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Enjoy the Celebrations Throughout the Summer
Centennial Piano Project, July 10-19
Search out the painted pianos and outdoor pianos of the Centennial Piano project. The Prince George Symphony Orchestra and PS Piano Service have distributed pianos throughout the community both indoors and outdoors, some being painted by local artists. These instruments are open to anyone in the public to fill the air with music. From Chopsticks to Chopin, any pianist is invited to display their talents and entertain the community.
Music in the Plaza, July 13-16
Canada Games Plaza
Catch the sounds of Prince George at Canada Games Plaza. Between July 13 and 16 starting at noon, share your lunch hour with some of Prince George's finest musical artists, and on Friday July 17, starting at 6:30, experience the past and future of Prince George music with The Pucks and Black Spruce Bog. Enjoy food vendors at all these musical events. Music in the Plaza is brought to you by the City of Prince George and Integris Credit Union, and is presented by Coldsnap, northern BC's premier winter music festival. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 13 noon Socks and Shoes Socks and Shoes uplifts with their strong folky rhythms and illuminating lyrical style. Samantha Scott and Scott Dunbar weave spells in the ruddy campfire light, far into a night’s revelry, changing the limits of what a song can be.
July 14 noon Zavan Trio The gypsy jazz of Django Reinhart and Stephan Grappelli is the main inspiration behind this trio. Imagine Paris during the 1930s with the swinging interpretations of songs by Cole Porter and George Gershwin, to name a few. Zavan covers a wide variety of swing tunes, ballads and waltzes.
July 15 noon Bright City Heights Each member of this young, energetic band brings a unique influence of rock, pop, funk and folk to blend into the powerful and textured sound of Bright City Heights. Fresh from a fantastically successful performance at the Canada Winter Games, BHC has created an undeniable buzz that results in sold out shows all over Northern BC
July 16 noon Circadian Rhythm Circadian Rhythm is bound together by their passion for music and their love for fusing organic and electric sounds. Both Melody and Rae, with their distinctly different voices, seem to melt together into haunting and beautiful harmonies while Tony’s pulsing, eclectic rhythms take them to a whole new unique level of sound.
July 17, 6:30pm The Pucks and Black Spruce Bog
The Pucks’ roots energy captivates and engages their enthusiastic audience wherever they play! Mix powerful witty, original tunes with flavours of rock, pop, country, and world-beat folk, wrapped in strong vocals/harmonies, and served up with a cool rhythmic groove and you have the Pucks!
With roots set deep in the northern soil, Black Spruce Bog brings a sound and tells the stories of people and the land they live on. The mossy floor of a spruce bog is not an easy place to thrive; but with the right mix of rhythm, rhyme, and ruckus, any sapling can find the light.
Downtown Historic Tour App Launch
Tuesday July 14, 10:00 am
Prince George Public Library –Bob Harkins Branch
Take a leisurely stroll downtown and learn all about the history of the community with the Prince George Public Library’s newest app. This self-guided tour will allow anyone with an apple or android device to access a narrated tour of the history of downtown. The new free app will be launched on July 14 at 10:00 am at the Library’s Bob Harkins Branch. Check out more information at www.lib.pg.bc.ca
Tuesday, July 14, 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Location: Twisted Cork Restaurant
PechaKucha is a rapid-fire storytelling series that consists of 20 slides shown for 20 seconds each, to create a presentation that lasts 6 minutes and 40 seconds. This PechaKucha Night will feature 8-12 different storytellers, each with their own 20x20 story on what the identity of Prince George is to them. Presenters are encouraged to share their vision of Prince George past, present and future and include photos and anecdotes in their presentation. The event is free to attend and will be held at the Twisted Cork restaurant. For more information please contact email@example.com.
MakerLab 2RG Aerial Photo Event
Thursday, July 16, 7:00pm - 7:30pm
Canada Games Plaza
Participants needed - enough to stand and spell out “100” in the Canada Games Plaza while we take an aerial photo from high above, everyone is welcome at 7:00 pm. (Weather dependent). For more info please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are also interested in how to take aerial shots, the Two Rivers Gallery has an exciting workshop with Fulbright-National Geographic Fellow, Ann Chen from 5:00pm -9:00 pm. Learn to collect aerial images using kites or weather balloons and? build your own maps using Public Lab's open-source software MapKnitter. Please RSVP for the workshop at http://publiclab.org/notes/ann/06-16-2015/prince-george-mapping-workshop. Or drop-in and be a part of the big photo at 7:00.
Ying’hentzit- First Nations Art Gala and Live Art Auction
Thursday July 16, 6:00pm
Coast Inn of the North
As part of the celebrations this year, Carrier Sekani Family Services is partnering with Two Rivers Gallery to host the Ying’hentzit (rejuvenation) First Nations Art Gala on July 16th at 6:00 pm at the Coast Inn of the North ballroom. All the artwork to be auctioned will be by First Nations artists, primarily from North Central and Northwest BC; with the goal to reflect the integrity of the traditional sources of all the art. Funds raised will go towards a “Ying’hentzit” bursary for students pursuing Indigenous Arts. Tickets are available at Studio 2880 (250 562-6935), $100 per person or $900 for a table of 10. More information is available at www.csfs.org/.
Friday, July 17, 7:00pm - 8:00 pm
Saturday July 18, 7:00pm - 8:00 pm
Veterans Plaza (City Hall)
A company of actors joins forces to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Prince George through some of Shakespeare’s most beloved sonnets and love scenes. Set outdoors on the grounds of our historic City Hall, this hilarious midsummer-madness delight, told completely through Shakespeare’s words, brings together a community of players and audiences alike, to celebrate and reflect on our history, our people, our natural landscape, and the human experience. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy.
Huble Homestead Kids Carnival
Saturday, July 18, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Huble Homestead Historic Site
The Kids’ Carnival at Huble Homestead Historic Site is an event for kids and kids at heart! Bring the whole family on July 18, 10:00-4:00 for carnival games, magic shows, face painting, pioneer games, demonstrations, crafts, and entertainment, plus a few special 100th Anniversary surprises. There's something for everyone, and you won't want to miss it! Huble Homestead is located 40km north of Prince George just off Highway 97 on Mitchell Road. For more information call 250-564-7033 or visit hublehomestead.ca.
Party in the Park Community BBQ & Outdoor Movie
Saturday, July 18
5:00 pm BBQ
Dusk (approximately 9:30 pm) Outdoor Movie
Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park
Save-On-Foods, like Prince George, is celebrating its 100th Anniversary. They have partnered with Canfor and Jim Pattison Broadcasting to invite the community to a free BBQ in Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park along with an outdoor movie at dusk on July 18. Enjoy a light picnic in the park and evening of entertainment. Music will be supplied by a DJ and local bands followed by a showing of the Disney classic “Emperor’s New Groove”. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, get comfortable and enjoy the evening. The BBQ starts at 5:00pm with the movie at dusk (approximately 9:30pm).
Sunday, July 19,
11:00am – 5:00pm Taste Pavilion, Kids Zone, Main Stage Entertainment
8:00 pm – 10:00pm Evening Concerts
10:30 pm Fireworks
New Location - Veterans Plaza (City Hall)
To celebrate the City’s 100th Anniversary, Summerfest is promising to be better than ever. On July 19th come and experience the flavour and hospitality of Downtown Prince George. The legendary Taste Pavilion will tempt your taste buds with samples from the best restaurants Prince George has to offer. This is your opportunity to savour the work of our community’s top chefs, all in one day. Don’t forget to also enjoy the Kids Zone and main stage entertainment. The events take place around Veterans’ Plaza (City Hall) from 11:00 am-5:00 pm. Please remember to come back at 8:00pm for more live music and the 100th Anniversary Fireworks at 10:30pm. More information is available at downtownpg.com .
Those in attendance at Summerfest are invited to write a significant memory they've experienced in PG on a piece of paper which they will tie to the memory tree at City Hall. As the branches fill up, the history of the community unfolds and we see a new cycle of life and growth as we enter our next 100 years.
100 Years of Pioneering Spirit Concert
Monday August 3, 11:00 am
Join Alban Classical at Huble Homestead Historic Site to listen to live original music by Simon Cole. Written for Prince George’s 100th Anniversary these pieces explore the pioneering spirit of the North. The concert will showcase the talents of Jose Delgado-Guevara, Erica Skowron, Simon Cole and Barb Parker. www.albanclassical.org/index.php/concerts.
Sound of Summer Concert
Saturday August 8th, 6:30 pm
Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park Band Shell
This youth-led event features local musicians and is free fun for all ages. It encourages the community to experience our natural environment while enjoying local talent and activities like henna and face painting. The event is August 8th from 6:30-10:00 at Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park
BC Northern Exhibition
A Prince George tradition, the BCNE has been offered in the community for over 100 years. Every year it hosts a diverse collection of events from barrel racing and a midway to best vegetable sculpture. The beloved fall fair has stood the test of time and has become one of Prince George’s largest and most popular events. This year the exhibition will be five days long (August 12th-16th) in commemoration of Prince George’s centennial. Congratulations, Prince George on 100 years. The Fair looks forward to celebrating the next 100 years with the City! Check out all the activities at bcne.ca/ .
The graduating classes of 1960 to 1965 are invited to a class reunion September 18-19 check out www.pgss2015reunion.com for more information.
South Bowl Antique and Collectable Fair
Saturday October 3 – 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Sunday October 4 – 10:00 am- 4:00 pm
You can own a part of history at the South Bowl Antique and Collectable Fair. See items from your childhood, your mother’s attic or perhaps your grandfather’s shop. A wide variety of collectables are available to see, experience and purchase. This is the South Bowl Community Association’s 25th Fair and it is being held at the Roller Dome October 3 from 10:00am to 5:00pm & October 4 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Blackburn Halloween Family Fun Night
Saturday October 31, 6:00pm -9:00 pm
Blackburn Community Centre
On October 31 the Blackburn Community Centre will be celebrating Halloween with the 2nd annual haunted family fun night, haunted by the ghosts from 100 years ago. Enjoy Halloween at the Blackburn Community Associations Fun House. Your little witches and ghosts can dress up and join the games and activities and end the night with a big bang to celebrate Prince George’s 100th Anniversary with fireworks. The event starts at 6:00pm and ends at 9:00pm.
College Heights Halloween Fireworks
Saturday, October 31, 8:15 pm
College Heights Secondary Field
The College Heights Community Association is offering its 26thAnnual Halloween Fireworks and will be putting in that extra bang for the City’s 100th Anniversary. Once the young ones are finished trick or treating come and enjoy the show at the College Heights Secondary field. Those that are young at heart are also welcome to experience the lightshow as well. The event starts at 8:15 pm.
Festival of Trees -100 Trees for PG’s 100
Kick off the festive season with the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation’s “100 Trees for PG’s 100” event. The festival of Trees has been a Prince George family tradition for 22 years. Come and view the entertainment, decorated trees, wreaths and gingerbread houses or try a craft and peruse the gift shop. Open from November 20-29 at the Civic Centre. For more info spiritofthenorth.ca/special-events/festival-of-trees/
June 21 - October 31
November 4, 2014
Grand re-opening of the newly renovated Civic Centre Plaza.
December 31, 2014 - January 4, 2015
Cirque du Soleil - Dralion will kick off the centennial year with 7 awe-inspiring performance of their world class show.
February 13 - March 1, 2015
Canada Winter Games- Prince George will host the country in the nation's premier sporting and cultural celebration.
March 6, 2015
The City incorporated on this day in 1915
March 6, 2015
Mayor's volunteer banquet. A celebration of community spirit and the volunteers that have made Prince George a great place to live.
March 6-8, 2015
Free activities and celebrations at the Exploration Place, Two Rivers Gallery, Railway and Forestry Museum, City Arenas, Aquatic Centre and much more!
Official Cake Cutting Ceremonies - Saturday March 7th
- FrancoFun @St Mary's 10:30 am (new)
- RR Museum 11:30 am
- Exploration Place 12:30 pm
- Coliseum 1:30 pm
- PGAC 2:30 pm
- Cinema CNC @ the Playhouse 6:15 pm (new)
June 11, 2015
Learn the history of aviation in Prince George. Chris Weicht, BC aviation historian and author will speak about how prince George became the aviation hub of Northern BC. 7:00 Prince George Public Library. Click here for more details.
June 13, 2015
Celebrate a Century with Music - 2015 marks the Prince George Community Band's 25th anniversary and the City's 100th anniversary.
Join the band for a musical celebration of these milestones on Saturday, June 13th. Band members from the past 25 years are invited to come out and meet up with old friends. Birthday cake will be served!
Saturday, June 13
Two shows: 1:00 PM and 2:30 PM
At the Railway & Forestry Museum
Admission is FREE with donation of a non-perishable food item. Proceeds benefit the Salvation Army food bank.
Wednesday July 1, 10:00am to 5:00pm - Firefighters History Book
The Exploration Place
Look who is turning 100… it’s the Prince George Fire Services. For a century these local heroes have protected our community and created a safe place for us to live. The Firefighters have created a book chronicling their service to the community. On July 1 at the Exploration Place you can buy one of these limited edition books and enjoy the museum’s new exhibit celebrating a century of firefighting. For more information contact email@example.com .
Wednesday July 1 - Canada Day in the Park
12:00 pm Activities and Food
6:30 pm Barefoot Caravan – concert
7:30 pm Navaz Concert - concert
11:00 pm Fireworks
Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park (Fireworks at Connaught Hill Park)
Enjoy food from around the world and the entertainment to match. Canada Day in the Park is a community tradition and will be enhanced this year to reflect the City’s 100th Anniversary. The special evening concerts will make you want to dance. Barefoot Caravan – Combines root rhythms, Afro-Cuban, Gypsy and Reggae with melodic three part harmonies. Navaz infuses traditional Persian melodies, jazz, Latin and Blues rhythms. Celebrate our local and world heritage this Canada Day.
BMO KidzArt Dayz
Friday and Saturday, July 10th and 11th, 10:00am – 3:00pm
Canada Games Plaza
Join us for 2 days of art, creativity and play for all ages. Celebrate the 25th anniversary of KidzArt Dayz and the kickoff of the City's Summer Centennial Celebrations. BMO KidzArt Dayz provides FREE access to dozens of art activities. Everyone is welcome to explore, create and get messy! For more information please contact the Gallery at (250) 614-7800.
Friday, July 10, 3:45pm
Prince George Public Library, Bob Harkins Branch
Explore the past and look in to the future as the 100th Anniversary Committee and the Prince George Construction Association open a time capsule from the City’s 75th Anniversary. The contents will be revealed at the PG Public Library, Bob Harkins Branch, Friday July 10th at 3:45 pm. Some of the contents will be displayed at the library for the week and will return to its resting place on July 20th, to be opened again 2065 when the 75th Anniversary Capsule will be 75 years old. It will be joined with a new 100th anniversary capsule that will be opened in 2115.
Willow River Daze
Saturday, July 11, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Willow Street and Railway Ave, Willow River (32 km east of PG)
Willow River is celebrating the anniversary of its neighbour to the west, Prince George, during its annual Willow River Daze. Come and enjoy a bicycle parade, magic show, belly dancing, chili contest, farmers market and live music with Black Spruce Bog. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Northern Hardware PG Centennial Canoe Race
Sunday, July 12
9:00am start time at Isle Pierre –Mackenzie Class Distance
10:30am start time at Wilkins Park – Fraser Class Distance
11:30am – 3:00 pm, anticipated finishes at Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park, witness the fastest Isle Pierre canoes finish between 12:00 and 1:00!
Celebrate Prince George’s Centennial and the history of this beautiful land and waterways in the territory of the Lheidli T’enneh. Paddle down the historic Nechako and Fraser Rivers in either the Alexander Mackenzie or Simon Fraser Class, finishing at Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park. Post-race salmon barbeque for participants is prepared in partnership with Integris Credit Union and the Prince George Native Friendship Centre at Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park. Spectator viewing at Wilkins Park, Cameron Street Bridge, Cottonwood Island Park and Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park. Please visit www.strideandglide.ca for more information and to register. The Mackenzie race starts at Isle Pierre with an 8:00 am briefing and 9:00 start. The Simon Fraser race starts at Wilkins Park with a 9:30 briefing and a 10:30 start. The first racers are anticipated to arrive at Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park around noon.
Guided Heritage Walking Tours
Sunday, July 12
Meet at 8:15 am with an 8:30am start (approximately 3 hours)
Band shell at Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park
Join the Caledonia Ramblers Hiking Club as they lead a nine-kilometer heritage interpretive walk through the Hudson’s Bay Wetland, South Fort George and back along the L.C. Gunn Trail atop the Fraser River cutbanks. This two to three-hour loop walk will arrive back at Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park before noon, in time for the Northern Hardware PG Centennial Canoe Race finish. Please bring a morning snack, water to drink, clothing appropriate for the weather, and of course a camera. The Gunn Trail has some steep and rugged sections, so wear appropriate and comfortable walking shoes. Participants must sign a liability waiver, and anyone below the age of 19 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Participants will receive a commemorative gift while supplies last. Please meet at 8:15 a.m. in front of the band shell at Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park. For more information please contact email@example.com. or check out caledoniaramblers.ca/
VLA Parade, BBQ and Family Fun Day
Sunday, July 12
11:00am start for participatory parade @ Diefenbaker and Oak
12:00 pm-4:00 pm for BBQ - Milburn Park
Line the streets to see the Legion Colour Party, bagpipes, RCMP, First Nations performers and more. There will also be a children's bike/stroller decorating contest with prizes. Anyone from the VLA who would like to walk in the parade may do so. Parade route - starts at the end of Oak Street and Diefenbaker, then proceeds down Strathcona, turning left onto Victoria and finishing at Milburn Park. Then join the BBQ and fun at Milburn Park at noon. Bouncy castles, games, face painting and fun galore for all. Enjoy hot dogs, water, chips and watermelon and take in displays by our local community groups. Plan on joining this great celebration with the VLA, a community with Heart ...in the Heart of the City.
For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celebrating Accessibility Festival
Sunday, July 12, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
777 Kinsmen Place
Join Spinal Cord Injury BC, on Sunday, July 12th from 2-4pm, at 777 Kinsmen Place as they celebrate the progress Prince George has made in making our community accessible and inclusive for everyone. Lots of family friendly activities, cake and more! Give wheelchair activities a go. Check out the slideshow of how far PG has come in terms of accessible buildings and locations! Take a seat on a universally designed bus supplied by Diversified Transportation. Enjoy readings by local writer Larry Fielding, author of the children's series X-Tails. (Fifty percent of the royalties from The X-tails Ski at Spider Ridge will be used to purchase sport wheelchairs for schools in Prince George and area.) Have a chat with the Advisory Committee on Accessibility! For more information please contact Karen at email@example.com.