Home front – Feb. 14

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Those who want to walk and raise funds for outreach to the homeless can join the Coldest Night of the Year Walk on Feb. 25. The five- or 10-km walk is to raise funds for Berachah Place outreach centre for homeless people in Red Deer. The city is one of 18 locations in Canada that are sponsoring fundraising walks. Red Deer hopes to raise $25,000 or more, says Kimberley Wilson, executive director of Berachah Place. For details, to join the walk or sponsor other walkers, go to http://coldestnightoftheyear.org/location/reddeer.


An environmental reclamation specialist from the Nature Conservancy of Canada will speak at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre on Feb. 23. Colleen McPhee, who is also a land and water specialist, will speak at 7:30 p.m. She will share how the conservancy operates, show examples of the lands that have been protected, and discuss future goals for Central Alberta. A total of 4,500 acres in the Red Deer River Natural Area has been acquired or protected. Admission is free and open to the public. McPhee was born and raised in the Red Deer area. She has been the nature conservancy co-ordinator for Central and Northern Alberta since 2010. The Nature Conservancy of Canada is a private, non-profit organization working for the protection of Canada’s biodiversity through the purchase, donation or placing of conservation easements on ecologically sensitive lands.


Whether you have been recently diagnosed or if you have questions regarding one of the many forms of arthritis, a workshop is coming to Red Deer to help. The Arthritis Society of Alberta/N.W.T. is hosting a free, two-hour workshop designed to provide valuable information on the more than 100 types of the condition. Every attendee will receive a free interactive handbook to help understand the community connections and self-management concepts that can help fight arthritis. The Arthritis 101 workshop will be held on Thursday and April 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Bethany CollegeSide (99 College Circle). There will also be a Chronic Pain Management Workshop on March 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Bethany CollegeSide. Advance registration is required for all the programs and is available with more information at 1-800-321-1433 or email infor@ab.arthritis.ca.

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