Arts and rodeo in Donalda mix

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Darlene Tantrum

Donalda & District Museum

DONALDA

Many things are happening in the village, with planning underway for Centennial 2012. Such an undertaking will take many volunteer hours and we need your help. If you can help in any way and lend your expertise, please offer your assistance.

The organizing committee met last Thursday to put together a schedule, which is “not etched in stone” but needed in applying for a grant.

We really want more past and present residents to get involved. Our next meeting is tonight at 7:30 at the Drop-In Centre. We need your help to put this together.

This weekend, you can enjoy two different events — arts and rodeo.

In celebration of Alberta Arts Days, the Donalda Gallery for the Arts invites you to “Take a Walk on the Wild Side.” This four-day exhibit features wildlife in several art mediums, including some unusual and non-typical taxidermy mounts. Ever see a “black gopher?”

The gallery will be open from noon to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m.

On Saturday, the Donalda Ag Society will open the outdoor arena, starting at 9 a.m. with a pancake breakfast, ribbon cutting and cake.

In the afternoon, events include a gymkhana, cattle penning and roping, English jumping events and dressage. A concession operated by the Donalda Coulee Friendship Society will be open from noon until 4 p.m., serving hamburgers, cold drinks, coffee and homemade pie.

Come out and support the community. It’s a nice way to end harvest.

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Thanksgiving weekend, Oct. 8 and 9 — Donalda Art Society will host a Poker Rally to raise funds for the “Willy Bronze,” a bronze statue of Willy the World Famous Steer Wresting Horse.

After the Saturday ride, a turkey supper is planned for 6 p.m. at the Donalda Arena. Call Becky at 403-883-2436 by Oct. 4 to reserve a spot for supper.

Sunday trail ride: It begins at 10:30 a.m. and runs about four hours. Chili and a bun are served at the end of the ride. For more information, call Becky at 403-883-2436 or email lb_clem@telus.net.

BIRTHDAY WISHES

Birthday wishes go out to Nadira Komishke, Colin Bailey, Darren Rider, Ty Nixon, Chad Laye, Cianne Andres, Linda Jones, Cayden Andres, Dakota Murphy, Francesca Schoettler, and anyone else who is celebrating a birthday this week.

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