Michelle Falk

LOOK DAD - Sadie Mangan, four-years-old, feeds the goats with her family in Cosmo’s Petting Zoo. Michelle Falk/Red Deer Express

Watch: Westerner Days in full swing

The heat and the thunderstorms didn’t stop anybody

LOOK DAD - Sadie Mangan, four-years-old, feeds the goats with her family in Cosmo’s Petting Zoo. Michelle Falk/Red Deer Express
A view of the Midway food and shopping at Westerner Days.                                Michelle Falk/Red Deer Express

The Expo Wheel ride a no-go at Westerner Days

Red Deerians take in Westerner Days all week long

A view of the Midway food and shopping at Westerner Days.                                Michelle Falk/Red Deer Express
COOLING OFF - Six-year-old Madisyn Woolward and her friend Lilly Strauss enjoy some refreshing drinks from the Slush Zone in the Grub Hub at Westerner Days.                                Michelle Falk/Red Deer Express

WATCH: Red Deer’s Westerner Days kicks off to a smoking hot start

Thousands take in the food, entertainment, rides and more at Westerner Park

COOLING OFF - Six-year-old Madisyn Woolward and her friend Lilly Strauss enjoy some refreshing drinks from the Slush Zone in the Grub Hub at Westerner Days.                                Michelle Falk/Red Deer Express
CLASSIC - Cornerstone Youth Theatre presents Rockin’ Robin Hood the musical, opening June 1st at New Life Fellowship Church.                                photo submitted

Cornerstone Youth Theatre rocks the stage with Robin Hood musical

Talented troupe presents the story of Nottingham’s favourite outlaw

CLASSIC - Cornerstone Youth Theatre presents Rockin’ Robin Hood the musical, opening June 1st at New Life Fellowship Church.                                photo submitted
WATCH: Red Deer special needs children’s charity host 24th annual fundraiser
WATCH: Red Deer special needs children’s charity host 24th annual fundraiser
Cirque de Soleil comes to Red Deer for first time

Cirque de Soleil comes to Red Deer for first time

Crystal is the first on-ice production for Cirque

Cirque de Soleil comes to Red Deer for first time
WATCH: Jr. and Sr. high students perform at 41 st annual Provincial Festival of Bands

WATCH: Jr. and Sr. high students perform at 41 st annual Provincial Festival of Bands

Young musicians from across Western Canada performed at the 41st annual Provincial Festival of Bands

WATCH: Jr. and Sr. high students perform at 41 st annual Provincial Festival of Bands
SAFETY FIRST - Braiden Drobot, nine-years-old, and his mom Cheryl Drobot act out a mock incident for Occupational Safety and Health Week in the parking lot of Iron Ridge Intermediate School.                                Michelle Falk/Red Deer Express

WATCH: Driving home the message of road safety

Distracted driving simulation promotes safety for elementary students

SAFETY FIRST - Braiden Drobot, nine-years-old, and his mom Cheryl Drobot act out a mock incident for Occupational Safety and Health Week in the parking lot of Iron Ridge Intermediate School.                                Michelle Falk/Red Deer Express
TWICE AS NICE - Piper and Grady Johnson with their mom Leanne in a classroom at Pines Day Care.                                Michelle Falk/Red Deer Express

$25-a-day child care program is life-changing, parents say

Red Deer families and staff share how the new pilot project makes all the difference

TWICE AS NICE - Piper and Grady Johnson with their mom Leanne in a classroom at Pines Day Care.                                Michelle Falk/Red Deer Express
HOT FASHION - Frank Lyman with Barb Saunders and Michele Billsborrow at Cheeky Coutures Boutique. Michelle Falk/Red Deer Express

WATCH: Internationally renowned fashion designer Frank Lyman visits Red Deer

Local fashionistas were thrilled to meet their couture icon

HOT FASHION - Frank Lyman with Barb Saunders and Michele Billsborrow at Cheeky Coutures Boutique. Michelle Falk/Red Deer Express
KITTEN CUDDLES - Tara Hellewell, executive director of the Central Alberta Humane Society (CAHS), holds Sven, a four-month-old short-hair brown tabby kitten at the CAHS.                                Michelle Falk/Red Deere Express

Central Alberta Humane Society offering discounted pet spaying to low income families

Anonymous donor donates $40,000 to CAHS for two years

KITTEN CUDDLES - Tara Hellewell, executive director of the Central Alberta Humane Society (CAHS), holds Sven, a four-month-old short-hair brown tabby kitten at the CAHS.                                Michelle Falk/Red Deere Express
POVERTY AWARENESS GROUP - Members of Central Alberta Poverty Reduction Alliance (CAPRA) Shelley Dallas-Smith, Dianna Souveny, Melissa Hillman and Dr. Anomi Bearden.                                Red Deer Express/Michelle Falk

CAPRA Poverty Awareness Survey results indicate education is essential

CAPRA conducts survey as first step towards the City developing a Poverty Reduction Strategy

POVERTY AWARENESS GROUP - Members of Central Alberta Poverty Reduction Alliance (CAPRA) Shelley Dallas-Smith, Dianna Souveny, Melissa Hillman and Dr. Anomi Bearden.                                Red Deer Express/Michelle Falk
EPIC BATTLE - Gonzalo Franco-Mancebob and Brad Cotmen, leader of the Heimdall’s Spears, practise reinacting historically acurate Viking sword fighting at their first meeting in their new venue, St. Leonard’s Anglican Church.                                Photo supplied by Annika deKlerk

Viking group finds new place to land

Red Deer historical reenactment club sets up camp for the second year

EPIC BATTLE - Gonzalo Franco-Mancebob and Brad Cotmen, leader of the Heimdall’s Spears, practise reinacting historically acurate Viking sword fighting at their first meeting in their new venue, St. Leonard’s Anglican Church.                                Photo supplied by Annika deKlerk
FEATURE QUILT MAKER - Jasmine Travers-Charbonneau stands in front of her quilt ‘Brassica’ that she designed and pieced using hand-stitched appliqué, quilted by Kathleen Riggins.                                Photo supplied

Central Alberta Quilters prepare for 27th annual show

Quilt making talents for around the region on display next weekend

FEATURE QUILT MAKER - Jasmine Travers-Charbonneau stands in front of her quilt ‘Brassica’ that she designed and pieced using hand-stitched appliqué, quilted by Kathleen Riggins.                                Photo supplied
RED DEER UNITE - Meagan Gaalaas and her fellow second-year RDC social work students led a crowd in marching in the Take Back the Night event bringing awareness about sexual assault and victim blaming on March 29th. Michelle Falk/Lacombe Express

Red Deerians ‘unite’ against sexual assault

Take Back the Night march raises awareness

RED DEER UNITE - Meagan Gaalaas and her fellow second-year RDC social work students led a crowd in marching in the Take Back the Night event bringing awareness about sexual assault and victim blaming on March 29th. Michelle Falk/Lacombe Express
NATIONAL TORCH RELAY - Many came out to a press conference announcing that the Winter Games Torch Relay will be national this year. From left Serge Gingras, co-chair of Official Languages Committee; MLA Kim Schreiner; David Patterson, Game council president/CEO; Randy Mowat, MNP, Doug Stroh, MNP; Lyn Radford, Games board chair; Mayor Tara Veer and Scott Robinson, Games CEO, celebrated the news. Michelle Falk/Lacombe Express

Canada Winter Games Torch Relay going national for the first time

Officials announce MNP as new sponsor making coast to coast event possible

NATIONAL TORCH RELAY - Many came out to a press conference announcing that the Winter Games Torch Relay will be national this year. From left Serge Gingras, co-chair of Official Languages Committee; MLA Kim Schreiner; David Patterson, Game council president/CEO; Randy Mowat, MNP, Doug Stroh, MNP; Lyn Radford, Games board chair; Mayor Tara Veer and Scott Robinson, Games CEO, celebrated the news. Michelle Falk/Lacombe Express
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Red Deer College students host event for survivors of sexual assault

Take Back the Night aims to ‘shatter the silence and stop the violence’

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FASCINATING FIELD - University of Alberta professor and former Royal Tyrrell Museum curator of dinosaurs Philip J. Currie is coming to Red Deer College to present new information about Alberta’s famous raptor on March 29th.                                photo submitted

Alberta’s famous raptor the focus on talk set for March 29th

Philip J. Currie is coming to Red Deer College as a guest speaker for the Red Deer River Naturalists

FASCINATING FIELD - University of Alberta professor and former Royal Tyrrell Museum curator of dinosaurs Philip J. Currie is coming to Red Deer College to present new information about Alberta’s famous raptor on March 29th.                                photo submitted
JUNIOR COMPETITION - Level Three Roller Derby skaters get physical as they race around the track. Full contact adult rules are permetted at this level. About 80 roller-skaters in the under 18 division came from across the province this weekend to compete in the Red Deer Nuclear Free Roller Derby League’s third annual Jr. Invitational.

WATCH: Red Deer Roller Derby Jr. Invitational is a big smash

Nuclear Free League hosts third competition for skaters around Alberta

JUNIOR COMPETITION - Level Three Roller Derby skaters get physical as they race around the track. Full contact adult rules are permetted at this level. About 80 roller-skaters in the under 18 division came from across the province this weekend to compete in the Red Deer Nuclear Free Roller Derby League’s third annual Jr. Invitational.
SOMETHING OLD - Lacombe Generals player Collin Valcourt poses with Cassia Machan, Michelle van Nieuwkerk and Chay Feuser in their wedding dresses at the Black and Gold Moth Ball in support of the AAA team’s upcoming trip to the Allan Cup.                                Michelle Falk/Lacombe Express

Black and Gold Moth Ball held this past weekend

Fundraiser supports the Lacombe Generals trip to the 2018 Allan Cup

SOMETHING OLD - Lacombe Generals player Collin Valcourt poses with Cassia Machan, Michelle van Nieuwkerk and Chay Feuser in their wedding dresses at the Black and Gold Moth Ball in support of the AAA team’s upcoming trip to the Allan Cup.                                Michelle Falk/Lacombe Express