Switchboard – January 12

Red Deer Native Friendship Society offers events for the whole family. Phone 403-340-0020, or drop in the upper level of 5405 50 Ave., or see www.rdnfs.com

Red Deer Native Friendship Society offers events for the whole family. Phone 403-340-0020, or drop in the upper level of 5405 50 Ave., or see www.rdnfs.com

Golden Circle Senior Resource Centre dance, Thursday, Jan. 13, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the seniors’ centre. Dance to the music of Country Express Band. Admission is $7. Phone Allan or Irene at 403-347-6165.

H.E.A.R.T.S. (Helping Empty Arms Recover Through Sharing) is a peer-support group for anyone who has been touched by the loss of a baby during pregnancy, at birth, or shortly birth. Monthly meetings are held the second Thursday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. at Bremner Avenue Community Health Centre. Next meeting is Jan. 13. For more information, email heartsreddeer@shaw.ca, or phone 403-309-4344, extension 105. The program operates under the Red Deer Hospice Society Bereavement Program, and is funded by Life Long Learning Council of Red Deer.

Red Deer Rock and Gem Show takes place at Kerry Wood Nature Centre on Friday, Jan. 14 from 1 to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 15 and 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Take in the interesting displays, see the beautiful jewelry for sale, and learn about dinosaurs, and more. Co-presented by Central Alberta Rock and Gem Society. Admission by suggested donation of $3 per person or $10 per family. Call 403-346-2010.

Toopy and Binoo’s Imagination Party features stories, puppets, crafts and activities inspired by the TV series to the Red Deer Public Library Downtown Branch Children’s Department on Jan. 15 from 2 to 3 p.m. Bring along a stuffed friend, and dress up as a favourite cartoon character anytime during the day to be entered into a draw for tickets to see Toopy and Binoo at the Memorial Centre on Jan. 16. Phone 403-346-4688.

Father Involvement Program will be offered by Family Services of Central Alberta beginning Jan.15. This program will encourage men to meet in groups with a facilitator over a number of weeks. A fathers’ group and a couples’ group will both be offered. For more information about the program visit fsca.ca or call Dennis at 403-309-5834.

Independent Achievers “Business Women Networking Together” will hold their monthly luncheon meeting the second Thursday of each month from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn. Next luncheon is Jan 13 with guest speaker kim Duke, founder of The Sales Divas. Please phone Adrienne by the Monday prior to each meeting at 403-358-5005 to confirm attendance. For more information, see www.independentachievers.com

ReThink Red Deer presents Gordon Howell speaking on Electricity from the Sun — from Dreamer’s Paradise to Everyday Houses. Discussion goes from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Margaret Parsons Theatre, Red Deer College and is free to the public.

ALS Curl for a Cure Judy Schweitzer Funspiel will take place on jan.15 and 16. Register by Jan. 12 to take part in the funspiel at Michener Hill Curling Club; $40 per person, guaranteed three games. For more information email alscurlforacure@hotmail.ca or call 403-302-9689.

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.

Children’s Chess Club is offered on Jan. 15 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.

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