Red Deer area residents can learn more about what it takes to make new friends. Art of Friendship is an eight-week course designed to help people make and keep friends.
Alberta Health Services, Life Long Learning Council of Red Deer and Red Deer and District Family and Community Support Services are putting on the course to help people who may have lost friends because of difficult experiences or disabilities.
Empty nesters, older people entering retirement and people new to Red Deer also report this course has improved their social lives. Evening and day courses are being offered.
The first course begins on Feb. 28 and runs weekly through April 11. Classes run from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Dawe branch of Red Deer Public Library at 56 Holt St.
The library is co-sponsoring the February course.
The second course runs weekly on Wednesday afternoons from 1 to 3 p.m. from March 6 through April 24. It runs at Canadian Mental Health Association at 5017 50th Ave. in downtown Red Deer.
For more information, call the health association at 403-342-2266. Cost is $25 and scholarships may be available for people with limited incomes.