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Spock Days, Vul-Con and other community events taking place this weekend

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This weekend will be a busy one in Vulcan with Spock Days and Vul-Con taking place.

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Spock Days, which takes place Friday to Sunday, includes the following:

  • fireworks at 11 p.m. on Friday at the Virginia Mitchell Memorial Park (VMMP);
  • Vulcan Lions Club pancake breakfast on Saturday, from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at the Cultural-Recreational Centre (CRC), 504 4th Ave. S.;
  • parade on Saturday, starting at 10 a.m.;
  • Taste of Vulcan on Saturday, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., along First Avenue North;
  • Family Fun Fair — which includes a petting zoo — on Saturday, from 1-4 p.m., at the Vulcan District Arena, 703 Elizabeth St.;
  • beer gardens throughout the weekend at the VMMP;
  • and a three-day softball tournament.

Lori Gair, who chairs the Spock Days organizing committee, said any individual or group wanting to enter the parade can still do so by showing up on Saturday at 9 a.m. in the arena parking lot, where entrants gather before the parade.

Anyone wanting to volunteer for Spock Days can call Gair at 403-485-0601.

Vulcan’s Star Trek convention takes place this Friday and Saturday.

John Billingsley, who played Doctor Phlox on Star Trek Enterprise, and Chris Doohan, son of deceased Canadian actor James Doohan, who played Montgomery “Scotty” Scott on Star Trek: The Original Series TV show and the associated films, are set to attend this year’s VulCon.

On Friday, a vendors’ market, which is open to the public, runs from 4-7 p.m. in the small gym at County Central High School (CCHS), 504 4 Ave. S.

At the tourism centre, 115 Centre St. E., Friday evening there’s a Red Shirt event starting at 8:15 p.m., a greet event with Billingsley and Doohan at 8:30 p.m., and an outdoor movie, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m.

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On Saturday, the vendors’ market runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in County Central’s small gym, and at the tourism centre there’s a sign unveiling scheduled to take place at 11:15 a.m. and a cosplay event at 11:45 a.m.

At the CRC Saturday afternoon, there’s a question-and-answer session with Billingsley and Doohan from 1-2 p.m., a photograph session with them from 2-4 p.m. and an autograph session with them from 2-5 p.m. At the CRC Saturday evening, cocktails are being served at 5 p.m., followed by dinner from 5:30-7 p.m. The entertainment that evening, from 7-8:30 p.m., is a hypnotist, and there’s also a dance, starting at 8:30 p.m.

Local organizations are also organizing events this weekend.

Vulcan County is hosting a barbecue on Friday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., outside its administration building, 102 Centre St.

The Vulcan Lions Club will be holding a road toll at the intersection of Second Avenue South and Centre Street on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., asking for a donation to pass the intersection. The funds raised go towards the refurbishment of the Lions Playground by the Vulcan Lions Community Pool.

The SODA New to You Thrift Shop is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a free barbecue as well as a fashion show. The event takes place Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., along Second Avenue South.

The Vulcan Municipal Library, 303 Centre St., hosts a book sale on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and is also having its Great Craft Exchange on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Vulcan Senor Centre, also located at 303 Centre St., is selling coffee and baking on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Healthcare Auxiliary is having a pop-up shop, either outside by the library if the weather is good or inside the senior centre if it’s not.