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A look back at 2023!

In case you missed it: our 2023 Annual Report to the Community is now available.

It’s a celebration of all the special events and initiatives that we’re able to pull off when we work together and with our neighbours throughout Elmwood.

Along with event recaps, you will find reports from the Glenelm Garden Club, Glenelm Tree Committee, and Reimagine Elmwood Coalition. Also included are GeNA’s financials and thank-yous to the many people and partners who help us throughout the year!

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It’s here! Your 2024 Snow Sculpture Challenge Map!

Here is the official map of registered addresses in the 7th Annual Glenelm Snow Sculpture Challenge (we know there are even more sculptures out there, too!) 

Grab the printable PDF version of the map here.

A big thank-you to all who sculpted…you’ve brought a lot of joy to the neighbourhood this weekend! We’ve entered all the registered addresses into the draw for participation prizes. We’ll be drawing for the prizes at the Winter Warmer potluck and AGM later today. If we draw your address and you’re not there, we’ll be in touch over the next few days to arrange a prize drop-off.  

Photos will added to the website and shared via the newsletter ASAP!

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The 7th Annual Glenelm Snow Sculpture Challenge is officially ON!

A big thanks to Mother Nature for at last bringing us an ample supply of snow. It’s exactly what we needed to be able to schedule the 7th Annual Glenelm Snow Sculpture Challenge. We were getting worried there for a bit 🙂

Start thinking about what you’ll create out of snow or ice in your front yard on Saturday, January 27th, 2024.

As always, all sculptures will be entered into a draw for tons of participation prizes and our neighbourhood will be transformed into a snowy art gallery!

So show us your best snow creations! There is no judging – 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!

It’s completely free to participate, but be sure to fill out the short registration form so that we can include you on our map and enter you in the prize draw.

Need more info/ideas/inspiration? Check out for FAQs, photos from previous years and more. 

Huge thanks to our sponsors, who make this event possible:

Chris and David Unruh
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Glenelm Family Playgroup Resumes

The Glenelm Family Playgroup will be resuming on Wednesday, January 31st!

This is an informal weekly stay-and-play group every Wednesday morning from 10:30-11:30 in the basement of The Big Red Church. Come and connect with other parents and caregivers, and give your little one some space to get out some of that delightful, wiggley energy! 

A few things to note:

  • Age range is for children 0-5 years
  • If you choose to bring a snack along for your little ones, please ensure it is peanut-free
  • Hosted in the Kids Zone room, basement of the The Big Red Church, 127 Cobourg Ave
  • Runs until end of April 2024

We look forward to connecting and playing together! Email any questions to Janessa at

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Gordie’s Coffeehouse Upcoming Performers (Jan/Feb 2024)

Thursday nights at Gordie’s Coffeehouse (127 Cobourg Ave) are back up and running after a break for the holidays.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up. 

Jan 18 – Anthony Guerreiro
Jan 25 – Ingrid Aubrey
Feb 1 – Debra Lyn Neufeld
Feb 8 – Heartsleeve
Feb 15 – Rick, Sonya & Henry
Feb 22 – Prairie Soul
Feb 29 – Jake & Sam

Stay up-to-date with Gordies on Instagram at gordiescoffehouse1

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Winter Warmer & 5-Minute GeNA AGM (January 27)

After a big day of snow sculpting, join your neighbours at the Glenelm Winter Warmer, January 27th, 2024 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at the Big Red Church (127 Cobourg Ave). 

This is our mid-winter potluck and community catch-up, and we take care of “the business of GeNA” with our short & sweet 5-minute AGM.

Bring a dish to share (see here for tips on potluck food preparation best practices) and we will provide beverages.

We will also be drawing names for Snow Sculpture Challenge participation prizes! (But don’t worry, you don’t have to be at the Winter Warmer in order to get a prize.)

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Free Movie Afternoon! Saturday January 6, 2024

Come on out to a free movie afternoon this Saturday, January 6th. We’ll be showing Minions 2: The Rise of Gru at 3pm, in the Big Red Church’s basement (127 Cobourg Ave).

There will be free popcorn – bring your bowl! There are lots of chairs, but feel free to bring your beanbags and blankets for a cozier movie experience.

Doors will be open around 2:30pm. All are welcome – feel free to invite friends!

Thanks as always to the Big Red Church and CNRC for generously sharing their space and equipment with us!

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Get to Know Gordie’s Coffeehouse!

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 The Big Red 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 coffee & tea and a variety of sweet and salty treats (cash or Square payment accepted).

Doors open at 7:00pm and first set is at 7:30pm, so call up an old friend or come out and make a new friend.

There is no admission and all ages are welcomed. We pass the hat for the performers and also encourage folks to bring a tin for the bin, ‘cause People Gotta Eat!

Check us out on Instagram as gordiescoffehouse1

Here’s who’s coming up this fall:

Oct 19    Marcel Desilets
Oct 26    The Cat’s Advice
Nov 2     Fuller Hull
Nov 9     The Brakemen
Nov 16  Jelly B & The K-Mart Shoppers
Nov 23   The Spectacles
Nov 30   Cory Wojcik
Dec 7     Kara Otion
Dec 14   Baltimore Road

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Thanks for Banding Together! 

Thank you, Glenelm! Our 4th annual neighbourhood-wide cankerworm banding campaign was a success thanks to the participation from hundreds of residents and our formidable “Tree Squad” team of block captains and coordinators.

We managed to band nearly 1,000 trees again. This included complete coverage of boulevard trees on most blocks, and the majority of park trees at Roxy (Elmwood) Park, Hespeler Park and the Talbot Tot Lot. 

Big thanks to the Tree Squad for their hundreds of hours of time & energy for this project. Sincere appreciation also goes to the Glenelm School PAC, the Big Red Church, and our city councillor Jason Schreyer for their ongoing commitment to our fall tree banding campaign.  And once again, Schmidt Tree Banding was a pleasure to work with!

Special request!! This year, all of Hart Avenue was covered by block captains who live on other streets. If you’re a resident of Hart and would be interested in serving as a block captain next year, please email to let us know.

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