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Celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day in Alberta

June 21st is National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada. It’s a time to celebrate, honour and learn more about our history and culture! Events take place throughout the month of June, but here’s what’s happening around Alberta in the next week or so…

National Indigenous Peoples Day Events in Alberta:

  • Edmonton & Area

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In Edmonton, Events, Northern Alberta on
May 24, 2019

Peace Out at KIDZSTOCK Children’s Festival!

If your kids are like mine and just want to be free outside all day then the brand new KIDZSTOCK Children’s Festival at Putting Horse Ranch is for you!

Putting Horse Ranch is hosting their first annual KIDZSTOCK Children’s Festival on June 1st and 2nd

Families can start the day with a free pancake breakfast, then lay out a blanket on the grass and take in a full day of family friendly entertainment at the KIDZSTOCK stage!

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In Edmonton, Events, Explore, Random Thoughts on
February 22, 2019

Alberta Mamas SkirtsAFire Artist Spotlight – Writer Michelle Todd {+Giveaway}

As I prepare to perform Deep Fried Curried Perogies at SkirtsAfire Festival this March, I think of the person who made me a mother.

My first born. This beautiful, tall, lean, long physique, gorgeous smile, thoughtful, patient, gooby sense of humour, mini-man. And promptly burst into tears. It has been such a surprisingly long road, it’s not over, but man!

Suddenly he’s 16 and adulthood is around the corner. For him! I can barely believe that I’m no longer the “young adult”. I still can’t exhale. I’m still scared. When he was first born, to the oft asked “How is he? How is motherhood?” I would reply, “Still alive,” not because he had any history of disease, but because it was my new mantra and let’s be honest, many an African violet and bamboo plant have expired in my care. And now I had a human?!?!

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In Christmas, Edmonton, Explore on
September 20, 2018

Christmas Glow is coming to St. Albert

Christmas Glow is coming to Enjoy Centre and it’s going to be the largest indoor family Christmas festival in the Edmonton area!

 Christmas Glow Garden is in town from  November 22 – January 19 at the Enjoy Centre in St. Albert and will feature:

  • Musical light tunnel (80,000 sq ft of interactive light sculptures)
  • Twinkling Christmas light gardens
  • Magic Castle Playground
  • Giant LED Swings
  • Glen the Glow-comotive
  • Seasonal food, sweets and adult beverages
  • Christmas Market with local artisans and businesses
  • Local food trucks and breweries
  • Daily visits from Santa

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Family Friendly New Years Eve Events Around Alberta

Happy New Year!

The new year fun doesn’t have to stop once you have kids, it just looks…. different… and happens a lot earlier than midnight (thank goodness).

Hit up some of these mostly FREE family-friendly New Years Eve events across Alberta this New Years and then head home to the warmth of your couch to bring the New Years in with your jammies on and a glass of champagne in hand 🙂

Edmonton

  • New Years Eve Edmonton Fireworks Alberta Legislature Grounds: 6-9pm
    Cost: Free
    Inside the Federal Building for activities such as music, comedians musicians, glitter tattoos, and much more! The fun continues outdoors on the Federal Plaza with main stage performances featuring the band Rule of Nines, hayrides, ice carving, fire pits, and bannock-making.
    See more at the City of Edmonton website including a breakdown of times and activities

*Edit* the outdoor activities for New Year’s Eve have been canceled. Fireworks will continue but online viewing on the City’s Facebook page is encouraged. Indoor activities will continue from 6-9 pm in Federal Building and pedway.

Watch the CTV Spot:

Calgary

  • Dancing, ice sculptures and slides, free hot chocolate from Good Earth for the first 4000 people, and more all at Olympic Plaza starting at 7pm. For a full schedule of events and more details click here 
    *Edit*  The City of Calgary  New Year’s Eve celebrations have changed due to the extreme weather conditions. You can still join in for the family dance party from 7-9 p.m. in the Municipal Building atrium. There is limited capacity, so come down early!The Downtown Calgary countdown ball drop and the ENMAXfireworks are still happening. Stay warm and watch them broadcasted on local television stat
  • Have younger kids? Telus Spark is celebrating “Noon Year’s Eve” with a balloon pop and a special dance party! Activities start at 11:45 and are included in your price of admission.
  • Walk around the zoo and see all of their lights, go skating (FREE rentals!), and count down to the New Year with all the animals! Activities start at 6pm and are including in admission price. There will be both indoor and outdoor activities for the kids to do. You can find more details here.
    *Edit*  For the safety of the zoo’s visitors, volunteers and staff, ZOOLIGHTS will be canceled for tonight, December 31, 2017.However, the zoo is inviting all Calgarians to welcome in 2018 at ZOOLIGHTS on January 1, 2018 with special indoor and outdoor activities. Read more: http://bit.ly/2CqHwUD
  • Okotoks Rec Centre is having FREE family fun starting at 9:30am with early fireworks starting at
    7pm. For a full list of activities and schedules visit their website here.

 

Red Deer & Area

  • Happy Noon Year Dance Party  – Saturday, December 30 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. at RDPL Downtown Branch.
  • New Year’s Eve Family Party – December 31, 6-10pm $45
    at the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Music and activities for the young and young-at-heart and a countdown at 9 pm with champagne for the adults, sparkling juice for the kids,  and noisemakers.
  • New Years Day Fireworks – January 1, 2018, 7 p.m. – 7:10 p.m at the Sylvan Lake Pier.

Bow Valley

  • Street party in downtown Banff.   Banff Avenue from Buffalo Street to Wolf Street will have activities, entertainment, campfires as well as annual fireworks at midnight.

*Edit* Due to the extreme cold and wind chill forecast, the New Year’s Eve activities and events will move to The Fenlands Recreation Centre, 100 Norquay Road. There will be a free Roam shuttle to The Fenlands available beginning at 6:45 p.m. at the corner of Wolf St. and Banff Ave. Shuttles are expected to run every 15 minutes from downtown to The Fenlands until 11 p.m. Shuttle details from Roam.

Downtown fireworks are still planned for midnight. Banff Ave will be closed from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. for fireworks.

Fort McMurray

  • The Craze Presented by Syncrude: Head down to Mac Island for a FREE  and family-friendly event this New Years! The Craze runs from noon to 6pm and will have lots of things for kids to do including a performance by Alvin and the Chipmunks.

Grande Prairie

  • First Footings New Years Eve Celebration   Starting at 6:30 pm and ends at 10 pm with fireworks. Admission is a donation for the Food Bank and a $2 fee for sleigh rides.What to do: Sleigh Rides, (available until 9:30 p.m price is $2 for one ride & hot chocolate), face painting (ends at 9:30 p.m), Ice Skating on the Pond and snowshoeing. 10 p.m. Fireworks Over the Reservoir – Ernie Radbourne Pavilion closes*Edit* Due to extreme cold weather conditions, the City of Grande Prairie fireworks display and sleigh rides have been canceled for Sunday, December 31, 2017. Indoor activities at Muskoseepi Park are continuing as planned.

Lethbridge

  • New Years Eve Fireworks. Starts at 9pm celebrating Lethbridge*s Exhibition Park’s 120th & Canada*s 150th Anniversaries.  Bring the whole family & enjoy the fireworks.
    *Edit*New Years Eve Fireworks are set to go unless we get some good ol‘ hurricane Chinook winds.

Whitecourt

Get on your winter gear, pack the toboggans, and bring the family to Eastlink Park for their New Years Eve celebration! The hill will be open 10am-9pm and from 3pm-7pm you can enjoy free hot chocolate and coffee, $2 Hotdogs, and at 6:00 pm there will be a fireworks display.

*Edit* This event has been moved to Monday January 1 @ 3:00pm-7:00pm with fireworks at 6:00pm. Hoping the warmer weather will ensure it’s success and everyone’s enjoyment 🎉

In Health, Lifestyle on
August 14, 2017

Fast and Female : Encouraging Girls in Sport

Did you know that girls quit sports at 6 x the rate of boys? I didn’t. Not until I got involved with Fast and Female, a not-for-profit organization founded in 2005 by Olympic Gold Medalist and Canmore native, Chandra Crawford. The organization aims to change the culture for girls in sport and to keep girls happy, healthy, and active in sport through their teens.

The vision for Fast and Female is, “A positive, empowering culture for girls in sport.”

When girls quit sports, they lose out on opportunities to develop life skills that build confidence and empower them for life. Fast and Female believes that when coaches and parents are more supportive, girls feel less pressure to perform, and teammates learn the skills to get along…the sport culture will be FUN, positive, and empowering – and girls won’t feel the need to quit.

 

When asked what motivates her, Chandra is quick to exclaim,

“I’m totally focused on changing the culture for girls in sports to be more positive and so they don’t quit and miss out on the resilience-building benefits of sport participation. This is not just my passion or purpose in life… it’s my destiny!”

At Fast and Female events, participants ages 8-18 meet inspiring elite female athletes and Olympians (ambassadors); make friends and connections, and learn strategies to overcome barriers to continued participation in sport.

As a former National Team athlete, I think I had always known that barriers existed for girls in sport, but no one really talked about it. Things like girls bullying girls, problematic body image ideals, pressure to specialize, overtraining, eating disorders, anxiety, and social pressures are all major concerns for girls (and parents of girls) participating in sport. Fast and Female addresses those issues and has had a big impact on the way I think about female participation in sport altogether.

One of the things I have learned during my time at Fast and Female is that role models come in all shapes and sizes and that they are a major factor in motivating girls to dream big and be bold. Whether it’s a mother, big sister, teacher, astronaut, or athlete, a strong female role model can make a profound and lasting impression on a young girl.

 

Though she never tires of changing culture and promoting positivity, Chandra recently found a little more motivation in a source that hits close to home. When asked how motherhood has changed her outlook at Fast and Female, she replied, “Pardon the expletive, but now that I have a daughter, s**t just got extra real for me and I want so badly for her to have positive sport experiences!” By educating, raising awareness, and changing the culture for girls in sport, Fast and Female is committed to making the sport experience more positive for girls, coaches, and parents alike.

The team works tirelessly to connect thousands of girls across North America with elite female athlete role models, and Chandra remains a strong role model in and out of sport to so many women and girls – including me!

If you’re looking for an inspiring event for a girl you know and love, check out our schedule of upcoming events:

Calgary

August 24
Champ Chat with the Calgary Rowing Club  https://wwwfastandfemale.com/programs/calgary20170824/

Sept 17 
Champ Chat with Calgary Speed Skating (registration details coming soon)

October 29 
Fast and Female’s 4th annual Calgary Summit https://www.fastandfemale.com/programs/calgary20171029/

Grande Prairie

October 15 
Champ Chat in Grande Prairie (registration details coming soon)

Photo credit “Dave Holland, CSI Calgary”
 

In Explore, Rural Journeys on
July 2, 2017

When City Meets Country – Great Rural Events This Summer

By Maria Flores-Achtymichuk

I work part time at the Alberta Association of Agricultural Societies and I must admit that I am both excited and amazed at all the fairs and events happening in Alberta’s small towns! Being a festival goer myself, I love seeing all the different events in the city, but this year I’d really love to check out some of the festival and fairs being put on by the AG Societies!

There are SOOO  many events that I want to check out this summer but, here are a handful of events that stood out for me.

Radway – 33rd Annual Wild Rose Grand North American Old time Fiddle Championship

Come for the music & Stay for the food. Free camping ( no hookups)

Nearest Motel in Waskatenau (10 min) or three motels near Redwater (15 min ) Radway is located 70km NE or Edmonton on Hwy 28

For information on Tickets, please call us at (780.) 736.3766 or contact us on Facebook or RadwayAgriculturalSociety@hotmail.com

July 14, 2017 at 5:30pm

Lloydminster’s-Colonial Days Fair 2017

Colonial Days 2017: July 12-15! The Parade takes place on July 12, 2017 and has something for everyone! The Parade starts at 10:00am! We have all the midway rides (from mild to wild), skill testing games, outstanding entertainment, agriculture and livestock shows, along with special feature events like grandstand concerts, monster trucks, demolition derby and MORE!

http://lloydexh.com/colonialdaysfair/

Bruderheim – Model T Races

July 29, 2017 at 8am –  at the Bruderheim AG Grounds

The Bruderheim Ag Society is pleased to partner with Matt Hotte and his crew to host the Model T Races .

Join us for the most exciting event of the summer!

The day will consist of Pancake breakfast from 8-10am * Time trials start around 11:30 am Races start around 1!

Motorcycles!  Car show! Displays!  Vendors!  Meet the drivers check out the pit area
http://bruderheimagsoc.ca/

Darwell – BARNBURNER MUSIC FEST  /  AG DRAG  / QUAD WARS / SUMMER FAIR

The outdoor (rain or shine) Barnburner Music Fest is one weekend prior to the annual fair. Friday, August 11, 2017. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. Concert starts at 7:00 p.m. Camping available in designated area (Field East of Fair Grounds) only during BarnBurner MusicFest weekend. Parking is Free! Ticket Prices: $40 in Advance / $50 at the Gate. Located west of Edmonton on highway 16, turn north on highway 765 just before the stop sign turn right into the fair grounds. Corner of highway 765 and highway 633.

https://www.darwellag.com/home.html

Picture Butte Jamboree Days + Harvest Days !

Come and enjoy a Bench Fair, Parade, Breakfasts, Prairie Tractor Events, Family Dance, Fireworks, Kids Day in the Park, Movie Night. Harvest Days are put on by the Prairie Tractor & Engine Society Museum at the Coyote Flats Pioneer Village. They are a depiction of what harvest looked like back in the “old days”. Many events serve to show the ways of life in the past; to show the younger generations and remind the older ones where our community originated. Entertainment and activities, including threshing demonstrations, tractor pulls, horse pulls, the Parade of Power, and any other miscellaneous entertainment.

August 18, 2017 at 9am

http://www.picturebutte.ca/govt/contact.php

Strathmore Stampede and Heritage Days

The Strathmore Stampede is the Strathmore & District Agricultural Society’s largest annual event. This community event has been happening each year since its commencement in 1966, bringing in fans from all o

over the world. Entertainment for the weekend includes the rodeo, chuckwagons, running with the bulls, stage & grounds entertainment, tradeshow, beer gardens, concessions and a creative arts show.

http://www.strathmorestampede.com

2017-08-04 to   2017-08-07

Priddis & Millarville – 110th County  Fair

The Priddis & Millarville Fair is one of Southern Alberta’s oldest and largest country fairs. Located at the Millarville Racetrack and co-hosted with the Millarville Farmers’ Market, the Fair is the place to come to learn about Alberta’s agricultural history, touch the animals, view the creations of local artisans, gardeners, photographers and wood workers. We have antique tractors, cars and trucks that span generations, horse riding events of all types, and contests – pie eating, rooster crowing, watermelon eating, youth talent.

http://www.millarvilleracetrack.com/millarville-events/fair/

2017-08-19  to 2017-08-20

For more info on other events in rural Alberta – check the event page at :

albertaagsocieties.ca/fairs-events/

Maria is a mom of two rambunctious boys and caregiver to her aging mother. Juggling family life,  work, and a social life has its struggles, but she tries to make it all work together. 

In Edmonton, Health on
June 18, 2017

International Yoga Day In Edmonton

June 21st is International Yoga Day!

As the resident hippie of Alberta Mamas I want to share where you can get your Yoga On in celebration of summer solstice and International Yoga Day in Edmonton. If the 21st doesn’t work for you, there are a few events happening all week celebrating it.

International Yoga Day June 21st

 

Embrace the Goddess – June 20th 7-9pm

Held downtown at Aurora Yoga and Spa a yoga and meditation with essential oils. Tickets purchased through the event page.

 

The CommUNITY Classes – June 21st 6-7 pm

A weekly FREE yoga class held inside the Thrive studio at the Mosaic Centre.

 

Sunrise Solstice Namaskar – June 21st 6- 7:30 am

Held in Hawerlak Park first thing in the morning with a live DJ from the It’s Time To Bloom people. This event is hosted by Sattva Yoga. This is a FREE event.

 

Community For A Cause: Yoga In The Park June 21st 5-9pm

Held in Spruce Grove by Be Free Yoga, all money raised goes to bringing yoga and meditation to those struggling with mental illness. Vendor shopping and the practice is from 7-8pm. Tickets can be purchased through the event.

 

Summer Solstice: Women’s Circle + Mini Ritual June 21st 3-4:30pm

Held online by She Collective so you can participate wherever you are. Tickets can be purchased through the event.

 

Family Friendly International Yoga Day and Aboriginal Day June 21st 6-8:30pm

A celebration of both yoga and Aboriginal Day with lots of activities for everyone and a chance to support of community here in our city.

 

Summer Solstice By Donation Class June 23rd 7:30-9:30 pm

Held at Above Average Yoga with donation to the food bank with either food or cash.

 

Family Friendly International Yoga Day Celebration June 24th 12-5pm

Food trucks, face painters, henna, prizes and music. Good for the whole family fun hosted by Lahari in St. Albert. This event if FREE.

 

 

The Bitchin' Housewife

About the Author

Jen is a yoga teacher and health and fitness enthusiast over at BitchinHousewife.com