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.”
October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is a month to build breast cancer awareness and to pay tribute to those affected by this disease.
When most think about the month of October, they think about Halloween and Trick or Treating. Many don’t realize that October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a collaboration of agencies working together to promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease, and provide access to services.
Learn more about breast cancer and how to become breast aware by visiting the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
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.
Hey Guy's. It's Time To Grow a Mustache For Movember
Movember encourages men to join the movement by growing a mustache for the 30-days of November. After registering on Movember, these generous Mo Bros start the month clean-shaven, then grow and groom their Mo (slang for moustache), asking friends and family to donate to their efforts. With their new moustaches, these Mo Bros act as walking and talking billboards, bringing awareness to men’s health issues and prompting conversations wherever they go.
Movember’s not just for Mo Bros. Mo Sistas are an important part of Movember’s success. Mo Sistas raise funds and encourage the men in their lives to get involved.
Halloween's Just Around The Corner! October 31st.
For many people, autumn events like Halloween are fun times to dress up in costumes, go trick-or-treating, attend parties, and eat yummy treats. Halloween is a time of great excitement for children but the thrills can make them forget some of the safety rules they have learned. It is important to keep your child's safety in mind when planning costumes, decorations, treats and activities on the special day itself. Lit jack-o-lanterns, flimsy or complicated costumes, street traffic and unsafe treats are just some of the risks. With some simple precautions, you can make sure that Halloween is a safe and happy experience for the whole family.
Plant Your Amaryllis Now For Christmas. November Is The Huntington Society's Amaryllis Campaign
The Huntington Society of Canada Amaryllis campaign continues to grow and blossom, thanks to the tremendous work of our volunteer network across Canada. Amaryllis volunteers sell bulb kits to raise vital funds for our programs in research, services and education. Each and every Amaryllis kit we sell takes us one step closer to finding a meaningful treatment for Huntington disease (HD). Each and every Amaryllis kit blooming in someone's home or business holds the promise of a world free from HD.
Join the Amaryllis volunteers and help grow a brighter future! You can order cases of 12 kits to sell in your community, we'll help you every step of the way. Or, you can order a kit or two for your own enjoyment!
Visit the Huntington Society of Canada for more information on how to order your Amaryllis.
WE Day Alberta November 1st
Youth coming together to make the world a better place is the global movement of our time—We Day is this movement. An annual series of stadium-sized events, We Day brings together world-renowned speakers and performers—from Malala Yousafzai and Martin Sheen to Demi Lovato—with tens of thousands of youth to kick-start a year of action through We Act. You can’t buy a ticket to We Day—you earn it by taking on one local and one global action. More than a one-day event, We Day is connected to the year-long We Act program, which offers educational resources and campaigns to help young people turn the day’s inspiration into sustained action. We Day and We Act are cause inclusive, empowering young people to find their passion and create the change they want to see. By taking action on one local and one global cause, students are equipped with the tools to succeed academically, in the workplace and as active citizens.
Visit the WE Day web site for more information.
Remembrance Day November 11th
Remembrance Day, also known as Poppy Day), is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth of Nations member states since the end of the First World War to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty. Following a tradition inaugurated by King George V in 1919, the day is also marked by war remembrances in many non-Commonwealth countries. Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November in most countries to recall the end of hostilities of World War I on that date in 1918. Hostilities formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, in accordance with the armistice signed by representatives of Germany and the Entente between 5:12 and 5:20 that morning. Information provided by Wiki.
Samaritan Purse Christmas Shoe Box Gift Collection November 13-19
The Samaritans Purse annual Christmas shoe box gift collection is scheduled for November 14th to the 20th. You can get involved by packing your own shoe box with school supplies, toy's, gifts, hygiene items and a personal note. For more detailed information on how to fill your shoe box visit the Samaritan Purse web site.
Operation Christmas Child provides an opportunity for organizations and people of all ages to get involved in a simple, hands-on project that focuses on the true meaning of Christmas.
From the Collection Center, the shoe box is trucked to a Processing Center, where it is inspected and prepared for shipping by trained volunteers. The shoe box is loaded into a sea container, along with thousands of others, and shipped overseas where it is received in the destination country by a team of Operation Christmas Child volunteers called a National Leadership Team. From the port of entry, many methods of transportation, such as airplane, canoe, helicopter, truck, donkey, camel, etc., may be used to get the shoe box to Children in need.