Montgomery’s Main Streets on the City’s Agenda

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Zone 2 and 3, in the upper left, are the ones in our community.

The City of Calgary is launching a “Main Streets Initiative,” to promote positive development along 24 identified mixed-use roadways that serve as community hubs, including two in Montgomery (Bowness Road and 16th Avenue).  The initiative starts with city planners learning about the needs of neighbourhoods around those hubs and analyzing economic data, to identify “success criteria for future growth in these areas.”

To that end, there will be an open house with city planners here in Montgomery on February 11, from 7-9 pm, at the community centre.  Click on the PDF link below for more details or visit the Main Streets initiative website.   This is an important opportunity to have a voice in the future of Montgomery and the MCA encourages residents to come out, even if just for a few minutes.

Main Street Initiative for Bowness Road and 16th Ave in Montgomery

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50th Anniversary Festival Photos at Last

P1070480Correcting a webmeister fail.  Finally, we’ve posted some pictures of the MCA’s 50th anniversary festival, held back in September.  Click here or go to the photos tab up above.

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Jan. 13: Partners In Crime Prevention Workshop

ORC Final copyThe Federation of Calgary communities has scheduled a great series of workshops for the first months of 2015, addressing the safety and security interests of Calgarians.  The first of these will be held on Jan 13, 7-9 p.m. at the Bridgeland Riverside Community Association (917 Centre Ave. NE).  See the poster for more details.

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Stadium Shopping Centre Article

As many Montgomery residents know, the redevelopment of Stadium Shopping Centre, across 16th Ave. from Foothills Hospital, has been a point of controversy in the last couple of years.  For the most recent coverage of the debate, in the Dec. 8  Calgary Herald, click here.

Update:  Council has agreed to the land sale mentioned in the Herald article.  Click here for more details.

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Property Tax Assessments

The 2015 property  assessment notices will be mailed out on January 5, 2015.  According to Councillor Ward’s Sutherland’s webpage, “You are encouraged to carefully review your assessment and if you have any questions, to contact Assessment at 403-268-2888 during the Customer Review Period from January 5th to March 6, 2015. Changes to assessed values will only be considered if an inquiry is received during the Customer Review Period.”  For more information about assessments, click here.

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Can you volunteer some time this coming year?

Screen Shot 2014-11-07 at 4.16.50 PMThinking about getting more involved in the community? We have some leadership positions open, and we need people to step up and run for a seat on the board as well (the Annual General Meeting is coming up, on February 24).  Check out the advert on the right for more details.

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Fresh Produce Anyone?

ParkdalefreshfoodboxOur good neighbours at the Parkdale Community Association are arranging for weekly “fresh food boxes” of regionally produced veggies and fruits, and add-ons like eggs, honey, frozen specialty meals and the like, to be available for purchase on pre-order.  Check out the program by clicking here. Montgomery is currently outside of their delivery zone–but the pick-up location at the Parkdale Farmer’s Market (3512 5 ave NW) is close by.  Have a look at the great video the community made, about Parkdale’s efforts to bring people together around food production, distribution and preparation—click here.

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Adopt-a-Family 2014

Screen Shot 2014-09-29 at 8.28.00 AMAs the holidays approach, we wanted to make Montgomerians aware of the Adopt-A-Family program, managed by NeighbourLinks.   It’s a great opportunity  to pay-it-forward in your local community and brighten the season for a struggling family.  Details are in the poster to the right.

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Nov. 29–Shop the Neighbourhood

As we transition into the holiday season, the Montgomery BRZ reminds us that while internet shopping is convenient, it’s still important to support local merchants as well.  Please consider participating in “Shop the Hood,” on Nov. 29, by making a purchase at a local store to show your support.  For more info about this national event, click here.

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Dec. 9: MCA Board Meeting

Screen Shot 2014-12-08 at 9.21.04 AMOur last board meeting of 2014 is coming up on Tuesday, Dec. 9, at 7:00.  Click on the agenda for more details and of course give the MCA a call for further details if you are interested in attending.

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Monday, Dec. 15: Seniors’ Social

Screen Shot 2014-10-30 at 7.39.54 PMThe Seniors’ Social normally meets on the last Monday of the month, between Sept. and April or May, 1-3 pm.  But in December it is meeting a week early, on the 15th. Turkey Dinner to be served!  For gift swap, bring a gender-neutral item (wrapped)–$10 maximum.  Call the MCA for more details.

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Dec. 4: Public Forum on Homelessness

Our neighbours in the Calgary Mountain View riding are putting on an important forum to discuss the homelessness crisis in our city this Thursday, 4:00 to 6:00pm,  at Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association, 1320 5 Ave NW.

Several well-informed speakers will open the forum, followed by discussion/Q&A designed to focus on solutions.  Light refreshments will be served. Free childcare available during the event–registration for childcare between 3:45 and 4:00pm.

For more information, click here.

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