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Win some “love” from Stems and Todayville this Valentine’s Day


Stems Floral Shop is a locally-owned business that for generations has been helping Central Albertans celebrate everything from birthdays to anniversaries and everything in between. Make it your go-to stop for really fresh, high-quality flowers.  They also have a terrific assortment of unique, one-of-a-kind gifts.  (See our photo gallery).

Did you know Stems also has a Café? Swing by for coffee, homemade soups, sandwiches, salads, and exceptional baked goods, all made in the store each day. The team takes pride in thinking outside of the box and will absolutely dazzle you with their friendly and helpful service and quality goods.

Stems has been serving the area for a decade now and their current location is a delight to both shop and have lunch.  It’s worth noting however that the business itself dates back to 1930 when Walter Good started Central Alberta Florists.

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Walter Good and staff at Central Alberta Florists building at 5201-43rd Street, Red Deer. The delivery truck is in the background. Front row (L-R): unknown, Walter Good, Myrtle Good, unknown. Photo Courtesy Red Deer And District Archives

Love is in the air and with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we want to hear all about how YOU fell in love- whether it was your high school sweetheart, love at first sight; whether you’ve been in love for a few weeks or 50 years, we want to hear your love story!

Simply submit story to us at You’ll automatically be entered to WIN a gorgeous floral bouquet and delicious lunch from Stems Flowers & Café! ($200 Value!) Your story can be long or short & sweet, that’s up to you! In addition to the fantastic prize package from Stems, the winning story will be featured on!

So submit your story now to  – please put ‘Stems Love Story’ as the subject line. Good luck!

Stems floral shop is in the Skyway Professional Building located at 110, 4309 52nd Ave.  Click to visit Stems.

Lindsay has lived in Red Deer for over 22 years she made her way down from Grande Prairie when she was about a week old. She admires what Red Deer has to offer as a community. She is also passionate about photojournalism and the story it portrays.

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Lacombe’s “Chairs for Charity” exploding in popularity



Lacombe's chairs for charity

Thank you to NOWCO HOME HARDWARE IN LACOMBE for submitting this post


Nowco Home Hardware has organized Chairs for Charity for the 2ndyear and it will run from July 19-31. The project started last year as a collaboration of downtown businesses to decorate downtown during Lacombe Days and raise money for a local charity. In 2018, forty five downtown businesses each bought and painted a chair to raffle off. The chairs were left on display during the 4 days of Lacombe Days and over $3100 was raised for the lunch program at J.S. McCormick School.

This year Deanna Nowochin, who has spearheaded the event wanted things to be bigger and better, so all Lacombe businesses were invited to participate in the event. This year there will be 75 chairs on display around Lacombe from July 19-31. The event was extended this year to ensure there was ample time for people to hear about Chairs for Charity and purchase tickets. The charities benefitting from 2019’s project are Lacombe Minor Football and the breakfast program at Terrace Ridge School.

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This year we have 2000 tickets available, with a fundraising goal of $10,000. Raffle tickets will be sold for $5 each and can be purchased at any participating business. You can see a full list of participating businesses and photos of their chairs at www.chairsforcharitylacombe.comor by searching “Chairs for Charity Lacombe” on Facebook.

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Red Deer Westerner Days Parade Map



From The City of Red Deer

Road closures/transit disruptions during Westerner Days parade

The Westerner Days Fair & Exposition parade will take place in downtown Red Deer on Wednesday, July 17 resulting in multiple road closures and traffic detours, along with transit disruptions.

Roadways on the parade route will be closed from approximately 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and parking will not be permitted along the parade route. Use the 2019 parade map (pdf) to plan your route and find the best place to watch the parade.

Westerner Days Parade Map 2019

There will also be transit disruptions during the parade:

  •   The last departure from Sorensen Station prior to the parade will be at 8:45 a.m.
  •   The last arrival into Sorensen Station prior to the parade will be at 9:10 a.m.
  •   The first departure from Sorensen Station after the parade will be at 12:15 p.m.
  •   There will be no transit service during the parade with a couple of exceptions:

o Route 12 and 2A South Connector will continue to run from Bower Mallo Bolt will depart at 9:15 a.m. from 49 Avenue and 54 Street

Transit users can visit to look up schedules, get up to date departure times and see where buses are in real-time with GPS tracking

For more information about transit service, visit

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