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City ready to whoop it up

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Written by Dave Sulz, Sun Times   
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 15:10

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Whoop-Up Days is right around the corner, promising southern Albertans plenty to get excited about including midway rides.

Lethbridge and area residents are getting ready to whoop it up once again. The city’s annual Whoop-Up Days fair returns next week, running Aug. 20-24 and providing fairgoers with a full lineup of entertainment that includes the parade, midway, concerts and rodeo.
The annual event used to be held in July before moving into August in 2002 in an effort to avoid scheduling conflicts with fairs in other areas which posed problems in securing midway attractions for the Lethbridge event. The date switch moved Whoop-Up Days to the same week as the annual Taber Cornfest, which originally caused concern for Cornfest organizers. But Lethbridge and Taber organizers found a way to make it work by teaming up for cross-promotion of the two events.

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Whirligig whimsy

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Written by Judy Westcott — For the Sun Times   
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 18:10

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Lauren Bartholomew of the Galt Museum demonstrates a wood and metal whirligig titled Egg Under Chicken Over Easy by Alex Pavlenko of Lethbridge.

Coming from all directions in every season, there’s often no escaping the wind that has become a trademark of life for Lethbridge residents.
Now organizers of a new one-day festival celebrating its existence are wishing our famous southern Alberta wind will actually put in an appearance Aug. 31.
The Whirligigs and Weathervanes Family Festival on the Prairies is being held at the Galt Museum to give residents a chance to interpret wind in new ways and perhaps even enjoy it — at least for one day, says event organizer Lauren Bartholomew.

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Celebrating the world's cultures

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Written by Christina Scott — For the Sun Times   
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 14:40

Lethbridge Herald file photo by Ian Martens
Polynesian dancer Ben Vaka leads a group of volunteers from the audience as they perform the haka during festivities as part of the Southern Alberta Ethnic Association's Heritage Day event in 2012 at Exhibition Park. This year's event takes place Aug. 5. The association plays a valuable role in the city.


For people looking to call a new country home, the future can be uncertain. The thought of leaving the familiar behind and venturing into the unknown can be stressful and frightening.
When it came time for then 25-year-old Surya Acharya to bid farewell to his native India in pursuit of higher education halfway around the globe at the University of Saskatchewan, he didn’t know what to expect. What he found would set him up for a fulfilling life in Canada while creating a desire to promote inclusion for newcomers and diversity for the communities in which they settle.


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Garden seeks heritage designation

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Written by Judy Westcott — For the Sun Times   
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:55

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The Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden displays its majestic fall colours.

The Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden has been providing a sanctuary of inner peace and serenity to visitors from around the world for 46 years and now plans are underway to have it designated a national heritage site by 2017.
“We have a fiftieth anniversary committee working on plans for 2017,” says Lindy Rollingson, executive director of the Lethbridge and District Japanese Garden Society, which operates the Garden for a fee on behalf of the City of Lethbridge.
“We are also in the process of applying for municipal heritage status, which will lead to applications for provincial and then national heritage designations,” she says.

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Air show takes wing

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Written by Christina Scott — For the Sun Times   
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 14:23

Canada’s Snowbirds, seen here performing last year, are an integral part of the Alberta International Air Show here this weekend.

Brent Botfield admits he’s a junkie. It’s been a major part of his life for the past two decades and he just can’t get enough. In his mind, the rush that comes from observing the highs and lows of a good air show simply can’t be beat. Botfield will be sharing his enthusiasm with the city through the 23rd Alberta International Air Show July 20 and 21.
Botfield is president of the Lethbridge International Air Show Association (LIASA); founded in 1990, LIASA is a non-profit organization run by a volunteer board of directors and more than 700 part-time volunteers. The organization produces the air show at the County of Lethbridge Airport. Botfield became involved with the association in its second year.
“It was just something that interested me,” he says. “I like airplanes, watching the show and it’s kind of neat to be part of a major event for the city.”

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