Switchboard – December 18

Christmas at the Fort will be celebrated at Fort Normandeau on Dec. 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. Christmas fun as it was meant to be!

Christmas at the Fort will be celebrated at Fort Normandeau on Dec. 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. Christmas fun as it was meant to be! Enjoy snowshoeing, bonfire, crafts, theatre, and refreshments with the whole family. Drop-in. Admission by suggested donation of $3 per person, or $10 per family. For information, phone 403-346-2010.

Be inspired by music of Advent and Christmas at these upcoming events, all held at Gaetz Memorial United Church: 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.

Children’s Chess Club is offered on Dec. 19 from 2 to 3 p.m. in the children’s department at Red Deer Public Library Downtown Branch. Children ages eight years and up, from beginners to experienced players are invited. Phone 403-346-4688.

Canadian Blood Services Community Blood Donor Clinics are on the following days: 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.

The Buffalo Lake Naturalists invite you to join in their Christmas bird counts on Dec. 20 for the Stettler area, Dec. 27 for the Buffalo Lake area and Jan. 3 for the Red Deer River area. For more information call Wayne at 780-372-4341 or John at 403-742-2007.

Central Alberta African Centre (CAAC) invites the community or Red Deer and district to a newcomer’s event on Dec. 20, 5 p.m. at the African Centre, 2B, 4909 48th Street. Families, couples and singles are welcome to come and connect with others and enjoy food and music from the heart of Africa. Admission is free; donations accepted. For more information call 403-986-7305 or visit www.caac1.ca

In the Spirit of Christmas program of readings and music for the Christmas season will be offered at St. Luke’s Anglican Church on Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Contact Elizabeth at 403-341-5148.

United Way fundraiser at Bower Place Shopping Centre will take place on Dec. 18 and 19, and features local author Andrew Kooman signing copies of his new novel Ten Silver Coins: The Drylings of Acchora, and Nashville recording artist Benjamin Mullen performing tunes from his new album Chasing Dreams. Proceeds from sales of the CD and book will support the United Way. Phone 4023-307-1844.

Poinsettia Sale in support of Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter will be held at Bower Place Shopping Centre until Dec. 19. Purchase various sized poinsettias and support women and children affected by domestic violence. Phone 403-346-5643.

Bottles for a Brighter Christmas in support of Red Deer Christmas Bureau continues until Jan. 3 at Cosmos I and Cosmos II Bottle Depots. Make a donation of bottles or cash to the Christmas Bureau and enter to win one of two gift certificates from Parkland Mall merchants. Sponsored by Parkland Mall, Coca Cola, Big 105 FM and The Drive 106.7 FM.

Meet the artist Leanne Keyes at Sunworks on Dec. 19, and check out her Charmed Beads from noon to 4 p.m. Phone 403-341-3455.

J.U.S.T. for fun at Christmas is a free family event to be held on Dec. 19 from 1 to 4 at The Hub. Make a Christmas craft, enjoy free refreshments, Christmas music, learn about people with disabilities, and enter to win door prizes including an autographed Rebels hockey stick. Contact Kim or Lawrence at 403-343-0715. (J.U.S.T. is Judging, Understanding, Sensitivity and Tolerance).

Pride Youth meets on Dec. 18 from 4 to 5 p.m. at Red Deer Public Library Downtown Branch. Contact Chris at 403-505-8739 or email prideyouth@live.ca for more information.

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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