Some Serious Strength Skills

I struggle to do a home strength exercise routine at the best of times, even more so since I quit going to the gym. But the need to make sure I am doing it right and to learn modifications with the resources I have around the house is also important. So I decided to check-in with the new local physiotherapy and exercise business in the Allendale community: Connect Physiotherapy and Exercise

I usually use circuit training in gyms and seldom use free-weights or kettle balls and certainly don’t have much in terms of gym equipment at home. But what I needed was a refresher for many of the basic strength exercises. It turns out Connect offers a four week group strength training class.

Jonathan Chui was our instructor. His personal knowledge and ability to explain and show us examples of the training was extensive. When it comes to people who need to counteract declines in muscle mass (i.e. getting old like me), improve their strength, posture, balance, and mobility, Jonathan’s guidelines were easy to follow. Most of all, I learned the proper form using hand weights. He also made suggestions on what I could use at home to supplement a gym workout. Now I just need to continue this for winter sports like ice skating and navigating our sometimes icy sidewalks!

The facilities at Connect are on par with private or public facilities. Being local also means you can get in a bit of cardio by power-walking over there from home. The best part is they also offer a drop-in Exercise Club, which is priced very competitively. But this is the better deal when you don’t have to battle traffic both to the gym and home if you decide to walk or even jog over there. Check it out.

Survey for Recreational Amenities in Allendale

At our last Board meeting, a motion was introduced to consider three infrastructure projects: tennis resurface, volleyball, and playground renewal.

We now need your input into some preliminary information about these projects with this survey.

The tennis court resurface is pretty basic maintenance but we are asking about the potential of Pickleball on one court.

Please include your comments in the survey or if you have further questions.

Allendale Community Recreational Survey Sep 2021

We will also have more engagement with the community as time goes on (e.g.  focus groups, info sessions) and we may want to form committees for the playground project and for the beach volleyball.

EPCOR Flood Prevention Backwater Valve Subsidy

NOW IS THE TIME TO PROTECT YOUR HOME FROM FLOODING!

Weather in Edmonton is unpredictable and summer storms can creep up on us very quickly. If you live in a neighbourhood that has experienced flooding or you have had your basement back up, then you know how quickly it can happen.

One way to protect your home from a sewer back up is to have a backwater valve installed. This valve is installed on the private sewer pipe and can be done from inside or outside of your home. The valve is designed to close if water moves back up the sewer pipe from the public sewer line preventing the water from entering your basement. It’s a small investment that can make a big impact in your home.

Homes built in Edmonton before 1989 may not have a backwater valve on their private sewer line. At the time, it was not required by the building code to put one in. However, EPCOR has a subsidy program for homeowners who want to install a backwater valve and protect their basement.The program offers $800 to Edmonton homeowners and there are three things you need to do in order to access the subsidy.

  1. Call the EPCOR Flood Prevention Team at 780-944-7777 to arrange for a backwater valve pre- approval consultation. After the consultation, the advisor will let you know if you are approved for the program. If you are, the installation of the backwater valve can proceed.
  2. Contact a professional plumber to arrange for the installation of the backwater valve.
    Submit the backwater valve subsidy application to EPCOR within six months of the consultation.
  3. You will be required to show proof of the installation and payment for the backwater valve. We will also require a copy/photo of the City of Edmonton Acceptable green sticker that includes the permit number for the installation.

Take action today to protect your basement and belongings. Call us at 780-944-7777 to book an appointment. You can access more information about the backwater valve subsidy on our website at epcor.com/floodprevention.

epcordrainage@epcor.com

2000, 10423 – 101 Street
Edmonton, AB  T5H 0E8

2021 Yoga [On Hold]

COVID-19 Updates: State of public health emergency declared

Please review the our Covid information

Greetings fellow yogis!

Our fall 9-week session of yoga at Allendale Hall is back again. Although yoga will be a little bit different this year, rest assured Yoga with Kelly will still take you through yoga postures to strengthen the body, enhance, flexibility, improve posture and balance, calm the mind, and synchronize breath with movement.

LocationAllendale Hall, 6330 – 105A Street
Time: 7:30pm to 8:45pm Doors open at 7:20pm.
Dates: September 28, October 12, 19 & 26. November 9, 16 & 23 and 30, December 14
Cost: $100 / 9 sessions

Registration and payment are required in advance of the first class. To complete your registration, use the following form then contact Karen Brown Fournell to arrange payment (cash, cheque or e-transfer available). (780) 441-5591 or kbrownfournell@gmail.com.

A Community League Membership for 2021-2022 is required to secure your spot! Need to purchase your membership? If you are from Allendale, please contact Catherine at membership@allendalecommunity.ca or (780) 469-0361. Valid memberships from other Community Leagues are welcome. Registration is incomplete without a valid membership.

What to bring with you to be comfortable: yoga mat, water bottle, layered clothing and a blanket or any other props that you feel are necessary.

A staggered entry with face coverings is mandatory for participants entering and exiting the building. Face masks are required when physical distancing is not possible or when participants are not actively participating in the class

Important: All participants will receive further details on COVID-19 safety protocols via email before the first class. Proof of double vaccination is also a requirement for participants.

We hope you can join us!

Karen Brown Fournell,
Independent Arts Administrator
780.441.5591

Urban Tree Canopy Expansion Allendale

Excerpt from the City of Edmonton:

Two parks in the Allendale neighbourhood have been included in the 2021 Urban Tree Canopy Expansion Program, and as part of this program we have planned to add new trees in this location. Notices will be delivered to adjacent properties and signage will be placed in the neighbourhood to provide advance notice of planting activities.

The tree planting locations in the park have been designed to maintain accessibility at all points and the continued use for informal play and recreation.

The species have been selected to improve the overall tree canopy diversity throughout the city as managed by the Urban Forestry Operations team.

The City is making unprecedented investments in growing the urban tree canopy in the city by planting an additional 6,000 new trees total in 2021 and 2022 through the Urban Tree Canopy Expansion Program.

Tree planting for 2021 began in April and is expected to wrap up in October. For inquiries, please contact treecanopy@edmonton.ca

Please find below the layout of the new trees for your reference.

ALLENDALE PARKS

For inquiries, please contact treecanopy@edmonton.ca
[Note: there are black circles along the edges of the white dotted areas indicating tree placement]

Treaty No. 6 Recognition Day

On Treaty 6 Recognition Day (August 27), the Allendale Community League is proud to be located in Ward papastew Pronunciation: PAH-PAH-STAY-OH.

This name, as well as the other 12 new Indigenous ward names, were gifted to the City of Edmonton by iyiniw iskwewak wihtwawin, an all-female, Indigenous ward naming committee. The names reflect the stories of the Anishinaabe, Blackfoot, Cree, Dene, Inuit, Iroquois (Michel Band), Métis and Sioux Nations and were chosen after much discussion, ceremony and consultation with Elders. The Indigenous ward names are a small but important step in reconciliation and in understanding the history and stories of the many Indigenous nations that were the first residents of Canada.

To find out more about the Indigenous Ward Names project:
edmonton.ca/IndigenousWardNames.

 

Big Bin Event – Sept 11

Date:  Saturday, September 11, 10 am to 2 pm

Presented by: Allendale Community League and Queen Alex Community League

Location: Back Parking Lot Allendale School (6415 – 106 St NW) 

We won’t have a charitable organization on hand this year due to timing constraints. Thanks

*IMPORTANT INFORMATION*

***Due to COVID-19, please wear a mask if you will be near any people or maintain a 2 metre distance.***

Please bring your current Community League Membership to gain access. Allendale Community League memberships will be sold at the event, however, we would appreciate it if you bought them here before the event.

Accepted items:

  • Electronics and small appliances – Electronics Roundup by Shanked Computer Recycling  (No fridges or freezers)
  • Unusable furniture and any other home furnishings or residential yard equipment
  • Lawn waste such as grass clippings, tree branches, bushes, leaves (no sod or dirt)

We do NOT allow the following item to be loaded into the BIN:

  • NO HAZARDOUS WASTE: no paint, batteries, chemicals (or any liquids, fertilizers, pesticides, etc.)
  • NO propane tanks or fire extinguishers
  • NO dead animals, manure, tires, mattresses, fridges, freezers or photocopiers
  • NO railway ties, dirt, sod or cement
  • DO NOT load bins above the top–this is unsafe and can result in extra fees

Please take the following to the ECO-Station (5150 – 99 St) instead:

  • Fridge and freezers (there is a fee of CFC removal)
  • Lights, Batteries or Hazardous material (e.g. paint, solvents, chemicals)

If you have any questions, please contact info@allendalecommunity.ca or info@queenalexandra.ca

 

Responsible Pet Ownership in Allendale

This is a reminder that walking/running dogs on the fields, in the playgrounds, and within enclosed spaces including the rink and tennis courts near the league hall and Allendale Junior High is not permitted. This includes the new park/picnic area near the hall.
From the edmonton.ca website:
  • Dogs are not permitted in picnic areas, playgrounds or sports fields. Dogs may be walked on trails only if they are on leash. Dogs may be off leash on parkland and trails only if you are in a designated off-leash area.
  • Dog’s are not permitted on school board property
If you have any concerns, please contact the City https://permits.edmonton.ca/default.aspx?appArea=Complaints

[Update] Community League Bike Challenge Week Two

It’s not too late to join Team Allendale for the June Community League Bike Challenge every km counts.

All you need to do is: ride your bike and track your distance. Read all the details in our June Community Bike Challenge post if you want to join.

Here is last week’s leaderboard for Team Allendale:

The grand total for all the communities involved (for a smaller community we are really holding our own – Go Team Allendale!!):

Huge thank-you to everyone who is participating.

[Update] Community League Bike Challenge Week One

It’s not too late to join Team Allendale for the June Community League Bike Challenge. All you need to do is track your bike distances and let us know. We have all the details listed in our June Community Bike Challenge post if you want to join.

The grand total for the week from all the communities involved:

This is last week’s leaderboard for Team Allendale on Strava: