Thursday, 16 September 2010

McMurray Girl....Hot New Magazine!!!

The first of it’s kind in this city, McMurray Girl is the hot new magazine for the savvy women of Fort McMurray! Shoppers, entrepreneurs, fashionistas and mothers alike – this is a magazine with something for every woman.

We offer a chic fix to all of the metropolitan McMurray Girls and a guide to all of the preferred shops and services for women. Through spotlights on real local women’s success stories and chances for residents to have their thoughts and recommendations published, this magazine joins a community of women who may otherwise feel isolated in this male-dominated city.

Like the women of Fort McMurray, this magazine truly is the total package! The vision of creative director and editor Kyla Getty, this magazine is a compilation of a well-rounded mix of articles, interviews, local spotlights and commentaries from real Fort McMurray women. Never forgetting to mix in some fun, (because that’s what us girls want to have) we add games, recipes and the local ‘buzz’. We aspire to inspire positivity and fun into the lives of McMurray Girls.

We encourage sharing! We are women. We are intelligent. Let’s face it, we have a lot to say and even more to contribute. It’s time to celebrate the power of the woman in Fort McMurray.

This magazine offers an invaluable chance to join together as a community of dynamic women.This magazine is made for us, by us. Consider yourself a reporter – and we are all ‘live on location’. We encourage our audience to become the authors by contributing the thoughts, ideas and recommendations to the editor that will become the articles. The participation of the local women to create a true reference guide to life in Fort Mac is the backbone of our publication.

It’s time to celebrate all that Fort McMurray has to offer bright, intelligent women! This magazine will single-handedly join and define this unique group of vibrant ladies who demand the best out of life in Fort McMurray!

McMurray Girl will launch in October. More information will be posted soon.
For mor information:

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Celebrate Alberta Arts Days With Free RMWB Programs

Are you interested in the Arts? Longing to find a creative outlet?

Join the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo in celebrating Alberta Arts Days at the Haxton Centre in Borealis Park.

Friday, September 17th, 2010
Educational Workshops featuring local artists. There will be displays, educational resources and discussion opportunities about watercolor and weaving.
FREE (Snacks provided)

Saturday, September 18th, 2010
Watercolor Workshops
Participants will learn how to do watercolor paintings with different types of paintbrushes in order to create a variety of intricate designs.
FREE (Snacks provided)
Kids Session – 9:30-11:30
Youth Session – 1:30-3:30
Adult Session – 5:30-7:30

Sunday, September 19th, 2010
Weaving/Dying Workshop
FREE (Snacks provided)
Kids Session – 9:30-11:30 - Weaving Cotton - Each participant will weave their own cotton "treasure bag", using a cardboard loom. As participants are weaving, a demonstration of spinning cotton will be held. Finishing with a cord and beads will complete the session.
Youth Session – 1:30-3:30 - Finger Weaving with Cotton - Participants will weave colorful beaded bracelets or necklaces. Color play in weaving and finger braiding will be introduced, along with a demonstration of spinning and weaving with cotton.
Adult/Seniors Session – 5:30-7:30 - Get the Textile Bug - Participants will learn about the various stages and processes involved in the production of silk while preparing silk scarves for dying in natural cohineal, an insect dye. Basic shibori (a Japanese tie-dye technique) and natural dying will be taught, along with a demonstration of silk spinning.

For more information, please contact the Haxton Centre at
780-799-1144 or email

Monday, 13 September 2010

Help Keep Fort McMurray Clean with Our Fall Clean-Up Programs

Winter is near, and fall is in the air. The following are programs that you can get involved with to help prepare Wood Buffalo for the winter season.

Fall Community Clean-Up
Help combat litter and raise community awareness. The Fall Community Clean-Up campaign will take place from September 9-19. Volunteer to clean-up a block, road, park or trail. Free bags and gloves will be supplied. Get involved and help keep our region clean and beautiful.

Fall Highway 63 Clean-Up event
Show your support in maintaining the beauty of our region by getting involved with the Highway 63/69 Clean-Up event taking place on Saturday, September 18.

Sign up as a group, or as an individual. Individuals will be assigned to join a group. Sections are 1 km, 1.5 km or 2 km long and will be assigned based on the size of each group. There will be two start times; 8:45am and 12:45pm. Please indicate your preference for start time when registering.

Commitment is approximately 3.5 hours on the day of the clean-up event. A safety training session and shuttle service will be provided to and from the highway, as well as safety vests, latex gloves and garbage bags. A BBQ lunch will be provided for all participants before or after their assigned time.

For the safety of our participants, minimum age for participation is 9 years old for Highway 69 clean-up and 18 years of age or older for Highway 63 clean-up. Please register for the Highway Clean-Up Event by September 14. This program makes a great team building event while doing great things for our environment!

Pick and Click Photo Contest
Register to be a part of any community clean-up event (Fall Clean-Up, Adopt-A-Trail/Roadway, Highway Clean-Up) and enter your clean-up photos in the annual Pick and Click Photo Contest. The contest features three categories for entry, including; Best Team Photo, Most Interesting Find and Best Clean-Up Action Shot. Winning submissions will win a $300 gift certificate sponsored by the Peter Pond Shopping Centre. Deadline for entry is September 27, 2010.

Sign-Up Today!
To register for any of the events, please go to , select community clean-up, choose your event and then proceed with completing the registration. For more information, please contact Seville Kwan at 780-788-1489 or e-mail

The Lens to Brush Art Show

The Lens to Brush Art Show currently on display in the Fort McMurray Public Library till October 2, 2010. This exhibition is a collaboration between local photographer Matt Tiddball and visual artist Margie Cunningham. Margie has used Matt’s photos to inspire her interpretations of his work on to canvas.