Read for the Cure
Read for the Cure will be held on November 7 at Hotel Arts. The event will consist of the same format as previous years: bestselling authors, in events that can best be described as large-scale book club gatherings. The event offers readers a unique alternative to walking, cycling or running for the cure!
In addition to hearing the authors' speak, each attendee will receive a copy of their book. You can be sure to look forward to a great night, for a great value, for a great cause!
Read for the Cure's Calgary event will support the Alberta Cancer Foundation and the Cancer Research Society, to fund research into the causes and prevention of cancer, and especially environmental links to cancer. The organization is composed entirely of volunteers, allowing 100 per cent of funds raised to go to cancer research.
For more information and visit www.readforthecure.com.
Hotel Arts is pleased to help sponsor and host ARTwear 2012. Now in its tenth year, this annual fundraiser for the Art Gallery of Calgary features a runway fashion show highlighting the season's must-have fashions from some of Calgary's hottest boutiques and emerging designers.
In addition to a silent auction, there will also be a Fashion Trunk Show Auction where guests will have an opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind styles from emerging local designers and retailers.
ARTwear 2012 takes place on Thursday, November 8th at Hotel Arts with the fashion show getting underway at 8:30pm.
For more information please visit the AGC's website at http://www.artgallerycalgary.org/fundraisers/artwear/ or call Sarah Stephens at 403.770.1353
Passchendaele: The Film
In advance of Remembrance Day, the Plaza Theatre in Kensington Village will host a special screen of Passchendaele on Friday, November 9th. This epic film directed by Paul Gross showcases the passion, courage, and dedication of the heroes who fought in the grisly battles in Belgium during WWI. Filmed in Calgary, Fort Macleod & Belgium.
For more information, visit http://www.cpo-live.com/main/event_detail.php?event_id=597.
Field of Crosses Memorial Project
Until just after Remembrance Day, our neighbourhood will be host to the Field of Crosses Memorial Project. Along Memorial Drive from 3rd Street NW to Centre Street, over 3,000 crosses erected to celebrate the memory of soldiers from across Southern Alberta who were killed in action.
Each cross is inscribed with the name, age at death, rank, regiment and date of death of a soldier who lost his or her life in a foreign land fighting for the freedoms that we all enjoy today. Members of the public are welcome to visit the site, to walk among the crosses, to lay flowers at a loved one's memorial and to be reminded that the price of our freedom was not free.
Murray McCann, chairperson of the Field of Crosses Memorial Project underscores the importance of the sacrifices made by our armed services to ensure our freedoms. "It is the soldier, not the preacher, who has given us freedom of religion. It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us freedom to assemble. It is the soldier, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial. It is the soldier, not the politician, who has given us the right to vote."
This November, please take time to remember their contributions and sacrifices.
Poppy Plaza in Kensington
Right across from the Kensington Riverside Inn, another tribute to Canada's war efforts will be celebrated at the Poppy Plaza. Highlights of the design include a weathering steel wall with narratives cut into the steel celebrating our war-time efforts as expressed by different groups in our nation. The Poppy Plaza will be the last phase of the Landscape of Memory which will stretch along Memorial Drive starting West of the Inn with the Soldiers Memorial, the Poppy Plaza, the Promenade by the Peace Bridge and wrapping up with the Field of Crosses East of the Curling Club.
To learn more about the Poppy Plaza and the Landscape of Memory, visit the Parks & Recreation site; http://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Parks/Pages/Construction/Poppy-Plaza.aspx.
Alderman Druh Farrell was interviewed on CBC's Calgary Eyeopener on Monday, November 5th and she provided a quick update about the finishing touches taking place on Poppy Plaza. The Memorial letters are now in place and the plaza should be open for Remembrance Day but there is still some decking and steelwork to be finished over the course of December. Once complete, this will be a tremendous addition to the neighbourhood and to Calgary's continued efforts to commemorate the contributions and sacrifices made by our armed services. To hear her interview with CBC's David Gray, please visit the podcast on http://www.cbc.ca/eyeopener/.
Remembrance Day Ceremonies on November 11
Central Memorial Park is located one block West of Hotel Arts and is the site of Cenotaph which serves as a fitting location to pay tribute to Canada's numerous sacrifices in armed conflicts over the years. There will be a formal ceremony starting at 1045am with the laying of wreaths. The cenotaph is located closer to 4th Street between 12th Avenue and 13th Avenue SW.
Calgary's largest Remembrance Day service takes place on the grounds of the Military Museum. Guests are advised to dress warmly and arrive before 10:00 AM as parking is limited. Containers will be provided for food donations to the Veterans' Food Bank and for monetary donations to the Military Museums. Please be generous!
4520 Crowchild Trail SW http://www.themilitarymuseums.ca.
The Aero Space Museum of Calgary will be holding an informal service for families which will run for approximately half an hour starting at 1030am. Their service will be held outdoors in their parking lot this year in order to accommodate as many guests as possible - please dress warmly!
Aero Space Museum of Calgary4629 McCall Way NE www.asmac.ab.ca.
The Jubilee Auditorium hosts an indoor ceremony presided over by the Mayor of Calgary and other dignitaries starting at 1030am. It is highly recommended to arrive early (930am or earlier) to secure a seat. Following the service, dignitaries travel to Central Memorial Park for a wreath-laying.
Canadian Pacific will also be hosting a ceremony next to their steam locomotive at Gulf Canada Square, 401 - 9th Avenue SW. Over 33,000 Canadian Pacific employees served in the two world wars. Speeches from employees currently serving as reservists will take place along with a wreath laying following with a blast from a train whistle at the completion of the two minutes of silence.
Twas the Night
Save the date....CORE Shopping Centre is hosting "Twas the Night" on Wednesday, November 28th. Last year, we attended and were amazed by all the store promotions and the performances (including indoor fireworks and a stunning set by Chantal Kreviazuk).
Calgarians have enjoyed a year of celebrations in 2012 and 'Twas the Night will be the grand finale. Come together with thousands of Calgarians from across the city to celebrate the holiday season, and support two local charities championing the revitalization of Calgary's downtown. All proceeds from ticket sales will support because: a next generation initiative of the United Way of Calgary and the National Music Centre Project.
How would you like to spend Christmas with the Barenaked Ladies this year in Calgary? See them live on December 5, 2012 at the Jack Singer Concert Hall, presented by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Make this holiday season a rockin' one! For more details or tickets, visit http://www.cpo-live.com/main/event_detail.php?event_id=613.
An Evening with Oprah
Oprah Winfrey will be bringing her inspirational stories to Calgary on January 22, 2013. In the walls of the Scotiabank Saddledome, Oprah will discuss some of her life experiences and share ways attendees can take control of their own lives to reach their full potential. Pre-sale tickets are available now at http://www.ticketmaster.ca/event/1100495E9D39897E . Use promotional code "Oprah" to search for available tickets.