The Annual Leduc Community Registration Day is an informative and fun day for the entire family. This year was no different. Hundreds of Leduc and area families converged in the Leduc Recreation Centre (LRC) on Saturday, September 6th, a sunny afternoon, to discover and register for new activities for their kids, and their parents.
Dozens of exhibitors promoted art, sports, kids free clothing, major fundraisers, fire protection guidelines and oh, so much more. Before entering the imposing LRC, families were greeted by City of Leduc Parks, Rec and Culture team members cooking up a storm on a large BBQ. The cost of these hotdogs and burgers was by donation, which was then turned over to the Canadian Tire Kids’ (valuable) JumpStart Program for kids who cannot afford to join organized sports.
At the South end of the parking lot, a large play area, sponsored by City Life Church, offered free fun to the young ones, with a bouncy castle, two large ‘hamster/human balls’, free face painting, a ball hockey space and a Dunk Tank. The donations for dunking some law enforcement personnel went to Victim Services. Ed Rifo, executive director of Victim Services, took his turn after Leduc Mayor Greg Krishke, who lost track of how many times he got ‘dunked’.
The Leduc Victim Services has grown steadily over the past few years, providing discreet assistance to individuals needing support in crisis situations (www.leducvictimeservices.com). This organisation’s largest fundraiser, the RCMP Regimental Masquerade Ball, will take place October 25 at the Renaissance Hotel next to our International Airport. Victim Services also handed out fun goodies to the kids.
The Terry Fox Run for Cancer Research had a prominent position at the very front of the Fieldhouse, promoting the September 14 Run. Tina Mix and Doreen Gano were cheerfully handing out registration forms, and their contagious enthusiasm obviously gathered a few more participants for this worthy event!
Leduc Firefighters AJ Unrau and Keltie Nicoll were handing out fun goodies to the kids, letting them try on their big boots and fire helmets, and reminding the adults of the October’s Fire Prevention Month dates to change the batteries in their smoke and CO2 detectors. The Pipestone Flyer team wishes a safe and triumphant competition to Keltie, as she travels soon to the World’s Firefit; Bring home some bling, Keltie!
First Leduc Scouts were fun to visit with their little tent and pretend bonfire. In February, this group is hosting Funorama, with perhaps close to twenty Cub clubs participating and racing Cub cars.
Rachel Yeung, a City of Leduc team member, was dynamically promoting the Jump Start program while her buddy Krisite O’Hara was hailing the merits of FCSS, the Family & Community Support Services, a dynamic and worthy service of information and referrals.
Leduc’s well-established Tiger Studios Martial Arts is proud to now have nine certified masters (instructors), and Grand Master Norm Moreland shared that their current registration of 100 will probably grow this fall to reach 160-180 students. Spots are going fast!
Outlaws, a dynamic Cheer Posse, established in Thorsby (5 years) and now in Leduc (for the past two), is training close to 130 youths age 2.5 – 19 in cheerleading athletics. This winter, they will send two teams to a big competition in Tacoma Washington, where they hope to repeat, or improve on, last year’s third place win.
4Cats Art Studio, led by Jolene De Marco, has now introduced a fun team-building activity of Splatter Paint, where individual and group painting are created in a fun 1.75 hour session.
A new sport in town, Rad Ball is a fixed-gear (no brake) bike-and-ball activity for fit (and hoping to become fitter) thrill-seekers.
831 Black Knights Air Cadet Squadron, led by Lieutenant Ramirez, is training nearly 40 cadets ‘on strength’ in Outdoor Skills and Leadership, but this number will grow as soon as the official training commences on September 16.
Proud founders of, “My single Parent’s Closet” Jana Fane and Martina Steinhilber, are hosting a big free garage clothing sale in a few weeks, and are encouraging families to drop off their surplus kids’ clothing, footwear and toys at 160 Corinthia Drive.
All in all, with dozens of other community groups entirely dedicated to the well-being of our youth and adults alike, this event showcased the best activities Leduc has to offer, and it is worth visiting every single year.
Pictured: Leduc Firefighters AJ Unrau and Keltie Nicoll were promoting the October Fire Prevention program at the Community Registration Day. Photo by Dominique Vrolyk