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Blowing out Canada’s birthday candles Recognizing mistakes and victories for our future

AARON PAQUETTE

Canada has had a long and terrible history with indigenous peoples.

Let’s state that from the start. If we can’t look at things as they are, we can never hope to make them better.

And we need to make them better. Continue reading Blowing out Canada’s birthday candles Recognizing mistakes and victories for our future

The hopes and dreams from Red Chair Ave Revealing thoughts about our community and country

On June 3, Wesley Andreas, organizer of Red Chair Ave, placed red muskoka chairs in small neighbourhood parks and invited people to sit down and share their thoughts about Canada, Edmonton, and their neighbourhood.

These word clouds are a visual representation of those conversations. Read them and discover a little about people’s hopes, dreams, and thoughts.

A beginner’s guide to creating compost Making compost to use in your garden is easy

RANDI LETENDRE

Did you know the City of Edmonton creates compost out of your organic garbage? Your taxes pay for pick up, hauling, and processing, and then you can buy it back from the city. But you can also create your own, higher quality compost. Continue reading A beginner’s guide to creating compost Making compost to use in your garden is easy

PiYo offers the best of pilates and yoga Spruce Avenue Community League offers free classes

NADINE RIOPEL

The Spruce Avenue Community League board couldn’t believe its luck when local resident Trisha Mitchell offered to teach a six week PiYo LIVE fitness class at the hall—for free.

Starting May 25, Mitchell will teach classes Thursdays from 7-8 pm until June 29. The series of classes are available for anyone who signs up for the six-week course, although Mitchell said she’d like for league members and community residents to try the class. Continue reading PiYo offers the best of pilates and yoga Spruce Avenue Community League offers free classes

Dream up a community project for 100in1Day

Does your neighbourhood have an underused or ignored space (like an alleyway, a street corner, or a vacant lot) that could be improved? Consider giving it a temporary makeover as part of the 100in1Day festival! Now in its second year in Edmonton, 100in1Day is a community-led event encouraging hundreds of people to take one small action to spark positive change on the same day. Projects can include anything from chalk murals and pop-up parks to flash mobs or street parties—anything you can dream up! Visit makesomethingedmonton.ca/100in1day.

Header image: Cyclists make their way down stairs turned into pieces of poetry during the festival last year. | Make Something Edmonton

How fear can be helpful as a motivator An honest reflection on motherhood and preparedness

NADINE RIOPEL

The day my pregnancy test read positive, I cried. They were not tears of joy. While this was a planned pregnancy, I was terrified.

Although I had never pictured myself with kids, when my husband and I were dating, we decided to have a family.

But I was scared. Not of pregnancy and labour, although they were pretty unpleasant. I was afraid of the transformational, irrevocable life change everyone kept talking about. I was in my mid-thirties, well into my professional career and personal development. I wasn’t interested in being totally “transformed”.

Continue reading How fear can be helpful as a motivator An honest reflection on motherhood and preparedness

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

SkirtsAfire premieres a new play The Mommy Monologues explores facets of modern motherhood

HAMDI ISSAWI

Like a prism to light, the main stage production of this year’s SkirtsAfire HerArts Festival presents 10 unique stories from as many local writers on the topic of motherhood.

Directed by Glenda Stirling, The Mommy Monologues premieres at the Alberta Avenue Community Centre Cabaret Theatre and runs March 2-12. The two-hour show, written and performed by women, features one song and nine monologues in genres ranging from comedy to thriller. Continue reading SkirtsAfire premieres a new play The Mommy Monologues explores facets of modern motherhood