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Al Jones

Tune In Mondays

This coming weekend is a HUGE one, folks. With Christmas just a few weeks away, Airdrie is kicking things off BIG TIME!

Let’s begin with Friday, December 6th, as some of our local shops are staying open later with special deals during Airdrie’s ‘Shop Local – Deals After Dark’ event. Shopping for that special gal? Ziva & Em has the latest and greatest fashions. Fashion on a budget? Check out Re-vive. Guys looking to buy for their significant others can check out Cream Lingerie. Need new winter boots or slippers for around the house? Check out Walkin’ Around Shoes.  There’s not a single guy I know that wouldn’t want a growler from The Balzac Craft Brewing Co. Details can be found on page 9 of this issue.

Next, let’s move onto Saturday evening. Beginning at 4:30 pm on Saturday, the Santa Claus Parade will make its way south on Main Street to Nose Creek Park. You will want to line up along Main Street by 4 pm as streets along Main Street will all be closed to allow for the parade.  Last I heard, they were still looking for a few volunteers to watch barricades along the parade route. It’s an easy thing to volunteer for because you can do it while enjoying the parade. For info regarding parade route, how to get involved, or how to volunteer, visit

Immediately following the parade, the CP Holiday Train will be arriving at Nose Creek Park for even MORE FREE family entertainment as music sensations Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo get everyone in a festive mood. They’ll be entertaining the crowd in an effort to raise food and cash donations for the Airdrie Food Bank, so don’t forget to bring either a food donation or a few dollars to donate to our local food bank.

Once the CP train pulls out, take some time to walk with your family through the Airdrie Festival of Lights. It’s a magical way to get the younger ones into the holiday spirit. There’s nothing better than enjoying a hot chocolate around an outdoor firepit surrounded by Christmas light displays to get rid of any hint of a humbug.

Speaking of humbugs, although this is the festive season, sometimes with the holiday rush, folks get stressed. What, with rushing around to get your shopping done, keeping the kids busy throughout the upcoming Christmas break, and, no doubt, trying to get ahead of your work load at work so that you don’t fall behind during your time off, you pretty much need the Christmas break between Christmas and New Year’s just to get rested up.

That same stress can sometimes have a negative effect on folks, creating short tempers and lack of consideration. When we see someone who’s perhaps not as merry as the season dictates they should be, it’s important for us to help each other when we can and return frowns with smiles. Simple things such as holding a door open for someone carrying a load of parcels, or letting someone into your lane in traffic, can make a big difference in someone’s day. We must be particularly considerate to others who are struggling this season, if we are to maintain our own positive spirit.

Last, but not least, there is going to be a ton of events happening over the next few weeks to keep everyone busy. Much of it comes into our office too late to make our publishing deadlines during this time of year. So make sure to follow us on Facebook ( as well as on Instagram, and Twitter (@AirdrieScoop), and we will do our best to keep everyone in the loop on all that is happening in your community.

Shop Local and let’s get MERRY!!





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