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.
Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) Oct 4th to 10th
Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) is an annual national public education campaign designed to help open the eyes of Canadians to the reality of mental illness. The week was established in 1992 by the Canadian Psychiatric Association, and is now coordinated by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) in cooperation with all its member organizations and many other supporters across Canada. One of MIAW’s major initiatives is the Faces of Mental Illness campaign, a national outreach campaign featuring the stories of Canadians living in recovery from mental illness. Thousands of pieces of MIAW posters, brochures, and bookmarks featuring the Faces are disseminated to hundreds of organizations across Canada in an effort to raise awareness and end the stigma associated with mental illness. Visit the Canadian Alliance On Mental Illness and Mental Health web site for more information.
Alzheimer Society Thanksgiving Memory Walk and Run Oct 11th
Each year families and corporations walk 5 km or run 5 km or 10 km together to raise funds, celebrate and remember the lives of their loved ones living with or who have lived with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia.
Rally pledges and then walk or run on Thanksgiving to raise money for local programs and services that the Alzheimer Society of Calgary provide. Visit the Thanksgiving Memory Walk and Run web site for more information.
Thanks Giving Holiday October 12th
Thanksgiving Day is an annual Canadian holiday, occurring on the second Monday in October, which celebrates the harvest and other blessings of the past year. On January 31, 1957, a proclamation was issued stating Thanksgiving was to be "A Day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed. Thanksgiving is a statutory holiday in most jurisdictions of Canada, with the exceptions being the Atlantic provinces of Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia, where it is an optional holiday.
YYComedy Festival GALA Oct 12th to Oct 17th
This October 12t through October 17th the third annual YYComedy Festival will be taking place in Calgary and promises to deliver some of the funniest comedic talent in North America. Must see show Funny1060AM YYComedy GALA featuring Harland Williams, Mike MacDonald, Jessica Holmes, Darrin Rose and more. Various venues around the city including Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Festival Hall, Loose Moose, University Theatre and more
Visit the YYComedy Web Site for more information and locations.
Calgary Wordfest October 13th to 18th
Wordfest is a not-for-profit organization that brings readers and writers together to experience the power of story through accessible and engaging programming in Calgary, Banff and the Bow Valley. Wordfest hosts year-round literary events in Calgary, Banff and Bow Valley featuring the world’s best writers. Over 850 writers have presented at these events over the past 19 years.
Our programming is accessible, engaging and promotes a love of reading and a curiosity about the writing life. Events include poetry and spoken word performances, current event panels, publishing industry workshops, art installations, youth and multilingual programming, in-school performances and featured events with the biggest and brightest stars of the book scene.
Visit the Wordfest web site for more information.
Winter Sports Registration Is Starting
With fall and winter fast approaching, it is time to start thinking about registration for the 2015 - 2016 winter hockey season. Check out the local sports clubs for more information on registration. You can also access all the sports categories by selecting the Sports and Clubs link found in the top menu bar by scrolling upward.
WE Day Alberta October 27th
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.
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.
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.
Samaritan Purse Christmas Shoe Box Gift Collection November 16-22
The Samaritans Purse annual Christmas shoe box gift collection is scheduled for November 16th to the 22nd. 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.