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October 2015

Griesbach’s Flanders Field Park Commemoration Sunday Nov 1st

IMG_2129Flanders Field Park Commemoration
Sunday, November 1, 2015, 11:00 am
McCrae Ave., Edmonton (Griesbach)
Public welcome!

On November 1st, a ceremony will be held to commemorate Flanders Fields Park. The Village at Griesbach created this stunning tribute to Flanders Fields and the Canadian medical officer (John McCrae) who made it famous with his epic poem of the same name. This year marks the poem’s 100th anniversary.

The park features a scarlet poppy garden. Plaques and storyboards have been created to honour McRae, tell the story of the poem’s origins and to highlight the lasting legacy left by this powerful poem.

Our neighbours from the Castle Downs Recreation Society have been heavily involved in supporting this project and are helping to host this event. We hope you make it down.

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A web link for your off leash questions

Looking for a place to take your dog? Look no further! Visit www.edmonton.ca/offleash.

You’ll find a bunch of great information, including:

  • list of 41 locations set aside for off-leash use
  • description of other locations where on-leash use is allowed (e.g. on trails)
  • description of where dog use is NOT allowed (e.g. within 10 meters of a playgrounds, spray decks, sports fields)
  • survey results from the recent public consultation
  • up to date notices


Flanders Fields Park Commemoration planned for Griesbach on Nov 1st.

Join us for a special ceremony that will be held to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of “In Flanders Fields” and commemorate Flanders Fields Park.


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Have a safe Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner.

First things first. If you’re new, you may want to know how much candy to buy. We typically hear reports of 80 – 130 kids in most parts of Griesbach. The community is growing… so plan accordingly. (The downside is there is a good chance you’ll have leftover treats to tempt mom and dad).

Secondly, we want the little GriesBoos, GriesGhouls and GriesGoblins to be safe.

Fortunately, our neighbourhood is nicely set up for safe trick or treating. If you’re driving, PLEASE SLOW DOWN and keep an eye out for costumed candy crusaders. Here are a few tips to consider when making/buying costumers or decorating your home to fright and delight:

  • Make sure your child can see and breath clearly in his or her costume.
    • Avoid any loose or hanging pieces that may cause your child to trip.
    • Make sure the costume is made of flame resistant material.
    • If the costume makes your child hard to see in the dark, consider glow sticks or reflectors.
  • Accompany young children going door to door. Older kids should go out in a group with their friends. Make sure they know to obey traffic rules before crossing the street. (Sometimes the sugar rush causes them to get excited).
  • Remind them not to eat any candy that is opened or provided in non-commercial wrap.
  • When decorating your house, keep items away from the step so that kids don’t accidentally trip. This especially applies to pumpkins with candles and exposed flame.

Good luck preparing for Halloween. If you hear of any haunted houses being planned let us know.

Buy wrap, cards and chocolate to Help MGG School fundraise for the playground

The Major General Griesbach School Fundraising Committee is working with the Lamontagne Brochure Collection on a fundraising campaign. ALL proceeds will go towards the construction of a Community Playground.

Lamontagne provides 3 catalogues containing great ideas for gifts, cards, wrap, entertaining ideas, and more!

You can purchase online at www.lamontagne.ca. Use this seller code to ensure the Community league get the credit for the profit portion of the sale. The participant code is : GRICOM5391_1825


  • COLLECTION- A great variety of products for gifts, entertaining and hostess gifts! 107 items -$5 -$30
  • CHOCOLATE – A great selection of chocolate products for entertaining or gifting! Peanut & Peanut trace free – also Gluten free! 22 items from $10 – $35
  • GOURMET – A huge selection of items which includes pretzels, cinnabon, all natural cookie dough, delicious soup mixes, summer sausage, herbal tea selection and more! 19 Items from $8 – $20

Here’s how it works: go to www.lamontagne.ca – on the top banner of the home page, click on “on-line campaigns”. Enter the participant code GRICOM5391_1825 under the blue Fundraising banner. You can now start to shop!

Once you finalize your purchase you can pay by credit card. Purchases will be shipped directly to your home. Purchases $90.00 and over will be shipped to you free of charge. Purchases of $90.00 or less will be charged a $15.00 shipping fee. Deadline for orders is October 30th. For additional information, please contact NADIA at 780-267-0552. The Griesbach Community Thanks You for Your Support!


Shake at the Lake 2015 – A look back

IMG_2569We had another fantastic fall afternoon for the 2015 Shake At The Lake & Art In The Park.

The bouncy castles were bustling with kids – more evidence of our young and growing community. This year, we doubled the number of face painters and balloon artists to keep pace . Once again, the firetrucks and military LAVs were a huge draw with wide eyed kids. The Roomers, kept the beer garden hopping with their catchy grooves. And the Amazing Race brought strategy and laughter across the community.

IMG_6653Art in the Park keeps exceeding expectations. The path along Bedford Basin was adorned with a visually stunning display of original art from 24 of this cities most gifted artists. We saw a number of beaming residents walk away with some pretty sizeable canvases under their arms.

We were delighted to have two of our incredible local builders step forward to sponsor this event: Pacesetter Homes and Homes by Avi. We appreciate your ongoing support of this community and all that we do.

This event is a huge undertaking, and would not have been possible without the tireless work of the many volunteers and community partners who helped make it happen. We’d like to thank the following:

Organizing Committee: Jen Horne, Carl Knowler, Bryan Evans, Brad Tilley, Melissa Ferr, Felicia Dewar, Dave Neufeld and Janet Watson.

Our Beer Garden Volunteers: Caitlin Ragsdale, Melody Price, Steve McIssac and Ryan Barlow.

The GCL Board of Directors, with special thanks to: Natalie Hanratty, Henny Lamers, Milena Maria… and Stacy Felkar (representing the Griesbach Playground Committee).

Our amazing volunteers: Julie and Fanny Fortin, Moheb Habib, Yiren Du, Sohee Park, Benny Xing, Brookes Merritt, Corey Gordon, Cindy and Kerris Green, Eliza Barlow, Cheng XU, Kejun Zhu and Joyce David.

Special thanks to Allison Mould and the City of Edmonton, Minister David Eggen, Stacey Dear and Akihiro Ohtake.

Sorry if we missed anyone.

This annual event has become a great source of pride for our entire community. We look forward to making it even bigger and better next year.

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