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Get your dancing shoes on for this year’s final Eckville ’50s and ’60s Dance Jamboree. After nine years of showcasing local bands from across Alberta, the event will come to an end. The jamboree goes Aug. 24 to Aug. 26 at the Eckville Arena. In addition to top performances, the 2012 jamboree will feature a trade show, RV show and charity dinners. For more information, contact the organizing committee at 403-597-8700.


Central Albertans can learn more about India’s culture through a free event at Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery. Wonders of India will take place on Thursday, Aug. 2, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Central Alberta Refugee Effort and the museum are hosting the event. Those attending will be able to get a henna tattoo and try on a sari, plus make crafts, including friendship bracelets. For entertainment, there’s punjabi dancing. Snacks and refreshments will be on hand. For more information, call 403-309-8405.


Antique tractors will get fired up for Red Deer’s Pioneer Days Festival on Saturday, Aug. 18, and Sunday, Aug. 19. Festivities include a pancake breakfast from 8 to 10:30 a.m., a silent auction, antique toy display, children’s pedal tractor pull and a featured demonstration of Reynolds-Alberta Museum’s 1922 Sawyer Massey steam traction engine. Also planned is the beef-on-a-bun dinner at 4 p.m. on the Saturday, live musical entertainment and much more. Admission is $5 per person or $15 per family. Additional food charges will apply. Sunnybrook Farm is located at 4701 30th St. Parking is on hand at the Alberta Motor Association parking lot immediately west of Sunnybrook Farm. For more information, call 403-340-3511.


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