Switchboard – April 21

Family Drop-In Storytime is offered on Saturdays at 11 a.m. in the children’s department at the downtown branch of Red Deer Public Library.

Family Drop-In Storytime is offered on Saturdays at 11 a.m. in the children’s department at the downtown branch of Red Deer Public Library. Songs, finger plays, crafts and more geared to three to six year olds. Children under three welcome with an adult. Phone 403-346-4576.

Golden Circle Senior Resource Centre dance, Thursday, April 22, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the seniors’ centre. Dance to the music of Gaetz Valley Minstrels Band. Admission is $7. Phone 403-886-2740, 403-309-3342, or 403-347-6165.

Annual school battery collection drive now on until Earth Day, April 22. Schools are urged to collect batteries in the barrels provided by Kerry Wood Nature Centre and the City of Red Deer until April 22 when a weigh off will be held at the nature centre. Single use alkaline batteries will be accepted. Rechargeable batteries or lithium ion batteries such as those used in power tools and cell phones may be collected separately. Car batteries are not accepted. To participate in the battery drive, or to find out more, phone 403-346-2010. See www.reddeer.ca/envrservices, or phone 403-342-8750 to find out about the city’s Household Hazardous Waste Program.

The April Central Alberta Singles dance for members and invited guests only will be held at Penhold Hall on Saturday, April 24, 8:30 p.m. Performing will be Lost Highway. For ticket information call Doris at 403-227-1287 or Elaine at 403-341-7653.

Red Deer and District Allied Arts Council annual general meeting will be held on April 22 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Snell auditorium of the Red Deer Public Library. New council will be elected and new bylaws adopted. To receive a copy of the new bylaws by email, contact rdalliedarts@gmail.com or call 403-348-2787.

Restore Our Language Group meets on April 22, 6:15 p.m. in the Waskasoo Room of the Red Deer Public Library.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (T.O.P.S.) is a non-profit weight loss support organization which holds regular weekly meetings in Red Deer and Blackfalds. Learn about nutrition, portion control, food planning, exercise and more. Visit a meeting free of charge. For locations and information call Gail at 403-340-1859 or toll free at 1-800-932-8677 or see www.tops.org. Meetings are held on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays in the evenings, and on Tuesday mornings.

Volunteers Night Out will be held on April 22, 7 p.m. at the Blackfalds Multi-Plex Banquet room. All adult community volunteers are invited to join in a free wine and cheese with great door prizes too. For more information visit www.blackfalds.com or call 403-885-6247.

Clothing Zone is open on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon, and Fridays from 1 to 3 p.m. at Victory Church in Red Deer. Donated clothing is accepted and redistributed to those in need, from infants to mothers-to-be, from medical scrubs to business attire. The Resource Zone is also available for books, and other media on helpful topics at the same time, at the same location. Email vcrd@vcrd.ca, or phone 403-343-2484.

Volunteer potluck supper and entertainment will be offered to celebrate Volunteer Week on April 23, 6 p.m. at Mirror Community Hall. Enjoy the silent auction, door prizes, book sale and more. Contact Gale at 403-788-3835.

Personal document shredding will be offered at the AMA at Southpointe Common on April 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in support of Fraud Prevention Month. There will be a limit of six boxes of personal shredding per person. No business shredding please. See www.ama.ab.ca, or phone 403-342-6633, or 1-800-850-6616.

Country Gospel Music Special featuring Harry and Gladys Rusk, The Gospel Troubadours, Rick and Carol Plett, and Singing for Jesus will be held on April 24 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Morningside Community Hall. A freewill offering will be taken. Contact Bernice at 403-783-2944.

Widowed Support Network meeting will be held on the third Friday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. at New Life Fellowship Church. This group is a community based, volunteer-led, support group that provides a safe place for men and women who have lost their spouse through death to interact with and mutually support each other. Free to attend. The next meeting will be on April 23. Email to widowedsupportnetwork@gmail.com.

Game On! is offered for youth in Grades 4 to 7 on April 23, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Snell Auditorium at Red Deer Public Library at the downtown branch. Rock out with Rock Band, play Wii Sports, or go old school with Game Cube. Phone 403-755-1146, or email to jwaters@rdpl.org.

Country Concert with the Tapleys singing the gospel, and a presentation of India by Faith Splane will be held at Cornerstone Gospel Chapel on April 25 at 6:30 p.m. Phone 403-755-0314. Admission by freewill offering.

Kerry Wood Nature Centre is offering a Balsam Poplar Bud Workshop that will run on April 24 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. with certified herbal therapist Abrah Arneson demonstrating how to make an infused oil out of Balsam Poplar buds. Cost is $15 for members, $17 for non-members; all supplies included. Pre-register by April. 22 by calling 403-346-2010.

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