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Spirit of cooperation builds Arts Days in Drumheller

    The arts in Drumheller are certainly something to celebrate, and this weekend that is just what the community will be doing.
    As part of Alberta Arts Days, downtown Drumheller will be alive with the creativity that makes the community strong. According to Mike Todor, downtown businessman and member of the Canadian Badlands Artists Association, the event is being held in the spirit of cooperation.
    “I think it is going to be a lot of fun and really exciting. We have never had this many artists work together on a project like this before,” said Todor.
    Partners in the event include The Canadian Badlands Passion Play, Downtown Drumheller, the East Coulee School Museum and the Canadian Badlands Artists Association. The conglomeration was able to secure a grant for the celebration and according to Todor, that means the events will be free of charge.
    On Friday night, the East Coulee School Museum will be alive with music as local acts, Roadside Attractions and the Fire Coulee Bandits will be onstage. Concession is in support of the East Coulee School Museum.
    On Saturday, downtown will be alive with the arts. Music throughout the day will be provided by the Lannigan Band, The Yelping Coyotes and Hoodoo Voodoo. Dancers from Carol Todor’s Dance School and Kaleidoscope Theatre will also be onstage.
     The Canadian Badlands Artists Association will have strong presence in the core. It will be operating a photo booth and will have a space for kids to create their own works of art with sidewalk chalk. They will be hosting photography and painting demonstrations. Other artisans and art groups will also be displaying their works.
    The weekly Farmers' Market will also be downtown during Arts Days from 1 – 4 p.m. The library will have a gallery and the night will cap off with a screening of Unforgiven at the Napier Theatre.
    The spirit of the arts community is alive and flourishing in Drumheller, and is playing a role in defining downtown.
    “There are three galleries, a galleria and a recording studio in downtown. There is another artist looking to set up a workshop,” said Todor. “Soon we are going to see people coming to Drumheller to buy art, and it is going to make a tremendous difference to everyone's businesses.”

Sea Cadets summer camp held in Comox, B.C.

    Sea Cadets summer camp offers challenges, friendship and adventures for youths.
    It’s a national organization whose purpose is to develop  youth age 12 to 19 with good citizenship and physical fitness.
  Every summer cadets from across Canada can attend the camp a QUADRA Sea Cadet summer training center.
  This year the camp was held in Comox, B.C. with approximately 1500 cadets attending.
 The summer training programs run two to six weeks in length.
    From September to June, Cadets participate in local training one evening during the week and on some weekends.
   Cadets can apply for the summer training center, based on their performance and marks. This earns them an opportunity to go to the summer camp.
   The cadets day at camp starts with a run, breakfast and then they start class for drills and ceremonies.
  Many aspects of the cadet training have lifelong value such as organization of community projects, first aid training, fitness and firearms safety.
  Cadets learn skills and qualifications that may lead to employment later in life.

Community demonstrates support for baby Opal

    Drumheller residents have worn their hearts on their sleeves for the Walsh family and this week have raised thousands of dollars to help the family in need.
    Recently, the Walsh family learned their five-month-old daughter Opal has been diagnosed with congenital nephrotic syndrome, and will need to utilize dialysis until she is big enough to receive a kidney transplant. Her story has gone out to the community and it has inspired people to pitch in however they can.
    On Friday, September 16, Western Chevrolet held a fundraising luncheon for the family and was able to raise in the area of $6,000.
    The very next Friday Wal-Mart in Drumheller held a fundraising barbecue and raised in the area of $3,000. They have submitted the donation to its Wal-Mart's and the company will match part of it, making it a $5,000 donation.
    On Saturday, Freson Bros. IGA also held a barbecue, and raised $1,750, one of the best fundraisers yet.
    On Sunday afternoon, early Christmas shoppers came to the Ramada in Drumheller for a silent auction in support of the family. Auction items were donated by local individuals and businesses, and by the end of the day, they had brought in about $4,000 for the family.
    Phil Thomas, who started a trust fund for the family and helped to organize the silent auction, couldn’t be happier by the result. He said when he started, his goal was to put $10,000 into the account for the family, and he surpassed that mark.
     He is grateful for the support of Debbie Laycock and Lorraine Jorgensen who came out on Sunday to help with the event.
    The giving continues. Drumheller Chrysler has pledged $10 from each oil change they perform at the dealership, for the month of October, to the Walsh family.


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