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A woman scoops fresh popcorn into a green and blue popcorn bag.

Scoop for Love

For every 30 minutes a volunteer bags popcorn, the theatre will donate $15 to a charity of the volunteer’s choice. 

Scoop for Love volunteers are also welcome to enjoy a free bag of popcorn and watch whatever movie is playing at the time.

Amanda Leaming, co-owner of Fox Theatre, says Scoop for Love was introduced after she came across similar programs running successfully at other theatres. She feels it’s a good opportunity to develop a community connection while supporting worthy causes.

“My motto is the famous Helen Keller quote, ‘Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much,’ ” Amanda says.

“Having people come in to volunteer their hours and give that money back to the community, in terms of their charity of choice, really helps develop a strong sense of community and joy.”

Prior to the launch of Scoop for Love, Amanda reached out to some local non-profit groups to let them know about the program.

Felicia White, executive director of the Pincher Creek Humane Society, was thrilled to learn of the program and how it could help the animal shelter.

 

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“I get people who want to volunteer and help the shelter that can’t because they’re allergic to the animals, so this is a way that they can help without stepping foot in the shelter,” Felicia says.

“Fifteen dollars may not seem like a lot, but it goes a long way to helping us here at the shelter, whether that’s buying cat litter, bleach or other products we require.” 

While the emphasis will be on local organizations, volunteers can select whatever charity or non-profit they wish to receive their donation. 

The theatre will eventually have a list of local charities and non-profits for volunteers to consider, should they wish.

Interested candidates should contact the theatre and set up a date for a small amount of training, to ensure they’re confident and comfortable with the work.

A schedule will be up at the theatre with time slots open for volunteers to bag popcorn. As long as there are slots available, there is no limit to how much time someone can volunteer.

For more information, or if you wish to volunteer, you can call the theatre at 403-627-3444, email foxtheatre@omratech.ca or swing by in person.

Smiling and laughing kids faces in a circle

Minions coming to Pincher Creek

This Saturday, Feb. 18, with Family Day just around the corner, Fox Theatre in Pincher Creek is hosting its inaugural Family Day Festival.

Intended to be a fun event for children and parents alike, the festival will feature a silent auction, a poster sale, free prize draws, food and a wide range of activities including cookie decorating, crafts, face painting, a glow dance party, a movie and a meet-and-greet with a Minion from the Despicable Me movie franchise.

Families will also have a chance to win a free movie party, valued at $250.

 

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Entry for the festival, running 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., is $10 per family, making it an affordable outing that will provide hours of fun and activities.

“We have kids of our own, so we just decided that we should try this Family Day Festival and have something for kids and parents to do that could be fun for everybody,” says Amanda Leaming, co-owner of Fox Theatre.

Amanda and her partner, Obah Tawo, purchased the theatre in October 2022 and view the festival as an exciting opportunity to immerse themselves in the community. The pair will be at the event to meet locals and answer questions people may have for them.

 

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“We felt like doing a Family Day Festival would kind of help tie us into the community and get more people out,” says Amanda.

“We’re from a small community, and I grew up in Turner Valley, so small communities are what we’re used to and what we’re comfortable with.”

Money raised at the event will go toward upkeep of the theatre as the owners look to enhance the facility.

Follow Fox Theatre’s Facebook page for updates on exciting upcoming events and projects.

 

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