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Time to Whoop it Up

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Written by Judy Westcott — For the Sun Times   
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 14:23

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A wide range of exciting acts will grace Whoop-Up Days this month. The annual summer festival promises entertainment for everyone.

It’s time to set aside the lazy, hazy days of summer for some fast-paced action at this season’s pinnacle local event — Whoop-Up Days Family Festival at Exhibition Park.
Held every summer since 1897, the event has drawn thousands through the gates to satisfy their cravings for carnival food, midway rides, outdoor entertainment and rodeo action.
This year’s lineup of attractions and special events — either on the Exhibition grounds or throughout the city — promises another full week of summer fun and excitement for all ages.
“We’ve lined up some great entertainment that should provide something for everyone of any age,” says Doug Kryzanowski, marketing manager for Exhibition Park.

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New West shakes up summer

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Written by Richard Amery for the Sun Times   
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 15:21

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New West Theatre cast members rehearse “Shake Your Booty” beore kicking off a new show this week at the Yates Centre.

New West Theatre is shaking things up with their second show of the summer, “Shake It Up.” They will be performing everything from disco to opera in their second summer show of the season which runs Aug. 7-30 at the Yates Theatre.
“We’ve got a huge mix of stuff in this show,” said director Jeremy Mason.
“When Erica (Hunt), and I and Paul (Walker, musical director) sat down to choose the songs, we chose songs that were very different than ‘The Ritz,’” he continued.
“We also wanted to find songs that showcased the performers and will give the audience a heck of a good time,” he continued.

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Celebrating cultural diversity

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Written by Lindsay Ducharme, For the Sun Times   
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 16:28

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The Heritage Day Festival Monday at Exhibition Park promises great food and entertainment.

A feast for the stomach and the eyes. That’s how John Pogorzelski, event organizer and program co-ordinator for the Southern Alberta Ethnic Association, is touting the 37th annual Heritage Day Festival taking place Aug. 4 at Exhibition Park.
A long-standing, and highly anticipated, event in the community, Heritage Day was originally created as a means to celebrate and raise awareness of the growing diversity in the city.
“It was the Southern Alberta Ethnic Association that brought this to Lethbridge 37 years ago,” explained Pogorzelski.

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Following the Yellow Fish Road

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Written by Judy Westcott — For the Sun Times   
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 16:00

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Local youths paint yellow fish near storm drains to alert residents about water pollution. The work is a partnership between the city and Trout Unlimited aimed at increasing awareness about the dangers to aquatic life about putting anything except clean water down storm strains.

Yellow fish are popping up throughout the city as environmentally conscious youth continue to raise awareness of pollution entering local water bodies.
This year marks the eighth year the City of Lethbridge has partnered with Trout Unlimited Canada in its conservation education initiative called the Yellow Fish Road Program, which was started nationally in 1991.
The program involves using a stencil to paint yellow fish on the road near storm drains, as well as the distribution of yellow fish paper door hangers to educate local residents, says Stephanie Vehnon, an environmental program assistant with the City of Lethbridge.
“We focus on involving youth groups and school-age children, hoping to create an awareness while they’re still young and learning,” says Vehnon. “Our goal is to help sustain our water for now and for the future.”

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Giants ready for big challenge

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Written by Dale Woodard for the Sun Times   
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 14:34

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Zach Goruk warms up during a recent Lethbridge Junior Giants practice. The Giants will be hosting the Canadian Junior Little League Championships July 18-27 at Spitz Stadium.

The Lethbridge Junior Giants believe they have a leg up in the arms race. As the Giants get set to host the top Junior Little League teams from across the country at the Canadian Junior Little League championship running July 18-27 at Spitz Stadium, they do so feeling confident they have the pitching staff to make them hometown heroes.
“Certainly our strength is our starting pitching,” said Giants head coach Rick Solberg. “We feel we have as good of starting pitching that we’re going to see at nationals. We rely on Zach Goruk and Liam Leech from last year’s Intermediate team that went to the worlds. We have Ty Penner, who went to the Cal Ripken World Series. So we have kids that are pitching with lots of experience. Our bullpen is having some issues because of arm troubles, but 12 of our 13 kids can pitch. So in a week-long tournament we’re going to have to rely on everybody in the pitching staff, not just the big three, to get us set up and hopefully if we make the playoffs, we’ll have the pitching set up and we’ll be in good shape heading into the final four.”

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Music festivals showcase different styles in city
13/08/2014 | Richard Amery for the Sun Times

There are a couple of big shows happening this week, especially if you like electronica music.
The biggest show is the annual LEMF (Lethbridge Electronic Music Festival, which takes place in Galt Garde [ ... ]

Athletes should meet certain standard of behaviour
24/09/2013 | Dave Sulz, Sun Times

Welcome to the latest edition of “Athletes Behaving Badly.”
In the spotlight this week is Von Miller, the Denver Broncos’ outstanding linebacker. Miller has already had a rough summer. The Nation [ ... ]

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