Category: Community News

Dinner and fundraiser to support Somali children

The fourth annual ‘Join Hands for Building a Future for Somali Children’ dinner and fundraiser is coming up on Feb. 29.

The special event goes from 6-9 p.m. at Festival Hall in Red Deer.

Delicious ethnic food will be served buffet style, and the night will be punctuated by international entertainment, henna tattoos, a silent auction and door prizes.

Keynote speaker for the evening will be Zainab Mohamoud who started fundraising for this cause in 2016.

A Somalian immigrant who came to Canada in 2007, Mohamoud spent parts of her childhood living amongst civil war in her home region.

An RDC alum, she is also the author of ‘To Somali Girls and Boys With Love’ which was published in 2019, and is a past nominee (2016) for the Red Deer Women of Excellence awards.

Money raised from the gala have previously helped build an elementary school, and funds this year will support the construction of a new permanent shelter in the country’s Sool region.

Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

Applications now open for FCSS Funding

The Red Deer & District Family & Community Support Services (FCSS) Board is now accepting funding applications for preventative social programs.

School boards, municipalities and non-profits in the Red Deer and District FCSS region – including the partner municipalities of The City of Red Deer, Red Deer County, Town of Bowden, Town of Penhold, Village of Delburne and Village of Elnora – can submit applications for funding for preventative social programming. Funding through this Grant Application Process will be allocated to successful proponents for three years (2021-2023).

The FCSS mandate is to provide preventive social programming that enhances the social wellbeing of individuals and families through promotion or intervention strategies provided at the earliest opportunity. In-school mentoring, preschool wellness and seniors outreach programs are among some of the many programs currently funded by FCSS.

Applications will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. Friday, April 3, 2020. Complete details, including information about the application process, can be found at

Applicants can choose to attend one of the following procurement orientation sessions for more information on the requirements and process:

– March 5, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in the Crimson Star room, 2nd Floor, City Hall

– March 10, 2020 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. in the Crimson Star room, 2nd Floor, City Hall

Clearview Community Awards nominations

STETTLER- Clearview Public Schools invites nominations for the Clearview Award of Merit and the Clearview Star Award.

Nominations remain open until Wednesday, February 19 at 4:30 p.m.

Do you know someone from our communities who has achieved excellence nationally or internationally? Or an individual who has made a significant contribution to the lives and welfare of students in Clearview through volunteerism or community relations? If so, consider nominating them for either these awards.

The Clearview Award of Merit celebrates the personal achievement of students and staff, past and present, who have achieved excellence in a particular field, for which they are recognized either provincially, nationally and/or internationally.

The Clearview Star Award recognizes staff and community members who have made significant contributions to our school communities through volunteerism, as a community partner, or supported our schools at the school community level.

Clearview proudly honours its students, employees, and community members with these two special awards.

By recognizing excellence and recognizing those that support learning success, we celebrate our communities and our students, and future generations of students.

Full details can be obtained through Clearview’s website or from central office in Stettler.

Plenty of Family Day events happening in and around Red Deer

Family Day is right around the corner and Central Alberta will be packed with activities for all to enjoy.

Red Deer will host Heritage Ranch’s Snowman Festival on Sunday, February 16. Activities will run all day and include sleigh rides, pony rides and hot chocolate.

If you want to keep things calm and relaxed for the long weekend, bring your family to yoga class at YogaNation.

Join city councillor/local historian Michael Dawe as he takes you on a journey of family stories throughout Red Deer’s history at the Museum and Art Gallery. While you’re there, take a picture of your family using the photo booth provided, and try your luck with multiple games.

In Sylvan Lake, their annual Winterfest goes on all weekend down by the pier. Events include a children’s ice slide, ice carving lessons to create your own ice carving to take home, lake curling, a fire and ice show, and fireworks. On Saturday, start the day off right with a pancake breakfast brought on by the Lions Club. For the singers, stop by the municipal library to watch the now classic winter movie ‘Frozen’. On Sunday, the 2020 Alberta Oval Ice Racing Championships Series makes a stop on the lake for a series of events.

During the entire weekend, anyone can fish without a license with Sylvan Lake’s Family Fishing Weekend, but regulations still apply.

The Town of Penhold won’t hold their annual Winterfest until the leap year. Instead, the town is promoting their “Disconnect to Connect Challenge”, where families log the hours they spent off of technology. Penhold schools have also joined in so classes can be entered, and the class with the most amount of hours wins a pizza party.

Innisfail hosts their annual Winterfest on February 17 with activities posted around the town. Events include indoor skating, curling at the local curling club, free BBQ at the Kinsmen Club, fire pit, and a public swim. There will be a family pond hockey tournament where teams can pre-register by contacting the Helping-Hand Fund or the Town of Innisfail.

The Town of Blackfalds hosts their annual Winterfest on February 17 at the Abbey Centre where admission is free all day. The day is on a packed schedule beginning with a pancake breakfast supporting the Dual Ice Development Society. There’s fun for the kids with bouncy castles and games, ice carving workshops, and horse wagon rides. Hot Dogs are served for lunch to support the volunteer fire department. At night, skate with your family at the Multi-Plex Arena, play a game of bingo at the community centre, or play some family games with ‘Dad’s Day Off Family Game Night’.

Early bird deadline Saturday for Red Deer Kinettes gala

Early bird tickets for the second annual Red Deer Kinettes Club spring fling gala are only available for two more days.

The annual gala has a theme featuring a different country each year. This time around it’s a Japanese these dubbed ‘Touring Tokyo.’

Co-Chairs for the event, Shannon Lucas and Mary Benlota, say the Red Deer Kinettes Club has been organizing galas in the spring for years.

“It was only last year that we branded it as a spring fling gala, and we were just looking for a theme; we fell on the Rio Carnival theme last year, which was quite successful. This year, we thought of doing something similar, now it’s turning to a different country every year.” Benlota explains.

Entertainment this year includes the ‘Midnight Taiko Drummers,’ Japanese-style drummers, along with Japanese-style dancers.

Admission also includes Japanese-themed cocktails, a long list of silent auction items to bid on, 50/50 draw, and a raffle for a piece of artwork worth $1,600.

If you come dressed in your best Japanese-style costumes, you could win a prize for best-dressed.

All proceeds go towards Ronald McDonald House.

“That’s kind of where my heart went, to give back to them; for other parents that are going through something similar,” says Lucas.

If you buy early bird tickets, you are entered to win a limo ride for six to and from the event, and VIP seats. You can buy tickets at

Free workshop can help parents make mealtimes easier

Parents of young children who may be facing challenges with young picky eaters can learn valuable strategies and tips for making mealtimes happy times for the whole family through a free workshop offered by Alberta Health Services.

Led by a registered dietitian and a pediatric occupational therapist, the Goodbye Mealtime Struggles workshop helps parents learn how to overcome mealtime conflicts with children from six months to ve-years-old.

Over the course of the two-hour workshop, discussions focus on the growing and developing eating skills of children, exploring the reasons behind mealtime struggles, the importance of setting a consistent mealtime routine, portion sizes and how to introduce healthy new foods.

Parents will learn a number of strategies to take to their own dinner tables and will also have the opportunity to connect with other parents facing similar mealtime struggles.

Goodbye Mealtime Struggles will be offered in Red Deer on Feb. 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and March 10 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Parent Link Centre, 5409 50 Ave.

Parents can register by calling 403-309-8222 or online at

Free childcare will be provided.

Free weight-management sessions improve eating habits

Local residents are invited to learn about improving eating habits and forming healthy relationships with food by attending an Alberta Health Services (AHS) weight-management program.

Managing Emotional Eating is a free, three-part workshop led by AHS health professionals who share their expertise and guide interactive group sessions. Participants will learn how eating habits are formed, and how triggers such as emotions, situations and events can be managed to help develop better eating habits that will last a lifetime. The program is open to residents 17 years of age and older.

Managing Emotional Eating will be held Feb. 25 and March 3 and 10 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Bethany Collegeside, 99 College Cir.

Registration is required as the date and time are subject to change.

For more information and to register to attend, please call the Alberta Healthy Living Program at 1-877-314-6997.

City of Lacombe boosts recreational fishing with Alberta Conservation Association

LACOMBE- The City of Lacombe has announced a $3000 per year, five-year sponsorship with the Alberta Conservation Association (ACA) to support fish stocking at the Len Thompson Fish Pond Park.

The municipal facility was created and is co-maintained by the Lacombe Fish and Game Association (LFGA).

“Council is definitely aware of the importance of the facility to the local fishing community, and of the angling pressures at the pond due to its increasing popularity,” said Mayor Grant Creasey.

Each year, ACA’s Fish Stocking Project stocks over 100,000 catchable-sized trout across the province to create “catch-and-release” fisheries.

The sponsorship is part of City’s ongoing commitment to maintain the recreation service level at the Len Thompson Fish Pond Park.

The pond is an important draw in the community, with local businesses and organizations, volunteers and the public supporting a number of activities at the facility throughout the year.

“Our membership is delighted to have the ongoing support of the City to enhance fish stocks at the pond,” said LFGA President Greg Lunn. “This sponsorship will help make fishing opportunities more accessible to local and area youth, and aligns with our goal to promote, through education and programs, the conservation and utilization of fish and wildlife resources for current and future generations.”

Burger of the Month raises over $1,200 for Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre

RED DEER- The coffee and donut jokes come along with the uniform, but our January Guest Chef Lacombe Police Constable Josh Smith was all for cranking those jokes up for a great cause – the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre (CACAC).

Constable Smith helped create “The Blue Line” burger, an Alberta beef patty, smoked cheddar, aged cheddar, 2 strips of bacon, Irving’s Farm Fresh back bacon, coffee BBQ sauce, leaf lettuce, onion ring, all on a glazed donut bun. $2 from every burger sold went directly to his charity of choice the CACAC.

Thanks to the incredible support of our Burger of the Month program, Constable Smith handed over a cheque for $1,271.

The Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre works to support, protect and advocate for children affected by abuse, whether that be emotional, sexual, or physical, neglect or endangerment.

In just over two years the not for profit organization has supported over 840 children from 74 central Alberta communities, 25 from Lacombe alone.

The Burger of the Month program has given back over $60,000 to local charities over the past 36 months.

February’s Burger of the Month is “Two of a Kind”, created in collaboration with local guest chef’s Helen and Alvin Peck. It includes two sliders, slider one is topped with a bacon infused beef patty, jack cheese, caramelized onion, basil aioli, greens, tomato and a pickle, while slider two includes jerk chicken with cumin aioli, sesame slaw, lettuce and sweet potato chips on naan bread.

$2 from every burger sold will go directly towards the Peck’s charity of choice, Lacombe and District Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Sylvan Lake Municipal Library asks for community input

SYLVAN LAKE- From 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, February 26, the Sylvan Lake Municipal Library is hosting a drop-in event to update its Plan of Service, a document that lays out the guiding principles for all library activities.

“Our motto for this event is Your Community, Your Library,” says Library Director Andrea Newland. “We want to know what goals and priorities will support the community.

“We want to hear from everyone, both library users and people who don’t visit the library. It’s important for people to know the library exists to meet the needs of the whole community. If we don’t already offer services you need, what can we do to change that?”

“We encourage people to view the current Plan of Service at and let us know where you think we should go from here.”