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Red Deer’s 2020 Family Day Guide!

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Red Deer has a multitude of activities to keep you and your loved ones entertained. Enjoy some winter activity by snowshoeing or cross-country skiing down at Heritage Ranch or out at River Bend Golf & Recreation Area or get together for ice skating at Bower Ponds — remember they also provide skate rentals if your family is from out of town. Here’s a run down of scheduled Family Day events and happenings in and around Red Deer.

Servus Credit Union presents – Our Stories: This is Us, at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery, February 17th 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Enjoy a storytelling performance by Red Deerian Michael Dawe, take a fun and playful instant photo of your family with TwitchyBooth! that you can take home as a memento. Participate in family-friendly art activities and games, music, and leave your mark on a collaborative art project for families, on our giant “This is Us” tree in our studio to showcase the families of Red Deer (this collaborative tree will be on display for a short time-period after the event); plus enjoy cake and beverages! Free to attend; donations are welcome.

The Family Day at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre event takes place February 17th 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Bring the family for an afternoon of fun nature-based activities! Fire pit for roasting marshmallows, snowshoeing, games, activities, and so much more! The admission is $5 a person or $15 for a family.

Join the festivities at The Snowman Festival, February 16th at Heritage Ranch, a Family fun afternoon of sleigh rides, pony rides and hot chocolate! Tickets are $55.00 for a family of four and you can add a hot dog s’mores pack to roast around the fire for an additional cost of $18.00. Get your tickets now and you will receive a family pass to the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. For the morning experience please arrive between 10:00 am and 12:00 pm. Afternoon experience arrive between 3:00 pm and 5pm. Tickets can be purchased online.

If you love soccer, then come on down to the 19th Annual Red Deer Family Day Indoor Soccer Tournament, happening February 14 – 17 at the Collicutt Centre for the boarded tournaments and at the Westerner Agricentre West field and Indoor Dome for the non-boarded tournaments.

Celebrate Family Day by stopping by the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, February 17th, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm for some family fun, games, crafts and hot chocolate. Admission is free for those 17 and under, Adults $5.00.

Sylvan Lake Winterfest is back, Family Day long weekend February 15 -17 offers entertainment the entire family can enjoy. Family fun on the ice, a Polar Bear Dip, Fire & Ice Show, Oval ice racing championships, free family fishing weekend and don’t forget the fireworks on the lake. Check out their website for details and make this a great start to your family day weekend.

Why not extend the family fun by attending The Princess Ball 2020 the following weekend Saturday, February 22nd at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Red Deer South. Your child will be greeted by the likes of Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, or maybe Tinker Bell. Inside the ballroom they will be enchanted by the decor created by Engaged by Darcie and Uptown Parties & Balloons. They will find many other Princes & Princesses to meet and a great list of other activities. It’s all in support of Cystic Fibrosis Canada and a great event for adults and their little ones to attend.

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Valentine’s Day in Downtown Red Deer

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Downtown Romance – Valentines Day Guide to the Most Romantic Locations

Valentines Day is fast approaching and we’ve compiled a list of just a few wonderful ways for you to celebrate in the heart of Red Deer’s Historic Downtown! Whether you’re looking for that quiet little corner, or a more upbeat room with live music, or even something a little different… we think the list below has something for everyone looking to celebrate Valentines Day this weekend!

How about a classic Italian dinner in a warm and inviting setting? The team at La Casa Pergola have created a special Valentine’s Menu for you and your date, or you can choose to dine from their regular menu as well! Located at 4909 48 st.  Call 403-342-2404 to make your reservation.

Looking for some live music as an accompaniment to your romantic dinner? The folks at Tribe have just what you’re looking for! For just $65 per guest, you can enjoy a 7 course meal complete with bubbly, and listen to the sounds of local pianist Curtis Labelle throughout dinner service in an absolutely stunning room! Located in the Farthing Block on Ross Street – Call or text 403-302-3580 to book your seats!   OR… More live music and a 3 course meal can be found around the corner at Burgundy’s Food & Stage. Enjoy 3 courses for $40 plus the musically stylings of Ryan Cardnuff and other guests as well! Call 403-986-1332 to book!

Don’t want to be pinned down to a set time or day? Why not pop in to Original Joe’s? From now until Feb 16 they have a special Valentine’s menu available anytime for you to enjoy, including wine specials and more! OR swing on over to the hip new revamped cocktail bar that is the talk of the town, Occam’s Razor, for a delicious meal paired with hand crafted cocktails from some of the most knowledgeable bartenders in the industry. (They have a pretty sweet wine selection too).

Maybe you’re looking for something a little different? Downtown’s legendary back alley gem, The Velvet Olive Lounge, is hosting Open Magic Night on Valentines Day.  Similar to their popular open mic night, but with a twist! Each performer will have 5-7 minutes to perform either one trick or a short routine. You will be judged on presentation and creativity. Prizes will be awarded for various skill categories. Or just go and watch the show! No cover!

Our suggestion? Why not make a tour of it? Maybe a nice dinner at one location, a quick stroll for a cocktail afterwards, and end the night with a little “magic”?

So many options in the heart of the city. Happy Valentines Day!

Stay in touch!  We’re Downtown Red Deer Adventures and we’re usually up to something fun downtown!

 

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Foundation seeking applications for valuable ’emerging artists’ awards- Deadline Feb.23

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The competition deadline is midnight, February 23, 2020.

Full disclosure – I serve on the Board of Directors of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards Foundation.  And as a serious artist in the province, you are likely aware of this foundation.  And If not, you should be.  It was in 2003 that some visionaries in our province, some even luminaries, put together the funds necessary to establish a foundation that would celebrate and promote excellence in the arts.  You can thank the late Tommy Banks, the late John Poole and Calgary’s Jenny Belzberg for the legacy they created. The endowments they established with philanthropic dollars from generous community members, and gifts from a number of levels of government, have helped to create a lasting impact on those recognized.

In alternating years, the Foundation celebrates either emerging artists or distinguished artists.  In 2020, the Foundation will recognize up to 10 emerging artists who will each receive a $10,000 cash award and a medal presented by Her Honour, the Honourable Lois E. Mitchell, CM, AOE, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, at a ceremony in June.

Artists from all disciplines including performing, visual, film, design and literary arts are eligible to apply.

Emerging artists are considered those of any age who have completed their training or apprenticeship and are in the early stages of their professional arts career. To date, 53 Emerging Artists have been recognized including singers Nuela Charles and Colleen Brown; theatre artists Heather Inglis, Jenna Rodgers and Simon Mallett; visual artists Amy Malbeuf and Pamma Fitzgerald.

The awards are adjudicated by a panel put convened by The Banff Centre. This panel will select the 2020 Emerging Artist recipients.

The competition deadline is midnight, February 23, 2020.

Full competition details and links to the online application forms can be found at artsawards.ca

You can find the application form and other details here. Since its inception, the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards Foundation has awarded more than a million dollars ($1,130.000 to be exact) to 20 Distinguished Artists and 53 Emerging Artists.

These awards are amazing.  I’ve attended both Distinguished Artist and Emerging Artist awards since becoming a member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation several years ago.  If you are serious about your art, you really need to get an application together.

2016 Emerging Artists with Her Honour Lois E. Mitchell and His Honour Douglas Mitchell

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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

tue18feb5:30 pm7:30 pmDiabetes Discussion Drop InLearn about Type 2 diabetes5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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

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

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