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Shop local with Christmas at Casa today

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November is too early to think about Christmas shopping. But  if you want to get it over with then why not shop local and support  your neighbourhood artisans and businesses rather than some faceless corporation selling you rubbish from overseas.

 The tenth annual Christmas at Casa continues today, Saturday, Nov. 19 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on both floors of Casa.

Carson Froelich  performing at Christmas at Casa, Nov. 18. Photo by Richard Amery

“ it’s unreal  that this is our tenth year,” noted  the allied Arts Council Communications manager Kelaine Devine.


“ It’s been steady, said  Devine, watching the last flood of early  Christmas  shoppers close off  the first night on Friday.

“ It feels like a family. You see a group of people here you only see once a year, and after  it’s show and tell  because everyone is so excited to show you what they bought,” she enthused, adding they are at full capacity again.


 pre-Covid  Christmas at Casa attracted over 4,000 people  coming though the doors of the two day event.


“ We have 100 artists this year,” she continued, noting  there is beadwork, leatherwork, pottery, painters and woodturners. Local guilds including the Textiles Surface Guild, the Lethbridge  Handicraft Guild of Weavers, the Lethbridge Society of Glass Artisans and Lethbridge Artists club are also participating.


SAAG Social 2 to feature music and food

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Get to know the Southern Alberta Art Gallery (SAAG) as the second annual SAAG social returns to the gallery Nov. 3 from 7-10 p.m.


 there will  live music and the return of the Owl Acoustic Lounge poutine bar, ice cream samples from Milkman Milk Bar, Flamingo Floss cotton candy courtesy Urban Studio Interior Design, beverages from Last Best Brewing and Distilling,  a silent auction, 50/50 raffle and more.

Steven William Foord plays the SAAG Social, Nov. 3. Photo by RichardAmery


“ We really enjoyed seeing Festival square across the street from us during the summer. It brought a lot of energy back to the downtown, which we’re hoping to carry forward into the Fall and Winter,” said SAAG communications co-ordinator Jeremy Franchuk.


“ We started it last year in the wake of the pandemic. It’s a fundraiser for the SAAG, but it\s also about bringing the community together,” he said.


Word on the Street celebrates with books and music

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Word On The Street returned as a live event outside the Lethbridge Public Library, Sept. 17.


Carter Felker plays Word on the Street, Sept. 17. Photo by Richard Amery

Word on the Street a had beautiful weather and a laid back feel as throngs of people threaded their way through assorted tents and booths featuring a plethora of authors promoting their work.

 The music matched the laid back feel.


 I caught the end of Calgary country musician Carter Felker’s set


 He sang a solid set of original solo work, focussing on the more literature inspired songs.


Local country/ folk band Starpainter continued in the same vein, playing a song inspired by John Steinbeck.


 They played their usual strong, laid back set.

Starpainter playing Word on the Street, Sept. 17. Photo by Richard Amery

— by Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor


Arts Days 2022 features murals and outdoor events

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Every day is arts day, but September is arts month.

Karen Romanchuk is among the performers  at ArtsDays. Phot by Richard Amery


“ September is the month of the artist,” said Allied Arts Council Communications manager Kelaine Devine who is excited about another ArtsDays.


 “ THere’s lots of events happening this week,” Devine said, noting Word on the Street is the  unofficial kickoff to Arts Days.


 This year, there is a focus on murals and painting, though there will be plenty of buskers  performing all week from Sept. 23 - 30  and outdoor events  at Rotary Square outside Casa and  in Festival Square.


“It’s more fun to have events out doors. But All of them can be moved indoors ,” she continued, adding  the Allied Arts Council started moving towards outdoor events during Covid and continued. 

Alexis Bialobzyski will be poetry busking in the streets, writing spontaneous poems by request.


 Most of the fun begins on Friday. Artists will be at work at he Casa kiosks and outside local businesses.


Check out the new exhibits at Casa and the SAAG while you’re downtown. And a lot of new murals are being created in back alleys. So there will be a public art walk from 5-6 p.m. taking a tour of them.

The AAC pop up gallery opens Friday Sept. 23  from 6-8 p.m.


There will be a public art bus tour, Saturday. Sept. 2 which leaves from Casa at 2 p.m.. using the culture bus that was operating all summer.

 One of the highlights is an exhibit on the roof of the Helen Schuler Nature  Centre.

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