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Art Theatre/Dance
Art’s BIG Night

Feb-27-2017 Story by Sherry Shaw-Froggatt and Jolene Rudisuela

Photos by Amanda Benner

The third annual TD Airdrie Mayor’s Night of the Arts was a landmark night for the arts in Airdrie.

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Food
TASTEairdrie

Feb-26-2017 Story by Dawn Smith

Welcome to a whole new way to explore the good life in Airdrie by keeping up with Airdrie’s top chefs, foodies, and enthusiasts. Watch this space regularly for what’s cooking around town, great ideas for your own dinner table or tempting reasons to dine out more often. From fas-cas to farm-to-table, filling your growler or filling your freezer, TASTEairdrie is for foodies!

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Vinelife

Feb-25-2017 Column by Kathryn Zondag

A wise person once said that variety is the spice of life. I could not agree more! It is one of the reasons why this past year has been extremely exciting for the wining and dining scene here in Airdrie.

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Food
At the intersection of great food and good times: First & Vine

Feb-24-2017 Story by Shelley Boettcher

Photos by Kristy Reimer

The idea behind First & Vine was simple: to create a warm, welcoming space in Airdrie for date nights. A romantic, timeless place where couples could enjoy a great meal – and wine – without driving to the big city.

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Music
Having fun with The Martin Project

Feb-23-2017 Story by Wyatt Tremblay

Photos by Kurtis Kristianson

What do you get when three high school students from Airdrie’s St. Martin de Porres form a band? Why, The Martin Project, of course.

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Contests
#morelife Spring Contests!

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Art
The silent poetry of Darlene Moore

Feb-22-2017 Story by Wyatt Tremblay

Photos by Sergei Belski

Darlene Moore is an abstract painter who describes her dramatic and vibrant creations as silent poetry.

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Food
In the Kitchen

Feb-21-2017 Story by airdrielife

Photos by Kristy Reimer

Meghan West from the Airdrie Rotary Community Kitchen is back with a delicious recipe for Coconut Red Lentil Curry.

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Fashion
Fit for a New Look

Feb-20-2017 Story by Seline Badel-Wong

Photos by Kristy Reimer

I met Jessica Janes, winner of the airdrielife Last 20 Pounds Fitness Challenge, in person after she had already lost weight and made her amazing transformation.

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Editor’s Note

Column by Sherry-Shaw Froggatt

I love this time of year! I buy tulips by the armload and fill my home with the promise of spring. It’s a visual reminder to remain hopeful, despite knowing there are probably a few major dumps of snow and resulting traffic snafus on the way.

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Petlife

Feb-15-2017 Column by Dr. Dave Seefeldt

Our relationship with our pets continues to evolve from being property to becoming cherished members of the family.

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Contests
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Healthylife
Last 20 Pounds Fitness Challenge

Jan-20-2017 Story by Michelle Carre, U Weight Loss

Photos by Kristy Reimer

Christine and Tracy from Tri Fit Training and I are all very proud of this year’s contestants! Lana Lou Cochrane, Jessica Janes and Jay Restar were dedicated to the challenge and eager to learn.

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Fashion
2017 Wedding Trends

Jan-19-2017 Story by Jolene Rudisuela

2017 weddings are all about being bold and expressive. Whether that be through your dress, colour scheme or decor, this year’s trends celebrate you and your partner.

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Parentlife

Jan-14-2017 Column by Claudia Sasse

We all want our children to be educated, literate, have great numeracy skills and be well behaved, don’t we? That is an aspiration of all parents and caregivers, and we will do our best to make that happen.

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Food
Community Kitchen cooks up some love

Nov-20-2016 Story by airdrielife

The Community Kitchen was developed to enable Airdrie Food Bank to extend its services beyond emergency-only support, by empowering community members and clients through kitchen programs that not only build food skills, but strengthen support networks.

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Creative Celebration

Nov-18-2016 Story by airdrielife

The adjudicators had a big job. That’s the verdict after reviewing 39 nominations for the 2017 TD Airdrie Mayor’s Night of the Arts.

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Food
Fine food without the “frou-frou”

Nov-17-2016 Story by Ayesha Clough

Photos by Kristy Reimer

A century-old door greets every guest who comes to Hayloft in Airdrie. Its gorgeous wood panels and inlaid glass diamonds have been lovingly restored by restaurant owner Hoan Nguyen (pronounced Haan Nuwin). And like everything in this charming eatery, there’s a story behind it.

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Music
SLAM on AIR shines with Savage Playground win

Story by Wyatt Tremblay

Photos by Courtesy SLAM (DarkMass Photography)

Airdrie’s annual original songwriting contest, SLAM on AIR, is attracting talent from outside the community, says organizer and SLAM (Supporting Local Area Musicians) marketing director, Steve Gilliss.

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Jevne’s Jive

Nov-15-2016 Story by Wyatt Tremblay

Photos by Kurtis Kristianson

Steve Jevne has become a Monday night fixture on the stage at Airdrie’s Bambino’s Neighbourhood Pub; he’s also becoming a regular at the SLAM on AIR contest. Jevne’s entered the original songwriting event three times, making the finalists list each year, but aspiring to win isn’t the reason he participates.

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Contests
#morelife Winter Contest: George Canyon

Story by airdrielife

See George Canyon in Concert

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Art
Ed Auston: As the wood turns

Nov-14-2016 Story by Wyatt Tremblay

Photos by Sergei Belski

Artist Ed Auston, a member of the indigenous Tlingit people, was born in the Yukon. His business name is Tthay Natal, which is also his indigenous name, and means Eagle Soaring. Ed’s ties to the North run deep; there’s even a mountain named after his father, who was a wilderness outfitter.

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Last 20 Pounds Fitness Challenge

Story by Michelle Carre, U Weight Loss

Photos by Kristy Reimer

Dedicated is the word to describe the contestants for the Last 20 Pounds Challenge. At the half-way point they have lost a combined total of 32 pounds and a whopping 71.75 inches – that’s close to six feet! What makes this even more amazing is that each contestant lost weight at their weekly weigh-in (at U Weight Loss) following Thanksgiving! That’s not an easy thing to accomplish but these three have a goal and want to achieve it.

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Malissa’s Moment

Nov-12-2016 Story by Seline Badel-Wong

Photos by Kristy Reimer

This issue’s makeover participant has made a big transformation, not only in her appearance but also in how she feels.
After making changes in her life, Malissa Ancell lost more than 50 pounds in the past year-and-a-half. It changed her body, as well as her outlook, completely.

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Editor’s Note

Nov-10-2016 Column by Sherry Shaw-Froggatt, Publisher

My favourite part of working from away is that my emails back to Airdrie all come from the future. Being 16 hours ahead made for fun email conversations with this issue’s collaborators. The future of Airdrie is very much on my mind.

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petlife with Dr. Erin Heck

Nov-05-2016 Column by Dr. Erin Heck

The holiday season can be difficult for people in our community who are socially isolated, including those in seniors’ homes, hospitals, hospice care and homeless shelters. Sharing your pet with others can be the greatest gift that you give this year. You and your furry family member can volunteer with PALS (an organized pet therapy group) or talk to your community nursing home, hospital or shelter.

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parentlife with Vanessa Peterelli

Nov-04-2016 Column by Vanessa Peterelli

I’ve always had great respect for families who choose the homeschooling path. It takes a committed parent to embrace the monumental responsibility of educating their own child. The benefits of homeschooling are many, from schedule flexibility (allowing for participation in personal interests such as travel, sports or the arts, for example), to the ability to accommodate different learning styles and needs, to the opportunity to foster closer relationships with family.

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healthylife with Melanie Beingessner

Nov-01-2016 Column by Melanie Beingessner

We all have everyday superheroes in our lives. People who help others just because they can. People who volunteer their time and resources to others less fortunate. The woman who holds the elevator for you when you have heavy bags in your hands. The neighbour who keeps your spare key safe and checks on your cats when you go on vacation. The man who grabs a toddler running toward a busy street. These are the people who change the world.

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Bert Church Live Theatre 2016-17 Season

Aug-30-2016 Story by airdrielife

The Bert Church LIVE Theatre (BCT) is excited to present a wide array of entertainment choices for the citizens of Airdrie. The 2016-17 season brings three separate series to the stage: family, professional and a new theatre offering, along with a special presentation by East Coast rockers The Trews on Monday, Nov. 21.

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Food
A Fine Balance Café: spicing things up

Aug-28-2016 Story by Ayesha Clough

Photos by Kristy Reimer

With gentle but powerful strokes, Chef Deepak Kalsi stirs a vat of hot red curry that’s been simmering overnight in the Fine Balance kitchen. In his smart white chef’s uniform, and a turban wrapped around his head, the young Sikh chef massages the curry with a giant wooden spoon.

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Music
These Crows Know

Story by Wyatt Tremblay

Photos by Kurtis Kristianson

There is no shortage of aspiring young Albertan rock bands frenetically vying for space on digital playlists, but what sets Clockwork Crows apart from this mêlée of wannabe rock stars is their head-nodding, satisfying blend of original, catchy tunes.

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Healthylife
Meet the Challengers!

Aug-27-2016 Story by Michelle Carre • U Weight Loss

airdrielife is pleased to partner with U Weight Loss and Tri Fit Training to bring you the 2016 edition of our Last 20 Pounds Fitness Challenge. It’s more than a weight-loss contest; it’s about finding balance and a healthy lifestyle and making changes that last.

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Fashion
After-Baby Style

Aug-26-2016 Story by Seline Badel-Wong

Photos by Kristy Reimer

As a personal stylist, I speak to so many women who feel great in their skin when they’re pregnant but, as soon as the baby arrives, they suddenly feel overweight. Who among us doesn’t still have a few extra “baby” pounds or a body change from childbearing?

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Petlife

Aug-25-2016 Column by Dr. Laura McKenny, DVM

There are more cats than dogs in Canada, however two-thirds of cats do not receive regular vet care compared to their canine counterparts.

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Parentlife: It ain’t easy being practical

Column by Vanessa Peterelli

Be it blisters, cavities, hurt feelings, a bruised knee or a bruised ego, life happens. We can only protect our kids from so much before they have to have their own authentic experiences, take some chances and learn from their own mistakes. There is only so much lecturing and sheltering a parent can do before a child stops listening.

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All the Right Notes

Aug-24-2016 Story by Ellen Kelly

Photos by Kristy Reimer

Karen Yackel, artistic director and founder of the Airdrie Children’s Choir and the Airdrie Women’s Choir, moved to Airdrie seven years ago to teach music at Good Shepherd and Our Lady Queen of Peace schools.

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Art
Colouring Canada

Aug-23-2016 Story by airdrielife

Photos by Sergei Belski

An artist for many years, Brenda Jean Campbell now wonders if she might become best known for her Canadiana colouring book. With her large body of work, which includes fine art, public art, commercial art and design, and much more, that is unlikely.

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Art
Hall of Ink & Art

Aug-17-2016 Story by Ellen Kelly

Photos by Sergei Belski

Elizabeth Hall grew up in Cape Breton where, she says, “everything is art oriented.” Her first mentor was her grandfather. “If he bought a card from the store, he would decorate it and change it and make it his own,” she says.

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Healthylife
The Family Spaghetti Challenge

Aug-11-2016 Column by Dr. Melanie Beingessner

The citizens of Airdrie are a creative bunch! We have artists, musicians, writers, quilters, crafters and people finding new ways to have fun. This is such a great place to live and work. This month’s issue is about creativity. I would like to take this time to talk about the function of our right brains and how important it is for overall good health.

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Know Your Options

Aug-06-2016 Column by Lori King

In today’s increasingly complex financial marketplace, knowing what pension options are available to you is an absolute must.

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Editor’s Note

Aug-05-2016 Column by Sherry Shaw-Froggatt

Yes, it’s me. I am back on this page where I began 13 years ago. It’s exciting to be back overseeing the stories you are reading in this issue.

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Art
Wyatt’s World

Aug-03-2016 Story by Ellen Kelly

Photos by Kristy Reimer

This issue, airdrielife took advantage of the considerable talent of one of its own, cartoon artist/journalist Wyatt Tremblay, by having him illustrate the cover. He was honoured and says it was a lot of fun.

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Food
The New Burger Baron

May-30-2016 Story by Jeff MacKinnon

Photos by Kristy Reimer

Abe’s creates the fas-cas dining experience. Bernie Levert is accustomed to seeing folks enter Abe’s Restaurant, walk right past the front counter and the giant menu, take a seat at a booth and start tapping on their phones.

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Art
Cutting Edge Artist

May-20-2016 Story by Ellen Kelly

Photos by Kurtis Kristianson

A lifelong interest in building things has led to a calling to produce fine art pieces celebrated for their beauty and use of light.

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Healthylife
The Last 20lbs Challenge

May-17-2016 Story by Sherry Shaw-Froggatt

Welcome to the 2016 Last 20lbs Fitness Challenge! Contest entry now closed.

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healthylife

May-14-2016 Column by Dr. Melanie Beingessner

One of my favourite places in Airdrie is on the treadmill at Genesis Place overlooking the pool.

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Music
Art Bergmann: Iconoclast

May-10-2016 Story by Alex Frazer-Harrison

Photos by Kurtis Kristianson

There are two words Art Bergmann often sees applied to him that he wishes writers would stop using.

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parentlife

May-06-2016 Column by Vanessa Peterelli

I didn’t participate in many team activities as a child, but my belief in their importance strengthens with each passing day.

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Fashion
Jody’s Jive

May-05-2016 Story by Seline Badel-Wong

Photos by Kristy Reimer

One of the things Jody looks forward to doing is getting healthy. Jody Cunningham can answer that question. As someone who has been through more unexpected and early loss than most, she has learned to persevere. Jody has lost several family members, most recently her beloved sister, to cancer.

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Healthylife
Love the Skin You’re In

Feb-25-2016 Story by Lori Kuffner

“Having great skin is a confidence builder,” says Shaina Magone, nurse at Airdrie’s ReNue Clinic. “Most of us feel judged by our skin. I had one client who barely left her house. After her treatment, she sat in our chair and cried. She said we gave her back her life.” According to Dr. Jason McWhirter, who owns ReNue Clinics in Airdrie, Calgary and Seton, “healthy skin can empower people.” What is collagen? As McWhirter writes

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Food
Chocolate Cravings

Feb-09-2016 Story by Alex Frazer-Harrison

Photos by Kristy Reimer

With all the doom and gloom in the headlines, unpredictable weather and stress at work, it’s nice to know one thing never changes.

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Fashion
Carrie’s Conquest

Story by Seline Badel-Wong

Photos by Kristy Reimer

Looking around Waves Coffee House I spot Carrie Newman right away. She’s the woman who, despite having recently been through chemotherapy, radiation and surgery to fight breast cancer, sits with a beaming smile on her face and emits a positive outlook on life.

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Art
To the Point

Feb-07-2016 Story by Ellen Kelly

Photos by Kristy Reimer

“My art means everything to me,” says Airdrie artist Erin Brekke Conn. “Besides my husband and family, it’s the biggest thing.” Conn, who says she always drew as a child and fondly remembers watching her grandmother paint, didn’t create her first painting until she was 20…

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Note from the Publisher

Column by Sherry Shaw-Froggatt

I’ve hijacked the editor’s note for this, our 13th, spring issue because I wanted the chance to say thank you to the 37 women who graciously accepted their nominations for the sixth annual Amazing Airdrie Women Awards (AAW).

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Parentlife

Feb-05-2016 Story by Vanessa Peterelli

I’m a structure-inclined mom with two independent, free-spirited children who have a zest for life that I am doing my best each and every day to nurture and not squelch.

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Art
A Night for the Arts

A Night for the Arts

Feb-04-2016 Story by Sherry Shaw-Froggatt

Photos by Amanda Benner

The second annual TD Airdrie Mayor’s Night of the Arts was resounding success if gauged by the growing attendance and interest in the awards program.

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Healthylife
healthylife

Feb-02-2016 Column by Dr. Melanie Beingessner

Women are amazing. We are. We create life; we provide connectedness, comfort and family well-being. Significant life stress usually starts with pregnancy – we carry our babies inside us and we give up our nutritional needs for those of the baby.

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Music
Gizelle & Her Guitar

Feb-01-2016 Story by Alex Frazer-Harrison

Photos by Sergei Belski

Gizelle de Guzman has been writing poetry for as long as she can remember, and it wasn’t long after she started that she began putting her words to music.

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Music
Guitar Hero

Nov-15-2015 Story by Carl Patzel

Photos by Carl Patzel

Generating a combination of boyish, Hollywood good looks, a humility beyond his years and a penchant for smooth, melodic delivery, Christian Hudson has taken the central Alberta music scene by storm in 2015.

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Art
Let there be lights!

Nov-14-2015 Story by Alex Frazer-Harrison

Twenty years of glow is being celebrated this December in Nose Creek Park. airdrielife explores the roots of the largest outdoor walk-through light show in Western Canada.

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Food
Getting Social at Sorso

Getting Social at Sorso

Nov-13-2015 Story by Carl Patzel

Photos by Carl Patzel

Having no beans to grind with franchise beverage outfits, the head-shaved, healthy-bearded entrepreneur escaped the ordinary fare, putting his personal touch on every aspect.

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Fashion
Sarah’s New Style

Nov-12-2015 Story by Seline Badel-Wong

Photos by Kristy Reimer

I’m Seline Badel-Wong, a personal stylist, and my first challenge with airdrielife is helping Sarah Conduct with a new look after losing 20 lbs!

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Art
She paints, he shoots … together they make art

Nov-11-2015 Story by Ellen Kelly

Photos by Kristy Reimer

Longtime Airdrie area residents Sharon and Wayne Shuttleworth share a passion for both art and a healthy lifestyle.

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Winter Wonders: events

Nov-10-2015 Column by Sherry Shaw-Froggatt

Winter Wonders- Airdrie Events

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Theatre/Dance
Lighting the Torch for Theatre

Nov-09-2015 Story by Ellen Kelly

Photos by Carl Patzel

Airdrie has been introduced to an exciting new theatre experience this year. Torchlight Theatre

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Parentlife

Nov-08-2015 Column by Vanessa Peterelli

With power comes responsibility … find fun in the journey

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Reallife

Nov-07-2015 Column by Rob Jamieson

You know what the dumbest thing is for a guy with a regular column in a magazine to get? Writer’s block.

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Art
Artist Profile

Artist Profile

Aug-25-2015 Story by Ellen Kelly

Photos by Kurtis Kristianson

Originally from Ontario, potter Stacey McIntyre moved to Airdrie seven years ago. McIntyre commutes to Calgary for her day job in advertising but creating beautiful pottery is her passion and salvation. “Advertising is about business so there’s a lot of stress,” she says. “Pottery is my opposite. It’s my escape. It keeps me sane.”

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Theatre/Dance
She Knows She Can Dance….

Story by Jeff MacKinnon

Photos by Tarzan Dan

Audessa Parafina began taking dance classes at an Airdrie studio when she was eight and she’s never stopped.

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Healthylife
Feeling the Burn – understanding GERD

Story by Anne Beaty

You’ve all felt it. You’ve enjoyed a great meal when suddenly … heartburn, that burning sensation in your chest and/or throat. You pop a Tums® and voila – it’s gone.

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Music
Jesse Robbins

Jesse Robbins

Story by Jeff McKinnon

Photos by Sergei Belski

Jesse Robbins’ first attempt at performing at an open mike a few years ago back home in Ontario did not go as he planned. He attempted to play three songs and was unable to finish any of them.

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Food
Salad Days

Salad Days

Story by Corey Wine

Photos by Sergei Belski

“I sat there with my eyelids slowly closing so as to really embrace the flavours that were being presented to me.” With the Airdrie’s best burger review behind me, I am now on a mission for Airdrie’s best gourmet salad! Is there a salad out there that will make me cuss like a sailor? Probably…. I woke up in the early morning, knowing I was going to fulfill my salad curiosities starting today! I softly

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Travel
A Taste of India

A Taste of India

Story by Anne Beaty

Ken and Brenda Bax, who moved to Airdrie from Carstairs in 2008, were both infected with the travel bug at an early age. Ken, an oilfield end-of-life environmental and decommissioning program manager, and Brenda, a special needs assistant with preschool children, have been nurturing that bug ever since.

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Art
Lia’s Lines

Story by Ellen Kelly

Photos by Kristy Reimer

Creative director for her company, Pink Spot Studios, for the past 13 years, artist, wife and mother Lia Golemba leads a busy life, full of the things she loves. Her ‘day job’ with Pink Spot involves art direction and graphic design, mostly branding, as she meets the creative needs of clients in Canada and the U.S.

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Healthylife
The Last 20 Pounds Challenge

The Last 20 Pounds Challenge

Aug-24-2015 Story by Sherry Shaw-Froggatt

Photos by Kristy Reimer

Way back in April, three lovely women stepped up to our 12-week challenge. More than simply a weight-loss contest, it was about overall improvement of fitness and lifestyle choices. With the help of Body by Nic, Simply for Life and Blacksmith Yoga, our three contestants – Alycia Bradley, Char Stang and Sarah Conduct – discovered the strength to reshape their bodies and minds! All three women made great strides in improving their health, from weight

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Last Look

Story by Carl Patzel

Photos by Carl Patzel

“Travelling the back-country, rural roads around Airdrie I came across a field of plump grain just waiting for harvest under a brilliant blue afternoon sky. Getting down low I used a wide-angle lens to frame a few stocks; a narrow f-stop to starburst the radiant sun; and a hand-held flash to pop colour into the sprouting grain to stand out from the background.” – Carl Patzel, carlpatzel.com This picture was chosen by FortisAlberta to appear as part

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Parentlife

Jul-25-2015 Column by Sherry Shaw-Froggatt

Raising imaginative kids doesn’t need to be as daunting as it might sound. Simple, accessible ideas can do wonders for nourishing the creative genius within.

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Travel
Antarctica Adventure

May-20-2015 Story by Laurie Jacob-Toews

“Why on earth would you want to go there?” This was a common reaction I experienced when telling people of my plan to visit Antarctica, although to be fair, there were others who shared my desire to visit such an intriguing place. I can understand the confusion; why leave Canada in winter to go somewhere potentially colder? However, Antarctica has always held a special place in my heart not only because of the beautiful landscape,

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Column
The Life Hack

May-18-2015 Column by Rob Jamieson

One of the “life hacks” I love, and fail to implement in my everyday life, came from a good pal, Corey Wine. A life hack is to make life easier with a simple solution. For example, one of my favourite hacks is to lift the triangles on either side of a juice box when I hand it to my young sons. That way they have something to hold on to and aren’t squeezing the box

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Editor’s Note

May-17-2015 Column by Anne Beaty

As I was reading through the stories that make up this issue of airdrielife, it occurred to me yet again just how incredible is this community we call home.

Airdrie is filled with delightful people, all of whom have fascinating stories to tell. We see them in passing as we hurry through the grocery store or the bank or the recycling depot,

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Fashion
The MANover

The MANover

Story by airdrielife

Photos by Kristy Reimer

Awesome dad gets an awesome new look! When we put the call out for men who needed a little help in the style department, Michelle Nadraszky was desperate to get her husband, Bill, into our hands. “He is a great dad and husband – putting us first ahead of himself, but yes he has the same old glasses, sweats, haircut and bad T-shirts,” Michelle joked in her e-mail to us. It turned out our offer

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Last Look

May-14-2015 Column by Kurtis Kristianson

Photos by Kurtis Kristianson

During the months of July and August I spend most of my free time chasing storms along the Foothills between Cochrane and Sundre, all the way east to Drumheller. This is a frame from a crazy storm we chased a few years back. Out near a high point on Lochend Road where this classic supercell was letting the low evening sun peek around from the north. The difference in colour is from the light not

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Healthylife
Man to Man – The Health Talk

May-03-2015 Story by Alex Frazer-Harrison

Comedian Billy Connolly once said he knew he’d reached middle age when he started to utter strange sounds from his mouth whenever he got up from a chair. As many men enter or progress through middle age, they often notice changes to their bodies. The well-oiled machine might now be a bit squeaky, or if the machine wasn’t taken care of to start with some of those issues might be coming home to roost. Dr.

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Art
Framed for Success

Framed for Success

May-02-2015 Story by Jeff MacKinnon

Photos by Kristy Reimer

The first painting Brad Holt sold began as a photo he took of some wild horses near the Morley reserve west of Cochrane. Much to his surprise, it went for $300. That was three years ago. “I thought, ‘Wow, 300 bucks! I can really do this!” Holt recalls. “Then, my dream was to sell one for $1,000. Now, they are just skyrocketing. “It’s not about the money for me, though, because it’s my passion,” he

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Music
Sweet Sounds

May-01-2015 Story by Carl Patzel

Photos by Carl Patzel

Sugar and spice and everything nice. Using a sweet blend of well-known favourites tossed with a couple of originals tunes, All Day Sugar could easily be cause for a few musical cavities. Led by the vigorous, bleach-blond vocalist Sammi Tully, the local musicians have been looking to push the limits of confectionary resonance, hitting notes for their own ears as well as their audiences. “We call that putting some sugar on it. We’ll just ‘sugar

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Art
TD Airdrie Mayor’s Night of the Arts

Feb-03-2015 Story by airdrielife

A celebration of arts and culture Arts and culture is thriving in Airdrie so it was time to celebrate the achievements of artists and performers and the people and businesses that champion and support the arts. More than 240 guests celebrated the inaugural Mayor’s Night of the Arts at Bert Church Theatre Jan 31. The evening, organized by the Creative Airdrie Society in partnership with Airdrie Regional Arts, SLAM in Airdrie, Nose Creek Players, Airdrie Public

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Music
The Voice

Feb-01-2015 Story by Ellen Kelly

To Alicia Woynarski, mezzo-soprano and voice teacher, music means everything. “It means joy, love – I can reach out to people and help them escape the roughness of the world,” Woynarski says. “It’s an outlet for people who can’t express their emotions to come and listen because they can experience those emotions. That’s what opera singing really is – emotions intensified through music.” After Woynarski’s first singing lesson at age seven, she told her mother

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Travel
The Pinnacle of Peru

Story by Deanna Hunter

Photos by Deanna Hunter

My husband and I love to travel. We do it as often as we can. In fact, when we got married 15 years ago we made a commitment to each other, and our newly blended family, that travel was going to be an important part of our lives.

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Art
Worth a Look

Jan-30-2015 Story by Ellen Kelly

Photos by Kurtis Kristianson

An art career begins to blossom “I think the best art makes people feel things and that’s what I want my art to do,” says artist Rebecca Shuttleworth. “I want people to experience things that they don’t really think about.” Born and raised in Balzac, Shuttleworth graduated from George McDougall High School in June 2014, but even at this early stage of her artist’s journey, she is making a name for herself. From Grades 9-12

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Food
The Seal of Creativity

Jan-29-2015 Story by Carl Patzel

Photos by Carl Patzel

Chef puts his personal flair in every dish What started out as a simple recipe to make money slowly simmered into a seasoned love of the culinary arts for Tony Dunstan. The Red Seal chef currently stirs up his gastronomic skills at the Overtime Lounge. But this pub-food atmosphere cuisine is a long way from Dunstan’s beginnings. “I started working very young and was 13 when I started in the first restaurant. By 17 I

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