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Eco Youth Award

Thu, 30 Mar by Eric Dennis

Four local environmentally savvy student Airdrie groups won the Eco Youth Award presented by Mayor Peter Brown and Fortis Alberta.

On February 8 and 9, the City of Airdrie presented four groups of youth in Airdrie with an Eco Youth Award.

The City of Airdrie has been doing the Eco Youth Awards for the last two or three years.

“It’s a good initiative to have a chance for schools and students and other youth groups to be recognized for their environmental projects,” said Tracy Pagenhardt of Waste & Recycling Services for the City of Airdrie.

“A lot of these students put in their own time after school hours to help make their projects a success, which is wonderful to see that kind of initiative.”

The projects done by the students range anywhere from instituting recycling programs to gardening tower projects.

The winners were chosen based on showing the kind of initiative they took in their projects. They then received a cash award and a certificate for making a difference for the environment.

To read the full article visit the Airdrie Echo

Things to Do This Weekend – March 25-26

Fri, 24 Mar by Eric Dennis

Things To Do This Weekend In Calgary

The Calgary Baby and Tot Show

A fun and interactive event specifically designed to put everything you need all under one roof. We have local and national exhibitors present, showcasing the latest in technology, apparel, furniture, products and toys to assist parents and caregivers every step of the way, from babies to school age and everything in between. Interactive workshops and seminars, from today’s leading authorities will be available to provide you with valuable insights and presentations on raising a family. Parented play areas, arts and crafts and ongoing entertainment for the whole family!

Saturday 9:30am – 5:30pm
Sunday 11am – 5pm


Children 12 & Under FREE

Open House – Quantum Technology

Date & Time:
March 25, 2017 | 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Rothney Astrophysical Observatory
Neil Sinclair, dept of Physics and Astronomy, University of Calgary

“Quantum Technology- Putting the weird to work”

Quantum physics predicts extraordinary phenomena such as entanglement, and describes how nature works at the smallest scales. Neil Sinclair will discuss how some scientists are harnessing these weird predictions to develop new technology that could impact our everyday lives.

The evening will kick off with a history minute honouring 150 years of Astronomical research in Canada, then a presentation on what’s up the sky by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada – Calgary Centre.


On March 25, 2017 the CORE & Lole will host their first ever Zumba After Dark Party in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation, and the Calgary Food Bank.

Wear your brightest work-out wear and come ready to move to the beat with Zumba instructor Maria Hunter. To participate, please bring either a $10 cash donation for the Heart & Stroke Foundation or a non-parishable food item for the Calgary Food Bank.

Things to Do This Weekend March 11-12

Sat, 11 Mar by Eric Dennis

Things To Do This Weekend In Calgary

Pie Making Day

You can make sure you’re fully prepared for Pi Day this year with this Pie Making course at the Calgary Farmers’ Market on March 11. Participants will learn how to make their own six inch apple pies from scratch. The class is suited to cooks of any age, who want to show up to the farmers’ market ready to work in a kitchen. March 11 from 10-11 AM at the Calgary Farmers’ Market.

St. Patrick’s Road Race

Get ready for St. Patrick’s Day with this 30K race – grand prize – win your weight in beer! They offer a 30K, 10K and 5K route!
Races start between 7 and 9:30 at Central Memorial High School

Holi Celebration

Marlborough Mall is inviting Calgarians to celebrate the traditional Hindu spring festival, Holi. The festival, also sometimes referred to as the Festival of Colours or Festival of Love, signifies the victory of good over evil and the arrival of spring. The celebration will feature Bollywood dancers, a crafting station for kids, and henna art designs. Activities run from 1-3 PM.

Painting Before A Sale

Thu, 09 Mar by Eric Dennis

Painting befor

When you’ve decided it’s time to move prepping your house for sale can save you time and make you more money! Let’s talk about the walls of your home. Paint is an affordable way to make your home more appealing to potential buyers. In order to get the most out of this home improvement you’re going to want to follow these simple guidelines.

Prep your walls first. A lot of people remove some of their photos and artwork from the walls before putting their homes on the market. This helps potential buyers imagine the space decorated with their tastes in mind. If you are planning on removing and packing away some of your art make sure you fill the holes left by the nails before you paint the room. It’s also a good idea to wipe down the walls before you paint them to remove any hair, cobwebs or dust that would otherwise be trapped beneath your paint.

Choose your colors wisely. Make sure the paint you choose will appeal to everyone, now is not the time to pull off that bold red room you saw in a design magazine! Neutral colors are best when painting for a sale, but that doesn’t mean everything has to be white. Beige, greys, and some pastels can add more to a room that you would think.

Baseboards should be washed and touched up or repainted – perhaps even replaced. These really take a beating so they are often dinged, stained or scratched. If you can get away with a quick paint touch up great! If not it might be easier just to replace them entirely.

Wall paper is a tricky one. It can be difficult to remove, unsightly to paint over and stained or damaged in certain areas. If your wallpaper is in good condition and not too outdated it might be best just to leave it where it is. Give it a quick vacuum or wipe down to remove dust and cobwebs.

Calgary City Hall

Wed, 15 Feb by Eric Dennis


Perhaps one of the most significant buildings in Calgary The City Hall is a beautiful example of architecture. With rough hewn square stones as an exterior wall, a single massive clock tower, and a keystone of front entry arch carved with 1907, the word CALGARY, and the city’s coat of arms it’s a photographer and architectural buff’s dream come true.

Construction began on this building in 1907 and it was completed in 1911. The purpose of this building was to be city hall, and it has remained city hall for over 100 years. It was built to be not only impressive but also fireproof. With a steel framework and reinforced concrete forming its internal structure, it is the earliest known example of steel-frame construction in Calgary.

With a building this old you would expect some major repair bills in the future… and you’re not wrong. Protective scaffolding was installed outside the building in 2014, as pieces of the original Paskapoo sandstone began falling from the building. An estimate in October 2015 placed the cost of repairs at 34 million dollars. With the building being protected as a historical site by all levels of government I would be surprised if repairs weren’t made to this beautiful example of Calgary’s early days.

Things to do this weekend – Feb 11-12

Fri, 10 Feb by Eric Dennis


The LEGO Batman Movie Toys R Us Event

On Saturday Feb 11th head to your local participating ToysRUs store for a FREE LEGO Batman Movie Building Event. Join for a LEGO Batman Movie Make and Take, Scavenger Hunt, Giveaways and other fun in-store activities!
When: Sat Feb 11 from 11 – 1
Where: Local Toys R US Store
Who – Event for children ages 4+. One model per child Max. 250 per store, while they last

Air Nation Freestyle Tour

The Air Nation Freestyle Tour Brings together the best athletes to compete in a freestyle tour, consisting of slopestyle, halfpipe and big air competitions across the country. From Olympians to up-and-coming athletes, the Air Nation Freestyle Tour provides the benchmark for top athletes to showcase their skills!

10h00-10h45 NorAM SBS Training

RIDERS Mini-Pipe Registration

11h00-14h00 RIDERS Mini-Pipe Competition

11h00-12h30 NorAM Slopestyle – Qualification Run 1

12h30–14h00 NorAM Slopestyle – Qualification Run 2

14h45-15h30 NorAM Slopestyle – Finals Training

15h30-17h00 NorAM Slopestyle – Finals

17h30 Awards

Star Trek : The Starfleet Academy Experience

Experience a “career day” at the Starfleet Academy Test your knowledge and skills to discover what your true ranking would be in a Starfleet Career – will you be a Medical, Engineering or Science Officer, or even a Commander? Check it out at Telus Spark!


Wed, 08 Feb by Eric Dennis


The kids are all gone and it’s just the two of you again. If you are finding the house to be empty and you would like to think of downsizing (or Right Sizing) check out some of these tips to make sure you get what you need.

Moving can be difficult, especially if you’ve spent the last 20 years building memories with your family in your dream home. But planning for the future is just as important. You want to make sure you move when you can not when you need to. Think about the next 20 years, what if stairs become an issue, what if you want to spend less time cleaning and more time enjoying retirement? A smaller footprint can help you keep living independently, and give you the time to enjoy your life. That doesn’t mean that you have to give up quality! A lot of empty nesters are actually downsizing the homes they live in but up-sizing in quality. Apartments with luxury fixings and pools or gyms have become very popular. Consider giving up your 5 bedroom 4 split and check out a 3 bedroom bungalow.

Know your lifestyle. Do you want to me as close to family as possible? Do you want to stay active with access to outdoor paths and parks? What are your hobbies? All of these questions can really help you know what type of property you would like to downsize too.

Know your limitations. If you are worried about mobility in the future make sure you factor that in with your new home. Aim for less stairs, main floor laundry and level floor plans.

Don’t forget family! If you are the type that lives to entertain and want to be able to have the kids and grand-kids over for the holidays make sure you choose a place with enough space for everyone to sleep. If you prefer to visit others during the holidays perhaps a one or two bedroom home is enough for you.

Sitting down with a realtor can really help you determine your options when it comes to moving. They can fill you in on what to expect with condo fees, home prices and will often have suggestion you may not have thought of for homes.

Things to Do This Weekend – Feb 4-5

Sat, 04 Feb by Eric Dennis


Multicultural Fair

We’re celebrating Canada’s incredible milestone, 150 years. We kick the year off with a Multicultural Fair and YOU are invited!

Join us at the Centre for, Scottish dancing, Russian singing, Serbian Folk dancing, Colombian dancers, Assamese singers and dancers, Ukrainian dancers, Azerbaijan dancers and more…

When: Saturday, February 4 from 10:00am to 3:00pm

Where: Confederation Park 55+ Activity Centre – 2212 13 Street NW

Cost: FREE for everyone – All ages Welcome

Canmore Winter Carnival 

FEBRUARY 4, 2017 – FEBRUARY 12, 2017
Canmore winters are fun and full of magic. Every February we come together as a community during the Canmore Winter Carnival to celebrate the best parts of our unique winter lifestyle. With two weeks of indoor and outdoor events and experiences, the Canmore Winter Carnival is a favourite for locals and visitors alike. Enjoy ice carving competitions, kids’ ice carving , skating parties, street hockey, log sawing competitions, the always entertaining pooch parade, art crawls and the popular Snowy Owl Kid N’ Mutt races.

Cineplex Family Favourites

Select Cineplex theaters will be showing the movie Stand By Me for only $3.00 a seat! The perfect way to spend the day with the family when it’s too cold to go outside!

Smart Home Gadgets

Thu, 02 Feb by Eric Dennis


Smart Homes are really starting to take off and can be a great upselling feature. They can also make your lives a lot easier. Here are some of our favourite smart gadgets.

Bosch Home Connect – this handy app connects to your Bosch smart appliances and can be used to control washing machines, coffee maker, dishwasher, dryer, ice machine and your fridge. Brew coffee on the way home from work, so it’s ready when you get home. If you forget to start the dishwasher in the morning you can now do it from your desk at work.

Samsung Family Hub Fridge Freezer – this fridge has 3 different cameras built into it so you can see the contents of your fridge right on your phone! Never worry about missing items while grocery shopping again. It also has a touch screen on the front of the fridge for you to access a notepad or calendar, display family photos – even play music!

The Hydrao shower head – This shower head uses an app to help you monitor your water use while showering. It will even let you know if you are exceeding the water limit you have set for yourself.

The Nest Programmable Thermostat – Keep an eye on your home heating costs and save some money while you do it! This thermostat allows you to control the temperature of your home on the fly, and will learn your heating needs and program itself. From the app you can also access your heating history and see how your current consumption stacks up to the past.

BeOn Lighting – This system is designed to work with your security system and will turn on automatically when it senses your doorbell ringing, or your alarm going off. It works even when the power is out and will learn your lighting routine and turn lights off and on when you are on holidays.

Things to Do This Weekend – Jan 28-29 2017

Sat, 28 Jan by Eric Dennis



Set in the spectacular surroundings of Lake Louise, the Ice Magic Festival is a world class event with over 20 years of history. Watch as talented ice artists from around the world skillfully combine gruelling physicality with precision artistry in an ice carving competition. Join us January 19 – 29, 2017 and experience the magic.

Admission is free and the sculptures are amazing!

2017 Year of the Rooster Chinese New Year Carnival

When: 4 weekends from January 21 & 22 to February 11 & 12, 2017
What: special festival decorations, performances of traditional Dragon & Lion Dance, festival music and dance, Chinese lantern displays & riddles, martial art demonstration, vocal singing, folk art demonstration, festival food and indoor bazaar trade booths selling all sorts of gifts and festival items.

Admission is FREE!


The public is invited to drop by and check out the LEGO entries on Saturday Jan 28 from 12-2 PM. Located at the Silver Springs Community Centre

The YYC Hot Chocolate Fest

To kick off the 6th Annual YYC Hot Chocolate Fest, everyone is invited to our official launch on Saturday, January 28, 2017! Join our host, Calgary Stampeders very own #26 Rob Cote and Calgary Meals On Wheels for the official “inaugural sip” to formally commence the festival. Join us at 9 am sharp at the stage area in the Food Court!

Enjoy free hot chocolate samples from some of our competing local businesses, grab a hot chocolate passport, and post a #mugshot on social media to win great prizes!

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