Valley Ridge’s Community Newsletter
Available online at www.calgaryarea.com/nw/valleyridge/valleyridge.htm February 2010
Christmas Light and Display Contest
Thanks to everyone who participated in
our Christmas lights and display contest!
While the light and display perfectionists
are still wowing the neighbourhood
with their usual or improved displays,
there were a few “newcomers” this year.
As in previous years, the Valley Ridge
Community Association provided a $100
gift certificate for first prize, and a $50
gift certificate for second prize.
Park at west end of Valley Springs Road
Our first prize winner is new to the
lights scene this year. Congratulations to
215 Valley Crest Rise! Second prize is
awarded to 200 Valley Ridge Court.
Honourable mentions go to 204 Valley
Brook Circle and 93 Valley Creek
Road. As well, the park located at
the west end of Valley Springs Road
was phenomenally decorated by
approximately 10 different households,
all contributing lights and rotating
power duties. Thanks so much to those
residents, and the residents bordering
other small parks. Your extra decorating
efforts really make our community
We also wish to acknowledge those
residents whose property backs onto
pathways, parks, or the golf course. Your
efforts to decorate your backyards are
also much appreciated, and we thank
Christa McKegney and Monica Webster
in Valley Ridge
Co-directors of Community Events
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The Valley Breeze
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President John DeRinzy email@example.com 289-1949
Vice President David St. Louis for Valley Ridge and the
firstname.lastname@example.org 863-5131 Valley Ridge Community Association.
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Treasurer Jim Hinks firstname.lastname@example.org 288-7181
It is published 12 times a year by Suburban Journals Publishing and delivered
VRCA DIRECTORS by Canada Post. The Valley Breeze is also available for pickup at Valley Ridge
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Community Relations & Communications article/photo contributions should be directed to the editor at valleybreeze@
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Facilities Please note, the information and opinions in this newsletter are subject to
Russ Dickson email@example.com 286-3281 change, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of the publisher, the
Director-at-Large/Traffic Calming Committee editor, or the VRCA Board of Directors.
Claire Young firstname.lastname@example.org 592-1440
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Director-at-Large/Facilities recommendations or endorsements by the VRCA, the editor or the publisher.
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Editor J’Anne Claridge 220-1826
Assistant Editor Charlene Randles 669-4154
Community Liaison Sandra Schulze 228-5525
VALLEY RIDGE LEAF COMMITTEE
VALLEY RIDGE SOCCER CLUB www.valleyridgesoccer.com
Suzanne Brett Welsh firstname.lastname@example.org
Bermuda Beach 288-8265
Edward Jones 286-5636
Jennifer Noble: Agent, State Farm Insurance 286-7009
Luna Salon & Spa 262-4460
Richard’s Cleaners M-F 10am-7pm; Sa 9am-5pm; Su closed 451-7468
Pachet Assessment and Rehabilitation Services Inc.
Pizza 73 www.pizza73.com 273-7373
SmartMart M-F 6:30a-10p, Sat 7-10, Sun 8-10 247-7677
Post Office M-F 8-8, Sat 10-6, Closed Sun/Hol. 603-1359
Stoney Trail Veterinary Clinic
VALLEY V RIDGE
Valley Ridge Dental Centre
Valley Ridge Family Physicians 282-3806
Valley Ridge Massage Therapy Clinic 247-5007
Valley Ridge CounterCare Pharmacy 532-4500 Valley Ridge
Valley Ridge Wine and Liquor email@example.com 247-0341 Community Association
Valley Ridge Chiropractic & Wellness Centre
Valley Ridge Psychologist: Dr. Tanja Haley Board meetings
www.drtanja.com 669-0005 are held every fourth
Van Gogh Grill & Bar 288-9664 Wednesday of the month at
ELECTED OFFICIALS The Lodge at Valley Ridge
Alderman, Dale Hodges Dale.Hodges@calgary.ca 268-2430 starting at 7:00 p.m.
M.L.A., Alana Delong firstname.lastname@example.org 216-5400
M.P., Rob Anders email@example.com 292-6666
VRCA Planning Committee
Block Parents Monica Webster firstname.lastname@example.org Please contact Grant Knowles
Calgary Public Library www.calgarypubliclibrary.com for the next meeting date,
Bowness 221-2022 Crowfoot 221-4122
Century Group www.valleyridgeestates.com time and place:
Community Liaison Officer 249-7701 email@example.com.
Lodge at Valley Ridge www.lodgeatvalleyridge.ca 286-4414
Valley Ridge Golf Club www.valleyridgegolf.com 221-9682 Residents are welcome to attend
Valley Ridge Scout Group Jeff Schaffhauser 283-4993 either of these meetings.
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From the Editor’s Desk
Congratulations to the winners and Plazebo Pauze children. Contact information collected
participants in the Valley Ridge Local businesses are invited to submit by the VRCA will only be used by the
Christmas Light and Display contest. short profile articles to the Breeze. VRCA and will not be sold or otherwise
Thanks to each one of you who Content restrictions are minimal – distributed. Notices regarding upcoming
decorated your homes and yards and we are interested in knowing more community events may be sent via email.
made the evening commute through about the people who invest so much Memberships may be purchased online
Valley Ridge a little bit brighter time and energy in their businesses using the soccer registration website (you
and more magical for the Christmas at the Plazebo. Contact the editors do not need to register for soccer:
season. It’s very neighbourly of you. for more information by emailing www.valleyridgesoccer.com).
With more and more “For Sale” signs Your membership helps to fund activities
sprouting on front lawns, the annual Just in Case You Didn’t Know… within our community and provides
ritual of home buying and selling You can view the current issue of the support for VRCA initiatives and future
begins in earnest as spring rolls closer. Valley Breeze electronic file at our facilities, making Valley Ridge a better
I’m saying farewell to my next door publisher’s website: place to live. If you have any questions,
neighbour Peter and wishing him www.suburbanjournals.ca. call Shannon (Membership Chair) at
well in his move to a new town, and 403-289-7150 or email shwinkelmann@
eagerly awaiting meeting the new Also, if you have misplaced a current yahoo.ca.
neighbours with whom I’ll share a issue, additional copies may be picked
fence. up at the Valley Ridge pharmacy, 2010 Memberships On Sale Online
Counter Care. For this month’s The VRCA is selling memberships
A community is more than just houses electronic edition you can also visit online, through the Valley
and streets; it’s made up of the actual www.calgaryarea.com/nw/ Ridge soccer web site: www.
people who live around us. We don’t valleyridge/valleyridge.htm. valleyridgesoccer.com. If you have
get to choose our neighbours, but we never used the soccer web site before,
can choose to be the kind of neighbour VRCA Membership Reminder you will need to set up a profile which
we’d like to have. Membership in the VRCA runs the will be stored for future years. It will
calendar year, January to December. The read Valley Ridge soccer on your
I’m grateful to live in Valley Ridge membership is per household, not per receipt, but this will be replaced by
amongst good neighbours. Our individual and one membership covers all a VRCA receipt and membership
community is small but many of you individuals living at that address, including card. The web site accepts VISA or
care about this little piece of paradise MasterCard.
on the western edge of town, and
volunteer to make it just a little better.
I would like to become a member of the
Valley Ridge Community Association
My thanks go out to all the community
volunteers, those who work on New q Renewal q
the ice rink, or help beautify the
neighbourhood, or sit on the board
and committees, or just show up for
the annual pancake breakfast. You’re Address: ________________________________________________
all good neighbours. See you at our
community’s Annual General Meeting ________________________________________________
(AGM) in April!
Phone: ________________ Email: ________________________
Mail membership form & cheque for $35 to
Valley Ridge Community Association
C/O Membership Chair
75 Valley Brook Circle NW, Calgary, T3B 5S3
Please make cheque payable to VRCA
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Letters to the Editor
Have You Ever Wondered How stop our most dangerous drivers and Thought the residents might like
Much Time You Save By Speeding I don’t share the vision our traffic to know, if they don’t already, that
In Valley Ridge? calming committee has for traffic flow coyotes are venturing deep into Valley
Well, here is an answer based on one in Valley Ridge. I would expect that Ridge on a constant basis.
simple approximation: from the four- most residents want traffic to move James Emery
way stop, it is about one-kilometer in and out of our community safely,
maximum to the next place a driver smoothly and quickly. Editor’s note: Thanks for the
is obliged to slow down or stop, so Steve Jeffrey reminder. We ran a full page article
let’s assume a distance traveled of one about coyotes and how to reduce the
kilometer. Community of Valley Ridge chances of encountering coyotes in
Pedestrian % Collisions Valley Ridge in October 2009 issue.
Involved Total Involving
At 50 KM/hour, it takes 3600 / 50 = Year Collisions Collisions Pedestrians
72 seconds to travel 1 kilometer. At 2009 YTD 0 24 0.0%
70 KM/hour, it takes 3600 / 70 ≈ 51
seconds; so you saved 21 seconds.
0.0% Big Snow Blast
Hardly worth it! And if you are talking
on your cell phone at the same time, it
may take forever. TOTAL 1 165 0.6%
Helping Raise Money for Big
Brothers and Big Sisters
So folks, give your head a shake, save
The Canadian Progress Club, Calgary
your lead foot for somewhere else
Bow River along with AMP 90.3
and slow down to 50 or less in Valley
Radio and Integrity Wealth Inc, are
teaming up to put on the third annual
A concerned Valley Ridge resident.
Big Snow Blast at Canada Olympic
Michael C.J. Beamish Dear Editor;
Park on February 27. This event is to
Not sure if anyone has ever done
raise money for Big Brothers and Big
Dear Editor; anything about the coyotes in Valley
Sisters, Calgary Area, and is meant to
Are the drivers of Valley Ridge really Ridge or not. We lost a cat a few years
be a fun family event for young and
that bad? Do we need curb extensions back to a coyote in Valley Ridge, and
old to enjoy. Come out and enjoy a fun
at every corner? I attended the I can’t help but notice several lost cat
filled night of snowboarding or skiing,
November meeting of the VRCA and posters on the mail boxes recently.
all in the name of a good cause.
left with the understanding that if the Anyway, I got up around 1:30 a.m. last
City of Calgary allowed giant speed night to see an extremely large coyote
AMP 90.3 Radio will have their
bumps on city streets, VRCA would in our neighbours’ fenced backyard,
A-Team on location doing a live
be working to get us the maximum eating berries from their tree. How
broadcast, playing all the hits. Canada
number and the maximum size. Valley it got there in the first place, I’m
Olympic Park will have the radio
Ridge does have a problem with not sure, but as I quietly tried to get
station’s music playing over the
speeders and careless drivers, but outside to snap a photo, it took off like
speakers so that it will have that party
are Calgary’s worst drivers all living the wind, easily scaling the fence with
atmosphere. We will have draws and
here? I contacted the Calgary Police one pounce. This was backing on to
prizes all night long with refreshments
services traffic analyst, and asked how the 13th hole fairway. We have a small
and entertainment. The main draw for
many vehicle/pedestrian collisions our dog that obviously uses the back yard
the evening will be two tickets to the
community has had. They sent me the every day. I can hear several coyotes
upcoming Hedley concert.
chart below. every night howling not too far off, but
have never seen one in the backyard
Tickets can be purchased online at
Am I alone in thinking that one or patrolling the golf course (I assume
pedestrian collision in five years is not this is a common occurrence, I just
that great a problem for a community never see it). This thing I saw was,
Date: Sat., Feb. 27, 6 - 9:00 p.m.
of our size? I don’t believe curb no exaggeration, as big as a lab or
Location: Canada Olympic Park
extensions and raised crosswalks will German shepherd.
Cost: $20 (GST included)
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VR Soccer Outdoor 2010 Season CWSC
Online registration for the upcoming is that without enough coaches, team 2010 SPRING SOCCER
soccer season is ongoing for the month sizes will be too large to ensure REGISTRATION
of February. Families registered in the adequate field time for all players. CMSA League: U10-U18, all tiers
2009 program will receive an email Interested parents are encouraged We welcome registrants from all
when registration is open. You can to contact Chris Dingle (coach communities.
register in person on February 27 at coordinator) for more information Inter-Community House League:
Van Gogh’s. Regular registration runs (firstname.lastname@example.org). U10-U18 and Super U8 League
from January to March 15, and late
registrations (if space is available) Other volunteer options include team Registering for the communities of
will be accepted until April 14. Late manager, pathway clean up, bottle Tuscany, Hawkwood, Rocky Ridge,
registrations will only be accepted drive, pancake breakfast and end of Royal Oak, Arbour Lake, Citadel,
with a $10 late fee if there is room on season bbq/activity day. Volunteers Ranchlands and Valley Ridge.
a team and a uniform available. Check should expect to provide three hours
the Valley Ridge Soccer website for of volunteer time as a minimum Registration runs from February 1 to
more information and the registration requirement. Most of these positions March 1, with late registration until
link: www.valleyridgesoccer.com. are available for signup at uniform March 15th. Please check our website
pickup in April. Only team manager, at www.calgarywestsoccer.com
To encourage proper cleat and shin coach, assistant coach, and executive for more details.
pad use, we will provide a full uniform positions are available for selection
Calgary West Soccer Club is actively
kit for all divisions (U4 through U10). during registration. The volunteer
recruiting referees for the 2010
This is a compliance issue as other buyout option is still available, but the
outdoor season. We welcome back
clubs across the city have a mandatory buyout fee has increased to $100. This
all referees from previous years
shin pad rule in place regardless of fee goes back into the soccer program
and extend a special invite to those
age. While shin pads are mandatory, and helps keep fees low.
interested, but new to being a referee.
cleats are only required above U6.
It’s a great way for the older kids to
Parent feedback through the end of
learn more about the game and mentor
Valley Ridge Community Association year survey for 2009 indicated that
younger ones. CWSC will cover the
membership is required to play the soccer medal is preferred to the
cost of training for new referees and
soccer, and will be charged at time soccer patch and zipper pull memento.
provide the uniform.
of registration. Please wait until you As a result, the soccer medal will be
are registering for soccer before reinstituted. Soccer photos will be New monetary incentives have also
purchasing your membership. For scheduled on a game night; to better been added to our referee program. We
parents who purchased a 2010 VRCA accommodate this we will not be will host refresher courses for people
membership for the CWSC indoor playing games on photo nights. who have taken the referee training
play and train program, we will email course before. Referees must be 12
special instructions for the 2010 The program will begin April 19 and years of age at the time of the training
VRSC outdoor program registration. end June 24. U4 will play on Monday course. It’s a great way to make a little
nights; U5 and U6 will play on extra cash while taking in nice summer
We still need a communications Monday and Wednesday nights; and evenings out on the soccer field.
coordinator, an equipment kit U8 and U10 will play on Tuesday and
coordinator, a field coordinator Thursday nights. All play will occur If you are interested in refereeing
and a Calgary West Soccer Club on the East fields again this year. for Calgary West Soccer Club or
liaison to assist with the program. A To volunteer for any of the positions, you know of someone who may
full complement of coaches is also or for more information, call Suzanne wish to stay in touch with the great
required, and we encourage parents to at 403-836-5631 or email game of soccer, email referee@
consider coaching when registering. email@example.com. calgarywestsoccer.com. Courses
Without these essential positions will take place in late March or early
filled, we won’t be able to offer a April; watch our website www.
full program and may have to cap calgarywestsoccer.com for details and
registration. The fundamental concern dates.
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Well, we finally did it! Although toll. Why should they work when you very small children/beginners under
we got a much later start than we won’t? the age of six).
would have liked (due to a lack of • We also ask recreational skaters to
volunteers), the rinks were open on We have many volunteers who have avoid using the hockey rink during
December 20 and as evidenced by the given more than 20 to 30 hours in just those same peak hours.
wear and tear, have been well used by the last month alone. If you haven’t
the community. helped, you are not being fair. You NOTE: If these rules are not followed,
cannot expect them to keep this up. we will have to abandon maintenance
First, I would like to thank the crew If we do not get more effort from of the ice surfaces and will close the
that went above and beyond in our users, the volunteer group will rinks.
providing this facility. They worked have had enough and will simply quit
several nights until well after midnight working. We are not going to flood, In most cases, subject to volunteer
and were up numerous mornings not going to sweep, not going to availability, maintenance on the
hours before the sun came up. You shovel, and not going to care. rinks will generally take place in the
should all be proud of yourselves; it evenings. We will attempt to flood
is individuals such as yourselves that If you want to use this facility, you are on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and
makes this a great community. going to have to help. The free ride is Saturdays. Snow removal will take
rapidly coming to an end. place as needed. Clearing and flooding
(If you do not use the rinks please will take place most evenings from
skip the rest of this article… however, Per my last article, the rink must be 9 p.m. until approximately 10:30.
if you do use the rinks, read on…) operated within the confines of the Maintenance may also take place
City of Calgary Noise Bylaws: Saturday and/or Sunday mornings
I am deeply disappointed by people • 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to from 8 a.m. until approximately 9:30.
who have more than enough time to Saturday It is important to be aware that this
use the rinks, but can’t seem to find • 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday and is a community facility, HEAVILY
time to help. All of our volunteers Holidays dependent on volunteer effort. It is
have jobs, families, kids and unfortunate that I must continually
obligations, and I can assure you that Since the equipment we use to clear plead for more help, but we currently
they are just as “busy” as you are. the ice may not be operated outside of do not have enough volunteers to
While I do not expect anyone to be these times, the rinks will generally adequately maintain our rinks. If we
out there every night, you can’t tell me close for maintenance around 9 p.m. do not get support from rink users in
that in the last month you didn’t have • We will not be renting the ice to maintaining the ice surfaces, flooding
at least one night or one morning when groups. This means that the rinks and clearing of the ice surfaces will be
you could have lent us a hand. are available at all times to all minimal.
residents of the community. We ask
This facility exists entirely as a that you play hockey or shoot pucks If you are interested in helping
result of volunteer effort; the rinks only in the hockey rink. Games will with the rinks, please email me at
do not maintain themselves. All we be pick-up shinny and no one is to firstname.lastname@example.org, and put “Rink
are asking for is one night or one be excluded from joining in. The Volunteer” in the subject line.
morning a month. Night shifts are level of play must be appropriate to
usually from 9 p.m. to 10:30 (or 11) the weakest or smallest participants Russ Dickson
and morning shifts (on weekends) are on the ice. It should also be noted
from 8 a.m. to 9:30 (or 10). that slapshots are not permitted
while small children or individuals
While we have a very committed and without helmets are on the ice.
dedicated group of volunteers, they • While all three rinks are open to all
are starting to get frustrated and burnt residents, we would suggest that
out. When you see hundreds of people during peak hours, hockey sticks
out skating WHO HAVE DONE and pucks are not permitted on the
NOTHING to help, it starts to take its oval or skating pond (exception:
THE VALLEY BREEZE FEBRUARY 2010 13
A Message From Your Alderman
In my previous article for the Valley assessment process and site-specific the Assessment Business Unit’s former
Breeze, I provided some current information used in the property 10th floor Calgary Municipal Building
information on the Bowness Park assessment process including property location, for the 2010 Customer
design development plan and the influences, year of construction, Review Period to serve customers who
Christmas tree recycling program. In building area, condition, updates may not be aware of Assessment’s
this article, I will provide information and features. Citizens are also able relocation to 2924 – 11 Street NE.
on 2010 Property and Business to search for real estate market sales Reminder: March 5, 2010 is the final
Assessment. on residential, multi-residential and date of complaint.
non-residential properties, as well as
2010 Property and Business community comparisons on single If you have questions regarding this
Assessment residential homes and condominiums. article or any other municipal issue,
On January 4, the City of Calgary The City of Calgary will only consider contact my office by telephone at
mailed approximately 439,000 amendments to property and business 403-268-2430 or online email at www.
property assessment notices to assessments if an inquiry is received calgary.ca/aldermen/ward1.
Calgary taxpayers, which is an during the 2010 customer review
increase of 8,000 notices from 2009. period, or in the event a complaint is From the office of Dale Hodges
The total value of the 2010 Property filed. Amendments to the Municipal
Assessment Roll is $218 billion, a Government Act (MGA) outline
decrease of $27 billion from last year.
The 2010 median single residential
new regulations for 2010, including
a 60 day complaint filing timeframe
A Message From
assessment (excluding condominiums)
is $374,000 compared to $427,500 in
following the assessment notice
mailing, customer information and
2009. The 2010 median residential access clarification, and a streamlined, Program helps parents receive
condominium assessment is $233,000 one-level tribunal process. fair child support payments:
compared to $278,500 in 2009. A new program is now available to
Preparing assessments on an annual help parents with child support orders
The 2010 property assessment values basis ensures property and business maintain a fair standard of support
are based on a July 1, 2009 market owners’ assessments maintain for their children. It allows parents
valuation date and December 31, 2009 currency with changing market to keep child support levels in line
physical condition date as legislated conditions and experience more with income and avoid the time and
by the Province of Alberta through the stability in year to year property expense of going to court to review
Municipal Government Act (MGA). and business tax levels. The policy their child support orders. The Child
The 2010 business assessment values ensures that, whether year to year Support Recalculation Program will
are based on the July 1, 2009 typical assessments increase or decrease due annually recalculate court-ordered
net annual rental value of business to changes in market values, no new child support based on current income
premises. taxes will be collected as a result of tax information and information in
the reassessment and that any tax the Child Support Guidelines. Parents
The 2010 customer review period change brought forward by the City is may be eligible for the program if
runs from January 4, 2010 to March communicated through the budgetary both parties to the child support order
5, and provides customers with an process. or agreement live in Alberta, and if
opportunity to review and ensure the the order or agreement was made
accuracy of their 2010 assessment and If you still have questions after on or after May 1, 1997; states the
learn more about Calgary’s assessment reviewing your assessment, you number of children supported and the
system. Information is available can call the Assessment Business guideline income of the parents; sets
online at calgary.ca/assessment to help Unit at 403-268-2888 to have your child support amounts based on the
customers conduct an in-depth review inquiries answered over the phone, tables in the child support guidelines;
of their assessment. or if necessary, book an appointment and does not use the words “imputed,”
with an assessor. As well, the “predisclosure” or “without prejudice”
This year, the website contains Assessment Business Unit has set up to refer to income or child support
more information about the property a transitional service kiosk, located at continued on next page
THE VALLEY BREEZE FEBRUARY 2010 15
A Message from Your MLA continued
amounts. Either parent may register
Hey, There Were Hay Rides on
by submitting a completed program
registration application and copy
Valley Ridge Golf Course!
of the current child support order.
Yes, Virginia, wagon hay rides actually pre-Christmas day. This day really
Application forms are available at
do exist around our golf course. And, kicked up my Christmas spirit,” said
believe it or not, driving through the Lukowich, who frequents the club
is an annual service fee of $75 per
snow in a John Deere tractor was house for business meetings during the
parent, per recalculation. When
almost as exciting as driving 300 yards summer.
registered with the program, either
on the fairway.
parent still has the right, at any time,
“People love it,” says McKay.
to apply to the court to vary their child
“We pulled this hay ride idea together “Everyone is asking us if we’re going
in just a few short weeks!” said to do it every year, and we are getting
Ken McKay, the food and beverage a lot of comments from people who
manager at Valley Ridge Golf Club. say it’s a nice thing to do for the
“We are very interested in keeping community.”
the restaurant and club house open as
much as we can, and we thought this The hay rides started in the east side of
would be a good way of letting people the parking lot and headed through the
in Valley Ridge know that we are open 18th hole cart path and turned around
in the winter too.” by the 12th hole back to the club
house. What a different perspective of
Olympic torch relay in Alberta: The free hay rides were available on the golf course, I thought. As we sang
From January 12 through 21, 1,000 Saturday afternoon, December 19, and Christmas carols in the back, I realized
torchbearers will carry the flame and many families thought this was the that I have never come out to the golf
cover a 3,400 kilometre route past perfect way to start the 2009 holiday course during winter.
cheering Albertans. The flame will season in our community. My family
travel to 73 Alberta cities, towns and I arrived around 2 pm and there Okay, Virginia. Maybe driving
and Aboriginal communities, with were already lots of children playing through the snow is not as exciting as
18 communities hosting official in the snow and parents waiting in the smashing a golf ball with your driver,
celebrations to welcome the torch. restaurant. but it was pretty darn wonderful on a
The flame will also make a triumphant sunny, clear day just before Christmas.
return to all the 1988 Olympic legacy It truly was a magical feeling around
facilities, including the Olympic the club house. Valley Ridge Golf Sandra Schulze,
Saddledome, Canada Olympic Park, Course provided free hot chocolate email@example.com
the Olympic Oval, Nakiska and the and free coffee in the restaurant,
Canmore Nordic Centre. For more and the kitchen was open with its
information on Olympic events and full menu available. Many families
activities, visit ordered food while we waited for
www.alberta.ca/vancouver2010. the tractor to come for our turn and
the feeling in the club house was so
A special thanks to all my constituents festive and bright, that I half expected
who have taken the time to call, the servers to break into song as they
write and meet with me over the rushed around with orders of sweet
past several years. Your many well- potato fries and burgers. I felt I was in
thought out comments and advice have a musical.
been of immeasurable value to our
government. As always, my staff and I Former NHL Winnipeg Jets hockey
are available to answer any questions player, Morris Lukowich and his
and/or concerns that you may have. five-year old daughter Zoe were in
attendance and they loved the rides.
From the office of Alana DeLong “Hay rides are the answer on a cold Morris and Zoe Lukowich
THE VALLEY BREEZE FEBRUARY 2010 17
Recipe for Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake
by Betty Marshall
Ingredients: minutes in a 350F pre-heated oven.
Base: Cool on wire rack. Reduce oven
• 1 ½ cup chocolate wafer crumbs temperature to 325.
• ¼ cup butter, melted Filling: Melt chocolate chips in
Happy February • 2 tbsp sugar a small heavy saucepan, stir until
February is the time of year we Filling: smooth. Remove from heat, add
celebrate our love for one another, • ¼ cup semi-sweet chocolate cream and mix well. Set aside. In
with chocolates, flowers, a candle chips a large mixing bowl, beat cream
light dinner, and many other romantic • ¼ cup heavy cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add
gestures. The Lodge at Valley Ridge • 1/3 cup baking cocoa cocoa and beat well. Add eggs and
has a great romantic dessert for you • 3 eggs lightly beaten beat on low just until combined.
and your loved one to try. • 3-8 oz. pkgs cream cheese, Stir in vanilla and reserved
softened chocolate mixture just until
For all those who wish to offer free • 1 cup sugar blended. Pour over crust. Return
time as a volunteer to support active • 1tsp vanilla extract pan to oven and bake 45-50 minutes
living seniors, we would love to have or until center is almost set. Cool
you join us; contact Cora at 403-286- Base: In a small bowl, combine and remove from spring form pan.
4414. wafer crumbs, sugar and melted Add berries to the top (raspberries
butter. Mix well and press into the are best but any seasonal fruit will
Ellie Morris, bottom and 1 ½” up the side of a do), and serve with whipped cream
Marketing Manager greased spring form pan. Bake 10 and chocolate shavings.
to the Lodge at
On December 10, 2009, Tim Ramsay,
in conjunction with his brother K. A.
Boyd Ramsay of Toronto, Ontario
presented manager Ruth Langdon of
the Lodge at Valley Ridge with a pulse
oximeter, a device which measures
pulse rate and oxygen saturation in the
blood. The oximeter will be used to
assist in resident health assessment.
This generous gesture was made in
memory of their mother Audrey L.
Ramsay who passed away December
2, 2008. The Ramsay family in
particular want to thank nurses
Tawanda Nyamukondiwa and Dorian
Rivers-Orlesky of the Lodge for
Tim Ramsay, presenting a portable pulse oximeter to nurse Tawanda Nyamukondiwa and
the outstanding care they gave their
his manager, Ruth Langdon, both of the Lodge at Valley Ridge
THE VALLEY BREEZE FEBRUARY 2010 19
CNRCS Calgary NW Recreation Traffic Calming
Centre Society Update Update
We hope your first month of 2010 was found at www.cnrcs.ca under the Traffic circle rules:
filled with recreation activity to burn Resources link. • Vehicles on the right side of the
off some Christmas calories! Our team 9. MLA Lindsay Blackett and traffic circle must yield to the
of dedicated volunteers was busy last Aldermen Dale Hodges and Gord vehicles on the left
year, so we thought we’d share the Lowe have been working to secure • When entering the traffic circle,
team’s accomplishments in 2009. land for the facility. The designated always yield to the vehicles already
1. CNRCS continues to be a location will likely be near the inside the circle
strong conglomerate of 11 NW Rocky Ridge/Royal Oak Wal-Mart, • Exercise caution, and use your right
communities: Valley Ridge, kitty-corner from Butterfield Acres. turn signal when exiting the traffic
Tuscany, Scenic Acres, Silver 10. Lastly, we hosted a volunteer circle
Springs, Rocky Ridge/Royal appreciation event to thank
Oak, Kincora, Hamptons, residents for their countless Please be
Hawkwood, Edgemont, Citadel, volunteer hours. aware of your
and Arbour Lake. We’ve had surroundings
many residents contribute time CNRCS will be submitting a proposal and the other
and expertise on our board and to the City of Calgary outlining how drivers on the
numerous committees. Other NW the NW communities would like to be
road. Even if you
communities are always welcome; involved in the NW Recreation project
know the rules of
contact firstname.lastname@example.org. and why we’d be a terrific partner. Stay
the traffic circle,
2. We collaborated with the City on posted on our progress at
the driver in the
four workshops to define a vision www.cnrcs.ca or by emailing us at
car next to you
for the future recreation centre. email@example.com.
3. We also hosted a June public might not. Drive
meeting to update residents defensively and
and obtain first hand feedback
regarding the project.
Daring Daylight be prepared for any situations other
drivers around you might cause.
4. Stakeholders and partnerships
committee has started establishing
Heist on Valley For comments, suggestions or
partnerships with groups sharing
the same vision as CNRCS.
Brook Circle! additional information on traffic
calming in Valley Ridge, please email:
5. Fundraising committee conducted a firstname.lastname@example.org.
study on fundraising requirements Early in January, one or more thieves
based on other recreation centre walked into an open garage on Valley
6. Governance committee presented
Brook Circle and stole four bags of
bottles that were waiting to be recycled.
to the City the preferred CNRCS
governance model for the NW
A family was airing out their garage
after dad had snuck a smoke and left the Beautification
Recreation Centre. overhead door wide open. The culprits
7. Design committee drafted an initial did not touch the lawn ornaments and are The traffic circle has just received
cost estimate for a draft concept thought to be environmentally minded as confirmation that our landscape design
plan of what the NW recreation they will have to recycle their loot. meets with City approval. Our next
centre might look like. steps are to submit the approved
8. Communication committee drafted The family is warning their fellow plans for tender to several landscape
a communication plan to engage residents of Valley Ridge to not leave companies. We anticipate work will
everyone on our recreation centre their garage door open and suffer the begin on the traffic circle landscaping
goals and conducted a survey to get same fate. The Calgary Police Service sometime in late May to early June.
feedback from residents on what also recommends that residents do We will keep the community updated
should be included in the facility. not leave their garage doors open and with our progress in the coming
The results of the survey can be unattended. months.
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Midget: 1991, 1992, 1993 • ESL Teen Talk: Wed. Feb. 24 –
Women’s Soccer Tuesday & Thursday Mar. 24, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Teens
and tweens can practice English
We also have a very successful Learn
language skills and enjoy a variety
Scenic Acres Women’s To Play program for children born
of fun activities at the Library. Ages
Recreational Soccer between 2002 and 2005. The LTP
10 – 14.
Ladies, we know you are good, so program replaces the old game of
• Drop-In Family Storytime
now it’s time to show it! Here’s your T-Ball and is a great way to introduce
Mon. Feb. 8 – Mar. 29 (No program
chance to play soccer with a group the sport of fastball to your children.
on Feb. 15), 10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.;
of fun loving women. Our season Activities and games are patterned Wed. Feb. 10 – Mar. 17, 10:15 a.m.
runs from mid April to late June on after informal playground games that – 10:45 a.m.; Thu. Feb. 11 – Mar.
Tuesday and Thursday evenings (8 promise an hour and a half of fun and 18, 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Drop in
– 9 p.m.) We offer orientation, tech action for all skill levels. for stories, songs and fingerplays the
sessions and a wind up party. We are
LTP 1: ages 5 & 6 born 2005 & 2004 whole family can enjoy. Ages 2 to 5
a recreational soccer league, open to
Mon & Wed 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. with a parent/caregiver. No registra-
all skill levels… from beginner to
LTP 2: ages 6 & 7 born 2004 & 2003 tion required.
seasoned players. All you need is your
cleats, shin pads, water bottle and your Tues & Thurs 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
LTP 3: ages 7 & 8 born 2003 & 2002 Visit www.calgarypubliclibrary.com
sense of humor!
Mon & Wed 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. for more information on these
programs. Registration is required for
Online registration starts February 15, (There is some overlap in ages and all programs unless otherwise noted.
2010. Go to www.calgaryarea.com. times to accommodate different skill
Click on “NW”, then Scenic Acres and levels, siblings, and special requests.)
then click on “Programs in Your
Community” Bowness Library
Space is limited so register early. If Crowfoot Library Children and Teen Programs
you have any questions please contact • Reading Buddies: Mon. Feb. 1 –
Fiona at 403-239-5303. • Goin' Green: Wed. Feb. 3, Mar. 22, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. For
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Learn how children grades 1 – 3.
reducing plastics, eating organic and • Computer Buddies: Mon. Feb. 1 –
West Valley other small changes can help you be
planet and family positive.
Mar. 22, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. For
children grades 1 – 6.
Softball • Work Search and the Hidden Job
Market Workshop: Sat. Feb. 6,
• Teens in grades 7 – 12: Volunteer
for Reading Buddies and/or Comput-
2010 Season Registration online 10:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. Hands-on er Buddies. Mon. Jan. 25 – Mar. 22.
February 1st at learning about finding job leads, de- Reading Buddies are from 4:30 p.m.
www.scenicacresca.ca veloping an action plan, uncovering – 6:00 p.m. and Computer Buddies
the hidden job market, motivation are from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Call
If you live in a community west and networking. Samuel at 403-260-2709 or Tammy
of Crowchild Trail and north of • Career Basics: Resume Devel- at 403-221-2062 to find out more!
Glenmore Trail, you are designated opment: Wed. Feb. 10, 6:30 p.m.
to play in the West Valley Softball – 8:30 p.m. Learn how to create a Adult Programs
District. The age groups and game professional resume. • Introduction to Reflexology: Wed.
nights for the 2010 season are as • A Wealth of Parenting Strength: Feb. 10, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
follows: Wed. Feb. 17, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. • Get Hooked on Knitting: Mon.
Mites: 2000, 2001 Discover what readily available Feb. 22 – Mar. 8, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday resources you can use to step up to
Squirts: 1998, 1999 the challenges of raising children. Freedom To Read Week: Feb. 21 – 27
Monday & Wednesday • Creating Work/Life Balance:
PeeWee: 1996, 1997 Thu. Feb. 18, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Visit www.calgarypubliclibrary.com
Tuesday & Thursday Identify your priorities and create an for more information on these
Bantam: 1994, 1995 action plan to enhance your work/life programs. Registration is required for
Monday & Wednesday balance. all programs unless otherwise noted.
THE VALLEY BREEZE FEBRUARY 2010 23
Exercise to Beat the February Blahs
Imagine if every day of the year we How do I get some? Here are the top five forms of exercise
woke up to darkness outside, and then • Many studies show the best type of you can do to beat the February Blahs:
by the time we got off work, it was exercise for improving your mood 1. Power walking: walking in the snow
dark outside again. Everyone would is any kind of nonstop exercise burns more calories – up to two
eventually feel down or depressed at activity for at least 10 to 20 minutes times the amount – depending on
some time. at a time. the depth of the snow (similar to
• The distinguishing factor, however, walking on the beach).
Besides the darkness, Canadians also is more related to intensity and 2. Nordic walking: increases the
face cold weather and lots of snow to breathing – cardio directly increases calorie burn PLUS makes it safer
shovel as well. The month of February your breathing rate. and more seasonal.
claims more cases of depression in 3. Cross-country skiing.
• Weight training, boot camps and
people than any other month. These
circuit training can also be done 4. Snowshoeing.
temporary cases of depression need
with more vigorous intensity and 5. Any indoor fitness program with
not be treated with medication but can
be dealt with by engaging in a number have similar benefits. nonstop exercise
of activities that can uplift anyone • Yoga is also great, as it reduces
going through the blues this time of tension and stress while controlling Allan Fine is a 22-year veteran of the
the year. and working on breathing. fitness industry and runs the Fitness
Boot Camp program Mondays,
Exercise and endorphins How long do I need to exercise? Wednesdays and Fridays at Crestmont
Most people have heard of that • Short periods of time – 10 to 20 Hall. You can find him at www.
“runner’s high”, but what is it, what minutes of moderate exercise – are executiveedge1.com.
causes it and is running the only way enough to improve your mood.
to get it? • About 30 minutes of exercise daily,
• Exercise has many physical benefits however, is optimal.
that we talk about – preventing
heart disease, high blood pressure,
diabetes, weight management,
etc. – but it can also have a really
profound effect on your mood
through the release of endorphins.
What are endorphins?
• Along with endorphins, exercise
also releases adrenaline, serotonin
and dopamine – all of these
chemicals work together to make
you feel good.
• Endorphins are the body’s natural
feel-good chemicals. When released
through exercise, they boost your
• Studies show that physically
active people recover from mild
depression more quickly, and
physical activity is strongly
correlated with good mental health
as people age.
• Exercise decreases the stress
hormones such as cortisol and
increases good hormones such as
THE VALLEY BREEZE FEBRUARY 2010 25
Tips for More Successful Marketing
Whether you are a start-up business about their “reach.” This is the total • The Internet may be a good choice,
or an established one, you need to number of individuals who make especially if you want to reach a
continuously market your business up their audience. The key factor national audience.
to maintain awareness, attract new to consider is the percentage of • There are many other alternatives to
customers, penetrate new markets, or audience members who are actually promote your business, including:
introduce new products or services. in your target market. The more join a business networking group,
The following tips should help you to closely you can match a medium’s do presentations/work shops, write
become a better marketer and help you total reach to your own target press releases and articles for
achieve your business goals. audience, the more effectively you publication, create a joint alliance
can invest your ad dollars. or marketing partnership with
1. Define your Target Customers another company, or keep your
The first step is to define your target 5. Understand Frequency customers and prospects up-to
customers. Are they consumers or The term “frequency” refers to the date on your company with email
businesses? If consumers, what total number of times your ad runs newsletters.
is their age, gender, location, in a specific medium and the length
occupation, educational level, of time between each ad. People The more advertising and non-
etc.? If other businesses, what is are bombarded by thousands of ad advertising strategies you use,
their size, number of employees, messages every day and filter out the more effective your overall
industry, location, decision maker, most of them. You must run your marketing program will be.
etc.? The more precisely you define ads enough times to break through
your potential customers, the easier your customers’ awareness level. 7. Monitor the Effectiveness of your
it will be to tailor your message and A general rule of thumb is that you Marketing Activities
select the most appropriate ways to must run the same ad at least three Once you have your plan in place,
reach them. times before it will begin to register you need to continuously monitor
with your audience. how many customers each medium
2. Identify your Customers’ Wants is bringing in. If you have a
and Needs 6. Choose the Right Media website, add a “how did you hear
You may learn that different sub- The key to selecting the about us” question so you can track
segments of your target audience right medium is to match the it. If you are a retail location, ask
have different reasons (wants and characteristics of each with your each customer as they pay and
needs) for buying your products or target customer profile. track the results. Or run a draw
services. Your customers’ wants and • Radio is a tightly focused medium. periodically and have the contest
needs will determine the messages It is the most appropriate channel form include a “how did you hear
that you need to send to them. for your message if you sell a about us” question.
product or service designed for
3. Focus your Message a very specific audience. For The key is to understand what is
Your message is what you say to example, advertise on a Country & working and what is not. It will help
persuade potential customers to Western station if you sell western- you determine the most cost effective
take a desired action. Your message style clothing. medium and optimize your marketing
should include: who you are, • Television can also be effective dollars.
what you do, and why they should (especially cable programming) if
buy from you. It should also tell you want to reach a large but sub- Rose Kasianiuk, BCom, runs RK
customers what to do if they are segmented portion of the general Business Solutions Inc. and works with
interested in what you sell – the public. business owners to provide practical,
“call to action” (i.e., call for more • If you want to reach businesses, a professional advice or hands on
information or to place an order). business-oriented publication may assistance to get things done.
be an ideal choice.
4. Define your Reach While • Direct mail can be effective if you
Avoiding Waste can find a mailing list that closely
Many media channels will talk matches your customer profile.
THE VALLEY BREEZE FEBRUARY 2010 27
Private residential ads are $5 per month; small THE PAMPERED CHEF IS HEATING
home business ads are $10 per month. There is a UP FEBRUARY WITH HOST SPECIALS
40 word maximum per ad. Payment is required in - 60% off favourite products! Plus, all unglazed
advance in the form of cheque payable to “VRCA”. Stoneware 20% off! Contact Patty for info:
PLEASE drop off or mail in care of the Valley Breeze Assistant Editor, 117 Valley Creek Place NW, email@example.com or
T3B 5V1. All proceeds will go to the Valley Ridge Facilities Fund. Please contact Charlene Randles www.pamperedchef.biz/pattyspage. Don’t
at 403-669-4154 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. forget to ask about the Spring Open House
Saturday, March 6th.
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certificates and music books available. Call
CONSULTANT. Lots of new products to If you are looking for a reliable painter to
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- prompt, reliable and affordable. Satisfaction 403-247-9614 or email email@example.com. OFFICIAL BROTHER TN350 TONER
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area available for children. Call Rupy and book paintings and de-cluttering. Call Charlene
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GOURMET COFFEE VENDING Slow Cooker Tips
MACHINES - Does your organization/staff
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drink 25+ cups of coffee/day? Are you tired of
Exclusively Gold provides a fun, safe and
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cleaning up coffee mess? Now you can enjoy before, after dinner clean-up and
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STAMPIN’UP! DIGITAL AND refrigerator, added to the
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experience and MTAA qualifications is now with the purchase of the software. Interested in the slow cooker quickly in
accepting new clients. Call Christa McKegney making scrapbooking but don’t know where to
at 403-471-9363 to set up your initial FREE
the morning before the family
start? Call or email Dany at 403-454-0069 or
assessment, or to arrange an appointment time. INKcrediblecreations@gmail.com. rushes off to work and school.
PLUMBING WORK and city certified LOST ITEMS - REWARD OFFERED. • Experiment with other
back flow device inspections for your in-slab Lost Jan. 2 at 10948 Valley Ridge Drive: Black
heating. Need a shower repaired or toilet Nikon S560 Coolpix Camera, LG 260 Rumor
ingredients once comfortable
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VALLEY RIDGE NOTICE BOARD
BABYSITTER LIST: Debbie Burke has a list of eligible babysitters in the neighbourhood. New babysitters, please
call Debbie to add your name to the list as many of our senior babysitters are retiring. Parents, please feel free to
contact Debbie if you need a babysitter. Debbie can be reached at 403-286-5286 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ODD JOBS LIST: Due to the overwhelming popularity of the Babysitter List, the VRCA now keeps a list for
Miscellaneous/Odd Jobs such as snow shovelling, dog walking, pet sitting, fence painting, etc. If you are interested
in being added to the list, or finding someone who can help you with your odd jobs, please contact Debbie Burke at
403-286-5286 or email@example.com. Debbie will continue to screen people asking for the list to ensure they are Valley
Ridge or Crestmont residents.
VALLEY RIDGE MOTORHEADS
A casual monthly get together of automobile enthusiasts.
7:30PM - Tuesday, February 9th
Van Gogh’s Grill & Bar
Info: Jim Thornton 403-287-9818
École St. Sylvester School News
Greetings from the staff and students The Peer Support group continued for 2010-11. A baptismal certificate
of École St. Sylvester School. We their program and the members are is expected; however if you are not
hope the Christmas season was a making a difference in the school Catholic, please call the school and
joyous and blessed event enjoyed by yard! talk to the office staff (403-500-2063).
all and we wish everyone all the best
in 2010! Some exciting events during the Feel free to visit our school website
short month of January included the at www.cssd.ab.ca/schools/stsylvester
Christmas holidays came and went, Grade 3 students enjoying a trip to the to learn more about our school. École
and the kids were all excited to get Glenbow Museum, ‘N Step Activities St. Sylvester School is a place where
back into the swing of things in 2010. and a visiting author for Division I caring, respect, responsibility, trust,
students. and family are taught and lived!
January 15 marked the Feast of St.
Sylvester. This celebration included a Our school will continue to accept We are looking forward to all the fun
fun-filled day of Community of Caring kindergarten registrations for both February has in store for us all!
activities, a liturgy and a pizza lunch. English and French kindergarten
SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY E
1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Valley Ridge Vancouver
Van Goghs U
7:30 p.m. Begin
14 15 16 17 18 19 20 A
VALENTINE’S Violent Situations
DAY Family Film Festival February 18 - 20
February 15 - 22 email R
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
VRCA Board Calgary Home and VR Soccer Club Y
Meeting Garden Show In Person Registration
The Lodge February 25 - 28 Van Gogh's
7:00 p.m. BMO Centre, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
• Be a snow angel and help seniors and neighbors with their snow removal.
• If you lose your pet visit Calgary.ca/animalservices to see if your dog or cat is in the shelter.