Switchboard – December 2

Forshee Hall family dance nights are the first Friday of each month, Oct. through June, from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Admission is $8 per adult, children 17 years and under are free. Evening lunch is included. Live old time music.

Forshee Hall family dance nights are the first Friday of each month, Oct. through June, from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Admission is $8 per adult, children 17 years and under are free. Evening lunch is included. Live old time music. Next dance is Dec. 4 with music by Al Womacks Band. For more information, call Mary at 403-748-3378.

Drop-in Pre-school Storytime is offered from 10 to 10:45 a.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays, and from 2 to 2:45 p.m. on Wednesdays at Red Deer Public Library Downtown Branch in the children’s department. Stories, songs, and crafts for three to five year olds. Phone 403-346-4688. The final storytime for this year will be on Dec. 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.

First Thursdays in the Snell offer free chamber music concerts from 12:15 to 1 p.m. at Red Deer Public Library Downtown Branch in the Snell Auditorium on the first Thursday of each month. Café Noir will sponsor the series and provide free coffee and tea. Bring lunch, or purchase at the café. Phone 403-346-4576.

Trochu Christmas market is on Dec. 3 at the Community Hall from 3 to 7 p.m. Call Arlene at 403-442-4225 to book a table. Cost is $15 per table. Funds raised will support the Trochu Arboretum. Concession available.

Golden West Drop-in (Spruce View) welcomes old and new members to the following activities: monthly meeting followed by birthday cake, ice cream, coffee and tea on the first Thursday of the month at 2 p.m.; morning coffee — every morning from 6:30 to 9 a.m.; bridge at 1 p.m., and carpet bowling at 2 p.m. — on Tuesdays; pool and games on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. The facility is available for group meetings. Interested in playing other card games? For more information, call Lorna Jean at 403-227-7211 or Myrtle at 403-728-3792.

Golden Circle Senior Resource Centre dance, Thursday, Dec. 3, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the seniors’ centre. Dance to the music of Peace Country Ramblers Band. Admission is $7. Phone 403-886-2740, 403-309-3342, or 403-347-6165.

Red Deer Symphony Orchestra presents A Baroque Christmas on Dec. 5, 8 p.m. at Gaetz Memorial United Church. Guest artists will be Voicescapes. Enjoy works of J.S. Bach, Charpentier and more with the sounds of the church’s beautiful pipe organ. Tickets cost $43.50 from ticketmaster.ca. or at the door.

Search For Light meet the artist — Janice Williams — on Dec. 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Snell Auditorium at the downtown library. Using the landscape and quality of light, the artist works from an emotional reaction to light versus shadow. As we naturally gravitate towards light, the shadows provide a foreboding while the light provides contrast with renewal, life and joy. See the exhibit in the Kiwanis Gallery at Red Deer Public Library Downtown Branch until Dec. 29. To find out more, phone 403-346-8696.

A Christmas Festival, presented by Canadian University College and Parkview Adventist Academy, will be held on Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m. and again on Dec. 5 at 4:30 p.m. at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Lacombe. No admission; an offering will be taken.

Charity CheckStopis planned by the Red Deer City RCMP for Dec. 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Taylor Drive just north of 32 Street. Members of the city RCMP and volunteers from MADD, the Christmas Bureau, the Red Deer Food Bank and many others will be collecting cash donations, non-perishable food items, new unwrapped toys and new mitts, scarves and hats.

Stepping up for the kids, Red Deer Firefighters children’s charity, will be held on Dec. 5 from noon to 5 p.m. at Bower Place Mall. Businesses and individuals are invited to pledge money for every flight of stairs climbed on a stair climber by the Red Deer Firefighters. For more information call Robb at 403-597-1192 or email robb.walker@reddeer.ca by Dec. 1.

Bentley United Church holds weekly services on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. Additional weekday worship services are held on the first and third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. Coffee and fellowship will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Weekday dates are Dec. 3 and 17. Contact Rev. Ray Goodship at 403-352-5250, or Gail at 403-748-2935.

Book release party for Ten Silver Coins: The Drylings of Acchora, an adventure novel for young adults, will take place on Dec. 3 at Second Cup in Southpointe Common from 6:30 to 9 p.m. $1 from the sale of each book will go to help refugee children.

Senior Citizens Downtown House Pot Luck suppers are held the first Friday of each month. The next one will be on Dec. 4. Please bring a salad or dessert to share. The cost is $5. Phone 403-346-4043.

Medicine River Wildlife Centre 2010 calendars will be available for sale at Dentoom’s Greenhouses on Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Purchase a calendar and have your photo taken with Otis the great horned owl for this day only. Calendars sell for $20 each, and also contain a raffle ticket for a trip for two to Disneyland Paris. Phone 403-728-3467.

Sylvan Lake Mass Choir Christmas Cantata will be presented on Dec. 6 at 3 and 7 p.m. at Sylvan Lake Alliance Community Church, and on Dec. 13, 10:30 a.m. at Memorial Presbyterian Church. Directed by Kerry Heisler. Phone 403-887-3595.

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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