All posts by Talea Medynski

Talea is the Rat Creek Press editor. She loves sharing the stories of our diverse neighbourhoods.

Clearing roads and sidewalks during winter Why it’s important to know roles and responsibilities

Winter brings cold weather along with snow and ice-covered roads and sidewalks.

With an approximate $60-million annual budget for winter roadway maintenance, the city is responsible for sanding and plowing the streets and takes different approaches to each.

According to the City of Edmonton, sanding is done when needed. However, residents can report icy streets or intersections and request more sand by calling 311 and reporting the location.

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The Santaland Diaries is here once again David Sedaris’ play takes a snarky look at the holidays

If you feel cranky about the holiday spirit, join others who feel the same by attending David Sedaris’ play The Santaland Diaries at this year’s Yule Ave.

This is the second year people have an opportunity to watch the play for the price of a donation. While The Santaland Diaries isn’t recommended for children, coordinator Frank Zotter explained he included the play as an offering for adults. Last year, it was such a success that he had to turn people away, and so he’s including the play again this year. Zotter, an actor, will also star in the play, which runs from Dec. 15-23 at Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts.

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Celebrate the holiday season locally Six community events to get you in the holiday spirit

This holiday season, enjoy festive events close to home. Throughout December, these events give you an opportunity to connect with friends, family, and neighbours. Need ideas for gifts? Jonesing to sing Christmas carols? Want to create precious holiday memories? Start here for some ideas.

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Helping people navigate the justice system Organization gives legal advice to those with low-income

Those living with low-income and in need of legal advice can seek help at Edmonton Community Legal Centre (ECLC).

“There are all kinds of factors that make it difficult to hire a lawyer or navigate the justice system,” said Debbie Klein, executive director of ECLC.

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Cooking up a culinary tour of Alberta Avenue Buy tickets to sample some of the Ave’s diverse cuisine

This September, Edmontonians have an opportunity to participate in four separate culinary tours of Alberta Avenue restaurants.

Joachim Holtz, executive director of Alberta Avenue Business Association (AABA), explained the idea for the pilot project started in January.

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Spruce Ave celebrates community and history Harvest Festival brings residents together to learn about community

For over 20 years, Spruce Avenue Community League has held a Harvest Festival in September.

“It started off with a very low attendance,” said Verna Stainthorp, secretary and treasurer of the league. Since then, the festival has grown in popularity, with around 150 people expected to attend this year. “It’s been well-received by people. It’s a time for people to get together,” said Stainthorp.

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Creating a village in our communities A strong social network makes a difference in living a long, happy life

It’s no secret our society has moved away from face-to-face contact. With the arrival of social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, we’ve become accustomed to interacting with people digitally rather than in person.

I’m no different. I work from home and often keep in touch with people through Facebook, texting, and emailing. For the most part, I’m okay with my alone time. But I crave in-person contact and feel more satisfied when I actually see my friends and family.

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Local resident’s garden is a labour of love Andrea Ruelling grows food and brings neighbours together

Every spring, Andrea Ruelling reads Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life for inspiration.

Her garden is inspirational as well. The front yard is divided into raised beds, two of which are self-watering. Peas and squash plants climb lattices, ripe strawberries tempt passersby, lettuce and carrots flourish. That’s but a sampling of the front yard, never mind a backyard full of potatoes, dill, tomatoes, sunflowers, raspberries, rhubarb and more.

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Tackling invasive plants and common weeds Knowing the difference between harmful and useful plants makes a difference

Himalayan Balsam is a beautiful flower, but its seeds launch six meters and quickly overtakes other plants.

“Invasive plants don’t grow naturally here, they’re brought in intentionally or unintentionally,” said Daniel Laubhann, environmental technician with the city. “In a natural environment, other factors keep the plants in check.”

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