Switchboard – August 6

Nature Savvy Saturdays are offered at Kerry Wood Nature Centre from 1 to 5 p.m. Weeks alternate between crafts and activities. Call 403-346-2010 for more information.

Nature Savvy Saturdays are offered at Kerry Wood Nature Centre from 1 to 5 p.m. Weeks alternate between crafts and activities. Call 403-346-2010 for more information.

Ellis Bird Farm annual Bug Jamboree will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Aug. 7. Bug experts from around Alberta will be on hand to share the mysteries and wonders of the insect world. This child-centred event is free and no pre-registration is required. A butterfly count led by Dr. Charley Bird will be held following the event. For more information call the Bird Farm at 403-885-4477 or visit www.ellisbirdfarm.ca

Country Drive on Aug. 7 and 8 encourages people to discover rural attractions, history, shopping and great local food at 16 Country Drive sites in Central Alberta. Visit Country Drive.ca or call 1-800-215-8946 for information, contests and maps.

Historic Red Deer Cemetery Walking Tours will be offered on Wednesdays, Aug. 11 and 18 at 7 p.m. Join Michael Dawe — curator of history at Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery — for a guided tour of Red Deer Cemetery. Cost is $5, or $3 for museum society members. Tickets are available in advance by phoning 403-309-8405.

Charity barbecue at M & M Meats Shop, both north and south in Red Deer benefiting the Kidney Foundation will be offered on Aug. 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Drop by for a hot dog, hamburger or smokie plus refreshments; costs vary from $1 to $4.

MAGnificent Saturdays offer free art making with a professional artist from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery in downtown Red Deer. The Aug. 7 session is called curiosities of the collection. All materials supplied. Families welcome. Phone 403-309-8405. Free with admission.

MusiCamp Alberta — The Summer Music Experience feature concert on Aug. 7, 2 p.m. presents the Intermediate Band, Piano Workshop, Youth Contemporary Choir and Perterkin Symphonic Band on the Mainstage, in Red Deer College Arts Centre. Free of charge. See www.rdc.ab.ca

Cream Day takes place at the Historic Markerville Creamery Museum on Aug. 8. Take in demonstrations of ice cream making, butter churning, entertainment, cream can ride, children’s activities, petting zoo, a bouncy castle and the Creamery Staff play as well as pie and ice cream. For more information visit www.historicmarkerville.com.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous is a 12-step support group offering a solution for all forms of food addiction. No dues, fees or weigh-in. Central Alberta groups meet in Red Deer, Lacombe, Rimbey, and Ponoka. Call Joanne at 403-314-1922.

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.

MAGsparks is offered on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery. Clay work will be the focus for Aug. 9 to 27. Materials and instruction supplied. There is a drop-in fee of $10. Memberships are available for persons with disabilities. For information or to ask questions, contact Janet at 403-309-8443, or see www.reddeermuseum.com

Car wash, hot dogs and smokies in support of the Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta will take place on Aug. 7 at Sobey’s south side location from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.,

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