by Stephen Dafoe

It will be a festive Friday at Higher Grounds Espresso Bar Dec. 11. That’s the night the coffee house’s regular Hot Dogma talent night gets in tune with the season for a Christmas-themed evening of community entertainment called Feliz Navi-Dogma. Th event runs at the coffee house from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Organizers are looking forward to showcasing a variety of local talent in the annual show. As always, all are welcome, but this time around the coffee shop is asking performers to make sure their songs and acts have a Christmas flare to them.

“The reason we have this is because we are a faith community and we know there is a lot of faith here in Morinville. This is a very important thing to us — to promote faith in Christ,” said Higher Grounds Volunteer Manager Crystal Terhorst. “We want to celebrate Jesus. we believe that Jesus loves celebration so we can come together and share song and stories.”

But while the reason for the season and the seasonal show is based on their Christian faith, Terhorst is quick to point out Feliz Navi-Dogma is not a religious event. You are as likely to hear Jingle Bell Rock as you are O Come All Ye Faithful.

“Everyone is welcome regardless of faith,” she said. “You can come and do an Up On the Roof Top sort of thing. As long as it is Christmassy and family friendly.”

Last year’s event included drew a solid lineup of local and regional talent and some impromptu festive jamming between audience and performers.

Terhorst said she was hoping local musician Riley Smith would once again be able to host the evening, serving as emcee for the event and performing a number or two of his own.

The coffee house is looking for a variety of acts: singers, musicians, dancers, poets, magicians, and any other act that is suitable for a family performance for the annual Christmas-themed show.

Felix Navi-dogma takes place Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. at Higher Grounds Espresso Bar, located on 100 Avenue next door to Bistro di Madre Piccola.

Performers aged 10 and above are welcome. For more information or to book a slot call 780-939-5154 or drop into Higher Grounds Tuesday to Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

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