In Memory of Rob McDonald

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It is with sadness that I share the news of the death of Rob McDonald on September 19, 2017. Rob and his family had a long history as residents of our community. Rob lived in the Strathcona community for most of his adult life and was passionate about many of our community issues. He was a member of the Strathcona Community League Board from 2007 until 2012, first as Chair of Civics and Planning, then assuming a Co-Presidents role before becoming the President.
Although Rob moved away from the community he continued to be involved as president of the board for Ice on Whyte. He told me how this involvement enabled him to stay connected to the community that he loved. Our sincere condolences to Rob’s children Jackson, David and Olivia as well as to Lydia Neufeld, mother of his three children.
Rob will certainly be missed by our community.
A memorial will be held October 21, at the Strathcona Baptist Church.

New – Kid’s art program

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New – art classes for kids at the hall – Mondays or Thursdays – starting October. 


After School Art Class for Kids (ages 6 and up)

  • Early fall session – Learn To Draw – Your Favourite Cartoons
    • Mondays October 2nd to 30th (no class Oct 9th); 4:00 – 5:15, or
    • Thursdays (early dismissal) October 5th to 26th; 3:00 – 4:15 pm
  • Late fall session – Learn To Make – Artist Trading Cards
    • Wednesdays Nov 1st to 22nd (no class Nov 9th); 4:00 – 5:15, or
    • Thursdays (early dismissal) Nov 2nd to 30th; 3:00 – 4:15 pm
  • Cost: $80 (includes sketchbook and all materials)
  • Requirement: Community League membership required (any league).
  • Register: Contact Berna at
  • Description:  Have fun! Learn from a professional art teacher! Make cool stuff! Join Berna Ponich B.Ed (KEE ARTIST IN RESIDENCE, 2013 – Present) at the hall for a four week art class.   Class size is limited, so register early. 

Also – Kids’ Yoga – Early Dismissal on Thursday Afternoons (ages 5 – 9)

  • Late Fall session (6 classes): Nov 9 to Dec 14; 3:00 to 4:00
  • Cost: $72 (or $60 for Community League members) for 6 week session
  • Register: To register contact: or call Tina at 587-341-7777, or Chandra at 780-700-7971
  • Description:  This is the perfect activity for early dismissal Thursdays!  Kid’s yoga is a magical adventure that helps children develop important skills in a loving environment.  It nurtures creativity, mental focus, body awareness, strength and coordination.  And most importantly—it’s fun!  Classes led by two certified kids’ yoga instructors from Yogi Kids.

Letter Bateman | Redevelopment

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The SCCL received the following letter of Michael Bateman in regards to the Bateman properties (Wild Earth Cafe Redevelopment site) on 99 Street and 89 Avenue. The original letter can be found here


First and foremost I would like to thank all the customers of Wild Earth

Foods and Wild Earth Bakery for your patronage over the last several years.

On behalf of the Bateman Family I would also like to thank all of our

tenants over the many years in our buildings, and they are too numerous to

mention. I would also like to thank the staff for their dedication and service,

and hope they will have another opportunity to be employed with the

services in the new building. Since my grandfather built these buildings, the

last in 1957, we have been proud to serve the community, employ many

residents, and offer a great gathering place.

Unfortunately, the buildings are at the end of their economic life. As these

buildings are over 60 years old there was no opportunity to renovate to

modern standards and bring in new tenants. Further to that, the grocery

business has become very difficult for the independent grocer to survive

with rising costs, an old building and shrinking margins. Wild Earth Foods

hasn’t been profitable for quite some time. My sister Deanne and her

partner Greta have worked hard to keep it open as long as possible and as a

family we decided to absorb this cost as a service to the community.

However it has now become more costly and as such we have decided to

close the grocery store at the end of September. Wild Earth Bakery will

remain open at least until the end of December.

As you may know, we have been working on redeveloping the site for a

couple of years and we had planned to close the building and be under

construction this fall. However, as we met with, and received feedback

from, the community, Councilor Henderson, City Planning and Mayor

Iveson, it has taken longer than anticipated moving our project along. We

have listened, gone back to the drawing board, redesigned our project and

have received a positive response to date with the new concept. We hope

to share our redesigned plans with you soon. We also hope to move the

process along as quickly as possible in order to bring back vital services and

jobs to the community. We expect that the City will host another open

house later this year but in the meantime we will be updating the

Strathcona Community League as well as our website as soon as our

application goes back in to the city.

If we receive the approvals to move forward our goal is to move as quickly

as possible to construct the building and sign leases to reopen retail

services.Wild Earth Bakery will return and it is our intent to source retailers

that will service the needs of the community.


Michael Bateman

Ward 8 Election Forum

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As development pressure increases in central Edmonton, how will the role of community leagues evolve in a way that they contribute to the conversation in a positive way? And, how will the Ward 8 representative balance the opinions and needs of Old Strathcona and other central communities with the interests of the City of Edmonton, as a whole?

Candidates will answer these questions and more at the Strathcona Community Election Forum.


  • What: Election Forum. All Ward 8 candidates have been invited.
  • When: September 26, 7pm
  • Where: Strathcona Community League Hall (10139 – 87 Avenue)
  • How: The community will ask two prepared questions to the candidates and then open the floor for questions from the audience.


Come and get to know your options for Edmonton’s October 16 election!


The role of the community league has evolved over time from organizations that focused mostly on recreational and social events to being put in the position of being the voice of the community in regards to neighbourhood planning. Pressures of developments in mature neighbourhoods have moved leagues away from a collaborate ARP approach to having to take on an adversarial role in in order to have the community voice heard.


As a candidate who wants to represent our ward

  • What do you believe is the purpose of community leagues?
  • How do you propose to ensure there is a greater role for community leagues in public engagement?
  • How do you propose to ensure community leagues voices are heard in all aspects of city planning when it affects our community?
  • What do you believe are appropriate locations for high density infill in communities?
  • How do you see mature neighbourhoods such as ours attract young families?
  • What do you believe is the highest standard of public transit for our community?
  • How do you propose to ensure the unique historic character of our community is maintained?


Fri Pub Night | Sept. 15 | Color De Vino Wine Tasting

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In partnership with the SCCL Canada 150 celebration on Saturday and Sunday we are hosting a Friday Pub Night themed as such. There will be a flight of 5 wines, 2 white and 3 red purchased from the neighborhood wine store Color De Vino.
Color De Vino has been a treasure to our community as not only is the store and its people awesome, they provide an experience and knowledge second to none.
We will have community league memberships available for sale as well as some light snacks…party mix,,,yay. Children are welcome.
Spread the word as this will be a good one…
Brenda, Carla and Kirsten

Pub nights are held on the 3rd Friday of each month.  They typically start at 8pm, but times can vary depending on the activity.  Meet in the Lounge, upstairs at the Strathcona Community League – 10139 87 Ave (use south door).

Note:  pub night is for community league members and invited guests.  Memberships available on-site.


Yoga and Zumba classes start this week!

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Have a look at the SCCL programs starting this week. *Please note that some dates and times published in our paper newsletter were incorrect.*

  • Yoga – Sunday mornings, Monday evenings, Tues/Thurs mornings  (Kid’s yoga starts Thurs Sept 21)
  • Zumba – Wednesday evenings



YOGA – Sunday Mornings with Dawn Lamothe Sundays from 9:30 – 10:30am

  • Early Fall session:  Sun Sept 10 to Sun Oct 22 (7weeks)
  • Late Fall Session: Sun Oct 29 to Sun Dec 10 (7 weeks)
  • Cost: $84 for 7 week session or $14/class drop in
  • Requirement: Community League membership required (any league)
  • Register: To register contact Dawn at or text 780-990-6247


Dawn Lamothe, BA, MA, Certified Registered Experienced Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance, has been teaching in Edmonton for 15 years and is also a Teacher Trainer in yoga and acro-yoga.  Founder of Lion’s Breath Yoga, she invites you to a pre-registered series for the fall of 2017 Sundays 9:30-10:45 am at Strathcona Community Hall at 10139 87 Ave NW.  Spring 2018 session to follow.  The style of yoga is a vigorous flow with elemental influences from Shiva Rea. Props provided but please bring your own mats. Classes are cumulative in nature so expect to progress and improve over the term of the session. You will receive your best results and benefits with regular attendance.

If you are ever running late, you are still welcome. 🙂


YOGA – Tues/Thurs Mornings with Kyla Fischer Tues and Thurs 9:30 – 10:45am

  • Early Fall session (8 classes): Tuesdays Sept 5 to Oct 24  or Thursdays  Sept 7 to Oct 26
  • Late Fall session (8 classes): Tuesdays Oct 31-Dec 19 or Thursdays  Nov 2-Dec 21
  • Cost: $96 for 8 week session ($176 for both Tues/Thurs) and $14/class drop in
  • Requirement: Community League membership required (any league).
  • Register: To register contact:  Kyla Fischer at or 780-430-0229


These holistic yoga classes are perfect for beginners as well as those with previous yoga experience.  Yoga postures, breathwork and meditation will be taught to promote balance in the body, mind and spirit.  Throughout the session, students will develop an understanding of alignment and breath while developing physical strength and flexibility.  All levels are welcome!


YOGA – Monday Evenings with Corinne McNally Mondays 7:00 – 8:15pm

  • Early Fall session (7 classes): Sept 11 to Oct 30 (no class Thanksgiving Monday – Oct 9)
  • Late Fall session: Nov 6 to Dec 18
  • Cost: $84 for 7 week session or $14/class drop in
  • Requirement: Community League membership required (any league).
  • Register: To register contact: Corinne McNally at, 780-239-6164   (


Yoga is a holistic practice that can open & strengthen your body, revitalize your energy and bring peace to your mind. Hatha Flow & Yin styles of yoga are taught by certified yoga instructor Corinne McNally. These classes are perfect for both beginners and seasoned practitioners, and are taught in a friendly and supportive environment.  Instructor Corinne McNally lives in Old Strathcona and has been teaching for over 10 years. She is a member of the Yoga Association of Alberta and has experience in various styles of yoga including Restorative, Yin, Hatha, Ashtanga & Pre/Postnatal.


YOGA – Kids’ – Early Dismissal on Thursday Afternoons Thursdays 3:00 – 4:00

  • Early Fall session (6 classes): Sept 21 to Oct 26
  • Late Fall session (6 classes): Nov 9 to Dec 14
  • Cost: $72 (or $60 for Community League members) for 6 week session
  • Register: To register contact: or call Tina at 587-341-7777, or Chandra at 780-700-7971


This is the perfect activity for early dismissal Thursdays!  Kid’s yoga is a magical adventure that helps children develop important skills in a loving environment.  It nurtures creativity, mental focus, body awareness, strength and coordination.  And most importantly—it’s fun!  Classes led by two certified kids’ yoga instructors from Yogi Kids. A community league membership is required (any league).


ZUMBA – Wednesdays with Mel Kidder Wednesdays 6:30 to 7:30pm

  • Early Fall session (7 classes): Sept 13 to Oct 25
  • Late Fall session (7 classes): Nov 8 to Dec 20
  • Cost: $56 (for 7 classes) or $12 drop in
  • Requirement: Community League membership required (any league).
  • Register: To register contact Melanie Kidder, 780-722-7558


Let the Music Move You!  Using Latin and International rhythms these Dance Fitness classes are fun, energetic and make you feel amazing. In a Zumba class participants do what they can, making it perfect for people of all fitness levels.  There are no “wrong moves” in Zumba!

Melanie Kidder lives in Old Strathcona and has been teaching Zumba Fitness for five years.  She is licensed to teach many Zumba formats from Zumba Kids to Zumba Gold and everything in between.


Heal Your Life discussion group Saturdays once a month  10:30am to noon

  • Time: Saturdays once a month 10:30am to noon
  • Cost: $10 drop in  (The first two sessions are free to community league members)
  • Register: To register contact Dianne at 780-904-0796 or


Is your life too busy? Have you forgotten yourself in the midst of looking after everybody else?  Join us in a Louise Hay-based Meetup once a month for discussion of topics like negative vs positive thinking, prosperity and abundance, loving yourself more, relationships, and other topics.  Session starts at 10:30 am Saturday morning for an hour and a half – upstairs in the Lounge.  Bring a friend!

  • Sept 16 Believing in Yourself,
  • Oct 14 Exploring for Your Ideal Work,
  • Nov 18 Money and Abundance, Dec 16
  • Dec 16 Say Yes to your Dreams


Urban Pole Walking Wednesday mornings 7:30am

  • Ongoing activity – Wednesdays 7.30am
  • Cost: Free
  • Requirement: Community League membership required (any league).


Stay active and meet some new friends! Join the Strathcona Pole Walking Group


On Wednesday mornings at 7:30 AM, meet Melanie Kidder at the south door, by the rink, then head out for an energizing pole walk through our friendly neighborhood and the majestic Mill Creek.

All fitness levels are welcome so dust off the walking shoes and dress for the weather in layers because you will get warm once we get moving. A good walking shoe is required. We will be on sidewalks and river valley paths. Bring a strap on water bottle like runners use if you like, since your hands will be full. Also, feel free to bring a few dollars for a beverage as there will likely be a coffee shop along the way.

Walks are between 30-60 minutes. Several sets of poles are available for use or bring your own.


NOTE:  If you are interested in leading a walking group on Sunday afternoons (or possibly another time), email A quick training session will be provided.


Community League membership required (any league).


Volunteers needed | September 17

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    Old Strathcona Canada 150 is a community event being held on Saturday September 16th and Sunday September 17th.

    For Sunday September 17th we are looking for:

    • 3 kitchen helpers,
    • 2 stage builders,
    • 4 assistents with children’s activities,
    • 4 set up volunteers,
    • 4 clean up.

    Are you able to help, please contact Vahid Ayan at or at 780-265-1354.

    Sunday will be packed with activities for the whole family: BBQ, Bubble Balls, Live Music, etc. To make this a success we are looking for the following volunteers:

    Recreation and Wellness Directory for Older Adults

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      The Recreation and Wellness Directory for Older Adults provides an overview of arts, fitness, technology, health and recreational activities for adults 55+ in the Edmonton area. With 1400 group programs, clubs, courses and events listed, the 2017-2018 directory is a valuable resource for older adults and those who support older adults. The directory is produced by the Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council (ESCC) with contributions this year from 53 organizations. In the directory you will also find the events and activities held by the SCCL.

      The directory is available at local seniors organizations and copies can also be picked up at the Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council (#255 Bonnie Doon Shopping Centre). Pick up a copy, download the PDF or search the online directory to find many interesting and fun activities to expand your horizons and enrich your life.

      Register: Indoor Soccer Season

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        Season starts Saturday, October 14th, 2017, takes a break over Christmas and continues until end of January (practices may continue longer). For community soccer the season consists of weekly games on Saturday (on Sunday for U14 and up) along with a weekly practice in a school gym (based on availability).


        Online registration is open now ( – please complete online registration before coming to finalize registration in September at Hazeldean Hall.


        Hazeldean Hall – 9630 66 Ave NW

        September 7th from 6 – 8:30 pm

        September 17th from 12 – 3 pm


        Additional Information at