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The Medalta International Artists in Residence program can add the University of Montana to its list of partners. In 2011, both organizations agreed on a partnership which would enable promising ceramic arts students to gain valuable real-world experience in a residency setting. In January 2012, 8 students participating in the program will benefit from this partnership through working in Medalta’s Shaw International Centre for Contemporary Ceramics.

According to Artistic Director Aaron Nelson, the students’ time at Medalta provides professional and international experience. “Hosting residencies here at Medalta gives these students a way to apply the knowledge and skills they learn at University,” explains Nelson. “One of the primary benefits of a hands-on approach such as this puts theory into practice and further prepares students for life after university.”

“Forming partnerships with post-secondary institutions has always been one of our goals,” explains Barry Finkelman, Executive Director of the Historic Clay District. “The benefit of having talented, creative people in Medicine Hat is enormous – both from an economic development and community-building perspective.”

Everyone is invited to meet this group of visiting artists during a public open house on Friday, January 27, from 7:00pm – 9:00pm. Open Houses provide a unique opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at an artist’s studio and see artwork in all stages of completion. Work made during the month will be on display. The Open House is free to the public.

The Historic Clay District is a 150-acre National Historic Site in Medicine Hat, Alberta which encompasses a number of historically significant clay factory sites. One of the centerpieces of the Historic Clay District is the Medalta Potteries National Historic Site, which features an industrial history museum, major industrial archaeological excavation, contemporary ceramic artists-in-residence program and working pottery. It is one of eight major attractors within the Canadian Badlands and receives significant support from the Government of Canada, Government of Alberta and City of Medicine Hat.

If you don’t already know, Midnight Madness is happening tonight from 6PM until well, you guessed it, midnight. As part of the officially kicking off the shopping season, many businesses in the downtown area will be open until midnight, usually offering great deals and sales. You know the drill. There was a couple pages in the Medicine Hat News today announcing specifically what is on sale from most of the downtown vendors, although I am sure once you are down there, you will see the offerings for yourself.

Some of the non-shopping events include tree-lighting in Batus Park at 6PM with choir signing from Medicine Hat High School, free hay rides (6-8PM), and the Monarch will be showing a free children’s movie at 5PM, 6PM, and 7PM. The Medicine Hat Public Library is hosting a book sale until 8:30PM. The Esplanade is offering craft activities in its Discovery Centre from 6 to 8PM. There’s also a ton more going on than even listed here.

Coinciding with the event is the Downtown Medicine Hat Christmas Roving Art Reception which features local art and galleries, taking place in the Hive, Inspire Café and Gallery, and at the Esplanade.

Road closures will be in effect throughout Midnight Madness. Free parking will be available in all city-owned lots, as well as the Transit Terminal Parkade.

Midnight Madness takes downtown tonight Article on Medicine Hat News

The Medicine Hat Cubs and Paradise Valley Par 3 Golf Course are teaming up for a fundraiser on Tuesday, November 29th at Paradise Valley Par 3 Course. The event will run from 5:00pm – 9:00pm at Paradise Valley Par 3 Golf Course. There will be a silent auction as well as a live auction. The live auction will begin at 7:00pm. This is a huge event and is open to the public. The Cubs coaching staff, players and board will all be present for this special evening.

Here is a list of some of the items available at the auction:

  • Calgary Hitmen Tickets
  • Medicine Hat Tiger Tickets
  • Medicine Hat Cubs Tickets
  • Wine
  • Various Hockey and Golf Items
  • Medicine Hat Cubs Game Worn Jerseys
  • Tons of Gift Certificates
  • Spa Gift Baskets
  • Grocery Gift Cards
  • And Much More…

This is a night you won’t want to miss, there will be several door prizes, autographs from Cubs players and half of all the server’s tips from the night will go towards the Movember Prostate Cancer Fundraiser. Don’t forget to vote on which Cub has the best movember stash.


Any questions, please contact Kim at:

Community welcome at college for event

Job seekers planning on attending Medicine Hat College’s upcoming annual career fair can expect a wealth of information and networking opportunities with a wide range of prominent local, regional, national and international employers. The event takes place on Tuesday, November 1 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Centennial Hall foyer and B-Wing hallway.

This year will mark one of the largest career fairs ever held by MHC, with over 60 organizations already registered to participate. With employment and the current labour market on the minds of students and the public alike, the college is pleased to open its doors to the community and help employers meet their recruitment needs.

Exhibitors will be discussing their career and job opportunities, company perks, application process, and offer tips for obtaining employment within their organizations.

“These employers represent a variety of different fields,” said Stuart Riley, coordinator of financial aid and employment at MHC. “Industries such as health and human services, police and security, engineering, oil and gas, business, accounting, finance, construction, trades, administrative, government and marketing will all be represented at the career fair.”

In addition, MHC is also welcoming numerous career-related service providers to the fair. They will offer job seekers support and resources to utilize within their employment search. From resume and cover letter assistance to training workshops and job leads, these organizations provide a variety of comprehensive employment services within the community. For attendees considering heading back to school, MHC staff will have booths set up to offer information on their programs, courses, partnerships, and Entrepreneur Development Centre.

“As we witness the job market starting to turn around, it is becoming more important for job seekers to develop strong networking skills,” said Riley. “Some statistics show that nearly 80% of all jobs are not advertised. Tapping into this hidden job market can give job seekers an edge over their competition and help fine tune their job search strategies.”

With many attendees receiving actual job offers each year at this event, job seekers are asked to come prepared to make the right first impression. Riley suggests that students and job seekers bring several copies of their resume and dress in interview-appropriate clothing.

For more information, visit or call (403) 504-2208.

MHC Career and Information Fair
Medicine Hat College Centennial Hall & B-Wing Hallway
Tuesday, November 1
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

The Boob Tour is coming to Medicine Hat Friday, October 14th. It’s a mostly stand up comedy show with a few twists, in support of The Medicine Hat Cancer Clinic Fund* and in collaboration with Bustin’ Loose Race to End Breast Cancer.

This comedy tour has traveled around Canada and raised over $130,000 directly towards local cancer causes. The show will Feature Star Search Winner Tracey MacDonald, and Breast Cancer Survivor Allison Lane who will be on Oprah this October.

The show will also star James Uloth who has done over 2,000 shows in 4 different countries and Lars Callieou who has a special on the Comedy Network and performed at the Just For Laughs festival. For more info check out The show will also be in Taber, Brooks, Lethbridge, Stavely, Strathmore, Canmore and Calgary.

Tickets are available at Runner’s Soul, Medicine Hat Hyundai, Margery E. Yuill Cancer Centre and the Bustin’ Loose Committee. Call 403-526-6089 or email for more information. The show is at The South Side Events Centre, 4 Strachan Court S.E.

Tickets are $30, seating first come/first serve. Buy a table of eight and the table will be reserved for you. Cash bar and small appetizer menu will be available.

The Boob Tour – Fight Cancer With Laughter

*The funds are used for direct treatment related costs for those who have a demonstrated financial need. The donated funds will be used for direct patient costs such as, travel and accommodation if required to travel outside of the patient’s home community for treatment. The fund will also be used for meals, medication, and help for a caregiver who may be needed to accompany the patient to their appointments. The fund may also be used for emergency needs to see that treatment is accessible.

Contact info for James Uloth – 323-202-0997

Ali Riley
Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Nanton poet Ali Riley reads from her work on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at Medicine Hat Public Library. Her reading takes place at 7:00 pm in the Currie Room.

Ali Riley’s first book, Wayward, was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. She has since released another book of poetry, Tear Down. A third poetry collection, Mile Zero, is being published in Spring 2012.

Ali Riley was born in Calgary, and was the singer/songwriter of the seminal psycho- country band Sacred Heart of Elvis. In Toronto, she acted in several theatre productions, including The Lorca Play, for which the company won a Dora Mavor Moore award for best performance by a female. Her produced plays include dog dream, Philosophy in the Bedroom and Hole in my Heart the Size of My Heart. Her poetry has appeared in Geist, The nth Position Anthology, Matrix, This Magazine, Event and the Moosehead Review, and she has performed at festivals, schools, and hootenannies across the country. She currently lives on a farm between Nanton and Vulcan, Alberta.

For more information about Ali Riley go to:

She may be contacted at

Ali Riley’s visit to the library is cosponsored by the Literary Readings Program of the Canada Council and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

It’s time for the 7th annual One Book One Community (OBOC) in Medicine Hat. Winner of the 2010 in Canada First Novel Award, Newfoundland author Jessica Grant’s quirky Come, Thou Tortoise is this year’s featured book. This delightfully offbeat story features an opinionated tortoise and an IQ-challenged narrator who find themselves in the middle of a life-changing mystery.

The OBOC festivities will begin with ‘An Evening with Jessica Grant’ on Friday, October 14th at 7:30 pm in the Medicine Hat College Theatre (refreshments and book signing to follow).

On Saturday, October 15th, facilitated book discussions, readings from the novel by FUT in the Hat, and fun activities take place in Medicine Hat College, beginning with coffee at 9:30am. Everyone is invited to this book club! All events are free with the exception of Saturday’s lunch (tickets now available at Medicine Hat Public Library and at Medicine Hat College Vera Bracken Library).

For more information about Come, Thou Tortoise, Jessica Grant, and One Book One Community, visit the website at

This event is sponsored by the City of Medicine Hat, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Medicine Hat College, Medicine Hat Public Library, L.E.A.R.N., Medalta, Coles, and Safeway.

Medicine Hat Public Library and the Calgary Co-operative Memorial Society present an information session on preplanning for simple, dignified funerals at a moderate cost. This free presentation takes place in the Currie Room, Medicine Hat Public Library on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 from 10.30 am to Noon.

Since 1966, the Calgary Co-operative Memorial Society has been helping its members to preplan simple, dignified and economical funerals. The Memorial Society’s membership is wide ranging, covering southern Alberta.

The presentation, Sensitive Planning for the Future: a humourous approach to a Heavy Duty Topic, will be made by several members of the Calgary Co-operative Memorial Society and will be followed by questions and answers.

For more information about the Memorial Society: go to

Thursday October 6th, 2011
Chinook Village, Terrace Room
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Tickets are $25 each and include lunch

  • Meet and mingle with your colleagues;
  • Hear what a panel of media personalities has to say about this year’s trending report;
  • Take a look back with five years of trending in this year’s edition of the Medicine Hat Vital Signs Report.

Please purchase your tickets at the Foundation office,
104, 430 6th Ave SE or call 403-527-9038

The Friends of the Monarch are proud to announce the launch of the Monarch’s Centennial Celebration season. A number of events have been planned to celebrate the 100th birthday of this historic building and we wish to extend an invitation to the citizens of Medicine Hat to join us.

The first event is “THE MAJESTIC” which will take place on Saturday, September 24, 2011. Starting at 2pm on Second Street in front of the Theatre, a Vintage Car Show will feature vehicles that would have been on the streets in the 1950s. The 50’s theme continues at 5:30 pm with burgers, fries, and fresh made pie served in 50’s style by carhops. At 7:30 pm, the movie, “The Majestic”, starring Jim Carrey and telling a story set in restored theatre during the 1950s, will be screened in our beautiful theatre. At 9 pm we will move to the historic hall in St. Barnabas Church, another Medicine Hat treasure, to relive the sock hops of yesteryear. The ever popular “Kool Ray and the Hipkatz”, an 8 piece orchestra, will keep the crowd swinging and jiving. A swing/jive dance demonstration and dance competition will showcase some of our local dance “stars”. Downtown merchants have donated wonderful prizes that will be awarded for Best 50’s Costume, Best Dance Couple, and for some old fashioned “spot dances”. A silent auction and refreshment sales (including home-made floats) will help with the fund-raising to enable the restoration of the Monarch and its equipment. Car show, Dinner, Movie and Dance are all included in the $50 ticket price. Tickets are available at: The Monarch Theatre Box Office, Inspire Café, or by calling Judy at (403) 529-9231 or emailing

The Society of Friends of the Monarch Theatre is a not-for-profit society with our objectives being to promote and fundraise for the Monarch Theatre. The theatre website address is

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