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Explore some old haunts, learn new skills, or visit the past this weekend at one of Calgary’s many May long events. We’ve compiled a short list of things to do, if you’d like to see!

Your Town is Our Town

Hosted in one of Calgary’s most iconic buildings, the Lougheed house, the exhibit Your Town is Our Town showcases the evolving streetscapes of Calgary neighbourhoods. See days past of your own community, and learn about the roots of the city. The exhibit has been open for a few weeks, and your extra-long weekend certainly merits a trip to the Beltline to check it out.

Survival Skills Night At Telus Spark

You probably have a strategy or two up your sleeve for a zombie apocalypse, but have you ever actually tested out your skills? What

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Travelling this summer? Make sure your home has a much less exciting time than you do, by protecting it from theft, damage, or some force majeure. A few simple precautions will have you well on your way to protecting your home while on vacation.

home protection vacationEnlist your friends: Even just a simple check on the home can go a long way, and a lot of home insurance policies require you take this measure if you’re gone for a certain period of time. Give your friend the spare key you usually keep hidden (you don’t want to make it easy for any theifs), and give them a simple list of things to check on, so they don’t have to think about it:

  • Walk around the exterior, checking gate latches and windows
  • Pick up the mail
  • Walk through the inside, especially to spots
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We recently blogged about prepping your Calgary home for spring, and touched briefly on HEPA filters for your allergies. Now that the sun is shining and we’re beginning to see the signs of spring, we thought we’d dive deep deeper into spring home tips by tackling the pesky topic of seasonal allergies.

As part of your massive spring clean, you should take stock of how your home could be hindering your lifestyle. The fix can be as simple as a vinyl mattress cover (dust-mite proof) or as in-depth as a massive cleaning.

In The Bedroom

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Summer means more time outdoors and less time curled up on a bed stacked with lofty pillows. Pare down the bedroom to not only cut down on the time it takes to make the bed, but to also reduce allergens. For

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Kensington has always been one of YYC’s trendiest and most sought after communities. That trend continues today, as more condo projects make their way onto the housing market and they sell out, fast. Not only are they enticing thanks to their location, but the designs are superior, bar none.

Developer Bucci is no stranger to the Sunnyside-Hillhurst condo world, having already sold out their Ven project. Not to mention that Tribeca in Mission is also all spoken for. Condo buyers need not fret, as there remains one project with condos for sale.

The Kensington, the condo complex slated to border 10 St NW and 2nd Ave NW, will house seven floors of concrete with wood and glass detailing. At the entrance, retail space will add some new square footage to

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The temperatures are rising, trees are budding, and if you’re an outdoor enthusiast of any variety, you’re probably aching to get ready for the new season! Looking for inspiration on which projects to tackle this summer? We’ve compiled a few DIY projects that will let you enjoy the sunny days to their fullest potential.

Gone are the days of dusty bikes, taking up prime space in the garage or shed. Many avid cyclists are bringing their main source of transportation into their living spaces, a trend popular in European countries and with micro apartment owners. What’s great about this project is the simplicity. A hook or two and you’re all set up.

Above: A large family can take advantage of their fence space to create unique bike storage.

If

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If you’ve just purchased a home, then there’s no better time to protect it. It’s an investment, and like any major purchase, you’d like it to last for a long time. A few simple steps towards maintaining your home’s systems can save you hassle, not to mention your life.

Fires and carbon monoxide incidents in Calgary homes is a regular problem, and there’s often a need to reiterate the essential information that keeps families safe. So what can you do today to protect your home? Start with alarms.

Maintenance

fire safety calgarySmoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms are easy to install, and low maintenance. Carbon monoxide isn’t obvious like fire, so it’s even more important that you secure your home against a leak or have a measure for detecting it. Any new

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calgary easter eventsRing in spring this weekend, at one of Calgary’s family friendly Easter events. The long weekend is jam packed with hunts, games, and of course, chocolate. Here’s just a small sampling of the local happenings. Try to hop your way to all three!

Telus Spark

Telus Spark’s Spring Sparktacular is the event of the long weekend for any curious children. Want to learn about seed starting or composting basics? Better yet, find out what happens when you eat all those chocolate bunnies. What else can you expect at Sparktacular? Dinosaur eggs, chocolate galore, and egg-themed science experiments!

Educational and entertaining, the science centre’s Easter long weekend events are included in the price of general admission. To top it off, they’ve even extended

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Spring is well upon us, and Easter weekend is just around the corner. It’s time to start gathering supplies for a spring home overhaul. It may be as simple as decluttering, switching out heavy comforters for lighter bed linens, or giving your house a top to bottom clean. And if you’re interested in a bit more, we’ve added some tips on increasing your home’s value for the spring selling market.

A thorough spring clean can work wonders, no matter if you’re selling your home or staying put. When the standard clean and organization is all done and dusted, move on to the technical essentials.

  • Check filters on your furnace and replace if necessary, and if you’re prone to the spring allergy season, opt for a HEPA filter.
  • Head outside and inspect
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micro condos calgary

With higher home prices, the cost of living, and the sheer size of the city, it only makes sense to see a greater number of younger professionals seeking out homes within the inner city. They’re closer to work and cut down on many costs. That being said, there’s only so much space available downtown, which translates into smaller homes. Young professionals living downtown aren’t complaining though: a smaller condo is the gateway to the walkable lifestyle in the heart of the city.

This trend is nothing new in other major cities, particularly in those with high density populations and no room to expand. So how are these micro condos different from the traditional tiny apartment or rented room? Rather than cramming too many tenants into an apartment

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moving to calgaryLiving in Calgary is a perfect storm of sorts. The diversity, coupled with the sheer opportunities, gives a unique edge to each community, particularly in arts and culture. No matter your interests or lifestyle, the city has an event or activity that fits your bill for weekend entertainment. It’s also a city that’s on the cusp of the latest trends, conquering the cupcake market long before other Canadian hubs and welcoming the foot truck bandwagon with open arms. It’s efforts like these, albeit a small sample, that put Calgary arts and culture on the national and international map.

Arts

Live music, galleries, fashion, and museums are at the center of Calgary’s arts and culture. While you can find events and installations of similar varieties in

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