Lindork’s Lists #173 – National Indigenous Peoples Day 🧡, Pets In The Park 🐶, VegFest 🥬 And MORE!
Newsletter for June 21-27, 2023
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Things to Do This Week
There’s lots of events for National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21), including:
Take part in the Bissell Centre’s events (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
Get free admission + activities at the Art Gallery of Alberta (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Reserve your free spot for the Edmonton 2 Spirit Society’s Family BBQ for National Indigenous People’s Day. (12 p.m. to 3 p.m.)
Check out activities at the TELUS World of Science (8 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
Catch a firework show at the River Cree Resort & Casino (10:30 p.m.)
Take in a show from The Melisizwe Brothers (Winspear Centre)
The very talented, local Melisizwe Brothers are doing a show “MILESTONE” at The Winspear Centre this Friday, June 23 sharing their musical influences in traditional and contemporary, soul, R&B, classical and pop. Get your tickets!
Support local Deaf artists at the Connect Society 60th Celebration (6240 113 St.)
More than a dozen Deaf artists will be part of a 60th Celebration for Connect Society on Saturday, June 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Alberta School for the Deaf. There will also be a free lunch, photo booth and other activities. Connect Society supports families and individuals affected by hearing loss.
Check out the Edmonton Humane Society’s Pets in the Park (Buena Vista Park)
Edmonton’s biggest pet pawty—Pets in the Park with the Edmonton Humane Society—returns at a new venue this Sunday, June 25 at Buena Vista Park. It’s FREE to attend. Activities include Doggy Splash Zone, Dachshund races, a Canine Agility Course, a Cat Cafe, and many more!
Attend the Alberta Circus Arts Festival / Cirque in the Park (various locations)
The Alberta Circus Arts Festival runs this week June 22-25 with a few free events including a ‘Cirque in the Park’ on Sunday, June 25 from 1-3 p.m. where you can find interactive circus activities, aerial and acrobatic shows, and more!
Celebrate summer at Hazeldean Artisan Market (9360 66 Ave.)
The Hazeldean Artisan Market presents Summer Time Community Market this weekend June 24 & 25 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with live entertainment, food trucks, 50+ local vendors and more. It’s FREE admission but you’re asked to bring a donation for the Edmonton Food Bank.
Take advantage of special Cirque du Soleil pricing until June 26
Cirque du Soleil’s CORTEO is coming to Edmonton for the first time this December, and you have a chance this week to save up to $25 on tickets until June 26. Buy before 9 a.m. that day to save. The discount is part of CIRQUE WEEK (Cirque du Soleil’s 39th anniversary). 6th at 9am MT, fans will be able to save up to 25$ on each ticket, in honour of CIRQUE WEEK – Cirque du Soleil’s anniversary celebrations (they’re turning 39 this year!).
Check out the #YEGDignity Mural Unveiling on June 27
The John Humphrey Centre for Peace & Human Rights is doing their #YEGDignity Mural Unveiling and 50/50 raffle winner draw on Tuesday, June 27 at 11 am. at the Churchill Pedway. You can still get in on the 50/50!
Save the date: Get free coffee for Insurance Awareness Day on June 28!
To celebrate Insurance Awareness Day on Wednesday, June 28, Peace Hills Insurance (based in Edmonton), is buying the first 100 cups of coffee (drip/filter) from local coffee shops in four of the major cities they serve—including at Coffee Bureau in Edmonton (10505 Jasper Ave). They partnered with me to spread the word!
Peace Hills Insurance, which is owned by Samson Cree Nation, wants to give to back to the communities they insure with this little act of kindness and share a bit about who they are, like that they’ve been serving Western Canada since 1982.
Coffee Bureau opens at 7 a.m. so plan to pop in for free coffee on June 28! They also fly in famous St. Viateur bagels from Montreal each Wednesday (but it doesn’t usually come in til after 10 a.m., though you could plan two visits in a day. lol)
Food to Try This Week
Head to Bountiful Farmers’ Market for their 4th Birthday! (3696 97 St.)
Bountiful Farmers’ Market is celebrating four years this weekend (June 23-25) with complimentary cake (while supplies last), gift baskets, festive decor and other freebies. This is a great indoor farmers market with more than 100 vendors that operates Fri-Sun year-round.
Go for Thai at Numchok Wilai (10623 124 St.)
Janis shared this recommendation for Numchok Wilai on 124 Street: “The food is flavourful, colourful and reasonably priced. The owner is very friendly and attentive! A few years ago, it was always busy. (When I went recently) it was empty. They have cut their hours so are no longer open for lunch. It sounds like the decline in their business began during covid. This is a great Thai restaurant in the city—consider trying them (or revisiting) this week! They could use your support.
Dig into mochi donuts (6191 Currents Drive)
Try the only mochi doughnut offering in Edmonton at Hello Mochi in Windermere! These treats are made from glutinous rice which means they are gluten free too! Drop in or pre-order online by the box and choose from flavours like white, dark or milk Callebaut chocolate, various fruit buttercreams including blueberry or mango, pineapple, coconut, and rotating gourmet features. It’s like a stickier texture than a typical doughnut. So good!
Grab meat at your local butcher (various locations)
techlife today has a great article on the rise of independent butcher shops, featuring lots of local Edmonton butcheries! (I am also quoted as a food blogger lol). Consider popping into your neighbourhood / nearby butcher!
Find some tasty treats at the Italian Centre (various locations)
I absolutely loved trying the Strawberry Croissant from the Italian Centre Shop last week, along with a ‘Pobble’ fruit juice / bursting bubble tea canned drink, a ‘Snackissimo’ (meat + cheese), paninos and more, as we embarked on our Alberta-B.C. road trip. The Italian Centre is gifting me gift cards for those who #ExploreABwithMe and share about it this summer!
And here’s a few local food events you may be interested in…
VegFest takes place at Borden Park this Saturday, June 24 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. featuring vegetarian and Vegan-focused vendors, food + drink offerings, live entertainment and more.
JACEK Chocolate and Lakeside Farmstead invite you to their Fine Chocolate & Artisan Cheese pairing event on June 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.—no ticket required!
Rig Hand Craft Distillery is holding a three-day Grand Opening Celebration of their new facility from June 22-24 including tours and tastings daily.
Asymmetrical Brewing is hosting Pups + Pints an adoption event for Zoe’s Animal Rescue on their dog-friendly patio this weekend June 25.
Kasey Ramen’s next ramen pop-up is June 26 at Shojo Izakaya! Tickets will go on sale Wed June 21 at 5 p.m. They will sell out, so if you’re interested, the link to buy tickets will be posted in @kaseyramen’s Instagram bio at that time!
And if you’re headed to Banff anytime soon…
At LUPO: Get the meatballs, bucatini and spirit-free dragonfruit drink.
At Maple Leaf: Get a table French toast to share, their signature Smoky Canadian Bacon Benedict and their Peachy Tea. YUM!
Reservations highly recommended at both spots—they fill up!!
From the Blog Vault
I didn’t visit Waterton in southern Alberta until closer to end of summer season last year, but if you’re thinking of checking out this awesome national park in the next few months, use my Travel Guide for What to Do + Where to Eat in Waterton Lakes National Park!
Some News to Know
Here’s a few local / national news you may be interested in—from light and heartwarming to hopeful, political, and more!
Wednesday, June 21 is the Longest Day of the Year (Summer Solstice!) Here’s a few things you may not know about Summer Solstice.
This ‘Pathway to Reconciliation’ beaded mural project in downtown Regina is absolutely stunning!!!
A new Statistics Canada report examines how stressed Canadians are in their line of work.
As a big proponent of daytime naps, I was pleased to see a new study that recommends them lol.
I liked this piece on Why This is Alberta’s Last Conservative Government (fingers crossed).
This visual guide to the ocean depths of where the missing submersible might be is pretty wild.
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