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Flow & Unwind Yoga Class
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A weekly, evening yoga session spanning 6 weeks. Ashtanga based flow, and restorative postures to relax and unwind.

The class warms up with Ashtanga yoga based flow. Once bodies are warm and loosened up, we will be settling into some deeper stretches and restorative postures to unwind both body and mind. Instructor, Tim Percival.

Thursdays 7:15pm - 8:30pm

Fall session starts September 12 for 6 classes

$60 + gst

All participants must hold a current CHCA membership. To purchase one online for only $10/year, click here

Neighbour Day 2019: A Review
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By Jessica Lajoie, CHCA President.

Neighbour Day 2019 started for me with putting up some barriers on 21st Ave to close down the block to traffic - a first for Capitol Hill Neighbour Day! Immediately I had some helpers decorating the road with side walk chalk, drawing hopscotch squares and stars. The weather was lovely. As the day went on I enjoyed live music, a yummy sausage, and chatting with local businesses. I even got my family's bikes tuned up for free! I wrapped up the day sipping a glass of sangria on the sunny deck of the community centre. Thank you to all the volunteers who worked hard to make it happen.

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By Mavis Sew, CHCA Vice President

The Capitol Hill Community's first Neighbour Day celebration wasn't planned as such.

In June of 2013, the Community Centre had organized a BBQ fundraiser for the Dinosaur playground. We had planned an evening of burgers and hot dogs, and some live musical entertainment. People attending would be charged at the door and all funds would go towards the new playground. Earlier, on the day of the event, Calgary started flooding, and our plans changed quickly from a fundraising event, to a free community BBQ with an invitation to anyone displaced by the floods to come up for a free meal and to escape the realities of the disaster for a brief moment. A few members of the Barberellas, a group of barbershop singers were unable to come due to living on the other side of the river, but the rest of them were eager and willing to contribute to our event. The event ended the evening with a lively and exuberant set by Aaron & the Cultivators, a Capitol Hill resident at the time.

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This coming together of neighbours, and community is the heart of Neighbour Day in Capitol Hill. Since 2013 we've continue to grow community through increasing opportunities for neighbours to meet at the Community Centre through recreational classes, social gatherings and clubs. By reaching out to the local business community, Neighbour Day found a partner, and has evolved to showcase the best that our community has to offer.

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My family spent the whole day at Neighbourday, eating lunch from the Dogfather while listening to the band on the stage. My children participated in the bicycle safety course & obstacle course offered by Safe Cycling Calgary. We caught up with the many local businesses, and had a free family portrait taken by Studio Lumen. We ended the day in awe by the musical talents showcased in the Talent Show organized by Bryan Buss of Leroux Studios. The family bands that performed were our favourite and has inspired our family to jam and perhaps enter into next year's talent show.

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On behalf of the CHCA, I hope you enjoyed the day, and thanks to you for coming and supporting our community! Many thanks to the vendors, Bryan Buss for organising the Talent Show, Abi Harker for organising everything on the ground, The Rockin’ Rebels, Scott Taekwondo and his students for putting on their demonstration, Velo Fix for coming out to treat everyone’s bikes, Pamela McHugh for organising the Bike Rodeo and Safety event, The Dog Father for the food, Happy Feet for providing the football, Brinna for manning the bar and mixing up her Sangria recipe, and all the volunteers who helped out on the day. Hoping to see you again next year!

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Neighbour Day Bike Programs

By Pamela McHugh

Thanks to the generous support of the Alberta Traffic Safety Fund, the Capitol Hill Community Association is able to host a number of free, active transportation focused programs.

On June 15th, as part of the CHCA Neighbour Day event, Safer Cycling Calgary will offer FREE Family Bike Rodeo (Level 2: Cycling Basics course) workshops. Plan to come to the community association for the Neighbour Day and sign your kids up for this "playground" based event that introduces cyclists to key bike handling skills that they will need to ride safely. Helmet are required and this course is typically designed for kids 6 years of age and older.

Workshops will take place at 9am, 11am and 1pm. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged to help us plan for numbers. Head to the Safe Cycle Calgary website: https://tinyurl.com/SCCL2CH. Kids participating in the workshops will have the chance to win lots of fun bike safety prizes. At 2:30pm we will have an obstacle course open for kids of all ages and abilities

Adults and kids alike should bring their bikes because we will have Velofix Calgary on-site offering FREE bike tune-ups out of their mobile repair van. They will be on-site from 11am until 4pm so come on by.

And don’t forget to swing by the CHCA information booth to fill out a community survey and enter for a chance to win one of many fantastic prizes. See you there!


Neighbour Day 2019: What To Expect
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By Abi Harker, Facilities and Rental Manager.

It's that time again where we celebrate all things community!

Our annual neighbour day and business fair is on June 15th this year. I have been very fortunate to lead this shindig for the past 4 years. Luckily, I have a great team who makes this work like a well-oiled clock.


Each year, our Neighbour Day has grown in activities, ideas and people enjoying the event. We strive to offer the locals and people from all over, a fun afternoon filled with music, displays of our rentals we have such as Tae Kwon Do and Salsa to name a couple, food trucks, bouncy castle, free events, music  and our ever fabulous bar and bar manager Brina to pour a beer or two. It's a great way for people to see what we have to offer during the week. 

The idea for this started 3 years ago, a fantastic local business fair incorporated into Neighbour Day was hatched between myself, Bryan Buss owner/operator Leroux Music and Dr. Laura Vandertogt,  Chiropractor of the Wellness Studio. One rainy day at Weeds Cafe, we met and thrashed out an idea to bring local businesses together to share who they are and what they do to help grow this wonderful community. Both Bryan and Laura were instrumental in reaching out to the other businesses that each year, grew in size and wanted very much to be back in the fold of our special day. 

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Our vision is to provide a day where all are inclusive and engagement of the community is key. Each year we hope to make our event bigger and better. Without the support we have of the community board, the city and all the countless volunteers and their time, none of this could happen. We are very grateful!


Please come and join us on June 15th at 11am. We expect the fun to start around 11.30-noonish as we start to get everyone in place around that time. The bar will be open - bring cash for this and the food. The Dog Father food truck will be serving food, hot coffee and tea - this was our biggest request from last year!

Events to look forward to: a fantastic bike clinic and bicycle obstacle event for kids - Bike Rodeo. Fun free interactive events such as Happy Feet soccer for little ones, a great bouncy castle and as mentioned displays from our great renters for martial arts.  All the local businesses that come to join the day will be very excited for you to visit their table and found out who they are - don't be shy!

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We also have a local band playing tunes of yesteryear, so dance your face off! To top the day, there l be  a super talent show starting around 3pm, that showcases local kids and adults. We promise no Simon Cowell though!

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We can guarantee fun, laughter and mingling with familiar faces, but not the weather. Just come prepared for rain/shine or pollen  as we plan to enjoy regardless :-)






Neighbour Day 2019
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By Bryan Buss

Neighbour Day is taking place Saturday, June 15th.
To celebrate, the CHCA and Capitol Hill Business Community are organizing an event which will celebrate our vibrant and diverse community.

As with any successful community event, there will be live music, food trucks, demonstrations and opportunities for neighbours to get to know one another. In 2017, we had hundreds of attendees throughout the day, as well as in 2018 (an even much larger production!). We expect a much higher volume this year.

The business fair which will be similar to a mini-trade show or mini-lilac festival, and will feature our community’s local independent businesses. Participating businesses will be set up as vendors, with tents and tables covered by the registration payment.

This is a fantastic opportunity to:

  • Showcase and market your business

    1. Create community presence and awareness of what your business has to offer

    2. Interact with people living in the community & meet new clientele

    3. Show off and sell products

    4. Educate the public about your services

    5. Network with other local businesses


We connected with dozens of new leads during the business fair last year, with many becoming weekly customers!
-Leroux Music School

 

Click Here to Register your business now!
 

Go to the Capitol Hill Community Association Website: 

  1. Become a Capitol Hill Community Association corporate member (if you haven't already, current memberships expire June 30th 2019)

  2. Pay registration fee of $100 (for the neighbour day event)

  3. Fill out the registration form at the link below.  Someone will be in touch shortly to confirm your registration.  https://www.capitolhillcommunity.ca/new-page

  • $100 Fee includes: a vendor space in the business fair, rental of tent, table & 2 chairs, an on-stage pitch at the event to promote your business, and guaranteed visitors to your booth on event day (wow, what a deal!)
     

  • Decide on how you want to showcase your business – featuring/selling products, providing information, an interactive display or activity for people to do...

  • Help create community and support the Capitol Hill Community Association – decide on how your business can reward members and encouraging membership.

    • Benefits exclusively for members –for example, member only discounts/promotions, voucher for free item or complementary service, buy one-get one coupons...
       

Registration also includes business owner meetups to be hosted by Leroux Studios and the Capitol Hill Community Association throughout  2019 and 2020. A fun way to meet your fellow business owners and build cross-promotion.
 

Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to market your business and make new connections with members of the community! $100 reserves your spot - Register today!
 

Questions? Email Bryan Buss and Jean-Marc Robin at: capitolhillbusinessfair@gmail.com
 



Who Says You Can't Have A Winter Wedding?!
Photographer: Jenn Grayson

Photographer: Jenn Grayson

by Abi Harker

Our lovely young couple came to us in 2018 with wedding dreams for 2019

They wanted a small, but elegant wedding - not just a reception, but the full deal - wedding,  sit down dinner and dancing the night away. They fell in love with our all inclusive wedding package giving them ample time to decorate it to their liking and get ready for the days festivities as Mr. & Mrs. We thank them for sharing their beautiful photos of  a magical day.

Photographer: Jenn Grayson

Photographer: Jenn Grayson

My husband and I got married at the Capitol Hill Community Centre in February, and our experience was fantastic! Abi Harker, the

facility manager, was an absolute delight to work with. She understands how crazy wedding planning can be, and accommodated us every step of the way. Having access at 8am to decorate and being able to come and go as needed throughout the day was so nice! The hall is very spacious, and even has a separate room (lounge) for guests to escape to if they need a break from the action. There is a conference room downstairs where the bridal party got ready, so we didn’t have to get ready at home and travel far in our dresses (not to mention, waste precious time driving)!

 This place has it all, and for a price that other venues do not offer. Our damage deposit was fully returned to us, and boy did we ever party after the ceremony and dinner.

 Who says wedding planning has to stressful? Go get your dress. Get your decorations. Find your caterer.  Hit up Costco liquor store.  Get married at Capitol Hill Community Center!  

To reserve the community centre for your next party, wedding or celebration, email Abi Harker at: rentals@capitolhillcommunity.ca or check our information page or calendar for availability.

Fibre Arts Club
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In case the symptom of cabin fever is wearing thin, Tricia Hamilton has come to the rescue with her bi-weekly Fibre Arts club!

Any level of expertise is welcome to join, whether you’re a novice, and expert or just wanted to try a new skill. This is also a fantastic opportunity to meet your neighbours and make some new friends.

Bring along some snacks to share and keep cosy with a warm cup of tea.

Welcome To Capitol Hill Community!
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Welcome To Capitol Hill

from Jessica Lajoie, President of CHCA

by Jessica Lajoie.

Welcome. It’s a simple word that we use every day, but what does it mean to live in a community that is welcoming? Or to feel welcome in a given space or place? Obviously, this answer varies from person to person and is hard to describe, but most of us know it when it we see it. Or, more accurately, feel it.


I remember being new to Capitol Hill and sending an eager email to the Community Association to inquire about how to get a membership and become involved. My email went unanswered and I felt ignored. Not long after, I met one of my neighbours while our children played at the park. We both wanted to be more engaged with the CA but didn’t feel our presence was welcome. With some effort and help we eventually worked our way onto the board, however, that first impression always stayed with me. What community organization doesn’t embrace new volunteers?


My hope is that anyone reaching out to the CHCA today (or even just reading our website!) will have a very different experience. Not only will you be acknowledged, but you will find people who are welcoming of the ideas and energy you want to share. Being open to meeting new people and supporting new events are two ways our community association radiates “WELCOME!” There are also some tangible areas everyone can influence to make our neighbourhood more welcoming:


Accessibility: A couple years ago we undertook substantial renovations to the community centre, including improving access for people with mobility aids. There are still further improvements needed, but we are aware and working towards solutions. We can all do our part by keeping the sidewalks in front of our home and businesses clear of snow and ice.


Inclusion: Capitol Hill is home for many diverse people with different needs and ability to access housing. Working with both public and private developers to create a variety of housing options means that we can welcome more people into our neighbourhood. Our neighbourhood has many wonderful amenities to share and more people can support more services, benefiting everyone.

Public Spaces: Walking through our neighbourhood can provide examples of both welcoming and hostile public spaces. The mature trees everywhere are one of my favourite things about living in an older, established neighbourhood. However I find the sound walls along 14th street to be necessary, yet wholly uninspiring, pieces of infrastructure. Nothing changes overnight, but as a community we can project a clear vision of how we want to shape our public spaces and make improvements when opportunities arise.


Moving Around: It is vital for the residents and visitors of Capitol Hill to feel safe in order to feel welcome. The Community Association can be a hub and a conduit for voicing concerns and delivering messages about safety, in particular related to traffic. Whether travelling by foot, wheelchair, scooter, bus, bike, car or truck, we all have a role to play in navigating our neighbourhood safely and ensuring everyone feels welcome to use their chosen mode of transit.

The CHCA vision for Capitol Hill is to be “a connected, walkable place that is safe and welcoming.” I look forward to seeing the community grow towards this future and meeting many new friends along the way. If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity with the community association, please reach out! And remember to show your support by buying and maintaining your membership!