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Mondays, 10:00-10:45. Preschool Storytime. Red Deer Library (Dawe Branch). Stories, songs, and activities for three to five-year-olds.

Tuesdays, 10:00-10:30. Toddler Play 'n Learn. Red Deer Library (Dawe Branch). Enjoy this active storytime program especially for toddlers!

Tuesdays, 6:30pm. Drop-in Pajama Storytime. Red Deer Library (Downtown Branch). Thirty  to 45 minutes of stories, songs, finger plays, and crafts. The focus age group is two to six-year-olds, (under three please bring an adult), but we invite the whole family to take part.

Wednesdays, 11:00-11:45. Time for Twos Storytime. Red Deer Library (Downtown Branch). Ongoing until April 25, 2014. Remarkable Red Deer: Stories from the Heart of the Parkland. Several prominent buildings have been a part of Red Deer's landscape for many years. The exhibition features several, including the Stephenson Hall Block (Red Deer's first commercial building), the Train Station, the Club Cafe and the Capitol Theatre. Each area is unique and offers interactive stations where visitors will discover more about the past.

Wednesdays and Fridays, 10:00-10:45. Drop-in Preschool Storytimes. Red Deer Library (Downtown Branch). Stories, songs and crafts for three to six-year-olds.

Thursdays, 10:00-10:30 or Fridays, 2:00-2:30. Babytimes Storytime. Red Deer Library (Downtown Branch). Thirty minutes of stories, songs, and rhymes for children birth to 24 months and their caregivers.

Thursdays, 3:30-5:00. After School Club. Red Deer Library (Dawe Branch). Teens and tweens: Join us every Thursday after school for games, crafts, movies, music and more!

MAGnificent Saturdays at Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery. Every Saturday, all year, from 1:00-4:00 PM. MAGnificent Saturdays is our innovative program, led by artists, that connects our exhibits with an art making activity. Participants of any age are welcome! We supply the materials, the studio, and the artist, you supply the imagination. Share time with your family learning, creating and exploring new materials! The best part….your completed masterpieces are yours to take home and enjoy! Included with daily admission or MAG membership. Drop-in… no registration required.

Every Thursday throughout the summer. 6:00-9:00pm. Parkland Mall presents Cruise Nite! Hundreds of cars, all makes and models welcome. Food vendor, music, family atmosphere. Admission is free but donations are

Saturdays, 11:00 AM. Special Family Story Time – Favorite Friends. Red Deer Library (Dawe Branch). Each month as part of our Family Drop-in Storytime, we'll feature a beloved picture book character with a party in the Children’s Department! Stories, crafts, games and more!


September 1: Labour Day

September 4: Summer Cinema Series at Sylvan Lake Centennial Park. How to Train your Dragon 2. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy a fun movie watching experience.

September 5: Cattle Round Up at Heritage Ranch. 5:30-Midnight. In our 20th year, Cattle Round Up moves to Heritage Ranch for some good old western fun! Whoop it up with Denver Daines, enjoy a delicious buffet dinner, silent auction, and our Ropin' 20 Cash Raffle! 403-352-7604

September 5: Final Patio Party of the Season. 5:00-8:00pm. The final Patio Party of the summer will be one you don’t want to miss. We will be saying goodbye to summer with a Celtic flare. Starting the show we have Young Fellas followed up with St. James Gate. Get out and enjoy one of our last summer evenings. Ross Street Patio, 4936 Ross St.

September 5: Jungle Farm’s Full Moon Maze. Our corn maze will be open this evening from 7-10 to enjoy by moonlight.  You may want to bring your flashlight and a jacket.

September 5-7: 1st Annual Boomtown Music Festival featuring alternative country music at Old MacDonalds Resort. A two-day festival held on the shores of Buffalo Lake at Ol'Macdonalds Resort in the heart of Alberta. Featuring a mix of established performers and new emerging talent. Call for Tickets. 403.742.6603

September 6: Located at Olds College, the CLC Mud Run is a new kind of race, where fun takes priority and everyone can be involved in the madness! Our Mud Run is the dirtiest, craziest obstacle course you will ever run, and a time you will never forget!! Particpants will encounter slippery sludge, and mountains of muck and we guarantee the only visibly clean part of your body at the finish line will be your huge smile! Adult 5km, Filthy Frogs Kids Run ( 5-13 years) Barbeque, Beer Gardens, Kids Zone, Live Band, Vendors and More! For more information: 403-507-7787 LET'S GET DIRTY

September 6: Country Gospel in the Park. All Star Park, Blackfalds. Church service Sunday at 9am. Performances  are in a heated tent (bring your own lawn chair) and food is available on site. Performers include Vision Country Gospel, Ben Kellert, RR4, Freedom Seekers, The Tapleys, Joshua Ridge, ReNewed, R&J, Strings N things, Victoria Street, Potters Clay, New Song Band, Gospel Trubadors, Joyful Melody Trio, Debbie Bergeron, Revive and Gospel 792. $30 (Weekend Pass). Contact John 403.885.4857.

September 6: Reebok Spartan Race. It's a 13k+ with 20+ obstacles on battlefield of insane mud designed to test your physical strength and mental resolve. Check out the website for more information.

September 7: Great Canadian Shoreline Clean Up. Kerry Wood Nature Centre. 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM. Join the national effort to keep our waterways and shorelines clean, safe and beautiful. No need to pre-register. Barbecue and Prizes following event. Wear visible clothing, appropriate footwear and bring gloves (opt). 403-309-8409  Event Web site:

September 7: 2nd Annual Stettler Duathlon. 9am start for Sprint Distance, 10 am start for try-it distances. Adult sprint distance: 5k run - 30k bike - 5k run $50. Adult Try-it Distance: 2.5k run - 15k bike - 2.5k run $45. Youth Distance: 2.5k run - 15k bike - 2.5k run $45. Team event (sprint distance only): $115. Family rate (up to 4 ppl included) $130. Sweat bands, race package and post event food all included! Contact: Robin 403-740-6093

September 7: Grandparents’ Day.Sure, we love grandparents every day of the year, but this is the perfect opportunity to devote a day all to them!

September 11: Sylvan Lake Family and Community Information Fair at the Sylvan Lake Community Centre from 5:00-8:00pm.

September 12-13: Penhold Fall Festival. Join the community of Penhold for its annual Fall Festival, featuring a concert and Battle of the Bands along with Teen Night on Friday night; pancake breakfast, parade, midway, vendor market, hockey tournament, fireworks and more on Saturday! Contact Julie for more information or to take part. Julie Dallaire,

September 12-13: Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life. Celebrate * Remember * Fight Back Relay For Life is an inspirational, non-competitive, 12-hour overnight fundraising event that brings you and your community together to celebrate life and fight cancer. Relay has a festival-like atmosphere that your family, friends and co-workers can enjoy regardless of age or fitness level! For more information on the Relay for Life in Stettler, contact Crystal Shierman at 403-742-4222 or visit the website

September 12-14: Didsbury’s Mountain View Arts Festival 2014 is in its fourth year and is the largest outdoor festival of its kind. Mountain View Arts Festival 2014 will see Didsbury come alive with all that is arts and culture in our region, including dancers, storytellers, musicians and songwriters, handicrafts, painters, potters, carvers ... you name it ... if it's artsy, it'll be here!

September 13: Open Minds Walk and Run: The Schizophrenia Society of Alberta is pleased to invite you to participate in this year's Open Minds Walk and Run on September 13 at McKenzie Trails! There will be a 10k run, a 5k run/walk and the 2.5 k fun walk. The event will include a continental breakfast, silent auction, client speaker, lunch and other fun activities for participants and guests! Last year’s event was a great success due to the participation of wonderful people like you! To register online go to the website and click on ‘Open Minds Walk & Run’ and select the Red Deer location. For more information on how to register contact Judy. Registration fee is $40.

September 13: Jungle Farm’s Sauerkraut Festival. Join us to learn how to make sauerkraut, how to eat sauerkraut, what sauerkraut soap looks like and all other things sauerkraut.  Fresh unprocessed sauerkraut will be available this weekend.  Of course you get to enjoy all that The Jungle Farm offers as well as sauerkraut.

September 14: 100 Years of Animation. Red Deer Public Library (Downtown). From 2:00-4:00pm we’re celebrating the Library’s 100 years in this free film series spanning 100 years of animation. In this Warner Brothers film, "The Iron Giant", a young boy meets and befriends a 50 foot tall, steel-eating giant who he tries to keep secret from everyone. 403-346-4576

September 20: Earthdance Red Deer. Come share in a global intention for peace at this annual festival. Free community yoga, live music with the Claude Godin Trio for dancing, art activities and more. At 5pm we will share the Prayer for Peace simultaneously with Earthdance festival participants in communities around the world. Free; donations accepted for the Central Alberta Refugee Efforts. Bring the whole family to Veterans Park and Ross Street Patio from 3-6pm.

September 20: Olds 3rd Annual Harvest Festival, hosted by Communities in Bloom. 5 Beautiful Gardens awards will be presented. Contests for Best Apple Pie, Best Jam, Funniest Shaped Vegetable, and Largest Sunflower. The Boys and Girls Club will host a mini-triathlon. Face painting, live music. For more information, contact Gerda at 403-556-7796 or Donna at 403-556-8022.

September 21: Central Music Festival Society presents – Ian Tyson. 7:30-10pm at Red Deer Memorial Arts Centre. The Central Music Festival Society presents Ian Tyson with special guest Elvin Berthiaume MUSICIAN, RANCHER, STORYTELLER, AND CANADIAN ICON Ian Tyson –Canada’s iconic singer and songwriter– turned 80 in September 2013, but his energy remains undimmed. Tickets available through Black Knight Ticket Centre.

September 24: Red Deer Hospice's "Sunflower Ladies (Hand) Bag Lunch. This women’s event is being held at the Sheraton Hotel from 12-2pm. Red Deer Hospice Ladies Sunflower Lunch is back with the additional of a handbag auction - because what's a ladies event without shopping! Each table will contain a designer handbag as a centerpiece. Guest will be able to place sealed bids in the purses and the highest bidder on each purse will take it home. All other bidders will receive a tax receipt for their donation. Tickets for the luncheon are $40 and lunch will be a 3-course sit down meal.

September 25-28: Join us in Lacombe for the second annual Culture & Harvest Festival. This 3-day Festival is a celebration of our Agricultural Heritage and will showcase the Arts and Culture of our lively, vibrant, and diverse community. There will be fun for the whole family with plenty of feasting, merriment, and live performances. Events during the Festival include: The 'Lacombe's Got Talent' competition, An Outdoor Live Music Concert, A Midway, The Fall Rock & Gem Show, A Country Farm Driving Tour, Horse Racing, Historic Walking Tours, Horse drawn wagon rides, The famous Lacombe Corn Maze, Fireworks and more!

September 26-28: Alberta Culture Days.Taking place at various venues throughout Alberta, Alberta Culture Days has something for everyone with concerts, dance demos, backstage tours, historic exhibits, films, culinary workshops & more! For more information, visit

September 26-27: La Leche League Canada Family Conference 2014. Dr. Laura Markham of and Teresa Pitman, author of Preparing to Breastfeed, will be speaking at this family friend conference happening at the Ramanda Inn on Kingsway Avenue. Register at

September 28: momstown Central Alberta's Fairy Tale Ball. 1-4pm at Sheraton Red Deer Hotel. Once upon a time, there was a magical kingdom called momstown. One morning, as the sun started to rise and the fairies began to dance, the town cryer began to spread the good news... "Hear Ye, Hear Ye! Calling all Knights, Frogs, Princesses' and Princes! The kingdom of momstown is cordially inviting you to their annual Fairy Tale Ball! Please join us on the twenty-eighth of the month of September in the year of two thousand fourteen for an afternoon of dancing, laughter, and frivolity. Please come in your best attire, whether it be freshly shined knights armour, your prettiest frock, or your tiniest frog bowtie..." For a small fee of $5 per child  for pass holder to a maximum to $15 per fmaily or $10 per child for non pass holders to a maximum of $30 you can join this awesome event! Purchase tickets and find out more information by clicking here.

September 28: With this Ring Bridal Gala. On Sunday, September 28, 2014 our Fall gala will take place in the Harvest Centre at Westerner Park. Brides and their guests will have the entire day to visit over 40 booths and attend either the morning or afternoon fashion shows. Tickets $10.00 advance and $15.00 at the door.

September  29-Oct. 5: Canadian Supreme: Westerner Park. The Canadian Supreme is a prestigious and exciting major horse Event. Events during the week include cutting, reining, and cow horse classes for the best horses and competitors in Western Canada and Northwestern United States. There are also special events throughout the week such as the Thursday Evening Social, Western Horse Sale, Canadian Supreme Trade Fair and "Cinch Night at the Supreme". For all ages. 403-313-8673

September 30: Toopy And Binoo: Fun and Games. Koba Entertainment’s newest theatrical production, Toopy and Binoo: Fun and Games, is among the producers’ long list of original stage shows, including Dora the Explorer: Search for the City Of Lost Toys and Max & Ruby in the Nutcracker Suite. Led by award-winning choreographer Patti Caplette as writer and director, the all-star creative team includes musical director, and JUNO Award-winner, Norman Foote; projection and scenic designer, Beth Kates; and costume design by Maydwell Mascots, Anne Armit, and Kevin McGuire. Happening at the Red Deer Memorial Arts Centre at 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. For tickets, visit

September 30: National Seniors Day- Mini Conference. Sylvan Lake Family & Community Centre. There will be 2 sessions for people to attend as well as a roast beef dinner with entertainment from Flashback Freddy. You must attend at least 1 session to attend dinner. Session 1- 4:30-6:00 Downsizing & Moving Forward Information for baby boomers, seniors & those helping parents downsize. Downsizing brings with it the challenge of sorting through memories & what we want to share with others. This challenge requires loving respect in balancing what things we need while holding onto what we treasure! Session 2- 7-8:30pm Advance Care Planning: Personal Directives & Goals of Care Designations Information on making health care decisions. Good planning makes change easier. For more information contact Maryan @ 403-887-5428.


October 4: Ride for Refuge in support of Red Deer Hospice. Red Deer Hospice is proud to be a partner charity in Ride for Refuge's first Red Deer ride. Join our team to ride either 10, 25 or 40 km all while raising funds to support Hospice care in our community.

October 4: Jungle Farm’s Family Fall Festival. This is a great day to enjoy all that The Jungle Farm offers plus extras local band, scarecrow building and more!

October 5: CIBC Run for the Cure. Each year tens of thousands of Canadians participate in the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure and help raise funds for important breast cancer research, education and advocacy initiatives. This year promises to be an exciting, powerful, and memorable experience for everybody involved. We invite you to run or walk with us on Sunday, October 5, 2014. Participate as a team or individual. Register at teams Meet at Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School in Red Deer.

October 9: Success 4 Business Expo at Westerner Park Harvest Center. B2B Seminar and Trade Show event that facilitates learning, connecting and networking for small businesses and start-ups - Tradeshow floor and Wrap Up Party is free with online registration. See website to register and sign up for seminar packages. Keynote speaker is Ruth Kelly from Venture Publishing. (Venture Magazine and Alberta Oil Magazine)

October 9: Brad Paisley Country Nation World Tour with Special Guest, Brett Kissel. 7:30pm at the Enmax Centrium. Tickets available at Ticketmaster. $59.50, $95.50 (includes GST)

October 10: Jungle Farm’s Full Moon Maze - Our corn maze will be open this evening from 7-10 to enjoy by the moonlight. You may want to bring your flashlight and a jacket.

October 10 & 11: Fright Night at the Site in Rocky Mountain House at the National Historic Site from 7:30-10:00pm. Prepare to be scared as infections of fur traders past take over you as you overlook the North Saskatchewan River. The many causes of death during the 76 years of trade at Rocky Mountain House will drive you mad!

October 10-12: Foothills Cowboy Association Rodeo Finals at the Stockman’s Pavilion at Westerner Park.

October 11: Quick Times Swap Meet. Parkland Pavilion, Prairie Pavilion, Red Deer. For more information visit

October 12: 100 Years of Animation. Red Deer Public Library (Downtown). From 2:00-4:00pm we’re celebrating the Library’s 100 years in this free film series spanning 100 years of animation. Watch the stop motion animation in Tim Burton's "Corpse Bride". This film begins with young Victor practicing his wedding vows in the woods and inadvertently promising himself to a reanimated corpse. 403-346-4576

October 13: Thanksgiving Day

October 13-14: Take a Harvest Drive this Autumn. Five local farms and businesses are taking place in the annual Harvest Drive this year in Central Alberta. Visit the website for more information.

October 17 & 18: Fright Night at the Site in Rocky Mountain House at the National Historic Site from 7:30-10:00pm. Prepare to be scared as infections of fur traders past take over you as you overlook the North Saskatchewan River. The many causes of death during the 76 years of trade at Rocky Mountain House will drive you mad!

October 18: Alberta Prairie Railway in Stettler presents Harvest Pumpkin Fest. In keeping with the season, guests are invited to join us on one of four special experiences. Includes selecting very own pumpkin from our patch, hot chocolate and cookies, family friendly activities, and much more.

October 19: Family Fright at the Site in Rocky Mountain House at the National Historic Site from 2pm-5pm. Free entry, carnival tickets for kid friendly activities, games and events

October 21: Doobie Brothers Concert at Enmax Centrium. Tickets available via Ticketmaster.

October 24-26: Our Best to You, Red Deer’s favourite Christmas shopping event is back for its' 23rd year! For three days only, the Parkland & Prairie Pavilions at Westerner Park will be transformed into a magical holiday market for fantastic Canadian Handmade gifts brought to YOU by over 200 of Canada's best artists, artisans and designers. You will find new, innovative creations including fashions, jewellery, art, sculpture, home décor items, gourmet goodies, stocking stuffers and many other unique works.

October 26-27: Jungle Farm’s Extreme Power Tool Pumpkin Carving - come carve your jack-o-lantern with our power tools.  Leave the mess for us to clean up for you.

October 31: Halloween

October 31-November 2: Red Deer Fall Dog Show. UFA Agricentre, Westerner Park. Includes three Conformation shows, 3 Obedience & Rally-O Trials, Junior Handling, different events at each show, and a Cerf Clinic.


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