Alberta Health Services: Cold Weather Tips (October 2017)

posted Oct 20, 2017, 12:42 PM by Douglas Ratke

Alberta Health Services has provided a handout with COLD WEATHER TIPS.  Please refer to the attachment for additional information.

Welcome Councilor Shane Keating !

posted Oct 19, 2017, 8:10 AM by Douglas Ratke

Now that the 2017 Calgary Civic Elections are over, and Riverbend is officially part of Ward 12, we would like to take this opportunity to welcome Councilor Shane Keating as our representative on City Council and congradulate him on his election win !

Blood Donor Clinic : November 16, 2017

posted Oct 12, 2017, 9:41 AM by Douglas Ratke

Riverbend Community Seniors - Open House / Feedback Session: October 11, 2017

posted Oct 12, 2017, 9:37 AM by Douglas Ratke   [ updated Oct 18, 2017, 8:51 AM by Frieda Wiebe ]

On October 11, 2017, Riverbend Community held a get together with its Seniors Group to get feedback on things that they would like to see to get more engaged in the community.

As a first-time event, it was very well attended.  

Ideas included:  

1)  Exercise Class - This Stretch & Strength class is beginning Thursday, November 2nd at 9:30 am and will be held for 6 weeks every Thursday. Please plan to arrive about 9 am for the first class registration. The class is being held on the main floor in the Elbow River Room. There is no fee for the class. 

2)  Games Night  - This has been planned to be the second Tuesday evening every month, starting at 6:30 pm. The first card night will be Tuesday, November 14th, at 6:30 pm. There will be card games planned to start with and whatever types of games the group decides to add going forward.

3)  Potluck - Another of the popular ideas that came up. Plans are not confirmed yet.

Cards and pool games are still going on every Wednesday afternoon, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, downstairs in the Heritage Room. Drop in and join the group. If it's your first time, talk to Roz who is the leader of the group. She'll be happy to meet you.

In addition, it was also suggested it might be nice to look into items that might enhance the mobility up and down the stairs, and Riverbend Community will also be looking into this as well.

If you have other ideas, please feel free to pass them on.

Calgary Spanish Club - Painting Night

posted Oct 12, 2017, 9:30 AM by Douglas Ratke



Painting Night Event


Painting Night on October 25th @ Las Canarias

España en Calgary invites you to a night of quiet recreation in the restaurant Las Canarias (1129- 17 Ave SW) on October 25th at 7 pm. Come enjoy a painting evening with an instructor that will guide us step by step in an artistic project. No experience needed.

All materials included in the price of $ 25. The price  does not include food or drink. For furthre details go to



Noche de Pintura el 25 de Octubre en Las Canarias

España en Calgary os propone una noche de diversión tranquila en el restaurante  Las Canarias ( 1129- 17 Ave SW) el día 25 de Octubre a las 7 de la tarde. Venid a disfrutar de una noche de pintura con una profesora que nos guiará paso a paso en un proyecto  artístico. No hace falta experiencia.

El precio de  $ 25 incluye los materiales pero no incluye la bebida ni comida. Para más información, id a:






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City of Calgary Crime Statistics for Riverbend: September 2017

posted Oct 11, 2017, 9:04 AM by Douglas Ratke

Cold-Weather Vehicle Theft: October 2017

posted Oct 11, 2017, 8:28 AM by Douglas Ratke

Cold-Weather Vehicle Theft

Vehicle theft is an ongoing concern within the city of Calgary. Each year, as the weather cools, the Calgary Police Service receives an increase in stolen vehicle thefts, targeting unlocked vehicles left running (warming up). With this in mind, please consider:
What can you do to prevent vehicle theft?
·         Do not leave a vehicle running with the keys in the ignition for any length of time, even with the doors locked.
·         Never hide a second key in or around the vehicle.
·         Always close the windows, lock the doors and pocket the key.
·         Park in well-lit and well-traveled areas.
·         Take valuables with you or hide them out of sight.
·         Use anti- theft measures such as a steering wheel lock, a vehicle immobilizer system or an alarm system.
·         Consider installing a remote starter if you need to warm up your vehicle in the morning.
·         Report suspicious activity. If you see suspicious people in or around motor vehicles, call 9-1-1.
Remember, a few minutes braving the cold with your vehicle can save you from a headache down the line.

Development Review and Planning Committee Updates: October 2017

posted Oct 11, 2017, 6:05 AM by Douglas Ratke

·       Concerns with Traffic near Carburn Park:  A concern has been raised by some residents with regards to the speed of traffic leaving and entering Carburn Park.  This is being investigated, and once we know more, additional information will be passed on.

·    Glenmore Trail/Ogden Interchange:  The major part of the work has been completed as pf July 19, 2017, and traffic is flowing nicely.  This has helped allow improve traffic as the interchange now allows passage over both of the railway tracks.  The reduced traffic speeds are expected to remain in effect till late 2017 to allow for clean-up of the area.

·     South Hill Community:  The City of Calgary is planning on putting a whole brand new community at South Hill.  This will be located on the NE portion of Riverbend, in what is now the “Trailer Park”.  As the area in question begins in Millican-Ogden, it will be designated as part of this community.  Having said that, Riverbend has a major stake in what it looks like, and as such, will be providing our input on behalf of residents.  The area in question can best be described for visualization purposes as an “upscale Inglewood Area”.

·    Removal of Playground at River Rock Manor:  At the time of its removal, Riverbend Community Association was not aware that it would be removed.  In talks with the City of Calgary, the decision was made due to potential safety and liability issues.  Currently, we are working with residents affected by the change to see what else we can do with the area in question.  Ideas include benches, another playground, etc.  If you have any input, please feel free to pass it on.


·    Riverbend Playground Updates:  Over the summer, work was completed on refurbishing the playground located at Riverside Close.  As part of this, the playground located at Riverside Mews was removed.  This was to consolidate it with Riverside Close.  Instead, a refurbished green/rest area will be put there.  In addition, the playground at River Rock Manor was removed due to safety concerns.  We are currently looking at options to replace with something in keeping with it being a playground, but, have not determined what that looks like yet.


·     Fencing Along 18th Street:  A number of residents have started to rebuild the fences on their property, and as such, we would like to hank and acknowledge their efforts.  The new fences look great and greatly add to the beauty of our community.

·     BRT Work on 18th Street:  Work has started on the BRT Stop located on the East side of 18th Street by Riverglen Drive.  When completed, we will see a BRT Stop (as noted); a slight expansion of 18th Street on the West side to allow for a small BRT Lane only just prior to the South bound lights; and, relocation of the meridian located there that holds the light post slightly West as well.


·     Concerns about CBE Signage in Riverbend Park:  Recently, the CBE put up some signage that lead concerned residents to believe that a new school would be built there.  After investigation, it was determined that there are no plans and that the CBE was simply putting up signs that should have been up years ago, but were never installed.  While the timing may seem unusual, it is thought it has more to do a “catch-up effort”.  Should things change, we will keep residents posted.  As our largest park, our aim is to preserve it.

·     Flashing Crosswalk Sign on 18th Street:  Currently, this is the only uncontrolled intersection in Riverbend, and has the source of debate in the past.  Many people have indicated that it would be great to get a set of lights at this location as it would enable people living on either side of 18th Street the ability to enter 18th Street.  This past month, we had an incident that was fortunately avoided.  A young mom was crossing with her child, when a car travelling North from Quarry Park almost hit her.  The incident was avoided but left the young mom somewhat traumatized.  As well, the City removed the North crosswalk in an effort to encourage people to use the South crosswalk.  As such, we have been asked to look into what we can do to improve the situation here.

·    Secondary Suites:  At this time, the City of Calgary still does not have a good Secondary Suite policy in place.  Once the Civic Election is complete, and depending on who gets in on Council, it is expected to be an issue again.  In 2015, the City of Calgary tried to unilaterally make 4 inner City Wards Secondary Suite havens as s solution.  However, Riverbend was against this approach as we were not even consulted.  Having said that, Riverbend is generally in favour of the concept – if done the right way and for the right reasons.  What we were not and continue to be against is making changes without forward thinking on the issues that would need to be addressed as part of this process.  Issues include Community Standards By-Law Improvements; Garbage Collection; Traffic; Occupancy by the Home Owner; etc.  As such, what we were against in 2015 is the ill-thought out approach and poor legislation that been done simply for the sake of “getting something in place”.

·     Fluoride in the Water:  Another issue that has arisen is one to re-add fluoride back to our water. In the past, Calgarians voted to eliminate this.  Part of the reason it is arising again is the economy.  With many people out of work, it is harder for them to go to the dentists.  So, one possible idea to at least help minimize trips to the dentists may be re-adding fluoride.  There are arguments both and against.  Riverbend will continue to monitor the situation and advise residents as the situation transpires.

·    Green Bins:  All residents should have received their green recycling bins by now.  So, what goes in a green cart?  All food, yard waste and pet waste goes in the green cart.  As well, in some cases, you will see changes to your pickup schedule as both the green and blue bins are picked up on one day, and the black bins on another day.

Douglas Ratke

How To Build Community

posted Oct 3, 2017, 1:38 PM by Douglas Ratke   [ updated Oct 3, 2017, 8:16 PM ]

The following was found at a local community center, and as such, was thought to be something that should be shared with the residents of Riverbend.

This is what WIKIPEDIA has to say about the word and meaning of "community":

A community is a small or large social unit (a group of people) who have something in common, such as norms, religion, values, or identity. 

Communities often share a sense of place that is situated in a given geographical area (e.g. a country, village, town, or neighborhood) or in virtual space through communication platforms. 

Durable relations that extend beyond immediate genealogical ties also define a sense of community. People tend to define those social ties as important to their identity, practice, and roles in social institutions like family, home, work, government, society, or humanity, at large.

Although communities are usually small relative to personal social ties (micro-level), "community" may also refer to large group affiliations (or macro-level), such as national communities, international communities, and virtual communities.

CIBC Annual Run for the Cure Walk/Run: October 1, 2017

posted Oct 3, 2017, 1:29 PM by Douglas Ratke   [ updated Oct 3, 2017, 8:16 PM ]

Each year, there is an annual event known as the CIBC Run for he Cure is held.  It starts and ends at Southcentre.

This year, the event took place on October 1, 2017.

Nearly 85,000 people came together in communities across Canada to make a promise to change the future of breast cancer for our sisters, our mothers, our daughters and our daughters‘ daughters.

Although aimed at people with breast cancer, there were lots of people there as well supporting people who have had any form of cancer whose target is women.  This includes ovarian, etc.

An estimated $17 million to invest in ground-breaking breast cancer research, such as improving screening technology, developing new and targeted treatments, and discovering how to reduce the rate of recurrence.

As such, the Community of Riverbend would like to extend its heart-filled wishes to those women in our community who may be going through this affliction, and to thank those who participated in helping trying to do what we can to make things better for all who may.


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