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. Email questions to chris@letsfindoutpodcast.com by Sunday, May 21. 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. Send in anything you're curious about.

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.

Stay tuned for more details on the upcoming neighbourhood walk!

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! 

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 

Brush Up Your Skills!

Adult Paint Night is the place to be.  Come show us how you can swirl your paint brush and your wine glass at the same time!

The next paint night will be on Monday April 24. In this class, you will get creative and fresh with a Spring Landscape! 

Remember, this program is for adults only but we'll take any  level of experience.

  • Where: Ritchie Community Hall - 7727 98 Street NW, Edmonton
  • Time: 7:00 - 10:00 pm
  • Cost: $25.00 (cash or cheque paid on night of event)
  • Coffee is free, bring extra cash for wine
  • Members and invited guests only

Please note, to sign up you must be a RCL member. If you are worried about missing out, please email ritchieprograms@gmail.com for information about joining our awesome community league. Membership has its perks - our members are welcome to invite a non-member as a paint night guest. 

Hey Teens...
Ritchie's Teen Art Night has returned! Come get creative on April 11 during the Zentangle edition at the Hall.

This class will focus on using ink to create a small structured design within a large drawing. Bring along a black micro liner or pen, coloured  

When: 5:00 - 7:00 pm on April 11 - a light meal is provided

If you have questions about the classes or the supplies, please email the instructor Hailey at hkcoogan@gmail.com

For changes to registration, email ritchieprograms@gmail.com

Pop Your Kids in a Camp!

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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.

Bad Behaviour

Okay, jokes aside, crime is something we take very seriously in Ritchie.

According to EPS crime stats, last year in Ritchie there were 181 reported occurrences. Number crunchers will be interested to know that so far this year there have been about 21 incidents. 

In most neighbourhoods warmer temperatures can prompt an increase in crime. We've recently heard a few stories from locals about theft as well as some bad bottle collecting etiquette - even a little trespassing!

In the spirit of keeping Ritchie safe, let's all do our best to:

1. Protect our patch - A few simple actions at home, in the yard, or when we go on vacation can make a big difference. Start with these basics

2. Get to know our neighbours - More eyes keeping watch is always a good thing. Abundant Communities efforts will also help us connect with each other.  

3. Reduce temptation - Keep valuables secure and out of sight. 

4. Report, report, report - Unless we say something, EPS won't know there's a problem. Crime stats not only drive resource allocation, they illustrate specific areas of concern. Crime Reports can be made in person, via the police dispatch line 780 423 4576online, or through the EPS mobile app.  

5. Be crime savvy - Here are a few other crime prevention tips from Edmonton Neighbourhood Watch to keep in mind. 

Last but not least, if you see someone less fortunate that could use a hand, give 211 a call. This 24/hour information and referral line is run by the Canadian Mental Health Association and helps people connect to a range of social, health and government services. Whether it is someone sleeping in a dangerous place, not dressed for the weather or just having an all around tough time, there is help available.

Leagues Be Racin'

On April 29, the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues - EFCL for short - will be holding their second annual Great Neighbourhood Race

The purpose of this calorie burning/endorphin producing special event is two-fold. Not only will it help raise money for community leagues, it will generate funding for a very cool EFCL 100 Anniversary Project - a brand spanking new Community League Plaza in Hawrelak Park!!! 

We know we have a few keeners in Ritchie that want to pound the pavement. In fact, the Ritchie Run Club is looking for runners of all ages and levels to join their team.

Perhaps you guys should make it even more official and join them...just sayin'...if the shoe fits...race it???

Local Business Boost - Totem Outdoor Outfitters

With camping and soccer season just around the corner, we wanted to share our go to for sports equipment and basically everything outdoorsy.

Ritchie is super lucky to have Totem in the hood. In fact, considering that they first opened in 1972, these guys have likely been here longer than most of us!!!

If you haven't visited the store before, Totem is where it's at. In addition to a bunch of new gear, they have a huge selection of gently used equipment, which is perfect for the budget minded shopper, or the family with too many sporty kids. Check it out:
7430 - 99 Street

Phone: 780 432 1223

Bike Rack Project

Ritchie Community League has partnered with Jasper Place High School students and CITYlab in an exciting new project to bring creative bike racks to our neighbourhood. The design students have designed the bike racks, the welding students will manufacture the bike racks, and CITYlab will install them in Ritchie! Please help us by clicking here and voting for your two favourite bike rack designs. The top two choices will be installed this June on Bike Day, June 10th, 2017. Thank you for your time and consideration in selecting your favourite two bike rack designs! Please vote by April 1, 2017.

Cool Connections!

Are you ready Ritchie? We know this is an amazing neighbourhood to live in, shop in, work in, walk your dog in...now is your chance to connect with your locals to build on what already makes Ritchie great.

The Abundant Communities Edmonton (ACE) initiative is making Ritchie and Edmonton a more connected and engaged community: a place of support, education, local recreation, safety and care for neighbors by neighbors. And it's as simple as getting to know your neighbours!

You've probably heard that the league and community members have started the ACE framework, and now the search is on for block connectors. Come on down to the Open House to learn more about becoming a block connector, or how you can be part of this exciting initiative. 

Ritchie ACE Open House
Monday March 6th
Drop in any time between 7-9pm
(short formal presentation at 7:15pm)
Enjoy refreshments and get to know your neighbours! 

Ritchie Market - Local Business Boost

It is so close, we can practically taste it.  Meat, coffee, beer and bikes...under one well designed, contemporary, collaborative space.Tell me, just how did Ritchie get so lucky? Oh right, we totally deserve great things. 

The doors at Ritchie Market aren't open just yet but we know we are definitely going to enjoy what you serve up Acme Meat Market, Transcend Coffee, family-friendly brewpub and Velocity Cycle. Consider this an early welcome to the hood - we'll give you a fist bump when you let us in!