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2021 Glenelm Snow Sculpture Challenge: Free Registration Now Open!

There is lots of snow on the ground, and the countdown is on… there are just 2 weeks until the 4th annual Glenelm Snow Sculpture Challenge on January 30th!

This is a FREE, non-competitive, household-based event that welcomes participants of all ages and abilities.

Now’s the time to start making your block of snow and dreaming of something neat to carve in it. You can help encourage even more people to participate by making a copy of this printable poster for your box of snow.

Be sure to register your address so that we can take a photo of your sculpture and include it on the map. (And of course, you’ll need to be registered to be entered in a draw for PRIZES!!) 

Last year we had an incredible 37 registered sculptures gracing front yards throughout the neighbourhood – can we beat that record this year? Let’s do it, Glenelm!!

For all the information you need, sculpting tips and to see photos from previous years, visit

As always, a huge thanks to our sponsors for making the event possible!

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Free Skating & Winter Fun in the Neighbourhood

There are 2 rinks open at Clara Hughes Recreation Park (281 Henderson Hwy). Please note, clubhouse/bathrooms/canteen are closed. Bring your sleds & crazy carpets, because the toboggan slide is open too!

The large pleasure rink in Elmwood (Roxy) Park (380 Henderson Hwy) is open for use! Very close to the hill for sledding.

Opening soon:

  • The Big Red Church (127 Cobourg Ave) is planning an outdoor rink for one of their parking lots.
  • MBCI (173 Talbot Ave) is building an outdoor rink in the next couple of weeks, which will be open for community use after school hours & on weekends

Important Reminder re: Red River

There are many citizen-cleared trails and small rinks that have popped up along the river behind Glenwood – and all over the city! It’s great to see such enthusiasm and hard work going into celebrating our natural environment, especially during this pandemic! 

For those who may not be aware, the ice on this part of the river is not monitored for safety by the City, so use is completely at your own risk. It is important that people who choose to use it are aware of the dangers. According to a recent article in the Free Press:

“The City of Winnipeg “does not monitor ice conditions on rivers, waterways or ponds throughout the winter months,” the city spokeswoman said. As a result, the city advises residents to “refrain from venturing on to any ice surface” during the winter, due to the possibility of “rapidly changing ice conditions based on weather, water currents (and) runoff.””

If you choose to use the river trails, please be safe and respectful of others!

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Elm Brush Piles on the Boulevard – What to Do?

The GeNA Tree Committee asks for everyone’s help in reporting trimmed elm branches left on the boulevards in our neighbourhood.

Piles of trimmed elm branches (example shown in the photo above) are left by workers with alarming regularity — despite provincial regulations against storing elm wood! 

If you see piles of brush left on the boulevard, please report to 311 (preferably with photos). We’d be grateful if you cc’d so that we can help monitor as well.

Do NOT take trimmed elm branches to use as firewood! Transporting and storing elm wood is against the law and can increase the spread of Dutch Elm Disease – which we don’t want any more of in Glenelm!

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2020 Christmas Bird Count in Glenelm

Many thanks to Glenelm resident Natalie Reinhart for contributing this year’s Christmas Bird Count! For more on local birds, see the 2017, 2018 and 2019 CBCs and also a special piece on owls in Glenelm.

2020 Christmas Bird Count

By: Natalie Reinhart

Photo above: A grey morph Eastern screech owl roosting the day away in a tree cavity.

The 2020 Christmas Bird Count (CBC) was held on December 20th and my husband Brent and I were excited to be able to participate in this annual event again this year!  Despite COVID-19 limiting bird counters to only participate with members of their own household, many continued to participate in this annual tradition in Winnipeg to count the birds. While some, like Brent and I, participated on foot, others watched and counted at their own backyard feeders.  We were very happy for a milder day compared to the chilly day we had last year as we roamed the streets of Glenelm listening and watching for as many birds as we could find!

The usual species were numerous, and we are thrilled to report increased numbers of Black-capped Chickadees, White-Breasted Nuthatches, Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers compared to last year.  We also had higher counts of some common urban species, including American Crows, Common Ravens, Rock Pigeons, House Sparrows, House Finches and European Starlings.  On the rarer side, we spotted three White-Throated Sparrows, a species that normally isn’t found this far north in the colder winter months!  These sparrows normally travel further south into the United States for the winter.

The highlight of this year’s CBC in Glenelm was spotting an Eastern Screech Owl!  These small owls are year-round residents in Winnipeg which is at the northern periphery of the species’ range.  Standing at only 10” tall, they come in grey or red “morphs”, the latter being rare in Manitoba.  The Eastern Screech Owl is nocturnal, so it sleeps the day away and comes out from dusk until dawn to hunt mainly small birds, rodents and invertebrates.  They roost during the daytime in tree cavities, often unseen, so naturally we were thrilled that one made itself visible to us on count day!

Richard and Diana Staniforth participated in the 2020 CBC by conducting a “Feeder Watch” from their kitchen window, in Glenelm. They recorded as many birds as possible in their yard for the entire day. Their first bird was an Eastern Screech Owl, heard calling at 5:00 am; an early and exciting start to a busy day. Black-capped Chickadees, House Sparrows, White-breasted Nuthatches, woodpeckers and a single White-throated Sparrow were active at their feeders throughout the day. Their final bird was a Bald Eagle, seen flying along the Red River at the bottom of their yard. A good bird with which to end the day’s observations!

We are still waiting to hear the full 2020 CBC results from the Winnipeg area, but hope that the increased number of birds seen in Glenelm is a reflection of the remainder of the city.  While 2020 has been a challenging year for many, we have enjoyed time to slow down and appreciate the birds around our neighbourhood.  Please contact Rudolf Koes ( if you would like to take part in the Christmas Bird Count 2021.

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Local Love 2020: Glenelm Local Business Roundup

This time a few years ago, we ran a list of local businesses in Glenelm to encourage people to shop locally for Christmas. This year our local businesses need us more than ever!

Here’s an updated list, organized by category. Although some of these places are temporarily closed due to COVID restrictions, keep them in mind for gift certificates, curbside pickup or delivery now and in the coming months.

Food & Restaurants:

  • JC’s Tacos
  • Henderson Burger & Subs
  • Kyu Snack Box
  • Zax Drive Inn
  • Big Rick’s Hot Rod Diner
  • Sam’s Place Cafe
  • The Elm Pizzeria
  • John Russell Honey

Health & Personal Care:

  • Elmview Eyecare
  • The Elms Dental Centre
  • What You Knead Massage Therapy
  • Brown’s Drug Store
  • Chase Hair
  • The Buzz Hairbiz Etc
  • Parlur Cosmetology Salon & Spa
  • Harmony Warrior Yoga
  • Nintai Karate
  • Integrated Chiropractic
  • Innovative Medical Supplies and Innovative Therapy Solutions


  • Forget Me Not Thrift Shop
  • Zed Books
  • Sam’s Place Books
  • A&A Jewelers
  • Lower Level Sports Cards
  • Elemental Witchery & Conjure Boutique
  • Bikes & Beyond
  • Valley Flowers
  • Norwex Independent Sales Consultant: Teresa Geddert
  • The InkPAD Shop Screen-Printed Clothing
  • Tupperware Independent Consultant: Kara Denay Plett
  • Norwex Independent Sales Consultant Jamie Skinner
  • Shaklee Distributor: Amanda Kroeker
  • Arbonne: Amanda White
  • Terri’s Trinkets & Toys
  • It’s Time to Ride Upcycling 


  • Little Laminator
  • UPS Store
  • Doctor Rocks (Glenwood Motors)
  • Cheryl’s Child Care
  • Riverside Tarot
  • Birthroots Nannies: Jennifer Hofer


  • Roxy Lanes

Did we miss you?

  • If  you have a home-based business, please email us [glenelmcommunity at] to be added to our Glenelm Home-Based Business Directory.
  • If you have a storefront, email us [glenelmcommunity at] to be added to our next roundup!


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Help Trim the Community Christmas Tree!

A message from the Big Red Church at 127 Cobourg:

There is a tall Christmas tree sitting in front of The Big Red Church and we (those who are from the church) invite the Glenelm community members to come and put an ornament on the tree (home made or purchased) to signify the unity we have at this time … even though we cannot gather together! Enjoy the walk over, placing of the ornament on the tree and remembering that we are stronger together as a community than how Covid has kept us apart!

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Upcoming event: 2021 Glenelm Snow Sculpture Challenge

Guess what? This is the event that COVID couldn’t cancel!!

Yes, that’s right, the Snow Sculpture Challenge is back for a 4th year on Saturday, January 30, 2021 — and we’re hoping that more people than ever will join in the fun!

Given this year’s pandemic restrictions, this is one of the rare events which can still take place “in real life”. Since everyone sculpts from their own front yard, no gatherings are necessary! In addition, it provides neighbours a much-needed excuse to get outside and take that (socially-distanced) walk for mental health to view all of the lovely sculptures. Plus you could win one of dozens of neat participation prizes.

So…mark your calendars for January 30th and start dreaming about your snowy creations. To see pictures from past events and get more info, visit

Pssst….. if Santa brings you anything in a large cardboard box this year… flatten the box and save it to use as a form for your block of snow.

As always, a huge thanks to our sponsors for making the event possible!

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Elmwood Cemetery News

Historic Elmwood Cemetery is a favourite place of many Glenelm folks, and we’re appreciating it more than ever as a great space to take a socially distanced walk or bike ride. We love the peaceful atmosphere and how well-maintained and cleared the paths are. 

Did you know that the Cemetery puts out a regular newsletter? It’s a great way to keep up with the wonderful work being done to preserve and plant trees in this beautiful space (like the Adopt-a-Tree program), and it also features interesting profiles of the people buried here and special initiatives happening at the cemetery.

Check out Elmwood Cemetery’s latest newsletter here!

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Have Your Say on Winnipeg’s Urban Forest (deadline to participate: Nov 1 & 8)

The city is seeking feedback to shape its Urban Forest Strategy. 

As you may know, GeNA has a Tree Committee that has pushed for increased funding for urban forestry to benefit Glenelm and the entire city.

We urge you to participate in the city’s engagement opportunities below, stressing the importance of funding pruning, disease control and reforestation of our public trees.

From the project webpage:


Take the survey to provide input on the vision and strategic directions for the Winnipeg Urban Forest Strategy. This survey will take approximately 15 minutes of your time and will be collecting feedback until November 1, 2020.

Take the Winnipeg Urban Forest Strategy survey now!

Other feedback/engagement opportunities:

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