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Alberta Art & Drafting Supplies – DBA Business Spotlight


This week, we shine our ‘Business Spotlight’ on a long-time staple in our Downtown community, Alberta Art & Drafting Supplies located at 4709 49th Ave. This year will mark their 27th year in business within the Downtown core and as they told us, ‘they can’t imagine being anywhere else.’ Check out our interview with Glenn Cline and Lorette Frank below!

What is your business?

We are a fine arts and drafting / design supply retail store.

When did your business open?

The owner opened the store in November of 1993 at 4709 – 49th Ave. We still have our grand opening flyer on file from all those years ago.

Original Grand Opening flyer from 1993.

What makes your business unique?

We like to believe that we are an artist’s destination, a boutique where creativity is first imagined and inspired. We have a loyal customer base and many people from out of town travel to shop with us. Our staff is very knowledgeable about the products we carry. The south wall of the building has been a wall mural that has been a landmark of the downtown for years.

What are some products/services that you offer?

AA&DS offers a wide range of products for the beginner to the professional artist, from drawing pencils to easels. In addition, we carry a range of drafting tools and media. We strive to support the local art clubs as well as the business community and local schools. Special ordering and shipping are also available, in fact, we ship Canada wide.


Why did you choose Downtown Red Deer as the location for your business?

AA&DS was founded by Karen Walls’s early experience working at Walsh Galleries and her passion for art.  These catalysts continue to grow the business today. Choosing Downtown along 49th Avenue made perfect sense in 1993 and 27 years later we are still located in our original location. We are well established in Downtown Red Deer.


What do you think makes Downtown vibrant?

We love Downtown. The Ross St. Patio, the musical activities, and the mature trees. City Hall Park festive lights during the holidays, flowers during the summer and of course all the different businesses that operate in the Downtown.

Finish this sentence: I love Downtown Red Deer because… the positive vibe that can be created here.

From their wide selection of products, a helpful and knowledgeable team, and their love for their Downtown community, Alberta Art & Drafting Supplies is something to be proud of in Downtown Red Deer. Be sure to check out their website and follow their Facebook and Instagram pages for upcoming deals and events!





Test your fitness while raising funds to remove financial barriers for family and youth programs



YMCA of Northern Alberta Launches
“Move to Give” Campaign to Inspire the Community

Edmonton, Alberta, February 20 — YMCA of Northern Alberta is excited to announce a new event that will allow people to put their fitness to the test while raising funds for a great cause. 

Move to Give takes place April 4, 2020 at six different YMCA centres in Edmonton, Red Deer and Fort McMurray.

Everyone will have the opportunity to participate individually or as a team to complete either one three-hour indoor cycle challenge or choose from three one-hour fitness master classes, all while raising funds to provide life-changing experiences to those in need.

Funds raised at Move to Give will go towards removing financial barriers for individuals and families to get fitness memberships, for children to enroll in swim lessons or day camps, for youth to access programs that will equip them for success, for families to access emergency child care in times of need, or for individuals to participate in life-changing community outreach programs.

YMCA of Northern Alberta is proud to partner with ENMAX to put on this event. Both organizations believe in powering the potential of people and are excited for the ways Move to Give will help build strong kids, healthy families and thriving communities.

“ENMAX is proud to partner with the YMCA of Northern Alberta for this event,” said Diana Stephenson, Vice President Public Affairs, ENMAX. “Move to Give enables participants to put their own power behind the YMCA’s cause, and we’re excited to see how the communities of Edmonton, Fort McMurray and Red Deer will come together to help their communities thrive.”

Registration for Move to Give is now open.
Visit to create your team and get started!
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YMCA of Northern Alberta is a registered charity dedicated to building healthy communities since 1907. From supporting people in their health and wellness to providing important community outreach programs, the YMCA of Northern Alberta works to support strong kids, healthy families, and thriving communities.
Through its subsidiaries, Enmax makes, moves and sells electricity to residential, small business and large commercial customers and is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta. ENMAX Power Corporation owns and operates transmission and distribution infrastructure in Calgary and ENMAX Energy Corporation owns diverse generation facilities throughout the province. Through its subsidiaries, ENMAX offers a range of innovative energy solutions to over 667,700 customers across Alberta including electricity, natural gas, renewable energy and other services.
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Thursday Charity Lunch at Messinger Meats to support Turning Point



From Mercedes Messinger at Messinger Meats

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen

Another Charity Lunch in February for Turning Point is coming up.  Thank you very much for all your ongoing support.  Let your friends, family, colleges and business partners  know.
The biggest THANK YOU to the Chamber of Commerce for  ordering 28 catered Lunches from us!
Our Menu Thursday, February 20
1. Stuffed Pork Tenderloin
2. Bourbon Orange Cream Chicken Thighs
3. Mediterranean Meatloaf Roulade
4. Cordon bleu
5. Italian Shepherd’s Pie
6. Beef Ribs braised
7. Porchetta
9. Creamy Pasta Meatball Primavera
10. Soup & French Baguette Sandwich Special
11. Hungarian Gulasch Soup
12. Mexican Bean Soup

About Turning Point

For over 30 years Turning Point Society (formerly the Central Alberta AIDS Network Society) has been responding to the health needs of communities using a harm reduction approach. Simply put harm reduction refers to policies, programs and practices that aim primarily to reduce the adverse health, social and economic consequences of risk taking behaviors such as drug use.
We hope to see you
Kind regards,
Mercedes Messinger
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february, 2020

sun12jan(jan 12)2:00 pmsun22mar(mar 22)5:00 pmAnne Frank: A History for Today opening at Red Deer MAG(january 12) 2:00 pm - (march 22) 5:00 pm mst Red Deer Museum & Art Gallery Address: 4525 - 47A Avenue, Red Deer

sun02feb(feb 2)7:00 pmsun15mar(mar 15)8:00 pm7:00 pm - (march 15) 8:00 pm Festival Hall, 4214 58 St, Red Deer, AB Event Organized By: Country Pride Dance Club

thu20feb(feb 20)10:00 amsun23(feb 23)4:00 pmRed Deer RV Show10:00 am - 4:00 pm (23)

tue25feb5:30 pm7:30 pmDiabetes Discussion Drop InLearn about Type 2 diabetes5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

wed26feb7:30 pm11:00 pmCeltic Illusiion7:30 pm - 11:00 pm

thu27feb5:30 pm7:00 pmMonthly Mindfulness Drop-In5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

fri28febsun01mar54th Annual Sport & Outdoor Show4:00 pm - (march 1) 9:00 pm

fri28feb6:00 pm11:00 pmFriday Family DanceFamily Dance6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

fri28feb7:00 pm11:00 pmBattle of the Bands for Crime Prevention7:00 pm - 11:00 pm Burgundy's Food & Stage, 5008 48 ST Event Organized By: The Central Alberta Crime Prevention Centre