Special Features . . .
- Winter in Calgary Can Be Fun & Inexpensive
- Hold Your Ground activist CD, Los Morenos & Kris Demeanor in concert, and Calgary Music SIG in the news
The Voice of the Calgary Hitmen Calls The Action
Donating Blood Can Make A Difference
Regular News . . .
Bye-Bye 14KOur 56K modem dialup service has now been available for almost a year. During this period we have kept 2 lines in 14.4K service to allow time for all users to convert to the 56K service. To reduce our costs we removed the 14.4K service on November 30th. 2001. We are requesting all members still using the 14.4K service to switch to the 56K service as soon as possible. Any member experiencing problems using the 56K service should contact us as soon as possible so that we can assist in the resolution of any problems.
Winter is here. But why stay huddled up inside your house or apartment? There are plenty of fun things to do in the city and they don't have to cost very much.
Olympic Oval Speed Skating Check out http://www.oval.ucalgary.ca/index.asp for family skating info. The Oval is located right at the University of Calgary, and sports one of the best 400-metre speed skating ovals in the world. It also has a 450-metre running track. Two adults and two children can skate for only $9 total. You can also rent skates.
Calgary Zoo Have you ever been to the Zoo in the winter? Take a look at http://www.calgaryzoo.ab.ca for info. They not only feature one of the best animal exhibits in the world, but also a botanical garden and a prehistoric park! On the website, check out information about "Wildlights", a very popular winter tradition. Adults get in for $9, and children under 18 are only $4.50.
Pengrowth Saddledome There are over 100 events a year at the Saddledome. Flames games, Hitmen WHL games, concerts, and now a professional Lacrosse team are all happening in the 'Dome. http://www.pengrowthsaddledome.com features information about the world-class facility, as well as a calendar with upcoming events. In December, for example, there are 15 events at the Saddledome. Support the local teams today!
Community Outdoor Rinks One of the best parts about Calgary is
that it stays cold long enough to have some quality outdoor rinks. Take
your stick and skates out to a rink near you and get involved in some shinny
Olympic Plaza, Downtown There is free public skating downtown at the Olympic Plaza, located right across the street from City Hall. There is plenty of seating for doing up your skates and the price is right.
YMCA This health & wellness organization has been in our community for decades. Check out http://www.ymcacalgary.org/main/index.htm for info on recreation such as swimming and working out. There are many locations in the city. There is, of course, the YWCA for the ladies as well, at http://www.ywcaofcalgary.com/.
Volunteer There are literally hundreds of opportunities to get involved in your community. What a great way to feel good about yourself! Visit Volunteer Calgary's -- http://www.volunteercalgary.ab.ca -- huge web site or browse through the CCNA's Calgary Non-Profit Organization pages http://calcna.ab.ca/calgary/noprofit/
Calgary Public Library Sometimes you can "get away from it all" in the privacy of your own home. Spend some time at your library and browse some sections. Take home some books, CDs or videos, get comfortable, and enjoy some leisure time. http://calgarypubliclibrary.com
Glenbow Museum Bookmark http://www.glenbow.org/ and visit it often, as the exhibits in this fascinating museum keep changing. Take a guided tour or just explore on your own.
In a city the size of Calgary, there is plenty to keep busy in the chilly months ahead. Do a little research and be part of the winter action!
Hold Your Ground -- Activist CDLocal artists James Keelaghan, Tariq, National Dust, Dan The One Man Band, and Toupey Luft have pooled their talents together with other Alberta musicians to create the new cd, Hold Your Ground. Hold Your Ground is a collection of songs with social significance. CD sales go towards supporting community activism and the Calgary Activist Network. You can order your copy either by phoning Gerald Wheatley at the Bow Chinook Barter Community (403) 270-8002, or by E-Mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Los Morenos / Kris Demeanor Double-bill ConcertAn evening with Los Morenos and Kris Demeanor promises to be a musical adventure. Two acts with very distinct styles, yet, unified by their ability to reach audiences with their passion and musicianship. Both have, in the past two years, performed at the Calgary and Edmonton folk festivals, enjoyed great success with their debut CDs, and are presently working on follow up recordings.
LOS MORENOS - With their upbeat, rhythmic style of Rumba Flamenco fusion, Los Morenos have been carving out a name for themselves in Western Canada music circles. Crossing several stylistic barriers, the group's mix of traditional flamenco, contemporary jazz, funk, funk, rumba and Eastern sounds is delighting audiences and attracting a larger circle of fans who enjoy the varied sound and infectious dance beat.
"Los Morenos have blended their cultural heritages to inspire the group's eclectic world influenced rhythms...Get ready to put on your dancing shoes!" RK, Edmonton Folk Festival
DEMEANOR - Kris Demeanor has a knack for seeing the unusual in ordinary
the most original songwriter to come out of Calgary. He writes a world
populated with quirky and passionate characters. He's a good one." Les
Siemieniuk, CBC's Definitely Not the Opera
CCNA: Calgary Music SIG Page in the NewsThe Calgary Community Network Association's Calgary Music: SIG made it in the news! Local news and entertainment magazine FFWD mentions Calgary Music as a good Internet source for local musicians. See: Street Sounds: Online resources for aspiring rock stars by Aubrey McInnis. A paper copy is also posted on the CCNA office bulletin board.
You have the opportunity to take advantage of great rates on various Internet connection accounts. Non-Profit organizations that become Information Providers have access to unlimited web page space. Newbies to the Internet can take advantage of our experienced volunteers. Plus we are involved in projects that could benefit from your support.
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The Voice of the Calgary Hitmen Calls The Action
Mark Stiles can be heard on 960 THE TEAM, broadcasting Calgary Hitmen home games from the Pengrowth Saddledome. He also travels with the Hitmen on the road, calling many away games as well. His animated commentary is heard nightly by people all throughout Western Canada. I had a chance to ask Mark a few questions about his career with the Hitmen.
CCNA: When did you first become interested in broadcasting and radio?
Mark: I first became interested in Grade 12.
CCNA: What education do you have? Where did you go to school?
Mark: I have a Radio and Television degree from Confederation College in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
CCNA: How much preparation do you do for a Hitmen hockey game broadcast? What is involved?
Mark: A minimum of four hours preparation is necessary. An ideal day would include 8 hours for a three-hour broadcast. This includes reading everything I can get my hands on regarding the Western Hockey League and the opponent that night. It is very important to have memorized all the visiting players' names and numbers. On game day I will also talk to visiting coaches or broadcasters to get a sense of the team and how they are playing. You can never prepare enough.
CCNA: Other than broadcast the Hitmen hockey games on the radio, what other responsibilities do you have?
Mark: I am responsible for Hitmen Sponsorships (marketing agreements) as well.
CCNA: How did you get started in radio? What was your first job in the industry?
Mark: I graduated from Confederation College and then returned home (Sussex, New Brunswick) and worked for CJCW. A small station in a small market, great start, no regrets.
CCNA: What hockey teams were your favorites when you were growing up? Who was your favorite player?
Mark: Favorite team: Boston Bruins. Favorite players: A tie between Gerry Cheevers and Tony Esposito.
CCNA: What is your professional highlight or favorite moment with the Hitmen?
Mark: Winning the Western Hockey League on May 7th, 1999. The building was 100% sold out. 17,139 screaming fans.
Be sure to follow all of the Calgary Hitmen this season at www.hitmenhockey.com, and on the radio - 960 AM "The Team".
If you are ever in an auto accident, a victim of a violent crime or mishap, or have complications while in the hospital, you could very well be the recipient of someone else's blood. The average Canadian has the opportunity to literally save lives by donating blood and blood products.
But what exactly is involved in donating blood? Who can donate? Eligible donors are usually between 17 and 61 years old and weigh at least 110 lbs. They are in good general health.
When you arrive at the bloodservices clinic, one of the friendly staff will ask you how you are feeling. If you have a cold or if you are feeling sick, or if you have had any major illnesses, it is important to tell them. It is also important to eat and drink well on the day of giving blood. A specialist will prick your finger. They squeeze your finger and a couple drops of blood are used for an iron test. You then fill out a questionnaire that asks about your medical background.
After filling out the form, you sit with a nurse in a confidential little room, just the two of you. She will take your blood pressure and pulse and ask you a few more confidential questions. If at any time you feel like you shouldn't donate, you just tell them and the whole thing is over.
Eventually you make your way to a room where specialists are drawing blood. There are about 10 recliners. You have a seat in one of the comfortable chairs and the specialist begins to draw blood. It usually takes about 15 minutes to fill up the bag and rest. I was very nervous the first time I donated, because I don't like needles. But I could barely feel the prick in my arm, and it actually didn't hurt at all. I donate regularly (every two months or so) and the staff at the blood services clinic are always friendly and professional.
After giving one unit of blood, they take a few vials for testing and then you are free to go to the little cafeteria. There are cookies, juice or soda, all for the taking, and often they will even give you a sandwich or some soup for dinner. The whole procedure takes about an hour from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave. Check out their website today and see if you are one of the Canadians who can really make a difference.
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