Queensland/ Diamond Cove

MARCH 2015
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President's Message 6
Diamond Cove News 7
Queensland-Diamond Cove
Real Estate Update 15
Your Community Business
of the Month 16
Home Gardening with Barbara 20
My Babysitter List 24
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
WHAT’S HAPPENING
649 Queensland Dr. SE • Phone: 403.278.3366 • Fax: 403.278.3366
EXECUTIVE
President
Past President
1st Vice President
2nd Vice President
Treasurer
Secretary
DIRECTORS
Ways and Means
Maintenance (Building)
Civic Affairs
Memberships
Youth Activities
Sports
Socials
Nighbourhood Watch
Bingo
Casino
Director at Large
Judith Nichols
Marc Savoie [email protected] telus.net
Steve Foote [email protected]
OPEN
Blanche Sheridan
Eva Reid
Paul Hamonic
Erin Tatlock
Lynn Jewitt
Sarah Christensen
Nicole McDowell
Aaron Allard Pang
OPEN
Judith Nichols
Blanche Sheridan
Blanche Sheridan
Roy Reid
CO-ORDINATORS
Programs
Hall Rentals/Crier
Traffic
Community Garden
Hockey
Guides
Bow River Softball
Scouts
Linda Brown
Linda Brown
Steve Foote
Breakers Hockey
Kathy Worthington
Chris Forsyth
Kids Help Phone
24 hour 1-800-668-6868, kidshelpphone.ca
• Anonymous and confidential
• Toll-Free professional, bilingual counselling and
referral services for youth up to 20.
• Online and phone counselling available.
403-271-2176
403-278-3394
403-541-0400
403-278 5294
403-278-1517
Scrapbooking with Grandma Judi
Any child from the age of 6 onward and interested in
learning the art of scrapbooking, is welcome to join
Grandma Judi at the Queensland Community Centre.
Dates: Saturdays. Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Adult
Classes—Fridays– Call for dates. There is a limited
amount of space for this date, so please contact Judi
271-2176 to reserve a spot. Hope to hear from you
soon!
403-278 1358
403-225 0997
403-271 6578
403-225-4589
403-279 2804
[email protected]
403-271 2176
403-278 5294
403-278 5294
403-278-1517
These are for children ages 6 to 12 years. The times are
from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Also, on Friday evenings
we will be having a monthly Scrapbooking program
for students 12 plus to adults.
Guides – Girls can join at anytime of the year if there are
spaces in the unit and we have opportunities for women
over 18 years of age. Please contact Susan Fortunka at
403-278-7093 or email [email protected]
403-278-3366
403-278- 3366
403-271-7107
1-800-565-8111
403- 225 1008
587-287-9934
Queensland Playgroup: Are your children bored or
lonely? Do you crave some adult conversation? Need
to get out of the house? Drop in to meet some new
friends for you and playmates for your little ones!
“To promote and facilitate community spirit and involvement in Queensland and Diamond Cove”
2015
QUEENSLAND COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP FORM
Large gym to run in, lots of toys, weekly crafts …
$20.00
Name: _______________________________________________________________________________________
Address: _____________________________________________________________________________________
Phone: ____________________________________________
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Queensland
Community
Centre.
Mondays,
Wednesdays, and Fridays, 9:00 – 11:00 am. $1 per
child per visit (or bring a snack to share). Call for Fall
Schedule.
ART CLASSES FOR KIDS YEAR 2015
includes Landscapes, Seascapes, Culture, Animals,
People & Architecture on a different theme each trimester, February to April, April to June, Sept to Nov
2015. Each trimester covers various mediums including Pencil, Black Ink, Watercolour & Tempera paint, Oil
& Chalk Pastels, Pencil Crayons and Felt Pens. On oc-
YOUR COMMUNITY PROGRAMS - EVENTS
MARCH CALENDAR
MONDAYS
6:30-7:30
TUESDAYS
Play Group
Jazzercise
Basket ball
Homework Club
Sp/Brownies/ Guides
WEDNESDAYS
6:30-7:30
First Wed.
THURSDAYS
9:00-12:00
FRIDAYS
Playgroup
Art Class
Jazzercise
Basket ball
Garden Club
Quilting
Home Work Club
Beavers/Cubs/Scouts
Playgroup
SATURDAYS
Private functions
SUNDAYS
3:30-5:00
5:00 - 8:00
Soccer
Basketball
casion, Acrylic on Canvas and Papier Mache will be included. All supplies are included in the fee!
WINTER TRIMESTER
The winter theme is Australia & New Zealand-Culture,
Landscapes, animals, People, Still Life
February 18 to April 29/2015 4:30-6:00 (10 Classes)
Please register via e-mail: [email protected]
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DIAMOND COVE
PRESIDENT'S
MESSAGE
Wow! Spring is just around the corner. I can hardly wait.
The days are definitely getting brighter and the sun is
helping to make everything warmer. I can’t complain
about our winter though because it hasn’t been too bad
this year.
I would like to give a very special welcome to all of our
new residents to Queensland. We are very pleased to
have you here. I met some of you during our 40th Community Anniversary Open House held last September. If
you have recently just moved here then please stop in
and introduce yourself to Mrs. Brown, our office manager.
Speaking of spring time, if you are interested in preparing for your flower and vegetable gardens etc.; check
out the Queensland Garden Club. They meet the first
Wednesday night of every month from 7 to 9 p.m. They
have a membership fee of $10.00 for the year.
They do a wonderful job of planting and taking care of
the flower beds in front of the community center every
year. I remember how bare the front of the community
center used to be before they created this colour flower
garden. If you would like to help with that, please let
them know.
In April they will be having a special speaker by the
name of Lynden Penner, author of The Chinook Short
Season Yard, Quick and Beautiful in the Calgary Region.
Also this speaker is a landscaper designer, horticultural
and gardening columnist on the CBC Radio in Alberta
and Saskatchewan.
There will be an admission charge of $5.00 for this event
only. Sounds like a great person to come and listen to,
especially if you aren’t too sure about what flowers to
grow in Calgary. I will definitely be there.
Trico Centre for Family Wellness
In May, they will be having their Plant Share and Sale.
Do come and check this club out even if you don’t have
many gardening skills. It is a wonderful place to learn.
This club is GREAT and you will meet some fabulous creative neighbours.
11150 Bonaventure Drive SE
403-278-7542 | www.tricocentre.ca
The Girl Guides will be having a Carnival on the 21rst of
March and it is open to all so come and have a lot of fun.
From swimming to skating, personal training to wellness
workshops, Bone Builders to Bender Ball Fitness –
we are committed to providing a range of quality programs and
services that make active living fun, affordable, and for everyone.
We make it easy to find your perfect fit.
There will not be a preteen dance in the month of March.
There was an awesome one in February for Valentine’s
Day. Boy, the kids really do enjoy this. Thanks Nicki for all
of your hard work. You make this so special and lots of
fun for all. They are always looking for chaperones if you
would like to volunteer to help.
Have you met Peter DeMong, our Councillor? We will be
hosting a session called Aldertalk with Mr. DeMong on
April 11, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at our community center.
He is a great listener and is ready to hear any concerns
you have regarding our area or the city in general.
We do not have a spring cleanup date as yet for our
community but I will keep you informed as soon as I
find out.
Spring into something new at Trico Centre.
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Well that is all for this month. Have a great one.
Judith
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Dear Diamond Cove Homeowner,
Please note that the Diamond Cove AGM will be held on
Wednesday April 22nd, 2015 at 7pm at the Queensland
Community Centre. Please come out and support your
community.
As always we are looking for new members for our
board of Directors. Join us and help shape the Cove.
It has been a long winter and a big thank you to all the
residents who cleared their sidewalks. If you have a
neighbour who is unable to clear their snow and sidewalk, please be a snow angel and give them a helping
hand!
Our neighbours, Colin and Cheri who own Nuevo Painting Co. would like to, once again, offer a 25% discount
to any Diamond Cove homeowner on their interior and
exterior painting requirements. They also own a spray
foam insulation business and would be happy to talk to
you about the new way to insulate your home.
For details and quotes, please contact Cheri Howe at,
[email protected]
As always, if you have suggestions, comments or questions about our community, please email them to me.
Guy Huntingford, [email protected]
Famous Five
District
So, did you mark your calendar? We hope so. Our annual
carnival is Saturday, March 21, 2015 at the Queensland
Community Center, 649 Queensland Drive SE. We sure
hope you will join us for fun and friendship and help
support the Girl Guides in your community. We’ll have
a bake sale, cake walk, silent auction, games, crafts and
lunch room. Maybe even a few surprises. The hours are
11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Admission is a non-perishable
food donation to the Calgary Interfaith Foodbank. If you
are interested in donating to the silent auction, please
contact Bonnie [email protected] Your
support is most appreciated to provide a well-respected
program for girls. I also heard that cookies may be available for sale at the carnival.
We are recruiting a district treasurer (volunteer) to help
us with our financial management. If you have the skills
and are interested, please contact Pat Istead [email protected]
telus.net to set up an interview.
And yes, we are still accepting registrations in some
units. So if you are now ready to enrol your daughter,
please visit girlguides.ca and look for the registration
information.
Bottle Pickup Service
Benefitting Scouts
If you would like to donate your bottles to local Scouting youth, please call or
text our bottle pickup line 403-606-9717 and a volunteer will arrange to pickup
your donations. Even over the holidays!
Thank you for supporting local youth programming!
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Neighbourhood
1-844-299-2466
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THANK YOU
Thank you to the following
January 14 volunteers:
Debbie Klein
Blanche Sheridan
Linda Chipping
Brian Rowat
Amber Vergo
Erica Sterzik
Shannon Shaw
Reta Doyle
Nicky McDowell
Sue Read
Linda Brown
• Free play
• Arts & Crafts
• Wide games
• Play dough & much more!
Lots of fun and stimulating activities to encourage
meaningful play.
Connect with other parents and caregivers while
playing in a fun, safe environment. $1 per child or bring
a healthy snack to share.
649 Queensland Dr SE
Many thanks to the Calgary Multicultural Art Society for
sharing the bingo with us!
Like us on Face book!
@Queensland Playgroup
Thank you to the following
January 24 volunteers:
Linda Chipping
Eva Reid
Roy Reid
Sue Read
Blanche Sheridan
Cheryl Pedersen
Dave Pedersen
Ralph Nichols
Amber Vergo
Tracey Gaskell
Debbie Klein
Reta Doyle
Linda Brown
Volunteers are needed for bingo at Grey Eagle
Bingo Hall for March
Call Linda at 403-278-3366 if you are available to volunteer at any of these events.
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CALGARY
PUBLIC
LIBRARY
FISH CREEK
11161 Bonaventure Drive SE
403-221-2090 • calgarylibrary.ca
Mon - Thur - 10:00 am – 9:00 pm • Fri & Sat - 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sun (mid-Sept to mid-May) - noon – 5:00 pm
March at the Fish Creek library
Picky Eating. A registered dietitian from Alberta Health
Services talks about this common behaviour in toddler
and preschool children. Register online at www.birthandbabies.com Tuesday, March 3, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Law at Your Library: Wills and Estates. Learn how to
plan your will, choose an executor, and get a power of attorney. In partnership with Calgary Legal Guidance.
Monday, March 9, 7 - 8:30 p.m.
The World of Owls is presented by Calgary Public Library
in partnership with TD Friends of the Environment. Join
Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation to discover the
awesome world of owls. Ages 7 and up. Saturday, March
14, 2 - 3 p.m.
Spanish Conversation Club (Intermediate). Join volunteer coaches and practise your Spanish speaking and lis-
tening skills. This program is for learners ages 16 and up.
Mondays, March 23 to April 27, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Tax Clinic at Your Library. Drop-in for free, one-on-one help
with your tax return. First-come, first-served. In partnership
with the United Way of Calgary and Area. Please note that
there is an eligibility requirement based on income.
Tuesday, March 24, 5:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Wednesday,
March 25, 5:30 - 8 p.m.
ESL Conversation Club (Intermediate). Practise your
English listening and speaking skills in this six-week program. Wednesdays, March 25 to April 29, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Computer Technology Coaching. Drop in for one-onone, volunteer help on using the Internet and Microsoft
Office products. Tuesdays, January 6 to April 28, 6:30 8:30 p.m.
New Friends and Neighbourhood Group for Women.
Join other women as you improve English skills, share
experiences and learn about community resources. Free
childcare. Presented by the Calgary Immigrant Women’s
Association.
Tuesdays, January 13 to April 28, 1 - 3 p.m.
A valid library card is required to register for any program.
Library cards are now free. For more information you can
visit your local library, call 403-260-2620, or go online at
www.calgarylibrary.ca.
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Building
Family Assets
at Home:
An Affiming Ministry
Deer Park & St Andrew’s
United Churches
403-278-8263 / 403-259-4080
www,dpuc.ca / www.andychurch.org
GOOD FRIDAY MORNING SERVICE
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Ideas for all family members
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GOOD FRIDAY POTLUCK & SERVICE
6:00 PM at Deer Park UC
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(Deliberate Directions for Quality of Life)
by Sharon Cirankewitch, Prevention Counsellor
77 Deerpoint Road SE
EASTER SUNDAY SUNRISE SERVICE
Family assets are the everyday things families do to be
strong, even in challenging times. They are the actions
we take to build healthy relationships and healthy family members. Whether you are a child, teen, or parenting adult, everyone in the family plays a role in building
these assets. Here are some ideas for how you can build
assets at home.
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Good Friday April 3 /Easter Sunday April 5
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Establishing Routines
Families are stronger when they share meals, traditions,
and activities together, and when family members know
they can depend on each other. Here are some ways you
can build these assets in your family.
• Make family meals a priority. Figure out together how
often you eat together and what makes meals enjoyable for everyone and then make a plan for your family
meals. Be creative! Take turns picking out the menu, try
new recipes, or set a theme for the meal conversation
like “favorite movies that include food”. If you can’t eat
dinner together, try eating breakfast or lunch.
• Plan regular family fun nights. Brainstorm the kinds of
things you like to do together and that fit your budget.
Some families go out to dinner together. Others play
board games at home. Some may take a walk or a hike.
Find something that works (and is fun) for your family.
• Be intentional about maintaining meaningful traditions in your family. These may include how you celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, and milestones in life. For
some families, these may include religious or spiritual
traditions, such as worship, prayer, sacred readings, or
music. Whatever the specific tradition, tell stories about
its importance, history, and meaning—both across generations and for each member of your family.
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Friends of Fish Creek
Queensland/Diamond Cove
Real Estate Update
March in Fish Creek
Wayne’s Wonderful Winter Walk!
Saturday, March 14, 2015 1:00pm-2:30pm
Votier’s Flats, Fish Creek Provincial Park (south end of Elbow Drive SW)
Last 12 Months Queensland
MLS Real Estate Sale Price Update
Register Now
www.ClimbforWilderness.ca
ACADEMY
DENTURE CLINIC
www.academydenture.com
Average Asking Price
Average Sold Price
January 2015
$319,900
$308,000
December 2014
$546,000
$530,000
November 2014
$387,175
$384,000
October 2014
$383,425
$376,787
September 2014
$414,760
$409,300
August 2014
$412,228
$407,371
July 2014
$439,566
$426,933
June 2014
$413,160
$411,220
May 2014
$371,596
$359,500
April 2014
$396,242
$397,871
March 2014
$413,066
$413,100
February 2014
$421,333
$425,333
Last 12 Months Diamond Cove
MLS Real Estate Sale Price Update
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Average Sold Price
$515,000
$507,000
December 2014
$0
$0
November 2014
$589,900
$580,000
October 2014
$524,900
$520,000
September 2014
$499,000
$499,000
August 2014
$584,394
$568,250
July 2014
$0
$0
June 2014
$554,950
$545,000
May 2014
$849,533
$819,166
April 2014
$569,900
$563,000
March 2014
$0
$0
$689,900
$678,500
February 2014
Southcentre Mall
Average Asking Price
To view the specific SOLD Listings that comprise the above
MLS averages please visit queensland.great-news.ca or
diamond_cove.great-news.ca
Join dedicated volunteer, retired park planner, and
founding member of the Friends of Fish Creek, Wayne
Meikle for a wintery walk along the banks of Fish Creek.
The winter months offer a beautiful and unique opportunity to enjoy this landscape, search for animal tracks and
learn about what makes this a special place at this time of
year. www.friendsoffishcreek.org/event/winter-walk
Blast from the Past - An Archaeological Exploration
of Fish Creek Provincial Park
Thursday, March 19, 2015 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Fish Creek Environmental Learning Centre, Shannon Terrace, Fish Creek Provincial Park (13931 Woodpath Rd. SW
- Access via 130 Ave. SW and 37 St. SW)
Presented by Drew McKibben, Heritage Interpreter
Blast from the Past Archaeological Exploration presentation will offer something for history buffs and everyone
else: archaeological findings illuminating the daily lives
of Calgary’s first European settlers. When the lights dim in
the Fish Creek Environmental Learning Centre, you’ll travel
from 1873, when the first European raised an axe to build
a home, to 1998, when archaeologists unearthed what is
left behind, artifacts from another century. Join us for a
fascinating look at the history of Fish Creek Provincial Park.
Join Friends heritage interpreter and minibus tour guide,
Drew McKibben, for a virtual tour of three important sites
of past excavation, and increase your understanding of
local archaeology.
www.friendsoffishcreek.org/event/history
Spring Birding Course in Fish Creek!
Increase your knowledge of fascinating bird species as
they return from their faraway wintering grounds. Sign
up with your child, grandchild, niece, nephew or any
young person who enjoys experiencing nature and wildlife, and who would benefit from this valuable learning
opportunity.
www.friendsoffishcreek.org/programs/birding-course.
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Alter Ego’s Hair Company
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W
elcome to Alter Ego’s Hair Company Inc. Since
2012, award winning Alter Ego’s Hair Co. has
been offering innovative, creative styles to enhance our clients’ hair. With over 48 years combined experience, our inspired professionals have the latest
tools and training to give you that beautiful and unique haircut, colour, style that you’ve always wanted! Find this hidden
gem tucked in the corner at 104-950 Queensland Drive SE
just off of Canyon Meadows drive. We are your neighbourhood hair boutique, without the downtown prices. We strive
to provide affordable, consistent, up to date hairstyles for
the whole family. Owners Shelly Morrison and Claire Oosterhuis have always had a passion for hair and have shared
their passion with all of their stylists, creating a motivated
team. The shop culture is to respect every guest and listen
to expectations. We welcome new clients of all ages to walk
through our door and see what we have to offer.
She has owned eight hair salons and has experienced the
ins and outs of all facets of the hair industry. Shelly brings
enthusiasm, fun, and extreme passion to her work.
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Claire Oosterhuis has been a hairstylist for 20 years. She
specializes in colour formulating and placement as well as
master haircuts and styles. She has owned her own business for six years. Her experience with out of the box thinking drives her passion to continue giving clients consistent,
flattering hairstyles, and the motivation to continue forward education.
This month we would like to explain what
should happen at school patrol crossings.
” They always treat you well, like your one of the family I love
these ladies! They do excellent hair too!”- Cindy Dymtruk
“Best hair company ever! So much fun, so much talent!” –Ramona Braun
“Love this place! Stylists are talented and fun. No other salon
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Pop by, say “hi”, and enter to win Jean-Pierre Braganza scarf
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Check out our work via our Facebook page, www.facebook.
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Alter Ego’s Hair Co., 104-950 Queensland Drive SE
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The junior high band program will be attending a very productive
band camp at Camp Evergreen. What a wonderful opportunity for
our band students to continue to develop their musical gifts and
talents! A special thanks to St. Bonaventure’s band teacher and the
parent volunteers. Please know that your assistance is greatly appreciated. The band program will also perform at the Kiwanis Music
Festival.
St. Bonaventure’s Spanish Program Open House Evening and the
Junior High Open House events are expected to be very well attended as a number of perspective families look to gain more information regarding the many programs that operate at St. Bonaventure. Thank you to our dedicated teachers and students who make
these events a success.
Badminton season is now in full swing. Best of luck to all of our players and coaches. Go Falcons! Our next interscholastic activity will be
flag football with tryouts commencing the week of April 13.
Finally, St. Bonaventure continues to increase student technology in
an effort to improve student engagement and learning. The recent
arrival of a new set of Chromebooks will positively impact students
at St. Bonaventure. Outstanding!
We also offer a Keratin Smoothing System called Cezanne.
We are offering this service at a first time rate of $175.00 including the take home shampoo and conditioner. We also
offer hot head tape in hair extensions.
Shelly Morrison is 34 years in the hair industry. A master stylist and colourist, Shelly’s experience includes stage work,
teaching, mentoring, and continued education each year.
St. Bonaventure is looking forward to an exciting March with a
number of happenings that are representative of spirituality,
citizenship, and excellence.
Spiritually, the annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Breakfast along with
our Ash Wednesday Celebration marked the beginning of the Lenten season. Many thanks to our Shrove Tuesday Pancake Breakfast
parent volunteers along with the St. Bonaventure Parish for continually demonstrating kindness and Catholicity.
Since opening, we have had such a great response from the
community, as well as continued support from our long term
clients. At Alter Ego’s Hair Co Ltd, we specialize in colouring
and cutting, and we continue to educate ourselves regularly
with the latest and greatest trends and techniques. With a
colour from us, you can rest assured you’re getting a quality
treatment. We guarantee our chemical services with the purchase of appropriate home care products and offer glutenfree products. We really do have something for everyone and
guarantee all our prescriptive retail products.
At Alter Egos we have created “Fun Fridays” every Friday we
try to promote independent entrepreneurs such as Parklane
jewellery, Scentsy, Norwex, Southhill Designs, ect.
St. Bonaventure Junior High
March goings on at
Trico Centre
www.alteregoshairco.ca
104-950 Queensland Dr SE
Calgary, AB T2J 6E7
403-252-1952
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Tween Swim Night in the Pool: Tween Swim Night
is every Friday, and one Friday each month, the event
features a special theme. Theme night is March 13.
Bring your super soaker and pool toys for an evening
School patrol crossings are located at busy
intersections near schools where students
help other students cross the street safely.
School patrollers are 11 and 12-year-old
students who have volunteered to stand
guard in all kinds of weather to help students cross safely. Pylons are set out on
either side of the crossing to alert drivers
that there will be patrollers at the intersection before school and after school. When
there are students waiting to cross, the patrollers watch for a break in traffic to blow
their whistles and put out their stop signs.
For safety reasons, the patrollers step to
the corner and put out their stop signs and
do not walk onto the street. At this time,
cars must stop at least 5 meters from the
intersection. The patrollers instruct the students across. When all students have safely
crossed to the other side, the patrollers will
step back from the corner with their signs
behind their backs. Cars may then proceed
with caution.
If you are a pedestrian, we ask you to please
cross with the safety patrols.
We understand that extra time is needed
to drive in school zones so if these areas
are near where you drive, please plan extra
time to ensure our students are safe.
of fun, music and some unforgettable memories! Ages
10 to 17.
Crafts and a Movie: Join us for crafts and a kid’s movie!
March 14 from 10am-12pm.
Family Fun Night: New lower price! Every Sunday wave swim from 6 – 8pm and drop-in gym from 6– 7pm.
Drop by for some affordable family fun.
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MLA
HEATHER FORSYTH
Constituency Office: Bonavista Village,
Bay 7, 1215 Lake Sylvan Drive SE
Calgary, Alberta T2J 3Z5
Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 pm
Telephone: (403) 278-4444 • Fax: (403) 278-7875
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.heatherforsyth.com
Government Pay Cuts
At the time of writing this, I’m assuming the Member
Service Committee will vote on MLA salaries being cut
5 percent. While I support this, I believe the MLA salary
should be reduced by 8 percent.
Effective February 1st, Premier’s salary will decrease by
$10,887.50 from $217,750 to $206.862.50 while Speaker
Gene Zwozdesky and cabinet ministers’ salaries will all
decrease by $10,050 from $201,000 to $190,950. While I
am pleased by any cuts to MLA pay, the Premier should
have rolled back ministerial compensation by 30 per
cent and MLA base pay by 8 percent in order to reverse
the extra $11,000 in RRSP contributions equivalent to an
8% pay increase that the PCs voted themselves in 2012.
What he’s done is merely “window dressing”. If our plan
were implemented, taxpayers would save around $1.4
million and Albertans would see real leadership.
COUNCILLOR, WARD 14
PETER DEMONG
www.calgary.ca/ward14
[email protected] or 403 268-1653
Fish Creek Environmental
Learning Centre Star Night
A FREE Family event – No registration necessary
Date:
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Time:
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Location: Fish Creek Environmental Learning Centre,
13931 Woodpath Road SW (Access from 37 St SW and
130 Ave SW, west end of Fish Creek Provincial Park)
Come and enjoy:
• viewing the night sky through telescopes
• guided night walks
• indoor activities and displays
• learning about local night creatures
Remember:
• Dress for the weather
• Cover flashlights with red to prevent night vision loss
(thin fabric or tissue paper work well)
For more information contact Shalane Friesen at
403.297.7926 or [email protected]
Event runs regardless of the weather, cloudy or clear.
Budget and Taxes
It’s no secret that the drop in oil prices is going to mean
some tough decisions are going to have to be made as
the government prepares its 2015 budget. Some of the
ideas being considered include increasing or creating
new taxes. Whether it’s income tax hikes, a PST, or
increased gas taxes, I’ve made it clear that I personally,
oppose those measures. The government should look at
getting its spending in order before asking Albertans to
pay more.
Online Camping Reservations
To help visitors connect with the summer camping
season sooner, the Reserve.AlbertaParks.ca online
campsite reservation system has launched to
accommodate pre-booking of campsites.
Return to the Legislature
The spring sessional calendar has been released and
we now know that the legislature will resume sitting on
March 10. I am eagerly anticipating whatever legislation
the government may bring forward. The 2015 Budget
is expected to be introduced sometime before the end
of March. I will be sure to keep you informed on what
that budget means for the constituents of Calgary-Fish
Creek.
Important Information from Enmax
Enmax has advised a phone scam is occurring in Alberta.
Scammers are saying your electricity bill (from ENMAX
or another retailer), is overdue and must be paid right
away or your power will be cut off.
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The system opened for Group Camping bookings on
February 9; then Regular Camping reservations on
February 17; followed by Comfort Camping bookings
which began on February 23.
If you’re concerned about your ENMAX account, sign
in to your ENMAX account online and make sure your
information is correct, or call our Customer Care Team
at 310-2010.
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Hello Ward 14! We’re nearing the end of winter, and
there are already two Aldertalk sessions behind us.
If you want to talk about one (or more) municipal
subjects, join me at the Mid-Sun Community Centre
on March 14, from noon to 2 p.m. If you can’t make it in
March but still want to join, then visit www.calgary.ca/
aldertalk for upcoming dates.
Many interesting topics come up at Aldertalk; topics
like street lights. That topic came up at the January
Aldertalk, and there are some big changes coming in
the near future. I am very happy to be moving these
changes forward.
Council has approved city-wide retrofitting of street
lights. The southeast of the city is scheduled for a
complete retrofit in 2016. The street lights will be
converted to take LED bulbs. They will save money,
and save the environment.
Over the 2015-2018 timeframe the City will replace
about 90,000 streetlights with LED fixtures, and
although the estimated $32 million initial cost might
seem large, the financial benefit to the City is well
worth it in the long term. LED lights use less electricity
for a similar quality of lighting, and need to be replaced
less often. LED lights are directional, so they waste
less light. This results in better energy conservation,
efficiency, and less light pollution in the night sky.
LED lights will reduce the City’s operating costs by $50
million over ten years—a cost recovery period of only
six years.
any extra waste that won’t fit in your black bin, you
shouldn’t expect the same for the recyclables you put
in your blue bin. This is because the City’s Waste and
Recycling department won the contract to provide
the blue cart service through a bid on a contract that
stipulates cart collection only. There was no bid, or
contract for black cart collection.
You can always bring your extra recyclables to
community recycling depots across the city, or store
it to be collected later, and of course any material
intended for the black cart can be left out for regular
pick up. Just make sure that the waste is in a bag that is
easily lifted with one arm, and is about one to two feet
from the cart.
I am always interested in having a conversation about
whatever colour cart, or variety of topic that you wish
to discuss. Feel free to contact me anytime! Also, don’t
forget that I send email reminders for Aldertalk, and
other important happenings in Ward 14, but I need
your consent to send them. You can state your consent
via an email to [email protected] Goodbye for now!
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will be installed in a handful of communities to gain
insight, and will then be installed city-wide. If you’re
in the neighbourhood, why don’t you check out the
future of street lighting? You can find out where to go
by searching “LED lights” on www.calgary.ca.
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by Kate Murphy
The pollinating honey bee population has been decreasing recently due in part to agricultural practices, pesticides and reduced habitat. One third of the food that we
eat is directly or indirectly the result of pollination.
Many native bees and insects pollinate our plants. However,
one of the most efficient pollinators is the native mason bee
which is the size of a house fly. They fly during cool moist
weather and pollinate up to 1,800-2,000 flowers in a day,
whereas honey bees like warmth and only pollinate approximately 200 flowers daily. Mason bees or Blue Orchard bees
(Osmia lignaria) are non-aggressive because they do not
need to protect their hive. They are referred to as solitary, but
they are also gregarious because they nest in groups.
Bee houses made of seasoned, untreated wood are shaped
like a house with an open side and an overhang for shelter. They are attached to a fence facing in a south easterly
direction that is warmed by the morning sun. Cardboard
“straws” each with one end closed or wooden interlocking
trays 15cm (6“) long with 7.5cm (5/16”) diameter holes are
placed in the bee house as spring blossoms become available. The overwintered bee cocoons are removed from
their fridge and placed in a box with a 7.5mm (5/16”) exit
hole near the bee house. The males emerge first and wait
for the females to follow, mate with them and die.
Mason bees use mud to divide their egg compartments
from each other. To provide mud a deep hole with
a moist clay-type organic soil is placed near the bee
house. The soil particles should be light enough for the
female to pick them up and carry them back to her hole.
The soil must be kept moist. No moist mud - No eggs!
The bees will leave.
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The bee may pick up pollen mites as well as chalk brood
- a kind of fungus - when it reaches into the flowers and
carries them back to its hole. These mites and fungus
compete with the larvae for nourishment and may kill
the developing bee.
Mason bees cannot withstand Alberta’s fluctuating weather and are harvested in the fall. The cardboard straws are
unfurled after being soaked in water. The waterproof cocoons are eased out by hand into a bowl of water. The
cocoons in the wooden interlocking nesting trays are
removed by pushing them out with the eraser end of a
pencil. The remains of the mud and dry feces are rinsed
off. The cocoons are completely dried on paper towels
before being placed in open Ziploc bags. A glass of water
placed next to the cocoons provides moisture in the fridge.
Moisture and air circulation and a steady temperature are
therefore maintained. The interlocking wooden trays are
scrubbed and washed in a 10% bleach solution, allowed
to dry completely and strapped together to avoid warping.
In spring the cocoons are put outside when there are flowers and temperatures have reached a consistent 12-15  C.
Non-hybridised flowers, such as leopards bane, scillas,
crocuses, violets, dandelions and fruit blossoms attract
these bees.
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After mating the females forage for pollen and nectar returning to the bee house to lay an egg in her hole. Each
egg is provisioned with a pollen and nectar wad. It is
sealed off with mud. When her hole has six to eight eggs
in it, she closes it off with mud for safety. The eggs hatch
into larvae and evolve into pupae in cocoons. By sum-
mer’s end there is a fully formed bee inside each cocoon.
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ABOVE AND BEYOND PAINTING: interior and
exterior painting, stipple and flat ceilings, fence
and deck repairs, pressure washing, trash removal,
most handyman services. 20+ yrs exp. Free estimates, very reasonable rates, senior discounts. No
job too small - all work guaranteed. Call Jamie at
403-829-1336. Email [email protected]
ACTIVE LEARNING PROGRAMS LTD: Located
in the Lake Bonavista Rec Centre we are your
home for French Bilingual Preschool (19 Months
and up) and Kindergarten to Grade 6 for Sam
Livingston, Lake Bonavista School, and Andrew
Sibbald. Registrations for both the 2015/16 Semester and Summer Camps have already begun.
www.activelearningprograms.ca 403-473-0600.
CONCRETE CUTTING FOR BASEMENT WINDOWS & DOORS & FLOORS: New openings or
enlargements cut into foundation for basement
windows and doors. Enlarge your existing basement windows to meet fire code for bedrooms,
from cutting basement windows, doorways to
supply and install quality windows, window-well,
weeping-tile, core drilling, excavation and anything concrete cutting. Call 403-570-0555. Email:
[email protected]
AFFORDABLE PRIVATE TUTORING: $35/hour. First
hour free consultation. Teacher with the CBE for 8
years. Able to tutor kids from Kindergarten to Grade
7. Experience working with ELL students. Is your
child having difficulties with early literacy skills,
math, reading or writing? Please Call 403-606-7850.
NEIGHBOURHOOD CONFLICT? Community
Mediation Calgary Society (CMCS) is a no cost
mediation and conflict coaching service that can
help you resolve problems and restore peace!
We help neighbours be neighbours again! www.
communitymediation.ca, 403-269-2707.
YARDBUSTERSLANDSCAPING.COM:
Weekly
lawn mowing $38.50, power-rake $120, aeration
$65. Some conditions. Landscape construction:
patio stone and pavers, stone walks and rock walls,
raised beds, fire pits, landscape lighting, water features, sod and decks and fences. Ask for your complimentary 2015 Outdoor Idea Book. Licensed.
Insured. Seniors discount. Phone: 403-265-4769,
YardBustersLandscaping.com.
DISCIPLE HOMES & IMPROVEMENTS: Interior
and exterior renovation experts. Interior - Kitchens
and granite, baths, general contractor. Exterior Roofing, siding, windows and doors. Member of
the BBB. Email [email protected] or phone
403-207-5708.
K2 BOOKEEPING Are you too busy to keep up
with your bookkeeping? Experienced bookkeeper
now accepting new clients. Specializing in small
to medium sized business. Twelve years of experience with QuickBooks and Simply accounting,
GST, Payroll, WCB Filing, T4 Filing, and competitive
rates. Phone Katie 403-870-0737.
HOME REPAIRS AND RENOVATIONS: Affordable
pricing and high quality and detailed work. Drywall, doors and windows, lighting, bathrooms,
kitchens, painting and more. Insured. MonFri 8-5pm. Call 403-703-8648 TH Maintenance
Services. Find us on Facebook.
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Investing 101 is to buy a house, pay off your mortgage and set some money aside
for a rainy day.
Investing 202 introduces you to Canada Saving Bonds, GICs, RRSPs and TFSAs.
Investing 303 involves mutual funds, stocks and more sophisticated investments
Investing 404 looks into alternatives after the foundation of your investments
has been established. With extra money one can buy a bigger house, purchase a
vacation property, invest in works of art or look at other things to collect that should
increase in value or at least keep up with inflation.
For the past 64 years the Calgary Numismatic Society (CNS) has quietly been
providing a forum where investors in coins, paper money, tokens or other forms of
money can meet, discuss, debate and decide on the value of a great many items
relating to all forms of money. In the 1960s coin collecting became a craze with all
manner of people getting into the hobby with absurd profits being made. The silver
crash of 1970 brought this to an abrupt end and many were left with large losses.
Since then the value of coins and other quality numismatic items have kept pace
with inflation. Those who do the research, do not expect to get rich overnight and
invest in quality items have found both an enjoyable hobby and a way to build
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