NI LE TTE R YO U OFFIC A UR L CO M M www.pbpca.ca The OFFICIAL Newsletter of the Palliser•Bayview•Pump Hill Community Association TY NE WS FEBRUARY 2013 Fun was had by all at our December family skate — join us on Sunday, February 3rd from 1–4pm for our Winterfest family skate. More rink news on page 3. INSIDE: PBP CA News, 3; Names & Numbers, 4; Education News, 6; Neighbourhood News, 8; Classifieds, 10. www.pbpca.ca • 3 PBP CA News Call for Volunteers! secretary, social director, grants director and directors at large. T If you would like to get involved and help out your community association please call Janine at 403-281-1908 or email [email protected] Or attend a board meeting (2nd Tuesday of each month, 7pm, PBP Community Hall) for casual discussion on how you can help. The next meetings are February 12th & March 12th.G Your Help is Wanted he PBP Community Association is seeking volunteers to serve on our executive and board of directors. Can you help out? Time commitments are minimal and flexible. Meet your neighbours and have some fun! Volunteering benefits you as well as your community: • learn new skills • meet a diverse range of people • be part of your community • discover new interests & hobbies • build self-confidence & feel valued PBP Community Association is now accepting volunteers. Positions available include president, vice-president, facility maintenance (occasional), Ice Rink Update T he ice rink looks great and we’ve been seeing lots of kids’ shinny activity as well as pleasure skating since it was flooded late November. Our first family skate on Sunday December 30th was well attended with a cozy fire, hot chocolate and cookies being enjoyed by all (see cover photos). The upcoming Winterfest on Sunday Feb. 3rd from 1–4pm promises lots of skating fun. 4 • www.pbpca.ca Names & Numbers* PBP Community Association EXECUTIVE & DIRECTORS President Vice-President Treasurer Secretary Past-President Volunteer Needed Volunteer Needed Sandra Bryant [email protected] Volunteer Needed Jens Hornbruch 587-433-5218 [email protected] Directors Bldg. Maintenance Civic Affairs Grants Preschool Liaison Planning Social Ice Rink Coordinator Volunteer Needed Volunteer Needed Volunteer Needed Krista Semmens Jen Fowler Gerri van Baal Volunteer Needed Tracee Collins 453-9211 Membership & Hall Rentals Janine Revay [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] 281-1908 Janine Revay 281-1908 [email protected] LOCAL CONTACTS Deer Neighbour Kathryn Chan 251-6201 [email protected] Brownies/Guides Therese Miller 281-4036 Shelly Bearss 281-8486 Southfour Sports Roger Bourque 252-0491 Southfour Softball Amy Richards 366-2656 Basketball Ed Malate 640-0012 Curling Joe & Kay Massey 281-0186 Football Rob Perry 251-6556 Hockey Wally Reck 281-0570 Soccer Volunteer Needed C.O.P.S. Cst. Jerry Shannon 974-6150 Cst. Mike Glessing 567-6600 Community Liaison Officer Southwest Communities Resource Centre(SWCRC) 238-9222 Southwood Library Elena Doebele 221-2083 Susan Forest 777-8480 Ecole Chinook Park Ecole St. Gerard Elementary Darlene Wozny 500-2028 Henry Wise Wood High Monty Slim 253-2261 John Ware Junior High Robin Laycock 777-7930 Nellie McClung Gordon Hamby 777-8620 St. Benedict Elementary Pat McMillan 253-1881 Alderman, Ward 11 Brian Pincott 268-2476 MLA Linda Johnson 216-5421 *All phone numbers have 403 area code unless otherwise indicated. Finally, keep your eyes open for full rink family shinny to be organized and posted on the PBP community notice boards upcoming weekends. You may also email [email protected] for more info.G Submitted by Tracee Collins, Rink Volunteer Coordinator Social Media Guru Wanted T he community association is looking for a social media guru to help increase awareness and encourage participation in various community events and programs. If you are Twitter and/or Facebook savvy, please contact [email protected] for more information on how you can help.G Submitted by Tracee Collins [email protected] PBP Facility manager (Office Hours: Mon, Tues & Thurs, 10am–3pm) The smaller square-shaped “no sticks”’ rink next to the main rink is great for little ones just learning. We encourage fun pick-up hockey games (half rink please). Community Association Meetings PBP Community Association meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7pm, at the community association building attached to Nellie McClung School. You are welcome to attend. The next meetings are February 12th & March 12th Hall Rentals The PBP Community Hall (2323 Palliser Drive, next to Nellie McClung School) has 2 rooms (35 or 75 capacity, with kitchen availability) available for rent. Special rates are available to groups wishing to rent on a regular basis. To book, call Janine Revay at 403-281-1908 or email [email protected] (please note that office hours are 10am–3pm, Mon, Tues, & Thurs). A current PBP Community membership ($25 reg., $10 seniors) is required for all hall rentals. Rental rates are: main hall, $30/hr; board room, $20/hr; or both rooms, $50/hr. Visit us at www.pbpca.ca www.pbpca.ca • 5 2013 Property Tax Assessments Y ou have now received your property tax assessment for 2013 in the mail and will have until Monday, March 4, to review and/or file a formal complaint against the assessment. Review Your 2013 assessment is the City’s estimate of the market value of your property as of July 1, 2012. The only complaint you can file against the assessment is that, in your opinion, the assessment does not reflect this market value. The courts have decided decades ago that the definition of a ‘fair and equitable’ assessment is an assessment based on the property’s market value on the effective date. Comparing your assessment to those of your neighbours is interesting, but irrelevant. If you have questions, call the City’s Assessment Department 403-268-2888, or 311, and ask to speak to the assessor for this area. Review: a)the information they have on file on your property, check that it contains no errors , such as an incor- rect age, site area, floor areas (usable and unusable), renovations and additions. You’d be surprised at the number of errors there are. And b)ask for a list of sold properties that were used in estimating your market value. Then go and look at each to see how comparable they are. If you believe there’s a real problem, discuss it first with the assessor, they will often recommend a reduction if you have a solid argument. Complaint If you wish to file a complaint with the Assessment Review Board you must do so by Monday, March 4; the cost is $25/roll number. The complaint form and much information is to be found on the ARB’s website, www.calgaryarb.ca, and follow the links. The board hearing your complaint usually has a chairperson and two other board members. File a concise and readable report for them (copy to the assessor). State your complaint clearly and support your arguments with documentation and photos. Tell them what, in your opinion, the correct assessment for your 6 • www.pbpca.ca property should be. Board members are there to hear from citizens and will be respectful and accommodating to newcomers. Their decision will be given at the hearing.G Submitted by Gerrie Van Baal, Education News 55+ Club DISCOVER, EXPLORE, WONDER! At PBP Cooperative Preschool we acknowledge the uniqueness of each child and their need to develop his/her potential socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually. We believe early childhood education is best accomplished in an environment of care, trust and respect. PBP Director of Planning T he 55+ Club meets in the community association board room the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 1–3pm. Please drop in and join us for a cup of coffee, cards and a chance to meet some of your neighbours. Please contact Lana Morningstar for more information, 403-251-4506 or [email protected] com.G Submitted by Lana Morningstar Chess Club A re you interested in playing chess? We will be meeting in the PBP Community Center at mutually agreed upon times. Children and adults welcome. Please email [email protected] with your name and contact information.G Submitted by Tracee Collins PBP Co-operative Preschool J anuary was a busy and fun month at PBP Preschool. We were all well rested and excited to get back in the classroom after our winter break. We learned all about forest animals and how they adapted to life in the winter. We talked about bears, rabbits, birds, squirrels, and deer to see how they stayed warm and fed over the long snowy months. The children learned about hibernation, food storage and migration. They also made animal masks and bird feeders to hang up at home. Our animal unit also tied in to Groundhog Day on February 2nd. We are all very excited to know if the groundhog sees his shadow this year, and if spring will come early or late. In February, we are looking forward to our author study on Theodor Seuss Geisel, better know as Dr. Seuss! We will be reading lots of fun stories, learning about rhymes and rhythm, and making lots of fun Seuss inspired crafts. We plan on celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday (which is on March 2) with a party, complete with Seuss inspired dressing up and green eggs and ham! We’ll also be sure to take some time to share our love for our classmates on Valentine’s Day. www.pbpca.ca • 7 Exciting news for the 2013-2014 preschool year! The programs are out and registration has started. As always at PBP Preschool, our focus is a Learn Through Play educational philosophy. Some other great things about our preschool: • • • • • • • • Small class size ratios Inquiry-based learning Healthy snack provided Physical activity (outdoor play and/or indoor gross motor skill games) Kindermusik© Special visitors brought into the classroom to enhance programming Family oriented (all family members always welcome, including siblings) Choose the level of involvement in your child’s education, optional classroom volunteering opportunities, join our operating board or volunteer your services 2013-2014 Programs Me 2 Time is a fun and engaging program for children aged 18 months to 3 years old. This parented program helps to develop social and cooperative skills of toddlers through play activities. Monday and/or Friday 1–3pm; monthly fees: $55/1day or $95/2day Discover 3 This “Learn Through Play” InquiryBased Learning approach helps to foster our 3 year old children’s natural inquisitiveness through our free play centres while focusing on social interactions and cooperation. Tuesday and Thursday 8:45–11:15am; monthly fees: $170; student/teacher ratio 6:1 Explore 4 within this inquiry-based learning program, 4 year olds are encouraged to explore the world around them. Through collaboration and cooperation, children take part in class discussions through encouraged questioning and learning to seek answers within our daily circle time to help foster creative thinkers. Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8:45–11:45am; monthly fees: $200; student/teacher ratio 8:1 8 • www.pbpca.ca Wonder Why? 4 & 5 Does your 4 or 5 year always ask “why?” and wonders about the world around them? This Inquiry-Based Learning Program encourages these young learners to ask questions and seek answers through working collaboratively and cooperatively with others. This unique afternoon program gives parents the opportunity to commit to one, two or three days per week. Tuesday, Wednesday and/or Thursday 1–3:30pm; monthly fees: $200/3day, $140/2day or $75/1day; student/teacher ratio 6:1 Please check our website at www.pbppreschool.com for a full description of each class and further information about our preschool. Don’t wait! Our classes fill quickly!G Community Memberships The membership year runs Sept 1/12–Aug 31/13. Purchase your membership online at www.pbpca.ca, or mail/drop off this form to PBP Community Association, 2323 Palliser Dr. SW, Calgary AB T2V 3S4. Membership fee: $25/household; $10/seniors. name(s):________________________________ _______________________________________ address:________________________________ _______________________________________ postal code:____________________________ phone:_________________________________ email:__________________________________ (for membership confirmation) The PBP CA holds many successful functions each year thanks to the tremendous help of our volunteers. If you would like to become involved, please indicate below where you would be interested in volunteering: oWinterfest o Board Member o Garden Maintenance oCasino o Seniors Events o Youth Events o Rink Maintenance oOther:_______________________________________ Neighbourhood News Southwood Library 924 Southland Drive SW • ph 403-260-2600 • www.calgarypubliclibrary.com Hours: Mon–Thurs, 10 am–9 pm; Fri–Sat, 10 am–5 pm; Sun, 12–5 pm In the Spotlight: Library Press Display Read newspapers and magazines online with your Calgary Public Library Card. This database offers digital replicas of newspapers from all over the world! Read today’s Calgary Herald or Globe and Mail with just a click of a mouse! You can find this database at www.calgary publiclibrary.com EBooks Did you get an eReader for Christmas? Join our program eBooks: A Library on the Go to learn more about your new device and our eLibrary on Tuesday, March 12, 7-8:30 pm. The Calgary Public Library has over 110 Book Club in a Bag titles for your club to borrow. Book Club in a Bag allows your book club to borrow ten copies of a popular book for up to six weeks. You can also find sample reviews, sample discussion questions, as well as information on how to read a book for discussion.G www.pbpca.ca • 9 Deer Neighbour is the monthly newsletter of the Palliser•Bayview• Pump Hill Community Association and is distributed to all community residents (circ: approx. 1850). No issue July or August. Publisher: Newsletters & More. Submissions & ads should be directed to Kathryn Chan, Newsletters & More, 43 Bayview Dr. SW, Calgary T2V 3N9; ph/fax 403-251-6201; newsletters [email protected] Website: www.newslettersandmore.ca. PRINTED by Quick Print Graphic Services (403-242-3113). Disclaimer The opinions expressed within any published article, report, submission or advertisement are those of the author and do not reflect those of the Palliser•Bayview•Pump Hill Community Association or Newsletters & More. Deadlines Next deadline: February 10th for the March issue. 10 • www.pbpca.ca Help Us Find Harry W e need your help to find Harry the cat. Harry has been missing since September last year. Harry is a Lynx Point Siamese. He is mainly grey with dark paws, dark ears and a big, dark, raccoonlike tail. He has a stripey face and blue eyes and would be 10 months old now. Neighbours saw him being picked up outside of a townhouse in Oakridge Village on Friday, September 14th around 5pm. Neighbours saw a lady, with shoulder-length hair tied back, pick him up and walk north towards Glenmore Reservoir with him. She spoke to a young girl and said that she lived south of the townhomes in Oakridge. This lady may have mistakenly thought that Harry was a stray. He is probably very close to where he was picked up, somewhere within walking distance from Oakridge Village. Harry’s owners are anxious to get him back and we are enlisting your help to try and return him to them. Please be on the lookout for him and if you know who has him or if he is seen wandering around, please contact us, confidentiality guaranteed. We would like to reunite him to his owners and make 2013 the best year yet Submitted by January Stallard, for them.G [email protected] or call PBP at 403-281-1908 SouthWest Communities Resource Centre (SWCRC) Oakridge Co-op Mall at #42, 2580 Southland Drive • Ph 403-238-9222 • [email protected] Literacy and Parenting Skills Program (LAPS) Thursdays, 9:30am–11pm, Feb. 21, 28; Mar. 7, 14, 21; April 11, 18, 25 at the SWCRC A re you a parent who has trouble reading and writing? Do you want to help your young children become good readers and writers? This is the program for you. • Guide your children. • Help them learn. • Improve your own parenting and literacy skills. This program is run by the Further Education Society. Register now by calling the SWCRC at 403-2389222.G Submitted by the SWCRC Classifieds Classifieds are free to community members for items of a personal nature only. Reliable Master Electrician For all your electrical requirements, big or small, call Campbel Sinclair at 403-397-7141 for your free quotation.
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