Category: Events

Toonies for Tummies supports breakfast program at North Cottage High School

One in five kids in our community go hungry, and in some areas that number is higher. Students just don’t learn the same on an empty stomach.

Toonies for Tummies is a nationwide program put on by The Grocery Foundation, where local grocers team up with local programs to make sure no child goes hungry.

Save on Foods in Red Deer has partnered with North Cottage High School and their breakfast program.

“A good breakfast for kids gives them the energy they need to keep focused and have a good day at school,” said Bryan Burley, one of the program organizers. “Quite a few of them don’t have that access at home, so when they get to the school and have an egg mcmuffin or some toast and milk or orange juice, if need be, it helps them out with the day.”

Jeanette Countryman-Smith is the “go to” for the program. She is credited with buying the food for the kids, as well as organizing the breakfasts every morning.

“It provides the kids with any breakfast item that keeps them going every morning; a majority of our shopping comes out of Save on Foods so they are a great partner for us. We average 17 students a day, we’re small. We’ve been involved with it for three years. There was no program before,” said Countryman-Smith.

The school and Save on Foods have been partners for three years. Store Manager Ernie Cordonier says that it’s a vital program for the community.

“It helps out at the right time. Folks that don’t normally have the opportunity to have a meal before they go to work or school, they are getting healthy products so their brain functions better, they’re much more stable throughout the day.”

Cordonier added that any money made in the community of Red Deer will stay here and go directly to the breakfast programs. Last year, Toonies for Tummies raised over $4,000 in Red Deer for North Cottage High School.

“We live in our communities and we believe in our communities, and this is a way we can give back to our communities.”

Any donations made on February 19th will be matched in full by Save on Foods, up to $20,000.

For more information about Toonies for Tummies visit

Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery announcements: Feb. 4

MiniMAG Wednesday from 9:30 to 11:00 am
February 5, 2020 Flying Butterflies

Yippee! Today we will be using pastels to create a fluttering butterfly.

February 12, 2020 Marker Transfer Hearts

Printmaking with watercolour markers. So fun!

This is a drop in program. Cost is $3 per child for non-members, $2 per child for members – parents and caregivers are always free! Your little one(s) can enjoy some toy time, create mini masterpieces and play while you enjoy a cup of coffee. Perfect for ages 5 and under.

For more information, please call us at 403-309-8405, visit our website, or email us

MAGsparks Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Arts program connecting people with developmental disabilities to the Red Deer arts community. $3/participant per class. MAGsparks annual memberships available for purchase.

February 5, 2020 Tree Slice Drawings

Today’s Class: For today’s project, we’ll be taking a very close look at the details of tree slices to do some beautiful drawings in graphite and ink.

February 10, 2020 Pop Hearts

Today’s Class: Today we’ll create holiday-inspired art in the style of Andy Warhol’s pop art.

The MAGsparks artists will show everyone how to create this week’s themed art project, so make sure to arrive by 1pm, and then there is free time to creatively work on your own artwork! An artist is always on hand for assistance with you art project.

For more details, contact us at 403-309-8405; email or go to the MAG website:

First Friday Red Deer – Let’s Be Frank Screening

February 7, 2020 Drop-in 5:00-8:00pm

As part of First Fridays Red Deer this February, join us for a screening of the short videos that a group of High school students created to tackle racism using their phones. These youth are part of the Anne Frank Youth Leadership Team that were recruited by the MAG for the exhibit, Anne Frank: A History for Today. As part of this exhibition we invited students to make a creative video response to the Anne Frank Story, the Holocaust and racism today. The videos represent their personal responses to the subject.

First Fridays Red Deer at the MAG are free to attend but donations are welcome. Enjoy some light refreshments and snacks.

For more details, contact us at (403) 309-8405 or email

MAGnificent Saturdays 1:00 to 4:00 pm

February 8, 2020 Magnificent Mandalas

Study beautiful Sanskrit designs and create a unified circle design. Scratch your own mandala design onto a painted CD.

Drop-in art making for the entire family in the Discovery Studio at the MAG. We supply the artist, the inspiration and the materials, you supply your imagination. Admission included with your Family MAG Membership or drop in admission rates apply. Drop in rate of $10 per family for non-members.

For more details, contact us at (403) 309-8405 or email

2 O’Clock Tour: Anne Frank – A History for Today

February 9, 2020 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Join a MAG Staff Member for a guided tour of the exhibition, Anne Frank: A History for Today. Guided tour starts at 2 pm. Free to attend.

The travelling exhibition Anne Frank: A History for Today tells the story of Anne Frank set against the background of the Holocaust. The exhibition makes use of images from the Frank family and quotations from the Diary of Anne Frank. Each panel displays information about the most important developments of that time: the rise of National Socialism, the Second World War and the persecution of the Jews. This is a travelling exhibition from the Anne Frank House (Amsterdam, The Netherlands).

Reel Movie Mondays: Pain and Glory (Carnival Cinemas)

February 10, 2020 7:00 – 9:00 pm

A deeply personal work from one of the world’s foremost filmmakers, Pain and Glory is pure Almodvar: inventive and irreverent, poignant and exhilarating. Chronicling the existential odyssey of a filmmaker confronting the autumn of his life, the Spanish auteur’s 21st feature immerses us in the thrall of memory (and the fleeting bliss of narcotics) while celebrating art as a balm for the burdens of mortality. Afflicted with creative stagnancy and a cluster of physical ailments, Salvador (Antonio Banderas, who won the Best Actor prize at Cannes for his performance) finds himself drifting into uncharted waters when a revival screening of his controversial classic Sabor reunites him with that film’s star, Alberto (Asier Etxeandia). A longtime junkie, Alberto lures Salvador into seeking solace in opiates, and also reminds him of a script that Salvador wrote and abandoned long ago. Along with this forgotten text comes a flood of old acquaintances and vivid memories – some involving Salvador’s beloved mother (Penlope Cruz, Everybody Knows, The Queen of Spain), others to do with an old flame ravaged by addiction.

For more details, contact us at 403-309-8405; email or go to the MAG website:



Anne Frank: A History for Today

January 12 – March 22, 2020

The travelling exhibition “Anne Frank – A History for Today” tells the story of Anne Frank set against the background of the Holocaust. The exhibition makes use of images from the Frank family and quotations from the Diary of Anne Frank. Each panel displays information about the most important developments of that time: the rise of National Socialism, the Second World War and the persecution of the Jews. This is a travelling exhibition from the Anne Frank House (Amsterdam, The Netherlands).

Sacrifice, Hope, Friendship: Canada and the Liberation of Holland

January 18 – March 15, 2020

Sacrifice, Hope, Friendship: Canada and the Liberation of Holland explores the Canadian and Dutch experience during and after the Second World War. Artwork, photographs, and artifacts work together to tell the stories.

RSM Canada donates $31K to Tools for School

RSM Canada (“RSM”), the leading global provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on middle market businesses, was pleased to present the Central Alberta Women’s Outreach Society (CAWOS) Tools for School program with a cheque valued at $31,376 through the firm’s Volunteer Week and Birdies Fore Love charitable giving efforts for 2019.

The CAWOS Tools for School program collects and distributes school supplies to families across Central Alberta who have children in kindergarten to grade 12, who otherwise could not afford to purchase supplies.

“2019 was the first year we have participated in the Birdies Fore love fundraising effort and we are extremely proud of our RSM partners, employees, clients and friends of the firm who all participated,” said Rob Kolton, office market leader for Red Deer with RSM Canada. “In addition to exceeding our cash donation goal, nearly 100% of our employees and partners participated in the initiative.”

Mr. Kolton continued, “Stewardship is one of RSM’s core values and as a firm, we recognize the importance of giving back to our community, particularly to organizations like CAWOS, that benefit youth in the areas of education, hunger, housing and health. We are honoured to support them and the Tools for School program.”

“We are grateful for RSM’s support in helping us remove at least one barrier which prevents children and youth from successful learning and participation in school,” said Barb Barber, executive director at CAWOS. “We thank the partners and employees in RSM’s Red Deer office for selecting us as the charity of choice for their 2019 fundraising efforts.”

About Birdies Fore Love

Birdies Fore Love is RSM’s charitable giving platform for The RSM Classic, a PGA TOUR event, for which RSM is title sponsor. Through BFL, RSM’s people in the U.S. and Canada, supported with a matching donation from the RSM US Foundation, raised these funds for nonprofit organizations focused on enhancing educational outcomes and the quality of life for children and families.

Over the past 10 years, The RSM Classic has donated nearly US$17 million to help charities that support children and their families, with US$3.8 million being donated in 2019.

About Central Alberta Women’s Outreach Society

The Central Alberta Women’s Outreach Society first opened its doors in 1974 as an agency devoted to supporting women affected by family violence, to help meet their basic needs and find solutions to create a safer, healthier and more secure life for themselves and their families. The organization has evolved and adapted their programmes to meet the increasingly complex issues within the communities and the people they serve, to provide services to women, men and children who are affected by domestic violence, homelessness and the effects of poverty.

For more information and to find out how you can support the Central Alberta Women’s Outreach Society, visit their website.

About RSM

RSM’s purpose is to deliver the power of being understood to our clients, colleagues and communities through world-class audit, tax and consulting services focused on middle market businesses. The clients we serve are the engine of global commerce and economic growth, and we are focused on developing leading professionals and services to meet their evolving needs in today’s ever-changing business environment.

RSM Canada LLP provides public accounting services and is the Canadian member firm of RSM International, a global network of independent audit, tax and consulting firms with more than 41,000 people in 116 countries. RSM Alberta LLP is a limited liability partnership and independent legal entity that provides public accounting services. RSM Canada Consulting LP provides consulting services and is an affiliate of RSM US LLP, a member firm of RSM International. For more information visit, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and/or connect with us on LinkedIn.

Lyn Radford nominated for national sports tourism award

One of Red Deer’s best-known community leaders has been nominated for a national sports tourism award.

Lyn Radford is a finalist for Sport Event Volunteer of the Year at the 2020 Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance PRESTIGE Awards.

The PRESTIGE (Program Recognizing Exceptional Sport Tourism Initiatives, Games & Events) Awards, now in their 14th year, honour exceptional sport events, people and organizations. This year’s awards will be handed out March 25 in Edmonton.

“We have a rich history of sport tourism in Canada, and the 2020 PRESTIGE nominations once again illustrate the breadth and depth of our industry,” said Rick Traer, CEO, Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance.

Radford was board chair for the 2019 Canada Winter Games which took place in Red Deer from Feb. 15 – March of last year. The largest event in our city’s history welcomed over 3,600 participants, 4,600 volunteers and 26,000 visitors to town, resulting in over $92 million in economic activity.

The 2019 Canada Winter Games is also a finalist for Sport Event of the Year (budget greater than $1 million) as well as the Sport Event Legacy of the Year award.

HEROS Hockey hits the outdoor ice in Red Deer

When it is said that hockey is for everyone, it should truly mean everyone – no matter your background, the situation you are currently in, the colour of your skin or gender.

Rob Kerr, Assistant Business Manager of the Calgary Hitmen and a former broadcaster, started the HEROS Hockey Foundation to give disadvantaged youth the chance to play hockey for the first time when they otherwise wouldn’t be able.

“A couple of years ago, we came up with an idea. There was no hockey in western Canada for players with cognitive disorders, players with Downs Syndrome and autism,” Kerr recalled.

“We came down and went to Sylvan Lake where we sat down with Brian Sutter. We said ‘Brian, this is what we think, what do you think, is this something the Sutter Fund might help out?’ And as Brian Sutter can, and does, he just reached over and shook our hands and helped us out.”

Not long after, the (Calgary) Flames Foundation got on board and HEROS was off and running with teams in Calgary, Edmonton and Regina.

HEROS (Hockey Education Reaching out Society) is in their twentieth year of the program and since 2000 has helped out nearly 11,000 kids across the country.

The program has numerous ambassadors, including Calgary native and former Red Deer Rebels defenceman Matt Dumba.

With help from Al Sim, organizer for the annual Tommy Guys Winter Classic, HEROS hit the ice in Red Deer for a special game this past weekend.

“We were very fortunate. For the first time ever we had two of our Calgary and Edmonton Superheroes teams skate together on the outdoor ice,” Kerr said.

“This all happens because of Al Sim, this all happens because of Red Deer Minor Hockey, this all happens because of the Sutter Fund. Brent was there, Darryl was there, and Chris Sutter is our honorary captain. He was there he talked to the kids, Brian made an appearance. We just had a great time.”

Another special hockey event takes place this Saturday when the Red Deer Rebels visit the Calgary Hitmen (1:30 p.m. game time at the Scotiabank Saddledome).

The Hitmen will be hosting their “Every Child Matters” game dedicated to Indigenous youth empowerment through sport. Both the Hitmen and Rebels will be wearing commemorative helmet decals honouring the event.

NHL Legends of Toronto charity hockey game cancelled

The upcoming NHL Legends of Toronto Charity Hockey Game and Banquet in support of Youth HQ in Red Deer has been cancelled.

The event had been scheduled for March 15, however local organizers say a decision beyond their control has resulted in it not going ahead.

“Due to unforeseen circumstances, the NHL Legends of Hockey have informed us of their decision to cancel the event on March 15,” Youth HQ says in a release. “The cancellation is ultimately irreversible, as the decision is not within our control.”

Youth HQ, which is the home of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Red Deer and District and Boys & Girls Club of Red Deer and District, says it is incredibly disappointed in this decision.

“The event organizers have engaged in a tremendous amount of planning and soliciting of support for this event over the past six months,” they say. “The focus of the March 15 event was to raise funds through player pledging, as well as ticket sales and sponsorship, for our programs in nine central Alberta communities.

“As a result of this unforeseen decision, Youth HQ in tandem with these programs will suffer some financial loss.”

Youth HQ says all funds received, including donations and sponsorships, will be returned to our supporters and participants in a timely manner. Those who purchased tickets for the event will also receive a refund.

“We would also like to express our sincere gratitude to the members of the public who have purchased tickets for this event in support of our causes.”

Alberta country music awards handed out in Red Deer

Some of the finest musicians our province has to offer were honoured this weekend in Red Deer at the Association of Country Music in Alberta Awards Show and Conference.

Edmonton’s The Dungarees took home the first and last awards of the night as they won Album of the Year and the Single of the Year for “Twenty Something.”

Mariya Stokes won Female Artist of the Year while Drew Gregory won Male Artist of the Year.

Gregory also won Song of the Year for his track “Better in a Bar.”

Musician of the Year went to Johnny Gasparic.

Edmonton band The Prairie States took home two awards on the night, one for Best Group and another for Best Video for their track “Just Maybe.”

The 2020 Horizon Youth went to 17-year-old Hailey Benedict.

Tenille Townes won this year’s ACMA Entertainer of the Year Award.

Calgary’s Ben Chase won the Fan Choice Award while Ryan Lindsay took home the Rising Star Award.

UNSTOPPABLE Mother Daughter Night Out!

UNSTOPPABLE Mother Daughter Night Out is a collaboration between Clearview Public Schools’ CARS Program, Heartland Youth Center (HYC), and other community partners.

Girls age 10+ with their mom or other important female role model are invited to an UNSTOPPABLE Mother Daughter Night Out from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 30, 2020 at the Stettler Mall.

Participants are offered an evening of fun, inspiration and connection with a variety of activities to sample and enjoy.

Activities include:

  • Girl Be You BooTy with Kae-Lynn,
  • DIY hair bling with Soulfire Beauty,
  • Mother-Daughter Connection with HYC,
  • DIY bath soak with The Fresh Wife Soap Company,
  • DIY jewelry with CARS and the Stettler Library,
  • Fashion show with The Sweet House and Sneakers Plus.

Tickets are only $5 a person. Connect with Christel from HYC, Penny or Kelsey with CARS at Stettler Elementary School, or Sneakers Plus for tickets. Advance tickets only, limited quantity.

Thank you to Stettler FCSS for helping make this event possible.

(Clearview Public Schools)

38th annual Oilmen’s Bonspiel this weekend

38th annual Oilmen’s Bonspiel this weekend

The 38th edition of the Red Deer Oilmen’s Bonspiel goes this weekend at the Pidherney Centre.

A total of 28 teams are taking part with the first draw set for 1:45 p.m. Friday.

The semi-finals go Sunday at 10 a.m. followed by the championship draw at 1 p.m.

Bonspiel festivities also include a Friday night mixer and auction at the Piderney Centre, and Saturday night banquet at the Black Knight Inn.

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Two days left to apply for priority tickets for 2021 World Juniors

While Team Canada is going for gold in the Czech Republic this weekend, hockey fans from all over the world are hoping to get in on tickets for next year’s World Junior Championship in Red Deer and Edmonton.

The deadline to get in for the priority ticket draw is this Sunday, Jan. 5 at 11:59 p.m.

Riley Wiwchar, executive director of the 2021 tournament, says aside from Canada, they’ve had entries from countries like Russia, Finland and the USA, just to name a few.

“You talk to people everywhere around the world, and for some reason, they always mention Red Deer ’95. I don’t know why that is, but the stories keep coming about how great that tournament was,” says Wiwchar, who is from Comox, B.C. “We’re hoping to build on that legacy next year and have people talking about (Red Deer/Edmonton) 2021 for years to come.”

The two pools for next year’s World Juniors haven’t yet been set, but what’s known is that Canada will play its pool games in Edmonton. The home squad will play two pre-competition games in Red Deer, however.

Otherwise, fans in Red Deer will bear witness to 16 total games; the two pre-comp matchups, 10 preliminary round games, two quarter-finals, and a best-of-three relegation round. Red Deer ticket packages start at $490, while the two Edmonton packs start at $495 and are for eight games apiece, including either the bronze or gold medal game.

“The hockey history in Edmonton and Red Deer is so fantastic. Red Deer has shown itself to be a great community with hosting the Memorial Cup, the Canada Winter Games, and the World Juniors in 1995,” Wiwchar adds. “That (tournament) kind of kick-started this pandemonium around what the World Juniors is now.

When Alberta last hosted the World Juniors in 2012, Hockey Canada received over 175,000 entries for the priority ticket draw, which is the only way to guarantee your way in to watch the competition unfold.

For more information on the ticket draw, head to