Old Strathcona, Downtown and Alberta Ave
by Annette Loiselle, Artistic Director
As Edmonton’s only theatre and multidisciplinary arts festival featuring women, we are excited to announce that SkirtsAfire is expanding this year with more venues, new experimental shows and artistic growth. We will be in Old Strathcona with our MainStage play The Blue Hour by Michele Vance Hehir (a must-see), Downtown with music and cabaret at Station on Jasper and The Nook Cafe, and we are back on Alberta Avenue, the community where we started, with brand new shows in drumming, dance and so much more. There’s a lot going on at SkirtsAfire over our 10-day festival, so here is a simplified overview – venue by venue, community by community.
Experience what all the farm kids know about life on a farm this December 14-15 in southern Alberta.
Alberta Open Farm Days are piloting its first-ever Winter Edition to its extremely popular summer program.
What you need to know
Three farms and a deli (Back to Good for soup & cake on the go) are participating in the winter edition! You may recognize some farms from your travel this summer.
Custom Woolen Mills
Your Local Ranch
Cineplex Community Day is back this year with a holiday twist! Movie lovers can enjoy a free movie and cheap snacks on December 7th from 9-11am at participating Cineplex locations across Canada.
Movies Included for Free on Community Day:
The weather outside is getting colder and mountains are slowly being capped by snow. The cold weather and extra layers to go outside and explore with kids can be a daunting task. It is not always easy convincing toddlers and preschoolers to keep their mitts on. However, it is worth the struggle. Trust me. The trails turn into a beautiful winter wonderland. For children, this means entering the land of “Frozen”. Hot chocolate by the fireplace is also so much more enjoyable after a day of exploring in the cold. These 4 hikes, located in the Born to be Adventurous “Hiking Guide for Families”, are perfect winter hikes for everyone to enjoy. They are rated for little kids and range from easy to difficult for little feet. This means that toddlers and their grandparents can find a hike to enjoy together this winter.
3 Winter Hiking Tips:
Bring along Ice Cleats in the backpack in case the trail gets slippery.
Plan to take a little longer finishing the trail as hiking in the snow can be a little more challenging for kids.
Be prepared and consider using some of these 7 hiking tips for hiking in the winter with kids.
4 Beautiful Winter Hikes for Families around Calgary
Troll Falls is an easy 2.4 km hike with minimal elevation located in the stunning Kananaskis area. In the winter, Troll Falls turns into a natural frozen masterpiece. Use caution when exploring the falls as it is very slippery, and pieces of ice can break off from above. Park at the Troll Falls Day Use area. The trail starts passed the end of the parking lot on the left side.
If the trail is packed down with snow in the winter, then consider bringing a sled to pull the kids when they get tired of hiking. Even though the downhills are not too long or steep, it is best to get off the sled during the downhills to avoid accidently hitting a tree or another hiker.
We have had the absolute pleasure of working with The Know Tribe Edmonton and had the opportunity to showcase Alberta Mamas alongside many other amazing lady run businesses in Edmonton in The Know Book.
The reason we love everything about this endeavor is that it’s really all about women supporting women. Marina, Renata and Stephanie (Know Ambassadors) are women helping other women get out there and be seen. Not just creating connections within the group but with The Know Book, exposure that can be touched, felt and picked up by people all over the city.
It’s a vetted guide that highlights dynamic women that are often under-the-radar, behind-the-scenes, and are busy perfecting their craft. It is a diverse collection of women from all walks of life, industries, ages, and backgrounds.
It’s a casual place where high-level, like-minded women come together to create and foster relationships. There are absolutely no mean girls allowed. We are a sisterhood.
The events that you can take part in are incredibly fun. One of the best parts is being in a group and realizing you are meeting people you follow on social, and admire, IRL. Connecting, inspiring and learning from each other.
You can even see what others have said about being part of the Tribe on YouTube!
Get In The Know 😉
There’s an event coming up that you can attend to really see what it’s all about.
October 17 at the Creative Hive! Check out the Eventbrite for all the details.
‘YOU CAN ALWAYS TELL WHO THE STRONG WOMEN ARE. THEY ARE THE ONES BUILDING ONE ANOTHER UP RATHER THAN TEARING EACH ANOTHER DOWN.’
This year the Grey Cup will be taking place in Calgary and from Nov 20-24th there are several fun activities for kids and families to enjoy!
Ultimate Guide To Grey Cup Activities For Kids & Families
Tim Hortons Kick-Off Party – Nov 21st
Start your Grey Cup off right! Plan to join us at The FREE Tim Hortons Kick-Off Party as we commence four days of fun and fandom! This is an ALL AGES event with fun for the whole family to enjoy! Festivities include the arrival of the Grey Cup with surprise hosts, musical guests and entertainment.
Where: 1801 Big Four Trail SE
Nissan TITAN Street Festival – Nov 20th-23rd
Come explore more than 140,000 square feet of family-friendly outdoor activities! Ride the 169’ Jiffy Lube Tube Slide, awe at the 360-degree projection in the ATCO Stratosphere, experience live music and entertainment at the Outdoor Stage, enjoy an adult beverage at the Outdoor Beer Gardens, play a quick game of catch on the mini field, experience a brand new Nissan vehicle in a 50,000’ all-terrain test-drive zone, get your face painted, snap away at the exciting photo opportunities and much more!
Where: Stampede Park
When: Nov 20th 6:30-9:30pm, Nov 21-23rd 9:30am-9:30pm
Jiffy Lube / Pennzoil Tube Slide – Nov 20th – 23rd
Experience downhill thrills on the FREE Jiffy Lube / Pennzoil Tube Slide at the Nissan TITAN Street Festival! Three lanes of high-speed, tubing fun for the whole family to enjoy! Hop on an inflatable tube and slide your way down the 169’ long slope!
Where: Lot 3, Stampede Park
When: Nov 20th 6:30-9:30pm, Nov 21-23rd 9:30am-9:30pm
By age 14, girls drop out of sport at twice the rate of boys the same age
– Women’s Sport Foundation.
This is where Fast and Female
comes in. Fast and Female is a nonprofit created by Canmore Olympian Chandra Crawford. She wanted to change the culture around girls in sport by inspiring kids with real-life sports heroes. Fast and Female makes it possible not just for girls to meet Olympians, but to workout with them!
Highlights of the Fast and Female Summit at Winsport’s Markin McPhail Centre in Calgary, Alberta on October 21, 2018.
Why is this important? There are many benefits to being active, aside from the obvious health benefits, sports can help develop leadership skills, confidence and team-building skills.
The Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta (CPAA) is ready to host their 13th Annual Life Without Limits Challenge event this September where people of all ages and abilities come together to celebrate their accomplishments, raise funds, and most of all … have fun!
This yearly event is not your typical walk-a-thon, as the CPAA puts a big focus on making the event fully inclusive and open to the community.
“Many of the individuals we work with have some form of a disability and live right in your community. This event is giving them a day to have fun with their friends and family. It’s something they look forward to each year. The more participants we have out, the more fun they have.” Says Joanne Dorn of the CPAA.
The first thing I asked myself is – What the heck is Spark The Energy Credit Union?
Here is a snippet from their About Us Page to give you an idea:
“Originally founded in 1953 as a credit union for employees of Shell Canada.
As the energy industry evolved, so did the credit union. On June 13, 2018, the membership approved to change the name from Shell Employees’ Credit Union to SPARK The Energy Credit Union to signal our opening to the people of the energy industry at large – no matter if you’re an employee, contractor, or consultant.”
They’re not just like any other financial institution – they’re for Albertans, by Albertans and they have the financial products, advice, service, and understanding to help you and your family thrive financially.
And they’re opening a Credit Union branch in Fort Saskatchewan to do just that!
The Grand Opening provides you with an opportunity to check it out AND have a little family fun!
When: July 26, 2019; from 10 to 2 pm
- Special SPARK gift bags for first 50 attendees
- Door prizes
- FREE treats from the Tiny Tim’s mini-donut food trucks
- Face painting & balloon animals
- Mix 107.9 will be live on location
- Grand Opening Giveaway of a Family 2019 Seasonal Membership to Jurassic Forest