End of Summer BBQ held September 25 in honour of Thorncliff Youth
In case you didn't already know it, we have some amazingly talented young people in our community who are quickly becoming very skilled in all kinds of soccer and basketball moves. So TCL held an end of summer BBQ on Thursday, September 5 to honour our youth. Many people of all ages joined us for a really great summer BBQ courtesy of Thornclif Community League volunteers. After we ate, young soccer and basketball enthusiasts demonstrated their talents by participating in skill testing activities for each sport. Thereafter, the Thursday night soccer crew played a lively game of soccer until 8:00 p.m. It was a great evening of in-community family fun.
Thorncliff Community Yard Sale - Saturday, May 25
You asked so we tried it! The Thorncliff Community League held its first community yard sale on May 25. A big thank you to everyone who donated items for the sale, vendors who brought their goods to sell, and the many volunteers who donated their time and energy to set up and run the event. We are grateful to all the people who came to check out and buy our treasurers. Proceeds of about $500 went towards the rink redevelopment project currently underway. For more information on this project, see the Community Matters page.
It was a well attended community event and many of us made new connections with people in the community that we might not otherwise have made, and that's what TCL events are all about.
4th Annual Winterfest 2019
Saturday, February 16 at Thorncliff Park
A big thank you to everyone who attended our 4th annual Thorncliff Winterfest event on the Saturday of Family Day Weekend 2019. A special thanks to all the volunteers who worked hard behind the scenes to make the event another success.
Despite the cold temperatures, about 60 people spent the afternoon together enjoying horse drawn sleigh rides around Thorncliff Park and lots and lots of delicious hot cocoa, coffee and cookies. We kept ourselves warm by standing around open flamed fire pits and roasting marshmallow and hot dogs. A big hit with the kids! This year we added a lively game of broomball in the skating rink which was a great activity to do outdoors for wintertime fun.
Many thanks to Kevin Schellenberg for taking professional photos of the event. For more photos see the gallery on the home page.
Thanks again for joining us and we hope to see you all again next year.
Santa Light Tour December 2018
As eagerly anticipated, Santa made an exclusive appearance in Thorncliff on Saturday, December 15 during the Santa Light Tour. Usually restricted to a single chair in a hot and stuffy mall, he opted for a walk in Thorncliff with kids young and old, and afterwards enjoyed a hot chocolate with everyone over a warm open fire. He had fun playing with the kids on the ice and said our skating rink was exceptionally good this year!
Thanks to everyone who joined us for some wintertime fun as we toured the area to see the houses decorated with Christmas lights. And thanks to the residents of Thorncliff who have decorated their houses so beautifully this year. Attached is a festive light map created by Board Member, Pam Winski, showing all the houses in Thorncliff decorated with Christmas lights. Way to go Thorncliff!
Here's wishing you and yours a very happy, peaceful and safe holiday season!
Children's Bike Safety Program Event - June 2, 2018
Many thanks to the City of Edmonton for bringing back to Thorncliff for a second year. This year a small group of local children had an exciting afternoon of one-to-one learning and fun with bicycle safety instructors Quinn and Jordan. We also received a welcome visit from Jane Erdman, North West Recreation Program Manager. A short but nasty downpour tried to dampen our spirits mid-afternoon but everyone quickly found shelter and took the opportunity to enjoy an ice cream treat donated by TCL. As soon as the rain passed, the children did not hesitate to get back to the program. A special thanks to Terry from NASCAR for once again opening up their race track for this event.
Basketball Court Mystery Solved!
We always wondered why a couple of the basketball nets were seldom used by the youth who shoot hoops in Thorncliff’s basketball court. It was the same surface to play on, same size of court, and backboards and rims were in repair. Why then did no one play on the one side? Finally we got the inside tip we were looking for. One pole had been constructed at 11 ft. tall and another at 10 ft. 6 in. Regulation height is 10 ft. It was all messed up.
We've since painted new lines on the courts and we're changing the nets on the rims on a regular basis.
This year we noticed a dramatic increase in activity in the basketball court. .The courts are being using all the time and youth are turning out in large numbers. To show our support of young basketball players in our community, TCL is commented to helping local youth run a basketball tournament next summer that will invite youth from the area to participate. More details will follow as plans with local youth leaders unfold.
Aldergrove, Callingwood North, Lymburn, and Thorncliff Community Walking Map
This project has now been completed. The maps have been printed and distribution has begun. The project team created a walking route map to highlight local treasures in our area and encourage all residents to get out and get active in our community.
You can click here to view an electronic copy of the walking map, but there's no better way to see everything than enjoy a walk on the trails and see it for yourself. Thank you, Sharon Quickfall, for representing TCL on the Walking Map Committee.
Northern Alberta Scale Car Auto Racers (NASCAR) Association
During the summer months, come join NASCAR members every Tuesday night at the outdoor race track in Thorncliff Park. Thorncliff is one of a few permanent racing facilities for on road radio controlled car racing in Canada. The host club, Northern Alberta Scale Car Auto Racers Association, has been operating for about 35 years. Members run a wide variety of different class races all summer long from May through August. Races are held every Tuesday night, and if it rains, they're held on Wednesday night.
During the winter, NASCAR Association races are held on most Friday nights inside at the Air Museum on Kingsway Avenue on special racing carpet. For more information about the Association, visit their website or check them out on FaceBook.