The Aviary is officially open for business Venue’s opening is music to the owners’ ears

On Jan. 10, Philip and Mark Muz, owners of The Aviary, passed their liquor license inspection, the last hurdle the brothers needed to clear before officially opening.

“As soon as the AGLC inspector left, we locked the doors and screamed and hugged,” said Mark. Continue reading The Aviary is officially open for business Venue’s opening is music to the owners’ ears

City council reviewing combative sports ban Monster Pro Wrestling will return to Alberta Avenue Community League soon

Good news for professional wrestlers and fans: city council has exempt professional wrestling from the combative sports ban and will review other combative sports on Feb. 21. Continue reading City council reviewing combative sports ban Monster Pro Wrestling will return to Alberta Avenue Community League soon

Embracing the Sabrina Butterfly effect Local designer opens new store in Montrose

Sabrina O’Donnell, creator of Sabrina Butterfly Designs and a Parkdale-Cromdale resident, has been selling her clothing for 20 years. It’s a favourite of Folk Fest attendees, Premier Rachel Notley, professionals, mothers, daughters, and anyone who favours comfortable yet classic clothing. Continue reading Embracing the Sabrina Butterfly effect Local designer opens new store in Montrose

History provided playwright with inspiration The Romeo Initiative tells a tale of deceit and love

A spy agency psychologically profiles a West German secretary and delivers her perfect man to embark on a romantic relationship with her to elicit confidential information.

Sounds fictional, right? But this actually happened during the Cold War and Trina Davies, a playwright who lived for years in Edmonton, found inspiration in history. Continue reading History provided playwright with inspiration The Romeo Initiative tells a tale of deceit and love

Province expanding child care program Affordable child care boosts economy and fights poverty

Just before Christmas, the province announced that it was expanding the $25/day child care program it launched last April.

An additional 78 early childhood centres will be added to the original 22, with 4,500 extra spaces to be created across Alberta, said the press release. This is great news for families, particularly those struggling with high child care fees, but it’s a drop in the bucket relative to the need for affordable, quality child care spaces, particularly in Edmonton. Continue reading Province expanding child care program Affordable child care boosts economy and fights poverty

Family forms the building blocks of our lives How we are raised influences us as adults and parents

I’m sure most of you are familiar with proverbs or sayings like: It takes a village to raise a child, quality time, or spare the rod and spoil the child.

Everywhere we look as caregivers, we receive advice (usually conflicting) about how, exactly, we should connect with our children and raise them. Continue reading Family forms the building blocks of our lives How we are raised influences us as adults and parents

Came for the ice and stayed for the chainsaw Veteran ice carvers coached participants during workshop

On Jan. 20, four experienced ice carvers coached seven participants in a day-long ice carving workshop on the front patio of Alberta Avenue Community League.

The group worked collectively on a chair and individually on a series of smaller sculptures to show different aspects of the art. Continue reading Came for the ice and stayed for the chainsaw Veteran ice carvers coached participants during workshop