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Bow Cliff Centre gets a New Parking Lot!

Bow Cliff Centre parking lot renewal, Seniors SW Calgary, Bow Cliff SeniorsExciting news! At last we can announce that funding has been raised for the parking lot – nothing stands between Bow Cliff Seniors and a new  parking lot to be completed by Fall, 2012.
An April 18th letter from the Provincial Government  announced that we had been granted $125,000.00 through the Community Facility Enhancement Program (CFEP).
On Monday, May 7th, JoAnne Porter, our Community Recreation Co-ordinator for the west area called with the good news that the City of Calgary had awarded Bow Cliff Seniors $218,864.67 from the Capital Conservation Grant (CCG) – another contribution to our parking lot renewal program.
Some of you may remember that we entered contests and Corporate entities were approached along with applications being made to all levels of government, so this success may go to our heads.
Summarizing sources of funding:

218,864.67   CCG funding
35, 000.00   Waste & Recycling Dept
125.000.00   CFEP
4,000.00   Hellenic Society
382,864.67  Grand Total

A plan of the lot was issued to members attending the Annual General Meeting followed by a question and answer session. One of the questions related to a limit of four  handicapped parking stalls. This has been extended to six but all stalls are the size of those at Canadian Tire stores – comfortable for even the most timid of drivers – speaking personally.
To avoid distraction, signage will be limited, but generous speed bumps  are sure to slow down any  reckless drivers. Any personal concerns?  Any members of the Board or Staff will pass on your questions to the Building and Development Committee, we’ll try to answer your questions.
After this…. our next major endeavour? How about a New Hall?
Betty Wheatley, Ways & Means Director

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The day to celebrate Robbie Burns Day has again arrived.  January 25, 2012 would have been Robert Burns 253rd birthday!  His writing definitely stands the test of time.  The most famous is Auld Lang Sang we sing bringing in the New Year.  Much of … Continue reading

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Calgary Dollars & Bow Cliff Seniors Launch the Rosscarrock Timebank Program

Building on the successful partnership that brought the Calgary Dollars Market to the Bow Cliff Seniors Centre, the two agencies are once again collaborating on an exciting new venture: The Rosscarrock Timebank project.

Timebanks have been around since the early 80’s though they have existed informally as long as there have been communities of people helping each other.

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Timebanks are based on reciprocity, assistance from others, and returning the favour

Timebanking is based on reciprocity – the concept that when people get assistance from a neighbour or a community volunteer they like to “return the favour”. A Timebank formalizes this exchange of service by assigning a value to the hours spent helping someone and this value is then “banked” and can then be used to “purchase” a needed service. Service exchanges can take place between two Timebank participants or Timebank hours can be used later for a service offered by any registered Timebank participant.

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Teens, want to learn some cool new skills and have fun meeting the seniors in your neighbourhood?

The Rosscarrock Timebank is open to any senior or teenager who lives in the community of Rosscarrock.

Interested teens and seniors will be brought together in the fall to get to know each other and talk about needs and interests.

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Seniors & Teens working together

From their input, a registry will be created listing skills that teens can offer – help with household chores, yard work, or snow shovelling, for example – and talents that seniors can offer – help learning skills like gardening, sewing or knitting, card games and such. Project staff will help match teen’s and senior’s needs and interests to relevant skills and talents being offered.

Are you a senior living in the community of Rosscarrock? Do you need help with things like household chores and yard work?

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Seniors, could you use some help from a local teen with household chores?

The Timebank is a great way for you to get help and have fun getting to know the teenagers in your neighbourhood! For information or to get involved call Corrine at 403-270-8002.

Fundraising in Economically Challenging Times

Our Volunteers are working hard this week to prepare for the Clothing Sale Fundraiser at Bow Cliff Centre on Saturday, June 4th.
This fundraiser is an answer from the dedicated members to raise money for our centre in challenging times.

“Our Bottle Drive money is way down this year compared to last year”, comments Tracey Braun, Executive Director of Bow Cliff Seniors. “But its not only here, the Boy Scouts did far less on their bottle drive this year than previous years as well.” Why is this happening? Tracey replies ” I did a little research to find out why, and members are giving their bottles to their kids and grandkids, who need the money.”

Bow Cliff Centre relies on donations and funding to keep its programs going. Even in these tough economic times, our dedicated members are prepared to work hard. Hilda Townsend, Clothing Sale Coordinator has a group of ladies organizing and sorting for the sale, as well as people coming in every day to bring bags of clothes for the sale.

Spring & Summer Clothing and Accessories at Bow Cliff Fundraiser June 4, 2011

“We are accepting all Spring or Summer clothes, as well as shoes, purses, jewelery and other small items for the sale.” Says Hilda Townsend, Volunteer Coordinator.  If you can clean out your closet and support our Fundraiser, help us out! There are many people in the city who can use these items, and we encourage them to come check out our sale.

The Clothing Sale is part of the Wildwood Parade of Garage Sales being held on Saturday, June 4th.  Hilda has organized her volunteers to be there on Friday, June 3rd from noon to 8:00pm to allow local people to shop early.
Come by our Fundraiser, get a deal of the beautiful clothing coming in for Bow Cliff Centre’s fundraising efforts.

Painters Ready for Art Show

The artists are hard at work getting ready for their art show on May 6 & 7, 2011. Here are some samples of their work. The video shows an artist working with acrylics and a pallette knife.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2QSaVMpyvQ&feature=player_detailpage

The Art Classes here at Bow Cliff offer acrylic, oil, water color, and pastels.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZze2xX-Ye4&feature=player_detailpagehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8Ss6EIS-jI

Watch the video to see an artist using oils:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02KENJOLWjw&feature=player_detailpage

Panache Artist Display of Acrylics

One of the Panache Artists, Ingrid shows us her display of Acrylic Paintings. Ingrid loves coming to Bow Cliff Centre for art classes for the friendships and the encouragement with her painting. She paints from photographs all winter, but loves to get out in summer and paint scenery.
She showed us a beautiful painting of horses running in the snow, lovely depiction of the snow swirling. See the video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMHHQj-yVlI

Some of the paintings in the video will be on display at the Panache Art Show &

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Acrylic Painting Ingrid

Sale at Bow Cliff Centre, 608 Poplar Road SW.

The Sale is May 6th & 7th, 2011. See website for details:  www.panacheartists.org

Panache Artist from Beginner to Award Winning

The Panache Artists are working hard preparing for their art Show & Sale on May 6 & 7, 2011.

One of the artists, Norma Lenore Trudeau Seymour has shared a few of her pieces with us in the following interviews.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IzLPPJM4l0&feature=related

Video Part 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdKoEDPIAic

Music for Better Health – Harmonica improves Lung Health in Older Adults

Bill, a member of the Harmonica Tableau shares his skills on Harmonica. See video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiT8LYmObGw&feature=related

Martha discusses the benefits of Harmonica for our health.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlonGlTXFkE&feature=related

Music Lovers Find a Home at Bow Cliff

Our member, Roy Hetherington is a very active member, involved in all of the singing groups such as the Harmonica Tableau, the Rhythm Kats, and the Singalong Group.  Watch his interview to see how he got involved, and what he has to say about it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXIbWswj5ds

Interview with June Crowe of the Rhythm Kats:

Six years ago, I started the Rhythm Kats. We are currently holding our own, but as you can see, our numbers are diminishing.  The new 50+ group coming our way are into totally different things.  Both of my groups like to sing and play the songs we grew up with — the “oldie goldies”  as I call them.  I guess I am not into Rock and Roll.

A year ago, I joined the Board of Directors. I had been asked many times before but was too busy with music, family, and so forth.  When I join something, I like to participate 100% and give it my all.  Now with all the changes taking place at the Centre, being on the Board is very exciting and, not to say the least, very challenging!  There are plans for:

A New Parking Lot, I am not going to miss the potholes!

A Brand New Building, Whoopee! A New Kitchen, decent Washrooms and more space. My Sing-along s will be able to move back to the Centre.

The biggest issues I see is changing our focus for the next generation of 50+ coming into the fold.  We need to develop new programs to suit their needs and lifestyles, but also to keep in mind our current members and their needs.  What a great time to be a part of this expansion and change. Go! Bow Cliff! Go!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWkXqulcg3Y