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GPDTA MAY 2016 NEWSLETTER

May 26, 2016

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SIZZLING SUMMER SIDEWALK SALE - JUNE 18
100 Avenue from 99 Street to 102 Street closed to vehicular traffic.
Bouncies for the kids - Music
Giant slide - Food
Little Train - Photo Booth
Displays - Stilt Walkers
Dancers - Great sales
Life-size Snakes & Ladders Game

2016 STREET PERFORMERS
July 22 - 1:30pm - 10pm
July 23 - 10am - 8pm
July 24 - 11am - 6pm
100 Avenue will be closed, to vehicular traffic, from 99 Street to 101 Street.
Plan your sidewalk displays, sales items and staff now.

GRANT BERG ART GALLERY - Stop by and welcome Grant Berg and his staff. The gallery is located at #3, 9907 100 Avenue, between Soul Addiction and Fashionista. Gallery number is 780-512-8989.

IMAGE DESIGN’S Feed the Kids in Partnership with TANGLED BOBBIN Food Truck Fundraiser - June 15. You are invited to the second annual Feed the Kids Food Truck Fundraiser on. Purchase your lunch by donation at the food trucks parked on 100th Avenue between 100th St. & 99 St. All proceeds support the Grande Prairie Public School District & Grande Prairie CSD school nutrition programs.
There are over 8800 emergency breakfasts served per year in the GP Catholic School Division and over 1600 fruit/vegetable snacks served each month within one public school. 32% of people requiring food are children, and the need is grater than ever now with this current economy. We would love to see you there. Supported by the DownTown Association, El Norteno, Motley Que BBQ, Eat Your Heart Out, Munchie Patrol and OMG Cupcakes.

THE WILD WEST 2ND ANNUAL MOTORCYCLE & TATTOO FEST - June 24 - June 26. Revolution Place.
Friday, June 24 - 4pm - 9pm
Saturday, June 25 - 10am - 9pm
Sunday, June 26 - 10am - 5pm
Day Pass - Adult / $10.80 / Child (12 & under) $5.40
Weekend pass: $27.00
Tickets on line http://www.revolutionplace.com or call 780-538-0387.
The Wild West Motorcycle & Tattoo Fest has put its kick stand down in the City of Grande Prairie and revving up for the 2nd year, this time at Revolution Place. This year has lots of indoor and outdoor events planned from a show-n-shine, poker runs, celebrities, car audio sound off, bands, burnout pit, loud pipes, vendors, tattoo contest, beer gardens and a fashion show. This year is shaping up to be a must attend event if you are a biker or not. If you want to get some ink, you will be able to get some here from some of the best artists around.  For vendor information please contact: 902-247-5117 Purchase tickets: Online, telephone or in person.

GRANDE PRAIRIE PUBLIC LIBRARY - Explore the Peace County - Whether you’re new to Grande Prairie or have lived here for years, you’re sure to discover some new destinations to explore this summer. Join the Library for three sessions detailing camp-grounds, landmarks, natural phenomenon, events and more. Offered in partnership with Grande Prairie Regional Tourism. No registration required.

Session 1: Go West (Monday, May 30) - Have you ever wanted your photo taken with a 20 foot beaver? Look west of Grande Prairie, including the beaver roadside attraction, beautiful Red Willow Falls, bird watching at Saskatoon Island and the many festivals you need to check out this summer.

Session 2: Go North & East (Monday, June 6) - Did you know that Grande Prairie has its very own badlands? Learn about Kleskun Hills, step back in time in Sexsmith or visit the animals at the Earth Farms Petting Zoo. If you would like to experience the wild west, hoot and holler with the Teepee Creek Stampede and the Rio Grande Rodeo which are each celebrating their 100th anniversary.

Session 3: Go South (Monday, June 27) - Is history more your thing? Take a city historical cemetery tour or visit the Reverend Forbes Homestead. Looking for a thrilling outing? Discover the bike trails at Nighthawk and watch the jet boat races on the Wapiti River. Treat yourself to a picnic at O’Brien Park. Further south, experience the dramatic rock formations at the Sulphur Gates, near Grande Cache where the Smoky and Sulphur Rivers meet. Phone 780-532-3580 for more info. Location: Rotary Training Room.
Time: 6pm - 7pm.

Library Hours
Monday to Thursday - 10am - 9pm
Friday - 10am - 6pm
Saturday - 10am - 5pm
Sunday - 1pm - 5pm

EPIC MORTGAGE SOLUTIONS Melanie Bell-Fornier - Owner/Accredited Mortgage Professional.
Get your Complimentary MortgageCheckup this Spring!!   Main # 780-539-9359. mortgagewithmel@epicemail.ca  http://www.epicmortgagesolutions.ca  

Appreciation can make a day - even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.              Margaret Cousins

Are you listed on our Website’s DownTown Business Directory? If not, email us with your information gpdta@telus.net It’s free.

GRANDE PRAIRIE COFFEE CO. - 9931a 100 Ave. are donating 50% of their brewed coffee sales, this month, to the Red Cross.

SPRING IS HERE - We will soon have visitors & tourists coming to our city. Take a few minutes, every day, to make sure your store front (windows & sidewalks) are clean and free of debris.

DownTown Rehabilitation & Streetscape Project - Monthly Update

The Downtown Rehabilitation & Streetscape Upgrades project is currently out for Tender. Phase 1 (101 St ) and Phase 2 (101 Ave) were Tendered as one project. It is anticipated that the construction work will commence towards the end of June 2016.

The work is planned to commence on 101 Street south of 99th Avenue, adjacent to the Revolution Place facility and proceed northwards. Deep utility work consisting of storm sewer, sanitary sewer and waterline work will be the first activity with surface work following after the completion of these items. Work on 101 Avenue is planned to take place in 2017.

Keep checking the project website for updated information. You can sign up to receive email updates for events and information specific to the project at http://www.cityofgp.com/ourdowntown. As the project progresses more information will be added to the website.

Your cooperation and patience on these items are greatly appreciated.

7 Ways to Have A Great Evening

Most of us focus our energies on strategies that will help us start the morning on a positive note in an effort to seize the workday. But what we do after we leave work matters as well, so here’s a plan to embrace the hours that follow:

1. Turn off your “working” brain. The last thing most of us do before we leave work is tidy up our work area and shut down our computers. Take it a step further and write out your to-do list for the next day. This should help you power down from work mode so you can start to relax.

2. Pretend it’s the weekend. Who says you can only two-step on Friday nights or go bowling on Sunday afternoons? Schedule fun activities after work so you can enjoy every night of the week.

3. Engage your creativity. If you don’t have plans, you can always make a date with yourself. Build a model air plane, learn to water-colour, or take ukulele lessons. Whether it’s 15 minutes or a half hour, spend some time to nurture your imagination.

4. Start to unwind. Resist the urge to watch television or engage in social media. Instead, light a few scented candles or dim the lights. Create a peaceful environment that promotes relaxation.

5. Let go of anger. Something or someone raised your ire during the day. Whether it happened five minutes ago or five hours ago, let it go; whatever it was is already in the past. Don’t end the night holding on to anger. You won’t be able to sleep, and it will have a negative impact on the next day.

6. Focus on the positive. At least one good thing happened today. Take a moment to appreciate and have gratitude for even the smallest event that made you smile; chances are you’ll remember more than just one. It might even make you feel better to write it all down in a journal.

7. Look tomorrow. Even if today didn’t seem so great, believe tomorrow will be better. Take ownership of this new day and night by carving out a chunk of time to devote to points 2 and 3.

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