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Archive for November, 2011

Day 13 of 365 Things to do in Burlington – Family Christmas Days at Connon Nurseries

Thu, 24th November, 2011 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

If you were planning on going shopping for a Christmas tree, poinsettias or wreaths, head to Connon Nurseries in Waterdown for their Annual Family Christmas Days. Bring your whole family for a day of fun and interactive experiences! Enjoy Pony Rides, taking photos with live Reindeer, face painting for kids, Christmas movies, hot cider, candy canes, and more!

If you have a furry friend living with you, bring them with you on December 3rd between 11-3 and get a photo taken with Santa. Proceeds from the photos will go to Animals Adoption of Flamborough

Family Days: Saturday’s November 26, December 3 & 10, from 9am to 3pm.
For more details, check out their website www.connon.ca

Category : 365 Things to do in Burlington

Closing Day Checklist – Make Sure You Are Prepared

Mon, 21st November, 2011 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment


Get your New Mortgage Ready. After you’ve shopped around for the best rate, meet with your mortgage rep to sign off on the papers and to determine your payment details. Be sure to have all of your expenses prepared so the lender will have a proper idea of how much you will be putting down. I have had clients not factor in the land transfer tax when estimating the available money for a down payment and it cost them in the end.

Prepare for the Lawyer. Call your lawyer to make an appointment well before closing day. Get the lawyer to run through the numbers with you again so that you know exactly how much you should bring for your down payment/lawyers/closing fees.

Get Home Insurance. Some mortgages (if not all) require that you have home insurance. Call around a few weeks before closing to see who has the best rates and coverage. I will caution you on simply going for the best rates and disregarding the coverage in the policy. I have heard of far too many stories of people losing everything and not getting it all back because of the coverage they chose.

Prepare your Down Payment Funds. If you have your down payment funds in a high interest savings account, make sure that it’s accessible for a bank draft to be submitted to the lawyer. Be sure that the funds are available to be withdrawn on the day of closing. If there are any holds on the account from which the money is being withdrawn, it can hold up the closing process.

Get the Utilities Ready. Call the Cable, Gas, Hydro, Telephone, and Security companies in advance and give them the date of your closing. They will calculate how much is owed on closing day and your lawyer will make those necessary adjustments.

Get your New Furniture/Appliances ready. If you purchased new appliances/furniture arrange for the store to deliver the packages on (or just after) closing day.

Get your Contractor ready: If you are planning to have work done in the house, start planning it early as the good contractors are usually booked up well in advance.

Lastly, remember it to try and stay calm throughout closing day. A lot of people underestimate the level of stress associated with moving. Small things can become large issues that can snowball out of control if not handled with a level head.

Category : Buyers

Day 12 of 365 Things to do in Burlington – RBG Christmas Wreath Making.

Mon, 21st November, 2011 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

HO! HO! HO! Holiday Wreaths

Wed, 23 Nov, 2011 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Wreaths add personality and style to the front of a house, and are a creative way of saying, “welcome to my home.” Bronwyn Hansen demonstrates indoor
and outdoor wreath ideas using seasonal greens and holiday embellishments.

Here is a chance for you to give the holiday season a kick start and make your own holiday wreath. It is also a good idea to check out the Royal Botanical Gardens website for other great programs they are running throughout the holiday season.

Category : 365 Things to do in Burlington

Day 11 of 365 Things to do in Burlington – Burlington Mall: Santa Claus is coming to town!

Fri, 18th November, 2011 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

If the first snow fall of the year hasn’t got you thinking about Christmas yet, well, this event will. Be sure to head to the Burlington mall on Saturday to see Santa Claus come to town!

Santa Claus invites kids and parents to his arrival, by helicopter, at Burlington Mall. He will touch down in the Guelph Line/Fairview St. area of the parking lot. Their will be live entertainment, free hot chocolate, and free gifts for the first 1200 children beginning at 9:30am. After a short parade through the mall, Santa will settle in his cabin at Centre Court, and be available for photos from approx. 10:30am-5pm that day.

Santa Photos – Nov. 19 – Dec. 23
Everyone loves a photo with Santa! Burlington Mall is offering a free 5” by 7” colour photo to every family this season. Drop by Santa’s cabin, share your wish list, and give him your best smile! Additional photo sheets are available for $6.99 each and you can select the photo sizes that are best for you. If you would prefer to receive your photos electronically you have the option of getting 3 poses with Santa saved on a memory stick for $20. If you choose the memory stick you will also receive a $20 gift card for shutterfly.

Santa’s Photo Hours are:
Nov Sat 10am to 6pm
Sun 12 noon to 5pm
Dec Mon to Sat 10am to 8pm
Sun 10am to 6pm

Dec 24 Santa is off to the North Pole to pack up his sleigh.

Category : 365 Things to do in Burlington

Day 10 of 365 Things to do in Burlington – Burlington Art Centre

Thu, 17th November, 2011 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

The Burlington Art Centre Foundation is inviting residents to visit the Burlington Art Centre and partake in soup and shopping in preparation for Christmas as they present their annual Soup Bowl and Christmas Sale. The event will take place at the Burlington Art Centre from November 17 and 20th.

The Soup Bowl gets ticket holders to choose the bowl of their choice, made by some of Ontario’s finest potters, and then have it filled up with a soup made by one of the participating restaurants. Each Soup Bowl meal also includes a salad, roll and dessert. At the end of the meal, each bowl is cleaned and carefully packed to take home by Burlington Art Centre volunteers.
BUT reserve your seat early to avoid disappointment.

Dates and Times
Soup Bowl runs from November 17 to 20 inclusive. We offer four lunch sittings and one dinner sitting on November 18.

Location
Rotary Shoreline Room, Burlington Art Centre, 1333 Lakeshore Road, Burlington
Admission or Ticket Price
2011 Ticket Prices $35 for BAC members, $40 for non members. Reserve Tables for 8 $275
2011 Table Prices: $275 for a reserved table for eight.

Category : 365 Things to do in Burlington

Day 9 of 365 Things to do in Burlington – Remembrance Day Parade and Ceremony

Fri, 11th November, 2011 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

It was a very special time when I had the chance to visit the soldiers cemetery in Ypres, Belgium. Once there, I found out that it is the largest cemetery for commonwealth soldiers in the world. We were in search of Allison’s great grandfather place of rest who was fighting for Scotland at the time. On this special day we should all take a moment to say thanks to all those brave men and women who have served and continue to serve our country.

Eight Canadian flags sent to Afghanistan earlier this year to symbolize Burlington’s support of the troops will return Friday as part of a special presentation during the city’s Remembrance Day ceremony.

The ceremony will start at 11 a.m. at city hall’s cenotaph at the corner of Brant and Ontario streets.

A Remembrance Day parade will start earlier in the day at 10:30 a.m. at Central Public School (638 Brant St.) and travel south on Brant Street to Elgin Street, continue west towards Locust Street and then south to end on Ontario Street. If you head downtown for the ceremony, be sure to thank every veteran you see because they fought for you and many of their friends paid the ultimate sacrifice for your freedom.

Category : 365 Things to do in Burlington
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