Beaver Regional Arts Society 2019-2020 Season 40th Anniversary

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Music: Country, Folk, Gospel, Blues, Classical, Jazz, Choral


Our long term season series ticket holders
– All other theatre patrons
– The bus groups for their continued support
– Board members past and present
– Technical volunteers past and present
– The community and church groups for the wonderful suppers
– Alberta Foundation for the Arts
– Beaver County and the Village of Holden
– Everyone else who has volunteered their time and contributed to our success


Join us for anniversary cake and punch during intermission at each of our performances



The Paragon Theatre was built in 1952 and operated as a movie theatre until 1964 or 1965. The building was closed from 1965 until 1978.

In the 1970’s Beaver County Recreation and Parks Administrator George Baker had a dream of a regional arts centre for the people. With the help of numerous civic – minded individuals and Beaver Country’s purchase of the Paragon Movie Theatre in Holden for the princely sum of $1.00 the dream took on a life of its own.

The Beaver Regional Arts Society was formed in 1976. Its mandate was to manage the new 285 seat Beaver Regional Arts Centre facility, which was formally opened on March 17, 1979, making the dream a reality.

From 1979 to 2016 the Beaver Regional Arts Centre was operated by the Beaver Regional Arts Society.

From 2016 until the present, the facility is being operated by Beaverhill Players who changed the name back to the Paragon Theatre.


It was a movie theatre for 13 years It was unused for 13 years It was the Beaver Regional Arts Centre for 37 years Now has been the Paragon Theatre for 3 years

Members of the Beaver Regional Arts Society were undoubtedly responsible for the successful operation of the facility and keeping it open for all those years. The Beaver Regional Arts Society now rents the theatre from Beaverhill Players to host the annual season series of four performances.

World Suicide Prevention Day Walk

Please help us bring suicide awareness from the shadows and into the light by joining our lunchtime walk.

Meet us in front of the Beaver County office at 12 o’clock noon.

Brought to you in partnership by:
Beaver County
Village of Ryley
FCSS Tofield/Ryley/Beaver County West
FCSS Viking Beaver
Alberta Health Services

Dress for the Cause #ResearchMatters

Dress for the Cause
One Reason. One Cause.


You can fundraise all month long and join us on October 25th Dress u, Dress Down but….
Support life-saving breast cancer research!

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We appreciate your support of our mission to save lives through breast cancer research.

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2019 Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards

2019 Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards

The Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards honour extraordinary Albertans whose volunteer achievements have contributed to the well-being of their community and fellow community members. Six awards, two in each category of youth, adult and senior are presented annually on or around International Volunteer Day, December 5.

Albertans, who meet the following criteria, are eligible fora Stars of Alberta Volunteer Award:
•  Exemplifies the spirit of community service;
•  Demonstrates exemplary initiative, leadership, and creativity in their service to others;
•  Serves as a role model for others in their community;
•  Inspires others to engage in volunteer service; and
•  Improves the overall quality of life of fellow Albertans and the community as a whole.

Submissions for the 2019 Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards must include the following:
•  Letter of Nomination submitted by the nominator;
•  Completed Nomination Form signed by the nominee and the nominator;
•  Completed Critical Information (detailed responses to the requested points one through eight in a    separate attachment); and
•  Completed list of references.

Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP) The personal information that is provided in the nomination submission about the nominator and the nominee is collected under the authority of section 33(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and is protected by the privacy provisions of that Act. The information will be used for the purpose of administering the Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards program and to select and publicize the achievements of the award recipients.

Submissions can now be made online. For complete instructions visit:


Award nominees and their nominators will be notified in writing of the selection committee’s decision in November 2019.

Ryley Pool September Long Hours

September Long Weekend Hours

August 31, Saturday
Saturday 1:00-4:00 p.m.   6:00-8:00 p.m.

September 1, Sunday 
Showers 9:00-11:00  a.m.     1:00-4:00 p.m.     6:00-8:00 p.m.
The usual free swim, of the first  Sunday has been moved to September 8.

September 2, Monday 
Showers 9:00-11:00 am

September 3rd Fall Hours Start

Monday & Wednesday ~ 7:00-9:00 a.m.  6:00 -8:00 p.m.

Friday ~ 7:30- 9:00 a.m.

Sunday ~ 2:00-5:00 p.m.

First and third Sunday’s of each month swim free. With the exception of September 1.

Emergency Preparedness Week: Minister Madu

May 06, 2019 Media inquiries

Municipal Affairs Minister Kaycee Madu issued the following statement on Emergency Preparedness Week in Alberta:

“Disasters and emergencies can strike at any time. The goal of this year’s national Emergency Preparedness Week, May 5-11, is to raise awareness that all Albertans have a role to play in building safer communities.”

“There are simple steps each of us can take to better prepare ourselves and our loved ones.”

*             Know the risks <>
– Find out more about your community’s emergency plans by contacting your local municipal office. Know these risks and the best way to respond to them.

*             Make a plan <>
– An emergency plan will help you cope with the stress of a disaster. Make a plan for what your family will do and who they will contact during an emergency.

*             Build a kit <>
– In an emergency, you and your family should be prepared for a minimum of 72 hours.

Build your kit to suit your particular needs with enough non-perishable food, water, medicines, warm clothes and comfort items for all family members.

“I encourage all Albertans to download the Alberta Emergency Alert <>  app to their cellphones. Alberta issues alerts to provide critical information about an immediate disaster, where it is happening and what action you need to take to stay safe.”

“On May 8, the national alerting system will test the alert across Canada. The national system complements the Alberta Emergency Alert system, which issues alerts through radio, television, social media and cellphones for critical and emerging issues in Alberta.”

Related information

*             Emergency Preparedness Week events in Alberta


*             Emergency preparedness


*             Sign up to receive alerts


*             National wireless alerting system: Alert Ready


*             Government of Canada: Get prepared


Beaver County Intermunicipal Development Plans Project Launch

Beaver County Intermunicipal Development Plans Project

Beaver County and each of the Towns of Tofield and Viking and the Villages of Ryley and Holden have Intermunicipal Development Plans (IDPs).  These were approved in 2008 with some updates over the last few years.

The IDPs are beneficial tools for neighbouring municipalities to provide guidance for future growth areas, address development-related matters of joint interest along and near municipal boundaries, develop policies that are mutually beneficial, provide opportunities to explore joint economic development initiatives, and provide mechanisms for cooperation in delivering services.

The Province of Alberta has implemented recent changes to the Municipal Government Act (MGA), which now requires all existing IDPs to include new minimum requirements, such as addressing transportation systems, environmental matters, etc.

Beaver County, in partnership with the Towns and Villages, have engaged ISL Engineering and Land Services Ltd. to update the four existing IDPs.  The updates will ensure that the policies within the IDPs meet current needs, reflect new and emerging trends and planning best practices, and are in alignment with the recent changes to the MGA.

To review the existing IDP, click on the link below.

Beaver County and Town of Tofield (2008, as amended)

Beaver County and Town of Viking (2008, as amended)

Beaver County and Village of Holden (2008)

Beaver County and Village of Ryley (2008, as amended)

Where are we now?

Over the winter, the ISL’s team held Steering Committee meetings, completed stakeholder interviews and prepared a discussion paper that included a review of the existing IDPs and other technical documents, estimation of future population growth, a review of land supply for each of the municipalities, and a review of potential opportunities and constraints in the plan areas.

COMING SOON To review the Discussion Paper.

The team is currently preparing the updates to the existing IDPs based on the information gathered over the past few months.

Stay tuned! In late May, affected landowners, residents and other stakeholders will have the opportunity to review the updated draft IDPs and provide their input through an online survey.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Intermunicipal Development Plan?

An Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) is a long-term and strategic plan between two or more municipalities that is required by the Municipal Government Act (MGA). An IDP’s purpose is to provide a coordinated and collaborative land use, servicing and transportation framework for growth on the land adjacent to and near the boundaries of the municipalities.

Under the MGA, an IDP must address:

  • future land uses,
  • future development proposals,
  • provision of transportation systems,
  • environmental matters,
  • coordination of intermunicipal physical, social, and economic programs,
  • other matters related to physical, social or economic development,
  • conflict resolution procedures,
  • plan amendment procedures, and
  • overall plan administration.

What is the importance of this project?

By initiating this project, the municipalities are demonstrating the importance of land use, servicing and transportation planning on a coordinated, cooperative and collaborative basis. They are also demonstrating that a solid land use planning framework is an essential component of successful intermunicipal relationships.

I’m happy with our community today. Why do the IDPs need to be updated?

The Province and the MGA now require that all existing IDPs include new minimum requirements such as addressing transportation systems, environmental matters, etc. Each of the municipalities involved in this project are experiencing growth pressures and challenges, so we need to direct growth and address the challenges in a strategic way. Each municipality has its own aspirations, anticipated development, and challenges to address. This project will ensure each IDP is in compliance with the changes to the MGA and addresses changing populations, economic circumstances, and shifting community needs. The updated IDPs will enable strategic decision-making about future growth.