The imaginative designers behind the Homes for the Holidays Tour join creative forces every year, bedazzling five local residences with eye-grabbing cheer from the inside out. All of the homes have sufficiently prepared for Santa’s arrival, boasting walls strung with holly, trees adorned with twinkling lights, and cabinets stocked with cookies and barrel-aged bourbon. Homeowners invite touring parties to explore their winter wonderlands and garner inspirations for their own holiday decorations. All proceeds from the Homes for Holidays Tour support all of the charitable foundations supported by the Junior League of Edmonton, including the Kids Help Phone.
Producing two to five main-stage operas per season is enough to keep any company busy, but Edmonton Opera goes beyond to enthral new and experienced operagoers alike. The company has brought scores of scores to life since its 1963 inception, priding itself on being the oldest year-round opera company in the Prairie Provinces. With the help of ambitious, press-lauded performers, directors, and designers, as well as projected surtitles when necessary, audiences navigate the medium's lorgnette-combusting dramas and lush soundscapes. Insider knowledge abounds at Opera Talks, Opera 101 panels, and in the company's own Intermezzo magazine for those seeking a deeper understanding of the medium or for curious newcomers wishing to sing forlornly about a burned pot roast.
Inner Strength Pilates offers a list of mat, equipment, and specialty classes to get bodices trim and toned; class sizes are kept small for personal attention. Inner Strength's mat classes are conducted using tools such as stability balls, foam rollers, Pilates rings, Thera-Bands, small weights, sliding disks, and a lot of super-motivating eye contact. Beginner classes are usually available four to six times a week in the intimate studio. These introductory classes encompass the basics of Pilates, lay the foundation for lifelong strength, and prepare you for more-advanced machine and resistance work. Specialty classes include a cardio dance class and a hoopdance class, and prenatal and postnatal sessions are available for those needing to get fit after giving birth or to stretch out the baby that's baking inside them.
Bacchus Cafe & Wine Bar's rotating menu complements the freshness of ingredients used, many of which are sourced from local suppliers. Visitors rest in a vibrant, art-filled space, lounging like child princes on couches and stools while enjoying delectably prepared tapas. Evening diners nosh on light items, such as an herb-crusted, Italian-style sardine ($6), oven-baked between crusty bruschetta and melty mozzarella, or a truffle oil-kissed mushroom and spinach crostini ($13). Meat-seeking taste buds pen four-verse love-raps for the calamari, prawn, and chorizo, served with sautéed onion, garlic, and peppers ($15), or the spice-marinated bison meatballs, bursting with mozzarella and baked in tomato sauce ($17).
Stocked with locally sourced ingredients, Dinner Factory decorates dining-room tables with a rotating selection of creative meals custom assembled by each customer in its culinary workshop. After Dinner Factory's prep team chops and minces its preordained grocery list into celebratory confetti shreds, household heads can flock to its community kitchen to fashion a family feast in around 30 minutes from a monthly menu of 14 entree options serving four to six portions each. Customers equipped with detailed station instructions enlist hormone-free meat and poultry from farms within 100 miles to anchor their meal creations, such as coconut crusted chicken with rice and snap peas or the summer-favourite Hawaiian teriyaki chicken burgers. Customers can also fill fridges and freezers with refined and healthful stovetop staples, such as seafood risotto, a collection of prawns, scallops, and crabmeat combined with a white wine stock, onion, saffron, crushed garlic, and rice. In addition to alleviating supper anxiety, Dinner Factory also caters to healthful homes by allowing customers to leave out any undesired ingredients from each recipe, and includes gluten-free alternatives and whole-wheat bread and pasta.
What began in 1998 as a business run out of Diane Shaw and John Foo's basement has blossomed into an empire of three brick-and-mortar shops, a warehouse, and an online emporium bursting with handy teaching tools and toys. Education Station's extensive collection supports the healthy mental and physical development of kids of all ages, whether they're honing fine motor skills or penning thought-provoking postmodern critiques of children's literature. Youngsters share quality time with parents and siblings over informative games, puzzles, and playthings, and teachers shape bright young minds with classroom supplies and lesson-plan supplements. Each shiny new e-book, fun toy, and challenging puzzle is hand-selected and fosters long-term learning and intellectual development.