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Sew Along, hosted by Elaine, Rose and Dawn, is on the move and will now be held in the classroom at Along Came Quilting, 6432 1A St SW. Please note this change in venue. Thank you to Linda at Along Came Quilting for offering us the monthly use of her space.

In June Flat Day was our theme and many crayon rolls and car carriers were produced for the sale.

July is generally too hot to be in the kitchen but sewing works any time. Oven mitts, pot holders and kitchen items will be created at the July 25th Sew Along.

August is when parents and kids are often getting restless and fidgety so Fidget Quilts for grandparents will be our project for the August 22 Sew Along.

Sew Days are a time to produce items for the BB&B while getting to know each other. If you have an idea for a project for a Sew Day please send a note to and we will get back to you. We are always looking for project ideas and people willing to share those ideas.

WHAT: SEW ALONG with Elaine, Rose and Dawn
WHEN: July 25 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
WHERE: In the beautiful classroom at Along Came Quilting, 6432 1A St SW. This is right behind the Home Depot on McLeod Trail South at Glenmore Trail.



Join Karen and Leigh to create handmade jewelry for the Calgary Bluesfest in August and the Bags, Babies, and Beyond sale in October.

Karen McManus will share her stash of beads, buttons, findings, old jewelry that needs to be “repurposed” using wire wrapping and bead stringing, for example.

Leigh Aquart will share her stash of beads, findings, embellishments and introduce anyone who wants to try bead weaving to the basics of peyote stitch, brick stitch, Ndebele stitch and bead loom).

Coffee, tea and lighting will be provided. Please bring your own snacks and reading glasses too. And if you don’t enjoy crushing random spilled beads with your bare feet, please bring your indoor shoes/slippers to change into. Thanks!

WHAT: BEAD ALONG with Karen and Leigh.
WHEN: Wednesdays from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM or you leave.
WHERE: Location will be provided to those UJAMAA members that sign up.

There is room for 6 at these informal workshops.




We’ve been offered the opportunity to set up an information booth at the Calgary International Blues Festival, free of charge. This donation was provided by the producer of the Bluesfest, Cindy McLeod.

We will be given 2 wristbands (non-transferrable) for Thursday & Friday (one shift, two persons per day), and 4 wristbands (non-transferrable) for Saturday & Sunday (two shifts, two persons each shift per day).

This year the dates are August 2 – August 5 with one shift on August 2 and 3, two on August 4 and 5 for a total of six shifts. Two volunteers are required for each of the six shifts.

BONUS!!! Your wristband gives you full access on the day of your shift to the Bluesfest AND the Twilight Series Dance Party across the street at the Kerby Centre later that night. When deciding what shift you want, maybe check which musicians are playing that day before you make your selection.

We will be conducting a small silent auction and instructions will be provided to volunteers at the venue.

The main function of the volunteers will be to promote our silent auction, our Fall sale and give out handouts about Ujamaa Grandmas and our work with the Grannies in Africa. The volunteers will not be responsible for handling our sales and associated money during the festival.

This is a great opportunity to socialize, meet Calgarians and give them an idea of what Ujamaa Grandmas and the Stephen Lewis Foundation are all about.

WHAT: Calgary International Blues Fest 2018
WHEN: August 2, 3, 4, 5
WHERE: Shaw Millennium Park, 1220 9th Avenue SW (10th St. SW C-train station next to this park)

Information Links:
Calgary Blues Fest road map
Calgary Blues Fest Schedule
Calgary Blues Fest – How to get there and Venue Info
Parking for Shaw Millennium Park
Kerby Centre

Ujamaa Members, to volunteer, please register HERE

Thanks for volunteering. It should be fun!