Weaselhead Pub competes well with MRU’s Hub

A former MRU student owns the nearby Weaselhead Pub. We visit on steak night and find superb value in food and drink.

thumb finalserverthumbA short five-minute walk from Mount Royal University (MRU) is the Sarcee Plaza, a strip mall located just off 37th Street that houses the 7-11 that many MRU residents have used at least once. Yet what few students may be unaware of is the secluded bar tucked behind, the Weaselhead.

Weaselhead may be easy to miss, but it is definitely a hidden gem. The first thing that I noticed when I entered was the intoxicating smell of prime-cooked steak. My mouth was watering and I knew I had to try it. It was after all the reason I was here, the infamous Steak Night. The price of a steak sandwich plus fries is only seven bucks. (The price for steak at the Keg downtown can be as high as $39 while the Hub comes in at about $15.)

Read more...

Bowness Park rink bounces back from a devastating flood

How my first visit back to the recently flooded oasis has me escaping Calgary's concrete jungle

EmbracethumbnailBowness Park will officially reopen on Feb. 7 with a skating party hosted by The City of Calgary Parks and the Bowness Community Association.

After the Calgary flood of 2013, Bowness Park was forced to close and faced many lifeless days. Since half of the pre-existing structures needed to be repaired, the park was closed to the public until deemed safe.

The park was donated to the City of Calgary by John Hextall in 1911 to ensure the developing streetcar service in Calgary would extend to the town of Bowness. Hextall first bought the 2481.65 acres of land in 1908. He quickly realized the profit of his riverside land and soon began developing, turning his land into a town. Although the streetcar service stopped in the '50s many Calgarians still visit the park today.

http://newsroom.calgary.ca/bowness-park-to-be-officially-celebrated-with-a-grand-re-opening-skating-party-feb-7

Read more...

Rampage City Paintball hosts “Mad Max” scenario game

 

Produced by Jodi Brak

This piece was filmed during the Oct. 4 big game at the Rampage City Paintball outdoor field, just outside of Millarville. It was a very interesting experience filming a paintball game. I had to keep my head on a swivel to follow the action and avoid taking a shot directly in the lens. I got shot a lot, but I managed to save the equipment! About 100 players showed up for a day of intense paintball, battling for ammo dumps, fuel depots and trophies of war in a scenario inspired by the Mad Max films. Many of Calgary and area's top paintball teams came out to the event, along with others from all different skill levels. Players had the chance to win various prizes, including paintball equipment, cash prizes, and a Sony Playstation 4 console.

Reader Rock Garden

 

Produced by Jesse Yardley

Just minutes from downtown – at the foot of Cemetery Hill – is a hidden oasis of nature called Reader Rock Garden. A City of Calgary parks superintendent, William Roland Reader, was the visionary behind the garden. Reader worked for the city from 1913 until 1942. For 30 years Reader experimented with thousands of plants, turning what was once a barren hillside into one of western Canada's most important gardens. The garden, which was restored in 2006, is now classified as a Provincial Historic Resource. A wonderful array of flowers and plants can be seen throughout the growing season, but the park is most spectacular in spring. As the seasons change visitors come to enjoy a beverage at the Reader's Garden Café or to take in the sights. It's not uncommon to see couples getting married, students celebrating graduation or children laughing and playing on the lawn just outside the café. In autumn, the park transforms. Warm light filters down through the leaves and the stone pathways are littered with yellow and orange fallen leaves. Whether you're a photographer, painter, gardener or just someone that enjoys nature, the Reader Rock Garden is one of Calgary's most beautiful destinations and well worth a visit.