June 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. the Woods and Water Recreational Trails Association is holding its spring trail cleanup. It needs volunteers with OHVs to help cut and remove fallen trees on the trail. Volunteers meet up at the entrance to Marten Beach at 10:30 a.m. If the weather is bad, it will move to Sunday.

Healing Hearts Wellness Studio offers grief supports. It is out of St. Isidore, but will be in Slave Lake on June 11 holding a Grief Session. Visit its website cost and details.

June 8 from 4:30 to 6 p.m., the Town of Slave Lake is holding a Bike Rodeo for cyclists aged six to 12-years-old. There’s no cost to attend, but registration is required. To register call the MRC at 780-849-8028 or on ActiveNet.

July 12 to 14 is Enviro-Quest ‘Bountiful Boreal’ Camp for 11 to 14-year-olds. For info or to register contact the Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation at 780-849-8240 or info@borealbirdcentre.ca.

On June 7, 14, and 21 from 9 a.m. to noon, Slave Lake AHS Mental Health and Addictions is holding free information workshops. For more information or to register contact trina.napier@ahs.ca or call 780-849-7127.

The Dragonfly Centre is looking for two volunteer board members from the Slave Lake or Wabasca area. Dragonfly offers free counselling and other services to sexual abuse survivors and their support people. For more information contact Cheryl Bujold at info@thedragonflycentre.com or 1-866-300-4325.

The Lesser Slave Lake Regional Arts Council is looking for local Indigenous Artists to be part of the second annual Indigenous Art Walk from June 17 to 24 in Slave Lake. To recommend an artist or for more details contact, slregionalartscouncil@gmail.com.

Registration is open for Summer Splash for six to 11-year-olds. This day camp is put on by the Town of Slave Lake and runs from July 4 to August 26. There are a few brochures in The Leader office.

A couple of days earlier, Marten Beach was also pretty much empty, but also looking very nice.

On May 23 we were tipped off that Dean Cunningham Sr., along with his two horses, was about to enter Slave Lake. He’s the guy riding to Ottawa from Gift Lake to raise awareness about various issues facing Aboriginal people. But could we find him anywhere? We could not! Back and forth, up and down the highway for several kilometres on either side of town. We thought maybe he’d detoured through the drive-through at Tim Horton’s or McDonald’s.
Next thing we knew, he was reported to be 14 kms. east of town. All the best to him!

St. Peter’s Ecumenical Church in Slave Lake is thinking about setting up a thrift shop, we hear. Anyone interested in the project, church member or not, was invited to a meeting last week on May 25.

Something else that is happening is the Kids Can Catch event. This year it’s again at the weir area on Lesser Slave River, on Friday, June 3. According to the SL Rod & Gun Club, which is organizing it, about 50 kids from St. Francis School will be trying their luck with the rod and the reel, with expert assistance. We’re pretty sure a barbecue lunch is also part of the picture. Fish & Wildlife is involved, as are, we expect, wildland firefighters, the municipal fire department, RCMP, plus ATCO on the grill.

Word from the coffee shop is that in High Prairie, where the old hospital used to be, there’s just a big empty space. Meanwhile, a new Tim Hortons is being built on the western side of town. Closer to home, Strawberry Service looks to be getting close to re-opening. The old one burned down a couple of years ago.

Kennedy Hartman at the Multi Rec Centre tells us drop-in roller skating is going to be starting up as a regular thing, probably on Sundays, here in the next little while. Call the MRC at 780-849-8028 for more info.

Well, we asked for it. Disruption on the highway due to construction is going to be the new reality around here for the next while.

If you like an uncrowded beach by a large Alberta lake, Devonshire Beach might be just the thing for you. Of course if too many people like it, it won’t be uncrowded anymore. But Devonshire is big enough to accommodate a lot of people! This is how it looked on Victoria Day (May 23), according to the anonymous contributor of this photo.
Even more uncrowded beach. This was Marten Beach on the May long weekend.