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The Calgary Renovation Show returns from January 12-14 at the BMO Centre (20 Roundup Way SE). At the Calgary Renovation Show, guests can wander down the aisles and visit exhibitor booths from renovation companies, paint stores, insurance companies, landscapers, and a host of other trades and businesses involved in renovations around the city. This is a great opportunity for guests to meet with different renovation professionals in Calgary and learn about what options are available to them all in one convenient location.
 
This year, the main stage will feature celebrity guests like HGTV Canada’s Sarah Richardson, who will be speaking on the main stage Friday night at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. about how people can maximize their home’s renovation

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Festive lights adorn many homes and businesses around Calgary during the holiday season, but they pale in comparison to the amazing displays put on by various organizations throughout December and January. Calgary is home to some truly creative light displays that are sure to entertain everyone – and many of them are free to the public! Enjoy the warm weather while it’s here and view these must-see light displays this holiday season:
 
Lions’ Festival of Lights
December 2 – January 8 from 6:00pm-midnight
Confederation Park, 14th Street NW
 
For over 30 years, members of the Calgary Lions Club have been putting on this festive display as a way to thank everyone that has helped with their initiatives over the past year. Their Festival of Lights is free to the…
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Every parent wants the best education for their child. Thankfully, Calgary is home to a variety of schooling options that will sure to satisfy any parent and child’s educational needs. There are two main school boards, the public and the separate school board, as well as many private and language-based schools located around the city. When choosing the right school for your child, the first step is to consider the options that are designated to your neighborhood. For some, this still might be a long commute, or your designated school may not address the academic needs that you or your child have. There are also a host of other questions that should be considered when looking for a new school: is the school’s philosophy and teaching style similar to my

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November is Financial Literacy Month. With the holiday season fast approaching, now is the time to get the tools you need to prepare for the holidays. There are many resources available for people to track expenses, budget their income and save for future holiday purchases. Before the bustle of the holiday season begins, make sure your finances are on track with one of these helpful tools:
 
Money Mentors
 
Through Money Mentors, people can set up online spending plans to organize their income and expenses and different financial calculators to keep track of their budget and savings. The Money Tip$ app offers daily motivational advice to keep people on track with their spending. Money Mentors also offers online webinars and financial literacy classes for

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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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