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This October, get into the Halloween spirit by taking in the haunted sights around Calgary. The city is home to a variety of haunted homes, and even a haunted train! If you’re looking for a good scare with your family and friends, be sure to test your fears at the following attractions:
 
Screamfest
When: October 13, 14, 20, 21, 26 (adults only night), 27 – 29, 31
Where: The Grandstand Building, Stampede Park, 20 Roundup Way SE
 
Screamfest is a popular Calgary Halloween attraction, and has been scaring Calgarians for many years. There are six different haunted houses that participants can go through – if they dare! This year, the themes for the haunted houses include Clown Town, Bates Motel, and Walking with the Dead. Screamfest also features carnival

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On Wednesday, October 18, 2017, treat yourself and your family and friends for dinner in support of Restaurants for Change. This national fundraising event was started in 2014 in support of community food programs across Canada. On this day, up to 100% of the proceeds from each diner’s meal will support community food centres nationally and locally.
 
In Calgary specifically, a portion of the funds raised will help support The Alex Community Food Centre. The centre offers programs and services that provide better access to healthy food, as well as food preparation and gardening training, and education on healthy eating.
 
There are 16 different restaurants participating in Calgary, including:
 
Alforno Bakery & Café
Where: 222 – 7 Street SW
Reservations: Not

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Calgary residents don’t have to travel far to find evidence of prehistoric times. Throughout the prairies and the nearby Rocky Mountains, fossils of dinosaurs and other species continue to be discovered, and there are many museums, tours, and parks that allow people to share in the experience. Whether you’re looking for a day trip with the family or an overnight weekend getaway, these fossil destinations are a must-see.

Attribution: By Qyd (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

1.      Royal Tyrrell Museum: Drumheller, AB 

Only 90 minutes from Calgary, visiting the Royal Tyrrell Museum is the perfect day trip or weekend getaway, with overnight

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Beakerhead is almost here! From September 13 – 17, 2017, Calgarians will have the chance to participate, learn, and explore a variety of inventions and exhibits that bring together art, science, and engineering. This year, the theme is “Snakes and Ladders” with over 60 events happening over the course of the week. Through the Snakes and Ladders theme, participants can experience 14 different events that take people through the ups and downs of inventions. To view the Snakes and Ladders route map and events, go here. There are a lot of different events happening around the city, so check out this guide to make sure your experience is enjoyable!

Photo Attribution: Beakerhead 2015 - Beakernight – KH: The Ariel view from the crane at beakernight. 
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September is only a week and a half away, which means it’s time to make sure your children are ready for back to school! Getting as much done as early as possible will make the first day of school and the night before a lot less stressful for you and your children. Below, we’ve got a few suggestions on how you can get prepared before the big day:

 

School supplies
 
Although some schools provide supply packages for parents to purchase at the start of the year, children in higher-level grades like junior high and high school may not have this option, or there may be speciality items that are not provided through the school. To create a shopping list, first determine exactly what items you need to purchase, and how many of them you will need. Consider

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Calgary has been a hazy city the last few weeks because of the forest fires raging through British Columbia and other parts of Alberta. While the city of Calgary is not currently under a fire ban, residents are still being cautioned by the city and the fire department to be careful when they are using open flames. However, fire safety should be used whenever you’re using an open flame outdoors, regardless if there is a ban or advisory in effect. Before you get the marshmallows out and the graham crackers ready, consider these fire safety tips:
 
1. Calgary’s ban applies only to Calgary
 
If you’re travelling out of the city for the weekend, even if it’s within the province, be aware of the specific advisories and bans that are available for wherever you

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You don’t have to get far to enjoy an escape from the bustle of the city. Calgary is surrounded by many small towns and quiet retreats, and many of these places take under an hour to get there!

 

Cochrane
Time from Calgary:  30 mins

Cochrane may not seem very far away, but the drive down into the quaint town will put aside any thoughts of the busy city. Driving through the picturesque valley and strolling down the historic downtown area is a must while visitng Cochrane. McKay’s famous ice cream shop is another obvious stop, but the town is also home to many other cafes, restaurants, and activities that can easily fill up a day away from the city. The Chiang Rai Thai restaurant is a popular visit, and The Gentry Espresso and Wine Bar offers

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Going on vacation is supposed to be relaxing – but the relaxation doesn’t have to end once you get home. By taking steps before you leave to make your home ready for when you’re on vacation, you can enjoy your trip and not worry about what you may find when you return. Follow some of these suggestions below to prepare your home before you leave.

 
Unplug
 
Unplugging all your electronics will help keep your power bill down, and prevent any potential dangers like electrical fires while the home is unoccupied. It is also important to make sure your thermostat is turned down – but don’t turn it off completely. The furnace and/or air conditioning should be left on to make sure that air stays flowing and condensation doesn’t build up. Keep your air conditioner

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Enjoy the sunshine and get a taste of the food scene in and around Calgary – this June marks the start of food tours that will take people to popular local restaurants and food shops. Take this opportunity to learn more about the city, meet new people, and enjoy good local food and drinks while taking in the warmer weather. Here are a list of food tours to try:
 

1. Savour 17th Ave
When:  Saturdays and Sundays, June – November
Cost: $115
Length: 3 hours
 
On this afternoon lunch tour, participants will meet up at Cibo, and Italian restaurant that is known for its gourmet pizzas. The tour continues onto Janice Beaton Fine Cheese, a cheese shop that offers a large selection of local and international cheeses. Following that is a stop at Made by Marcus Micro

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Calgary’s 4th annual neighbour day is coming up on Saturday, June 17! On this day, Calgarians are encouraged to come together with their neighbours and celebrate with block parties and barbeques. This event provides community members with the perfect opportunity to meet the people they’re living around, at no cost. Any permits or rental fees for park spaces are waived on this day.

 

Planning a celebration with multiple people can be a difficult task, especially if it’s with neighbours that you may not know very well. In order to make your event successful, make sure that your Neighbour Day event has the consent of the majority of your neighbours, and that everyone is a part of the planning process. There are many important factors you and your

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