In Red Deer, fall will soon be changing into winter, and now is the time for toques, mittens, scarves, and all things warm. Skates are being sharpened, cross country skis are being brought out of storage, and yes, preparations are being made for Christmas. Although we have only had a taste of that frosty white stuff called snow, more is to be expected, so exciting. Some things have closed for the season; however, more will be opening up, so don’t forget to check our social media sites and our Events Calendar for all the updates. It’s November and a great month to reconnect as we Explore RedDeer’s Backyard.
Sandwich Day– November 3
The ultimate in convenience food, it is no surprise that the simple sandwich has its own day. It’s rumoured that the fourth Earl of Sandwich was responsible for this modern-day version when his servants put some meat between two slices of bread so he could eat his meal while gambling. Here in Red Deer, we can celebrate this day by trying out some local eateries for their favourite sandwich, like The Bistro On Gaetz, made to order sandwiches like a Turkey Swiss on Rye. At the Big Bend Market, you can do your shopping as well as lunch like the house-made Bacon-wrapped meatloaf sandwich Yum. For something different, why not try out Vietnamese Subs& Rolls, for their delicious sate pork or lemongrass beef sub, defiantly a customer favourite. Sandwiches, convenient, tasty, great for taking out or dining in, and for all you sandwich lovers, a wonderful day to celebrate.
World Kindness Day– November 13
If ever a day needed to be celebrated, World Kindness Day should be at the top of the list. It is a time to engage in those simple random acts of kindness that make a person’s day and help this world become a better place. Here in Red Deer, it can be as simple as taking someone out for coffee at places like City Roast Coffee for some much-needed conversation or maybe paying for a random stranger’s lunch at one of our many great cafes, like Dragon City Café. Volunteercentral in Red Deer is another resource; with so many businesses needing help, from mealtime companions to mentoring students, you can make life just a bit better for those involved. Small acts of kindness can even be grocery shopping for your neighbour at places like Artisan Food Market on Ross or taking your niece swimming at the Collicutt Centre. Let’s come together and celebrate, engage, and enjoy World Kindness Day, a little goodwill can go a long way.
Shopping Reminder Day – November 25
It is as simple as that Shopping Reminder Day reminds us that it is a month before Christmas and time to get started on all your holiday shopping. Here in Red Deer, we have many great stores, from Parkland Mall to Bower Place, with various fantastic stores and eateries to make your holiday shopping a breeze. Our many small local stores are a great way to enjoy your Christmas shopping. Did you know that the Red Deer Museum & Art Gallery and Kerry Wood Nature Centre both have gift shops with unique items for nature lovers or powwow inspired native art? Downtown Red Deer has Sunworks Living, with their brightly decorated pink Christmas Trees, or perhaps you would like to meander through the Country Cupboard to check out their year-round Christmas room. If you enjoy handmade gifts, then head down to Made With Love in the Cronquist Business Park; all their products are locally made. So, let’s prepare that list, grab your shopping bags, and celebrate a reminder that Christmas is almost here. It’s time to go shopping!
As in years past, November 11 has always been honoured and recognized with our two Remembrance Day services at the Servus Arena and Veterans Park Avenue in Red Deer. However, with Covid, things will be done a bit differently for this year, and we would like to honour in a moment of silence the men and women who have served and continue to serve Canada during times of war, conflict, and peace. One way is to tune in to The National Remembrance Day Ceremony in Ottawa live on Facebook Wednesday, November 11, beginning at 8:45 am Mountain Standard Time. Tune in and pay your respects with two minutes of silence to be held at 11:00 am Eastern Standard Time. You can also show your respect by wearing a poppy, a symbol of remembrance of those lives lost in the First World War and subsequent conflicts. You can purchase poppies here in Red Deer by contacting the Red Deer Royal Canadian Legion #35 at their poppy office or watching for some trays going out in the community. They are limited this year due to Covid.
Visit the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame for a four-day Holiday Market at the Hall, featuring some of your local favourites. There is a little something for everyone, from home decor to homemade treats to jewelry and arts and crafts. The dates are November 7 & 8, and November 14 & 15 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Markerville’s Christmas Cookie Walk is always a holiday favourite, and it is happening this year on November 13-14 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm.Thousands of pre-packaged cookies will be available at Fensala Hall , Covid rules will apply; masks are encouraged but not mandatory.
Parkland Garden Centre will be hosting their annual Christmas Markets every Saturday in November. Make sure you follow them on Facebook for the most current updates regarding the markets as they could change because of Covid-19.
It’s time to head down to the Baymont by Wyndham Red Deer this November as they are hosting two great Holiday Markets for your shopping pleasure. The first is their Winter Holiday Craft Show and Market happening Saturday, November 21, and the second is the Just For You Christmas Craft Show and Market on Saturday, November 28. They will both have a fantastic line up of vendors, free admission, gift cards, and basket giveaways, a market you don’t want to miss.
The Music Scene and Theatre
The Cow Patti Theatre in Lacombe will be entertaining us this holiday season with Lunenburg, a fall down funny romantic adventure set in the coastal village of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. They have everything from Happy Appi Theatre to Socially Distanced Senior Socials, all with the same homegrown hospitality and humour. Also, introducing a “No Grub” performance for a reduced cost for those only wanting to go to the show. Check out their website for details and make this season a Lunenburg one.
A lot is happening on the music scene at Bo’s Bar and Stage this November with Four Rooms, A Songwriters Collective performing Thursday, November 12, featuring Curtis Phagoo, Levi Cuss, Mike Szabo, and Ryon Holmedal. Then on November 19, The Pinecone Opry with Peter & The Wolves, Joe Vickers and Boots & The Hoots performances. This performance will be followed by the Sour Patch men w/L’Omellete & Mutant Man on Sunday, November 22, Jesse Roads with MS Tease on November 26, and finally ending the month with The Humbel Cartel on November 29. These are all ticketed events, and all tickets must be purchased in tables of 4 to 6, so book early to avoid disappointment.
If your downtown the Velvet Olive Lounge, they will be hosting live music all month long, from their Secret Open Mic every Thursday to live entertainers every Friday and Saturday night. Check out their Facebook events page for details, and remember covid rules apply, so show up early as there are no reservations and space is limited.
The One Eleven Grill in the Old Brew Plaza will be entertaining you every Friday and Saturday with live music. You can listen to some of Red Deer and Alberta’s best musicians while enjoying a delicious dinner or maybe just a cocktail. To find out who is playing, go to their live music entertainment schedule and enjoy a night at the One Eleven Grill.
Tacoloft, located in Downtown Red Deer, has some fun music events planned for November with Paeton Cameron, November 7, Charlie Jacobson, November 14 and Levi Cuss on November 28. Tacos and music, what a great way to spend a Saturday night.
It’s First Friday where we join the galleries in downtown Red Deer in celebration of our local, regional, and national artistic talent. Here is a list of what’s happening this Friday, November the 6, in Red Deer.
Red Deer Arts Council is pleased to present, Ascending: Colour Captured. Line Anchored. – Mixed Media by Marlene Kallstrom-Barritt held in the Viewpoint Gallery at the Cultural Services Building in partnership with the Kiwanis Gallery/Red Deer Arts Council. First Friday Opening: November 6 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. Artists will be in attendance, and low-contact refreshments will be served. Please practice social distancing and wear a mask.
The Marjorie Wood Gallery in the Kerry Wood Nature Centre will be displaying remember to remember: new works, Artist andrea dillingham-lacoursiere -Media Acrylic Paintings from October 21 – December 18, 2020. The artist will be in attendance from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm Friday, November 6.
Join local artist Jessica Pettit for her art gallery opening; Infamous Faces, at the Velvet Olive Lounge from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Jessica’s art will be exhibited for the entire month of November. Each piece will be available to purchase directly at the Velvet Olive and marked with a sticker once sold. Live music with Cole Martin to follow, limited seating, and first-come, first seated.
Artist Brenda Smith -Escape with Me-Mixed Media will be in attendance for the opening reception at The A+ Art Gallery & Unique Collections Friday, November 6, from 3:00 pm-5:00 pm. Gallery hours Tuesday – Saturday from Noon – 5 pm. COVID protocols in effect, and only 20 guests are allowed at a time. No refreshments are available currently.
These are just a few of the fantastic art galleries here in Red Deer; go to Red Deer Arts Council for additional Gallery shows new and continuing.
Events and Activities
The Thanks for Farming Tour is heading to the Westerner Park Exhibition Hall Wednesday, November 11, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, and Thursday, November 12, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The trade show is packed with innovative exhibitors and engaging sessions with speakers like Leslie Kelly of Do More Ag and a local farmer round table moderated by none other than Quick Dick McDick. A safe and controlled two-day event around education, all the best in planting & harvest tech, innovation, and equipment, as well as setting the stage for exhibiting in a way that lets us say THANK YOU to the Ag community. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased online by going to Thanks for Farming Tour Red Deer. All ticket sales revenue will be donated to 2 very worthy charities; the Red Deer Cadets programs and the Smiles Thru Lindsay Foundation.
The Festival of Trees is back November 14 -28, but this time its going virtual with their beautiful trees and silent auction items. You will be able to view the auction catalogue and place bids online from any computer and mobile device through reddeerfestivaloftrees.ca/auction. The Tree Room can be viewed online through Facebook Live every day from November 14 to 28. Follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rdrhfoundation to be notified when they go live to show you the beautifully decorated trees and show appreciation to our sponsors.
The Polar Express Train Ride hosted by Alberta Praire Railway in Stettler is back for the holiday season. An hour-long round trip journey to the North Pole, starting November 28, running Saturday and Sunday with two train times 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic of the story as they are whisked away on THE POLAR EXPRESS™. Once onboard, passengers are served hot chocolate and a cookie treat by Polar Express Chefs and are presented with a souvenir golden The Polar Express ticket. Everyone receives a ceramic souvenir Polar Express mug to keep. Santa will board the train at the North Pole, and during the return trip, will walk through each car, giving out the “first gift of Christmas” – a silver sleigh bell – to every guest who wants one. Please note: There are no bathrooms on board the train, and the COVID-19 protocols are in effect; please plan accordingly. Check out their website for further details and for the full November and December schedule.
Watch out for details on Red Deer Lights the Night 2020 as they celebrate the Christmas lights’ lighting in beautiful City Hall Park, details to be announced soon.
Always remember to check out our Events Page to keep up to date on what is happening #ExploreRedDeersBackyard.
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