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10 drinks to cozy up with at YYC Hot Chocolate Fest

The weather outside is frightful, but at least the hot chocolate beverages are delightful! February is YYC Hot Chocolate Fest month, the perfect time of year to enjoy a confectionary drink while winter is still in full swing. Restaurants around the city create a signature hot chocolate drink specifically for the festival with traditional, unique and hot chocolates with spirits involved! This isn’t your typical hot cocoa and peppermint Schnapps!

The nice bonus about YYC Hot Chocolate Fest is that you’ll be drinking to a good cause. The event is an annual fundraiser for Calgary Meals on Wheels to help View this Post

Make your mark on the New Central Library

Rendering of the window messages at the New Central Library.

Want to be a part of the New Central Library? Now you can with the Windows of Opportunity campaign!

The Calgary Public Library’s brand new home at the New Central Library will be one of Calgary’s brightest and interesting community landmarks. The East Village building is on track to be completed next Fall 2018. As part of the finishing touches on the building, donors can leave their mark with their own personal engraving in the windows of the new library. Share your family name, your favourite quote, saying or View this Post

Eat North brings local brands together for charity

Eat North tshirt

Check out this limited edition Eat North tee made by Camp Brand Goods.

What do you get when you mix a food website with a t-shirt clothier and a dash of high-fashion style? This awesome Eat North charity tee designed by Camp Brand Goods and sold on the brand-spankin’ new PARK online shop. There’s so much local goodness going on here!

The t-shirt is a custom-made design to celebrate Eat North’s upcoming Prairie Grid Dinner Series taking place in Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon and Winnipeg this fall. The series will feature a variety of culinary collaborations from plateware sets to View this Post

Celebrate Canada’s greatest animals at the Calgary Zoo

Baby goats play at the Calgary Zoo

In honour of Canada’s 150th birthday this year, many places are celebrating our Canadian heritage with some fun and celebratory programs and events. The Calgary Zoo is no exception with their poll for Canada’s Greatest Animal.  It was an online voting battle between beasts like the Bison, the Grizzly Bear, the Rocky Mountain Goat and more. In the end, the mighty Grey Wolf came out the champion with our national animal the Beaver running a close second.

Inside the Calgary Zoo, the Canadian Wilds beckons with many animals from our own Alberta View this Post

Phil & Sebastian brings the neighborhood to life after hours

An art show takes place at the Phil & Sebastian in Mission. Photo via Phil & Sebastian Facebook page.

The coffee shop is the community hub that is always on-the-go, filled with laptop workers, moms and strollers, friends catching up, and meetings outside of the office. With a revolving door of patrons coming and going, the coffee shop keeps its buzz going long after the caffeine has been served. Local café Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters offers just this social nucleus with their many locations all over the city. While visiting the coffee shop is often seen as a daytime View this Post

Donate your dresses to Gown Town

Doing a little spring cleaning and ready to empty out your closet? Marlborough Mall’s Gown Town charity event needs your help! Calgarians are being asked to drop off their gently used formal dresses for the mall’s annual fashion round-up. For every dress you drop off, you’ll be entered into a draw to win a $250 shopping spree at Marlborough Mall.

All the dresses will be made available to help out students with their upcoming graduation festivities. Dresses will be put on sale for only $10 – making it an affordable way for young women to find the dress View this Post

Local “Shop Boys” unveil 2016 charity calendar

Shop Boys calendar 2016

Calgary is home to a vibrant community of independent businesses. Many of the faces behind the local favourites and neighborhood hangouts tend to stay behind-the-scenes, but a new Calgary-oriented calendar is looking to bring these peeps front-and-center. The 2016 Shop Boys calendar features 12 local business owners to celebrate local independent shops throughout the community.

The calendar is the brainchild of co-founders Emily and Brett McDermott (of Our Daily Brett on 14 Street SW). “We’re really excited about Calgary and all the interesting, independent businesses that have been popping up in recent years,” says Emily. “Whenever we have a day View this Post

Let’s go out and play Calgary

I took my niece and nephew to the park the other day, which is one of my fave things to do as Auntie Irene. They’re still in the under-5 age range where the park is really shiny and new to them. It makes it a cool experience to see them discover all the different pieces of equipment and laugh and play like kids are supposed to do. I don’t know how long this sign View this Post

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Finding community love with Local Laundry

Just a few of the t-shirts available from Local Laundry apparel.

Just a few of the t-shirts available from Local Laundry apparel.

I love things that depict my beloved hometown of Calgary because it embodies home and heritage for me (have you seen my gallery wall?). Being able to wear that love on your sleeve is even better and Calgarians can now do that with the fun and casual t-shirt styles at Local Laundry. I discovered these fab tees online and enjoy the yyc spirit they signify. Many of the shirts show off some of Calgary’s most popular neighborhoods and are a great way to show off some local View this Post

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Stampede Roundup and Oxford Stomp: Partying for a Good Cause

Stampede Roundup Journey 2

Journey rocks out at the Stampede Roundup.

It’s been a wonderful and exhausting 10 days of Stampede, but in between all the food, midway rides and line dances, Calgarians showed up en masse to celebrate and support a great charity cause. The annual Stampede Roundup and Oxford Stomp fundraisers put together some amazing outdoor concert experiences, with some western flair. Combined, the two events raised $400,000 for the Rotary Club of Calgary. What’s cool is that the funds raised will go towards enhancing the urban park experience in the city with the  Rotary/Mattamy Greenway Project. The initiative View this Post

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