Category Archives: Recreation

Breaking out the board games for good fun Board games provide hours of social entertainment

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

Local Penny Carnival celebrates 10 years Fun games for everyone for only half a dollar

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.”

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Ten years of icy magic on Alberta Avenue Deep Freeze draws artists, youth and winter-fun seekers

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.

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Outdoor community rinks holding firm Beating the odds relies on residents’ support

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.

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Embracing agriculture with Northlands’ events Celebrating another year of hosting Canadian Finals Rodeo

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.

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Libraries aren’t for just reading anymore Public libraries garner a collaborative maker culture

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.

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Go, Pokémon, go! Free game gets youth outside Getting outdoors creates happy, healthy communities

What do an iPad and outdoor exercise have in common?

Very little, according to a recent lecture I attended on how the predominance of Wi-Fi devices were turning a generation into high-frequency couch potatoes.  

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Supporting inner-city youth for 23 years Crystal Kids has results with mentoring and harm reduction

A basketball game is starting in the Crystal Kids Youth Centre’s gym and a staff member is designating positions with six boys.

The focused and friendly energy highlights a core premise of Crystal Kids: to provide positive mentoring and individual engagement with youth. The centre’s approach is flexible within a programmed structure.

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This summer, enjoy the benefits of biking Celebrate Bicycle Month this June with these tips

June is Bike Month, a time when summer weather beckons us to enjoy the simple freedom of riding a bicycle.

Edmontonians in the Rat Creek area are fortunate to live in a flat, compact neighbourhood well suited for cyclists. We have a variety of local shops and tree-lined streets that make short trips for errands a pleasure. Within a kilometre of my home, I’m blessed with multiple grocery stores, restaurants and parks, plus a recreation centre and library. Visiting these places by bicycle is quick and easy.

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Bring your sunscreen and smiles for AveFest Free festival engages community and unites neighbours

AveFest is back for more community fun on the Canada Day long weekend, where festival goers will be treated to free food and entertainment such as lawn games, crafts, face painting, a watermelon eating contest and tug of war.

“This is going to be a community event that seeks to engage the community. The idea is that we’re able to bring together different parts of the community into a festival that is designed not just for observers but for participants,” explained Arthur Dyck, festival organizer.

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