Seniors Light Tour
Senior citizens can take part in the Red Deer Kin Seniors Light Tour. The event will take place on Tuesday and includes a tour by bus throughout the city to enjoy this year’s festive season and all of the beautiful Christmas lights that come with it. The Red Deer Kinettes and Kinsmen host the evening, which includes the city light tour with Red Deer Transit, followed by Christmas snacks, hot chocolate, coffee and tea and local entertainment at Westerner Park. The event is only open to senior citizens and it is free. For more information and to register, call Lisa at 403-597-6021.
The world’s best mountain-themed sports, nature, adventure and culture films will roll into Red Deer in January. Todd Nivens, program co-ordinator for the Kerry Wood Nature Centre, said the films, which are all displayed at the Banff Mountain Film Festival, will be shown on Jan. 14 and 15. Cost is $21, including GST, per night or $36 for the two nights. Show times haven’t been set. Money raised will be used for the centre’s ongoing environmental education and sustainability projects, Nivens said. Tickets can be purchased at the centre or Valhalla Pure Outfitters. Phone 403-346-2010.
The 29th annual outdoor nativity pageant will be held next week at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The story of Baby Jesus’s birth in a manger in Bethlehem will be staged in three re-enactments at 7, 7:30 and 8 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Each re-enactment will feature a large cast of primarily young church members portraying Mary, Joseph, the Three Wise Men, the innkeeper, shepherds and angels. There will also be live animals and recorded music from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Everyone is invited to attend and there’s no admission. Inside the church will be a creche display of over 200 nativity scenes provided by church members (open 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday). The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is at 8 Keast Way, or the corner of 77th Street and Keast Way (57th Avenue).
The City of Red Deer is calling on community help to raise money for Canadian athletes during a national challenge. Red Deer is participating in a 2010 Own the Podium Municipalities’ Challenge, an online fundraising initiative that runs until Dec. 31. People who want to donate $20.10 can do so by going online at www.reddeer.ca or www.olympicfoundation.ca. For each online donation, a thank-you letter and tax receipt is sent directly to an individual’s email. So far, Red Deer has raised more than $190. The community that raises the most money will receive national bragging rights, plus a prize package. All money raised will support Canadian athletes, coaches and support personnel with additional resources, leadership and high performance support.
Global social issues will be feature at a film festival set for Jan. 16 and 17 in Red Deer. The second annual Justice Film Festival will be screened at the Matchbox. The films are free and open to the public. An informal panel discussion will follow most films, said spokesman Skipp Symes. The films begin at 2 p.m. each day and run until about 9:30 p.m. the first day and 7 p.m. the second day. Films from Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, Canada, Ecuador and the United States and the Netherlands are featured. Some films might not be appropriate for younger audiences, Symes said. The theatre is located at No. 110 5301 43rd St. For more information, check www.justicefilm.festival.ca for film writeups.
The Celiac Support Group will not meet in the coffee room of Sobeys on Tuesday, as listed in the Thursday Advocate. Instead, members are encouraged to call Clarice at 403-341-4351 or Fay at 403-347-3248 for the location of their 7 p.m. supper meeting.
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