Autumn ripe with bountiful community events

Here is a small sampling of the many events coming up in both Leduc and Wetaskiwin.

With school back in session and everyone taking advantage of the last warm, sunny days of the year before winter sets in, autumn is busy time for communities of all sizes.

For those looking to head into a city for something to get involved with, here is a small sampling of the many events coming up in both Leduc and Wetaskiwin.

Leduc Culture Days

Leduc Culture Days revived such a positive response from the community the city deemed it necessary to extended it past the original set days, says Christine Isaac, community events coordinator with the city.

With 18 events on the roster Culture Days in the city takes place from Sept. 24 to 28. Culture Days is actually a national initiative  that runs Sept. 25 to 27.

“I think the atmosphere is going to be a really great celebration of arts and culture,” said Isaac.

Having so many events featured around the city, Isaac says there will be something offered for everyone of every age.

Isaac hopes anyone who partakes in Leduc Culture Days uses it as an opportunity to explore the “hidden gems” the city has to offer. “They don’t need to leave Leduc to discover arts and culture.”

During Leduc Culture Days an iPad Mini contest is being held. Individuals who visit 10 of the 18 events and get their ‘passports’ stamped 10 times can have their name entered into the draw.

For more information on Leduc Culture Days and a full list of events visit http://www.leduc.ca.

More Culture Days

Culture Days runs across Alberta with a number of activities in many different communities, with free admission to provincial museums.

This applies to museums such as the Reynolds Alberta Museum in Wetaskiwin.

 

Tyson Parker Commitment to Life Society fundraiser

In its eighth year, the Tyson Parker Commitment to Life Society Fundraiser is once again encouraging people to open their hearts and help raise money for STARS Air Ambulance.

The event boasts a dinner, five-piece band out of Edmonton, a silent auction and super-silent auction. It takes place Sept. 26 at the Leduc Recreation Centre and the fun starts a 5 p.m.

With the super-silent auction items normally shown in a live auction will be showcased on a big screen with master of ceremonies coverage. Fundraiser representative Janice Parker says this eliminates the need for people to continuously check the bid page to see what the going rate is.

To date, the Tyson Parker Commitment to Life Society has raised more the $642,000 for STARS.

“The community has been a huge support,” said Parker. She says it is not just city residents who come out to support the fundraiser but county residents as well.

In 2005 Tyson Parker was involved in serious motor vehicle collision south of Leduc and was airlifted to Edmonton.

“My son decided he wanted to give back after he had to use STARS himself,” said Parker.

Tickets for the event are still available and for more information contact Janice at 780-986-4507 or Tyson at 780-920-0448.

Wetaskiwin Art Club Fall Art Show

The annual Wetaskiwin Art Club Fall Art Show is poised to take place Oct. 2 and 3 at the Wetaskiwin Heritage Museum downtown.

“It includes paintings, drawings . . . just a bunch of different media,” said club president Judy Dancey.

While everyone is welcome and admittance to the show is free donations are welcome. The art show also entails a silent auction and light snacks and refreshments.

Those who enter are given a slip of paper to write down their favorite piece and if their name is drawn on Oct. 3 they take it home with them.

“It’s just a nice time to sit and enjoy yourself,” said Dancey.

The Wetaskiwin Art Club lost two of its members this year and a memorial will be set up during the show for Corrinne Fraser and Phil Smith. “We have some of their of paintings and we have some photographs, because we want to remember them,” said Dancey.

 

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