This September marks the beginning of my fourth year as a Red Deer College student and my second year as a Bachelor of Commerce student. In those four years I've learned a lot of different lessons, but the most important one is the need to adapt when faced with change.
We would like to welcome Hudson Madison to the downtown! Hudson Madison recently opened its doors at the corner of 49th Street and Gaetz Avenue. Their arrival has caused a buzz of excitement in the downtown.
CentreFest overtook downtown Red Deer this past weekend, welcoming approximately 28 000 visitors to the ninth annual festival. Crowds were amazed by the outstanding performances by world renowned street performers such as Sublimit (Japan), Alakazam (Australia), Fraser Hooper (United Kingdom), Nigel Blackstorm (USA), and of course Red Deer's own Spandy Andy, Josh Christensen, and much, much more!
The Red Deer and District Community Foundation has launched the 2011 Vital Signs Survey. The Vital Signs Survey allows Red Deerians to have input on some of the most important social issues in our community. Past key issues have included green spaces, homelessness and poverty.
The survey tackles issues such as transportation, economics, housing, environment, education, crime, quality of life and more! Take a few minutes to take the survey and have your opinions as a Red Deerian heard!
The survey is available online at www.rddcf.ca or a print copy can be requested by calling 403-341-6911. Surveys will be accepted until the August 31st deadline.
Upon completion of the survey, a report will be prepared on the results for public release on October 4th.
Excellence in customer service is vital to the success of the tourism and hospitality industry. Tourism Red Deer's Red Hat Awards recognizes such excellence in customer service in retail, hotel and restaraunt businesses. Nominations for the Red Hat Awards are open until August 14. Nominations can be made online here.
The Fiestaval latin festival will once again be held downtown on August 20, thanks to funding given by The City of Red Deer. The City decided on Tuesday that they will be giving the festival $15 000 to keep it going for another year. Last year's event was a huge success, as thousands came downtown to check out the amazing latin entertainment and delicious foods.
Fiestaval Red Deer is a free multicultural arts and entertainment festival highlighting the Latin American Culture. It is an opportunity to support Red Deer's Latin community while encouraging multiculturalism among all citizens of Red Deer. Central to its distinction is that Fiestaval Street Festival is a free, family-oriented alternative for celebrating multicultural arts and entertainment Come down and take advantage of the opportunity to experience Latin American arts, rhythms, and flavours. Fiestaval will showcase the culture of Red Deer's Latin community and the vitality of the various Latin American heritages. It will advocate cultural awareness and organize activities to enhance multiculturalism in Red Deer.
Through July and August, businesses will stay open on Wednesday nights until 7:30pm. These business will initially include: Great Strides, art & bean, Bistro on Gaetz, Hot Pot Studio, …comforts the sole, JAG Wear, and Rob Rae Clothiers.
So come to the Downtown Market on Wednesdays from 4-7 and stay and shop late downtown.
Westerner Days will be invading the downtown again this year, with three high profile events, including the Westerner Days Parade!
• Water main replacement is underway between Ross Street and 49 Street. If you have any concerns with your water connection, please contact The City at 403-342-8750.
New to CentreFest this year will be the 100.7 The River Music World! We are searching for Central Alberta solo artists and duos who want to showcase their craft at CentreFest on July 30 and 31. This is the perfect opportunity to share your talent with the 25 000 visitors to the CentreFest site. We require all people interested in performing to send a short demo for selection and scheduling purposes. The demo can be anything from a professionally recorded cd to a Youtube video. We encourage all musicians to apply, regardless of genre or intruments played, we are searching for a wide variety of musicians, and hope to have a great representation of the talented musicians of Central Alberta!