Quirk of peaks
Adventurer and author Ben Gadd answers the question: Why is the tallest mountain not the highest? Gadd will explore the quirky side of the Canadian Rockies in a presentation during the Red Deer River Naturalists’ annual fall banquet, set for the River Bend Golf Course on Friday, Sept. 23. Events start with cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7. But time is running out for those who haven’t yet purchased their tickets, available for $30 each from the Kerry Wood Nature Centre, 403-346-2010. Ticket sales close at 5 p.m. on Tuesday. Call the Red Deer River Naturalists at 403-347-8200 for more information.
Albertans are encouraged to help honour their local heroes by submitting the names of outstanding community volunteers for the Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards. The deadline for nominations is Sept. 30. Six awards will be handed out at the Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards gala ceremony, which will be held on International Volunteer Day on Dec. 5. Two awards will be given in each category of youth, adult and senior. To nominate an exceptional volunteer in your community, visit www.culture.alberta.ca/voluntarysector/stars or call 780-415-8139.
A program looking at what is behind angry behaviour and new ways to deal with anger is set to begin later this month. Catholic Social Services will host a six-week program for teenagers aged 13 to 16 and their parents and guardians. Starting on Sept. 22, the sessions will be held at the Catholic Social Services office (4811 49th St.) on Thursday afternoons from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Through the workshop, teenagers will learn to identify anger triggers, challenge negative thoughts leading to anger, communicate feelings in a more positive way, use new coping strategies and resolve conflicts in healthy ways. Parents and guardians will learn to identify the teenager’s triggers, help the teenager create new coping mechanisms, identify their own beliefs about and responses and communicate with their teenager. Contact Leigh McClatchey at Catholic Social Services to enrol or for more information at 403-347-8844.
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