For the first time, Red Deer’s Earthdance celebration will be part of a live, international webcast from 360 locations in 60 countries on Sept. 26.
It’s the sixth year that Red Deer and area residents have gathered to promote peace and environmental awareness.
“We’ve become quite well known on the globe for having a great community that really supports this initiative so I think that’s amazing,” said one of the organizers, Tanya Schur.
A synchronized, nondenominational prayer for peace and the planet takes place at 5 p.m. at City Hall Park, at 4914 48th Ave. Go to www.earthdance.org to read the prayer. The prayer will be held at Gaetz United Church if it rains.
Dance performances will be held at the park between 3:30 and 5 p.m., including a community drum circle at 4:15 p.m.
Red Deer’s celebration will be part of international webcast from Earthdance: Rock Your World at Farside Lounge at Red Deer College at 8 p.m. featuring Red Deer bands Night at the Chelsea, Rockabilly Roots Revue and Ranger Danger and the Danger Rangers.
Cover charge is $8 per person and money raised will go to support Central Alberta Refugee Effort Youth Group.
All other Earthdance events are free.
Red Deer and 12 other Canadian communities are participating in Earthdance.
Schur said it’s an opportunity for people to celebrate all the good work being done locally to promote peace and protect the planet.
“In Red Deer, we as a community value the things that Earthdance promotes. We love our green space. We love the nature that’s around Red Deer.”
Other Earthdance activities include:
l Story time at the downtown Red Deer Public Library, at 4818 49th St., from 11 a.m. to noon.
l Open mike at the HUB, at 4936 Ross St., from noon to 3:15 p.m. Musicians, dancers, poets, comics, jugglers, actors and other performers who want to participate at the open mike are asked to contact Teresa at 403-309-4757.
For more information about Earthdance, go to http://earthdancereddeer.googlepages.com/home