Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture

Stories on local artists, writers and entertainers.

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By MorinvilleNews.com Staff Morinville – The Morinville Public Library was the recipient of a prestigious award over the weekend for its genealogy program. The library was presented with the 2011 Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Library Service (for a community under 15,000) by the Honourable Hector Goudreau, Minister of Municipal Affairs. The presentation took place at the Alberta Library Conference held at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in Jasper...

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By Stephen Dafoe Morinville – The 100th anniversary of Morinville’s incorporation as a town falls on Apr. 18 and the Morinville Historical and Cultural Society, in conjunction with the Centennial Celebrations Committee, are planning to mark the occasion in style by taking residents back 100 years...

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By Stephen Dafoe Morinville – About two dozen area seniors spent Wednesday afternoon listening to stories at the Morinville Seniors Rendez-Vous Centre. But these stories weren’t tales told over a friendly game of crib. Storyteller and performance artist Tom McCormack brought his unique talents to town, entertaining his audience for 90 minutes with a mixture of story, song, music and some pretty authentic animal impressions as well as other natural sound effects...

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By Stephen Dafoe Morinville – The Morinville and District Chamber of Commerce is getting ready to open the gates on their annual trade show set to take over the Ray McDonald Sports centre Apr. 15 to 17. Organizers of this year’s show are tying the annual gathering of local businesses into Morinville’s centennial with a 100 Years of Business theme and are planning the biggest show yet, an event that kicks off with the Friday night opening ceremonies Apr. 17...

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By Stephen Dafoe Morinville – Construction of the $11 million Morinville Community Cultural Centre is on track for a June 11 official opening, but will be ready for a couple of preliminary events set for mid- to late-May. Morinville councillors and administration had the opportunity Wednesday afternoon to tour the facility to see that progress...

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By MorinvilleNews.com Staff Legal – The French Mural Capital of Canada added another Francophone mural to its inventory Monday night. The town’s 37th mural, painted by Karen Blanchet, was unveiled in a special ceremony attended by a number of Legal residents past and present, including past mayors of the town...

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By Stephen Dafoe Morinville – Nestled in the back of St. Jean Baptiste Park is the Musée Morinville Museum, home to the community’s rich cultural heritage and history. Museum staff are pretty excited these days, but it’s not necessarily about any new exhibits coming to the museum; it’s because the museum has just received some important provincial recognition...

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By MorinvilleNews.com staff Morinville – Families packed the Ray McDonald Sports Centre Monday for the annual Family Day Snowman Festival. In addition to the annual titular snowman competition, residents had an opportunity to lace up their skates and take to the ice as a family, spend some time playing broomball, and enjoy some of the centennial cake and cupcakes the Town of Morinville laid out for residents...

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By Stephen Dafoe Morinville - The Morinville Public Library has loaded its shelves with a collection of banned and challenged books and hope patrons will read them this week. But the real shock value is that many of the books were ever banned or challenged in the first place. The scandalous collection of prose is all part of the library’s participation in Freedom to Read Week, an annual event that reminds Canadians of the freedom to express ideas and communicate those ideas through the medium of the printed word.

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By MorinvilleNews.com Staff Morinville – The community’s annual Family Day Snowman Festival is set to take place this Monday and organizers are excited about this year’s theme. “It’s the kickoff to the centennial celebrations for the year,” said Morinville’s Special Events Coordinator Peggy Gilchrist. “We’re having our oldest and youngest member of the community join us.”