It’s mid-afternoon at El Rancho Spanish Restaurant. Dora Arevalo, owner of El Rancho Restaurant and Orlando Martinez, dance instructor and entertainer, are intensely engaged in planning the second Festival Mi Tierra Calle 87 (My Homeland 87th Street Festival), taking place July 14 to 16. Continue reading Celebrate Latin American culture this July Festival Mi Tierra Calle 87 returns for another year
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
Interested in learning the finer points of parasol dueling? Or perhaps you’d like to join other festival goers in eating cereal and watching cartoons? For those who love science fiction and fantasy, Pure Speculation Festival has a new home this year at Alberta Avenue Community League from July 28-29.
Brent Jans, festival chair, described the festival as “a small fan-organized speculative fiction science fiction fantasy event, but we will talk about anything the Hugo gives awards for: TV, movies, or graphic novels.” Continue reading Dive into science fiction and fantasy Pure Speculation Festival finds a home on the Ave
Youth have an opportunity to showcase their culture and learn about other cultures during Global Fusion Festival on July 21 at Giovanni Caboto Park. The festival, part of Canada 150, is meant to empower youth and bring cultures together.
Ahmed Abdulkadir, executive director of the Ogaden Somali Community of Alberta (OSCAR) and one of the festival facilitators, said, “We have a lot of hate, but the youth are saying ‘we’re here to promote love.’ ” Continue reading New festival promotes cultural diversity Global Fusion shows how youth lead the way
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.
One of Kaleido Family Arts Festival’s greatest strengths is that it presents art and performance in a casual way to everyone.
Another strength is the community focus. Artistic director Christy Morin explained the heart of Kaleido has always been local talent, including organizers, performers, athletes, and artisans.
Something edgy is coming to 118 Avenue as rumours circulate of an “exquisite corpse.” Is a zombie invasion imminent?
Despite its hair-raising name, exquisite corpse is art at this year’s Kaleido Family Arts Festival. Local schools are spearheading this event, said Christy Morin, executive director of Arts On The Ave.
For over 20 years, Spruce Avenue Community League has held a Harvest Festival in September.
“It started off with a very low attendance,” said Verna Stainthorp, secretary and treasurer of the league. Since then, the festival has grown in popularity, with around 150 people expected to attend this year. “It’s been well-received by people. It’s a time for people to get together,” said Stainthorp.
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.
The time of board games is here. No longer forgotten and gathering dust on a shelf, board games have become a popular way for people to socialize.
At the Carrot Community Art Coffeehouse, the last Tuesday of every month is Board Games Night. According to Mary Ann Aquino, the Carrot’s operations manager, there’s always a good turnout.
Continue reading Board games experiencing a resurgence Playing board games has become a popular way to socialize with friends