By Stephen Dafoe
Morinville – The auditorium of the Morinville Community Cultural Centre will be filled with more than 30 local organizations, groups and businesses Thursday night, each offering residents the opportunity to learn more about what they have to offer. The Active Living Fair takes place Sept. 8 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and organizers are hoping the entire community will come out to see just how active Morinville will be this fall and beyond.
“Usually in the early fall we have a lot of new residents in our community,” said Recreational and Cultural Coordinator Melonie Dziwenka, adding the annual event is also a good opportunity to reacquaint long-time residents with what is available and what is new. “It is also a chance for the organizations to get volunteers because a lot of them are at the start of their season. It gives the residents a chance to talk directly to the people, not just a name with a phone number.”
Dziwenka said one thing she has noticed over the years, particularly from last year to this year, is the number of organizations offering services in Morinville. “From adult to youth to preschool, it’s kind of been an eye opener,” she said. “I think that’s the biggest thing I got from any of the people who participated. They didn’t realize that we had that many organizations. You see it on a page, but it doesn’t mean anything.”
A week prior to the event, 38 exhibitors were already signed up to participate in the fair. In addition to being able to talk to a variety of services and organizations involved in active living, visitors to the fair will be able to watch a number of live demonstrations, including presentations from Zumba, Curves, the Morinville Volunteer Fire Department, Edmonton Garrison and Girl Guides of Canada.
Equipment swap returns
Keeping active, particularly for young athletes requires the right equipment, and once again this year the Active Living Fair will host an equipment swap. The Town of Morinville’s Community Services Department will have tables set up for people to sell, swap, upgrade or donate their old hockey, baseball, soccer and other sports equipment.
For more information on the equipment swap, contact Tyler Edworthy at 780-939-7834. For information on the Active Living Fair, contact Melonie Dziwenka at 780-939-7833.