Ushering in Summer | June 22, 2020

Volume 1 Issue 12 | | Editor: Colleen MacLeod | #meadowlarkmonday

Opinion | Life | Business | Arts | Health
Wild Iris in field near Irricana, photo by Brian




A couple weeks ago we did a print version as a temporary initiative to reach more people in the community and to celebrate the Class of 2020. I should have included my appreciation last week, but better late than never! I’d like to thank the people who helped out with the print version, either by lending expertise (Jae Jae and Stella) or sponsoring the issue directly: ATB Financial Irricana, Irricana Kountry Kennel, Irricana Pharmacy, and Rascals – The Barking Lot.

So what’s next for The Meadowlark? We hope that you will let us know what you’d like to see. Please comment below!


Virtual Getaway: Gros Morne National Park


The beautiful spots of Gros Morne National Park! Located in Newfoundland and an amazing drive from Deer Lake airport. You can take a ferry all the way down or walk the park to the ferry.
It is a great place for new adventures and great hiking spots. Enjoy Canada and explore if you get the opportunity.

The Working Group

Tracy, Irricana Kountry Kennels

Did you know that all breeds of dogs are categorized into 7 groups? Dogs were originally bred for different purposes and that is how & why the groups were developed. Each group is based on the use and characteristics of each breed and a way to identify dogs. The 7 groups are Sporting, Hounds, Working, Terriers, Toys, Non-Sporting, and Herding. Since I personally own Dobermans, I will focus this article on the Working Group, with Doberman Pinschers being a prominent breed within the Working group. In CKC (Canadian Kennel Club), the Working Group is Group 3. There are 34 breeds in the Working Group.

As the name implies, the breeds of dogs in the Working Group have a job to do. The breeds were developed to assist humans in some capacity and many of these breeds are still used as working dogs today. Some are bred to guard homes or livestock, while others pull cats, or do water-rescue work or spend time at sea helping fishermen. The dogs in the Working Group tend to be known for imposing stature, strength, and intelligence.

Most of the dogs in the Working Group are medium sized up to giant size. These dogs are very serious about their work and all their natural instincts are about the work. These breeds usually take well to training and have a strong willingness to work. Read more.

Daycamps for Kids

Boys and Girls Club Irricana will soon be offering summer daycamps for kids aged 6 to 12. Register soon so you don’t miss out!

Remember Bookmobiles?


When I found out that our library is now doing curbside service, it reminded me of bookmobiles. I have a vivid memory of a bookmobile coming out to our farm when I was 4 or 5 years old. It was an out-of-service school bus that had been fitted with shelves and tons of books. I think there was a sign painted on the side, but I can’t quite see the image. Bookmobiles are still around and can be found all over the world, with all types of vehicles: bikes, boats, and burros to name a few! Read more.

Library Curbside


As of June 10th the Irricana Library is now offering a curbside pickup service! We are proud to say that it has been a big success for us: we have had a total of 18 patrons come to use this service since it has begun. Thank you so much for your continued support! With a little more time and effort we will soon have our doors open again soon!

Our Curbside pickup service operates every Wednesday between the times of 11:30am – 4:30pm, by appointment only. You can schedule an appointment via phone or email.
Phone: (403)-935-4818 Email: or

Summer Patron Services Coordinator

We are looking for someone who is technologically savvy, enthusiastic, creative, a team player and of course someone who loves libraries!!!



Yesterday’s hail seemed just another day, another storm. We’ve had our share of exciting weather and I for one could stand a few days without weather warnings! Be it weather or pandemic related, this summer is starting out as a very unpredictable time and this creates anxiety for people. So what can we do? Alberta Health Services offers some guidance:


Tie-Dye Butterflies

Jae Jae (Jennifer) 

This is such a great and easy craft for all ages – I loved it so much I made more after Wally was done! I was inspired by one of my favourite mom bloggers, Mothercould, who has been doing so many tie-dye tutorials! So if you are loving the tie-dye look check out her Instagram and Facebook page for fun ways to tie-dye clothes too!

What you need:

  • Paper towels (I used the half sheet rolls, but if you have the larger square sheets, simply cut in half)
  • Rubber bands
  • Washable markers
  • A spray bottle filled with water
  • Scissors and/or pinking shears
  • Pipe cleaners (cut in half)


  1. Roll up the paper towel, then fold in half and wrap a rubber band around the middle (see pictures).
  2. Colour all over with washable markers.
  3. Use your spray bottle of water to wet the paper towel and watch the colour bleed! This is a great activity to show little ones colour mixing! 
  4. Since the paper towel is wet, very gently take off the rubber band and unroll to see your creation. Lay out to dry before making your butterflies.
  5. Once dry, fold the paper towel in half. Cut out your butterfly wings (see picture). Be creative and try different shapes of wings! We used scissors and pinking shears to make neat edges.
  6. Open the butterfly wings and scrunch the center like an accordion to keep the integrity of the wing shape. Then secure with a pipe cleaner and shape the antennae.

Ways to display your butterflies:

  • Decorate your windows by simply taping them to the glass.
  • Make a mobile or wall hanging! Find some sticks and hang the butterflies from it with string or yarn. 
  • Make them into clips! You could glue the back center of the butterflies to a wooden clothespin and easily decorate anywhere you wish. You can even colour the clothespins with markers or paint before gluing on the butterflies.
  • Use them to decorate wrapped presents.

We would love to see your creations and how you displayed your butterflies! If you try this out please send us pictures to so we can share and inspire others with your creations!

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