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Get out, get active at Active Living Fair

 Ashli Barrett/Lacombe Globe

Underwater hockey has been one of the more different activities offered in the city, amongst the typical sports teams and dance classes. (Ashli Barrett/Lacombe Globe)

Underwater hockey has been one of the more different activities offered in the city, amongst the typical sports teams and dance classes. (Ashli Barrett/Lacombe Globe)

RED DEER - 

Those looking to take part in some extracurricular activities this fall will have the opportunity to explore all the city has to offer Sept. 13 during the 37th Annual Lacombe Active Living Fair.

 

The event, put on by the County of Lacombe Lifelong Learning Association (CLLLA) at the Lacombe Memorial Centre from 4 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., the event will introduce area residents to a variety of ways to beat boredom, from art classes to sports and volunteer opportunities.

According to Dani Ducross, executive director of CLLLA, this year’s focus is on getting all age groups out and involved in activities.

“We have a lot more diversity. Before, there was a lot of kids programs with just a few social community things,” she said.

“There’s always a big focus on the kids, getting them into sports and stuff, but moms and dads and grandparents need to have things to do, too. We want to keep people busy and learning and growing over the fall.”

Originally held as the main registration night for a handful of sports teams and clubs, the fair has more than doubled in size. In the past decade alone, booths have jumped from 30 to close to 60 tables. Attendance has more than tripled in that time, from maybe 200 people, to 700 during last year’s fair.

Changes in technology have also seen it morph into a more exploratory event, with more and more people completing registration online. Demonstrations, including fencing, cross fit and dance, are now held throughout the evening, providing patrons a chance to see first-hand what kind of activities they could potentially get into.

The Active Living Fair, however, is much more than just an opportunity explore the activities Lacombe has to offer. It’s also a way to find volunteer opportunities.

Ducross is also part of a volunteer task force that works in collaboration with the city, Volunteer Central in Red Deer as well as FCSS to promote ways of recruiting volunteers, as well as showing support and appreciation for those who give their time to give back to the community.

“One of the things we try to do with the Active Living Fair is promote volunteer opportunities that may not be as well known,” she said, noting people often think of the hospital, but not so much helping with sports teams and events, or other community groups.

“It’s a really good opportunity for people to meet other people and open up the chances and choices of things for people to do.”

Notably missing from the fair this year, however, is the fall session of Coffee with Council, due to the upcoming municipal election. However, those looking to grab refreshments or a quick bite to eat can stop by Annamaria’s Café.

The Lacombe Lifelong Learning Association is a non-profit society that has been active in both the City and County of Lacombe since 1978. They aim to provide affordable learning and community development opportunities to adults living in the region and are supported by membership fees, gifts-in-kind and donations, as well as advertising in their “Don’t Hibernate” community activity guide.

The fall 2017 version of the guide can be picked up at the Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex, grocery stores, as well as the County of Lacombe Lifelong Learning Association office.

-abarrett@postmedia.com 



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