Pet Food Bank, Music, and More
STREET PRINTS MAKES NEW TRACKS IN THE SNOW
The Street Prints Artist Collective wrapped up the final 124 Street Grand Market event last month, and now moves into their fall/winter planning stage. As we begin year two of activities, we are partnering for some exciting workshops with the Society of Northern Alberta Print Artists (SNAP) and we also invite you to meet us at the upcoming REACH McCauley Information Sharing event, November 5 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Santa Maria Goretti Community Centre (11050-90 Street) and the Just One World Global Market Sale November 25 & 26 at St. Basil’s Cultural Centre (10819-71 Avenue). To keep up to date with all our activities, follow us on Facebook under the name @streetprintscollective.
PET FOOD BANK GETS ADDED SUPPORT NETWORK
Last month the Inner City Pet Food Bank suffered a shortfall of supplies and was forced to shut down for one day to seek fresh supplies and donations. However, this unfortunate event became the catalyst for an amazing response from a number of animal agencies in the city as they came to our aid in a fantastic way! Several agencies are now working together to create a network of rescues and organizations to contribute regularly and consistently to the Pet Food Bank!
The following agencies are already on board and helping and we have seen regular supplies and donations as a direct result of a few very dedicated and caring individuals. Huge thanks go out to Anjie for spearheading this initiative and to our new friends at the Greater Edmonton Animal Rescue Society (GEARS), Hope Lives Here Animal Rescue Society (HLH), Companion Animal Welfare Society (CAWS), Zoe’s Animal Rescue Society, A Pet’s Pantry Society, Barrhead Animal Rescue Society (BARS), Safe Team, Alberta Helping Animals Society, Education Not Euthanization, and Second Chance Animal Rescue Society (SCARS).
With the help of all of these agencies, we are also in the planning stages to create a fundraising event scheduled for 12-4 p.m., Sunday November 19. If you would like to know more, such as a location (which we are still working on), or just want to keep up to date with the Inner City Pet Food Bank, you can follow us on Facebook under the name @ICRWPpetfoodbank.
NEW LIVE MUSIC WITH HELP FROM MACEWAN UNIVERSITY STUDENT GROUP
Throughout the summer months, ICRWP continued to support and help organize some great free live music events for the Boyle Street and McCauley community. Last month, however, we began a new and exciting partnership with the MacEwan University Live Music Club, who reached out to us and initiated a pilot project that brings young musicians, bands, volunteers, and some great food into the Boyle Street Community Services drop in to create cool live music events! October marked the first such event, and we hosted an energetic and powerful four-piece band named Randy Handsome, who played to a pretty packed house, with dancing and a spaghetti dinner, complete with garlic toast! We hope that this marks the beginning of a great future of partnership and continued live music throughout the inner city with the help of MacEwan students and faculty! A great time was had by all!
HOCKEY SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD
Finally, Justin Herbert received the Sportsmanship Award this month at our floor hockey program because of his efforts to remain calm during games. His fellow participants went out of their way to point out huge improvements in his attitude both toward himself and his fellow players. Justin’s presence has a positive effect on everyone and the overall mood of the game. He is a core participant of the floor hockey program and it doesn’t feel the same without him!
Rylan is the Program Lead, Inner City Recreation and Wellness Program. Mike Siek and Rebecca Kaiser are Program Coordinators with ICRWP.