Community News
Sprout into Spring

Spring is about all things green and at Mortar and Pesto we have plenty of amazing green products to help you maintain and improve your overall health and wellbeing. We carry sprouting kits that allow you to grow nutritious microgreens in your own home, perfect for adding a nutrient-dense boost to your day. We also have greens powders, sea veggies, and high-potency broccoli capsules for those who want to achieve therapeutic doses for epigenetic support. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, spring is also liver season – a great opportunity to check out the many plant-based products we have that help the gallbladder and liver!

May Events for Seniors at RDPL

Downtown Walk & Talk (every Tuesday at 12:15 p.m.)
*NEW!* Collicutt Walk & Talk (every Thursday at 11:30 a.m.)
First Thursday Concert Series (first Thursday of each month)
Travel Memories (first Wednesday of each month)
Bring, Brag, Break with the Alberta Genealogical Society (second Saturday of each month)
Book Clubs (various dates/times)
Get Money Smart! 75 Ways to Save on Household Expenses (online on May 14)
Red Deer Cancer Connect (May 7 & 21)
Readers’ Theatre (May 16)
Sip n’ Stitch (May 16)
Crib, Cards, Coffee and Conversation (May 19)
Symphony at the Snell (May 25)
For full details, visit

Clean Eating Recipe

Beef Taco Bowl – 2 tsps. coconut oil. 1 onion, diced. 1lb.grass-fed ground beef. 2 tsps. ground cumin. 2 cloves garlic, minced. 1 tsp. sea salt. 3 cups cauliflower rice. Tomatoes or fermented salsa, avocado, cilantro, sour cream and raw cheese for garnish. Heat coconut oil over medium heat in a large saute pan. Add onion and saute for 5 minutes until soft and just beginning to brown. Add ground beef and spices and cook about 8-10 min. Serve meat with rice and toppings.

Save the Date!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 21, 2024, community; we at the Golden Circle are so excited to announce that we are participating in The Grand Parade! This is a family-friendly fundraiser walk that helps support local charities who provide essential care and service for aging Canadians. We will be looking for volunteers, sponsors, walkers and entertainment, so keep your eyes peeled on our website, social media channels, and out in the community for more details as the planning continues. The Grand Parade is a moment to take to the streets across Canada to publicly honour aging friends and family, while fundraising for charities who serve them faithfully. Fundraisers are such an important aspect of non-profit survival and sustainability, and we think that this is a perfect event to align with our mission and vision. We hope that you’ll join us in support of the important work we do for older adults in our community!

Interested in Volunteering?

Are you looking for something productive and a whole lot of fun to do in your spare time? Would you like to make a difference in the community too? Consider volunteering at the Golden Circle!

We have a wide variety of volunteer opportunities that you can participate in such as: Bingo and Casino volunteers; Friendly Visiting, Volunteer Driving for Supportive Medical Transportation; Escorted Grocery Shopping or delivering Groceries or Frozen Meals; Kitchen and Dining Room help; Special Event Help from decorating, set up and take down, to serving, ticket taking or bar tending; Committees and the Board of Directors – we are a registered non-profit society with a Governance Board of Directors. We are always looking for individuals with a passion for older adults and making a difference in their community to join the Board or our Committees!

If you are interested in more information on becoming a volunteer at the Golden Circle, please contact Megan Schapansky, Program & Volunteer Coordinator at 403-343-6074 or

Did You Know Volunteering is Healthy?

We all lead busy lives so it can be hard to find time to volunteer, however, the benefits of volunteering can be enormous. Not only does volunteering offer vital help to people in need, worthwhile causes, and the community, but the benefits can be even greater for you, the volunteer! The right match can help you make friends, connect with your community, learn new skills and in some cases even advance your career, but did you know that volunteering can even make you feel happier and healthier? Volunteering can be a real confidence booster and we all need that some days.

Giving to others can help protect your mental and physical health. It can reduce stress, combat depression, keep you mentally stimulated, and provide a sense of purpose. Numerous studies have been undertaken that show the beneficial health outcomes of volunteering. Research has found that participation in voluntary services is a predictor of better mental and physical health. People who volunteer have been shown to have better self-esteem, higher overall satisfaction ratings with their life, lower depressive symptoms, greater functional ability and yes – even live longer!

While it’s true that the more you volunteer, the more benefits you’ll experience, volunteering doesn’t have to involve a long-term commitment or take a huge amount of time out of your busy day. Giving in even simple ways can help those in need and improve your health and happiness.

National Volunteer Week

April 14 to 20 is National Volunteer Week in Canada. The theme for 2024 is “Every Moment Matters”. It highlights the importance of every volunteer and each contribution they make at a moment when we need support more than ever. The sharing of time, skills, empathy, and creativity is vital to the inclusivity, strength, and wellbeing of our communities. We are happy to join with organizations across the nation to recognize and celebrate every volunteer and each contribution they’re making to strengthen inclusivity and wellbeing in our communities. Now more than ever, Every Moment Matters!

Book of the Month:

HealthyGirl Kitchen: 100+ Plant-based Recipes to Live Your Healthiest Life by Danielle Brown. Whether you’re a practicing vegan or just interested in trying out more plant-based meals, this go-to cookbook with insanely easy, out-of-this-world delicious recipes will help you become the best version of yourself. This cookbook contains over 100 plant-based recipes that are 100% vegan, refined-sugar and flour free, gluten-free optional, and ridiculously easy to prepare.
Available to borrow from Red Deer Public Library at

Disability Tax Benefits

The Disability Tax Credit (DTC) is a non-refundable tax credit aiding individuals with physical or mental impairments in reducing income tax. It extends to those supporting disabled individuals or their spouses. Applicable at federal and provincial levels, the DTC aims to level the tax playing field between those with and without disabilities. Individuals facing additional costs related to medical care, food, housing, transportation, and personal assistance services can find financial relief by claiming the DTC on their tax return. Moreover, DTC eligibility opens doors to complementary government programs, such as the Registered Disability Savings Plan, Child Disability Benefit, Canada Worker’s Benefit Disability Supplement, and Multigenerational Home Renovation Tax Credit.

Get Relief From Your Allergies

Spring is finally here, and that means seasonal allergies will be on the rise. Seasonal allergies develop when the immune system overreacts to something in the environment, like mold spores or pollen. For people struggling with seasonal allergies, this is a difficult time of the year. Luckily, in the past few years, pharmacists have been granted the ability to prescribe a number of over-the-counter and prescription products to minimize the severity of your symptoms. Talk to a pharmacist today to learn about non-drug, and prescription products to help combat your seasonal allergies. Spring is meant to be enjoyed, so don’t let allergies bring you down.

Natural Relief for Allergies

Combat histamine reactions naturally during allergy season by incorporating quercetin-rich foods like apples, onions, and berries into your diet. Quercetin acts as a natural antihistamine, alleviating symptoms such as sneezing and congestion. Additionally, consume omega-3 fatty acids from fish, flaxseeds, and walnuts to reduce overall allergic responses. Embrace local honey to build pollen tolerance, easing hay fever symptoms. Hydrate with herbal teas like chamomile or nettle, known for their anti-allergenic effects. These holistic approaches provide comprehensive defense against seasonal discomfort, fostering a healthier, allergy-resistant lifestyle. Natural health products like Natural D-Hist works great for additional support. Reach out to our integrative medicine pharmacists’ to discuss which product is right for you!