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Glenwood Crescent is Glenelm’s Brightest Street!

Thanks to all those who participated in our “Light up the Neighbourhood” contest last month, either by brightening up our neighbourhood with Christmas lights and decorations, or by casting a vote for your top pick!

As we announced on December 31st, the winning street was Glenwood Crescent, with Noble Avenue a close second. Here are a few photo collages of the wonderful lights and decorations spotted on Glenwood.

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The 2017 Christmas Bird Count in the Glenelm Community

by Richard Staniforth

The Winnipeg Christmas Bird Count was held on December 20th. This is an annual event when nature enthusiasts contribute a day of their time to survey and count all of the birds within a 15 mile diameter circle centred on downtown Winnipeg.

Christmas Bird Counts, known as CBCs, are held all over Canada, North America, and in fact, in most countries of the world. They started in the year 1900 as a healthier alternative to the Annual Boxing Day Bird Shoot in which folks used to compete by shooting as many different kinds of birds as they could on that single day!

Now CBCs are held between December 14th and January 5th, with each community deciding on a particular date in a way that dedicated enthusiasts may attend different counts in different places on different days. And we don’t shoot anything, anymore, except perhaps with cameras!

This year Lorne and Joan Heshka and I were responsible for the Glenelm area, and further afield. You may have caught sight of us, bundled up and with binoculars dangling around our necks, peering into neighbourhood backyards for signs of bird activity – no we are not peeping-Toms! My wife, Diana, supplied us with nutritious snacks, lunch and warm drinks during the day which boosted our enthusiasm.

What did we see? Well nothing that we did not expect, no unusual or rare species this year: Hairy woodpeckers, Downy Woodpeckers, White-breasted Nuthatches, Black-capped Chickadees, House Sparrows, Eurasian Starlings, Rock Pigeons, American Crows, Common Ravens and Blue Jays.

At the end of the day, about 30 of us Winnipeg participants gathered at the Bronx Community Centre to collate the numbers and kinds of birds seen in our Winnipeg area with Manitoba’s CBC co-ordinator, Rudolf Koes. A fun evening, complete with a pot-luck supper and catch-up with fellow naturalists who we may not have shared experiences and laughter with since December, 2016. Rudolf collates all of the data for Manitoba, checks unusual sightings and submits it to the Audubon Society for analysis of trends in bird populations around the world.

Perhaps you would like to participate in the Christmas Bird Count next year, or even watch a backyard feeder and record its visiting birds? You would add to the 14,000 Canadians who enjoy this event every year. If so, please feel free to contact me at richard_staniforth

(In the photo above, taken by Richard Staniforth: “A Black-capped Chickadee which is Glenelm’s commonest bird, at least, it is for this time of the year.”)

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And the winner is…

The winning street in Glenelm’s first “Light Up the Neighbourhood” contest is….

Glenwood Crescent! 

Watch for more details and photos in next month’s newsletter, and don’t forget to congratulate your neighbours on Glenwood when you see them.

Thanks to all who participated, and season’s greetings to all!

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Outdoor Rink at Elmwood (Roxy) Park

We were excited to learn that Elmwood (Roxy) Park has been selected by the city as a site for an outdoor pleasure rink this year. Unlike in years past where the rink was closer to the river and poorly lit, this year, the rink will be close to the playground where it will benefit from better lighting. Get those skates sharpened and ready to glide – the rink should be up and running soon!

(photo credit: Paul Solomon)

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Spotlight on Gordie’s Coffee House

Did you know that every Thursday, Glenelm is home to one of Winnipeg’s most popular musical events, attracting fans from all corners of our city to hear talented acts perform in a wide variety of styles. Here’s the low down on Gordie’s from organizer Lexx Jefferson:

Gordie’s Coffee House is located inside Gordon-King Memorial United Church on Thursdays from 7-11 pm from September to June, with a little break for Christmas.

It is a 1960s style coffee house that showcases live local musicians and includes an open mic segment after the featured artists. Don’t be surprised to see Juno nominated artists show up in our little Glenelm coffee house!

 We are part Art Gallery, part Lending Library, part Games Room and always warm & welcoming. We serve Fair Trade Coffee & Tea and beautiful homemade desserts. Doors open at 7:00pm and first set is at 8:00pm, so call up an old friend or come out and make a new friend.

Oh ya, you can check us out on Facebook, too!

Some upcoming shows…

October 19th: Lois Gillespie
October 26th: Hearts on Fire
November 2nd: Keiran Shae
November 9th: Manon Timschel
November 16th: Trillionaires
November 23rd: Jelly B & K-Mart Shoppers

Help Gordie’s Help Others

In lieu of admission, Gordie’s Coffee House has a long-standing tradition of collecting non-perishables for Winnipeg Harvest. But right now, in response to exceptionally high need from another organization that feeds the hungry, Gordie’s is running a special food drive to help West Broadway Community Ministry’s soup kitchen.

Gordie’s invites all Glenelm residents to help them help others by dropping off non-perishables during their coffee house on Thursday evenings from 7-11pm. Especially needed at present: canned meat/fish, oatmeal packets, canned baked beans, canned vegetable and fruit, soup and pasta sauce.

(photo credit: Lexx Jefferson)

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Upcoming Event: A “What Can I Do With These Weeds?” Walk

Have you ever wondered what the heck all the green stuff is that grows in our back lanes? Have you ever thought to yourself, Maybe I can eat/drink/use this stuff in some way? Well, your curiosity is about to be satisfied. GeNA has invited noted local film maker and edible weed enthusiast Joel Penner to Glenelm this Thursday, August 17th at 6:30 to conduct a tour through our own back yards to show us what we have growing here and how it can be used.

We will meet at Gordon-King United Church at 6ish. GeNA is requesting a $5 contribution to help us thank Joel for his time and expertise.

Please RSVP to Mellanie at Hope to see you there!

(Photo credit: Aaron Burden)

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Free Historical Walking Tour in Elmwood

Chalmers Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation and the Northeast Winnipeg Historical Society have teamed up to present a free historical walking tour featuring places in Elmwood not far from Glenelm.  The tour takes place Sunday, June 11th from 1-2:30pm. Read on for more details!

Starts: Brazier Street at Ottawa Ave.
Ends: Ernie O’Dowda Park (by Louise Bridge)
This FREE historical tour will include corner grocery stores of the past, the Elmwood Curling Club and more. There will be a picnic at the park after the tour. FREE refreshments & snacks. Rain or Shine! Everyone is welcome. This event is Wheel Chair Accessible.
Tour walking distance: 1.4 km
Checkout our Facebook Event! RSVP: 204-669-0750 or

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GKM Church Featured in Doors Open 2017

Glenelm‘s own Gordon King Memorial United Church will be one of the 85 historical buildings participating in this year’s Doors Open weekend.

When Gordon King Memorial United Church was built in the early 1900’s, it was hailed as a “modern adaptation of the Gothic style of architecture.” All areas of the building will be toured as we tell stories about the building of this church and what it meant to the community at that time. Have a peek behind the original pipe organ as you ponder the question, “Are there bats in the belfry?” We are located @ 127 Cobourg Ave. and our doors will be open on Saturday, May 27th, from 12:00-4:00.

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New Glenelm Business: Mariella’s Bakery

GeNA is excited to welcome another new business into our neighbourhood: Mariella’s Bakery! Located at 182 Henderson (the former location of Sunny Convenience), this lovely little bakery is already bringing delicious aromas into the area.  Several of GeNA’s core organizers have popped in to sample the goods and we are happy to report the breads and pastries taste as good as they smell.

The store is open 10-6, Tuesday to Sunday, and for now, is cash only. Be sure to go and taste some of Mariella’s creations at their grand opening, this Sunday, April 23rd at 2pm.

(Image credit: Mariella’s Bakery Facebook page)

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