Com­mu­nity CAL­EN­DAR

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• “It’s A Won­der­ful Life: A Live Ra­dio Play” by Joe Landry, will be pre­sented by Ro­tary Club of Leth­bridge Sun­rise, con­tin­u­ing Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec.

8 at 2 p.m. at Im­manuel Lutheran Church, 20 Rocky Moun­tain Blvd. W. Di­rected by Fran Rude. Doors open 30 min­utes prior to per­for­mance. Cast: Mor­gan Day, Tony Deys, Mark Camp­bell, Stephen Gra­ham, McKade Hogg, Jor­dana Kohn and Sheila Mat­son. Tick­ets $20, avail­able from the Enmax Ticket Cen­tre or on­line at www.en­max­cen­ For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.leth­bridge­sun­

• Univer­sity of Leth­bridge presents the Brown Bag Lec­ture Se­ries, fea­tur­ing “Fe­male Em­ploy­ment in the Mid­dle East and North Africa: An Em­pir­i­cal Anal­y­sis,” Dec. 7, noon-1:30 p.m. at the Pren­tice In­sti­tute Board­room, L1102. Pas­cal Ghaz­a­lian, an eco­nomics pro­fes­sor, will dis­cuss his study that ex­am­ines the ef­fects of na­tional and firm-re­lated fac­tors on fe­male em­ploy­ment in man­u­fac­tur­ing firms lo­cated in the Mid­dle East and North Africa.

• Gem of the West Mu­seum in Coal­dale will host the 23rd an­nual Carol Fes­ti­val Dec. 7. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., per­for­mance be­gins at 7 p.m. Come out and en­joy the mu­sic of the sea­son from lo­cal choirs, singers and mu­si­cians.

• The Leth­bridge Chris­tian Women’s and Men’s Choirs will present their an­nual Christ­mas con­cert, “On This Holy Night,” Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at St An­drew’s Pres­by­te­rian Church, 1818 5 Ave. S.

• Grow­ing Abil­i­ties is a par­ent sup­port and play group for chil­dren with dif­fer­ing abil­i­ties. It is open to par­ents/care­givers and their chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties, as well as sib­lings and sup­port staff. There will be planned ac­tiv­i­ties based on chil­dren’s de­vel­op­men­tal needs, abil­i­ties and in­ter­ests. There will also be open-ended ac­tiv­i­ties for sib­lings and space for par­ents to con­nect. This group will be fa­cil­i­tated by an Early Child­hood Ed­u­ca­tor and a Par­ent Ed­u­ca­tor, so one-on-one sup­port is not avail­able to chil­dren. Give it a try at Fam­ily Cen­tre Down­town on Fri­days from 2-3:30 p.m. at #225, 200 4 Ave. S. The pro­gram is free but peo­ple are asked to reg­is­ter by call­ing 403-320-4232.

• TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sen­si­bly), a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion which pro­vides sup­port to peo­ple want­ing to lose weight, meets reg­u­larly in Leth­bridge and area. De­tails: Eileen Sch­midt, 403-405-2410, or visit the web­site,

• Cel­e­brate Re­cov­ery — a Christ­cen­tred re­cov­ery pro­gram for any hurt, hang-up and habit, meets Fri­day nights at Park Mead­ows Bap­tist Church, 2011 15 Ave. N. 6 p.m. - sup­per ($3); 7 p.m. large group; 8 p.m. - open share small groups; 9 p.m. - Solid Rock Cafe. Email cel­e­bratere­cov­[email protected]­mead­ for more in­for­ma­tion or visit http://cel­e­bratere­cov­

• Nord-Bridge Bingo wel­comes the pub­lic (18 and over) for a cash bingo with no sur­charges Fri­days at 1 p.m. (ex­cept hol­i­days) at 1904 13 Ave. N. A reg­u­lar book is $5, ex­tra games $1 each. Come early for break­fast or one of the daily lunch spe­cials. Call 403-329-3222 for more in­for­ma­tion and/or bus sched­ul­ing.

• The Se­nior Club in Ray­mond is look­ing for new mem­bers. Cost to join is $17. The cen­tre is open six days a week from 2:30-4:30 p.m.; there is a game room with two pool ta­bles, darts and cards. Potluck is held the sec­ond Mon­day (cost $3 if you bring food or are a mem­ber). Rook is played ev­ery Fri­day at 3 p.m. A so­cial sup­per is held the fourth Thurs­day (cost $8). Mu­sic pro­vided at meals. If you’re in­ter­ested in pro­vid­ing en­ter­tain­ment, call Ross Jensen at 403-752-3222.

• The Sounds of the Sea­son con­cert se­ries has re­turned to City Hall, bring­ing hol­i­day mu­sic for res­i­dents to en­joy. Con­certs are free; do­na­tions of un­wrapped toys and gifts for chil­dren and youth aged 17 and younger and/or non­per­ish­able food items will be col­lected for the Christ­mas Hope Cam­paign. The sched­ule in­cludes: Dec. 7, noon, LCI Jazz Band; Dec. 11, noon, Gal­braith School; Dec. 12, 10:45 a.m., Leth­bridge Montes­sori School (Scenic); Dec. 13, 11:30 a.m., Wil­son Mid­dle School; Dec. 17, noon, Leth­bridge Com­mu­nity Band Tuba Christ­mas; Dec. 18, 11:30 a.m., Chil­dren’s House Day­care & ECS; Dec. 19, noon, St. Pa­trick’s Fine Arts Divi­sion II Choir; Dec. 20, noon, St. Pa­trick’s Fine Arts Divi­sion I Choir; Dec. 21, 1 p.m., AC Vo­cals. The lineup can also be found on­line at www.leth­­i­day­con­certs.

• Break­fast With Santa will take place Dec. 8 from 9 a.m.-noon at Coal­hurst High School. $5 per per­son or $20 per fam­ily. In­cludes pan­cake break­fast and kids’ crafts. Pho­tos with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Fea­tur­ing: “A Vil­lain­ous Christ­mas,” a Coal­hurst High School drama pro­duc­tion. Pet Santa’s rein­deer and get a bag of mag­i­cal rein­deer feed. Cookie dec­o­rat­ing, hol­i­day treats, mu­sic, Santa let­ter writ­ing; crafts. All fund raised sup­port events and ac­tiv­i­ties at Coal­hurst High School.

• Galt Mu­seum’s Satur­days at 1:00 hands-on his­tory pro­gram for chil­dren to at­tend with adults con­tin­ues Dec. 8 from 1-2 p.m., fea­tur­ing “But­ton Trees.” Learn the his­tory of why we use trees to cel­e­brate dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son while mak­ing your own tree art from but­tons to take home and dis­play. Mu­seum ad­mis­sion ap­plies (free to an­nual pass hold­ers).

• En Plein Air ’18 open­ing re­cep­tion takes place Dec. 8, 3-5 p.m. at the Dr. Fos­ter James Penny Build­ing, 324 5 St. S. Artists from across south­ern Al­berta who sketched or pho­tographed the land­scape at the Coutts Cen­tre for West­ern Cana­dian Her­itage dur­ing the sum­mer will be ex­hibit­ing their fin­ished works from Dec. 6-21. Reg­u­lar hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mon­day to Fri­day. Ad­mis­sion is free.

• Six O’clock in the Chapel will take place Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. at South­min­ster United Church (Buchanan Chapel), fea­tur­ing a brief, re­flec­tive ves­per ser­vice with beau­ti­ful mu­sic. Wor­ship leader is Jane Meaker; spe­cial mu­sic by vo­cal duo Marg Chubb and Mau­reen Fur­tado. Ev­ery­one is wel­come.

• The 27th an­nual Mayor’s Christ­mas Con­cert will take place Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. at South­min­is­ter United Church. Fea­tur­ing Leth­bridge Com­mu­nity Sil­ver and Gold Bands, with spe­cial guests Ma­grath El­e­men­tary School Choir. Tick­ets: $15 reg­u­lar, 12 years and younger free. Tick­ets avail­able at the down­town ATB Branch, 727 4 Ave. S.; at Casa, 230 8 St. S.; on­line at; from band mem­bers and at the door. Ac­cept­ing do­na­tions on be­half of the Christ­mas Hope cam­paign.

• Univer­sity of Leth­bridge presents Global Drums Dec. 8, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Univer­sity Theatre, W500. From African and Brazil­ian drum­ming to steel band and Taiko, the au­di­ence will be thor­oughly en­ter­tained by the va­ri­ety of per­cus­sion styles per­formed by both stu­dents and com­mu­nity mem­bers. Un­der the di­rec­tion of Adam Ma­son, Global Drums has per­formed on stages around the world.

• Gen­eral Ste­wart Branch of the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion hosts Euchre Satur­days at 10 a.m. Bring your part­ner to play. For more in­for­ma­tion call the of­fice at 403327-6644.

• West Wind Gymnastics Club of­fers drop-in fun on Satur­days from 2-4 p.m. It’s a great op­por­tu­nity to prac­tise your gym­nas­tic skills in a friendly, su­per­vised en­vi­ron­ment. Age 5 and un­der $6 and must be ac­com­pa­nied by an adult; 6 and older $12.

• Gen­eral Ste­wart Branch of the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion hosts Jit­ney Darts Satur­days at 3 p.m. For more in­for­ma­tion call 403-327-6644.

• Are you a male care­giver look­ing for some­thing to do with your chil­dren on a Satur­day morn­ing? Me and My Dad uses fun to cre­ate a healthy en­vi­ron­ment where dads come to­gether with their chil­dren. Re­la­tion­ships are not only built stronger be­tween fa­ther and child but also life­long friend­ships be­tween fa­thers and their chil­dren. Come down to Fam­ily Cen­tre down­town Satur­days from 9:3011 a.m. Lo­cated at #225, 200 4 Ave. S.

• Tai Chi Easy and Med­i­cal Qi Gong classes take place Satur­days, 10-11:15 a.m., at the Cana­dian Yoga In­sti­tute, 1238 3 Ave. S. Gen­tle rhyth­mi­cal move­ments to en­hance your pos­ture and bal­ance while qui­et­ing the mind. An­other class takes place Wed­nes­days, 7-8 p.m. Call 403-320-8036 for de­tails.

• Trigem­i­nal Neu­ral­gia Sup­port Group meets the sec­ond Satur­day of the month at 2 p.m. in Room C and D at the LSCO, 500 11 St. S. Trigem­i­nal neu­ral­gia is a neu­ro­pathic dis­or­der char­ac­ter­ized by episodes of in­tense pain in the face, orig­i­nat­ing from the trigem­i­nal nerve. In­di­vid­u­als with TN and their fam­ily mem­bers are in­vited to at­tend meet­ings. For more in­for­ma­tion, call Don at 403330-7937 or email [email protected], or Macken­zie at 403-380-2824 or email macken­[email protected]­

• Ride Into Christ­mas with the Leth­bridge Ther­a­peu­tic Rid­ing As­so­ci­a­tion Dec. 9 from 4-7 p.m. (6 km east of Leth­bridge on Jail Road (Hwy. 512). Open house fea­tur­ing free horse rides, Christ­mas mu­sic, Doris Wich­ers’ Win­ter Won­der­land, pet­ting zoo, food and drinks, Leth­bridge Hur­ri­canes on site from 4-6 p.m., and Santa. For more de­tails, visit

• All women are in­vited to a brunch and pro­gram Dec. 11 at 9:30 a.m. at Luigi’s Banquet Room in Taber. En­joy a “Christ­mas Re­flec­tions” panel, led by Jan­tine Klein­jan; mu­sic by Vanessa Kurtzweg from Fore­most; a fea­ture pre­sen­ta­tion by Malinda Har­ris from Gar­den Gate Flo­ral. Cost for the morn­ing is $15 per per­son. Reser­va­tions can be made by call­ing Jane at 403-223-1435 or Sylvia at 403-416-5075. Reser­va­tions must be hon­oured or can­celled by Dec. 9. Pre­sented by Taber Chris­tian Women’s, af­fil­i­ated with RSVP Min­istries. Bring a friend.

• Rev­ellers Din­ner and Games Night will be held Dec. 12 at the base­ment level at The Keg (Coun­try Kitchen Cater­ing) on Mayor Ma­grath Drive. Fa­cil­ity is wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., din­ner at 6:30. Cost is $20 per per­son. A re­minder that 2019 dues ($10) can be paid while pick­ing up your De­cem­ber din­ner tick­ets. New­com­ers - are you a crib or whist en­thu­si­ast? Come for a great din­ner and a night of cards. Tick­ets will be on sale one day only, Tues­day, Dec. 11 from 2-3 p.m. at the same lo­ca­tion (use east side en­trance). De­tails: Ernie, 403-381-7223; Ger­ald, 403-381-3620 or Alf, 403-3177242.

• Nord-Bridge Se­niors Cen­tre will host a trip to Cross Iron Mills Mall for shop­ping and see the lights of Cal­gary Dec. 12. Cost will in­clude bus and a good time. Bus will leave the cen­tre at 10 a.m. and re­turn at ap­prox­i­mately 10:45 p.m. For more de­tails, call the cen­tre at 403-329-3222.

• Farm­ing Smarter Con­fer­ence & Trade Show will take place Dec. 12-13 from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at Leth­bridge Ex­hi­bi­tion Park, north park­ing lot, main en­trance. For the agenda and reg­is­tra­tion in­for­ma­tion, visit the web­site,­ings­

• The 119th Christ­mas Bird Count will take place in com­mu­ni­ties across the coun­try be­tween Dec. 14 and Jan. 5. In Leth­bridge, the count will take place Dec. 16. To sign up or for more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact com­piler Ken Orich at 403-3812351 or ko­[email protected]­ Other south­ern Al­berta bird counts in­clude: Crowsnest Pass, Jan. 2, 2019 - con­tact Mer­i­lyn Lid­dell, [email protected]­con­ser­va­; Milk River, Jan. 5, 2019 - con­tact: Ken Orich, 403-381-2351; Taber, TBD - con­tact Lloyd Ben­nett, 403-223-0456; Pincher Creek, TBD. To find other bird count in­for­ma­tion, visit Bird Stud­ies Canada’s web­site at bird­­un­teer/cbc.

• The Food Ex­plor­ers Cook­ing Club will op­er­ate for seven weeks from Jan. 11 to Feb. 15 at In­ter­faith Chi­nook Coun­try Kitchen, 1103 3 Ave. N. Open to kids 712. Cost: Free. Kids will learn ba­sic cook­ing skills and make de­li­cious food each week. For de­tails or to reg­is­ter, call 403-320-8138 by Dec. 14.

• The Home De­pot Canada’s Leth­bridge store is fundrais­ing for Wood’s Homes again this hol­i­day sea­son through the Orange Door Project. Un­til Dec. 16, cus­tomers can donate $2 at the store’s check­out in ex­change for an orange pa­per door. All do­na­tions will help Wood’s Homes to con­tinue to pro­vide sup­port to home­less and at-risk of home­less­ness youth in Leth­bridge.

• Over­due fines? Not a prob­lem! Leth­bridge Pub­lic Li­brary’s Food for Fines pro­gram is run­ning Dec. 1–12; pay off fines with a dona­tion to the food banks. Each non-per­ish­able food item is worth $5 to­ward your over­due li­brary fines. Do­na­tions go to In­ter­faith and Leth­bridge Food Banks.

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