Lana Michelin

Staff at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery, including (from left) Karli Kendall, Kim Verrier, and Melanie Berndt, are planning 50th anniversary exhibits and special events for this fall and in 2023. (Photo by LANA MICHELIN/Advocate staff)

Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery was first conceived 50 years ago

It’s evolved into a community hub with art programs, day camps, walking tours

Staff at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery, including (from left) Karli Kendall, Kim Verrier, and Melanie Berndt, are planning 50th anniversary exhibits and special events for this fall and in 2023. (Photo by LANA MICHELIN/Advocate staff)
Prime Stock Theatre’s artistic director Richard Beaune (right) works with cast members Irene Poole and Everett Dool during a rehearsal for this summer’s Bard on Bower productions. (Photo by Lana Michelin/Advocate staff)

Bard on Bower continues Red Deer’s outdoor summer theatre tradition

‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and ‘Richard II’ will be staged in July

Prime Stock Theatre’s artistic director Richard Beaune (right) works with cast members Irene Poole and Everett Dool during a rehearsal for this summer’s Bard on Bower productions. (Photo by Lana Michelin/Advocate staff)
Tara Lodewyk, formerly interim city manager for the City of Red Deer, will officially assume the city manager’s position in July. (Advocate file photo).

Tara Lodewyk officially assumes the city manager’s position in Red Deer

She was interim city manager since May 2021

Tara Lodewyk, formerly interim city manager for the City of Red Deer, will officially assume the city manager’s position in July. (Advocate file photo).
Pollen season is getting longer and more intense, according to research, which indicates why the yellowish dust has been coating car windshields around the city this spring. (Photo by LANA MICHELIN/Advocate staff)

Pollen season is getting longer and more intense in central Alberta

More allergies and asthma conditions could result

Pollen season is getting longer and more intense, according to research, which indicates why the yellowish dust has been coating car windshields around the city this spring. (Photo by LANA MICHELIN/Advocate staff)
EcoVision students and their teacher Steve Schultz celebrated their Lacombe Composite High School being chosen one of the Top 10 in the world for environmental education on Friday. (Contributed photo).

Lacombe Composite High School is chosen Top 10 in the world for environmental education

The No. 1 school, to be announced this fall, will win a $250,000 grant

EcoVision students and their teacher Steve Schultz celebrated their Lacombe Composite High School being chosen one of the Top 10 in the world for environmental education on Friday. (Contributed photo).
Kids waded into the river at Bower Ponds, across from Capstone, along an exposed sandbar. The Red Deer River is much lower than usual this spring, prompting concerns about a water shortage if this dry spell turns into a drought. (Advocate file photo)

Alberta Environment expects Red Deer River water levels to rise over next few weeks

Warming temperatures will be melting snowpack in the mountains

Kids waded into the river at Bower Ponds, across from Capstone, along an exposed sandbar. The Red Deer River is much lower than usual this spring, prompting concerns about a water shortage if this dry spell turns into a drought. (Advocate file photo)
Lacombe native Anna Maria Kaufmann (centre) stars as Coco Chanel in ‘It’s COCO!’ a made-in-Red Deer operetta, which has a sold-out run at the Scott Block. The show was created by Cheryl Cooney and Kaufmann. (Contributed photo).

Red Deer-made operetta ‘It’s COCO!’ wows a full-house crowd

The original show about Coco Chanel was created by Cheryl Cooney and Anna Maria Kaufmann

Lacombe native Anna Maria Kaufmann (centre) stars as Coco Chanel in ‘It’s COCO!’ a made-in-Red Deer operetta, which has a sold-out run at the Scott Block. The show was created by Cheryl Cooney and Kaufmann. (Contributed photo).
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Red Deer’s Recreation Centre holds ‘Freeze or Fry’ swim meet this weekend

Red Deer’s Recreation Centre to will temporarily close for a swim meet…

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The parking lot closure at Kin Kanyon, off 47th Avenue, will begin Friday and continue to June 20 for repaving. Children are shown climbing to the top of the Kin Kanyon spray fountain in this Advocate file photo.

Kin Kanyon parking lot closure starts Friday

Repaving work will continue to June 20

The parking lot closure at Kin Kanyon, off 47th Avenue, will begin Friday and continue to June 20 for repaving. Children are shown climbing to the top of the Kin Kanyon spray fountain in this Advocate file photo.
Several central Alberta communities are trying to crack down on racist symbols, such as this hateful graffiti scrawled on buildings around Stettler in March — including on a grocery owned by a family originally from South Korea. (Twitter photo @jennymcbeeanz)

Central Alberta towns support anti-racist policies, federal initiative to ban hate symbols

Innisfail, Rocky are among regional communities wanting to crack down on hate symbols

Several central Alberta communities are trying to crack down on racist symbols, such as this hateful graffiti scrawled on buildings around Stettler in March — including on a grocery owned by a family originally from South Korea. (Twitter photo @jennymcbeeanz)
Mark Cruz, of Red Deer, unimpressed to discover gas had risen by another 12 cents a litre, to $1.91 at most city pumps on Wednesday. (Photo by LANA MICHELIN/Advocate staff).

Red Deer motorists weigh summer plans as gas prices hit another historic high

Gas prices jumped to $1.91 a litre at most Red Deer stations

Mark Cruz, of Red Deer, unimpressed to discover gas had risen by another 12 cents a litre, to $1.91 at most city pumps on Wednesday. (Photo by LANA MICHELIN/Advocate staff).
Tree House Youth Theatre artistic director Albertus Koett (centre) rehearses the One-Act Play Festival, which runs June 10, 11 and 16-18 at Red Deer’s Nickle Studio, with young company members who have learned all aspects of putting on a show. (Contributed photo).

Red Deer’s Tree House Youth Theatre presents its first in-person One-Act Play Festival

Tickets are still available for performances at Nickle Studio

Tree House Youth Theatre artistic director Albertus Koett (centre) rehearses the One-Act Play Festival, which runs June 10, 11 and 16-18 at Red Deer’s Nickle Studio, with young company members who have learned all aspects of putting on a show. (Contributed photo).
Lacombe native Anna Maria Kaufmann, left, and Red Der’s Cheryl Cooney have co-written an opera-musical fusion called ‘It’s COCO!’ This week’s run is already a sold out. (Contributed photos)

Red Deer-made original musical ‘It’s COCO!’ has sold-out before it started

The show by Cheryl Cooney and Anna Maria Kaufmann is about Coco Chanel

Lacombe native Anna Maria Kaufmann, left, and Red Der’s Cheryl Cooney have co-written an opera-musical fusion called ‘It’s COCO!’ This week’s run is already a sold out. (Contributed photos)
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Waste-to-energy programs being explored by City of Red Deer

Mayor Ken Johnston is meeting with an alternative energy company in two weeks

(Black Press file photo).
Red Deer Mayor Ken Johnston is optimistic costs for a permanent shelter will not exceed the $7 million the provincial government slated for its construction. (Advocate file photo).

Red Deer mayor remains optimistic shelter costs will not overrun $7 million budget

The main city concern is picking the right location, says Mayor Ken Johnston.

Red Deer Mayor Ken Johnston is optimistic costs for a permanent shelter will not exceed the $7 million the provincial government slated for its construction. (Advocate file photo).
Lynne Paradis received an award from the Rotary Club of Red Deer, presented by Neil Swensrude, for her work to boost student education in Belize. (Photo by LANA MICHELIN/Advocate staff).

Paradis wins Rotary award for service

Educator receives ‘inpirational award’ from Rotary Club of Red Deer

Lynne Paradis received an award from the Rotary Club of Red Deer, presented by Neil Swensrude, for her work to boost student education in Belize. (Photo by LANA MICHELIN/Advocate staff).
The $7 million the province has provided for the permanent shelter won’t come close to covering the costs, says Red Deer city Coun. Lawrence Lee, who hopes a change in the way Ottawa plans to distribute supportive housing money can bridge this shortfall. (Advocate file photo)

Red Deer councillor hopes shortfall in shelter funding can be covered by Ottawa

Lawrence Lee says the $7 million pledged by the province won’t be near enough

The $7 million the province has provided for the permanent shelter won’t come close to covering the costs, says Red Deer city Coun. Lawrence Lee, who hopes a change in the way Ottawa plans to distribute supportive housing money can bridge this shortfall. (Advocate file photo)
Red Deer City Hall. (Advocate file photo.)

Mayor’s Garden Party to move to Red Deer’s Westerner Park on Tuesday

The Mayor’s Garden Party is moving indoors on Tuesday. Due to the…

Red Deer City Hall. (Advocate file photo.)
There are virtually no mosquitoes during this very dry Red Deer spring. But the river level is so low, water shortage issues could result if there’s a summertime drought. (photo/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Dry spring means no mosquitoes — but is a water shortage looming?

Red Deer River is flowing much lower than ususal

There are virtually no mosquitoes during this very dry Red Deer spring. But the river level is so low, water shortage issues could result if there’s a summertime drought. (photo/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Jared Pilon, left, seven-year-old Ryker Pilon and Sheena Pilon participated in the Red Deer River Cleanup in this file photo from the Three Mile Bend area. (Advocate file photo)

About 200 volunteers expected at Red Deer River Cleanup on Saturday

Protecting wildlife and the environment from impacts of human garbage is the aim

Jared Pilon, left, seven-year-old Ryker Pilon and Sheena Pilon participated in the Red Deer River Cleanup in this file photo from the Three Mile Bend area. (Advocate file photo)