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June 2024

Hummingbird Planter Workshop

Join Ellis Nature Centre on Saturday, June 1 as we make hummingbird planters! The flowers and plants on hand will be selected with the purpose of attracting hummingbirds and other pollinators to your yard. The knowledgeable folks from Parkland Garden Centre will also be on hand to help with planter design. The $80 fee allows each participant to make one planter to take home with them. Pick between two times - 11am or 1pm. There are only 20 spots available in each time block and this workshop always fills fast, so don't wait to register!

  • Ellis Nature Centre, 39502 Range Road 260
  • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

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June 2024

Hummingbird Planter Workshop

Join Ellis Nature Centre on Saturday, June 1 as we make hummingbird planters! The flowers and plants on hand will be selected with the purpose of attracting hummingbirds and other pollinators to your yard. The knowledgeable folks from Parkland Garden Centre will also be on hand to help with planter design. The $80 fee allows each participant to make one planter to take home with them. Pick between two times - 11am or 1pm. There are only 20 spots available in each time block and this workshop always fills fast, so don't wait to register!

  • Ellis Nature Centre, 39502 Range Road 260
  • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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June 2024

Medicine Wheel Quilled Earring Workshop

Join Ellis Nature Centre on Sunday, June 2 from 1-4pm as we host Sharon L’Hirondelle-Whiskeyjack, an Alberta Plains Cree Elder & Creator. In this workshop, she'll be sharing her knowledge of porcupines and the medicine wheel as participants learn to make their own medicine wheel quilled earrings. The fee for this class is $50 and there are only 20 spots available.

  • Ellis Nature Centre, 39502 Range Road 260
  • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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June 2024

Mayor's Garden Party

Get ready to twist and shout at the Mayor's Garden Party 50th Anniversary, a delightful indoor event filled with nostalgia, laughter, and good ol' 50s fun!

Date: June 4, 2024
Time: 2 – 4 p.m.
Location: Harvest Centre, Westerner Park

Complimentary transportation is available between Sorensen Station and Westerner Park. Shuttle departs at 1:30 p.m. from Sorensen Station and 4 p.m. from the Harvest Centre.

Dust off your poodle skirts and slick back your hair*, as we transport ourselves back to the fabulous 1950s! Join us for an afternoon of retro delights and community camaraderie, with live music by the Memphis Mafia Band.

Expect toe-tapping tunes from the golden era, delicious refreshments straight out of a soda fountain, and live entertainment that will whisk you back in time. From jitterbugging to hula hooping, there's something for everyone to enjoy!

Mayor Ken Johnston and City Manager Tara Lodewyk will join us to kick off the festivities and mingle with guests while treats are served by members of City Council. Don't miss this opportunity to meet your local leaders in a relaxed and charming atmosphere.

This event is free of charge and open to all seniors in the community. Feel free to bring your friends along for an afternoon of vintage fun and fond memories.

Please reserve your complimentary tickets to this groovy gathering by May 30 at MayorsGardenParty.eventbrite.ca.

So, mark your calendars, put on your dancing shoes, and let's make some memories together at the 50th Anniversary of the Mayor’s Garden Party. It’ll be swell!

*Dressing up in 1950s attire is encouraged, but not required.

  • Harvest Centre, Westerner Park, 4847A 19 St, Red Deer, AB T4R 2N7
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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June 2024

Lino Cut Bird Print Workshop

Local artist Erin Boake will be joining Ellis Nature Centre on Saturday, June 8 from 1-3pm for what's sure to be an amazing art workshop! She'll teach participants how to make their own lino cut outline of a bird, to then create a unique print from their lino cut. The fee for the workshop is $40. The age for the workshop is 8+ so while it is kid focused, adults are welcome too!

  • Ellis Nature Centre, 39502 Range Road 260
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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June 2024

Citizen Science Butterfly Count Training

Join Dr. Delano Lewis's Butterfly Species Count project at Ellis Nature Centre. Dr. Lewis from Burman University is reaching out to Central Albertans to assist in this Citizen Science project. The training session will help you learn how to identify butterflies and conduct the butterfly counts. Butterfly count volunteers will conduct 1 hour butterfly counts throughout the summer at ENC, adding essential data to this multi-year project. Training sessions are free and refreshments will be served.

  • Ellis Nature Centre, 39502 Range Road 260
  • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

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June 2024

CNIB at the Library - Tech Help

Presented by Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB).

This tech help program is for anyone using assistive technology or anyone with questions on using this technology such as Daisy Readers, Smart Keyboards and more.

Registration is required for these programs.

Register online at rdpl.org or phone 403-346-4576 to reserve your spot.

 

  • Red Deer Public Library Downtown Branch, 4818 49 ST
  • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

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June 2024

Adult Storytime at Red Hart Brewing - Regrettable Life Choices

We all have one or two, or more life choices we have made that we regret. Some people have written about their life choices for our entertainment. So join us for another Adult Storytime, because why should children have all the fun?

Registration required at rdpl.org/events or by phone at 403-346-4576

  • Red Hart Brewing, 488 McCoy Drive
  • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

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June 2024

Gardening 101

Join Ellis Nature Centre and Sharon Wiebe on Saturday, June 15 from 1-2pm for a FREE intro to gardening workshop! In this workshop, Sharon will cover gardening basics such as no-till gardening, feeding insects in the garden, natural fertilizers, raised beds, starting plants inside, remediating tilled soil, the importance of pollinators, gardening hacks, barriers for pests, and handy tools. If you're just starting your gardening journey or looking to refresh your skills, this is the workshop for you! While the event is free, we encourage pre-registration to ensure the workshop will run.

  • Ellis Nature Centre, 39502 Range Road 260
  • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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June 2024

RDSO Presents "Pop-Up Orchestra"!

There's one more event on the RDSO calendar this season, and we want to see you there. Join us on June 15 at the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame as RDSO launches "Pop-Up Orchestra"! With an assortment of amazing music and an awesome venue, we're saying "farewell" to our 2023-24 season with this FREE concert. Want to come along? RSVP today at www.rdso.ca!

  • Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, 4200 Queen Elizabeth II Hwy #102
  • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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June 2024

Crib, Cards, Coffee and Conversation!

Drop in, meet new people, and have a game or two with others who enjoy games! This is a free library program!

  • Red Deer Public Library Timberlands , 300 Timothy Dr
  • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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June 2024

Pollinator Walk & Talk

Join Ellis Nature Centre for a pollinator walk & talk in celebration of pollinator week! Charity Briere will be on our site on June 23 from 1-2pm to teach participants about various native pollinators & talk them on a walk to search for them. This event is free, but pre-registration is strongly encouraged and appreciated to ensure we have enough people in attendance!

  • Ellis Nature Centre, 39502 Range Road 260
  • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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June 2024

Birding Walk

Ellis Nature Centre is very excited to be hosting expert birder Gavin McKinnon from Meadowlark Tours for another birding walk! Join Gavin on June 29 from 7:30-9am where he'll share birding tips with participants and then lead a birding tour on the ENC site. This event is always popular! $10 per person, only 15 spots available.

  • Ellis Nature Centre, 39502 Range Road 260
  • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

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June 2024

eBird Training Session

Unsure how to navigate eBird but want to use it in your birding adventures? Join Ellis Nature Centre for a training session! Gavin McKinnon will lead participants through how to use this free birding app to identify and track bird sightings! eBird is a free app and as such, this workshop will be free to participants too. Only 30 spots available so pre-registration is strongly encouraged.

  • Ellis Nature Centre, 39502 Range Road 260
  • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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July 2024

Medicine Walk with Clare Butterfly

Ellis Nature Centre is thankful to host Clare Butterfly, an Indigenous knowledge keeper, on Saturday, July 6 for a medicine walks on our site from 9am-12pm. These walks will focus on medicinal plants in Central Alberta, how to harvest them, and their various uses. There will be walking involved in this workshop, as you will move around our site to look for plants.

  • Ellis Nature Centre, 39502 Range Road 260
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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July 2024

Medicine Walk with Clare Butterfly

Ellis Nature Centre is thankful to host Clare Butterfly, an Indigenous knowledge keeper, on Saturday, July 6 for a medicine walks on our site from 1:30-4:30pm. These walks will focus on medicinal plants in Central Alberta, how to harvest them, and their various uses. There will be walking involved in this workshop, as you will move around our site to look for plants.

  • Ellis Nature Centre, 39502 Range Road 260
  • 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

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July 2024

Bluebird Festival

Join Ellis Nature Centre for their annual Bluuebird Festival on July 13th from 8am-6pm! We'll have activities and bird demonstrations for all ages such as bird banding, an update on our bluebird research, a bird collage art workshop, nature documentaries, kids games, and much more. This event is free to attend! Come on out to celebrate the wonderful birds that call Central Alberta home. 

  • Ellis Nature Centre, 39502 Range Road 260
  • 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

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July 2024

Bird Collage Workshop

Join Ellis Nature Centre and local artist Lauren Cowles to celebrate Bluebird Festival through art! This event will take place on Saturday, July 13 from 10am-1pm. Participants will be guided through the creation of their own bird collage. Ages 12+ are welcome, so you can even make this a family outing! The cost of this workshop is $55 per person.

  • Ellis Nature Centre, 39502 Range Road 260
  • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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July 2024

Soap Making Workshop

Ellis Nature Centre is thrilled to be hosting Susan Nielsen of Eliza Jane Studios for a soap making workshop! Many will recognize her lovely soaps from our gift shop, so this is the perfect opportunity to make your own unique soap bars. Susan will guide people through the soap making process at every step. This workshop is open to adults only and is $80 per person. Only 12 spots available!

  • Ellis Nature Centre, 39502 Range Road 26-0
  • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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July 2024

Bat N' Beers night

Ellis Nature Centre's ever popular Bat N' Beers night is back for another season! Join us on Saturday, July 20 from 8-11:30pm to learn all about bats from Cory Olsen from Alberta Bats. He'll start the evening with a presentation about bats in Alberta and may even have a bat that's currently being rehabilitated to show attendees. Then, you'll head outside to view bats using different devices such as infrared cameras. Beer as well as other beverages and light snacks will be available from the Ellis Nature Centre Cafe. Adult tickets are $10 each. Family Tickets are $15 each and include admission for 2 adults and 2 children. Please email us at info@ellisnaturecentre.ca if you require additional children tickets.

  • Ellis Nature Centre, 39502 Range Road 26-0
  • 8:00 PM - 11:30 PM

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