June is Bike Month and Ritchie is Challenging Allendale Residents!

Ritchie Community League is once again challenging all leagues to a June Bike Challenge! The inter-league challenge is simple:  ride the most kilometres in the month of June! Results will be reported in two ways: total distance travelled per league AND distance travelled per resident in the league area (based on recent city census results). 

All Allendale residents are invited to track their cycling and pool their kilometres with their neighbours on the Strava App. Download the Strava App to your mobile device and search for the club “Team Allendale” or use your computer to join at https://www.strava.com/clubs/Allendalebike. If you don’t have access to Strava, no problem. Submit your total distance (in kilometres) for the week by Sunday at noon to Jeff Papineau, our League Representative: bikeallendale@gmail.com.

Keep in mind… If you take your family out for a ride, your children’s distance counts as well! So if your family of four takes a four kilometre spin, you can report 16 km total!  The results will be updated weekly and available on the Ritchie website (https://www.ritchie-league.com/bike-results).

Let’s get moving Allendale! 

Also, Councillor Michael Janz is hosting a number of Bike Month events in Ward papastew:

BIKE MAYOR of Old Strathcona
Nominate our Neighbourhood Bike Mayor (2022) – https://www.michaeljanz.ca/bikemayor

Saturday June 4, 12PM-3PM – All ages – Join Councillor Janz for a casual tour of papastew community bike ride.
Sunday June 12, 12:30PM-4PM – Voting Age & Over – Join Councillor Janz for a casual tour of papastew breweries.
Saturday June 18, 1PM-5PM – Coffee, Playgrounds, & Tacos

Details at https://www.michaeljanz.ca/bikemonth

Green Shack is Back for Summer 2022!

Edmonton Green Shack

Play! Run! Create! Allendale is pleased to be hosting a Green Shack program from July 12 to August 27th, 2022; Mondays to Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The green shack is located on the south side of the Allendale playground.  Program leaders are trained to provide fun and safe activities for neighbourhood children – even on rainy days!  Put this in your calendar and send your kids over! It is a great way to meet neighbours and make new friends. Children 6 to 12 are welcome to stay on their own- under 6 must be accompanied by a responsible person. For more information, you can visit the City of Edmonton website.


Green Shack is Go

Edmonton Green Shack

Celebrate 100 years of Green Shacks in Edmonton this summer with our neighbours in Allendale! The City of Edmonton, the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues, and Allendale Community League are bringing the Green Shack program back for 2022.

Get active and join in on games, sport, crafts, music, drama and special events! A complete list of activities and special events will be posted on the side of Green Shacks each week. If there is a game or activity that piques your child’s interest that you would like to have included in the programming, just ask the Program Leader.

Program leaders will be hosting a variety of games, challenges and activities that are sure to get kids active and having fun! 

The hours of operation will be out in the coming days. More information on programming will be coming in May, please check back then.

Spring Yoga is Back at Allendale Hall!

Our Spring in-person session of yoga is back at Allendale Hall! Yoga with Kelly will take you through postures to strengthen the body, calm the mind, enhance flexibility, improve posture and balance, and synchronize breath with movement. This mindful, conscious class is designed to suit most beginners as well as those who practice regularly.

You can experience this for yourself by taking a complimentary class before the registration deadline on Zoom with Kelly. Contact Kelly at mobileyogakelly@gmail for the Zoom link for a class on Tuesday at 7:30 pm or a Saturday at 9:30 am during the month of March to try it out.

In Person Location: Allendale Hall, 6330 105A Street NW
Time: Tuesdays from 7:30pm to 8:45pm
Dates: April 12, 19, 26, May 10, 17, 24, 31, June 14, 21 (skip 1st Tuesdays as hall in use)
Cost: $108 for 9 classes.
Registration Deadline is Tuesday, April 5th, 2022. Class will proceed with a minimum of 8 people.

Registration and payment will be required in advance of the first in person class. To register:

  1. Sign up online: https://forms.gle/Y3H3zXyXb37DgHZT7.
  2. Send an etransfer to Dianne on the Allendale Board: dyan58@hotmail.com.
  3. If an etransfer is not possible, please contact Linda (facilities@allendalecommunity.ca) about making a different

Community League Membership is required. You can purchase a membership for $5 at https://efcl.org/membership-purchase/. Linda (facilities@allendalecommunity.ca) will be at the first class to field membership questions and will have memberships available at the first class. Valid memberships from other Community Leagues are welcome. Bring your card!

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

Allendale Rink Update Dec 21

Both rinks are open daily. Skate room (+washroom) is to stay closed for the time being. Lights are set to go off at 9:45pm. Ice conditions vary due to weather and usage. Maintenance is ongoing but people should help out the volunteer ice crew by shovelling the snow up over the boards using the shovels on-site. Use of the garbage can is strongly encouraged.

Don’t forget to check out the Learn To Skate program beginning in January.
If we can provide any additional information please let us know. facilities@allendalecommunity.ca

Have fun!

Learn-to-Skate and Learn-to-Play (hockey) programs

Learn to Skate and Learn to Play
Learn to Skate / Play program


Start to Play is a free pilot program for 2022 and is a partnership between the Edmonton Federation of Community of Leagues, the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation, and Free Play for Kids. They created a fantastic opportunity for our League to offer Learn-to-Skate and Learn-to-Play (hockey) for children aged 8 – 13 starting on January 7th 14th, 21st, 28th

For more information and to register participants use the links below:

Allendale Fridays at 6:30

Allendale Fridays at 7:30


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.

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

June Community Bike Challenge

community league bike month

What is the Community League Bike Month Challenge?

It’s to see which community league can bike the farthest in a month.


Bragging rights – last year some communities felt like Ritchie had the upper hand partly because Ritchie organized it, so THIS year we thought we’d throw our hat into the ring. Rest assured if we win this year, they’ll be hearing about it all year long.

Who’s invited?

Every Allendale community resident who rides a bike. Bar none.


Start tomorrow May 31 just because it’s a Monday and its easier to track a whole week.


Everywhere, across the city, mountains, roads, single tracks, anywhere a bike can go adds to the total km’s.


Allendale Community League members AND non-members alike are invited to track their cycling and pool their kilometres with their neighbours on Strava

Download the Strava App to your mobile device and search for the club “Team Allendale” to join. (View our club right now through the website)

Tips and Tricks

1) You can MANUALLY input activities into Strava even if you track your distance with a different device, just look for the plus sign [+].

  • On mobile, this is found on the “Feed” screen.
  • On a computer, go to the Strava website, set up or sign in to your Strava account and choose the “Training” dropdown menu at the top. Select “Activities” and find the plus symbol [+] in the top right corner by your profile picture.)

2) For those without access to the Strava app: submit your total distance (in kilometres) to: vicepres@allendalecommunity.ca every week.. To keep track of the leagues totals, Ritchie Community League will post the results on their website.

3) If you take your family out for a ride, your children’s distance counts as well! So if your family of four takes a four-kilometre spin, you can report 16 km total!

Bonus Challenge

Participate in the ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge by downloading the free ParticipACTION app and track all kinds of physical activity. It’s part of a nation-wide search for Canada’s Most Active Community. Now, more than ever, physical activity and sport participation is important to help us stay healthy in mind, body, and community spirit.

So what are you waiting for? Get on your bikes and ride!

Thanks Everyone!

Thanks also go to Dan at Ritchie Community League for organizing this. Also check out their Bike Information link.