Family Bazaar 2016 a Great Success!

What do you get when you throw cultural awareness, community spirit, Calgary Dollars, and some fun in one room? A Family Bazaar!

Local Mexican Dancers gather around the Calgary Dollars Information Booth before their set

Local Mexican Dancers gather around the Calgary Dollars Information Booth before their set

The Young Bollywood Dancers from Dilse Studios gathered around our collaborators FOCUS table

The Young Bollywood Dancers from Dilse Studios gathered around our collaborators FOCUS table

After a few months of planning and organizing the event with our lovely collaborators at FOCUS on Seniors, the Family Bazaar finally took place this past Saturday, May 21st at the Falconridge/ Castleridge Community Association. The event boasted of 38 fantastic vendors, selling everything from various cultural foods, flea market items, fashion and jewelry, cosmetics, arts and crafts, as well as displays from a variety of local agencies. That wasn’t all however, Musicians and dancers of all cultures flowered the event while kids and adults alike enjoyed hot activities such as henna painting, a multicultural photobooth, along with Arushas infamous button making station.

People gather around vendors to buy local goods with federal, and/or local currency

People gather around vendors to buy local goods with federal, and/or local currency

 

As well, a special thanks to the Minister of Human Services, the Honourable Irfan Sabir, for his wonderful speech at the event as well as taking the time to mingle and chat with individual attendees. Also, a small shout out to our friends at Calgary Immigrant Women’s Society (http://www.ciwa-online.com/) and Ethno Cultural Council of Calgary (http://www.ecccalgary.com/) for their contributions to the event.

(left - right) Rossbina Nathoo - FOCUS On Seniors, Myra D’Silva - Board member of Focus on Seniors, Maribel Javier - Program Coordinator Ethnocultural Council, Joseph Portincasa - Take Action Grant recipient for Rise Up 2 Change antipoverty project, Hon. Irfan Sabir - Minister of Human Services MLA Calgary McColl, Man Burkhani - Take Action Grant recipient for YYC Colours documentary, Vilma Dawson - Calgary Dollars Manager, Zaina Dilse - Master of Ceremonies, Gerald Wheatley - Manager of the Arusha Centre

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Rossbina Nathoo – FOCUS On Seniors, Myra D’Silva – Board member of Focus on Seniors (http://www.focusonseniors.ca/home.html), Maribel Javier – Program Coordinator Ethnocultural Council (http://www.ecccalgary.com/), Joseph Portincasa – Take Action Grant recipient for Rise Up 2 Change antipoverty project, Hon. Irfan Sabir – Minister of Human Services MLA Calgary McColl, Man Burkhani – Take Action Grant recipient for YYC Colours documentary, Vilma Dawson – Calgary Dollars Manager, Zaina Dilse – Master of Ceremonies, Gerald Wheatley – Manager of the Arusha Centre

Calgary Dollars was well promoted throughout the event, and we gained a grand total of 27 new members. Welcome aboard everyone! For those who may not have had the chance to join our program for a FREE 20 Calgary Dollars (which can be redeemed for MEC cards, Transit passes, Folk Fest Tickets, or any other items or skills other members are advertising through the Calgary Dollars Listing Site http://calgarydollars.ca/spend/ ) click on the following link to register and create your first listing, at no cost http://calgarydollars.ca/join/ .C$ Logo and 3 notes fan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Family Bazaar May 21, 11:30-3:30

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An afternoon of community spirit, bargains, and fun. Open to all!

Photo booth, henna painting, free vending tables to sell used items, free coffee/tea, raffle, buttonmaking, bike activities & live performers!

Book Your table to sell crafts, childrens items, housewares, clothing, or pre-packaged food or register to perform: Manager@calgarydollars.ca or 402-270-8002. To get involved contact foscalgary@gmail.com or 403-816-8145.

Calgary Dollars Accepted for Business Licence Fee – Moonstone Creation First To Pay

 

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We are pleased to announce you can now pay 50% of your City of Calgary business licensing renewal fee with Calgary Dollars currency.

The business license renewal fee is $141. As a Calgary Dollars business member you will be able to pay this renewal fee in two parts, $75 in federal currency and the remaining balance of $66 with your Calgary Dollars.

This transaction does not apply to other areas of approval e.g. health; police; fire or planning that is required to obtain your business license.  If you have not earned enough C$ to pay us the 50% ($71.00) in C$ currency, we  will consider a gift certificate (in $20 to $30) denominations) from your business to make up the shortfall. We will sell those Gift Cards to our membership to recover the C$ while simultaneously promoting your business.

If you are a business considering a City of Calgary business license or a renewal, please contact the Calgary Dollars team and we would be happy to answer any questions to determine if you need to be licensed.

This new program provides an alternative payment option for your business and stimulates the local economy by actively increasing Calgary Dollars engagement by local businesses and local community members. Calgary Dollars serves as a customer loyalty program for local businesses. Even better, the Calgary Dollars revenue earned by the City of Calgary is reinvested in the Take Action Grant program, funding social and environmental projects in our city.

You can call our office at 403 270 8002 or via email at manager@calgarydollars.ca to get involved. This new initiative is coordinated through the Calgary Dollars office, so please do not contact the City of Calgary Business Licensing Department directly. When you have contacted C$ to move forward with this offer, we will let the licensing department know that you have paid your 50% in Calgary $, it will then be entered in your file and you can then go to the City of Calgary 800 Macleod Trail, Business License Cashier and deposit the remaining amount or pay the amount online.

Alberta’s Depression-era Complementary Currency

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On June 11, 1936, an Alberta Order in Council was passed, authorizing the issue of Prosperity Certificates …..

Read about it at the Aberhardt Foundation website.

PS I: Calgary Dollars Participant Profile Series

Calgary Dollars introduces you to the Profile Series.

The Profile Series will be profiling businesses that are a part of the Calgary Dollars community. In each business profile you will find information regarding Calgary Dollars usage, business information, business location, and valuable web links.

PS I: The Sentry Box

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The Sentry Box accepts Calgary Dollars for 50% of purchase prices, and is a great place to use your Calgary Dollars currency.

The Sentry Box is located at 1835 10th Avenue S.W., and is a mecca for those interested in fantasy, science fiction, military games, books and miniatures. The Sentry Box is dedicated to maintaining a well-stocked store for their customers, and as such the policy of the Sentry Box has always been “If it’s in print, we’ll try to stock it.” To that end, the Sentry Box shelves over 100,000 different items, demonstrating commitment to their policies and customers. The Sentry Box plays host to a number of different workshops throughout the year, and game nights each week.

The Sentry Box is the quint-essential destination for gamers and hobbyists in Calgary. If you are looking for a hip new board game for your next party or meet up, you will find it at the Sentry Box, and even better – you can use your Calgary Dollars towards 50% of the purchase price.

The Sentry Box is 13,000 sq. ft. of awesome display and gaming space, and was used as a shooting location for the film Lloyd the Conqueror! See a trailer for the film here. Follow Lloyd the Conqueror on Twitter here.

The Sentry Box is a haven for gamers and hobbyists, and is a valued member of the Calgary Dollars community. Pleas follow the Sentry Box and Calgary Dollars on all of our social media sites: Sentry Box Facebook here and Sentry Box Twitter here; and Calgary Dollars Facebook here and Calgary Dollars Twitter here.

 

 

The Sentry Box

Phone: 403-245-2121     Email: sentrybox@sentrybox.com     Website: http://www.sentrybox.com/