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Family fun at the Exhibition

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Written by Judy Westcott — For the Sun Times   
Thursday, 26 December 2013 17:51

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Family Fest will once again offer plenty of fun for youngsters, including Astro Jumps, when it returns to Exhibition Park Dec. 31, providing a family-friendly way to welcome the new year.

Free family fun will be in abundance at the 18th Annual Family Fest set to go New Year’s Eve at Exhibition Park.
For the past 17 years, Exhibition Park and have been helping families celebrate the New Year with free entertainment and activities on the last evening of the year, says Doug Kryzanowski, manager of marketing for Exhibition Park.
“This year is no exception as we have developed, what we hope, is an entertaining evening for everyone,” he says.

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Removing barriers

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Written by Christina Scott — For the Sun Times   
Thursday, 19 December 2013 15:00

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Tim Hamilton, a long-time volunteer at Chinook Regional Hospital, hasn’t allowed the challenges of cerebral palsy to prevent him from being involved. While disabilities can make it difficult for people to take an active part in society and in the workforce, there are organizations which are working to remove the barriers.

Jan. 2, 2013: it is a date Cyrena Cameron will never forget. The previous four years had not been easy for Cameron, who endured one hardship after another in the pursuit of a fundamental right that always seemed just out of reach. Although the odds were stacked against her, the mother of three was fiercely determined. On that fateful day in January, her determination finally paid off. She found what she had always wanted: meaningful employment.
For nearly a year, Cameron has worked at Canadian Tire as a cashier; it’s a position she loves. While life is easier for her now, it wasn’t always that way.

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Galt connects visitors to history

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Written by Lindsay Ducharme, For the Sun Times   
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 17:48

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Phyllis Snow works with granddaughters Carli Christmas, age 4, and Maya Contreras, 10, using sheep’s wool to create a felt journal cover during a recent edition of the Galt Museum and Archives’ Saturdays at 1:00 program.

Squeals of delight, kids with messy hands and the sound of balls of wet wool being tossed about may not conjure the traditional image of an afternoon spent at a museum. However, The Galt is definitely not your average museum.
The Galt Museum opened in Lethbridge in 1965 as a small three-room display at the Bowman Arts Centre. In 1976 the Sir Alexander Galt Museum opened at its present location, the old 1910 Galt hospital, on 1 Street Sourh. Throughout the years, moves, expansions and name changes, one thing has remained — the museum’s devotion to connecting people to history.

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Huron Carole feeds the hungry

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Written by Richard Amery for the Sun Times   
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 16:04

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George Canyon is part of a lineup of musical stars who will bring the Huron Carole fundraising concert to Southminster United Church on Dec. 6, to benefit local food banks.

The Huron Carole, a cross-Canada tour of big-name musicians to raise money for community food banks, doesn’t come to Lethbridge very often, so when it comes to Southminster United Church, as it will Dec. 6, it is like, well, Christmas for Lethbridge’s food banks.
“It brings a lot of awareness to our cause, because of the big names involved,” said Interfaith Food Bank executive director Danielle McIntyre.
“The message goes further when there is a celebrity attached,” she continued.
Tom Jackson has a 40-year career in music, television and films, but he wants his legacy to be feeding the hungry.

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Getting into the holiday spirit

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Written by Judy Westcott — For the Sun Times   
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 15:47

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Ted Stilson, executive director of Downtown Lethbridge BRZ, displays signs promoting some of the upcoming events taking place in the city’s downtown core.

Downtown merchants are pulling out all the stops to make their shopping area the place to be this holiday season.
Hay rides, old-fashioned carolers, bright lights and seasonal promotions combine with historical charm to create a hard-to-resist festive mood in the weeks leading up to Christmas.
“We encourage everyone to bring the family downtown to enjoy a more relaxing, nostalgic way of holiday shopping,” says Ted Stilson, executive director of the Downtown Lethbridge BRZ.

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