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Happening in Edmonton: August 12-14

Blog by Sara Kalke | August 11th, 2016

When I was thirteen, my best friend and I lived all summer on a horse farm.  This was a dream come true!  I had been obsessed with horses (as many little girls are), since at least grade one, and was thrilled to spend three months learning to ride and care for my favourite animals.  Highlights of my summer include watching the birth of a foal, competing in horse shows, and riding in parades.  Since then, I haven’t had much of a chance to interact with horses, being a city girl, but I sometimes wonder if I could have become a real horsewoman like Sara if I had taken the chance.

Cowboys for Kids

This Sunday, Sara is hosting Cowboys for Kids at Victoria Park.  The free client appreciation picnic is a chance to have fun and kick up our cowboy-boot-clad heels. Donations to the Stollery Children’s Hospital will be accepted onsite, with 100% going to the hospital.  There will be western-themed games and activities, such as roping lessons, pony rides, and potato sack races, as well as a bouncy castle for the kids. The menu includes gourmet burgers made from locally-sourced ground beef from ACME Meats, popcorn, and cotton candy. Bring your picnic blanket and your best western wear. RSVP on Eventbrite: cowboysforkidspicnic.eventbrite.ca

Other Events:

Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival runs from August 11-21 in Old Strathcona. With 44 venues hosting live theatre shows, buskers, food vendors, and free outdoor performances, you’ll find plenty to do.  KidsFringe has an array of free performances, games, and activities for the little ones.

Sir Winston Churchill Square is home to the Edmonton Latin Festival this weekend.  This free two-day event celebrates Latin cultures through song and dance performances, food, and much more.

Unscheduled Fun:

The Perseids meteor shower is at its peak this weekend, and this year’s meteor count is expected to be double the usual.  If the night is clear, spray on some bug repellent and find somewhere dark and open to lay back and enjoy the show.

What I’m Doing This Weekend:

This weekend my family and I are driving to the mountains to spend a week with a large portion of my husband’s family.  As the only non-golfer between the ages of ten and eighty, I will be doing a lot of reading and a bit of babysitting.  We will hike mountain trails, visit hot springs, and maybe spend an afternoon floating down the river.

- Joanna

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