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The sound of music is in the air

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Written by Richard Amery for the Sun Times   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 14:51

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Karly Lewis, second from right, band instructor at Gilbert Paterson Middle School, poses with her Grade 8 band students Tanner Lapointe, Tori Norlin and Kelsi Shearer. The Kiwanis Music and Speech Arts Festival is ready to kick off at various city venues.

It is time, once again, for the annual Kiwanis Music and Speech Arts Festival, March 31-April 12. “It’s always new and exciting. I always love listening to new people,” said Kiwanis festival general manager Beth Cook.
As always, it is a great opportunity to check out talent of all ages participating in 80 different sessions from the popular organ category which returned last year to the always popular piano, plus there will be numerous bands and acting.
This year, there are approximately 1,100 entrants who will be adjudicated by 15 adjudicators, who will offer advice and suggestions for improvement and recommend them to move on to the provincial festival.

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Fighting cancer with flowers

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Written by Lindsay Ducharme, For the Sun Times   
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 15:30

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Keri Griffith, left, with the Canadian Cancer Society, and volunteer Cherylanne Mueller display daffodil pins available in April as part of the Cancer Society’s Daffodil Days.

Temperatures are rising and though it may still be a while before the first flowers of spring make their appearance, the city will soon be in bloom when the Canadian Cancer Society hosts its annual Daffodil Days April 3-5.
For three days, 10 locations across the city will be selling bunches of the beautiful blooms to raise money and awareness for cancer. Keri Griffith, revenue development co-ordinator with the Cancer Society’s Lethbridge office, explained that Daffodil Days have a strong history across the country, with the campaign spanning more than a half century.

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Pipe band celebrates spring

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Written by Judy Westcott — For the Sun Times   
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 14:13

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Members of the Lethbridge Legion Pipe Band perform in a parade last summer in Lundbreck.

Pipers, drummers and highland dancers will highlight a Spring Fling and Ceilidh fundraising event for the Lethbridge Legion Pipe Band on Saturday.
“Ceilidh means ‘dance party’ in Gaelic and that’s exactly what we’re having,” says band spokesman David Kaminski.
This year marks the first time the annual fundraiser for the Pipe Band has been held in the spring, and organizers have planned it with a St. Patrick’s Day celebration theme, he says.

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Nature Centre celebrates return home

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Written by Lindsay Ducharme, For the Sun Times   
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 15:39

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Coreen Putman, nature interpretation co-ordinator at the Helen Schuler Nature Centre, on the centre’s new “Living Rooftop.”

Although recent temperatures may indicate otherwise, spring is in fact just around the corner. The Helen Schuler Nature Centre has a lot more to celebrate this year than simply welcoming their busiest season, the centre celebrated its grand re-opening on Feb. 27.
While the centre remained open during much of their renovation, albeit in an alternate location, the facility returned to its original home nestled in the river banks at the base of the High Level Bridge. Coreen Putman, the centre’s nature interpretation co-ordinator, said while their temporary location exposed many new visitors to the centre, staff was anxious to return to their permanent location.

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And the winners are . . .

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Written by Dave Sulz, Sun Times   
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 15:38

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Cory Medd of Two Guys and a Pizza Place is just one of the many local business owners whose hard work has been recognized by the public in the annual Best of the Best survey.

The annual Academy Awards showcase is still a few days away, and moviegoers are anxiously waiting to see who claims the hardware honouring the best of the silver screen.
Locally, however, the winners for “Best Performers in Business” have already been determined, and unlike at the Oscars, it’s the public that determines the outcome.
The results of the Lethbridge Sun Times’ Best of the Best for 2014 have been announced, and this year, the annual survey recognizing the best local businesses shattered all previous highs for votes received, with a whopping 97,295. That’s far beyond the more than 31,000 votes received in 2013.

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