Qi Creative features new renovations Local company has grown since opening five years ago

If you walk west on 118 Avenue and look up to the second storey of the building on 94 Street, you will see a new mural. It is called the Create YouR Awesome Community Mural Project and is part of the recent changes to the Qi Creative building.

Qi Creative works with special needs children and their families “in home and school environments to celebrate their talents and strengths in overcoming challenges,” said Jonathan “Jon Jon” Rivero, the chief energy officer, chief executive officer, and founder. Continue reading Qi Creative features new renovations Local company has grown since opening five years ago

Residents debate safe injection site proposal Community meeting addresses the potential impacts

About 60 residents gathered in the basement of Sacred Heart Church on March 6 to hear from members of Access to Medically Supervised Injection Services Edmonton (AMSISE) about their proposal to open four safe injection sites in the city’s core.

The meeting, organized by the McCauley Community League executive committee, was intended to address residents’ concerns about possible impacts the sites may have on their neighbourhoods. Continue reading Residents debate safe injection site proposal Community meeting addresses the potential impacts

Masjid Quba mosque holds an open house Tour introduced visitors to local Muslim community

Alberta Avenue has always been populated by newcomers to Canada. In the last 10 years, many people moving to our community are from Somalia, Iraq, Lebanon, Sudan, and other Arab countries.

Many mosques serve a distinct geographic population, but the Masjid Quba mosque serves an ethnically and culturally diverse group that reflects the community make-up. Continue reading Masjid Quba mosque holds an open house Tour introduced visitors to local Muslim community

Delton School stops ignorance with education Fighting prejudice with food, history, and culture

Ignorance is a well-known root cause of prejudice. To combat this, Delton School is offering a refreshing solution.

The goal is to educate not only students, but also their families and the broader community about the many cultures in their neighbourhood. Since January, Delton School has dedicated one night per month to celebrating culture with its Intercultural Family Night. Continue reading Delton School stops ignorance with education Fighting prejudice with food, history, and culture

Breaking out the board games for good fun Board games provide hours of social entertainment

Board games are a great way to spend time with family and friends. Although many of us grew up playing classic games like Monopoly or chess, there are seemingly endless options now, with board games more popular than ever. Check out some favourite games and places to play them from Rat Creek Press contributors. If you need people to play with or want to try out new games, check out GOBfest, Edmonton’s Board Gaming Convention on April 8 & 9 at Alberta Avenue Community Centre. Find out more: gobfest.ca. Continue reading Breaking out the board games for good fun Board games provide hours of social entertainment

Comparing communities of two different cities Pinpointing the ways in which a community thrives

Travel is eye-opening. You’re in a new place and you can’t help comparing it to home.

When I went on a recent working trip to Havana, Cuba, it made me see our neighbourhoods in a new light. A better light. And it made me angry some people still think we live in a questionable part of town. Continue reading Comparing communities of two different cities Pinpointing the ways in which a community thrives

Developing Abundant Communities Fixing big problems on a small scale starts at home

In a world of increasing social isolation, neighbours can be a great asset for social support, resources, help, and safety. A book called The Abundant Community by John McKnight and Peter Block champions collective efficacy to create more capable and effective communities. Continue reading Developing Abundant Communities Fixing big problems on a small scale starts at home

The road to creating community initiatives Advice and resources to get a project on its feet

Many community initiatives happen in our area, encompassing everything from small community projects to big festivals.

Wesley Andreas, creator of Animate the Avenue Alleys, is a great example of someone who developed a successful initiative. A few years ago, he needed to repaint his garage, but wanted something creative. He participated in an event called DIY City and painted a simple, bright cityscape and silhouettes of people. Continue reading The road to creating community initiatives Advice and resources to get a project on its feet

Local Penny Carnival celebrates 10 years Fun games for everyone for only half a dollar

How is it that David Stockburger, a man living in the 21st century, is the creator of Avenue Vineyard Community Church’s annual Penny Carnival?

“Many years ago, as a kid, my school would put on a penny carnival for Halloween,” he said. “It was the best thing when you’re eight or nine years old, the games and getting candy. I always remembered that fondly.”

Continue reading Local Penny Carnival celebrates 10 years Fun games for everyone for only half a dollar

Community leaders of revitalization Stepping up to make your neighbourhood better

Hundreds of people have given their time to share their vision for and frustration with their neighbourhood over the years. Some of them took it further and joined a committee or worked on a project. Many residents sitting at community meetings today are the same as 11 years ago when the Avenue Initiative Revitalization started. That speaks of the commitment those residents have to making their community a better place to live, work, and play. Continue reading Community leaders of revitalization Stepping up to make your neighbourhood better