Many folks in our community remember skate parties from when they were young as a fun time with friends skating and playing hockey, enjoying music and some tasty treats. The KRA will continue the tradition this winter at the newly built Kingman Rink of Dreams. We encourage community members to sign up to host a Friday night Skate Party, the sign up sheet is found in the lace up room at the rink, or you can send us a message online. Skate party hosts provide hot dogs, hot chocolate and an optional fun treat for about 20/30 folks. The cost of which is covered through sales of these items at a nominal price. Skating is free for the evening and there is music to get your groove on with. Skate parties run from 7pm to 9pm every Friday, if we have a host. If there is no host, the rink will still be open for skating fun, however there is not a concession or music. Currently, we are looking for Skate party hosts for Fridays in February and March of 2018. Thank you to all of the families who have signed up to host in December and January. As an aside, the rink can be rented out for private parties and for hockey/ringette games. Please visit the rentals tab for more information. See you on the ice!
On December 2nd, the Kingman Community along with friends from all over Alberta gathered for the annual Lutefisk Supper. As Kingman is indeed the Lutefisk Capital of Alberta, the Kingman Recreation Association is proud to organize and rally our community together for this truly volunteer effort. The supper saw over 400 dinner guests for both a noon and evening meal. Lefse, meatballs, mashed potatoes, salads, flat bread and of course lutefisk, were served. These delights were topped with delicious homemade pies and desserts. The proceeds from this meal go toward keeping our community hall operation for the year. Thank you to all our community volunteers who donated time, their skills and their baked goods to make this dinner a success. A special thank you to Susan and her family for organizing the dinner and the volunteers.
After dinner, folks joined the KRA at the newly finished Rink of Dreams for the first of many community skate nights. The beautifully smooth outdoor ice was enjoyed by children and adults alike. Thank you to our Skate Party hosts!
Time to lace up your skates, our ice surface is ready for action! Dave and our other amazing volunteers have been busy flooding the rink and getting it ready for a winter of excitement. The rink will be open for the first skating party at 7:00pm on December 1st. So come by after filling your belly with Lutefisk. More skate party times and a grand opening of the Kingman Rink of Dreams are in the works, so stay tuned. Group booking inquiries for ice time can be made through the contact us section under the 'More' tab. See you on the ice!
It's time for the annual lutefisk supper in the Lutefisk Capital of Alberta (Kingman, Alberta)!
Join us December 1st 2017 at the Kingman Community Hall for a meal of lutefisk and all the trimmings!
noon-by reservation only (generally for seniors and folks with limited mobility) call 780-672-5355
4:30pm to 7:30pm-drop in between 4:30pm and 7:30pm to enjoy the meal. No reservation needed.
Under 12 years old: $15.00
Hope to see you there!
By Lori Larsen
They built it and now they will be coming. Kingman Rink of Dreams is nearing completion and as soon as the weather permits the rink will be flooded and the fun will begin.
The United Sport Development Society of Alberta is developing a Rink of Dreams project for communities in Northern Alberta. This project is based on the success of the fine work done by the Kingman Recreation Association and the Kingman Community towards building our own Rink of Dreams. The project aims to create a minimum of 10 ice rink facilities. The project currently in development is at Goodfish Lake Reserve, which met the requirements for the program becoming the Community of Champions. Currently the project is competing in the Aviva Community Fund competition. Vote for their project and help another community build their Rink of Dreams!
The Annual Kingman Lutefisk Dinner is set for December 1st 2017. For Kingman community members our Lutefisk Coordinator will be in contact in the next month or so with volunteer opportunities. For those who love lutefisk and are eagerly awaiting details, reserve December 1st and watch for advertising/our website for details. Last year we served over 500 people, we hope to see you all in December!
Join us at the Kingman Hall for the 2nd Annual Kid's Market and a waffle breakfast with all the toppings! The event is on October 21st from 9 am to 11:30 am. The kids are using their skills to prep home/hand made items for the market. The KRA board members will be providing Belgian waffles, sausages, coffee and tea.
$10.00 for a full waffle
$5.00 for a half
Includes toppings, tea, coffee, juice and sausages.
Enjoy the market, the breakfast and the company.
Join the KRA for the general meeting on Tuesday October 24th at 7pm. Find out the progress on the hall, a new sports equipment lending program and our upcoming winter events. The meeting takes place at the Kingman Community Hall in Kingman. See you there!
The Kingman Rink of Dreams goes Solar!
The Kingman Rink of Dream’s is going solar! Harvesting that Kingman sunshine and powering our dreams. Our new solar photovoltaic (PV) system consists of 46 Solar modules that convert the sun’s energy into electricity. The solar system is connected to the grid and extra electricity that is not used on site can be exported to the electrical distribution system. During the summer, the system will produce more electricity than needed and it will be exported to the grid. Excitingly this means that the Kingman Recreation Association (KRA) will bring in a small amount of cash from the excess electricity. During the winter, when the system produces less electricity the KRA will use this credit to purchase energy from the grid if needed in the darkest months. The grid acts like a battery, storing extra energy in the summer and pulling energy in the winter. The system will produce approximately 15 MWh each year.
The solar photovoltaic system will allow the building to decrease its energy requirements, decreasing the monthly electricity bill. Solar is a clean energy source and does not produce any pollution during its operation. This Solar system is expected to last over 40 years with little to no maintenance; therefore, as the cost of electricity increases over the years the Kingman Rink of Dreams will continue to enjoy free energy. The KRA partnered with Solar Harvest to install the system. Solar Harvest "is happy to have helped bring clean energy to the community of Kingman and hopes that the arena will be a hub for community members as well as a center for children to grow and play." This winter come enjoy the rink under our solar powered lights.
We are working on great projects at the community hall; our new rink and skate facility is almost complete, the hall itself will also undergo a minor facelift in the near future and we are dreaming up new events for the fall and winter. We have a small team working on these developments and we would love your help. We are looking for new Kingman Recreation Association board members and general volunteers who would like to be involved in planning/implementing events and activities at the hall. If you are interested in being involved please send us an email through the website.
Our newest donor to the Kingman Rink of Dreams is Farm Credit Canada! With a generous donation of $20,000 we leap closer to our final goal. Thank you Farm Credit Canada for supporting our dreams.
This beautiful rink board displays the wonderful support of the Kingman Rink of Dreams! We still have space available to have your rink board on display. These full size advertising mavens come with a donation of $4000.00 or more! Or with a donation of $2,500 your business will be displayed at half the size but with as much impact! Donate through Birdies for Kids and your donation will be increased by 50%. Better act fast though, we are 50% sold on our rink boards so act now! The Rink of Dreams is still in fundraising mode, so check out the progress on the rink and building then make a donation to complete the project.
United Cycle donated 180 piggy banks to the children and youth attending the Cornerstone Christian Academy in Kingman. The students at the school excitedly planned and delivered a school wide fundraiser for the Rink of Dreams. Each student brought home a piggy bank and filled it with spare change and possibly their allowance to donate to the dream. In total this enthusiastic group of youth donated just over $1600.00! This money will be multiplied 50% through donating through the Shaw Birdies for Kids program! Add to your donation by doing the same, be sure to select Kingman Recreation Association when you do. A huge thank you to all the students who participates and to United Cycle for donating the piggy banks!
An enthusiastic group of volunteers lent a hand on May 20th 2017. Many hands make light work! Thank you to all the volunteers! The rink is almost complete.
Bring the whole family out for an old time community dance with Daniel Gervais on fiddle and Chris Tabbert on guitar! It'll be a kick up you heels great time! Don't worry there will also be seating for those who love the music but are perhaps shy about dancing. Italian sodas will be on offer in the bar for two dollars each. It's not liquor but it's still delicious! The party starts at 7pm sharp and the doors will open at 6:50pm. Tickets are available at the Kingman Post Office starting April 6th or call Janelle at the number on the poster to purchase immediately. This is a family dance, so bring your kids and grandparents out to enjoy the fun. He will be playing three 45 minute sets with two short breaks for him to catch his breath! To check out Daniel and his incredible skill click the button below. We hope you'll join us in the Kingman Old Time Community Dance!
If you love golf, specifically the Shaw Charity Classic held at Canyon Meadows Golf and Country Club in Calgary, and you love supporting kids in their pursuit to play hockey, then you will want to participate! The KRA has received 2 sets (of two) general admission tickets to enjoy the Shaw Charity Classic! We are offering them to the first two folks who donate $1000 through the Birdies for Kids program! Once you have donated, send us a message through the website, we'll confirm with Birdies for Kids and the tickets will be on their way to you! These tickets provide general grounds access to the tournament for one day, September 1, 2 or 3.
TELUS became a Silver Sponsor and is our most recent contributor to the Kingman Rink of Dreams! Thank you so much for your generous donation toward making our dreams a reality. A cheque was presented on a slushy March day in front of the new facility to a representative from TELUS.
Kingman Recreation Association and our Rink of Dreams project has become a participating charity with Birdies for Kids presented by AltaLink (BFK). BFK is a non-profit program run under the Calgary Shaw Charity Classic Foundation formed in conjunction with the Shaw Charity Classic golf tournament as the philanthropic arm. BFK is a fundraising program designed where charities solicit donations and receive extra funding of up to 50% through the program. Participating charities will receive 100% of EVERY DONATION collected on their behalf. This is a great opportunity for the KRA to reach the final $50,000 for the project. In order to donate through BFK please visit http://shawcharityclassic.com/donatenow/ and select the Kingman Recreation Association in the participating charities drop down box.
On March 7th, progress on the Kingman Rink of Dreams was reported on by Country Booster. The article highlights Wilf Brooks, owner of United Cycle in Edmonton and Josh Derko, a former Western Hockey league player. Both are strong supporters of the Kingman Rink of Dreams Project.
Exciting things are happening at the Kingman Community Hall.
We invite you to join us and help us to continue to build and grow the Kingman Community!