Home front – February 5


Eat pancakes on Shrove Tuesday with the congregation of St. Leonard’s Anglican Church on Feb. 12. The meal with pancakes, sausages and beverages runs from 5 to 7 p.m. in the church hall at 4241 44th St. in Red Deer. Cost is $6 per person or $14 per family, with children six and under free. Shrove Tuesday precedes Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent in the run-up to Easter. Pancakes grew popular over time since they used up rich foods such as eggs, milk and sugar before Lent’s 40-day fasting began.

Listen to a poet who makes a living ranching at Red Deer College on Monday. Nora Gould will read from her first book of poetry, ‘I see my love more clearly from a distance’, in the RDC Library North Nook at 7:30 p.m. Gould, who won the 2010 Bliss Carman Poetry Award, ranches with her family in the Consort area and volunteers at the Medicine River Wildlife Centre. Admission is free and refreshments will be served at the reading, which is supported by the RDC Students’ Association Cultural Activities Trust Fund.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2013 Toyota Earth Day Scholarship. Twenty $5,000 awards will be given to high school students entering their first year of full-time university studies in fiver Canadian regions, including Western Canada, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. A national winner selected from the 20 regional winners will also be awarded the Toyota Earth Day Scholarship National Award and a Panasonic computer. The awards are based on involvement in community environmental issues, academic achievement and volunteer and extracurricular activity. Winners will be selected by regional panels of community, business and environmental leaders. This is the 11th year Toyota Canada and the Toyota Canada Foundation in partnership with Earth Day Canada have sponsored the Toyota Earth Day Scholarship Program. The deadline for applications is Feb. 15. More information is available online at www.earthday.ca/scholarship/.

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