That will show you the map on flickr.com; click on that image to enlarge.
One result of the work done by our History Committee is this map of 1950's Bonnie Doon! They are currently editing over 500 pages of stories from our first century down to just over 200. That will become the book Memories of Bonnie Doon, which you can order now (save $10 by ordering before our publication, fall of 2018).
Click image to see the high resolution original.
That will show you the map on flickr.com; click on that image to enlarge.
Join The Keepers of Mill Creek on Sunday, May 6th from 10am-1pm for Spring cleaning in Mill Creek Ravine.
The Keepers of Mill Creek are pleased to once again be collaborating with The City of Edmonton, local community leagues and Edmonton's French Quarter's Business Association to organize its annual clean-up in Mill Creek Ravine Park.
The clean-up will start at the Peace Mile Rock at north end of Mill Creek Pool's Parking lot. Please bring your own gloves and water bottle. Garbage bags and disposable gloves will be provided. The clean-up area is from Mill Creek Bridge north to Connors Rd.
A free BBQ compliments of the French Quarter's Business Association and M&M Meats from Bonnie Doon Centre, will be held from 12-1pm at the base of 87th Ave, across from the two homes that mark this location.
We look forward to seeing everyone on May 6th. The clean-up will proceed rain or shine.
This free festival takes place at Bonnie Doon park and playground, 9240-93 Street. June 2, 2018 from 11am - 3pm. Enjoy bouncy castles, bike tune ups, lazer tag, live music, photo booth and more!
Rutherford School is hosting a BBQ fundraiser, so plan to have lunch here!
Bonnie Fest is an outdoor festival that was started as a way to create a bumping place where people and organizations could meet, and connect with one another. Started in 2010, Bonnie Fest continues to grow and evolve, yet remain strong to its roots within the community.
We rely on our community to pull off this fun event! Can you help out with a short shift? Sign up sheet here: https://www.volunteersignup.org/L3MH7
Some of the things booked so far:
Mike's Bikes - bring your bike for a free tune up
BBQ fundraiser by Rutherford School Parent Council
Lemonade Stand - the Edwards family
Rutherford School, Bonnie Doon's elementary school, is holding a bottle drive during the festival.
Please bring a bag of empties to donate to them. Look out for the trailer in the parking lot.
At the Bonnie Doon Annual History Tea on March 18, we were excited to unveil the 'Bonnie Doon in the 1950's Community Map' to attendees.
The Map is intended to help people explore the Bonnie Doon neighbourhood as it was in the 1950's and learn about our history. Did you know that huts were placed on a former cow pasture at 88 Avenue to provide housing for veterans returning from World War 2? Or that YESS used to be a Fire hall for horse drawn firewagons? Find out about 23+ historical buildings and locations on this fascinating map of 1950's Bonnie Doon.
The map was developed in conjunction with the book Memories of Bonnie Doon, which will be published in Fall 2018, and is an initiative of Bonnie Doon Community League.
Copies of the map are available at the Idylwylde (Bonnie Doon) Branch of the Edmonton Public LIbrary and the Bonnie Doon Convenience Store.
The map was created by Barb Neil (lead), Craig Pinder (graphics design), Tom Monto (historian) and Alex Monto-Stein (artist). Congratulations on a job well done and thank you to the Edmonton Heritage Council and the City of Edmonton for their support.
The Bonnie Doon Community League Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place at Bonnie Doon hall on Sunday, April 29, 2-4pm.
Join us to mingle with your neighbours and learn about the League's past year, budgets, share ideas and more!
Vice President, Programmes Chair, Secretary and Civics Chair are up for re-election this year and Social Chair is currently vacant and up for election too.
All Bonnie Doon Community League members are welcome!
Babysitting will be available and also light refreshments. The newly elected Board will conduct a strategic planning exercise on June 9.
We are also running a Free Community Shredding event in the parking lot. Shred-It will be on site to securely destroy your documents. Bring up to 3 file boxes of documents per person to the event.
Highlights from the meeting of the Bonnie Doon Community League Board of Directors
March 15, 2018
Barb Neal, from the Seniors Committee updated the Board on the upcoming History Tea and History Walking Map project. She distributed advance copies of the circa 1950 map: very interesting! The Memories of Boon Doon book will be available at Supper’s On Us scheduled for Sunday, September 16, 2018.
Plans were put in place to make some minor renovations to the Hall: new safety doors, better insulated and sound-proof windows and an air-conditioning unit. A noise meter will be installed and the contracts for Hall renters will outline noise control expectations. The moratorium on weekend rentals was lifted.
Treasurer Daniel Kaliel presented a draft budget that was approved by the Board and will be presented to the community at the Annual General Meeting (AGM).
The AGM will take place in the Hall on Sunday, April 29, 2-4pm. VP, Programmes, Secretary, Social and Civics are up for re-election this year. All welcome!
The Board is hoping to run a ‘Shredding event’ at the same time as the AGM.
The newly elected Board will conduct a strategic planning exercise on June 9.
The Board was happy to receive reports of a very well attended skate party, pot-luck and movie night. The rink is now closed for the season. The mini-rink and skate-path were enjoyed by users. Plans were made to get the mini-rink open earlier next year and include some lighting. Thank you to all the volunteers that make these community events possible!
Did you enjoy the presentation from Railway Historian, Colin Hatcher, at Bonnie Doon's Annual History Tea on March 18? You may read Colin's speech in full here. Colin is sharing some information below about Edmonton Radial Railway Society and the work they do to restore Edmonton's street cars.
Membership in the Edmonton Radial Railway Society is $20 per year. The appplication form is on the web site Edmonton Radial Railway Society, and click on " Join or donate". Work sessions take place at the Fort Edmonton Park Car Barn on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in the AM and at Strathcona Car Barn Tuesdays and Thursdays in the AM and during the operating season (May through October on Saturdays). Strathcona Car Barn is at the rear of the Old Strathcona Market building on Gateway Boulevard and 84 Avenue. It is also the terminal for the High Level Bridge car line.
Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month (except July and August) at 7:30 PM in the room above the Ukrainian Book Store in Fort Edmonton Park. Next meeting is April 10. Come to a meeting, have your name proposed for membership and meet some of the folks. If you wish, contact us at email@example.com. Someone will follow up.
Carpentry, painting, metal work, welding, window fitting, pipefitting, electrical work, archives and library work, museum guiding, computer work, marketing, upholstering, air brake maintenance, track maintenance, car cleaning, training as a motorman are all the types of work we do. Several of our members have professional skills in these areas and are pleased to be able to supervise the greater part of our work force who do not have specialized skills in these areas but are willing to help with the building and repairing. All of our group are volunteers. We adhere to Occupational Health and Safety procedures and to a strict code of operating rules.
Streetcars begin scheduled public service on the High Level Bridge on Friday May 18, 2018 and operate daily until the Labour Day Monday when we begin Friday, Saturday and Sunday service only until Thanksgiving Monday. At that time we close for the season. Round Trip Fare is $6. Streetcar service begins in Fort Edmonton Park on the May long weekend.
We also operate charter services in Fort Edmonton Park and on the High Level Bridge.
We have a small Edmonton streetcar history museum at the Strathcona Car Barn which is open to the public Saturdays 10 AM until 2 PM during the operating season. The museum is staffed by a volunteer guide or interpreter when open to the public. It includes photos, videos, maps, models, ephemera and small three-dimensional items. There is no fee for viewing the museum. Fare box donations are appreciated.
A concert is taking place at La Cité Francophone on April 7, 2018 in support of Bonnie Doon's Rutherford School, located across the street. The headliners are Martin Kerr, Edmonton's 2017 Male Artist of the Year and Amy Heffernan, Calgary's 2018 Female Artist of the Year , both of whom regularly sell out concerts.
Tickets are $25/person. Please text 780-720-6283 if you'd like to purchase tickets, and include your name, phone number and how many tickets you'd like to purchase. Alternatively, they can be purchased in cash from April 3 (after Spring break) at Rutherford School Office during school hours (8:30am - 4pm).
This is an 18+ licensed event.
Silent Auction and Live Auction are cash or cheque only, they are not able to accept credit cards for payment.
La Cité Francophone is located at: 8627 - 91 Street, Edmonton, AB T6C 4S8, Canada.
Rutherford School is located at: 8620 91 St, Edmonton, AB T6C 3N2, Canada.
On March 18, 2018, we hosted our annual History Tea at Bonnie Doon Hall. Over 150 people attended and enjoyed visiting with each other and viewing displays designed by local youth. Fourteen student volunteers exceeded all expectations as they created amazing displays on many aspects of our history: Women and Work, Sports Heroes, and Rutherford School, to name only a few. The seniors in attendance appreciated the work that had gone into telling their stories.
Mr. Alfred Trendall was popular as he greeted each guest.
Mrs. Vi Mihli graciously received flowers to thank her for her donation of fine china to our seniors programs.
Colin K. Hatcher, Railway Historian, told us about the amazing streetcar that came into Bonnie Doon starting in 1912.
Barb Neil proudly distributed copies of the Bonnie Doon 1950s Community Map that her team of Craig Pinder, Tom Monto and Alex Monto-Stein have been preparing all winter. Copies of the 1950s community map are free and can be picked up at Idylwylde Library and M and M Convenience Store on 88 Avenue. They’re also available at Edmonton City Hall and the Prince of Wales Armoury.
Kayla Muth's exceptional photography captured many people who attended the tea.
Merci beaucoup to Dolores Carriere for coordinating the tea and to her huge team of volunteers, family and friends, and especially to the young children who served the goodies. What a delightful community effort, made possible by the support of Age Friendly Edmonton.
Details about the upcoming book 'Memories of Bonnie Doon', which will be released in Fall 2018, were revealed too. Informaton on how to pre-order the book will be available on our website soon.
Below are some photos from Bonnie Doon's Annual History Tea, 2018.
Thank you to all the volunteers for giving of their time and energy to organize this well-attended event.
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