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Jann Arden featured speaker on Monday at The Lending Cupboard’s first annual “Winter Luncheon”

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Jann Arden will be the featured speaker when The Lending Cupboard hosts its first annual Winter Luncheon on Monday at Red Deer’s Sheraton Hotel.

The Lending Cupboard serves more than 10,000 clients each year, many of whom are aging.  The “Winter Luncheon” is a new initiative designed to bring education and awareness to the many issues members of community face, in this case, Alzheimer’s.

“The Lending Cupboard is introducing this new event to continue to bring awareness to our organization and the services that we provide to central Albertans.” said Dawna Morey, Executive Director of The Lending Cupboard. “This includes our clients that are dealing with long term illnesses such as Alzheimer’s”.   

“We chose Jann Arden because she speaks so passionately about her painful journey dealing with her Mom’s Alzheimers”, says Morey.  “As one of our country’s most-enduring and endearing artists, we really hope that she can help us create new connections to our community, raise our profile and raise some money.  We are a non-profit organization and rely heavily on fundraising and volunteers to operate.”

This short video gets right to the heart of why this organization is so vital to our community.

Jann Arden knows all about Alzheimer’s. Here’s a link to a blogpost Arden penned earlier this year called Being With Mom, about her journey dealing with her mom’s disease.  It sets the tone for what she’ll speak to when she’s here in January. Being with Mom is a deeply personal and heartfelt story written in a voice that’s clearly Arden’s.

“The Lending Cupboard has played an important role in the communities of central Alberta since 2006, ensuring individuals and their families have the support of medical equipment and daily living aids regardless of their income, status, or ability.  We are extremely grateful for the support that our community partners and individuals have entrusted to us to ensure we are “Paying It Forward – Enhancing Mobility, Independence & Dignity.”

Dawna Morey, Executive Director, The Lending Cupboard

As a renowned musician and bestselling author, Jann Arden can bring a hall full of people to tears through song, only to have them, moments later, rolling in the aisles from her off-the-cuff comedy. Whether she’s performing her music, hosting an event, or telling her deeply personal and affecting stories, Arden’s wisdom and wit shine in everything she does.

Arden catapulted onto the Canadian music scene in 1993, with the release of her debut album, Time For Mercy. She boasts 19 top-10 singles, and has received eight Juno Awards, including “Female Artist of the Year” and “Songwriter of the Year.” She has also been recognized with 10 SOCAN Awards; four Western Canadian Music Awards; a Much Music Video Award; three Prairie Music Awards; and an Alberta Recording Industry Association Award. She has also been honoured with a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame, and inducted into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

Of course, never one to settle on a single discipline, Arden was the host of Being Jann on CBC Radio; she has been a judge on television’s Canada Sings; and has appeared on the Rick Mercer Report and in several sitcoms. She is also a returning co-host of CTV’s The Social.

On stage, Arden was part of the cast for the Canadian tour of The Vagina Monologues. Her most recent album of original material is These Are The Days, released in early 2018.

Arden is the author of several books, including, If I Knew, Don’t You Think I’d Tell You?; I’ll Tell You One Damn Thing and That’s All I Know; Falling Backwards; and her memoir, Feeding My Mother — a piercingly honest account of her experience with her mother, who is in the grip of Alzheimer’s.

Listen to Arden’s hit song “Good Mother”.

What is The Lending Cupboard?

TLC is a unique non-profit organization operating in Red Deer and serving a growing number of communities in Central Alberta.  We loan more than 1400 pieces of medical equipment and aids to daily living each month.  We are supported by volunteers who contribute more than 11,000 hours each year.  In 2018 we served in excess of 10 thousand clients.

What is Alzheimers?

Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia that affects 564,000 Canadians, with the number is expected to reach 937,000 in 15 years, according to Alzheimer’s Society Canada.

It’s not yet known what causes Alzheimer’s. Risk factors include smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity, alcohol, low levels of formal education, depression, head injuries, family history and being female.

Alzheimer’s Society Canada says that warning signs include the following:

  • Memory loss affecting day-to-day abilities–forgetting things often or struggling to retain new information.
  • Difficulty performing familiar tasks–forgetting how to do something you’ve been doing your whole life, such as preparing a meal or getting dressed.
  • Problems with language–forgetting words or substituting words that don’t fit the context.
  • Disorientation in time and space–not knowing what day of the week it is or getting lost in a familiar place.
  • Impaired judgment–not recognizing a medical problem that needs attention or wearing light clothing on a cold day.
  • Problems with abstract thinking–not understanding what numbers signify on a calculator, for example, or how they’re used.
  • Misplacing things–putting things in strange places, like an iron in the freezer or a wristwatch in the sugar bowl.
  • Changes in mood and behaviour–exhibiting severe mood swings from being easy-going to quick-tempered.
  • Changes in personality–behaving out of character such as feeling paranoid or threatened.
  • Loss of initiative–losing interest in friends, family and favourite activities.

Please join us for a moving and memorable luncheon on January 28th.

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Because it’s Friday – Here’s WAFFLE NYC – Unbelievable video shot in a moving train

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Happy Friday from Todayville!

Here’s a short pick me up that you’ll want to be watching and sharing all weekend.  This incredibly talented group is WAFFLE.  Their bio is below.  You may want to hit up their Facebook page if you just can’t get enough.  Get ready for the best subway ride of your life!

Hands down the Best Subway Ride ‼️🚇🕺🔥🧇

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Posted by WAFFLE NYC on Friday, July 10, 2020

WAFFLE (We Are Family For Life Entertainment) is an innovative New York City-Based artist collective from almost all 5 boroughs. The group was founded by Andrew Saunders (Goofy), Yushon Stroughn (Sonic), and Joel Leitch (Aero Ace) in 2011. The inspiration behind the name came from hearing “We Are Family” by Sister Sledge.

Many of the members knew each other in their mid teens through weekly LiteFeet battle events but were in different crews at the time. On their way downtown to these events, they would perform on the subway to be able to pay the entrance fee. You wouldn’t win anything but it was a way to gain exposure in the neighborhood/NYC boroughs. After a while it became very repetitive and the exposure wasn’t enough. Select members from other crews came together with the common goal to branch out and reach a bigger, more diverse audience. What better way to achieve this? Continuing to perform on the NYC subway was just the thing to do and this was the beginning of WAFFLE.

Learning how to work together and taking commuter’s advice built their character as young entrepreneurs and helped save their parents’ money. After a while, other LiteFeet dancers caught on to what WAFFLE was doing routinely. Many were afraid of judgment so they didn’t perform. Other dancers started catching on and non-dancers started copying their daily routines. Many didn’t know how to make the transition from just dancing to actually entertaining. At first people enjoyed the performances but due to the rapid growth, there were more complaints.

Luckily the crew’s mindset was on reaching above ground before this all occurred. The money earned was invested into growing the crew. Buying uniforms & business cards helped separate them from others around this time. The crew would randomly hand out business cards without knowing whom exactly they were given to until people started to reach out. Social media also played a big role in their success.

WAFFLE has also had the opportunity to do work outside of New York City. They’ve traveled to Los Angeles, Atlanta, Paris, Argentina, London, and Turkey. People weren’t exactly familiar with LiteFeet so they would label them as break-dancers and call them “Showtime Dancers,” which is the popular catch phrase for subway performances. Most people had some knowledge of what LiteFeet was but for those who didn’t, a brief explanation was given to them.

LiteFeet is an underground dance style that originated in Harlem in 2005 and ventured into all five boroughs of NYC. Its creativity began once it hit the Bronx. It has even expanded to countries such as Japan, Paris, Argentina, Russia, etc. The term means being light on your feet while dancing. Some of the basic moves of LiteFeet consists of dance trends blended together such as the “Chicken Noodle Soup,” the “Harlem Shake,” “Tone Wop,” and the “Bad One.” There are many more. You can also blend any type of dance style with LiteFeet as long as you use some of the basic moves and lock in. “Lockin’ in” is the term used to describe the finishing move just as a period would end a sentence. What differentiates LiteFeet from any other dance style is the use of props such as sneakers and baseball caps. Using any type of sneakers doesn’t work so Adidas Superstars are favored when doing shoe tricks. Many believe LiteFeet is the rebirth of hip-hop culture not only from dance, but also from the music aspect of it. It has a boom bap feel with an extra kick to it. The thumping beat box tunes is called LiteFeet Music, which mixes hip-hop, funk, electro beat & any other genres with a hip-hop structured sound.

WAFFLE Members Kid The Wiz, Chris Designs, & Lil Live serve as producers to help create the unique sound for the LiteFeet community. People don’t realize that the culture is still growing. WAFFLE’s ultimate goal is to expand the knowledge of LiteFeet and to be a positive influence to everyone around the world

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COVID can’t stop CAFF

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Central Alberta Film Festival to proceed in Red Deer in partnership with CMHA

Screenings and Awards Show to take place in-person at Festival Hall in Red Deer with help from Canadian Mental Health Association

The 2020 Central Alberta Film Festival (CAFF) will take place onsite at Festival Hall in Red Deer October 14, 15, 16, and 17. Canadian Mental Health Association will run the box office and earn a portion of the ticket sales.

“The partnership between CMHA and CAFF is a perfect fit,” says Ranjit Mullakady, President of CAFF. “CMHA has volunteers in place, and CAFF has a way to contribute to CMHA fundraising.”

Organizers are preparing to offer an in-person festival experience in a safe environment, allowing for social distancing.

Tickets will be sold for blocks of time instead of individual films. Screenings will run 6:00-9:00 p.m. on October 14 15, and 16. Screenings will run 12:00-2:00 and 3:00-5:00 p.m. on October 17, followed by an awards show at 6:30-9:00 p.m.

A variety of short and full-length films will be shown during the blocks without intermission.

“People can take breaks throughout the screenings if they need to, with social distancing protocols in mind,” says Mullakady.

Seating will be at tables this year, so groups of attendees will remain socially distant from other groups.

“We’ve always known the Festival would go on, even with worries about COVID-19,” says Mullakady. “We have a backup plan if things change. The festival will go on.”

CAFF is prepared to go forward as a drive-in event if government regulations about indoor gatherings change.

About Central Alberta Film Festival (CAFF)

Central Alberta Film Festival is a not-for-profit cultural organization with a mission to educate, support and promote cinematography and film making in Alberta and Canada. CAFF is a bridge between the audience, critics and the contemporary filmmakers who want to showcase and discuss their work. This festival is a platform to incubate Albertan, Canadian, and international talent. The fourth annual Central Alberta Film Festival will take place October 14-17, 2020.

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