The weekend in photos

A jazzy affair

Brothers Arnt Arntzen on guitar and Evan Arntzen on saxophone (shown) were joined by Jennifer Hodge on bass, and Andrew Millar on drums to complete The Blues Berries, a quartet who brought their Jazz, Jive and Wail show to the Morinville Community Cultural Centre Saturday afternoon.

Though aimed at elementary school aged children, the Blue Berries’ Jazz, Jive and Wail show introduces children and their families to various up-tempo, danceable jazz styles, including bebop, swing, and cool.

Weather delayed the group from starting their show on time, but the patient audience of roughly 75 parents and children seemed to have a great time grooving to some blues and jazz. – Stephen Dafoe Photos


A good sign
Yvon Leblanc erects a Building Canada funding sign in front of St. Jean Baptiste Friday afternoon. The church recently received a $25,000 federal grant to go with the $350,000 raised locally to restore the church steeple. Scaffolds are expected to rise within the next couple weeks. – Stephen Dafoe Photo

Get your bid on
Morinville Community Library Manager Isabelle Cramp assembles some Avengers ahead of the library’s next auction. The Marvel superheroes were but one of a large number of items up for bids starting Monday. The auction runs until 3 p.m. Saturday, Apr. 20. – Stephen Dafoe Photo


Hats off to these ladies
Morinville and District Hands Across the Seas (H.A.T.S.) Grandmothers to Grandmothers Group member Doris Cross sits among some of the
stuffed animals for sale at their Spring Fling Garage Sale & Silent Auction held Saturday at the Morinville United Church. Along with household wares were hundreds of items for a wide variety of tastes.

The annual event is well known for its sale of unique and collectibles with people from Edmonton, Gibbons and area looking forward to their opportunity for a good buy. Held to support African-Grandmothers, all proceeds from the sale are donated to the Stephen Lewis Foundation Grandmothers Campaign to support African grandmothers and the millions of AIDS orphans in their care.

A delicious grandmother-cooked lunch of chilli and stew along with baked goods, tea and coffee was also available to enjoy.

The H.A.T.S. Morinville and District group are Grandmothers and other caring women in the Morinville-Sturgeon County area who have concern for the orphans and women who need help caring for their families. They see a need in Sub-Saharan Africa and their aim is at encouraging awareness in Canada of the African grandmothers and their struggle to secure the support needed for themselves and their orphaned grandchildren. They actively support groups of grandmothers in Africa who are dealing with the loss of their own children and caring for the AIDS orphans. The funds provide grandmothers with food, opportunities to earn a living, school fees and uniforms for their grandchildren, counselling, social support and coffins for a dignified burial of their loved ones.

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