The Morinville Festival Society is the proud sponsor of the Morinville Farmers’ Market. Come visit us and enjoy the wonderful and delicious products available at our market! Located at the Ray McDonald Sports Arena,9908 – 104 Street, every Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. (except Good Friday). Vendor listings can be found late Thursday evenings at morinvillefarmersmarket.com.
Hoards of birds are migrating back … Canada geese, tundra swans, ducks of all sorts and much more! Some are arriving daily on our nature's doorstep at Big Lake! The Springing to Life event is a fun event that aims to count and name and watch the birds. Celebrate the passing of winter and welcome back some splendid feathered friends. Kids, parents and grandparents can see and learn lots You are welcome to watch, borrow some binoculars and check out our high-powered scopes. View wildlife in action. Dress for the conditions of the day. If it is cold and windy, bundle up and stay extra warm. Relax and watch for as long as you want. Besides the birds, rare glimpses of moose, coyotes, mink, deer, muskrats and even a porcupine have happened at past Springing to Life events. Driving? Go to the end of Rodeo Drive coming off of Riel Drive north of the Enjoy Centre at the rugby club. Park at the shelter then walk the paved path alongside the Sturgeon River upstream under Ray Gibbon Drive to join the friendly and helpful group at the viewing platform. Walking there and back to your car should take about 40 minutes so count on at least an hour or more to enjoy this adventure. You can extend your stay and exercise with a short hike on the nearby John E. Poole wetlands boardwalk, a must-see interpretive structure bringing people closer to nature. For some early spring enjoyment of nature and an active morning walk, join us eitherSaturday, April 19 or Saturday, April 26 anytime from 8 a.m. to noon,at the BLESS viewing platform, overlooking Big Lake on the edge of Lois Hole Provincial Park. For extra information such as a list of the birds seen in the last 19 counts since 2005, email Dan Stoker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is something completely new from the St. Albert Rotary Club! You can wave the flag on your lawn and the Rotary Club will do all the work! For three weekends of the summer: Victoria Day, Canada Day and Labour Day, you can have a Canadian flag placed on your lawn to mark the celebration. The Rotary Club will place it and pick it up each of the weekends. You do not have to be home. Cost is $50 for all three flags. Donations will go toward the many projects that the St. Albert Rotary Club is involved in, locally and internationally. To order, go to our website: stalbertrotaryclub.com and click on the flag program link, a pre-paid option is located there.
A one-stop shop for recreational property owners wanting to make the most of their "cottage life." Our popular formula brings together all the things that a cottager could want from a log home show, a boat show, and a sportsman show, plus adds the fun things like food and decor that make the cottage lifestyle so special! Call it a cottage, a cabin, a lodge or a chalet, the Edmonton Cottage Life & Cabin Show’s mission is to become the ultimate destination for people wanting to make the most of their retreat. This show is the place to be for people planning a build or renovation, recreational property owners looking for all the great toys to help them make the most of their second homes, and anyone who simply wants to celebrate the cottage lifestyle.Friday, April 25 noon to 8 p.m., Saturday, April 26 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, April 27 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: Adult: $12; Youth (13-17): $7; Children under 13: free. Weekend Pass: $18; Senior (65+, Friday only): $9. Edmonton Expo Centre.
Outstanding works of art by guild members will be on display for purchase for three days. The event begins with the opening reception on Friday, April 25 at 7 p.m. in the foyer of St. Albert Place. There will be opportunities throughout the weekend to meet artists, view painting demonstrations , and purchase a raffle ticket to win one of three original works of art. The St. Albert Painters' Guild is proud to support art students from St. Albert high schools by awarding one or more scholarships to attend a one-week summer program of Teen Artists in Residence at Red Deer College: "Summerscapes." Our spring raffle raises funds for this scholarship and tickets are only $2 each! Join us at St. Albert Place, 5 St Anne Street, on Friday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, April 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.and Sunday, April 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Canadian Progress Club SILKS (stands for ‘Service in Love, Kindness and Strength’) is the only all-women’s chapter of the CPC in northern Alberta. Join them for their eighth annual ladies’ night out fundraiser. The “Black and White”-themed ladies evening will be hosted by CTV’s Rob Williams. Enjoy appetizers and dinner, champagne and chocolate. There will also be a silent auction and dance with a live DJ – and the Canadian Playboyz, an all-male revue! This diverse group of local businesswomen focus their efforts on charities that involve women and children. These include the Special Olympics, Stop Abuse in Families and Uncles and Aunts at Large. The club also sends several children to Camp Warwa every year. Takes place Friday, April 25, doors open at 6 p.m.; event starts at 7 p.m. at the Hollywood Ballroom in the Fantasyland Hotel at West Edmonton Mall. Tickets: $100. Contact Lorraine, 780-490-8445 or email@example.com; Joan, 780-458-7499 or Gemport@telusplanet.net. A $25 tax receipt will be issued for each ticket.
Join other 50+ adults at the Library on Friday, April 25 from 2 to 4p.m. to play Scrabble! Register in advance at the second floor information desk, or call 780-459-1682. St. Albert Public Library, 5 St. Anne Street.
Each year our students donate approx. 15,000 books! Hardcover books: $1, adult paperback: 50¢, teen and children’s books: 25¢, reference books: 25¢, DVDs: $1, VHS, CDs, puzzles, games: 25¢. All monies collected from book sales goes to support the library at Camilla School. Friday, April 25, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.in theRiviere Qui Barre Arena.
JTMF West is a local arts organization, created with the mandate of raising funds for HIV/AIDS and LGBT youth support services. 2014 Artists for Life raises funds for HIV Edmonton and Camp fYrefly. This year`s event is the 5th Anniversary Gala event and will feature the Artists for Life All-Stars, audience favorites from the first four years. Tickets are $50, which includes a full night of entertainment, a post-show concert, and a catered reception. VIP Tickets are available for $100 and include entry into a special prize draw to win a trip for 2 to Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and $1,000 in Fairmont Gift Cards, courtesy of Minsos Stewart Masson. A silent auction rife with donated art from local artists completes the evening. There will be more than 50 local artists participating in this year’s event. Tax receipts are available for a portion of all ticket purchases. Fans may also purchase $20 tickets for the concert only. JTMF West is proud to bring back 2013 Artists for Life Alumni, WiL as the featured artist for 2014. After the show, attendees will enjoy a catered reception sponsored by Alley Kat Brewery, a silent auction filled with items donated by local artists, and a very special post-show concert by 2011 Artists for Life Alumni, The Derina Harvey Band. The evening also will also feature performances by 2012 Artists for Life Alumni, Send in the Girls Burlesque, 2013 Artists for Life Alumni, The Carolines, and the DJ stylings of 2013 Artists for Life Alumni The Urban Monks.Saturday, April 26in The Club at The Citadel. For ticket info, www.citadeltheatre.com/event/artists-for-life-2014/
Presented by the St. Albert Lions Club. Master of Ceremonies: Mayor Nolan Crouse.Silent and live auction; dancing until midnight.Saturday, April 26, doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m.St. Albert Community Hall, 17 Perron St.For tickets please call: Gerry Gorgichuk: 780-459-7751; Dave Hiatt: 780-459-4144; Paul Benson: 780-459-5509; Jeff Stoneham: 780-458-7561. Tickets $25 each.
Travel by bus to the Tofield and Beaverhill Lake areas to study the annual spring migration of snow geese, sandhill cranes, hawks, waterfowl and songbirds. On the drive out, we will visit pre-scouted wetlands, lakes and the Tofield Nature Centre. We stop at the Tofield Community Hall to view exhibits such as hawks and owls from the Edmonton Valley Zoo, a peregrine falcon from Alberta Fish and Wildlife, a bird slideshow, and to meet John Acorn. Presented by the Edmonton Nature Club and the Town of Tofield. This is an all-inclusive package tour. All buses are led by experienced tour guides equipped with books, scopes, checklists and binoculars. A hot buffet lunch is included. Visit our website www.snowgoosechase.ca for chase details, photos and more. Cost: $42/adults, $32/children (12 & under). Limited seating. Book for Saturday, April 26 or Sunday, April 27. Buses depart from the Percy Page Centre, Groat Road and 118 Ave. at 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Return time is 5 p.m. Registration is essential as there is limited seating and the buses always sell out quickly. Call Donna Bamber at 780-963-5469 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The St. Albert Parish Catholic Women’s League celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Past and present members are invited to attend the following special events:April 27 11 a.m. Mass will launch our anniversary year with special rituals and participants to honour the CWL. May 20, 7 p.m. Our General Meeting will feature an inspiring guest speaker. May 25, 11 a.m. Mass and Garden Party. The CWL will again participate in the Mass. Following this there will be a Blessing of Mary’s Garden followed by a Garden Party with a box lunch, strawberries and champagne! Rides to and from the May 25th Mass and Garden Party will be provided for those who reply with this request. If you are interested in attending any of the celebration activities please contact Dee at 780-460-8975 or email at email@example.com. We look forward to seeing you!
A new exhibition featuring the work of Edmonton artist Lyndal Osborne, entitled Bowerbird, Life as Art, is a survey of Osborne’s nearly 40-year career. The exhibit showcases Osborne’s diverse body of work—beginning with large airbrush drawings from the mid-1970s and a selection of print works that were created between 1975 and 1995. In 1995, Osborne’s creative focus shifted to the complex, multi-dimensional installations that she is now known for, and it was these large-scale sculptural creations that brought her work greater public and critical awareness.Densely woven and deeply layered constructions, Osborne’s sculptures are made of natural materials and found objects sourced from her vast personal collection, which have been gathered from as far away as her native Australia to the prairies of her current home in Alberta. Through observing, collecting and manipulating these found materials, Osborne enhances one’s understanding of the natural world and asks us to question our place within it. Her work also expresses the artist’s interest and growing concern for the environment and addresses issues such as genetic modification, global warming, urbanization and the effects of industry on the land. By incorporating industrial and technological objects and processes into her work—Osborne’s installations speak to the diversity and complexity of nature but also question the consequences of humanintervention.This exhibit is on view from Feb. 1 until April 27. Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square. For more info, including hours and admission fees, visit the website: www.youraga.ca
Fragile Elements brings together three Alberta artists, each focusing on an aspect of the natural world. Susan Casault creates highly attentive pencil crayon drawings that examine and portray flora in exacting detail. These drawings depict moments in time; the delicate bloom of flowers, grass swaying in the wind. Peter Ivens’ water studies seek to capture the essence of fleeting moments. With uncanny precision Ivens encapsulates the light and reflections from the water of rivers, pools and streams. Great depth is achieved in these impressively fluid paintings that describe the natural environment with ethereal and poetic effect. Teresa Stieben’s mixed media sculptures are formed from fragile materials such as wasp papers, flowers, grasses and leaves. Stieben utilizes both recycled natural and artificial materials to craft replica bird nests that express her concern for the depleting natural habitat of songbirds. Fragile Elements demonstrates the unique means by which an artist can both draw attention to, and visually preserve the beauty and fragility of the ecosystem. Exhibit runs from March 6 to April 26 opening reception on Thursday, March 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. Art Gallery of St. Albert, 19 Perron Street, phone 780-460-4310.
Craddock’s rural Alberta community provides subject and metaphor for her paintings. The conflict between conscious memory, subconscious memory and reality form the framework for her work. Artist statement: “None of us live exclusively in the present. What we understand as being “now” is in fact an amalgamation of personal and collective experiences interacting with a current framework of existence. This defines who we are. An increasing level of interest in both personal and social memory has resulted in an investigation of the past history and memories of that part of Alberta within which I was raised, namely the rural area of East Central Alberta. The conflict between conscious memory, subconscious memory and reality form the framework for my work.”In Gallery B:Labyrinth of the Eternal Archetype: An Installation by Shyra DeSouzaIn her installation, De Souza uses/manipulates found objects and recognizable imagery to create a sense of the uncanny: a tension between our desire for the easily identifiable and the unknown. Artist statement: “Old canons collapse and continually fold into themselves like a fractal that repeatedly feeds the remainder back into the equation, with their forms repeatedly reinterpreted; context has become content. Objects of status often rely on forms related to a system of classical rationality, but leave us without personal meaning. Mysticism and pseudo-science fills the space where knowledge ends and the personal begins, creating a space that is both intimate and impersonal. Exploring the symbolic and emotional connections between people and objects, I wish to present an open-ended narrative where sensual and rational experience intersects. This work embodies the utopic melancholy induced by the continual disconnection between form and meaning.” Exhibition dates: March 20 to May 3: closed April 18 and 19. Opening reception Thursday, March 20, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Location: Visual Arts Alberta – CARFAC, 3rd Floor, 10215 – 112 Street, Edmonton. Hours: Wed.-Fri. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.
Photographs, film, lantern and stereo-slides created by Banff photographer Byron Harmon on his trek across the Columbia Icefield in 1924. These images were to be the pinnacle of Harmon’s long career of famously photographing the Rockies. Laden with a motion picture camera, four still cameras and the necessary film, it took sixteen pack horses and three experienced mountain men—in addition to Harmon himself—to make the at times, perilous journey.As Banff’s first professional photographer, Harmon played an important role in establishing the town as a tourist attraction. Through his postcards and film footage, he made Canada’s Rocky Mountains known to the world. Harmon captured the iconic images of Banff and the mountains at a time things there were rapidly changing—from rugged and isolated to the bustling tourist mecca it’s now known as.Learn more about High Adventure: Byron Harmon on the Columbia Icefield through an In-Gallery talk on Saturday, March 29 at 2 pm with exhibition co-curators Ruth Burns and Mary-Beth Laviolette. It’s free for AGA Members and free with Gallery admission. Exhibit runs March 29 to August 17, 2014. Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square. For more info, including hours and admission fees, visit the website: www.youraga.ca
The RBC New Works Gallery continues the Art Gallery of Alberta’s tradition of supporting Alberta artists through the presentation of new work by our province’s artists. This solo exhibition by Calgary-based artist Andrew Frosst features two artworks referencing neo-surrealism and counter-linguistics. The first is a large installation, Instinctive Break, which consists of a wig of human hair floating in an aquarium and attached to a motor in order to give it movement—transforming it into a marine-like creature, The second is a custom-made artist book created from a language-generated computer program that traces the currently unsearched text entries of internet search engines, as a way to experiment with the meaning and form of language—an idea often explored in Frosst’s artwork. He also looks to the derivative elements of the suburban environment, such as construction site waste and found objects which he pairs in absurd scenes. Art Gallery of Alberta: New Works Gallery, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square. Exhibit runs March 29-June 8, 2014.For more info, including hours and admission fees, visit the website: www.youraga.ca
In 1924 key Group of Seven members Lawren Harris and A.Y. Jackson travelled west to paint the mountains of Jasper National Park in Alberta and Mount Robson Provincial Park in B.C. This exhibition showcases the works that were created by these two remarkable artists and it is as much about these places as it is about these two painters. Exhibit runs March 29 to August 17, 2014 at the Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square. For more info, including hours and admission fees, visit the website: www.youraga.ca
Art on the Inside Gallery: Now featuring "Garden Candy” by Heidi Smith, until April14th. Heidi loves the candy colors of the garden and expresses that love in her own individual style.Mezzanine Gallery: Now showing Shirley Cordes-Rogozinsky “The Art of Living” from April 1 to June 14. Shirley, currently of St. Albert, describes her work as: ‘From hands that are no stranger to the soil, from a soul akin to nature; I see relevance in the mundane, worthy of expression on canvas. My paintings find their origins in the art of daily living; personal memories, and experiences.’Blue Curve Gallery: now exhibiting Val Solash's "Impermanence" until April 30. Val is a long-in-the-tooth emerging artist who is influenced by nature, spending many hours hiking and exploring rural backroads to study landscapes both intimate and vast. She is fascinated with decaying trees; the innards laid bare, the folds and scars, the insect workings, the lichens and mosses. "The impermanence of one being sustains the existence of many more and I find a perfect beauty in that."Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, 10230 111 Avenue, Edmonton. Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The exhibit was inspired by Bette and Wanda’s common passion for one of the oldest arts to date. Drawing has been one of the most enjoyable activities in their studios, where each get lost in the lines. Both artists respect the skills and importance of producing a good drawing before proceeding with a painting. The practice and commitment to achieve a personal style is an ongoing process. The artists work with charcoal, graphite and inks, pushing the borders with mark making, textures and rich patterns. Together, they share a common interest in their subjects of everyday objects and find an array of inspiration in their homes and gardens, drawing forth as the word implies, compositions that excite. One must be brave to make that first line across the blank paper to feel the creativity begin. The artists would hope that their collection of work would encourage others to reach for their drawing tools, take the risk, go off the path and enjoy the process of … finding their lines. VASA Gallery at the Hemingway Centre, 25 Sir Winston Churchill Ave., from April 1 until April 25. Meet the artists, Saturday, April 5 from 1 to 4 p.m.
The desire to furnish one's home goes beyond the mere practical. We seek comfort, beauty, meaning and individuality along with function. Many people reinforce who they are through their home; from a wall hanging, a handcrafted entry table, a favourite chair or a cherished ceramic serving bowl. Many craft artists work towards objects that will be used and loved daily. Designed to encourage customers to buy and collect local hand-crafted furnishings and products for their homes, this exhibition features over 50 pieces by 21 Alberta Craft Council members. Furnish features a wide variety of contemporary home furnishings. Participants: Margie Davidson, Harry Hamilton, Crys Harse, Doug Haslam, George Heagle, Matt Heide, Michael Holton, Gail Hunt, Kenton Jeske, Jay Kimball, Diane Krys, Chris Kubash, Mike Lam, Rachelle LeBlanc, Linda McBain Cuyler, Stan Otto, Connie Pike, Sarah Pike, Talar & Jean Claude Prefontaine, Jeweliyana Reece, Kirby Scott, Carol & Richard Selfridge. Runs from April 5 to July 5, with an opening reception: Saturday, April 5 from 2 to 4 p.m. Alberta Craft Council Gallery, 10186 - 106 St.
Tours run 20 minutes per pyramid and feature some of the most fascinating, beautiful and bizarre plants in our collection. Guided tours of the pyramids take place Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays. For details, visit: www.edmonton.ca/attractions_recreation/attractions/muttart-conservatory.aspx Muttart Conservatory, 9626 96A St. Regular admission fees apply.
Stroll through romantic roses and sprays of hydrangeas and geraniums in the annual wedding. On until June 15. Muttart Conservatory, 9626 96A St. Regular admission fees apply.
Honk!, written by British songwriting duo George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, is an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale The Ugly Duckling. When the last egg in a country duck’s nest hatches into an ungainly bird of unusual origin, the peaceful farm is thrown for a loop. Nicknamed ‘Ugly’ by his tormentors, the young bird soon embarks on a journey of self-discovery beyond the barnyard gates, pursued by his steadfast mother and a ravenous tomcat intent on putting duckling on the menu. Perfect for students and families, the show contains a powerful anti-bullying message about accepting others for who they are — while at the same time learning to love your own inherent uniqueness. Filled with heartwarming melodies, colourful characters, and clever lyrics, Honk! is a musical adventure for the child in everyone! (Though it has enough smarm and cheek to entertain the adult in everyone too!) Honk! spreads its wings and takes off nightly at 7 p.m.starting April 17,with matinee performances on Saturdays and Sundays. (With a bonus show on Friday April 25th at 12:30 p.m.) Tickets: $25 general admission, $20/students and $70/family of four. PCL Studio Theatre, 10330 84 Ave. Tickets available by calling 780-420-1757 or online at: www.tixonthesquare.ca
After the success of last year’s “Small is Beautiful” event, we are pleased to announce that Earth’s General Store will again be the host for this year’s Edmonton Earth Day Celebration. Featured at the event will be music provided by John Spearn and friends Michelle Boudreau and Paula Eve Kirman. There will be some “how-to” eco-displays and workshops, and tai chi demonstrations by FLK/Taoist Tai Chi TM running throughout the day. Families will have an opportunity to participate in some “Recycled Play” with our favorite fashionistas “Garbaganza” as they bring their artistry and eco-friendly fun to the event. Join us on Sunday, April 27 from noon to 4 p.m. in front of Earth’s General Store (www.egs.ca) and Adara Hair & Body Studio, 9605 – 82nd Ave., corner of 96th St. and 82nd Ave., and will provide a family friendly wrap-up to a week of Earth Day celebrations. Check: http://edmontonearthday.ca/ for updates regarding this and additional events happening during Earth Day week! Note: Visitors are advised to walk, bike or bus to the event, as on-site parking is extremely limited.
The Edmonton Poetry Festival begins on Sunday April 20 with an event featuring New Mexican poet and musician, Joy Harjo. Monday to Friday during the festival, you can check out “Poetry Central” in Churchill Square. Get information about the festival, pick up a program, and do a bunch of other cool things like make a poem with our word blocks (so cool!). Poetry Central is open daily in Churchill Square, Monday April 21 to Friday April 25. There are other events, too – readings, workshops, open mikes and a poetry slam! For a complete schedule, visit: www.edmontonpoetryfestival.com/schedule
Working on your family tree? Need help? Don’t miss this opportunity! Come to the Gen Fair! Bring your questions about: beginning genealogy; Canada/U.S.A., Compugene (genealogy related software); England/Wales; Germany; Scotland; Ukrain/Galicia/Bukovina/Austria; Daughters of the American Revolution; Mayflower descendants; United Empire Loyalists.Saturday, April 26at the Parkview Community League Hall, 9135 – 146 Street, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. $5/person; $15/family – register at the door. Bring cash – vendor tables on site. Presented by the Alberta Genealogical Society. Website: abgensoc.ca
There is an overwhelming list of apps to choose from for your Android and iOS devices. Come and find out what apps library staff have used and love on Tuesday, April 29 from 2 to 3 p.m.Register in advance at the second floor information desk, or call 780-459-1682. St. Albert Public Library, 5 St. Anne Street.
Michael Verheul, owner and operator of Hi Q Greenhouses, will be back to tell us what is new in this exciting area. Light refreshments will be served.Bonus draw at each session for a City of St. Albert rain barrel. Members: $20 per session. Non-members: $25 or three for $20 each with advance payment.To register, call 780-458-7163 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Wednesday, April 30 from 7 to 9 p.m.at the John Beedle Centre, at St. Albert Botanic Park 265 Sturgeon Road, 1 km east of Boudreau Road. Website: www.stalbertbotanicpark.com
Join us on Saturday, May 3, at the Crossroads Church, 32 St. – Highway 2, Red Deer. Registration: 9 a.m.; Seminar: 1 p.m. Members: $20/person/couple; non-members: $30/person/couple; memberships available at door. Lunch: $10. For more info: FHOA: 403-245-4438, email email@example.com; Else Pedersen 403-783-3433.
Program theme: Silent Auction 2014.Join us Friday, April 25 at the Sturgeon Valley Golf & Country Club, 25114 Sturgeon Rd. Doors open at 8:30 a.m., breakfast at 9 a.m.Cost: $19/person. There will be a door prize for someone in attendance this month. New members welcome; first year membership free! RSVP to Dale Smith 780-471-5519.
Seniors issues: how important are they to you? We invite all interested individuals to attend. SUN St. Albert welcomes Cpl. Laurel Kading, St. Albert RCMP who will speak on frauds and scams. Monday, April 28 at 1:30 p.m.NOTE CORRECT LOCATION: Cornerstone Hall, 6 Taché Street. Members of the public welcome; no admission charge. For more information call Dick at 780-460-7736.
Learn about different aspects and levels of biodiversity from the broad perspective of habitats to the relationships of species and their genetic makeup in this interactive exhibit from the Royal Ontario Museum. Habitat destruction is the most serious threat to biodiversity, but there are others as well. Particular problems in this era of globalization are the trade in endangered species and the introduction of non-native species, which can have devastating consequences. Fortunately there are people and organizations that strive to preserve or restore native habitats, and Hands-on Nature encourages participation in these efforts. Find out about different habitats, the relationships between species and the gene pools of particular species. Check out the colourful display cases that explore: Diversity of life, Biomes of Canada, Species Interactions, Invasive Species, Endangered Species and Conservation. Hands On Nature features the diversity of life in Canada and emphasizes our role as Canadians in preserving and restoring the habitats around us. Exhibit runs from April 1 to June 8. Musée Héritage Museum, 5 St. Anne Street, St. Albert.
Be inspired by beautiful wall art, whimsical dolls, colourful quilts, stunning wearable art and pictorial rugs. Over 100 fibre art pieces are featured in the Western Threads: Contemporary Fibre Art exhibition. 'Fibre art' is a post Second World War term that describes the work done by artists using fibre as an art medium. Fibre artists today continue to experiment and use innovative techniques to breathe new life into ancient fibre techniques. Today, photo transfer techniques and computer-generated designs are applied to traditional quilting, rug hooking and weaving techniques. Fibre artists who strictly adhere to traditional techniques enliven their work with new materials to add texture, colour and luminosity. This exhibition brings together the remarkable work by members of the Focus on Fibre Art Association, the Heritage Rug Hookers of Saskatoon and the Studio Art Quilt Associates, Western Canadian Branch. Vibrant colours and rich textures provide the "common thread" for these exquisitely uncommon works of art.Opens Saturday, April 12 at the Royal Alberta Museum, 12845 – 102 Ave. Website: www.royalalbertamuseum.ca
Celebrating its 50th year of enriching lives and music making in the Edmonton and surrounding area, the Cosmopolitan Music Society (CMS) is proud to present its In-House Concert Series Join CMS for afternoons of great music, special guests and after-concert refreshments at the Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre. The In-House Concert Series features Edmonton-based professional musicians who have had an association with CMS as former members, clinicians or supporters. Tuesday Band Concert: This performance features special guest John McPherson, Principal Trombone of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.Sunday, April 6 at 2:30 p.m.Wednesday Band Concert: This performance features special guest Alvin Lowrey, Principal Trumpet Emeritus of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Sunday, April 13 at 2:30 p.m.Cosmopolitan Chorus Concert: This performance features special guest Robert Clark, an Edmonton-based Tenor. Sunday, April 27 at 2:30 p.m. Since 1963, the Cosmopolitan Music Society of Edmonton has been helping music lovers become music makers with its award-winning community concert band programs and community chorus. Everyone is welcome, as the CMS gives amateur adult musicians and singers the opportunity to read, learn and perform quality concert band and choral music at all levels of ability, from beginner to advanced, under professional music direction. Tickets are available for purchase in advance for $10, or at the door for $12 (8426 Gateway Boulevard; 780-432-9333; firstname.lastname@example.org). For more information about the In-House Concert Series, 50th Anniversary Weekend, or the Cosmopolitan Music Society, visit www.cosmopolitanmusic.org.
The Royal Canadian College of Organists, Edmonton, presents Tim Pyper of Calgary. This is the final concert of our 2014 Organic – Organ in Concert Series. A New York state graduate (Eastman School of Music and Cornell University), award-winning Canadian organist Tim Pyper performs on the 1909 Casavant organ at First Presbyterian Church in Edmonton. Appointed in 2010 as music director and organist at Cathedral Church of the Redeemer in Calgary, Tim Pyper continues a long line of distinguished Canadian musicians who have brought strong and creative musical leadership to Calgary. Organics – Organ in Concert was founded as Sundays at Three in1980. We bring world-class musicians, our local artists and up-and-comers in the organ world while show-casing the high calibre instruments of our city. Tickets: $25/adults; $22/seniors; $15/students, available through Tix on the Square or at the door.Friday, April 25, at 8 p.m.,First Presbyterian Church, 10025 – 105 Street.
Loosen your tie, pour yourself a highball – this is the music of the Mad Men era. Steven Reineke leads the ESO and Sherwood Park's own rising Broadway star Ryan Silverman in the Top Forty of the early 1960s. A few ounces of Paul Anka, a shot of Brenda Lee and even a splash of Bacharach – all mixed into a Mad Men musical cocktail!Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26 at 8 p.m.,Winspear Centre for Music. Ticket info from: 780-428-1414 or www.winspearcentre.com
“thing New York” is an experimental music collective giving the Canadian première of their collectively-written short opera, This Takes Place Close By, a set of operatic meditations on the difficulty of talking about natural disasters from a geographical and temporal distance. Scenes revolve around the themes of darkness, quietness, and loneliness, exploring the private terrors of those trapped in wreckage, the confusion of loved ones and spectators, and the cynicism of those who see the destruction as romantic desolation. It explores the eerie and the absurd through instrumental and sonic soundscapes, sung and whispered speech, disjointed sentences and linguistic play, and offers a look at the mediating technologies that enable us to spectate as other parts of the world are destroyed. Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 10037 84th Ave., Saturday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m.Tickets: $20/general; $15/students, seniors; $10/New Music Edmonton member. Tickets available at the door or through Tix on the Square.
The Alberta Historical Resources Foundation is asking Albertans to help honour outstanding contributions in heritage preservation. The Alberta Historical Resources Foundation Heritage Awards recognize the outstanding achievements of Albertans engaged in heritage preservation, protection and promotion. Awards are presented in four categories: Heritage Conservation, Heritage Awareness, Municipal Heritage Preservation and Outstanding Achievement. The Heritage Conservation category has been expanded for 2014 and nominations will now be accepted for projects involving the conservation and interpretation of palaeontological and archaeological resources. Self-nominations will also be accepted. The 2014 Heritage Awards will be presented in conjunction with Alberta Culture’s Municipal Heritage Forum. The awards ceremony will take place at the Forum’s opening reception in Red Deer, October 16 with forum sessions hosted in nearby Lacombe, October 16 and 17. Since 2005, 33 awards have been presented recognizing the outstanding contributions of individuals, organizations, municipalities and businesses in heritage preservation and conservation. Full details and nomination forms are available at: http://culture.alberta.ca/ahrf/heritageawards.aspx. Deadline for nomination is July 15.
The Community Volunteer Income Tax Program will help those with low income, seniors and those with disabilities complete income tax forms at no charge. This service is available at the Community Information and Volunteer Centre office, #10, 215 Carnegie Dr. Phone 780-459-6666 to book an appointment. Some restrictions apply.
Grindstone Theatre is excited to bring back this popular improvised musical! This two act improvised show defies all expectations with a different show every Friday night. There's no script, and no safety net! Improvised on the spot, with random ideas and suggestions from the audience, the cast creates characters and situations that go from funny, to intelligent, to downright silly, all in 90 minutes. Running every Friday evening at 11 p.m. at The Varscona Theatre, 10329 – 83 Ave., Ticket info available from 780-420-1757 or online at: www.tixonthesquare.ca
By William Shakespeare. Directed by Tom Wood. Featuring the 2014 participants of the Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre program. The greatest love story of all time takes to the Citadel’s Maclab Theatre, featuring the participants of the 2014 Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre program and the creative team that brought you A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2012). Runs from April 5 to 27 at the Citadel Theatre complex, 9828 – 101A Ave. For ticket info, call 780-425-1820. For more details, visit: www.citadeltheatre.com
By Michael Kennard & John Turner. Featuring: Michael Kennard and John Turner. Directed by Karen Hines. Their first new show in four years, Canada's notorious Clowns of Horror are back on the Roxy stage. Returning to their roots, expect this devilish duo to try and survive in the chaos of a nightmarish world. Runs April 8 to 27. Tues. to Sat. at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Roxy Theatre, 10708 – 124 St. For ticket info call 780-420-1757 or go online to: www.tixonthesquare.ca
The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical comedy. Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar, music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison. It is a parody of American musical comedy of the 1920s. The story focuses on a middle-aged, asocial musical theatre fan; as he plays the record of his favourite musical, the (fictional) 1928 hit The Drowsy Chaperone, the show comes to life onstage as he wryly comments on the music, the story, and actors. Presented by Two ONE-WAY Tickets To Broadway Productions. Runs from April 18 to 27, at La Cite (Theatre), 8627 91 Street. Ticket info from 780-420-1757 or online at www.tixonthesquare.ca
The Scona Theatre Company’s In the Heights features music andlyrics by Lin Miranda. Miranda’s script and score tell the universal story of a vibrant Manhattan neighbourhood, on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures where sometimes the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you and which you leave behind. Step into the super hot Tony Award-winning In The Heights featuring a fusion of music and dance from across Latin America made fresh with the urban New York vibe. Running at the ATB Arts Barns, 10330 – 84 Ave., from April 22 to 26.To purchase tickets or for more information, call 780-420-1757 or Strathcona High School 780-439-3957 or visit the website: www.strathconatheatreco.com
Dr. Bob Hyde, a successful psychiatrist, just wants to have a quiet, peaceful weekend at his country estate, where he can commune with nature and relax in his Jacuzzi, far away from his patients. No such luck. In burst an assortment of crazed or just plain eccentric characters, from his neurotic to end all neurotics patient Dorothy Putney, to his daughter Caroline who is dropping out of her seventh college to go and live in a tent in Colorado and who has stopped by for moral support and money, to Caroline's mother and Hyde's ex wife Jennifer, a master of facetious wise cracks and particularly adept at draining Dr. Bob of alimony money. When Dorothy's husband Norman, who thinks his wife is having an affair with Hyde, shows up with a gun, this wildly paced farce really hits its stride, and things build and build to an hilarious climax. Dinner theatre, presented by St. Albert Theatre Troupe. For more info, visit: www.stalberttheatre.com/ To purchase tickets, call or call 780-222-0102 or visit our website.Runs April 24-25-26and May 1-2-3, 8-9-10 in the Kinsmen Korral, 47 Riel Drive.
By Craig Wright. Off-Broadway producer Felix Artifex has bought the rights to stage a gargantuan theatre epic about the French Revolution. And he has one night to make it all work. Welcome to a world of demanding actors, dithering playwrights, domineering directors, desperate deadlines and disappointing coffee. Welcome to the most hellish and hilarious evening in the life of Felix Artifex.Running April 30 to May 18 at Shadow Theatre, at the Varscona Theatre, 10329 83rd Ave. For ticket info, call 780-420-1757 or purchase online at: www.tixonthesquare.ca
The teen line is a telephone and internet service manned by teens and young adult staff and volunteers, who have participated in a 40-hour training. They are available to talk, chat, or just listen when you want to talk to someone your age. Volunteers are between the ages of 15 and 25 years old and are trained to be there for teens and the issues that they face. Often just talking about what’s going on with someone who is non-judgmental and caring is all a person needs. If you need help or just want to talk with someone, the teen line is here. Teen line offers referrals for further support to youth organizations, counseling, social service agencies, and follow-up to those as the need dictates. Confidentiality, privacy and safety are of utmost importance and procedures are in place to build and maintain trust between the callers and the teen line workers. Volunteers obtain hands-on experience within a well-known Christian ministry. Many of the volunteers are college/university students who receive the training and donate dozens of hours, giving them credit in their college curriculum, preparing them for jobs in social work, pastoral care, chaplaincy or other types of community support job functions. Teen Support Line hours including phone and chat:Tuesday to Saturday 5 to 9 p.m. MST. Phone: 780-488-1414. Website: www.teensupportline.net
Do you provide care for a family member or friend who is living with challenges due to disability, illness, or old age? Then you are a caregiver. Our workshop provides a safe and understanding environment to help you reduce stress, decrease guilt, learn how to get the most out of the system, and begin to care for yourself. The unexpected responsibilities of caring for a loved one can be over-whelming. Compass is led by former caregivers, and we care about you. You are not alone; let us give you tools for coping and even thriving. Tuesdays starting April 29 from 1 to 3 p.m.;cost: $40 (includes manual). Takes place at the St. Albert 50+ Club7 Taché Street.For information and registration: the St. Albert 50+ Club at 780-459-0433 ext. 0. Contact the ACGA for more information at 780-453-5088.