To keep you and your family entertained while you're at home, we've compiled 6 (plus) digital events happening between Monday, Nov. 23 and Sunday, Dec. 6.
1. Bookish Delights
As the cold weather settles in and snow blankets the city, a number of groups across Edmonton have ramped up their online experiences to help you stay connected and social from the safety of your own home. Join the Writers’ Guild of Alberta (WGA) from Monday, Nov. 23 to Thursday, Nov. 26 for Game Week, a series of three game nights with a literary twist for everyone to enjoy. On Monday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. get your team ready for Trivia Night, then prep for Codenames on Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. Finally on Thursday, Nov. 26 at 7 p.m., see if you have the writing chops to fool your fellow players with fake first or last lines to genuine books. To register for one of these events, or all of them, visit the WGA website.
If you’re looking for a writing workshop in the coming weeks, then check out Writing for Books, Comics, and Games with Sam Maggs hosted by the Edmonton Screen Industries Office on Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 6 p.m. Sam Maggs is a well-known author of books, comics and video games and she’ll be talking through the differences and how-tos of writing for these different media. Make sure to register online.
Expand your game design skills over the next couple of weeks with GameCamp, Edmonton’s monthly event happening on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. This month join Ed Lee, a VFX Artist from Beamdog, who will be talking about Houdini, SideFX’s 3D animation software, followed by a Q&A session. Stick around after the formal portion of the evening for networking as well. This session is being run on the Alberta Game Developers' Discord, which is open for anyone to join.
3. Family Fun
Social Media is ubiquitous in this day and age and we all need to be careful and safe while navigating these online spaces. The Family Futures Resource Network is hosting a Social Media Safety event on Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 6:30 p.m. to share with parents and caregivers information on how to have conversations with children about online safety. Sign up online for this event and a Google Meet link will be sent out once registration closes.
Follow up on Social Media Safety with an online event the whole family can enjoy. Canada Learning Code is hosting Family Game Night: Amazing Relay Race – Edmonton on Thursday, Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m. as part of their Digital Citizenship: Staying Safe Online initiative. Take part in an interactive story where the goal is to help a friend find strategies to understand, and stop, cyberbullying. All you need is paper, a pencil and to register online for your spot in the game.
The Edmonton Zone Public Health Dietitians of AHS are hosting Healthy Eating for Little Ones (one to five years) on Thursday, Nov. 26 at 6 p.m. This free online class will walk you through “strategies to setup stress-free family meals, key foods and nutrients for growth and development and tips to help children learn and accept a variety of foods!”
Did you know that Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society has a number of online events they host every week? You can check out their full calendar of events on their website. We've highlighted two for you to check out:
- Live on Facebook every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. you can enjoy Debra’s Corner, a fun arts and crafts program run through Bent Arrow by the Kikosewin Family Resource Network.
- Pehonan: Crow’s Nest, a program for elders seeking resources, runs every Friday at 12:30 p.m. on Zoom.
The Metis Nation of Alberta is hosting one more Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas online engagement sessions on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 6:30 p.m. Provide your feedback on conservation, protection and what this initiative means to you. For information on how to register or to learn more, please visit their Facebook Event page.
5. Keep Learning
The next two sessions in the Understanding Hate and Extremism series are coming up in the next two weeks. First is Local Context, Case Studies, and Prevention of Hate-Motivated Violence being run on Thursday, Nov. 26 at 10:30 a.m. and the third and final in the series, Understanding and Reporting Hate Crimes and Incidents, will be on Friday, Dec. 4, also at 10:30 a.m.
The Alberta Women Entrepreneurs group is hosting Gender, Race, and Ethnicity and the Future of Work on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 12 p.m. Run by Catalyst, this event will explore the impact of gender, race and ethnicity in the workplace and seek out strategies for a better workplace as we plan for a post-COVID-19 world. The one-hour session will be followed by discussion and a Q&A. Register online to be part of the conversation.
6. Engage YEG
YEG Housing Month Speaker Series continues with Housing First: The Journey Out of Homelessness on Monday, Nov. 30 at 12:15 p.m. Join Emily Dietrich, Chief Programs Officer of Homeward Trust Edmonton, for this lunchtime session to learn more about the city’s collective goal to end homelessness. Register online via Eventbrite or visit their website for more information.
Interested in learning how COVID-19 may affect how we shop, work, play and learn in the downtown core? Then join the Downtown Business Association of Edmonton for Innovate Downtown: New Approaches for a New Normal on Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 12 p.m. as they host a panel of community and business leaders, including Mayor Don Iveson, for a discussion on how we are “pivoting in the present and planning to thrive in the future”. Register online to save your spot.
EPL Online Events: Gems to Check Out This Week
upcoming events and classes. Some of the highlights from the weeks ahead include:Join EPL online for a whole host of
- Sustainable Kitchen Holiday Edition
- The Kitchen Table Classroom: 100L, H, 4.6… OMG! Understanding Reading Levels a partnership program with Calgary Public Library is on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 7:30 p.m.
- Energy Talks Online: Yes! Energy Transition In My Backyard on Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 7 p.m.
- On the Edge: Emerging Scholars – Sexy Work, Not Sex Work on Thursday, Nov. 26 at 7 p.m.
- Obtaining Government ID Workshop on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 1:30 p.m.
- Tar Sands Songbook performed by Tanya Kalmanovitch on Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 5:00 p.m. and the follow-up Tar Sands Songbook Workshop on Thursday, Dec. 3 at 12 p.m.
- Dialogue: Universal Basic Income on Thursday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m.
You can also check out the full list of our online classes running over the next two weeks.