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These are strange times we live in and we have all had to adapt quickly to the new normal. Self-isolation and social distancing are necessary to combat COVID-19. It’s important that we all follow these measures. As we keep hearing, we all need to act as if we have it in order to avoid each other and keep each other healthy. 

Before all this happened our community hall was host to a variety of rentals, events and classes. We paused all rentals and usage of the hall early on. This left a gap in our programming, specifically our Seniors Fitness and Moms&Tots Playgroup. Amidst COVID, these groups had no place to meet. These groups are vital to creating space for seniors, toddlers and mothers in our community. 

You have also likely observed the huge amount of online programming being presented by artists and organizations all over the world. Although there is a hyper-awareness around the two-dimensionality of experiencing performances, classes and meet-ups trough this online medium, it seems like it is the only way we can continue to connect safely while following protocol. 

This is why the Crescent Heights Community Association is working hard to engage residents like you with informative e-newsletters and inspiring social media content. This is also why we are proud to announce that our Seniors Fitness and Moms&Tots Playgroup will now move online. We will also be hosting a number of one-off presentations and events online through our social media channels and Zoom. 

We’ve compiled what we have so far and listed them below. However, this list of events is constantly growing and changing week to week so please check our social media to keep updated. If you scroll down far enough you will also see a CHCA LIVE request to host your own events using our CHCA platform. If you have any ideas either as a recurring or one-off event please submit them through that form. 

If you know an individual in our community who may not receive this e-newsletter but who you think would benefit from attending any of these online sessions please forward them a copy of the e-newsletter. 

From all of us at the CHCA, 

We hope you, your family and friends, are safe and healthy.
GENTLE FITNESS CLASS (formerly SENIORS FITNESS) is going online! Gentle fitness class with a focus on functional movements, low impact cardio, fall prevention and muscular strengthening. This class is taught by our Seniors Fitness instructor, Pat. 

Mondays at 10:30 am.

Use this zoom link: https://bit.ly/2WU7ojS  (bookmark this link)
MOMS & TOTS PLAYGROUP is going online. Every 2nd & 4th Thursday of the month 10am join our facilitator, Mary ,for some Moms & Tots time. Registration not necessary. Please use this zoom link to access at the appropriate time: https://bit.ly/3dFY4H4 (save it in your bookmarks)
Coffee breaks are typically reasons to stop what you are working on and take a break. In these weekly sessions we will have a quick check-in with residents of Crescent Heights —  chat about what’s happening in our lives or current events, connect with other residents of Crescent Heights and who knows what other fun will be head while on break! 

This is an informal way to build a connection with other residents while social distancing. Coffee Break will be facilitated by Kevin Jesuino, Crescent Heights resident, artist, educator and community organizer. 

The rules of break time are: 
1. We make the rules up every time. 
2. There are no rules. 

Each Wednesday Coffee Break will take place at 1pm and run for no longer than 1 hour. 
PLEASE NOTE: THIS WILL BEGIN WEDNESDAY MAY 27, 2020 at 1pm. 

Save this link in your bookmarks so you will be ready for the break:  
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89668807137
PLANTING FOR POLLINATORS
with Catherine Dowdell

Join Catherine for an informative talk about planting your garden to welcome all the wonderful pollinators that fly around our community. Catherine is an ISA Certified Arborist, RSE Landscape Horticulturist and Sustainable Landscape, Consultant. She is a resident of Crescent Heights and has given a number of trees walks around the community. 

This presentation will take place on Zoom. However, a time and date have yet to be confirmed. Please follow our social media to find out more. 
CALLING ALL MUSICIANS/ SINGERS / KARAOKE ENTHUSIASTS –
CRESCENT HEIGHTS ONLINE CONCERT 

Crescent Heights Community Association would like to feature the musical artists in our community and allow them to share some inspiring songs with the community. We are asking musicians/singers/karaoke enthusiasts to record a short video of themselves performing a song for Crescent Heights. We ask that you keep this to one song, record it and send it to kevin@crescenthegihtsyyc.ca via www.wetransfer.com . We will then feature your song on our social media channels. 

We invite submissions from both professionals/pro-am/amateurs. Please submit by the Sunday evening of each week to be featured in the following week’s social media posts.

WE WANT YOUR IDEAS

CALL FOR SMALL COMMUNITY PROJECTS

Would you like to lead a small community project that engages Crescent Heights residents while respecting physical distancing?  Please fill in the form to submit your idea for any non-digital* projects.  Ideas could include a community art project, curbside music or photography, an art walk, an activity for kids, a game, scavenger hunt, bicycle parade, etc.  The Crescent Heights Community Association has up to $200 of funding per project and can assist with promoting the project through social media and our e-newsletter.  DEADLINE: May 18, 2020.  APPLY: https://forms.gle/dwwVuETAUcxm82tq7

* For online digital engagement projects (e.g. online workshops, performances, meetups, etc.) go to https://bit.ly/3eYDu6v

CALL FOR DIGITAL ENGAGEMENT IDEAS

Crescent Heights Community Association will be creating online meet-ups and digital content via our social media channels. Most likely this will take place using Zoom or other online technology. The hope is to create a variety of online meeting spaces/ workshops/ performances that will bring people in our community together online. 

We are wanting to hear from individuals interested in hosting regular online group meet-ups or digital content. Have an idea? Online parents meet-up? Regular puppet shows? Dance workshops? Book clubs? Tutorials? Garden meetups? A live performance? This could be something super planned or something that gets re-envisioned weekly by those who attend. 

Please submit your ideas at the below link. This is not binding but is the start of a conversation about what could happen with you + our social media network + Zoom. Put your ideas down and we will follow up. 

We will be able to offer you digital platform access (ie. Zoom), registration support, tech support and digital marketing using our social media networks.

SUBMIT IDEA: https://forms.gle/mS8BCGHob6vYtQxc6