Calgary Citizen Newsletter Thursday Oct. 12

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The Calgary Flames kicked off the new season last night, hosting the Winnipeg Jets in what was a 6-3 win for the home team. The Flames hope to put last year’s drama-filled season behind them led by a new captain, a new coach, and a new general manager — and last night’s win is a step in the right direction. The team held a ceremonial face-off with Kelsie Snow and her children Cohen and Willa in honour of Chris Snow, who passed away earlier this month from ALS. Snow was an integral part of the team and community and will be missed. ❤️

- Krista Sylvester, Managing Editor and Calgary Flame

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Russia's invasion of Ukraine drove 150,000 Ukrainians to seek refuge in Canada, including Galynych and her young sons, who found sanctuary in Calgary in 2022. // Submitted

In this poignant tale of unity, connection, and resilience, Alyona Galynych's journey unfolds as a testament to the human spirit. Galynych's narrative takes a remarkable turn as she transitions from a recipient of aid to a provider for those who face similar journeys. In the process, she found a new scene of belonging.

A year later: Painting a dramatically different picture of Galynych's life, she not only discovered safety but also a profound sense of community and family. The linchpin of this transformation was the Calgary Centre for Newcomers where Galynych received vital assistance to rebuild her life.

Unwavering human spirit: Beneath this heartwarming tale lies a challenging odyssey as Galynych and her sons navigated terrifying terrains while braving the unknown with resilience and courage. Despite the hardships, their story is one of hope.

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🚓 The mystery of water bottles appearing outside the doors of some Calgary homes has some people wondering if there is a more nefarious reason.

💔 Ten days after a Calgary woman was reported missing, police called the search off when they discovered her body.

💸 The Calgary Costume Shoppe is left with a hefty bill in the tens of thousands after a border tariff change.

🛼 'It's a whole new generation': new indoor roller rink to open in Calgary and people are thrilled.

🌈 Calgary Flames players weigh in on the league's controversial decision to not allow Pride tape on their sticks.

🚰 Outdoor watering restrictions are still in effect in Calgary and those rules may become normal in the future.

🐕 A Calgary family is raising safety concerns after a dog bit a 13-year-old teen in the arm.

🏞️ A Calgary social worker was convicted of sexually exploiting a 14-year-old boy under her care.

🪧 City hall is looking to clean up the swaths of illegally placed signs along the sides of roads, bolstering enforcement and fines for those who do.

🏞️ A community group is raising questions about why the city wants to sell land that it designated as park space four decades ago.

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The Rocky Mountain Wine and Food Festival is the perfect chance to enhance your taste buds this weekend. // Submitted

The Rocky Mountain Wine and Food Festival is back in Calgary! Taste a variety of fine wines, premium spirits, and craft beers while meeting chefs from local restaurants. The Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival runs Friday, Oct. 13 from 5:30 to 10pm and Saturday, Oct. 14 from 12 to 4pm and 6 to 10pm at the BMO Centre. Tickets are still available so be sure to grab yours now! We caught up with Ashley McCartney, marketing manager of the festival, to learn more about Alberta’s largest food and beverage event.

What can Calgarians expect this year? There will be hundreds of wines, spirits, and beers paired alongside local restaurants and food purveyors. There is something for everyone! It will be a fun night out to satisfy and learn more about your palate as well as the right food pairings, and new products to add to exciting cocktails and non-alcoholic beverage options.

What makes the fest unique? We’ve collaborated with exciting brands as well as local vendors who are bringing exciting cocktails and non-alcoholic beverage options. We also showcase local restaurants and food purveyors. We want to ensure through our festival that everyone has the opportunity to explore their palate through new products, pairings and favourites!

What do you personally enjoy about the festival and what are you looking forward to most? It brings people together keeping in mind that not everyone enjoys the same food and beverages. We offer items to appease everyone allowing it to be an event that all adults will be excited to attend.

What advice do you have for navigating the festival? Take your time and enjoy. Talk to the vendors, ask questions and learn about the amazing features the festival and vendors have to offer.

Where to eat and drink

🍴 La Hacienda: This speakeasy is located in Marda Loop and boasts talented bartenders who can make delicious cocktails that look beautiful, too. Check out the fall specials.

🍴 Analog Coffee: With talented baristas and some of the most innovative equipment available, every cup of coffee poured is something special at this coffee shop.

🍴 The Mash: Known for its delicious craft pizza and beer pairings, relax in this casual and modern spot.

Have a food or drink suggestion? Message us and we might share it!

Local specials

💸 Pat & Betty: Head to this European-inspired dinette and bar with your friends and family for the Happy {to have you} Hour from 3 to 5pm daily.

💸 Escape60: Do an escape room with your sports team at $39 per person! Play in a standard room and get pizza and pop.

💸 Dixon’s Public House: Monday night is wing night at Dixon’s, with 49 cent wings from 2pm until close, plus drink specials.

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Things to do

👩🏽‍🍳 Cooking When Fatigued: On Oct. 18, learn to prepare and cook healthy meals when you live with chronic fatigue or mobility issues related to neurological conditions or arthritis. This free, virtual class is hosted by an AHS-registered dietitian and occupational therapist.* 

🎟️ The Burton Bar pop-up: Love Halloween & Tim Burton? Enjoy this Burton immersive Halloween bar until Oct. 29.

🎟️ I Love Legacy campaign: On Saturday and Sunday, enjoy complimentary fall-themed pumpkin spice mini-donuts. Check the link for details!

Have an event suggestion? Message us and we might share it!

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A reader shared this beautiful fall scene with us. // Rock Dagenais

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