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Upcoming Event: Pose ‘n’ Plant at Hespeler Park!

By two popular requests, GeNA is excited to bring free outdoor yoga and a park greening project to Hespeler Park on Saturday, September 19th.

10-11am: Gentle Yoga: bring your mat, water bottle & any props you desire

11am-noon: Community planting of shrubs and shade trees: if you want to help plant, bring a shovel and gloves!

Let’s stay safe, Glenelm – there will be lots of room to spread out, so please be mindful to maintain physical distance from other participants. In the event of rain, we’ll reschedule for September 26.

Brought to you by GeNA & a TD Park People Grant.

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Upcoming Event: Front Yard Friday on August 28


Folks had so much fun during our inaugural Front Yard Friday in June that we’re doing it again.

Next Friday, August 28, head outside at 6pm, eat supper in your front yard and connect with your neighbours at a safe distance.

Here are some ideas on how to participate!

  • bring your BBQ out front and fire it up to make some supper
  • set up a picnic on your lawn or boulevard
  • get take-out or delivery from one of Elmwood’s wonderful independent restaurants – who need all the support they can get during this time of COVID
  • bring out a musical instrument and start a little jam session or porch concert
  • create a chalk masterpiece on the sidewalk
  • play charades with neighbours (one household on the boulevard, the other in a front yard)
  • pick up any litter from the boulevard

Or simply head outside and see who’s around!

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Will you help Glenelm “Band Together”?

Anyone else feeling discouraged by the number of “orange dots of death” that have appeared on our neighbourhood elms over the last few weeks?

Or perhaps you’re feeling extra grateful for the shade that our big leafy trees provide, especially on the hottest days of summer?

We’ve heard from so many of our Glenelm neighbours that you want to do more to preserve our valuable urban forest, but we need your help. If you’ve been looking for a way to get involved in protecting Glenelm’s trees – here is your opportunity!

Tree banding time is fast approaching, and GeNA would like to support a neighbourhood-wide banding effort. Banding helps keep our trees healthy and strong and better able to fight off pests and disease.

Here’s where you come in.

GeNA is looking for folks to take on the role of Tree Banding Block Captains.  Block Captains will be responsible for:

  • Delivering flyers to each house on your block or designated area (GeNA will provide flyers that you will customize with your name & other info)
  • Arranging banding through a local tree banding service (OR) purchasing supplies and creating a team of neighbours to do the banding yourselves
  • Collecting payments from your neighbours and paying the banding service
  • Recording which households want their boulevard and private trees banded (GeNA will provide you with a tracking sheet for this purpose)

Ideally, Block Captains will either be at home the majority of the time so they can accept payment, or have a mail slot instead of a box to discourage theft.  You will also need to be available to oversee the banding on your block.

The bands need to go up by mid-September, so there’s a short turnaround time on this.

If you are interested in learning more or volunteering as a Block Captain for your street (or even one side or section of your block) we invite you to come to a short meeting on Tuesday, August 11th, taking place outdoors at The Big Red Church (127 Cobourg) at 7pm. We will meet in the church yard – please bring a lawn chair so that we can keep safe distance.

If you can’t make it to the meeting but would like more information, or to sign up to serve as a Block Captain, please email glenelmcommunity@gmail.com and let us know.

Please help make our first Glenelm-wide banding effort a success by sharing your time, enthusiasm and good ideas with your fellow neighbours!

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Upcoming Event: Time for Trees in Roxy Park

GeNA has been actively advocating for more public trees in Glenelm over the past couple of years. Last fall, we secured funding from the City of Winnipeg for more than 50 additional boulevard trees, with more planting in the works for this year. Part of our commitment to the City to secure that funding was that we would find alternate means by which to reforest our parks.

Every year, Trees Winnipeg’s ReLeaf program donates unclaimed trees to various partners throughout the city. GeNA is grateful that we have been selected as a ReLeaf donation partner this year, and will be receiving a selection of trees donated by Trees Winnipeg! 

Our resident arborists from Green Drop have graciously offered to plant and care for these new trees, which will be planted in Elmwood Park (Roxy Park) at 380 Henderson Hwy, at 9am on Saturday, July 18. We’d love for the community to join us as we celebrate new trees in our largest neighbourhood park.

Green Drop have offered to let us watch the planting, and tell us a little bit about the species of trees being planted (they include mountain ash, cork, maple, oak and cherry) and give tips on how to care for newly-planted trees. We’ve also invited Trees Winnipeg to join us to share information about the ReLeaf Program, which is an awesome way to get low-cost trees for your private property and learn the skills to care for them.

There will be lots of room to watch, so please be sure to respect physical distancing with other attendees.

Stay tuned for more news on greening and improvements to our Glenelm parks later this summer (Hespeler Park and Talbot Tot Lot, we’re looking at you!).

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Let’s try out a happier Henderson Hwy!

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Henderson Hwy?

Is it a place you like to walk, bike or wait for the bus on? Walk your dog on? Bring your kids to?

Does it feel comfortable and safe? Does it feel inviting – like a special part of our neighbourhood where you want to linger?

If you think Henderson Hwy could be a happier place for our residents and local businesses, you won’t want to miss this event!

Along with the Elmwood Business Coalition, Chalmers Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation and other awesome community partners, and with support from Councillor Jason Schreyer, GeNA is thrilled to help bring this one-day pop-up event to our neighbourhood high street.

The goal of Happier Henderson is to do something quick, inexpensive and temporary to:

  • Get the community excited about possibilities
  • Try out options to see what kinds of things are helpful, and which aren’t
  • Build capacity in the community to repeat, improve and expand on ideas!

Visit ReimagineElmwood.org to find out more.

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June 26 is Front Yard Friday!

This Friday, June 26th is Front Yard Friday in Glenelm!  At 6pm, eat supper in your front yard and connect with your neighbours at a safe distance.

Here are some ideas on how to participate!

  • bring your BBQ out front and fire it up to make some supper
  • set up a picnic on your lawn or boulevard
  • get take-out or delivery from one of Elmwood’s wonderful independent restaurants – who need all the support they can get during this time of COVID
  • bring out a musical instrument and start a little jam session or porch concert
  • create a chalk masterpiece on the sidewalk
  • play charades with neighbours (one household on the boulevard, the other in a front yard)
  • pick up any litter from the boulevard

Or simply head outside and see who’s around!

Be creative, stay safe and have fun!

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Curious about composting? We’ve got a FREE webinar for you!

Are you curious about composting? Maybe you would like to start but don’t know where to begin, or perhaps you’ve been composting for a while but would like to know how to be more efficient or simply have some questions answered. Well – GeNA has a webinar for you!

We are delighted to be offering a FREE composting webinar on Tuesday, June 16th from 7:30-9pm. With expertise provided by the Green Action Centre, this event will include lots of information and ample opportunity to get your composing questions answered.

The webinar is free but registration is required. Click here to register; you will be emailed the details on how to join the Zoom event. You’ll also receive a reminder the day before the event.

This webinar is made possible by a generous grant from TD Park People!

About TD Park People Grants program: TD Park People Grants program is providing essential funding to support park groups in delivering over 334 awesome nature-based activities that foster environmental education, sustainability and stewardship in cities across Canada. Together, TD and Park People are helping to bring Canadians together to unlock the power of  parks because they know that when people are connected to nature in their parks and communities, people are happier and communities feel more connected to nature and each other.

About Park People: Park People supports and mobilizes people to help them activate the power of parks to improve quality of life in cities across Canada.

About TD Bank: TD is providing funding to this event as part of the The Ready Commitment. TD has a long-standing commitment to enriching the lives of its customers, colleagues and communities. That’s why TD launched The Ready Commitment in March 2018, a new multi-year program to help individuals and communities prosper. As part of The Ready Commitment, TD targets CDN $1 billion in total by 2030 towards community giving in four areas critical to opening doors for an inclusive tomorrow – Financial Security, a more Vibrant Planet, Connected Communities and Better Health. Through The Ready Commitment, TD’s aspiration is to link business, products, services, and community giving to help people feel more confident – not just about their finances, but about their future and their ability to achieve their personal goals in a changing world. For further information, please visit www.td.com/thereadycommitment

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Watch now! Urban Beekeeping & Bee-Friendly Gardening Webinar

Last month, we held our first-ever virtual GeNA event: a free webinar on urban beekeeping and bee-friendly gardens featuring the wisdom of Glenelm’s very own bee and honey expert, John Russell. With John’s permission, we recorded the webinar and have published it on YouTube for all to enjoy.

Join John as he guides you through the wonderful world of bees and how you can play a role in pollination and the protection of the environment. As mentioned in the webinar, here are some great resources on plant choices:

A big thanks to John from all the webinar participants and GeNA!

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Register now! 3rd Annual Glenelm Snow Sculpture Challenge

(RESULTS MAP HERE!)

It’s that time of the year again — let’s all bundle up, get outside and participate in GeNA’s 3rd annual Snow Sculpture Challenge!

This coming Saturday, Feb 1st, show us your best snow creations. All ages and skill levels are encouraged, and there are dozens of chances for you to win a prize just by participating! Plus, it’ll be lots of fun, we promise!

Get all the details here: https://www.glenelm.ca/snow/

Big thanks to our generous sponsors!

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Upcoming Event: The Life of Dr. Glen T Hamilton

Come and hear a fascinating, free talk on the life of Dr. T. Glen Hamilton, his research into psychic phenomena and the possibility of life after death.  His former home, Hamilton House, is a well-known building in Elmwood at 185 Henderson Hwy; the Hamilton family hosted many prominent guests over the years, including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle!

The presentation will be given by East Kildonan resident Linda Horodecki, who’s a retired archivist with the Manitoba government. It will cover both Dr. Hamilton’s paranormal investigations and his civic leadership. Linda has given talks on the subject previously at WPL and the Elmwood EK Active Living Centre.
 
The event will take place Sunday afternoon, February 2, 2020 from 2 to 4pm at the Big Red Church at 127 Cobourg Avenue.  Admission is free. 

A few articles about Dr Hamilton to pique your interest:
Psychic Experiments at Hamilton House – Part One & Part Two (Heritage Winnipeg)
Digging deep into family’s history (The Herald)
Psychic Research in a Winnipeg Family: Reminiscences of Dr. Glen F. Hamilton (Manitoba Historical Society)

Above: Hamilton House photo source: University of Manitoba Hamilton Family fonds

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