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This past spring Jonathan Huntington of Northlands Park took in the renowned Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville. 

The derby experience is one of mint juleps and the garland of roses, Twin Spires and 136 years of history. The infield parties alone hold 80,000 people on race day. The derby is famous for much more than the race; it’s also about the food, the fashion and the people.

One of the items on Huntington’s agenda was to investigate the history, culture and celebrations that make up the derby and bring ideas and inspiration home to be merged with Northlands’ own vision.

“This year we’re targeting three areas,” said Huntington, Northlands’ racing and slots marketing/communication manager. “Hardcore fans, young families and women.”

Thus, two of Northlands’ huge events this summer are Canadian Derby Day and Horses, Hats and Hope.

The $300,000 Canadian Derby takes place at Northlands on Aug. 21 and is a full family event that includes a Derby Princess contest for girls ages two to 10. 

The July 1 weiner dog races are another fun event, and you can register your dog at http://www.thehorses.com. The top three dogs earn cash prizes, and what an event for kids, dog-lovers and photographers.

Horses, Hats and Hope is a breast cancer fundraiser on Aug. 13. The gala includes dinner, a silent auction, a fashion show and prizes. 

The silent auction is a much-anticipated event, as there will be hats from various designers on the tables. Think fantastic derby hats, royalty and southern tradition. 

The fashion show features Miss Canadian Derby contestants displaying all manner of derby wear, including dresses, shoes and the famous hats. This is an event dedicated to women and a valuable fundraiser as well.

The 2010 season at Northlands includes 85 race days and purses totalling $10 million for the year. There are eight new riders and Sugar Doyle is now the track announcer. 

Closing day is Oct. 11, and there are opportunities to watch racing every week, as well as major race days now through September. 

If you go to the Horses website, you will find all the information you need, including track and racing lists, Racing 101 for the novice, industry news, blogs and the season’s schedule and results.

Spending a day at Northlands can be an event of your making, with food, the Slots, live and simulcast racing, and let’s not forget people-watching (especially on derby day).


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Star Wars In Concert

Star Wars™: In Concert, the unique multi-media event featuring music from all six of John Williams’ epic Star Wars scores, will play two performances on Sunday, June 27, at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Rexall Place in Edmonton.  Tickets are available through Ticketmaster, by phone at 780-451-8000 and online at http://www.ticketmaster.ca.

The performances in Edmonton are part of the return of Star Wars™: In Concert to North America, a 50-city leg of the worldwide tour that started May 13 in Ft. Myers, Florida, and includes dates in the United States and Canada. Over 350,000 Americans attended Star Wars: In Concert during its three-month inaugural 47-city North American tour last year, which Pollstar rated as the 9th biggest tour of 2009.

The tour’s return to North America follows a month in Europe – from March 7 to April 8 – with stops in Dublin, Liverpool, Glasgow, Paris, Madrid, Lisbon, Milan, Antwerp, Hamburg and the O2 Arena in London.

With live narration by Anthony Daniels (the actor who portrayed C-3PO in all six films), the production features a full symphony orchestra and choir, accompanied by specially edited footage from the films displayed on a three-story-tall, high-definition LED super-screen – one of the largest ever put on tour.  The footage actually runs in sync with the live music to create a full multi-media, one-of-kind Star Wars experience. 

“We’ve taken the key themes from the music and cut together all the images that fit with each theme, so you can really get a sense of how the music played into the images,” said George Lucas, creator of the Star Wars Saga. “The whole soundtrack is a testament to John Williams’ creativity and his extraordinary ability to enhance the emotional aspects of the films.”

“Creating the music for the Star Wars films has been an exciting and wonderful experience for me,” said Williams. “I have derived particular pleasure in assembling a compendium of themes from all of the films to be presented in Star Wars in Concert.

“The editors at Lucasfilm have created original film montages to accompany each of the musical selections, and in the process, I believe that a singular and unique Star Wars experience has been born.”

“This event has been crafted to present Star Wars from many points of view; for the first time, the full dramatic sweep of Williams’ iconic scores can be heard performed live in one evening,” said Another Planet Touring Producer Spencer Churchill. “The show is a new way of experiencing the epic scope of the saga.”

Accompanying the concert is an exclusive exhibit of Star Wars costumes, props, artifacts, production artwork and specially created behind-the-scenes videos from the Lucasfilm Archives. Many of these pieces are leaving Skywalker Ranch for the first time ever. The exhibit features many classic fan favourite artifacts, as well as several new and never-before-seen items, including:  

• Full costumes for Jedi Masters Kit Fisto and Plo Koon will be on display.

• For the first time ever, pages from John Williams’ original hand-written sheet music for Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace will be exhibited for the public.

• Also on display will be various never-before-seen props from the films, including blasters and helmets from Coruscant, Tatooine and other iconic Star Wars locations.

For more information, please visit http://www.StarWarsInConcert.com. 

Star Wars: In Concert is produced by Another Planet Touring in association with Lucasfilm Ltd. The production is directed and designed by Steve Cohen. Star Wars: In Concert had its world premiere at the 02 Arena in London on April 10 and 11, 2009.  

Lucasfilm, STAR WARS™ and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. TM & © Lucasfilm Ltd.  All rights reserved. All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners.

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Hi everyone… Charlee here. Let me tell you all about myself. 

For starters, I have been in a NASAP foster home for some time now because quite the right home for me has not yet come along. I am an Australian Shepherd mix and I’m coming up to two years old. 

I’m neutered and up to date with my shots. I’m housetrained, crate-trained and my house manners are good. I live happily alongside other dogs and small children in my foster home.

I have lots of energy and require a lot of exercise – I need a home with people who are familiar with the herding breeds who will understand me and where I’m coming from. If I am bored and left unattended outdoors I have been known to scale high chainlink fences, so I need a yard with a tall wooden fence.

I am not very big, not as big as a border collie even. I’m petite and very handsome and extremely smart. 

If you think you can provide me with the sort of environment I need then please please call NASAP about me. My foster Mom will be very pleased to tell you all about me. She loves me but she, too, wants me to find my forever home soon.

Thank you for reading about me, and please spread the word. I know the right home for me must be out there somewhere!        – from Charlee

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A: Rest them. This means stop any activity and confine them to a small cage or room.

Activity should be restricted to bathroom duties only and these should be performed while at the end of a short leash. Once they have finished their bathroom duties return them to their resting place.

Whether the sore leg warrants an urgent appointment depends. If the leg is dangling or they do not want to bear any weight on it for more than one hour, then schedule an appointment with your veterinarian for the same or following day. 

You may give your dog aspirin (not ibuprofen or acetominophen) to alleviate pain as long as they are not on any prescription medication and they haven’t reacted to other anti-inflammatory drugs. It can be given twice a day and the dose is between 10 and 15 milligrams per kilogram (i.e. mg/kg). For example: the dose for a 30-kilogram dog would be one adult regular strength aspirin (325mg). Note that aspirin is best tolerated if given at mealtime. If they vomit or have diarrhea – stop giving it.

If your dog is still bearing weight on the leg (i.e. limping), an urgent appointment is unnecessary, however rest is. You may also give aspirin to alleviate pain, but it should not be given for more than three consecutive days unless otherwise directed by your veterinarian. 

If the limp goes away when they are taking aspirin, remember you have not cured the problem – you have only taken away the pain! Any activity may aggravate the problem therefore continue to rest your dog. If the limp worsens or doesn’t improve within three days, then schedule an appointment with your veterinarian. 

If the limp improves within three days, remember to discontinue the aspirin, but continue to rest your dog. Rest should continue for two weeks after the limp is gone. If the limp persists for two weeks or it recurs after resuming normal activity, then schedule an appointment with your veterinarian.

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

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The bar codes now appearing throughout the pages of the Edmonton Journal mark a huge technological step forward for the newspaper and its readers.

Now, with your smartphone, you can scan these codes and get extra information about particular stories and events, links to columnists’ blogs and twitter feeds, or a direct line to communicate with some of the people who work at the Journal.

Want to vent? Send a letter to the editor? Tweet at one of the writers? Find a map to that great new restaurant? Just scan the code and that information stays with you and your phone to take wherever you want. The standing codes attached to regular columnists and bloggers stay under the history button in the ScanLife application on your phone, so you can read their latest columns and blogs even when you don’t have the paper with you.

The Edmonton Journal is among the first media outlets in North America to use this new technology. Some others include Esquire magazine, Golf Digest and a handful of U.S. newspapers.

“We are so excited to share this new technology with all our loyal readers. Our community is becoming more mobile than ever. Increasingly, their phones are a critical source of information and entertainment,” says Edmonton Journal publisher John J. McDonald III. “We look forward to a whole new level of reader interaction and engagement whenever and wherever you are. For more than 100 years, our readers have looked to us for leadership and innovation. Today, we are proud to deliver.”

These “quick-response” or “QR” codes are 2-D bar codes that can carry up to several hundred times the amount of data than the more familiar, one-dimensional UPC bar code, making them a great vehicle for delivering more information. Provider ScanLife calls them EZ codes.

While still in the early stages of use, it is expected their popularity will grow rapidly, in step with Canadians’ growing use of smartphones. In Japan and in Europe, for example, QR codes are widely used.

In late 2009, about 15 per cent of Canadians owned a smartphone and usage has increased by about two million people in the past year. In the U.S., Morgan Stanley predicts mobile Internet use will eclipse desktop Internet use within five years.

The possibilities for connection are endless. Once you’ve easily downloaded the free, ScanLife application, just scan or take a picture of the EZ code in the paper. It will link you to maps, photos, videos, recipes, contests — anything that might enhance your experience with the paper.

Think of the code as a right-click on the mouse button, offering more information about something of interest to you.

And that, of course, is of interest to us. So download, scan, experiment and enjoy. Your EZ codes await.

– Story courtesy Marta Gold
and the Edmonton Journal

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Enjoy your “staycation”

When you’re planning your summer holidays, consider the amazing historic sites located right here in Alberta. Here’s a partial listing of the fascinating places that wait to be discovered in your own backyard.


Brooks Aqueduct

This 3-kilometre long, centipede-like structure was a vital link in an extensive irrigation network that provided water critical to the dry lands of southern Alberta.

Location: 8 km southeast of Brooks, off Trans-Canada Hwy 1

Phone: 403-362-4451

Father Lacombe Chapel / Chapelle du Père Lacombe 

Take an interpreter-led tour of this simple log chapel, the oldest building still standing in Alberta. Built by Father Albert Lacombe in 1861, this became the centre of the thriving Métis settlement of St. Albert.

Location: St. Albert

Phone: 780-459-7663

Frank Slide Interpretive Centre

It was 4:10 a.m. on April 29 in 1903. In less than 100 seconds, 82 million tonnes of rock fell from Turtle Mountain and buried part of the coal mining town of Frank. At least 90 people died. The Centre tells the story of the Frank Slide against the backdrop of the rich history of the Crowsnest Pass and the grandeur of the Canadian Rockies. View the award-winning audio-visual presentations, In The Mountain’s Shadow, and On the Edge of Destruction. Enjoy the Centre’s exhibits and walking trails and pause to picnic or shop at Rumbler’s Gift Shop.

Location: Hwy 3, Municipality of Crowsnest Pass

Phone: 403-562-7388

Fort George and
Buckingham House

Wander through time with a visit to the gallery to learn about the lives of the early fur traders. Meet the country wife – the link between two cultures. Stroll down the interpretive path to the archaeological sites of the Forts. The view will take your breath away!

Location: 13 km southeast of Elk Point

Phone: 780-724-2611

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

Don’t miss an opportunity to see this UNESCO World Heritage Site, National Historic Site and Provincial Historic Site. Learn about the daily life and special ceremonies of the bison-hunting culture of the plains (Blackfoot) peoples of ancient times. For more than 10,000 years, they stampeded herds of mighty buffalo to their deaths at special jump sites; this jump is the oldest, largest and best-preserved buffalo jump site known.

Location: 18 km north and west of Fort Macleod on Secondary Hwy 785

Phone: 403-553-2731

Leitch Collieries

This was one of the largest and most ambitious coal mines in the Crowsnest Pass. Active from 1907 to 1915, ruins of the impressive sandstone buildings that formed the surface operations of the mine are still standing. Walk among the ruins of the powerhouse, mine manager’s house and coke ovens. Interpreter-led guided walks are available.

Location: Hwy 3, Municipality of Crowsnest Pass

Phone: 403-562-7388

Historic Dunvegan

Take a tour through St. Charles Mission Church and the Hudson’s Bay Company factor’s house and glimpse life in this gateway to western expansion of the fur trade. Enjoy a hike and picnic along the beautiful mighty Peace River.

Location: 26 km south of Fairview

Phone: 780-835-7150

Lougheed House

Lougheed House, a grand sandstone prairie mansion, was built in 1891 and enlarged in 1907. The impressive scale and the high quality of the design, materials and interior furnishings of the house reflected the wealth and prestige of the Lougheeds. Come and explore the architectural grandeur and rich history of Lougheed House. Linger in the lovely Beaulieu Gardens, savour delicious fare in Isabella’s Restaurant, and wander into Treasures Gift Shop.

Location: 707-13 Avenue SW, Calgary

Phone: 403-244-6333

Oil Sands Discovery Centre

The Centre tells the exciting story of the Athabasca Oil Sands, the world’s biggest single oil deposit. Discover how oil was formed millions of years ago, perform experiments used by oil sands pioneers, and see how bitumen is extracted and changed into synthetic crude oil. And where else can you visit an “industrial garden” complete with a seven-storey high bucket wheel and a 150-tonne hauler and a dragline bucket the size of a double garage?

Location: 515 Mackenzie Blvd, Fort McMurray

Phone: 780-743-7167

Remington Carriage Museum

Experience authentic 19th and early 20th century horse-drawn transportation. Using state-of-the-art techniques, the Remington Carriage Museum brings this bygone era to life. The Museum’s interactive galleries tell numerous stories of turn-of-the-century society and the carriage industry.

Location: Cardston

Phone: 403-653-5139

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Albert Einstein is quoted as saying “Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better.”

The health of the environment and the sustainability of Earth is an issue that’s gaining momentum every day, and with good reason. It’s a worldwide issue being addressed by individuals and groups right here at home. 

The Edmonton Journal staff believe in investing in our community and supporting an environmental consciousness that functions at local and global levels. To this end, the staff formed an employee-driven green team task force whose mandate is to explore, evaluate and initialize projects that will help create a greener, healthier environment in which we work and live. 

The two elements critical to all the green projects are personal health and reducing waste in various forms, including water, paper and energy.

Communication is vital to the success of the team, and they are creating a Facebook page that focuses on projects and explores environmental issues as they relate to our community and our world. 

This Facebook page will allow the team to better connect with the readers through this inventive and useful social medium. 

There are numerous green initiatives throughout the downtown Journal offices and the production facilities at Eastgate, where they use recycled paper and biodegradable vegetable ink. 

The downtown office features recycling centres on each floor where employees gather paper, cans and bottles, cardboard, batteries and cell phones. The cafeteria uses corn-based utensils, and filtered water stations are located on each floor. The IT department recycles used computers and accessories and unused newspapers are recycled as well.

As the Green Team works through their projects, they look to the community for inspiration. 

If green practices are part of your everyday life at home or work, the team invites you to visit the Facebook page and share your passion and stories.

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