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  • 2020-12-04 12:30 PM | Marketing (Administrator)

    Afternoon #EVneighbours! Wow! Can’t get over how friendly and welcoming the people here in East Village are! Found myself a cohort over in the Orange Lofts and after some wine and talking and punning....yes that’s a word, got down to some Christmas baking of sorts. Since I know we all need a little cheer thought I’d share this awesome activity we came up with: Dried Orange Slices! Not only do they make your place smell great, they have so many uses! Garland, ornament, part of a wreath, perhaps a drink garnish? Mulled wine anyone?  

    This was such a blast my cohort and I are already planning for more Friday afternoon creative sessions. Send me your ideas, the punnier the better! Oh, and tasty too! 

    Craft: Orange Slices Ornaments or Garland 


    Since many of us are staying home holiday season (with the recent Covid-19 restrictions), decorating indoors can help make it feel festive and fun.   

    The ingredients for this craft are simple, and you may even have everything you need already in your kitchen! The best part is that this craft makes your home smell so good, it is affordable, and easy on the environment! 

     Materials list: 

    ·       Oranges  

    ·       Sharp knife and cutting board 

    ·       Cookie sheet  

    ·       A wire baking rack if you have one OR parchment paper 

    ·       Bakers twine, yarn, thread (for hanging/stringing finished slices) 

    ·       a yarn needle if you have one 

    ·       Scissors 

    ·       *patience 


    How to Make Dried Orange Slices 

    1.     Slice orange into 1/4” or 1/8” slices; go slowly and carefully when cutting with a sharp knife in a gentle back and forth sawing method to keep the slices crisp and avoid any squeezing or pressing. Evenly cut slices are ideal and if you see any seeds just pull them out as you proceed. 

    2.     Use paper towel or a kitchen towel to gently blot dry the slices from dripping juice  

    3.     If you have a wire baking rack place it on top of the cookie sheet or place a sheet of parchment paper on the pan instead. 

    4.     Lay your slices on the rack or on top of the parchment paper, as close together as possible without overlapping and keeping the slices round 

    5.     Set your oven at its lowest baking temperature (typically 170 or 200 degrees). 

    6.     Dehydrate your orange slices slowly for several hours at this low bake temperature, turning the slices each hour.  The slices will get thinner and translucent, so check often to avoid oranges curling and get brown. Remove when almost dry and allow slices to cool and finish drying on a cutting board or rack. The oranges should feel light and look like stained glass!  

    How to make a simple ornament: 

    If you have a needle you can thread it with some twine or thread and simply poke the needle inside the orange close to the rind, pull through a couple of inches before cutting, make a loop and tie a knot. Voila!  

    Alternatively, you can poke a hole with a skewer, nail, or scissors (anything small and pointed) and then gently pull your twine through, cut, and tie the hanging loop. 

    If you have some metal ornament hangers, you can also use them; just poke it in and hang it! 

    To make an orange slices garland: 

    Consider the appropriate length of twine, thread, or yarn and the length of the finished garland. 


    If you have a needle you can thread it with some twine and simply poke the needle inside the orange close to the rind and pull the twine through leaving about a 12” (at the end of the first orange). Poke through about 1” apart to string your slice. 

    It is also easy to poke holes at 11 and 1 o’clock on each orange slice and pass the twine through. If you wrap the end of the twine with some tape it makes it easier to poke through.  Space the oranges so they don’t overlap. 

    It’s fun to play with different types of twine, add cinnamon sticks, beads, etc. for some extra festive charm. 

    Any extra dried rind or slices can be displayed in a nice dish, or garnish a cheese plate, or attached to a present for decoration. 

    Experiment and try drying lemon and lime slices too! 

  • 2020-12-03 10:00 AM | Marketing (Administrator)

    Woah, definitely not at the North Pole anymore, Dorothy! The Riverwalk to the East Village is busy and exciting. Very few sleighs and I didn't see any reindeer, but lots of dogs who want a bite of my yummy breakfast sandwich and by the way, the Canada Geese are on the naughty list. Rather hissy and surprisingly fast on their feet.

    It was good to have a run though, but thankful for the many places to sit, rest, chat, and admire.

    Biking, running, walking, so many of you out and enjoying your gorgeous Bow River. I'm not used to seeing water that isn't frozen, although I understand that it does freeze and probably will and that's when the Canada Geese are a little more "chill". – see what I did there?

  • 2020-12-02 6:30 PM | Marketing (Administrator)

    East Village! I’m loving your amazing night lights!  

    Sure, I am used to the Aurora Borealis aka Northern lights, and yeah… I think East Village, let’s light it up! Show me your balconies!  I’m a balcony Elf… what can I say?  

    Let’s light up the night, decorate the dark and show Calgary that the East Village is brilliant, bright, and lit!  I bet we can get to a 100 or more light displays. I’ll be counting and reporting back to Santa!

    I hear that the East Village Neighbourhood Association may have access to extra lights, so if you want to play along and need some help from these little elf hands, I brought a little magic along with me.  I’m a Christmas Elf.  I’m Derek.  Let’s get the magic started. 

  • 2020-12-01 10:00 AM | Marketing (Administrator)

    Day 1

    Good morning #evneighbours! Comet flew all night and look, arriving in time for this beautiful sunrise! A relaxing morning, drinking some coffee, walking towards the Riverwalk path just outside Bookers BBQ Grill & Crab Shack and the Riverfront Pointe condos! Just beginning my East Village journey and it's looking like a point to the nice side already! 

  • 2020-11-30 8:30 AM | Marketing (Administrator)

    Hey #evneighbours! It’s me; Derek! Thank you for swiping right on me! I was really looking forward to a break from all the busy activity here in the North Pole. This time of year is exhausting and yet, exciting!

    Santa is finally giving me an outside assignment! Comet (with permission from the Flying Reindeer Union 12/25 chapter) has agreed to fly me to Calgary, and I will be in the East Village on December 1!

    We don’t really know each other yet, so I won’t tell you where I am staying, but, as a tourist, I will be checking out all the many East Village attractions and reporting back to Santa. Santa wants to know the usual… naughty, nice… blah, blah, blah. I have personal ambitions. Hey, I’d like a movie deal too! So, I have some ideas about how to make the next 24 days, well, magical. Stay tuned East Village… Derek is coming to town.

  • 2020-10-31 8:00 AM | Board of Directors (Administrator)

    As you may already know, your East Village Neighbourhood Association held its 2020 Annual General Meeting last week at the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel on October 24th. This AGM was to have been held in March of 2020 but was delayed due to the COVID 10 pandemic.

    During the meeting, financial and community reports were presented; proposed amendments to EVNA’s bylaws were presented, voted on, and passed; recognition of community members made; and a new board of directors elected.

    If you were unable to attend, you may now watch the AGM presentation on our website. You may also view EVNA's 2020 Report to the Community online, or download the PDF here.

    At a subsequent board meeting, officers of the board were elected, and director and coordinator roles established as follows:

    Please ensure your contact records are updated accordingly. You may view our personal bios online here.

    For more East Village news and EVNA events,
    please visit our new website at
    and follow us on social media @yycEVNA

    Thank you for your continued interest in the affairs of our neighbourhood. 


    The Board of Directors,
    East Village Neighbourhood Assocation


  • 2020-10-13 2:20 PM | Vice President (Administrator)

    Central Library opens wellness desk offering free mental health support

    Written by Chandler Walter for DHNews Calgary

    Central Library opens wellness desk offering free mental health support

    The Calgary Central Library just got a brand new addition.

    A release from Calgary Public Library states that their newest and busiest building is now home to a wellness desk that offers free mental health support to library visitors.

    “The Library is evolving to meet the needs of our city during an unprecedented mental health crisis, one which has worsened due to a pandemic,” said Mark Asberg, CEO for Calgary Central Public Library, in the release.

    “The Wellness Desk will offer a welcoming, safe, and discreet opportunity for all members of the community to seek help with mental health concerns or issues.”

    The desk is available to visitors on a drop-in basis on afternoons and early evenings. The desk features mental health professionals from Wood’s Homes, a children’s mental health centre that has been operating in Calgary for over a century.

    “Wood’s Homes is proud to be providing mental health services at the Central Library’s new Wellness Desk,” said Bjorn Johansson, CEO for Wood’s Homes, in the release.

    “Service accessibility and immediacy are contributors to improved mental health, especially in these times when many of us need help and support. We have a longstanding reputation with the community and see this opportunity as another step in ensuring that Calgarians know we are here to help.”

    The support services will be free for all visitors of the library, thanks to the financial support from the City of Calgary, RBC Foundation, and donors of the Calgary Public Library Foundation.

    The Wellness Desk is located on level 3 in room 3-19A and will operate until December 31.

    Read original article on DHNews Visit The Calgary Public Library's Wellness Desk

  • 2020-10-01 12:00 PM | Vice President (Administrator)

    The East Village Neighbourhood Association (EVNA) invites you to our 

    Annual General Meeting 2020 
    on Saturday, October 24 at 10:30am 
    at Hilton Garden Inn (711 4 St SE).

    While event registration is not required, it is appreciated. 
    Register Here

    The AGM was postponed from our usual spring schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently we were given the OK to resume in-person meetings as long as we maintain physical distancing requirements and wear masks while moving around the space.


    1. Introductions & Welcome 
    2. Call to Order 
    3. Reports to Community  
    4. Voting of Proposed Bylaw Amendments
    5. Community Members Recognition 
    6. Present Board Nominees 
    7. Voting on Board 
    8. Adjournment 

    For more information, please check out our new website:

    • Click here to learn more about becoming a member 
    • Click here to learn more about EVNA's current Board of Directors
    • Click Here to review EVNA's existing and proposed bylaws

    All residents are encouraged to join us, though only members prior to September 24, 2020 are entitled to vote on the incoming Board of Directors and the proposed updated Bylaws being presented.

    If you have any questions in advance, or if you would like to put your name forward as a nominee for the Board of Directors, please email secretary@yycevna.org.

    We look forward to seeing you there!

  • 2020-09-29 12:57 PM | Vice President (Administrator)

    7 St. S.E. Closure

    The following Information Notice is from Calgary.ca; hard copies were delivered to East Village residents' mailboxes this week.

    7 St. S.E. and the west Elbow River pathway, from 9 Ave. to MacDonald Ave. S.E, was closed on April 8, 2019, to accommodate construction as part of the 9 Ave. S.E. Bridge replacement project.

    Following completion of this project, 7 St. S.E. will remain permanently closed. The West Elbow River pathway along 7 St. S.E. will be re-opened for pedestrians and cyclists once construction is complete.

    This decision has been made based on a thorough review of the area by The City, including consideration of the Beltline Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP) and CMLC’s Rivers District Master Plan, which support closing 7 St. S.E. to vehicle traffic to enhance the safety and experience of those who walk and wheel along this route.

    Community and business access for all modes of travel will continue to be available as outlined in this map:

    For more information, please visit: Calgary.ca

  • 2020-09-23 7:13 PM | Vice President (Administrator)

    Construction begins on Village Commons in Calgary’s East Village

    Original article from Calgary Newsroom

    This community space is a partnership between Calgary Housing Company, carya, and Calgary Municipal Land Corporation

    Calgary Housing Company (CHC), in partnership with carya and the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC), is excited to announce the start of construction of Village Commons – a brand new community hub that will be located on the second floor of CHC’s East Village Place (610 8th Ave SE).

    On September 24th from 11AM – 1PM we will be hosting an event in East Village’s 5th Street Square (712 5th St SE) to provide a taste of what is to come at Village Commons.

    After an extensive process to determine the programs and services desired by residents and the community, CHC found the perfect partner in carya – an organization with more than 110 years of creating healthier, more connected communities in Calgary. It was critical to find a strong partner that could operate a sustainable program without subsidies from CHC’s residential operations.

    “We are pleased to have found such great partners, and that we are able to be part of developing an important resource for the community,” says Sarah Woodgate, President of Calgary Housing Company.

    Village Commons will feature a community kitchen designed by Group2 Architecture Interior Design Ltd, in partnership with their kitchen consultant, Burnstad Consulting, an art studio for classes and self-directed creativity, recreation spaces, a family counselling centre, and common areas for neighbours to get to know each other. All Calgarians will be welcome to learn, cook, create, and access the mental health supports they need to thrive.

    “carya got its start in East Village in 1910, so we’re thrilled to be coming full circle with Village Commons,” says carya CEO Monique Auffrey. “After months of isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this community gathering space will be more important than ever.”

    65% of East Village residents live alone, which means that social isolation is an ongoing concern. Village Commons will join existing landmarks such as the Calgary Public Library, Salvation Army, and Studio Bell as an important place in the neighbourhood to gather, access resources, and build community.

    “I am really quite excited about this project,” says area Councilor Druh Farrell. “It’s another piece in the puzzle of a diverse new community coming together. carya does such great work – I know the programs they offer will be a great value to seniors, families and other residents of East Village.”

    Through partnerships with the Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation and the Calgary Flames Foundation, Farm Credit Canada, and others, carya has already begun to imagine what programming in Village Commons will look like. Alongside new food and nutrition opportunities, many of carya’s existing programs will be offered in the space, all at either no or low cost. Funding and donations, including a grant from the Government of Alberta’s Community Facility Enhancement Program, are helping to make this possible.

    carya will connect with an estimated 24,000 people from all ages and stages of life in the first five years of opening the new space. Village Commons will open its doors in early 2021.

    CHC is also pleased to be partnering with CMLC who will project manage the construction project. CMLC brings significant project management expertise as well as important perspective as the agency responsible for the implementation of the East Village Master Plan.

    “East Village has evolved into a vibrant mixed-use community with a diverse mix of residents. carya’s Village Commons enriches the community and brings an important community space where residents of all ages are welcome,” says Kate Thompson, President and CEO, CMLC.

    Additional commercial space on the ground floor of the building is being offered for lease with the goal of locating tenants who will further contribute to the rapidly evolving neighbourhood.

    CHC purchased East Village Place in 2016 and currently provides 163 affordable homes in the building.

    Read more at CaryaCalgary.ca

Our Vision

An inclusive, thriving, and vibrant East Village where all are welcome to live, learn, work, and play.


To encourage conversation and interaction to create a sense of belonging and ownership for all who live, work, and play in East Village.

Our Connection

Email: Info@yycevna.org

Mail: 536 9 Avenue SE
Calgary, AB T2G 0S1