May 9 – 11

Let’s get one thing on the (brunch) table to begin with: Sunday is Mother’s Day. If that comes as a surprise, you have some scrambling to do. If, however, you have already made plans to celebrate mom, here are five other non-brunch things you might do.

1. Stars on Ice; Sunday, May 11, 4 p.m. at Scotiabank Saddledome.

If Blades of Glory hadn’t been the title of a satirical film set in the world of figure skating, it would serve as a fitting description of this event. This year, the stars set to hit the ice include Patrick Chan, Joannie Rochette and the ice-dance team of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. Virtue and Moir choreographed their routine themselves and it serves as a kind of look back on their 17-year career.

Tickets ($23.90 – $99.75) are available online.

2. YYC Burger Week; Until Saturday, May 10 at various locations.

Thirty restaurants are competing to be declared Calgary’s Best Burger. Defending champ Naina’s Kitchen is looking to hold on to that coveted title, but it is facing some stacked competition. There are exotic entries (foie macs on brioche; Winebar Kensington), alternative takes (samurai ahi tuna burger; Billingsgate Seafood Market & Restaurant) and updates on a classic (Heritage Voyageur Burger; Selkirk Grill.)

The latter will give you an excuse to head to Heritage Park this weekend. Reservations at the Selkirk can be made online. (The park’s Mother’s Day brunch is sold out, so don’t go on Sunday hoping to grab a seat.)

3. Ospreys in Danger; Saturday, May 10, 1 p.m. At the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, 2425 9th Ave. S.E.

Local children’s author Pamela McDowell knows her audience. For proof there are her many books (she has published 26 books since 2010; another nine are on the way). Then, too, there is her notion hat “it’s not a party without cupcakes.” She launches her book (there will be cupcakes), which is billed as an eco-adventure fro readers ages seven to nine.

4. Nagar Kirtan 2104  (Sikh Day Parade); Saturday, May 10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Dashmesh Culture Centre, 135 Martindale Blvd. N.E.

The parade begins at 10:30 at the Dashmesh Culture Centre and will conclude at the same place four hours later. Check out the procession, then check out the vendors, food, sweets and demonstrations of traditional martial arts. It’s free to attend, but Food Bank donations are welcome.

Those wanting to pick out a good vantage point will find the parade route here.

5. PK Fest, Saturday, May 10, 11 a..m to 4 p.m. at Olympic Plaza, 228 8 Ave. S.E.

Take in the fashion show, singing competition or marvel at the elaborate henna tattoos. You can also stuff your face with traditional food while the kids are getting their faces painted.

TWO TO KEEP AN EYE ON

1. Season’s passes for Calaway Park are on sale until May 20 for $39.95 (plus GST). It’s a good deal and the park’s new log ride, Timber Falls, looks like a fun way to stay cool this summer. The passes can be bought online or at Calgary Co-op stores.

2. Would it surprise you to learn that next weekend’s Lego KidsFest (May 16 – 18) is proving popular? The Saturday sessions are sold out, but as of midweek there were still some tickets available for Friday and Sunday.

—Bruce Weir

 

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