February 13th, 2013
The glam side of derby has found a home at NERD Roller Skates in Inglewood
Jam-packed with flashy helmets and roller disco-worthy skates, this place is a mecca for anyone who wants to whip it. The eye-catching Leopard Skates with bubblegum pink wheels ($210) come with outdoor wheels for sidewalks and bike paths.
Perfect for taking a spin around the block while you decide on your derby nickname.
NERD Roller Skates, 917 12th Street SE, Calgary, www.nerdskates.com
January 27th, 2011
After a VitaminDaily.com subscriber and serious hiker (she’s a Machu Picchu and the West Coast Trail veteran) couldn’t stop raving about Smartwool socks (from $23.99) we had to try out the snazzy styles.
A combination of merino wool, nylon and elastic, the company’s everyday socks are comfortable, come in a variety of fun patterns, and most important, keep your feet dry and warm whether you're hiking in the mountains or running around the city in the snow. And for more advanced activities, the PhD socks are the crème de la crème of footwear.
At Atmosphere, 817 10th Ave. SW, Calgary, 403-264-2444, www.atmosphere.ca
August 12th, 2010
Sunsets be damned—a bocce game shouldn’t be cut short because the day decides to end.
With the Lighted Bocce Ball Set ($99.95) the tournament can go long into the night. Each ball has a switch to turn on, or off, the LED and when illuminated, the balls are visible from afar. The jack also has a white LED making it easy to zoom in on the target in the dark.
They’re no Chanel petanque balls but they’ve got a glow Karl would surely appreciate.
July 22nd, 2010
Summer in the city and you have the landlocked blues?
Grab the bikini and head to the newly renovated poolside patio at Hotel Arts. Nosh on a crab and mango roll ($12) and sip a mojito before taking a dip in the inviting glass-tile pool.
Although there’s no charge for using the pool, a minimum food and beverage cost does apply depending on the day and time.
The pool is a popular spot for private functions so check here for closures before heading out.
Cannonballs! (Just kidding.)
Hotel Arts, 119 12th Ave. SW, Calgary, 403-266-4611, www.hotelarts.ca
June 24th, 2010
Move over Drew and Juno (ah, we mean Bliss), Calgary’s B52 Bellas and the Thrashin’ Lassies are going to “Whip It” this Saturday.
The Calgary Roller Derby Association’s Summer Smackdown presents a bout between the kilt-wearing lassies, who say their secret weapon is their thick Scottish accent, and the “highly-trained corps of fighters” (a.k.a. The B-52 Bellas). Cheer the ladies on to victory and learn more about “blockers,” “jammers,” and “pivots.”
The association is always looking for new members so maybe it’s time to lace-up.
May 13th, 2010
In a perfect world, the Williams sisters would give us private tennis lessons and we’d be grunting our way to a Wimbledon win.
But in this world, at least we can get the grunting part down pat during the new cardio tennis classes at The Calgary Tennis Club. The six-session group lessons ($66) start this week, and in addition to mastering strokes and working on drills and movement, you’ll get a high-energy workout.
The Calgary Tennis Club, 1445 16th St. SW, Calgary, 403-244-5302, www.calgarytennisclub.com
May 6th, 2010
If your mountain biking regimen includes a pre-ride prayer asking whoever’s up there to help you make it down in one piece, the Trek Dirt Series is your saviour.
Learn an entire season’s worth of skills (from basic climbing to riding down drops) and bond with fellow mountain bikers at the all-women two-day weekend camps ($315). Participants are split into groups according to experience so no need to fret if you’re still working on the basics. The camps also include bike maintenance clinics, fit workshops and social time to talk shop and show off your new skills.
The first Canadian camp runs May 15 and 16 in North Vancouver followed by May 29 and 30 in Whistler, July 10 and 11 in Calgary and August 21 and 22 in Canmore. For a complete schedule go to www.dirtseries.com
March 18th, 2010
Nothing says sunshine days ahead like a new set of wheels from BikeBike.
Stay tuned for organized meet-ups including an ice cream tour where you cruise from shop to shop, tasting flavours while still burning calories. Genius.
BikeBike, 1501 17 Ave. SW, Calgary, 403-457-2453, www.bikebike.ca
January 7th, 2010
Sure we’ve got the Olympic Oval to practice our open axels but when the sun shines on a cool day, there’s nothing better than heading to the Bowness Park Lagoon Rink for an outdoor spin.
The skating rink opens yearly in late December and now that the mass exodus of little people on school holidays has disappeared, it’s the perfect time to hit the ice. The tall trees provide a magical setting with a central fire pit to warm up after a few laps. Skate rentals are available from $5 a pair (half price from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.) and with no time limit, you can skate to your heart’s content.
Bowness Park Lagoon Rink, 8900 48th Ave. NW, Calgary, 403-268-2300, open 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily.
September 2nd, 2009
Move over Tiger, the LPGA is in town.
The top women golfers tee off today at Priddis Greens Golf and Country Club as the Canadian Women’s Open Championship gets under way.
The LPGA’s only Canadian event, usually held out east, has returned to Calgary after a 10 year hiatus.
The top female golfers competing include world number one Lorena Ochoa (pictured) and phenom and the so-called future of women’s golf Michelle Wie.
Tee it up ladies.
Get tickets here.