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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.

April

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: 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!

May

May is International Doula Month! For more information, visit www.scienceandsensibility.org/tag/international-doula-month.

May 1: Opening day at Bower Ponds. Hours for the months of May & June are: Weekdays from 4:30 to 9 p.m.; weekends from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Hours are subject to change depending on the weather.

May 1-2: Central Alberta Vintage Auto Club Swap Meet at Westerner Park.

May 3: Steps for Life - Walking for Families of Workplace Tragedy is a 5 km fundraising walk at Bower Ponds to help support families who have suffered from a workplace fatality, life-altering injury or occupational disease. It's the primary fundraising event for Threads of Life, a national registered charity dedicated to supporting families of workplace tragedy. Join us for the walk to help raise funds and to support these families. Registration includes a t-shirt and BBQ lunch.  www.stepsforlife.ca

May 3: Olds Hike for Hospice. Registration: 8:45 AM Welcome: 9:30 AM Hike Starts: 10:00 AM Run, Walk, or Wheel along trails in Olds 1km or 5km. Register and Collect Your Pledges as an individual or a team/family. Minimum pledges: Individual $25 or Family $50. Your Hike for Hospice pledges will stay right here in our community and be used to provide free palliative care and support to people you know. Location: Olds Sports Plex. Contact: Marion Kasawal - Ph: 403-556-2906 - E-mail: hospice.olds@gmail.com

May 3: Gasoline Alley Harley-Davidson’s Season Kickoff Party is one you won’t want to miss! We are kicking off the season with music, prizes, a burn out pit and a legendary parking lot BBQ with all proceeds going to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.www.visitreddeer.com/event/season-kick-off-party

May 7: Nurses on the RuN: Join us on May 7, 2015 at Bower Ponds for a running start at Nursing Week celebrations by participating in our ARNET Nurses on the RuN FUNd walk/run experience. 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. Absolutely no skill level required. We invite all ages to register for our FUNd event. www.nursesontherun.ca

May 8: Aspire Special Needs Evening of Decadent Dessert is one of Red Deer’s most successful events with over 650 people in attendance and over $169 000 raised in 2014! Guests enjoy a champagne reception, buffet dinner, live entertainment, raffles, silent auction, and an exciting Live Auction of one-of-a-kind desserts and packages. Proceeds from this fabulous evening are directed to programs, services and scholarships at Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre.aspirespecialneeds.ca/get-involved/events/edd

May 8-9: Red Deer Spring Show at Westerner’s Stockman’s Pavilion.www.facebook.com/RedDeerSpringShow

May 8-10: Carswell Collectibles - Antique Show & Sale at Westerner’s Prairie Pavilion.www.visitreddeer.com/event/carswells-collectibles/

May 8-10: Hand Weavers, Spinners and Dyers of Alberta (HWSDA) has grown into one of Canada’s most significant provincial fibre arts guilds. Join an enthusiastic, supportive circle. Be part of and participate in, an exciting network of fibre artisans. This year’s conference will feature our famous fashion show, great food, lots of fun and educational workshops and a ton of laughter! Located at Red Deer College. www.hwsda.org

May 9: Only Women’s Fitness is bringing back the fun with their Fun Run at River Bend Golf and Recreation Area! May 9th get ready to get active! $10,000 in prizes! Family activities for everyone. Run/walk 10kms, 5kms, 3kms or 1km as well as the 500m Little Ladies race and a 100m Diaper Dash. Visit the Wellness gift trade fair and learn more about how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  A delicious Mother’s day brunch is in the clubhouse. For more information check out www.onlywomensrd.ca.

May 10: Mother’s Day!

May 10: Gasoline Alley Harley-Davidson Annual Mother’s Day Ride is a great way to spend some time with that special lady in your life or just a great excuse for a ride!  Join us on a tour through Central Alberta’s beautiful landscape & a stop for brunch.  Registration starts at 10:00AM and we will have you riding by 11AM!

May 17: The 17th Annual Woody’s RV World Marathon and Half Marathon is set to take place May 17th, 2015. Registration is now open for this Boston Marathon qualifier. This year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever before! Come and enjoy the race along Red Deer’s beautiful river – full marathon, half marathon, 10km run and kids’ race! Race Start Times: 10km Race – 7:45 am Half  Marathon – 8:00 am Full Marathon – 8:00 am Kids’ Race – TBA

May 17: Build a complete programmable robot, with motor and sensors with your Grade 2-6 child at the Red Deer Museum from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM. This is a free class. locations.sylvanlearning.com/ca/red-deer-ab/program/sylvan-edge-camps

May 19: Essential Oils for Pregnancy & Beyond. Learn about usage and safety of essential oils for pregnancy, labour and babies, busting myths and learning some tips and tricks to make using essential oils family friendly. Jasmine from Moon Lily Natural Wellness will be sharing information on essential oils and will have some of her natural products available for sale that night. She is certified aromatherapist, trained through international Certified Aromatherapy Institute. Happening at 7p.m. www.centralalbertadoulas.com

May 20: Red Deer & District Garden Club presents a Special Evening with Lyndon Penner, an expert horticulturist, CBC gardening columnist, landscape designer, teacher and author. Topic of the evening: The Edible Yard. Tickets available at the Red Deer Museum. http://www.reddeergardenclub.ca/

May 23: Charley Pride & The Pridesmen with Special Guest Stephen Pride. Celebrating over 50 years in Country Music. Come and sing along! Tickets can be purchased through TicketMaster online at www.ticketmaster.ca or by calling 1-855-985-5000. Show Time: 2:00pm

May 28: Salem Acres Bible Camp Open House. 12:00-4:00. Paintball shootout, horse drawn carriage ride, camp tour, BBQ'd hot dogs, archery, volleyball, basketball and more! Come join for an afternoon of fun! Everyone welcome! Contact: 403-773-2226.

May 29: The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum hosts an annual Induction banquet in May each year in Red Deer, Alberta. More than 600 people from across the provinces and United States attend this gala event to honour Alberta’s great athletes, sport builders, pioneers, and media personnel. Tickets are available at the office!  Please call 403-341-8614 to get yours!

May 30: Dora the Explorer Live! Search for the City of Lost Toys. 1:00 at the Enmax Centrium. Tickets to be purchased at www.ticketmaster.ca or by calling 1-588-985-5000.

May 30: Spring on the Farm: Join us for a special country breakfast, garage sale, face painting, family activities, and a chance to meet the baby animals that are going to live at the farm throughout the summer. Antique car rally, cookie walk, and other activities. Admission by donation (meal charges apply). Call 403-340-3500 www.sunnybrookfarmmusem.ca

May 30: Gasoline Alley Harley-Davidson is proud to once again be hosting the Special Olympics Bike Draw. Come on down to our store and help support a great cause! Lunch will be available from 11:00am-2:00pm with all the proceeds going to the Special Olympics. They will be on location with athletes and Law Enforcement officials and will be making their official draw at 2pm. Bring the whole family down for an afternoon of fun and help support a great cause.

May 30: Pianos for the Playground: The Rotary Club of Ponoka & Friends of PES Fundraising Society are pleased to present 'Pianos for the Playground'. Doors Open at 5:30, Supper at 6:30; an evening of entertainment to follow featuring Dueling Pianos and auctions throughout the evening. Location : Stagecoach Saloon at Ponoka Stampede. Contact : Melodie 403-704-9577 or Jen 403-704-0914.

May 31: Stettler Pancake Breakfast at P&H Elevator. Stop by the P&H Elevator for a pancake breakfast: 9am-11am. Contact: P&H Elevator - 403-742-4703

May 31: MS Walk: Choose from accessible 2 or 8.5 km walk routes through scenic Great Chief Park and Bower Ponds, or challenge yourself to our officially timed 5 or 10km run options! Every step you take will bring us one step closer to ending MS – a disease that affects so many people within our community and surrounding area. www.msscociety.ca

June

June 1 - 30: Brain Injury Awareness Month.

June 3-7: Rocky Pro Rodeo at North Saskatchewan River Park- turn right after the bridge on Hwy 11A.

June 5-6: Central Alberta Children’s Festival: The Central Alberta’s Children’s Festival is back for it’s 9th year Friday June 5th and Saturday June 6th! Presented by Family Services of Central Alberta the festival is loaded with fun for families. Returning Favorites are Bling Fling Bracelet making, Bricks 4 Kids LEGO building, Face-painting, Imagination Station, Disc Golf, Bubbles Galore, Maxwell Amazing Race, Storytelling Corner, and more! For more information and tickets go to www.centralalbertachildrensfestival.ca

June 6-7: Wild Rose Draft Horse Field Days and Antique Festival at Double Tree Village in Spruceview, just west of Innisfail. Come and join us for a nostalgic day of how our ancestors lived and worked on the land they homesteaded years ago.  There will be draft horses working in the field, wagon rides, games to play, many demonstrations to watch of handy work etc., pack horse demo, side saddle riding, heritage chickens, small animals and more.   Also on Saturday and Sunday there will be a jam session and cowboy poetry so bring your musical instruments, your singing voice and your dancing shoes.   There will be Cowboy Church Sunday morning at 9:00.  Don't miss this fun filled weekend. Admission is $5.00 a person per day or $20.00 a family per day.

June 7: Rock the Change: Annual Suicide Awareness concert at Bower Ponds in Red Deer! Live music, great raffles, kids corner, merchandise, photo booth and support for those who need it! Many great artists from around Alberta and even outside of Canada! Admission by donation! http://rockthechange.wix.com/rockthechangerd

June 11-20: Twelve Angry Men: Red Deer Players Society proudly presents Twelve Angry Men, a play about the American Judicial System and the jurors who must decide the fate of a scared teenage defendant. The twelve white middle aged men on the jury must come together with the uncomfortable job of deliberating the ‘facts’ of a murder case while the future of a young defendant, with a criminal record, hangs in the balance. Tickets available at www.blackknightinn.ca or call 403-755-6626.

June 12-14: Blackfalds Days: Our family focused festivities include: Annual parade, Fireworks, Family Edition Amazing Race, Slo Pitch Tournament, Teen Dance, Pancake Breakfast, Oldies Show & Shine, and so much more!

June 12-14: 1913 Days in Sylvan Lake. There is no better way to celebrate summer than to celebrate Sylvan Lake’s Birthday! Join us for three days of fun community events. Including a parade, festivities and so much more.

June 12-14: Stettler’s Steel Wheel Stampede Rodeo, performances Friday & Saturday at 6:30pm. Cabaret to following rodeo performances. Friday- Dally Up & Dance. Saturday- The Chevelles. Contact: Stettler Board of Trade - 403-742-3181

June 14: This is the 11th Annual Gasoline Alley Harley-Davidson and STARS Air Ambulance Golf Tournament at Alberta Springs Golf Club so dust off your clubs and work on your back swing. In the ten years, together with STARS Air Ambulance, Gasoline Alley Harley-Davidson has raised over $145,000. Join us for an amazing day of golf, food, entertainment and fun all in the name of a great cause!

June 20: 5K Foam Fest at Heritage Ranch: A foam filled 5km all ages’ obstacle fun run. Featuring mud, water, foam and over 16 obstacles. Open to ages 8 and up. 5k Foam Fest is the latest and greatest obstacle run. Canadian owned and operated, this run is great for all ages and abilities; for families, groups, friends and teams. Walk it, Run it, Charge it, Fun it! 5K Foam Fest comes with a kids zone for the little ones and all races receive a complimentary T-Shirt and finisher's medal, as well as other goodies. 365 Sports limits the amount of tickets sold to ensure a great running experience and has a great focus on customer experience. 5K Foam Fest also raises money and awareness for Habitat for Humanity and Canadian Cancer Society.

June 21: Father’s Day!

June 21: June - Father’s Day Cowboy Church Service at Sunnybrook Farm. Join us for a special Father’s Day Country Breakfast and Cowboy Church service. Breakfast starts at 8:00am. Church begins at 10:30am. Admission by donation (breakfast is $5.00).

June 21: Gasoline Alley Harley-Davidson Annual Father’s Day Ride is a great way to spend some time with that special man in your life or just a great excuse for a ride! Join us on a tour through Central Alberta’s beautiful landscape. Registration starts at 10:00AM ride leaves at 10:30AM and lunch will be provided after the ride.

June 26-27: Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life. West Stettler Park. Celebrate, Remember, Fight Back, Register today! Luminaries will be lit at dusk with the Survivors Lap starting the relay portion of the event. Survivors, fighters, and friends will walk until 7am. For more information on the Relay for Life in Stettler, visit the website at www.relayforlife.ca. Contact: Nancy Kumm - 403-309-5432.

June 28: Danish Service & Old-Fashion Picnic at the Danish Canadian National Museum. Service held at Dickson Bethany Church at 11:00am with a picnic at the museum to follow at 1:00. Bring your own blanket and goodies or enjoy a lunch served especially for you. (Please call to reserve lunch.) We will have old fashion games for the children and a sing along. Local area pie makers have come up with some delicious pies to auction at our picnic. So if you love pie come and support the Danish Canadian National Museum. Picnic lunch – Adults - $12 under 10 years - $6

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