All posts by Rebecca Lippiatt

Turning city walls into fantastic murals Edmonton festival draws in artists from all over

The walls of the neighbourhood just became more alive with art. From July 21-31, Alberta Avenue was graced with two more murals, part of Rust Magic 2017, a festival of mural creation. Edmonton’s Justin Moose and Jade Jordan and Victoria’s Relfy created the artwork. Continue reading Turning city walls into fantastic murals Edmonton festival draws in artists from all over

Jovani Variety Store sells selection of goods Running and improving a store is rewarding and challenging

“It’s becoming the best place in Edmonton,” said Mustaf Nuur, owner of Jovani Variety Store on 118 Avenue and 93 Street. Sitting on chairs placed outside his shop, he visits with friends and customers while watching life unfold on the Avenue. Nuur has owned Jovani Variety Store for three years. “The neighbourhood is good,” he said. Continue reading Jovani Variety Store sells selection of goods Running and improving a store is rewarding and challenging

Intense action and thrilling rivalries Monster Pro Wrestling draws crowds to Alberta Avenue Community Centre

Heavy metal pumps from speakers, a spotlight hovers over a ring, and wrestlers emerge from behind a black curtain to the cheers of the crowd.

Tattooed men and women dressed in bright orange leggings enter the ring. They’re draped in flags, sporting coloured masks, and have names like Massive Damage, Cpl. Jack Hammer, and Mascara Diablo.

Sound like something you’d see on television?

In fact, Monster Pro Wrestling takes place the first Saturday of every month at Alberta Avenue Community League. Continue reading Intense action and thrilling rivalries Monster Pro Wrestling draws crowds to Alberta Avenue Community Centre

Masjid Quba mosque holds an open house Tour introduced visitors to local Muslim community

Alberta Avenue has always been populated by newcomers to Canada. In the last 10 years, many people moving to our community are from Somalia, Iraq, Lebanon, Sudan, and other Arab countries.

Many mosques serve a distinct geographic population, but the Masjid Quba mosque serves an ethnically and culturally diverse group that reflects the community make-up. Continue reading Masjid Quba mosque holds an open house Tour introduced visitors to local Muslim community

Learning to cook food across cultures Global Cooking is a social and learning opportunity

The Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers (EMCN) has discovered food is the ultimate ice breaker.

The organization, which helps new immigrants integrate and settle in Canada, offers a Global Cooking Class on Mondays at Alberta Avenue Community League.

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Helping immigrants settle and integrate Organization helps African immigrant youth and families make Edmonton home

Through the Sinkunia Community Development Organization (SCDO), Issa Kamara has translated a passion for helping his community in Sierra Leone into helping his adopted community of Edmonton.

Everyone in Kamara’s rural hometown supported him as he completed his bachelor’s degree. In 2000, he moved to Canada and completed a master’s degree in social work. In 2008, Kumara started Sinkunia as a way to return the support he had been given throughout his life. His hometown now boasts wells, a community garden, and a community ranch through his efforts.

Continue reading Helping immigrants settle and integrate Organization helps African immigrant youth and families make Edmonton home

Connecting local art to the community Nina Haggerty’s beautiful installation has a home at Alberta Ave Community League

Artists from the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts gifted Alberta Avenue Community League with a colourful multimedia art installation representing the community.

Created by six painters and 12 clay artists who work at the Nina, the installation depicts unique houses in the Alberta Avenue neighbourhood.

Paul Freeman, artistic director of the Nina Haggerty, said “the aim of the centre has always been to broadcast work in the public space and an opportunity for other people to see what the artists at the Nina can do.” He explained the artists “want to make a concrete contribution to the local reality,” and that “good art connects your experience to my experience.”
Continue reading Connecting local art to the community Nina Haggerty’s beautiful installation has a home at Alberta Ave Community League