The weekly newspaper business runs a week or so ahead, which is why it is very helpful if organizations let us know as soon as possible about events.
Sometimes we hear about events the day before, the day of, or worst of all a day or more later.
However, thankfully a lot of events come to our attention by hook or by crook. While we’ll put the work in to find events, our favourite is when organizers stop by, call, email, or message us about their events.
If we hear about an event with enough notice, we’ll often mention them here on The Page.
If you are looking for events, be sure to write them down when you see them in the paper, because we tend to mention them when they come to our attention, not right before the event.
We put events on the calendar on lakesideleader.com. With all of the upcoming events, there isn’t space on The Page to mention them all, so please check the calendar.


On a related note, if you are planning on organizing an event, May 27 to 29 might not be the best time. There are at least 11 events that weekend. Below are three which haven’t been mentioned earlier in The Leader. The ones which have come to The Leader’s attention are on our calendar.


May 28 is the 25th Annual Songbird Festival at the Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation in Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park. Since birds are most active first thing in the morning, Saturday events start at 6:30 a.m. and run to 1:30 p.m. These include a pancake breakfast, barbecue, guided birding walks, tours of the Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory (LSLBO), birdhouse and bird feeder building, and other hands-on activities.


Slave Lake Victim Services is 30 years old this year. To celebrate, it is looking for students to help make a quilt to raffle. Students wanting to make squares can come to the Slave Lake Legion Hall on Sunday, May 29 from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.
For more information, Call Cindy at 780-805-2664 during the evening.


On Sunday, May 29, people have the choice of two fun run fundraisers.
Connected with the Songbird Festival, the 16th Annual LSLBO Bird Walk/Run (5K/10K) is on the Trans-Canada Trail. It starts at 10 a.m. at the Boreal Centre. The registration deadline is 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 29. The cost is $10. Entry forms are available at www.lslbo.org or by calling 780-849-8240.
Registration for the 17th Annual Dog Walk/Run (5K) starts at 10:30 a.m. at the Animal Rescue Committee of Slave Lake Shelter. A pet is not required to run the race. It costs $5 per pooch and $5 for person (five and under free). People can also gather pledges. Register or download the pledge form at http://arcofsl.com/.
Pledge forms are also available at the Business Factory, Pet Planet, Slave Lake Vet Clinic, and Treatz R Us.


Are wild animals getting bolder? More numerous? Or what?
Certainly the white-tailed deer is rampant, in a way it never was decades ago. Deer are in town often, and not just in the creek corridor. Foxes are running around town. A bear or bears came out of hibernation and straight into the hamlet of Marten Beach recently, causing quite a stir. Coyotes are everywhere. Recently we heard that raccoons have shown up in the region.
Are people deliberately feeding these critters? The authorities say don’t do it.
Birds are another story. Probably nobody is giving treats to magpies, but they are prospering anyway. Their numbers seem to be on the rise. And how about the house sparrow? They used to be only seen in downtown Slave Lake. Now they can be seen in flocks in the residential neighbourhoods. Other little birdies will likely be pushed out by the competition.


We could probably sum up the M.D.’s May 2 five-hour budget discussion in one sentence: ‘Everything is costing more!’ However, we did make a bit of effort to convey some of the details and discussion, which appear on Pages 7, 14 and 15 of this week’s Leader.


Update on the Rotary NHL playoff pool. To check how your entries are doing, go online to officepools.com. Over on the right you’ll see ‘Pool Guest Access.’ Click on that and away you go to a sign-in page. Don’t make the same mistake we did, and try to sign in without changing the ‘Season’ category to ‘2022 Playoffs,’ from its default setting of ‘Regular Season.’
After that, all you need to do is type in ‘Rotary2022’ (no space – we tried it with a space and it didn’t work) in the ‘Pool Name’ spot, and ‘slpuck’ for the password. That will get you in to the pool results. Last time we checked, somebody named Average Joes 3 (no relation) was leading, by one point over Wayne Sux.


On May 15, the Flatbush Legion has a Sunday Brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 (Six and under free). These are available at the Flatbush Store and Flatbush Post Office, until May 12.