Hope is on the way

Inn from the Cold reports consistent number of bed stays to 2015

A haven of hope – that’s how many guests at Inn from the Cold describe Alberta’s only barrier-free shelter exclusively for families, which continues to see capacity-like numbers leading into one of its busiest times of the year.

“One of the things we’re doing here is restoring dignity,” said director of donor relations Janeen Webb.

In the face of Alberta’s ongoing economic downturn, Inn from the Cold has reported about 30,000 bed stays so far in 2016. Webb said that’s consistent with 2015 when the organization saw almost 40,000 stays by year’s end.

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Season of giving

Real estate industry steps up to help Calgarians in need

The holiday season is here, and, for many people, that means food, family, Christmas lights, a visit from Santa and piles of presents under the tree.

But not everyone is so lucky, especially given Alberta’s tough economy.

That’s why many real estate professionals are stepping up their volunteer efforts this year to put some joy into the lives of their fellow Albertans.

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Curb your enthusiasm

How to get the sell and still be festive

With the holidays hot on their heels, homeowners will have plenty of opportunities over the next couple of months to indulge in outdoor decorations that range from the gruesome and garish to the feel-good and festive.

Yet housing experts still urge homeowners to keep curb appeal in mind when it comes to going over-the-top this Halloween and Christmas.

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‘Twas the week before Christmas…

Setting the table for a perfect soirée

There is not a week more beautiful than the one before Christmas – despite the craziness of decorating the home, last-minute shopping, attending kid’s concerts and, most importantly, planning holiday soirées.

The coming days will call for equal parts of cosy warmth, pops of posh, tasty appies and sparkling embellishments – whether to be hung on a tree or drank from a glass. All that sparkles matters at this time of year.

Try to keep it simple when planning your parties. You should enjoy preparing for it as much as being present at it.

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How to …. hang Christmas lights

OK, so the weather outside may not be frightful but that just means there’s still time to add a little holiday cheer to your home before the snow begins to fall. With a few simple steps you can be cosily ensconced in your home bedecked with colourful strings of Christmas lights during the long winter evenings.

For those DIY homeowners, here are a few simple steps and tips to make your home merry and bright:

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