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Tips to Keep Your Home Ready for Showings

 Wednesday, June 5, 2019     Laurence Mongeau   

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It’s a good idea to designate a junk area, so that you avoid getting overwhelmed when you need to do a quick clean up! This can be especially important if you have children, because they can accumulate a lot of junk! Find a place in your home where you can store away large bins to temporarily store the things that you need to tidy up in a hurry for a last-minute showing. When doing a quick cleanup, put in bulky toys, messy papers and other items that collect around the house.

Before you start having showings, go through your home and declutter each room. This will help keep the house looking great, and with less stuff, there’s less to clean! Remove the items you no longer use and either pass them on to a family member or donate them. For the things you want, but don’t need at the moment, pack them up and tuck them away into storage.

Your house will also stay show-ready by having little extra touches around the house ready to impress at any time. So even if the house isn’t ‘perfect’ it’ll make the house seem clean and put together. Some examples of this are having a bowl of fresh fruit in the kitchen and vases with fresh cut flowers around the home.

If you keep on top of the cleaning and organizing, you should feel less overwhelmed when it comes to showing your home to potential buyers. Try to organize daily so that it doesn’t start to get stressful when you have short notice for viewings.

Take Dad Out In June

 Wednesday, June 5, 2019     Laurence Mongeau   

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Spencer’s at the Waterfront
June 16

Foodie Fathers will want to visit this downtown, lakefront venue for Champagne Brunch starting at 9:30 a.m. If you can’t make brunch at this stunning fine-dining restaurant, why not bring dad for the prix fixe menu only offered on Sundays? For more on how to get a table with dad at Spencer’s visit, www.spencers.ca

Multiple Courses
Father’s Day Weekend

Does dad enjoy playing the links? Visit a number of different courses in and around Burlington including Tyandaga Golf Course. Reserve dad a tee time at this city venue that was established in the early sixties and offers reasonable pricing and challenging layouts. See dad on the green this June in Burlington!

Burlington Performing Arts Centre
June 16

Don’t miss Chris Gibbs stand-up comedy performance Father’s Day in Burlington ‘Like Father Like Son’. This timely showing is the perfect Sunday evening outing for the important man in your life. If you can’t make it for the comedy, score some theatre tickets and hit downtown Burlington for some good eats and a show this June at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre. For tickets visit, www.burlingtonpac.ca.

Boat Tour
Hamilton Harbour Queen
Multiple dates in June

Hamilton Harbour Queen opened again May 31 and is offering several touring options to get your dad out on the water. Book your space in the family sightseeing tour happening Father’s Day in Hamilton Harbour. For more on reservations and tours visit, http://www.hamiltonharbourqueen.ca/.

Take dad on a lakefront stroll, visit the beach or one of many parks and conservation areas in the City of Burlington. For more ways to have fun this Father’s Day visit https://www.tourismburlington.com/

Support Burlington

 Monday, May 6, 2019     Laurence Mongeau     Community News and Events

Lace Up For Love

May 12
Spencer Smith Park

Help support Birmingham Gilgan House with a fun family morning walk from Spencer Smith Park. Register for $25 for the one or five kilometre walk on Lakeshore Road. If you can raise over $150 prior to the May 12 event, you will receive a full credit on your registration fee! Visit www.wellspring.ca/laceup to learn more.

Victorian Tea
May 18 & May 19
Bronte Creek Provincial Park

Learn how to prepare and enjoy Victorian Tea with friends this May at Bronte Creek Provincial Park. Participate in this grand event for tea lovers with a small donation to the park. Tour the Victorian home on the grounds at the provincial park and enjoy this time-honoured tradition with mom this May! For more information on how to participate visit, www.ontarioparks.com.

Rotary Club Lobsterfest
May 25
Burlington Central Arena

Foodies can come out in support of Big Brothers and Sisters of Halton & Hamilton at the 48th anniversary of this event. Enjoy three mains for $75 including delicious lobster, ribs from Camp 31, and Swiss Chalet chicken! Enjoy dinner, live auction, penny raffle, 50/50 draw and fun for the whole family on a Saturday night!

Pet Valu Walk For Dog Guides
May 26
Burlington Lions Club

100% of the funds raised from the Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides goes directly towards the raising, training and placement of guides for Canadians with medical or physical disabilities. Nearly 3,000 people with disabilities have received specially trained dogs to assist them with their day-to-day lives, all without government funding. To find out how you can support this independent event visit, www.walkfordogguides.com.

Burlington residents have a lot of opportunities to get out and enjoy spring in support of many different causes. If you’re hoping to become part of any one of a number of these events throughout May visit, www.tourismburlington.com.

Take a spring stroll to the waterfalls

 Tuesday, April 2, 2019     Laurence Mongeau     Community News and Events

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Albion Falls

This beautiful, easily accessible falls in King’s Forest Park is also a Bruce Trail access point. This cascade is 19 metres high by 18 metres wide and is open year round!

Jones Road Falls

Situated along the Bruce Trail, this trail drops nearly six metres and is just short of two metres wide. South of the Queen Elizabeth Way just below Jones Road, this cascading ribbon is part of the Un-named Creek. A 30-minute trek for moderate ability hikers is a great way to introduce spring. 

Buttermilk Falls

Oak-Knoll Park is home to this massive 23 metre ribbon waterfall that can be accessed inside five minutes. Hop off the Escarpment Rail Trail and pop over to the Buttermilk Falls that spans eight metres. This terraced waterfall is owned by the city with 20 spots available for trail parking.

Scenic Falls

Situated along Chedoke Creek Tributary Creek along the Chedoke Radial Trail this Hamilton Conservation Authority waterfall drops 20 metres and is nearly six metres wide at its peak. This 10 minute venture is a moderate hike for spring trekkers, and the ribbon at the end is worth it!

Westcliffe Falls

A popular spot in the city, Westcliffe Falls has parking for 100 visitors. The Westcliffe Falls has a 15 metre drop and cascade complex in the west part of the city. This spot is popular with golfers as it is situated steps from Chedoke Civic Golf Course.

After a long winter, a spring stroll out to the overhang can be just the inspiration you’ve been looking for. For more on these unique features found in Steeltown, visit www.waterfalls.hamilton.ca.

Spring Fun in Hamilton

 Tuesday, April 2, 2019     Laurence Mongeau     Community News and Events

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Monster Jam

FirstOntario Centre
April 13-14

Did you know that Monster Jam is one of the only sports where male and female rivals compete for the same championship on the same track? Don’t miss your opportunity to take in three competitions between Monster Trucks inside the FirstOntario Centre. For tickets visit www.coreentertainment.ca

Good Friday at Westfield
Westfield Heritage Village
April 19

Tour the heritage buildings and take part in all sorts of Easter and spring-themed activities for the whole family. Historically costumed guides play host to your family as you tour the trails and village at this Hamilton Conservation Authority venue. For more details visit westfieldheritage.ca

Plant Faire
Royal Botanical Gardens
April 27

Do-it-yourself gardeners won’t want to miss the RBG’s third annual plant bonanza! Shop, gather and tour at this one-day event happening at 680 Plains Rd, W. in Burlington. Speak with local gardeners, plant experts and more at this fascinating show for green thumbs. For more on event schedule visit www.rbg.ca

A Trail Called Home: Tree Walk Series
Eramosa Karst Conservation Area
April 27

The Hamilton Naturalist Club is offering this free series at various locations across the city. Join Paul O’Hara, local field botanist as he takes trekkers on a guided tour in promotion of his new book, A Trail Called Home: Tree Stories From The Golden Horseshoe. This 1.5 hour long journey sets out from Eramosa Karst Conservation Area at 10 a.m. For more details on the walk visit http://hamiltonnature.org/

Forge FC Home Opener
Tim Hortons Field
April 27

Don’t miss the kick-off to the first ever season of the Canadian Premier Soccer League between Forge FC Hamilton and York FC. The inaugural match for ForgeFC is slated to start at 1 p.m. For more on seats visit forgefc.canpl.ca

For more spring events around the Hammer visit tourismhamilton.com

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