Balloon pilots take up to eight passengers on hushed flights above the broccoli floret treetops and azure waterways of the Edmonton countryside. Twice a day, bulbous polyester sheets fill with heated propane and thousands of flapping doves as passengers ascend to the skies in their basket. Balloon trips float past the same landscape traversed by Windship Aviation since 1982 before touching down for toasts and the presentation of keepsakes.
Since its inaugural season in 2006, the Edmonton Rush has steadily picked up wind, growing into a formidable club in the National Lacrosse League. After making its first playoff appearance in 2010, the team made it to the NLL finals in 2012, just barely missing out on earning the sport’s coveted netting-woven blazers. At the helm, hall-of-fame inductee, general manager, and head coach Derek Keenan continues to lead the team toward its first championship.
Classically trained opera singer and internationally recognized cabaret artist Patricia O'Callaghan continues her five-stop winter tour, spellbinding an Arden Theatre audience with her soaring vocals and sultry melodies. Backed by a pair of 2011 releases, including Matador: The Songs of Leonard Cohen, the seasoned songbird swoops into St. Albert with a pre-Valentine's Day set meant to tug heartstrings and envelop ears like a tuque with separation anxiety. Alongside O'Callaghan, Miranda Mulholland contributes graceful fiddle play, and guitarist John Gzowski and bassist Joe Philips moonwalk their fingers across euphonious frets. A venue of about 500 chairs, Arden Theater's intimate seating orbits around a large, proscenium stage designed to let notes blossom into fully grown butterflies with treble clef wings.
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.
Before becoming the head coach at Sparta Fencing Club in 2010, Miro Lusic was nimbly pouncing on one accomplishment after another. Miro joined the Croatian Junior National Team in 1999, and after six short years, he managed to achieve National Champion status. He also racked up numerous medals and even spent time as a Croatian national epee coach. Today, his experience serves him well at Sparta Fencing Club, where he works with students of all ability levels—some as young as 4 years old—in classes that aim to develop hand-eye coordination, balance, and poise, all of which are necessary in becoming a champion fencer or an ace at carnival ring toss.