Spring Into the Annual McCauley Community Clean Up!

It’s time to clean out the closets, storage, and garage again! It’s time for the Annual McCauley Community Clean Up!

According to clean up veteran volunteer Dan G., the current version of the big bin McCauley Clean Up event started over 15 years ago (around 2002) when the McCauley Apartments’ parking lot served as the center of the event. However, a couple of years before that, Rosalie Gelderman (from the MCL Board) walked around with other caring neighbours and picked up garbage because they wanted to improve their neighbourhood. With the efforts of many great community folks, over the years the McCauley Community Clean Up has grown to be what it is today!

This year, as with many years in the past, McCauley has made it possible to have certain types of trash picked up for FREE and disposed of properly by friendly volunteers. It’s a wonderful opportunity to work together and do something to make our community safe and beautiful. It’s important that we make our community better for everyone! It is definitely a big undertaking, so consider a few things:

  • Equipment needs to be provided (bins, bags, signs, etc.).
  • Site and folks have to be managed and taken care of.
  • Invites, ads, and promotions need to be distributed.
  • Calls need to be taken.
  • Trucks need to be rented.
  • Waivers need to be approved.

It’s a lot of stuff, but as a part of the McCauley community, we each can play a part in the success of the event. This year, we will attempt to make it the best year ever, with the support of the McCauley Community League (funding and support), Edmonton Host Lions (hospitality and food), E4C (infrastructure logistics), and most importantly, MCCAULEY VOLUNTEERS!!! . . . which could, and hopefully will, include YOU! Keep in mind the rewards of volunteering in the community are great and how it impacts the goodness of our relationships with each other. All the terrific neighbours and businesses we have are immeasurable. Volunteers are needed for: Greeters, Labourers, Traffic Management, Driving (Truck), Litter Pickers, Helpers, Postering, and Flyering – Call: (780) 424-2870

Due to the capactiy of the clean up, spots are limited, so reserve your pick-up early! Pick-ups will be on Saturday, June 10 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Call to reserve an appointment: (780) 424-2870 (leave a message). You can also drive through and get rid of trash at our disposal bin site (McCauley Apartments 9541 108A Avenue in the back alley north entrance).

We look forward to hearing from you, and to seeing you June 10!

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  • Treasures of Ukrainian Wood Carvings – This exhibit was featured at the Ukrainian National Federation Hall (106 Avenue and 98 Street) on April 1-2, 2017. It also included a fine art show and sale, as well as performances. Paula E. Kirman

  • Treasures of Ukrainian Wood Carvings – This exhibit was featured at the Ukrainian National Federation Hall (106 Avenue and 98 Street) on April 1-2, 2017. It also included a fine art show and sale, as well as performances. Paula E. Kirman

  • Outdoor Way of the Cross – Due to the wet, cold weather on Good Friday, April 14, attendance was down at the annual Outdoor Way of the Cross from about 660 (in recent years) to only 300 at the peak. This year’s theme was “The cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor are one” based on Pope Francis’s letter laudato si that notes that poor people pay the greatest price for our disregard of taking care of the environment. We walked for the first time west of 101 Street in the shadow of Rogers Place. Text: Jim Gurnett Photo: Michael Hoyt

  • Making Art, Making Smiles – Ann-Marie Johnson on her final day of watercolour art classes (April 3), offered by instructor Bruce in conjunction with Inner City Pastoral Ministries (ICPM) at Bissell Centre. Yovella M.

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June’s theme is “The Outdoors.” What are some of your favourite outdoor activities? Walking, cycling, soccer, jogging, bird-watching, gardening, photography . . . And even though this is for June, winter activities are fine to discuss too. Deadline: May 12. Articles should be no longer than 500 words and accompanied by photos whenever possible. Send your work to: editor@bmcnews.org.