Edmonton blog roundup: April 19, 2016

It’s been so warm outside (though not as unseasonably as you might think, you’ll see at the end), which may lead to thoughts of cracking open a cold one. Let us begin, then, with food and drink:

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Jason Foster of On Beer is one of several Edmonton-based writers, historians and brewers featured in the three-part documentary Aleberta (aleberta.com).
  • Jason Foster discusses Aleberta, the new Telus Optik documentary he appears in about the province’s history with beer.
  • Speaking of beer, how about yoga with a side of suds at the BREWGA event, a fundraiser for Knight’s Cabin?
  • Stephanie Medford learns about all kinds of fermentation from Jana Sacco, who is presenting on it at the upcoming Resilience Festival.
  • Maegan Lukian shares a recipe for chocolate mug cake that is even sort of healthy-ish.
  • Would it be cheeky of me to invite you to check out Valerie Lugonja’s mom’s buns? Yes, but I’m doing it anyway.
  • Erika Ensign has tips for making the most of your Nando’s visit after a semi-satisfactory first try.
  • Fancy something cool and sweet when you’re out with your sweetie? YEG Date Night has four suggestions.

Being thrifty

Going places

  • I have to agree with Lori Godin that Revelstoke is a great destination for families with kids.
  • Karlie Marrazzo is giving away a family pack of passes to five great Brewster attractions in the Rockies.
  • Mack Male covers Gil Penalosa’s talk about how to turn Edmonton into a city whose streets are for people, not cars. Mack also marked the end of the old coin-operated parking meters.
  • Pedestrians treat the intersection of 103rd and 102A Avenue and 101st Street like a scramble, so why not make it official, suggests Stephanie Mah on Spacing Edmonton.
  • The building of the Alaska Highway in 1942 had a huge effect on Edmonton, writes Katherine Koller in the Edmonton City as Museum Project.
  • Anna Marie Sewell traces the last days of the downtown Greyhound bus station.

The writing life


Community and causes

  • Jenna Marynowski previews This is YEG, a series of eight new plays written by local playwrights grounded in a wide variety of communities.
  • The Drawing Room has news of a Postcard Project done with three Edmonton area retirement communities.
  • Ana Pejkanovic hopes you will consider donating your lightly used shoes to Soles4Souls.
  • Lindsey McNeill seeks your StoryHive support for Codependent Ghost Girl and highlights other local projects angling for funding.

Wedding bells


  • How hard is it to completely renovate a home? Jerad Cox is about to find out, and plans to document it along the way. (Here’s Part 1 and Part 2.)
  • The musical discoveries via The Northern Sessions continue — this time they showcase The Northbank Stranglers.
  • Mike Ross talks about punk-parenthood with Dave “FatDave” Johnston.
  • It seems like we’ve never had an April this warm, right? Well, the data says otherwise, says Chris on Edmonton Weather Nerdery.

OK, I’ve got to stop here, but really, you could find even more treasure at ShareEdmonton. My previous picks are on my Flipboard magazine, if you like that sort of thing.

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