Calgary Citizen Newsletter Thursday July 4

Plus, Trudeau no show, a ride to remember, and Stampede events

Good morning !

We just wanted to say Happy Stampede-ing and please send us your Stampede-related photos over the next two weeks to [email protected] for your chance to be featured. We will include one in each newsletter during the 11 days of the Stampede. Check out the community section below for some Stampede events you can enjoy away from Stampede Park. Enjoy the parade tomorrow if you’re going, stay safe, have fun… and YAHOO!

Krista Sylvester, Managing Editor

👀 In today's edition:

  • A ride to remember, ride for a cause

  • Trudeau to skip Stampede

  • Stampede events around the city

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Cycling it forward: Calgary man hits the streets to give kids a chance to attend Camp Kindle

Wiebe has raised around $4,000 of his $5,000 goal to make Camp Kindle possible for more children.

Calgary engineer and childhood cancer survivor Brock Wiebe is setting out on a three-day cycling event to raise funds for children with cancer. Joining 37 other cyclists to ride up to 600 kilometres over the July 12 weekend during the Kids Cancer Care Ride of Courage, the goal is to raise $250,000 to make camp possible for Alberta children affected by cancer.

Wiebe was diagnosed with stage 3 Hodgkin’s lymphoma at 16. Unfortunately, he was too old to attend Camp Kindle, so he instead volunteered for a week and became a camp counsellor each spring and summer season. This is his 10th anniversary as a cancer survivor and he’s celebrating by giving back to the organization that played a pivotal role in his life.

“Being at camp changes you,” Wiebe says. “It opens your eyes to life. Seeing innocent children go through cancer while keeping a smile on their faces, shows you that no matter your situation, you can always be positive, and you can always have fun.” 

Wiebe was part of the team that annually hosted cyclists and he knew he wanted to be a part of it because of the phenomenal energy. “I thought, ‘Maybe one day I’ll do this’,” Wiebe says, adding it’s come full circle as he gives back. “Camp shaped who I am today. It made me a better person. It gave me leadership skills that will only pay dividends and it opened up my compassion. I want to make that possible for other kids.”

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Need to know

🥞 This is why Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won’t be pancake flipping this year at the Calgary Stampede.

💵 'It's a lot to digest': Calgary man wins $66M on Lotto 6-49 draw.

🚰 Calgarians can ease back to normal indoor water use, but outdoor restrictions remain.

🤠 Final preparations are underway as Calgary Stampede starts tonight with sneak-a-peek.

🏙️ Calgary's new logo for its 'Blue Sky City' civic brand has officially been revealed - do you like it?

🪧 An independent review of the city’s massive water main break may take a year to complete.

⚖️ Legal Aid Alberta says province terminated its contract, which could leave Albertans without the publicly funded service.

Here are three Stampede events (plus a bonus!) to check out without even going to Stampede Park

The Roundup was last held in 2022 with The Offspring, Young the Giant, The Strumbellas, and Said the Whale.

Not everyone wants to head to Stampede Park to have western-themed fun and that’s okay because there is no shortage of events happening around the city over the next two weeks. Here are three we are most excited about but check out this list of pancake breakfasts as a bonus.

The Roundup Music Fest: The Goo Goo Dolls, Gin Blossoms, Crash Test Dummies, and more takes over Prince’s Island Park on July 10 with music from the ’90s that is sure to bring some nostalgia.

The Oxford Stomp: For a different vibe, check out this event taking over Prince’s Island Park on July 12 with George Thorogood, Tom Cochrane, Serena Ryder, and more for a blast from the past.

The Honky Tonk Market: Enjoy this fully outdoor local market where you can find everything western and vintage from July 6-7 at Pixel Park.

Where to eat and drink

🍴 Castella: Have you tried this Japanese-style pastry bakery yet? Next time you are at Chinook Centre, enjoy some mouthwatering desserts.

🍴 Mondays Plant Cafe: Grab a drink, plant-based breakfasts, and more at this little cafe. A warm and inviting space, Mondays will make you feel right at home!

🍴 Baekjeong: Enjoy bottomless Korean-style salads and vegetables and more at this BBQ spot with built-in grills and the finest cuts of Premium Alberta Sterling Silver meat.

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Things to do

🎟️ PRASÁTKO: Stampede Patio Party On Saturday from 4-10pm, this popular Czech-style pop-up is back with a Stampede theme at The Prairie Emporium with signature meals such as goulash poutine and slow-roasted porchetta.

🎟️ From Me to You: The Beatles in Canada 1964-1966: This new temporary Studio Bell exhibition commemorating the 60th anniversary of The Beatles’ arrival in Canada runs from July 10 to Jan. 5.

🎟️ Calgary Stampede Parade: This annual popular parade takes over the city on Friday at 9am starting at 9 Ave. SE at 3 Street SE, but attendees are advised to arrive early. This year there are more than 100 entries and 700 horses.

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One of our readers sent us this photo from Elliston Park. // Bukola Sanya

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