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APRIL 2010

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1100 Berkshire Boulevard N.W., Calgary, AB T3K 3M3 General Enquiries: [email protected] Executive Directors

President...............................Megan Passmore 1st Vice President..........................Judy Fortini 2nd Vice President.....................Pinky Nantais Secretary...................................Mike Lefaivre Treasurer..............................Debbie Struksnes Membership...........................Carolyn Gomez Soccer/Sports........................Michael Garland Cardel Place.................................Phil Nantais Airport........................................Pinky Nantais Block Watch.................................Darren Way Newsletter.....................................Darren Way Website................................Megan Passmore Casino........................................Pinky Nantais

Community Association Meetings

Sandstone/MacEwan Community Association meetings are held every first Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the Sandstone Ecumenical Church. Everyone is welcome to attend! Meeting Dates: · November 4, 2010 · September 2, 2010 · April 1, 2010 · December 2, 2010 · October 7, 2010 · May 6, 2010 · June 3, 2010


SMCA Sends Out Thanks to Our Rink Volunteers

Another successful skating season has come to an end and the Sandstone/ MacEwan community association would like to thank the dedicated volunteers who spent hundreds of man hours to make sure the hockey rink and pleasure rink were flooded and cleared from November through February. Special thanks go out to Tim Huston, Travis Brouer, Joe Tofani, Trevor Bacon, Bill Zwicker, Doug Sopkow, Dale Newsham, Ebs Polini, Gary Habiak, Terry Spiker and Darren Way. If you enjoy the use of your community rinks, you can thank these volunteers by purchasing an annual community membership.

Community Contacts

Calgary Police.......Mark Enzie, 403-567-6700 Girl Guides..........Leslie Jones, 403-275-7098 #38 Simons Creek Scout Group...................... Sian Weaver, [email protected] #224 Sandstone Valley Scout Group.............. ....................Megan Passmore, 403-274-7120 Block Watch.........Darren Way, 403-275-6975

Elected Officials

Alderman - Bob Hawkesworth, 403-286-2430 [email protected] MLA - Teresa Woo-Paw, 403-274-1931 [email protected]

Area Schools

Monsignor Neville Anderson Elementary (K-6, Year Round School Option): 327 Sandarac Dr. N.W., 403-274-0284 Simons Valley Elementary (K-6): 375 Sandarac Dr. N.W., 403-777-6660 Simon Fraser Junior High: 5215 - 33 St. N.W., 403-777-7290 St. Joseph (Year Round Junior High Option): 2512 - 5 St. N.W., 403-284-1106 St. Margaret (Junior High Option): 3320 Carol Dr. N.W., 403-500-2025 Notre Dame High School: 11900 Country Village Link N.E., 403-242-1801

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APRIL 2010


Community News

Sandstone/MacEwan Block Watch

The following statistics were provided by Cst. Mark Enzie of the Calgary Police Service. The purpose of this information is to provide the community with information about criminal activities that have taken place during the past month in Sandstone/MacEwan. If you have any information about any of the activities listed contact the Calgary Police Service at 403-266-1234 or if you witness a crime in progress call 9-1-1. The community liaison officer (Cst. Mark Enzie) can be reached at district 7 office 403-567-6700. · Please ensure you lock your vehicles, homes and garages. Crime Statistics for the Community of Sandstone Valley

Break and Enter - House Break and Enter - Shop Break and Enter - Other Theft of Vehicle Theft from Vehicle Vandalism Other/Miscellaneous Feb. 0 0 0 0 1 1 0


YTD 0 0 0 2 1 4 0

Crime Statistics for the Community of MacEwan Glen

Break and Enter - House Break and Enter - Shop Break and Enter - Other Theft of Vehicle Theft from Vehicle Vandalism Other/Miscellaneous Feb. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

*No grow ops or robberies reported in either community. If you have any questions about Block Watch or activities on your block, please [email protected] Darren Way, Block Watch President Sandstone/MacEwan

The Sandstone/MacEwan Community Association will be having our casino on September 22 & 23, 2010 at the Calgary Casino. This casino is Sandstone/MacEwan's Community's largest fund raising event and requires the help of about 40 volunteers. If you are able to help with an 8 or 4 hour shift at the casino please contact [email protected] and let us know.

YTD 1 0 0 0 2 2 0

Attention All Sports Fans

Interested in Community based Youth Hockey, Ultimate Frisbee, Men's Soccer, Mixed Soccer, Mixed Slow Pitch? Contact your Sandstone/MacEwan Community Association to form and/ or participate in these exciting ventures. Your health is important and your Community Association if here to help! Contact us at [email protected]

Offence: Theft From Vehicle Between February 9 at 22:00 and February 10 at 04:30 at 0 blk SANDALWOOD COURT NW. A car was broken into using an unknown method of entry. Offence: Vandalism On February 5 between 09:00 and 14:00 at 0 blk SANDALWOOD COURT NW. An attached garage at a single family residence had its door kicked in.


APRIL 2010


Community News

Scouting News

Every year around February 22nd, the Scout Groups around the world celebrate Lord Baden-Powell. This year the #38 Simons Creeks Scouts (MacEwan/ Hidden Valley/Hanson Ranch) and the #224 Sandstone Scouts (Sandstone) celebrated Lord BadenPowell with their traditional pot luck dinners and recognition of individuals and groups that support their program through out the year. Interested in Scouting? Did you know that Scouting is active in more than 216 countries and territories with more than 28 million members worldwide. If you are aged between 5 and 26, then you can start Scouting almost immediately. You do not have to have been a Cub to be a Scout. We welcome late starters! Scouting is great value! Scouting membership represents outstanding value. With weekly activities including hiking, canoeing, archery, and climbing, there are few other organizations who can offer so much for so little. Typically, a year's Scouting costs less than a month of ballet or piano lessons. Scouting is for girls as well as boys. Girls and young women make up 18% of our membership across Canada. Sections & Age Groups Beavers: Girls and boys 5 to 7 years of age. (K, Grade 1 & 2) Cubs: Girls and boys 8 to 10 years of age. (Grades 3, 4 and 5) Scouts: Girls and boys 11 to 14 years of age. (with option to remain until age 16) (Grade 6, 7 and 8) Venturers: Young men and women 14 to 17 years of age. If you are interested in joining contact: #224 Sandstone Scout Group (Sandstone), Megan Passmore at [email protected] or #38 Simons Creek Scout Group (MacEwan/ Hidden Valley/Hanson Ranch), Sian Weaver at [email protected]

#38 Simons Creek Group Committee and Special Guests: L to R ­ Colin Graver, Trevor Dring, Gordon Ellison, Bev Bridger, Ken Page, Joe Gilbert & Robb Watt.

#224 Sandstone Scout Group Golden Match Award Recipient: L to R Akela (Kevin Gartner) & Mack Carver #224 Sandstone Scout Group Jim Muller Leadership Award Recipient ­ Kevin Gartner: L to R Frank Muller, Bev Bridger & Kevin Gartner

#38 Simons Creek Cub Pack

In Our City

Art & Craft Sales

The Calgary Sketch Club Art Show and Sale: Sat. Apr. 17, 10:00 a.m. ­ 3:00 p.m. at the Dalhousie Community Centre, 5432 Dalhart Rd. N.W. The Calgary Sketch Club is a non-profit organization that supports a membership of 100 dedicated artists working in oil, acrylic, watercolour, pastels, and graphite. BEYOND An Artisan Marketplace: May 1 ­ May 2 at the Blackfoot Inn. Show & Sale of Fine Art & Crafts. Discover that perfect Mother's Day gift. Update your spring accessories and home decor. Meet & support the 30 artists & artisans. [email protected]


APRIL 2010


In Our City

Alderman's Report

With warmer weather on the horizon, many people begin to think about getting out on Calgary's pathway system, whether it's looking for a route to run or ride for fun or a route to commute to work. Later this year, Calgarians will have an easier way to navigate the close to 1000 kilometres of pathways with The City's new interactive pathway and bikeway map. The layered map will show Calgary's regional pathway, Trans Canada Trail, bikeways, pedestrian bridges, snow cleared routes, as well as LRT stations and parking lots along pathways to plan your journey. People can zoom in and out and print the route for their journey. It is very accurate because it uses geospatial layers provided by the City's mapping team. The map will also be updated regularly to keep it current should there are any changes to the system or if a new pathway is created. A link will be available later this spring through the City's website at or contact 3-1-1 for availability. Creating the map is a coordinated effort between the City's Land Information and Mapping business unit, Parks and Transportation Planning and built inhouse by developers with Customer Service and Communications. Bob Hawkesworth

Calgary Connection

CBC Calgary Reads Book Sale: April 30 (4:00 p.m. ­ 9:00 p.m.) and May 1 ­ 2 (9:00 a.m. ­ 4:00 p.m.) at the Triwood Arena. Unearth some literary treasures while raising funds needed to assist a child in learning to read. You can also donate quality used books by dropping them off at the CBC lobby from April 12-26. Last year the book sale raised $98,000 for Calgary Reads. Calgary AfterSchool: A new citywide initiative for youth aged 6 to 16, providing information and access to a variety of fun, supervised activities between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. weekdays. Check out afterschool. Field of Fame, created by the Alberta Champions Society: Monuments related to six of Alberta's greatest citizens who helped shape our city, our province and our nation will be unveiled on May 20 in the Jamieson Building at 308-4 St. S.W. For more info visit Ernest Manning High School Celebrations: We are planning to celebrate our high school one last time before it closes to make room for the LRT line. If you were involved with EMHS in any capacity as a past or present alumni and/or staff please contact www.ernestmanninghighclosure. ca for information regarding celebrations to be held September 2 - 5, 2010.


APRIL 2010


In Our City

Events In and Around Calgary

Easter Eggstravaganza: Apr. 2 ­ 3. Calgary Zoo. Kids activities, crafts and games, including a zoo-nique Easter treasure hunt! Free with Zoo admission. Fitness Through Football: Apr. 3 ­ 5, 9:00 a.m. ­ 4:00 p.m., N.E. Sports Center. Kids Will Love This Day Of Fun And Fitness With Pro Football Players. Spots Are Limited So Visit The Website And Register Today. Calgary International Spoken Word Festival: Apr. 4 ­ 29, Various venues in Banff and Calgary. Performances, panels, discussions, workshops and special events. California Wine Fair: Apr. 9, 7:00 p.m. ­ 9:00 p.m. Hotel Arts. The largest national wine tasting tour in Canada. The selection of wines includes everything from products available at the market to new vintages and varietals not yet released in Canada. Calgary Horticultural Society Garden Show: Apr. 10 ­ 11. Spruce Meadows. Calgary Horticultural Society presents its annual garden show featuring speakers, over 100 exhibitors, demonstrations and experts. Calgary Underground Film Festival: Apr. 12 ­18. Plaza Theatre. Showcases independent films that are provocative and even bizarre. Contemporary works are shown from all categories of film. The Art of Cuisine: Apr. 14, The Art Gallery of Calgary. Celebrates contemporary food, art and culture by showcasing six of Calgary's top chefs in a culinary competition. To purchase tickets please call 403-770-1353. The Calgary Body Soul & Spirit Expo: Apr. 16 ­ 18. Stampede Park. Features numerous exhibits, lectures and workshops make this event a one-stop bonanza for those seeking a more holistic lifestyle.

Tickets, admission or registration may be required for events. Event details are believed correct as of press time but may change at any time.

youth bring singing and dancing together in their 25th anniversary production.

Spring Concerts to Enjoy

Here's some variety for music lovers: ·Chris Botti: Apr. 13, Jack Singer ·Sonata Arctica: Apr. 15, Republik ·Matt Anderson and Wil: Apr. 22 Knox United Church ·The Gruesome Twosome, Rob Zombie & Alice Cooper: Apr. 29, Stampede Corral ·Brooks & Dunn "Last Rodeo" Tour: May 4, Pengrowth Saddledome ·Wailin' Jennys: May 9, Knox United Church ·Charley Pride: May 10, Jubilee ·Our Lady Peace: May 10 & 11, Jack Singer ·Celtic Woman Songs from the Heart: May 18, Stampede Corral ·Gerry & The Pacemakers: May 29, Deerfoot Inn & Casino ·Nickelback: May 31, Pengrowth Saddledome ·Xavier Rudd: May 30 & 31, Banff Centre

Calgary Zoo Earth Day: Apr. 18, 10:00 a.m. ­ 3:00 p.m. Calgary Zoo. In preparation for Earth Day on April 22nd, the Calgary Zoo is celebrating with various displays and activities that focus on taking care of our planet.

Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo: Apr. 24 ­ 25. BMO Centre. One of Calgary's premiere events for comic books, anime, gaming and animation. Quilt Canada 2010: Apr. 26 ­ May 1, Telus Convention Centre. Features workshops taught by stellar international and Canadian instructors, a National Juried Quilt Show plus 11 special exhibits showcasing everything from vintage quilts to applique and art quilts. Millionaire Mind Evening: Apr. 28, 7:00 p.m., BMO Centre. Learn the causes of money problems, why some people fail and how you can reach your full financial potential. "Believe It" Youth Singers of Calgary: May 6, 4:00 p.m., Southern Alberta Jubillee Auditorum. Calgary's


APRIL 2010


In Our City

Bicycle Helmet Safety

Bicycle crashes are the leading cause of brain injury in school-aged children. Most injuries occur when a cyclist suffers a fall, strikes a stationary object, or collides with another cyclist or pedestrian. Remember ­ it is the law in Alberta that cyclists under the age of 18 must wear a helmet (and highly recommended for all ages). Helmets should be CSA approved and worn during recreational activities such as skateboarding, in-line skating, or cycling. Getting informed · Wearing a helmet while cycling can prevent a serious injury or save a life. · Brain injuries can cause permanent disability or death. · Reduce your risk by always wearing your helmet. · Replace any helmet that has been involved in a crash, even if it appears undamaged. Getting started · Allow children to assist when buying their helmet. Cyclists who choose their own helmet are more likely to wear them. · Start the habit early. Young children learning to ride tricycles need to wear helmets. · Parents must lead by example: always wear your own helmet when cycling. Getting the rightfit · Take the time to properly fit and adjust your helmet to ensure maximum protection in case of a crash. · When worn properly, helmets should fit level, not tilted up or down over the forehead. · Helmets should feel snug, but not too tight. To test the fit, the helmet should not fall off when you shake your head from side to side while the straps are unfastened. · Adjust the chin straps to form a "Y" below and slightly forward from the ears. · Only one finger should be able to fit under the chin strap when it is fastened. · Do not forget to use the sizing pads included with the helmet. They will help improve the overall fit and comfort. Alberta Health Services

Vin Room

I was fortunate enough this past month to dine at the fabulously chic Vin Room located on 2310-4th St. S.W. at the old Mission Cycle building. John Gilchrist (a published restaurant critic in Calgary) rated this wine bar as the "best new restaurant of 2009". I could not agree more! From the friendly hostess, the contemporary design, the walls lined with wine bottles, and the downtown posh feel, there wasn't a missed step along the way. The main floor has a sexy lounge feel, while the upstairs is more secluded. With the rooftop patio covered in snow, I found myself longing for the month of July and picturing my friends gathered around a table enjoying an endless selection of wine. The wine cellar is also available for private parties. The Lobster Salad with smoked pancetta was to die for. The squid was light and refreshing, and the cod cakes were cooked to perfection. The Duck was juicy and savory. Adding to the dining experience was our knowledgeable server who kept us smiling throughout the evening. If you are looking for a place to wine and dine your clients or business associates, this is the place! Vin Room is also great for couples who want a sensual dinning experience. Megan Hidson

New to Calgary?

If you have just moved to our vibrant city, you will find this web site a super source of information. Take a look at to find a home, a job, or a school for your kids. Need some help getting into the vibe of things? Then check out the things to do in the lifestyle and recreation pages. Or get connected at Calgary's Social Media Sites. This new web site sponsored by Calgary Economic Development has it all for new residents.

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Restaurant Review


APRIL 2010


Your Pets

Pet Memorial Services

It's a day no pet owner wants to think about; the day you lose your pet and begin to mourn their absence in the resounding silence of your home. After enjoying a lifetime of love, devotion and memories, it is now time to say goodbye. But how exactly do you do that? "It's never easy to say goodbye to our pets," says Joe Coffin, Calgary Humane Society General Manager of Operations. "They deserve to be treated with compassion, dignity and respect. And that's what Calgary Humane Society Cremations and Memorial Services is here to provide." The Calgary Humane Society has provided cremation services to the City of Calgary and surrounding areas for more than 30 years. In the upcoming year, services are growing to include memorial tree planting and memorial plaques in a special place to honor the life of our pets. When a bereaved pet owner comes to the Humane Society, staff are there to welcome them into the Serenity Room where they can have privacy in a comfortable environment to say goodbye. Staff can also guide owners through the process of choosing an urn or ceramic paw print to memorialize their pet and provide the option of a general or private cremation. Pet owners have really noticed the difference Calgary Humane Society services made in helping them through

Introducing Baby to Your Family Dog

Hopefully you are reading this before you are bringing baby home from the hospital. Plan ahead to ensure the introduction of baby doesn't send your dog into a tail spin! Here are some tips to get working on before the big day from · If you haven't already taught your dog some basic obedience, consider that now. · Problems often emerge as your baby begins crawling. Think ahead. · When teaching "leave it," consider using a word like "mine," instead. Mine is a common toddler word. · Do bite prevention exercises. If you've done these types of exercises before, do them again as behavior fluctuates over the life-time of a dog. · Put a jar of dog cookies by your door and ask the flow of company visiting your new baby to take a moment to say, "hello" to your dog, and make him or her feel special. · Children's toys may not be safe for your dog and dog toys may not be safe for your child. You'll need to pay attention to both for a while. · Have fun. Dogs and kids can get along well, with supervision and a little work.

this time. "I would like to take this moment to thank you and your wonderful staff during such a difficult time for me," wrote Krista Symington. "We brought my kitty in on Friday and your staff helped us choose an urn and paw prints. They also gave us as much time as we needed in your Serenity Room to say good bye to her. Staff went out of their way to come in on a day off to ensure that we had my kitty's urn back at home before we left for holidays on Sunday, and that meant more to me than I can even explain." Pet owners can also take comfort in knowing that choosing Calgary Humane Society services helps other animals in need. All proceeds from the memorial services are returned directly to the Calgary Humane Society to help care for the more than 8,500 animals the society shelters each year. CHS members and volunteers receive a discount on all memorial services. Lindsay Jones

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