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This Magical Event Is Coming To Alberta & You Can Walk Through Thousands Of Glowing Pumpkins

This Magical Event Is Coming To Alberta & You Can Walk Through Thousands Of Glowing Pumpkins

The spirit of fall reawakens! A magical Halloween event is heading to two Alberta cities next month and you’ll be able to wander through trails of thousands of carved, glowing pumpkins.

Pumpkins After Dark is bringing brand-new displays of pumpkins to Winsport (Calgary) and Borden Park (Edmonton), from late September through to Halloween (full details below). These are jack-o-lanterns like you’ve never seen them before!

As part of the event, over 6,000 hand-carved pumpkins will be used to create stunning sculptures, with music and special effects to bring them to life.

Not only will there be some of the spookiest Halloween characters, but impressive displays of carvings like dinosaurs and dragons and pop culture icons will also stand tall.

If you want to learn more about the incredible process of carving, there will also be live demonstrations happening throughout the event. So you’ll be able to take home some tips to give your own jack-o-lanterns a spooky twist.

There will be a ton of pumpkin photo ops as well as a popular fall treats and sweets up for grabs.

Tickets need to be bought online as none will be available on-site.

Pumpkins After Dark

Price: Tickets for those ages 17 are $21.95

When: September 22 – October 31, 2022 (Calgary) and September 29 – October 31, 2022 (Edmonton)

Address: 88 Canada Olympic Rd S.W., Calgary, AB and 11020 75a St. N.W. #102, Edmonton, AB

Why You Need To Go: You can wander through thousands of hand-carved pumpkin sculptures and displays to get in the Halloween spirit

Accessibility: Some areas may be difficult to navigate and will require assistance


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Coffin walk, candlelight vigil honour overdose victims in Vancouver

Coffin walk, candlelight vigil honour overdose victims in Vancouver

Families who have lost loved ones to toxic drugs gathered in downtown Vancouver Friday night to draw attention to the overdose crisis plaguing the province.

Moms Stop the Harm hosted a coffin walk, where people carried coffins symbolizing how many people died in each year since the overdose crisis was declared a public health emergency in 2016, shining a spotlight on the number of deaths, which is soaring.

“When my son dies, and more people are dying every day, something needs to change: attitudes need to change and we need a safe supply,” said Matthew Witt, who marched in honour of his 20-year-old son Sebastian.

Sebastian died from fentanyl poisoning in 2015. He was alone in his bedroom when he died.

Witt believes the stigma prevented his son from asking for help.

“He relapsed the first time. He was OK, but he was, I suppose, humiliated, in a way, that he relapsed, and so he hid,” Witt explained.

Earlier this month, the province released the latest statistics on illicit drug toxicity deaths, showing data for the first six months of the year.

B.C. reached a grim milestone, as more than 10,000 people have died since the health emergency as declared six years ago.

“We have to wrap our minds around the fact that the drugs are toxic, and they will continue to kill. So we need to ask the question: What do we do about the deaths? Not what do we do about addiction?” said Deb Bailey, of the Vancouver chapter of Moms Stop the Harm.

Chief Coroner Lisa Lapointe said on Aug. 16 that safe supply has been slow to roll out due to the reluctance of some clinicians to prescribe drugs, for a “variety of reasons.”

Bailey said it is time to move faster as the number of causalities continue to climb.

“We really need to iron that out: Who can distribute safe supply? Where do people get it?” she said. “We’re just looking for a regulated, safe, clean supply for people – that’s all. We’re not looking to legalize it or anything. We just need to stop the deaths.”

The group will be hosting more events leading up to International Overdose Awareness Day on Aug. 31. 

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Heidi’s Walk returning to in-person event on Sept. 18

Heidi’s Walk returning to in-person event on Sept. 18

August 25, 2022   ·  

By Paula Brown

Family Transition Place (FTP) is taking steps to raise awareness of violence against women with upcoming event – Heidi’s Walk for Hope.  

The 5 km walk around Island Lake is scheduled to take place on Sept. 18.

“It’s something that we’ve been looking forward to in so many different ways,” said Brennan Solecky, FTP’s director of development and culture. “The last two years, by nature of the global health climate we were in, the walk had to be virtual, but we knew that wasn’t our ideal. The in-person experience is something that can’t be recreated. We’re looking forward to having everyone together again because there’s a certain energy and collective response that virtual just doesn’t achieve.”

Typically, Family Transition Place hosts two of their events, Heidi’s Walk and the HOPE Project, separately, but this year they’ve thoughtfully joined the two together to create Heidi’s Walk for Hope.  

“It made really good sense to bring them together because they do have similar event mandates that’s to raise awareness and to raise much needed funds towards ending violence against women,” said Solecky. “A lot of people believe quite naively but naturally, if you’ve not been expose to it, that violence can only mean abuse and physical abuse, but it is so much broader than that. Bringing these two events together, it gives us a platform in which to generate awareness about the different types of violence that exist.”

Heidi’s Walk is an annual memorial walk in honour of former Orangeville resident Heidi Ferguson, who tragically died on Sept. 12, 2009 following a domestic dispute with her estranged husband. The incident occurred shortly after Heidi filed for divorce.

In 2012, the Ferguson Memorial Walk (2012-2018) was started by Heidi’s parents, Gus and Penny Bogner, as a way to honour their daughter’s legacy. Hosted by Family Transition Place, the event is now known as Heidi’s Walk. Since it’s inception in 2012, the memorial walk has raised over $150,000 for FTP programs and services.

“A lot of folks don’t believe that violence against women is as prevalent an issue as it is and I think through Heidi’s story, it’s almost the picture that it can be happening to anyone,” said Solecky.

While the event is centred around a 5 km memorial walk it will also include guest speakers, a silent auction and raffle, a vendor’s market and a restorative yoga class with GoYoga Orangeville for $20 a person.

Heidi’s Walk for Hope will not only serve as a memorial walk to raise awareness of violence against women, but will also serve as a way to raise funds for FTP’s programs and services, including their Youth Education Program.

The FTP Youth Education Program is an eight-week lesson designed to teach kids about healthy relationships to help eliminate violence. Since it’s inception in 2011, the program has benefitted more than 50,000 students in over 40 schools.

“It’s a prevention lens, they know how to recognize what is unhealthy or healthy or what is an effective relationship even in their peers,” said Solecky. “Our goal through this programing is hopefully that in their older years they’re able to recognize and support their friends, but also that they won’t need our services, although they’ll continue to be available for those that do.”

This year, Family Transition Place has a goal of raising $50,000 for their programs and services.

Registration is now open to take part in the memorial walk with a $40 fee for adults and no cost for children 12 and under.

Those interested in being a sponsor or in-kind donor for the event-day silent auction or raffle can contact Kelly Lee at 519-942-4122, ext. 243, or email

For more information about Heidi’s Walk for Hope visit

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Canada’s Evan Dunfee takes 1st in 10,000m race walk event at Harry Jerome Classic | CBC Sports

Canada's Evan Dunfee takes 1st in 10,000m race walk event at Harry Jerome Classic | CBC Sports

Evan Dunfee’s biggest competitor Tuesday was someone he couldn’t even see.

A year after smashing his own national record in the 10,000-metre race walk at the Harry Jerome Classic in Burnaby, B.C., the Canadian was back and looking to repeat the feat.

Dunfee finished first with a time of 40 minutes 38.99 seconds on Tuesday, but couldn’t beat the 38:39.72 he posted in 2021.

“It was tough out there, thinking with like, 500 [metres] to go being like, ‘I just finished this race this time last year,”‘ he said. “You know, never fun to be lapped by your ghost but it’s just a different point.

“Last year, I was in the best shape I’ve ever been in leading into Tokyo and everything was going better than I could have possibly imagined.”

Dunfee followed his performance at last year’s Harry Jerome Classic with a bronze-medal performance at the Tokyo Olympics, finishing the 50-kilometre race walk in 3 hours 50 minutes and 59 seconds.

With a nagging upper-hamstring injury, the 31-year-old said he isn’t in quite the same form this season, but he’s working his way up to July’s World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Ore.

Where his race walking career goes after this season, however, remains unclear.

Dunfee said he’d love to compete in the 20-kilometre race walk at the Paris Olympics in 2024, but right now he’s looking ahead to another passion: municipal politics. He’s running for city council in Richmond, B.C., this fall.

The new challenge has been really enjoyable, Dunfee said.

“There’ve been days where I’ve been like ‘Ah, I know, I have to go do my like easy 10k. But I really want to read this 200-page planning document,”‘ he said. “I just dove headfirst into this municipal politics thing and I’m trying to find a new way to use my platform and my community involvement to find some fun ways to really contribute to my community in new ways.”

The two-time Olympian will have one advantage over the other candidates heading into the vote on Oct. 15.

“If nothing else, I’m going to be the most efficient door knocker,” Dunfee said with a smile.

This year’s Harry Jerome Classic features several Canadian Olympians, including Madeleine Kelly, who finished 31st in the women’s 800m in Tokyo and Damian Warner, who took gold in the decathlon.

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Week of events launch effort for Alzheimer’s walk – Austin Daily Herald

Week of events launch effort for Alzheimer’s walk - Austin Daily Herald

With an eye toward increasing participation in Austin, organizers for the Albert Lea/Austin Walk to End Alzheimer’s are expanding some of the summer events in Austin this year.

Taking a cue from Paint the Town Pink, the week of June 20-25 has been designated Paint the Town Purple in honor of the walk and will feature events in both communities.

It will also serve as a precursor to the walk itself, which will be held on Sept. 17, at Frank Hall Park in Albert Lea.

“This year, more than ever, we have a lot more events in Austin, which can get more people involved,” said Walk chair Jaclyn Bird.

Several events will be held throughout that week that haven’t been in Austin before in the hopes that the walk can make full use of the two communities who are so close to one another.

The goal is simple: get people involved.

“We just kind of wanted to get the word out that there are some of these events happening and obviously, our walk is in September,” Bird said. “This is our big push to get the word out.”

Organizers are hoping for over 200 participants this year for the walk, which takes place in September. They are hoping that next week’s events will help generate excite in Austin to take part in the Albert Lea walk. Photo provided

Bird, who has been involved with the walk since 2019, first as a member of the committee and then as walk chair for the last two years, has a vested interest in being so closely connected to the walk.

The company of which she is a part of, Edward Jones, is a presenting sponsor and through her clients she sees the effects Alzheimer’s has on families.

On a personal level, her grandfather grappled with Alzheimer’s disease for the last eight years and finally succumbed earlier this year.

All of these things have contributed to Bird pushing for more Austin participation in the walk. In just two short years, Bird has seen the results of the push.

“It was just far enough away for the businesses … They want to make sure it’s going for a good cause and get a little bit of publicity for it and that’s understandable,” Bird said. “We’re seeing a transition now and we’re getting more support.”

“A lot more sponsorships for sure,” Bird continued. “Businesses are taking the time, volunteers too. We’ve had businesses say we can’t necessarily sponsor, especially coming out of COVID-19, it’s been tough for sponsorship dollars, but they say ‘we’ve got 10 employees, what do we need to volunteer?’”

In the past, the walk has been averaging just under 200 participants, which breaks down to around 23 teams. This year’s goal has organizers hoping for over 200 participants.

For Bird, the hope remains that more events can find their way over to Austin.

“I would eventually like to see if we could get more events at least,” Bird said. “Not the full walk, because I don’t want to take that away from Albert Lea either, because they’ve done an amazing job over the last couple years. Just more walkers. The businesses have been amazing so far. If we can keep that momentum and get more walkers in Austin, that would be ideal.”

Schedule of events

June 20: Stop by Ignite Nutrition in Albert Lea (701) Marshall Street and Rave Nutrition in Austin (310 Main Street North). A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the walk.

June 21: Austin Kick-off Party hosted by Edward Jones, 4-6 p.m. at 1405 15th Avenue NW. Sunny’s Ice Cream, face painting by Matchbox Children’s Theatre and all the answers to walk questions.

June 22: Albert Lea Kickoff Party — Wind Down Wednesday, 5-7 p.m. in Historic Downtown. Get information for and register for the 2022 walk. Stop by Mocha and Mini LLC (1317 SE Broadway Avenue). A portion of all proceeds for the day will be donated to the walk.

June 23: Purple Hat Lunch at the Mower County Senior Center. Show up in a purple hat between 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and receive a free lunch courtesy of the Cedars of Austin. Treat yourself to Papa Murphy’s pizza in Albert Lea. A portion of all proceeds from 3-7 p.m. will be donated to the walk.

June 24: Get your boost at The Coffee House on Main (329 Main Street North, Austin). A portion of all proceeds from 9 a.m. to noon will be donated to the walk.

June 25: Sweet Reads Books and Candy (407 Main Street North, Austin). Enjoy readings from local authors starting at 11 a.m.

Look for donation boxes while you dine at Bleachers, Pizza Ranch and Trumble’s 2.0H.

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Walk for Lupus – GlobalNews Events

Lupus SK Society Inc. is holding the annual Walk For Lupus – virtually, at a location of your choice, whether it’s in your neighborhood or in your home; or meet up with us in person at White Butte Trails (2182 Range Road, White Butte) on Saturday, May 28th. Registration is at 12:30 p.m. and the Walk starts at 1:00 p.m.

To receive your pledge sheet or sponsor a walker, visit For more information contact Michelle Heichert at or 306-251-0821.

Funds are used for furthering research, public awareness and education into lupus. Lupus SK provides support services for those with lupus and their families. Enjoy the great Saskatchewan outdoors and help raise money to help us reach the goal of LIFE WITHOUT LUPUS!

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Walk for Alzheimer’s returns to in-person event in Abbotsford – Abbotsford News

Walk for Alzheimer’s returns to in-person event in Abbotsford - Abbotsford News

The IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s takes place in Abbotsford on Sunday, May 29.

The event, one of many taking place across the province, is held at Gardner Park, 31070 Gardner Ave. Registration is at 11 a.m., and walk time is from noon to 2 p.m.

This year’s Abbotsford honouree is Percy Barnes, whose wife, Leone, passed away last fall. She was in the later stages of dementia and moved into long-term care at Tabor Home during the pandemic.

Barnes now manages his grief by sharing his story and talking openly about his mental health at an Alzheimer Society of B.C. virtual caregiver support group.

“I was so afraid to talk about dementia, but learned to speak up and admit it’s a disease. So many people suffer in silence because of the stigma. Nobody wants to talk about dementia,” he said.

The Walk for Alzeheimer’s brings together thousands of people across the province with a common mission: to raise funds to support people living with dementia and enable research into the causes and cures.

It’s also a way local families and caregivers can celebrate and remember people in their lives who have been affected by dementia.

Funds raised allow the Alzheimer Society of B.C. to provide programs and services to people in the Fraser Valley who are affected by dementia.

Cathryn France, director of resource development at the Alzheimer Society of B.C., said although the causes of dementia are still elusive, it’s known that being physically and socially active can reduce risk of developing the disease.

“The IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s is a great way to get some exercise, be social, and raise funds for an important cause,” she said.

While events are taking place in more than 20 communities across the province on May 29, the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s “Walk your Way” option allows supporters to also walk at a time and place of their choosing.

Visit to register, fundraise and learn more about the event.

Alzheimer’s Disease

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MS Walk 2022 – GlobalNews Events

MS Walk 2022 - GlobalNews Events

Canada has one of the highest rates of multiple sclerosis in the world But on Sunday, May 29, you can join thousands of Canadians at MS Walk and walk

Toward a world free of MS. You’ll help raise funds that are invested in some of the best research and services right here in Canada.

These programs are fundamental to changing lives and can only happen with your support.

On Sunday, May 29, walk around the block, in your backyard or at a local park, to support the 90,000 Canadians living with MS.

Register today at