It's High Season For Craft Sales And Crafters!
If you love to shop at a craft sale, get ready! October to mid December is high season for craft sales. Most craft sales offer original work, hand crafted by local crafters and artists. Common handicraft sale items may include holiday decorations, baking, ceramics, jewellery, knits, preserves, one of a kind gifts, quilts, toys, wood crafts and more.
Check out our Craft Sales for times and locations. Crafters can also use the boards to contact venue sales vendors, book tables and sell their handicrafts.
Calgary AfterSchool Provides Great Options for Parents
This school year, the fun starts after the bell. The City of Calgary is in its eighth year of providing positive, fun and supervised after school programs in recreation, schools and community facilities across Calgary. Children and youth grades 1 - 12 can drop into a weekday program in their community and take part in a variety of activities from 3 - 6 p.m. Many of the programs are free or low-cost, lowering the stress for working parents. Visit calgary.ca/afterschool to find a program that’s right for you. The City of Calgary and its partners make it easy to find a free drop-in program during the after school hours with dozens of locations across the city. The program and activity offerings include homework help, swimming, skating, a variety of sports, creative arts, cooking, clubs and much more. These programs have something for everyone at every level. At Calgary AfterSchool, it’s more than just getting children and youth active. These programs are designed to help students do better in school, stay productive, increase self-esteem and teach them life skills that will follow them throughout their life. Kevin Kwasny, a Calgary AfterSchool program specialist has noticed the positive impact the program has had on its participants. “Many of the kids that participate in Calgary AfterSchool develop friendships which last for years. It’s a great opportunity for them to try new experiences and activities which helps build up their knowledge, confidence.”
City of calgary Kid’s Stocking Stuffers
The Kid’s $5 Stocking Stuffer booklet is an affordable gift idea which includes 10 coupons with a value of over $60. The booklet offers swim admissions, skate admissions, leisure centre admissions, green fees, partnered facility admissions and more. Coupons can be redeemed Dec 21st, 2017 until June 30, 2018. Visit the City of Calgary Web Site for more information and locations.
Seniors Secret Service Is Bringing Cheer To Isolated Seniors
The Seniors Secret Service is a non profit organization that helps seniors who do not have family or a support network. They're looking to fill Secret Santa spots and in need of donations in the form of gifts and or financial help. The Seniors Secret Service also works year round with their birthday cheer program. In our society the elderly often find themselves forgotten. Their gift donations can make a difference to a senior who has no one in their life.
Since 1985, the Seniors Secret Service has found anonymous donors who selflessly provide personalized gifts for these elders. If you would like to volunteer or make a donation visit the Seniors Secret Service web site.
Give the Gift of Joy this Holiday Season
The holiday season is a time for giving and celebrating. At Make-A-Wish, this time of year is the Season of Wishes. It’s a time when individuals, corporations and foundations get in the spirit of giving and support our magical wish granting mission. There are many magical ways you can support our wish granting efforts during the Season of Wishes.
From November 1 until December 31st, various events, corporate promotions and wish granting activities are taking place across the country. By donating to Make-A-Wish® Canada, you transform lives. You give children with life-threatening medical conditions a reason to hope for a brighter future. And most of all, you help make their magical wishes come true.
Once Upon A Christmas At Heritage Park
Weekends from November 25 through to December 23, 2017. 9:30 am - 4:00 pm at Heritage Park. Take a step back into true holiday enchantment by going for a wagon ride, singing carols or visiting jolly old Saint Nick himself. Experience the magic of Christmas past as three of our historical family homes open their doors to share their Yuletide traditions.
Take part in one of the special holiday activities such as ginger bread making, children's winter games, snow painting, Santa's petting zoo, Train display, live theater, children's crafts and more. Visit the Heritage Parks Web Site for more information and admission costs.
The Huron Carole, Defeating Hunger December 12th and 14th
Join us for this annual concert with a fresh new twist: the enchanting musical re-enactment of the first concert in 1987. All proceeds benefit the Calgary Food Bank.
Honoring 27 years of fundraising history, Jackson’s varied philanthropic national projects have generated over $200 million in combined cash in-kind donations for food banks and disaster relief. The 2014 concert tour will begin in Victoria on November 30 and end in Calgary on December 18. Presenting Sponsor of the tour is Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life.
Visit the Huron Carole Web Site for more information and locations.
December Is The Lung Association's Christmas Seal Campaign
A tradition for 100 years, Christmas Seals are the Lung Association's largest fundraiser. Since 1908, Canadians have made a difference in the lives of people with lung disease by supporting the Christmas Seal program.
When the Christmas Seal tradition first began in Canada, its main goal was to raise money to build hospitals for tuberculosis patients. Countless parcels, packages, and letters have since been adorned with this traditional symbol. Visit the Lung Association for more information and this years Christmas Seal.
Today funds raised from Christmas Seals are used to support world-class research, programs, and services that help Canadians breathe easier every day.
Don’t Let Thieves Steal Your Christmas
Calgary Police Service Crime Prevention Unit Community Bulletin The Christmas season is prime time for car prowlers, house break-ins and thieves. Gifts and valuables left in your vehicles make their jobs easy. You can protect your home and car with these Calgary Police Service prevention tips for more information. Police are warning shops to be vigilant about shoplifters during the busy run up to Christmas. Shoplifting crime figures show an increase throughout November and December.
Lion's Club Festival Of Lights
The Festival of Lights can be viewed from December 2nd, to January 8. It is the largest FREE drive-by Christmas Lights showcase in Calgary. It's comprised of over 105,000 lights along 14 th St NW. Designed by Dean McKenzie, Creative Intelligence Agency. It is a collaborative effort that draws upon many volunteers, organizations and sponsors. Through it all, the Calgary and area Lions Clubs members and volunteers keeps things organized and on track.
The Festival of lights has gone GREEN by using over 105,000 LED light bulbs and almost 3 km of power chords. It's put together by volunteers putting in thousands of man hours each and every year and draws over 55,000 visitors per day. Visit the Lion's Club Web Site for more information and a location map.
Calgary ZooLights Annual Christmas Lights Display
Calgary Zoolights runs from November 24th to January 6th. Head down to the Calgary Zoo with your kids, family and friends to see over 1.5 million lights twisting around trees, tracing animal and dinosaur shapes and flashing to music. Along the way, stop to warm up by the fire pits and have some fun in the Kids Zone.
We will be collecting non-perishable food and cash donations for the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank. Families that make a donation will receive one 2 for 1 coupon to use for a future visit at the zoo. Visit the Calgary Zoolights Web Site for more information.
Sing Along Messiah. Raise your voice with us!
A Calgary Christmas favorite! Our 12th annual Sing Along Messiah features VoiceScapes with established and debuting vocal soloists, several Calgary Choirs and VoiceScapes Chamber Orchestra, all led by conductor Benjamin Butterfield. Bring your friends, your family and/or your score and be part of the fun and the fellowship. Non-singers are welcome too! Sunday, December 17th, 2013 at 2.30pm. Knox United Church, 506 4th Street SW, Calgary
Visit the Voice Scapes web site for ticket information.