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5-9: Bulldog Football Camp 5: Stars of Bellerose 5: Cosmetology Hair Show field trip 7: Dog Treat Thursday 8: Math Club meeting

Elmer S. Gish School 75 Akins Dr 780.459.7766 Principal: Erin Steele May 5: Celebrating French Canadian culture with Les Bucherons all day May 6: Cultural traditions shared in classrooms May 7: Cultural books in classrooms May 8: Culture rotations in classrooms May 9: Celebrate Culture through Dance Assembly & students will wear clothes that represent their culture

Keenooshayo School 40 Woodlands Rd 780.459.3114 Principal: Michael Erickson May 5: Div. 1 to Edmonton Symphony Orchestra; school council: 7pm May 6: Bowling club May 8: Read-in; Gr. 1 to Profiles Art Gallery May 9: Sr high band performance; Keenooshayo Parents’ Association flower sale: 11am-5pm

Leo Nickerson School 10 Sycamore Ave 780.459.4426 Principal: Kevin Jones May 5: Door decorating based on school book study of “Only One You” May 6: Partners in the Parks Day clean up of Cunningham Dr, Forest Lawn Ravine & school yd May 7: Read-in: 10:30am May 8: Volunteer Luncheon, “A World Of Thanks” program: 11:45am, lunch: 12:15pm; Mila’s Cake Walk, fundraising for the Edmonton Humane Society (win a cake, tickets 50¢ ea) May 9: Coffee & muffin morning, drop in on your way to work: 7:30-9am; French play Unitheatre: 9:30am All week: Artist in Residence Stan Phelps will be working with students to create a 50th Anniversary mural

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Paul Kane High School

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12 Cunningham Rd 780.459.4405 Principal: Duncan Knoll

May 2/3: 32 Hour Famine (Free the Children) May 5: Gr. 8 social Japanese culture field trip (Edmonton Japanese Community Association); SAPEC interschool badminton doubles competition; Gatorugby practice May 6: SAPEC interschool badminton doubles competition; Gatorugby practice May 7: Staff meeting; Gatorugby game (Greater Edmonton Jr. High League); The Inventor’s Fair for Social Studies May 8: Sugar Shocker demonstration (Lorne Akins Health and Wellness Committee) May 9: Sean Senego to give Guitar & Pop & Rock student workshop on Friday morning & concert during lunch in the atrium: 12:30-1pm

May 3: 70 students participating in Vulcan rugby tournament May 5-9: AP exams in Chemistry, Psychology, Spanish, Calculus, English Language & English Literature May 5-7: Tickets to Paul Kane graduation on sale after school in the cafeteria May 7: French Immersion students writing DELF exam May 10: Free2Walk to support the end to human trafficking: 7:30pm, Lion’s Park All week: Student art at the High Energy Art Exhibition, Art Gallery in St. Albert

Muriel Martin School 110 Deer Ridge Dr 780.458.0205 Principal: Les Kirchner May 6: Guest readers: 10:15-10:45am; French book fair; French Spectacle: 6:30pm May 7: Principal/Assistant Principal for the morning; Staff Appreciation lunch; French book fair; Hats on for Mental Health Hat Day May 8: Movin’ On Up, period 3; Hot lunch; Compost bagging & sale, all grades May 9: Counsellor for the morning; Compost bagging & sale, all grades; Treat Day; Mother’s Day Tea, Kindergarten May 10: Compost sale All week: Spell-a-thon; School yard clean up; Mission Impossible

Outreach High School 50 Sir Winston Churchill Ave 780.458.0839 Principal: Brian Samuel May 6: Celebration of Learning assembly May 8: Pancake breakfast

Robert Rundle School 50A Grosvenor Blvd 780-459.4475 Principal: John Osgood May 6: Community readers May 8: Kindergarten Mother’s Day Tea May 9: Class photos; Gr. 1-3 Winspear “Magnificent Musical Portraits” May 15-16: Gr. 4 Bennett Centre, learning about Alberta’s land, history & people

Ronald Harvey School 15 Langley Ave 780.459.5541 Principal: Janet Tripp May 5: Dynamix Gymnastics; Read-in with guest readers May 6&7: Scholastic book fair May 7: Read-a-thon May 8: Floor hockey tournament, Gr. 6 students versus staff May 9: Div. 2 track meet at Fowler Track; Kindergarten Mother’s Day Tea; Gr. 3 swimming lessons; Band concert by Elkford Secondary School; School Development Society compost sale

May 4: Grice Gazelles in Run Wild May 5: School yard clean up May 6: Jersey Day: support your favourite team; School yard clean up May 7: Cupcake Day, 50 cents each; School yard clean up; Staff meeting, early dismissal May 8: 1A, 1M, & 1T swim, Fountain Park Pool: 9:20am; 1C & 1L swim, Fountain Park Pool: 2:10pm May 9: Gr. 3 symphony field trip: 9:45am; Kindergarten Mother’s Day Tea: 10:30am & 1:30pm

Sir George Simpson School 50 Grosvenor Blvd 780.459.4456 Principal: Pierre Rousseau  Reading Week  Health morning featuring Dr. Cristina Lucia Stasia from the University of Alberta  Band trip to Banff & Jasper  Outdoor education trip to Hinton

Wild Rose School 58 Grenfell Ave 780.460.3737 Principal: Barb Scott May 4: Run Wild Run

May 5: Music Monday, Sing Across Canada: 10-11am; Cyber Etiquette Afternoon, Gr. 4-6 May 6: Rock ‘n Read, community readers celebrate literacy by reading to classes: 10:30-10:55am; Gr. 3 Clay Works/Museum all day May 7: Wild Rose Walk of Fame Show; Habit Day - Synergize May 8: Gr. 5 Historical Fair, parent viewing: 3:30-5:30pm; Gr. 6 Bennett Centre Science Review May 9: Swiss Chalet lunch; Kindergarten Mother’s Day Tea; Gr. 3 symphony field trip; Gr. 6 canoeing

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A local veterinary clinic is hoping to get the scoop on poop this spring. Tudor Glen Veterinary Hospital is hosting its second annual Poop-A-Thon on Saturday at the off-leash area at Lacombe Lake Park, with four teams competing to see who can pick up the most poop uncovered from the winter while raising money for a pair of local charities. The first event was held last year, and although it was later in the season and there were fewer teams, they were still able to pick up more than 50 pounds of poop. “We started thinking about how we could get involved in the community. Obviously, we love pet owners, but what could we do to better St. Albert, because it’s such a beautiful city?” said Dr. Tammy Wilde, one of the co-owners of the hospital. “And dog poop always curls people’s noses up, the thought of it, so we thought if we could get out there and help clean up the city, then we’re doing our part.” And Wilde said it was a great time. “It’s a competitive time,” she said with a laugh. “It’s competitive, it’s fun, and it goes by fast. ... But don’t wear flip-flops to it.” This year, there are teams from Tudor Glen Veterinary Hospital, The Ranch Kennels, Clippin’ Along and the City of St. Albert scheduled to participate. There will also be a barbecue and bouncy castles on site, as well as draws and information displays, and they hope to raise $5,000. “It’s been a great response —

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“(Parasites) can migrate through the backs of our eyes, causing blindness and liver and lung issues,” Wilde said. “We always hear of people affected by it, and even though those numbers are low, if we can prevent one child from losing their eyesight, we’ve done our jobs.” And that’s why the proceeds of the events are going not only to the Edmonton Humane Society, but also to the Stollery Children’s Hospital. “We’re trying to get the news out there that this is a zoonotic

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The event will also feature Mayor Nolan Crouse as the auctioneer and entertainment from local singer-songwriter Martin Kerr. The highlight of the auction will be a private dinner party catered by Johnson, but there are plenty of other items available as well, including makeovers, golf packages, sports memorabilia, works of art, trips and lots more. “This is the day before Mother’s Day — hint hint,” Krecsy said with a laugh. “Businesses in St. Albert are very generous to us,” she added. “They’ve given us some really nice stuff.” In the past two years, the food bank has made between $20,000 and $25,000, but organizers are shooting for $30,000 this year, as this year is the 30th anniversary of the founding of the St. Albert Food Bank. Krecsy said that, since 1984, St. Albert has changed quite a bit, and the food bank has changed right alongside the city, evolving from being simply a food crisis centre, where food

was given out on an emergency basis, to what it is today. The biggest change, though, has been the addition of the community village, which opened four years ago. “That’s been extremely successful in actually reducing the number of folks who need to continue accessing the food bank,” she said. “It’s the hard work of our community liaison, our social worker, and the community partnerships we have. It all benefits our clients.” She added that they will look at a few other events to celebrate their 30th year as the actual anniversary gets closer in November. “We’d like any previous volunteers, board members, anyone who had anything to do with the food bank over the past 30 years to give us a call and give us their names so we can thank them appropriately,” Krecsy said. Tickets for the event are $50, with a portion of that cost being tax deductible, and are available through Eventbrite.

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Organizers are hoping for about the same turnout again this year, but Brenneis said the turnout can always be helped or hindered by the weather.

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Clean Up the Sturgeon. “What I’ve seen over the years is those two groups come together. (The people who) clean up litter are often people that are also wanting to see something tangible, like planting. It’s grown in size, and also in focus on the environment, and not just cleaning up litter. The environment and beautifying St. Albert is bigger than that.” When St. Albert was recently named the number one place to live in Canada by MoneySense magazine, the city’s green spaces and trails were a major contributing factor. And keeping the Sturgeon River healthy plays a big role in that, too. “With the surveys we’ve done in the community, our parks and quality of life are key. And with the Environmental Master Plan, they did some public engagement, and the environment, our river and our trees came up very high in the priorities,” Brenneis said. “We know we want to keep our river strong and we want to be able to make sure the banks are strong and we encourage growth along there.”

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The orientation sessions will have several information booths set up to let volunteers know about things like the different site activities, security and radio procedures, and the youth ambassador program. Wilkie said that the festival couldn’t happen without the more than 800 volunteers who come back year after year. “When you look at St. Albert being the number one city (in Canada) to live in, one of the reason cited in that (MoneySense magazine) article was the Children’s Festival. And with the volunteer base being the most integral part that makes the festival happen, there’s an amazing connection between that volunteer involvement and what we get to celebrate as a community,” she said. The International Children’s Festival takes place May 27-31 in downtown St. Albert.

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Johnson, bassist Garry Lowe and harmonica/saxophone player Kelly “Mr. Chill” Hoppe. Together, they have gained a reputation for being an outstanding live band. Their breakthrough came in 1995 when they released their album Hemi-Vision, which included such hits as “Diggin’ A Hole,” “Open Up Baby,” and “If I Had My Way.” They followed that up with 1996’s Heated, which included “Better Get Used to It,” “The Scene,” and “Turn the Lights On.” In 2001, the band released Brothers and Sisters, Are You Ready?, which included “Nicotina,” “All Hell for a Basement,” and a blistering guitar version of “O Canada.” The band also recorded a track-for-track French version of the album for sale in Quebec.

Big Sugar decided to split up and played their last show at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton on New Year’s Eve 2003. But they reunited in 2010, and released a new studio album, Revolution Per Minute, in 2011. Currently, they are promoting an acoustic album, YardStyle. Meanwhile, Wide Mouth Mason is a blues-rock band that started in Saskatoon, Sask., in 1995. They are best known for sings like “Midnight Rain,” “Sugarcane,” and “Smile.” Big Sugar’s Johnson started pulling double duty as Wide Mouth Mason’s full-time bassist in March 2011, and also produced their last album, No Bad Days, which was released in July 2011. Tickets for the rock show are $39.99 each plus fees and taxes, and are available through Ticketmaster. This is an 18-plus show.


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with legs made to look like those of a deer. One of the works in the show is a watercolour painting by Bellerose Grade 11 student Melissa L’Hirondelle, featuring a phoenix perched atop a pile of skulls. This is L’Hirondelle’s first time being featured in the High Energy exhibit, and she’s still sort of floored to have her work on display in such a high-profile venue. “It just sort of happened. I don’t know how I feel about it yet. Maybe when I see it on display, I’ll be like, ‘Oh my God!’” she said. However, the chance to be included in the show is “really awesome.” “Before coming to Bellerose, I was never really involved in (art). I do (a painting) and maybe it would hang up in the hallways or stay in the back room,” she said. “But now that I’m at Bellerose and in Miss (Judy) Smallwood’s class, it’s the first year I’m in it, and she’s getting me involved in all these things. Things are happening with my art.” Meanwhile, Christine Samson, art teacher at SACHS, said she has more than 40 students with work in the show, and it means a lot to them to be included. “This is an amazing experience. As a high school student, I never had that kind of opportunity to be able to professionally show my work. And the earlier they have the chance to actually have their work

in a show, it builds confidence and they feel good about their artwork.” Samson added that she has been collecting work from both first and second semester classes and from all three levels — Art 10, 20 and 30 — to put in the show, trying to show the students’ development over the year and “make it a little bit eclectic.” New this year, the gallery is turning the vault in the exhibition space into a photobooth, allowing people to go in throughout the month and pose with various props for circulation on social media sites. The exhibit is also being sponsored by a community member, long-time Arts and Heritage Foundation of St. Albert chair Dr. Alan Murdock, for the first time. Willson-McGrath said the High Energy show is a lot of work each year, but it’s also one of the exhibits the gallery always looks forward to most. “We call it a ‘fan-favourite’ exhibition,” she said. “We get huge numbers at the opening reception. And throughout the month, it’s a very well-attended show. We just love it.” High Energy 19 runs at the Art Gallery of St. Albert (19 Perron St.) until May 24. An opening reception, sponsored by ATB Financial, will be held tonight (Thursday) in conjunction with the first ArtWalk of the season.

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celebration of the genre will be at Edmonton comic book shop Happy Harbor, located downtown on 104 Avenue and 107 Street. Co-owner Jay Bardyla says the day is about more just giving away free comic books. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We try and make (the day) what it should be, a celebration,â&#x20AC;? he said. Bardylaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s store hosts an event that features live entertainment, fans in costume and a carnival-type atmosphere that encourages fans to truly embrace comics as an entertainment medium. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been growing by leaps and bounds,â&#x20AC;?

said Bardyla, who expects as many as 2,000 fans at his store on Saturday. For local organizers with the upcoming Eek! Comic and Pop Culture Festival, running May 31 and June 1 at Servus Place, the day is a natural fit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We love comics. Half of todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pop culture wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exist without comic books,â&#x20AC;? said Rob LeLacheur, director of Eek! and publisher of the St. Albert Leader. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to help spread the word about the event. Reading comic books is not only fun but a great way to encourage literacy in children.â&#x20AC;? In addition to hosting a fun day

celebrating comics, Bardyla said he tries to keep a focus on charity and also promoting local artists. Several artists will be creating original art work of various sizes to give to customers making food bank donations. FCBD features more than just comics about heroes in tights, there are industry staples such as Archie to give away but also titles featuring genreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like steampunk, horror, Japanese manga and more. To learn more about FCBD visit www.freecomicbookday.com and www.happyharborcomics.com. Ă&#x2021;C\X[\iJkX]]

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Active Listings: 5

Sold Listings: 7

Active Listings: 22

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Low $303,000 / High $470,000 Avg. days on market: 20

Low $409,900 / High $674,900

Low $370,000 / High $953,750 Avg. days on market: 38

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$378,700

$450,740 Low $379,900 / High $649,000

$371,000

Low $317,000 / High $425,000 Avg. days on market: 21

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Sold Listings: 9

Active Listings: 9

Sold Listings: 18

Average list price:

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Low $369,500 / High $499,900

Low $262,000 / High $458,000 Avg. days on market: 43

$398,740

$371,222

Low $344,900 / High $489,500

Low $272,000/ High $632,500 Avg. days on market: 45

$422,644

$374,332

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OAKMONT Sold Listings: 15

Active Listings: 21

Sold Listings: 28

Active Listings: 6

Sold Listings: 9

Active Listings: 25

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Low $307,500/ High $587,000 Avg. days on market: 29

Low $379,900 / High $469,900

Low $410,000 / High $520,000 Avg. days on market: 20

Low $409,000 / High $1,398,888

Low $365,900 / High $1,250,000 Avg. days on market: 45

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$412,083

$427,250

$448,222

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$697,474

$592,186

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Active Listings: 34

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Low $435,000/ High $880,000 Avg. days on market: 45

Low $475,000 / High $5,380,000

Low $453,500 / High $703,500 Avg. days on market: 35

Low $409,900 / High $575,000

Low $419,000 / High $625,000 Avg. days on market: 54

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Sold Listings: 42

Active Listings: 1

Sold Listings: 5

Average list price:

Average sale price:

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Low $349,702 / High $1,198,800

Low $320,000 / High $1,108,355 Avg. days on market: 27

Low $355,000 / High $355,000

Low $325,000 / High $647,000 Avg. days on market: 51

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$365,740

$361,620

$355,000

$419,900

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Low $417,000 / High $539,900

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$425,128

Low $375,500 / High $466,900 Avg. days on market: 82

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Still, Ghosty said it’s a surreal feeling to hear one of their songs on the radio alongside some of their idols. “I was in a random store one day, and they’re just playing the radio, and one of our songs comes on. I was looking around, thinking, ‘Should I just tell everybody?’ Like, ‘Hey, this is me on the radio!’” he laughed. One song off Ulysses, “Keys to the Kingdom,” has been getting regular airplay on local radio stations, while the band recently released a video for another song, “Rollin’.” Ulysses marks a departure for Current Swell in terms of songwriting. Whereas those responsibilities fell mainly to Stanton and Lang

on prior albums, this time around, it was truly a collaborative effort between all four of them. “It’s been a massive leap,” Ghosty said. “The big difference is that we had something we didn’t have on any of the previous records, which is time and resources. We were at a point where we know we can get into a real studio and that we can track down a really great producer and fly him in from wherever he hangs his hat. And we can actually take a month off work and rent out a house and spend full days trying out as many different songs with as many different possible arrangements (as we can) and every idea gets addressed until we really find something that fits well.” Also helping in that aspect was the band winning the Peak Performance Project in Vancouver in 2011. While that prize worth was more than $100,000, Ghosty said the publicity they got out of it might be more valuable. “I think it’s been two or three years, and people are still like, ‘Wow, that’s quite a big jump,’” he said. “It really created a bit of a whirlwind and a bit of buzz, and it really gave us something to say we worked hard and accomplished something.” Current Swell has tour dates scheduled across North America, with a few festival stops in Europe, between now and August. Keep up with Current Swell online at www. currentswell.com, facebook.com/currentswell or @currentswell on Twitter.

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Music Box. “We wanted to do a storyline show for a nightclub-type event,” Puff said. “So we had started working on it back (in February), and we wanted to flesh out the story more, the characters, and make it bigger and better if we could.” Aside from those two companies, though, a lot of other Edmonton talent is being brought in for guest performances in this show, including all-female dance company BBM, hoop gymnasts Stephanie Gruson and Luna, and belly dancer Amy Senecal, Dahila and Tsaida Springfield. “A lot of the talent comes from the talent within Fable,” Puff said. “One of our girls also dances with BBM, so we thought, ‘You work with these girls, you’re insanely talented and we all support each other — why don’t we come together for a show?’ ... It’s a big community that we wanted to draw together into one show.” And being able to stage the production at historic Fort Edmonton Park is a big thrill. “The Capitol Theatre is an extremely beautiful theatre — very vintage, classic. It feels very elegant,” Puff said. “To be able to put on a production there automatically raises our level

of performance and what we want to deliver to the audience.” Growing up a dancer in St. Albert, Puff always loved the stage, and added the fire-spinning element to her performance about five years ago. She founded Fable Entertainment in January 2013, and the group has performed at several festivals and conferences in the Capital Region since, including a performance at last year’s Canadian Finals Rodeo. “This is kind of the next step for us. We haven’t done a theatre production yet, so this is like dipping our toes in the water,” Puff said. Puff also appeared on the reality series Canada’s Got Talent in 2012, making to the semifinals before bowing out. The two companies are hopeful they can reprise the show later this year and perform some shows in Calgary and other Alberta cities. The Music Box hits the stage at the Capitol Theatre Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., with a matinée performance Saturday at 2 p.m. General admission tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for kids 12 and under in advance ($5 more at the door). Tickets are available online at www.cirquenuit.com.

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St. Albert Leader May 1, 2014  

St. Albert Leader May 1, 2014