Community Association Pumpkin Event

On October 3 the Cambrian Heights Community Association gave away approximately 160 pumpkins to residents in celebration of Halloween 2020.
With the COVID-19 Pandemic restricting our ability to host our annual Halloween Party and Dance we thought this would be a good way of kindling the spirit of Halloween in these difficult times. These pumpkins were purchased directly from a local farmer and distributed by our Social Director Jodi Dixon and her team of volunteers including Mary Hopkins and her two able young assistants Robert and Michael.
With a number left over at the Community Center some volunteers including Lara and her daughter Hanna, Renelle, Mary and Jodi undertook to deliver pumpkins to senior residents and those who could not make it out on Saturday. Some remaining pumpkins were donated to the edelweiss Preparatory School housed in the Community center.
Other online contests are happening through October including best decorated house and best costume plus a roving DJ will tour the community Halloween evening.
Email your entries or request details from social@cambrianheightscommunity.com.

Enjoy the spirit of the season with a free pumpkin!

We’ve got a few surprises to keep our community spirits up this season.  The first is a complimentary pumpkin for your household to enjoy.

Pick-up on:

Saturday, October 3

10am-2pm

Hall parking lot

Limited quantities – one per house – we have reserved some for those with a 2020 Membership

Safety protocols will be in place.  Please consider wearing a mask even though we are outdoors.

Any questions, please email social@cambrianheightscommunity.com

North Central Family Resource Network Fall Programs

From the North Central Family Resource Network newsletter: 

This is a small snapshot of the happenings at the North Central FRN this fall. Please call our intake line at (403) 543-0555 to see what programs are accepting participants and to register.

Girl Talk, Online!

Join us every Wednesday online as we talk about self esteem, problem solving, coping strategies, healthy relationships and more through games, arts & crafts, yoga, meditation, nutrition and guest speakers! Program is for girls 12-17 years old.

Wednesdays, October 7-November 25 Online
4:00pm-5:00pm

Kids Konnect

Open to kids in grades 4-6; come and learn new skills, play games and meet new friends. Sessions may include, photography, nutrition, keeping active, arts and crafts and literacy!

Thursdays, October 22 – December 10 Online
4:15pm-5:15pm

My Kid’s New Thing

Kids seem to change every week, and sometimes you need to talk to other parents about it! Parents and Caregivers can join us for weekly conversations, connect with other parents, talk about kids successes and challenges, and learn from others.

Mondays, ongoing starting October 5 Online
10:00am-11:00am

Mask On

We are working with a wonderful group of community volunteers to create and sew masks for children, youth and adults during COVID-19. Volunteers will also have an opportunity to connect with one another virtually as they learn and sew together.

Stronger Families Parenting Program

This program will meet in person at the FRN as a small, physically distant group. Parents & Caregivers will learn practical skills to increase children’s positive behavior, decrease negative behavior and model appropriate behaviors. They will also learn how to enhance parent – child communication and build robust family relationships.

Tuesdays, October 6 – 27
In person
9:00am-12:00pm

Cookin’ With The Youngin’s

Parents and Caregivers of kids ages 5-12 can come and learn how to get their kids involved by grocery shopping and cooking together, making healthy food look visually appealing so they will eat it, and learning about portion size for your child’s age and homemade versus processed food.

Tuesdays, October 9-November 13 Online
1:00pm-2:00pm

Fun Money, Smart Money

Four-session Money Management course for youth ages 14-18. Our Financial Literacy Facilitator will teach the youth tips, tricks, and budgeting skills to prepare for their financial future as adults!

Tuesdays, October 13-November 3 Online
4:30pm-6:00pm

Back to School in a Pandemic

From the North Central Family Resource Network newsletter:

This school year already looks different with COVID-19 protocols in place for students, staff and parents. Our Parent Educator, Lisa, has written some tips for families as they enter into this new season of back to school and transitions:

Be sensitive to your child’s feeling and emotions. Take time out of your day to listen to them and validate their feelings. By responding in a calm and caring way, you will reassure your child that you hear them and care about them.

Help kids help themselves to feel safe. Frequent talks about keeping socially distant and frequent handwashing for at least twenty seconds will help kids feel in control and empowered.

Breathing exercises are a great way to de-stress and get centered. A simple one is to pretend you are smelling a flower – breathe in and breathe out slowly. Practice as a family.

Have regular chats with your children about how their day went at school, ask questions and let them know you are there to listen and help with anything they are dealing with.

Click here to learn more about parenting during COVID-19

Click here to learn more about emotional regulation during COVID-19

Starting October 1, remember to tag your extra garbage bags

Starting October 1, if you have an extra bag of garbage that won’t fit in your City black cart, you’ll need to buy a garbage tag. Tags are $3 each and available at participating convenience and grocery stores or online. See the full list at calgary.ca/garbagetag.

How to use garbage tags:

  1. Fill your black cart first.
  2. Place extra garbage in a bag and wrap a tag around the knot on top of the bag.
  3. On collection day, set the bag 0.5 metres (2 feet) from your black cart.

We encourage everyone to look at what you are buying and throwing away to find ways to reduce waste. Sorting materials correctly helps maximize the use of all three carts (blue, green, black).

Learn more at calgary.ca/garbagetag

Explore Parks Together

Register for this FREE unique program for older adults and their unpaid/informal caregivers together. Led by experienced Parks and Recreation staff, these programs focus on providing opportunities to be active and creative in the outdoors. Fun activities and topics vary each week that runs concurrently for the older adults and caregivers. This program will run with physical distancing measures in place.

Elliston Park
60 St. S.E. parking lot
Thursdays
July 9, 16, 23 & 30
9:30 – 11 a.m.

Confederation Park
30 Ave. & 7 St. N.W. parking lot
Thursdays
August 6, 13, 20 & 27
9:30 – 11 a.m.

Both individuals in the pair must register, separate program options run concurrently at the same location. Registrants will be required to participate independently with the guidance of program staff.

To register, go to calgary.ca/free or call 403-268-3800

Spanish Language Lessons to be Introduced September 15

Cambrian Heights Community Association is introducing language classes at the Community Hall commencing September 15th. Our first course will be introductory Spanish.

The course will consist of 12 weekly 1.5 hour classes on Tuesday evenings at 7:30PM.

This initial class will be restricted to 8 participants.

Cost for the program has been set at $120.

For more information or to express your interest please email the Community Association at cambrianheights@gmail.com

The course will be professionally taught using instructors from Azren the Language Nerd.

Announcing the Family Resources Network

After 25 years supporting thousands of vulnerable children, youth and families through its West Central Family Resource Centre, Closer to Home Community Services has opened a new Family Resource Network in Beddington to service North Central Calgary.

Closer to Home’s North Central Family Resource Network (FRN) builds family resiliency by partnering with families to identify challenges, strengths, goals and desired outcomes, and helping families to access community resources, providing information about programs, and removing any barriers to access. For more information see their website at www.closertohome.com or contact them directly at familyresourcenetwork@closertohome.com.

June 2020 Online Programs:

VIDEO SERIES: PARENTING DURING COVID-19

Parenting can be challenging for everyone, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Join us for three weekly videos where we will discuss how these unprecedented times may be impacting our kids, and learn practical tools to support your children.

Videos emailed weekly to families starting May 29. Email Lisa at lwalker@closertohome.com to register.

BABYSITTING SAFETY COURSE

Youth ages 12 and older that participate in this free online program receive certification from the Alberta Safety Council for Babysitting Safety. Topics will include: Child Development, Positive Behaviour Management, and Home and Outdoor Safety and Injury Prevention.

This is a two session online program with an in-person test (details to follow): June 4 & 11, 1:00pm-4:00pm Email Fay at fomarshide@closertohome.com to register.

MOTHER GOOSE

Please join us online with your little one for weekly Mother Goose! There will be songs, stories, and opportunities to connect with other families. Free of charge.

For families with children ages 0-4. Mondays from 10:30am – 11:00am online, June 8-July 13. Email Lisa at lwalker@closertohome.com to register.

MONEY MANAGEMENT

Please join us for a free, one-hour, eight week Money Management Course online. Topics will include: assets, budgeting, consumerism, credit, and debt. Participants will receive a free package containing program materials and supplies.

Time is to be decided by the group, but will be scheduled some time Tuesday afternoons June 2 – July 21. Email Laura at lnauta@closertohome.com to register.

MY KIDS’ NEW THING

Parents and caregivers, we know that your children are growing and changing so quickly. Please join us for an online, weekly conversation group: meet other parents and caregivers, talk about your kids, learn from one another, and meet your local parent educator Lisa.

We will meet weekly on Wednesdays from 10:00am – 11:00am starting June 10. Email Lisa at lwalker@closertohome.com to register.

HOME ALONE SAFETY COURSE

Please join us for an online, free Home Alone safety course for children ages 9-12 years old. Paricipants will learn the necessary skills to be safe and responsible when left home alone for a short period of time.

This is a 3-part online program: June 22, 23 & 24 from 3:00pm -5:00pm Email fomarshide@closertohome.com to register.

VIDEO SERIES: TEST KITCHEN

Please join us for weekly recipe videos and online conversations about cooking on a budget! This is an eight-week program: Videos are shared every Wednesday May 20 – July 8.

Join us for a live Q&A with Monica, our host, on Thursdays from 2:00pm – 3:00pm online. Email mrafie@closertohome.com to register.

For more information about the new North Central Family Resource Network: familyresourcenetwork@closertohome.com (403) 543-0555 www.closertohome.com

COVID-19 Gardening Guidelines

Community Gardens

Currently, community gardens remain open for use for the 2020 growing season. Each community garden group is responsible to create an action plan for managing:

  • Physical distancing of 2 metres.
  • Movement of people in or out of the gardens.
  • Ensuring there is adherence to best practices for the cleaning and disinfection of tools, surfaces, gates or garden boxes.

The City will open watering systems beginning mid-May, weather pending. We’ll also be supporting existing community gardens with additional soil or compost. Communities should contact 311 and ask for their Parks Community Strategist.

Outdoor Spaces at Home

Safe yard work and gardening

When gardening outside, here are a few basic rules for physical distancing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  • Remember to physically distance. Chat with your neighbours, but keep two metres between you.
  • Sharing bulbs, cuttings or seedlings? Create a “sharing zone” for plants. Leave them in the zone for 24 hours before your neighbour picks them up.
  • Wash your hands before and after gardening, and touching shared items like garden hoses, tools, compost bins, etc.
  • Have a set of basic tools for each person to reduce contamination:
    • a hand trowel
    • gloves
    • a pail or bucket
    • a secateur or loppers
  • Disinfect/clean tools before and after use:
    • clean handles protect us from COVID-19
    • clean blades protect plants and trees from diseases
  • If you share a green space or yard (like a semi-detached house or townhouse), create zones in the garden:
    • Give everyone at least 2 metres of space at all times.
    • Assign yard work to each person or family on separate days. One family mows the lawn, while the other cares for trees and tends flower beds on opposite days.
  • Set up new spaces where people can sit, be safely distanced and enjoy the outdoors.
  • Visit garden centres by yourself, and keep your trips to an absolute minimum.
  • Stay connected through technology. Many local gardening experts and businesses have online training events, garden tours, and more.

Weekly green cart pickup resumes the week of May 19

Weekly green cart pickup will resume the week of May 19. Your green cart will continue to be picked up on the same day on a weekly basis. There is no change to your collection days.

You can see your updated scheduled online at calgary.ca/collection. Make sure to sign up for free reminders or download the Calgary Garbage Day app so you receive the latest service updates and tips.

Your green cart pickup will remain at once every two weeks in the interim. Staffing challenges due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the postponement of the start of weekly green cart service. Thank you for your patience as we work to maintain blue, black and green cart services for Calgarians.