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Event-filled day on Aug. 27 to benefit Lacombe & District Historical Society – Lacombe Express

Event-filled day on Aug. 27 to benefit Lacombe & District Historical Society - Lacombe Express

Lacombe will be hopping on Aug. 27 with exciting events being hosted throughout the day by the Lacombe & District Historical Society.

With the day serving as an important fundraising event for the Society, one of the key highlights will be the Servus Credit Union Harvest Dinner, explained Martin Bierens, Museum assistant.

“Servus is the title sponsor of that event,” he said, adding that proceeds will be going back to the Society to help fund everything from operations at the Michener House Museum, the Blacksmith Shop Museum and educational community programming to the creation of various exhibits.

“We kind of see it as an end-of-summer celebration,” he said.

“We also want to see it as a community-building event where we bring lots of people together and have a lot of fun.”

The four-course dinner, described as a farm-to-fork culinary experience, starts at 6 p.m. and will be held in the Lest We Forget Memorial Park next to the LMC.

Beer-pairing to each course will be provided by Blindman Brewing, Bierens said, adding that what’s being served that night is being kept a secret until the actual event.

The four courses will be prepared by four local chefs – an appetizer will be made by Laura Huband of Toller’s Bistro; the salad will be created by Matt Burton from FORNO; the main course is from Derek Layden of Millie Oak Cafe and Catering and dessert will be provided by George Saganis and Lance Sharpe of Leto’s Steakhouse & Bar.

Drinks will be provided by Hans Doef of Blindman Brewing.

“All the ingredients for the dinner are also being sourced from within Lacombe County,” said Bierens.

“We thought we were setting ourselves up for a big challenge but there are so many great farms who are willing to work with us – they are willing to donate for the dinner. We are really grateful,” he said. “We have so many people involved.”

Along with the dinner, there will also be silent and live auctions.

“Proceeds from both the silent and live auctions will be going to the Museum, too.”

Another highlight will be the Lacombe County 2022 Ag Tour, which will be visiting several local farms, said Bierens. Tickets for the tour must be purchased separately.

“Lacombe County actually has an Eventbrite post for that.

Also, check out the Lacombe Museum Artisan Market and the Blacksmith Shop Museum Hammer-In Festival – both will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

At last count, about 20 artisans had signed up to showcase their wares at the market. “We still have spots open for last-minute sign-ups,” he said, adding that the market will be held along 49 St. As for the Hammer-In Festival, Bierens said visiting blacksmiths from all over Alberta will be in attendance.

“Both the Lacombe Museum Artisan Market and the Blacksmith Shop Museum Hammer-In Festival are free to attend. Of course, people are always welcome to donate,” he said.

Ultimately, Bierens said it’s a year of ‘firsts’.

“It’s the first year we’ve done the artisan market, the first year for the dinner and the first year for the bus tour. So we are really excited. It’s a full day of events,” he said. “And it’s going to be a blast.

“We’ve also gotten such a great community response.”

Bierens said some businesses and organizations even had approached the Society, wanting to be part of the day’s events.

“It’s really exciting to see that what we are doing here at the Museum is being recognized across the wider region.”

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Henderson Historical Society sets summer events

Henderson Historical Society sets summer events

HENDERSON — The Henderson New York Historical Society is planning a variety of events this summer, including Henderson Heritage Day.

The 15th annual Henderson Heritage Day and juried craft show will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 13, when people can expect to attend a “party-picnic,” Elaine Scott, secretary of the Henderson Historical Society, said.

The day will officially begin at 8:45 a.m. with a ceremony at the society’s Arthur Rice Memorial Flag Pole. The ceremony will end at 9 a.m. when the old church bell will ring, signifying the start of the day.

Music will be provided by Tom “24” Ventiquattro from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Free raffles will be available throughout the day.

The historical society also has a boat annex, named the Peters-Stevens Boat Annex to honor the families that donated and helped “preserve the boating heritage of Henderson,” according to the society’s website.

“People get lost in the boat annex,” Ms. Scott said. “It starts with the ship building during the War of 1812, and goes into the great supply freighters that were built in Henderson Harbor … That’s a lot of fun over there.”

The historical society also offers a program called “Find a Grave,” which will be available to people during regular hours on July 20 and Aug. 17.

Syracuse writer Sheila Burns will be at the historical society on July 27 and Aug. 24.

At 3 p.m. both days, Ms. Burns will be leading a program titled “Write Your Story.”

“She did a writing program for us before COVID and people were so excited they said, ‘Please, have her come back again,’” Ms. Scott said. “She’s a lot of fun.”

The team at the Henderson Historical Society is all unpaid volunteers and Ms. Scott says that they are “totally committed.”

The historical society is open from noon to 3 p.m. Wednesdays and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays, and by appointment for researchers.

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Grand Strand Humane Society hosting free pet adoption events in July

Grand Strand Humane Society hosting free pet adoption events in July

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) – The Grand Strand Humane Society is hosting free adoptions over the next two weeks for those looking to add a new member to the family.

The shelter recently announced that it has no open cages remaining and are looking to get as many animals adopted as possible.

GSHS will hold adoption events for cats and kittens from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the shelter’s location at Tanger Outlets off Highway 501, across from Carolina Pottery and behind The Uniform Outlet.

A separate event for dogs and puppies will be held on July 16 and 17 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the GSHS location on Mr. Joe White Avenue and 21st Avenue North in Myrtle Beach.

The events also fall as part of the annual statewide PickMe! SC campaign, organized by No Kill South Carolina and the Charleston Animal Society. The campaign runs through July 17.

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Norway terror alert raised after deadly mass shooting during Oslo Pride events

Norway terror alert raised after deadly mass shooting during Oslo Pride events

The Norwegian security service PST has raised its terror alert to the highest level after a mass shooting left two people dead and many wounded during Pride week in Oslo.

Acting PST chief Roger Berg called the shootings an “extreme Islamist terror act.” He said the gunman, who was arrested shortly after the shootings, had a “long history of violence and threats.”

Investigators said the suspect, identified as a 42-year-old Norwegian citizen originally from Iran, opened fire at three locations in downtown Oslo.

While the motive was unclear, organizers of Oslo Pride canceled a parade that was set for Saturday as the highlight of a weeklong festival. One of the shootings happened outside the London Pub, a bar popular with the city’s LGBTQ community, just hours before the parade was set to begin.

Police attorney Christian Hatlo said the suspect was being held on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and terrorism, based on the number of people targeted at multiple locations.

“Our overall assessment is that there are grounds to believe that he wanted to cause grave fear in the population,” Hatlo said.

Hatlo said the suspect’s mental health was also being investigated.

“We need to go through his medical history, if he has any. It’s not something that we’re aware of now,” he said.

The shootings happened around 1 a.m. local time, sending panicked revelers fleeing into the streets or trying to hide from the gunman.

Olav Roenneberg, a journalist from Norwegian public broadcaster NRK, said he witnessed the shooting.

“I saw a man arrive at the site with a bag. He picked up a weapon and started shooting,” Roenneberg told NRK. “First I thought it was an air gun. Then the glass of the bar next door was shattered and I understood I had to run for cover.”

Another witness, Marcus Nybakken, 46, said he was alerted to the incident by a commotion in the area.

“When I walked into Cesar’s bar there were a lot of people starting to run and there was a lot of screaming. I thought it was a fight out there, so I pulled out. But then I heard that it was a shooting and that there was someone shooting with a submachine gun,” Nybakken told Norwegian broadcaster TV2.

Police inspector Tore Soldal said two of the shooting victims died and 10 people were being treated for serious injuries, but none of them was believed to be life-threatening.

Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere said in a Facebook post that “the shooting outside London Pub in Oslo tonight was a cruel and deeply shocking attack on innocent people.”

He said that while the motive was unclear, the shooting had caused fear and grief in the LGBTQ community.

“We all stand by you,” Gahr Stoere wrote.

King Harald V also offered condolences and said he and Norway’s royal family were “horrified by the night’s shooting tragedy.”

“We sympathize with all relatives and affected and send warm thoughts to all who are now scared, restless and in grief,” the Norwegian monarch said in a statement. “We must stand together to defend our values: freedom, diversity and respect for each other. We must continue to stand up for all people to feel safe.”

Christian Bredeli, who was at the bar, told Norwegian newspaper VG that he hid on the fourth floor with a group of about 10 people until he was told it was safe to come out.

“Many were fearing for their lives,” he said. “On our way out we saw several injured people, so we understood that something serious had happened.”

Norwegian broadcaster TV2 showed footage of people running down Oslo streets in panic as shots rang out in the background.

Investigators said the suspect was known to police, as well as to Norway’s security police, but not for any major violent crimes. His criminal record included a narcotics offense and a weapons offense for carrying a knife, Hatlo said.

Hatlo said police seized two weapons after the attack: a handgun and an automatic weapon, both of which he described as “not modern” without giving details.

He said the suspect had not made any statement to the police and was in contact with a defense lawyer.

Hatlo said it was too early to say whether the gunman specifically targeted members of the LGBTQ community.

“We have to look closer at that, we don’t know yet,” he said.

Still, police advised organizers of the Pride festival to cancel the parade Saturday.

“Oslo Pride therefore urges everyone who planned to participate or watch the parade to not show up. All events in connection with Oslo Prides are canceled,” organizers said on the official Facebook page of the event.

Inge Alexander Gjestvang, leader of FRI, the Norwegian organisation for sexual and gender diversity, said the shooting has shaken the Nordic country’s gay community.

“It’s tough for the queer movement to experience this,” he was quoted by TV2 as saying. “We encourage everyone to stand together, take care of each other. We’ll be back later, proud, visible but right now it’s not the time for that.”

Norway has a relatively low crime rate but has experienced violent attacks by right-wing extremists, including one of the worst mass shootings in Europe in 2011, when a gunman killed 69 people on the island of Utoya after setting off a bomb in Oslo that left eight dead.

In 2019, another right-wing extremist killed his stepsister and then opened fire in a mosque but was overpowered before anyone there was injured.

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Harriston and District Horticultural Society gathered to review events

Harriston and District Horticultural Society gathered to review events

Flower show – The Harriston and District Horticultural Society held a busy meeting at the train station in Harriston on June 15. Linda Campbell reported on a very successful garden festival, which was held on June 4 after an absence of two years due to COVID-19. The society celebrated the Year of the Garden by giving away 100 red begonias and tomato plants at the festival. A mini flower and design show was judged by district president Kathy Bouma. This was followed by a talk by member Willa Wick on the topic of dahlias and chrysanthemums. She has taken a great interest in starting plants from seed and gave away a number of her homegrown plants. The meeting ended with refreshments courtesy of Lorna Collins.


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Witsuwit’en Language & Culture Society putting on event to celebrate dictionary release

Witsuwit’en Language & Culture Society putting on event to celebrate dictionary release

To celebrate the release of the Official Witsuwit’en-English Dictionary, the Witsuwit’en Language & Culture Society is going to be holding two events where copies of the dictionary will be handed out.

The first event will be held this Friday at the Witset First Nation Multiplex, located at 205 Beaver Rd, from 1 PM to 3 PM.

As of right now, the second event has neither a date or a venue scheduled.

The first event will see members of the Hagwilget and Witset First Nations allowed to attend and the second event will allow members of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation, Ts’il Kaz Koh, Nee Tahi Buhn, and Skin Tyee to come.

For more information on these events, you can call 250 847 3166.

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Catholic archdiocese apologizes to pride society for blocking White Rock event | CBC News

Catholic archdiocese apologizes to pride society for blocking White Rock event | CBC News

An LGBTQ+ pride society in B.C.’s Lower Mainland has received an apology from local Catholic church authorities, three years after a parish forbade them from hosting an event at a church-owned facility.

In April 2019, the White Rock Pride Society wanted to host a dinner-and-dance event at the Star of the Sea Community Centre in the city, which is located south of Vancouver.

However, the centre was owned by the Star of the Sea Parish. The parish told the society that the rental could not happen, because the pride society does not align with the values of the Catholic Church.

Ernie Klassen, president of the pride society, then filed a complaint with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal, alleging discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

Three years later, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver — the Catholic authority responsible for the Lower Mainland — has issued an apology to the society, after multiple meetings before the complaint went to tribunal.

“We came up finally with an agreement that we are all really happy with,” Klassen told CBC News. 

“It’s a win-win situation for the pride society as well as for the Catholic Church.”

In the public apology posted on the archdiocese’s website, the church said the meetings and apology were “aimed at repairing the relationship between White Rock Pride and the Parish.”

Ernie Klassen said in 2019 that the parish’s decision not to rent the hall to his organization for a pride event is discriminatory. He has now received an apology from the Vancouver archdiocese. (Nic Amaya/CBC)

“We acknowledge that these actions have resulted in increased divisiveness between our faith community and the LGBTQ2+ community, as well as with the individuals, including friends and family members, who support them,” the apology reads.

Klassen said the church committed to changing its policies to see how they can become more welcoming toward the LGBTQ+ community.

With regard to renting event space, he said local churches would have to now go through the archdiocese if the pride society requested a church-owned space.

Star of the Sea Community Centre in White Rock is owned by the local parish, Star of the Sea Parish. The parish now has to go through the archdiocese if they receive a rental request from the pride society. (Nic Amaya/CBC)

“We had a lot of members of the Catholic Church who reached out to us and thanked us for our work, to address the fact that the LGBTQ community did not feel welcome within the Catholic Church,” Klassen said.

He said he hopes B.C. churches have positive interactions with the LGBTQ+ community at the grassroots level going forward.

James Borkowski, delegate for operations at the Vancouver archdiocese, said he gives Klassen a lot of credit for being open with the church after he filed the complaint.

“In order to love better and to be a more welcoming church, sometimes we have to start with an apology for the times that we have not loved,” he said.

“As soon as we started that process, we found that we had a lot in common. We both agreed that this could be resolved much more amicably and even fruitfully through building the relationship — as opposed to spending more time with lawyers.”

Borkowski said he also hopes that the Catholic Church is more accepting of LGBTQ+ people going forward, and that they “emphasize the humanity” of those who wish to enter a dialogue with them.

As for the pride society, they said they would celebrate the announcement and organize more pride events going into July.

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Vancouver Pride Society announces full return to in-person events for 2022 – BC |

Vancouver Pride Society announces full return to in-person events for 2022 - BC |

The Vancouver Pride Parade has announced it is bringing back a full slate of in-person events this year.

The popular event was impacted in the last few years by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The theme this year will be Together Again with nearly two full months of events celebrating the LGBTQ2 communities.

The theme “is meant to highlight the excitement and importance of 2SLGBTQAI+ communities taking up space and gathering for in-person, community-focused events once more,” the Pride Society said in a release.

The dedicated Vancouver Pride week, with events including the Vancouver Pride Parade and Sunset Beach Festival, will take place from July 21 to Aug. 1.

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“It’s been three years since we’ve had our major in-person Pride events in Vancouver for a variety of reasons,” said Lee Keple, interim executive director of VPS said in a release. “COVID-19 has presented a number of challenges for event organizers like us as well as the 2SLGBTQAI+ communities that we serve. To have our signature programming safely return to Vancouver, to see these communities coming together again to celebrate Pride — it’s something we’ve been waiting for and working towards for a long time.”

The full schedule is available on the Vancouver Pride website.

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