Thanks for coming to the DQCA Winter Skate!

 

 

Thank you to everyone who came out to our family winter skate this afternoon. A great turnout for skating, music, hot dogs and hot chocolate!

An additional thanks to our sponsors:

Calgary Ward 12 Councillor Shane Keating

Calgary Ward 14 Councillor Peter Demong

Heather Davis

City of Calgary, Waste & Recycling Services: Compost your real Christmas tree

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Compost your real Christmas tree!

Option 1: Put your tree in your green cart

  • Cut your tree into smaller pieces to fit inside your green cart (make sure the lid can close).
  • Put extra branches into paper yard waste bags, roll closed and set one foot to the side of the cart.

Trees that are not prepared this way will not be collected.

Option 2 – Bring to a tree drop-off from December 26 – February 2

  • Remove all lights, ornaments, tinsel, string and tree stands.
  • Do not wrap or bag your tree.

 

Find a list of drop-off locations at calgary.ca/christmastree.

City of Calgary, Waste & Recycling Services: Reduce, reuse and recycle right this holiday season

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Reduce, reuse and recycle right this holiday season!

This holiday season, make sure your gift wrap, boxes and Christmas food scraps end up in the right cart. Better yet, make even less waste to put in a bin by reducing and reusing more items this Christmas!

 

Reduce waste this Christmas

  • Gift the gift of an experience – tickets, lessons, outdoor activities
  • Check what you have at home in the fridge/pantry before you shop
  • Make a list and buy only what you need at the grocery store
  • Skip paper napkins in favour of cloth ones

Reuse items this Christmas

  • Wrap gifts with paper bags/gift boxes, jars and tins, fabrics or dishtowels
  • Use reusable containers for leftovers instead of plastic wrap or tin foil
  • Save bones for soup stock
  • Donate gently used household items like working electronics, furniture, clothing, and toys to a local charity

Recycle and compost right this Christmas

  • Crumple wrapping paper into a ball and put in blue cart (no metallic or foil gift wrap)
  • Compost food scraps, toothpicks, paper napkins and paper plates in green cart
  • Recycle tin cans, glass jars and plastic containers. Make sure they are empty, clean and dry.

Take old electronics to an electronics recycling drop-off – calgary.ca/electronics

City of Calgary: Green Cart Tips and Seasonal Pick-Up Schedule

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Green cart yard tips

It’s that time of year to rake up the leaves and prep your yard for winter. Follow these composting tips:

  • Extra leaves and yard waste belong in your green cart. Put it all directly into the green cart.
  • Fill paper yard waste bags for extra branches and leaves. Roll the top of the bag closed.
  • Extra yard waste put out in garbage bags will not be collected.

Find more green cart information at calgary.ca/greencart.

 

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Green cart pickup moves to every other week in November

With winter on the way, green cart pickup will change to once every other week starting in November.

Find your new winter schedule online at calgary.ca/collection

You can also sign up for free reminders or download the free Garbage Day app so you never miss a collection day.

Did you know? Your carts must be out by 7 a.m. on pickup day.

DouglasQuarry Community Association President’s Blog – October 2019

DQCA President’s Blog – October 2019

I have had several conversations with one of our longtime community members and former director, Ron Bing, and he always tells me that I need to communicate with the membership more than I do.  I personally find the monthly update format kind of forced and not that interesting, and some months there just isn’t that much to update everyone on.  However, in an attempt to heed Ron’s advice, I have decided that I will start a community blog in which I will attempt to highlight an issue, make some observations, and provide some personal insight into topics that affect our community.

This being my first submission, I thought I would share with you my thoughts on one of the key features of the DouglasQuarry Community Association, that is not well known (except by those who live here), but to a large extent exemplifies our true community spirit.

As you know DouglasQuarry does not have a community center building; we don’t have a physical space where we come together and interact as neighbors. I have heard the comment over the years that because we don’t have a physical space to come together we lack a sense of community.  I totally disagree with this reasoning. I believe that we have one of the best meeting and gathering spots in the city, and some of the friendliest and neighborly residents right here in our community.  If you think about it long enough you will know where I’m talking about; it’s our best amenity, our most beautiful and peaceful spot, and the place in our community where most of us have been to at least once, but probably visit on a regular basis…ah yes the river pathway; DouglasQuarry’s little hidden gem.

 

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To me the river pathway, is the centerpiece of our community, it where we go for recreation, to unwind, to see nature, to walk our dogs, and most importantly where we meet our neighbors. I can’t tell you how many people I have said hello to and had a brief conversation with while walking on the path.  When I’m down at the river almost always people acknowledge me with a warm smile and a friendly hello.  On any given weekend if you go to the Sue Higgins bridge you are bound to see people engaged in a multitude of outdoor activities from fishing, canoeing, biking, or running. Neighbors and friends are frequently seen stopped on the path catching up with each other. Families are out for a bike ride, or adventuring in the trees. Grandparents are spending time with grandkids out for a walk, getting some fresh air and exercise. Even in the winter DQCA residents are outside on the paths taking advantage of a cold clear sunny day and the natural environment available to us in our backyard.

 

 

I have travelled to some great places in Europe and one of the things I always enjoy when I’m there is when families come out for an evening stroll. All ages come together to be seen, to walk, talk, play, and discuss things that affect their daily lives. As an outsider I always have this sense there is a very organic process of community building taking place that naturally occurs when people come together in an impromptu manner and  get to know each other better. I sometimes get the same feeling when I walk down by the river, while not as hectic or crowded as the streets of Europe, I still get the sense that the same process is taking place along the river pathways; its where our community members come together.

So when people say that we don’t have a sense of community, I say that they haven’t been down at the river on a warm sunny day, because if they had, they would have seen that we are a friendly, social, and active community made up of people of all ages who have found a common bond in their appreciation of the river pathways and natural areas that our community has. Who needs a community center when we have a gathering spot like we do? Having community spirit isn’t about having a physical space it’s about having an open and friendly attitude towards your neighbors.  I believe we have a strong sense of community in DouglasQuarry, and this is on display everyday down on the river pathway.