Social Events

Conferences are about more than sessions and trade shows – they’re your chance to mix, mingle and meet your colleagues from all over Alberta, and find out how they’re embracing change. Change up your conference! Attend a cooking class, greet your day with morning yoga, and plan to sparkle at the Saturday banquet and dance. Read on and register early.

Thursday, April 24

7:45 p.m.-8:45 p.m.    First Timers’ Get Together

Kick off your first Alberta Library Conference with a bang! This is the place to meet other first-timers  – trustees, library staff members, exhbitors.  Make new connections, learn how to make the most of your conference, enjoy a complimentary beverage, and enter to win terrific door prizes. 

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9:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.    Opening Reception

Join us in the Great Hall for a reception to open the conference! The adjoining Exhibit Hall will be open from 6:30 p.m., so do a tour through the displays before joining us for refreshments and socializing.

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Friday, April 25

6:45 a.m.    Friday Morning Yoga (pre-registration required, $15 per person)
8:00 p.m.    Author Talk: Renata Liwksa
9:00 p.m.    Change it up with a Class! (pre-registration required)

Expand your horizons, and try something new on Friday night. Learn to make a delicious appetizer, taste a new brew, or learn to cook from a JPL pro. Registration is required for these special classes, and space is limited, so don’t hesitate – register early. All sessions run approximately one hour, unless stated otherwise. (NOTE: classes require minimum registrations to run.)

Class #1: Beer by the Book - This event is now sold out!

Think you know chapter and verse about beer? Think again! Surprises are in store as you taste your way through the beer genres with beer guys Peter Bailey and Jeff Narver. From the romance of witbier to the dark mystery of porter, you’ll find new appreciation for the art and craft of ale and lager. Peter is the Director of St. Albert Public Library and beer columnist for The Tomato magazine ( Jeff is Library Productivity Specialist for 3M Canada and long-time CAMRA Vancouver member. $25.00/person; minimum 12, maximum 30 people


Class #2: Cake Decorators - This event is now sold out.

You’ve heard of Cake Boss... well now it’s your turn to be the boss as you learn how to create beautiful cakes and decorate them yourselves! In this activity, your group will learn the fundamentals of cake decorating with our talented Pastry Chef and experience a true Food Network experience with judging and prizes. And the best part not only do you decorate your cake…you eat it too!  Approximately 1.5 hours. $35.00/person; minimum 12, maximum 24

 Class #2: Ultimate Kitchen Experience

Join The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge’s culinary team to discover the secrets to exquisite cuisine. Have one of our experienced instructors from the kitchen dazzle your group with a delicious but simple recipe. Prepare to be hands on in this interactive demo in the Clubhouse Kitchen. Approximately 1.5 hours. $45.00/person; minimum 12, maximum 24

Class #4: Mixology –Iron Chef Style!

Get ready for a new way to mix it up! After a demo and some advice from a professional JPL mixologist, participants will divide into teams, receive a basket of ingredients – including a must-use mystery ingredient - raid the pantry, then go to work in teams to create their own signature cocktail. The winning drink may be featured in the Emerald Lounge on Saturday. Ready for the challenge? Let the battle begin! $40.00/person; minimum 12, maximum 30.


Saturday, April 26

6:45 a.m.    Saturday Morning Yoga (pre-registration required, $15 per person)
6:00 p.m.    Closing Dinner and Social: Sparkle & Spurs

Release your inner rhinestone cowboy! Break out the denim & diamonds, bling up your boots & sparkle your Stetson, and celebrate a weekend of learning and connection at the Closing Dinner.

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8:00 p.m.    Author Talk: Diana Davidson
8:00 p.m.    Author Talk: Marcello Di Cintio
8:00 p.m.    Wine Tasting (Ticketed event - $25 per person) This event is now sold out.

Richard Harvey from Metrovino in Calgary will have some vintages to tempt your palate! Register early if you want to attend the Wine Tasting! It sells out VERY quickly!

9:00 p.m.    Dance!

Don’t be shy about attending the dance:  you don’t need a partner and you don’t even need to dance. Just plan to have some fun socializing and sharing with all the great people in our Alberta library community.

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Sunday, April 27

6:45 a.m.    Sunday Morning Yoga (pre-registration required, $15 per person)


For guests not staying at the Lodge, all meal tickets, including those for the closing dinner, can be purchased at the JPL Concierge Desk right up until dinner time. Extras are also sometimes available if people have tickets they can't use – check at the Registration Desk periodically. Tables are first-come, first-served (no reserved tables), but look for the New Friends table if you’re not with a group. Alcoholic beverages are available to order from the wait staff at the banquet, or to purchase at the bar in the dining room, but are not included in your meal ticket. 

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Conferences aren’t only about the sessions, what a great opportunity to catch up with your friends and colleagues from across the province!

All delegates and their registered guests are welcome to attend the conference social events.
Plan to take in at least a few of these activities planned for your entertainment.

For guests not staying at the Lodge, all meal tickets, including those for the closing dinner, can be purchased at the Lodge’s concierge desk.

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