CalgaryArea.com Has A Fresh New Look!
Wow, after 8 months of hard work we have finally completed the new web site. So what took us so long? The internet is always changing, however, nothing like it has in the past 3 years. We were waiting for a clear direction towards today's technologies that use smaller displays, such as tablets, cell phones and laptops. Then, add in social media. It's not easy to develop a web site that pleases all these user types, however we think we have a nice balance for all.
We welcome you to review your local community information, or add your events, garage sales, craft sales and non-profit bulletins. Once you register, you'll find a new and easier way to manage all your postings!
With all of the great new features we have built in for our visitors, some users on older browsers - Yes, we're looking at you Internet Explorer - may experience a hiccup here and there. If that happens, please update or change your browser and try again. We're sure you'll enjoy all of the new features!
The Mayor's 23rd 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.
Hark the Glad Sound - Senior Choirs Concert On December 15th
The Calgary Girls Choir presents Hark the Glad Sound! Christmas isn't complete until you hear the Calgary Girls Choir perform at their Festive concerts. Come join us for an afternoon of entertainment and angelic voices. Senior Choirs Concert – Sunday, December 15, 3:00 pm at Knox United Church, 506 – 4 Street SW.
Christmas isn't complete until you hear the Calgary Girls Choir perform at the Festive concert. Come join us for an afternoon of entertainment and angelic voices. Tickets available online at www.CalgaryGirlsChoir.com or call 403.686.7444 for more information.
Adopt A Sidewalk - Help Your Neighbours Shovel Snow
Calgary Snow Angels 2013 -2014 campaign runs from December 4, 2013 to April 18, 2014. For some, the first snow fall of the year is a welcome event. For others, snow brings worries of slipping and falling. Keeping sidewalks shovelled, ice free and safe can be very challenging and dangerous for older adults and others who have limited mobility. Snow Angels is a campaign that encourages Calgarians to be good neighbours and help neighbours in need with snow removal. If you and your neighbours or other members of your community would like to develop a more organized snow clearing program, call 311. Community and Neighbourhood Services can assist.
Visit the City of Calgary Snow Angels Web Site for information on how to volunteer and adopt a sidewalk.
Green Calgary Holiday Toy Swap
The Christmas season is fast approaching! Are you starting to think about what gifts to buy your loved ones? Save money and resources by swapping toys this holiday season! Find those forgotten, gently used items in your home and trade them for new-to-you toys, board games or books. This toy swap is a fundraiser for Green Calgary’s Healthy Homes program, helping individuals and families create safer and more sustainable homes since 2009.
The Toy Swap will be held at the Hillhurst United Church, 1227 Kensington Close NW on Saturday, December 7th from 10am to 12pm. Visit the Green Calgary web site for more information
Lion's Club Festival Of Lights
The Festival of Lights can be viewed from November 30, 2013 to January 8, 2014. 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 29 to December 20th. 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.
The Calgary Zoo will be accepting non-perishable food item donations for the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank and cash donations for the zoo’s 2 By 2 Rebuild the Zoo efforts. Collection bins will be placed inside the zoo grounds. For every family donation, you will receive a 2 for 1 admission ticket for a future visit to the zoo. Visit the Calgary Zoolights Web Site for more information.
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.
Once Upon A Christmas At Heritage Park
Weekends from November 23 through to December 22, 2013. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Talisman Centre Fully Re-opens after Months of Flood Recovery Work
Talisman Centre is is excited to announce that all major activity areas affected by the flood are now fully open and provide an even better experience than before – taking this World Class Facility to even greater heights. The aquatic areas under the tent were the latest projects to unfold due to their engineering complexities and challenges. The Competition Pool, Teach pool, Dive Tank and Steam room are now fully open. The dryland side of the facility re-opened in mid-July, and the Olympic-sized pool located in The Calgary Foundation Aquaplex opened in mid-August.
Talisman Centre has been one of Calgary’s most iconic and beloved facilities for over 29 years located in the heart of downtown and set in the middle of beautiful Lindsay Park. Talisman Centre provides elite and amateur athletes with an inclusive atmosphere and wide spectrum of world-class training services. It continues to serve as the training facility for many of Canada’s Olympic, Paralympic and World Champion athletes. The uniqueness of the facility can be seen daily as citizens of Calgary work out and train alongside world class athletes. Rediscover Talisman Centre and its cutting edge programs and services by visiting talismancentre.com.
Flue Shot Season Is Here, And It's Free Of Charge!
It's a good idea to make flu immunization an annual event. You protect yourself, your family, your work place and our local communities from infection and illness.
Influenza immunization is available October 21, and free of charge to all Albertans six months or older. Contact your family doctor or the doctors listed on this site for more information.
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.
Would You Like To Share An Article Related To Calgary?
If you love to write and have something on your mind, we would be glad to show it off to Calgarians. For those regular writers, you probably write great articles that you just want everyone to know about. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org about your special interest, hobby, activity or news article and we'll place it online for everyone to see. Any submissions will be given author's recognition.
Rent a Community Hall For Special Occasions Or Festive Parties
Calgary has several local community centers that are available for rent to association members and the general public. Several of these halls offer bar tending and catering services for weddings, company parties, socials and special events. Renting a community hall benefits both the customer and the local community alike. The community associations depend a great deal on the revenues generated from their hall rental, for the operation of the entire facility.
If you're looking for a hall or venue for your special occasion, visit the Calgary Community Halls Rental page for more individual hall information and photo's. Please contact the halls directly for inquiries and bookings.
Would You Like To Maintain An Outdoor Hockey Or Skating Rink?
The Big Freeze is almost on, and your local community association is always looking for volunteers to help maintain outdoor rinks. It's a fun way to get some exercise and help out at the same time.
If you would like to volunteer to maintain a hockey rink and or skating rink, contact your local community association to offer your services.