Red Deer Museum: Until February 24, come see the collection on the Great War. 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the Second Battle of Ypres, and the writing of “In Flanders Fields”, by Canadian physician Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae. The hardships and horrors of the First World War continued to reach Red Deer during its second year. Men from Central Alberta played significant roles in major battles that moved Canada and her soldiers to the forefront. Those injured beyond returning to action began to arrive home, bringing news of their brothers-in-arms that would not be coming home at all. See RED DEER AND THE GREAT WAR – 1915: The King will take off his hat to the Canadians from October 24, 2015 to February 7, 2016. Admission is free, donations welcome.
Sundays, 4:00-5:15. Penhold Multiplex hosts a free family skate.
Mondays, 10:00-10:45. Preschool Fun! (Dawe Branch). Stories, songs, activities and crafts for three to five-year-olds.
Tuesdays, 10:00-10:30. Toddler Fun! Red Deer Library (Dawe Branch). For ages 19 months to three years of age and their parent or caregiver. Enjoy this active storytime 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.
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, fingerplays, and activities.
Tuesdays, 10:00-10:30. Preschool Fun. Red Deer Library (Timberlands Branch). For ages three to five. Features age-appropriate stories, songs and crafts.
Wednesday, 9:30-11. Mini MAG. Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery (MAG). Mini MAG is designed for kids 5 and under. It gives the youngest artists in the community a chance to come and create a new piece of art every week. All of our projects are geared towards kids under 5 and are easily adapted to the different skills and abilities of all kids. Cost to create your own piece of art is $2/child for those with family memberships and $3/child for those without a family membership.
Wednesdays, 10:00-10:45. Preschool Fun. Red Deer Library (Downtown Branch). For ages three to five. Features age-appropriate stories, songs and crafts.
Wednesday, 2:00-4:00pm. Crib and Card Games Club. Red Deer Library (Dawe Branch). Are you a fan of crib and other card games? Join other card game enthusiasts for a weekly afternoon of fun!
Wednesday, 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, fingerplays, 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 storytime 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.
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.
Fridays, 10:00-10:30. Babes and Tots Fun. Red Deer Library (Timberlands Branch). Thirty minutes of stories, songs, and rhymes for babies and their caregivers. Ages birth to 3 years and their parent and or caregivers.
December 1: International Christmas Tea at the Cronquist House. Join the Red Deer Cultural Heritage Society for the annual International Christmas Tea event held at the three-storey farmhouse overlooking Bower Ponds, the Cronquist House. The event features an array of internationally diverse foods, desserts and drinks. Seating is limited to 42 persons! Call 403-346-0055 to reserve your spot!
December 4: The Red Deer Cultural Heritage Society will be hosting the Victorian Christmas Dinner once again this year at the 103 year-old Cronquist House. Dinner will consist of a traditional Victorian-style meal. Seating is limited to 42 persons. To purchase tickets & reserve your spot, or for more information, please contact the Society at 403-346-0055.
December 4: Christmas Day Camp at the Museum. Our Day @ the Museum: Day Camps run on select Red Deer Public & Red Deer Catholic school PD Days. Cost is $25 per child/day for museum members & $30 per child/day for non-members. Children will create their own art work. Supervised outdoor time is also included, as well as free time to explore our galleries and Remarkable Red Deer. Please provide your own lunch, and bring appropriate outdoor clothing. http://www.reddeermuseum.com/programs/daycamps/
December 6: Rocky Mountain House is hosting its Fur Trade Christmas! Fur Trade Christmas is an annual event hosted by the Confluence Heritage Society at Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site. An afternoon of festive family activities including a toboggan hill, snowshoeing and pictures with Fur Trade Santa 11AM-3PM. Come with some money for the trade market and pictures, enjoy some Cabane à Sucre maple taffy and experience the magic of Christmas.
December 6: Simply Homemade is a show for all the local small business companies in Red Deer! Small companies always are more unique and really are one of a kind. Come shop for one of a kind products! You can't go to a local mall for this stuff! We are also donating half the ticket proceeds to the Red Deer & District SPCA! We are currently looking for vendors for this show. Come join us for the opportunity to hold your unique product and share it with people in the community! This unique market will be held from 11-5 at the Radisson.
December 10-15: Ice Sculptures – Parkland Nurseries and Garden Centre. Each year people are invited to Parkland Garden Centre to watch our world famous ice sculptures being created as our “Christmas Card to the Community”. People young and old come to see what this year’s theme will be and to see how they are carved. Completion of sculptures is scheduled for December 10 thru to December 15, dependent on weather. The sculptures will remain throughout the Winter season.
December 11: Sounds of the Season at the RDC Mainstage, Arts Centre. From 7:30-9:30 pm come celebrate the wonder of the season with the RDC Chamber Choir and Symphonic Winds at their annual holiday concert.
December 12: Parkland Nurseries & Garden Centre: Craft & Market Sales from 10-4, located 3 minutes east of 30th Avenue on Highway 11. These unique markets provide craftspeople/artisans the opportunity to showcase their creative one-of-a-kind creations ready for Christmas. It's a great time to come out and purchase that handmade gift that you have been looking for this season. Admission is a donation to the Food Bank.
December 31: New Year’s Eve Sleepover Dreams and Goals, December 31, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - January 1, 2016 @ 9:00am at the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Join us for an amazing night all about setting goals and following your dreams. Our New Year’s Eve Sleepover is sure to be a night your kids will never forget! December 31, 5pm to January 1, 9am Ages 8-12 Cost: $50/child This evening includes crafts, games, all meals, guest speakers, and of course, a sleepover in the museum! Registration Deadline: December 22, 2015 *There are only 30 spots, so please register early!*
December 31: New Year’s Eve Sleepover at the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame. Join us for an amazing night all about setting goals and following your dreams. This evening includes crafts, games, all meals, guest speakers, and of course, a sleepover in the museum! Our New Year’s Eve Sleepover is sure to be a night your kids will never forget! December 31, 5pm to January 1, 9am. Ages 8-12. Cost: $50/child. Registration Deadline: December 22, 2015. There are only 30 spots, so please register early! http://ashfm.ca/events
December 31: Stettler Family New Year’s Eve Masquerade Dance. Need something to do on New Year’s Eve? Tickets on sale now for $25 until December 15th at Wells Furniture. All ages NO ALCOHOL family dance. Food platters by Sarah's Catering, free pop and drinks by Sean's No Frills. Surprise performance by Rhonda's Danceology. Two countdowns at 8pm and midnight. Babies 6 months and under are free but require a ticket. Find us on Facebook, twitter and www.stettlerfamilynewyearseve.weebly.com
January 1: Come celebrate New Year’s Day on Sylvan Lake with fireworks at 7:00pm.
January 9: Lego Builders Saturdays, Red Deer Library (Dawe Branch). 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m. Ages six and up. Under six, bring an adult. Enjoy a free build LEGO® activity using our extensive inventory. Drop-in.
January 16: Subway Healthy Living Expo at the Harvest Center, Westerner Park. 8:00 AM
January 21-31: Pike Wheaton Sale at the Stockman’s Pavilion, Westerner Park. www.pikewheaton.com
January 22: Lonestar is coming to Penhold and you can get your tickets at the Penhold Town Office or Ticketmaster! Doors open at 7:00 and the concert starts at 8:00. VIP tables are also available. Phone: 403-886-4567
January 27: Puppet Theatre at 123...Come Sing with Me. 10:00-12:00 in Big Valley and 2:00-4:00 in Donalda. Enjoy this puppet theatre company out of Calgary, make a puppet craft, have a snack. Families welcome. Most suitable for children 0-6 years old. Free event! Contact: 403-742-2280
February 4-6 & 10-13: The Tempest - The Works of William Shakespeare. Castaway on an enchanted isle, the once powerful Prospero struggles to raise his daughter Miranda in this new world. Together with the mythical inhabitants of the island, he uses the magic he has studied to raise a storm and wreak havoc upon his oppressors. Monsters, lovers, shipwrecked fools, and airy spirits confound each other as worlds collide. In the end, can Prospero discover how to become a benevolent benefactor of those he has oppressed? Humility and the power of love transcend vengeance and hatred, showing us that together we can create a better humanity and that “we are such stuff that dreams are made of”. Red Deer College & Arts Centre Mainstage, Arts Centre.
February 5-13: Lindsay Thurber Composite High is proud to present the musical comedy, “Winnie the Pooh”. For information please call the school at 403-347-1171.
February 5-14: Red Deer College Mainstage presents “Pride and Prejudice”. 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. Tickets available through the Black knight Ticket Centre.
February 6: Lego Builders Saturdays, Red Deer Library (Dawe Branch). 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m. Ages six and up. Under six, bring an adult. Enjoy a free build LEGO® activity using our extensive inventory. Drop-in.
February 7: With This Ring...Bridal Gala. Parkland Pavilion, Westerner Park. February 7, 2016 10:00am to 4:30pm. Fashion Shows @ 11:30am and 2:30pm. Admission: $10 in Advance, $15 at the Door.
February 13: Sylvan Lake Winterfest, including the Polar Bear Dip, Family Fun and Fireworks at 7:00pm. http://www.sylvanlake.ca/2013-01-23-17-54-43/events.html
February 13: Theatre for Young Audiences. Butt Ugly in Collaboration with RDC School Tour Performances’. Weekend Pubic Matinee. Studio A, Red Deer Arts Centre. 4:00 & 5:00 pm Admission by donation at the door. Family fun with a message! Issue-based comedy to inspire youth against tobacco. http://rdc.ab.ca/showtime
February 14: Valentine’s Day
February 15: Family Day 2015: Magapalooza: DIY Theatre from 1 to 4pm at Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery (MAG). This year we are hosting our very own DIY Theatre. In conjunction with that theme we are thrilled to be hosting a performance by Treehouse Youth Theatre. This year the kids theatre company has chosen to bring several Robert Munsch books to life on the stage. Between performances, there will be lots of activities for the entire family spread throughout the museum. Take part in making your own sock puppet and then try your hand at a performance in our puppet theatre. Not interested in puppet making? Try acting out a scene from a children’s story. Throw on some costumes and take a quick video. Who knows the next Oscar winner could get their start on the MAG stage! When you are ready for a break from all the action, recharge with food and drinks. Then head back to the gallery and take a family photo in our photo booth. Once you have captured a fantastic family picture, create your very own frame to commemorate a great day spent together as a family.
February 20-21: Red Deer Princess Ball in support of Cystic Fibrosis. Made just for the Little Princess in your life! Event is scheduled from 1:00 to 4:00 at Sheraton Red Deer! Your lovely lady is encouraged to dress in her very best "princess" ensemble to attend the Ball of the Season! Face Painting, Craft Table, Dessert and Candy Table, Photography and a Silent Auction. Tickets are $50.00 per person (children, Adults AND babies). V.I.P. tickets will be sold in limited quantities.... $600.00 per table (8 people per table). https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-princess-ball-february-21-2016-in-support-of-cystic-fibrosis-canada-tickets-19578771633?aff=ebrowse
February 21: Stettler Princess Ball in support of Cystic Fibrosis. Event is scheduled from 1:00 to 4:00 at the Stettler Community Hall! Face Painting, Glitter Tattoos, Photography and a Silent Auction. Tickets are $50.00 per person (children, Adults AND babies). V.I.P. tickets will be sold in limited quantities.... $600.00 per table (8 people per table).
February 21: The Piano: It’s For The Birds. Mainstage, Red Deer Arts Centre. 7:30 pm Composers have long been fascinated with musical depictions of birds. Join RDC faculty member and pianist Dale Wheeler in an exploration of bird pieces by Grieg, Liszt, Bernstein, Ravel, and others.
February 22: Come to Camp Harmattan for a family friendly winter festival! Bring your friends and family and join us for a time of tobogganing, crafts for the kids, cookie decorating, sleigh riding, family photos, a winter photo scavenger hunt, and hot chocolate! This event runs from 10 am - 3 pm and is FREE! Lunch and snacks are also included! We hope to see you all there! Camp Harmattan, RR 2 Site 7,Olds, AB. http://www.campharmattan.com/community/events/