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Trying Out a Float Tank at FloatLife

Being tall, I’ve found very few bath tubs that have been large enough for me (the best one up to this point was in Japan, interestingly enough). I also have a body composition that sinks in water like a lead weight. So when I got a pass to FloatLife for Christmas, I was definitely intrigued.

But What Is Cyclepalooza?

I've been participating in and volunteering with Cyclepalooza for years, and... I still can't tell you exactly what it is.

Bow Station Habitat

Just a short distance away from the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary is a little-known attraction that gives plenty of bang for your buck. The Bow Habitat Station, built in 1973, is a fish hatchery that for the past several years has been giving tours. There’s an aquarium in the basement stocked with Albertan fish, and a floor of exhibits that show how wildlife coexists here in the province that’s good for kids and adults.

It's AHHHH Live! - Calgary artists collaborate at the Epcor Centre

2012 is the year that Calgary is the cultural capital of Canada. Coming up on March 15th is the first of a weekly event that hopes to have artists collaborating along with the public. I had a chance to quickly chat with the organizer of It’s AHHHH Live!, Vi An Diep, and find out a bit more about the event. “I broke the words down. ‘AHHHH’ is the recognition of the spark of something seeing something, curiosity.

Riding the zipline at Calgary Olympic Park

There’s a tall structure that most Calgarians are familiar with in the northwest corner of the city, and that’s the ski jump at Calgary Olympic Park. Used for the 1988 Winter Olympics, one would imagine that a ski jump doesn’t have a whole lot of use during the summer. As it turns out, there’s a zip line that starts at the top of the jump. That zipline happens to be the fastest in North America.

BA Johnston live in the Palomino Women's Bathroom

You could almost taste the desperation last night as Canada's trainwreck treasure BA Johnston played the Palomino.

Independent Record Stores in Calgary

If you happen to be in Calgary and need a vinyl record fix, don’t bother with HMV’s sad collection - go to these independent record stores instead! I’ve gathered all the information about the stores into this one handy page that you can print out in case you are planning a record-buying binge. Sloth Records Website: www.myspace.com/slothrecords Phone: 403-265-6585 Address: 736b 17th Avenue, SW Comments: Primarily stock new vinyl Has a listening station Staff is polite and knowledgeable Also sell turntables and DJ equipment

Brewsters has gotten a facelift

After a short period of being closed, Brewster’s on 11th Ave SW has just recently finished renovations, and the dark cavernous atmosphere has been replaced with a brighter motif. The bar has been replaced, and natural light now flows in to much of the dining area. The menu is the same as it was before the renovations, although I’ll get to why that’s good and bad in a moment. The black leather chairs next to cozy fireplaces have been replaced by booths and open windows.

Major League Women's Fastpitch Softball at Foothills Stadium

Game 1 of the three game series between the NPF Diamonds and the USSSA Pride finished this evening at Foothills Stadium with the Pride taking the win 6-5. With the Diamonds being a traveling team it has given the chance for Calgary to witness the National Pro Fastpitch league (formerly the Women’s Pro Softball League) up close.┬áThe evening attendance was 1,048 fans, well beyond the anticipated turnout. Given the action of the game and the stellar performance by both teams (several of the players also play on the US and Canadian Olympic teams), I wouldn’t be surprised if the next couple nights have similar crowds.

The Joe and Doug Hoyer's Cross-Canada Tour Plays Local Library

Joe Gurba’s shows in Calgary have yet to disappoint (even in old and ugly places like the defunct Comrad Sound), and tonight was no different. Playing at the Local Library (the all-ages venue operating out of the Central United Church on 7th Ave.), The Joe rocked the young crowd along with cohort Doug Hoyer, whose latest album Walks with the Tender & Growing Night is already generating buzz and excitement.