New snooker table for Nord-Bridge Seniors Centre part of 2015 Alberta 55 Plus Winter Games legacy

The 2015 Alberta 55 Plus Winter Games Society, along with the Nord-Bridge Seniors Centre, will be showcasing a new snooker table made possible by a grant from the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta.

The snooker table, delivered and set up in time for the Games kickoff on Feb. 18, was funded by a Community Priorities grant of $10,000. Representatives from the 2015 Alberta 55 Plus Winter Games Society, Nord-Bridge Seniors Centre, Community Foundation and local snooker players celebrated the opening on Feb. 13.

Castle Mountain closure forces cancellation of Alpine Skiing for 55 Plus Winter Games

Mild conditions continue to affect the 2015 Alberta 55 Plus Winter Games. Alpine skiing will be cancelled due to the closure of the event venue, Castle Mountain Resort.

According to the resort’s website, Castle Mountain sees an average winter snowfall of 910 cm. To date the resort has only received 264 cm.

“The process for the event cancellation will be the same as the earlier cross country skiing cancellation,” says Games Chair Lea Switzer. “Alpine skiing participants will be contacted and their registration fees will be returned.”

Despite the cancellations of alpine and cross country skiing, Switzer says this shouldn’t dampen the spirit of the rest of the Games.

“Lethbridge has embraced the Games through support and volunteerism, we have some amazing events planned for all residents to attend and of course the competition in the remaining 12 events is what really brings us all together.”

Highlights from the ATCO Gas All-Ages Torch Relay

Three and four generational groups and families who symbolize how an active lifestyle can warm your heart physically and emotionally, kicked off the spirit of the Games by carrying the torch flame in a ceremonial relay Wednesday afternoon at the University of Lethbridge indoor track.

Mayor Chris Spearman started the ceremony with the lighting of the torch from the cauldron and circled the track with his family. Families of all shapes and sizes followed and their favourite activities ranged from bowling to skiing to hiking in the coulees. Please join us in celebrating our official torch bearers byreading their bios.

Wednesday’s torch bearers will honoured at the cauldron lighting ceremony at the Games Opening Ceremony on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at ENMAX Centre. Special guest cauldron lighters include George Gemer, national track and field coach; Jim Staecy, two-time Olympian and Taylor McDonald, World Junior Champion curler. Admission is free to the opening ceremonies.

Participant registration and opening ceremonies

Over 1100 athletes made their way to Lethbridge ENMAX Centre for participant registration and the ATCO Gas opening ceremony. The ceremonies featured entertainment by Maria Livingston and the North Stone Singers, Lethbridge Community Taiko Drum Group, Canadian Rocky Mountain Cloggers and John Wort Hannam.

Emcee Liam Nixon of Global Lethbridge pumped up the audience and greetings from the Lea Switzer, Games Chair; Keith Carter, ATCO Gas Senior VP of Operations; Chris Spearman, City of Lethbridge Mayor; and Greg Weadick Lethbridge West MLA were extended to all participants and volunteers.

The ATCO Gas cauldron was lit by George Gemer, national track and field coach and Alberta sports Hall of Fame inductee; Jim Staecy, two-time Olympian; and Taylor McDonald, 2014 World Junior Champion Curler.

Games Photography

Games photography has been provided by the Lethbridge Photography Club and are available for viewing and download on their special Games photography website free of charge.

apartment for rent calgary

Got Place to Stay During 2015 Alberta 55 Plus Winter Games?

Apartments for Rent Calgary

Most of the apartments for rent Calgary has, seem to cater for the needs of small families and single professionals. A number of them a located within the central business district to allow people to get to and from work easily and quickly.

It is a nice idea to live in an apartment because you can get a good view of the city especially since there are a number of skyscrapers in the area. Most apartments will have elevators which means even if you are living on the top floor, you will not have to worry about getting up and down.


Here are some of the locations in which you can find apartments for rent in Calgary.

  • McKenzie Towne, SE, Calgary

You can find a number of apartments here which are suited both for singles and families with children. The area is a well planned residential area with more developments going on. The council provides a town hall where a number of activities take place and there is also a gym and activities for youth and children. There are paved walkways that lead to the park where more recreational activities can take place. There are 2 elementary schools in McKenzie towne. There is a convenient park and ride transit facility and an upgrade is in the works.


  • Beltline, Central, Calgary

This is an area with a high population density which means it has a number of apartments to rent and it is near downtown Calgary. You can find a mix of apartments here, be it low income or high end. There are a number of fun activities you can engage in here with bars, shops, cinema and parks all within walking distance and catching the train is equally easy. If you are looking to have a fun night life and live an urban style, then this is the right place to search for apartments to rent in Calgary. There are also a number of office spaces.


  • Bankview, SW Calgary

This is a neighborhood with a lot of apartments and condominiums with a range of middle-income apartments as well as low income. The area is near the rocky mountains so if you are lucky you can get an apartment to rent that has a view of the mountains. It is reasonably safe and has a number of recreational parks that are maintained by the council. There is also a tennis court if you are interested. A number of the apartments are within the $900 to $2000 dollar range with a choice of 1 or 2 roomed apartments.


  • Penbrooke Meadows, Calgary

For a person with elementary school children, this would be a good option. The area has 4 elementary schools within the neighborhood and the apartments are a mix of single family as well as married with kids style with 1 or 2 bedrooms and some 3 bedroom apartments. It is a beautiful area to live in and the community is friendly.

There are a number of residential areas in Calgary where you can find suitable apartments for rent in Calgary but these are some of the more common ones with a number available at present.