Switchboard – December 7

Two Singles dances will be held in December.

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.

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.

Food bank donations will be accepted at DynaLIFE patient care centres until Dec. 11. Those who drop off food are eligible to win prizes, including $1,500 Fairmont Hotel gift card, an HP 10.1 netbook, and a $200 Best Buy gift card. See www.dynalifedx.com

Toy drive in support of Red Deer Christmas Bureau will be held at StoreSmart Self Storage located in Gasoline Alley. Toys for children aged eight to 16 are especially needed. In exchange for donations, the storage company will offer a discount on their boxes and packaging. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week, except 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays. Phone 403-343-7443.

Senior Citizens Downtown House dance, Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. with live music by Swing Kings. The cost is $6. Phone 403-346-4043. Lunch provided by donations.

Medicine River Wildlife Centre 2010 calendars will be available for sale at the Red Deer Rebels game on Dec. 9 at Enmax Centrium. Game time is 7 p.m. Otis the great horned owl, and Rory the tiny boreal owl will be on hand for a visit. Calendars sell for $20 each, and also contain a raffle ticket for a trip for two to Disneyland Paris. Phone 403-728-3467.

Ponoka Seniors’ Drop-In Centre musical jamboree sessions take place every Saturday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Cost $2, includes refreshments. Everyone welcome to sing, play an instrument or just enjoy the music. Phone Glen at 403-783-3850.

Lion Plaza Branch of Red Deer Public Library offers Preschool Storytimes for children ages three to five years on Mondays from 10:30 to 11 a.m., and Toddler Play and Learn Time on Tuesdays from 10:30 to 11 a.m. parents and caregivers with their newborns to three year olds. Both are drop-in programs. No registration is required. The fall session of Preschool Storytime ends on Dec. 14 and resumes on Jan. 4. The fall session of Toddler Play and Learn Time ends on Dec. 15 and resumes on Jan. 5. For details, phone 403-341-3822.

Seniors Resource Clinics </b.are held on the following dates: Dec. 8 — 9:45 a.m. at Rimbey and District Seniors Drop In Centre, and at 1 p.m. at Bentley Care Centre; Dec. 9 — 9:30 a.m. at Westview Lodge, and at 1 p.m. at Columbus Place, both in Rocky Mountain House; Dec. 16 — 11:30 a.m. at Downtown House, and at 2 p.m. at Legacy Estates, both in Red Deer; Dec. 17 — 9:30 a.m. at Golden Circle in Red Deer; Dec. 21 — 10 a.m. at Stettler Paragon Place; Dec. 22— 10 a.m. at Legion Arms Apartments, and at 1 p.m. at Luther Manor, both in Wetaskiwin; Dec. 23 — 2 p.m. at Barrett Place in Red Deer; Dec. 29 — 9:30 a.m. at Parkview Manor, and at 1 p.m. at Kozy Korner, both in Lacombe. Contact Wendy at 403-309-8198 or Barb at 403-309-8197. This month’s topic is celebrating aging.

Parkland Cross Country Ski Club will meet on Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m. at Kerry Wood Nature Centre. There will be a presentation with slides on a recent back country trip into Blanket Glacier. For more information, see www.parklandxcskiclub.org, or call 403-340-0050.

The Red Deer River Naturalists present two documentaries that explore the world about plants and human nature on Dec. 9 starting at 1 p.m. at Kerry Wood Nature Centre in the theatre. The Botany of Desire with best-selling author Michael Pollan, is a two-hour documentary exploring the natural history of four plants that link their destinies with our own. First Flower is a one-hour show, a detective story behind the evolution of favourite flowers. Admission by donation to the food bank.

Spanish por favor — Do you want to part of a club and practice peaking Spanish? Join in on Tuesdays at the Kiwanis Gallery of Waskasoo/Kiwanis Meeting Room at the Red Deer Public Library Downtown Branch from 7 to 8 p.m. All experience levels are welcome to join these free practice sessions. See www.rdpl.org, or www.conversaspanishcentre.com, or phone 403-342-9110, or 403-348-0853.

Central Alberta Brain Injury Society (CABIS) Family and Caregiver Support Group meets the second Tuesday of every month from 12 to 2 p.m. at 301 4805 48 Street. Phone the CABIS office at 403-341-3463. The next meeting will be Dec. 8.

Drop-in Pajama Storytime invites children aged two to six years to the children’s department at Red Deer Public Library Downtown Branch for stories, songs, finger plays, and crafts at 6:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. Children under three years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Phone 403-346-4688. December 8 will be the final session for 2009.

Pioneer and Old Timers Association will hold a potluck lunch on Dec. 9 at 12:30 p.m. at Pioneer Lodge. For information, phone 403-347-1378.

artsparks Christmas Party and Concert will be celebrated on Dec. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Hub. Come enjoy the artsparks choir performance, artsparks on the boards Christmas extravaganza, artsparks at the museum exhibit and more. To find out more see www.artsparks.org.

Click Clique Photography Club invites teens to bring their camera to the Red Deer Public Library Downtown Branch on Dec. 9 from 4 to 5 p.m. and share secrets and learn cool techniques from guest photographers. Phone 403-755-1146, or email to jen@rdpl.org.

Norwegian Laft Hus Society Museum fall and winter hours are Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Check out the unique log house with the sod roof in Heritage Park, which houses a collection of historic and cultural objects from Norwegian Canadians. Phone 403-347-2055.

Inspirational Ladies Fun and Fellowship meets the second Wednesday of each month from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Innisfail Legion Hall. Cost is $4 per person including refreshments. The group hosts speakers and special guests each time. Contact Elsie at 403- 227-4834.

Spirit Seekers Youth Program is offered Wednesday and Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday from 4 to 9 p.m., and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. Youth ages 10 to 24 years are invited to gather for homework, games, learn skills, have fun and hang out at Native Friendship Society located at 200, 5405 50 Ave. Other activities include crafts, recreation nights, pizza, bowling, guest speakers, regalia making and more. Phone 403-340-0020 or see www.rdnfs.com

Blackfalds United Church weekday services will be offered on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. Join in for coffee and fellowship at 6:30 p.m. Contact Ray at 403-885-4780.

Central Alberta Photographic Society (CAPS) meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 7 p.m., Sept. through May, usually at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre. Memberships available to everyone. To confirm meeting place and time, or for more information, contact Gail by email at gail-caps@telus.net or by phone at 403-343-9294. See www.centralalbertaphotographicsociety.com

Parkinson’s Society Red Deer education and support group Christmas potluck lunch will be held on Dec. 9 at noon at Davenport Church of Christ, 68 Donlevy Ave. Phone 403-346-4463.

Red Deer Newcomers Club monthly coffee meet and greet will be held on second Wednesday at ABC Country Restaurant from 7:15 to 9 p.m. Meet other newcomers on Dec. 9. The club welcomes anyone who has moved to Red Deer in the past three years. For more information call 403-346-6301, or visit www.freewebs.com/rdnewcomers

Red Deer Legion Old Time Dance with Badlanders II is on Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $6, or $11.95 with buffet starting at 5 p.m. Phone 403-342-0035.

International dinner theatre and fall theatre nights, presented by the Hunting Hills High School fine arts department, will take place on Dec. 9 to 12 at the school. Enjoy a Spanish, French or Chinese meal and be entertained by the performances. Tickets available at the main office of the school. For more information, call Bill at 403-342-6655 or email bjacobsen@rdpsd.ab.ca. A portion of the profits on Dec. 9 will be donated to the Red Deer Food Bank.

Youth auditions for Wuthering Heights produced by Red Deer College for performance in February, will be held on Dec. 10, 5 p.m. at the RDC Arts Centre. Casting requirements are ages 14 and up to play age range nine to 12, ability to sing and height of 4’8” to 5’0”. For more information call 403-343-4054.

Notre Dame High School Fine Arts Program presents Jingle Bell Jazz Night on Dec. 11, 7 p.m. at the Red Deer Memorial Centre. Tickets, $20 for adults or $15 for students, may be purchased a the school; call 403-342-4800.

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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