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High School Grad classes to raise funds for Kerry Wood Nature Centre and Red Deer Hospice


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From Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools

Each year the graduating class from École Secondaire Notre Dame High School chooses a charity to raise funds for through their Grad Service Project.  This year Kerry Wood Nature Centre was chosen as the recipient of monies raised.

One hundred per cent of the funds raised will go to support nature play programming, Nature for New Canadians programs and to expand the Nova Chemicals Imagination Grove Nature PlaySpace. The students’ goal is to raise $40,000 for Kerry Wood Nature Centre.

“Students were excited to choose a charity that can impact everyone in our community. They love the idea of families getting outside to play, learn and spend time together while reconnecting with nature,” saidPrincipal, Rose McQuay at École Secondaire Notre Dame High School.      

Grad Service Project week will take place on March 9 – 14. Each day, teams of a teacher and six students will work together to compete in challenges and earn points. The final days of the will be the biggest competition, where student teams along with a team parent will compete in a 23-hour extreme scavenger hunt throughout Red Deer. The challenge is to collect all 2020 items on the list. Prizes will be awarded to the teams that earn the most points and for those that raise the most money.

For more information about the École Secondaire Notre Dame High School grad service project, please visit

École Secondaire Notre Dame High School serves about 1130 Grade 10 to 12 students in Lancaster subdivision in southeast Red Deer. As a learning institution, the École Secondaire Notre Dame High School is committed to serving students with a complete offering of learning opportunities delivered within the context of Catholic teachings.


Grade 12 students at St. Joseph High School have chosen to support the Hospice Society of Red Deer through their Grad Service project. The Grad Committee chose the Hospice Society to raise awareness and support the families going through this difficult stage of life.


“We are so excited to be raising funds and awareness for the Hospice Society of Red Deer this year! Our students chose the aging community as an area they would like to focus on as it aligned with their issues-of-interest they identified and with our faith journey as a school. Helping those during this difficult time in their lives is something our grad committee is very passionate about and I look forward to seeing what this year brings as we kick-off our third grad service project,” said Grad Service Project Coordinator, Ashley Visscher at St. Joseph High School.

Through the Grad Service Project, students have the opportunity to volunteer at the Hospice Society of Red Deer and spend time with residents. This includes sharing their own gifts and talents with patients, as well as assisting with the annual Hospice Society Gala in March 2020.

“We are very excited to assist the Hospice Society of Red Deer this year because their work reflects the values we believe are important in choosing a charity, such as community, assisting senior citizens, as well as helping those who are struggling with health problems,” said Emily Cassels, Marian Canas and Bryanne Wandler, students at St. Joseph High School.

“We at the Red Deer Hospice are so thankful to the grad committee at St. Joseph High School. The fact that young students would select hospice among a number of worthy charities in our community, makes a profound statement about our youth today. To support the Expansion of our Home and our end of life palliative care for our residents, says that students care and respect the care we provide our increasingly aging senior population,” said Chairman James McPherson, Board of Directors of the Red Deer Hospice.

St. Joseph High School serves over 725 Grade 10 to 12 students in Red Deer. As a learning institution, the St. Joseph High School is committed to serving students with a complete offering of learning opportunities delivered within the context of Catholic teachings.


After 15 years as a TV reporter with Global and CBC and as news director of RDTV in Red Deer, Duane set out on his own 2008 as a visual storyteller. During this period, he became fascinated with a burgeoning online world and how it could better serve local communities. This fascination led to Todayville, launched in 2016.

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The Laft Hus celebrates 35 years in Red Deer

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The Laft Hus is a replica of an 18th-century farmhouse in the Numedal district in Norway. It was created through the efforts of volunteers, and it officially opened to the public in 1987.

The museum contains many old artifacts and examples of Norwegian arts and crafts and a small butikk of Norwegian items and the house itself is of note due to its traditional sod roof.

The museum and gift shop are open to visitors every day (except Mondays) from June 1 through to August 31, 9:00 am to 3 pm. For the remainder of the year, the Norwegian Laft Hus is open each Wednesday when a group of ladies meet to work on Norwegian arts and crafts.

This year, the Laft Hus celebrates its 35th year in Red Deer. The annual festival will take place on June 18, 2022 and will have many activities, entertainment, Norwegian food and vendors for the visitors to enjoy. Help us celebrate!

For more information, visit their website.

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Children’s Fest is back in the park in 2022!

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Groups and organizations come together to host the 16th Annual Central Alberta Children’s Festival

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After 2 years of re-imagined festivals we are excited to be hosting the 16 th Annual Central Alberta Children’s Festival back in the park. This family-friendly event is held over two days the first weekend of June. The festival is an opportunity for children and their families to get first-hand knowledge and exposure to the arts, to allow their creativity and imaginations to blossom.

June 3rd and 4th Rotary Recreation Park 4501 47A Ave, Red Deer will come to life with music, dancing, children running and laughing enjoying tons of interactive fun!

The community planning committee has been busy putting together a great two days that will enchant and engage children of all ages. With support from various community partners, the festival brings affordable, culturally diverse, and exciting entertainment through featured artists and interactive fun. We strive to allow families to actively engage in learning and playtime by fostering their imagination and creativity. From dancing, ultimate fort building, Laser Chase, Imaginate where you will learn from local artists, glitter tattoos, and performances this children’s festival has it all.

Live shows include:

 Beppie a JUNO nominated recording artist and an award winning music educator based out of Edmonton,

 LANCE CARDINAL ᐊᐧᒐᐢᐠ First Nations artist, designer, and entrepreneur. Lance recently began a new role as Indigenous consultant and designer for the Edmonton Oilers, writing the new pre-game land acknowledgement video and designing the new Turtle Island Logo.

 The Joe Show – Start with a little magic. Add some breathtaking illusions. Stir in appearances from an amazing collection of animal friends with ventriloquism, Sprinkle in a healthy dose of jokes, laughter and fun, and you have the recipe for an amazing show known as the Joe Show

With our admission fee of only $7 per person, or $25 per family or anytime pass $40.00 for a family, every family can enjoy the world-class entertainment and all activities. Included with the admission, families will also have access to free
snacks and water (bring a bottle!), The Central Alberta Children’s Festival welcomes kids ages 0 – 99!

For more information on the festival visit

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