Our AGM is this Thursday!

Our AGM is Thursday Sept 27 @ 7pm!

Acadia Community Association Annual General Meeting

Residents must have purchases their annual memberships at least 30 days in advance 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). Or online!

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.

Support your community!

See here for details!

CPS encourages citizens to complete the 9 p.m. Routine

While Acadia continues to have some of the lowest crime rates in the City, it’s always important to be vigilant.  The Calgary Police service is encouraging Calgarians to establish the 9 p.m. Routine.

The 9 p.m. Routine is a campaign that began in Pasco County, Florida and is now used by police agencies across North America to remind citizens to protect themselves and their property. The CPS is joining in on the routine and encourages Calgarians to do the same.

“The routine is simple,” says Sgt. Matt Baker of the CPS Centralized Break and Enter Teams. “Every night before going to bed we want all citizens to get in the habit of double checking that their vehicles, property and residence are secure. Offenders will often go down a street checking vehicles and houses for doors left open. By simply locking your door you could avoid waking up to an intruder in your home.”

The routine recommends:

  • Removing valuables from vehicles.
  • Ensuring vehicles are locked, windows are closed and if possible, parked in a garage.
  • Closing garage doors and windows.
  • Locking any person-doors in the garage, including those leading into a house.
  • Checking that all house doors – front, back, side and garage – are locked.
  • Ensuring all windows are shut.
  • Turning on an exterior light.

9pm Routine

Membership Deadline is Today!

Hi, just one last minute reminder that today is the deadline to purchase your 2018/19 membership in order to be eligible to vote at the AGM.

The date for our Annual General Meeting (AGM) is September 27.  To be eligible to vote, you must have your 2018/19 membership purchased by August 28 (30 days before the AGM).

You can buy them online here or visit the ARC (240 90 AV SE) during business hours.

Looking forward to seeing you in September!

Antiquing at the ARC next weekend!

Antiquing at the ARC next weekend!

Guest Blog Post by Antiques by Design:

Smart Tips for Antique & Vintage Shopping!

Shopping shows & markets can be a great experience with bargain prices, unique finds and the thrill of the hunt all making for a perfect weekend excursion. In the moment, however, they can also be a bit overwhelming as it can be tough to know what to buy and what to pass up. Before heading out, here are a few tips to keep in mind.

  1. Do your homework. Especially if you are looking to make a big ticket purchase, it’s important to go into the show, or market knowing the price range of an item you like. Having comparison shopped will save you headaches and some hemming and hawing. The usual internet suspects of Ebay and Craigslist can quickly give you an idea what an item should cost.
  2. Check the item’s materials and their condition. Price should correlate to quality. See if the item has original tags to help date it and let you know if you’ve got the “real thing” or a knock-off. Also, notice what it’s made of: is it leather or nagahide, glass or plastic, oak or pine? Whatever the materials, expect some age-appropriate wear and tear, but make sure there aren’t any substantial flaws. That $50 antique dinner table won’t seem like a bargain when you realize it has a giant, hard-to-mask gash. Politely mention this kind of thing to the seller, and you’ll have ammunition for bargaining.
  3. Size up the seller. If you’re unsure, you can get hints as to whether the price is fair by looking around and talking to the owner/vendor. Notice if there are other pieces whose price range you’re more familiar with, and see if they’re reasonable. If you’re at a flea market, take your time and comparison shop between booths (and know that prices will be more negotiable by the end of the day). As for the vendors themselves, don’t be afraid to ask questions. I know I feel more comfortable shelling out cash when the seller proves he really knows his stuff. Also, an item feels more valuable to me when I know its history.
  4. Go with your gut. Maybe those chairs you’ve found are a little more expensive than similar ones you’ve seen, but they have an extra detail you love. It’s your wallet, and the bottom line is whether a price feels fair and worth it to you. If it doesn’t, haggle or walk away. If something is not exorbitantly expensive, my final test for deciding if I “have to have it” is deciding if I would really regret not buying it if I knew someone else had snatched it.
  5. Bring a tape measure. It helps to know ahead what the dimensions of your space are and what you have room for. Toss a tape measure in your bag to avoid purchasing things that won’t fit your space properly.
  6. Look for a label. If you know your designers, a label will help you distinguish a real vintage find from a knockoff. Checking for original details will also help you make the distinction. This is where the ability to Google an item on your smartphone can be a game changer.
  7. Check the craftsmanship. Dovetailed joints, hand-stitched seams, and solid hard wood are all markers of quality and craftsmanship that can help determine an item’s value and let you know if a piece is an heirloom worth investing in or really just “vintage Ikea.”
  8. Think outside the box. Plenty of quirky vintage pieces can be repurposed as decor if you think outside of the box. I’ve seen vintage wire egg baskets used as pendant lighting, Mexican sugar molds as candle holders and vintage typeface used to spell out words. Get creative and the options will open up.
  9. Look for good bones. Don’t be turned off by ugly upholstery or a bad paint job. As long as a piece has great bones it will really shine when refinished.
  10. Consider the cost of refinishing. That said, be sure to calculate the time and cost of sanding down and refinishing or replacing foam and reupholstering before deciding that something is really a bargain. If the initial cost plus labor and materials add up to a good deal and you’re sure you want to take on a project, go for it.
  11. Be aware of timing. The serious shoppers tend to come out early so things tend to be picked over by the afternoon. On the upside once it gets close to time to wrap things up sellers tend to slash prices or be more open to bargaining in an effort to move a bit more inventory.



Engage: Backyard Suites Guidelines

From the City of Calgary:

The City is looking at changing some of the Land Use Bylaw rules and developing guidelines to help make new backyard suites more acceptable and fitting in communities.  (Click here to be taken to the online survey.)

Backyard Suites Guidelines

About the project

On March 12, 2018 City Council approved amendments to the Land Use Bylaw that allow secondary suites as a discretionary use within the R-1, R-C1, and R-C1L land use districts. They also approved adding backyard suites to these districts, but asked City staff to develop standards relating to the design of backyard suites before finalizing this approval. These approvals are part of a process reform for secondary suites.

The standards for backyard suites under development will apply across all districts and are intended to improve the fit of backyard suites in built out communities.

City staff have been reviewing feedback from citizens from previous engagement on backyard suites, discussions at Council, and feedback from neighbouring land owners on past backyard suite applications. This background has given city staff a preliminary overview of the major concerns that neighbours have about backyard suites.

Targeted discussions and workshops with representatives from a number of Calgary’s community associations were held to review these concerns, to discuss concerns that may not have been captured and to explore options to address these concerns.

These discussions, with the feedback from this survey, will form the basis for proposed rule changes and design standards for backyard suites.

Provide your comments on the City of Calgary website to share your feedback with the project team. The survey will be open until July 3, 2018.

Garage Suites