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- Calgary Citizen Newsletter Tuesday Jan. 23
Calgary Citizen Newsletter Tuesday Jan. 23
Plus: Chinook Blast top five, Airbnb rentals, and polluted air
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👀 In today's edition:
Matriarch finds kidney match
Lottery winner to spoil grandkids
12 ways to enjoy Chinook Blast
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A happy ending for a family matriarch who needed a kidney donation to live. “Thank you.”
From the Facebook group. Redacted to protect names.
A heartwarming update to a story we brought our readers last year.
Poonam Hamal moved to Canada in 2001 with her family, starting a life in the country as she and her family settled down in Vancouver. where she worked long shifts at two jobs. In 2011, Hamal was diagnosed with immunoglobulin A nephropathy (IgAN) and her body was ravaged by the illness that has no cure.
Hamal’s family was left devastated and confused by the news, especially as one of the only options was to replace her kidney. Organ donors are hard to come by, especially since Hamal’s blood type, B+, is the rarest in Canada.
That’s why Hamal’s sons took initiative and started a campaign, creating a website and spreading posters around the community to gain the support of any Canadian willing to help — including right here in Calgary where one of her sons lives.
And it worked! According to the family’s recent update, Hamal was given the gift of life through a gracious donor who reached out to the family after seeing the posts. They say their mom is doing well and they thank the medical team, the donor, and the community for its support.
“Words can’t describe the appreciation that we have for all of you at this moment,” they said in a post.
Need to know
💰 Calgary’s latest millionaire lottery winner looks forward to spoiling her grandchildren with her winnings.
🏠 New report finds very few Airbnb rental homes could be returned to Calgary housing market. This is why.
🏭 Environment Canada issues a special air quality statement for the city due to polluted air.
🚰 Climbing temperatures bring messy water main breaks throughout the city.
❤️ 'Enhance lives across the spectrum': Calgary organization aims to set autistic children up for success.
👮 Four people charged in death of Calgary woman Tara Miller.
✈️ Clearer disability policy needed for airlines, says man denied boarding at Calgary airport.
☎️ Two charged after copper theft knocks out internet, phone for thousands of area residents.
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12 ways to enjoy the best of Chinook Blast
Chinook Blast is on until mid-February. // Chinook Blast Instagram
Chinook Blast has something for everyone this winter as the new favourite winter tradition hits its stride in its fourth year. With no shortage of art, culture, sports, recreation, and theatre to enjoy, we wanted to bring you our top 12 events to check out over the next few weeks.
Catch a show at High Performance Rodeo
Catch another show at BIG Winter Classic
Taste the City with the Chinook Blast Taste Tour
Check out the free art installations at Olympic Plaza and Stephen Ave
Learn how to skate for free at Olympic Plaza’s Winsport Try Skate Activation
Catch a show at Block Heater
Turn up the adrenaline with the Nitrocross
Watch the ISU World Speed Skating Championships
Catch some curling with the Scotties Tournament of Hearts
Enjoy the Ethnik Festival of Arts and Culture
Peruse the Four Winds Indigenous Showcase and Market
Partake in Inglewood’s free Snow Eater outdoor party
Things to do
🎟️ Jason McCoy concert and conversation: National Music Centre and the CCMA will be presenting a concert with Jason McCoy on Feb. 2, in celebration of his induction into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.
🎟️ Fitset Ninja: Check out this free trial and with it, three different and unique ways to give your young athlete the after-school workout they look forward to.
🎟️ Easy & Healthy Mediterranean Cooking Feb 7 – Discover great flavours and improve your nutrition with recipes and tips for heart health, brain health or general well-being. This free virtual class is led by registered dietitians.*
Have an event suggestion? Message us and we might share it!
Where to eat & drink
🍴 Marda Loop Brewing: There’s excitement almost every day at Marda Loop Brewing! Wings are on special every Monday, trivia night is every Tuesday, there’s 20% off takeout beers on Wednesday, and live music every Saturday.
🍴 Made by Marcus: You scream, we scream, we all scream for ice cream Made by Marcus. One of our favourites!
🍴 Milpa: This new Beltline restaurant and cocktail bar is led by Top Chef competitor Chef Elia Herrera and boasts striking turquoise arches and serves creative dishes as well as tasty cocktails.
Have a food or drink suggestion? Message us and we might share it!
💸 Monster Mini Golf: Did you know that there are not only birthday specials but monthly and daily specials, too? Enjoy some glow-in-the-dark monster golf!
💸 Plato’s Closet: Sign up to the email loyalty reward program and be the first to know about special promos and sales events at this popular thrift shop.
💸 Bottlescrew Bill’s: Hosted by Trivia Daddy, stop in for trivia night on Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 7pm. Trivia is free to play, prizes to win, and half-priced wings all night!
Know of any hot specials or deals? Message us and we might share it!
That’s it! Thanks for reading. If you have a hot story tip you want to share, feel free to reply back anytime. We’ll see you back here on Thursday, same time, same place
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