Calgary Citizen Newsletter Tuesday Oct. 10

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In celebration of National Library Month, Calgarians are invited to visit one of the city’s 21 library locations between 11am and 4pm on Saturday, Oct. 14 for free family programming. The celebrations will include a special family storytime, music performances, games, crafts, and more. Not only is Love Your Library Day a chance for members to celebrate, but it is also an opportunity to bring friends and family to fall in love with the library, too. Nov. 4 also marks the Central Library’s fifth birthday.

- Krista Sylvester, Managing Editor

👀 In today's edition:

  • Calgarians rally in solidarity

  • Calgary named world’s “friendliest city”

  • Check out these local candle shops

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Calgarians rally in solidarity at city hall as many watch the violence overseas

The Alberta Legislature in Edmonton was lit blue Monday night in a show of support. // Danielle Smith Twitter

Calgary’s Jewish and Palestinian communities are reacting to the violence in Israel as many are worried about their friends and family. On Saturday, Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers attacked Israel by air, land, and sea. As the violence continued on Monday, Calgary’s city hall was the site for a pair of rallies from citizens supporting the Israeli and Palestinian sides of the Israel-Hamas conflict.

As Global News reports, the rallies come on the same day Israel increased airstrikes on the Gaza Strip and sealed it off from food, fuel and other supplies in retaliation as the war’s death toll rose to nearly 1,600 on both sides.

As CTV reports, members of Calgary's Jewish community gathered at the Beth Tzedec synagogue as images of the attacks in the southern part of the country by Hamas were shared across the media. Jerry Snukal has two children living in Israel as well as nine grandchildren.

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Need to know

😊 Calgary has been named the friendliest city in the world, according to the Condé Nast 2023 Readers Choice Awards.

🐇 The widow of a Calgary man killed in Las Vegas last year is keeping his memory alive through an animal welfare charity.

🔎 A missing woman’s family continues to search for her as police are seeking dashcam footage from motorists who may have been in the area.

🐻 Alberta no longer has a human-wildlife conflict specialist and some people want that to change.

🚓 After RCMP found a woman dead in a vehicle in the parking lot of a Sundre business, an alleged suspect was found dead.

🏒 Will a new general manager, coach, captain, and attitude push the Calgary Flames over the hump to the playoffs in 2023-24? There is hope.

🔥 The end of October marks the end of Alberta’s wildfire season, but Mother Nature does not follow a calendar and officials say fires could keep burning.

💊 Drug-poisoning deaths in Alberta remain high with new records set, according to Alberta Health data.


Five Alberta-made candle businesses to check out ahead of the holiday season 

Haven’t found the perfect candle yet? Make your own beeswax candles with YYC Wax! // YYC Beeswax Instagram

While many people are focused on Thanksgiving and Halloween, some are already looking ahead to the Christmas holidays. A popular item around this time of year is candles because you can pull them out for any occasion. Here are five local shops you can support this fall and winter holiday season.

Temper and Lace: Located in High River just south of Calgary, there’s a wide selection of soy wax and wooden wick candles, essential oils, apparel, and roasted coffee beans. Priding itself on producing phthalate and paraben-free essential oils is integral to this shop.

Wick’d Petals Candle Company: From making her first candle out of secondhand soy wax and handpicked daisies to founding her own shop, Natasha Martinez has combined her passion for flowers and candles. All of the candles are made with eco-friendly materials and locally grown and dried flowers.

Cwtch & Co: Pronounced “kutch”, which is Welsh for cuddle or hug, this shop features clean-burning candles with undyed soy wax, lead-free cotton wicks, and phthalate-free oils for scent. Check out the autumn and winter collections.

Byond The Looking Glass Gems: With a focus on handcrafted art with reiki-infused gems, this shop has a wide variety of candles meant to set intentions with crystals that are made with soy wax and essential oils.

YYC Wax: Make your own beeswax candles with YYC Wax! Lisa Graham grew up working at a local bee farm and decided to combine her knowledge of bees and art to create beeswax candles. Find products to make your own candles, purchase one of the creations, or attend a workshop.

Things to do

🎟️ Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic: The outdoor matchup with the Oilers and the Flames at Commonwealth Stadium is on Oct. 29 and there are still tickets up for grabs if you want to make the short drive.

🎟️ Laughs on Tap: Hosted by the talented Ben Dyck every Tuesday night, enjoy tasteful comedy and beer at Revival Brewcade.

🎟️ Randy Bachman: The Guess Who and Bachman–Turner Overdrive legend is appearing live at Grey Eagle Event Centre on Oct. 13. 

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Where to eat & drink

🍴 4th Spot Kitchen & Bar: Located in Mount Pleasant, 4th Spot Kitchen & Bar is a popular spot to bring friends and family for grub and drinks since 2011.

🍴 Island Plate: Offering Asian and island BBQ-inspired dishes, there are delicious sauce options, including pineapple sweet chilli.

🍴 The Eden: Enjoy carefully curated menus at this family-owned and operated “blue-collar” bistro in the heart of Inglewood.

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Local specials

💸 St. James Place: Enjoy happy hour every Monday to Friday from 4pm to 6pm and on Saturday, enjoy drink specials, food specials and live music.

💸 NIWE Academy Spa and Salon: Looking for some luxury services at a discount? Help professionals in training sharpen their skills while getting discounted services for spa and salon treatments.

💸 Pig & Duke: On “Fired Up Fridays” enjoy a steak sandwich for $16.95, double highballs for $10, and $6 featured shots.

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