A young Sylvan Lake pianist is among 12 outstanding Canadian music program graduates awarded $3,500 and an all-expense-paid trip to Toronto as part of her MusiCounts Fred Sherratt Award. Stephanie Taralson scored 99 per cent and 100 per cent on several courses during her two-year music diploma program at Red Deer College. She’s described as a natural leader who was elected music society president by her peers. Taralson also was second-place winner of the annual performance scholarship competition, and helped with rehearsals of the Chamber Choir. The 12 national award recipients were honoured in a presentation at the Bell Media Building in Toronto. MusiCounts is a music education charity associated with the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, with a mission to keep music alive in schools across Canada.
Three Hills will host the largest geocaching event ever in western Canada for one weekend in July. The Best of the Bad Mega Event starts on July 16 but the fun starts on July 15 with the official opening of the travelling GPS Adventures Canada Maze at 11 a.m. The maze will be in Three Hills during July and August. In the geocaching world an event is deemed “mega” when there are more than 500 participants. This event is expected to draw close to 1,200 geocachers from North America, Australia and Europe. For a complete listing of the program and to register for the mega event visit www.bestofthebad.ca
Diabetes walk raises cash
About $82,000 was raised by the Central Alberta TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes held on June 26. The five-km walk at Heritage Ranch attracted 319 walkers. The annual walk, held in many communities across Canada, raises awareness and money to help find a cure for diabetes and make a difference in the lives of over 300,000 Canadians living with type 1 diabetes. Last year, the 2010 TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes brought together over 48,000 Canadians and raised over $7.5 million.