New look for Donalda as students return to school

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Donalda Diary

Our community condolences to Mary Mueller and family on the passing of Mary’s father and to Ethyl Eckholm and family on the passing of Ethyl’s mother.

Well, what a gorgeous week past. We may have been shortchanged for June and July, but what a makeup week. The farmers were very busy harvesting at full tilt. It’s nice to step outside to inhale that smell of fresh-cut grain. And the beautiful sunsets the dust creates.

The village and area have definitely slowed down with the summer students gone back to university and the younger ones back in school. Remember, drivers, to watch out for our young children on the streets, riding their bikes or running and playing near the streets. Please drive carefully.

The Donalda Drop-In Centre had its first Pancake Brunch and Jam Session on Sunday. It was very well attended, with six musicians out and a couple of ladies to serenade us. It was a very enjoyable afternoon.

The next Pancake Brunch and Jam will be held Oct. 16. Pancakes will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and then the music starts. If you are interested in participating, pack up your instrument and come on out. Everyone is welcome.

The Drop-In is open every Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. for fellowship of visiting with old and new friends. Card and board games are on tap, along with pool and shuffleboard.

Bingo is set for tonight at 7:30. Come out, and enjoy a visit, coffee and cake.

The next Drop-In Meeting will be held Oct. 13 at 12:30 p.m. We have lunch and then the meeting.

The Donalda Library has new hours to try to accommodate more of our community. The new hours are: Monday — 2-5 p.m., Tuesday — 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday — 3-6 p.m., and Thursday, 6-9 p.m.

The Library has some great new programs starting this fall. We are offering a Ladies Night Out, a book club for ladies who would like to get out and enjoy the company of other women in the community. We also offer Homework Help for teens, a chance to come in and take advantage of the computers for homework, our books and spread their work out in an open space.

We are hosting a teen night twice a month, so teens have a place to hang out and relax with their friends. We would like to invite the community to Family Game Night. Bring your favourite game and snack and join other families. As well, we have a YA book club. We would also like to start a Young Adult Advisory Group to meet every other month and help with book orders and ideas that will appeal to young people.

If you are interested in any of these programs, contact the library at 403-883-2345, or by email donaldalibrary@libs.prl.ab.ca.

The Donalda Ag Society is looking for a new hall and arena custodian. For job inquiries, contact Jodi Blouin at 403-883-2330.

The outdoor riding arena grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony will be held Saturday, Oct. 1. Cake and coffee will be served, with pancake breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m. The lineup includes Gymkhana, cattle sorting and roping, English jumping and dressage demonstrations. It’s open to the community.

Birthday wishes go out to Cathy Campbell, Kendra Dinsmore, Helmut Gebhardt, Sharon Blouin, Donna Sehlstrom, Nevaeh Jaffrary, Norm Salmon, Ron Rider, Louis Bell, Anna Kneeland, Brittany Hofer, Garth Gillund, Sabrina Bromeling, Tayler Bromeling, Charlotte Curtis, Davin O’Malley Vikse, Herminia Arandia, Rhonda Strandquist, Shantel Fisher and everyone else who is celebrating a birthday this week.

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