Nov 12 – Feb 2
Mayfield Dinner Theatre presents The History of Rock’n’Roll: Stars & Stripes - This All-American music review highlights Chuck Berry, Elvis, the Doo-Wop groups of the 50’s, The Beach Boys and the R&B groups of the 60’s. Call 780-483-4051 for tickets
Nov 13 – Nov 17
Vinok Worldance – Experience Christmas around the world through dance. This year’s production includes dances from Mexico, Chile, Quebec, Romania, Germany, Slovakia, Ukraine, Finland, Armenia and the Philippines. Ticket price includes a decadent dinner and dessert buffet. Chateau Louis Hotel & Conference Centre 11727 Kingsway 780-452-7770
JINGLE BELL BAZAAR! Saturday, Nov 16, 10am – 2 pm @ Mill Woods Presbyterian Church 6607 – 31 Avenue. Gift Baskets, Home Baking, Crafts, New-to-You, Coffee and Treat for $1.00. Call 780-440-3107
Santa’s Little Helper Shopping Extravaganza Nov 17th 10- 4pm at the River Cree Resort and Casino Marriott Hotel. Admission $2 and 50% will be going to the Edmonton Food Bank. Over 120 vendors on display – handmade items, local companies and businesses on hand. There is something for everyone.
Nov 23 – Mar 09
Harry Potter: the Exhibition at Telus World of Science Harry Potter™ is a cultural phenomenon, inspiring the imaginations of millions across the globe. Now it’s your chance to peer into the wizard’s world in an interactive exhibit featuring hundreds of authentic props and costumes from the Harry Potter films. Call 780-452-9100 for tickets.
Nov 28 to Dec 01
Festival of Trees is a holiday tradition featuring more than 100 magnificently decorated trees and 150 other festive displays. There is also a gingerbread village with festive decorations and attractions. Proceeds from this event benefit the University of Alberta Hospital and the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute. Shaw Conference Centre 780-407-2786
Dec 05 – Dec 09
Bethlehem Walk Christmas comes to life as all of Edmonton is invited to taste, see and feel the story of that first Christmas night. Join the shepherds as they tend their flocks, then enter through the city gates into the bustling markets of Bethlehem, past the synagogue to the stable to meet Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus. West Edmonton Christian Assembly, 6315-199 Street 780-489-2579 Ext 229
Dec 06 – Dec 24
The Velveteen Rabbit -This modern take on the classic children’s tale is back. Watch the story of Willow and her father as they dive into her favourite book, The Velveteen Rabbit. Willow leads her father and the audience through her own version of the rabbit’s quest to become real. This family show is not to be missed by children and adults alike! Fort Edmonton Park 780-442-5311
Halloween Safety Tips
Halloween is an exciting time of year for kids, and to help ensure they have a safe holiday, here are some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Feel free to excerpt these tips or use them in their entirety for any print or broadcast story, with acknowledgment of source.
ALL DRESSED UP:
Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.
Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives. Hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding over eyes.
When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories look for and purchase those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant.
If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of your child’s costume, make sure it is not sharp or too long. A child may be easily hurt by these accessories if he stumbles or trips.
Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.
Do not use decorative contact lenses without an eye examination and a prescription from an eye care professional. While the packaging on decorative lenses will often make claims such as “one size fits all,” or “no need to see an eye specialist,” obtaining decorative contact lenses without a prescription is both dangerous and illegal. This can cause pain, inflammation, and serious eye disorders and infections, which may lead to permanent vision loss.
Teach children how to call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they have an emergency or become lost.
CARVING A NICHE:
Small children should never carve pumpkins.
Children can draw a face with markers. Then parents can do the cutting.
Consider using a flashlight or glow stick instead of a candle to light your pumpkin. If you do use a candle, a votive candle is safest.
Candlelit pumpkins should be placed on a sturdy table, away from curtains and other flammable objects, and should never be left unattended.
HOME SAFE HOME:
To keep homes safe for visiting trick-or-treaters, parents should remove from the porch and front yard anything a child could trip over such as garden hoses, toys, bikes and lawn decorations.
Parents should check outdoor lights and replace burned-out bulbs.
Wet leaves or snow should be swept from sidewalks and steps. Restrain pets so they do not inadvertently jump on or bite a trick-or-treater.
ON THE TRICK-OR-TREAT TRAIL:
A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return home.
Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.
Because pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween, remind Trick-or-Treaters. Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going.
Remember reflective tape for costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
Carry a cellphone for quick communication.
Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk. If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
Never cut across yards or use alleys. Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks (as recognized by local custom). Never cross between parked cars or out driveways.
Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn’t mean others will!
Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.
A good meal prior to parties and trick-or-treating will discourage youngsters from filling up on Halloween treats.
Consider purchasing non-food treats for those who visit your home, such as coloring books or pens and pencils.
Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. Though tampering is rare, a responsible adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.
Try to ration treats for the days following Halloween.
If you have a passion for volunteering and a passion for your community – we are looking for you. We need community members to step up to the plate and assist in a number of areas to ensure that our community activities continue. As it stands right now we have numerious places on our executive that need filling. Some positiosn require less time than others, but the objective is all the same – to keep our community programs running and viable. Please consider your schedule and see if you can assist. That would be a great way to give back.