Lindork’s Lists #187 – National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Comedy Fest, Old Strathcona institutions and more!
Newsletter for Sept 27-Oct 3, 2023
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Things to Do This Week
Mark National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (various locations)
Everyone is invited to this pipe ceremony, feast and Round Dance at the River Cree on Sept. 28, hosted by the Acimowin Opaspiw Society.
Check out the opening of the Reconciliation Garden ‘Kihciy Maskikiy / Aakaakmotaani’ (Cree and Blackfoot words meaning ‘sacred medicine / save many people’) at the Alberta Legislature Grounds on Sept. 29.
Participate in the third annual Orange Shirt Day Run/Walk on Sept. 30.
Attend the Nékem: Honouring National Day For Truth and Reconciliation gathering on Sept. 30.
Visit the Survivors’ Flag on display at Edmonton City Hall until Oct. 10.
Explore the digital version of The Witness Blanket, a stunning and sobering art piece that tells the sweeping history of residential schools and its impact on Indigenous, First Nations, Inuit and Metis communities across Canada.
Check out all National Day for Truth and Reconciliation events happening in the Edmonton area. However you decide to observe the day (and activities leading up to it), I invite you to consider how you will put reconciliation into action year-round as well.
Check out Canada’s NEW public planetarium (13500 112 Ave.)
After nearly 40 years, the iconic Queen Elizabeth Planetarium is reopening this weekend (Sept. 29) with FREE tours of the restored Municipal Heritage Resource all weekend long. It is Canada’s first public planetarium.
Laugh out loud at the Edmonton Comedy Festival (various locations)
Get tickets to celebrate 13 years of funny at the Edmonton Comedy Festival happening this week Sept. 27-30 across 10 stages featuring 20 performers.
Check out Deadmonton Haunted House (9300 47 St.)
Spooky season pick of the week: experience Deadmonton Haunted House now celebrating 10 years of fear, at a new location in south east Edmonton. This year features 3 haunted experiences: Return of the Williams Farm, The Convent, and Print Show.
Shop the Autumn Hello Pretty Market (Enjoy Centre, St. Albert)
The prettiest market in Edmonton, Hello Pretty Market, has its fall event this weekend Sept. 30-Oct. 1 and it’s Bridgerton themed! Free admission, free parking. Curated vendors, food trucks, kids activities and more.
Check out the DANG! Breakdancing Competition (9418 62 Ave.)
DANG! is Edmonton’s only breakdance battle event in 2023, welcoming dancers from across the province and beyond. Get tickets to experience this 1 versus 1 Breaking battle in both open-age and Youth Bracket formats, along with surprise exhibition dance battles on Sept. 30 from 4-5:30 pm..
Celebrate the 25-year anniversary of Sunny Hill Alpaca Farm (50122 Rg Rd 225)
Sunny Hill Alpacas is celebrating 25 years and throwing a FREE party on Sept. 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Get a tour of an alpaca yarn / fibre mill, take a selfie with alpacas in the background, shop from local vendors and more.
Catch Alberta Prairie Railway’s End of Season Ride + Drone Shows (Stettler, AB)
Get tickets for Alberta Prairie Railway‘s end-of-season steam-locomotive powered ride including buffet and drone show happening this weekend Sept. 29 and 30.
Don’t miss the final weekend of Canada’s largest Oktoberfest at ICE District this weekend!
This Friday & Saturday Sept 29 & 30 is your last chance to experience Western Canada’s largest Oktoberfest at Fan Park @ ICE District!
ICE District has been transformed into a Bavarian wonderland, complete with a massive 22,000 square foot tent for the Oktoberfest @ ICE District Beer Hall, live music, mouthwatering German cuisine, local vendors, activities, games and much more.
Immerse yourself in the rich heritage of Oktoberfest—experiencing the warmth and hospitality of Germany right here in the heart of ICE District!!
Thanks to ICE District for supporting my small business with this partner message!
PLUS: Congratulations to my Oktoberfest Tickets Winner!
I ran a giveaway in last week’s email newsletter for a prize of two tickets to this Saturday, Sept. 30’s Oktoberfest. The randomly selected winner from all entries received is: Elisa B! Thanks to all who entered, and be sure to subscribe to my newsletter if you care about Edmonton things and want to enter email exclusive giveaways pretty regularly.
Food to Try This Week
(Re)visit one of Old Strathcona’s longest-running restaurants (various locations)
Quite liked Old Strathcona’s post about restaurants that have been around for more than 30 years—including Julio’s Barrio, DaDeO, The Next Act Pub, and more! Plan to visit some of these Whyte Ave. institutions!
Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival with Chocorrant (10328 124 St.)
Chocorrant is offering some special gift boxes for pre-order / pick-up this week only in honour of Mid-Autumn Festival! Grab salted egg yolk, mini bolo pork or cream puff gift boxes to mark the occasion. The Mid-Autumn Festival is on Sept. 29.
Get to Kaengthai Bistro one last time (10152A 82 Ave.)
After 10 years, Kaengthai Bistro is closing. The last day of operation for the Thai restaurant is Thursday, Sept. 28 if you’re able to make it out for one last meal + to say goodbye.
Try the newly-opened Little Wolf (8424 109 St.)
If you’re planning ahead for Thanksgiving take-out meals…
A Cappella Catering’s Thanksgiving Take and Bake is always a popular pick.
Highlevel Diner is also doing Thanksgiving Week meal pick-ups.
Here’s a few more food events coming up you may be interested in…
Get tickets for the Baijiu Block Party to send off the summer Sept 30.
Celebrate Transit Smokehouse & BBQ’s 2nd Anniversary on Sept. 30.
This weekend kicks off Haunted Pub Tours in Old Strathcona. Tickets available for every Friday and Saturday night until Halloween.
To help NAIT’s Culinary Team prepare for the Culinary Olympics, they are offering special 3-course Sunday lunches cooked by the student team on Sunday Oct. 1, Oct. 15, Nov. 19, Dec. 3 and Jan. 14.
October is the final month for The Common Street Car Cask Party Series and many dates are already sold out. Book a spot before it’s too late!
Small Business Spotlight
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There are three Secret Ingredient YEG cooking classes coming up in Oct/Nov (A Taste of Indo-Fiji, A Taste of Ukraine and A Taste of Taiwan) and you can get 10% off your booking with my code LINDORK10.
I’ll be doing A Taste of Taiwan class if you are interested in cooking with me! (well not *with* with me lol). Thanks to Secret Ingredient YEG for the promo code + gifting me a cooking class.
This Week: Q&A with Sarah Keller
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“I think a lot of people are surprised that my line of work even exists haha! I also think there’s a misconception as to just how much analytical work goes into creating an exercise program tailored to a specific concern. It’s so much more than just recommending an exercise. My work involves carefully observing joint alignment, what muscles appear tight/weak, movement inefficiencies etc, which starts the base of what I hope to improve/achieve with the client. From there I implement progressive, alignment-based exercises, which then need to be taught to the animal in a way that is easy for them to understand and makes them happy to participate with us. There’s a lot of animal training involved in implementing the exercises!”
– Sarah Keller
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Popular on my Blog Right Now
Here are the top four most popular posts on my blog this week:
- Guide to Gluten-Free Eats in Edmonton (Sept 2023)
- Guide to Dog/Pet-Friendly Patios in the Edmonton area (May 2017)
- Guide to Instagrammable Walls of Edmonton (June 2017)
- Vietnamese Steamed Pork Buns – Banh Bao Recipe (May 2020)
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