Shout Out to our 2014 Top Producers

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We want to give a huge RE/MAX shout out to the following RE/MAX Real Estate Centre top producers for 2014:

Parveen Arora – Diamond Club Award
Steve Bailey – Diamond Club Award
Cindy DaCosta – Diamond Club Award
Mike Krause – Diamond Club Award
Cliff Rego – Diamond Club Award
Mary Wylde – Diamond Club Award
Mustafa Zia – Diamond Club Award
Cliff Rego – #8 (Top 10 Team Commission Award)
Mani Batoo – Top 30 Under 30
Emily Rawson – Top 30 Under 30
Alex Rundle – Top 30 Under 30
Mustafa Zia – Top 30 Under 30

Congratulations! We are so proud of our team!

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10 Ways to Get Ready for Spring Gardening

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Now that it’s Spring, are you itching to get out there and start gardening? It’s too early to put plants in the ground (hands up if you still have any snow on the ground) but there are things you can do to prepare for gardening season.

1) Clean up your garden. Get rid of the dead leaves, weeds, and such. Trim back the dead growth from perennials. All of this will attract unwanted pests and not provide the healthiest environment for your plants to grow, so get it out of there!

2) Speaking of pests, look for pests that are hibernating and feeding on those dead roots and remove them now.

3) Start planning your garden. Check out this map of suggested vegetable planting dates for our region. When it comes to annuals, the frost free date can vary year to year but in general, most people abide by May 24 as the first safe date for planting.  However, some cool temperature-loving annuals like pansies, dianthus, snaps, and viola can go in a good 2-3 weeks ahead of that.

4) Prepare your soil for planting. Don’t start too early though because working the soil before it’s time can ruin the texture of it for the whole season. How do you know when it’s time? If the soil is still completely saturated with melting snow and heavy spring rains, it’s too early. If it’s easily compacted, it’s too early. Pick up a handful of soil and squeeze it into a ball. Drop it from about a meter high. If the ball of soil shatters easily, the soil is dry enough to be worked. If it holds its shape or it breaks into clumps instead of loose soil, it’s not ready.  If the soil is ready, start digging and turning it over to break it up and prepare it for the planting of plants and seeds. Add organic matter (such as well-rotted compost) to nourish the soil.

5) Clean your gardening tools. Hopefully, you cleaned and cared for them at the end of last season, but if not, get them cleaned (and oiled if needed) and ready for use this season.

6) Start sowing seeds inside of those plants that require a longer growing season – things like geraniums and begonias so you have seedlings ready to go outside when May 24th rolls around.

7)  Prune shrubs and small trees. Now is also the time (while they’re still dormant) to move deciduous shrubs if needed.

8) Rake your lawn to remove the debris from winter and to aerate the soil.

9) Start turning over your compost pile – or create an area for composting if you don’t have one already.

10) Do you have any bird boxes or feeders in your yard? Now is the time to give those a good cleaning to prevent any mould, bacteria, or disease from forming.

If you need any help or have any questions, contact your local gardening society or club.  They can advise you about dealing with pests that are common to the area, what plants are native that you can introduce to your yard, what plants go well together, and more.

 

 

 

 

March Break Fun in the Region

March Break – it can be such a great time to have some fun with your family! Not going away on vacation? Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered with a bunch of great activities going on in the region. Check below – you’re sure to find something fun that your family will enjoy.

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America’s Got Talent finalist Charles Peachock: Catch The Impossible during Spring Break on Monday, March 16 at St. Jacobs Country Playhouse and Tuesday, March 17 at Dunfield Theatre Cambridge. 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. both days. Tickets $25 plus HST for all ages.

 

Fused Glass at Joseph Schnider Haus, Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 1 to 4 pm.

Get a Reaction! March Break Fused Glass Drop-In Explore chemical reactions using reactive glass and fusible components. Make a Puddle or two, $6 per Piece.

 

Betty and The Beast @ Registry Theatre, March 18-20

March 18th – 20th, 2015 at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm

Tickets: $15 adults, $10 for students/seniors, $5 eyeGO

 

Let’s Talk Science at Joseph Schnider Haus, March 20, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
University of Waterloo’s Let’s Talk Science are bringing their most exciting and informative hands-on experiments.

 

Kitchener Public Library – a variety of kids’ activities including Pipecleaners and Pompoms, Ready Set Act, Family Storytime, Big Hero 6, and Ocean Explorer.

 

Assorted activities at the Cambridge Public Library – including Baker’s Bash, Mr. Chris and the Gassy Bubbles, Pawley’s Reptile Show, Minion Mayhem, and DIY String Art.

 

Waterloo Public Library – a variety of activities including DIY Legoland Game, Cardboard Challenge, and ToolAPalooza.

 

Kingpin Bowlounge March Break Special at Bingemans

$36.95 for a family of four to bowl for an hour until 6pm

or $9.99 for up to 6 people to bowl for an hour between 9am-11am

 

Toonie Matinees at Landmark Cinemas

Waterloo (Boardwalk)

Kitchener (Sportsworld/Gateway)

 

March 14 to 22 Free Events at Chapters Waterloo

(Register at 519-886-4015)

  • Saturday March 14, 1pm – St. Patrick’s Day themed craft
  • Sunday March 15, 1pm – St. Patrick’s Day colouring and story
  • Monday March 16, 11 am and 1 pm – Dr. Seuss activities, games, and stories
  • Tuesday March 17, 11 am and 1 pm  – Wimpy Kid jokes and read aloud
  • Wednesday March 18, 11 am and 1 pm – Lego Minifigures swap-a-thon and make-and-take activity
  • Thursday March 19, 11 am and 1 pm – Disney stories and games. Come dressed as your favourite Disney character!
  • Friday March 20, 11 am and 1 pm – Klutz crafts
  • Saturday March 21, 1pm – Klutz crafts
  • Sunday March 22, 1pm – Spring colouring and story

 

March 16th to Sunday March 22nd at Chicopee

Open 9am – 8pm. $20 Full Day All Access Lift Tickets, $10 Night All Access Lift Tickets

Tots Ski and Snowboard Free all week

Packages including lessons and equipment rental are also available

 

Laserquest Kitchener has extended hours – Mar. 16th to Mar. 20th

Special Event – Dr. Seuss Latenighter – Sat. Mar. 21st, Time to Rhyme – 10pm to 2am

$25 per person in advance or $30 per person the day of the event. Includes; snacks, prizes and a Cat in a Hat good time. Reservations are recommended.

 

Pysanky (Ukranian Easter Egg) Workshop at Joseph Schnieder Haus, March 21 and 22, 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m.

Impress your friends with beautiful hand decorated Easter Eggs. $10, taxes and materials included. Call to register.
Also, maple syrup sap will be simmering out side both days – Saturday from 10-5 and Sunday from 1 to 5. Sample taffy and maple cake.

 

Hamilton Reptiles at Joseph Schnider Haus, March 16, 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. and 1:30 to 2:15 p.m.

Hamilton Reptiles are excited to introduce you to some of their scaly super stars.

 

The City of Cambridge offers a variety of programs, camps and drop-in classes over March Break.

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Both the John Dolson Centre and the W.G. Johnson Centre are open over March Break for Lane Swims, Aquafit, and Leisure Swims.
W.G. Johnson Schedule
John Dolson Schedule

 

March Break at the Wellington County Museum and Archives – spend an afternoon with The Services! Each day will highlight a different military service: Air Force, Army, Navy, Home Front, and the Legion. Admission is by donation. March 16-20

 

Magic, music, creatures, and more! March Break at the Orangeville Public Library

From Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 20 the library will offer a live ticketed entertainment show in the morning and a free drop-in library program in the afternoon. Monday will feature a magic show and games to challenge. The ever popular animal show is on Tuesday with a learn-to-knit workshop featuring the ladies from Orange thREADs. Your Wednesday can be filled with music and a creative writing session for tweens. DuffleBag Theatre will present Snow White on Thursday with a LEGO Jam at the library. The week concludes with a Mad Science show and computer and board games on Friday.  $3 per person or three shows for $8. 10:30 to 11:15 am and 2 to 2:45 pm. At École élémentaire des Quatres-Rivières, 60 Century Drive, Orangeville.

 

Free Swimming and Skating in Orangeville

There will be two free swims held during March Break at Alder Street Recreation Centre on Wednesday, March 18 from 12-1 p.m. and 3-4 p.m.

Free skates will take place on Wednesday, March 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. and from 2-2:50 p.m. at the Alder Street Recreation Centre and are being sponsored by Access Orangeville. An additional free skate will take place on Friday, March 20 from 4-5:50 p.m. at Tony Rose Memorial Sports Centre.

 

MARCH BREAK AT PAMA 2015 – March 16 to March 20, 2015, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. each day, All Ages, Free with Admission

PAMA is offering special event as well as instructor-led drop in activities. Each day will be a new and unique family experience so join us for all five days and explore, create and connect with art and history in your community.

Monday, March 16, 2015: Awesome Animation. Join TIFF at PAMA for a two screenings of “Creativity Unleashed “and stop motion animation demonstrations. Then create your own 3D/animated story board!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015: Our Feathered FriendsDiscovery Stations Touch and feel bird sculls, eggs, talons, real nests, play matching games, bring in photos from birds at your feeder and ask our PAMA bird expert.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015: Lovely Little Landscapes  Join a local artist to learn about landscape and create your own beautiful artwork.

Thursday, March 19, 2015: Meet the Feathered Friends  See live birds today at PAMA and learn about what birds are, how to identify them, how and why feathers grow. Also don’t miss your opportunity to create your own feathered friend.

Friday, March 20, 2015: Music, Movement and Art  Experience a live performance and interactive workshop by Kenton Wyatt and the Kendrum Music Academy. Don’t miss your opportunity to use inspiration and movement to create your own art piece at our drop in art activity.