As per a recent Edmonton Journal story, CreekWatch ranks Mill Creek's water quality poorest of ten Alberta urban creeks. CreekWatch's report titled "Alberta CreekWatch, A Report Card on Urban Creek Water Quality, 2016" is here (PDF)
Welcome to Steve Grubich who is the newNeighbourhood Connector for the Abundant Communities Edmonton (ACE) program in Bonnie Doon. He takes over from Marie-Danielle Lemm who is moving on to work on a Masters degree. Block connectors with ACE help build community through neighbourly conversations, one block at a time.
Steve tells us:
I joined your lovely community 3 years ago...I live on 88 Street between 88 Ave and 85 Ave (yes, the disappearing 3 blocks mystery...is there a story around that?) with a pair of kind overlords in the form of cats - Maddy and Jeli. I've enjoyed participating and volunteering at events...particularly over the last year. Annual BBQ, the Christmas party and Wine and Cheese fundraiser were great experiences. And kudos to the ice rink team...the ice was fantastic this winter.
I'm excited to contribute to the momentum you and Marie-Danielle have been cultivating in our neighbourhood with the Abundant Communities Initiative.
Best of luck to Marie Danielle.
Find out more about Abundant Communities in Bonnie Doon by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
TICKETS ARE NOW ONLY $10! We are selling tickets for the History Tours in Bonnie Doon at Bonnie Doon Hall at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 23 - Rain or Shine. The tours run from 1 until 3 p.m. Tickets will be priced at $10 for an adult and include up to 2 children 16 years or under.
2 sites are free of charge to tour, and the 3rd site tour is a fundraiser for the Bonnie Doon history book project. Full details below:
Please join us on Sunday, April 23rd from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. to explore some of Bonnie Doon’s incredible history with volunteer guided tours of three historic building sites: Molstad Residence, Bonnie Doon Baptist Church and La Salle Onésime Dorval located on the Campus Saint-Jean of the University of Alberta.
9633 95 Avenue NW
Built in 1912 during the last days of the pre-World War One economic boom for Edmonton realtor Edward H. Molstad and wife Addie, this large, Four Square home was considered "ultra-modern" in its day. During the 1930's, apartments were added and tenants even lived in the two carriage houses.
In 1944, Cora Hortie married Edward and Addie's son, Howard. Cora was well-known in Edmonton for her community work, including the Kiwanis Music Festival, Valley Zoo, and the Arthritis Society. When Edward died in 1953, Addie Molstad continued to live in the house until 1982.
Your tour of the main floor will showcase the grand front entrance, hardwood floors, oak panelling, sculptured ceilings and brass chandeliers. The tour will also include exterior details (which can be photographed) during a tour of the grounds, which originally covered five acres of land.
Tickets for the Molstad Residence tour are $10 and available at Bonnie Doon Hall at 1pm on Sunday April 23. Two children under 16 years of age may accompany an adult without additional tickets.
All proceeds from ticket sales go to the Memories of Bonnie Doon Book Project. The book will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Bonnie Doon Community League in 2018.
Bonnie Doon Baptist Church
8505 90 Street NW
Ed McTavish will be your host at this "small community church with a very rich heritage". The church originally began in the fall 1913 with a Sunday School in Rutherford School and the first church building was completed on March 17, 1914. A new church building was dedicated on December 11, 1949. Over the past 103 years Bonnie Doon Baptist Church has been the church home to many families. Everyone is welcome to visit.
The Bonnie Doon Baptist Church tour is open to the public without charge.
La Salle Onésime Dorval
Campus St. Jean
University of Alberta
8406 rue Marie-Anne Gaboury (91st Street)
La Salle Onesime Dorval is the new name for La Salle Historique at Campus Saint-Jean. It was recently renamed to honour the first teacher who worked with the Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) in western Canada. She was born in Quebec in 1845 and came to the Red River settlement in 1877. Between 1881 and 1883 she arrived at St. Albert and St. Anne, but she lived most of her life in the Battleford area. The Oblates of Mary Immaculate opened the Juniorate in 1911 at the present site in Bonnie Doon. The Juniorate was a secondary residential school for young men who were considering becoming Missionairies with the Oblates. The Juniorate became the foundation for what is now Campus St. Jean.
Former Dean Frank McMahon and Archvist Urbain Yamb will be your hosts to guide you through La Salle Onesime Dorval, a beautiful room which contains many religious symbols, photographs and books. The tour is also an opportunity to learn more about the early history of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate.
la Salle Onésime Dorval tour is open to the public without charge.
Some lucky participants will be driven around the Bonnie Doon neighbourhood in a spacious, gleaming black 1950 Hudson Pacemaker, driven by former resident John McEwen.
For more information please contact Margaret at email@example.com.
You're invited to shop for bargains at Bonnie Doon Community League's HUGE Garage Sale!
Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Time: 10am to 3pm
Where: Bonnie Doon Hall, 9240 93 Street, Edmonton.
This garage sale will be a fun way to declutter, look for bargains and meet your neighbours.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
1. Donate items in good condition for the Garage Sale (no clothes or junk please). Drop-off at the north kitchen door of Bonnie Doon Hall at these times:
Wednesday, April 26, 6.30pm - 9pm
Thursday, April 27, 7pm - 9pm
Friday, April 28, 11am - 8pm
2. Volunteer to help out. Lots of fun positions to choose from including: cashier, pricer, general helper, set up, hot dog helper, kids lemonade stand, etc. Please sign up through this link: www.volunteersignup.org/TFT8Q
3. Come out and shop! Bring your family and friends! Shop for toys, books, housewares, tools, records, DVD's, bikes, strollers, collectibles and much more...
4. Come for the garage sale, stay for the hot dogs, lemonade and cookies.
The Community League is donating all proceeds from this year's sale to the Bonnie Doon Refugee Sponsorship Group, who are sponsoring a family of 4 from Syria to settle in Bonnie Doon.
Free entry, easy parking.
We look forward to seeing you there!
We won't let a little snow put a damper on our Easter fun. Our Easter Egg Hunt is definitely on, folks! Bring your Easter basket and hunt for Easter treats. We'll do fun crafts too, in the Rink Shack.
The Easter Bunny is making an early trip to Bonnie Doon. Who knows what he will leave behind for our kids to find!
Date: Saturday April 15, 2017
Time: 10 am to Noon
Where: Bonnie Doon Park, 9240 93 Street
This event is sponsored by Bonnie Doon Community League and is free to kids in the greater BD area.
Can you help out? We need a couple of people for the kids crafts area and for hiding the eggs. Please sign up here: www.volunteersignup.org/MBD7Q Thank you.
Older children enjoyed re-hiding the eggs last year, and we'd love your help with this again!
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