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Commercial Area Rezoning Public Hearing: July 7, 1:30 pm

An application has been made to change the zoning in the Griesbach Commercial area, at Gault Blvd and Griesbach Parade, to allow construction of a 6-story medium-rise, multi-unit apartment complex.

Griesbach residents are invited to attend  public hearing to share their opinions on the project. If you object, this is your opportunity to have your voice heard. With Covid-19 restrictions in place, the hearing will be conducted remotely. You can provide feedback either by requesting to speak or by submitting written comments in advance.

Register to speak remotely: Click Here to fill out the form

Written comments must be submitted to the City Clerk prior to 11:00 pm on July 6, 2020.

email: city.clerk@edmonton.ca
fax: 780.496.8175

The application has two components. The first is a rezoning: the applicant proposes to rezone the property from the Griesbach Village Centre Zone (GVC) to a proposed new zone, the Griesbach Medium Rise Apartment Zone (RA8g).

 

City Council Public Hearing Date:
Tuesday July 7, 2020, 1:30 pm
Reference File Number: LDA19-0486

Planner: Email Carla Semeniuk or call 780-496-1582 for more information

For details, we’ve attached the copy of the notice that was mailed to residents (links below).

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Neighbourhood Weeding Party #2!

When: Friday, June 26 at 2:00 pm
Where: Ad Astra monument at Roundel Lake
What: A pop-up party to attack those pop-up weeds
Bring: Your garden gloves and tools (GCL will bring garbage bags)
What else: Remember to maintain physical spacing

Kids are done school—send them over to dig up some thistles and say hi to some goose babies!

NEZ Baseball Season Cancelled

Baseball Alberta has announced that it will be cancelling the upcoming season due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Below is the letter from Baseball Alberta, and their proposed refund policy.
“Baseball Alberta’s Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to cancel ALL in-person Baseball Alberta sanctioned events and activities until September 1, 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

With the current Provincial Health orders and restrictions in place, such as social distancing, gathering limits and limitations on non-essential travel along with numerous municipal closures, we deemed this to be the best course of action to ensure the safety of our membership. The health and safety of our athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and fans was our main priority in arriving at this difficult decision.

This is a very fluid situation and is subject to change as new information becomes available. Baseball Alberta is currently developing return-to-train protocols to allow for the resumption of in-person baseball activities once it is deemed safe to do so.”

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On May 15 an update from the Government of Alberta included:

“The Government of Alberta has announced Alberta’s relaunch strategy, with Stage 1 providing some additional outdoor recreation opportunities. The City of Edmonton is following the Alberta Government’s Guidance for Outdoor Recreation which, among other points, notes the following:

  • Municipalities may choose to open fields, playgrounds and courts for public use, but league play is not permitted.
  • Activities in public spaces should not include the sharing of common equipment, unless the individuals are from the same household.

 Baseball diamonds and soccer fields in park spaces are open to the public for casual use in accordance with Alberta Health direction and guidelines whereby users must adhere to 2 metre physical distancing rules, ensuring gatherings are kept to 15 people or less, and should not include the sharing of common equipment unless the individuals are from the same household.”

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Unfortunately with this latest announcement Northeast Zone Baseball has no choice but to follow the guideline of our governing body and the guidelines of Alberta Health and the Province of Alberta.  We are now declaring the 2020 regular baseball season cancelled.  All participants who have paid a registration fee will be entitled to a full refund.

What we propose is that we do not actually refund your money but rather hold it as a credit for Fall Ball, Camps & Clinics or to use towards next years registration fee.  If we hold your funds and registration fees for next season increase we would accept your childs’ registration at this years registration rate.

Many of you paid online and the cost to Northeast Zone for Point of Sale fees is substantial.  If we refund online that cost to NEZ doubles so we have already decided to refund by cheque rather that POS.   If you prefer to have a refund now, please send an email to nezsports@telus.net.  Include your childs’ name and the name you would like the cheque made out to.  Please also include your mailing address.

If you opt to allow us to hold your funds and your child does not play next season with NEZ, you will still be entitled to a full refund.

Now for some more hopeful information…..

NEZ Baseball together with Technical Director John Sutherland and Performance Director Patrick Spzak are working on Alternative Summer Programming like the Padres Virtual Summer Performance Program.  Information on summer programing will be sent out as soon as plans are finalized.  Hopefully some “Sand Lot” style play will be possible as Baseball Alberta works with the provincial health authorities on a “Return to Train” proposal.  And we are planning to play Fall Ball and to host our regular Fall & High Performance Programs and Community Winter Camps as part of the “Return to Play” approval expected on or after September 1.

And remember the situation is very fluid.  Stay tuned, stay safe and have a great summer.

Franco Family French Bread

Submit your recipe for Victory Bites: The Griesbach Community Cookbook. Here is our first submission, courtesy of Kelsey Franco. For more information, read this article or click here to submit your recipe and photo.

Franco Family French Bread

This is one of our favorite and definitely most-utilized recipes.  We make fresh bread weekly – there’s nothing like it!  This recipe can easily be adapted to make hamburger, hot dog, torpedo, or smokies buns (which can come in handy during isolation when spontaneous ideas might arise during the weeks – especially when trying to limit shopping trips).  Just be sure to keep a close eye on them in the oven, cooking time can be reduced by up to half with smaller buns.

Big loaves make for great sandwich bread, garlic toasts, or even just enjoyed with a dash of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt.

May your homes be filled with delicious aromas and flavors, and your bread baskets always full!

Ingredients:

  • 2 & ¼ C warm water
  • 2 Tbsp honey (try buying local, unpasteurized honey!
  • 1 Tbsp Active Dry Yeast (can be made at home if experiencing local shortages – seek tutorials)
  • ¾ Tbsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 5-6 C All purpose flour (can substitute whole wheat or blend half & half)

 

Directions:

Mix honey into warm water, and then add yeast.  Let stand and activate, about ten minutes, until foamy at the top, and then add Olive Oil & mix.

In a separate bowl, mix 3 C of flour with the salt, and then add yeast mixture.  Stir to combine, and then add the rest of the flour until the dough is firm and no longer too sticky to knead.  Knead 10 minutes or so.

Cover a large bowl with (olive-oiled) saran wrap and let dough rise inside, in a warm spot in your house (on a vent, in a sunny window,  or in a barely-warmed oven) at least 1 Hr.

Divide the dough in half.  Pat or roll each section into a rectangle (9×13” or so).  Roll up the rectangle lengthwise and pinch edges to seal.  Place roll seam-side-down on baking sheet (we always line with parchment paper, and usually fit both loaves onto one sheet).  This is the time to lash with a sharp thin knife on top, before covering with the same saran wrap, and letting rise again until doubled (this will give you those perfect tops!).

Preheat oven to 375°.  Bake 25-30 minutes, or until crust is perfectly golden.  Top with butter upon removal, et voila!

Optional: If you like a firm crust like a traditional french loaf, when putting the loaves in to bake, immediately throw in a few ice cubes into the bottom of the oven for humidity.

 

** CAUTION: If trying this, please take caution to clean out water residue upon cooling and always always always consider manufacturer recommendations for your own oven model

 

 

Contribute to “VICTORY BITES” – the Griesbach Community Cookbook

Is being cooped up leaving you hungry to do something fun with your neighbours, while social distancing? Griesbach Community League is excited to introduce a tasty social community-building initiative: Griesbach’s first ever Community Cookbook!

Please share your favourite recipe and feel free to include:

  • A photo of yourselves in your kitchens
  • What this dish means to you, or why this dish has had the power to lift your spirits during this time
  • What foods best accompany the dish
  • Any music/beverage you like to enjoy while making this recipe
  • Your full (or partial) name
  • We’d also like anecdotes of how your life has changed since the pandemic was declared.

The recipes will be shared virtually as soon as they are received and once we have assembled a complete collection, we can work towards publication and distribution.

Click Here To Email Your Submission

Here’s to you, to each other, and here’s to Griesbach’s Victory Bites: Recipes for Building Community.

Griesbach explorers is back for spring 2020

With the success of the Griesbach Minis in the winter session, the community league will offer a new Griesbach Explorers program that will run from the start of May until the end of June. This program is open to preschool-aged children born in 2015 and 2016, to a maximum of 25 participants.

It will run every Thursday, May 7 to June 25, from 6 to 7 p.m. It will take place outside, in and around the parks in Griesbach.

The program will consist of various activities which allow children to develop physical skills such as coordination, balance, exercise, hand-eye coordination, teamwork and fair play. Activities could include tag games, yoga, soccer, baseball, hiking and track and field. All the activities will be facilitated by mentor coaches from the Griesbach Explorers program.

The Griesbach Explorers program has a formal registration process that will take place on March 11 and March 12, 6:00 to 7 p.m. at MGG school, at the same time as soccer and baseball registration. The cost is $50 for the program. You must be a resident of Griesbach and hold a valid Griesbach Community League membership.
This is a parented program. Parents remain with the children and are encouraged to participate in the activities. All parents must be willing to volunteer during one of the sessions as an assistant.

There is one volunteer requirement per child, such as a bingo shift or volunteering at another community league event.

FOLLOW THESE STEPS TO REGISTER:

1. Download this form and fill out two copies to bring to the registration session.

2. Attend either March 11 or 12 registration sessions. Contact Joe SALAYSAY for late registration at: jsalaysay@hotmail.com

3. Purchase a valid community league membership. Available at the registration or online through the CommuniBee app (download free through App Store or Google Play).

4. Pay the registration fee: $50.00 (please bring cheque or cash).

5. Select a volunteer commitment and provide a $250.00 refundable cheque: to be returned once your volunteer commitment has been honoured.

6. If you wish to volunteer as a mentor for the complete season, that counts as your volunteer commitment.

Seeking paid bingo co-ordinator

The Griesbach Community League is seeking a Bingo Coordinator.

Job Description

The Bingo Coordinator is responsible for coordinating all volunteers for Griesbach Community League’s bingo events.

The Bingo Coordinator must:

• Be a member in good standing of the Griesbach Community League
• Be age 18 or older
• Be comfortable with or capable of learning basic G Suite tools including Gmail, Drive, Docs and Sheets
• Have excellent organizational skills
• Have clear communication skills, both written and verbal
• Have strong appreciation for volunteers
• Represent Griesbach Community League positively in all interactions

The Bingo Coordinator’s duties include:
• Liaising with Kensington Bingo
• Ensuring that sufficient volunteers are signed up for each bingo event
• Assigning roles to volunteers
• Communicating role requirements to all volunteers
• Reminding volunteers of event times and location
• Communicating with Griesbach Community League board members, including the Fundraising Director, Volunteers Director, Communications Director and/or President
• Proactive trouble shooting
• Acting as chairperson at all bingo events

A stipend of $200 per event is available for the coordination of volunteers. There are approximately five bingos per calendar year. This stipend applies only to co-ordination, and is not intended to reimburse the Bingo Coordinator for their role as chairperson at bingo events.

To apply, please email: president@griesbachcommunity.com with a 200-word statement, saying why you’d be a great fit for this position.

Griesbach Minis Registration

UPDATE: There are a limited number of spaces left for the 2019-20 minis season. Please email Joe: jsalaysay@hotmail.com to reserve a spot. You can bring the registration form and payment to the first session on Thursday, Oct. 17 @ 6 p.m.

 

You still have time to sign your kids up for the award-winning Griesbach Minis program – for children aged 3 to 5. A final registration has been scheduled for Monday, September 30, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Major General Griesbach School.

The program takes place once a week in the Major General Griesbach School gym on Thursday evenings from October 17 til Feb 20th. Volunteer coaches focus on gross motor skills, sportsmanship and fun. This is a parented program, meaning parents must remain in the gym and are encouraged to play with their kids.

It provides a great chance for kids to run off some energy during the cooler fall and winter months. And its an opportunity to meet other children from our community.

TO REGISTER:

1. Download this form and fill out. Bring to the registration session. Registration forms will also be available at the sign up

2. Attend the registration on Monday, September 30th. Or email Joe Salasay (click here)  if you can’t attend.

3. If you don’t have one, you’ll need to purchase a valid community league membership ($25/household). Available at the registration or online in advance.

4. Pay the registration fee: $50.00 (please bring cheque or cash).

5. Select a volunteer commitment and provide a $250.00 refundable cheque: to be returned once your volunteer commitment has been honoured.

6. If you wish to volunteer as a coach for the complete season, that counts as your volunteer commitment.

It is a fun, affordable activity for wee ones. Don’t miss out!

Two Fall Soccer & Minis Registration Dates

Registration nights are:

Wed. Sept 4, 6-8pm MGG School

Sat. Sept.7, noon – 3 pm, Party at the Park

If your kid loved playing outdoor soccer this season, it’s time to start thinking about indoor soccer.

The indoor season starts in mid-October and runs until mid-February (pending Cities and Provincials). Practice days are set by the coach. The majority of the games are on Saturdays or Sundays at one of the soccer centers, based on the age categories.

Note: Before attending the Griesbach registration session you must first register online at emsanorth.com and bring all applicable documents to one of the above registration nights. For a more detailed outline of the registration process, fees, etc., please visit:
griesbachcommunity.com/2019-soccer-reg

Griesbach Minis

This award-winning sports program for preschool-aged kids, will be back for the 2019/2020 season.

The program takes place once a week in the Major General Griesbach School gym on Thursday evenings from October 17 til Feb 20th. Volunteer coaches focus on gross motor skills, sportsmanship and fun. This is a parented program, meaning parents must remain in the gym and are encouraged to play with their kids.

Register for minis along with regular soccer registration on Sept. 4 or Sept. 7.

FOLLOW THESE STEPS TO REGISTER FOR MINIS:

1. Download this form and fill out. Bring to the registration session.

2. Attend one of the registration dates, either Sept. 4 OR Sept. 7. Or email Joe: jsalaysay@hotmail.com, for late registration.

3. Purchase a valid community league membership. Available at the registration or online in advance.

4. Pay the registration fee: $50.00 (please bring cheque or cash).

5. Select a volunteer commitment and provide a $250.00 refundable cheque: to be returned once your volunteer commitment has been honoured.

6. If you wish to volunteer as a coach for the complete season, that counts as your volunteer commitment.

2019 Party At The Park This Saturday!

Saturday, September 7th, 1:30 p.m. to Dusk
Major General Griesbach School

Oh yes… there will be fireworks!

The Griesbach Community League is gearing up for the annual community party on Saturday, September 7th. That means you should save the date for the best neighbourhood party of the year.

This year’s party promises to have something for everyone, with bouncy castles and face painting for the kids and a beer garden and live music for adults. There will also be food trucks, giveaways and much more.

All activities are FREE with a Griesbach Community League membership, which can be purchased on site, or ahead of time through the new CommuniBee app. (Download it now for free through the App Store or Google Play.) Bring cash for drinks and food trucks. Non-members and guests are welcome and can purchase wristbands to participate in activities. Anyone who uses the CommuniBee app to buy their new membership can skip the lineup for activity wristbands.

PARTY AT THE PARK 2019 SCHEDULE

1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Activities, music, beer garden, bouncy castles,
games and food trucks

Dusk (approximately 9 p.m.)

Fireworks from the Central Park hill

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