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Alberta Education Celebrates the Province's Centennial

Queen Elizabeth Visits Alberta

Alberta students encouraged to join the festivities the Royal Visit 2005

From activities in Edmonton and Calgary to live coverage of the events and on-line teacher resources, this is an event for everyone.

Edmonton... Students from all parts of Alberta are invited to join Centennial festivities and to learn during the Royal Visit 2005 to Alberta May 23 - 25.

Two schools are looking forward to the events with special excitement. Granum School in southern Alberta and St. Matthew Lutheran School in Stony Plain both celebrate their 100th birthday along with the Province. Students from both schools will be on hand to greet the Queen at the Legislature on May 24.

In anticipation of the Royal Visit and to learn more about the role of the monarchy in Canada, teachers and students will find an activity brochure, quiz, and web links on Albert Education's Centennial website at www.education.gov.ab.ca/centennial/.

For those students who are in Edmonton or Calgary or planning to travel to those cities, there are several opportunities to see the Royal Couple at walk abouts and to participate in events at the Provincial Museum of Alberta, the Alberta Legislature on May 24, and Sir Winston Churchill Square on May 25. In Calgary, the main event at the Pengrowth Saddledome is sold out but there will be several viewing opportunities along the motorcade. The attached background provides event details. For all events, everyone is encouraged to use public transportation and there will be special parking for school buses at others.

For those students who cannot be in Edmonton or Calgary, many events will be broadcast live on CBC, including a live broadcast of the Queen's address to the Legislature at 12:05 p.m. on May 24. This speech will also be broadcast by ACCESS TV. Check your local listings or www.cbc.ca/edmonton/ or http://www.accesslearning.com/amg/index.html for full broadcast details.


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Students and teachers encouraged to join the festivities and view the Royal Couple during the Royal Visit 2005

Several events in Edmonton and the motorcade in Calgary will give students the opportunity to enjoy the Royal Visit 2005 festivities. Following are summaries of the details of the May 24 and 25 events. For more details go to the Royal Visit 2005 website at www.gov.ab.ca/premier/royalvisit/ or the websites listed with each event.

Tuesday May 24, 2005

The Provincial Museum of Alberta, 9:30 a.m. - noon

The Provincial Museum of Alberta in celebration of 100 extraordinary years of history, culminating in a Royal Visit and one of the most unforgettable "unveiling" experiences of a lifetime. Create a memory and join in the festive atmosphere, complete with lively music, dance, art and family-oriented activities, all created to capture the story of Alberta's people - past, present and future - in a presentation of visual and performing arts with a multicultural flavour

Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will unveil something special at the Museum!
Bring your lawn chair to enjoy the entertainment.
Outdoor services provided for public: Food kiosk, Information/Souvenir tents, First Aid, Video screens

The Museum Shop and Museum Café will open at 12:30 p.m.

Transportation /Parking:

No parking on site - Walk-in/drop-off only
Curb lanes on 102nd Avenue between 130th Street and Connaught Drive will be controlled drop-off zones from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Public is encouraged to take ETS bus routes 1 and 120

The museum is open and free of charge from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For information: www.pma.edmonton.ab.ca/ or www.gov.ab.ca/premier/royalvisit/index_provincial.cfm

Alberta Legislature , 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Legislature Walkabout - A picnic in the park

11:00 a.m. - Local entertainment/dancers at the Bandshell stage (in the south grounds)
11:45 a.m. - Arrival of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
12:05 p.m. - Her Majesty delivers remarks in the Chamber (televised). The address will broadcast outside by loudspeaker, so Albertans enjoying the entertainment on the legislature grounds will have the opportunity to listen to Her Majesty's comments.
12:25 p.m. - Walkabout of the South Legislature Grounds
12:55 p.m. - Mary Kieftenbeld (Alberta's song)
1:00 p.m. - Adam Gregory Concert
Note: Children's entertainment (face painters, balloon artists) will be set-up across the street on the east side of the Legislature building - Centennial cookies, juice and water will also be available at this location.

Transportation/Parking
No parking on site - Walk-in/drop-off only
Public is encouraged to take the LRT to Grandin Station - Government Centre or ETS bus route 52
Edmonton Transit System (ETS)

Telus Field parking lot will be open for school bus parking only.

Please note: The Legislature Building will be closed to the public until 2:30 p.m.

For more information: www.gov.ab.ca/premier/royalvisit/index_legislature.cfm

Wednesday May 25, 2005

Edmonton City Hall, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh will be touring City Hall and Sir Winston Churchill Square. This event will celebrate Edmonton's artistic diversity and youthful spirit through musical entertainment, displays, and demonstrations.

There will be entertainment throughout the Square from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. We encourage the public to come down to see the Royal couple before they depart for Calgary.

Itinerary:
The Royal Couple will arrive at City Hall at 10:05 a.m. and be greeted by Mayor Stephen Mandel and Mrs. Mandel. They will then be escorted through City Hall to be introduced to City Council. From the City Room, they will proceed to Kids in the Hall for a tour of this one-of-a kind facility.

After completing the tour of Kids in the Hall, the Royal Couple will enter City Hall Plaza and begin their public walkabout. Throughout the plaza and square, they will be treated to a number of demonstrations, displays and music featuring Edmonton Public and Catholic Schools.

Demonstrations:
Aboriginal Dancers, Victoria School Cheer Team, Alberta Science Fair, Odyssium, Ortona Gymnastics, Canadian Finals Rodeo Display, Edmonton Artists Display, and Edmonton Street Performers.

At the conclusion of the walkabout, the Royal Couple will depart at 10:40 a.m. for the Edmonton International Airport. Entertainment will continue in the Square until 1:00 p.m.

Public Access/Transportation:
The public is encouraged to come to Churchill Square to take in all the celebrations surrounding the Royal Visit and Alberta's Centennial. The Churchill Square event will be an excellent opportunity for the public to see the Royal Couple on a personal level. There will ample room for the public to see all the entertainment and demonstrations.

Public transportation is recommended as parking will be at a minimum and the area around the square will be closed off to vehicles.

For more in formation and walkabout map: www.edmonton.ca and click on Royal visit

Wednesday May 25

Calgary

Pengrowth Saddledome
Like Edmonton's Commomwealth Stadium event, tickets for the event, which were offered free to the public, have all been distributed. The event is the City of Calgary's special centennial tribute staged in honour of the Royal Couple. The audience will include school children from across Calgary, veterans, various cultural, seniors and community groups and the general public.

However there will be opportunities to see the Royal visitors along the motorcade route. At this time the route has not been published . Please check the City of Calgary website http://www.calgary.ca/ for the best places to view the Royal Motorcade with Her Majesty and His Royal Highness. Complete details on route and viewing locations will be published in the Calgary Herald and Calgary Sun newspapers on Saturday, May 21, and Tuesday, May 24.

The Queen's Official Farewell to Canada includes the entrance of the Guard of Honour, Inspection, and a live-feed of the 21-Gun Salute from Scotsman's Hill (an escarpment near the Saddledome).

The Royal Couple depart at 4:35 pm.

For more in formation: http://www.calgary.ca/

 

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