Town celebrates Youth Week

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Free sumo wrestling for all kids

Morinville youths will get to rock out and sumo-wrestle for free next week as the town celebrates its first-ever National Youth Week.

May 1 to 7 is National Youth Week in Canada, a national event meant to celebrate youth and their active participation in the community.

The Town of Morinville is celebrating the week for the first time next month with three free activities for youths, said youth outreach worker Tarra Modien.

“I think it’s important for youth to feel they are an active part of our community,” she said.

Up first on May 4 is a free carnival for all youths aged 11 to 17 at the Community Cultural Centre. Visitors will get to toss balls to knock down cans, compete in basketball, joust and wrestle in a sumo-wrestler suit, Modien said. The carnival runs from 3:30 to 7 p.m.

May 5 sees the return of the town’s annual Urban Art at the Park event where youths are encouraged to spray-paint the town’s skate-park. The paint-fest runs from 3:45 to 6 p.m.

Youths will also get to take in a free rock concert on May 7 at the cultural centre. Local bands 7th Gear and If We Were Kings will jam on stage from about 6 to 9 p.m. for students in Grades 7 to 12 – no adults allowed, Modien said. Morinville Community High, Georges H. Primeau, Morinville Public and Sturgeon Composite High students get in free if they have their student ID.

Call 780-939-7839 for details.

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