Director Needed!

The Spruce Avenue Community League Board is looking to fill the position of Civics & Neighbourhood Development Director.

What is this position?

  • The Civics & Neighbourhood Development Director monitors the civic concerns of the neighbourhood including new development and infill, Bylaw changes, and permit variances.
  • With the President, the Civics & Neighbourhood Development Director represents SACL at events/consultations with the City of Edmonton and reports to the board on matters relating to development in the neighbourhood.

Why is this position important?

Spruce Avenue is a mature neighbourhood with unique needs and challenges. As the City grows, our demographics are shifting toward a mix of young families and professionals, elderly homeowners, and students. With the City encouraging densification, infill is an ongoing issue. A Civics & Neighbourhood Development Director is aware of the development that is being proposed, can keep our board and residents up-to-date, and can communicate our neighbourhood’s concerns to the City.

What expertise do I need?

Knowledge of existing infill development bylaws is an asset, but not necessary! We require someone with clear communication skills who has an interest in becoming familiar with the bylaws.

 Note: Volunteering on the SACL Board waives your membership fee.

Interested? Have Questions?

Please contact president@spruceavenuecommunity.com

SACL Bylaw Changes: Notification of Meeting

The Spruce Avenue Community League Board seeks to replace existing SACL Bylaws (written in 1954, last amended 2008).

A new set of Bylaws has been drafted using EFCL’s Best Practice Guidelines as a template. This draft seeks to provide better protocol and structure for our organization by including terms of reference and a policy on board conduct. The draft has been approved by the Executive for consideration, and was circulated to the board on January 23rd, 2018, for discussion.

A vote will be called at the April 24th, 2018 Board Meeting (7pm at the SACL Hall) to replace the existing SACL Bylaws with the new Bylaws.

Any questions or concerns can be forwarded to president@spruceavenuecommunity.com

LEARN TO SKATE WRAP UP

Snacks, skating instructors, face painting and more!

This free drop in event is targeted to the families who participated in the 2018 Learn to Skate program; however, all are welcome to attend!

 

WHERE: ROGERS PLACE, Main Ice, 10214 104Ave

WHEN: Sunday, March 18th

TIME: 3pm-5pm

 

Skates and helmets are required to participate. Equipment will be available to borrow if you do not have your own.

 

For more info: edmonton.ca/playgrounds or call 311

 

 

SPRUCE AVENUE NEIGHBOURHOOD RECONSTRUCTION PUBLIC MEETING

WHEN: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 from 5pm- 8:30pm (Drop in)

WHERE: NAIT MAIN CAMPUS (CAT Building) 11762 106st

Spruce Avenue residents and property owners are invited to attend a final public meeting about upcoming neighbourhood reconstruction, before work begins this spring.

 

City staff will:

  • Display and explain the final neighbourhood design, including sidewalk and intersection modifications
  • Inform property owners about the local improvement process
  • Inform residents about what to expect during construction
  • Discuss bike infrastructure along 114 Avenue and along 106 Street

 

Neighbourhood reconstruction will include:

  • Reconstruction/resurfacing of roadways
  • Replacement of streetlights
  • Reconstruction of sidewalks, curbs and gutters
  • Adding sidewalks where there are missing links

 

 

We hope to see you there!

 

For more information visit edmonton.ca/BuildingSpruceAvenue

January News and Activities

YEG FAMILY CONNECT 2018: you are invited!

What: The North Central Interagency invites you and your family to join in for food, resources, haircuts, family photo booth, kids’ activities, and more!

When: January 20th, 1:00pm-4:00pm

Where: Alberta Avenue Community League, 9210 118ave

 

WHAT’S NEW IN SPRUCE AVENUE?

Lights!

You may have noticed that the skating rink lights are shining a little brighter. As the light poles were beginning to show corrosion and had exceeded their expected use, the Spruce Avenue Community League Board replaced the ten poles with galvanized steel and ten new energy efficient LED floodlights.

Community league casino funds were used to apply for matching grants to the Canada 150 Infrastructure Program and the City of Edmonton Community League Infrastructure Program. Without this funding this project would not have been possible. For over 65 years the outdoor community rink has been the centre of activity for families living in Spruce Avenue and surrounding communities. The rink continues to be enjoyed by our residents, as well as students attending Spruce Avenue School and St. Basil School. Hopefully the enjoyment will continue for years to come.

Trees!

Our community was fortunate to receive a donation of twenty-five oak and maple trees for the park area. The trees were planted at the end of September and involved Grade 7 students from the Spruce Avenue and St. Basil Schools. A huge thank you is extended to Roots for Trees, City of Edmonton Forestry, and the Canada 150 Committee for making this possible. This will not only will beautify the area but also provide much needed shade. It’s a great start to SACL’s desire for trees in the playground area.

 

NEIGHBOURHOOD RENEWAL 2018

Stay tuned for upcoming community meetings regarding Neighbourhood Renewal.

Decorative Street Lighting Initiative: Spruce Avenue was not successful in demonstrating community support for the Decorative Street Lighting option as part of Neighbourhood Renewal. As a result, the standard galvanized street poles will be installed in our neighbourhood.

For more info about Building Great Neighbourhoods go to edmonton.ca/localimprovements

 

 

FREE DROP-IN LEARN-TO-SKATE PROGRAM

 WHERE:         Spruce Avenue Community Hall, 10240 – 115 ave

WHEN:           Saturdays from 10am – 1pm, January 13 to February 17

Learn and practice your skills through fun games and activities. This is a free drop-in program targeted for children ages 6 – 12 and their families, however all are welcome to attend. Children must be dressed for the weather conditions and have a helmet and skates.

Want to participate but can’t afford equipment? Call Verna @ 780-479-8019 for a referral to Sports Central for skates and helmets.

Programs will cancel at -25 Celsius with wind chill or if the ice is closed by the facility.

For more information, please visit edmonton.ca/playgrounds or call 311.

Click HERE for SKATING RINK HOURS

 

CASINO VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

 WHERE:         Grande Villa Casino downtown (10214 – 104 avenue)

WHEN:           Saturday April 7th, 2018 and Sunday April 8th, 2018

 

As the casino is the main source of fundraising for the community league, we ask that you consider volunteering for one of the positions listed. It is an opportunity to contribute to your community as well as meet residents of Spruce Avenue. Casino funds have enabled the league to apply for matched grants in order to complete a number of upgrades and community projects. These include: the re-development of the playground, development of the spray park, addition to the hall, construction of a storage garage, development and maintenance of the outdoor rink, purchase of ice maintenance equipment including a zamboni, installation of a walking trail which ensures access to the playground area from 114 ave, retrofitting the community hall to be wheelchair accessible, ongoing maintenance and repairs to the hall, upgrades to the kitchen and the current development of a parking lot.

Please contact Verna @ 780-479-801 or treasurer@spruceavenuecommunity.com to volunteer.

  

BOARD MEMBER VACANCIES

If you are interested in joining the Spruce Avenue Community League Board, we would love to hear from you. We are currently looking to fill vacant director positions, including Director of Neighbourhood Development. If you are interested in guiding infill development in the community and have some knowledge of existing infill development bylaws, or are interested in becoming familiar with the bylaws, contact us at president@spruceavenuecommunity.com.

 

THANK YOU!!

A huge shout out to the residents who light up our community. The array of holiday lights was absolutely beautiful!

 

The next community league meeting is Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018 @ 7:00 pm at the SACL hall. Items for the meeting agenda must be emailed to secretary@spruceavenuecommunity.com in advance of the meeting.

EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

 

 

 

 

Skating Schedule at Spruce Avenue

The cold snap has broken and SACL hopes to see you at the rink! Skating is free for all community league members. Memberships available for purchase at the rink/hall or by visiting https://efcl.org/membership/.

Please note the rink closes when the temperature, with wind chill, is -20C or lower.

 

SPRUCE AVENUE COMMUNITY RINK HOURS

Monday:    4 – 6 pm family skate & 7 – 9 pm family skate and kids’ shinny hockey

Tuesday:  4 – 6 pm family skate & 7 – 9 pm shinny hockey (must be booked in advance by calling Henry @ 780-499-2649)

Wednesday: 4 – 6 pm family skate

Thursday: 4 – 6 pm family skate & 7 – 9 pm shinny hockey (must be booked in advance by calling Henry @ 780-499-2649)

Friday: 4 – 6 pm family skate & 7 – 9 pm family skate and kid’s shinny hockey

Saturday: 1 – 5 pm family skate & 7 – 9 pm family skate and kid’s shinny hockey

Sunday: 2 – 4 pm family skate

 

NOTE:    CCA approved helmets must be worn by all skaters. Skates and helmets are available at the rink for your use free of charge.

 

SPECIAL SKATING HOURS

For this last week of school holidays (January 2nd – January 7th), the rink will be open from 2-5pm and 7-9pm, with the exception of Wednesday (January 3rd)– when it will be open 2-5pm.

 

 

Decorative Street Lighting in Spruce Ave

Neighbourhood Renewal will start in Spruce Avenue in Spring 2018, bringing with it the opportunity for Decorative Street Lighting.

The Spruce Avenue Community League supports Decorative Street Lightning because:

  • As opposed to the current standard galvanized street lights, decorative street lights have features that include colour, pole styles, and pole arm types.
  • It is an inexpensive, lasting way to beautify our neighbourhood.
  • It demonstrates pride and community engagement.
  • It is an opportunity to acknowledge our history and display heritage street names at no extra cost. Decorative street lighting presents the option for decorative street blades that include the historical street names (in addition to numerical name). Did you know that 112 ave was once called Spruce Avenue?

In Spruce Avenue, the type of decorative streetlight for consideration is the heritage style, black, with octagonal base.   This was determined via a community engagement survey taken at the SACL Open House in October, 2016.

Cost to Homeowner

Determined by the size of your lot, not by the number of streetlights near your home:

$10.62/m if paid lump sum, and $0.92/m if amortized over 15 years.

Examples:

A 44′ lot: $12.45/year ($1.04/month) or $143.77 paid outright.

A 50’ lot: $14.15/year ($1.17/month)or $163.38 paid outright.

Action Needed!

Homeowners received an Expression of Interest letter regarding Decorative Street Lighting from the City of Edmonton in September. The deadline for returning this letter is November 15th, 2017.

Please remember to send it in! Decorative Street Lighting is an initiative that is only offered through Neighbourhood Renewal, therefore, this is Spruce Avenue’s one chance for this program.

You can scan or take a photo of your letter and email to buildinggreatneighbourhoods@edmonton.ca or 311@edmonton.ca

 

If you have misplaced your letter, or have questions, you can contact Sue Buhler at suebuhler1968@gmail.com or Verna Stainthorp at spruceaveleague@shaw.ca or by calling  780-479-8019.

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.