Gretzky to visit
The king of hockey dads will wine and dine Red Deer on March 13. Walter Gretzky, father to The Great One, will be at the Holiday Inn for a dinner, speech and meet-and-greet in a fundraiser for a group of Notre Dame High School students. Besides a four-course dinner, there will also be silent and live auctions for Wayne Gretzky-signed paraphernalia and for a private dinner with Walter on March 14. All funds raised will go directly to sending this group of students and staff to Scotland to perform in the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival representing Canada and Red Deer. Their play, The Seersucker Toady, will be premiered at Edinburgh, but a sneak peak will be available at the Red Deer event. Tickets are $150 and are available at the Notre Dame general office or at the Holiday Inn. The event runs 6 to 11 p.m.
Some space is still available for members of the public wanting to attend a tourism talk today. Tourism Red Deer is hosting speaker Ken Fiske, vice-president of economic and tourism development for the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation, who will discuss a voluntary destination marketing fund, or DMF, and how it has worked in Edmonton. A DMF is a method of creating sustainable funding to be used for marketing a destination or event, usually taking the form of a percentage charge on room rates for accommodation. “This is a great opportunity to learn more about DMFs and how it may apply to Red Deer in the future,” said a Tourism Red Deer media release. “Currently there is no local voluntary DMF in place in our city.” Fiske’s talk runs 5 to 7 p.m. at the Westerner Park chalet and is part of Tourism Red Deer’s Let’s Talk Tourism speaker series. Admission is free but those interested must register ahead of time by calling 403-346-0180.