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City Given Award for 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. The idea for the Ross Street Patio pilot project came from a public consultation session that was held as part of the City’s Integrated Movement Study. Read more

Judge lambastes woman for marring Red Deer’s downtown image

A Red Deer judge blasted a woman in provincial court on Thursday for the role he said she has played in making the city’s downtown a less pleasant place for ordinary people to visit. Robyn Longhorst, who had been in custody at Red Deer Remand Centre for 60 days, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to time served in relation to an incident in the city downtown, at 49th Street and 51st Ave. Crown prosecutor Jillian Brown said Longhorst, 28, approached a woman unknown to her and asked her if she had a cigarette and cash. Read more

Red Deer Arts See Disappointing Decline

Once Red Deer had a plethora of original paintings showing at commercial art galleries, and no less than six theatre groups staging comic, sometimes thought-provoking or controversial productions. Half a dozen big name performers would come to town, drawing huge crowds to the Centrium each year — and a multitude of chamber and roots music performances would feed niche tastes in smaller venues, such as The Matchbox. What happened to our once vibrant arts community? Red Deer was named a Cultural Capital in 2003. But less than a decade later, some people are wondering where has the local cultural scene gone? Read more

Fiestaval Latin Festival Spiced Up for 2012

More bands, more dancing and more food have joined the mix to spice up Red Deer’s city centre for the third-annual Fiestaval Latin Festival on Saturday. Vehicle traffic will be blocked on Ross Street at 49th Avenue from 11 a.m. to late into the night to bring a program that has been significantly enhanced from last year. This year’s Fiestaval introduces many new performers, including a 12-piece mariachi band from Mexico to take the stage in the beer gardens from 7:15 to 9:30 p.m. Read more

Lunch Promotion Encourages People to ‘Eat and Tweet’

There’s no such thing as a free lunch. Unless, perhaps, you’re eating in downtown Red Deer this month and have a flare for tweeting. The Red Deer Downtown Business Association has joined with 11 restaurants in the city’s core to organize a Time For Lunch campaign. The lunch crowd is being encouraged to sample the offerings of the participating restaurants, each of which has four feature items. Customers who tweet about their experiences will have a chance at winning a meal for their efforts. “We are harnessing the power of Twitter and the hashtag #Timeforlunch to get people to tweet what they eat and win gift certificates for free food,” said DBA promotions director Janice Shimek. Read more

Do Lunch In Style-DOWNTOWN

Whatever you are in the mood for, chances are, downtown Red Deer has something to tickle your fancy! The last few years has produced exciting new developments and opportunities with the revitalization of the downtown district. Specialty shops, expanding arts and entertainment and most importantly, the emergence of variety of restaurants has given this area a new vibrancy and energy. Our ‘small town yet urban city’ can unequivocally boast about its fine upscale restaurants, unique cafes, gourmet coffee shops and flavour focused multi-cultural eateries. To get people reacquainted with the ‘new’ downtown, the Red Deer Downtown Business Association is running a ‘Time for Lunch’ campaign where restaurants are featuring their promotional lunches during the month of June. Knowing my love for food, I was asked to take a culinary tour through downtown. Over the next few weeks, I’ll relate my experiences and share my gastronomic journey through downtown Red Deer. Read more

Lunch…With More

Second in a series of articles on the Downtown Business Association’s Time for Lunch campaign. There’s a time for grabbing a takeout lunch or hitting a chain restaurant with friends, and then there’s a time for treating yourself to the fine dining experience! Continuing with “Time for Lunch” Campaign by the Downtown Business Association, this week, my culinary journey led me through Red Deer downtown restaurants that are waltzing to an elegant tune while boasting some of their best culinary fare. KIA-ORA, La Casa Pergola and Botanica are restaurants of choice if one is looking to enjoy a meal that is authentically prepared using high-quality ingredients and served in an atmosphere of quiet elegance. Read more

A World of Choice

Third and final installment in a series on the Red Deer Downtown business Association’s Time for Lunch campaign. I am on the last mile for my culinary tour through downtown Red Deer. This week, I was treated to some Authentic Greek fare, some traditional Chinese dim sum, and then a walk through International coffee house that offers a taste of food from different regions of the world and finally walk through Grandma’s kitchen at Café Millennium. Read more

DBA To Extend Facade and Shopfront Program

The DBA’s facade and shopfront improvement program has been extended for another year. The project was initiated in 2011, and in this time was a huge success, seeing approximately 90% of the $30 000 allocated to the program being claimed in 2011. Read more

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