Switchboard – December 11

Two Singles dances will be held in December. On Saturday, Dec. 12, Randy Hillman performs at Penhold Hall. Doors open at 8 p.m. Music begins at 8:30 p.m. On Dec. 26, Boxing Day, Randy performs again at Penhold Hall, same time. Cost is $10 for both dates. For information Call either Keith at 403-350-5493 or Elaine at 403-341-7653.

Two Singles dances will be held in December. On Saturday, Dec. 12, Randy Hillman performs at Penhold Hall. Doors open at 8 p.m. Music begins at 8:30 p.m. On Dec. 26, Boxing Day, Randy performs again at Penhold Hall, same time. Cost is $10 for both dates. For information Call either Keith at 403-350-5493 or Elaine at 403-341-7653.

Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery hours are now Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sundays and holidays from noon to 5 p.m. in the temporary location in Parkland Mall between the food court and Safeway. Phone 403-347-1416.

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. 12. Admission $2.50, includes coffee and snacks. Call 403-346-4043.

Red Deer Christmas Bureau is experiencing increased demand this year. New toy collection boxes are also found in the malls, schools, and many businesses. Cash donations are also needed and appreciated. To find out more, phone 403-347-2210.

Crafty Saturdays at Kerry Wood Nature Centre are offered from 1 to 4 p.m. each week. All ages invited to drop in and create seasonal, nature-inspired crafts. The cost is $2 per craft. Phone 403-346-2010.

Sylvan Lake Mass Choir Christmas Cantata will be presented on Dec. 13, 10:30 a.m. at Memorial Presbyterian Church. Directed by Kerry Heisler. Phone 403-887-3595.

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.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (T.O.P.S.) Innisfail meets every Tuesday in the basement of the Innisfail United Church. Weigh-in from 12:30 to 1 p.m., with meeting beginning at 1 p.m. Call Rose at 403-227-6903, or Elsie at 403-227-3508.

Parkland Garden Centre Annual Craft and Market Show will be held on Dec. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is a donation to the Red Deer Food Bank. Phone 403-346-5613.

Pine Lake Singers Christmas Concert will be held on Dec. 13, 2:30 p.m. at Pine Lake Hub Community Centre. The cost is $5. Lunch will be served. Phone 403-347-7198, 403-886-4108, 403-773-2270.

Dutch and Afrikaans Christmas Sing Along takes place on Dec. 15 at 3 p.m. at First Christian Reformed Church. A freewill offering will be taken on behalf of the Salvation Army. Refreshments will be served. Dr. Jack Hielema will officiate.

Blackfalds United Church musical jam session will be held on Dec. 13 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 Ray at 403-885-4780.

Bake sale, hosted by the Ladies Auxiliary of Red Deer Royal Canadian Legion Branch #35 will take place on Dec. 12 at the Legion beginning at 1 p.m.

Old Tyme Dance at Mirror Community Hall is held the second Saturday of every other month. Next dance Dec. 12. Doors and cash bar opens at 7 p.m. Dance from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. midnight. Lunch to follow. Live music. Admission $10. Contact Jean at 403-788-3787.

Christmas Dinner for residents of Northwood Heritage Estates, will be offered free on Dec. 13 at Kentwood Alliance Church from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Enjoy a children’s carnival, games and prizes. Please bring a Food Bank donation.

Christmas Around the World concert, featuring Nota Bene Youth Choir and Kimeio Women’s Trio, will be held on Dec. 13, 3 p.m. at Knox Presbyterian Church. Tickets are $10 per person, or $30 per family of four, available at the church or call 403-346-4560.

Fireside Readers will meet in the Waskasoo Meeting room of the Red Deer Public Library on Dec. 16 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Current book is The outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. For more information call 403-346-4576.

2009 Christmas Salon Sale will be offered at the Red Deer Public Library Downtown Branch on Dec. 11 to 13. Red Deer and District Allied Arts Council members will showcase their painting, sculpture, pottery, ceramics, bookbinding, hand-make cards, and more. The sale opens Friday at noon, and continues during library hours until Sunday at 4 p.m. Phone 403-341-9488.

Concert featuring The Zepick Band, author Marcia Laycock, Rosedale Valley Sting Orchestra, and Central Alberta Home School Choir will be performing on Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m. at Living Stones Church, Dec. 12, 10 a.m. at Ponoka Seventh Day Adventist Church, and Dec. 12, 7 p.m. at Ponoka United Church. No tickets are required, but a freewill offering for Mwanza boy’s orphanage will be accepted.

Hunting Hills High School Graduating Class of 2010 gift wrap booth will be available at Wal-Mart south location on Dec. 12 and 13. Phone 403-342-6655, ext. 1104.

Red Deer College Music Program presents Sounds of the Season annual holiday concert featuring the Symphonic Winds, and the Chamber Choir on Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the college Arts Centre. Tickets are available by phoning 403-340-4455, or at www.ticketmaster.ca. Adult ticket price is $11.25, and children and senior price is $8.25.

Family Planetarium will be offered on Dec. 13, 1 p.m. at Kerry Wood Nature Centre. Join an interpreter for a tour of the winter sky. Show time is 1:10 p.m. The cost is $3 per person, or $10 per family at the door. Call 403-346-2010 for more information.

Geminid Meteor Shower Star Party takes place at Kerry Wood Nature Centre on Dec. 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. Drop in for a family-friendly look at the wonders of the winter sky. Highlights include activities, refreshments, and the planetarium. Program runs regardless of weather. Admission by suggested donation of $3 per person, or $10 per family. To find out more, phone 403-346-2010.

Christmas Cookie Walk takes place on Dec. 13 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at Blackfalds United Church. Buy a container, and fill it from an assortment of cookies and other treats. Contact Ray at 403-885-4780 for further information.

Be inspired by music of Advent and Christmas at these upcoming events, all held at Gaetz Memorial United Church: Synergy Worship Band on Dec. 13 at 10:30 a.m.; Gaetz Sanctuary Choir and Knox Presbyterian Choir presentation of He is Come Cantata on Dec. 20, 10:30 a.m.; Golden Gaetz Ringers hand bell ensemble at Christmas Eve Family Service on Dec. 24, 7 p.m. To find out more, 403-347-2244.

Let It Snow — Tree House Youth Theatre play Christmas performances will be presented on Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 12 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. at the Scott Block. Tickets cost $12 each, and are available at treehousetheatre@gmail.com, or by calling 403-346-9399. Limited seating.

Lacombe Legion Bingo is played every Monday at 7 p.m. in the legion hall. Phone 403-782-6441. Try your luck on Dec. 14.

Adult Stories are offered at the Red Deer Public Library Downtown Branch in the Waskasoo/Kiwanis Meeting Room on Dec. 14 from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. Learn how Christmas is celebrated around the world and make a unique Christmas craft. Phone 403-346-2100.

Canadian Blood Services Community Blood Donor Clinics are on the following days: Dec. 16 at Lacombe Memorial Centre from 3 to 7 p.m.; Dec. 23 at Rimbey Community Centre from 4 to 8 p.m.; Dec. 30 at Norsemen Inn in Camrose from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., and at Lou Soppit Community Centre in Rocky Mountain House from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Regular Red Deer donor clinics are held Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 7 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Canadian Blood Services in Red Deer will be closed on Dec. 25, but will be open on Dec. 24 and 31. To book an appointment or for information, call 1-888-2-DONATE (1-888-236-6283) or visit www.blood.ca.

To be included in this listing, please email event details to editorial@bprda.wpengine.com, fax to 403-341-6560, or phone 403-314-4325.

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