Home front – November 27

An outdoor Christmas lighting contest is open to residents of Red Deer’s Normandeau and Glendale neighbourhoods.

Lighting contest

An outdoor Christmas lighting contest is open to residents of Red Deer’s Normandeau and Glendale neighbourhoods. The Aspen Heights Normandeau Community Association is hosting the contest in which prizes will be awarded to those homes displaying the spirit and fun of the Christmas season. People can nominate decorating favourites at normglenassociation@gmail.com Judging will take place the evenings of Dec. 13, 14 and 15 from 7-9 p.m.


School cash

Telus presented Red Deer’s Aspen Heights School with a cheque for $7,500 on Friday. The money will be used to run the school’s MicroSociety. The program allows students to run a tiny society within their school, having a prime minister, bankers, business people and even postal workers. Teacher Milton Williams said the school will use the money Telus provided to help the students to run their business ventures, giving them the tools and resources they need. The MicroSociety program started in the U.S., with students spending a few hours a week to hone their business acumen, writing and leadership skills.


Health care topic for meeting

Health care will be the big topic at the Central Alberta Council on Aging’s annual general meeting on Dec. 7.

Diana Gibson, research director for the University of Alberta’s Parkland Institute will be the guest speaker. Gibson is the lead author behind the book The Bottom Line: The truth behind private health insurance.

She will present from the Institute’s discussion paper on the new Health Act.

The meeting will also include a report on the continuing care and recent meetings held with Alberta Health Services about the transfer of residents to Extendicare Michener Park.

The meeting begins at 9 a.m. at the Golden Circle Senior Resource Centre at 4620 47A St. There is a $3 charge.