One of St. Albert’s sweetest community gathering spots is the Red Willow Trail System — a long trail flanking the Sturgeon River enjoyed by both humans and their four-legged companions.
Second Chance Animal Rescue Society (SCARS) is back hosting its 18th annual Tails on the Trail Fun Day and Pledge Walk. Scheduled for Saturday, July 16 at Lions Park, the walk also hosts a silent auction, puppy yoga, and a pet-friendly beer garden.
The 2.5- or 5-kilometre pledge walk along Red Willow Trail starts promptly at 10 a.m. from the SCARS tent. Those who choose to mingle in the park can check out vendors, snacks at the barbecue stand, or enjoy activities and entertainment.
First responders rodeo
Not only is Calgary's rodeo in full swing, but here in St. Albert the third annual First Responders Rodeo happens Saturday, July 16 at the Kinsmen Rodeo Grounds.
Anywhere from 100 to 150 regional first responders — police, firefighters, and paramedics — will test their skills in a dozen events. They range from bull riding, chute dogging, and wild-horse racing, to ladies' steer riding, ladies' roping, and barrel racing. There is even a mutton-busting event for children of first responders.
Two events sure to draw laughs are the wild-cow milking and cowboy poker. Justin Nunes, director of communications for the rodeo, describes the latter as suited to daredevils.
"You have a couple of cowboys seated at a table and you let a bull loose. The last man sitting wins."
The rodeo also features face painting, clowns, a petting zoo, and six food trucks throughout the day, as well as a barn dance at 7 p.m.
Nunes said anyone daring to ride a mechanical bull is welcome to try.
"If you don't want to try the real thing, we have a fake one standing by."
All monies raised will go directly to two charities: Zebra Child Protection Centre, which provides support for abused children, and Legacy Place Society, a support and family assistance organization for first responders and military personnel.
Tickets to the rodeo are $15. Tickets to both the rodeo and barn dance are $20. The last rodeo in 2019 raised $22,000 for the two charities. For information visit www.firstwatchrodeo.ca
If you enjoy dropping by the fairway, the Jessica Martel Memorial Foundation Charity Golf Tournament is the event to join. The foundation fundraises to support Jessie’s House, a Morinville-based shelter that supports women and children caught in violent situations.
This year’s honorary guest is Dale Nally, Alberta’s associate minister of natural gas and electricity.
The golf tournament takes place Thursday, Aug. 18 at the Cardiff Golf & Country Club — an 18-hole semi-private club 12 minutes north of St. Albert.
Registration takes place at 8:30 p.m. followed by a shot-gun start at 10 a.m. A barbecue dinner and silent auction closes the festivities at 3:30 p.m.
Single admission is $170.75, or $679.97 for a team of four. Registration is online at www.eventbrite.ca.
Cardiff Golf Course is located at Range Road 251, Sturgeon County.
The second annual CFB Edmonton Base Commander’s Lobsterfest is once again selling tickets for the Saturday, Aug. 20 event.
The 18-plus event features a steak-and-maritime-lobster dinner paired with generous servings of accompaniments, raffles, and live entertainment by Glasglow Kiss. The dress is casual and festive.
Located in the Lamplighter Lounge at 210 Ortona Rd, Lancaster Park, the event begins with an open cash bar for cocktails at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., and the dance begins at 7:30 p.m. Single tickets are $70 (non-refundable) and a table of six is also available for purchase.
Tickets are in person at the MFRC or at https://cfbedmontonlobsterfest2022.eventbrite.ca. Call 780-973-4011 ext. 6300 for more information.