Inaugural Prairie Spruce Curling Blender

Grab your brooms and sweep … join us at our inaugural Prairie Spruce Commons curling season bl-Ender!

The end of the curling season is fast approaching and we wanted to take the opportunity to get together for a social in the form of a curling “Blender”. Our curling social event will occur on Saturday April 11, 2015 is being sponsored by the Tartan Curling Club located at 1464 Broadway Avenue in Regina. Come with friends or just come and make new friends. Members of the Prairie Spruce Commons community will be there to have fun and support our future neighbourhood curling rink. We would love to meet you and tell you all about our community.

You can register as individuals or as groups and get blended into teams. Games are four ends, the score doesn’t matter, rules are optional – fun is mandatory! Ten dollars per person includes ice time, live music and a free beer. You can register via our Facebook event or by sending us an email.

The place starts hopping around 6:00 p.m. and curling starts as soon as teams are assembled. Then for the brave or perverse they’re turning half the rink into a skating rink at about 9:00 p.m. Don’t bring your hockey sticks though, it’s not that kind of rink. The alternative country band “Wolf Willow” (no relation to Wolf Willow cohousing in Saskatoon) is coming to play and they will be starting about 11:00 p.m. This is definitely something you should attend. If you miss it you will question the whole meaning of your existence and you will probably start wearing shabby clothes and hanging around in bad places in the company of disreputable persons. Don’t let that happen to you. $10.00 is all it will take to save you from a life of shame.

Note: portions of this post were shamelessly plagiarized from the Tartan Curling Club website.

Dave & Lill

Great Community Gaming Night!

I have an admission to make… I am married to a hardcore gamer.

Am I a Halo widow? Is he living in his own World of Warcraft? Has Assassin’s Creed killed our relationship? Nope. My husband plays Power Grid, Kingsburg, and Through the Ages. He loves to play board games. Not just any game though. Think Monopoly on steroids, drinking Red Bull. Some of his games last 6 to 8 hours – strategy at the highest level.

I, on the other hand, prefer games that last less than one hour and include lots of randomness and socialization. Games like Apples to Apples… games that Henning isn’t such a fan of. So when Henning offered to organize a games night for Prairie Spruce family and friends, I was a bit concerned. I know not everyone enjoys hours and hours of the high strategy game.

Much to my amazement, I had a blast at the games night. Doodle-Dice-400x284Henning invited some of his friends from They brought along some of their favourite games – kinder, gentler, shorter games. Kristy introduced a group of us to Doodle Dice: a simple game where you roll special dice and try to create pictures on cards. It was fast and easy to learn.

Trent, also from, introduced me to Can’t Stop. According to a review on Amazon:

“Can’t Stop has a fun and addictive quality about it, and despite the fact that you’re pushing luck, it’s not pure luck because there’s enough decision making to make it interesting. It’s also quick enough to prevent the luck from being too frustrating. It’s easy to teach and learn, and has attractive components, so it all comes together in a package that makes it the kind of game that is suitable for just about everyone. As far as press-your-luck dice games go, this is a tried and true classic from a master designer, that still has the same appeal today as it did when it was first released 30 years ago, and that matches the best of the press-your-luck dice rolling fillers of the modern era.”

It was so fun that I want to get a copy to use in my classroom when I teach probability!

I never got a chance to play any games with Wendy, the third teacher, but I saw her playing “Hey, That’s My Fish” with Lois, a very interesting game which seemed to feature very cool penguin figurines. Maybe next time.

Why does Henning dislike Apples to Apples? It is the antithesis of his much beloved strategy games. Apples to Apples is random, no it’s better than random. The judge, which changes every turn, picks from a set of cards, supplied by the other players, the one card that matches the descriptive card he played. So the judge might draw a card that reads virtuous. The other players might give him cards that read waterfall, psychics, Mother Theresa, chickens, family reunions or Jackie Chan. The judge might pick the obvious choice Mother Theresa. He might pick psychics because it is the exact opposite of virtuous. Or if I was the judge, I would pick Jackie Chan because I’m a big Jackie Chan fan. While the judge is always right, she is not always logical.

I’m very much looking forward to the next community games night, and games night in general at Prairie Spruce Commons. It is a great way to spend an evening getting to know one another.

You might be asking, “If it was such a great night, where are all the pictures?” OOPS, my fault. I took my camera, but I was too busy playing games and laughing to take any pictures!


Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things

In Transition 2.0
, on Sunday January 18th in the Cathedral Neighborhood Centre. The optional community potluck starts at 5:30pm and the movie will start at 6:30pm, with open discussion to follow.Transition-Movie-Image-400x284

In Transition 2.0 is an inspirational movie about ordinary people doing extraordinary things. It is about how groups around the world gather to build community in response to challenges such as costly energy resources, financial instability and environmental change.

The movie was made by the Transition network, which is a British organization that has inspired thousands of initiatives around the world. The organization’s mission is to inspire, encourage, connect, support and train communities as they self-organize to build community, local resilience and to foster a sustainable lifestyle.

You’ll hear about communities printing their own money, growing food in every possible place, localizing their economies and saving local grocery stores from closing down. The movement is also about encouraging people to form local networks, for neighbors to get to know each other, and for people to take pride in their own neighbourhoods.

You can find more information and sign up for the event here:

It is not necessary to sign up in advance, but it is greatly appreciated!

Location & Community Identity

A short walk down a red clay road to beautiful white sand beaches, on the doorstep of a National Park, surrounded by three winter skating ponds and cross country ski trails, and it is home. Or at least it was home, my childhood home on the north shore of Prince Edward Island.  I loved it and still do, but as an adult I discovered I had envy of some of the communities further down the shore from home: the French community of Rustico, the Acadian community of Evangeline, the Celtic community of Bothwell. In addition to their stunning natural beauty, they had (and still have) fabulous music cultures, kitchen parties and cèilidhs.

Imagine my surprise when I discovered the answer to my community envy could be found in Regina, Saskatchewan. There is not a white sand beach nearby (at least not one that meets my standards) but on the evening of Wednesday October 22, I had the delight of being in exactly the right location for a kitchen party. That evening. Prairie Spruce Commons hosted their ‘Sharing for the Future’ Concert at The Club on 8th Avenue. It was a wonderful event with lots of Prairie Spruce Commons friends and new-to-me friends sharing food and the pleasure of a `kitchen party` with Glenn Sutter, the River Time Band, B.D. Willoughby, Jim and Thomas Wright, and their musician friends. I love that it was an all ages affair, with many gathered together for fun. 

The old adage “location, location, location” is not only about your physical neighbourhood; it’s also about your cultural and community neighbourhood. Although our address on Badham Boulevard is pretty hard to beat for a location in Regina, I’m excited by the way Prairie Spruce is already building a cultural and community neighbourhood identity. Community events like the Sharing for the Future Concert or the special public screening of the fantastic “The Happy Movie” on November 16th showcase our intent to foster community and culture, while enhancing our “location, location, location” at Prairie Spruce Commons. Hope you can join us.

PS. Special thanks to Malin Hansen for her leadership in putting this event together!


Reminder: Sharing for the Future Concert

At Prairie Spruce, we’re passionate about creating meaningful, sustainable relationships in Regina. On Wednesday evening (tomorrow, Oct 22), we’ll be using two great connectors to make that happen: food & music! Everything is in place for our Creating Community Event and we hope you’ll join us for what promises to be a fun evening.

Many of you have already expressed interest in attending and it’s still not too late to let us know of your intentions to join us. You can either join the Facebook event page or send us an email. Whether you’re coming for the food, the music, or perhaps both, we hope you’ll leave the evening richer with the personal connections you’ve made over the course of the concert!