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Meeting Wednesday September 3, Local news

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hello Strathconians!
 
What a summer it’s been; real heat with lots of local events and festivals. Although the next few days look drab, here’s to at least a few more weeks of great weather and hanging out in the parks!
 
The SRA takes a break for the summer months, but September is just around the corner and our activity resumes. We would like to invite you to attend the next season’s first SRA meeting on Wednesday, September 3rd at 7:15 at the Strathcona Community Centre. Bring your neighbours, roommates and friends!
 
While your’e at it, why not mark the first Wednesday of every upcoming month until June 2015, and save the dates for your neighbourhood!
 
Items for the Sep 3rd meeting:
 
Prior Street Road Safety Audit: The SRA Council stayed active over the summer months with regards to the Prior Street Road Safety Audit as you may have heard via our electronic newsletter and related posters around the hood. Thanks so much to all those who submitted surveys! We received over 130 responses in just a few weeks. The consultants hired by the City to conduct the audit said that such wide, quick response is very rare and that our feedback was hugely helpful and influential for their findings. Over the summer, we (SRA Executive Council and Prior Street Committee) accompanied the consultants on a walkthrough of Prior-Venables and a follow up meeting with the Engineering Staff. We will report to you on the Prior/Venables Road Safety Audit at the Sept 3rd meeting.
 
SRA nominations for Council, Chair and Committees: The October 1st SRA meeting will be the SRA Annual General Meeting. With Pete Fry resigned as Chair (hopefully to serve us as a CoV Councillor with the Green Party), the Chair position is up for grabs! We are looking for new or old neighbourhood residents to take on leadership roles and get involved in local doings through the SRA. Please come out to the September 3rd meeting to hear more about the various roles, duties and opportunities available for members and/or leaders with the SRA.
 
Atira proposed development open house: Thursday, September 4th 4-7 pm 502 Alexander Street. Atira is planning a new development at 420 Hawks Avenue, just by the Rice Block. From the sketch and basic info on the open house flyer it looks like a six-storey apartment building intended for ‘women and children’. To hear more about this and ask questions visit their open house at the above mentioned place and time next week.
 
Strathcona Fall Fete (formerly known as the Strathcona Harvest Festival) Saturday, September 13th, 3 pm - sundown @ corner of East Georgia and Hawks (the brick ‘piazza’). A family-friendly community street party, potluck and pie contest. Bring food and chairs to share. Bring pies for contest by 3 pm. Bring reusable dishes. Kids activities and crafts. music. face painting. straw stack. This event is once again supported by a Neighbourhood Small Grant (8th year) and the Strathcona Community Centre. The organizers are looking for a few volunteer Face Painters and other volunteers to assist with crafts, pie contest and set up/take down. volunteers can contact Francesca: francesca.benedetti@mac.com.
 
Car Free Strathcona 2015: The owners of Floral and Hardy edible plants at 688 E Hastings (in the Heatley Block) are proposing to organize a Car Free Day on East Hastings for next year. They are already involved with this City wide event and will be running for the Car Free Board of Directors. They will present the idea and proposal at the September 3rd meeting. For more information contact Ruth at avenueflorist@telus.net.