February Frost Fest fun – the whole nine yards

Callie Hermanson
Lakeside Leader

Slave Lake’s Frost Fest event kicked off this weekend, starting with a Family Carnival on Saturday, February 9th which took place at the Multi-Rec Centre fieldhouse, followed by a BYOF (Bring your own floaty) at the Northern Lights Aquatic Centre on February 10th.

Frost Fest is a fun-filled, action-packed a week or so featuring activities and events for community members to get out, have some fun and ward off those pesky winter blues you may have.

Program Coordinator Stacey Bjornsson for the Town of Slave Lake says this is the 15th annual Frost Fest, and it seems to be very much embedded into the yearly routine of Slave Lake.

“It’s been going really well, as so many community businesses, groups and organizations are eagerly supportive. This event is unique to Slave Lake, and so widely embraced.”

She mentions the businesses and organizations in town have made the planning for this event so fun, and smooth.

“Luckily we kick off our event indoors with the Family Carnival, and we do not have our main outdoor event until Family Day Frolic in the Park,” says Bjornsson. “Which (is) my biggest worry, as we are currently in a deep freeze.

“I hope we get some warmer weather so Frolic in the Park can be well enjoyed by everyone.”

Events and activities for the rest of Frost Fest are the following:

On Monday, February 11th there was a Movie Night at the Rotary Club of Slave Lake Public Library. The library showed ‘Finding Dory’. Popcorn was provided at the showtime.

On Tuesday, February 12th, author Chance Hansen was at the library for story time to read some of his stories and have fun with children. Hansen was also at the library’s after-school club.

On Tuesday, February 12th, ATCO and Rex Theatre hosted a movie night at Rex Theatre The movie played was ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’.

On Wednesday, February 13th there will be a Family Paint Night with paint pourer Carol Maitland at the Multi-Rec Centre.

The event is $30 per family of four.

Painting will start at 7:00 p.m.

On Thursday, February 14th, Parent Link will be doing Valentine’s Day Cookie Decorating at the Parent Link Centre.

This event is also free of charge and will run from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. during the centre’s Busy Bee program. Also, if any families are in need of a ride Parent Link will supply taxi slips to families attending their programs.

Also on Thursday, February 14th, there will be a Youth Valentine Day Dance at the Legacy Centre for Grades 7 to 12.

Tickets are $10 each or four for $30. Teens will be able to dance from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

On Friday, February 15th, the library is hosting a free Wine and Paint Night. This was a pre-register event for any one 18 and over. The event is already full with a long wait list.

It will be led by a library staff member and all supplies and a light snack will be provided, but you must bring your own wine or beverage.

Also on Friday, February 15th is Canoe Battleship at Northern Lights Aquatic Centre for $2.00 per person.

The canoe battleship battle will start at 5:00 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by the Town of Slave Lake and Northern Lakes College. Rules will be available at the pool desk upon arrival.

On Saturday, February 16th, Champions Health and Fitness is hosting a free spin class. The class will be taught by Stacey Bjornsson.

All participants must be over the age of 16. Limited spots are available. Contact 780-805-8488 to register.

The class will run from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

On Sunday, February 17th, the Multi-Rec Centre will be hosting another glow skate event. from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The event is free and is sponsored by Slave Lake Physiotherapy.

Last, but not least, on Monday, February 18th come on down to Schurter Park for the Frolic in the Park to celebrate the end of another successful Frost Fest.

Frolic in the Park will have games and activities for families to play, sleigh rides, a toy mountain, hot chocolate and more.

The event is free and starts at 11:00 a.m. and runs till 1:00 p.m.

MMM… Marshmallows!

Kids enjoying a warm fire while toasting marshmallows during last years Frost Fest Frolic in the Park event at Schurter Park.

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