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Happening This Friday: The Circus Comes to the Brewery

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When was the last time you saw a contortionist perform in the middle of a brewery? Volunteer Central and Undercurrent Brewing are pleased to introduce the performers that will be wowing the audience this Friday night.

Boo’s + Brews: A Freak-Show Cabaret is a fundraiser hosted by Undercurrent Brewing. Proceeds will go towards Volunteer Central, a non-profit that enhances community through volunteerism. Volunteer Central advocates on behalf of hundreds of nonprofits that rely on them to help recruit volunteers to carry out their services in the community.

Enjoy a freakishly-fun evening that includes two live circus performances, a tarot card-reading gypsy, 50/50 and raffles. Round up the staff and purchase 4 tickets for $120 (single tickets are $35). Package include 8 drink tickets, a specially crafted signature cocktail, a delicious assortment of tapas including mini chicken & waffles, tortellini skewers, finishing with a corazon chocolate and hazelnut mousse dessert.

The event features circus acts from world-class performers based in Calgary, like sword swallowing, a contortionist, and – we shudder as we type this – nails may be going up noses.

About the performers:

Lindsay Istace is an award-winning circus performer. Skilled in the arts of crystal ball juggling, extreme flexibility, and more, she has traveled the world to hone her craft. With grace, precision, excessive-high kicks and a dash of danger, Lindsay will delight you a world-class show that you won’t forget.

Schuyler Snowdon is a Canadian circus artist specializing in juggling and balance skills. When pushed to define his show he likes to call it an unusually highly skilled clown act. He performs with acrobatic ladder, rola bola, unicycle and juggles plates, knives and glasses. He began working as a circus performer doing street shows in 2008 and has since performed all over Western Canada by himself and with a number of groups.

Gather some friends or coworkers, and join us for a disturbingly fun evening you soon won’t forget.   To avoid paying Eventbrite fee’s, email Bryan @ [email protected] and pay by e-transfer!

Volunteer Central strives to build a strong, connected and engaged community through volunteerism.

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Red Deer PCN sends thanks to the Women’s Fun Run organinzing committee

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Thank you, Red Deer PCN Women’s Fun Run: Re-Imagined!

The Red Deer Primary Care Network would like to thank Val Jensen and the Women’s Fun Run organizing committee for a hugely successful ‘Fun Run Re-Imagined’ on May 9th.

Thank you for your part in creating a culture of active living in Red Deer! Almost 1700 participants of all ages made a commitment to be active, from Lark Lund (4 days old) to Nick and Ann Milkovich (96 and 94 years young).

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Our sports history has value

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Simple confirmation that the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame has been operating without its standard financial aid from the provincial government prompted some interesting response during the last few days.

In a casual conversation, executive director Tracey Kinsella mentioned last week that COVID-19 made it necessary to cancel at least two annual fund-raisers – the Hall of Fame induction ceremony and its annual invitational golf tournament in Red Deer – and she was concerned about meeting routine expenses.

Consistently, the government’s contribution of $302,000 a year has been in the hands of Hall of Fame officials before the middle of the year. She expressed only mild frustration,, understanding that the coronavirus pandemic and other major financial issues have created major problems far from the world of sports. She did state that government staff members, working below the level of elected or appointed officials, have told her of their efforts to have the money forwarded as quickly as possible.

Perhaps this delay must be seen as part of a long and ongoing drop in Alberta’s financial support to amateur sports at all levels. In the 10-year period ending in 2019, the reduction reached $5.1 million – an average of $500,000 per year. We should hope not.

Some comparative figures seem to be well worth serious study:

* The economic impact of the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer was $110 million; impact of the 2018 Alberta Winter Games was $3.4 million for the Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo area and $5.6  million for this host province;

* In 2018-19, Alberta Sport Connection, a sport delivery system disbanded months ago by the UPC, provided $7.2 million to be shared among 80 provincial sport organizations that delivered programming to more than 788,000 Albertans;

* Leduc hosted the 2016 Alberta Summer Games with an economic impact of $3.6 million for the area and $4.9 million for the province.

Still, government aid has dropped. Some citizens suggest minor and amateur sports should not receive government support during troubled times. Today it might be wise to ask Fort McMurray if that community will value the 2022 Arctic Winter Games? The record shows that numerous small- and mid-sized business stepped up during the 2018 Games, a difficult time for fire victims and petroleum companies that have served as a backstop to countless community and area projects.

After the severe floods earlier this year, it’s safe to guess that any international program that will improve community morale while adding some vital dollars to the public purse will be welcome. Incidentally, they’re headed to Wood Buffalo because COVID-19 forced cancellation of the scheduled 2020 event in Whitehorse. Fortunately, some of the dollars set aside and unused in the Northwest Territories have already arrived in Fort McMurray.

These days, surrounded by a crippled economy, I wonder if Alberta now wishes the 2026 Commonwealth Games were headed for Edmonton and 2026 Winter Olympics were coming to Calgary. Both possibilities were seriously discussed before being nixed.

During my five-year term as chair of Alberta Sport Connection, the organization received steady criticism for finishing third of fourth – usually in the rear of Quebec and Ontario – in provincial medal counts. I tried regularly to help almost any government official to focus on the cost of doing business.

It made no impact to point out that Alberta’s per-capita investment in sport programs is (or was) the second-lowest in Canada. Sorry, I can’t remember which province spent less, but I am sure that Saskatchewan receives $24.39 per capita and Newfoundland gets $8.36 per capita.

Alberta receives $3.85 per capita although 82 per cent of Albertans say in polls that they believe sport contributes to quality of life. And those I have spoken to say clearly that the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame has value.

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