Some Family Day 2015 Activities in Southwestern Ontario

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Family Day is coming up soon!  Isn’t it great to live in a place that has a holiday focusing on family time?    Have you made any plans for how you will spend this day with your family?  We’ve gathered up some fun ideas for you of activities from around our region.

GUELPH

The Guelph Civic Museum is open (starting at 10 am) with fun family activities all day.  Admission is by donation.

Experience the excitement and action of the Guelph Storm (2014 OHL Champions)  in their game against Windsor at 2 pm. 

The Guelph Lake Nature Centre is having a Big Chill Outdoor Fun Day starting from 11 am to 2 pm.  Free admission (donations welcome) includes skating, horse drawn sleigh rides, campfire, dog sledding, cross country skiing, chickadee feeding, ice fishing and much more! Food trucks will be on site.

MISSISSAUGA

 The Mississauga Celebration Square Ice Rink will be open from 10 am to 10 pm. 

Family Dayxtravaganza is taking place at the Mississauga Convention Centre from 10 am to 4 pm.  The main event is the President’s Choice SuperDogs performing tricks and stunts. There will also be a performance by Q-Mack, who does juggling, magic tricks, basketball tricks and more while accompanied by the J-BOX,  the Canadian Beatboxing Champion, Safari Science with their reptile friends from around the world, Applefun and their puppet performances, a Kids Zone with bouncy castles, crafts, games, face painting, and so much more.

WATERLOO

Winterloo is taking place from Valentine’s Day through Family Day in Uptown Waterloo from 11 am to 4 pm each day.  Winterloo events include: dog sled rides, ice sculpting, 4 on 4 hockey, art activities at the Button Factory, free public skating, free family movies, and a chili cook-off.

The Waterloo Region Museum is having fun family activities that you can enjoy while visiting Ocean Bound, an exhibition exploring the science of watersheds, aquatic animals and oceans. Open 11 am – 5 pm.

BRAMPTON

The Brampton Beast takes on the Tulsa Oilers 2 pm at the Powerade Centre. 

FERGUS

The Fergus Arena is having free public skating from 11 am to 1 pm and 1:30 to 3:30 and a free public swim from 1 – 2 pm. 

The Wellington County Museum and Archives is celebrating Family Day by honouring the military. They will be highlighting the contributions of Wellington County military families, sharing tips on military genealogy, you can bring your skates or try out their snowshoes (weather permitting), and there will be refreshments and entertainment. $5 per person or $12.50 per family.  Open 1-5 pm.

ELORA

Elora is also having free public skating at the Elora Arena from 2-3 pm. 

MILTON

The Town of Milton is hosting family swimming, skating, fitness, art workshops and more. 

ORANGEVILLE

The Friends of Island Lake are celebrating Family Day with fun outdoor activities. These include teaching you to fish (bait and rod provided) during seminars at 10 am and 1 pm, a kids’ ice fishing competition, roasting hotdogs, making s’mores, fish hut rentals, scenic trail walks, snowshoeing, skating, pond hockey, and a snow art centre. Weather permitting. Park admission fees apply. 10 am to 4 pm.

CAMBRIDGE

The Cambridge Symphony Orchestra is presenting Klassical Hitz for Kids, a family concert from 3-5 pm

Idea Exchange at Clemens Mill Library is sponsoring Robot Wars from 2:30 to 3:30 pm. 

Music by Jake – Three-time Parent’s Choice Award Winner and Juno nominee presents a hilarious and engaging show at the Hespeler Library and Gallery from 1 -2 pm. 

Wow, there are so many fantastic events to choose from in our region! How will you and your family be spending Family Day? 

Twitter Training & Online Chat- #LoveWhereYouLive

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Friday January 9, join us at 11:30am the Cambridge Office as Jenn and Shannon from Splash Media Engagement teach RE/MAX Real Estate Centre agents how to Tweet and how to participate in a Twitter Chat.  This is a lunch ‘n learn training exercise you won’t want to miss! We will have 30 minutes of instruction prior to the start of the hour long live online conversation. Jennifer and Shannon invited a few of their influencer friends to join us, so you can get a glimpse of how a chat takes place, in real time. Instructional take-aways will be available after the training session. (If you can’t make it to the Cambridge Office, feel free to tweet with us starting at noon.) Lunch will be provided by us.

We all know how wonderful this country of ours is, so let’s celebrate it by sharing what makes each of our communities special.

Chat Topic: Why do you #LoveWhereYouLive?

When: Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 at 12pm.

You’ll even have the chance to win one of five $25 Tim Hortons Gift Cards, as a Thank You for participating.

Open to all Canadian residents, no RSVP needed.

See you there!!

 

 

Winter Maintenance – Snow Removal Tips

Winter is here, and although the season has been unusually mild so far, we know snow is coming. Prepare yourself in advance with seasonal tips for snow removal and de-icing.

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In addition to using the right equipment, you need to prepare yourself physically to do the work. Complete a good stretch that targets your hamstrings, back and shoulders, to prevent injuries that may occur while shovelling. Wear multiple lightweight layers that cover as much skin as possible, and can be easily removed to avoid overheating. Protect your hands with gloves or mittens, and wear boots with non-skid or non-slip rubber soles to prevent falls.

Proper equipment for snow removal is important. Ergonomically shaped shovels with a curved handle helps prevent injury, and reduce fatigue. Avoid using heavy shovels with metal blades; try lightweight shovels with plastic blades instead.

It’s all about technique when shoveling snow. Use your leg muscles as much as possible, to avoid strains and pulls. Push or walk to dump snow, rather than throwing it onto snow banks. Lifting snow properly can prevent neck and shoulder injuries.

Instead of letting snow pile up, make sure to shovel frequently. It’s easier to shovel fresh snow than when it becomes packed and dense. On a bright day, expose part of your driveway to the sun. Dark colours are less reflective than white snow, and will help melt remaining snow.

For people suffering from back and chronic issues, snow blowers are a good alternative for snow removal. Test your equipment before the start of the season, to ensure everything is in good working order. Keep a snow brush, spray de-icer and spray lubricant handy, to avoid ice and compacted snow buildup.

Salting is the most popular method of de-icing driveways and stairs, but can also be harmful to pets, soil and plants. Other natural alternatives to use include sand, bird seed, coffee grinds, and kitty litter.

Winter weather can be a challenge for snow removal, but using the right tools and preparing yourself for the task at hand is half the battle.