By Nick Kuhl on June 22, 2019.
Sorry, we can’t promise a visit from the Raptors. No doubt
“Canada’s team” would be cheered at every July 1 festival across
the nation. But local Canada Day organizers have lined up an exciting
event at Henderson Lake, as usual — wrapping up with a late-evening
fireworks production that draws quite the crowd.
On-stage entertainment will begin with a splash at 11 a.m. with
selections from the Lethbridge Community Band. Sharing the noon hour
will be the Good Timers and Mexicanos Sin Fronteras.
At 1 p.m the Coda Blues will perform followed by a Thai culture group.
Between 2 and 3 p.m., Lawless Murphy will take to the stage, and then
a champion Tae Kwon Do event.
Then at 3 p.m., the music of Kavanagh and Hepher will be followed by a
performance by the Troyanda Ukrainian Dancers.
Greetings and introductions will be part of opening ceremonies at 4
p.m. Meanwhile food trucks, organizations and vendors will be showing
The LCI Dance Academy will be featured when action resumes at 4:30
p.m., followed by the Steve Keenan Band, entertainment from Venezula
Ilena de gracia, and then Chris Strei.
The early-evening schedule has the Desert Wind Belly Dancers shortly
after 7 p.m., then a long set by Alyssa McQuaid and Coyote Junction
followed by high stepping by members of the Lethbridge Swing Dancers.
And then from 9 p.m., the Hibikiya percussion group will lead up to
the evening’s featured performers, Matchstick Skeletons.
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Of course, there’s more! The Interfaith Food Bank and the Lebarons
Car Club will be serving breakfast sandwiches — and showing off
lovingly restored vehicles — from 9 a.m. in Galt Gardens.
Spitz Stadium will feature a double-header, 2 and 7 p.m., pitting the
Lethbridge Bulls against the Regina Red Sox.
And back at Henderson, the “Running in a Red Dress” fund-raiser
will see men, women and children walking or running around Henderson
Lake during the morning. Entry is by food donation.
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Surprise! This year we have two back-to-back Festival Latino
The Lethbridge Latin American Association will offer music,
traditional foods and a cantina on June 29 in Pioneer Park at the
Lethbridge Exhibition. It’s scheduled to run from noon to 9 p.m. —
and it’s free and open to all.
Organizers say a follow-up event, a “Pupusa Fest” is planned for
“We are lucky to have such a thriving and large Latino community here
in Lethbridge,” says spokesperson Jane Anderson.
Then on July 6, a Latino group from the Southern Alberta Ethnic
Association will be holding a festival in Galt Gardens. Watch for
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Looking just a little further ahead, Street Wheelers weekend will run
four days again, starting July 11 with a drive-in movie — “Days of
Thunder” — at Exhibition Park. It’s free for walk-ins (bring a
chair) or $20 for a car-full.
Of course Friday will see the formal “cruise” along 3 Avenue S.,
from 7 to 10 p.m. And on Saturday morning, there’s the club’s
traditional “100-foot dash,” also on the fairgrounds.
That’s also where an autocross event is scheduled at 10 a.m. Sunday,
before the crowd-pleasing “Show and Shine” from noon to 3 p.m. in
Galt Gardens. The vehicles actually start arriving at 9 a.m.
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And a little advance notice for two more in July: The Italian Canadian
Cultural Centre will be the setting for an “artist and collector
market extraordinaire” on July 6.
And the Lethbridge Twinning Society is planning a 30th anniversary
celebration, including a concert by an international musician — the
identity is a secret — on July 16.
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Several last-minute options today:
At 11 a.m., the annual Pride Parade will step out onto Stafford Drive,
en route to 3 Avenue S. and Galt Gardens.
The family-friendly Pride in the Park celebration will follow from
noon to 5 p.m., offering food and entertainment, a “kids’ zone,”
displays from Lethbridge organizations, small businesses showing their
wares, and a beer garden featuring local brews.
Closing out PrideFest month in Lethbridge, vocalist Camille Rogers
will present a cabaret-style performance on June 28, 7 p.m. at Casa.
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Tonight, the Centric Music Festival continues with a concert featuring
soprano Madison Craig and pianist Zain Solinski, starting at 7:30 in
St. Augustine’s Anglican Church. The festival finale, offering
highlights from this week’s presentations, will be staged at the
church Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Over in Fort Macleod meanwhile, tonight is the final show in New West
Theatre’s return visit to the Empress Theatre, also at 7:30 p.m.