Well it seems like summer just got here and now it's gone. There's a distinctive nip to the breeze as the sun goes down and that certain fall scent is in the air. The leaves are starting to turn with the season but its not quite time to burrow in and prepare to nestle under the blanket of white that seems to appear around the end of October every year. As a matter of fact, if anything, the fall seems to kick Albertans into overdrive with all the organizations, committees and boards that took a summer break refreshed and raring to go again. So if you feel that fall urge to get out and get engaged the following is just a partial list of events taking place across our region.
As of this (lucky!) Friday the 13th the Leduc & District Chamber of Commerce is launching their 2013/14 series of luncheons at Red Tail Landing Golf Course with the President and CEO of the Alberta Chamber of Commerce giving a Provincial update.
That same date brings country music legend Dwight Yoakum to Leduc for a concert at the LRC.
On Saturday Sept. 14th Devon's River of Hope Baptist Church is holding their long awaited Burn Out & Show 'N' Shine event that had to be postponed due to the flooding earlier this year. Admission is free to this event.
The 14th also brings along the 2nd Annual Rubber Ducky Race at the Leduc Civic Centre ponds. This is a fun event as they release hundreds of little rubber ducks and they "race" with the current to see which one reaches the finish line first on the other side of the pond, all in support of the Stollery Hospital Foundation. It is $10.00 to purchase a duck for the race but the actual event itself is free.
Sunday the 15th is the date set for the Terry Fox Run taking place in Leduc around Telford Lake. This event is also free.
For those early birds that like to stay informed Tuesday the 17th brings around the first Leduc-Nisku Economic Development Association breakfast of the year. Taking place at the Leduc County Agricultural Services Building several speakers are slated to talk on a topic that is important to one and all; "The Future Of Food".
The very next day the 18th brings the Leduc Chamber's annual Women in Business Conference at the Executive Royal Inn.
On Friday, Sept. 20th the City of Leduc is hosting their first Party In Alexandra Park. This is a free event for the whole family that will feature an outdoor showing of the movie Despicable Me.
Saturday, the 21st is the date of the DPA's final Summer On Main Street event in Leduc with a live band, local artisan booths, strolling entertainment, a historical buildings walk, and a chili cook off all taking place along 50th Ave between 47 St. & 49 St.
Thursday, Sept. 26th is a great day if you are interested in politics as the Chamber's Grill 'N' Government event kicks off that evening at the Nisku Recreation Centre.
One of Leduc's largest fundraisers of the year takes place at the LRC on Saturday Sept. 28th with the annual STARS Banquet encouraging everyone to dust off their fancy gowns and suit jackets.
October brings with it a legend raised from the dead in the form of Elvis, Elvis, Elvis! The Maclab Theatre hosts an Elvis Tribute on October 4th that features three different Elvis impersonators that will take you on a journey spanning the King's musical lifetime.
Saturday, October 5th sees Leduc Composite High School celebrating 50 years in the community with an afternoon of free events and a ticketed dinner in the evening.
This fall is also what the wags like to call "silly season" across our country as municipal elections will be taking place and candidates will be encouraging you to vote for them. So if you are interested in who will become your new City Council then October 10th is a date not to miss as a candidates forum will be held that evening at the Maclab Theatre. This is an entirely free event.
For those with a taste for things warm, intricate and beautiful on October 18th & 19th the Expressions Of The Heart Quilt Show is taking place at the Nisku Inn and Conference Centre.
On Saturday afternoon October 19th, the 3rd annual LEGO Gala and competition is pieced together (sorry for the pun!) at the Leduc Library with some amazing displays of LEGO art.
The very next day, Monday October 21, is a day that should be marked on absolutely everyone's calendar as this is Municipal Election Day across Alberta. So if you are eligible make sure you venture out this day and vote!
And beginning on Saturday the 26th through to the end of the month you can take your pick of Halloween parties and events to attend throughout the region, including Daystar Church's Kidzamania event on Thursday the 31st. A safe family "alternative" to a Halloween party.
There are many more events happening throughout Leduc and District than could be listed here, with great organizations filled with energetic people going to the limit to encourage their community to get out and get involved. I know the hard working people at the Pipestone Flyer will be at many of these events and we hope to see you out there too!