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Made-in-Alberta Newsletter June 25, 2010

Friday June 25

Hello Made-in-Alberta Friends and Supporters. Here’s what’s new and coming up this week...

New Release! “Radical Retro-fit” (4 min)

Saskatchewan’s home energy pioneers have proven that you can reduce energy consumption in many older homes and buildings by at least 80 percent. Harold Orr discusses his latest radical retrofit of a four-plex apartment building, and whether an energy crisis is necessary. And, bicycle billboards roll through Edmonton.

Bikeology Festival runs free events all month long! June 26 to July 1 ...
Just a reminder, tomorrow – Saturday - evening is the Bikeology Ride-in Movie. We’re on for a musical picnic in the park, starting at 8:00 PM (or as soon as the cricket game ends) with the James Clark Trio, followed by Doug Hoyer and Mitchmatic. As soon as the sun goes down, catch a few of Barb’s Bike Shorts, then enjoy “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure” (A festival favourite because the star is really the bicycle.) The whole event ends at about 2:00 AM. On Monday, the fourth Bikeology Movie Monday features “O Caminho Das Nuvens”. Set in Brazil, this dramatic film is based on a true story about a family that cycles 3200 kms in order to find employment. We open the evening with 20 minutes of really artsy Barb’s Bike Shorts, followed by door prizes and informative banter. (Bike movies are in the Rice Theatre this year, downstairs in the Citadel.) Tuesday evening the Bikeology Dialogue moves over to EBC’s BikeWorks for a hands-on “DIY reflective clothing” workshop. That officially wraps Edmonton’s Bike Month 2010, but without even stopping to put a foot down, Edmonton Bicycle Commuters are entering the Silly Summer Parade on Canada Day. They invite you to bring your silly cycle to BikeWorks on Thursday morning and join in, or cheer them along during the parade on Whyte Avenue. Check out the Google Calendar on for addresses and times. Read event blogs on the home page.

Barb’s Field Notes: Riding into summer
Bike month fun carries on right into the Silly Summer Parade on Canada Day... and all year long. Any time Whyte Ave is closed to cars is worth checking out in my books ;) Beyond that, VELOfest is exploring new ways to celebrate the bicycle beyond the month of June. Some ideas include expanding our event calendar, a bike shorts competition or call-out, and a fall or winter bike-cultural event this year or the year after. There’s still time to catch the Critical Mass Ride today. Meet at City Hall at 5:30. Warning: this is a non-officially-sanctioned, anarchistic-type event (unlike the Bikeology Festival events). Ride at your own risk, then dance at your own risk until midnight at EBC’s BikeWorks. Me, I’m hanging in until July so I can just ride my bike for pure pleasure all summer long...

Barb Allard, Producer/Director,
Ph: 780-455-6465

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