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Central Alberta Optimists present their ninth-annual 24-Hour Radiothon Cures for Kids. The event takes place at Parkland Mall on May 3, beginning at 6 a.m. and running until 6 p.m. It goes again on May 4, at the same times. Donations will support Camp Quality, MS Teen Escape, Camp Alexo and Reading College. Mayor Morris Flewwelling will be in attendance, along with other local dignitaries. The Radiothon’s radio partners include Sunny 94, Kraze 101.3, Big 105.5 and 106.7 The Drive. For more information, contact Scott McMurtrie at the Waskasoo Optimist Club at 403-304-5307 or scottmcmurtrie@shaw.ca.


A little bit of New Orleans sparkle is coming to Red Deer on Friday. Mardi Gras Madness starts at 6 p.m. at the Sheraton Red Deer’s Exhibition Hall to raise funds for the 2012 Hospitals Lottery, an annual fundraiser put on by the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation. Tickets are $100 for a night of masks, beads and live entertainment. Every Mardi Gras Madness attendee will receive a free Hospitals Lottery ticket when they arrive. Evening highlights include a fortune teller’s tent, a bead necklace contest, face-painting, and wine and martini bars. Proceeds from the Hospitals Lottery go to purchasing new pulmonary equipment for the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre. For tickets and more information, contact Shannon Van Parys at 403-314-6949 or shannon.vanparys@albertaheathservices.ca.


Itching to sift through fresh spring soil? The women who work at the Kerry Wood Wild Flower Garden are in need of more volunteers. The volunteers work from 9:30 to 11 am on Wednesday mornings at the Kerry Wood Centre on 45th Avenue. Light weeding and maintenance is required to keep the flower beds in shape. Those interested are asked to call Jean at 403-346-6248.


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