Unfortunately, the KickFlip event planned for November 23rd had to be cancelled. Thank you to everyone who expressed interest in this event. People who have purchased tickets will be refunded through Eventbrite.

Wellness Fair Sat Sept 17:

After a rainy morning, it was a beautiful afternoon for the Wellness Fair on September 17th. Special thanks to all the  participants who donated their time to provide all the great information, and to lead us in fitness activities.

Thanks for the displays by:

Alberta Food Matters
Alberta Health Services public health dietitians
Capilano Play school
Capilano Rehab Centre
Communities ChooseWell (Alberta Recreation and Parks Association)
Edmonton Public Library
Fast Trax Run and Ski Shop
Oliver Primary Care Network
Paths for People
St Elizabeth Home Care
Southeast Edmonton Seniors Association (SEESA)
The City of Edmonton (Low Impact Development area, and Master Composters Recyclers)
Urban Poling
Wild Bird General Store

Thanks to the fitness instructors:

Sharon Weber (boot camp)
Sandra Thomsen (Hawaiian hula)
Sharon Melvin (tai chi)
Melany James (yoga)
Allison Moore (zumba)

Also, a big thanks to Fire station #11 for making a special appearance at the event. Kids of all ages enjoyed your visit!

Thank you as to the participants who donated prizes for the event, to Lorena from Curves and Sandy from Epicure for donating the lovely gift baskets, and to Alberta Blue Cross for donating small gifts for volunteer appreciation.

Stop by the Skate Park for a BBQ! - Enjoy a free Hotdog and drink. Donations accepted for the Park Development Project.

Learn more about the Park Development Project and provide your suggestions by completing the community survey.

Hear about other events being planned and find out how you can get involved!

Check out the 2016 Wellness Fair at Fulton Ravine South Park!

Click read more to find out the details.

Age Friendly Edmonton offers free presentations over telephone from the comfort of your own home! 

Below are just some of the examples of presentations offered! Click Read More to see all the courses and the schedule. 

Brain Games:Call in for an hour of mind tingling fun! Try some word games with us to challenge your brain. Presenter: Recreation Therapists, Home Living, Alberta Health Services 

Dare to Age Well:Cutting Edge information for Senior Citizens who want to get older without getting old. Presenter: Physicians from University of Alberta 

ETS Transportation Services-Family Information Session:Find out about all the services, tools and training programs that ETS offers to Edmontonians. ETS is committed to making public transportation easy and convenient for everyone regardless of ability. Presenter: Margaret Dorey, ETS 

The City of Edmonton's Zoning Bylaw Team, as a part of the Mature Neighbourhood Overlay Review project, invites you the Seniors Engagement Event.  This consultation is specifically for seniors who live in Edmonton's mature neighbourhoods.  Come and share your opinions.

The Mature Neighbourhood Overlay is a subset of regulations within Edmonton's Zoning Bylaw that controls how new development fits into existing neighbourhoods.  We are reviewing these regulations to provide greater certainty to communities and the development industry, and to ensure that new residential development fits in with the surrounding community in mature neighbourhoods.

The event will occur on June 28th from 1:30 to 3:30PM at the Southeast Edmonton Seniors Association - 9350 - 82 Street NW.  Refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP to Christopher Wilcott, Principal Planner (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 780-442-7579) by 430PM, June 24th.  Space is limited to 25 participants.

Idylwylde Library, 8310 88 Avenue, 780-496-1808

Star Wars Day. Monday, May 4 at 10:30 and 6:30. The Force will be with the Library as we celebrate Star Wars and reading with stories and activities for the whole family. Wear a costume for even more fun! 

Capilano Library, 201 Capilano Mall (5004 98 Avenue), 780-496-1802

iPad Fun! For Beginners. Fridays, May 1 and May 29 at 1:30 p.m. Is the iPad right for you? Want to try before you buy? Already have an iPad but not sure what to do next? Come to iPad Fun! for Beginners to learn more. From basic features and how-to tips to finding apps you’ll love, we’ll share what the iPad has to offer and answer your questions along the way. Bring your own iPad or try out one of ours at the session.

Navigating the Rivers of Grief – Bereavement Support Series. Tuesdays, May 5 – June 23 at 6:30 p.m.

This seven-week support series is a structured support group that includes sharing, reviewing the grief process, understanding emotions and self-esteem needs, discussing transformation and answering the question “Where do I go from here?” Participants are asked to commit to the entire series and to be willing to discuss their own loss within the group setting. Call Michael Yankowski, the registered social worker listed with the Edmonton Healing Centre for Grief and Loss, at 780-454-1194 Extension 224 to register.

Your EPL card gives you access to thousands of FREE digital movies and music through our website. Hollywood classics, today's top movies and millions of songs can be streamed right to any device. See http://www.epl.ca/awardwinners for more details.

Walking around our 60 year old neighbourhood we recognized that a lot of good fruit was falling to the ground and being wasted.  We decided to collect fruit such as rhubarb, raspberries, cherries, pears, and apples that were not being used by homeowners.   We are a not-for-profit society with the mission of connecting this wonderful local resource with those who will use it.  We make jams, jellies, sauces and condiments that are 60 – 100% “rescued” fruit;  we teach preserving courses so people can make their own;  we connect homes with excess fruit to those who want to pick for themselves; and fruit that is excess to the above sources goes to local charities, group homes, community kitchens, small food banks and anyone else who will use it (at no charge).  In 2014 we redirected about 15,000 kg apples and this is just a small portion of the apple trees in our city.    

If you have fruit in your yard that is excess to your needs or you are unable to do the work yourself, here are a couple of options to consider.?

1.  Tell your neighbours about the fruit and invite them to come and pick.  You can arrange with them to leave you a portion in return for your sharing.

2.  Call us at 780-244-0129 and we will let you know about coming to pick ourselves.  Please note that apples are so abundant that we often cannot pick – but if you drop them off at our kitchen we will make sure they go to someone who will use them.

?3.  If you don’t want others in your yard give us a call.  We will tell you where and when you can drop off the fruit or we can arrange for a pick up.  

Call us at 780-244-0129 if you want to be a volunteer picker, know of a place that would use some of this free local fruit, or have other questions or comments.  

There is a lot more to our story, so please check out the website at www.fruitsofsherbrooke.ca  

Nearly five years ago, a committed group of citizens, including myself, came together to begin work on a Winter City Strategy for Edmonton. This strategy was designed to find way to take advantage of our northerness, to change the way we think about winter and to transform Edmonton into a more inviting, vibrant and prosperous city.

In developing this strategy there was a sense among everyone that it’s our place as a winter city that shapes our character as Edmontonians – our resilient spirit, our “can-do” attitude and even at times our sense of humour. So why not celebrate it?

And so as part of our Winter City Strategy on Friday, January 30, Edmonton will kick off the first Winter Shake-Up Festival and Market, an outdoor party for all Edmontonians. Taking place at Churchill Square from noon to 8 p.m., there’ll be singers, dancers, DJs, a children’s play area, a snow slide, skating, hot chocolate and more. There will even an outdoor winter market with 35 local vendors. And then just after dark Churchill Square will be lit up like never before with a 20-foot light installation.

The Winter Shake-Up Festival is also the culmination of the International Winter Cities Shake-Up Conference. Edmonton is proud to host this prestigious conference where representatives from winter cities from around the world will gather to discuss new ways to plan, design, live, work and play in northern cities. 

I encourage all Edmontonians to come out and enjoy all the festivities and most importantly to embrace all the great things this season has to offer. There are many wonderful winter events that have a long history in our city – Deep Freeze: A Byzantine Winter Festival, Ice on Whyte, Canadian Birkebeiner Ski Festival and Silver Skate Festival to name just a few. We’ve been celebrating our many winter blessings for years but now we’re shaking things up even more! For more information on the Winter Shake-Up Festival and all the fun things to do this winter, please visit edmonton.ca/wintercitystrategy. Please feel free to contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., call me at 780-496-8146, or follow me on Twitter, @ben_hen.

*** Letter from Ben Henderson

I am pleased to announce that, in the City’s Capital Budget for 2015-2018, City Council has allocated funds for relocation of the Capilano library.  There are a number of shortcomings where it is on the second floor of the Capilano Shopping Centre; the new library will have a standalone location along 67th street south of 101st avenue.

The current Capilano Branch was last renovated in 1999 and its current location has left it hard to find and even more difficult to access, only being accessible by elevator (often out of order) or steep side stairs.

??Although population projections indicate that the Capilano catchment area (the neighbourhoods of Capilano, Forest Heights, Fulton Place, Gold Bar, Ottewell and Terrace Heights) will remain fairly stable over the next 20 years, the new location will dramatically improve access and visibility which are important parts of a functional library.?

This new library will be located along 67 Street and south of 101 Avenue as a 10,000 sq. ft. standalone facility which will provide improved functionality by providing additional space for quiet study as well as better technological resources that will better meet community needs. Additionally the new library will have a larger community meeting room space. There has been much demand for a better space in the current library, but the facilities have not been equipped to meet that demand.  This budget allocation of $11.5 million will remedy these shortcomings.

??The schematics for the new library will be completed by the end of this year, 2014. This coming year, 2015, will see the land purchased and detailed design being finalized. Between 2016 and 2017 the library will be constructed and outfitted with furniture and equipment. You can learn more at www.epl.ca

??Please feel free to contact me anytime at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 780.496.8146. Follow me on Twitter @ben_hen

Cllr. Henderson - August 2014

Crosswalks and pedestrian safety has been a hot issue this season. With the unfortunate accidents of Jasper & 119 St, as well as 95 Ave in Strathearn, it is clear that we must do more to create a conducive environment for both pedestrians and drivers alike.  These issues are exceptionally apparent in Ward 8 with the high number of pedestrians, and it is a situation that I intend to improve. 

The Transportation Association of Canada’s (TAC) Pedestrian Crossing Control Guide acts as a guideline for local governments to uniformly implement marked and signed crosswalks throughout the country. The guide considers the posted speed limit, cross section of the roadway, distance to the nearest alternate crossing, number and types of pedestrians, and vehicular volume, as indicators for the type of crosswalk to be installed. While these measurements are helpful, the trouble is that they do not take into account other things that are not as easy to measure. 

There have been some problematic intersections that local residents have repeatedly raised concern over. In the past, we haven’t done much as the argument was they fit within the TAC standards. I strongly feel that we need to do better; go beyond the standards when the need calls, and incorporate residents’ knowledge into the mix.

Moving forward, Transportation Services will be assessing the major pedestrian corridors of Whyte Ave, 109 St, 104 Ave and Jasper Ave, and will be considering upgrades to older marked and signed crosswalks through these areas. 

From a community side, we have grassroots work happening in Queen Alexandra through the coordination of QA Crossroads. The community will be undergoing neighbourhood renewal next year and the group is advocating that following rehabilitation, Queen Alexandra should have gone through more than just a facelift. This is an opportunity to make sure that the infrastructure is conducive for all modes of transportation, making it a more walkable, bikable, livable and safe neighbourhood for all. 

Feel free to contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., call me at 780 496 8146, or follow me on Twitter, @ben_hen.

Rob McDonald

Kenilworth Community League

I moved to south east Edmonton from Old Strathcona about a year and a half ago. To continue my long-running civic work, I sought out the local community league. I am now representing Kenilworth at SECLA.

What is SECLA, the South East Community Leagues Association? It’s an area council that includes eleven south east Edmonton community leagues. The organization’s primary activity is a monthly meeting of representatives from the member leagues. SECLA also hosts a casino every two years. In collaboration with Calder Publications, we produce ten issues per year of the South East Voice.