Close the door behind you and step into a world of ice and snow art, costumes and street hockey. That’s the promise and follow through of Deep Freeze: A Byzantine Winter Festival.
“We go to Deep Freeze every year. It’s been a family event,” said Maggie Glasgow, a resident of Alberta Avenue with her husband and young family since 2007.
Continue reading Ten years of icy magic on Alberta Avenue Deep Freeze draws artists, youth and winter-fun seekers
Watching new skaters test their steadiness through sheer persistence is a cheery experience come winter as outdoor rinks become available in the neighbourhood.
“I like making ice for the kids. I get a laugh out of watching them learn how to skate and the smile on their faces,” said Henry Stainthorp, rink manager at Spruce Avenue Community League (SACL), while flooding the league’s rink in November.
Continue reading Outdoor community rinks holding firm Beating the odds relies on residents’ support
It’s Canada’s largest apprenticeship trainer. It’s in our neighbourhood, and it just got bigger.
In September, NAIT opened its newest facility on the corner of 118 Ave and 106 Street. The five-storey Centre for Applied Technologies is NAIT’s largest building—roughly the same size as Kingsway Mall. It increases enrollment capacity by 1,700 students in four programs.
Continue reading NAIT’s new building draws students The college’s presence has a positive impact on nearby businesses and housing
Light streams through the windows of Bleeding Heart Art Space on 118 Avenue. Its bright interior fulfills the founders’ intent that there be a community gathering place for the arts, and by extension, for social dialogue.
“One thing that art does really well is give a voice to people who may not have a voice, and to issues that may not have a voice,” said Dave Von Bieker, Bleeding Heart’s artistic director.
Continue reading Gallery curates creativity and conversation Bleeding Heart Art Space blends art and faith
People are often put off by the topic of money management. The Norwood Wesleyan Church helped parishioners get past their reluctance with a workshop.
Sound finances empowers people and communities, explained Phillip Telfer, Wesleyan pastor.
“Realizing money is a tool and using it well to help you and those around you. It means using your money to love people,” Telfer said.
Continue reading Finances a matter of family and community Money Mentors helps people get a handle on debt
When Alberta Avenue Community League holds an Annual General Meeting (AGM), several dozen people attend. Its programs consistently attract volunteers and members.
That and the league’s location are a blessing, said Brendan Van Alstine, league president.
Continue reading Alberta Avenue keeps an eye on the future Community league benefits from resident optimism