Pearl Lorentzen

Lakeside Leader

People looking to get into the holiday spirit can check out these shows and workshops. (For markets and Moonlight Madness (Nov. 17 and 18), see other articles).

November 16
Dawneen Ball is teaching a Christmas wreath workshop on November 16 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Slave Lake Legacy Centre. This is put on by the Town of Slave Lake. It costs $75. To register, call 780-849-8028 or stop by the Multi Rec Centre (MRC) in Slave Lake.

November 17
Moonlight Madness includes two comedy shows. For details, see article on Page 14 and 17.

November 23
On November 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Sarah Hudson is teaching a Christmas oil painting workshop at the Legacy Centre. This ‘Paint ‘n Sip’ workshop is put on by the Lesser Slave Lake Regional Arts Council and the Town of Slave Lake. The Elks bar will be open. The class costs $40, which includes one drink ticket and all of the painting supplies. This is for adults. To register, call 780-849-8028 or stop by the MRC.

November 25
Smith and Slave Lake both have Christmas events on Saturday, November 25.
Smith has two events – ‘Light Up the Park’ and a dinner and auction fundraiser.
In Smith, Light Up the Park is at the Junior Forest Wardens Park. People will get together to plug in the Christmas lights, drink hot chocolate (served by the Mirror Landing 4-H Club), and sing some carols. For more information, contact Pat Joliffe at 780-805-0502.
At the Smith Community Complex, the Spiral of Life Cancer Support Group is holding its annual Chinese Auction fundraiser. This event isn’t specifically Christmas-themed, but has been at the end of November for over 20 years. It includes dinner (starting at 6 p.m.) and a silent auction. Instead of writing bids on a sheet, people buy $1 tickets and enter them into a raffle for each item.
Spiral supports people with medical issues in the Smith-Hondo and surrounding area, says Karen McConaghy with the group. They have medical equipment such as a hospital bed, wheelchairs, and walkers. They also help out with travel for people to medical appointments in Slave Lake or the city.
There are no advance tickets, people pay at the door. The price of supper is TBA. For more information, contact McConaghy 780-914-0924
In Slave Lake, Stage North has a Christmas concert. Andrew Allen will bring his Christmas show ‘All Hearts Come Home’ to the Slave Lake Legacy Centre on Nov. 25 (see ad on Page 24 and longer article in the Nov. 22 Leader).
The doors open at 6:30 p.m. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 for adults, and $35 for seniors and students. Tickets are available at The Source, Distractions, the Rotary Library or online at
Businesses can use this as part of their Christmas party. Interested business, contact Karen at 780-805-3067 or email

November 26
Sunday, November 26 is also a popular day for events. There are two Christmas-themed workshops in Slave Lake.
The Town of Slave Lake is offering a Christmas tree balloon workshop on November 26 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Legacy Centre. The registration deadline is November 20. It costs $60. To register, call 780-849-8028 or stop by the MRC.
Interested in learning how to make appetizers? Check out the Arts Council’s ‘Impress Your Guests’ workshop. Georgie Gauthier, from the Fix, teaches this workshop at The Fix on November 26 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. It costs $150 and people will go home with eight dozen appetizers. To register, email

December 3
The Arts Council has two back-to-back ‘fresh green’ workshops on December 3. The first is wreath-making from 12:30 to 3 p.m. The second is a centre piece. Each cost $60 and are at the Old Tru Value on Main St. Slave Lake. To register, email

December 8
The Kinettes of Slave Lake is holding a small business Christmas party on December 8.
The idea is to lessen the stress of organizing a full party, by various businesses coming to an existing event, says Kinette Tayla Stasow. Although small business is in the name, it’s not just for businesses; any group or individuals can buy tickets.
The event includes supper and a concert by country music singer Roger West. Doors open at 5 p.m. on Dec. 8 with the party continuing until 1 a.m. on December 9. It is at the Slave Lake Inn and Conference Centre. Tickets are $80 a person or $640 a table. Tickets are on Eventbrite or by talking to a Kinette. Courtesy vehicles will be provided.

December 9
If people are needing a break from all of the festive cheer, head to Smith to check out SHARA (Smith-Hondo Association of Recreational and Agriculture Society)’s activity demo day at the Smith Community Complex on December 9. People are encouraged to come right at 11 a.m., as each demo has a set time. The indoor activities are first, followed by free hot dogs. In the early afternoon, there will be demonstrations of outdoor activities.
SHARA hopes to offer workshops throughout the year and is using this event to gauge community interest. For details, contact 780-805-0159

December 10
Stage North is holding a Christmas coffeehouse with local talent to raise money for Santa’s Anonymous, which provides Christmas hampers and presents for families which otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford them. The coffee house is Sunday, December 10th. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the show starts at 6 p.m. (see longer article in the Nov. 26 or Dec. 6 Leader).
Tickets are $20 per person. These are available at The Source, Distractions, the Rotary Club of Slave Lake Public Library, or online at

December 16
The Kinuso Ag Hall Christmas Social is back. A poster asks people to save the date of December 16 for this event. It includes food, music and Santa. The rest of the details were not available by press time.