Galt Gardens was taken over and transformed into a music lovers paradise Saturday for the largest electronic music festival in Southern Alberta.
The seventh annual Lethbridge Electronic Music Festival (LEMF) started with humble beginnings in 2011, with a small community of participants, but has grown drastically in the last few years, bringing out around 5,000 people to festival grounds.
“It is pretty crazy to see how much it has grown over the years,” says David Fritz, president of the LEMF organizing committee. “When we started, we had 500 people here and we did not know that we would eventually have this big awesome event in Lethbridge.”
The day of LEMF was packed full of activities for all ages including three stages and 30 acts with a wide range of electronic music to listen to, artisan shopping, beer gardens, a kids zone and plenty of food trucks to fill the day.
The festival was created to provide the opportunity to people in Lethbridge and surrounding communities to experience the electronic music festival world, mingle within the community, and to bring more celebration to the downtown core.
“Our goal at LEMF is to provide a free not for profit event that gives families and those who may not usually attend electronic events, an opportunity to check the scene out,” says Fritz.
Learning about agriculture
City folk had the opportunity to get some dirt under their nails and bugs on their skin Saturday to learn about the world of agriculture and innovation at the third annual Open Farm Day.
Focusing on teaching about dirt-to-table food production, Farming Smarter invited people out to learn from experts in the farm fields about the types of production done in the area and the new technologies being used in the industry.
“We are keeping it kind of basic so people can learn about the different crops and how they are grown and what they are used for,” says Ken Coles, general manager of Farming Smarter. “They are able to talk with people who are in the agricultural business about sustainable farming practices and we have some trade shows of various technologies that are being used to improve agriculture.”
The event allowed people to get out of the city and take a wagon ride through the crop fields to learn about the different kinds, climb the big equipment to see how they operate, eat some barbecue and have hands-on learning with plants, insects and technology.
Open Farm Days is a nation-wide initiative to bring agriculture professionals and urban neighbourhoods together to streamline communication and to offer industry truths to an audience that might not always receive the right information.
Cannabis retailer transitioning
An alternative health clinic designed to provide assistance to those who use medical cannabis is shutting down to provide a new service as a retail cannabis store.
420 Medical Clinic has shut down in Lethbridge and is currently renovating its facility in order to re-open as Four20 Premium Market.
420 Clinic Medical Director Ife Abiola says the transition will allow the company to better serve the community as it will allow for greater access to cannabis.
“We do plan on carrying the medical strain that they use,” he said. “So ultimately, this will help them be served better, (and) more efficiently.”
However, Abiola made it very clear there will be no medical advice handed out in the retail site as it is legally not permitted. However, the 420 Clinic will still be in operation in Calgary, and Lethbridge patients who wish to continue to make use of its services will be able to reach them both online and by telephone.
“The clinic will still exist to some extent,” he said. “Just not at that location. That location will be a retail outlet.“
“Many (patients) have chosen to go to Calgary,” he said. “One thing people need to be aware of though is that many of the prescriptions have three-month durations, so they don’t need to update them after every use. There’s a good gap there.”
He also said legalization of cannabis means there will not be anyone left out.
“We are making sure they are being taken care of,” he said.
Bus route changes coming
Bus route changes will will affect riders in all parts of the city by month’s end. Lethbridge Transit has announced daytime alterations to routes in the south, north and west neighbourhoods, citing the need to streamline service and improve punctuality.
Effective Aug. 29, some passengers will have to walk further to catch their bus in the Copperwood, Southgate and Hardieville neighbourhoods.
But to assist riders who are not familiar with city routes — or who are travelling after dark — the transit system will start to introduce audio announcements for each upcoming bus stop. While Calgary, Edmonton and other cities have contacted famous Canadians to record those “next stop” reminders, officials say the Lethbridge “voice” will remain generic.
On the city’s southside, daytime Route 22 leaving downtown will now be named “College” and will end at the Lethbridge College terminal. And it will no longer go as far east as Mayor Magrath Drive on 12 Avenue S., turning west instead to 13 Street S. and then following 16 Avenue S. to Mayor Magrath.
At the college loop, 22 will meet a new route, 40 Fairmont, which will head east on 28 Avenue S. and then follow circular Fairmont Boulevard before heading down Mayor Magrath Drive to Southgate Boulevard and picking up the existing 22 route past St. Therese Villa, then back to the college via Mayor Magrath and 28 Avenue. After 9 p.m., however, the route name will revert to “Southgate” and the bus will follow the present route.
On the northside, current route 31 “Legacy Ridge – Uplands” will be altered to become “41 Blackwolf.” Officials say the route will no longer travel through the Hardieville neighbourhood, due to insufficient ridership and poor road conditions.
The 41 feeder route will instead proceed northwest on Mildred Dobbs Boulevard N. and then turn east onto a new section of 40 Avenue N. before heading south again on Lettice Perry Road and then over to 13 Street before turning onto Uplands Boulevard N. and following the existing route.
But the industrial park section of the route will be shortened as well, putting it further away from workers at the Triple M manufactured homes plant and the future Cavendish Farms factory.
On Sundays and after 9 p.m. on weekdays, Route 20 north will be labelled “Legacy Ridge” and will follow the run through Legacy before heading to the north terminal.