50th Annual Variety Show

We’ve come a long way since our first Variety Show! What started as an idea for a fun way to raise funds in our community has turned into Edmonton’s longest-running community-based fundraiser. This year we are celebrating 50 years!

Our Planning Committee has been hard at work (basically since the end of the 49th show) on ideas and plans for 2020. We want you to be aware of a number of important upcoming dates:

  • Wednesday, November 27 at 7:00 pmVolunteer Recruitment Night. Join us to learn about the various volunteer roles and some exciting news about the show!
  • Sunday, December 1 – tickets go on sale! More details to come.

Volunteers are integral to the success of this event. We couldn’t do it without our dedicated volunteers. To find out more about the volunteer roles available, click here. To sign up now, please complete our online form.

Make sure you follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see all the latest from the Variety Show! We will be posting behind-the-scenes for the 2020 show plus some great historical content from years’ past.

Our 2020 Show Dates have been announced. Doors open at 6:30, with everyone seated by 7:30.

  • Friday, February 21 – Gala VIP Event – Tickets are $50 per person, includes dinner, commemorative souvenirs, and more!
  • Saturday, February 22
  • Friday, February 28 – Ukrainian Dinner by Paulina’s Catering available for a cost of $15 per person
  • Saturday, February 29
  • Friday, March 6 – Ukrainian Dinner by Paulina’s Catering available for a cost of $15 per person
  • Saturday, March 7
  • Friday, March 13 – Ukrainian Dinner by Paulina’s Catering available for a cost of $15 per person
  • Saturday, March 14
  • Friday, March 20
  • Saturday, March 21
  • Friday, March 27
  • Saturday, March 28

We can’t wait to share our 50th Show with you! If you have any questions or comments, please email varietyshow.bhcl@gmail.com or submit our online form.

Christmas at the Hall

Can’t believe it’s almost that time of year again? Neither can we! But we want you to mark your calendars for some upcoming events!

Saturday, November 23 from 10am – 4pm will be the 26th Annual Christmas Craft & Gift Show. Plan to join us for some shopping for that special person on your list (or for yourself)! Our vendor tables are sold out, and we are pleased to welcome many new vendors this year.

Plan to come hungry and enjoy a light lunch at our concession. This year we will be offering the following items: hamburgers, cheeseburgers, soup & a bun, chili & a bun, pulled pork on a bun, hot dogs, chili cheese dogs, cheese dogs, and chips/cookies.

Friday, December 13 – 2nd Annual Christmas Lights Tour

Join us as we take a bus tour to Candy Cane Lane and Castrol Raceway.

You must purchase tickets for this event. Tickets will be on sale Mondays and Wednesdays from November 4 – December 4 from 6:00 – 7:30, and Thursdays from 7:00 – 8:00 in the Family Centre at the Hall. Contact Crystal Boyde for more information at (780) 289-0995 or email membersbhcl@hotmail.com.

Details:

  • Meet in front of the Beverly Heights Community League by 5:45pm.
  • Board bus at 6:00pm. No latecomers will be admitted.
  • Tickets are $10 per person (no reduced price for children).
  • Tickets are limited and non-refundable.
  • You must notify if using a wheelchair or a stroller when purchasing tickets to ensure everyone can be accommodated.

Sunday, December 15 from 2:00 – 5:00 will be our 2nd Annual Merry Little Christmas Party!

Bring your blankets and pillows to enjoy The Polar Express in the Main Hall, with free popcorn. After the movie, you might just catch a visit with Santa Clause.

During the movie, we will be hosting a pub afternoon in the Family Centre. Alcoholic beverages are a separate cost.

We have some exciting things planned for New Year’s and will have new and ongoing programs for Winter 2020. Check back on our website for more information!

October 2019 Board Meeting

On October 8, your Community League Board met for its monthly meeting. Please see the highlights below:

  • We were pleased to welcome a representative from EPCOR Water to discuss the Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant. Every resident should have received a notice in their mailbox with FAQ.
  • Our membership numbers have doubled as compared to this same time last year! What a way to start 2019/2020! We have seen a lot of new faces come out to our programs this fall. Welcome!
  • On October 16, our local beat officers joined us at the hall for a good discussion about crime prevention in the neighbourhood.
  • Lots of programs & events coming this fall. Please mark your calendars!
  • Almost time for skating season. Once it starts getting colder, we will begin making ice. Hours for the rink will be set once the ice is made.

September 2019 Board Meeting

Your Beverly Heights Community League Board met on September 10 for a full agenda of discussion items! Please see some of the highlights below.

  • A big thank you to the City of Edmonton, whose neighbourhood engagement funding will be supporting a number of community events this fall. The Beverly Heights Community League received grants for our Community League Day event and for our new fall programs (bellydancing, yoga, meditation). Thank you for supporting our community!
  • We approved budgets for the upcoming Christmas Craft Sale & Taste of Lebanon events.
  • We discussed the upcoming rink season (fingers crossed for good weather!)
  • We discussed a number of upcoming events (see more information below).

Important Dates:

We look forward to seeing you out supporting your community at these upcoming events!

August 2019 Board Meeting

Your Beverly Heights Community League Board met this week for our August meeting. We didn’t meet in July for the Board to enjoy summer (although summer never did make it to Edmonton this year).

Updates:

  • We received our Operating Grant from the City of Edmonton. Each year, we submit a grant proposal to the City for assistance with our operating needs. Thank you, City of Edmonton, for supporting Community Leagues like ours!
  • Thank you to volunteers who removed an unused washroom from the rink building to allow for extra storage. Many hours went into this project, and getting ready for the winter season. Rink building looks fantastic!
  • Board discussed potential maintenance items to be addressed, such as the ageing furnaces in the main hall (over 50 years old).

Upcoming Important Dates:

We need volunteers for our Community League Day! Roles include set-up of tables and chairs, preparing food for the BBQ, tear down of tables & chairs to prepare for the dance, and clean up after the event. If you are able to volunteer, please phone Crystal Boyde at 780-289-0995.

Looking forward to a fall filled with new & exciting programs!

Summer & Fall Programs

We have a lot going on at the hall over the upcoming months. This fall, we will be trying some new programming, and we look forward to your feedback. We aim to provide programs that fit the needs of our community. If you have ideas about how to improve our programs or something new to offer, please contact our Programs & Social Director, Crystal Boyde, 780-289-0995, or email to membersbhcl@hotmail.com.

Summer Programs:

Fall Programs:

  • NEW – Meditation – Monday, September 16 – December 2 (no classes October 14 or November 11), 7:45 – 8:00, ages 16+, $50 for 10 weeks, $5 to drop in.
  • NEW – Belly Dancing – Monday, September 16 – December 2 (no classes October 14 or November 11), 6:30 – 7:30, ages 16+, $50 for 10 weeks, $5 to drop in.
  • NEW – Board Game Club – Sunday, October 6 – December 1 (no club on October 13, 1:00 – 2:00, ages 4-12, $1 to drop in.
  • Karate – Monday evenings, 3 levels offered, details through link.
  • Yoga – now on Wednesday nights with a NEW instructor, details through link.

Fall Events:

  • September 14 – Community League Day
  • September 21 – Taste of Germany
  • September 29 – Floden Park Clean-Up

Whew! As you can see, lots of new and exciting things on at the hall! Come out and join in the fun.

May 2019 Board Meeting

Just in time for our June Board Meeting are the highlights from our May Board Meeting! This was the first meeting with our new 2019/2020 Board.

  • Ann Nicolai presented on behalf of the Abundant Communities Initiative within Beverly Heights. We would like to grow on the momentum that started last summer. Ann requested the board discuss and decide upon the next steps for this initiative, specifically creating a part-time paid position for a Neighbourhood Connector.
  • The Board agreed to sponsor a hole at the 21st Annual Beverly Business Association Golf Tournament on June 14.
  • A proposal was put forward for consideration of an off-leash dog park in Beverly Heights. The Board has recently heard a number of complaints from residents in regards to dogs being off leash in Floden Park, and surrounding trails. The Board agreed to continue to pursue the options for an off-leash dog park.
  • Membership numbers have increased from last year!
  • The Board received a request from the Northeast Zone Sports Council regarding the Floden Park baseball diamond and batting cage. Our Rink Director will follow up to determine specifics surrounding request.

Looking forward to our next meeting on June 11!

2019 Volunteer Appreciation Night

Friday, April 26 was our Volunteer Appreciation Night at the hall, complete with buffet dinner, awards, and door prizes. Volunteerism is crucial to our continued success in bringing our community together. We would not be able to offer the programs we do without the support of our fabulous volunteers.

Each year, we honour those in our community who have made an outstanding contribution. Our Volunteers of the Year are:

  • Clara MacMillan, who has volunteered for BASS for over 20 years, and done everything from ordering supplies, managing bingo & whist, cooking & serving food, plus volunteering for the Variety Show.
  • Leander Britz, who has volunteered each and every night for the Variety Show for a number of years, and this year also replaced every light fixture in the hall with energy-efficient LED lights.
  • Jorja Grist, who has volunteered at almost every social event we have hosted in the past few years. She has also been an active member of the Variety Show clean-up committee (even though she’s not old enough to watch the show yet!)

We honoured Kathy Morrison, who has been an active member of our community and our board for almost 40 years. At our recent AGM in April, Kathy stepped down from her position as Community Liaison.

We awarded David Grist with an Honourary Lifetime Membership for his dedication and hard work in the community. David currently serves as Past President on our board.

We sincerely appreciate everyone who takes the time to lend a hand on the board, at our casino, community league day, craft show, programs, fun events, bartending for rentals, and the Variety Show. Our community has extraordinary volunteers; some have been volunteering since we became a community league in 1965, as well as teens who are learning the value and the satisfaction of giving back to their community.

Thank you to all of our volunteers, who make our community such a wonderful place to live.

Volunteer Dinner

Welcome 2019/2020 Board

Tuesday, April 9 was our annual general meeting. Each of our board members provided an update on what was accomplished during the year. It was a busy year for all of us!

A huge thank you to our outgoing board members: Tracey Hirtle, Jessica Kinsella, Kathy Morrison, and Ken Boyde. Our community appreciates your dedication to your role and your hours of support.

Welcome to the following new board members:

  • Meighan Jones, Vice President
  • Corrine McKell, Publicity & Communications Director
  • Nathan Tuckwood, Rink Director

And welcome back to our incumbents (some in new and/or expanded roles):

  • Jason Burgardt, Secretary
  • Chris Keeler, Civic Affairs Director & Variety Show Chair
  • Crystal Boyde, Membership/Community Liaison & Programs/Social Director

Here’s to our 2019/2020 Beverly Heights Community League Board! Looking forward to another productive year with all of you!

2019 Annual General Meeting

We would like to invite you to attend the BHCL Annual General Meeting at 7pm on Tuesday April 9, 2019.  We will meet in the Family Centre at the Beverly Heights Hall.  Please share the invitation with neighbours, family, and friends in the area.

Learn about community league activities and programs, hear what the current board has accomplished this past year, and elect board members for vacant and term positions. A 2018/2019 BHCL community league membership is required to vote and will be available to purchase at the door.

Positions up for election this year include: Vice President, Secretary, Civics Director, Membership/Community Liaison Director, Publicity & Communications Director, Rink Director, Sports Director and the vacant Program/Social Director. We have some incumbents interested in continuing but always welcome new members interested in taking on a role! Please see the BHCL Board Positions for a short description of the positions.

If you have any questions please email Tracey Hirtle, our outgoing Vice President, at Volunteer.BHCL@gmail.com.

We look forward to seeing you at our AGM! We’ve had an amazingly productive year and are excited to share updates with you.