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What's happening in Cochrane this week: the Cochrane Immigrant Services Committee s fundraising for its annual Christmas event, a Community Relief Fund is open for applications, and a Christmas Pop-up Market is set to open in early November.
Cochrane in Brief

Pop-Up Market

Quirk Social will be hosting a Pop-Up Holiday Market in the weeks leading up to Christmas. The event will feature up to 20 local vendors and their wares, giving Cochranites a wide variety of gift options for the holidays. The market will be running on weekends from Nov. 6 to Dec. 20, on Fridays from 6 to  9 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A special kids shopping area will be sectioned off so that kids have an opportunity to find a special gift for parents. COVID-19 safety measures will be in place in the market, including masks, hand sanitizer and limiting the number of shoppers inside at once. The market is located at 609 1st street west.

COVID-19 Community Relief

Alberta Blue Cross is calling on organizations across rural Alberta that are continuing services during the pandemic to apply for grant funding through its COVID Community Roots Program, which runs until the end of 2020. The organization has allocated $500,000 to support communities through the pandemic as well as the impact of low oil prices on the provincial economy. The program was launched in mid-June and is funded through Alberta Blue Cross’ community foundation. Through the fund, $5,000 grants are available for grassroots, community-led initiatives serving vulnerable populations.

No One Eats Alone

The Cochrane Immigrant Services Committee will be conducting a bottle drive to fundraise for its annual Jingle Mingle event held on Christmas Day. The Jingle Mingle is an annual lunch held on Christmas day for newcomers in the community who do not have a family to celebrate the holiday season with. From Sunday (Oct. 25) to Sunday (Nov. 1) Cochrane Immigrant Services Committee members will be out and about it in the community collecting bottles. For more information or to arrange a pickup, send Singh Palwinder a message on Facebook, or email