Living Well with a Mental Illness: Learning Together is a series of discussion and lecture classes offered on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at A Gathering Place. A coffee and social follows each presentation. All central Albertans interested in mental health are invited, including those with a mental illness, their friends, family members, and the general community. Please reserve your spot in advance by phoning 403-342-2266. The cost for each evening is $5, which includes the printed materials, and coffee or tea. Snacks to share would be welcome. Payment is accepted in cash or cheque in advance to at the door. Upcoming sessions are as follows: Understanding crisis — May 11; Understanding thought disorders — May 25; Navigating the system — June 8.
Barbecue for a Cure will be held on May 8 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Real Canadian Superstore. All proceeds to Multiple Sclerosis Society research and client services in Central Alberta. Additional barbecues will be held on Saturdays, May 15, 22, and 29 at Superstore, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Funds will be delivered at the Meyers Norris Penny MS Walk For a Cure on May 30 at Bower Ponds. Join the walk or the barbecue and support the cause. Contact Connie at 403-340-2663.
Opening Reception for Dennis Moffat Retrospective which spans the length of Dennis Moffat’s 30 year artistic career goes on May 7 from 7 to 9 p.m. Drop in for an informal evening, visit with the artist and enjoy refreshments at the art gallery. The exhibit is on display at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery until July 4. Call 403-309-8442.
Red Deer Shooting Sports Association Open Range Day will be offered on May 8 from noon to 4 p.m. at the local gun range. Directions to the range are one mile south of McKenzie Road on 40 Ave., turn west at the stop sign and watch for the sign at the first driveway on the right side. Proceed to the end of the roadway. Please bring a donation for the Red Deer Food Bank Society or $5. Phone 403-342-1286.
World Fair Trade Day will be offered by Ten Thousand Villages store in Southpointe Common on May 8. Join in drum circles, storytelling, games, door prizes, food sampling, hourly draws, and learn more about fair global trade, and more. Phone 403-341-0178.
M&M Meat Shops Charity Barbecue in support of Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada will be held on May 8 during regular business hours. Volunteers are welcome to help out at any of the Central Alberta stores. See www.charitybqday.com
Rainy Creek Road Artists Mother’s Day Country Drive is happening on May 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Rainy Creek Hall located six miles north from Sylvan Lake on Hwy. 20 to Rainy Creek Road, turn west one mile. See artisans of jewelry, pottery, hanging baskets, wood work. Tour farms to see leather work, and rustic bird feeders being made. Lunch available. Enjoy antique John Deere tractors and machinery and more. Phone Kathleen at 40-748-2336.
Blackfalds United Church musical jam session will be held on May 9 at 2 p.m. Come play and instrument, sing, or just listen. Music from gospel to country to old time rock and more. This event held on the second Sunday of every month. Donations to the food bank accepted. Contact Ray at 403-885-4780.
Lacombe Legion Breakfast is offered on the second Sunday of each month from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enjoy the breakfast on May 9. Phone 403-782-6441.
African Children’s Choir will perform at Kentwood Alliance Church on May 9 at 10:30 a.m. Money raised from the event will help to educate and rebuild in African countries devastated by famine, war, and AIDS. These talented children are ages seven to 10 years.
Pride Youth meets on Fridays, May 7 and 21 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Red Deer Public Library Downtown Branch in Waskasoo/Kiwanis Meeting Room. Contact Chris at 403-505-8739 or email firstname.lastname@example.org on this co-sponsored program.
Artist reception for Faces Only a Mother Could Love, an exhibit of masks by Peter Allen, is May 8 from 4 to 6 p.m. at The Hub on Ross Art Gallery. The exhibit runs throughout May. Call the gallery at 403-340-4869 for more information.
MAGnificent Saturdays offer free art making with a professional artist from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery in downtown Red Deer. The May 8 session is called Tasty Traditions. All materials supplied. Families welcome. Phone 403-309-8405.
The Central Alberta Heritage Schools Fair will be held at Parkland Mall on May 7 and 8. Phone 403-309-8405.
Stones and Bones — Artifact identification Archaeological Society of Alberta – Red Deer Centre will take place at Parkland Mall on May 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in conjunction with the Central Alberta Heritage School Fair. The public is invited to bring items such as arrowheads, fossils, or stone tools for identification by a professional archeologist, geologist, or paleontologist, or, just drop by to see the artifacts. Other highlights include a flint knapping demonstration, and hands-on excavation. For details, phone Jean at 403-358-0736 or email to email@example.com.
Red Deer Festival of the Performing Arts (Kiwanis) Performers Showcase will highlight the week’s achievements on May 8 at 2 p.m. at Living Stones Church. Admission by silver donation. All scholarships will be awarded, and selected performers chosen by the adjudicators will participate in the gala celebration. See www.rdc.ab.ca or call 403-356-4900.
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 May 10. For information phone 403-346-2540 or see www.alzheimer.ab.ca
Fanatullen Scandinavian Dancers hold dance sessions every Monday night from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Festival Hall. Come out for fun and exercise. Scandinavian heritage not required. Singles welcome. Please call 403-347-5303, or 403-341-4672 for further information, and to confirm if session will be held in case of inclement weather.
Service Canada Centre for Youth opens on May 10. Employers and youth are invited to post and check out summer work possibilities at 4911 51 St. on the second floor. All services are free of charge. Phone 403-340-4250.
Red Deer Independent Film Group’s Reel Movie Mondays continue on May 10 at Cineplex Galaxy Theatre at 7 p.m. for the final spring screening. Tickets at the door cost $8 for members and $10 for non-members. See reelmoviemondays.ca, or phone Keith at 403-347-2006, Rod at 403-309-8445, or James at 403-356-4859.
Learning Disabilities Association, Red Deer Chapter, is offering monthly education sessions for parents and caregivers of children with ADHD the third Wednesday of each month from January through June, 7 to 9 p.m., at the Learning Disabilities Association, 2nd floor, 5017 – 50 St., Red Deer. No cost to attend, but please preregister by calling Julie or Sophie at 340-3885. May 11 topic is maintaining and developing family relationships.
Canadian Blood Services Community Blood Donor Clinics are on the following days: May 12 at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Innisfail from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.; May 15 at Lacombe Memorial Centre from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; May 19 at Ponoka Kinsmen Community Centre from 4:30 to 8 p.m.; May 26 at Lou Soppit Community Centre in Rocky Mountain House from 4:30 to 8 p.m.; May 27 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. Closed Monday, May 24 for Victoria Day.
Heart and Stroke Foundation Heart’s Desire ladies gala takes place at Red Deer Lodge on May 13 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Enjoy keynote speaker Diana Krescy, CEO of Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, NWT, and Nunavut — survivor, Sex and the City New York theme with paparazzi, Elvis impersonator performance, silent auction, and special feature cocktail. Tickets cost $50 each and are available from the foundation office at 403-342-4724, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mother’s Day (grandmothers too) Brunchwill be offered on May 9 at Penhold Memorial Hall from 10 a.m. until noon. Moms and kids under three are free, ages four to 12, $3 and $4 for ages 12 and up or $10 for a family of four.
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