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.
Remembrance Day is this weekend on November 11th. In honor of this significant day in Canadian history, here is the history behind the poppy:
In 1915 Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, a Canadian soldier, wrote the poem "In Flanders Fields." He did so on the battlefront of Ypres, Belgium during the first world war after seeing his dear friend, Alexis Helmer, killed by a German bomb. The poem was a reflection on war, loss, perseverance and the poppies that grew atop the graves of the fallen. Many soldiers recalled the hope these blossoming poppies gave them, that even after death something beautiful could grow.
In 1918 Moina Michael, inspired my McCrae's poem, vowed to always wear a red poppy in remembrance of those who served in the war. During a
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.
Valentine's Day is February 14th, this Wednesday! Mark your calendars, particularly those of you whose significant others have big expectations.
Some people are critical of Valentine's Day. Theask, "why must there be a specific day of the year to force people to show love? In a healthy relationship, every day should be Valentine's Day. You shouldn't need an arbitrary Hallmark holiday to do something special." While some of this argument is valid, because it is true that you should love on those important to you all year round, it neglects to remember this:
No matter how much you love someone, there is no possible way for every single day to be filled with wild love and special moments. Love is messy, life is crazy, and not every day will be a
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
In the New Year many people make personal resolutions, such as losing weight, advancing in their career, paying off debt, etc. Kicking off the new year with specific goals in mind will help you stay focused. There is nothing quite like the start of a new year, in this case 2018, to inspire you to be the best you.
Read about The Most Popular New Year's Resolutions.
While many of us make personal and professional resolutions, another area of your life to set some goals for is your home! Here are some suggestions:
Renovate: Make this the year you finally renovate that room you have been wanting to forever, or to finish a renovation you began but abandoned. You don't have to complete it in one day; you can do it in phases. Looking for advice
Happy New Year's Eve, everyone! We hope you enjoy a fun, safe evening ringing in 2018!
Here are some fun facts about New Year's Eve to get you pumped up for tonight:
The very first New Year's Eve was celebrated 4,000 years by the ancient Babylonians.
Celebrating with friends and family is a tradition because legend has it the first people you see will either give you good or bad luck; make sure you look at someone who likes you!
The first ball drop in Times Square New York was in 1907. They used the ball, covered in 25 watt bulbs, because of a fireworks ban. Now the ball " weighs 11,875 pounds, is 12 feet in diameter and is adorned with 2,668 Waterford crystals" (International Business Times).
We can't all be in New York City this New Year's Eve, so here are some places you can ring in the New Year in Calgary:
Olympic Plaza || Outdoor Party || "No matter what your musical taste is, we’ve got it covered. An amazing line-up of local artists will provide a musical backdrop to your night as the Countdown Ball presented by Downtown Calgary will drop at midnight. The night will conclude with the ENMAX fireworks display welcoming 2018 to Calgary. The fireworks will begin from the Calgary Tower before continuing from the roof of City Hall" (City of Calgary).
City Hall || Family Party || "The Municipal Building will become party central with music, entertainment, and a glow-in-the-dark resolution wall. Dress in neon or white and anything that
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