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High traffic at the Calgary Food Bank

Employment, housing and newcomers all part take in sudden food bank rush

rsz foodbank signWith the lack of affordable housing and a boost in population, the Calgary Food Bank feels the pressure to keep fridges full.

Keoma Duce, the Calgary Food Bank development coordinator for organizational giving, has been with the centre for four years, and says she's never seen such a drastic influx of people in such a short period of time.

Since last year, Duce says there's been a 10 per cent increase of individuals and families relying on the centre.

The 2014 Civic Census Results shows that Calgary is just touching 1.2 million residents - an increase of 38,508 Calgarians from 2013.


A look inside the artistic process driving Calgary's craft beer market

The story behind beer bottle labels

thumbnail While the approach may vary, many of Calgary's craft breweries have something in common —ensuring the art on the label reflects the quality of what's inside.

On the eve of their 30th anniversary, Calgary's own Big Rock Brewery has driven big changes to their look and line this past year, with a new signature series design and 16 new brews.

It all started with a little brainstorming.

"We use local artists to do all of our labels and we always have," said Brenda Sgaggi, manager of marketing at Big Rock.

"Our brewmaster will come up with a beer, and we gather a diverse team of people thinking from different angles for a brainstorming session — from the brewhouse, sales, marketing, administration — and we sit down in the boardroom, typically have a pint, and start talking about the creative direction."


Calgary musicians cope with unimaginable tragedy

Zackariah and the Non-Profits aren’t just about the money

thumb Thumbnail non-prof1Three young Calgary musicians recently created a non-profit charity organization called Zackariah and the Non-Profits. Sadly, the non-profit came to life because their friends' were murdered in April.

Zackariah Rathwell and Josh Hunter were two of five Calgarians stabbed at party in Brentwood on April 15, Calgary's worst mass slaying to date.

Kaiti Perras, Jordan Segura, and Lawrence Hong were the other victims of the tragedy, which happened at a house party marking the end of the school year at the University of Calgary. The victims ranged between the ages of 21 and 27.


Beer 101: Introduction to home brewing

The science behind making beer, and how you can learn

BrewerysciencethumnnailThe local craft beer market is booming, which is causing many to be bitten by the home beer brewering bug. But how exactly does one go about making their own brewski at home?

TELUS Spark has the answer with its adult night event on Oct. 9 titled Makers Night Out: Brewing Beer. The event will walk participants through the steps on how to make their own beer – and yes, samples will be provided.

Todd Rederburg, a public programmer for TELUS Spark, says participants will learn the steps to home brewing and will end the night with not a complete beer but a wort, the substance before beer.