Home front – August 16

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Central Alberta grandmothers will be adding a touch of yellow to the gardens of the Red Deer Hospice and the Ronald McDonald House this fall. Grandmothers who are members of GrammaLink-Africa will be taking on a daffodil planting campaign in order to raise money for African grandmothers who care for 13 million orphaned children. The local grandmothers are asking that people donate at least $5 so they can plant “a bulb of hope” in the local gardens on Sept. 11. The fundraiser will support the Stephen Lewis Foundation Grandmother to Grandmother campaign. Organizers say they will be accepting donations until the end of September. The daffodils can be seen next spring. A donation of $20 or more is tax deductible. To donate or for more information, contact Shirley at 403-347-5958.


Time to get your harvest run on. Weber Physio Harvest Run will host its annual eight-km and three-km run in support of local track and field athletes on Sept. 9. Registration is available at Runner’s Den, Collicutt Centre, and most fitness facilities in Red Deer. For more information, go to www.reddeerrunners.org or call 403-341-4446.


A children’s book about a star resident of Medicine River Wildlife Centre will soon be available. Otis’s Story tells the tale of how this special owl came to the wildlife hospital and education centre in the Spruce View area.

“It’s a thrilling tale, filled with suspense and intrigue!,” reports the centre in a news release. “A beautiful, high quality book with incredible illustrations by Alberta artist, Gabe Wong.” The book will be the first in a series entitled Through the Eyes of Otis the Owl.

Each 36-page book will be narrated by the well-known education owl and tells a story within the centre. People can buy the book for $15 now, plus shipping, during this pre-sale.

Books will be available this fall. To reserve, call 403-728-3467 or go online at www.mrwc.ca.


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