CA Awareness Month

Mayor Nenshi has proclaimed March Community Association Awareness Month! Follow along all month to learn what SACA does for Scenic Acres #howwillYOUbepartofit

31 Ways SACA enhances Scenic Acres:

1: Outdoor Recreation Programs: Children & Youth Soccer & Softball, Youth Beach Volleyball, Adult Ladies Soccer and Co-Ed Slo Pitch Registration for all is on now: www.scenicacresca.ca/programs/sports-programs

2: Information/Awareness: SACA provides seminars, workshops and information on a wide variety of topics. DYK the Alberta Government is giving homeowners free energy efficient upgrades? Learn more: https://www.efficiencyalberta.ca/residential-no-charge

3: SACA Main Hall:  For the first 12 years SACA operated without a facility. After lots of fundraising and grant applications, ground was broken on the Scenic Acres Community Centre in 1997. At that time centre only consisted of the Main Hall. The Main Hall is still used for programs, events, clubs and rentals. SACA Members receive discounts on renting the Main Hall, which many do for Birthday Parties, Celebrations, Weddings and Family Gatherings.

4: Bubble Gum Boogies – One of SACA’s goals is to provide opportunity for community members to socialize in an unstructured setting. One of the most popular events for Children are the Bubble Gum Boogie dances. For $10 children in grades 4 through 6 can dance, purchase treats and hang out with their friends in the community. The next BGB will be THIS Friday (March 10th) tickets must be purchased in advance through the SACA Office 403.547.9589 www.scenicacresca.ca/events/bubblegum-boogie

5: Recreation Facilities for Youth – One of the largest demographics in Scenic Acres is Youth! SACA seeing this applied for grants to build two Beach Volleyball Courts to provide a unique recreational facility for youth. SACA advocates for appropriate upkeep of the City owned Basketball and Tennis courts, raising money in the early 2000’s to have the Basketball Courts resurfaced, and ensuring they were repaired properly after the recent construction. SACA also supports the building of two outdoor ice surfaces at SACA as well the adopt-a-rinks in Scenic Acres. #howwillYOUbepartofit

6: Sales: SACA hosts a number of sales each year. These sales provide the opportunity for community members and residents to browse and shop available products without the pressure to host a home party, while still supporting local small business owners and crafters from Scenic Acres and neighbouring communities. Our next sale will be the Spring Fling Shopping Extravaganza on Saturday May 27 from 11am to 3pm. Entrance on the day is FREE! Table Registration for Vendors ranges from $40 to $60 depending on table size/location and includes complementary lunch & refreshments. Registration for SACA Members started today!

7: Pre-school Programs: Scenic Acres has seen many more young families moving into our community. SACA hosts a Playgroup for caregivers and little ones on Wednesday mornings from 9 to 11am as well as a number of pre-school oriented programs for young children. Music & Play on Wednesday & Friday Mornings, Sport Ball on Wednesday Afternoons and TucknTumble Gymnastics on Thursday afternoons. For slightly older children we also host Beavers, Sparks and Pathfinders. To learn more about what is on offer for different age groups please visit our web site: www.scenicacresca.ca/groups/kids-under-5

8: Playground Redevelopment: As Scenic Acres has aged, the original playgrounds put in by the developer have also aged. SACA, in partnership with local residents have teamed up with the City and the Province to re-develop these playgrounds and bring enhanced playground equipment to our community. Over the past 10 years the Scenic Green, Scanlon Green, Scenic Glen Close, Scenic Cove and Schubert Hill Playgrounds have been replaced. Plans to redevelop the Scimitar Playground are already underway. If you would like to help improve this playground please visit: www.scenicacresca.ca/facilities/scimitarwestchester-playground

9: Community Newsletter: Each month the Scenic Review, SACA’s Official Newsletter, is delivered to every home in Scenic Acres. Content includes programs, services and events for community residents, educational articles on topics such as health and finance as well as updates on developments and issues impacting our community. The newsletter also includes messages from local businesses, income from which helps to pay for the production and delivery of the newsletter. To view the Scenic Review on-line please visit: www.scenicacresca.ca/links/scenic-review-newsletter #howwillYOUbepartofit

10: Clean Community: Scenic Acres is lucky to have one of the highest percentages of green space compared to other communities. We also boast an extensive pathway system within the community which connects to adjacent off leash areas, neighbouring communities and nearby parks. SACA advocates for the proper upkeep of these pathways and provides education to those in the community for the appropriate use of the pathways and green spaces. SACA promotes the City’s PUPPY program and routinely publishes articles encouraging responsible pet ownership. SACA continues to work to provide more garbage receptacles, like the newest one at the three way stop by the enviro house and conducts clean up events. SAVE THE DATES: Saturday April 22nd Ravine and Pathway Clean Up and Saturday April 29 9am to 2pm Community Clean Up Day

11: Advocacy: SACA advocates for the appropriate development of our community. Three areas which have caused concern for residents of Scenic Acres in recent years have been the construction of a new school within our community, the development of Stoney Trail to the west of our community and the extension of the LRT and construction of a new station to the north of our community. In all three instances SACA worked with both the City of Calgary and Province of Alberta to advocate for Scenic Acres. Numerous Open Houses were conducted in the community at the request of SACA to ensure all residents had a voice and an opportunity to learn more about the various projects from those making the decisions. The resulting design of the LRT Station, Bus Loop and Parking Lot is very different from the original designs, due to the strong voice from SACA. Much of this work is done by dedicated volunteers. If you have a few hours to spare please consider volunteering for SACA. Let us know at scenicvolunteers@shaw.ca how you can help support our community.

12: Collaboration: SACA seeks to serve everyone in Scenic Acres, and work with other agencies and associations to meet this goal. SACA is part of a collaboration known as The Triple A: THE ALLIANCE FOR ACTIVE AGING. The agreement is for all six alliance member community associations (Scenic Acres, Silver Springs, Varsity, Dalhousie, Edgemont & Montgomery) to recognize and accept each other’s senior memberships, and to work together to provide complementary programming, activities and events for those 55+. SACA hosts a number of programs and events geared towards 55+ adults, attracting attendees from a number of six Triple A communities.
* Ladies Social Coffee Craft Club: Mondays 9am to Noon
* Zumba Gold: Mondays 10:30 to 11:30am
* Line Dancing: Tuesdays 10:30 to 11:30am & 11:35 to 12:35pm
* Single Ladies Get Together: 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the Month 10:30am to Noon
* Quilting Group: 3rd Tuesday of the Month 9am to 3:00pm
* Book Club: 1st Tuesday of the Month 1:00 to 3:00pm
* Walking Club: Wednesdays, meet at 9:10pm will depart promptly at 9:15am
* Fun & Games: Wednesdays 12:45 to 3:30pm
* Qigong: Thursdays 9:30 to 10:30am or 7:00 to 8:00pm
* Laugh & Learn: 1st Thursday of the Month 1:00 to 3:00pm
* Artist Gathering: 2nd & 4th Thursday of the Month 1:00 to 3:00pm
* Zumba Gold: Fridays 9:15 to 10:15am
To learn what the other associations offer please visit: www.allianceactiveaging.ca

13: Safe Community: A component of SACA’s Vision is for Scenic Acres to be a “safe, family-oriented place to live”. SACA participated in the Building Safe Communities initiative in 2013 and since then have been working to address safety related issues brought forward by members of the community. Pedestrian and Personal Property Safety continue to be concerns for residents. SACA has advocated for flashing crosswalk signs as well as reflective sleeves at crosswalks.  We also provide information related to safety through social media: www.scenicacresca.ca/news/initiatives/bsc

14: Norwest Soccer: A general misconception is Community Associations ONLY provide sports programs for kids. One of the goals of our 31 days of SACA is to dispel that myth, however, providing sports programs for kids (and adults) is one of the many things SACA does do. In partnership with the Silver Springs Community Association, SACA provides recreational soccer for U4 through to U18 under the Norwest Soccer banner. The U4 to U8 program is a play and train program right here in Scenic Acres, where the kids learn skill development and play in co-ed teams against other teams from Scenic Acres. The U10 to U14 program is a single gender house league program where teams play teams from other local NW communities in a “House League”. By U16/18 we combine the age groups and once again return to a co-ed team, they too participate in the local “House League”. Norwest Soccer registration is on-going but late fees of $15 on top of registration will come into effect on Thursday. To register please visit:  www.scenicacresca.ca/programs/sports-programs

15: Supporting Our Members: Another element of SACA’s mission is to foster a community “where residents have a sense of pride, community spirit and are proud to live”. SACA supports members with their personal endeavours of service to our community, the broader community and the global community by encouraging others in the community to support their endeavours. From promoting fundraising efforts and collecting donations for the Calgary Food Bank, to collecting school supplies to send to Costa Rica, hygiene items for the Ukraine or gently used sports equipment for children in Swaziland. #howwillYOUbepartofit

16: Adult Sports: SACA hosts one of the few Adult Slo-Pitch Leagues in Calgary. This co-ed multi-generational league attracts fathers/sons, sisters/sister-in-laws as well as friends and neighbours. Many of the participants have had family members playing in the league for upwards of 15 years! Starting each year in mid-May and culminating with a wrap up tournament in late August the league is a great way for adults in Scenic Acres to spend time together using one of our many outdoor amenities: www.scenicacresca.ca/programs/sports-programs

17: Adult Sports: SACA hosts one of the few Adult Slo-Pitch Leagues in Calgary. This co-ed multi-generational league attracts fathers/sons, sisters/sister-in-laws as well as friends and neighbours. Many of the participants have had family members playing in the league for upwards of 15 years! Starting each year in mid-May and culminating with a wrap up tournament in late August the league is a great way for adults in Scenic Acres to spend time together using one of our many outdoor amenities.

18: Palmer Boardroom: Many are familiar with the Main Hall at the Scenic Acres Community Centre, but not with the Palmer Boardroom added in 2004. The Boardroom, is a natural location for meetings, but the room also hosts Qigong, Music Pups as well as many of our Seniors Groups. Like the Main Hall the boardroom is also available to rent, and has been used for birthday parties, small AGM’s, workshops and seminars. To learn more please about the this flexible room please visit: www.scenicacresca.ca/facilities/palmer-boardroom

19: Exercise Classes: SACA offers a wide variety of adult exercise classes. With Member rates and non-member rates and even a drop in option for members, we make every effort to offer a class for all interests at a variety of different days and times. In addition we provide balls, props blankets and light weights to help you reach your exercise goals. Join us this week!
MON AM: Core Conditioning 9:15 to 10:15am with Wanita
MON AM: Zumba Gold 10:30 to 11:30am with Virginia
MON PM: Intermediate Yoga 1:15 to 2:45pm with Jen
MON EVE: Bliss Yoga 7:30 to 9:00pm with Holly
TUE AM: Yoga Flow 9:15 to 10:15am with Wanita
TUE AM: Beginner Dancing 10:30 to 11:30am with Reba J
TUE AM: Intermediate Dancing 11:35am to 12:35pm with Reba J
TUE EVE: Evening Zumba 7:30 to 8:30pm with Virginia
WED EVE: Eve Yoga 7:30 to 8:45 with Holly
THUR AM: Yoga Basics 9:15 to 10:45am with Jen
THUR AM: Qigong 9:30 to 10:30am with Yvette
THUR PM: Qigong 7:00 to 8:00pm with Barb
FRI AM: Zumba 9:15 to 10:15am with Virginia
www.scenicacresca.ca/programs/drop-in-programs

20: LEAF: On the first day of Spring many of us start thinking about our yards and gardens. SACA’s volunteer LEAF committee started their planning for the greenspaces in SA back in the Fall. For those not familiar with LEAF it stands for Landscape Enhancement and Appreciation Fund. All homes in SA pay equally into the fund. The funds are collected and administered by the City of Calgary under the direction of SACA’s LEAF Committee. Over the first three years of the initiative Scenic Acres has seen a major clean up the community greenspaces, boulevards and parks, along with the addition of a number of planters and flower beds. 2017 will continue to see more enhancements to our community greenspaces and boulevards. To learn more about the LEAF initiative please visit: www.scenicacresca.ca/news/initiatives/leaf

21: SACA Listens: In 2014 we couldn’t recruit enough volunteers to maintain outdoor rinks. Throughout 2015 we asked for feedback on what it was like not to have the rinks, and found a new group of enthusiastic volunteers to maintain the rinks. This winter’s weather was not ideal for ice making but this wonderful group of volunteers gave the rinks their all. SACA will continue to listen to the community as to what facilities, services, programs and events they would like to see offered in their community. To provide your feedback to SACA please visit: www.scenicacresca.ca/contact-us/feedback

22: Governance: SACA along with Varsity and Silver Springs CA’s are the three founding members of the Crowchild Twin Arena Association (CTAA), which governs the Crowchild Twin Arena. The CTAA Board of Directors is made up of two reps from each of these founding CA’s, and provides governance and direction to the management team who operate the arena. The role of the three CA’s is to ensure this valuable community facility will continue to serve the three founding communities for many years to come. CTA hosts community hockey (Crowchild Hockey Association and Girls Hockey Calgary), ringette (North West Ringette) and figure skating (Crowchild Skating Club). CTA also hosts the very popular Crowchild Hockey School each August, numerous senior hockey groups, private rentals, as well as regular public skating sessions. To learn more about the Crowchild Twin Arena please visit www.crowchildtwinarena.net

23: Stampede: With the tarp auction tonight many of us are thinking ahead to Stampede! SACA is known for putting on one of the best Stampede Breakfasts around. Each year this event requires upward of 75 volunteers and costs approximately $8,000. Fortunately, we receive donations and discounts from local businesses as well as donations from many of those who attend which helps us cover the majority of the costs. Membership dues from people like you and casino income help us cover the shortfall and ensure we can keep offering this wonderful community event. Join us www.volunteersignup.org/EXM7L #howwillYOUbepartofit

24: Education: One of SACA’s goals is to provide information and education to the community on a wide variety of topics. This is done through informative articles in the Scenic Review, as well as Open Houses and Seminars. If you have a topic idea or you are an expert in a field of interest please contact the SACA Office at scenicacresca@shaw.ca or 403-547-9589.

25: Youth Volunteer Corp: SACA wants everyone in Scenic Acres to feel valued members of our community. Through the Scenic Acres Youth Volunteer Corp we provide youth with Leadership and Volunteerism opportunities. Please e-mail scenicvolunteers@shaw.ca if you would be interested in volunteering to provide childcare at our AGM, work the canteen at our next Bubble Gum Boogie or volunteer at our Stampede Breakfast! #howwillYOUbepartofit

26: Transparency: SACA operates in an open and transparent manner.  SACA Members can view all Meeting Minutes, Financial Statements, Policy & Procedures. Learn more at the upcoming SACA AGM Sunday April 2nd at 1pm in the Main Hall #howwillYOUbepartofit

27: Services– SACA seeks to provide value to all those in Scenic Acres. Through the Scenic Review we provide information about local programs, issues, bylaws and much more. We also provide a number of services such as the Babysitting Registry and the Snow Shoveling Registry where those wishing to provide their services are able to connect with those in the community looking to use such a service. Through the SACA Office we also provide the services of a Commissioner for Oaths. Advertising through either of the registries or having a documents commissioned are free to SACA Members! Just another perk of membership in YOUR community.

28: Advice: The SACA Office is open M, T, Th, F 9-3; W 9-5; but closed on weekends and holidays. We’re here to answer your questions and help find answers when we can’t. Many people assume we’re paid by the City of Calgary to offer this service. This is far from the truth. SACA is an independent not-for-profit entity funded entirely by membership dues, facility rental income, program income, user fees, grants and casino funds. Purchasing/Renewing your family membership for just $30 per year, helps us be there to answer your questions. https://www.compusim.com/scenicacres/membership

29: Christmas – SACA’s Mission and Vision include fostering a community where residents “enjoy a real sense of community” and “where residents have a sense of pride, community spirit, and are proud to live”. One of the many ways SACA does this is through our events. SACA has always provided a venue for families in the community to come together to celebrate Christmas. How we’ve done this has changed over the years to match the changing demographics in the community. Below is a montage of how we’ve celebrate the Christmas season together over the years from horse drawn carriage rides, breakfasts, hot chocolates, Santa, crafts, sing a longs, cookie decorating and more.

30: Power of Membership– Over the past 30 days we have been highlighting the wide scope of work done by SACA: YOUR Community Association. Some of what we do is for members only, but a lot of what we do benefits everyone residing in Scenic Acres. If you haven’t had a membership before, or you’ve let your membership lapse we hope you will consider supporting SACA’s work and purchasing/renewing your SACA Membership.  At a mere $2.50 per month a little from you can mean a lot for SACA. Membership also has its perks! Not only do members receive discounts on programs, rentals and services SACA provides, our community partners will also offer discounts. In addition, you receive e-mail alerts from the Calgary Police Service, City of Calgary and SACA. We won’t pester you with e-mails, we try to send only a couple per month, but if we receive important information which we feel impacts you directly we will e-mail our membership. To learn more about SACA Membership please visit: http://scenicacresca.ca/about-saca/membership-info-benefits

31: Connections– One of the SACA’s highest priorities is to bring our community together. Throughout the year we have a number of big gatherings such as the Stampede Breakfast, and our Outdoor Movie and Picnic in the Park, as well as smaller more intimate gatherings such as Breakfast with Santa and Appreciation Evenings. Through our many clubs and programs we provide a venue for neighbours to connect. This Sunday April 2nd SACA will be holding our Annual General Meeting at 1pm in the Main Hall. We know these kinds of meetings tend not to be the most entertaining, but we invite all members to attend so we can highlight the work we’ve been doing on behalf of the community and what we hope to do in the future. The meeting also provides the opportunity for members to learn more about SACA, ask questions and provide insights. We provide opportunity for member input within the formal meeting as well as during our post AGM Social. We hope to see you there! www.scenicacresca.ca/events/agm

Last updated March 29, 2017