Category Archives: Community News

Alberta Avenue gets more feet on the beat Look for officers patrolling by bike and by foot

Edmonton Police Service (EPS) doubled its presence around 118 Avenue with the addition of six constables and a second sergeant to the beat in June.

Led by Sgt. Ashley Hayward, the extra officers will provide greater day and night coverage to Alberta Avenue and parts of Westwood, Spruce Avenue, Parkdale, Eastwood, and Elmwood Park. Continue reading Alberta Avenue gets more feet on the beat Look for officers patrolling by bike and by foot

Bring your dog to Eastwood’s favourite fest Muttstock has entertainment for dogs and owners

July heralds the return of Muttstock, a unique dog-centric event welcoming dogs, their owners, and dog lovers in general.

“Muttstock is a popular event because people love to get outside with their dogs,” said Jaz Rayne, vice president of Muttstock Alberta Rescue Benefit Society (MARBS). “Not many festivals for humans allow dogs to attend, so the option to bring your dog to an event geared towards dogs and their owners is fantastic.”

Rayne explained MARBS is presenting Muttstock this year. Newly created, MARBS allows organizers to work as non-profit charity. Continue reading Bring your dog to Eastwood’s favourite fest Muttstock has entertainment for dogs and owners

Giving children a head start for school Local program gets children ready for kindergarten

Sometimes children need a helping hand, and the Norwood Child and Family Resource Centre’s Head Start program does just that.

“Head Start is a free, inclusive learn-through-play program for children three-and-a-half to five years old of qualifying families,” said Meagan Highet, program manager. Head Start aims to help children develop the skills needed for kindergarten. Interested families should contact Norwood Child and Family Resource Centre for more information and to see if they qualify. Continue reading Giving children a head start for school Local program gets children ready for kindergarten

Organization promotes safety of citizens Goal is to provide safe homes throughout city

Where do you go when you’re scared, lost, or sick? We teach our children to be wary of strangers, but what happens when children are away from home and need help? Thanks to the Edmonton Safe Parents Association, help is only a skunk away!

Spunky the Skunk is the mascot in the window sign of the Edmonton Safe Parent Association. It’s a red, white, and black sign of a skunk holding a child’s hand. Approved and screened volunteers (Safe Parents) display this sign in their windows when they are home and available to help. Continue reading Organization promotes safety of citizens Goal is to provide safe homes throughout city

Red Chair Ave sparks conversations Talk about your dreams, love, and thoughts of home

On June 3, look for red muskoka chairs in small parks. Part of 100in1Day, Red Chair Ave aims to spark conversations and introduce people to underutilized parks.

Wesley Andreas, organizer of Red Chair Ave, said he often passes what he calls a “pocket park” on 96 Street and 116 Avenue. Continue reading Red Chair Ave sparks conversations Talk about your dreams, love, and thoughts of home

Westwood community pond to be upgraded The plan is a positive step in meeting community needs

 

Westwood’s ornamental pond is just north of my apartment building. I’ve often walked by it and regretted that I couldn’t use it for wading during hot summer days.

The pond was a community wading pool for several years. But in 2011, Alberta Health Services declared it unsafe for wading and it’s now designated as strictly ornamental, with signage in place to discourage use as a wading pool. Continue reading Westwood community pond to be upgraded The plan is a positive step in meeting community needs

New sergeant returns to her beat roots Sgt. Katie Davies takes over Alberta Avenue beat

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As the community bids farewell to Sgt.Curtis Hoople, a successor from across the river has stepped in to take his place, and she is happy to be patrolling a beat once again.

Sgt. Katie Davies joined Edmonton Police Service’s (EPS’) northwest division in January to lead the beat team covering Alberta Avenue and parts of the Eastwood, Elmwood Park, and Parkdale neighbourhoods. Continue reading New sergeant returns to her beat roots Sgt. Katie Davies takes over Alberta Avenue beat

Dream up a community project for 100in1Day

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