Dear Red Deer

Want to love where you live?

Join us for a year of challenges based on the book, This is Where You Belong: The Art and Science of Loving the Place You Live by Melody Warnick. The challenges will be set every month based on one chapter of the book. We will read the chapter, try the challenges and then meet in the library or post on social media to share experiences. We're hoping that by taking part in this program we will come to love Red Deer and feel like this is where we belong. 

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Dear Red Deer Challenges
Chapter 3:  Shop Local

Download a printable PDF of the challenges here!

CHALLENGE 1: READ THE THIRD CHAPTER OF THIS BOOK

The book is This is Where You Belong by Melody Warnick. Copies can be borrowed from the Library as eBooks, and eAudiobooks.

CHALLENGE 2: PLAN A CASH MOB

A cash mob is a community event that people use as a way to join together and support local businesses. Check this site for ways to plan a cash mob when social distancing ends and we can form mobs.

CHALLENGE 3: BUY LOCAL EVERY MONTH

Every month of Dear Red Deer, spend $20 on three locally owned businesses, $20 of goods or services for each one. If the business has had to close for social distancing, buy online or by telephone.

CHALLENGE 4: CHOOSE A LOCAL BREW

Belly Hop Brewing, Red Hart Brewing, Sawback Brewing Co., and Troubled Monk are local breweries. Sample their wares and make your brew, a local brew. Not so keen on craft beer? Try Dose Coffee Co. or Meeting Waters if you prefer coffee or try the kombucha at Wild Brewing Co.

CHALLENGE 5: THANK A LOCAL BUSINESS OWNER

These are trying times.  Take time and write a thank you by mail or email to local businesses and assure them that if they have had to close their doors that you will be there at their door when this time passes. 

CHALLENGE 6: KEEP TWO CARTS APART

If you have to shop, please keep social distancing of two meters or two shopping carts apart.

CHALLENGE 7: SEARCH FOR BUSINESSES IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD

Walk through your neighbourhood and make a mental map of local businesses. None in your neighbourhood?  Map the ones you pass on your commute. When these trying times end and business resumes try to buy at one of these businesses.

CHALLENGE 8: LIKE, COMMENT & SHARE

Apply the force of social media and like, comment and share local businesses’ posts so they can reach new customers who may not have known about their business before. We’re spending more time on social media throughout this crisis so if a local business is seen by new people it will help a business’ come back. Simply commenting on a post or posting a rave review will affect the social media algorithm. It won’t cost you anything but time.

CHALLENGE 9: BUY A GIFT CARD 

Buy a gift card now to use later! This will give local businesses cash flow that they can use to support themselves while their doors are closed or business has slowed down. Many businesses will let you buy gift cards online. This will allow you to shop from home and practice social distancing.

CHALLENGE 10: MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Mark April 30 on your calendar.  This is the date the challenges for Chapter 3 will be posted.  If the Library is able to resume services in branches, this is the date we will meet in the Downtown Branch of the Library to share experiences of loving Red Deer.