Gifts for area seniors
Family Services of Central Alberta needs donations for its Gifts for Grandparents Christmas program. Donations are needed by Dec. 11 to fill 150 gift bags. Suggested donations include coffee, teas, mugs, hard candies, chocolates, toiletries, scarves, gloves, books, packaged cookies and jams, and small denomination gift cards. Cash donations to purchase gifts are also appreciated. Gift bags are delivered during the week of Dec. 14. Anyone who knows of an isolated senior in Red Deer who would benefit from receiving a gift bag can call 403-343-6400.
Meet special olympians
People will have the chance to have their picture taken with the Olympic torch and meet Special Olympians at Parkland Mall on Thursday. It’s to celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. There will be live music and information from 1 to 4 p.m., with a program and special guests set to speak from 2 to 3 p.m., with refreshments to follow.
Local Author releases book
Local author and children’s pastor Dian Layton will release her latest book on Saturday. The event is at 3 p.m. at Scott’s Parable Bookstore 37464 Hwy 2 (Gasoline Alley). The book Seeker is a compilation of all seven Seeker stories in one volume, including the series conclusion Carriers of the Kingdom. Layton is a pastor at Word of Life Centre in Red Deer. Seeker is about a group of children who become the King’s army and destroy some very nasty dragons like Pride, Greed and Corruption. Layton has earned two award nominations for the music CD Armor of Light and a new music CD for Carriers of the Kingdom. For more information, go to www.seekerstories.com