Spring 2021
Aspen News
Making the neighborhood you want to live in!
Move it to Improve it
Community Better Challenge!

Aspen Gardens/Westbrook will be participating in the ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge, the physical activity challenge that rallies communities to get moving. We are calling this the ACGL's Move It to Improve It! Let's get active and win prizes from ParticipACTION and from your very own AGCL.

There are 3 ways to track physical activity minutes:

1) Download the ParticipACTION app (https://apps.apple.com/.../participaction.../id1450396324). Track your activity by syncing your to fitness tracker or manually by tapping on the shoe icon on the home screen. There are exercise videos and articles on the app too. On June 1st, there will be a box in the home screen titled COMMUNITY BETTER CHALLENGE. Click on it and then tap on JOIN THE CHALLENGE. If you need any additional help using the app, please email: support@participACTION.com

2) Go to the website https://www.participaction.com/.../community-challenge. Click SIGN UP NOW. Click TRACK PERSONAL MINUTES (for you and your family). You are not able to track minutes here until June 1st.
* ParticipACTION will be tracking minutes according to the postal code that is used in the registration on either the app or the website.

3) Keep your own diary of activity minutes for the month of June and email them to social@aspengardens.ca no later than June 30!
AGCL Community Garbage Big Bin Day
Sunday June 6
1-4 pm
AGCL Hall Parking Lot
Have any household refuse that you need to get rid of? Feel free to bring it to our community sponsored big bin event. This is intended for items that are too large for you to place out on garage collection day. Hazardous items are not accepted.

Please note this bin goes DIRECTLY to the garbage dump, so not all items are accepted, as we do not sort any material for recycling.

Items that are NOT accepted are: Paints and paint related products, any hazardous waste, electrical items (no TVs, computers etc), small or large household appliances. If the item can be recycled, it will not be accepted at AGCLs big bin event.

  • Must show current AGCL membership upon arrival to the hall
  • Must maintain physical distancing
  • Must be able to place your own trash into the bin (we will not help unload material)
  • Must be patient and kind to AGCL volunteers
  • Please wait in your car in the line that will form and our AGCL volunteers will signal when you can enter the parking lot.
Tree Planting - AGCL Fruit Garden
Sunday June 6
1-4 PM
AGCL green space
Your AGCL is looking for VOLUNTEERS for SUNDAY, JUNE 6TH!
We are planting a fruit forest at the League grounds, and could use a few extras hands for the manual labour. With COVID restrictions in place, we are asking that those interested email president@aspengardens.ca to sign up.
- 1 hour shifts between 1-4pm
- bring your own shovel, gloves, water
Planting cherry, apple, pear, saskatoon and more!!
2nd Annual Hot Rides in the 'Hood
When: Thursday June 24th (pending COVID restrictions)
Time - to be determined

Where: AGCL Hall and Nieghborhood Drive

Do you have a classic car, an exotic ride, a tuner, or a set of wheels that is just tricked out? We want you to come join us for a Community Cruise and Rally! 

If you’re driving, we will meet at the AGCL Hall parking and then from there we will do a slow cruise through Aspen and Westbrook, and then back to the Hall to park, where people can come sneak a peek at your pride and joy!

If you’re a spectator keep your eyes peeled on the streets as we will be making our way through the neighbourhood. OR if you want to see these cool rides up close and personal, come up the the community league grounds.

*Please Note: this event is weather and COVID restriction dependent.

Please watch your email for important updates for this event.
Aspen Community League Soccer is a go for 2021! 

Assuming outdoor sports are permitted, we intend to run the season in June and July. Depending on the restrictions in place at the time of play, this will likely consist of training only sessions in age groups of U5, U7, U9 and and U11 with a maximum of 10 players and coaches per team.

Please contact soccer@aspengardens.ca for registration information.
Music & Food Truck Night
Save the date!
Saturday Aug 21
AGCL Hall & greenspace
Time: TBD
A fun day in August is being planned:

-live music by the Parklanders
-food trucks
-membership sales

Stay tuned for more details!
Community Membership
Community Membership is available for purchase online and has it's benefits, including discounts at:

  • 15% on multi-admission passes to City of Edmonton recreation centres
  • 20% on annual passes to City of Edmonton recreation centres 
  •  discounts at the following local retailers:
  • 5% at Petrolia Liquor Store
  • 10% at Square One Coffee
  • 10% at Blue Sky Dogs
  • 10% at Stone & Wheel Pizza
  • 10% at Roma Pizza & Donair
  • 10% at Anava Esthetics Studio
  • No GST at Westbrook Drycleaners
  • Good Stock Restuarant & Catering

Membership Fees
The 2020/2021 Membership Fees are $40 and include all of the benefits listed above, in addition to supporting your community.
How to Purchase a Membership

Green and Gold Community Garden
The volunteer gardeners at the Green & Gold Community garden, on the University of Alberta South Campus, are making plans for our 13th gardening season! The garden, an initiative of the University’s Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences, is totally volunteer run. Virtually all of the
seeds, plants and equipment used are donated.

We are now gearing up for the 2021 gardening season, and are looking for new volunteers to join us at the garden. Both novice & experienced gardeners are welcome.

Please see here for more info: https://www.greengoldgarden.com/
Community Programs
As of September 6, 2020 the Exclusive Pool Use and Unified Community League Access Program was suspended, as per the City of Edmonton.
For our 55+ Neighbours
From the City of Edmonton
Edmonton Cart Roll Out

Garbage collection is changing in the city beginning March 2021-Augsut 2021
To learn more, watch this video Or read more about it here

Waste Reduction

Learn more about how to reduce the amount of waste your household produces here: Waste Reduction:

Babysitting Corner
Looking for occasional child care from teens right in your neighborhood? Look no further!

Brooke Tyson: Aged 13. She has completed the Red Cross babysitting course. She is very good with children and can do housework (e.g., dishes, cleaning, cooking) when kids are asleep. Contact Brooke @ 780-720-9067

Casey Needham: Aged 13. He has completed his babysitting course and has been babysitting for over a year. He loves to bring games to play with the kids and playing sports with them if they are interested. Contact via Tara @ 780-916-3294

Casey and Claire Nerdahl: Ages 14 and 13. Casey and Claire are sisters and both have completed the Red Cross babysitting course. They enjoy babysitting together when there are 2 or more kids and are great with pets and pet sitting too. They are available most weekends and occasionally after school. Contact @ 780-993-9677

Jonas Jaggard. Aged 15. He has completed the babysitting course through Breath for Life. He prefers working with children ages 3 and up who are potty trained.Contact via Janice Baskin (c) 780-232-1747 or janice@camelotinteriors.com

Maddy Dublenko. Aged 13. Maddy has completed her babysitting course and lives in Aspen Gardens. Contact via Nicki @ 780-267-4277.

Patience McCurdy: Aged 18. She loves band, art and being creative. Patience has a part time job at an after school care facility, as well as a child development assistant certification and she has completed 2 babysitting courses. Contact Patience @ 780-935-2803.

Samson Pretzlaff: Aged 13. He has his babysitting certificate. He is very a very responsible teen, and has helped coach soccer and has been the Junior Representative on AGCL. Contact via Sara @ 780-983-4034

Sarah Veale: Aged 14. She has her babysitting certificate and lives in Aspen Gardens. She has 3 regular clients and is great with kids of all ages, babysitting for over 1 year.She is in French immersion and is a great singer so often sings with the kids. Contact via Jenny @ 780-699-1256

Sophie Paul: Aged 14. She has completed her babysitting course and she has experience babysitting toddlers and school aged children. Sophie is allergic to cats. Contact via Jody@ 780-966-7511 or email jodynicholson424@gmail.com
Community Bulletin Board

Dog walking, Pet Sitting, and Pet Visits. Licensed, Insured and Bonded. Visit blueskydogs.ca, email tim@blueskydogs.ca or call 780-903-8016. 10% discount for AGCL members!

Nicole Gilbert, certified teacher and learning coach of 28 years, is continuing to offer private tutoring and mentoring in the neighbourhood. Tailoring my approach to the learning styles of each child, I offer assistance to students of all ages and competencies. Committed to developing long-standing rapport with families in the community, I now offer both online and in-home services employing full AHS protocols. Please contact me at 780-218-1319 or westbrooktutoring@telus.net

Piano lessons in your own home, beginners a specialty. Evening, afternoon, daytime spots avail. Richard Van oosterom, B.Mus, [M. Mus (courses)] piano, theory, harmony, RCM, and university exam preparation. 780-437-2391 (home), 780-292-3489 (cell), rjvano@primus.ca or www.mauranuimusic

Experience with plumbing, painting, install and repair of toilets, faucet, drywall, cleaning roofs, gutters, grout and silicone bathtubs. $30/hr, 20% off AGCL members. Jimxu4808@gmail.com

Light yard and home maintenance, rototilling, small projects, long time recently retired (early) AG resident, building a small local client base. Give Tim a call to see if he can help you. 780-940-6800, Bigtracker@shaw.ca

100% Alberta grown ALPACA wool. Eco-friendly, hypo-allergenic, soft & soothing. Great for gifts! See some of the Alpaca products on Kijiji, under the heading of Alpaca Cowls (buy and sell section). Contact Monica: mmerrikka@gmail.com

Family, maternal, newborn and personal branding photography sessions offered. Please contact Tara Needham at 780-916-3294 or email happinessisyouphotography@gmail.com. Visit my website at happinessisyouphotography.com

Elena is a certified and licensed R.M.T offering mobile massage therapy in Aspen Gardens and the surrounding communities. Appointments available between the hours of 10 AM and 1:30 PM, Monday through Friday. Flexible hours available on the weekends. For bookings, please contact Elena via call or text at 780-655-1669.
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