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Looking for work? Want to volunteer?

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Go to The Calgary Service Canada Centre for Youth (SCCY) on Friday, August 6th from 1-4pm for a "SCCY Quest" where you will learn about the great programs and services available downtown for youth to utilize in their quest for a career. Best of all-it's FREE!.

Where: 220-4th Ave SE, Room 280

When: Friday, August 6th from 1pm-4pm

What: Cool activites to help you learn about resoures in downtown Calgary for youth with a focus on employment and volunteer opportunities

Why: Why not? It's FREE!

Note: Youth under 15 must have their parents sign a waiver stating they can participate. To locate a waiver or for any other questions regarding this event please call 403-292-5020

Twisted Tales

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Love a good fairy tale? Check out these books based on popular folk and fairy stories...

Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by, Jessica Day George

"The lass" is the youngest child in her family. Her parents are so busy taking care of their many children that they didn't even bother to give her a name. Furthermore, her unsual gift-the ability to understand animals-estranges her from her family. When a polar bear offers to give her family wealth if she will come and live with him in his castle of ice, she readily accepts the opportunity to escape. After all, what has she got to loose?

Once at the castle, the lass encounters mystery after mystery and attempts to discover what enchantment controls her captor.

Based on the tale East of the Sun, West of the Moon

Beastly by, Alex Flinn

Kyle Kingsbury has it all. He is rich, attractive, popular, and gets any girl he wants. Unfortunately, he is also insufferably proud, selfish and cruel. However, when he insults the unattractive and unpopular Kendra, his popularity is not enough to keep him out of trouble. Kendra is a witch and she uses her magic to teach Kyle a lesson.

Based on the tale Beauty and the Beast

A Curse Dark as Gold by, Elizabeth C. Bunce

Charlotte's father has died and left her responsible for her little sister as well as the family business, a wool mill. The mill has been in the family for generations and people say it is cursed. Charlotte does not believe in the curse, but when bad luck strikes the mill time after time she begins to wonder. Then Jack Spinner arrives. A little man who promises to spin a room full of straw into gold - for a price. Can Charlotte save the mill and break the curse?

Based on the tale of Rumplestilskin

Summer in the City: Top 10 Cool Things to Do

by Alexandra May - 0 Comment(s) started out as a top 10 list, but I couldn't stop at 10. So here's my top 15 list of cool things to do this summer.

  1. Shakespeare in the Park
    • Cost: donation
  2. Taste of Calgary
    • Cost: Sampling tickets $0.75 each
    • Dates: August 12-15
  3. Shaw Millennium Skate Park
    • Cost: Free
  4. Tour Bernard CallebautReading Outside
    • Cost: Free
    • But if you want chocolate (which I'm sure you will) bring $$
  5. Calgary Corn Maze
    • Cost: $8.00
    • Opens July 30th
  6. Boating at Bowness Park
    • Cost: $15-$30 / hour
  7. Drum Circles at One World Drum Co.
    • Cost: $10
  8. Afrikaday
    • Cost: $20
    • Dates: August 9-14th
  9. Reggae Fest
    • Cost: $15
    • Dates: August 9-21st
  10. Rothney Astrophysical Observatory
    • Cost: $20 / carload
    • Dates: Open house 1 / month
  11. Global Fest
    • Cost: $10-$15
    • Dates: August 14th and 20-28th
  12. Roller Skate/Blade at Lloyd's Recreation
    • Check website for dates & cost
  13. Roller Derby
    • Cost: $10-$15
    • Dates: Varied
  14. Music/Art Events with the Local Library
    • Join FB group for updates and event listings
  15. Read
    • Cost: Free
    • Dates: Anytime

What's on your top 10 list?

When Zombies Attack

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Would you...

Barricade yourself in a farmhouse? Move to Antarctica? Pretend like you're already a zombie so the other zombies will accept you instead of eating your brains? When it comes to zombie apocalypses there sure are a lot of survival options. It's a good thing there's so many stories out there to help us prepare!

Zombies are unique among monsters as unlike vampires, werewolves and ghosts, they did not really begin to show up in literature until after they had already been popularized in film. Therefore, while the shambling, decomposing, brain-eating, virus -plagued, irradiated, mindless zombies of the silver screen barely resemble their Voodoo origins, it is this depiction on which most zombie literature is based. Some claim it is the purely physical nature of the zombie which has made them great for film, but rather limited on the written page (they don't usually have much dialogue), yet despite these limitations several authors have come out with some fantastic stories which can be found at the Calgary Public Library.

Here are a few scenarios you can check out:Zombies: Hungry, but slow and unintelligent. Except for those pesky hungry, intelligent fast ones...

Forest of Hands and Teeth

The Forest of Hands and Teeth: Carrie Ryan

The Defense: Large fences to keep the zombies out of town, platforms in the trees in case the fences don't work, praying in case the platforms don't work.

Generation Dead
Generation Dead: Daniel Waters

Zombies: Some are slow, some are fast, but these zombie teens don't want brains, they just want to fit in.

The Defense: Bigotry and baseball bats.

Boy Who Couldn

The Boy Who Couldn't Die: William Sleator

Zombie: With his soul is 'safely' hidden outside his body he's invulnerable. He isn't evil when he's himself, but without his soul is he still himself or zomething elze?

The Defense: Well... umm.... uhhh...?

If zombies are your thing, don't forget to submit your zombie themed artwork or writing to our Teens Create contest.