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Spring Aero Fitness Fling purrfect event for Little Cats Lost

Tails will be wagging at Sturgeon Heights School on Saturday when the gymnasium is taken over by a fitness instructor, families looking for some fun exercise, and a bunch of furry, purring observers.

The Spring Aero Fitness Fling is part-family fitness day, part-attention getter for Little Cats Lost. Organizers hope the event will also help fill the bowls as a food drive.

“It is kitten season and they eat you out of house and home. Every dollar we spend on food is a dollar that we could have put to veterinary care,” explained president Virginia Marando.

There will be four classes being held with the first one – Purrfect Family Fitness – kicking off at 10:30 a.m. That will be followed by Pawsitively Boot Camp For Everyone, ME-OW Boot Camp, and Bring on the Kitties Core. If you haven’t noticed the common theme then perhaps the special guests will.

The sessions will be led by primary care paramedic and group fitness instructor Kalee Mahar. She’ll be joined by some of the felines that Little Cats Lost is hoping to help find their forever homes. It’s an outreach project, Marando said, one that will certainly involve a lot of people reaching out, and up, and out again.

“We were talking about doing an event to reach out to the community and so it just came about. It's like anything else with a non-profit group: it doesn't matter what you do. You're only as strong as your community support.”

Little Cats Lost is an Edmonton-area non-profit that traps feral cats and then spays or neuters, vaccinates, and microchips them, as well as providing them with ongoing support within their colonies. It used to function primarily as a trap-neuter-return organization but now hopes to adopt out the feral cats that it captures from the community at large. In the past several months, it has taken cats that were living in or around stores inside the city of St. Albert.

It’s only ‘little’ in name, however. While it started off smaller, it has certainly expanded and it needs help to continue to do so.

“Because of the work that we started out doing, we had to grow. We didn't have much of an option in terms of not all animals can be put back. You're not going to pick up six-week-old kittens and put them back to live outside. With the other rescue groups being more canine-focused back then, there was very little room for these animals to find opportunities to get home, so we ended up creating an adoption arm of our organization and a foster situation.”

Participation is by donation. People are asked to bring a minimum of one can of wet cat food and one non-perishable human food item per person per class

Little Cats Lost will also be hosting an adoption event at Pet Valu Baseline in Sherwood Park on June 22. Its main location for showcasing its animals in St. Albert is Mr. Pets.

Registration started to make lemons sweeter and kids healthier

People can now sign up for this year’s Simply Supper Helps Lemonade Stand Day, set to take place on Sunday, Aug. 25, the thirstiest day of the year.

Now in its sixth year, organizers call it the largest one-day group lemonade stand event with more than 1,000 kids operating their own stands as a collective charity fundraiser for the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation

This year, the money will go to purchase Giraffe CareStation Omnibeds for the Stollery NICUs at the Royal Alexandra Hospital and the new Stollery NICU at the Sturgeon Community Hospital here in St. Albert. These beds offer warmth and safety for northern Alberta’s smallest babies to continue to develop. They also provide easy access for both doctors and parents to be able to interact with their preterm infants.

This year’s goal is to purchase five Giraffe CareStation Omnibeds at $58,000 each. For more information on the Simply Supper Helps Lemonade Stand Day go to

Canada Day Volunteers Still Needed

The city is asking for more volunteers to help out during its Canada Day festivities. Opportunities include public hosting, parking and traffic direction, activity assistants (inflatables, crafts, cookies, face painting and games), and other facets of the day of celebration. Morning, afternoon and evening shifts are available, and anyone aged 10 and over can register. For more information and to sign up , please visit