Current News

…as of Tuesday, January 11, 2022


  • New Web Site Feature
  • Skating Rink is OPEN
  • Argyll Babysitting Registry
  • Hillside Sledding Safety
  • Yoga
  • Argyll Pre-School
  • Community Hall
  • Meals on Wheels seeking volunteers
  • Air Quality in Argyll
  • Appeal for Blood Donations
  • The Jammers

  • New Online Calendar now available
    — just in time for the new year.

    It's finally here. We've been deeply involved for the past year to find a way to coordinate both the EJCA events as well as the ACL events on a "combined" calendar. We are proud to announce the fruits of that collaboration. In the pop-up menu for this site you'll see a selection for "Calendar". This new page shows all the events and activities which have been booked through our Facility Manager. Events which are tentative or "pending" will not appear. If you follow the instructions on the Calendar page then you can find openings and send requests to the Facility Manager to book space in the center.

    This calendar is updated every couple of days. Contact information and offices hours are in the sidebar to the right of the calendar. If you leave a message on the office phone, or send in a message to the manager he will let you know if there are any other requests pending on that date or time. You can then discuss your needs. ACL events do have priority over EJCA events. In our many years of partnering with the EJCA there have been very few conflicting events between our groups. Each has made accommodations for the other organization many times.

    There is a MONTH view and a WEEK view and an AGENDA list view. The MONTH view appears when the page comes up but you can explore both the bookings you can see, as well as peek into the future to see what might be available at some future date.

    UPDATE:

    I recently discovered a 360° "PhotoView" of our playground which is hosted on Google Earth. The resident who created the view has given me permission to let everyone see it. You can also "follow" them through Google Earth and see the many other images shared with the world. HERE is the link to our playground.



    Argyll Snowbank Rink

    Skating will be open for the holiday season

    Weather is not cooperating too much this year

    We are experiencing a very cold holiday period and it's not going to make skating much fun. The rink is in great shape for skating, BUT, when the temperature (not to mention the wind chill) is below -12°C it is not recommended to try and skate. Although the daytime temperatures may change during the winter break into the new year it seems (in the short term) we'll have to keep warm at home and wait for conditions to improve… hopefully not too much.

    A special thank you to the volunteers who help maintain the ice. Their work is very much appreciated. Families across our neighbourhood benefit from our rink. This teamwork is a great example of residents stepping up to help out.

    Each year we attempt to defy the weather and lay down a small skating rink for local residents. We make it for those who would like to teach small children to skate and for those who just want to circle around and keep their rhythm. Helmets are recommended for children under the age of 15.

    the rink on a sunny day

    AHS guidelines currently allow outdoor activities with consideration for distancing with people outside your immediate circle. Please be mindful of personal safety and share the rink with all visitors. Try and be aware of other people when entering and leaving the rink surface to maintain a safe distance from anyone outside your family group. No games or hockey sticks are allowed at any time.

    There are NO indoor facilities available at any time.

    Please respect the work of our volunteers by not damaging the rink surface or the playground areas adjacent to the rink.

    During very cold weather skating is not advisable, both because of the risk of frostbite, but also because skating will be much less enjoyable. The glide for skates is best between -8 C° and +5 C° with ice being more "sticky" below -10 C°. For children learning to skate a minimum of -5 C° is recommended because of their lighter weight.

    The rink is unsupervised requiring all users to be responsible for their own safety. Night skating is not permitted and, if reported to Peace Officers, there will be a considerable fine.



    Argyll Babysitting Registry

    Argyll now has a babysitting registry. Qualified local teens are ready to babysit kids within the neighbourhood. We are pleased to offer this service as a way for families & teens to connect. (We are not responsible for matchmaking or interviewing)

    A list of qualified sitters can be provided by sending an e-mail to: argyllsocial@gmail.com with your home and e-mail address.

    If you know of any other sitters seeking work, please e-mail their contact information so they could be added to the list.



    Hillside Safety while tobogganing

    logo for Alberta Health Services

    Emergency Medical Services (EMS) would like to remind parents and children of some basic toboggan/sledding safety tips. Everyone can be safe and still have fun on the toboggan hill by following these simple reminders.

    Use the right Equipment

    Be prepared



    Argyll YOGA

    Yoga for Strength, Alignment and Flexibility

    Argyll Yoga each Wednesday from 5:30-6:45.
    Cost$120 for 13-weeks.
    Drop-ins are welcome, if space allows. $15 per visit,

    Hatha yoga poses and flow sequences help improve your postural alignment, mobilize your joints, stretch all the major muscle groups and build strength. We will endeavor to start easy and build gradually.

    To register or with questions, call/text Renee at 780.903.1911

    We limit the class to 12 students. Contact Renee if you are planning to register. Also be sure to let her know if you have a recent injury or some physical limitations.



    Pre-School

    Plans to operate a Pre-School Programme this fall are still on hold. The recent health crisis has interrupted our efforts. We continue to move closer to establishing the programme.

    We’ve come to an agreement with a non-profit organization to operate our program. We are still seeking out interested Parents who want their children to attend our programme. We are asking parents to contact the Pre-School teachers to get answers to questions directly from those who will be teaching the children.

    Parents can still send an e-mail to yegeducationalprograms@gmail.com and begin the discussion about their lesson approach and what rates they are going to set.

    The success of this program will depend entirely on the number of registered children so if you can share this invitation with any other families who might be interested in our programme it would help us get things going.

    Keep an eye out for an announcement during the winter season regarding our plans for fall of 2022.



    All indoor community activity is still on hold

    View of Center in 2020

    As things continue to improve across Alberta, limited use of the community hall is permitted under current restrictions. Sport and fitness activities are being allowed with indoor guidelines. We continue to NOT allow outside rentals and are monitoring AHS and the City of Edmonton for changes to the restrictions.

    Continue to Watch: Alberta Health Services for updates on their web site with details and for dealing with worried children or adults. I recommend having a bookmark of the AHS site on your favourite browser to consult for their evolving response. AHS



    What will YOU deliver?

    Logo for Meals on Whweels

    Edmonton Meals on Wheels are kicking off their “What Will You Deliver?” volunteer recruitment drive with the goal of bringing 100 new volunteers onboard to prepare, package and distribute daily meals to seniors and homebound members of our community. They are looking for committed individual and group volunteers to roll up their sleeves in their kitchen as well as hit the road delivering meals to clients.

    Kitchen volunteers are hard at work every day preparing healthy and nutritious meals in their downtown food production facility. From there, an incredible network of volunteer drivers deliver more than just a meal, providing daily social interaction and wellness checks, which allow our clients to feel connected and engaged with their community. You can make a difference in your own neighborhood.

    For additional details visit www.mealsonwheelsedmonton.org/volunteer or e-mail to: volunteer@mealsonwheelsedmonton.org

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    Air Quality in Argyll

    Image of rooftop sensor

    An air quality sensor was installed on the roof of Argyll Community Hall in 2019. If you've been curious about the variation in levels of pollution from local sources, along with levels of pollution arriving from distant places, then you can visit a web page which shows all the sensors in the Edmonton area to keep up to date with air quality issues in our neighbourhood.

    The Sensor was installed by a non-profit organization (Alberta Capital Airshed) and did not cost Argyll anything to host it. It might default to the U.S. format for "Parts Per Million" for particle and pollutants in the air, but you can switch the the Air Quality Index used by Canada's Weather Service using the menus on the control panel if you want to compare with what Environment Canada is reporting. Some browsers will default to the Canadian Index if they share the location of the device visiting the site.

    If you explore the menu box you'll find reading for Temperature (F° & C°), Humidity, Humidex (F° & C°), as well as indicies from a number of jurisdictions. If you click on the "dot" representing our sensor another pop-up of information will appear – including some average scale charts of past levels.

    Local variations in air quality can rise suddenly and diminish just as quickly. If you suspect the quality of our air has taken a turn, or you smell something unpleasant, it's possible to check in with the sensor in our neighbourhood to see if the chart shows a sudden spike or a rise in the average levels. This sensor is also capable of detecting high levels of pollution produced upwind of our neighbourhood from a variety of industrial and agricultural sources.

    The Link is HERE.

    Canada's Blood Service needs your help

    The need for blood and blood products increases every day, with someone needing blood every 60 seconds. Due to the impact of Covid-19, Canadian Blood Services are struggling to keep up with demand and have 20,500 more appointments to fill over the next month. They are asking the public for help fulfilling this need.

    What you need to know about blood donation

    Blood and blood products are a critical part of everyday medical care. Blood donations help patients undergo major surgeries, routine medical procedures, cancer treatments, and much more. Everything Canadian Blood Services do to help patients in Canada depends on donors. Blood donors are essential to Canada’s Lifeline.

    The need for blood is constant. Each year, over 100,000 new blood donors are needed to ensure patients have reliable access, where and when they need it. If you are in good health, book now at blood.ca, on the GiveBlood app or call 1 888 2 DONATE (1.888.236.6283).


    The Jammers

    This programme has returned to the hall with indoor restrictions.

    Jammer Group playing in the hall together

    All musicians (at any level of skill) are invited to spend a little time together playing songs and keeping time each week. They meet on Thursdays from Noon until 3:00 PM in the main hall of the Argyll Community Centre. They welcome any instrument you are willing to jam with. Electric and Acoustic instruments are both welcome. Singing on key is optional :-)

    If you want to sit-in on what they get up to each week, contact Ken by phone and get the details for their next jam. You can come and sing, play along or just relax and enjoy the music. Call Ken 780.466.8127 for more information. There is a $2.00 fee for use of the hall.



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    Our mailing address is:
    Argyll CL Social Events
    6750 88 Street
    Edmonton, AB T6E 5H6
    Canada

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    Our address is:

    • Argyll Community Hall
    • 6750 - 88 Street NW
    • Edmonton, AB
    • Canada  T6E 5H6



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