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February 2012

Found 18 blog entries for February 2012.

Calgary Home TeamGood news for those who need to park in the downtown core – there's now a better selection of both long and short term parking, making things MUCH easier and far more convenient. If you're headed downtown for business or pleasure, you can now be assured that there's parking available for you!

You'll get a discount for driving a smaller vehicle. Additionally, now you can park FREE along Stephen Walk every day after 6pm. Parking is available for $5 from 11am on Friday until 6am Saturday at the Centennial, McDougall, City Centre, James Short, and Civic Plaza parkades. There are lower evening rates in parkades and surface lots starting at 4pm on weekdays.

And you're sure to love this: $5 Fridays from the Calgary Parking Authority (get more information at

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Calgary Home TeamWhile we love writing about real estate, the Calgary Home Team also loves to EAT! This week, we're spotlighting one of Calgary's best spots for a relaxed late-night bite: The Living Room.  Avenue Magazine selected The Living Room as 2011's Best Place for Late Night Dining.

The Living Room (located at 514 17th Ave. SW) actually coined the term “contemporary interactive cuisine” to describe their own unique blend of classic French and Italian cuisines with a distinctive Canadian touch.

The menu includes an incredible array of delectable and mouth-watering treats, including a variety of luncheon soups and sandwiches, as well as interactive meals (prepared at the table, to be shared by two or more diners) for dinner. The Living Room's cozy, warm

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Calgary Home TeamHave you experienced a broken compact fluorescent light bulb yet? Although it's certainly not a crisis, you should know that these bulbs require specific cleanup measures. Why? Because CFLs contain mercury, which can turn into mercury vapor if the bulb is broken. Being aware of the precautions you need to take in case a CFL breaks in your home is essential, as they've become the bulb of choice for many homeowners.

The most important thing is to keep the mercury all in one place so that you can remove it, and a broom or vacuum won't do that. Use these step-by-step instructions from HouseLogic for the safest, most effective CFL cleanup, and you'll be just fine.

Keep the damage contained - Open the windows and close the door to the room. You should turn

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Calgary Home TeamCalgary is a city with a diversity of attractions and events that happen daily throughout the year. There is no lack of adventure and excitement for those who live in or visit this beautiful wonderland. Located in the foothills of the rugged Rocky Mountains, Calgary is where the Bow and Elbow Rivers meet. With far more days of sunlight than any other major Canadian city, it’s easy to understand why Calgarians take pleasure in a dynamic way of life. Come...experience a week in the life of Calgary.

It's a time of celebration! There's never a dull moment when you join the Mardis Gras festivities. Join us on Saturday, February 25, 2012 (7:00pm) for fiery entertainment, lavish costumes, feathery masks, and spicy Creole food at the inaugural Mardi Gras – Le

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toscana italian grill se calgary

Want great Italian food the way your grandma used to fix it? Then head over to Toscana Italian Grill. This value-driven restaurant concept was created with a single goal in mind: Serve every meal in Italian wedding feast style, with good sized portions of home-style antipasto, pastas, meat, seafood and other entrees. The pizza is great, made with fresh ingredients that add flavor, and a homemade crust. They also offer gluten-free options for their pizza and pasta. Just let them know what you need. Toscana is the perfect place to enjoy casual dining with friends and family over great food and wine. The service is excellent and friendly.

If you have visited Toscana Italian Grill leave a comment below. Feel free to tell us about your experience. We look

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Calgary Home TeamOne of the most frequently asked questions heard by the Calgary Home Team is whether there's a “best time” to buy a house. We'd love to be able to tell you an exact window, but opinions vary throughout Canada!

While we wish we did, we don't have a crystal ball. However, there are definitely “slower” times in the market cycle. At these times, there may be lower prices or more flexible conditions allowing for a better buy, due to smaller buyer pools or generally less demand for properties.

In Canada, those slower times are usually the last two weeks in December, the first two weeks in January, and the month of August. These are all holiday times when people are often enjoying vacations and spending time with their families.

These are excellent times

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shopping in calgary canadaLooking for some great local shopping in Calgary? Here is your resource to some great stores and a snippet of what they offer.

Sunterra - family-owned fresh food market based in Alberta which began on the farm. Here you will get the freshness and quality of European-style shopping. Local products, unique imports and brand names altogether. At Sunterra, their purpose remains to provide customers with affordable, quality wholesome food. Address 200-1851 Sirocco Dr.

The Plaza Mercantile - located in Heritage Park Historical Village. This shop provides clothing, jewelry, lotions and bath products for men and women. Open year-round. Daily from 10 am to 5 pm. Address 1900 Heritage Drive SW.

Highland Scottish Gift Shoppe - specializes in custom-made

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home improvement trendsWhether you'd like to improve that house you just bought to make it feel more like "home", or you'd like to upgrade your current space to make it more marketable, consider home improvement! Home improvement trends for 2012 lean toward energy efficient interiors, low maintenance exteriors, and creative utilization of space.

According to HouseLogic, gone is the need and desire for rooms that are seldome used (such as formal dining rooms and living rooms). Instead, look for convertible spaces that can be changed as you like.

Be imaginative! For instance, a movable partition will turn a private study into an party space. Whether you choose fancy glass panels ($600 to $1,600 per linear ft., depending on the system) or simple vinyl-covered partitions

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things to do in calgaryHere's the scoop for this coming week's events and activities scheduled to happen in and around Calgary. So be sure to mark your calendar for these events now.

This is different! Have you ever wanted to learn how to relate to others while in your pajamas? Saturday, February 18, 6:00-9:30 (Location: TBA upon registration)--Cuddle party is a mini-workshop to learn clear boundaries and easy communication. It's a social event to re-discover affectionate, non-sexual, consensual, respectful, nurturing, gentle, relaxing, healthy touch. It's grown-ups in pajamas - that stay on. Build skill asking for what you want, refusing what you don't want, and exploring new situations playfully and fearlessly. Share a hug, give a back rub, have a conversation, snuggle up

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catch restaurant and oyster barDine in a unique atmosphere where you can experience two restaurants in one building. Greeting you as you walk in is the Oyster Bar. it's a relaxed and casual environment, where oysters are the main event reflecting  a San Francisco style atmosphere. it's certainly unique, being a fresh seafood restaurant in the heart of Calgary's beef country. Oysters and seafood are prepared fresh with an open kitchen. You will find mussels, oysters, clams and crab, and be sure to try the "Triple Tower."

Catch, the second floor restaurant, is one of the three four-diamond, five-star restaurants in Calgary. they serve an array of unique dishes reflecting the Japanese style of cooking.  Seafood and other dishes are prepared by experienced chefs. Catch is an

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