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Environmental Stewardship

Let‘s Clear the Air! Please turn off your engine!

This winter Recognize your Snow Angel We live in a winter city, when it snows city crews clear our roadways and property owners clear their sidewalks. Snow removal can be a challenge for some residents. Become a Snow Angel, watch for people in your neighbourhood who could use help shovelling their sidewalks and driveways and ask if you can lend a hand. Recognize your snow angel, the City’s Snow Angel Program recognizes volunteers who have, without being asked, helped a neighbour clear snow from their sidewalks. Recognize your snow angel, go to:

You can reduce your greenhouse gas emissions by making small lifestyle changes, such as reducing your vehicle use and idle time.

I commit to: Not idle in front of daycare or schools Turning my engine off whenever I am stopped for more than 60 seconds (except in traffic) - when the temperature is above -15C. Not idling when running quick errands. Walking, using public trasnit, or car pooling.

Complete the form at: Email: Call: 780-513-5265.

Reduce my use of my remote starter.

The work of snow angels ensures that our community is tidy, livable and friendly.

Idling gets you nowhere

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Contents City of Grande Prairie

Cancellation Policy, Connections Info Aquatics and Wellness – Eastlink Centre City Matters Coca Cola Centre Community Recreation Community Social Development Crime Prevention Crystal Centre Culture and Heritage GP Museum Heritage Discovery Centre Montrose Cultural Centre Dave Barr Community Centre Kid's Place & Family Day Home Enforcement Services Environmental Stewardship Muskoseepi Park Neighbourhood Association Parks Operations Aquatera

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Adult Education and Training

Beyond Essentials Childbirth Education GPRC Continuing Education Grande Prairie Council for Lifelong Learning Northern Lakes College The Work Place

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Arts and Culture

Across The Floor Art Gallery of Grande Prairie Beaverlodge Cultural Centre Centre for Creative Arts DansConnection School of Performing Arts Flat City Swing GP Boys Choir Grande Prairie District Branch of Alberta Genealogical Society Grande Prairie Photography Club Grande Prairie Public Library Hip Flick Hoops Music Pups Peace Country Western Dance Club Ready Set Dance Sons of Norway

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Community Support, Wellness and Education ACFA101 Alberta Health Services Anodyne Chiropractic & Sports Therapy - Acupuncture Catholic Family Services Grande Prairie & District Victim Services Unit HIV North Society Inspire Wellness Studio Martin & van Nie Psychological and Consulting Services Mellon Psychological Services

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Odyssey House Order For Life Satori Yoga & Healing Arts Society for Support to Pregnant and Parenting Teens Yoga & You

Entertainment and Special Interest Big Country Free FM Grande Prairie Farmers’ Market Q99 Reach FM

Fitness, Sport, and Recreation

Black Elk Hockey Camp Elks Jr Curling Program Flaman Fitness GP Tennis Club GPRC - Climbing Gym GPRC - Fitness Centre Grande Prairie Gymnastics and Cheerleading Grande Prairie Lacrosse Grande Prairie Minor Baseball Grande Prairie Peewee Football League Grande Prairie Piranhas Swim Club Grande Prairie Rugby Club Grande Prairie Skating Club Grande Prairie Synquatics Club Grovedale Figure Skating Club Horangi Taekwon-Do JT BodyQuest Nitehawk Recreation Area Northern Anarchy Women’s Football Team Northern Extreme Freestyle Olana's Classic Edge Roller Derby Tien Lung TaekwonDo Walk, Run & More Ltd Wapiti Nordic Ski Centre Wolverines Wheelchair Sports Association

Preschool, Youth, & Teen

Cloth Diaper Kids Diaper Roo Cloth Diapers Ecole Nouvelle Frontiere GPRC Children's Centre Grande Prairie & District Catholic Schools Grande Prairie Kumon Math & Reading Centre Grande Prairie Public School District Joys of Preschool The Montessori Option

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Cancellation Policy Community Recreation

If the City cancels: The City reserves the right to cancel, combine or divide classes or make other revisions which may be necessary. If a class is cancelled due to insufficient registration, participants will be given the opportunity to transfer to another class or have their fees refunded by way of credit on account or by a cheque. If you have paid by credit card, a reversal of the transaction will occur. If the Participant cancels or transfers: If the advertised deadline has not occurred a refund will be issued in one of three ways: • if you have paid by credit card, a reversal of the transaction will occur less a $5.00 transaction fee • if you have paid by cheque/cash/interact, or you may request a refund cheque (less a $5.00 transaction fee). Cheques take approximately ten days to process. • Or a credit (less a $5.00 transaction fee) will be applied to your account in our database which can be used for future City operated programs Once the advertised deadline passes, no withdrawals or transfers will be accepted. A refund or credit will not be issued – with the exception of proof of relocation or medical reasons, (which must be accompanied by a doctor’s certificate).


Community Connections is produced four times a year by the City of Grande Prairie Design / Irons Design • 780-539-0982 Printing / The Daily Herald-Tribune Distribution / The Daily Herald-Tribune If your organization would like to advertise “recreation and community” related programs and/or services in the Spring 2014 issue, please contact Brittany.

Winter Programs for Ages 8 and up

The Spring issue will be distributed February 26, 2014 in the Daily Herald-Tribune. Phone: 780.830.7070 Fax: 780.538.0425

Learn and participate in the sport of Freestyle Skiing Our goal is to promote the sport of Freestyle Skiing in a fun and safe environment For more information call: Rob at 780.814.3810 Or visit our website: 6 - Winter 2013

Locate an Active Association

Neighbourhood Associations Like us on Facebook

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Get Involved in Your Neighbourhood!

Start a Neighbourhood Association Today! Building a Better Grande Prairie! Active Associations so far... • Copperwood Neighbourhood Association • Mission Neighbourhood Association • Mountview Neighbourhood Association • O’ Brien Neighbourhood Association • Pinnacle Neighbourhood Association

CONTACT Patricia Trout Neighbourhood Associations Coordinator Ph: 780-357-4999 Email: 7 - Winter 2013


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Programs and Services

Parks Operations

Outdoor Rink Program

By now, many neighbourhood groups will have set up and begun establishment of an ice surface on their neighbourhood rink. If a neighbourhood group still wishes to set up and maintain an outdoor rink, they are encouraged to contact Parks Operations at 780-830-5018. If a rink can be set up in that area, Parks will provide any available rink boards, or neighbourhood groups may create "snow" boards instead. Deadline for outdoor rink applications is December 15th (no exceptions). Neighbourhood groups are still required to follow the Outdoor Rink Program guidelines which include: • a minimum of 5 Adult volunteers • include a contact person who will receive the rink hardware (hoses and water key) • maintain the rink as necessary including cleaning and flooding of the surface • receive mandatory training from City Staff Further information is also available on the City of Grande Prairie website at

Rink Maintenance on School Sites

The City of Grande Prairie Parks Operations maintains the Outdoor Rinks located on school sites. Rink sites are split into two categories, those with full size boards (high boards) are designed to facilitate hockey and low boards are designed to facilitate skating only. Parks staff clean and flood the school rink sites as weather conditions permit. Once ice is established, rink sites are flooded on average of once per week. A Zamboni is also used as required. Ice users are asked to stay off flooded rinks until they are frozen. We ask that hockey be restricted to High Board Rink Sites.

Their locations are as follows: High Rink Boards • Montrose Junior High @ 6431 - 98 Street • Alexander Forbes @ 7240 - Poplar Drive • Swanavon @ 8908 - 100 Street • Hillside Community School@ 9410 - 106 Avenue • Crystal Park School @ 9351- 116 Avenue Low Rink Boards • Harry Balfour @ 10815 - 104 Street • Kateri Mission @ 7906 Mission Heights Drive • Ivy Macklin @ 8876 - 108 Avenue • JC Mackie Park @ 111 St and 106 Ave

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Programs and Services

Parks Operations

Winter Lights

The City of Grande Prairie Parks Operations helps “LIGHT UP” the town! Many of the decorations and lights on the City streets are a result of the Park’s year round beautification program to brighten our city. All decorations use LED bulbs. Parks extends our thanks to the many individuals and organizations contributing to the beautiful winter displays throughout our City.

Winter Pruning

Crews continue to prune trees during the winter months. If city crews are in your neighbourhood please exercise caution while they are in your area. Most neighbourhoods have city trees planted on the right of way adjacent to front or side properties. As per Bylaw C-504 these trees are to be pruned by city crews only. If there are branches that require maintenance please call Parks Operations at 780-830-5018.

2014 Park Improvement Program

The City of Grande Prairie Community Services Area has budgeted funds to assist community groups with the improvement and upgrade of parks throughout the City. The City’s goal is to promote neighbourhood based initiatives. Improvements such as skating rinks, lighting, tree planting, playground equipment upgrades and horticultural enhancements have been approved in the past. All projects must adhere to the City’s Design and Construction Manual. Submit proposals to Parks Operations outlining the project and community support local residents have for it. The review of applications for 2014 projects is mid May 2014. Please forward proposals to Lindsey Juniper, Parks Planner, 9505-112 Street GP T8V 6H8. For more information please phone 780-538-0499 or email

Again as per Bylaw C-504, residents are reminded to prune their own trees which overhang city property onto back alleys or easements. Trees must be a minimum 10 feet from ground level to lowest branch for clearance purposes. For more info please visit

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780.538.0451 Muskoseepi Park Pavilion and Park Use

Muskoseepi Park

Pavilion Hours Hours Unless otherwise posted Mon-Fri Sat & Sun Statutory Holidays

May - Oct


8:30 am - 9:00 pm 9:00 am - 7:00 pm 12 noon - 6:00 pm

8:30 am -9:00 pm 12 noon - 6:00 pm 12 noon - 6:00 pm

Muskoseepi Park Concession

The concession will be closed from September to May except for special occasions.

Catering for room bookings is available by contacting Mona with Choices 4U at 780-830-5019. 12 - Winter 2013

780.538.0451 Muskoseepi Park Permits

Muskoseepi Park Muskoseepi Park Pavilion Dec 31, 2013 6:30 - 10:00 pm Want a great way to bring in the New Year with your family? Bundle up and go for a sleigh ride, skate on the pond or try snowshoeing. Then come inside to warm up with hot chocolate and enjoy entertainment and children’s activities. End the evening watching the fireworks over the reservoir at 10 pm. It’s a great way to greet the New Year with a bang!

First Footings New Year’s Eve Celebration

Sleigh rides and entertainment start at 6:30 pm. Fireworks begin over the reservoir at 10:00 pm. Admission is by donation to the food bank.

WINTERLUDE Family Day Celebration Muskoseepi Park Pavilion Family Day, Feb 17, 2014 12:00 - 4:00 pm Fee: $5 per family Bring your family together for some Family Day fun! Outdoor Activities • Sleigh Rides • Skating

• Snowshoeing • Sledding

Indoor Activities • Family Entertainment • Lunch and great snacks at the concession • Family activities For more information contact

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780.538.0451 Muskoseepi Park Programs

Muskoseepi Park

Wonder-Filled World (1-3 year olds) Parents with their children ages 1-3 yrs. All children love to explore new things! Encourage your child to discover fun and messy stations in this free play program. Best of all you can leave the mess behind! Please dress child in play clothes. Muskoseepi Park - Classroom Jan 13-Feb 10 M 10:00 AM-11:00 AM $40.00 40345 Jan 14-Feb 11 Tu 10:00 AM-11:00 AM $40.00 40346

Preschool Programs

Little Nature Tots (2-3 year olds)

Parents with their children ages 2-3 years. Encourage your child to explore the wonders of the natural world. Each session has hands on activities, crafts and stories that will inspire a love of nature. Programs will have indoor and outdoor elements - dependant on activities and weather. Please dress your child for play activities and the outdoors. Muskoseepi Park - Classroom Jan 15-Feb 12 W 10:00 AM-11:00 AM $40.00 40342

Little Nature Nuts (3-5 year olds) Our program is designed for children ages 3-5. Discover nature’s secrets of the season through hands on interaction. Each session includes crafts, activities and stories that will inspire a love of nature. Programs will have indoor and outdoor elements - dependant on activities and weather. Please dress your child for play activities and the outdoors. Muskoseepi Park - Classroom Jan 16-Feb 13 Th 10:00 AM-11:00 AM $40.00 40341

Day Camps & Outdoor Programs Spring Break Camp

Join us for a week of fun during spring break! We will keep your child entertained with exciting indoor/outdoor actinities and field trips. Please provide two snacks and a lunch each day. Early drop off and late pick up are available upon request at time of registration. Muskoseepi Park - Classroom Mar 31-Apr 4 M-F 09:00 AM-04:00 PM $100.00 40343

Teacher’s Convention Camp Looking for an exciting way to spend teachers convention? Come join us for two days of fun, crafts, field trips, and out door activities. Please provide two snacks and one lunch each day for your child. Early drop offs and late pick upare available upon request at time of regisration Muskoseepi Park - Classroom Mar 6-7 Th-F 09:00 AM-04:00 PM $45.00 40344

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780.538.0451 Muskoseepi Park Permits

Muskoseepi Park

Did you know we offer year round room rentals? Perfect For

Room Rentals

Room Seating Hourly Daily Meeting Room up to 40 $32.41 $259.28 Auditorium up to 50 $32.41 $259.28 Community Groups please inquire about our non-profit rates *Prices do not include GST

• Meetings • Training Sessions • Private Functions - Bridal Showers - Birthday Parties - Family Gatherings Call us to book a room 780-538-0451.

Park Use Permits

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Groups wishing to hold events or gatherings that will consist of more than 20 people are required to fill out a Park Use Permit. This information will not only assist us in providing optimum services to those using the Park and Park facilities, but will also play a role in ensuring By-Law compliance. With a Park Use Permit we can assist in the smooth delivery of an event as well as provide a safe environment for all park users.

The best part is that Park Use Permits are free and are easily accessible on the Coty of Grande Prairie’s Muniportal ( Additional applications can be obtained from the Muskoseepi Park Pavilion and can be either faxed or emailed to you as well. Should you wish to make further inquiries, please feel free to call us at 780-5380451, or email us at Muskoseepi park recognizes the importance of providing a safe and pleasing park environment for the public and is also committed to supporting event hosts with their endeavours. We look forward to this year’s upcoming events. 15 - Winter 2013

780.538.0469 The Kid’s Place

Dave Barr Community Centre

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780.538.0469 The Kid’s Place

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Days and times below vary and are subject to change. Please call 780-513-5252 or checkout our monthly schedules at Eastlink Centre Memberships get users admission to Public Skate and Shinny Hockey at the Coca-Cola Centre.

Public Skating Mon-Thu: 10-11:30 am Mon & Fri: 2-3:15 pm Tue & Thu: 7-8:15 pm Sun: 2:15-3:30 pm

All Skaters under 18 years of age must be wearing an approved safety helmet in order to skate.


Shinny Hockey Effective Sept 2013 Tue & Sat: 11-12:15 am • Tickets on sale at 9 pm • 1 ticket per person • 16 years of age and up

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BLACK ELK HOCKEY CAMP Grande Prairie Boys and Girls Ages 5-15

The Grovedale figure skating club offers programs for all skating abilities. Classes running from Oct to March

July 27-Aug 1, 2014

Junior CanSkate - Designed for children with little or no skating experience.

At the Coca Cola Centre

CanSkate - Designed for skaters that have completed the Junior CanSkate Program, or can skate forwards on their own.

CAMP INCLUDES: Power Skating, Hockey Skills, Ball Hockey, Dryland, Scrimmages, Chalk Talks, Separate Goaltender Sessions, Optional Lunch Program

Rising Stars - This program will Introduce skaters into the sport of figure skating in a group environment. For skaters who have advanced CanSkate or by coach assessment.

HALF DAY CAMP: 5 & 6 year olds

Dave Barr Arena

OPTIONAL CLINICS: Shooting, Checking, Defence

Friday Friday Session 2: Jan 10th - Mar 12th, 2014 Oct 4th, 2013 - Mar 14, 2013 (1st session) Rising Stars 3:45-4:30 pm. $382.65 Junior CanSkate 2:00-2:30 pm. $142.65 StarSkate 3:45-4:45 pm. $250.00 CanSkate 1:45-2:30 pm. $172.65 Programs may be canceled due to insufficient registration.

Grovedale Arena

Monday/Wednesday Oct 9th, 2013 - Mar 12th, 2014

FEATURING: Tanya Morgan, Ryan Olynyk, Jordan McTaggart, Dennis Rix

Please contact Deanne Sauve at or call 780.814.0231 for more info.

p: 403-938-2686 / 1-888-338-2686 F: 1-866-319-0060 Register Online:

Registration forms may be picked up and dropped off at the Dave Barr arena. Program subject to cancellation at the discretion of Grovedale FSC. In the event of program cancellation, all monies will be refunded.

Hockey & Learn to Skate Programs

Be the BEST!

Number 1 in Grande Prairie. Over 32 years of instruction. Pre School Skate Power Skating Learn to Skate Stickhandling (3 years and up) Tue/Thu 1:15 - 1:45pm Mon/Wed 4-4:45 pm Tue/Thu $195 All sessions start October Starts Oct 1 $195 1 and 2 until March.Each Hockey Basics Tue/Thu 1:45 - 2:45 pm Starts Oct 1

Ages 3 and up. Great program for school aged kids! Starts Oct 2

session is 8 lessons. Small classes. Starts Oct 1

Sessions go Oct - March



32 Years Experience! Put the BEST skating base on beginner skaters and HOCKEY players! If your not skating with me your skating with the wrong instructor. Horse Clinics • Judging • Certified CEF Instruction Call Clean Zwweep for all your house cleaning needs - $25/hour 780-933-7997

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NCCP Level 1 Coached for 32 years Coached Olana’s Classic Edge Hockey School 30 years Head Scout & Northern Director of the North Country AAA Stars Elite Summer Hockey Program Author of Coaching Manual for the City of Grande Prairie Head Northern Scout for Calgary Dynastars Many of my skaters have now gone on to university scholarships World Pro Judge of the Year in 2012 2013 working for the British military 2013 winner of Ty Tournier memorial award on the World Pro Tour 2013 Olana will be working for the British military evaluating Southern Alberta training programs!

For more information or to register: Contact Olana Vigen (780-933-7997) OR

Email: Payments made at Coca-Cola Centre can be dropped off by Cash or Cheque only. If you register the day of first class there is an additional $5.00 fee. Fill out brochure and put it in Olana’s mailbox OR Mail cheques to 10418 Kateri Drive, Grande Prairie, AB T8W 2N8

A division of O.C.E. Hockey School & N.C.S. AAA Stars 21 - Winter 2013

No refunds

A pair of skates is all it takes!

With the Grande Prairie Skating Club Pre-CanSkate (3 years old & up) This program is for participants who have never skated before or who are not confident with their balance on the ice are considered Pre-CanSkate skaters regardless of age. Skaters will be moved to CanSkate as soon as they are considered ready.

Grande Prairie Skating Club Box 21254 Grande Prairie, AB Phone: (780) 402-8012 Fax: (780) 402-8702 E-mail:

CanSkate (3 years old & up) When you sign up for CanSkate you will be in a program that focuses on fun, participation and basic skill development. You will earn badges and other incentives as you learn fundamental skating skills. Lessons are given in a group format and led by NCCP certified professional coaches. Professional coaches are assisted by trained Program Assistants. The coach to student ratio is a maximum of 1:10. Skaters progress at their own rate and coaches make sessions active using teaching aids, music and a wide variety of activities that create a fun environment and promote learning. CanSkate is the feeder program to all other Skate Canada Skating Programs.



(NO CLASSES DEC 21-JAN 5 FOR CHRISTMAS BREAK). Classes resume Jan 6. Monday Afternoons Tuesday Mornings Tuesday Mornings Tuesday Evenings Wednesday Afternoons Wednesday Afternoons Thursday Morning Thursday Evenings Monday Afternoons Tuesday Mornings Tuesday Mornings Tuesday Evenings Wednesday Afternoons Wednesday Afternoons Thursday Morning Thursday Evenings



1:00-1:30pm 10:00-10:30am 10:30-11:00am 6:45-7:15pm 12:30-1:00pm 1:00-1:30pm 10:00-10:30am 6:45-7:15pm

$150 $150 $150 $150 $150 $150 $150 $150

1:00-1:30pm 10:00-10:30am 10:30-11:00am 6:45-7:30pm 12:30-1:00pm 1:00-1:30pm 10:00-10:30am 6:45-7:30pm

$150 $150 $150 $180 $150 $150 $150 $180

Please Make Note: • All skaters require a helmet, skates, and gloves. • Bike helmets are not allowed. • We recommend not using the plastic skates (example: Barbie, Toy Story) • Sessions are subject to cancellation if enrollment is insufficient. • We do not offer any classes that allow parents on the ice. • Refunds are issued for medical reasons only. Medical certificate is required for a refund. • 10% discount for two or more family members enrolling in programs. • All registrations are accepted through The Eastlink Centre 780-830-5000.

All classes located at the Coca Cola Centre South Pad To register contact: The Eastlink Centre 780-830-5000

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GP Elks Junior Curling Program Come and Register for Junior Curling! The GP Elks JR curling program is an organization designed to allow the youth of today, ages 6-18 to develop and achieve growth in the sport of curling in a fun, friendly and safe Non-competitive environment Come and see us for registration on September 16, 2013 from 5pm to 8pm at the Grande Prairie Curling Club and see what we are all about! We will be running 2 different sessions this year: Session 1 Sunday Oct 6, 2013 to Sunday Dec 15, 2013 Time: 1:00pm to 2:30pm Session 2 Monday Jan 6, 2014 to Monday Mar 3, 2014 Time: 4:15pm to 5:45pm Little Rocks (Ages 6-8yrs) $90 per session Novice / Jr (Ages 9-18yrs) $150 per session Any questions or to register by phone please call Stacey at 780-832-8906 or email Registration will be ongoing through the fall and winter. We also require a volunteer deposit of $150 and will be refunded to you once your commitment is fulfilled. We do supply brooms and sliders for the kids the only thing we ask is clean in-door running shoes. If you would like to volunteer please forward us your name as we are always looking for more youth and adult involvement in the program. 23 - Winter 2013

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2 Day Ski/Board Christmas Camps

Dec. 21&22, 26&27, 28&29, 30&31, Jan. 1&2, 3&4

11:30AM Start Time

(2hrs/day with a lunch snack)

(1-1/2hrs/day. Held over 3 consecutive weeks)

Jan. 11, 18 & 25 Jan. 12, 19 & 26 Feb. 8, 15 & 22 Feb. 9, 16 & 23 Mar. 8, 15 & 22 Mar. 9, 16 & 23

Mighty Tykes Program

Call for available Dates & Times

3 Day Weekend Camp

11:30AM or 2:00PM Start Times

(for 3-5 year olds)

Call our Snow School To Register Today or visit us online for more programs & dates

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The Wapiti Nordic Ski Centre Lodge is located south on Hwy 40. Turn right across from Camp Tamarack and proceed 1km to the lodge and parking lot. SEASON OPENER Sunday Nov 24 • 1-4 pm @ Steve Cooper Lodge. Free skiing and snowshoeing, ski swap, waxing demonstrations, buy your membership, ski vendors, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. Bring your family and friends! Sign up for lessons and programs.

Visit our website: • latest news and events • current ski trail conditions • trail map • program descriptions • links to GP running and biking websites

CROSS COUNTRY SKI LESSONS START THE 1ST WEEK OF JAN 2014 • Bunnyrabbits (ages 4-5) • Jackrabbits (ages 8 to 10) • Biathlon Bears (ages 8 to 11) • Track Attack (ages 10 to 16) • Recreational Skiing for boys & girls (ages 10-16) • Adults (Beginner/Int/Advanced)

Ski 7 days a week! Over 35 km of ski trails. 4.5 km of lit trails. Ski rentals available. Warm up and socialize beside the fireplace in the Lodge. Our 3000 sq. ft. lodge has washrooms and a wax room. Lodge hours: Weekdays 10 am - 9 pm Weekends 10 am - 5 pm The Lodge is available for rental outside of ski season May 1 - October 30. Annual memberships or day passes available at the Lodge, or check the website.

JUNIOR RACERS An opportunity for skiers 12 to 18 years old to train for racing and participate in races throughout the province. BIATHLON PROGRAM This program, which combines skiing and marksmanship, provides an opportunity for participants to train every Saturday at the biathlon range. Racing opportunities also exist. OTHER PROGRAMS and EVENTS • Variety Pac Club Races • Monthly Moonlight Ski Tours • Family Day Ski Tour • OBW Loppet (freestyle) • Chicks on Sticks (women only) - Mon/Thu Nights • Sveinungsgard Loppet (classic) • Volunteer to help run our programs Host of the annual Banff Mountain Film Festival January 12, 13 & 14, 2014 at the GPRC theater Grande Prairie. Tickets available at our season opener or at the Crystal Center in person or online. For more information call 780-539-9050 or check the WNSC website.

Wapiti Nordic Ski Centre 780.539.9050 Box 1176, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 4B6 26 - Winter 2013

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Community Recreation


Pre-school Programs Fusion with Dee!

Tumbling Toddlers In this fun, non-competative environment your preschooler will learn how to jump, land, spring, tumble, leap and much more! Join us at Mother Teresa Community Gym in this gymnastics based class as we learn through games and play! For ages 2 - 4 years. Mother Teresa - M Teresa Comm. Jan 7-Feb 25 Tu 09:15 AM-10:15 AM $45.00 41070 Mar 4-Apr 29 Tu 09:15 AM-10:15 AM $45.00 41071

Child/Youth Kid-ing Around Are your children home schooled? Do they need some time and space to get active? Let them burn off some energy and meet other kids their age while they play! They’lll get the opportunity to participate in activities and games focusing on fundamental movement, fitness, and social skills. For ages 5-12 years. Maude Clifford - M Clifford Comm. Jan 8-Feb 26 W 01:30 PM-02:30 PM $45.00 41074 Mar 5-Apr 30 W 01:30 PM-02:30 PM $45.00 41075

Combining Yoga, Pilates, and fitness, this Fusion class will work your muscles and mind. Focus on strength, balance and core through breathing techniques and poses. Join Dee twice a week in a workout that will leave you wanting more. Maude Clifford - M Clifford Comm. Jan 6-Feb 26 M/W 05:30 PM-06:30 PM $104.00 41078 Mar 3-Apr 30 M/W 05:30 PM-06:30 PM $104.00 41079

PB & J Club (Parent, Baby & Jr) Get fit with your child(ren)! While your little ones play in the centre of the gym, adults ‘play’ at different circuit stations around them. Everyone in the family can work on cardio, strength and balance together! Mother Teresa (Tues) Maude Clifford (Thurs) Jan 7-Feb 27 Tu/Th 10:30 AM-11:30 AM $112.00 41072 Mar 4-May 1 Tu/Th 10:30 AM-11:30 AM $112.00 41073

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Contact Niki at 780-830-7076


Community Recreation

Get Active Programs (Oct 6, 2013 - Apr 25, 2014)

Adult drop in programs provide a great opportunity for adults to get out, get active and enjoy some recreational sports in a non threatening environment. All adult programs have a $5 night drop in fee. For more info please call 780-830-7076. Program





Adult Volleyball


7:00 to 9:00pm

Maude Clifford

October 6 to April 25

Adult Badminton

Wed/Fri/Sun 6:30 to 9:30pm

Maude Clifford

October 6 to April 25

Adult Ball Hockey (55+)


7:00 to 9:00pm

Mother Teresa

October 6 to April 25

Adult Ball Hockey (18+)


7:00 to 9:00pm

Mother Teresa

October 6 to April 25

Adult Drop-in Programs

Drop-in programs do not run on stat holiday long weekends.


The 9th annual City of Grande Prairie Dodgeball League will begin in January 2014. Don’t delay register your team today! For more information please call 780-830-7076. Dodgeball, the sport where you don’t have to be a superstar athlete to kick some butt! A great teambuilding activity. Dodgeball games will be scheduled Thursday nights from 6 to 10 pm at Maude Clifford School. Maximum 16 teams in the league. Sign up early as spots fill up quickly. First pay, first play! $250/team Registration forms available on the City of Grande Prairie website.

Registration deadline: Dec 6, 2013

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Community Recreation

Are you an athlete, coach or official who needs money?

Check out

Pursuit of Excellence!

We have development and travel funding available each month.

We also have scholarship funding available in March and October of each year.

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Contact Kirsten Maher at: Ph: 780-538-0498 Fax: 780-814-7560 email:


Community Recreation


We have a new website! • Post your active living or healthy eating events and organization’s information • Search for active living or healthy eating events, clubs, organizations, facilities • Access active living and healthy eating resources • Find Grande Prairie Get Active Network event information and activities 31 - Winter 2013

Drop-in Fees and Memberships

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5:30am - 10:30pm

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780.538.0455 Lessons

Grande Prairie Piranhas Swim Club

Come Swim with us at the New Eastlink Centre The Piranhas Swim Club has a thirty-one year history of

providing young people a program of skill development, training and competition which has led to individual success both in and out of the pool. We are proud to be part of the Grande Prairie community, each year we host competitions and social events for our members.

Join the fun!

For more information: Office Phone: 780-538-0732 • Email:


This is our popular entry level program. Swimmers learn the four competitive strokes: Front Crawl, Back Crawl, Breast Stroke, and Butterfly, as well as underwater skills and dive entries. With four skill stages, swimmers progress at their own rate through the program. Children learn to swim the FUN way – learning FUNdamental skills while enjoying the water. Low swimmer to teacher numbers accelerate learning. Our learn to swim program offers an exciting new world of aquatics to young people ages 4-9. For entry into the program, children should be comfortable in the water. Children will be assessed after the first week to place them in the correct level. The Jaws program operates twice weekly in three 12-week sessions through the year; swimmers are encouraged to take all three sessions for maximum benefit.

REGISTRATION FOR JAWS: CALL EASTLINK CENTRE @ 780-830-5000 Next session Jan 7 - March 30, 2014 (No classes Feb 18/14) Monday / Wednesday Monday / Wednesday Tuesday / Thursday Tuesday / Thursday Saturday Saturday

6:00 - 6:30pm 6:30 - 7:00pm 6:00 - 6:30pm 6:30 - 7:00pm 8:30 - 9:15am 9:15 - 10:00am

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)If your child is 7 years of age and has an interest in swimming, they are welcome to come join us for free trial. Please call 780-538-0732 for information.

Children ages 6-10 who are just developing stroke mechanics and skills needed in competitive swimming. Must be able to swim 1 length on front & back, and be deep end safe. Two 45 minute lessons/week. Monday & Wednesday 6:00-6:45 or 6:45-7:30 pm Tuesday & Thursday 6:00-6:45 or 6:45-7:30 pm 3 Sessions per Year (Fall, Winter & Spring)

NEW!Cross Training

Competitive Team

Competitive groups are available for swimmers who wish to train and compete at the regional, provincial or national level. Call for information.


$185.00 $185.00 $185.00 $185.00 $143.00 $143.00

This group is for adults who are competent swimmers looking for a structured training program. The program will include both stroke correction and training principles and is designed for adults looking to complement their triathlon training, improve fitness levels, or compete in Masters Swim meets. Please call the office at 780-538-0732 for more information.

Swimming is considered the top cardio training activity by many coaches of different sports. We have programs for swimmers looking to improve strokes, build cardio development, and core strength. This group will offer the opportunity to get started in swimming for people who haven’t done competitive swimming in the past, for anyone interested in training for triathlons, or who have other sport commitments that take up a lot of their time. It will be a more stroke development focused program to allow their technique to catch up to swimmers who have been in the sport longer. his group will have the opportunity to attend swim meets during the year if they choose. Tuesday & Thursday: 6:00 - 7:00 pm Saturday 9:00 - 10:00 am 3 sessions per year. (Fall, Winter & Spring)

Office Phone: 780-538-0732 Email: REGISTRATION: Jaws: Register at the Eastlink Centre 780-830-5000 All other registrations please contact the Office at 780-538-0732 36 - Winter 2013

Grande Prairie Synquatics Club Like us!

2013-2014 SEASON

Winter Water Show

Grande Prairie Lacrosse Association

Thursday, Dec 12th at 6 pm Everyone welcome! Come watch the show from the Eastlink Observation Deck

Intro to Synchro

invites you to try the fastest game on two feet!

10-week program for kids 7+ who would like to try out the sport. Must be comfortable in deep water. Tuesdays, Feb 25-May 6

Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s national summer sport is growing and thriving in Grande Prairieâ&#x20AC;¦ come out and learn more during our free drop ins! Season runs April to end of June Early bird registration takes place in February Final Registration is due at the end of March Check the website for more information on dates, times and locations at Marci 780.933.2494

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• Promotes self-esteem and Body Awareness! • Excellent preparation for any sport! • Let us Give Your Child a Fit and Fun Lifestyle! #16 Knowledge Way Grande Prairie







Cangym Levels 1-4 (6 yrs and up)


4-5:30 5:30-7

4-5:30 5:30-7

4-5:30 5:30-7

4-5:30 5:30-7






4-6 OR 6-8


For the beginner. No previous experience required. Develop strength, flexibility, coordination and balance - while having fun on bars, beam, floor, vault & trampoline. Cangym Levels 5 & 6 Must have badges 1-4.


4-6 OR 6-8

Cangym Levels 7 & Up Must have badges 5 & 6, 2 days per week. Canjump (5 yrs and up)

4-5 (Level 1-2) 4-6 (Level 4-7) 5-6 (Level 1-2) 6-7 (Level 1-2) 6-7 (Level 2-3) 6-8 (Level 4-7) 7-8 (Level 2-3)

Develop good body and spatial awareness skills. Work on trampoline, double-mini and tumbling track (Levels 1-3. No flipping) Teen Gymnastics 13 yrs & up (9 week session) No previous experience required. Teen Parkour 12-15 years. Drop-in only (parent must sign waiver) School Groups Treat your class to gymnastics fun! Call for more information

5-6 (Level 1-2) $135 (Level 1-3 6-7 (Level 2-3) $210 (Level 4-7)

$8 drop-in (parkour only) *Must pay $25 insurance fee

4-6 $215 6-7pm Mon-Fri


Cheerleading Please see advertisment for Gymniks All-Star Cheerleading Adult Gymnastics and Parkour (Ages 16+) 6:30-8 No Parkour Gymnastics only

Exercise your muscles, build coordination, improve agility, incorporates gymnastics equipment. (parent must sign waiver for 16-17 year olds)

6:30-8 Parkour and Gymnastics

Drop-in $10

Spring Break Camp Mar 31-Apr 4. 1/2 days for ages 3+. Full days for ages 6+

1/2 Day $100

Full Day $185

Dance Acro A class for dancers looking to add gymnastics components to their dances

Session: 2 3 4

Session Dates: Nov 9 - Jan 30, 2014 Feb 1 - Apr 11, 2014 Apr 12 - June 15, 2014


Session Breaks: Dec 16 - Jan 5, 2014 Mar 29 - Apr 4, 2014 None

9 week session

Online Registration: Oct 17 Jan 9 Mar 13


In-person Registration: Oct 18, 9-1 pm Jan 10, 9-1 pm Mar 14, 9-1 pm

All registrants are required to pay a $25.00 insurance/registration fee yearly. Classes subject to change upon registration. Check website for most up to date schedule.

GRANDE PRAIRIE GYMNASTICS (GYMNIKS) • Call 780-539-1414 for more information! 38 - Winter 2013

• Promotes self-esteem and Body Awareness! • Excellent preparation for any sport! • Let us Give Your Child a Fit and Fun Lifestyle! KINDERGYM PRE-SCHOOL PROGRAM Kindergym 3-5 yr olds

An exciting Pre-Kindergarten program. Combines pre-school activities, stories and crafts with 45 minutes of gymnastics instruction. Classes are Mon/Wed AM or PM, Tue/Thur AM or PM or Fri AM. Mornings are 9:15-11:45, afternoons are 12:45-3:15. Licensed Pre-School Program

Mon & Wed

Jan 6 - Mar 27 $388 No class Feb 17

Apr 7 - June 24 $372 No class May 19

Tue & Thu





$180 No class Apr 18

Registration only opens to the public if there are program spaces available. Please call for availability. ONLINE REGISTRATION NOT AVAILABLE FOR THIS PROGRAM

In-Person Registration Dec. 6 - 9am-12pm Mar 14 - 9am-12pm Registration only opens to the public if there are program spaces available. Please call for availability.







9:15 - 9:45






Parent & Tot 2 yr olds

10-10:45 11-11:45 12-12:45

9:30-10:15 10:30-11:15

9:30-10:15 10:30-11:15 11:15-12

9:30-10:15 10:30-11:15 11:15 - 12

9:30-10:15 10:30-11:15 1-1:45


Pre-school 3 & 4 yr olds

10-10:45 11-11:45 12-12:45

9:30-10:15 10:30-11:15 11:15-2 1-1:45 1:45-2:30 1:45-2:45

9:30-10:15 10:30-11:15 11:15-12 1-1:45 1:45-2:30 10:15-11:15 4:30-5:30

9:30-10:15 10:30-11:15 11:15 - 12 1-1:45 1:45-2:30 10:15-11:15

9:30-10:15 10:30-11:15 11:15-12 1-1:45 1:45-2:30 10:15-11:15 1:45-2:45 4:30-5:30


Parent & Baby Walking-24 months 30 minute movement class where parent works one-on-one with baby. As soon as you can walk - you can enjoy!

45 minute gross motor movement class with circuits on bars, beam, floor, vault, trampoline and tumbling run. Parents participate with the 2 year old. One class per week. You choose one day and one time. 45 minute advanced gross motor movement class with circuits on bars, beam, floor, vault, trampoline and tumbling run. The child must be ready to participate without mom or dad. One class per week. You choose one day and one time.

Pre-Badge 5 yr olds One hour advanced Pre-School program learning skills on all apparatus to prepare for the Badge Program. One class per week. You choose one day and one time.

11-12 12-1


Birthday Parties Gym ONLY Ages 4-10 (12 kids max) All children in the gym must be 4 Party package inludes room

1 hr $120 2 hrs $180

Ages 8 and under No children over age 8

1 hr $100 2 hrs $160

Session: 2 3 4

Bouncers ONLY Party package includes room

Session Dates: Nov 9 - Jan 30, 2014 Feb 1 - Apr 11, 2014 Apr 12 - June 15, 2014

Session Breaks: Dec 16 - Jan 5, 2014 Mar 29 - Apr 4, 2014 None

Bookings must be done in person. Call to check for availability. 780-539-1414.

Online Registration: Oct 17 Jan 9 Mar 13

In-person Registration: Oct 18, 9-1 pm Jan 10, 9-1 pm Mar 14, 9-1 pm

All registrants are required to pay a $25.00 insurance/registration fee yearly. Classes subject to change upon registration. Check website for most up to date schedule.

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Recreational Programs Our recreational classes offer an opportunity to “try out” a cheer program without all the financial and time commitments that all-star (competitive) teams require. During the session students learn all the fundamentals of cheerleading including stunting, beginning tumbling, 2O13-2O14 Competitive All-Star Teams jumps, motions, dance, formations, and some cheers. This class welcomes a variety This is an 8-month program and each athlete must be fully committed to the entire 8-months. Teams attend a variety of of skill levels - from beginners and on! competitions and performances each year. Session Dates Youth Level 1 - 11 years and younger #2 Nov 9 - Jan 30 • Registration is no longer available #3 Feb 1 - Apr 11 • Try-outs not required #4 Apr 12 - June 15 • Registration Fee: $265 (Monthly fees $105: 8 months) Tiny - 4-5 years Junior Level 2 - 14 years and younger • Practice: Sunday 11-11:45pm • Registration is no longer available • $110 per 9-week session • Try-outs required • Registration Fee: $290 (Monthly fees $125: 8 months) Mini - 6-8 years • Practice: Sunday 12-1:30pm Senior Level 3 - 18 years and younger • $170 per 9-week session • Registration is no longer available • Try-outs required Youth - 9-11 years • Registration Fee: $310 (Monthly fees $140: 8 months) • Practice: Sunday 2-4pm • $215 per 9-week session Co-Ed Stunting Level 4 - 17 years and older • Practice: Sundays 4-6pm Pre-comp Ages 6+ • $10 drop-in fee • Practice: Tue/Thu 4-5:30pm • $115/month (Oct-Apr) Recreational Team Uniform: Shorts, hair bow, and t-shirt. Uniforms must be worn to each practice, along with clean indoor running shoes. Cost is $35-40 (not including shoes) Competitive Team Website: All registrants are required to pay a $25 insurance/registration fee yearly. Classes subject to change upon registration. Check website for most up to date schedule. GRANDE PRAIRIE GYMNASTICS (GYMNIKS) • Cal 780-539-1414 for more information!

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One Month Special


Taekwon-Do classes involve: Kicking, punching, sparring, self-defense - anyone can do this. We have great beginners classes that are suitable for all fitness levels and ages. We also go to tournaments numerous times per year for those who wish to compete. Whether you are looking for a class for fitness, self-defense or to compete on the world stage we are the school for you!

Specialized classes for pre-school ages, kids, teens and adults. Tiger Cubs Kids Teens Adult

Ages 4 to 6 Ages 7 to 12 Ages 13 to 15 Ages 16 and up

CALL 780.539.1716 to register

Kick start your fitness!

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with Horangi Taekwon-do

#101, 10014 - 102 St

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Junior REgistration only $18o

Grande Prairie Rugby would like to invite you to join us this winter to learn and build junior rugby in the Peace Region.

Register Online at or for more information contact Dave Logan at 780-978-1141

Our Indoor Touch Rugby program is open to Age 8-17 boys and girls with training and games starting in mid January and going through to April. Rugby is one of the fastest growing sports in the world and all you need to play are shorts, runners, a mouthguard and a will to play.

The Peace High School Rugby League runs from the spring and cumulating with a Provincial championship in early June. The boy’s league runs 6 teams and the girl’s league has 4! Check with your schools Physical Education Head for more information.

Practices take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the County Sportsplex. Registration will take place December 3 from 5-8 pm at the GP Rugby clubhouse at 10115 93 St.

@GPRugby supports Anti-Bullying initiatives for All Ages and Genders Sirens (Sr. Women’s) We are always looking to increase our numbers and are always looking to recruit new players. (Ages 17 and up). We will teach you the game. No experience necessary.

Registration December 3rd 43 - Winter 2013

Centaurs (Sr. Men’s) The Centaurs have a tradition of winning and are lead by some of the best rugby talents in Alberta. With spots open to all regardless of age or ability you will have the opportunity to learn and prevail with Grande Prairie’s Best team!

Grande Prairie Peewee Football • Open to all kids grade 4-6 • Equipment supplied except cleats and gloves • 2014 Season Apr - June • Practice Tuesday and Thursday, games on Saturday • Season opening Jamboree • Season ending tournament, BBQ & Fun Pee Wee football teaches kids the fundamental skills of the sport. GPPWFL would like to thank West Rock Oilfield Contracting and all our 2013 Sponsors, parents, volunteers & Athletes. It has been a great year! Join us for our 2014 Season Registration - March 2014. Please visit us at:

Grande Prairie Minor Baseball Online registration starts January 15, 2014 For Players aged 5-18

GPMBA box 1388, GP T8V 4Z2 Ph. 780- 296-1550 For more information contact:

GPMBA would like to take this opportunity to invite any new players, coaches, as well as all past participants to watch for the upcoming important dates. IMPORTANT GPMBA EVENTS TO WATCH FOR: Fun day, “AAA” team tryouts, Coaches Clinic, Umpire clinic, Rally Cap player team selection day and so much more Baseball Season begins outdoors: April 28, 2014 (weather permitting).

Register by Feb 15, 2014 and you are entered in the early bird draw, to win your registration fees back! Late fees take effect midnight March 15, 2014. For more information: age groups, fee, schedules, location of diamonds, or to avoid missing important information, check GPMBA web page often, it is updated regularly.

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St. Joseph Catholic High School

Enhanced Athletic Development 10, 20 & 30 High School

Inspire. Create. Believe.

Are you interested in Long Term Athletic Development (LTAD)? Do you want to achieve your personal best in your sport? We will work with you to develop a tailored strength/conditioning program for your unique sport. Supported by the Alberta Sport Development Centre!

Student athletes are provided with an opportunity to learn a wide variety of skills and attitudes that support physical, social, cultural and emotional education through sporting endeavors. Through a combination of theory and practical experience, students will be exposed to the study of training principles, performance enhancements and psychology under the LTAD (Long Term Athlete Development) Model The structure of the course will also be centred on the topic of personal development since this is a major theme for this course. This will become the premier athlete development program in the area.

Located at the Dan Gorman Fitness Centre at St Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s & the EastLink Centre

780.532.3013 9902-101 Street Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2P4



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The Grande Prairie Roller Derby Association is looking for YOU!

Are you 14 to 17...and want to play some derby? Well now you can! Register online or e-mail

Now Accepting New Skaters! No experience necessary! Will Train!

Come and check us out @ the Wembely Arena

Ladies 18 + Get in shape and take your aggressions out on us! Are you interested in getting information about our league, events, sponsorship,skating, reffing or volunteering your time with GPRDA email or call Tntina @ 780-831-6442 Check us out on: or follow us on Facebook

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Junior practice Mon Wed 6-7 pm Fresh meat practice Mon Wed 8-9pm Rage N Fyre team practice Mon Wed 7-8 pm for information on a *Stott Pilates class to suit your needs

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TENNIS CLUB Interested in indoor tennis? Come play with us and make some new friends! Cost: $15 for 1.5 hours

Pilates for all bodies All Levels Starting Jan 6, 2014

Call to Register 780-505-1616

Limited time available for indoor tennis on Sunday mornings. Email us for more information.

Ph 780-832-6312 Email

*Stott Pilates is a trademark of Merrithew Corp.

Flaman Fitness Home of the Treadclimber and all your fitness needs

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Come take part in one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Our indoor climbing gym offers users of all ages a completely fun, yet physical and mental workout. Our bouldering area offers individual climbers the opportunity to tackle more unique and exciting challenges without the need for a belaying partner. Like us GPRC Peak Climbing Gym

ity Couple Student Alumni Commun $135 $90 $80 1 month $55 $360 $240 $225 4 month $150 $590 $410 $375 8 month $260 $745 $560 $510 12 month $365 or $105 without rentals als nt re th wi 35 $1 rd Ca h nc Pu or $12 without rentals Day Passes $15 with rentals

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Hours of Operation Winter Hours Sept 30 - Apr 30 Mon-Fri 2 - 9 pm Sat 12 - 9 pm Sun 1 - 9 pm

Birthday Parties Group Bookings Summer and Seasonal Climbing Camps Kids Clubs

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Junior Competition Team Memberships Punch Cards Day Passes

1 month 2 month 4 month 8 month 12 month Punch Card Day Pass

Non GPRC Summer Student ASDC Members

Alumni Contract Staff Seniors

Be-Fit-For-Life Community

$40 $80 $100 $175 $220 $47.50 $7/day

$45 $90 $140 $255 $320 $55 $8/day

$45 $90 $105 $200 $240 $47.50 $7/day

$50 $100 $180 $320 $440 $60 $8/day

4 month $15

8 month $30

Year $45

Locker Rental 1 month Medium $4 Note: user supplies lock

Family Rate: 25% reduction in fees for additional immediate family members only. Family rate is only eligible for memberships. Students under the age of 18 must have parent/guardians consent

Weight room / Gymnasium membership entitles you to: • use of weight room and all aerobic equipment • use of gymnasium and equipment (during unscheduled times) • use of locker rooms, showers and towels. Featuring • 17 000 square foot gymnasium • 2 Basketball Courts • 4 Volleyball Courts • 4000 Square Foot Weightroom • 8 Badminton Courts • Life Fitness, Cybex and Hammer Strength Weight Equipment • 25 pieces of Aerobic Equipment Fitness Centre Fees Student: person enrolled at a formal educational institution for at least 1 course. I.D. or proof of course must be shown. Staff/Alumni/Seniors GPRC Employee or member of the GPRC alumni association or a person 55 years of age.

GPRC Fitness Centre Room K111 780.539.2007 Weight Room Direct Line 780.539.2007

Hours of Operation Mon-Thu 6 am - 11 pm Fri 6 am - 10 pm Sat/Sun 9 am - 8 pm

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Group runs and walks Walk, Run and do More than you did last week... Downtown, Grande Prairie Check out our website: WALKRUN.CA For fun and for free! Run: Wednesdays from 6:00 - 7:00 pm Run: Saturdays from 8:30 - 10:00 am Power Walks on Thursday from 12:05 - 12:50 pm Walk, Run & More is pleased to host group runs and walks. These groups are on a drop in basis and free of charge. Walking Clinic (7 Week Program) $29.99 For those who want to enjoy this wonderful exercise. Burn fat and develop muscle tone during this fun and impact reduced workout. This is for everyone! Get out and get active today. This clinic requires a minimum of 7 paid participants so sign up today! Get out and join us for great cardio and low impact...not to mention fun! Monday at 6pm starts March 31st, 2014 Welcome to Running (7 Week Program) $29.99 For those who have been walking but are interested in getting into the sport of running...this one’s for you! The clinic is designed to have participants begin and implement a walk/run program. You will hear about nutrition, proper dressing for the weather and other topics relative to the sport of running. Run 1 min, walk 3 minutes. Monday at 6pm starts March 31st, 2014



The Next Step (7 Week Program) $29.99 Join us for this fun and informative 5 km training program. This is a great way to get fit and stay active this summer. You will hear about nutrition, proper dressing for the weather and other topics relative to the sport of running. This program is great for those who are currently active and want to begin running. We start with Run 2 minutes, walk 1 min. Monday at 6pm starts March 31st, 2014 Intermediate Run Training (7 Week Program) $29.99 Are you interested in running 10 km? This clinic is for runners who are already acquainted with jog/run 6-minutes and walk 1 minute. The clinic will help keep you moving and motivated. Monday at 6pm starts Nov 4th Half Marathon Training (10 week program) $39.99 Be ready for the 21km event at the Press Run with our great instructors! All participants must be able to run 10/1’s and be running a minimum of 10 km to successfully begin this program. Monday at 6pm starts March 10th, 2014 Join our 7 week clinics for walkers and runners. Check out our website for more information.

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780.518.7291 10108 – 104 Avenue Grande Prairie, AB

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Inspire Wellness Studio

Sports and Therapeutic Massage Deanne Smith, RMT (2200), RTA, CPEP Convenient Online Booking @ Or call 780-814-4380

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YOGA + PILATES + DANCE Classes offered daytime, weekend and late evenings.

F l a t c i t y s w i n g . c o m Regular Saturday Social Dances! With FREE Beginner Lesson ‡All  Ages Welcome! 8:15pm - 12am ‡ $5 Students ‡ $8 Regular Come with or without a partner! 52 - Winter 2013

Phone 780.296.1268 Ask about our Lessons!

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Phone 780 51-DANCE (513-2623) Email 2nd Floor, 10 Knowledge Way Your one stop shop for ALL your DANCEWEAR needs PLUS • Figure Skating • Gymnastics • Ballroom Shoes • Activewear • Highland Dancing and more Whether you are new to dance or an experienced dancer we are here to take stress out of your busy schedule, leave it ALL up to us. Our trained & educated staff will provide you with an experience to remember! Store Hours Mon-Fri 10 am - 7 pm Sat 10 am - 5 pm Sun By appointment www.readysetdanc

DANCE LESSONS All classes and registrations held at the Golden Age Center (10222 101 Avenue) Tuesday Nights: Two-Step Level I 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Two-Step Level II 8 p.m. - 9 p.m. Intro to a New Dance 9 p.m. - 10 p.m. Session 3: Jan 14 - Feb 18 Registration: Jan 9, 6:45 p.m. ʹ 7:30 p.m. Session 4: Mar 4 ʹ Apr 8 Registration: Feb 27, 6:45 p.m. ʹ 7:30 p.m. Intro, Session 3: Triple 2 Step Intro, Session 4: Waltz

$50.00/session + $10 annual membership fee Come kick up your heels and have some fun! 780-538-1710

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Grande Prairie & District Branch of the Alberta Genealogical Society Let us help you fill in the blanks on your family tree! Did you know the Grande Prairie Farmers’ Market is open

ALL YEAR ROUND! Fridays 4-8 and Saturdays 10-3

Fr Fresh, esh, Friendly Friendly, y, Fun Located Downtown - Corner of 101 St. & 101 A Ave. vve. Phone: 780.814.8224 Fax:780.814.8254 Email:

• The Grande Prairie & District Branch of the Alberta Genealogical Society meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month Sept-Nov and Jan-June. • A short business meeting followed by a Genealogical Program is designed to assist you researching your family tree. Visitors are always welcome! • Every Wednesday from 7 - 9 PM the experienced Genies are in the Isabel Campbell Room of the Public Library to offer assistance to anyone wishing to research their family tree. • Check our website for announcements and updates and for details on our annual full -day fall workshop, featuring a prominent genealogical presenter. This FREE SERVICE to all Library patrons • Come and browse through our genealogical book collection, our obituary indexes and view our census or old newspaper microfilm collection in the Isabel Campbell Room. • Take part in one of our workshops that will assist you sort through the many resources to become more effective in finding information and in checking the accuracy of your work. GP & District Branch website: Alberta Genealogical Society website: For more information contact: Jean Gray (780) 830-3233, Maxine Maxwell (780) 766-2920,

Northern Lights Lodge #493 Celebrating Norwegian Heritage & Culture Membership Events: Lutefisk Supper • Mid-Summer Celebration Dancing • Crafts • Cooking Hall Rental: Nordic Hall or Silverwing Hall Scholarships

BEAVERLODGE CULTURAL CENTRE The Beaverlodge Cultural Centre is one of the town’s major attractions i llocated d iin a 1937 hi historical i lb building. ildi What we offer: • The Pink Tea Room with Stained Glass Wall • The Gallery – offering 13 art exhibits annually • The Gift Shop –unique gifts from regional artists and artisans. • Visitor Information Centre • The Art Studio for community programs. • The Pottery/Weaving Studios– membership and programs. • Glass and glass supplies available for purchase. Look at our program schedule online: Call for program bookings or exhibition proposals Ph: 780.354.3600 • Fax: 780.354.3670

Contact: Chester Sorgaard 780-568-2372 Harold Kjemhus 780-532-5673 Charlotte Penson 780-933-6975

Dates & Hours of Operation: Tuesday through Friday 1 - 5 pm Saturday and Sunday 1 - 4 pm

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Register today for the Winter Session! Tuesday 10:15 AM Thursday 10:15 AM

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Wednesday 11:15 AM Saturday 11:15 AM

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Neighbourhood N eighbourhood A Association ssociation U Update pdate In January Januar y aan no official fficial N Neighbourhood eighbourhood A Association ssociation launch launch was he held ld aatt the R Royal oyal C Canadian anadian L Legion egion aattended ttended b byy M Mayor ayor B Bill ill G Given iven aand nd sseveral everal me members mbers o off C Council. ouncil. The event event was highly highly p promoted romoted aand nd dia, aattended ttended b byy me media, incl including uding b being eing ttelecast elecast o on nE Eastlink astlink T TV. V. The first key area of focus was to assist the Pinnacle Neighbourhood Association with its compliance and regain momentum. An Annual General Meeting was held, Board elected and Special Resolutions filed to amend outdated bylaw ws to include Pinnacle Wes e t in Association boundaries. In March the neighbourhood of Mission held an infformation session, elected a board and approved bylaws. Incorporation papers were received in June and Mission became the second Grande Prairie Neighbourhood Association. Infformation sessions were held in May and June for Mounttvview and Copper wood. Both neighbourhoods identified their Boards and submitted their application to

Service Alberta. Mounttview received their incorporation papers and are now the 3rd Association. Also, in June, the neighborhoods of O’Brien Lake and Roya y l Oaks held infformation sessions about the value of an association and the formation process. Since then, they have both formed Board of Directors, and sent their applications in. O’Brien Lake received their confirmation during the summer. Work is being done with all five of these new Neighbourhood Associations on their next steps to secure insurance, bank accounts and receive their operating grants. A residential survey has been developed to assist all six associations in getting input from the community on where they should concentrate their eff ffo orts. A Strategic Plan Outline has been developed to enable them to keep focused and see successes. They’vve been advised that within their first year to keep their plan simple and not take on too much on. The following Neighbourhood Safeety Teams have been identified to transition to Neighbourhood Associations:

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Avondale North and Highland Park. Independent enquiries on associations have also been received from Cr ystal Lake, Ivvyy Lake and South Patterson. Cobblestone held an infformation session November 7. Much work has been done to promote and communicate the Neighbourhood Association initiative. The Neighbourhood Association website can now be found at www..cityo y fgp under the Residents tab or on Facebook at Grande Prairie Neighbourhood Associations. Along with improving general awareness, templates and toolkits have been created to help with the formation process, as well as for the success of new Boards. Some of these include; Getting Started and an Up and Running Toolkits, Bylaw Teemplates, sample agendas, communication plans, meeting plans, contact lists & resources, grant infformation.

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G Grande rande P Prairie rairie G Gears ears U Up p ffor or C Centennial entennial On April April 30, 1914,

Grande Grande P Prairie rairie was o officially fficially incorporated incorporated as a vvillage, illage, beginning beginning the jo journey urney tto o b becoming ecoming the urban urban ccentre entre o off the P Peace eace Country Countr y iitt is ttoday. oday. In In tha thatt century, centur y, the community has grown grown community from its its o riginal from original population of of less less than than population residents tto oa 1,000 residents vibrant o ver 55,000. vibrant off o over A 100th birthday is a momentous occasion to celebrate and Grande Prairie is planning a year filled with activities and parties. “We’re organizing a yearlong celebration to highlight Grande Prairie’s vibrant and rich history while acknowledging the diverse cultures and nationalities that are an integral part of Grande Prairie’s current and future growth and success,,” sayys David Olinger, Manager of Markeeting and Communications. “The year will kick off with Centennial First Footings feestivities at Muskoseepi Park which we expect will bring the residents and visitors together to mark this anniversary. We really want to build momentum for a yearlong celebration of not only what made Grande Prairie the success it is today,

but what’s making it a leader fo or tomorrow.” Coun. Helen Rice, Chair of the 100th Anniversary Committee echoes these sentiments. “It’s going to be a fantastically exciting year,” she sayys. “Our e ime 100th anniversary is a liffet event and between the City and all our partner community groups, we have a special year planned.” Centennial Celebrations get underway on Dec. 31 with the Kickoff ff.. Planned activities include ice skating on the pond, snow shoeing, sleigh rides, hot chocolate and, of course, fireworks! Historical characters will make appearances throughout the evening. In April, the official date of incorporation will be marked with a 1914-inspired city council meeting. Councillors will dress in period costume and discuss hot topics of the time including the upkeep of wooden sidewalks and keeping chickeens fen e ced. Guests will also enjoy cake and other goodies to mark Grande Prairie’s official birthday. Also in April, the City will unveil a legacy piece of the commemorations when 100 parks are named in honor of the century. The park names, suggestions for which

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are being solicited from the community at large, were selected for their historical significance relating to Grande Prairie history. May brings the Innovation Conffer e ence, presented by the City of Grande Prairie, Community Futures and the Centre for Research and Innovation. The conffer e ence will highlight the entrepreneurial spirit of Grande Prairie and allow local and national innovators to share ideas and maybe even the next big thing! There will be a breakfast mixer, rotating quick talks, and a keynote speaker. Summer will feature many feestivities around the city. The 100 Years of Pioneers in partnership with the County of Grande Prairie and the Grande Spirit Foundation is set for June 5. Seniors from Grande Prairie and the surrounding communities are in for an afternoon of entertainment and celebration at TEC Centre at Evergreen Park. The Century Play runs June 12-16 in Muskos o eepi Park. The production is the result of the work of hundreds of community members and the GP Century Play Society, established specifically to produce the production. Artistic direction will be provided by Annie Smith

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The Homecoming Weekend is the focal point of the anniversary celebrations. Residents are encouraged to invite friends, family and former residents to return to see the growth and development Grande Prairie has experienced.

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100 Anniversary Events Calendar

On Friday August 1 the weekend will open with a Community Builders Mixer. It will include the unveiling of a History Book profiling 200 Community Builders who helped build and grow Grande Prairie. Saturday August 2nd will be Heritage Dayy! It starts with a parade and features a village carnival held at Grande Prairie Museum as well as the finals of the Soap Box Derby put on by a local Rotary group.


Muskoseepi Park will be full of food and artisan vendors along with musicians, entertainers and storytellers. The weekeend wraps up on Sunday August 3rd with a Family Picnic in the Park and a fun u run. Closing ceremonies are scheduled for 8 p.m. and will be followed by fireworks! Further community events can be found on the Centennial Event Calendar at www www. w. 1914-2014

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Snow Snow R Removal emoval P Program rogram At At A Glance Glance When do begin getting tting When d o yyou ou b egin ge rready eady ffor or Winter Operations? perations? Winter O

W hat is the S ize o our What Size off Y Your S now R emoval F leet? Snow Removal Fleet?

H How ow Does Does Equipment Equipment Move Move Through Thr ough Residential Residential Areas? Areas?

Trransportation Services anticipates Winter Operations by purchasing sand and salt in late summer/early fall. Crews are assigned winter shifts within the first week of November. Depending on the severity of the winter, Trransportation Services may supplement City ownedequipment with contractor equipment.


The City is divided into sections of north and south by a continuous cycle with morning crews assigned to the north and afternoon crews assigned to the south. Trransportation Services tracks where equipment has been in residential areas. A chart of our rotation with start and completion dates can be found ww.s . ow..cityo .sn y fgp at w At the start of each season the area that was at the bottom of the chart will be moved to the top. This ensures that each area has the opportunity to move up in the rotation. You may also call our Snow Removal Hotline at 780.538.0354 for more infformation.

How do Contracted How d o the C ontracted Trucks with Assist w ith Snow Snow T rucks Assist Removal? Removal? Contractor equipment assists with hauling windrows and snow piles in residential areas. When Does Your Snow now W hen D oes Y our S Removal Removal Program Program Start? Start? The Snow and Ice Control Program is initiated as soon as there is significant snow accumulation. Given the potential for extreme weather changes in the north there may be some transition at start-up as City crews will be assigned road maintenance work for as long as conditions permit.

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5 Trucks for snow hauling (up to 12 with contracted equipment) 6 Graders 4 Sanders/Plows, plus one for alleyyw w waays y 6 Loaders with angle blades 2 Snow Blowers (1 main and 1 back up) 1 Sidewalk unit 1 Bus stop unit

How do I Find Out When Equipment Will be in My Area? Due to extreme northern winter events equipment may have to divert from residential areas to Priority I and Priority II roads to ensure safe passage for emergency vehicles and morning commuters. Garbage days y and extremely low temperatures may also inhibit snow removal eff ffo orts. If weather conditions are favouraable, you will know that we are about to be in your area when temporary No Parking A-ffra r me signs are posted on your street. When signs are posted we ask that you remove your vehicles so crews can safely clear the roads. These signs are typically posted 24 hours in advance. To find out where we are, you may phone our Snow Removal Hotline at 780.538.0354 or visit our www.snow.cityofgp. website at w . ow..cityofgp. com. co m.

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What A What Are re the Snow Snow Plowing P lowing Priorities? Priorities? After a major snowfall, snow is removed on a priority basis as follows: Priorittyy 1 - Major arterials: 100 St, 844 Ave., 68 Ave., Resources Rd, Hwy 40 - Wapiti Road, etc. Priorittyy 2 - Tra r nsit Bus Routes and Major Collector Roadwaays: y Crystal Lake Dr., Mission Heights Dr., Poplar Dr., Royal Oaks Dr., etc. Priorittyy 3 - Local Roads & Lanes (residential areas): The City provides dedicated snow and ice control on local roads

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until the ban is lifted. Parking Bans can be declared anytime between Nov. 15 and April 15. Parking Bans are lifted once weather conditions improve and areas have been cleared. Parking Bans are declared by the Tra r nsportation Services Manager or a designate. H ow W ill I K now a P arking How Will Know Parking Ba n has been been D eclared/ Ban Declared/ Lifted? L ifted? and lanes in residential areas. Weekday mornings in north side neighbourhoods (north of 100 Ave.) and weekday afternoons in southside neighbourhoods (south of 100 Ave.) Go to www.cityofgp. www..cityo y fgp gp. com/snow com/snow removal removal to find out how we move through the City. The Highwaay 43 Corridor (portions of 100 Ave., 108 St., 116 Ave. and 100 St.) is under the control of Alberta Inffra r structure and Trransportation and will be maintained to the standards established through their maintenance contractors. A map of priority roads can be found at www..cityo y fgp snow snow rremoval emoval What What is my my Responsibility Responsibility for Removal for Snow Snow R emoval and and Ice Ice Control on Sidewalk Control o n the S idewalk Along Along my my Property? Propertyy? Trraffic Bylaw #C-1166: Every occupant, or owner, of property ad djacent to a sidewalk, shall remove, or caused to be removed, and cleared awa way, any snow or ice from the ad djacent sidewalk

and the removal shall be completed within 24 hours following the most recent deposit of snow or ice. Do not dispose snow on Cittyy Properttyy. Snow removed from sidewalks and privatee lanes must not be placed within the City’s roadwaays. What Challenges Challenges Does What Does Snow and and IIce the Snow Control ce C ontrol Program Face? Face? Program t t t t t

Extreme melt / freeze conditions Extreme low temperatures Hard snow and ice pack Tightly built subdivisions More vehicles parked on street

Frigid tem mperatures and rapidly changing weather conditions can slow down snow removal progrress. I live live on on a Priority Priorittyy II rroad, oad, What Do W hat D o These These Permanent Permanent Parking P arking Ban Ban Signs Signs Mean? Mean? These signs indicate that when Tra r nsportation Services declares a parking ban you cannot park on the Priority I or Priority II road from 7:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m., weekdayys,

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Residents can keep infformed on the status parking bans in various waays: y Winter Parking Hotline – 780.538.0354 . ow..cityo y fgp Follow the City’’s Facebook/ Twitter Radio Stations Where Can Park During an I P ark D uring a Where C Parking Ban? Parking Ban? Trransportation Services appreciates the patience of citizens during parking bans. s We make every eff ffo ort to complete Priority II snow clearing as quickly as possible. Here are some suggestions: t t t

Park in drivewaay or neighbour’s drivewaay Park on nearby Priority III street Park in alleywaay if you have access

How Times imes Does Does How Many Many T Residential Residential Get Get Cleared? Cleared? During normal conditions, residential areas receive two rotations of snow removal

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S Snow now R Removal emoval A Att A G Glance lance con’t con’t with a third reserved for missed areas and picking up missed piles. Depending on conditions, Priority I and II roads will receive the most clearing activities. Extreme conditions may requir u e the City to hire additional contracted equipment to maintain residential areas in a safe and passable condition. D oes the Snow Snow aand nd IIce ce Does C ontrol P rogram Include Include Control Program Alleyways? Alleywaays? Trransportation Services has one dedicated truck that clears alleyyw waays. y Depending on the conditions, alleyways can typically be cleared within a couple of weeks. Extreme melt/ffreeze conditions may slow down this process.

D o You You Have Have a P rogram for for Do Program T rails? Trails? Trrails are cleared in much the same waay as our roads with trails along Priority I roads maintained first. Snow Go? Go? W Where here D Does oes the Snow Priority 1 and 2 - Snow will normally be plowed to the middle of the road and hauled to the City Snow Dump or will be pushed over the curb and onto the City-owned boulevards. Sidewalks on Both Sides snow will either be plowed to the middle and removed or plowed and stockpiled to the sidewalk on the even numbered side of the road on even years or the odd

Transportation T ransportation SServices er vices 2012/2013 Winter W inter S Season eason Statistics: Statistics: t t t t

266 cm of snow 25,000 truckloads of snow hauled 3,000 tonnes of salt used 8,000 tonnes of sand used

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numbered side of the road on odd years. 2013 / 2014 is an odd year. Sidewalk on One Side Only snow will generally be plowed to the side without a sidewalk. Snow will be pushed over the curb and onto the City-owned boulevards. No Sidewalk - The snow will be plowed to both sides.  Why Can’t You Stockpile Snow in the Easements? Easements must remain clear of dumped snow for drainage and to facilitate spring run-off ff..

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2013-2017 City Council

Mayor Bill Given

Councillor Jackie Clayton

Councillor Lorne Radbourne

Councillor Dwight Logan

Councillor Kevin McLean

Councillor Kevin Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Toole

Councillor Helen Rice

Councillor Rory Tarant

Councillor Chris Thiessen

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Grande Prairie Boys Choir 2013-2014 Concert Season

Christmas Concert December 14, 2013 3:00 pm & 7:00 pm Christian Fellowship Assembly December 15, 2013 6:00 pm Christian Fellowship Assembly Elise Bradley Concert February 2, 2014, 3:30 pm Christian Fellowship Assembly Year End Concert May 10, 2014 3:30 pm & 7:00 pm Christian Fellowship Assembly or find us on facebook 65 - Winter 2013

Dean Drever: Everything is going to be okay again soon. Sept 28, 2013 – Jan 5, 2014 A survey show of Dean Drever’s work from 1998 – present. Curated by Robert Enright

Unbridled Vision: Euphemia McNaught’s Lifelong Study of Horses Throughout the 20th Century Sept 28, 2013 - Jan 5, 2014 The Art Gallery of Grande Prairie recognizes Euphemia (Betty) McNaught (1901-2001) for her artistic achievements and significant contributions to arts and culture in the Peace region. Euphemia McNaught and her legacy have been the driving forces behind the development of visual arts in the Peace Region. Her legacy defines an art community rich with creativity, art mentorship, and community spirit through art clubs, organizations, and art advocacy. This exhibition celebrates the anniversary of Betty’s 112th birthday and specifically her love of art and the study of horses, which were always her main passions in life.

By exploring power in various forms, most explicitly, power expressed through violence, Drever makes vulnerable the continuum from individual freedom to social justice. Drever’s sculptures unmask a mythology of dominance to show how the oppressor shares the same disempowered space with the oppressed. He offers the seduction of violence as a sensory experience; a secret space to act out fantasies of control and possession.

We hope you will be inspired to visit the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie and continue our journey of exploration, inspiration, and preservation of the human spirit through art. Since 1975, the community has created an engine for creativity, one that will never cease to expose the minds of this community to the newest, the most innovative, and the most beautiful creations of our society.

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Ribbons of Art: Grande Prairie Guild of Artists 30th Anniversary Dec 6, 2013 – Mar 2014 Opening Reception: Friday, Dec 6, 2013 at 7:00 pm The Grande Prairie Guild of Artists will be celebrating their 30th anniversary with an exhibition of past and present work called Ribbons of Art. The exhibit will tell the story of the Guild and introduce visitors to past and present members.

Montrose Cultural Centre The Montrose Cultural Centre opened its doors in June 2009. It is home to the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie, the Grande Prairie Public Library and Esquires Coffee House.

UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS Harold Klunder January – March 2014 Clay Ellis January – March 2014 The Green Space The Green Space is an interactive and self-directed gallery space open during Gallery hours. Visitors of all ages have the opportunity to enjoy responding to the gallery’s current exhibitions through free art activities that are designed to encourage reflection, creativity and inspiration. Visitors are welcome to take their projects home to share with their families or display in the Green Space for others to enjoy. Group Programs, Self-Guided Tours & Activities We are happy to assist you with the preparations of your group visit to our current and upcoming exhibitions and invite you to explore them through a self-guided tour or a staff-guided tour. Visiting the exhibitions with your group is free. However, we ask you get in touch with staff 2 - 4 weeks prior to coming with your group. Contact us to book a guided tour or reserve a self-guided tour or program. Please email or call 780-357-7487.

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Art Gallery of Grande Prairie #103, 9839 – 103 Avenue Grande Prairie, Alberta T8V 6M7 Ph: (780) 532-8111 Fax: (780) 539-9522


Culture and Heritage

Home of the: Art Gallery of Grande Prairie Teresa Sargent Hall Grande Prairie Public Library Esquires Coffee House Book Your: Special Event Christmas Party Business Function Wedding Reception at the Teresa Sargent Hall For more information contact: Rhonda Matheson Montrose Culture Centre Manager P 780.357.4987 F 780.357.4990

Visit Grande Prairieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premier cultural destination, The Montrose Cultural Centre The Montrose Cultural Centre is located in the heart of Grande Prairie and home to Grande Prairie Public Library, Art Gallery of Grande Prairie, Esquires Coffee House and the new, elegant, exquisite Teresa Sargent Hall. This nearly 5000 sq. ft. luxury space is available to rent for weddings, holiday parties, special celebrations, and business functions. To book the Teresa Sargent Hall or for more information contact Rhonda Matheson, Manager Montrose Cultural Centre, (780) 357-4987 or


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Culture and Heritage Bill Bowes Volunteer Organization of the Year

George Repka Outstanding Achievement Award

Awarded to volunteer organizations or foundations in Grande Prairie that have provided outstanding contributions to the community through meritorious service, voluntary contributions and exemplary community development having a direct, positive effect on residents of the City of Grande Prairie. • All nominees should be distinguished with notable achievements or contributions to the community. This could include fundraising, volunteering, recognition of community needs, etc. • Nominees must be located within the City of Grande Prairie • One organization will be honoured each year.

This award is to recognize individuals who have not won a Provincial, National or International award, but have made a major contribution in the areas of recreation, culture, and/or social services to the community.

Deadline for nominations is February 1st of each year for the preceding year. For further information, or for a nomination form, visit our website at or call Kathy Pfau at 780.532.5790

• The applicants must have exhibited long (20+ years) service to the community in the areas of recreation, culture, or social services. • All applicants should be distinguished with notable achievements or contributions to the community. • No more than 3 individuals will be honoured each year with this award • Nomination deadline is October 1st of each year For further information, or for a nomination form, visit our website at or call Kathy Pfau at 780.532.5790

Is your group planning a festival? Festival Fund Grant Applications are encouraged. Application deadlines are Jan 1 and Sept 1. Are you a starving artist? The Arts Development Fund Applications are encouraged. Application deadlines are Mar 1 and Sept 1. (Funding deadline has been changed to Sept 1 for 2013 ONLY) Visit for guidelines and application.

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780.830.7090 GP Museum

Culture and Heritage

GP Museum Winter Schedule The Grande Prairie Museum • Rodacker/Campbell Gallery • Vivid Murals • Heritage Village • Heritage Artifacts • Gift Shop Entrance at Muskoseepi Park 102 Avenue and 102 Street (Follow the bridge across to the Museum) Hours of Operation: Mon - Fri 8:30-4:30 pm Sat 10:00-4:30 pm Sun 12:00-4:30 pm Phone: 780-830-7090 South Peace Regional Archives (780) 830-5105 • General Research • Historical documents • Photographs • Panda Camera Collection • Sound Recordings • Maps Hours of Operation: Mon - Fri 8:30 - 4:30 pm Phone: 780-830-5105

Community Events

Ten Thousand Villages November 20th – 24th The Grande Prairie Museum is pleased to house Ten Thousand Villages! They will be onsite selling artisan-crafted personal accessories, home decor and gift items from around the globe. Just in time for the Christmas Season! Old-Fashioned Christmas Sunday, December 8th Stroll through the Heritage Village adorned in Christmas lights to enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas past! Special features include a “Watch for Father Christmas” over the Ham Radio as he travels on his sleigh to the Grande Prairie Museum for free photos in the Museum Gallery, cultural performances, strolling carollers, sample cookies baked on the woodstove, gingerbread cookie decorating, roast chestnuts over an open fire, or enjoy horse drawn cutter sleigh rides! All activities are included with the price of admission! For more information please visit our Facebook Page! Family Day Monday, February 17th, 2014 Spend quality time with the family with interactive programming. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for more information! Coming Soon: Saturday Weekend Workshops in January 2014! Spend the afternoon with your family and friends creating heritage art and crafts! Stay tuned to our Facebook Page for times and further program details!

Current Exhibit: “The Wedding Dream” Rodacker/Campbell Gallery

Our wedding is one of the biggest events that can happen in our lives. Little girls dream of “when I get married” and little boys pretend to run from it. Each wedding is as unique as the couples who take part in them, but they all have one thing in common, “The Wedding Dream”. Come and take a stroll through our exhibit, and take a unique look at the weddings, the dream - and of course - what would a wedding be without an old fashioned “Chivaree”!

The Grande Prairie Museum Gift Shop

Our gift shop features a unique blend of gift items perfect for any occasion. We feature Native Handicrafts and souvenirs handcrafted by local and regional artisans, organic bath and body products, dinosaur and treasure excavation kits, old fashioned kid’s toys and much more! We also carry fiction and non-fiction historical books written by local authors. There’s something for everybody in our little Gift Shop – stop by today!

Students Educational Programs & Tours

Explore regional history and geology through our adaptable educational curriculum based programs. These theme based programs include a variety of interactive activities which may be chosen to facilitate the experience. Programs are approximately 1½ - 2 hours in length which includes a tour of the Museum Gallery or the Heritage Village (weather permitting). To enquire about the various educational programs offered and to register your students, please phone the Program Coordinator at least one week in advance to avoid disappointment at 780-830-7086.

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Heritage Discovery Centre Winter Programs Heritage Discovery Centre (HDC) Centre 2000, Lower Level (780) 532-5790 Fun For All Ages • Animatronic Dinosaur • Survivor Games • Two Mini Theatres • Hands-on displays • Learning Theatre Open Daily, Year Round Mon-Fri 8:30 - 4:30 pm Sat-Sun 10:00 - 4:30 pm

Heritage Discovery Centre Updates!

The Heritage Discovery Centre is located on the lower level of Centre 2000 and portrays the history of the Peace Country through interactive displays, survivor games, aboriginal displays and culture, hands on programming and a dynamic art gallery featuring alternating exhibits. One of our Main attractions includes ‘Piper’, the life size animatronic dinosaur, who represents the Pachyrhinosaurus species discovered in the Peace Country area. Piper has recently undergone ‘brain surgery’ to provide visitors a whole new attitude when greeting them at the start of their tour. Our popular Tipi exhibit has also been remodeled and now features a beautiful forest mural painted by local Peace Country Artist Tim Heimdal.

School Tours/Programs

We offer tours and programs year round. Our programs are designed to complement the school curriculum; we strive to make each one unique and fun for the different age groups and are open to accommodate special programming requests! Current options to choose from are: Discovering Dinosaurs, The Fur Trade and Aboriginal Awareness, Alberta’s History, and Alberta’s Natural Resources. The cost of programs are $3.00 per child, accompanying adults are free. We also rent Edu-Kits to schools for $10.00 a day. Kits include The Edson Trail, Treaty 8, and Native Know-How. For more information or to book a tour or program please call 780-532-5790.

Birthday Parties

HDC facilitates children’s birthday parties on weekends in our learning centre room. We have different themes to choose from to offer party-goers a variety of entertainment. Please phone at least two weeks in advance to book your child’s party.

Kin Gallery

Be sure to visit our Kin Gallery as it changes often with different exhibits. Stay tuned to our website and Facebook Page for what is coming next!

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Musical Tots (parented)

Programs in the Children’s Library are designated parented or unparented.

It’s all about the music during our morning of stories, songs, and musical activities for toddlers and adults. Dropin program. Audience: ages 4 months to 2 years and caregivers. Maximum: 15 families

Program registration is available online at, by phone at 780357-7497 or in person at the Library. If you have registered for a program and are unable to attend, please alert the Library so that another patron may attend. Dates and times are subject to change. Please call the Library to confirm. PRO GRA M S F OR Y O U N G E R C H ILDR EN (A GE S 0 T O 6 ) Wiggle Waggle Fun (parented) Children are encouraged to get their wiggle on with stories, songs, puppets, musical instruments, and dances. Drop-in program. Audience: ages 3 to 5 Maximum: 15 wigglers Dates:

Mondays, January 6 to May 26 Time: 10:30 am to 11:15 am Location: Linda Smith Story Room Tumbling T’s (parented) Children and their adults will enjoy a book on the big screen as they watch a selection from Tumblebooks and continue on with stories, rhymes, and finger-plays. Drop-in program. Audience: ages 2 to 3 and caregivers. Maximum: 15 families Dates:

Tuesdays, January 7 to May 27 Times: 10:30 am to 11:00 am Location: Linda Smith Story Room


Wednesdays, January 8 to May 28 Times: 10:15 am to 10:45 am OR 11:00 am to 11:30 am Location: Linda Smith Story Room Baby Rhyme Thyme (parented) Attention new parents! Baby Rhyme Thyme is full of engaging stories, music, rhymes, and games to play with your babies. The variety of preliteracy activities in this group program will stimulate your baby’s mental and social development. Drop-in program. Audience: pre-walking babies and caregivers. Maximum: 15 babes-in-arms Dates:

Wednesdays, January 8 to May 28 Time: 1:30 pm to 2:00 pm Location: Linda Smith Story Room Mother Goose on the Loose (parented) Mother Goose would be proud of this selection of stories, songs, action rhymes, and finger-plays for toddlers and adults. Drop-in program. Audience: ages 1.5 to 3 and caregivers. Maximum: 15 families Dates:

Thursdays, January 9 to May 29 Time: 10:30 am to 11:00 am Location: Linda Smith Story Room Tell Me Why (unparented) Children will learn about the world around them by participating in games

and activities, and listening to stories and simple information books. Dropin program. Audience: ages 3 to 4 Maximum: 12 learners Dates:

Thursdays, January 9 to May 29 Time: 1:30 pm to 2:00 pm Location: Linda Smith Story Room Future Readers (unparented) Preschoolers can have fun while developing six pre-reading skills: I like books; I see letters; I hear words; I know words; I see words; I can tell a story! This is a 6 week developmental program, where each class builds upon the last. Please register and plan to attend every week. Registration required. Audience: ages 4 to 5. Maximum: 15 future readers Dates:

Fridays, January 10 to February 14 OR February 28 to April 4 OR April 25 to May 30 Time: 10:30 am to 11:15 am Location: Linda Smith Story Room Super Saturdays (parented) Drop in for repeats of Musical Tots or Mother Goose on the Loose on Saturdays! Hear stories, rhymes, and songs as a family. Drop-in program. Audience: ages 4 months to 3 years and caregivers. Maximum: 15 families Dates:

Saturdays, January 11 to June 21 Time: 10:30 am to 11:00 am Location: Linda Smith Story Room Teddy Bears and Frogs (unparented) Bring a favourite stuffed animal, and learn why animals hibernate in winter, and why they should definitely not wear clothes! Registration required. Audience: ages 3 to 6. Maximum: 15 hoppers and huggers

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Date: Saturday, January 11 Time: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm Location: Linda Smith Story Room Man on the Moon (parented) It’s time for the guys to come on down! We’ll have stories and songs for young children and the fathers, step-fathers, grandfathers, and uncles in their lives. Drop-in program. Audience: ages 2 to 3 and caregivers. Maximum: 15 families Date: Monday, January 27 Time: 10:30 am to 11:00 am Location: Sky Story Room Family Literacy Day Join us on Family Literacy Day for fun-filled sessions with Library staff members. We’ll have different sessions of puppet shows, storytelling, storytime, and reader’s theatre starting every halfhour! Drop-in program. Audience: ages 2 to 6 and caretakers. Date: Monday, January 27 Time: 11:30 am to 3:30 pm Location: Linda Smith Story Room Firecrackers: Chinese New Year

Clifford’s Sports Day (unparented) Join us to celebrate the Winter Olympics with stories about some very athletic animals! Registration required. Audience: ages 3 to 6. Maximum: 15 athletic animals.

Join us as we fold paper and make origami ornaments for the holidays! Registration required. Audience: ages 7 to 12. Maximum: 20 folders

Date: Saturday, February 8 Time: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm Location: Linda Smith Story Room

Dates: Wednesday, December 18 Time: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm Location: Sky Story Room

DUPLO my Library: Session C (unparented)

Monsters, Inc. Day

Join us for an hour of building fun. Playing with DUPLO builds fine motor skills and ingenuity! Registration required. Audience: ages 3 to 5. Maximum: 12 builders Dates:

Fridays, December 13, January 10, February 7 Time: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm Location: Sky Story Room Children may only register for one session of DUPLO my Library. DUPLO my Library: Session D (unparented)

Join us for an hour of building fun. It’s time to celebrate Chinese New Year! Playing with DUPLO builds fine motor We’ll be reading books, telling stories, skills and ingenuity! Registration required. and finishing up with a Chinese New Year Audience: ages 3 to 5. Maximum: 12 craft. Registration required. Audience: builders ages 3 to 5. Maximum: 15 excited Dates: Fridays, January 24, children February 21 Date: Friday, January 31 Time: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm Time: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm Location: Sky Story Room Location: Linda Smith Story Room Children may only register for one Groundhog Day (unparented) session of DUPLO my Library. Watch closely for your shadow and join us P R O G R A MS F OR C HI L DR EN for stories and crafts about groundhogs. Registration required. Audience: ages 4 to ( A G E S 7 TO 12) 6. Maximum: 15 shadow watchers Christmas Minute to Win it (unparented) Date: Sunday, February 2 Time: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm Location: Linda Smith Story Room

Origami Ornament Workshop (unparented)

Just like the game show on TV! Players will compete in Christmas challenges with a minute to win it! Registration required. Audience: ages 9 to 12. Maximum: 16 contestants Date: Tuesday, December 17 Time: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm Location: Linda Smith Story Room

The monsters are on the scaring floor and ready to go. Join us for a day of monster fun! Drop-in program. Audience: ages 6+. Maximum: 30 monsters Date: Monday, December 30 Time: 1:00 pm Location: Linda Smith Story Room Despicable Me Day The minions are restless. Join us for a day of despicable fun! Drop-in program. Audience: ages 6+. Maximum: 30 minions Date: Thursday, January 2 Time: 1:00 pm Location: Linda Smith Story Room Sidewalk Chalk Come and create your own chalk masterpiece during the Frost Moon Festival! We’ll meet in the Linda Smith Story Room, and continue down to the parkade together. Drop-in program Audience: ages 7 to 12. Maximum: 15 chalk artists Date: Sunday, January 19 Time: 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm Location: Linda Smith Story Room Dragon Dance: Chinese New Year It’s time to celebrate Chinese New Year! We’ll be reading books, telling stories, and finishing up with Chinese New Year crafts. Registration required. Audience: ages 6 to 12. Maximum: 20 dragons Date: Friday, January 31 Time: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm Location: Linda Smith Story Room

Located in the Montrose Cultural Centre at 101, 9839 -103 Avenue Phone: 780-532-3580 Email: Website:

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Olympic Banners Let’s get ready for the Olympics! We’ll be reading stories and making banners to cheer on Canada’s athletes as they compete for the gold in Sochi. Registration required. Audience: ages 7 to 12. Maximum: 20 Team Canada fans

version of Minecraft: Pocket Edition are encouraged to bring them. All other players will take turns sharing the Library’s iPads. Drop-in program. Audience: ages 9 to 12. Maximum: 6 builders

Young Authors’ Club



Mondays, January 6 to June 16 Time: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm Location: Linda Smith Story Room

Do you love to write? Join this teen writing club to develop your creative writing skills, share your work, and meet other young writers! Audience: ages 12 to 18

LEGO my Library: Session C (unparented)


1st Tuesday of every month (December 3, January 7 & February 4) Time: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm Location: Rotary Training Room

Night Owls (parented)

Anime Club

Join us for an hour of building fun. Playing with LEGO builds fine motor skills and ingenuity! Registration required. Audience: ages 6 to 10. Maximum: 15 builders

Come in your pajamas and bring your favourite stuffed animal for a half hour of bedtime stories. Drop-in program. Audience: Families of all ages. Maximum: 30 sleepyheads

Are you an anime and manga fan? Come to the Anime Club to talk about your favourite series, share your artwork, and watch anime! Audience: ages 12 to 18


Fridays, December 13, January 10, February 7 Time: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm Location: Linda Smith Story Room


Thursdays, January 9 to June 19 Time: 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm Location: Sky Story Room

3rd Saturday of every month (November 16, December 21, January 18 & February 15) Time: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Location: Rotary Training Room

Children may only register for one session of LEGO my Library.

The Giving Tree (Children’s Library)

The Giving Tree (Young Adult Area)

We will be accepting donations of stocking stuffers and other gifts at the Giving Tree in the Children’s Library from Friday, November 22 to Thursday, December 19. Donations will go to Odyssey House.

We will be accepting donations of stocking stuffers and other gifts at the Giving Tree in the Young Adult Library from November 22 – December 19. Donations will go to Sunrise House.


In anticipation of the upcoming release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug join us for a celebration of all things Middle-Earthian! We encourage everyone to come in costume. Audience: all ages

Date: Thursday, February 6 Time: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm Location: Linda Smith Story Room

LEGO my Library: Session D (unparented) Join us for an hour of building fun. Playing with LEGO builds fine motor skills and ingenuity! Registration required. Audience: ages 6 to 10. Maximum: 15 builders Dates:

Fridays, January 24, February 21 Time: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm Location: Linda Smith Story Room Children may only register for one session of LEGO my Library. Minecraft Mondays Do you have what it takes to build a monument for the ages? Show us! Participants will build in the Library’s Minecraft world using Minecraft: Pocket Edition. Players with their own phones or tablets with the full

Teen Advisory Board The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is a group for teens ages 12 to 18 to suggest and plan teen programs, find creative ways to share favourite books and movies, and share ideas on how to make the library a better place for teens. New members are always welcome! Audience: ages 12 to 18 Dates:

2nd and 4th Fridays of every month (November 22, December 13, 27, January 10, 24 and February 14, 28) Time: 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm Location: Rotary Community Room


Hobbit Party

Date: Saturday, December 7 Time: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Location: Rotary Community Room Anti-Valentine’s Day Party Tired of the sappy sweetness of Valentine’s Day? Join us for a totally un-mushy Anti-Valentine’s Day Party! Audience: ages 12 to 18 Date: Thursday, February 13 Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm Location: Rotary Community Room

Questions about the TAB? Contact Jill at or 780-357-7457.

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For Teachers:

Cygnet Writers

Songwriter’s Circle

Library Tours for Grades 7-12

Shy about showing others your writing? Aspiring or published, all are welcome to join with others who love to write. Cygnet Writers meet on the first Tuesday of every month. For more information call Teresa at 780-539-2914.

Meet with a group of local songwriters including musician Susan Picard. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned songwriter, you are invited to join. There will be time to jam and interact with others. Any genre are welcome. For more information, contact Susan at

The Library is pleased to offer tours for grade 7 to 12 classes. A tour of the Library introduces students to Library services and is a great way to generate enthusiasm about reading and doing research. Contact Jill at or 780-357-7457 for more information or to reserve a time for your class.


November 5, December 3, January 7, February 4, Time: 7:30 pm Location: Rotary Training Room Grande Knitters

Class Visits: Research Instruction The Library subscribes to online databases that provide reliable information for students’ research. Our presentation covers how to use these tools to find information from reference materials and scholarly journals. Presentations are geared towards high school students (grades 10-12) and give students a hands-on experience. Contact Jill at or 780-357-7457 for more information or to reserve a time for your class. A D ULT PR OGR A M S Facebook Me! Learn the Basics of Facebook Do you want to learn how to use Facebook? Find out how to sign up, use your account, and judge whether Facebook is right for you. This 4 week course will cover the basics of how to create an account, set up a profile, locate new contacts, upload pictures, chat, and general navigation tools. Register online or call 780-357-7469. Registration limited to 8 participants. Dates:

Tuesdays, January (starting January 7th) and March (starting March 4th) Time: 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm Location: Rotary Training Room

Both beginner and experienced knitters or crocheters are welcome. Bring your knitting needles or crochet hooks and some yarn. Date:

Tuesday, November 12, December 10, January 14, February 11 Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm Location: Rotary Training Room Get Connected: Using Library Research and Electronic Tools Learn to use the many online tools available through the Library’s website. This includes downloading eBooks, finding authoritative articles for school or research projects, learning new languages, searching for career options or prepping for your GED exam, finding useful craft ideas, learning how to do your own automotive and small equipment repairs, and much more. Registration required. Call 780-357-7469 to make an appointment for a one-on-one session. Grande Readers Book Club Take a look at our web site to discover the books we will be reading each month. All adults are welcome to join in our friendly discussions complete with a cup of coffee or tea. Date:

Thursday, November 21, December 19, January 16, February 20 Time: 7:15 pm to 8:45 pm Location: Rotary Community Room


Sunday, November 24, December 29, January 26, February 23 Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm Location: Rotary Community Room World Movie Night See the very best of award winning movies from around the world. Join us on the last Wednesday of every month. English subtitles. Movies may contain adult content. November 27: How could a recently orphaned, 10 yearold, South African boy ever be called Lucky? Through an odyssey marked by greed, violence, and, ultimately, belonging, Lucky shows how a child’s spirit can bring out decency, humility and even love in adults struggling to survive in the new South Africa. In Zulu, English and Hindi with English subtitles (104 min). We will also feature a short film from South Africa directed by Avie Luthra. (20 min) December 18: Galia, a young woman from Jerusalem and her boyfriend board a local bus. The bus explodes, leaven Oren in a coma and Galia with severe burns and memory loss. The film begins one year later as Galia undergoes physical and mental therapy to stitch together the shattered fragments of her life and soul. In Hebrew with English subtitles (98 min). We will also feature a short film directed by Michael Wahrmann from Brazil (12 min)

Located in the Montrose Cultural Centre at 101, 9839 -103 Avenue Phone: 780-532-3580 Email: Website:

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January 29: 11 year-old Skunk’s innocence begins to vanish as her home, neighborhood and school all become treacherous environments where the happy certainties of childhood give way to fearfilled doubt. In English (91 min). We will also feature a short film directed by Matthew B. Wolff (15 min). February 26: A convicted Iranian murderer who has been sentenced to death struggles to comprehend his impending doom while languishing in a Tehran prison. In Farsi with English subtitles (85 min). We will also feature a short film directed by Deco Dawson in English (9 min). Christmas Letters: Extreme Makeover Banish the boring, brighten the banal and sweeten with a dash of humour as you learn to craft a personal Christmas letter people will want to read. Join author and former DHT columnist Sue Farrell-Holler in this two-hour workshop designed to free the world of cookie cutter Christmas letters. Thank you to the Writer’s Guild of Alberta for sponsoring this workshop. Please register online or by calling 780-357-7464. Date: Saturday, November 16 Time: 10:00 am to noon Location: Rotary Community Room Crafty Books Join Heather Willner and friends and learn to make butterflies, baskets and snowflakes from old books. Register online or or by phoning Yvonne at 780357-7464. Date: Tuesday, November 19 Time: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Location: Rotary Training Room

Downloading eBooks and Audiobooks with Overdrive and Freading

website, Google searching, email, and more. Class limited to 9 participants. Register online or call 780-357-7471.

Learn how to download and transfer eBooks and audiobooks using OverDrive and Freading. If you own a laptop or a compatible device, you can bring them with you. Participants will be contacted prior to the session to ensure that the program meets their needs. Register online or call 780-357-7469.

Date: Fridays Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm Location: Rotary Training Room


Thursdays, beginning September 12 Time: 11:30 am to 1:00 pm Location: Rotary Training Room Flower Art with Janice Lutsenko Create your own flower art under the expert tutelage of artist Janice Lutsenko. You will take home your own framed picture to proudly display on your wall or shelf. There is a $35.00 materials charge which must be paid prior to this class. Payment is accepted at the Customer Service desk beginning December 1, 2013. Please bring your own bent tweezers. Registration is required. Materials fee: Date: Time: Location:

$35.00 (prepaid) Thursday, February 6 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm Rotary Community Room

Citizenship Preparation Course Do you need help preparing for the Canadian Citizenship Test? Join us for this four week course as we help you learn the information you need to know. Registration available online or by calling 780-357-7471. Date: Saturday, January 18 Time: 11:00 am to 1:00 pm Location: Rotary Community Room Internet for Seniors Learn how to use computers and the Internet in a friendly and slow-paced environment. This 8-week course includes internet basics, using the GPPL

Legal Issues: Wills and Estates Do you have a will? If you don’t, should you? Whether you have a large or small estate, learn the implications of making a will. Grande Prairie Legal Guidance has arranged to have a competent local lawyer present these sessions. You won’t want to miss this informative session. Please register online or by calling 780-357-7464. Date: Saturday, November 30 Time: 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm Location: Rotary Community Room Making Miniatures Cosy up to your own tiny fireplace with your favorite book and a minature version of your favourite beverage. Miniature enthusiast, Judy Garlinski will guide you through the creation of your own cosy corner consisting of a fireplace, a chair, a table, a book and a drink. Please bring an exacto knife, scissors, ruler, tweezers and a lunch. Materials fee: Date: Time: Location:

$20.00 Saturday, January 25 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm Rotary Training Room

Minecraft for Moms and Dads If you’ve been wondering exactly why your children love Minecraft so much, this program is for you! We’ll be talking about what Minecraft is, why your children love it, what you should know about it, and why you should try playing it. There’s no question too big or small – our presenter will try to answer them all. Date: Monday, January 27 Time: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Location: Rotary Training Room

Located in the Montrose Cultural Centre at 101, 9839 -103 Avenue Phone: 780-532-3580 Email: Website:

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Conversational English Club

Swing Dance

Practice your English conversational skills in a small group setting. Volunteer facilitators will guide you through topics such as food, shopping, job search, travel, Canadian current events, housing and more. No registration required - just drop in. Please call 780-357-7471 for more information. Basic knowledge of English is required. Club is limited to 10 participants.

For the young (17+) and the young at heart. Learn about swing dance from Leah Granger and the Flat City Swing Dance Club. This is an interactive session so come prepared to join in. Participation is not mandatory but encouraged. Flat City Swing Dance is a group who love to dance to jazz music from the 1920’s to the 1950’s. Join them for energy, exercise and fun!

Date: Wednesdays Time: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm Location: Linda Smith Story Room

Date: Saturday, November 16 Time: 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm Location: Library Lounge

Now Hear This!

Genies (Genealogical Society)

Hearing loss is one of the fastest growing chronic conditions facing Canadians today.

Are you researching your family tree and don’t know where to start? The Library Genies are available each Wednesday night to aid you in your search and answer any questions you might have!

Find out why and what you can do to prevent and treat hearing loss with Dr. Devendra Saindane who will focus on age-related and noise-induced hearing loss, the effects of hearing loss and possible treatment solutions. There will be time for questions and answers. Date: Thursday, February 27 Time: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Location: Rotary Community Room Music To Munch By Music, cookies, coffee and tea - a great way to spend your lunch hour all in one place. Join us each Wednesday in February. Date: Wednesdays in February Time: 12:10 pm to 1:00 pm Location: Library Reading Lounge Safe and Sober Tree Be safe this holiday season. Add your name to the Safe and Sober Tree, located in the Library. Beginning in November, pledge that you won’t drink and drive during holiday festivities. We are pleased to partner with Alberta Health Services, Addictions and Mental Health for this event.

Fees for lost items, administration or fines in collections are not eligible. Food donations past their expiry date will not be accepted. Only actual food items and toiletries will be accepted, no household items. Donations must be presented to be applied against fines. Donations will only be accepted February 13 -14. For more information on Food for Fines, please contact the Library at 780-5323580 or visit us at 2014 Collins Writing Contest: Time Sometimes called the fourth dimension, time plays many roles. It has been called a healer, a thief, a teacher, and a gift. It can be on your side or against you. We race against it, save it, and waste it.

Dates: Time:

For the 26th annual Collins Writing Contest, entrants are invited to explore the subject of time in a short story.

Internet Basics for Job Seekers

Stories must be typed, double-spaced, and 2000 words or less. For more information, please visit our website at

Wednesdays 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm January to May and October & November Location: Isabel Campbell Room This free, hands-on workshop will give you the Internet skills you need to find the right job for you. You will learn to set up your own email, search for available work, make a resume, and apply online. Registration available online. For more information, please call 780-357-7471. Dates:

November 1, January 17, February 21, March 14 Time: 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm Location: Rotary Training Room L IB R A R Y EVENT S Food for Fines

Deadline: Friday, February 28 at 6:00 pm The Grande Prairie Public Library will be closed: Wednesday, December 25 Christmas Day Thursday, December 26 Boxing Day Wednesday, January 1 New Year’s Day Monday, February 17 Family Day The Library will close early on:

February 13 - 14 will be Food for Fines Days at the Grande Prairie Public Library. The Library will waive fines on one overdue item for each nonperishable food item.

Tuesday, December 24 Christmas Eve Tuesday, December 31 New Year’s Eve

Located in the Montrose Cultural Centre at 101, 9839 -103 Avenue Phone: 780-532-3580 Email: Website:

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780.538.0469 The Kid’s Place

Dave Barr Community Centre

Pre-School Sept 2013 - June 2014 Pre-school Programs NEW ALL DAY PRESCHOOL Leaps & Bounds

4 yrs (by Sept 3/13)


9am - 4pm


A limited number of spaces are available in 2013-2014 programs.

Dave Barr Community Centre programs include The Kid's Place Pre-School Kid’s Care Day Care Family Day Home Programs


8:45am - 11:45am

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*The Kid’s Place reserves the right to cancel, combine or divide classes or make other revisions which may be necessary.

You are welcome to join anytime througout the school calendar. Subject to availability. Waitlist in effect. Did you know? The Kid’s Place licensed programs are eligible for family income based subsidy programs offered by the Government of Alberta Human Services (Stay at Home Parent and Child Care). The City of Grande Prairie Low Income Recreation Access credit may also be used for these programs.

Payment plan available Register in Person Office Hours - Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm 9535 Prairie Road Program info at 81 - Winter 2013

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Do you have a photo for our front cover? TAKE PART TAKE PRIDE

Your child will have a wonderful preschool experience at the GPRC Children’s Centre. Skilled, caring instructors and stimulating play environments will provide many opportunities for your child to discover, learn and develop.


3-5 Year Olds Sept to May of each year

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Registrations accepted at any time

Criteria to submit photos: • Photo must have been taken in Grande Prairie • Image should be of a recreational, leisure or seasonal activity in Grande Prairie • Images must be submitted as a digital file in jpeg format. Minimum file size resolution: 2560x1600 pixels @ 72 dpi (equal to a 4 megapixel image) Email images to: Print photographs will not be accepted. • We thank you for your submission. Not all photos will be able to be used. • Submission implies consent. Photographer must sign a release form. Photos may be used at future date.

Monday to Thursday 9:00-11:30 or 1:00-3:30 $100 non refundable tuition deposit due upon registration. Children must be toilet trained.

The Children’s Centre Demonstration Preschool

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Please call 780.539.2750 for information

Choose Public French Immersion... Because it’s YOUR child! • Learning a second language creates stronger readers and writers • Shared vision of an inclusive learning environment • French preschool with certified teacher • Focused single track center from preschool to grade six • Access to district specialty programs such as Gifted Education and Edge Sports Academy in a supported French environment • Team approach to support services (psychology, occupational therapy, speech, and physical therapy) • Participation in district sports competitions for elementary aged students • Extracurricular activities chosen by our student leadership team (ex. art club, origami club, Spanish club, girls’ and boys’ clubs) • Residency week for entire school led by a specialist in the field of: academic, arts or physical activity • On-site before and after school daycare program • Free after-school learning support • Full/Half day kindergarten classes available • Enhanced programming for Music and Physical Education

Under new ownership

Quality Programs for 3-5 year olds

2 and 3 day programs - Mornings or Afternoons Taught by licensed teachers and experienced child care providers Bright, spacious room Gym • Art Activities • Field Trips Music • Technology $150 or $185/month, snack is included in fees Cheque, cash, Visa and MasterCard are accepted.

If you would like your child to be part of an environment that encourages imagination, discovery and exploration taught by a LICENSED teacher...

Registering for Our Programs French Immersion is a program of choice. Check our school website for registration procedures and updates.

9617-91A Avenue Ph: 780-532-7429 Email:

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Contact us at 780-402-2653 9932-91 Avenue, Grande Prairie, AB

Let YOUR light shine!

École St-Gérard

Why choose French Immersion for your child? Located at École St-Gérard and St. Joseph Catholic High School

Inspire. Create. Believe.

The region’s only PreSchool to Grade 9 single track program with expansion to Grade 12 at St. Joseph Catholic High School! We collaborate to create a supportive environment where the potential of every learner can be fully developed. • • • • •

Exposure to second language learning Full and half day Kindergarten Urban and rural bussing starting at 1.7 km Single track French Immersion from PreSchool to Grade 9 On site after school care and PreSchool program facilitated through ACFA and École St-Gérard • DELF Assessments for proficiency

First language not French? No worries! 95% of our parents are English speaking.

Call École St-Gérard 780.532.5398 or visit

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Swanavon Montessori

at Grande Prairie Public School District #2357 Casa dei Bambini Program: 3-5 year olds- ECS is Montessori philosophy combined with Alberta Education outcomes Lower Elementary: Grades 1- 3 Montessori philosophy combined with Alberta Education outcomes (MUST HAVE ECS Montessori background) All classrooms have a certified teacher(s) along with each staff member is trained through the North American Montessori Centre in Vancouver, BC.

The Montessori Method is: • • • • •

child-directed individualized hands-on with tactile materials a process of exploration and discovery focused on nurturing a natural curiosity and love of learning in a social environment.

Casa dei Bambini Program- tuition for 3 & 4 yr. olds, minimum 2 sessions/week, each session is 3 hrs. ECS - grade 3 pay a program fee to supplement classroom experiencesstudent materials are supplied For more information please contact: Swanavon Elementary School 780.532.8885 Or email: Montessori @ “Free the child’s potential, and you will transform him into the world” – Maria Montessori

“Every Student Succeeds”

Mother Teresa Catholic School

MONTESSORI PreSchool, Kindergarten, and Grade 1 & 2 We warmly welcome all families!

Inspire. Create. Believe.

We are proud to offer this alternative program based out of Mother Teresa School. Working with your child we develop independence and encourage self-directed learning with our young students.

Our Montessori program features: • • • • • • •

A Montessori approach integrated with the Alberta Education curriculum. Children working together and independently. Sensory rich environment with hands on learning. Long blocks of uninterrupted, student directed work time. Individualized curriculum. Teachers and instructors certified by Montessori & Alberta Education. Carefully prepared environment with a diverse set of materials. “So the whole life of the child is an advance toward perfection, toward a greater completeness.” – Maria Montessori

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Grande Prairie Public School District “Every Student Succeeds”

Every Student Succeeds in the Circle of our Commitment to Community. All Elementary Schools offer Reading Recovery®; Our District is committed to an inclusive student centered education Individual School Websites can be viewed here:

Avondale (K-6) Home of the Dragons, like all our elementary schools participates in Reading Recovery® with a strong emphasis on literacy across the curriculum.

Crystal Park (Pre-9) A focus on providing programming that meets individual student needs creates an outstanding caring and sharing community of learners.

IV Macklin (K-9) Is focused on educating 21st century learners and developing well-rounded students who are encouraged to reach their potential while making a positive impact on the community.

GP Comp (10-12) Provides a rich assortment of classes including International Baccalaureate, Trades, German, Spanish, French Immersion, and the Arts. Swanavon (Pre-6) Community school with excellent music and FSL programming, Swanavon houses the district’s Montessori programs.

Hillside (K-6) Hillside Community School works to create learning experiences that allows each child to achieve success according to his or her capabilities.

GP Christian (K-9) GPCS offers strong academic, fine arts and athletic programming from kindergarten through grade 9, founded on Biblical principles and a Christian worldview.

École Parkside (Pre-6) A single track French Immersion school from pre-school to grade 6. Students are immersed in the learning of French language and culture.

Derek Taylor (K-9) Connected to the community, with healthy bodies and healthy minds we are building young leaders striving to master the concepts as life-long learners who want to make a difference.

Montrose (6-9) Montrose is an International Baccalaureate middle school with French Immersion and English streams. A strong athletics program and an active student leadership model provide an excellent experience for our students.

Maude Clifford (K-6) Maude Clifford Public School is a caring, innovative community that fosters academic growth and social responsibility to develop successful life-long learners.

Bridge Network (7-12) An outreach school providing support to students working to complete their education or return to traditional classes.

Aspen Grove (K-5) Provides a wide range of activities and opportunities for students. Our grade 4/5 choir runs weekly. Lego Club, Destination Imagination Teams, and Art Club and more provide a well -rounded educational experience with support from our outstanding volunteer parents. 89 - Winter 2013

Alexander Forbes Edge (K-9) In addition to a full range of academic programs and electives Forbes is the home of the Edge Skill Academy with training in dance and hockey.

St. Joseph Catholic High School

Advanced Placement • A focused learning environment • Academic skill development in writing, research, problem solving, independence, critical thinking and responsibility • Increased confidence and readiness for post-secondary studies • Active, high-level learning that allows students to develop the skills, habits of mind, and concepts needed to succeed in post-secondary institutions • The opportunity to take courses in specific areas of student interest and ability • Credit for some university and college first year courses • The chance to challenge AP exams in languages other than English to receive Advanced Placement and admission grades for university and college St. Joseph High School course offerings: • Advanced Placement Grade 12 Calculus AB, English Literature and others • Grade 9 & 10: Pre-AP Science • Grade 9, 10, 11: Pre-AP ELA, Social Studies, Math • Grade 11: Pre-Biology

Inspire. Create. Believe.

Students who will be successful in this program an perform at rigorous academic levels and enjoy being challenged to expand their knowledge and skills.

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Why Choose Grande Prairie Public School District for your childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s education? Inclusive Education Model GPPSD (serving the needs of ALL students) The goal of our inclusive education programming is to provide all students in all sites with the most appropriate learning environments and opportunities for them to achieve their potential. The success of inclusive education programming relies on the engagement, collaboration and involvement of students, parents, staff and community. This is achieved through teacher professional development and the supports provided by our team of professionals including speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and psychologists. The Arts GPPSD believes that a complete education requires some focus on fine arts programming. Our schools offer art, drama and music and all of these programs are available for students to choose from at all of our schools. District Music The excellence of the district music programming has been recognized at the local, provincial and national level. In 2013, GPPSD students travelled to England and performed at the Harrogate Youth Music Festival exposing our students to the demands of performing on an international stage. We are especially proud of our strings program which is the only one offered north of Edmonton. Early Childhood learning opportunities through pre-school, French pre-school and Montessori We use only Alberta certified teachers in all our pre-school programs and those teaching in our Montessori programs are also Montessori trained. This demonstrates our belief in and commitment to high quality early learning experiences for our students. Reading Recovery Reading recovery trained teachers provide programming to assist identified students in becoming successful readers. IB Programming International Baccalaureate programming is designed as both academically challenging and personally enriching. IB programming provides interested and motivated students the opportunity to be challenged to further develop their 21st century learning skills and enhance their knowledge of global citizenship and global interconnectedness. Gifted Programming The Gifted Education Program supports high ability students in the district through assessment, pull-in enrichment programming, Individual Program Plans and professional development for teachers. We also organize learning opportunities around giftedness for parents who have gifted students. Christian Education at the Grande Prairie Christian School Grande Prairie Christian School is a faith-based school of choice operated within the Grande Prairie Public School District. GPCS offers strong academic, fine arts and athletic programming from kindergarten through grade 9, founded on Biblical principles and a Christian worldview. The school motto is, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pursuing personal excellence and Christ-like characterâ&#x20AC;?, and the staff and students look to rise to that standard each day. Athletics Schools offer co-curricular and extra-curricular athletic experiences plus we offer the EDGE Program for students interested in enriched experiences in Dance, Hockey and Soccer.

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“Every Student Succeeds”

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(Registered Apprentice Program) and Work Experience at the Comp Grande Prairie Composite High School is blessed with some of the best career and trades educational facilities in the entire province. The “COMP “provides supports to our students as they explore the trades through Career and Technology (CTS) courses, the Registered Apprentice Program (RAP) and work experience. Our staff has certification as journeyman and as teachers providing both the practical knowledge and the skills to teach that knowledge to the students. They have expertise in the fields of welding, automotive mechanics, heavy duty mechanics, construction, cosmetology and food services. Our students are able to enter the workforce as registered apprentice students providing them the opportunity to gain high school graduation and earn hours towards their trades training after high school. You u can find d us at: Ph 780-532.7721, ext 1275 Email

RAP and Work Experience coordinator Shane Friesen works to create success for students in their introduction to the trades. His role is to ensure they have completed the necessary safety courses and that they are paired them with outstanding employers in the region. He also provides the students the skills they need to develop portfolios and resumes that are accurate and demonstrate to employers a readiness to learn the trade and do the work. Contact Mr. Shane Friesen at if you are a student interested in RAP or Work experience or if you are an employer interested in having students placed with your firm.

“Every Student Succeeds”

St. Joseph Catholic High School

Inspire. Create. Believe.

RAP Registered Apprenticeship Program for High School Students Located at St. Joseph Catholic High School Get a head start on your career! Earn while you learn! Compulsory Certificates • Certification is required to work in the trade • Apprentices must be supervised by a journeyman Optional Certification Trades • Certificate is not mandatory to work in the trade • Apprentices must be supervised by a personal knowledgeable in the trade Earn credits towards an Alberta High School Diploma or Certificate of Achievement while gaining apprenticeship hours in a designated trade. RAP makes apprenticeship more accessible for the student seriously committed to entering a career in the trades. Call St. Joseph Catholic High School 780.532.7779 or go to

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St. Joseph Catholic High School

Health Science at St. Joseph Beginner Level • Prepares students for entry-level health care employment • Provides foundation for further training in advanced health science occupations • Hands-on clinical instruction • Student learning improved with real time feedback and engaging content • Anytime, anywhere accessibility of lessons

Inspire. Create. Believe.

Advanced Level • Unique experience for students interested in Health Science industry • Explore multiple sectors of Health industry • Identify link between post-secondary education and potential careers St. Joseph High School and Health Science Health Science is a unique online program featuring standards-based curriculum, interactive multi-media, hands-on activities, authentic assessments, teacher management tools and curriculum customization. Students who will be successful in this program can perform at rigorous academic levels and enjoy being challenged to expand their knowledge and skills.

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Grande Prairie Council for Lifelong Learning What did you learn today? We provide adults a pathway to lifelong learning through active leadership, programming and granting funds that are responsive to the community. Adults will enhance their life, literacy and employability skills.

Winter 2014 Programming Adult Basic Learning – Reading, writing, math and social skills development for adults with learning challenges and/or disabilities Basic Computer Classes – Improve your computer skills (keyboarding, email, basic MS Office) English Language Learning (ELL/ESL/EAL) – Learn English for every day and the workplace Family Literacy – Fun & interactive programming to engage parents and their children in literacy GED Preparation – One-to-one, group and computer-directed learning to prepare you to successfully write the GED exam Good Reads Book Club – A reading and discussion group for beginning adult readers Public Legal Education Workshops – Legal education workshops on various topics (Wills & Estates, Family Law, Landlord & Tenant Rights, Immigration Law) The Reading Network – One-on-one volunteer tutoring program for adults wanting to improve their literacy skills (reading, writing, oral communication, math and ESL/ELL/EAL) Workplace Essential Skills Training – Training catered to the needs of employers and employees

For more information: Grande Prairie Council for Lifelong Learning 9625 Prairie Road Grande Prairie, AB T8V 6G5 780.539.6077 96 - Winter 2013


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The Third Age

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We are exeriencing not a ddecline l into age bbut an evolution l into another stage. Come and connect with other women for fn, sharing, inforation and envisioning your possible ftres. Tues Evenings 7:00 - 9:00 pm Jan 7 - Feb 11, 2014 Registation deadline: Dec 16, 2013

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For details or to register phone Marin and van Nie at 780-538-1135

EMPLOYERS are provided with a cost-free onestop connection to a wide range of resources, services and programs to recruit, train and retain employees. JOB SEEKERS are provided with a cost-free one-stop connection to a wide range of career and employment-related services, resources, information and work search support. (780) 539-5477


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Grande Prairie & District Victim Services Association 10202 - 99 Street Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2H4 Phone: (780) 830-5755 Email:

Our organization is a non-profit society that provides support, information, and referral services to victims of crime and tragedy throughout the Grande Prairie and Spirit River RCMP Detachment areas.

780.532.2672 24/7 Confidential Telephone Line

The services that we offer include: • Crisis intervention • Support for victims and their families • Referrals to other agencies, counselors, etc. • Information on the court process • Public education / crime prevention • Community awareness of the Victim Services program • Victim’s Rights, Victim Impact Statements, Financial Benefits and Restitution • Integrated Family Violence Intervention Unit • Court orientation / accompaniment • Liaison service between the police, the Victims, and the Crown Prosecutors

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Psychological Services

Individual counselling for adolescents and adults

Providing counselling for a wide range of issues: stress, anxiety, fear, depression, grief, anger, fatigue, pain, trauma, and coping & wellness skills. Consulting to families with children living with special needs.

• A shelter for women with or without children in an abusive relationship or in crisis • Telephone or 1:1 support to community • 24 hours, 7 days a week service • Community outreach support to women • Abuse information groups Monday evening and Wednesday afternoons, self esteem groups on Thursday evening. Childcare provided for all groups. No pre-registration is needed. • Presentations on family violence, dating violence, communication and healthy & unhealthy relationships for schools, businesses and community groups • Education/Support on positive parenting through our child care program and respite care • If you have an interest in making a difference in someone's life, we offer a comprehensive volunteer training program. • Donations are accepted • Please contact us for more information

Hope is Here

Ripples of change begin with one small choice. For more information, call 780.512.5301

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Catholic Family Services program offers counseling for:

Individuals • Couples and Families • Groups Our agency is non-denominational and will provide services to residents in Grande Prairie and surrounding area. Fee for service operates on a sliding scale based on income and ability to pay. Employee Assistance Plans and group benefits welcome.

For more information, please call: (780) 532-9381 9902 – 101 Street, Lower Level Grande Prairie, AB

Catholic Family Services

First Steps Drop-In Childcare Center is looking for loving volunteers to assist staff in caring for infants and toddlers under the age of 3 This service provides our clients with the opportunity to attend programming and continue their education. Training and orientation will be provided. Our Center is open Monday-Thursday with two shifts of 9:30-12:00 and 1:00-3:30pm. If you are interested or would like more information, please call Cathy at: 780-538-6854 or email

Be the change you wish to see in the world!

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine Anodyne Chiropractic & Sports Therapy is accepting new patients for Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine. Here at Anodyne, we have a multi-disciplinary clinic with a fully qualified Registered Acupuncturist. The World Health Organization recognizes Acupuncture in the treatment of: Anxiety & Depression • Arthritis & Fibromyalgia • Back Pain (sciatica) Digestive Problems (I.B.S.) • Headaches & Migraines Immune Imbalances • Pain (elbow, knee, shoulder, etc.) P.M.S. & Menopause • Sports Injuries • Stress Management Carmel O’Brien-Kelly R. Ac, TCMD

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We work with families who have concerns about their child’s development, and/or have a child at risk for developmental delays. Children must be between birth and five years of age There is no charge for this program

Every Thursday 9:00am - 3:00pm Are you in a position where you are not sure what to do? You’re feeling overwhelmed and you need more than a friend to talk to? Single session counselling may be right for you.

Call 780-513-7500 Grande Prairie Mental Health Services 6th Floor, Nordic Court, 10014 - 99 Street Grande Prairie, AB T8V 3N4 Phone: 780-538-5160

ORAL HEALTH Keep your child’s teeth healthy Oral health information and counselling Fluoride progrmas for one and two year olds


Call 780-513-7500 for more information.


Adult Mental Health - Skill Building Groups:

2014 dates: January 20 & 21, March 17 & 18

Do you have difficulty controlling your emotions? Are you unhappy with your relationships? Do you struggle coping with issues in your daily life? Do you have feelings of overwhelming sadness or depression?

Sanitation program for food handlers 2-day courses Cost $125 Provides provincial certification Call 780-513-7517 to register.

f you answer yes to any of the above; these groups are here to help. For more information, please contact us: Phone: 780-538-5160 Email:

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NUTRITION SERVICES Nutrition Counseling Outpatient Dietitian Services

Grocery Store Tour

A Registered Dietitian can provide nutrition education and guidance in a one-on-one setting on a variety of nutrition topics. Some examples include: Nutrition during pregnancy Celiac disease Diagnosed food allergies Healthy growth for children Special diet for medical condition Other nutrition related concerns

Become a smart and savvy shopper with this fun and interactive grocery store tou tour. r. Tour your local grocery store and learn how to read food labels and make the best food choices for you and your family Call 780-402-8172 for schedule and more information.

Weight Wise Education Classes hese 2 .5 hour Choose attend off tthese 2.5 Choose to to a ttend any or all o interactive in teractive workshops that will provide you with information and strategies to manage your weight. Must be 18 years of age or older.

To request an appointment please contact the Grande Prairie Public Health Centre at 780-513-7500.

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Pediatric Weight Management for children 2-17 years requires a doctor or nurse practitioner referral. Contact your health provider for more information on eligibility and types of services offered. Please visit our website, websit Healthy Eating Starts Here www.healthyeatingst On the website, you will find information, informatio resources and supports to help build healthy eating environments at work, school, and child care centres. It also provides information on how to make healthy food choices every day. Call 780-402-8172 for schedule and more information.


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ALBERTA HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM A program for adults (18 and over) to assist in preventing and managing chronic health conditions.

Self Management

Education Lowering Blood Pressure Class

Better Choices, Better Health â&#x201E;˘

This class is designed for individuals diagnosed with or at risk for high blood pressure.

Develop skills and confidence to manage daily health challenges: Pain and Fatigue Medical Management Difficult Emotions Planning for the Future

A Nurse and Dietitian will discuss healthy lifestyle measures and self management skills to help reduce high blood pressure

Lowering Cholesterol Class

This six week program meets one day per week for 2.5 hours.

A class for people with high blood fats. During this class a Nurse and Dietitian will discuss: Your risk factors for heart disease How to interpret your cholesterol numbers Strategies to help you lower cholesterol Foods to choose, foods to limit

Exercise Includes a professional, individual exercise assessment, personalized program and physical activities that can be continued from home.

Introduction to Type 2 Diabetes Learn about:

Strength Endurance Flexibility Balance

What is diabetes? Blood sugar checking Exercise Healthy eating 2.5 hours with a diabetes nurse and dietitian. Need a blood sugar meter? See your local pharmacist at your convenience - ask what meters they have for free

This eight-week small group program meets twice/week for 1-2 hours.

ALL SERVICES ARE FREE OF CHARGE (unless otherwise indicated).

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GRANDE PRAIRIE AND AREA PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES Breastfeeding Clinic Our Public Health Nurses will answer your questions and concerns about breastfeeding

Prenatal Classes Topics include: Labour & Delivery Hospital Tour Relaxation & Comfort Techniques Medical Interventions Breastfeeding & Infant Nutrition Newborn Safety Postpartum Care & Adjustment

Appointments only: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday Public Health Centre Thursday College & Community Health Centre Call 780-513-7500 for an appointment or for more information.



Dates: Four Week Evening Classes: THURSDAYS 7:00 - 9:00 pm One Day Intensive Class: SATURDAYS, 9:00am - 4:30 pm

Travel Clinic Travel information and immunization Call at least four months in advance There is a cost for most vaccines

- Please call for specific dates. - From Here Through Maternity is included when you register for a prenatal class. - Call early to register as class sizes are limited!

Call 780-513-7500.

Family Health and Immunization Clinics Protect your family and yourself Clinics run Monday to Saturday Growth and development Nutritional information Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s general health

Refresher, pregnant teen classes and hospital tours may be available. For more information or to register please call the Grande Prairie Public Health Centre at 780-513-7500 or log on to

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Sexual Health Clinic

Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wellness Clinics

BE STI FREE! Providing confidential FREE:

Cervical Screening Breast Exams Birth Control Menopausal Support

Sexually Transmitted Infection testing and treatment Cervical screening (Pap Tests) Pregnancy Testing Birth Control information, options, and referrals Men and Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sexual Health

Clinics run at the Community Village on the 3rd Wednesday of every month. Call 780-814-5800 for more information.


French Health (FH)

Clinics available at the Grande Prairie Public Health Centre:

Alberta Health Services is committed to providing health services in French to its Francophone population. With its Bilingual Health Network and more than 100 health professionals across the north zone, FH has a wide range of services and resources to meet your health needs.

Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - drop in. Contact the Public Health Centre at 780-513-7501 for more information.

Visits to patients in the hospital and community Language interpretation (oral and written) Liaise between medical staff and patientsresidents/family Health information resources

Aboriginal Health Liaison Program Helps bridge services between Aboriginal people and Alberta Health Services. We provide: Cultural awareness training Visits to patients in the hospital and community Language interpretation Liaise between medical staff and patients/ family Coordinate sacred ceremonies

To reach Health Services in French contact: In Grande Prairie call 780-402-8131 or fax 780-402-8149. In McLennan call 780-324-4246 or fax 780-324-4256 or 1-800-732-8981.

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Detoxification Program

Residential Treatment Program

A safe and supportive environment for withdrawal from alcohol and other drugs. This includes:

A 20-day program designed design to help clients overcome problems with alcohol and other drugs. Includes:

ŶDetoxification (Detox) includes 24-hour care provided by nursing staff and a consulting physician ŶAssessment and if required, referral for future treatment services

ŶGroup counselling ŶSupported lectures and workshops ŶCommunity self-help support groups ŶA two session fam family component

No appointment is necessary but phoning ahead will reduce waiting time.

Residential Gambling Treatment Program

Gambling Stabilization Program

designed to assist clients develop A 20-day program design strategies to overcome problems associated with gambling behaviour. This includes:

For individuals in crisis as a result of their gambling behaviours. The process includes:

ŶGroup counselling ŶWorkshops and leisure activities ŶInvolvement in community based self-help support groups ŶA two session fam family component

ŶGambling assessment ŶReferral to a residential gambling treatment program if required ŶA medical assessm assessment and educational supports ŶCrisis stabilization in the detox unit

Enhanced Services for or Women (ESW) Business and Industry Clinic

Provides addiction services to women (adult or youth) who are pregnant or likely to become pregnant. This service provides:

The Alcohol & Drug Program

ŶAn enhanced level of support ŶInformation ŶConsultation and referral to community professionals

ŶFor employees who have alcohol and drug-related problems ŶHas a 30-day residential component

Cocaine Program ŶFor people experiencing diffficulties as a result of cocaine abuse and/or addiction ŶHas a 50-day residential component

Training and consultation for professionals working with pregnant women abusing substances is also provided.

Recovery & Relapse Prevention Group

For adults working on issues related to recovery and Both programs offer f family members a 4-day relapse prevention. non-residential program, the 12-Step recovery process, timely admissions and extensive follow-up. Tuesdays 7:30 - 8:30 pm Business & Industry Clinic launched its new website, Check us out at Call 780-538-5210 for more information about these services and programs. 108 - Winter 2013


ZONE NEWS AHS In My Zone Alberta Health Services publishes Zone News monthly to inform Albertans of the programs and services available to them, and of the work being done to improve the health care system in their communities.

Located at the West end of Lot F at Grande Prairie Regional College, 10620-104 Avenue. 780-814-5800. Walk in Clinic Hours: MONDAY - FRIDAY, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Check out the faces - and places - that make your zone unique.

Drop-in Clinic with physicians and nurse practitioners Family Health Immunization Clinics Mental Health Services Sexual Health Services Nutrition Counseling STI Education/Counseling Lactation Consultant

Patients, families and everyday Albertans are important stakeholders for Alberta Health Services. They help us transform our health system by providing valuable feedback, raising funds for hospitals and health centres and giving their time to improve patient care. Find out what is happening in your community: Look for a printed version of North Zone News at any AHS facility or read it online at:

Drop in STI/Birth Control Clinic THURSDAY, 5:00 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 8:00pm

STI testing and treatment STI counselling Birth control prescriptions Birth control counselling

HEALTH LINK ALBERTA On Call Around The Clock Health advice 7 days a week, 24 hours a day Registered Nurses answer your health-related questions One toll-free call can connect you Service in other languages available

Lab Collection Service Hours: MONDAY - FRIDAY, 9:00am - 5:00pm X-Ray Hours: MONDAY - FRIDAY, 9:00am - 4:45pm

Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wellness Please phone for an appointment

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Community Social Development

Your City. Your Voice. An opportunity for youth between the ages of 14 and 21, to create change in our City and enhance their leadership skills. Interested youth can: Call: 780.830.5028 Text: 780.296.2495 Email:

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Community Social Development

Home Support Program 780 538 0374 780.538.0374 In person: 10030 – 102nd Avenue Website:

The Home Support Program is for families and individuals experiencing disruptions to normal family routine making it difficult to maintain and manage a healthy home. Services may be provided: • When aging interferes with ability to manage/ maintain home • When emotional stress impacts coping and ability to function • When health issues are evident.

City of Grande Prairie

Low Income Recreation Access Program

For more information on the Low Income Recreation Access Program, please call 780.538.0380

The City of Grande Prairie Low Income Recreation Access program provides subsidies to eligible individuals and families (up to $100 credit per individual). Credit can be used at any City operated recreation facility or program.

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Community Social Development

Are you looking for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder resources, programs, services or supports in Grande Prairie and surrounding area? The Northwest Alberta FASD Service Network works with funded agencies to support families and individuals affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. This Network supports those impacted by FASD through coordinated planning, collaboration, education, service delivery and advocacy.

WE BELIEVE IN... 1. Education prevention and awareness resulting in • Increased acceptance • Decreased incidence of FASD • Increased skill, knowledge and ability 2. Collaborative Approach 3. Innovative strategies based on informed decision making • Ensuring quality programming • Building agency and community capacity in program delivery For more information, for services or upcoming trainings: Contact the North West FASD Network Coordinator 780-357-7508 or check out our website at:

City of Grande Prairie

is committed to ending homelessness • If you are a landlord and want more information on getting involved in providing affordable housing, call Terris Glab at 780-357-7509. • Providing support for people experiencing homelessness by connecting them to a support worker. • Community Advisory Board on Homelessness exists to “Lead social change by mobilizing the community in ending homelessness.” Visit for more information on programs and initiatives in the city of Grande Prairie or call Community Social Development at 780-538-0380.

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Enforcement Services “I wasn’t traveling that fast... I am a safe driver”

Be responsible for your vehicle, your safety and the safety of other road users.

Most people believe they are safe drivers yet some drivers regularly travel above the speed limit or drive too fast for conditions. The risk of a collision doubles at 5 km/h over the speed limit in a 60 km/h zone. The risk is 4 times higher at 10 km/h over and 10 times higher at 15 km/h over the speed limit.

The safe operation of a motor vehicle becomes even more challenging as our weather changes with the seasons. Although the number of injury and fatal collisions remain constant through the year, the total number of collisions increase in the winter months due to the severe weather. Below are some tips to keep in mind when you’re on the road:

Speed is a primary factor in collisions. Even travelling 5 to 10 km/h over the speed limit increases the risk of being in a collision and the severity of injuries when collisions do occur .

• Ensure your car is regularly maintained and is road-ready. • Drive with your headlights on so you are visible to other drivers. • Consider having winter tires installed to improve your traction. • Maintain a safe distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you, in case you need to stop. Increase this safe distance if you are driving a larger vehicle or travelling on higher speed roads. Following too close, often resulting in rear end collisions.

How can I make a difference?

Exceeding the speed limit or driving at an unreasonable rate of speed for conditions can have very serious consequences. Here are just a few reminders of what you can do to make a difference:

• It takes longer to stop on slippery roads so adjust your speed for the road conditions. Speed limits are the maximum speed you should travel under ideal conditions.

• Know the limit and drive the limit • Continually glance at your speedometer and adjust your speed to traffic and weather • Allow enough time to reach your destination • Always maintain a safe following distance • Personally commit to drive safely and to not speed

Safe Roads Begin with YOU Stopping Distance (metres) — Wet Pavement Conditions 0 50 km/h




















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Hits at 14 km/h

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Hits at 53 km/h

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Hits at 63 km/h

80 km/h

Hits at 70 km/h Adapted from ATSB

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Crime Prevention

Having problems with your child or teen? Intervention can help

Where do we go from here? The Child & Youth Intervention Program offers support to families with kids 8-17 years who may be starting on the wrong path. The Child and Youth Intervention Program offers families and youth an easy way to find information and services that are most appropriate to their situation. Parents and youth can be unaware of how behavior can be influenced by: · Family circumstances/changes (divorce, step-families, etc.) · Grief and loss · Mental health issues · Substance abuse · Troubles with friends or at school · Bullying

Thank You!

Community Action on Crime Prevention wants to thank you, our committee members, volunteers and “Partners in Crime Prevention” for the outstanding job over the past year. We wish you a safe and happy holiday and best wishes for the New Year.

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