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Lindork’s Lists #63 – Cinco de Mayo themed take-out, Mother’s Day, virtual arts and trivia, and more!
Newsletter for May 5 – 11 2021
Please note: Alberta has restrictions in place to address COVID-19. I do encourage you to try and support local businesses during this time, if you’re able, but do so in a safe way. Wear masks, sanitize regularly, avoid crowds, keep at a distance, shop alone, take-out / eat outside (picnics), choose digital options if they’re available and stay home if you are sick.
Participate in 40 Days of PLAY! with the International Children’s Festival
The St. Albert International Children’s Festival of Arts is back in a reimagined way—with 40 Days of PLAY, daily activities that are virtual, interactive, international and entertaining, aimed at promoting safe, independent, fun and creative play. These are home, visual art, creative challenges and exploration through the safe use of public trails and parks.
Treat Mom to a special Drive-in Opera performance
Following the Edmonton Opera’s past sold-out performances, they are back with more Drive-in Opera concerts performed live from the roof of the Northern Jubilee! Treat mom to a special Mother’s Day Drive-in Opera Concert of classical favourites with music broadcast to your car’s FM radio. If you haven’t gotten a gift yet for mom, snag these before they sell out because they will! Two times: Sun, May 9 1 p.m. or 3 p.m.
Go on a virtual walking tour with the reimagined Jane’s Walk Edmonton
Jane’s Walk is an annual festival of free, citizen-led walking conversations meant to encourage people to share stories about their neighbourhoods, discover unseen aspects of their communities, and use walking as a way to connect with neighbours. This year’s walks are reimagined so Edmontonians can go on their own safe and virtual walking tours at their own leisure. Learn more about this year’s Jane’s Walk.
Catch Canada’s longest-running non-fiction film festival (online)
NorthwestFest, Canada’s longest running non-fiction film festival, runs virtually May 6-16, featuring over 80 non-fiction films, music, or documentaries. There’s tons of great programming, buy tickets online!
Watch The Great Big Quiz of Canada! (virtual)
The Grindstone Theatre is putting on a virtual Great Big Quiz of Canada on May 8 featuring five Edmonton comedians going head to head on Canadian trivia. Rules are minimal. Jokes are incredible. Winner gets $100! You can play along from home to see if you’re smarter than the comedians!
Don’t miss the final week of the virtual Edmonton Jewish Film Festival
Watch outstanding Jewish-themed films, shorts, and engaging virtual lectures for FREE as part of the Edmonton Jewish Film Festival. This festival celebrates Jewish culture, identity, religion, history, through film.
Food To Try This Week
Note: some deadlines may have passed for time-specific food recommendations. If you’re a newsletter subscriber, you’d get first dibs / notice for some of the more time-sensitive events or food orders in my Wednesday email.
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo by picking up Edmonton Mexican eats
Consider taquitos from El Dorado Taquitos, the cheese horn and tacos from Huma Mexican, tostados and tortilla soup from Calle Mexico, tacos from El Beso, rotisserie chicken and churros from Rostizado, and MANY MORE (Edmonton actually has quite a big selection of Mexican restaurants—Google to find more, or order from a previous personal favourite).
Order empanadas and other latin bites from Paraiso Tropical Latin Market
Diane is recommending you support Paraiso Tropical Latin Market (on Alberta Avenue or south Edmonton) if you haven’t in awhile. Their empanadas are to die for. This year is also Paraiso’s 30th anniversary, and they’re celebrating with promotions every month. In May you have a chance to win a $500 gift card. Check out details on their website!
Get some afternoon tea to-go from Mood Cafe
Who says you can’t have a cute afternoon tea to-go!? I love this! Mood Cafe in Edmonton has a new take-out container for afternoon tea. The tiered take-out container includes all sorts of sweet treats perfect for a weekend tea. Pre-order by email (info on this amazing video/tweet!) This may be perfect for Mother’s Day! Speaking of Mother’s Day…
Get some special treats for Mother’s Day
There are a few local spots offering Mother’s Day take-out food deals. One that caught my eye was Effing Seafoods who is offering a few Mother’s Day specials including impressive Seafood Towers (SUPER size, POWER size, MINI size) and Mother’s Day seafood or lobster bakes. Pre-order only, basically you should be ordering as soon as you read this, as pick-ups are for May 7 or 8. You can check this list for more Mother’s Day food offers.
Order from Graziano’s Catering before they close on May 31
Long-time Edmonton caterer Graziano’s Catering is closing its doors on May 31. He’s taking final orders now to be delivered May 22/23— tiramisu, all beef meatballs, or mac and cheese. Let’s help him go out with one exciting hurrah!
Small Business Spotlight
This is a new section of Lindork’s Lists that I’m introducing as a way to shout out and support small businesses that aren’t necessarily food/restaurant or event-based.
In this week’s Small Business Spotlight, I’m shouting out to SensoryShopper, a small, Edmonton-based sticker shop that focuses on stickers for plant lovers.
Owner Breann started her sticker shop to raise money to create sensory toys for children with disabilities. As an educational assistant, Breann says she’s seen how helpful sensory toys can be to help children with disabilities and hopes to her store can help fund the creation of toys to help children focus and learn.
Now Public: Q&A with Rochelle Ignacio of Black-Owned Market Edmonton
Every other Sunday, I profile a new “interesting person” in a Q&A series just for paid newsletter subscribers. Then a month later, I release that Q&A publicly on my blog. My very first Q&A of the series is now live on my blog if you’d like to read it.
This Q&A is with Rochelle Ignacio of Black-Owned Market Edmonton.
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New on the Blog
Not anytime soon given updated pandemic restrictions, but if or when you do end up taking an in-province mountain getaway at some point this spring/summer, I’ve got a new blog post up recapping a week of activities in Canmore Kananaskis area.
Copy my Itinerary: Plan Your Week in Canmore / Kananaskis Alberta
Also new on the blog:
Register for a free spot in upcoming virtual self-defence and de-escalation training sessions being put on by Elite Taekwondo in partnership with me and my friends Jessie (Bonafide Media & PR), and Carmen (FoodKarmaBlog)
These sessions are a direct response to increasing reports of race-driven attacks against people of colour in our communities and builds on the #StopAsianHateAlberta initiative to denounce racism, in an effort to educate and help BIPOC and allies tangibly support racial justice.
The sessions are open to everyone on May 12 OR May 16. The May 16 one is already nearly at capacity and the May 12 one is quickly filling up. This is just one tangible action YOU can take to protect yourself, or become a better ally to support those who may need help.
You missed a newsletter giveaway!
You missed an exclusive giveaway! My newsletter subscribers this week got a chance to enter to win a Fur Mama’s Day Gift Box from Mimio & Co. This box is now sold out so this was your only way to win one.
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