Turn back your clock
Albertans are reminded to replace the batteries in their smoke alarms when they turn their clocks back to standard time on Sunday. Research shows that having a properly working smoke alarm on every level of your home reduces the chanced of dying in a fire by 50 per cent. Smoke alarms should be tested at least once a month and daylight savings time is a good reminder to replace the a batteries in your alarms. Alberta officially returns to standard time on the first Sunday in November at 2 a.m., when all clocks are turned back one hour. For more information about fire safety, visit www.3minutedrill.alberta.ca.
Coats for Kids seeks help
West 49 is collecting Coats for Kids until Nov. 28. People who bring a clean, insulated, gently used winter coat to the store at Bower Place Shopping Centre will receive $25 off any winter jacket in the store. Donated jackets will be given to youth shelters and charities across the country. The eighth annual campaign has brought in more than 60,000 coats for children in need. This year, the goal is to collect 15,000 nationally.
Volunteer open house
Information on a variety of volunteer opportunities will be available at Creating Connections Open House at the Golden Circle on Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. CiRS Volunteer Red Deer immigrant subcommittee has organized the event so people can find out about community agencies and services and become more involved in the community by volunteering. The open house will be helpful to immigrants, refugees, temporary foreign workers, people who have moved here from elsewhere in Alberta or Canada, as well as long time residents who may not know all that their community has to offer. About 32 agencies will have information available at the Golden Circle, at 4620 47th Ave. Admission is free. For more information, call CiRS at 403-346-4636.
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