Calgary News, Events & Local Insights about Calgary - Blog Archive: August, 2014

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It's back-to-school time in Calgary and new times and speed limits will be in effect for school and playground zones. Motorists across Calgary should be aware of the new policies that have been approved by City Council that will be in effect starting Monday morning.

There will be new speed limits set in the city for school and playground zones. During the summer, the City Council put its stamp of approval on a policy that would implement these changes in these certain zones. Between the hours of 7:30 AM - 9:30 PM, motorists will need to slow down to a speed of 30 km an hour.

Up until now there has been a warning period in effect about the new times and limits. That time is now over so if you get caught driving faster than 30 km an hour in the selected…

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When you are visiting the Southern Gulf Islands, you want the best of the best. There are so many beautiful places to see as well as the best restaurants in the world. Here are a few locations you simply must check out while you are there.

At Salt Spring Island, when it comes to activities, you won't be lacking. You can find many places to view art and buy unique work for your home. The Salt Spring Island Cheese Company allows you to sample the food there and try new things. There is a very busy farmer's market on Saturday mornings where you will find smoked fish and local fruits and vegetables.

The Tree House Café

When it comes to a place to eat, you can't beat the Tree House Cafe. You will find live music and enjoyable Indian food. Pender Island…

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There's a fine line in real estate between emotions and business transactions. When you're trying to find the perfect home it's hard to keep the business and the emotions separated. On one level, you need to love a new home that you're going to purchase - especially if you plan on living in it for many years down the road. On another level, you need to keep a business perspective on the sale so that you don't end up overspending or getting caught up in a bidding war that seems overwhelming.

The best way to keep the business part of the purchase in line is to create a list. This should be done on a day when you feel business minded and haven't taken a look at any home on the Internet or in person. You should try to create a list of the features that you…

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Brainasium is a place for people to play and enjoy a playground that uses science in a fun way. The one who developed the playground, Kris Kelly-Frere, created an amazing location to help those who visit how things will move and connect.

The playground primes your brain to grow as you move through and exercise. Whether it is spinning a rock or climbing a tower these are things that take coming up with a plan and using your mind to figure things out. That's what the developer create Brainasium for, and why it is so beneficial to people who come to visit.

A Learning Place For Children

It is created for children ages eight to twelve, but adults are certainly invited to participate. There are four different activities Brainasium offers.

The Huge Rock…

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Over the last 2 years the demand for multi-family housing in Calgary has been on the rise. Both townhome and condo sales have been hot due to the rising prices of Calgary real estate, especially single-family homes. In response to this demand, Homes by Avi is introducing Mahogany Street Homes in the Mahogany community of Calgary.

The 2-story homes will range from 1,171 ft.² to 1,296 ft.² in size. They will come with detached garages that can fit 2 cars and there are units with 2 master bedrooms and 3-bedroom units available.

There are 4 floor plans to choose from and the showhome features a unit that comes with 2 master bedrooms, which has become a popular floor plan option lately. Both bedrooms are large, come with complete ensuite washrooms and…

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When you're selling your home, its appearance is going to count for everything. Your real estate agent may suggest hiring a home stager but that can end up costing you quite a bit. Many stagers charge $50-$100 or more per hour. In order to save some money, here are some home staging ideas you can use when you're working on a budget.

Deodorize and clean your home

Make your home smell great from top to bottom and make sure it's clean throughout. This is the most important part of home staging and you won't have to pay someone to tell you to clean up! When your home has a strange smell and it looks unkept, this will act as an immediate turnoff to prospective buyers. If you can’t clean the house yourself, hire a cleaning company to come in for a day…

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The Kensington area is known for two things. Shopping and hanging out. If you haven't been to the neighbourhood in a while its time you start heading that way. Right now the area is all abuzz thanks to all the new development that has popped up in recent months. Below you will find four new stores you can check out in the Kensington neighbourhood.

New Age Books & Crystals

This is probably the newest store in the area. They had their grand opening on June 26 and it was a huge success. If you want to check out the new space now is the time to do it. It is housed in the former Peacock Boutique. If you love to read books on alternative topics such as crystals and tarot cards you will love this store.

Vine Styles

If you love wine check out Vine…

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Dream Development put together a community cleanup to help the High River community of Montrose deal with the remnants of the devastating 2013 flood. Dream Development is the developer of this community and wanted to restore it to its pre-flood glory.

Residents and volunteers raced into action on October 9 from 9 AM to 12 PM. Dream development was working together with Lifestyle Homes, the Town of High River, Westview Homes and all of the volunteers on this community cleanup. The event was put together to address the ongoing interest in restoring the Montrose community to everything it was before the flood occurred.

Activities involved in the cleanup included weeding, mulching, replanting, and restoring the community bump outs. Debris was collected in…

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Move over Canadian retailers, the American giants are prepared to move into our territory. On Thursday the first Marshalls store opened in Calgary in the Kingsland Village Shopping Centre on MacLeod Trail S.E. The ribbon-cutting took place at 9 AM and there were customers already lined up in anticipation of the grand opening.

This store is much like the Winners stores in that it offers brand name home fashions and apparel at discount prices. Marshalls has already opened stores in Québec, Ontario, Nova Scotia and British Columbia and has plans to open 33 more stores across Canada in the future.

Marshalls is confident that it will be able to make it here in Canada even though some other US retailers in the past have failed. Marshalls offers customers…

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Summer weather is normally fairly nice in Calgary. Any time the sun is shining bright in the sky, it is an excellent opportunity to enjoy a day at the lake. Fortunately, the people of Calgary have a number of different lake communities they can enjoy. These are lakes you can enjoy during the day or at night.

Auburn Bay

This is a community you can find on the southeast side of the city. You can get to the community very easily from the Deerfoot Trail or the Stoney Trail. The lake consists of 43 acres of freshwater. It has a private park and beach as well.

Arbour Lake

This is a community you can find on the northwest side of the city. The community is bordered by the Crowchild Trail and Country Hills Boulevard. This lake is the perfect spot for…

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