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Avenue Editor Takes Ice Bucket Challenge

As some of you may know, I have a bit of a passion for football... as in soccer. I really enjoy spending some of my Sundays doing colour commentary on FC Edmonton home matches for Citytv. FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller, after receiving an ice bath of his own, challenged me to take the ice bucket challenge. Because of the wind, the audio isn't super, but I decided not to challenge anyone. What I said is that I want to be like the team on The Amazing Race who decides not to U-turn anyone. Instead, I ask anyone who watches the...

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Bringing the City Closer to the Farm

Tam Andersen spends a lot of time at work on her knees. It helps her to see through the eyes of the children who come to visit. She knows that kids learn when they’re having fun. “I had a little fellow the other day,” smiles Andersen. “Jason arrived with his mom in tow and he’s like, ‘mom, I love this place!’ At age 7, we completely hit the mark with him.” Andersen is a pioneer in agri-tourism in Alberta. Her Prairie Gardens and Adventure Farm...

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Adios American Dream

Walking into Audreys bookstore, I slither through about fifty people to find a spot where I can see. It’s nearly 7pm and approximately 200 Edmontonians are jammed shoulder to shoulder in the basement to meet “The Minimalists.” The Minimalists — Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus — discovered a newfound sense of purpose living life with less stuff after both dedicating their entire 20s to an unsatisfying corporate cause. By this I’m referring to money, status, and the...

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Block Party Has Special Guest of Honour

To call Dr. Audrey Evans a medical pioneer would be a bit of an understatement. Evans is the mother of Ronald McDonald House movement, which now independently operated facilities throughout the world. And, this past weekend, she was the special guest of honour for Ronald McDonald House of Northern Alberta’s Block Party. The house, located a few blocks south of Whyte Avenue, and an easy jaunt from the...

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It's All in the Details

Diana Davidson is used to doing a lot of research. Born and raised in Beaverlodge, Alta., Davidson has a PhD in literature. She put those researching skills to good use during the years she spent studying Aboriginal culture and what life was like in 1890s Alberta. The result of seven years of labour is her first novel, Pilgrimage, a work of historical fiction. The novel, which came out last September, takes place in central Alberta, at the Lac St. Anne settlement, during the time shortly after the...

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Ladies on the Green

Every summer, there is an abundance of charity golf tournaments in Edmonton. Some are aimed specifically at women, and they usually support a worthy cause. Many women are generally eager to sign up for a day in the sun helping a charity, but some ladies don't want to have to stress out about their score or their swing. Now, even women who have never swung a club in their life can get involved in a golf tournament for charity. The Ladies on the Green golf tournament caters to both golfers and non-golfers, with a special...

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The Gift is in the Giving

When country singer Beverley Mahood first got involved with the Kinsmen Telemiracle 17 years ago, she had no idea what she was getting herself into. She was asked to be a part of the event, but assumed she would only be performing. “Back then, I wasn’t really someone who liked to speak a lot,” she says. “My manager knew before me that I would have to host as part of my duties performing at the Kinsmen Telemiracle.” When Mahood arrived at the...

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Street Art from the Start

Shelley Switzer came to Edmonton’s International Street Performers Festival 26 years ago as a volunteer and hasn’t missed a celebration since. Currently going on her 15th season as the festival’s artistic producer, Switzer labours year round to bring this beloved, 10-day street party to downtown Edmonton. Edmonton’s Street Performers Festival stemmed from what began in 1981 as Summerfest. As Alberta rejoiced in its 75th birthday, the government fronted 75 million dollars to support worthy endeavors and exciting organizations —...

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Meet K Division's New Deputy Commish

Marianne Ryan felt deprived as a child. She loved being active outdoors — on the tractor and being with her father — but growing up on a farm meant less time for sports and other activities because she had to get home right after school to do chores. In hindsight, it may have been the best experience for her chosen career. “We worked really hard in some really hot summer days in southern Ontario,” says the top officer of Alberta’s RCMP. “I think it brought to light for me the importance of teamwork and that, if we all pitch in, we can...

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A Night in Foodie Heaven

For the foodie looking for a challenge, Dishcrawl presents the perfect opportunity: Instead of having the standard one meal per evening, try three different restaurants in the span of about three hours. The event entails guests sampling three courses each at three different restaurants. Each place serves up two savoury dishes and one sweet. Often, the evenings are themed around a specific type of food. This month's Dishcrawl in Edmonton will not be themed, but rather, will take place in the same area: 124th Street....

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