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• 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 LCBS.ca; 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. • 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]mail.com.
• 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 https://ltra.ca/. • Narcotics Anonymous meets Sundays at 7 p.m. at Chinook Meeting Hall, 408 13 St. N. (back door entrance off back alley); Tuesdays and Thursdays (new beginners group), 7 p.m. at Chinook Meeting Hall; Wednesdays, 7 p.m. at Christ Trinity Lutheran Church, 416 12 St. S. (downstairs, use south entrance). Details: 403-380-6536.
• Raymond Seniors Centre holds a pot luck the second monday and a supper social the last Thursday of each month. Both are reasonably priced. Entertainment is usually featured after the meals. Looking for new members. Call 403-915-7366 for more information.
• 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! • 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. 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.lethbridge.ca/holidayconcerts. • 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 information, call the centre at 403-329-3222. • 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. • 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. • 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, www.farmingsmarter.com. • “Shakespeare meets Dickens —a Tudor/Victorian Christmas Celebration,” will take place Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Casa Community Room (230 8 St. S.), including a performance of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” scenes and songs from Shakespeare, and communal carols. Traditional treats include mincepies, shortbread, eggnog and mulled wine. Audience members are invited to dress in Tudor or Victorian style — even a hat or a long scarf will add to the atmosphere. Tickets $20, available from Casa. More details: Call Kate at 403-329-4568. • Annual Rotary Community Carole Festival will take place Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. at the Cultural Hall, 2 North 200 West in Raymond. Everyone welcome; a special invitation to the newcomers to the community. Come and enjoy a variety of community groups perform songs of the Christmas season. The Chamber of Commerce will also announce the Residential Lighting winners/prizes. Admission is free. Those wishing to support the Rotary Club’s service to the Blood Reserve are invited to bring: nonperishable food items for the Standoff Food Bank or gently used children’s and youth books, toys and DVDs for the Kainai Public Library. • 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]planet.net. Other southern Alberta bird counts include: Crowsnest Pass, Jan. 2, 2019 - contact Merilyn Liddell, [email protected]conservation.ca; 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 birdscanada.org/volunteer/cbc.
• Did you know socializing is good exercise for the brain? Join Shari Remus of the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and NorthWest Territories in helping Agecare Columbia bring some Christmas Cheer to socially isolated seniors in the Lethbridge Area. Donate a gift by picking a tag from the tree at Agecare Columbia or London Drugs. Bring the unwrapped gift back with the tag before Dec 17. Want to help in another way? Join us on Dec. 18 to help wrap these gifts. For more information go online to www.CareThisChristmas.com. • 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.
• Santa will be visiting Centre Village
Mall Dec. 1-22 (weekdays and Saturday), and photos with Santa are free. Donations are appreciated, with proceeds going to support families in Lethbridge. • 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 7-12. 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 50+ (Senior) Curling Club would like to invite any former members to the 5th Welcome Back Event at the new curling club in west Lethbridge (74 Mauretania Rd. West), held in conjunction with the Ham and Turkey Bonspiel Dec.
20. Curling starts at 1 p.m. with festivities starting at 3:30 p.m. Cost is $5 for you and your guest. If you have not been contacted earlier, please register by phoning Earl Barton at 403-327-6339. For more information, go to the club website at
click on LEAGUES. All the information you need is there. • Loblaw Companies National Holiday Food Drive continues until Dec. 24 in aid of food banks across the country, with local Loblaw stores, Real Canadian Superstore, Troy’s No Frills, Simon’s No Frills and Real Canadian Wholesale Club participating. Citizens are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items and funds at checkout.
• The German Canadian Club, 902 6 St. N., will host a New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dance Dec. 31 with live music by the ever popular band, Blue Steel. Doors open at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., dance 8 p.m. Late Lunch included. Get your tickets early as this event sells out quickly. Cost is $35 per member, $40 per invited guest. For details and tickets, call 403-320-1689 (ext 3). • The 15th Annual Chinook Entrepreneur Challenge starts Jan. 9 with 8 weeks of free business training. Cash and in-kind prizes to be won for Best Business Plans in general and technology streams. Visit chinookchallenge.com for more information and to register.