Home front – May 8

It’s time to don those shades. Dr. Jason Holtom of The Eye Studio Optometry Clinic in Red Deer is encouraging everyone to be “sun-wise with your eyes” during Vision Health Month in May.

It’s time to don those shades. Dr. Jason Holtom of The Eye Studio Optometry Clinic in Red Deer is encouraging everyone to be “sun-wise with your eyes” during Vision Health Month in May. “During the month of May, we are trying to raise awareness about vision health and help eliminate avoidable sight loss in Canada,” said Holtom. Vision Health Month includes the Toonie Campaign where $2 from every exam conducted by participating optometrists will be donated to CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind). Long-term exposure to UV rays can lead to macular degeneration and cataracts, serious eye conditions that can cause vision impairment or loss, said Holtom.

M&M Meat Shops will celebrate its 24th annual charity barbecue in support of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada on May 12. Both Red Deer M&M Meat Shops will be among the local stores participating. Volunteers will serve hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks and bags of chips for a minimum donation of $3 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. M&M shops across the country are hoping to raise $1.5 million for the foundation. Red Deer M&M Meat Shops are located at 2250 50th Ave. and at Taylor Drive Centre.

Central Alberta Grade 5 and 7 students will put history to the test in the 17th annual Central Alberta Heritage Schools Fair at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery on Thursday and Friday. Young students from Delburne, Eckville and Red Deer will showcase their history projects on everything from the Canadarm II, Sunnybrook Farm Museum and Canada’s Affect on Whale Populations. The public is invited to view the projects throughout the weekend. The hours for viewing is Friday from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4:30 p.m.

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