A little red truck will pull into Morinville on Monday March 17, with everything it takes to mount a full scale musical production of the Wizard of Oz … except the cast! That's where you come in! Auditions: Monday March 17 from 4 to 8 p.m.Rehearsals: Tuesday, March 18 to Friday March 21 from 4 to 8 p.m. followed by two performances on Saturday March 22 at 3:30 and 5:00 p.m. – starring you! You must pre-register for the auditions. Registration can be done online: https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/morinville/Activity_Search?activity_id=954 or by calling 780-939-7839. There is no fee to register or audition. A waiver must be signed and on file with Community Services before the first day of auditions. You must be able to commit to all rehearsals and performances if you are cast in the show.
Considered to be the most hauntingly beautiful ballet of the romantic era – inhabiting the pantheon of the few great classical masterpieces alongside Swan Lake – this deeply evocative story of love, betrayal, forgiveness, and redemption has been enchanting dance lovers around the world for more than 160 years. Featuring the magnificent sets and costumes of the American Ballet Theatre, this historical premiere will mark our company’s first full presentation of this legendary classical ballet. Richly layered characters, stunning choreography, and a heartbreaking score create a powerful testament to the strength within the human soul. Accompanied by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, conductor: Peter Dala. Jubilee Auditorium, Friday, March 14 and Saturday, March 15, 7:30 p.m. Ticket information available from: www.albertaballet.com
Daring. Versatile. Fearless. Earning international awards and acclaim for their original, riveting works, Northwest Dance Project has succeeded in its willingness to take risks. It’s a bold and innovative contemporary dance company. Under the direction of praised dancer, choreographer, and mentor, Sarah Slipper, the company has been dedicated to the creation and performance of groundbreaking worksfrom the most promising new talents in the field. Capturing moments of extraordinary beauty, raw emotion, and the complexity of the human condition, this ever-emerging dance group is the face of breathtaking artistry. In their Arden Theatre debut, passionate and masterful technicians perform stunning works from prolific choreographer Wen Wei Wang andSarah Slipper that will leave you speechless. Arden Theatre,Sunday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m.Tickets: $35/adults; $20/students, plus fees. Call the box office, 780-459-1542.
Turning Screenwriting Dreams to Reality. The AlbertaAssociation of Motion Picture and Television Unions (AAMPTU) are seeking submissions of feature film scripts of any genre, to a maximum length of 250 pages, from Alberta based screenwriters. This annual prize awards avid Alberta screenwriters a first prize of $1000 and a professional workshop with a carefully matched experienced story editor or screenwriter. The second and third place winners receives story notes, editorial feedback and $500 and $250 respectively. The deadline for this award is March 10.The Alberta Screenwriters Initiative was created in 2007 by the Alberta Film Partners with the assistance of AAMPTU to facilitate the development of screenwriters in this province. The Initiative recognizes the importance of story in the creation of filmed entertainment and the necessity to actively encourage and develop the voices of Alberta writers in film.The Writers’ Guild of Alberta administers the Initiative on behalf of the AAMPTU. The Initiative is supported by proceeds from past Annual Film Industry Wrap Parties. For more information on the prize and submission guidelines, please contact Nicholas Mather at 780-422-8174 or visit www.writersguild.ab.ca.
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.
Join people of all ages and skill levels to share a love of music in a relaxed atmosphere. Bring your friends, your family, your voice, and your instrument if you play one! Holy Trinity Anglican Church Hall, 5025 50th Ave., Bon Accord. Join us every Tuesday in March, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. –featuring songs of spring! For more information, call Leah 780-297-0712 or email email@example.com
A exciting two-day trade show that is focused on all things family! Come one, come all to this fun, family oriented event with a little something for both grown-ups and little ones! This year’s headline entertainers are Toopy & Binoo™, presented by Edmonton Catholic Schools Early Learning. Pet a wallaby, baby goat, or sheep in the Thistle Hill Farm Petting Zoo or go for a pony ride! Partake in many activity centres, unleash your child’s inner artist on our Chalk Drawing Floor, have fun with face painting, or turn the little ones loose for some bouncy castle fun. Moms and Dads willdiscover new resources, services, and products that will help you to deliver the very best care possible for your family. From food to photographers to information on education, there is something for everyone.Friday, March 7 and Saturday, March 8,running from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.both days, in the Edmonton Expo Centre, Hall A. Prices: $12/for ages 17+; $10/youth 9 to 16; $3/children aged 3 to 8; ages two and under admitted free.
Want great deals on books? Come to the library where you will find a great selection of gently-used books in all genres and for all ages! DVDs, music and books on CD will also be available. The sale runs throughout the weekend of March 7, 8 and 9in the foyer of St. Albert Place (outside the main doors to the library). Library weekend hours: Friday, March 7 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, March 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, March 9 from 1 to 5 p.m. Proceeds from sales support the library. St. Albert Public Library, 5 St. Anne Street.
Are you getting a golf itch? Whether you're looking to buy a membership, find somewhere to play this season, or book a vacation, there is something at the Edmonton Golf Show for the whole family (including free junior clinics!). This year's show includes exhibitors from around Alberta, B.C. and the United States. The show is a great way for you to plan your 2014 golf season. Don't forget to stop by the indoor driving range to test out the top manufacturers’ newest products, shop in the clearance centre, get a free lesson from a PGA of Canada Professional, and participate in activities like the long drive, closest to the pin, chipping and putting contests! Bringing down the whole family? Be sure to stop by the junior area for free junior activities. Tickets will be available at the door (day of event only). $10/general, $8/senior, 12 and under free. Saturday, March 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.,at the Expo Centre, Northlands.
A number of remarkable women are being recognized this year for their contributions to St. Albert, Morinvilleand Sturgeon. Come help us celebrate them on Saturday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m.at the Cornerstone Hall. Suggested donation: $10 at the door. Proceeds from the event will be donated to “Because I am a Girl,” a global initiative of Plan Canada to end gender inequality, promote girls’ rights and lift millions of girls – and everyone around them – out of poverty.To reserve a seat, please call Mitra at 780-458-5214 or Elaine at 780-460-2151.
Live and silent auctions and wild game supper. Held at Morinville Community Cultural Centre, 9502-100 Ave., on Saturday, March 8. Cocktails and silent auction bidding at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. Live auction to follow. Tickets $30 each – Help send kids to camp! Contact Darcy 780-939-6494.
We will be serving beef barley soup with chive biscuits; St. Patrick’s Day short ribs with mashed potatoes and roasted winter vegetables, with frozen Key lime pie for dessert. After lunch, we’ll have a fun, interactive session on “True and Tried Home Remedies” put on by the Multicultural Heritage Centre and we’ll s end you home with Ashley’s ‘Over the Rainbow’ cupcakes! Join us on Thursday, March 13 at 12 noon. Please purchase your tickets by 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12.Cost: $10. Payments by phone using MasterCard or Visa are welcome.Call 780-459-0433. St. Albert 50+ Club, 7 Taché St.
Western Canada's biggest and best outdoors show! Best prices of the year! Marine products, power recreational products, fishing lodges, hunting lodges, fishing and hunting gear. Seminars, demonstrations, tons of activities. Over 300 exhibitors. Fun for the entire family! ‘Mantracker’ book signing with Terry Grant Alberta Birds of Prey, Elk calling championships, archery, hunter education and sensory safari. Come see us at the Expo Centre, Northlands, on Thursday, March 13: noon to 9 p.m.; Friday, March 14: noon to 9 p.m.; Saturday, March 15: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, March 16: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For all the details, visit the website: www.edmontonboatandsportshow.ca/
Enjoy the pyramids in a tranquil atmosphere with subdued lighting before taking in the sounds of Celtic music at the Muttart Conservatory. This enhanced evening will feature the local Celtic band Celtara!Thursday, March 13 from 6 to 8 p.m.at the Muttart Conservatory, 9626 96A St. Regular admission fees apply.
Be part of a celebration where our past meets our present as the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts Gala goes Retro Radio. Step back in time to an old-fashioned radio station that is overflowing with talent, including tap dancers, in-house musicians and comedians. Immerse your imagination in the characters and drama of a radio play. And celebrate the incredible talent and passion of the individuals, groups and businesses that have raised this community’s profile on the artistic map of Canada. The Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts Gala takes place on Friday, March 14, beginning at 6:30 p.m., Arden Theatre. Tickets: $35, available from the Arden Theatre box office, Call the box office, 780-459-1542.For more information on the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts Gala, visit www.stalbert.ca/mayors-arts-gala.
Bring a partner or we will find one for you. Cash prizes, booby prize, free refreshments. $6 per person to play. Friday, March 14, doors open at 7 p.m., games begin at 7:30 p.m. Alcomdale Hall, Alcomdale. For more information including a map visit our blog at http://AlcomdaleEvents.BlogSpot.com
Join other 50+ adults at the library on Friday, March 14 from 2 to 4 p.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.
Celebrating Greg Payce's 2013 Saidye Bronfman Award for Excellence in Fine Craft. Alive with history, movement, and possibility, Greg Payce's vessels become animated before our eyes. Processions of figures emerge from negative space, projections of vibrant patterns dance across porcelain surfaces, and holographic-like images pulse with dimension. For 44 years, Greg Payce has been shaping his experiences and passions at the potter's wheel. He pulls from design, film, photography, philosophy, and history - all the while reinforcing his connection to fellow potters through the ages. Whether it is his trademark rows of vases enclosing profiles of human figures in the negative space between, or his latest large-scale lenticular (holographic-like) photographs that create the illusion of depth and movement, Payce's body of work is rich in philosophical, historical and cultural references. In recent years he has begun to overlay his ceramics with video and photography. Runs from Jan. 11 to March 29. There will be a reception held on Saturday, March 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. with the artist in attendance. Alberta Craft Council 10186 - 106 St.
This exhibit features a variety of artistic mediums in which artists unveil the visible human imprint on the land and an unforeseen ground where a unique spirit stands. From traditional landscapes to more contemporary views of Alberta, the artwork showcases a larger meaning and representation about Alberta’s identity; images and symbols of the land are inscribed in their work. Together, the artists see their work as a language, a marker of their own shared vision of Alberta that manifests the ability to incorporate creativity as an alternative mode of expression for provincial pride.Join us for the opening reception on Thursday, Jan. 30 from 7 to 9:30 p.m.Exhibit runs from Jan. 30 to March 15at theVAAA Gallery, 3rd floor, 10215 – 112 St.
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
Come and see dinosaur discoveries and talented local artists at the following exhibitions on now: DinoStars (on until March 8) features two dinosaur specimens that have recently been widely discussed by the global media. For the first time, the public will now be able to view the baby Chasmosaurus belli and mummified Edmontosaurus regalis.National preconceptions of Edmonton’s painting scene are challenged in Fresh Paint: A Snapshot of Painting in Edmonton (running until April 12). At a time when experimentation across media is common practice for artists, local painters – 12 of whom are featured in Fresh Paint – remain passionately committed to their discipline. As a complementary exhibition to Fresh Paint, Duets: Shared Ideas in Painting (continuing to April 12) explores different interpretations of ideas that artists past and present draw upon in their search for self-expression. Featuring 18 works from the U of A Art Collection, Duets presents unexpected pairings of portraits, landscapes, and still-life paintings.For the first time, the U of A Museums Enterprise Square Galleries welcome two community-curated exhibitions, both running until March 29: Cross-Contamination: An Exhibition of Works from the Staff and Collective at The Nina, and Visual Music: Five Films by John Osborne.All exhibitions are now open at the Enterprise Square Galleries, 10230 Jasper Ave, Edmonton. Gallery Hours: Thursdays and Fridays: noon to 6 p.m., Saturdays: noon to 4 p.m. Admission: By donation. Visit http://bit.ly/1fU9OSCfor the complete Winter 2014 exhibition and program schedule.
What does your fish tank look like? is a body of work that comments on the ideas of hand-made and the mundane. When decorating a home we like to have a sense of style. With that style we pick out the perfect couch, that great lamp and a fantastic painting done by a local artist. Why not do the same for your fish tank? Instead, we head to the pet store and get a generic treasure chest or sunken ship for our pets to live in. If they are lucky they can even have pink rocks! By creating a series of "Fish Huts", Gillian is taking on a mission not only to allow our fish to have a one-of-a-kind ceramic house to swim through, but also allow for sculptures to be displayed in different ways other than on the coffee table or mantel. Gillian Mitchell is a Calgary based sculptural artist. Choosing to mimic nature not found in the prairies, Gillian is continually inspired by coral reefs and rock formations found on many different coastlines. On from Feb. 15 to March 22, with a closing reception: 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 22. Alberta Craft Council Gallery, 10186 - 106 St.
Jill Nuckles is drawn to natural materials and traditional processes that are part of our human experience. Her country childhood, north of Edmonton, sparked and fostered a fascination with the textures found in nature and the intersection of humanity and the natural world. Always fascinated by the intersection of manmade objects and nature – finding beauty in a concert jungle – she strives to reinterpret the world in a softer and more humorous way. The Artist Ranch Project, organized by the Calgary Stampede, is an initiative designed to create a discourse about western heritage and values for the 21st century while inviting contemporary artists to reexamine what it means to experience Western Canada from a traditional perspective. During the weekend residency in the summer of 2013, the group of artists explored the Longview area, ranch life, farm animals and archival material at the Glenbow Museum. The project has transformed Jill's sculptural work by adding additional layers of meaning and understanding. Through Trophies for the Ranchland, she has explored themes of ranch life – as a living, breathing, adapting entity; including the historical elements, the land, the livestock and the idea of home. Her ceramic sculptures are designed to give the viewer clues to her own personal interpretation of her experience on the ranch. On from Feb. 15 to March 22, with a closing reception: 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 22. Alberta Craft Council Gallery, 10186 - 106 St.
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.
Muttart is a great place for little ones to explore and learn. Join an interpreter on Friday mornings for drop-in activities that teach your preschooler about the wonderful world of plants. Activities change weekly, are geared towards children two to five years and last for a maximum of 30 minutes. Program runs Fridays until March 28at 11 a.m. in Centre Court. Muttart Conservatory, 9626 96A St. Regular admission fees apply.
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.
Canada's Taiko Duo of Gregory Shimzu and Twilla MacLeod, is a professional contemporary drum duo that performs Taiko, the Art of Japanese Drumming. Booming Tree's high energy performances are steeped with stamina and endurance celebrating the strength and power of the human form. Gregory and Twilla are accomplished artists who have studied Taiko from masters in Japan and served as instructors at the 2011 North American Taiko Conference. They also teach many Taiko workshops to individuals, schools, the public and Taiko groups as well as providing mentorship services to Taiko groups. Booming Tree will perform on a variety of drums which are mostly hand-made and come from Japan. Sunday, March 9, at 2 p.m.,at the Maclab Centre for the Performing Arts, Leduc.To purchase, call 780-420-1757, or go online to: www.tixonthesquare.ca or call the Leduc Recreation Centre, 780-980-7120. For more information, please visit www.maclabcentre.com
The Muttart Conservatory presents a Feature Pyramid celebrating all things Dutch! Stop in to see Dutch cultural demonstrations, performances and activities! There will be a wide range of fun activities for all ages to enjoy, so stop in and release your inner Dutch! Opens Sunday, March 9, noon to 4 p.m. Exhibit goes until April 6. Muttart Conservatory, 9626 96A St. Regular admission fees apply.
Find out from John (“the Nature Nut”) Acorn what butterflies can and cannot tell us about the state of our environment in this interesting and informative video conference presentation. This program will be viewed on our giant screen TV in Forsyth Hall on the main floor of the Library onTuesday, March 11 from 7 to 8 p.m. It can be enjoyed by families, adults, teens and children alike (recommended for ages 8 and up). Register in advance by visiting or calling the children’s desk at 780-459-1532. St. Albert Public Library, 5 St. Anne Street.
An electric four-day celebration of art-in-motion, The Expanse Festival will move you with the power of high velocity body-made art. Blending local and national talent, Expanse celebrates ten years of explosive, experimental art on the move. Presented by Azimuth Theatre. Runs from March 6 through 9, at the Westbury Theatre, ATB Financial Arts Barns. Ticket info from Fringe Theatre Adventures Box Office, 780-409-1910.
The first annual St. Albert Justice Film Festival opens Friday. Each film will be followed by a short discussion led by a guest speaker. Friday at 7 p.m.: Plastic Paradise; 9 p.m.: The Avenue. Saturday at 1 p.m.: Gently Whispering the Circle Back; 3 p.m.: Hidden Pictures; 7 p.m.: Fresh; 9 p.m. War Child. Takes place Friday, March 7 and Saturday, March 8, at the theatre at NEXT Christian Community, Village Landing Shopping Centre 490, 140 St. Albert Trail. Admission by donation. Accessible only by stairs. Visit http://www.justicefilmfestival.ca/index.php/loc%7Cstalbert Any questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or 780-975-0553.
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. The Edmonton Film Society’s winter series is: Glamour Girls. Yes, each had the benefit of hair stylists, makeup and lighting experts, and experienced directors who (usually) knew what worked best for their female star. If such assets weren’t in place, however, it’s a certainty that natural beauty of the inspirational kind, of the face that launched a thousand ships kind, would still dominate. Good fortune smiled on them in that their striking features were accompanied by the ability to emote effectively and, in some cases, outstandingly. Monday, March 10:I Married a Witch (1942, 82 min., PG) Veronica Lake, Fredric March. A delightful comedy that blends humor and the supernatural. A witch who was burned at the stake several centuries ago returns to the present to haunt the descendant of the man who condemned her. Can romance ensue? Director: Rene Clair. Films begin at 8 p.m. Royal Alberta Museum auditorium. Ticket info:www.royalalbertamuseum.ca/events/movies/movies.cfm
A film by Megumi Sasaki USA, 87 minutes, 2013. The follow-up film to the acclaimed Herb & Dorothy (2008) that moved millions of art-lovers worldwide, Herb & Dorothy 50X50 captures the last chapter of the Vogel’s extraordinary life and their gift to the nation, raising various questions on art, and what it takes to support art in today’s society. In 2008, legendary art collectors Herb and Dorothy Vogel made an announcement that stunned the art world. Known and loved as a retired postal worker (Herb) and librarian (Dorothy) who built a world-class art collection on their humble salaries, the Vogels launched a national gift project with the National Gallery of Art (NGA) in Washington DC that would constitute one of the largest gifts in the history of American art: to give a total of 2,500 artworks to museums in all fifty states. This came sixteen years after the Vogels had transferred their entire collection to NGA, the majority as a gift, making headlines in 1992. Having worked their whole lives as civil servants, their wish was to simply to give back. Tuesday, March 11, 7 p.m.at the Metro Cinema at the historic Garneau Theatre, 8712 109 Street. Tickets: $10 / $8 AGA & Metro members, students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased through the Metro Cinema Box Office.
Join other adults 50+ for an afternoon film: A Day in A Life. This Canadian comedy-drama reminds us that life happens one day at a time, and each day gives back what you put into it. Please join us in the library on Saturday, March 15 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.for this free matinee. Register in advance at the second floor information desk, or call 780-459-1682. St. Albert Public Library, 5 St. Anne Street.
This is a playgroup program for children ages 0-6 with a caregiver. This not-for-profit program has been offered by St. Peter Lutheran Church since 2003. It is a unique program that offers something for everyone! Caregivers can bond with their children and visit with other adults. Children will enjoy a Circle Time filled with music, movement and interactive Bible stories. An easy, child-centred craft is followed by a gross motor component in the preschool playground.Our program will be held at Fountain Park Pool on Cunningham Road. Please meet upstairs in Room 1 for Circle Time and craft/snack; then we will head downstairs to burn off energy in the padded preschool playground. Runs Tuesdays from 9:45 to 11 a.m. for five sessions in February and March (Feb. 18, 25 and March 4, 11, 18). Per session cost: $25 for the first child, $15 for the second child and $10 for the third child. Walk-ins accepted: $5 per child age 1 and over. Call Sarah at 458-5119 or register on our website www.saintpeterlutheran.com
Do you know a pint-sized artist who loves to paint, draw, stamp, cut and paste? Preschool Picasso offers creative art-making experiences in an art studio setting for children aged 3 to 5. These fabulously fun classes foster self-expression, art appreciation and skill development. Please note that Preschool Picasso now takes place in the gallery basement.Through a variety of art activities and free play, children will learn about art in their own way! P.S. Hey kids! Please bring an old shirt and an adult to Preschool Picasso! Next class:Nifty Nests: With inspiration from Fragile Elements, build an imaginative bird nest sculpture with a curious assortment of materials. Saturday, March 8 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Cost: $10/class.Registration required: call 780-460-4310 or email email@example.comThe Art Gallery of St. Albert, 19 Perron St.
You won’t find any video games here. You’ll find the old games, the great games, and the BEST games! Learn a new game, or play one you’ve loved for years. Kids in grades 1 to 6 are invited to come down to the library each month for some games that are fun AND make your brain work. Next meeting is onThursday, March 13 from 4 to 5 p.m. Register in advance by visiting or calling the children’s desk at 780-459-1532. St. Albert Public Library, 5 St. Anne Street.
Kids in grades 4 thru 7 are invited to come and explore the library after closing time, with no need to be quiet! We’ll have a scavenger hunt across the library, make T-shirts and watch a movie. Join the library’s own Drew and Ashley onFriday, March 14 from 5:45 until 9 p.m.for a fun night out (… or, should we say “night in”?) Advance registration is required. Register by visiting or calling the children’s desk at 780-459-1532. St. Albert Public Library, 5 St. Anne Street.
Experience ArtVentures, the Art Gallery of St Albert's drop-in children's program! Children aged 6 to 12 are invited to drop in and explore the world of art. The program complements Gallery exhibitions and enriches participants' understanding of the art on display. Please note that Art Ventures now takes place in the gallery basement. Adults may choose to stay with their children and join in the fun. Bring an old shirt! Next class: Nuts About Nature: Investigate drawing from nature with coloured pencils. You’ll find inspiration in Fragile Elements.Saturday, March 15 from 1 to 4 p.m. Cost: $6/child ($5.40 for Arts and Heritage members.) The Art Gallery of St. Albert, 19 Perron St.
Interested in learning a new language? Check out this Mango Language Learning orientation session onSaturday, March 8 from 2 to 3 p.m. and discover how you can learn online at your own pace. Learning a new language has never been so easy and fun! Register in advance at the second floor information desk, or call 780-459-1682. St. Albert Public Library, 5 St. Anne Street.
Escape the icy grip of winter! Visit the library’s Armchair Travel program. We will visit new destinations every month until May. Get your Armchair Travel Passport stamped at each session, and when you collect at least three stamps, enter to win a travel book prize pack! Go Galápagos! is onSaturday, March 8 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.Follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin as Yvonne and John Cocchio take you to the Galápagos archipelago, world-renowned for its unique and fearless wildlife. Hop on a cruise through the Galápagos for the experience of a lifetime; one these travellers will be reliving for a very long time.Register in advance at the second floor information desk, or call 780-459-1682. St. Albert Public Library, 5 St. Anne Street.
Our monthly meeting will feature guest speaker Troy Furukawa, fisheries biologist with the Alberta Conservation Association. Troy will be discussing lake aeration in the Edmonton area. Please come out and learn about the lake aeration projects carried out by the ACA in the Edmonton area. Tuesday, March 11 at 8 p.m. at the St. Albert Community Centre, 17 Perron St. All members of the public are invited to attend. Admission is free and no prior registration is required. For more information call Phil at 780-458-5156.
Learn to trust your intuition to find more joy, balance and harmony to life. Learn about the nature of the soul, communication with your guardian angels, understand the seven year cycles of life and life purpose. Hear about your four spiritual gifts of communication and how to develop them. Experience aura impressions and power of thought and your energy.Tuesday, March 11 at the St. Albert Curling Club, in the meeting room, 3 Tache St. Talks are 90 minutes at take place at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.Cost: $21 at the door. Everyone is welcome!IPM is a non-profit, community based, educational program. www.innerpeacemovement.ca
This exhibition showcases 24 photos of species at risk in Alberta, with accompanying information about each species and ways that people can help to conserve them and their habitats. The exhibition aims to make people aware of the variety of species at risk in Alberta and is on loan from the Alberta Fish and Wildlife Division of the Alberta Government. Runs from Nov. 24 to March 16 in the Orientation Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum, 12845 - 102nd Ave. For information regarding times and admission fees, call: 780-453-9100 or go online to: www.royalalbertamuseum.ca
Featuring: Edwin Outwater, conductor; Elena Urioste, violin. The music traditions of England are celebrated in a glorious program highlighted by Elgar's haunting Violin Concerto. Edwin Outwater returns to conduct works by Vaughan Williams, Arnold and Stanhope. Featured repertoire: ELGAR: Violin Concerto; V WILLIAMS: The Wasps: Overture; ARNOLD: Tam O'Shanter Overture; STANHOPE:Fantasia on a Theme of Vaughan Williams. Join us for Symphony Prelude at 7:15 p.m. in the Upper Circle lobby for an informative presentation about the evening's program.Saturday, March 8 at 8 p.m.,Winspear Centre for Music. Ticket info from: 780-428-1414 or www.winspearcentre.com
Featuring: Leonard Ratzlaff, conductor; Jolaine Kerley, soprano; Jennifer Enns-Modolo, mezzo-soprano; Derek Chester, tenor; Michael Kurschat, bass; Alberta Baroque Ensemble; Richard Eaton Singers. Bach’s Mass in B Minor is one of the greatest masterworks of choral compositions of Western classical repertoire, and is considered to be a pinnacle of achievement for many choirs and their conductors.Sunday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m.,Winspear Centre for Music. Ticket info from: 780-428-1414 or www.winspearcentre.com
Edmonton's fabulous 28-piece, British-style brass band, under the direction of David Hoyt, will present a musical mix of favourite spiritual classics, including: the majestic The Wonder Of It All (Shea/Smith), the swinging Shall We Gather (Ballantine), the moving Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring (Bach/Leidzen), the jazzy Just A Closer Walk (Trad./Fernie) and the sparkling march Goldcrest (Anderson). The featured band soloist is Cam Martin (soprano cornet) who will soar into the stratosphere with the thrilling Flowerdale (Sparke). Our special guests will be the Concert Choir, Chamber Choir and Community Chorus from King’s University, under the direction of Melanie Turgeon. Choir selections will include: Hymn To The Fallen (Williams/Smith), Nun Danket Alle Gott (Pachelbel), Arise O God And Shine (Darwell/Wilberg), and Lo He Comes With Clouds Descending (Rutter). Our compère will be Dr. Aaron Au. Sunday, March 9, at 3 p.m.,All Saints’ Anglican Cathedral, 10035 - 103 St. Ticket info from 780-420-1757 or online at: www.tixonthesquare.ca
The spirit of the past is a driving force behind Le Vent du Nord’s joyous blend of Celtic folk. Blazing a path that pushes their traditional Quebecois roots in striking global directions, this quartet of prodigious instrumentalists and singers is winning critical acclaim for their revitalizing style. Le Vent du Nord have earned multiple Juno Awards for their joie de vivre sound while keeping one tappin’ foot firmly rooted in the past. Get ready for the energy and delight of a mid-week kitchen party, as Le Vent du Nord performs catchy tunes from their 10thanniversary release, Tromper le temps. Arden Theatre, Wednesday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $30 plus fees. Call the box office, 780-459-1542.
This veteran American songsmith has, for nearly 50 years, offered his unique cinematic perspective on chronicles of humanity. Tom Russell’s brilliance as a musical poet captures an unsaturated ingenuity, past and present, that places him in a category all his own. His tried and tested path of producing a thematically rich collection of Americana, rock, country, and Mexican folk tunes has stood the test of time with the release of his 27thalbum, Aztec Jazz. Tom Russell’s gritty and earthy voice lends itself powerfully to the tales which populate this venerable musician’s new realm of gripping works. Arden Theatre, Thursday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m.Tickets: $36 plus fees. Call the box office, 780-459-1542.
For nearly 30 years, Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers have won audiences over with their blend of wacky humour, colourful characterizations, and sweetly sung homespun ballads. Back by popular demand with a brand new show, these guys have something up their sleeve for anyone of any age.The trio has won Entertainer of the Year award and Comedy Group of the Year award from the Music Industry Association of Newfoundland and Labrador, two East Coast Music Award nominations, and has performed on countless television programs. Appearing from March 13 to 16 at Festival Place, 100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park. Ticket info at: www.festivalplace.ab.ca/festivalplace/buy.php
The evening’s program is a presentation of traditional and original works of music showcasing a combination of the rhythmic intensity of playfulness of world jazz and ethnic music with the richness of full wind band orchestration. From the pennywhistle and piccolo solos in Henry Mancini’s Pennywhistle Jig to the combination of the subtle and expressive sounds of traditional ethnic instruments as the Middle Eastern Oud and Greek Bouzouki with the powerful and articulate timbres of North American brass and woodwind instruments, this concert promises to excite and engage listeners of all ages. Come on out to experience the magic that is sure to unfold as two very distinct Edmonton music communities join together to take the audience on a wonderful and worldly musical journey! The evening concert will also feature the “The Koufogiannakis Porkka eXpLoRaTiOnS wOrLd jAzZ qUaRtEt” featuring George Koufogiannakis, Karren Porkka, Thom Golub, and Dan Skakun. This is a fundraiser concert for the Concordia University College School of Music.Saturday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Robert Tegler Centre, Concordia University College of Alberta, 7128 Ada Blvd. (73 St. south of 112 Ave.). Tickets: $15/adults and $12/students, seniors, can be purchased at the door.
The Edmonton Guitar Trio is made up of Edmonton-and-area guitarists Trevor Sanders, Ernst Birss, and David Grainger Brown. Most guitarists start out as soloists and fittingly, each member of the trio has decided to present his own short musical offering in addition to the scheduled program. This month's featured emerging artist is 12-year-old classical guitarist Sebasian Robles. Concert attendee will be treated to a champagne reception and will have the chance to meet and chat with the performers.Saturday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m.at Don's Piano Showroom, 8 Riel Drive. Tickets available from Don's Piano Showroom in person or in advance by calling 780-459-5525. Tickets: $25/adults; $20/students and seniors.
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 Jeffrey Hatcher, translated by Gisele Villeneuve. A co-production with L'UniThéâtre. Performances at L'UniThéâtre in La Cité Francophone (8627 Rue Marie-Anne Gaboury). "Either you want to discuss an out of court settlement or you want to screw me. Which is it?" … New Year's Eve, 1945. Cambria, Ohio, a smallish city an hour's train ride from Pittsburgh. In the midst of a snowfall, George, a successful insurance broker, pulls young, blonde Zanovia away from the club dance for a private tete-a-tete in the pool house, complete with champagne and music. There's a war to wage, but also lots of past to unravel in this romantic film noir mystery ... Plays in English: March 4, 6, 8, 12, 14, 16. Plays in French: March 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15. March 6 to March 16 at 7:30 p.m. Preview March 4 at 7:30 p.m. Booty Call Performance March 14 at 11:30 p.m. NO SHOW Monday evenings . Featuring Brian Dooley and Gianna Vacirca. Directed by Trevor Schmidt. To purchase tickets or book subscriber seats, please call Northern Light Theatre at 780-471-1586. (Tickets will not be available through Fringe Theatre Adventures for this production). www.northernlighttheatre.com
By Hannah Moscovitch. Directed by Bradley Moss. Featuring: Jesse Gervais. Monsters can come in all shapes and sizes. For all of his childhood, Aaron had to be careful around his troubled foster sister Claire. They truly do love each other – but for some people, loving and destroying are the same thing.Runs March 4 to 23.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
Innovative artist Evalyn Parry takes her audience on an uncommon theatrical and musical journey in SPIN, her tour-de-force performance celebrating the bicycle as muse, musical instrument, and agent of social change. Inspired in part, by the incredible true tale of Annie Londonderry – the first woman to ride around the world on a bicycle in 1894 – Parry spins a web of stories which travel from 19th century women’s emancipation to 21st century consumer culture, peeling back layers of history to ultimately reveal a profoundly contemporary and personal heart to her theme of liberation. Theatre, music, and poetry lovers alike will enjoy Evalyn Parry’s performance. Part theatre, part musical gig, part spoken-word poetry, and part documentary, don’t miss Evalyn Parry’s SPIN, Up Close and Personal at Horizon Stage on Sunday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35/adults and $30/students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased at the City Hall Ticket Centre, 315 Jespersen Ave. or by phone at 780-962-8995 or 1-888-655-9090. Tickets can also be purchased online by visiting www.horizonstage.comand clicking on the ‘Tickets’ link.
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
An introduction to the challenges of grief and ways to support oneself or others who are grieving. Takes place Tuesday, March 11 from 10 a.m. to noon at Calder Seniors’ Centre, 12963 – 120 Street; and from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Woodcroft Library, 13420 114 Ave. For those wanting more support in their grief journey, a seven-week Walking With Grief small group series begins the following week at the same times and places. Please register by calling Linda Aris, RSW, Bereavement Specialist, at 780-454-1194, ext. 224.
This course will give you the skills required to encourage independence and exploration while setting appropriate boundaries with your child. Parents will learn to recognize when their child is ready to master the challenges of sleeping, eating and potty training, while avoiding power struggles that so often come with these lessons.Wednesdays, March 12 to 26 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.Fees: Members: $36; non-members: $50. St. Albert Family Resource Centre, #10, 215 Carnegie Dr. Call 780-459-7377 to register or for more info.
With Patricia Magliocco, M.Div. Topics covered: Turning pain into a purpose; living life with intention.Wednesday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Albert 50+ Club, 7 Taché St. For info, please call Carol at 780-458-6528.
Join us for the power of the beat – there’s nothing else like it! No experience necessary – all drums and percussion instruments are supplied and registration is not required. Please join us to enjoy the "Power of the Beat" on Wednesday, March 12, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the St. Albert Community Village, 50 Bellerose Drive (next to Canadian Tire). Fee: by donation (all proceeds go to Community Village programs). Please call 780-459-0599 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
“God touches all in the heavens and on Earth; everything is full of sacred presence.” Psalm 103.19. How shall we listen to what the Earth is saying to us? Using this question as a reference point we will enter a contemplative reflection on our inter-relatedness with all of creation. How are we being changed and how are we changing the future for our children and all who come after us? What simple steps can we embrace to bring peace and healing to our planet? Friday, March 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, March 22 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.Please register by March 14.Cost: $129/live-in; $89/commute. Call 780-459-5511 to register. Star of the North Retreat Centre, 3A St. Vital Ave. Website: www.starofthenorth.ca
Mental Health First Aid Canada gives people the skills to provide that early help that is so important in recovery. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as physical first aid is administered to an injured person before medical treatment can be obtained, MHFA is given until appropriate treatment is found or until the crisis is resolved. The MHFA Canada program aims to improve mental health literacy, and provide the skills and knowledge to help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems in themselves, a family member, a friend or a colleague. The program does not teach people how to be therapists. It does teach people how to: Recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health problems; provide initial help; guide a person towards appropriate professional help. MHFA shares the same overall purpose as traditional first aid – to save lives. It aims to: Preserve life where a person may be a danger to themselves or others. Provide help to prevent the mental health problem from developing into a more serious state. Promote the recovery of good mental health. Provide comfort to a person experiencing a mental health problem. Anyone can benefit from Mental Health First Aid (MHFA). It is open to members of the general public. Families affected by mental health problems, teachers, health service providers, emergency workers, frontline workers who deal with the public, volunteers, human resources professionals, employers and community groups are just a few of the groups who have benefited from MHFA. To register, please contact Kari Boult at 780-420-6081 or email@example.com Cost: $200/person. Runs two full Mondays, March 17 and 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Catholic Social Services East Office, 8212 – 118 Ave. in Room 035 or the Genesis Room.
This workshop is helpful to all people who wish to understand what people at risk of suicide are needing from the caregiver. This model does not assess risk but takes the view that all people who are having thoughts of suicide need some type of intervention. This program is designed for all people interested in learning suicide first aid skills. As in CPR skills, the more individuals that have these skills the greater the likelihood of decreasing suicidal rates. Our community, and society as a whole, is then better prepared, more ready, willing and able to recognize and appropriately respond to the needs of the person at risk of suicide. ASIST is a standardized program that provides awareness, tools, a model and a common language that is applicable to formal and informal caregivers. It is not therapy but many people who are learning these skills may be feeling depressed or have had thoughts of suicide and we do not discourage talking about this. Part of ASIST mandate is that the stigma and taboo surrounding suicide will cease to exist through open and honest disclosure and discussion on the topic of suicide. ASIST is a two day, intensive, interactive and practice-dominated course developed by LivingWorks Education. It is designed to help caregivers recognize risk and learn how to intervene to prevent immediate risk of suicide. The ASIST workshop helps to 1) understand attitudes towards suicide 2) recognize and assess risk of suicide 3) learn suicide intervention techniques 4) practice intervention skills and 5) access local resources and people that can help during a crisis. ASIST workshop is designed for professionals, caregivers, and individuals who may work or be in contact with people-at-risk for suicide. These may include but not be limited to: counsellors, volunteers, teachers, medical staff, police, clergy, and youth workers. Please note that the ASIST workshop is not a therapy session for people who are feeling suicidal or depressed. To register, please contact Kari Boult at 780-420-6081, email: firstname.lastname@example.org Cost: $185/person. RunsMarch 20 & 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Catholic Social Services East Office, 8212 – 118 Ave. in Room 035 and the Genesis Room.
Divergent the movie is out in theatres March 21! Are you an authority on Tris, her initiation into Dauntless and anything to do with Veronica Roth’s dystopian Chicago world? Teens, come into the library between Feb. 3 and March 16, complete the Divergent trivia sheet, and pop it in the draw box in the Teen Corner for a chance to win two general admission movie passes, courtesy of Grandin Theatres. The draw will take place on March 17. St. Albert Public Library, 5 St. Anne Street.
Teens, join us at the Library for our monthly Film Club. You can register in advance, or just drop by, but whatever you do, don’t miss out on this awesome BIG-screen, Surround Sound experience that includes beverages and snacks. Our next movie night isThursday, March 13 from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m.when we’ll be watching City of Bones. Watch the teen page of the Library’s website for upcoming film titles. (Please note: Films shown will be suitable for viewing by persons 13 years of age or older. Persons under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.)Save your spot! Register in advance at the second floor information desk, or call 780-459-1682. St. Albert Public Library, 5 St. Anne Street.
It’s Teen Tech Week! The Library invites teens to come and try out Scratch, free software created by MIT, to program your own interactive stories, games, and animations onSaturday, March 15 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.We'll help you get started with a basic lesson, then let you design your own. This is a free program for ages 11 to 17. No library card is needed to take part, but advance registration is required. Visit the second floor information desk, or call 780-459-1682. St. Albert Public Library, 5 St. Anne Street.