Calgary Citizen Newsletter Thursday Sept. 7

Good morning, there!

I’m excited to tell you that I’ll be taking a much-needed break to spend some time to adventure and explore on a road trip. Because we have a small team, that means we are going to pause the newsletter for a week just to give me some time to take photos, eat the food, drink the drinks, and have some fun and rest! Members will still see a Saturday newsletter this week but for everyone else, there won’t be a newsletter again until Tuesday, Sept. 19. But still watch for our events newsletter in your inbox on Tuesday. I’ll be back soon!

- Krista Sylvester, Managing Editor

👀 In today's edition:

  • Iconic diner closes its doors

  • One in five households struggling

  • We’re talkin’ about tacos

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The iconic Marv’s Classic Soda Shoppe pours its last shake as it shutters its doors forever

Patrons from all over came for Marv’s final day. // Instagram

The iconic and popular Marv's Classic Soda Shop shut its doors for the final time this week. Diamond Valley’s 1950s-themed destination for burgers, milkshakes, and candy has been a popular destination in the heart of the southern Alberta with travellers coming from all over to enjoy the food, drinks, and nostalgia.

Nostalgia: The vintage vinyl jukebox has been sold, along with the rest of the mid-century decor that has adorned the diner's walls for more than 23 years., according to CTV News.

History: As CTV explains, Marv initially opened up the store as an antique shop but soon after, he began selling candy, then ice cream, and then eventually operations expanded to a full-service diner and candy shop.

Struggles: The vintage diner had been a fixture in southern Alberta since the turn of the century but throughout recent years, business slowed down putting the diner at risk of closing, as Global News reports.

Colourful character: As Global news reports, Marv is a colourful character and they just don’t make diners like they used to. A bittersweet goodbye.

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💸 A housing crisis: one in five Calgary households couldn't afford costs, according to a new city report.

“The rain didn’t stop us”: Albertans returning from a muddy Burning Man weekend talk about their experience with the flooding.

🎒 Data won't tell us how crowded Alberta's schools are anymore—so CBC asked, and this is what they discovered.

💔 A Calgarian's fellow aid worker in Ukraine has been killed by Russian fire. 

🔥”Your job is to be in tune with the land”: A day in the life of a fire lookout working in the mountains.

🏥 “They're terribly ill”: 56 E. coli cases now linked to outbreak at several Calgary daycares.

🏡 The housing crisis is leaving Ukrainian evacuees homeless in Calgary, and this is why.

🏡 Calgary police are investigating after a man died of stab wounds in Copperfield.

💊 Grandmothers wage a “war on drugs” in central Alberta Indigenous community.

🚓 A Calgary man was charged after stolen property was seized from an alleged drug home.

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Better Health for Free

Tasty, Low Salt Cooking September 12 - Learn how to cook delicious meals with less salt in this free virtual cooking demo with registered dietitians from the South Health Campus Wellness Kitchen. This class provides an opportunity to ask questions and discuss helpful tips. Recipes included! Albertans are welcome to join from anywhere in the province. Questions? Contact [email protected]

Find information on other free Wellness Kitchen classes (virtual & in-person) in the Fall South Health Campus Wellness Centre Program Guide.


Talking about the town’s tastiest tacos

Mestizo Mexican Street Food is located in Avenida Food Hall. // Facebook

Taco lovers know it doesn’t have to be Tuesday to enjoy soft and warm tortillas or crunchy shells stuffed with delicious filling. These hand-held wraps of happiness have endless possibilities for fillings and toppings. Give the tacos at these local spots a try and live every day like it’s Taco Tuesday!

Mestizo Mexican Street Food: Located in Avenida Food Hall, this spot has a goal of taking you back to Mexico one bite at a time. The tacos are authentic, fresh, and locally-crafted to form a unique blend of flavours.

Mickey’s Taco Shop: Boasting some of Calgary’s most authentic and delicious tacos, this restaurant is located in the NW neighbourhood of Highwood. If you’re downtown, pop into the original location, Mickey’s on 12th, for tacos and live music.

Moose and Poncho: Stop into First Street Market and try some authentic and traditional tacos cooked up by Mexico City’s own Chef Miguel Cornejo. There are six different flavours to choose from including citrus marinated pork.

Tacos Mexico Memorial: Experience an authentic Mexican atmosphere at this spot located just off Memorial Drive and 36 Street SE. The menu has almost 20 varieties of Mexican street-style tacos to try.

Taqueria El Chefe: This restaurant opened in February on 17th Avenue and is serving up tasty Mexican street food. It claims to have the best birria tacos in town, so make sure to give them a try and judge for yourself.

Where to eat and drink

🍴 Green Bottle: At this Korean kitchen and bar, enjoy the fun signature cocktails such as the soju dog served in a watermelon or their mix-and-match boozy juice boxes!

🍴 Shijo Cafe: This Japanese-style cafe just opened in Calgary. Savour the flavours of mouthwatering brunch dishes with crafted beverages from Aggudo coffee roasters.

🍴 Z Crew Cafe: Every dish and every drink at Z Crew is handcrafted by a talented staff with the main goal of marrying great food with great specialty coffee.

Local specials

💸 Grey Eagle Resort & Casino: Every Sunday and Tuesday stop in for Seniors Day at Grey Eagle. If you’re 55 or older you’ll have a chance to win cash equal to your age with draws every hour between 11am and 3pm.

💸 League: Try hit, spin, and yoga classes at League! The first class is free but you can also try 14 days of unlimited classes for $60.

💸 TJ’s Pizza: Every Monday and Tuesday THREE medium pizzas with THREE pizza topping for only $27.95.

🗓 Things to do

🎟️ George Canyon: Catch George Canyon on his Our Country Tour 2023 as he stops at the Deerfoot Inn & Casino on Saturday.

🎟️ 2023 Chestermere Country Fair: Head over to the 34th annual country fair in Chestermere on Saturday to enjoy a parade, pancake breakfast, harvest market, kids zone, Red Ribbon competition, rodeo events, and more!

🎟️ Crocodile Rock: The Legend of Elton John: Catch Jubilations show about rock legend Elton John while enjoying a multi-course dinner.

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