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Norwood resident is a woman of vision by liuhongmei


									                                                                                                                                                                                            NOVEMBER 2008

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Norwood resident is a woman of vision
                 Entrepreneur finds ways for independent businesses to work together
JESSICA KIMMERLY                                      Edmonton, though a few are           on the “Retail
                                                      located throughout Canada and        Ramblings” page.
Jessie Radies, a resident of                          the U.S.                             Businesses also get to
Norwood for the past 15 years,                             There are many advantages       be included on bag
was nominated as October’s                            to being a part of Original          stuffers, which are
Global Woman of Vision.                               Fare. “Employees get a card          made to be distribut-
      The award is given by                           that entitles you to a discount      ed at all participating
Global Edmonton to recognize                          at all the participating restau-     locations.
women who use their “talents                          rants. We do advertising, we do           The mission
and abilities to improve the                          promotions every year, we do         of both Original
community or create a suc-                            group fundraisers for different      Fare and Keep
cessful                                                                        charities   Edmonton Original
venture.”                                                                      and we      is to strengthen
Radies has                                                                     have a      independent busi-
both cre-                                                                      gift card   nesses, and also
ated a suc-                                                                    that you    to encourage local
cessful ven-                                                                   can buy     spending. Original
ture and                                                                       online      Fare members have
improved                                                                       that’s      “shared values
the com-                                                                       valid at    around regional
munity                                                                         any of      cuisine and qual-
with her organizations, Original                      the restaurants,” says Radies.       ity—authenticity.”
Fare and Keep Edmonton                                Original Fare is also launch-        Radies talks about
Original.                                             ing a group benefit program          the many advantages
      Original Fare is a group                        for members who wish to offer        of shopping locally,
of restaurants that work col-                         benefits to their staff.             which has social,
laboratively. “I worked in fran-                           Once Original Fare caught       environmental and
chise restaurants for about a                         on, Radies saw that Edmonton         economic benefits
decade before my husband and                          needed an organization to rep-       for us all.
I bought a restaurant,” explains                      resent all types of independent           “When you
Radies. “And I was shocked at                         business, not just restaurants.      shop at a locally
the difference between work-                          “When we started getting some        owned business, you
ing in a corporate system and                         media coverage about Original        triple your economic

working as an independent.”                           Fare, I started getting phone        impact compared
Franchise restaurants have the                        calls from other independent         to a chain or a big
benefit of ordering in large vol-                     business owners in the city,         box store,” explains        JESSIE RADIES LIVES IN NORwOOD AND RECEIVED THE GLOBAL wOMAN Of VISION AwARD
umes and sharing staff. As an                         saying ‘we need something like       Radies. “We have                fOR HER INNOVATIVE IDEAS wITH KEEP EDMONTON ORIGINAL AND ORIGINAL fARE.
independent, there is a shift in                      Original Fare for hair salons,       some artists in the
pricing and access to products                        or clothing stores.’” And so,        community. If                         tion, which states, “during         not if we’re just providing lip
and there are no marketing or                         Radies started Keep Edmonton         you buy directly from them,           Shop Local First month,             service. She recommends shop-
accounting departments at the                         Original (KEO) for indepen-          it’s more than triple the eco-        Edmontonians will be encour-        ping at the businesses you want
ready.                                                dent Edmonton businesses,            nomic impact.” Independent            aged to think local first so that   to stay, and avoiding businesses
      Radies knew that she must                       which now boasts                                    businesses keep        we can strengthen the local         you would rather not have in
not be the only independent                           70 participating                                    more money in          economy, reduce our environ-        your neighbourhood. “We can’t
restaurant owner who struggled                        businesses.                                         the community.         mental impact and improve           complain about the number of
with the disadvantages of oper-                            Most of the                                    “That’s not my         social equity.”                     pawn shops on 118th if we’re
ating solo. “I knew that work-                        businesses on the                                   opinion, that is a          “We’re trying to promote       shopping there,” she says.
ing collaboratively with my                           Ave would qualify                                   fact,” says Radies. local businesses as the place to            So before buying into mass
competitors, we would be able                         to belong to KEO.                                         The economy do your Christmas shopping,”             produced gifts this coming
to move forward rather than                           For the $500                                        is a hot topic right says Radies. “With all the shop- holiday season, browse through
just fight among ourselves for                        annual member-                                      now, and the           ping that happens in November the Keep Edmonton Original
customers,” she says. With this                       ship fee, indepen-                                  city is working to     and December, we would like         website and see which local
idea, Original Fare was born.                         dent businesses are                                 keep ours strong.      our citizens to think past the      stores can help you with those
      Original Fare now con-                          included in the                                     This November          sale and think about what hap- wish lists. As Radies says,
sists of over 20 independent                          website directory                                   is Edmonton’s          pens to their money.”               “We’re spending the money
restaurants, including Radies’                        (www.keepedmon-                                     first “Shop Local           Radies’ message to the         already, we just need to be
business, The Blue Pear. Most                and can post        First” month. Mayor Stephen           community is that we have a         deliberate about where we
restaurant members are in                             their promotions and events          Mandel approved a proclama-           lot of power as consumers, but      spend it.”

Editorial........................................ 2                   Rat Creek Press AGM                                                         Rat Creek Press hiring
Community News ..................... 3                                                                                               we are looking for a Marketing and Advertising Sales
                                                          Join us for our Annual General Meeting on Sunday,
Local Business .......................... 4                                                                                                        Person to join our team.
                                                            Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Carrot Community Arts
CD Review ................................... 5                      Coffeehouse (9351-118 Ave.).                                    Do you have connections in the community, like to shop locally and are
                                                                                                                                     an outgoing person who likes to visit and chat? The job entails dealing
The Military...................................8-9                                                                                     with new and existing advertisers, coordinating distribution of the
                                                                we will be electing board members while enjoying                      paper, managing monthly advertising spreadsheets and writing short
                                                                               coffee and desserts.                                                    briefs on businesses in the area.
Community Calendar ............ 15                         Janice Melnychuk will be joining us as our keynote speaker.                    Contact Dawn freeman at or 780-479-6285.

PHONE 780.479.6285
                                             A collage of encouraging words for everyone
MANAGING EDITOR                                         EDITORIAL               Haven’t we all wondered what        cess of the Avenue. What could         Avenue: “A house may draw
Karen Mykietka                                          wITH JESSICA KIMMERLY   it would be like if our lives       be better than being trusted,          visitors, but it is the possessor                                                               were a play, a movie, a paint-      ethical business leaders in            alone that can detain them”
                                                                                ing, a dance, a song? We may        Edmonton?                              (Charles Caleb Colton, English
Jessica Kimmerly                                                                not always have complete                  To all the residents on the      sportsman and writer). I’m                        You know those little calendars,     control over what happens in        Avenue: “There’s no place like         sure this quote is meant to be a
GRAPHIC DESIGN                             with a tear-away page for each       this life-sized production, but     home” (Dorothy, The Wizard             funny quip, but if you replace
Leanne McBean                              day. Each page has some “inspi-      we can fill it with beautiful       of Oz). Sometimes it may seem          the word “detain” with “capti-                        rational” quote or a few amus-       motions, comforting sounds          like home bears more simi-             vate,” then you get some great
ADVERTISING                                ing anecdotal words. Yes, that       and stunning colour. Your art       larities to the mythical Land          advice. People may stop by the                           thing you got for Christmas last     turns the Avenue                                              of Oz,       Ave to see shows or attend a
DISTRIBUTION Canada Post                   year that’s still sitting on your    into an exceptional                                           where        meeting, but it is the people
                                           desk, stuck on Wednesday, Jan.       stage for all of us.      we all should slow down peril is                 here that will make visitors
BOARD MEMBERS                              second.                                   To all the                                               every-       wish to return. After the con-
Debbie Cronkhite, Alberta Avenue
                                                                                                              once and a while to
                                                Well, I’m about to save         businesses on the                                             where        struction crews clear away and
Joanne Siebert, Eastwood
                                           you the trouble of reading           Avenue: “Obviously           appreciate the gift of           along        the Ave is looking shiny and
Gina Gariano, Delton
                                           through all those tidbits of         everyone wants to        words, beautifully spoken with the                new, it is the people alone that
Cheryl Walker, Parkdale
Cath Jackel, Alberta Avenue
                                           heart-warming wisdom. This           be successful, but I                                          occa-        will continue to impress visitors
Dawn Freeman, Alberta Avenue               editorial is a buffet of quotes      want to be looked                                             sional       with hospitality and friendship.
More board members welcome.                that remind me of this dynamic       back on as being                                              brainless,         So there you have it—
                                           community, and how we all            very innovative, very trusted       heartless or cowardly com-             words spoken by people from
RAT CREEK PRESS ASSOCIATION                should slow down once and a          and ethically and ultimately        panion. (Hey, none of us are           different times, different places,
2006 Recipient of the Solicitor General    while to appreciate the gift of      making a big difference in          perfect.) But the point is that        different situations, and yet
Crime Prevention Award                                                                                                                                     still make sense for all of us.
                                           words, beautifully spoken.           the world” (Sergey Brin, co-        after our adventures, we can go
Box 39024 RPO Norwood
                                                To all the local artists and    founder of Google). This is the home to friendly faces and con-            And now to end with a few
Edmonton, Alberta T5B 4T8
                                           members of Arts on the Ave:          difference between a business       tentment. The real danger is in        words from Friedrich Schiller’s
OUR MISSION                                “All the world’s a stage, and all    that exists for the sake of itself  failing to recognize the people        famous poem, the “Ode to
The mission of the Rat Creek Press         the men and women merely             and a business that truly wishes around us who make us feel at             Joy,” “Hasten, brothers, on
Association is to highlight community      players” (William Shakespeare,       to serve others. Business has       home.                                  your way, exulting as a knight
news, activities, and recreational                                                                                                                         in victory.”
                                           As You Like It, Act II, sc vii).     significant power over the suc-           To all the visitors of the
opportunities as well as local residents
and businesses to support the growth
of a strong, vibrant, well-connected

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Spruce Avenue Community League
Eastwood Community League
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                                                           The Rat Creek Press would like to thank all our
Alberta Avenue Business Association
PAAFE - Prostitution Awareness &
         Action Foundation of Edmonton
Alberta Lottery Fund

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                                                                                                                              New legislation allows peace officers to
           NEWSBRIEFS                                                                                                                close problem properties
Edmonton Mennonite Centre                                                                                                 JESSICA KIMMERLY                    unit can take action in a way
                                                                                                                                                              that the Edmonton Police alone
                                                                                                                                                                                                  effective way. All that should
                                                                                                                                                                                                  change with the new SCAN leg-
                                                                                                                          On October first, the               were not able to before.            islation, says Boyd.
for Newcomers opens on 82 St.                                                                                             Safer Communities And
                                                                                                                          Neighbourhoods (SCAN) Act
                                                                                                                                                                   When police are dealing
                                                                                                                                                              with a problem property, usu-
                                                                                                                                                                                                        After receiving a complaint
                                                                                                                                                                                                  against a property, the SCAN
and 118 Ave.                                                                                                              came into force in Alberta.
                                                                                                                          SCAN is a name you will
                                                                                                                                                              ally one person is arrested while
                                                                                                                                                              his or her property continues
                                                                                                                                                                                                  unit will begin an investigation.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Investigators will attempt to
                                                                                                                          want to remember—it enables         to function as a location for       solve the problem first with the
The EMCN’s Grand Opening Celebration on Sept. 23 was                                                                      residents to file complaints        criminal activity. The proper-      property owner, and if necessary
overflowing with people and their praises for the Mennonite                                                               about properties regularly          ties cannot be closed under the     will apply for a Safety Order
Centre. Executive Director Jim Gurnett pointed out the centre’s                                                           used for illegal activities. Then   Criminal Code or Controlled         from the Court of Queen’s
growth, from two staff 27 years ago to over 100 staff today.                                                              SCAN’s new sheriffs’ unit           Drugs and Substances Act,           Bench. The order can allow the
“Clearly, the opportunity to serve newcomers in this city has                                                             has the power to investigate        which the police are responsible    property to be closed for up to
expanded,” he says.                                                                                                       and shut down buildings             for enforcing. With SCAN, the       90 days. Landlords can also be
      Mayor Mandel also spoke at the event, saying that facilities                                                        that negatively affect the          focus is on stopping the prop-      proactive by using SCAN to
like the EMCN are “imperative” for Edmonton to be “a city that                                                            community’s crime rates.            erty from being a place of crime.   help them evict problem tenants,
opens its arms and welcomes everyone.”                                                                                          “SCAN is a tool and is only        Edmonton police chief          since landlords are responsible
      To find out more about services at the new EMCN building,                                                           as good as the people who use       Mike Boyd describes drug            for the activities taking place
visit their website at or call 780-424-7709. —JK                                                           it,” says Fred Lindsay, Solicitor   houses as “magnets for undesir-     on their property. All criminal
                                                                                                                          General and Minister of Public      able behaviour and activity” in     activity will be relayed to the
                                                                                                                          Safety. It is the residents who     a neighbourhood. Such houses        police.
                                                                                                                          must alert the SCAN unit and        elevate the general crime rates           Complaints are confidential,
                                                                                                                          describe the specific property      in the area. And until now, the     and can be made by phoning
                                                                                                                          disturbing their neighbourhood.     police have not had the resourc-    toll-free at 1-866-960-7226 or
                                                                                                                          But once alerted, the SCAN          es to deal with the houses in an    online at

                                                                                                                                                                             Winter Social
                                                                                                                                                                             Tueday, December 9 from 6:30 to 8:00pm
                                                                                                                                                                             Fun for all ages. Drop-in for a hot drink,
                                                                                                                                                                             bring treats to share and meet your

                                                                                                                                      Office hours:                          neighbours. Door prize draws, chocolate
                                                                                                                          Mondays & Wednesdays from 6pm to 8pm               making, crafts and more.

                                                                                                                           NOW HIRING
                                                                                                                           Part-time janitor/caretaker needed for the        Membership
                                                                                                                           Alberta Avenue Community Centre. About
                                                                                                                                                                             Family $20 or Single $10. Purchase during
                                                                                                                           10-15 hours a week, flex-time at $15/hour.
                                                                                                       Jessica Kimmerly

                                                                                                                                                                             office hours or call/email to make alternate
                                                                                                                           Handyperson needed to perform various             arrangement. Draw from current member
                                                                                                                           repairs and maintenance in and around the
                                                                                                                           Alberta Avenue Community Centre.
                                                                                                                                                                             list on Dec 9 at the winter social for a
 STAff AND GUESTS AT THE EDMONTON MENNONITE CENTRE fOR NEwCOMERS                                                           Call Karen at 780-278-4812.
                             ITS DIVERSITY
                                                                                                                          Email:                 Ph: 780-477-2773    
federal election results
Peter Goldring for Edmonton East and Laurie Hawn for
Edmonton Central were both re-elected in the October election.
Conservative Peter Goldring received 51.3% of the popular vote,
about 8,000 votes ahead of the closest runner-up, NDP Ray
                                                                                                                                                     What’s happening in
Martin. Laurie Hawn, also conservative, received 49% of the
popular vote, about 10,000 votes ahead of closest runner-up,
                                                                                                                                                     Spruce Avenue Community
Liberal Jim Wachowich. The country’s voter turnout was 59.1%.
                                                                                                                                                                   SPECIAL NOTICE
                                                                                                                                             General Meeting of the Spruce Avenue Community League
                                                                                                                                             10204 - 115 avenue • Monday, November 17, 2008 7:00 pm
                         ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION
                         NORWOOD BRANCH #178
                      11150 82 ST NW, Edmonton, AB 780-479-4277                                                                   CASINO WORKERS are needed for all shifts and positions for Friday, January 23
                            Open 10:30am Tuesday thru Saturday                                                                               and Saturday, January 24, 2009 at the Baccarat Casino.
                   Free Pool, Darts & Shuffleboard. Meat Draw & 50/50 Fri 5pm & Sat 1pm
                                                                                                                                     Please call Verna @ 780-479-8019 or email at
                             Lunch Buffet every Friday 11:00 to 2:00
                                       COME CHECK US OUT!
        We book Weddings, Anniversaries, Memorials, Meetings, etc                                                            MEMBERSHIPS
   ENSIGN LOUNGE:        Beautiful room overlooking ravine, Seats 180, Oak bar, Hardwood dance floor                        2008-2009 Spruce Avenue Community                    • Access to free swimming at the
   COL. M.S. SYROTUK HALL: Seats 250, Large hardwood dance floor, Stage, Bar                                                League memberships are now available for               MacEwan Centre for Sports & Wellness
   Boardroom: Seats 25     Variety of menu options at reasonable prices   Dartroom: Seats 50                                residents living within the boundaries of              on Sundays from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
                                                                                                                            the Spruce Avenue community. A member-               • Discounts on hall rentals at Spruce
                                                                                                                            ship will give you and your family:                    Avenue Hall.
                                                                                                                             • Access to programs, including sports
                                                                                                                               programs offered by Spruce Avenue                Memberships are
                                                                                                                               Community League and other leagues.              Family – $15.00 Single – $ 7.00
                                                                                                                             • A voice on community issues and future           Senior – $ 7.00 or No charge with
                                                                                                                               planning.                                        volunteer hours.
                                                                                                                             • Access to community rinks.                       Call David @ 780-477-6716

                                                                                                                                                 Meetings: Second Monday of the month at 7pm
                                                                                                                                            Hall address: 10240 115 Avenue      Hall phone: 471-1932
                                                                                                                                           League boundaries: 97 St to 106 St from 111 Ave to 118 Ave

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                 BUSINESSBRIEFS                                                                                        New Board of Directors
                                                                                                                         Elected for 2009!
                                                                   wITH DAwN fREEMAN

                    Let your dreams begin...                                                                              AABA
A good night’s
sleep can cure
                                                                                                                         NOTES                              Projects in Action
                                                                                                                                                            AABA is excited about the new
                                                                                                                                                            Member Communications and
just about                                                                                                            AABA’s Annual General                 External Marketing Plan being
anything it                                                                                                           Meeting was held on Sept. 25,         developed for the Association
seems, and                                                                                                            at which members elected the          by Focus Communications
the key to                                                                                                            Board of Directors for the 2009       Services Inc; a company
getting it is a                                                                                                       year. Congratulations to all!         hired through the Avenue
good mattress                                                                                                                                               Initiative. The plan will provide
underneath                                                                                                            Your Board Elect for 2009             tools necessary for two-way
you. Well,                                                                                                              Saidia Abdilahi                     communication with members
now we have                                                                                                               B-Unique Beauty Salon             and the community, while
our very own                                                                                                            Samir Bleibel                       attracting new businesses to
mattress store                                                                                                            Donair Express                    the area. “We are planning to
on the Ave,                                                                                                                                                 be more physically present at
                                                                                                                        Wanda Bradbury                      key events throughout the next
ready to help
                                                                                                                          Polar Bear Health & Water         year,” says Joe Holtz, Executive
your dreams
begin.                                                                                                                  Greg Gerard                         Director.

                                                                                                      Dawn Freeman
     Robert                                                                                                                                                                             The
Farhat opened                                                                                                           Bereniece Kaiser                                           Association
his store The                                                                                                             Medicine Shop                                            has been
Mattress                                                                                                                Aura Magana                                                busy with
King (9410-                                                                                                               Paraiso Tropical                                         other proj-
118 Ave)                                                                                                                                                                           ects too!
                                                                                                                        Mike McLary                                                AABA
just a month
                                                                                                                          EC Automotive Machining           completed a database of all
ago, and has
already had                                                                                                             Christy Morin                       empty commercial buildings on
a number of                                                                                                               Carrot Community Arts             the Avenue, updated the busi-
customers.                                                                                                                Coffeehouse                       ness member list, as well as a
     “Everyone                                                                                                          Kamal Nuur                          comprehensive list supported by
needs a mat-                                  THE MATTRESS KING (9410-118 AVE)                                            Billan Financial Services         photos of all graffiti sites. These
tress,” says                                                                                                            Dale Schmidt                        items, along with the upcom-
Farhat. At his                      boards, bunk beds, futons and         support and no rollback when                    Boston Pizza                      ing New Business Recruitment
original general furniture store,   a wide range of bedding. And          that other person gets out of                                                     Program may provide progress
                                                                          the bed—an important con-                     Valerie Scott                       for increased business on the
Sofa Lair Furniture (12518-         of course, anything in Farhat’s
                                                                          sideration in the middle of the                 Saffron’s Carribean Delight       Avenue.
132 Ave) mattresses were a big      catalogues, or that is offered in
seller and this gave Farhat the     his other store, is available to be   night.                                        Paul Soares
idea for The Mattress King. “I      ordered.                                   Another important con-                     Popular Bakery                    Looking to earn money on a
wanted to be able to focus on            The Mattress King has a          sideration according to Farhat                Doug Thompson                       part-time basis?
the one product here,” he says.     wide range of prices for their        is that his mattresses are made                 Flavour Budzzz                    AABA is hiring a part-time
“That way I can educate people      stock, although Farhat encour-        in North America. His stock                   Bill Varvis                         Administrative Assistant, a new
on the benefits of a good qual-     ages people to buy the best           includes Posture Beauty, King                   Coliseum Steak & Pizza            position for the Association.
ity mattress.”                      quality of mattress they can          Coil, Spring Air and Sova.                                                        Candidates should have book
                                                                                                                        Di Western
     Although, that is not all      afford. It’s all about the sup-            Come and talk to Robert                                                      keeping experience and be
                                                                                                                          Absolutely Edibles
The Mattress King has in stock.     port layer, he says. One of his       at The Mattress King and let                                                      available to start Jan. second,
Along with that great mattress      best sellers, The Posture Beauty      him help you get the right sup-                                                   2009. If you are interested in
                                                                                                                      New Look for AABA
you can also buy modern look-       NewBurgh, has a continu-              port for a great night’s sleep,                                                   the position, please contact Joe
                                                                                                                      To ensure AABA is presented
ing bed frames, head and foot-      ous coil system that gives firm       every night.                                                                      Holtz, Executive Director, to
                                                                                                                      professionally, we have created
                                                                                                                                                            discuss further.
                                                                                                                      a new look. Our new logo
                                                                                                                      was successfully introduced in
                                                                                                                                                            Alberta Avenue Business
                                                                                                                      October. In addition to a new
                                                                                                                                                            Association 11770 – 95th Street
                                                                                                                      logo, our revitalized website is
                                                                                                                                                            Edmonton, AB T5G 1L9
                                                                                                                      now live (www.alberta-avenue.
                                                                                                                      com) and our new colour
                                                                                                                                                            Phone: 780-471-2602
                                                                                                                      newsletter was recently sent to
                                                                                                                                                            fax: 780-477-1378
                                                                                                                      all business members. We are
                                                                                                                                                            E-Mail: aaba@alberta-avenue.
                                                                                                                      proud of our new look and you
                                                                                                                      will be seeing more of AABA in
                                                                                                                      the future.

                                                                                                                         for your Banking, Loan, mortgage
                                                                                                                         and investment needs
                                                                                                                         We look forward to hearing from you!

                                                                                                                         Kindy Deleeuw • Personal Banking Specialist •	 780-427-3219
                                                                                                                         Daphne Newell •	 Personal Banking Specialist •	 780-427-3218
                                                                                                                         Kevin Mauthe • Personal Banking Specialist • 780-408-7735
                                                                                                                         8804-118th Ave
                                                                                                       Dawn Freeman

4                                                                                                                                                                 RAT CREEK PRESS NOVEMBER 2008
           CD Review:
      Songs from the Avenue
GORDON VICKRUCK                     Waits - who no doubt wrote          is a history lesson on every
                                    it with Norwood and area in         page, detailing a broad spec-
I had settled in for the long       mind.)                              trum of social realities, from
haul. I said I would do it and           Peters’ piece is titled “I     1892 to 2008, some forgotten
now was the time. Dropped off       Don’t Live in Norwood.” It          and some ever present.
at the door was an unwrapped        is a shameless, sentimental,              “Bob Hope Played The
copy of Songs from the Avenue,      romanticized portrayal of love      Cromdale.” OK we’re not
a new CD release of songs           lost and love found on the          saying this is absolute fact, but
about living in the ’hood,          Ave. And I love it! Corny and       it is a great story, nonetheless.
made by musicians from the          hokey as it is, I am tapping my     And if not Bob then a lot of
’hood. In a weaker moment I         foot and humming along all          other prominent entertainment
had volunteered to do a review      the way through on first listen.    in the day when it was a classy
of this CD. What do I know          Definitely not crying.              venue before its long painful
about the local music scene?             Now I am carried away          demise; “Just the fall of the
Why should I care?                  into another time, strangely        neighbourhood.” However,
     CD in the player, pen in       familiar to our day, when we        like all of the other songs, this
one hand, scotch and remote         were at war and young men           one ends in another kind of
in the other. I settle down into    were being called off to battle     “hope”—a testament to the
the easy chair and prepare to       and women were “Wondering           indomitable spirit and vision
                                                                        of the people who live here.
                                                                              The historical intrica-
                                                                        cies and mysteries continue
                                                                        to tumble out from song to
                                                                        song. The album hits notes
                                                                        from the early days when 500
                                                                        armed Edmontonians faced
                                                                        down the Feds and Mounties
                                                                        after Ottawa tried to steal land
                                                                        title documents, to the voices
                                                                        of today who cannot ignore
                                                                        the less flattering aspects of the
                                                                              Then a song with no
                                                                        words. Mobius is a classy
                                                                        jazz act that I saw live at the
                                                                        “Kaleido” festival. He was sit-
                                                                        ting on a hay bale by a fire
                                                                        pit trying to stay warm and I
                                                                        thought I would go see these
                                                                        guys again if it were some-
                                                                        where warm and a little less
                                                                        smoky. Liner notes from Bill
                                                                        Damur read, “I want 118 Ave
                                SONGS FROM THE AVE                      to be Whyte Ave without mis-
                                                                        takes, circa 1983, a counter-
                                                                        cultural place that is cool and
                                                                        hip.” Right on.
                                                                              All in all, too much fun.
be bored to tears in moments.       What’s a Girl to do in 1942.”       This is a history lesson cer-
     “Blastchft! Thump,             I had never heard the husky,        tainly, and an honest reflection
thump, thump!”                      sultry voice of Terry Morrison      of present day reality as well,
     What was that? I wake up       before, although apparently she     but more a vote of confidence
in a time warp, seeming to be       has played the major folk gigs      in the future. This neighbour-
listening to Highway 61 revis-      around over the past dozen          hood is getting back on track,
ited, with Dylan pulling out        years. I definitely intend to       Jack. The spirit, enthusiasm,
all the stops and throwing in       hear her again.                     energy and vision are all here.
every noisemaker in the studio.          Now I am settling into a             I end the afternoon
But this wasn’t Dylan and this      pattern. My scotch is neglect-      thrilled at having received that
wasn’t a time warp. This was,       ed, my remote is lost. In one       little plastic package on my
apparently, Scott Peters doing      hand my pen is scribbling furi-     doorstep, and not too disap-
his own composition. (All the       ously and the other is holding      pointed that I missed my nap.
songs are original composi-         up the liner notes. This is defi-         Songs from the Avenue is
tions except the last track, “In    nitely one CD that needs to be      available for $18 at the Carrot
the Neighbourhood,” by Tom          read while being heard. There       Community Arts Coffeehouse.

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RAT CREEK PRESS NOVEMBER 2008                                                                                                                  5
                                         100 Years of ETS Part 2
MICHELLE EARL                       could also pick up a kit that          ing only twenty-five passengers.                 and I had to sit to get out! So, I        Edmonton’s transit history
                                    allowed you to put together a          Its square look makes it quite                   have to laugh every time I think     goes well into the deepest roots
As mentioned in the October         cardboard bus and streetcar.           interesting. Another reason                      about that.                          of our city, and the visit was
issue of the Rat Creek Press,            Behind this table was a           that I think it’s so cute is that                     Another good memory             well worth it. The celebration
ETS celebrated its hundredth        neat display. The Northern             when I boarded the bus, I had                    was when we were talking with        was a great success, inform-
birthday. After taking the tours,   Alberta Lego Users Group               to find an alternative way to get                some of the volunteers near          ing us, the public of where
we went back and took a walk        (NALUG) made a display                 in and out because the step was                  the memorabilia counter. One         we came from. Let’s hope the
through the square. Volunteers      depicting historical Edmonton,         so high! We complain about                       volunteer, Kim, showed George        next hundred years are just as
were there for people to talk to,   and its primary piece was an           bus steps being high today,                      the mock-up of the LRT con-          good and that the decisions for
and we got to board each of the     actual replica of a moving             but back then they were even                     sole. This was very informative      Edmonton are well made.
buses.                              streetcar! You can find their          higher. I am four foot nine,                     for him, and well enjoyed.
     Just behind the informa-       website at http://
tion center was a big tent with
a huge display. There were          When we were
display cases with memorabilia,     weary, we sat and
uniforms, hats, pictures and        watched a video
much more. George and I sat in      made about the
drivers’ chairs—we found out        LRT, which we
what type of chair they used        believe was cre-
to sit in compared to the ones      ated in the 1970s.
they sit in now. (We prefer the          My favor-
ones they sit in now.)              ite of the buses
     In the front, there was a      would have to be
space where people could draw       what was called
pictures. It was for a contest      the Leyland
where the best artwork would        Mortorbus. It was
be featured on a bus. The           the smallest of
theme was, of course, ETS. You      the buses, carry-

                                                                                                                                                                                                Michelle Earl
                                                                                                                                        DISPLAY Of ETS DRIVERS’ UNIfORMS THROUGHOUT ITS HISTORY

                                                                                                                               A C T I ON FOR HEALTHY COMMUNITIES’

                                                                                                                               Voices Community Dialogue
                                                                                                                                       Public discussion to promote
                                                                                                                                  c r e ation of community health and
                                                                                                            Michelle Earl

                                                                                                                                        wellness-related Initiatives.

                                                                                                                                                    JOIN US ON
                                                                                                                                                Tues Nov 4, 6:30pm
                                          THE 1939 LEYLAND BUS
                                                                                                                                     Canadian Native Friendship • 11205-101 St.
                                                                                                                                               Thurs Nov 27, 6:30pm
                                                                                                                                       Sprucewood Library • 11555 - 95 Street
                                                                                                                                                 Aboriginal Edmonton
                                     ROMEO & JULIET
                                     Experience Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet from the INSIDE
                                                                                                                                                 Wed Dec 3, 6:30pm
                                                                                                                                         The Haven • 15120 Stony Plain Road
                                                                                                                                                Art to know ourselves
                                         Public Workshop: 2:30pm to 5:30pm
                                         Performance: 7:30pm, November 25th, 2008                                                         Contact Chris for more information
                                                                                                                                                  ph: 780-944-4687
                                         With our innovative workshop/production, you help tell
                      presents...        the story by taking a part in the play, with coaching and
                                         preparation from our crack team of actor/instructors!

                                         Workshop free to all Alberta Avenue residents

                                         Performance: Admission by donation

                                         Alberta Avenue Community Centre, 9210 118 Avenue

                                         Call 780-477-2773 extension 2 to reserve a place in the workshop

                                         Supported by ALBERTA FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS

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     Thank you
   Kaleido festival
    and patrons!
  Kaleido! Family Arts Festival was a great success this
  year. Arts on the Ave wants to send a huge “thank
  you” to our Festival Leadership Team. This creative,
  hard working team transformed 12 venues into
  lively, arts spaces where children and folks of all

  ages were seen laughing, appreciating and loving the

  historic neighborhoods that we live in. Our festival

                                                                                                Rebecca Lipp
  would have never happened if it hadn’t been for
  the volunteers. Thank you volunteers for sharing
  your own personal time for Kaleido! Your volunteer
  elbow grease and positive energy was evident
  throughout the festival. And thanks to everybody
  who participated and made the beautiful fall weekend
  even brighter!

  If you would like to send any comments and be part
  of the CD contest, check out

  Christy Morin, President of Arts on the Ave.

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RAT CREEK PRESS NOVEMBER 2008                                                                  7
                                                                THE MILITARY ISSUE

        A soldier remembers                                                                                         Call for nominations
            Afghanistan                                                                                       Do you have a friendly, pleasant or courteous
                                                                                                           neighbour? Let us know about him or her! They don’t
                                                                                                            have to be volunteer superstars, just good people
    The nine-year-old son of a poppy seed farmer in Afghanistan dares to dream of being a                  you’re glad to have next door. Nominate them for our
    doctor. But what are the odds when you are born to a family struggling for survival, in
    a country where life expectancy is 42 years, and 25 per cent of children die before their                “Good Neighbour” issue at
    fifth birthday? “Life is cheap,” says Patrick Wilkins. “Three generations of occupation,                                or call 780-479-6285.
    war and poverty can reduce individual existence to the next loaf of bread to feed the
          Giving kids a chance to have dreams is the heart of the struggle in Afghanistan for
    Wilkins. “Rebuilding this country has to start with the youth. Those who are over 30
    have known such extremes of poverty and violence that change is impossible for most of
    them. It’s different with the young—they
    have a window on the world with the
    Internet and they can see beyond their
          Patrick Wilkins lived the reality of
    Kandahar and its struggle to be free of the
    Taliban during his tour from July 2006
    to March 2007. “It changed my view of
    Remembrance Day profoundly,” he says.
    “Now I understand what my grandfather
    did for me when he went to war and why
    he never talked about it.”
          This Afghanistan tour of duty was
    Wilkins’ third. A member of the Canadian
    Air Force 408 Tactical Helicopter
    Squadron here at the Edmonton garrison,
    he became a soldier to help bring peace
    and a better life to others. “I served twice
    in Bosnia with a NATO peacekeeping
    force and found it very rewarding,” he
    recalls. “There we made a difference in
    helping to stabilize the area so that people
    could start returning to normal . . . I
    asked a man if I had made a difference in
    being here and without batting an eyelash

                                                                                                                                                                     Rebecca Lippiatt-Long
    he said, ‘Yes, no one shot at me on the
    way to work today.’”
          Wilkins found a fundamentally dif-
    ferent situation in Afghanistan, a country
    at war. “Afghanistan was unlike anything
    I encountered before.” With no trust
    between neighbours, people have no one
    but family to count on. The first priority
    is security for citizens as we combat the Taliban insurgents. “It’s a bit like policing in
    our part of the city where drug houses invade a residential street and put families at risk.
    You have to shut down the risk and remove the offenders to create a safe place for kids
    to grow up.”
          So essentially it is seen by Patrick as a mission of the heart. If not, who would
    risk what he endured? Imagine arriving at the most dangerous part of the country, the
    Kandahar Airfield, in July where temperatures range from 45 to 52 degrees, and being
    outfitted with a 40 pound tactical vest plus 60 to 70 pounds of combat gear. “For the
    first while you guzzle water and stand at the urinal but surprisingly you do become
          This tour of duty took a high toll. Twenty-Five Canadians died in those seven
    months. “I worked 156 14-hour days without a break at one stage, and it sucked the life
    out of me. At the end the only thing that kept me going was that I was coming home.”
    He describes the food, and says “at the mess hall there was a sign posted, ‘No guns, no
    Service’.” How often do you see that in your life time?”
          The fighting takes place largely in the villages, most of which are interconnected.
    Civilians need security but progress is slow and this is hard on families. With time and
    the Canadian military presence change is evident. People are slowly shifting what crops
    are grown; the police, most of whom are illiterate, are being retrained. Patrick projects
    that the biggest reward will come in 10-15 years and fears that if NATO troops leave
    now those who died will have died in vain.
          Hunger for news from home keeps the troops glued to the media. These men and
    women need to know that they are supported, and when negative comments for politi-

    cal reasons are broadcast their morale suffers. While they know that they do not influ-
    ence the political decisions, they are the ones who risk their lives to carry the decisions
          While longing to return home, each individual needs to live the journey of re-entry      LAUNCHING THE UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE (UAV) fROM KANDAHAR AIR fIELD (KAf)
    to a life that may never feel normal again. “There is a much better understanding now                    TO DO A SURVEILLANCE MISSION IN THE PANJAwY PROVINCE
    of what’s needed to support the troops coming home now then they knew then. It was
    hard for me to recognize emotional wounds I brought home with me. Thank God for
    my wife Dorothy who still helps me deal with my emotional scars. The physical wounds
    are so much more easily accepted.”
          “I didn’t start to feel until I got home and it caught me off guard that I was so mad
    at everybody.” He found Canadian concerns petty. He felt frustrated at how much we
    take for granted, but most of all at our failure to appreciate the bounty and the freedom
    we have.
          Patrick realizes that he will never go back to Afghanistan again, “which is hard for
    me, being a solider at heart. I wish young men and women would not be in such a rush
    to fight.” The tragedy is that there no glory in the realities of war, only brutality. His
    plans for the future include formal studies in photography, leaving the service when he
    is discharged and meanwhile making the best of each day.

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                                                               THE MILITARY ISSUE

                                                         Dorothy’s war
PATRICIA DUNNIGAN                 was at college. “She thought           Dorothy is the daughter                        Dorothy took time off           wounds too. Any separa-
                                  I was doing her a favour, but     of Dutch immigrants. Her                       work when Patrick came               tion from each other now is
Dorothy knows that nothing        in fact she helped me to get      family has high regard for                     home. She knew that they             a reminder of his time away
could have prepared her           through. I don’t know what        the Canadian military and                      both needed to be together           in Afghanistan and brings
for life while her husband        I would have done all alone       the role they played in the                    to do some healing. She              back some of the emotion she
Patrick Wilkins was serving       in this house for those long      Second World War. “They                        credits her career in the            felt during his deployment.
in Kandahar. “I lived in a        months.”                          always supported me in my                      stress and disability world as       I’m reminded of Winston
state of denial for those seven                                     marriage to Patrick and                        having helped her advocate           Churchill’s quote, “They
months. I couldn’t let my         She felt as though her life was   especially during his time in                  on Patrick’s behalf after his        also serve who only stand
mind wander to the reality        on hold. “Every time I didn’t     Afghanistan.” She had anoth-                   return. “An emotional injury         and wait” when listening to
of what was expected of the       hear from him for 24 hours I      er problem at work, however.                   is like a leg fracture in some       Dorothy’s experience of the
soldiers over there.”             knew there was a media shut       People were forever coming                     ways. If it isn’t dealt with         war. I am further reminded
She understood the risk           down on the base. This was        to her asking if she had news                  early it won’t heal and often        of the burden being borne by
when she fell in love with a      necessary whenever someone        from Patrick or if she knew                    has to be re-broken to prop-         the soldiers currently serving
soldier. He was home for one      died because the families had     any of the soldiers that had                   erly mend it.”                       and their families anxiously
short year of their five-year     to be notified first. I was too   been killed. “I finally had to                      She carries her own             awaiting their safe return.
relationship when he was          terrified to answer the phone     confront them and tell them
deployed. “He is worth it         until I got an email to let me    that I can’t watch the news
though,” she says coyly and       know he was okay. I didn’t        or know the details of what
Patrick responds with a grin.     want to get the news that         is going on there. I set some
An amazing thing happened         way.” There were twenty-five      boundaries with them and
that helped Dorothy cope. A       deaths while he was away          told them what would be
friend she had known since        and all she could do was to       helpful for me, like going for
childhood came to live with       stay busy and try to keep her     coffee or out to a movie to
her for the year while she        spirits up.                       distract me.”


      Remembrance Day                                                                                             ITEMS GIVEN TO PATRICK wILKINS BY HIS fAMILY ALONG wITH HIS RIfLE AND MEDAL

            November 11
         Lest We Forget
                                                                                          Rebecca Lippiatt-Long

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                                                                                                                          Chasing down
                                                                                                                          an alligator
                                                                                                     The Daring Diner
                                                                                                       wITH ANGIE KLEIN

                                                                                It started with indecision...             our van, to Cosmo’s on 101A          ing plate of the traditional dish.
                                                                                Greek, Japanese, perhaps                  Ave. and 100 St. The place was       I saved enough on my main
                                                                                Indian. We could throw                    huge, and empty. I am sure           course that I felt we should
                                                                                caution to the wind and go                they draw a great lunch crowd,       splurge on some Pecan Breaded
                                           PETER GOLDRING                                                                                                      Brie ($8.00). Both helpings
                                                                                Cajun. The French restaurants             but there wasn’t enough food
                                             Member of Parliament
                                                                                are all closed on Mondays.                ready sniff at so we pressed on.     were large enough to share yet
                                               Edmonton East
                                                                                What to do? This was my Jeff ’s                Our search ended at the         tasty enough to eat the whole
                                                                                birthday, and birthdays are               closest place to home. Zen is        thing. I opted to bring some
                                                                                special occasions—they deserve            a cozy Japanese restaurant on        jambalaya home, but there was
                  In Silent Remembrance                                         a special night out. We decided           101 St. and 105 Ave. It passed       no way I was leaving a morsel
                                                                                to take a sniffing tour. First, we        the sniff test with flying colors.   of my beloved fried cheese.
    When the guns fell silent at the end of World War I, on November 11,        laid down some ground rules.              Casual, with its funky sit-on-            The day’s special was
                                                                                The parameters of the search              the-floor booths, it’s a restau-     blackened snapper with lobster
 1918, it was as if the planet breathed a sigh of relief. The so called “War
                                                                                had to be within the downtown             rant I think my 11-year-old          crème sauce ($16.00). The por-
 to End All Wars” was over.                                                     core and we would include                 daughter would find cool, so         tion was very fair for the price
                                                                                one restaurant of each cuisine            we saved it for another adven-       and Jeff seemed to enjoy it very
    Ninety years later we know that November 11, 1918 wasn’t the end of         mentioned above.                          ture. We ended up at our start-      much. Our friendly wait staff
 war. The rest of the 20th century and the early years of this one have been         Louisiana Purchase was the           ing point, ravenous from all the     was very kind and brought
 times of turmoil, sometimes locally, sometimes globally, even to Afghani-      furthest away (111 St. and 103            scents we’d inhaled. Louisiana       the birthday boy a beautiful
 stan today.                                                                    Ave.) so we started there. The            here we come!                        fruit desert compliments of
                                                                                sweet sound of old blues hung                  It was steady for a Monday      the house. Fresh blueberries
                                                                                in the air as we stepped onto             night, but our server came right     and creamy custard artfully
     Yet still we gather to remember. We fall silent and pray at the eleventh
                                                                                the inviting patio. True to our           over to take our drink order.        arranged with a bright orange
 hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. We pray with thanksgiving      quest, we stepped in for a sniff.         Jeff tried the specialty beer        gooseberry on the side—as full
 for the sacrifices of those who came before us. And we pray for the safety     The place smelled awesome!                from Edmonton’s own Alley            as we were, we managed to
 of our armed forces today and for peace in our time.                           We checked out the menu, and              Cat brewery. (Nice to see them       inhale it! Our bill came in at
                                                                                got back in the van.                      supporting the city.) I opted to     around $100 with tip.
    More than 118,000 Canadian soldiers have given their lives in the                Next on our tour we                  wait for the wine. We started             Until next time . . . happy
 service of their country since Confederation. They have a permanent            stopped at Khazana (Tandoori              out with two fresh oysters on        eating.
                                                                                cuisine) on 101 Ave. and 107              the half shell (sampler size at
 memorial in Ottawa, in the Books of Remembrance that are kept in the           St. It’s a large place and the            $1.50 each). Alligator kebab         Louisiana Purchase
 Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill. Since 1942             kitchen is way at the back, but           skewered with black bean salsa       780-420-6779
 each morning at 11 the Turning of The Page ceremony has been held in           it smelled pretty yummy too.              was also a must have ($8.50).        10320 – 111 St.
 the Memorial Chamber, displaying a new page to the public for that day in      Their menu was full of all my             Both were fantastic!
 the seven memorial books. The order of pages turned is based on a              favorite dishes and some I’d                   Louisiana Purchase has          Open weekdays
                                                                                never tried. This quest was not           a great deal on Louisiana             11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
 perpetual calendar, which allows family members of a deceased soldier          going to be an easy one.                  Jambalaya ($8.95) on                 weekends
 who wish to be present to plan a trip to Ottawa for the proper day.                 Off to Greece we sailed in           Mondays, so I ordered a steam-        4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

    A visit to the Memorial Chamber and seeing the names is a moving
 one, but not possible for everyone. However the Department of Veterans
 Affairs has made it possible to view the books on-line. You can see them

   I feel it is important to remember the sacrifices others made for us to
 have a free Canada today. What do you think?


     Check out our revamped website!
                                                                                       Angie Klein

                                                                                                                                                                                                       Angie Klein

                                                                                                                                                                                               PURCHASE ON 103
                                                                                                                                                                                               AVE. AND 111 ST.
                                                                                                                                                                                               BOASTS A GREAT
                                                                                                                                                                                               wAIT STAff AND
                                                                                                                                                                                               DELICIOUS fOOD
                                                                                                                                                                                 Angie Klein

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                  Day Trips – The ETS way                                                                              Backyard Bistro
  A Taste of Italy brought to Edmonton – The Italian Center Shop                                                         wITH SHAwN BAERT
                                                                                                                                              Scotch Eggs
              Day Trips                                                                                      This is an easy and favored recipe that I recall from my youth. My
                wITH MICHELLE EARL   below what most stores sell          going all over the city that       mother and grandmother served it often. I now find that as well as
                                     it for. Also, it’s the best place    day, so I really appreciated it.   bringing to mind great memories, it also still tastes great.
                                     to go for olive oil. For a one-      I have often asked questions of
                                     litre bottle of oil, most places     their staff, and it was they who 8 hard-boiled eggs
The Italian Center Shop              would                                                                   1⁄2 cup flour
10878 – 95 Street                    charge                                                                  2 packages 500g maple leaf pure pork sausage meat
780-424-4621                         $10 or                                                                  1 onion, chopped finely
                                     more, but                                                               2 eggs, beaten
     When I mention that I           I can find                                                              2 cups fine bread crumbs
frequently shop at the Italian       a bottle                                                                Cooking oil
Center Shop, many people I           for just
know ask, “What’s that?” A           above five                                                              Peel the eggs and dust them with flour. Combine the ground pork,
few years ago, I found out that      dollars.                                                                1 egg, 1⁄2 cup bread crumbs and onion. Cover each egg in the
this shop had another name                The                                                                pork mixture, keeping the shape of the egg. Dip the coated egg in
– Spinelli’s, and when I men-        staff at                                                                the beaten egg and roll them in bread crumbs. Fry the eggs in hot,
tioned that name, people clued       the Italian                                                             deep oil for seven minutes. Transfer the eggs to paper towels to
right in. Mr. Spinelli opened        Center                                                                  drain.
its doors in 1961, and since         Shop is
then, the family has turned          friendly                                                                Serve sliced in half with salad.
Edmonton onto a gourmet              too. Since
paradise of Italian goods.           going
     This little nugget is fairly    there,

                                                                                                     Michelle Earl
close to Alberta Avenue,             I have
and very easy to get to. It is       become
right across the street from         friends
Giovanni Cabot Park. Take            with               THE PRODUCE DEPARTMENT AT THE ITALIAN CENTRE SHOP
the number five bus to get           Lynn.
there. Very recently, they have      She is
opened a store on the south          always fun to talk with and          recommended my favorite goat
side, but it’s the 95 St. store      very personable—she always           cheese made by Santa Lucia.
I’m writing about.                   asks how George is doing, and             Every time I walk into the
     My favorite areas of the        how things are going with            shop, it has always been clean
store are the produce, pasta,        me, making me feel right at          and well stocked. If you’re
and deli areas. The produce is       home. She is very knowledge-         going for meats and cheeses,
good quality and their prices        able and informative about           they allow you to sample,
are extremely good! The same         the products. The last time          which helps you with your
goes for their pasta. At one         I went there and made a big          decision on what to buy. They
time, you could get a package        purchase, Carmella, another          not only have food items,
of pasta for under a dollar,         staff member took it upon            but many items for cooking

                                                                                                                                                                            Shawn Baert
and even now, when the prices        herself to make a special box        Italian. I rate this business as a
have gone up, they’re still          for my bundle buggy. I was           five out of five olives.

            avenue initiative revitalization
              The Avenue Initiative
             is a community based
       revitalization of 118th Ave
        from Nait to Northlands.

                                             Last Chance!
        The community has come
        together to work with the
         City to develop a council
                  approved strategy
            that will create a safe,
                                              The deadline for matching grants is November 15, 2008
              walkable community              Do you have an idea that would make a difference in your neighborhood? We are looking for
                          for everyone.       projects that will enhance, beautify, create a sense of community or improve safety. The Neighborhood
                                              Matching Fund will match your volunteer time or donations in kind to make your project a reality.
                                              You can apply for up to $20, 000 for large community projects. SMALL SPARKS funds up to $250.00
                                              for local neighborhood events such as block parties or fence painting. For an application and more
                                              information go to or email

                                              Think About Joining a Working Group!
                                              Groups meet on a monthly basis to implement the Avenue Initiative.
                                              To get involved call Judy at 496-1913 or email

                                              1) Streetscape-- 1st Tuesday of the month
                                              Working on details of the streetscape.
                                              2) Development and Revitalization-- 1st Wednesday of the month
                                              Responsible for planning and zoning issues.
                                              3) Beautification & Cleanliness-- 2nd Wednesday of the month
                                              Works on special events, community clean ups and beautification projects.
             For information call
       Judy Allan 496-1913                    4) Safe Streets-- 2nd Thursday of the month
                                              Works with EPS, Bylaw & Safe Housing to create a safe community.

RAT CREEK PRESS NOVEMBER 2008                                                                                                                                                  11
          I would like to                                                                   Is your dog photogenic?
        introduce myself                                                                   dog talk              will sit/down for long periods of      they hold still. Start slowly and
                                                                                        wITH DARLENE TAYLOR      time.                                  gradually build from a shallow
                                                                                        OwNER Of K9 BEHAVE             • Now that you have a            movement to where you can
                                                                                                                 steady sit you can train “loca-        actually jump up and down and
                                                                                                                 tion.” Many dogs think “sit” is        even turn around in front of the
            LAW AND ORDER             work as hard as I can to see         Throughout November and               to walk over to you and put the        dog while they hold the sit.
            wITH CST. ANDREw LARSON
                                      this community become a              December pet photos with Santa        rear on the ground. They don’t               • Next you can start walk-
                                      safe and crime free environ-         are being taken all over the city.    really understand the simplicity       ing around the dog while they
                                      ment. A lot of this success          I often hear the comment, “oh,        of what we ask. Ask your dog to        remain in position. This can
I would like to take this             depends on all of us work-           I could never get that done with      “sit” (or “down”) while you are        be tricky and you may need to
opportunity to introduce              ing as a team. Unfortunately,        my pet.”                              in a chair, on the bed, on the         hold a treat or toy in front of the
myself. In early September, I         police resources are extremely              First, let me say that not     floor, standing, leaning against       dog’s head while they sit and you
was notified by Cst. Russell          stretched in today’s world, so       only is the pricing in many cases     a wall, and the hardest—ask the        walk around them. Start by just
that he was leaving. He spoke         we are required to find new          very reasonable for a photo of        dog to sit while you are laying        walking a quarter way to one
to me about taking over his           and creative ways to deal with       your pet but it also provides a       on the floor (this last one, of        side or the other of the dog, then
position and I jumped at the          crime and disorder. The good         very nice photo journal—espe-         course, is optional). Once the         half way around and back then
opportunity. Community                news is crime has dropped 25%        cially if you have more than one      dog has the idea that your body        finally in a big circle around the
policing is something that I          over the past year in this com-      pet. In some cases the money          position is irrelevant, try having     dog. Leave room for his tail!
have always been interested in        munity, mainly due to your           goes to charity so that’s another     them sit on your right, on your              • Lastly, you can now start
and I look forward to working         efforts in partnership with Cst.     reason for getting a photo done.      left, or even facing away from         increasing distance. Start with
with all of you to solve the          Russell, the beat officers, local    If you don’t relish the idea of       you. This also means you are           a sit, step back then return to
safety issues that have plagued       patrol members and the Alberta       standing in line with pets, there     training inside, around, and out-      position and reward. Very quick-
this community for so long.           Avenue Initiative. We are win-       are some like Petcetera that will     side of the home.                      ly, you can work up to two steps
     To give you a little back-       ning the battle, but there still     do it by appointment—so no                  • The dog is starting to get     back and then reward. If success-
ground about myself, I have           is a lot of work to do. I would      lineups!                              the idea it is more what they          ful with two steps then actual
been with the Edmonton Police         like to see this rate to continue           Sometimes the reason is the    are doing (or not doing) than          turn away and walk then turn
Service for the past three and        to drop in the future.               pet won’t hold still long enough.     what you are doing that means          back in. Be very natural about
a half years. Cst. Russell and              One of the largest and         The Santa used in many cases          sit and ultimately stay. By now        walking away from your dog.
I were actually in the same           most time consuming issues           are skilled with animals and can      you probably are getting much                • Notice, at no time during
recruit training class. I have        for me is dealing with drug          hold the pet either in their arms     longer periods of sit or down.         this process you are saying
been working in Downtown              houses located in this neigh-        or on lead—it’s not like a formal     Now while rewarding the dog            “stay”! When asking a dog to sit
Division as a patrol constable        borhood. With drug houses            sit-stay where the pet is totally     for holding still, you can move        or down they should remain in
and have responded to many            come crime and disorder that         on their own in holding still for     your foot, your arm, bend and          that position until you “release”
calls in and around this com-         can plague a community. A            their photo. Many pets behave         straighten knees and so on.            them. Saying “stay” is redun-
munity.                               new initiative that will help        better or are less in motion when     Often the dog “breaks” their sit       dant.
     In the past month I have         alleviate the burden on the          in a strange place. If need be you    because the handler moved. So                So, no excuses—get that
met with numerous commu-              police in dealing with these is      can sit in the photo, or if your      you now need to teach the dog          photo done!
nity members, groups and the          the Safer Communities and            pet isn’t too fond of Santa then      that even though you are moving
local businesses in the area.         Neighborhood (SCAN) Act,             he will step aside. Remember
I have seen the commitment            which has been brought in            the photographer is also skilled
and effort placed forth by the        place by the Crime Reduction         and the equipment used is
local people in an effort to take     Task Force. The Alberta              professional so a moment of
back your neighborhood. In            Sheriffs SCAN team will target       perfection can be caught on film
my short amount of time here          properties that are being used       where we may have been unsuc-
I have seen the community             for crime (prostitution, drugs       cessful in the past.
response to urban disorder            and gangs). SCAN will hold                  If “staying” is of real con-
(CRUD) initiated. This pro-           property owners accountable          cern to you, then start practicing
gram was started by the local         for what is occurring at their       now and you could probably
community members and has             residence and they have mea-         have them ready for a photo
seen some great success. To see       sures in which to deal with          within the next couple weeks.
large groups of people getting        that. This will free up police              • Have your dog sit or
together and getting out and          resources to respond to your         down, whichever is easiest and
enjoying your neighborhood            calls quicker and more effec-        most comfortable (you can’t
is great to see. I fully support      tively as well as deal proactively   teach “stay” if they don’t even
this initiative and would like to     with the crime and disorder on       know how to sit or down).
see it continue. As well, I was       118 Ave. and in your neighbor-              • Once your dog will hold
lucky enough to take part in          hoods. For more information          still in a sit or down, increase
the Kaleido Festival on Sept. 26      please feel free to visit their      the time to 15 then 30 seconds.
to the 28. Again, this initiative     website at www.solgps.alberta.       You will be surprised how long
was a great success and we had        ca.                                  a dog can sit when learning.
                                            I would like to thank you
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Darlene Taylor

very few security issues.                                                  Also keep the rewards coming—
     What I bring to this posi-       for welcoming me to your com-        if the animal figures out they
tion is a great passion for           munity and I look forward to         don’t have to do anything and
policing and I am willing to          working with you in the future.      the rewards keep coming they

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                 wITH HARVEY VOOGD
                                         Norwood house available for $11
$11 and a song may get you           Spitfire Grill which was about     900 square feet
the house of your dreams in          a woman who holds a contest        of room in the
Norwood.                             to give her grill away.”           basement. The
      David Stockburger and his           “Someone tried a simi-        website states the
wife want to award the house         lar thing in Grande Prairie a      basement will
at 11720-95A St. as a mort-          few years ago with a hotel,”       have everything
gage free, completely renovated      Stockburger continues. “They       roughed in to
prize. This contest is not a         had to shut it down. Before        add a bathroom
lottery or raffle, but a house       them, it was tried once or twice   and a second
essay contest. Contestants must      in Ontario in the 90s, also        kitchen, if you
submit $11 along with at least       without success.” Hopefully        want to add a
one reason why they should           Stockburger’s attempt will be      suite.
own the house.                       much more successful.                   The contest’s
      The website www.                    David voluntarily sus-        tag line is “The states          pended his contest on Aug. 29,     contest where a
“We’ll take essays, life stories,    shortly after it began, when he    house with a past
anecdotes, artwork, poems,           heard that the Alberta Gaming      could change
songs videos, family photos,         and Liquor Commission              your future.”
whatever you think it’ll take        (AGLC) had launched an             The house was
to convince us that you’re           investigation “to make sure this   built in 1913. Its
the right person to own the          contest was on the up and up.”     previous residents
house.”                                   “On Sept. 25 an investiga-    include Grant
      The contest needs a mini-      tor with the AGLC got back         Notley, former
mum of 25,000 entries to be          to me,” says Stockburger. “I       NDP leader and
a go, with a maximum of              was told their investigation was   the first NDP
40,000 entries. The deadline is      concluded and that other than      candidate elected
Dec. 31 of this year, with the       monitoring this contest to see     to the provincial
possibility of an extension to       how things play out, they have     legislature. He
February 15, 2009.                   no problems with what we are       owned and lived
      The wining entry will          doing and we are not breaking      in the house from
be announced no later than           the law.”                          1968 to 1971.
March 31, 2009 and the house              Stockburger and his wife      Notley sold the
title will be transferred to the     bought the house for $125,000      house when he
winner no later than May 3.          in Sept. 2006. “The house had      won a seat in
The house will be substantially      previously been condemned          northern Alberta.
complete and capable of imme-        by the City of Edmonton and             The house
diate occupancy and be clear of      the local health authority,” he    was appraised
any mortgages, liens, encum-         explains.                          in March for
brances or other restrictions.            Previously a lawyer,          $255,000 as part

                                                                                                                                                                     David Stockburger
      “It will come with an          Stockburger has been rebuild-      of the approval
Energy Star rated refrigera-         ing the house for the past two     for a mortgage.
tor, dishwasher and washing          years. “The previous house we      The appraisal
machine, along with a stove,         owned bit me with the renova-      for comple-
clothes dryer, and microwave,        tion bug,” says Stickburger.       tion was pegged
all brand new and waiting to         “I’ve always been a bit keen       at $355,000.                   to sell the house for,” says      people.”
be used by the winner,” states       about real estate, so this         Stockburger says he recently   Stockburger. “I liked the idea         If not enough entries are
the website.                         seemed to make sense.”             turned down an offer of        of a contest which has many       received, contestants will get
      “This has been tried in the         The house is considered       $375,000.                      people helping one person get     their $11 back. For more infor-
USA a number of times,” says         two and a half stories. The             “The contest idea first   a house. Even with the market     mation, you can contact David
Stockburger. “There was even a       total living space is around       came when my daughter asked    down in Edmonton, housing         either at us@the11dollarhouse.
movie in the mid 90s called the      1,900 square feet with another     me how much we were going      is still too expensive for many   com or 780-240-9924.

                                                   A peaceful inspiration
IOANA CALDERON                            The black background of
                                     Heide’s mandalas resonates
Black mandalas. Why are they         with a black hole’s force of
black? And in any case, what         seduction and spurts out
are they?                            vibrant accents of colours. “I
     I met Heide Mueler-Haas         tried different colours for my
during Kaleido—the Avenue            mandalas, but black came out
Fall Festival. Kaleido Family        with a richer power among
Arts Festival is a great celebra-    others—black is our own con-

tion of our creative spirit in       science at rest, awaiting for
the community, and people            the vibrant colorful thoughts
from across the city joined us.      to surface during a moment of
Heide is an artist who uses          peaceful creation.”
simple, geometric shapes and
figures. She organizes the space
mixing and matching triangles,
squares and circles.
     Different religious prac-
titioners used this technique
around the world for centuries
and they ranked their artistic
activity as “spiritual”—pro-
foundly religious and deeply
impregnated with stern intro-
spection. To all these fantasies
I prefer Heide’s confession:
“It’s all in geometry. I always
liked it. I thought that using
colours and creating simple
patterns would give me a basic


sense of matter versus non

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                                     Young Readers Choice Awards                                             Hope
           wITH IRENE NG
                                     and Kids Read Edmonton                                                  SHARON E. RILEY

“With beasts and gods, above,        But when the job turns out           For info on these programs and     Hope—fragile like a heart,
the wall is bright./The child’s      to be less than it seems, he         more, go to the Community          A mirror, holding the image of a dream
head, bent to the book-coloured      takes off, making a detour at a      Calendar Page or online at www.    Meant not to be broken or shattered.
shelves,/Is slow and sidelong        fair, where everything changes                             The truth reflected,
and food-gathering,/Moving in        after he spontaneously tells a                                          The honesty of sorrows,
blind grace...” – Randall Jarrell,   woman that he sells whims.                                              The strength to look
from “Children Selecting Books       Ellis weaves a humorous story                                           At an image of tomorrow.
in a Library”                        that binds the spiritedness of a                                        The faith to look again
     • Join us on Thursday,          young boy with the joys of lan-
                                                                                                             And see the reality of today
Nov. 6th to remember our past        guage. Games, web discussions,
conflicts, and to honour the         and educational resources are                                           Existing as a vision of Hope.
sacrifices of our soldiers and       available online at

                                                                                                             For Kids of All Ages
civilian heroes. Coffee and tea      kidsread. Participants are also
will be provided. For more           eligible to win tickets to Fort
information, please call the         Edmonton, a writing workshop
branch at 780-496-7099.              for their classroom, or a pizza
                                                                                                             SHARON E. RILEY
     • Visit the library on          party for their whole grade.
Saturday, Nov. 22 for an                   • Readers, parents and                                            A monkey was walking the streets of a town,
afternoon of Cree culture.           teachers are also encouraged to
                                                                                                             Saying, “What planet an I on.”
Sprucewood Library will be           browse through the 2009 nomi-
hosting Adrian LaChance, an          nees for the Young Reader’s                                             The big Baboon sunning in the moon,
Aboriginal motivational speak-       Choice Awards (YRCA).                                                   Said, “The Planet of the Goon.”
er, cultural facilitator, tradi-     Organized by the Pacific                                                The monkey rolled his eyes and said,
tional dancer and drum keeper.       Northwest Library Association,                                          “I wish I was at home in my little bed.”
To register for this event, please   YRCA is the oldest children’s                                           The big Baboon gave him a hug and said,
call the branch at 780-496-          choice award in the United                                              “Earth has many little beds,
7099.                                States and Canada, and it aims                                          And Zoos for ones that are like us,
     • Are you looking for a         to provide children with an                                             Where people come and make a fuss.
good children’s book? Kids           opportunity to honour a book                                            They hide us there and though we mourn,
Read Edmonton 2008 is an             that gives them pleasure. This                                          For things we hold dear, in the early morn,
EPL book club for grade school       year nominees include Gossamer                                          They are not all goons on this planet Earth,
children. This year’s feature        by Lois Lowry, Ark Angel by                                             But it is the planet of their birth.”
book is The Several Lives of         Anthony Horowitz, and Nick
Orphan Jack by Sarah Ellis. The      and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by
plucky and resilient Jack lives      Rachel Cohn. Also, this is the
at the Opportunities School for      first year nominations include
Orphans, where his most cher-        graphic novels: To Dance by
ished possession is a battered       Siena Cherson Siegel and
dictionary, with the B section       American Born Chinese by Gene
missing. When he learns that         Luen Yang.
he will be apprenticed to a firm
of bookkeepers, he is ecstatic.      Irene Ng is a library assistant at
After all, who wouldn’t want         the Sprucewood Branch of the
to be a protector of books?          Edmonton Public Library.

     Shoveling your snow today…
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                                                                                                              Kitchen Staff - $11.50 / Hr - plus weekly bonus
                                                                                                            Boston Pizza NAIT @ 10115 Princess Elizabeth Ave.
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                                                                                                               Hello Highlands-Norwood!

                                                                                                                                  The Legislature has settled
                                                                                                                                  in for the fall session and I
                                                                                                                                  am looking forward to once
                                                                                                                                  again representing the valued
                                                                                                                                  constituents of Highlands-
                                                                                                                                  Norwood. Please feel free to
     …clears the path for safer streets tomorrow.                                                                                 contact my office with any
                                                                                                                                  comments or suggestions you
     Help keep our neighbourhoods safe. Ensure you shovel snow off                                                                may have.
     sidewalks within 48 hours of a snowfall. Failure to do so could result
     in a $100 fine. Do your part to keep our community clean and safe.
                                                                                                                   6519 - 112 Avenue
     For more information on our Community Standards Bylaws, contact us
     at 780-496-3100 or visit our website at
                                                                                                               Your MLA, Brian Mason
                                                                                                                     Edmonton Highlands-Norwood
     Clean up today for a better tomorrow.                                                                     
                                                                                                                          ph: 780.414.0682

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                                         RAT CREEK PRESS
                                                                           COMMUNITY CALENDAR
ART & MUSIC                                 A CARROT CHRISTMAS ARTS
                                                                                       creation of community health and
                                                                                       wellness-related initiatives.
                                                                                                                                   ST. FAITH’S
                                                                                                                                   Community Collective Kitchen meets
                                                                                                                                                                              provided. Contact Leslie @ 780-432-
                                                                                                                                                                              1137, ext 362 or e-mail volunteer@ca
MAGAZINE RELEASE PARTY                      Friday, Nov 21, 6pm - 10pm, and            Tues Nov 4 Canadian Native                  at St. Faith’s Church on the 2nd 
Saturday, Nov. 8, at 8 pm. The Artery       Saturday, Nov 22, 9am - 8pm                Friendship(11205 101 St), 6:30pm.           Wednesday of the month. There is
(9535 Jasper Ave) Admission: FREE!          Local artists show their wares at The      Topic: Homelessness                         currently space. If you are interested,    CHILDREN AND YOUTH
Other Voices has partnered with             Carrot’s second annual Christmas           Thur Nov 27 Sprucewood Library              please call 780-477-5931.                  MENTORS
Notebook Magazine to co-host a              Arts Bazaar. Get your Christmas            (11555 95 St), 6:30pm. Topic:                                                          Be a positive role model to abused/
fantastic evening event celebrating         shopping done early!                       Aboriginal Edmonton                         CRYSTAL KIDS YOUTH CENTRE                  neglected children and youth, aged
the release of two amazing fall                                                        Wed Dec 3 The Haven (15120                  8718 118 Ave, Ph 780-479-5283              5 to 17 who live in group care.
issues produced by our magazines.           QUEER ARTS AND CULTURE                     Stony Plain Rd), 6:30pm. Topic: Art         Youth program (ages 6-17):                 Participate in supervised leisure and
Come together to support your               FESTIVAL                                   to know ourselves                           Mon, Tue, Wed 3-8pm, Thur 2:30-            educational activities; share your
local purveyors of the finest poetry,       Be a part of Exposure: Edmonton’s          Contact Chris for more information:         8pm, Fri 3-10pm, and Sat 1-5pm.            interests, hobbies, talents. 2 hours/
fiction, creative non-fiction, and          Queer Arts and Culture Festival.           780-944-4687 or actioncf4@shawbiz.                                                     week. Orientation and staff support
art of all sorts. For more details          Open call for artists at www.              ca or                           ENTERTAINMENT                              provided. Contact Leslie @ 780-432-
email Check   Looking to                                                                                                   1137, ext 362 or e-mail volunteer@ca
out and www.             curate or put on a show and                CARROT WRITERS’ GROUP                       THE CARROT COMMUNITY ARTS        , and look for           want to partner with Exposure?             The Carrot Writers’ Circle meets            COFFEEHOUSE
the event on Facebook.                      Contact Program Chair Todd                 every Thursday morning at 10 am             9351 – 118 Avenue                          VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NEEDED
                                            Janes at todd@exposurefestival.            at The Carrot Community Arts                FRIDAYS: Live music, 7:30pm-               Do you know what a Volunteer
KIDS TAKE OVER THE CARROT                   ca or Producer Ted Kerr at                 Coffeehouse (9351 118 Ave). Join us         9:30pm                                     Driver is? It’s a community
Kid’s Arts Market and Open Stage,                     or call Irene at 780-471-1580.              $5 cover charge                            member who can spare 3-4 hours
Saturday Nov 8 from 11am - 3pm,                                                                                                    Nov 07: CHRIS WYNTERS                      once a month to drive a senior
at The Carrot Community Arts                ARTISAN MARKET                             SENIORS DROP-IN                             Nov 14: MULE (ambient                      to appointments, banking and
CoffeeHouse (9351 118 Ave). For             1st and 3rd Saturdays, 11am-4pm            Wednesdays from 11:30am-12:45pm             instrumental)                              shopping. Gas reimbursed. Call Bev
ages 5 to 18 years. 5 to 12 year            at The Carrot Community Arts               at Crystal Kids Youth Centre (8718          Nov 21: LECKIE OLSEN                       at 780-732-1221.
olds MUST be accompanied by a               CoffeeHouse (9351 118 Ave). All            118 Ave).                                   Nov 28: LARA YULE
parent at all times. A time for kids        creations are made in Edmonton by                                                      Dec 05: CORA MCLAUGHLIN                    NINA HAGGERTY CENTRE FOR
to showcase their art pieces in any         local artists and artisans. Jewellery,     MOMS & TOTS                                 SATURDAYS: Open mic 7:30pm-                THE ARTS
medium for selling. There will also be      woodwork, textiles and more! If you        Tuesdays and Thursdays from                 10:00pm Music, spoken word,                Do you love art and people? Then
an open stage for music and spoken          are interested in selling your wares at    11:30am-12:45pm at at Crystal Kids          comedy                                     the Nina Haggerty Centre for the
word performance. Please call Karen         the market, please contact Lorraine        Youth Centre (8718 118 Ave).                                                           Arts can use you! Come volunteer
Porkka at 780-481-9015 to register          at 780-919-9627.                                                                       SPORTS & REC                               and show off your talents and
for either the art or the performance                                                  BABES IN ARMS                                                                          passion. or
and for any questions.                      PIANO LESSONS                              Fridays, 10am to 12pm at The Carrot         FREE SKATE AT WESTWOOD                     780-474-7611
                                            Holistic and enjoyable music               Community Arts CoffeeHouse (9351            ARENA
THEATRE PROSPERO PRESENTS                   learning. Qualified teacher in your        118 Ave). Come and connect with             Wednesday nights, October to               THE CARROT COMMUNITY ARTS
ROMEO & JULIET                              neighbourhood. Book now for the            other parents in the community. Call        March at Westwood Arena 12040-97           COFFEHOUSE
Public Workshop: 2:30 to 5:30.              times you want! Call Anna, BMus @          The Carrot at 780-471-1580 for more         St. Call Marty at 780-474-2667 to          Learn how to make lattes and other
Performance: 7:30 pm, Nov 25. With          780-479-1330                               info.                                       sign up.                                   coffees, then hang out at a cool
our innovative workshop/production,                                                                                                                                           coffee shop for 3 or 4 hours and
you help tell the story by taking a         PIANO LESSONS IN YOUR HOME                 THE AVENUE COMMUNITY PLAY                   ALBERTA AVE FREE SWIM FOR                  visit with the interesting people who
part in the play, with coaching and         All levels; children and adult students    GROUP                                       COMMUNITY LEAGUE MEMBERS                   stop in. Stop in at 9351 118 Ave,
preparation from our crack team             welcome. Please call Connie                Every Tuesday from 10am to noon             Eastglen Pool(11410 68 Street)             call 780-471-1580 or visit www.
of actor/instructors! Workshop free         Collingwood ARCT at 780-490-1922.          at Alberta Avenue Community Hall            is supposed to open again in     
to all Alberta Avenue residents.            Must live within the Rat Creek Press       (9210 118 Ave). Residents from all          November. Call 780-496-7384 for
Performance: Admission by donation.         boundaries.                                communities are welcome to join us.         confirmation.                              NOTICES
Alberta Avenue Community Centre,                                                       For more information contact Becky
9210-118 Ave. Call 780-477-2773 ext.        MUSIC LESSONS                              at                  VOLUNTEER                                  NORWOOD NEIGHBOURHOOD
2 to reserve a place in the workshop        Professional musician and qualified                                                                                               ASSOCIATION
                                            music teacher, with degrees in Music       SCRAPBOOKING                                GIRLS NIGHT OUT!                           Meets Wed. Nov. 12, 7pm @
SOCIAL ARTS EXPERIENCES                     and Education. Sax, flute, clarinet,       Thursdays from 6 pm to 8 pm at              Help disabled women get out in             Norwood Child and Family Centre,
Check out our autumn workshop               piano, keyboards, guitar, bass, theory.    Ben Calf Robe Society (12046 77             the community and participate in           114 Ave. & 95A St. New members
series of Social Arts Experiences.          All styles. Neil: 780-477-9232.            St). Come make a photo album for            recreation and social activities.          welcome.
Professional Artists teach all                                                         your new baby or one for yourself.          Female volunteers are needed 2-
workshops right here in your                MUSICAL NOTES                              Bring your pictures and we supply           3 hours, twice a month, evenings           GRAFFITI REMOVAL KIT
community, and best of all, they are        Extremely affordable piano lessons         the rest of the materials. Childcare        or weekends. Delton area. Staff            A graffiti removal kit is available for
FREE! Drinks and treats offered             for beginners 5 to 11 years. Using         is available. Call 780-477-6648 for         assistance provided. Contact Leslie        residents to borrow free of charge.
at The Carrot Community Arts                the John Thompson series only.             more info.                                  @ 780-432-1137, ext 357.                   Call Joe at the Alberta Avenue
CoffeeHouse (9351 118 Ave) after            References available. Call Sharon                                                                                                 Business Association at 780-471-
all workshops. Space is limited             Riley at 479-4054.                         PARENT SUPPORT GROUP                        WALKING CLUB VOLUNTEER                     2602.
so register ASAP. November 29                                                          Fridays from 1 pm to 4:15 pm at             Accompany disabled adults as
– Suminagashi paper marbling with           KEYNOTE MUSIC                              Ben Calf Robe Society (12046 77 St).        they walk the mall for fitness and         CHURCH SERVICES
Chris Dickinson Presented at Saint          (see ad on page 3) Learn to play           Join us for crafts, coffee, snacks and      socializing. Every 2nd Friday; 5:30
Faith’s Church. 10am – 3pm. Please          guitar, bass, piano. Over 10 years         great conversation. Call 780-477-           pm to 7:30 pm, at Westmount Mall.          ST. FAITH’S ANGLICAN CHURCH
register after October 29. Contact          teaching experience. Call Reg Taylor       6648 for more info.                         Staff support on-site. Contact Leslie      11725 – 93 St. Ph. 780-477 – 5931
Becky at 780-435-3499                       at 780-915-1241.                                                                       @ 780-432-1137, ext 362 or e-mail          Sundays 8:30 am and 11 am
                                                                                       BEN CALF ROBE SOCIETY                       volunteer@catholicsocialservices.          Sunday School at 11 am
JUST CHRISTMAS                              LOTUS QIGONG + LOTUS DANCE                 YOUTH DROP-IN PROGRAM                                                   Hall available for Rentals 477-5931
Friday, Nov 21, 5:30pm - 9pm and            Everyone on the Avenue welcome.            Parkdale/Cromdale Community Hall
Saturday, Nov 22, 9:30am - 4pm.             Thursdays from 7pm to 8pm. Cost:           (11335 85 St)                               IMMIGRANT/REFUGEE                          AVENUE VINEYARD
Alberta Ave Community League                donation optional. For more details        3pm - 7pm most days. Contact                SETTLEMENT MENTORS                         NEW LOCATION: 8718 118 Ave
(9210 118 Ave). Admission by                call Astrid at 780-477-0683.               Heather on 780-868-8504 for details.        Mentor new immigrants/refugees             (Crystal Kids)
donation.                                                                                                                          in a formalized friendship; assist         Sundays, 10:30 am
Just Christmas is a cooperative             DROP-IN GROUPS &                           SALVATION ARMY                              newcomers to practice English,   
venture of local people who want to         PROGRAMS                                   Edmonton Crossroads Community
                                                                                       Church (EC3)
                                                                                                                                   develop social networks, learn
                                                                                                                                   about Canadian culture, and acquire        ST ANDREWS PRESBYTERIAN
make a difference in communities
around the world through the                ACTION FOR HEALTHY                         11661 95 St, Ph 780-474-4324                life skills to facilitate successful       8715 118 Ave, Ph 780-477-8677
sale of fair trade goods. For               COMMUNITIES’                               Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur., noon to 4pm           integration into Canadian society. 8       Regular service, Sundays, 11 am
more information contact www.               Voices Community Dialogue 2008:            Fri., 7pm – 10pm                            hours/month. Training and support                           a public discussion to promote the

                                  SPRUCEwOOD BRANCH 11555 - 95 Street                  Participation limit: 20. O.K. girls        For more information contact Biviana       Computer Basics – Databases at
          Edmonton                      Call 780-496-7099 to register                  – get ready to have a ton of fun! Do       from Catholic Social Services at           the Edmonton Public Library
          Public Library         Go to for more program details             you have interests that need to be         424-3545. Please note-there will be        10 a.m. Mondays, Nov. 24 to Dec. 8
                                                                                       challenged? Join the gang at Girl          no class on November 11, 2008-             Participation limit: 4. Seniors
                                                                                       Zone where you will participate in         Remembrance Day.                           Welcome! Your library card gives
 CHILDREN                                    25. Ages: Up to 3 years
                                                                                       heaps of activities like: team building,                                              you access to more than books. With
 Aboriginal Family Storytime                 Participation limit: 15
                                             For children birth to three and a         leadership development, fashion,           Computer Basics – E-mail                   it, you can also access databases
 11:30 a.m. Fridays, Sep. 5 to Dec. 19
                                             grown up who loves them.                  cooking, arts and crafts, music,           10 a.m. Mondays, Nov. 3 to 17              on the library website. Learn about
 Participation limit: 15. Presented
                                             Come and spend time cuddling,             fitness, sports, drama, and much           Participation limit: 4. Learn how to       our audiobooks, encyclopedias,
 by Bent Arrow Traditional Healing
                                             reading, signing, playing, laughing       much more!                                 create your own free e-mail account.       consumer information, world
 Society. Hey moms and dads! Bring
                                             and learning. Brothers and sisters                                                   We will also teach you how to open,        newspapers, health information and
 your little ones and join us for an hour
                                             are welcome to attend. This is            Teen Game Night                            create and reply to e-mails, as well       much more.
 of Aboriginal songs and stories.
                                             a group in partnership with the           6:30 p.m. Fridays, Sep. 26 to Dec. 19      as some other basic e-mail skills.
                                             Edmonton Early Intervention               Ages: 12 – 17 years. Participation                                                    ELL (English Language Learning)
 Calling All Homeschoolers
                                             Program, who serve children who           limit: 15. Drop in for some board and      Honouring and Remembering                  Tours
 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Sep. 16 to Dec. 16
                                             have a delay in their development or      electronic game fun with other teens.      1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6. Join us           Call 780-496-7099 to Book a Tour
 Ages: 5 – 12 years. Participation
                                             a diagnosed disability. Parents will                                                 for coffee, tea and some thoughtful        Learn all about the Edmonton Public
 limit: 12. Looking for a fun outing at
                                             learn strategies to engage their child    ADULTS                                     reflection as we honour and                Library in a tour for English Language
 the Library? Join us for an hour of
                                             and enhance their communication           Cafe Anglais – English Conversation        remember the sacrifices of our             Learning (ELL) students. We create
 books, activities, games and crafts.
                                             and development. Children of all          Club for Newcomers. 6:30 p.m.              soldiers and civilian heroes from past     library cards for all students.
                                             abilities will benefit from this group.   Mondays, Sep. 22 to Dec. 8.                conflicts.                                 We have many books, CDs, DVDs,
 EXplore! Your Library
                                             No program on November 11                 Participation limit: 20. FREE of                                                      magazines and internet resources
 Participation limit: 30
                                                                                       Charge. Learning English? Join the         Stories from the Heart of the City         for ELL (ESL) students at all levels.
 Please call 780-496-7043 to book a
                                             Paws for a Story                          club at Cafe Anglais where you can         – with Linda Goyette                       Tours will teach students how to use
 time. What’s missing at the library?
                                             2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1                   chat in English, meet new friends,         1:30 p.m. Thursday, November 20,           the library to find what they need.
 YOU! Your group is invited to join
                                             Ages: 6 – 12 years. Participation         and use our vast resources!                2008. Drop-in, Free of Charge
 us at the library on a staff-guided
                                             limit: 12. Come read a good tale to                                                  All are Welcome! Do you live in            ALL AGES
 tour. The tours help children of all
                                             a furry friend with a real tail! Each     English Conversation Circle                Boyle-McCauley or Norwood or along         Adrian LaChance, Traditional
 ages learn more about Edmonton
                                             child will have a 15 minute reading       (LACE Program)                             the Avenue of Nations? Did you             Dancer
 Public Library, and the world of
                                             time with a dog or cat from the Pet       10:30 a.m. Saturdays, Sep. 27 to           move here from somewhere else,             2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22
 resources to be found here. It can be
                                             Therapy Society of Northern Alberta.      Dec. 13. Participation limit: 10. Free     or did you grow up here? Come and          Participation limit: 40. Drop In. All
 a simple introduction, or an in-depth
                                                                                       of Charge. Drop-In. Practise your          tell your story, and hear stories about    welcome. Join Adrian LaChance,
 exploration of a topic of your choice.
                                             TEENS                                     English at the library. Drop in and        interesting people who lived here          an Aboriginal motivational speaker,
 Daycares, homeschoolers, and clubs
                                             Girl Power                                join others who also want to talk in       over the years. Writer Linda Goyette       cultural facilitator, traditional dancer
 are welcome.
                                             3:30 p.m. Thursdays, Sep. 25 to           English. Catholic Social Services’         will host this session for story-lovers    and drum keeper for an afternoon of
                                             Dec. 19. 3:30 p.m. Thursdays, Jan.        Learning and Community Enrichment          of all ages.                               Cree culture.
 Sing, Sign, Laugh and Learn
                                             22 to Mar. 26. Ages: 12 – 15 years.       (LACE) program offers this program.
 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 21 to Nov.

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