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.
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.
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.
The Mayor's Annual Christmas Food Drive
Far too many Calgarians need to use the emergency food hamper program offered by the Calgary Food Bank. And, in many cases (44 per cent, to be exact), those people live in households with wage-related income--the working poor who are just trying to make ends meet. What's more upsetting is that the largest group of clients served by the Calgary Food Bank are children and youth. Facts like that just give us more reason to move ahead with a real plan to reduce poverty in Calgary.
By supporting the Food Bank drive, we, as a community, are providing nutritious food to those in need. We are supporting children with the opportunity to go to school well-fed and ready to learn. And, we are lessening some of the stress that parents face on a daily basis.
Last year, Calgarians raised over $430,000 though the Mayor's Christmas Food Drive. Please join me in making this year even more successful. You can donate food items at your local school and several other locations. Cash dontations can also be taken online. Visit the Mayor's Web Site for more information.
Lion's Club Festival Of Lights
The Festival of Lights can be viewed from November 30, 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 21st to January 3rd. 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.
The Calgary Motorcycle Show Jan 10 - 12
Calgary is the Canadian Motorcycle and ATV industries’ official showcase of all the new makes and models. Featuring the latest products, services and accessories direct from the manufacturers. In addition the Motorcycle Show – Calgary will feature SHE Rides Nite on Friday January 9th, an extreme MX Freestyle Show, the Yamaha Riding Academy for kids ages 6 through 12, a variety of retailers, rider clubs and associations, celebrity racers, informational displays, prize giveaways and a vintage motorcycle display.
Visit the Calgary Motorcycle Show Web Site for more information and locations.
Calgary Home Expo Feb 27th to Mar 1st
Presented by Canadian Home Builders Association - Calgary Region, the three-day celebration brings together the best and brightest products, services, and industry leaders in home construction and renovation. This is your opportunity for connecting with the building industry, face to face.
Calgary Homexpo, located at the BMO Centre, Stampede Park, Calgary.
Calgary Earth Hour March 28th
Earth Hour is a global initiative to raise awareness about how energy use contributes to climate change and how we can reduce our impact. Take part in Earth Hour by turning off your lights and electronics and attending Calgary Unplugged, a free outdoor event for the whole family. Join the city in celebrating Earth Hour at Olympic Plaza. It's a family friendly event with hot chocolate, live music, story tellers, games, and an LED light lantern parade!.
The City of Calgary turns off all non essential lights for Earth Hour at Olympuc Plaza and the following locations: The Municipal Building, City Hall, Calgary Public Building and the Manchester Centre Building.
Visit the Calgary Earth Hour Web Site for more information and locations.