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Sundays, 4:00-5:15. Penhold Multiplex hosts a free family skate.

Mondays, 10:00-10:45am. Preschool Fun! (Dawe Branch). Stories, songs, activities and crafts for three to five-year-olds.

Mondays, Chess Club Mondays (Dawe Branch). Adults - 4:30 - 5 pm. Children - 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. All levels of players are welcome. Cosponsored with the Alberta Chess Association.

Mondays & Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00pm. Red Deer Museum & Art Gallery.  Join us on Mondays and Wednesdays for an afternoon of art making in our studio. MAGsparks is a community art program tailored to individuals with developmental disabilities, but is open to all members of the community. Annual memberships are available to persons with disabilities: please see our website for more details. http://www.reddeermuseum.com/programs/magsparks/

Tuesdays, 10:00-10:30am. 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, 10:00-10:30am. Toddler Fun! (Dawe Branch). Toddler Tuesdays. Enjoy this active story time program especially for toddlers!

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.

Wednesdays, 10:00-10:45am. Preschool Fun (Downtown Branch). Toddlers and book Wednesdays. For ages three to five. Features age-appropriate stories, songs and crafts.

Wednesdays, Teen Coffee Cafe in the mezz (Downtown Branch). Every Wednesday coffee 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Ages 12-18. Join us in the Mezz for a free cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate every Wednesday after school! Bring your homework, favourite book, or a friend to hang out with, and warm up with a hot bevvie!

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.

Wednesday, 3:30-5:30p,. Teen Coffee Cafe in the mezz (Downtown Branch). Ages 12-18 can join us in the Mezz for a free cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate every Wednesday after school! Bring your homework, favourite book, or a friend to hang out with, and warm up with a hot bevvie!

Thursdays, 10 - 11am. Thursday Story Fun at Parkland Mall. Held the Second Thursday of each month. For Toddlers (up to age five). Join us for snacks, stories, puppet shows and songs!

Thursdays, 9:30-11:30am. Toddlers & Strollers Drop-In at the Sports Hall of Fame. Join us for Toddlers & Strollers every Thursday. There are special games and crafts for your little ones.  Adults are $5/each and children are free!

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

Fridays, 10:00-10:30am. 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.

Fridays, 10:00-10:45am. Preschool Fun (Downtown Branch). Toddlers and book Wednesdays. For ages three to five. Features age-appropriate stories, songs and crafts.

Saturdays, 11:00. Family Fun. Red Deer Library (Downtown Branch). Thirty to 45 minutes of stories, songs, finger plays and crafts. Families are encouraged!

Saturdays, 1:00-4:00pm. MAGnificent Saturdays. Join us at the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery on Saturday afternoons from 1-4 pm for our #familyfriendly art program! MAGnificent Saturdays is a drop-in family art program with something new to try every week. Cost is $10 per family/$5 per person; or enjoy unlimited access with one of our annual Family or Grandparent Memberships. Please see our website for more details and for a listing of upcoming activities. http://www.reddeermuseum.com/programs/magsaturdays/

APRIL 

April 1-3: The Red Deer and District Kennel Club hosts an All Breed Dog Show at Westerner Park. This includes 3 Conformation shows, 3 Obedience & Rally-O Trials, Junior Handling, different events at each show. http://www.rddkc.com/index.html

April 7: Adult Colouring. Unwind with us, 7:00-8:30, at the Red Deer Public Library as we meet for adult colouring, a simple way to express yourself and de-stress. We will bring the colouring pages and supplies. No registration required.

April 8-9: Alberta Homeschoolers Association Convention. Westerner Park. http://convention.aheaonline.com/

April 13: Let's Talk About the Arts: Why Poetry Matters at the Red Deer Public Library. Hear Rosemary Griebel, Service Design Lead for Readers, Calgary Public Library, speak about why poetry matters. Rosemary Griebel's award-winning poetry has appeared in literary magazines and on CBC Radio. This is a special presentation to help celebrate National Poetry Month. Tickets will be sold in advance at all library branches. The admission fee for this event is $10.00. http://www.rdpl.org

April 15-16: Encore Annual Art Sale and Celebration of Creative Expression. Lacombe Memorial Centre. Join us for two fabulous days of art, music, fine wines, and crisp craft beers as we showcase the works of over 80 Alberta artisans and art students.   Every year we source new artisans to market their works, and this year is no exception! We have 14 new artists & artisans with brilliant, vibrant works sure to please the younger crowd. http://www.lacombetourism.com/lacombe-regional-tourism-events/encore-festival/

April 15-17: The Anything and Everything Sale at Westerner Park. The focus of the show is simple... everything and anything! Our focus will be to include online retailers, products hard to find in stores, possibly some baking and who knows what else. This show is open to all shoppers so bring your curiosity and wear your good shoes as you walk the aisles looking for hard to find items or something you didn't even realize you needed. http://www.everythingandanythingshow.com/

April 15-17: The Bring on Summer show at Westerner Park will have 5 feature areas that focus on the most popular summer activities... Golf, BBQ, Summer family fun activities, Keeping kids busy and Patio Living! We are hoping to have a BBQ main stage going live during the event and more details will be released closer to the show dates. http://www.bringonsummershow.com/

April 17: Mommylicious! FREE TO ATTEND!!! 10am-4pm *Location TBD* Bouncy House, Face Painting, Mini Photo Sessions, Craft Area, Fun Zone & Shopping.

April 30: Calf Skit. Fun for the whole family! Calf Skit is a family friendly show that takes your classic lovable fairy tales and puts a spin on them using a blend of Improv comedy and choose your own adventure stories. This is a chance for you and your family to get involved in the telling of all the classic fairy tale stories, and kids get FREE POPCORN! Recommended for Kids 10 and under. ArtSpace - Scott Block Building from 1:45-3:00. Phone Number: 403-872-6706 Event E-mail: lol@bullskitcomedy.com

MAY

May 1: RUN & HIKE for HOSPICE at the Kerry Wood Nature Center. Hike 1 or 5 km within the beautiful Kerry Wood Sanctuary or run 5 or 10 km along Red Deer's scenic Riverside Trails. Phone Number: 403-309-4344. Event Web site: http://www.reddeerhospice.com. Event E-mail: events@reddeerhospice.com

May 1: Marching Show Band at Westerner Park. The Red Deer Royals will be hosting the 21st annual Marching Showband Classic featuring the best of Western Canada’s marching show bands including Red Deer’s very own World Gold Medal Winning Red Deer Royals. Each band will perform a choreographed field show. The Red Deer Royals will be premiering their 2016 field show “Magic”. 1:00pm. $5.00 @ the Door, 5 and under free.

May 3: What is Your Garden Style? Is a Makeover Really for You? Kath Smyth, Horticulturist with the Calgary Horticultural Society and the University of Calgary, will share her experiences creating Yard-smart front yards that incorporate existing plants and features. She will provide tips and tricks that help you save money when maintaining or transforming your yard. Tickets ($10 for garden club members; $15 for non-members) can be purchased in advance from the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery. Time: 6:45 pm to 8:00 pm. Event Web site: http://www.reddeergardenclub.ca

May 4: MAGsparks: “Paint Like Who?..” Join us in our peaceful studio space on Mondays & Wednesdays from 1:00-3:00. This community visual art program is tailored to persons with developmental disabilities but is accessible to everyone. Drop in is $3/participant, memberships available to persons with disabilities for $50/year. Children aged 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. http://www.reddeermuseum.com/programs/magsparks/

May 5: Adult Colouring. Unwind with us as we meet for adult colouring, a simple way to express yourself and de-stress. We will bring the colouring pages and supplies. No registration required. Red Deer Public Library, 7 PM to 8:30 PM.

May 6: Nurses on the RuN. Run, Walk or Stroll! Join us on Friday, May 6th, 2016 for a running start at Nursing Week by participating in ARNET's 2nd Annual Nurses on the RuN FUNd run, walk and stroll experience! Our 2/4/6 km event takes place in beautiful Bower Ponds. Fun, friends, lights and surprises are huge parts of this community event that recognizes the contributions of Alberta's RNs while raising critical funds for continuing nursing education and knowing together we are improving healthcare for Albertans. VIP Prizes Experiences for Top Individual Fundraiser and Top Team! http://www.nursesontherun.ca

May 7: Rock Your Bump from 10-4 at Westerner Park. Mommy Connections along with Central Alberta Doulas and Benedict Devlin offers something extraordinary… Rock Your Bump Trade Show! This spring will be our 9th show, how exciting! We are bringing back some of the favourites including a fashion show, child-minding (imagine shopping without children!), moms lounge (to nurse those sweet little ones), and many other amazing attractions. http://www.rockyourbump.ca    

May 7-8: Deja Vu Kids - Spring Sale! Deja Vu Kids is a huge kids consignment sales event from 9-4 each day at the Red Deer Curling Club. Our sales are held twice each year and offer a great opportunity to shop gently used baby and kids items at 50-90% off retail prices! What you'll find at our sales: Nearly everything your kids need or want! From infants to tweens! Clothing, toys, books, shoes, games, electronics, sports equipment, baby gear, nursery furniture and decor, bikes and MUCH more! Consign your children's items at our spring sale and earn some extra money! As a consignor, you set your own prices with our easy to use custom barcoding system, attach the bar codes to your items, drop your items off and we'll take care of the rest! Spaces are limited, register today! http://www.dejavukids.com

May 12-13: 2016 Fostering Diverse Communities Conference. Diversity conference in support of building welcoming and inclusive communities. 8AM-6:30PM at Westerner Park.

May 14: Historic Markerville Opening day 2016. 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.

May 16: MAGsparks: Printmaking. Join us in our peaceful studio space on Mondays & Wednesdays. This community visual art program is tailored to persons with developmental disabilities but is accessible to everyone. Drop in is $3/participant, memberships available to persons with disabilities for $50/year. Children aged 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. http://www.reddeermuseum.com/programs/magsparks/

May 18: Breton Bus Trip. Central Alberta Historical Society presents a bus trip to Breton, First Black Settlement in Alberta and to Pigeon Lake. 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM. The admission fee for this event is $30.00. The maximum capacity for this event is 26. 403-347-7873

May 20: Art in Music. Join the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra for an evening of Art in Music. Explore sculpture, architecture and painting through the powerful musical works of Rameau, Mussorgsky and Red Deer's own Maestro Claude Lapalme. The sheer awesomeness of two orchestras on stage is sure to bring the 29th season of the RDSO to a memorable close. Admission is $60.   http://www.rdso.ca

May 20: A Day @ the Museum Day Camps: Canada Day One. Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery (MAG) Day Camps run on select school PD days from 9 AM – 4 PM Our camps are developed for children aged 6-12 and provide kids with an opportunity to make new friends, learn something new, and have fun while they are off from school. Each camp includes games, crafts, a movie, and more. Cost is $25/day for museum members & $30/day for non-members. Please see our website for more details and for a listing of upcoming Day Camps. http://www.reddeermuseum.com/programs/camps/

May 21: Jazz at the Lake concert "Johnny Summers Little Big Band". Jazz at the Lake is pleased to present "A Festival for All Seasons". This line-up of four great concerts runs throughout 2016 in beautiful Sylvan Lake. This concert features Johnny Summers, a master of versatility, in both style and mood. With unparalleled influences like Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, Louis Armstrong and Frank Sinatra, it comes as no surprise that he has something to offer everyone in the room. His musical abilities are accented by his natural capacity to bring wit, soul and laughter to every show. The concert will feature Johnny's 8-piece “Little Big Band” and mark an unprecedented nine years of performing at Jazz At The Lake's traditional Swing Dance. For tickets and complete details, visit www.jazzatthelake.com. Tickets for this event are $25.

May 24: Gardening With Your Child. This is a day for just you and your children to enjoy gardening at our farm. There will be different hands on stations to learn about gardening, bugs, flowers, and farm animals. This event sells out fast, sign up for our e-newsletter to get the information first. 10AM-12PM http://www.thejunglefarm.com.

May 28: Season Opening & Car Show at the Innisfail Historical Village for our season opening and vehicle show! Pancake Breakfast, Entertainment for all ages, Easy Street performing 50's & 60's music, Shriners Tin Lizzies!

JUNE

June 2: Adult Colouring. Unwind with us as we meet for adult colouring, a simple way to express yourself and de-stress. We will bring the colouring pages and supplies. No registration required. Red Deer Public Library, 7 PM to 8:30 PM.

June 2: Theresa Caputo Live! (TLC's Long Island Medium). Theresa Caputo, from TLC's hit show, Long Island Medium, will be here live! Show starts at, 7:30pm - doors open at 6:30. Tickets go on-sale Friday, March 11th @ 10am. Tickets can be purchased online at, www.ticketmaster.ca or by phone, 1.855.985.5000.

June 3-5: West Central 4H Regional Horse Show. Open to all equine project members in the West Central 4-H Region. All Members. For more information contact: Yvonne Yaremcio, Email: yvonne.yaremcio@gov.ab.ca

June 5: Red Deer River Cleanup. Join the Red Deer River Clean up from 12-3 at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre and help us keep our river and shoreline clean. At this annual spring initiative, volunteers from across the city join together to help keep our river and shoreline clean and safe for all. The event will end with a barbecue and a draw for great prizes. No need to pre-register but please wear appropriate footwear and bring gloves.

June 6: MAGsparks: Clay Creations. Join us in our peaceful studio space on Mondays & Wednesdays. This community visual art program is tailored to persons with developmental disabilities but is accessible to everyone. Drop in is $3/participant, memberships available to persons with disabilities for $50/year. Children aged 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. http://www.reddeermuseum.com/programs/magsparks/

June 10-15: 1913 Days Sylvan Lake. June 10 @ 8:00 am - June 15 @ 11:00 pm. Venture over to Sylvan Lake for 1913 Days! Come and explore from June 10-15! There will be lots of exciting things to enjoy such as a parade, drive in movie, a street festival and SO much more!!

June 10: A Day @ the Museum Day Camps: First Nations. Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery (MAG) Day Camps run on select school PD days from 9 AM – 4 PM Our camps are developed for children aged 6-12 and provide kids with an opportunity to make new friends, learn something new, and have fun while they are off from school. Each camp includes games, crafts, a movie, and more. Cost is $25/day for museum members & $30/day for non-members. Please see our website for more details and for a listing of upcoming Day Camps. http://www.reddeermuseum.com/programs/camps/

June 11-12: Red Deer Comic & Entertainment Expo. The Red Deer Comic & Entertainment Expo (commonly known as Red Deer Expo) is a two-day pop-culture convention held annually in late spring in Red Deer, Alberta at Westerner Park. Attendees can meet their favourite celebrities and creators, shop a variety of vendors and exhibitors, check out panels and workshops, and celebrate what makes them geeky with thousands of other fans in cosplay. There is something for every fan at Red Deer Expo! Admission: $20 Online, $25 @ Door.

June 16-19: Innisfail Pro Rodeo. Daines Ranch and Rodeo grounds, 4504-42nd St., Innisfail, Alberta. We are pleased to be hosting the 55th annual Innisfail Professional Rodeo at the Daines Ranch in Innisfail, Alberta. The 3 day event will showcase the skills and talents of Rodeo’s toughest competitors.

June 18: Innisfail Rotary Parade. This year's annual Innisfail Rotary Rodeo Parade will be held on June 18th at 10:30 a.m.

June 18: Artisan Market at The Jungle Farm. We are partnering with Penhold Community Farmers Market Association to have an artisan Farmers Market right on our farm. You can shop while your children enjoy our farm. There will be wagon rides available. http://www.thejunglefarm.com

June 18: NUCLEAR FREE ROLLER DERBY. Come see Red Deer's Junior and Adult Roller Derby Teams at the Springbrook Multiplex from 3:30-8:00PM! For more information, visit our website: http://www.nuclearfreerollerderby.ca/ or our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Nuclearfreerollerderby/?fref=ts

June 19: Sunday, June 19 - Father’s Day Special to Big Valley (Diesel). Treat Dad to a day out with the family. Includes entertainment and free hats for every Dad travelling with family. This trip is Alberta Prairie’s annual benefit in support of rail preservation. Includes buffet-style Alberta roast beef meal.

June 20: MAGsparks: Miniature Creations. Join us in our peaceful studio space on Mondays & Wednesdays. This community visual art program is tailored to persons with developmental disabilities but is accessible to everyone. Drop in is $3/participant, memberships available to persons with disabilities for $50/year. Children aged 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. http://www.reddeermuseum.com/programs/magsparks/

June 22: The Mayor's Garden Party. The Mayor's Garden Party is an annual event that celebrates our senior citizens. This event is a Victorian stylized tea party held in City Hall Park with entertainment and refreshments. This is a free event held from 2:00-3:30.

June 25: 5K Foam Fest. Heritage Ranch. If you are looking to beat a world record or run so hard that you nearly lose bowel control then you might be disappointed. The “5K Foam Fest” is a one of a kind event. We make it a fun and exciting challenge for experienced and beginner runners alike. The 5K Foam Fest is not a hard core run it is a FUNCORE run. Walk it, Charge it, Run it, Fun it! A festival atmosphere offering activities for all ages.

June 25: Highland Games. Red Deer Titans Rugby Park. Since 1947 the Red Deer Highland Games have been the summer Highland Event in Central Alberta. Held on June 25th at the Titans Rugby Park, the Highland Games feature traditional Scottish games, pipes and dancing, sheepdog trials and a shortbread competition.

June 26: Woody's Triathlon Kids Of Steel & Junior Sprint. Registration is open for the 2016 Woody’s Triathlon Kids Of steel & Junior Sprint in Red Deer, AB on Sunday June 26, 2016. Visit www.woodystriathlon.com to register before the June 17th deadline. Kids Of Steel race is for kids ages 5-15 and the Junior Sprint is for kids ages 16-19. Stantec Triathlon Training is available for kids of all ages on Sundays Starting April 3, 2016 in Red Deer. At the 2016 Woody’s Triathlon enjoy food, a community partners expo, music, prizes, finisher medals & t-shirts plus fun for the whole family! To register your child, volunteer or for more information please visit www.woodystriathlon.com

June 27-July 3: Ponoka Stampede. Ponoka Stampede Grounds. The exciting roots of rodeo and all the community hoopla that goes with it likely goes back to the turn of the century. During the breaks of those rugged cattle drives across the prairies, the ranch hands would let loose and test their skills against the toughest steers or drop a little ager to see who could tame the wildest broncos.

June 30: A Day @ the Museum Day Camps: First Nations. Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery (MAG) Day Camps run on select school PD days from 9 AM – 4 PM Our camps are developed for children aged 6-12 and provide kids with an opportunity to make new friends, learn something new, and have fun while they are off from school. Each camp includes games, crafts, a movie, and more. Cost is $25/day for museum members & $30/day for non-members. Please see our website for more details and for a listing of upcoming Day Camps. http://www.reddeermuseum.com/programs/camps/

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May 25

    • Child-Parent-Relationship (C-P-R) Training
    • 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    • The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes
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    • Tours for Tots
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    • Child-Parent-Relationship (C-P-R) Training
    • April 6 to June 6, 2016
    • The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes
    • May 25 to September 5, 2016
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