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Vol. 1 No. 6:17 June 17, 2024

Everybody’s Talking


Porcelain house: Four hundred million pieces of porcelain fragments and tons of natural crystals have been used to decorate a house in Tianjin, China. The project, completed by porcelain collector Zhang Lianzhi, took four years to finish and includes ancient pieces of porcelain dating from the Tang (AD 618-907) to the Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. The porcelain, along with ancient chinaware and white marble carvings and crystals, comes from broken or damaged antiques and covers every inch of the exterior of the large house. It’s said that the collector spent $315 million on the project and his house is now one of the biggest tourist attractions in Tianjin.

Smart crossing guard: In Wakefield, England, the students at Crofton School are safely directed across the street each day by a crossing guard who has 11 university degrees. This is not the kind of job that requires even one university degree, but that hasn’t stopped Bruce Berry, who explains that he took the job to give back to his community. Berry’s high IQ got him into Mensa, the international high IQ society. He can also speak five languages fluently. However, it’s knowing he’s helping the kids get safely to and from school that is his reward. He also feels like he’s a part of the school family because his father once taught there.

Expensive book: It is very likely that the personal possessions of the first President of the United States of America are worth a lot of money. That turned out to be the case when George Washington’s personal copy of the U.S. Constitution, complete with his own notes, was sold at Christie’s auction house for nearly $10 million. The pristine leather-bound book, printed in 1789, was purchased by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association of the Union, a private, non-profit group that owns and maintains Mount Vernon, Washington’s historic Virginia estate. Spokeswoman Ann Bookout said, “The group was thrilled to bring the book back to Mount Vernon where it belongs.”

Afraid of the dark: Fear of darkness could possibly be the explanation for some sleep problems. Research conducted by Colleen Carney at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada discovered that half of the adults in her study who had sleep problems were also afraid of the dark. Therefore, they were more anxious when the lights went out. According to Carney, there is good news attached to this finding. If fear of darkness is the reason for insomnia, the problem can be treated easily and relatively quickly. Until Carney’s study, fear of darkness had not been considered by doctors as a reason for a poor night’s sleep.

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Quotable Quotes


“Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching.”
Satchel Paige
“If spring came but once a century instead of once a year, or burst forth with the sound of an earthquake and not in silence, what wonder and expectation there would be in all the hearts to behold the miraculous change.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow



  1. What is a jetted pocket?
  2. What instrument did Glenn Miller play?
  3. Who wrote: “To err is human, to forgive divine.”?
  4. What is chionophobia?
  5. Which grow upwards, stalactites or stalagmites?

▼ Trivia answers at the bottom of the page! ▼

What’s Happening


 June 2024

Red Deer

Senior Drop-in Bowling

Date & Time: Every Tuesday and Friday at 10 a.m.
Location: Ambassador Bowling Centre, 5020 – 50 Street, Lacombe
Details: Seniors (50+) are invited to stop by for fun. $10 fee includes two games of bowling, shoe rental, coffee/tea, and snacks.
For More Information: Call 403.309.6387

Seniors’ Dance

Date & Time: Every Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Location: Red Deer Legion Branch #35
Details: Join the fun at the seniors’ dance.
For More Information: Visit the Red Deer Legion website.

Pokémon League

Date & Time: Wednesday, June 12, 3:30 – 5:00 PM
Location: Red Deer Public Library Dawe Branch, 56 Holt St.
Details: Join other trainers for a fun afternoon of Pokémon activities! Our league promotes friendship, communication skills, and fair play. Registration is required. For participants under age 9, caregiver supervision is required.
For More Information/Reservation: Visit rdpl.org/events, call 403.346.4576, or email [email protected]

1913 Days Celebration

Date & Time: Thursday, June 13 – Sunday, June 16
Location: Various Locations in Town
Details: Mark your calendar for 1913 Days featuring a Scavenger Hunt, Farmer’s Market, Fire Hall Pancake Breakfast, Soap Box Derby, Penny Carnival, and more! Don’t miss the 1913 Days Parade on Saturday from 1:00 – 2:30 PM. The parade route starts at 43 Street, travels west down 47 Avenue, turns north on 50 Street, and heads east at Lakeshore Drive, ending at 44 Street.
For More Information/Reservation: Visit the Town website for complete details.


Nailed It! Paint Night

Date & Time: June 14, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Location: Kinsmen Room (LMC), Mary C. Moore Public Library
Details: For adults and teens. Compete with friends to recreate a painting using whatever painting skills (or lack thereof) you have.
Registration Fee: $15 per person; payment required ahead of program.
Registration: Register online, in person at the library, or by phone at 403.782.3433.

Intro to Gardening Workshop

Date & Time: Saturday, June 15, 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Location: Ellis Nature Centre, 39502 Range Road 260, Lacombe County
Details: Join Ellis Nature Centre and Sharon Wiebe for a free workshop covering gardening basics like no-till gardening, natural fertilizers, raised beds, and starting plants indoors. Ideal for beginners and those wanting to refresh their skills. Pre-registration is encouraged to ensure the workshop will run.
For More Information/Reservation: Email [email protected]

Your Weekly Horoscope


Lucky numbers this week: This week’s odds favour Virgo winners with the luckiest number being 5.

Aries (March 21 - April 20)

Take the time necessary to spark your energy level. You may be due to embark on a new journey in your life. Focus on those desires that are most important to you. Lucky numbers: 19, 23, 27, 31, 35, 39.

Gemini (May 22 - June 21)

Your interest in the past may have piqued. Family time should create strong bonds. Find ways to mend fences and create new friendships.
Lucky numbers: 3, 9, 12, 20, 24, 36.

Taurus (April 21 - May 21)

Collect your thoughts. Break away from the image others have of you. Your strong feelings on current topics may make you a little too subjective.
Lucky numbers: 14, 19, 20, 25, 34, 41.

Cancer (June 22 - July 23)

Family matters may be very demanding on you emotionally. Try your best to lessen the stress in your life by reducing your responsibilities at work.
Lucky numbers: 7, 11, 13, 22, 24, 39.

Leo (July 23 - Aug. 23)

Heartbreaking stories can be turned into positive lessons. You may need to reach deeper to help turn things around. Lucky numbers: 10, 12, 19, 24, 32, 46.

Libra (Sept. 24 - Oct. 23)

Imagine your future and make it come true. Realize that the time you invest could bring an amazing amount of satisfaction. Work and play hard.
Lucky numbers: 13, 25, 38, 39, 45, 47.

Virgo (Aug. 24 - Sept. 23)

You might be able to improve your future by putting a few major tasks on hold. Spend more time and energy creating your own master plan.
Lucky numbers: 1, 9, 17, 22, 37, 43.

Scorpio (Oct. 24 - Nov. 22)

Your words can bring much joy if you put a positive spin on them. Remember that any hint of negativity will only cause hurt feelings and broken dreams.
Lucky numbers: 15, 23, 26, 37, 44, 48.

Sagittarius Nov. 23 - Dec. 21)

You could receive kudos from colleagues who hold you in high esteem. Your immediate circle of friends and family may, in turn, be amazed by your success.
Lucky numbers: 3, 15, 21, 35, 42, 47.

Aquarius (Jan. 21 - Feb. 19)

Time may be on your side. Express your opinions with a more optimistic outlook. This newfound tone could help relieve some of your tension.
Lucky numbers: 4, 17, 26, 30, 33, 39.

Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 20)

Focusing on your deepest emotions may tend to turn into a negative cycle. Put things into a better perspective and your vision could become much clearer.
Lucky numbers: 7, 18, 24, 27, 36, 44.

Pisces (Feb. 20 - March 20)

Don’t be hurt if someone doesn’t keep their part of the agreement. Try to find a healthier balance for yourself by not expecting so much from others.
Lucky numbers: 4, 14, 22, 27, 31, 34.

Did you Know?


The right treatment: People sometimes mix up the remedies for viral and bacterial infections. If people have a viral infection, they need antiviral drugs. If they have a bacterial infection, an antibiotic can be used for treatment.

Please recycle: Don’t throw out those old aluminum pots because it is much more energy efficient to recycle this material. Recycling old aluminum uses only five percent of the energy needed to make new aluminum.

Tall guy: Basketball players may be tall, but most of them don’t measure up to an American man named Robert Wadlow (1918-1940) who grew to be 8 feet 11.1 inches (2.720 metres) tall.

First flight: The people credited with designing the first airplane that succeeded in a controlled, powered and sustained flight were American brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright. The famous flight occurred in 1903.

West Coast bar: The Nanaimo bar, a dessert treat for North Americans, originated in Canada. The treat gets its name from the city of Nanaimo in British Columbia where it was first sold.

On the Lighter Side


What did the mother broom say to the baby broom? “It’s time to go to sweep.”

Why do we press harder on our TV remote control when we know the batteries are flat?

A father spent time explaining to his little girl that Roger was her half-brother. When Roger came for a visit, the girl stared at him long and hard and finally whispered, “Where’s the other half?”

A little help at the right time is better than a lot of help at the wrong time.

Always carry a bowl, in case it rains soup.

Teacher: “If you hold nine oranges in one hand and ten lemons in the other, what do you have?”
Jimmy: “Really big hands!”

Why did the duck cross the road? Because the chickens retired and moved to Florida.

Trivia answers:

  1. Pocket without a flap
  2. Trombone
  3. Alexander Pope
  4. Fear of snow
  5. Stalagmites

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