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Got Some Extra Coats in Your Closet?

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This Saturday, October 19, from 10 – 4 PM, the Central Alberta Crime Prevention Centre (CACPC) will be on Taylor Drive (north of 32 Street and south of 43 Street) for their 5th Annual Charity Checkstop collecting coats for kids and cash for crime prevention, in partnership with Coats 4 Kids and the City of Red Deer Traffic Safety.

It’s getting cold again and when you are pulling out your warm weather gear, you might find some coats or winter items that no longer fit you, or members of your family, or that you are no longer wearing. When clothing is donated to Coats 4 Kids, it is cleaned by sponsoring dry cleaners and goes to the Victory Church of Red Deer. The clothing is then distributed to individuals or families in need. Kids grow out of their clothes pretty quickly and if you can’t afford winter clothing, Coats 4 Kids can help!

“Raising money for crime prevention is important as well”, says CACPC Executive Director, TerryLee Ropchan. “The money comes back into a local organization and goes into all kinds of programs and work we do,” she said. “We want to work with residents and businesses around whatever emerging issues are happening in their area and make sure they have the resources they need to make their community safer.” For more about the work that CACPC does in your community, you can visit their website.

Drivers are encouraged to pull into the dedicated charity checkstop lanes on Taylor Drive to donate gently used winter clothing for kids or adults, or cash for crime prevention. Central Albertans can make donations to keep children warm and neighbourhoods safe from the comfort of their own car!

And, if you are in need of winter clothing, you can PICK UP a coat or two at the VCRD Clothing Zone from October 1 – 21 ….Wed, Thurs, or Friday from 1 – 4 PM.

Visit cacpc.ca for more information.

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Blackfalds Town Council approves Arena and Library Expansion – Video and photo galleries included

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The Town of Blackfalds is moving forward with the Arena and Library Expansion

The Town of Blackfalds is excited to announce that the Arena and Library Expansion project will be proceeding and shovels will be in the ground in June of 2020 with a completion date targeted for Spring of 2021.

At their May 26 regular meeting, Council voted 4 to 3 to approve the final and guaranteed maximum price of the $24.6M capital budget which includes $18 M for the arena (which includes a $1 M contribution by the Junior A team) and $6.6 M for the Library.

Over the last year, the Town participated in various engagement opportunities including public open houses and meetings with stakeholders, school boards, and other organizations. The consultations prompted changes and additions to be incorporated into the design to improve the functionality of the facility which also resulted in increased costs.

Town of Blackfalds Mayor Richard Poole is proud of the work that Administration and its contractors ACI Architects, Eagle Builders and Delnor Construction undertook in the last 2 months to review those areas where costs could be reduced to come up with a target value design, “I support this project for a number of reasons,” asserts Mayor Poole. “First of all, this will be an excellent value for our community when it is built. It will be second to none and I believe it will be a project our community will be proud of, and, as Councillor Taylor stated, it will ‘enhance business opportunities within our community.’ The Abbey Centre continues to receive praise and compliments from community members throughout Alberta and I am confident Blackfalds will duplicate that success with this facility.”

Mayor Poole added, “I am also excited about the opportunities that the AJHL will bring to the community. The new Library is going to be one of the largest in central Alberta and, for a community under 20,000, this will be an attraction that we will not only be extremely proud of, but given the provisions of the facility, will allow for progressive programming even in a post-COVID era. In addition, by awarding the construction contract to Eagle Builders, we are providing jobs for many central Alberta families. I am thrilled to be working with such great partners like Eagle Builders, Delnor and ACI with whom we have had a great relationship in the past.”

The guaranteed maximum price ensures that the Town will not pay any more than the $24.6M and therefore, if the cost of the project does go up, the risk will be to Delnor and Eagle Builders, and not the municipality. CAO Thompson echoed some of Council’s words, “We want to provide a high quality facility to our community similar to our past successful projects, and not have to cut corners.”

A gallery of final design concepts can be viewed on the Multi-Plex Arena web page at blackfalds.com/tourism-recreation/multi-plex-ice-arena.

A small ground breaking ceremony will take place on Friday June 19 and will celebrated by invitation only to ensure physical and social distancing.

If any organizations are interested in sponsorship, please see the sponsorship brochure at http://blackfalds.com/tourism-recreation/multi-plex-ice-arena.

 

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Renee at Primary Care Network has some tips on managing anxiety

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Renee, one of our PCN Mental Health Counselors describes some tips to manage anxiety and practice the 2-1 breathing technique which is helpful in activating your calming (parasympathetic) nervous system.

Click here to listen to this feature on Sound Cloud.

Click here to visit the Red Deer Primary Care website.

Primary Care Network offers ideas to help you tolerate uncertainty

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