September Is Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month
Since 1994, World Alzheimer’s DayTM – on 21 September each year – has been the only day on the calendar to unite people with dementia, caregivers and Alzheimer associations around the world.
World Alzheimer’s Month was introduced in 2012 and offers Alzheimer associations the opportunity to reach more individuals and groups and increase their efforts to call for improved support services for people with dementia and their caregivers.
To learn more about what is happening in your area, visit the Alberta Alzheimer's Disease Web Site for more information.
Calgary AfterSchool Provides Great Options for Parents
This school year, the fun starts after the bell. The City of Calgary is in its eighth year of providing positive, fun and supervised after school programs in recreation, schools and community facilities across Calgary. Children and youth grades 1 - 12 can drop into a weekday program in their community and take part in a variety of activities from 3 - 6 p.m. Many of the programs are free or low-cost, lowering the stress for working parents. Visit calgary.ca/afterschool to find a program that’s right for you. The City of Calgary and its partners make it easy to find a free drop-in program during the after school hours with dozens of locations across the city. The program and activity offerings include homework help, swimming, skating, a variety of sports, creative arts, cooking, clubs and much more. These programs have something for everyone at every level. At Calgary AfterSchool, it’s more than just getting children and youth active. These programs are designed to help students do better in school, stay productive, increase self-esteem and teach them life skills that will follow them throughout their life. Kevin Kwasny, a Calgary AfterSchool program specialist has noticed the positive impact the program has had on its participants. “Many of the kids that participate in Calgary AfterSchool develop friendships which last for years. It’s a great opportunity for them to try new experiences and activities which helps build up their knowledge, confidence.”
YWCA Walk a Mile In Her Shoes® Sept 19th
YWCA WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES® is an annual fundraising event which raises money to support the work the YWCA of Calgary does to break the cycle of family violence and help keep women and their children safe. Although family violence is a very serious matter, this fun and light-hearted event asks registered male participants to take a stand against family violence, strap on a pair of heels and walk two laps around Olympic Plaza. Only men can participate in the walk, but women play a huge role in this event by encouraging and challenging the men in their lives to register and fundraise for the YWCA of Calgary.
Visit the YWCA WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES® Web Site for more information and locations.
Calgary City Wide Food Drive Sept 19th
Let's work together, Calgary, and reclaim our Guinness World Record! 560,000 pounds of food is our goal! The City-Wide Food Drive is the largest single-day food drive in Calgary, and over the past 9 years, has collected well over 3 million pounds of food for the Calgary Food Bank. More than 7,000 family volunteers participate and help collect food throughout the morning and night. If you see the City-Wide Food Drive bag at your door, we encourage you to fill the bag with NON-perishable food items, and leave it on the doorstep for an 8am pick-up! We do absolutely zero door knocking / solicitations, so make sure your bag is visible to the volunteers! The City-Wide food drive is an important drive for the city as September and Fall heads into a high-demand period due to back-to-school expenses.
Visit the Calgary Food Bank Web Site for more information and drop off locations.
Calgary International Film Festival Sept 20th to Oct 1st
The Calgary International Film Festival is an 11-day showcase of over 200 multi-genre films from Canada and over 40 other countries. Hosting gala events, screenings, award ceremonies and special presentations, CIFF changes the way visual stories are shared and experienced.
The first Calgary International Film Festival was held in 2000 for six days, and was attended by 8,000 people. Within three years, attendance had more than tripled to 25,000 for the expanded ten-day festival. Today it is the largest film festival between the Rockies and the Great Lakes. Visit the Calgary International Film Festival Web Site for more information.
RBC Race for the Kids in Calgary Sept 23rd
RBC Race for the Kids is a global race series that brings families, communities and employees together in support of local children’s charities. Since launching in 2009, it has expanded to 15 events around the world with more than 124,000 participants raising over $27.9 million for children and youth charities. Join us at this year’s inaugural RBC Race for the Kids in Calgary and help raise critically-needed funds to support youth mental health programming and services at Alberta Children’s Hospital. The event will be held at Heritage Park on Sunday, September 24th and includes, 5K Family Fun Run along the Glenmore Reservoir pathway, 1K Kids Dash inside Heritage Park Historical Village, Family Fun Zone Brunch, prizing and entertainment for everyone. We hope you and your family will join us for a great morning at Heritage Park in support of a worthy cause.
National Seniors Day October 1st
To help celebrate seniors day, all Seniors (65+) get in FREE all day at the Talisman Centre
On October 1, the Government of Canada will proudly celebrate National Seniors Day and formally recognize the tremendous contributions of Canadian seniors. Canada’s seniors are important to both the country’s history–and its future. They have given so much to our families, our communities and our workplaces. We have all benefited from the contributions of seniors and we will further benefit as today’s seniors continue to be influential mentors and leaders in our communities. The establishment of National Seniors Day builds on the many concrete measures introduced by the Government to improve the well-being and quality of life of Canada’s seniors. On November 18, 2010, Bill C-40, An Act to establish National Seniors Day, received Royal Assent. Through this legislation, October 1 will now be recognized annually as National Seniors Day. On this day, Canada also joins the global community to celebrate the International Day of Older Persons, as declared by the United Nations. We are proud of Canada’s seniors. We value what they have done for our country, and they deserve our thanks. National Seniors Day is an occasion to join together as a nation to honour Canadian seniors.
World Cerebral Palsy Day October 6th
World Cerebral Palsy Day is a movement for people with cerebral palsy (CP), their families, and the organizations that support them, in more than 50 countries. Canada will also be lit up green in celebration. World CP Day is an opportunity for the world to grow. Together, we are the collective voice for over 8,300 Albertans and over 17 million worldwide with CP. We want to ensure that children and adults with CP have the same rights, access and opportunities as anyone else in our society.
Visit the World Cerebral Palsy Day web 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.