Mother's Day is this weekend! Have you prepared something in celebration? If not, here are some ideas:
Prepare a Pamper Basket || Put together a basket of all of your mom's favorite things! This can be done inexpensively and can be completely customized to your mom. Spend some time thinking about her favorite things, then put them all in a basket (Michael's Craft Supply stores have gorgeous baskets). Here are some ideas for things to include to get you started:
Magazine or Book
Take Her to Brunch || Mom's love quality time. By you taking the time to find a nice restaurant, sit down to a meal and spend time with her, she will be so happy! Skip Denny's and try something
May is full of exciting events, so don't miss out! Here are some highlights:
May 4th || Star Wars Day (May the Fourth be with you...)
May 5th, 12th & 19th || Free Compost Day || Calgary Compost Facility || This exciting opportunity is thanks to the City of Calgary who is "offering free compost for residents to use in their yards and gardens this spring. The compost is made from the food and yard waste collected in the Green Cart Program" (City of Calgary). Take advantage of this FREE event that will help your garden flourish! While you're at it, stop by a Starbucks and pick up some free coffee grounds to sprinkle into the mix - rumor has it coffee grounds are great for growing tomatoes. Get more information HERE.
What even is a civic census? The City of Calgary writes, "The Civic Census is the official count of dwelling units and the population who are living in these units, by the door to door physical collection and recording of data. This count of dwellings and residents may be supplemented yearly with other information such as the periodic age/gender distribution data, etc." The first ever Calgary census took place in 1931! Just think about how much Calgary has grown in the last year; can you imagine how different our results today will be from the results back then?
A census does more than simply count how many people currently live in the city. The information gathered from the census "is used by The City for a variety of
Calgary Youth Science Fair || April 11th - 14th || Olympic Oval || Where would we be without scientists? We would have no electricity, iphones, vehicles, bridges... The Calgary Youth Science Fair (CYSF) "inspires youth to discover their potential in these STEM fields, attracting bright hardworking students to grow their great ideas into initiatives they can take into the larger world." Support your local prodigies and check out their incredible projects! For more information visit their website here.
Bowness Mainstreet Planning || April 13th || Irish Cultural Society || Have a say in how your community is being developed. Bowness and Montgomery residents, this meeting is for you! The City of Calgary says, "experts from departments across The City
At the start of every movie, there is a sweeping shot of the city it takes place in. For Paris they show the Eiffel Tower, for London they show Big Ben, for New York they show the Empire State building, for Vancouver they show the waterfront. These shots focus on the most recognizable feature in a city to immediately ground a film. It is a subtle and effective tactic to get people to recognize a city right away.
While not many movies find their setting in Calgary, we too have buildings that help others to instantly recognize us. Places such as the original Fire Station, the Saddledome and Peace Bridge are plastered all over websites and pamphlets promoting our great City. While for some cities, such as London, their most recognized building stays
There is nothing quite as glorious as having not one, not two, but three days in a row off! Long weekends feel like the only weekends you get to truly relax, which is why we are planning on making the most of it. They only come around once every month or so, after all!
Not sure what to do this long weekend? Here are some ideas:
Stock up your DVR by scheduling it to record all of the Olympic events! Since South Korea is in a much different time zone, all the best Olympic action is happening while we're fast asleep. Load up the DVR, pick up all your favorite drinks and snacks and binge-watch away. The bonus? You can fast forward through all of the commentary and get straight to the action.
There are tons of events happening around Calgary during this month of love... check them out! For more information and events, visit www.avenuemagazine.ca
Human Bonspiel: We've all watched curling at some point, we're Canadian after all. But we would wager that you haven't ever been the curling ball. Slide "the ice at Olympic Plaza while laying on top of a giant curling stone made out of an inner tube... four-person teams will do their best to end up in the center of the three blue, white and red rings. Event proceeds will support KidSport Calgary" (Avenue Calgary). Support a great cause and have fun doing it! More information can be found HERE.
In the Heat of the Night: Human's aren't the only ones who regularly find love; critters do, too! Join
Tomorrow, January 31st, is Bell Let's Talk Day 2018. This day is hosted by Bell media and communications in an effort to bring mental health out of the shadows and into the light. This event has began in 2010 and has raised over $86,504,429.05 so far! Canadians have been quick to support this cause, recognizing the way it benefits Canadian's and the world as a whole.
The Bell Let's Talk Day initiative is "dedicated to moving mental health forward in Canada... [by promoting] awareness and action with a strategy built on 4 key pillars: Fighting the stigma, improving access to care, supporting world-class research and leading by example in workplace mental health." People are encouraged to look at how they can positively contribute to these four goals
In Calgary we are blessed (and somewhat stressed) to get all four seasons. It means that in the spring we get rain and fresh blooms, that the summer brings hot sunny days, the in the fall we can walk through crunchy golden leaves, and that in the winter we get a blanket of snow over beautiful Calgary. In many other places in the world, they are lucky to experience two seasons, let alone all four.
Because we get all four seasons, Calgary has worked hard to make sure that there are activity opportunities for residents no matter what the weather looks like outside. One way they have done this is by efficiently transforming sites from season to season, adapting to each new need. The best example of this is the Bowness Lagoon.
This year we decided to launch a blogging series to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday. We featured each province's history, how they celebrated Canada 150 in their unique way, and a list of some of the best places to check out the next time you visit that province. We hope you have enjoyed learning more about Canada and have been filled with a sense of wanderlust; we sure have!
In conclusion of this series, we are featuring our home and native land, Alberta. Like the rest of Canada, Albert has a rich history that long pre-dates any European contact. Aboriginal groups such as the Blackfoot, Blood, Peigan, Gros Ventre, Kootnay, Crow, Tsuu T'ina, Beaver and Slavey inhabited present day Alberta. Their first contact with Europe was not through explorers,
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