The Muttart Conservatory’s new feature pyramid , Could This Be Heaven , offers a vision of a perfect wedding. Visitors will wander through hydrangeas, towering pillars and overwhelming beauty. This feature pyramid will remain until July 28, 2013 with a colourful twist in mid-June as hydrangeas step out of the spotlight and geraniums take center stage. On May 12, 2013, there’ll be special activities and gifts for moms in the heavenly feature pyramid and throughout the Muttart Conservatory during the Rejuvenate: Mother’s Day event. On May 16, 2013, the latest music concert is coming to the Muttart Conservatory: Swing Into Spring , featuring Edmonton jazz band Six Feet Up.
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Are you in search of a one-of-a-kind, handcrafted Mother’s Day gift? Stop by the City Market Downtown at City Hall on Saturday May 11, 2013 from 10am-3pm for a wonderful selection of handcrafted jewellery, local art, fresh flowers, farm-fresh produce, meats, bread, sweets, and much more. But don’t delay, as this Saturday will be the last time farmers’ market patrons can visit City Hall to shop for locally-produced goods until the fall. The City Market Downtown will move to its outdoor location on 104 Street on May 18, 2013. City Hall has hosted the City Market Downtown for the past 2 winters, enabling it to operate year round. Every Saturday, dozens of vendors set up under the beautiful, sunny, warm glow of the pyramids of City Hall as thousands of Edmontonians shopped and enjoyed the atmosphere that only a farmers’ market can provide. Keeping the community connected with local food producers supports “ fresh ” the City’s Food and Urban Agriculture Strategy. The market will return to City Hall on October 19, 2013. Getting there City Hall is easily accessible by bus and LRT. Visit TakeETS.com for route and schedule information.
Looking for an opportunity to present your ideas to a captive audience of more than 700 engaged and creative young people? Then Pecha Kucha Night Edmonton is the right venue for you! Edmonton’s NextGen is currently accepting presentation submissions for Pecha Kucha Night 16, taking place on June 13, 2013 at the Citadel’s Maclab Theatre . To date, more than 150 presentations have been given at Edmonton Pecha Kucha Nights on wide-reaching topics, from lighting up Edmonton’s bridges to in vitro meat, and everything in between. Interested applicants should read the 10 steps to a great Pecha Kucha presentation and then submit their presentation using this handy form ! Deadline for submissions is May 17, 2013. Join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #yegpkn. Pecha Kucha Night 16 is sponsored by: Capital Power Corporation , City of Edmonton, Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria , Graphos , Klein Dytham and Northlands .
Edmonton Public Library, the City of Edmonton and the Edmonton Arts Council have put out the call for Edmonton’s fifth Poet Laureate. Edmonton’s Poet Laureate reflects the life of the city through readings of poetry, and, as an ambassador for the literary arts, the Laureate incorporates poetry into a range of official and informal city activities. “Edmonton’s Poet Laureate program has simply become part of our identity as a city that celebrates arts and culture and is open and inviting to the creative process,” said Mayor Stephen Mandel. “Our Poets Laureate have brought diverse backgrounds and interests to the program but have all represented the same passion for Edmonton, our people, our history, and our future. The alumni have certainly set high standards for their successors, but we are truly privileged to have a wealth of extraordinary poets to take on the Poet Laureate role and make it their own.” Edmonton’s current Poet Laureate is Anna Marie Sewell.
Citizens are invited to join Councillor Kerry Diotte and representatives from the Bahá’í community to celebrate the Festival of Rivdán, the holiest days in the Bahá’í calendar. Date: Thursday May 2, 2013 Time: Noon Location: City Room, City Hall Festival of Rivdán, which means paradise, is named for the Garden of Ridván outside Baghdad, where the prophet Bahá’u'lláh stayed for 12 days after the Ottoman Empire exiled him from the city and before commencing his journey to Constantinople. The Festival of Ridván begins on the thirty-second day of the Bahá’í year, which usually falls on April 21. The festival starts at two hours before sunset on that day, which symbolizes the time that Bahá’u'lláh entered the garden. On the first, ninth, and twelfth days, which are Bahá’í Holy Days, work is prohibited. Currently, the three holy days are usually observed with a community gathering where prayers are shared, followed with a celebration. This event is part of the City of Edmonton’s Celebrating our Faiths program, a joint initiative with the Edmonton Interfaith Centre for Education and Action. The program, which includes a display at City Hall, is designed to promote greater awareness of the city’s diverse faith groups and enhance appreciation of Edmonton’s cultural diversity.
City Council has cleared the way for Edmonton to become the home of the Canadian Women’s Basketball Team. This decision supports the city’s ongoing efforts to affirm its reputation as a centre of excellence for sport development, while also aligning with Canada Basketball’s goal of expanding its operations. The plan, developed in association with the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation, sees the Canadian women’s basketball team training out of the Saville Community Sports Centre located at the University of Alberta’s south campus. Canada Basketball’s President and CEO, Wayne Parrish, recognizes that “this is the culmination of tremendous work by a great many folks connected with the City of Edmonton; it could not have happened without their heart and dedication and, especially, the vision and leadership of Mayor Stephen Mandel.” “Edmonton has an incredibly rich tradition of women’s basketball, and for our national team to embark on its Olympic quest inspired by the friendly ghosts of the Edmonton Grads of yesteryear is the crowning touch. We believe that this announcement marks the beginning of a beautiful friendship between the City of Edmonton and Canada Basketball, one that will flourish and grow deeper and broader in the months and years ahead,” Parrish added.
The City of Edmonton is offering up to $20,000 to homeowners who build or upgrade a secondary suite , garage suite or garden suite. Suites can add value to property and provide affordable rental options for lower-income family members, friends or employed Edmontonians. A suite can help homeowners pay their mortgage or stay in their homes longer. Funding for this program is available through the City’s Cornerstones II program, a follow-up program to its successful Cornerstones Plan for Affordable Housing.
The City of Edmonton is adding livability measures to the Citizen Dashboard, an online tool that shows Edmontonians performance results for some of the services the City provides. Powered by the City’s Open Data catalogue, the Citizen Dashboard is a quick and easy way for citizens to access performance measures for a sampling of City services, as well as additional service information. The tool reinforces the City’s commitment to openness and accountability. When first launched in November 2012, the Citizen Dashboard provided data related to Edmonton’s mobility, including transit ridership and spring street sweeping.
Property taxes to cover municipal programs and services in 2013 will increase for a typical single-family home in Edmonton by approximately 3%, or $7 a month. This year’s provincial education tax decreased for residential properties and helped keep the overall tax increase at the Council-approved budget increase of 3.3%, which includes 1% for Neighbourhood Renewal Program. For a typical single-family home that has experienced the average market value increase of 1.1% and has been assessed at $364,000, property taxes will be $2,847 a year, which includes $1,924 for municipal property tax, and $923 for the provincial education tax portion. Breakdown for Single-Family House (approximately – some numbers are rounded) 2012 Total 2013 Total Annual Increase Increase Per Month Municipal Services $1,805 $1,924 $119 $10 Provincial Education Tax $960 $923 -$37 -$3 TOTAL PROPERTY TAX BILL $2,765 $2,847 $82 $7 Taxes for municipal programs and services will be $160 a month for the typical home. This amount enables the City to provide citizens with a full range of services, including parks, police, fire, roadway maintenance and neighbourhood renewal. It also helps operate world-class facilities and amenities, such as LRT and recreation centres. To assist lower-income seniors in offsetting increases in municipal property taxes, the City of Edmonton has the Edmonton Seniors Homeowner Grant program. The amount of the grant for 2013 is $89. Moreover, the Government of Alberta offers the Education Property Tax Assistance for Seniors and the Seniors Property Tax Deferral programs. The Education Property Tax Assistance for Seniors program provides rebates to offset increases in education taxes for low-income senior homeowners
Edmonton intermodal project will grow exports and benefit the local economy The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, the Honourable Ric McIver, Minister of Transportation for the Province of Alberta, and Stephen Mandel, Mayor of Edmonton participated in a ceremonial signing event for the construction of the Queen Elizabeth II Highway (QEII) and 41 Avenue Southwest Intermodal Access project in Edmonton, Alberta. The Ministers were joined at the ceremonial signing event by representatives from the City of Edmonton and Canadian Pacific. “Our government is focused on creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for all Canadians,” said Minister Fast. “That is why we are supporting worthwhile initiatives like the QEII and 41 Avenue SW Intermodal Access project which will facilitate increased trade and support getting world-class Canadian exports to high-growth Asian markets faster.” The total cost of this project is estimated at $205 million, with the federal government contributing up to $75 million under the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative. In addition, the Province of Alberta is investing $57.5 million and the City of Edmonton is providing $72.5 million towards the interchange project. “Not only will this interchange provide better access to local residents, it will also make it easier to move goods in and out of the Capital Region and Alberta,” said Minister McIver. “The partnership that is building this vital access increases our ability to reach international markets.