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25th Festival of Trees is underway!



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  • It started small.  25 years ago (1994) the first Red Deer Festival of Trees raised just less than $29,000.00 which was donated to the lab.   Central Alberta got behind the festival and the amount raised went up exponentially.  Within 10 years (2004) over a half million dollars was raised.. just three years later (2007) the festival hit the $1 Million mark for the first time.  They’ve done that 7 times in total.. raising a total of over $15,000,000.
    Year Receiving Department Proceeds Year Receiving Department Proceeds
    1994 Laboratory $ 28,509 2006 Operating Room $ 957,000
    1995 Special Care Nursery $ 41,025 2007 Point of Care Devices $ 1,100,000
    1996 Operating Room $ 63,284 2008 Maternal Child Program $ 735,000
    1997 Intensive Care Unit $ 108,358 2009 Colorectal Screening Clinic $ 600,000
    1998 Emergency Department $ 167,735 2010 Cardioplumonary Care $ 875,000
    1999 Long Term Care $ 225,178 2011 Minimally Invasive Surgery $ 1,020,000
    2000 Operating Room, Surgery, Outpatients $ 280,024 2012 Laboratory Services: Histopathology $ 1,225,000
    2001 Family Birth Centre $ 306,777 2013 Diagnostic Imaging, Urology, and OR $ 1,280,000
    2002 Outpatients Department $ 385,924 2014 Obstetrical Operating Room $ 1,075,000
    2003 Intensive Care Unit $ 401,338 2015 Medical Specialty Clinic (phase one) $ 1,060,000
    2004 Adult Mental Health $ 503,361 2016 Medical Specialty Clinic (phase two) $ 950,000
    2005 Regional Rehabilitation Unit $ 492,000 2017 Laboratory Automation $ 1,200,000
    24 Year Total $ 15,080,513
    Funds raised at the 25th annual Festival of Trees this weekend will be used to purchase Pyxis Medstations for use in Emergency, the Intensive Care Unit, Operating Room, Recovery Room, Unit 22 (Cardiology), & other critical care areas at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre.

    Click here to visit the Red Deer Festival of Trees website


    From signature events like Preview Dinner and Mistletoe Magic to our Volunteer & Senior Appreciations, Festival of Trees produces a calendar of events by and for our community.  There is something for everyone with so much from which to choose!

    The Festival of Trees is able to offer a wide variety of special events for our guests to come and socialize, have fun, and support healthcare for the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre.  These ticketed events are available to our sponsors through our sponsor benefits packages, and to the general public starting September 17, 2018.

    Event tickets on sale now!

    Preview Dinner – Wednesday, November 21, 2018    6pm – 11pm | Doors open at 5:30pm  GO!

    Appreciation Afternoon – Thursday, November 22, 2018    Seniors 60+: 12:30pm-3:00pm   Festival Volunteers:  4pm – 6pm  GO!


    Festival Business Lunch – Thursday November 22, 2018     11:30am – 1:30pm  GO!


    Taste of Red Deer – Thursday, November 22, 2018     6pm – 9pm GO!


    Festival of Wines – Friday, November 23, 2018    8pm – 11pm  GO!   Sold Out


    Festival Fashion Brunch – Saturday, November 24, 2018  10:30am – 1:30pm  GO!


    Mistletoe Magic, Saturday, November 24, 2018  6pm – 11pm GO!


    Breakfast with Santa – Sunday, November 25, 2018   9am – 12pm  GO!



    Westerner Park parking fee is $6.00/vehicle

    Public Hours:

    Thursday 6pm-9pm

    Friday/Saturday 10am-9pm

    Sunday 10am-4pm

    2018 Event Tickets are on sale now at

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    Rustlers back in the win column… 5 and 0 at Penhold Multiplex



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  • Photos Courtesy Dennis Berg

    From the Red Deer Senior AA Rustlers


    The Senior Rustlers hand Morinville Kings first regulation loss of season

    The Red Deer Senior Rustlers are back in the win column following a 3-2 win over the NCHL-leading Morinville Kings on Saturday, becoming the first team to do so in regulation this season.

    Coming off a narrow 4-3 loss to the Kings on November 24, the Rustlers came out of the gate with a three-goal first period, with two goals from Connor Patchett and another from Ty Berkholtz. Berkholtz added an assist on both Patchett goals to finish the game with three points, giving him the team lead with 14 points on the season.

    Brett Bothwell

    The Kings finally solved Rustlers netminder Brett Bothwell late in the second period, and would add another with a two-man advantage in the third, but the Rustlers shut the door the rest of the way to preserve the win.

    Special teams were the difference maker for the Rustlers, who went 2-for-5 on the powerplay, and an impressive 7-for-8 on the penalty kill, including a big five-on-three kill in the opening minutes of the game.

    “This was a huge win for us, both in the standings, and mentally,” said Bothwell, who made 30 saves for his fourth win of the season. “We’ve faced some adversity over the past month, but tonight was an opportunity to bounce back and make a big statement against one of, if not the top team in the league, and we did just that.”

    The Senior Rustlers improve to 7-3 on the season, and stayed perfect at home with their fifth straight win at the Penhold Multiplex.

    The Rustlers are back home for the last time in 2018 on Saturday, December 15 for another important match-up against the Eckville Eagles, who also sit near the top of the NCHL standings. Game time is 7:30pm. The 2018 portion of the season closes out in Sylvan Lake on Friday, December 21 against the Pirates.

    For more information on the Red Deer Senior Rustlers, contact, or follow the team on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.


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    Christmas Bureau Delivers A Hamper Full of Celebration to 1000 Red Deer Families



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  • If there’s one place in Red Deer that best resembles Santa’s Workshop it has to be the Christmas Bureau. Many weeks before the big day the donations start to arrive.  Christmas gifts, food, and money will all be donated… stored, sorted, displayed… and parcelled up for their trip to over one thousand homes in the area.  They say the Christmas Bureau helps at least one family on every street in town.

    As you might imagine the days before Christmas can be quite hectic as everything comes together at once.  All the gifts are dispersed through the city to be wrapped and stored under Christmas trees waiting for this special morning.  All the food and goodies are sorted and placed in over 1000 boxes.  Then with a real sense of excitement and urgency, hundreds of people file politely into the Red Deer Christmas Bureau.  For two straight days over 500 Christmas Food hampers are presented to deserving families who’ve arrived to pick them up.

    Thousands of Central Albertans support the Red Deer Christmas Bureau in a variety of manners.  Red Deer… this is the result of your generosity, your time, and your love for your neighbours.  Thank you and Merry Christmas!

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    december, 2018

    wed21nov - 21decAll DayAlberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum - Deck the Hall 31 Days of Giving-31 Days of giving(All Day) Event Organized By: Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum

    sat15dec10:00 am- 4:00 pmParkland Garden Centre Craft and Market Sale10:00 am - 4:00 pm

    sat15dec12:00 pm- 6:00 pmArtisan Market Sale for Nuit Blanche Winter CarnivalArtisan Market12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    sat22dec10:00 am- 4:00 pmParkland Garden Centre Craft and Market Sale10:00 am - 4:00 pm

    mon31dec - 1jandec 317:00 pmjan 1- 2:00 amBlack & White ballRed Deer\'s Party of the Year!7:00 pm - (january 1) 2:00 am

    mon31dec - 1jandec 317:00 pmjan 1- 1:00 amOne Eleven Grill New Year's Eve with Claude Godin and his Groove EnsembleCall 403.347-2111 to reserve for New Year7:00 pm - (january 1) 1:00 am