
  • All ages welcome. Activity appropriate for children ages 8+

Hope to see you there.

Spring brings Garage Sale, Casinos, Music & History

yellow-crocus_2007_04_24Spring is almost here… and the Spruce Avenue Community Newsletter is heading to press but there’s just too much fun happening to wait until it hits your mailboxes.. here are some of the upcoming events in your neighborhood.


Please join us for our 20th ANNUAL SPRUCE AVENUE COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE

     When:   Friday, April 29, 9:00 am to 7:00 pm & Saturday April 30, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

     Where:  Spruce Avenue Community Hall, 10240 – 115 avenue

     What:     An opportunity to shop, donate to our community and socialize…and maybe have a snack too! Concession open   with proceeds to the park project.

Start your spring cleaning! Donations of gently used items would be greatly appreciated! From toys to tools, this event is a great way to get rid of things you’ve grown out of and pick up new-to-you stuff you need.  Several tables will be dedicated to the Spruce Avenue Park Re-development Project

*Due to limited space we are not able to accept large household items including sofas, stoves, refrigerators, washers, dryers and computer equipment. Donated items may be dropped off at the hall starting Monday April 25 or can be picked up.

Call Verna @ 780-479-8019 to make arrangements.

GARAGE SALE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Are you able to help with the set-up, sales, or tear down? If so, please call our Volunteer Coordinator, Rebekah @ 780-477-9803


Liked Casino Royale? Why not be a CASINO VOLUNTEER!

You may not meet James Bond, but you’ll feel like a superstar when you volunteer for your Community League by helping at a Casino. Proceeds from the casino will go towards the completion of the Spruce Avenue Park and surrounding area. Transportation can be provided if required. Contact Rebekah @ 780-477-9803 to volunteer.

     When: May 18 & 19

     Where: Bacarrat Casino, 101 St and 104 Ave


New Volunteer Opportunity – Role Models Needed

We are seeking local volunteers to connect with youth in the community! Spruce Avenue Junior High. Spruce Avenue Community League and the City of Edmonton have started a before-school drop-in gym program. The program promotes a positive atmosphere and gives the students a safe space to be before the school starts. You can play sports or board games, hang out, or simply facilitate positive conversations. Through the remainder of the 2016 school year, you will co-lead with a City of Edmonton staff member who will also provide on-site training.

Where: Spruce Avenue Junior High School

When: Tuesday & Thursday mornings from 7:30am-9:00am on school days

Start Date: As soon as possible

# Positions: Unlimited

Ages: Any adult is welcome. The position is ideal for retired individuals in the area who want to be a positive role model for local youth

Contact Desiree Leverenz at desiree.leverenz@edmonton.ca or 780-496-2945 for more information.


Spruce Ave Celebrates History: Community History Project

Spruce Ave Community League is turning 65 this year and we have started an ongoing celebration, commemoration and preservation project.  Here is some information about upcoming events:

History Project Launch – April 29-30:  The project officially kicks off during the Garage Sale, where we will unveil some archival photos for display in the hall.  We will also have a table set up where you can learn more about the project.  Drop by to see us during the sale, or find out more in the brochure attached to this newsletter.

Spruce Avenue Jane’s Walk – May 7 @ 10am:  The 2nd Annual Jane’s Walk in Spruce Ave is part of an international movement of free citizen-led walking tours where people tell stories about their communities, explore their city and connect with neighbours.  Walks happen around the world on the 1st weekend in May.  Join Spruce Avenue residents and urban planner, Wesley as he traces the roots of Edmonton’s Polish community and the history of our neighbourhood.  The 1.5-hour walk is family-friendly and starts at the west entrance to HP Centre at NAIT (106 St. north of Princess Elizabeth) at 10am on Sat. May 7; the walk ends at Spruce Ave Hall.

Everyone is welcome! Contact Wesley at 780-885-5670 or spruceavehistory@gmail.com for information. Visit www.janeswalk.org/canada/edmonton for details on this and other Edmonton walks.


Family Music Jam and Open Mic Night

What better way to get to know your neighbours than through music? Sponsor: SACL Social Committee

Where:           SACL Community Hall – 10240 115 Ave

When:             Friday, May 6, 2016, 8pm-11pm

Who:               All ages, voices, abilities and instruments welcome!


Final Reminders

Next Community League Meeting Tuesday April 19, 2016 @ 7:00 pm.  If you have an item for the agenda please call Verna @ 780-479-8019   EVERYONE WELCOME!

Free Swimming and Recreational Activities for Community League members at the Commonwealth Community Recreation Center, 11000 Stadium Road, Saturdays from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. SACL Memberships available by calling 780-479-8019.

Spray Park Opening on May long week-end (Saturday May 21st)

For up-to-date league information:

·                     www.spruceavenuecommunity.com or

·                     email spruceaveleague@shaw.ca or

·                     https://www.facebook.com/SpruceAveCommLeague

Dog-walkers – a gentler reminder that Spruce Avenue Park and Playground are not off-leash areas. Call 311 or visit http://www.edmonton.ca/activities_parks_recreation/parks_rivervalley/off-leash-sites.aspxto locate the nearest off-leash locality.

More Winter Fun in Spruce Ave!

More Winter Fun in Spruce Ave!

 

Happy New Year, Spruce Ave!

Here are some more community events for your winter enjoyment. Skating anyone? Read on to find out why our finger’s are crossed for cooler weather! And if winter isn’t your thing, start planning for summer with soccer, softball and hardball registration.

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SPRUCE AVENUE COMMUNITY RINK HOURS, 10240 – 115 Ave

Volunteers needed to supervise – call 780-479-8019 if you are able to help out

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 4pm – 6pm, 7pm – 8pm
  • Saturday: 2pm – 5pm, 7pm – 8pm
  • Sunday: 2pm – 5pm

PLEASE NOTE: The rink will not be open when the temperature with wind chill is colder than -20 degrees Celsius, or when the temperature is above 0 degrees Celsius. The rink is not open on Wednesdays. Helmets are mandatory.

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

Saturday, February 13th & Monday February 15th, noon – 5pm: bring the kids for a festive family skate at the rink. Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and the unseasonably warm winter weather! Free! An assortment of skates and helmets are available for use.

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REMINDER – FREE DROP-IN LEARN-TO-SKATE LESSONS: Spruce Ave Community League Hall & Rink

Saturdays at 2pm – 5pm, January 9th to February 28th, 2016: Learn to skate and practice your skills through activity stations and games with the City of Edmonton program leaders. Lessons will be adapted to the age and skill level of the participants (ages 4 and up). Learn at your own pace.Children must be dressed to the weather conditions and have a helmet and skates. Want to participate but can’t afford skates or a helmet? Call Verna @ 780-479-8017 for a Sport Reference referral.

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COMMUNITY SOCCER SIGN UP: Delton Hall, 12325 88 St

Sign your child up for the ‘beautiful game’ with Delton Community Soccer. Open to all those in the communities of Alberta Ave, Cromdale/Parkdale, Delton, Eastwood, Elmwood, Lauderdale, Westwood, and of course, Spruce Ave. Visit emsanorth.com/play/register for instructions on how to register online, Note that after you register you need to attend a community registration session to confirm your spot. These sessions are at Delton Hall at the following times:

  • Sunday February 14th, 11am – 2pm
  • Tuesday February 23, 6pm – 8pm
  • Saturday March 12th,11am – 2pm
  • Monday March 14th, 6pm – 8pm

PLEASE BRING: Cheque or cash for payment, cheques for volunteer deposits (2 bingo shifts per player to a maximum of 3 per family), and Alberta Health Care Card or Birth Certificate. If you don’t already have a Community League membership they will be available for purchase. For more information go to: www.deltoncommunity.com or emsanorth.com/play/register, or call Laura at 780-982-5823.

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BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL REGISTRATION: 7515 Borden Park Rd (behind the tennis courts in Borden Park)

Register for 2016 Northeast Zone Baseball and Softball at the NEZ office at the following times:

  • Saturday February 20th, 12pm – 3pm
  • Saturday February 27, 12pm – 3pm
  • Sunday March 13th, 12pm – 3pm
  • Wednesday March 23rd, 6:30pm – 8pm
  • Wednesday March 30th, 6:30pm – 8pm

 

For more information go to: www.playnezball.ca

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NEXT COMMUNITY LEAGUE MEETING: Tuesday March 22nd, 2016, 7pm

Everyone is welcome – if you have an item for the agenda, please email secretary@spruceavenuecommunity.com.

 

 

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!

 

 

Garden Project Kick-off: Open Invite!

As mentioned last week, Inner City High School will be starting their gardens tomorrow morning, May 8th, at 10am (weather permitting).

They are extending an open invitation to the Spruce Avenue community to visit the school and help garden and/or meet the students.

This garden project is an initiative to beautify the school, and it is an excellent opportunity for residents of Spruce Ave to meet staff and students with whom our community is shared.

Inner City High is located at 101st and 112ave.

Please feel free to drop by: everyone welcome!

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A thank you:

Thank you to all who came out and attended our 19th Annual Community Garage Sale on May 1st and 2nd. The event was a great success!