Archive for September, 2010

Photo by Cathie Bartlett

Freelance writer Cathie Bartlett recently spent a month in Europe, where she visited cathedrals in Germany, Sweden and England. This is the final article in her three-part series.  

From the start Guildford Cathedral was a must-see on our trip to England last December. 

For one thing, it was just 30 kilometres from where we were staying with friends Mary-Beth and Len, and for another, Mary-Beth had recently been ordained there into the clergy of the Church of England. And hearing it was consecrated a mere 50 years ago – compared to the six to eight century vintage-plus I was accustomed to for any other European cathedral I had toured – Guildford Cathedral definitely caught my interest. 

On venturing there, what struck me most was its location, its Lady Chapel and Children’s Chapel, and the intriguing works of needlecraft that add so much to the décor.  

Situated on the summit of Stag Hill, the cathedral offers the most commanding view of any I’ve seen. The city is spread all around, and the University of Surrey is below. The Earl of Onslow donated the land for the cathedral in 1931, a few years after the newly-created Diocese of Guildford decided the current cathedral church was too small and another should be built.  That was also the year after the open architectural competition for the design of a new cathedral was held, with Edward Maufe’s design chosen from 183 entries. 

In 1936 the Archbishop of Canterbury laid the foundation stone and a year later Queen Mary presided over the driving of the last concrete pile into the hill. Construction stopped with the outbreak of World War II and the structure was boarded up. 

By the time the permit was issued in 1952 the original budget of £250,000 was skewed, spurring a highly successful ‘buy a brick’ fundraising drive. Princess Margaret visited in 1955 to inaugurate the building of the nave and the Queen and Prince Philip stopped in two years later, buying and signing bricks now on display in St. Ursula’s Porch, an entryway off the south door.  

Finally the cathedral was consecrated in May 1961 with Her Majesty, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Archbishop of Canterbury in attendance. Even so, much remained to be done on this, the only Anglican church to be built on a new site in the southern Province of England since the Reformation. The Western Porches, the Sacristy, the Lady Chapel and the Chapter House had yet to be built, and the tower completed. It was 1966 before these projects were done. 

More development continued over the years, including the exterior statues on the West Front, completed in 2005, and the surrounding gardens. 

Over the years, the cathedral has become a beacon to residents and visitors alike, especially at night when it is beautifully floodlit, playing up the golden angel weather vane flying above the bell tower.

The view from the top of the hill Photo by Cathie Bartlett


Stately and dignified throughout, the cathedral is lighter and airier than most, no doubt due to the Somerset sandstone pillars and white marble floors. On the first stone pier in the nave is a carving of the Madonna and Child by Scottish sculptor John Cobbett. A brass stag set in the floor toward the front of the nave marks the centre of the cathedral and the summit of Stag Hill. Above the South Gallery the Jubilee Window depicts six scenes from the life of Christ. 

Being a keen stitcher I noticed the hand-worked kneelers as I walked down the Nave. The women of the diocese needlepointed more than 1,400 of them over seven years. 

“We had to use the same colours but we could show whatever we wanted,” Brenda Ainsley, licensed lay minister, said. 

The kneelers – no two the same – are rotated to prevent wear and tear.

“That’s one of the things I like most, finding kneelers I haven’t seen before.”   

A modern looking figure of the Madonna and Child, carved in a rare South American hardwood, adorns the Lady Chapel, a serene space located to one side of the Nave. Off to the other side is the lovely Children’s Chapel, intended as a memorial space

and also to encourage youngsters to worship. This simple, intimate room includes angels and other celestial figures at the ceiling corners, candles clustered on the windowsills and a Book of Remembrance in one back corner. A wooden cross and racks bearing cards from relatives of departed children stands at the front of the chapel – one of a very few in the country. 

En route to the Lady Chapel I came across a striking banner designed and worked by a professional embroideress named Irene Charleston in memory of her brother, Lieutenant Frederick Charleston, who died in action at Ypres in 1915. 

This beautiful labour of love featuring a descending dove with rays, two praising angels – one with a golden harp and the other with a silver trumpet – took 25 years to complete.

The cathedral receives about 3,500 visitors a month from all over the world, volunteer guide Gordon Stuart said, rolling out a map dotted with pins from the visitors’ countries of origin.


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Better Late Than Never!


The class photo includes: Jim Hately, Randy Olson, Kay Kinch/Wakaruk, Margaret Corcoran/Hutton, Gwen Miller/Thacker, Rae McFarlen, Larry Scheers, York McFarlen, Bob Miller, David Chizewski, Doreen Hately/Smith, Lois Wensel/Syhut, Elaine Scheers/Zeniuk, Norma Geall/Brooks, Dean McFarlen, Laura Penhale/Scheers, Marion Scheers, Hazel Chizewski, Carol Kinch/Appleton, Mae Scheers/DeBeurs, Harry White, Garry Scheers.

This past summer, on July 17 and 18, the Brookville Community League hosted an 80th anniversary event. 

Guests included former students who attended the Brookville School between 1930 and 1954, former members of the ladies Busy Bees club and past and current residents. There was a great turnout for the two-day event and the weather co-operated!

During the open house on Saturday afternoon, guests were able to look at old school photos and reminisce about their school days. The Busy Bees also had a display on hand, plus several quilts made from the 1940s up until the 1990s. Photos from the various Brookville ball teams (remember the Brookville Turkeys?), the gymkhana and the Cubs/Scouts rounded out the displays. 

By mid-afternoon, the little hall was filled with people and air was abuzz with excited conversations as people met up for the first time in many years.  There were many phone numbers and emails exchanged!

Gary and Carolyn Fakely brought out several of their vintage Edsels and Lisa Jones entertained guests with her Foxy Lady stilt walking. Children and adults alike were able to get their faces painted or get balloon animals from Giggles Faces N Glitter.

Guests were able to purchase copies of the Brookville Family Favorities cookbook, which had been compiled for this event and includes more than 200 family favourites. The cost of the cookbook is $15.00.  A Brookville commemorative pin was also available.

The evening program started out with speeches by local MLA Dave Quest and Strathcona County Mayor Cathy Olesen. Also on hand were Councillors Jacquie Fenske, Linda Osinchuk and Vic Budzinski. Messages of congratulations on behalf of Premier Ed Stelmach, MLA Dave Quest and Strathcona County were presented to the Brookville Community League.

Over 150 attended the pig roast supper put on by All Seasons Pig Roast and BBQ out of Red Deer.  

The evening was rounded out by a dance in the hall. There was a great turnout as well for the Sunday morning pancake breakfast.  

As part of the anniversary event, a Brookville history book is being compiled. Submissions are still being accepted and the final book will be ready for print in early fall. The book will be over 300 pages in size, printed in colour and be hard-cover bound. The cost of the book is $50. Anyone interested in purchasing a copy is asked to contact Jeannette Homeniuk at 780-998-1975.

This event was successful due to the many volunteers who helped at various stages of planning and during the event itself. Funding assistance was received from Strathcona County’s Arts, Culture and Heritage Community Investment Program Special Event Grant Fund, from Strathcona County Council, Alberta Historical Resources Foundation/Alberta Culture, and Tom Fleming of Coldwell Banker/Panda Realty.

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Ask A Vet (Sept 24)

Q: What causes my pet to reverse sneeze?

 A: Like a sneeze, reverse sneezing is an uncontrollable and spastic reflex.  But instead of the stimulus being felt in the nose which causes a sneeze, the stimulus is felt at the back of the nasal passages in the region of the soft palate and throat.  

Humans have no equivalent reflex, though horking produces a similar sound and the characteristic rapid chest expansion.

 Brachycephalic dogs (those with flat faces, such as pugs and boxers) with elongated soft palates occasionally suck the elongated palate into the throat while inhaling, setting off a fit of reverse sneezing.  Small dogs also tend to be particularly prone to reverse sneezing thought we don’t know why.

 Reverse sneezing itself is not a severe problem and does not require immediate treatment. If the sneezing stops, the spasm is over. For those of you that feel compelled to try to do something, you can massage your dog’s throat which may cause them to swallow, effectively removing, whatever stimulant incited the reflex sneezing in the first place.

 Remember that anything that irritates the throat can incite a reverse sneezing reflex. Causes include post-nasal drip, eating or drinking, exercise intolerance, pulling on a leash, nasal mites, pollen, foreign bodies caught in the throat, perfumes, viruses, aerosolized household chemicals, and allergens. 

These these conditions cause infrequent sneezing and most do not require any treatment.  As long as the sneezing is not becoming more frequent, I recommend to simply monitor.

 I have never seen nor heard of a dog dying or passing out from a reverse sneezing spasm.  The spasm/episode is temporary (albeit unpleasant sounding) that goes away on its own, leaving the dog with no after-effects.  

Therefore do not worry about leaving your dog home alone; if it occurs when you’re not there, the episode will end on its own.

 If reverse sneezing becomes a frequent occurrence rather than very occasional, your veterinarian may want to rule out a potential nasal mite infestation by treatment with a parasiticide. 

If allergies are the root of the problem, your veterinarian may prescribe something like antihistamines.  Or they may need to look up the nasal passages (rhinoscopy) and even take a biopsy. 

Sometimes, however, no cause can be identified.

Dr. Jeffrey Person practices at the Delton Veterinary Hospital and co-hosts the listener call-in show Pet Talk, heard every Sunday morning at 7 a.m. on AM630 CHED.

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In the fall of 2008, Mark and Joy van Marck celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary by returning to the site of their London honeymoon, followed by a 14-day Mediterranean cruise. Mark’s travel journal and Joy’s photography documented the highlights of their dream holiday. In the weeks ahead we’ll share some excerpts as the couple travels from the U.K. to Spain, Italy and Greece. If you’re considering a Mediterranean cruise, this will prove to be an excellent planning resource for you.

Chapter 3

Day Eight

Sunday, Sept. 7

Monte Carlo, Monaco

We had a light breakfast and then went to the promenade deck for a walk outside. We can see Monte Carlo in the distance and we’re expected to arrive about 11 a.m.

Monte Carlo…the highest income per capita in the world! The richest people in the world come to play here.

The harbour is filled with yachts. The Lady Moura, owned by the finance minister of Saudi Arabia, is the 16th largest yacht in the world and it’s docked next to our ship.

The tour we take climbs up the side of the mountain with a spectacular view of Monaco. We take many of the same streets as the famous Monte Carlo Grand Prix, the same road where Princess Grace was killed in the car crash. If you go off some of these roads it’s straight down for a thousand feet or more.

This has got to be the most beautiful city in the world. Lamborghinis and Ferraris are a common site. We stop at the famous Monte Carlo casino where the very wealthy come to gamble. 

That evening, back on the ship, we are treated to an incredible view of Monte Carlo at night. The lights, the harbour, the yachts. The view was worth the price of the trip!

Day Nine

Monday, Sept. 8

Livorno, Italy

We wake up and now we’re in Livorno, Italy. If Monte Carlo was the most beautiful, this dock is the ugliest. Apparently there is not room to dock the ship close to the city, so they put us in the container port. Nothing but cranes, containers, new cars ready to be shipped out or in. A real let-down but our buses are waiting for us and they take us to our first stop, Lucca. 

In the heart of the Tuscany province we passed vineyards and olive groves in a picturesque countryside. We visit ancient Lucca, with its massive walls and numerous towers. Much of this town was built over a thousand years ago.

Next we stop in Pisa and visit, of course, the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Built in 1173, it has a spiraling staircase of 294 steps running around the cylindrical core of the tower. It started to lean because of shifting ground at its base. They have stopped the leaning and could straighten the tower but choose not to because it has become so famous.

Lots of walking and our feet and backs are sore. Once back at the ship, Joy and I head straight to the hot pool and then for the thermal lounger. Oh that feels good! 

We have dinner reservations for 7 p.m. at the Pinnacle Grill. That’s the upscale restaurant. We want to treat ourselves tonight (boy, are we spoiled!).

Day Ten

Tuesday, Sept. 9


Today we go to Rome. We dock in Civitavecchia. It’s about an hour and a half drive to Rome. Beautiful day. We arrive at St. Peter’s Basilica. When we enter into St. Peter’s Square, it’s an awesome sight. You see it so often on TV, but to see it in person is an incredible sight. You can see the balcony where the Pope would stand and lead the service where over 150,000 people can gather. The church is the largest in the world and is a monument to Christianity. It’s decorated in mosaic tiles where the craftsmen who built St. Peter’s were able to produce a large array of colours reaching as much as 28,000 variations. The Vatican Mosaic School was established for the purpose of decorating this church. Inside it’s 32 stories high!

Next we go to the coliseum. The famous arena held 50,000 spectators who came to watch horrifying “entertainment” as live unarmed people confronted lions, or re-enacted famous battles and of course, gladiators.

Most of the famous buildings are ruins today but still give a sense of what it was like in Rome about 2,000 years ago.

It’s very hot today! So it’s tiring walking around. Next we stop at the Trevi Fountain where we throw in a coin which promises that we will return.

It feels good getting back into the air-conditioned bus. We stop at a restaurant and have a nice cold salad with lasagna and a couple glasses of vino. Very enjoyable lunch.

We start back to the ship but have to turn off the main highway because of a fire along the route. It gives us a nice opportunity to go into the town of Civitavecchia. This town is a resort town where many Romans go to get out of the city and close to the ocean and beaches. We spot a helicopter scooping up water to bring to the fire!

Now back on the ship, we again head to the hot pool for a relaxing dip. We meet up with Ken, Dianne, Carol and Derek and afterwards have dinner with them. After dinner, we head up to the Crows nest for a nightcap and learn a new dice game, which was a lot of fun. 

Wow. Another great day comes to a close.

Day Eleven

Wednesday, Sept. 10

Messina, Italy

We wake up still cruising to Messina. We pass by the Stromboli Volcano, which is smoking. It’s hard to believe that there is a village right at the base of this active volcano.

We arrive in Messina about 12:30 p.m. We don’t have a tour planned for today, so we decide to walk around the town. Joy wanted to go to the shopping area, but after a half hour walk, we find out the stores are all closed between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. From what we can see, there’s not too much to see in Messina. We do find a few souvenir shops open and Joy bought a few things. 

We stopped at a sidewalk café and ordered an espresso and a tea. Another beautiful day. Very hot. It has to be about 35 C but with the humidity it feels hotter.

We head back to the ship and decide to just hang out at the pool and relax. It’s just too darn hot to walk around.

We played “win a cruise” bingo and I came so close to winning. Just one number left to be called but no cigar. Darn!

Got together with Ken and Dianne and Carol and Derek to celebrate anniversaries. Had dinner and then got together on our balcony for drinks, and played dice to the wee hours of the night. A beautiful Mediterranean night.

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A look into October’s sky

Happy Thanksgiving Halloween month! 

The nights are getting longer as we’re heading for that time of year once again when, on Oct. 31, kids of all ages will dress up in costumes and travel through neighbourhoods in search of treats and fun.  

It’s also quietly become an opportunity for astronomers to connect with their neighbours and friends they haven’t met just yet.  

Halloween night has become a time when I place my telescope out on the front lawn and offer views to the various goblins, superheroes and thrillseekers dropping by for treats. Many parents accompanying their kids have also had a look in my Halloween telescope and helped themselves to views of the ringed planet Saturn or some mountains or craters on the moon.  

Is astronomy better than candy? Uncertain, but it is surely less calories. But let’s now consider the viewing opportunities for the month of October. 



Oct. 7 will be the best opportunity to view Periodic Comet 103P/Hartley 2 when it (hopefully!) glows at fifth magnitude. 

The best views will be obtained from a dark site, so using binoculars within city limits is advised. Oct. 7 will find the comet only one degree below the famous Double Cluster in the constellation Peruses the Hero. Perseus is located in the NE sky direction. 

Here’s a small star hop to assist in locating the visual field. Cassiopeia the Queen is a W-shaped constellation found above Perseus. So first look NE and locate a large W-shape high in the sky. Take the center star in the W-shape & “hop” visually down to the lower left star in the same shape.  

Keep heading down and away from the constellation until you have travelled the same distance as between the two stars in the beginning of the star hop. Congratulations, you have arrived in the general area of the Double Cluster. 

If you have binoculars, do take a moment to observe these beautiful binocular objects. Expect to find extensive, bright, colourful groupings of stars. Not to over look the original objective, don’t forget to sweep down one degree to find Comet Hartley 2!   


(When two or more celestial objects appear together in the night sky.)

For Oct. 6: If you find yourself awake and standing outside about one half hour before sunrise, don’t worry. It’s simply a great time to spot the tiny, star-like planet Mercury when it is located low on the eastern (I) horizon to the lower left of the moon. It’s a naked eye observation but binoculars are optional.

For Oct. 9: Instead of observing in the night sky, try observing in the evening sky about one hour before sunset. Look at the SW horizon for the brightest planet Venus about four degrees to the lower right of the moon. This a naked eye observation that would work with  binoculars. CAUTION: WHETHER NAKED EYE OBSERVING OR WITH BINOCULARS, NEVER LOOK AT THE SUN. This observation should be quite safe since the sun will be 27 degrees to the right of the conjunction.

For Oct. 19: Two hours past sunset, look SE to find the bright planet Jupiter nestled only six degrees below the moon.  

Meteor shower

For Oct. 21: Before dawn marks the peak of the Orionid Meteor Shower. 

Meteor showers happen when planet Earth’s orbit passes through the tail of a comet. The Orionid Meteor Shower is based upon arguably the best known comet of all: Halley’s Comet. The meteors happen as dust particles from the comet interact with Earth’s atmosphere. Showers are named for the host constellation containing the radiant point or source of the shower.  

Orionids come from the constellation Orion the Hunter but sporadic meteors come from all directions in the night sky.  Unfortunately this year, the shower will be competing with a bright moon. 


(Where and when to see them)

Evening: Venus (W), Mars (SW) (Mars disappears into the sunset later in the month), Neptune (S),
EAll evening and toward dawn: Jupiter and Uranus (E)

Dawn: Mercury (E) available only the first week of October before it disappears into the sunrise, and Saturn (E) rises higher each morning. 

Clear skies!

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Warning! The following article contains disgusting imagery of disgusting bodily functions. If you cannot read through your eyelids, a Doctor of Euphemisms should be standing nearby to clean things up.

Sufferer:  What are the most painful 30 minutes a human body can endure without dying?

Innocent:  I give up, what?

Sufferer:  Having a bowel movement after hemorrhoid surgery. 

Innocent: You’re kidding!

Sufferer:  I swear.

Innocent:  Worse than childbirth?

Sufferer:  Not even close.

Innocent:  On a scale of 1 to 10?

Sufferer:  35.

Innocent:  Wow! I never knew.

Sufferer:  No one does.  

That’s right, people, no one does, because it’s a medical secret that doctors can’t divulge, because then no one would have the surgery (which of course is advantageous in the long run. Having the surgery, I mean.) 

Doctors will tell you there will be a lot of pain with your first bowel movement, but they don’t tell you that it will send you into convulsions and that it will happen with every BM for at least 10 days.  

The good news is that at Day 12, the pain is significantly less and at Day 15, you’re almost normal. But don’t believe the pamphlets that say you will be able to go back to work in three to four days. 

Those are vicious lies meant to coddle you into the operating room, where they will do unseemly things to your nether end and then put in freezing that will last for two and a half days, which will hoodwink you into thinking that you will indeed be returning to work in a day or two.

But then the freezing evaporates (along with your naivete), and during your first drug-free BM, you finally feel the full fiery force of volcano magma scorching its way down the raw column of all your surgery wounds, and you stop breathing because your brain doesn’t know how to respond to the pain except to kill you outright. 

The flames continue to incinerate you inside and out until the “flow” ebbs – and then you go, incandescent, into Phase 2. 

This is the wiping phase, wherein you must clean yourself without actually touching anything down there, and having to do it quickly to end the pain ASAP, but you can’t do it, because you can’t touch anything down there and besides, you are screaming and convulsing in pain, which tends to hinder smooth and efficient movement. 

Phase 2 is the Death Phase. 

If you survive Phase 2 (doubtful), you may then choose Phase 3 from the menu: Have an immediate warm, soothing sitz bath (suggested in the pamphlets) by resting your blistering booty on the unyielding porcelain of your tub; or simply dab the area with warm or cold water using something excruciatingly soft (my choice).    

Phase 4 constitutes lying on the bed flailing and moaning in anguish until the pain subsides enough for you to actually walk to the medicine cabinet and take four of whatever pain killers the doctor prescribed for you. 

If you are wise, you will stay loaded up on pain killers until day eight or nine.

As attractive as the pain portion of the surgery is, however, it is not the only benefit to be derived therefrom. There are the stool “softener and pusher” pills which you must take in order to facilitate (and survive) the BMs, but which you don’t want to take because you don’t want to have a BM with all the suffering it entails. 

But NOT having a BM when you need to involves a whole other kind of pain, so “keep things moving” is the advice from all medical personnel. The problem with the softeners and pushers is figuring out how many of each pill to take for your particular body, because sometimes following prescription directions can lead to “projectile pooping,” which I don’t believe needs an explanation. 

After a couple of episodes of hosing down your bathroom, you will know how to dose yourself with these helpful little devils.

Now, as pleasant as all this sounds, I don’t want anyone rushing to their proctologist begging for hemorrhoid surgery. 

It will happen all in good time and you will have your turn. 

But, seriously, when all is said and done (Thank the Good Lord!), it is over relatively quickly and it is wonderful to be rid of those hanging stalagtites ruining your “cogitative time” in the biffy. 

Cogitating in the outhouse is a time-honored activity and ought not to be trifled with by some dagburned pile of “piles.”

And so, although I would have died rather than admit it on days four through eight after my surgery (Magma and Projectile days), I’m glad that I “gosh-darned gone and done it” – to quote Shania Twain, who probably knows a thing or two about outhouses.

-Claire Helmers

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Out & About — Week of Sept 24

• Vegreville Farmers’ Market

Open March through December, on Fridays from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Vegreville Elk’s Hall, 5002 – 55 Ave. Shop for locally grown produce, baking, meat, eggs, jewelry, handcrafts, gift items and more.

• Country Farmers’ Market

Country Farmers’ Market open Mondays now through Oct. 25. To book a table call or email 780-674-8805 or BH_MCFM@hotmail.com.

• Spruce Grove Farmers’ Market

Saturdays (9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) until Dec. 18. Located at the Grain Elevator Site, 100 Railway Ave. (Hwy 16A, south of the tracks). Come enjoy our friendly market. Wide variety of vendors, unique handcrafted gift items and tasty homemade food. For info/tables call 780-240-5821.

• Sherwood Park Farmers’ Market 

Sherwood Park Farmers’ Market runs rain or shine every Wednesday now through Oct. 6 at Festival Place. Locally produced plants, vegetables, craft and lots of home baking. For more info email manager@sherwoodparkfarmersmarket.ca.

• Mayerthorpe & Area Farmers’ Market

Come out to the Mayerthorpe & Area Farmers’ Market every Thursday in Mayerthorpe Diamond Centre from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info call 780-786-2523.

• Heritage Farmers’ Market 

Heritage Farmers’ Market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays until October at Heritage Park, 50 St. and 42 Ave. in Stony Plain. Call Lisa at 780-963-2777 for info.

• Baseline Farmers’ Market

The Baseline Farmers Market is held Wednesdays from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Home Depot parking lot, now through Sept. 29. Baked goods, jams, pickles, Ukrainian food, Alberta beef, kettle corn, Kastelen sausage, hand-crafted items, and more. New vendors always welcome. Email kylawoitas@shaw.ca or call 780-760-6807 for more info.

• Barrhead Farmers’ Market (1)

Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Barrhead Neighbourhood Inn Banquet Room. Friendly market with a variety of handcrafted gift items, fresh baking and some commercial items. To book a table call 780-939-7222 or 780-785-2058.

• Barrhead Farmers’ Market (2)

Every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the multipurpose room in the Agrena till Dec. 18. Free coffee and sometimes goodies. For info call 780-674-2106.

• Whitecourt Farmers’ Market

Every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Legion Hall (downtown) until Oct. 5. Christmas markets Nov. 9-23, Dec. 14, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For info call 780-674-2106 or 780-778-4366.

• Artwork with a Water Theme

Water! Water! Members of the Art Society of Strathcona County will be showcasing their “artwork with a water theme” – local art, various mediums, affordable prices – in the Loft Aft Gallery at the A. J. Ottewell Arts Centre, 590 Broadmoor Blvd. in Sherwood Park, Sept. 9 through Oct. 30. Open Thursdays 5 to 9 p.m., and Saturdays 10 to 4 p.m. The gift shop also features unique small items made by artists of the Society. Call Kay at 780-922-6324 for more info.

Sherwood Park Square Dancing

Square Dancing begins Tuesday, Sept. 21 at Festival Place in Sherwood Park. For information phone Wayne at 780-467-1765.

Carvel perogy supper

St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church in Carvel is having a perogy supper on Sept. 24 from 4-8 p.m. All are welcome! Tickets at the door. Adults $12, kids $6 and kids under five are free. Carvel Hall is located in the Hamlet of Carvel, five kilometres south of Hwy 16 on Hwy 770. For information check out http://www.stnicholasincarvel.com or phone Stephanie at 780-963-1541.

Spruce Grove PolioPlus fundraiser

The Rotary Club of Spruce Grove, assisted by Stony Plain Rotary, will hold a PolioPlus Fundraising Gala Friday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. at Horizon Stage. Featured speaker is Danny Catt, photographer, world traveller and biologist, using his own photographs to illustrate his vision for a sustainable world, a polio-free world. Information/tickets 780-960-1517 or polio@rotaryclubofsprucegrove.org.

East Parkland pig roast

The East Parkland CrimeWatch Association and the Junior Forest Wardens are having their 24th annual pig roast on Sept. 25 at the Clymont Hall, 51423 Highway 60, Spruce Grove. Tickets are $25. There will be a silent auction and dancing. Call Marilyn at 780-470-0006.

Looma Talent Show & Potluck Supper

On Saturday, Sept. 25 the Looma Talent Show & Potluck Supper will be held at Looma Hall. Doors open at 5:30 and supper is at 6:30. Entrance fee is a potluck dish. Do you have talents  you’d like to share with us? Then join us. For more info call Jan at 780-417-2897 or Valerie at 780-410-1022.

• Calahoo Firefighter’s Ball/Silent Auction

On Sept. 25 at the Calahoo Arena, it’s the Calahoo Firefighter’s Ball & Silent Auction. Doors open at 6 p.m. and auction begins at 7 p.m. Dinner at 9 p.m. Silent auction closes and dance begins. Tickets $35 per person. Adults only. Tickets available at the Calahoo stores. Should you have any donations toward the silent auction, call Dianne at 780-967-3771.

• Beaumont Garage Sale

Place Beausejour 5020-52 Ave. in Beaumont, is having a garage sale on Oct. 1 from 4-8 p.m. and Oct. 2 from 9 a.m.-noon. Appliances, books, magazines, small kitchen appliances, all kinds of household items. Come and have coffee and a doughnut and browse for treasures.

• Sherwood Park Fall Garage Sale

The Strathcona Twins & More Club is having their annual fall garage sale at 

The Park Church on Saturday, Oct. 2 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (1 Brower Drive, Sherwood Park). It is open to the public. Loads of toys, clothes, baby items, maternity 

clothes…pretty much everything related to babies or kids. More than 30 tables of all kids stuff.

• Stained Glass Classes

Stained Glass Lessons and Workshop time will start at Telford House in Leduc on Monday, Oct. 4. Beginner lessons will run four weeks. All materials and equipment included. You will learn how to create pieces using the copper foil technique. Workshop time will allow you to work on your own projects. To register and set up a class time or for more info call Dwayne Brandly at 780-986-8664.

• Art Society Workshops

Art Society of Strathcona County presents workshops at the Ottewell Arts Centre in Sherwood Park by Doug Swinton in Oils (Oct. 29, 30 and 31). Call 780-449-0570 or 780-449 4443 for more info. Register by mailing cheque to ASSC, Box 3061, Sherwood Park T8H 2T1.

• Leduc dinner theatre

East of 60 Society is presenting dinner and an evening of mystery and suspense on Oct. 8 and 9 (prime rib) and Oct. 10 (matinee and Thanksgiving lunch). Call 587-783-3760 for tickets.

• Ardrossan United Church fundraiser

Come to an evening of T ‘n’ T, Tunes and Treasures, featuring music by the Josephburg Men’s Chorus, Belles in Harmony and Measure for Measure. Also a silent auction. Saturday, Oct. 16 at the church. Doors open at 6:15, tickets are $10. Phone Nina at 780-417-1772 for information.

• Cloverlawn artisan sale

Homespun Harvest 13th annual artisan sale at Cloverlawn Community Centre, Oct. 16, 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. Located southeast of Leduc on RR 233 and Secondary Highway 616. Vendors showcase from as far away as Spruce Grove, Czar, Camrose and Edmonton. Call Edie at 780-387-4772.

• Natural fibre day

On Oct. 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. come join us at Namao Hall (junction highways 28 and 37). You can see alpacas, llamas , sheep and angora goats.There will be spinning, weaving and knitting demonstrations throughout the day.Sign up and try your hand with courses in dyeing, needle felting, rug hooking or knitting! For more info call Laurie at 780-973-3532 or peetersfarm@yahoo.ca.

• Leduc Chamber Home & Leisure Expo

On Oct. 22-24 at the Leduc Recreation Centre, join us as local Leduc businesses showcase their products and services in a 3-day expo. Friday 5-9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. More info at http://www.leduc-chamber.com or by calling the office at 780-986-5454.

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