• Love Your Pet Month pet adoption and donation events are organized by Victoria Park Retirement in support of SPCA. Donations will be accepted on May 20 at Sobeys South from noon to 4 p.m. each day. To find out more, phone 403-309-1957.
• 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. May 20 will be the last Pre-school Storytime until Sept.
• Drop-in Babytimes is offered on Fridays from 2 to 2:30 p.m., or on Thursdays from 11 to 11:30 a.m. at Red Deer Public Library Downtown Branch Children’s Department for children from birth to 24 months of age along with their caregivers. Phone 403-346-4688. May 20 will be the last Pre-school Storytime until Sept.
• 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. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 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.
• Lacombe Farmers Market will be held at Michener Park across from Lacombe Golf and Country Club on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the season. Features homemade baking, breads, bedding plants, fruit and vegetables when in season, crafts, jewelry, woodwork, birdhouses, local honey and more. Phone 782-4772. Starts May 20.
• Touring Coast to Coast will be Michelle Joly and Carrie Sadler performing at The Hub on May 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. Free of charge. Both are Red Deer College Music Program alumni.
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
• Russian Family Storytime will be offered on May 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Snell Auditorium at the Red Deer Public Library downtown. Listen to a story, and play and talk in Russian with friends. Phone 403-346-4688.
• Barbecue for a Cure will be held on May 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Real Canadian Superstore. All proceeds to Multiple Sclerosis Society research and client services in Central Alberta. An additional barbecue will be held on Saturdays, May 28 at Superstore, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Funds will be delivered at the Enerflex MS Walk at Bower Ponds on May 29. Join the walk or the barbecue and support the cause. Contact Connie at 403-340-2663.
• Micro Hike at Kerry Wood Nature Centre will explore the different ecosystems of the Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on May 21. Cost is $2 per person. Drop-in. Call 403-346-2010.
• Dickson Store Museum opens for the season on May 21 and features the new exhibit Electricity Comes to Dickson. Meet the staff, enjoy complimentary goodies and refreshments from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Phone 403-728-3355, or see www.dicksonstoremuseum.com, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
• Canadian Diabetes Clotheslines Program will be collecting clothing at Save-On-Foods north, or Canadian Tire south on May 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring a full bag of items to donate, and enter to win an Apple IPad. Phone 403-314-9971.
• Summer Village of Gull Lake Spring Dance will be held on May 21 at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person at the door, $15 in advance or $25 per couple in advance. Dance to live band, The Pick Ups and enjoy midnight lunch. Call Ethel at 403-748-3933.
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• Mirror United Church yard and bake sale will be held on May 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with proceeds to mission and service projects.
• Ellis Bird Farm opens for the season on May 23 at 11 a.m. Highlights include the opening of the new Wetland Centre at 1 p.m., owl display and viewing with winners of Name the Owlets contest announcement, musical entertainment, family activities, Tea House and Gift Shop specials and more. See www.ellisbirdfarm.ca or call 403-885-4477.
• Alberta Band Association Provincial Festival of Bands 2011 continues at Red Deer College Arts Centre May 24 to 27. Junior, senior and community band students from across Western Canada will participate in performances, clinics, and other activities. The festival is free of charge and the public in invited to attend.
• TAG! Teen Advisory Group invites youth aged 12 to 17 years to meet on May 24 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Waskasoo/Kiwanis Meeting Room at Red Deer Public Library Downtown Branch to discuss programs and events at the library that they would like to see. Call 403-346-4688, or email email@example.com for details.
• Red Deer Legion Branch #35 offers karaoke at Molly B’s Pub on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m., and wing night on Thursdays from 5 to 10 p.m. Phone 403-342-0035.
• Outdoor gym demonstrations will be offered on May 24 at Barrett Park next to Kinex Arena from 9 a.m. to noon, and at Riverside Meadows park at 5616 Kerrywood Dr. from 1 to 4 p.m. 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.
• Senior Citizens Downtown House dance, Tuesday, May 24 at 7:30 p.m. with live music by Swing Kings. The cost is $6. Phone 403-346-4043. Lunch provided by donations.
• Innisfail and District Garden Club meets the fourth Wednesday of each month (except Dec.) at 7 p.m. at the Drop In Centre. Meetings feature speakers, tours, films, contests, plant exchanges and more. For more information call Davina at 403-598-9481.
• Hillsdown Women’s Institute Annual Strawberry Tea and Bake Sale is on May 25 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at Hillsdown Hall located 12 miles east of Red Deer. There will be a speaker and door prizes. Admission is $3. Phone 403-347-0308.
• Multi Church Seniors Luncheon takes place at Living Stones Church on May 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Musical entertainment by singer Crystal Taylor, talk by evangelist Herb Taylor. The cost is $8 at the door.
• The Red Deer and Central Alberta Chapter of the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories hosts an Early Stage Group on the last Wednesday of each month from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at 101, 4728 Ross Street., Red Deer. Pre-screening is required. Next meeting is May 25. For information phone 403-346-4636 or see www.alzheimer.ab.ca
• Red Deer Branch of Alberta Genealogical Society meeting will be held on May 25, 7 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Bower neighbourhood. Speaker Lianne Kruger will talk about how to organize information and write a life history. Contact Mary-Joan at 403-346-3886.
• MAG Café will discuss Does farming have a future? on May 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery. Panelists include Dr. Roger Epp, dean of Augustana Campus, University of Alberta, and Mike Kozlowski, author of the Steel Pony Tour, and new farmer. See www.reddeermuseum.com, or phone 403-309-8405. Talk included with admission.
• Meet the author and book reading of Striving 2BNormal: Fragile X, a Parent’s Perspective on May 25 at 3 p.m. See www.hubppd.com, or phone 403-340-4869.
• Canadian Blood Services Community Blood Donor Clinics are on the following days: May 25 at Lou Soppit Community Centre in Rocky Mountain House from 4 to 8 p.m.; May 26 at Camrose Fieldhouse from 4:30 to 8 p.m. and May 27 at Camrose Fieldhouse from 11:30 a.m. to 3 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.
• Red Deer Legion Old Time Dance with Country Express is on May 25 at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $6, or $11.95 with buffet starting at 5 p.m. Phone 403-342-0035.
• Safe Communities Central Alberta presentation on distracted driving legislation with luncheon takes place on May 25, 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at Michener Recreation Centre Auditorium. Don Szarko from Alberta Motor Association will be speaking, followed by question and answer period. Attend as an individual for $25, or as a business or organization for $100 which includes lunch for four to six participants and membership. The annual general meeting will follow. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com, or see www.centralalberta.safecommunities.ca, or phone 403-346-8101.
• Lacombe Perennial Exchange and Garden Sale will be held on May 25 and 26 from 4 to 8 p.m. at #3 Sandstone Ave. Bring perennials to exchange or purchase new. Everyone welcome. Contact Jean at 403-786-1052.
• Red Deer Area Hikers meet on May 26 at the north side of the Red Deer Curling Club parking lot at 9 a.m. to depart for an eight km hike at Barnett, Cranna, Elizabeth Lakes 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.
• Golden Circle Senior Resource Centre dance, Thursday, May 26, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the seniors’ centre. Dance to the music of Five Plus One Band. Admission is $7. Phone 403-347-6165, 403-886-2740 or 403-309-3342.