Category: Events

Mustard Seed achieves its goals through Seeds Of Hope Gala

The Mustard Seed in Red Deer is celebrating the success of this year’s second Annual Seeds of Hope Gala, held at the Cambridge Hotel on Saturday in support of the less fortunate in our community.

Byron Bradley, managing director for the Mustard Seed in Red Deer, says they were able to achieve all of their goals set out in what he describes as their primary fundraiser.

“With that, we are able to make some improvements and enhancements here at The Mustard Seed,” explains Bradley. “And we’re very happy with the turnout. We had over 400 people that came to the gala, so just really thrilled with the support from the community.”

Bradley says funds raised will now enable them to purchase a new commercial range and commercial floor mixer for their kitchen.

“That’s really going to help our meals, and also it’s really going to help our school lunch program,” says Bradley. “When we have enough volunteers, we make all of our snacks from scratch for the school lunch program. So that’s going to just raise the efficiency and amount of baking that we’re able to do in our kitchen.”

In addition, Bradley says money raised will also go towards supporting upgrades underway at The Mustard Seed.

“We’re able to do some renovations to the entrance of our shelter which will raise the level of safety and accessibility for our shelter,” says Bradley. “Then our wellness centre, that’s operational now. We continue looking for health professionals to partner with. Now we’re able to bolster that a little bit as well to just get some more equipment.”

Bradley says the new wellness centre offers services such as addictions counselling, group therapy, and a chiropractor starting in November.

“One of the things we’re really trying to get the word out for is we’re looking for health professionals. We’re looking for doctors, nurses, dentists currently that would be interested in partnering with us.

“It’s really important for us to have specific items that we’re really needing in our operation, but then just supports that we raise go into daily operations for everything that we do as well.”

Bradley estimates about 1,000 people receive some kind of support through The Mustard Seed each week.

“If you compare last summer and fall to this summer and fall, most of our numbers in our meals and our shelter have doubled or more than doubled in our shelter and in some cases, almost tripled,” reveals Bradley. “We feel it’s a combination of things, we have done a decent amount of enhancements to the shelter.

“We also are seeing some new faces in our shelter that appear to be new to our community,” he points out. “We’re seeing people that are wanting to move away from substance use, they’re wanting to turn their lives around, and so it appears that more people are choosing our shelter because of the sober and safe environment that we have.”

Bradley says they can’t thank the community enough for the support they’ve received.

“It’s important to make the place comfortable for people for the short periods of time that they’re here, to restore their dignity, and to give them hope again,” explains Bradley. “So that’s what we’ve really been working hard at, is just building relationships with everyone that comes, working at restoring their dignity, and to create an atmosphere where people can build hope again for their future.”

RDC Kings, Queens supporting Hockey Fights Cancer this weekend

Hockey has been part of many people’s lives across Canada and unfortunately so has cancer.

As part of Hockey Fights Cancer weekend at RDC, proceeds from the 50/50 draws at both the Kings and Queens’ home games will go to the Canadian Cancer Foundation.

Hockey Fights Cancer was founded in 1998 by the National Hockey League (NHL) and National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) to rally support for people with cancer, and their families.

RDC Queens Hockey will take on the MacEwan University Griffins this Friday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Gary W. Harris Canada Game Centre. Then on Saturday, Kings Hockey will host Concordia at 7 p.m.

Tickets for both games can be purchased at the door or online at rdcathletics.ca.

(With file from RDC Athletics)

2019 Events Digest: November

IT Outsourcing Review: Ukraine invites you to check out the forthcoming November events. For more events check our calendar

DEVOXX UKRAINE 2019

When: November 01, 2019

Event space M82 will hold the biggest international Java conference of the year — Devoxx Ukraine 2019.

Devoxx, in its turn, is the biggest worldwide Java conference with access to hundreds of remarkable international speakers, sponsors, huge content databases and new speech formats. It is an annual international conference with more than 60 global speakers – well-known Java-professionals from the US, Canada, Western Europe and other countries.

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LVIVCSS 2019

When: November 02, 2019

LvivCSS is back in order to become even better, the most interesting and the most unusual event of the year!

LvivCSS is a conference on the symbiosis of design and development, about the best practices of creating a beautiful and comfortable. And, of course, it’s about a friendly atmosphere, new acquaintances and new experiences!

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KHARKIV PROJECT MANAGEMENT DAY 2019 MAIN

When: November 02, 2019

Kharkiv Project Management Day is the main conference in eastern Ukraine on project management in IT.

About 40 speakers will share their experience in the following streams:

  • Case Study
  • РМ-models
  • Agile and flexible methodologies
  • Product management
  • Master-classes

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ITEM DNIPRO GLOBAL 2019

When: November 03, 2019

ITEM’s goal and mission to provide our participants practical cases, methods, frameworks and tools they will be able to implement at their companies, transfer to their projects to build, launch and scale really innovative program products.

Tracks at ITEM Dnipro Global 2019

  • Business Growth
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Project & People Management

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NGTALKS 2019

When: November 07, 2019

Join in the next Europe’s largest Angular conference, attend the second installment of NgTalks 2019 and meet Angularians from all over the world. It doesn’t matter if-if you’re just beginning your Angular journey or not, come and learn about the present and future of Angular and its ecosystem, TypeScript, tools and much more!

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JS FEST 2019 AUTUMN

When: November 08, 2019

JS Fest is the largest JavaScript conferencing in Ukraine

Topics of JS Fest 2019 Autumn:

  • Frameworks
  • JS Backend
  • Embedded & Mobile
  • JS Core
  • Architecture & Design
  • Optimization & Testing

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LVIV QUALITY ASSURANCE DAY 2019

When: November 09, 2019

Lviv Quality Assurance Day 2019 is a conference on software quality assurance. The event brings together the professionals who make the world a better place.

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AUTUMN AI & BIG DATA DAY 2019

When: November 15, 2019

I&Big Bata Day conference in Lviv is the largest event of western Ukraine that brings together about 500 data scientists, developers, startup entrepreneurs, scientists, data engineers, investors and just interested in these areas from Ukraine, Germany, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, the USA, Canada and Eastern Europe.

The conference program consists of the following streams:

  • Nowadays and future of AI
  • Data Science Practice
  • Big Data & Data Engineering
  • Startups & Business
  • Workshops

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KYIV PROJECT MANAGEMENT DAY 2019

When: November 16, 2019

Kyiv Project Management Day 2019 is the largest in Ukraine conference on project management in IT. The conference will be attended by about 500 project IT managers from across the country; over 50 experienced speakers will share their experience!

The conference program consists of 7 streams:

  • Case Study/Fail Conf
  • РМ-models
  • Agile and other flexible methodolgies
  • Product management
  • Evolution
  • PM – Master-classes
  • Product master-classes

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‘Meet the Author’ event this weekend

‘Meet the Author’ event this weekend

Red Deer Public Library is inviting the public to meet featured authors and learn about their books from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, October 25, at the Timberlands Branch (300 Timothy Drive).

October is Library Month and what better way to commemorate the importance of books and reading then by meeting, and supporting local authors! Book signings and sales will be available.

Featured authors are:

For Youth:
Jessica Renwick – The Book of Chaos, The Guitar of Mayhem
Jeff Powers – Dinosaurs: a coloring book
Bee L. Hall (author) and T. Ames (illustrator) – What Bee Will You Bee

For Adults:
Larry Stewart – Man on the Run
K.E. Barron – The Eye of Verishten, The Immortal Serpent
C.R. MacFarlane – Augment, Traitor, Human

More details on Saturday’s event can be found on Facebook.

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“Freak-Show Cabaret” at Sylvan Lake brewery supporting Volunteer Central

When was the last time you saw a contortionist perform in the middle of a brewery?

Volunteer Central and Undercurrent Brewing are pleased to introduce the performers that will be wowing the audience on October 25, 2019. The event takes place at Undercurrent Brewing from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Boo’s + Brews: A Freak-Show Cabaret is a fundraiser hosted by Undercurrent Brewing. Proceeds will go towards Volunteer Central, a non-profit that enhances community through volunteerism.

Volunteer Central advocates and inspires volunteerism on behalf of the hundreds of non-profit organizations that rely on them to help recruit volunteers to carry out their services in the community. The event is partnership with the aim to enhance and strengthen community-building through advocacy of volunteerism.

Enjoy a freakishly-fun adult-only evening that includes two live circus performances, a tarot card-reading gypsy, 50/50 and raffles. Round up the staff and purchase 4 tickets for $120. Package includes 8 drink tickets, a specially-crafted signature cocktail, a delicious assortment of tapas including mini chicken & waffles, tortellini skewers, finishing with a corazon chocolate and hazelnut mousse dessert.

Single tickets are $35, and include 2 drink tickets, tapas and dessert.

The event features circus acts from world-class performers based in Calgary, like sword swallowing, a contortionist, and – we shudder as we type this – there may even be nails going up noses, and more.

About the performers:

Lindsay Istace is an award-winning circus performer. Skilled in the arts of crystal ball juggling, extreme flexibility, and more, she has traveled the world to hone her craft. With grace, precision, excessive-high kicks and a dash of danger, Lindsay will delight you a world-class show that you won’t forget.

Schuyler Snowdon is a Canadian circus artist specializing in juggling and balance skills. When pushed to define his show he likes to call it an unusually highly skilled clown act. He performs with acrobatic ladder, rola bola, unicycle and juggles plates, knives and glasses. He began working as a circus performer doing street shows in 2008 and has since performed all over Western Canada by himself and with a number of groups.

Gather some friends or coworkers, and join us for a disturbingly fun evening you soon won’t forget. To avoid paying Eventbrite fee’s, email Bryan @ bmchale@undercurrentbrewing.ca and pay by e-transfer!

(Volunteer Central)

Child Advocacy Centre partners with Sylvan Lake Yuletide to help abused children

Young victims of sexual abuse in central Alberta stand to benefit from a new partnership between the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre (CACAC) on Tuesday.

Sylvan Lake Yuletide will see its inaugural Yuletide SPIRIT Night take place Nov. 28 at the NexSource Centre. The ticketed, evening cocktail event will feature local entertainment, wine and craft beer sampling, as well as tasty samples from local restaurants.

In addition, there will be raffles, a silent auction and CACAC-supporting celebrities in the crowd to tell the Advocacy story.

Officials say proceeds raised will go into the Spirit of Sylvan Yuletide Festival coffers to be split with several recipients, including the CACAC, Sylvan Lake Advanced Ambulatory Care Society, Sylvan Lake Food Bank, Sylvan Lake Christmas Bureau and Sylvan Lake Community Partners Association.

Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre CEO Mark Jones says the new partnership is a great opportunity for them.

“We’ve had a number of children that we’ve worked with in Sylvan Lake and all of our other areas around central Alberta,” explains Jones. “But what we’re trying to do is let those small town cities and communities to understand that this is also their Child Advocacy Centre, it’s not just Red Deer’s.”

Jones hopes other central Alberta communities take note of Sylvan Lake’s lead and recognize the opportunities available to help vulnerable children in our region.

“Yesterday, our client load, we worked with our 72nd community, came on board where we’ve worked with at least one child or family from that community,” says Jones. “We just continue every day to have more and more opportunities to work throughout central Alberta and we celebrate that. And we celebrate the fact that yesterday I believe we had out 752nd case come through our door since Dec. 14, 2017.”

Graham Parsons, chair for the Sylvan Yuletide Committee, says the initial idea for the partnership came from wanting to grow the festival.

“Digging into it and going into it more, it’s something that I’m shocked more people don’t know about what the Advocacy Centre does,” says Parsons. “The more I see that, the more I think this is important for both parties, the fact that we want to get the word out on CAC and what it does, and that it is a central Alberta initiative and a very heart rendering and very important one. We’re truly excited on how to grow the Festival and how to make a difference in central Alberta.”

With plans to build a new CACAC just south of the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre at RDC, Jones says they’ve been meeting with provincial ministers and officials to ensure the capital project stays on track.

“Through working with them and continuing working with them, we’re hoping within the next month to hopefully be able to nail down exactly what’s happening and what everything looks like,” explains Jones. “We’ve continued to have our meetings with potential builders and funders, so we’re still hopeful that in 2020, we’ll be in the ground and building our structure.”

With the province set to unveil its budget on Thursday, Jones says he remains optimistic.

“We’re not sure how that will affect us, but we’ve had a great relationship with the Government and they’ve been very open to working with us and making the connections, and inviting us up for opportunities for conversation,” says Jones. “So we’re optimistic, I don’t know how when it’s working with children and families, to make good things possible for people who have had bad things happen. People get on board and help out.”

Parallels at Prague: We’re Joining Experts Live Europe

Parallels at Prague: We’re Joining Experts Live Europe


The tech community is buzzing with excitement—it’s that time of year when Microsoft experts, partner sponsors and about 500 attendees from the IT industry in Europe (and beyond) will gather, learn, discuss and make connections. That’s right, I’m talking about Experts Live Europe, which will be held at the Prague Congress Centre in the picturesque city of Prague, Czech Republic, from November 20-22, 2019.

Experts Live Europe brings together
Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) from all over the world to
spearhead most of the 70+ breakout sessions focusing on Microsoft cloud, datacenter,
security and workplace management. Keynoting this year is the dynamic duo of
Patch & Switch—Joey Snow and Rick Claus, both from the Microsoft Redmond
campus. This promises to be an informative talk laced with their unique brand
of tech humor.

In between sessions, attendees can enjoy their coffee and meal breaks at the nearby Expo Hall, while grabbing the chance to network with peers and check out the latest technologies featured at the sponsors’ booths. If you’ve managed to secure your event passes already, don’t forget to drop by the Parallels booth. We’ll be showcasing our solution to the common security and workplace management challenge of integrating Mac® devices into a Windows environment: Parallels® Mac Management for Microsoft® SCCM.

Here’s a quick rundown of what you
can do with Parallels Mac Management directly from the SCCM console:

  • Discover and enroll Mac devices
  • Enforce security and compliance policies
  • Conduct inventory and reporting
  • Manage Mac clients remotely via the Internet
  • Deploy macOS software
  • Deploy macOS base images
  • Perform macOS patch management
Parallels Mac Management
Figure 1_Centralized Management of Windows and Mac in Microsoft SCCM

We can talk more about these capabilities and even do a live demo at our spot in the Expo Hall.

We won’t keep you too long, though—there’s
really a lot to explore during this conference. It’s no wonder that Experts
Live Europe is one of the more highly anticipated tech conferences. You get top
speakers, relevant breakout sessions, innovative tech at the Expo Hall and
great networking opportunities. And let’s not forget the high-quality catering,
happy hour on closing night and a bunch of goodies and giveaways you can score.

If you haven’t registered yet, now’s your chance—there are still a few slots left. Grab them now because the Parallels team is looking forward to connecting with you there. Prague, here we come!

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2019 Red Deer Lip Sync Battle for the Outreach Centre

The 4th annual Red Deer Lip Sync Battle for the Outreach Centre was held at Bo’s Bar and Stage on Friday night. This years battle saw 12 competitors including rdnewsnow.com’s very own Rene Rondeau, take to the stage and each perform 2 songs before a sold out crowd. The final numbers aren’t in yet but it’s expected the event raised around $20,000 for the Outreach Centre.

In case you missed this years event, here are the great performances!

Watch and see if you can guess who won the best solo performance and the best group act!

See who wins in the last video:

SOLO PERFORMANCES PART 1:

KORTNEY WASCHUK:

MELODY KLINCK:

TARA DUDUMAN

GROUP PERFORMANCES PART 1:

BREA & RYAN FROM LULULEMON:

RED DEER DOULAS ASSOCIATION:

POUND IT HIP HOP STUDIO:

SOLO PERFORMANCES PART 2:

RENE RONDEAU – RDNEWSNOW.COM:

SUSAN HAYDUK:

VERONICA TALLISS:

GROUP PERFORMANCE PART 2:

BO’S BAR AND STAGE:

TROUBLED MONK:

THE FORUM:

TRIBUTE PERFORMANCE BY MEGAN:

AND THE WINNERS ARE:

Rotary Club of Red Deer Urban Spirits donates $10,000 to child advocacy centre

Red Deer (Oct. 21) – The Rotary Club of Red Deer Urban Spirits is thrilled to share that they have made a $10,000 donation to the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre (CACAC).

The funds were raised through a successful application to the Rotary Foundation District 5360 Grant program and the 2019 Central Alberta Wing Fest that was held at Red Deer Titans Rugby Park on September 7.

“We are incredibly proud and excited to present this donation to the CACAC,” says Reg Warkentin, President, Rotary Club of Red Deer Urban Spirits. “The work being done by the CACAC is savings the lives of kids across Central Alberta. We’re so pleased to support their work to give vulnerable youth a second chance through our club’s largest donation yet.”

“Community groups like the Rotary Club of Red Deer Urban Spirits are so crucial in our community; their commitment and involvement allows organizations, like us, to do what we do,” shared Mark Jones, CEO, Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre.

“We have had the good fortune in having the Urban Spirits club as an avid supporter and advocate for our Centre, and we are honored to receive this generous donation. This contribution lets us continue to support the children of our community affected by child abuse, providing them and their families with the guidance and direction they so richly deserve.

“To everyone at the Rotary Club of Red Deer Urban Spirits who planned and volunteered at the event, along with all who participated and joined in Central Alberta Wing Fest – we thank you!”

About Rotary Club of Red Deer Urban Spirits

Rotary Club of Red Deer Urban Spirits charted July 2017. Our club members are dedicated people who share a passion for both community service and friendship. Becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group of professionals who share your drive to give back.

About Rotary District Grants

To be eligible for a Rotary Foundation District 5360 Grant, the interested Rotary club must annually contribute more than $50/member and be up to date with their contributions at the time of the grant application. The Rotary Club of Red Deer Urban Spirits was successful in meeting the grant requirements to support the CACAC. For more details about the grant program, email: connect@urbanspiritsrd.ca

About Central Alberta Wing Fest
Central Alberta Wing Fest is a fundraiser hosted by the Rotaract Club of Red Deer and the Rotary Club of Red Deer Urban Spirits. All proceeds support non-profit and charitable organizations and projects. The 2019 event was presented by RSM Canada.

About the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre
The Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre is a not for profit organization rooted in the protection and recovery of today’s most innocent and vulnerable – our children.

Saturday is Sockey Night in Red Deer

United Way Central Alberta is pleased to announce the eleventh annual Sockey Night in Red Deer in partnership with the Red Deer Rebels – Saturday, October 19 beginning 7 p.m. at the Westerner Park Centrium.

For weeks United Way has been collecting socks, largely donated by chiropractors in Red Deer, to support a great cause this winter: warm feet for all! This event brings together sports fans of all ages to share in the fun by throwing socks on the ice during the second intermission.

This year United Way is shining light on complex issues like homelessness and poverty with the #UNIGNORABLE Campaign. By raising awareness of these local issues, we are asking Central Albertans to show their local love and be a part of the solution.

“This is our 11th year running Sockey Night in Red Deer, and we’re planning on making it a little bit different,” said Brett Speight, CEO of United Way Central Alberta. “Instead of purchasing a pair of socks, event goers will receive one for free to throw during the second intermission. Sockey Night helps raise awareness and having more people participate allows us to shine a brighter light.”

On Monday, October 21, socks will begin to go out for delivery to several of our partner agencies who will make sure they get on the feet of those who need them most.

(United Way Central Alberta)