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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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Penhold Flight Instructor Releases Updated Instruction Manual For the 21st Century

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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:

Home – Skywings Aviation


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Foundation for Red Deer Public Schools picks up $30,000.00 tab to buy laptops for at-home schooling

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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

As equity, student success and completion are priorities for Red Deer Public Schools, officials have recognized the move to at-home or temporary online learning has presented challenges for some students and their families who do not have access to technology.

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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