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If you would like to help our community raise funds for the TMC Outdoor Fitness Area project, here is your chance!

The Fundraising Committee has submitted the TMC Outdoor Fitness Area project for Round 3 of the Aviva Community Fund. Projects with the most votes move on to the semi-finals, with a possible grant of $50,000.

For each unique email address that you register with Aviva, you get one vote per day, from November 10 – November 24. Every vote brings us closer to winning this major award. Please register and vote as many times as possible, and feel free to also spread the word on Facebook and Twitter, and tell your friends, neighbors, and anyone else you can think of. To register and vote, just go to: www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf21732.

Projects from Round 2 that made it to the semi-finals last year each had over 1000 votes, and one had more than 4000 votes, so wee need your support!. Voting takes place over 14 days only, so vote now and help the Fundraising Committee make this application a success!

Tuscany is a growing community of almost 20,000 residents. As the community nears completion, it is crucial that amenities be designed to attract & engage residents at every stage of life.  To date, Tuscany offers an abundance of facilities geared to preschoolers and younger children.  Aside from self-guided activities in Twelve Mile Coulee, however, there is nothing available for our youth and young adults.

The Tuscany Community Association’s motto is: Growing a Safe, Healthy and Enjoyable Community. We are also members of Communities ChooseWell, an Alberta Recreation & Parks Association initiative. We believe in & support healthy eating, active living, and social well-being.

We are working with the TMC Parent Association, the CBE, and the City of Calgary to build an Outdoor Fitness Area on public land located adjacent to the school grounds.  This amenity will provide Tuscany youth a safe, free, community-based site for recreation & gathering, as well as competitive & challenging athletic opportunities.

This equipment will offer an extension to the Phys Ed program at TMC, provide play & dining space during breaks, and be a place of physical & social engagement outside of school hours for all residents.  Due to its unique design, the equipment will also appeal to adults, particularly personal trainers & participants in outdoor fitness classes.

Overall, this apparatus will provide all Tuscany residents, particularly our youth, with a much needed venue for active pursuits.

Fundraising Update

We continue to work hard to make the TMC Outdoor Fitness Area a reality and are hoping to complete the fitness area by September of 2015. Our project budget is just under $340,000, and we have raised about $102,000 in cash and in-kind donations. We have recently reapplied to numerous grants and once again approached community homebuilders for potential donations.

The decision for Tuscany Community Association’s application for the Amateur Sport Grant through the Parks Foundation Calgary has been tabled until late November, at which time they will determine if we are successful. The Tuscany Community Association received several letters of support for this project from amateur sport organizations, which Parks Foundation was seeking. This grant has a potential of $125,000 for this project. At the time of this writing we are still waiting to hear.

We endeavor to apply for the Alberta government CFEP Grant for the December 15 deadline, as this grant takes six to nine months to process and provide funding. This application will depend on TCA’s success with the Amateur Sport Grant and may require revisiting the design, doing the project in stages, or delaying the build. Our elected MLA, Hon. Sandra Jansen, is aware of our fundraising progress, and she has asked that we keep her updated. She has also written a letter of support for our next CFEP application to the Minister of Culture, Hon. Heather Klimchuk.

Our special thanks go to the Tuscany School Parent Council and Concert Infrastructure/B2L Partnership for their generous donations of $10,000 each to support the TMC Outdoor Fitness Area!

Sincere thanks also go to Cardel Homes/Cardel Renovations for their recent donation of $5000.

The Crowfoot COBS Bread Doughraiser raised $200 for the 2013 – 2014 school year and will continue to donate 5% of any purchase to this project when you mention the Twelve Mile Coulee School fundraiser at the time of your purchase.

The Tuscany Sobey’s “Add-a-Dollar” campaign has concluded. At our last update, $1627 was raised.

Our Steak and Pint Night and Raffle was a huge success, with over $9000 raised for the TMC Outdoor Fitness Area.

Thank you again for your continued support, and please contact us at TMCOutdoorFitnessCommittee@gmail.com if you would like to make a donation to this project or have any questions.

3rd Annual Tuscany Harvest Festival - 20 September 2014

3rd Annual Tuscany Harvest Festival – 20 September 2014

It’s Almost Here!

The 3rd annual Harvest Festival will be held on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, with Lawn Chair Theatre to follow at 2:30.

Check our Harvest Festival Page for a list of sponsors and exciting activities that we are planning for this year’s festival.

Admission is FREE to ALL Tuscany residents. Please bring a donation to the Calgary Food Bank.

For more details, go to: http://HarvestFest.TuscanyCA.org.

Photo: CTV News

The Tuscany Community Association is working with local residents to adjust to the new demands for parking that have arisen with the recent opening of the Tuscany LRT Station. Based on some of the questions we have received so far, we have compiled a list of common questions (and answers) for residents that may be wondering about parking issues near the LRT.

 

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Tuscany Community GardenIt’s that time of year to start daydreaming of springtime and getting outdoors!

The Tuscany Community Garden is entering its fourth season and will be opening registration for its 38 garden plots from April 1 to 22nd. It’s pretty straightforward—all that is required is that you purchase/renew your Tuscany Community Association Membership, register online for a garden plot, and submit a rental fee of $35.00. Everything can be completed online at TuscanyCA.org/membership.  We also appreciate it if gardeners can spend a few hours of volunteering over the course of the season to help with weeding and watering of the flower beds and trees.  It’s a great opportunity to grow local in a pesticide-free environment, meet your neighbours, and teach your kids where food really comes from! For more information go to tuscanygarden.wordpress.com.

BookSwap2014

The Annual Tuscany Community Association Book Swap is back again this spring!

Donate your used books at Tuscany Sobeys or the Tuscany Club from May 1 to 9. Drop by the Tuscany Club on Saturday, May 10 to pick-up a book, visit with some neighbours, and meet representatives from the community association. The event is open to all members of the community and there is no charge for donating, trading, or picking-up used books.

All left-over books will be donated to the Calgary Reads Book Sale.

If you would like to volunteer to help make this event a success, we would love to have you! Please let us know at TuscanyCA.org/ContactUs.

FitnessAreaTWELVE MILE COULEE SCHOOL OUTDOOR FITNESS AREA

Twelve Mile Coulee School opened in September, 2012, and this new middle school currently has a population of 850 students Grades 4 – 9, with a capacity of 900.  Although there are parks and playgrounds in the neighborhood, they are neither accessible during the school hours for students, nor were they designed with middle school aged children in mind.  We are collaborating with the Calgary Board of Education, and the City of Calgary, to build this outdoor fitness area on joint use land on the school grounds.

We have received tremendous support from Tuscany School Council and Tuscany Community Association for this project.  Aside from offering an extension to the Physical Education program at TMC School, the outdoor fitness area will provide a reprieve from the children’s studies, a place to play and expend some energy during their breaks, as well as an area for physical and social engagement during all non school hours for youth and families in the community.

Park N Play has been chosen by the design committee to design and equip this area, and we are looking to complete the fitness area in September of 2015.  (Click here to see the design.) The estimated cost is over $300,000, and we need your help!

Our project has been approved by the Parks Foundation Calgary for the Project Gift Administration Program (click here for details).  All donations over $25.00 will receive a tax receipt from the City, and 100% of your donation will go directly towards the development of the TMC Outdoor Fitness Area.  Please bring your cheques to TMC School main office, and include your name, address and phone number to ensure a tax receipt is mailed to you from Parks Foundation Calgary. Mark the envelope:

Attention:  Pam Mylrea, TMC Outdoor Fitness Committee Chair.

Make cheques out to:  Parks Foundation Calgary

Memo:   TMC Outdoor Fitness Area

Crowfoot COBS Bread will donate 5% of any purchase to this project until the end of this calendar year when you mention Twelve Mile Coulee school fundraiser at the time of your purchase. (Click here to see their letter.)

Tuscany Sobeys will do an “add-a-dollar” campaign at their tills, until the end of the 2013-14 school year, with the exception of during Easter as they have another fundraiser.  This is currently being set up.

Cookies by George at Market Mall very generously donated 450 cookies to fundraise to TMC students on February 7, bringing in a total of $772 for this project.  We will provide an additional Cookies by George fundraiser in March 20 for TMC students to buy a cookie for a toonie.

Steeped Tea returns to Tuscany from February 20 – March 14, and our students will be selling Steeped Tea loose leaf tea and accessories throughout the community.

We have received some very generous donations Kalaidoscope Preschool $1000, Stephanie Campbell from Kirby Cox $250, and Sunnyside Home and Garden $50, to help us make this project a reality.

Our fundraising committee continues to investigate other grants and fundraising opportunities and will be applying for the Alberta Lotteries CFEP grant in early June, 2014.  We would love to hear from you about any grant opportunities or contributors to this legacy for TMC School!

Thank you for your continued enthusiasm and support.  Please contact us with any questions.

Pam Mylrea

TMC Outdoor Fitness Committee Chair

TMCOutdoorFitnessCommittee@gmail.com

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