Monday, September 22, 2008

Library Update - September 22nd, 2008

Thanks again to Laurie and the crew at the GPPL for the update that I'll present at tonight's council meeting:

Friends Book Sale a Success!
Congratulations to the Friends of the Library. They held another successful book sale this past weekend. Approximately $1700 was raised.

Gaming @ Your Library
Wii has arrived at the Library! Explore gaming with the Children’s Library. Join us on Saturday October 4 for an afternoon of Wii fun! Refreshments provided. Registration is required so please call 532-3580 ext 226 to claim your spot! Ages 13 – 17.
Saturday Oct 4 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm.

The library will be holding two Fall fundraisers:

Grande Prairie Public Library's Non-Stop Crop
Do you love to scrapbook? Have you always wanted to learn? Before the turkey and the stress this Thanksgiving weekend, kick back and scrapbook with your friends while raising funds for the Library. Join us for 21 hours of uninterrupted cropping fun.

We’ll begin with a pajama party, coffee and snacks on Friday night. Classes will be offered throughout. Looking to start scrapbooking? Join us for a beginner class and start this addictive hobby with a bang!

Vendors will be on-site for all your scrapbooking emergencies. Tools will be available for your use. Prizes will be awarded to the three top fundraisers. Door prizes and goody bags are included. Meals & snacks are provided.

Make a date with your friends and book early as space is limited. Registration forms and pledge sheets will be available at the Library and online at September 2!

Fee: $25.00 + minimum fundraising amount of $50.00
Friday, October 10 at 7 pm to Saturday, October 11 at 4 pm at St. Paul’s United Church.

Franklin the Turtle Comes to Grande Prairie
Mark your calendar for Franklin’s Family Christmas Concert, an evening of fun in support of the Grande Prairie Public Library.

Join Franklin and friends as they get into magical adventures with a dancing snowman, a wacky gingerbread cookie, and a trio of playful elves. Celebrate the holiday season with lots of audience participation, singing, dancing and the jolliest Christmas spirit ever!

Monday, November 10, 2008
Shows at 4:00 pm & 7:00 pm.
Douglas J. Cardinal Theatre at the Grande Prairie Regional College

Tickets: $24 (adult 18 and over) & $18 (child 12 months to 17 years). Children under 12 months requiring a seat must purchase a child’s ticket. No infant carriers, car seats or strollers permitted in the theatre.

Tickets are on sale at the Crystal Centre box office.

Help Improve Muskoseepi Park!

Everyone knows the feeling of having a great idea trapped inside because they don't have an avenue to express it. We all need a soap-box now and then, we need some way to get those great ideas out!

So, if you've ever had a great idea about how to make Muskoseepi Park better, do I have a soap-box for you!

The city is in the process of developing a the Muskoseepi Park master plan. The first phase of developing any plan is to gather public input on the issue. You can have your say on what works, what doesn't, what could be improved and how to go about it!

So even if you are just a casual user of the park who likes to go for walks on the trails or sometimes attends a concert at the amphitheatre we want to hear from you!


There just over 30 questions so make sure you have about 10 or 15 minutes that you can spend.

For those of you with big ideas; your soap-box has arrived.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Northern Alberta Recycling Conference

I'm going to be out of the city for the next couple of days - I'm making the trip to Valleyview for the Northern C.A.R.E. Recycling conference. It actually started today but given the light agenda I thought it would be worth while to stick around GP.

I'll try to do some mobile blogging from the sessions to fill you in on the conference. Oh, for those of you who have a keen interest in banning plastic shopping bags (it's a hot topic after all) check out who is a speaker on Friday morning....

SEPTEMBER 10-12, 2008
Valleyview Memorial Hall, 4432-52 Avenue, Valleyview, AB
Sponsored by Town of Valleyview, Town of Fox Creek, MD of Greenview No. 16 and
Greenview Regional Waste Management Commission

11:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Conference Registration

Light Lunch and Refreshments Prior to Tours

2:00 p.m.
TOURS – Tour Guide – Garry Peterson, CAO - Town of Valleyview
New Valleyview Transfer Station & Recycling Centre
CCS Energy Services
Atco Power Plant
Greenview Regional Landfill Site
GOLFING – at the Riverside Golf and Country Club
(Transportation Provided from Memorial Hall)

6:00 p.m.
Cocktails (Cash Bar)

6:30 p.m.
Welcome & Greetings – Mayor of Town of Valleyview, Mayor of Town of Fox Creek, Reeve of MD of Greenview No. 16

7:00 p.m.
BUFFET BANQUET with Local Entertainment

7:45 a.m.
Exhibit Viewing & Hot Breakfast

8:45 a.m.
Welcome – Sam Wipf - Vice-Chairman – Northern CARE

9:00 a.m.
GARBAGE!! The Revolution Starts at Home – PART 1 – An average
urban family were asked to keep every scrap of garbage that they
created for 3 months, from the organic waste to the stuff flushed down
the potty to the water they drink out of bottles, the air pollution they
create when transporting the kids around, to using lights at Christmas, the
McDonalds discover that for every action there is a reaction that affects
them and the entire planet. Video will be provided to delegates to use as a
social marketing tool

10:15 a.m.

10:45 a.m.
GARBAGE!! The Revolution Starts at Home – PART II
General waste diversion initiatives for the residential sector (householder)
Dave Douglas –VisionQuest Environmental Strategies, Toronto, Ontario


1:00 p.m.
Increase Diversion – The Color of the Bag!! – An overview of maximizing
diversion programs, having safer and quicker inspections for recycling and
composting initiatives – Nova Scotia Too Good to Waste.
Amy Hillyard & Nicole Haverkort – Regional Coordinators/Nova Scotia

2:00 p.m.
Waste Control Regulations – Update and summary of reviewed areas, such as
designated materials, burning materials, landfill prohibitions and limits,
provisions for hazardous wastes and recyclables, waste transfer stations, littering
provisions, and amendments to certified operators. Comments and opposing
views will be taken back and addressed at meetings in October/08.
Janet McLean – Alberta Environment

3:00 p.m.

3:30 p.m.
Energy Recycling – a renewable energy solutions and products including solar
hot water systems for domestic hot water, solar PV systems for producing
electricity, personal biodiesel processors from cooking oil, grey water recycling,
geothermal systems and rainwater collection.
Trimline Design Centre – Harold Verburg

6:00 p.m.
Cocktails (Cash Bar)

6:30 p.m.

8:00 p.m.
Keynote Address - Beyond Blue Boxes – Connecting the Dots.......
Wendy Holm – Economist, Author, and Award Winning Journalist from
Vancouver, BC.

8:00 a.m.
Exhibit Viewing/ Hot Breakfast

9:00 a.m.
Play it Forward – The challenges and update of the “Ban the Plastic Bag” 2007’ program
for the Town of Leaf Rapids, Manitoba.
Ed Charier, Mayor of the Town of Leaf Rapids

9:45 a.m.
Alberta Environment – Update of EPR Task Force and other updates and
information for waste reduction.
Christine Della Costa - Waste Reduction Specialist

10:30 a.m.
Northern CARE - to announce New Regional Initiatives for Northern
CARE Members:

• Regional Scrap Metal Collection Programs
• Regional E-waste Collection Programs
• Update of Proposed Regional Fluorescent Collection Program
• Regional Solar Energy Education Program
• Regional Plastic Bag Workshop
• Proposed Regional Transportation Plan for Recycling &Waste Diversion

11:00 a.m.
Nuclear Energy – Speaker TBA

Closing Remarks – Sam Wipf – Vice- Chairman – Northern CARE &
Councillor for the Town of Valleyview

Conference Ends

Monday, September 8, 2008

Library Update - September 8th 2008

From Laurie and the good folks at the GPPL:

Friends Fall Book Sale
Looking for that rare, out of print or hard to find book? Check out the Friends Book Sale - a treasure trove for the book lover!
Come Saturday for first choice books or arrive Sunday and grab a bag of books for a toonie. Ask about our special preview night for Friends of the Library members. Presented by the Grande Prairie Public Library Friends Society.
Saturday, September 20, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 21, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Spencer Room – Grande Prairie Public Library

Canadian Children’s Author Jean Little Visits the Library
Meet internationally acclaimed and award winning Canadian children’s writer Jean Little as she shares her stories with us. Jean has been writing since 1962 and some of her newest books are part of popular Canadian series such as Dear Canada and Orca Readers. Jean’s books will be on display in the library for the month of September. Registration required. Parents and children of all ages will enjoy this very special visit.
Monday, Sept 22, 2008 from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Spencer Room – Grande Prairie Public Library

Art & Poetry
Join Sabine Schneider in exploring the connections between art and poetry. Local artwork from the Prairie Art Gallery will be incorporated into this exciting program. For ages 6-12. Registration required.
Tuesdays Sept 23, Oct 21, Nov 18 from 1:30 – 3:00 pm


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