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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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    RDC Motion Picture Arts students up top Alberta film awards

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  • Presented by the Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA), the Rosie Awards are the top film industry awards in Alberta.  Each year AMPIA honours the best of the best in Alberta’s film industry.

    Next month at the 45th annual Alberta Film & Television Awards, Rosie Awards will be handed out to winners in 24 Class categories and 33 Craft categories.

    While the awards honour the best commercials, new media productions, long and short fiction and non-fiction productions, there’s also a category strictly for film students.   In this category, Red Deer College students are dominating in 2019.  Of the six finalists, four come from RDC’s MPA program.  Here’s the list 0f student finalists:

     

    FIL FRASER AWARD FOR BEST STUDENT PRODUCTION

    Amen – Amr Moustafa & Ghada Moustafa, Producers – Red Deer College

    Falter – Everett Sokol & Sam Burns, Producers – Red Deer College

    Greenwood – Daniel Ryan & Garrett Hall, Producers – Red Deer College

    I Swallow Your Secrets – Emma Brockelbank, Producer – Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

    Jellyfish – Mikayla Howard, Producer – Red Deer College

    Pluck – Ben Conley & Thomas Geddes, Producers – Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

     


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    Red Deer Players with St. Joseph and Notre Dame theatre groups present “Mixed Nuts – An Evening of Song and Schtick”

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  • From the Red Deer Players

    Yes!! This is a one night only performance!

    We are now in the final throes of rehearsals!

    Artistic Director Lori Lane, Musical Director Louise Bruns and Choreographer, Debbie Thompson (who, incidentally were the original artistic team from the last community theatre musical, “Jesus Christ, Superstar” in 2000) are reunited to bring you this collage of comedy sketches and Broadway musical favourites to launch the Carole Forhan Theatre Arts Scholarship.

    Our core team of 11 wonderfully talented actors will be joined with the exuberance and enthusiasm of 2 groups of High School students, as they perform excerpts from the respective St Joe’s and Notre Dame musical presentations – Godspell and Do You Wanna Dance!

    As a reminder, “Mixed Nuts – An Evening of Song and Schtick” will take place on March 23, at 7:30 pm. The venue is Studio A at Red Deer College. The entrance to Studio A is on the west side of the College Arts Centre, with parking available north of the Arts Centre

    Tickets are sold through Red Deer College at rdc.ab.ca/tickets

    Ticket price – $30 + $6 service fees + $0.30 GST – $36.30 total charges. (Please be aware there is a $5 transaction fee for tickets picked up at the theatre)

    A 50/50 draw and an auction for a donated painting will be held to help RDP defray costs of production. Additionally, a scholarship donation box will be present, and any donations $25 and over are eligible for a tax receipt. (Red Deer Players is a not-for-profit, registered charitable society.) A bar and concession area will be run by Red Deer College.

    This show officially launches the Carole Forhan Theatre Arts Scholarship. For more information on the scholarship, as well as the stellar cast we have, please visit our website at reddeerplayers.com, or our Facebook page.

    Please contact producer Sherry Scheunert at 403-597-2036 for event information.

    Tickets available here!

     

    7:30 PM Sat. March 23
    Studio A, RDC Arts Centre
    🎭Join Red Deer Players for a rousing evening of 🎶Song & Schtick😂 … an array of crazy comedy sketches & show tunes from 10 different Broadway Musicals.  🎶Presented in VARIETY SHOW STYLE featuring over 40 talented performers🎭
    This event will officially launch the 🌻CAROLE FORHAN🌻 Theatre Arts Scholarship.
    6:30 PM Box Office, Bar & Concession Opens
    7:00 PM Theatre Doors Open
    7:30 PM Curtain
    🎭Two Acts with an Intermission
    🎭Silent Auction & 50/50 Draw
    TICKETS ONLINE:  www.rdc.ab.ca/tickets
    🎭For More Information Contact:
    Sherry Scheunert🎭
    “Mixed Nuts” Producer
    Ph/Text:  403-597-2036
    Red Deer Players Society


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