What’s up this week in Wood Buffalo

by Curtis J Phillips

Friday February 6, 2015
The Rat Pack is back!
Fort McMurray Family Crisis Society’s (FMFCS) annual Luv-A-Polooza Valentine’s Gala (Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre) will showcase a Las Vegas Rat Pack Tribute Show featuring Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. impersonators.
ticket-sale(1)“The Rat Pack is known for their performances during a time (1950’ and 1960s’) that was romantic and glamourous, so we felt it would be a fitting theme for this time of year,” said FMFCS Community Awareness and Special Events Coordinator Jenna Longaphie.
A modern-day rendition of The Newlywed Game will also be held with a few lucky guests participating along with a Silent Auction. Last year the annual event raised $60,000 and the goal for this year’s gala, which is presented by Royal LePage True North Realty, is a realistic $70,000.
Tickets, available at Keyano Box Office, $130 single or $1,250 for a table of 10. Cocktail casual dress code. Heard the dinner menu is scrumptious, including chicken supreme (cocktails 6 p.m. dinner 7 p.m.).

Increase the signal
Our good friends at KAOS 91.1 are raising funds to increase their signal strength and as part of the KAOS 91.1 Power Up campaign is the KAOS 91.1 Power Up Concert to be held at the Trinity Lutheran Church starting at 7 p.m.
Local artists performing will include Grace Ambali, Matieu Cote, Daniel Gillies, Adams Honor and Sean Semper-Whyte.
“KAOS 91.1 loves to support local artists and we are pleased to have such talent showcased, so come out for a great night of live music,” said Jonathan Andrews KAOS 91.1 General Manager & Music Director.
Admission is by donation, so dig deep into those pockets.

Keyano College Career Fair
Will no doubt be the best attended event this week with more than 70 exhibitors in attendance at the Syncrude Sport & Wellness Centre (12 p.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.) with the opportunity for anyone to meet face-to-face “with industry experts representing hundreds of career paths, while organizations get to meet the next generation of skilled workers in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.” Free admission.

Gym & Swim
Sticking with that great word Free…the YMCA of Wood Buffalo will be holding a Free YMCA of Wood Buffalo Gym and Swim all weekend.
“We are basically trying to engage members who are not members of YMCA to come in and enjoy doing sports in the (Westwood Community High School) gym and have family swimming. This is a chance for them to have access to the facility for the weekend and to see what we offer,” said Shannon Lewko director of membership and community services.
Check website www.ymca.woodbuffalo.org for schedule.

Saturday February 7, 2015
Hillier Speaks at Legion
hillier02Attention! Stand at ease. Retired Canadian General Rick Hillier, said to be the highest ranking Newfoundland and Labrador officer in history, will be speaking at A Legion Resurgent a fundraising Black Tie Event down at the Fort McMurray Legion Branch No. 165 (cocktails 6 p.m. dinner 7 p.m.). There will also be live entertainment with Dueling Pianos.
“Anyone who likes listening to a great leader who talks about leadership will enjoy hearing him speak…he is a really great inspirational speaker and the evening is also for anyone who wants to help support the (Fort McMurray Legion Branch No. 165),” said Pat Duggan, Legion Branch President.
Tickets $200 and available at Legion or Smitty’s Restaurant.

Keyano Huskies Volleyball
The Keyano Huskies men’s volleyball team hosts the NAIT Ooks from Edmonton at the Syncrude Sport & Wellness Centre at 3 p.m. and women at 1 p.m. The Ooks men are ranked No. 9 in the national rankings so you will no doubt see top-notch athletes. Huskies will have hosted the Ooks the previous night with women at 6 p.m. and men at 8 p.m. Admission Free!

Sunday February 8, 2015
Never Let The Crew See You Cry
A romantic comedy by Linda Wood Edwards will hit Keyano Recital Stage at 8 p.m. and is the third performance for Stage 2 series which kicked off last September with The Vagina Monologues directed by local artiste Misty Oakes.
Ethel Wood lied about her age to get a job as a Flight Line Mechanic during World War II – and proved to be a natural. Based on a true Albertan story, the show is a vivid portrait of friendship and romance, exploring the sacrifice and courage of women during wartime.
Tickets $20 at Keyano Box Office. Adult / PG rating.

Thursday February 12, 2015
Irish Descendants
Head down to the McMurray Newfoundlanders Club (MNC) to catch the tunes of the popular east coast folk band The Irish Descendants at 9:30 p.m. With such hit singles “Catch the Wind” and “Last of the Great Whales” they are always a popular attraction. Opening band will be Surface Below at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $35 and available at the MNC.

Enbridge Famous 5
One does not need to be a rocket scientist to realize it’s a busy Thursday night as the Enbridge Famous 5 Speaker Series – Fort McMurray (Celebrating Leadership in Women) wraps up for 2014-2015 with Natalie Panek speaking down at Mac Island. Panek, voted by CBC as one of Canada’s Top 12 young leaders, by the way is a rocket scientist at MDA Space Missions.Tickets available at Mac Island.