I love the dog days of summer, those hot sultry days typically from mid-July to the middle or end of August. Continue reading Embracing the peaceful dog days of summer Getting outdoors and enjoying all that life has to offer
Whether you want to try a new form of dance or practice a form you already love, our neighbourhoods offer a great selection. Continue reading Local dance: from Renaissance to hip hop Take your pick on how you want to move to the music
Summer in Alberta is perfect for road trips. My travels have taken me north to the “Mighty Peace” and south to Waterton Lakes National Park. Here are a few gems along the way. Plan a route and make hotel or camping reservations before you go
For many of us, June is when we dust off the saddle and venture out on our bicycles. Whether that’s across town or into the river valley, it pays to do some mechanical checks and preparation first.
Board games are a great way to spend time with family and friends. Although many of us grew up playing classic games like Monopoly or chess, there are seemingly endless options now, with board games more popular than ever. Check out some favourite games and places to play them from Rat Creek Press contributors. If you need people to play with or want to try out new games, check out GOBfest, Edmonton’s Board Gaming Convention on April 8 & 9 at Alberta Avenue Community Centre. Find out more: gobfest.ca. Continue reading Breaking out the board games for good fun Board games provide hours of social entertainment
How is it that David Stockburger, a man living in the 21st century, is the creator of Avenue Vineyard Community Church’s annual Penny Carnival?
“Many years ago, as a kid, my school would put on a penny carnival for Halloween,” he said. “It was the best thing when you’re eight or nine years old, the games and getting candy. I always remembered that fondly.”
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.
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.
The middle of the city is probably the last place you’d look for 2,000 head of cattle. But once a year for the past 43 years, November in Edmonton meant hundreds of farmyard livestock making their way to Farmfair and the Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) at Northlands. This year, your chance to connect with your inner cowboy or cowgirl comes Nov. 9-13.
Think libraries offer only books? Think again. Public library services are moving toward library patrons creating information.
Sharon Day, director of branch services and collections at Edmonton Public Library (EPL), explained Canadian libraries have experienced a steady decline in traditional paperback check out numbers each year, which in turn drives a shift in funding and staffing distributions.