• Heart and Stroke Foundation volunteers will be knocking on doors to collect donations until June 19. Phone 403-342-4724.
• Red Deer Artwalk Festival begins on June 11 with Artists-About-Town event at the Red Deer Market and continuing throughout the week with other artists events and locations. See Red Deer Artwalk Society Facebook page for details regarding artists, times, and locations. Join the Artwalk Amble Gallery bus tour on June 16 for guided visits to a number of art galleries, and enter the $200 voucher prize draw. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for those under 13, and may be purchased at the MAG, Sunworks Home and Garden store, Gallery IS. On June 17 the festival site in Rotary Recreation Park in downtown Red Deer gets hopping with Friday Night Films. The event will showcase short independent works by students in Red Deer College’s Motion Picture Arts program and will run from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the big tent. It’s totally free, including the popcorn, but be sure to bring lawn chairs. The festival culminates on June 18 with Artwalk Festival day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is a wonderful day of art, music, and demonstrations. Admission is free. See www.reddeerartwalk.ca
• 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
• Take Off Pounds Sensibly (T.O.P.S.) is a non-profit weight loss support organization which holds regular weekly meetings in Red Deer and Blackfalds. Learn about nutrition, portion control, food planning, exercise and more. Visit a meeting free of charge. For locations and information call Gail at 403-340-1859 or toll free at 1-800-932-8677 or see www.tops.org. Meetings are held on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays in the evenings, and on Tuesday mornings.
• Outdoor gym demonstrations will be offered on June 14 at Oriole Park from 9 a.m. to noon at 5204 Kerrywood Dr., and from 1 to 4 p.m. at Barrett Park at 4725 – 43 St. Coaches will be on site to meet participants, answer questions, and demonstrate usage of the outdoor gym equipment. See www.reddeerpcn.com, or phone 403-343-9100.
• Overeaters Anonymous meets Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 40 Homes Street. This 12-step program of recovery is for individuals experiencing difficulty with overeating. No dues or fees. See www.oa.org, or phone Phyl at 403-347-4188, or Margaret at 403-347-1350.
• Medicine River Wildlife Centre is seeking donations of a small, flat utility trailer, wet/dry vacuum, rolls of new chicken wire, ungulate wire and volunteers to remove old fencing. All donated items are eligible for an income tax receipt. For more items visit the wish list on the web at www.mrwc.ca or call 403-728-3467.
• Cronquist House afternoon tea will be offered Tuesdays and Fridays from 1 to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. To make a reservation, call 403-346-0055 or email to email@example.com.
• Open House for Railyards Area Redevelopment Plan will take place on June 14, 4 to 8 p.m. at St. Luke’s Anglican Church. Residents are encouraged to find out about the City of Red Deer’s plan, participate in discussions, and enter to name the district, and more. Those who are unable to attend are welcome to provide input. To do so, contact Haley Mountstephen, senior planner at 403-406-8703, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or Jordan Furness, planner, at 403-406-8701, or email to email@example.com. Comments will be accepted until June 30.
• Central Alberta Special Equestrians Information Night is coming up on June 14, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Parkland Relax Crew Building on Orr Dr. Board members and volunteers are needed. Light snack served.
• Walter Gretzky CNIB Classic and Mentorship Reception presented by Stantec will be held on June 14 and 15. On Tuesday, the reception will take place at the Capri Hotel and Convention Centre with the golf tournament on Wednesday at River Bend Golf Course. Reception only tickets for a cost of $125, and reception and golf tickets cost $275, or for two golf and reception tickets for $550. See www.cnib.ca/en/alberta/events/gretzky, or phone 403-346-0037.
• Soroptimist International of Central Alberta invites women from Central Alberta communities who value the opportunity to lend a hand to women in need to a networking/orientation meeting on June 14 at ABC Country Restaurant at 6 p.m. for dinner, and/or at 7 p.m. for the meeting to learn more about the club, and the international and local projects the club is involved in. Contact Sherri at 403-343-6099.
• Senior Citizens Downtown House dance, Tuesday, June 14 at 7:30 p.m. with live music by Gaetz Valley Minstrels. Cost is $6. Phone 403-346-4043. Lunch provided by donations.
• The Red Deer and Central Alberta Chapter of the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories hosts an adult child support group for adult children who care for or offer support to their parents with Alzheimer disease and related dementia. Meetings are the second Tuesday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at 101 4728 Ross Street. The next meeting is June 14 and then the group will break until the fall. For more information call 403-346-4636 or visit www.alzheimer.ab.ca
• Wild Rose Harmonizers invites men who love to sing barbershop quartet to meet for rehearsals on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the Davenport Church of Christ. For information contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone David at 403-342-1318. The group will hold practices in June and then break until Aug. 23.
• Parkinson’s Society Red Deer education and support group meets the third Wednesday of the month — June 15 — at noon for a wind up potluck lunch, and a meeting at 1:30 p.m. at Davenport Church of Christ, 68 Donlevy Ave. Phone 403-346-4463.
• Red Deer Legion Old Time Dance with Gaetz Valley Minstrels is on June 15 at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $6, or $11.95 with buffet starting at 5 p.m. Phone 403-342-0035.
• Canadian Blood Services Community Blood Donor Clinics are on the following days: June 15 at Rimbey Community Centre from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.; June 22 at Wetaskiwin Memorial Centre from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.; at Camrose Fieldhouse on June 23 from 4:30 to 8 p.m., and on June 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; June 29 at Lou Soppit Community Centre in Rocky Mountain House from 4 to 8 p.m. Red Deer donor clinics be held at 5, 5020 68th St. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 to 7 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. To book an appointment or for information, call 1-888-2-DONATE (1-888-236-6283) or visit www.blood.ca.
• Fireside Readers book club will meet on June 15 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Red Deer Public Library Downtown Branch. Phone 403-346-2100.
• Barbecue in support of Helping Elder Abuse Reduction will be held on June 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Eastview Sobeys. Redwoods Retirement Residence will be serving hot dogs and more and raising awareness of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Phone 403-309-6333.
• Medicine River Wildlife Centre offers a unique chance to view orphaned fawns in a specially designed viewing cage throughout the month of June. Fawns stay just a short time at the center. The centre is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information visit www.mrwc.ca or call 403-728-3467.
• Clothing Zone is open on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon, and Fridays from 1 to 3 p.m. at Victory Church in Red Deer. Donated clothing is accepted and redistributed to those in need, from infants to mothers-to-be, from medical scrubs to business attire. The Resource Zone is also available for books, and other media on helpful topics at the same time, at the same location. Email email@example.com, or phone 403-343-2484.
• Red Deer and District Garden Club meets on June 16 at Kerry Wood Nature Centre at 7 p.m. Come hear speaker Bev Swanson speak about and demonstrate flower arrangement. Please bring your own flowers, scissors and container, etc. Floral foam will be supplied. The group will meet for a club barbecue on July 24 at Bower Community Centre at 3 p.m. and hold their annual flower and garden show on Aug. 18 at the Golden Circle. For more information call Carol at 403-340-2192.
• Red Deer Cruise Night will be located at Parkland Mall, weekly on Thursday nights from 6 to 9 p.m. until the end of September, weather permitting. Free to attend, and all models of classic and custom cars, trucks, and motorcycles are welcome. Barbecue in support of Red Deer Food Bank will be held. Phone 403-342-5355 or 403-346-1551.
• Central Alberta Prostate Awareness and Support Group meets the third Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at Gaetz Memorial United Church in the parlour. The next meeting is June 16. This group has a great deal of experience and information to share. Knowing about the prostate, symptoms of prostate cancer, and other prostate diseases can save your life. Men and spouses are welcome. Phone 403-350-5511.
• Golden Circle Senior Resource Centre dance, Thursday, June 16, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the seniors’ centre. Dance to the music of Country Express Band. Admission is $7. Phone 403-347-6165, 403-886-2740 or 403-309-3342.
• Red Deer Area Hikers meet on June 16 at the north side of the Red Deer Curling Club parking lot at 9 a.m. to depart for a six km hike at Dry Island Loop. Hike will be cancelled if raining or about to rain. Bring lunch. Phone Art at 403-347-5778, or Jim at 403-347-1684.
• United Way of Central Alberta Annual General Meeting will be held on June 16 at Scott Block Theatre from 7 to 7:45 p.m. followed by board development program launch from 7:45 to 8:30 p.m. Please RSVP by June 13 to 403-343-3900, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Central Albert Refugee Effort (C.A.R.E.) Committee Annual General Meeting takes place on June 16 starting at 7:30 p.m. Phone 403-346-8818, or email to email@example.com. Refreshments served.
• Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta — Red Deer Chapter Annual General Meeting will be on June 16, 7 p.m. on the lower level at 3757 43 Ave. Memberships may be purchased at the door, and a membership is required to vote. Please RSVP to Sheryl at 403-340-3885 or email to execdir@LDreddeer.ca. Nominations to the board are being accepted for a two year term with meetings held monthly.
• Red Deer Legion presents Neon band on June 17 from 8 p.m. to midnight for their weekend dance. Phone 403-342-0035.
• Our Fathers, an installation group show by thirteen artists using 2D and 3D art work, explores how we see our fathers. View this exhibit at the Harris-Warke Gallery until June 19. For gallery information call 403-346-8937.
• Alberta Pattern Dancers and The Emeralds will sponsor a show and dance for seniors with musical entertainment donated by The Emeralds on June 17, 2 p.m. at the Lacombe Memorial Centre. Admission is voluntary. For more information David at 403-885-2785.
• Waskasoo Optimist Golf Tournament, in support of the Children’s Services Centre and other youth groups in Red Deer, will be held on June 17 at Riverbend Golf Course. Registration fee, $150 for this best ball tournament, includes party and silent auction on June 16, 6 p.m. at • Belinis Night Club in the Capri Centre, power carts, breakfast, lunch, beverage holes, barbecue dinner and awards. For more information contact Nathan at 403-505-2244 or Scott at 403-304-5307.
• Widowed Support Network meeting will be held on the third Friday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. at New Life Fellowship Church. This group is a community based support group that provides a safe place for men and women who have lost their spouse through death to interact with and mutually support each other. The next meeting will be on June 17. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Street party fundraiser for Art From the Streets will be celebrated on June 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Art From the Streets gallery on 51 St. Join artists and residents for live music, toonie lunch featuring hot dogs, chips, and cold drinks, and more. All proceeds will help purchase art supplies for the studio so that those who have been touched by hardship and homelessness may still create art at this location. Phone 403-396-1182.
• Whisker Rescue will be at the Petsmart store every second Saturday of each month — July 9 — with the Senior for Senior Program from noon to 3 p.m. A senior cat is given to a senior person free of charge, including food and litter, and payment of veterinary bills. On the third Saturday of each month — June 18 — the rescue group will be at the Tailblazers store with cats ready for adoption from 1 to 3 p.m.
• Nature Savvy Saturdays at Kerry Wood Nature Centre are offered from 1 to 4 p.m. each week. Enjoy a nature-themed craft or activity. All ages invited to drop in. Phone 403-346-2010.
• Beginning Birder Course with Judy Boyd and Myrna Pearman will be offered on June 18, from 9 a.m. to noon at Ellis Bird Farm. Learn about birds in Central Alberta and how to identify common ones by sight and sound. The course will include a morning presentation in the Visitor Centre followed by a walk around the site and, weather and time-permitting, to the West Woods and Sandpiper Pond. Cost: $10.00. • Pre-registration required. Phone 403-885-4477 to register.
Red Deer River Naturalists offer upcoming summer field trips and events. Confirm your attendance at least two days in advance by calling the contact person and come prepared for the weather. Visit www.rdrn.fanweb.ca/ for a complete listing of events. On June 25 go out for the day towards the west country to check on possible sites to be added to the Central Alberta Bird Trail. Meet at 8 p.m. at the northeast corner of Parkland Mall. Call Judy at 403-342-4250 to confirm for both events.
• Muskoka Chair fundraising auction will be held during Artwalk Festival In Rotary Park East, June 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eight Muskoka chairs have been painted by local artists to be auction off in a sealed bid; minimum is $125. View the chairs ahead of time at Comforts the Sole, The Scott Block, Francophone Society of Red Deer, The Hub on Ross, Sunworks Home and Garden, Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery, Norwegian Laft Hus and Parkland Nurseries. For more information contact Diana at 403-348-2787.
Art gallery fundraising show will be held on June 18 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Caroline Church of Nazarene with proceeds to Seed of Hope, South Africa. See www.theseedofhope.org, or contact Jo-Ann at 403-886-5559.
SUNDAY, JUNE 19
• Visions Country Gospel will be performing at on June 19 at Elnora Drop In Centre at 2 p.m. A mini silent auction will be held. Admission is $8 for adults, and children aged 12 and under attend free of charge. For tickets, contact Gwen at 403-773-2270 or pick them up at the door. Lunch served. Proceeds will support the Rick Hansen Foundation.
• Naturescaping workshop will be offered at Ellis Bird Farm with presenters Myrna Pearmen and Cynthia Pohl, head gardener for Ellis Bird Farm, on June 19 from 9:30 to noon. Pre-register, $30 by calling 403-885-4477.