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Calgary in the Spring

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This spring in Calgary there are many activities for all ages! We have provided 5 Activities for you to check out to make the most of our city and the amazing events that are going on.

1) Day Out With Thomas May  6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 2017

Tickets on sale now – Get yours before they’re gone!

Day Out With Thomas provides an opportunity for kids to take a ride with their favourite tank engine, meet the railway controller, Sir Topham Hatt, have fun in the Imagination Station, enjoy face painting, musical entertainment and much more! Get ready for The Friendship Tour at Heritage Park Historical Village in Calgary!

2) Crazy For You – Theatre Calgary May 2, 2017 – May 20, 2017

Theatre Calgary’s final production of the 2016/2017 season is a new musical by George and Ira Gershwin. It follows a young banker who travels to the slow, sleepy town of Deadrock. He’s there to foreclose a theatre, but unexpectedly, something happens there that changes his life. This is a catchy, energetic musical.

3) Canmore Uncorked May 3, 2017 – May 14, 2017

Canmore’s annual food and drink festival returns in May. Expect 12 days of special set-price menus at more than 20 participating Canmore restaurants, as well as one-of-a-kind featured events.

4) Jazz and Bubbles Mar 16, 2017 to Jun 29, 2017

Aiming to emulate the Prohibition-era supper clubs of old, the Untitled Champagne Lounge presents a weekly night of live jazz music. Each Thursday, the Deanne Matley Duo will play the lounge’s Jazz and Bubbles event. To accompany Matley’s music, Untitled will offer 20 per cent off vintage and non-vintage bottles from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on these nights.

5) Calgary Food Tours – Sunday Brunch w/ Calgary Farmers Market Tour

One faces a lot of choice when coming to the Calgary Farmers’ Market, but Calgary Food Tours can help cut through the noise every Sunday from February to November this year. The tour will provide background information on several signature market foods after a relaxing brunch. The tour will start at J. Webb Wine Merchants and will move through tastings at 10 different market vendors, ranging from fresh produce, savoury meats, tasty pastries, and more.

 

 

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Calgary Christmas events

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The Christmas season is here, and Calgary has many options you can enjoy with friends and family!!

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Lions’ Festival of Lights

Located in Confederation Park in NW Calgary.  
The display can be viewed along 14 St NW, North of 24 Avenue.
http://www.lionsfestivaloflights.ca/

The Festival of Lights is the largest free drive-by Christmas lights display in Calgary. It can be seen along 14th Street N.W., south of 24th Avenue. The festival is 99% green, with over 115,000 LED light bulbs and almost 3 kilometres of power chords.

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Winter ice skating at Olympic Plaza

Location: 228 8 Ave. S.E.
Open mid November to mid March
Hours of operation: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily
Skating is free of charge
Skate rental available
http://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Parks/Pages/Locations/Downtown-parks/Olympic-Plaza.aspx

Celebrate the holidays with an outdoor skate! Hold hands to keep warm – and don’t forget your helmet.

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Once Upon a Christmas at Heritage Park

Weekends November 19th through to December 18th, 2016   9:30am – 4:00pm
Address: 1900 Heritage Dr SW, Calgary, AB T2V 2X3
Phone: (403) 268-8500
https://www.heritagepark.ca/plan-your-visit/event-calendar/once-upon-a-christmas.html

Take a trip to Heritage Park to experience Christmas from years gone by. You can enjoy a romantic wagon ride with a loved-one or sing Christmas carols with the kids. Other activities include gingerbread cookie decorating, a petting zoo and a vintage photo parlour. Starting in 2015, admission includes access to the Gasoline Alley Museum.

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Alberta Ballet – The Nutcracker

December 16-24
Weekdays 7:00pm
Saturday 1:00pm & 6:00pm Sunday 1:00pm & 6:00pm
Location: 1415 14 Avenue Nw, Calgary, Alberta.

https://albertaballet50.com/2016-17-season/the-nutcracker

Feel the energy of the live orchestra as dancers take the stage, the house lights glow and a magical fairy tale begins. With this unforgettable ballet, Edmund Stripe reveals an elegant and seamless marriage between dancer and orchestration. Young and old will delight in the beauty and power of The Nutcracker, set to Tchaikovsky’s immortal score and performed live by the enormously talented Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.

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StoryBook Theatre’s A Christmas Story: the musical

November 24 – December 24, 2016
Location 220 9th Ave SE Calgary, AB Canada

Phone: 403-294-7440

https://www.theatrecalgary.com/2015-16/a-christmas-carol

Hilarious is only one of the words used to describe A Christmas Story – the musical, which is based on the holiday movie favorite. It’s about a boy in the 1940s who has a huge imagination and one wish for Christmas.

 

 

 

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Calgary Christmas Charity

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Christmas is a time to be a happy and joyful, a time for families to make new memories together, a time for good food and special gifts. But it can be a hard time for others, there are many families in the world that are struggling just to put food on the table.
Christmas is also an opportunity for hope,  a good time to start thinking about helping others by providing food, clothing and toys for those in need. We have created this blog to help them experience the joy of this season.  Thank you in advance for being generous in this time of year.

ach15_logo Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation  – November 1 – December 31
2888 Shaganappi Trail NW
Calgary, Alberta, T3B 6A8
Toll free: 1-877-715-KIDS (5437) email: kids@achf.com

http://www.childrenshospital.ab.ca/site/PageNavigator/news_events/upcomingevents_eventdetails.html

The Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation inspires our community to invest in excellence in child health, research and family centered care. Your gift will make a difference for the 93,000 kids and families who rely on care from the Alberta Children’s Hospital each year.
From now until December 31st, when you visit your local Tbooth Wireless and WIRELESSWAVE location, you can help raise funds for local children’s hospitals! All funds raised in Calgary and Southern Alberta will support the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation.

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Calgary Homeless Foundation – Ending Homelessness

Address: 925 7 Ave SW #308, Calgary, AB T2P 1A5

Your donation makes homes happen, giving people a solid foundation to rebuild their lives.
You heal the broken hearts of homelessness, and help everyone find their place in the community again. You give people back their future, and you make the city better for all. Your donation will have a meaningful and immediate impact on the place you call home.

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Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta – December Events

Location: 12001 44 Street SE
Calgary, AB  T2Z 4G9
Phone: 403-543-1161
email: admin@cpalberta.com

http://www.cpalberta.com/cpaaevents/calendar/?event_category_id=calgary-programs

The holiday season is a special time of year when families and communities come together.  Warm memories are created, special moments are shared and the brightness of the season illuminates our city with celebration and glad tidings.  Together, with the support of our donors and the community at large, we work toward our vision of being a leader in providing programs and services to persons with disabilities, and help everyone achieve a Life without Limits!

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Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter – Toy Mountain

24-Hour Family Violence Helpline
403.234.SAFE (7233)
Administration Office:  500-1509 Centre St SW
Calgary AB T2G 2E6
email: info@cwes.ca
http://www.calgarywomensshelter.com/index.php/give/ctv-toy-mountain

From November 21st – December 23rd, Toy Mountain will collect much needed toys, financial donations and basic essential items needed not only during holidays, but throughout the year. Join the Toy Mountain collection drive, your donation will support the families we serve.

The Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter is focused on ending family violence and abuse in the lives of women, children, youth and men. “Taking a Stand Against Family Violence” in the community for the past 42 years, the agency has helped more than 180,000 Calgarians build safe lives and healthy relationships. We are on the front lines to provide hope and support to some of the most vulnerable members of our community.

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5 Tips for a Safe Halloween

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As Halloween approaches we know families and kids are getting excited to dress up, have fun and fill their bags with candy.

As our Calgary Communities, including the Hamptons, prepares to interact with neighbors at our doors and walk the our streets we want to ensure everyone stays safe and keeps the following things in mind when planning costumes and visiting neighbors.

Costume Choice

Make sure costumes fit well and do not drag to avoid trips and falls. If a mask is part of your outfit, ensure it fits properly and has holes for the eyes and nose large enough so your vision and breathing are not impaired.

Safety while Trick or Treating

Carry a flashlight, and fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to increase visibility to passing vehicles. Only visit safe, trusted neighborhoods and approach homes where outdoor lights are on as a welcome sign.

Treats 

If you are handing out treats this year, consider handing out non-food or healthier food items. After trick-or-treating, examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Throw out anything that is unwrapped or damaged. Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.

Family and Friends

It is important to treat or treat with others. It is not advisable to go out alone or be by yourself. Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.

Driver Safety 

It’s not just the kids who need to pay attention to the roads on Halloween night! Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways. Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.

 

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Fall Cleanup and Proper Leaf Management

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The weather in Calgary makes it hard to judge if we will get our first dump of snow before or after all the leaves have fallen. Often, leaves get covered by snow and forgotten about until next spring. These dead leaves, sticks and other debris can grow mold, bacteria and become infested with diseases and insects that can harm your lawn.

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It’s never too late to aerate!
There are a number of ways to manage your leaves. You can mulch the leaves with your lawn mower and disperse them on your lawn. This acts as a low grade fertilizer and can be beneficial in fighting against weeds. However, if you have too many leaves on the ground, it can cause clumping while trying to mulch. These clumps take time to decompose and can have an unpleasant aroma. You can instead choose to put your leaves in plastic or paper yard waste bags and take them to one of the free leaf disposal sites in the city. The city dumps also offer free leaf and yard waste disposal in the fall and spring season.

Fall cleanups are often neglected, however they are one of the most
beneficial ways to care and maintain your lawn.

Aeration can be beneficial to your yard and can be done in Fall before the ground freezes. By aerating, you open your lawn up for moisture from the winter snowfall. Another added benefit from aerating in the fall is you reduce the chance of spreading dandelion seeds.

Author Bio: lawncarecalgary

Alexander Rushforth-Flores has over 10 years of experience in the Lawn Care, Pet Waste and Snow Removal Industry. He continued the family business with the goal of providing affordable essential services that help keep the community beautiful in the summer and safe in the winter. He is dedicated to keeping his clients happy and always follows up to ensure complete satisfaction.

For more info, visit his website www.scoopcutnshovel.com

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Thanksgiving in Calgary

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Thanksgiving is a time to spend with family and friend and enjoy an extra long weekend! We have a new blog for you to know what to do and how to spends your time together. Whether it’s outdoor activities, eating good food or shopping we have some great ideas for you here!

Free Skating with City of Calgary

Monday October 10th from 1-2:30

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Skate for free at a number of City of Calgary ice rinks on the afternoon of Thanksgiving Monday! Participating rinks include: Ernie Starr Arena, Murray Copot Arena, Rose Kohn/Jimmie Condon Arenas, Stew Hendry/Henry Viney Arenas. Visit their calendar for more information and to plan your day!

 

Brunch with Hotel Blackfoot

Thanksgiving Carve-a-Deal

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Family Dinner “to go” Available from Friday October 7 until Monday October 10, 2016. Advance booking is required with four (4) days notice. Reserve through Green’s Restaurant (259-1705). Pick up times are available every half hour via your request from 3pm – 7 pm.

This holiday season relax and enjoy the company of family and friends. Rather than spending all day in the kitchen, let Executive Chef Jason Pederson and his culinary team prepare the epicurean delights! Relax and enjoy the holidays! View the menu

We will provide the entire dinner, right down to the after dinner chocolates; all you have to do is pick it up and set the table. Each of the items are packaged in oven-ready foil containers and presented in a Rubbermaid tote. The tote can be used to pack away your decorations at the end of the season!

Thanksgiving Carve-A-Deal Small: $295.00
Thanksgiving Carve-A-Deal Large: $445.00

 

Heritage Park Thanksgiving

Saturday, October 8 –  Monday, October 10, 2016

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With the Park’s Summer Season drawing to an end, this is your last chance to enjoy the historical village attractions this year. Enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving meal and themed activities, pumpkin baking demonstrations, crafts and more! Each day of this weekend the first 500 guests who arrive will be treated to a complimentary pancake breakfast, served hot off the grill in the Gunn’s Dairy Barn until 10:30am.

Take a spin on the antique midway, a trip around the Park on our thundering steam train or enjoy a relaxing tour on a horse-drawn wagon ride. On Monday, guests can spin a reel as they enjoy an old-time barn dance.

Visit their website for details, admission prices and menus! 

 

SAIT Culinary Campus

October 9th

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The SAIT Culinary Campus will be holding a bake sale on Thursday, Oct 9th. Stock up on Thanksgiving treats and try your hardest not to eat all the goodies before Monday.

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GET INVOLVED: Habitat for Humanity

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In 1974, a typical 25- to 34-year-old had to work for five years to put a 20% payment on an average home in Canada. Now it’s 12 years, on average, and that’s if everything goes well. Sudden changes in employment or serious health issues can happen to any family without warning, making the path to homeownership impossible. That’s bad for parents and even worse for their children.

Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta offers a sustainable solution to this problem by building strength, stability and independence for families through affordable home ownership. Families partner with Habitat and spend 500 hours volunteering in the community and helping to build their future homes, while Habitat rallies the community to provide funding for land and building materials.

When the home is complete, the partner families purchase it with a no-down-payment, no-interest mortgage that never exceeds 25% of their income. Most importantly, the children gain a stable foundation to grow and succeed, where they won’t have to constantly move from school to school and from neighbourhood to neighbourhood.

Right now, Habitat has three developments in progress in southern Alberta. Twenty-four multi-family units are underway in Pineridge, two fully accessible homes are being built in Redstone and six more are nearing completion in Airdrie. These 32 homes will soon be purchased by family partners like Brendan, a single parent with three daughters. Brendan is a concrete worker who has been forced by circumstances to move his family in with his mother and he and his daughters can’t wait to have a home of their own.

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A single home for a single family can cost $200,000 in land and materials and Habitat relies on the support of the community to make home ownership happen. Residents of the Hamptons, here are three ways you can help.
1. Ask your company to sponsor a build.
2. Gather a fundraising team and spend a day on the construction site as part of our Build Day program.
3. Donate online.

Every dollar helps build stability and strength in Calgary and across southern Alberta. Thank you!

Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta

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YYC Growers

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How you can help YYC Growers grow the local food movement in Calgary?

YYC Growers is an alliance of urban and rural farmers in and around the Calgary area. Our farmer-led society was created in 2013 to provide Calgary’s urban farmers with a way to pool our efforts and resources. We help each of our farmer members sell their produce to customers in an easier, more affordable way.

The nearly 20 full and part-time farmers that make up the YYC Growers collective believe that every Calgarian should have the access to fresh, local and affordable food. The more we empower and support our rural and urban farmers, the faster YYC Growers’ vision of sustainable food on ever Calgary plate can be a reality.

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How you can help!

We’re now providing over 500 harvest boxes to local families weekly, plus serving many amazing restaurants and local businesses like Sunnyside Natural Market! We’re ready to grow. The largest, most daunting barrier is our current cooler. It’s just not big enough to hold the larger amounts of produce coming in as more farmers join.

To raise the $25,000 needed for this new cooler, we’re running a crowdfunding campaign on a social enterprise platform called Chuffed.org. You can visit our campaign here.

You can donate as little as $5, or choose a perk from one of our incredible business supporters! Our perks include amazing items from Market Collective, Last Best Brew, Midtown Kitchen & Bar, The Nash, Notable, Forage Foods, Country Thyme Farm, The Bowden SunMaze, Sunnyside Natural Market, and Happiness by the Acre.

Our vision.

We want to grow the Local Food Movement in Calgary. Our vision is sustainable food on every Calgary plate. Please stand with us by donating today, and help us prove that Calgary is a great place to eat and grow local.
Connect with Us:

Website: www.yycgrowers.com
Twitter: @yycmetrogrowers
Instagram: @yycgrowers

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Hiking Shouldn’t Hurt!

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Written by Dr. Caitlyn Cameron, DC (Chiropractor)

www.energizehealth.ca

Living in Calgary, we are perfectly situated to enjoy the incredible hiking trails throughout our backyard. There is nothing quite like spending an adventurous weekend exploring the mountainous trails in the Rockies. But for anyone who has ever “over-done it” on a hike, you also know that there is nothing quite like the painful struggle to get out of the car after sitting through the drive back to Calgary. While some soreness can be expected after exerting yourself on the trail, many of the aches and pains can be avoided. Hiking shouldn’t hurt!

Before you hit the trail
Pack smart
Pack whatever you need for a comfortable and safe trip, but don’t overload yourself. Remember to pack the essentials: water, food, extra layers, rain gear, first aid kit, map, etc… but keep it light! A heavier pack leads to more compression through your shoulders, spine, hips, knees, and ankles, making for a more physically demanding hike. This extra compression is likely to contribute to sore joints during and after the hike. If you are hiking with a group, then share the load and you will all have a happier hiking experience.

Wear appropriate footwear
Hiking footwear is a huge topic that cannot be completely covered here but on a basic level, when it comes to hiking boots/shoes, you need to consider comfort, cushioning, support, and traction. Your choice of footwear should be comfortable enough to wear all day without producing hot-spots or blisters, and should have enough cushioning to keep your feet from getting bruised while walking on rocky trails. The boots should also have support throughout the foot and around the ankle, to protect you from painful sprains and strains. Lastly, your boots should have sufficient traction for your choice of trail to keep you up-right and injury free throughout your adventure.

Warm up
After arriving at the trailhead, take a couple of minutes to warm up your body. An easy warm up could include a short walk around the parking lot, coupled with a few squats and lunges, and some gentle stretching. Once your muscles are warm, you are ready to hit the trail.

During your hike
Take regular breaks
Frequent breaks are a great way to reduce the stresses on your body during a long day of hiking. Allowing your muscles to rest for a few minutes every hour is essential in the prevention of overuse muscle strains. Be sure to use your breaks wisely by hydrating, enjoying a snack, and re-applying sun protection.

Wear your pack properly
No matter what your pack weighs, make sure to use the waist and chest straps to help distribute the load across your torso. A properly placed waist strap will transfer a lot of the pack weight onto your hips, easing the pressure on your shoulders.

Use hiking poles when needed
Hiking poles are not necessary for everyone, but in certain conditions they can be incredibly helpful. When hiking downhill, hiking poles have been shown to reduce compressive force on the knees by up to 25%. For many people this means less knee pain and a more enjoyable descent from the mountain top. Hiking poles are also a great tool on slippery or unstable trails. By adding 2 more points of contact with the ground, you will have better traction and are less likely to slip and fall.

Post-hike pain prevention
Stretch
Before you hop into the car and head back to the city, take a couple minutes to stretch. Stretching is a key factor in muscle recovery and will help reduce any post-hike soreness. Send a little appreciation to your muscles by gently stretching out the front and back of your thighs, calves, low back, chest, shoulders, and neck. In general, stretches should be held for 20-30 seconds, and should be pain-free.

Take care of injuries
General post-exercise soreness (aka. delayed-onset muscle soreness) should be long-gone within 3-4 days after the hike. If you have any areas of pain or discomfort after that time, it is a good idea to see a Chiropractor, Massage Therapist, or other health care provider to have the area assessed and treated.
Use these tips on your next outdoor adventure for a more enjoyable, pain-free experience!

Dr. Cameron is a Chiropractor at Energize Health, a multi-disciplinary clinic that uses a patient centred, evidence informed approach to help our patients move better, feel better and live better. We are located just north off of Stoney Trail in Evanston, minutes away from the Hamptons. We offer Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Massage Therapy, Shockwave and Laser Therapy.

To contact Dr. Cameron directly, you can email her at: dr.cameron@energizehealth.ca. Please visit us at www.energizehealth.ca or give us a call at 403.455.8220 for more information.

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Neighbour Day 2016

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What is Neighbour Day?

Held annually on the third Saturday of June, Neighbour Day is an opportunity for
neighbours to come together in the form of a front yard barbecue, garden party, picnic,
clean-up or afternoon tea in a local park to celebrate our strong community spirit in
Calgary.
Make Saturday, June 18, 2016 the day you get to know your neighbours! Share your experience with us using #yycNeighbourDay. To Sign up and plan your event visit the City of Calgary Website.

Neighbour Day Ideas

Here are a few ideas on how you and your neighbours can celebrate Neighbour Day
  • host a block party
  • have a neighbourhood picnic at a local park
  • host a neighbourhood potluck or front yard BBQ
  • host afternoon tea in your backyard
  • parade of lawn parties
  • hold a street chalk drawing competition
  • grab a Litter Cleanup Kit, get together and tidy up your park or natural area
  • help your neighbour with their spring cleaning or gardening
  • or make up your own way to celebrate community spirit in Calgary!
The idea is to meet neighbours, make new friends, have fun and maybe work together on a project that benefits the entire community.
Get together in your yards, in the common areas of your building, your local park, or take the party to the streets to celebrate Neighbour Day!