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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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July Issue of Glenelm Community News

Maybe it’s the shade of our beloved elm canopies, the sight of sidewalk chalk designs, the sounds of reel mowers and evening sprinklers, or maybe it’s simply the warm feeling we get when we greet a neighbour out enjoying the sunshine. There’s no denying it: there’s something extra wonderful about summertime in our neighbourhood.

This month we are excited to share several upcoming GeNA events: a “weed walk“, a community picnic, and a garage/bake sale fundraiser, plus other useful info on what’s happening in our neighbourhood. We also invite you to join one of our upcoming safety patrol evening walks, and provide some tips on safety, property maintenance, and more.

Hope you enjoy this issue of Glenelm Community News, and as always, feel free to send your feedback, comments, questions, etc., to

Get the July edition of Glenelm Community News here.

(photo credit: Daniel Watson)

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Tomato & Eggplant Plants Need Homes

The Glenelm Community Garden received an abundance of plants from the Elmwood Community Resource Centre and has more than it can use!

Garden coordinator Angie Schafer invites Glenelm residents to get in touch with her at if they’d like any tomato or eggplant plants. They’ll be available on a first come, first served basis.

Happy growing!

(photo credit: Dan Gold)

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You’re Invited: Glenelm Community Safety Information Evening

GeNA invites all of those who live and work in our area to a Community Safety Information Evening.

Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Time: 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Place: Gordon-King Memorial United Church, 127 Cobourg Avenue

Guest Speakers:

  • Wayne Elliott, Chair, Communications Committee, Winnipeg Crime Stoppers
  • Wendy Koenig, formerly from Citizens for Crime Awareness (CFCA)

This evening’s presentation will include information on personal safety, how to reduce property crime, and what each of us can do to be a good community member.  After the presentation there will be an opportunity for community members to discuss the possibility of starting a Neighborhood Patrol and any other safety initiatives individuals would like to discuss.  Our goal is to provide the residents with information and to start organizing some initiatives — bring your ideas! Refreshments will be served.

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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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Turquoise Tables Coming Soon to Glenelm

by Jacqueline van Leeuwen

Several years ago, a woman in the States named Kristin Schell placed a turquoise picnic table in her front yard as an intentional way to get to know the people in her neighbourhood. That table has become a symbol of hospitality in different parts of the world as people from all walks of life embrace the ideal of living in a community where you know your neighbours.

A community where neighbours know each other becomes a safer community, because you are more likely to look out for people you know. You connect on a different level when you sit and share a conversation, or a cup of coffee or glass of lemonade.

Already different members of the community are planning what they are going to do to represent their idea of “the turquoise table.” One family plans to put out a turquoise drinking bowl for the dogs in the neighbourhood who are taking their owners for a walk. Another person is having a picnic table (she will be painting it turquoise) built around the tree on her front boulevard. The possibilities are endless.

So, when you see the turquoise picnic table (coming soon to Gordon King Memorial United Church), feel free to sit for a spell, see how the community garden is growing, and enjoy the butterfly garden.

If you are interested in reading more about the turquoise table, aka “the front yard people”, just google “turquoise table”.

Photo used with permission, courtesy of Turquoise Table Movement founder Kristin Schell.

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The Results are In! Glenelm’s First (and Hopefully Annual) Community Spring Cleanup

by Jacqueline van Leeuwen

Saturday, April 29th saw our first community clean-up. Approximately 15 residents of the Glenelm community came out to clean up our small corner of the world, and the weather cooperated to provide us with a perfect day.

Take Pride Winnipeg donated garbage bags and gloves, so we were all set to go. As the cleaning crew spread out in the neighbourhood picking up garbage from backlanes and streets, many residents came out to express their appreciation. Some neighbours also indicated that they were not aware that the clean-up was going to be happening.

This was our first community clean-up as the new GeNa, and a perfect way to make ourselves visible in the community. It was also great to meet people in the neighbourhood we haven’t met before.

A couple of take-aways from this experience for next time;

  • Post signs earlier and in more prominent areas
  • The church apparently has some ‘pickers’ (who knew?) for those of us who don’t bend as well as we used to…

Thank you to everyone who contributed in any way to the success of the day. See you next time!

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