Economist to speak
Award-winning economist and best-selling author David Foot will be speaking at the Red Deer Citizen of the Year Spring Gala on May 5 at the Capri Centre (3310 50th Ave.). Foot’s two books Boom, Bust & Echo: How to Profit from the Coming Demographic Shift; and Boom, Bust & Echo: Profiting from the Demographic Shift in the 21st Century, were based on research connecting the patterns between economics and demographics. The event will start with a cocktail reception and silent auction at 6 p.m., followed by an awards presentation. Tickets are $100 per person and can be ordered by calling the Black Knight Inn Ticket Centre at 403-755-6626; also, a table of eight ($1,000) can be reserved by contacting Dean Williams at 403-357-5255.
Mental illness guidance
People can learn more about living with mental illness by attending a free, eight-week course running May 12 to June 30. Living Well with a Mental Illness will run Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon in the Waskasoo Room of the downtown Red Deer Public Library, located at 4818 49th St. The course is open to those living with a mental illness, their friends, family and the general public. For more information or to register, call the Canadian Mental Health Association at 403-342-2266. The course is sponsored by CMHA Central Alberta Division and the Red Deer Public Library.
Children in sports
Focusing on the best interests of children in sports is the topic of a free information meeting in Innisfail. The April 27 meeting is set for the Innisfail Golf Course tournament house at 6:30 p.m. Heather Fletcher, community facilitator with the recreation sport and culture department of the Town of Innisfail, said the meeting is sponsored by the Innisfail Sport Advisory Group. Stephen Norris the director for the Centre for Research in Youth, Science Teaching and Learning at the University of Alberta, will present on the Canadian Sport for Life model. It’s a movement that assists coaches and parents to focus on the best interests of kids, thus creating a better sport experience for kids. For more information, contact 403-896-3906.