Used materials get a second life as art Kaleido Festival to roll out tire sculptures along the Ave

At this year’s Kaleido Family Arts Festival, you might find an alligator lurking along Alberta Avenue. Moulded out of old tires, the treaded reptile will be one of a handful of community art projects created from reused and recycled materials. Continue reading Used materials get a second life as art Kaleido Festival to roll out tire sculptures along the Ave

School board candidates hit campaign trail Meet the candidates running for school board trustees

As students return to school, candidates hoping to represent them and their parents as school board trustees are hitting the campaign trail before the Oct. 16 election. Seats are available in Ward 73 of Edmonton Catholic School District and Ward D of Edmonton Public Schools.

Jeff Lee, a teacher and owner of a learning support centre, as well as a candidate for Ward 73, sees education as a cornerstone of social development. In his work with Treaty 8, he saw gaps in how government funding gets allocated. Continue reading School board candidates hit campaign trail Meet the candidates running for school board trustees

Getting prepared for the Edmonton election Useful things to know before casting your ballot

With Oct. 16 fast approaching, voters will soon cast their ballot for a mayor, a ward councillor, and either an Edmonton Catholic or an Edmonton Public school board trustee.

While many candidates have already declared their intention to run in the municipal election, all of them must do so by Sept. 18. The day after, the city posts the candidates’ names online. Continue reading Getting prepared for the Edmonton election Useful things to know before casting your ballot

Budapest Delicatessen now has new owners Store offers Hungarian food and friendly service

The first thing you notice about the Budapest Delicatessen is the mouth-watering smell of smoked meats wafting down 111 Avenue. The next thing is the bright and welcoming interior, where shoppers can meet new owners Silvia Taborosi and her parents, Maria and Imre. Continue reading Budapest Delicatessen now has new owners Store offers Hungarian food and friendly service

Bringing a passion of food into the community Tropicana Grocery Store imports food from East Africa

The owner of a local grocery store is seeking to share food from Africa with the community.

“Most African communities have been missing the taste of the food they grew up eating,” said Charles Kyabaggu, owner of Tropicana Grocery Store. “I love food. I love eating,” Kyabaggu said, gesturing at the wide variety of foods on the shelves. “I want to serve the community—each and every house. Food is a necessity for every home.” Continue reading Bringing a passion of food into the community Tropicana Grocery Store imports food from East Africa

Take in an action-packed Kaleido Festival Local festival brings artistic treats to the Avenue

You’d think that after 12 years of running Kaleido Family Arts Festival, organizers would run out of new ideas, but happily there are plenty of new features to experience from Sept 15-17.

This year, the festival starts at 5 pm instead of 7 pm. Christy Morin, artistic director, describes it as a “soft start” and said food trucks will be on site. Continue reading Take in an action-packed Kaleido Festival Local festival brings artistic treats to the Avenue

Great public art inspires and becomes iconic Become involved and educated before forming an opinion

Recently, Bowfort Towers, a piece of public art installed in Calgary, caused an uproar. The first theme of criticism was that the cost, $500,000, was wasteful in this economic downturn. The second was aesthetic and cultural, that the art was unattractive. A secondary argument to that was that it resembled Blackfoot burial structures, and that a non-indigenous American artist created this work using indigenous influences without understanding the symbolism. Continue reading Great public art inspires and becomes iconic Become involved and educated before forming an opinion

The gift of rescuing each other’s fruit Harvest season is fruitful in more ways than one

As a resident of our mature neighbourhoods, I don’t have to go far to find people with more backyard fruit than they can use. I have access to raspberries, sour cherries, apples, and more. I spend the better part of August and September in a flurry of canning, juicing, freezing, and dehydrating. Continue reading The gift of rescuing each other’s fruit Harvest season is fruitful in more ways than one