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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!

The 1st Friday of the month start your party with us on the patio. The 1st Patio Party of the season will be happening July 4th from 5 – 8 on the Ross St Patio. Getting the party started will be the Jesse Roads Band followed by Levi Cuss.

Summer Sundays at Bower Ponds. Every week this summer from 1-4pm.

May 12 -  August 4. War Brides: One Way Passage. Red Deer Library (Downtown Branch). Based on hundreds of personal interviews, photographs, letters, memorabilia and period artifacts, artist Bev Tosh has created visual stories representing the leap of faith taken by thousands of women that built lives far from home. Drop in to view this temporary exhibit of a time in history that saw a huge emigration of War Brides to Canada.

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 second Thursday throughout the summer. Laughter at the Laft Hus. Norwegian Laft Hus, 4402 47 Ave. Red Deer. 10:00-3:00. Laughter at the Laft Hus is a summer program for children ages 5 to 12. Children are immersed in Norwegian Culture, and learn as they play Norwegian games, make Norwegian crafts, and listen to Norwegian stories. 403-347-2055.

Every Thursday throughout the summer, the Penhold Market at the Multiplex will be open from 3:00-7:00pm. Several local indoor and outdoor vendors will be setting up each week!

Every Thursday throughout the summer, the Innisfail Farmers Market at the Innisfail Twin Arena will be open from 10:00-1:00. Several local vendors will be setting up each week!

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!


July 6: Summer Sunday at Bower Ponds. 1:00-4:00.  Join us on July 6th from 2 – 4 for Norman Foote, an award winning entertainer from Vancouver, who has received international acclaim for his songwriting, outrageous props and offbeat sense of humour. His stage show is uniquely Norman and is innovative both musically and visually. With finely crafted routines and songs, Norman is one of North America's most highly regarded entertainers of his kind. Come at 1:00 to join us in a park wide photo scavenger hunt.

July 8-29: Zookeeper for a Day. Discovery Wildlife Park. 10:00-3:30. Campers work with zookeepers for the day. Help to feed, clean and train animals at Discovery Wildlife Park. Take home items: bear photo, beaver photo, animal painting. DVD of their day will also be sent out after the camp. Lunch is included. Dress for the weather!

July 10-12: Canada’s Gospel Music Celebration. Westerner Park, Red Deer. We are pleased to announce Canada’s Gospel Music Celebration! Come out and be inspired by some of Canada’s most uplifting Gospel music. Artist include “The Triumphant Quartet”, “Singing Hills” and the Booth Bros! Bring your Youth group or Family, All ages Welcome! For ticket and full program info go to

July 12: Alberta Heritage Breeds Lawn Show. Sunnybrook Farm, Red Deer. 10:00-4:00. Join us as we celebrate the Heritage Breeds Association of Alberta with a lawn show featuring chickens, turkeys, and many other exotic live animals. A wonderful day for the whole family with lots of kids activities. Admission by donation.

July 12: Batting Against Breast Cancer is a slo-pitch tournament in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Edgar Ball Diamonds in Red Deer. Teams of 10-15 players (min. 3 women per team) will step up to the plate to build awareness and fundraise for the breast cancer cause. Teams are asked to raise $1,500 as a team and compete for top fundraising team and individual prizes! There is something for everyone at this fun tournament. Register a team today! Visit or contact Laura Reynolds at 403-209-2233 to register or receive more information.

July 12-13: Summer Country Drive. Stephansson House Provincial Historic Site. 10:00-5:00. Try your hand at some historic crafts, learn some fun historical facts and experience the picturesque spot that inspired the great writing of Stephan G. Stephansson. On Sunday, July 13 at 1 p.m., enjoy some of Alberta’s literary talents at our annual poetry event. Refreshments will be available! For a map and more information, please visit:

July 13: Poetry at Stephan’s House. Stephansson House Provincial Historic Site. 1:00-5:00pm. Come and enjoy some of Alberta's literary talents at our annual poetry event. Not a poet? No problem! Music, Icelandic baking and crafts for the kids will round out the day.

July 13: Æbleskiver N' Jam Day. The Danish Canadian National Museum Society, Dickson. Come and enjoy our famous æbleskiver - Danish pancake dumplings topped with Saskatoon jam and sprinkles of icing sugar. We will have an on-going demonstration on how to make æbleskiver. It is all-you-can-eat at $8 for adults and $5 for children 10 years and under. While you devour your æbleskiver, relax and listen so some of our local talent on stage, there will be a variety of musicians and singers throughout the day. Also try your luck at our tombola table with lots of prizes to be won. (a game of chance - tickets are purchased and if you get a number that ends in a 0 or 5 you win). Lunch is available in the cafe by reservation only.

July 16: Westerner Days Parade. Downtown Red Deer. 9:30am. The Westerner Days Fair & Exposition Parade is the traditional kick-off to central Alberta’s largest summer celebration. Over 30,000 people will line the streets of downtown Red Deer to enjoy the decorated floats and vehicles, collector vehicles, local celebrities, marching bands and livestock entries.

July 16-20: Westerner Days Fair and Exposition. Westerner Park, Red Deer. Westerner Days Fair & Exposition is central Alberta’s largest summer celebration. From midway rides and free entertainment to the nightly Pony Chuckwagon Races and agricultural and arts shows and exhibits, there’s something for everyone. There is so much to see and do – try picking a favorite! This years’ line-up includes: Brett Kissel, Tim Hicks, Diamond Rio, The Sheepdogs, and more!

July 17-20: Lacombe Days. Lacombe, AB. Here are some of the events we are working on for Lacombe Days 2014! Youth Street Festival, Kiddies Carnival, Museum Tours, Downtown Walking Tours, Fireworks,  Pancake Breakfasts, Parade, Show and Shine, Art in the Park, Quilt Show, Lacombe Half Marathon, Interdenominational Church in the Park. Watch for more events as they are confirmed and upcoming dates and times!

July 18-20: Cowboy Christmas in July. Ponderosa Gifts and Tack, Located near Buck Lake and Alder Flats, AB. Cowboy Christmas in July  Wild West Show at High Noon on the 19th.  We are also hosting a Country Gospel Jamboree here at Ponderosa City that same weekend.  Music starts Friday Evening and continues throughout the weekend.

July 19: Lacombe Days Parade. Lacombe, AB. For parade route and information visit

July 19: Garden Tour. The Jungle Farm, Innisfail, AB. Join us for a wagon ride to our vegetable garden.  We will share all our tips and tricks to grow great tasting fruit and vegetables.

July 19-20: RCMP Musical Ride. Ponka Calnash Ag Event Centre.

July 20: Sylvan Lake Triathlon. The race course consists of a 2km swim, 90km bike and 21km run. The open water swim consists of a one course in Sylvan Lake that is described as the nicest lake in Alberta.  A rolling bike course of one loop past rural Alberta farms with some short climbs and fast descents awaits athletes.

July 22: RCMP Musical Ride. Stettler Agriculture Grounds Bandstand. The Keister Family Fiddlers will play at 7pm with the Musical Ride following at approximately 7:30pm. July 21st- Come meet the horses and visit with the officers. They will be stalled in the barns on the south side of the arena. Concession will be available. Call the Stettler Agricultural Society for more information at 403-742-6288

July 24: Family Special to Big Valley. Alberta Prairie Railway, Stettler, AB. 2:30-7:30. Clowns and children's entertainers will perform for the kids. Includes baked ham buffet plus hot dogs for the children, but no train robbery. Special pricing makes these trips the most economical choice for families with children. For a full schedule, check out our

July 24-27: Southside RV Outdoor Show and Sale. Westerner Park, Red Deer. Free Admission. Located in the West Parking Lot. Bruce Kitt @ 403.346.5577

July 25: Antique Tractor Pull. Stettler Town & Country Museum. Contact: 403-742-4534

July 25-27: Vintage Motorcycle Rally. Ponoka Stampede Grounds. 403-783-4648

July 25-27: CentreFest. Ross Street, Downtown Red Deer. CentreFest celebrates its 12th anniversary as an International Street Performers Festival! Featuring world class acts and local performers.

July 26: Strawberry Festival. The Jungle Farm, Innisfail, AB. Great strawberry food, learn how to make your own jam, live music, wagon rides, tons of fun on our playground equipment.

July 26: Smokin’ Summer Days. Gasoline Alley Harley Davidson. 9:00-5:00. With live music, lots of entertainment and a BBQ lunch with proceeds going to the Red Deer & District Food Bank you know this weekend will be filled with good times! Come down and relax with your buddies or bring the family and check it out for the first time – either way this is a party you won’t want to miss!

July 26: Night at the Zoo. Discovery Wildlife Park. Saturday, 1:00pm – Sunday, 6:00pm. An overnight campout for the whole family. Evening tours of the zoo, animal interactions and great storytelling around the campfire. Two full days at the zoo with a pancake breakfast on Sunday.

July 26-27: Taste of Markerville ~ A Country Food Fair. Historic Markerville. 1:00-7:00. Visitors can taste, touch, smell, learn, shop and enjoy. From 5–7 pm the Creamery courtyard will host Appy Hour, offering an opportunity to sample great local appetizers and beverages. A unique, chef-created outdoor meal will follow at Fensala Hall, and while details are still being finalized rest assured you won’t want to miss it!

July 29: Jam Making From the Field to the Jar. The Jungle Farm, Innisfail, AB. Hands on experience in making your own jam, from picking the berries to filling the jars.  Each participant will take home a jar of strawberry jam.  Cost is $30.00 plus gst / person. Must pre register. Registration is Limited. (403) 227-4231


August 1: Old-Time Family Picnic Special. Alberta Prairie Railway, Stettler, AB. 2:30-8:00. Bring Grandma, Grandpa & kids and enjoy old fashioned family picnic, and what would a picnic be without oven-fried chicken and potato salad. Games for the children and entertainment for the adults are featured. For a full schedule, check out our website.

August 1-3: 11th Annual Metis Hivernant Days. Big Valley, AB. Discover Metis History & Culture- Fun for the Whole Family! Friday August 1st Meet the train flying the Metis Flags at 4:00pm Dancing, Story Telling, Musicians & Snacks to follow at the Big Valley Drop In Centre Saturday August 2nd Breakfast at 7:30am Opening Ceremony at 9:00 am Parade Sash Weaving Capote Making Bannock Making Contest Beading Projects Children's Games & Crafts Drum Making Voyager Games Supper & Dance- 5:30pm $12.00/ person $20.00/ couple $25.00/ family Sunday August 3rd Voyager Games Church Service Talent Contest. Vendors offering Traditional Aboriginal Crafts available all weekend. This is an annual family event and NO ALCOHOL is allowed. For more information, contact Marlene Lanz at 1-800-267-5844 or 403-815-6720.

August 1-3: Big Valley Centennial & Homecoming Celebration. Big Valley, AB. Take a trip back in time and celebrate with 3 Days of Homecoming Fun! Home of the: Railcar Museum, Train Station Museum, St. Edmunds Blue Church, McAlister Museum, Roundhouse & Elevator Interpretive Centers, Creation Science Museum Friday August 1st: BBQ Dinner and Dance Saturday August 2nd: Parade, Pancake Breakfast, Day Time Activities, BBQ Supper and Dance, Firework Sunday August 3rd: Church Service, "The Party of the Century" supper and show featuring Lisa Hewitt and Last Resort (Eagles Tribute Band) Contact Marj at 403-876-2444 or the Village of Big Valley at 403-876-2269 for more information.

August 2: Local Food Dinner. The Jungle Farm, Innisfail, AB. Back by popular demand, this dinner is created using all local ingredients.  Some from our gardens and the rest from our neighbors.  Reservations to save your spot are a must. (403) 227-4231

August 2: ZooFest. Discovery Wildlife Park. 10:00-3:00. A fun day for all ages! Free pancake breakfast from 10am until 11:30am. Free face painting and activities for the kids from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm. Animal presentations and much more!

August 8: Teddy Bear Special to Big Valley. Alberta Prairie Railway, Stettler, AB. 11:00-4:30. Children 10 & under accompanied by adult and teddy bear ride free. Children are invited to join in a teddy bear promenade just before departure on the return trip. Everyone receives a prize. Includes entertainment especially for the kids and Alberta roast beef buffet plus hot dogs for the children, but no train robbery. For a full schedule, check out our website.

August 8-10: Mud-Hero. Canyon Ski Resort. Come out to the Dirtiest Event in Alberta! Mud Hero offers the best hills, water, and obstacles and that adds up to an exceptional event. 6kms with 15 obstacles keep it challenging yet fun. Then Join the Mud Bash, DJ’s, live bands, cash BBQ, live demo’s and beer for a party like no other. Must be 15 years or older to participate. This event supports the Alberta Cancer foundation.

August 9-10: Lily Vaze Daze. Eagle Creek Farms, Bowden, AB. Many people have asked us when the Lily Festival would return. This year we are reincarnating the Festival with a lower key event. We have kept the most popular aspects. Our Fill-a-Vaze Specials, Guided Garden Tours, and Wagon Farm Tours.

August 10: Summer Sundays at Bower Ponds. 2-4pm. Come down to Bower Ponds and enjoy a great show of Japanese drumming with Booming Tree. These two performers put on a high energy show that celebrates the power and passion of the human experience.

August 11-12: Summertime Country Drive. Edgar Farms, Innisfail, AB. 10:00-5:00. Tour our asparagus field in its magnificent fern stage. Savour our delicious super sweet garden peas. Kid friendly petting zoo, bale fort, corn pit, wagon ride and other fun activities.

August 14-17: Jazz at the Lake Festival. Various Locations around Sylvan Lake. For a full list of artists, times and locations, please check out the website.

August 14-17: Southside RV Outdoor Show and Sale. Westerner Park, Red Deer. Free Admission. Located in the West Parking Lot. Bruce Kitt @ 403.346.5577

August 16: Feast with the Vikings. The Danish Canadian National Museum & Gardens, Dickson. $50 per ticket. Take pleasure in an authentic Danish meal- roast pork with crackling, red cabbage, new potatoes fried in butter and sugar, new potatoes fresh out of the garden, and a delicious brown sauce, with the finale- a wonderful crumble with ice cream. They will also be serving beer, wine, snapps, mead wine made from honey (Vikings love their mead) and non-alcoholic drinks. First, wander through the village and meet the Vikings that reside there, see them demonstrate their weapons with a battle of the swords! Don't be surprised if they show up at dinner they are a hungry bunch! For tickets contact Joanne or Kari at 728-0019 or email

August 16-17: Alberta Big Rig Weekend. Westerner Park, Red Deer. Sat Aug. 16, 9:00am-10:00pm. Sun Aug. 17, 9:00am-2:00pm. Admission, Adults $5.00, Children 10 & under Free. Big Rig Show N' Shine, Trade Booth, Saturday Night Best Lights Competition, Dash Plaques, Door prizes, Live Music, Entertainment.

August 16-17: Viking Days. The Danish Canadian National Museum & Gardens, Dickson. Adults $8, Children U14 $5. Two days of Viking history re-enactments, come and wander their Village see how the Vikings lived a thousand years ago. Learn how they made their crafts and tools, cooked their food and set up their tents. Demonstrations on armor and battle skills and a chance to mingle, interact and experience Viking ways.

August 23-24: 5th Annual Flower Show. Bower Mall, Red Deer. All Day.    The 5th Annual Flower Show is hosted by the Alberta Dahlia and Glad Society. Visit for Show Booklet and Staging Times.

August 24: Harvest Penny Carnival. Stephansson House Provincial Historic Site. 12:00-5:00. End your summer with an afternoon of fun and games for the whole family. Enjoy simple refreshments and sales as well as musical entertainment. Kids, don't forget.

August 29: Teddy Bear Special to Big Valley. Alberta Prairie Railway, Stettler, AB. 11:00-4:30. Children 10 & under accompanied by adult and teddy bear ride free. Children are invited to join in a teddy bear promenade just before departure on the return trip. Everyone receives a prize. Includes entertainment especially for the kids and Alberta roast beef buffet plus hot dogs for the children, but no train robbery. For a full schedule, check out

August 30: Emerson Drive. Stettler Exhibition Grounds. 9:00pm. $60.00/ person. The Stettler Steel Wheel Stampede proudly presents EMERSON DRIVE at the Stettler Ag Society Exhibition Grounds Tickets available at Q93.3FM and Stettler Board of Trade office. Tickets are non-refundable For more information, call 403-742-3181.

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