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‘Experience Grande Prairie’ making debut on Friday

‘Experience Grande Prairie’ making debut on Friday

Friday, August 26 events will be at 101 Avenue and 101 Street and will carry a more adult theme featuring:

  • Live entertainment featuring Trooper (from 8:15 p.m. to 10 p.m.) and Who Made Who (from 6:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.)
  • Top 40’s hits playing from 5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.
  • Beer gardens
  • Art walk showcasing historical photos of downtown
  • Experience Downtown Passport
  • Scavenger Hunt

Saturday, August 28 events will be at 100 Avenue and 101 Street, and will be more family-friendly with:

  • Live entertainment featuring the Confusionaires (3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.), Travis Fowler Band (1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.), and Mandee Rae (12:45 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.)
  • Experience Downtown Passport
  • Art walk showcasing historical photos of downtown
  • Wagon rides
  • Kids zone with bouncy castles
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Roaming entertainment
  • Municipal showcase

All events on the weekend will be free to attend and have the Art Walk and Experience Downtown Passport, which can be brought to different downtown businesses to receive a stamp. Once you get five stamps, you can bring your passport back to the City Booth and be entered to win a prize.

Live entertainment will be appropriate for all ages, and the beer gardens includes free entry with all being served on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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Events are free and virtual unless otherwise noted.

Broadway Books holds a two-day fundraiser for three organizations assisting in Ukraine: CARE, Mercy Corps and HIAS. The store will donate 20% of in-store and online sales April 9-10. Store hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 9, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. April 11, 1714 N.E. Broadway, Portland. Website:

Third Street Books holds a one-day fundraiser for Juliette’s House, a child abuse intervention center. The store will donate 15% of sales. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 9, 320 N.E. Third St., McMinnville.

Waucoma Bookstore is participating in a one-day fundraiser for World Central Kitchen, an international aid organization working to feed refugees within Ukraine and at key border crossings in Poland. The store will donate profits from used books, “blind date with a book” and mystery bags. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 9, 212 Oak St., Hood River.

Authors Debbie Hall and Pamela R. Anderson-Bartholet present poetry for children. 2 p.m. April 9, via The Poetry Box. Join here.

Author Sana Balagamwala discusses her new book, “House Number 12 Block Number 3,” with Portland author Karen Karbo. 2 p.m. April 9, via Annie Bloom’s Books. Register here.

Portland author Aron Nels Steinke celebrates the release of “Mr. Wolf’s Class: Snow Day,” the latest title in his graphic novel series about an elementary school classroom. Noon April 9, Books With Pictures, 1401 S.E. Division St., Portland. This is an outdoor event with masks required that may move indoors.

Oregon poet Mimi German reads from her new collection, “Beneath the Gravel Weight of Stars.” 1 p.m. April 10, Revolutions Bookshop, 8713 N. Lombard St., Portland. Masks requested.

Philanthropist Maggie Doyne discusses her memoir, “Between the Mountain and the Sky: A Mother’s Story of Love, Loss, Healing, and Hope,” with Portland author Cheryl Strayed. 7 p.m. April 11, Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside St., Portland.

Oregon author Carrie Tillotson presents her debut picture book, “Counting to Bananas.” 11 a.m. April 12, via Green Bean Books. Watch here. Also 5 p.m. April 12, via Annie Bloom’s Books. Register here.

Nurse and author Theresa Brown discusses her new book, “Healing: When a Nurse Becomes a Patient,” with historian Gabriel Winant. 5 p.m. April 12, via Powell’s Books. Register here.

Author Suzanne Roberts discusses her new essay collection, “Animal Bodies: On Death, Desire, and Other Difficulties,” with Oregon author Chelsea Biondolillo. 7 p.m. April 12, Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside St., Portland.

Historian Heather Cox Richardson, author of “How the South Won the Civil War: Oligarchy, Democracy, and the Continuing Fight for the Soul of America,” appears as part of the Oregon Historical Society’s 2022 Mark O. Hatfield Lecture Series. 7 p.m. April 12, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, Portland. Tickets start at $36,

Poet and memoirist Mary Karr gives Oregon State University’s 2022 Provost’s Lecture. 6 p.m. April 13. Register here.

Oregon poets AE Hines, Chrys Tobey and Justin Rigamonti present a reading. 6:30 p.m. April 13, Rose City Book Pub, 1329 N.E. Fremont St., Portland.

Oregon poets Linda Ferguson and Mimi German read from their collections, Ferguson’s “Of the Forest” and German’s “Beneath the Gravel Weight of Stars.” 7 p.m. April 14, via Annie Bloom’s Books. Register here.

Author Reyna Grande, who is Mexican American, appears as part of the Beaverton City Library’s Who We Are: Exploring Racial Justice & Identity series. Her books include the new novel “A Ballad of Love and Glory.” 7 p.m. April 14, Beaverton City Library, 12375 S.W. Fifth St., Beaverton.; Twitter: @ORAmyW

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Grande Prairie to host Grand Slam of Curling event in October

Grande Prairie to host Grand Slam of Curling event in October

Photo by Candace Boyne.

By Shane Clausing


Feb 22, 2022 | 11:11 AM

The Grand Slam of Curling will be making a stop in Grande Prairie from October 18-23 at the Coca-Cola Centre.

What is being dubbed as the Hearing Life Tour Challenge will bring some of the best curlers in the world to the Swan City.

Originally, a Grand Slam of Curling event was supposed to be held in Grande Prairie back in 2020 and 2021, however, COVID-19 restrictions caused organizers to cancel the events for the year.

Grande Prairie is no stranger to hosting large curling events. The city hosted the Alberta curling provincials this past January and also hosted the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in 2016.