What Can We Do This Weekend? | September 22nd Edition

What can we do this weekend in Niagara

Welcome to the weekly newsletter…

What Can We Do This Weekend?

 

Family Day Niagara

crockadoodle grimsbyDrop & Shop at the Grimsby Market!

Thursday September 14th |3pm – 8pm

Drop your child off for up to one and a half hours for some creative fun while you go shop and enjoy the market!

Supervision, snack and juice included.
Price is based on the piece selected per child, ages 5+ are welcome, availability depends on a first come, first serve basis.

Drop-offs start at 3pm with our last pickup time being 8pm.

Puddicombe Farm Train Schedule

Weekends in September 10am – 4pm

Fall Events Niagara

Doors Open Grimsby

September 23rd | 9am – 4pm

Explore Grimsby’s best kept secrets!

Every year, Doors Open Ontario attracts large crowds across Ontario. From April to October, residents and visitors are invited to discover first-hand Ontario’s hidden heritage treasures, some of which have never been open to the public.  Grimsby is excited to once again participate in Doors Open Ontario this year.

This is a FREE event!

Locations:

  • Biggar Lagoons Wetlands
  • Biodigester
  • The Carnegie Building
  • The Grimsby Public Library & Art Gallery
  • Elizabeth Street Pumphouse
  • Fire Station 2
  • Grimsby Museum
  • St. George’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church
  • Sentimental Farms
  • Southward Community Park

 


 

Family Day Niagara

Have Fun @ Howells

Howells

The annual pumpkin festival is back!

Open this Weekend 11am – 5pm


Public Skating Niagara

Mom-to-Mom Sale St Catharines

Grapeview Public School Fall Fair

Friday September 22nd |4pm – 8pm
Grapeview Fall Fair

Niagara Grape & Wine Festival

The Montebello Park Experience

The hub of the Niagara Wine Festival can be found in historic Montebello Park in downtown St. Catharines. One of the oldest and most beautiful parks in the Niagara Region comes alive for two weekends in September. A celebration of Niagara and the bounty of harvest, the Montebello Park wine and culinary experience truly showcases all that the Region has to offer. Local chefs will provide regional cuisine from one to three tokens per portion, while VQA wines can be purchased by the sample or glass. Festival tokens can be purchased at the park for $3.50 (HST included) each.
A true “Wine Country” experience awaits you!

Park Hours

  • Fridays: 5:00pm-10:30pm
  • Saturdays: 11:00am-10:30pm
  • Sundays: 12:00-8:00pm

The Centre Stage

Montebello Park is the premier setting for most of the Festival’s featured events including a great lineup of activities for the entire family. Experience award-winning wineries, Niagara cuisine and great entertainment each weekend. Enjoy your favourite local bands and a lineup of tribute bands as you sip and savour the best in Niagara and celebrate Canada’s 150.
FREE admission each day.

Parking

FREE parking in all city-owned lots after 6pm and on Weekends!

Meridian Grand Parade

Saturday September 23rd | 1pm – 3pm
St Paul St E, St Catharines

This event will happen in the downtown core of the St.Catharines, Ontario, where we will welcome more than 70,000 spectators. The 2017 Niagara Wine Festival Grande Parade is organized and produced by the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival.

Enjoy the colour and the pageantry of one of North America’s foremost street parades! The Meridian Grande Parade hosts an outstanding procession of marching bands, drum corps, community groups, majorettes, floats and amazing performances, attracting upwards of 100,000 spectators to the streets of downtown St. Catharines each year.

Don’t forget to donate to the Community Care Annual Harvest Drive, collected during the Grande Parade. Last year you contributed over 8,000lbs of food to fill the shelves at our local food bank!

Downtown road closures begin at 9am, Lake Street closure between Carlton Street and Welland Avenue at 8am.

Market Discovery Table at the Farmers Market

Saturdays June thru October | 9am – 11am
Join in the fun with the Market Discovery Table. Participants will enjoy hands-on experiences, including making butter, creating seed mosaics, honey tasting, market searches and more. A different farm theme is featured each week. Fun for kids of all ages.

Alpacalore – Farm Days in the City!

Saturday September 23rd | 10am – 4pm
Fall Fun St Catharines
We’re bringing Farm Days to the city!
Come meet our Alpacas & Llamas. Meet some of the alpacas you met last year, plus this year’s new Mommys with their babies.Take a look in Alpacalore for gifts and to see the many products made with their fiber. Great for Christmas planning! There will be lots of giveaways for every age and a draw for a basket of alpaca products.320 Vansickle Rd., St. Catharines (State Farm parking lot)

 


Family Day NiagaraRidgeway Farmers Market

Saturday September 9th | 7:30am – 12:30pm
The fruits of a Niagara Summer are available right now at the Ridgeway Farmers Market.
The Ridgeway Farmers Market runs every Saturday Morning until October 14th in the municipal parking lot in downtown Ridgeway.


Family Day Niagara

Welland Rowing

Welland Farmers Market

Saturday September 9th | 6am – Noon
70 Young Street (between Young and Division Streets)

Local Farmers proudly share the excitement and flavour of the Welland Farmers’ Market with you. They’ve been luring locals and tourists every Saturday to the Market since 1907, with shelves of fresh fruits and vegetables, tasty meats, natural cheeses, local artisans, and baked goods.


Family Day Niagara

Vale Day

Saturday September 23rd | 10am – 4pm

Vale Day Port Colborne

Vale, in partnership with the City of Port Colborne and the Port Colborne YMCA, is hosting a FREE activity day for the Port Colborne community at the Vale Health & Wellness Centre!
Participants will be able to enjoy open gym, swimming and skating opportunities. There will be additional recreation programs that cater to both children and adults. Please refer to the
schedule below for times and locations. For more information, call Community Services at the City of Port Colborne at 905-835-2901 x535 or email communityservices@portcolborne.ca.
Vale will also be hosting our annual Open House! Come visit us in the Main Lobby where you can get an update on our operations, talk to Vale staff, and discuss issues that are important to you.

We hope to see you there!

Port Colborne Farmers Market

Friday September 8th | 6am – 1pm

The Niagara Region has long been known for the quality of its tender fruits and vegetables. What better way to enjoy this freshness than through a visit to Port Colborne’s weekly Farmers’ Market?
Over 60 vendors from throughout the Niagara Region present their fresh produce, meats, baked goods and a colourful variety of flowers and bedding plants. It is truly a delight for all your senses!
The Market Square is located directly in front of City Hall, 66 Charlotte Street, every Friday morning.
There is free 2 hour time limit parking on downtown streets.


Family Day Niagara

art kids niagara

Sunday September 24th | 1pm – 3pm

Niagara Pumphouse

247 Ricardo Street, Niagara-On-The-Lake

Drop in to our Family Friendly Art Studio, on select Sundays to make your own artwork. This is a great opportunity for the whole family to explore art and get creative! Families are encouraged to see the exhibition in our gallery and then get their hands messy working on their own artwork in our studio.

$2 suggested donation.


Family Day Niagara

Etsy Made in Canada Niagara

Saturday September 23rd | 10am – 5pm

Heartland Forest

8215 Heartland Forest Road, Niagara Falls

A celebration of local and handmade Canadian goods crafted by members of the Niagara Etsy Artisans Team. The THIRD annual Made In Canada Day is an Etsy supported pop-up market occurring ALL across the country on September 23rd, 2017.

Food, music, kids crafting tent, and the absolute best selection of artisan goods from the region will be set up for a joyful pop-up market day at the gorgeous conservation area of Heartland Forest.

Free admission, ample parking, ALL are welcome.
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Family Day Niagara

Lego @ The Library

Adrienne Gelbart

Saturday September 23rd | 10am – 12pm

Smithville Public Library, 318 Canborough St, Smithville

 

 

Five ways to Manage your Time as a Busy Mom

manage your time

Our lives are filled with many things. They are overflowing with relationships, commitments, responsibilities, and lists of things to do. There are the things that bring us great joy and the things that just need to get done. Some of us find ourselves going to work every day, others of us are working from home and some are staying home being with our kids. No matter where we find ourselves in the spectrum, we all have a different form of busy. And if we let it, busy can really rob from us. It can rob our passion, our contentment, our gratitude, and the little moments of delight that sneak into our days just waiting to be seen.

So, how can we manage our time? How can we manage our time in such a way that our days feel more energizing, more whole and with more room for beauty?

manage your timeIt is all about the calendar.

Write down every appointment and every commitment on your calendar! Place it somewhere everyone can see whether it be digitally or a physical copy. Plus, this will put to end the countless questions about what is happening when and put your mind ease as you get it all out.

Outsource.

Think about things that you can ask other people to do. Whether that be hiring someone to help you like an assistant, mother’s helper or if it is getting your children involved in the housework, you don’t have to do everything! You can bring other people on to share the work.

Set boundaries.

Be really clear on what your boundaries are. What relationships are most important to you to invest in? Where do you want to truly be spending your time? What do you really value? What are the non-negotiable? Knowing these things will help you say no to the extra and stay committed to what matters most.

manage your time

 

Use the Internet.

The Internet can be a wonderful place and it can truly be a gift to the busy life. Between online banking, paying bills, online shopping, finding a job, checking in with friends, and staying on top of what is going on in your kid’s school; you can get a lot done right from your desk! Utilize all the goodness it has to give.

Decide what’s important.

At the end of the day, it is really about determining what is most important to you. Decide what you really want to focus on and what is of high-value in your life. Rearrange so those things always come first and don’t get sacrificed on the altar of things that aren’t as important.

Breathe and enjoy the moments that you’re in. These days we live can be such a manage your timereminder of how beautiful and breathtaking life really is.

~ Karen Byker is a Professional Photographer in Grimsby, Ontario, Canada. With four little ones, a growing photography business and a loving husband who enjoys his job, she knows how it feels to be busy. It’s her goal to provide clients with an amazing photography experience, gorgeous portraits they can hold in their hands, and a little time away from the every day. At her photography sessions, clients bond with their children, pause life for an hour, connect with each other and she documents it all, creating family love stories.

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What Can We Do This Weekend? | September 15th Edition

What can we do this weekend in Niagara

Welcome to the weekly newsletter…

What Can We Do This Weekend?

 

Family Day Niagara

crockadoodle grimsbyDrop & Shop at the Grimsby Market!

Thursday September 14th |3pm – 8pm

Drop your child off for up to one and a half hours for some creative fun while you go shop and enjoy the market!

Supervision, snack and juice included.
Price is based on the piece selected per child, ages 5+ are welcome, availability depends on a first come, first serve basis.

Drop-offs start at 3pm with our last pickup time being 8pm.

P.A. Day: Come & Play!

At Crock-A-Doodle Grimsby

Friday September 15th | 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

It’s a PA Day….. Come and PLAY!!
Drop in all day for some creative fun! Complimentary snacks and juice

Puddicombe Farm Train Schedule

Weekends in September 10am – 4pm

PA Day Movie

Friday, September 15, 2017 1:30 PM

Join the Grimsby Public Library on September 15th for Early Release Day.

Movie starts at 1:30pm

PA Day GrimsbyDapper Koala Buster Moon presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. An eternal optimist, and a bit of a scoundrel, he loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. Facing the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he takes one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition. Five contestants emerge: a mouse, a timid elephant, a pig, a gorilla and a punk-rock porcupine.

 

Family Day Niagara

Have Fun @ Howells

The annual pumpkin festival is back! Open this Weekend 11am – 5pm

Free passes are sold out.

Public Skating Niagara

Fall Handmade Market

Friday September 15th | 11am – 7pm

Saturday September 16th | 10am – 5pm

1776 Fourth Ave, St. Catharines

THIS IS AN OUTDOOR EVENT. $6 ADMISSION (UNDER 16 FREE). ATM ON SITE.EVENT RUNS IN ALL WEATHER. NO PETS PLEASE.

SHOPPING WITH 110+ ARTISAN VENDORS

Featuring artisans offering Jewellery, Hand-Sewn Bags, Fashion Accessories, Canning & Preserves, Natural Bath + Body Products, Original Art, Designer + Children’s Clothing, Home Decor, Wood Products, Leather Goods, Hand Bound Books, Gourmet Food Trucks, Wine by the Glass and more!

See the full list of artisans.

SIP & STROLL

13th Street wine available by the glass … you can sip as you stroll and shop! 13th Street will be pouring their wildly popular Burger Blend white and red as well as their 2016 Gamay which recently won Gold at the National Wine Awards of Canada.

SAVOUR GOURMET FARE

The 13th Street Bakery and Marketplace will be open and serving up their delectable world-famous butter tarts and other baked goodness!

Also featuring gourmet food trucks including:

LIVE MUSIC ALL DAY!

Soak in the sounds of all-day live music in the artisan village and on the verandah featuring Gilles Groleau and company, Whitney Pea, Katey Gatta and David Gillis.

Pied Piper Parade

Montebello Park, corner of Lake and Queen Streets
Saturday, September 16, 2017 | Parade at 11am | Registration at 10am

It’s Canada Day Every Day!

Come join Gabby and her friends in the Pied Piper Parade! Show your Canadian colours and tell us, through your imagination and costume, your favourite Canadian person, place, or thing. This year is the 150th Anniversary of Canada; let’s show our pride and celebrate Canada’s heritage together.

Niagara Grape & Wine Festival

The Montebello Park Experience

The hub of the Niagara Wine Festival can be found in historic Montebello Park in downtown St. Catharines. One of the oldest and most beautiful parks in the Niagara Region comes alive for two weekends in September. A celebration of Niagara and the bounty of harvest, the Montebello Park wine and culinary experience truly showcases all that the Region has to offer. Local chefs will provide regional cuisine from one to three tokens per portion, while VQA wines can be purchased by the sample or glass. Festival tokens can be purchased at the park for $3.50 (HST included) each.
A true “Wine Country” experience awaits you!

Park Hours

  • Fridays: 5:00pm-10:30pm
  • Saturdays: 11:00am-10:30pm
  • Sundays: 12:00-8:00pm

The Centre Stage

Montebello Park is the premier setting for most of the Festival’s featured events including a great lineup of activities for the entire family. Experience award-winning wineries, Niagara cuisine and great entertainment each weekend. Enjoy your favourite local bands and a lineup of tribute bands as you sip and savour the best in Niagara and celebrate Canada’s 150.
FREE admission each day.

Parking

FREE parking in all city-owned lots after 6pm and on Weekends!

 

Family Day Niagara

 

Kids Karaoke

Friday September 15th | 6pm – 9pm

The Bell Tower Community Art & Entertainment Centre

575 Central Ave., Fort Erie

All Ages are welcome to come and sing along to any song you choose.
They have had singers as young as 2 1/2!

Ridgeway Farmers Market

Saturday September 9th | 7:30am – 12:30pm
The fruits of a Niagara Summer are available right now at the Ridgeway Farmers Market.
The Ridgeway Farmers Market runs every Saturday Morning until October 14th in the municipal parking lot in downtown Ridgeway.

Family Day Niagara

Welland Rowing

Welland Farmers Market

Saturday September 9th | 6am – Noon
70 Young Street (between Young and Division Streets)

Local Farmers proudly share the excitement and flavour of the Welland Farmers’ Market with you. They’ve been luring locals and tourists every Saturday to the Market since 1907, with shelves of fresh fruits and vegetables, tasty meats, natural cheeses, local artisans, and baked goods.

Market Discovery Table at the Farmers Market

Saturdays June thru October | 9am – 11am
Join in the fun with the Market Discovery Table. Participants will enjoy hands-on experiences, including making butter, creating seed mosaics, honey tasting, market searches and more. A different farm theme is featured each week. Fun for kids of all ages.

Family Day Niagara

Port Colborne Farmers Market

Friday September 8th | 6am – 1pm
The Niagara Region has long been known for the quality of its tender fruits and vegetables. What better way to enjoy this freshness than through a visit to Port Colborne’s weekly Farmers’ Market?
Over 60 vendors from throughout the Niagara Region present their fresh produce, meats, baked goods and a colourful variety of flowers and bedding plants. It is truly a delight for all your senses!
The Market Square is located directly in front of City Hall, 66 Charlotte Street, every Friday morning.
There is free 2 hour time limit parking on downtown streets.

Family Day Niagara

Doors Open Niagara-on-the-Lake

Saturday September 16th

READY, SET, EXPLORE! Head to Doors Open Niagara-on-the-Lake on September 16 & 17, 2017. Plan your #DoorsOpenOntario itinerary on doorsopenontario.on.ca

The Ontario Heritage Trust works with communities across the province to open the doors, gates and courtyards of their unique and most fascinating cultural sites so you can explore the stories hiding inside. Every April to October, Ontario’s heritage treasures are open to the public with free events across the province.

Participating sites include:

– St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
– Christ Church McNab (Anglican)
– The Exchange Brewery
– Grace United Church
– Landscape of Nations
– Laura Secord Homestead
– Mackenzie Printery & Newspaper Museum
– McFarland House
– Niagara Historical Society & Museum
– Niagara Lodge No. 2
– Niagara Oast House Brewers
– The Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre
– Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery
– RiverBrink Art Museum
– The Royal George
– The Shaw Festival Theatre
– Southbrook Vineyards
– Willowbank Estate

Visit doorsopenontario.ca/events/niagara-on-the-lake.aspx for hours of operations and directions to each site.

For information on this event and other NOTL Canada 150 events, please visit notlcanada150.ca.

Mother ease Expert Series | Cloth Diapers Niagara

Cloth Diapers Niagara

Welcome!

Welcome to the first issue of the Mother ease Cloth Diapers’ Expert Series! I am so excited to be able to provide you with all of the tips, tricks and insider information that will make cloth diapering a breeze. This is just a quick hello and introduction to prepare you for the kind of information you will be getting from me over the next few weeks. I can’t wait to share my knowledge and educate the next generation of Cloth Diapering Experts all around the world.

Your new baby will bring a lot of changes to your home and lifestyle, particularly if this is your first baby, but also even if it’s a second, third or even sixth baby! There will be an adjustment time as you get to know one another. As new parents we tend to anticipate and over think what we need to be “ready” when the baby comes. We get all kinds of advice from well-intentioned family and friends. What we need to keep in mind is that life is easier when you don’t over-complicate or clutter it. Try to keep things simple, it will free up your time so you can spend it doing what you believe is best for your family.

Cloth diapering is a growing trend, but chances are no one you know even uses cloth diapers or those that have don’t recommend them. Regardless, you may still feel that cloth diapering is something you want to investigate and know more about. The internet is full of information, and much of it is conflicting and confusing. Everyone says their advice is the best. Somehow you need to cipher through all of the information available and decide for yourself what the right diapering system is for you and your baby.

Meet the Mother ease Expert

Cloth Diapers NiagaraI am Erika Froese, founder and co-owner of Mother ease. With over 30 years experience in the use and design of cloth diapers, I can confidently say that I am a proven source of knowledge relating to the use, care and design of cloth diapering systems.

I am the mother of five (now adult) boys and the grandmother of 7 beautiful grandchildren, giving me over 33 years of cloth diapering experience. Of course, cloth diapers have changed over the years, but I’d like to claim responsibility for many of those changes.

When I began cloth diapering my own children, I was unhappy with the options available. So I used the knowledge I gathered from years of cloth diapering to fix the flaws everyone just seemed to accept. I educated myself in what is required of a cloth diaper to make it user-friendly, what properties of fabric and its technology contribute to quality diapers and created functional leak-free designs that work. After doing my research and patenting my own designs, we opened Mother ease in 1991.

What you can expect from the Expert Series

It is my pledge to fully equip you for a successful cloth diapering routine. Our Expert Series will help you better understand all aspects of cloth diapering, from why you should choose cloth over disposables, how cloth diapers really work and how to care for your cloth diapers to maximize their life.

When we are through, you too will be an expert! I will make sure you are fully prepared to make the best choice for you and your precious new baby. And for those of you who have already opted for cloth, I’m sure you will learn some helpful tips to make your routine even easier!

Before I close, there is something I want you to keep in mind about diapering. Your baby is going to spend a lot of time in diapers. In fact, your baby will spend all of their time in diapers! You may spend a lot of money on the crib or the car seat or the stroller, but nothing will be used as much as their diapers. Diapers are what your baby will wear from the moment they’re born until the day they’re potty trained. They don’t have to be cloth, they can be disposable. But when you stop to consider just how much time your baby will be wearing diapers, it’s worthwhile spending some time researching and carefully considering what is going to work best for you and your new baby.

Once you decide which diaper system you want to use, you will quickly work out a routine that will be as natural to you as falling in love and caring for your new baby.

Be sure to watch the blog for the next issue of the Mother ease Expert Series, coming soon! Or, click below to get Expert Series reminders and information sent straight to your inbox so that you can refer back whenever you need to!

 






Why are you afraid of RRSP’s? | Finance Series

Why are you afraid of RRSP’s?

Registered Retirement Saving Plans, or RRSP, are a tax-sheltered, personal savings plan designed to help you save for your retirement, enabling you to retire with wealth but without the tax headaches. If you have a supplementary retirement savings plan you could possibly retire earlier than the regular 60 – 65, so why is it that many Canadians are afraid to invest in themselves?

Out of 16 million tax paying Canadians only 56% (age 25 – 44) invest in an RRSP.

RRSPThis tax shelter protects a portion of your current income, offsetting income tax while your income is probably at it’s highest. By the time you withdraw your funds your annual income will be less and you will benefit from a lower tax bracket.

When it’s time to purchase your first home you are able to withdraw your RRSP, tax-free, and use it toward the downpayment. Under the Home Buyers Plan you have 15 years to repay the balance at an equal repayment amount per year before you are taxed on the amount withdrawn.

For example: If you withdraw $10,000 for your first home, the repayment rate would be $666 per year.

With no interest it’s a win-win option.

The same goes for the Life Long Learning Plan, want to get that degree you have on your bucket list? Tired of the career path you are following? Go back to school and use your RRSP to fund your education.

The 2016 contribution limit is 18% of your earned income to a maximum of $25,370. What is your earned income? See Chart # 3 to see the calculation.

Starting to invest in yourself can easily be explained with a quick visit to your bank, truth be told you are probably there at least once per week anyway, what’s the harm in a chat.  There is no minimum payment, whatever suits your budget and it can be deducted from your bank account monthly.  As little as $25 per month can start you off.

It’s never to early to invest in your future but leave it too long, and it could very well be too late.