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Sunday: 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Holidays: 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Office hours:
Mon-Fri: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Holidays: Closed
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Playgroup: As we fill our gym with
exciting toys, we invite you to bring
your toddler to play, visit and have a
good time! FREE for residents. Nonresidents must be a guest of a resident
and are charged $2 per guest. Mon & Wed 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Craft Corner: Escape into our quiet
oasis to work on your crafts, hobbies
and art! All projects are welcome!
Coffee will be served. FREE for residents. Non-residents must be a guest
of a resident and are charged $2 per
guest. 2nd Sun of every month, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Artists Studio: Inviting all local artists and craft-tiers to come work on
their pieces. Join other artists, learn
new skills and escape into your studio
for some social time with like-minded
people. Please bring all supplies
needed. Coffee will be served. FREE
for residents. Non-residents must be a
guest of a resident and are charged $2
per guest. Thu 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Bridge: A group dedicated to playing bridge. Come and join the group
for some fun games around the card
table. No equipment needed, just come
ready to play some cards! Coffee will
be served. FREE for residents. Nonresidents must be a guest of a resident
and are charged $2 per guest. Mon
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Story Time: Join us twice a month for
thrilling stories, exciting rhymes and
catchy songs presented by the Fish
Creek Library! 1st & 3rd Wednesday
of every month 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Story time is free for residents and
Friday Night
Friday, January 14. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Movie starts at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.mckenzietowne-connect.com
for more information.
In Our Community
McKenzie Towne
Hall Drop-in Gym
Drop in gym is free for residents. Each
resident may sign in two (2)* nonresidents for $2 each.
Youth Drop-In Gym
Mon/Fri 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tue/Wed/Thu 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sat 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Sun 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
*Youth residents, your friends come in
Youth & Family Open Gym
Families and youths (under 18) may drop
into our gym during the hours posted
below. This is an open gym time, so all
sports can be played. Sun (Soccer) 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tue 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thu 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sat (Floor Hockey) 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Adult Drop-In Gym
(Strictly, Ages 18+)
Wed. (Basketball) 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Playground Upgrade
Students at Ecole St. Cecilia (610 Agate Crescent, S.E.) and children from
the neighbourhoods of Acadia, Willowpark and Mapleridge are enjoying
a safer, cleaner, and more accessible
surface beneath their playground. This month the Catholic French immersion school of 239 elementary
students celebrated the completion
of the school council led project to
replace the pea gravel. In its place is
the smooth, spongy, and completely
recyclable Softline Pour in Place
Safety Surface System. Beneficially
using wasted tires, the new surface
prevents injuries from falls, is dust and
insect free, does not harbour bacteria
like gravel, and is more accessible to
children with disabilities. At an assembly, students, parents, and
families showed appreciation for many
volunteers who worked 400 hours on
the project and for the overwhelming generosity of corporate donors. School families raised $40,000 and
local businesses matched that in cash
and in kind contributions. Primary
corporate donor Bluebird Contracting
Services Ltd., a division of Trotter &
Morton Group of Companies, went
above and beyond by providing an unlimited amount of equipment, material
and labour to ensure the project was
completed to the highest standards. Other donors included Lafarge, Poynt
Corporation, Burnett Duckworth &
Palmer LLP, and Delphi Energy Corp.
*(Only 1 guest per resident)*
Thu. (Badminton) 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Fri. (Open Gym) 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sat. (Floor Hockey) 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
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Winter Programs
It’s not too late! Winter programs starting soon, register now! Visit www.
mckenzietowne-connect.com for all
the information you need.
"You don’t get the dog
you want, you get the
dog you need."
Cesar Millan,
The Dog Whisperer
In Our Community
In Our City
École Notre-Dame-De-La-Paix
Library Programs
We hope you are all enjoying another
winter tobogganing, skating, skiing and drinking hot chocolate. We
have had a few very busy months
before Christmas. In October, during
Wordfest, we were fortunate to have
an author, Nadya Larouche, come to
our school and present three of her
books. She was very well received and
the students have been asking for her
books in our Library. Also in October,
the magician, Daniel Coutu, presented
his very entertaining show ‘Science or
During the month of November
we had several activities related to
Remembrance Day. On November 8,
a military historian, M. Guevremont,
gave a presentation about Children and
War to grades 4, 5 and 6 and explained
how children were affected during
the two World Wars. On the 10th, the
school held a Remembrance Day Celebration prepared by grades 1 and 4.
A military officer (father to two of our
students) came to talk to the students
not only about the soldiers’ sacrifices
but also of the everyday sacrifices
made by their families. He spoke not
only of past wars but also of present
wars and of past and current veterans.
It was a very emotional celebration for
staff and students. On November 19,
the student council delivered canned
goods and $40 to the Calgary Poppy
Fund. Also in November, two speakers presented The Law and Children
to grades 5 and 6 and explained the
consequences of bullying. On November 29, the school held a celebration
for the 1st Sunday of Advent.
Once again this year, the students
gathered non-perishable foods, canned
goods and toiletry items to make
Christmas Baskets. These baskets go
directly to families in need in our own
school. Everything is done is the strictest of confidence. Thank you to all
who have so graciously donated items
for the baskets during this holiday season. On December 17, all our students
participated in the Christmas Liturgy.
Please take note
that registration
for Kindergarten
students start on
January 4. Please
ab.ca for more
Bonne et Heureuse
Shawnessy Library
•50+ Coffee and Conversation: Fri.
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. No registration
•LEGO Contest: Apr. 2, 10:30 a.m. –
2:00 p.m. Ages 6 to 17.
•Coffee and Conversation for
Parents: Mon. Jan. 10 – Apr. 25
(no program Feb. 21), 10:30 a.m. –
11:30 a.m.
•Law at Your library; Custody and
Access: Feb. 9, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
•Law at Your Library; Wills and
Estates: Apr. 20, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Fish Creek Library
•Family Literacy Day Celebration:
Jan. 29. Various programs throughout the day.
•Sing Together for Literacy: Jan.
27, 10:15 – 10:45 a.m. Ages 6 to 23
months with a parent/caregiver.
•Read Together for Literacy: Jan.
27, 7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Day. Ages
2 to 5, with a parent or caregiver.
•50+ Coffee and Conversation: Jan.
5, 19 & 26, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
•Be Your Child's Own Tutor:
Jan 10, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
•Let's Talk About Typical Speech
and Language Development in
Children: Jan. 20, 6:30 p.m. –
8:30 p.m. Call 403-955-1300 to
•Easier Than You Think! Talking
with Your Kids about Sexuality: Jan 22, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
•Pension Planning for Seniors: Jan.
17, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Ages 50+.
•Unlocking Alzheimer's Disease;
More than Memory Loss: Jan. 27,
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Ages 50 +. Visit www.calgarypubliclibrary.com
for more information on these programs. Registration is required for all
programs unless otherwise noted.
In Our City
Events In and Around Calgary
Tickets, admission or registration may be required
for events. Event details are believed correct as of
press time but may change at any time.
show. A wealth of interior and exterior products will be on display and for
sale. Includes demonstrations, presentations and expert advice.
Nevermore: Jan. 6 – Feb. 6, Vertigo
Mystery Theatre. The imaginary life
and mysterious death of Edgar Allan
Poe. A Gothic tale told in song.
High Performance Rodeo: Jan. 6 –
30, Epcor Centre for the Performing
Arts. One Yellow Rabbit presents one
of its most popular festivals. Showcases new local and national works by
original and respected talent. www.hprodeo.ca
The Calgary Motorcycle Show:
Jan. 7 – 9, BMO Centre Stampede
Park. Exciting exhibits, performances,
demonstrations, competitions and
more. www.calgarymotorcycleshow.ca
Titanic, The Musical: Jan. 13 – 22,
7:00 p.m. (1:00 p.m. matinee), UofC
Theatre. Music and lyrics by Maury
Yeston and book by Peter Stone.
Opened on Broadway in 1997, winner of five Tony Awards, including the
award for Best Musical. www.TitanicTheMusical.ca
Jeff Foxworthy: Jan. 13, Scotiabank
Saddledome. Enjoy a comedic performance by Jeff Foxworthy along with
Bill Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy.
Homexpo: Jan. 14 – 16, BMO Centre.
Calgary's home renovation and decor
Bridal Fantasy Calgary, The Boutique Bridal Show: Jan. 16, Telus
Convention Centre. An amazing and
dramatic bridal fashion show and
theatrical production featuring the
latest trends in flowers, formals, wedding dresses and wedding accessories,
bridesmaids’ dresses, destination wear,
wedding hair and make-up.
The Wedding Fair: Jan. 23, BMO
Centre. Visit with more than 200 wedding specialists. Top vendors showcase the latest trends and fashions to
help you plan your perfect wedding.
An Afternoon with Arnold Schwarzenegger: Jan. 25, Telus Convention
Centre. Spend an afternoon with Arnold Schwarzenegger famous for his
action movie roles and as governor of
California. Includes lunch and wine.
Calgary RV Expo & Sale: Jan. 27 –
30, BMO Centre. Western Canada's
biggest showing of RVs and related
services and accessories. Vehicle and
product displays, and seminars covering all one needs to know about the
RV Lifestyle. www.rvshowsalberta.ca
Wine Stage: Jan. 29, 7:30 p.m. –
10:30 p.m. Hotel Arts. Calgary's Most
Dramatic Wine Event! At this dramatic
fundraiser for One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre, guests will savour
the world’s finest wines from the city’s
best wine merchants, expertly paired
with the succulent culinary creations
of Calgary’s most celebrated restaurants. hprodeo.ca
Bliss Wedding Fair Extraordinaire:
Jan. 30, Carriage House Inn. Showcasing Calgary’s hottest hidden talents
and bringing a fresh and modern twist
to the table. www.blissweddingfair.ca
Ski for Heart: Jan. 30 – Feb. 1, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Bundle up
for a heart warming, pulse-racing, life
saving weekend in the Rockies in support of The Heart and Stroke Foundation. www.skiforheart.ca
The 2011 Calgary Boat & Sportsmen's Show: Feb. 3 – 7, BMO Centre.
The latest boats, fishing gear, accessories and outdoor products. Find out
information on adventure tourism and
watch demonstrations and seminars.
•Joe Satriani: Jan. 5, Jubilee
•Eric Burdon & The Animals: Jan.
15, Deerfoot Inn & Casino
•Toopy & Binoo & The Marshmallow Moon: Jan 15, Jubilee
•The Great Schubert with Hans
Graf: Jan. 21 – 22, Jack Singer
•Guitar Heroes: A Tribute to Clapton, Hendrix & Friends: Jan. 28,
Jack Singer
•Cheech and Chong—Get it Legal:
Feb. 6, Jubilee
•Odair Assad: Feb. 8, Knox United
Church •Patsy Cline Tribute: Feb. 14,
Deerfoot Inn & Casino
In Our City
Snow Shovelling Safety
Before you start:
•Dress properly for the weather before
heading outdoors. Unprotected exposure to low temperatures and wind
chill can result in hypothermia or
frostbite. •Dress in layers starting with a warm
insulating inner layer; ending with
wind and water proof outer layers. If
you become too warm as you shovel,
you can always remove outer layers
as required. •Wear proper footwear with a solid
tread and adequate ankle support.
Don’t forget to wear a toque or hat to
prevent heat loss from your head.
•Stay well hydrated by drinking plenty
of water before and after you shovel.
Avoid caffeinated beverages and alcoholic beverages as well as smoking.
These all act as stimulants that can
put a strain on your heart by constricting blood vessels and increasing heart
rate. Caffeine can also promote dehydration – another important reason to
avoid it. Alcoholic beverages do not
act as a stimulant, but they also promote dehydration, impair your judgment, and make you more susceptible
to the effects of the cold weather.
•Reduce the chance of injury by
warming up your muscles with light
exercise and stretching before you
shovel. Warm muscles use energy
more efficiently.
How to shovel:
•Choose the correct size of shovel for
you. A smaller shovel will require you
to lift less snow at a time and reduce
the strain on your body. •Protect your back by lifting properly:
keep the shovel close to the body, stay
balanced by standing with feet about
hip-width apart, bend your knees,
squatting with a straight back. As you
lift the snow use your legs to provide
the lift, tighten your stomach muscles
to support your back, keep your back
straight. Do not bend your back.
•When possible, push snow, don’t lift
it. Always orient your body in the
same direction
you are pushing
the snow. If you
need to move the
snow to one side,
reposition your
entire body to
continue facing the
direction you are
pushing. •Do not throw
snow over your shoulder or to the
side. Most back injuries occur when
you are in a twisted position. The injury can be made worse when you are
bearing the weight
of heavy snow as
you twist.
•Don’t extend
your arms when
maneuvering a
full shovel of
heavy snow as
this puts excess
strain on your
back muscles and
too much weight
on your spine.
Attempt to keep
the weight of the
shovel close to
your body.
•Pace yourself and
take a break, especially if there’s
been a heavy
snowfall; don’t
try to clear it away all at once.
Alberta Health
Lucky Year of
the Rabbit
According to the Chinese Zodiac,
2011 is the Year of the Rabbit or
Hare. It begins on February 3 and
ends on January 22, 2012. The Rabbit is the fourth sign of the Chinese
Zodiac. The Rabbit is a lucky
sign. It is expected to be a peaceful
year. The outlook is tranquil and
serene, with contentment abounding. Money can be made virtually effortlessly! People born in the Year of the
Rabbit are private individuals and a
bit introverted. They are reasonably
friendly, and enjoy the company of
good friends. They are good teachers, counselors and communicators,
but also need their own space.
In Our City
Goal Setting Keeps Resolutions on Track
Angus Reid polled Canadians on
their goal-setting habits and found
that, while most Canadians set goals
regularly, many could benefit from
some simple strategies to keep them
on track.
According to the survey, conducted on
behalf of American Express Canada,
more than half of Canadians keep
track of their goals using a “running
list” in their heads. Only about 15%
write their goals down, while twice as
many (30%) do not keep track of their
goals even though they report aspiring
to greater goals in life.
This latest survey is part of a growing
body of research from American Ex-
press Canada
that reveals
a rising class
of Canadians,
known as
“potentialists,” that take
a focused
approach to
realizing their personal potential.
If you're looking to broaden your
resolutions this New Year, take some
inspiration from potentialists and try
one of following ideas:
•Track your goals like you track
your finances. Ask yourself what
you need to do tomorrow to get one
step closer to your goal.
•Pre-empt what might tempt. Prepare yourself psychologically for
temptations that will surely come
your way and have a strategy in
place to deal with them before they
•Combat the fear factor. 20% of
Canadians surveyed cite “fear of
failure” as a reason why they don't
meet their goals. Recognize when
irrational fears are getting in the way
of your progress.
•Willpower is like a muscle. Giving
into little temptations can set off a
domino effect. Be aware that if you
don't exercise willpower regularly,
you may lose it.
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