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Downtown Spark is here!  Running from May 25 to June 4, 2023, this year’s festival is even bigger and better with plenty of things to see, from art installations to daily musical performances, food trucks and street parties. The second annual arts festival will feature inflatable art sculptures from the UK-based Designs in Air and a new installation from Edmonton-based Vignettes. Rice Howard Way and Alex Decouteau Park will be home to this year’s art installations. Festival-goers are encouraged to walk from one site to another and enjoy performers and food trucks at Alex Decouteau Park. Running over two weekends, Downtown Spark will feature free family-friendly (and even pet-friendly) events each Saturday. For more information, visit Downtown Spark.

Mark your calendar! June 1st is “Intergenerational Day” in Canada, and there are so many things you can do to mark the day. We need cross-generational connections. Visit Intergenerational Day to learn more. On June 1st, take the time to find someone from a different generation (ie. Born a decade before or after you). Whether you simply make eye contact, hold the door open for that person, and tell them to “Have a good day!” or you make time for a short walk, shared meal or simply write them a card, you’ll have made a difference! The day is an opportunity to create a more age-friendly society by giving older adults and youth a chance to connect and better understand each other. It is intended as a chance to celebrate the wealth of experience and knowledge that seniors contribute to society as well as a time for different generations to share and learn from each other.