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Things to Do This Weekend

Fri, 17 Nov by Eric Dennis

Winter Fest

Sunday, November 19, 2017, 1 – 3 p.m.
Bring your family and friends for this exciting winter celebration. Get creative in our crafts room, join a guided park tour or test out your birdwatching skills. We’ll also have nature-themed games, fun facts about the park’s wildlife and much more! Don’t miss this fun-filled family event.

Location Ralph Klein Park
Address 12350 84 Street SE

Light Up Okotoks 

Join us for the kick off to the holiday season. Festivities typically include a visit from Santa, wagon rides, sugar shack, cookie decorating, craft sales, late night shopping, fireworks & much more! Don’t forget your Food Bank donations for the 18 Wheels of Christmas.

Friday, November 17, 2017 – 5:30pm to 9:00pm

Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market

Plunge into the warm atmosphere that Christmas at Spruce Meadows evokes. It’s easy! You only have to visit the International Christmas Market once to discover a magical world of scents, colours and light and feel the energy associated with the anticipation of Christmas.

Enjoy 300+ vendors spreading Christmas Spirit in the indoor comfort of the Spruce Meadows Riding Hall,
Equi-Plex, Horizons, Reindeer Alley, and Candy Cane Lane. Our outdoor areas include, ‘Founders Plaza’, ‘Twin-Peaks’ and many more individual vendors around the grounds.

Things to do This Weekend!

Fri, 10 Nov by Eric Dennis

Free Swim and Skate 

Calgary Recreation will be offering free swims and free skates all across the city for Remembrance Day! Check out a list of locations and times here

Market Square Christmas Festival in Okotoks

Get started on your Christmas shopping with over 175 unique vendors from all over southern Alberta! With its small town charm, vibrant Christmas spirit, wide range of fabulous artisan vendors, Santa, children’s workshop and live caroling, this small town Christmas market has grown to be one of the most anticipated holiday shopping destinations around. Join us, invite your friends, and kick off your holiday shopping in Okotoks!
Running Nov 10-12 Admission is just $5!

Millarville Christmas MarketNov 9th-12th, 2017
Hours: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm daily
Friday, Nov 10th open until 8:00 pm
Admission: $5/ Person (12 yrs and under free)
The Millarville Christmas Market, established in 1988 and one of the premier craft and artisan shows in Alberta, welcomes you back November 9th-12th, 2017. You’ll enjoy four fabulous days of lights, food, hay rides, roasted chestnuts, glass blowing demonstrations, carolers, music, crafts, and many of your favorite seasonal vendors. Decorate your home with handmade, unique decorations, wreaths, stockings and ornaments or find one of a kind gifts from our many artists and crafts people, including jewelry, glass, paintings, stained glass, pottery, quilting, knitting, sewing, hats, mitts and scarves. Photographs, calendars and books are available directly from writers and photographers. You will also find beautiful woodworking and wood-turning.

FAMILY ACTIVITIES INCLUDE

  • Hay rides courtesy of Horsepowered Adventures every afternoon (find them at the North End of the Grandstand).
  • Have your annual photo with Santa in Santa’s Workshop (located in the basement of the Hall). Hosted as a fundraiser by Oilfields High School Travel Club in Black Diamond. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm daily.
  • Santa’s Workshop hosted by Louise Dean School for Girls 10:00 am- 5:00 pm daily Kids Only (12yrs and under) shopping area sponsored by The Eagle 100.9 FM
  • Glass blowing demonstrations-all day
  • Reindeer for viewing (sorry, not photos this year as Rudolph and his gang are busy shooting a Disney film!)

Okotoks – Community Spotlight

Wed, 08 Nov by Eric Dennis

Usually we spotlight communities in Calgary but I’d like to take a minute to discuss the possibility of moving out of the city and into a quieter neighborhood. Okotoks has some fabulous attractions that most people in Calgary don’t know about. If you are looking for a get away from the city or even a new place to call home check out some of our favorite facts and attractions in Okotoks!

 The Big Rock

The rock is a glacial erratic that was deposited southwest of Okotoks during the retreat of the last ice age. The rock originated from the Wisconsin glacier and is the largest glacial erratic in the world.

Kayben Farms
Located only a few minutes outside Okotoks and open May – October, Kayben Farms is home to the 12-acre Sunshine Adventure Park and JoJo’s Café. The adventure park features a play structure with four-lane slide, pedal kart track, wheat bin, little tots area, farm animal display and horse-drawn wagon rides.

Okotoks Museum & Archives
The museum is inside a beautiful historical home that dates back to 1905. It was home to several prominent families over the years, and also served as a daycare, antique store and law/government office at various times. The museum opened its doors in 2000, and in 2009, a restoration was completed to recapture some of the home’s original character.

Golf Courses
If you want to hit the links, Okotoks is home to a few excellent golf courses, including D’Arcy Ranch Golf Club, Crystal Ridge Golf Club and River’s Edge Golf Course

Saskatoon Farm
The farm started with a few Saskatoon berry seedlings planted by Paul and Karen Hamer at the confluence of the Sheep River and Highwood River 30 years ago. Today, it’s home to greenhouses, a gift shop, a 100-seat restaurant, a seasonal farmers market and a popular annual u-pick for Saskatoon berries and sour cherries.

Old-Fashioned Skating Party
Each January, Okotoks hosts an old-fashioned skating party on the outdoor rink at the Okotoks Recreation Centre to celebrate winter. Families can bring their skates and enjoy outdoor skating, music and hot chocolate.

FUN FACTS

  • Okotoks is home to more than 28,000 people and is expected to grow to roughly 80,000 people in the coming decades thanks to an ongoing annexation process
  •  Okotoks comes from the Blackfoot word “Okatok,” which means “rock” – likely a reference to the famous Big Rock glacial erratic located southwest of the town
  •  The last bison in the Okotoks area was killed in 1879
  • Train passenger service to Okotoks was discontinued in 1971 after 80 years of service
  • Okotoks received telephone service and electric lights in 1906 and natural gas in 1912, but had no public waterworks or a sewer system until 1952

Shipping Container Homes

Wed, 01 Nov by Eric Dennis

The latest building craze seems to be shipping container homes. This trend seems to be piggy backing on the small home trend and seems to be a viable option when it comes to building a cabin or weekend get away in the mountains. Now Edmonton has built their first shipping container apartment building!
While it may not be the most traditional way of building, once you’re inside one of Edmonton’s newest apartments, you wouldn’t even know you’re standing inside what was once a shipping container.
A three-storey, 20-unit apartment building – made from repurposed steel shipping containers – is nearing completion in west Edmonton.
“We’re getting a lot of interest,” said AJ Slivinski, owner of Step Ahead Properties. “Overall, everybody’s very impressed. I think their first words out of their mouth is, ‘We didn’t really visualize this.’ And I think they come to the realization that whether it’s shipping container or stick build, there is no difference.”
The containers were repurposed in Calgary, then shipped north to Edmonton. Even the tiles, countertops, floors and walls were built in a warehouse in Calgary before making their way to Edmonton where the apartment building was constructed like “LEGO,” Slivinski said.
The process lowers construction costs while reducing building time. Slivinski said while a traditional stick build might take 12 to 18 months, shipping-container build times are around three to four months.
While Alberta has seen shipping container garage suites, lane houses and a hotel, this multi-family housing unit in the Glenwood neighborhood is the first of its kind in Edmonton.

Read the whole article here

Things to do This Halloween

Fri, 27 Oct by Eric Dennis

ScreamFest

ScreamFest is Canada’s Largest and Scariest Halloween Event. At ScreamFest you will experience haunted houses, Halloween themed carnival games, creepy and disturbing entertainment, and FEAR.
Although we admit anyone, this event is rated PG13 – we are out to really, really scare adults. This event is NOT recommended for young children or the faint of heart.
Buy your tickets here

Haunted Calgary

Haunted Calgary is a walk-through haunted yard attraction in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The attraction is close to 10,000 square feet of outdoor entertainment and takes approximately 20-30 minutes to tour. Family-run and set up thanks to the tireless efforts of over 50 volunteers who give over 500 hours of their time, and over 60 actors who volunteer their time and talent, this event showcases incredible community spirit.
All proceeds from your entrance donations at the door benefit Oops-a-Dazy Animal Rescue and the Calgary Food Bank. We welcome cash and food donations at the door. All proceeds from donations made via Eventbrite will help purchase props and building materials to keep Haunted Calgary coming back year-after-year!
Dress warm, wear sturdy footwear, and be prepared to be scared!

Get your tickets here

Calgary Ghost Tours

Join us for an evening of ghostly entertaiment. Locals and visitors alike will be fascinated by these glimpses into the mischief, mayhem and murders of Calgary. All of our stories are researched by ourselves and will be enjoyed even by the skeptics among the group. Our tours are suitable for children (as long as they are not prone to nighmares) and are wheelchair accessible.

Get your tickets here

Marlbrough mall – Day of the Dead

Saturday October 28 from 12 – 4pm

for a fun Day of the Dead Halloween Celebration.
Enjoy sugar pumpkin decorating, face painting, costume contests, entertainment and more!

 

Halloween Safety!

Wed, 25 Oct by Eric Dennis

Keep trick or treaters safe this year with these helpful tips!
1. Contain your pets – even the most well behaved dogs and cats can get a little stressed during Halloween. Lots of door bell ringing, strange costumes and people coming in and out of the house, not to mention the noises you may here with laughing and shrieking children outside. Make sure your pets are some place safe while the trick or treaters are out, perhaps contained in the basement, a bedroom or barricaded in the living room with baby gates.
2. Use lots of lights – it’s tempting to make a dim spooky driveway for the trick or treaters to walk though while they head to your door but keep in mind that dim lights and decorations can often lead to accidents. Make sure the pathways are clear of items you could trip over and well lit so little ghouls and goblins can make their way safely to your front door.
3. Make room in the garage – If you’re headed out on Halloween, clean out the garage and store your car securely in it. Children are four times more likely to be struck by a motor vehicle on Halloween than any other day of the year, meaning that parking your car and trick or treating on foot is a good idea. When you also consider potential vehicle vandalism and theft, your car is best kept in the garage on Halloween.
4. Avoid using candles – A glowing jack-o’-lantern makes your home warm and welcoming to candy seekers, but using a candle to illuminate a pumpkin can be dangerous. Costumes, paper decorations and ornamental straw can easily catch on fire. Instead of a traditional candle, use one powered by batteries.
5. Take care of those home reno projects you’ve been putting off – Young children, and the adults who often accompany them, will need the security and support of railings while climbing steps to get to your front door. If you’ve been putting off fixing that rickety railing, it’s time to get out the toolbox and make it secure. The same goes for sagging or loose boards on the stairs.

Why Open Houses Are Still Important When Selling Your Home

Thu, 05 Oct by Eric Dennis

Open houses remain a valid and valuable way to sell properties, even in this day and age of virtual reality.

While the technological tools available today to give maximum exposure to a listing have made it easier for potential homebuyers to window shop from anywhere, the physical presence of an open house still can’t be replaced. Just as some people have yet to embrace online shopping, many potential home buyers feel they need to walk through a home to get an idea if it will work for them.

There are also the neighbours to think about. It’s pretty common that one or two of your neighbours might come through your open house, while some of them will just be curious to see the inside of your home, many will be coming to see if this home might suite a friend or family member. The more eyes you can get on your home the better chance you have of selling it so don’t let the possibility of a few looky loos through you off the open house concept.

Open Houses can also be an invaluable resource when it comes to getting feedback about your home. It can be difficult to find out that people generally dislike the accent wall you spent 3 years getting the perfect shade of purple, or that the room you spend the most time with your family in is too dark and cluttered but this is important information to get when selling your home. Small changes can make a huge difference to how others see your home, and whether or not they could see themselves living in it. If slapping a bit of paint up in the hall way or installing an extra light in the living room could give you a better chance of selling your home for more money you would do it, and open houses are a quick way of getting a lot of opinions about your home in a short amount of time.

Things to Do This Weekend

Fri, 22 Sep by Eric Dennis

Open Doors YYC

Over 35 locations all over Calgary are opening their doors this Saturday for free to everyone! Some of our favorites include:

Fiasco Gelato **11 am – 4 pm**
Vistors will get a behind the scenes look at how our Gelato is created and the amazing culture Fiasco has built

TELUS Spark (Calgary Science Centre Society)
Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes in the energy efficient, environmentally sustainable TELUS Spark building?
Travel deep into the heart of TELUS Spark to learn about how a sustainable building (LEED Gold) regulates temperature, circulates heat, conserves water and drives innovation.
Behind the Scenes tour is free. Registration is required.
Sign-up here (https://behind-the-scences-at-spark-doorsopenyyc.eventbrite.ca)
Please note that admission to TELUS Spark is not included with tour.

Southern Alberta Pioneers Memorial Building **10 am – 4 pm**Celebrating Canada’s 150 years, we have a special photo display including maps, Glenbow Ranch Archaeological Society, affiliated with Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park. Photo History of Calgary Airports, circa 1932 as well as special photos of the signing of Treaty 7.

Kiwanis Apple Festival

Sept 23-24 10 AM-4 PM
Hosted at Kamp Kiwanis
241001 Range Rd 42, Calgary, Alberta

celebration of our past – Kiwanis members in Calgary sold baskets of apples as one of our major fundraisers through the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s. Kiwanians could be found throughout Calgary every summer, during the Calgary Stampede, and other major events, selling apples. Net revenues went to various local Kiwanis projects as well as running the Children’s Summer Programs at Kamp Kiwanis. While apple selling is no longer a means of raising funds, Kiwanis continues to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to support local underprivileged children such that they might enjoy an outdoor camp experience that, without Kiwanis, may not be possible.

Cineplex Family Favourites

Participating Cineplex Theaters will be showing a great film this weekend – The Princess Bride! Tickets are only $2.99 and the show starts at 11:00 AM. Check out locations here. A portion of the proceeds supports Free the Children.

Tips on Choosing Your Next Neighborhood

Thu, 21 Sep by Eric Dennis

Finding a new home can be tough, you want to make sure you start with a great location. Here are some great tips to help you choose your next neighborhood.

Things to Do This Weekend

Fri, 15 Sep by Eric Dennis

Beakerhead

Beakerhead is an annual program that brings together the arts, sciences, and engineering sectors to build, engage, compete, and exhibit interactive works of art, engineered creativity and entertainment.

Year-round programming and community-connecting culminates in a five-day citywide spectacle consisting over over 60 events centred around delightfully bizarre engineered installations and artworks.
130,000 people took part in 2016, with 2017 shaping up to be the biggest year yet!

Find everything that is happening in Calgary here.

Puppet Pop-Up

Sat Sept 16, 1-3pm
Fort Calgary, Learning Centre, 750 – 9th Avenue S.E.

Tickets: $5-35
We are pleased to participate in this year’s Beakerhead with this family-centric workshop. Create a quirky bottle puppet complete with its own foaming chemical reaction. The addition of a key secret ingredient will bring your puppet to life in an effervescent way. Ages 4+ Children must participate with an adult.

Brix N Blox

Fun IS good. And the mission of Klik Entertainment Group is to provide tailor-made experiences designed to increase the fun factor in YOUR life. These experiences may come in the form of niche consumer shows built for the passionate hobbyist. Or in the form of broader general interest expos featuring an abundance of value-add activities that set them apart from existing shows. Or in the form of customized sporting and training events that will leave their participants happier and more energized than when they arrived. Life is hard work. Let’s go have some fun together….because, as a wise man once said, fun is good.
Happening September 17th, 2017 at the Chinese Cultural Centre (197 First Street, SW)

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