The 11th annual Ice on Whyte festival is back at End of Steel and Strathcona Parks this winter, January 24 – February 2.
The Strathcona Centre Community League is pleased to partner with Ice on Whyte, allowing the festival to program and utilize most of our community hall during the festival. The skate change area on the main floor of the hall, and our hockey rink, remain open to community league members throughout the duration. (more…)
INFANT MASSAGE CLASSES are wonderful for parents/caregivers with infants birth- 12 months. Parents/caregivers will learn the theory & practice of infant massage teaching relaxation for both parent & baby, routines to help baby sleep better, routines for relief of gas & symptoms of colic & have opportunities to talk about parenting issues/challenges!
Around this time of year, we often reflect on how fortunate we are — to maintain our health and to live in a prosperous city with opportunity. However, throughout Edmonton there is a large population of those who are not as fortunate and are struggling to get by.
Poverty runs deeper within Edmonton’s identity than most think. 2013 statistics show that 100,810 Edmontonians are living in poverty; 27,970 of which are children. (more…)
The copy deadline for the February-March 2014 issue of Community League News is January 20, 2014. Please contact Donna Fong, Newsletter Editor, at 780-433-5702, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Best wishes from the Board to all for a safe and merry holiday season, and a happy new year!
99th Street Ribbons of History
By Peigi Rockwell
Project Lead, Ribbons of History Project
A great turnout of 35 people came out to celebrate the Ribbons of History opening at 4 pm on November 28th. We walked along 99th Street, admiring the art. One of the artists, Jean Carmichael McKenzie, joined us in a wheelchair. We ended up in the Wild Earth Cafe to enjoy a beautiful cake.
Streets connect and streets also divide. The Ribbons of History project focuses on connecting both sides of 99th Street by showcasing our artists and our neighbourhood’s history with sculpture along the street, between Saskatchewan Drive and Whyte Ave.
Five artists and two historians together found inspiration in our community’s beloved Mill Creek and in the community’s history. The ribbons evoke the creek, which flows through the ravine on the eastern edge of our community. The ribbons connect and our stories flow like tributaries, reminding us of our past and binding us together.
The art featured on both sides of 99th Street was created by artists who live on both sides of the street. The two historians are separated by the street. The project connects the two sides of 99th Street with the art and the neighbourhood’s history, both natural and social, encouraging us all to engage with the street. Pedestrians are invited to enjoy the art. Walk along 99th Street and access our community league’s mobile pages through the QR codes on the bark-like panels below the sculptures. Or enjoy the art and later read about the history on the League’s website.
Walking, as a form of transportation, is valued by our community. Our tree-lined streets make us proud. Unfortunately we couldn’t line 99th Street with trees – which would be our first choice. Instead, we have lined it with our art and our stories with the hope that they too will also make us proud.
This project was made possible by a Living Local Grant, funded by the Edmonton Heritage Council, the Edmonton Arts Council, and the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues. The Strathcona Centre Community League as well as the Strathcona Park and Playground Redevelopment Society provided funding and encouragement.
Our Living Local project represents a year of hard work. It began around a dining room table and evolved into many meetings at the Wild Earth Café on 99th Street. The ideas sprang from our collective concern for our community. Karen Arnett, as the lead artist, Jan Olson, as the historian and I, as the project lead, put the application together and got to work. Artists Jean McKenzie, Amanda Schutz, Kristin Gibson, Peca Rajkovic and Karen Arnett provided the designs for the art. While this core group worked for a year on the project, many other community members have worked to improve 99th Street. The decorative poles, which hold the art, are part of a streetscaping project initiated by the city, in consultation with the Strathcona Centre Community League’s Task Force for 99th. The streetscape with its bollards, bike racks, flowers, trees, benches and decorative poles is an attempt to improve the street and make it a more pleasant place to walk.
The Living Local grant allowed us to put art on the decorative poles. Our history and our art are now featured in the improved streetscape. Our hope is that people who drive along 99th Street will take notice of our natural and social history, so beautifully rendered by our local artists. Drivers, now aware that they are driving through a community that cares about its street, will hopefully watch for pedestrians and slow down. Motorists and pedestrians alike will feel connected by the ribbons of history along 99th Street.
Design Concepts for Redevelopment of League Building
By Jonathan Rockcliff
Building and Grounds Director
Building off a community wide survey from the fall of 2012, the board recently engaged three architectural firms to create a new vision for the redevelopment of the community league building. The solutions sought to improve current deficiencies in the building such as the lack of natural light, the nondescript and slightly hidden main entrance, the lack of barrier-free access, and the inefficiencies of the floor plan on the main level. These concepts put forward were not meant to be final solutions but rather a means to generate ideas and discussion about what is important in the revitalization of an existing community building.
With the survey and the concept design work complete, we hope to garner further feedback on the needs and wishes of the community and move the design work towards a final and realizable solution. Look for an open house in the new year when you can come in person to view the designs, ask questions and provide feedback.
11th Annual Ice on Whyte Festival in Old Strathcona
The Ice on Whyte festival is back in End of Steel and Strathcona Parks this January, January 24 – February 2. The Strathcona Centre Community League is pleased to partner with Ice on Whyte to rent the main hall, kitchen, upstairs lounge and outside grounds for the duration of the festival in 2014.
The International Ice Carving Competition kicks off the festival from January 24 to 26. All 10 festival days are filled with outdoor fun. Enjoy the ice and snow carving exhibits, the interactive children’s play area, the famous giant ice slide, games, ice carving lessons and much more. Every day new ice and snow carvings will be created by the Artists in Residence and special guest artists. Come outside to play and stay to enjoy the live music, fashion, food, hot beverages and culturally themed days.
Members of the Strathcona Centre Community League will get a 2 for 1 pass to the festival. And neighbours living right by the park will get a sneak peek before the festival officially opens. Watch for more details on our website www.strathconacommunity.ca Neighbours with questions or comments can email email@example.com
For information about the festival events, volunteer opportunities and Photo Contest, visit www.iceonwhyte.ca
The indoor season started October 19th. Best wishes to the players, coaches and parents for a safe and fun season! The Strathcona Centre Community League extends a warm welcome to Acting Soccer Director, Simon Thomas, who is filling in for Conrad Norbert (travelling out of the country for the year). Simon has worked for EPCOR for over 15 years, has lived in Strathcona for eight years and coached outdoor U6 and U8 soccer the last four years. He is currently coaching the Strathcona indoor U8 soccer team with the four most important things: “Have fun, have fun, have fun and try your best.” Registration for the 2014 outdoor soccer will take place in February.
For information, visit Edmonton South East Soccer Association websitewww.southeastsoccer.ca
These holistic yoga classes are great 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!
Instructor: Kyla Fischer lives in the Mill Creek Community and has been practicing yoga for over 13 years. She holds RYS 200 Yoga Teacher Training certification and has experience in various styles of yoga including Hatha, Akhanda, Ashtanga and Yin. Kyla is committed to life-long learning as a student of yoga and is honoured to share the joy and peace that yoga offers.
Strathcona Centre Community League 10139 – 87 Avenue (second floor)
Tuesday, 10:00 – 11:15am
January 7-Febuary 25 (8 weeks)
Thursday, 10:00 – 11:15am
January 9-Febuary 27 (8 weeks)
*Sign up for both Tuesday and Thursday classes for $176.00
Tuesday, 10:00 – 11:15am
March 4-April 22 (8 weeks) Fee $96.00
Thursday, 10:00 – 11:15am, March 6-April 24 (8 weeks) Fee $96.00
*Sign up for both Tuesday and Thursday classes for $176.00
To register please email Kyla Fischer at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 780-430-0229.
New! Infant Massage Classes
Infant Massage classes are wonderful for parents/caregivers with infants, birth- 12 months. Parents/caregivers will learn the theory & practice of infant massage teaching relaxation for both parent & baby, routines to help baby sleep better, routines for relief of gas & symptoms of colic & have opportunities to talk about parenting issues/challenges!
Paula Drew-Felicitas is a mother of 10 children! (4 of her own & 6 beautiful gifts), a wife, educator, musician and vocalist.
Paula has 21 years experience working with children & families. Paula was first introduced to the art of infant massage after the birth of her first child & followed up with workshops in Toronto, Ontario. Paula took a position at St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario where she became Program Coordinator for the Family Resource Centre. Here, she received her Infant Massage Instructor Certification, became certified in Early Childhood Education, a certified Parent Educator and taught courses in Early Childhood Education.
Paula moved to Old Strathcona, Alberta in 2010, is a League member, and recently received her Infant Massage Instructor Trainer certification in March 2013. Since then Paula has been teaching classes & providing private home visits for parents who prefer/need to be home and she is loving it!
Strathcona Centre Community League 10139 – 87 Avenue (second floor)
December 10, 11, 12, 17 & 18
New Year special 1st week FREE
Tuesdays 9- 11:30 am or 12:30 – 2:00 pm
February 11, 18, 25, & March 4, 11.
Thursdays 9-11:30 am or 12:30 – 2:00 pm
February 13, 20, 27 & March 6, 13.
$80.00 for 5 weeks, includes materials & massage oil.
To register, please email Paula Drew-Felicitas at email@example.com or call 780-782-1083.
Makes a great Christmas or baby shower gift!
Annual Strathcona Winterfest
Sleigh rides! Carnival Games! Skating! Soup Cook-off! That’s right, it’s time for the annual Strathcona Winterfest. Mark your calendar, and watch the Feb/Mar newsletter for more details.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
10139 – 87 Avenue
For more information, please con Jeanie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The small rink is unavailable during Ice on Whyte Festival, January 24-February 2, 2014,
Skaters are welcome on the ice prior to opening times if ice maintenance is not in progress. Shoveling may be required.
Christmas Holiday Schedule: December 24, 25, 26, January 1-2 No set hours. Please contact Ann at 780-433-0767 or Jeanie 780-433-0521 to have the building opened or the lights turned on.
Community Planning and Civics
Grant Moore, Chair of the Community Planning and Civics Committee, maintains a database of building developments, planning and transportation issues, urban design projects, and community initiatives. If you would like more information, please contact Grant at 780-434-3772, email email@example.com
The City of Edmonton announced its Evolving Infill Project in late November:
Evolving Infill is a project being done by the City, in collaboration with citizens and stakeholders, to advance residential infill. It is both a conversation and project designed to embrace and harness change.
This is a new approach that will build a shared understanding about infill in Edmonton and identify what we can do to collectively make choices that support the evolution of established neighbourhoods through infill development.
Over the next 30 years we expect over 500,000 new residents to call Edmonton home. Supporting new housing in established neighbourhoods is a key element of finding homes for a growing population.
The City encourages you to invite a group of friends, family, colleagues or others to work together and answer the questions found in the Evolving Infill Discussion Guide.Pick up a copy at your local library, at City Hall, or fill it out online. Submit completed guides by January 12, 2014.
For more information, call 780-944-0103 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2013-2014 Memberships on Sale
The 2013-2014 membership year started in September. If you missed a canvasser in your area, you can purchase your new membership from either Jeanie 780-433-0521, email@example.com or Lois 780-439-5774, firstname.lastname@example.org
Annual membership fees are $20/family, $15/single, $5/senior.
What does the Strathcona Community League Membership give you?
Sports: Soccer, skating
Pub Night – usually the third Friday of each month at the community league. Meet your neighbours.
Playgroup – held at Community League hall Mon. & Wed. mornings.
A voice in your community – transportation, zoning, housing.
Free swimming at Edmonton’s outdoor pools (certain times)
Social events – community picnics, winter carnival, etc.
Discounts: Community League Wellness Program, Ice on Whyte
Spotlight on Community League Member
New to Strathcona, Renewed Life & A New Program
Paula Drew-Felicitas moved to Old Strathcona from Windsor, Ontario to get married to a wonderful man that she was introduced to by her sister and his best friend of 11 years. A few months after the wedding Paula was diagnosed with a very aggressive stage 2 cancer and booked immediately for surgery. Soon after, chemotherapy began. Paula was only half way through the strongest chemo available when serious breathing problems began. The chemo was stopped. Paula was called in to go over test results and discovered metastasis in both lungs. She went from stage 2 to stage 4 terminal in 3 months!
Paula’s husband Albert had been busy looking into alternative treatments as the chemo could not keep up with the determination of the cancer. After extensive research he found an alternate treatment. After 4 weeks of intense prayer and the alternate treatment, Paula went back to the Cross Cancer to do follow-up testing as planned to determine the degree of metastasis. Miraculously Paula & Albert were given a Christmas miracle. The doctors were unable to explain it but the tumours were gone.
Paula has been healing this past year and now determined and excited to carry on with her new life and the work she loves. Paula is a Certified Infant Massage therapist & colic relief specialist. During her healing process she went back to school to receive another certification as Alberta’s only International Trainer/Instructor of Infant Massage.
Paula will begin teaching classes this winter in the Strathcona Centre Community League hall. Classes are for parents with infants, birth to 12 months. Classes available 9:00 – 11:00 am, or 1:00 – 2:00 pm. $20.00 per class includes materials & massage oil. Please call Paula at 780-782-1083 to book classes or a private home visit.
New Hall Rental Rates
Seats up to 50
Overlooks the End of Steel Park and sunsets over the river valley
$75 – $260
Main Hall Seats 105 at tables
Seats 125 theatre-style
Beautiful hardwood floors, stage, balcony, large kitchen and bar.
$150 – $400
For more information, contact Helen Gillespie at 780-439-1501 or email@example.com
The Strathcona Centre Community League is pleased to announce the appointment of Lihn Lu, Community Safety Chair, on November 18, 2013. Linh is a student majoring in Human Geography at the University of Alberta. She currently volunteers for Safe Walk, a program that provides a safe and reliable alternative to walking alone at night around the campus community and beyond. She looks forward to serving our community in her new position. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Strathcona Centre Community League and the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) highly encourage citizens to report all suspicious activities and crimes as crime statistics will allow EPS to better allocate policing resources.
As of May 15, 2013, citizens can report certain crimes online at the EPS website www.edmontonpolice.ca/reportacrimeonline
Reportable crimes include Damage/Mischief to Property, Damage/Mischief to Vehicle, Lost Property, Theft under $5000, and Theft from Vehicle under $5,000, and Theft under $5000.
For other types of crimes, call 9-1-1 for an emergency or a crime in progress. For non-emergencies, please visit a police station, enter #377 from a mobile device or call 780-423-4567 from a landline.
EPS has developed the Neighborhood Crime Mapping Website for the public to view crime in neighbourhoods across the city. http://crimemapping.edmontonpolice.ca/
By accessing this timely information on reported crime, you will be able to know what is happening in your neighbourhood. By knowing what is going on, we can work together to reduce and prevent crime.
For more information about community policing, visit www.edmontonpolice.ca/communitypolicing.aspx
Community League Wellness Program
The Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues and the City of Edmonton are pleased to offer the Community Wellness Program exclusively for community league members. Present your valid Edmonton community league membership card at any one of the City of Edmonton’s sports and fitness facilities and choose from the following Community League Wellness Products:
Annual Pass* – 10% discount on Adult, Family, Child, and Youth/Senior Annual Passes
Multi Admission Pass* – 10% discount on our already discounted multi admission pass (10+ visits)
Continuous Monthly Pass – 10% discount off an on-going monthly membership pass using our convenient Pre-Authorized Debit Program.
Community league members who purchase one of the above passes will be issued a photo access card to be swiped at each admission.
* Applies to new purchases only.
Facilities and amenities include swimming pools, whirlpools, fitness studios, cardio areas, weight rooms, racquetball, squash, badminton and tennis courts, indoor running tracks, gymnasiums, cafeterias and pro shops. Hours of operation are from 5:30 a.m. to midnight (hours vary according to facility). For more information, please call 311 or visit www.edmonton.ca/wellness