October 2013

There are 13 blog entries for October 2013.

LibraryWhether you're searching for a library program for your kids or for you, there are plenty of choices at the Fort McMurray Public Library. With regular programs for kids, teens and adults, you can easily get involved with a group at the library. Here are some of the programs you will find.

Kids

Many programs provide the opportunity for kids of any age to get involved at the library. Some of the top programs for kids include:

  • Tiny Tykes - For 18 months to three years old and held every Tuesday at 10:30am
  • Lots O' Tots - For ages three to five and held on Thursdays at 10:30am
  • Book Babies - Perfect for parents of babies up to 18 months and held on Fridays at 10:30am.
  • Rise and Shine -This is a storytime program for kids up to five years of
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The Wood Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame is a place perfect for honouring the history of sports in the Wood Buffalo area. It's full of teams and individuals that have achieve some incredible things in the area. The hall of fame was announced in 2006, as the Keyano College and the Wood Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame Society decided it needed to be opened.

The Hall of Fame is found near the Syncrude Sports and Wellness Centre and provides plenty of history of the area. Inductees are dedicated at a dinner once a year. Inductees include:

  • Nick DeHoog - 2007
  • Chris Phillips - 2007
  • Mark Versfeld - 2007
  • Fort McMurray Oil Barons RBC 2000 - 2007
  • Dan Hodgeon - 2008
  • Mike Klippenstien - 2008
  • Colin Solbak - 2008
  • Randy Olson Lee & Sinclair Rinks -
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Seniors reading a mapIf you're relocating to the Fort McMurray area and you're not sure what to expect, understanding the things you can do in the area will help. Here are some of the top things you can do throughout the area.

Discover the Oil Industry

One of the things you can do is discover all types of things about the oil industry. This area is full of history and fun when it comes to the oil sands and it's important to understand the industry within the area. Whether you visit the oil sands, take a tour, enjoy the museum or anything else, this is one of the top things to do in Fort McMurray.

The Stone Wall

Visit the stone wall and enjoy the fact that it's been there for a long time. It's found at an apartment complex and it's one of the oldest in the area.

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Image Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/h_elise/2911645381/The scary season is nearly here and it's time to find the right events for your fun Halloween in Fort McMurray. Whether you need a place to take the kids or somewhere specifically for adults, you can find it here. Some of the top events include:

BP's Halloween Party

The Boston Pizza Halloween Party is perfect for everybody and it's a free event. This event will feature a bake sale, treat bags, a Halloween Costume contest, pumpkin carving, face-painting and so much more. Families can enjoy cheap kids meals and time together as they carve pumpkins.

All sorts of characters will make appearances including Cookie Monster, Tigger, Lionel, Batman, Robin and many others. This Halloween party is perfect for children of all ages and parents can enjoy the

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It's no secret that Fort McMurray's job market is largely filled with jobs in the oil sands. Landing one of these jobs may require special training, which is found throughout the area. With the right training, living in Fort McMurray can be prosperous.

Industrial Training International

TractorAs a leader in job training specific to the oil sands, Industrial Training International is a great choice for those looking to enter into an oil sands career. With many of the top oil companies trusting their training to ITI, graduates land jobs quickly. Some of the top companies trusting ITI for training include:

  • Chevron
  • Fort
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Georgia-Pacific
  • NASA
  • ConocoPhillips
  • ExxonMobil
  • Siemens
  • BP
  • GM
  • Amtrak
  • Riotinto
  • Exelon
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Beacon HillBeacon Hill is found in the southwest part of Fort McMurray and provides some of the nicest homes in the area. This community provides plenty of access to the entire Wood Buffalo region through Highway 63. If you're considering moving to the Fort McMurray area, this is a neighbourhood that should be at the top of your list.

Many quiet cul-de-sacs are found throughout the area with single and multi-family homes. The average home sells for over $675,000, but many homes are affordable throughout this area.

This area is served by many different schools including Beacon Hill School, Fort McMurray Composite High School, Ecole Boreal, Dr. KA Clark School and Father Beauregard School. These are all very good schools making this an excellent area for

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Photo Credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Supreme_pizza.jpgPizza is certainly a staple and almost claims its own food group. Finding the right place for pizza in a new location isn't always easy. Sure, you can trust the regular chains, but when you want a local choice, you need to know where to go. Here are the top choices in the Fort McMurray area for your pizza needs.

PK's Pizza & Brewbaker's Pub

Found at 307 Athabasca Avenue, this pizza join provides late night, delivery, happy hours, live music and a sports bar. Many locals call this the best pizza in town and claim it's the only place to go if you want great pizza. They also provide an excellent choice of drinks and just about every topping you could dream of.

Pizza Experts

This pizza place is a bit more expensive compared to PK's, but has a nice

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Found in the largest residential section of Wood Buffalo and Fort McMurray, Timberlea is a very popular place to live. This beautiful neighbourhood provides many ponds, plenty of open space and a variety of housing options. If you're thinking of relocating to the Fort McMurray area, Timberlea should be high on your list.

Shopping is found in the downtown section of the city, along with plenty of restaurants. This part of Fort McMurray is located just minutes from the neighbourhood. MacDonald Island provides plenty of great recreation opportunities and the main highway runs close to Timberlea. This provides easy access to the entire area including the regional airport and the industrial park.

Homes average around $739,000 in this neighbourhood with

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With so much happening from Thanksgiving to Halloween, there are quite a few events coming up in the Wood Buffalo area. Here are some of the better choices for the rest of the month of October.

Huskies Hockey Home Opener

The Huskies will start their home season at the Casman Centre on Friday, October 11th starting at 7pm. This event will provide sports fans with the opportunity to get back into the season as they take on the Portage Voyageurs.

Ron Sexsmith

Syncrude Arts Alive presents Ron Sexmith at the Keyano Theatre on October 11th starting at 8pm. This is one of the best singer-songwriters in the area and he will perform with guest Jenn Grant.

Thanksgiving Dinner at Barge Landing Lodge

For those needing a place to enjoy Thanksgiving

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The fall season is in full swing, which means winter is right around the corner. As the snow starts to fall, it will be time to enjoy some of the best activities in the snow throughout the Wood Buffalo area. Here are some of the things you can look forward to as the weather starts to get colder.

Skiing, Tubing and Snowboarding

Spending time at Vista Ridge will provide all the best snowboarding, skiing and tubing in the area. This is the premier facility and many visitors come from hours away to enjoy the panoramic views and downhill trails. Whether you're a novice or a skilled skier, you can find the right trail for you. The facility was expanded in 2011, which provides even better ski trials and a new chair lift.

Northern Lights Tour

One of

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