Volunteer Stars Shine Bright at Awards Ceremony

Volunteering is a job that comes from the heart.  It is not done for money or recognition and it thrives off passion and love.

For the past 16 years, the Government of Alberta, through the Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards program, has been honouring some of the province’s top volunteers. Six awards are presented annually — two are presented in each category of youth, adult and senior. Since the inception of the awards program in 2000, 103 Alberta volunteers have received the honour.

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This year’s six recipients pictured above (left to right) —Harry Bartlett (senior category); Barbara Burgemeister (senior category); Dallas Ansell (youth category); Poshika Dhingra (youth category); Danisha Bhaloo (adult category); and Paul Finkleman (adult category) — all selflessly give to their communities through a number of projects and initiatives.

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Alberta youth invited to submit artwork for UCHV exhibit celebrating Canada’s 150th

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Artwork by Kaitlyn L, 10: I showed where my ancestors lived in Ukraine and how they came to Canada. I drew the house they stayed in with wheat crops growing then I drew them on the boat they went on from Ukraine to Canada then I drew my ancestors in their house made out of logs in Canada with some carrots growing near their new house and they arrived at night so it was dark.

Celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary

As communities across Canada prepare to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation in 2017, the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village (UCHV) plans to highlight stories and experiences of ordinary Albertan families in a special youth art exhibit entitled Where We Came From.

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Experience Christmas Circa 1911

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December arrives tomorrow and with it, the holiday season.  With so much to do over the coming weeks, we’re inviting you to take a few hours to slow down and experience the holidays in a way you have never experienced them before —early 1900s style.

Drop by the iconic Rutherford House on Dec.11 from noon to 4 p.m. for the annual Christmas Past event to experience a traditional Christmas much as Alberta’s first Premier, Alexander Cameron Rutherford, and his family would have. With the halls decked and the air filled with the sights and sounds of Christmas, there’s much to see and do.

Christmas then and now

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It’s Christmas in Cardston, AB: Join the fun at Remington Carriage Museum

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The third annual Festival of Lights event will begin on Monday, Nov.21 at the Remington Carriage Museum from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

The museum is lit with thousands of lights both inside and out, and the big tree is up and ready to be brightened by Santa and his helpers on the eve of Nov 21. More lights, more activities, and more fun are planned for this year’s event.

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Gifts, Santa, and Shopping Party Fun at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum

reynolds_xmasYou’re all invited to a Christmas Shopping Party event at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum store on Thursday, Nov.17!

Discover unusual and one-of-a-kind gift ideas celebrating Alberta’s auto, aviation, and farm equipment heritage. From classic tin signs and die cast car models to kids’ retro push cars, clothing, and vintage-style home accessories, there are treasures for everyone on the list.

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Are you concerned about inactivity? The Conference Board of Canada wants to hear from you!

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It’s no secret that physical activity levels in Canada, are lower than what experts recommend, especially among children and youth.* There are a number of reasons why this might be, such as technology, lifestyle and economic factors. The 2016 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth recently suggested inactivity levels are affected by sleep patterns. Despite these challenges, physical activity is important to many Canadians and our Provincial, Territorial, and Federal governments are looking to increase physical activity levels across the nation. To do that, they’re looking for your help. Continue reading

Local Comic Artist’s Book Dreams Come to life

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Edmonton-based cartoonist and lovable curmudgeon Chad Huculak, will achieve a dream when he launches his first comic book, End of the Earth, tomorrow at Happy Harbor Comics.

His ironic, cheeky comics about the people, places, and goings-on of Edmonton pop life, have been capturing the hearts of Edmontonians for nearly three years. After being published on local independent news site Gigcity.ca, Chad’s comics are finally finding a home in print form with his new comic book published by local Monto Books.

“These comics are sort of a record of what was happening in Edmonton in 2013-15,” keying on sticky points in public discourse – elections, politics, sports, arts, entertainment.

Creating an Edmonton-centric comic series is Huculak’s own way of adoring Alberta’s capital city. Whether skewering city council decisions, poking fun at the Oilers, or grousing about local attitudes, he’s passionate about using humour to depict life in his beloved  city in a way that’s “so easy and digestible for people to read.”

So, what brought him to the land of cartoons, caricatures, and comics?

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Celebrate World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

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Move over, stone tablets and paper scrolls, there’s a new era of historical artifacts in town. Today is World Day for Audiovisual Heritage!

If you’ve ever been to the Reynolds Alberta Museum in Wetaskiwin, you’ll know that there’s no shortage of black and white film footage showing farmers and their old-school equipment. It’s places like this where people are often reminded of their own long forgotten home movies that, similar to the museum’s, show grandparents and relatives hard at work on the family farm.

When reminded of these audiovisual inheritances, a common question that springs to mind is whether there is somewhere that can transfer these films, videos and audio recordings into a digital format. To answer this question, yes there is, and that place is our very own Provincial Archives of Alberta!

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