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CBC spy drama Fortunate Son shooting this week in Drumheller

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    The spotlight is being shone again on Drumheller as it continues to build its reputation as a hub for movie and television productions.
    This week, Downtown Drumheller is the backdrop for a CBC television production called Fortunate Son.
    The series is a spy drama that takes place in the late 1960’s Vietnam era. The show centres around the matriarch of an American activist family who helps smuggle Vietnam war deserters and draft dodgers into Canada.
    Already Downtown Drumheller reflects the production’s setting.  The rainbow sidewalk at the intersection of  Centre Street and 3rd Avenue has been temporarily painted over, and period ship signs have been erected.
    While they will be filming this week in the valley, the production will be shooting throughout Alberta, including Calgary, High River, possibly more time in the valley. It is expected to wrap in the fall.
    A casting call for Fortunate Son was in Drumheller on June 7 looking for extras including musicians, so there is a good chance there will be some local faces in the show.
    Drumheller has seen its fair share of motion picture productions. In April Let him go starring Diane Lane and Kevin Costner, and this summer Rust City, the working name for the Ghostbusters production is expected to be in the valley.


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24-Hour Jam continues support for STARS

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The annual 24-Hour jam at the Old Grouch’s was another great success. The annual event carried on in 2019, beginning the evening on Friday, June 7 and carrying on through the night and morning So far the event has raised about $8,000 and counting for STARS Air Ambulance. The Town of Drumheller also contributed $5,000 to STARS and made the presentation at the event. At the presentation are musician Gord Gundmundson of Sundown, Mary Mullaney of STARS and Drumheller Town Councillor Tony Lacher.

Terry Fox community run returns, volunteers sought


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Drumheller will again have a community Terry Fox run after years of absence if some organizers get some help from the community.
    Marshall Gleiser and his sister Michele Keesar of Big Valley and Camrose reached out to the Terry Fox Foundation with an interest to revive the run in honour of their sister, Dixie Reiter, who was born in Drumheller and passed away in 2018 from cancer.
    “We grew up there and we spent the better part of our childhood there so there is a lot of good memories there for us,” said Gleiser.
    The run will return on September 15, 2019. If anyone is interested in volunteering, they can contact Michele at .

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