Happy Hour Day
The words “happy” and “hour” have appeared together for centuries when describing pleasant times. In recent years, restaurants and bars have used it as a time to give specials on food and drink to encourage people to come in to their establishments at slow times. Today is a day to celebrate Happy Hour and we can do that by seeking out some of our local establishments in Red Deer like Hudson’s downtown for their half price beer, wine and snacks 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Or head over to Moxie’s for their Happy Hour 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm to close — fish tacos anyone? These are just a few of the places in Red Deer to offer these specials, so grab some friends, and celebrate what happy hour has to offer.
World “Hello” Day
If ever there was a day that would be worth celebrating, World “Hello” Day would be at the top of the list. This is a day where we can celebrate togetherness, community and each other by going out and greeting at least 10 people. Whether it is over a cup of coffee at one Red Deer’s many cafes like LV’s Vinyl Cafe, with its great music and delicious munchies, or maybe on a walk in one of our beautiful parks like Bower Ponds, ice skating anyone. It’s these moments that bring a smile to someone’s face and brightens up their day. So get out there, embrace the moment and say “Hello!”
Shopping Reminder Day
Shopping Reminder Day falls a month before Christmas, and as such it’s the perfect reminder to get started on all of your holiday shopping. In Red Deer we have many shopping outlets to accommodate from your big box stores like Walmart and Winners, to your shopping plazas like Bower Place and Parkland Mall. In the downtown district, enjoy a leisurely pace as you visit the array of unique shops, like Sunworks Living, or the Country Cupboard. If antiquing is your thing, stores like Antique Mall or Red Deer Antiques and Collectibles are sure to please. Whatever the occasion, let this day be a reminder and have a wonderful holiday shopping experience.
Come down to The Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery on November 11 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm to honour the soldiers and holocaust survivors as we remember the atrocities of WWII to lead up the exhibition Anne Frank: A History for Today. Look at and handle WWII artifacts, and create a scrapbook page from Anne Frank’s perspective. Enjoy some light refreshments and snacks. This event is free to attend.
Remembrance Day Ceremonies
On Monday, November 11, Red Deer will recognize two Remembrance day services in our community. The Red Deer Legion service is taking place at Servus Arena (4725 43 Street) at 10:30 am. The Hearing Loop system will be available for individuals who would like to access auditory assistance during the service. The Korean War Veterans’ Association service is happening outdoors at Veterans’ Park (49 Avenue and Ross Street) at 10:30 am. Parking is available at the Sorensen Station Parkade, on surface lots, or metered on-street parking.
Expos, Exhibits and Events
Red Deer Arts Council presents First Friday November 1, come out and support these wonderful artists and their works. Receptions are at the following Galleries.
- Kiwanis Gallery: Artist Robin Byrnes, Title Artist Proof, Media Cyanotype Photography, Reception 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm with the artist in attendance.
- Red Deer Museum & Art Gallery: Title Dave More: A painter’s Gift. Media, Mixed Media, Reception 5:00 – 8:00pm with some light refreshments and snacks, free to attend, however donations are gratefully accepted.
- Marjorie Wood Gallery: Title For The Love of Alberta, Artist Brian Downes, Media Watercolour, Reception 4:00 – 6:00pm with artist in attendance
- A+ Art Gallery & Unique Collections: Title Legends Artist Jessica Pettit, Media Acrylic and Resin. Reception 4:00 – 6:00pm with refreshments provided and the artist in attendance.
- The Hub on Ross Art Gallery: Title Cat-a-tude, Artist Natalie Schmidt, Media Acrylics on Canvas, Reception 4:00 – 6:00pm with the artist in attendance.
Check out their website for details.
Rock Your Bump is Central Alberta’s longest running show aimed at moms and little ones. The Fall 2019 show will be their 17th show and it’s at The Black Knight Inn Saturday, November 2 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. There will be 40+ vendors with unique products and services related to moms, pregnancy and little ones, hourly door prizes, free parking, onsite mini sessions by Red Earth Photography, The Mother’s Lounge and more! We will be once again offering early bird shopping for this event. Ticket holders will get in at 10:00 am, get a swag bag (the only way to get one), be entered into a special draw and some vendors will have specials for ticket holders too! At 11:00 am doors will open for non-ticket holders. The choice is yours…purchase a ticket to get early bird shopping and a swag bag or come on by after 11:00 am. Either way, it is going to be a great day!
November 6 – 8
The 36th Agri-Trade Equipment Expo is set to open at Westerner Park in Red Deer from November 6 – 8, 2019. For three days explore the newest equipment, technology, innovation and services in the global agriculture industry.
Kick off the holiday season on November 16, 2019 from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Red Deer Lights the Night – a free, outdoor winter festival for the whole family. Featuring live entertainment, a warming tent, children’s games and activities, a winter market, free hot chocolate and a visit from Santa Claus, this event draws thousands of people to Red Deer’s Downtown core each year! Highlights include the annual illumination of City Hall Park and the lighting of Red Deer’s Christmas Holiday Tree.
November 16 – 17
Snowfest is Central Alberta’s Largest indoor snow show experience, with ski and snowboards shops, mountain resort destinations and so much more! It is full of fun for the whole family!
November 29 – 30
Tis’ the season! Celebrate the season and get in the holiday spirit with the Town of Sylvan Lake by joining us for Christmas festivities! A Christmas celebration full of traditions, shopping and entertainment are promoted throughout the festival with gingerbread house and ugly sweater contests, kids zones, raffles and auctions. Have breakfast with Santa, or go to the lakeshore for a parade and firework display at the pier. All this and more is what’s in store. Check out their website for details and enjoy.
Time to get your party on at the Parkland Pavilion, Westerner Park for The Road Hammers. The highest selling Canadian country band in history, The Road Hammers, are back with a brand-new album, The Squeeze, a compilation of tracks that epitomizes what the band has become known for – a truly synergistic blend of classic rock meets country. Opening for them is Lauren Mayell the 2018 ACMA Female Artist of the Year and was named Country 105’s Rising Star in 2017. This event is free however you can upgrade your Canadian Finals Rodeo experience with an exclusive ticket to the VIP Cabaret Lounge! Complete with a private cash bar, refreshments and private seating, the VIP Cabaret Lounge is elevated above the crowd for a higher perspective on the party; these tickets are limited so book early.
November 1 – 2 & 15 – 16
Come down to The Centennial Stage at The Scott Block Theatre for some fabulous improvisation. Walk with us as we tell a single person’s life story in the most historically important moments of their lives. Join us as we tell “THE BLANK STORY”. Tickets are $15 and doors open at 7:30 pm, show at 8:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased online or a the door.
November 1 – 3, 7 – 9, & 16 – 17
Check out the Black Knight Inn main stage for a great entertainment as Central Alberta Theatre presents The Love (Row) Boat. Old friends and lovers gather for a cabin getaway – unaware of an escaped convict lurking in the woods nearby. How will they overcome the threats they face? What will they discover about one another? The Love Row Boat illustrates how ordinary people, old or young, can defend themselves, overcome struggles, and make sacrifices for the ones they love. You can purchase your tickets by calling the Black Knight Ticket Centre at 403-755-6626 or online.
The Red Deer Symphony Orchestra presents Czech Out These Bohemians, November 2 at 8:00 pm at the RDC Arts Centre. Let Czech-born Edmontonian Zuzana Simurdova delight you in the very entertaining piano concertino by Bohuslav Martinů. Because there is no such thing as having too much Dvořák in life, this program will further visit the Bohemian countryside with his celebrated Serenade for Strings. Featuring Zuzana Simurdova, Piano MARTINŮ: Nonet MARTINŮ: Piano Concerto DVOŘÁK: Serenade for Strings. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 403-343-1096.
Paquette Productions presents The Man In Black – A Tribute to Johnny Cash at the Memorial Centre, starring Shawn Barker Yes, Shawn Barker is back! Direct from Las Vegas with his brand new show. This special Tribute to Johnny Cash is an accurate and energetic recreation of an American music icon. With his striking resemblance, spot on mannerisms and baritone voice, Shawn Barker embodies the character and spirit of Johnny Cash.
Accompanied by a live band, hear all of your favourite Johnny Cash hits: Folsom Prison, Ring of Fire, Boy Named Sue, Jackson, and Hurt, just to name a few. This show brings the legend back to life onstage for the fans of today and the next generation. The Show starts at 7:00 pm on Thursday, November 14 and can be purchased by going online or by calling the Black Knight Ticket Centre at 403-755-6626.
November 15 – 16 & 22 – 24
Cornerstone Youth Theatre presents the musical Disney’s Frozen JR, November 15 – 16 and 22 -24. The enchanting modern classic from Disney is ready for your Broadway Junior stars! Frozen JR is based on the 2018 Broadway musical, and brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life, onstage. The show features all of the memorable songs from the animated film, with music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, plus five new songs written for the Broadway production. With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humour, Frozen JR. is sure to thaw even the coldest heart! Showtime listings and ticket purchases can be found on their website or by calling 403-986-2981.
Four By Four Holiday Show is a tribute to the music of The Bee Gees, The Beach Boys, The Beatles and MoTown along with other Holiday Favorites. The show starts at 7:00 pm on Thursday, November 28 at the Memorial Centre and tickets can be purchased at the Black knight Ticket centre 403-755-6626 or online.
On Friday, November 29 at the Memorial Centre we salute the music of Tim Conway and Loretta Lynn. A triple header with Dave Pittet (Waylon Jennings) opening the show and then Tre Twitty and Tayla Lynn will be performing there show after a intermission.
November 29 – December 31
Central Alberta Theatre presents a Whole-In-One a family comedy about marriage, golf and lightning. Michael has an obsession – to get a hole-in-one – and a secret as to why he wants to achieve one. Sharon, his wife, wants him to stop playing golf and focus more on her and their marriage. She presents him with a challenge: get a hole-in-one within a certain number of shots or give up golf forever. It’s dinner theatre at its best at the Black knight inn main stage. You can purchase your tickets by calling the Black knight ticket centre at 403-755-6626 or online.
Join beloved Canadian tenor John McDermott as he delivers holiday cheer and makes a stop at the Red Deer Memorial Centre on Saturday, November 30 at 2:30 pm. As is John’s tradition, he will sing holiday favourites, songs from his illustrious musical career, and tasteful Remembrance tributes. John McDermott is an international recording star and household name known as much for his successful musical career as for his commitment to veterans’ causes. Tickets available at the Black Knight Ticket Centre.
Featured image courtesy of We Are Red Deer