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Terrific Tunes… Tasty Food… It’s Foodstock!!! Saturday at Elks Lodge


Rob Lamonica

Terrific tunes and tasty fare for a great cause – gearing up for Foodstock

By Mark Weber 

A partnership between the Red Deer Food Bank and the Central Music Festival Society continues to not only spread the joy of music but also helps meet a critical need in the community.

Foodstock runs Sept. 14th.

There will be plenty of food, festivities and a ‘mini-international’ music festival at the Elks Lodge featuring the exemplary talents of David Essig, Nine Second Ride, Rob Lamonica, Laurelle, and the mesmerizing magic of Kyle Key.

The fun kicks off at 5 p.m. and runs through to 11 p.m.

As the Society’s web site points out, ‘Thousands are expected to pack the parking lot with donations (for the Food Bank) while feasting on the Red Deer Food Bank BBQ Crue’s sizzling fare.”

At 7 p.m. the music starts inside and runs through to around 11 p.m. All profits go to the Red Deer Food Bank.

Tickets are $30 each in advance or $35 at the door. Kids aged 12 and under are admitted free when with a responsible adult.

“Our goal for this event is to raise over $5,000 for the Red Deer Food Bank to help meet the demand for the holiday season,” said Mike Bradford, president of the Central Music Festival Society.

“We like to create a festive atmosphere,” he explained, pointing out that stilt walkers will be onsite to showcase their skills as well.

“They will also be giving lessons to interested kids on shorter stilts.”

After everyone eats and takes in the fun outside, the tunes kick off in the Elks Lodge.

“If you look around, and you are in a position to help somebody out, the very basic need for all of us is food,” he added. “That’s what it’s all about.  “So in my mind, it’s just a way of giving back to the community,” he said.  Indeed, it’s a service that is always in high demand as well.  “There is no shame in needing a helping hand.”

The partnership at the annual Foodstock event also led to the Food Bank setting up at Central Music Festival Society shows through the year as well. The Society also matches Food Bank financial contributions dollar for dollar, said Bradford.

To date, close to $9,000 has been raised. “It’s something that has worked out pretty well for both of us! If we can help out, we are glad to do it.”

Feedback from all sides has always been fantastic, he added.

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It’s a rewarding experience for Society volunteers to be a part of and the Food Bank is always very happy for the solid support of course. The musicians are also thrilled to pool their efforts behind such a great community cause as well.

“It’s also about raising the awareness of the Food Bank. Anyone can fall on hard times, and anyone can lend a helping hand.

“We are all human, and we have to get through this life together.”

As for the folks at the Food Bank, they couldn’t be more pleased – or thankful – about this terrific partnership.

“It’s been a tremendous relationship, and it’s been ongoing for a couple of years now,” said Fred Scaife, executive director of the Red Deer Food Bank.

“They invite us to all of their events, too,” he noted, pointing out that Food Bank representatives, as mentioned, are at performances through the year to receive donations from patrons and also make further connections in the community.

“And the shows are always so good!”

But ultimately, Scaife emphasized that it’s partnerships like these that really help to make such a critical difference in the day-to-day operations of the Food Bank.

And with Foodstock, the timing of the event couldn’t be better as food and financial reserves at the Food Bank can be running quite low at that point of the year, said Scaife.  “Not only does it give us an opportunity to solicit some donations that we need at that time of year, it also gives us the opportunity to be in front of the public,” he noted.

Scaife also explained that the consistent support of the Central Music Festival Society is what helps with the unpredictable nature of collecting food and funds through the year for the charity.

“It’s such a good, solid relationship. It’s great for us.”

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Corb Lund and A Night At The Ranch in support of Smiles Thru Lindsey Foundation



Corb Lund


Corb Lund is a national treasure.  A singer/songwriter from southern Alberta, he has released nine albums, three of which are certified gold. Lund tours regularly in Canada, the United States and Australia, and has received several awards in Canada and abroad.

A Night At The Ranch is an annual rodeo event hosted at The Daines Ranch near Penhold.  So far $35,000.00 has been raised for charities.

Proceeds from the May 8th and 9th events will go to The Smiles Thru Lindsey Foundation.

From A Night At The Ranch website:

We are so excited to announce that we will be having none other than Corb Lund perform LIVE for you at the Daines Ranch as part of his 2020 Canadian Tour!  The performance will follow the Extreme Bronc Challenge at 4:30 PM on May 9th!

Tickets will be available February 14th, 2020 at 10:00 AM local time. You can get your tickets at or at the Innisfail Auction Market !

Proceeds will be donated to the Smiles Thru Lindsey Foundation


The Night at the Ranch Foundation has raised over $35,000 for local charities and hosts an annual event in May at the Daines Ranch in Innisfail, Alberta



Rank horses and tough cowboys are the meat and potatoes of this event! C5 Rodeo brings their award winning roughstock so these cowboys can battle it out in the arena dirt for the cash prize!



The Charity poker Tournament at Night At The Ranch is one you will want to attend! We transform the Daines Ranch Bar into a full on Poker Tournament, with live and silent auction items! Bring your best poker face and play your buddies for the cash prize! All proceeds made from the tournament; as well as auction items, will be donated to the Smiles Thru Lindsay Foundation.

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Red Deer’s 2020 Family Day Guide!



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From Visit Red Deer

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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february, 2020

sun12jan(jan 12)2:00 pmsun22mar(mar 22)5:00 pmAnne Frank: A History for Today opening at Red Deer MAG(january 12) 2:00 pm - (march 22) 5:00 pm mst Red Deer Museum & Art Gallery Address: 4525 - 47A Avenue, Red Deer

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

fri28febsun01mar54th Annual Sport & Outdoor Show4:00 pm - (march 1) 9:00 pm