Your community calendar

Feb. 6

A Perogie Supper is being held Thursday, Feb. 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Vladimir Ukrainian Catholic Church Hall (3932 46 St.) in Red Deer. The event is open to the Public – everybody is welcome. Tickets are available at the door. No advance ticket sales. Adults to 11 years old – $15; Children, 10 years and under – $7. For more information call 403-782-5828.

First Thursdays in the Snell, presented by the Red Deer Public Library, is Feb. 6 from 12:15-1 p.m., featuring Trio Saint-Laurent with support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Alberta Foundation for the Arts and Prairie Debut. No admission charge. A free will donation will be accepted at the door. Coffee and Tea provided by Cafe Noir.

Feb. 13

Cribbage Tournament – Find a partner and sign up for our cribbage tournament on Feb. 13 at 10 a.m. at at 5414 43 St. in Red Deer. Please pre-register by Feb. 10 with Josephine at 403-346-4043. Cost $30 per team of 2, lunch included. Prize payouts for 1st to 3rd. Registration 9:30 a.m.

Feb. 14

Innisfail Sr. Drop-in World Cuisine Valentines Dinner at the 4959 53 St. on Feb. 14. Serving special meal with an American Theme. Good homemade four course dinner served in a friendly atmosphere. Everyone welcome. Dinner served at 5 p.m. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Advance tickets only. For tickets and more information call the centre at 403-2272-6601 or 587-494-8932.

Ham Dinner – Don’t feel like cooking or doing dishes on a Friday evening? Join us at the Downtown House on Valentines’ Day for a delicious ham dinner with all the trimmings. Wine and other beverages available. 50/50 draw and a couple of door prizes. $15 per person, advance tickets only. Call 403-346-4043 to reserve a seat.

Feb. 19

A Liberation of Holland event is being held at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. This year is the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Holland and it is our pleasure to host Rory M. Cory, Senior Curator/Director of Collections at The Military Museums (Calgary) will give us an overview of events of this critical operation. This program is free, accessible and all are welcome.

Red Deer River Naturalists Flower Focus Group is hosting a Flower Focus Group Feb. 19 at 10 to 12 p.m. at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre. Host Don Wales will speak about Mountain wildflowers of the northern Cascades at the free event.

Feb. 20

The Red Deer Branch of the Alberta Genealogical Society is holding their meeting Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. at the LDS Church (Bower- North Door) at 3002 47 Ave. The January meeting was cancelled due to cold weather but our guest speaker Michael Dawe will be speaking on Central Alberta’s Graveyards and Old Burial Grounds. Come to find out some history of these places and who might be buried there. Further information 403-350-6825.

Feb. 25

Bower Place Community Association is hosting Seniors Coffee & Card party last Tuesday of the month. Everyone is welcome to attend from 1:30-3:30 pm. The monthly event and last card party will be the last Tuesday in May and a potluck lunch. For more info contact Marlene at 343-0632.

St. Andrew’s United Church in Lacombe is hosting pancake supper, an Annual community event, Feb 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. All welcome 0-5 free; 6-12 $5; adults $8; Family $25.

Shrove Tuesday at St. Leonard’s on the Hill Anglican Church Hall on Feb. 25. Pancake supper 5 to 7 p.m. Admissionis $7, free for children (six & under), family $15. There will be sausages, pancakes, beverage. Come & bring a friend.

Feb. 27

Red Deer River Naturalists Speaker of the Month is hosting speaker Dr. Andrew Derocher, PhD, MSc, BSF (Hon) U of A Faculty of Science, Professor of Biological Sciences Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. at Red Deer College Room 2602. The joint presentation by the RDC Science Department and the Red Deer River Naturalists is open to the public. Topic is Trouble at the Top: Polar Bears In A Warming Arctic. Dr. Drocher’s current research is focused on understanding the effects of climate change on polar bears. He has published over 150 peer-reviewed papers on polar bears.

Feb. 29

Join Hands for Building a Future for Somali Children. Keynote Speaker: Zainab Mohamoud, founder and president of Education for Somali Girls & Boys Fund. She is the author of To Somali Girls and Boys with Love, Daughter of the Year in 2014, nominated Women of Excellence in 2016, Ruby Award Soroptimist International and Central Alberta, Appreciation Certificated from Board of Directors in Minneapolis in 2016, Diversity Magazine Friends Award in 2018, Student Recognition Award RDC in 2018, Community Leader of the Year Award with Diversity Magazine in 2019. Buffet style Multicultural Dinner & Entertainment Menu Chicken Drumsticks, Curry Chicken, Chickpea, Garlic Naan, Rice, Beef Stuffed Cabbage Rolls, Veggies Samosas, Salad, Fruits & Bread Pudding. Entertainment Somali Band called Haye Inabti Alberta. Mikayelyan Hmayak from Armenia, who will be singing, plays accordion and keyboard. Hassan Tahir from Iraq, who will be singing, plays the Lute and the guitar. The Cameroonian dancer’s kids and adult who will be performing. D-Ray, singer and the song’s writer, Canadian. Silent Auction, Henna Tattoos, and Door Prizes. Early-bird Tickets available until Feb. 15: cost is $25 per ticket or table of eight for $200. Regular price: each ticket $30 or table of eight $250. Tickets are availabel go to, or at Messinger Meats. We are accepting silent auction donations and door prizes.

Polar Plunge – The third annual polar plunge and law enforcement torch run for special Olympics is Feb. 29 at 10:30 a.m. The event, at Bower Kin arena, raises funds for red deer and area athletes.

March 11

Central Alberta Mountain Club Potluck and Information Meeting – The club welcomes everyone interested to attend a potluck social event at 5:30 p.m. on March 11 to learn more about the club and see the schedule of events. The event is at Linn Valley Community Hall, 200 metres North of the Blue Grass Nursery on Highway 11A. (Turn left at the Linn Valley sign. If you reach the gravel road, then you have gone too far). The social will be followed by a short meeting, sign-up, and elections at 7:00 p.m. We hope to see many new and old friends there.

March 21

Green Deer Spring Cleanup begins March 21 and runs through to May 31 all across the city of Red Deer! During this time, volunteers can choose to pick up litter in any part of the city. Green Deer is organized through the Kerry Wood Nature Centre. Green Deer encourages residents of all ages, abilities, and economic and cultural backgrounds to pick up litter and “leave it better than they found it.” Participating in Green Deer is a great way to have a positive environmental impact, make new friends, and strengthen community bonds. You can do your part to help keep our city clean and healthy by registering for Green Deer and picking up litter in your backyard, around your neighbourhood, or in a favourite green space. People are encouraged to register between March 21 and May 31, 2020 so Green Deer organizers can distribute cleaning supplies, track the areas that have been cleaned, and recognize volunteer work. Green Deer is made possible through partnerships with Tim Hortons, Canadian Tire, Save-On-Foods, Real Country 95.5 & Zed 98.9, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, and The City of Red Deer.

March 27

The Red Deer and District Garden Club is pleased to be featuring Jane Reksten, Manager, Botanic Gardens and Greenhouses-Olds College as our 2020 speaker on March 27 from 7-8:45 p.m. at the Margret Parsons Theatre at Red Deer College. Tickets are on sale now, before Christmas and until Jan. 31 at the early bird price of $15.00, for that gardener in your life who is itching to getting their hands in the soil come spring. Gardens are never static, and neither are the styles, trends and information available to gardeners. These days words like pollinators, ecosystems, native plants, sustainability and biodiversity seem to be everywhere, but how do we decipher what they mean for our existing gardens? And how can we incorporate these ideas into our smaller spaces while staying true to our own personal tastes and garden goals? In this talk, Jane will touch on the meanings behind the trending concepts, and how they may benefit our gardening practice and resulting landscapes. Jane’s talk will include garden design, development and maintenance. Tickets available at Kerrywood Nature Center, Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery and by calling Karen at 403-392-0212.

March 28

Rock Your Bump is central Alberta’s longest running show aimed at moms and little ones. Our Spring 2020 show, at the Black Knight Inn on March 28, will be our 18th! There will be 40-plus vendors with unique products and services related to moms, pregnancy and little ones, hourly door prizes, mini photo sessions with Red Earth Photography, free parking , The Mother’s Lounge and more! Want to Skip The Lines and get in early to shop? How about a swag bag and special draw too? We will be selling tickets for those who want to get in at 10 a.m. and get first dibs on shopping. Tickets go on sale Feb. 1 and tickets are very limited and always sell out fast! Tickets will be available on Eventbrite: Doors open at 11 a.m. for those who did not get skip the lines tickets. It is free to get in between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Keep an eye on this page for updates, giveaways and more! We also list all our current and past vendors on our website –

April 25

GrammaLink-Africa is preparing for their annual Fabulous Fabric Sale April 25, 2020. To donate fabric, yarn, or notions please contact Jane 403 343-1073 or Donna 403 343-6141.

May 28

Leduc Black Gold Pro Rodeo – Two weeks of Rodeo Fun at the 52nd Annual Leduc Black Gold Pro Rodeo. If you’ve never been to the rodeo, you’re missing out. Professional rodeo performances, ranch rodeo, jackpot barrel racing, trade fair, midway, rodeo of smiles, cabaret, live music, Black Gold Days Parade, pancake breakfasts and barbecue lunches, car show, pet parade, family fun fair, Northlands K-Days Talent Search and so much more. Some free events and tickets up to $25. The event runs May 23 – 31.

Ongoing events

Free sewing lessons – Come and meet Judy of SEAMS2Be and receive a free sewing lesson. Join others in the Fabric Arts on Mondays from 1 to 4 p.m., at The Hub On Ross. Yes, we have a weaving loom and we need you to participate in creating new pieces from old. No charge.

Eckville Jam Dances are held Mondays from 7 p.m. at the Eckville Friendship Centre by the hockey arena. Attendance by donation. Bring your musical instruments and play. Bring your voices for singing. Bring your dancing shoes and dance. You may bring something to eat for lunch break.

Clothing swap –Keep clothing/fabrics from the landfill. Join us on the first Monday of every month (except holiday Mondays) from 12 to 4 p.m., at The Hub On Ross. Bring in your clean clothing and swap for other pieces. Free to all.

Live Lively – Square Dance: Modern square dance lessons offered by the Red Deer Square Dance Club Monday and Wednesday from Jan. 6 to March 30 at the Clearview Community Centre (93 Cornett Dr.) in Red Deer from 7 to 9 p.m. Mind/body exercise, great for couples with left feet and no rhythm. No dance steps to learn. First night free to try. Contact Al at 403-357-9737.

Red Deer Scottish Country Dancers meet weekly October to May at 7 p.m. Wednesdays in the Knox Presbyterian Church gym. There’s no need to be Scottish to enjoy Scottish Country dancing. The group is friendly, the music is great and it’s good exercise for body and brain. A certified teacher attends regularly to conduct the class. For more information, contact Lily at 403-343-0975.

RCMP Vets Association is calling all RCMP vets, spouses,widows/widowers and friends to join us at the Red Deer Curling Centre. The Red Deer Branch of the RCMP Vets Association meets for social gatherings, sharing and support. Luncheon is held the third Thursday every month through June. Cost of attendance is $20.

Senior Centre Downtown House – Carpet bowling Monday and Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. Bingo Tuesday at 1:30 p.m., “500” Monday and Wednesday at 1 p.m. Cribbage Monday at 7 p.m. and Thursday at 1:30 p.m. Whist or flag Whist Friday at 1 p.m.

Sunrise Toastmasters meet every Tuesday morning at 7 a.m. at 40 Holmes St., Red Deer (behind Canadian Tire north). Everyone is welcome to attend and enjoy an encouraging environment for improving speaking skills, organizational skills and leadership skills.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly is a non-profit organization. T.O.P.S. is a support group focusing on nutrition and healthy lifestyle. Weigh-in is from 8-9:15 a.m. every Tuesday. Meetings are 9:30-10:30. First meeting is free. $48/year and a monthly contribution for rent at St. Leonard’s On The Hill (4144 44 St.) in Red Deer.

Taoist Tai Chi Beginner Classes – Stay Stronger Longer. Come and learn the ancient Taoist Art of Tai Chi. Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi is a non-profit volunteer organization whose goal is helping others improve their health through the practice of Tai Chi. Research has shown that Tai Chi improves strength, flexibility, circulation and balance. Classes are taught by accredited volunteer instructors. Come and try the first week, with no obligation. We have new classes starting in January at our location (#100 4419 50 Ave.), behind the Scotia Bank, across from Safeway. Monday and Friday: 11 a.m. to noon. Tuesday and Thursday: 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Monday and Thursday: 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The Tony Connelly Singers – If you enjoy singing glee club style, but feel your skills are limited, come join our group of singers who sing and play for others as a gift of community spirit. The Tony Connelly Singers, in their 33rd year of service, welcome anyone who might enjoy singing for seniors. From September to May, the group prepares programs with oldies and newer music. Practice is on Tuesdays at the Downtown House Seniors Centre from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Sing outs are booked on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons. Call Shirley at 403-342-5904 for bookings or Betty at 403-346-7316 for more information.

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