Home front – May 11

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The Red Deer Food Bank is gearing up for summer. Yellow food bags have been distributed over the past week to over 8,000 homes in Red Deer South as part of the annual Mormon Church Food Drive. Residents are being asked to fill the bags and hang them on their door knobs to be picked up Saturday morning by 10 a.m. All instructions are on the bags. Donations will go towards filling the shelves of the Red Deer Food Bank over the summer. “Our summer expenses would skyrocket without this drive,” said Fred Scaife, food bank executive director. For more information, contact the food bank at 403-342-5355 or by email at rdfoodbank@hotmail.com.


Tree House Youth Theatre is sprinkling some fairy-tale magic over Mother’s Day this year. As part of their spring fundraiser, the theatre group will host its second annual Once Upon a Tea. On Mothers Day, Sunday, Red Deerians are invited to bring their mothers for an enchanted afternoon tea from 2 to 4 p.m. The tea will feature desserts, door prizes and special performances from the cast of Tree House’s upcoming spring productions, More Grimms Tales and Sleeping Beauty. Tree House will also make the draws for their spring raffle prizes at this event. First prize is a new iPad. Second prize is a work of commissioned art from Tree House’s artistic director Matt Gould and third prize is a weekend getaway in Radium, B.C. Tickets for the raffle are $5. Once Upon a Tea takes place at the Scott Block in downtown Red Deer. Tickets are $40 and come with a tax receipt for $30. Tickets are available through Tree House’s youth actors, board members, Matt Gould or program administrator Janet Cole. Ticket reservations can also be made by emailing treehousetheatre@gmail.com. For more information, call Janet Cole at 403-986-0631.


The circus is coming to town. In support of the Rainbow Society of Alberta, the Royal Canadian Circus will pitch its big top tent at the Red Deer Arena on Tuesday. See performing elephants, high flying acrobatics, aerial artistry and more during two show times on May 15 only: 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available online at a discounted price of $20 each. Go to www.iMarktickets.com and enter the promo code: elephant. Tickets are also available at once Upon a Child on 50th Avenue. For more information, contact Larry Solheim at 417-291-2291 or lsolheim@tzproductions.com.