October 26th, 2020

Many events to celebrate Halloween

By Mabell, Dave on October 26, 2019.

With the campaign over, the election results in, maybe it’s time to relax and enjoy a little seasonal fun.

It’s nearly Halloween, so a number of special events are planned – starting today. From 1 to 4 p.m., there will be a “Boo Bash” in the West Pavilion at Exhibition Park.

The no-charge event is a presentation of the Lethbridge Family Centre, the Parent Link Centre and the Lethbridge Public Library.

Also today, there will be a free “Halloween Spooktacular, 1 to 4 p.m., at the Galt Museum.

“This is a costume rehearsal for the big event,” organizers say, with opportunities to decorate a pumpkin, make a trick-or-treat bag, enjoy games and take a “spooky tour” of the building and its ghost stories.

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Today and Sunday, the old No. 1 Firehall will become a three-level “haunted house,” featuring “an interactive haunted downtown scavenger hunt” – as well as a bake sale and photo booth – from 1 to 7 p.m.

It’s jointly presented by CKXU Radio, the university-based LPIRG advocacy group and the City of Lethbridge, with tickets at the door.

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Then on All Hallow’s Eve, Oct. 31, the library’s Crossings Branch will celebrate a “Mad Scientist Halloween,” a drop-in event running from 6 to 8 p.m., with a welcome for kids five and up accompanied by a caregiver. All attending will be invited to “mix up some slime, design a spooky monster, create a ghostly illusion.”

And that evening, the Galt Museum will screen “Paranormal Encounters,” film footage of such unexplained phenomena as UFOs, crop circles and ghosts. The 7 p.m. event is suitable for adults and seniors.

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If you’re looking ahead for more seasonal events, a “Victorian Prairie Christmas” will be celebrated Nov. 13 and 14 at the Galt Historic Railway Park near Stirling, from 1 to 4 p.m. each day.

Live entertainment and a seasonal meal, capped by a Christmas pudding with rum sauce, will be part of the festive atmosphere. For reservations and details, call Geoff at 403-327-2854.

And then on Friday, Nov. 15, we’ll see the city’s Bright Lights Festival launched in Galt Gardens.

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A new round of local stage productions is waiting in the wings.

Lethbridge Musical Theatre will be supporting performing arts students at Chinook High for a run of the Broadway musical “Newsies,” opening Nov. 1 to 3 and then returning Nov. 7 to 9 at the Yates Centre. For seats, check either Ticket Centre location.

The university’s drama department will stage “Titus Andronicus” – believed the first tragedy written by William Shakespeare – from Nov. 5 to 9 in University Theatre. Set in the late Roman Empire, it’s the gory story of Titus, a fictional general in the Roman army taking on Tamora, queen of the Goths. For tickets: uLethbridge


Then on Nov. 15 and 16, Theatre Outre will reprise Elise Forier Edie’s comedy, “The Pink Unicorn.” Ashley Thomson is the solo performer, playing a widowed Texas mother – and her daughter Trisha who gradually comes out to her mother as gender non-conformist. Seats are available at theatre


And from Nov. 22 to 24, director Fran Rude and musical director Ken Rogers will recreate an amazing Christmas Eve event with “All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914,” at the Yates Centre. Check for remaining tickets at the two Ticket Centre locations or call 403-329-7328.

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And today there’s no lack of last-minute possibilities:

It’s the final show tonight for “Exit Laughing,” the this fall’s dinner theatre production by Playgoers of Lethbridge. Check for tickets at Casa.

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Tonight’ s concert at the Geomatic Attic features the Lonesome Ace String Band. See geomatic

attic.ca for details.

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Also tonight, a Diwali festival – “a celebration of truth over evil” – will be held in the Southminster Church Hall. Browse eventbrite.ca for tickets.

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The full-day “Crossing Boundaries” symposium will begin at 8:30 a.m. today in the Fine Arts wing at the U of L. For this and other campus events, check uLethbridge


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Tonight the TheatreXtra run of “Girl Talk” will end with a 7 p.m. performance in the David Spinks Theatre at the U of L.

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Next Friday and Saturday on campus, the U of L Opera Workshop will present “Viva Italia,” a concert of vocal highlights in Italian, at 7:30 p.m. in Recital Hall.

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Downtown again on Wednesday, the next Ulethbridge Film Series feature at the public library will be “Cat People.” Showtime is 6:30 p.m., no charge.

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Then on Friday, pianist Brad Parker will be presented by the university’s music conservatory at 12:15 p.m. at Casa – free, but bring your own lunch.

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