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

LCA Weekend Edition: Films, Fundraisers and a Race

Queen City Marathon is Sunday!

One last reminder before I head outside to start chalking up the street — the Queen City Marathon comes through Lakeview on Sunday morning.   Pour a coffee, head outside and cheer on the runners!

Home Economics For Living Fundraiser

The Regina Home Economics for Living  Project (HELP) is an extremely useful and worthwhile organization.  They help people who are struggling to get by, by teaching basic cooking, shopping and home management skills.  They are holding a fundraiser dinner at Melrose Place on Wednesday September 10 at 6PM.  Tickets are available from Carol Brouhers, the interim Executive Director. 347-7877.

Davin Home Tour

Ever wonder what some of those big old homes in the Crescents looked like on the inside?  Now you can find out!  Davin School is organizing home tours as a fundraiser on Saturday, September 13.  Contact Cheryl Rego at davintour@gmail.com for ticket information, or head over to Crocus and Ivy on Hill Avenue.

Community Forum on Healthy Communities, Sustainable Transportation

With gas prices spiraling out of control, the fine folks who organize Transport 2000 are more needed than ever.  They are holding a Community Forum on Prairie Rail and Healthy Communities on Saturday, September 13, 2:30PM at Knox Metropolitan Church, 2340 Victoria Avenue.

Rod Haugerud, mayor of Craik will speak.  Mr. Haugerud is part of a company working to buy the rail line between Davidson and Regina as a step towards freight and passenger service between Regina and Saskatoon.

Dan Beveridge will lead a workshop on “Climate Change and Sustainable Transportation: Problems and Possibilities”

If you get there early, check out the Transport 2000 Annual General Meeting at 2:00PM.

For more information, contact Catherine at 569-7699

Films by Alexandre Trudeau at the RPL Film Theatre

In preparation for two talks by Alexandre Trudeau on September 17 (for the Regina Public Library and Big Brothers), the Friends of Regina Public Library are pleased to present the FILMS of Alexandre Sacha Trudeau on Monday Sept 8th, at 7 pm, at the RPL Film Theatre. Admission is free.

The RPL Film Theatre will show two of his films, Embedded in Iraq and The Fence.

In 2003 Mr. Trudeau slipped into Baghdad shortly before U.S.- led invasion. For six weeks during the bombing campaign he lived with an Iraqi family to tell the story from their perspective. This culminated in the 60-minute documentary film for the CTV program W5, Embedded in Iraq. From there he continued to produce films about controversial topics, including The Fence (2004) a documentary that shed light on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, where he spent a summer with families on opposing sides of the Israeli security barrier in the West Bank.

Photo Credits: shawnson and rachaelvoorhees.

The Next LCA Meeting is September 8

Summer is officially over with the start of Meeting Season!  Some school councils have already kicked things off, and the LCA starts our year in earnest next week!

LCA Meeting

Tuesday, September 8, 2008 at 7:00PM

Lakeview School Library

Call James at (306) 464-2121 or drop us a note for more information.

Let’s kick off the new LCA year with a great meeting.

Come see what we’re up to.

Share your ideas.

Everyone is welcome.

Join in the fun!

Photo Credit: lambdachialpha on Flickr

September 9: City Wide Community Program Registration

If you are interested in signing up for ANY Community Association program, whether run by Lakeview or any other community association, you only need to come to one place.  Our place!


Lakeview Community Association

City Wide Program Registration Night

Tuesday, September 9 at 7:00PM – 8:00PM

Athabasca School Lunch Room

Princess Drive and Coronation Street

Tables will be set up for all Lakeview programs.  There will also be a ‘City Wide’ table where you can register for programs from other community associations.

Please keep in mind that it’s time to renew your community membership!  Each membership is $5 and covers your household for one year.  Memberships will be available at the registration night.

See you there!

Photo credit:  Proggie on Flickr

Keeping the Cover on Graffiti

The City sent us an overview of their “Wipe Out Graffiti” program on the email today and asked that we pass it along.

In an earlier post, we mentioned that the City has free paint available to remove graffiti from dumpsters. But what if it’s not on dumpsters? Unless your property is a pale brown, you’re on your own to remove the graffiti. It’s pretty important you remove it, since according to the letter:

Whenever you find graffiti on your property, remove it quickly. It doesn’t matter if it’s a residential property or a business — graffiti must be removed. If you don’t remove it, the City can order you to do the work. If you still don’t remove the graffiti, the City can send out a crew to remove it and charge the cost to your taxes.

Why the concern? They explain:

One of the problems is that graffiti begets graffiti. If graffiti is allowed to remain in a neighbourhood, other “taggers” or graffiti “artists” will add to the mess. The more graffiti they see, the more graffiti they make. It’s important that graffiti be removed from all property as quickly as possible.

and,

It’s believed that graffiti can lead to bigger crimes. That’s why the Regina Police Service is involved with the graffiti problem. They are working hard to apprehend those creating graffiti and have assigned a special detail to the problem.

If you see graffiti on city property, you can call 777-7000 and someone will come out and remove it.

So there you have it. Keep an eye on the back fence and keep some paint handy. What do you think? Let us know in the comments.

Photo Credits: daquella manera and detritus and on Flickr

45 Local Recreational Programs to Keep You Warm This Winter

Last week I talked about the City Program Guide, which lists all the recreational programs run by the City of Regina and city Community Associations.  This week the Leader Post published a 32 page advertising supplement which features a wide array of private recreational activities.  (is that the right word?  Maybe  “non-City’ activities?)  There must be a couple hundred programs listed, but here are  some that are linkable (in the order they’re listed):

Really Good Unclassifiable Programs

Water Sports

Ice Sports

Contact Sports

Fitness and Flexibility

Gymnastics and Gymnasiums

Music Classes

Drama and Dance

Art Classes

Languages, Tutoring and  Adult Education