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Hub Project Funding Announced!
Medicinal Garden Reveal
Fall Gardening Series Begins!

Sewing Workshop - Hone your Skills!
Volunteer Treasurer Search - Could It Be You?!
 
You have probably heard of our imagine Sunalta Hub Project by now!

We were excited to finally announce that we received $2 Million from the City of Calgary towards our Hub Project!

If you would like to learn more you can find more information at this link > Sunalta Community | imagine

See the article covered by Live Wire Here
Sewing Workshop Series

6 weeks to create a take home project! 

Join Blanka, an experienced seamstress, to learn how to hone your sewing skills and create a project to take home at the end of the 6 weeks.

Not to mention all the sewing tips and tricks you will learn from her!

Space is limited, so make sure to sign up quickly!
Registration information is on the poster below!
The Fall Gardening Series is Coming Soon! 

Some of you may have met our good friend Janet Melrose. You can find her poking around in the community garden and leading gardening sessions!

 She is a well known Horticulturist in the City and she helps our gardeners throughout the gardening season and hosts our Fall and Spring Gardening Series. She is a wealth of knowledge and we are lucky to have her!

This will be an in person event that requires registration. Space is limited, make sure to secure your spot and
 Register today! See registration information on the poster.
 

Volunteer Treasurer Search! 

Are you a Sunalta resident?
Do you have a financial background, or an interest to learn?
Does this sound like someone you know?
We’re looking for a volunteer Treasurer to join our Board of Directors!

 

Click here to see full job description!

Interested? Email jenn@sunalta.net or give her a call at (403) 330-8594!

Check out this beautiful home that was renovated by Studio North! There is also a great article by Heritage Calgary.

Lucky for us Mark Erikson, Founding Principal of Studio North and his family are Sunalta residents! Studio North is currently working towards restoring and renovating the Johnston Residence in Sunalta, which has officially received municipal heritage designation.
We can't wait to see photos of the finished work!

If you are looking for a company for restoration and/or renovation Studio North does exceptionally beautiful work! 
We introduced our Medicinal Garden to the community on October 6 through a Garden Reveal event! 

We had an Indigenous Elder join us to provide a blessing and land acknowledgement. We also had an Indigenous Medicine Woman and Herbalist join us to share her years of wisdom and knowledge using herbs and plants as medicine. 

Our friend and Horticulturist, Janet Melrose joined us to speak about her knowledge of native plants to Alberta, common uses and even shared how to harvest plants properly! 

We learned so much from our guests and we were so lucky to have them there to teach us about the natural world around us! 

If you missed the event you can check out the garden yourself! You can find the Wildflower Garden at the corner of 14 Ave and 16 St.

If you come on Wednesdays between 4-530PM or Fridays between 3-5PM, staff or friends of the SCA will be around if you have questions!

Leave a Mess for Goodness Sake
By: Glynnis Ewashen


(don’t) Rake it up and tuck it in.
As temperatures cool, the gardening season begins to wind down. We pick the last of our harvest and observe plants losing their colour day by inevitable day. In anticipation of the next planting season, and because most of us prefer things nice and tidy, we begin pulling up the tomato plants, trimming back the flower and herb stems, and raking up the leaves. It doesn’t occur to us that we are destroying the insect habitats we helped create mere months ago.

Birds, bees, and butterflies
During the spring and summer, many of us deliberately plant pollinator-friendly flowers and shrubs and avoid the use of harmful chemicals in our yards and gardens. We pride ourselves on the organic food we grow, the hummingbird, bee, and butterfly-friendly habitats we have created and find non-toxic methods of dealing with pests. Some of us go even further by composting our kitchen waste, planting native species and drought-resistance perennials, and allowing dandelions to colour our lawns. These small ecosystems, however humble or grand, provide endless enjoyment and foster our connection to nature.

Where did all the bugs go?
The bees and butterflies that visited our gardens over the summer months now need a place to overwinter. These and many other insects find cozy places such as tree bark, leaf litter, plant stems, and soil to find shelter in. Our gardens and yards become the winter habitat for these hibernating insects in their many forms, including cocoons, larvae, chrysalis, and adults.

Feeding the birds
And let’s not forget about the birds. We welcome the birds who visit our gardens in spring, summer, fall, and winter. In the winter, many of us put out birdseed for them. We let our sunflowers mature and enjoy watching small birds take seeds while clinging to the swaying flower heads. For the same purpose, we can leave the other spent plants, shrubs, and garden debris for their foraging needs in the fall. Wintering birds very much depend on hidden insects, plant seeds, and berries to get them through until spring.

When to (finally!) clean up
In the spring, it is best to wait until the temperatures are 10 degrees C (50 degrees F) for at least seven consecutive days. If you must begin earlier, gently gather plant debris and pile or spread it very loosely where the insects can complete their hibernation and safely emerge when ready.

Leave the stubble
Tip: Leave about eight inches of perennial plant stubble behind for next season’s overwintering insects. The new growth will soon hide the old, and next winters hibernating insects will thank you. Learn more If you are looking for more ways to develop your garden space or larger property in partnership with nature, check out John Walker’s How to Create an Eco-Garden. It provides comprehensive information for sustainable gardening and making your outdoor spaces creature-friendly.

Weeding on Wednesdays in the Wildflower Garden
4:00pm - 5:30pm
We are always looking for more hands to help us weed at the Wildflower Garden.

It's getting cool, but we are still working on getting our Wildflower garden ready for the Winter!


Let's get our hands in the dirt and have fun!


 
Have an idea for a program or event? We want to hear from you! 

Our Community Social Worker, Tamara would love to hear from you!

You can reach her at tamara.baldwin@calgary.ca or 403 852 8703


 
Fresh Food in Sunalta

Fresh Routes Mobile Food Market
We bring fresh, healthy, affordable food to new places. Our mobile grocery stores carry fruits, veggies, eggs and whole grains, all sold at accessible prices.
Tuesdays at the Sunalta C-Train Station 
3pm-5pm

YYC Growers
Order a box ahead of time or pick up some locally grown produce. Follow on Instagram
Wednesdays at the Sunalta Community Hall
4pm-7pm

The Good Food Box
A monthly produce food box at amazing prices. Three sizes to choose from. See the poster below.


 
Soon our Chill and Chats will become Fire on Friday!

With the cold weather moving in we will meet at the same time, but we will build a fire in our fire pit!

Look out for more information on our social media or in our next newsletter.

You can find us on social media at:

 Instagram @sunaltayyc
Twitter @sunaltayyc
Facebook @sunalta or search Sunalta Community Association
Due to the current restricitons the Pipe and Smudge has been postponed - please contact Caterina at 403 823 0322 or caterina@sunalta.net for updates.
We hope to welcome this event back soon!


Pipe and Smudge Circle

Join Wade Maude as he guides everyone
in a sitting smudge circle.
A great way to reset.
Wednesdays 2PM-4PM
Sunalta Community Hall, 1627-10th Ave SW
Hall Door Entrance
Due to the current restricitons Tuesday Drum Circle has been postponed - please contact Caterina at 403 823 0322 or caterina@sunalta.net for updates.
We hope to welcome this event back soon!
Buy some coffee! Purchase some Sunalta Swag.
Every bit helps to keep the community association going.




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The Big Mouth Bins are now eating your clothing, shoes and linens with a portion of the funds raised going back to the Sunalta Community!
That's some good digestion! Thanks for donating your goods. 

 
The Big Mouth Bins are right outside the hall at 1627-10th Ave SW
Heck, why not donate your bottles too?
The Skip the Depot truck will come right to your door and pick them up.
Select below to donate to the Sunalta Community Association as your local charity, please and thank you.
Support Local Ideas!
We ordered this amazing cards from Day. She is very professional and the hand made quality of these cards speaks in volumes. Stock up on 'Thank You' cards.
Give her a call!
Sunalta's Handy Man Services - Padgett Eastman 403-560-9190
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