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Lindork’s Lists #64 – eSports, Burger and Brunch Boxes, ice cream weekend and more!
Newsletter for May 12 – 18 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, choose digital options if avail and stay home if you are sick.
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Celebrate game development and games culture for Edmonton Direct
On May 15 & 16, Edmonton Direct will livestream esports competitors playing over 20 tournaments, plus world renowned speakers, panels, and guests. Tune into this celebration of game development and culture for FREE this weekend!
Get UP CLOSE with “Malignant Plastics” at Royal Alberta Museum (online)
The Royal Alberta Museum is putting on a FREE virtual event examining “Malignant Plastics” on May 14 from 12-1 p.m. Alison Fleming, Objects Conservator, walks you through the development of early plastics, examines military and medical artifacts that used these materials in ground-breaking ways, and shares how the museum extends the life of aging objects for future generations.
Support the 2021 Second Chance Animal Rescue Society’s Spring Craft Fair
On May 15 & 16, join this 2-day online SCARS Spring Craft Fair featuring 50+ local, small businesses selling handmade items in support of Second Chance Animal Rescue Society (SCARS). There will also be an online auction, an online 50/50 raffle. All event links will be posted in this Facebook Event Page under the “Discussion” tab.
Grab a new Brunch Box from the University of Alberta Botanic Garden
Enjoy a Brunch Box during your outdoor visit to the University of Alberta Botanic Garden this May! You can order the Brunch Box with admission at the garden Thursday through Sunday. Set down a blanket, find a bench in the sunshine, or bring a folding chair. Sit back, slow down, listen to birds, enjoy nature and local brunch fare!
Take in a Cree language class online with Canadian Native Friendship Centre
The Edmonton Public Library in partnership with Canadian Native Friendship Centre is offering a FREE online nehiyawewin: Cree Language Class on May 12 (tonight!) from 6-8 p.m. “Whether you want to reconnect to your ancestral language or learn a language from the territory, this is the class for you. This class is offered in partnership with the Canadian Native Friendship Centre and is suitable for beginners and those with previous language knowledge.”
RSVP for a virtual book launch for a graphic novel memoir on infertility
Fresh off Infertility Awareness Month, Audrey’s Books is holding a virtual book launch next week May 20 for Catalogue Baby, one woman’s story of tragedy and beating the odds. A few months after Myriam Steinberg turned 40, she decided she couldn’t wait any longer to become a mother. With her family and friends to support her, Myriam began her journey as a Single Mom by Choice that was far from straightforward. This book is meant to act as a resource for all women and couples who are trying to conceive.
Food To Try This Week
Hit the park with a RGE RD Burger Kit and Eco-Friendly Grill (10643 123 St.)
Grab a picnic basket from Tiramisu Bistro (10750 124 St.)
Speaking of picnics and parks, Tiramisu Bistro / Lift Me Up is now selling four-course picnic or charcuterie picnic baskets for two or four people. You can even rent a handmade picnic basket and blanket to complete the experience. Super cute and perfect for this pandemic summer.
Support some local ice cream shops! (various locations)
Dig into a Noodle Feast (3440 99 St.)
I saw Kim share a Story of her ridiculously good looking noodle feast from Noodle Feast (3440 99 St.) and it reminded me how I’ve yet to try this southside gem for hand-pulled noodles. There are too many delicious dishes to choose from! I know what I’m trying this weekend.
Order a BBQ Pork on Rice Lunchbox at Superb BBQ Delight (10620 97 St.)
Head down to Chinatown this week and order up an $8 BBQ Pork on Rice Lunchbox (or try another one of their delicious BBQ meats) at Superb BBQ Delight. I love this rice dish—there’s something extremely comforting about them! Best yet, they share a space with Nhon Hoa sandwich bar so you could do rice pork lunch box paired with Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches too!
Small Business Spotlight
In this new section of Lindork’s Lists, I shout out to support small businesses that aren’t necessarily food/restaurant or event-based.
In this week’s Small Business Spotlight, I’m shouting out to Edmonton-based soaperie the Wild Prairie Soap Company, who are matching the number of soap bars purchased between May 6-16, to donate to the Edmonton Food Bank Hamper Program. The goal is to donate 2,000 bars of soap. All Wild Prairie Soap Company soap bars during this time will also be 10% off over the 11 days to ensure the “Raising the Bar for Edmonton’s Food Bank” campaign is accessible.
If you’re unable to shop right now, Wild Prairie Soap is also donating a bar of soap for every new follower of their @accessible_soap_for_all Instagram page!
Coming This Sunday: Q&A with Kate Hewko
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New on the Blog
A sure sign of summer—the return of outdoor farmers markets! One of Edmonton’s longest-running outdoor farmers markets, The Callingwood Farmers’ Market in west Edmonton, is back! I partnered with the market to promote their grand opening and also blogged 10 Must-Visit Vendors if you go this year. They’re open Sundays and Wednesdays and have also set up online shopping and curbside pick-up.
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