Liz Hobbs is an incredibly busy woman. Organizing festivals is her main gig, but she also directs theatre productions, writes, acts, and is currently the artistic director of the Serca Festival of Irish Theatre.
During the time I was tracking her down, Hobbs was in and out of the province. In and out of Edmonton. She was coordinating the Silver Skate Festival Folk Trail, then up to Kinuso (near Slave Lake) to audition 200 kids for Fiddler on the Roof, then back to work on the Chinook Festival. Continue reading Serca Festival shows love of Irish influence Enjoy Irish arts and culture at long-running local festival
When Alberta Avenue Community League holds an Annual General Meeting (AGM), several dozen people attend. Its programs consistently attract volunteers and members.
That and the league’s location are a blessing, said Brendan Van Alstine, league president.
Continue reading Alberta Avenue keeps an eye on the future Community league benefits from resident optimism
In the photo where the men walk down Alberta Avenue supporting the war effort, the two ladies rolling up the awning in front of Smith Bakery are Selina Smith, Francis Smith’s wife, and Ruth Smith, his daughter. His daughter Ethel Smith and niece Edna Ore were also working in the bake shop.
Information provided by Francis Smith’s granddaughters Barbara and Frances.
This September, Edmontonians have an opportunity to participate in four separate culinary tours of Alberta Avenue restaurants.
Joachim Holtz, executive director of Alberta Avenue Business Association (AABA), explained the idea for the pilot project started in January.
Continue reading Cooking up a culinary tour of Alberta Avenue Buy tickets to sample some of the Ave’s diverse cuisine
As a hub of numerous stores and cultural diversity, 118 Avenue has quickly become a destination for ethnic foods in Edmonton. Now people will have even more to choose from with the addition of Mama’s Bodega Fresh Food Market.
I stopped in to meet owner Charity Durowaa and check out what the store has to offer.
Continue reading Alberta Avenue welcomes new grocery store Mama’s Bodega Fresh Food Market offers Filipino foods
There is nothing quite like enjoying a good barbecue while the weather is beautiful. Luckily, there is still some time to fire up that grill and plenty of local shops offer everything you need for supplies.
Many people love barbecued meat, and Easyford Meats is the perfect place to buy whatever cuts you prefer. They offer several barbecue packs, which have a variety of steaks, ribs, pork chops, smokies, and sausages. Contact Easyford Meats to order these packs directly.
Continue reading Shop Alberta Ave for barbecue supplies Local shops offer plenty of options this grilling season
The West Nile virus worries me. Not because of the one in a million chance I might get infected, but because we don’t need another excuse to demonize the outdoors.
Ours is the first society that spends the majority of its time indoors. According to studies, the average North American spends less than two hours per day outside. Compared to our climate-controlled, sealed and sanitized homes, we have developed the attitude that nature is uncomfortable, disorderly, unsanitized and potentially dangerous. Possibly true.
Continue reading Reap the benefits of green communities Embracing the healing and restorative power of nature
This 1942 photo of army recruits walking down 118 Avenue is a good representation of popular culture in Edmonton during the Second World War.
The Pearl Harbour attack had occurred on Dec. 7, 1941. Lesser known is the heavy loss of Canadian troops during the Japanese invasion of Hong Kong beginning Dec. 8, 1941. The brief but disastrous Dieppe raid on Aug. 19, 1942, was devastating. Of the 4,963 Canadians who left England for the operation, only 2,210 returned, with several wounded.
Continue reading Tales of a wartime photo: what happened here Men walk down Alberta Avenue supporting of the war effort
Every spring, Andrea Ruelling reads Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life for inspiration.
Her garden is inspirational as well. The front yard is divided into raised beds, two of which are self-watering. Peas and squash plants climb lattices, ripe strawberries tempt passersby, lettuce and carrots flourish. That’s but a sampling of the front yard, never mind a backyard full of potatoes, dill, tomatoes, sunflowers, raspberries, rhubarb and more.
Continue reading Local resident’s garden is a labour of love Andrea Ruelling grows food and brings neighbours together
Alberta Avenue, known for arts and revitalization, also has beautiful yards and gardens. Follow along on a tour of this charming neighbourhood.
Continue reading Touring the best of Alberta Avenue’s sites Walk or bicycle in Alberta Avenue’s diverse neighbourhood