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

Removal of Ross Street Patio Pilot Project

Removal of the Ross Street Patio Pilot Project will begin Tuesday, October 9. The removal process will require several days to complete. The furnishings, barriers and landscaping will be taken out. Any temporary painted lines in the space will be removed and previous road markings and the parking configuration will be reinstated. Read more

Nightclub Owner Appeals to Stay Open

A nightclub owner appealed to a City of Red Deer committee on Tuesday over why his business should remain open despite law enforcement concerns over violence, overcapacity, and underage customers. Quan Diep of Calgary, along with his lawyer Dana Carlson of Red Deer, appeared before the Red Deer Appeal and Review Board because they were appealing Inspection and Licensing’s decision to permanently revoke the nightclub’s business license in September. The downtown Tequila Nightclub has remained open since the appeal was filed. Erin Stuart, permits and licensing supervisor with the city, said the city believed the operator had put the public’s safety, health and welfare at risk. Read more

Ross St. Patio Packed Away

Jose Garcia of Proform Concrete Services moves one of the many picnic tables on the Ross Street Patio in Red Deer on Tuesday. The downtown patio is being removed this week after being in place all summer. Downtown shoppers will once again be able to use parking spots in the area later this week when the patio is removed. Read more

The City of Red Deer named recipient of a 2012 Downtown Merit Award by the International Downtown Association for The Ross Street Patio

During its most recent annual conference the International Downtown Association recognized The City of Red Deer with a Downtown Merit Award for its work and initiatives related to The Ross Street Patio. The Ross Street Patio, a pilot project to create more vibrant public spaces in the downtown, was among 22 qualified entries in the category of Public Space. This category recognizes capital improvements that enhanced the urban design, physical function, or economic viability of downtown and the community. Read more

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