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Quebec City Women’s Club to close its 80th year in style

Another year of the Quebec City Women’s Club is coming to a close. Our May meeting marks the end of our 80th year so we wanted to do something special for the occasion. Club members and friends are invited to join us for lunch at noon on Saturday, May 26, at La Fenouillière, in the Best Western Hotel located at 3100 Chemin Saint-Louis, near the bridges in the Ste-Foy area.

STREET VIEWS: The story behind Rue Alfred-Laliberté

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)
This short street, a cul-de-sac in the Cap-Rouge district of Quebec City, is named in honour of well-known painter and sculptor Alfred Laliberté (1878-1953). He was born in Sainte-Élizabeth-de-Warwick, in the Arthabaska district of Quebec.

Memorials and Things of Fame


May 13, 1818 - The Quebec Gazette

The Battle of the Atlantic commemorated in Quebec City

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Photo: Hamza Hentati via Wikimedia Commons

The anniversary of the end of the Battle of the Atlantic was commemorated with a ceremony on May 6, held on the quay in front of the École Navale (Fleet School) at Pointe-à-Carcy in the Port of Quebec.

A large bronze statue by Quebec sculptor Raoul Hunter, of a merchant seaman waving goodbye to his loved ones, stands at the end of the quay.

QHS Music-Theatre and Dance students present The Lion King

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Quebec High School’s tradition of musical theatre is still going strong as a group of 40 student actors, dancers and tech crew are preparing to present The Lion King.

Emma’s Art Club holds an Exhibit and Tea in Valcartier

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Photo: Geneviève Trudeau

On May 6, Valcartier Elementary School hosted an exhibit by students of Emma’s Art Club at Complex 1754, a new building recently opened in the Municipality of Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier. Afternoon tea was served to the sound of music provided by a harpist.

Thirteen students of Emma Perreault’s after-school art program displayed their artwork in the room used by the Historical Committee.

Moms’ Nite-out Bazaar held at the SLC Student Centre

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The Student Centre at CEGEP Champlain-St. Lawrence (SLC) was transformed into a marketplace on May 5. For the first time, the Jeffery Hale Moms’ Nite-out group set up their Toys and More Family and Baby Bazaar on the main floor and in the cafeteria. Nearly 50 tables were covered in toys, clothes, books, puzzles, games and a wide range of other supplies for babies and children.

Kindergarten gets crafty with “dinoramas”

Photo: Melissa Goulet

On April 6, Ste-Foy Elementary School’s talented kindergarten students and teachers Miss [Amélie] Godin and Mrs. [Véronique] Brunet presented their marvellous “dinoramas” (dioramas featuring dinosaurs). Every month has a different theme, and the theme for March was dinosaurs.

Nancy Burke exhibits her art at Saint Brigid’s Home

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

If the audience can’t go to the art gallery, the art gallery comes to the audience. Residents of Saint Brigid’s Home were treated to an exhibit of works of art by two local artists, Nancy Burke and Barbara Roy, on May 4 and 5.

Voting made easy for American expats

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

A group of local American expatriates offered information on absentee voting at the Moms’ Nite-out Toys and More Family and Baby Bazaar. Thanks in part to the information table, registration and voting became clearer for those American citizens attending the bazaar.

Four Rouge et Or football players selected in the CFL Draft

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Photo: courtesy of Université Laval

The Canadian Football League held its annual draft on May 3. Only Canadian students playing in the U Sports League in Canada, the NCAA in the United States or the Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) are eligible. No American players can be drafted.

Festival Opéra de Québec announces 2018 summer program

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Photo: Jocelyn Michel, leconsulat.c

The Quebec Opera Company is just days away from presenting their spring production of Bizet’s Carmen at the Grand Théâtre (May 12 to 19), but they are already preparing for the eighth Festival Opéra de Québec, which will take place from July 24 to Aug. 6.

Community Calendar

Wednesday, May 9 at 12:10 p.m. – Lunch ‘n’ Learn: English Nursing Programs at Eastern Québec Learning Centre - Open House: Learn about Health, Assistance and Nursing and Personal Care Attendant programs. Presenters will provide an overview of the programs, admissions requirements, employment prospects and a tour of the nursing facilities. Parking is FREE.

Meet Geneviève Trudeau, QCT’s newest freelance writer

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Photo: courtesy of Geneviève Trudeau

Geneviève Trudeau, who lives in the Valcartier area, is the QCT’s newest freelance writer. An experienced journalist with degrees in communication, media and journalism from the Danish School of Media and Journalism in Aarhus, Denmark and Concordia University in Montreal, Trudeau comes to the QCT with a rich background and experience.

Spring brings colourful ducks to the lake


Each spring, many species of birds and ducks stop by to rest on our little lake during their migration to their nesting grounds. This year I had my camera in hand when I saw some most interesting and very colourful ducks.

Champlain-St. Lawrence honours its student athletes

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Photo: courtesy of CEGEP Champlain-St. Lawrence

On May 3, CEGEP Champlain-St. Lawrence (SLC) held its annual Sports Banquet to honour the year’s high-achieving student athletes.

The dome is down and the Capitales are back on the field

Photo: courtesy of the Capitales de Québec

The crack of the bat and the pop of a fastball hitting the catcher’s glove … those are the sounds of spring and the sounds of Québec Capitales training camp.

But first, the big white dome that has covered the infield of Stade Canac this past winter has to come down. It was deflated, carefully folded and stored away on May 6. It will pop up again once baseball season ends.

The Voltigeurs de Québec Armoury rises from the ashes: Heritage meets modernism

Photo: Shirley Nadeau
A little more than 10 years after a fire best described as an inferno left it a huge burnt-out stone shell, the rebuilt Voltigeurs de Québec Armoury on Grande Allée officially opened last week in its new mission as a multipurpose building.

Patrick Roy is back from Denver, but what about the Nordiques?

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Patrick Roy is returning to the Quebec Remparts as coach and general manager, more than a decade after the NHL Hall of Fame goaltending legend took the team to the 2006 Memorial Cup junior hockey championship.

Discover the beauty and diversity of Portneuf at the Salon Nature

Photo: montage by Lise Lafond

The Salon Nature Portneuf, held from April 20 to 22, was a wonderful way to discover what Portneuf had to offer.

Stéphane Monette and Stéphane Parent gave hunting tips on luring bucks, and André Gervais’ lecture attracted the fishing enthusiasts. Many were lured to Mario Dion’s booth to buy a special colourful fly and try it out directly at the fish pond installed on the site.

Code, Create, Teach national initiative comes to Quebec

Photo: Juanita Craig

Coding, Scratch, micro:bits and computational thinking were the focus at the Code, Create, Teach conference held at the Hôtel des Premières Nations in Wendake on April 29. More than 60 teachers attended the day-long conference.

Memorials and Things of Fame

May 2, 1818 – The Quebec Gazette

The story behind Rue de l’Anse-Victoria

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)
Rue de l’Anse-Victoria (known as Victoria Cove in the 19th century) is named after a cove on the St. Lawrence River near the Quebec and Pierre-Laporte bridges. 

Leucan donation puts SLC in Youth Challenge Leaders category

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On April 26, students, staff and teachers filled the AI Financial Group Auditorium at CEGEP Champlain-St. Lawrence (SLC) for the Leucan Shaved Head Challenge and raised $10,000.

SLC students strut their stuff at fashion show

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
The fashionistas of CEGEP Champlain-St. Lawrence (SLC) were present at the Musée de la Civilisation on April 28 for the annual fashion show. Students were organizers and models. Many of their friends and family cheered, especially when they walked the runway in eye-catching sportswear or in haute couture outfits.

Discovering the Centre d’amitié autochtone de Québec

Photo: courtesy of Guylaine Hervieux

The Centre d’amitié autochtone de Québec, a friendship centre for urban Indigenous people, is place number 58 in VEQ’s recently launched Connect with your City Guide book.

Even though my Indigenous roots hail from the other side of the planet (New Zealand), the fact that I am native (Maori), had me automatically accepted and welcomed here with open arms.

Brahms’ German Requiem a balm for those who are grieving

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The Orchestre Symphonique de Québec (OSQ) and its choir filled the Grand Théâtre with strong emotions on the evening of April 25. The audience listened intently to two tempestuous pieces by German composer Johannes Brahms: Begräbnisgesang (Funeral Hymn) which was immediately followed by A German Requiem (sung in German instead of the usual Latin).

Dave Gunning and J.P. Cormier perform in Valcartier

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Photo: Allison Kirkwood

Dave Gunning is no stranger to Quebec City. Over the last four years, he has stopped by Quebec High School three times to work with the music concentration students, teaching about songwriting and guitar playing and discussing life as a professional musician.

EQLC students get “The Talk” about money

Photo: Danielle Burns

On the third Wednesday in April, parents and teachers across Canada were having “The Talk” with kids. It had nothing to do with sex education, but rather another subject that can make people uncomfortable: money.

The British (music) Invasion at CEGEP Champlain-St. Lawrence

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Crowds sang, danced and cheered in the AI Financial Group Auditorium as CEGEP Champlain-St. Lawrence campus rock band What the Heck (WTH), put on an impressive show filled with songs from across the pond. “The British Invasion” attracted 165 people.

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