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Lacombe Generals Need Your Help To Get To National Championship


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By Sheldon Spackman

The Lacombe Generals have launched a Go Fund Me Campaign to help pay for the cost of travelling to the Allan Cup in New Brunswick next week.  As Jeff McInnis explains, the team is a victim of it’s own success.  A string of provincial and regional championships means a massive travel bill at the end of every season.   The 2017 tournament runs from April 10th to 15th and the Generals are one of six teams competing in the annual event.  The Generals are Alberta Senior Men’s AAA hockey champs and earned the right to represent the Pacific Region in Boutouche, New Brunswick.

Although it’s been a successful season on the ice for the Generals after moving from Bentley to Lacombe last year, it’s still been a challenging one financially. A trip to the east coast comes at a high cost for the Generals and they’re looking to raise $10,000 or more with this campaign.

Team officials site the economic downturn and the loss of some key sponsors as factors that have led to this situation. The cost of flying a team of 28 players plus staff and gear to New Brunswick, as well as paying for meals and hotel rooms is roughly $2,000+ per round trip and does not include players equipment. It leaves the team in the hole by over $20,000.

Officials add “We are simply asking for any type of contribution that you can provide to help us get to Bouctouche, NB and be able to represent our town and Province to the best of our abilities.  We appreciate all of our fans and and sponsors that have stuck with us and stand by us.  We would not be able to be where we are without your support!”

Click here to show your support for the Generals!

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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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