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

.ca/tickets.

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

outre.ca.

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

.ca/tickets.

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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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