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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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    Todayville Top 5 features five facts about favourite fooderie… Earls

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  • Todayville Top 5 is a sponsored segment produced by Jock Mackenzie (learn more about Jock below).   In this feature we learn (you guessed it) 5 things about some really cool aspects of Red Deer that make this city, our home.

    If our very first segment, Jock features a staple in Red Deer’s dining scene since it opened in … well let’s leave that up to Jock.  Welcome to the Todayville Top 5 with Jock Mackenzie.

    Todayville Top 5 Featuring Earls Restaurant

    1 Heritage

    Earls in Red Deer was the seventh-ever Earls in existence. Bill and Rhonda Olafson purchased the franchise and opened the current restaurant in 1984. Chef at the time, Andrew Lam, is still involved. Over the years, additions to the west and north have been added as has the covered, heated patio. The patio is unparalleled by other outdoor dining facilities for comfort and its Hawaii-like greenery. Today there are over 70 Earls restaurants across Canada and the United States. The founder, Leroy Earl “Bus” Fuller, brought A & W to Canada and is also the founder of the Fuller’s and Corkscrew restaurant chains. 

    2 Community Support

    Giving back to the community is a cornerstone of the Earls Red Deer philosophy. Those in need come first: rebuilding the youth camp at Camp Alexo, the Youth and Volunteer Centre, support for the Women’s Shelter at their annual gala, title sponsorship for the last six years at Rotary’s Black Tie Bingo, a 5-year ongoing plan to support the new Child Advocacy Centre, wine and wine service at the preview dinner for the Festival of Trees since the Festival’s inception . . . and many more.

    3 People

    With over 80 people on staff, Earls has provided employment for high school and college students over its 35 year history. The Earls philosophy, the practical skill set, and menu knowledge make up the intensive training each support staff and server undergo. Consistency is a hallmark. Numerous staff members have made life careers at Earls–and that’s one reason why you can count on a great meal every time. 

    4 Menu

    Fresh ingredients are key! The kitchen deals with “just in time” orders so that produce and proteins (delivered three times per week) come fresh to each table. The menu is becoming more and more inclusive–it meets an ever-increasing variety of dietary needs: numerous gluten free and plant-based options are available.             

    5 Interesting tidbits

    Beer? Earls brews its own Rhino beers (pale ale, lager and a seasonal beer) in Surrey, BC at Central City Brewery. There are also local products from Troubled Monk, Blindman and Snake Lake as well as a wide variety of domestic beer.

    Four Earls “Test Kitchen” chefs travel the world looking for new ingredients and dishes. A “Test Kitchen” in Vancouver will roll out a new dish and tailor it to an appropriate market in the 70 locations across North America–the furthest away is Miami. 

    Want to know more?  Click to go to https://earls.ca/locations/red-deer 

     

    Todayville Top 5 features the freelance writings of Jock Mackenzie.

    Jock is an original Red Deerian!  Educated at Lindsay Thurber and Red Deer College (with a stint at the U of A), he became an educator himself, spending 31 years with the Red Deer Public school system.

    It’s safe to say Jock knows Red Deer about as well as anyone (OK.. maybe not Michael Dawe).   As a confirmed life-long learner, Jock never tires of getting to know his surroundings even better.  That’s where the Todayville Top 5 comes in.  In each feature, Jock shares a few ingredients that go into the mix that makes this delicacy called Red Deer the place we want to call home.  As a well organized person who knows you’re busy, he’s choosing just 5 juicy tidbits to share each time.

    If you’d like to be featured by Jock Mackenzie on the Todayville Top 5, just contact us at info@todayville.com.

     


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    Celebrity Dance Off’s first “trio” takes the trophy

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  • It was a remarkable evening at the Cambridge Red Deer Hotel and Conference Centre Saturday as 8 celebrity dancers and their professional partners lit up the crowd and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Friends of the Red Deer Regional Hospital.

    Of all the amazing performances, one in particular managed to edge out the competition.  Vanessa Higgins-Nogareda discovered she was pregnant shortly after she agreed to participate in this year’s dance off.  Together with her professional partner Leo Sato, they decided to go ahead.  You have to see the results to believe it… Fortunately we have the official video right here for you.


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