Has someone you know done big things for the environment? If so, nominate them for an Emerald Award. Given out by the Alberta Emerald Foundation, the awards recognize extraordinary achievements by Albertans who protect, preserve, enhance and sustain the environment. Anyone can be nominated in one of 11 categories, including Youth, Community Group and Individual Achievement. Nominations are now open, and will close on Feb. 24. Finalists will be announced in April and the 21st Emerald Awards will be presented on June 6. For more information, or to nominate someone, visit http://emeraldfoundation.ca/emerald-awards/
The Red Deer Art Club presents Our Everchanging, Wild and Wonderful Skies, at the Marjorie Wood Gallery in the Kerry Wood Nature Centre until Jan. 27. The exhibit of mostly watercolour paintings features works by 15 local artists from the club. Admission is by donation and regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., however the gallery will be open Sunday and Monday. There will be a Meet the Artist reception on Jan. 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information, call the Kerry Wood Nature Centre at 403-346-2010.
Red Deer College is launching into the winter term with Orientation for new students on Jan. 4 from 9:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the main campus. The day will include a welcome rally and workshops on career planning, note taking, dealing with stress and studying techniques. A free lunch will served at a question-and-answer session with campus experts. New students can also take a campus tour or enter to win a door prize. Parking is free all day. Students starting at the Donald School of Business are invited and will later be taken by bus to the downtown campus. Classes begin on Jan. 5. To attend orientation, sign up online at rdc.ab.ca/orientation.
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