Christmas lights nearly gone
A program providing free energy-efficient Christmas lights in exchange for older, energy-gobbling lights, has been quite successful. The Kerry Wood Nature Centre and City of Red Deer launched the program on Nov. 1. So far, 1,029 new sets have been handed out, in exchange for 3,000 old sets. Two sets of old lights turned in resulted in a person receiving one set of LED Christmas lights for free (one set per household). There are still about 100 sets available at the nature centre. The city put $20,000 towards the project. Home Building Centre supplied the lights at cost and Harpers Metals will reprocess the old lights to recover the copper in them.
People can learn about the new radiation treatment facility to be built at the Red Deer hospital at a public information session on Wednesday, Dec. 16. A brief presentation by a senior medical physicist from the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton will be followed by an open discussion. The information session will run from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Dana Soltes Auditorium at Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre, located at 3942 50A Ave.
Neither snow nor wind nor cold could keep buyers away from the craft and bake sale at the Victoria Park Retirement home on Saturday. It helped that the event was in support of a good cause, the planned Ronald McDonald House in Red Deer, which will provide accommodation and support to families with ill children. Residents of the retirement home raised $1,110 through the sale and a silent auction, despite the awful weather and driving conditions that day. All proceeds will go toward the Ronald McDonald project.
Everyone is invited to the free annual Community Christmas Round Dance on Friday night at Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School in Red Deer. Dance experience is not required — there will be plenty of teachers on hand! The 5 p.m. event, based on the traditional aboriginal dance of thanks giving, includes a free turkey dinner, 50/50 draws and other give-aways. Drummers are welcome. It’s sponsored by the Friendship Centre and other community groups. For more information, call 403-340-0020.