In Our Community

In Our Community

Anglican Church of the Messiah: Worship every Sunday at Ritchie Hall from 10:00 am - noon.   

Caminitos Spanish Playschool: Offers a bilingual Spanish program for children aged three to five. No prior Spanish knowledge is required. Children learn Spanish through play guided by experienced and qualified bilingual teachers specializing in early childhood education. Located at Escuela Mill Creek (9735-80 Avenue).  For more information or to register, please visit www.caminitosplayschool.com. We are currently accepting students for the afternoon class in the fall. 

Edmonton Bicycle Commuters' Society (EBC):  EBC will recognize all Ritchie Community League 2016-2017 membership cards as equal to EBC membership cards. Ritchie members can now access the following EBC services at discounted rates: Use of EBC shop tools, stands and volunteer support: $2/hour. Workshop and course registration: now $5 less than non-member fee! Check out the EBC web site: edmontonbikes.ca.

Edmonton Reptiles and Amphibian’s Society: Meets on the third Tuesday every month at Ritchie Hall from 7:30 - 9 p.m. For more information, contact Peter Daly.

Ravenwood Temple Meets the second Sunday evening of each month in Ritchie Hall at 5:30 p.m. E-mail CWAA for more details.

Redeemer Lutheran Church: We hold worship services at 10:30 am every Sunday; everyone is welcome. Please visit us at http://redeemerlutheranchurch.ca/  for more information or to access/download Sunday sermons. We would love to have you join us! 9654 74 Avenue ph: 780-439-9104 office@redeemerlutheranchurch.ca

Scona Seniors: SCONA Seniors offers a variety of recreational and social activities at Ritchie Hall. This active group has a varied and changing schedule, so stay up to date by emailing Cathy or call 780-433-5377. 

RCL Executive Spotlight

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Julia Dalman is equal parts smiley and helpful. Her passion and curiosity for all things Ritchie are evident in the great initiatives she dreams up and makes happen.  Whether it's supporting the Abundant Community program, learning more about the rich history in the hood, or getting custom Ritchie bike racks, Julia is right there sharing her talents and positive energy. Thanks Julia for helping Ritchie grow and thrive, we are so lucky to have you! 

1. What is your Role on the Board?
I am the Co-Director of Liveability in Ritchie

2. Why did you volunteer?
I thought it would be a great way to get to know the Ritchie community and spend time investing in keeping Ritchie a vibrant, liveable community.

3. How long have you lived in Ritchie?
Three years. 

4. Why did you pick this neighbourhood?
My partner Scott made a smart decision in buying a house in Ritchie a number of years ago, and I moved in. I could not ask for a better neighbourhood to live in!

5. What is the best thing you’ve discovered in Ritchie?
Recently, I organized a neighbourhood history walk in Ritchie led by our City Historian Laureate, Chris Chang Yen Phillips. It was so fun to learn about the old Gainers plant and the cattle escape, and see stories from the old school. I know and see Ritchie in a whole new way now. 

6. What is your wish for the next 5 years in Ritchie?
I hope that in the next 5 years our community becomes even more connected, with neighbours really taking care of each other. I already see so much of that, and with ACE-Ritchie I am really hopeful that we will get there! And of course to continue our record of hosting really awesome events that bring people together. 

7. What is your favourite Ritchie Event/program and why?
I love the Chilli Cook Off! It is so fun to see how excited people get about the event in advance and the community in the room during the event. It is a great place to meet people you may not see at other league events.

8. What do you do when you aren’t volunteering?
I work at Jasper Place High School as their Community Liaison. My role is to connect students to the community and help teachers create real and relevant experiences for students in their classes. I am also currently studying at the University of Alberta to attain a Masters in Education Policy Studies. When I am not working or studying, I volunteer with groups working to end sexual violence in our city and with a leadership program called Next Up. I play in my garden and go hiking/skiing lots too! 

9. What book did you read last?
What is the What? By Dave Eggers (Amazing book!)

10. What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
This is cheesy, but Love, realistically. Or chocolate ;)

Free Community League Swim

Confederation Leisure Centre

Saturday - 4pm-5:30pm

11204 43 AVE, Edmonton, AB T6J 0X8

 (from Saturday, October 14, 2017& end on December 16, 2017)

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With the summer of free outdoor swimming behind us, many of you may be wondering where to get your feet wet. Ritchie Community League members will be able to swim for free at:

 

 

Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre
11000 Stadium Road

Saturday: 5:00-7:00pm
Starts September 30 and ends September 1, 2018

Sundays: 1:00-3:00pm
Starts October 1 and ends August 26, 2018

Turkey Dinner, Chi Gong, Birthdays, Fundraisers...

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Well those guys at SCONA Seniors sure are whippersnappers...now if only we could get them to change their name to RITCHIE Seniors (kidding...sort of)!

Get ready to have a busy October seniors because this month is packed with action:

  • Thursday Oct 5 at 12:00 noon: Turkey dinner for all seniors in the community. Turkey and all the trimmings. Loads of fun. Cost is $10 but seniors MUST call SCONA at 780 433 5377 so we know how many to expect. Adult children and grandchildren are welcome to come with their senior.
  • Thursday Oct 12 and 19: Free meditation and Chi Gong class from 10:30-11:30am.
  • Thursday Oct 19: Birthday Party to celebrate all the October babies (Seniors). Everyone welcome. Gift for birthday folks, game prizes for everyone else!
  • Thursday Oct 26: Halloween fun with Rutherford Grade One students from 10:00am - 1:30 pm. Games, crafts, treats, lunch - all free for everyone. Lots of grandmas and grandpas required to help the children have fun!
  • Sunday Oct 29: Special Fundraising Event. "Canada's 150th Birthday Down on the Farm". Play followed by a lovely luncheon. Premier Notley has been invited as a guest speaker. Door Prizes! Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling 780 433 5377. Everyone is welcome and all proceeds go to supporting services and activities for seniors in your neighbourhood. 

ACE Neighbour Contest!

As you guys know, the ACE Neighbour contest was extended and beefed up with some fabulous new prizes. Congratulations to Lisa Ostafichuk who was nominated by her neighbour Dana Bretelle

"Sometimes I feel like we have won the lottery with great neighbours in this great neighbourhood! Our neighbour Lisa O. is a person that I really need to mention as she just goes above and beyond. Not only does Lisa help us and many other neighbours with their pets, gardens, lawns, snow shovelling and homes when they are away, she also volunteers in many other areas in the community. For many years has taught English to newcomers and I know she has visited each week for over a year with a new Syrian refugee family in Ritchie. Our kids absolutely adore Lisa as she always makes time for them. She has the kids over each week where they get a special play date with her. She plays board games with them, bakes huge cookies, has taught them piano and ukulele for free and even takes them for walks to play tennis against the wall in the schoolyard. You may have seen her doing this in the schoolyard! I cannot express how much she is appreciated by ours and surrounding families, or how thoughtful a person she is. Lisa has lived in the neighbourhood for her whole life and is truly an ambassador for the community and an incredible example of what being a good neighbour and person is."


After hearing all the great things Lisa does around the neighbourhood we thought she could use a night out on Accent InfillsEdmonton's infill and skinny home specialists will be giving Lisa $100 for her great neighbour skills.

As for Dana, Color de Vino is providing her with plenty of wine so she can raise a glass (or 20) to having a great friend and neighbour in Ritchie!  

We've got lots of great prizes from local business and cash-ola from Accent Infills so remember, to nominate your pal next door. All you have to do is email ritchieconnector@gmail.com and tell us why your neighbour is ACE!  

Free Swim

Community League Swim! Change of location and time due to Bonnie Doon year-long renovation. Show your Ritchie Community League Membership and gain free entry at:

Commonwealth Recreation Centre
11000 Stadium Road
Saturdays: 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Sundays: 1:00-3:00 pm 

Starts September 30th

Action Packed Community League Day

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Ritchie Community League is pulling out all of the stops at its Community League Celebration on Saturday, Sept.16.

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Beginning with its traditional free breakfast at 9:00 a.m, the league has adopted the Canada 150 theme for the rest of the many events it has planned for the day.

Scona Seniors will kick things off with a special play they have written to celebrate Canada’s 150thbirthday.  The play will be performed on the main stage in the hall at 10:15 a.m.

This will be followed by a children’s cardboard car making workshop, where kids will be encouraged to incorporate the Canada 150 theme in the cars they make and then display in a parade around the park.

At 11:00 a.m., Ritchie is teaming up with the Mainstreet Cruisers and Edmonton Street Rod Association to host its fourth straight Classic Car Show.  As in the past, we are expecting about 100 classic vehicles to be entered in the show, which is open to anyone (registration is by donation).  The show will run until 3:30 p.m., with prizes going to cars selected by Ritchie board members, car club representatives and all of the people in attendance.

At 1:00 p.m., Ritchie Community League will be hosting a Canadian Citizenship Ceremony, where 50 newcomers will be sworn in by a citizenship judge and given their citizenship papers.  Plans call for the platform party, which will include Ritchie Community League president Tammy Hay, the citizenship judge, elected officials and a member of the RCMP to be lead in a procession from the hall to the park by a bagpiper.  The Scona Seniors have offered to sing O’Canada and another song at the ceremony to help set the mood.

Live music in the park (before and after the citizenship ceremony), food trucks and a bouncy castle for the kids round out the day’s activities.

In addition, children from local schools have been invited to create Canada 150 posters, which will be shown in the hall throughout the day.

The league will also be running a 50/50 draw and a raffle, featuring prizes donated by local businesses.  This includes gift certificates to Barb and Ernie’s, the Mill Creek Café and General Earth Store.

Everyone is encouraged to wear their Canada Day colors, in keeping with the theme of the event.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome to attend.

 

 

CORE FIT

There’s more to training the core than just isolating the abdominals. By functionally training the muscles in your pelvis, lower back, hips and abdomen you greatly improve the strength, balance and stability in your daily activities or in your sport. All levels of fitness are welcome. Indoor shoes, water bottle and a mat are a must for every class. For additional information or questions contact the instructor Margareta at zumbamj@outlook.com

  • $5 drop-in Ritchie members
  • $6 non-members

 

Margareta Jesse

AFLCA Group Exercise, Portable Equipment

Fit4Two PPFS (Pre/Postnatal Fitness) 

Zumba (R) Specialist)

Mondays - 6:15 - 6:45 pm (no class on holidays)  No class Oct. 9 and Oct. 16 First class free for Ritchie members!

Mondays - 6:15 - 6:45 pm (no class on holidays) 

No class Oct. 9 and Oct. 16

First class free for Ritchie members!

NEW for Ritchie members! 

Take any/all classes taught by Margareta for $50/month! 

*Applies to Zumba, Core Fit and Fit with Baby ONLY.

Ritchie Programs

Most RCL programs are on summer vacation right now. Here's some info about what's on offer and when the fun will resume in September:

Bridge Club: Play continues at Ritchie hall with up to 25 tables playing every Friday. Doors open 11 am. Games start at noon. Newcomers are welcome. Please note, we play all summer long!  Contact Rose-Marie: 780-439-4884 or Stella 780-504-3972.

Fit for Life Classes: Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 - 10am. Move to the oldies in this mixed-level class offering exercise for every body! The workout includes components of cardio, strength training, balance and flexibility for a well-rounded one-hour workout! For more information, email Lynn Lindsay: lynnlindsay828@gmail.com or call 780-996-2182. 

Bingo: We are taking the summer off but will start back on September 6. Join us every second Wednesday from 6-9pm! For more information, email Joanne: j_niederhaus@hotmail.com.
  
Cribbage Club:  Cribbage is putting the cards down for the summer but will resume play on September 13th. We usually meet bi-weekly at the hall. Doors open at 12:30 pm. and we start playing at 1:00 pm sharp. Come and enjoy our friendly group for cribbage, coffee and snacks. For more information or to let us know you're coming by please call Kate - 780 433-0977 or Maryann - 780 462-8582.
 
Home-school Playgroup:  We are on vacation but please join us in September - every second Tuesday from 1-3pm. The playgroup is for school-aged kids and their younger siblings. Activities include: Lego challenges, free play, drama performances for parents, active games, as well as arts and crafts with our other homeschooled buddies. Homeschoolers from neighbouring communities are also welcome! Email karendwhitehead@gmail.com for more information.
 
RCL Preschool Playgroup:  The (free!) pre-school play group at Ritchie Hall will resume in the fall. Please join us on Wednesdays from 10 am-12pm.  Bring your children between the ages of 0-5 years to the Ritchie Community League to meet and hang out with other Ritchie parents, have your kids play together, and enjoy complimentary coffee and snacks as well! For more information contact Stephanie at couture.stephanie@hotmail.com.

Yoga: In September you can join Kristal every Wednesday from 7:15-8:30pm for a fantastic yoga class at Ritchie Hall.  All you need is a yoga mat (mats are available or bring your own) and some comfortable clothing. We look forward to seeing you there! For additional information visit the website or contact Kristal at kristalcforrest@hotmail.com.

Zumba at Ritchie Hall:  We are taking the summer off but will be back September 11th. Please join us Mondays 7-8 pm. No dance experience necessary, all levels of fitness welcome! Please bring indoor shoes and a water bottle. Email Margareta Jesse: zumbamj@outlook.com. Drop-ins are welcome. Fees apply. Remember: Friends who dance together, stay together! First class is FREE for RCL members so come out and party yourself into shape. 

Hall Rental

Hall Rental
 

Ritchie Community Hall is a great venue for family and community events, large or small.

There are two rooms to rent: one for 150 people, complete with stage and bar. The second room is more suited to intimate gatherings of 60 or fewer guests.

Both rooms have access to a kitchen with commercial-grade appliances, and the fabulous parkland and recreation facilities just outside their doors. The facility has ample parking and is wheelchair accessible. Best of all, rent is discounted for RCL members! 

To book a room, fill out the hall rental inquiry form

RCL Executive Spotlight

RCL Executive Spotlight
Allan Bolstad is a bit of a League expert. In fact, up until his recent retirement, he worked for the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues. These days, his efforts have been honed to his local nieghbourhood and we couldn't be happier. Whether it's volunteering on the Board of Directors, setting up tables at our BBQs, planning Community League Day or thinking about how best to fundraise for our new hall, Allan is a great asset. Thanks Allan for your experience and enthusiasm! 

1. What is your Role on the Board?
Director at Large

2. Why did you volunteer?
To make some new friends and help the league with its programs and events.

3. How long have you lived in Ritchie?
Eight years

4. Why did you pick this neighbourhood?
Lots of reasons.  It was close to the Edmonton Federation of Community League (EFCL) Office,  where I worked, as well as the U/A Hospital, where my wife Barb works, had good transit and lots of shops and restaurants along Whyte Avenue, many mature trees and of course the ravine with its bicycle path directly behind our house.

5. What is the best thing you’ve discovered in Ritchie?
How so many people live here because they want to be here and are ready to pitch in with the league and help make the neighborhood a better place.

6. What is your wish for the next 5 years in Ritchie?
That the community league thrives and helps ensure that our neighborhood remains an open and welcoming place.

7. What is your favourite Ritchie Event/program and why?
I’m partial toward Community League Day, as I was instrumental in getting the whole thing started when I was at the EFCL and believe it will help raise the profile of leagues generally.

8. What do you do when you aren’t volunteering?
I’ve been travelling a fair bit since I retired last summer (the photo is taken on a road up to an old fort just outside of Jaipur, India) and I serve on the city’s Subdivision and Development Appeal Board. 

9. What book did you read last?
Born to Run (an autobiography on Bruce Springsteen)

10. What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
Going places and doing things with our son Brendan (we’re pretty tight).