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Update on the GeNA Garage Sale & Bake Sale

The GeNA core organizing committee has decided to postpone the garage sale/bake sale that was planned for September 9th. Our group of volunteers is learning as we go, and we realized with the community picnic the same weekend, it was more than we could realistically manage. We are now planning to do the garage sale/bake sale in the spring, possibly integrating some opportunities for local businesses as well.

To anyone who had been holding onto items to donate, we offer our sincere thanks for your generosity, and our apologies for the inconvenience of our plans changing. If you aren’t willing or able to hold onto your sale items until spring, we suggest the Kildonan MCC at 445 Chalmers as a great place to donate to. They accept donations Monday-Saturday from 9:30am-5pm.

Thanks for bearing with us, and for your support of GeNA!

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You are invited! GeNA’s “Come Meet Your Neighbour Picnic”

The Glenelm Neighbourhood Association invites you to a “Come Meet Your Neighbour Picnic”

When: Sunday, September 10th, 3:30 – 7pm

Where:  Elmwood Park, aka Roxy Park, 380 Henderson Hwy | rain location: Gordon King Church at 127 Cobourg Ave

What:  Old-fashioned games with prizes for all ages, musical acts from the neighbourhood, a fabulous & free dessert bar, and an introduction to the Glenelm Neighbourhood Association

Who: anyone  … especially those in Glenelm

To Bring:  a picnic to feed those who are with you and something to sit on PLUS a desire to get to know your neighbours! Your sense of humour is also recommended 🙂

(photo credit: Kimberly Mears)


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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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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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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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