The Word On The Street's Exhibitor Marketplace is one of the best of its kind in southern Alberta. It offers festival-goers a window into the Canadian literary scene, the chance to purchase books, merchandise and learn from over 50 local vendors - it's Lethbridge's biggest outdoor bookstore! Find your next literary treasure this fall. Please see below for a list of some of the amazing exhibitors that will be joining us at the 2019 Festival!
The Family Centre is one of the Festival's proud Community Partners! We are very excited to have The Family Centre join us at the Festival again this year! They will be providing an activity of paper bag book making at their tent space this year and are also teamed up with Lethbridge Early Years Coalition with the digital play packs. The Family Centre will be located next to the Kids Corner Stage Area. http://www.famcentre.ca/
The French Language Centre is a part of the University of Lethbridge's Modern Languages Department under the Faculty of Fine Arts and Science. What is the study of Modern Languages all about? In today's globalized context, students of modern languages are being prepared for membership in a global community that extends far beyond the boundaries of the English-speaking world. You will gain awareness of other cultures through courses in language, literature, and culture and civilization, and through academic and living experiences in francophone Canada or abroad. Our department plays a key role in training students to function in the major international languages of East and West: French, German(currently not available), Japanese, and Spanish. Small class sizes ensure that students benefit from close interaction with peers and individual attention from instructors. Students have access to a study room and state-of-the-art computer and audio labs. Our department is also a pioneer in computer-assisted language learning. All students, whether they are majoring in a language or not, can enjoy the enriching experience of a study visit in francophone Canada or abroad. Foreign destinations include France, Switzerland, Germany, Mexico, Costa Rica, Spain, and Japan. Course credit acquired at the host university may be transferable back to the University of Lethbridge. For students who do not opt for a study visit, opportunities abound at the University to speak French, German, Japanese or Spanish with international students. Linguistics, the study of universal aspects of language and speech production, is also integrated into the curriculum. In addition, Linguistics is a requirement for students pursuing graduate studies in other fields such as Speech Pathology. www.frenchlanguagecentre.ca
Literacy and Arts Organizations
The Friends of Lethbridge Public Library are joining the Festival again this year as a the very proud Title Sponsor for 2018! They will also be joining us as an exhibitor with their much anticipated book and DVD sale from their collection at an outdoor tent on the street. http://www.lethlibfriends.ca
Helen Schuler Nature Centre is one of the Festival's proud Community Partners! They will be providing an interactive experience and craft for festival attendees to learn about the seasonal changes taking place in Lethbridge in September (eg. fall migration). They will also be promoting upcoming Nature Centre events and programs and will answer questions that people may have about nature. http://www.lethbridge.ca/Things-To-Do/Nature-Centre/Pages/default.aspx https://www.facebook.com/FriendsHSNCSociety/
The Holy Spirit Catholic School Division - First Nations Inuit and Metis - will highlight current programs and practices that engage students in learning about the rich history, culture and traditions of FNMI communities within the Southern Alberta area. They will also be offering Tipi art crafts for children at their booth!
The Islamic Da'wah Centre of Lethbridge is a non-profit organization located in Lethbridge. They will be giving away free books and information on the culture and history of Islam.
Visit Jackie's Kitchen in the food area for some traditional eats such as beef dip, bbq pulled pork, chicken or tuna croissants, deep fried oreos, cookies and pasteries, soup, salad and fries! You can contact Jackie at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessica Quarterman is a new author on the scene in Southern Alberta with her first children’s book, Remy. In this delightful book, she reflects on her time volunteering and fostering rescue dogs from all over the world. This story is enjoyable for all ages and for anyone with a rescue dog or who is thinking of adopting one someday. Jessica has called Lethbridge home for the past 9 years after leaving her home in Fort McMurray Alberta to attend the Communication Arts - Print Journalism at Lethbridge College. She has always had a knack for storytelling and adventure which is reflected in her new book, Remy. Jessica will be on site, selling and signing her new book at this year’s Word on the Street Festival.
Julius G. Varga was born in 1968, in the communist occupied Hungary. As soon as he escaped, he dreamed of being part of facilitating global harmony.
He soon realized, he had to balance the ways of the precarious world. He chose a hospitality profession and moved to New York to learn the highest standards. He earned his Hotel and Restaurant Management degree while living on Long Island.
Having completed 13 Marathons around the world, has confirmed his sense of perseverance and desire of honest participation. He always liked challenges but also knew he had a specific ’calling’. Hence, he began gravitating toward noble causes, bigger than himself. Once limited by sport injuries, he delved into years of reading self-help books and learning from Humanitarians. The more he read from Deepak Chopra, Joseph Campbell, Sakyong Mipham, etc, the more he understood their message. They emphasized the importance of self reflection and one’s contribution to a Greater Good in order to have more fulfilling lives.
Julius remembered the same message from his Grandfather. He had also taught him to live with compassion and always act from the heart. In addition to his written publications, Julius has spent years advocating for social and environmental justice, as well as leading a few charitable organizations. He has helped to facilitate climate marches and petitions to aid human right movements on global scales. He has been instrumental in creating Labour Law amendments, and still is proactive in working with various government agencies to bring on more improvements. Within various groups, he took part in National Park preservation as well as many community clean-up projects.
In his free time, he enjoys outdoor activities with his family and friends. He appreciates cultural events and support many forms of art. To reminisce about his simple upbringing, occasionally he teaches craft workshops on how to make ornamental violins out of corn-stalks, the way his Grandfather taught him back in the ‘old country’.
Who am I and why should you care? I suppose the short answer is no one really, and that is the point. There is nothing crazy impressive about me. I am definitely an everyday, average woman. I could tell you the basic details: Family (husband, no kids), Pets (two dogs and two cats), Education (BA in English, BEd in ELA Ed), Location (the freaking awesome Canadian Rockies), Interests (reading, writing, crafting, baking, photography, movie-watching, and so on), Day Job (high school English teacher).
But, as I try to point out in my writing, all of that is both a part of me and decidedly not all of me. It is interesting that a person is both the sum of her parts, but also not only a sum of her parts.
I have spent much my life lost in stories, whether between the pages of book or of my own imagination. I mainly write realistic fiction and personal narratives, but there are few genres in which I won't dabble.
I am inspired by the world around me. I love to travel, but also influenced by my own little bubble, my husband, my pets, my students, and the incredible place I call home.https://krystamacdonald.wixsite.com/website
The Lethbridge Historical Society serves the area from Nanton south to the United States border.
The Lethbridge Branch of the Historical Society of Alberta was first formed in 1888 as a Scientific and Historical Society. This group met bi-monthly where “papers” were read. The Society disappeared in the 1890’s and then in 1923, due to the community’s concern for marking the memory of Nicholas Sheran and other early mining pioneers, the Historical Society was reorganized. It disappeared again in 1928 but was resurrected in 1935 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Lethbridge. When the successful celebration ended, so did the historical organization.
In 1958, the Lethbridge City Council took the lead to get a Society organized as they were concerned at the lack of a museum and archives in the city and felt an historical society was the logical group to undertake development of such a facility. The Society was registered as The Whoop-Up Country Chapter of the Historical Society of Alberta. The organization was active in the Museum’s development and its operation until 1972 when it became too much for volunteers to operate and manage.
In 1986 the Society felt that it should be reincorporated as a chapter of the Historical Society of Alberta. Our name changed to Lethbridge Historical Society at that time.
The Lethbridge Historical Society maintains a working relationship with the Galt Museum & Archives. The Society maintains an office and its book inventory at the museum and many of our members volunteer there on a regular basis.https://www.lethbridgehistory.org/
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I have been writing since I discovered I could in Grade One—mostly poems and personal essays. In Grade Three I earned accolades from my teacher for my use of the comma. Little of note happened since then in my writing career until I retired from teaching and decided to write a novel. When not hiking, birdwatching, snowshoeing, working in my yard, reading or volunteering, I write.
My first novel, Tomorrow, is published by Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing .