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Red Deer County News

Posted on: August 1, 2018

Upcoming FCSS events in your community


Red Deer County Council participates in a 10 year FCSS Multi-Municipal Agreement. For decades, Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) has been working as a provincial-municipal government initiative to enhance the social well-being of individuals, families and community in an effort to keep people resilient, well, and from falling into crisis.

Contact: Camille Box. Phone: 403.597.8074. Email: 
- Benalto Leisure Club meets every Thursday at 1:00 PM at the Leisure Centre. Great way to get out and meet new people. Play some games, eat some food, and have fun. Everyone is welcome!
- Benalto Play Group is every Wednesday morning at 10:00 AM at the County Building (former school). Free play and crafts for children ages 0 to 6 years. Grand opportunity to meet other Benalto families.
- Benalto Agricultural Society meets third Tuesday every month at 7:00 PM at Benalto Leisure Centre.
- Benalto Booster Club meets second Tuesday every month at 7:30 PM. This club is responsible for many community activities and events. Come out and get involved!

Contact: Jade Prefontaine. Phone: 403.224.2207. Email: Facebook: FCSS Bowden. 
- Check Town of Bowden website at to find all the current events.

Contact: Carol Kihn. Phone: 403.749.3654. Email: 
- Delburne Friendship Plates – New program launched to encourage neighbourliness. Three plates were circulated at Volunteer Appreciation on April 17 with hopes that residents will share it with their neighbours and friends. To track the travelling plate, the sharing people are asked to sign back of plate with permanent marker. If you have the plates and are not using them, please turn them into the Village Office to be re-circulated.
- Delburne Little Free Libraries has been an astounding success, and they are full. We have been registered nationally on Community residents are being challenged to build their own free Little Libraries to place on their property.
- Community Herb Garden located in Community Garden at end of Main Street. Community is welcome to pick for their own use. Variety of herbs include Lettuce Basil, Italian Parsley, Hot & Spicy Oregano, etc.
- Volunteer Board Governance – Resource material and many books available at FCSS Office.

Contact Sheila Gongaware or Janina Jewell. Phone: 403.773.3920. Facebook: Elnora and District FCSS. Email: 
- Elnora Summer Fun Program - Is your child, youth or teen looking for some great summer activities? This program is looking for enthusiastic children and youth to join for rest of summer. For more information, call 403.773.3920.
- Farmers Market and Museum Tour – Wednesday, August 22, leaving Elnora at 8:30 AM, shopping at Ponoka Farmers Market and Ponoka Museum, enjoying lunch at the Hitchin Post Saloon and Grill. Then travelling to Red Deer Museum, Norwegian Laft Hus, and stopping at Red Deer Farmers Market, returning about 6:00 PM.
- Supplies for the Wise – Please help prepare our young people be the best they can be. School supplies donations are welcome at FCSS in the Elnora Village Office. All items would be greatly appreciated to assist students during the school year.

Contact Teresa Ainscough. Phone: 403.886.4567. Email:
- Penhold Discovery Night – Wednesday, August 22 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Penhold Multiplex. Learn about all the groups, organizations, and services that are available.
- Penhold Council Barbecue – Wednesday, August 22 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM at Penhhold Multiplex. Join Council for this free event.
- Pop-Up Women’s Clothing Shop – Wednesday, August 22 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Penhold Multiplex. Join us to shop for some new-to-you outfits. No cost for these outfits; they are from Olds Community Lending Shelf. Donations of clothes for this event to be dropped off at Olds United Church for Olds Community Lending Shelf.
- Summer Play Dates brought to you by West Red Deer County Early Years Coalition: August 13 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 NOON, lunch provided in Bowden in the park by the Olde Library. August 15 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 NOON, lunch provided in Springbrook at Mynrski Park. August 15 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, snack provided in Penhold at Lincoln Street Park. August 16 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 NOON, lunch provided in Spruce View at Spruce View Hall.

Contact: Adrian. Phone: 403.350.9533 Facebook: Springbrook FCSS
- Springbrook Archery Club – Summer hours in effect, open for drop-ins on Thursdays, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Club available for private bookings and parties. Located downstairs through south entrance of Springbrook Multiplex. New archers welcome! Call Donna at 403.573.4451 for information.
- Springbrook Community Skatepark Committee (SC2) – Corporate Sponsorship Packages now available. SC2 has permanent bottle donation bin on skatepark land behind Springbrook Multiplex, all money raised goes to skatepark construction. Next meeting is September 5 at 7:00 PM, Springbrook Fire Hall. Everyone welcome!
- Summer Youth Program – Join us for high tech treasure hunt on August 16, and birdhouse building and painting on August 23. Second summer field trip on August 21, destination TBD. Call Adrian to register. Check the Springbrook Connects page on Facebook for other youth activities or for more information.
- Yoga in the Garden - Every Thursday from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM until August 23. Drop in is $4. Join instructor Michelle Brink in Springbrook Community Garden picnic area behind Springbrook Fire Hall. Beginners, children and youth welcome.
- Movie in the Garden – August 24 at 8:15 PM (dusk). Family-friendly movie in community garden picnic area, complete with popcorn, beverages, and treats! Free show, proceeds from concession go to community garden. Bring your own blanket or chair.

Contact: Pam Hetu. Phone: 403.505.9091 Email: 
- Spruce View Playgroup/Spruce View Parent Link – Program will resume in October 2018.
- Spruce View Seniors Drop in Centre – Wednesday Coffee, 10:00 AM to 12:00 NOON. Contact Ruth Lemke 403.728-3482
- Volunteer Opportunities – If you are looking at volunteering in our community, please contact FCSS.
- Spruce View Community Directory – In process of updating the West County Community Directory. Please contact FCSS to update your information on community groups/organizations.
- Little Free Libraries – Spruce View now has the Little Free Libraries, located in Dickson Arena. Please contact FCSS for more information.
- Spruce View Community Kitchen – Program will resume in October 2018.
- West Red Deer County Play Day in the Park – Sportball! – At Spruce View Hall, August 16, starting at 10:00 AM.

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