October 2014

Found 14 blog entries for October 2014.

Red Deer likes to plan activities to keep the residents involved and spending time together as a community. With the holidays approaching, it’s the perfect time to plan some events. Along with your usual holiday events, you can enjoy some unique cultural and musical performance for a change of pace. Here are some of excellent events coming to town this November and December.

“The Mystery of Edwin Drood” at the RDC Arts Centre

Make your way to the RDC Arts Centre on November 20th-29th to enjoy the performance of “The Mystery of Edwin Drood.” It’s an event for the whole family to enjoy. The story is based on an unfinished novel by Charles Dickens in which this musical will ask “whatever happened to Edwin Drood after his mysterious disappearance?” enjoy

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According to the municipal services of Red Deer, residents are happy with the quality of life. A 2014 Ipsos Reid Citizen Satisfaction Survey was done which showed great results. This survey was conducted to find out what the community’s level of satisfaction is and if the needs of the residents are being met. Here is a look at what the survey results showed.


The survey was done back in August in which 302 residents were randomly chosen to participate. They only did it by telephone randomly for residents 18 and older. This is the eighth year of the survey.

98% of Red Deerians said that their quality of life is good to very good. Citizens feel their quality of life has improved more than ever before. As in the past, residents claim to be happy

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Hometown Hockey - Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/therichardlife/8084480670This November, Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour will be coming to Red Deer. Hockey fans are gearing up for this action-packed event on the 1st and 2nd of the month. Not only will they have a live broadcast hosted by Ron MacLean, there will be live entertainment and a meet and greet with NHL alumni. Here is what hockey fans can look forward to with the upcoming Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour.

Where is the Event?

The event will take place in Red Deer at the Red Deer Arena. It’s located at 4725 43rd Street. This is the same arena that sees the country’s grandest Midget AAA hockey dynasty, the Junior A and the Red Deer Optimist Chiefs.

What to Expect

This event will have no charge and will be taking place on November 1st and 2nd. The Hometown Hockey Tour is

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Trees FestivalRed Deer is proud to announce the annual Festival of Trees returning to the area this November. For the 21st year, you can enjoy family-fun events at this popular Christmas community event. Funds raised for the event will go to a great cause and it will get the holiday season started off right. Here’s what you can expect at this year’s Festival of Trees.

What to Expect

On November 22nd, 26th-30th, you can bring your family or special someone to the Festival of Trees in Red Deer. It’s the annual Christmas fundraiser event to help the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre. The event will take place at the Westerner and become a winter wonderland for the event.

The event will take place from 10am-9pm on the 28th, 10am-9pm on the 29th and 10am-4pm on the

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If you are looking for a new home or your first home in Red Deer, you are probably wondering which realtor to go with. Unless you have a family or friend referral, it’s difficult to know who to trust. A reliable realtor is the key in finding the right home and getting a great deal. Here are a few things to consider when choosing a realtor with your MLS search in Red Deer.

Someone on the Same Page as You

You want to know that the person you’re working with has your best interest in mind. You want someone that not only understands your goals, but also is working towards the same goal.

If you have a tight budget, your realtor should be respectful of this. If your realtor is trying to push you out of an area you want or hasn’t taken the time to listen

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Are you trying to sell your home at the same time you’re buying a new home? Logistically it makes sense that you are trying to get rid of your old home so that you can move into your beautiful, new home.

Unfortunately, it’s extremely difficult to go this route. While some choose to buy a home and then sell theirs later, or sell their home, find temporary housing and buy later, there are advantages to both. Here is what you need to know about selling and buying a home at the same time.

Why is Selling First Better?

With inventory low, it’s harder to find a home. There are fewer homes for sale and more buyers than availability. Finding the right home is going to take time. One option to consider is that sometimes you can rent back your home after

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Things to AvoidIf you’re thinking about selling your home, there are a few things you might not have known.  For example, you don’t want to stick around the home during an open house or skip hiring the real estate agent. If you are inexperienced with selling homes or have had trouble in the past, here is what you should know about things to avoid doing when selling.


It’s a bad idea to let your emotions get in the way of your home selling plans. If you are too attached to your home, you may not put in much effort to properly stage the home for potential buyers. You may hesitate to let anyone view the home because of the memories you’ve made, but remember that buyers are emotionally invested in the purchase they are making as well.

Real Estate Agents


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When you start looking for a new home, there are many questions to ask. You will certainly want to get an inspection and you may find out that some of the remodeling was done without the proper permits. Here's what you should know if you plan to buy a home that was remodeled without the right permits or any permits at all.

Ask your Agent

The first place to start is with your real estate agent. They will know the laws about permits for the local area you're home shopping within. If they say it's okay, then you don't have much to worry about. However, if they think it's a red flag, you may want to keep shopping.

Why is Remodeling Done without Permits?

Sometimes a homeowner will do remodeling themselves without a permit. Usually, this is done because

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Halloween PumpkinHalloween is right around the corner and there will be plenty of fun happening in the Red Deer area. Some of the events are perfect for the entire family and others are geared towards adults or kids only. Here are some of the best upcoming Halloween events in Red Deer.

You're Never Alone in the Dark Zed Haunted House 2014

If you love haunted attractions, this one will certainly provide fun for you. The Zed Haunted House will open on October 17th and run through October 31st. This is one of the best haunted houses in Central Alberta and will provide plenty of scary fun.

All the funds raised will help support the Boys and Girls Clubs of Red Deer. Children under 10 years of age must be accompanies by an adult and the weekend matinees are recommended

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RestaurantIf you’re in need a place to grab lunch for a business meeting, Red Deer has a few excellent choices. You don’t want to pick a bad lunch spot and give your client a bad experience. Going to one of these locations will allow you to enjoy a nice meal and impress your client over lunch.

For Groups

If you’re looking for a place to bring a group, try The Westlake Grill at Heritage Ranch.  It’s located at 6300 Cronquist Drive. The ranch has a huge property with a meeting room. You could host a presentation here, training sessions or take part in team-building programs through horse rides and ranch-tracker games. For lunch, try their burgers, chicken, Vegetarian Panini or Bacon Poutine.

Peace and Quiet

If you’re looking for a quiet place to have lunch,

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