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Morinville Outdoor Farmers’ Market Opens!

Come visit us and enjoy the wonderful and delicious products available at our market! Join us every Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. from June 6 to Sept. 26. Located in the Ray McDonald Sports Arena parking lot, 9908 – 104 Street. Sponsored by The Morinville Festival Society. 

St. Albert’s Outdoor Farmers’ Market

The St. Albert Farmers’ Market is the largest outdoor market in Western Canada, attracting crowds of 15,000 – 20,000 each Saturday from June to October!June 14th marks the opening day for the 2014 St. Albert Farmers’ Market,with a bigger and better market than ever before. The market features more than 250 vendors, five special event days, and a variety of top market-quality products that are home baked, home grown, or handmade.Stop by the market to find:fresh produce;homemade baking; pickles and preserves;woodworking;farm fresh chicken;ethnic food;pottery;honey;arts and crafts;B.C. fruit;fresh fish;pork and beef;jewelry;stained glass;organic meats and produce, family entertainment;and much, much more! Come visit us every Saturday,rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.Located on St. Anne and St. Thomas Streets, downtown St. Albert, in the heart of the Perron District. The St. Albert Farmers’ Market is classified as a Food Establishment: No smoking and no dogs are permitted, except for service dogs.The last outdoor market of the year takes place Oct. 11! 

Morinville Lions Club Charity Golf Tournament and Silent Auction

Texas Scramble format, Registration includes 18 holes of golf, power cart, barbecue steak dinner and prizes. Cost: $110/person; steak dinner only: $25. Proceeds to Camp He Ho Ha and the Jessica Martel Memorial Foundation. For more info, contact Francis Fryters, phone 780-939-3741 or fax 780-939-3727 or email: jfryters@shaw.ca. RSVP prior to Aug. 1, 2014. Tee off at 11 a.m., on Saturday, Aug. 9,at the Cardiff Golf & Country Club. Sponsored by the Morinville Lions Club. 

July ArtWalk at the St. Albert Public Library

The library is pleased to participate in ArtWalk 2014. Our July ArtWalk exhibit features local artist Tom Steele. Tom was born in Saskatchewan, but his career as a veterinarian brought him to live in many Alberta communities including Edmonton, Lethbridge, Camrose. He is now retired, and living in St. Albert, where he is more actively involved in his art and the St. Albert Painters Guild. Please join us for ArtWalk onThursday, July 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. to experience the art of Tom Steele. This exhibit will remain in the library for the month of July. St. Albert Public Library, 5 St. Anne Street. 

Farm to Table Dinner 

Local ingredients from local producers prepared by local chefs equals – a delicious night out in Morinville! Local farms have donated pork, bison, lamb and duck, which will be prepared by some of Morinville's finest chefs while garden members will be creating side dishes, salad and desserts from fresh garden produce. This will provide everyone attending an exquisite culinary experience. This event is produced in co-ordination with the Farmer's Market Community Fair which will be happening before and after the dinner which includes a bench fair, country style games, and a street dance. Hosted by the Morinville Centennial Community Gardens Society on Saturday, Aug. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lions Park (across from the arena). Get your tickets early! Early bird prize draw will be July 31st. Ticket cost: $25/adult, $15/youth (7-17 yrs.) and seniors; 0-6 yrs. admitted free. Tickets can be purchased at the following Morinville locations: Vintage Petals Tea Shoppe, Turner Goldsmiths, Morinville Sobey's, Servus Credit Union. Hunter's Print & Copy, Shell Station, Marshall's Roofing – or contact gardeninfo@morinvillecommunitygardens.com. Visit the website for up-to-date information:www.morinvillecommunitygardens.com/

St. Albert & District Garden Club Wants You!

Our members are preparing for the annual flower and produce show, to be held August 23 and 24. The citizens of the area are invited to exhibit some of the produce grown in their gardens. The requirements for exhibiting can be obtained from www.stalbertgardenclub.info or by calling Derrick at 780-458-7430 or Patricia at 780-458-7424. 

K-Days

Edmonton’s biggest live community experience, is the perfect combination of thrills, culture, shopping, value and entertainment for the whole family. From the opening downtown parade to the last fireworks fading over the midway, you won’t want to miss any of the excitement during this 10-day festival of fun. Live entertainment and attractions are everywhere! There’s the Telus stage, Family Fun Town, and an awesome midway teeming with rides, games and traditional treats. And don’t miss Klondike Park! your 19th century oasis for Klondike themed entertainment including the Chilkoot Gold Mine, Klondike Mike and the Klondike Express! With a little skill, patience and luck, you can walk away a winner at the Gold Panning Competition and the Klondike Costume Contest.The Klondike was built on the dreams of those searching the North for those almost invisible glints of glory and at the Gold Panning Competition in the Chilkoot Gold Mine, you will have the chance to replicate their incredible experience. Northlands and Tourism Yukon are giving 50 potential prospectors per day from July 25 to 27 the chance to reign as King or Queen of the Klondike. The victorious gold miner will not only walk away with bragging rights, but a real Klondike gold nugget to serve as a shiny symbol of your prospecting success! Check out great shopping options at the summer’s biggest trade show — Northwest Originals and the Shop Zone. Runs from July 18 to 27. For all the details, check out: www.k-days.com 

Historic Walking Tour: St. Albert’s Downtown

Join us for a walking tour of St. Albert’s past and discover the things that make our city unique! Walking tours of St Albert’s riverside and historic downtown run throughout the summer months. Along the walk archival photographs, stories and historic buildings bring the story of St Albert, both past and present, to life.  Suggested donation $3. Join us Thursday, July 24 at 6:30 p.m. Meet at the Little White School, 2 Madonna Drive. For more information, call 780-459-1528. 

Fête au Village: Legal

2014 marks Legal's 100th Anniversary and the fête is here to kick off the pre-celebrations. Official 100th Anniversary celebrations will be held September 5, 6 and 7. This year's fête theme is "Celebrating our Heritage" where Legal will pay homage to its French cultural and heritage. Join us on Friday evening as we kick of the Fête Au Village with the mini kids' parade, then off to “Family Fun in the Park”, where the children's third annual Soapbox Fun Derby will take place at 7 p.m. (call Jenny at 780-961-3276 for info). Friday evening offers several free food items and assorted family entertainment. Come be a judge at the Favourite Recipe Contest, then kick back, relax and enjoy some music and family fun time. Start Saturday morning with a wonderful pancake breakfast, before watching the parade and viewing the magnificent vehicles at the show n' shine. Throughout Saturday kids can enjoy the many activities, such as the quarter carnival, coin dig, bouncy castle, face painting, balloon animals, reptile zoo, petting zoo, pony rides and automated bull rides. The demolition derby, one of the Fête Au Village's hugest attractions will kick off at 2:30 p.m., with the new added feature of a "truck" heat (email lfd@clearwave.ca for info)! After a day of excitement come and relax in the beer gardens or/and enjoy the local talent. Oil City Sound Machine will be playing in the evening. Don't miss out on the spectacular fireworks show Saturday evening come dark. Join us July 25 and 26! For more info call Carol Tremblay at 780-701-5234. The events schedule will be made available come mid-June by visiting: www.town.legal.ab.ca/fete.html 

Church Barbecue

Enjoy a hotdog or hamburger and a drink. Plenty of parking, bring your collector vehicle or your motorcycle! The free barbecue runs from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. this Saturday, July 26. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in St. Albert will be holding this event at the chapel, 10 Akins Drive, at the corner of Hebert and Akins. Take a tour of the building and bring your questions about researching family history. 

Jamboree at George Pegg Botanic Garden 

A day of music and dancing featuring Just Us and other entertainers. The ‘Horticulture Hot Topic’ will be Beneficial Backyard Bugs. And there’s a children’s craft project: creating a Garden Memories Treasure Book. Refreshments/food for sale. Admission: $5. Sunday, July 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The garden is located at 56015 Range Road 43, Glenevis. 780-203-0331 . Directions: From Edmonton, travel west on Highway 16. Exit north onto Highway 43. Turn north at the Glenevis junction and follow signage 2.5 km. Watch for the green signs. Website: www.PeggGarden.org 

Singing in the Park!

The St. Albert Church of Christ invites you to join us as we host an evening of a cappella gospel singing at Lions Park (Sir Winston Churchill Avenue and Taché Street) on Wednesday, July 30 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Check us out at stalbertchurchofchrist.org. 

Exhibits

Lawren Harris and A.Y. Jackson: Jasper / Robson, 1924

In 1924 key Group of Seven members Lawren Harris and A.Y. Jackson travelled west to paint the mountains of Jasper National Park in Alberta and Mount Robson Provincial Park in B.C. This exhibition showcases the works that were created by these two remarkable artists and it is as much about these places as it is about these two painters. Exhibit runs March 29 to August 17, 2014 at the Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square. For more info, including hours and admission fees, visit the website: www.youraga.ca 

High Adventure: Byron Harmon on the Columbia Icefield, 1924

Photographs, film, lantern and stereo-slides created by Banff photographer Byron Harmon on his trek across the Columbia Icefield in 1924. These images were to be the pinnacle of Harmon’s long career of famously photographing the Rockies. Laden with a motion picture camera, four still cameras and the necessary film, it took sixteen pack horses and three experienced mountain men—in addition to Harmon himself—to make the at times, perilous journey.As Banff’s first professional photographer, Harmon played an important role in establishing the town as a tourist attraction. Through his postcards and film footage, he made Canada’s Rocky Mountains known to the world. Harmon captured the iconic images of Banff and the mountains at a time things there were rapidly changing—from rugged and isolated to the bustling tourist mecca it’s now known as.Learn more about High Adventure: Byron Harmon on the Columbia Icefield through an In-Gallery talk on Saturday, March 29 at 2 pm with exhibition co-curators Ruth Burns and Mary-Beth Laviolette. It’s free for AGA Members and free with Gallery admission. Exhibit runs March 29 to August 17, 2014. Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square. For more info, including hours and admission fees, visit the website: www.youraga.ca 

Glenrose Hospital Galleries

Art on the Inside Gallery and Mezzanine Gallery:Wanda Whaley is presenting “Images of the Past” until August 14th in both Galleries. Wanda’s art expresses the connection between us and the earth; land, water, forest and sky. Guided by the buffalo spirit, she paints on four different types of media; slate, clay, birch bark and buffalo hide. With bark, every layer takes the paint differently and with hide the skin and hair adds a separate texture that complements the painting. Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, 10230 111 Avenue, Edmonton. Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

Waiting for the Man ...

What drives Irene Rasetti's (Calgary, AB) work is her very personal and ongoing engagement with notions related to decay, loss and regeneration. Piecing together once treasured textiles such as men's garments, women's lingerie and old linens, she eschews perfection and standard notions of beauty. Her work could be described as potential 'wedding dresses'. The white dress in days past has served women the sense of definition and belonging, but now seems almost prehistoric or backwards to desire it.  Waiting for The Man explores this disillusionment and conflicted desire. Runs from June 19 to July 26, with an opening reception: Saturday, June 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. Alberta Craft Council Gallery, 10186 - 106 St. 

Bread Basket: Membership Show & Sale

In Gallery A: Works L arger than a Bread Basket Juried Membership Show: Argy-Burgess . Borowski . Cann . Charest . Constable . McBride . Nikolic . Sereno-Janz . Thibault. Nine artists featured in our front gallery present exceptional work, expressive in voice and media, ranging from dramatic wood cut prints, six foot gel transfers, mixed media sculptural reliefs through evocative paintings in acrylic, oil and watercolour. In Gallery B: Smaller Than a Bread Basket Although limited by size, these small works by our Visual Arts Alberta – Carfac membership bring power and punch to the front line. These works bring the magic of multiple views /investigations and discoveries of the world we live in out of their studios and into our lives! Exhibits run June 19 to Aug. 1. Location: Visual Arts Alberta – CARFAC, 3rd Floor, 10215 – 112 Street, Edmonton. Hours: Wed.-Fri. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. 

VASA Gallery: Structures by Byron McBride

The interplay of urban and rural space is quite compelling and a constant source of inspiration for McBride’s work.  We have worked hard to develop cities and we guard them very jealously from the perceived chaos without. Recent events, including time in Europe and the loss of several people close to the artist, have caused him to consider more deeply structure – from the composition of an object, to the perceptions and ideals embodied by it, to its context in the everyday.  Everything is solid, but only from a certain point of view: buildings have strength, but are essentially hollow; our bodies are mainly liquid but can they be quite resilient.  McBride is interested altering the context of objects and playing with their form to question their role in the larger universe.Exhibit runs from July 2 to Aug. 1 (Gallery hours: Tues.-Sat. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.). Opening reception on July 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. 25 Sir Winston Churchill Ave., St. Albert. 

Distraction of a Stationary Nature: Shyra De Souza

The stop-motion animation Distraction of a Stationary Nature by Calgary based artist Shyra De Souza, presents a metaphor for the way in which our culture constructs the environment, often in the image of nature. Kitsch and novelty stationery items seemingly come to life, providing entertainment and escape from the mundane for the protagonist in this 9.5 minute film. This incredibly resourceful piece was nominated by the Canadian Cinema Editors Award for Best Editing in an Animation. Exhibit runs from July 3 to Aug. 2; opening reception on Thursday, July 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. Art Gallery of St. Albert, 19 Perron Street, phone 780-460-4310. 

Retreat: Sherri Chaba

Having lived most of her life in rural Alberta, artist Sherri Chaba has a strong personal connection to the land and its history, a connection that has been altered by industrial presence on and near her property.  This experience is reflected in works that merge the industrial with nature and recycled historical objects. Chaba creates multimedia installations that draw upon modern environmental issues.  As a way of moving beyond the personal, the installation, titled ‘Retreat’, challenges people to share their experiences and reflect on them in a wider context.  Viewers are invited to bring their knowledge and vision into the space, in the hope that they will develop a deeper understanding as to where they situate themselves within 21st century dialogues of ecological and societal sustainability.  Chaba’s works are confrontational, ominous and yet sublime. They conquer the spaces they occupy and are both physically and psychologically affective. The environment Chaba creates is immersive in a very literal sense. Woven wire sculptures dominate the space and can be entered. Other forms can be peered into, revealing small scale installation works. Exhibit runs from July 3 to Aug. 2; opening reception on Thursday, July 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. Art Gallery of St. Albert, 19 Perron Street, phone 780-460-4310. 

Continuum …

Most craft artists teach, something, somewhere, to someone. This might be formally in settings such as universities or cultural centres, informally in workshops or their own studios, or even casually by explaining their work to a friend or potential customer.  They might teach children, youth, adults or seniors; first-timers, serious students or other professionals; at any level of skill development and awareness. Each of these teaching scenarios entails exchange of knowledge and insight, but also emotional encouragement and downright fun. Many artists teach because it leads to rich reciprocal sharing of information, experience or excitement. And, many of the best or most natural teachers understand that, while they like to teach, they especially like to learn from their students. Continuum is a surprisingly large and diverse exhibition of work by 35 of ACC's leading fine craft maker-teacher members. They have each written about their personal interests in teaching, their rewards, their goals, even some of their favourite teaching experiences and students. Continuum explores the teacher-student and student-teacher dynamic ... how it all circles around... in a continuum. Participating artists: Mindy Andrews, Ed Bamiling, John Blair, Karen Cantine, Sarabeth Carnat, Katrina Chaytor, Linda Chow, Teena Dickerson, Jim Etzkorn, Stephen Evans, Dee Fontans, Darcy Gusse-Edinga, Crys Harse, George Heagle, Joan Irvin, Mackenzie Kelly-Frère, Bradley Keys, Sharon Kootenay Cherweniuk, Susan Kristoferson, Charles Lewton-Brain, Brenda Malkinson, Lisa McGrath, Dan Miller, Aaron Nelson, Sara Norquay, Greg Payce, Darren J Petersen, Julia Reimer, Shirley Rimer, Tyler Rock, Natali Rodrigues, Meghan Wagg, Keith Walker, Arlene Westen Evans, Simon Wroot.Runs from July 12 to Sept. 27, with an opening reception: Saturday, July 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. Alberta Craft Council Gallery, 10186 - 106 St. 

Families

Summer Bonfires at the John Janzen Nature Centre  

Join us for a fun and educational evening in Edmonton's beautiful river valley. We'll explore the trails, learn about animals that travel by night, share songs and stories, and enjoy a warm campfire and drinks. Bring a lawn chair, a cup and a desire to share and explore! Thursday, July 25from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is free. John Janzen Nature Centre, at Fox Dr. and Whitemud Dr. 

International Tiger Day Celebration

Did you know there are only 3,200 tigers left in the world? Join the Edmonton Valley Zoo as we celebrate International Tiger Day to learn all about these wonderful large cats and the other cats we have living at the zoo. Visit our two resident tigers, Amba and Taiga, as they receive some very special treats on their special day.Sunday, July 27 from noon to 4 p.m.Regular admission fees apply. Valley Zoo, 13315 Buena Vista Road. 

Sunny Summer Fair

Join us for an old-fashioned country fair with historic crafts, time-honoured games and the fruits of our harvest. Enjoy delightful hand-made crafts and lively music. Test your skills with old fashioned carnival games. Square off for contests and prizes for both children and adults. We have tons of activities for a family-friendly summer Sunday, so bring the whole family!Sunday, July 27 from noon to 4 p.m.Rutherford House is a post-Edwardian mansion built in 1911 for Dr. Alexander Cameron Rutherford, Alberta’s first premier and his family.  For many years, the home welcomed the political and social elite of Alberta.  Today, Rutherford House is a designated historic resource operated as a museum by the province. Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site, 11153 Saskatchewan Drive. For more info, visit our website: www.rutherfordhousehistoricsite.org. The museum is open from Tuesday through Sundays from noon until 5 p.m. 

Festivals

Freewill Shakespeare Festival

The Freewill Shakespeare Festival brings Edmonton a new kind of summer “Shakespeareience” as we move indoors to the Myer Horowitz Theatre to present a comedic favourite – It’s the classic battle of the sexes in The Taming of the Shrew. Suitors in Padua are eager to have the ill-tempered Katherine married off to someone, just not to any of them – they’re all chasing after her sister, Bianca. So, when the charismatic Petruchio comes to town to find a wife, Bianca's suitors convince him to pursue Katherine. To everyone's surprise, including Katherine's, he succeeds. One of the biggest changes (aside from being indoors) is our ticketing system this season. This year we’re operating with assigned seating to better accommodate our audience. We encourage you to purchase you tickets early to ensure that you can: avoid lineups; guarantee you get a seat; pick where you sit; and most importantly, get to sit with your friends! While we have called the Heritage Amphitheatre our home for the past 25 years, circumstances this summer have forced us to move indoors – but don’t worry, we’re not bringing the mosquitoes with us. The festival goesfrom July 9 to 27 in the Myer Horowitz Theatre, Students’ Union Bldg., 8900 114 St.Tickets available through TicketFly. Adults $30, Festival Pass $50 and Students/Seniors: $20 per show. Visit www.freewillshakespeare.com for show times and more details. 

A Taste of Edmonton Festival

A summer tradition within our city that celebrates all the culinary delights and lip-smacking beverages that our community has to offer. Enjoy interactive competitions, emerging musicians and artists, beer or wine, sweet or savoury, gluten or gluten-free, folk music or jazz! Whatever you fancy, you will be able to find it at Taste of Edmonton. Sip 'n Savour offers you a place to sit and enjoy delicious food and live entertainment. This year, we will be located in the centre of the square, giving you the perfect seats to enjoy the sights and sounds of Taste 2014. During the day, Sip ‘n Savour will feature themed chef-led workshops that will give you the skills to bring Taste of Edmonton home to your kitchen. In the evening, Sip ‘n Savour turns into a pop-up restaurant. Featuring top local chefs, we will offer delectable dishes and unique beverages to satisfy your taste buds as you relax on our downtown patio.The mouth-watering fun goes from July 17 to 26! Details at: www.eventsedmonton.ca 

Sasquatch Gathering

In all, more than 30 acts are on tap to entertain patrons during the three-day event, which steps further outside its rootsyformat to include jazz, rock, funk, electronic and experimental offerings. Psychedelic rockers The McGowan Family Band will headline Friday evening which will be hosted by vocal percussion duo Nomasia and will include gypsy swingguitarist Billie Zizi, the rocking' Kimberley MacGregor Band, sexy surf act The Frolics and audio artists Motonogo. Singer-songwriter / ukelele player Jill Pollock hosts the Saturday afternoon segment of the festival which includes jazz fusion ensemble Bob Tildesley & the HumaneBeings and folk trio Two Bears North. Rounding out the day is the Song Circle with Ken Stead, Lindsay May and Cadence & Nathan. Alternative rockers Cockatoo headline on Saturday night with west-coast funk group The Party on High Street, electronic act Boosh, rockers Los Calaveras, rootsperformers The Alex Vissia Band and jazz troupe Three Sun Sea.Acoustic guitar duo Bardic Form closes the festival on Sunday with singer-songwriter Andrew Scot and a song circle / blues jam featuring Duane Elias, Miguel Ferrer, MarshallLawrence, Erin Ross and Jenie Thai. Children’s act The Time Flies will start the day, hosted by bilingual songstress Ariane Lemire. Also performing on site at various times will be Mile Zero Dance, burlesque act River City Revue and interactive electronic attraction Skrunt Skrunt. Yoga, face painting,massage, drum circles and the highly-anticipated potluck meal round out the activities. The Sasquatch will gather at Rangeton Park, Alta., July 25 to 27. For moreinformation, go online to sasquatchgathering.com. 

The Interstellar Rodeo

Icons of modern music history return to the Interstellar Rodeo, a celebration of music, food and wine. This year, we present a deeply varied, talent-rich lineup, including Corb Lund and The Hurtin’ Albertans as one of our headliners, and to introduce Jeff Stuart and The Hearts, one of the rising stars on the local scene. You’ll also see and hear Gord Downie, The Sadies, and The Conquering Sun, and  the unmistakable pipes of Leslie Feist. We continue with our trademark theme, to celebrate artistic outlaws and musical mavericks. Interstellar is drawn to fearless, unique performers who refuse to settle for anything less than greatness. Jason Isbell, Andrew Bird, Bahamas and Justin Townes Earle are all incredible examples of artists who are at the top of their game. We are proud to present the cream of the crop in a variety of genres, traditional and cutting-edge, from the classic soul of Lee Fields & The Expressions to the art-rock of Ford Pier. And, of course, there’s always a place for the rock bands – The Hold Steady, Bidiniband and No Sinner will satisfy those who like it loud. We know that great music always starts with a song. Across our lineup, top-notch songwriters are again in the spotlight this year. Amos Lee, Tift Merritt, Selina Martin and Jadea Kelly are all proof that no matter the genre, talented songwriters will always connect with music fans.Runs July 25 to 27at Hawrelak Park’s Heritage Amphitheatre. Weekend passes range from $105 to $180. Single tickets available. For a complete lineup, visit: www.interstellarrodeo.com 

Blueberry Bluegrass & Country Music Festival

It’s Canada’s large bluegrass festival! You wil hear Suzy Bogguss, Rambling Rooks, James King, John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band, Larry Stephenson, Grasstown, The Command Sisters, Trick Rider and more! There are workshops and open stages, too!The festival goes Aug. 1, 2 and 3at Heritage Park in Stony Plain. Find all the details at: www.blueberrybluegrass.com 

Kids

Summer Reading Games St. Albert Public Library

The library’s spectacular summer reading games are back!  Children in grades 1 to 6 are invited to come down to the Library to experience The Great Museum Escape. Each year the library’s large program room is transformed into a life-sized, interactive game that kids can play throughout the summer. Players will visit a different room of the museum with every turn they take in the game. At the completion of each turn, they will enjoy choosing books to read from different categories, and they will be one step closer to completing their quest. This is a fun way to keep kids reading throughout the summer break – kids love it! There is also a separate game just for preschoolers called Lost on Dino Island. Best of all, St. Albert kids read free! Visit the children’s library to find out more and play. Summer reading games run through to Aug. 19. St. Albert Public Library, 5 St. Anne Street. 

Salvation Army Soul Sportz Summer Day Camps

School’s out! Looking for something for the kids to do? Our summer day camps bring a new adventure each week: • God is With Us • God Gives Us What We Need • God Gives Us Strength • God Saves Us • God Guides Us. Crafts, games, sports, interactive learning and a field trip. Snack provided; please bring your own lunch. Camps run from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., July 7 to Aug. 15. Cost: $60/week per child. For more information, call: 780-458-1937. 

Tuesdays Together 

Tuesdays Together is a new family drop-in program at the Musée Héritage Museum, throughout July and August, beginning on July 8. Programs run from 10 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 2 p.m., and are appropriate for all ages. Program rates are a suggested donation of $2 per child; no pre-registration required. New themes will be announced each week – visit our website for additional details:www.MuseeHeritage.ca. Join us at the Musée Héritage Museum in St. Albert Place, Tuesdays in July and August.

Summer Programs for Kids at the St. Albert Public Library

In addition to our fabulous summer reading games, the library offers these free summer programs for children that include fun stories, activities and crafts. Programs for kids in grades 1 through 6 run for one hour with two times to choose from, 11 a.m. or 2 p.m., on the following dates: July 9 (Swashbuckling Pirates); July 16 (Noble Knights and Daring Dragons); July 23 (3, 2, 1, Blast off!); July 30 (Roaring Rodeo); Aug. 6 (Pyramids, Mummies and More); and Aug. 13 (Digging for Dinosaurs). Programs for preschool children run for 30 minutes at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. on the following dates: July 31 (Creepy Crawling Critters); Aug. 7 (Barnyard Bash); and Aug. 14 (Dino Dance Party). You must register in advance by visiting or calling the children’s desk at 780-459-1532. A valid St. Albert Public Library card is required. St. Albert Public Library, 5 St. Anne Street. 

Craft Thursdays

Drop by the St Albert Grain Elevator Park on Meadowview Drive, every Thursday throughout the summer between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., and make a special pendant or create clay beads to add to your own jewelry collection. Each week will also feature games and lemonade so drop in and say hello! Program fee is a suggested donation of $2 per child; no pre-registration required.Please contact sagetrain@gmail.com or 780-419-7354 for groups of more than 10 participants. Please visit www.MuseeHeritage.cafor additional information. Join us Thursdays throughout the summer at the St. Albert Grain Elevator Park. 

BLESS Summer Nature Centre: Creepy Crawlers

Discover the fun and diverse world of insects! Come on down to the newly renovated nature centre to explore the world of beautiful bugs like the monarch butterfly and creepy crawlers like the mountain pine beetle! Some activities include decorating a butterfly mask, making bug hats, and going on bug hunts outside. Creepy Crawlers runs from July 21 to 25. As always, all activities are completely free and all ages are welcome to join in the fun! The Nature Centre is located in the log cabin at the corner of St. Albert Trail and Sturgeon Road and is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except Wednesdays when we’re here from 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., so that busy moms and dads can join in the fun! 

Learn

Jams and Jellies

Learn to create cooked jams with pectin and freezer jams with Carol Cooper from the Fruits of Sherbrooke. She will make it fun and easy by showing you a number of ingredients to create your own unique jams as well as give you the confidence to explore different combinations of fruit and herbs. You will need to bring three 250mL canning jars (with lids), three 250mL plastic containers for freezing, a knife, pen and paper. Sponsored by Morinville Sobeys.Thursday, July 31 from 7 to 9 p.m.,at the kitchen at Morinville Community Cultural Centre. Max: 20 people. Cost $10. Register online on the Town of Morinville Community Services website:https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/morinville/Home or call 780-939-7839. 

Lectures

In-Gallery Artist Talk with Sherri Chaba:Retreat

Sherri Chaba will provide a brief tour and talk on her installation Retreat. Having lived most of her life in rural Alberta, artist Sherri Chaba has a strong personal connection to the land and its history, a connection that has been altered by industrial presence on and near her property. This experience is reflected in works that merge the industrial with nature and recycled historical objects. Chaba creates multimedia installations that draw upon modern environmental issues. As a way of moving beyond the personal, the installation, titled ‘Retreat’, challenges people to share their experiences and reflect on them in a wider context. Viewers are invited to bring their knowledge and vision into the space, in the hope that they will develop a deeper understanding as to where they situate themselves within 21st century dialogues of ecological and societal sustainability. Thursday, July 24 from 7 to 8 p.m.This is a free artist talk but donations are welcomed, suggested donation, $10. Registration is required as availability is limited. Refreshments will be provided. Please contact 780.460.4310 or ahfgallery@artsandheritage.ca to register you attendance.The Art Gallery of St. Albert, 19 Perron St. 

Literary

 “The Muse”: Museum of Summer Reading at the Library

Discover the Muse with our eighth annual adult summer reading game. Be inspired by the wonders and discoveries of reading as you spin to explore the rooms and exhibits of our museum. Spin our Reading Wheel to determine the first book category to read from, then read a second book of your choice and enter to win. There are great weekly prizes and the end-of-game grand prize – a Kobo Touch eReader! Just stop by the second floor Information Desk to play anytime during regular library hours throughout the summer (final day Aug. 19).  You can also check out our blog at saplsrg.wordpress.com.What will your Muse be this summer? St. Albert Public Library, 5 St. Anne Street. 

Museum

Western Threads: Contemporary Fibre Art

Be inspired by beautiful wall art, whimsical dolls, colourful quilts, stunning wearable art and pictorial rugs. Over 100 fibre art pieces are featured in the Western Threads: Contemporary Fibre Art exhibition. 'Fibre art' is a post Second World War term that describes the work done by artists using fibre as an art medium. Fibre artists today continue to experiment and use innovative techniques to breathe new life into ancient fibre techniques. Today, photo transfer techniques and computer-generated designs are applied to traditional quilting, rug hooking and weaving techniques. Fibre artists who strictly adhere to traditional techniques enliven their work with new materials to add texture, colour and luminosity. This exhibition brings together the remarkable work by members of the Focus on Fibre Art Association, the Heritage Rug Hookers of Saskatoon and the Studio Art Quilt Associates, Western Canadian Branch. Vibrant colours and rich textures provide the "common thread" for these exquisitely uncommon works of art.Opens Saturday, April 12 at the Royal Alberta Museum, 12845 – 102 Ave. Website: www.royalalbertamuseum.ca

St. Albert Remembers…

Help us commemorate the start of the First World War through two very special exhibitions. The Musée Héritage Museum is presenting exhibitions to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.  The first exhibition recognizes the contributions made by those who served, introducing the visitor to the individuals who gave so much.  The second exhibition looks at the impact of the war at home and what the community did to support the war effort. Joining Up:  Our Men and Women in the First World WarIn spite of being half a world away, the battlefields of the First World War had a great effect on St Albert. Being such a young country, many of our citizens still had strong ties to their homelands and a passionate desire to defend them. European-born French, Belgian and Swiss immigrants were called home to serve and dozens of Canadian-born patriots rushed to sign up as well.  Like so many other towns in western Canada, the impact on the small community was intense and long lasting.  This exhibition remembers the contributions of the more than sixty young men and one woman from the St Albert area that left their homes and families to join up. Runs from June 17 to Nov. 16.The Home Front: Life in St Albert During the First World War What was St Albert like at the outbreak of the war and how did its citizens react to the conflict? Roughly ten percent of the population of this small, primarily Francophone, town went to serve in Europe.  Those at home were let to keep the town running, raise money and supplies for the war effort and harvest crops to send overseas for the troops.  They rallied to support not only the war effort but also each other in this time of stress and great loss.  Through photos, news clippings and artifacts this exhibition looks at what life was like in St Albert leading up to and during the Great War.Runs from June 17 to Aug. 31. Please join us for the opening reception on Thursday, June 19 at 6 p.m. Musée Héritage Museum, 5 St. Anne Street, St. Albert. Website: www.MuseeHeritage.ca 

Music

Qualico Patio Series at Festival Place

Festival Place in Sherwood Park once again opens its patio doors! Patrons are invited to take in summer’s best offerings of outdoor music while also taking in the sights of beautiful Broadmoor Lake, with its profusion of greenery and waterfowl. Every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. from July 2 to Aug. 27 (plus a special Canada Day show with Red Ram on July 1), rain or shine (if it rains, the event moves inside to the banquet room), Festival Place will present two acts featuring an eclectic variety of pop, jazz, world, Celtic, folk, blues and country from local and touring musicians. General admission tickets: $8. Join us for summer evenings of relaxation, barbecue dinners, chilled refreshments and outstanding entertainment. Festival Place, 100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park. Tickets: $8 each, available at the Festival Place Box Office, 780-449-3378, www.festivalplace.ab.ca, or Ticketmaster. 

Sports

Tigers Baseball Association

Legion Memorial Park is home base for the senior AAA St. Albert Tigers in the Sunburst Baseball League. Visit HYPERLINK "http://www.stalberttigers.com"www.stalberttigers.com or HYPERLINK "http://www.baseballalberta.com"www.baseballalberta.com for the league schedule. The Tigers will also host their 31st annual tournament, July 11 to 13 at Legion park.

Triathlon

The St. Albert Road Runners and Triathlon Club hosts its 25th annual triathlon Aug. 10 at Fountain Park Recreation Centre. It is sanctioned by Triathlon Alberta. Visit www.starrt.com for more information. 

St. Albert Minor Baseball Association

The senior Cardinals in the Alberta West Central Baseball Association, junior Cardinals in the North Central Alberta Baseball League, midget AAA Cardinals in the NorWest Midget AAA Baseball league and bantam AAA Cardinals in the Baseball Alberta Tier 1 performance league are among several SAMBA affiliated teams that play ball at Legion Memorial Park. Visit www.stalbertbaseball.com for the schedules. 

St. Albert Impact Soccer

The St. Albert Soccer Association adult Impact teams in the Edmonton District Soccer Association include premier men, premier women, men’s division 1B and women’s division 1B and 2B.Visit www.edsa.org for the schedules. 

Lacrosse

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. The junior B Tier 1 St. Albert Crude and the junior B female St. Albert Drillers run the floor at Akinsdale Arena in the RMLL.Visit www.rockymountainlax.comfor the schedules. 

St. Albert Rugby Football Club

The men’s first division team competes in the Alberta Cup and the men's second division team plays in the Edmonton Rugby Union. The women’s team also 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. 

Alberta Football League

The St. Albert Stars huddle-up in the eight-team men's league for the second-straight year. Visit www.albertafootballleague.weebly.com or www.stars-football.com for the schedule. 

Theatre

The 11 O’Clock Number

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 

Wellness

Teen Support Line

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

Handling Anger Level One

This workshop is designed to help you learn how to handle your anger effectively. The goal is to learn to express anger in a healthy way without hurting others, yourself or your relationships. By the end of the program, you will have practised and begun to integrate new behaviours in communication and personal problem solving and become aware of the underlying “triggers” for your anger. Topics included are: anger and its uses, sources of anger, understanding the anger cycle, becoming familiar with what makes us angry, learning alternative ways of expressing anger and dealing with rage, and learning how to use anger appropriately to enhance your relationships at work and in your personal life. Cost: $300/person.Runs from July 24 to Sept. 25 (10 Thursday evenings) from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Catholic Social Services East Office, 8212 – 118 Ave. in Room 035.Limited subsidies/payment plans may be available. For more info, or to register, call Kari Boult, FLP Coordinator, 780-420-6081. 

Youth

The Muse: Museum of Summer Reading at the Library

Be inspired by the wonders and discoveries of reading as you explore the rooms and exhibits of our museum. Play the library’s fabulous teen summer reading game for a chance to win. This year, the winner will choose between a Kobo Aura eReader, an iPod Nano, or a $150 Chapters gift card. Pick up your game card in the Teen Corner of the library and collect stamps for completing Map and Tech challenges. Play anytime during regular library hours until Aug. 19. What will your muse be this summer? St. Albert Public Library, 5 St. Anne Street. 

Stop-motion Animation for Tweens and Teens at the Library 

Learn the art of turning still images into your very own stop-motion film! Plan and make your own stop-motion movie in this fun afternoon program and we’ll post it on the library’s YouTube channel so you can show your friends. This is a free program for tweens and teens (ages 11 to 17). It takes place onTuesday, July 29 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Space is limited! Register in advance at the second floor information desk, or call 780-459-1682. St. Albert Public Library, 5 St. Anne Street. 

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