All posts by Dave Von Bieker

Dave Von Bieker writes essays, poems and songs that hold a magnifying glass to the Sacred small. He looks for beauty everywhere and is awestruck at how often he finds it. His reflections on art, faith, and technology ask questions about what it means to be a slow, attentive human in a world of fast, distracting machines. He holds a Bachelor of Theology Degree and is Artistic Director of the Bleeding Heart Art Space. He lives in inner city Edmonton with his wife, two children and a small dog who is most certainly not a cat.

The Aviary will be well worth the wait Fundraiser could cover remaining renovations

A year ago, I interviewed Philip Muz about The Aviary. We talked building permits and funding needs; revised plans and hopes deferred.

Today this community arts hub remains unopened, but that is about to change. City permits have been issued and renovations are in full swing. Continue reading The Aviary will be well worth the wait Fundraiser could cover remaining renovations

Plaza Bowling rolls into a new era New owner brings changes, but keeps retro decor

Not every family can work together, but the Strides have had a lot of practice through owning and operating Plaza Bowling Co. for 58 years.

Now after 40 years, Terry Stride has handed the keys to his son Trevor. “I think it’s fabulous,” the senior Stride said. “I have to, probably at times, just force myself to step back and let him do what he wants to do—the same thing that my dad did.” Continue reading Plaza Bowling rolls into a new era New owner brings changes, but keeps retro decor

Making giving a blessing and not a burden What organizations really need during the holidays

It’s 5 p.m. on a Monday in early December. I’ve got my camera ready, waiting to capture hungry and homeless guests who enter the dining hall at the downtown Hope Mission. I hope to share their smiles as they see the placemat a donor has signed for them. I want pictures of these guests laughing between bites of turkey and gravy so that I can share them on our website. Near the end of the meal, I’ll ask some of these guests to speak a thank you message into the camera so our donors know their money has been well spent.

Continue reading Making giving a blessing and not a burden What organizations really need during the holidays

The Aviary waits in the wings Struggling through setbacks to open the doors of this venue

I’d like to tell you about the Aviary’s grand opening. Edmonton’s latest arts venue seats 100, hosts concerts and art shows and brews a mean pot of coffee in the morning.

I’d like to tell you this but I cannot because it’s not true yet. “It’s looking like spring of next year is when we’ll be open,” said co-owner Philip Muz, “but I’ve kinda given up on a timeline.”

Continue reading The Aviary waits in the wings Struggling through setbacks to open the doors of this venue

The beautiful mess of the sharing economy Celebrate Global Sharing Week this June

My lawn is shaggy and ready for the first haircut of summer. It’s time to pry my creaky garage door open and unearth the old electric mower—the tiny plastic broken-handled mower. I’ll tread back and forth, leaving rows of sub-par lawncare in my wake, then hide the mower for another week or three.

My neighbours will do the same, but not on the same day. Each of us has bought a mower, only to shelve it for 355 days a year. It doesn’t have to be this way. My neighbours and I could pool our money to buy a great mower, twice the width and power of my own. We could take turns using and storing it. Our street would win an award for the city’s best-kept lawns. We’d save some cash and Mother Earth would smile.

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Celebrate Cameroon’s culture on May 21 Enjoy a day of dancing, soccer, and food

“Every single Cameroonian knows two things. First thing: how to dance. The second thing is how to play soccer,” says Raymond Kampoer, beaming with pride.

Kampoer moved into Parkdale two years ago with his wife Micheline and two children. During the upcoming Cameroon Day celebrations, his rich, diverse culture will be on display in Edmonton.

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Forming a vibrant and connected community Delton Community League has dedicated members

It’s hard to talk about Delton Community League without introducing you to Walter (Wally) Gurba. Now 81, Gurba has been league president for 25 years. In the 70s, when the building went up at 88 Street and 123 Avenue, Gurba was there. He’s been there more than 40 years, working in the shop or flooding the ice with the league’s Zamboni.

That’s right, Delton has a Zamboni. Its origin is one of the many stories Gurba will tell you with a wry smile.

Continue reading Forming a vibrant and connected community Delton Community League has dedicated members

Opening the door to change Pursuing your passion with measured, thoughtful steps

Sitting across from me at the Carrot, Alex shares a slideshow on his iPad. A year ago, he left a well-paying job to become a writer and photographer. It’s clear he’s still excited by his choice.

Okay, Alex didn’t exactly leave his job. His employers laid him off when the economy sunk. This cold shower awakening helped him hear his dreams shouting for attention.

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