Calgary Citizen Newsletter Tuesday March 26

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Calgary Municipal Land Corporation is revealing its designs as it breaks ground on East Village's latest public amenity—a new permanent public washroom and pickleball court located adjacent to the playground, community garden, and off-leash dog park. Stay tuned Thursday to learn more details!

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Many years later, the Alberta Hotel is home to other businesses. // Calgary Citizen

It is a sandstone masterpiece nestled in the heart of Calgary’s historic district, where the whispers of the past are said to still haunt its halls. The Alberta Hotel is an iconic landmark located in the heart of Stephen Avenue built between 1888 and 1890.

The hotel earned its reputation as a gathering place for high society, and was one of the major structures built after the great fire of 1886 where flames engulfed the city’s Parish and Son flour and feed store. Following the fire, city council passed a bill requiring public buildings to be built with non-combustible material, and sandstone was a natural choice as Calgary sits on a sandstone vault.

The Alberta Hotel has been a site of paranormal activity for years, according to Bonnie Milner of Ghost Hunter Alberta who says sandstone is a natural transmitter of electromagnetic frequencies. Some members have reported strange experiences in the original boiler room, which staff call the “ghost room.” It is believed the hotel’s history of gambling, prostitution, violence, and racism could have attracted spirits to the site.

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🏠 Many roofs and eaves are feeling the weight as massive icicles are forming as the snow melts and then freezes again.

👮 Alberta's police watchdog has released more details about a deadly 30-hour standoff with police, saying the suspect came outside with a loaded shotgun.

🌨️ More snow on the way but city says watering restrictions are still likely by May 1.

🚰 Alberta is testing water technology as possible extreme drought looms.

🚓 One man is dead and another is in custody after a shooting at a southeast hotel.

💸 Local not-for-profit battles big bank after fraudsters make off with $50K.

💔 Judge urges cross-boundary alerts after teenager died from neglect.

⛪ Calgary church to merge drag show with Easter Sunday service as ‘sacred act of protest’.

Check out these Easter events

Easter is coming! And whether you're all about the great outdoors or are having a serious brunch craving, here are a few egg-cellent events to hop on over to this weekend.

Skip the dishes this year and indulge in a delectable Easter brunch buffet at the Hotel at Grey Eagle Resort & Casino. They’ll be serving up everything from Roman Easter soup to roast stuffed pork loin, all the way to apple cinnamon French toast and good old fashioned chicken fingers for the kiddos. Seating times are 10am and noon on Easter Sunday. Cost is $29.65 to $54.42. Did we mention free face painting? 

Who says Easter has to be just for humans? Treat your pooch to the 26th Annual Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs brought to you by National Service Dogs. Thousands of colourful eggs are filled with prize tokens along with a dog treat, hidden across Calaway Park on March 29. Cost is $25-30 and all proceeds go to charity. 

What’s better than painting your own pottery? Painting your own pottery with bunnies next to you, of course! The Paint with Bunnies by Colour Cafe Kensington event takes place on Saturday, March 30 from 3-5pm. Cost is $15. Come in solo or with somebunny!

Where to eat and drink

🍴 Lonely Mouth Bar: Experience a vast menu of Japanese cuisine including kake udon, fresh tempura, and hand rolls.

🍴 The Greek Corner Calgary: Small and intimate with absolutely delicious food at reasonable prices, one of our readers says this is the best authentic Greek food in the city.

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Local specials

💸 Corner Street Diner: Stop into this classic diner with a modern twist on Thursdays for all-you-can-eat tacos and fries for $20.

💸 Calaway Park: With spring around the corner, Gather a group of 12 or more friends and enjoy a thrilling day for only $37+GST per person, with a bonus complimentary ticket offered for every 12 tickets purchased.

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Things to do

🎟️ Letterkenny Presents a Night of Stand-up: Just For Laughs brings a night of stand-up comedy featuring comedians from the Letterkenny family on Saturday.

🎟️ The Lord of the Rings Marathon: Journey to Middle-earth on March 30 for a Lord of the Rings Marathon! Fort Calgary is screening the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy (no, not the extended editions) starting at 11am.

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