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By: Sue Coatham On: June 28, 2020 In: Community Comments: 0

JULY 2020

Happy Canada Day!

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to significantly impact our lives and, as we head into warmer weather and vacation season, we need to remain vigilant in following recommendations from health and government officials.  The great news is our parks, playgrounds and outdoor hockey rink are all open for use using safe distancing practices.

The pandemic has resulted in more people getting outside and walking the pathways and enjoying the parks.  We are so fortunate to have Nose Hill right next to us and can feel like we have left the city walking through the treed areas.

When out, why not do two great things at the same time and consider “PLALKing”?  Picking up litter while walking is a fantastic way to get exercise while cleaning up your neighborhood.    The SMCA Board has bags, gloves, masks and extender grabbers that are available upon request.

The Berkshire Citadel Church continues to be extremely busy supporting nearby families through their weekly food hamper program.  The SMCA Board was proud to provide a donation towards this muchneeded program.

The SMCA Board continues to support the brown bag lunch program sponsored through Food Finder YYC.  Each day between 11:00 am to1:00 pm volunteers are handing out bagged lunches to kids in need.

Once again, our volunteer group planted planters which are strategically placed throughout Sandstone and MacEwan.   If you can offer to water the plants close to your home that would be extremely helpful.  A special thanks to Carolyn Gomez who manages this initiative. You can send her an email at info@sandstonemacewan.com.

Sadly, we have had to cancel Sandstock (music in the park) this year, however, will plan to be bigger and better next year!  We are trying to arrange for some activities in the community honoring social distancing in the near future.

As I mentioned last month, once the City of Calgary opens the compost site, Big Man Landscaping will drop off compost for you to pick up near the Sandstone Hockey Rink.  Please keep an eye on our website and social media sites for information.

Great News Publishing continues to provide our newsletter in a digital format only.

The SMCA Board does not have formal board meetings through July and August, however we remain available through email and social media sites.  We are looking for board members and have exciting projects we will be managing in the future, including building a shed and porch area for the pleasure rink on Sandstone Dr., as well as replacing the hockey rink on Sandarac Dr.  Please email me for more information.

Please contact us on our website or our social media sites including:

Sandstone MacEwan Community Association (SMCA) www.sandstonemacewan.com
SMCA Facebook @sandstonemacewan
SMCA Twitter @sandstonemac
SMCA Instagram @sandstonemacewan

Look for our emails that we send out occasionally and email us at info@sandstonemacewan.com to be included in this distribution list.

Please consider purchasing a SMCA membership.  You can go to sandstonemacewan.com to purchase your membership online or email Carolyn Gomez at memberships@sandstonemacewan.com.

Sue Coatham

President SMCA

president@sandstonemacewan.com

JUNE 2020

Happy Fathers Day!

I must apologize for not sending Happy Mother’s Day wishes last month.  I hope your family were able to be creative in recognizing your special day.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to significantly impact our lives and, as we head into warmer weather and vacation season, we need to remain vigilant in following recommendations from health and government officials.    As you know, Calgary continues to lead the numbers throughout the province of those testing positive so Calgarians need to be extra cautious.

There are excellent initiatives throughout the City to support families in need and I would like to highlight three in our communities.

Firstly, I would like to thank Simons Valley School (SVS) parents for their excellent efforts with a food drive.  On April 15th, baskets of food were collected and over $700.00 was raised to donate to the Berkshire Citadel Church Hamper Program. They plan to do the same in May.

Secondly, the Berkshire Citadel Church are extremely busy supporting nearby families through their weekly food hamper program.  The SMCA Board was proud to provide a donation towards this muchneeded program.

Finally, the SMCA Board is supporting the brown bag lunch program sponsored through Food Finder YYC.  Each day between 11:00am-1:00pm volunteers are handing out bagged lunches to kids in need.  Please consider joining them at the sheds near the hockey rink at 355 Sandarac Dr.

We will be getting the planters out soon.  This program is quite popular in our communities and we get excellent feedback from you for our efforts.   If you can offer to water the plants close to your home that would be extremely helpful.  A special thanks to Carolyn Gomez who manages this initiative and you can send her an email at info@sandstonemacewan.com.

The bike to school day is typically the first Tuesday of June and encourages kids and parents to ride to school.  Although schools are closed, why not get the bikes out and go for a bike ride with the kids anyway.  Take a photo and send it to us at info@sandstonemacewan.com.

While the community clean up is cancelled this year, the SMCA Board is arranging a day for you to pick up compost.  Like last year, Big Man Landscaping has offered to collect the compost from the south of Calgary and drop it near the Sandstone Hockey Rink.  We will let you know the date soon.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Great News Publishing has advised us that they will not be mailing our newsletter – only a digital copy will be available.

Please contact us on our website or our social media sites including:

Sandstone MacEwan Community Association (SMCA) www.sandstonemacewan.com
SMCA Facebook @sandstonemacewan
SMCA Twitter @sandstonemac
SMCA Instagram @sandstonemacewan

Look for our emails that we send out occasionally and email us at info@sandstonemacewan.com to be included in this distribution list.

Please consider purchasing a SMCA membership.  You can go to sandstonemacewan.com to purchase your membership online or email Carolyn Gomez at memberships@sandstonemacewan.com.

Sue Coatham

President SMCA

president@sandstonemacewan.com

MAY 2020

I started writing April’s message before COVID-19 hit Canada and the rest of the world with a vengeance.  My proposed message about the optimism of Spring and the rush to get outdoors and start activities seems a bit silly and naïve reading it now.

Some of us are working too much, some not enough and sadly, some not at all.  We are stressed out trying to make sure we have enough supplies, figuring out if we have the funds to do this, and being brave enough to line up at the grocery stores. Our kids’ lives have been turned upside down as they have lost their routine of school, activities and friends, while parents have suddenly become their teachers, friends, coaches, IT support and so on.

We are worried about our parents and other older relatives who we can only support from afar. Our routines, which kept us sane, are ‘out the window’. The stress of all this and so much more may even be keeping some of us awake at night.  

We are inundated with information coming from three levels of government and wondering if we qualify for support and if ‘yes’, how much?  I would like to offer a special thanks to Michelle Rempel Gardner for her continued communication with the SMCA Board and her willingness to assist where she can.

Attached are important links for you to refer to:

https://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/cema/Pages/Support-for-Individual.aspx
https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-supports-for-albertans.aspx
https://mprempel.ca/information-on-covid-19
https://www.sandstonemacewancommunityassociation

I’m hoping by the time this letter is published, the incidences of those testing positive with COVID-19 will have decreased and we can celebrate that our social distancing practices have been successful.

As a result of COVID-19 Great News Publishing has advised they will not be mailing our newsletter only a digital copy will be released. We would like to hear from those of you who you read a hard copy of our newsletter – do you think we should continue our efforts to have it mailed.  As an Association we struggle to communicate with residents who are not on social media and invite any ideas you may have for us to improve in this area.

Please continue to get outside and ride, run or walk; it is critical for your mind and body and very easy to practice social distancing.  Take a photo of what you are doing to respect social distancing and send it to us at info@sandstonemacewan.com

We invite you to share your ideas and stories of acts of kindness you and people you know are experiencing using any of the listed sites below.

Please contact us on our website or our social media sites including:

Sandstone MacEwan Community Association (SMCA) www.sandstonemacewan.com
SMCA Facebook @sandstonemacewan
SMCA Twitter @sandstonemac
SMCA Instagram @sandstonemacewan

Look for our emails that we send out occasionally and email us at info@sandstonemacewan.com to be included in this distribution list.

Please consider purchasing a SMCA membership.  You can go to www.sandstonemacewan.com/membership to purchase your membership online or email Carolyn Gomez at memberships@sandstonemacewan.com.

Sue Coatham
President SMCA
president@sandstonemacewan.com

APRIL 2020

Happy Easter!

Who does not love Spring? It is the season of new growth as green patches and budding flowers replace the snow. The days are longer, warmer and brighter and the extra light and warm temperatures bring a bit of a lighter step for many of us. We feel more energetic, social and have an urge to be outdoors. We are fortunate in Sandstone and MacEwan to have numerous pathways and parks to take advantage of, not to mention Nose Hill Park, one of the largest urban parks in North America.

The downside of Spring is we have a lot of litter that has been blown around and buried under the snow. Why not do two great things at the same time and consider “PLALKing”? Picking up litter while walking is a fantastic way to get exercise while cleaning-up your neighborhood. Get the kids or a friend out and send us a photo showing us your support of this great initiative.

The SMCA Board would like to put out a very special ‘thank you’ to Alan Margulies, Brett Dawson, Butch Hogan, Colin May, Dale Struksnes, Jeff Schroeder, Joe Tofani, Kevin Swaby, Luke Janetzki, Rod Pennoyer, Travis Brouwer, Trevor Bacon, Trevor Marr, Tyler McDonald and William Murray for the countless hours they spent clearing and flooding the hockey rink. A special ‘thank you’ also goes to Tim Huston, our “fix-it guy”, who kept the machines going despite all the pucks that were ‘eaten’ after heavy snow falls! It was awesome to see new volunteers at the rinks. Please consider volunteering a few hours a week next year.

The pleasure rink was very popular again this year.  The Board thanks Brad Beckett and Joe Wensink for consistently clearing and flooding the rink.

As you may recall, we asked for your feedback via an online survey regarding the use and potential placement of the hockey rink. Over 100 people responded in favor of the SMCA Board replacing the rink. We will provide more of a breakdown of the feedback next month.

Unfortunately, for the second year in three years, our communities were not chosen by the City of Calgary, for the community clean up.  Due to cost reductions, the City indicated that they are reducing clean-ups from 100 to 84. The SMCA Board looks forward to hosting the community clean up, so we have reached out to neighboring communities to inquire about joining their community clean-ups.  We will let you know the outcome of our inquiries.

Our board meetings are held in the boardroom at the Berkshire Citadel Church on the first Thursday of every month at 700pm. If you are interested in becoming a board member, send me an email or attend one of our meetings to learn about the operations.

Please consider purchasing a SMCA membership. You can go to sandstonemacewan.com/membership to purchase your membership online or email Carolyn Gomez at memberships@sandstonemacewan.com.

Thank you so much for checking us out on our website and our social media sites. We have over 900 Facebook followers, 400 Twitter followers, nearly 100 Instagram followers and 200 for email distribution! Follow us at instagram.com/sandstonemacewan/

Sue Coatham
President SMCA president@sandstonemacewan.com

MARCH 2020

Throughout the month of March, the City of Calgary and the Federation of Calgary Communities encourages residents to “be part of it” and think about what your Community Associations (CA’s) can do for you and what you can do for your CA’s.

Do you feel proud of your neighborhood and community?  Why or why not? When you talk about where you live, what do you tell people? Do you enjoy driving by the rinks and seeing the lights throughout the Christmas season? Are you able to make use of the ice rinks, community clean-up and ‘Music in the Park’? Do you access the SMCA website, Twitter, Instagram or Facebook for information?

I would like to point out a few things that make me feel proud as a resident and President of the SMCA.

Volunteers are the backbone in any community, and we have so many amazing volunteers who consistently come out and help us maintain two outdoor rinks, despite the weather and their busy lives.  We have a volunteer who spends hours maintaining our equipment and is our ‘go to’ guy for anything that needs to be built or fixed.  The SMCA Board consists of eleven very committed and busy volunteers, who also contribute to the maintenance of the rinks, websites, social media pages and the monthly newsletter.  They organize the community clean-up, casino, ‘Music in the Park’ and the planters, as well as responding to all concerns and complaints brought forth.

This winter the SMCA Board put out a call for used skates for kids who wanted to skate but didn’t have skates.  The response has been great. Along with that, we’ve had other families offer to manage a skate exchange program, sharpen skates and teach kids how to skate.  If you would like to donate skates or helmets, or if your kids need either, please contact us at info@sandstonemacewan.com or Bradley Beckett at yeldarbis@shaw.ca for more information.

There are community members who organize block parties year after year, families who watch out for their neighbors and kids who make sure walkways are shoveled for individuals who can’t do it themselves.

That is what community means to me and I know I have only scratched the surface in providing examples of the kindness that flows through the Sandstone and MacEwan communities.

We are fortunate to have two elementary schools in our community and this year both Monsignor Neville Anderson (MNA) and the Simons Valley School (SVS) were able to utilize the hockey rink for scheduled school activities.  With the support of the KidSport Skate Shack program skates and helmets were made available to all those who needed them, including those who had never previously put on a pair of skates.

As you read this message please think about getting involved with your community and consider purchasing a SMCA membership.  You can go to www.sandstonemacewan.com to purchase your membership online or email Carolyn Gomez at memberships@sandstonemacewan.com.

Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

Sue Coatham

President SMCA

president@sandstonemacewan.com

FEBRUARY 2020

Welcome to February!  Did Balzac Billy see his shadow on Groundhog Day? A sunny day that allows the groundhog to see his shadow will send him scurrying back into his burrow, a sign of six more weeks of winter. A cloudy and therefore shadow less day is a sign of spring encouraging the groundhog to stay above ground.

The Calgary teacher’s convention always aligns with Alberta’s Family Day weekend.   For many, this is an opportunity to get away, the first since the Christmas break and for others this is a day to reflect on the value of family and take advantage of the events that are held throughout Calgary.

Thank you for submitting your photo entries for our SMCA Christmas light contest.  The 2019 Winners: 1st place: 120 MacEwan Ridge Cl 2nd place: 56 Sandringham Cl 3rd place: 47 Sandringham Way and honorable mention: 51 MacEwan Meadow Way and 36 MacEwan Meadow Rise.  We look forward to seeing more entries next year!

We hope you are to take advantage of our rinks throughout the winter.  Each year it seems like the younger kids are becoming regular users of the hockey rink.

Many individuals have donated skates to the SMCA Board, and we would like to pass them on to individuals who would like to skate.   If you don’t know how to skate, we have a lifelong hockey family living in Sandstone more than willing to provide a few skating lessons for free at either the pleasure rink or the hockey rink.  Contact us at info@sandstonemacewan.com for more information.

As I mentioned previously, our hockey rink/outdoor sports surface (355 Sandarac Drive NW) needs replacement.  Currently, it is used by community members of all ages, local sports teams, local schools, and members of neighbouring communities. We have a dedicated crew of rink volunteers in the winter months. We host various winter and summer events and have the potential to host more throughout the year.

We are looking for your input. Do you use the rink/surface? Do you have any thoughts on the replacement? Please go to the online questionnaire at www.sandstonemacewan.com/rink-survey and add your comments.

One of our SMCA sheds being used by the Scouts had the lock cut off by vandals who stole some equipment.   The 224 Scouts collect bottles throughout the year to purchase equipment for the kids and this is a loss for them.  Please report any suspicious activity you see in your neighbourhood to either 311 or 911.  Your call could stop a crime in progress.

We thank all those who have purchased their SMCA memberships! Please go to sandstonemacewan.com to purchase your membership online or email Carolyn Gomez at memberships@sandstonemacewan.com.

Thank you so much for helping us grow our social media sites!  We have over 830 Facebook likes, 400 Twitter followers and over 220 for email distribution!  Thanks to Trevor, we are now on Instagram; so far, we have 62 followers!  Follow us at   https://www.instagram.com/sandstonemacewan/

Happy Valentines Day!

Sue Coatham

President SMCA

president@sandstonemacewan.com

JANUARY 2020

Happy New Year! Chinese New Year is January 25, 2020 and this is the year of the White Metal Rat.

We hope you were able to take advantage of our rinks throughout the Christmas break.  Many families have experienced ongoing hardships through the downturn in Alberta and no longer able to replace skates and other equipment for the kids.  If you have kids who are in need of equipment please consider applying for assistance through Comrie’s Sports Bank www.comriessportsequipmentbank.org/.

If you have skates you no longer use or need, please send an email to info@sandstonemacewan.com and we will be happy to find a home for them.

The SMCA board elections were in November our executive and board are as follows:

Sue Coatham-President
Trevor Bacon-Vice-president
Phil Nantais-2nd Vice-president
Willa Wu-Secretary
Sharon Mazurkewich-Treasurer
Jennifer Bidlake-Schroeder-Director at Large
Carolyn Gomez-Membership Director
Sarah Meagher-Bromley-on leave
Pinky Nantais-Casino Director
Colin May-Director at Large
Shayne Chidlaw-Director at Large

Welcome to our newest Director Colin May, a long-standing volunteer at the hockey rink.  Thanks Colin, we look forward to working with you and hearing your ideas.   You can look forward to seeing the many events the Board will be hosting in the new year.

I have mentioned the amount of work that has gone into rebuilding the pleasure rink over the past several years and have attached photos.

We have had an excellent response for volunteers at our skating rinks over the past several months.  A special thanks to Trevor for highlighting our dedicated volunteers through social media and asking the community to ‘be like them’.  If you have a few hours to volunteer at our rinks either at night or through the daytime, please contact us info@sandstonemacewan.com

The SMCA Board is seeking community input. Our hockey rink/outdoor sports surface (355 Sandarac Drive NW) is nearing the end of its lifecycle needs replacement.

Please see the online questionnaire at www.sandstonemacewan.com/rink-survey and add your comments.

Thank you for submitting your photo entries for our SMCA newsletter. Our goal is to move away from stock photos as much as possible and personalize our Newsletter.  Trevor Bacon is our Newsletter Director and you can forward these to newsletter@sandstonemacewan.com.

Please report any suspicious activity you see to either 311 or 911, your efforts could stop a crime in process!

Our membership list continues to grow, and we thank those who have purchased their SMCA memberships! Please go to sandstonemacewan.com to purchase your membership online or email Carolyn Gomez at memberships@sandstonemacewan.com.  Those who purchase a three-year membership ($50.00) will receive a SMCA go mug and those with a one-year membership ($20.00) will receive two SMCA beverage koozies.

Thank you so much for checking us out on our web site and our social media sites, we are over 800 likes on Facebook, 380 followers on Twitter @sandstonemac and 200 for email distribution!   SMCA is now on Instagram thanks to Trevor!  Follow us at   https://www.instagram.com/sandstonemacewan/ so far we have 55 followers!

Sue Coatham

President SMCA

president@sandstonemacewan.com

DECEMBER 2019

Merry Christmas!

Typically, by this time in December we all know friends and family who have their house decorated, presents bought and wrapped and the baking safely hidden in the freezer.  Then, there are the rest of us who are still in the “planning stage” and think we still have lots of time to get everything done.

As organized as you are (or not), please take time to support those who are not as fortunate as you may be.  The level of unemployment in Calgary continues at an unprecedented rate and many families are dealing with the stress of not having enough money to pay the bills not to mention having any extra money for Christmas.   A plate of Christmas baking to the neighbor or adding more food to your food bank contribution goes a long way.

Challenge your family to think of activities that don’t cost money like skating at one of our rinks or tobogganing at one of the hills in the neighborhood.  The board has had Christmas lights put up on the trees on the Island at the Sandstone Park as well as the hockey rink again to help get you in the Christmas spirit!  The rink volunteers dedicate hours to maintaining the rinks and their greatest pay back is seeing them used.

The SMCA board was successful in securing a grant through the Enmax sponsored Energizing Spaces Fund.  Our very old and costly rink flood lights will be replaced with the energy efficient LED lights that will save the Community Association hundreds of dollars a year to light up both the hockey and pleasure rink.  A special thanks to former SMCA board member Wayne Watson for completing the application on behalf of the board.

Please continue to submit your photo entries so our SMCA newsletter continues with the personal touch!  Our goal is to move away from stock photos as much as possible and personalize our Newsletter.  Trevor Bacon is our Newsletter Director and you can forward these to newsletter@sandstonemacewan.com.

Please contact us if you can offer a few hours a week to assist with flooding the hockey rink.

Sue Coatham, President SMCA

president@sandstonemacewan.com

NOVEMBER 2019

The SMCA Annual General Meeting will be held November 14, 2019 at the Berkshire Citadel Church boardroom. The current board consists of 12 volunteers who are responsible for two rinks, the community clean up, music in the park, ride your bike to school, the planter program, the Christmas light program, managing the casino fundraiser, memberships, as well as managing a budget and providing financial support to a variety of clubs in Sandstone and MacEwan. Each one of us are proud to contribute and look forward to the positive feedback we receive from community members. Hope to see you at the Berkshire Citadel Church on Sandarac Drive at 7:00pm and our regular monthly meeting will follow.

For the third year, the SMCA board partnered with the Berkshire Citadel Church to provide backpacks and school supplies to kids in our community. We also provided funds for the hamper program operated by the Church to provide food to families in need throughout the summer months. The SMCA board was happy to work with the Berkshire Citadel Church to assist those in need in our communities.

Did you notice the photo on the front page of Octobers newsletter? How about the honorable mentioned photos inside? These are photos that are submitted by Sandstone MacEwan community members. Please continue to submit your photo entries so our SMCA newsletter continues with the personal touch! Our goal is to move away from stock photos as much as possible and personalize our newsletter. Wayne Watson is our Newsletter Director and will continue to introduce different themes in the newsletter and our social media sites. You can forward these to newsletter@sandstonemacewan.com.

We are heading into winter and the volunteers who maintain the two rinks throughout the winter are busy preparing for another skating season! Please contact us if you can o?er a few hours a week to assist with flooding the hockey rink.

Remembrance Day is November 11th, commemorating the first world war formally ending at the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. There are many events taking place in and around Calgary that will be highlighted on various Calgary websites, including our social media pages. Please take the time for two minutes of silence at 1100 am in honor of all those who fought and lost their lives fighting for their country.

Please report any suspicious activity you see to either 311 or 911, your e?orts could stop a crime in process!

Our membership list is growing! Please go to sandstonemacewan.com to purchase your SMCA memberships online or email Carolyn Gomez at memberships@sandstonemacewan.com. Those who purchase a three year membership ($50.00) will receive a SMCA go mug and those with a one-year membership ($20.00) will receive two SMCA beverage koozies.

SMCA is now on Instagram thanks to Trevor! Follow us at www.instagram.com/sandstonemacewan so far, we have 26 followers!

Thank you so much for connecting with our social media sites, we are over 800 likes on Facebook, 380 followers on Twitter and 200 for email distribution!

Sue Coatham, President SMCA

president@sandstonemacewan.com

OCTOBER 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sandstock 2019 was a great success thanks to the Corazones Band and the vendors. A very special thanks to the following sponsors: City of Calgary, Councillor Sean Chu and MP Michelle Rempel. We had more volunteers than ever to help us run the event, including the 224 Scouts. Once again, our event Director Trevor Bacon pulled out all the stops to ensure the day ran smoothly. Phil Nantais, one of our Directors, managed the composting, recycling and garbage and reported there was only one regular bag of garbage at the end of the day. Carolyn Gomez, our membership Director reports she sold hundreds of dollars in new memberships and the funds will go back into this and other events.

Many of you have participated in our Sandstone MacEwan newsletter photo contest with the winner’s photo on the front page and honorable mention photos within the newsletter. Our goal is to move away from stock photos as much as possible and personalize our newsletter. Wayne Watson has stepped in as our Newsletter Director while Sarah Meagher-Bromley is away on extended leave. Wayne will continue to introduce different themes in the newsletter and our social media sites. You can forward these to newsletter@sandstonemacewan.com.

We will be bringing in the planters soon and we want to give a big thanks to the many volunteers who offered to water the plants throughout the summer! This continues to be one the initiatives where the community provides the most positive feedback to us on the Board. A special thanks to the individual who made a sign thanking us!

Our auditor is backed up so we will be moving our Annual General Meeting to November. We are moving our monthly meeting dates so the actual date will be posted later.

We are very frustrated to report kids continue to climb on the shed roof at the pleasure rink creating damage to the shingles. Lately we have received reports that kids are climbing on our sheds at the hockey rink and upon inspection they have broken through the membrane causing significant water damage to one shed as well as the contents. Not only is this a considerable safety issue, it is costing the SMCA a significant amount of time and money to repair. We believe the ones who created the damage are the same ones who sprayed graffiti on the side of the shed. We have secured photos and understand they are in grade 12 at a high school in Huntington and once they properly identifed we will be turning the information over to the Calgary Police Service. The charges can range from vandalism to trespassing on private property. Please email us at info@sandstonemacewan.com if you are witness to this type of behaviour.

Thank you so much for connecting with our social media sites, we are over 800 likes on Facebook, 380 followers on Twitter and 200 for email distribution! Trevor tells me we are going live on Instagram soon!

Happy Halloween!

Sue Coatham

President SMCA

president@sandstonemacewan.com

SEPTEMBER 2019

Our seemingly very short summer is ending, and it is time to get back to work, school and other regular activities.

We hope you were able to take advantage of some of the events we sponsored throughout the spring and summer including the community clean up, compost, neighbor day, parade of garage sales, theatre in the park, park and play as well as Sandstock.

Mark your calendars for August 30, 2019 from 500-900pm.  Vivo and SMCA will be having a fire pit at Sandstone Park on 99 Sandstone Drive.  Bring a chair and there will be marshmallows and hot chocolate provided.

The school buses are going to be in full force in Sandstone and MacEwan especially at both elementary schools so please pay attention to kids who may be running to or from these buses.  The school and playground zones are strictly enforced but if you notice people speeding, please register a concern through 311 or 911 if it is an emergency.

I wanted to send a thank you to the 224 Scout troop who maintain planters around the pleasure rink as well as the great work they are doing on the sign area across from the park on Sandstone Drive.

We continue to receive feedback regarding the overgrown bushes around the sign on the northwest corner of the Calgary Transit bus loop.  The area is the responsibility of Calgary Transit and they have committed to cleaning this up.  Once this has been completed the SMCA has agreed to maintain the area.  This has been a long-standing issue and we hope Calgary Transit has the area cleaned up within the next month or two.  If there is an area that you have noted has been neglected, please email us at info@sandstonemacewan.com and we will be happy to review the concern with you

Thank you to those who entered the SMCA September Photo Contest!  The winner’s photos are in this newsletter.

As I mentioned previously, the SMCA board had booked the Mobile Skateboard Park for our hockey rink the first two weeks of September.  Due to budgetary concerns, the City of Calgary has suspended this program indefinitely.

Please think about attending our Annual General Meeting 700pm October 2, 2019 at the Berkshire Citadel Church on Sandarac Drive. We keep active throughout the year and always welcome newcomers.

The goal of upgrading Sandstone Park is complete and we will be starting to work on the hockey rink upgrade that is going to be time consuming and costly but necessary given it is over 15 years old and heavily utilized.   Look forward to updates regarding this project.

We are nearing 800 likes on Facebook, 300 followers on Twitter and 200 for email distribution, please keep it up!

Your membership contributions go towards the upkeep of our equipment and rinks and allow us to offer community engagement activities. Please go to our website and purchase your Sandstone MacEwan Community Association (SMCA) membership online.

Sue Coatham

President SMCA

president@sandstonemacewan.com

AUGUST 2019

Happy August to you!

Although the weather was a bit uncooperative, the 7th annual Beddington Heights-Sandstone MacEwan Parade of Garage Sales held on June 22nd was a success. A special thanks to Beddington Heights President Jessica Martin as well as SMCA Director Willa Wu for managing this.

August 5th is Heritage Day in Alberta and while it is not a formal statutory holiday, many businesses close on this day. If you are lucky enough to have the day off, make sure you check out what’s happening in Calgary. Monsignor Neville Anderson starts classes for year-round school August 6, 2019 on Sandarac Drive. PLEASE pay attention when you are driving on Sandarac Drive and do not hesitate to report erratic driving either through calling 311 or 911 if it is an emergency.

Please enter our SMCA Monthly Photo Contest! Submit your Landscape, Activities, Nature, Pets, Garden, Community Events, Kids Playing and Weather photos to info@sandstonemacewan.com for a chance to be on the cover of our September newsletter! Deadline is August 8th.

SANDSTOCK returns for a 7th year at Sandstone Park Sunday, August 25th from 1 – 5pm! Enjoy a FREE family fun filled afternoon with activities for the kids, an artisan market with arts & crafts and great live music from the band Corazones! Check them out at www.dascorazones.com. We have sold lots of Artisan tables and as usual we will have a bouncy house for the kids as well as raffle draws and 50/50 draws. Please contact us at info@sandstonemacewan.com if you are interested in helping us out.

The SMCA board is happy to say we have booked the Mobile Skateboard Park to be installed in our hockey rink for the first two weeks of September. This is an event the board likes to sponsor given the popularity of the event. Get the kids out to blow off some steam before they need to head back to school.

Over a year ago, the SMCA board sent email requests to individuals requesting that you opt into our email distribution list in line with Canada’s anti-spam laws. Thank you to those who have contributed to our distribution list and for those who have not, please consider opting into this list as it is one more way for us to communicate important information to you.

We are nearing 800 likes on Facebook, 300 followers on Twitter and 200 for email distribution, please keep it up! A special thanks to Trevor Bacon for his excellent and timely posts on Facebook as well as Twitter @sandstonemac.

Thanks to Willa Wu who sends out excellent and timely email distributions. Check out the website at www.sandstonemacewan.com or contact us at info@sandstonemacewan.com. You can also contact Carolyn Gomez, Director of memberships at memberships@sandstonemacewan.com.

Please go to our website and purchase your Sandstone MacEwan Community Association (SMCA) membership online.

Sue Coatham

President SMCA

president@sandstonemacewan.com

JULY 2019

HAPPY CANADA DAY!

The SMCA Board would like to give a special thanks to the excellent feedback we have been receiving regarding the planters, the free compost day, the bike to school day as well as the community clean up. Please keep it up!

The Bike to School Day was Tuesday June 4, 2019, at various Calgary schools including Monsignor Neville Anderson (MNA) and Simons Valley School (SVS). Volunteers, members of the board as well as Sean Chu and Andrew Chan were at both the MNA and SVS schools handing out goodies to the kids wearing helmets. Once again Sven Stuwe did an excellent job organizing and communicating with both schools in preparation of this day. The Berkshire Citadel Church was on site with their disaster response kitchen at the SVS handing out water and snack bars.

The SMCA Board hosted the community clean up on June 9, 2019 and it was a great success thanks to the awesome volunteers including the 224 Scout Group. As usual it was an extremely popular event and people were very patient with the long wait lines.

We have had a great response with our planter program and residents offering to water the SMCA planters in their area. If you would like to assist with watering, please contact Carolyn Gomez at info@sandstonemacewan.com.

Thanks so much for your response to our landscape/gardening photo contest. It was very difficult to select the winner however we have voted on the bee pictures taken by Amy Lahoda and her entry is on this month’s front page. We will be having another contest so please continue to submit your photos as requested.

Mark your calendars for Sunday, August 25th as SANDSTOCK (music in the park) returns for a 7th year at Sandstone Park. Local band Das Corazones, with members residing in MacEwan, are scheduled to play two sets of originals and select covers in the afternoon. We are always looking for volunteers to help us out on this day so please consider giving us a hand. Hope to see you there!

Are you a person who is proud of your community and like to give back? The SMCA board is looking for individuals who have an interest becoming an SMCA Director. Past board experience is an asset but not required and duties include attending monthly meetings as well as contributing to the mandate of the board. If you would like to receive more information, please email us at info@sandstonemacewan.com.

Please go to our website and purchase your Sandstone MacEwan Community Association (SMCA) membership online. When you purchase a three-year membership ($50.00) you will receive a SMCA go mug and those with a one-year membership ($20.00) will receive two SMCA beverage koozies.

Follow us on Facebook (over 750 followers) and Twitter @sandstonemac (over 350 followers) and over 200 email addresses. Check out the website at sandstonemacewan.com or contact us at info@sandstonemacewan.com. You can also contact Carolyn Gomez at memberships@sandstonemacewan.com.

Happy Stampeding!

Sue Coatham

President SMCA

JUNE 2019

Happy Father’s Day!

The SMCA board partnered with Big Man Landscaping to bring compost collected through the City of Calgary Compost Program to the Sandstone Rink area.  On May 4th volunteers shoveled more than 12 yards of compost to residents of Sandstone and MacEwan.  It was a cold and snowy day but that did not stop folks from lining up with wheelbarrows, pails and bags to collect premium compost.  A special thanks to Wayne for organizing the event as well as Les, Alan and Nick from Big Man Landscaping for offering this great resource to the community.

June is one of the busier months for the SMCA Board and we hope to see you at one of our events (community clean up, bike to school, or supporting a Neighbor Day event).

The Bike to School Day is Tuesday June 4, 2019, at various Calgary schools including Monsignor Neville Anderson (MNA) and Simons Valley School (SVS).  Members of the board and volunteers will be at SVS and MNA schools handing out goodies to the kids wearing helmets.  A special thanks for Sven Stuwe who is the leader of bike to school for our neighborhood!

The SMCA Board will be hosting the community clean up on June 9, 2019 at 355 Sandarac Dr NW from 0900-200pm.  This is an extremely popular event and there can be long wait times so please plan to be there early.   We will cut off the line at 130pm to ensure everyone gets through.  Look for the “leave it/take it” area for goods you want to donate.   Bikes were very popular so please bring any unused bikes you may have to drop off.  Why don’t you volunteer and give us a hand? We have had some of you offer to volunteer, however could always use more. Please send us an email to info@sandstonemacewan.com if you are able to assist.

Saturday June 15, 2019 is Neighbor Day in Calgary and is a great excuse for neighbors to come together. This could be in the form of a front yard barbeque, garden party, picnic, and so on to celebrate community spirit.  If you are interested in hosting an event on this date, or any date, please contact us at info@sandstonemacewan.com and the SMCA board will be happy to support you with advertising, organizing, and a bit of cash as well.

Congratulations to Josephine Pon Alberta’s newly elected Minister of Seniors and Housing for Calgary-Beddington we look forward to working with you.

Please go to our website and purchase your Sandstone MacEwan Community Association (SMCA) membership online. When you purchase a three-year membership ($50.00) you will receive a SMCA go mug and those with a one-year membership ($20.00) will receive two SMCA beverage koozies.

Follow us on Facebook (over 750 followers) and Twitter @sandstonemac (over 350 followers) and over 200 email addresses.  Check out the website at sandstonemacewan.com or contact us at info@sandstonemacewan.com. You can also contact Carolyn Gomez at memberships@sandstonemacewan.com.

Sue Coatham

President SMCA

president@sandstonemacewan.com

MAY 2019

At the time of this letter, our provincial election will be over and the Premier will be forming the government with the MLAs of their party.  Let’s hope whoever was elected takes Albertans’ interests to heart and we continue to improve economically.   I hope you were able to attend the candidates’ forum we co-hosted with the Huntington Hills Community Association.

We received an excellent response to our first ever photo contest in the winter so we are going to have another one.  Please consider entering our contest and send in photos of gardening or landscaping.  Feel free to add people (with their permission) and/or pets if you like.  Our preference is to personalize the front cover of our newsletter with photos from residents of Sandstone and MacEwan.  The deadline is June 1st so we have time to get it into July’s newsletter.

Our hockey rink is usually pretty active throughout the summer with people playing ball hockey and basketball.  As a way to encourage more activity we are going to start drop-in ball hockey and basketball evenings once a week.  We will choose one night a week at a certain time for each sport and hope that residents get off the couch and try it out.  We will supply hockey nets but please bring a basketball, stick and ball just in case.  More information to follow.

A reminder, the SMCA Board will host a community clean up on June 9, 2019 at 355 Sandarac Dr NW from 0900-200pm.  This is an extremely popular event and there can be long wait times so please plan to be there early.   We will cut off the line at 130pm to ensure everyone gets through.  Look for the “leave it/take it” area for goods you want to donate.   Bikes were very popular so please bring any unused bikes you may have to drop off.  Why don’t you volunteer and give us a hand? We have had some of you offer to volunteer, however could always use more. Please send us an email to info@sandstonemacewan.com if you are able to assist.

Our SMCA community memberships have reduced significantly over the past year or so.  As a board we are continually trying to improve our Sandstone and MacEwan communities and really look to the residents to get involved and support their community.  Your membership contributions go towards the upkeep of our equipment and rinks and allow us to offer community engagement activities.

Please go to our website and purchase your Sandstone MacEwan Community Association (SMCA) membership online. When you purchase a three-year membership ($50.00) you will receive a SMCA go mug and those with a one-year membership ($20.00) will receive two SMCA beverage koozies.

Follow us on Facebook (over 750 followers) and Twitter @sandstonemac (over 350 followers) and over 200 email addresses.  Check out the website at sandstonemacewan.com or contact us at info@sandstonemacewan.com. You can also contact Carolyn Gomez, Director of memberships at memberships@sandstonemacewan.com.

Happy Mother’s Day!

APRIL 2019

Great news, the SMCA Board was successful in our application to host a community clean up June 9, 2019 at 355 Sandarac Dr NW from 0900-200pm.  This is an extremely popular event and there can be long wait times so please plan to be there early.   We will cut off the line at 130pm to ensure everyone gets through.  Look for the “leave it/take it” area for goods you want to donate.  Bikes were very popular so please bring any unused bikes you may have to drop off.  Do you have a few hours to spare?  Why don’t you volunteer to give us a hand?  It’s a great way to meet board members as well as community families. Send us an email if you are interested.

With the skating season over, it’s time to thank the pleasure rink managers Brad Beckett and Joe Wensink, who consistently cleared and flooded the rink throughout the winter.  The hockey rink volunteers included Colin May, Jeff Schroeder, Mark Golem and Trevor Bacon to name a few and we want to thank them for the countless hours they spent clearing and flooding the hockey rink.  The SMCA board invested in a tractor this winter that was put to good use, especially on the bitterly cold days.  A special thanks to Brad Beckett for driving the tractor and maintaining all the machines.

MLA Karen McPherson recently announced that she will not run for re-election this spring and the SMCA Board would like to express our gratitude for your years of service.  As demanding as her schedule was, Karen was always very responsive to the needs of the community.  We will miss her enthusiasm and dedication to her role.

With the provincial election upon us, it is important to note the SMCA Board is non-partisan and will not endorse any one candidate or party.  However, if provided the opportunity, we may sponsor a candidate’s forum.   Ultimately, make sure you take advantage of your democratic right, and get out and vote.   Whatever your political stripe, it is important remember these individuals are performing a public service by running for office and deserve an opportunity to present their platforms without being personally attacked or abused.

Have you been watching the progress of the new CO-OP gas station in the MacEwan mall on 14th Street?    It has been several years since we have had a gas station in that area and let’s hope it is a viable business for CO-OP.

Please go to our website and purchase your Sandstone MacEwan Community Association (SMCA) membership online. When you purchase a three-year membership ($50.00) you will receive a SMCA go mug and those with a one-year membership ($20.00) will receive two SMCA beverage koozies.

Follow us on Facebook (over 700 followers) and Twitter @sandstonemac (over 350 followers).  Check out the website at sandstonemacewan.com or contact us at info@sandstonemacewan.com. You can also contact Carolyn Gomez, director of memberships at memberships@sandstonemacewan.com.

Happy Easter!

MARCH 2019

Thank you to those who volunteered at the SMCA Casino January 25 and 26! Not only did our casino director Willa manage to fill all the spaces, she had volunteers on a waitlist. We know it is a big ask for you to take time out of your busy lives to volunteer and we hope you will enjoy the events and improvements we will be sponsoring in Sandstone and MacEwan through the funds we receive.

Those who thought we had escaped winter with above normal temperatures through the winter months were rudely awakened when the polar vortex spread from the eastern half of Canada and settled in for much of February.  Normally the Pacific Jetstream keeps the Artic air north of us but not this year and Calgarians were not prepared for below normal temperatures that lasted weeks. Simons Valley Elementary had scheduled a week of daily periods of outdoor skating for all their classes at our hockey rink that had to be postponed much to the disappointment of all the kids.

We are not necessarily out of the woods now that February is behind us, however. Did you know that we typically get more snowfall in March than other months?  If you recall, last year Calgary broke a one-day record for the most snowfall on March 2, 2018 with 13 cm of snow.  Don’t put your snow shovels away quite yet!

Thanks very much to those of you who entered your photos for our contest to have the winning photo on the cover of this newsletter. The winning photo was very difficult to choose amongst the entries, however, we have selected Krista McDonald’s photo at the rink (Flames fans).  Honorable mentions go to Carolyn Houston (greenspace behind MacEwan Glen Drive).  Jamie Lamb (nighttime sky), and H. DePatie (winter twig). Keep an eye on the newsletter and our social media sites, we will be having contests in the future given the talent and interest this generated.

March is Community Association Membership Awareness Month in Calgary.

Throughout the month of March, the City of Calgary and the Federation of Calgary Communities encourages residents to “be part of it” and think about what your community associations can do for you and what you can do for your community associations.

Do you feel proud of your neighborhood and community?  Why or why not? When you talk about where you live, what do you tell people? Do you enjoy driving by the rinks and seeing the lights through the Christmas season? Are you able to make use of the ice rinks, community clean up, music in the park, mobile skatepark? Do you access the SMCA website, twitter or facebook for information? Please consider providing us feedback of what you feel the SMCA does right and where you think we can improve.  Most importantly, please renew or purchase your SMCA membership either on our website or at memberships@sandstonemacewan.com.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Sue Coatham

President SMCA

president@sandstonemacewan.com

FEBRUARY 2019

February 5th marks Chinese New Year and is the most important annually recurring festival for people of Chinese ancestry all over the world. It has been celebrated for over 1,000 years – possibly much longer, and the traditions involved are deeply ingrained in Chinese culture. For many, it is also a religious holiday, full of prayers, offerings, and other acts of devotion. 2019 is the year of the Pig, the last of the animals in the Chinese Zodiac which is recognized as a time to bring things to completion. Because it is the end of a twelve-year cycle, it is time to experience joy and reflect on the past in order to prepare for the new cycle which will be the Year of the Metal Rat 2020.

We have been fortunate with our winter temperatures this year and most of the snow has been in the mountain areas. Skating has been consistent at the oval on Sandstone Drive because Joe and Brad were able to get a great base built up.  The hockey rink suffers when we have above zero temperatures given we are unable to build up much of a base due to the design of the rink.  Regardless, the rink guys have done a fantastic job of flooding when the weather cooperates.  Gauging by the consistent number of individuals at both rinks I would say we had a banner year for skating this year.  Thanks very much to those of you who reached out to assist with the rinks, every person helps.

The SMCA board purchased a tractor this winter to assist with clearing the rinks and we hope to have a small Zamboni built to smooth out the rinks for the next season.  The board is also happy to have the tractor to mow the areas we are responsible to maintain (parameters around both rinks).

As I mentioned we have not had a significant amount of snow this year but when we do, please consider shoving sidewalks for the neighbors who are unable to get out themselves.

The Calgary teacher’s convention always aligns with Alberta’s Family Day weekend.   For many, this is an opportunity to get away, the first since the Christmas break and for others this is a day to reflect on the value of family and take advantage of the events that are held throughout Calgary.

The SMCA board has applied to host a community clean up and we will be providing more information in future newsletters.

Our email distribution list continues to grow thanks to many of you opting in.  Check us out on Facebook, we have over 725 likes; see us on Twitter @sandstonemac, with over 370 followers; the website at sandstonemacewan.com; or contact us at info@sandstonemacewan.com. You can also contact Trevor Bacon to post a special event or provide feedback.

Please go to our website and purchase your Sandstone MacEwan Community Association (SMCA) membership online or contact Carolyn Gomez at memberships@sandstonemacewan.com

Happy Valentines and Family Day!

Sue Coatham

President SMCA

president@sandstonemacewan.com

JANUARY 2019

Happy New Year! I hope you had a festive (and restful) Christmas break.   Have you made a resolution to get more exercise?  Why not take advantage of what we have in the northwest and hike Nose Hill, ski COP, walk the pathways, skate on our rinks or cross-country ski at the tracked runs at Confederation Park?    What about a resolution to get more involved in activities and maybe volunteer?  The SMCA is always in need of eager individuals wanting to get involved in our communities.

The SMCA board developed goals and priorities for 2018-19. You can look forward to the Community Clean Up, Neighbor Day, Ride to School (MNA and SVS), Sandstock and the mobile Skate Park.  We will continue to support our community partners, Vivo, 224 Scouts, McKnight Hockey, and MSB soccer.  Of course, we will continue manage the community planter program, and the Christmas lights at Sandstone Park as well as the Sandarac Hockey Rink.

Rink flooding started the first week of December and there were skate marks on the very thin layers of ice which was evidence of the eagerness of people wanting to get out.  We are extremely fortunate to have two large rinks in Sandstone that get constant use and we know we are the envy of many communities.   If you are not a hockey player, then head over to the skating oval at Sandstone Park.  If you want to help maintain them even better just send us an email.

We hope to organize family fun skates, however, because of our changing weather conditions there may not be significant notice.  Please keep an eye on social media (facebook, website and twitter) for events we will be planning this winter.

We have many aging individuals or those with physical disabilities in our communities that are struggling to keep their walks shoveled and can’t afford to pay a company to clean their walks.  Please look around and consider becoming a snow angel in your immediate area.

Our SMCA Casino is January 25 and 26, 2019 at the Calgary Casino and there are still a few spots to be filled.  The SMCA is very fortunate to benefit from Casino fundraisers roughly every 18 months that allow us the operating funds to support our many community initiatives including rink maintenance, music in the park, community clean up and so on.   Please contact Willa Wu, our interim Casino Director at willawyh@gmail.com who can provide a list of remaining shifts.

Our email distribution list continues to grow thanks to many of you opting in.  Check us out on Facebook, we have over 700 likes; see us on Twitter @sandstonemac, with over 350 followers; the website at sandstonemacewan.com; or contact us at info@sandstonemacewan.com. You can also contact Trevor Bacon if you want to post a special event or provide feedback.

Please go to our website and purchase your Sandstone MacEwan Community Association (SMCA) membership online or contact Carolyn Gomez at memberships@sandstonemacewan.com

A very prosperous New Year!

Sue Coatham

President SMCA

president@sandstonemacewan.com

DECEMBER 2018

Merry Christmas and I hope this letter finds you in the festive spirit as the Christmas season is upon us.

The Sandstone MacEwan Community Association (SMCA) Annual General Meeting and elections were held October 18, 2018 and our executive and board are as follows: Sue Coatham-President, Trevor Bacon-Vice-president, Phil Nantais- 2nd Vice-president, Willa Wu-Secretary and Sharon Mazurkewich-Treasurer.

The following are Directors: Wayne Watson (General), Carolyn Gomez (Memberships), Sarah Meagher-Bromley (Newsletter), Pinky Nantais (Casino), Shayne Chidlaw (Vivo Liaison), Jenn Bidlake-Schroeder (General), Trevor Bacon (Sandstock, Airport Liaison) and Joy Zimmerman (General).    Thanks to all of you for continuing to volunteer your time towards our communities.  A welcome to Wayne Watson who is our newest board member.

The board will be developing our goals and priorities for 2018-19 in the month to come.

Our hockey rink was vandalized by graffiti again last month and I’ve noticed other communities have been hit as well.  This is a crime and a costly endeavor for us to pay to clean up.  We were fortunate to catch the last culprits through our security cameras and they were charged with these crimes.   Please report graffiti through the 311-city website.

As usual, we will be looking for volunteers to assist with the hockey rink this year.  Last year there were evenings with only a couple of volunteers cleaning and flooding the rink and it’s too much work.  This rink is available to all individuals, regardless of age, so whether you play hockey or not, please consider assisting when you can.

We plan to have family fun skates and will be posting notices for this at our Sandstone Park Oval.

We have many aging seniors in our communities that are struggling to keep their walks shoveled and can’t afford to pay a company to clean their walks.  Please look around and consider becoming a snow angel in your immediate area.

We have had a good response for our call out for volunteers to fill the dates for our SMCA Casino January 25 and 26, 2019 at the Calgary Casino however there are still a few spots to be filled.  The SMCA is very fortunate to benefit from Casino fundraisers roughly every 18 months that allow us the operating funds to support our many community initiatives including rink maintenance, music in the park, community clean up and so on.   Please contact Willa Wu our interim Casino Director at willawyh@gmail.com who can provide a list of remaining shifts.

Our email distribution list continues to grow thanks to many of you opting in.  Check us out on Facebook, we have over 700 likes; see us on Twitter @sandstonemac, with over 350 followers; the website at sandstonemacewan.com; or contact us at info@sandstonemacewan.com. You can also contact Trevor Bacon if you want to post a special event or provide feedback.

Please go to our website and purchase your Sandstone MacEwan Community Association (SMCA) membership online or contact Carolyn Gomez at memberships@sandstonemacewan.com

On behalf of the SMCA board have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Sue Coatham

President SMCA

president@sandstonemacewan.com

NOVEMBER 2018

As you read this note, the Sandstone Community Association Annual General Meeting would have taken place and members on the Board would have changed slightly.   I will post a list of your new Board of Directors in next month’s newsletter.

Remembrance Day is November 11th and because it is on a Sunday this year more families will be able attend one of the many ceremonies that will take place in and around Calgary to recognize this important date. The first world war formally ended at the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. Please take the time for two minutes of silence at 11:00am in honor of all those who fought and lost their lives fighting for their country.

As usual, we will be looking for volunteers to assist with the hockey rink this year.  Last year there were evenings with only a couple of volunteers cleaning and flooding the rink and it’s too much work.  This rink is available to all individuals, regardless of age, so whether you play hockey or not, please consider assisting when you can.  It typically works to clean and flood in the evening, however it can certainly happen during the day if there are individuals available.

We will be putting up Christmas lights again at the hockey rink and would be happy to have a few volunteers to assist us in doing this.

We completed the work at Sandstone Park this spring and look forward to seeing you skating around the oval this winter.  We want to give a special thank you to Nicola and the 224 Scout Group for planting and maintaining the beautiful planters around the oval!  The Christmas lights will be installed again and lit up throughout the Christmas season.  We had many skaters come out last season thanks to the hard work of rink volunteers Brad Beckett and Joe Wensink.

We are actively trying to fill the dates for our SMCA Casino January 25 and 26, 2019 at the Calgary Casino.  The SMCA is very fortunate to benefit from Casino fundraisers roughly every 18 months that allow us the operating funds to support our many community initiatives including rink maintenance, music in the park, community clean up and so on.   Thanks to those who have already signed up, we really appreciate your assistance.  There are many volunteer positions as well as shifts during the day or evening and you will be trained when you get there.   Willa Wu is our interim Casino Director and can be reached at willawyh@gmail.com.

Check us out on Facebook, we have over 700 likes; see us on Twitter @sandstonemac, with over 350 followers; the website at sandstonemacewan.com; or contact us at info@sandstonemacewan.com. You can also contact Trevor Bacon if you want to post a special event or provide feedback.

Please go to our website and purchase your Sandstone MacEwan Community Association (SMCA) membership online or contact Carolyn Gomez at memberships@sandstonemacewan.com

Sue Coatham

President SMCA

president@sandstonemacewan.com

OCTOBER 2018

Thankfully the smoky skies dissipated on August 19th and Sandstock 2018 was our most successful event to date.  The band Home by Midnight was well received, and the kids were entertained by the Vivo ambassadors, mini-golf and the bouncy house!

A very special thanks to the following sponsors: City of Calgary, Vivo, Councillor Sean Chu, MLA Karen McPherson and MP Michelle Rempel. Thanks to the volunteers, board members and in particular Trevor Bacon (Director of Sandstock).   We look forward to seeing everyone at next year’s event.

The Mobile Skateboard Park was at our hockey rink for the first two weeks of September and was as popular as ever.  If you or your kids played at the park, please send us some feedback on the experience.

For the second year, the SMCA board partnered with the Berkshire Citadel Church to provide backpacks and school supplies to over 100 kids in our community.  Overall the church provided backpacks to 500 kids in the NW area of Calgary!

The Church also opened an emergency food bank this summer and assisted roughly 35 families from the community who accessed the food bank monthly. The SMCA board was happy to contribute funds towards this very important initiative.

If you have little ones aged 0-5 take the time to stop by the Play Café at the Berkshire Church on Sandarac Drive Tuesdays from 0930-1130 in the gymnasium.  There are toys, snacks, crafts, etc for the kids and coffee and snacks for the adults.  It’s a great way to meet other parents in our communities.

Avenue Magazine conducted their ninth annual survey on Calgary’s best communities.  The scores change pretty significantly year to year dependent on the responses of the participants.  MacEwan Glen ranked 62nd: Restaurant points: 0; Recreation facility points: 30; Engagement score: 67.04; Walk Score: 29 and Transit Score: 38.  Sandstone Valley ranked 121st: Restaurant points: 2; Recreation facility points: 18; Engagement score: 62.63; Walk Score: 35; Transit Score: 44.  The SMCA board wanted to point this out for individuals to think about what they have in their respective community and to consider participating in the survey next year.  I think we are fortunate to have three large parks, ball diamonds, soccer fields, tennis courts, several playgrounds, extensive walkways, two skating rinks and Nose Hill available to us.  What do our communities have to offer you?

Please think about attending our Annual General Meeting October 18, 2018 at the Berkshire Citadel Church on Sandarac Drive and getting involved.

As usual, we will be looking for volunteers to assist with the hockey rink this year.  Please email info@sandstonemacewan.com for further information.

Check us out on Facebook, we have 699 likes! See us on Twitter @sandstonemac, the website at sandstonemacewan.com or contact us at info@sandstonemacewan.com. You can also contact Carolyn Gomez, Director of memberships at memberships@sandstonemacewan.com.

Please go to our website and purchase your Sandstone MacEwan Community Association (SMCA) membership online.

Sue Coatham

President SMCA

president@sandstonemacewan.com

SEPTEMBER 2018

We’ve had a great summer in Calgary but now it is time for the kids to head back to school and get ready for their fall activities.  Adults get to take a deep breath and be happy the busy summer is behind them.  Let’s hope we have an extended summer and mild fall and winter.

At the time of writing this letter, Sandstock 2018 (Music in the Park) was still in the planning changes so I will comment next month.

We have received several emails from folks concerned about the two brick signs on sandstone drive (one on the north side of the bus loop and the other across from Sandstone Park).  There has been significant overgrowth on both areas for several years and we are happy to say the work has started on the sign across from the park.  The SMCA board only recently learned the other sign is under the responsibility of Calgary Transit and we work with them to have the area cleaned up.  Thanks very much to the folks who emailed volunteering to clean up the area.  If there is an area that you have noted has been neglected, please email us at info@sandstonemacewan.com and we will be happy to review the concern with you.

The Mobile Skateboard Park is installed at our hockey rink for the first two weeks of September.  While it is a bit costly, it is none the less one of the more popular events the SMCA board sponsors.   Please feel free to provide us feedback if you or your kids have taken advantage of this.

As usual, we will be looking for volunteers to assist with the hockey rink this year.  Last year there were evenings with only a couple of volunteers cleaning and flooding the rink and it’s too much work.  This rink is available to all individuals, regardless of age, so whether you play hockey or not, please consider assisting when you can.  It typically works to clean and flood in the evening however it can certainly happen during the day if there are individuals available.

Please think about attending our Annual General Meeting October 18, 2018 at the Berkshire Citadel Church on Sandarac Drive and getting involved. We keep active throughout the year and always welcome newcomers.

The SMCA board sent email requests to individuals requesting that you opt into our email distribution list in line with Canada’s anti-spam laws.  Our distribution list is growing fast so if you have not yet responded, please consider opting into this list as it is one more way for us to communicate important information to you.

Check us out on Facebook, Twitter @sandstonemac, the website at sandstonemacewan.com or contact us at info@sandstonemacewan.com. You can also contact Carolyn Gomez, Director of memberships at memberships@sandstonemacewan.com.

Please go to our website and purchase your Sandstone MacEwan Community Association (SMCA) membership online.

Sue Coatham

President SMCA

president@sandstonemacewan.com

AUGUST 2018

I hope you are all having an enjoyable summer.

The SMCA supported three Neighbor Day parties in the Sandstone and MacEwan communities this June 16th and we hope to continue to build on this initiative.   If you want to host a neighbor or community event, the SMCA is happy to assist with sponsorship and support, just drop us an email.

Unfortunately, the Parade of Garage Sales was negatively impacted by winds and rain this year and I’m sure many hosts put away their goods for a better day.

Monsignor Neville Anderson starts classes for year-round school August 2nd, 2018 on Sandarac Drive.  PLEASE pay attention when you are driving in our communities and do not hesitate to report erratic driving either through calling 311 or 911 if it is an emergency.

August 6th is Heritage Day in Alberta and while it is not a formal statutory holiday, many businesses close on this day. In 1974 the Alberta Government declared the first Monday of August an annual holiday to recognize and celebrate the varied cultural heritage of Albertans.

The SMCA board is very excited to announce Home By Midnight will be playing at the 6th Annual Sandstock (Music in the Park) on August 19th from 200 pm-400 pm at the park on Sandstone Drive.   This Blues and Rock band plays many of the favorite cover songs and was very popular when they played for us in 2013. We have sold more Artisan tables than ever and the Vivo play ambassadors will be on hand again getting the kids up and moving during music breaks.  As usual we will have a bouncy house for the kids as well as raffle draws and 50/50 draws.  Please contact us at info@sandstonemacewan.com  if you are interested in volunteering for this event.

The SMCA board is happy to say we have booked the Mobile Skateboard Park to be installed in our hockey rink for the first two weeks of September.  This is an event the board likes to sponsor given the popularity of the event.  Get the kids out to blow off some steam before they need to head back to school.

The SMCA board sent email requests to individuals requesting that you opt into our email distribution list in line with Canada’s anti-spam laws.  Our distribution list is growing fast so if you have not yet responded, please consider opting into this list as it is one more way for us to communicate important information to you.

We have hit nearly 700 likes on Facebook! A special thanks to Trevor Bacon for his excellent and timely posts on Facebook @sandstonemacewan as well as Twitter @sandstonemac.  Check out the website at www.sandstonemacewan.com or contact us at info@sandstonemacewan.com. You can also contact Carolyn Gomez, Director of memberships at memberships@sandstonemacewan.com.

Please go to our website and purchase your Sandstone MacEwan Community Association (SMCA) membership online.

Sue Coatham

President SMCA

president@sandstonemacewan.com

JULY 2018

HAPPY CANADA DAY!

The SMCA board sent email requests to individuals requesting that you opt into our email distribution list in line with Canada’s anti-spam laws.  Please consider opting into this email distribution list as it is one more way for us to communicate important information to you.

June 5th was bike to school day and several SMCA board members along with Sean Chu, Andrew Chan, Megan Farrell, Dennise Roach and Annisa Lim were available handing out SMCA reflectors and snap bands to kids from MNA and SVS.  A special thanks to Sean Chu for assisting in the sponsorship of the event, as well as community member Sven Stuwe for his leadership in Bike to School.  Sven also coordinated a group of volunteers to ride with kids from the Kincora area.  Finally, thanks to AP Gina Davidoff from SVS for her ongoing and very enthusiastic support of this event and other SMCA events.

In this month’s newsletter you will see there is special recognition for Peter Massier, a resident of MacEwan Glen.  Peter goes above and beyond by working on the gardens and cleaning up garbage in and around his community.  It is individuals like Peter who, through their quiet effort, make our communities a better place to live.

There will be additional work on the Sandstone Park island this summer.   While we are not going to install snow fence again please respect it is a work site and avoid the direct area.

Darren Way, a former Sandstone resident and SMCA President, was chosen as the recipient of the 2018 Calgary Nose Hill Canada 150 Award.  This award recognizes deserving individuals who offer a significant contribution to their community.  As many of you who know Darren can attest, he worked tirelessly to make our community a better place to live and will receive this award July 1, 2018 at MP Michelle Rempel’s Canada Day Celebration.

The community flower pots have been placed at various Sandstone/MacEwan entrances again this year.  We need individuals to adopt a pot and water for us as necessary.    Please help us continue this initiative by helping water plants by your home.    Please email Carolyn Gomez at memberships@sandstonemacewan.com if you can assist with watering.

We will be hosting Sandstock (Music in the Park) August 19, 2018 on Sandstone Drive from 200-500 pm.  This will be our sixth year hosting this event and we hope you can stop by. Contact Trevor Bacon at info@sandstonemacewan.com if you would like to volunteer or purchase a vendor’s table at this event.

Follow us on Facebook @SandstoneMacEwan and Twitter @sandstonemac.  Check out the website at www.sandstonemacewan.com or contact us at info@sandstonemacewan.com. You can also contact Carolyn Gomez, Director of memberships at memberships@sandstonemacewan.com.

Please go to our website and purchase your Sandstone MacEwan Community Association (SMCA) membership online. When you purchase a three-year membership ($50.00) you will receive a SMCA go mug and those with a one-year membership ($20.00) will receive two SMCA beverage koozies.

Happy Stampeding!

Sue Coatham

President SMCA

president@sandstonemacewan.com

JUNE 2018

June is one of the busier months of the year.  Kids are busy finishing up their activities and starting to say goodbye to their friends, teachers and another year of school.  The SMCA board would like to send a big thank you to both the administration and kids from Monsignor Neville Anderson (MNA) and Simons Valley School (SVS) for cleaning up the garbage in and around their schools this past month.    The 224 Scouts did an excellent job of cleaning up around the pleasure rink on Sandstone Drive and several kids from Sir John A McDonald (SJAM) Junior High helped clean up the pathways in our communities as part of their Leadership Program.   Teaching kids to take pride in their communities starts at this age and parents should be proud of the kids who took part in the cleanup.

Did you know that June 5th is World Environment Day? India is the global host of 2018 World Environment Day and “Beat Plastic Pollution” is the theme for this year’s edition.   Please think of ways you can reduce the use of plastics in your home.

The Ride Your Bike to School Day is Tuesday June 5th, at various Calgary schools including MNA and SVS.  Members of the board and volunteers will be at the schools handing out goodies to the kids wearing helmets.   Hey parents, why don’t you blow the dust off your bikes and ride to school with your kids?

I’ve received several emails from community members expressing their disappointment that we are unable to host a community clean up this year.  I really appreciate the feedback and in particular the offer to volunteer to assist in future.   The SMCA board relies on volunteers for everything we do and the numbers are definitely down which is forcing us reevaluate what we can realistically offer to the Sandstone MacEwan Communities in the next year.

Saturday June 16, 2018 is Neighbor Day in Calgary and is a great excuse for neighbors to come together. This could be in the form of a front yard barbeque, garden party, picnic, and so on to celebrate community spirit.  If you are interested in hosting an event on this date, or any date, please contact us at info@sandstonemacewan.com and the SMCA board will be happy to support you with advertising, organizing, and a bit of cash as well.

Follow us on Facebook @sandstonemacewan and Twitter @sandstonemac.  Check out the website at www.sandstonemacewan.com or contact us at info@sandstonemacewan.com. You can also contact Carolyn Gomez, Director of memberships at memberships@sandstonemacewan.com.

Please go to our website and purchase your Sandstone MacEwan Community Association (SMCA) membership online. When you purchase a three-year membership ($50.00) you will receive a SMCA go mug and those with a one-year membership ($20.00) will receive two SMCA beverage koozies.

Happy Father’s Day, we hope all you Dads get the attention you deserve!

Sue Coatham

President SMCA

MAY 2018

Then came fair May, the fairest maid on ground,
Deck’d all with dainties of the season’s pride,
And throwing flowers out of her lap around.

Edmund Spenster

Welcome to May! I hope the cold weather and snow are far behind us and we are out enjoying warmer days.   After this long winter of record breaking snow fall, we are starting to see our yards and gardens again.  Get out and enjoy some well-deserved fresh air around our communities. Please consider picking up garbage around our neighborhoods that has collected over the winter.

The SMCA board will be supporting the planter program again this year given the excellent feedback we receive by residents. Depending on the weather, you will start to see the Planters being placed around the communities and once again we’ll be asking for volunteers to assist in watering the ones around your house.  If you can assist, please contact Carolyn Gomez at memberships@sandstonemacewan.com.

I want to skip ahead to June and provide the heads up for a couple of important dates.

Do your kids go to either Monsignor Neville Anderson (MNA) or Simons Valley Elementary (SVS)?  The SMCA board will be supporting both schools for the 3rd Ride Your Bike to School Day Tuesday June 5th, 2018.  We will be on site to provide goodies to kids wearing helmets who have come to school on wheels. Get on your bike and ride to school with your kids!

Saturday June 16, 2018 is Neighbor Day in Calgary and is a great excuse for neighbors to come together. This could be in the form of a front yard barbeque, garden party, picnic, and so on to celebrate community spirit.  If you are interested in hosting an event on this date, or any date, please contact us at info@sandstonemacewan.com and the SMCA board will be happy to support you with advertising, organizing, and a bit of cash as well.

Happy Mother’s Day and I hope you enjoy the first long weekend of the season!

Follow us on Face book and Twitter @sandstonemac.  Check out the website at www.sandstonemacewan.com or contact us at info@sandstonemacewan.com. You can also contact Carolyn Gomez, Director of memberships at memberships@sandstonemacewan.com.

Please go to our website and purchase your Sandstone MacEwan Community Association (SMCA) membership online. When you purchase a three-year membership ($50.00) you will receive a SMCA go mug and those with a one-year membership ($20.00) will receive two SMCA beverage koozies.

Sue Coatham

President SMCA

president@sandstonemacewan.com

APRIL 2018

I hope parents with kids in school enjoyed their Spring and Easter Breaks and were perhaps fortunate enough to get away for some rest and relaxation.  The winter sports have wrapped up and we’ll soon be seeing the soccer and baseball teams filling up the fields.  The kids from MNA and SVS will be more active and on bikes or scooters so please be mindful when driving around the school and playground areas.

What an amazing amount of snow we’ve seen in February and March! So much for out like a lamb.  The SMCA board would like to put out a very special thanks to Colin May, Jeff Schroeder, Joe Tofani, Kevin Swaby, Pierre Donald, Terry Hutchins, Tim Huston and Trevor Bacon for the countless hours they spent clearing and flooding the hockey rink.  Our cadre of rink volunteers has dropped drastically this year leaving many days when clearing or flooding did not happen.  If not for these guys who were out more times than their families wanted, the rink would have been in rough shape.  Please consider volunteering a few hours a week next year so we don’t face the prospect of losing our rink.

The pleasure rink was very popular this year thanks to Brad Beckett and Joe Wensink, who consistently cleared and flooded the rink.  Some of you may have noticed a foul smell and uneven brown spots on the surface after a warm period?  This a natural process that occurs when the surface warms allowing organic matter (leaves, grass) to decay and gases are released.    This is a natural consequence of flooding an organic surface in a city where the weather goes through drastic changes throughout the winter months.

Do you recall the photos that were posted by Crime Stoppers several months ago of the two men spraying graffiti at our hockey rink?  For reasons only they can explain, they created thousands of dollars damage to our rink as well as seven other areas in neighbouring communities.  Thanks to the great photos captured by our security cameras these culprits were identified and charged!  A very special thanks to Director Shayne Chidlaw for working diligently with the Calgary Police Service ensuring justice was served.  We will continue to pass on information from our cameras when we see illegal activities in and around our rinks.

Unfortunately, the SMCA was not provided with a date to host a community clean up this year which is a significant disappointment given how popular this event is in our community.  Hopefully this is an anomaly and we’ll be up and running again next year.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @sandstonemac.  Check out the website at sandstonemacewan.com or contact us at info@sandstonemacewan.com. You can also contact Carolyn Gomez, Director of memberships at memberships@sandstonemacewan.com.

Please go to our website and purchase your Sandstone MacEwan Community Association (SMCA) membership online. When you purchase a three-year membership ($50.00) you will receive a SMCA go mug and those with a one-year membership ($20.00) will receive two SMCA beverage koozies.

Sue Coatham

President SMCA

president@sandstonemacewan.com

MARCH 2018

What makes you feel proud of your home, your neighborhood and your community?  When you talk about where you live, what do you tell people? Do you enjoy driving by the rinks and seeing Christmas lights? Are you able to make use of the ice rinks, community clean up, music in the park, mobile skatepark, etc.?

Do you access the community website, twitter or Facebook for information? Eleven volunteers sit on the Sandstone MacEwan Community Association (SMCA) board and these are activities managed by the group. Throughout the month of March, the City of Calgary and the Federation of Calgary Communities encourages residents to “be part of it” and think about what your community associations can do for you and what you can do for your community associations.   Please consider providing us feedback or offering to get involved.

In between bitterly cold then warm weather with poor ice conditions, we managed to organize a family skate night at our Sandstone rink in January.  Thanks to a social media blitz we had many families come out for a skate and enjoy hot dogs and hot chocolate.  Thanks Brad and Joe for doing a great job getting the rink ready.

Balzac Billy did not see his shadow February 2nd, meaning, we are in for an early spring! For those not familiar with Groundhog Day, it is held every February 2nd throughout various cities and towns and folklore indicates if the groundhog sees his shadow we are stuck with six more weeks of winter, if he doesn’t, we luck out with an early spring.

With the record snowfall we received in February I think more than a few of us are ready to see the end of winter.  Having said that, I think all the snow gave people an excuse to stay in and cheer on the Olympic athletes competing in PyeongChang.

Families are going to get a long break at the end of March with the weeklong school breaks going into the Easter long weekend.

Neighbor Day, held on the 3rd Saturday of June, is a time for Calgarians to celebrate our neighborliness and strong community spirit by organizing community events such as front yard barbecues or garden parties in a local park.  If you are interested in celebrating Neighbor Day, the SMCA board will be happy to support you with advertising, organizing, and a bit of cash as well.

Thanks to you we have over 650 followers on Facebook and nearly 300 followers on Twitter @sandstonemac.  Check out the website at sandstonemacewan.com or contact us at info@sandstonemacewan.com. For questions contact Carolyn Gomez, Director of memberships at memberships@sandstonemacewan.com.

Please go to our website and purchase your Sandstone MacEwan Community Association (SMCA) membership online. When you purchase a three-year membership ($50.00) you will receive a SMCA go mug and those with a one-year membership ($20.00) will receive two SMCA beverage koozies.

May the luck of the Irish be with you on St. Patrick’s Day!

Sue Coatham

President SMCA

president@sandstonemacewan.com

FEBRUARY 2018

Happy Valentines Day to you all!  For all of you sports fans the long awaited winter Olympics are finally here and many of our home grown athletes are representing Canada.

January was a month of wacky weather not unlike November and December.  The poor rink guys continued to make ice as soon as the temperature cooled, only to watch it melt away with the Chinook winds.  Unfortunately, our planned Christmas family skate at the rink could not be arranged because of the cold weather.  We have not given up hope to plan something before the skating season has ended.

The SMCA board is looking for a social media person to help us manage and grow our website.  If you are skilled in this area and have an interest in becoming involved, please send me an email.

It has been a year since we implemented the paypal system to purchase your Sandstone MacEwan Community Association (SMCA) membership online and we have received positive feedback. Just a reminder that those who purchase a three-year membership ($50.00) will receive a SMCA go mug and those with a one-year membership ($20.00) will receive two SMCA beverage koozies.

Last month I mentioned the graffiti problem and our frustration with the fact that the two individuals causing the damage likely lived locally and used the rink for recreation purposes.  The Calgary Police Service created a Crime Stoppers poster with the photos of the vandals gathered from our video feed who sprayed the hockey rink with graffiti. The poster was put on our facebook page and website but unfortunately they have not yet been identified.  Please take a look on our facebook page and website to see if you recognize these males.

The Calgary Police Service (CPS) have indicated there has been a rash of car thefts as a result of people warming their vehicles unattended.  In essence, the CPS have indicated that you can count on having your vehicle stolen if you leave it idling given there are criminals who drive through neighborhoods looking for vehicles to steal.

Many prowlings and house break-ins occur during the day when most folks are either at work or in school.  If you see something suspicious in your neighborhood, do not hesitate to contact the CPS on the non-emergency line at 403-266-1234 or call 911 if you are witnessing a crime in process.

Please consider your neighbors when shoveling your sidewalks, especially if they are unable to shovel their walks themselves. One small act of kindness is so meaningful.

For any questions about your community including volunteering, or information about purchasing a membership, please check out the website at sandstonemacewan.com or contact us at info@sandstonemacewan.com. Don’t forget to like us on Face book and follow us on Twitter.  You can also contact Carolyn Gomez the Director of memberships at memberships@sandstonemacewan.com.

Sue Coatham

President SMCA

president@sandstonemacewan.com

JANUARY 2018

Happy New Year! I hope you had a festive (and restful) Christmas break.

At the time of writing this letter the weather was unseasonably warm, balmy and without snow, making it difficult to keep the kids entertained.  The rinks melted and froze many times since November and the rink volunteers were out as soon as it was cool enough to flood.

The SMCA elections were in November our executive and board are as follows: Sue Coatham-President

Trevor Bacon-Vice-president (Rink Management, Sandstock)
Phil Nantais-2nd Vice-president (Vivo Liaison)
Willa Wu-Secretary
Sharon Mazurkewich-Treasurer
Joy Zimmerman-Director at Large
Jennifer Bidlake-Schroeder-Director at Large
Carolyn Gomez-Memberships
Sarah Meagher-Bromley-Newsletter
Pinky Nantais-Casino
Shayne Chidlaw-Asset Management

Welcome to Joy, Jennifer and Sharon, we look forward to working with all of you and hearing your ideas.

The SMCA board will be finalizing goals and priorities for 2018 and I will report on that next month. Last year we supported two larger projects in the Sandstone and MacEwan communities.  Our website was completely revamped and now has the infrastructure to become a creative and interactive website.  The Sandstone Park upgrade was completed and quickly became a source of pride.

At the very least, you can look forward to Ride your Bike, Community Clean Up, Neighbor Day, and Music in the Park in 2018. The Christmas lights on the island are beautiful to look at and we will continue to support this initiative as well.

As previously mentioned, we hope to organize occasional family fun skates, however, because of our changing weather conditions there may not be significant notice.  Please keep an eye on social media (facebook, website and twitter) for events we will be planning this winter.

The SMCA board is looking for a social media person to help us manage and grow our website.  If you are skilled in this area and have an interest in becoming involved, please send me an email.

We will get snow so please consider your neighbors when shoveling your sidewalks, especially if they are unable to shovel their walks themselves. One small act of kindness is so meaningful.

Last month I mentioned the graffiti problem and our frustration with the fact that the individuals causing the damage may live locally and use the rink for recreation purposes.  The Calgary Police Service have created a Crime Stoppers vignette of the crimes using our video feed. Once this is released, we will be posting photos and looking for information to pass on to police.

As an aside, we received an incredible amount of feedback from individuals recommending various methods of punishment once the perpetrators are caught.  Although highly entertaining many suggestions are not likely legal in Canada!  Several people suggested just leaving the graffiti however, Calgary has a bylaw and we must have any graffiti removed within two weeks of finding it.

Don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Check out the website at sandstonemacewan.com or contact us at info@sandstonemacewan.com.

Sue Coatham

President SMCA

president@sandstonemacewan.com

DECEMBER 2017

Merry Christmas!

November came in like a lion with centimeters of snow and cold weather that lasted for some time.  The rink volunteers took advantage of this weather and both the hockey and pleasure rinks were flooded in record time.  Stop by and thank these individuals if you see them out flooding, I know they would appreciate it.   Check out the flooding schedules on our website.

Just a reminder there are rules that must be followed, including no pucks on the hockey rink until 4:00pm during school days to ensure the safety of the kids walking back and forth.  The pleasure rink on 99 Sandstone Drive is meant for recreational skating so please keep sticks off the rink.

Our hockey rink is extremely popular with 18-24 year olds and few are from our communities.  We are happy people are out getting exercise but they need to make room for younger kids, especially on weekends and into the evening hours.   The SMCA Board does not have the manpower to police this but have found these individuals to be good at sharing the ice.  Our goal is to encourage families to come out and enjoy their community rinks.  If you witness behaviour that is threatening or inappropriate, please contact the Calgary Police Service. We encourage their presence as a reminder to everyone that we are a law-abiding community and do not tolerate anything less.

The McKnight Hockey Association is the hockey club that supports Sandstone and MacEwan communities. We allow team practices on occasion however; teams must contact the SMCA board for permission and demonstrate they have community memberships.  This allows the younger ones the opportunity to use the rink and get more comfortable going on their own. If you have time to help out at the rinks, and in particular during the holiday break please send us an email at info@sandstonemacewan.com.

We hope to organize occasional family fun skates however because of our changing weather conditions there may not be significant notice.  Please keep an eye on social media (Facebook, website and Twitter) for events we will be planning this winter.

We are fortunate that Sandstone and MacEwan are very safe communities with low crime rates. However, the fall months were trying times for the SMCA board as we had to deal with persistent vandalism (graffiti) on our buildings and hockey rink boards. This has been an unexpected cost of thousands of dollars for the SMCA. Please contact the Calgary Police Service if you notice anything that looks suspicious in our neighborhoods and let’s keep our communities safe.

I am very pleased to note the light warning system at the intersection of Sandstone Dr. and Sandstone Hill has been operational since the beginning of November.  I’m sure the individuals using the bus transportation must feel much safer getting across that intersection now that the warning lights are present.

Don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Check out the website at sandstonemacewan.com or contact us at info@sandstonemacewan.com.

Sue Coatham

President SMCA

president@sandstonemacewan.com

NOVEMBER 2017

The SMCA board postponed the AGM until November 21, so I will post the 2017-2018 board members next month.  The current board consists of ten volunteers who are responsible for two rinks, the community clean up, music in the park, ride your bike to school day, the planter program, the Christmas light program, managing the casino fundraiser, memberships, as well as managing a budget and providing financial support to a variety of clubs in Sandstone and MacEwan.  Each one of us are proud to contribute and look forward to the positive feedback we receive from community members.  Hope to see you at the Berkshire Citadel Church on Sandarac Drive at 7:00pm and our regular monthly meeting will follow.

The community planters have been put away for another year and we would like to thank the many folks who assisted by watering through this hot and dry summer.   Thanks again to Carolyn Gomez for coordinating this for SMCA.

As I mentioned in April’s message, the City of Calgary would be installing a crosswalk light warning system at the intersection of Sandstone Dr. and Sandstone Hill.  The construction has been completed and the timing is great given many of us will soon be traveling to and from work and school in the dark.  In February 2013, Rachel Wong, a resident of Sandstone, was crossing the street at this intersection when she was struck and killed by a motorist.

Remembrance Day is November 11th and because it is on a Saturday this year more families will be able attend one of the many ceremonies that will take place in and around Calgary to recognize this important date. The first world war formally ended at the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. Please take the time for two minutes of silence at 1100 am in honor of all those who fought and lost their lives fighting for their country.

We are heading into winter and the volunteers who maintain the two rinks throughout the winter will be busy preparing for another skating season!  There will be a call out for volunteers to assist with the rinks so please consider offering a couple of hours a week to assist.  We had a great turn out of young families using both rinks last year and hope to see more of you this year!

Given the great response we have had from the community we will be putting up Christmas lights at both rinks again this year.

Please go to sandstonemacewan.com to purchase your SMCA memberships online or email Carolyn Gomez at memberships@sandstonemacewan.com.  Those who purchase a three-year membership ($50.00) will receive a SMCA go mug and those with a one-year membership ($20.00) will receive two SMCA beverage koozies.

Don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Check out the website at sandstonemacewan.com or contact us at info@sandstonemacewan.com.

Sue Coatham

President SMCA

president@sandstonemacewan.com

OCTOBER 2017

Sandstock 2017 was another great success thanks to the Bow River Band and the vendors.  A very special thanks to the following sponsors: City of Calgary, Vivo, Councillor Sean Chu, MLA Karen McPherson and Purr Energy. It takes many volunteers to make the event a success, however one volunteer stands out. Trevor Bacon is the coordinator of Sandstock and he worked tirelessly to ensure everything was planned to perfection. The SMCA board would like to thank Trevor for his ongoing commitment to this event.

Fire Prevention week is from October 8-14, 2017 and the theme this year is ‘Every Second Counts, Plan 2 Ways Out’! Get your kids involved by helping test your smoke detectors and practice your fire escape plan so they learn to appreciate the importance of maintenance and safe planning. Check out the National Fire Prevention website at http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/campaigns/fire-prevention-week-2.

Did you happen to notice the posters for The Backpack Program this summer?  The Berkshire Citadel Church was seeking donations to support 50 students in need with new backpacks, lunch kits and school supplies.   The Sandstone MacEwan Community Association assisted with this program and they ultimately helped 86 students from low income families!  Given the great support for this initiative, the Church plans to continue this program in 2018 and would like to help 100 students.

The Play Café started up again September 12 and is a fun, informal place for parents/caregivers to bring their children from ages 0-5 every Tuesday from 0930-1130. There are toys available for all ages, crafts and snacks and of course tea and coffee for the adults. The address is 222 Sandarac Drive NW.

Fall is a great time of year as the trees start to turn, leaves fall and gardeners harvest the last of their yields.  This year we have the green carts to use for all our food, yard and pet waste.  The City of Calgary will be selling compost to recover some costs for this program but also there will be a portion of free compost available community gardens and Calgarians starting in the spring of 2018.

Speaking of the green carts, are you having a hard time remembering which day they come to collect the black, blue and green carts?  Do what I do and see what the neighbors are doing or download the Calgary Garbage Day app!

Our SMCA Annual General Meeting is on November 21, 2017 at the Berkshire Citadel Church on Sandarac Drive at 7:00pm.

Please go to sandstonemacewan.com to purchase your SMCA memberships online or email Carolyn Gomez at memberships@sandstonemacewan.com.  Those who purchase a three-year membership ($50.00) will receive a SMCA go mug and those with a one-year membership ($20.00) will receive two SMCA beverage koozies.

Don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Check out the website at sandstonemacewan.com or contact us at info@sandstonemacewan.com.

The Sandstone MacEwan Community Association meets the third Tuesday of every month from 700-900 pm and would welcome any newcomers.

Sue Coatham

President SMCA

president@sandstonemacewan.com

SEPTEMBER 2017

Where did the summer go? September is an exciting month of new challenges. Kids dressed in their new garb anxiously head into their next grade and navigate their way around new schools, classrooms and of course teachers.  Outside of the classrooms, they are busy trying out for their fall/winter activities and hoping they make “that team”.  Adults come out of their vacation slumber and begin to execute projects and expectations.

The skating oval at the Sandstone Park has been redone and the grass is nearly grown.  We have received many compliments on the improvements including folks honking and giving us the thumbs up as they see us watering.  Having the community show their appreciation for our efforts is very much appreciated.  As mentioned previously, Gary Habiak took care of flooding and clearing the oval for 30 years and this year he has decided to retire.  Brad Beckett is a long time Sandstone resident who has graciously agreed to assume responsibility for the rink.  The SMCA is always looking for volunteers to assist in watering the oval as well as the hockey rink so if you have time this winter please send us an email.

Vivo left a bin full of toys attached to the brown shed at the pleasure rink for kids to play with on their own this summer.  We’ve seen many photos of kids playing with the toys but we would love to see more if you want to forward any photos of the kids playing.

I am writing this letter in preparation of Sandstock (Music in the Park) 2017 so you can anticipate hearing all about the event in next month’s letter.

I want to give you plenty of time to think about attending our Annual General Meeting October 17, 2017 at the Berkshire Citadel Church on Sandarac Drive.  We want to keep building on the beautification of our communities so if you have some practical ideas you think we could implement please let us know.   I would love to hear from you if you have experience in writing grant proposals along with some time to dedicate towards this.  As mentioned previously, Darren Way our Past President moved on so we will be looking to fill a Directors position on the SMCA board. Contact me in advance if you are interested in learning more about the board.

Please go to sandstonemacewan.com to purchase your SMCA memberships online or email Carolyn Gomez at memberships@sandstonemacewan.com.  Those who purchase a three-year membership ($50.00) will receive a SMCA go mug and those with a one-year membership ($20.00) will receive two SMCA beverage koozies.

We have hit over 600 likes on Facebook! A special thanks to Trevor Bacon for his excellent and timely posts as well as keeping our community sign updated. Let’s keep that number growing so don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Check out the website at sandstonemacewan.com or contact us at info@sandstonemacewan.com.

Sue Coatham

President SMCA

president@sandstonemacewan.com

AUGUST 2017

A special thanks to those who helped us out at the Casino June 28 and 29! The funds we earned will assist us in the many activities and initiatives we have that benefit Sandstone and MacEwan residents for the next 18 months.

I hope your kids got a chance to play at the mobile skate park we had at the rink for two weeks.

Thanks to those who have adopted a community flower pot to water.  Our poor plants have taken a beating with the wild winds and we appreciate the extra watering that is required. A special thanks to Golden Acre Garden Centre for providing a discount to the SMCA for the purchase of the plants.  Contact Carolyn Gomez at memberships@sandstonemacewan.com if you can assist with watering.

The SMCA supported four Neighbor Day parties this year and we hope to continue to build on this initiative.   If you want to host a neighbor or community event, the SMCA is happy to assist with sponsorship and support, just drop us an email.

Construction is near completion at the Sandstone Park on Sandstone Drive! Many people have taken the time to stop and thank us for the work we are doing and we really appreciate the feedback. The snow fence will remain around the oval to allow the grass seed to grow.  Thanks Brad Beckett for watering the area consistently!

Don’t forget to take the kids to the Vivo Play Ambassador Program at Sandstone Park this summer every Tuesday and Friday from 11:00-2:00 and every other Thursday from 5:00-8:00 starting the week of July 2nd.

With the June and July activities behind us our focus is now on SANDSTOCK (Music in the Park) August 20, 2017 from 100pm-500pm at the park on Sandstone Drive.  Plan to come out and be entertained by the very popular Bow River Band!  The first one hundred families with community memberships (can also purchase them on site) will receive free burgers and a drink (maximum six per family) along with other goodies. We will have commemorative Sandstock/Canada 150 t-shirts for sale for a very nominal price.   The Vivo play ambassadors will be on hand entertaining the kids during the show as well as at the intermission. Bring money because there will be an area for local craftspeople to sell their wares.  If you are interested in renting a table or volunteering at our event, contact Trevor Bacon at info@sandstonemacewan.com.

Monsignor Neville Anderson is a year round school and their classes start August 3, 2017 so please be on the lookout for kids heading back to school.

Please go to sandstonemacewan.com to purchase your SMCA memberships online or email Carolyn Gomez at memberships@sandstonemacewan.com.  Those who purchase a three-year membership ($50.00) will receive a SMCA go mug and those with a one-year membership ($20.00) will receive two SMCA beverage koozies.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @sandstonemac. Check out the website at sandstonemacewan.com or contact us at info@sandstonemacewan.com.

See you at Sandstock!

Sue Coatham

President SMCA

president@sandstonemacewan.com

JULY 2017

HAPPY CANADA 150 DAY TO YOU ALL!

What a crazy time June was for the SMCA. The Community Clean up on June 4th  was a huge success raising nearly $900.00 in cash and memberships!  Thanks to all who volunteered including the scouts and Beddington community members.  Sorry about the long line ups, we worked as fast as we could within the tight confines of the parking lot.  The take it/leave it area was a success again and next year we hope to have more bikes dropped off given the apparent need for bikes in this community.

June 6th was ride your bike to school day and we were at both elementary schools handing out SMCA reflectors and snap bands.  This year Andrew came with his EMS vehicle and the kids were thrilled to walk through, that is, once they realized he was there for show. A special thanks to EMS, Sean Chu for assisting in the sponsorship of the event, as well as Sven Stuwe for his unending support of this initiative, including offering bike clinics prior to the event. Finally, thanks to the administration of both MNA and SVS for their hands-on support as well as the teachers from Simon Fraser for coming to Simons Valley to ride with the diehards to school!

Community flower pots have been placed at various Sandstone/MacEwan entrances.  Email Carolyn Gomez at memberships@sandstonemacewan.com if you can assist with watering.

Neighbor Day parties and our SMCA Casino had yet to occur at newsletter deadline so I will update you next month on this.  Remember, if you want to host a community party, the SMCA is happy to assist with sponsorship and support, just drop us an email.

The Sandstone rink is a construction zone and once completed there will be a stone retaining wall surrounding the island and a new natural skating oval. We hope everything is completed for Sandstock (music in the park) August 20, 2017.  The 5th annual event will be bigger given we are celebrating CANADA 150.  Plan to come out and be entertained by the very popular Bow River Band!  There will be commemorative CANADA 150 t-shirts for SMCA members and volunteers along with other memorabilia.  Contact Trevor Bacon at info@sandstonemacewan.com if you would like to volunteer or purchase a table at this event.

The SMCA is proud to sponsor the 1st annual Gorrill Camp 3 on 3 ball hockey tournament at the hockey rink from July 8-9, 2017. For more information please look on our website, email Megan at gorrillscholarship@gmail.com or call 403-714-5612.

Please go to sandstonemacewan.com to purchase your SMCA memberships online or email Carolyn Gomez at memberships@sandstonemacewan.com.  Those who purchase a three-year membership ($50.00) will receive a SMCA go mug and those with a one-year membership ($20.00) will receive two SMCA beverage koozies.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @sandstonemac. Check out the website at sandstonemacewan.com or contact us at info@sandstonemacewan.com.

Have a safe and fun July!

Sue Coatham

President SMCA

president@sandstonemacewan.com

JUNE 2017

Happy belated Mother’s Day! I was so excited to highlight the events planned for June, I forgot about all of us moms! So, before I forget about Father’s Day, let me give a big shout out to all the dads out there!

The Ride Your Bike to School Day is Tuesday June 6 th , at various schools including Monsignor Neville Anderson and Simons Valley Elementary (SVE). We’ll be there handing out snap bands and reflectors to the kids wearing helmets. Last year SVE stored bikes in the gym as an overflow and for those who did not have bike locks. Sorry, I had the wrong date last month.

The Scouts have made great gains at the Pleasure Rink by cleaning up the island, removing old boards on the benches and picnic benches and spraying the frames. They are doing a fantastic job, and I’m sure by the next letter I will have excellent progress to report on.

I’m happy to announce a couple of neighborhoods in Sandstone and MacEwan have taken us up on the offer to sponsor their upcoming neighborhood party! If you are interested in hosting an event on Neighbor Day, June 17, or any date, please contact us at info@sandstonemacewan.com and the SMCA board will be happy to support you with advertising, organizing, and a bit of cash as well as CANADA 150 memorabilia.

Darren Way, past president of SMCA, who is a long time resident and stalwart supporter of the Sandstone MacEwan Community Association will be moving to another part of Calgary. As he describes in his goodbye note in this newsletter, he found these communities to be a great place to raise a family and give back to the community. Darren is the type of volunteer who gives it all and he worked tirelessly for these communities and we need two or three volunteers to make up for his efforts. Thanks again Darren, we are going to miss you!

Speaking of volunteering, what are you doing June 28 and 29? Come help us out at the Casino! The SMCA is very fortunate to benefit from Casino fundraisers roughly every 18 months that allow us the operating funds to support our many community initiatives. Pinky Nantais is our Casino Director and can be reached at nantais@telus.net .

You will start to see the Planters being placed around the communities and once again we’ll be asking for volunteers to assist in watering the ones around your house. If you can assist, please contact Carolyn Gomez at memberships@sandstonemacewan.com .

The SMCA is proud to sponsor the first annual Gorrill Camp 3 on 3 ball hockey tournament at the hockey rink from July 8-9, 2017. If you don’t play, make sure you stop by! For more information please look on our website, email gorrillscholarship@gmail.com or call 403-714-5612.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @sandstonemac. Check out the website at sandstonemacewan.com or contact us at info@sandstonemacewan.com .

See you at the Community Clean Up!

Sue Coatham

President

president@sandstonemacewan.com

MAY 2017

Happy May! I hope your Easter was enjoyable and the kids left some chocolate for you to sample!

We started an upgrade at the pleasure rink last fall by building up the berm around the oval and installing power for the Christmas lights that were aglow throughout the season. Throughout the spring and summer, we will be continuing to beautify the area, including cleaning up the island and installing a new shed with a sitting area. The #224 Scouts troop will be assisting us with some of the improvements at the rink so please give them a honk and a wave when you see them working hard on the rink.

June is a very busy month for us in Sandstone MacEwan and I want to give you the heads up on our upcoming events.

Our SMCA annual Community Clean up is Sunday, June 4th, 2017 at 355 Sandarac Dr NW from 0900-200pm.  We have secured collectors for waste and composting, electronics as well as metal recycling.  We will not accept the following goods: chemicals, paints, tires, or appliances.  Please show your appreciation for this convenience by offering cash donations that will be returned to the community.

We will have a “leave it/take it” area for goods you feel could be used by another family.  Bikes were very popular so please bring any unused bikes you may have to drop off.

Do your kids go to either Monsignor Neville Anderson (MNA) or Simons Valley Elementary (SVS)?  On Tuesday, June 6, 2017, the SMCA board will be supporting both schools for the 2nd Ride Your Bike to School Day.  We will be on site to provide goodies to kids wearing helmets who have come to school on wheels. Get on your bike and ride to school with your kids!

Saturday, June 17, 2017 is Neighbor Day in Calgary, a good excuse for neighbors to come together. This could be in the form of a front yard barbeque, garden party, picnic, and so on to celebrate community spirit.  If you are interested in hosting an event on this date, or any date, please contact us at info@sandstonemacewan.com and the SMCA board will be happy to support you with advertising, organizing, and a bit of cash as well as CANADA 150 memorabilia.

The SMCA is very fortunate to benefit from Casino fundraisers roughly every 18 months that allow us the operating funds to support our many community initiatives.   The proceeds we receive pay for the rinks, provide funds for Christmas hampers, the Scouts, Community Clean up, Sandstock and so on. This is a call out for volunteers and there are a variety of positions and shifts Wednesday June 28th and Thursday June 29th. Please take the time to meet and work alongside your neighbors to benefit the Sandstone MacEwan Communities.  Pinky Nantais is our Casino Director and can be reached at nantais@telus.net.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @sandstonemac. Check out the website at sandstonemacewan.com or contact us at info@sandstonemacewan.com.

Sue Coatham

President

president@sandstonemacewan.com