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Wednesday, Aug. 15 at 12:05 p.m. – Musical Wednesdays featuring Jacques Boucher (organist) and Désirée Till (soprano) at Chalmers-Wesley United Church, 78 Rue Ste-Ursule, Old Quebec. Free admission, donations welcome.

Getting a grip on plastic use

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Photo: courtesy of Criss Martinez
In the 1967 film The Graduate, a family friend shares some advice with Dustin Hoffman’s character, Ben Braddock, as he finishes university and sets out on his career. “I want to say one word to you. Just one word: Plastics.”

Discover your “Celtitude” at the Quebec Celtic Festival

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Photo: Juanita Craig from QCT archives

The Quebec Celtic Festival, the biggest francophone Celtic festival in North America, recently unveiled the programming of this year’s event, to be held from Sept. 6 to 9, mainly at the Domaine de Maizerets. Dance and music concerts, sports competitions, cultural presentations and family activities await visitors, all for free!

Summer fun swimming in Lake Témiscouata

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Photo: Lise Lafond

The third edition of the “Nageons au Témiscouata” open water swim races was held on Aug. 11. More than 124 participants swam around the orange buoys, trying to beat the clock and the elements on a beautiful summer day.

ComediHa! keeps people laughing and coming back for more

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Between laughs and comedy shows, visitors can zip-line across the Parc de la Francophonie until Aug. 19. 

Arts Alive! Québec swings over language barrier

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Photo: Ruby Pratka
Arts Alive! Québec swung into action with a jazz- and swing-themed street fair and outdoor concert series in the courtyard of the Morrin Centre on Aug. 4. The festival is the fourth in a series of community events around the province, organized by the English Language Arts Network (ELAN) and local partners, showcasing arts and culture in English-speaking communities. 

The FORT program moves to new digs

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Photo: Mark Lindenberg

The grand opening of the Valcartier Family Centre (VFC)’s new Future Occupation Reinvention Team (FORT) program offices at 2630 Boulevard Hochelaga isn’t until October.

STREET VIEWS: The story behind Rue Arthur-Labrie

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Photo: Google Maps

This street is named in honour of Arthur Labrie (1905-2003). The holder of a Ph. D. in science from Université Laval, Labrie was chosen in 1936 to put in place an experimental research station at Grande-Rivière in the Gaspé. A few years later, he convinced the university to merge it with the school’s biology research station.

Memorials and Things of Fame

August 7, 1818 – The Quebec Gazette
The Agricultural Exposition for the district, was held on the farm of Mr. Anderson, near the Dorchester Bridge. Many cattle and a large quantity of vegetables were on the grounds. Nineteen Canadian ploughs and three English ploughs were pitted against one another in a ploughing match.

Rooting for Canada’s national fruit, the blueberry

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We just returned from a trip to Northern Ontario, where we picked delicious blueberries and devoured succulent peaches delivered directly from the Niagara Peninsula. All across the land, folks are feasting on the explosion of Canada’s incredible fruit bounty as the growing season hits its peak.