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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 glenelm.ca/snow/

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:

Survey

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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Event Recap: Pose ‘n’ Plant at Hespeler Park

On Saturday, September 19, GeNA was pleased to host a fun 2-in-1 event at Hespeler Park: outdoor yoga followed by tree and shrub planting.

Under a beautiful blue sky and surrounded by nature, Glenelm yoga teacher Jen Breckman led us through an hour of gentle stretches and poses. Then, with the assistance of Green Drop, we planted two American elms and two dwarf Korean lilac shrubs.

All told, about 40 people came out for this event and it was a great way to end the summer after so many months of gatherings being restricted. We know that the memories of that great day will sustain us through the next many months of the pandemic!

The event was funded by a generous TD Park People Grant

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Halloween in Glenelm

As of this writing, it looks like trick-or-treating on Halloween night can happen, while following the provincial and federal public health guidelines, of course. Some key tips from those guidelines:

  • wear a mask (for both giving out candy and trick-or-treating)
  • stay home if you’re not feeling well
  • wash/sanitize hands frequently
  • give/receive store-bought treats with tongs and from a safe distance 
  • trick-or-treat with your own household
  • take turns going up to each house; give the group ahead of you plenty of space so that you’re not crossing paths in close quarters

If you decide that trick-or-treating is right for your family, please be sure to follow the guidelines for a safe and fun evening!! 

Oct 31: Treats from GeNA & The Big Red Church

For the big night, GeNA is teaming up with our community partners at the Big Red Church to distribute treat bags from their yard.

On Oct 31, be sure to swing by from 6:30 to 8pm to pick up a treat!

Social distancing will be observed, so please move along quickly to prevent congregating in groups!

Nov 1: 2020 Pumpkin Parade

The live version of this year’s Pumpkin Parade is cancelled due to COVID-19. Instead, we invite you to participate in a virtual parade by:

  • Showcasing your spooky decorations and terrifying pumpkin carving skills on the GeNA Facebook page, or  
  • Sending in photos to glenelmcommunity@gmail.com (or just reply to this email).

We’ll take your photos and turn them into a slide show to be displayed on the GeNA website!

Since the neighbourhood might be too busy on All Hallows’ Eve for some folks to comfortably to enjoy everyone’s decorations, we encourage community members to light up again on November 1st for the benefit of neighbours who’d prefer to participate in a scaled-down celebration with a socially-distant stroll through Glenelm. 

Wishing you all a safe and happy Halloween!

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Glenelm Bands Together!

A huge thank you to all the volunteers who served as block captains and all the folks who chipped in to band our neighbourhood’s beloved boulevard trees!!

Glenelm’s first-ever neighbourhood-wide tree banding campaign, which aims to prevent cankerworm defoliation, was a huge success. On many blocks we were able to achieve 100% banding coverage, thanks to the generosity of many who donated a little extra cash above and beyond “their” boulevard trees.

More special thanks to:

  • Glenelm School PAC, who covered the cost of banding boulevard trees along the school
  • Councillor Jason Schreyer, who covered the cost of banding all the boulevard trees on Beatrice, and
  • John Russell, who donated honey as a thank-you gift to each of the block captains!

This was a true community effort, with hundreds of households participating!

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Summer Tree Committee Updates

It’s Tree Banding Time!

Volunteer block captains are currently delivering tree banding order forms in most parts of Glenelm! Watch for the green forms and help make our first neighbourhood-wide banding effort a success!

Anti-Dutch Elm Disease Injections

You might come across one of these peculiar setups while out on your neighbourhood rambles this week. What is it, you ask? It’s a fungicidal application from a company called Arbortect that we are doing to help protect key trees in our neighbourhood. Our awesome partners-in-tree-love Green Drop have once again stepped up for us and have agreed to do all the labour involved in the application free of charge! Woo!

We scanned the neighbourhood for elms that are in key locations – that is, locations where, according to the City’s planting guidelines, a replacement tree would not be approved. The fungicide will help the tree resist the fungus that the elm bark beetle brings for three years.

Just one more tool in the arsenal of tricks to help us protect our urban forest. 🙂
We’ll also still be planting new trees in vacant locations on our boulevards. More info/dates to come on that.

A Tree Map of Our Own!

One of our talented Glenelm neighbours, Jocelynn Johnson, is a mapping expert and created this super cool map of all the public trees in the neighbourhood. It is based on open data from the City of Winnipeg and we’re excited for the ways it may help us to track banding and injection efforts or other tree-related endeavours.

It’s also a great way to identify trees that you’re curious about!  Each tree is represented by a circle, each species is a different colour, and the bigger the circle, the bigger the tree.

Check it out and let us know what you think!

Fall ReLeaf Program from Trees Winnipeg

If you missed the Spring 2020 ReLeaf program, don’t despair! There is a fall program with four beautiful species (dogwood, cherry, hackberry and basswood) waiting for homes in your yard! These trees are just $55 each and come with all the information you need to plant and care for them. ***Deadline for orders is September 11, 2020***

Learn more at http://treeswinnipeg.org/releaf-tree-planting-program/

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Event Recap: Happier Henderson

On July 25th, a one-day, one-block street makeover took place on Henderson Hwy between Noble and Hart.

The event was organized by Reimagine Elmwood, a grassroots committee of 7 community groups including GeNA, the Chalmers Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation and the Elmwood Business Coalition.

Over the course of the afternoon, more than 100 people came out to experience a temporary “happier Henderson” with an added crosswalk, protected bike lane, street furniture, flowers and trees. There was even a small sidewalk sale by a local business!

Reception from those in attendance was overwhelmingly positive and the event was covered by several media outlets. Check out this article in The Herald and this clip from CTV.  Big thanks to our community partners, all the hardworking volunteers who helped out all day in the sweltering heat and Councillor Jason Schreyer for his valued support.

Learn more about Reimagine Elmwood here!

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