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The Lending Cupboard gears up to celebrate National Volunteer Week!

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Staff members at The Lending Cupboard are gearing up to celebrate our volunteers in a big way during National Volunteer Week (April 24 – 30).

It’s no secret that our mission to provide medical equipment to Central Albertans couldn’t be done without our dedicated team of volunteers who give so generously of their time.

“I have never experienced the kind of compassion, commitment and just overall empathy that we have with our volunteers here at The Lending Cupboard,” said Dawna Morey, executive director. “They are here to give so freely of themselves to perfect strangers in our community who are in need. We are talking about easily 10,000 volunteer hours per year.

“And they come back week after week, and some of them have been volunteering here at TLC for years!”

Morey noted that TLC staff will be celebrating National Volunteer Week with special lunchtime celebrations for our people. “Without the dedication and commitment of our volunteers, TLC would not be able to provide the high level of service it does,” said Brenda Radu, TLC’s volunteer coordinator. “From the very first day I started, this dedicated team has shown me what compassion, empathy and commitment means. They really care about TLC and the people it serves.”

Morey also noted that while it’s vital to recognize volunteers all year long, “It’s even more important that we and the community celebrate both our volunteers and the other volunteers in the community during National Volunteer Week.

“We hear a lot about volunteerism in our community, and without a doubt we have a strong sense of it across the region,” she said. “It’s strong because we know that when we give, we certainly get so much in return for it. We just can’t thank them enough.”

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The Laft Hus celebrates 35 years in Red Deer

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The Laft Hus is a replica of an 18th-century farmhouse in the Numedal district in Norway. It was created through the efforts of volunteers, and it officially opened to the public in 1987.

The museum contains many old artifacts and examples of Norwegian arts and crafts and a small butikk of Norwegian items and the house itself is of note due to its traditional sod roof.

The museum and gift shop are open to visitors every day (except Mondays) from June 1 through to August 31, 9:00 am to 3 pm. For the remainder of the year, the Norwegian Laft Hus is open each Wednesday when a group of ladies meet to work on Norwegian arts and crafts.

This year, the Laft Hus celebrates its 35th year in Red Deer. The annual festival will take place on June 18, 2022 and will have many activities, entertainment, Norwegian food and vendors for the visitors to enjoy. Help us celebrate!

For more information, visit their website.

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Children’s Fest is back in the park in 2022!

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Groups and organizations come together to host the 16th Annual Central Alberta Children’s Festival

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After 2 years of re-imagined festivals we are excited to be hosting the 16 th Annual Central Alberta Children’s Festival back in the park. This family-friendly event is held over two days the first weekend of June. The festival is an opportunity for children and their families to get first-hand knowledge and exposure to the arts, to allow their creativity and imaginations to blossom.

June 3rd and 4th Rotary Recreation Park 4501 47A Ave, Red Deer will come to life with music, dancing, children running and laughing enjoying tons of interactive fun!

The community planning committee has been busy putting together a great two days that will enchant and engage children of all ages. With support from various community partners, the festival brings affordable, culturally diverse, and exciting entertainment through featured artists and interactive fun. We strive to allow families to actively engage in learning and playtime by fostering their imagination and creativity. From dancing, ultimate fort building, Laser Chase, Imaginate where you will learn from local artists, glitter tattoos, and performances this children’s festival has it all.

Live shows include:

 Beppie a JUNO nominated recording artist and an award winning music educator based out of Edmonton,

 LANCE CARDINAL ᐊᐧᒐᐢᐠ First Nations artist, designer, and entrepreneur. Lance recently began a new role as Indigenous consultant and designer for the Edmonton Oilers, writing the new pre-game land acknowledgement video and designing the new Turtle Island Logo.

 The Joe Show – Start with a little magic. Add some breathtaking illusions. Stir in appearances from an amazing collection of animal friends with ventriloquism, Sprinkle in a healthy dose of jokes, laughter and fun, and you have the recipe for an amazing show known as the Joe Show

With our admission fee of only $7 per person, or $25 per family or anytime pass $40.00 for a family, every family can enjoy the world-class entertainment and all activities. Included with the admission, families will also have access to free
snacks and water (bring a bottle!), The Central Alberta Children’s Festival welcomes kids ages 0 – 99!

For more information on the festival visit www.centralalbertachildrensfestival.ca

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