Alberta Avenue offers Nordic walking lessons Explore your neighbourhood, learn a new sport, and get fit

Community residents have the opportunity to try out urban poling this summer and fall.

Urban poling, also known as Nordic walking, utilizes ergonomic walking poles. According to Valerie Parr, the organizer, “urban poling combines the upper body technique of cross-country skiing with the lower body technique of walking.” The exercise provides a cardiovascular workout and helps improve posture.

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Transportation for interactive communities Edmonton's roads are a battlefield between drivers and transit

These days, one gets the impression that the city’s planning council is filming a Western shoot-em-up inside city hall, with one angry hombre sauntering up to another and pronouncing, “This town ain’t big enough for the both of us.”

Motorists against Edmonton Transit System, private against public transportation.

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Celebrate Cameroon’s culture on May 21 Enjoy a day of dancing, soccer, and food

“Every single Cameroonian knows two things. First thing: how to dance. The second thing is how to play soccer,” says Raymond Kampoer, beaming with pride.

Kampoer moved into Parkdale two years ago with his wife Micheline and two children. During the upcoming Cameroon Day celebrations, his rich, diverse culture will be on display in Edmonton.

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Growing the best garden, up or out Three tips to ensure gardening success

While it never really feels safe to start planting in Alberta, thanks to our unpredictable weather, it’s hard not to be excited with the summer-like weather we’ve had. With the crocus emerged and lilies not far behind, now is a great time to be out in the garden, elbows deep in cool soil.

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Garden event’s been Bloomin’ for 10 years An idea to bring community together has blossomed

That Bloomin’ Garden Show and Art Sale, which started with a focus on back alleys in 2007, is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this May.

“It started from a revitalization working group,” said Karen Mykietka, the producer of the show. A group of like-minded people sat down 10 years ago and brainstormed a project that brought beatification to back alleys.

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Chasing the puck as a robocam operator Closing the chapter in the old barn

Wake up. Get up. Go down rink side. Skate up. Suit up. Warm up. Game time!

The whole world watches men skate around, competing to put a puck in a net guarded by a padded wall of a human. Many have made a fine living following the puck, chasing it back and forth from one end of the rink to the other.

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Highlands Lawn Bowling hosting open house Welcoming club seeking members of all ages

For outdoor-loving people, lawn bowling is an opportunity to get some exercise and enjoy the summer.

“On a summer evening, there’s nothing better than to come out and throw a few bowls,” said Gary Schwandt, vice president of Highlands Lawn Bowling Club.

The nearly century-old club is located at 113 Avenue and 62 Street and is holding its open house on May 29. Schwandt explained the open house is an opportunity for people to take in a quick lesson and learn more about the sport.

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The rich and spiritual path of Paganism Coming out of the (broom) closet

I was your typical cradle Catholic. I was baptised, had my first communion and my confirmation, and went to a Catholic school for my entire education. I went on religious retreats, you name it.

But something was missing. It felt… routine. Like a habit you get into. I’d heard of people who had this great feeling of love or peace whenever they entered the church. I felt none of that. I wanted to feel that.

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Forming a vibrant and connected community Delton Community League has dedicated members

It’s hard to talk about Delton Community League without introducing you to Walter (Wally) Gurba. Now 81, Gurba has been league president for 25 years. In the 70s, when the building went up at 88 Street and 123 Avenue, Gurba was there. He’s been there more than 40 years, working in the shop or flooding the ice with the league’s Zamboni.

That’s right, Delton has a Zamboni. Its origin is one of the many stories Gurba will tell you with a wry smile.

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