Our friends at the Acadia Garden and Art Society need our help. They are in a contest for funding to expand their nectar & pollen rich native flower beds! With your vote, they can expand this great community resource!
Worldwide, pollinator populations are in decline. At the Acadia Community Garden & Art Society, we’ve made it a priority to raise awareness around this issue by creating a pollinator-friendly habitat and growing space for all of our neighbours, whether they walk on 6 legs or 2.
Our focus is on producing nectar & pollen rich native flowers and providing suitable shelter for pollinator species in our area. This grant money would allow us to dramatically increase the size of our native flower beds, to install mason bee houses, watering & puddling stations (what could be cuter than a butterfly puddling pool?), and to produce educational signage that explains the importance the of the role which pollinators play, both in our community and in the world as a whole.
Acadia Community Association Annual General Meeting
Residents must purchase their annual memberships at least 30 days in advance (Aug 30 cut-off) of the AGM in order to vote. But you can still come and buy your membership tonight. Also, the ACA has a few vacant board positions that could be filled at the AGM.
Memberships can be purchased directly at the ARC (cost is $10 for charter renewal, $15 for single membership, and $25 for family & non-residents).
With membership comes many benefits, including discounts at the ARC and several local businesses. The ARC is home to many great programs that help make Acadia a wonderful place to live.
Wyldewood Estates Land Use Redesignation (Rezoning) Application
From the City of Calgary:
The City of Calgary received a proposal (file number LOC2016-0064) from B&A Planning Group, representing Morguard Residential Properties Inc., to redesignate (rezone) a portion of the Wyldewood Estates apartment complex at 9700 Bonaventure Drive SE to allow for a mixed-use development.
Landuse districts determines, among other things, heights, density, and allowable uses. Put simply, land use determines an imaginary box in which a building can fit, along with the types of homes, offices, businesses, that can operate in that building.
If the land use redesignation is approved by Council the overall distribution of buildings, building design, mix and size of uses, and site layout details such as parking, landscaping, and site access will be determined later at the development permit stage.
City staff is seeking public input throughout the application process, and will incorporate feedback where possible. The plan for the site must adhere to policies, guidelines, and bylaws adopted and or approved by Council.
Challenge 3: Aug 1-15 This weeks’ photo challenge, we want to see your best garden themed shot. If you don’t have a garden, you can visit Acadia’s own! The Acadia Garden and Art Society is located at 332 94 Ave SE. Flowers and bugs make great subjects but remember to minimize distractions in the frame so your subject stands out.
Challenge 2: July 16-31 We want to get to know our neighbours, even the shy ones. The faceless portrait is our next photo challenge, go beyond the standard selfie and tell us about yourself or someone else in a single image without showing a face. Shadows or objects are a great way to hide a face, and props can help tell a story.
The Acadia Networking Group consists of the Acadia Community Garden & Art Society, Strong Neighbourhood Initiative, Lutheran Church of our Saviour and McDougall United Church. The Group is sponsoring an Acadia Area Day Camp from Monday, August 8 to Friday, August 12. It’s for children aged 6 – 12. The Day Camp runs from 9am until 4pm.
Here is a message from the Group:
Planning is coming together really well. We have 29 campers registered with over half of them coming from disadvantaged homes. The camp theme is about Peace – What is it; Peace in Me; Peace in Families, Schools & Communities; Peace with Nature and Peace in Our World. We will be going to the swimming pool one afternoon, going to the Community Garden, having special musician and cultural guests and doing crafts and outdoor activities and games. Both snacks and lunches will be included for campers and volunteers.
We are needing two more Youth Leaders (ages 16+) and at least one more Adult Leader. If someone is not able to commit for the week, we could hopefully match them up with someone else who can only help part-time as well.
We also need some help with snack and lunch preparation from 11:00 until 1:30 each day – especially on Thursday, August 11.
Challenge 1: July 1-15 Challenge yourself to see creatively without leaving your neighbourhood. Take 10 steps in any direction from your front door and take a photo from where you stand. If you’re stuck for ideas, try crouching down low to the ground or zooming in to change your perspective.