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When did you last Do Something New?

Are you tired of doing the same old thing?
Stuck in a rut? Bored at home?
Do you find it difficult to get out & find things to do, and people to do them with?
Join this group - try something different - meet new people - make new friends!!!

MUSIC CREDIT:"This is What You Are" - Mario Biondi and the High Five Quartet

The group is open to anyone: male or female, single or not, with or without kids, fit or not-so-fit, of any age. Come out with us, do all sorts of fun & interesting stuff, and make new friends along the way!

We're more than 10,000 DSNers - because we know what's fun!!

What do we do here in DSN?
Just SOME of our activities include a chance to:
Play some pool (http://www.meetup.com/CalgaryDoSomethingNew/calendar/13096957/), go bowling (http://www.meetup.com/CalgaryDoSomethingNew/calendar/13071678/), visit a museum (http://www.meetup.com/CalgaryDoSomethingNew/calendar/7039199/), try out a restaurant (http://www.meetup.com/CalgaryDoSomethingNew/calendar/13106283/), join the circus (http://www.meetup.com/CalgaryDoSomethingNew/calendar/6399663/), learn to paint (http://www.meetup.com/CalgaryDoSomethingNew/calendar/13070884/), play volleyball (http://www.meetup.com/CalgaryDoSomethingNew/calendar/10247170/), philosophize (http://www.meetup.com/CalgaryDoSomethingNew/calendar/10970897/) over a book, enjoy a park (http://www.meetup.com/CalgaryDoSomethingNew/calendar/13535497/), learn improv (http://www.meetup.com/CalgaryDoSomethingNew/calendar/11503413/), be charitable (http://www.meetup.com/CalgaryDoSomethingNew/calendar/13133377/), wall climb (http://www.meetup.com/CalgaryDoSomethingNew/calendar/11264019/), enjoy the arts (http://www.meetup.com/CalgaryDoSomethingNew/calendar/12505796/), sing karaoke (http://www.meetup.com/CalgaryDoSomethingNew/events/15873131/), play lasertag (http://www.meetup.com/CalgaryDoSomethingNew/calendar/12778123/), go dancing (http://www.meetup.com/CalgaryDoSomethingNew/calendar/13299838/), experience a new culture (http://www.meetup.com/CalgaryDoSomethingNew/events/15629108/), have fun at a festival (http://www.meetup.com/CalgaryDoSomethingNew/calendar/13216865/), enjoy a theme party (http://www.meetup.com/CalgaryDoSomethingNew/calendar/11750398/), play pub trivia (http://www.meetup.com/CalgaryDoSomethingNew/calendar/13583660/), enjoy some fresh air (http://www.meetup.com/CalgaryDoSomethingNew/calendar/10504435/), get some exercise (http://www.meetup.com/CalgaryDoSomethingNew/calendar/10575574/), walk up 802 stairs (http://www.meetup.com/CalgaryDoSomethingNew/events/46509862/), look for ghosts...

...or just about anything else you can think of!

MUSIC CREDIT: "Road Dogs" - Acoustic Alchemy

We try to do lots of exciting and different types of events and we have a fantastic group of people who attend. This is a fun, easy way to try new activities and meet new people.

We know sometimes it's hard to take that first step to come out and meet new people, but we know you'll see that we are most definitely worth it!

"At DSN, you'll arrive with strangers, but you'll leave with friends!"

See what our members are saying about DSN - check out our Group Reviews page (on the left margin, under our photo)!

We're real people, just like you!

For more information: check out the Pages (http://www.meetup.com/CalgaryDoSomethingNew/about/) link at the top horizontal menu bar or Contact Us (http://www.meetup.com/CalgaryDoSomethingNew/suggestion/) directly (an email will go to the main Organizer) with questions. So sign up as a member (it's free to join!) and RSVP for as many (or as few) events that you want to do.

We'll see you soon!

-David R! (http://www.meetup.com/CalgaryDoSomethingNew/members/?op=leaders)

Fall, 2017

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Celebrate 110 Years of Canadian Aviation

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Feb 23, 1909 - the Silver Dart flies nearly 800 m in Baddeck, NS, marking Canada’s first powered, heavier-than-air flight. 110 years later, DSN will do something aviation-themed. Stay tuned - I'll set it up over the winter and will announce it to the group when details are set. If you like aviation, hold this date!!

Celebrate 2-20-20!

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Stay tuned - I have 3.5 years to plan this!

DSN - Info, News & Stuff!
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Dec 23 - Welcome to Winter!! The Winter Solstice on Monday night, marked the shortest day (and longest night) of the year. We are now officially in the winter season, so I hope you have your winter tires on, your warm jackets out of the closet, and are ready to have some DSN fun, both indoors and out! With the New Year coming up, there will be lots of fun things to do in DSN - many tried & true activities (bowling, billiards, archery, curling, pub nights & lots more) plus a variety of 'new' and 'unique' events that even I haven't tried yet myself!! While the ideas above are INDOORS, we'll also be going OUT for skiing/snowboarding, nature walks, skating, snowshoeing... Calgary is a winter city, so the possibilities are (almost) endless! If you're interested in hosting an event for DSN, get in touch with me (message me directly, or just click the CONTACT US button at the left margin), but be sure to read the basic info here - So You Want to Be a DSN Event Host? (http://www.meetup.com/CalgaryDoSomethingNew/messages/boards/thread/49395812) Nov 16 - it's been a while since I updated this note page - we've passed 7,000 members and are almost at 8,000! We are going to need to 'branch out' to support such a large group - that may mean 'cutting out deadwood' by removing really old, never-does-anything members... but will give you a chance to be active again in the next 6 months or so, before any 'cutting' happens! We need help!! We'd like potential Event Hosts to offer events - either your own idea, or just to help out with some of the bigger events we have - see here for a little bit of info to consider first - So You Want to Be a DSN Event Host, Eh? (http://www.meetup.com/CalgaryDoSomethingNew/messages/boards/thread/49395812) Let's rev this group up again, and make it the best (not just the biggest!) Meetup group in town! -- -- -- March 21 - it's official - DSN has hit 6,000 members! Unfortunately, we get people joining (& leaving) all the time, so it's hard to define who is really member #6,000 as the number can drop & rise a few - but it happened today! For those who like numbers, we are now the 207th largest group of ~180,000 groups worldwide (and the 7th largest in Canada). There will be changes coming, as we need to change a few things to try & support such a large number of people looking to Do Something New... so stay tuned!!! --------- March 20 - 4:46pm - it's officially Spring!! Now's the time to check out the calendar & plan to Do Something New! There will be lots to do on weekends in April, so stay tuned! --------- March 15 - hey, DSN ice cream fans - Dairy Queen is celebrating 75 years by giving away free (small) cones on Monday March 16 (at participating locations). Don't miss out! http://www.dairyqueen.com/ca-en/ -------------- Feb 27 - Wow! January saw more than 400 people join this group; far exceeding the previous biggest membership month of about 250. February just passed 300, so 2015 looks like a big year for the group! There will be lots more good stuff on the calendar in March & April. Stay tuned! -David R. -------- Jan 13 - We are currently experiencing technical difficulties (often known as the Back-To-Work Blahs...) and will be getting the DSN schedule busy again shortly. We appreciate your patience!! -------- Jan 2 - "Baby, it's cold outside!" Everyone sit tight this weekend; there's a storm watch nationwide! It's going to be chilly, snowy & windy all over the place... not CRAZY-CALGARY-COLD, but unpleasant overall. It's a good weekend to Do Something OLD, like read a book, catch up on some sleep, write up your New Year's Resolution list, do the spring cleaning early, or just watch a few favourite movies. Stay safe! Weather Network - Calgary (link) (http://www.theweathernetwork.com/weather/canada/alberta/calgary) ------- Dec 31 - Happy New Year!! It's that time again; out with the old, in with the new... Resolutions to improve yourself, your habits, your health... Many of us won't keep those resolutions, no matter how much we try - but you can ALWAYS come out and Do Something New without a lot of effort; so keep DSN bookmarked, favourited, RSSed or whatever... For those that are going out tonight, have a safe & joyful New Year's Eve; get home safe, so you can have a safe, coffee- and aspirin-filled tomorrow morning! ------------- Dec 21 - Happy Winter Solstice!! Today at 4:03pm local time, marks the December Solstice; it is not, as many people believe, when the Earth is farthest from the Sun - that occurs about 2 weeks later (Earth will reach its Perihelion at 6:37 am UTC on January 4, 2015). The December Solstice occurs when the Sun reaches its most southerly declination of -23.5 degrees. In other words, when the North Pole is tilted furthest – 23.5 degrees – away from the Sun. It is the Winter Solstice in the northern hemisphere (where it is the shortest day of the year - well, the day's length doesn't actually change, but the hours of daylight are the shortest), but called the Summer Solstice down south (where it's the longest). The Solstice varies its timing a little, shifting from Dec 21 to 22 & back; every couple of centuries or so, it will occur on Dec 23, and very rarely on Dec 20. This variation happens because, you know, astrophysics & stuff... you can read a little more here (LINK TO TIMEANDDATE WEBSITE (http://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/december-solstice.html)). So from now until June 21, 2015 we will have a little more daylight each day; enjoy the extra time, and always try to Do Something New every day! Dec 3 - As the year begins to draw to a close, and both the Canadian & US Thanksgivings are gone, it's time to think of the upcoming holiday season - whether you observe Christmas (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas), Hanukkah (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanukkah), Kwanzaa (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kwanzaa), Pancha Ganapati (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pancha_Ganapati), Festivus (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Festivus) or something else, most of these special days make you think of family, friends and giving. In light of the calendar year ending, I want you to think about how & what you may be giving: time to friends/family/causes; food/clothing/donations to the needy; cash to charities; etc... We all know that a charitable donation is generally tax-deductible. But are you aware of exactly HOW deductible it is? The Canadian Government offers this guide to donating: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/chrts-gvng/chrts/glssry-eng.html#eligamt which may explain a few things. The blog post offers some advice on how to choose what to give, and to whom: http://brighterlife.ca/2013/12/24/the-benefits-of-year-end-charitable-donations/ And this Canadian Government calculator will let you figure out what your donation is actually worth (as a deduction for you): http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/chrts-gvng/dnrs/svngs/clmng1b2-eng.html Generally, 25% of the donation amount is deductible; meaning if you give $100, you automatically get a $25 credit against your taxes. It's a mix of federal/provincial tax amounts. As the amount you give grows, the % gets higher; at $500, your credit is $200 (40%) and at $1000, it's $450 (45%). It tops out just a little higher than that. Now - THIS IS THE IMPORTANT BIT!!!!!!! If you have not claimed a tax deduction for charitable donations before (say you gave money to a charity anonymously, or never asked for a receipt; or you have simply never done it before), you can claim a bonus SUPER credit of 25% for your first donation, if done before 2017. This means that for any donation by a first-time tax credit claimant, an additional 25% will be the super credit, up to a $1,000 donation. So a $100 donation gives you the normal $25 credit, and also $25 super credit. A $500 donation gives you the normal $200 credit, and also a $125 super credit. And a $1000 donation gives you the normal $450 credit plus a $250 super credit. So giving $1000 gives you a total credit of $700 - meaning it only cost you $300, but the charity gets all $1000. Giving $500 costs you $175, and giving $100 costs you just $50. As you can see, the higher the donation, the higher the credit, and the less (%) it costs you out-of-pocket. Again, the limit is $1000 for the super credit, so anything above that, is just the typical tax credit value. What I ask each of you to consider is 'pooling' funds, amongst your family & friends, for a registered charity of your choice, and assigning one person (a first-time donor) to make a contribution in their name. This will give them the maximum credit possible, making the best use of the donation dollars. If you & 9 friends put in $20 each, and one person claims the $200 donation, they will get a $100 credit rather than just the normal $50. So realistically, you & 9 friends can put in $10 each, that one person tosses in an extra $100 themselves - the charity gets all $200; that one person claims the $100 credit, and it only cost your friends $10 each. I encourage you to use this opportunity (now, next year, or after that before 2017) to pass along this information, and make the best use of your charitable dollars (and those of your friends!). Do your own research with the above links, or Google something like "Canada Super Tax Credit First Time Donors (https://www.google.com/search?q=Canada+Super+Tax+Credit+First+Time+Donors)" for more info. You have a couple of years to do this, and you can only do it the FIRST TIME YOU CLAIM A CREDIT on your taxes. If you gave last year (claiming this past spring) for the first time, you may be able to retroactively claim the credit. Check the government website for more info. I only learned this myself, after DSN collected $750 for ALS back in August. The Super Credit would have been worth an additional $187.50 which could have gone back to the charity, but I wasn't aware of it. So if you're in the spirit of giving, THINK THIS THROUGH - it can have a powerful effect on the charities involved (or, a powerful effect on your own tax credit). DSN will be arranging a giving campaign of some sort, to help pool funds for various causes; with 5,000 people in the group, it can make a difference - if 100 gave $20 then the $2,000 could be given as two $1,000 donations by first-timers. Credits would become (2x$700) and therefore $1,400 comes back. That can then get donated by 2 other first-timers, and so on, and so on... so the original $2,000 becomes worth (hang on, let me get the calculator... hmmm... carry the 'leventy-seven...) a whopping $5,500+ to the charities - almost triple its original value. Of course, as a group 'event', we would need some volunteers to act as the first-time donors, and would need to trust them with the funds and my calculations!! But we will worry about that next year... for now, if you are thinking of giving something this year, and want to claim the credit, think twice... an extra $25 in your pocket for a $100 donation is nice, but you could do a lot more good as part of a group donating plan. Stay tuned! ----- Dec 3 - As the year begins to draw to a close, and both the Canadian & US Thanksgivings are gone, it's time to think of the upcoming holiday season - whether you observe Christmas (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas), Hanukkah (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanukkah), Kwanzaa (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kwanzaa), Pancha Ganapati (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pancha_Ganapati), Festivus (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Festivus) or something else, most of these special days make you think of family, friends and giving. In light of the calendar year ending, I want you to think about how & what you may be giving: time to friends/family/causes; food/clothing/donations to the needy; cash to charities; etc... We all know that a charitable donation is generally tax-deductible. But are you aware of exactly HOW deductible it is? The Canadian Government offers this guide to donating: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/chrts-gvng/chrts/glssry-eng.html#eligamt which may explain a few things. The blog post offers some advice on how to choose what to give, and to whom: http://brighterlife.ca/2013/12/24/the-benefits-of-year-end-charitable-donations/ And this Canadian Government calculator will let you figure out what your donation is actually worth (as a deduction for you): http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/chrts-gvng/dnrs/svngs/clmng1b2-eng.html Generally, 25% of the donation amount is deductible; meaning if you give $100, you automatically get a $25 credit against your taxes. It's a mix of federal/provincial tax amounts. As the amount you give grows, the % gets higher; at $500, your credit is $200 (40%) and at $1000, it's $450 (45%). It tops out just a little higher than that. Now - THIS IS THE IMPORTANT BIT!!!!!!! If you have not claimed a tax deduction for charitable donations before (say you gave money to a charity anonymously, or never asked for a receipt; or you have simply never done it before), you can claim a bonus SUPER credit of 25% for your first donation, if done before 2017. This means that for any donation by a first-time tax credit claimant, an additional 25% will be the super credit, up to a $1,000 donation. So a $100 donation gives you the normal $25 credit, and also $25 super credit. A $500 donation gives you the normal $200 credit, and also a $125 super credit. And a $1000 donation gives you the normal $450 credit plus a $250 super credit. So giving $1000 gives you a total credit of $700 - meaning it only cost you $300, but the charity gets all $1000. Giving $500 costs you $175, and giving $100 costs you just $50. As you can see, the higher the donation, the higher the credit, and the less (%) it costs you out-of-pocket. Again, the limit is $1000 for the super credit, so anything above that, is just the typical tax credit value. What I ask each of you to consider is 'pooling' funds, amongst your family & friends, for a registered charity of your choice, and assigning one person (a first-time donor) to make a contribution in their name. This will give them the maximum credit possible, making the best use of the donation dollars. If you & 9 friends put in $20 each, and one person claims the $200 credit, they will get a $100 credit rather than $50. So realistically, you & 9 friends can put in $10 each, that one person tosses in an extra $100 themselves - the charity gets all $200; that one person claims the $100 credit, and it only cost your friends $10 each. Do your own research with the above links, or Google something like "Canada Super Tax Credit First Time Donors (https://www.google.com/search?q=Canada+Super+Tax+Credit+First+Time+Donors)" for more info. You have a couple of years to do this, and you can only do it the FIRST TIME YOU CLAIM A CREDIT on your taxes. If you gave last year (claiming this past spring) for the first time, you can retroactively claim the credit. Check the government website for more info. I only learned this myself, after DSN collected $750 for ALS back in August. The Super Credit would have been worth an additional $187.50 which could have gone back to the charity, but I wasn't aware of it. So if you're in the spirit of giving, THINK THIS THROUGH - it can have a powerful effect on the charities involved (or, a powerful effect on your own tax credit). Dec 1 - DSN has just hit 5,000 members - this is neat, as we are the first Meetup group in Calgary to reach that milestone, and will probably be the only one to have over 5K, for about a year. People come & go, so numbers rise & drop; we are getting about 200 people joining each month, with something like 60 leaving (not because they're not having fun; this city has a very fluid workforce, where people come & go frequently). Of 180,000 groups worldwide, we are about the 280th largest (believe it or not, the New York Tech Meetup (http://www.meetup.com/ny-tech/) has almost 41,000 members!). There are only 38 groups over 10,000 (with one just about to hit 10,000 likely today - DC/MD/VA Adventures (http://www.meetup.com/DCADVENTURES/)). Way to go, DSN!!! ----- Nov 1 - it's that time of the year again... we FALL BACK this Halloweekend! Daylight Saving Time ends at 2:00am on Sunday, Nov. 2. So turn your clocks BACK an hour, before going to bed on Saturday Nov 1. DST was first adopted to replace artificial lighting so they could save fuel for the war effort in Germany during World War I at 11:00pm (23:00) on April 30, 1916. It was quickly followed by Britain and many countries from both sides, including the United States. Many countries reverted back to standard time post-World War I, and it wasn’t until the next World War that DST would make its return to many countries in order to save vital energy resources for the war. Some trivia - http://blogs.calgaryherald.com/2014/03/08/daylight-saving-time-details-and-trivia/ Note that there is a statistical 10% increase in the risk of heart attack in the few days following the time shift, resulting from changed sleep patterns disrupting your body's rhythm, so if you are in any risk factor categories, please watch yourself! DST history - http://www.timeanddate.com/time/dst/history.html DST health info, and how to help yourself adapt, can be found here - http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/how-daylight-changes-affect-your-health-1.1235591 Where to find what parts of the world are changing? http://www.timeanddate.com/time/change/canada/calgary ---------- Oct 27 - today marks the 3,000th day that DSN has been in existence!! And coincidentally, last Saturday's OktoberFest welcomed the 9,000th attendance by a current/active member. What do these mean? Nothing, really... I just like numbers, and when they line up like this, I have to say something! It could be the supernatural preparation for Halloween, or just coincidence... well, OK, it's coincidence, but I can pretend it's the stars aligning on a supernatural plane!

DSN NEWS & OTHER INFO!!
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Mar 10 - Happy 3,500th day today, DSN! David's picks for this weekend (while there is no DSN event scheduled, sorry...) - some of these are other Meetups (you may need to join the group; there is no connection between DSN & the other groups), some are just public events I think you'd be interested in: - Calgary Auto Show - http://www.autoshowcalgary.com/ - Spring is coming, so learn how to prepare your bike - http://www.meetup.com/meccalgary/events/229010321/ - Learn how to use your DSLR camera - http://www.meetup.com/Calgary-Amateur-Photographers-Meetup/events/229086913/ - Learn about gravity - http://www.meetup.com/The-Calgary-Astronomy-Meetup-Group/events/228934721/

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