CELEBRATE CANADA DAY!!!

July 1, 2014Canada Day!

Memorial Park

Bike Parade 1:00pm

Games and Races for Children 1:30-3:30pm

Hot Dogs 3:30-4:00pm

Fireworks

Tiny LaFleur Park Dusk

   Bring your families and come have some fun!

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Carstairs Neighbourhood Party

Come down to the Memorial Arena tomorrow evening and see what Carstairs has to offer.

Host:Community Services

Time:  May 10, 4:30-8 p.m. 8 p.m.

Description: 8th Annual.  Enjoy a Toonie supper! Let the kids play on the climbing wall, Jump4Fun bumper balls and lots of give-aways. We would love to include you by having you set up a table to tell the community all about your group’s activities or services, and ways the residents of Carstairs and surrounding area can access your services or become involved in your organization. There is no cost for your group to participate, we do ask that you provide an activity for kids to participate in, or a give away at your table.

Location: Carstairs Memorial Arena – 4:30 – 8 pm

Contact: Robbin Bowman – Phone: 403-337-3341

Carstairs Golf Course Swings into Action!

The Carstairs Golf Course is now open. Call the Pro Shop today for a tee time, they are offering discounted spring rates but the course wintered very well.

Carstairs Golf Club is a Member-owned Semi-Private Golf Club with a maximum of 500 Shareholders.  This beautifully maintained course is bounded on two sides by an architecturally controlled Estate home community (Stonebridge Glen).

Upcoming Events

Men’s League: Members $135/Non Members $415 (Includes Green Fees)

Ladies Night every Wednesday:http://www.carstairsgolf.com/golf/emailer2020/img/carstairsgolf/Ladies_League_Invite.pdf

Bob Clark Tournament – June 10, 2013 9:00am – $400/team (taxes not included)

For more information check out their website http://www.carstairsgolf.com

Restaurant is open for lunch & dinner. They also have some new things on the Menu!

Have a happy HallowGREEN!

This Halloween can be less scary for the environment when you make a few simple changes to your spooky traditions.

Halloween gear is often used only once before being tossed. Here are a few earth-friendlier options:

• New Halloween costumes are fabulous because they’re on trend and ready to wear. On September 1, why not donate these gems to friends with younger children for next year. They also make great clothes for everyday dress-up!

• You can also spruce a homemade costume up with brand new accessories. A witch with sparkly makeup, a brand new wand and broomstick is a very happy witch!

• Get creative and put together a costume with items that you can reuse when Halloween’s over. This could be the opportunity to buy that great striped sweater for fall that you can use to dress up as Freddy Krueger!

• Celebrate National Costume Swap Day on October 8 by attending one of the many swap locations across Canada. Or why not host your own private swap? Tip: Pick up Halloween makeup items to give out as party favours for your guests!

Eco-Haunted House

Here’s how to keep holiday decor creepy without scaring the environment.

• Turn off all the house lights and light your porch or walkway with lots of candles. Candlelight indoors will also add to the ambience and spooky decor while saving energy. Tip: Put tea lights in tall glass vases or containers to keep them flickering in those cold autumn winds.

• Support your community of produce growers by picking your pumpkins from a local farm or farmers’ market. Make it a day trip with the kids and let everyone in the family choose the pumpkin that they like best. Tip: Shop for fun accessories to give pumpkins a personality punch, like a bow tie, fake moustache or even a pair of specs!

• When Halloween’s over, remember to compost those jack-o’-lanterns. Instead of throwing away those scrumptious pumpkin seeds, you can clean, season and roast them in the oven on baking trays for a healthy and delicious snack.

• If you’re hosting a grown-up get-together, you can create a chic Halloween theme by setting a sophisticated table that still screams fun. Mix black, white and orange accessories – black tablecloth, white plates, orange placemats and linens – to evoke the spirit of the season. Look for various spooky tabletop items to add to the theme, like a small ceramic black cat or raven and spider-shaped wine glass tags! Tip: Add orange roses in black-and-white patterned vases for instant elegance.

Trick-or-Treat Tips

There are plenty of ways to make this tradition a little more earth- and health-friendly. Remember, a treat is a treat, so challenge yourself to find ways to cut down on the sugar and candy wrappers!

• A reusable trick-or-treat bag is a must. There are loads of environmentally friendly options on the market. Why not get creative and let your kids create their own designs with paint or iron-on patches on a simple monochromatic sack?

• Taking squeeze or shake flashlights on the trick-or-treat route is a great eco-alternative to using battery-powered versions. Look for choices in cool shapes and styles that can complement your child’s costume.

• Invite your neighbourhood friends for some treats and bake your own Halloween goods using cookie cutters in scary shapes. Try nut-free recipes using wholesome ingredients to keep kids happy and healthy.

• Have a Halloween party for both kids and grown-ups. Plan ghostly games with prizes, spooky crafts and activities to keep kids in the seasonal spirit. Don’t forget to keep it green by sending out invites printed on recycled paper. Party tip: Carry the theme into the bathroom with spooky soaps to thrill your guests!

Bill and his children are one of our new Habitat families

This weekend I had the pleasure of meeting a father of four, who will be taking possession of one side of the duplex Gold Seal Homes is building for Habitat for Humanity (Southern Alberta region).  Bill was seen on site all weekend with other volunteers building fences , installing siding and painting walls.  We also had volunteers from our local Lions club and members of the Town of Carstairs staff.

Bill has 5 children, Jasmine (12), Josh (11), Brandon (11), Keira (6) and daughter Paige (4). Paige lives with the family part-time. Bill is a single father from Didsbury that looks forward to providing a stable and secure environment for his children. Bill works for Mountain View County in waste management and looks forward to a career that will see him rise to management one day.

Bill seen here building his fence

The home the family currently lives in is small and in need of repairs, Bill sleeps on the sofa so his girls can have their own room. Bill is concerned about safety for his family as the area they currently reside in is not the safest.

His partnership with Habitat Mountain View County Chapter in Carstairs now has Bill hopeful about his children’s futures and they are all very excited that they will finally realize their dream of having a home they can call their own. The kids look forward to having their own rooms and a play space and look forward to getting a new puppy and friend for their pet turtle Iris, who is named after their great-grandmother. Bill’s family and friends are excited and supportive with this new step on the family’s journey to a brighter and better future.

With the help of Habitat for Humanity, a home will provide this wonderful family with the stability they need to achieve their goals and dreams.

Meet one of our Habitat Families

This weekend I had the pleasure to meet and work with our two families that have been selected for the Carstairs Habitat homes that Gold Seal Master Builder is coordinating on Mackenzie Way in the Havenfields community.  Our first family is a young mother of two:

Amanda has two children, Landon (5) and Emily (3). Amanda is a hometown Carstairs girl who has recently come home from Texas. Her family and friends are overjoyed to have her back home and are excited that she now has the opportunity to provide stability and security for her young children after a difficult few years. Amanda is now on a journey to improve and change her and her children’s lives, and is currently enrolled in a Teacher’s Aide program which she will finish in June.

Amanda lives in fear that she and her children will be homeless as they are currently renting month- to-month and the owners are looking to sell the home. She is unable to afford to move into another rental as her income is limited at this time due to attending school. Amanda volunteers at the local Baptist Church and believes in giving back to the community, believing that that ability to give to others is a wonderful gift to both her and to the people she helps.

The ability to partner with Habitat Mountain View County Chapter in Carstairs is very exciting for Amanda and her family; she is full of gratitude for her family’s new home and is excited to start a new chapter in their lives.

Winterizing your home

It may seem too soon to talk about but many winterization precautions for home owners are easier to conduct during warmer weather.  The fall Equinox is a good time of year to start thinking about preparing your home for winter, because as temperatures begin to dip, your home will require maintenance to keep it in tip-top shape through the winter. Continue reading