Heighten spirits this fall at your neighbourhood community league
This fall, local community leagues have something for everyone, from a petting zoo to tango lessons.
“We have hatha yoga starting up again in September,” says Kim Ellis, president of Westwood Community League.
The 20 classes give participants more balance in posture and in their daily routine. The yoga class is a program requiring registration and payment to participate.
For balancing home and yard, Westwood’s big bin event is on Sept. 21. Community members can deliver their unwanted large items to the bin at the Westwood Community Hall parking lot.
“Bring your mattresses, but not Eco Station specific items such as paint, concrete, soil, tires, electronics, appliances,” urges Ellis.
Spruce Avenue Community League is continuing its family-oriented programming, with their annual Harvest Festival taking place Sept. 21 on Community League Day. A city-wide celebration of Edmonton’s 159 community leagues, this year’s theme is ‘Get to Know Your Neighbours’.
“We have a petting zoo booked for the Harvest Fest,” notes Ashley Ayume, Spruce Avenue’s programming director. “We’re also planning a community supper . . . with yard games in the afternoon and of course selling league memberships.”
At the Harvest Festival, the league will also be recognizing the Front Yards in Bloom chosen in Spruce Avenue.
Winter programming is in the works, including a hibernation celebration to include a horse-drawn sleigh ride and other family activities. The board is also hoping a parent can offer to host a parents and children meet-up one day a week to bring cheer to the colder days ahead.
Alberta Avenue will be bustling for all ages this fall, with plenty of new programming (see article on Virginia Potkins for more info), urban pole walking, and the continuing math tutoring drop-in sessions. The collective kitchen is starting up again as well.
Because Community League Day often overlaps with Kaleido Family Arts Festival, Alberta Avenue holds their membership barbecue early in September, explains Brendan van Alstine, president. This year it’s on Sept. 8 from 5-7 pm.
“We put many of our games and icebreakers in the grassy fenced space out back, serve food and sign people up or renew their memberships,” says van Alstine.
Not to be put off by the shrinking daylight hours, the Parkdale-Cromdale Community League (PCCL) is resuming its popular weekend programming with the CreArt music program and tango lessons. Restorative yoga and meditation continues. New this fall is a Wednesday evening adult barre class and a Friday morning family yoga.
Beginner sewing and the collective kitchen resumes in late September, and details are in the works for a community mediation clinic, offering community members looking for dispute resolution some free time with a lawyer.
On Community League Day, the harvest dinner will offer members a free meal sourced from their community garden and donations from neighbourhood restaurants.
“It has always been our aim to serve the area in a way that joins people together and this dinner has been the largest event to do so in recent years,” says Kevin Wong, president.
Plans for a federal election forum are underway as well. Stay tuned to the PCCL website for more details.
Physical fitness is in the works at Delton Community League, with indoor soccer registrations now open, while Elmwood Park Community League will be re-starting its popular children’s activity group most likely in October, says Gillian Daley-DeGroot, president.
“We’ll have details out in a few weeks in terms of dates and times, but typically this group will do a game, a craft, and have a snack each week.”
The league is also looking forward to their annual chili cook off and barbecue for Community League Day.
“Complete with bouncy castle and door prizes!” says Daley-DeGroot.
At Eastwood Community League, weekly drop-in meditation continues Mondays for any member wanting to deepen their practice or learn how to start.
Eastwood also has an open house planned for Oct. 5, giving members a chance to meet, enjoy produce from the community garden, and check out the recent hall renovations.
“The open house is for mingling and finding out about programs and opportunities we have going on in the neighbourhood,” explains Erin Campbell, communications director.
The open house will be followed by the AGM, all at Eastwood Community Hall.
Eastwood Community Hall
11803 86 St
Alberta Avenue Community Hall
9210 118 Ave
Delton Community Hall
12325 88 St
Westwood Community Hall
12139 105 St
Elmwood Park Community Hall
12505 75 St
Parkdale-Cromdale Community Hall
11335 85 St
Spruce Avenue Community Hall
10240 115 Ave
Featured Image: Spruce Ave’s Harvest Festival has a variety of entertainment everyone can enjoy. | Supplied
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When Alberta Avenue Community League holds an Annual General Meeting (AGM), several dozen people attend. Its programs consistently attract volunteers and members.
That and the league’s location are a blessing, said Brendan Van Alstine, league president.
It’s hard to talk about Delton Community League without introducing you to Walter (Wally) Gurba. Now 81, Gurba has been league president for 25 years. In the 70s, when the building went up at 88 Street and 123 Avenue, Gurba was there. He’s been there more than 40 years, working in the shop or flooding the ice with the league’s Zamboni.
That’s right, Delton has a Zamboni. Its origin is one of the many stories Gurba will tell you with a wry smile.