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Community showcase promises something for everyone

It’s getting to be that time of year again and as sure as Labour Day falls on the first Monday as September, so to does Westlock’s annual Community Showcase Night on the following Wednesday.
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Westlock’s annual Community Showcase Night takes place Sept. 5 at the Rotary Spirit Centre fieldhouse from 6 to 9 p.m. giving residents a chance to learn all about the different programs, groups and services in town.

It’s getting to be that time of year again and as sure as Labour Day falls on the first Monday as September, so to does Westlock’s annual Community Showcase Night on the following Wednesday.

It’s an opportunity for residents to learn about some of the services, groups and organizations available in the town, whether it be for kids, adults or seniors, said Town of Westlock community services program and marketing supervisor Travis Darling.

The showcase will take place in the Rotary Spirit Centre fieldhouse Sept. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m.

“Registrations are going good. We have a wide range of assorted of either programs for kids, community groups or even just government agencies providing more information about what they do in our community,” said Darling. “There’s some groups out there that don’t quite get the exposure to explain what they do in the community.”

If you would like to sign up your group for the event, Darling encourages you to contact him at tdarling@westlock.ca to register for a spot. Each registered group will get a table and two chairs to set up in the fieldhouse.

Last year, more than 40 groups set up tables, so there really is something for everyone, said Darling.

“This is one of my favourite events to run because I learn a lot just by who registers every year,” he said. “I always get excited about this night. I’ve lived in bigger communities where there was actually a lot less to do than we have here in Westlock.”

The night will also see another edition of the Mock-tail Challenge, hosted by the FASD Network, where presenters are encouraged to create and serve a non-alcoholic cocktail. Attendees of the event will then select the most innovative, best tasting cocktail and the winning organization will win bragging rights as the mixologists of the year.

It’s also an opportunity for residents to share what they would like to see in the community.

“If one more person is joining a group or signing up for a program they didn’t think they were going to, or that they haven’t even considered the day before, then that’s a success.”