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Abbey Centre Super Kids July 6, 2019
Latest News & Updates
Multi-Plex Arena Expansion to begin in 2020 and includes new Library
We are excited to announce that Council passed a resolution to move the expansion of the Multi-Plex Arena forward and includes the Library!

Watch Mayor Poole's video announcement. See news release for more details.

For more information on the Multi-Plex expansion, visit us here.
New Speed Limit in Blackfalds
Keeping our residents safe is a priority, and therefore as of June 15, the new speed limit is 40 km/h in various neighbourhoods around town. Read here what areas are affected.

Changes to Bylaw 1232.19 include speed limits and playground zones, definitions and penalties. During this transition phase, our peace officers will continue to educate the public and raise awareness ahead of issuing tickets.

We thank you for slowing down and keeping us all safe!
Nominate Your Best Business for the 2019 Business of the Year Awards
The Blackfalds Chamber of Commerce & the Town of Blackfalds Economic Development & Tourism Committee are excited to continue the tradition of recognizing community businesses and celebrating business leaders. Two new award categories are featured this year;  Home-Based Business and Employee of the Year.
 
The deadline for nominations is September 27.
Nomination forms can be picked up at numerous local businesses or submitted online.

Send in your nominations today!
BOLT Transit Survey
The Town of Blackfalds invites your input on BOLT Transit to help us prioritize improvement options for the service.

Tell us why you do (or do not) use BOLT Transit and how the system may be improved to better meet your needs.

The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete and closes August 2.
Summer-Lovin' Photo Contest
Send us your photos of family friendly activities via Instagram for a chance to win some sweet Town swag and an Abbey Centre gift card!

Contest runs until Aug 5. Use #visitblackfalds to enter.
Visit bit.ly/2X4EDUH for full contest details.
Complete the Budget Survey for a Chance to Win
Have your say in the upcoming 2020 budget!
Fill out the 2020 Budget Survey and let us know what you would like to see for the future of Blackfalds.

The survey will take about 5 minutes to complete and you will be entered to win a $100 credit on your utility bill and will run from July 15 - August 15.
Should Blackfalds Implement an Urban Hen Program?
Town Council is interested in learning your thoughts about implementing an Urban Hen Program.
There has been an increasing popularity for people wanting to raise hens in an urban environment in many communities, including those within our region.

As a resident, your opinion matters to us. The survey will only take a couple minutes to complete and ends on August 30.
Switch to Utility E-bills for a Chance to Win
Sign up for utility e-billing during the summer months and be entered to win a $100 utility bill credit. If you are already set up for e-billing, you are automatically entered! 

Contest closes August 31, 2019.    

Sign up for e-billing now!
Beware the Emerald Ash Borer, an Invasive Species Marching across Canada
Conservationists want to keep the invasive pest out of Alberta for as long as possible, said Jon Sweeney, a forest research scientist with Natural Resources Canada. 
"Once it gets to a place, about 10 years later, more than 99 per cent of the ash in that area have been killed by it," Sweeney said. 

For all Town news visit blackfalds.com/news
Community Events
Summer
Culture Series
Ag Society Amphitheatre
4500 Womacks Rd

Join us this summer and enjoy music, animals, science or comedy every Thursday at the amphitheatre on the east side of the Abbey Centre.

Summer
Community Market
5302 Broadway Ave
Thursdays
4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Come down and shop at the many quality local vendors this summer every week until August 29 at the
Multi-Plex Arena.

Brought to you by the
Community
Information Expo
& Budget Open House
Abbey Centre
September 9
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Don't miss the opportunity to meet with various Blackfalds community groups, get information about services and register for the programs they offer. Plus, take the budget survey starting July 15.
Don't miss another event! Bookmark blackfalds.com/events
Notice to Residents
Road Closure
Road closure for the repaving of Waghorn Street will begin on July 10 and will change access to the Civic Cultural Centre, FCSS and Tayles Water Spray Park.

The project will be worked on in phases and will take approximately 4 weeks to complete depending on the weather. Thank you for your patience .

For more information, please see the news release.
Get regular updates on the Town's Facebook page .
Homeowner Property Maintenance
Our Parks staff would like to remind homeowners that grass that is 6" outside your fence and is still inside the property line is the owner's responsibility to trim. If you border a public space, the Town will cut up to 12”-18” away from your fence (see Bylaw 1220/18 ) to ensure no damage to your property or fence is incurred.

If you have any questions, contact the Parks and Facilities Manager, at 403-885-4677 or email parks_facilties@blackfalds.com .
Report an Issue
Did you find broken playground equipment in a park or a pothole in the road? Report your public property non-emergency issues to the Town of Blackfalds from your smartphone or computer using Blackfalds Connect!

For more details and to download the app visit the Report an Issue web page .
Be the Difference in Your Community?
Volunteering at Town events is a dynamic way to get involved and contribute to the community, develop new skills and meet new friends.

Let us help you find your perfect match!

Visit www.blackfalds.com/volunteer for more information.
Programs & Activities
Spring/Summer 2019
Program & Activity Guide
Your Guide to Blackfalds
Don't miss any of our fun activities, classes, events, or programs. Register today!
You must have an online account. Complete the  Online Account Setup Form  and  email  to Guest Services .
Camp Curious
Weekly Summer Camps
What better way to spend those hot summer days than at Camp Curious Day Camps.
Every July and August the Abbey Centre welcomes youth ages 3-11 to an action-packed summer of fun!
Limited spots are still available!
Red Cross Swim Lessons
The love of swimming
starts here!
Our Swim programs strive to make water safety active, engaging and age appropriate. Lessons include all five strokes and promotes fitness and endurance, and gives swimmers lifelong skills to safely enjoy the water.
Fresh Air Art
Youth in grades 4 to 12 can experience art outdoors every Thursday from
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
FREE
NEW!
Summer Drop-In Fitness
Drop in and join a variety of fitness classes every Wednesday at the Abbey Centre.
Personal Training Special
Take advantage of the personal training promotion
this summer and save!

Offer expires Aug. 31, 2019
See more programs and classes at blackfalds.com/programs
Did you know?
A little piece of Blackfalds History
The name of Blackfalds was adopted in 1904 after its incorporation. Having been previously known as Waghorn, the community was named after the CP Rail engineer's home area in Scotland that was known for its black "faulds" of sheep.
Town Council Schedule
Regular Council meetings (RCC) are held on the second and fourth Tuesday every month in Council Chambers at the Civic Centre at 5018 Waghorn St.

Standing Committee meetings (SCC) are held the third Monday each month.
Meeting agendas and schedule can be viewed at blackfalds.com/councilmeetings .

The next scheduled dates and times are:
SCC: Monday, July 15 at 7:00 p.m.
RCC: Tuesday, July 23 at 7:00 p.m.
RCC: Tuesday, August 13 at 7:00 p.m.

The public is welcome to attend.

Stay tuned for Councillor's Corner
coming in August!