Switchboard – February 5

Family Snowshoe is offered at Kerry Wood Nature Centre on Feb. 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. If you’ve always wanted to try snowshoeing, drop in and try the obstacle course, or other snowshoe challenges, weather permitting. Admission by suggested donation of $3 per person, or $10 per family. Call 403-346-2010.

Family Snowshoe is offered at Kerry Wood Nature Centre on Feb. 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. If you’ve always wanted to try snowshoeing, drop in and try the obstacle course, or other snowshoe challenges, weather permitting. Admission by suggested donation of $3 per person, or $10 per family. Call 403-346-2010.

Sierra of Taylor Drive Music Jam is held the first Saturday of every month from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Cost $2, includes refreshments. Everyone welcome to play and instrument, dance or simply listen to the music. Next jam session is Feb. 6. Phone Chris at 403-341-3385.

Lacombe Royal Canadian Legion offers court whist the first Saturday of every month at 7 p.m., and flag whist the third Saturday of every month at 7 p.m. Cost $3 per person per visit; refreshments provided. Phone 403-782-5365.

Delburne and District Drop In Old Tyme Dances are held on the first Saturday of each month. Music by Gaetz Valley Minstrels. Cost is $7 per person. Contribute to and enjoy shared lunch. Phone 403-749-2035.

Year of the Tiger, Chinese New Year’s Banquet, will be hosted by the Taoist Tai Chi Society of Canada on Feb. 11 at the Red Star Restaurant, 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 per person, pre-purchased by calling 403-346-6772 to leave message. Dress is semi-formal. Event will support the Red Deer Salvation Army and the Lending Cupboard.

Living well with mental illness: learning together series presents Effective communication on Feb. 9 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at A Gathering Place on Ross Street. Coffee hour and social to follow. The fee of each evening of the series in $5. Reserve your place by calling 403-342-2266.

Opening reception for Deja-view: a year of artwork, a look back on Erika Schultz’s and Jeri-Lynn Ing’s one a day challenge in 2009. Both artists completed one piece of artwork every day in 2009 and this exhibit will be a commentary on their experience. Reception goes on Feb. 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Gallery IS . The exhibit runs until Feb. 27. For more information call 403-341-4641.

Closing reception for Building Texture, by Calgary fabric artist Vickie Newington, will take place in the Kiwanis Gallery of the Red Deer Public Library on Feb. 8 from 2 to 4 p.m. The artist explores texture with a contemporary eye using a wide variety of materials and techniques. For more information call Rick at 403-346-8696.

Dudes and Divas: Under the Big Top will be presented on Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m. in Studio A at Red Deer College Arts Centre. Join faculty and friends of the music program as they present a fun filled evening celebrating the wonderful world of circus. Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, www.ticketmaster.ca, or by phone at 403-340-4455.

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 Feb. 8. For information phone 403-346-2540 or see www.alzheimer.ab.ca

Red Deer Independent Film Group’s Reel Movie Mondays continue with Creation on Feb. 8 at Cineplex Galaxy Theatre at 7 p.m. A film based on the life of Charles Darwin, which explores the hypothesis that history is written more by the inner workings of the heart, rather than sticking to science. Tickets at the door cost $8 for members and $10 for non-members. Memberships in the Red Deer Independent Film Group, advance tickets, and ticket packages for the entire series may be purchased at the Red Deer Public Library. The series package is for $35 for members, and $45 for non-members. See reelmoviemondays.ca, or phone Keith at 403-347-2006, Rod at 403-309-8445, or James at 403-356-4859.

Seniors Resource Clinics are held on the following dates: Feb. 8 — 1:30 p.m. at Ponoka Legacy Place; Feb. 9 — 10 a.m. at Rimbey and District Drop In Centre, and at 1 p.m. at Bentley Drop In Centre; Feb. 10 — 10 a.m. at Westview Lodge, and at 1 p.m. at Columbus Place, both in Rocky Mountain House; Feb. 16 — 9:30 a.m. Parkview Manor, and at 1 p.m. at Kozy Korner, both in Lacombe; Feb. 17 — 11:30 a.m. at Downtown House, and at 2 p.m. at Legacy Estates, both in Red Deer; Feb. 24 — 10 a.m. at Stettler Paragon Place; Feb. 25 — 9:30 a.m. at Golden Circle, and at 2 p.m. at Barrett Place, both in Red Deer. February’s topic is: Dementias. Contact Barb at 403-309-8197.

Tiny Tots Playschool registration day for programs beginning in Sept. 2010 will be held on Feb. 8 from 7 to 8 p.m. at 4030 Embury Cres. A three-day program is offered for children four years of age, and a two-day program is offered for children three and four years of age. Children must be three years of age as of Sept 1, 2010. Please bring the child’s Alberta Health Care number. Registration fee is $30. For information call 403-347-7255.

Behaviour Management presentation and discussion with behaviour consultant Keir Kutney will be offered by the Learning Disabilities Association on Feb. 9 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Parents will gain an understanding of why kids misbehave and a process that allows even the most difficult behaviours to be managed effectively. Cost is $20 for LDAA members, and $25 for non-members. Pre-register by phoning Sheryl at 403-340-3885.

Canadian Blood Services Community Blood Donor Clinics are on the following days: Feb. 9 at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Wetaskiwin from 4:30 to 8 p.m.; Feb. 10 at Lacombe Memorial Centre from 3 to 7 p.m.; Feb. 17 at Rimbey Community Centre from 4 to 8 p.m.; Feb. 20 at Lacombe Memorial Centre from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Feb. 24 at Lou Soppit Community Centre in Rocky Mountain House from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Feb. 25 at Norsemen Inn in Camrose from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., and 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. To book an appointment or for information, call 1-888-2-DONATE (1-888-236-6283) or visit www.blood.ca.

Let’s Act is a fun, interactive look at all things acting, including mime, monologues, dance, juggling, and all things in between. Join instructor Albertus Koett as he takes participants into the work of film and stage. No experience necessary. Free of charge. Classes will be offered Mondays from 4 to 6 p.m. on Feb. 8 and 22, and March 8 and 22. Phone 403-340-4869.

Stettler and District Agricultural Society volunteer appreciation night takes place on Feb. 10 at Stettler Agricultural Society Heritage Room starting at 7 p.m. Please RSVP by Feb. 8, by phoning 403-742-6288.

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