Alberta beauty hopes to ground pilot

Another Alberta-born babe will soon be streaming into living rooms across America.

Tiana Kruzel, originally from Calgary but now living in Vancouver, is one of 25 women who'll be vying for the heart of Jake Pavelka in the upcoming reality dating competition known as The Bachelor.

A graduate of the University of Calgary in 2000, the 31-year-old bombshell worked for seven years at the Edgemont Health and Sport Club before migrating to the West Coast, like any smart Albertan.

It was there she appears to have spread her wings almost as much as bachelor Jake -- a commercial pilot from Dallas -- attending the Blanche Macdonald Centre for Fashion Merchandising and Marketing, modelling, working in fashion sales, working as a client ambassador for consulting firm Virtus and reportedly being a 'medical technician,' according to her ABC profile.

No doubt about it, Tiana is one of the most gorgeous girls ever to attend a rose ceremony.

Only time will tell if she'll also be gracing the cover of US Weekly, a la Peace River's Jillian Harris -- last season's paparazzi-plagued Bachelorette.

The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love (yes, really) premieres Monday, Jan. 4, at 9 p.m. on Citytv.


"The generosity of Calgarians, both individual and corporate, never ceases to amaze me," said Peter Buur, president of the incredible Magic of Christmas gift-giving campaign.

"However, every year we see hundreds of families in need.

"While we provide more than just gifts, we are in need of donations."

The charitable group that's celebrating its 30th year of spreading holiday joy this year is crossing its fingers that Calgarians can still help by dropping off gifts, toys, clothing and food to the Agellen Capital warehouse at 401 33 St. N.E.

Volunteer elves are standing by, ready to stuff a fleet of Calgary Transit buses full of gifts to be delivered to the city's less fortunate on Dec. 24.

For more information, log on to www. themagicofchristmas.org.


Looking to impress the in-laws this Christmas by preparing the perfect turkey dinner?

Just in time for the holidays, Trail Appliances is dishing out some serious turkey cooking tips, free. The appliance giant's in-house chef, Neil Stuart, will be basting a juicy bird and whipping up all the fixins, ready to show you a recipe or two that might even top your mother's.

Drop in to Trail's south location, 6880 11 St. S.E., tomorrow at 11 a.m. and get ready to talk turkey.


A few runner-ups in our special report on the top five reasons to suffer through winter in this town:

-There's no better way to rip a hole in the wall than by forgetting to unplug your car before driving away from the house.

-Because every female on the planet should know the comfort of wearing hand-me-down figure skates on the backyard rink.

-You can gain 20 lb. in December and have no one notice until May when your down jacket comes off.

-Because nothing beats driving on frozen, flat-bottom tires.


Give the gift of music and you'll be oh so glad you did.

The Legacy Children's Foundation is asking Calgarians to consider donating new or gently used musical instruments to be given to vulnerable children and youth in our city for Christmas. No pianos or organs, please, but all other instruments are graciously accepted and will make a long-term impact on a needy kid with a desire to strum a guitar. Instrument or financial donations can be made by contacting The Legacy Children's Foundation at 403-244-3074 or by e-mail at donations@legacyfoundation.ca.