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

(left – right)
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

FOCUSBazaar Poster2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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

floor

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/

 

Meet the Vendors at the September Relocalize Fair!

We’re excited for our September Relocalize Fair!

11838687_483787598458942_5763309685601509299_o This year we are going to have lots of variety in the vendors coming to the market. We have tasty treats to try at the fair, in addition to the Bridgeland Farmer’s Market. We have the ever wonderful Twisted Tortes, selling some tasty baked goods, Doi Chaang Coffee selling coffee beans, and some pet treats for your furry friends from Drool Pawtisserie!

IMG_5028

Twisted Tortes is a Bridgeland Fave!

 

For your health and wellness we have Fero Face Fit creams and elixirs, Seed Yoga bringing yoga and lifestyle clothing, author Elizabeth Anderson promoting her book Being Mentally Healthy (check it out here), as well as some soothing creams, face and body lotions.

If that wasn’t enough we also have paintings from Rene Varma, greeting cards from Sandy Milne, custom fit bras from A to Z Bras, jewelry from Karen McKenzie Smith and Debs Gems, new and used household ware and dream catchers from Aurora Dream Catchers.

We’ll see you this Thursday from 3:30-7pm at the Bridgeland Riverside Community Association!

 

Re-Localization Fair and Market. June 21 Bridgeland Hall.

reloc art wide

 

This Saturday is the Re-Localization Fair!

We’ll be at the Bridgeland Riverside Community Association’s Bridgeland Hall from 2 pm until Midnight.

Here’s what’s in store for the day:

2-6pm MARKET:

Local shopping from local businesses, kids activities including buttons & bouncy castles, live music penny-farthings, Aboriginal arts crafts, foosball and mural art contributions, Savino Pizza truck, raffles and more.

7pm-12am CELEBRATION:

Speakers including City Councillor Carra, D. Swann MLA, Transition Town founder Rob Hopkins (via Skype), First Nation ceremony for Aboriginal Day, flood commemoration speakers.  Beer garden, raffles and more!

Live Music:  Cowpuncher, Kris Demeanor & his Crack Band, Eya Hey Nakoda, Well Mannered Thieves.

Join the event on Facebook to stay in touch with updates.