PiYo offers the best of pilates and yoga Spruce Avenue Community League offers free classes

NADINE RIOPEL

The Spruce Avenue Community League board couldn’t believe its luck when local resident Trisha Mitchell offered to teach a six week PiYo LIVE fitness class at the hall—for free.

Starting May 25, Mitchell will teach classes Thursdays from 7-8 pm until June 29. The series of classes are available for anyone who signs up for the six-week course, although Mitchell said she’d like for league members and community residents to try the class. Continue reading PiYo offers the best of pilates and yoga Spruce Avenue Community League offers free classes

Recognizing the importance of workers’ rights International Workers Day history led to labour laws

For centuries throughout the Northern Hemisphere, May Day has been a traditional day of festivities celebrating the arrival of spring. Towns and villages throughout Europe would hold gatherings. With seeding mostly completed, farmers would often give their labourers a day off. To this day, May Day is a national public holiday in several countries, many of which refer to it as Labour Day or International Workers Day.

In the late 19th century, the Socialists and Communists of the Second International May Day chose International Workers Day to commemorate the Haymarket Affair that took place in Chicago in 1886. What began as a peaceful labour protest ended with bloodshed and became an international symbol for workers’ rights. Continue reading Recognizing the importance of workers’ rights International Workers Day history led to labour laws

The rules of public and private parking Knowing the bylaws can help you park properly

Parking can quickly become a source of conflict between neighbours. But before you get angry with the guy who keeps parking his truck in front of your house, let’s review the rules.

First of all, you don’t own the parking spot in front of your house, the city does. Street parking is just that: on the street. The city sets the rules through traffic safety bylaw 5590. And as tempting as it may be to prevent other people from parking in front of your house by placing objects or signs on the road, keep in mind you can be charged for doing so. Continue reading The rules of public and private parking Knowing the bylaws can help you park properly

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

Make a garden sign at Bloomin’ Garden Show Signs make a good gift or addition to your garden

Come spring, witty signs with sayings such as “Gardeners share all the gossip” or “Did you know that Iris and Violet are in the same bed with Sweet William?” fill backyard gardens and front lawns.

This year, the Bloomin’ Garden Show is offering a garden sign workshop for people to create their own sign. At $20 per sign, participants can make as many signs as they wish.

“They are fun. They are personalized. And if you made it yourself, you are proud of it,” said Laurie Tod, who will be holding two workshops on May 13. “It’s something you can look at and know it’s made with love,” added Tod.

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Growth is in the future for community gardens Expansion of current community gardens is needed

What goes into a meal that feeds 80 people with leftovers to spare? Parkdale-Cromdale’s community garden volunteers from last year’s pilot project can tell you: construction skills, a big pile of dirt, lots of seeds, and a little tender loving care.

Last summer, Parkdale-Cromdale’s Grower’s Dozen Community Garden tested their chops with four 3-by-7 foot raised-bed boxes that yielded enough food for a harvest meal for over 80 people, all grown from donated seeds and plants.

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Adding medicinal plants to your garden Use knowledge and common sense with herbs

Dionne Jennings has always had a love of plants and herbs. She started studying herbalism on Vancouver Island 19 years ago and completed apprenticeships five years ago on the Saanich Peninsula and in Red Deer.

“I think my first real exposure to herbalism was a small yellow piece of paper with a dandelion illustration on it saying Herb Classes at a local health food store. When I stepped into a small house perched on the corner of a nature sanctuary, I was hooked,” said Jennings.

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Seedy Sunday unites gardeners of all levels Annual event highlights importance of food diversity

Every year on the third Sunday in March you’ll find the Edmonton Seedy Sunday event. This year’s event began with sunshine and blue skies, and the break in the cold weather drew a large crowd of people.

At 11 am the line for the event was already snaking out the door. Before things became too hectic, I spoke with Kelly from Seeds of Diversity, a seed exchange organization. Growers can sell heirloom seeds, and for a slightly higher price, non-growers can purchase seeds as well, with membership.

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