Calgary Citizen Newsletter Tuesday Aug. 29

Good morning, there!

Sadly, it's my last week at the Citizen as my internship comes to an end and I head into my final year of journalism at MRU. The experience I gained working with Krista this summer is immeasurable! My favourite story from this internship (and human existence) is my article on Terri Clark and her return to Alberta to be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. This story was only three weeks into my internship, and the chance to meet Terri was so thrilling! Two of my other favourites are stories that I pitched myself, Calgary woman organizes successful friend meetup and Calgary woman created an adventure guide to explore the city. The friend meetup story I found while scrolling TikTok, and I related to it a lot as a young woman new to the city. The adventure guide story I found on Instagram when Kelsey Woods reached out to the Citizen to introduce herself and her story was so inspiring I had to tell it! I still have a few more stories coming out in September, so stay tuned. Thank you for your support!

- Julie Patton, Intern

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After learning the craft in junior high, Herm Stolte still works with wood today at 72. // Submitted

Fine woodworking is an art, and Herm Stolte could spend hours with a single piece of wood, turning it on the lathe. As it turns, he shapes it with a chisel and watches as his idea for the piece turns into reality. Stolte was introduced to woodworking in junior high. Now at 72, he’s still working away in his shop and you can catch his work at the Fine Works in Wood Exhibition at Southcentre Mall from Sept. 1 to 10.

From student to teacher: After graduating, Stolte got an education degree and started teaching at an elementary school, but found it was not his fit. However, he did enjoy teaching the woodworking class. Stolte taught for 18 years but says he was tired of teaching basic woodworking year after year and decided to start his own business.

New West Design: Matt Smith is a fine woodworker who’s been a member of SAWS for just over 15 years. He got his start in the craft while working in construction. Smith creates unique pieces by sculpting wood to match the irregular surfaces of stone, making the two materials meet seamlessly. He sells his custom pieces through his business New West Design.

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🍎 Adorable Calgary kid to be featured in NYC's Times Square for Down Syndrome campaign. (CTV)

🏠 A record number of students applied for U of C residence as the campus offers affordable housing, but many have been waitlisted. (CBC)

🔥 Dozens of soldiers from Calgary are heading to BC to help fight the devastating wildfires with other Canadian Armed Forces members. (CTV)

🚓 Police say they are working behind the scenes to combat crime but say the evolution of organized crime has created new challenges. (CBC)

💸 Parents are frustrated as the August Alberta child and family payment failed to be deposited in their accounts last week. (CityNews)

💐 A Calgary florist is preparing for the Interflora World Cup where she will compete against florists from around the world. (GlobalNews)

💔 Local activists hosted a citywide vigil this weekend to support the demands to search a Winnipeg landfill for murdered Indigenous women. (Calgary Herald)

❤️ ‘We’re all brothers and sisters’: Yellowknife cab driver helps fellow evacuees in Calgary. (Global)

🎒 The Calgary Board of Education is preparing to open its doors to students for the first day of classes on Aug. 31.


Hundreds of events celebrate the 2SLGBTQ+ community during Pride Week until Sept. 4. //

Calgary has been celebrating Pride since Project Pride Calgary brought the first festival to the city in 1988. Since then, the tradition has continued and has grown exponentially over the years. Calgary Pride is hosting various events across the city this year ending with the parade on Sunday, Sept. 3.

Things to do

🎟️ Prairie cookbook launch: Check out Dan Clapson's new cookbook Prairie and enjoy a meal inspired by its recipes at Carter Cadillac on Aug. 31.

🎟️ Ol' B Charity Drag Show: Join Ol' Beautiful Brewing as its bartenders transform into drag queens and kings for one night in support of the End of The Rainbow Foundation. The show is at Ol' Beautiful Brewing on Sept. 1.

🎟️ Booze & Ice Cream: Learn some tasting tips at Market Wines as they pair some delicious treats by Village Ice Cream with wine, liqueurs, and beer! Held at Market Wines, University District, Sept. 2.

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Where to eat & drink

🍴 Holy Shakes: This popular milkshake shop from Toronto just opened in Calgary! Try over 100 gourmet fusion milkshakes in retro glass milk bottles.

🍴 The Living Room: Serving contemporary interactive cuisine, or “food to be shared,” The Living Room offers a mouthwatering menu to be enjoyed at any time of day.

🍴 Cassis Bistro: A warm, accessible approach to cuisine drawn straight from the south of France, Cassis Bistro was founded by Gilles Brassart who was born near Aix-en-Provence in the south of France.

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

Local specials

💸 Koto Sushi: Get happy hour oysters Monday to Friday from 4 to 6pm. Indulge in $1.25 oysters with a minimum purchase of six.

💸 Escape60: Doing an escape room for your bachelor/bachelorette party? At Escape60, the bride or groom gets to play for free in a standard or premium room!

💸 Indigo: It’s now or never! From books to art supplies, home decor, and more, save up to 70% on clearance items at Indigo while supplies last.

Know of any hot specials or deals? Message us and we might share it!

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