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Burlington is the perfect place to spend Mother’s Day this year

 Monday, May 7, 2018     unknown     Community News and Events

Family enjoys mother's day

Burlington locals have plenty of opportunities to make mom feel celebrated this Mother’s Day. Enjoy many different kinds of outings with mom in Burlington, whether you take her lakefront, on the golf course, to a restaurant or out in the conservation. Showing your mom how much you love her shouldn’t be hard this May 13 in Burlington.

Bring mom out to buy a new grill at the Burlington BBQ Show May 12 and 13 at Central Arena. If she is in need of more than just a grill, general and landscape contractors will be onsite booking folks in for this spring and summer festival! Tour vendors and taste samples at this culinary festival for foodies and homeowners on Mother’s Day in Burlington.

Don’t miss the annual Mother’s Day Champagne Tea at Ireland House Museum in Burlington. This traditional tea party is usually booked well in advance, however, if Mom loves her tea perhaps you’ll be in luck this year. Three settings and traditional refreshments will delight mom after strolling this stunning heritage grounds located at 2168 Guelph Line.

If your mom has a green thumb, be sure to visit the annual plant sale May 12  

at St. Christopher’s Church. Support the Burlington Horticultural Society and Open Doors at St. Christopher's while grabbing mom a gift for Mother’s Day!

Pop into the Student Art Exchange happening throughout May in Burlington at the Art Gallery of Burlington. Find all sorts of nifty gifts in the gift shop and tour this exclusive art exhibition in the heart of Halton!  

Book a reservation downtown Burlington at a restaurant, walk the pier after morning breakfast or share a coffee after lunch along the shores of Burlington Beach this May with mom. Perhaps you’ll book her a tee time at Tyandaga Golf Course or tour the Royal Botanical Gardens this May 13—Mother’s Day, in Burlington!


Cozy up with a library book this winter in Burlington

 Monday, January 8, 2018     unknown     Community News and Events

BurlingtonLibraryThere is no better way to get cozy in the winter season than with a good book from the local library. The City of Burlington has seven public library branches dotted around the city. They offer more then just books too, with special events, arts and culture, community programs and many uplifting activities to help people from all walks of life. Visit the Burlington Public Library online and find something just for you at: https://www.bpl.on.ca/
If you've read a great book lately, get involved at the Burlington Public Library and recommend the next community read! One Book One Burlington brings people together through the power of one really great Canadian book. Planning for next year is currently underway and locals are encouraged to get involved. Suggest the title you think all of #BurlON should read in 2018! Eligible books may be fiction or non-fiction, written by a Canadian author, and published in the past three to five years.
Learn to sew, take in a movie, make music and gather around for family story time with the Burlington Public Library this January. View their online events calendar and find specific events catered to adults, youth, seniors, family, children and community. The library has a vast collection of books, music and movies as well as a plenty of digital archives. Burlington can't possibly be boring this winter with all this to offer.
Be sure to stop in at one of the seven branches of the Burlington Public Library this January!
Central Library: 2331 New St.
Aldershot: 550 Plains Rd. East
Alton: 3040 Tim Dobbie Dr.
Brant Hills: 2255 Brant St.
Kilbride: 6611 Panton St.
New Appleby: 676 Appleby Line
Tansley Woods: 1996 Itabashi Way

Festive fun abounds this month in Hamilton!

 Monday, December 11, 2017     unknown     Community News and Events

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The City of Hamilton is bustling with great holiday events this December!

Visits with Santa at RBG – December 13, 20
Don't miss your chance to visit with the big guy in red at one of Royal Botanical Gardens' most popular holiday events! Guests will receive a round-trip fare on The RBG Express through magical Hendrie Park strewn with festive lights. See website for tickets and details. Visit www.rbg.ca/holidaytraditions.

Winter Lights at the Rock – December 14-17, 21-23, 27-30
Let the light be your guide as the Rock Garden awakens the spirit of winter! Explore how multicultural traditions and activities that make us quintessentially Canadian are rooted in natural phenomena that change the seasons. Immerse yourself in a story of celebrations and adaptations.

'Twas the Night Before Christmas – December 15, 22
Enjoy Westfield Heritage Village by candlelight and feel the warmth of the season through music, food samples, fireworks and a visit from Father Christmas. Christmas shopping is available at the Gift Shop and the restaurant will offer light meals and refreshments.

Puddicombe Estate's Polar Express – December 17
Step into the magic of Christmas by taking part in this two-hour holiday special. Let 'Little Pudd' & Friends take you on a magical tour of the estate, visit the Pullman car and write letters to Santa. Other highlights include hot chocolate and cookies, a children's craft, adult food and wine pairings, live music and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Event will run rain, snow or shine. Visit www.puddicombefarms.com.

The Big Sing! - December 15 from 7-9 p.m.
Make your way to Ancaster Old Town Hall for a festive evening! Enjoy a concert and carol sing-along with the Kaleidoscope Singers, presented by Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum. Guests can also look forward to hot apple cider, treats and Christmas Tree Awards. Cost is $10 per person or $20 per family.


Happening in Burlington this month!

 Monday, December 4, 2017     unknown     Community News and Events

December in BurlingtonThe winter season is just around the corner! Don't let the frosty weather get you down this month – get out there and take advantage of these exciting events, coming soon to Burlington!

The Nutcracker – December 9
Fifty-five of Russia's brightest ballet stars return to Burlington to perform this perennial favourite of generations of children, and children-at-heart. The Nutcracker, a treasured holiday adventure, follows a little girl's journey through a fantasy world of fairies, princes, toy soldiers, and an army of mice. The entire family will love this magical experience filled with spectacular sets and beautiful costumes. Show will take place at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre at 2 p.m.

Christmas Activities at Springridge Farm – December 9-10
This is your opportunity to mix and mingle with Santa Claus himself! Activities include painting a glass ornament and decorating a freshly baked gingerbread cookie ($5 per activity). You can also shop for a variety of gourmet food, Christmas treats, festive decorations and giftware. Visit www.springridgefarm.com for more info.

Victorian Christmas at Bronte Creek – December 27- 31 and January 1-7
A special holiday treat awaits you and your family! Take a step back in time to the year 1900 to visit a Victorian homestead during the Christmas season. Spruce Lane Farm at Bronte Creek Provincial Park will be trimmed and decorated in all its seasonal splendor. Visit www.ontarioparks.com/park/brontecreek/events for more info.

Lakeside Festival of Lights – Until January 8
There's still plenty of time to take in the twinkling splendor of one of Burlington's most anticipated annual events! The Festival of Lights, happening at Spencer Smith Park, is celebrating its 22nd year in 2017. Bundle up and bring the whole family to check out over 60 festive displays.

Christmas with the Salvation Army – December 17
Join The Salvation Army for a free concert at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre, celebrating 50 years of ministry in the City of Burlington. Featuring some of your favourite Christmas carols and songs, there will also be special performances by The North York Temple Band, The London Citadel Timbrel Brigade and Pianist Beverley Yates. Show starts at 6 p.m.


Get outside and enjoy the season

 Monday, November 13, 2017     unknown     Community News and Events

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Take a Sunday drive up through Dundas into Flamborough for an absolutely breathtaking view of the Escarpment in all its colourful glory.

The Waterfront and Cootes Paradise Sanctuary connecting trails offer a stunning array of ornamental trees and shrubs as well as a stunning rock garden, cafes, lookouts and annual events. Learn about the wetlands, enjoy a tea and take a few selfies along this stunning waterfront trail overseen by the Royal Botanical Gardens. Discover so much along the Hamilton harbourfront while taking in the lakeside breeze this fall.

Albion and Felker's Falls Conservation Areas are local hot spots to take in the changing of the season. You can visit each individually or walk the 10km trail between the two waterfalls. Albion Falls features a 19-metre cascading waterfall that is lovely to photograph but be sure to abide by city by-laws and stay away from areas that are off limits for safety reasons. Tucked off Ackland Street in Stoney Creek is the access point to Felker's Falls CA. The best way to reach this 22-metre waterfall is b y way of the Peter Street Trail overlooking the Felker ravine. Get inspired by the land farmed by the Felker family for 140 years!

Visit www.brucetrail.org/ for an extensive array of trails that can be found dotted around the city. The great waterfall loop is less than 4km with an optional 1.1km side loop for all your fall viewing pleasure. Hold hands, breathe in the fresh air and take a few selfies as you enjoy some of the city's most lovely spots.