Come out for Duplicate Bridge, Monday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the St. Albert 50+ Club, 7 Taché St.
Interested in gardening but have no space at home? Want to grow your own fresh veggies? Gate Avenue Neighbourhood Garden has 24 4x4 square-foot gardens available. We are located at 12 Gate Avenue, on the Christian Reformed Church property. If you would like a plot of your own this summer, call Lynn at 780-458-7568, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Johanna at 780-458-8127. Come out and meet other gardeners! Share seeds and gardening tips and stories. Planting night Wednesday, May 29 at 7 p.m. (weather permitting)!
The Rainmaker will continue its tradition of being one of Alberta’s most popular and anticipated events for the whole family. There are concerts on Friday and Saturday evenings and fortify yourself with the pancake breakfast at St. Albert Place from 7 to 10 a.m. on Saturday morning before the parade begins at 9:30 a.m. The parade starts on Liberton Drive and winds down St. Vital Avenue through to downtown St. Albert on Perron Street, in front of City Hall and then along Sir Winston Churchill Avenue ending at Lions Park. Then head to the rodeo grounds for the ground-pounding excitement of Alberta’s largest semi-pro rodeo events. Enjoy Ricky Ticky Wanchuk, this year’s rodeo clown. Everybody loves the extraordinary performances of the Dynamo Dogs! Visit the petting zoo and take in the West Coast Lumberjacks.Everyone will want to take in the thrills of the midway. And don’t miss the shopping opportunities at The Marketplace! Runs May 24 to 26! Stay tuned to the rodeo’s official website: www.rainmaker.ab.ca for updated information.
On this day 250 cities in 33 countries on seven continents are coming together to take back our food supply and protect the Earth. Bring your friends and family, your voices and banners as we stand up for each other's rights to healthy clean food. The march will be about 45 minutes long, with entertainment to follow. Join us Saturday, May 25, from noon to 4 p.m. at End of Steel Park, 8720 – 104 St. Learn more at: Facebook – March Against Monsanto Edmonton and Twitter @MAMEdmonton
Artwork, prizes, popcorn, finger food, juice and refreshing wine and beer to enjoy. In an effort to ensure that the artists themselves make money at our fundraiser Harcourt House has decided to scrap the old auction idea and replace it with an art market. The artists themselves will be handling the sales and keeping the proceeds. Drop in and see the wide variety of work by practicing artists from Edmonton and surrounding areas. Enjoy some snacks and liquid refreshments. Talk to the artists (maybe even haggle). Get to know your neighbours. In the evening, when the market is over, go next door to the Annex and check out Gene Kosowan and various electronic musicians experiment with a musical compilation to the movie "Plan 9 from Outer Space." Activities: 1 to 4 p.m. on the front lawn: interactive rock balancing with Lisa Supruniuk. 1 to 4 p.m. in the gallery: art-on-paper card workshop with Stephanie McComb. 4 to 7 p.m. in the gallery: linocut print-at-home workshop with Megan Stein. Saturday, May 25 from 1 to 7 p.m. in our gallery spaces, third floor, 10215-112 Street, Edmonton. Hope to see you there!
Chloe Albert is ready to celebrate the release of her highly anticipated second album “Dream Catcher.” A Canadian tour will follow the release of “Dream Catcher” and you won’t want to miss your chance to hear her new tracks live in Edmonton before anyone else! Funkafeelya, an energetic local funk band fronted by female singer Aubrey Young, will start the party off. Tickets for the show are $21.75 and for a mere $16.25 more you can pick up a copy of the new soon-to-be-classic album “Dream Catcher.” Find out more at www.chloealbert.com Sunday, May 26, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Cosmopolitan Music Society, 8426 Gateway Blvd.
An evening of music to raise funds to support Somalian orphans. Featuring the choirs of Rio Terrace Moravian Church, Trinity United Church and St. Albert United Church. Sunday, May 26 at 7 p.m., Trinity United Church - 8810 Meadowlark Road. Family of 1 to 4 people: $20. Seniors: $10. To purchase tickets, call 780-487-0211 or 780-489-0860; tickets also available at the door. Free will offering for refreshments.
It’s the 21st annual show and shine from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 26 at St. Albert Centre on St. Albert Trail. Entries: $10/vehicle, proceeds support Stop Abuse in Families. Contact Blair: 780-458-0445.
Club 60 Roses, Legal’s seniors’ club, will be celebrating its 40th anniversary! Please join us for our open house. There will be presentations at 2:30 p.m., along with honoured guests, refreshments and fellowship. Sunday, May 26 from 2 to 5 p.m. at 5320A-46 St. in Legal.
The WALK for ALS is an annual event held in communities across Canada. The walks are a collaboration between the provincial ALS societies and the ALS Society of Canada. The WALK for ALS raises funds for support services for those affected by ALS and for research into the causes, treatments and a cure for this devastating disease. On Saturday June 1, join the WALK for ALS in Spruce Grove’s Central Park. Registration: 9 a.m., start: 10 a.m. Please visit www.walkforals.caand www.alsab.cafor further details.
Each year, public works organizes the "Take it or Leave it" event to give residents a chance to unload unwanted items and to pick up items that they may want. Saturday, June 1, in the Servus Place parking lot from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information or inquiries please call 780-459-1557 or see http://www.stalbert.ca/tioli
Join us at Art Gallery of St. Albert for our 23rd annual fundraiser! From June 1 to 22, one foot by one foot artwork will fill the gallery walls in a grid format, as well as 3D and other artworks. On June 1, artwork sales will commence in the evening. The evening will feature a live musician and a raffle. All one foot by one foot artworks will sell for $100, $150 or $200 each. Enjoy a party atmosphere while supporting St. Albert’s public art gallery and regional artists! Funds raised directly support Art Gallery of St. Albert’s exhibitions and programs. Admission: $20 in advance (purchase at AGSA, 19 Perron St.) or $25 at the door; includes hors d’oeuvres, entertainment and an evening of fine art, friends and fun. Join us Saturday, June 1 at the Art Gallery of St. Albert. Doors open at 7 p.m.
In support of The Friends of Bertha Kennedy School. Live painting performance by Lewis Lavoie, Robert Murray, art by Phil Alain. Silent and live auctions run from 7 to 10 p.m. Late lunch will be served; car bar; no minors please. Saturday, June 1 – doors open at 6:30 p.m., held at St. Albert Kinsmen Korral. Tickets: $20 available by calling the school at 780-458-6101 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or call 780-913-3160 after school hours.
This exhibition showcases 42 works of historic Canadian art by renowned artists such as Emily Carr, Lawren Harris, A.Y Jackson, David Milne and Tom Thomson. Featuring a majority of landscape images, this exhibition lets AGA Members and visitors experience classic depictions of the varied Canadian landscape—from coast to coast. This exhibition also speaks to the role of collecting and how collections contribute to the shaping of both art history and national identity. Hart House, at the University of Toronto, began its art collection in the first half of the 20th century, and its collecting activity at that time focused on the work of the Group of Seven and other affiliated artists. The art collection rapidly gained a national reputation, and works were frequently loaned to important international exhibitions, leading to the promotion of a particular image of Canada and Canadian art. Runs from March 9 to July 1 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
This exhibit was organized by the National Gallery of Canada as part of the National Gallery of Canada at the Art Gallery of Alberta exhibition program. This exhibition presents over 60 drawings and prints from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries by some of the greatest Dutch artists, such as Jan van Goyen, Jacob van Ruisdael and Rembrandt van Rijn. This exhibition also includes a rare view of an 1881 work by Vincent van Gogh. Runs until June 16 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
In 1975, the Ernest E. Poole Foundation donated 90 works of art to The Edmonton Art Gallery, now known as the Art Gallery of Alberta. This gift remains the most significant donation made to the AGA’s collection of historical Canadian art. It consists of works of Canadian art from the late 19th and early 20thcenturies, including important pieces by Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven, as well as midcentury modernists and renowned westerners such as James Henderson. The exhibition features key works from the 1975 donation and looks at how this bequest has shaped the AGA’s collections and how the legacy of Edmonton’s Poole family has shaped the discourse of Canadian art history.Runs until July 1 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
An expressive and innovative ceramic artist, Barbara Tipton has explored the aesthetic as well as technical elements of clay for over three decades. Her work has been shown in exhibitions across Canada as well as internationally. Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Barbara received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics from Memphis College of Art and a Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics from Ohio State University. She made the move to Southern Alberta in 1986. Tipton says, “An experiment to create a cup-like shape on the wheel without physically touching the clay resulted in my most recent sculptural work. My intention with these objects is to work rapidly so that the clay retains a "fresh" quality. Glazing these works has become a lengthy process of building up layers, adding imagery or further visual texture. Many of the works retain their visual identity as cup and saucer; others retain those origins only marginally. Whatever the outcome, my aim is not to be too specific, and I'm pleased when a certain amount of ambiguity creeps in.” Exhibit runs from April 6 to July 2 at the Alberta Craft Council Feature Gallery - 10186-106 St. Join us for the artist reception on Saturday, April 6 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Four Alberta visual artists: Penny Corradine, Natalie Kurzuk, Kathryn Manry & Pam Weber, share their unique visions and personal responses to Corax brachyrhychos, the American crow.These artists offer diverse 2D and 3D visual responses to these big black birds. Their images of crows reference mythology, avian sociology, ornithology and even humour. Exhibit runs from April 18 to May 25 at Visual Arts Alberta Gallery, 3rd floor, 10215 – 112 St. Edmonton. Gallery hours: Wed.-Fri. from10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. Join us for the opening reception on Thursday, April 18 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. For additional information, contact Sharon Moore-Foster at 780-421-1731 email email@example.com
The VASA artists are at it again, bringing their audience a selection of work new to the gallery. This all-member show is fitting because as the month closes, so does our first year in the Hemingway Centre. We have more than 70 members in VASA and this show will reveal a glimpse of some of the talent that lies within our group. Exhibit runs from May 2 to June 1 at VASA in the Hemingway Centre, 25 Sir Winston Churchill Ave. Telephone 780-460-5993. Gallery hours: Tues. to Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays until 8 p.m., Other times by chance or by appointment, 780-460-5993. Join us for the opening reception on Saturday, April 6 from 1 to 4 p.m.; the artists will be in attendance.
Join us for the 18th St. Albert high school student exhibition. Talented young artists from Bellerose Composite, École Secondaire Paul Kane, St. Albert Catholic,École Secondaire Sainte Marguerite d'Youvilleand Outreach high schools showcase their artworks and present collaborative works inspired by technology.Opening reception and art exhibition on Thursday, May 2, from 6 to 9 p.m., during the first Art Walk of the season. Art Gallery of St. Albert, 19 Perron Street, phone 780-460-4310. Exhibit runs from May 2 to 25.
Lynn Malin’s work depicts the interaction between our footprint on the world and the persistent forces of nature. This tension is mitigated by the grids and patterns, which act as stand-ins for human intervention. Malin gravitates toward an aerial point of view of landscape; the title of Malin’s current exhibition, “Above Ground,” refers to this perspective. It suggests looking down on the land and observing what transpires and how the land is changing and being scored, ploughed, seeded, gridded, exploited, and used. Yet a sense of optimism imbues Malin’s paintings and mixed media drawings. Life and nature, even in all its complexity and pain, is celebrated and honoured. Exhibit runs from May 4 to 25. Join us for the opening reception on Saturday, May 4 from 1 to 4 p.m. The artist will be in attendance. Scott Gallery, 10411 - 124 St. Regular gallery hours areTuesdays to Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Neighbourhood Icons is a chronicle of sculpted ceramic characters by Edmonton artist Ritchie Velthuis. His subjects tell a diverse and colourful story (real or imagined) about the people in the Edmonton community. “As a figurative sculptor and consummate people watcher, all I have to do is walk out the door to become inspired. I am drawn to subjects whose visual esthetic tells a story and typically my subjects are chosen at first glance. It is as if their image is emblazoned into my visual memory and will not leave my psyche. Other subjects take a while to reveal themselves and it is their unique stories or involvement in the community that inspires a sculpture.” Velthuis is a trained graphic artist who has devoted the last 25 years to exploring sculpture in various mediums including clay, resin, stone, cement, ice and snow. In recent years he has been fortunate to share his expertise with others and teaches figurative sculpture and various other ceramic courses in art centres and schools throughout Edmonton. Exhibit runs from May 11 to June 15 at the Alberta Craft Council 10186 - 106 St. Join us for the artist reception on Saturday, May 11 from 2 to 4 p.m.
The ukulele has a long history beginning in Hawaii in the 1890s. The last decade has seen a resurgence in popularity for this instrument due in part to YouTube featuring videos of budding musicians singing to its accompaniment or covering a popular song. Making Notes is an exhibition of eight ukuleles that follow the timeline for Edmonton artist Andy Brooks in his development, knowledge and skills as an instrument maker. Each piece is accompanied by a detailed description of the materials used as well as notes on problems encountered, discoveries made and motivations for design, techniques and woods chosen. These instruments, though small and light, require the same tools, time, and patience to build as a much larger instrument, such as a guitar. The woods used in each instrument need to be quite thin and light to allow sound waves to move freely, but not so thin as to distort under string tension. Brooks likes the process required to make each part of the instrument, as opposed to buying pre-shaped, sanded components which are glued together. The process allows him the choice in size, shape, and colours of components which may break with tradition and attain a unique quality; each having a different look and sound. The instruments are meant to be handled and played, with comfort, control and tone at the forefront. Brooks, a self-taught craftsman in wood and stone, has formally studied technical drawing, graphic arts, and holds a teaching degree from the University of Alberta. Building of ukuleles is one of many creative outlets which allow him to try different tools and techniques. This is a natural step in his progression as a craftsmen, as it requires technical knowledge to attain good sound, patience to gain good fit and creativity to mix colour, texture and shape to produce an integrated whole. Exhibit runs from May 11 to June 15 at the Alberta Craft Council 10186 - 106 St. Join us for the artist reception on Saturday, May 11 from 2 to 4 p.m.
This wedding themed show will spark new romance and rekindle old flames. Couples experience sights and smells in abundance of pink and blue mop head Hydrandeas, Pericallis, Fuchsia and highlighted with delicate Gypsophila. This show will be changed part way through to Martha Washington Geraniums. Displaying a water feature, arches and towering white pillars, the overwhelming beauty of this show is sure to sweep guests off their feet. Running from May 11 to July 28. Muttart Conservatory, 9626 96A St. Regular admission fees apply.
Why is biodiversity important? Join us in celebration of International Day for Biodiversity (May 22). Find out just how many species of plants, animals and insects call Edmonton home. Find out how Edmonton’s biodiversity changes with the seasons. Discover how we can attract and keep different kids of wildlife in our urban areas all year round and share your wildlife stories and sighting with others. Wednesdays through Saturdays, May 19 to June 1 at 3:30 p.m. in the Exhibit Room. Daily at 11 a.m. in the Exhibit Room, meet some of our local amphibian and reptile species up close. If you’re lucky, you may get to watch a salamander, frog or snake eat its lunch! Mon., Wed., Fri. and Sat. at 1 p.m., join us on a guided walk. We’ll meet near the fire pit, and an interpreter will take us on an engaging guided walk of the trails surrounding the nature centre. Outdoor nature play means games, music and using your imagination. Get active and have fun with nature, Sun., Tues. and Thurs. at 1 p.m. at the fire pit. May’s theme is Social Butterflies: have fun learning about animals that work and live together in large groups as we play games such as Migration Madness, Chickadee Huddle, Run Rabbit Run and more! Indoor nature play takes place Mon., Wed. and Fri. at 2:30 p.m. at the Tegler Discovery Zone. In May, play the Pollen Relay Race: flowers are blooming! Learn how insects communicate and how they play an important role in pollination. Children will get the chance to use their new knowledge as they participate in a pollen relay race. Every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday at 2:30 p.m., explore the pond and look for dragonfly nymphs, tadpoles, water striders and other freshwater creatures. Help us keep track of how life in the pond changes throughout the spring and summer. Saturdays at 2:30 p.m., we’ll meet at the fire pit for the Great Bug Hunt! Get our your magnifying glasses to find dozens (maybe even hundreds) of different types of insects around the nature centre. Learn to identify them with the help of an interpreter. Sundays at 3:30 p.m. we’ll gather at the fire it then head out on the trails to experience nature in a new, hands-on way with active exploration and trail-based games. John Janzen Nature Centre, corner of Fox Dr. and Whitemud Dr. Regular admission fees apply.
Few will dispute that humans find flowers beautiful, but who are these beguiling blossoms really putting on the show for? Come discover some of the most alluring flowers of the pyramids, find out who they are trying to attract, learn about their methods of seduction and discover what they look like through an insect’s eyes. Guided tours of the pyramids begin at noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26 from noon to 4 p.m. Muttart Conservatory, 9626 96A St. Regular admission fees apply.
Hosted by the St. Albert BMX Club! This province wide event is aimed at promoting the Olympic sport of BMX racing and the St. Albert BMX Club will be hosting free trials to new riders aged 5 and up! If you have never ridden a BMX track and would love to try, this is your chance! If you don't have a bike or equipment, we can loan it to you! All you have to do is dress for BMX (long sleeves, long pants, fully-closed shoes) and we can provide the rest. This offer is for those brand new to the sport. Parents must accompany minor children, and please remember that quantities are limited for loaner equipment. See our website for info on BMX racing here in St. Albert at www.stalbertbmx.com or visit www.albertabicycle.ab.ca for event details. Admission is free, spectators welcome. Join us at St. Albert BMX on Sunday May 26, from 5 to 8 p.m. (weather permitting). Our world-class facility is located at 41 Riel Dr. See what BMX is all about! We'll show you how to crank it up!
Celebrate and learn all about Edmonton’s River Valley biodiversity! Visit a salamander, see a garter snake, go on a bug hunt or play some outdoor nature games! Edmonton Valley Zoo’s Travelling Zoo Van will stop by with some local animal friends for you to meet too! Sunday, May 26 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the John Janzen Nature Centre, corner of Fox Dr. and Whitemud Dr. Regular admission fees apply.
A fun-filled family event. Meet beautiful butterflies from around the world in our Tropical Showhouse. Make bug and butterfly crafts by our Calla Pond, decorate a butterfly cookie, catch some interesting creatures with our nature interpreters, and learn about the wonderful world of butterflies. Dress up as your favorite bug or butterfly and spend a wonderful spring day outdoors with the butterflies at the Garden! Event goes rain or shine – craft activities will be moved indoors if it rains. Many Butterfly Day activities are free with regular admission. Nominal charge for some crafts. Unlimited crafts with purchase of an additional Craft Passport at a cost of $3. Garden Season Pass holders and Friends of the Garden members get free admission for this event. Sunday, May 26 from noon to 3 p.m. around the Calla Pond and in the Butterfly House. The Devonian Botanic Garden is located 5 km. north of Devon on Highway 60. For more info, call 780-987-3054, ext. 2243. Free with regular admission.
The Vocal Arts Festival offers innovative performances debuting Canada’s finest emerging artists. the festival spans six weeks with over 20 concerts of diverse vocal genres including artsong, sacred music, broadway and light opera. each summer three main stage operas are presented. Goes from May 24 to June 28. Ticket prices vary. Events take place at the Timms Centre for the Arts, 112 street and 87 Ave., and various locations throughout University. Find all the details at: vocalartsfestival.ca
The most wonderful time of the year! Acts representing nine countries present a wide variety of memorable performances. There are cultural activities and interactive events too, that will delight and enchant kids of all ages! Main stage performances include author Eric Litwin, who takes a playful stroll with Pet the Cat; Australia’s Windmill Theatre brings to life the picture book character Grug. Edmonton’s 3rd Street Beat showcases the progression of an electrifying genre of dance. Percussionists from seven different countries bring audiences the feeling of the power and diversity of the drum in World of Rhythm, while Infinitus layers funky hip hop beats over classical strings to produce endless possibilities of sound. Imago Theatre invites you to be part of an extraordinary animal adventure in ZooZoo and The Snail’s Shadow explores the differences between an able-bodied boy and his wheelchair-bound sister, to help create a more tolerant world. The Kerplunks will get kids grooving to a jazzy sound and the frenetic energy of Splash’n Boots is simply fun-tastic! The Global Heritage Trail offers plenty of site activities, providing an ideal opportunity for kids to learn about our Canadian heritage. There are aboriginal activities to learn about First Nations dance, Metis weaving and more; the Sound Lab of Professor Dave Clarke lets kids discover the secrets of sound; Trad’badour is a musical foray into French-Canadian culture; visit the Dino Dig and more! Toddler Town is newly expanded this year so kids under the age of five can discover visual, performing and literary arts in a cozy, nurturing and age-appropriate environment. You’ll find free entertainment at the outdoor stage including The Street Circus, Firefly Theatre, Allez Ouest and Will Stroet and the Backyard Band. Too much to list here! For complete details, visit the website: www.childfest.comGrandparents’ and Seniors’ Day is Tuesday, May 28! Festival site hours: Tuesday thru Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Friday, May 31 from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, June 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Runs from May 28 to June 1! Ticket info available at the Arden Theatre box office, 780-459-1542.
When the first Dene filmmaker returned home to Canada’s Northwest Territories, his people had no words for his new art. They called it “Dreamtalking”. When you make films, a Dene elder said, you are speaking your dreams. Indigenous people from around the globe gather to share their common bond, a linkage with a natural world whose harmonies and rhythms are being forgotten by those that came later. Dreamspeakers Film Festival provides a venue for Dreamtalkers and offers a unique exploration into Aboriginal cultures from all parts of the globe. The Dreamspeakers Festival Society supports and educates the public about Aboriginal culture, art and heritage and is a resource for Aboriginal filmmakers, for directors, scriptwriters, cameramen, technicians, actors, musicians, storytellers, artists and craftspeople. The festival runs from May 29 to June 1. Details at: www.dreamspeakers.org
A non-profit group dedicated to keeping the “silver screen”/Hollywood of yesteryear in the public eye. Each movie is preceded by a short, informative talk about the film. Our spring series is From Courage to Inspiration: Everybody loves a winner, and even more so when that person is able to steel himself/herself, stare down adversity, and come out on top. These men and women aren’t candidates for sainthood but neither are they inherently bad. Fate has been extremely unkind to them (or someone close to them) and they realize that sacrifice and a relentless will to succeed must be constants in their lives. It’s time to match their physical and mental strengths and sense of what’s right against challenges that are nothing if not formidable. Monday, May 27: The Five Pennies (1959, colour, 117 min., PG)Danny Kaye, Barbara Bel Geddes, Louis Armstrong. The musical biopic of jazz great Red Nichols. The Dixieland cornetist finds time to raise a family but tragedy strikes when his daughter contracts polio. Nichols puts down his horn to earn steady money as a shipyard worker to pay the heavy expenses. Satchmo has a larger-than-normal part. Director: Melville Shavelson.Films begin at 8 p.m. Royal Alberta Museum auditorium. Ticket info:www.royalalbertamuseum.ca/events/movies/movies.cfm
For ages 3 to 5 years. It's time for your child to experience the wonder of a Story Time Adventure! Story time will be turned into an interactive play time by adding songs, finger plays, drama, puppets and more. All stories can be enhanced with these simple strategies that leave children with a lasting impression of the tales told in their favorite books. Your child will get to explore many great children’s authors and stories in a way that they have never done before! Thursdays, May 30 to June 20 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Fees: Members: $50; non-members: $80. St. Albert Family Resource Centre, #10, 215 Carnegie Dr. Call 780-459-7377 to register or for more info.
Interested in learning a new language? Check out this Mango Language Learning session and discover how you can learn online at your own pace. Learning a new language has never been such fun! Saturday, May 25, 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.
Calling all inspiring Jamies, Nigellas, Nigels, Marthas and Julias! Are you a home cook who loves to cook? Then this program is for you! Come along to find out what’s ‘cooking’ in the world of culinary cookbooks and enjoy a simple food demo by librarian, enthusiastic home cook and mother of two hungry boys! Food fun for everyone on Saturday, May 25 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.Register in advance at the second floor information desk, or call 780-459-1682. St. Albert Public Library, 5 St. Anne Street.
Take this opportunity to meet other concerned individuals, exchange ideas and become informed. SUN St. Albert invites all interested individuals to hear guest speaker Barb Carstensen, advisor for Driveable. She will be providing insight into Drivable assessment process and will be presenting a demonstration of the test equipment.Monday, May 27 at 1:30 p.m. Royal Canadian Legion, 6 Taché St. Members of the public welcome. For more information call 780-460-7736.
Will have a silent auction, fun and fellowship and a short annual general meeting. Join us Friday, May 31 at the Apex Casino, Vee main banquet room. Doors open at 8:30 a.m., breakfast at 9 a.m.Cost: $18/person. New members welcome; first year membership free! No Loonie Book Exchange this month. Door prize for someone in attendance on May 31. RSVP to Dale Smith 780-471-5519
This exhibit comes from the Glenbow Museum. Drawn to the north by tales of the gold rush and the untouched riches of Alaska, the Lomen family moved from Minnesota to Nome in 1903. Always looking for an opportunity, they purchased a photographic studio in 1908 and a drugstore in 1909. In 1913 they started a successful reindeer business, shipping meat to the lower states. Brothers Carl, Harry, Alfred, and Ralph were partners in the photography business. Harry managed the studio but all of them took photographs, quickly learning how to keep cameras in working order at Arctic temperatures. Tragically in 1934 their studio burned to the ground. More than 30,000 negatives and 50,000 prints were destroyed. The stunning photographs in this exhibit are some of their surviving images of the local Yupik people and life in Nome at the start of the 20th century. Exhibit runs from April 9 to June 16. The Musée Héritage Museum is located at 5 St. Anne St.
Canadian Jazz: Dean McNeill / David Braid Brass Sextet; Dean McNeill / David Braid Jazz Quartet from Saskatoon/Toronto/Calgary/Edmonton
Dean McNeill, trumpet; David Braid, piano; Joel Gray, trumpet; Craig Brenan, trombone; Alene Hackleman, French horn; Scott Whetham, tuba; John Taylor, bass; Jon McCaslin, drums. 'Touching Both Sides': Featuring pianist/composer David Braid: Music for 1) Brass quintet and jazz piano and 2) jazz combo. Hailed in the Canadian press as "a jazz genius to call our own" (MacLean's Magazine), two-time Juno Award winning pianist and composer David Braid has a style described by Paris Transatlantic Magazine as “refreshingly uncategorizable.” Combining harmonic intricacies fundamental to European classical music, the spontaneity of American jazz, and the cultural open-mindedness of Canada, Braid's original music impresses audiences with its originality, melodic lyricism, and compositional logic. The brass quintet/piano ensemble will perform Braid's original compositions related to his 2010 Juno-nominated album "Spirit Dance." Inspired and evocative, these compositions create a fusion of jazz and classical elements that that are intimate, spontaneous, and warm, that collectively explore various musical ethnicities indicative of the multiculturalism that is Canada. David is joined by top-notch Edmonton-based brass player Joel Gray, Scott Whetham (Edmonton Symphony), Allene Hackleman (Edmonton Symphony), and Dean McNeill (U of Sask. & Saskatoon Symphony) with acclaimed Canadian drummer Jon McCaslin and bassist John Taylor joining McNeill and Braid in the jazz combo. For details, visit: www.yardbirdsuite.com/home.htmYardbird Suite, 11 Tommy Banks Way (102 St. & 86 Ave.) Friday, May 24 and Saturday, May 25. Doors 8 p.m., Show 9 p.m. $18/members, $22/guests.
Let EKOSingers transport you to a celebration of flavorful music reminiscent of the famous Copacabana nightclub. You're guaranteed a large helping of Brazilian – that is, Brazil '66, a mixture of warm weather classics from entertainers like Sinatra, Three Dog Night, Lionel Richie and Barry Manilow, along with an assortment of smooth African and jazz infused samba. With a little help from jazz master Charlie Austin and a hot quartet of musicians, you'll be dancin' in your seats! EKOSingers is an active, 35-voice adult choir who loves to share the joy of choral music that moves, grooves and soothes ... They will soon travel to St. John’s Newfoundland to participate in this year's Festival 500, an internationally renowned choral festival. Saturday, May 25 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 26 at 2 p.m. in the TransAlta Arts Barns, 10330 - 84 Ave. Ticket info from 780-420-1757 or go online to www.tixonthesquare.ca
Raga-mala presents an intimate concert with a child-prodigy turned genius – Mandolin U. Shrinivas. Shrinivas has been surpassing his reputation since his debut at the age of nine and has produced albums such as WOMAD Select's Dawn Raga and Real World Records' Dream with Michael Brook that have wooed global audiences and won critical acclaim. He regularly performs with the Remember Shakti ensemble opposite guitar and tabla legends John Mclaughlin and Zakir Hussain in addition to performing in major sabhas (carnatic music congregations) in Chennai. He has raised the profile of the electric mandolin from a supporting instrument used in film music, an import from the west, to a powerful classical art medium and his fans range from MTV-addicted college students to die-hard classical concert attendees able to detect the slightest mistake! Saturday, May 25 at 7 p.m., MacLab Theatre, Citadel Theatre complex 9828 - 101 A Ave., downtown Edmonton.Tickets: Call 780-495-1820. VIP $40/general; $25/student; $20/senior. More info at: www.edmontonragamala.ab.ca
Plan 9 from Outer Spacetells of an alien plan to thwart the creation of doomsday bomb on Earth by resurrecting the dead to attack the planet. This 1959 film, directed by Ed Wood has been unanimously panned by critics for its sloppy acting, pedestrian script, bargain-basement effects, poorly-sequenced cinematography and juvenile direction. However, defenders of the film state that the show’s errors have added to its charm as an unintentional comedic romp. It is slated to receive a unique multimedia treatment from the following performers: Wind Rose: aka Gary James Joynes, also known as Clinker, who’s performed in such tandems as Vipers without Vapours and Vector Rails. Joynes has achieved international notoriety via a series of audio visual installations at Latitude 53, Art Gallery of Alberta and DC3 in Edmonton. His work has also been showcased in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver, London, Madrid, Dublin, Amsterdam and Bristol. Bong Sample: aka Parker Thiessen, whose solo act has appeared numerous times at monthly Ramshackle Day Parade sonic events in Edmonton. He’s also the keyboardist for pot-rock band KRANG and a member of Zebra Pulse, one of the city’s best known noise acts, part of a growing international movement that places emphasis on sound nuances from distortion to static. Reinhard von Berg: Originally from Germany, von Berg is one of Edmonton’s best known new music composers, who studied under Stockhausen, and has created scores of music heard across Canada and Europe. Currently the organist at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, von Berg has also taught several composition and piano prodigies who have since embarked on prosperous music careers of their own. Allison Balcetis: Since 2009, Balcetis has been the Instructor of Saxophone at the University of Alberta. She performs as a soloist and as a member of Anubis Quartet, an accomplished ensemble quickly gaining recognition as one of North America’s premier quartets. Allison earned her Doctorate from the University of Alberta, and also studied at Bowling Green State University, and the Conservatoire de Bordeaux. fl3m: Edmonton-based experimentalist who’s performed at several events facilitated by the Boreal Electroacoustic Music Society as well as such events as The Works, Kaleido Family Festival, Loud N Queer, Sasquatch Gathering, The Fringe and Calgary’s Discord series. The show has been converted into a silent movie and captioned for this occasion. Saturday, May 25 at 8 p.m. at the Harcourt House annex, 10211-112 St. Admission is $5 at the door.
William Eddins, conductor; Chad Hoopes, violin; Brian Jones, marimba. Exceptional young violinist Chad Hoopes performs one of the most famous violin concertos and the ESO’s Principal Percussionist Brian Jones presents a unique marimba concerto. Featured repertoire: BACH: Suite No. 3; ROSAURO: Marimba Concerto; BRUCH: Violin Concerto No. 1. Sunday, May 26 at 2 p.m., Winspear Centre for Music. Ticket info from: 780-428-1414 or www.winspearcentre.com
It is springtime and a new touring season and for this Norwegian, Dutch, and Metis combo as they take the stage this year with a beautiful array of songs. They will perform the award winning hits fromGary Fjellgaard’s many CDs;(such as Dance with this Old Cowboy and Somewhere on the Island), his gorgeous original songs, soon to be placed among the classic. Saskia and Darrel have a new name (The Great Plains). They certainly need no introduction either, as they have been coming to Alberta for years, and will bring their special brand of award winning songwriting and stellar vocals and performance to thestage. Presented by: The St. Albert United Church. Sunday, June 2 at 7:30 p.m.Tickets $20/person. Available at: The United Church Office, 20 Green Grove Drive, St. Albert. Hours: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Tickets also available at the door.
It's time to register for the 2013-14 Ringette season! The St. Albert Ringette Association would like to remind everyone that online registration is now open. This is available to returning players and to new members that would like to play the great sport of ringette this year. To take advantage of the early bird pricing you must register online before the June 30th deadlline. Go to: www.stalbertringette.com
The junior A and senior B St. Albert Miners play their Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League home games at Northstar Hyundai Arena at Servus Credit Union Place. Visit www.rockymountainlax.com for the schedules.
The men’s first division competes in the Alberta Cup. The men’s teams in the Edmonton Rugby Union play in the second division and third division. The women’s team scrums down in the ERU. Visit www.edmontonrugby.comor www.stalbertrugby.com for schedules and updates. Junior matches, including exhibitions against touring teams, are also part of the summer fixtures.
Legion Memorial Park is home base for the senior AAA St. Albert Tigers in the Sunburst Baseball League. Visit www.stalberttigers.com or www.baseballalberta.com for the league schedule. The Tigers will also host their 30th annual tournament, July 12 to 14 at Legion park.
A two-act, improvised musical with no script, and no safety net as Edmonton's best emerging talent bring improvised song, dance and comedy to the Varscona Theatre! Improvised on the spot, with random ideas and suggestions from the audience, the cast will create characters and situations that go from funny to intelligent to downright silly, all in 90 minutes. Its a different show every time at “The 11 O’Clock Number!” Presented by Grindstone Theatre. Running May 3, 17 31 at 11 p.m. at The Varscona Theatre, 10329 – 83 Ave., Ticket info available from 780-420-1757 or online at: www.tixonthesquare.ca
25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a hilarious tale of overachievers' angst chronicling the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. The show's Tony Award winning creative team has created the unlikeliest of hit musicals about the unlikeliest of heroes: a quirky yet charming cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time. ELOPE’s production is under the direction of Kristen Finlay and musical direction by Sally Hunt, with choreography by Jake Hastey. ELOPE Musical Theatre is one of Edmonton’s longest-standing community musical theatre institutions. For close to thirty years they have been providing musical theatre entertainment for audiences and opportunities for participants. Runs from May 16 to 19 and May 29 through June 1 at L’Uni Theatre, 8627 – 91 St. For ticket info, call 780-420-1757 or online at www.tixonthesquare.ca. For more information, visit www.elopemusicaltheatre.ca
By Lydia Stryk. When a woman is critically injured in an accident, can the same man who almost took her life save her? There are encounters in life that take you somewhere you've never been and never meant to go. A relentless two-person drama about guilt, forgiveness and recovery. Runs from May 16 to 25 at the PCL Studio in the ATB Financial Arts Barns. 10330-84 Ave. Tickets available at https://tickets.fringetheatre.ca/ or call the Fringe Theatre Adventures box office at 780-409-1910
By Stephen Adly Guirgis, the funny, coarse and colourful, courtroom case of the Kingdom of Heaven and Earth versus Judas Iscariot. Plays fast and loose with profoundly deep religious inquiry, setting purgatory inside a gritty Bronx courtroom, calling on a host of iconic figures, from Mother Theresa, to Sigmund Freud and Satan, to each testify in the epic debate between divine mercy and human free will. Not simply about one man’s guilt, the play asks us why we punish those who need our forgiveness most. The jury is out May 16 to 25, at 7:30 p.m. on the Timms Centre for the Arts main stage at the University of Alberta. For ticket info, call 780-420-1757 or purchase online at www.tixonthesquare.ca.
The Ugly Spot by Lisa Lorentz-Gilroy; directed by John Trethart.Two strangers meet in a particular spot in the woods. Neither wants to leave and both want to be alone, each of them seeking something they don’t want to talk about. It is a play about coincidence, forgiveness and connection between two people both seeking closure for a terrible event in their past.Exposure by Stephen Allred, Bethany Hughes and Jessie McPhee; directed by Eric Rice. Will, Anna and Eric seek help at a treatment centre to allow them to function in the real world, but sometimes it’s the people you meet there, not the program, that allows you to move forward. From Cradle to Stage: An Evening of One-Acts runs May 20 to 25 at 8 p.m. at Walterdale Playhouse, 10322 83 Ave. Tickets range in price from $12 to $18 and are now available by calling 780-420-1757 or purchase online at www.tixonthesquare.caThey can also be purchased at the door (cash only) one hour prior to each performance. For more information, please visit www.walterdaleplayhouse.com
This year Holy Trinity Anglican Church is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its beautiful and unique church building. As a means of marking the occasion Holy Trinity is hosting the ArtSpirit Festival, a 10 day arts event featuring concerts, visual art, poetry and film. Featured is the return of A Final Whimsy, David Belke’s 2009 Fringe hit written especially to be performed in the church sanctuary. Heather Ames (Anna-Maria LeMaistre) is under a huge amount of stress. Organizing her father’s wedding has proven much more difficult than first thought. Hoping to practice a song for the ceremony with her little sister Astrid (Dana Wylie), what should a simple task becomes almost impossible especially when the announced arrival of a funeral crasher named Dolly (Linda Grass). But the evening at the church becomes the catalyst for tragedy to be revealed and tragedy to be discovered. But hope and comfort may still be found in the whimsies the sisters share. A heartwarming comedy/drama with music from the pen of David Belke, one of the city’s favourite writers. Directed by James DeFelice, the play features equal measures of comedy, tragedy and song played in one of the most beautiful performance settings in the city. Thursday May 23 at 7 p.m., Friday to Sunday May 24 to 26 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $15/adults, $12/students and seniors (65+). Tickets available from 780-420-1757; www.tixonthesquare.ca and at the door. Holy Trinity Anglican Church (sanctuary) 10037-84 Ave.
The class production of "Nightmare Before Christmas" – a musical directed by Curtis Labelle. This exciting production involves performers between the ages of 12 and 19 from St. Albert and Edmonton, features a live band and special effects. Runs Friday, May 24 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 25 2 p.m., Saturday, May 25 7:30 p.m., Sunday, May 26 2 p.m., Sunday, May 26 7:30 p.m. at Cite Francophone Theatre, 8627-91 St. Tickets: $20/adults; $15/students, available at Innovations Music on St. Albert Trail.
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
Come out and join the St. Albert Trekkers Volkssport Club walking trails through Hermitage Park and the river valley. This is a pretty walk, plan to join us. 5- and 10km available. When: May 25, registration 12:30 p.m., start: 1 p.m. Where: Sobey's Clareview Shopping Centre, 137 Ave, and Victoria Trail. Directions: Travel east on 137 Ave to Victoria Trail. Turn Right on Victoria Trail and right into Clareview Shopping Centre. Contact: Lou Arsenault 780-249-5860; firstname.lastname@example.org For more information about this and other walks: www.trekkerswalks.ca
Come out and join the St. Albert Trekkers Volkssport Club walking mostly paved trails through the river valley. Another great River Valley walk. Guided 5- and 10-km available. When: Tuesday May 28. Registration: 6:30 p.m.; start 7 p.m. Where: Kinsmen Sport Centre 9100 Walterdale Hill. Directions: Going down Walterdale Hill Road, turn left into Sport Centre, or to the bottom of Queen Elizabeth Park Road straight ahead into Sport Centre. Contact: Joe Sombach 780-458-4667;email@example.com For more information about this and other walks: www.trekkerswalks.ca
Instructor will work directly with parents focusing on the stress and anxiety today's children face. Children need to learn that there are lots of things they can do to feel good about themselves including recognizing their strengths and successes. Parents will partake in open discussion and given tools and strategies to help their children cope. Wednesdays, May 29 to June 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fees: Members: $54; non-members: $84. St. Albert Family Resource Centre, #10, 215 Carnegie Dr. Call 780-459-7377 to register or for more info.