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DIDSBURY COMMUNITY LIVING GUIDE Town of Didsbury 2037 - 19 Avenue, Box 790 Didsbury, Alberta T0M 0W0

HOURS OF OPERATION: Main Town Office Legislative/Development Services Public Works/Ifrastructure Didsbury Aquatic Centre

Didsbury Neighborhood Place Didsbury Arena Office Didsbury Municipal Library

Didsbury & District Museum

TABLE OF CONTENTS Special Events......................................3, 4 Youth Programs...................................5 - 8 General Interest....................8 - 11,14 - 18 Waste Management Information.......12,13 Volunteer Opportunities..........................19

CONTACT INFORMATION: Didsbury Information Line Main Town Office Main Fax Line Legislative/Development Services Public Works/Ifrastructure Didsbury Aquatic Centre Didsbury Arena Office Didsbury Neighborhood Place Didsbury Municipal Library Didsbury & District Museum

Aquatic Information..........................20, 21 Community Directory........................22, 23

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Showcase Didsbury September 15, 2016 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Didsbury Curling Rink


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Showcase Didsbury is your opportunity to check out all of the organizations and community groups that are available in and around the Town of Didsbury! This event is open to the public and a FREE dinner will be provided. Call Didsbury Neighborhood Place at 403.335.8719 for more information.

National Family Week October 3 - 7, 2016 Celebrate your family this week with free family skate, ice cream sundaes and a free dinner! October 5, 2016

October 7, 2016

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm: FREE Family Skate at the Didsbury Arena on the Leisure Ice sponsored by Didsbury Family and Community Support Services (FCSS).

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm: FREE Family Skate at the Didsbury Arena on the Main Ice sponsored by Didsbury Family and Community Support Services (FCSS).

5:00 pm - 6:30pm: FREE dinner in the Multi-Purpose Room.


SPECIAL EVENTS THIS FALL FAMILY VIOLENCE PREVENTION MONTH - NOVEMBER Family Violence Prevention Month started in 1986 as a local initiative in the Town of Hinton, Alberta where concerned residents launched a family violence education and prevention campaign. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Family Violence Prevention Month. This grassroots effort inspired the Alberta Legislature to support family violence as an ongoing provincial initiative, resulting in the creation of Family Violence Prevention Month. Today, hundreds of Alberta communities and thousands of individuals are actively involved in preventing family violence by providing public education and services. Didsbury supports Family Violence Prevention Month by distributing our purple ribbon campaign. This campaign runs for the month of November and you will find various businesses in town with baskets of purple ribbons to hand out to anyone who would like to wear one to show their support for Family Violence Prevention. If you would like to ensure there is a basket at your business, please call Didsbury Neighborhood Place at 403.335.8719 to inquire.


YOUTH PROGRAMS STUDENTS AND SENIORS SHARING (SASS) SASS is an inter-generational program sponsored by Didsbury Family and Community Support Services designed to provide students with the opportunity to volunteer at Aspen Ridge Lodge and Bethany Care Centre. This one-hour a week program, runs December through May and is completely about relationships. Youth of today can learn what it was like for a youth in the past through conversation and friendships with the older generation; youth of the past are revitalized through conversation and friendships with the older generation; youth in the past are revitalized through the energy and interest of a new friend. SASS, which is scheduled to run Tuesdays from 3:30 - 4:30 pm at Bethany Care Centre and Wednesdays from 3:30 - 4:30 pm at Aspen Ridge Lodge, quickly becomes a pivotal time in the week of a senior. For students, seeing the joy on the face of their friend gives them a greater understanding of their personal worth. Community service is becoming increasingly important to junior and senior high school students when applying for scholarships, university entrance, and job applications. Upon completion of the program, documentation of volunteer hours and personal references based upon the student’s individual performance will be available. Further information about SASS and applications can be obtained by contacting Jolene Sanford, Community Development Coordinator at 403.335.3391 ext 1402.

DOSCA The Didsbury Out of School Care Association (DOSCA) offers Before and After School Care for children 5-12 years. This licensed program offers a range of age-appropriate activities for attendees and allows children to have fun and meet friends in a safe environment. It is located in the ECS wing of Ross Ford Elementary School. Full day Friday programs, and Christmas and Spring Break camps are offered throughout the year as well. These full day programs are held at the Didsbury Memorial Complex in the Multi-Purpose Room or at the Train Station. For more information contact 403.335.8719 or

DOSCA FULL DAY PROGRAM If your child is looking for tons of fun on a non-school day, then we’ve got the program for you! The fun is endless with daily themes, swimming, skating, games, crafts and outdoor play!

Non-School Days

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YOUTH PROGRAMS MOUNTAIN VIEW PARENT LINK Mountain View Parent Link is a FREE program for children aged 0-6. At Mountain View Parent Link, children learn through play. Explore our Didsbury play centre with your children and nurture their development through literacy, songs, art, and play. Mountain View Parent Link offers drop-in play, structured activities, family fun events and parent education. The centre also offers the opportunity for parents to support the development of their children by completing developmental check-ups. Check out our NEW Developmental Screen online at Parents have access to the Triple P Parenting Program during centre hours or by appointment. Triple P is proven to reduce parental stress, help parents manage their children’s behaviors and helps parents to support children to get along better with others. Didsbury Parent Link Centre is one of five centres in Mountain View County - you can play everyday! Please check out our calendar and hours online, on Facebook or call to speak to our facilitator for more information. The Didsbury program is located at: Didsbury Neighborhood Place 106, 2034 19 Avenue For program information call: 403.559.7894 or check out our web page:

Like us on Facebook @ Mountain View Parent Link

Are you interested in receiving a FREE baby kit? We are looking for first time PARENTS and MENTORS (friends, family, neighbors) to be a part of the Welcome to Parenthood - Alberta study. If you are 18 years of age or older and interested in being part of this study, please contact: Mountain View Parent LINK Deb Goerzen 403.586.1340 Jennifer Lanthier 403.507.3508 6



Is your child 11+ and ready to start babysitting? Your child could become a certified babysitter with the Red Cross Babysitting Course. The course will be held on Friday, October 28, 2016 from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm at Didsbury Neighborhood Place. Cost is $55.00. Registration deadline is Friday, October 21, 2016.

HOME ALONE COURSE Prepare and educate your child about the responsibilities of staying home alone with the Home Alone Course. The course will be held on November 2 & 3 from 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm. Any child age 10+ is welcome to attend. If they have a sibling age 8-9, they can attend alongside their older sibling. Cost is $40.00 for the first child and $30.00 for the second child. Registration deadline is October 26, 2016.Dinner will be provided on November 3. For more information or to register, call Didsbury Neighborhood Place at 403.335.8719

YOUTH FIELD TRIP: SWIMMING AT VILLAGE SQUARE LEISURE CENTRE Come join us for some fun as we spend the day at Village Square Leisure Centre in Calgary on November 10 from 9:30 am 3:30 pm for youth ages 10 - 15. Please meet at the Multi-Purpose Room at the Didsbury Memorial Complex. The cost to attend is $35/child which will include bussing and entry into the pool. Registration deadline is November 3.

JUMPSTART Canadian Tire Jumpstart is a charitable program that helps kids in financial need participate in organized sports and recreation such as soccer, dance, hockey and swimming. Participation in sports and recreation increases a child’s chance of success through a healthier lifestyle, increased self confidence, the opportunity to learn leadership skills and more positive relationships and support networks. Funding is available to children between the ages of 4 and 19. Participation must be in an approved organized sport or recreational activity of the child’s choice, and funding may be applied to cover the costs incurred for registration, equipment or transportation. For further information or an application form, contact Jolene at Didsbury FCSS, 403.335.8719 or


YOUTH/GENERAL INTEREST DIDSBURY SKATING CLUB The Didsbury Skating Club provides skating lessons to children of all ages! Our programs include learning to skate, hockey power skating and figure skating. Visit us at for information about our programs and registration for this fall/winter.

DIDSBURY R/C FUN FLYERS CLUB The club provides a central organization in the Mountain View County for people of all ages interested in Model Aviation. The club promotes learning and sharing of information about remote controlled miniature aircrafts and maintains an airfield north of Didsbury. In the winter the club participates in flying indoor remote control model planes and helicopters. For more information visit our website:

DIDSBURY DUCKS UNLIMITED Didsbury Ducks Unlimited is your local non-profit wetland conservation organization. For more information on your local chapter or on Ducks Unlimited Canada, please contact Alana Gibson at 403.335.8352 or visit

STANDARD FIRST AID COURSE Take the Red Cross Standard First Aid course on October 1 & 2 from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. This course teaches an array of lifesaving skills including: Standard First Aid, CPR and AED. Ages 15+. Cost is $130.00 + GST. Registration deadline is September 26. Call Didsbury Neighborhood Place at 403.335.8719 for more information or to register.

STANDARD FIRST AID RECERTIFICATION COURSE Is your current First Aid certificate about to expire? Take the one-day Red Cross recertification course on November 25 from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. Ages 15+. Cost is $95.00 + GST. Registration deadline is November 18. Be sure to bring proof of current First Aid certificate - expiry cannot pass the date of recert. For more information or to register, please call Didsbury Neighborhood Place at 403.335.8719.


GENERAL INTEREST DIDSBURY ELKS 5th Annual Community Spaghetti Supper - is being held on November 5, 2016 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at the Didsbury Elks Hall. Memorial Day Lunch - Join the Didsbury Elks on November 11, 2016 following the Remembrance Day service honoring our Veterans at the Didsbury Elks Hall for Lunch. Donations are appreciated. Call Margo Ward for more information 403.556.5201 “Men & Women Making A Difference in Canadian Communities”

MOUNTAIN VIEW COMMUNITIES ADULT LEARNING SOCIETY The Mountain View Communities Adult Learning Society promotes learning, family literacy, non-credit and credit education to learners through Mountain View County. The Society offers a variety of lifelong learning programs throughout the year, such as: Ÿ Ÿ Ÿ Ÿ Ÿ Ÿ Ÿ Ÿ Ÿ

English Learning Language Family Programming Rhyme Time, Teaching Important Educational Strategies or T.I.E.S. Books for Babies Employment Skills Assistance Beginner and Advanced Spanish French Language Learning G.E.D. Preparation Basic Computers General Interest courses such as Floral Design

We can custom-design and deliver a corporate training plan for your organization. Examples include: Introduction to Workplace Supervision. Call 403.518.7020 for more information.

Business Community · Webb’s Bulk Food · Trinity Rose Medical Clinic · Didsbury Neighborhood

Place · Didsbury Career High

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School · Accu-Tax Farm Services

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Therapeutics · Zion Household Thrift Store · Vape It Ltd. · Trace Associates

Zion Church Mon/Wed/Fri @ 9:00 am (Child minding available) Didsbury Memorial Complex - Multi-Purpose Room Mon/Wed @ 8:00 pm Tues/Thur @ 6:00 pm

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GENERAL INTEREST DIDSBURY MUNICIPAL LIBRARY Telephone: 403.335.3142 Literacy Matters: “Who Picked This Book?” Club meets on the third Wednesday of each month from 2:00 to 3:30 pm @ the library. The Fall dates are: September 21, October 19, November 16, and December 21. Please join us for friendly chats and yummy refreshments. Craft-Kinder (Story Time for preschoolers) Fridays at 10:30. Oct 7 to December 9 (except November 11). Say goodbye to quiet libraries - this is when things are allowed to get a little crazy. Join Rachel and her friend Ted for some singing, dancing, story time and craft. Rhyme Time in the Library for caregivers and infants and toddlers,– get you and your baby off to a great start in language development with MVCALS trained facilitators. Day and time TBA Author talk with Lilly White on Monday, September 17 at 7 pm. Meet the author of 365 Ways to Power UpYour Life: tools for intuitive living and learn about her newest book to be released this Fall. Taleblazers author visit with Joan Marie Galat on October 24. There will be four presentations (times TBA). When it comes to helping students find the joy in reading and writing, the sky's the limit for astronomy author and freelance writer, Joan Marie Galat, author of Dot to Dot in the Sky Series. “Look up in the sky! There`s a flying horse, a queen, and even a dragon! The night sky is a treasure trove of stories filled with heroes, wild animals, and adventure. It`s just a matter of knowing where to look.” Learning Matters: Need help with devices or technologies? Make an appointment with our staff for a “TechMate” session and we will try to help Interested in learning sign language? Let us know, and we will organize lessons with an instructor. Call 403335-3142 Need a laptop? For work or play? For writing reports or staying connected? Checkout a sturdy, virus protected, accessible Chromebook @your library. Chromebooks can be borrowed for 3 weeks and must be checked out and returned only at the Didsbury Municipal Library MakerSpace: a place for people of all ages and backgrounds to come together to create amazing projects. Various tools and applications are at the inspiring makers' disposal including the full Adobe Creative Suite and two 3D Printers. A laptop lab and various tablets can also be used as well as so much more. In a gaming mood? We have an Xbox One to be played on a gorgeous 70-inch flatscreen, with a collection of games available. For the artistic among us there is a bamboo tablet that can create incredible digital drawings without eraser marks. Or you can bring out your inner film director with our GoPro camera or our flip camcorders*. Feeling up to for a Trek? Our handheld GPS* units will point you in the right direction toward any of our local geocaches. Electronic enthusiasts can create with Little Bits, Snap Circuits, Makey Makey, or our Arduino processing board. Children can enjoy the classic building fun experienced with Lego and K'Nex. Fall GED Preparation: Session runs: September 20 - December 1. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights 5:00 - 8:00 pm in Didsbury High Room 138

DIDSBURY 5-0 CLUB Here is a list of the upcoming activities: Carpet Bowling - Mondays & Fridays at 10:00 am. Call Carol at 403.335.4656 Floor Curling - Tuesdays & Thursdays at 10:00 am. Call Carson at 403.335.4954 Floor Shuffle Board - First & third Wednesday of each month. Call Wayne at 403.335.4656


GENERAL INTEREST Library (continued) Post secondary - Campus Alberta Central has partnered with the Didsbury Municipal Library to connect you to credit courses through Olds College, NorQuest College and Red Deer College. The Library can help guide you through their website, and facilitate your new learning experiences, whether on campus, or remotely. Check out the information we provide, use the library's public computers to access Campus Alberta Central or borrow a Chromebook laptop to use at home. Most of these courses are completed through a combination of online and onsite learning. Get more information at the Didsbury Library or on their website: A few of the new programs being launched right now are: Ÿ Health Care Aide will be offered in Olds in February 2017. Attend the information session on October 4 5:30 to 6:30 pm at the Ralph Klein Centre, Main Foyer 4500 50 St. Olds, AB. Call 403.823.8300 by September 27 to RSVP. Ÿ Accommodation Guest Services - while earning this provincially recognized certificate, students will develop the skills and competencies needed to be successful in this important sector of tourism Ÿ Tourism Business and Services Management Certificate - prepare front-line employees with the requisite skills to enter middle management/supervisory positions in this industry. Ÿ Heavy Equipment Operator - provides students with the skills needed for entry level positions operating heavy equipment in the construction; oil and gas; infrastructure; or mining industries. Using a combination of classroom and field instruction (with hands-on experience), students learn to operate numerous pieces of heavy equipment, including: compactors, loaders, dozers, graders, and excavators. Ÿ Veterinary Medical Receptionist, or VMR - provides client care as the “face of the practice” and handson animal care to farm and companion animals, both large and small. Art Matters: Join us at the Library for the Mountain View Arts Festival September 10 and 11 for hands on arts and crafts for all ages. Meet Jonathan Koch, photographer and storyteller of Forgotten Alberta: “Chronicling the forgotten people and places of southern Alberta, Canada's Badlands region.” Death Matters: September 22 at 7:00 pm in the Library. Contrary to popular belief, talking about death is not 'a downer' and it does not make it arrive any sooner. In fact, quite the opposite is true. Talking about death is a liberator. People feel uplifted and their lives become richer because they're no longer putting so much energy into trying to pretend death doesn't exist. In some cultures, they actually spend time each day contemplating their own death. It's no coincidence that these same cultures are also some of the happiest on earth. So come get happy with us! What are you curious about when it comes to death? Bring your questions. Bring your wonderings. Bring your friends! We'll bring a whole lot of resources and, depending on your questions, maybe even some experts to share what they know because, when it comes to living a full life, death matters. Ancestry Matters: Genealogy Club. Meets on the second Thursday of each month in the Library at 1:30 pm. Share stories and strategies with other amateur genealogists. This Fall's meeting dates are September 8, October 12, November 9, and December 14. Explore your family history with the many resources recommended by the club, and with available on the library's computers. Money Matters: Nearly 50% of Canadians struggle with simple tasks involving math and numbers. That’s why ABC Life Literacy created Money Matters, an introductory financial literacy program for adult learners. Developed in 2011 in partnership with TD Bank Group and the Government of Canada, it’s written at a grade 6-8 reading level so it can be accessible to adults who struggle with reading. The Didsbury Library is partnering with ABC Life Literacy to provide two 2-part sessions of “Money Matters for Newcomers and New Canadians” – workbooks are available in English, French and Arabic! Our volunteer tutor will lead the sessions and help newcomers with the workbooks. Session 1 of Money Matters for New Canadians will be September 28 and October 5 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in the Library. Session 2 will be November 16 and 23. Call the Library to register yourself or your neighbor for these free sessions. Library Matters: Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or go to to find out everything that is going on at your library. We're a busy place…we're your place.



Please be aware that if your roll-out carts are contaminated or overflowing, you may be subjected to a fine of $50.00 as outlined in the Town of Didsbury’s Rates, Fees, and Fines Bylaw (2015-10). For more information, please refer to the Town of Didsbury website: or call 403.335.3391.

Didsbury Household Blue Cart Recycling will accept: Ÿ Ÿ Ÿ Ÿ Ÿ

Paper Flattened cardboard Small metals Clean glass Plastics (lids off)

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Waxed cardboard Ceramics Light bulbs Mirrors Tupperware Styrofoam packaging Disposable diapers Kitty litter Electronics Clothing Liquids of any kind



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Filters Tea bags Fruits and vegetables Dairy products Egg shells Meat and fish Solid fats Cat litter and feces Small bones

vinyl, nylon or polyester û Feminine hygiene

products or diapers û Tree trunks, branches or

roots û Sod û Large bones such as

carcasses or soup bones û Paper products

Bio Bags and kitchen compost bags are available for sale at Didsbury AG Foods or Home Hardware. Didsbury Bottle Depot

Fruit Baskets and Meat Trays can be made with 24 hour notice

2205 - 19 Street 403.335.4672 Monday through Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Full bakery, deli, meat and produce departments Didsbury Landfill Two km NW of Didsbury 403.335.2005 Monday through Saturday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm Please contact the landfill for a list of free product disposals.

ATM Machine on Premises

Store Hours 8 am to 9 pm Mon to Fri 8 am to 6 pm Saturday 8 am to 6 pm Sun & Holidays

Free Grocery Delivery Mon., Wed., & Fri. 10 am to 3 pm 403.335.4391


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GENERAL INTEREST After you have attended Remembrance Day services and have joined the Elk’s at the hall for lunch, come to the Museum from 12:00 - 3:00 pm and view our salute to Veterans and of course browse through the rest of the Museum. We have a trench art display from WW1 and WW2 on loan from Dr Kostura.

DIDSBURY MUSEUM 2110 21st Avenue, Didsbury 403.335.9295 Our Museum is wheelchair accessible! COFFEE & CONVERSATION: Come join us for an afternoon of coffee, conversation and good company on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 1 - 3:30 pm when we host different guest speakers. Here is the slate of speakers for the 2016 - 2017 season. We hope to see you then. September 28: We recognize the “Budweiser Horses”. Roger LeClaire will be here to talk about raising the Clydesdales. Roger has trained and shown these horses for a number of years and is excited to share some of his stories with us. October 26: Cheryl Beck of Cheryl Beck Studios will be here to talk to us about the process that she goes through to restore old photographs that you have tucked away. November 23: The Wild Rose Humane Society president Dean Orlando is excited to share the Humane Society’s news and plans for the next year in this area. ELEMENTS OF ART @ THE MUSEUM: This successful program will be showcasing Cheryl Beck ‘s wonderful restoration work of photographs for the months of October and November. The Museum is a proud member of the Mountain View Art Festival which is held on September 10 & 11 this year. Join us in our salute to trains and check out the great display of art that we will have on loan from an avid collector, Dr Dwayne Kostura. There will be a display of stamps depicting trains and prairie scenes. Come and listen to local artists performing in the coffee room. There will be crafts, rope making and lots of other activities happening at the Museum. Children can enjoy a ride on the Agricultural Society Train. Make sure you enter the Scarecrow on Parade competition. Come and vote for your favorite scarecrow for the People’s Choice Award. October is Stamp Collecting Month. Come to the Museum on Saturday’s to talk to the Stamp Club members. The Stamp Club is also looking for new members, call Mark Fischer @ 403.335.4128 for details.


MODEL RAILROAD CLUB: Our train display is growing. Come on over and check out the newest changes and additions. The Mountain View Model Railroad Club meets at the Museum every second Saturday afternoon until the end of June. For more information, please call Rick Astle at 403.556.8121. The Museum and Parent Link will be working together this fall with a program for pre-schoolers. Check with Parent Link for more information. LEGACY FUND: A Legacy Fund has been established at ATB Financial in Didsbury to ensure that operations and maintenance of the Didsbury Museum continues to keep our past alive and relevant for the future. If you would like to make a donation or arrange for a bequest please contact the bank at 403.335.3387. Tax deductible receipts are available, please contact the Museum for further information. Didsbury Museum memberships for September 2016 - August 2017 are available. The cost of the memberships are $10.00 for individual and $20.00 for a family. The Museum’s AGM is being held on Wednesday November 23, 2016 at 7:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend. If you would like to support our Museum by becoming a Board Member or helping in other ways, please give us a call for details.

DIDSBURY HIGH SCHOOL BAND Fall Band Concert November 9, 2016 7:00 pm Didsbury High School Gymnasium For more information, please call Mr Wassmer at 403.335.3356

GENERAL INTEREST Baby Talk Classes - A great relaxed environment to learn more about your baby and meet other parents. Learn about how infants sleep, temperament and brain development, starting solids, making baby food, infant massage, parent survival and adjustment, and so much more. Call us for dates and to register for these Baby Talk Classes at 403.335.7292.

PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAMS 403.335.7292 Didsbury Public Health offers a variety of programs and classes to the public including the following: Immunization Information - Protect yourself and your children from communicable diseases. Routine wellbaby immunization clinics are held in Didsbury, Carstairs and Cremona. Immunization updates for school age children and adults. Cost is FREE.

Postpartum Support Group - Have you recently had a child and are experiencing emotions such as sadness, anxiety , worry and anger? These could be signs that you are experiencing postpartum depression. Alberta Health Services and Mountain View Parent Link have collaborated to offer a support group for women living with these symptoms during pregnancy, after delivery and beyond. A new group is starting this fall. Please call 403.335.7292 for more information.

Health Information - Call Community Health Nurse with question/concerns related to communicable disease, immunization information, nutrition, growth and development, sexual health, S.T.I’s and injury prevention. Cost is FREE. Calgary Health Link: Nurse advice and health information 24 hours/day: dial 811. access online information with this new resource for families with children ages 0 - 5 years of age.

Speech Language Services - Speech and language assessments, consultations and treatment for children of all ages and adults. No charge. Help with speech sounds, late talking, following directions, listening, vocabulary, stuttering, swallowing and more. Call 403.335.2511 ext 4 for information and appointments.

AHS Prenatal Education Classes - Labour and delivery information, role of the partner, pain control, breastfeeding, infant car seat restraints, newborn care and much more. Call Perinatal Education at 1-866471-7011 for information on dates and registration for Didsbury classes. Fee is $80.00 per couple (subject to change).

Community Nutrition Services - Providing information on general healthy eating and infant/child feeding. Willing to work with schools and community groups to address healthy eating strategies within their programming. Regular classes about Feeding your Baby and Healthy Eating for Toddlers and Preschoolers(formerly called Picky Eating). Call for more information and upcoming class dates.

Breastfeeding Support - One on one assessment, information and consultation by telephone, office visits, or home visits for the breastfeeding mother. Call to book an appointment.


Baby Drop-In - A great opportunity to meet other parents, have your baby weighed or talk to a Public Health Nurse about any concerns. Baby Drop-In times in Didsbury are every third Wednesday from 10 - 11 am at Didsbury Neighborhood Place. Carstairs drop-in is the second Wednesday of the month from 10 - 11 am at the Carstairs United Church. Older children are welcome! Days and times are subject to change. Please call ahead to check times.

Contact Cathy Gregory at or call 403.335.3391 ext. 1111 to inquire about our advertising rates!

International Travel Clinics - Planning a Trip? - We offer individualized travel health information and immunizations. Please book your appointment several months in advance of your trip. There will be a charge for service in addition to the cost of some vaccines.



The 6 Annual Mountain View Arts Festival takes place on September 10 & 11. All events take place indoors this year, including the Artisan Village and Main Stage! The Opening Reception takes place at the Didsbury Library on Friday, September 9 at 7 pm. Join us as we take a trip on a “CP Rail Dining Car" with “Nellie McClung”! At the Didsbury Museum Ÿ The Mountain View Model Railroad Club will be operating the model trains and showing how the trains operate “behind the scenes”. Ÿ Enter our “Scarecrows on Parade” contest, vote for your favourite, and build your own at the Festival. Ÿ The stamp guys will have a display featuring Canadian railway and prairie scene stamps. Ÿ Come out and enjoy a taste of the harvest with Kohut Corn! Ÿ And wait till you see our LEGO train exhibit! Ÿ Music in the Tea Room … with train-shaped cookies! Ÿ Smaller guests can enjoy a ride in the Ag Society's Barrel Train! Ÿ A display of “Trench Art”, pieces of art made by POWs during WWI and WWII from shell casings. At the Train Station Ÿ Quilt Show featuring Threads of Kindness, and the Bergthal Mennonite Quilters. Ÿ Quilts from avid local quilters … traditional & original, machine sewn & hand quilted. A chance to try your own stitching on a children's quilt! Plus, demonstrations & quilting tips & tricks! Ÿ Enjoy our Dessert Tea. Wait till you see all the railroad artifacts at our Provincial Historic Resource! You'll be sharing memories for sure! At the Didsbury Library Ÿ Find a local artist and create a short story of your own! Ÿ “Forgotten Alberta”, a photo exhibit by local artist, Jonathan Koch, chronicling the forgotten people and places of southern Alberta, Canada's Badlands region. Ÿ Support the Library's Building Fund at their Silent Auction of very cool “Book Art”. Downtown Didsbury Ÿ Meet at the Didsbury Train Station for an introduction to the beautiful heritage buildings in the downtown core. Then take a leisurely stroll through our beautiful downtown. At 2 pm both Saturday & Sunday. Ÿ NEW! Sidewalk Chalk Art on the streets of downtown Didsbury! Ÿ Buskers add music to our family event, and are an important part


GENERAL INTEREST Artisan Village at Didsbury High School Ÿ Ongoing stage entertainment (country, rock, folk, pop, blues, gospel ... you name it!) Including the DHS Jazz Band, Maple Leaf Brass, Kelly Kalden's Musical Kids, Broadway Showstoppers with Tracie Skeet-Brook, and (back by popular demand) Prairie Wool! Ÿ Some of the most talented and diverse artists and artisans in the region! Glass, crystals, dreamcatchers, hand-crafted ponchos and sweaters, books, silversmithing, paintings, wood burning, candlemaking, sculptures, furniture, and even alcohol ink painting! Ÿ Find “Art the Bear” and put your name in his draw for prizes. Ÿ Create your own bracelets, dancing rings, Mexican wool art, and decorate cookies. Ÿ Enter Delree's teepee, and see authentic arts and crafts from our First Nations up close and personal. Ÿ Grab a violin or a guitar at our Party Centre hosted by Top Note Music School in the tent in front of the school. Maybe you'll start up your own Rock Band! Free Shuttle Service between Festival Sites on the Didsbury Lions Shuttle Bus! Free Admission at all venues (donations appreciated)! All wheelchair & stroller accessible. (Hours: 11 am – 5 pm both days). Pick up your Festival Passport at any of our venues and "Stamp Around" for a chance to win $50!Invite your city friends and family! We've got lots of parking for buses, and they'll love the laughter and visiting as they shuttle from one fascinating venue to another. We have Volunteer Opportunities for individuals and clubs or groups. For more information, call 403-335-9445 or e-mail Festival Site: Follow us on twitter at And on Facebook at




2029-19 Avenue in Didsbury 403.335.8563 Sharing the Love of Music!

The Mountain View Food Bank is located at 4025 - 50 Street in Olds and is open on Tuesdays from 9:00 - 1:00 pm. Please contact us at 403.556.1693 for more information. Drop-off boxes are located at churches in Carstairs, Cremona, Didsbury, Olds and Sundre. The Co-op Store in Carstairs, KC Foods in Cremona, AG Foods in Didsbury, and the Co-op Store, No Frills, Royal Canadian Legion, and Sobeys in Olds, Sundre IGA, and the General Store in Water Valley collect items for the food bank as well.

Top Note Music School Fall Programs

A typical hamper contains: canned beans, fruit ,soup, tomatoes & vegetables, canned chicken, ham, salmon & tuna. Cereal, cheese, coffee/tea, crackers, eggs, jam, juice, macaroni & cheese, margarine, milk, pasta, peanut butter, rice, toiletries. Clients are able to help themselves to bread, pastry & fresh vegetables as available. As well, hygiene products, baby diapers and pet food are supplied when available. Baby formula vouchers are provided for infants up to nine months of age.

Top Note Fiddlers : Brand new this fall! What a great opportunity for young Fiddlers to have the chance to learn how to perform as a group on Saturdays starting September 2 from 6:00 - 7:00 pm. They will have wonderful opportunity to work as a team, and learn the basics of being in a fiddle group to performing together their favorite fiddle tunes! Please contact Top Note Music for further details at 403.335.8563 or text your inquiry to 403.390.2002 or 403.430.0127. Rock City - Have you ever wanted to learn more about being in a rock band? The Rock City program at Top Note Music School will enable youth to learn how to work together as a team on stage. They can learn about recording, live performance, and song selection. This year classes take class on Mondays; Band A will run from 4:30 - 5:30 pm and Band B will run from 7:00 - 8:00 pm beginning September 19.

Monetary donations are always welcome and tax receipts can be supplied.

Top Note Chorus - A new singing opportunity for children ages 10 - 14 years beginning on Wednesdays September 14 from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. No previous singing experience is required and chorus members will have the wonderful opportunity to learn how to read choral music, work as a choral team, and have the chance to share the love of music with Sarah - May Morton. Please call 403.335.8563 t o r e g i s t e r o r e m a i l Te e n a W i l k s a t The first practice will be on the start date of September 14, 2016.

DIDSBURY & DISTRICT SENIORS SUPPORT SERVICES Seniors Support is a volunteer organization supporting district and community seniors by providing a variety of services. The office is located in the north end of Eldon Foote Hall. Office assistance is provided to seniors in completing government forms. Transportation to medical appointments in Calgary, Red Deer, Airdrie, Olds and local clinics is offered as well. Our weekly social program called Friends and Fun will start again on September 8 at 1:30 pm in the Train Station after our summer break. This is a free weekly program designed to keep seniors active and involved in the community and remains a real highlight for our seniors. And definitely, the seniors benefit when they visit, play games together, and for some, it may even ease the loneliness. Healthy refreshments are prepared and served by volunteers and these Thursday afternoons are always times of sharing with laughter and fun. For more information call Lois at 403.335.4391.

2029 - 19 Ave. 403.335.8563


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Volunteer Didsbury Volunteer Didsbury has the following opportunities available: MVSH Aspen Ridge Lodge - Friendly Visitor, Auxiliary Member, Music Therapy Assistant, Piano Player Community Services Board - Student Member-at-Large, Community Services Board Member Heritage Advisory Board - Member-at-Large Didsbury Museum - Saturday Afternoon Hosts, Coffee and Conversation; Baking, Data Inputting; Dusting & Cleaning, Host for Country Drive Didsbury & District Senior Support Services - Assistance with Friends and Fun Program, Board Members, Drivers For Caring Cars Program Didsbury Historical Walking Tour - Didsbury Walking Tour Animator/Performer Mountain View Arts Society - Volunteers for Mountain View Arts Festival, Volunteer Coordinator for Mountain View Art Festival, Marketing Manager for Mountain View Art Festival, Artisan, Village Coordinator. Municipal Planning Commission - Member-at-Large Bethany Care Society - Recreation Assistants, Summer Student Recreation Assistants For more details please visit or stop in at Didsbury Neighborhood Place - #106, 2034 - 19 Avenue

Volunteer Opportunities Didsbury District Health Services Meal Time Assistants - Meal Time Assistants are required to assist Continuing Care Residents during meal times. Times assistance is required is Monday to Sunday: Breakfast, 8:30-10:00 am; Lunch, 11:15 am to 1:00 pm; Dinner, 4:30-6:00 pm. Commitment is one day a week, for one meal time a day. Youth Volunteers - the Youth Volunteer program provides students the opportunity to volunteer in our facility to gain work experience. All youth that are ages 14-17 are welcome Childcare Volunteers - Public Health is looking for childcare volunteers to assist with caring for children ages 0 to 5 while parents are attending a group in the same facility. Home Care Volunteer Visitor - Volunteers visit with socially-isolated seniors in their homes, participate in activities with the client, short walks, having tea or coffee, writing letters, reading, or simple crafts/hobbies. Respite for family members that need a break to run errands or attend appointments. For more details on these opportunities, please contact Dawna Faryna, Volunteer Coordinator at 403.910.2984 or


AQUATIC INFORMATION DIDSBURY AQUATIC CENTRE SHUTDOWN A planned shutdown will occur at the Aquatic Centre beginning August 12, 2016 at 5:00 pm to a tentative date of October 30. During this time, the final phase of the Aquatic Centre upgrades will occur, seeing the interior steel beam ceiling surface sandblasted, repaired and re-coated. We apologize in advance for this disruption of service but are excited to complete this three-year project, ensuring the pool remains a viable facility in Didsbury for many years to come. For further information, please call 403.335.7369. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

FALL SWIM LESSONS Saturday Sessions November 12 - December 17 (Subject to change) Instructor One

Instructor Two

SK Level 1-2 9:00 - 9:40

Sea Otter/Salamander 9:00 - 9:40

SK Level 3 - 4 9:40 - 10:20

Sunfish/Croc/Whale 9:40 - 10:20

SK Level 8/9/10 10:20 - 11:00

Sk Level 5/6/7 10:20 - 11:00

SK Level 1-2 11:00 - 11:40

Starfish/Duck/Sea Turtle 11:00 - 11:30

Pool Party

Tuesday/Thursday Sessions 1. November 29 - December 22 Instructor One

Instructor Two

Sea Otter/Salamander 4:00 - 4:30

SK Level 1 - 2 4:00 - 4:30

Sunfish/Croc/Whale 4:30 - 5:00

SK Level 3 - 4 4:30 - 5:00

SK Level 5/6/7 5:00 - 5:40

SK Level 8/9/10 5:00 - 6:00

For information call 403.335.7369 or email

Aquatic Fitness 403.335.7369

Why not have a pool party! Only $120.00 + GST. Didsbury Aquatic Centre offers a 1 hour private pool rental for you & your guests along with a complimentary classroom rental during the weekends! Call 403.335.7369

Senior Swim: 55+ Tuesday, Thursday 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Free Sponsored Family Swim Last Sunday of each Month 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Sponsored by: Grasse Lumber Sales Ltd.

Aquafit: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Deep Water Workout: Adult Tuesday, Thursday 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm 20

Thank you Grasse Lumber!!!

AQUATIC INFORMATION Fall 2016 - SCHEDULE Effective October 31 - December 23 - Subject to change Sat








Early Bird 7-9

Early Bird 7-9

Early Bird 7-9

Early Bird 7-9

Early Bird 7-9

School Lessons 9-11

School Lessons 9-11

School Lessons 9-11

School Lesons 9-11

School Rental 9-11

Aquafit 11-12

Senior Swim 11-12

Aquafit 11-12

Senior Swim 11-12

Aquafit 11-12

Swimming Lessons 9-12


Lap /P&T Private Lessons 12-1

Lap /P&T Private Lessons 12-1

Lap Swim/ P&T 12-1

Lap Swim/ P&T 12-1

Lap Swim/ P&T 12-1

Lap Swim/ P&T 12-1

Lap Swim/ P&T 12-1

Rental Time 1-2

School Lessons 1-2:30

School Lessons 1-2:30

School Lessons 1-2:30

School Lessons 1-2:30

School Rental 1-3

Public Swim 2:30-4

Public Swim 2:30-4

Public Swim 2:30-4

Lessons 4-6

Red Cross Swim Sports 4-5:30 (4-4:45 Jr) (4:45-5:30 Sr)

Lessons 4-6

Public Swim 6-8

Public Swim 5:30-8

Public Swim 6-8

DWW/ Adult Swim 8-9

Adult/ Lap Swim 8-9

DWW/ Adult Swim 8-9

Public Swim 1-4

Public Swim 2-5 Public Swim 2:30-8 & Private Lessons (3:30-5)

Rental Time

Public Swim 5-8


$10 Family Swim 5-7


Adult/ Lap Swim 8-9

Pool closed for maintenance August 12 to a tentative date of October 30


Public Swim 3-9 & Private Lessons (3:30-5)




Bergthal Mennonite Church . Analisa ...................................403.335.4451

Didsbury Out of School Care Assoc. Tammy de Graaf....................403.335.8719

Careers 4 Everyone Main Office............................403.556.3808

Venue Church Church Office.........................403.335.3551

Didsbury Preschool Cherrie Crawford...................403.335.8818

Chinook Arch Victim Services Society Roberta Hammer.....................403.556.6777

Knox United Church ..................403.335.8373

Kidsbury Daycare MJ Paul..................................403.335.3228

Didsbury/Carstairs Citizens on Patrol Al Hansen...............................403.335.8755

Redeemer Lutheran Church Rev. Robert Mohns................403.335.3161

Kidz Playhouse Daycare ....................403.335.4757

Didsbury & District Chamber of Commerce Chamber Office......................403.335.3265

St. Anthony’s Catholic Church John Kohut.............................403.335.8860


Didsbury Cemetery Committee Gary St. Jacques....................403.700.4383

Didsbury Career High School Main Office...........................403.335.3407

Didsbury & District Fire Department Office....................................403.335.3222

Didsbury High School Main Office..........................403.335.3356

Didsbury Elks Lodge #514 Bill Ward..............................403.335.4655

Holy Trinity Catholic School Main Office..........................403.556.9444

Didsbury Lions Club Raymond Lea.......................403.335.3798

Koinonia Christian School Main Office..........................403.335.9587

Didsbury Municipal Library Main Office..........................403.335.3142

Ross Ford Elementary School Main Office..........................403.335.3234

Didsbury Out of School Care Assoc. Tammy de Graaf...................403.335.8719

Westglen Middle School Main Office..........................403.335.8700

Mountain View Arts Festival Kathleen Windsor.................403.335.9445

Didsbury Army Cadets Dave Kenney........................403.335.4719


Order of the Royal Purple #317 Joan Hannah.........................403.335.4511

Didsbury & District Historical Society Frankie Kelly........................403.335.3633

Didsbury & District Health Services Auxiliary Sharon Barefoot...................403.335.7268

St. Cyprian’s Anglican Church Rev. David Asher....................403.335.4664 Zion Evangelical Missionary Church Mike Morgan..........................403.335.3629

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS 1st Didsbury Scouts Linda Rose............................403.335.4846 5-0 Club of Didsbury Joyce Sloan..........................403.335.3443 Didsbury Agricultural Society Main Office .........................403.335.4494

Didsbury Neighborhood Place Main Office..........................403.335.8719 Didsbury R/C Fun Flyers Ray Aire...............................403.556.7609 Randy Smith.........................403.556.3648 Ducks Unlimited Alana Gibson........................403.335.8352

Didsbury & District Senior Support Services Main Office..........................403.335.4391 Mon. - Fri. 9:30am - 12:00 pm Mountain View Senior’s Housing Sam Smalldon......................403.556.2957

Didsbury Community Living Guide

Girl Guides of Canada Linda Reade.........................403.556.6647 Melvin Hall Alana Gibson........................403.335.8352 Mountain View Bridge Club Marilyn Logan.......................403.335.2385 Theatre Didsbury Derek Lewis.........................403.335.4777 King Hiram Lodge #21 Jim Allison...........................403.335.8339


Contact Cathy Gregory at or call 403.335.3391 ext. 1111 for info about our rates!




Didsbury Aqua Jets Swim Club Lisa Sauve............................403.335.8115

Accredited Supports to the Community Main Office............................403.556.4110

Early Childhood Program Andrea Reid..........................403.335.7292

Didsbury Curling Club Jennifer Bommarito..............403.335.3753

Alcoholics Anonymous Rick........................................403.335.8385 Calgary & District Help.........403.777.1212

Mtn. View Food Bank Society Main Office..........................403.556.1693

Didsbury Figure Skating Club Rose Schroeder......................403.335.8571

Chinook Arch Victim Services Society Roberta Hammer..................403.556.6777

Didsbury Football Club Mark Lefebvre......................403.335.2838 Duke Moreau........................403.335.4948

Christmas Helpers Linda Sirr.............................403.335.4832

Didsbury FunTeam Hockey League Erin Enns...............................403.335.3176

Didsbury Home Care/Day Support Faye Byrgesen......................403.335.7603

Didsbury Golf Club Clubhouse .............................403.335.3635

Didsbury Mental Health Main Office..........................403.335.7285

Didsbury Ramblers Minor Hockey Assoc. Stacey Lodermeier.................403.335.8294

Healthy Families Tracy Gustafson.................403.901.5660

Mtn. View Community Literacy Main Office......................... 403.518.7020 Rosebud Health Foundation Leone Regner........................403.335.7626 RCMP ....................403.335.3382 Street Teams Safe House Society Leslie Evans.........................403.228.3390 TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Gen Andrews........................403.335.4648

Didsbury Lacrosse Club Tricia Kruger.........................403.816.2508 Didsbury Minor Ball Association Ryan Mierke...........................403.650.9748

Is your community group or organization not on the list? Send your information to Cathy Gregory at to be included in this free service!

Didsbury Minor Soccer Association John Brazzale.......................403.335.9472 Iwa Yama Karate Hal Perison............................403.559.7284 Ladies Fitness Class Drew Taddia..........................403.510.4915 Mtn. View Colts Junior B Hockey Club Don Edwards.........................403.507.3262

Lions Club Shuttle Bus Booking a Ride Information on Shuttle Bus please call 403.507.0208 Mondays, Wednesdays, Friday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm


The next edition of the Didsbury Community Living Guide is scheduled for delivery in early December 2016. If you have upcoming events, programs, meetings or schedules for the months of December, January, andFebruary, please send them to Cathy Gregory at or call 403.335.3391 ext 1111.

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