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Women Who Make Things Happen

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“There are three types of people in this world. Firstly, there are people who make things happen. Then there are people who watch things happen. Lastly, there are people who ask, what happened?” says author Steve Backley.

Two Red Deer authors, Jenna Butler and Sandra Butler Ladwig, are women who make things happen. At the Tuesday, January 29th “Meet the Author – A Fireside Chat”, a group of about 30 Red Deerians had the pleasure of finding out about Jenna Butler’s trip to Norway in her book Magnetic North, Sea Voyage to Svalbard. After the coffee, tea and snack break, they heard from Sandra Butler Ladwig as she shared from The Tiger of Your Dreams, 14 stories of adoptees reuniting with family members.

What a wonderful opportunity! Both authors vibrated with enthusiasm as they described the stories behind their books and their writing, as well as sharing interesting snippets from within each published edition.

Time was allotted for questions, the purchase of the books, and author signing–and all for the admission fee of two dollars.
Thanks to the Golden Circle and Joyce Scott, coordinator for the “Meet the Author – A Fireside Chat” series, these gatherings have been ongoing for the last three years. Local, published authors present four times a year: January, April, September and November.

The next “chat” will be held on April 9 at 1:30 p.m. at the Golden Circle and will showcase authors Fran Kimmel and Joyce Middlestead.

*** Magnetic North is available through the University of Alberta Press, Amazon, Chapters, or via Jenna Butler’s website, www.jennabutler.com.
To get The Tigers in Your Dreams, call Sandra Butler Ladwig at 403-343-7712 or email her at sandradawn@shaw.ca

Jenna Butler is an author and scholar whose research into endangered environments has taken her from America’s deep south to Ireland’s ring of Kerry, and from Tenerife to the Arctic Circle, exploring the ways in which we navigate the landscapes we call home. Butler is the author of three critically acclaimed books of poetry. Her award-winning collection of ecological essays will be released in Autumn 2018. A professor of creative writing and ecocriticism at Red Deer College, Butler lives with three resident moose and a den of coyotes on an off-grid organic farm in Alberta’s north Country.

 

 

 

Sandra (Butler) Ladwig was a Parent Finder in Alberta for 49 years. She has located well over 500 missing persons and has assisted over 1000 people who just needed support and direction.  She has a twin brother George, who is a Private Investigator. George has been a great help with some of the searches Sandra has completed over the years.  Sandra worked as a legal secretary for 20 years and was able to assist the lawyers in her firm by locating the whereabouts of defendants so that they could be served with legal documents.  Sandra received the Bob Stollings Award from The City of Red Deer for going the extra mile. For 11 years she worked as a Volunteer in the Emergency Department of her local hospital. She received the First Lady of the Year Award from Beta Sigma Phi for her volunteer efforts.  She is hoping that her true stories will provide ideas and direction for adoptees who are up against a brick wall in their own searches.

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4 year old caber-tosser proves the Highland Games are in his blood!

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Courtesy of Todayville Contributor Jock Mackenzie

Jamie Arthur is only four years old and he loves tossing the caber. His mom says, “All he talks about is the Highland Games.” Jamie started “giving a toss” when he was three and now his dad, Ben, has cut and peeled Jamie’s second caber. The first caber is now tossed with ease; the second one (shorter but heavier) is still a challenge. 

For everyone who’s a Scot, for those who wish they were, and for anyone who appreciates great value for their dollar, the 72nd Red Deer Highland Games will be held at the Westerner on Saturday, July 22. See https://www.reddeerhighlandgames.com/ for everything you need to know. 

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Time to consider RDSO Season Tickets

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From the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra

The RDSO Reveals Upcoming Season
The 2019-2020 Season has a lot in store for central Alberta. The Main Series will deliver seven concerts with programming ranging from Pachelbel, to Lapalme, to music from Broadway.


We The North | October 5, 2019 | RDC Arts Centre
Come hear music from Russia, Finland and Norway. Though conceived in icy cold climates, don’t be fooled – this music is still full of warmth. The first concert of the season will feature the newly appointed principal cellist of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Arnold Choi, in the highly demanding and exciting Sinfonia Concertante by Prokofiev.
Featuring Arnold Choi, Cello
PROKOFIEV: Sinfonia Concertante
SIBELIUS: Finlandia
GRIEG: Peer Gynt Suite


Czech Out These Bohemians | November 2, 2019 | RDC Arts Centre
Let Czech-born Edmontonian Zuzana Simurdova delight you in the very entertaining piano concertino by Bohuslav Martinů. And because there is no such thing as having too much Dvořák in life, this program will further visit the Bohemian countryside with his celebrated Serenade for Strings.
Featuring Zuzana Simurdova, Piano
MARTINŮ: Nonet
MARTINŮ: Piano Concerto
DVOŘÁK: Serenade for Strings


Stringing The Holidays Together | December 7, 2019 | RDC Arts Centre
A concert for strings only, featuring the Rosedale Valley Strings Youth Orchestra playing alongside the RDSO’s string sections. This concert will feature a variety of Christmas favourites and a surprise or two.
Featuring Rosedale Valley Strings | Conductor Naomi Delafield

On Broadway | January 25, 2020 | RDC Arts Centre
The musical stage will come alive! This exciting pops concert will feature music ranging from old chestnuts to newly minted classics. From Cole Porter to Elton John, and Rogers & Hammerstein to Andrew Lloyd Webber, there will be something for everyone.
Selections From:
Rogers & Hammerstein: The Sound of Music; Cole Porter: Kiss me Kate; Claude Schönberg: Les Misérables; Elton John: The Lion King; Frederick Loewe: My Fair Lady; Stephen Sondheim: “A Little Night Music”; Pasek and Paul: The Greatest Showman ; Stephen Schwartz: Wicked; Leonard Bernstein: West Side Story ; Andrew Lloyd Webber: Phantom of the Opera


Canada On Canvas | February 22, 2020 | RDC Arts Centre
An all-Canadian tribute to the visual arts. Among works by Somers (on Picasso) and Korndorf (on Maud Lewis), there will be an exciting new premiere. Our very own Claude Lapalme is composing an important new work to celebrate and commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Group of Seven.
Featuring the Premiere of the “Group of Seven Suite” by Claude Lapalme

Water Music | April 18, 2020 | Gaetz Memorial United Church
Presented by the RDSO, Rosa Barroca returns with a full complement of winds to present audience favorites from the baroque period, such as the Pachelbel Canon and the Suites from Handel’s Water Music.
Presenting Rosa Barocca
PACHELBEL: Canon and Gigue
ALBIONI GIAZIOTTO: Albinoni
HANDEL: Water Music


Finale Friday | FRIDAY, June 5, 2020 | RDC Arts Centre

Corey Hamm’s triumphant return to the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra. He will wow us with an energetic performance of Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Also on the program will be RDSO’s concerto competition winner from Red Deer’s 2019 Festival of the Performing Arts, Kathryn Fakeley. This incredible young cellist will be performing a movement of the Kabalevsky cello concerto. The evening will end with the 1812 Overture by
Tchaikovsky. It will be a sound spectacular!
Featuring Corey Hamm, Piano & 2019 Red Deer Festival of Performing Arts Winner Kathryn Fakeley, Cello
BARTÓK: Piano Concerto No. 2
KABALEVSKY: Cello Concerto
TCHAIKOVSKY: 1812 Overture


For information regarding Season Memberships and a downloadable 2019-2020 Season booklet visit https://www.rdso.ca/

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