Switchboard – November 10

Jam sessions at Alix Community Hall will be held on the first and third Sundays of each month from 12 to 4 p.m. Contact Henry at 403-747-2534. A $2 drop in fee includes refreshments. Dates are Nov. 1 and 15.

Jam sessions at Alix Community Hall will be held on the first and third Sundays of each month from 12 to 4 p.m. Contact Henry at 403-747-2534. A $2 drop in fee includes refreshments. Dates are Nov. 1 and 15.

Lacombe Farmers’ Christmas Markets run every Friday morning from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. starting Nov. 13 through to Dec. 11. Moonlight Madness sale will take place on Nov. 19 from 5 to 10 p.m. All sales are at the Lacombe Memorial Centre. We make it, bake it and grow it just for you. To book a table call 403-782-4772.

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. For details, phone 403-341-3822.

Pioneer and Old Timers Association meets the second Wednesday of each month at 2 p.m. at Pioneer Lodge. Entertainment and refreshments offered. For information, phone 403-347-1378. Next meeting will be on Nov. 11.

Official launch of the book The Little Coat by Alan J. Buick will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion in Olds on Nov. 11 at 12:30 p.m. The Little Coat is the true story which began in the Second World War where Bob Elliott, a Canadian soldier from Olds and Calgary, served in the Netherlands. There he met Sussie Cretier, a 10 year old Dutch girl who had escaped the Nazis. Sussie sang songs, asked questions, and lifted everyone’s spirits during a painful time. On Christmas Day 1944, the Canadians presented Sussie with an army-style coat they had ordered sewn from a local seamstress which featured buttons from their tunics. Sussie held on the coat for decades, cherishing it as the most special gift she had ever received. Almost 40 years later, Bob Elliott returned to the Netherlands and reconnected with Sussie and her family. In 1985 Bob and Sussie were married, and split their time in Edmonton and the Netherlands. In 2003 Sussie (Sue) donated the coat to the legion in Olds, where musician Alan J. Buick was performing. Buick asked about the coat, and by connecting with the Elliotts, he wrote his first book, and suggested the 65 year old coat be donated to the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Ottawa, where the coat is now. Other book signing events will be held on Nov. 12, 11:30 a.m. at Coles in Parkland Mall, and at 3 p.m. at Chapters, and at 5 p.m. at the Red Deer Royal Canadian Legion.

Thunderbird Learners Parent Support Group for parents and children ages six to 12 years is offered on Thursdays from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Red Deer Native Friendship Society at 200, 5405 50 Ave. Activities include Aboriginal stories and teachings, crafts, drumming and more. Free of charge. Contact Mandy at 403-340-0020 or see www.rdnfs.com

H.E.A.R.T.S. (Helping Empty Arms Recover Through Sharing) is a program focused on helping families through the loss of their baby during pregnancy, delivery, or shortly after birth. This group will meet the second Thursday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. at Bremner Avenue Community Health Unit. Next meeting is Nov. 12. For more information, email heartsreddeer@shaw.ca or phone 403-309-4344, extension 105. The program operates under the umbrella of the Red Deer Hospice Society Bereavement Program.

Addict In The Family support group is a free, confidential, professionally-facilitated support group available to families and/or caregivers dealing with addictions within their family circle. Meetings are every second Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at 4920-54 Street. Upcoming meetings are Nov. 12 and 26. Phone Jackie at 403-342-0895 for details.

Drop-in Time for Twos is offered on Thursdays from 10 to 10:30 a.m. at Red Deer Public Library Downtown Branch Children’s Services. Phone 403-346-4688.

Golden Circle Senior Resource Centre dance, Thursday, Nov. 12, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the seniors’ centre. Dance to the music of Gaetz Valley Minstrels Band. Admission is $7. Phone 403-886-2740, 403-309-3342, or 403-347-6165.

Last West Hall old time dances are held the second Friday of each month from 7:30 to 11 p.m. from October to June. The hall is located west of Rimbey on Hwy. 53. Cost is $7 including lunch. Contact Mary May at 403-843-6201. The next dance will be on Nov. 13.

Old Tyme Dance at Mirror Community Hall is held the second Saturday of every other month. Next dance Nov. 14. Doors and cash bar opens at 7 p.m. Dance from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. midnight. Lunch to follow. Live music. Admission $10. Contact Jean at 403-788-3787.

Huge rummage sale with quality items including clothing, will run at Gaetz United Church Hall on Nov. 12 from 2 to 7 p.m. and again on Nov. 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cottonwood, Gordon Ag. Society Christmas Craft sale will take place on Nov. 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. and Nov. 14, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in conjunction with the Highway #587 Christmas Country Drive, south of Innisfail, 13 miles west on Cottonwood Road. Enjoy lunch with donations to the Christmas Bureau. To book a table or for more information call Sharon at 403-227-2489 or Wilma at 403-227-2199. Hillcrest Community bake sale will be held at the White Creek Leather Crafts from 9 to 6 p.m. For more information about the event visit www.whitecreekleathercraft.com

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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