Town column: From the desk of Community Services

Our summer so far has been jam packed with exciting new programs, festivals and initiatives from your Community Services Department. Summer camps have kept the kids busy with innovative and creative weekly themes. Sporting events have been in full swing in Morinville and as part of our sport development strategy our department is proud to host the first annual Football Camp and the upcoming Hockey Camp in August. There has been something for all ages in Morinville. The successful launch of the 50+ Silver Shoes Pub Night in July, which featured the Emeralds. Graffiti in the Park and the Snow Art project for the Youth were wonderful and well attended and the Rain Barrel program generated some fantastic artwork from the local artists. The Community Gardens cooking classes at the MCCC have been very well received and the Best Gardens competition was a great success. The Tour de l’ Alberta saw 1,600 participants ranging from the hardcore cyclists to whole families. Community Services would like to remind you that the deadline for the next Community Grants intake is August 31.

The days may grow shorter and the leaves may fall but here at Community Services we are gearing up for a very busy autumn. In less than a month it is back to school. Community Services’ FCSS department has partnered with the Morinville Food Bank, collecting and distributing school supplies for those in financial need. We are pleased that the Town of Morinville has been designated as an official celebration site for Alberta Culture Days 2013. The celebration takes place Sept. 27 to 29 at the MCCC. Our featured artist is pianist-composer-arranger-Senator Tommy Banks (Sept. 28). WUNDERBAR! The CS team is excited to bring to Morinville the first annual Oktoberfest OOMPAH-Event October 4th and 5th; an ode to German heritage, food, music, culture and more at the MCCC and St. Jean Baptiste Park.

We are most excited about our upcoming MCCC Performance Season launch on August 29th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., which will coincide with the launch of the Fall Program Guide. An open house at the MCCC will provide residents with the opportunity to purchase tickets, register for programs and learn more about the upcoming events.

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