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Enjoy the heat, there’s more on the way

July was one hot and steamy month — and it’s not over yet.

Environment Canada Meteorologist Bill McMurtry said typically the daily mean temperature for July was 15.9C over the last 30 years in Red Deer. So far this month, the average temperature 17.1C, 1.2 degrees warmer. READ

Band Camp

University of Calgary music instructor Gareth Jones works with a group of young musicians at the Alberta Band Camp taking place at Red Deer College this week. READ

Planter painter

Virgil Frencheater puts his artistic talents to use as he paints one of the new planter boxes on the south end of Little Gaetz Avenue outside the No. 1 fire station. The planters have been seeded with vegetables. 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

Shredding against identity theft

Luc Decelles, 2, and his mom Catherine help Paper Cuts manager Peter Kocher dump a box of personal documents into a recycling bin. READ

Preparing poinsettias

Emiel Vanderwel lifts blooming poinsettias from a row at the Central Alberta Florists’ greenhouses near Blackfalds last week. The company sowed 110,000 red, pink, burgundy and tri-coloured poinsettias to supply to retailers across Western Canada for Christmas this year. READ

Home Front - May 29

Parent-child nights READ

From trees to totems

Darren Jones puts the finishing touches on a face on a tree stump near Rimbey High School recently. Because the falling branches of five large cottonwood trees had become a hazard, the town decided to chop the trees down. READ

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