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The art of glass

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Written by Richard Amery for the Sun Times   
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 15:20

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Loretta Golby, left, and Kathy Schwarz are members of the Lethbridge Society of Glass Artisans, whose creativity with glass knows no bounds. Members use their talents to create everything from jewellery to multicoloured sinks.

There is more to working with glass than making stained-glass windows. The 25 members of the Lethbridge Society of Glass Artisans (LSGA), formerly known as the Lethbridge Society of Stained Glass Artisans, are exploring all facets of glass, creating art ranging from stained-glass windows, earrings, Christmas tree ornaments and even larger items like multicoloured sinks.
“Glass work is not just stained glass, it’s an art form,” summarized society member Kathy Schwarz.
The local artisans showed off their wares at their annual Christmas Sale of Pottery and Glass Art at the Westminster Community Hall, Nov. 8 and 9.

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Remembering the sacrifices

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Written by Lindsay Ducharme, For the Sun Times   
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 16:16

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Local students Kai Andrews and Erin Cahill, age 9, interview local veteran Glenn Miller.

Once a year Canadians dedicate a day to remember the sacrifice made by many thousands of soldiers in order to protect our rights and freedoms. Remembrance Day has been held on Nov. 11 since the end of the First World War in 1918. While the date remains the same, local veteran Glenn Miller wonders why the public seems to be forgetting.
“It happens every year, it’s nothing new; why is it becoming more disengaging to the average person?” Miller asks.
Miller, who served with the Canadian military for 25 years, believes that while Canadian soldiers continue to fight wars overseas, the vast majority of Canadians are not connected, or affected by their service.

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Aiding Africa with art

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Written by Judy Westcott — For the Sun Times   
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 14:13

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Judy Scott of the Harambee Grandmas displays some of the artwork being auctioned on Saturday to raise money to assist grandmothers in Africa in raising grandchildren orphaned by AIDS.

An international exhibit of 40 art works currently touring 15 cities in western Canada is coming to Lethbridge on Saturday as part of a local fundraising event in support of African grandmothers.
The event is being organized by the Harambee Grandmas, which is the Lethbridge chapter of the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign. This campaign was launched in 2006 in response to the emerging crisis faced by African grandmothers as they struggled to care for millions of children orphaned by AIDS.

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Members keep railway club on track

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Written by Christina Scott — For the Sun Times   
Tuesday, 29 October 2013 15:26

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Eric Thomsen, president of the Southern Alberta Model Railway Club, above, shows part of the club’s railway layout at the Gyro Park clubhouse.

As the train makes its way along the track, it winds through tunnels, trees and bushes. It even gives a nod to the Lethbridge station as it passes by, just one of many landmarks on this journey. The train finally reaches its destination, surrounded by the majestic prairies, foothills and mountains that have become synonymous with southern Alberta.
While it sounds like something you might read out of a book, or hear in a story shared by an old relative, many may be surprised to learn this idyllic scene exists right here in Lethbridge, thanks to the Southern Alberta Model Railway Club.

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Pop goes the comic culture

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Written by Richard Amery for the Sun Times   
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 19:47

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Lethbridge Comic Con organizer Adam Essex and Spider-Man are excited about Comic Con, taking place Nov. 1-2 at the Italian Canadian Club.

Comic Con is not just a celebration of comic books, it is a celebration of pop culture. It takes place at the Italian-Canadian Cultural Centre (1511 St. Edward Blvd. N.), Nov. 1 and Nov. 2
There will be plenty of vendors and a couple of special guests including former wrestling superstar Bret “The Hitman” Hart; ’80s scream queen of the B movies Linnea Quigley, whose many films include “Return of the Living Dead”; special-effects artist/prop builder Travis Shewchuk; and Edmonton-based comic book artist Nat Jones, who has drawn for dozens of comic book projects including “Spawn: The Dark Ages.”
“My cousin is involved with the Winnipeg Comic Con and that inspired me to start an event in Lethbridge,” said organizer Adam Essex.
“I thought it was something that Lethbridge was lacking and would do well here,” he continued.

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