Registrations – December 2

• Pet Gift Bags are available for sale at Parkland Mall from Dec. 10 to Dec. 12 during mall hours. Cat gift bags are $10 and dog gift bags are $20. All proceeds go towards the care and re-homing of animals in need through the Red Deer SPCA.

• Pet Gift Bags are available for sale at Parkland Mall from Dec. 10 to Dec. 12 during mall hours. Cat gift bags are $10 and dog gift bags are $20. All proceeds go towards the care and re-homing of animals in need through the Red Deer SPCA.

• Family Learning Series offered by the Red Deer Alzheimer Society, meets Tuesdays starting Feb. 1 for six weeks, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the CiRS office. Guest speakers will enhance these sessions that run through the pre-diagnosis stage to end of life. For more information and to register contact Donna at 403-346-4636 or email ddurand@alzheimer.ab.ca.

• Fireside Readers book club will meet on Dec. 15 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Red Deer Public Library Downtown Branch, Waskasoo Room. For discussion will be The Art of War by Sun-Tzu. Phone 403-346-2100.

• Red Deer Festival of the Performing Arts (Kiwanis) syllabus and entry forms are now available. The Festival is scheduled from April 26 to 30. Deadline for entries is Jan. 31. Visit www.albertamusicfestival.org or drop in to 53rd Street Music, or the Red Deer College Arts Centre Information Desk.

• The Seed of Hope sends donations to an aids mission in Africa. Wrist bands, $3, recipe cards for South African pudding called Malva, $3, Discovery Toys and Partylite items can all be purchased to help support the mission. Call Jo-Ann at 403-886-5559 or visit www.theseedofhope.org

• The Lending Cupboard Society of Alberta is seeking an organization which sends items to developing countries. Excess medical equipment and daily living aids could be donated elsewhere with shipping help. Call 403-356-1678 or email lendingcupboard@shaw.ca.

• Safe Harbour needs donations of gently used winter wear especially gloves, socks and hats. Call 403-347-0181 for more information.

The Red Deer 30-Up Supper and Dance Club presents a New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dance at River Bend Golf Course with live music by The Alan James project. Doors open at 7 p.m., dinner at 8 with dance to follow, champagne at midnight, party favors and a ride home. Tickets, $55 available by calling 403-341-6824

• Cosmos Community Support Services Ltd. has entered the Pepsi Refresh Everything contest. Go online to www.refresheverything.ca.cosmosreddeer and vote for the Cosmos idea. Voting lasts until Dec. 31 and participants can vote everyday.

• Turkey Supper at Senior Citizens Downtown House will be held on Dec. 17 at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $12 in advance. Call 403-346-4043.

• Senior Citizens Downtown House card games: Flag Whist, Dec. 3, 1:30 p.m., Cribbage every Thursday at 1:30 p.m. with a tournament on Dec. 9; Whist every Friday at 1:30 p.m. with a tournament on Dec. 17; 500 every Monday at 1:30 p.m. with a tournament on Dec. 27; Fun Contract Bridge every Wednesday at 1 p.m. Euchre on Wednesdays, 1:30 p.m. Games cost $3. Tournaments cost $6. Phone 346-4043. Pot luck supper is held the first Friday of each month at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $5. Please bring a main dish, salad, or dessert to share. Phone 403-346-4043. Next held on Dec. 3.

• Westerner Park’s Board of Directors is looking for a few good men and women to harness their Westerner pride and take a seat on one of the standing committees. Eleven positions are open. Visit www.westernerpark.ca/info/volunteer to learn about positions available. Submit your application by Jan. 12 to dmay@westerner.ab.ca.

• Reading Tails, a program to inspire confidence and encourage reluctant readers, meets on Monday evenings from 1 to 7:30 p.m. or 7:30 to 8 p.m. Children ages six to 12 can practice their reading skills by reading to a canine buddy during this six week program. Next session begins Jan. 10; space is limited. For more information or to register contact Donna or Laura at 403-346-4688.

• Raggedy Ann Doll Raffle will be offered at the Red Deer Public Library until the Dec. 16 draw. Raffle tickets are $5 and all proceeds support the United Way.

• Loaves and Fishes Acoustic Christmas Benefit Concert will be held on Dec. 10 at the hub on Ross with doors open at 6:30 p.m. and concert at 7. The event is hosted by Tom Coxworth from CKUA Radio and features performances by Back Porch Swing, Donna Durand, Steve Fisher and Friends, The June Bugs, Anna Somerville and Friends, Ruth Henderson, Justine Vander Grift and more. Tickets price is $10 plus one non-perishable food item for the food bank.

• Professional Development Series designed for educators, classroom aides, and those working with children preschool to 12 years of age upcoming webcast workshop series are offered through Children’s Services Centre. Upcoming topics and dates are: Understanding Sensory Integration Difficulties on Jan. 10, Influences On Behavior on Jan. 24 and Behavior Prevention on Feb. 7. All take place from 4 to 6 p.m. on specified dates, and cost $45 per session for members, or $50 for non-members. See www.childrenservices.ca, or email to inquiries@rdcsc.ca, or phone 403-340-2606.

• Central Alberta Dancer’s Society New Year’s Eve Dance will be at Poplar Ridge Hall with Country Express. For more information call Gilbert at 403-309-3342 or Irv at 403-886-2740.

Ponoka Legion Country and Old Tyme Dance is held on the third Friday of each month. Next dance is Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. in the auditorium with music by The Badlanders. Lunch served at 11 p.m. Cost is $10 per person. Call Ralph at 403-783-2703 or the legion at 403-783-4076 for more information.

• New Year’s Eve Party takes place at the Elnora Drop In Centre with supper at 6:30 p.m.

dance at 8 with the Gaetz Valley Minstrels. No liquor will be served. For ticket information call June at 403-749-2161.

• Christmas Light Exchange Program will be offered at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre. Red Deer residents will save energy and money by bringing in two strings of old, incandescent outdoor lights for one box of new, energy efficient LED lights.

• Red Deer Cabaret Christmas Spectacular will be offered on Dec. 17 and 18 at the Scott Block Theatre. Fully catered, these shows make a perfect company Christmas event. Tickets, $45 in advance or $50 at the door. Large groups must reserve prior to Dec. 11. Reservations can be made at Sunworks Home and Garden or go online to ticket.order@tgr-entertainment.com

• Lincoln Hall Society Dinner Theatre will be offered on Feb. 18 and 19. Doors open at 5:30 with supper at 6:30 p.m. by Bob Ronnie Catering followed by the play, Jenny’s Little House of Joy by CATs. Tickets, $40.

Red Deer Christmas Bureau needs help this Christmas season. New toys, cash donations and new or good used children’s and youth books are gratefully accepted. The Toy Depot is located across from the Cosmos north depot. Boxes are also located in shopping malls, schools and business throughout the city along with the Christmas Bureau cash cans. For more information call 403-347-2210.

• Past, Present, Future; the 25 anniversary Rimbey Women’s Conference will be held on Feb. 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Rimbey Community Centre. Keynote speaker will be Kelly Falardeau on Finding the Beauty Within. Co-host, Bridget Ryan will present a cabaret of song and story. Registration fee is $25 before Feb. 2 and $40 after. Register at FCSS in the Rimbey provincial building. Call 403-843-2030.

• Red Deer Catalina Swim Club is now registering swimmers for the upcoming pre-competitive season January to March. Spaces are available for this nine week session that runs Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 4 to 5 p.m. at Michener Pool. Call 403-347-7946 or visit www.reddeercatalina.ca

• Red Deer Lodge will donate a portion of holiday bookings, as part of its Friends In Need program, to the local Canadian Red Cross. For every room booked between Dec. 19 and 28, $10 will be donated. Call the hotel at 403-357-6333 for information or reserve at 1-800-661-1657.

• Women’s Outreach Adopt-A-Family matches families in need with community sponsors. Gifts and Christmas dinner can be supplied to single moms or dads and their children. Applications are now available for individuals and businesses wishing to participate. Contact 403-347-2480 for an information package.

• Central Alberta Singles dance will be held Dec. 11 at Penhold Hall. Music by Midnight Special. Doors open at 8 p.m. Music starts at 8:30 p.m. For information, call Elaine at 403-341-7653, or Bill at 403-350-4089.

• Adopt-A-Family and Christmas Day Dinner will again be organized by the Salvation Army. They will be taking appointments for Adopt-A-Family until Dec. 10. Phone, 403-346-2251 to make an appointment. Christmas dinner will be served Dec. 25 at the Salvation Army from noon to 1 p.m. Make your own arrangements for a ride with Associated Cabs at 403-343-3300.

• Alberta Sports Hall of Fame is accepting nominations until January 31 for the 2011 induction process. To nominate an individual or team that has attained a high level of excellence and brought recognition or honour to Alberta, visit www.albertasportshalloffame.com or call Debbie at 403-341-8614.

• Graphic Design students in high school have the opportunity to design logos for the Central Alberta Career and Job Fair. Competition closes Dec. 17. Contact Corey at Outbound Productions, 403-347-8630 or email corey@outboundproductions.ca for more information.

• engage, an organization of young professionals and entrepreneurs is collecting donations for gift bags for women and children in our community who are being supported by the Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter, (CAWES.) Donations can be dropped off at the Reaction Marketing and Sign A Rama office across from Totem on Gaetz Ave or contact Mike at 403-347-7446 before Dec. 13.

• Red Deer and District SPCA raffle tickets for a handmade patchwork bedspread are $2 each. Draw to take place on Dec. 23. Only 500 tickets will be sold. Call the SPCA a 403-342-7722 for raffle ticket information.

• George Canyon, presented by the Anthony Henday Museum, is slated for Jan. 15 at Delburne Community Hall. Doors open at 7, concert 8 p.m. Purchase tickets, $40 at Delburne Hardware or call Shelly at 403-749-2711 or Marjorie at 403-588-1659.

• Outdoor Christmas Lighting Contest, sponsored by the Aspen Heights Normandeau Community Association, is open to all residents of the ares of Normandeau and Glendale. Prizes will be awarded for those homes displaying the spirit and fun of the Christmas season. Nominate your friends and neighbors or enter yourself at normglenassociation@gmail.com. Judging will take place the evenings of Dec. 13, 14 and 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. so make sure your lights are on for viewing. For more information call Sandra at 403-346-3045.

• New Year’s Eve Mayor’s Ball will be held at the Lacombe Memorial Centre on Dec. 31. Tickets are $75 for this Las Vegas style evening including a duelling piano show, meal and chance to win great prizes including a trip for two to Las. Vegas. Call 403-782-6668 for tickets.

• Red Deer Public Schools Community Programs has online courses in computers, business, languages, personal development and more. For dates, costs and registration phone 403-342-1059 or visit www.rdpsd.ab.ca/commpro

• Help Me Grow Playschool (Wichinahin Kohopikiwan), is accepting registrations for children ages 19 months to five years for morning or afternoon session. Snacks and transportation provided. This program was formerly called Aboriginal Headstart. For more information call 403-314-0716.

• Entrepreneurs in Agriculture-Tax/GST Basics, video conference event, will be held on Dec. 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. in Bowden. Fee, $20; pre-register by Dec. 10 at 403-559-7495 or email tolsson@chinooksedge.ab.ca.

• Seeker: a musical theatre adventure, with over one hundred young actors, singers and dancers from Central Alberta, will take place at the Word of Life Centre Auditorium from Dec. 9 to 12. This family friendly musical theatre written by local author Dian Layton features 50 and 60s style music and dance. Evening performances are at 7 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 6 p.m. Tickets, $12 ,are available at Scott’s Parable Book Store, on line at www.wordoflife.ca or call 403-343-6570.

• SPCA is offering a Home for the Holidays special on adoption fees for cats and kittens. All cats currently up for adoption will have a flat $100 adoption fee that includes all services such as neutering or spaying, microchip and more. Save $200 to $500 or more by adopting a cat or kitten from the Red Deer and District SPCA. Call the SPCA at 403-342-7722.