Happy Thanksgiving!

Hmmm…I thought we had Thanksgiving in October to avoid the snow.  Better make a pot of tea for this update…

Things may seem quiet around the community association, but we’re working hard behind the scenes to make this year’s Annual General Meeting the best one ever.  Our secretary Patti is busy preparing our annual report document so you all know what we’ve been up to over the past year, treasurer Amy is busy balancing the budget, Chairman James is no doubt working on an inspirational speech for the volunteers and visitors and I’ve been busy bugging everyone for vision statements and goals for the future.

There has never been a better time to get involved with the Lakeview Community Association.  We’ve got lots going on with our traditional programs and some new programs and we’re trying hard to figure out what’s the next big thing to tackle as a group.  Do you see a need in the community?  Something bad need fixing?  Something good need duplicating?  Come out to the AGM and tell us about it!

Oh yes, that date again:

Lakeview Community Association Annual General Meeting

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Lakeview School Library

7:00PM

LCA Programs Kick Off This Week

Enjoy your turkey this weekend — you can work it off starting Tuesday.  Most LCA programs get underway this coming week, starting with family fitness programs on Wednesday and kids Learn to Skate on Saturday.

Week 2 of Power Skating and Mini-Mites Hockey is on Tuesday as well.

Sunday Roundup: More Words, More Good Work

It’s time to take a break from the normal weekend craziness to tell you about three really big events.  Guaranteed to fill your bellys and minds and help people at the same time!

Regina Food For Learning Steak Night

Regina Food for Learning keeps kids fed, so they can learn and grow.  And now they want to feed you!  They are holding a steak night on October 18th to raise money for their in-school programs.  Get a great steak for your $15.00 and you are helping a great cause.  Contact Heather Stevenson at 565-8632 to book some tickets.  If you can’t make it, call Heather anyway and send RFFL a cheque!

Use Your Words, Help African Children

We’ve told you about the excellent Grandmothers for Grandmothers program before, and how they are helping Grandmothers in Africa care for their grandchildren who were orphaned by AIDS.  They are running a very interesting Scrabble fundraiser on October 26 at the Riddell Centre at the University of Regina.  Please contact mtudor@sasktel.net or call 731-2768 for more information or to receive a pledge package.

Need a Good Book?  Regina Public Library can help!

Got a nice email from Carole at the Regina Public Library about a new service for popular books.  They are ordering lots of copies of the most popular new titles and putting them on their Popular Picks list.  Check them out and read them fast:  They are on 7 day loan and the late fees increase, but the service should ensure the book you want is available quickly.

Share Your Views at the Lakeview Community Association AGM

The Regina Lakeview Community Association Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday, October 16 at 7PM at Lakeview School in the school library.

The AGM is a pretty good deal — All Lakeview Residents are invited and LCA members* are eligible to vote on a series of important items, like:

  • The Annual Report:  Hear what we’ve been up to in the past year to help make Lakeview the best neighbourhood in the city!
  • the 2008-2009 LCA Budget:  Learn about the projects we plan to take on this year and influence what we do.
  • 2008-2009 Executive Elections: Have your say about who leads the association.

If that’s not enough, there is likely food available too!

*LCA Memberships will be available prior to the meeting to ensure you have a vote.

Photo Credit:  reinvented

Sunday Roundup: Where should we take this?

After the initial rush of fall activities it sure is nice to have a calmer, warmer, indian summer style weekend.  It seems like this weekend is the official start of fall yardwork, raking leaves, cleaning up the flower beds and mowing lawns.  With that in mind, here are a couple of dates to help you clean up and get the yard ready for winter.

Dispose of Hazardous Waste Responsibly

We’ve all got those corners of the garage or basement with icky stuff — old solvents, cleaning products, flourescent tubes and the like.  We know we shouldn’t just throw them out, but what should we do with them?

The City of Regina is having a Household Hazardous Waste Day on Saturday, October 4 at the Public Works Yard on Albert Street and 5th Avenue.  Bring your hazardous waste so it can be disposed of properly.

Here’s a list of the gunk they will accept.

Time to Get Mulching!

Hurry up and get your garden beds cleaned up because it’s Tinsel Mulch time on Saturday September 27, from 8AM-2PM, just north of the Regina Transit Building on 333 Winnipeg Street.

I’ve used the mulch, which is made by grinding up all the old Christmas trees from last winter, and it’s pretty good.  Maybe a little too gritty for the vegetable patch but really good around trees, shrubs and perennials.

It’s $10 for a truckload and $5.00 if you fill your own containers.  One note: the City isn’t bagging the mulch anymore! There used to be bagged mulch available for $5.00 per bag, with proceeds going to the volunteers doing the bagging (girl guides?)  Does anyone know why this stopped?  Let us know in the comments!

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Photo Credit: Leysta Kay and Conform

Helping Hands: Welcome to three volunteers!

If you’ve been following these updates at all, you know that we’re actively looking for volunteers to keep the association going strong.  All good organizations go through these transitions, but in our case it’s piling up a bit with several great families moving away.  So we’re extremely pleased to announce three new additions to the Lakeview Community Association team.

  • Amy Mader is a young and energetic and really knows her arithmetic, and has agreed to join the LCA as treasurer.  She’s already turning heads with her rapid-fire ciphering and amazing change-making ability at Registration Night.  The role of treasurer is a pretty big deal and we’re really glad Amy’s joined the team.
  • Marci Brisbourne has joined us again!  After many years as our Learn to Skate coordinator, Marci and a friend have taken over the Outdoor Sign on Hill Avenue and Montague Street.  Marci is already taking bookings and getting new messages on the sign board every 7-10 days.  We’ve got a spiffy new sign booking form on the site if you’ve got a community event that needs some promotion.
  • When Dorothy Fitzer isn’t running marathons, she’s coordinating of daytime activities out of St. Luke’s Anglican Church on Montague Street.   There’s exercise classes, line dancing and table tennis running during the week so grab a couple loonies, wax up your paddle and head on over!

With Amy, Marci and Dorothy helping out, it looks like we’ll be able to limp through the fall sessions, but we’re still in desperate need of a few more volunteers, especially on the LCA executive.   Our chairperson, newsletter editor and overall program coordinator have all moved away — not just away from Lakeview but Regina altogether.  If you can spare an hour a week, or an hour a month, we can put it to good use and help the entire community.  Please drop us a line!

Photo Credit:  Planeta roig and jason.hudson

Not-Quite Sunday Roundup: Lots and Lots of Green, and a Little Blue

Riders Lose, Gas Prices Rise, and No Sunday Roundup? What’s going on?

What a strange weekend. Mrs Blogger and I went up to Waskesiu for the MS Bike Tour and all heck broke loose. We blew the September gasoline budget driving home then arrived to a mailbox full of flyers but no Sunday Sun. So this week we’re depending on my email inbox for news — but there’s a lot in there to talk about.

Men’s Cancer Forum

Hey guys — word is that there’s more to preventing cancer than eating broccoli and not smoking. The Canadian Cancer Society is hosting a Men’s Cancer Forum on September 19 at the Hotel Saskatchewan. It’s $15.00 and includes a broccoli free meal.

Guest speakers include urologist Dr. Kishore Visvanathan and Rider coach Ron Estay. Whether you are dealing with cancer or looking to prevent cancer, come out and learn something.

No really. It’s time we learned more about cancer. Go to this, fellas!

The Green Home Show

Buddy Mike over in Cathedral invited me to the Green Home Show [link is to the Facebook group] on September 22 at the Cathedral Neighbourhood Centre. There’s a bit more detail on the unfortunately acronymed CACA website.

The CACA is sponsoring The Green Home Show – an open house crossed with a trade fair where you’ll get to sample the various options available when setting out to shrink your home’s ecological footprint.

The Green Home Show will be held Monday, September 22 at the Cathedral Neighbourhood Centre between 7 and 9 pm. Admission is free.

The focus will be on clearing away the confusion around how you make your home a more environmentally sound place and giving you clear advice on what steps you should take to that end. You will meet experts on green construction methods, xeriscaping and composting, and there will be displays on bicycle commuting, alternative transportation, organic foods and a whole lot more.

Refreshments will be available. There will be a silent auction for many eco items – rain barrel, dual flush toilet, organic gardening supplies, eco-magazine subscriptions, and more !!

For more information or if you want to help out, call 757-9849 or email greenhomeregina@gmail.com.

I’ll be there. Hope you are too!

More Green: Project Porchlight

While walking through the Scarth Street Mall today I stumbled across the public launch of a new initiative called Project Porchlight. It’s a national movement that is sponsored in Saskatchewan by SaskPower.

Regular folk are encouraged to pick up free CFL lightbulbs and give them to their neighbours. Each bulb will save $40 in energy costs over its lifetime, which adds up quickly!

The Porchlight folk are looking for local organizers to pull together volunteer crews to do a city block, an apartment building, or a whole neighbourhood. Interested? Why not add your name in the comments and we’ll get an ad-hoc Green Crew together!

Art Gallery of Regina Gala

We received a very tasty poster from the Art Gallery of Regina (in the Neil Balkwill Centre, which is oh so close to Lakeview) promoting their annual gala on November 1st which is being held at the gallery. The gala features the culinary creations of Regina’s best chefs, sous chefs and pastry chefs (oh my!) and the musical stylings of the Rick Harris Jazz Trio, featuring Lakeview’s own Rick Harris! There is also a silent auction featuring Saskatchewan artists, jewelers and designers.

Only $25.00 per ticket if you get them in advance. And you can get tickets by calling 522-5940.

Fighting the Blues — Regina Folk Festival Concert Series

If you’re still suffering from withdrawl after another wildly successful Regina Folk Festival , you can recover a little bit by checking out Ron Sexsmith at the Exchange on October 1st.

Closest tix to Lakeview are at Bird Films, and they are also available at Vintage Vinyl and SCES. Other concerts in the series are Alex Cuba (Yay!) on October 17th and Carolyn Mark (Oh my goodness she’s good!) on November 14.

Photo Credit: Conform

Sunday Roundup: Flashing Red Lights and the LCA Newsletter!

My flyer delivery guy is back from summer vacation, which means flyer service is intermittent at our house.  We cancelled the Leader Post several years back but still end up on the ‘no flyer’ list.  Oh well — the Sun arrived so there’s a bit to report…

Queen City Marathon Wrap Up

Did you all get out to watch the marathon today? Great fun! I always get a kick out of watching people I know run by, although it still hasn’t inspired me to run a single kilometer, let alone 42.

Congratulations to Lakeview residents Grant Van Eaton and Jennifer Taylor for adding another 42km to their running resumes.  We also heard young Lakeviewvian Jesse Van Eaton completed the 3km race for kids.  Well done!

Were there other Lakeview folk in the race today?  I’ll bet there were. Give them a shout out in the comments!

The LCA Newsletter has Arrived!

There it is!  Five nice tight green pages nestled between the London Drugs and PGX vitamin flyer — the Fall 2008 LCA Newsletter.  Honestly, the majority of the program information is the same as came out in the South Zone newsletter last week, but we wanted to make sure the word got out to the 3,275 households who aren’t coming to the website yet that we’re meeting Monday, registration night is Tuesday, and we really need some help.

But you know all that, because you are faithful website subscribers!  So why haven’t you called?

Stop Already!  Or it Will Cost You.  Might Kill Me Too.

After we got buzzed by another car at the Regina Avenue & Coronation Street crosswalk, I was intrigued to read the “Ask the Police” column in the Sun.

The question was whether, when a driver approaches those flashing red lights and there’s no pedestrian in sight, or the pedestrian has cleared the roadway, does the driver still need to stop?

Surprisingly, the answer is YES!  STOP! You have to come to a complete, absolute, sitting still STOP!

Now if you stop, and the pedestrian has cleared the roadway, you can proceed from your stopped position. That seems fair, doesn’t it?

Failure to stop is worth a $230 fine, so please. Just. Stop.

Better Yet, Take the Bus.  For Free!

If you are a student or academic type, or work at Research Park, be sure to check out the new Express Routes to the University of Regina and SIAST.  Regina Transit is offering free fares on the express routes all this week (September 8-12)  So step on up!

Headline of the Week: “It’s time to think about potatoes”

May as well think of potatoes.  Whenever I think about this election my hives start flaring up.

Check out Winona Senner’s article on page 30 of the Sun to find out why she’s having trouble sleeping.

Bonus for Reading to the End

Ready?  113 across is  “Canasta”

Photo Credit: Conform