The need has never been greater for volunteers who can help bring Christmas to the less fortunate families of Red Deer. The Women’s Outreach is seeking community sponsors who can help provide gifts and Christmas dinner to single parents and their children who are financially struggling in this difficult economy. The Adopt-A-Family program matches families in need with community sponsors. In 2008, local generosity helped the Women’s Outreach to assist 155 families, including 306 children. Applications are available for caring individuals and businesses who wish to adopt a family. Please call Lori at 403-347-2480 to get an information package.
A townhall meeting on Nov. 18 will look at the challenges facing Red Deer’s downtown. The meeting will be hosted by the Sustainable Active Friendly Economically viable (SAFE) Downtown Initiative, which is a new city taskforce chaired by Mayor Morris Flewwelling. The task force envisions a thriving, pedestrian-friendly downtown that is alive with culture, entertainment, unique shops and eateries. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Waskasoo A Ballroom at the Red Deer Lodge, at 4311 49th Ave. To RSVP, contact Janice at 403-340-8696 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Snacks will be served, along with a cash bar. People interested in Red Deer’s downtown are also invited to attend the Downtown Business Association’s annual general meeting, which will be held in the same ballroom at 6:30 p.m., immediately followed by the SAFE meeting.