January No-sew Rug Workshop

January no-sew rug workshop

January no-sew rug workshop


Floors feeling a bit cold this winter? Have some scrap fabric around? Make a rug to keep your tootsies toasty at the Spruce Ave Community League No-sew Rug Workshop. Here are the details:

  • 2-4 PM Saturday, January 21.
  • Spruce Avenue Community Hall 10240 – 115 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta
  • Pay what you can for league members (any league)
  • Bring whatever fabric you’d like to turn into rugs and a pair of scissors, if you can. Extra fabric and scissors will be provided.
  • All ages welcome. Activity appropriate for children ages 8+

Hope to see you there.

Spring brings Garage Sale, Casinos, Music & History

yellow-crocus_2007_04_24Spring is almost here… and the Spruce Avenue Community Newsletter is heading to press but there’s just too much fun happening to wait until it hits your mailboxes.. here are some of the upcoming events in your neighborhood.


     When:   Friday, April 29, 9:00 am to 7:00 pm & Saturday April 30, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

     Where:  Spruce Avenue Community Hall, 10240 – 115 avenue

     What:     An opportunity to shop, donate to our community and socialize…and maybe have a snack too! Concession open   with proceeds to the park project.

Start your spring cleaning! Donations of gently used items would be greatly appreciated! From toys to tools, this event is a great way to get rid of things you’ve grown out of and pick up new-to-you stuff you need.  Several tables will be dedicated to the Spruce Avenue Park Re-development Project

*Due to limited space we are not able to accept large household items including sofas, stoves, refrigerators, washers, dryers and computer equipment. Donated items may be dropped off at the hall starting Monday April 25 or can be picked up.

Call Verna @ 780-479-8019 to make arrangements.

GARAGE SALE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Are you able to help with the set-up, sales, or tear down? If so, please call our Volunteer Coordinator, Rebekah @ 780-477-9803

Liked Casino Royale? Why not be a CASINO VOLUNTEER!

You may not meet James Bond, but you’ll feel like a superstar when you volunteer for your Community League by helping at a Casino. Proceeds from the casino will go towards the completion of the Spruce Avenue Park and surrounding area. Transportation can be provided if required. Contact Rebekah @ 780-477-9803 to volunteer.

     When: May 18 & 19

     Where: Bacarrat Casino, 101 St and 104 Ave

New Volunteer Opportunity – Role Models Needed

We are seeking local volunteers to connect with youth in the community! Spruce Avenue Junior High. Spruce Avenue Community League and the City of Edmonton have started a before-school drop-in gym program. The program promotes a positive atmosphere and gives the students a safe space to be before the school starts. You can play sports or board games, hang out, or simply facilitate positive conversations. Through the remainder of the 2016 school year, you will co-lead with a City of Edmonton staff member who will also provide on-site training.

Where: Spruce Avenue Junior High School

When: Tuesday & Thursday mornings from 7:30am-9:00am on school days

Start Date: As soon as possible

# Positions: Unlimited

Ages: Any adult is welcome. The position is ideal for retired individuals in the area who want to be a positive role model for local youth

Contact Desiree Leverenz at desiree.leverenz@edmonton.ca or 780-496-2945 for more information.

Spruce Ave Celebrates History: Community History Project

Spruce Ave Community League is turning 65 this year and we have started an ongoing celebration, commemoration and preservation project.  Here is some information about upcoming events:

History Project Launch – April 29-30:  The project officially kicks off during the Garage Sale, where we will unveil some archival photos for display in the hall.  We will also have a table set up where you can learn more about the project.  Drop by to see us during the sale, or find out more in the brochure attached to this newsletter.

Spruce Avenue Jane’s Walk – May 7 @ 10am:  The 2nd Annual Jane’s Walk in Spruce Ave is part of an international movement of free citizen-led walking tours where people tell stories about their communities, explore their city and connect with neighbours.  Walks happen around the world on the 1st weekend in May.  Join Spruce Avenue residents and urban planner, Wesley as he traces the roots of Edmonton’s Polish community and the history of our neighbourhood.  The 1.5-hour walk is family-friendly and starts at the west entrance to HP Centre at NAIT (106 St. north of Princess Elizabeth) at 10am on Sat. May 7; the walk ends at Spruce Ave Hall.

Everyone is welcome! Contact Wesley at 780-885-5670 or spruceavehistory@gmail.com for information. Visit www.janeswalk.org/canada/edmonton for details on this and other Edmonton walks.

Family Music Jam and Open Mic Night

What better way to get to know your neighbours than through music? Sponsor: SACL Social Committee

Where:           SACL Community Hall – 10240 115 Ave

When:             Friday, May 6, 2016, 8pm-11pm

Who:               All ages, voices, abilities and instruments welcome!

Final Reminders

Next Community League Meeting Tuesday April 19, 2016 @ 7:00 pm.  If you have an item for the agenda please call Verna @ 780-479-8019   EVERYONE WELCOME!

Free Swimming and Recreational Activities for Community League members at the Commonwealth Community Recreation Center, 11000 Stadium Road, Saturdays from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. SACL Memberships available by calling 780-479-8019.

Spray Park Opening on May long week-end (Saturday May 21st)

For up-to-date league information:

·                     www.spruceavenuecommunity.com or

·                     email spruceaveleague@shaw.ca or

·                     https://www.facebook.com/SpruceAveCommLeague

Dog-walkers – a gentler reminder that Spruce Avenue Park and Playground are not off-leash areas. Call 311 or visit http://www.edmonton.ca/activities_parks_recreation/parks_rivervalley/off-leash-sites.aspxto locate the nearest off-leash locality.

More Winter Fun in Spruce Ave!

More Winter Fun in Spruce Ave!


Happy New Year, Spruce Ave!

Here are some more community events for your winter enjoyment. Skating anyone? Read on to find out why our finger’s are crossed for cooler weather! And if winter isn’t your thing, start planning for summer with soccer, softball and hardball registration.



Volunteers needed to supervise – call 780-479-8019 if you are able to help out

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 4pm – 6pm, 7pm – 8pm
  • Saturday: 2pm – 5pm, 7pm – 8pm
  • Sunday: 2pm – 5pm

PLEASE NOTE: The rink will not be open when the temperature with wind chill is colder than -20 degrees Celsius, or when the temperature is above 0 degrees Celsius. The rink is not open on Wednesdays. Helmets are mandatory.


FREE FAMILY SKATE & HOT CHOCOLATE: Spruce Ave Community League Hall & Rink

Saturday, February 13th & Monday February 15th, noon – 5pm: bring the kids for a festive family skate at the rink. Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and the unseasonably warm winter weather! Free! An assortment of skates and helmets are available for use.


REMINDER – FREE DROP-IN LEARN-TO-SKATE LESSONS: Spruce Ave Community League Hall & Rink

Saturdays at 2pm – 5pm, January 9th to February 28th, 2016: Learn to skate and practice your skills through activity stations and games with the City of Edmonton program leaders. Lessons will be adapted to the age and skill level of the participants (ages 4 and up). Learn at your own pace.Children must be dressed to the weather conditions and have a helmet and skates. Want to participate but can’t afford skates or a helmet? Call Verna @ 780-479-8017 for a Sport Reference referral.


COMMUNITY SOCCER SIGN UP: Delton Hall, 12325 88 St

Sign your child up for the ‘beautiful game’ with Delton Community Soccer. Open to all those in the communities of Alberta Ave, Cromdale/Parkdale, Delton, Eastwood, Elmwood, Lauderdale, Westwood, and of course, Spruce Ave. Visit emsanorth.com/play/register for instructions on how to register online, Note that after you register you need to attend a community registration session to confirm your spot. These sessions are at Delton Hall at the following times:

  • Sunday February 14th, 11am – 2pm
  • Tuesday February 23, 6pm – 8pm
  • Saturday March 12th,11am – 2pm
  • Monday March 14th, 6pm – 8pm

PLEASE BRING: Cheque or cash for payment, cheques for volunteer deposits (2 bingo shifts per player to a maximum of 3 per family), and Alberta Health Care Card or Birth Certificate. If you don’t already have a Community League membership they will be available for purchase. For more information go to: www.deltoncommunity.com or emsanorth.com/play/register, or call Laura at 780-982-5823.


BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL REGISTRATION: 7515 Borden Park Rd (behind the tennis courts in Borden Park)

Register for 2016 Northeast Zone Baseball and Softball at the NEZ office at the following times:

  • Saturday February 20th, 12pm – 3pm
  • Saturday February 27, 12pm – 3pm
  • Sunday March 13th, 12pm – 3pm
  • Wednesday March 23rd, 6:30pm – 8pm
  • Wednesday March 30th, 6:30pm – 8pm


For more information go to: www.playnezball.ca


NEXT COMMUNITY LEAGUE MEETING: Tuesday March 22nd, 2016, 7pm

Everyone is welcome – if you have an item for the agenda, please email secretary@spruceavenuecommunity.com.