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Experience Central Alberta

ONGOING

November 1-March 31: Heritage Ranch presents, Winter Night Lights Sleigh Adventure. Your horse drawn carriage, sleigh or wagon will take you through our 20,000 display of winter lights. Leave from the ranch main building and return to the same place. Dress warm. Please arrive 5 minutes early to sign our waiver forms. Front desk is located in the lobby of the West Lake Grill. Cuddle up with a loved one (or a few!) in a winter wonderland of lights. Hot chocolate included and blankets available! November 1st to December 22nd and January 2nd to March 31st. Book your winter adventure at www.heritageranch.ca or call 403-347-4977.

Sundays, 1:00-4:00. Discovery Sundays. Kerry Wood Nature Centre. Learn something new about the natural world. A different topic every week. Drop in program.

Mondays 10:00-10:45. Preschool Fun! Red Deer Library (Dawe Branch). For ages three to five. Have fun with stories, songs and activities.

Tuesdays, 10:00-10:30. Toddler Fun! Red Deer Library (Dawe Branch). Enjoy this active story time program especially for toddlers! Join us for 20 – 30 minutes of rhymes, songs, books, and puppets to keep both their minds and their bodies moving!

Tuesdays, 6:30-7:00pm. Books Before Bedtime Pajama Fun. Red Deer Library (Downtown Branch). Ages two and up. Families are encouraged! Thirty to 45 minutes of stories, songs, finger plays, and activities.

Wednesdays, 11:00-11:45. Toddler Fun! Red Deer Library (Downtown Branch). For ages 19 months to three years of age and their parent or caregiver. Enjoy this active story time for toddlers: 20 – 30 minutes of rhymes, songs, books, and puppets to keep both their minds and their bodies moving! Following the program, children and parents are invited to play and interact with each other using age appropriate toys, puzzles books and craft materials.

Wednesdays, 6:30-7:00pm. Books Before Bedtime Pajama Fun. Red Deer Library (Timberlands Branch). Ages two and up. Families are encouraged! Thirty to 45 minutes of stories, songs, finger plays, and activities.

Wednesdays & Fridays, 10:00-10:45. Preschool Fun. Red Deer Library (Downtown Branch). For ages three to five. Stories, songs and crafts featuring 100 Favourite Friends! In celebration of the Library's Centennial, we'll be featuring 100 of our most beloved picture book characters during our weekly story time programs all year long.

1st Wednesday of each Month, 2:00-3:30. Travel Memories (Downtown Branch). Share some favourite travel anecdotes or get inspired by listening to others. Pictures and souvenirs welcome. Admission is free. For more information, contact Donna or Priscilla at 403-346-2100.

Thursdays, 10:00-10:30. Baby Fun. Red Deer Library (Downtown Branch). Thirty minutes of stories, songs, and rhymes for children birth to 19 months and their caregivers.

Every 2nd Thursday, 3:30-5:00pm. Pop Goes the Teen Club! Red Deer Library (Dawe Branch). Ages 12 and up join us for everything from Divergent trivia to Cosplay.

Thursdays until 4:00pm. School’s Out? Hangout! For Grades 4-5. Red Deer Library (Timberlands Branch). Whether it’s board games, watching cartoons, playing video games or coloring, you’ll have fun with friends old and new!

1st Thursday of each Month, 12:15-1:00pm. First Thursdays in the Snell. Red Deer Library (Downtown Branch). Join us for these free concerts held the first Thursday of each month.

Fridays, 10:00-10:30.  Baby Fun. Red Deer Library (Timberlands Branch). Thirty minutes of stories, songs, and rhymes for children birth to 24 months and their caregivers.

Saturdays, 10:00-4:00. Nature Savvy Saturdays. Kerry Wood Nature Centre. Join us for a fun family craft or activity. Something new every week! Drop-in. $2/person. For more info on this week’s activity call 403-346-2010.

 

FEBRUARY

Feb 3: Mike the Knight in the Great Scavenger Hunt 6:30pm, at the Red Deer Memorial Arts Centre. To learn more about the tour, visit www.miketheknightontour.com. Buy tickets here

Feb. 5-7: RDC & Arts Centre presents PRIDE AND PREJUDICE Adapted by Jon Jory from the novel by Jane Austen. In a society where manners and birth mean everything, can Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy look beyond their pride and prejudice? Jane Austen’s classic romantic comedy is given a unique and accessible treatment by renowned playwright and director Jon Jory. High-spirited and heartfelt, RDC’s production will delight Austen supporters and win new fans with this story of improbable love. Join us for a Valentine’s Day tea Feb 14 following the Saturday Matinee Age Group: Teens and Adults Mainstage, RDC Arts Centre Evenings: February 5-7 & 11-14 | 7:30 pm Saturday Matinees: February 7 & 14 | 1:00 pm School Matinees: February 6 & 11 | 12:00 pm Tickets: www.blackknightinn.ca/black-knight-inn-ticket-cent

Feb. 8: Stettler Variety Showcase 2014-2015 Concert Series. Stettler Performing Arts Centre. Kelly Lee Evans, Canada's premier jazz vocalist, Juno award winner, captivating beautiful voice, classic jazz, soul, hip hop. 5 Sunday Concerts (2pm Matinee or 7:30pm Evening) Tickets: 5 Concerts - Adults: $80.00, Students: $40.00 Individual Shows - Adults: $20.00, Students: $10.00. Tickets available at Pfeiffers House of Music or at the door. Affordable, unbeatable family entertainment! www.StettlerShowcase.com

Feb. 8: With this Ring… Bridal Gala at the Westerner Park, Parkland Pavilion. Brides to be are invited to come out for prizes, dresses, food and fashion! Tickets cost: $10.00 in advance and $15.00 at the door. Purchase tickets online after December 15, 2014. http://bridalgala.ca/brides/spring-gala/

Feb. 12-16: Red Deer RV Show and Sale at Westerner Park Altaplex.

Feb. 13-16: RDCSA Family Day Indoor Soccer Tournament - February 13-16, 2015 For boys and girls U10, U12, U14, U16, and U18. For more information contact RDCSA. www.rdcsa.com/

Feb. 16-21: 87th Academy Awards Oscar Shorts Nominated Films. February 16-21 | City Centre Stage | 7:00 pm. Admission is $10 at the door. An exclusive feature-length presentation showcasing this year's Oscar award nominees for Best Live Action Short Film.

Feb. 16: Magapalooza Family Day Extravaganza. Happening from 1 to 4 pm. a the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery. For more information visit www.reddeermuseum.com.

Feb. 19-20: Kerry Wood Nature Centre is offering a Teacher’s Convention Day Camp from 9am-3pm each day. School age children can join an interpreter for two fun-filled days of nature exploration through games and activities. Pre-registration is required and is $85.

Feb. 21: Come on out to the ENMAX Centrium for some professional bull riding.

Feb. 22: Kerry Wood Nature Centre offers Birdhouses with Bob at 2pm for ages 6-13. It’s almost time for the songbirds to return. Come help welcome them back! Pre-registration is required and cost is $7-$8. Adult must accompany child.

Feb. 22: Pianos Galore. Mainstage, Arts Centre at 7:30 PM. RDC faculty member Dale Wheeler is joined by Debra Bakland, Cheryl Cooney, and special guest Ruston Vuori, together with the CUC orchestra, in a multiple-piano extravaganza showcasing several Bach concerti along with the première of a work by Dr. Cooney. Tickets available through Black Knight Ticket Centre. https://tickets.blackknightinn.ca/TheatreManager/1/tmEvent/tmEvent546.html

Feb. 27-28: Cornerstone proudly presents Seussical the Musical, a high-energy, music-filled, family-friendly, heartwarming production featuring some of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters! This production features some of the area's most talented young performers and is sure to delight audiences of all ages! Performances will be at New Life Fellowship in Red Deer. See the website for more information and tickets. www.cornerstoneyouththeatre.org/showwinter

Feb. 27-Mar. 1: The Allied Archers Archery Shoot Out takes place at Westerner Park UFA Agricentre. The Central Alberta Archers Association is excited to be partnered with the Bighorn Bowhunters & Archers Club in hosting the 2015 Mother of All Shoots. www.centralalbertaarchers.ca/MOAS_Main.aspx

Feb. 27-Mar.1: The Westerner Park Altaplex hosts the Red Deer Sportsman & Outdoor Adventure Show. The Red Deer Fish & Game Association (a non-profit conservation organization) has brought the Sportsman Show to Central Albertans for 45 years! The public can browse and buy your products; from hunting and fishing lodge vacations, houseboat rentals, camping to white water rafting, RV's, boats, ATV's, scuba diving, hunting and fishing accessories, taxidermy, outdoor art, and golfing. IN FACT, IF IT'S OUTDOOR ORIENTED, WE'LL HAVE IT THERE! www.reddeersportsmanshow.com/

Feb 28: The Princess Ball- Stettler. 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM. Stettler Community Hall. The one, the ONLY Princess Ball for Cystic Fibrosis created in Red Deer is coming to our sweet little town! Made just for the Little Princess in your life! Your lovely lady is encouraged to dress in her very best "princess" ensemble to attend the Ball of the Season! She will be greeted at the door by the likes of Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, or maybe Tinker Bell. Inside the ballroom she will be enchanted by the decor created by Colette Bell of Funktional Designs and she will find many other Princesses to meet and a great list of other activities. Face Painting, Craft Table, Dessert and Candy Table and Photography- ($20.00) and maybe, just maybe a dance with Prince Charming!! Lots of delicious snacks to enjoy if the little lady can tear herself away from the dance floor! For the adults, there will be a Silent Auction and Rainbow Raffle sponsored by Mommy Connections and easy but elegant appetizer style food. Tickets are $50.00 per person (children, Adults AND babies). Find us on Facebook!

MARCH

Mar. 1: Clint Black in Concert - Sheraton Red Deer is pleased to present Clint Black in concert March 1st in the Special Events Center. General tickets are on sale for $50 each starting Friday Jan 2, 2015 and may be purchased at the Sheraton Red Deer’s VLT lounge or at the Curvy Bottle Liquor Store. Doors open at 6:00pm. Tickets are non-refundable. Must be 18 years of age with valid ID.

Mar. 1: Red Deer Memorial Centre presents Ron James – Pedal to the Metal. On March 1st award winning comedian Ron James performs his signature brand of comedy live at the Memorial Centre. Hailed by critics from coast to coast, Ron James has consistently sold out theatres across the country with his legendary live performances. With a comedian’s eye for satire and a poet’s ear for language, Ron cuts a wide swath through contemporary culture with a razor sharp wit and machine-gun delivery, making him a stand-out among stand-up performers. Doors open at 7:00.

Mar. 1: Penhold Winterfest! Come on out to Penhold for sleigh rides, family skating and a hot dog and marshmallow roast at the Multiplex.

Mar. 2: Rocktopia Gem and Mineral Show 2015 at Lacombe Centre Mall.

Mar. 2-6: The Ballad of Chewie and Hack - Theatre for Young Audiences | Butt Ugly School Tour Performances’ | March 2-6 March 7 | Studio A, Arts Centre | 1:00 & 3:00 pm Admission by donation Family fun with a message! Issue based performance that looks at the addictive combination of tobacco products and youth.

Mar. 3: 6:45-8:00pm. Red Deer Public Library (Downtown Branch) Let's Talk About the Arts! The Friends of the Red Deer Public Library present the first lecture in a series featuring Dr. Laura Davis, Red Deer College faculty member, speaking on Margaret Atwood’s recently published book, Stone Mattress: Nine Tales. Read the book in advance and join in the discussion! Paper copies, eBooks and downloadable audiobooks of Stone Mattress: Nine Tales are available to borrow from Red Deer Public Library. Tickets are $10 each and available at all Library Branches and at the door. Proceeds help fund RDPL programs and initiatives. Dr. Laura Davis teaches and researches in the areas of Canadian literature, contemporary women’s literature, and writing studies. She has a forthcoming book on Margaret Laurence.

Mar. 5: Hey Curling Fans! The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum will be traveling to the Tim Horton’s Brier on March 5th, 2015. Join us for a day of spectacular curling as we watch some of Canada’s finest compete! Tickets are $100/person. Each ticket includes 2 draws, transportation to and from Red Deer and Calgary, as well as some great coffee and donuts! Contact the office for purchase details. 403-341-8614.

Mar. 5: 7:30-9pm - Mainstage, Red Deer College Arts Centre | 7:30 pm Lions, Tigers, and Bears… and more will be featured in a night of music dedicated to the animals at the zoo. Join the RDC Symphonic Winds and the Red Deer Youth and Community Orchestra for an evening of fun. Tickets:http://www.blackknightinn.ca/black-knight-inn-ticket-centre.html

Mar. 6-7: Cornerstone proudly presents Seussical the Musical, a high-energy, music-filled, family-friendly, production featuring some of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters! This production features some of the area's most talented young performers and is sure to delight audiences of all ages! The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant that discovers a speck of dust containing Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many "thinks." Horton faces a double challenge--not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left to his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird.

Mar. 6-8: The 2015 Red Deer Home Show at Westerner Park. Admission at the door.http://www.reddeerhomeshow.ca

Mar. 7: 1:00-3:00pm. Dawe Branch Book to Movie Days; inspiring kids to read what they watch! A book club for young readers! Read the book of the month, and then join us for popcorn, the movie and fun engaging discussion after the film.

Mar. 12: Dine Out for Learning is the major fundraising event for the Learning Disabilities Association of Red Deer. Participating restaurants agree to pay LDA-Red Deer 10% of their food and non-alcoholic beverage sales for the day and in return will receive a charitable donation receipt. Everyone in Red Deer and Central Alberta is encouraged to dine out at these participating restaurants, enjoy their favourite foods or try something new, and raise money for this non-profit organization so that it can continue to offer programs for individuals, their families and professionals who deal daily with language processing difficulties such as dyslexia, etc. We want them to learn ways of coping with their condition and to lead full productive lives! For a list of participating restaurants check out the link, http://ldreddeer.ca/.

Mar. 7: St. Patrick’s Day

Mar. 12: Mostly Acoustic Recitals. Red Deer College Arts Centre. 1:00-2:00pm. These free lunchtime concerts showcase the talents if RDC`s music students in an intimate setting.

Mar. 20-22: Stettler hosts the Catch a Rising Star Dance Festival (C.A.R.S. in the Heart). Come see the exquisite dancers in their small town festival. Visit www.catcharisingstar.ca

Mar. 21-22: The Central Alberta Family Expo is coming back to Westerner Park and bringing the fun! This year Toopy and Binoo will be around to greet the kids from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm both days. Bring your camera to capture the moment. The 2015 charity of choice is the Red Deer and District SPCA.

Mar. 28: 1:00-2:00 p.m. Guess Who? Family mystery program at the Dawe Branch. Bring the whole family for a big surprise. Our Mystery Storytelling guest will take you on a journey to the world of games, crafts and more. Be prepared for anything. Puppet shows, famous literary character appearances and scavenger hunts may happen.

Mar. 29: 5th Annual Slush Cup. The Slush Cup is hands down the funniest competition to happen on the slopes of Canyon Ski Resort. Participants then get themselves psyched up to hurl their costumed bodies across an ice cold slush pond with the goal of making it to the dry shore at the far end of the pond. A great event for everyone, whether you have the guts to participate, or just want to watch. No entry fee. Contact the Canyon Ski Resort office for more information.

April

Apr. 3: Good Friday

Apr. 3: 10th Annual Stettler Roughstock Rodeo. Doors and Concession open at 6:30 p.m. Cabaret to follow. Rush Seating: $15.00 (6 & under FREE). Contact: Stettler Ag Society - 403-742-6288

Apr. 3-4: 2015 Quilt Show at Parkland Pavilion.

Apr. 3-5: Central Alberta Kennel Club Spring Dog Show at UFA Agricentre at Westerner Park.

Apr. 5-8: Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas. Based on the award winning radio drama by Dylan Thomas and adapted to film in 1972 with Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, and Peter O’Toole, Under Milk Wood follows a day in the life of residents of a fictional Welsh town in poetry, music, song, and dance. With the audience as voyeurs, we are taken on a poetic tour uncovering some of the charming and disarming situations of real life that many will recognize as similar to our own life journey. Age Group: Family City Centre Stage, 4922-49th Street Evenings: April 15-18 | 7:30 pm Saturday Matinee: April 18 | 1:00 pm School Matinee: April 16 | 12:00 pm Tickets: http://www.blackknightinn.ca/black-knight-inn-ticket-centre.html

Apr. 6:   As part of the Perspectives: Canada in the World speaker series, renowned Canadian writer Margaret Atwood will be speaking to the general public in the Red Deer College Arts Centre about “the creative process.” Following her address, members of the audience will be invited to ask Ms. Atwood questions. Tickets are now on sale athttp://www.blackknightinn.ca/black-knight-inn-ticket-centre_rdc.html

Apr. 6: 1:00-3:00 p.m. Dawe Branch Book to Movie Days; inspiring kids to read what they watch! A book club for young readers! Read the book of the month, and then join us for popcorn, the movie and fun engaging discussion after the film.

Apr. 6: Easter Monday

Apr. 10-11: Alberta Home Educators Conference at Westerner Park Altaplex. Seewww.aheaonline.com for more information.

Apr. 14-22: 2015 Stettler & District Music Festival is a ten day festival with over 700 entries each year includes performers in speech, band, vocals, piano, musical theatre, and more. For more information, visit the Stettler & District Music Festival website at www.stettlermusicfestival.com

Apr. 21: The Harlem Globetrotters are coming to the Westerner Enmax Centrium on April 21st 2015! Bring the whole gang out to a fun event filled with comedy and fast paced basketball. Check out their website www.harlemgolbetrotters.com for more info and ticket information.

Apr. 24-26: Mane Event Horse Expo at Westerner Park. For more information, please visitwww.maneeventexpo.com/reddeer

Apr. 25: Sylvan Lake Eco Loco in the Community Centre Gym. Come learn about backyard gardening, innovative ways to reduce, reuse and recycle and much more!

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