Calgary Citizen Newsletter Thursday Oct. 16


Good morning, there!

We were going to bring you some of our readers’ stories and memories about strangers today but we loved them so much we would like to hear a few more and share them next week instead! We asked because a recent study showed that more than 90% of the time when we speak to strangers, both parties have a positive experience. Email your submissions to [email protected]. Also, we are always looking for more reader photos, too. Have a lovely weekend and enjoy that double-digit weather!

- Krista Sylvester, Managing Editor

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The CUFF.Docs festival runs Nov. 22-26 at Globe Cinema. // Submitted

The Calgary Underground Film Festival (CUFF) is renowned for its boundary-pushing films and its documentary festival is no different. CUFF.Docs is bringing a unique blend of curated features and short films to the Globe Cinema next week.

Nostalgia seems to be the prevalent theme this year and there is no shortage of deeply personal and thought-provoking documentaries. This year's curated films encompass a range of themes, from the exploration of Louis C.K.'s sexual misconduct in Sorry, Not Sorry to the delightful CatVideoFest, a compilation of the best recent cat videos that are fun for audiences of any age. The festival’s opening night film It’s Only Life After All, uses more than 40 hours of archival footage to chart the Indigo Girls’ unexpected rise to fame.

The iconic Globe Cinema serves as the festival's backdrop, with its throwback ambiance and rich history adding to the cinematic experience. The affordability of the festival ($10 per ticket) is important to the organizers. There are also some great ticket packages.

Krista spoke with the festival’s organizers about this year’s festival, its not-to-miss films, and what makes the CUFF.Docs fest unique.

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🔎 Oh no! A Calgary woman is searching for her late father’s war medals she mistakenly sold at an estate sale.

👨‍⚖️ A former church youth leader has been charged with the sexual assault of a seven-year-old dating back to 2011-13.

🥶 Calgary is expecting its coldest day in over two weeks with snowfall warnings issued for southern Alberta.

👮 Local experts are alarmed at the age of the suspects—14 and 18—in a fatal shooting that left one dead, two in critical condition. The teen brothers in the shooting were on a waitlist for an intervention program.

💸 The YYC Calgary International Airport has announced a new $4 inbound fee for taxis.

👮 A local fraudster is now considered a fugitive after he crossed the border to the US on the day he was supposed to be sentenced.

 💔 A fatal crash that killed one person closed the northbound lanes of Deerfoot Trail.

✈️ WestJet announced flights from Calgary to Iceland in 2024 and enhanced service to Japan.

🚔️ The homicide unit is investigating after the discovery of a dead body downtown.

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Six crafty businesses you should check out if you’re thinking of learning a hobby

Yarn Twisters is located in Mahogany. // Instagram

Whether it’s crocheting, knitting, painting or DIY home projects, everyone needs a hobby. Learning a new skill can be daunting but there are loads of classes and programs in Calgary to teach you everything you need to start a new hobby. We’ve got you covered with six local businesses that will get you going.

STASH Needle Art Lounge: STASH offers a variety of crochet and knitting classes for beginners to advanced. Check out the events calendar and register for the class of your choice. All supplies are included in the price of the course.

Kensington Art Supply: At Kensington Art Supply there are numerous paint and sketch workshops from beginner to advanced that teach you new skills and techniques. Workshops are day-long or weekend-long classes that will help you explore the medium with a talented instructor.

Alberta Craft: The Alberta Craft Council puts on many unique crafts workshops while also promoting art exhibitions happening around Alberta so you can feel inspired by other artist’s creations.

Tandy Leather: This leather shop also offers skill classes in leatherworking. Learn tooling, stitching, painting, dyeing, edge finishing, and tool care from an expert leatherworker.

Aliki’s Art House: Learn how to sketch, paint, or sculpt with a variety of child, teen, and adult classes so you can learn some new crafty skills. If you don’t want to take classes, they also offer workshops.

Yarn Twisters: Offering beginner crochet and knit classes, Yarn Twisters is the perfect place for beginners. For more advanced work, attend workshops for specific projects. Additionally, you can drop in for a Knit Night.

Where to eat and drink

🍴 The Hexagon Board Game Cafe: Stop in for a coffee, some board game action, a beer, a glass of wine, or a snack at this Kensington board game cafe that has it all.

🍴 Alforno YYC: Pop in for your caffeine fix and delicious food at this popular bakery and cafe that now has four city locations.

🍴 Orchard: A vibrant destination for Asian Mediterranean dining, Orchard serves familiar yet surprising dishes, challenging what you know about Mediterranean cuisine.

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

Local specials

💸 The Hangar Flight Museum: Hit that link and get access to 25% off admission rates until Dec. 31 to explore everything this Second World War drill hall and outdoor hangar has to offer.

💸 4th Spot Kitchen and Bar: This neighbourhood gem on 4th Street NW always has great food specials, including half-off pizza on Mondays after 2pm.

💸 Pet Planet: Every Thursday, Pet Planet members save 15% on pet treats when they visit in store so grab Fido and make a visit.

Have a promo suggestion? Message us and we might share it!

Things to do

🎟️ Sippin' Santa Pop-Up: Ricardo’s Hideaway is transformed into a wonderland with festive cocktails, a mouthwatering menu, and delicious deals. Make a reservation online or just walk in and see the space! 

🎟️ Oppenheimer Space Night 2023: On Saturday, enjoy a night learning about the making of the blockbuster movie Oppenheimer and how the atomic bomb was made with plenty of telescopes to go around!

🎟️ East Village festivities: Kick off the holiday season this weekend with festive placemaking and nature programs in East Village and The Culture + Entertainment District.

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


One of our readers was able to snap a pic of this adorable squirrel looking right at her! Send yours to [email protected]. // Sherri Raposo

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