People who want to see intelligent machinery play ball can go to Red Deer College on Saturday. RDC will host the Alberta Robotics Championships from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Teams from Alberta high schools will showcase the results of their robot-building efforts in front of a live audience. The robotics action runs at 11 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Lunch is at noon and the awards are presented at 2:30 p.m.
A Red Deer woman has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship by the Red Deer River Naturalists. Amanda Lasiuta earned the scholarship, which goes to a deserving Red Deer College non-science student who demonstrates proficiency in a list of activities. Lasiuta has been working in the Young Naturalist Club program for three years. The Young Naturalists Club of Alberta is a family-based program that introduces young people to the natural environment. The cost is $15 per family per year. The next Explorer Day program is Jan. 22 at 1 p.m. at Kerry Wood Nature Centre. For details, call 403-342-4150.
• A Homefront in Thursday’s Advocate about the MS society’s Paint the Town Red Cabaret featuring Jaydee Bixby had some incorrect information. Tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be available at the door. Tickets are available at HeadHunters or from the Central Alberta chapter of the MS Society of Canada. The event is on Jan. 21 at the Lacombe Memorial Centre. For more details, call 403-346-0290.
• In the Friday edition of the Advocate, some inaccurate information was received on emergency after-hours of animal control services. Regular service is between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. The after-hour system will not be available between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.
• The headline for a story about the water birth pilot project in Thursday’s Advocate had incorrect information. Hospitals in Red Deer, Rocky Mountain House and Rimbey are not sharing an inflatable birthing tub. Each hospital has its own tub.
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