Volume 46 Issue 2| February 2019
Aspen News
Making the neighborhood you want to live in!
Winter Festival!
Winter Fest will be held on February 24th, 2-5pm at the community hall. We will have sleigh rides, beer gardens, hot chocolate and lots of fun winter activities for the whole family. Come out and celebrate winter with your friends and neighbors!
Little Aspen Playschool
Little Aspen Playschool is a parent-run, non-profit playschool that has offered a three hour play-based program in the community since 1986. Our two experienced and dedicated teachers create a safe learning environment for three and four year olds with familiar routines, songs, crafts, stories and free play indoors and out. We offer involvement without in-class duty days and no obligatory fundraising.

Come see for yourself at the Open House on February 6, from 6-8pm. Registration begins February 19 .

For more information, check out https://littleaspenplayschool.com/
Soccer Registration!
Aspen Garden Community League offers a non-competitive soccer league for children up to age 11 in south Edmonton. This program is run by parents and is open to children from neighboring communities. If your child is looking for a more competitive soccer experience please register with SWEMSA.

What does this mean to participating families?

No travelling to other communities for games – every game is right here in Aspen Gardens.

Players will play along side classmates from school – strengthen social relationships!

Players will play along side kids from their street – get to know your neighbours!

Everyone is welcome to come out to watch their little neighbours, while visiting with the player-parents during the games!

Age categories, playtime, and cost:
  • U5 (2014-2015); Saturdays 10-1045 am; cost $65
  • U7 (2012-2013); Mon/Wed 6:00-7:00 pm; cost $80
  • U9 (2010-2011); Tues/Thurs 6:00-7:00 pm; cost$80
  • U11 (2008-2009) Mon\Wed 7:00 – 8:00pm; cost $80.00

Register online in 2 steps:

  1. Get your EFCL membership number ready (community league membership). An Edmonton Federation of Community League Number is required to register. EFCL memberships can be purchased online here: http://efcl.org/membership/2.
  2. Then register for soccer here: http://aspengardens.rampregistrations.com/

Please contact James Maclure at sports@aspengardens.ca if you have any difficulties.

Registration begins February 4, 2019
Registration ends March 3, 2019
Annual General Meeting
When: March 12th
Time: 7pm
Where: AGCL Hall 12015 39A Ave

Has it been forever since you have been in the Aspen Gardens hall? Are you curious about what our plans are for the building expansion? Want wine, cheese or the chance to win a fat bike?
Our AGM this year is right where it all began for Aspen Gardens Community League at  12015 39A Avenue.

We couldn’t be more excited to show you the plans for the hall expansion and talk about ideas that you might have for how it would be utilized. We are early in the design and concept phases so we welcome suggestions and feedback. 

There will be an open house with self guided tours through the hall from 6:30-9:30pm. The AGM will start at 7pm for all those that wish to be a part of the draw and hear about the hall plans in detail. Elections for empty board positions will be followed by cheering around 7:30pm. Please come out and make us cutting all the meat and cheese trays worth while! 

And if that wasn’t enough to have you at meat, cheese and wine… we are doing a draw for a FAT BIKE! Anyone in attendance for the AGM with a current AGCL membership is eligible for the draw!

I can't wait to see you all there for the unveiling of the plans! 

Best Wishes for this New Year

Cheers, Kim Ruff 
President of your Aspen Gardens Community League
Spring Fling & Silent Auction
When: April 13th

Where: Blue Anchor Taphouse & Kitchen. 300 Saddleback Rd (Blue Quill )

Time: 8 pm

What: Awesomeness! Food, drink, silent auction, magician, karaoke…

Tickets: $10/person (incl. 1 drink), available for purchase at AGM. Limited quantities will be sold! 

Do you have your own business or are you willing to donate a silent auction item? I am looking for volunteers to help collect and find items. I know many of us work at or own a fantastic company that could be a part of this great initiative to expand our community hall!

If you have any silent auction items you can leave them on my step at 78 Fairway Dr or text Kim at 780-884-8426 for pick up. Please leave a note with your name so we can publish a thank you!

We will be highlighting any business who donates in our newsletters and Facebook page up until the Spring Fling! All proceeds of the silent auction will go towards our building expansion projects. Please donate what you can so we can build a space we will all love!! This is your chance to see your donation go right into positively impacting your community.

Many thanks to the following businesses who have donated items so far:
Child Development Dayhomes - Nicki Dublenko
Dragon Seed Interiors - Jacqueline Wedman
Happiness is you Photography- Tara Needham
Simply Orthodontics - Dr. Marguerite Duncan
Trash to Go - Teresa Guthrie
Studio 9 Photography - Kim Ruff
Resolve Physio and Wellness - Carolyn Knight
Blue Anchor Tap House & Kitchen Justen & Darean
Jan Archbold
Blue Sky Dogs— Tim Reid
Kanga Inflatables - Carrie Anne
Join the Team!
We need to ensure that our community remains vibrant, active and inclusive of all it's members. We are looking for new community league members to take on board roles. No experience is necessary to sit on the board and all voices are welcome. Time commitment of each position does vary, but you can expect to meet monthly for about 1 to 1.5 hours. We are lucky to have a larger board, so that means there is lots of hands to help one another out!
We are currently seeking postilions for:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Treasurer

If you are interested, please contact president@aspengardens.ca
We look forward to hearing from you!
Community Notices
After two years of service to our community, our ice maker is hanging up the sweeper. We are planning ahead to look for an ice maker for the 2019/2020 season. Our current ice maker is willing to mentor, offer advice and training during the rest of this season, if required. Please contact the league if you know someone who is interested in this paid position.

Have you seen the ski trails around our schools? Aspen Gardens is part of a lager network of 14 community leagues called the Southwest Area Council (SWAC). Because of our participation at meetings and events SWAC pays for a groomer maintain to a ski trail system in Aspen. Please let your kids know that these are not a magical walking paths so that as many people can get out and enjoy them as possible.

In our attempt to go green and limit the number of printed newsletters please ensure we have at least one email address from your residence so we can send updates on events, programs and security alerts. Tell a neighbour who might not be receiving email communication from us to send their email to: communications@aspengardens.ca
(Note: If you received this notice, we have your email!)
For our 55+ neighbours
PETROLIA SENIORS GROUP (55+) Invites YOU to come to ENJOY: LUNCH and a PROGRAM ($15 except December). Every Third Tuesday, 11:45 a.m. (sharp) to 2:00 p.m. at Greenfield Community Hall (3803 – 114th Street NW). 

  • February 19th – Frank Robinson, U of A Professor of Poultry Production. “What’s Behind the Barn Door” truth about hormones in meat; types of eggs; etc
  • March 19th - Dyan Eyberfen- Primary Care Network Mental Health Educator. Explore some of the common mental health problems faced by older adults, and tips for maintaining good mental health
  • April 16th – Don Delany – Photographer Extraodinaire. Butterflies, Blooms and Backyard Birds

To CONFIRM your attendance or for more information, call: Nick  780-435-1045  or  Betty 780-434-0712

An additional “outing” is offered each month for your enjoyment. For information call Joyce – 780-435-6388
As always, keep up to date with other seniors activities in Southwest Edmonton by following SWESA
Community Programs
Community Rinks & Family Friday Night Skate
Aspen Gardens rinks are officially open ! Posted hours for the big rink and the skate shack are 4:30-10pm M-F and 12-10pm weekends . Rink and skate shack will be closed if the temperature is below -20 or above 0 (at our discretion). If the lights are off and the shack is locked, the rink is closed. In this case, please do not email us, as we have closed them.

On Friday's we are happy to host Family Skate Night for everyone with an up to date community membership . We hope to have them every Friday, weather and volunteer dependent. Please watch for e-blasts that may signal if this event is cancelled.

  • All 3 ice surfaces are open - music, hot chocolate and a treat provided by AGCL.

  • Go green and bring your own reusable mug for the hot chocolate!

  • Please remember: NO PUCKS are allowed on the pond

  • Shiny game in the hockey rink! Please remember for shiny, the only equipment players may have is helmets, sticks and gloves. We need to keep all players safe - so other hockey equipment is not permitted.

A big Thank you to Servus Credit Union for awarding us a $500 community grant to support our Friday skate nights at the hall!
From the City of Edmonton
The City of Edmonton's Park Bench provides an overview of city events and information.
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
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!

Certified Teacher with 25 years experience is interviewing new families for the Fall 2018 school year. Students of all ages and abilities welcome. I tailor my approach to the unique learning styles of each child. Committed to developing longstanding rapport with families in the community. References available, call Nicole @ 780-218-1319.

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

Gabriella Rozsa B.A., R.M.T. is accepting patients weekday mornings and weekends. Professional home based business; 15 years clinical experience, licensed RMTA. Call 780-757-3848 or email grozsa@shaw.ca

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, non-allergenic, soft & soothing. Great for gifts! Contact: mmerrikka@gmail.com

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

My name is Lisa and I am a wellness advocate with Doterra essential oils, living in Aspen Gardens. These oils are a certified pure, therapeutic grade, do not contain fillers or synthetics as many other brands do; they are utterly amazing. They are versatile in their use and can support your health and vitality as aromatherapy and by making natural household cleaners. For interest, please contact me by phone:   780-695-4443, email  lisamichellehamm@gmail.com or website: www.mydoterra.com/lisahamm2 /#/
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