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The week ahead in Community events

By Étienne Thevou

Sturgeon County – While the line ups in stores selling school supplies is a sure indication that summer has more days behind it than ahead of it; the next 10 days offers area families a wide range of activities to take in within Sturgeon County.
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New meditation centre near Morinville hosts Jade Buddha

By Jan Buterman
special to Morinvillenews.com

Alcomdale – If anything might be needed to prove the diversity found throughout Alberta, the Westlock Meditation Centre might be a good choice. Situated in rolling farmland near Alcomdale, a few minutes northwest of Morinville on Twp. 580 and R.R. 270, the Meditation Centre has housing and outbuildings typical to most rural Albertan farms … […]

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Forest opens to roar of visitors and dinosaurs

By Stephen Dafoe

Gibbons – Outside a creation museum or rerun of the Flintstones, there are just not many opportunities to see humans side by side with dinosaurs. But now that Jurassic Forest has officially opened its high wooden gates, there will be plenty of opportunities for the two life forms to intermingle, so long as the humans keep to the park’s boardwalk pathways.

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Morinville looking for residents to show off gardens

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Local gardeners have less than two weeks to register for the Town of Morinville’s Annual Best Garden Competition. Once again this year, judges will be looking to reward gardeners for the design and maintenance of their gardens, but also those who are practising environmental sustainability.

“I think what it does is it showcases some of the yards and what some of our residents do to beautify Morinville,” said Morinville’s Recreational and Cultural Coordinator Melonie Dziwenka. […]

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Bon Accord corn maze a high-tech affair

By Stephen Dafoe

Bon Accord – The combination of rain and sun is making for some tall corn plants at Prairie Gardens & Adventure Farms, the perfect situation for the popular tourist spot’s grand opening of their annual corn maze this Saturday. This year’s theme is Alice in Cornland, a motif that spreads the Lewis Carroll creations through seven acres of corn.
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Legal ready to show its community spirit

By Étienne Thevou

Legal – Residents of and visitors to the Town of Legal will have the opportunity to celebrate French culture this weekend as Fête au Village fills the streets and parks with activities July 23 and 24.

Although the annual “village celebration” pays homage to the culture and heritage of Legal’s French pioneers, it has become an excellent opportunity for friends and family to reunite in the streets.

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TV personalities entertain area children

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Spending fifteen minutes with Lee and Sandy Paley before their afternoon performance, one is left with the certainty that the couple, best-known for their long-running children’s program Ballooner Landing, truly love performing for children.

The Calgary couple, who have been writing and performing children’s songs for a quarter century, gave two area performances July 14 …

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Festival numbers higher than anticipated

By MorinvilleNews.com Staff

Morinville – The figures are in from this year’s St. Jean Baptiste Festival and festival chair Joel Chevalier couldn’t be happier with the results.

“Our goal was about 2,000 and we have estimates anywhere between 2,500 and 3,000-something went through,” Chevalier said of this year’s festival goers, adding that reports indicate there were times when the popular children’s game and craft tent had approximately 200 children under the awning. “You couldn’t move.”

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Country Soul Stroll begins this weekend

By Étienne Thevou

Sturgeon County – There is nothing like a weekend drive in the country to put the hectic work week behind us, but this weekend may just be the best weekend to do so this summer. July 17 and 18 marks the kickoff to the Edmonton Regional Tourism Group’s 8th Annual Country Soul Stroll, an opportunity to stroll through some of the regions farms, gardens and museums, as well as an excellent opportunity to visit some of the region’s artists and artisans.
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Santa and company coming to the garden

By Étienne Thevou

Sturgeon County – Santa, Mrs. Claus and a couple of their reindeer are scheduled to make a landing at First Choice Tree Nursery and Gardening Centre just outside of Morinville this weekend. The jolly old elf and his friends will be participating in Santa’s Summer Party from 1 to 4 p.m. this Saturday, all part of the gardening centre’s 4th Annual Christmas Sneak Peek, running July 16-18.

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Pow-wow continues traditions, resurges others

By Stephen Dafoe

Alexander – Warm weather and a positive spirit made for a successful opening day to this year’s Kipohtakaw Annual Traditional Pow-Wow. The Grand Entry took nearly 10 minutes, as all styles of dancer in their multi-coloured regalia made their way into the arena to the beat of the host drum and the patter of MC Douglas Bonaise.

Tribal Councillor Bernard Paul said that approximately 170 dancers and nine drum groups had registered prior to Saturday’s grand entry, with more dancers anticipated to sign up prior to the Sunday event.
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