Bernice and Larry Bogner take full advantage of all the action at The Hamlets. With lots of space, resources and an eager audience, it’s the perfect place to host your next event!

Bernice and Larry Bogner take full advantage of all the action at The Hamlets. With lots of space, resources and an eager audience, it’s the perfect place to host your next event!

Lights, camera, action! Film fest comes to Gasoline Alley

Senior retirement community serves as social hub for Red Deer events

Gasoline Alley used to be nothing more than a rest area… Now it’s hosting a film festival!

The Hamlets at Red Deer has been in the Gasoline Alley neighbourhood for a year, and they’re excited to be a social hub for the growing community.

“Growing up in Red Deer I always thought of Gasoline Alley as a truck stop outside town and would only visit when I had to go to Costco. But the community’s really grown. It’s amazing to see how it’s evolved! There are so many up-and-coming businesses, it’s turning into quite a popular area of town to be in,” says Melissa Flinn, Community Relations for The Hamlets at Red Deer. “Now through all of The Hamlets’ events and activities we can be the heart of a little community.”

Flinn organizes all sorts of activities in their large event spaces, including the upcoming film festival. It’s part of a larger push to bring fun events IN, to help residents who may not have the energy to venture OUT. The Central Alberta Film Festival is excited to bring a selection of award-winning shorts to The Hamlets for residents and members of the community to enjoy!

Talent is here, in Central Alberta

The film festival runs from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 14.

“Seating is limited but it’s free to attend,” Flinn says. “After the screenings we’ll have a meet-and-greet with some of the actors and directors, plus coffee and refreshments.”

Check out a wide range of award-winning documentaries and narratives!

  • Emily: 16 minutes; narrative film selected for the Cannes Film Festival
  • Power on Water: 20 minutes; award-winning documentary
  • Crimson & Blue: 20 minutes; award-winning narrative film
  • Bartimaeus: 30 minutes; narrative film
  • Soviet Threat: 30 minutes; documentary
  • Walk with Me: 7 minutes; narrative film

Heartbeat of the community

The film festival is only the beginning. Flinn says other organizations are welcome to reach out to The Hamlets if they want to put on an event for the community.

“We have a lot of space, resources, and an eager audience to use for different entertainment and events,” she says. “We’re a new hub for Red Deer.”

The Hamlets has senior retirement communities across BC and Alberta offering different levels of care for a variety of needs.

“We have different levels of LIVING here at The Hamlets. Some people come and go whenever they please and really thrive on getting out into the community. Some people aren’t as mobile and appreciate having the community come to them.” Flinn says.

The Hamlet’s Very Merry Market last Christmas was a huge success, and the Spring Fling Market April 4 is set to be just as fun. Shop over 35 vendors, visit the Easter Bunny, decorate a cookie, and more! Keep an eye on The Hamlet’s Facebook page for the latest details on this and other events. For more information you can reach out to Flinn at melissa.flinn@thehamlets.ca about hosting your next event at The Hamlets!

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The Hamlets at Red Deer is a social hub for the growing community at Gasoline Alley. Don’t miss the Film Festival Saturday March 14!

The Hamlets at Red Deer is a social hub for the growing community at Gasoline Alley. Don’t miss the Film Festival Saturday March 14!