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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,
    To get The Tigers in Your Dreams, call Sandra Butler Ladwig at 403-343-7712 or email her at

    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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    2019 Canada Winter Games

    Matt Blais free at City Hall Park, Headstones and Wide Mouth Mason at 52 North, Craft Beer Sampling and much more downtown Thursday…



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  • Thank you City of Red Deer for putting this list together!

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     Hiding in Plain Sight: Discovering the Metis Nation

    From January 20 to March 10, 2019, the Red Deer Museum + art gallery (MAG) is presenting Hiding in Plain Sight: Discovering the Metis Nation. The MAG has augmented the core exhibition, which is organized and circulated by Library and Archives Canada with artefacts and stories of the Metis in Central Alberta. Visitors are invited to imagine themselves as fur traders in our selfie, station, try dancing a Metis jig, and learn a few phrases of the Michif language.  For a complete list of activities go to:

    • Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery, 4525 – 47A Avenue
    • 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

    Live Lunch Performance at City Hall Park Plaza

    February 21 from 12 – 1 p.m.: Matt Blais

    • City Hall Park Plaza, 4914 – 48 Avenue
    • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM


    Koselig Corner with the Norwegian Laft Hus

    The Laft Hus will be open during the Canada Winter Games! We are going to serve as your cozy hideout in Rotary Recreation Park with Norwegian snacks, hot beverages, and a fireplace to get cozy in front of. We encourage you to bundle up and come out to learn a little bit about Norwegian winter sports with us. Try out one of our kicksleds, or some vintage cross country skis. For our little visitors we will have some crazy carpets, but you are welcome to bring your own sled to enjoy the park!

    • Norwegian Laft Hus, 4402-47 Ave, Heritage Square
    • 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM



    Join Eco-Tree for a wood milling demonstration and workshops with Sawing for Schools.

    • Little Gaetz Avenue , 4815 50 Avenue
    • 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

    52° North Music + Cultural Festival

    This free, non-ticketed outdoor festival includes a variety of activities for you and your family to enjoy from February 16 to March 1. Activities include: Artisan Avenue and Alberta Craft Council markets, Crokicurl, Snow Maze, Ice Slide, Skating and so much more!

    • Gary W. Harris Celebration Plaza, 5205 48th Ave
    • 4:00 PM – 11:00 PM

    Craft Beverage Sampling

    Come downtown to sample local fare and taste beer, spirits & sodas at The Scott Block Theatre. We’ve teamed up with local restaurants, breweries and distilleries to provide a menu that is crafted right here in central Alberta. It’s a great stop to make on your way home from work or on your way to the 52˚ North Music + Cultural Festival. Craft Beverage Sampling happens from 4 – 7 p.m. February 21, 22, 23, 28, March 1 & 2. Admission is free. Photo I.D. is required to purchase alcohol. Sampling tickets are $1 each. Today’s breweries are Albeerta, Belly Hop Brewing, Hawk Tail Brewery, Sawback Brewing Co, Undercurrent Brewing. Food is provided by Original Joes. Entertainment provided by Band ’89 (Cory & Pete).

    • Scott Block Theatre, 4816 50 Avenue
    • 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

    Live Evening Performance at City Hall Park Plaza

    Thursday, February 21 from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.: Matt Blais // Friday, February 22 from 4:30 – 5:30…

    • City Hall Park Plaza, 4914 – 48 Avenue
    • 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

    Pride Days Drag Show & Dance

    Pride Days are happening February 21 & 28 in Red Deer, during the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer!  Join the celebration that includes music, drag, dancing and rainbows at two all ages events, proudly presented by Central Alberta Pride Society and featuring local drag group 4Q (Kelli Eletrix, Sparkle Emotion, Ruby Harte and DD Fierce) & music by DJ SUCO!  4:30 – 6:30 p.m. – Educational expo; 7:00 p.m. – Drag Show begins; dance to follow; 9:00 p.m. – Event ends (just before the nightly fireworks). Admission is free. Guests of all ages are welcome. Festival site access: The festival site is just North of Ross Street on 48 Avenue, a quick walk from Sorenson Station parkade & transit terminal. Hop on a bus anywhere in Red Deer to reach downtown in under 30 minutes. Street parking and City-owned parking lots are free after 5 p.m. and on weekends.

    • Canada House, 52 North Music + Cultural Festival, 5205 48 Avenue
    • 4:30 PM – 10:00 PM

    Chainsaw Carving

    Come watch Chainsaw Spirit turn wood into unique pieces of art! Each carving takes approximately 30 minutes and is outdoors. Proudly sponsored by ENMAX.

    • Little Gaetz , 4815 50 Avenue
    • 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM

    Central Alberta Film Festival – Weeknight Screenings

    The 3rd annual Central Alberta Film Festival (CAFF) is a 4 day showcase of Albertan, Canadian, and international films taking place at Carnival Cinemas in Red Deer, February 20-23, 2019.  Film descriptions, screening times, and tickets are available at  Tickets for individual feature films or thematic groups of short films (Drama, Cultural, Horror, etc.) are $10 each. Industry Passes for the full four day festival, including the special screening and awards ceremony, are $100-$120. Tickets for the special screening and awards ceremony are $30-$40.

    • Carnival Cinemas, 5402 47 St
    • 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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    2019 Canada Winter Games

    Headstones and Wide Mouth Mason are firing up the main stage dome at the Gary W. Harris Celebration Plaza on Thursday, February 21



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  • You definitely don’t want to miss this!


    Headstones are a Canadian punk-influenced rock band. Their music is about exploring dark subject matter with both brutal honesty and gallows humour. The group was one of the most successful bands on Canada’s alternative rock scene in the 1990s and 2000s



    The Headstones are known for their high energy live shows, particularly the antics of Dillon, who interacts with his audience in a variety of ways, ‘more rock less super shock.’ Their songwriting tackles many serious and controversial topics.




    Wide Mouth Mason is a Canadian blues-based rock band.


    Wide Mouth Mason’s unique approach to jamming has earned them two invitations to the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and tours with AC/DC, ZZ Top, and The Rolling Stones.

    Headstones and Wide Mouth Mason are firing up the mainstage dome at the Gary W. Harris Celebration Plaza on Thursday, February 21. You definitely don’t want to miss this!

    6 p.m. Doors open
    7:30 p.m. Wide Mouth Mason
    9 p.m. Headstones

    Experience some of Canada’s best arts and entertainment as part of the 2019 Games’ 52° North Music + Cultural Festival, presented by ATB and ATCO.

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    sat23feb1:00 pm- 4:00 pmMAGSaturday @ the MuseumMAGnificent Saturdays welcomes all ages and abilities to participate in a fun art project every week! 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    sun24feb11:00 am- 2:00 pmOne Eleven Jazzy Brunch11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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