Lindork’s Lists #119 – Indigenous History Month, Pride Month, free museum weekend and more!
Newsletter for May June 1-7, 2022
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Things to Do This Week
June is both Pride Month as well as Indigenous History Month!
Here are a few Pride events happening this weekend:
Check out Pride Reunited, a weekend long festival this June 3-5 at The Grindstone (10019 81 Ave.) put on by Fruit Loop Society, The Grindstone Theatre and TD. This is FREE with drag shows, dance parties, performances, crafts, burlesque, and MORE. It’s all FREE and FAMILY FRIENDLY but some workshops require RSVPing for limited spots in advance.
Here are a few activities you can do this weekend for Indigenous History Month:
Attend the free National Indigenous History Month & Connect with our Roots Launch Event on June 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., where there will be Indigenous-led entertainment and knowledge sharing, tree planting and seedling giveaways.
Get tickets to the Dreamspeakers International Indigenous Film Festival which runs until June 4. You can catch shows online or see them in person at Metro Cinema’s Garneau Theatre.
Register for the FREE, 12-lesson Indigenous Canada course presented by the University of Alberta Faculty of Native Studies!
It’s also free admission at Alberta Provincial Historic Sites and Museums Weekend!
In celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, Alberta is offering FREE admission at provincial historic sites and museums from June 3-5. Find a list of sites here (please note, certain activities may still have a fee!)
Check out the International Children’s Festival of the Arts!
Also running this weekend (there’s a lot happening!) is the International Children’s Festival of the Arts in St. Albert, running June 2-5 and includes all sorts of performances, activities, workshops, plus virtual programming—perfect for the kids!
And my friend Sharman is hosting a FREE pop-up SoJa SideWalk Sale (South of Jasper outdoor market) this Saturday, June 4 (9907 114 St.) featuring 16 vendors—artisans, vintage curators and makers, and bakers. Free parking too!
Also consider getting tickets to my June E-Bike Tours!
I’ve partnered with Pedego Edmonton to put on Instagrammable Edmonton E-Bike Tours (includes food!!) this June, and all the tour dates are nearly sold out.
The $75 tour ticket includes e-bike rental, the 3.5 hour ride around Edmonton, four food stops, fun facts, photo opportunities and more.
Stay tuned: I’ve also got one final tour date coming up on Wednesday, June 15 from 5:30-9 p.m. that I’m releasing tickets to FIRST for newsletter subscribers. Subscribers will get a link to book tickets for June 15’s tour in next Wednesday, June 8’s email newsletter.
I’m donating 20% of proceeds from ticket sales of my tors to Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society, which has been providing a range of services to support Indigenous children, youth and families since 1994.
Food to Try This Week
Please continue safely supporting local restaurants, in whatever way works for your comfort levels. If not dining in, please do take-out! Mask-up and please stay home if you’re sick.
An Indigenous History Month suggestion…
Grab breakfast, lunch, or Cree coffee and sweets from Pei Pei Chei Ow
Indigenous caterer Pei Pei Chei Ow is now offering take-out in the Whiskey Jack Art House (11051 97 St.) Tuesday through Saturday. The Whiskeyjack Art House is an Indigenous owned and operated arts boutique that highlights Indigenous arts, artisans and cultural experiences. Great to see this partnership!
A Pride Month suggestion…
Grab some fried chicken from Northern Chicken
Order some macarons and treats from Ancaron Macaron (10336 82 Ave.)
Thanks to Teresa for this recommendation:
“There’s a new macaron place in town on Whyte Ave named Ancaron Macaron. They are so good and priced at $2 bucks each and if you pre-order it’s 6 for $10 bucks! My favs are the red velvet and lemon raspberry with jam. And if u defrost them about 5 min it’s just perfect!”
Give some love to Gui Lin Noodle House in Chinatown (10626 97 St.)
A really awesome Chinese restaurant in Chinatown—Gui Lin Noodle House—had one of its windows smashed overnight this week, on top of declining business and other Chinatown woes. They have awesome noodle dishes here (any of the soups are great, but I REALLY love their fried macaroni). If you’re able to, consider supporting them for dine-in or take-out this week (and in general, show some extra love to Chinatown).
Try Persian cuisine at POM Grand Persian Grill (10812 82 Ave.)
I recently tried some Persian cuisine from POM Grand Persian Grill in Old Strathcona and loved it! Different meat skewers are cooked over charcoal and served with a grilled tomato and saffron-topped rice. My friend and I tried the Soltani which is a combo featuring a skewer of Joojeh (marinated chicken) + a skewer of Koobideh (in-house ground beef and lamb) + rice and a grilled tomato, and we shared a refreshing Shirazi Salad.
We did try the Doogh, which is the national drink of Iran, a SAVOURY yogurt drink that we did not love but putting it out there in case you want to give it a try lol. We’d love to come back to try the saffron and pomegranate ice cream too!
Thanks to everyone who signed up to support local restaurants, cafes and breweries as part of this year’s #AdoptAShopAB: Foodie Edition initiative powered by ATB!
We had close to 400 participants support 100 businesses across Edmonton and Calgary, collectively spending over $13,400+!!
This figure will be over $17,000 when you factor in additional support from ATB—gifting gift cards for folks who participated to go spend even more locally. Yay!
Now Public: Q&A with Elli McDine
Every other Sunday, I profile a new “interesting person” in a Q&A series just for paid newsletter subscribers. A month later, I share the Q&A publicly on my blog.
Check out my Q&A with Trans joy advocate and organisational transformation specialist: Elli McDine in the public version of my Lindork’s Lists: Q&A series.
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