CARTA Memo for June 2022

CARTA Annual Meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 5 from 3 until 5 at the YMCA of Northern Alberta, 6391-76 St., Red Deer.    It is very near Glendale School. We have invited Daniel Malloy, Chief Executive Officer with ARTA to speak as well.  He will be able to answer your questions about ARTA, the ARTA Benefits Plan, and ARTARx. We will have a short annual meeting to keep you informed about CARTA.  Please RRSP as we will need to be prepared with enough chairs, etc.

Are you thinking of your fitness and wellness?  This is the last month for the ARTA Wellness Challenge but you can still take part.  You can count either steps or minutes.  Just keep track of your activities or minutes and at the end of June pick your best thirty days and submit the total of steps or minutes.  Check the ARTA news&views magazine or at   Please let us know if you are participating so we have a list with CARTA. Also there is a mental health activity in news and views as well, for those of you not as keen on the physical component.  Congratulations to Lavila Lang on winning the award for CARTA for the Wellness Challenge 2021!

Fresh-air Fitness – June, 2022

Hello once again, CARTA members! I’m Jim Isbister and I would like to thank all who joined me in May for our Barrett Park walk and City Roast coffee talk. I have two more walks happening in June and would like to invite you to join me on one or both of them. The first one is Wednesday, June 8 at 10:30 a.m. and the second one is Monday, June 13 at 1:30 p.m. The same route will be followed both times and they each feature, you guessed it, coffee! This time the java is at the end, which is ok because sometimes delaying gratification is a good thing!

On both dates we will walk the beautiful perimeter trail at River Bend Golf Course and recreation area (3800 River Bend Drive, north of the roundabout at 67th Street and 30th Avenue). There is plentiful parking at the River Bend parking lot and we will meet by the playground, which is adjacent to the lot. From there we descend a fairly gentle slope, go up an equally gentle hill and head for the forest. The path the whole way is wide and generally flat.

Most of the walk is in the woods, adjacent to the Red Deer River, and the scenery is beautiful. There are typically lots of small birds as well as squirrels and sometimes even larger animals such as deer and the occasional moose. It’s sometimes hard to believe there can be so much nature, only steps away from a golf course. A walk up a short hill brings us back to the clubhouse and an opportunity to have a coffee, or other beverage, on the spacious balcony

deck and watch the golfers do their thing. The route is 2.7 km (1.7 miles) from the playground to the clubhouse and takes about 50 minutes to complete. If you are joining us for coffee only, remember to look for me wearing my black Columbia cap or Tilley sun hat (both are protection against the rays as I’m follicly challenged). As mentioned last month I walk in most types of

weather, except for thunderstorms and steady rain. I hope you are able to join me for one or both of the walks!

Or perhaps you would like to try Lawn Bowling.  The Collicutt Centre in Red Deer will begin offering indoor lawn bowling (not carpet bowling or bocce) beginning Monday, March 7, 2022, from 3:00 until 5:00 at the Collicutt Centre Soccer Pavilion.

There are dozens of different size sets of lawn bowls to use, free of charge.  A seasoned lawn bowler will always be present, if you are new to the sport.  The cost to attend is covered by your monthly Collicutt pass (roughly $41/month for a senior; $37 for the second senior in the household) or else you can pay a daily pass ($8.25).

Are you interested in a CARD Making Class …….. If we have enough interest we would like to plan a card making class.  Please let us know if you are interested by responding to this email.

And don’t forget about our CARTA Inkblots!  They continue to be a very active and supportive group that meet regularly.  If you have an interest in writing this could be the group for you.  They usually have a reading component as well.  And remember, there is no pressure if you are a bit shy.  Come, listen, participate at a pace you like.  They have already published four anthologies and work is underway for the fifth!

If you have questions about anything in this memo, please feel from to contact us through our CARTA email which is

CARTA members who are 85 are eligible for an Honorary Membership in CARTA.  Please note that you have to share that you are 85 as well have no age records.  So please let our Membership Committee know if you are 85 or older.

Our condolences to all our members who have lost loved ones during this difficult time.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to you.

ARTA News:

  • The new ARTA address is 15505 137 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5V 1R9
  • Thank you to ARTA for the generous cheque for upcoming initiatives for activities with CARTA.
  • Watch for the launch of ARTARx.
  • We have had a few calls about the Inkblots.  The memo sent out by ARTA refers to a counselling service offered through your ARTA Benefits Plan.  Mental health counselling, couple counselling, and financial and legal consultation could be included in your plan.  This service has nothing to do with our CARTA Inkblots Writers group.
  • The ARTA Retired Teachers Charitable Foundation (ARTACF) is always looking for donations.  More details can be found in the current news and views magazine.
  • Plans are underway for the ARTA Annual Golf Tournament planned for June 16, 2022 at the Ponoka Golf Course.  It is completely filled for this year.  The next tournament will be held in 2024.
  • The deadline for the 2022 ARTA Writing Contest is November 18, 2022.   The three categories are: Flash Fiction, Poetry, and Travel Vignette.  More information can be found on the ARTA website.
  • The 2022 ARTA Scholarshipseason is around the corner.  The deadline is July 31, 2022.  These scholarships are available to students related to ARTA members.  Review the criteria and apply online at 

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