Four Spring Events From the Downtown Community League

DECLlogoUrban Kids Board Game Night
MAR 18, APR 15, MAY 20:
Our monthly children’s board game night is where kids can play, explore and make friends in their neighbourhood. (6–9pm, DECL Community Space, 10042 103 St.)

Urban Kids Playgroup
MAR 7, MAR 28, APR 4, APR 18, MAY 2, MAY 16, MAY 30:
It’s where downtown children (0–5) play together and their caregivers meet. (10:30am, DECL Community Space, 10042 103 St.)

Spring Clean-Up
MAY 1:
Our annual tidying, part of the Capital City Clean-Up and River Valley Clean-Up programs, is a great way to help beautify the neighbourhood and enjoy the outdoors! Bring your “get dirty” clothes and gloves; we’ll provide cleaning supplies. (10am, Meet at DECL Space, 10042 103 St.)

Annual General Meeting
MAY 10:
We’ll discuss downtown issues and the business of the league, and hear updates from some of our committees and partners, with special presentations. DECL memberships will be available at the door for $5.  (6:45pm registration/7pm start, DECL Community Space, 10042 103 St.)

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SNAP Members Show & Sale
Impress your “impossible-to-buy-for” loved ones with the gift of art after a visit to SNAP’s annual sale of prints by local fine artists. (10123 121 St., SNAP Gallery,



DEC 7–11
Holiday Magic
Enjoy the sweet holiday spirit sounds at City Hall when sleighbell-slinging student choirs from around Edmonton gather for five straight days. It’s free, but you’re encouraged to bring Edmonton Food Bank donations. (10am–2pm, Churchill Square,

DEC. 17
The Culture Collective Arts Market
Celebrate the season with eclectic holiday makers and local retailers all in one place, plus live musical performances and entertainers. Tickets are $11 through Eventbrite or at the door. (7–11pm, Yellowhead Brewery, 10229 105 St.,

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DEC. 31
Countdown at the Conservatory
Get an early start to 2016 during this family-friendly festivity with crafts and games, and a countdown— every hour from 11am to 3pm. Who knows? By the end of it you might even decode the “Auld Lang Syne” lyrics. (9626 96A St.,

DEC. 31
New Year’s Eve Downtown
Feel the body warmth of 20,000 people when you burrow into the crowd for hot cocoa and fresh bannock, before a beautiful fireworks show erupts over City Hall. (Churchill Square,

The EPIC Bash
Get on Santa’s nice list early this year with a ticket to the Edmonton Potterwatch Institute for Charity’s bash, featuring musicians Sean Sonego and Amy Voyer. Tickets are $25, with all proceeds donated to Edmonton charities for at-risk youth like YESS and iHuman. (7:30pm, Starlite Room, 10030 102 St.,

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DEC. 12
Junior Scientists
Crack mind-boggling scientific mysteries with your kids when Stanley Milner children’s library presents a free event for children ages 6–8. Volunteers love nurturing kids’ relationship with science, but they’re just as likely to nurture yours too. (2pm, 7 Churchill Square,

Courtesy John Meyer/

Courtesy John Meyer/

FEB. 11
Valentine’s Lunch Social

Edmonton Senior’s Centre celebrates sweethearts and sweeties with its annual Valentine’s lunch. All are welcome. (11:30am, Edmonton Seniors Centre, 11111 Jasper Ave.,

FEB. 15
Family Day Celebration
The Stanley Milner library programs a score of workshops and Family Day events graced by clowns, puppets and musicians. (7 Churchill Square,

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The Lebret Residential Petroglyphs

JAN. 8–FEB. 18
The Lebret Residential Petroglyphs
Tanya Harnett’s photo exhibition is a harrowing reflection of children forced to endure abuse and cultural degradation at the Lebret Residential School. Attend the artist’s talk on Jan. 14 at 6pm. (SNAP Gallery, 10123 121 St.)

Michael Gfroerer
Join composer and pianist Michael Gfroerer as he leads his collective in a musical exploration inspired by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. (Sundays, 3-5pm, Robertson-Wesley United Church, 10209 123 St.)

operaJAN. 13
Opera 101: Carmen Panel Discussion
In preparation for Carmen—at the Jubilee on Jan. 30, Feb. 2 and 4—Edmonton Opera invites opera-lovers to this evening discussion about the historical and political influences of Georges Bizet’s masterpiece, along with drinks and good company. It’s free with an RSVP through Eventbrite. (7pm, CKUA, 9804 Jasper Ave.)

JAN. 21–FEB. 27
Above the Clouds
Consider the future of humankind through visual artist Aryen Hoekstra’s eyes. His mixed media work examines our planet’s looming ecological catastrophe by drawing from 1962’s Seattle World Fair and nuclear tests that same year. The artist is present on opening night, Jan. 21 at 7pm. (Creative Practices Institute, 10149 122 St.)

FEB. 3
Green Drinks: Winter in YEG
Loosen up and join the conversation with The Local Good at their (almost) monthly shin-dig, Green Drinks, where environmentally conscious Edmontonians fill the evening with engaging discussions and debates about Edmonton’s ecological future. (7–10pm, Yellowhead Brewery, 10229 105 St.)

gay-heritage-projectFEB. 10–27
The Gay Heritage Project
Three former Edmontonians embark on a hilarious theatrical exploration to answer one question: Is there such thing as Gay Heritage? Tickets to this wildly entertaining play on LBGT identity start at $25 and can be purchased online. (Citadel Theatre, 9828 101A Ave.)

FEB. 21–MAR. 13
Drawing as Meditation with Carmella Hayowsky
Spend Sunday afternoons with artist Carmella Hayowsky, who’ll help you find your zen in a drawing circle and become more mindful. (Sundays, 2–4pm, Robertson-Wesley United Church, 10209 123 St.)

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DECLlogoHoliday Mixer
DEC 10: Don’t miss DECL’s annual Holiday Mixer, a merry time for downtown residents and community league members to come together, meet their neighbours and celebrate their neighbourhood. Light refreshments and seasonal beverages are provided but if you’d like to bring some holiday baking, please feel free to share. Cash bar also available. (7–10pm, Community Space, 10042 103 St.)

Regular General Meeting
FEB 18: Learn more about DECL and downtown at this general meeting for DECL members. We’ll discuss the on-going business of the league and downtown issues at large. It’s your chance to find out what’s going on in your community, share your thoughts, questions and ideas, and meet other Downtowners. (6:30pm registration/7pm start, Community Space, 10042 103 St.)

Urban Kids Board Game Nights
JAN 22, FEB 19: Our monthly children’s play group is where kids can play, explore and make friends in their neighbourhood. (6–9pm, Community Space, 10042 103 St.)

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LogoPotluck & Social
DEC 5: Bring your favourite seasonal dish and join your neighbours for a meal —potluck style. (5pm, Oliver Community Hall, 10326 118 St.)

Civics Committee
DEC 9, JAN 13, FEB 10: This fully engaged committee meets on the second Monday of the month to discuss developments in Oliver. (7pm, Oliver Community Hall, 10326 118 St.)

Abundant Communities Hot Chocolate Social
DEC 13, JAN 10, 24, FEB 7, 21: In true Canadian spirit, with a fire and hot chocolate (and many layers) to keep you warm, these outdoor socials happen bi-weekly until the end of winter. (7pm, Kitchener Park, 114 St. and 103 Ave.)

Events and Programs Committee
DEC 16, JAN 20, FEB 17: If you like event planning, this is the committee for you. (6:30pm, Oliver Community Hall, 10326 118 St.)

Drop-In Basketball
THURSDAYS: Everyone is welcome to shoot hoops in Grace Lutheran’s gym, regardless of your age or skill level. All are welcome. (7pm, Grace Lutheran Church, 9907 114 St.)

Ollie’s Treehouse Inclusive Playgroup
DEC 20, JAN 17, FEB 21: Every third Sunday of the month, let your little ones run around the hall and make new friends, while you make your own when you meet fellow neighbours. (4pm, Oliver Community Hall, 10326 118 St.)

Walking Pub Crawl of Oliver
JAN 5, FEB 19: Meet with new and old friends at the hall, every third Friday of the month. From there, make your way to a variety of watering holes where you’ll enjoy the Oliver nightlife. (8pm, starts at Oliver Community Hall, 10326 118 St.)

Drop-In BYOB(oard) Games Night
JAN 27, FEB 24:
Looking for friendly competition? The OCL hall is the place to be for board game aficionados and novices alike, on the last Wednesday of the month. Bring a board game or you can try one of ours. (7pm, Oliver Community Hall, 10326 118 St.)

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Scenic Route to Alaska
SEPT. 10: The homegrown, multi-talented and hard-working trio has a distinct and heartfelt indie-folk-rock sound that’s earned them numerous distinctions, including Sonic Band of the Month and Cruz FM’s Emerging Artist Award at the 2014 Edmonton Folk Music Festival. (Denizen Hall, 10311 103 Ave.)

YEGfest: Colours & Sounds
SEPT. 11–12: Creative Clubhouse hosts this unique festival featuring local talents like the Archaics and the Velveteins, plus other performance artists and visual art installations. Spray the graffiti free-wall or watch professionals create impressive murals from beginning to end. Don’t miss the afterparty at the Bower, hosted by Night Vision. (Heritage Amphitheatre, William Hawrelak Park)

SEPT. 25–26: As part of Nuit Blanche and Alberta Culture Days, the Drawing Room transforms its storefront gallery into an old-timey cinema, as groups are admitted in quick intervals to watch the reel of short films for free. They’re recreating the Nickelodeon theatres of the 1900s, when the working class head to moving picture houses to escape from their everyday lives for a nickel. (The Drawing Room, 10253 97 St.)

Edmonton International Film Festival
OCT. 1–10: For nine days and nights, movie fanatics and film-
makers come together to eat, sleep, and breathe all things cinema. EIFF understands well the importance of discovery, so expect a wide array of feature-length films, documentaries, and shorts—150 in all—gathered from across the globe for your viewing pleasure. (Landmark Cinemas, City Centre, 10200-102 Ave.)

Autism Artistry: Create, Communicate, Connect.
Oct: 29: Autistic artists and brothers Grant and Ben Kurtz know well that words aren’t the only means of communication. Though they can’t speak, they express themselves vividly and evocatively through art, as shown in this exhibition about human connection and interaction. Grant’s paintings and Ben’s photography gives us a glimpse into their world and a mutual understanding achievable only through art. (Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Churchill Sq.)

Elemental Sky Opening Reception
NOV. 19: All are welcome to the free opening reception of this exhibition illuminating the movement of natural landscapes through the work of Samantha Williams-Chapelsky. Running until Dec. 12, Elemental Sky showcases TerraSkin, a stone-based paper, as the foundation for acrylic washes intertwined with alcohol sprays and gestural brushwork to symbolize the shift of clouds and weather patterns. (The Daffodil Gallery, 10412 124 St.)

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SEPT. 6: Remember the days of drawing chalk on your driveway? Now you can relive your childhood, only you’ve got all of Churchill Square to call your canvas. Picture it now, collectively coloured by countless expressions of love for our city and community. You’re encouraged to bring your own chalk. (Churchill Sq.)

Park(ing) day 2014. Image Courtesy of Paula Kirman/Flickr

Park(ing) day 2014. Image Courtesy of Paula Kirman/Flickr

Sept. 18: Join your neighbours in pulling off Edmonton’s version of an annual worldwide event, wherein
citizens, artists, designers and activists turn metered parking spots into temporary pubic parks. In a show of grassroots community development, last year’s event saw bocce ball, gardens and tea time where there’d otherwise be vacant vehicles. The installations are meant to display the versatility of public space and how it can represent the people who live here. (Around 97 St. and 101 Ave.)

OCT. 3: We all know the giant baseball bat and Mahatma Gandhi bust, but what about those public artworks that are hard to find? This free bus tour starts with central Edmonton hidden gems, then heads off to see the newest public arts highlights and other unexpected places throughout the city, before finishing with a tour of a local art studio. Space is limited; email to reserve your spot.

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Image Courtesy of World Bank/Flickr

Image Courtesy of World Bank/Flickr

SEPT. 9: The courageous researcher whose work has changed the way we see chimpanzees—and ourselves—shares insights and stories from 50 years of studying our closest species cousin, followed by an audience Q&A and book-signing. Proceeds from the event are split between the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada and a Muscular Dystrophy Canada research fund. (Winspear Centre, 4 Churchill Sq.)

SEPT. 16: This presentation provides valuable insights into the new landscape of retirement and how that experience will not only affect retirees, but their families. This talk will look at the evolving family structure and what is required to be financially stable during your best years. (Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton, 15 Churchill Sq.)

Jon Ronson, Image Courtesy of John Waine/Flickr

Jon Ronson, Image Courtesy of John Waine/Flickr

OCT 15—25: You’ll find Canada’s only non-fiction festival right in the heart of our city, where various venues host acclaimed authors at 30-plus events that delve deeper into the topics of their books. This year’s headliner is Jon Ronson, the Welsh satirist whose bestseller So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed examines online embarrassment. But it’s not just a place to learn about writers but writing itself, at several workshops that will improve your literary craft. (Various venues downtown)

OCT. 7: The Edmonton Community Foundation’s Speaker Series devotes the night to aboriginal women in the arts. Inuit singer-songwriter Susan Aglukark and Cree actress and filmmaker Georgina Lightning speak about their life experiences, challenges and triumphs, and showcase the works that have made them two of Canada’s most important contemporary indigenous artists. (Citadel Theatre, 9828 101A Ave.)