Cooking up a culinary tour of Alberta Avenue Buy tickets to sample some of the Ave’s diverse cuisine

This September, Edmontonians have an opportunity to participate in four separate culinary tours of Alberta Avenue restaurants.

Joachim Holtz, executive director of Alberta Avenue Business Association (AABA), explained the idea for the pilot project started in January.

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Tibetan colours to brighten Alberta Avenue Learn about Tibetan culture at annual Tibetan Bazaar

Every year, Gaden Samten Ling Society’s Tibetan Bazaar becomes more popular.

“It’s been growing year by year,” said Jeremy Berg, society board member, noting that attendees should anticipate a lot of music and colour.

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Libraries aren’t for just reading anymore Public libraries garner a collaborative maker culture

Think libraries offer only books? Think again. Public library services are moving toward library patrons creating information.

Sharon Day, director of branch services and collections at Edmonton Public Library (EPL), explained Canadian libraries have experienced a steady decline in traditional paperback check out numbers each year, which in turn drives a shift in funding and staffing distributions.

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Fill your heart during Kaleido Festival Capture festival magic during the dog days of September

One of Kaleido Family Arts Festival’s greatest strengths is that it presents art and performance in a casual way to everyone.

Another strength is the community focus. Artistic director Christy Morin explained the heart of Kaleido has always been local talent, including organizers, performers, athletes, and artisans.

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Kaleido and local students create art Arts festival and schools make a perfect partnership

Something edgy is coming to 118 Avenue as rumours circulate of an “exquisite corpse.” Is a zombie invasion imminent?

Despite its hair-raising name, exquisite corpse is art at this year’s Kaleido Family Arts Festival. Local schools are spearheading this event, said Christy Morin, executive director of Arts On The Ave.

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The unexpected price of higher education Canadian students have world’s fifth-highest tuition cost

I am a communications student specializing in journalism at MacEwan University. Money quickly became a large factor in my decisions, including my choice of school to attend. I decided to take the first two years of my degree at a college with tuition costs nearly half that of Edmonton rates, but needed to transfer to a university to complete my degree.

Even after making financially stringent decisions, my student debt will fall slightly below the national average of $27,000, as per the Canadian Federation of Students.

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Go, Pokémon, go! Free game gets youth outside Getting outdoors creates happy, healthy communities

What do an iPad and outdoor exercise have in common?

Very little, according to a recent lecture I attended on how the predominance of Wi-Fi devices were turning a generation into high-frequency couch potatoes.  

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Community volunteers are leagues ahead Edmonton has a long history of creating community leagues

A bird’s eye view of Edmonton at the turn of the last century would show an urban core on either side of the river, with outlying subdivisions separated by bush and a few connecting roads. Meanwhile, the surging commercial and population growth meant the city was hard-pressed to keep up with services and infrastructure.

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Spruce Ave celebrates community and history Harvest Festival brings residents together to learn about community

For over 20 years, Spruce Avenue Community League has held a Harvest Festival in September.

“It started off with a very low attendance,” said Verna Stainthorp, secretary and treasurer of the league. Since then, the festival has grown in popularity, with around 150 people expected to attend this year. “It’s been well-received by people. It’s a time for people to get together,” said Stainthorp.

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The importance of community involvement Westwood Community League’s history informs its future

Last year, I saw the sign advertising Westwood’s Community League Day. Intrigued, I attended the pancake breakfast, met Bev Esslinger, city councillor in Ward 2, and purchased my membership without hesitation.

Since then, I have met several neighbours who felt the community league has provided many benefits. I learned more at the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues (EFCL).

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