Survivng Isolation - Resources

April 28, 2020 8:42 AM | Anonymous

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We thought we'd share some helpful resources and updates to help you navigate this period of self-isolation.

Owl's Nest Books in Brittania is offering free delivery and curtsied pick up between 11 and 4 Monday to Saturday. Books can be ordered online or by phone. 403-287-9557

Birthday Drive By - The Calgary Fire department drove by a home near the Clubhouse on Friday and blared their sirens for someone's birthday.  This new program has them drive by the homes of people aged 4-12 or those 75 and older and blare a siren and/or play Happy Birthday over the truck's loudspeaker.  Call 311 or fill out a Fire Department-Operation Birthday form online.  Of course, if the trucks are busy with emergencies the request will not be accommodated.

The Calgary Public Library has online lessons to upgrade your professional skills or learn a new hobby and they are free of charge.   All you need is a free library membership you can get online at

  • has courses taught by industry experts in a wide variety of subjects including graphic design, Microsoft Office, project management and creative photography. There are also over 300 "Gale Courses" that are 6 week courses led by instructors to help advanced your skills in industries such as health care, finance, art, business and more.  These sessions start monthly. 
  • Your library membership also gives you access to Rosetta Stone language software for free.  Learn how to speak a new language with topic based lessons designed to help you communicate in different environments. 
  • Kanopy is a movie streaming platform that gives you access to quality videos, documentaries, virtual lessons or award-winning dramas or silver screen classics. It can be downloaded to your smartphone, tablet or home streaming device.
  • Free e-Books and audio books are also available for all ages and interests.  Parents can find good resources for home learning here. 

Christ Church is offering Worship links on facebook or youtube.  They even have Live Service for families and kids on facebook. Check it out at

Annex Ale Project Brewery - This adorable local brewery, located at 4323 1 St SE, closed their tap room on March 16 and began to make hand sanitizer.  Their goal is to "keep the brewery operational and help their friends at other breweries and distilleries stay in business, while making a small and humble contribution to the fight against COVID-19". The hand sanitizer refills come  in 473 ml cans. Once opened, the sanitizer needs to be transferred to a resealable vessel, such as a spray bottle, immediately. It's not the typical gooey sanitizer, but, it works! The hand sanitizer can be found close by at the Midtown Co-op or Britannia Sunterra. 

The Banff Centre wants to share the epic adventure of the Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival with you! They are providing a curated program of free Festival films that are available online for you to watch at home with your family. 

Youth Centres of Calgary Repurposed to meet New Need - Elbow Park resident, Jane Wachowich, Founder and Executive Director of the Youth Centres of Calgary has re-purposed the youth centre in Ogden to a place where people who struggle with food security can pick up lunches and bags of groceries on a daily basis.  She is expanding the service into the Dover community this week. Many other Elbow Park residents volunteer at the Centre and are now assisting with the new food program. Contact if you would like to assist with a donation.

Puzzle Games for Kids - This local company specializes in creating awesome educational puzzle games for kids. Escape Mail is a curriculum-based puzzle adventure for kids and grownups alike. Best of all, you never have to leave your house, because it gets delivered straight to your mailbox.

Town Halls Every Thursday with Jeromy Farkas - Jeromy Farkas is hosting WEEKLY Town Hall meetings through Facebook LIVE where he will update you on what is happening at City Hall and field any questions you might have.  If you would like to join him on Thursday nights at 7 pm go to You should be able to view the video even if you do not have a facebook account.  If the meeting doesn't begin at 7 pm, Refresh, and try again.

Christy Haynes Pilate has moved Online - The Pilates classes that Christy was teaching at the Clubhouse are now available online!  Five free videos have been downloaded to date for your choosing, as well as mini shorts” you can add to your home practice. Stay strong Stay Tall and stay positive - Christy ❤ 

Elbow Park Porch Portraits - Elbow Park resident and professional photographer Laura Colpitts is offering Front Door Portraits in Elbow Park on April 16, 17, and 18.  Laura will come to your house, and from beyond a safe physical distance,  will photograph you, your family, your pets — whomever you want, pyjamas welcome — through your windows, your front door, porch, driveway…whatever you ’e comfortable with. The purpose is to document who we are spending our time with, to inject a bit of fun into this pandemic process, and to give back to the community at large.  If you are interested, please contact her at to book a time.  The suggested session fee is $25, with $10 being donated to a local Covid-related cause.  You can view her work on Instagram @copperbluephotography.

Dust Off the Sewing Machines!  Some people in Elbow Park are making their own cloth face masks and to make scrub caps to donate to organizations in need.  Check out this link to find out more.  How to Make a Face Mask.  

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