Home front – February 9

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Want to learn more about growing fruit trees? Red Deer and District Garden Club is meeting on Thursday, Feb. 21, at Kerry Wood Nature Centre at 6300 45th Ave. Guest speaker is Parkland Nurseries’ Alfred Prins, who will talk about fruit trees and bushes. For more information, call Noreen at 403-357-4071.


Before Lent makes people give up something for 40 days and 40 nights, people are invited to the Golden Circle for Shrove Tuesday. Pancakes and bacon will be served at the senior’s resource centre in Red Deer, at 4620 47A Ave., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost of the event is $5 per person.


Programs at the Canadian Red Cross Red Deer office are better off thanks to a donation from the Red Deer Lodge. The hotel raised $4,662 through The Friends in Need campaign, a part of SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts’ Hotels with Heart social responsibility program. The company that manages more than 20 hotels and resorts across Canada offered guests special holiday rates, with $10 from each room booked during the week of Dec. 21 to 27 going towards each hotel’s local charity of choice. The money will be used to support local Red Cross efforts including its disaster management program to offer 72 hours worth of food, clothing and shelter for personal disasters and violence and abuse prevention programs.


School-aged children are welcome to participate in day camps while out of school on Feb. 21 and 22. The Kerry Wood Nature Centre is holding two Teachers’ Convention day camps where an interpreter will lead children in nature exploration. Cost is $85 per child for both days. Call 403-346-2010 for more information and to register.