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Like a moth to a flame

Ameleah Lockhart, 8, directs all her attention to the task as she heats up her kistka or hot wax stylus as she prepares a Ukrainian Easter egg for colouring. The Grade 3 Normandeau Elementary School student is joining seven of her classmates along with school librarian Laurie Tait this week as they learn the traditional Ukrainian techniques of Easter Egg pysanka decoration. READ

Pies for sale

Sunnybrook Farm and Museum volunteer Lavila Lang pulls another pie from the freezer for a waiting customer at the farm on Tuesday. READ

Springbrook skatepark needs land

Springbrook is aiming to lease some Red Deer County land for its future skatepark. Red Deer County council gave first reading on Tuesday to a bylaw to lease 1.25 acres to the Springbrook Community Association for its proposed skatepark. A public hearing has been set for May 6, followed by second and third readings. READ

Jumping for Heart

Emma McGonigal looks on as Logan Veno gets a little tangled in the rope as the two grade two students take part in a Jump Rope For Heart activity on Monday. All the students at Annie L. Gaetz Elementary are taking part in the campaign to raise awareness and funds for the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation. READ

Celebrity Dance Off Gala waltzes away with $400,000

Red Deer’s Celebrity Dance Off Gala really cut up the rug on Friday. Donations are still coming in and being tallied but have so far totalled around $400,000, said John Johnston, fund development managers with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Red Deer and District. READ

Dog on duty

Red Deer RCMP Const. Peter Baxter plays with four-month-old RCMP dog Fratt during their visit to the Petland Store in Red Deer Tuesday afternoon. READ

Travel Alberta Road Show coming to Red Deer on April 11

Travel Alberta’s 2014 Road Show will hit Red Deer on April 11. The annual event will this year feature information about Alberta’s new tourism framework, provide an update on Travel Alberta’s business and marketing strategy, and describe tourism-related programs. READ

Either way, it will be a Hockeyville party in Sylvan Lake

The shell of the collapsed Sylvan Lake Arena still stands. It is a constant reminder of a tragic end to a building that helped make the town what it is. READ

Spring plants on the way

Heather Aubin, an employee at Parkland Nurseries and Garden Centre, plants some spring plants on Saturday afternoon. Many spring flowers have already appeared in the greenhouse, including various lillies, with the selection changing almost weekly. Parkland Nurseries is the only greenhouse near the city open year round. READ

Missionary surgeon to share experiences

A missionary surgeon who worked in Angola for nearly 30 years will share his experiences in Olds on April 3 and Red Deer on April 4. Dr. Stephen Foster will talk about the diverse medical issues facing his medical team and share experiences. READ

Salsa class

Dancers go through the basic steps of salsa dancing at the Hub on Ross on Tuesday evening. A variety of events happen throughout the week at The Hub, with various Latin dances being taught on Tuesdays from 4-5 p.m. A calendar of events can be found at READ

Events planned at Bower Hall

The Bower Community Association will host five events over the next three months at the Bower Hall, located at 85 Boyce Street). All events are held at the hall. There is no cost. READ

PHOTOS — Central Alberta buried by blizzard

Monday’s blizzard forced Red Deer city council to declare all-out war on big snow that has made residential streets near impassable starting today. READ

SLIDESHOW — Hospitals Lottery Red Deer prize home

Of the 560 prizes available through the Hospitals’ Lottery 2013, none is grander than the new house located at 201 Van Slyke Way. READ

Randoms snowshoeing

Brazilian exchange student and Kerry Wood Nature Centre volunteer Julia Katzer tries her hand or in this case her feet at snowshoeing at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre this week. On Sunday Feb. 3 a Random Snowshoeing event will be held at the nature centre where participants who want to try out some snowshoes will get the chance. Between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m this Sunday the Kerry Wood Nature Centre will provide the shoes for those who want to experience a winter activity. Admission by suggested donation of $3 per person or $10 per family. READ

Let the Christmas season begin

The flame from Air-ristocrat Balloon Rides lights up Ross Street during the Christmas Parade Tuesday night. READ

7 Days - August 14

Sunnybrook Farm Museum Day Camps take young people back in time to experience pioneer life in early Alberta. READ

Volunteer opportunities -January 8

Special Events • ACFA needs people to help run games or activities and also people to help set up on March 3 to 5 for Red Deer Carnaval. Contact Josee at 403-986-4350 or • Alzheimer Society is seeking bingo volunteers at Cannery Row Bingo Hall for evening shifts on Thursday, Jan. 20, and afternoon shifts on Saturday, Feb.12. Contact Terisa 403-318-6418 or READ

All puffed up about judging wheat squares

Red Deer residents got a taste of history at the Hub in Red Deer on Friday, with the Great Puffed Wheat Square Bake-off. READ

Cold, windy day

Using an umbrella to shield her face from the wind and cold rain, Sherrie Wood walks her sister’s dog Vagus along 40th Avenue on Saturday. The 30 km/h wind gusts later died down. But on Sunday afternoon, Central Albertans were pelted with sleet during a spring storm that brought more gusty winds. READ

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