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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Alberta Avenue, known for arts and revitalization, also has beautiful yards and gardens. Follow along on a tour of this charming neighbourhood.
The city’s plans for 122 Avenue construction from 107 Street to Fort Road are drawing closer to completion.
At the April 27 open house at Delton Community Hall, the city’s recommended concept plan was displayed for community members. The reconstruction will “include the complete removal and reconstruction of the roadway, curbs, gutters, sidewalks, bus stops, and streetlights.” Five neighbourhoods between 107 Street and Fort Road access 122 Avenue, which is a collector road.
On June 18, Bridge Songs will celebrate its 10 year anniversary and its last year.
Bridge Songs focuses on music, poetry, and visual art and has given artists an opportunity to gain exposure.
“It feels like the right time and it’s felt like the right time potentially for the last couple of years,” said Dave Von Bieker, event organizer. Many early artists are either no longer making music or have become established. Von Bieker is also getting busier with his art gallery, Bleeding Heart Art Space.