Home Front – February 22

The Brain Injury Association of Alberta and The Hub have launched a free afternoon film series in Red Deer

Brain injury film series

The Brain Injury Association of Alberta and The Hub have launched a free afternoon film series in Red Deer. On the third Thursday of each month, movies related to brain injuries will be shown to promote public awareness of such injuries. Everyone is welcome to attend, and a panel discussion will follow every film. The next showing is March 18 with The Dogwalker. The films are shown at The Hub at 4936 Ross St.

Trash the dress gala

Old evening gowns — especially those of the wedding genre — can get a new lease on life at Central Alberta’s first Trash the Dress gala and bachelor auction. Organized as a fundraiser for the Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter, Trash the Dress is a concept dreamed up by a couple of former brides looking to have a little more fun with their wedding outfits. Holly Cummings and Shay Fox have rounded up a crew of bachelors to serve tables and to offer a few hours of labour for winning bidders. She and Fox hope to raise $5,000 this year and will reach even higher in subsequent years. “We want this to be as big as Festival of Trees,” says Cummings. Trash the Dress is set for the Delburne Hall starting a 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 6. Tickets are $25, available from the Servus Credit Union in Delburne or by calling Cummings at 403-506-1662 or Fox at 403-749-2266.

Register your suites

The City of Red Deer is reminding residents that the deadline for registering existing secondary suites is July 1. Property owners who have an unregistered, occupied, illegal secondary suite are subject to penalties of $500 after the deadline. “We are asking owners of secondary suites who may not know if their suite is legal to contact the Inspections and Licensing Department with any questions they may have,” Beth McLachlan, customer service specialist, said in a news release. “We do not want to shut suites down; we simply want to work with the owners through the inspection and development process to ensure the suite is safe.” The city encourages homeowners to start the application process as soon as possible. If an owner has registered their secondary suite and started the application process by the deadline, they will not be subject to penalties.