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Fun events this month in Burlington

 Monday, March 4, 2019     Laurence Mongeau     Community News and Events

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Maple Syrup Festival
Bronte Creek Provincial Park
Multiple Dates in March

You won’t want to miss the delicious Maple Syrup festival at Bronte Creek Provincial Park! The festival is happening on select days until March 31. Get ready for family fun! Taffy and historical tours as well as wagon rides, farm animals and activities await patrons to the Bronte Creek Maple Syrup Festival. Visit www.ontarioparks.com/park/brontecreek for more on times and dates.

This is the Point
March 15 - March 17 
Burlington PAC

Ahuri Theatre presents this two-time Dora Award winning production. This mixed media theatre presentation takes on the nature of companionship through four people involved with cerebral palsy. This modern theatrical production incorporates high and low tech augmented communication aids (devices used by non-verbal people to express themselves), as well as projected live video feeds, to heighten audience sensation. For tickets visit - burlingtonpac.ca

MS Trivia Night
March 23
Burlington Legion

Come out for a night of trivia, pizza and fantastic prizes in support of Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. Test your skills in a realm of different categories ranging from history to geography, pop culture, and more for a slew of prizes. Snag a table for eight for $150 or $20 per person. Visit www.legion.ca for the event flyer.

Spiders Alive Pyjama Party
Royal Botanical Gardens
Friday March 29

Parents, don’t let the kids miss the last March night of this eight-legged event party. Spiders Alive takes place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., on the final Friday evening of each month. Join the RBG for activities, games, and everyone's favourite many-legged creatures - all included in your general admission. For more on event details visit: www.rbg.ca

Burlington Events in August

 Wednesday, August 8, 2018     Laurence Mongeau     Community News and Events

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Burlington is sizzling this summer with all sorts of free and exciting events that will keep folks of all ages entertained. Whether you’re looking to dance, twist, or shout, downtown Burlington is without a doubt hosting some great events!

Jazz on the Plaza, The Burlington Performing Arts Centre
August 11 and 12, 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Don’t miss two-time JUNO-nominated musician Shirantha Beddage, a baritone saxophonist, composer and educator from Toronto. The Mike Downes Quartet caps off this FREE jazz event in downtown Burlington. There is nothing like original live jazz performances under a clear summer sky. Prepare to dance the night away at Jazz on the Plaza this August in Burlington!

The Rotary Club of Burlington Ribfest, Spencer Smith Park
August 31 - September 3

Burlington is home to the nation’s largest Ribfest! Canada’s Largest Ribfest, hosted by the Rotary Club of Burlington, lights up Spencer Smith Park from August 31 - Sept 3, Labour Day! This is the perfect end of summer event for locals and Halton regional residents. Let the kids forget about school for one last afternoon and you don’t even have to cook! It’s a win/win at Canada’s Largest Ribfest since 1996. For more information surrounding Ribfest visit http://www.canadaslargestribfest.com/

Gimli #489 Golden Rescue 5K Run/Walk Spencer Smith Park
August 18

This first time event is a run for rescued retrievers and dogs in need. The event takes place at Spencer Smith Park at 8 a.m., Saturday, August 18 in downtown Burlington. Dogs can join their owners and make friends at this great fundraiser for pets! Contact Kelly Arnott (905-512-2488) for more information.

Children’s Festival Spencer, Smith Park
August 19

The City of Burlington Children’s Festival is a top 100 event in Ontario and another great reason to live in the city! The downtown park turns into everything a kid could ever want. Games, activities, magic, face-painting, live performances and so much more! Be a kid again at this late summer festival at none other than Spencer Smith Park.

Open House - Taoist Tai Chi, 3390 South Service Rd.
September 6

Try something new this September! A free demonstration of Taoist Tai Chi will happen Thursday, September 6 at 3390 South Service Road in Burlington. Learn more about Tai Chi by interacting with instructors and find out how to join a beginners class. Contact the Burlington Branch - FLK Taoist Tai Chi at 905-634-4990 for more information.

Burlington is a top tier location without a doubt. A fantastic shopping scene, a beach, assorted types of real estate and restaurants plus, all sorts of huge free festivals!

See the RBC Canadian Open in Oakville

 Tuesday, July 3, 2018     Laurence Mongeau     Community News and Events

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Living in Halton Region has lots of perks and one of them is being able to see high profile professional golfers tee off at the RBC Canadian Open! Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville will play host to the PGA tour Canadian National Men’s Open for the 30th time. The Club Link course at Glen Abbey was designed by seven-time runner-up and golf legend Jack Nicklaus. This year’s tournament runs from Monday, July 23 - Sunday, July 29.

This year the RBC Canadian Open will host two professional-amateur tournaments. The Canada Day Pro-Am will tee off July 23rd at 12 p.m. and will consist of Canadian golfers and celebrities! The RBC Championship Pro-Am will be held on July 25 with 52 teams competing. These shot-gun start tournaments will tee off from the first and 10th hole giving fans an up close and personal perspective at some of their favourite players and celebrities! Proceeds from the Pro-Am benefit the Golf Canada Foundation and help support the developmental pathway to Team Canada and the Young Pro Program.

Championship Rounds
The field has yet to be determined for the Canadian Open but the first two rounds are a shotgun start from both the first and 10th hole. Once the cutline is determined after the first two rounds, rounds three and four will be scheduled according to individual scores. The Sports Network, The Golf Channel, Global Television and CBS will all broadcast the event. Watching the golfers on the sidelines is exciting and is a great opportunity to stroll Glen Abbey’s beautiful grounds!

Special Events
All through the week, there’s something different happening. On top of all the professional golf, all sorts of wonderful entertainment lay between the links. Back again this year will be ‘The Rink’ for the Canada Day Pro-Am. The 7th hole will be outfitted with hockey boards and a Zamboni. Additional bleachers and viewing decks allow ticket holders a rare, fun and exciting glimpse of the par three hole. Don’t miss Red and White Day, July 27 when everyone is encouraged to wear red and white and Canadian Flags will be handed out at the front gate. Canadian Armed Forces Day, presented by Commissionaires, will be held July 26 giving current and former members of Canada’s Armed Forces free access for the day with upgraded venues when they pre-register. Foodies will not want to miss all the Food Trucks present all week!

Watch some golf, spot your favourite pro golfer and shop the spectator village; it’s all happening at the RBC Canadian Open this month in Oakville.

Be a tourist in Burlington

 Thursday, June 7, 2018     Laurence Mongeau     Community News and Events

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The city of Burlington lays at the foothills of the Niagara escarpment and is surrounded by conservation areas, vineyards and Lake Ontario. Credit Valley, Halton and Hamilton Conservation Authorities all have sites near Burlington. Bronte Creek Provincial Park and the Bruce Trail also provide residents with fun and picturesque nature areas to further explore around Burlington.

Hop on the Bruce Trail at Limehouse Conservation Area in Halton Hills. This area (with admission paid by donation) is great for bird watching and walking the dog. Open daily, from sunrise to sunset, come see the historic structures at Limehouse Conservation Area, 12169 Fifth Line, Limehouse, Ont.

Visit “Scotch Block Winery” on 10th Sideroad just outside Milton and view the escarpment as never before and even enjoy a wine tasting. Pop into the farm in the heart of Halton and try free samples and maybe find dad’s Father’s Day gift! Visit http://scotchblockwinery.com/ for this Milton vineyard’s full wine list.

Kelso Conservation Area, immediately north of Burlington, has changed over from a nordic to summer playground. Camp, boat, rock climb, mountain bike and more at one of the most breathtaking vantage points of the escarpment there is. Visit Halton Parks online for information about all of their parks as well as upcoming events at http://www.conservationhalton.ca/parks.

Sitting between Oakville and Burlington, Bronte Creek Provincial Park is another year round venue for outdoor enthusiasts to take up their hobby. This provincial conservation site has a 50m deep ravine, disc golf course, children’s farm, heritage Spruce Lane Farm House (c. 1899) with loads of interactive programs and of course, not to be forgotten is the huge outdoor pool. Sign up now for Ghost Walks happening at the park this August. Visit https://www.ontarioparks.com/park/brontecreek for more on Bronte Creek Provincial Park.

Burlington is surrounded by the beautiful escarpment and conservation sites, beaches and parks - discover it this summer!

Hosting Mother’s Day - Simple ways to wow mom at home

 Thursday, May 10, 2018     Laurence Mongeau     Community News and Events

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This year for Mother’s Day, why not plan a special day in! Sometimes the best way to celebrate is by keeping it simple and just spending quality time together in the comfort of your home. There are many ways to make mom feel special on her big day.

First, a classic way to celebrate Mother’s Day is with brunch! Everyone loves to share a meal together and brunch is a special way to do that. Plan ahead and find recipes that she will enjoy and ask the rest of the family to help as well with the spread. Make some of her favourite old family recipes and also try some new ones to make it feel different and special. A great idea is to set up a mimosa bar! Serve champaign with a variety of juices and fruits to top it off.

If it’s nice weather outside, enjoy the outdoors at home! Spend time in the yard and you could even have your meal outside as a picnic or on the deck or patio. If you are at your mom’s house and she enjoys gardening, you could help her out in the gardens. Or simply take a walk together and enjoy the spring day.

Share memories together by pulling out some old photo albums and look through family photos and home videos. This will bring up many happy family memories and you can tell stories and reminisce together. If your mom enjoys games, have some fun playing board games or cards together.

The most important thing is that you enjoy spending the day together, and having this special day in will certainly impress your mom!

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