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Rebels And United Way Team Up For 8th Annual Sockey Night In Red Deer


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rebels-25th-anniversary-logoBy Sheldon Spackman

Your chance to help those less fortunate in our community stay warm this winter happens at the Enmax Centrium in Red Deer Saturday night. The Rebels and United Way of Central Alberta have teamed up for the 8th annual Sockey Night In Canada”.

The event take place during the second intermission of the Rebels game against the Prince Albert Raiders October 22nd. At that time, fans are invited to throw new pairs of socks on the ice that can either be brought to the game or purchased right at the rink. Those who buy socks at the rink will be entered to win prizes. All proceeds from sock sales go to the United Way for investment in more than 40 community programs and services across Central Alberta.

Dean Williams is the VP of Marketing and Sales for the Red Deer Rebels and says “This event is a great fit for us because it attracts the families and kids that will become our future customers but also because we believe in the work the United Way does across our Central Alberta community.”

Jennifer Forrest is Resource Development Director for the United Way of Central Alberta and says “Sockey Night in Red Deer not only raises awareness of our campaign and the impact we are making across our region but it’s also fun, involves community members of all ages and helps keep people warm through our cold Alberta winter!”

On Monday, October 24, socks will go out for delivery to five of the United Way’s partner agencies who will make sure they get onto the feet of those who need them most.

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Today: Come meet Red Deer’s Silver Medalist Rebecca Smith

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Submitted by Tourism Red Deer

Come celebrate with us and congratulate Red Deer’s own Rebecca Smith.

Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Tourism Red Deer invite you to meet Red Deer’s Summer Olympic Silver Medalist Rebecca Smith!

Rebecca was a part of Team Canada’s 4 x 100-meter freestyle relay swim team at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.  She’ll be here to meet, greet, and show off her hardware.

Where: Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, 102-4200 Highway 2, Red Deer

When:  Wednesday, August 25, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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Access to Dawe Centre pool and community centre affected by expansion project – Details

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Limited access to G.H. Dawe Community Centre this summer due to construction

Due to construction, access to the G.H. Dawe Community Centre will be limited this summer, with a full closure planned for August.

As announced yesterday, City recreation centres are opening fully to the public as of July 1. With construction underway at the G.H. Dawe Community Centre, only limited services and areas will be available.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Starting July 2, fitness and gym areas will open from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., daily. In July, summer day camps that normally operate from the Dawe will operate from other facilities.
  • The pool will remain closed until September.
  • To accommodate interior heating and ventilation construction, the facility will fully close from July 26 to August 31. Some registered preschool and summer camp programming may proceed, but no rental or general admission options will be available.
  • On September 1, we anticipate the pool will be open, but some other amenities, like the gym, may not be available. More information will be provided as construction progresses.
  • Playing surfaces in the arena will not be available until construction is complete, which is expected to be early 2023.

We are currently offering a discounted monthly Value Pass for $27 for adults ($24.50 for seniors; $21.90 for students; $19.30 for youth; $14.20 for children, and $60.50 for a family. It provides unlimited access to all facilities. As of August the Value Pass will only provide access to the Recreation Centre and Michener Aquatic Centre; however, access to the Dawe will be included in the Value pass until the pool, gym and fitness areas are open.

About the G.H. Dawe Community Centre Project

Work is underway now on the G.H. Dawe Community Centre Project and some exciting changes are in store. We expect to welcome visitors to the transformed space in early 2023. Here’s just some of what you can expect:

  • Two NHL standard playing surfaces
  • Expanded fitness areas, including a running track
  • Outdoor spray park with washroom facilities
  • Improved accessibility
  • Additional north entrance + site access from 67 Street
  • Additional parking

During construction, there will be some changes and impacts to existing amenities and programs, and we’ll do you best to share this information in advance. Thanks for your patience as we complete this work.

For more information about the project, please visit

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