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.
Penhold Flight Instructor Releases Updated Instruction Manual For the 21st Century
Sky Wings Aviation founder Dennis Cooper lives to fly.
“2020 marks 50 years of flying for me,” said Cooper in a phone interview. “I was a cadet and part of the glider program but got my pilots license in 1971 at Cold Lake before I even had my drivers license.”
Cooper later earned his Commercial license under Cecil Sorenson and other seasoned ex-Canadian Air Force pilots who transferred their tremendous knowledge base. Working with Johnson Air Services and Pultz Aviation, he obtained his instrument rating and began his pilot career in earnest.
“One of the tools I had as a young pilot was the Pultz Instructor Manual and sometimes he (Pultz) would ask me questions and I would offer input,” he remembered. “The original book was a 3-ring binder and we used that format for a long time at Sky Wings as well.”
Fast forward to the present.
“With current technology, many of our students wanted the manual in an electronic form so now instead of just having a softcover book that gets scuffed, dirty and ripped we now have a hardcover AND an electronic version for use everywhere,” added the instructor. “Since the original book was written, much had changed.”
Changes to the original include an index which the first book did not have according to Cooper, modified levels of instructors, GPS information which did not exist years ago, procedures and general knowledge brought about by technology.
“We kept the artwork from the original,” said Cooper. “It’s great and captures what we wanted. We also added enhanced study and review questions based on feedback from students who have been through testing. The result is now a 558 page Instructors Manual that can follow a pilot from the beginning of their career to their end goal, no matter what that looks like.”
The new updated manual can be used in conjunction with Transport Canada publications. It can adequately prepare a commercial pilot for the Transport Canada Flight Instructor written examination, the in-flight training and ground instruction, as well as the test flight.
Priced at $99 for the hardcover and $90 for the softcover, the “Cooper Flight Instructor Manual” is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Chapters/Indigo and 3 flight suppliers at present.
“I bought Sky Wings Aviation in 1982 and even today I still feel the same when a new student flies for the first time. I am excited when our students enter the plane, travel the runway and rise into the air for the first time for their first circuit, then return,” said Cooper whose wife Sherry also teaches at the school. “I enjoy watching the transfer of knowledge from instructor to student, but most significantly, watching them conquer the air just like the Wright Brothers 118 years ago.”
Cooper is not finished yet with 3 more books ready to rewrite for the 21st century.
For more information on Sky Wings Aviation and the 9th Edition of the Cooper Flight Instructors Manual, go to:
Foundation for Red Deer Public Schools picks up $30,000.00 tab to buy laptops for at-home schooling
Photo includes, from left, Foundation Board Member Morris Flewwelling, Trustee and Foundation Board Member Bev Manning and Foundation Board Chair Dave Tilstra.
Foundation donates 90 Chromebooks to students in need
In response to this challenge, the Foundation for Red Deer Public Schools, recently donated 90 Chromebooks to schools to lend to students needing access to technology, totally $30,000.
Dave Tilstra, Chair of the Foundation for Red Deer Public Schools, said supporting students and ensuring they have the tools to learn is key to helping set kids up for success.
“Chromebooks will continue to be an important resource within schools and now at home. We are thrilled that we have been able to donate this much needed technology to students who would otherwise go without to ensure they have the best opportunities to continue learning,” he said.
Families who borrow a Chromebook from their child’s school are responsible for ensuring they have Wi-Fi connectivity and they will ‘sign out’ the devices and assume responsibility for their proper use and return.
“Equity is about fairness. The Foundation supports projects that help give kids life chances,” said Bruce Buruma, Executive Director for the Foundation for Red Deer Public Schools. “Families experience challenges during the best of times, but the past number of months have been tough for many. We know this donation will help ease one burden so students can focus on learning and families can focus on other priorities.”
The Foundation supports projects that align with the Division priorities of Literacy and Numeracy, Equity and Student Success and Completion.
For more information, please contact:
- Bruce Buruma, Executive Director
- Foundation for Red Deer Public Schools
- Phone: 403-352-2827
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