Eau Claire Community Blood Drive

To help welcome Canadian Blood Services to the neighbourhood, the ECCA is holding a blood drive from November 15 to 30, 2017. The permanent donor clinic relocated to the Eau Claire Market in July, so it's easier than ever to give the gift of life close to home. The Eau Claire clinic is the largest in Canada, with 20 donor beds. The market's underground parking garage even has free designated stalls for donors.  

The ECCA kicked off the blood drive by holding our November meeting at the new clinic and several board members rolled up their sleeves to donate. Did you know that every 60 seconds someone in Canada needs blood? You can read stories of real people helped by blood donations. Donors from 17 to any age are welcome - there is no longer an upper age limit. Take a quick quiz to find out if you are eligible to donate.

To make an appointment, call 1 888 2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283), book at www.blood.ca or use the GiveBlood app. Let the ECCA know about your donation through Twitter (@eauclaireca and ), Facebook (www.facebook.com/eauclaireca) or email (info@eauclaireca.com). Let's see how many donations we can make as a community. Remember, it's in you to give!

Calgary Municipal Elections Oct. 16

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Monday October 16 is the date of the 2017 Municipal Election to elect our mayor, city councillors and school board trustees. Elections Calgary has key information to prepare you to cast your vote, including who is eligible to vote, how to vote (e.g. make sure you have proper ID), and where to vote.

In order to address an imbalance in the distribution of population across wards, the City has changed some of the ward boundaries for the 2017 Election. As a result of the changes, most of Eau Claire remains in Ward 7; however a small portion of the community is now officially in Ward 8. For example, residences on the north side of 3 Avenue are in Ward 7; residences on the south side of 3 Avenue are in Ward 8. Use the 'Find my ward' look-up on the Elections Calgary website to confirm the ward for your street address. 

The voting station for Eau Claire Ward 7 residents is the City Hall atrium (800 Macleod Trail SE). The voting station for Eau Claire Ward 8 residents is Kerby Centre (1133 7 Ave SW).  Voting stations are open on October 16 from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

ECCA AGM June 15, 2017

Come to the ECCA Annual General Meeting for an update on projects and news affecting our neighbourhood:

Thursday June 15th - Centennial Place
Registration at 6:30; Meeting 7 - 9 PM
250 - 5 Street SW
3rd floor, West Tower (Conference Centre)

Agenda items include:

  • Presentation from Ward 7 City Councillor Druh Farrell
  • Reports from ECCA President and ECCA Treasurer
  • Updates on Eau Claire Planning & Development projects
  • Report on Community Initiatives
  • Election of new ECCA Directors

Wine & cheese will follow the meeting. See you there!

 

 

ECCA is hosting a Jane's Walk

Join us Sunday May 7 @10:30 - 1:00 PM as we explore the history of Calgary through the Eau Claire buildings and streets, the up and downs of its economy and a vision of its future as seen through the eyes of a hopeful newcomer and Eau Claire resident. Meet at the historic smokestack (and 'cow bench') at 2 Avenue and 3 Street SW. Read more about the walk and our route on the official website.

Jane’s Walks are free, locally organized walking tours, in which people get together to explore, talk about and celebrate their neighbourhoods. Where more traditional tours are a bit like walking lectures, a Jane’s Walk is more of a walking conversation. Leaders share their knowledge, but also encourage discussion and participation among the walkers.

Canada 150 Celebrations in Eau Claire

Come celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary with some outdoor fun!

The City of Calgary will be hosting a free Winter Fun Day this Saturday, January 28 from 11 AM to 3 PM at Prince’s Island Park. Enjoy a variety of family-friendly activities, including outdoor skating (weather permitting) and nature games, and warm up with complimentary hot refreshments (while quantities last) and a toasty fire. The event will also feature free horse-drawn wagon rides from noon to 2 PM. For more information, visit calgary.ca/canada150

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Skating Party Sunday Feb. 12

It's time to join your neighbours for a day of skating and fun at the 7th annual Eau Claire Community Association Skating Party. We'll have the KidSport Skate Shack once again, so free skate rentals are available for all ages. As always we'll have games for non-skaters too and hot chocolate for everyone. And our popular pond curling is back - give it a try! See you on Sunday February 12 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Prince's Island Park lagoon.

Neighbour Day June 18

In the summer of 2013, thousands of Calgarians helped their neighbours during and after disastrous flooding in and around our city. The following June the City of Calgary established Neighbour Day,  in recognition of the tremendous community spirit that was demonstrated. Neighbour Day is now an annual occurrence in Calgary on the third Saturday of June, with grass-roots events taking place throughout the city.

The ECCA is proud to be hosting a Street Party to celebrate Neighbour Day 2016. On Saturday June 18 from 11 AM to 2 PM, you are invited to join us on 3 Avenue SW between 6 and 7 Street SW for a fun celebration of community. 

Bring out your lawn chair and settle in to enjoy live music, food trucks, an art workshop, and a kids play area. Ask a neighbour to join you, and look forward to meeting more of us there!

 

Strong Kids Spin March 7

March 7 marks the kick-off to the YMCA’s Strong Kids campaign and the ECCA will be there! 

YMCA Strong Kids is an annual fundraising campaign to raise resources to support proven YMCA programs that give kids the opportunities they need to reach their full potential. The goal is to help kids live healthier, happier lives today, and grow into productive adults in the future.

Show your support by donating to Team ECCA.

Skating Party February 7

Come join your neighbours and friends at the 6th annual Eau Claire Community Association skating party. Help us raise money for KidSport Calgary by taking part in the skate-a-thon and see how many laps you can skate around the lagoon. Try your hand at pond curling, enjoy free hot chocolate, free skate rentals, warm up by the fire and enjoy the best skating spot in town.

ECCA Little Free Library

Check out the newest addition to the neighbourhood. At the west end of 2 Ave SW is the ECCA’s own Little Free Library. Built from a wooden wine box and branches gathered from last year’s Snowtember, the library is a free book exchange that invites you to ‘take a book, leave a book’. More photos are on our Facebook page. We hope you enjoy it!

Public Forum October 21

All residents are encouraged to attend an important public forum on Wednesday October 21 at 6:30 PM to review the latest proposal for the Eau Claire Market redevelopment. This is an opportunity to become informed of the latest details and express your opinion before the proposal goes to City Council for review in December. The forum will take place on the 3rd floor conference level of the Centennial Place building (250 5 Street SW). Please click the poster below to view complete details. We hope to see you there!

Cycle Track Ride June 21

Calling all Eau Claire cyclists! Join your neighbours for festivities and a gentle, family-friendly ride on June 21 along the new 5th Street and 12 Avenue Cycle Track. Get some exercise and enjoy our beautiful city from a new vantage point. If you’ve been thinking of dusting off that old bike, now is the time! 

Show up at 9:00 AM for buskers, baked treats and bike maintenance. The ride leaves the Peace Bridge at 10:00 AM and goes to Barb Scott Park at 12 Ave and 9 Street SW, where even more festivities continue until 3:00 PM. More information about the expanded Cycle Track network is on the City of Calgary Cycle Track Network page.