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  • 2020-12-24 5:00 PM | Marketing (Administrator)

    'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the village

    Not a creature was stirring, not even an elf;

    The cookies were out with drinks of eggnog galore,

    In knowledge that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

    The neighbours were nestled all snug in their beds,

    While visions of Christmas lights danced in their heads;

    My friend in her toque, and I in my hat (found it!),

    Had just settled down for one last toast before bed.

    When out in 5th Street Square there arose such a clatter,

    I sprang from the couch to see what was the matter.

    Away to the patio I flew like a flash,

    Tore open the doors and stepped out on the deck.

    The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow

    Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,

    When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,

    But a bright red sleigh, and eight hungry reindeer,

    With that old slave driver, my boss and my friend,

    I knew in a moment my time here was up.

    More rapid than 24 days. I swear that it was,

    So I leaned over the rail, and whistled, and called “Hey Santa!”

    "Hold, just a moment! Wait ‘til you hear! Now, now, listen in awe!

    The Village! Oh my! Dog parks, and art walks, and friends that were made!

    To the library, architecture divine! To crab shacks and Bounce, games for all!

    Dash away! dash away! I’m not ready to go, not even at all!"

    And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof

    The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.

    So we jumped in the elevator, no dallying around,

    There on the rooftop St. Nicholas came with a bound.

    His eyes -- how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!

    He laughed as he said, “oh Derek, it really is cherry!”

    A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,

    Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;

    He spoke just a word; “STAY”, I knew then from home I could work,

    Clasping my hand with a really big grin; then turned with a jerk,

    And laying his finger aside of his nose,

    And giving a nod, up towards the Tower lights he rose;

    He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,

    And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.

    But I heard him exclaim, as he drove out of sight,


  • 2020-12-23 9:00 PM | Marketing (Administrator)
    Whoa! It looks like the north pole outside! I’m no longer dreaming of a white Christmas because we definitely got it!! Whoa! It looks like the north pole outside! I’m no longer dreaming of a white Christmas because we definitely got it!! I've been seeing so many newly lit balconies. Do you think we'll get to 300? Our neighbours over at the @verveyyc are making it interesting for their residents!

  • 2020-12-22 6:00 PM | Marketing (Administrator)

    A few days ago I went on a mini urban hiking experience at St. Patrick’s Island. It’s so cool to be able to be surrounded by nature just a few steps from my home away from home! It’s got some pretty cool spots to watch the river and the geese who are still here even in the winter?And guess what? I even saw that there is a curling area too. I’m really embracing the Canadian winter experience! I hope that next year I’ll be able to try it out with some friends (COVID-19 permitting of course). 

    Something that I wish I brought with me to this trip was a sled, I didn’t know you had a giant hill that I can toboggan in! Even without a sled, I still enjoyed the views from the top. You can see the City from up there! Oh look that’s where I live! 

  • 2020-12-21 5:00 PM | Marketing (Administrator)

    Good Day Neighbours! It’s been a few weeks now of getting to know each other and I think we are starting to have a pretty good friendship! The type of friendship where you tell each other anything! You might not know this about me yet...but I LOVE a photo opportunity! Maybe it’s because I’m from the North Pole, but there are only so many times you can take a picture with a snowman before it looks forced. I confess, I have been going on a regular Art Walk right here in the EV; it’s been magical, sometimes the light is perfect and the colours really pop and Voila! Another amazing Selfie!  I call it the “Elfie”.   

    I like to start my walk with Julian Opie’s computerized LED-animated piece called Promenade, it really gets me moving! Along the Riverwalk you can see Ron Moppet’s Tile Murals, Katie Green’s photographic installation and look across the river and see Bloom a sculpture by Michel de Broin on St. Patrick’s Island.

    Over at the Library, I like waving hello to Christian Moeller’s three-piece sculpture, TRIO (they are the kind of friends you can have without ever saying a word). 

    I like to end my walk at the Bounce Game Park, the murals named Found Home, by MAUD always make me smile, because I feel very at home here in the EV. I might even use a couple of these “Elfies” to send out for my Christmas card this year! 

  • 2020-12-20 4:30 PM | Marketing (Administrator)

    I was out just going for my Sunday morning walk when I came across the sign for the Nordic Loop! How exciting! It’s a 1 km loop around Fort Calgary and you can use your cross-country skis and snowshoes – this makes me think of what we have back home. Although I’m not complaining that we’ve been having the warmest weather but we might need a little bit more snow to use the track. I checked the weather forecast and it’s looking like we might be able to try it out in the next few days. If you’re looking for me, I’ll be here doing my laps – woosh woosh!

  • 2020-12-19 4:00 PM | Marketing (Administrator)

    Have I mentioned how at home I feel here yet?(wink wink-chuckle chuckle)  It’s exciting to countdown the days until Christmas, but I’m really going to miss you when it’s time to go back to the North Pole.! I’m thinking maybe there’s a way I can talk Santa into letting me stop by the East Village during the summer. Picture me in shorts and a tank top , sunglasses, and a lot of SPF 50!  

    Maybe it’s a ‘ north pole thing’, but it’s always been my dream to grow my own real vegetables, in a real garden. So naturally, I have become obsessed with the East Village Community Garden on my daily walks; sure, it’s all snowy now, but I can imagine tall sunflowers, towers of tomatoes, kale blowing wistfully in the wind. What would you grow?   

    I better make my case to Santa soon, because registration opens for the garden on March 1, 2021.

  • 2020-12-18 7:00 PM | Marketing (Administrator)

    It wouldn’t be Christmas without stack of classic cookies that taste like home! Passed down through generations of ‘Star Elf Bakers’, I always make my great grandmother Elf’s Christmas classics:  Shortbread and Ginger Cookies!     

    This year on my visit to the East Village, I’m going to try new cookie twist for Christmas 2020!  Inspired by my visit to the confluence of the Bow River and the Elbow river in the East Village, I am creating a new holiday treat the Confluence Cookie: half shortbread and half ginger cookie!  How will you make your confluence cookie? Swirled? Stacked? Half and half? 

    Bow Shortbread: 
            •       1 lb butter (or 2 cups, or 1 brick) 
             •       1 c icing sugar 
             •       1 c cornstarch 
             •       3 c flour 
             •       1 tsp almond flavouring 
            1.      Cream butter until fluffy, add icing sugar and cornstarch 
             2.      Add flour and knead until dough cracks 
             3.      Roll into small ½ tsp balls, lightly flatten 
             4.      Bake at 350 degrees until delicate brown (approx. 10 min) 




    Elbow Gingersnaps:  

            •       1 c brown sugar 
             •       ¾ c butter 
             •       2 tbsp molasses 
             •       3 tbsp maple syrup 
             •       1 egg  
            •       1 tsp vanilla 
             •       1 tsp fresh grated ginger 
             •       1 tsp cinnamon 
             •       1 tbsp powdered ginger 
             •       ¼ tsp cloves 
             •       2 cups flour 
             •       2 tsp baking soda 
             •       Pinch of salt 
            1.       Cream butter and sugar. 
             2.      Add molasses, syrup, egg, vanilla & ginger 
             3.      Beat until blended. 
             4.      Add spices and mix in. 
             5.      Add flour, soda and salt, mix. 
             6.      Roll into little finger size lengths or small balls.  
             7.      Place onto parchment or greased cookie sheet 
             8.      Bake at 350 degrees for 12 - 14 minutes 



    Combine them for the Confluence Cookie!

  • 2020-12-17 6:00 PM | Marketing (Administrator)

    You might have noticed that I am no longer wearing my classic holiday elf hat. All these selfies look glamorous, but it ain’t easy! I must have taken off my hat to get just the right angle on my slim elf features and left it somewhere. Every day is so exiting and new, so it was bound to happen. Let me know if you spot around will you?

    I mean, I really think I am starting fit in here, and ready for a “EV” look. My new hat could be something colourful and big?

    Or something shiny?

    On my daily walk about the EV, I was so happy to find many new hat options right here. AND I definitely look like a local. What do you think?

  • 2020-12-16 7:00 PM | Marketing (Administrator)

    Have you seen the poster for light up the village? I feel like you did— since my walk last week it looks like there are at least 220 lights! We’re so close to our goal of 300. I bet if we do, Santa can see it as he flies by when delivering presents on Christmas Eve. Yipeee!

    Here are some pictures I took of the neighbourhood!

  • 2020-12-15 1:00 PM | Marketing (Administrator)


    Well, it’s wintery and cozy in my EV home away from home. A visit to the Calgary Public Library today will mean I have new books to snuggle up with tonight! The library is offering curbside pickup these days to keep things safe and convenient! How awesome is that! I just show up and they hand me my books!

    One of the perks to being an elf is that you can make any place you visit feel like a fun playground. The library building is really an extraordinary architectural landmark (an elf on the shelf’s dream come true), but have you seen the stair handrails!  Perfect for sliding down!    

    When I said I feel at home here, I meant it. The people and landscape are really making this elf feel less like he is 100 million miles from home. I mean, it’s pretty easy for me to make my own fun being the 11” tall party animal that I am, but there are also times where an elf likes to put on his glasses, find a nice comfy spot on a shelf and catchup on some reading. How will you make your own fun this holiday season?

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An inclusive, thriving, and vibrant East Village where all are welcome to live, learn, work, and play.


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