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Jody Johnson sings a song from the Broadway Theatre Group’s upcoming performance of Beauty and the Beast, which will run at the E. A. Rawlinson Centre for 10 shows between Dec. 6 to 15. Johnson, who is playing the play’s main character Belle, performed during the Ranch Ehrlo Society’s Second Annual Youth Activity Fair at the Prince Albert Exhibition Centre on Wednesday.
Parents don’t necessarily need to clutch their wallets when their children ask to sign up for an after school activity.
On Wednesday, the Ranch Ehrlo Society hosted their Second Annual Youth Activity Fair, during which more than 1,000 youth stopped by the Prince Albert Exhibition Centre to learn about 28 organizations that are open to new members.
“The goal today is to have more children active in a positive way in Prince Albert,” Ranch Ehrlo director Kevin Mugford said.
“In the end, kids just have a good time -- they have fun. But in addition to having fun, they make such positive friends, healthy bodies, healthy energy, healthy lifestyles. The city of Prince Albert will be a better place if more children are involved in positive activities.”
Wednesday’s fair featured some of the city’s more affordable options for after-school youth activities, including some with no cost at all.
The city’s three groups of cadets -- army, navy and air -- come free of charge, leader Bernadette Slager said.
“It’s a really good program. There aren’t enough youth who know about it, and the No. 1 thing for parents to know is that it’s a youth club -- it’s not the military,” she said.
“Mostly it’s about respect -- respecting their own uniform and presenting themselves as good Canadians.
Youth aged 12 to 18 meet once per week -- depending on the group, either Monday, Tuesday or Thursday nights.
In the end, kids just have a good time -- they have fun. But in addition to having fun, they make such positive friends, healthy bodies, healthy energy, healthy lifestyles. The city of Prince Albert will be a better place if more children are involved in positive activities. Kevin Mugford
The John M. Cuelenaere Public Library also set up a booth highlighting their plethora of programming, free to participants alongside their collection of books and technological offerings.
Various other groups made presentations, including the Prince Albert Wrestling Club, which costs $40 per year, and the Prince Albert Curling Club, which costs junior members $55 per year.
The hope is that the 1,000 or so students who dropped by on Wednesday will have found at least one organization that they’re interested in joining, Mugfrod said, noting that affordable groups were selected to make the kids’ choice easier on parents.
Mugfrod said that Wednesday’s event was not a fundraiser for the Ranch Ehrlo Society – a multi-service agency that helps improve the lives of youth and their families.
Instead, it’s a continuation of their effort to better the community of Prince Albert, he said, noting that the 28 opportunities put forth during Wednesday’s event are “positive opportunities here in Prince Albert,” that he was happy to help share with local youngsters.