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No matter how large your home, extra storage space is always a blessing.

Sometimes, it’s just as simple as adding some cabinets but other times, solutions need to be a bit more creative.

Here are some ideas to spruce up your storage space this fall:

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Storage chests act as a tasteful piece of furniture where you can place flowers or other decorative items while still hiding away bulky items.

Mudroom benches serve the double purpose of providing a space to sit as you pull on your shoes and also a place to dump scarves, mitts, hats and other items of easily tossed off clothing.

Coat racks are a must — they make all the difference when it comes to walking in the door and immediately have a place to put your jacket — and take

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This Girl Can Expo (Sep. 8)
All girls aged five and up are invited to this one day expo that seeks to empower women of all ages.

Inglewood Night Market (until Sep. 15)
More than 50 vendors along with food trucks and live music.

East Side Studio Crawl (Sep. 15)
This is the best way to see local artists and the creative spaces where they work in this open house.

Calgary International Film Festival (Sep. 19 – 30)
A must attend event for anyone who loves films as there are more than 200 films from around the world screened.

YYC Pizza Week (Sep. 21 – 30)
The best excuse to eat pizza this week — Calgary restaurants are offering special pizza creations and some of the proceeds are donated!

Kiwanis Apple Festival (Sep. 22 – 23)
Annual farmers’ market

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You are probably feeling excited and overwhelmed as you go through the steps in purchasing a new home especially if you are a first-time buyer. Going to an open house and checking out your potential home is an essential step. Don't worry, we have provided a list of potential home pitfalls that you should watch out for.

1. The roof
This can be a major source of headaches if there are leaks and costly if there are repairs needed. A newer roof can even mean a lower homeowners insurance rate.

2. Plumbing
Don’t forget to check what’s happening underneath your future house. Check the pipes for leaks, damage and mold for both the sake of your health and your wallet.

3. Basement walls
Along that same note, when you’re looking down below, check out the

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Calgary Fringe Festival (August 3 – 11)
Nine days of performances from improv to comedies.

Taste of Calgary (August 9 – 12)
With prices as low as $1 tasting tickets, there is no excuse to miss out.

Summer Feast (August 9 – 18)
The best place to try a new restaurant, during this festival when there are loads of multi-course, prix fixed menus.

Calgary Dragon Boat Race and Festival (August 11 – 12)
An annual tradition in Calgary, watch or participate!

GlobalFest (August 16 – 25)
This festival of colour, music and rhythm that culminates in an explosion of fireworks.

Inglewood Night Market (All summer)
More than 50 vendors come out when the sun goes down, including food trucks and live music.

Shakespeare by the Bow (Throughout August)
The Bard’s

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Have the chance to really relax and soak in the summer rays during this lovely season. Check out these coolest and stylish camping tents you can find out there, either for yourself or for family.

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Who doesn’t dream of a home-away-from-home vacation property on a picturesque lakeside somewhere?

A recent survey shows that sales of recreational property are on the rise across country and the prices are expected to appreciate by nearly six per cent this year, particularly in Alberta and British Columbia. Alberta is leading the way on recreational property purchases, reaching prices of $535,885 on average.

Retirees and baby-boomers are the ones driving up vacation property purchases, flocking to lakes and streams, the seaside and mountaintops, with an eye towards retirement or a secondary home to raise children.

However, a spike down in the recreational property purchases was reported due to the newly introduced speculation taxes in

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Spruce Meadows North American Tournament (July 4 – 8)
A five-day outdoor show of horse jumping and tournaments.

Calgary Stampede Art and Lifestyle Show (July 6 – 15)
See another side of the Calgary Stampede this summer by checking out Western culture through art, entertainment, exhibitions and presentations.

Cyclepalooza (July 13 – 22)
A festival that celebrates all thinks bicycle related.

Inglewood Night Market (All summer)
More than 50 vendors come out when the sun goes down, including food trucks and live music.

Shakespeare by the Bow (Until August)
The Bard’s most famous plays are staged outdoors in Prince’s Island Park each year.

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