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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 or call 403-347-4977.

November 8-February 1: Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery presents “Missing Lives”. Based on the book by the same name, “Missing Lives” shows the work the International Committee of the Red Cross and other organizations have undertaken to trace 34,278 missing men, women and children during the war in the Balkans between 1991 and 1995. The photographic exhibit specifically documents and commemorates the personal stories of fifteen families whose relatives disappeared during the wars of the former Yugoslavia in 1990s.

November 8-February 8: Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery presents “Let’s Go Boys” Red Deer and The Great War – 1914. One hundred years after the start of The Great War we remember and mark this anniversary. The names on scrolls, engraved in marble, set in bronze, and in newspaper clippings, affected families’ lives forever. “Let’s Go Boys” tells stories and features artifacts about how Red Deer and Central Alberta citizens responded to the heroic and tragic event. They lived where we now live. How we live is due much to their sacrifices.

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.


Jan. 1: At 7:00pm, Sylvan Lake will be hosting their New Year’s Day fireworks at Sylvan Lake Pier.

Jan. 2-11: Southside Show and Sale at the Westerner Park Altaplex.

Jan. 11: Stettler Variety Showcase 2014-2015 Concert Series. Stettler Performing Arts Centre. Foothills Brass Quintet, extraordinary musicians, variety audience, engaging showmanship, serious fun! 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.

Jan. 13: The MS Society of Canada - Central Alberta Chapter, invites you to the inaugural MS Whisky Festival. Please join us at the exclusive Red Deer Golf & Country Club for an evening of Whisky appreciation and exploration, mouth-watering cuisine & local musical talent. Whether you’re interested in learning or are the most discerning of whisky lovers, there is something for everyone during this unique event! Tickets available through the Black Knight Ticket Centre.

Jan. 15-25: Woody’s RV Show and Sale at Westerner Park Parkland Pavilion.

Jan. 17: The Subway® Healthy Living Expo is an interactive show at Westerner Park from 10am-5pm. Show up early, stay all day and take part in all the activities and challenges that are organized throughout the day. We highly encourage our exhibitors and participants to interact with each other throughout the day through the use of our passport system. Once your passport is completely filled out you are eligible for bonus giveaways. There are live giveaway draws throughout the day for door prizes right from the stage. Our Interactive demonstrations showcase premier Central Alberta businesses through an on stage interactive demonstration, we highly encourage you to attend and participate in these demonstrations. No Matter what your age, there is something for everyone!

Jan. 18: A Little Night Music, presented by RDC & Arts Center. Studio A, Arts Centre at 7:30 PM, Join pianist Ruston Vuori for an intimate solo piano recital featuring character pieces by Franz Schubert, Sergei Rechmaninoff, Claude Debussy, Gabriel Faure, and Frédéric Chopin. What better way to warm up on a cold winter night? Ticket:

Jan. 24: Kerry Wood Nature Centre offers a Fantastic Felt Workshop from 1-4pm for ages 14 and up. Cuddle up to some cozy crafting with repurposed sweaters. Pre-registration is required and cost is $15-$17.

Jan. 29-Feb. 1: Cam Clark Show and Sale at Westerner Park Parkland and Prairie Pavilion.

Jan. 29-Feb. 8: Vellner RV Show and Sale at Westerner Park Stockman’s Pavilion.

Jan 30-Feb 1: Freeze the House Charity Bonspiel in support of Ronald McDonald House Central Alberta. Register today for this "funspiel" in support of sick children and their families at Ronald McDonald House® Central Alberta. Meet Olympic gold medalists John Morris and Kaitlyn Lawes, enjoy great entertainment at the dinner and dance, and be part of Pledge Program to earn gifts and incentives. Teams of four can register in Beginner, Intermediate, Senior or Junior divisions for the round robin format tournament.


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 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:

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!

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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!

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!

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