Volume 47 Issue 1 Feb 2020
Aspen News
Making the neighborhood you want to live in!
Message From Our President
We’re going to miss you!!

Three great AGCL board members will be stepping down at our March AGM. Listing all their contributions to the community would take up pages of the newsletter – so we’ll just highlight a few.

Kim Ruff is AGCL’s past president and stepping down after serving 8 years on the board. She’s also been Vice President, SWAC rep, Civics Director, and spearheaded the work to renovate our hall (that work is still underway). Kim has volunteered hundreds of hours of time to AGCL and she can’t be beat as a fund-raiser; find a project and she’ll find the dollars! Her latest, the Aspen Gardens fruit orchard, will be planted this spring in our community league park.

Jessie Trufyn is stepping down as Social Director, though she loves this board work so much she’s planning to return in a year’s time. Remember 2019’s Summer kick-off party with the bouncy castle, inflatables, bubble sports… or 2020’s Winterfest with ice carving, luge shots, curling? Just some of
Jessie’s events. COVID-19 restriction didn’t stop Jessie. She and Programs Director Terri Tityk have worked hard to bring us safe activities such as summer Grab & Go food trucks, Fall Harvest with free Segway rids, beautiful sidewalk chalk art throughout the community, and the holiday Gift & Go.

Sara Flanders-Brown takes the prize as longest-standing current board member. She’s retiring after 10 volunteer years, during which time she’s been President, Vice President, Secretary, Programs Director and most recently Seniors Director. She has lots of great memories – spring flings, sleigh rides, and making bannock “till my arms ached” and seniors’ nights of painting, making grinch trees, and more.

None of the work done by AGCL for the community happens without the generosity of our volunteers. Jessie, Sara, and Kim have gone above and beyond, and their commitment is outstanding. On behalf of the entire community, thank you to all three of you!
Virtual Annual General Meeting for AGCL
- Save The Date
When: March 23

Time: to be determined

Where: online using ZOOM. Link will be sent closer to meeting date

It's that time of year we hold our AGM - this year it will be online due to COVID. We are in the process of booking some speakers to come and talk with the community and will update everyone once the schedule is finalized. Please come out to hear what your AGCL has been up to, and let us hear from you!

Importantly, we have several opportunities for folks to come and support the community, with 4 board openings:
  • Social director – plan the community parties! This position can be shared with current board members, and with the outgoing social director
  • Soccer director – organize soccer/sport activities for our kids this summer. We don’t know how the pandemic will impact this yet, but we know our kids need to get out and be active.
  • Funding director – help AGCL’s programs and events be sustainable by making sure we’re applying for all possible grants, and thinking outside the box for new funding sources
  • SWAC liaison – be the liaison between AGCL and SWAC (Southwest Area Council).

Please watch your email for important updates for this event.
Rink Update
Due to COVID there are continuing public health guidelines that we MUST follow as a community.

PUBLIC HEALTH GUIDELINES STATE:

  • There is a maximum capacity of 10 people on each ice surface. If it is too busy, please come back and skate another time. If you are a family already skating, please be mindful of the time spent on the ice and allow room (time) for others to enjoy it as well.

  • Shinny is only allowed among household members. To support this, we will NOT be putting nets on the ice. Please note, we only allow for sticks and pucks in the boarded rinks.

  • The boot room will remain closed.



AGCL GUIDELINES STATE:

  • Absolutely no sticks and pucks will be allowed on the pond (surface without boards)

  • Sticks and pucks are ONLY allowed on rinks surrounded by boards

  • All ice surfaces are family friendly. Expect to see all ages and abilities on all ice surfaces

  • Rink closes at 9pm.

Please help us keep the rinks open and keep our community safe by following these guidelines.

We appreciate your support. Help us keep our community safe and happy this winter.
Community Membership
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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

New Tractor!
You may have noticed the storage pod in the league parking lot. It’s the temporary home of our new community league tractor. AGCL is one of three community leagues to receive a tractor (previously used by the City of Edmonton) We’ve applied for a provincial/municipal grant to build a permanent, heated storage shed. The tractor means we no longer need to remove snow from the ice rinks/sidewalks by hand, and we’re hoping to buy a Zamboni attachment before next winter. We’ll also use it to do a bit of lawn maintenance in warmer months.
Community Programs
COMMUNITY SWIM
As of September 6, 2020 the Exclusive Pool Use and Unified Community League Access Program was suspended, as per the City of Edmonton.
FAMILY FUTURES RESOURCE NETWORK
Provides free and low-cost programing to support families, parents, caregivers and individuals. See their 2021 Winter Brochure at https://www.familyfutures.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/FFRN-Winter-Brochure-2021.pdf
 
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


 
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

BLUE SKY DOGS PROFESSIONAL DOG WALKING AND PET CARE:
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!

WESTBROOK TUTORING SERVICES:
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

MUSIC LESSONS:
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

JIM’S HOME MAINTENANCE SERVICE:
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

TOOL MAN TIM (TMT), NEW HANDY MAN in the HOOD:
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

HANDMADE CROCHET NECK COWLS, WRIST BANDS, & NECK WARMERS:
100% Alberta grown ALPACA wool. Eco-friendly, non-allergenic, soft & soothing. Great for gifts! Contact: mmerrikka@gmail.com

ANDROMEDA INSPIRATION
2.5 inch wide crocheted wrist bands, with removable Angel Bear finger puppet. Also in Andromeda cowls and skinny wrist band party favours. Makes great You and Me gifts/ friendship gifts. Made with Merino wool, silk noil, mohair, firestar Art Yarn. Puppet in cotton and merino. Please email Monica at mmerrikka@gmail.com

HAPPINESS IS YOU PHOTOGRAPHY
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

MASSAGE THERAPY
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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