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  • 2020-12-11 5:00 PM | Marketing (Administrator)

    Another Friday and another daytime fun time! These little legs are finding with all this walking around the East Village I’m getting human-size hungry! We whipped up a batch of holiday granola to make sure I fuel up before a day of exploring. This recipe makes a lot of granola! Perfect for sharing! I have made so many friends here in the EV, thought I’d drop off a few bags at my neighbours' doors as a yummy surprise!




    6 cups oats 

    1/2 cup nonfat dried milk 

    1/2 cup brown sugar 

    3/4 cup wheat germ 

    1/2 cup coconut  

    1/4 cup sesame seeds 

    2/3 cup honey 

    2/3 cup vegetable oil 

    tablespoons water 

    1  1/2 teaspoons vanilla 


    In a large bowl combine dry ingredients. Stir together honey, oil, water, and vanilla and add to dry mixture. Stir to coat well. Turn into 2 large shallow pans or cookie sheets.  Heat 300 degree oven for 25-25 minutes or until cereal is lightly toasted. Stir twice during heating, every 12 minutes. Let cool, stir occasionally during cooking.  

    Optional additions after it has cooled: Add 1 cup chopped nuts, 1 cup raisins, or some chocolate chips  

  • 2020-12-10 11:00 AM | Marketing (Administrator)

    Alright folks, I need to address the elephant in the room, no, no, not the one in the picture, he’s a chill dude. I know you guys are under heavy restrictions now and this won’t be the normal Christmas season. And like you, I had some plans that just aren’t going to work out. It’s tough, there is no way around it.

    But just ten days here in the East Village and one of the first things I discovered is what an incredible group of amazing, kind-hearted, and resilient people make up the neighbourhood I have gotten to know firsthand. I may have the magic of the North Pole but that is nothing compared to the hearts and energy East Village has!

    We all need a little joy now, and I want to spread some joy, so tell me what brings you joy! I’m Derek. I’m the joyful, joybringing, enjoying joy elf! It’s on my business cards even. Also I just really like how the word joy sounds!

  • 2020-12-09 11:30 AM | Marketing (Administrator)

    Derek's Adventures: Decorating is hard work! But I gotta keep up! You guys went all out! I asked for a hundred, I got 175. Well then, the game is afoot!

    EVNA reminded me that East Village neighbours do NOT mess around. A real challenge then eh?

    Let’s Light up The Village and get 300 light displays! Light up your window, your balcony, your car, your bike? Whatever you want, let’s get lit!

    Speaking of challenges, apparently there are some rules about unidentified flying objects zooming between buildings, no matter how magical! Since I can’t put my magical elf skillz to use, want to help me out #evneighbours with better photos?! DM your favourite light displays around the neighbourhood. Some of you are up pretty high, just chilling on your balconies is like flying anyways!

  • 2020-12-08 2:00 PM | Marketing (Administrator)

    I got thinking about the "list" side of my mission from Santa, so I figured I would present some nice things you #evneighbours have been up to!

    Gotta keep the red man satisfied if I want to stay on vacation. Er…I mean, on assignment. Thank you, East Village for making it the easiest thing in the world, and now I can go back to sipping some Christmas libations! I popped into the INK building and discovered what those INK’sters are up to! They're collecting non-perishable goods for the @calgarydropin. They only started a few weeks ago and they're already on their 3rd box!

    Let me know the acts of kindness that your building, friends, & family are up to! I wanna hear all about it. No really I do, not just trying to get you to do my work for me...

  • 2020-12-07 4:30 PM | Marketing (Administrator)

    Hey #evneighbours, are you sure it's December here!?! Like it's not some Calgary time warp back to fall? Another day, another new friend.... This one was a little furrier mind you. Mochi and I met at that amazing dog park your East Village has, might have to see about getting one for the reindeer outside of Santa's shop.

    Speaking of reindeer, went for a little ride around the did not go smoothly.... Good thing I'm an adventure loving elf!

  • 2020-12-06 12:00 PM | Marketing (Administrator)

    I’ll let you in on a little secret. I didn’t want to tell you where I am staying in the East Village. Not because I don’t want you to know, but hey, let’s face it, if word gets out, then I’m in the media, paparazzi is all over me, and to tell you the truth; I’m staying with friends. They just wouldn’t be able to handle the attention.

    Anywhoo, I have another secret. Christmas magic isn’t about gifts and shopping or baking. That’s all nice but the real magic is the Christmas in people Today, East Village... you really showed me a good time. Wow! Nice points galore! You get nice points! You get nice points!


    Checked out St. Patrick’s Island. Went for a bike ride with this guy (he’s totally on Santa’s A list). Met the gals for a picnic (they know how to roll). I met Mike He took me for a ride on a seriously tricked out red scooter (Santa digs red). Speaking of scooters, saw a duo of lovely ladies struggling with a scooter mishap. Let’s just say that the two men who stopped to help are definitely on Santa’s “nice” list. Remember; Derek is watching.


  • 2020-12-05 3:00 PM | Marketing (Administrator)

    How you doin’? I’m Derek. International Elf of intrigue…yeah, that line gets me pretty much no where. Yet, I am an International Elf of… oh, okay right.

    This is really my first trip anywhere, but I’ve learned a lot about the world from reading Santa’s letters and eavesdropping on morning cocoa conversations between Mr. and Mrs. Claus. What? I’m an Elf on a shelf. Don’t judge me. I eavesdrop. It’s my thing. I thought that I came to Calgary prepared. It’s cold, there’s snow. No one told me about the Geese and no one told me to expect a Hygge Hut. Right here in East Village! Not kidding! Right on the Riverwalk. It’s very Hygge. Covid covered. A chance warm yourself and talk to your neighbours by the warmth of a fire. I personally find the weather really hot! Not what they described at all, but everyone keeps telling me that it gets cold! Okay. We’ll see.

    I’ll leave you today with a little advice from an International Elf of Intrigue (stop laughing). Beware of your plastic bits in a Hygge Hut. Jus’ sayin. No reason. I’m fine. 

  • 2020-12-04 12:30 PM | Marketing (Administrator)

    Afternoon #EVneighbours! Wow! Can’t get over how friendly and welcoming the people here in East Village are! Found myself a cohort over in the Orange Lofts and after some wine and talking and punning....yes that’s a word, got down to some Christmas baking of sorts. Since I know we all need a little cheer thought I’d share this awesome activity we came up with: Dried Orange Slices! Not only do they make your place smell great, they have so many uses! Garland, ornament, part of a wreath, perhaps a drink garnish? Mulled wine anyone?  

    This was such a blast my cohort and I are already planning for more Friday afternoon creative sessions. Send me your ideas, the punnier the better! Oh, and tasty too! 

    Craft: Orange Slices Ornaments or Garland 


    Since many of us are staying home holiday season (with the recent Covid-19 restrictions), decorating indoors can help make it feel festive and fun.   

    The ingredients for this craft are simple, and you may even have everything you need already in your kitchen! The best part is that this craft makes your home smell so good, it is affordable, and easy on the environment! 

     Materials list: 

    ·       Oranges  

    ·       Sharp knife and cutting board 

    ·       Cookie sheet  

    ·       A wire baking rack if you have one OR parchment paper 

    ·       Bakers twine, yarn, thread (for hanging/stringing finished slices) 

    ·       a yarn needle if you have one 

    ·       Scissors 

    ·       *patience 


    How to Make Dried Orange Slices 

    1.     Slice orange into 1/4” or 1/8” slices; go slowly and carefully when cutting with a sharp knife in a gentle back and forth sawing method to keep the slices crisp and avoid any squeezing or pressing. Evenly cut slices are ideal and if you see any seeds just pull them out as you proceed. 

    2.     Use paper towel or a kitchen towel to gently blot dry the slices from dripping juice  

    3.     If you have a wire baking rack place it on top of the cookie sheet or place a sheet of parchment paper on the pan instead. 

    4.     Lay your slices on the rack or on top of the parchment paper, as close together as possible without overlapping and keeping the slices round 

    5.     Set your oven at its lowest baking temperature (typically 170 or 200 degrees). 

    6.     Dehydrate your orange slices slowly for several hours at this low bake temperature, turning the slices each hour.  The slices will get thinner and translucent, so check often to avoid oranges curling and get brown. Remove when almost dry and allow slices to cool and finish drying on a cutting board or rack. The oranges should feel light and look like stained glass!  

    How to make a simple ornament: 

    If you have a needle you can thread it with some twine or thread and simply poke the needle inside the orange close to the rind, pull through a couple of inches before cutting, make a loop and tie a knot. Voila!  

    Alternatively, you can poke a hole with a skewer, nail, or scissors (anything small and pointed) and then gently pull your twine through, cut, and tie the hanging loop. 

    If you have some metal ornament hangers, you can also use them; just poke it in and hang it! 

    To make an orange slices garland: 

    Consider the appropriate length of twine, thread, or yarn and the length of the finished garland. 


    If you have a needle you can thread it with some twine and simply poke the needle inside the orange close to the rind and pull the twine through leaving about a 12” (at the end of the first orange). Poke through about 1” apart to string your slice. 

    It is also easy to poke holes at 11 and 1 o’clock on each orange slice and pass the twine through. If you wrap the end of the twine with some tape it makes it easier to poke through.  Space the oranges so they don’t overlap. 

    It’s fun to play with different types of twine, add cinnamon sticks, beads, etc. for some extra festive charm. 

    Any extra dried rind or slices can be displayed in a nice dish, or garnish a cheese plate, or attached to a present for decoration. 

    Experiment and try drying lemon and lime slices too! 

  • 2020-12-03 10:00 AM | Marketing (Administrator)

    Woah, definitely not at the North Pole anymore, Dorothy! The Riverwalk to the East Village is busy and exciting. Very few sleighs and I didn't see any reindeer, but lots of dogs who want a bite of my yummy breakfast sandwich and by the way, the Canada Geese are on the naughty list. Rather hissy and surprisingly fast on their feet.

    It was good to have a run though, but thankful for the many places to sit, rest, chat, and admire.

    Biking, running, walking, so many of you out and enjoying your gorgeous Bow River. I'm not used to seeing water that isn't frozen, although I understand that it does freeze and probably will and that's when the Canada Geese are a little more "chill". – see what I did there?

  • 2020-12-02 6:30 PM | Marketing (Administrator)

    East Village! I’m loving your amazing night lights!  

    Sure, I am used to the Aurora Borealis aka Northern lights, and yeah… I think East Village, let’s light it up! Show me your balconies!  I’m a balcony Elf… what can I say?  

    Let’s light up the night, decorate the dark and show Calgary that the East Village is brilliant, bright, and lit!  I bet we can get to a 100 or more light displays. I’ll be counting and reporting back to Santa!

    I hear that the East Village Neighbourhood Association may have access to extra lights, so if you want to play along and need some help from these little elf hands, I brought a little magic along with me.  I’m a Christmas Elf.  I’m Derek.  Let’s get the magic started. 

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