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Latest Posts

Posted: January 16

Family Literacy Activities

Family Literacy Fun!

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: January 16

Make Your Money Count!!

Tired of trying to make sense of investing, credit, budgets, assets,.........
Join us for a free evening workshop of common "money" sense and learn to make the most of YOUR money!

Announced By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: January 15

Family Literacy Activities

Family Literacy Fun!

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: January 14

Homecoming Banquet

Dinner and Entertainment

Sat, Feb 18, 2017

6:00 pm

Lou Soppit Centre

Doors Open @ 6:00 p.m. Dinner @ 7:00 p.m.

Entertainment featuring:

Sierra Noble 

Donell Leahy

MacArthur Celtic Dancers

Allan Christie Band

Catering Provided by: Creative Cuisine

Tickets

$35.00/each or $280.00/table (seats 8)

Tickets available @ Rocky Chamber of Commerce

This event is expected to sell out. Please get your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Sponsored By Canada 150 Committee

Posted: January 14

Family Literacy Activities

Family Literacy Fun!

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: January 14

App Coupons

This week's App Coupons!

Sat, Jan 14 - Fri, Jan 20, 2017

7:00 am

Promotion By Rocky Mountain House Co-op

Posted: January 13

Co-op Flyer!

Check out this week's Co-op Flyer!

Fri, Jan 13, 2017

Coop Shopping Center, Gas Bar & Home Supply Center

Download the flyer here.

Promotion By Rocky Mountain House Co-op

Posted: January 13

Springtime in Rocky, Craft & Home Business Show

Over 50 Unique Hand Crafters, Home Businesses and Young Entrepreneurs

Sat, Mar 25, 2017

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Lou Soppit Community Centre

Springtime in Rocky is back again for its 6th year! Now accepting applications for crafters, artists and home businesses. We're excited to include young vendors for our Kids Market section of Springtime in Rocky and see their entrepreneurial spirits shine!

Call 403-844-1028 or email springtimeinrocky@gmail.com for more information.

Sponsored By Rural Alberta Business Center, Rocky Mountain House

Posted: January 13

Family Literacy Activities

Family Literacy Fun!

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: January 12

Snowy Saturdays at Crimson Lake

Free Family Activites

Sat, Jan 21, 2017

Crimson Lake Store

Every Saturday, January 21 - March 11

Free family activites: snow forts, snow games, snowman contest

Warm-up Fire Pit

Fresh pack  groomed trails

Snowshoe rentals & lessons:
         $5 / pair or $20 / family

Concession: hot drinks, snacks & hot dogs ready to roast

Crimson Lake Provincial Park is open every day to enjoy winter adventure.

Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, Fat Biking, Ice Fishing, Winter Camping, Natural Playground

More Information

www.albertaparks.ca/crimson-lake or call 403.845.8349

Sponsored By Alberta Parks

Posted: January 12

Live Music: Cindy Church

With Nathan Tinkham, Elvin Berthiaume opening

Fri, Feb 17, 2017

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Music Shop

A stellar presence in the Canadian music scene, Cindy Church has crafted a body of work that is at once artistically successful and culturally significant, sought after by fellow performers and treasured by listeners. Drawing set lists from her own catalogue and exceptional covers of tunes in performances to appreciative audiences internationally, Church has become renowned for the clarity and emotive precision of her voice and the subtlety of her approach to song interpretation and songwriting.

Visit Cindy's website.

Cindy appears with Nathan Tinkham: songwriter, singer, guitarist, dobroist and non-pedal steel player from Gabriola Island, BC. 

Elvin Berthiaume, a great writer, singer and guitarist from RMH will open the show.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRDg68RUU90

Tickets on sale now at The Music Shop.

Sponsored By The Music Shop

Posted: January 12

Jelly Bean Dance

For all kids in the community

Fri, Jan 20, 2017

6:15 pm - 8:45 pm

Clearwater Boys & Girls Club, 4928 49 Street, RMH

Glow in the Dark!

Jelly Bean Dances are for all kids in the community - club members or not! For all kids aged 5 - 12.

Music is pre-approved by the Club staff team and then deejayed by a group of volunteer teens. 

Music, Dancing, Games, Prizes and Concession for purchasing extra special treats!

Parents are welcome to stay, or can drop off their kids if they provide a telephone number.

Admission

$4.00 Members

$5.00 Non-members

Clearwater Boys & Girls Club website.

Sponsored By Clearwater Boys & Girls Club

Posted: January 12

Live Music: John Wort Hannam

Canadian Folk Icon

Fri, Jan 27, 2017

Grandview Stage Resort, 15 minutes SW of RMH on Hwy. 752

Concert Tickets $25, show at 7:30 pm

Plated Dinner ($20), starts at 6:00 pm

Reservations

Recommended

403.845.6404, info@grandviewstage.com or get your tickets at the store

Sponsored By Grandview Stage Resort

Posted: January 12

Family Literacy Activities

Family Literacy Fun!

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: January 12

Book Pick

Staff picked their favourite children's book.

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: January 11

Family Literacy Activities

Family Literacy Fun

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: January 10

Romance n' Roses Gala

Dinner Auction Fundraiser: Wild West Boots & Bling

Fri, Feb 17, 2017

6:00 pm

Lou Soppit Community Centre

Featuring Danny Hooper as MC and Auctioneer.

Cocktails at 6:00 pm

Dinner at 7:00 pm

Auction & Dance to Follow

Tickets

$50 each
$350 for a table of 8

More Information

Mountain Rose Women's Shelter 403.845.5339

Century 21 Westcountry  403.845.7772

Sponsored By Mountain Rose Women's Shelter

Posted: January 10

Family Literacy Activities

Family Literacy Fun

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: January 10

Book Pick

Staff picked their favourite children's book.

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: January 10

Parental Rights & Responsibilities

Native Counselling Services of Alberta

Mon, Jan 23, 2017

Rocky Native Friendship Center, Back Bay, 4917 - 52 Street, RMH

More Information

Call or text Chris at 403.846.5029, or mfcs.acbi@shaw.ca

Sponsored By Aboriginal Community Building Initiative

Posted: January 10

Gateway Crossing Liquor Store Flyer

Good Times, Good Friends, Good Deals!

Tue, Jan 10 - Fri, Jan 20, 2017

Gateway Crossing Liquor Store

Promotion By Co-op Gateway Crossing Liquor Store

Posted: January 9

Movie: Passengers

Rocky Cinema: Science Fiction, Drama

Fri, Jan 13 - Thu, Jan 19, 2017

Rocky Cinemas

A spacecraft traveling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in its sleep chambers. As a result, two passengers are awakened 90 years early.

Science Fiction, Drama | Rated PG | 1 hour, 56 minutes

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen

Sexually Suggestive Scenes

Nightly @ 6:40pm and 9:15pm

Sponsored By Rocky Cinema

Posted: January 9

Movie: Monster Trucks

Rocky Cinema: Fantasy / Adventure

Fri, Jan 13 - Thu, Jan 26, 2017

Rocky Cinema

Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into, Tripp (Lucas Till), a high school senior, builds a Monster Truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars. After an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site displaces a strange and subterranean creature with a taste and a talent for speed, Tripp may have just found the key to getting out of town and a most unlikely friend.

Fantasy/Adventure | Rated PG | 1 hour, 45 minutes

Starring: Lucas Till, Jane Levy, Thomas Lennon

Nightly 3D @ 6:50 and 9:20pm

Sunday,Tuesday & Thursday 2D @6:50pm 3D @ 9:20pm

Matinees SATURDAY AND SUNDAY 2D @ 12:50pm 3D @ 3:20pm

Sponsored By Rocky Cinemas

Posted: January 9

Winter Wellness Fair

Beat the Blues

Thu, Jan 19, 2017

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Rocky Public Library, Rocky Native Friendship Centre

Crush the winter blues by getting active, and support your physical, mental & spiritual health during the winter!

Events at Library & Rocky Native Friendship Centre

  • Yoga for Wellness
  • Smudge Teachings
  • Art Therapy
  • Physical Literacy for Children
  • Drumming Circle
  • Family Games & Activities
  • Outdoor Fire Pit
  • Healthy Food & Drink Samples

Information on free local recreation and health options will be available.

Sponsored By West Country Play Group, Rocky Library, FCSS, Alberta Parks

Posted: January 9

Métis Homecoming

Jigging & Fiddling Competition

Sat, Feb 18 - Sun, Feb 19, 2017

11:00 am

Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site

A Family Day festival featuring Live Entertainment, Dog Sledding, Horse & Sleigh, Cabane à Sucre, Tractor & Wagon Rides, Northern Inuit Game Demonstrations, Voyageur Winter Games, Metis Fiddling & Jigging Competition and Fireworks!

Everyone Welcome! Free Admission!

Jigging & Fiddling Competitions, 11:00 am Saturday & Sunday

  • $18,500 in Cash Prizes

Talent Show: Sunday after competition

Fireworks on Sunday @ 5:00 p.m.

Registration

No Entry Fee

Cut off: 10:30 AM Saturday Feb 18

More Information

rocky.info@pc.gc.ca or 403.845.2412

Sponsored By Confluence Heritage Society, Clearwater County, Town of Rocky Mountain House, Parks Canada

Posted: January 9

Les Toews Benefit

Jam Supper & Dance

Sat, Feb 25, 2017

3:00 pm

Evergreen Hall, SW of Condor

3:00 pm Jam starts

6:00 pm Catered Supper donated by Raven River Bed & Breakfast

Silent & Live Auction, Cash Bar

Cover Charge

$10.00

Posted: January 9

Family Literacy Activities 09

Family Literacy Fun

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: January 9

Community Spaces

Co-op Community Spaces helps protect, beautify and improve spaces across Western Canada. Now we’re giving you a chance to improve your favourite local space. What makes this space special? How can it be better? Tell us your story for a chance to win.

Enter now at www.communityspaces.ca

Announced By Rocky Mountain House Co-op

Posted: January 8

Hockey Tournament: Evergreen Pond

5th Annual Evergreen Pond Hockey Tournament: Open to the Public

Fri, Feb 03 - Sun, Feb 05, 2017

Evergreen Hall, SW of Condor

Here comes the greatest outdoor hockey tournament in Central Alberta!!!

The 5th Annual Evergreen Pond Hockey Tournament starts Friday February 3rd with games, activities and entertainment and runs through Sunday February 5th.

There will be lots to do throughout the weekend:

  • Concession (Burgers, Hot Dogs, Taco In A Bag, Chips, Pop, etc)
  • Bar (Beer, Hi-balls, Cocktails) will be open all weekend. (NO OUTSIDE ALCOHOL ALLOWED ON PREMISES)
  • Silent auction items with some VERY hard to find sports memorabilia
  • 50/50 draws every day

Also there will be lots for the kids to do.

It's a 12 team double knock out tournament. Come out and watch some great hockey. Complete game schedule and all rules can be found at Evergreen Hall Website.

Registration

Call Kevin Hoeksema  403.846.0456.

Sponsored By Evergreen Community

Posted: January 8

Family Literacy Activities 08

Family Literacy Fun

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: January 7

Family Literacy Activities 07

Family Literacy Fun

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: January 6

Community Hymn Sing

You are invited to our Community Hymn Sing

Sat, Jan 21, 2017

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Memorial Presbyterian Church, RMH

After singing, a time of informal fellowship follows with Coffee/Tea

Sponsored By Memorial Presbyterian Church

Posted: January 6

Family Literacy Activities 06

Family Literacy Fun

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: January 5

Farmers' Bonspiel

30th Anniversary Rocky Famers' Bonspiel

Wed, Feb 01 - Sat, Feb 04, 2017

Entry forms available at Sims & Associates Insurance. Individual curlers welcome.

Entry Fee

$210 per rink

Entry Deadline

3 pm, Friday January 23, 2017

Banquet & Dance, Saturday February 4

Join us for great entertainment.

More Information

Gordon Koples 403.845.2431


Posted: January 5

Family Literacy Activities 05

Family Literacy Fun

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: January 5

Book Pick

The staff picked their favourite children's book.

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: January 4

AGM: Rocky Credit Union

72nd Annual General Meeting

Mon, Feb 13, 2017

5:30 pm

Royal Canadian Legion

5:30 pm  Registration

6:00 pm  Banquet

7:00 pm  Annual Meeting

Tickets

$6 per person

Tickets available at the branch.

Sponsored By Rocky Credit Union

Posted: January 4

Family Literacy Activities 04

Family Literacy Fun

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: January 3

Family Literacy Activities 03

Family Literacy Fun

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: January 3

Book Pick

The Staff picked their favourite children's book.

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: January 3

Dinner and Diamonds

Fundraiser

Fri, Jan 27, 2017

This year's proceeds go to Clearwater Boys n Girls club.

More Information TBA

Sponsored By Rocky Mountain House Kinsmen

Posted: January 2

KinderGarten & French Immersion

French Immersion Information Night and Kindergarten Registration Night

Thu, Jan 26, 2017

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

École Rocky Elementary School, 4703 50 Ave, RMH

Providing a positive, healthy and play-based environment.

Parents and children welcome.

Kindergarten Registration is available for children five years of age on or before December 31, 2017. Please provide a copy of your child's Birth Certificate.

Sponsored By École Rocky Elementary School

Posted: January 2

Family Literacy Activities 02

Family Literacy Fun

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: January 1

Rocky Farmerettes Bonspiel

28th Annual Bonspiel

Mon, Jan 30 - Wed, Feb 01, 2017

Registrations Open. 3 events, 16 teams.

Individual curlers or teams of three, contact Judy Rodermond at 403.729.2467. Sponsor curler will be drawn to make up the 4th team member.

Registration Deadline: January 16 or first 16 teams.

Fee

$160 per rink

Posted: January 1

family Literacy Activities 01

Family Literacy Fun

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: December 27

Live Music: Frank & Max Evans

Home Routes: Canada's Roots Music House Concert Network.

Sat, Feb 11, 2017

7:00 pm

5328 - 60 St, RMH

Playing: Appalachian, Multi-Instrumentalist, Old Tyme, Roots

Doors: 7:00 pm    Show: 7:30 pm

Show hosted by Dave and Marilyn Johnston

Admission

$20

More Information

Dave: 403.418.5068
Marilyn 403.895.1987

Sponsored By Home Routes, Rocky Mountain House

Posted: December 26

Town & Country Farmer's Market

An indoor market with local produce and products.

Sat, Jan 07, 2017

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Rocky Museum, Lower Level

An indoor market in the lower level of the museum.

Local produce, plants, baking, honey, beef, eggs, bison, preserves, gluten free, cheese, crafts, toys, jewelry, clothing, ceramics, health/household products, Watkins, Tupperware, Avon, Scentsy, Regal, artists & authors plus much more! 

Browse, have coffee and a snack or lunch.

The Town & Country Farmers Market is an Alberta Approved Market, operating as a not-for-profit for over three decades. Climate controlled, barrier-free access.

More Information

Iris, 403.845.4985

Posted: December 21

Christmas newsletter page 2

More news from the Rocky Museum.

Announced By Rocky Mountain House Museum

Posted: December 21

Christmas newsletter page 3

More activities and special days at the Rocky Museum.

Announced By Rocky Mountain House Museum

Posted: December 21

Family Literacy Activities

January 27, 2017 is Family Literacy Day.

Announced By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: December 21

Merry Christmas from the Rocky Museum

Catch up on all the major events at the Rocky Museum this year!

Announced By Rocky Mountain House Museum

Posted: December 21

LitBit Challenge

Start January 2017 with a healthy literacy challenge. Have you reached your LitBit steps today?

LitBit Challenge 

Announced By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: December 19

Resume and Job Search Help

Resume & Job Search Skills

This free 2 week workshop includes:

Job Transition

Current Job Market

Change Management

Priorities and Goal Setting

Career Planning

Resume Development

Marketing Yourself

One-on-One Career Services

Upcoming Start Dates:

- Jan. 16, 2017

- Jan. 30, 2017

- Feb. 13, 2017

- Feb. 27, 2017

- Mar. 13, 2017

- Mar. 27, 2017

Call 403.845.3276 to register.

Announced By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: December 19

Tech Bites

Bring your lunch and device. Laptops are available for use.

January 17: 

Wi-Fi– Come out in and have lunch with us while we show you how to connect to Wi-fi in order to use your device without incurring data charges. Then we will play around with internet and answer any questions you have about your device or laptop.

February 21:

Gmail– Bring your lunch and your device or laptop. We will work with you to start up a Gmail account so you will be able to send and receive emails in once of the most user-friendly email platforms available.

March 21: 

Google Apps– We will begin by showing some of the basic Google Apps for business and fun. We will also explore some popular apps that are being used.

April 18: 

Open Device Time- Bring in your device or laptop and ask the questions you have been needing answered. We will try our best to answer any and all questions about your device.

12:00 —1:30 p.m.

Cost: $5.00

403.845.3276 to Register


Announced By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: December 17

Artlife Connect Retreat

Weekend Retreat for Ages 12 - 18

Fri, Feb 03 - Sun, Feb 05, 2017

Clearwater College of Bible Studies

Come for an artsy weekend of connecting with your Artlife friends, counselors and track leaders! We will dabble in all kinds of art forms, no track selection necessary.

Arrive at 5:00 pm on Friday night and stay until noon on Sunday. Retreat goers will attend the Living Faith Fellowship church service at 10:30 am on Sunday. Retreat will officially end at noon on Sunday.

An Artlife Cafe will take place on Saturday night, so come ready to share your talent with your friends! (Artlife Cafe rules on the Facebook Event page here).

Registration

Cost  $95.00

Register online.

Registrants will receive an email with more details.

More Information

artlifenowcanada@gmail.com

Sponsored By Artlife Canada

Posted: December 14

Life Long Learning

What is life long learning?

Lifelong learning is the "ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated" pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons. Therefore, it not only enhances social inclusion, active citizenship, and personal development, but also self-sustainability, as well as competitiveness and employability.

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: December 10

WOW Networking Lunch, Rocky

Re-ignite the Fire in Your Business!

Thu, Jan 19, 2017

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Rocky Learning Center

Your passion is the fuel that will keep your entrepreneurial fire burning!

Start 2017 on the right track with this empowering presentation from Entrepreneur & Business Coach, Rema McCrae.

Tickets

$25 includes lunch

Visit wow.wehub.info or call 403.895.1493

Sponsored By RABC

Posted: December 8

Life-long Learning

Life-long learning..............

Lifelong learning.....it's our business!

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: December 1

December Family Newsletter

Make winter fun!

Announced By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: December 1

December Adult Newsletter

First meeting with learner.

Announced By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: November 25

Charity Bingo

Bingo Every Thursday

Thu, Dec 01, 2016

6:00 pm

4939 - 51st Street

Support local projects and non-profits.

Concession on site.

Sponsored By Various Community Groups

Posted: November 24

Bible Study

Victory Church Bible Study Group

Thu, Nov 24, 2016

7:00 pm

Century 21 building @2, 4915 - 50 Street, RMH, rear entrance

Please join us each Thursday evening. Everyone welcome.

More Information

403-391-2886

Sponsored By Victory Church

Posted: November 21

AGM

Everyone Welcome

Rocky Community Learning Council

Annual General Meeting - Wednesday, December 14 @ 1:00

2nd Floor, Old Provincial Building

403.845.3276

All welcome to attend our year in review and AGM

Announced By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: November 15

Math Tutors Needed

We are currently in need of volunteer Math tutors. If numbers are your game, please call or drop in to discuss tutoring.

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: November 10

Exam Bookings

RCLC offers Exam Invigilation

RCLC is an approved exam site.  Please contact us at: exams@rockyclc.ab.ca

Announced By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: November 8

Winter 2017 Program Schedule

Our Winter Program list is posted. Please call Rocky Learning Centre if you wish to register for upcoming classes. 403.845.3276

Announced By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: November 7

Sponsors for ROAR

Roar's Fur Ball in March 2017 Seeking Sponsors

ROAR is looking for Sponsor's for 'Roar's Fur Ball' in March of 2017!

If you or someone you know might be interested in sponsoring a table, live, or silent auction item or the whole event email roarsociety@yahoo.ca or contact Ashley at 403-872-4676.

Posted: November 1

Family Literacy November Newsletter

November activities.

Announced By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: November 1

Adult Literacy November Newsletter

Tutor Training Information

Find the November Adult Literacy Newsletter here... 

Announced By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: October 31

Happy Halloween from all of us!

Happy Halloween from all of us!

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: October 24

HELP WANTED

Volunteer Tutors

Announced By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: September 8

Al-Anon Family Group Meeting

When you don't know where to turn... because someone drinks too much...

Mon, Sep 12, 2016

7:30 am

Memorial Presbyterian Church (Back Door), 5108-50th Ave,RMH

Worried about how much someone drinks? Money problems because of someone else's drinking?

Anxious? Frustrated? Desperate? Helpless? Discouraged? Stressed?

At the end of your rope?

More Information

403.845.5059

Sponsored By Al-Anon

Posted: May 9

What is a community adult learning program?

I often try to let others know what I do but coming up with some great explanation...here is a wonderful video to show you what the community adult learning program (CALP) is all about!

When I am asked what I do, I answer "I coordinate programs geared toward adult learners.  Everything from basic reading and writing all the way up to post-secondary planning and programs."  That is a lot to take in!  That is a lot to do. 

Every person that walks through our door has a different story, a different skill set and is on a different learning path.  

Here is where the planning happens.  Here is my support team and a quick run down of the outcomes we are trying to achieve in order to help the adult learners in our communities succeed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDDa1xDbVwg

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: March 31

It's Official!

Rocky Learning Centre is now a GED Test Site!

Rocky Learning Centre is an Official GED Test Site!  

You will be able to write the GED Test in our classroom this Fall starting in September.  We are scheduling the test writing once a month from September to December.  

"What if I only need to write one of the GED subjects, like Math?"

You will be able to write the GED subject that you need.

"What happens if I don't pass the first one?"

You can re-write the Full GED test or re-write the subject you need.

"What are the costs to write the GED test?"

$200 / Full Test includes 5 subjects (Language Arts/Writing; Math; Social Studies, Science, Language Arts/Reading)

$50 / Subject (First time & re-write)

$150 / Re-write Full Test

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Mona Crocker

Posted: February 28

Great News

Olds College is delivering the Heavy Equipment Operator Certificate Program in Rocky Mountain House.

Two great Colleges coming to Rocky to deliver local programs to local people:

Health Care Aide Certificate program will be offered by NorQuest College:   
  • Part-time (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday evenings and two Saturdays per month)
  • Location: Rocky Mountain House
  • Duration: October 11, 2016 - June 15, 2017

Learn More (.pdf)

AND...

Heavy Equipment Operator Certificate program will be offered by Olds College:
  • Fall dates to be announced
  • Full time (Monday-Friday) 
  • Location:  Rocky Mountain House

Learn More (.pdf)

Everyone interested in taking these programs should attend the information sessions.  You will learn more about the programs, requirements, how to register, when to register, and your future.

Information sessions on Tuesday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m. (Health Care Aide) and 7:15 p.m. (Heavy Equipment Operator).  

Call to register:403.845.3276

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: September 25

Thank you Husky Energy

Husky Spring Swing Donation

A great big thank you to Husky Energy for choosing Rocky Learning Centre (RLC) as one of the recipient organizations for this summer's Husky Spring Swing (July 2015). RLC will be using the donation for the purchase of new laptop computers, software, and portable projectors.

Thank you to our #1 volunteer, Agnes Rieder, for spending a good part of May, June, and July in the pursuit of prize donations for the event.  RLC's staff, board members, and friends enjoyed a great day on the course watching for, but not seeing any hole-in-ones.

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: August 20

Fit for Canning

Not all food is created equal. Some food will not work for canning, but you can store almost anything in jars. The historic Mason jar offers plenty of options to use for yourself or to give as gifts. Check them out.

Find out more HERE

Blog Post By Rocky Mountain House Co-op

Posted: August 19

Smart Light Bulbs

These Wifi controlled lights are very sci-fi but very cool. Turn lights on and off and control the colour and intensity of the light from the free app on your phone!

Find out more HERE

Blog Post By Rocky Mountain House Co-op

Posted: August 17

Getting Ready for Back to School

There’s soccer practice and music lessons. You stayed late to finish a project at work. And everybody’s hungry. How do you manage to prepare nutritious and healthy meals for your family? Check out great tips to help keep your family organized for back to school.

There’s soccer practice and music lessons. You stayed late to finish a project at work. And everybody’s hungry. How do you manage to prepare nutritious and healthy meals for your family?

“I start Saturday by looking at the week’s schedule,” said Co-op employee Debbie Unick. “I determine how much time I have to prepare a meal each night, who will be home and who can help in the kitchen.”

With two teenaged boys, Debbie has two large calendars in the kitchen – one for activities and one for meals. She has a list of standard recipes, but seeks inspiration from flyers and family members. After matching meals to fit their schedules, she makes her grocery list to ensure she has the ingredients she needs.

“If you do nothing else but this step, I guarantee it will be easier,” she said. “I hated coming home, walking in the door and having that dreaded ‘what’s for supper’ feeling and then looking in the fridge to see what I could make in 30 minutes.”

Debbie completes most meal preparation on Sunday. She chops vegetables en masse so only assembly is required for most parts of meals during the week. She also prepares larger meals on the weekend like turkey or lasagna that can be used as part of another meal – turkey for sandwiches, soup or pot pie – or simply reheated at a later date.

Debbie's Tips:

Make a list with your family’s favourite foods, frozen meals and slow cooker meals. When you’re in a slump, you’ll have something to refer to.

Invest in labels to identify the containers needed to assemble daily meals.

Use a separate bowl for waste/compost when prepping meals to prevent trips to the garbage and help with cleanup.

Not as organized as Debbie? That’s OK. Every family has different schedules and needs. Find something that works for you.

Start small and simple. Use the following tips to help break those ‘I’m hungry’ and ‘What’s for supper?’ statements.

Meal Planning:

Discover new recipes online as well as in flyers, magazines and cookbooks. Give it a rating.

Host a theme night once a month to experience flavours from around the world.

Organize Fun Friday with meals that have a playful component – building, dipping and rolling.

Make a meal plan based on cooking two or three ‘new’ meals per week, using leftovers in a new way.

Involve the whole family in meal planning, mixing individual favourites and new food experiences.

Cook breakfast for supper. Eggs are a quick and nutritious protein and form the base for breakfast sandwiches, omelets and scramblers.

Meal Preparation:

Precut and package vegetables to use in meals throughout the week.

Pick one day to prep meals for the entire week.

Cook your protein in advance if possible.

Cooked chicken breast can be reheated for lunches or made into chicken salad for sandwiches.

Boil a dozen eggs for a quick breakfast or salad topper.

Tonight’s dinner is tomorrow’s lunch - prep extra veggies for a mason jar salad.

Save time by preparing and freezing ingredients once a month, thawing in the refrigerater the night before. Great for stir-fry or crockpot meals.

Cheat on your homemade meals, not everything has to be from scratch. It’s okay to buy meal components – flatbreads, sauces and even burgers – to save time.

Snacks to Go:

Bake a large batch of muffins and freeze. Defrost and serve as needed.

Slice and freeze fruit in single serve packs. Combine fruit, yogurt and juice or milk in the blender for a quick smoothie.

Create individual servings of fruit, vegetables, nuts or trail mix for a quick snack.

Find out more HERE

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Posted: August 11

Recycling: Doing our Part

Canadians drank 2.4 billion litres of bottled water in 2014. That’s not only a lot of water, that’s a lot of plastic bottles. Fortunately, these bottles can be recycled into building materials, electronics, textiles or even – no surprise – new water bottles.

The blue-tinted bottles – recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) to be specific – are produced and filled in Western Canada. Recycled bottles are sorted by colour, shredded into flakes to create resins which are then used to create new bottles.

According to the National Association of PET Container Resources (NAPCOR), recycling this plastic conserves raw materials and uses 84% less energy, resulting in 71% lower greenhouse gas emissions. That’s enough to power 300 households for a year and to take 240 cars off the road for every 1,000 tons of PET recycled instead of landfilled.

Co-op is using the 100% recycled bottles in 1 L Carbonated Water, 12 x 500 mL, 24 x 500 mL and 12 x 710 mL cases.

Find out more HERE

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Posted: August 5

Sustainable Seafood

Co-op is committed to Sustainable Seafood. Sustainable seafood is fish or shellfish that is caught or farmed in ways that consider the long-term viability of harvested populations and the ocean's health and ecological integrity.

RAISING SALMON RIGHT

Something different is happening at British Columbia’s West Creek Aquaculture.

Having already produced a plant fertilizer made from the water where the fish live, West Creek Aquaculture has turned its attention to aquaponics — growing plants in the stuff.

This is, of course, an aside to their main gig, raising salmon and trout in confined facilities in Vancouver’s lower mainland. What’s exceptional is that West Creek Aquaculture’s farm is many kilometres away from the ocean.

“Rather than trying to be a hyper, mega, global salmon producer, we produce what we can grow comfortably. The fish are healthy and the product is great,” said West Creek Aquaculture owner Don Read.

TIDES CHANGING IN FISH FARMING

If you’ve visited a Co-op Food Store, there’s a good chance you’ll see fish from West Creek Aquaculture. It didn’t end up there by accident. With shoppers showing growing concern about the environmental impact of fisheries — which commonly farm Atlantic salmon in the ocean along the West Coast — a demand developed for more sustainable alternatives. West Creek Aquaculture responded by developing the country’s first salmon raised on land.

“We didn’t want to do Atlantic salmon. We felt that we are in the Pacific and in Western Canada. It just didn’t make sense to us,” said Read. “We are the only people in Canada that are producing Coho salmon on land for consumers.”

Grown in fresh water tanks, without antibiotics or growth hormones, West Creek Aquaculture’s farm eliminates the concerns raised about open ocean salmon farming. The fish can’t escape, possibly harming wild populations, and no waste is introduced into the ocean.

Kurtis Hayne from SeaChoice, a collection of four conservation organizations that helps shoppers identify sustainable seafood through a rating and labelling system, believes there are still misconceptions about sustainable seafood.

“One of the big connections a lot of people make is that farmed seafood is unsustainable, which is not the case,” said Hayne. “We have a lot of very good examples of very sustainable farmed seafood.”

SHOPPING SUSTAINABLE

West Creek Aquaculture’s forward approach to raising sustainable fish has been noticed. West Creek Pacific Coho salmon are recognized by Ocean Wise and SeaChoice as a best choice for sustainably produced seafood.

“It’s an exciting time to see that the consumer demand has helped to create a market for these innovative solutions that are addressing these big problems,” said Lana Gunnlaugson of SeaChoice.

SeaChoice ranks and recommends products based on how they are farmed, giving higher rankings for suppliers that factor in the long-term viability of the harvested populations and the ocean’s health. Seafood and fisheries can be given a poor ranking for overusing chemicals and antibiotics, destroying habitat, releasing waste into the environment and extensively using wild fish for feed.

Co-op has used the SeaChoice ranking and labelling system through its Reel in the Solution program since 2012. Since partnering with SeaChoice, Co-op has stopped selling fresh and frozen blue marlin, yellowfin tuna, barramundi, Atlantic cod, Chilean sea bass and other seafood that received the lowest ranking.

Last year, over two thirds of fresh and frozen seafood products sold at Co-op Food Stores carried a positive ranking. With the introduction of new Selva shrimp and Coho salmon products, shoppers have more sustainable seafood options.

“There’s not really any golden rule for sustainable seafood, whether it’s imported or local, wild or farmed. All have sustainable options,” said Hayne.

to find out more about sustainable seafood click HERE

Blog Post By Rocky Mountain House Co-op

Posted: July 26

Local Produce: The Cucumber Man

Want to learn about the local Albertan farmer behind many of Co-op's fresh, local produce? Meet the cucumber man!

Don’t be fooled by the name. The Cucumber Man delivers more than its namesake vegetable.

Not only does The Cucumber Man produce long English and mini cucumbers but 12 different varieties of tomatoes, sweet long Ramiro peppers, basil and butter lettuce.

“We wanted to get away from generic – beefsteak and vine (tomatoes) – which are your largest volume seller,” said co-owner Rick Wagenaar. “We wanted to create a line of Cucumber Man specialty products. We’re experimenting with that all the time.”

Vine-ripened produce from the Redcliff, Alta., operation are picked, packaged and in Co-op stores quickly – in some cases within 24 to 30 hours – to ensure freshness and quality.

“The taste and flavour is dictated by the sun, feeding program and how long it hangs on that plant,” Wagenaar explained. “The longer I keep that tomato on that plant, the bigger the taste.”

And he sees huge opportunity in being a local provider of sustainable, local, fresh and diverse product.

GROWING FROM SCRATCH

Wagenaar didn’t grow up on a farm, although his grandfather did have a dairy farm. When his family moved to Medicine Hat, Wagenaar worked in landscaping with stints in a local greenhouse. He liked the idea of being self-employed and the lifestyle the greenhouse business provided.

So in 1986, the 21-year-old bought a local operation using seed money from his brother-in-law. He built his seasonal business from six greenhouses that were 17,000 square feet in his back yard to three acres and nine employees.

“We were growing, but I saw a need for us to make a vast change of direction,” Wagenaar said.

Instead of being involved in every aspect of the operation, Wagenaar wanted to steer the company. So he sold his operation in 2006 and took a year to plan his next move. In one venture, he partnered with his brother-in-law and nephew, Albert and Ryan Cramer, to build a 15-acre greenhouse south of Medicine Hat for year-round production.

In a separate venture, Wagenaar partnered with Wayne Stigter and began acquiring other greenhouses in the area, including The Cucumber Man from Alf van Dam – whose father-in-law peddled cucumbers in Calgary going back to 1968. This would become the brand of the new business.

SUCCESS DESPITE COMPETITION

“When I started, it was about local,” he recalled. “The world got smaller….Everything is attainable just about anywhere.”

Wagenaar’s ventures are still family-based businesses – two of his four sons are now working with him – but he had to grow and specialize in order to compete.

He said the partnership with Co-op has enabled them to experiment with varieties, some they haven’t grown for 20 years.

“We grew these varieties when price wasn’t an issue. The budget forced us to grow tomatoes a little differently,” Wagenaar said. “Co-op has afforded us the opportunity to go back into the archives and look at things we used to do.”

Wagenaar’s passion is evident. He measures success by his nearly three decades in the industry. Even still, the work he’s doing today – ever since the direction change in 2006 – has renewed his love for the business.

“We’re not erasing what we did,” he said. “It brought us to where we are today.”

Find out more about local produce HERE 

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Posted: July 24

Events in Calendar View

Did You Know? You can see WeHub events in calendar view...

To see upcoming events in calendar view, choose 'Events' from the main menu. Then click on 'View' and choose 'Calendar' from the options.

Posted: July 22

Put A Lid On Your Canning Fears

Does the thought of canning make you nervous? Put a lid on your canning fears with these easy steps.

Check out more at http://crs.coopconnection.ca/coopfood-putalidonit.html

Canning has come a long way since Aunt Edna’s beets and beans. The process is experiencing a renaissance today that is producing both the best classics and new combinations in small-batch boutique home productions.

“There are some misconceptions that canning is difficult,” said Emerie Brine, Bernardin’s Chef and Brand Manager. “One of the greatest fears people have is preserving food in a manner that is unsafe for consumption.”

Any food preparation requires care and attention. Follow tested recipes and canning processes, and you will only have to worry about how to enjoy the fruits of your labour.

PICK YOUR RECIPE

Canning involves some science; you cannot just preserve your favourite recipe or introduce new ingredients. So start simple with classics like strawberry jam or dill pickles. From there, explore recipes like salsas, chutneys and stews. The recipe will ultimately determine the canning process: freezer, boiling water canning or pressure canning.

Check out these great canning recipes.

SOURCE INGREDIENTS

Whether purchasing your ingredients or heading outside your own backdoor to your garden, when sourcing ingredients you want to use the best, freshest, blemish free produce. Looking for locally grown ingredients will help you achieve this goal offering the freshest and tastiest of flavours. It is also important to consider the seasonality of your ingredients to ensure the best flavours and help you time your canning efforts. Keeping these tips in mind when sourcing ingredients will ensure the best results when showing off the fruits of your labour!

ARRANGE EQUIPMENT

Avoid jars with nicks, cracks or uneven rims that may prevent sealing or lead to breakage. Also avoid glass lids with rubber rings. Health Canada recommends using self-sealing lids and not reusing old lids, even if they appear in good condition.

READY TO CAN?

Lay out all the equipment and ingredients. Ensure all fruits and vegetables are washed and all equipment and countertops are sterilized. Follow these simple steps to preserving. It is important to note, cooking times may vary by elevation. If you’re still hesitant, work with someone who’s done it before or organize a canning party with friends and family.

While an intact seal means food will keep indefinitely, for best quality, consume canned food within one year. With fresh ingredients and innovative recipes, though, it will be a challenge for it all to last that long!

Blog Post By Rocky Mountain House Co-op

Posted: July 21

Canning 101

Do you want to do some canning this year but don't know where to start, we can help!

You can get more tips and recipes at http://crs.coopconnection.ca/coopfood-canning.html

GETTING STARTED WITH CANNING

1. Select and review your favourite recipe. The recipe determines the canning method: freezer, waterbath canning or pressure canning.

2. Gather your ingredients. Do not substitute ingredients as it may impact results.

3. Clean all tools, jars, lids and workspaces with hot soapy water, rinsing well. Keep jars warm until they are ready to use.

4. Prepare the recipe and fill jars, removing any food from the rims. Centre the lid and twist on the band, not overly tight as air must escape during canning.

Process as per the recipe’s directions, which differ by method. If using waterbath or pressure methods, press on the centre of the lid when jars have been removed and cooled. If the jar is sealed, the lid will not flex up or down.

Blog Post By Rocky Mountain House Co-op

Posted: July 16

Co-op Supports Local Farmers

Your Co-op supports local farmers, ranchers and manufacturers who grow, raise and produce our food.

Find out more at the link below.

http://crs.coopconnection.ca/athomewithcoop.html

Blog Post By Rocky Mountain House Co-op

Posted: July 15

Have YOU made the switch?

LED's represent the most profound advancement in lighting technology since the invention of the incandescent lightbulb. Making the switch to LED lightbults in your home is the single fastest and easiest way to see a significant energy savings in your home!

Click HERE to see more benefits of switching to LED lighting.

Blog Post By Rocky Mountain House Co-op

Posted: July 10

How to defeat Burger Boredom

Just in time for the weekend, we're serving up some tasty burger tips and tricks.

Click HERE for ideas to spice up your burgers.

Blog Post By Rocky Mountain House Co-op

Posted: July 9

Fireworks!

Whether you are celebrating a graduation, a wedding, or just a beautiful summer evening fireworks are sure to make your party a blast! With the help of the following tips and guidelines you can treat your guests to an outstanding fireworks show!

Check out our tips and guidelines for safe and beautiful fireworks!

Blog Post By Rocky Mountain House Co-op

Posted: July 8

Sheds 101

Need help picking the perfect shed? We will help you narrow it down!

Is your backyard and garage crowded with scattered hoses, gardening tools, lawn equipment and patio furniture? Now is the time to invite style, beauty and storage to your outdoor living space! A storage shed will provide you with a solution to your storage problems and a new and attractive backyard accessory. (Plus you know it will make your neighbor jealous of your awesome shed)

Finding the right shed involves more than just picking your favourite one. We have put together a list of the key factors to consider before making a decision.

http://crs.coopconnection.ca/home22.html

Blog Post By Rocky Mountain House Co-op

Posted: June 28

Weekend Projects

Another weekend, another project. Find what you need for your home at your local Co-op Home Centre.

Another weekend, another project. Find what you need for your home at your local Co-op Home Centre.

http://crs.coopconnection.ca/coophome.html

Blog Post By Rocky Mountain House Co-op

Posted: June 25

The Perfect Grill

Nothing says summer quite like grilling all your favorite foods on a brand new barbecue. Get the perfect grill at your local Co-op Home Centre. Let us help you pick the perfect one!

Can't decide? Look HERE to check out some of our popular models, or better yet, come in and let us help you choose the perfect grill.

Blog Post By Rocky Mountain House Co-op

Posted: June 22

WeHub Welcomes Rocky Co-op

Rocky Co-op uses the WeHub platform

Rocky Co-op is now using WeHub to communicate with the local community.

Watch for their sales, contests and other specials in our Local Shopping section.

.... or, visit the Co-op's main website.

Posted: June 16

Outdoor Living

Get ready for summer outdoor projects! With spring cleaning out of the way, summer months are the ideal time for yard upgrades! Creating a backyard retreat is made easy with help from your Rocky Co-op Home Center.

Find out more about how we can help HERE.

Blog Post By Rocky Mountain House Co-op

Posted: June 1

Co-op Fair Trade

Fair trade is a different way of doing business. It's about making principles of fairness and decency mean something in the marketplace. Your local Co-op is proud to bring you a variety of products that are Fairtrade certified.

Find out more here!

Blog Post By Rocky Mountain House Co-op

Posted: June 1

Lawn Care 101

Spring has sprung and the grass is green...at least, it should be. Check out our tips to maintaining a healthier, greener lawn.

Check out tips here:  http://crs.coopconnection.ca/home13.html

Blog Post By Rocky Mountain House Co-op

Posted: May 8

Trading Post Gift Ideas

Gift ideas for everyone.

Come to the Trading Post. With movie night Wednesday we're open at 9 pm and daily from 10-5. Come check out our stock...for the fisherman, desk job, nature enthusiast and something fun; amongst some ideas!

Blog Post By Confluence Heritage Society

Posted: May 4

WeHub Welcomes Rocky REA

Rocky REA Launches New Responsive Website

REA members and the general public are invited to visit their new site at www.rockyrea.com.

Volunteer at Concession on Canada Day

Posted: April 30

Volunteers are Critical to Our Success

Thanks to the Canada Day concession volunteers

Many thanks to the volunteers who came out to help us with the Concession. This has been a fundraiser for us for many years. The money raised helps with our summer programs.

Blog Post By Confluence Heritage Society

Posted: April 29

WeHub Welcomes Pinkwater Canada

Pinkwater Canada launches new website

Pinkwater Canada distributes hydrocarbon mitigation agents across Western Canada. 

Check out their website at www.pinkwatercanada.ca.

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