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Event Recap: Meandering Music 2021

Even the rain could not stop the music at the 2nd edition of Meandering Music in Glenelm on August 27. From folk to Celtic rock, jazz covers of video game themes, pop and 70s standards, to sing-along crowd favourites, we were treated to a delightfully eclectic evening of music, as we roamed from porch to porch for five 30-minute shows! By the last show, the audience had grown to about a hundred people!

Many thanks to all the talented musicians who shared their talents with us! 

Are you interested in playing a show at next year’s Meandering Music? Get in touch at glenelmcommunity [at] gmail [dot] com to let us know 🙂

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Workshop: Make Your Own Lit Yard Decorations

Have you seen the beautiful decorative balls hanging outside at 322 Glenwood? Ever wanted to make your own?

Well, Glenelm resident Joanne is offering a 4-part workshop over Zoom to show you how to make these large wire-balls with mini-lights, just like the ones hanging in her front yard!

The workshop will be given in a series of four sessions:

  • Thursday, September 16th: Make the wire hoops for the ball(s)
  • Thursday, September 23rd: Wire the hoops into a ball
  • Thursday, September 30th: Cut and attach the chicken wire
  • Tuesday, October 5th: Wrap and secure the lights to the frame

Each session will be 30-45 minutes, starting at 7:30 p.m. The instructions are straightforward, but the wire work is a bit more time-consuming, and will need to be completed between sessions.


You’ll need the items marked with an asterisk (*) for week 1. This will make 3 balls:

Make sure all wire is galvanized.

  • *A set of good fitting gloves is an absolute must. They should fit well. I like the type that have a rubber coating on the fingers and palms and are knit on the backs.  You can find them in most gardening supply sections of stores.
  • *A 100-foot package of 14-gauge galvanized wire (this makes 3 balls). If 14-gauge is sold out, you can go to 12- or even 9-gauge (the lower the number, the thicker the wire).
  • *A package of 18-gauge galvanized wire (generally comes in 100’ pkg. – you will only use some of this)
  • A package of 22-gauge galvanized wire – this is not absolutely necessary but can be helpful when adding the chicken wire.
  • A spool of plastic coated gardening wire (optional).  I used this to redistribute and secure the lights after I wrapped them on the wire form.
  • *Yard stick or tape measure
  • *Sharpie or something to mark the wire
  • *Pliers to manipulate wire and pull it tight
  • *Wire cutters
  • A roll of chicken wire (sometimes called hex wire – try to buy a 2’ wide roll – if wider you will have to cut it.
  • 83 – 100 foot long set of mini-lights. You will need a set of lights for each ball. When purchasing lights I was very focused on getting ones that stay lit if one bulb burns out/malfunctions. It was a challenge to find this information on most sets of lights. I also found that when I called the manufacturer about lights that did not stipulate this, the outcome was that they did not stay lit if a bulb burnt out. I did some searching online with no luck. I eventually settled on the only set of lights I could find that stay lit – an 83’ 8” string of lights by Noma called Advanced Constant Lit 7 function Cluster Lights which I purchased at Canadian Tire.  They are the ridiculous price of 99.00, but last year went on sale a few times for 50% off.  I had to drive to Selkirk to get them. I should also mention that I wanted to use the twinkle function on my lights, but because they are on a timer, the lights revert to the staying on function. If anyone out there finds some other options for lights please let us know.
  • A spray can of rodent repellant (optional).  Over the years I have had challenges with squirrels eating the bulbs or chewing through the wires on my tree lights. This stuff doesn’t kill the squirrel, but tastes nasty.  You will discover just how bad it tastes if you forget you’ve sprayed the balls and use your teeth to pull off the gloves you’re using to hang them ☹. Disposable or washable gloves are a must here.
  • Long zip ties to hang the ball

To register

Simply send an email to glenelmcommunity [at]

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Sept 11-12: Live Music & Karaoke at Watt St Parklet

There’s karaoke and live music in store at the Watt St. Parklet (Watt at Harbison) this weekend, brought to you by CNRC and Councillor Jason Schreyer. Bring your chair & your mask! 

Saturday, Sept 11: Reggae with Glen Williams (3:15 – 4:30 PM)

Sunday, Sept 12: Karaoke with Jewels & Jerry (3-5 PM)

Did you see the write-up about the Reimagine Elmwood parklet in the Herald a few weeks ago? If you missed it, you can read more here: A space on Watt Street for everyone: New ‘parklet’ pilot project provides pop-up community space.

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2021 DED Update for Glenelm

It’s been another devastating year for the elms in Glenelm. As of this writing, 36 boulevard and park trees have been marked for removal due to Dutch Elm Disease (DED), with many more on private property and Elmwood Cemetery. 

With below-normal precipitation this year and the last few years, Winnipeg’s elms are at a higher risk of succumbing to DED.

The city has announced that it will begin its Elm Bark Beetle Control Program on Monday, September 13, 2021. This means they will begin spraying the base of elms trees with a chemical that controls the beetles, which spread DED. The program is particularly important this year because of the low precipitation in recent years.  

You can do your part to limit the spread of DED by:

  • never moving firewood
  • never storing elm wood
  • cooperating with the City regarding elms on your private property

You may also want to learn about anti-DED fungicidal treatments (e.g., Arbotect) for your private or boulevard elms.

Thank you for helping to care for our remaining elm trees!

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RAIN OR SHINE! Aug 27 is Meandering Music in Glenelm 2021

Aug 27 update: rain or shine, the show will go on! Bring your umbrellas!

On Friday, August 27th, 2021, make your way about the neighbourhood as you take in a handful of front-porch concerts. Inspired by the idea of a progressive dinner party, this event will take you from one street to the next for half-hour musical performances. Bring your lawn chair and clap along to music in the key of (G)lenelm. The music starts at 6:00 pm. Get all the details here!

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It’s Banding Time!

It’s time to band together!

After the huge success of our first-ever neighbourhood-wide tree banding campaign last year, we are kicking off this year’s program in the coming days. Watch your mailbox for a green flyer like the one above!

It will give you the name of your block captain and info about how tree banding helps to prevent cankerworm infestations, which can completely defoliate trees in just a couple of weeks.

Photo credit: Chris Hsia under license CC BY-SA 2.0

While their leaves will grow back, trees are weakened and less able fight off disease and other insect pests. Plus, walking through webs of silk and slippery cankerworm poop is really unpleasant. (Remember the “wormageddon” we had in Glenelm in 2019? That’s what we are trying to prevent.)

New for this year, you can pay for your banding order by:

  • Cash
  • Cheque to GeNA
  • Interac eTransfer to GeNA (auto-deposit; no security Q&A required)

Last year we managed to band almost all the boulevard trees in Glenelm, plus many in the parks, too. Let’s see if we can get even better coverage this year!

Watch for a flyer in your mailbox in the next week. Orders will be due by August 25. Questions? Please email

Big thanks to all the block captains who are volunteering their time & energy for this project!

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Elmwood Covid-19 Vaccine Clinics (July 6 & 7)

There will be a vaccine clinic at Elmwood High School (505 Chalmers) on July 6th from 9am to 5pm. Everyone 18+ can walk-in or make an appointment for the Moderna vaccine. See more details in the poster above!

A second clinic will take place the following day at Holy Eucharist (460 Munroe). Details below.

Big thanks to the Elmwood Community Resource Centre for bringing these pop-ups right to Elmwood.

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June 2021 Newsletter Now Available

Hello Glenelm neighbours! Welcome to summer in our beautiful little corner of the world.

A special welcome to all the new people who have moved into Glenelm over the past few months. We know that it’s a challenge getting to know your neighbours during a pandemic and we’re so happy that restrictions are slowly lifting so that we can start meeting all the new folks who’ve chosen to make this neighbourhood their home.

In “normal times”, the Glenelm Neighbourhood Association is very active in hosting many activities and events that keep our community connected. This has been really hard to do over the past year. The ever-changing COVID situation makes it difficult to plan, and it’s always our goal to respect not only public health orders, but also the spirit of the restrictions.

That’s meant we had to cancel many beloved traditions and events. Things like Meandering Music (our roving front-porch music night), Sweets and Seeds (our springtime plant swap and bake sale), the Winter Warmer (a mid-winter potluck in partnership with the Big Red Church) and many other special events. If nothing else we’ve learned that absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Rest assured: we will get back to all these things and more when it’s safe to do so. In the meantime, let’s celebrate the small steps towards normal that we are allowed to take now…in the June 2021 newsletter you’ll find details about two upcoming events!

If you are new to Glenelm, we’re looking forward to meeting you! And if you’re someone who has a new neighbour, why not introduce yourself and let them know about the GeNA newsletter? 

Best wishes for a safe and healthy summer!

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