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Turkeys & Martinis Make for a Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!



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Happy Thanksgiving weekend Alberta!

When I decided to write a Thanksgiving post, the first angle that came to mind was obviously something turkey-related. But then I thought that would be a little disingenuous as I’ve never cooked a turkey in my life. There are countless resources online if you need some turkey guidance though, and if I were making a turkey this weekend, I’d follow this Food Network recipe for World’s Simplest Thanksgiving Turkey.

Did you know October 4th was National Vodka Day? Me neither, but I saw it on social media- I’m not sure who decides these things, but as  martini-lover I’ll go with it. For a little background on ‘National Food/Drink Days, you can read this awesome article from the Globe & Mail– it’s a bit dated (being from 2010), but the sentiments are timeless.

Also timeless however is great vodka; and what’s a little more timely is buying local. Instead of the usual bottle of wine, why not gift your Thanksgiving host this weekend with a bottle of Alberta-made craft vodka? Or gin, or whisky? So in the spirit (get it?;) of belated National Vodka Day and buying local, here’s a list of distillers making the good stuff right here in Alberta…

Hansen Distillery 

Rig Hand Distillery

Eau Claire Distillery

Wild Life Distillery

Stone Heart Distillery

Strathcona Spirits Distillery

Park Distillery

Highwood Distillers

Burwood Distillery

Keep in mind that while this may not be an exhaustive list, there are very exciting things happening in the distilling and brewing scenes in the province, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for local selections when stocking your bar.

And just to prove I’m a true martini-lover and not just saying so for the sake of this post, here are a few shots of my martinis-past… (Please try not to judge me for sometimes taking pictures of drinks, I don’t have any dogs yet.)

Have a safe and fun Thanksgiving weekend!

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Builders Battling for Business in Blackfalds



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It started out as a simple promotion to help sell homes at the new Panorama Estates neighbourhood in Blackfalds.   It’s turned into a bit of a feud that will cost two home building companies thousands of dollars.   In early September Abbey Platinum Master Built decided to offer some small upgrades to sweeten the deal for perspective home buyers.  Their advertising was noticed by the competitor literally down to block.  Black Wolf Custom Homes, a new home builder decided this might be an opportunity to grab some attention for one of their homes in Panorama Estates.  One thing has lead to another and now both home builders are offering multiple deals that will save whoever buys these homes thousands of dollars!

Here’s what the builders have to say…

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Abbey Platinum Master Built - 5934 Panorama Drive, Blackfalds


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Comprehensive… “hands-on”… 1-day… Social Media Central at Red Deer College




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Tired of “fluff” seminars that leave you exhausted and more confused than when you started?

Roll Up Your Sleeves and Get Social!

Facebook isn’t as business friendly as it once was, YouTube is a great tool but how do you use it?  Video online is now king but how will you use it in your business?
Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter do you use all of them or just one?
So many questions!
You’ll find all the answers at Social Media Central on September 27.
Social Media Central features an instructor roster
made up of people who do the work – the budgeting, strategizing, management and reporting of social media for business.
Learn from industry experts who know what it’s like to do the work
and are willing to share how to do it well.
Register Here

Central Alberta’s leading conference for LEARNING Social Media.

Bring your laptop and see how the world opens up as you learn how to navigate the chaotic waters of everything Social Media.

Check your Master Class seat here

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september, 2018

wed30may - 26sepmay 303:30 pmsep 26ATB Financial Downtown Market(may 30) 3:30 pm - (september 26) 6:30 pm

tue25sep - 28sep 257:00 amsep 28AUMA Convention & AMSC Trade Show7:00 am - 5:00 pm (28)

thu27sepAll DaySocial Media CentralRoll up your sleeves and get SOCIAL(All Day: thursday)

sat29sep8:30 am- 3:00 pmBoard Leadership Central Alberta Conference8:30 am - 3:00 pm

sat29sep11:00 am- 12:00 pmMeet Author Ruth Ohi!11:00 am - 12:00 pm

sat29sep3:00 pm- 5:00 pmFred Penner: A free family performance3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

sun30sep9:00 am- 12:00 pmCIBC Run for the Cure9:00 am - 12:00 pm

sun30sep11:00 am- 2:00 pmOne Eleven Jazzy Brunch11:00 am - 2:00 pm

sun30sep11:00 am- 4:30 pmWith This Ring Bridal Gala11:00 am - 4:30 pm

sun30sep2:00 pm- 4:00 pmPresentation by Dr. Doris Jeanne MacKinnon: Metis Pioneers2:00 pm - 4:00 pm