The September long weekend is almost upon us. As we watch the leaves start to turn and the mornings have that nip of fall, we realize that summer is nearly over. Many of us will head out of the city, but for those of us staying in town, there are lots of fun activities going on.
Be sure to visit the library to stock up on movies and books on Friday and Saturday as we will be closed Sunday, September 1 and Monday September 2. All of our branches are a great place to spend some time. As well, some are offering fun family programs.
Drop-in Storytime — Drop in for stories, songs and finger plays the whole family can enjoy. Adults & Kids - Ages 2 to 5 with a parent/caregiver. Check our program guide for locations and times. No registration required.
Picnic at the Library — Sunshine and Stories - a perfect combination. You bring the picnic and we'll supply the stories. Adults & Kids - Ages 2 to 5 with a parent/caregiver. Crowfoot Library, Saturday, August 31, 11:30 - 12:30 pm. No registration required.
Pyjama Storytime — Snuggle into your jammies and join us for sleepy stories, lullabies and finger plays for the whole family. Adults & Kids - Ages 2 to 5 with a parent/caregiver. Crowfoot Library, Friday, August 30, 10:30 -11:00 am. No registration required.
For the adults, the library is offering Return to Rae Strait: Beyond Fatal Passage. Join historian Ken McGoogan, the award-winning author of Fatal Passage, for a fascinating multimedia presentation updating the story of John Rae, the arctic explorer who discovered the fate of Franklin. Friday, August 30, 7:30 - 9:00 pm. This program has been moved to Alberta Room, Dining Centre, University of Calgary. (West end of campus and connected to Hotel Alma,169 University Gate NW.) No registration required.
What else is going on in the city?
Inglewood Bird Sanctuary Post-flood Guided Tours — The trails are closed; however, you can book a tour to view the flood-related damage and recovery efforts. Over the long weekend, tours will be offered on Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1:30 pm and 4 p.m. Register online or phone 3-1-1.
Pride Parade — August 23rd to September 2nd is Pride Week in Calgary. The parade starts at noon on Saturday, August 31st, followed by a street festival. Check Pride Calgary's site for details.
Heritage Park features the Lord Strathcona Mounted Troop around 2:00 pm on Labour Day. There is also a complimentary breakfast for the first 500 guests who pay a regular admission that day and an Afternoon Tea for which you book in advance and pay an extra fee. Check their site for details.
The Calgary Zoo has partially re-opened after the flood. It's still a great place to visit with a reduced entry fee at the moment. Check their site for details of reduced hours and other changes.
Hopefully, the Labour Day Weekend will provide one last opportunity for the kids to play outside in the water. The City of Calgary offers many wading pools and spray parks.
Whatever you choose to do, have a great weekend!!