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A World of Gifts

Every handcrafted gift from Ten Thousand Villages makes a statement about the power of giving to inspire hope. Each gift will delight its recipient while creating a world of opportunity for families and communities in developing countries. Inspired ideas for meaningful giving. “We invite you to help support our efforts to end global poverty and experience the joy that comes from giving unique gifts that are truly life changing,” says Ryan Jacobs, general manager of Ten Thousand Villages Canada. Read more

Festival Lights the Night and The Santa Parade Kicks Off in Downtown

We welcome Santa, community businesses and organizations to the Santa Claus Parade in Downtown Red Deer this Saturday, November 17 at 5:00pm, after the Festival Lights the Night tree lighting beginning at 4:00 pm in City Hall Park. Awards are offered this year to the brightest and best entries with judging before the parade at 4:30pm. 1st place $2000; 2nd place $1500; 3rd place $1000 and People’s Choice Award $500. The parade begins at 52 Street and 49 Avenue, goes east on 48 Avenue and ends on the corner of Ross Street and Little Gaetz Avenue (50th Avenue). This year the Red Deer Regional Airport is the presenting sponsor. The Downtown Business Association wishes to thank Gaetz Avenue United Church for running a hot chocolate station, the Hub for holding activities, and all partners with the Festival of the Trees that are supporting efforts for this enormous festive event. Read more

Road Closure Notice for the Santa Claus Parade

3:00pm – 52 Street between 51 Avenue and 49 Avenue for the muster area for parade entries close. 4:00pm – no parking after 4pm on both sides of Ross St. from 47 Ave. to Gaetz Ave. Any parked vehicles on 47 or 48 Avenue will have to wait until after the parade to move. Vehicles on Ross from 48 St. to Gaetz Ave. will be towed. 4:30pm – 49 St. to 52 St. on 49 Ave. will be closed to traffic until 6:30pm Read more

Call to Visual Artists

A call for submissions encourages visual artists to get rooted in the arts. In celebration of Red Deer’s selection as host city for the 2013 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artists Awards, the City of Red Deer Culture Services and the Harris-Warke Gallery will host a juried art exhibition titled ‘Rooted in the Arts’ that will be on display in June 2013, at the same time as the awards. The exhibition will celebrate visual arts and culture in Red Deer in conjunction with many other cultural events surrounding the Distinguished Artists Awards. Read more

Funding Requests Postponed

City council is still looking at two funding requests, one for $2 million from Red Deer College and one for $60,000 from Central Alberta Theatre (CAT). Both requests were on City council’s agenda on Monday, but both were tabled to the Oct. 29 meeting. They were put off because the City is waiting to receive additional information on the RDC request and a more detailed solvency plan from CAT. Read more

Head Downtown For the North Pole Stroll

After a successful parade through Downtown Red Deer, the Downtown Business Association would like to host you and yours again for more yuletide cheer. The emphasis of the day is a shop-local extravaganza. Many retailers will be open late until 9:00pm, and carollers, hourly prizes and a grand prize worth $1000 will draw warmth and wonder to the streets. Read more

Last Downtown Market Tomorrow Oct. 3 In Time for Thanksgiving

The Downtown Business Association is pleased to present the final Downtown Market right on Little Gaetz (50th Avenue) from Ross Street to 48 Street this Wednesday evening. Beginning at 4pm until 7pm, the street will be packed with happy shoppers enjoying goods from our local farmers, bakers, and growers, “The final market is always a special one. People who are not regulars come out one last time, and our weekly shoppers say goodbye to one another. In preparation for Thanksgiving, we specifically planned the market to close this week. The market has been well-received by most and continues to grow,” said Janice Shimek, Market Manager. Read more

Ross St. Patio Project Going on Ice For Winter

The patio party is over for now. Next week the tables will be removed and parking lines painted as the award-winning downtown Red Deer Ross Street patio pilot project hibernates for the winter. But business owners in the vicinity say the summer pilot had a significant impact on revitalizing and bringing more foot traffic to the city centre. Read more

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