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Celebrating cultures

Posted on July 31, 2019 by Lethbridge Sun Times
Lethbridge Herald file photo by Tijana Martin Marie Elizabeth Elsenman dances on the performance stage during the 2018 Heritage Day celebrations at the Enmax Centre.

It was 45 years ago that the Heritage Day holiday was introduced in Alberta to recognize and celebrate Albertans’ varied cultural heritage.
That multi-faceted heritage will be on colourful display Aug. 5 when Heritage Day events take place in Lethbridge.
The big event on the local calendar is the Heritage Day celebration at the Enmax Centre. Hosted by the Southern Alberta Ethnic Association, the event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and features a smorgasbord of food and entertainment served up by the city’s many cultural organizations.
The celebration’s theme is “Diversity in Harmony,” and the day will include performances, food vendors, live music, face painting and a 50-50 raffle. Admission is $5 for adults, $15 for families (up to four) and free for kids 10 and under, and seniors 65-plus.
For more details, visit http://www.saea.ca.
Fort Whoop-Up will also offer Heritage Day fun, celebrating the area’s pioneer past and letting visitors step back in time by participating in hands-on activities from the 1800s.
The activities run from 1 to 4 p.m. Fort admission applies, with admission free to annual pass holders.
Meanwhile, the Gem of the West Museum in Coaldale will host an open house event on Heritage Day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the museum located at 1306 20 St. in Coaldale.
There will be refreshments, ice-cream making, kids’ crafts, an exhibit scavenger hunt, a blacksmith shop demonstration, plus other activities.
Admission is by donation.

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