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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”.

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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

Timothie Hill Hair here to stay on the Ave Hill plans to offer massage and spa services

HAMDI ISSAWI

Hair stylist Timothie Hill has returned to 118 Avenue, and this time with a spa. Hill operated a salon on 87 Street just off 115 Avenue in Parkdale for almost 10 years. During that time, he contributed hairstyle makeovers to the Rat Creek Press.

After spending a few years on the south coast of British Columbia, Hill returned to Edmonton in 2009 to spend time with family. In 2014, he set up shop on Jasper Avenue and 117 Street.

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City seeks input for future of river valley parks Dawson Park and Kinnaird Ravine plan enters phase two

HAMDI ISSAWI

The city kicked off the second phase of the Dawson Park and Kinnaird Ravine Master Plan last month by asking citizens to share their vision for the future.

An open house held at Alex Taylor School on Jan. 17 invited residents to help craft a vision statement, vote on preferred features, and map out their ideal park to inform design concepts that will be presented in the next phase.

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Local organization boosts Spruce Ave School Donation helps school to purchase essential supplies

PATRICIA JESSOME

Spruce Avenue Jr. High School put a donation to good use for its students.

Recently, the Public Service Alliance of Canada’s (PSAC) Northern Alberta Women’s Committee donated $2,400 to the school to support students in reaching their academic goals.

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