Home front – March 8

Everyone on the bus looks different, your favourite coffee shop isn’t open for some reason, and then comes the embarrassing realization — you forgot about daylight savings time!

Time change

Everyone on the bus looks different, your favourite coffee shop isn’t open for some reason, and then comes the embarrassing realization — you forgot about daylight savings time! Don’t forget to move your clocks ahead one hour on Sunday. And since most smoke alarms only have a one-year battery life, it makes for an easy and potentially life-saving habit to replace them every year as you change the clocks in your home. “Replacing smoke alarm batteries annually is a simple activity that can save your life and the lives of your loved one,” said Hector Goudreau, minister of Municipal Affairs. Forty-eight per cent of homes in Alberta in 2008 that experienced fires did not have a smoke alarm installed. In homes where a smoke alarm was installed, only 33 per cent are believed to have activated during a fire due to the batteries not working or the power supply being disconnected. Visit 3minutedrill.alberta.ca for more information.

Climate talk

Sam Ocung, a Ugandan farmer and aid-worker will speak at St. Andrew’s United Church (5226 51st Ave. in Lacombe) on Sunday, March 13, at 7 p.m. and on Thursday, March 17, at Olds College — in the Duncan Marshall Building, Room 101 — at 7 p.m. about the impact that climate change is having on Uganda’s food security. Ocung is on a tour sponsored by the Canadian Foodgrains Bank and will be the first speaking engagement in a series called Food, Famine and Fasting, hosted by St. Andrew’s United Church. For more information, contact the church office at 403-782-3148 or visit foodgrainsbank.ca.

Stuff a tent

The Red Deer Scouts will be hosting the 25th “Stuff a Tent” event on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Save-on-Foods north location (6720 52nd Ave.) in support of Red Deer Food Bank Society. Everyone is encouraged to come down and help fill up camping tents — set up by the Scouts — with non-perishable food donations. For more information, call the Red Deer Food Bank Society at 403-342-5355 or visit foodbankscanada.ca.

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