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Support a Catholic Education by Raising Your Glass!


Thursday March 7, 2019 from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Raise Your Glass to Education!

The Red Deer Catholic Regional Education Foundation is celebrating its 10 year anniversary. This is truly something to celebrate and we hope that you will join us on March 7th.

The event takes place at Kerry Wood Nature Centre and will feature beer, wine and spirits tastings from excellent local crafters, as well as samplings of local artisan foods and delectables. In addition, we will have many unique “experience” silent auction items – experiences you may have always wanted to try but haven’t yet. All this in the beautiful setting of Kerry Wood Nature Centre where you might even be able to do a bit of star gazing between sips!

There will be appetizers provided by the High School Culinary students and other local Vendors.

Unique Silent Auction items including:

City of Red Deer Emergency Services – Group of 8 – “Day in the Life of”

City of Red Deer RCMP – “Behind the Scenes”

Kerry Wood Nature Centre – Red Deer River Rafting Trip for 8.

Framed, numbered print with certified papers from artist David Najar

Chicago Blackhawks Hockey Jersey

Framed photo from photographer Sherri Skocdopole

R & D Gastronomy Gourmet “Themed” Dinner for 8 Cooked in your own home

Tickets are available at the door, or you can assure your spot by purchasing online. You can also contact Leroy Ehnes at 403-872-0853 for more information or to purchase you tickets.


President Todayville Inc., Former VP/GM CTV Edmonton, Honorary Lieutenant Colonel 41 Signal Regiment, Board Member Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Award Foundation, Past Board Member United Way of Alberta Capital Region, Musician, Photographer.


Edmonton community members explore using the Emergency Room as an entry point to transitional housing



Is there a better way than simply releasing a person experiencing homelessness from the hospital back onto the street? It creates an endless cycle of emergency room visits and escalating costs, not to mention the challenges the patients face in having a successful recovery.

As we continue to look for solutions to homelessness in our city, a group of community members from different fields and backgrounds met recently to brainstorm and discuss alternatives to the practice of releasing patients into a state of homelessness.

That’s a long way of saying that if someone experiencing homelessness comes to an emergency room with a need for medical aid, the only alternative once treated is to release the patient back onto the street.  The chances of recovery are greatly diminished, while the probability of return visits increases.  The costs are severe, both to the person experiencing homelessness and to our ever-more expensive health care system.

Spearheading the initiative is Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti, a veteran emergency room physician at the Royal Alexandra Hospital and a Professor at the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta.

Watch this short video to hear from some of those involved and to better understand the concept and learn why there is a growing groundswell of support for this idea.


There are many ways that people can get involved with this initiative.  It’s common sense that housing and health are interconnected. Finding solutions to chronic homelessness and easing pressure on our health care system is something we can all get behind.

Please contact Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti directly to learn more about the project and how you can help:

Phone 780.932-7187


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Fort Normandeau Days August 24 and 25



Fort Normandeau

Post Submitted by Tanya Wells, Public Programmer & Special Events Coordinator, Kerry Wood Nature Centre & Historic Fort Normandeau

The rain has made everything so beautiful and green. It has been a little cool but this is the type of weather that can make for some great outdoor adventuring and family time!  We have some amazing events coming up at both of our sites.

Join us this weekend at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre for our Trash to Treasure program that runs from 10:00a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Join us at our Fort Normandeau site for Fort Normandeau Days, our biggest party of the season as we celebrate life at the crossing, circa 1885.  There will be battle demonstrations, performers, vendors and activities for the whole family!

Fort Normandeau Days is happening Both Saturday and Sunday, August 24 & 25 from noon until 5:00p.m. each day.

So many great events and programs to choose from.

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august, 2019

tue06augAll Daysun29sepHot Mess - Erin Boake featured at Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery(All Day)

sat24augAll Daysun25Fort Normandeau Days(All Day) Fort Normandeau, 28054 Range Road 382

sat24aug10:00 am12:00 pmRed Deer River Naturalists Bird Focus Group Walk10:00 am - 12:00 pm MST Three Mile Bend Recreation Area