OUR COMMUNITY’S VOICE JUNE 2011
Brought to you by your Tuscany Community Association
DAY June 12
THE TUSCANY SUN JUNE 2011 3
An Eventful Month The influence of this book was
enormous in the English people as
www.tuscanyca.ca it would have been read aloud in
No doubt that we live in an eventful
world. Every month there are churches very, very extensively, which
Tuscany Community Association
P.O. Box 27030 Tuscany RPO important things that happen or would have imprinted it on people’s
Calgary, Alberta T3L 2Y1 anniversaries of other things that minds. It was a huge influence on
happened a long time ago. May was what ordinary people took to be good
President .......................... Glen Furtado English.
..........................firstname.lastname@example.org one of those months. We had a Federal
Vice President .... Michelle van de Reep election that brought some surprises,
...... VPPlanningPriorities@tuscanyca.ca we had Bin Laden put down and we British sailors and settlers took the
Treasurer..........................Lee Bardwell had a Royal wedding (that was really Bible on voyages around the globe; it
in the end of April) that delighted was taken to America, India, Africa,
Tuscany Committee Email Addresses billions of people around the world. Australia and New Zealand. Art,
Communications Committee literature and music have been based
.................... email@example.com What most people might not know on language and stories described
Events & Recreation Committee in the King James Bible. This is one
Events...................firstname.lastname@example.org is that May brought us another
Recreation .............................................. important event: May 2nd marked reason why English is now a world
Parks and Planning Committee the 400th anniversary of one of the language.
............................... email@example.com most influential books in the English-
Tuscany Sun Newsletter “The King James Bible is a
................................firstname.lastname@example.org speaking world: The King James
Traffic and Safety Committee Bible. cornerstone of our culture and
.............................. email@example.com our language. Whatever our faith,
In 1603 James VI of Scotland acceded whatever we believe, we have to
Elected Officials recognise that the rhetorical power of
Alderman: to England’s throne as King James I.
Dale Hodges Queen Elizabeth I died without heirs this book, and in particular its power
403-268-2445 and, before she died, she chose James to fuse history with poetry, connects
firstname.lastname@example.org as her successor. After being crowned at the most fundamental level with our
MLA: own history and poetry.”
Lindsay Blackett King, James VI found a society
403-216-5444 divided by religious matters. There - Andrew Motion, British Poet,
email@example.com were two translations of the Bible, one Novelist and Biographer
MP: used by the Church of England (The
Rob Anders - Your Volunteer Editor,
403-292-6666 Bishop’s Bible) and other used by the
www.robanders.com Puritans (the Geneva Bible.) Fernando Ferreira
Tuscany Sun Newsletter In 1604 King James VI decided to
Editor & Article Submissions:
Fernando Ferreira commission a new and accurate
firstname.lastname@example.org translation, one that would bring peace
Submission deadlines for this monthly publication are the
9th of the month, prior to the distribution month.
to his realm. It took 54 scholars and
seven years of work to produce what
Advertising Sales: became known as the King James
The ad booking deadline is the 14th of the
month prior to the distribution month.
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In Our Community
the Amazing Tuscany Race, the Book
TCA President’s Report Swap, Arts Day, Youth Events or a
variety of other initiatives put on by the
By the time you strategic planning session where we
read this article can identify and prioritize our work If you think you can contribute, send a
my hope is that program for the year. As happens maximum 5 page Expression of Interest
spring has taken every year, we have a rotation of to email@example.com.
a firm hold in approximately half of our Board and it
Calgary and requires significant effort to continue
more about the
with the delivery of some of the
programs and services you’ve come to The Talk in Tuscany
location of our expect from the TCA. The bottom line
golf clubs than is if we don’t have the resources we Have you read something in the Sun
snow shovels. Along with the better can’t deliver the services. you’d like to comment on? Are you
weather we will see people spending looking for some feedback on an
more time outdoors and more children Your TCA Board is comprised of issue? Or, would you like to comment
playing on our street and in our parks. volunteers who are passionate about on what’s happening in and around
Tuscany? We’d all love to hear
We’ve had a number of emails over serving the community and making
what you have to say. Email news@
the past month noting some poor Tuscany the best community in
tuscanyca.ca. If you’d like to comment
driving habits in our community. Calgary. If you would like to help us
on something you’ve read in Talk in
Speed, failure to yield right of way achieve this vision I would encourage
Tuscany or the Sun, you can post on
and failure to stop for pedestrians at you to get involved. If you’re plate
our website at www.tuscanyca.ca.
crosswalks are some of the typical is full and you presently don’t have
violations that we hear about. I would time to volunteer, I would ask you
like to encourage everyone to drive to support your TCA by becoming a
Throughout all of Calgary’s history
responsibly and with due care and member for $25 per year. You can
citizens had the common sense, dignity
attention so we can all safely enjoy our sign up on our web site at www.
and pride of an attractive city to not
store garbage containers in front yards
(a practice common only in slums).
The City of Calgary will be As always, please don’t hesitate to
With the advent of blue recycling
conducting street sweeping operations contact me with your comments or
bins and now black garbage bins it
in our community late June. Make suggestions on how to make our
has suddenly become fashionable to
sure you obey the signs and ensure community the best it can be.
proudly display these at the corners or
your vehicles are not parked on the
front of double garages. I find them a
roadways during the times and dates – Glen Furtado
disgusting, ugly eyesore that seriously
that will be well advertised in advance
detracts from otherwise attractive
of the work. We only have one
homes, as well as the city in general.
opportunity for the crews to clean our
community and the results are much
Event Organizer They clearly make a statement about
the class level of the occupants. What
better if we can provide good access to these garbage bins do to the city I find
Expression of Interest
the curb line for the sweepers. an embarrassment. I guess citizens
Do you live in Tuscany? Do you have
demonstrated skills and experience now want Calgary to be known as the
The Tuscany Community Association ‘city of trash bins’.
in Event Planning and Organization?
Annual General Meeting was held last
The Tuscany Community Association
month and we were fortunate to have If these are truly beautiful works of art
is seeking Expressions of Interest
elected a strong slate of Directors that qualifying as yard ornaments - then
from members of our community
are looking forward to serving the what am I missing? Will someone
who would be available on a periodic
community. Before the Board breaks please explain?
basis throughout the year to coordinate
for the summer we are working on a - Confused Tuscany resident
community events. This may include
THE TUSCANY SUN JUNE 2011 7
In Our Community
On-site training of our industry partners
Tuscany Building and trades has been conducted over
the past few weeks to emphasize the
Green importance of implementing indoor
air quality measures. The focus has
been on preventing and reducing
contaminates (especially dust) through Spring Registration
Building Practices Are Green
measures such as outdoor cutting areas The 243 Tuscany Scouts are holding
for masons, dedicated wood-shop areas, their Spring Registration on Friday,
minimizing dirt tracked into the schools, June 10, 2011 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
As progress on the Tuscany Middle
and keeping mechanical equipment at the Tuscany Club.
School continues, B2L Partnership is
proud to share our accomplishments clean. This process is carefully
toward being a leader in green monitored and, to date, the industry Please join us to register for the 2011-
construction. partners and trades have demonstrated 2012 session.
a great depth of knowledge and
All ASAP II schools are being built commitment to the process. All Sections are welcome! Beaver,
to achieve at least a Leadership in Cub, Scout, Venturer and Rover
Energy and Environmental Design Green building practices will be programs.
(LEED) Silver certification. This is an monitored and analyzed through all
independent rating system that is used phases of construction. The P3 model For more information visit www.
to measure environmental and energy in Alberta creates real accountability tuscanyscouts.ca.
efficiency. LEED Silver-rated buildings for achieving LEED and for managing
are up to 45 percent more energy energy costs. Because B2L Partnership
efficient than conventional buildings. is responsible for design, construction
They provide healthier environments as and maintenance of schools, it has the
a result of improved air quality and the tools required to create sustainable
and efficient schools that meet both
We Need You!
use of natural light.
short term LEED objectives and long Attention Long Time Tuscany
During the construction phase, an term sustainability and environmental Residents!
important goal when building green objectives. The resulting ASAP II
is to reduce the amount of material schools will provide Alberta’s children The Federation of Calgary
going to landfills. For each school site, with safe, healthy environments to learn Communities 50th Anniversary
construction debris is separated into and thrive. Magazine Needs Your Help!
recyclables or waste. Our goal is to The Federation is celebrating its
The Tuscany Middle School, located 50th Anniversary this year, and
have the majority of debris land in the
at 150 Tuscany Way, will be open for
recycle bins versus the waste bins; for in celebration a magazine will be
students by September 2012.
example, the target set for structural published. The magazine will be filled
steel is 95%. By continuously tracking To obtain registration information for with stories, photos, and quotes of
and analyzing construction debris, we the Tuscany Middle School, background neighbourhood life in Calgary over
aim to achieve all targets. information on B2L Partnership, or the past 50 years. We want YOU to fill
more information about the 10 new the magazine with your memories of
The protection and conservation of schools being built in Alberta, visit growing up in this great city!
water is another key objective in www.B2LPartnership.ca. This website
sustainable building. Recent analysis is updated regularly with progress Be a part of it and contact Rebecca
of the washroom fixtures that will be reports and photographs. Dakin at 403-244-4111 ext.
installed in the schools has shown 204 or communityrelations@
that we are in compliance to reduce Questions or concerns can be addressed calgarycommunities.com to set up
wastewater by over 50% through through a contact form on the website a one-on-one conversation or a group
careful specification of low-flush urinals or the B2L Partnership toll free number discussion with a group of people you
and toilets. 1-877-726-3284. know!
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In Our Community
Tuscany Community Arts Day! one of these new awards. The four
award categories include:
• The ‘Be Part of It’ Group Award:
Calling all Artists, Amateurs, and generously allowed us to use their Honouring a group of volunteers
Finger Painters! parking lot for the Community Arts whose community contributions
Day on June 12th and will also be on improve neighbourhood life and
Join us for the First Ever Tuscany hand with their famous barbecue! create a sense of belonging.
Community Arts Day! • The Step Up Award: This award
Sunday June 12, 2011 The TCA would also like to winner is someone who shoulders
Sobeys Parking Lot acknowledge B2L Partnership, the the responsibility for things that
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Province of Alberta, and the Calgary regularly go unnoticed. This
Board of Education for generously individual steps-up to help out
The Tuscany Community Association approving this project. For more without hesitation.
(TCA), Sobeys, and Benjamin Moore information, please e-mail the TCA at • The Spark Award: This is
Paints - Crowfoot are working together firstname.lastname@example.org. someone who engages people to
to create a Tuscany Community Art be a part of their community and
Gallery along the construction fence of Get involved - it’s not every day you sparks a sense of excitement among
the Tuscany Middle School. get your art displayed in an outdoor art residents.
gallery! • The Community Builder Award:
Now that Tuscany is established, Recognizing people, organizations,
the TCA is exploring different or companies based in Calgary
opportunities to incorporate whose efforts have enhanced and
community-based art in various made a significant difference to the
locations throughout our community. quality of life in Calgary.
Art not only serves as a means of
beautification, it will also increase Help celebrate one of Calgary’s 20,000
community cohesiveness, as residents community association volunteers
come together to appreciate our
artistic talents. Our first art project Volunteer
is a painting gallery around the
construction fence surrounding the
Recognition How does someone get nominated?
By someone like you!
middle school construction site,
located along Tuscany Boulevard and Know a Great Volunteer in Your 1. Complete the nomination
Tuscany Way NW. Community Who Deserves form on our website at www.
Recognition? Nominate them calgarycommunities.com
The TCA is working with the today! 2. Attach any supporting documents
Tuscany Elementary School and St. 3. Send via mail, fax, or e-mail to:
Basil Elementary Jr High School to The Federation of Calgary
showcase their students’ art on the Communities is celebrating ’50 Years Federation of Calgary Communities
fence. Then, we invite all members of Community Support’ with new Suite 301, 1609 – 14th Street SW
of the community to “paint a awards that recognize and honour Calgary, AB T3C 1E4
canvas” on June 12. This art will be volunteers who give their time and
on display along the fence for the talents to improve neighbourhood and Phone: 403-244-4111
remainder of the construction project, community life in Calgary! Fax: 403-244-4129
approximately one year. The TCA E-mail: communityrelations@
will provide coroplast boards that will If you know an individual or group of calgarycommunities.com
serve as the canvas and Benjamin volunteers making a difference in your
Moore has provided us with a fantastic community, give them the recognition ** The deadline to nominate a volunteer
discount on the paint. Sobeys has they deserve by nominating them for is Monday, July 4 2011
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In Our Community
2011 Stampede Parade ‘Pacers’
Neighbourhood The Federation of Calgary cultural outfit or the classic western
Survey Communities is in the Stampede
Parade and they want volunteers
wear of the Stampede. Whatever it may
be, The Federation wants our pacers to
from all communities to take part! represent and demonstrate the power of
Calgary has grown into a very diverse the community association movement.
city, but a neighbourly attitude still The Calgary Stampede Parade is
introducing “pacers” into their program We are looking for adult volunteers to
helps everyone alike. According to
this year. Pacers will be placed in fill our pacer positions in the Stampede
the 2009 research brief by The City
between each parade entry to help the Parade. This is an exciting opportunity
of Calgary, Family and Community
event stay on-time and on-track. To to showcase yourself, your community
Support Services (FCSS), close-
kick-off this addition, the “pacers” in and the diversity within! We would
knit communities are safer, and this year’s Stampede Parade will be like to see a volunteer from each
their residents are exposed to many community volunteers! Each pacer community in Calgary! Please spread
beneficial opportunities that others are will be given a sash with the name of the word and register online at www.
not. And that is not saying anything their community on it, e.g. Abbeydale, calgarycommunities.com/events.php
about the sense of belonging that Evergreen, Tuscany or Valley Ridge. if you are interested in taking part in
comes with neighbourliness. They will also be encouraged to wear our first ever parade entry. We ask that
something that is special or important you ask around and provide a backup
When people start to call Calgary to them such as a sports uniform, a volunteer as well.
‘home’, they take pride in it, and that
means a cleaner, friendlier, safer place
for everyone. While other cities grow
apart as they get bigger, you can play a
part in making sure that Calgary grows for their remaining achievement tests
closer and stronger.
Varsity Acres this month. Staff members hosted
the annual volunteer tea to show
Have a say! appreciation to the many parents who
Make sure you have your say, and Spring greetings from Varsity Acres volunteer at the school throughout the
give five minutes of your day to School. As we enjoy the renewed year. And finally, the month ended as
contributing to the Neighbourhood energy of spring and look ahead it began, with people dancing, singing
Survey! This is the second annual to summer, our students and staff and celebrating at the annual family
survey conducted by The Federation of continue to work hard and focus on dance.
Calgary Communities and Community the completion of another successful
Neighbourhoods Services. Visit www. school year. Varsity families, please mark your
calgarycommunities.com for the link calendars for the following upcoming
to the survey and tell us if Calgary is a We began the month of May with dates:
neighbourly city. a wonderful school-wide, outdoor • School council AGM. Wednesday,
celebration of song by joining schools June 15, 7 pm in the school staff
Your name will be entered into a across Canada on “Music Monday.” room. Join us to learn more about
draw for an exciting prize simple for Students, staff and many family the volunteer activities of both our
members came together in fine voice school council and fundraising
providing us with your opinion on
in the school field to sing, dance and society.
appreciate music and music education. • Fall welcome. Friday, September
What followed was a busy month of 9. All staff, students and families
Communities with over 25
student work, field trips and special are invited to meet for an informal
respondents will be sent their own events. Grades three and six students social morning in the school
results to see how its residents feel also completed the first of their courtyard. Stay tuned for more
about their community! provincial exams and are getting ready details.
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Sports in Tuscany Seawolves Water
Tuscany Outdoor Soccer
Rule the Pool!
Tuscany Outdoor Soccer Register now for
This spring, almost 700 young Tuscany residents have been enjoying the game fall
of soccer in our community. Please watch out for the families who will be
making their way to and from the local fields. Please visit www.tuscanysoccer. Want to swim
wordpress.com for current information, including game schedules, field and play ball at
locations and rules of play. the same time?
Try water polo.
We would like to thank our generous sponsors Albi Homes, Landmark Homes,
The Seawolves Water Polo Club is
The Home Depot and Tim Hortons for donating our jerseys this season. We would
open to all kids ages 8 and up living
also like to thank Ray Cote, of CIR Realty, for donating a van for the equipment
in northwest or northeast Calgary.
sorting evening. With Ray’s help we were able to move all equipment from the
Must be able to swim 25 m unassisted.
storage facility to the Tuscany Club at one time. If your local business is looking
Registration is now open for the
for a way to get involved, our season wrap-up is a great opportunity!
September to March 2011-2012
season. Club fees are very affordable
Age Group Division Schedule
and parents are not required to work
U4 Mixed Saturday 9:30 – 10:30
U5 Mixed Saturday 10:45 – 11:45 OR
Tuesday & Thursday 6:30 – 7:30 Water polo combines the speed of
U6 Mixed Saturday 10:45 – 11:45 OR competitive swimming, the strategy
Tuesday & Thursday 6:30 – 7:30 of soccer and the ball-handling skills
U8 Mixed Monday & Wednesday 6:30-7:30 of volleyball all wrapped up into one
U8 Girls Monday & Wednesday 6:30-7:30 splashy package.
U8 Boys Monday & Wednesday 6:30-7:30
This challenging game uses a ball
similar to a volleyball and is played
Calgary West Soccer without touching the bottom of the
2011 Summer Soccer Camp
pool. While top-level water polo
matches can be very aggressive, this
does not happen at the beginner or
Registration is on
intermediate levels. There are many
now for our 4 and 5 FREE Summer Drop-In rules governing physical contact and
day Summer Camps. Programming for kids! these are strictly enforced.
Half day camps are Tuscany Community
Water polo builds cardio-vascular
available for Tuscany Hill &
endurance and improves swimming
U6 to U10 players (born 2001 to Tuscany Meadows Dr NW
skills. It offers a full body workout
2006), with full day camps for U12 to August 8-12, 2011
similar to cross-country skiing or
U16 (born 1995 to 2000). Stay n’ Play: 10:00 - 12:00 p.m. competitive swimming. And, it
(3 - 5 years of age) promotes teamwork and strategic
We are also offering separate NOTE: Adult /guardian must thinking.
goalkeeper camps. accompany children in the Stay n’ Play
program Seawolves – Swim with the Pack!
Please go to our website at www. Park n’ Play: 10:00 - 3:30 p.m.
calgarywestsoccer.com to view a (6 - 12 years of age) For more information:
copy of the brochure and to register Join in the summer fun with games, Email: email@example.com
online crafts and other amazing activities led Website: members.shaw.ca/seawolves
by City of Calgary staff.
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communities within our registration
Calgary Minor Basketball area and most games are played on
Saturdays throughout Calgary with
Association 2011-12 Registration some games on Friday nights at higher
age levels. Players in or going into
high school can play community
Registration Programs Offered basketball until December 1, 2011.
Silver Springs Basketball is the home Learn-to-Play, for ages five and six, Players making their high school
club for all players from Arbour Lake, introduces players to the game of teams become ineligible to play
Bowness, Lynx Ridge, Bearspaw, basketball. Dribbling, passing, and community basketball and partial
Rocky Ridge, Royal Oak, Scenic shooting skills will be taught in fun refunds are issued on request. Players
Acres, Silver Springs, Tuscany and and engaging ways and there will be provide a uniform deposit and are
Valley Ridge who want to play in the lots of time for wide-open and creative issued full uniforms for return at
Calgary Minor Basketball Association game play. One-hour LTP session will yearend. Depending on age, play is on
program in 2011-12. The program be run on Friday nights using six-foot 8½ or 10-foot nets and uses sizes five,
has been administered by Silver nets and size five balls. Players are six or seven balls.
Springs Community Association for given a program T-shirt that is theirs
many years. All programs run from to keep. Registration Requirements
September to March and are subject • Uniform deposits (if applicable) and
to adequate enrolment and volunteer Tykes, for ages seven and eight, is volunteer deposits are automatically
support. a five-team house league that takes processed online April 15, 2012
players a step closer to CMBA-level if uniforms aren’t returned or
To register online, go on to basketball, with a continued emphasis volunteer commitments haven’t
silverspringscommunity.ca. You can on fun and skill development. There been met.
also register at the Silver Springs is more structured game play that • Fee payment for online registration
Community Center (5720 Silver Ridge minimizes bench time, consistently is with credit card only. If
Drive) or call 403-288-2616. calls basic infractions, and provides registering in person, cheques or
collaborative coaching on court. Time cash are accepted (at the Silver
Volunteers is allotted for intra-squad practices and Springs office).
All basketball programs are offered for both intra-squad and inter-squad game • All players must hold a current
our children by volunteers. Help, both play. Tyke sessions are run on Friday community association membership
on and off the court, is essential to the nights using eight-foot nets and size in their community of residence.
continuation of the program. As part of five balls. Players are given a team You may also purchase an associate
the registration process, every parent T-shirt that is theirs to keep. membership in Silver Springs as an
will have to commit to a volunteer role alternative.
or task and provide a $50 volunteer Calgary Minor Basketball Association • Registration forms and fees must
deposit, which will be cashed if the (CMBA), for ages nine and up, starts be received on or before June 15,
volunteer role or task is not performed. with player evaluations followed by 2011 to be guaranteed placement
Contact Steve at 403-239-0637 or player placement on tiered teams that on a team. After June 15, a $15 late
Sherry at 403-288-2616 to let us know play inter-community basketball. registration fee is charged.
how you can help. Practices are held on weeknights in • Refunds, less a 20 percent
administration fee, are provided
Year Program Uniform Volunteer if requested before September 15,
Program Born Fee Deposit Deposit 2011. Refunds are only provided
after September 15 for medical
Learn-to-Play 2006-2005 $150 n/a $50
reasons and these requests must be
Tyke 2004-2003 $200 n/a $50 accompanied by a doctor’s note.
Mini 2002-2001 $330 $100 $50
Bantam 2000-1999 $330 $100 $50
Midget 1998-1997 $330 $100 $50
Juvenile 1996-1995 $330 $100 $50
Junior 1994-1993 $330 $100 $50
THE TUSCANY SUN JUNE 2011 17
In Our Community
The TCA is a non-profit organization
run by a core group of volunteers
who are committed to the needs and
Support Tuscany! constructive development of Tuscany
and its community. The TCA has
Buy Your Community Membership Today! a broad mandate to represent the
community to external stakeholders
such as the City and to provide
community sports programs. We also
...do you have your have an emphasis to preserve and
Community Association membership yet? protect the natural environments in
Benefits of Membership This year, the TCA is focusing
its efforts on three broad goals –
• A healthier and more enjoyable • Effective representation and community cohesiveness, traffic
community through the provision advocacy to external third parties safety and the development of youth
of community sports and about issues of concern to the programs in Tuscany. If you would
recreation activities like soccer – community, including public like to participate in the development
your membership contributes to health and safety, development and implementation of these goals, the
the costs of operation and the natural environment TCA is always looking for committed
• Insurance coverage to participate • Maintenance and preservation of volunteers. For more information,
in Community Association the natural environment,
contact firstname.lastname@example.org or
organized sports, such as soccer including Twelve Mile Coulee
go to our website at
• Discounted insurance rates - • A safer community through our
email email@example.com advocacy on traffic and other
• Up-to-date information about safety issues
issues affecting you and the • Pride and a sense of community
community through the Tuscany through participation in
Sun and our website community activities
YES! I would like to become a member of
the Tuscany Community Association
Go to www.tuscanyca.ca to register online
for your membership today!
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Eservus Discontinued after June 1st –
Tuscany Club Info Due to extremely low usage among the
membership compared to its significant
annual cost to the TRA, The Tuscany
Tuscany Club Features Residents Association has opted to
In addition to the Club and Park discontinue the Eservus program as of
features listed here, we offer special June 1, 2011. This will result in annual
The Tuscany Club is operated by the events plus sports, fitness and
Tuscany Residents Association (TRA) savings in excess of $25,000.
recreation programs for preschoolers to
as a private recreation facility for the seniors. Check out the current program Tuscany Giant Garage Sale – June
exclusive use of its members. For more guide at www.tuscany-connect.com or 11th – Sign Up by June 7th! This year
about the TRA visit the FAQ section of pick up a copy at the Tuscany Club. the giant garage sale is on Saturday,
our website, listed under the “Residents • Gymnasium June 11th from 9 am to 3 pm. Free
Association” banner at • 2 outdoor tennis courts registration and complimentary lawn
www.tuscany-connect.com. • Playground signage is available to all TRA
• Summer wading pool and fountain households in good standing. Sign-up
212 Tuscany Way, NW • Fitness and Dance studios now by emailing clubprograms@shaw.
403-241-6402 • Outdoor basketball courts ca – 150+ homes usually participate.
www.tuscany-connect.com • Banquet and Meeting Rooms
Wading Pool Update – After 15
• Hockey Rink and Skating Oval
Hours of Operation years of operation the Tuscany
• Horseshoe Pits and Shuffleboard
Park Hours: Club wading pool is due for some
Mon.to Sun. 9:00 am - 10:00 pm significant maintenance. Because of
• Outdoor Park and Greenspace
Office Hours: the late spring this work can only be
Mon. to Sat. 9:00 am - 4:30 pm started now, which means there is a
Rent Space in the Tuscany Club
(closed 12:00 - 1:00 pm) likelihood that there will be a delay in
• Space for receptions, banquets,
the usual May long weekend opening.
birthday parties, seasonal events,
Subcribe to the E-Newsletter The Maintenance staff will strive to
club and business meetings and more
Want to get the most recent news about have the wading pool open as soon
• Available to all TRA members in
programs and special events? Sign as possible and we are aiming for
up for our mass email list and receive mid-June. We appreciate the patience
• For more information, call
occasional updates about important of the residents and look forward to
403-241-6402 or email
news and events happening with the continuing to serve the community.
Tuscany Residents Association – go to • Check the website for a virtual tour TRA Stampede Breakfast – Sat. July
www.tuscany-connect.com, click on and more details: 16th – Join us at the Tuscany Club
“Have you signed up for the Tuscany- www.tuscany-connect.com from 9:30 to 11:30 am for the annual
Connect Newsletter?” and submit your Stampede Breakfast along with your
request, its just that easy!
Upcoming Events family, friends and neighbours. Enjoy
pancakes and sausage, coffee and
Registering Your Home juice and some fine entertainment and
All new residents to Tuscany must Summer Program Registration Now wrap up Stampede in style. Volunteers
visit the office to register their home Open – This year we have youth tennis are always needed and welcome to
and be eligible for TRA benefits. If lessons, preschool programs from help for an hour or two with set up,
you move within Tuscany, you must Centrestage Theatre and Miss Marilyn, cooking and more… please contact
also visit the office to update your and adult fitness and yoga classes. We firstname.lastname@example.org or call the
account to remain current. Tenants must also offer weekly DayCamp programs Club at 403-241-6402 to sign up!
complete a transfer of privileges form from July 4th to August 26th at the
from their landlord. All these steps can Tuscany Club for children 4 to 7 years Annual Fees Now Due – The Tuscany
take up to two weeks to process – it is of age and a week in July and August Residents Association has now invoiced
the responsibility of homeowners and especially for the older kids from 8 to all membership holders in Tuscany for
residents to notify us of their status, 11 years. Camps include indoor and the TRA membership year beginning
we are not able to track all movements outdoor sports and games, splash pool on April 1, 2011 through March 31,
within the community. Any questions time, arts and crafts, special events and 2012. With your invoice came various
about TRA memberships can be much more. View the guide and register payment options, please take time to
directed to email@example.com or online at www.tuscany-connect.com read the attached instructions. We look
call403-241-6402. or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for forward to serving the good people of
help or more information. Tuscany in the upcoming year.
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In Our City
Calgary Connection Celebrate
Operation Eyesight Universal: The For expecting and new parents. Babies Seniors' Week
original Canadian response to global learn like mad. They will happily use
blindness, has been supported by a potty if given a chance. Your baby June 6 – 12. During Seniors’ Week
Albertans since 1963. Most of the won’t be smarter for it. But your life there will be many exciting events tak-
world’s blindness doesn’t have to hap- will be easier, and your house will ing place throughout Calgary. Below
pen – eyes can be healed or blindness smell better. Come for a fun and funny are a few, but be sure to check your
can be avoided. It’s just a matter of talk on doing things differently. local seniors’ organization for more
getting the resources to where they events!
are needed most. Together, with the Lawnchair Theatre: Bring your lawn
support of thousands of Albertans, we chair and enjoy great snacks and live Aging and Active Living Expo and
are winning the fight against avoidable entertainment for the entire family. City of Calgary Seniors’ Week 2011
blindness .Visit www.operationeye- Free. All events 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Proclamation: Jun. 4, Atrium of Cal-
sight.com for more information. Locations: Jun. 23 Bowness Park; Jul. gary Municipal Building (City Hall)
7 Confederation Park, Jul. 14 Harvest 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. For more infor-
2011 Neighbourhood Survey: A short Hills, Jul. 21 Hidden Valley, Jul. 28 mation contact email@example.com or
survey that will help to make Calgary Scenic Acres, Aug. 4 Ranchlands, call 403-370-5251.
a place that everyone is proud to call Aug. 11 Edgemont, Aug. 18 Citadel,
home. If you think that Calgary is a Aug. 25 Bridgeland, Sep. 9 Highwood. Calgary Kick-Off of Seniors’ Week
neighbourly place, or if you feel your Visit www.calgary.ca/cns or call 3-1-1 2011: Jun. 6, Fort Calgary. Free ad-
community can be improved, we want for more information. mission for seniors 65+ from 9:00 a.m.
to know. Draw for ten $200 gift cer- – 5:00 p.m. For more information call
tificates. http://www.surveymonkey. Celebrate the opening of the En- Fort Calgary at 403-290-1875 or email
com/s/neighbourhoodsurvey2011 vironmental Education and Ethics firstname.lastname@example.org.
Centre: Located in the new Ralph
Offer your ideas on Skateboard- Klein Park in S.E. Calgary. We will Older Adult Resource Fair: Jun. 7,
ing in Calgary: The City of Calgary have many events and programs Southcentre Mall (Centre Court,
Recreation in partnership with the throughout the summer to welcome Lower Level), 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Calgary Association of Skateboarding visitors to the site. Pre registration is
Enthusiasts (CASE) is seeking com- required. Please register early as space Seniors’ Active Living Fair: Jun. 7,
munity input in the creation of a 5 is limited. For event listings please Westbrook Mall, 10:00 a.m. –
year Skateboard amenity plan. We are visit www.calgary.ca/rkp. 2:00 p.m.
looking for your input to help inform a
plan for developing future skateboard- Nature Discovery Camp: Children World Elder Abuse Awareness Day:
ing opportunities in Calgary. Visit ages 6 – 9 are invited to discover Jun. 15. If you or an older adult you
www.calgaryskateboarding.com for nature firsthand. Campers will inves- know is experiencing abuse, please
the online survey. tigate and explore nature as they learn call the Kerby Elder Abuse Line at
how to become stewards of our parks. 403-705-3250.
Potty Training for Babies; Doing Jul. 18 – 22, July 25 – 29, Aug. 8 – 12,
Diapers Differently (and Less… 15 – 19, 22 – 26. $190. Ralph Klein
Far Less): Fri. Jun. 3, 7:00 p.m. at the Park. For more information visit
Varsity Acres Presbyterian Church. www.calgary.ca.
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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.
Carifest: Jun. 4 – Jun. 11, Shaw Mil- other piece. Admission ticket required Sled Island Festival: Jun. 22 – 25,
lennium Skatepark. A variety of events & drop off your clothing prior to the various venues. Calgary welcomes
including a carnival parade, food tast- event. http://theswapteam.org/hap- several alternative bands at the Sled
ings, music and dance performances penings/calgary-get-ready-to-swap-2 Island Festival. www.sledisland.com
and more to celebrate Caribbean
culture. www.carifestcalgary.com Calgary Comic & Entertainment Philharmonic Fun Run: Jun. 26, Eau
Expo: Jun. 17 – 19, BMO Centre. Claire Market. 5 km run/walk, 10 km
Calgary Ukrainian Festival: Jun. One of Calgary's premiere events run/walk, 5 m family run/walk, and 10
4 – 5, Acadia Recreation Complex. for comic books, anime, gaming and km family run/walk. Proceeds go to
Features local dance groups, Calgary' animation. Featuring lots of special the Calgary Philharmonic Society.
folk vocal ensembles, art show & guests. www.calgaryexpo.com www.events.runningroom.com/
sale, children's craft area, cuisine and site/?raceId=6153
imported vodka and beer. Calgary Greek Festival: Jun. 17 – 19,
www.calgaryukrainianfestival.ca Hellenic Community Centre. Features Wicked: Jun. 29 – Jul. 3, Jul. 5 – 10,
great food, live music, dancing and Jul. 12 – 17, Southern Alberta Jubilee
Calgary Humane Society's Dog Jog fun for the whole family. Auditorium. A new musical of the
and More: Jun. 5, Glenmore Park www.calgaryhellenic.com untold story of the witches of Oz.
South. 5 Km fundraising pet walk, for www.jubileeauditorium.com
the whole family, to support Calgary's MEC Paddlefest: Jun .18, Carburn
homeless and unwanted animals. Park. A celebration of paddling. From
www.calgaryhumane.ca novice to expert, all paddlers are wel-
Spruce Meadows National: Jun. 8 – Concerts
12, Spruce Meadows. An annual event Acadia Vintage Retro & Antiques
that features the top equestrian show Expo: Jun. 18 – 19, Acadia Recreation • An Evening with Don Williams:
jumpers from across the country. Complex. Antiquing, treasure hunting, Jun. 21, Southern Alberta Jubilee
www.sprucemeadows.com bargains galore...weather worn furniture, • Rhianna: Jun. 21, ScotiaBank
vibrant folk art, silver accents & more. Saddledome
Gallery Calorie: Jun. 11, Various ven- www.antiquesbydesignshows.com • An Evening with Jethro Tull:
ues along 17th Ave. Take a self-guided Jun. 22, Southern Alberta Jubilee
tour of art galleries and restaurants. Safeway Father's Day Walk/Run: • The Black Keys: Jun. 28,
Features food and beverage samples Jun. 19, Eau Claire Market. 5 km walk Stampede Corral
and a wrap-up party in Tomkins Park. or Run as part of our national effort to • Nazareth: July 9, Deerfoot Inn &
www.gallerycalorie.com raise $1,000,000 to aid in the preven- Casino
tion and cure of Prostate Cancer. • News Kids on The Block/
Calgary Moms Trade Fair: Jun.11, www.prostatecancer.ca/Father-s-Day- BackStreet Boys: Jul. 13,
Radisson Hotel Calgary Airport: Run-2011 ScotiaBank Saddledome
Showcases a wide range of products, • Sugarland: Jul. 15, ScotiaBank
from children's toys and eco-friendly Canadian Track & Field Champion- Saddledome
clothing to health and beauty products ships: Jun. 22 – 25, Foothills Ath- • Virgin Mobile Presents Katy
to the latest kitchen items. letic Park. Over 600 of Canada’s best Perry: ScotiaBank Saddledome,
www.calgarymomstradefair.com athletes in track and field will gather to Jul. 16
run, jump and throw their way • Kenny Chesney: Jul. 17,
Take Off Your Clothes Clothing onto the world stage through 134 of- ScotiaBank Saddledome
Swap: Jun. 12, SOHO Bar & Grill. ficially sanctioned events across four • Slayer & Rob Zombie: Jul. 30,
For every item donated, receive 1 exciting days of competition. ScotiaBank Saddledome
ticket that can be exchanged for an- www.athletics.ca/calgary2011
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In Our City
Recreation Facility Development Cell Tower Rules
In July Calgary City Council will The City has procedures, authority,
make its decision on whether a and duties in receiving, processing and
public-private partnership (P3) evaluating antenna submissions, under
model is the best way to get Cal- federal regulations.
gary a bundle of four new, much
While the applicant can appeal, Industry
needed, recreation facilities. The
Canada offered assurances that City
City is conducting the due diligence
input will be considered before any
required to determine the financial
decision is rendered.
benefit of a P3 arrangement for the
recreational facility bundle by ana- At times, the City processes submissions
lyzing the options for the procure- and is also the land owner. Regardless
ment and financing of the four new of who owns the land, the proposed
recreation facilities. rules will be the same about concurrence
The P3 model being explored will
seek a private partner who will be In accepting Telecommunication
responsible for the construction of Structures on municipal property (such
all four facilities, building opera- as those with Joint Use Agreements for
tions, maintenance and lifecycle. Parks and Schools), the Department
A programmer, either for profit or of Corporate Properties & Buildings
not-for-profit, will be responsible is engaged in reviewing the issue and
for recreation programming which formulating a policy.
includes recreation, sport and cul- This policy will be forwarded to the
tural programs. More than one pro- to review the recommended program Land and Asset Strategy Committee for
gramming partner could be selected options for the recreation facilities consideration.
for the four facilities. and provide comments and feedback.
Citizen participation is important to The City’s use of streetlights for
Each facility will have programs and this process and a communication and antennas will generate savings and
amenities designed to meet the specific engagement plan is being designed to revenues for City Departments to cover
needs of their area based on exist- make sure your voice is heard. Op- operating costs. For example, one
ing research, citizen engagement and portunities will range from online carrier has 400 submissions over the
market and feasibility analysis. The feedback forms to public open houses next one to two years.
Recreation Amenities Gap Analysis where presentations will be made
One suggestion was that revenues
completed in each region indicates on the programming options for the
from cell tower locations (generated on
that amenities such as flat-water pools, southeast and northwest facilities.
city-held land and held under a signed
play pools, libraries, gyms, arts cen-
license of occupation) be distributed to
tres, multi-purpose rooms and fitness Please check www.calgary.ca/newrec-
the lessee to assist them with operations.
areas are needed. This research study centres for updates on Council deci-
This would apply to community
also indicates that residents are look- sions, funding updates, procurement
associations, recreational groups, and
ing for opportunities to participate in opportunities, timelines and public
other eligible organizations. However,
programs and activities such as walk- engagement opportunities.
this issue is still being investigated.
ing, swimming, skating and fitness
training. For more information please visit For details you can read the Land Use,
www.calgary.ca/nwreccentre or Parking, and Transportation Report
Based on this research and further contact Paul Sinclair, NW Community (LPT2011-38) at www.calgary.ca/
market analysis, in the fall commu- Advisory Group Chair at agendaminutes.
nity residents will have opportunities email@example.com. - Anne Burke
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In Our City
Graffiti Prevention and Resources Supernatural
Graffiti is vandalism and it hurts every- Storyteller
one. Its presence suggests to vandals
that residents don’t care about their Hits the Mark
If you are a Stephen
Graffiti is defined as words, figures, King or Peter Straub
letters, drawings or stickers applied, fan, you’ll like
scribbled, scratched, etched, sprayed, or Michael Koryta.
attached on or to a surface. His supernatural
your local Cloverdale Paints or ICI
paint stores. mystery-thrillers
“The Broken Windows Theory” has have won him
• Corporate Coordinated Graffiti
proven time and time again that graf- numerous awards.
Abatement Program (CCGAP)
fiti will attract further vandalism and The former private investigator and
crime if not addressed. This theory is newspaper reporter hits the mark
For more information about community
based on the premise that if disorderly with So Cold The River (Little,
cleanups and CCGAP, please contact
behaviours such as graffiti and littering Brown and Company).
Rick Haddow, Manager of Community
are left unchecked in a community, they
Relations at 403-268-3656 or rick.
invite more serious crime and disorder. It’s a twisted tale that takes its
firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit
calgary.ca/animalservices. inspiration from the actual places
Prevention and history of French Lick and West
• Remove graffiti from your property as Baden, and the “healing” springs
Residents can also call 3-1-1 to get a
soon as you notice it. Ideally, graffiti in the area. Add a highly intuitive
Community Standards Logbook. This
should be removed within 24 hours. film-maker, an elderly storm
pocket-sized booklet is free of charge
• If you see graffiti on any City or watcher and a family haunted by
and outlines potential bylaw infractions
private property, record the location ugly secrets and angry spirits. The
that citizens can watch for. It provides
and report it to 3-1-1. result is a great story.
important information about how to
• If you see graffiti in progress, call
report problems, log pages to record
9-1-1 immediately. Pick up a Koryta book. You won’t
details and steps that will be taken after
• If you see graffiti on your neighbour’s be disappointed.
infractions are reported.
property, inform them right away and
encourage them to clean it up as soon Jean Andrews
If we all strive to be more proactive, we
help to ensure that all Calgarians live in
• If you have to cover up graffiti, paint
the whole wall if possible.
• Consult an expert to help remove
safe, healthy and vibrant communities.
Book of the Month
Animal & Bylaw Services
graffiti because if improperly done, it
can become imbedded and very hard
• Anti-graffiti coatings can be applied
to exterior surfaces. The coating is
That’s Some Sandwich!
There are now more Subway restaurants in the world than McDonald’s loca-
repellent which makes the graffiti
tions. Subway had 33,749 shops by the end of last year, The Wall Street
easier to remove.
Journal reports, while McDonald's had 32,737. That makes Subway the larg-
est restaurant chain in the world. Its revenues are still significantly less than
McDonald’s, though. The golden arches led sales with $24 billion in revenue
• Community Cleanups
last year. Subway bit into the fast food market with a healthy $15.2 billion
• Discounted colour match paint and
graffiti removal supplies available at
THE TUSCANY SUN JUNE 2011 29
In Our City
Heat Related Illness
With the return of warmer weather, • If you are concerned, seek medical • Apply wa-
Alberta Health Services EMS would attention or call 9-1-1. terproof
like to remind citizens to stay safe in sunscreen
the heat and sun this summer. While Prevention with an
children and the elderly can be more • Stay well-hydrated by drinking SPF of
susceptible to the effects of heat, basic plenty of water. 50+, especially for children. The
prevention measures should be taken • Limit alcohol consumption as alco- sun’s UV rays peak between 10am-
by all to avoid a heat related illness hol dehydrates you. 4pm, even on cloudy days.
during periods of hot and humid • Always wear a broad brimmed hat to
weather. keep the sun off your face and neck. Alberta Health Services
• Heat exhaustion can occur due to
excessive fluid loss during periods .U.P .Y.
P .P Initiative Update
of prolonged sweating in a hot and/
P.U.P.P.Y. (Pick Up Pooch’s Poo sickness and disease can spread to
or humid environment (indoors or
Yourself), an initiative from The City both animals and humans if pet waste
of Calgary Parks, in partnership with is not picked up.
• Patients may suffer headaches, weak-
Animal & Bylaw Services, got off • Sun. Sep. 25, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
ness, fatigue, nausea/vomiting, thirst,
to a snowy start at Southland Park. at Nose Hill Park: It is a reality
chills, and profuse sweating.
Although the snow compromised the that Calgarians must learn to live
• The patient is usually cold and damp park clean-up portion of the event, in harmony with wildlife, such as
to the touch and the skin may appear organizers were thrilled to see nearly coyotes. Come explore how the
pale or dusky gray. 100 Calgarians willing to brave the habituation of wildlife can occur if pet
elements in order to learn about waste is left behind.
Heat stroke responsible pet ownership and park • Sun. Oct. 16, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
• Heat stroke is a medical emergency sustainability. at Bowmont Park: Calgary’s parks
that requires prompt treatment. It can are multiuse spaces. Come learn
be fatal. The P.U.P.P.Y. initiative engages more about how to share these spaces
• It occurs when the body can’t cool it- citizens, educating them about the in a manner that is respectful of pets,
self naturally (e.g. perspiration). The importance of picking up after their wildlife, bicyclists and all users of
body’s temperature will continue to pets and proper off-leash park etiquette green spaces.
rise to dangerous levels. through interactive activities and
• Due to severe dehydration and the models. Participants tested their Stop by the next P.U.P.P.Y. special
inability to sweat the patient may ap- knowledge about the differences in event and have some fun while gaining
pear flushed and skin may be hot and appearance and behaviour of coyotes a deeper appreciation of how to use
dry to the touch. and dogs, witnessed how dog feces can parks and green spaces in responsible
enter our water system, and grilled the ways. Show how you take pride in
First aid experts on hand with their questions. your parks by assisting with a park
• First aid for all heat related illness clean-up and learn how to protect your
begins with removing or sheltering If you were unable to join us at the parks for shared use today and in the
the patient from the hot environment. Southland event, you still have three future!
• Remove excess or tight fitting cloth- more opportunities to participate in the
ing and allow them to rest in a cool P.U.P.P.Y initiative. For more information about the
environment. • Sun. Jun. 12, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 P.U.P.P.Y. initiative, please go to
• If the patient is conscious and alert, p.m. at River Park: Dog poop left calgary.ca/parks or call 3-1-1.
provide suitable fluids such as water, in parks is not just unsightly; it can
juice, or a sports drink. be unhealthy, too. Come learn how The City of Calgary Parks
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In Our City
Friends of Fish Creek Events When: Thursday, June 23, 2011 –
CREEKFEST 2011: Your Creek, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Your Park, Their Future Where: Environmental Learning
When: Saturday, June 4, The Friends of Fish Creek presents Centre, 13931 Woodpath Rd.
2011,11:00am - 4:00pm the June 2011 Speaker Series: SW, Shannon Terrace Area,
Where: Glennfield Day Use Area, Ethical Water—Learning to Value Fish Creek Provincial Park.
Fish Creek Provincial Park What Matters Most (Access via 37th St. SW at
(Access via Bannister Rd. SE 130th Ave. SW)
and the Fish Creek-Lacombe We are very pleased to have Robert
LRT station) Sandford, an internationally renowned Registration required. Please contact
water expert, as the guest speaker at the Friends to register: 403-238-3841
Help Preserve the Fish Creek the June Speaker Series. Sandford or email@example.com.
Watershed for Future Generations! brings some impressive credentials Free for Friends’ members and $5.00
to the topic of water and ethics. Just for non-members.
The Friends of Fish Creek Provincial some of the ways he is involved in
Park are pleased to announce raising awareness of water issues is Purge-the-Spurge
CREEKFEST 2011, a first-time water as the EPCOR chair of the Canadian When: Saturday, June 18, 2011,
festival for the whole family. Enjoy a Partnerships Initiative for the United 1:00pm – 4:00pm
performance by Peter Puffin’s Whale Nations “Water for Life” decade, as a Where: Bow Valley Ranch, Fish
Tales, 2011 Juno-award winner for member of the Advisory Committee Creek Provincial Park
Children’s Album of the Year. for the Rosenberg International Forum
on Water Policy, as Director of the Why do all your weed pulling at
Speakers include Carol Campbell from Western Watersheds Climate Research home?
the Alberta Wilderness Association, Collaborative.
Glynnis Hood - Environmental Help the Friends of Fish Creek Purge
Sciences, Augustana Campus - Sandford is the author of three the Spurge. This annual event will
University of Alberta, and staff from books—Water Weather & the help contain and control Leafy Spurge
City of Calgary Water Services Mountain West, Restoring the Flow: in Fish Creek Provincial Park. Leafy
explaining the benefits of engineered confronting the World’s Water Woes, Spurge displaces native vegetation,
wetlands. and Ethical Water: Valuing What reduces wildlife habitat, and decreases
Really Matters. biodiversity. Today, more than 10
Lots of fun activities for the kids million acres in North America are
including Bucket of Bugs and the Sandford warns that our widely held infested with this weed. The Friends
Evergreen interactive street theatre belief that water, like other “natural will once again be purging this
with “The Bow is Below. Water resources”, can be used at humanity’s invasive weed and we need your help!
sampling demonstrations, an invasive complete discretion has to change.
weed walk, information booths on Otherwise we will continue to see a Purge-the-Spurge is ideal for
how to protect our water, and visual decline in our global ecosystem and volunteers of all ages who want to
artists working on their Creek-inspired our economy. He advocates for the give back to nature. Make sure to
art round out the festival. And all of need to create a new water ethic and bring weather appropriate clothing,
this is free! explores what this new way of valuing gloves, a smile, and some friends!
and managing water should look like. Registration is required. Volunteers
CREEKFEST 2011 will be the start under 18 must be accompanied by
of the Friends public awareness Be sure not to miss this intriguing a legal guardian. Please contact the
campaign to educate and engage discussion on what we can do to Friends of Fish Creek Provincial Park
nearby residents about the value of the turn our relationship to water into a Society at: 403-238-3841 or info@
Fish Creek Watershed. relationship with water. Register early friendsoffishcreek.org.
as we expect this one to sell out.
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In Our City Update on Four
There’s a Good Place for Bad Stuff Beyond four Private Acts granted in
the late 1980s, before the Municipal
There’s a good place for bad stuff – Government Act, there currently is only
and it’s not in your garbage or blue one residents’ association whose property
cart. That bad stuff is household is sufficiently accessible to the general
hazardous waste, or HHW. It consists public to be granted a property tax
of products in and around our homes
such as paint, cleaners and chemicals, Tuscany, New Brighton, Cranston and
that pose a risk to people or the envi- Auburn Bay petitioned the Alberta
ronment if not disposed of safely. Legislature with private bill applications
for permanent exemptions from all
The City of Calgary’s Waste and Re- municipal and provincial taxes, except
cycling Services, in partnership with for local improvement taxes. Council
the Calgary Fire Department, operates did not support the four private bills but
eight convenient drop-off locations Administration developed guidelines for
for the collection of HHW. The drop- consideration by residents’ associations to
offs, at the three City landfills and five enable tax exempt status.
designated fire stations are available Its engagement strategy included not only
year-round to residents at no extra So the next time you have leftover the four but also (about all) 29 Residents
charge. HHW collected at the drop-off paint, an old propane tank, used motor Associations in Calgary, including
sites is either recycled or treated and oil or unused fertilizer taking up room homeowners associations who hold
disposed of safely. in your basement or garage, remember taxable property. To date, three feedback
there’s a good place for that bad stuff. forms were received online. A provincial
We really need to work together to public consultation regarding tax
keep our city safe and clean. That For more information on the house- exemption policy was recommended by
means you should never put hazardous hold hazardous waste drop-off pro- the Deputy Minister of Municipal Affairs
waste in your garbage or blue cart or gram, visit Calgary.ca/waste or call to the Standing Policy Committee on
pour it down the drain. 3-1-1. Private Bills at the April 19, 2011 meeting.
The criteria are that the property and
services must be to the benefit of the
What’s the bad stuff? general public, with only a minor fee;
nonprofit membership is voluntary, and
Types of HHW include (but are not • Hobby and healthcare products public accessibility must be unrestricted.
limited to): • Artist paint and inks Stakeholders have disputed the
• Painting and building products • Glues and cements interpretation of “general public” to mean
• Alkyd, latex and oil-based paints • Mercury thermometers the community only and members of the
• Asphalt and roof tar • Propane tanks public who reside there; their facilities are
• Lacquers, stains and varnishes open to property owners in the community,
including tenants renting, who have
• Paint thinners, strippers and • Gardening products
solvents • Ant and rodent killer
• Wood preservatives • Fertilizer It is the City’s Assessment Unit’s firm
• Weed killer position that “general public” and
• Products for your vehicle “unrestricted” means the property has
• Antifreeze • Cleaning products to be accessible to the public at large.
• Automotive batteries • Bleach and ammonia The next step for Administration is a
• Brake and transmission fluid • Drain, toilet and window cleaners commitment to work with each association
• Gasoline • Oven cleaners on an individual basis with any additional
• Used motor oil • Disinfectants concerns or questions they may have.
- Anne Burke
THE TUSCANY SUN JUNE 2011 35
In Our City
Rain Barrels want to set the barrel on some concrete
A rain barrel is a container used to blocks or flagstones for extra stability.
catch water flowing from your eaves To connect the rain barrel to the down-
trough. Using this water for irriga- spout:
tion is an easy and economical way to • Install a downspout diverter. This
help you maintain a healthy lawn and leads part of the rainwater into the
garden. barrel, while the downspout still
• Use less treated water, save money, functions as if the barrel weren't
cut down on water waste and reduce present. The device also directs
demand on water treatment facilities. excess rainwater back into the and May:
• Use soft, non-chlorinated rainwater, downspout once the barrel is full, • Maple Ridge: 9-hole play only
free from your rooftops. The soil, preventing any potential problems (Back 9), permanent greens and 18-
lawns, and gardens will thank you with overflowing. hole play as of Apr. 29 (tentative)
for this all-natural H2O. • Also, by moving a diverter or using • McCall Lake 18: Permanent greens
• Help protect your environment and pieces of garden hose, several rain • McCall Par 3: Permanent greens
watershed, helping to ensure that barrels can be connected to one • Shaganappi Valley 9: Permanent
water is here when we need it. another or filled from the same greens
downspout. • Shaganappi Point 18: 9-hole play
Where can I find a rain barrel? Rain Downspout diverter kits can be pur- only (Front 9), permanent greens and
barrels can be purchased commercial- chased at garden and home improve- 18-hole play as of May 7 (tentative)
ly, ready to install, but any food-grade ment centres throughout Calgary. For • Lakeview: Permanent greens
barrel, plastic garbage can or drum more tips on setting up a rain barrel, • Confederation Park: Mostly
also can easily be converted to rain view our www.calgary.ca > rain barrel permanent greens, 1 temporary
barrel use. To see a list of rain barrel tips. • Richmond Green
distributors, visit www.calgary.ca >
Rain Barrel Distributors. Golf Courses Course conditions and hours of opera-
The City of Calgary has announced tion may change without notice in
Maintaining a Rain Barrel: Rain the opening dates for City golf courses the event of inclement weather with
barrels are relatively maintenance-free across Calgary. applicable early season rates in effect.
during the spring and summer months. Power carts may or may not be permit-
• One tablespoon of olive oil in your The City’s Golf Tee Time Reservation ted subject to daily course conditions.
water will keep mosquitoes from System is now open and accepting
breeding in the barrel. tee time bookings at calgary.ca/golf All driving ranges are open 8:30 a.m.
• Install a piece of mesh to act as a leaf or by phone at 403-221-3510. Same – 8:00 p.m. daily.
catcher for your eaves troughs. day bookings can be made through the
• If the top of your rain barrel is open, Reservation System or by calling the For up-to-date course information
ensure you have a separate cover clubhouses directly. contact the clubhouse on the day you
or screen to keep out insects, and plan to play
curious animals or children. The following golf courses had tenta-
When the cold weather arrives, take tive opening dates throughout April Dale Hodges
your rain barrel out of operation.
When water freezes, it expands, pos-
sibly damaging the barrel or hose.
"When a father gives to his son, both laugh; but
How to Set up Your Rain Barrel: when the son gives to his father, both cry."
First, locate the downspout most con-
venient for barrel placement. You may
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In Our City Your Family
Crowfoot Library Parenting Your Preschooler
• Start Smart; Saving for your kid’s
education: Jun. 29, 6:30 p.m. –
• Storytime Birthdays at the
Library: For children turning 3-7
years old. Reserve your party today
by calling Miranda Johnson at
• Splash! 2011 TD Summer
Reading Club: Jun. 18, 10:00 a.m. –
• Every Child Ready to Read Parent
Workshop: Wed Jun. 8 – Jun. 22,
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Rainy Days a chat about sharing. At each turning
Visit www.calgarypubliclibrary.com June is typically a rainy month in point in the story there is always room
for more information on these Calgary. Instead of looking at the for one more animal to share shelter.
programs. Registration is required for gray clouds and despairing that your Maybe this could even be the start of a
all programs unless otherwise noted. preschool age child is not able to play family project to share with someone
outside much, you can look to the who may need our help. One example
silver lining and find some rainy day could be choosing items to contribute
Bowness Library books at the public library. Curling up
with a good book, listening to the rain,
to the Calgary Food Bank.
• TD Summer Reading Club and watching the world outside turn To reinforce number sequencing,
SPLASH! Jun. 18. Drop in for a refreshing shade of green can be a either The Ants Go Marching by Dan
a scavenger hunt and other fun pleasant moment to be shared together. Crisp or The Aunts Go Marching by
activities. Collect your activity Here are a few titles we have enjoyed Maurie J. Manning could be enjoyed.
booklet and read all summer to win in my preschool classroom. I am sure everyone is familiar with the
great prizes. traditional song of the ants marching
• New Programs for Seniors: In their book, Listen to the Rain, Bill to get out of the rain while the smallest
• Monet in Motion: Jun. 6 Martin Jr. and John Archambault ant is constantly distracted. The
• Bone Health: Jul. 7 expose children to the rhythm and latter title is similar using women
• Yoga: Thursdays until Aug. 25 melody of language as they use words with umbrellas and raincoats in the
• Just for Parents: to simulate a rain shower: beginning illustrations as a little girl in a bright
• Baby and You for Moms slowly and softly, then building to yellow rain hat is the one whose
• Picky Eating a downpour complete with thunder attention strays. Either version is full
• Feeding Your Baby and lightening. Finally the rain of fun and sure to launch everyone
• And more! episode decrescendos to a quiet scene into song. Even if we wish that the
highlighted by a rainbow. What a rain might “come again another day”
Visit www.calgarypubliclibrary.com great book to expand vocabulary and we can still find something fresh
for more information on these provoke word images! benefits coming out of a cloud burst.
programs. Registration is required for
all programs unless otherwise noted. Mushroom in the Rain by Mirra – Betty Ann Chandler, B. Ed.
Ginsburg can be an ideal story to begin
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more alert, taking in
The Plan everything around
them. In your baby
moon haze, this stage
When was the last time you had your is often over before
family photos taken? I am talking you even have time to
about photos that truly capture who remember it.
your family is. A session that captures
the joy and love you feel for your Your baby changes
family. Even myself, a photographer, sooo much in the
have to admit that it has been far too first year of life. I
long. Every day is so busy, that days recommend to clients
turn into weeks and then months and that they get two more
before you know it years have gone session in this year.
by and your oldest son is riding a two One at about the 7
wheeler and tying his own shoes, and month mark. At this
your baby is already laughing and age your baby is really
rolling over. Not to mention how fast starting to develop
the two other kids are growing. Where their own personality.
did the time go? And, when is best to They are typically
get your photos taken? very happy and smile
very easily. They are
There are so many stages of life
sitting or nearly sitting
that need to be captured so what is
and oh so chubby and
the best schedule to make sure your
cute. They are very
family is documented honestly and
different from the
purely? Let’s start at the beginning.
squishy and sleepy
So you had your photos taken for
newborn you had photographed only As much as I love the families I
your wedding and if you don’t yet
6 months earlier. Then another 6 photograph - I truly do - I understand
have children, that was likely the
months later, you have a toddler. No that as children get older, they do
last time you had photos as a couple.
longer does your baby stay in the same not change as quickly. And I also
Even if you have children, that may
place you put him down. He is a understand that professional custom
be the last time you had your photos
lean mean moving machine. He may photography is not inexpensive. After
taken. What better time to start a
not quite be walking, but he is on the these preschool years I hope to see
great relationship with a photographer
go and curious and one year old - clients at least every three years. In
than when you are expecting a child.
amazing. this interval, you kids will continue
Maternity photos are a great way to
document your last days as a twosome to grow and develop into amazing
After that first year and for the next people. Don’t forget to keep capturing
(or threesome or foursome depending
few, I recommend a photo session your kids as they get older. Even
on how many children you have). A
every 1-2 years. It is incredible how as teenagers we need these sessions
custom photographer will take the
much you child will change from year to help remind us of how much we
time to capture your true feelings for
to year. They are still growing so fast mean to each other. A good custom
each other and the new life you have
and their development amazes me photographer will freeze these ever
every day. I was noticing a 2 year old evolving relationships in an image for
Next comes the newborn shoot. This photo of my three and a half year old you to treasure for a life time. Your
is a time that is crucial to capture. The at my mom and dad’s this weekend children, and their children will thank
first couple of weeks are a blur. Take and I could barely believe it was her. you.
it from someone who has done this Wow she has changed I couldn’t - Erin Baer,
four times now. Before you know it believe how chubby her cheeks were Professional Photographer in Tuscany
your squishy sleepy newborn will be and how toddler like she still was.
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Keeping the Kids Cool on Those Hot Summer Days
Now that summer is finally starting to option to staying cool. Turn your back- chorus of “I’m bored”,
show its face around Calgary, it’s time yard into a mini water park with sprin- “I’m hot”, “There’s
to start making plans on what to do klers, kiddy pools, and maybe even a nothing to do”. These
with those hot summer days. home-made slip’n slide. All you need are just a few ideas to
in some plastic or a tarp, some running help quiet the whining,
Being that we are in a big city in the water and soap to ease the sliding part. even if it just for one
prairies, it is sometimes trickier to find day.
someplace to take the kids to keep It’s hard to entertain kids in the sum-
cool. It’s not like there is a beach or mer, there is always the constant Courtney Taylor
lake just around the corner, but there
are man-made lakes and the river. It’s
how you choose to use the sources of
water we have handy in Calgary to
Ten Tips for Reading With Kids
your family’s advantage. When parents and children read 6. Stop from time to time to ask
together, children develop a love of questions. Check in with young listen-
If you are lucky enough to live in a reading that can last a lifetime. But ers about their thoughts and reactions
community that has its own man-made how can busy parents and caregivers to the story or pictures. "Why do you
lake, then congratulations—you will maximize the value of reading time think he or she did that?" "What do
have somewhere to take kids when the with their children? Here are some you think is going to happen?"
hot weather hits. Some of us are not tips.
that lucky and have to make friends 7. Personalize the story. Look for
with people who live in lake commu- 1. Start reading together as early as ways to insert the child's name into
nities. possible. Even tiny babies love to hear the text. Draw parallels between the
the rhythms and intonations of a loved events and characters in the story and
If that plan falls through (which it one's voice and to look at colorful, those of your child's life.
might), there is always the option of eye-catching artwork.
Sikome Lake, but for that to really 8. Role-play with dialogue. If a child
work out its best to go early and not 2. Cuddle while reading together. is old enough to read, divide the char-
on the weekend. If you have young This is a powerful way to help chil- acter roles and alternate reading the
children, Sikome is a good choice; dren associate reading with warmth, dialogue together.
very safe with lifeguards and shallow joy and love.
waters. 9. Fuel a child's individual passions
3. Trace the lines with a finger while and interests. Does he or she love
With older kids, it might be a fun idea reading aloud. This helps children animals? Sports? Dressing up? Find
to rent or buy a raft to float down the follow along and associate the letters books that speak to their interests.
river. Just remember that everyone and words with the sounds they are
must have life jackets. Floating down hearing and images they are seeing. 10. It doesn't have to be books! If
the Bow on a hot summer day is a there's nothing else at hand, a maga-
great way to get a tan and spend some 4. Use character voices or accents. zine can make for fun reading as well.
quality time with the family. To finish Children love to hear the voices of
the day off, a picnic by the river isa individual characters come to life. Bonus tip: Create home-made "Audio
great idea for a summer dinner—no Books" on tape or CD. These can be
cooking in a hot kitchen required. 5. Read with vocal "color." Keep especially helpful when a loved one
your voice alive and interesting to has to be away for any period of time.
If you are feeling lazy about head- make all the difference in terms of a
ing out on a big day trip with kids in child's ability to listen and follow a Emma Walton Hamilton,
tow, there is always the stay-at-home story. www.approvedarticles.com
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Mid-Year Financial Review Avoid Inheritance
for Couples Burden
Mid–year is a great time to review Develop the habits of natural sav- Owning a vacation property can pres-
your financial situation and resolve to ers: Set up a pre–authorized payment ent some important estate/tax planning
make changes now to help you both plan to contribute to your registered questions. Here are some tips to get
max out on the good and reduce the plans year–round. You'll end up reduc- started.
bad. ing your end–of–year
tax bill, perhaps even Make the cottage your principal
Create a household to zero. Another op- property—The difference between
budget and stick to it: Do tion is to take advan- the cottage's purchase price and the
you know what's coming tage of any retirement final sale will generate a capital gains
in and what's going out? savings programs that tax when it's inherited, sold or gifted
If you can't answer these are provided through to children and/or heirs. The CRA
questions immediately, work. capital gains rule states that the profit
you likely aren't budget- or capital gain related to the transfer
ing. To make a simple Clean up your tax of ownership of the property should
budget, make a list of your act: Really evaluate be taxed at 50%, payable immediately.
income sources and your how well you did the One way around this is to sell the fam-
monthly expenditures, in- past tax season. As a ily home and declare the cottage as the
cluding your investments couple, did you take primary residence.
and savings. advantage of every
credit possible? Consider seeking Transfer the cottage to the kids and/
Seriously reduce your debt: Include advice from a tax expert. It's worth the or heirs—By purchasing a life insur-
a line in your budget for debt reduc- cost especially if you've been through ance policy, when both parents die,
tion and commit to paying it down. If a major life event like marriage, the insurance proceeds can be used to
a part of your debt comes from credit divorce, career changes, severance, pay for the capital gain tax and other
cards, aim to pay it off every month retirement, illness and/or disability. maintenance costs.
and avoid making new charges. Put off
making big purchases until you have Sarah Twomey, News Canada, Sarah Twomey, News Canada,
the cash in hand. www.desjardinslifeinsurance.com www.desjardinslifeinsurance.com
Video Series Helps Make Sense of Group Retirement
Recent research has found that most ommendations and specific sugges- “YouTube's ever increasing popularity
Canadians who have a group savings tions to improve retirement income. is undeniable. That's why we decided
and retirement plan are baffled by the to use this channel to reach out to as
overly technical and hard–to–under- For this reason, Standard Life re- many Canadians as possible,” added
stand financial statements they receive. cently introduced “How to read your del Balso.
They tend to skim over them quickly, group retirement statement, in plain
or worse ignore them all together. English” on YouTube. This series of They can be viewed on Standard
three short, action–oriented videos Life's YouTube channel at
A recent survey conducted by Ipsos was developed to help people bet- www.youtube.com/standardlifeca or
Reid for Standard Life indicated that ter understand their group retirement at www.standardlife.ca/videos.
group retirement statements are not statements, and to motivate them to
widely used because they are hard to be more involved in their retirement News Canada
understand and lack personalized rec- planning.
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Read The Signs of A Healthy Puppy Fat Pets Cost
or Kitten Owners Millions
Bringing a puppy or kitten into your “The number of obese pets is growing,”
home is like welcoming a new baby says Dr. Ernie Ward, founder of the
into your family. You will feel joy, Association for Pet Obesity Prevention
perhaps a little uncertainty and an (APOP). “This is troubling because
overwhelming desire to do everything it means more pets will be affected
possible to get your new pet off to a by weight-related diseases, such as
happy and healthy start in life. arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure,
internal parasites, toxic substances or and kidney disease, costing pet owners
too much food. millions in avoidable medical costs.”
“Meeting your pet's health needs starts
• Vomiting: while it's not uncommon
with good prevention at home,” says
for a pet to vomit occasionally, APOP began conducting veterinary
veterinarian Dr. David Cook. “Pay
frequent or persistent vomiting isn't surveys in 2007 and the group has seen
close attention to your pet's physical
normal, particularly if it contains a steady increase in the percentage of
and emotional behaviour and be sure
blood, or is accompanied by diarrhea pets classified as obese. In 2007, about
to contact your veterinarian if you
or abdominal pain. 19% of cats were found to be obese by
notice anything abnormal,” says Dr.
• Respiratory problems: coughing, their veterinarian. In 2010, that number
sneezing, wheezing, gagging could increased to almost 22%. For dogs,
be a sign of respiratory illness, such obesity rates have increased from just
He suggests pet owners need to learn
as pneumonia or kennel cough. over 10% in 2007 to 20% in 2010.
the following signs to help determine
• Stopping eating or drinking: if your
what is normal and healthy and what is
pet has stopped eating or drinking, The bottom line, according Dr. Ward:
a potential health problem that should
especially a puppy or kitten, it is Pets are battling excess weight just like
be reported to your veterinarian right
a sign that something is wrong. their owners. The group’s goal is to
They can become dehydrated very help pet owners care for both them-
easily and you should contact your selves and their pets through better diet,
veterinarian immediately. exercise, and lifestyle strategies. Learn
• Eyes should be bright, clear, full of
life and free from any discharge. more at www.petobesityprevention.com.
• Ears should be clean and free from
any discharges, odour and redness.
• Nose should be clean, without
• Coat should be shiny and clean.
• Weight: active and playful puppies
‘Til Death Do Us Part
or kittens are rarely overweight. Toronto estate lawyer Barry Seltzer, he includes an estimate of how long
Ask your veterinarian for nutritional author of the book Fat Cats and Lucky your pet will live, the cost of food, vet
advice on maintaining your pet's Dogs: How to leave (some of) your bills, grooming, boarding if the care-
healthy weight, including the estate to your pets, says that at least a giver needs to go away, and compensa-
importance of a pet food formulated third of his clients who have pets ask tion for the caregiver. Don’t forget to
for their needs such as Hill's Science for provisions for the animals in their factor in emergency situations and the
Diet. wills. Canadian law prohibits leaving effects of inflation. Talk to the desig-
money directly to animals, but you can nated caregiver to ensure he or she is
Signs you should contact your vet- designate a caregiver and provide funds comfortable with the amounts and the
erinarian: for your pet’s care into the future. arrangements.
• Diarrhea can be caused by many
factors including bacteria, viruses, In calculating what you need to leave, Jean Andrews
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Swimsuit Shopping SOS Solving The
Don’t throw in your beach towel in an- Wardrobe Riddle
ticipation of another horrifying swim
suit shopping episode. Here are a few Have a closet
tips to get you in the swim of things overflowing
from www.cocowomen.com. with pieces that
are no longer in
• Some of the most beautiful, sexiest fashion or just
women wear one-piece swimsuits. plain unflat-
They don’t reveal it all—just enough tering? Not
to keep things interesting. quite sure, actually, what lies behind
closet door number one? If so, you’re
• If you're into swimming, definitely not alone. Amy E. Goodman, Timex
get a one-piece. fashion trend director and fashion and
beauty author, aims to solve women’s
• If you're small on top, look for bikini • If your body shape is long, make wardrobe riddles with her new book,
tops with a touch of padding, or an sure you don’t look like a bean pole. Wear This, Toss That!
under wire, demi-bra style. Go wild with embellishments at the
hips and bust line such as ruching, If you’ve got a closet conundrum, fol-
• For those big on top, halter-top rings, jewels, ties and bows. Try low Goodman’s wardrobe advice:
bikinis can be a good choice by horizontal, or diagonal stripes.
offering support and lift, as will Wear: Dark denim wide-leg trousers.
swimwear styles that have wide • If you don't have many curves, A pair of sleek, wide-leg jeans is the
bands around the midriff. Underwire create some by wearing a one-piece ultimate closet staple, ideal for both a
swimsuit tops can also work well. suit with a high-on-the-thigh cut. day at the office or a night out.
Look for one-piece swimsuits with A belted waistline on a one-piece Toss: High-waisted bell bottom pants.
some structure in the bust, such as suit will give the appearance of a If your cuffs are so wide they distract-
soft foam cups or at least a shelf bra. whittled middle. So will a draped, ingly swoosh when you walk, it’s time
surplice detail that pinches in at the to retire them as a 70s memory.
• If you have short legs or torso, play waist, or a curvy seam line that runs
up your figure by finding a bathing down each side of the torso. Wear: The long cardigan. Long cardis
suit that is cut high on the thigh, in a medium-weight fabric comple-
making your leg look much longer. Jean Andrews ment almost any body type.
Toss: The thin cardigan with a wide
belt. You’ll look dowdy. Save wider
belts for thicker fabrics, like knits.
Put Some Color in Your Bag! Wear: The vintage-inspired watch.
Every summer you think it’s time to get a handbag with some color. So, In your accessories drawers, a clas-
finally, go ahead and pick one up—there is no lack of inspiration in terms of sic timepiece is key. “You’ll always
what is available. look polished with a timeless ladylike
watch,” states Goodman.
Coral. Mustard. Mint. Robin Egg Blue. Or Red. Try a classic, sleek shape Toss: Singular chain and bent wire
for your new satchel. Or go with some eye-catching hardware. What ever bracelets. Step out with multiple
you choose, the color will put you right on trend. bangles stacked instead.
Jean Andrews ARA Content,
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Have Some Fun with Dad This You Said It, Dad!
Father’s Day—June 19 "My father used to play with my
brother and me in the yard. Mother
With summer officially just around Head out to a park where you can set would come out and say, "You're tear-
the corner, Father’s Day is perfect for up your little grill, or where you can ing up the grass." "We're not raising
outdoor activities. Here are some sug- build a fire to cook your treats. Don’t grass," Dad would reply. "We're rais-
gestions to help you acknowledge the forget the marshmallows! ing boys." Harmon Killebrew
difference your dad has made in your
world. A barbecue at home is also a great "When I was a boy of fourteen, my
alternative. Get all of dad’s favorites. father was so ignorant I could hardly
Surprise him by cleaning the inside of Decorate the patio table to make it spe- stand to have the old man around. But
his car—let’s face it, he’s done enough cial. Put out his favorite lounge chair when I got to be twenty-one, I was as-
chauffeur duty to qualify for the and have him enjoy your company. tonished at how much he had learned
“super clean” including windows and in seven years." Mark Twain
mats! If you’ve bought or made dad a If you dad doesn’t live nearby, he’ll
gift, leave it for him on the seat of his never tire of hearing your voice. (Yes, "If the new American father feels
clean vehicle to top off the surprise. forget the text message—actually call bewildered and even defeated, let him
him!) take comfort from the fact that what-
Get out the baseball glove and ball, or ever he does in any fathering situation
the badminton set. Have a family tour- Whatever you do, it will let him know has a fifty percent chance of being
nament—the “Father’s Day Classic.” that you appreciate him. Enjoy your right." Bill Cosby
day with dad!
Grab the picnic basket and fill it with "My father didn't tell me how to live;
everything you need for a wiener roast. Jean Andrews he lived, and let me watch him do it."
Clarence B. Kelland
Spokane 1910: First Father’s Day
The tradition of Father’s Day moved to celebrate Father's Day with the Spo-
to Canada from the U.S., and is also kane Ministerial Association and the
celebrated on the third Sunday of June. local Young Men's Christian Associa-
tion (YMCA) supporting her cause.
The idea of a Father's Day celebration As a result Spokane celebrated its first
originated with Sonora Louise Smart Father's Day on June 19, 1910.
Dodd, a loving daughter from Spo-
kane, Washington—as she per chance Though there was initial hesitation, the
listened to a Mother's Day sermon in idea gained gradual popularity all over
1909. the U.S. and Father’s Day came to be
celebrated in many countries around
The 27-year-old pondered if there is a the world.
day to honor mother then why not for
father? She began a rigorous campaign www.fathersdaycelebration.com
According to greetings card makers Hallmark, Father’s Day is the fifth-largest card-sending
holiday—and the U.S. Census Bureau says that ties are the hottest selling gift.
Travel & Destinations
Wonderful Wedge Pond
This is the perfect relaxing trip and landscape. The total distance around glimmering waters reflect the boating
non-stressful “hike” for the entire the water body is less than 1 km and enthusiasts, the peaks and trees. Bring
family. you never feel too far away from your your camera. You’ll get some lovely
car. In about half an hour, after your photos here of nature and this special
Wedge Pond is certainly one of the stroll, you can enjoy a nice picnic. family moment.
loveliest little gems in Kananaskis
Country—and it requires very little ef- The tranquil lake is often used by ca- Jean Andrews
fort to enjoy its beauty. Especially for noers and kayakers in training, and the
parents (or grandparents) with small
children, and even those in strollers,
this day trip is ideal.
Take Highway 1 from Calgary going
west to the Highway 40 exist. Drive
south into Kananaskis Country. The
trailhead is 30 km south at the Wedge
Pond Day Use Area parking lot.
The name “wedge” provides a perfect
description for what you will see from
the relaxing lakeshore trail. Regard-
less of where you look, you will see a
new mountain peak—as Wedge Pond Wedge Pond is one of the loveliest little gems in Kananaskis Country.
is literally wedged into the rugged Photo credit: Jean Andrews.
Stay Safe in The Open Water
There is more to boat safety than is to have your boat inspected at the local regulations so you are mindful
remembering to wear a life jacket. A start of the season,” said Michalko. of speed limits and boating restric-
recent report from Allstate Insurance “Make sure everything is in working tions.
Company of Canada shows that col- order to avoid surprises before you • Don't let all the open space fool you.
lisions are the leading claim for boat leave the dock.” Just as inattention and reckless driv-
owners. ing on the road can cause a collision,
For all the recreational boaters who the same can happen in the water.
“We've seen a decrease in overall boat will head out on the open waters of • Under no circumstances should you
claims over the past few years, but Canada's many lakes and rivers, All- operate a boat while intoxicated. You
the number of collision claims has state Canada offers these boat safety risk more accidents than just colli-
grown,” said Eric Michalko, spokes- reminders: sions when operating a boat under
person for Allstate Canada. According • The operator of the boat should be the influence.
to their data, the number of collision licensed and have proper safety • Check regulations to see how much
claims is twice that of boat theft, the training. Take a refresher course if it and what kind of safety gear you
second most frequent claim. has been awhile since you were last need to keep on board. It will differ
trained. depending on the size of your boat.
“The easiest way to avoid any colli- • Rules and regulations can vary in
sions or malfunctions out on the water certain waters and waterways. Check News Canada, goodhandsadvice.ca
Food & Drink
A Space-Age Grocery List Almond Fresh
Did you know that the average Ca- These food items will be added to Berry Trifle
nadian goes to the grocery store at his daily on–orbit menu. Depend-
least twice a week? At some point this ing on the day, Chris might share his Take advantage of summer's berry
average Canadian will take a long trip “Canuck–cache” with his astronaut bounty and assemble this super easy
far away from any supermarkets. What colleagues—including stories about dessert.
then to put on the grocery list? What each snack's unique geographic and
is your must–have snack to share, to cultural origins—or he might just keep Makes 4 to 6 servings
celebrate and to remind you of home? them to himself, savouring “the taste
of home” while watching a stunning • 2 cups Almond Fresh vanilla
Recently, Canadian astronaut Chris view of the Earth (maybe Canada!) • 1 tbsp honey
Hadfield launched a new food contest below. • 2 wide strips orange peel
called: “Canadian Snack for Space.” • 1 pinch salt
Chris is looking for your suggestions Visit the Canadian Space Agency web- • 3 tbsp cornstarch
for Canadian snacks—specifically site at www.asc–csa.gc.ca to nominate • 1 tbsp orange liqueur (optional)
quintessential Canadian treats that he your favourite snack. If your snack is • 1/2 small store bought angel food
can bring with him for his six–month selected, Chris will send you a person- cake
trip to the International Space Station alized photo from orbit! • 2 cups mixture fresh berries, such as
planned for 2012–2013. raspberries, blueberries, and sliced
News Canada strawberries
1. Simmer over medium heat: 1 1/2
Keep Your Kids Energized cup Almond Fresh, honey, orange
peels and salt.
Although you may warn your child
not to spoil his or her supper, eat- 2. To remaining Almond Fresh, whisk
ing small snacks between meals can in cornstarch until dissolved. Stir into
actually keep your child's energy up heating mixtures.
and prevent them from over–eating at
dinnertime. 3. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring con-
stantly. Reduce heat to low and stir/
Here are some healthy snacks and simmer for 1 minute. Remove from
ideas that your children will enjoy. and will help your child develop heat and add in orange liqueur.
healthy teeth and bones. Stir in a
• Lightly salted air–popped popcorn is dash of vanilla or almond extract for 4. Pour into bowl, cover and refriger-
a perfect alternative to potato chips. extra yum. ate for up to 1 day.
High in fibre and low in fat, this
snack is easy to make and perfect to At My Best (www.atmybest.ca), a na- 5. Just before serving, slice angel food
share. tional school–based wellness program cake into 1” cubes.
developed by AstraZeneca Canada
• Instead of candy, serve up a bowl of and Physical and Health Education 6. Into parfait or large wine glasses,
fruit. Raspberries, strawberries and Canada, has created “My Energy Di- layer with 1/2 cup cake, 1/2 cup ber-
blueberries will satisfy your child's ary,” a journal where your child can ries and 1/2 cup pudding. Repeat.
sweet tooth while providing them write about or draw the snacks they
with the nutrients they need. find energizing. It's a fun reminder to 7. Garnish with fresh berries and
stay healthy. serve.
• Substitute a soft drink with a glass of
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