Around the town – weekend edition

Birthday time

By Lucie Roy

Heritage Lodge residents celebrated the November, December and January birthdays Jan. 6 and also held their New Year Celebration. Celebrating birthdays were (L to R standing) Ben Busko, Alice Borle, John St John, Zoraida Narton-Cottle, and (seated L to R) Walter Kupchanko, Gertie Welch,Margaret Rousseau and Florence Charles. Also celebrating a birthday and absent were Helen Kobar, Anne Chapotele, June Amos, Lionel Shrum, Lynn Kupchanko and LeoPaul Dupuis, the latter a New Year baby.

More than 50 family members,friends and residents were in attendance for entertainer Juke Box Dave, cake cutting, New Year countdown. and a glass of champagne served with food. Songs included Just Walk on By, Great Balls of Fire,Tiny Bubbles, Tennessee Waltz and All of Me.

The Lodge has activities planned for every day in January,including crafts on Tuesdays, exercise on Mondays, Wednesday and Friday, card bingo on Mondays, cards and dice Wednesdays, scrabble, horse races, shuffleboard bowl, movies and popcorn and a visit from Legal Lodge residents Jan.24. New Program Coordinator Mary Benson is ensuring residents have plenty of variety to keep them busy.

Heitage Lodge resident Alma Danyluk dances with Juke Box Dave Jan. 6. - Lucie Roy Photo

Music show packs local coffee house

Photo by Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – A variety of music styles made for an evening of entertainment at Higher Grounds Jan. 6. Morinville Community High School student Kelsey McKenzie organized the show as part of her studies at another local school, Smith Music.

McKenzie, who has taken guitar lessons for the past four years, has been learning about the business side of the music business and booking, organizing and putting on a show was all part of the learning.

Joining McKenzie in the show with original and cover pieces were Greg and Rory Turner, Daniel Watson, Sam Lieanau (shown above), and Vicki Leung, each of whom brought their musical style to the varied show.

The music student said her goal is to not only play music professionally, but to one day have her own label to record and profit from other artists. The Friday night Morinville show was a first opportunity to do just that. Proceeds from the $5-per-head concert went to pay for use of the venue and to pay the musicians who took part.

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