Calgary Weekender: June 28 through July 1, 2013

Having lost track of what day it is a while ago, you may be slow to realize this weekend is actually a long weekend. While you might have had some unplanned vacation days recently due to le grand surprise de l’eau, many of us are in need of a vacation from our flood holidays. Having become experts on pumps, generators and how one procures a trash bin, take a break and do something normal this weekend if you’re in town. 

Friday, June 28
The crime/action/comedy flick The Heat with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy looks hilarious and comes out on Friday. Head to Chinook to check it out and stop in at Chop Steakhouse & Bar beforehand for the crab & shrimp cakes to start and the rib eye with asparagus for two to finish.

Saturday, June 29

If you are a gardener who resides in the flood area, check out The Calgary Horticultural Society’s page Alberta Flood 2013. Bye-bye tomatoes; native grasses and water smart plants never seemed so smart. The City of Calgary has an entire webpage dedicated to Yard Smart trees and shrubs. Not only are their low water requiring selections good for the environment, you don’t need to ask a friend to water them while on vacay.    

If you want to help out with the cleanup efforts, Evan Woolley, Candidate for Ward 8, is rounding up some troops at the Cliff Bungalow Community Association (2201 Cliff Street SW) from 9am to 3pm. Meet up for coffee and muffins and join a small team as volunteers fan out to support those nearby in need. Come dressed to get dirty, bring mosquito repellent, gloves, and sturdy footwear. Most of the water seems to be gone and demolition is underway, but everything is covered in mud and needs to get cleaned up. RSVP to the Facebook event, Helping in our ‘Hoods

Sunday, June 30
Stop in at Bridgeland Market , the gourmet neighbourhood grocery store, and grab an almond milk latte and some fresh squeezed OJ. They’ve got Sidewalk Citizen Baguettes and are so friendly they offered up a cot to sleep on for this flood refugee. 1104 1 Avenue NE.

Monday, July 1
Celebrate Canada Day with a Canadiana Food Celebration at Kingsland Farmers’ Market. From 9am-5pm the market is set to have food trucks, Canadian-inspired meals, a Canadiana scavenger hunt, and music. Pick up something for the grill and the ingredients for a summer salad, or grab some fruit and take it down to the flood relief efforts. Stay tuned for a more in-depth Canada Day guide tomorrow.

Top photo courtesy Not Your Standard