September 2013

There are 10 blog entries for September 2013.

Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jikatu/9563502598/Finding the right activities for your kids, after moving to a new area, isn't easy. Sometimes the things they love the most have already started and you have to wait until the new season starts. This can make it hard to get your kids involved and help them make new friends. However, the MacDonald Island Dance Academy might be able to help with programs for kids of all ages and even adults.

This full service dance studio offers all types of classes including:

  • Jazz
  • Modern
  • Lyrical
  • Hip-Hop
  • Ballet
  • Tap

With the best instructors in the area and plenty of classes offered for all different skill levels, this is a great place for all your dance classes. They even offer a special "Star Program" for children thirty months to six years of

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If you're moving to Fort McMurray and you prefer a friendly neighbourhood known for peace and quiet, Abasand Heights is the right place for you. Most of the locals call this neighbourhood, simply "Abasand" and it's set on a hill between two valleys. The Horse and Clearwater Rivers are close by, providing beautiful views, along with the boreal forest.

Many residents can enjoy incredible views right out the back window of their home with both the forest and the river valleys nearby. The neighbourhood has a feeling of isolation because of the north-to-south shape with a focused along Athabasca Avenue. It seems as if Abasand Heights is hidden in the wilderness, but it's only five minutes from downtown.

Abasand is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Fort

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If you're unaware of the Neil Young and Daryl Hannah movie from the oilsands, that's okay. It wasn't that big of a deal, but another film called Left for Dead: The Legend of Wild Bill was at the Cineplex competition this year and many found it to be absolutely hilarious. It was filmed by three young men in Fort McMurray and will make its way to the Edmonton International Film Festival this year.

About a month from now the Radical Reels event will happen, which is perfect for the adrenaline junkie. It's going to happen on October 3rd at 7:30pm at the Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts. Tickets are on sale now.

Another event worth mentioning is the City Centre Half Marathon. It happens in just a few weeks and you can run or walk in the

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StatsCan or Statistics Canada found that Wood Buffalo has a higher average income per family than the national average. This is good news for anybody relocating to the area for a new job. Due in large part to the oil sands, this area is booming with good jobs for those looking for work.

The average income in this part of the country is $186,000 per year, which is higher than the average across the country, which is less than $76,000 annually. This is very high and makes this area part of the richest 10% of all the people in the country.

With a higher average income in the area, new jobs popping up throughout the oil sands and the many attractive features of the Wood Buffalo area, this is a growing community with plenty to offer. Those looking for

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Those interested in making a difference in the Wood Buffalo community can go through an eight-month program called Leadership Wood Buffalo. This program helps create a better understanding of the most important issues in the community. Whether you're interested in a life-long leadership journey or you just want to make a difference, this program is one of the best ways to do it.

The Goal

Leadership Wood Buffalo is a program created to help develop and train future leaders in the non-profit, public and private sectors of the area. The challenges found within the program are used by many other leadership programs throughout North America. With plenty of hand-on experience, the opportunity to explore and the ability to develop leadership skills,

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With many events happening throughout the communities found in the Wood Buffalo area, it's important to know what's coming up. The end of September and beginning of October is full of great events to add to your calendar. Here are some of the choices you can enjoy.

Wood Buffalo Corporate Challenge at MacDonald Island Park, September 28th from 12am to 12pm

This is a four-day event perfect for businesses and employees. The event focuses on promoting health and wellness, along with fun in the workplace.

Culture Days at the Oil Sands Discovery Centre, September 27th to 29th from 10am to 4pm

This free event will provide all types of arts and crafts on Sunday and the opportunity to enjoy the Discovery Centre throughout the weekend.

Hidden

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Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/47096398@N08/6278195316/Not only has Wood Buffalo Park made news on the local and national level, but it's been in the news all across the globe. Recently, the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada named the park as the largest dark sky preserve in the world.

The park is fond on the border of N.W.T. and Alberta, very close to Fort Smith. In celebration of this event, the park held a Dark Sky Festival from August 23rd to 25th with camping, a planetarium adventure, night sky viewing and astronomical presentations.

Alberta's Jasper National Park was the previous largest dark sky preserve. This designation will allow the park to preserve ecology found in the night, such as nighthawks, owls and bats. It will also allow more visitors to experience the Northern lights.

About

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The Hub is a place for children to enjoy fun and learning in Wood Buffalo. This is a non-profit organization providing developmental programs for children from newborn to six years of age. If you have young children, getting them started on the right track is important.

With two locations in the Fort McMurray area and The Hub on Wheels Program, it's easy for The Hug to help you with your children. Many programs are provided throughout the year with the goal of providing a comfortable environment for children to play and develop new skills. Programs include:

  • Art & Sensory
  • Baby & Me
  • Bend & Bond
  • Cooking in Canada
  • Fun with Literacy
  • Get up & Go
  • I Can Do It
  • Little Chef
  • Munchkin Art
  • Stay & Play
  • Storytime
  • And More!

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Many events happen regularly throughout the Wood Buffalo area, but none quite like the upcoming Celtic Thunder performance. This team of Irish singers provides incredible entertainment throughout the Continent. Their 62-city tour throughout North America includes a stop in Fort McMurray on September 14th. If you're looking for an incredibly unique event, this is one you should attend.

About Celtic Thunder

The show is called MYTHOLOGY and it's performed by a group of ten Irish singers. Eight of these singers have made it to the top spot on the Billboard countdown and they all bring a unique flavor to the stage.

The dramatic stage is set with a vintage theme and a modern twist. As the show begins, you will be on the edge of your seat. Surprises are

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With the summer season winding down, it's time to plan on those last few outdoor events before everything moves inside, except hockey and skiing. Many events are coming up in September to provide that last taste of fun in the sun. Here are some of the most popular events coming up.

Friday Night Live

On September 6th the Friday Night Live event at the Fort McMurray Boys & Girls Club will begin again for the year. This free program provides an evening of fun for all with a Wii Tourney, Open Gym Night, Game Night and Poker Tourney scheduled for youth up to 15 years of age. It will last from 6:30pm to 9pm.

FMFD 14th Annual Pancake Breakfast and Open House

Held on Saturday, September 14th, this pancake breakfast will provide an opportunity for

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