In our neighbourhoods, we have a variety of city-funded public art as well as neighbourhood art. People have strong feelings about this kind of art in their community, but whether you love it, hate it, or feel ambivalent about it, public and neighbourhood art makes a community stand out and inspires conversation. Continue reading Taking in the variety of local public art Neighbourhood art inspires conversations and feelings
“You were not created to live an average life. You were created to be a history maker.” – Unknown author
Sitting in the airplane coming to Canada, I meditated on this spiritual quote. I was 19 years old, a sponsored immigrant from Rwanda, and I didn’t speak English.
As a young African woman, I have a great desire to share my life experience with many people and use all my abilities to make a positive impact. As a Tutsi genocide survivor in Rwanda who is overcoming the tragedy of my past, I have a lot to share. Continue reading Education gives more than just knowledge One student’s story about lessons she’s learned
“In a major emergency, people assume that fire, police, and ambulance responders will show up and take care of things. They will come as soon as they can, but that might not be right away. So people need to be prepared to fend for themselves for a while.” Continue reading Successfully weathering a major disaster Be self sufficient, informed, and use common sense
Thanks to the hard work of several Alberta Avenue stakeholders, graffiti vandalism has seen a reduction from 22 new tags a week to just four. Continue reading Keeping our city vandalism-free together Collaboration and education reduces graffiti on the Ave
Some herbalists grow herbs, some see clients, and some teach. I connect plants and people. More and more, urbanites want to learn about the plants around them and connect with them for food and wellness. Continue reading Learn about herbal plants with new programming Community herbalist is connecting people and plants
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.
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If there’s one thing Edmontonians love during the summer, it’s a great patio or a delicious cool treat. Check out these local places and enjoy the warm weather. Continue reading Indulge in the best of summer’s pleasures Beat the heat with local patios and cool treats
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
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
Life gets busy and it’s easy to neglect yourself when caught up in the endless responsibilities, social events, or problems. Yet, it’s crucial to take some time for self-care. Read some ideas from Rat Creek Press contributors.