CARTA Memo for September 2022

Welcome to a new “school year”! We began the year with the annual ” To Hell With the Bell” breakfast and had an amazing turnout.    The Central Alberta Retired Teachers Association is excited to offer some new social events this year!   These events will take place once a month and will include opportunities to engage in activities to promote wellness as we gather together.  These will be great opportunities to connect with colleagues, make new acquaintances, try out a new activity, and expand your skills or knowledge.


Our first event is an afternoon of Pickleball.   There is no need to be an expert or to have played before!!  Pickleball is one of the fastest growing activities- a crazy combination of some of the aspects of tennis, badminton, and table tennis combined and using a large wiffle ball!  We will provide you with some basic instructions and everything you need to have fun.  Just wear your runners and you will be set!!


When:  Sunday, September 25, 2022.  1:30-3:30 p.m

Where:  2900 67 St Red Deer (next to St Joseph’s High School just east of Clearview Meadows subdivision) Motorworks Field.  This is located in East Red Deer on the road that leads out to Canyon Ski Hill.

What Do I Need?  Wear non slipping shoes (eg runners) and clothes you can move in

Cost:  $10 /person if not a member of the Red Deer Pickleball Club

Who can come?  Members of CARTA and their partner/spouse/significant other, etc


After we are done playing we will be able to gather at The Canadian Brewhouse (12 Conway St.) for additional socializing and time of fellowship.


Please reply to to reserve your spot before Tuesday, September 20 so I can make sure we have enough equipment and courts.   Let me know the following information:

  • Your name
  • Newbie or experienced at Pickleball
  • Need for a paddle (we are able to borrow paddles from the Red Deer Pickleball club

We will also be creating a list of people who are interested in other social events- Please let me know if you want to be included in that list for future activities.  Future events may include trying other physical activities (any one want to try snow shoeing, cycling, skating at the oval, exploring JJ Collett and the trails, tubing at Canyon Ski Hill !I), cultural events (eg. plays, movies, art shows), mental health (eg Laughing yoga, picnic in the park, exploring volunteer activities, travel opportunities).  I would also appreciate if you have any suggestions for events that you would love to see happen this year.


Please share this information with your fellow retirees who may not have been able to join us at the Hell with the Bell breakfast or who have not yet renewed their membership with the Central Alberta Retired Teachers Association for the 2022-23 year.    Membership is only $10 and can be obtained by emailing


I am looking forward to connecting with you and enjoying all that retirement has to offer


Judith McIntyre


On this Saturday, September 17, the Red Deer Arts Council is hosting a pop up gallery at their office at 4919 -49 St. in Red Deer.  Come out and see some of the amazing talent of our local artists.


Christmas is still a few months away but it is time to start planning for our CARTA Christmas lunch. We had very positive feedback regarding our breakfast at the Pidherney Centre so have booked that space again for Thursday, December 1. The menu offers a roast turkey dinner for $25 with a salad, potatoes and veggies, and dessert.
We hope to include a few  ‘fun, seasonal’ activities, Carol singing, and time to visit with friends.
Mark your calendar for December 1. Hope to see you there!

Shirley Brault


The Fiftieth Anniversary of CARTA Committee

We will be having a display of our archival material from the last 50 years in the next couple of months. Dates and times will follow soon.




Thinking of joining a Reading Group this fall?  Not a traditional book club but an opportunity for readers to share what they are reading and perhaps exchange books.  This group is in the formative stage.  Contact Kaye or Lyle at for more information.


And last but not least a huge thank you to Shirley Brault for all her work at To Hell With the Bell on September 8.  Eighty people came out to celebrate with our new retirees.  Thank you to all the others who worked so hard to make the event so successful!  Thank you to ARTA for providing door prizes.

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