Local briefs – December 23

Whether you sing opera or twirl a baton, play the African drums or write cowboy poetry, Red Deer’s Got Talent wants you.

Red Deer’s Got Talent dates planned

Whether you sing opera or twirl a baton, play the African drums or write cowboy poetry, Red Deer’s Got Talent wants you.

Auditions for the 2nd annual Red Deer’s Got Talent fundraiser will be held at the Parkland Mall on Jan. 22 and 29, and Feb. 5 and 12 (semi-finals on Feb. 20 and finals on Feb. 27).

Anyone from age five to 105 with a talent to share — whether it’s in karate, contortion, musical theatre, solo or group dancing, comedy, playing instruments, magic tricks, or acting — is invited to come down and audition for the show that will benefit groups dedicated to fighting cystic fibrosis.

Starting next year, a Red Deer’s Got Talent Youth Scholarship Fund will be available to those who can’t support themselves in the performing arts. Anyone who’s looking at having to drop music or dance lessons, or who can’t compete in festivals because of financial hardship, can apply.

Money will be paid directly to an applicant’s music teacher, dance studio, or festival committee.

Red Deer’s Got Talent is a non-profit organization committed to keeping youths involved in the arts.

More information about the talent show and scholarship is available on-line at www.reddeersgottalent.com.

Creative workshops in Lacombe

The cold months of January and February might a good time to get creative.

The Gallery on Main in Lacombe is offering a series of Saturday workshops on various painting and drawing techniques, starting with texturing with watercolours with Marianne Vanderkley on Jan. 15.

On Jan. 29, Doug Strickland will demonstrate acrylics with pen and ink, on Feb. 12, Dee Poisson will teach flower painting in acrylic, and on Feb. 26, Sonja Zacharias will teach various watercolour techniques. The 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. workshops each cost $75, and include supplies and lunch. Spaces are limited. To register, call 403-782-3402.

Up-and-coming painters can find inspiration by viewing landscape paintings by Joe Haire, which will be exhibited at the gallery from Jan. 23 to Feb. 12. The oil painter, who depicts prairies, mountains and old buildings, will attend a meet-the-artist reception from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 23.

Bottle thrown in bar, suspect sought

Red Deer city RCMP are requesting the public’s help in locating a person responsible for throwing a beer bottle in a bar on Dec. 5 that struck a man in the face.

Const. Chris Kosack of city police said on Wednesday that the assault occurred about 1:30 a.m. in the Billy Bob’s tavern in the Capri Hotel Centre.

The victim was in the pool table area when struck. He fell to the floor when hit. The suspect male was then removed from the bar by security staff.

The victim was taken to Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre and treated for his injuries.

Police weren’t called to the incident but were contacted later in the afternoon about the assault.

Police continue their information and request that anyone with information phone 403-343-5575 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Man jailed for remand rampage

A man with a lengthy criminal record was jailed for three months on Wednesday after he went into a rage at the Red Deer Remand Centre, smashing furniture and equipment.

Andrew Martinus Drader, 32, pleaded guilty to mischief by causing damage when he appeared in Red Deer provincial court.

Drader, who has a three-page criminal record, including two separate federal prison terms for drug trafficking, said he lost his temper on Oct. 7 when his brother was being “beaten by guards.”

Both brothers had been in custody for an incident earlier this year when they are alleged to have jumped an RCMP officer in the Edmonton area. They have trials set for early next year in Wetaskiwin and Edmonton.

Crown prosecutor Murray McPherson told court on Wednesday that Drader smashed tables and walls, tore a phone out of the wall and smashed Plexiglas, causing almost $6,000 in damage.

McPherson became angry when Drader started making gestures at a person in the gallery.

“He’s not even paying attention to the court. He better get control of his temper or he’ll be spending even longer times in jail.

“He’s nothing but a criminal and we’re getting tired of thugs,” McPherson said.

Tickets still available for dream home

There are a few days left for those with luxury home dreams.

Tickets are still available for Kinsmen Dream Home Lottery, said J.C. Lavenne, dream home chairman for the Kinsmen Club of Red Deer.

“We generally don’t sell out. We print enough tickets so that generally is not an issue.”

Three-packs of three tickets for $250 sometimes sell out by the Dec. 31 deadline, but so far there are a few still available.

“Ticket sales are going fairly good. We’re a little bit down from last year, but hopefully we can catch up in the last couple of weeks here.”

There were 14,115 tickets printed, with prizes ranging from the top dream home to trips or a tractor. The club hopes to raise $250,000 this year, with the money going to recreation and community groups and being used for Kinsmen projects throughout the year.

The home this year is a walkout, one-and-a-half storey, at 150 Sutherland Close, and it backs onto green space. Built by True-Line Contracting Ltd., the house is a little over 1,800 square feet in size.

Among the special features, the dream home has a John Deere-themed garage and the television in the living room is hidden behind a framed portrait. The master bedroom is located upstairs and offers an en suite bathroom with a jacuzzi tub and fireplace.

There are more than 50 other prizes up for grabs, including a 2011 Larson 1850 boat, by Cars RV & Marine, a Caribbean cruise for two and a trip for four to Disneyland in California, both by Marlin Travel, as well as a tractor, home entertainment, massage packages and many other items.

Tickets cost $100 for one ticket or $250 for three tickets.

For more information on purchasing tickets, drop by the home on weekends, call toll free 1-866-559-6756 or 403-356-3900, or go to www.reddeerkinsmen.com.

Tickets are also at the home, which will be open every day, except for Christmas Day, from 1 to 5 p.m.

City communications earns awards

City of Red Deer’s Communications Department was recognized for 11 initiatives by an industry association.

The big winner was the department’s 2009-2011 Strategic Plan, which received three awards in the annual MarCom Awards, which is administered by the U.S.-based Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals. The international organization consists of several thousand marketing, communication, advertising, public relations, media production and freelance professionals.

More than 5,000 entries from across the U.S. and internationally were in the running for recognition in this year’s contest judged in Arlington, Tex. About 15 per cent of entries receive a platinum award and 15 per cent gold awards.

“We are very proud to have received the 11 awards in total,” says Julia Harvie-Shemko, city communications and strategic planning manager, in a news release. “It is a validation of our continued commitment to build a collaborative relationship with the community through our communications efforts.”

Red Deer won six platinum awards for: Staff Florum, Inside Out, Emergency Hotline Communications Plan, Communicating Organizational Change Communications Plan, Rise Poster, and The Strategic Plan. Gold awards went to: The Strategic Plan, Tell Them Where to Go, Cruisin’ the Parkade and Water Testing Door Hanger.