Community Connections

As we approach a full year of dealing with the changes COVID-19 has brought to our lives, it is even more important than ever to connect with friends, family and neighbours – even if it is in a new way. We hope you are finding resources you need to keep you and your family physically and mentally healthy, and are able to reach out for help. We hope you find balance and are able to find moments of peace. We never expected the impact of this virus to go on so long, but hopefully we can see the light at the end of a long year where so many things have challenged us and changed the world in which we live.

This month’s eNewsletter includes links and information about services in our area on our Community Partner Page. We encourage you to reach out to them if you need help, or if you would like to volunteer. Throughout the eNewletter, the links in bold, blue, underlined font take you directly to a website or Facebook link for more information.

Links to ideas to help you reach out to your neighbours through the Abundant Community initiative are on page 3. It’s as easy as dropping a note or friendly card in someone’s mail box! Maybe some Valentine’s cards to brighten a family’s day…

We are looking forward to resuming programs, events, and connecting in person as soon as we are able. In the mean time, enjoy this month’s eNewsletter! Other editions are under “About Us”, “Newsletters”. Stay safe, and lets keep connected.

~Tracey Hirtle, Communications Director

August 2020 Board Meeting

A few highlights from our August meeting:

  • Our hall remains closed to both programs and rentals. We have a sub-committee working on a re-opening plan.
  • Unfortunately, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to cancel the Christmas Craft & Gift Show, which is usually held in November.
  • The pop-up garden near Rundle School is growing! Thank you to our Abundant Communities Coordinator, Rayna, for getting this up and running.
  • The Rundle Heights Park Redevelopment Committee is hosting a bottle drive fundraiser on August 23 from 10:00 – 3:00. You may either drop off your bottles (location TBD) or we will pick up from your house. You may also drop your bottles off at the Beverly Bottle Depot and ask for the proceeds to go to the Rundle Heights Park Redevelopment.
  • 2020/2021 Membership Sales:
    • In person at our AGM, where you can pay with debit, Visa, Mastercard, cheque, or cash.
    • Email Crystal Boyde at membersbhcl@hotmail.com if you wish to arrange for a membership card to be mailed to you. We must receive payment first, either via cheque, cash, or e-transfer to treasurer.bhcl@gmail.com.
  • Our AGM will be held on September 15 at 7:00 pm in the Main Hall. For a list of available positions, please see here. All social distancing measures will be in place. We hope to see you there!

Fundraiser!

The Rundle Heights Park Redevelopment Committee is hosting a fundraiser in August, in collaboration with the Beverly Bottle Depot.

Simply bring your bottles to the Beverly Bottle Depot and ask to donate to the Rundle Heights Park Redevelopment. Alternately, we will be out in the community on August 23, 2020 collecting bottles.

For more information on the Rundle Heights Park Redevelopment, please click here.

Non-Medical Masks Available

The City of Edmonton is moving to mandatory face coverings in all indoor public spaces and public vehicles effective Saturday, August 1, 2020. 

The Beverly Heights Community League has secured a limited number of non-medical, disposable face masks for community league members. Please contact our President, Jim Trudel, at 780-918-8177, to arrange for pick-up at his home.

June 2020 Board Meeting

After a brief hiatus due to COVID-19, your Beverly Heights Board met for our June meeting, adhering to social distancing protocols to ensure our safety.

Most of our discussion was around the potential re-opening of our community league and services. Community leagues are included in phase 2 of the province’s reopening plan. We agreed to create a sub-committee to focus on fulfilling the requirements for our league to reopen safely. We will revisit the discussion at our August meeting. For now, our hall will remain closed to all programs, and rentals.

Our 2020 Annual General Meeting has been rescheduled for September 15 at 7:00 pm. Please note that due to COVID-19, we will be following all social distancing requirements, as determined by Alberta Health Services. The meeting will be held in the Main Hall. All attendees will be required to wear a mask, as per the City of Edmonton face-covering bylaw.

We will elect the following term positions: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Facility Maintenance Director, Fundraising Director, Neighbourhood Watch Director, Programs/Social Director, and Publicity/Communications Director.

For information on the positions, please click here to read more.

Please come out and have your voice heard at our AGM!

COVID-19 Update

Dear Community League Members:

It is with regret that in light of the recent announcements regarding the need for social distancing as outlined by the Alberta Government, all current social programming at the hall is now cancelled, and all future going forward postponed.

We will continue to monitor the situation going forward and make announcements regarding further events as they come closer in date.

Thank you for your understanding in this matter, please stay safe and healthy.

Sincerely;

Meighan Jones

Vice President, Beverly Heights Community League Board

*If you have concerns about your own health, please phone Health Link at 811.

*Alberta Health Services has published a number of resources regarding COVID-19 online. Access through their website here.

Variety Show Cancellations

We are very sorry to inform everyone that the remainder of the Variety Show evenings are cancelled. This is due to the Alberta Health Services directive, issued at 3:30 pm today, March 12. All large gatherings of more than 250 people should be cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. For more information on the coronavirus, please visit the AHS website or phone Health Link at 811.

The following shows are cancelled:

  • March 13
  • March 14
  • March 20
  • March 21
  • March 27
  • March 28

While we are, of course, disappointed to have this during our 50th year, the health, safety, and well-being of our volunteers, community members, and attendees is our top priority. We are grateful for your support and patience. We look forward to welcoming everyone back in 2021!

If you have any questions or wish to receive a refund for your tickets, please email varietyshow.bhcl@gmail.com or phone 780-471-3600.

Tonight’s the Night!

After a year of planning and hard work, tonight is the opening night of our 50th Annual Variety Show – Hindsight’s 2020!

Tables are set and ready to go for our Gala Event!

Countless volunteer hours go into the production of the Variety Show, which is our community’s biggest fundraiser of the year. The funds raised through the Variety Show allow the community league to host programs and events throughout the year. We are always looking for more volunteers. If you would like to donate your time, please email us at varietyshow.bhcl@gmail.com or submit a volunteer form.

Tickets are still available for many of our shows. You may purchase tickets online through Eventbrite or by phoning our ticket line at 780-461-3600. Please note this is an adult event (18+).

We offer a Ukrainian Dinner option on three evenings, catered by Paulina’s Catering. Tickets are $15 for a plated dinner, and tickets must be purchased in advance. Ukrainian Dinner nights are February 28, March 6, and March 13.

Save the Date – 2020 AGM

Mark your calendars – the 2020 Annual General Meeting of the Beverly Heights Community League will be held on Tuesday, April 14 at 7:00 pm.

Come to hear what your community league has accomplished over the past year. We will elect the following term positions:

  • President
  • Treasurer
  • Facility/Maintenance Director
  • Fundraising Director
  • Neighbourhood Watch Director
  • Programs/Social Director
  • Publicity/Communications Director

If you are interested in joining the board, please read the position descriptions posted here.

December 2019 Board Meeting

Already our last meeting of 2019! Please see the summary of discussion items below:

  • The Abundant Communities Committee has just hired our Neighbourhood Coordinator! Look for more information to come in early 2020. For more information on the Abundant Communities initiative, please see here.
  • Latest edition of the Community News went out, including information from our league. For a digital edition, click here.
  • Three buses of festive community members will take part in the 2nd Annual Christmas Lights Tour on December 13. Thank you to Crystal Boyde for organizing!
  • Join us on Sunday, December 15 from 2:00 – 5:00 for our 2nd Annual Merry Little Christmas Party. Free showing of The Polar Express with popcorn in the Main Hall, and a pub afternoon in the Family Centre. Please no drop-offs!
  • New Year’s events are quickly approaching. Check out our events page to find out more. A special thank you to DJ Curtis from Grindstone Productions for donating his time to DJ the dance on New Year’s Eve, and to Worry Free Plumbing & Heating for providing complimentary hot chocolate and popcorn at the New Year’s Day Wobbly Skate.
  • The outdoor rink is now OPEN! Join us weekends from 12:00 – 6:00 pm, and weekdays from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. For more information, click here.
  • Variety Show tickets are on sale now! Click here for more information. This is our 50th show, if you can believe it, so you won’t want to miss the fun!

On behalf of the Beverly Heights Community League, we wish you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Happy New Year!