Attention Green Thumbs and Garden Lovers of Ritchie!

Calling all gardeners in Ritchie, do you have a garden (edible or decorative) you would be willing to show to your neighbours? We want to hear from you! We are looking for 5 gardens to showcase on a garden tour of Ritchie that can help inspire creative ways to grow edible or non edible landscapes. We are particularly looking for gardens that showcase sustainable growing techniques (ex. permaculture or unique watering systems), or are great examples of edible and non edible gardens. Get in touch with us! Please contact us by e-mailing our Ritchie Livability Coordinator at  julia.dalman@gmail.com, no later than August 18, 2017. Keep an eye out for more updates as they come on this exciting event. 

What we have in mind

We are inviting you to participate in our September garden extravaganza! We know there are some really talented gardeners in Ritchie and neighbours that love the gardens of Ritchie. Why not combine these two loves on one awesome day? Here is what we are proposing– a garden tour of Ritchie that ends in a Ritchie farmers market of sorts where neighbours share their locally grown produce or plant bulbs if they have some to spare. Please join us on September 10th for a garden event that will awaken the green thumb in you! We will post an event listing here soon. 

Ponies & Unicorns Summer Picnic

Join your neighbours for an afternoon of horse play in Ritchie Park.

Sunday, August 27 at 12-3pm

Ritchie Park (7727-98 Street)

The free community event will include:

  • A BBQ catered by Quickfire Cookery
  • Pony rides
  • Live music
  • Bike decorating booth
  • Bike Parade
  • Plus more

Rain or shine.

Presented by Walkable Edmonton, Sara Kalke RE/MAX River City and Stefan Cherwoniak with Quickfire Mortgage Solutions

ENJOY THIS SUMMER WITH FREE ADMISSION TO OUTDOOR POOLS

The City of Edmonton is celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation by waiving admission fees to all outdoor pools! The special offer is in effect from *JULY 1 to the end of the 2017 season!*

Drop-in swimming will be free during operating hours, and includes both public and lane swimming. Lessons and rentals will still be available for a fee.  All four of the City’s four outdoor pools are now open - Queen Elizabeth, Fred Broadstock, Mill Creek and Oliver.

Ritchie Casino - lets make some money!

We get it, casinos aren't for everyone but they are very important to Ritchie. Every other year, our community benefits from a portion of funding generated through gaming activity around the city.

In order to keep receiving these funds we need people to volunteer for our casino on August 31 and September 1.

Whether you want to try your hand at being a chip runner, banker, count room team member or cashier - we have 50 spots that need to be filled.  Please click on the button below to sign up! 

RCL Spotlight

We are pleased to introduce you to our amazing and talented new President - Tammy Hay. Her community league track record to date is of course impeccable and we can tell you that she also makes the best pickled carrots ever. Tammy's got big shoes to fill but we have no doubt she will nail this! 

1. What is your Role on the Board?
President

2. Why did you volunteer?
When we moved to Ritchie I wanted to get more involved in the community so I attended a board meeting and the rest is history!

3. How long have you lived in Ritchie?
 Three wonderful years this summer!

4. Why did you pick this neighbourhood?
Mill Creek Ravine was the initial draw, and it is so easy to get almost anywhere in the city from here.

5. What is the best thing you’ve discovered in Ritchie?
Awesome new friends and neighbours!

6. What is your wish for the next 5 years in Ritchie?
 I am excited for Abundant Communities grow and bring people together even more in Ritchie, including those West Ritchie residents!

7. What is your favourite Ritchie Event/program and why?
Chili Cook Off for sure, but I am really excited for this year's Community League Day, it is going to be incredible!!!

8. What do you do when you aren’t volunteering?
 I love to spend time with my husband, Chad, and two dogs, Kaiser and Aria, exploring the ravine.  I also have a passion for cooking!

9. What book did you read last?
Jamie's 15 Minute Meals (Jamie Oliver) - Yes, I read cookbooks like most people read novels!

10. What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
I hate to admit it, but my phone!  It is my camera, my calendar, my organizer, my connection to my family in Saskatchewan, my grocery list...I can go on, it does everything for me.  

We are Going to Roast this Summer!

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Yup! It's going to be a doozy!

Thanks to Home Depot and our ACE work (pardon the pun), we have acquired 3 new fire pits and a mobile Ritchie Lemonade Stand!

We'll share more info about how we plan to use these community connector assets at our BBQ later this month but in the meantime, dust off your marshmallow and hot dog roasting sticks. 

 

What: A BBQ to bring in summer in style and introduce the new Board

When: June 29 - 6pm

Where: Behind the Hall

Why: Because....School's. Out. For. Summer!!!

Beat It!

The Backbeat Block Party is returning on Sunday, June 18. The event will be held in the alley between 100 and 101 St. and 81 and 82 Ave.

This annual community event celebrates local arts and features live music, art demonstrations, exhibitors and food from local restaurants. 

Pop Your Kids in a Camp!

The City has a number of great ways to keep kids busy and maintain parent sanity this summer.

Here are a few options that are close by:

Cool Creations Camp at Hazeldean Community League Hall from July 31 - August 4.

The camp is geared at children between 8 - 13 years of age who have a passion for tie-dye, or making chocolates, soap, candles and lip balm.

Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Cost: $146.00.  

To register, call 311 and quote course number 596279 or do it all online.

Paint, Plaster and Play Camp at Strathcona Community League Hall from July 4 - July 7.

The camp is geared at children between 8 - 13 years of age who like to paint, sculpt, sketch or get messy with paper mâché.

Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Cost: $130.00.  

To register, call 311 and quote course number 596274 or do it all online.
 

Free Community League Swim

It's time to soak up this gorgeous weather at our fabulous outdoor pools. Show your Ritchie Community League Membership and gain free entry at:

Mill Creek
June 1 - Sept 5
Every day 7-9pm

Fred Broadstock
May 20 - Sept 5
Sun/Mon/Tues/Wed 5-7pm

Queen Elizabeth
May 20 - Aug 30
Sun/Mon/Tues/Wed 6-8pm

Oliver Pool
June 10 - Sept 6
Sun/Mon/Tues/Wed 6-8pm

Did Someone Say FREE Treats?

Abundant Community enthusiast and RCL Vice-President Tracy Price has a sweet ride that is about to get even sweeter!

Tracy and her trusty side kick have turned her bike into a Treat Mobile for the summer. Keep your eyes peeled for these neighbourly minded ladies because they will be handing out free cool treats to people in the hood! 

Yup - this is what Abundant Communities is about - hooking Ritchie up with all the good stuff! Nice work ladies!

Mill Creek School Replacement UPDATE

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Last month, community members and parents had the opportunity to meet the Project Team and provide some design ideas. Following the 'visioning session' an online feedback form was made available on the Escuela Mill Creek School website. Everyone is encouraged to share ideas and any concerns about the project. 

On June 15, the Project Team will be hosting another community engagement session. The evening event will kick off at 6:30 in the school gym. Parents and neighbours will have an opportunity to see the proposed design concept and provide feedback.

Where: Escuela Mill Creek School
9735- 80 Avenue
When: June 15th from 6:30pm

For more information, call 780-429-8000 or visit the Edmonton Public Schools website.

AGM Awesomeness

Thanks Ritchie for taking the time to attend the Annual General Meeting last month and of course for voting in your brand new Executive team and Board. 

We are a touch biased but we think our community is pretty special. Ritchie has great people who are willing to contribute their time and energy, share neat ideas and work hard to make the community even better! Click here for a quick peek at the new roles and fab volunteers.

Let's Find Out About Ritchie

Do you have burning questions about Ritchie's history? Edmonton's Historian Laureate Chris Chang-Yen Phillips wants to help you find out the answers with a walking tour and a podcast. Maybe you've wondered what's up with the trees that got cut down on Whyte Ave, who was here 150 years ago, or whether it's true that trains ran through Mill Creek Ravine, or whether this area was ever underneath a glacier. At 11 am on Sunday, June 4, Chris will lead a walk around the neighbourhood based on your questions. And later in June, highlights from the walk will be featured on his local history podcast, Let's Find Out.

Come join us for a neighbourhood walk in Ritchie and we can find out about Ritchie's history together! Register here:

 https://www.eventbrite.com/o/ritchie-community-league-12491741349

Be a Good Sport!

The sun is shining and the smell of fresh-cut grass is in the air. Outdoor sports season is here at last!

The City of Edmonton maintains over 1,600 ball diamonds, soccer pitches and multi-use fields. Field users are asked to help us keep our fields in shape all season long by adhering to a few simple rules:

  • Be respectful of the field and neighbourhood; you’re a guest there. 
  • Don’t litter, smoke or drink alcohol on the field. 
  • Park only in designated areas. 
  • Respect closures; they’re for the good of the field. 
  • If water pools on the field, don’t use it. 
  • Report damage and violations to 311.

Fields are closed periodically for maintenance, rest and rejuvenation. These short closures can help prevent longer, costly closures, and extend the life of the field. Visit edmonton.ca/sportsfields and check “Notifications” to confirm your field is open before heading out. You can also sign up to receive email or RSS closure notifications.

Have fun out there!

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