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A rundown of events for Rogers Hometown Hockey in Red Deer

TORONTO (November 19, 2019) RogersTM Hometown HockeyTM Tour presented by Scotiabank and Hyundai is heading to Red Deer, AB on November 30 and December 1 to celebrate more of the game that brings us together.

Hosts Ron MacLean and Tara Slone will be on site for the festivities, which include meet-and-greet opportunities with the Stanley Cup and NHL alumni Glenn Anderson, Shane Doan and Glen Wesley, live local entertainment, and the live Sportsnet NHL broadcast.

The two-day hockey festival begins on Saturday, November 30 at Noon at the Gary W Harris Celebration Plaza (5205 48th Avenue) and will conclude on Sunday evening following the Rogers Hometown Hockey outdoor viewing party.

The evening’s broadcast gets underway with a special pre-game show hosted by MacLean and Slone live from the Sportsnet Mobile Studio beginning at 4:30 p.m., followed by a showdown between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins, on Sportsnet, Sportsnet NOW and NHL LIVE.

Through Rogers Hometown Hockey, Rogers and the National Hockey League (NHL) are excited to provide grants covering the install of an innovative, multi-use sport net for Red Deer. This unique system enhances community spaces, transforming a single-purpose basketball net into a multi-sport structure, promoting healthy and active lifestyles while also reducing costs and barriers so families can play sports year-round.

Additionally, Ted Rogers Community Grants are being awarded to local educational programs that enable Canadian youth to succeed inside and outside the classroom. Boys and Girls Clubs of Red Deer and District has been awarded $10,000 to help provide safe, supportive places where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships, and develop confidence and skills for life.

The free hockey-themed weekend features games, prize giveaways, fun activities, and live local entertainment for the whole family, including:

Rogers Fan Hub: Celebrate more of the game that brings us together with fun and interactive hockey experiences. Fill out your Fan Profile for a chance to win exclusive Rogers Moments, enjoy autograph signings with NHL alumni Glenn Anderson and Shane Doan, test your stickhandling with the Infinite Dangles challenge, and grab some free popcorn!

Sportsnet Shooting Accuracy Game: Fans race against the clock to snipe as many targets as possible before time runs out! A digital scoreboard tracks the best scores from the day, and from the other Tour stops across the country. Players of all ages can show off their hockey skills and see how they match up to NHL stars and alumni with fantastic prizes to be won!

Steve Goodtime Rockin’ Hockey Show: Come see Steve Goodtime, our world-renowned hockey acrobat! Steve performs his incredible family-friendly rock n’ roll hockey show packed with fire, juggling, stunts, and guitar solos. The event will be rocked!

Scotiabank Community Hockey Rink: A family-friendly outdoor hockey space designed to engage hockey fans who can interact with NHL alumni Glen Wesley and celebrate the game. Scotiabank will also be donating $15,000 in support of kids’ community hockey at each tour stop this season.

Hyundai Drives Hockey: Hyundai displays on festival grounds will feature games and challenges for kids and parents alike. Opportunities to test-drive and interact with the entire range of five Hyundai SUVs will demonstrate how Hyundai is made for those who drive hockey. Fans will have the chance to win on-site giveaways, weekend prizes as well as an overall grand prize for the season.

Dr. Oetker Giuseppe Pizzeria: Fans can enjoy a complimentary slice of Giuseppe Pizzeria pizza fresh out of the oven, and learn more about the Find Giuseppe contest with many great prizes to be won!

Playmobil Kids Zone: Fans have the chance to face off against friends and family with the PLAYMOBIL NHL Arena and its lineup of NHL figures. In the zone, fans will also be able to enter to win an NHL playset.

Lucy Tries Hockey: Join author Lisa Bowes for a reading of her children’s story Lucy Tries Hockey. Lucy and her family are skating on an outdoor rink when she sees a game of hockey going on. She and her friends learn basic hockey skills, have fun on the ice and decide to add hockey to their list of favorite sports!

Sobeys Community Barbeque: Sobeys is proud to support the Community Barbeque through a food donation. All funds raised this weekend will go towards supporting the Red Deer Minor Hockey Association.

Live Local Entertainment: Live music featured throughout the weekend beginning with Ryan Langlois performing on Saturday followed by Mitch Belot Band on Sunday.

Rogers Hometown Hockey Event and Broadcast Details

Gary W Harris Celebration Plaza (5205 48th Avenue)

Saturday, November 30 – Festival open from Noon to 6 p.m. MST.
Sunday, December 1 – Festival opens at Noon MST and runs through the end of the Rogers Hometown Hockey outdoor viewing party.

Special Guests:
o NHL alumni Shane Doan and Glen Wesley

o Melody Davidson, Head Coach of the gold medal winning 2006 Winter Olympics and 2010 Winter Olympics Canadian women’s team

Game Matchup: Montreal Canadiens vs. Boston Bruins, 4:30 p.m. MST (Sportsnet, Sportsnet NOW, NHL LIVE)

Gender-based violence awareness event Thursday at RDC

The Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre (CASASC) is partnering with the Students’ Association of Red Deer College (SA) for a gender-based violence awareness event.

The #YourWordsMatter event goes tomorrow (Thursday, Nov. 28) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Forum in Red Deer College, featuring an info fair and silent march.

“The purpose of this event is to bring awareness to the widespread issue of gender-based violence within our society,” CASASC says in a release.

The info fair will feature interactive displays, resources and information about eliminating gender-based violence in our community.

The silent march is meant to be a quiet and proactive, yet visual way to bring awareness throughout the RDC main campus. The silent march will depart from the Forum at 11:45 a.m. with attendees wearing purple and carrying positive messaging.

#YourWordsMatter occurs on the fourth day of the SA’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign, which began on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (Nov. 25) and ends on International Human Rights Day on Dec. 10.

RDC Athletics supporting Red Deer Christmas Bureau this weekend

The RDC Kings & Queens are joining forces with the Red Deer Christmas Bureau to collect toys and donations so everyone can enjoy the Holiday season.

At the RDC Hockey and Basketball games on Friday, November 22, at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre fans are welcome to bring a new unwrapped toy.

Each generous donor will be entered to win two 2020-21 season ticket packages along with an autographed pink Queens Hockey jersey, and Kings & Queens Basketball jerseys valued at over $400.

People can also qualify for the draw by donating at the door.

For more information about the Red Deer Christmas Bureau, including a list of desired toys, please visit:

Rogers Hometown Hockey less than two weeks away

Only a week and a half remains until Rogers Hometown Hockey rolls into Red Deer on Nov. 30 – Dec. 1.

To kick off the celebrations, The City of Red Deer is hosting a free community skate this Saturday, November 23 at the Collicutt Centre from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

Citizens of all ages are invited to enjoy some free skating and learn more about Rogers Hometown Hockey. Please note, skate rentals are not available at the Collicutt Centre.

Rogers has announced that NHL alumni Glenn Anderson, Shane Doan and Red Deer native Glen Wesley are coming will be part of the festival. The free hockey-themed weekend also features games, prize giveaways, fun activities, and live local entertainment for the whole family. A full schedule of events will be announced next week.

“We are thrilled to welcome Rogers Hometown Hockey to Red Deer for the second time,” said Mayor Tara Veer. “Events like this are an opportunity for us to build community life through celebration with our friends, family and neighbours, and to celebrate our shared passion for hockey and sport.”

A Local Organizing Committee, made up of community partners including: Tourism Red Deer, the Downtown Business Association, Red Deer and District Community Foundation, Red Deer Minor Hockey, the Red Deer Rebels, Red Deer and District Chamber of Commerce and Alberta Sports Hall of Fame have come together to bring local flavour to the festival and build community excitement.

Soon residents will be “seeing red” through the Paint the Town Red contest for local businesses, and local schools are raising donations for the Red Deer Food Bank for a chance to win a preview visit by Rogers Hometown Hockey. And Red Deer Minor Hockey will be running a charity BBQ during the festival weekend.

The Festival takes place at Gary W. Harris Celebration Plaza (48 Avenue, downtown Red Deer) from noon – 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 30 and noon – 8 p.m. on Sunday, December 1.

The weekend culminates in a live broadcast, hosted by Ron MacLean and Tara Slone on Sportsnet at 4:30 p.m. as the Boston Bruins take on the Montreal Canadiens.

For more information, including volunteer opportunities, visit

(City of Red Deer)

Chamber hosts third annual Giving Tuesday Luncheon

With the holiday season getting underway, local residents are being encouraged to embrace the spirit of giving this year by taking part in upcoming Giving Tuesday initiatives and giving back to the community.

On Tuesday, the Red Deer and District Chamber of Commerce hosted its third annual Giving Tuesday Luncheon held at the Radisson Hotel with officials from both Volunteer Central and the Central Alberta Refugee Effort (CARE) in attendance.

Pam Snowdon, executive director at Volunteer Central says their organization is partnering with the Downtown Business Association (DBA) and volunteer ambassadors from the Donald School of Business on Dec. 3 to inform area residents of what Giving Tuesday is all about and helping people take ‘unselfies.’

“Unselfies are a signature item of Giving Tuesday, it’s a riff on unselfish and selfie,” she explains. “People take pictures of themselves and they hold a small banner that says how they give back to the community through volunteering or they donate, that kind of thing. Then they post that on social media and tag the organization and Giving Tuesday.”

Student ambassadors will also be handing out goodie bags and encouraging people to drop by the DBA office on Little Gaetz and make a contribution to the Red Deer and District Food Bank or Red Deer Christmas Bureau.

“Giving Tuesday always follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday and those two retail events kind of kick-off the giving season,” says Snowdon. “Giving Tuesday follows those two retail days and highlights giving in another way, it’s an international movement and it’s been in Canada, this is its seventh year.”

Last year, Snowdon says approximately $15 million was raised in Canada for Giving Tuesday.

“There was a really increased amplification of other giving,” adds Snowdon. “Of volunteering, of donating to food, donating to Christmas Bureaus, just people coming together to think a little bit about philanthropy, rather than gift giving through retail.”

With Red Deer being one of approximately 45 communities in Canada that officially recognizes Giving Tuesday, Snowdon says momentum in central Alberta is growing.

“We’re actually thinking about how we will do things differently next year in 2020 to make it a real community-driven event, and not just a charity-driven event” reveals Snowdon. “Mark December 3 on your calendar and plan to come downtown, meet the volunteer ambassadors and make a donation to your favourite cause, your favourite charity, make a donation to the Food Bank or the Christmas Bureau or to another organization that is in need.”

Avery Acheson, community engagement manager from the Central Alberta Refugee Effort (CARE) spoke at Tuesday’s luncheon and says his hope is to drive charitable donations.

“One of the goals is to encourage donation, but also to encourage thinking about donation in a different way,” explains Acheson. “A donation is an investment and it’s an investment in people. There’s lots of different ways to invest, and businesses and individuals can invest in people with the social sector, the not-for-profits, in ways that are not just cash donations, but partnerships or collaborations and ways that we can work together to drive social change.”

When you invest in people like staff or volunteers, Acheson says you drive innovation from within your organization.

“You drive change, you drive all sorts of really good outcomes,” says Acheson. “So if we take that concept and apply it outside of our organization walls and look at how do we invest in our communities as well, imagine the outcomes and the change that we can drive.”

Acheson says volunteering is a great way to invest in community.

“Volunteering is one of the best investments you can make,” he exclaims. “Whether it’s volunteering for an organization you care about, whether it’s volunteering with a faith-based organization, whether it’s volunteering in your community and having a BBQ or having a gathering, these are the simple ways that sometimes we forget that one of the best donations we can make is our time, our skills and our knowledge.”

To find out more or to donate, visit

Festival of Trees raising funds for hi-tech medical scopes

Nearly 13,000 patients each year stand to benefit from money raised through the 2019 Festival of Trees.

The 26th annual event begins Thursday evening with the preview dinner and is open to the public from Friday through Sunday at Westerner Park.

Proceeds will be used to support the purchase of medical scopes and two sophisticated scope washers for use in the Endoscopy and Outpatients departments at Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre.

Officials say 35 scopes are nearing their end of life or are damaged and no longer repairable.

More than 9,400 procedures involving scopes are conducted at Red Deer Regional each year.

“Our Endoscopy department is probably the third for fourth busiest in the province,” says. Dr. Dave Ryan, a gastroenterologist in Red Deer.

Ryan says his field of practice is incredibly dependent on technology.

“What we are doing, for the most part, is using these scopes to diagnose illness in the (gastrointestinal) tract. The quality of these scopes is extremely important in our ability to do our job,” he explains.

“There have been major advances in our field in the last 15 years in terms of the technology we’re using. In particular in improving the quality of the images we obtain as a lot of what we’re doing is very visual.”

Ryan says the scopes that will be purchased with Festival of Trees proceeds are essential to the service they provide to central Albertans.

“We are really in one of the few areas of medicine where we can prevent cancer before it ever starts,” he notes.

“One of the best parts of my job is I go to work every day knowing that 10 to 15 people will have cancer prevented simply because of what we are able to offer not only through screening, but through this very technology.”

Not only is it important to have the technology available, Ryan explains, but so too is the ability to clean and turn it around quickly.

“This zone has grown by about 15 per cent since 2005 and we have a relatively limited capacity to see people. Patients know this; they wait a long time to get in to see us.

“With this kind of technology and our ability to improve processing we’re really hoping that we’re able to improve the ability to reach more people and provide more timely care.

Since moving to the region in 2013, Ryan says he’s been blown away by the support shown by local residents for the hospital.

“I know for a fact that we couldn’t provide the level of care that we do here – which is excellent – without the support from the public,” he says. “It’s gifts like these that enable us to maintain our healthcare system at an acceptable level.”

“We have a very, very generous community,” says Manon Therriault, CEO for the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation. “Festival of Trees is in its twenty-sixth year and to be able to see our community still be so passionate about this place and be so committed, it’s very humbling.”

Last year, Festival of Trees raised $1.1 million for the purchase of Pyxis automated medication dispensing systems. Over 25 years the festival has raised more than $16 million for the hospital.

For more information on this week’s events or being involved with the Festival of Trees, visit or call 403-343-4773.

(With file from interviews by Rene Rondeau)

Bower Place partners with Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre

Bower Place is teaming up with the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre (CACAC) for the holiday season.

Volunteers from the centre will be there for Santa’s Arrival at Bower Place on Sunday, Nov. 17 and will be working the gift wrapping station at The Great Indoor Market from Nov. 16 – Dec. 24. Gift wrapping will be $2-5 with all proceeds going to the CACAC.

Also, proceeds from the “Girls Night Out” event at Bower Place – an exclusive VIP shopping event featuring hors d’oeurves, wine, music, massages, cosmetic demos and fashion moments – will be going to the centre. Retailers taking part include Sage, Sephora, Lush and Hudson’s Bay.

“The Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre is ecstatic to be Bower Place’s charity of choice,” says CEO Mark Jones. “It is through community support that we are better able to create awareness of our cause, and the support that we provide.”

“Bower Place is proud to partner with and support the centre,” says Bower Place GM Sonya Hunt. “We admire their ongoing commitment to children and families in central Alberta, and are honoured to have them as an integral part of our upcoming holiday events.”

For more information or to buy tickets, call Bower Place at 403-342-5240.

If you would like to volunteer on behalf of the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre, call them at 587-272-2233 or email

Real Canadian Superstore holiday initiative brings Red Deer Filipino community closer to home

This holiday season Real Canadian Superstore (RCSS) is helping Red Deer spread love and cheer with the return of its bonus Balikbayan box program, inspired by the modern Filipino tradition.

RCSS’s Filipino customers can send a special surprise home to their loved ones with one convenient stop at the RCSS at A-5016 51 Ave.

From November 22-24, customers can spend $150 at No Frills and $250 at Superstore and fill a 20 pound bonus Balikbayan box with their purchased items.

Superstore will cover the air shipping on every box with items purchased on one receipt, making it a seamless process in one convenient stop!

Sending a Balikbayan box to loved ones overseas is a holiday tradition in the Filipino community. Inspired by the Tagalog word Balikbayan that means return (balik) home (bayan), Filipinos living overseas will fill a box with toys, clothing, appliances, and more, to send home to their family in the Philippines.