Home front – July 30

The second annual Mavis Open Golf Tournament and Gala, in support of Ronald McDonald House in Red Deer, will take place next week.

Golf event fights cancer

The second annual Mavis Open Golf Tournament and Gala, in support of Ronald McDonald House in Red Deer, will take place next week. The gala is on Thursday, at the Capri Hotel and Convention Centre in Red Deer. The golf event takes place the next day, Friday, at Alberta Springs Golf Course, five km west of the city. Last year, the inaugural event raised $140,000. The event is named after Mavis Goss, who despite being a lifetime nonsmoker, passed away from stage IV lung cancer at age 49 in April. A year earlier, while battling her illness, which had been diagnosed in 2009, she decided to form the golf tournament fundraiser with the help of family and friends. Goss was described as a tenacious sales professional who worked at Woodmaster Cabinets and later Trail Appliances. For more information on either of the two events, contact Lisa Buckingham at 402-872-0903.

Host families being sought

Host families and volunteer opportunities are needed for 18 young people as part of the Youth Leaders in Action program. The volunteers will arrive in Red Deer in December and leave in mid-March for the second part of a Canada World Youth educational program in youth leadership and sustainability. The first stage takes place from September to mid-December in Somoto, Nicaragua. The families are needed to host two youth volunteers — one from Canada and another from Nicaragua. Host families will receive a $168 weekly allowance. Canada World Youth is also looking to place the youth in work environments involving health, sustainability, education and gender issues to give the youth hands-on work experience. Since 1971, Canada World Youth has offered international educational programs to young people aged 15 to 29. To find out more information about both opportunities, contact Jolene Helgason at jhelgason@cwy-jcm.org or 403-506-3001. For more information on Canada World Youth, visit www.canadaworldyouth.org.

Book of condolences

The Norwegian Laft Hus Museum has opened a book of condolences for Norway in the wake of last week’s tragedy. The book will be open for those who wish to convey their sympathies until mid-August, when the book will be delivered to the Norwegian Consulate in Edmonton. The museum is open Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. The museum is located on 4402 47th Ave. in Red Deer.

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