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8 gifts & events you can treat your Dad to this Father’s Day in Calgary

8 gifts & events you can treat your Dad to this Father's Day in Calgary

They’re trendsetters, go-getters and everything from a shoulder to lean on to the family’s BBQ legend. This June, celebrate your Pops -biological, chosen, or otherwise – with some quality time or a box that’ll make them giddy! Not sure what’s going on? Here are 8 gifts and events that you can treat your Dad to this Father’s Day in Calgary!


There’s nothing that the average Dad loves more than a round of golf – but not everyone has their long-distance swing on par. Luckily there’s a fun and exciting solution! This Father’s Day, check out Deerfoot City for a mini-golf extravaganza, instead. Here you don’t need to be good at the sport – you just need to be willing to try!

When: Friday, June 17th – 19th
Where: 901 64 Ave NE, Calgary
Cost: FREE

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If of course, sports just aren’t your thing, you can also just enjoy a drink with ’em! With a limited number available – Calgary’s Burwood Distillery has the perfect gift for your Dad this Father’s Day! This year, pick up a DIY Old Fashion Kit – which includes a burn after reading instruction card, a bottle of award-winning whiskey, sugar cubes, some bitters, and a dried orange garnish!

Cost: $94.99


Who doesn’t love a little healthy competition? This Father’s Day check out Granary Road where they’ll be holding a shot-gun-style mini-golf tournament and BBQ! Hot dogs and a chance to win? Sounds like a pretty solid day to us!

When: Saturday, July 18th – 19th
Where: 226066 112 Street West, Foothills County
Time: 11 am
Cost: $15.95+


Some might try to tell you that socks are a cliche dad gift – but we’d strongly disagree! Who doesn’t love a comfy pair of feet bags?! From fish and golf balls, funky designs, and ‘world’s best’, get you Pops a pair that showcases his unique personality. Heck – get him a few and support local in the process.

Cost: $16+


Who doesn’t love brunch? After all, it’s the most important meal of the day! This Father’s Day, treat your dad to a tasty meal at the Calgary Zoo and make a day of it! With a dessert spread and cuddly creatures, you can never go wrong!

When: Sunday, June 19th
Where: 210 St. George’s Drive NE
Time: 9 am
Cost: $44+


All aboard! This Father’s Day, Alberta’s Aspen Crossing will be holding an exciting train excursion and BBQ that you won’t want to miss! From stunning views of the prairies to tasty grub, this event will be unlike anything in and around Calgary. Enjoy!

When: Sunday, June 19th
Where: Box 30 Mossleigh, AB
Time: 11 am
Cost: $123+


Is your Dad a coffee aficionado? This June, gift your Dad with a java subscription from Calgary’s Rosso – a local favorite – and celebrate with the gift that just keeps on giving!

Cost: $42+


Carving stations, skillet, pancakes, and more? Take our money! This Father’s Day, treat your Dad to a wholesome brunch at Calgary’s Heritage Park – one of the happiest places in the city. After that, check out the sights and sounds of the area! Here’s to hoping for great weather!

When: Sunday, June 19th
Where: 1900 Heritage Dr. SW
Time: 9:30 am
Cost: $36+

And there you have it, friends! 8 gifts and events that you can treat your Dad to this Father’s Day in Calgary! Now get out there and enjoy!

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Feeling overwhelmed by world events? Treat yourself the way you would a friend | Georgie Harman

We can survive almost anything if we know it has an endpoint.

Struggles that seem to stretch limitlessly into the distance hit harder. Ceaseless uncertainty can chip away at resilience.

For some, the distressing events in Ukraine – coupled with devastating floods at home in Australia and an alarming new international climate report – may strain a nervous system already overloaded by the ongoing instability of a global pandemic.

If it seems like a lot to process, that’s because it is. Feeling overwhelmed with current events – big or small – is a natural reaction to the traumatic times we’re living through.

For two years we’ve had to constantly recalibrate our lives and minds to accommodate an ever-changing “new normal”. This prolonged state of hypervigilance can be exhausting.

If you’re feeling foggy in the head and even simple tasks have become challenging, know that you’re far from alone.

You might even be grappling with what Harvard researchers have dubbed “pandemic brain” – a phenomenon observed in some people after lockdown, where stress-induced neuroinflammation can cause fatigue, loss of concentration and other mood changes.

I’m not ashamed to admit I’ve felt it too. I get tired more often than I used to, lose focus more easily, and sometimes lack motivation.

As contacts to Beyond Blue’s support services have shown over the past two years, few have been left untouched by the challenges we’ve faced, but of course, some have struggled more than others.

People living in poverty, people in insecure work and housing, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, LGBTIQ+ people, small business owners, young people, those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and those living with disabilities or pre-existing mental health conditions have carried a disproportionate psychological burden.

As we navigate our way through a world that looks markedly different to “before Covid”, any additional stress, whether in our personal lives or in the wider world, can feel like a heavy weight to bear.

At a system level, it’s time for action. We’ve had multiple reviews into how the system needs to change. We have the recommendations so let’s get on and deliver them.

At an individual level, there are things we can all do to achieve our best possible mental health, manage our sense of overwhelm and support others.

Firstly, it’s important to recognise the difference between a natural reaction to events like floods, war or the pandemic, and something that requires more attention. If your sense of distress and overwhelm is intrusive and ongoing, please reach out for support at the first sign of struggle. This can stop things getting worse.

It can take time for the full impact of traumatic events to emerge so monitor your mood in the weeks and months that follow and don’t wait for things to deteriorate before you seek help – the earlier the better.

Limiting news and social media consumption and only getting your information from reliable sources can also be a protective factor. Our brains have a natural negativity bias – a primal survival mechanism that scans the environment for threats – so we’re predisposed to fixate in on the bad stuff while filtering out the good.

That means the more time we spend doom-scrolling, the worse we feel. Limiting your exposure to bad news and turning off notifications doesn’t mean you don’t care about people’s suffering. In fact, taking time away from screens to do something restorative like spending time in nature, talking to a friend or playing with a pet, can be a vital act of self-replenishment that gives you the energy to be of service to others.

If you’re in a position to offer assistance, connecting to your community’s volunteer network or donating to the relief effort can make you feel more hopeful and ease the sense of helplessness.

The basic foundations for good mental health may sound simple, even trite, but they’re grounded in evidence, they work and they’re more important than ever when the world feels overwhelming: try to eat well, get enough sleep, stick to a routine, stay connected to others, move your body in a way that feels nourishing for you, limit your alcohol consumption and practice deep breathing or meditation to calm your nervous system.

Self-compassion is also crucial. Don’t beat yourself up if you’re not as productive as you once were. Treat yourself the way you would a friend – be kind, patient and forgiving and acknowledge that you’re doing your best in challenging circumstances.

These are exceptional times and it’s a lot to process but it can be comforting to remember that what you’re feeling is an experience shared by many. Reach out to those you trust and tell them how you feel – there’s a good chance they’re feeling it too.

Georgie Harman is the chief executive officer of Beyond Blue

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25+ Valentine’s and Galentine’s Day Events in Denver To Treat Yourself To – 303 Magazine

Get a bit nontraditional this weekend of love with these Valentine’s Day and Galentine’s Day events in and around Denver. You can do anything from attending a KINK Ball to having your aura exposed at a Galentine’s Day Aura Photo Event to treat yourself.

Snowed In Cherry Release 2022

Photo Courtesy of Copper Kettle Brewing Company on Facebook

When: February 11, 12 – 10 p.m. 

Where: Copper Kettle Brewing Company, 1338 S. Valentia St., Suite 100, Denver

Cost: Free admission 

The Lowdown: Copper Kettle Brewing Company releases its Snowed In Cherry 2022 brew this Friday. The oatmeal stout is made with tart cherries and aged in bourbon barrels to honor Valentine’s Day. You can imbibe in the chocolate cherry stout on tap or take one home in a 19-ounce can.

My Valentine Contest

Photo Courtesy of Sweet Cooies

When: February 11 – 14

Where: Sweet Cooie’s, 3506 E. 12th Ave., Denver 

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Grab a scoop of Rasberry Love and write a special love letter to Sweet Cooie’s (or someone special) describing them as an ice cream flavor and why they are that ice cream flavor during a My Valentine Contest. The winning letter will receive a $100 birthday gift basket on Sweet Cooie’s 5th birthday – that just so happens to fall on Valentine’s Day. Letters and a mailbox for entries are available in shop.

Valentine’s Weekend

Photo Courtesy of ViewHouse Ballpark Facebook

When: February 11 – 14

Where: ViewHouse Ballpark, 2015 Market St., Denver 

Cost: Free admission 

The Lowdown: Get your celebrations on during Valentine’s Weekend at ViewHouse Ballpark. You can snag food and drink specials throughout the weekend at all four locations, celebrate with Galentine’s events, take part in a Stoplight Party on February 11 and more.

KINK – Denver’s Annual Fetish Ball

Photo Courtesy of KINK on Facebook

When: February 11, 8 p.m. – 2 a.m. 

Where: Tracks Denver, 3500 Walnut St., Denver 

Cost: $20, get tickets here

The Lowdown: Get a little spicy this Valentine’s weekend with KINK – Denver’s Annual Fetish Ball. Tracks Denver hosts the event with three rooms of musical performances, fetish performances and more. This event is not for the fainthearted.

Self-Love Showcase

Photo Courtesy of Boulder Burlesque

When: February 11 – 13

Where: The Spark, 4847 Pearl St. Unit B4, Boulder

Cost: $20 – $75, get tickets here

The Lowdown: Boulder Burlesque presents a Self-Love Showcase. You can watch three nights of burlesque performances with theatrics, surprises and a love for all involved.

Murder at the Brown Palace – A Deadly Engagement

Photo by Amanda Piela

When: February 11 – 12

Where: Brown Palace Hotel and Spa, Autograph Collection, 321 17th St., Denver

Cost: $150 – $600, get tickets here

The Lowdown: Add a bit of mystery into your holiday with Murder at the Brown Palace – A Deadly Engagement. You can dine on a three-course feast and take part in an interactive theater experience with clues, sleuthing and more. Cocktail attire is highly encouraged.

Goldilox Valentine’s Show

Photo Courtesy of Goldilox The Band on Facebook

When: February 12, 8 p.m. – 2 a.m. 

Where: Your Mom’s House Denver, 608 E. 13th Ave., Denver

Cost: $15 – $20, get tickets here

The Lowdown: Shake your stuff at a Goldilox Valentine’s Show. Goldilox The Band and Amber Cole will perform live at Your Mom’s House for a jammin’ evening.

Valentine’s at The Church

Photo Courtesy of Noches Latinas Denver on Facebook

When: February 12, 9 p.m. 

Where: The Church Nightclub, 1160 Lincoln St., Denver 

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Get your party on with Valentine’s at The Church. You can rock it out to beats from Star DJ Gonzo throughout the evening. To make a VIP table reservation, call 303.619.9513.

Valentine’s BAZAAR

Photo Courtesy of DenverBazaar on Facebook

When: February 12 – 13

Where: 439 S. Upham St., Denver 

Cost: Free – $50, get tickets here

The Lowdown: Get that last-minute gift for your special someone (or for yourself – we aren’t judging) at a Valentine’s BAZAAR. You can shop from over 50 Colorado businesses offering jewelry, candles, chocolate and more.

Be Mine: A Magic Show for Naughty Humans

Photo Courtesy of HQ on Facebook

When: February 12, 9 p.m. 

Where: HQ, 60 S. Broadway, Denver

Cost: $25 – $100, get tickets here

The Lowdown: Claire Voyant presents Be Mine: A Magic Show for Naughty Humans. You can see Claire Voyant – the Mistress of Mentalism – perform live with Valentine-themed mentalism and magic for a wild and wondrous night.

Bleeding Hearts: A Gothic Valentines Party

Photo Courtesy of Ritual Noize Denver on Facebook

When: February 12, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. 

Where: Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St., Denver 

Cost: $5, get tickets here

The Lowdown: Get a bit dark this Valentine’s weekend with Bleeding Hearts: A Gothic Valentines Party. Ritual Noize + Bloodline presents the event with banging sets from DJ Bloodline and DJ Katastrophy for an intense evening.

Their Party: Love Yourself – A Body Positive Lingerie Show

Photo Courtesy of Tracks Denver on Facebook

When: February 12, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. 

Where: Tracks Denver, 3500 Walnut St., Denver 

Cost: Varying prices at entry

The Lowdown: Wear what makes you feel best at a Their Party: Love Yourself – A Body Positive Lingerie Show. You can dance all night to beats from DJ Markie and DJ Blaque Gurl, watch performances from La Vladirmira, Shiksa Mess and more throughout the empowering evening.

Bubbles & Blooms

Photo Courtesy of Salta Events on Facebook

When: February 12, 4 – 6:30 p.m. 

Where: Alchemy Creative Workspace, 66 S. Logan St., Denver 

Cost: $125, get tickets here

The Lowdown: Get your creative juices flowing at a Galentine’s Bubbles and Blooms event. You can sip on cocktails while creating a custom floral arrangement to later bring home.

Cupid’s Undie Run

Photo Courtesy of Cupid’s Undie Run on Facebook

When: February 12, 12 – 4 p.m. 

Where: Stoney’s Bar and Grill, 1111 Lincoln St., Denver 

Cost: $50, register here

The Lowdown: Get a sweat on with the annual Cupid’s Undie Run. You can slip on your sneakers for a mile-ish run around Denver in support of finding a cure for neurofibromatosis (NF). Make sure to don on a pair of cute undies or a costume to run in and raise some funds for research.

Valentine’s Oysters, Chocolate and Beer Pairing

Photo Courtesy of Dos Luces Brewery on Facebook

When: February 12, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. 

Where: Dos Luces Brewery, 1236 S. Broadway, Denver 

Cost: $30, get tickets here

The Lowdown: Dos Luces Brewery hosts a Valentine’s Oyster, Chocolate and Beer Pairing. You can sample a myriad of aphrodisiacs with bites from Cultura Craft Chocolate and Four Directions Cuisine while imbibing Dos Luces brews.

Almost Valentine’s Day Stout & Cake Pop Pairing

Photo Courtesy of Fiction Beer Company on Facebook

When: February 12 – 13 

Where: Fiction Beer Company, 7101 E. Colfax Ave., Denver

Cost: $5 – $10 at entry

The Lowdown: Fiction Beer Company teams up with baker Elise from Lucky Break Bakeshop for an Almost Valentine’s Day Stout & Cake Pop Pairing. You can satisfy your cravings with a pairing of a Stout aged on cherry and chocolate with a cherry-flavored vanilla cake coated in dark chocolate for an extra sweet day.

Beer & Chocolate Pairing

Photo Courtesy of Denver Beer Co‎ on Facebook

When: February 12, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. 

Where: All Denver Beer Co Locations

Cost: $25, get tickets here

The Lowdown: Denver Beer Co. hosts a Valentine’s Day Beer and Chocolate Pairing. You can delight in five handcrafted chocolates complemented with five Denver Beer Co. brews for a tasty afternoon.

Talk Murder to Me: A True Crime Tour

Photo Courtesy of Cults, Crimes, and Cabernet on Facebook

When: February 12, 7 p.m. 

Where: The Infinite Monkey Theorem, 3200 Larimer St., Denver 

Cost: $30, get tickets here

The Lowdown: Add a little bit of spook into your life with Talk Murder To Me: A True Crime Tour. The event hosts true crime podcasts such as Cults, Crimes & Cabernet, True Crime IRL, True Consequences and Generation Why live throughout the evening.


Photo Courtesy of Chaos Bloom Theater on Facebook

When: February 12 – 13

Where: Chaos Bloom Theater, 70 S. Broadway, Denver 

Cost: $5 – $10, get tickets here

The Lowdown: Listen to some hilariously-horrible stories about dates during Relationsh*t. You can hear as Chaos Bloom players interview audience members about their worst dates and then watch the group add some improv to make for a hysterical night.

Valentine’s Day Cookie Pairing

Photo Courtesy of FlyteCo Brewing on Facebook

When: February 13 – 14

Where: FlyteCo Brewing, 4499 W. 38th Ave. #101, Denver

Cost: $16.50 – $30, get tickets here

The Lowdown: FlyteCo Brewing teams up with Send Flours Bakery to present a Valentine’s Day Cookie Pairing. The event features a sampling of cour different freshly baked cookies paired perfectly with a flight of four FlyteCo beers for a sweet afternoon.

Bridesmaids Galentine’s Day Screening

Photo Courtesy of Sie FilmCenter on Facebook

When: February 13, 2 – 4 p.m. & 7 – 9 p.m. 

Where: Sie FilmCenter, 2510 E. Colfax Ave., Denver 

Cost: $13.25, get tickets here

The Lowdown: Sie FilmCenter hosts a Galentine’s Day Screening of Bridemaids. The hilarious film follows the journey of friendship, jealousy and growth. You can also stop by a Maker’s Market in the lobby to shop from local artists.

Galentine’s Day at History Colorado

Photo Courtesy of History Colorado on Facebook

When: February 13, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

Where: History Colorado, 1200 Broadway, Denver 

Cost: $30 – $45, get tickets here

The Lowdown: Add some learning into your Valentine’s weekend with Galentine’s Day at History Colorado. The center celebrates female friendships with a dive into some iconic Colorado women, a breakfast with mimosas and crafts for a friendship-filled day.

Super Galentine’s Day

Photo Courtesy of Halcyon, a hotel in Cherry Creek on Facebook

When: February 13, 2 – 9 p.m. 

Where: Local Jones within Halcyon, a hotel in Cherry Creek, 249 Columbine St., Denver 

Cost: Varying prices, reserve here

The Lowdown: Grab your best gals and guys for a Super Galentine’s Day at Local Jones. You can dig into Pretzel-Wrapped Dogs, a So Many Layers dip, Buttermilk Fried Chicken Tenders, a Three-Cheese Grilled Cheese and more while watching the big game and celebrating the weekend of love.

Galentine’s Day Drag Bingo Brunch

Photo Courtesy of Fillmore Auditorium on Facebook

When: February 13, 11 a.m.

Where: Dairy Block, 1800 Wazee St., Denver 

Cost: Free admission 

The Lowdown: Dairy Block presents a Galentine’s Day Drag Bingo Brunch. You can enjoy a themed brunch filled with flavor while playing bingo with the help of local drag performers including Shirley Delta Blow. You can also have a chance at winning prizes throughout the afternoon. Spots are first-come-first-serve, so make sure to arrive early to snag a seat.


Photo Courtesy of Sarah Gies Studio on Facebook

When: February 13, 5:30 p.m. 

Where: The Infinite Monkey Theorem, 3200 Larimer St., Denver 

Cost: $50, get tickets here

The Lowdown: The Infinite Monkey Theorem partners with Sarah Gies Studio for Gal-entines. You can get your art on while imbibing in a glass of wine during the paint and sip class. All painting supplies are included in the ticket price.

Nontra’s Nude Sunday Yin Yoga

Photo Courtesy of Nontra Temple on Facebook

When: February 13, 2 – 3 p.m. 

Where: Nontra Temple, location TBA

Cost: $22.22, get tickets here

The Lowdown: Embrace your body during Nontra’s Nude Sunday Yin Yoga. Garden Goddess guides the non-sexual nude practice with an aim for self-compassion and acceptance. The location will be announced upon purchase of a ticket.

Galentine’s Day Aura Photo Event

Photo Courtesy of Ignite Your Aura on Facebook

When: February 13, 12 – 4 p.m. 

Where: Modern Nomad, 2936 Larimer St., Denver 

Cost: $68, book here

The Lowdown: Have your aura read and exposed with the help of Ignite Your Aura during a Galentine’s Day Aura Photo Event. You can receive an aura photo, shop handmade jewelry, flowers and more during the pop-up.

Mortified Live: Doomed Valentine’s

Photo Courtesy of Mortified Colorado on Facebook

When: February 14, 8 – 9:45 p.m. 

Where: The Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave., Denver 

Cost: $16, get tickets here

The Lowdown: Mortified Live is back in Denver for Mortified Live: Doomed Valentine’s. The event features a night of comedy, confessionals and more for the perfect night out. Mortified Live has toured around the world with adults sharing their embarrassing stories, diaries and photos for your entertainment.