To keep you and your family entertained while you're at home, we've compiled 7 (plus) digital events happening between Monday, Oct. 26 and Sunday, Nov. 1.
1. Lighting up Literature
It’s going to be a busy week for literature, readings and book launches here in Edmonton. STARFest wraps up with an event every night from Monday, Oct. 26 to Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. Speakers include Téa Mutonji and Zalika Reid-Benta, Nazanine Hozar and Annabel Lyon. All events are free and you can register online or check out the STARFest website 15 minutes before the event starts for the YouTube link.
The Writers’ Guild of Alberta (WGA) continues its Online Reading Series with local author, and past Capital City Press Featured Writer, Joan Marie Galat on Thursday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. Join Joan as she shares three of her books for children: Space, Stars and The Story of Malala Yousafzai followed by a conversation and Q&A hosted by Onyinye Odih. The event will stream live through the WGA’s YouTube channel.
Just in time for Halloween! There are a few tickets left for Marty Chan’s Virtual Book Launch on Thursday, Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. Join Marty as he introduces his newest book, Haunted Hospital, a terrifying tale set in Edmonton’s haunted hospital, the Charles Camsell. Also joining him is local author, Rhonda Parrish, who wrote about the Camsell’s supernatural history. Tickets are limited and going fast, so get yours, and find out more information about the event.
Paul Pearson, co-founding editor and chapbook designer for the Olive Reading Series, is launching his debut book of poetry, Lunatic Engine on Friday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. online through Audreys Books. Joining Paul is Dava Sobel and Alice Major for what is sure to be an engaging conversation. Contact Audreys Books to register and make sure to visit their Facebook page for more information about the event and writers.
If you’re interested in picking up a pen and writing your own masterpiece, then get excited as NaNoWriMo is right around the corner. Commit to writing 50,000 words in the month of November by visiting their website, and join the local writing group, the Edmowrimos to help you achieve that goal. This year, all local events will be held through the Edmowrimo’s Discord channel. To access, register for NaNoWriMo then join the Edmonton region group and review the instructions on how to access their Discord Channel. Join other local writers for the Online Countdown to the official start of NaNoWriMo. The event starts on Saturday, Oct. 31 at 10 p.m. and runs until Sunday, Nov. 1 at 1 a.m. And after a good night’s sleep, or a sleepless night’s writing, join the community again on Sunday, Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. for the First Day Plot Write-In.
3. Community Leagues
Speaking of local communities, the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues will be holding their Fall General Meeting on Thursday, Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m. both in-person and online. In-person attendance at the Laurier Heights Community League will be limited and registration for that will be on a first-come, first-served basis and online attendance is unlimited. Register for either option through Eventbrite and a meeting link for those attending online will be sent out closer to the event.
4. Justice Lectures
The King’s University presents the King's Justice Lectures this week with John A’s Severed Head and the Politics of Public Memory on Monday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. Join Michael DeMoor, Associate Professor of Social Philosophy and Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, for this lecture which will reflect on the challenges of "public memory", and will suggest a way of deciding how we should tell our stories in public spaces. Make sure to register online.
SAGE Seniors Association offers a number of online and dial-in programming every day of the week. View the full list of events, as well as information on how to join each of them. Highlights of the next week include:
- Busy Fingers & Craft Group on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 11 a.m.
- Gentle Yoga on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 12 p.m.
- Coffee Group Drop-In on Friday, Oct. 30 at 10 a.m.
6. Get Spooky While Giving Back
Looking for a spooktacular way to get into the Halloween spirit? Then join The Jivin' Belles on Friday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. for Sing & Spook for Pekiwewin. This three-part, close harmony group will be offering up vintage-inspired renditions of Halloween favourites live for you to enjoy on Facebook. The group will be accepting donations in support of Pekiwewin throughout the evening.
7. Family Story Time
Norwood Child and Family Resource Centre continues to offer a number of online events for the whole family to enjoy including Bedtime Story on Monday, Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. Get your jammies on, have a hot cup of cocoa and snuggle up together to listen to Jolanta as she shares with you some of her favourite bedtime stories.
EPL Online Events: Gems to Check Out This Week
EPL continues to expand our online classes and events available to all. This week’s events include:
- Online nehiyawewin: Cree Language Classes on Monday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m.
- On the Edge – Good Intentions that Backfire: Parental Micro-Messaging and Child Anxiety on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m.
- Shakespeare: A Playwright For Our Polarized Times? on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m.
- Supper Time Story Time: Zoom Edition on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 6 p.m.
- EPL Explores: Homelessness on Thursday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m.
You can also check out the full list of our online classes running this week.