Switchboard – December 10

Monday jam sessions are held at Olds Evergreen Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 13. Coffee and snacks served. The cost is $3. Phone 403-556-2640.

Monday jam sessions are held at Olds Evergreen Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 13. Coffee and snacks served. The cost is $3. Phone 403-556-2640.

Mass Choir Christmas Contata will be performed on in Sylvan Lake on Dec. 11 at 10 a.m. at Seventh-day Adventist Church, and on Dec. 12 at 10:30 a.m. at Memorial Presbyterian Church. Phone 403-887-5641.

Dawe Branch of Red Deer Public Library offers Preschool Storytime for children ages three to five years on Mondays from 10 to 11:45 a.m., and Toddler Play and Learn Time on Tuesdays from 10 to 10:30 a.m. for parents and caregivers with their newborns to two year olds. Both are drop-in programs. No registration is required. The final dates for 2010 are Dec. 13 and 14, with both programs resuming on Jan. 10 and 11, 2011. For details, phone 403-341-3822.

CARE CLUB Festival of Lights multicultural celebration will take place on Dec. 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the children’s department at Red Deer Public Library. Meet people of different cultures and share their festivities with songs, dance and food. Co-sponsored by Central Alberta Refugee Effort (CARE). Registration not required for this free program. Phone 403-346-4688.

Children’s Christmas Party at the Lacombe Memorial Centre goes from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 11 with a visit from Santa, entertainment by Kyle Key the Magician, hot dog lunch, crafts with the Girl Guides and Pathfinders and a hay ride from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Cost is $5 per person or free for children under two and adults not eating lunch. This event is sponsored by FCSS.

Blackfalds United Church musical jam session will be held on Dec. 12 at 2 p.m. Come play and instrument, sing, or just listen. Music from gospel to country to old time rock and more. This event held on the second Sunday of every month. Contact 403-885-4780 or go online to blackfalds-united.org

Lacombe Legion Breakfast is offered on the second Sunday of each month from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enjoy the breakfast on Dec. 12. No breakfasts will be held in July and Aug. or Nov. Phone 403-782-6441.

Christmas Cookie Walk takes place Dec. 12 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the Blackfalds United Church. Buy a container for $5 and take a walk through the hall to fill it with an assortment of cookies and other treats. Call 403-885-4780 for more information.

Santa Lucia, a traditional mid-winter celebration, will be held at Red Deer Vasa (Swedish) Lodge on Dec. 12 at 2 p.m. at Cronquist House, Bower Ponds. A short program and carol singing will be followed by coffee and Swedish treats. Call 403-347-1518 for more information.

Community Nativity Displays in Alix may viewed on Dec. 10 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Dec. 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Alix Evangelical Free Church. Drop in and view the large collection of personal nativity scenes on display. For more information call Claudia 403-747-2221 or Sheila at 403-747-0003

The Canadian Holiday Train makes its way into Red Deer on Dec. 11 at the CP Rail Yard, 6867 Edgar Industrial Drive at approximately 9:45 a.m. Donations of non-perishable food and money may be made to support the local Food Bank. Entertainers on the train include the Odds, an alternative rock band. All times are approximate.

Outdoor Christmas Lighting Contest, sponsored by the Aspen Heights Normandeau Community Association, is open to all residents of the ares of Normandeau and Glendale. Prizes will be awarded for those homes displaying the spirit and fun of the Christmas season. Nominate your friends and neighbors or enter yourself at normglenassociation@gmail.com. Judging will take place the evenings of Dec. 13, 14 and 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. so make sure your lights are on for viewing. For more information call Sandra at 403-346-3045.

Red Deer Symphony Orchestra with special guests Rosedale Valley Strings performance will be held on Dec. 11, 8 p.m. at Mainstage Red Deer College Arts Centre. Please support the Red Deer Food Bank Society who will be in the lobby collecting food and cash donations. For tickets, phone the symphony office at 403-340-2948.

Christmas Tea and Bake Sale at Knox Presbyterian Church will be offered on Dec. 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission including light lunch is $5, and free for preschoolers. Check out the baked goods, frozen savoury pies and soup, and other Christmas treats. Phone 403-346-4560.

Red Deer Legion Bake Sale will be held on Dec. 11 at 1 p.m. Phone 403-342-0035.

Family Planetarium is offered at Kerry Wood Nature Centre on Dec. 12. Join an interpreter for a tour of the winter sky starting at 1 p.m. The cost is $3 per person, or $10 per family at the door. Phone 403-346-2010.

Community yoga classes are offered on Saturdays at Your Yoga Studio from 9 to 10 a.m. The studio will be collecting donations for Red Deer Youth and Volunteer Centre. Drop-in with a yoga mat, and learn beginner level yoga. Phone 403-506-9599.

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 Dec. 11 session is called Hilarious Hinged Thingamajigs. All materials supplied. Families welcome. Phone 403-309-8405. Free with admission.

Annual Kiwanis Christmas Carol Festival takes place on Dec. 12 at Gaetz Memorial United Church starting at 2 p.m. Donations will be collected for the Red Deer Food Bank Society and Red Deer Christmas Bureau. Phone 403-340-1109.

Candlelight Family Service of Christmas Lessons and Carols will be held at St. Leonard’s on-the-Hill Anglican Church on Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. Phone 403-346-6769.

Christmas Community Dinner will be held on Dec. 12 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Penhold Memorial Hall. Tickets are available at Penhold town office, and cost $7 for adults aged 12 years and up, $3.50 for children ages six to eleven years, and free for children five years and under. Phone 403-886-5464.

Service of Comfort is a quiet time to remember God’s presence in one’s life when facing difficult transitions. It will be held on Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. at Sunnybrook United Church. Contact Linda at 403-347-6073.

The Red Deer and Central Alberta Chapter of the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories hosts a support group for spouses the second Monday of each month from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at #101, 4805 – 48 Ave., Red Deer. Next meeting is Dec. 13. For information phone 403-346-2540 or see www.alzheimer.ab.ca

Central Alberta Diversity Association Monday Morning Eye-Opener is offered at 9:30 a.m. every Monday at the CADA office. Coffee is on, and discussion will focus on acceptance, inclusiveness, and diversity, sports, movies, science, religion, politics, and more. No cost. Just bring ideas and an open mind. Phone 403-340-2143.

Senior Citizens Downtown House musical jam session for all musicians and music lovers are held the second Saturday of each month at 1:30 p.m. Next session Dec. 11. Admission $2.50, includes coffee and snacks. Call 403-346-4043.

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