Space wanted for Hamper HQ


The St. Albert Kinettes are prepping for their 51st Christmas Hamper campaign. There’s one big problem. How big? Somewhere between 15,000 to 20,000 square feet.

“We need a hamper home,” said Kinette Natasha Lefebvre, adding that the organization is in a bit of a panic about it.

In the past, the service club has been fortunate enough to utilize available hall spaces around town. This year, the well has so far run dry. That’s why they are putting out the call for people to help them find space so that they can help others.

Every year, they offer hampers with two to three weeks’ worth of food and toys to help out hundreds of families in this city. That makes approximately six boxes per family. Without the space to co-ordinate that mass of boxes and materials, well … Lefebvre didn’t even want to say what might happen to the whole project. Moving it to Edmonton isn’t really viable.

“St. Albert’s really our only option.”

The space is only needed for two weeks starting on Dec. 6. If anyone has such a space available and is willing to offer it to the Kinettes, they could call Lefebvre at 780-297-3907 or via email at

She hopes to line something up as soon as possible.

Cool cars to care for kids

The Edmonton Camaro and Firebird Club is hosting its fourth annual Wheels for Wishes event today as a fundraiser for the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Northern Alberta.

Century Casino is a popular spot for show and shine events during the summer but none of those is like this one. Expect Camaros and Firebirds, sure, but high end sports mobiles like Lamborghinis, Ferraris and Porsches, plus some muscle cars thrown in for good measure.

All proceeds from the event will go to the charity. Attendance is free but there is a minimum $15 donation per vehicle on site. All cars of any make and model are welcome. Driver gift bags will be given to the first 200 cars. It’s a family- and pet-friendly event with door prizes, silent auction, trophies, music, food, and fun for all. The goal is to raise $10,000.

It runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The casino is located at 24 Boudreau Rd.

Bats to beat breast cancer

There’s some fantastic sports action happening at the Meadowview Ball Diamonds this weekend. It’s the 14th annual Batting Against Breast Cancer event, the family friendly, community-led slo-pitch tournament in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

It’s competitive slo-pitch but it serves a higher purpose of fighting breast cancer. Each team needs to raise a minimum of $2,500 for the cause. The annual tournament now takes place in three locations and has brought in more than $3.4 million for breast cancer research and awareness projects to date.

It runs until Sunday.

Lo-Se-Ca celebrates 25th

The Lo-Se-Ca Foundation reached its silver anniversary on Thursday. The non-profit agency for adults with developmental disabilities held a party in Lions Park with dozens of people – including former executive director and current MLA Marie Renaud – in attendance to mark the occasion and join in the festivities.

The organization offers a number of residential and day supports, as well as employment placement programs, to many clients in the city. It’s located at #215, 1 Carnegie Dr. Call 780-460-1400 or visit to learn more.

Terry Fox Run just around the corner

Mark next Sunday down for your yearly homage to one of the country’s most enduring heroes. The Terry Fox Run returns on Sept. 17 and organizer Crystal King wants to make sure that everyone gets the chance to fight cancer by directly contributing to the research.

“The more, the better because not every single event like this can say that 100 per cent of the funds go towards the cause that the money is being raised for. Terry Fox is great that way. He left some really specific guidelines on where the money can go.”

Registration starts at 9 a.m. with the 5-km event kicking off at 10 a.m. from Lions Park. It’s open to all ages and abilities so feel free to walk, run, bike, or roll your way along the course. Dogs are welcome too.

Books for sale

The St. Albert Public Library has its annual fall book sale on now until Monday. It’s just one of the many ways that people can get inexpensive quality used books, CDs and DVDs while supporting this public institution. There are tables and tables of materials out in boxes in the lobby of St. Albert Place.

The sale runs during library hours.


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Scott Hayes

Scott Hayes joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2008. Scott writes about the arts, entertainment, movies, culture, community groups, and charities. He also writes general news, features, columns and profiles on people.