Calgary Citizen Newsletter Thursday June 13

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We just wanted to put a call out for some new photos from our readers to reflect the season and show off your community, so send them our way to [email protected]. We love getting these glimpses of the city through your lens and would love to share them!

Krista Sylvester, Managing Editor

👀 In today's edition:

  • New dementia-friendly park

  • Overcrowded schools spill out

  • It’s patio time, baby!

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A new dementia-inclusive city park is in the works

A rendering of the new dementia-inclusive park planned to break ground next year. // Parks Foundation Calgary

Plans have been announced for the construction of a new first-of-its-kind dementia-inclusive public park we first reported about in 2022. It’s been announced that the park will be located in the community of Dover, due in part to it being near the Bethany Riverview dementia care centre.

As we reported previously, more than half a million Canadians live with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia according to the Alzheimer Society of Canada. According to Parks Foundation, there are about 20,000 people in the city living with a diagnosis.

“And for each of those, about 10 people are impacted. So caregivers, family members, friends,” explained Kim Brundrit with Dementia Network Calgary of the ripple effect a dementia diagnosis can have.

A first-of-its-kind outdoor space designed with and for people living with dementia, their caregivers and families, the space will be designed to meet the unique needs of those living with dementia and those who love them. This includes colourful pathways, sensory gardens, murals, and more.

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🏘️ A shelter for seniors in the city’s core said it’s feeling the pressure of the ongoing housing crisis.

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Did someone say patio season? Say no more!

If you don’t want to be bothered by the heat yet enjoy the sun, sit inside where glass ceilings make the entire restaurant feel as though it’s a patio. // Porch Instagram

There’s nothing better than soaking up the sun, grabbing a bite to eat, and enjoying some drinks on one of the city’s many patios. We’ve compiled a list of four patios to check out as summer hits its stride.

Ship and Anchor: Located in the heart of 17th Ave., Ship and Anchor’s patio is full of fun as it features live music, good vibes, and great drinks. Listed as one of Canada’s 50 Best Bars, it’s no wonder why Calgarians love this pub and its patio!

Porch: Swing by this unique spot to enjoy its outdoor patio on 17th Ave. while enjoying sharable cuisine and cocktails in a spacious yet intimate atmosphere.

Hose and Hound: Not only does the Hose and Hound offer a unique experience being in Old Fire Hall #3, but the pub’s two large patios are the perfect place to relax.

Vin Room: Explore 80 different wines and enjoy small plates at this Mission staple. Don’t forget the happy hour deals daily from 3-6pm. A bonus for parents is that children are welcome.

Where to eat and drink

🍴 Modern Steak: With three locations in the city to enjoy, this hot spot offers gourmet steak, seafood, and more as well as an extensive wine list or cocktails.

🍴 The Greek Corner: Located on Macleod Trail, this traditional Greek eatery serves delicious dishes like Moussaka and Arni Psito followed by delectable desserts like Ekmek Kataifi which is layered phyllo pastry with cream custard, whipped cream, almonds and cinnamon.

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Local specials

💸 Blanco Cantina: Indulge in margaritas and tacos all day long at three locations around the city boasting delicious happy hour prices on its menu, including half-price margaritas, $3 tacos, and more.

💸 Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra: For concerts in the Jack Singer Concert Hall (that aren’t sold out), visit the Box Office one hour before the start to get one of the best remaining seats for just $25.

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Things to do

🎟️ A Tribute to Amy Winehouse: On Saturday at 6:30pm, the King Eddy invites all music lovers to experience the energy of award-winner Johanna Sillanpaa and her 10-piece Cherry Orchestra in an evening to celebrate Amy Winehouse and feel nostalgic with hits like “Back to Black”. 

🎟️ Calgary Gratitude Round-up: On Friday and Saturday, connect with like-minded individuals at this event taking place at the Glenmore Inn & Convention Centre with a central theme of gratitude to cultivate a mindset of positivity and appreciation.

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One of our readers sent us this photo of a moth found at their trailer and it's so cool it had to be shared. // Ashlea Fauteux

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