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Winter/Spring 2014

citypulse Your connection to the City of Spruce Grove

GET ACTIVE SPRUCE GROVE! Fun and frugal outdoor activities p. 33–39

WINTER/SPRING PROGRAMS GUIDE Registration opens at 9 a.m. on Jan. 7 Starts on p. 51

THE WHITE STUFF! Managing snow in Spruce Grove

PLUS! CORPORATE PLAN HIGHLIGHTS – WHAT’S COMING IN 2014

see p. 10–17


City Directory CITY OF SPRUCE GROVE Phone: 780-962-2611 Fax: 780-962-2526

Emergency Numbers

Police, Fire, Ambulance 911

Animal Control Arena/Agrena Building Permits

780-962-7585

Public Library

780-962-4423

780-962-2031

Program Registration (FCSS)

780-962-7618

RCMP 410 King Street • Administration • Complaints

780-962-2289 780-962-2222

780-962-7634 ext 129

Business Licences

780-962-7588

City Hall Ticket Centre

780-962-8995

Compliance Requests

780-962-7634 ext 180

Dangerous Goods Routes

780-962-4496

Development Permits • Commercial • Residential

780-962-7623 780-962-7589

Districting/Zoning

780-962-7601

Dog Licences

780-962-2611

Economic Development

780-962-7608

Recreation and Park Planning

780-962-7579

Residential Waste Hotline

780-962-7580

Roads, Parks Maintenance, Residential Waste, Water and Sewer Trouble (24 hour) 780-962-7584 Roads Seasonal Hotline

780-962-7581

Seasonal Sports Field Hotline

780-962-7602

Specialized Transit Service (STS)

780-962-2456

Street Light Repairs (Fortis)

780-310-9473

Enforcement Services – Complaints/Inquiries

780-962-7585

Taxes

780-962-2611

Engineering

780-962-7624

TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre

780-960-5080

Facility Bookings

780-962-7579

Transit (ETS Bus Link – 24 hour)

780-442-5311

Family and Community Support Services (FCSS)

780-962-7618

Tourism/Visitor Information – 99 Campsite Rd.

780-962-2561

Fire Services – Administration

780-962-4496

Utility Billing

780-962-2611

Utility Hook Ups

780-962-7597

Human Resources

780-962-7634 ext 107

Inspections Hotline

780-962-7582

Mayor and Council: Executive Assistant

780-962-7604

Upcoming office closures City Hall and Spruce Grove FCSS will be closed on the following dates. Essential and emergency services will be maintained during office closures. • Dec. 26–31 – Christmas break • Jan. 1, 2014 – New Year’s Day • Feb. 17, 2014 – Family Day • April 18, 2014 – Good Friday • April 21, 2014 – Easter Monday

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Welcome to citypulse Welcome to the inaugural issue of CityPulse – your connection to the City of Spruce Grove. As a resident, we already know you are connected to your community. After all, you live here! But we want to help strengthen that connection by sharing stories about the City, including the great programs and services that are available, projects and improvements that are planned or underway, how residents and staff are giving back to the community and how you can get the most out of living in Spruce Grove. Because the simple truth is that you, our residents, are at the heart of everything we do. From the special events that are organized each year, to the maintenance and improvement of our parks and playgrounds, to working hard to provide you with the best in day-to-day municipal services like recycling and waste collection, our job is to continue to make Spruce Grove a great place to live, work and play. You can expect CityPulse to arrive in your mailbox three times a year and inside you will find details on a range of subjects that are relevant to you as a Spruce Grove resident and taxpayer and the many things that make Spruce Grove beat. In this issue, there’s information on all the Family and Community Support Services programs (registration opens January 7) including the City’s new online registration system, the City’s snow removal policy, a list of upcoming events, and a breakdown of the 2014 budget and the projects that will be happening throughout the year. So please read on and we hope you enjoy the first issue of CityPulse!

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This issue... 6 Meet your city council 10 Corporate plan highlights What’s being planned for 2014

18 The white stuff Managing snow in Spruce Grove 22 Hop on board Commuter transit service

40 Community service and funding opportunities 41 Kidsport Parkland So all kids can play

41 Outstanding Achievement Recognition Program 41 Spruce Grove Saints game schedule

23 Open for business

42 Community Clean Up

24 A new home for Public Works

43 Awards of Excellence

25 Save water this winter

44 Horizon Stage performances

26 Safe City

48 City facility rentals

27 Enforcement Services

50 Program registration just a click away Use the new online registration system

28 Fire Services 29 Rooftop Campout for Muscular Dystrophy 30 Ding dong – it’s lunchtime! Meals on Wheels provides hot meals 31 What’s happening in 2014?

32 Tri-regional Spring Information and Registration Night 33 Stay active this winter! 35 Winter Walk Day 35 Toonie drop-in recreational programs

to register for FCSS programs

51 Spruce Grove Family & Community Support Services 52 FCSS programs

Programs for families.......................52

Programs for adults and seniors.....54

Support groups – adults...................60

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Volunteer opportunities for adults..63

Programs for youth............................64

36 Playgrounds and parks

68 Allied Arts Council programs

38 Off-leash fun

70 Spruce Grove Public Library programs

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Serving the community of choice

Meet your council Mayor Stuart Houston shouston@sprucegrove.org

Alderman Bill Kesanko bkesanko@sprucegrove.org

Alderman Louise Baxter lbaxter@sprucegrove.org

Alderman Ed McLean emclean@sprucegrove.org

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Meetings to go

2014 Council meeting dates at a glance

Spruce Grove City Council meetings and Committee of the Whole meetings typically occur on Monday evenings (or Tuesday, if the Monday is a statutory holiday), starting at 6 p.m. in council chambers on the third floor of City Hall.

Interested in attending a Spruce Grove City Council meeting or Committee of the Whole meeting, but not able to make it to City Hall? We’ve got you covered. The City posts podcasts of every meeting online the day following the meeting. Depending on your browser type and viewing device, the podcast file will either be downloaded directly to your desktop or streamed over the Internet. For more information and the three most recent podcasts, visit www.sprucegrove.org/podcast.

All council meetings are open to the public. Dates can change so for the most up-to-date council meeting calendar, visit www.sprucegrove.org/calendar.

Alderman Wayne Rothe wrothe@sprucegrove.org

Alderman Searle Turton sturton@sprucegrove.org

Alderman Bill Steinburg bsteinburg@sprucegrove.org

Mayor and Council 780-962-7604

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2014 Waste Collection Schedule Garbage – weekly collection, year-round

Large Item Pickup – June 16–20

Blue bag collection – every second week, year-round

Free-Cycle – June 14–15

Statutory holidays – no service, collection moved to following week day

Shred-4-Free Day – June 7

Organic collection – weekly collection, April 14–Nov. 14

Christmas tree pickup – Jan. 13–17

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Monday – Hilldowns, Stoneshire, Fieldstone, Linkside, Spruce Village, Greenbury, acreages in city Tuesday – Woodside, Lakewood, Grove Meadows Wednesday – Broxton Park, Brookwood, Woodhaven Thursday – Millgrove, Creekside, Aspenglen, Mobile City Estates, City Centre, Legacy Park, Westgrove, Jesperdale, McLaughlin Friday – Deer Park, Sprucewood Villas, Harvest Ridge, Heatherglen, Spruce Ridge, Hawthorne, Westgrove


TTrim RIM Your Trash – TR TRIM YOUR Help reduce YO U RSpruce Grove’s wasteline TRASH TRIM YOUR TR Spruce Grove’s Ultimate Guide to What

Have questions about how to properly dispose of your trash? We’ve got the answers!

S p ru ce G rove’s U l t i m ate G u i d e to W h a t G o e s W h e re

Trim Your Trash – Spruce Grove’s Ultimate Guide to What Goes Where is an online guide that allows you to browse or search for a specific waste item to find out how to properly dispose of it. • Visit www.sprucegrove.org/TrimYourTrash • Browse or search for an item • Learn how to properly dispose of it

Black cart

Your black cart is for waste items that can’t be recycled, composted or taken to the Eco Centre. Black carts are collected on a weekly basis, year-round.

Green organics cart

Your green organics cart is for items that can be composted, such as food and yard waste. Organics carts are collected on a weekly basis from April to November.

Blue bags

Semi-transparent plastic blue bags, which can be purchased at local retailers, are for items that can be recycled, such as newspaper, glass jars and tin cans. Blue bags are collected every two weeks, year-round.

Eco Centre

Spruce Grove’s Ultimate Guide to What

You can bring extra organics and recyclables, as well as electronic and household hazardous waste to the Eco Centre, located at 50 Diamond Ave., at no charge. Organic materials must be placed in a compostable bag. Garbage that can’t be recycled, propane tanks and old appliances can also be brought to the Eco Centre for a fee. Hours of operation Monday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Wednesday: Closed Thursday: Noon – 8 p.m. Friday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday: Closed The Eco Centre is closed on statutory holidays.

Did you know? • Each Spruce Grove resident sends an average of 243 kilograms of garbage to the landfill each year. • According to a recent study conducted by the City, approximately 76 per cent of the waste that is still going to landfills could also be diverted. • Currently, about 40 per cent of total residential waste is being diverted from landfills through the City’s household recycling and organics programs and the Eco Centre.

Christmas tree pick up and disposal

Christmas trees will be picked up through curbside collection during the week of January 13. You can place your tree out the same day of the week you regularly put out your garbage. Before disposing of your tree, please remove all decorations and tinsel and when you put it out for pick up, ensure there is adequate clearance around the tree and your garbage bin. At any time, you can also dispose of your Christmas tree at the City’s Eco Centre during regular operating hours. There is no charge to dispose of organics at the Eco Centre.

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What’s being planned for 2014? City of Spruce Grove 2014–2016 Corporate Plan summary Each year, Spruce Grove City Council develops and adopts a three-year strategic plan, which is the City’s foundation to ensure a long-term plan is in place for the community. The 2014–2016 Corporate Plan is then developed based on the priorities and themes identified in the strategic plan, which are sustainability, economic development, partnerships and providing quality services. The corporate plan is the City’s guiding document for governance, community development and service delivery. The goal of the plan is to maintain the City’s existing service levels, while also meeting the needs of a growing community, at an affordable rate and sustainable pace. Each initiative and project included in the corporate plan reflects one or more of these identified themes.

City council works closely with City administration to review the corporate plan. This occurs during a series of designated Committee of the Whole meetings that focus entirely on reviewing the 2014–2016 Corporate Plan. This year those meetings, which are open to the public, were held on Nov. 12, 13 and 14, 2013. City council approved the 2014–2016 Corporate Plan on Nov. 25, 2013. This plan outlines the City’s plans and projects for the next three years and also sets the municipal tax rate, utility rate and solid waste fees for 2014. The full 2014–2016 Corporate Plan document is available at www.sprucegrove.org/corporateplan.

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How is the budget spent? The City of Spruce Grove collects municipal property taxes from all property owners within city limits. Residents pay approximately 75.4 per cent of total property taxes, while businesses pay the remaining 24.6 per cent. Tax dollars, along with grants and user fees, fund many of the City’s projects and services. The City’s 2014 budget includes $70.9 million in expenses.

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$6.6 million Programs, events and recreation

Funded by taxes, grants and user fees. Examples are: • Canada Day Celebration • FCSS programs and workshops • Mini Monster Bash • Christmas in Central Park

Facilities and equipment Funded by taxes, grants and user fees. Examples are: • Agrena • TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre • Snow plows, fleet vehicles and skid steers • Elks Hall

$21.8 million

Staff and administration Funded by taxes, grants and user fees. Examples are: • Fleet and equipment maintenance staff • Municipal planning and development staff • Parks and roads maintenance staff • Economic development staff

$12.2 million Utilities Self-funded through utility rates. Examples are: • Water • Sewer • Waste collection

$12.2 million Parks and roads

$12.2 million Emergency and enforcement services

Funded by taxes. Examples are: • Peace officers • RCMP • Fire/EMS

Funded by taxes, grants and user fees. Examples are: • Outdoor rinks • Snow removal • Street sweeping • Trail development and maintenance

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Coming your way in 2014 Each year, the City of Spruce Grove works to maintain existing service levels, while also implementing new projects and initiatives. These items are captured in the 2014–2016 Corporate Plan and are linked to the goals identified in the strategic plan:

Goal 1: Sustainability The City of Spruce Grove will proactively and collaboratively work to promote sustainability in all its forms.

Goal 3: Partnerships

The City of Spruce Grove will continue to be open to partnerships that create opportunities for improved collaboration on services, programs and facilities that benefit the greater community.

Goal 2: Economic Development The City of Spruce Grove will promote the development of economic opportunities and attractions and grow Spruce Grove’s industrial and commercial tax base.

Goal 4: Providing quality services

The City of Spruce Grove will continue to improve the effectiveness of how it delivers its services, promoting improvements and efficiencies in delivering services to the community and in the internal operations of the City itself.

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Programs and events

Each year, the City offers residents a wide range of events. Events for 2014 include: • Canada Day Celebration • Summer in the City • Mini Monster Bash • Remembrance Day service • Christmas in Central Park • Drop-in recreational programs • Workshops and presentations • Developing a policy for a combined community and memorial recognition program

Parks and recreation

City staff maintain Spruce Grove’s open spaces, parks, off-leash areas and recreational facilities, including the Heritage Grove Park trail system, Cpl. Jim Galloway Memorial Off Leash Area, Jubilee Park and Agrena. In addition to the regular, ongoing maintenance of these facilities and outdoor spaces, other plans for 2014 include: • Modernizing the existing Brookwood outdoor rink. • Replacing the Landsdowne playground, Greystone Park playground and Deer Park play structure. • Making improvements to the Spruce Grove Skate Park. • Constructing a recreational Midget ball diamond at St. Peter the Apostle High School. • Adding lighting to the Cpl. Jim Galloway Memorial Off Leash Area.

Facilities

The City is responsible for overseeing and maintaining several facilities throughout the community, including the development of new City-owned facilities. Projects for 2014 include: • Completing site construction of the new Public Works facility, including relocating staff to the new facility. • Developing one satellite facility for Public Works staff to store equipment, with a second facility scheduled for 2015. • Making improvements to the Elks Hall, including replacing all doorways, painting, constructing a deck, paving the parking lot and upgrading the parking lot lighting. • Continuing work on the Spruce Grove Recreation Facility, which will lease space to the Aerials Gymnastics.

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Roads, water and sewer

A proactive approach is used to plan construction projects in Spruce Grove to ensure maintenance is done on a regular basis and protect the long-term integrity of the City’s roads and water and sewer system.

The sanitary sewer in the Brookwood neighbourhood – specifically Brookwood Drive, Blairmore Street to Oatway Street and the connection at the Oatway/Bristow Crescent intersection – will be upgraded in 2014, as will the downtown storm water system. The pressure reducing valve at the King Street/Woodhaven Drive intersection and at Greystone Drive, south of Grove Drive, will also be rehabilitated. Lanes in the Aspenglen neighbourhood will be resurfaced and the road access to the TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre will be upgraded to address increased traffic volume. Grove Drive east from Greenbury Boulevard to Pioneer Road will also be extended.

The impact of a required reservoir and pump station upgrade to nearby sports fields will be assessed and Highway 16A will get a facelift with the design and construction of planting beds along the road that will withstand harsh elements. All residents who will be impacted by these projects will receive advance notification from the City.

Emergency and enforcement services

Spruce Grove provides residents with emergency and enforcement services. This includes RCMP, fire and emergency services, and peace officers. Plans for 2014 include: • Hiring one new full-time RCMP member. • Adding RCMP and Enforcement Services to the pre-emptive light system currently used by Fire Services. • Shifting the responsibility for radio tower and repeater responsibility to the Province, while enhancing radio communications between emergency responders. • Establishing a dispatch call answer centre for Enforcement Services that operates 24/7.

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In addition to new projects and initiatives, the City also provides essential year-round services, which include: • Road maintenance, including street sweeping and snow removal. • The Eco Centre, blue bag recycling program, and curbside garbage and organics collection. • Water and sewer services. • The Spruce Grove Public Library and Specialized Transit Service (through grant funding). • Family and Community Support Services programs, information and referrals. • Transit. To continue maintaining these services next year, the City will be purchasing new equipment and adding staff in the areas of planning and development, engineering, cultural services and Family and Community Support Services.

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Planning for tomorrow

While many of the City’s services are dedicated to managing the day-to-day needs of residents, the City also has a strong commitment to being a future-focused community. This is accomplished through the development and implementation of several long-term plans, strategies and projects to ensure Spruce Grove continues to be the community of choice. For 2014, this includes: • Updating the Jubilee Park Master Plan. • Developing a plan for the evolution of the Eco Centre. • Developing a functional plan for McLeod Avenue and Westgrove Drive intersection. • Developing a sports field strategy. • Designing King Street Mall space for required City office growth. • Completing a feasibility study for a local organics processing facility. • Commissioning an Arts and Cultural Master Plan. • Developing a vision and plan for City Centre redevelopment. • Implementing the recommendations from the Leisure Services Master Plan.

Partnerships

The City works to seek partnerships that create opportunities for improved collaboration and enhancement of services, programs and facilities that benefit the community. For 2014, this includes: • Providing funding to address repairs in the TransAlta Tri Leisure parking lot. • Continue participating in the regional planning and design of a new integrated RCMP facility. • Collaborating with St. Albert to complete the second phase of a fire training centre in Spruce Grove. • Working with Fortis to upgrade existing infrastructure, including changing overhead power lines to underground power lines. • Developing and implementing an Industrial Marketing Strategy in collaboration with industrial park developers and other local stakeholders. • Developing and implementing an event hosting strategy and action plan in cooperation with local organizations and regional partners. • Contributing to the development of a new day use park in Parkland County that will provide access to the North Saskatchewan River.

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City revenue sources

The City of Spruce Grove’s revenue comes from a variety of sources, the two largest being user fees and property taxes. Property taxes are paid by Spruce Grove residents to help cover the costs of the services they use within the City, such as snow removal. User fees include the cost of utilities, fines and permits, and facility rentals. Government transfers are funds the City receives from the provincial and federal governments, as well as neighbouring municipalities. This grant funding typically helps pay for projects like road improvements and recreational facilities. Developers provide revenue through two sources – contributed tangible capital assets and contributions. Contributed tangible capital assets are items, such as roads and sewers, which are put in by developers and then handed over to the City to own and manage. Contributions are funds developers pay directly to the City. The City also collects levies on behalf of the provincial government for education and on behalf of the Meridian Foundation for local seniors housing. The City does not use this funding and passes it on directly to both the Province of Alberta and the Meridian Foundation. The City also does not set or control the amount of these levies.

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Property taxes, utility rate and solid waste fees for 2014 Property tax

Spruce Grove City Council has approved a 3.9 per cent municipal tax increase for 2014. On average, a property owner with a residential property assessed at $338,000 will pay an additional $5.89 per month in property taxes. The actual mill rate will be set in April 2014 and property tax notices will be sent out at the end of May.

Utility and waste collection rate

City council has approved an increase in the utility rate from $4.194 per cubic metre to $4.431 per cubic metre. This means an average utility customer who uses 17.5 cubic metres per month will pay an additional $4.16 for water and sewer each month. The rate for waste collection, which includes garbage, organics and recycling, including activity at the Eco Centre, is increasing by 75 cents per month to $27.50. These increases will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2014.

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The white stuff

Managing snow in Spruce Grove Snow. Even though we know it’s coming every year, its arrival is often met with mixed feelings, from joy from skiers and sledding enthusiasts, to annoyance from those who are tired of shoveling their driveways and sidewalks for the umpteenth time, to something closer to dread from people who prefer warmer temperatures. However you feel about snow, managing the white stuff is one of the City of Spruce Grove’s largest tasks and highest priorities during the winter months. The City has a comprehensive snow clearing program to keep city streets safe and clear during the winter season. This priority based program has a multi-pronged approach to deal with snowfall in Spruce Grove.

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Know where to go when it snows! Residents can stay up-to-date on snow route clearing and residential snow clearing progress by visiting www.sprucegrove.org/snow. Information is updated on a daily basis (Monday to Friday during regular business hours) when any snow clearing is in effect, so it’s easy to find out when snow clearing is happening in your neighbourhood or when you need to remove your vehicles from the street. Residents can also subscribe for an RSS feed that will send “real time” updates whenever new snow clearing progress information is published or updated on the City’s website.

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Who’s first?

Following a snowfall, the City clears roads using a priority system that is based on roadway classification. Roads with higher speed limits and traffic volumes are prioritized ahead of roadways with lower speed limits and traffic volumes. The first priority is to clear Highway 16A and arterial roadways, followed by emergency access routes and collector roads, including main access roads for each subdivision. Residential snow clearing only occurs once higher priority roadways are in an acceptable condition and un-compacted snow has accumulated to a depth of 22 centimetres. A pre-determined sequence is followed as crews work from neighbourhood to neighbourhood. This schedule is adjusted each year to ensure fairness across the city.

Snow routes

In the City’s prioritization system, many collector roads are designated as “snow routes”. Notice boards are placed at the beginning of all snow routes to provide residents with a minimum of 24 hours notice when snow clearing will occur on these routes. When snow routes are in effect, specific dates and times will be posted on the boards. During these times, residents are not permitted to park on these routes so snow removal can be completed quickly and efficiently. Any vehicles that are left on the street may be ticketed and towed. When the word “Relaxed” appears on the boards, vehicles are permitted in parking areas along snow routes.

Residential snow clearing

If residential snow clearing is scheduled to begin, notice boards will be placed at neighbourhood entrances at least 48 hours ahead of anticipated start dates for snow removal. Again, residents are required to remove their vehicles from the street during this timeframe to allow for efficient and thorough snow removal. Residential snow removal may be temporarily suspended if adverse weather or additional snowfall requires resources to be reallocated to higher priority roadways, although work with typically resume once the priority roadways are again maintained to an acceptable condition.

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Frequently asked questions Q: While removing snow from the

street, the grader left a windrow in front of my driveway that is restricting my access. Will the windrow be removed? A: Yes, the windrow will be removed. As a grader moves down a street, it is followed by a skid steer loader that will clear driveways by removing sections of the windrow that were created by the grader. There can be a gap between when the grader passes by and when the skid steer loader catches up, but the intent is to remove windows from the front of private driveways as soon as possible.

Q: Why has snow that was removed

from the road been placed on the front or sides of my property? A: This part of your property is technically a roadway right-of-way, which is publically owned and designed to provide space for items such as public sidewalks, utilities, fire hydrants, City trees, road signs and snow storage. The depth of the right-of-way typically ranges from two to five metres from the curb and the City uses this space to store snow that has been removed from the road. Snow will not be piled on a public sidewalk

Q: I have a private sidewalk leading

to the curb adjacent my property and the grader has piled snow on it. Will this snow be removed? A: The snow will not be removed. As outlined in the City’s Snow and Ice Control Policy, “the opening of windrows at private sidewalks is the responsibility of the property owner”.

Q: I live on a cul-de-sac in a

residential area and a pile of snow was left after the road was cleared. Will this snow be removed? A: In certain locations where there is limited space for storing snow within the roadway right-of-way, snow may temporarily be piled in the middle of a cul-de-sac bulb or within a parking lane to be hauled away at a later date. The timing of the snow removal will depend on available resources and ongoing weather conditions.

Q: Am I permitted to dispose of

snow in roadways or alleys? A: Please be a good neighbour and do not shovel or blow snow into roadways, alleys or public property. Not only is this against the City’s Traffic Bylaw, but it can also lead to spring flooding on your or your neighbour’s property and cause unnecessary windrows in the roadway from drifting. The penalty for placing snow on a roadway or public property is a $172 fine.

Q: Why hasn’t the snow been

cleared from the shale trail behind my house? A: Shale or gravel constructed trails are not provided with snow and ice control services. Asphalt pathways are cleared on a regular, prioritized basis during winter months.

Q: I am a senior citizen, have a

disability or am a parent with young children. Can the City remove the snow in front of my residence as a priority because of my circumstance? A: The City uses a priority system to remove snow and ice, which is based on roadway classification. Residents who are unable to remove snow from their driveways and sidewalks are encouraged to inquire about the Adopt-A-Driveway program. Through this program volunteers commit to removing snow from the driveways and sidewalks of Spruce Grove residents, such as low income seniors and people with disabilities who require assistance to clear their homes of snow. For more information and an application package, call NeighbourLink Parkland at 780-960-9669.

Q: How do I report a particularly icy

street or intersection? A: Call Public Works at 780-962-7584.

Q: I called and left a message

regarding a concern I had with a snow and ice control issue. Why haven’t I received a response? A: Call volumes can increase dramatically during periods of high snowfall or following a winter storm, which can make it challenging to respond to every inquiry that is received. To help reduce call volumes, residents are encouraged to visit the City’s website at www.sprucegrove.org/snow for information about snow and ice control procedures and snow clearing progress.

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Hop on board Commuter transit service runs between Spruce Grove and Edmonton

Looking for a convenient and affordable way to get to Edmonton and back? The City of Spruce Grove offers a weekday commuter transit service to Edmonton through a contract with Edmonton Transit System (ETS). ETS Route 197 is an express service that operates every 15–20 minutes during morning and afternoon peak hours, starting at 5:35 a.m. and 3:20 p.m. The route includes stops at NAIT and Grant MacEwan University, through the downtown core and across the river to the University of Alberta. There is one “park and ride” lot available in Spruce Grove at the Agrena, located off King Street. Commuters can park anywhere east of Central Park and west of the Agrena and these stalls are available free of charge for use on weekdays. There is no “park and ride” signage at this site, but don’t worry – it’s available for your use! Limited service is also available from Edmonton to Spruce Grove in the mornings and from Spruce Grove to Edmonton in the afternoons. Morning service to Spruce Grove leaves from 154 Street and 118 Avenue in Edmonton. Afternoon service is available to Edmonton from any of the scheduled stops in Spruce Grove. For more information on the service, including a complete schedule, visit www.sprucegrove.org/transit.

Transit rates Commuter rates Commuter pass* Cash fare (one way)

$130/month

(effective Feb. 1, 2014)

$6

Local rates (within Spruce Grove) Adult $2 Youth (ages 6–17) $1.75 Senior $1.75

Children under the age of five ride free with a paid passenger. * Be sure to keep your pass and/or receipt, as the Government of Canada offers a non-refundable tax credit on the cost of monthly transit passes.

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Holiday transit schedule ETS Route 197 will maintain its regular weekday schedule during the holiday season, with the exception of Dec. 25, Dec. 26 and Jan. 1 when there will be no service.

Where can I buy a transit pass? Monthly transit passes are available at: City Hall, 315 Jespersen Ave. Hours: Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Mac’s (Spruce Grove locations) • 624 King St. • 98 McLeod Ave. • Unit 100, #3 McLeod Ave.


Open for business

Spruce Grove was a buzz of commercial and industrial activity in 2013 with the opening of many new retailers and ongoing development in all corners of the city.

Tri Leisure Village

Located on the west end of Spruce Grove, just south of the TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre, is the Tri Leisure Village development. A new Holiday Inn Express & Suites is currently under construction and eventually the area will include restaurants, shops and a professional building.

Westgrove Common

Tucked between Highway 16A and McLeod Avenue, this area welcomed several new retailers in 2014. One major development was the opening of the Nelson Centre complex on the west end of McLeod Avenue.

Century Crossing

On the east side of the City, on the north side of Highway 16A, is the ongoing expansion of the $75-million Century Crossing development. It’s currently the largest recent retail area in Spruce Grove, providing a mix of shops and services to visitors and residents.

WestWind Centre

Currently under development, this mixed-use commercial and residential development is on the City’s northeast corner. It will be Spruce Grove’s only commercial development on the Yellowhead Highway and will occupy more than 40 acres of commercial space when complete. The first phase of residential development is currently underway.

Industrial parks

There are approximately 1,600 acres of industrial land in Spruce Grove in existing and new industrial parks and approximately half of this land is currently developed or fully-serviced. The City’s industrial parks are home to more than 250 businesses and over 2,000 employees. These include two new industrial parks, which are attracting interest from companies looking to relocate or expand.

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PROJECT DESIGN A new home for Public Works

PROJECT DESIGN Work has officially started on a new facility for the City’s Public Works department that will enable staff to work more efficiently and accommodate an estimated 25 years of growth in the community. Located on Century Close, the $18.6 million project is expected to be complete in September 2014. The City received more than $13 million in Municipal Sustainability Initiative funding from the Government of Alberta to pay for the new facility. The remaining amount was borrowed by the City.  The existing shop, located on Schram Street, was built in 1976 when the community had a population of only 6,000 residents and was expanded to its current size in 1988. With the City’s ongoing growth, the facility is no longer meeting the needs of employees and residents PROJECT DESIGN  and age-related structural and drainage issues have become a growing problem.  The new facility will offer staff a healthier, more modern working environment with natural light, efficient layout, and room to function and grow with a design that focuses on making the workspace more efficient for administration space, fleet vehicles, shop areas and employee work spaces. The new building will also allow for additional growth and expansion if required. The City has committed to building the new 179,560 square-foot facility to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver standards. “Green” features of the new facility include: • a geothermal heat pump system to be used in the building’s 12,390 square-foot  administration space; • a solar hot water system; • using collected rainwater in the wash bay to clean vehicles and equipment; and • low flow plumbing fixtures. LEED elements will also be used in the building’s interior finishes, including eco-friendly ceramic tile, recycled glass and bamboo features. High ceilings and an open-concept design will provide natural light to office areas.

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Tapinto tomorrow Every drop counts

Save water this winter

Tap into tomorrow

Canada Water Week is March 17–23, 2014

Every drop counts

With the arrival of a new year, why not make a resolution to reduce the amount of water your household will use in 2014? The City of Spruce Grove’s water conservation program, Tap into Tomorrow, encourages residents to take small steps that can add up to make a big difference!

Tap into tomorrow Every drop counts

Winter water saving tips • Continuously running a tap to prevent pipes from freezing wastes water. Instead, talk to a professional about the best way to resolve this problem in your house. A variety of different options exist and one common solution is insulating water pipes, particularly if you are building a new home or renovating. • If your house has a “bleeder line” to help prevent pipes from freezing, consider using a timer to automatically turn the line on and off, reducing unnecessary waste.

• Locate your master water shut off valve and mark it for quick identification. If a pipe does burst, you’ll be able to shut off the water flow quickly and minimize damage and water loss. • It takes longer for your shower to heat up in the winter, so grab a bucket, catch the cold water and use it to flush toilets or water plants. You can use this trick year-round, but it’s especially helpful during the winter.

• Frequent temperature changes during the winter can cause pipes to expand and contract and this added stress makes them more likely to develop a leak. Get a plumber to check your lines for leaks after your pipes take all of that abuse!

Thrifty technology

Your water bill is based on the amount of water you use, so looking for ways to reduce your consumption will help save you water and money. There are many common household products that allow you to maintain a high quality of life, while using less water at the same time. Examples include: • Low flow shower heads • Low flush toilets • Water efficient washing machines • Low flow faucets or aerators for faucets already in use Local hardware and home improvement stores offer a selection of different models and price ranges for water efficient household products. You may also want to take advantage of the City’s toilet and clothes washer rebate programs. Details are available at www.sprucegrove.org/water.

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THE PURPOSE OF THE SAFE CITY INITIATIVE IS TO TRANSLATE THE SPRUCE GROVE SAFE CITY CHARTER INTO ACTION AND ENSURE OUR CITY REMAINS A COMMUNITY OF CHOICE WHERE RESIDENTS FEEL SAFE AND ARE SAFE.

The Spruce Grove Safe City initiative strives: • To identify emerging safety issues. • To foster collaborative Safe City programs between all stakeholders. • To endorse and utilize existing community safety programs. • To encourage engagement and citizen participation. • To connect residents with tips, tools and resources for a safe community. • To assist, where necessary, with the development of proactive educational safety programs. During 2013 Safe City again supported the Block Party program and worked with community partners in addressing the issue of domestic violence. Safe City also participated in the Mini Monster Bash event at Halloween, as well as candy cane checkstops to address drinking and driving. Safe City will continue efforts to work with community partners in safety initiatives that keep Spruce Grove a safe place to live, work and play! For more information visit www.sprucegrove.org/safecity.

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Enforcement Services THE CITY OF SPRUCE GROVE COMMUNITY PEACE OFFICERS work to maintain the peace and security of Spruce Grove. Peace Officers are authorized by the Alberta Solicitor General to perform a range of duties under the authority of the Peace Officer Act. All Peace Officers operate fully marked patrol vehicles.

City of Spruce Grove Community Peace Officers are responsible for: • • •

Investigating municipal bylaws and select provincial legislation complaints Enforcing municipal bylaws Enforcing Province of Alberta statutes, which include, but are not limited to: o Traffic Safety Act o Gaming and Liquor Act o Tobacco Reduction Act o Enhanced Environmental Act o Animal Protection Act

Animal control duties

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Assisting RCMP, EMS and Fire Services as required Patrolling residential, commercial and industrial areas Attending special events to assist with public safety and security Delivering proactive safety programs within the community

To make an inquiry or file a complaint, please contact Enforcement Services at 780-962-7585.

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Fire Services IF YOU HAVE AN EMERGENCY CALL 911.

THE CITY OF SPRUCE GROVE FIRE SERVICES (SGFS) is a fully integrated emergency response service. The service provides emergency medical, fire suppression, vehicle extrication, hazardous material, rescue and other types of response for the protection of people, property and the environment. SGFS also offer a number of proactive fire and injury prevention initiatives. Fire station tours For fire station tours and information, please visit www.sprucegrove.org/fire.

Capsule of Life Program

With the support of local pharmacies, SGFS provides the Capsule of Life program. This program provides the necessary information to medical responders in case of an emergency. Included is a vial, two stickers and an information sheet to include pertinent medical information. For your free capsule, visit one of the program’s sponsors.

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Fire safety tips • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Install smoke alarms on every level of your home. Test your smoke alarms monthly. Replace smoke alarm batteries at least once a year. A good idea is to change them in the spring and fall when you change your clock to spring ahead or fall back. Replace any smoke detector that is more than 10 years old. Have a family home fire escape plan and practise it regularly. Give space heaters space. Keep combustibles at least one metre away. Replace cracked or frayed appliance cords. Never leave a burning candle unattended. When cooking, keep pot handles turned to the back so you can’t bump them. When young children are in the home use the stove’s back burners whenever possible. Immediately cool a burn by placing it under cool water for 10–15 minutes. Keep children at a safe distance when you pour or drink hot liquids. When using the microwave oven, use extreme caution as food and liquids can overheat causing serious burns.


SPRUCE GROVE FIREFIGHTERS ASSOCIATION

ROOFTOP CAMPOUT FOR MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY

NO MATTER THE WEATHER

Camping for a cause Feb. 5–8, 2014 Spruce Grove firefighters raise funds for muscular dystrophy For the fourth year in a row, Spruce Grove firefighters will brave the elements and participate in a three-night rooftop campout to raise funds for muscular dystrophy. The firefighters will camp out on the roof of the Spruce Grove Fire Hall from Feb. 5–8, 2014. The event is part of a larger campaign that includes firefighters from across the province and country who camp out to raise funds for Muscular Dystrophy Canada. This year the firefighters have a goal to raise $35,000. Last year the firefighters raised $33,000, bringing their three-year fundraising total to $71,000.

Funds that are raised are used to purchase equipment, provide support services and fund research to help people living with neuromuscular disorders. Muscular dystrophy is the name for a group of neuromuscular disorders that are characterized by progressive weakness and wasting of the voluntary muscles that control body movement. As muscle tissue weakens and wastes away, it is replaced by fatty and connective tissue. Over time, persons with neuromuscular disorders may lose the ability to walk, speak, and ultimately breathe. For some individuals, the disorder is fatal. There is currently no cure.

People are invited to stop by the fire hall during the threeday campout to help “fill the boot”. Firefighters also plan to hold daily boot drives on King Street to help collect funds.

For more information on the Spruce Grove campout, visit www.sprucegrove.org/mdcampout.

“We are very fortunate to have amazing support from our residents and businesses,” said Captain Alan Hofsink, Spruce Grove Fire Services, “and we are looking forward to having another successful campout in 2014.”

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Ding dong – it’s lunchtime! Meals on Wheels program provides hot meals to Spruce Grove residents. Spruce Grove Meals on Wheels is a non-profit meal delivery program that provides a hot, nutritious meal to local residents who sign up for the service.

Meal examples Soup: Split pea and ham Salad: Coleslaw Entree: Sweet and sour meatballs Starch: Rice Vegetable: Brussel sprouts, carrots and cauliflower Dessert: Orange jello with orange slices

Soup: Bean and sausage Salad: Broccoli Entree: Chicken pot pie Starch: Bun with butter Vegetable: Pick of the day Dessert: Strawberry shortcake

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Who is eligible?

What’s included in a meal?

Meals on Wheels is open and available to any Spruce Grove resident who is unable to cook for themselves or would benefit from some assistance getting a hearty, home-style meal on the table – no referral is required. Residents who may benefit from Meals on Wheels include: • Seniors

Each meal is prepared by a local catering company and is developed to follow Canada’s Food Guide, providing clients with a balanced and nutritious dish. Each hot meal includes: • Soup • Salad • Hot entrée • Dessert

• New mothers/parents

• Individuals with disabilities

• Individuals recovering from illness or injury

• Individuals recovering from surgery

What are the benefits of this service? In addition to receiving a tasty, home-style meal, Meals on Wheels also connects community members and helps build lasting relationships. Many clients and volunteers look forward to the company and enjoy the visit when meals are delivered. This helps create a strong network of people who care for and look out for one another and helps build a safe and healthy community.

What is the cost?

Each meal costs $8.93, which includes GST. Payment is collected once a month by the program’s coordinator. There is no contract to sign. Clients can use the service for as short or as long a time period as required and can stop meal delivery at any point. There are no cancellation charges.

When are meals delivered?

Meals are delivered Monday through Friday during the lunch hour, although clients can pick which day(s) of the week they would like delivery. All meals are delivered by volunteer drivers.

How do I sign up?

For more information or to arrange meal delivery, call Jeri at 780-960-0529. Program information is also available online at www.sprucegrove.org/meals.


What’s happening in 2014? The City of Spruce Grove proudly hosts a number of annual events and special programming for local residents. If you haven’t experienced the lively festivities of Canada Day or the enchantment of Christmas in Central Park, mark these dates in your calendar. You’ll experience the spirit of the community of choice! Listed below is just a peek of the traditional events. For a full list and details view www.sprucegrove.org/events.

Winter Walk Day Feb. 5, 2014

Tri-Regional Spring Information and Registration Night Feb. 27, 2014 Pavilion at Heritage Park 5100–41 Ave., Stony Plain Seniors Strawberry Tea June 3, 2014 Elks Hall, 400 Diamond Ave. Canada Day Celebration July 1, 2014 Jubilee Park, 510 Grove Dr.

Tri-Regional Fall Information and Registration Night Aug. 21, 2014 TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre 221 Jennifer Heil Way Mini Monster Bash October 2014 Date and location TBA

Remembrance Day service Nov. 11, 2014 TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre 221 Jennifer Heil Way

Christmas in Central Park Nov. 29, 2014 Central Park, 454 King Street

Would you like to be a part of these exciting community events? Join our volunteer team! Email events@sprucegrove.org

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Tri-Regional Spring Information and Registration Night

Learn about programs and services in the tri-municipal area Local sports, recreation and wellness organizations and businesses are invited to showcase, promote and share information about their services or programs available to those living in Spruce Grove, Stony Plain and Parkland County at the Tri-Regional Information and Registration Night on Feb. 27, 2014, from 6–9 p.m.

Held at the Pavilion at Heritage Park in Stony Plain, this event helps increase the awareness of various sports, recreation and wellness organizations and opportunities to the residents in the tri-municipal region. Participating organizations and

Who is eligible for a table? Tri-regional area: Charity and not for profit community organizations Tri-regional area: For profit businesses and organizations

Outside tri-regional area: Charity and not for profit community organizations

Outside tri-regional area: For profit businesses and organizations

Political parties and groups

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businesses can also accept registrations at the event if they wish to do so. This free evening event also gives residents the opportunity to go to one location and experience the variety of recreational programs and services available in the area. Selling or fundraising of any kind is not permitted during this event. For more information, including a registration form, visit www.sprucegrove.org/infofair.

All local not for profit organizations, clubs or societies offering leisure or wellness opportunities. Proof of status or registered society number will be required. Local for profit businesses and organizations promoting sports, recreation or wellness opportunities. Must possess a valid Town of Stony Plain, Parkland County or City of Spruce Grove business licence. Not for profit community organizations operating outside the tri-regional area that offer sports, recreation or wellness opportunities that are not serviced by a tri-regional area organization, but are available to tri-regional area residents. Not eligible for a table.


Stay active this winter!

How do you embrace the wonders of winter weather? The opportunity to be outside and enjoy the fresh air doesn’t need to stop because it’s cold. Pack a thermos of hot chocolate, layer some warm clothing and head out for a day of fun! Try these free activities right here in your own community.

Public skating

Spruce Grove Agrena, Grant Fuhr Arena 12–1 p.m., Monday to Friday Oct. 1–March 31, annually Free – Sponsored by City of Spruce Grove. Arena approved skating aids only (chairs are not permitted). Please note that the Agrena does not supply skating aids. Sticks and pucks are not permitted, and it is highly recommend that public skaters wear helmets. For weekly up-to-date scheduling visit www.sprucegrove.org/reccalendar.

Outdoor skating

Spruce Grove’s outdoor rinks are free for the community to use and are not scheduled. Use at your own risk and please respect others while using the facilities. Outdoor rinks: • Aspenglen • Brookwood • Lakewood Leisure ice: • Central Park oval • Fairway • Jubilee Park • Westview The City will endeavor to operate the outdoor ice surfaces from Dec. 5–Feb. 28, weather permitting. Please note: • City operated outdoor ice surfaces are inspected and flooded once a day, weather permitting. • No maintenance/inspection activity will take place on statutory holidays. • The City reserves the right to close ice surfaces based on ice surface conditions. • All outdoor ice surfaces close at 10 p.m. If there are any concerns with the ice surfaces, please contact Public Works at 780-962-7584. For more information and outdoor ice surface status, visit www.sprucegrove.org/ice.

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Stay active this winter! Tobogganing areas

Downhill fun! Bring your family and friends for a day of free fun on a local hill. The following hills are inspected and maintained by City staff and are recommended for sledding. • Fuhr Sports Park (next to the Rotary Playscape), 211 Jennifer Heil Way • Fairway Park, east of Fairway Drive • Jubilee Park, 510 Grove Dr. • Spruce Village Park, 10 Victoria Ave. When tobogganing or sledding: • Teach children to kneel or sit on their toboggan. • Make sure the route is clear before going down a hill. Remember the people below you have the right-of-way. • Once you reach the bottom, quickly move out of the way. • Remember to slide down the middle of the hill and climb up the side while watching for sledders on their way down. • Always stay in control of your sled.

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Cross country skiing

The Links Golf Course offers a grand course in the summer, as well as cross country ski trails during the winter months. This is a free program offered to the community. Contact the Links Golf Club at 962-4653 for further information. Please follow these guidelines: • Bring your own equipment. • Stay on set trails (trails are not on greens and tees). • Parking available in parking lot. • No pets allowed.

Central Park –

450 King St., next to the Agrena

Central Park has a large community fire pit area, winter skating oval and picnic sites. Central Park is also home to the Spruce Grove Christmas lights display; enjoy the colours and atmosphere of Christmas with your family while enjoying the features of this little gem of a park. While visiting Central Park, take a few minutes to visit the Spruce Grove Awards of Excellence recognition feature, where you can see a number of prominent current and past residents of Spruce Grove who have made significant contributions to our community. Lions Log Cabin concession hours: Tuesday to Friday: 4–8 p.m. Saturday: 1–8 p.m. Sunday/Monday: Closed


Winter Walk Day – Feb. 5, 2014 Every winter thousands of Albertans celebrate winter by participating in Winter Walk Day. Walking is great for our health, the environment, reducing traffic and building community! It’s easy to get involved – simply become a SHAPE member to receive information (schools will receive participant items for each student). Then, on Winter Walk Day, record and report the total minutes your group walked!

Heritage Grove Park protection system Throughout the park you can find emergency locator posts. In the case of an emergency, dial 911 and tell the operator the number of the nearest post. This will allow emergency crews to know your exact location, resulting in a quicker response and a better protected park. Please call 780-962-7584 to report any concerns regarding maintenance, repairs and or vandalism.

Everyone is welcome to join in including schools, seniors centres, commuters, individuals and families. Dress warmly, get outside, and enjoy the fresh, crisp Alberta air! To register for the Winter Walk Day program, visit www.shapeab.com. (Information provided by Shape Alberta. SHAPE (Safe, Healthy Active People Everywhere) is an Alberta wide non-profit organization that promotes the Active & Safe Routes to Schools programs throughout Alberta.)

Toonie drop-in recreational programs Adult recreational volleyball Tuesdays, 7–9 p.m. Woodhaven Middle School 475 King St. $2 drop-in fee

Adult recreational ball hockey

Thursdays, 7–9 p.m. Woodhaven Middle School 475 King St. $2 drop-in fee For weekly up-to-date scheduling, check out the recreation calendar at www.sprucegrove.org/reccalendar. Is there a recreational sport program you’d like to spearhead in your community? If you are interested in the opportunity to lead a program, email recreation@sprucegrove.org.

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Playgrounds and parks City of

GROVE

Heatherglen Park

This new play structure, which is designed for children ages two to 12, offers multiple climbing opportunities, as well as a variety of freestanding items.

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690m

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Henry Singer Ball Park

Cpl. Jim Galloway Memorial Off Leash Area

Located on 51 Century Close, the Cpl. Jim Galloway Memorial Off Leash Area is named in honour and memory of Cpl. Jim Galloway for his supreme sacrifice in the line of duty in Spruce Grove.

Located on South Avenue in the Industrial Park.

K IN G S T R E E T

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CALAHOO ROAD

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Grain Elevator

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JENNIFER HEIL WAY

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GROVE DR.

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Located on King Street and Agrena Road, popular features of the area include a skating oval, community fire pit and Lion’s Log Cabin concession. 770m

MILLGROVE DR

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Central Park

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Located at Fuhr Sports Park, this incredible playground was designed by kids, for kids, and is open 365 days a year.

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Located near Heritage Grove Park, south of Marlboro Drive, this location provides a pet-friendly area within the trail system.

JENNIFER HEIL WAY

This new playground, which is located along the Heritage Grove Trail system behind the houses on the corner of Miller Avenue and Marlboro Drive has a “tree house” design with tall slides, different climbing opportunities, and gathering areas for imaginative play.

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Jubilee Park

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Located at 510 Grove Dr., Spruce Grove’s largest outdoor recreational space offers the community the best passive and unstructured recreational opportunities in the city. From paved walking and bike trails, to picnic areas, an open air performance area, sliding hill and playground, Jubilee Park provides families with a multitude of outdoor pleasures.

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Heritage Grove Park

Located in the heart of our community, this protected natural wonder provides all weather trails and connects many of Spruce Grove’s neighborhoods. The winter months are a great time to enjoy the forest and the birds and animals that call the Heritage Grove Park home. Throughout the park trail system are a series of outdoor classrooms where you can learn about the history and evolution of the forest. Trail distances are labelled on the trail map for your reference.

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The swings have been replaced at the Beechmont Park playground, located between 10 Beechmont Ave. and 26 Beechmont Ave. The new swings are located closer to the playground pod and include baby swings, belt swings and a tire swing. PIONEER ROAD

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Lindsay Park

Located at 13 Lindsay Ave., the Lindsay Park play structure features a rotating net climb, two-person bouncer and a climbing structure for small children.

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Park ‘fun’-damentals Are you familiar with the park ‘fun’-damentals of your community? The Heritage Grove Park trail system has been a symbol of unity in the community for nearly 30 years. Trails link the community parks with open paved trails for biking and rollerblading and rock trails for taking a secluded walk that allows you to connect with the wonders of nature. All Spruce Grove parks are open to the public seven days a week until 10 p.m.

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Off-leash fun

Dog owners who enjoy taking their pets for an off-leash romp have two options in Spruce Grove. THE CPL. JIM GALLOWAY MEMORIAL OFF LEASH AREA, located on Century Road south of Diamond Avenue, is the City’s newest off-leash park. Named in honour and memory of Cpl. Jim Galloway for his supreme sacrifice in the line of duty in Spruce Grove, this fenced park has a unique layout with a designated section that is only for small dogs. Other features include: • Double-gated entry area to unleash and leash dogs when entering and exiting the park • A designated section of the park that is only for small dogs • More than 8.6 acres of fenced off-leash park area • Almost one kilometre (900 metres) of gravel walking trails • Multiple seating areas with benches and trees • Doggie bag dispensers and waste receptacles • 44 parking stalls • Portable toilet THE MARLBORO OFF-LEASH PARK is located near Heritage Grove Park, south of Marlboro Drive. Unlike the Cpl. Jim Galloway Memorial Off Leash Area, this park is unfenced. The easiest way to access the park is from the Heritage Grove Park trail system or pathway between 48 and 50 Marlboro Dr. For information on off-leash park maintenance, call Public Works at 780-962-7584. For information or concerns related to dogs or other animals, call Animal Control at 780-968-8458. For more information on off-leash parks, visit www.sprucegrove.org/offleash.

Off-leash etiquette When using these off-leash parks, it’s important to keep in mind some basic off-leash park etiquette tips to ensure everyone – both human and canine – has a safe and enjoyable time. It’s all part of being a responsible pet owner! • Pick up after your pet. It’s not only the courteous thing to do, but it’s also required under the City’s Dog and Domestic Animal Control Bylaw. • Be in control of your dog. As a pet owner, you need to make sure your dog will listen to and obey basic commands. • Keep sick pets at home. If your dog is under the weather with something like fleas, lice or kennel cough, they shouldn’t be interacting with other dogs until they are feeling better.

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• Bring any necessary supplies with you, such as poop bags, a leash and drinking water, but leave the treats at home as they can attract other dogs and create unwanted behaviour. • Keep your dog on a leash until you are inside the designated park area. There can be a lot of vehicle traffic at dog parks and you can’t rely on other drivers to watch out for your dog, so keep them safe by using a leash. • Use caution when bringing toys. Some dogs are fine with sharing, but toys can also cause guarding or territorial issues that create an unfriendly environment within the park. • Keep children nearby. Kids are welcome at the off-leash parks, but it’s important to keep an


Dogs in public spaces Dogs are welcome in most other public spaces in Spruce Grove, but they must be under the control of a responsible person and kept on a leash no longer than three metres long at all times in these areas. This includes pathways, parks, open spaces, splash pads and the Heritage Grove Park trail system.

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eye on them and make sure they are behaving appropriately. Children who run or yell can frighten or intimidate dogs, or they may be seen as prey and be chased by the dogs. Children should also never approach unfamiliar dogs. Watch for running dogs – especially if you have small children with you. It doesn’t take much for an accidental bump or collision to cause unintentional harm. Pay attention. You must watch your dog at all times and give the situation your full attention to ensure your dog is not being bullied or pestering other people and pets.

For more information on being a responsible pet owner, visit www.sprucegrove.org/pets.

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Community service and funding opportunities Community Service Partnership Program

The Community Service Partnership (CSP) Program provides an opportunity for local community groups to raise funds while providing a service to the community. The CSP program assists over 30 local groups annually. Fundraising opportunities are available to all community groups that apply annually. The opportunities of interest include, but are not limited to, administrative duties, special events (Canada Day, Christmas in Central Park, Mini Monster Bash), FCSS youth programming, residential mail delivery for events and programs, and the annual spring Spruce Up Spruce Grove Community Clean Up. To find out more about the program and its requirements, visit www.sprucegrove.org/cspp.

Community funding

Many of your community’s recreational and developmental programs are organized by non-profit and charitable associations that thrive on the volunteer and fundraising efforts of community, friends and family. While this community development is essential for these programs, the Alberta Government offers grants and funding to these groups to assist with their efforts. Funding and grant information can be found on the Alberta Culture and Community Service website: www.culture.alberta.ca.

Electronic billboard Located at Calahoo Road and Highway 16A

The electronic billboard is a full colour, double-sided billboard that features a variety of advertisements with space dedicated to Spruce Grove non-profit community groups. Community groups can post information about their various projects or events on the billboard. To find more information or book ad space, call 780-962-7579 or email recreation@sprucegrove.org.

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KidSport Parkland So All Kids Can Play Every child deserves the opportunity to play. KidSport Parkland helps economically disadvantaged children take part in organized sports. KidSport provides up to a maximum of $400 a year to kids under the age of 18 who need financial assistance to offset the cost of registration fees. Do you know someone who is in need of assistance or can you assist us in providing these services to the youth of our area with a monetary donation? Or, are you interested in volunteering as a board member? For more information call 780-963-8648, email r.lonneberg@stonyplain.com or visit www.kidsport.ab.ca.

Outstanding Achievement Recognition Program The Outstanding Achievement Recognition Program was established in 1996 to bring municipal recognition to Spruce Grove individuals or groups for outstanding achievements in the fields of athletics, fine arts, academics and cultural activities. It provides the community an opportunity to celebrate these achievements. If you know of an individual or group deserving of recognition, call 780-962-2611 or email recreation@sprucegrove.org for nomination criteria and application forms.

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2013 / 2014 Home Game Schedule: DATE

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Community Clean Up Non-profit groups invited to clean for cash April 19–27, 2014

Want to earn some money for your non-profit group while helping Spruce Grove shine? Community Clean Up is an innovative fundraising opportunity for local, non-profit groups where groups can typically earn $1,500 in exchange for cleaning up an assigned area of Spruce Grove in the spring. Each group must show proof of non-profit status and provide a 15-member-minimum “Clean Up Crew”. There are typically 10 available spots and all assignments must be completed by an assigned date. To be eligible to participate, groups must be registered with the Community Services Partnership Program. For more information about Spruce Grove’s Community Clean Up, visit www.sprucegrove.org/cleanup.

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Celebrating excellence Residents invited to submit Awards of Excellence nomination What do an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, a worldrecord holding swimmer and a painter who captures the beauty of the Alberta’s landscapes have in common? They all certainly possess exceptional skills, but they also share three unique distinctions: they have all received national or international recognition for contributions in their field, they are all from Spruce Grove and they have all been recognized through the City’s Awards of Excellence program. Spruce Grove established the Awards of Excellence in 2003 to recognize achievements and contributions made to the City and nominations are now open for 2014. Each year nominations are received in the following categories: • Athletics • Arts • Education • Environment • Innovation • Community Service • Special Citation for Significant Achievement To be eligible, a nominee must have made a significant contribution to the City of Spruce Grove, and achieved national and/or international recognition.

Perhaps you know someone who is a devoted volunteer, like past inductees Allan Shenfield, Henry Singer, Jim Titley and Ed Huber, who would quality under the community service category. Spruce Grove is also home many amazing athletes and artists who may quality in the athletics or arts categories. World record holding swimmer Gail McGinnis, Olympic medallist Jennifer Heil, boxer Kelly Perlette, and NHL stars Grant Fuhr and Stu Barnes are all past recipients of this award, as are painters Cindy Barratt and Lorna Kemp, and filmmaker Michael Jorgensen. In the education and innovation categories, past recipients include cryobiologists Dr. Jason Acker and his mentor Dr. Locksley McGann, as well as clinical biochemist Dr. Donald LeGatt. Renowned educator Judy Kesanko received an Award of Excellence for her development and use of educational games and programs. If you know of anyone who meets the award criteria, please submit a formal application to the Awards of Excellence committee. The deadline to submit a nomination for the 2014 Awards of Excellence is Wednesday, April 30, 2014. For more information, including the nomination form, visit www.sprucegrove.org/aoe.

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City Hall Ticket Centre: 315 Jespersen Ave. 780-962-8995 www.horizonstage.com Theatre: 1001 Calahoo Rd. (adjoining Spruce Grove Composite High School)

Hotel California – The Original Eagles Tribute Band

Classic Rock Thursday, Jan. 9 – 7:30 p. m. – SOLD OUT Indulge in a night of timeless tunes like “Take it Easy”, “Desperado”, “Life in the Fastlane”, and “Heartache Tonight”. Having shared the stage with the likes of the Doobie Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Styx, Hotel California’s shows are a guaranteed crowd pleaser. www.hotelcalifornia.ca

Ian Tyson

Country/Folk Friday, Jan. 17 – 7:30 p.m. – SOLD OUT Saturday, Jan. 18 – 7:30 p.m. – SOLD OUT Musician, rancher, storyteller and Canadian icon: Ian Tyson hardly needs any introduction around these parts. Recently releasing his 14th studio album, Raven Singer, Tyson has been performing for almost six decades. And he is nowhere near being finished. Not by a long shot. www.iantyson.com

Family Matinee: BAM! Percussion

Comedy/Percussion Saturday, Jan. 25 – 4 p.m. – Note special time The percussive power of BAM! is simply explosive! Like living cartoon characters, they take their audiences on an adventure through the world of percussion, using everything from a household fan to giant barrels to twinkling chimes. Tickets: $20 adults, $16 children and seniors www.bampercussion.com

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Munchkin Matinee: Peter Puffin’s Whale Tales

Tuesday, Jan. 28 – 11 a.m. Spend a magical morning with your toddler or preschooler at Peter Puffin’s Whale Tales. This Juno Award-winning guitar-slinger/ songwriter has been performing for over 15 years at theatres, festivals and schools across Canada. Peter easily engages music lovers of all ages with his catchy blend of bluesy, folksy, up-tempo, interactive and heartfelt songs. Tickets: $12 adults, $6 children and seniors, babes-in-arms: free www.puffin.ca

The Rodeo Riders

Western Music/Comedy Wednesday, Jan. 29 – 2 p.m. Complete with rhinestones and star-studded boots these good ‘ol boys perform a mix of western hits and country standards from the ’40s and ‘50s with just a touch of their own swingin’ style. Tickets: $25 all ages www.therodeoriders.ca

Sarah Hagen – The Romantic Story and Music of Clara and Robert Schumann

Classical Music Thursday, Jan. 30 – 10:30 a.m. Let pianist Sarah Hagen whisk you away into the world of two of the most celebrated composers and talented musicians of the 19th century – Robert and Clara Schumann. Sarah’s recitals are informal and informative, providing audiences with the opportunity to ask questions or just enjoy the music. Tickets: $25 all ages www.sarahhagen.com

Groups of 10–19 receive 10% off all tickets Groups of 20 or more receive 20% off all tickets

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Joe Sealy: Africville Stories

Jazz – In Celebration of Black History Month Saturday, Feb. 8 – 7:30 p.m. Joe Sealy’s Africville Stories is both a moving exploration of history and a personal story, all told through jazz. Joe is a Juno Award-winning artist who creates vivid and dynamic musical landscapes. His songs are smooth and stirring, vibrant and vigilant, different and yet deeply familiar. Tickets: $35 adult, $30 students and seniors www.joesealy.com

Feelin’ Groovy – Starring Jim Witter

Classic Rock Friday, March 7 – 7:30 p.m. – SOLD OUT Feelin’ Groovy is a “trip” back to the time of freedom, love and lava lamps. Versatile pianist and performer Jim Witter re-visits the ‘60s and delights audiences with renditions of classic Paul Simon and Art Garfunkle songs. www.thepianomen.net

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The Long and Winding Road – Starring Jim Witter

Classic Rock Saturday, March 8 – 7:30 p.m. – SOLD OUT The Long and Winding Road explores the stories behind songs that have become a part of the fabric of our lives. Performing music from the Lennon-McCartney catalogue Jim Witter takes his audience through the Beatles’ biggest hits and beyond. www.thepianomen.net

Evalyn Parry’s SPIN

Music/Theatre/History Sunday, March 9 – 7:30 p.m. Toronto artist Evalyn Parry takes her audience on an uncommon theatrical and musical journey in SPIN, her tour-de-force performance celebrating the bicycle as muse, musical instrument and agent of social change. Tickets: $35 adult, $30 students and seniors www.evalynparry.com


Family Matinee: Norman Foote

Music/Comedy Saturday, March 15 – 2 p.m. Combining puppetry, comedy and music into a complete entertainment package, Juno Award-winning artist Norman Foote summons laughter from audience members of all ages. Tickets: $20 adults, $16 children and seniors www.normanfoote.com

Birthday party packages

The Good Lovelies

Folk Music Trio Saturday, April 26 – 7:30 p.m. Balancing the chipper jingle-jangle of their banjo, mandolin and guitar with their full, round vocals, this trio received a Juno nomination for Roots/Traditional Album of the Year in 2012. Opening for the Good Lovelies is Edmonton’s own Beth Portman. Tickets: $35 adult, $30 students and seniors www.goodlovelies.com

The Horizon Players Present: Over the River and Through The Woods By Joe DiPetro April 30 and May 1–3 – 7:30 p.m. In this hilarious comedy a single Italian-American guy from New Jersey visits his grandparents every Sunday for dinner. When he is offered his dream job in another city they scheme to keep him from “betraying his family’s love” and moving away. Tickets: $22.50 adults, $20 students and seniors horizonplayers.wordpress.com

Book your child’s birthday party at one of our Family Matinee Series performances and receive: • a lower ticket price of $12 per child or senior and $15 per adult (minimum reservation of six children and one adult); • a free ticket to the performance for the birthday child; • a free loot bag for the birthday child; • reserved space for your party in the Spruce Grove Composite High School cafeteria one hour before or one hour after the performance, if available, that you can use for food/cake/gift opening; and • acknowledgement of your child’s birthday during pre-show announcements.

Check out our new website at www.horizonstage.com

Horizon Stage rentals For your next special event, consider renting the Horizon Stage. It is an intimate and acoustically-superb 318 seat venue that is suitable for a wide variety of events, including seminars, training sessions, guest speakers, conferences, photo shoots, workshops and community concerts.

All rentals include technical assistance, and basic lighting and sound. For information on our competitive rental rates, call 780-962-7631.

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City facility rentals The City of Spruce Grove provides facilities to rent for events such as wedding receptions, anniversary celebrations, birthdays, programs, meetings and sporting events. For more information call 780-962-7579, email recreation@sprucegrove.org or visit www.sprucegrove.org/facilityrentals.

Spruce Grove Agrena

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Horizon Stage

9 Agrena Rd. Dry-pad rentals Available April–August Ice rentals Available August–April

(2nd floor of the Stu Barnes Arena, Spruce Grove Agrena) Capacity: 80 Available year-round

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400 Diamond Ave. Capacity: 325 Available year-round Kitchen also available

1001 Calahoo Rd. Capacity: 300 Available September–June Call 780-962-7631 for booking information


Pioneer Centre

301 Jespersen Ave. Available year-round Call the Golden Age Club at 780-962-5020 for booking information

Fuhr Sports Park

211 Jennifer Heil Way (Adjacent to the TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre) Available April–November

Community parks

A rental is not required, as community parks are available for public use (including Central Park and Jubilee Park) 8 a.m.–10 p.m., daily

Ball diamonds and sports fields

Available May 1–Oct. 15, annually

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Residents can use new online system to register for FCSS programs Signing up for one of the City of Spruce Grove’s programs is just a click or two away with the City’s new online registration system. The system, which also allows residents to view City facility availability online, can be used to register for all upcoming FCSS programs. Registration opens for FCSS programs at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014.

What’s different?

Previously, the City of Spruce Grove was sharing an online registration system called Reg-E with the TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre (TLC). The TLC will continue using the Reg-E system and residents who previously set up an account with the system will still be able to use their existing login information to register for TLC-run programs. Residents who want to register for City-run programs will need to set up a new account on the City’s new system. An account is not needed to view program information or the availability of City facilities.

Benefits

Some of the benefits of the City’s new online registration system are: • Your login name is your email address, which is easy to remember. • Households can have a family account with multiple logins, allowing different family members to register individually using their own passwords. • Staff will be able to provide more streamlined service. • The site is easy to navigate with intuitive features. • Facility information is easier to find.

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Options

The new registration system also provides more options, including: • The ability to register for programs immediately after setting up an account. • A wish list feature. Before registration officially opens, you can login, find and save the program(s) that interest you. When registration opens, simply pick your wish list programs and register for them without having to search for them again. • A Facebook widget. This allows you to let your friends on Facebook know that you have registered in a program and would like them to join you.

How do I sign up for an account?

1. Visit www.sprucegrove.org/onlinereg 2. Click on the Create Account button 3. Enter the required information 4. Click the Submit link And you’re done! Your account has been created and you can register for City programs.


Spruce Grove Family and Community Support Services is a partnership between the City of Spruce Grove, Parkland County and the Province of Alberta. The mandate of FCSS is to provide locally-driven, preventative, social initiatives to enhance the well-being of individuals, families and the community.

Information and referral 780-962-7583 Our information and referral specialists connect people with program and service information related to: • Basic needs • Financial assistance • Emotional and mental health • Parenting and childcare • Senior services • Recreation and social programs • Volunteer opportunities • Rental assistance • And much more… These specialists are experts at listening to your problem, assessing the situation, and finding the best available program or service to help you. After hours and on weekends people simply need to call 2-1-1.* *Service not available in all areas of Parkland County.

Free resources available for pickup

Stony Plain FCSS and Spruce Grove FCSS work together to develop The Green Book Community Resource Directory. This directory contains a summary of the community resources/services and support groups in the Parkland region and is a valuable tool for anyone looking for services. The Community Resource Directory is available free of charge at Stony Plain Town Office, Spruce Grove City Hall or Spruce Grove FCSS. Please call 780-962-7618 (Spruce Grove) or 780-963-8583 (Stony Plain) for more information.

A wide variety of other resources are also available at the Spruce Grove FCSS office.

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FCSS Programs

FCSS provides programs for seniors, youth, adults and families. Many of our programs are the result of partnerships with local businesses and other agencies. Our partners are named in individual program descriptions. Spruce Grove FCSS would like to thank all its partners and sponsors for their generous support. Program registration starts Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. • • • •

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis Fees must be paid in full at the time of registration. Registration is required for all sessions unless otherwise stated. Subsidies are available to low-income families. Please ask for details.

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Full refunds will be issued upon cancellation of a program or workshop. The full registration fee less $5 per registrant will be refunded, or applied to another program, up to five business days prior to the start of the program.

Refund policy

How to register:

By phone: 780-962-7618 – using Visa or Mastercard In person: Spruce Grove FCSS office, 105-505 Queen St. Online: www.sprucegrove.org/onlinereg

Counselling services

Spruce Grove FCSS provides professional, confidential counselling services to low-income families and individuals. Services are available on Tuesdays at the FCSS office. For more information and to make an appointment, call 780-962-7618.

Alberta Health Services – Addiction and mental health

Alberta Health Services provides a range of outpatient services focused on meeting the needs of adults, youth and families who are affected by substance abuse. An AHS counsellor meets with clients at the Spruce Grove FCSS office on Fridays. Individual appointments must be booked in advance by calling AHS directly at 780-963-8098.

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Programs for families Mom’s Morning Out

This program brings moms together to learn, share, socialize and support each other. It is a great opportunity to meet other moms and a fun way for your child to socialize with other children. Moms attend sessions that include guest speakers and discussion time while qualified childcare staff care for children 15 months and older. Please register for childcare separately. Tuesdays or Wednesdays Jan. 21–April 30 (except April 1 and 2) 9:30–11 a.m. Spruce Grove FCSS, 105-505 Queen St. $65/person (includes all sessions plus limited childcare for children 15 months and older)


Parents’ Friday Morning Coffee

Join us for a play date! Socialize with other parents while your children play in a cheerful, relaxed environment. This program allows parents a chance to develop new friendships for themselves and their children, and to share ideas and support one another along the journey of parenthood. Fridays Jan. 24–May 23 (except April18) 9:30–11 a.m. Spruce Grove FCSS, 105-505 Queen St. Free drop-in program

Parent and Tot Drop-In

This is a great opportunity for parents and their children (ages 0–5 years) to get out and enjoy games, crafts, songs and rhymes that promote and strengthen the bond between parent and child. Tuesdays Jan. 21–May 20 10–11:30 a.m. Parkland Village Community Centre #60, 53222 Rge. Rd. 272 Free drop-in program A partnership between Spruce Grove Family and Community Support Services, Alberta Parenting for the Future and Parkland Village Community Centre.

Moving to the Music

This is an upbeat class where children (ages 2–4) and their parents have the opportunity to explore music and dance. Children will be introduced to a variety of basic instruments and will enjoy songs and games in a fun, interactive environment. Siblings are welcome. Thursdays Feb. 6–27 or May 1–22 10–11:30 a.m. Spruce Grove FCSS, 105-505 Queen St. $15/family

Toddler Time: Play, Learn and Grow

This fun, interactive program offers you and your toddler (ages 1–2 ½) an opportunity to meet new friends and play in a comfortable, stimulating environment. A centre-based play setting will introduce your child to activities that promote all areas of development. Children will enjoy songs, stories, arts and crafts, while parents enjoy watching them play, learn and grow. Siblings are welcome. Thursdays March 6–April 17 (except April 3) 10–11:15 a.m. Spruce Grove FCSS, 105-505 Queen St. $15/family

Positive Discipline

Raising a child from birth to adulthood is one of the most important things we will ever do. The challenge is overwhelming and sometimes as parents we just aren’t sure what to do. This 10-week course offers an innovative and empowering approach to child discipline. It looks at discipline as being solution focused, respectful, and based on child development principles and research that has taught us a lot about effective parenting. Childcare is available for children 15 months–5 years. Mondays Feb. 3–April 14 (except Feb. 17) 9:30–11 a.m. Spruce Grove FCSS, 105-505 Queen St. $35/person (includes childcare)

Child and Adolescent Mental Health education sessions

The Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) education sessions are for caregivers of children and adolescents who may be experiencing mental health challenges. These information sessions are intended to provide caregivers and community members with some basic level information regarding addiction and mental health challenges that can and do affect children and youth. These free sessions are brought to you by CAMH in partnership with Spruce Grove FCSS. These sessions are free, but registration is required. For questions or to register call Sharon at 780-735-6891 or email sharon.reed@albertahealthservices.ca. Registration can also be completed online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/L8PW6NB. Sessions will be held at the Alberta Health Services Public Health Office, #110-505 Queen St. (beside Spruce Grove FCSS).

Depression in Children and Adolescents 101

This session will provide caregivers with information regarding the difference between normal sadness and major depression. We will explore the signs and symptoms of major depression and what caregivers should look for with children and teens. The presentation will include information on ways that caregivers can support their child or youth who may be experiencing depression. Thursday, April 24 4:30–5:30 p.m.

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Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD 101)

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common disorders among young people. It affects attention span and concentration, as well as how impulsive and active a child or youth can be. This session will provide information on the signs and symptoms of ADHD in children and adolescents. We will discuss the causes and risk factors of ADHD and the available treatment options. Learn what you can do to support your child/adolescent at home. Thursday, March 27 4:30–5:30 p.m.

Understanding Self-Injury and Interventions 101

This session will provide caregivers with information regarding adolescents who intentionally injure themselves. We will explore motivation behind the behaviour and provide practical strategies and resources so that caregivers can support their young person who may be participating in self injurious behaviour. Presented by Addiction and Mental Health and Health Promotion. Thursday, May 22 4:30–5:30 p.m.

Programs for adults and seniors GET REAL! – Handling Anger Boot Camp

Learn how to express anger without hurting yourself, others or your relationships. This six-week program will help you to think your way through life, instead of reacting to it. This fast-paced and practical course will help you change the destructive force of anger into positive energy at your work and home. Mondays March 3–April 7 6–8 p.m. Spruce Grove FCSS, 105-505 Queen St. $45/person

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Budget Basics

Whether we like it or not, money is a big part of our lives. It can control us or we can take charge and learn to be in control. This workshop will help you work out where your money is going, develop an effective spending plan and achieve your financial goals and dreams. Tuesday, Feb. 25 or April 29 6–8 p.m. Spruce Grove FCSS, 105-505 Queen St. Free – Registration required A partnership between Scotiabank and Spruce Grove FCSS.

Debt Management

Whether you owe a little or a lot, debt can quickly get out of hand and overwhelm your life. In this workshop, we will look at the options available to take care of your debt and the importance of managing your finances today in order to avoid future debt. Learn how to tackle debt the right way in order to reach your goals and build a bright financial future for you and your family. Tuesday, March 25 6–8 p.m. Spruce Grove FCSS, 105-505 Queen St. Free – Registration required A partnership between Scotiabank and Spruce Grove FCSS.

Building Self-Esteem

What does it mean to have high self-esteem? The NAIT Counselling Centre speaks of having a general sense of control over one’s life and accepting yourself for who you are rather than depending excessively on the approval of others. Whether you have already explored this topic or it is brand new, this workshop will explore this complex issue and offer opportunities for everyone to expand their awareness and strengthen their ability to esteem the self. Thursdays March 6–April 10 7–9 p.m. Stony Plain Town Office, 4905-51 Ave. $25/person For information or to register call 780-963-8583. A partnership between Spruce Grove FCSS, Stony Plain FCSS and Alberta Parenting for the Future.

Registration opens Jan. 7, 2014! Visit www.sprucegrove.org/onlinereg


Creating Healthy Relationships

Living in Balance

A partnership between Spruce Grove FCSS, Stony Plain FCSS and Alberta Parenting for the Future.

A partnership between Spruce Grove FCSS, Stony Plain FCSS and Alberta Parenting for the Future.

It doesn’t matter if it is a relationship with a partner, a child or a friend, a set of core skills is essential to having these interactions in a positive way. These skills include communication, conflict resolution, problem-solving and learning how to take responsibility for one’s actions. This workshop will provide relevant information and the opportunity to discuss and practice these core skills in a safe, respectful environment. Wednesdays March 26–May 7 (except April 16) 7–9 p.m. Stony Plain Town Office, 4905-51 Ave. $25/person For more information or to register call 780-963-8583.

Parenting After Separation – Alberta Justice

Understand how separation and divorce affects children. Review legal issues that include custody, access and child support and learn about parenting plans and mediation. (Mandatory for Court of Queens Bench) Saturday, Jan. 25 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Council Chambers, third floor Spruce Grove City Hall, 315 Jespersen Ave. Free – Registration required

Everyone seems to be in search of the elusive experience of life balance. Part of the challenge comes from focusing on work-life balance, which is an ineffective way of trying to create calm and order in one’s life. This three-part series will introduce you to a new way to think about life balance. We will look at the benefits of mindfulness and some simple and practical strategies that you can begin to use immediately to create a greater sense of balance in your life. Tuesdays Feb. 25–March 11 7–9 p.m. Stony Plain Town Office, 4905-51 Ave. $50/person For more information or to register call 780-963-8583.

WRAP – Wellness Recovery Action Plan

WRAP is a self-designed plan for staying well and for helping one cope when not feeling well. It is for community members who experience difficulties with addiction and/or mental health and would benefit from developing this type of plan. The plan involves developing a personal wellness toolbox, identifying triggers, including early warning signs that things might get worse, how to use the tools when things are breaking down, and what to do during or after crisis situations. Thursdays Jan. 16–March 20 Stony Plain Town Office, 4905-51 Ave. Free To register call 780-963-6157. A partnership involving Addiction and Mental Health, Spruce Grove FCSS and Stony Plain FCSS.

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Seniors and Persons with Disabilities Resource Centre

Seniors Strawberry Tea

Spruce Grove Home Support Program

Seniors Dance Night

We provide services, programs and outreach to seniors and persons with disabilities. Services include the sharing of government program and housing information, assistance with the completion of forms, referral, outreach and a resource library. The Spruce Grove Home Support Program is a light housekeeping service that provides supports to seniors, persons with disabilities and families. The program maintains a referral list of qualified home support workers who help clients remain in their own homes by doing housekeeping tasks that they are unable to do themselves. FCSS facilitates the matching of independent home support workers with eligible residents of Spruce Grove and Parkland County. For information regarding eligibility, services and subsidies (for individuals with low income) call 780-962-7618.

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The City of Spruce Grove acknowledges the many contributions that seniors make to our community by hosting the annual Seniors Strawberry Tea. All seniors are invited to enjoy an afternoon of entertainment and refreshments. Tuesday, June 3 1:30–3:30 p.m. Elks Hall, 400 Diamond Ave. Free Would you enjoy a fun night out, complete with entertainment and snacks? Seniors and friends are invited for an evening of music, dancing, friendship and fun. Transportation may be arranged. Second Monday of each month (third Monday if there is a statutory holiday that falls on the second Monday – no event in June) 6:30–8:30 p.m. Parkland Village Community Hall #60, 53222 Rge. Rd. 272 Free (donations accepted) – Drop-in A partnership involving Parkland Village Community Centre and Spruce Grove FCSS.


Seniors Coffee Afternoon

If you are 55+ and interested in meeting other seniors from the community, please join us for a casual and pleasant coffee afternoon. Refreshments provided. Bring a friend and we’ll see you there! Transportation may be arranged. Tuesdays 1–3 p.m. Spruce Grove FCSS, 105-505 Queen St. Free (donations accepted) – Drop-in

Income Tax Clinic

Each year Spruce Grove FCSS hosts an Income Tax Clinic for individuals with low income. Volunteers from local tax preparation agencies and the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program give their time to provide this program to the residents of Spruce Grove and Parkland County. This service is free to individuals meeting the income eligibility criteria. Clinic dates will be advertised in March. For more information call 780-962-7618.

Alzheimer’s/Dementia Awareness

This information session will identify the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s and dementia, which are two of the most common mental illnesses experienced in the senior population. Learn how to identify possible concerns and what resources are available. A representative from HomeInstead will present information and answer questions. Thursday, Jan. 30 6–8 p.m. Spruce Grove FCSS, 105-505 Queen St. Free – Registration required A partnership involving Tri-CALA, Stony Plain FCSS and Spruce Grove FCSS.

Older Driver Safety – Staying Safe on the Road

Golden Age Club, 55+

Scheduled events include floor curling, carpet bowling, snooker and pool, exercising, Tai Chi, line dancing, Bridge, Whist, Canasta, Euchre, painting classes, shuffle board, darts, quilting and woodwork. Pioneer Centre, 301 Jespersen Ave. For more information call 780-962-5020.

Specialized Transit Service (STS)

STS is a non-profit, door-to-door public transportation service for all seniors (55+) and persons with mobility challenges. STS is available for use by residents of the City of Spruce Grove, Parkland Village and the defined limits of Parkland County. STS operates three wheelchair accessible vehicles. Two small vans accommodate individuals and/or small groups, while the 20-passenger van can accommodate larger groups including a maximum of four wheelchairs. Special event trips are also planned. Office hours: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. For more information call 780-962-2456.

This workshop helps experienced drivers continue driving as long as possible. Learn how to adapt as you age to maintain your independence. Thursday, Feb. 6 6–8 p.m. Stony Plain Town Office 4905-51 Ave., Stony Plain Free – Registration required

A partnership involving Tri-CALA, Stony Plain FCSS and Spruce Grove FCSS.

Registration opens Jan. 7, 2014! Visit www.sprucegrove.org/onlinereg or see page 52 for other registration options.

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55+ Social Night

Would you like to come for a fun evening out, to meet new people and develop friendships? We will have “conversation starters” and “get-to-know-you activities”. Come and enjoy food, fun and friendships in a great environment. Don’t stay at home; take a chance, come out and meet others! Wednesday, Feb. 19 6–8 p.m. Pioneer Centre, 301 Jespersen Ave. $10/person – Registration required

A partnership involving Tri-CALA, Stony Plain FCSS and Spruce Grove FCSS.

Healthy Aging: Mind, Body and Spirit

Are you looking to put life in your years and find your inner fountain of youth? Come learn about aging gracefully in body, mind and spirit. Explore the effect aging has on these entities, and ways to help you maximize your golden years. Monday, Feb. 24 6–8 p.m. NorQuest College, 3201–43 Ave., Stony Plain Free – Registration required

A partnership involving Tri-CALA, Stony Plain FCSS and Spruce Grove FCSS.

Pre-Retirement Financial Planning Program

Pre-retirement financial planning can help you get the most out of your money and reach your goals after you retire. Learn the basics of financial planning and what government benefits are available so you can develop a financial plan that works for you. Wednesday, March 12 6–8 p.m. Spruce Grove FCSS, 105-505 Queen St. Free – Registration required A partnership involving Tri-CALA, Stony Plain FCSS and Spruce Grove FCSS.

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Estate Planning and Wills

This workshop is for people who are wondering if they should write a will. The purpose of writing a will is to pass on your belongings to your loved ones with as few problems as possible. The presenter will explain what is involved in making a will and some common mistakes. A representative from the Centre of Public Legal Education Alberta will present information and answer questions. Monday, March 10 6–8 p.m. Norquest College, 3201-43 Ave., Stony Plain Free – Registration required A partnership involving Tri-CALA, Stony Plain FCSS and Spruce Grove FCSS.

Being an Executer; Attorney or Agent

What are the roles and responsibilities for each of these designations? If you are asked to act in any of these capacities, do you know what is expected of you? Do you know where to get help if you need it? A representative from the Centre of Public Legal Education Alberta will present information and answer questions. Wednesday, March 19 6–8 p.m. Norquest College, 3201-43 Ave., Stony Plain Free – Registration required

A partnership involving Tri-CALA, Stony Plain FCSS and Spruce Grove FCSS.


Personal Directives and Power of Attorney

A Personal Directive and Enduring Power of Attorney are legal documents you should write in case something medically disabling happens and you cannot make your own personal or financial decisions in the future. Representatives from the Office of the Public Guardian will present information and answer questions. Wednesday, March 26 6–8 p.m. Spruce Grove FCSS, 105-505 Queen St. Free – Registration required A partnership involving Tri-CALA, Stony Plain FCSS and Spruce Grove FCSS.

Understanding Adult Guardianship

The guardianship application process involves navigating through numerous forms. This information session involves a practical guide to help you with these forms. A representative from SAGE will present information and answer questions. Thursday, April 3 6–8 p.m. Spruce Grove FCSS, 105-505 Queen St. Free – Registration required

A partnership involving Tri-CALA, Stony Plain FCSS and Spruce Grove FCSS.

Having the Conversation: Later-life Care Planning for Family Members

As people get older they need to think about their health and the steps they need to take to maintain their independence. Later-life care planning is the process of planning ahead for when daily activities become more of a challenge. For adult children of seniors, later-life care planning means finding out what their parents would prefer, and where and how they would like to live as they age. The intent is to encourage a conversation that will lead to optimal planning. Thursday, April 10 6–8 p.m. Stony Plain Town Office, 4905-51 Ave., Stony Plain Free – Registration required

Caregiver Stress

While family caregiving often is a rewarding and bonding experience, it also can be stressful and cause tension within families. A quarter of adults presently care for an aging parent or relative while taking care of their immediate family. This workshop is designed to help family caregivers take care of themselves while taking care of their senior loved one. Complete an individual stress assessment and discover resources that can help you cope with the stress of caring for a senior. A representative from HomeInstead Senior Care will present information and answer questions. Thursday, April 17 6–8 p.m. Spruce Grove FCSS, 105-505 Queen St. Free – Registration required A partnership involving Tri-CALA, Stony Plain FCSS and Spruce Grove FCSS.

Housing Options for Older Adults

The information in this workshop will give you the advantages and disadvantages of each housing option as well as questions to ask and possible costs when looking at housing options for older adults. A representative from HomeInstead Senior Care will present information and answer questions. Thursday, April 24 6–8 p.m. Spruce Grove FCSS, 105-505 Queen St. Free – Registration required

A partnership involving Tri-CALA, Stony Plain FCSS and Spruce Grove FCSS.

Travel Options for Seniors

What travel options are out there for seniors? A travel consultant will present different local and international options for travel for older adults. Thursday, May 1 6–8 p.m. Stony Plain Town Office, 4905–51 Ave. Free – Registration required A partnership involving Tri-CALA, Stony Plain FCSS and Spruce Grove FCSS.

A partnership involving Tri-CALA, Stony Plain FCSS and Spruce Grove FCSS.

Registration opens Jan. 7, 2014! Visit www.sprucegrove.org/onlinereg or see page 52 for other registration options.

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Support groups – adults

Parkland Caregivers Group (Alberta Caregiving Association)

The Caregiver Networks offer caregivers a chance to take a short break from their caregiving role, grab a coffee or some breakfast, and connect with others who can relate to what they are going through. Participants can share caregiving experiences and resources in a safe and understanding environment. Every second Saturday 8–9:30 a.m. ABC Restaurant, Stony Plain Free – Drop-in For more information call Yvon at 780-962-3713. *A partnership between Spruce Grove FCSS and Alberta Parenting for the Future.

Community Kitchen

This is a fun, inexpensive way to cook nutritious meals and an opportunity to learn new recipes and try new foods. You will take part in two sessions: one for planning and recipe selection, and one for cooking. Meals are divided among the group to take home. This subsidized program supports those with low incomes. Spruce Grove FCSS, 105-505 Queen St. For more information and dates call Beverley at 780-962-7634 ext. 160.

*This community kitchen is made possible through a partnership involving the Thrift Shop and Spruce Grove FCSS.

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Mamas of Multiples

You don’t know what it is like to parent multiples unless you are in it yourself. Come and connect with other families and share your struggles as well as celebrate the joys of parenting multiples. Siblings are welcome! Thursdays (bi-weekly) Jan. 16–June 19 1–3 p.m. PERC building, 5413-51 St., Stony Plain For more information call Michelle Kincheloe at 780-946-6630.

Depression Support Group

Meet in a safe and supportive environment with others who understand what you are going through, to explore thoughts and feelings associated with anxiety and depression. Learn mindfulness techniques in order to challenge negative thinking patterns and to make positive changes in your life. Tuesdays, starting Jan. 28 6–8 p.m. Spruce Grove FCSS, 105-505 Queen St. Free For more information and to register call 780-962-7618. *A partnership between Spruce Grove FCSS and Stony Plain FCSS.


Have you ever wondered how to find a community service when you or someone you know needs help? When you want to reach out and help by volunteering or donating, where do you turn? Finding answers and information is as easy as dialing 2-1-1. This number, which is a joint community initiative of Spruce Grove FCSS, Stony Plain FCSS, Parkland County, The Support Network and The United Way, will connect you to human services, community programs and volunteer information, including:

Young Moms

If you are under 25 years of age and are parenting or expecting a baby, this group is for you. We offer a supportive environment in which to share the experiences, joys and challenges of parenting as a young mom. There are educational sessions and many opportunities to scrapbook and socialize. Childcare is available. Wednesdays Jan. 22–June 11 3:30–5 p.m. Spruce Grove FCSS, 105-505 Queen St. Free – Drop-in program For more information call Beverley at 780-962-7634 ext. 160. *A partnership between Spruce Grove FCSS and Alberta Parenting for the Future.

Living with Loss to Suicide

This self-help group supports participants through listening, sharing and caring. It offers a shared experience, strength and hope. Last Monday of each month 7 p.m. Spruce Grove FCSS, 105-505 Queen St. For more information or to register call 780-342-1340.

• Basic needs (food, clothing, shelter or financial assistance) • Death and bereavement

• Emergency and crisis lines (violence, sexuality, substance abuse, etc.) • Emotional and mental health information • Employment and job skills • Healthcare

• Parenting and childcare (education, playschools, counselling) • Recreation and social programs • Services for seniors

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• Transportation

• Volunteer opportunities

The 2-1-1 service is available in Spruce Grove, Stony Plain and most areas of Parkland County. All calls are free and confidential and TTY access is available for the hard of hearing. Callers outside of the service area can connect to the 2-1-1 service by dialing 780-482-INFO (4636). For more information, visit www.sprucegrove.org/211.

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Live Life to the Fullest!

Get active in whatever way you choose. Two indoor fields, two ice arenas, aquatic complex, gymnasium, track, fitness centre, studio, lessons, programs, drop-in activities. It is all here.

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Volunteer opportunities for adults Adopt-A-Driveway For seniors and people with disabilities

Adopt-A-Driveway is a program where individuals can commit to removing snow from the driveway and entranceway of a community resident in need. If you are interested in volunteering, or you need to have your snow removed (in Spruce Grove), please call NeighbourLink at 780-960-9669 to register in this program.

A partnership involving NeighbourLink Parkland and Spruce Grove FCSS.

Meals on Wheels

Spruce Grove Meals on Wheels provides a hot, nutritious, meal for people who are unable to prepare their own meals, due to disability, illness or frailty. Each meal costs $8.93. To volunteer to deliver Meals on Wheels or to arrange delivery, call Jeri at 780-960-0529. See page 30 for more information.

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Programs for youth Many courses are now being offered on PD days as well as right after school. Find the date and time that will work for your schedule. For a more detailed description of these courses visit www.kidproofcanada.com.

Weekend courses

Babysitter Training (ages 11–14)

Join us as we offer Kidproof Canada’s number one course in the country! Babysitter Training is designed to increase confidence and provide the hands on experience and skills needed to be a great babysitter. Jan. 25 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Parkland Village Community Centre $58/person (includes a babysitter’s handbook and wallet card) Optional extras: personal journal – $5; 8 x 10 certificate – $3 March 1, May 10 or June 7 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Spruce Grove FCSS, 105-505 Queen St. $58/person (includes a babysitter’s handbook and wallet card) Optional extras: personal journal – $5; 8 x 10 certificate – $3

Home Alone + First Aid (ages 10 and up) This is a mix of Kidproof’s top Home Alone course and Emergency First Aid. This fun and active course helps prepare kids to be at home alone and how to respond to medical emergencies. Jan. 18, Feb. 22, April 26 or May 24 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Spruce Grove FCSS, 105-505 Queen St. $53/person Optional extras: Parent book – $6 March 29 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Parkland Village Community Centre $53/person Optional extras: Parent book – $6

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PD day courses

Junior Gourmets (ages 8 and up)

Do you love to cook? Learn safe and proper ways to prepare nutritious meals and snacks while creating fabulous dishes that will melt in your mouth! Jan. 31 or March 7 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Spruce Grove FCSS, 105-505 Queen St. $65/person (includes lunch and a snack; make sure your bring a ‘to go’ container for leftovers)

Babysitter Bootcamp (ages 11 and up)

This exclusive three-day event takes babysitter training to the next level! Each day is filled with games and activities that set you up to feel confident in any situation. You will learn how to childproof rooms, make healthy snacks and how to really shine at job interviews. On the last day, celebrate your success with your friends at the Kidproof pizza lunch party! April 2–4 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Spruce Grove FCSS, 105-505 Queen St. $145/person (includes a babysitter’s handbook and wallet card)


After school courses Bullyproofing (ages 7–11)

This Kidproof program is designed to be preventative and proactive so that children can avoid being bullied, and if they are bullied, know how to stop it. In an interactive, non-threatening manner, children learn how to become “Bullyproofed”. Jan. 22 or May 13 4–6 p.m. Spruce Grove FCSS, 105-505 Queen St. $30/person

Conflict Resolution (ages 10–14)

This course is designed to teach children appropriate conflict resolution skills with peers, educators and parents. This valuable program gives students the ability to resolve or diffuse a situation in a healthy and productive manner before it becomes out of control, dangerous or violent. April 16 4–6 p.m. Spruce Grove FCSS, 105-505 Queen St. $30/person

Social Media Netiquette (ages 10–15)

This course will teach students appropriate skills when using different forms of social media such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. It will focus on practical things students can do to make sure they are making good decisions online. Topics include protecting personal identity, safe online interaction and how to deal with cyber bullying. March 20 4–6 p.m. Spruce Grove FCSS, 105-505 Queen St. $30/person

Registration opens Jan. 7, 2014! Visit www.sprucegrove.org/onlinereg or see page 52 for other registration options.

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Youth groups Parkland Village Youth (ages 12–17)

Looking for something to do on Tuesdays? Come check out Parkland Village Youth. Each week you’ll be able to try something new while spending time with your friends. You will also have the opportunity to plan activities, games and special events. Weekly activities may include movie nights, trips to the TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre, cooking, indoor/outdoor games, attending local youth events and volunteering. Tuesdays – year round 7 p.m. Parkland Village Community Centre Free

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Log Cabin Youth Mentorship Program Youth are invited to drop in for one of our regular programmed activities, or just come hang out with friends! Play video games air hockey, ping pong, play instruments and make crafts! Winter hours of operation Tuesday–Friday: 4 p.m.–8 p.m. Saturday: 1 p.m.–8 p.m. Sunday–Monday: Closed

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Jam Night

Fridays Jam on a variety of instruments to create your own rhythms. Whether you are a solo artist or group, beginner or advanced, you can have a great time creating your own music. Come shred, share and develop you musical talents!

Central Park Winter Wonders

Thursdays Join us at the Lions Log Cabin for fun activities in the snow and then head inside to warm up with a cappuccino or hot chocolate. Winter activities include sledding behind the Agrena, skating in Central Park and making snowmen.

Skateboard Education After The Bell

Scheduled activities Craft Corner

Tuesdays and Saturdays Feeling creative? Drop in and try a directed art activity or use our supplies to do something artsy on your own! Crafting projects include tie dying, beading, scrapbooking and painting/drawing on canvases. Bring your pictures home or hang up your artwork on the walls displaying your own creativity!

Cravings

Saturdays Bring us your skateboard videos and chill on the couches! We will review videos to analyze styles, tricks, obstacles and skaters.

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Youth volunteer opportunities

We want you! The City of Spruce Grove is giving youth in our community opportunities to volunteer throughout the year. As a volunteer you will receive a reference letter for future employment, and the hours you contribute may count toward credits at school. Volunteering is a great opportunity to meet new people and gain valuable experience and skills. Get involved in your community and have your voice heard! Opportunities include: • After the Bell (September–June) • Canada Day (July) • Summer in the City - Leaders in Training (July–August) • Remembrance Day (November) • Christmas in Central Park (November) • Other seasonal events/programs To sign up or for more information call 780-962-7634 ext. 176 or email fcss@sprucegrove.org.

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Tuesdays Come and test your cooking skills at the Lions Log Cabin Concession! We will create a variety of foods including breakfast, lunch, supper and dessert recipes. Do you have a favourite food you would like to make and share with friends? Let us know so we can satisfy your cravings!

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Movie Nights

Thursdays Join us at the Lions Log Cabin for free popcorn and juice as we watch a movie on our big screen television. You see can catch all the new flicks as well as old favourites.

Ultimate Challenge/Game of S.K.A.T.E

Wednesdays Complete in a variety of challenges. Weekly winners will be eligible for gnarly prizes!

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Allied Arts Council THE ALLIED ARTS COUNCIL OF SPRUCE GROVE is a learning institution for artists at any and all levels, whether you want to take lessons, enhance your skills or take some more advanced workshops. Enjoy friendship and connect with others who share the same interests or just simply become a patron of the arts. The council also offers learning in other areas that will guide individuals who wish to pursue their art to a professional level. Classes are offered for seniors, adults, students and children and include summer art camp for younger children as well as workshops on framing, creating a portfolio, managing your art and introducing new art supplies. There is also a library of art material, books, videos and DVDs that can be borrowed by members.

Attending classes and workshops

When the gallery is closed, please use the doorbell on the far right side of the doors.

Adult classes Supply lists for all adult classes are available at the gallery.

Watercolour – Red Barn and Birch Trees

Start the year with a beautiful white birch and a red barn – one of the dying iconic structures on the prairie. No drawing required and the result is stunning and charming. Wednesday evenings: Feb. 12–March 5 7–10 p.m. $130/person Instructor: Willie Wong

Watercolour – Dragonfly and stone bridge over water Both paintings can be traced, so no drawing experience is required. Everyone is intrigued by the dragonfly and the stone bridge brings back the old English romance. Wednesday evenings: March 12–April 2 7–10 p.m. $130/person Instructor: Willie Wong

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Watercolour – Mono print and Alberta landscape

Learn to use watercolour on transparency and print on hot pressed paper to produce mono print. A colourful calendar with wild flower landscape is best for this project and a summer Alberta landscape will help us welcome the arrival of spring. Wednesday evenings: April 9–20 7–10 p.m. $130/person Instructor: Willie Wong

Animals in Coloured Pencil (Intermediate)

For those who love to draw, this is an opportunity to work in both coloured and graphite pencil. Geared toward students who have previous experience with coloured pencils, this six-week session will focus on animals. Students will have the opportunity to work from their own photos as well as the instructor’s. Demonstrations, individual guidance, techniques and examples will be a part of each class. Wednesday mornings: April 9–May 14 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. $130/person Instructor: Susan Casault

Learn to Paint Portraits with Acrylics

Investigate the structure of the human head through drawings and painted studies. Progress to finished paintings and address issues of likeness, composition, space and texture. Learn to better see and understand colour to mix it more successfully – a useful skill for painting all subject matter. We will be painting a generic, but once you learn you will be able to paint a portrait of your own choice. Wednesday evenings: Jan. 15–Feb. 5 7–10 p.m. $115/person Instructor: Tina Bourassa

Acrylic Basics and More (Beginner/Intermediate)

This eight-week course will provide basics for beginners and further instruction and projects for those who have already taken acrylic painting classes. Colour theory and mixing, exercises in brush strokes, acrylic techniques, composition and much more will be covered through discussion, demonstrations and hands on painting projects. Thursday evenings: March 13 – May 1 7–10 p.m. $190/person Instructor: Cindy Barratt


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Coloured Pencil – Red Poppy

This six-hour workshop is an introduction to coloured pencil or an opportunity to review the basics. Create a drawing in the versatile medium of coloured pencil, working with values, texture and contrast. You will learn different mark-making and blending techniques, and create richness and depth in your drawing by layering and blending colours. Instruction will include demonstrations and one-onone guidance. Photo reference will be provided by the instructor. Saturday, April 26 1–7 p.m. $60/person Instructor: Susan Casault

Acrylic – Daffodils or Irises (Beginner/Intermediate)

Capture spring blossoms, as you learn the basics of acrylic painting. Through colour usage, mixing and brush stroke/technique exercises, and a hands-on painting project, your canvas will spring to life with daffodils or irises. Saturday, March 15 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $60/person Instructor: Cindy Barratt

Painting Animals with Acrylic (Beginner/Intermediate) Did you always want to learn to paint fur and feathers that look real? Then join this class and learn the different techniques that will bring you into the world of wildlife painting. Monday evenings: April 28–May 26 6:30–9:30 p.m. $115/person Instructor: Tina Bourassa

ADDITIONAL CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS IN OIL PAINT, STAINED GLASS, FABRIC PAINT AND PHOTOGRAPHY MAY ALSO BE ADDED. FOR THE MOST UP-TO-DATE LIST, VISIT WWW.ALLIEDARTSCOUNCIL.COM.

Children’s classes Supplies are included for all children’s classes.

Explore Nature with Art (ages 6–10)

Explore nature in a fun and artistic way – paint, colour and make paper crafts with nature themes. Lessons include painting and making collages of trees, flowers, animals and landscapes. Expand your imagination and create your own original art pieces. Monday afternoons Session 1: Jan. 6–Feb. 10 Session 2: Feb. 24–March 31 April 7–May 26 4:30–6 p.m. $60/person Instructor: Charis Ng

Explore Nature with Art (ages 3–5)

Explore nature in a fun and artistic way – paint, colour and make paper crafts with nature themes. Lessons include painting and making collages of trees, flowers, animals and landscapes. Expand your imagination and create your own original art pieces. Wednesday afternoons Session 1: Jan. 15–Feb. 19 Session 2: Feb. 26–April 2 Session 3: April 9–May 14 1–2 p.m. $45/person Instructor: Charis Ng

Art Attack (ages 6–11)

Using various mediums, students will learn to paint in an impressionistic style like Monet and Degas. Abstract sculpture and soft pastels will also be discovered. Wednesday afternoons Session 1: Jan. 15–March 5 Session 2: March 12–April 30 Session 3: May 7–June 25 3:45–4:40 p.m. $60/person Instructor: Tina Bourassa

Hand Build Clay Projects (ages 6–11)

Using your hands, some clay, your imagination and some fantastic instruction, you will be able to create a work of art that will last a lifetime. Pieces will be fired after the class is complete. Wednesday afternoons Session 1: Jan. 15–March 5 Session 2: March 12–April 30 5–6 p.m. $70/person Instructor: Uta Preuss

Soapstone Carving For Teens

Want to learn to carve soapstone? Soapstone has been used as a carving stone for thousands of years and is still done and enjoyed today. It is a soft stone, which makes it easy to work with, and colours can vary from dark green to light brown. Teens will learn the basics of how to work with this stone and create a beautiful animal sculpture. Supply kit will include soapstone cut out, sandpaper, rasp and fishing oil. Saturday, Feb. 22 1–5 p.m. $60/person Instructor: Tina Bourassa

How to register

In person: Melcor Cultural Centre, 35–Fifth Ave., Spruce Grove By mail: Allied Arts Council PO Box 3511 Spruce Grove, Alta. T7X 3A8 By phone: 780-962-0664 By email: alliedac@telus.net

Hours of operation Tuesday–Thursday: 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Closed Sundays, Mondays and all statutory holidays

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Spruce Grove Public Library

Library tours

Bring your class, daycare or club on a tour of the library and learn about the library collection, literacy tools and community resources that are available within the City of Spruce Grove. Tours take 30–40 minutes and are subject to staff availability. Please book at least two weeks in advance. Contact: library@sgpl.ca or 780-962-4423 ext. 106

Birthday parties

Preschoolers can celebrate their birthday at the library! Games, crafts, stories and choice of theme ensure your child will have a birthday to remember. You can choose from themes including Dino-Mania, Pirate Adventure, Princesses, Oceans Alive, Western or Superheroes. The party package includes a two hour room rental, pre-decorated party room, one hour library staff-directed program and themed goodie bags. Parties must be pre-booked. Maximum number of guests is 15. Saturdays $100/party Contact: 780-962-4423 ext. 106

No-school days

The library will have special programming on no-school days, except when a no-school day falls on a Monday, as the library is closed on Mondays. Details: www.sgpl.ca

Educational videoconferences

The library participates in a variety of interactive RISE videoconferences. These videoconferences feature experts on various topics from across the province and around the world, and they allow kids to get up close and personal with far-away environments. Details: www.sgpl.ca

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Baby Bug

Teen Takeover

This drop-in program is made possible by generous sponsorship from Alberta Parenting for the Future.

Community Art Studio

Babies (0–12 months/pre-walkers) and their grown-ups share engaging songs, finger-plays, activities and stories. Thursdays 10:15–10:45 a.m. Program Room Free Contact: tiffany@sgpl.ca

Go, Baby, Go!

Toddlers (12–36 months/walkers) and their grown-ups dance, sing, learn rhymes and play together. Tuesdays 10:15–10:45 a.m. Program Room Free Contact: tiffany@sgpl.ca This drop-in program is made possible by generous sponsorship from Alberta Parenting for the Future.

Tales for Tots

Children ages 3–6 prepare for school with themed play, songs, rhymes and stories at this drop-in story time. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 10:15–10:45 a.m. Cozy Corner Free Contact: simone@sgpl.ca

After School Club

Children ages 7–12 create crafts and multi-media projects, play games and Lego, and receive homework help. A small snack will be provided. Tuesday–Friday 4–5 p.m. or 5–6 p.m. Meeting Rooms A and B $30/child per month Contact: sarah@sgpl.ca

Registration is required. Parents do not have to accompany their child to this program.

Teens ages 13–16 can drop in with their friends to play board and video games, create multi-media projects and comics, watch movies and more. Fridays 4–7:30 p.m. Program Room Free Contact: sarah@sgpl.ca Artists of all ages (families, groups and individuals) and abilities express their creativity at this drop-in program that offers time for people to simply create and share their ideas and inspiration. Tuesdays: Jan. 7–May 27 6–7:30 p.m. Program Room Free Contact: Barb Scully at urbangrassland@gmail.com

Parent-Child Mother Goose© – NEW

Children ages 0–4 years and their parents/caregivers strengthen their relationship using rhymes, songs and stories. Adults gain skills and confidence that give their children healthy, early experiences with language and communication. Fridays: Jan. 24–March 28 10:30–11:30 a.m. Program room Free Contact: Alberta Parenting for the Future at 780-963-0549 Registration is required. This program is offered through the Aboriginal Parent Link Centre and Alberta Parenting for the Future.

Hours of operation Tuesday–Friday: 9 a.m.–8 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sunday: Noon–4 p.m. Closed Mondays and all statutory holidays

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City Hall 315 Jespersen Ave. T7X 3E8 Phone: 780-962-2611 Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. www.sprucegrove.org

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