Monthly Archives: November 2012

Christmas Kicks off Tonight & This Weekend in UpTown Waterloo!

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Well last night we watched our first Christmas special.. A Charlie Brown Christmas and it put me in the holiday mood. Locally, things are also really starting to get going and tonigh will be my family’s first outing to celebrate…there’s even a chance of flurries to really get you in the mood!

Enjoy children’s choirs singing, photos with Santa, hot apple cider, horse drawn trolley rides, strolling carrolers.. wow!

I encourage you to enjoy this great free event sponsored by the Uptown Waterloo Business Improvement Association — A Holiday Open House — happening in  uptown Waterloo tonight. I know it’s a school night but why not bundle up the kids after dinner and head on down for an hour before bed?

UpTown Waterloo Holiday Open House 

Thursday, November 29, 2012 
4:30 – 8pm
Waterloo Town Square 

Holiday Open House

*Local School Choirs and Band Performances.

*Strolling Victorian Carollers

*Free Horse Drawn Trolley rides through UpTown Waterloo.

*Hot apple cider and cookies

*Participating local shops and services open til 8pm.

*Pictures with Santa from 6pm to 8pm.

Please bring a non-perishable food item or make a cash donation to help support the Food Bank of Waterloo Region.

If tonight doesn’t work, how about  Saturday which marks the grand opening of the always magical Wonder’s of Winter light display in Waterloo Park. …the lights get switched on this Saturday night!

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The Wonder’s of Winter — Lights in the Park

Schedule at a Glance

Opening Night: Saturday, Dec. 1

Admission: Free!

Lights On Daily: 5:30-10:30 pm
Christmas Eve: 5:30-12:30 am
New Years Eve: 5:30-1:00 am

Click here for a Detailed Schedule

Trolley Nights – enjoy a free ride by a horsedrawn trolly!

December 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 24, 28, 29, 31

WoW School House Play

December 1, 7, 8, 14, 15

New MyMark Store Brings Smart Style & Savvy Prices to Kitchener!

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Outside view of the new mymark store in Kitchener’s Forest Glen Plaza.

mymark makes it Canadian Debut!

A few weeks ago, I was invited to the grand opening of the new mymark store – billed as Canada’s newest value retail destination. Intrigued by their new slogan “Smart Style, Savvy Savings”, I  eagerly arrived ready to investigate the newest addition to the bargain retail landscape in Kitchener.

Getting into the spirit at the grand opening!

mymark describes itself as ‘Canada’s fun and vibrant shopping destination for the very latest in on-trend fashions and contemporary home décor and I would totally agree.  What I didn’t realize until I arrived that this store is in fact part of the a Canada-wide dramatic re-branding of the old Bargain Shop chain which sees cities now calling it mymark and stores in rural areas being called Red Apple.  The Kitchener store was one of six mymark stores set to launch across Canada by the end of November.

Mymark is located in the Forest Glen Plaza in Kitchener’s south end where the Bargain Shop used to operate. This is a dramatically new and improved version of the Bargain Shop which has gotten rid of all their food and consumable products and replaced them with private-label fashions and merchandise. I see the new store as a convenient, local discount destination and I love their new focus with on-trend clothing, footwear, housewares, seasonal items, toys, cosmetics and more!

The fresh new store has a Target, Giant Tiger, Wal Mart-esqe feel to it, but with a nice comfortable size, mymark delivers this in a much cleaner, less-crowded and cozy way.  And I love that it’s Canadian owned.

Candy Corner.

I loved my shopping experience as I found the store sleek and bright with a modern design. The aisles were spacious, the displays were simple and the store was easy to manoeuver. Staff was friendly and helpful and there was lots of highly visible signage pointing out the specific areas of the store so I could find what I needed. The merchandise was attractively displayed and many treasures caught my eye. And YES, the prices were fantastic making my wallet happy too!

Across all departments, the prices were amazingly low and I truly felt like I was getting the Big Box bargains without the overwhelming big box experience.  Inside the store you can find the hottest trends in footwear, womens fashion (including a plus section), children’s home décor, seasonal, toys, electronics, cosmetics and more. I was drawn to the great selection of winter footwear for the entire family, seasonal decor, and a very stylish children’s clothing department filled with the latest trends as super low prices.

For the little ones..adorable onesies only $3.99!

As for myself, I treated myself to super hot pair of leather boots with wool lining for only $40! I also picked up some stylish and trendy black jeggings for two daughters which they LOVED, a stylish new hat for myself. I also found some adorable Christmas jingle bell jewelery and in the cosmetic department I picked up a new lip gloss for only $2.50 which is fantastic.

Some of the areas that jumped out at me were:

 

Children’s Clothing: They had a great selection of cute and trendy clothing for both boys and girls including tops, leggings, jeans, tights and more. The infant and toddler section also had a wide selection of adorable items and be sure to check out their exclusive line of Sesame Street licensed clothing.

Foot wear – big selection of the hottest styles in quality, ladies fashion boots at prices you can actually afford, kids winter boots, all sizes of runners, mens shoes and boots, slippers etc.

Home Décor – hot throws, pillows, décor items all in themes for a quick and inexpensive update to your home

Toys – lots of the latest trends including One Direction and Brave dolls, Cars electronic toys and more.

Candyworks – sky-high candy towers greet you as you enter the store in this showstopping candy section.

One Direction dolls!

Super Savers – located near the front of the store, a big selection of inexpensive fun and practical  items perfect for for a few dollars or less. Great spot for birthday party loot bags, treats for the kids, stocking stuffers and more!

Tons of bargains in the Super Savers department!

The verdict?

This Bargain Hunting Momma’s gives mymark a big Thumbs Up for a fabulous shopping experience and great merchandise at value pricing. If you haven’t been, I urge you to check out this new store to see and save for yourself.

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Head over to Facebook & Get Your $10 OFF Coupon NOW!

Head on over to the mymark Facebook page right now and LIKE it — there you will find a fabulous coupon good until December 9th for $10 OFF your entire purchse of $50 of more. Just in time for Christmas!

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Additional Note:  

The Forest Glen Plaza is fast-becoming a go-to destination for KW bargain lovers as it already offers the No Frills grocery store, this new mymark store and opening soon, the long-awaited KW début of Once Upon a Child with it’s gently used children’s clothing, toys and more!

‘Get Your Sport On’ & SAVE $ at Sportco’s 45th Anniversary Customer Appreciation Day!

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SportCo Logo

If you were born and raised in Kitchener, chances are pretty high that you have shopped at Sportco —  a sporting goods mainstay located at 880 King Street East in Kitchener between Stirling and Ottawa Street.   Sportco Source for Sports is celebrating 45 years in business by throwing a big sale and you are invited!

Sportco is an independently family run sports store that boasts 16,000 square feet of shopping in one of the area’s largest and most extensive selection of sporting goods & services, including a huge dedicated Goalie Loft.

SportCo - Serious

Unlike the big box chains, a strong commitment to customer service and product knowledge is what sets Sportco apart. The owners take great pride in the reputation which they have worked hard to earn over the past 45 years.Their staff have all played the games they sell equipment for, another reason that they have become one of  the region’s oldest and reputable sports stores.

And I bet you didn’t know that on top of selling sporting goods, they also have a full  Team & Corporate Division offering custom team uniforms & corporate apparel & all the services listed below under one roof?

  • Professional Skate Sharpening – Regular, Flat Bottom & Custom Radius
  • Skate Alignment
  • Custom Skate Molding & Vacuuming
  • Equipment Cleaning & Repair
  • Used skate trade in and sales
  • Racquet Stringing
  • Ball Glove Repairs
  • Lacrosse Stick Relacing
  • Sports Medicine
  • Silk Screening & Embroidery
  • Tackle Twill for Uniforms & Jerseys
  • Heat Seal Cresting – Names & Numbers
  • Trophy Design & Engraving
  • Trade-Ins on Used Equipment

You won’t find another store with the expertise and product knowledge that they offer, something that is so important when fitting you or your child with equipment to keep them safe when playing the sports they love.  Aren’t you tired of going to a store with giant aisles of product but not a single soul around who can explain anything about it? Not the case at Sportco — the owner and staff share a passion for sports and retail and it shows.

If you have not been to Sportco, what are you waiting for? Take a step back in time when sales staff actually help you and take the time to fit you up.  You can see for yourself why they have remained a leading sports authority in our community for over 45 years.

So come by on Sunday for this ONE DAY ONLY celebration sale and get in on the deals. It’s the perfect time to come by and check out one of KW’s original sports store!

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Your invitation to Sportco Source for Sports 45th Anniversary       Customer Appreciation Day

Sunday November 25th, 2012

880 King Street East, Kitchener (between Ottawa & Stirling) 

10am to 5pm

 Amazing deals to be had at our annual One Day Sale!

 Sportco Source for Sports 45th AnniversaryAnnual Customer Appreciation Day!  

HOT DEALS!   QUANTITIES LIMITED!   SHOP EARLY !  

Every Item In-Stock Priced To Clear

Up To 80% Off!

Many More In-store Sales!

Black Friday Madness Hits Canada – Get out there & Save $!

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OK so it’s official… Canadian retailers are finally getting in on the Black Friday action so shoppers… Start Your Engines! There are tons of deals being advertised in almost every type of retail so get out there and save.

There are many specials on electronics of all shapes and sizes — iPads, iPods, Blackberry Playbooks, Kobo readers and e-readers – so some really great Christmas shopping options. Even the Apple Store is having a sale but have yet to release details.. calling it their one-day Apple Saving Event so intriguing..

The deals are coming so fast and furious that quite frankly, I can’t keep up, so I’ve done my best to provide a compilation for you below so please click on these links for information on specific retailer that gets your motor running. My words of advice – have fun, be a smart shopper, have a budget, do your research, check return policies before making any purchases and take advantage of these sales.

If crowds aren’t your thing, wait until Cyber Monday — November 26th — which is also gearing up to be a big online shopping day. You can still score the hot deals but you get the joy of shopping in your jammies from the comfort of your home and many stores will offer free shipping.

HAPPY SHOPPING & SAVING! $$$ 

LINKS TO MORE LISTINGS..  

Here is a sampling of just some of the retailers listed… Bootlegger, ecco, Victoria Secret, Jacob, Mexx, Thyme Maternity, Cleo, The Bay, Toys R Us, Jean Machine, Build A Bear, Banana Repulic, Fabricland, Rona, La Senza, The Body Shop, American Eagle and more!!

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Here are some deals to get you started…

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AEROPOSTALE…

ONE DAY ONLY Aeropostale is running  massive discount of at least 50% off almost everything in the store on Friday 23 November for Black Friday.  Excludes fragrances and beauty products but no clothing seems to be excluded so a great time to shop but sales will extend into the weekend.

THE CHILDREN’s PLACE

The Children’s Place

Entire store up to 50% OFF!
Graphic Tees starting at $7
Denim starting at $12
Outerwear at 40% OFF
Fleece starting at $8
Sleepwear 25% OFF
Plus an additional sale 50% OFF lowest ticketed price!
*See in store for details*

WalMart

3 DAYS ONLY starting FRIDAY, NOV. 23 – SUNDAY, NOV. 25
** CYBER MONDAY ton Walmart.ca’s website on MONDAY, NOV. 26

* $188 for 16G  iPOD TOUCH

$374 for iPad2
* $178 for a 32 inch Emerson TV
* $199 for a Kinect 4g holiday bundle

* $88 for TASSIMO Coffee Maker
* $39 for an electric Philips Razor (Use this $20 off coupon to get this for $19!)
* $48.67 for a 9” portable DVD player

Best Buy Black Friday Canada

Here are the Best Buy Canada 2012 Black Friday deals!

These sales are valid November 23, 2012 only.

Cameras:

Canon, T3i 18.0 Megapixel DSLR Camera and Lens Bundle @ $749.99
Samsung ST20016.1 MP Digital Camera @ 499.99
Nikon S9300 Coolpix 16.0 MP Digital Camera @ $199.99

Televisions:

Philips 32″ 720p 60Hz LCD HDTV @ $169.99 MrsJanuary.com
Samsung 32″ 720p 60Hz LED HDTV @ $297.99
Samsung 46″ 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV @ $597.99

Cell Phones:

Samsung Galaxy S ||| 16GB @ $0 with renewal or 3 year contract
Nokia Limua 610 Prepaid Phone @ $99.99

Computers & Accessories:

Norton 360 2013 Anti Virus @ $39.99
Logitech M325 Wireless Mouse @ $17.99
Lenovo AMD Dual-Core Laptop @ $279.99 MrsJanuary.com
Linksys AC450/1300 Wireless Router @ $169.99
WD 1TB Elements Portable Hard Drive @ $69.99
Acer 2nd Generation Intel Core i5-2320 Processor @ $469.99
MacBook Pro with 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5 Processor @ $1229.99
Samsung 10.1″ Galaxy Tab 2 @ $299.99

Everything Else:

Nintendo 3DS @ $149.99
PlayStation Vita Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified Bundle @ $199.99
Precision 10″ 100-Watt Subwoofer @ $99.99
Denon 550-Watt 5.1 Channel 3D-Ready Receiver @ $199.99
Klipsch 40″ Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer @ $499.99
24″ PlayStation 3D LED Display Package @ $149.99
iPod Nano 16GB @ $139.99 MrsJanuary.com
GoPro HD Hero2 Outdoor High-Definition Camera/Camcorder @ $179.99
Keurig Mini Single Serve Brewer @ $69.99
Gear4 Wireless Portable Speaker Dock with Speakerphone @ $49.99
Casio 76-Key Workstation Keyboard @ $169.99
Beats by Dr. Dre Headphones @ $169.99
Jabra Bluetooth Speakerphone @ $49.99
Sandisk 16GB Class 10 Ultra SDHC Memory Card @ $9.99
$50 iTunes Gift Card @ $39

Future Shop Black Friday Canada

Here are the Future Shop Black Friday Canada sales for 2012!

These sales are valid November 23-25, 2012.

Electronics:

Samsung 46″ E550 Series LCD TV @ $497.99
Lenovo Laptop with AMD Dual-Core AMD E-300 Processor @ $279.99
Nintendo 3DS @ $149.99
Samsung 39″ LED TV @ $397.99
LG 47″ LED TV @ $647.99
Sharp 52″ Smart LED TV @ $997.99
Yamaha 5.1-Channel Networking Receiver @ $329.99
LG Wi-Fi Smart Blu-ray Disc Player @ $69.99
Sony 400-Watt 2.1 Channel Soundbar @ $349.99
Samsung 1000-Watt 3D Blu-ray Home Theater System @ $249.99
Samsung Smart 3D Blu-ray Player @ $99.99
SanDisk 16GB Memory Card @ $9.99
Sony 18.2 Megapixel Digital Camera with Case @ $199.99
Monster In-Ear Headphones @ $79.99
Sony In-Ear Headphones @ $59.99
Nikon 10.1 Megapixel Compact System Camera Bundle @ $399.99
Contour Wearable HD Camera/Camcorder @ $99.99
Beats by Dr. Dre Solo Headphones @ $169.99
Sony 6.1″ Touchscreen Bluetooth Multimedia Car Deck @ $249.99
All Star Guitar @ $79.99
Sony 6″ Touchscreen Reader with Pottermore Bundle @ $99.99
Coby 4GB Video MP3 Player @ $19.99
MacBook Pro with 2.5GHz Intel Core i5 Processor @ $1229.99
Lenovo Laptop with 3rd Generation Intel Core i7-3520M Processor @ $649.99
2TB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive @ $139.99
Logitech Laser Wireless Mouse @ $17.99
Norton Antivirus @ $39.99
Lexar 32GB V10 Series USB Drive @ $14.99
Epson Wireless All-in-One Printer/Scanner/Copier @ $39.99
Linksys Wireless Router @ $169.99
Lenovo PC with VISION A6 Technology and AMD Quad-Core A6-3650 Accelerated Processor @ $379.99
2TB My book Essentials USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive @ $99.99
HP Laptop AMD Quad-Core Accelerated Processor @ $499.99
Sharp 32″ LCD TV @ $197.99
Energy 5.1 Take Classic || Sound System @ $499.99
Olympus 14.0 Megapixel Digital Camera @ $99.99 MrsJanuary.com

Cell Phones:

Samsung Galazy 5 ||| 16GB Android 4.0 @ $0 with 3 Year Plan (+ $100 gift card with Telus plan)
Blackberry Curve @ $0 on the tab (+ $100 gift card)
HTC Desire C Android 4.0 @ $4 with 2 Year Plan (+ $150 gift card)
LG Optimus Net Prepaid Android 2.3 + 3.2 @ $69.99 (+ 30 activation credit)
Nokia Limia 610 Prepaid @ $99.99 (+ $20 activation credit)
Lexar 32GB microSD High Capaxity Memory Card @ $29.99
Morotola Bluetooth Speakerphone @ $59.99
Samsung Galaxy W Android 2.3 OS @ $0 on Virgin Mobile Supertab (+ $125 gift card)

Appliances:

White-Westinghouse 18.2 cu. ft. Top Mount Fridge @ $379.99
Samsung 5.9 cu. ft. Stainless Convection Oven @ $999.99
Samsung 25.5 cu. ft. Stainless Steel Side by Side Refrigerator @ $1199.99
Samsung 5.2 cu. ft. Front Load Steam Washer + 7.0. cu. ft. Steam Dryer @ $2399.98
Frigidaire 3.8 cu. ft. Front Load Washer + 7.0 cu. ft. Dryer @ $999.98
Samsung 5.2 cu. ft. HE Top Load Washer + 7.3 cu. ft. Dryer @ $1499.98
Moffat 4.0 cu. ft. Top Load Washer + 6.0 cu. ft. DuraDrum Electric Dryer @ $599.98 MJ

Everything Else

JR Home Collection Paramount Berlin Office Chair @ $139.99
4-Piece Luggage Set @ $129.99
Infared Neck Massager @ $49.99
Step ne 6 Drawer Dresser @ $189.99
Step One Full/Queen Storage Platform Bed @ $229.98
48″ Element Collection Computer Desk @ $199.99
Novotech Bedding & Pillows @ 60% off
Stand Blender, 10-Cup Drip Coffee Maker or 2-Slice Toaster @ $9.99 Mrs

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These deals are valid November 23, 2012 only.

Computers & Computer Items:

13.3″ MacBook Pro @ $999
iPad Keyboard Case @ $39.98
Seagate 500GB Portable Hard Drive @ $49.99
HP Envy 6 Windows 7 Sleekbook @ $499.96
Acer Aspire Windows 7 Notebook @ $379.95
Acer One Windows 7 Netbook @ $269.99
Samsung 21.5″ Screen LED Monitor @ $99
Kingston 8GB USB Drive @ $3.92
Samsung Wireless Laster Printer @ $49.98
Epson Wireless Office Inkjet 4-in-1 Printer @ $29.32
Microsoft Office 2010 @ $88
Blackberry PlayBook @ $118.99
iPad 2 @ $369
iPad with Retina Display @ $469 (16GB), $559 (32GB), $649 (64GB)Everything Else:
Canon EOS Rebel T3 @ $399.43
Tassimo Beverage Brewer @ $59.99
XBOX 360 4GB Console & Kinect Sensor Bundle @ $199.99
Kobo Mini eReader @ $49.12
Wireless Headphones @ $19.98
iPod Touch 16GB 4th Generation @ $179
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 @ $109.98
Omnitech 12-Sheet Cross-cut Shredder @ $29.98

Even the Thrift stores are getting in on the action…

Black Friday Sale – 50% OFF at The Salvation Army! Nov 23 & 24th Kitchener Store for sure.. I am assuming ALL stores.. can anyone confirm any other locations?
Black Friday Sale 50% OFF at The Salvation Army! Nov 23 & 24th Kitchener Store for sure.. I am assuming ALL stores.. can anyone confirm any other locations?

3 Local Parades Means Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town! & Toronto Too!

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Everybody loves a parade and when it comes to good ol’ fashioned, FREE family fun, there really isn’t anything better. Pack up your wagon with some blankets, a few lawn chairs, a thermos of hot chocolate and a party pack of Tim Bits and you are good to go.

Park yourself in a good spot and sit back and enjoy the magic of bands, clowns, floats and Santa himself. Some of my best memories with my parents and my kids are at parades and I encourage you to get out and make some memories of your own.

This weekend, Waterloo Region welcomes Santa three times in three separate parades. With temperatures forecasted to hit 10 degrees, this is perfect parade weather so take advantage of it. Santa makes his debut at 10am in  Kitchener-Waterloo and then he’s off to enjoy the illumination magic of Cambridge’s night parade for 6pm. After some much needed beauty sleep, he’s back in Guelph for 1pm. I hope that one of these times will work for you..

And if you are really adventurous, take a trip to Toronto for the quintessential magic of the Toronto Santa Claus Parade. I have been once about 5 years ago and I highly recommend that you make the trek at least once to appreciate this legendary parade. If you just aren’t up for it, you can catch it on Global TV on Sunday afternoon from the comfort of your cozy living room.

Don’t forget.. 

Letters to Santa – Children are encouraged to bring their letters addressed to Santa, North Pole, HOH OHO, which can be given to Canada Post workers en route

Toy Drive – new unwrapped toys collected by The Waterloo Knights of Columbus (r Kitchener parade and maybe others too)  are involved in the toy drive.

Food Bank Donation– collected by local Fire Departments along the route

Kitchener Santa Claus Parade..

Saturday November 17 – Starts at 10 am  

Starts and King and Erb and runs down King to Eby

Now in it’s almost 50th year, KW’s Santa Claus Parade will kick off the Christmas season as it makes its tour though the city bringing smiles to those watching. You can expect to see 14+ bands including 2 marching bands and nearly 100 other participants from the local community. Sponsored by the local Lions Club a long with several major sponsors (Rogers TV and Conestoga Mall) and many other groups are to thank for this free public kick off to the Christmas season.

Besides welcoming the Big Guy in the Red Suit to town, you can also expect to see Jeff Allan of 570 News talk Radio this year’s Parade Grand Marshall along with all kids of local celebrities, costumed characters, clowns and more.

This one and a half hour parade, which brings much excitement and joy to not only the young but the adults, has grown in the number of participants and those who straddle King Street to watch the event.

If you can’t For those who do not have the opportunity to attend the parade, Rogers TV broadcasts live from Kitchener City Hall that special Saturday morning at 11:00.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THEIR WEBSITE

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The Cambridge Santa Claus Parade!

When: Saturday November 17, 2012

Where: Hespeler Road, Cambridge

Time: 6pm

Christmas in Cambridge kicks off Saturday November 17th with the annual night parade.

Expect a magical night filled with fun and flurries. Rumour has it Santa and Mrs. Claus are very excited to come and see all the good little girls & boys of Cambridge!  Don’t forget to bundle up warm as the parade lasts for at least an hour!  Make sure the kids write their letters to Santa as letter carriers will be collecting letters for Santa.

Parade Route: Parade starts at Hespeler Rd and Dunbar Rd.  It will then travel down Hespeler Rd to Langs Drive where the parade will end.

Best Place to Watch the Parade: Historically the busiest section of the parade route is between Dunbar Rd and Bishop St.  There are a lot of great plaza’s to park in from Bishop to Langs Dr that people forget about!  Those are fantastic spots to get an excellent view of Santa!

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2012 Guelph Community Santa Claus Parade

The Santa Claus Parade needs you !

2012 GUELPH COMMUNITY SANTA CLAUS PARADE

Sunday November 18

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

VIEW THE PARADE ROUTE

Starting at Woolwich and London Road, the parade will move and groove it’s way through downtown Guelph.  With disco dancing polar bears and penguins doing the hustle, this promises to be the coolest parade yet.

CLICK HERE FOR PARADE ROUTE

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TORONTO PARADE

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100+ Years of Smiles

You can expect more than 25 animated floats with themes ranging from Harry Potter to Hockey Night in Canada. More than 200 Celebrity Clowns lead the Parade and raise about $200,000 annually, while around 2,000 costumed participants march happily through Toronto’s streets. Toronto police have asked Parade organizers to extend the route by one mile in order to spread out the crowds of spectators.

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Toronto’s Santa Claus Parade is the longest running children’s Parade in the world and is broadcast across North America and as far away as New Zealand, Norway and Ireland.

CLICK HERE To go to the Official Facebook Page..

Click here for HANDY TIPS TO MAKE YOUR DAY SMOOTH… including where to park, what time to go, subway stops, best places to view, wheelchair accessibility, etc… 

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Take Time to Remember on November 11th – Local Ceremonies & Ideas for Children

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There are many local Remembrance Day ceremonies taking place across the Region tomorrow on Sunday November 11th. Please take time to remember this important day and those individuals who have dedicated their lives to military service and in some cases, made the ultimate sacrifice, to make Canada the wonderful free place that it is today.  Most of these ceremonies include a parade of veterans where you and your children can show your respect by applauding to them on their way.

There are many other ways to get your child involved in Remembrance Day and I strongly encourage you to do so in whatever way is age appropriate. I had the pleasure of attending my children’s elementary school ceremony the other day and it was amazingly moving. They invited a young soldier who has finished two tours of Afghanistan and had lost close friends. He spoke about the dangers of war and impressed upon the children that war is nothing like the video games they play or the movies they see.  He let them know that war is not good but that it is necessary to help others who can’t fight for their own freedom like the little girls in Afghanistan he spoke of.  He made being a soldier very real and it had the kids full attention. This school ceremony delivered important, powerful messages in simple ways and included a bagpiper, the playing of taps, the singing of Let There Be Peace on Earth and the reciting of Flanders Fields. The children understood and I was very impressed.

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There are other simple ways to share the messages of Remembrance Day.

Any Canadian Forces Member
Op Athena
PO Box 5058 Stn Forces
Belleville ON   K8N 5W6

  • Post a message on this online bulletin board for our troops. Let the kids use their own words and just say thank you.

LINK – http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/Commun/message/index-eng.asp

LOCAL CEREMONIES

• Kitchener

Royal Canadian Legion, Fred Gies branch 50: ceremony at the Kitchener cenotaph, at the corner of Frederick and Duke streets downtown, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Area streets will be closed for the duration of the ceremony. (Rogers TV will be covering the parade).

 • Waterloo

Royal Canadian Legion branch 530: parade leaves legion hall 10 a.m., marches along Regina Street 10 a.m., and marches to the Waterloo cenotaph at city hall for a 10:15 a.m. ceremony.

CAMBRIDGE

• Cambridge (Galt) — Royal Canadian Legion branch 121: parade marches away at 9:45 a.m. from legion, 4 Veteran’s Way. Services start 10:30 at Galt cenotaph on Queen’s Square.

 • Cambridge (Hespeler) — Royal Canadian Legion branch 272: service begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Tannery and Queen street cenotaph; reception follows at the Schofield Street legion hall

 • Cambridge (Preston) — Royal Canadian Legion branch 126: parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the legion hall at Westminster Drive and Margaret Street, and will continue down Westminster Drive to King Street and Argyle Street to the cenotaph. The parade will return along Argyle Street to Duke Street to Westminster Drive.

• Wilmot Township (New Hamburg) — Royal Canadian Legion branch 532: parade forms at 1:30 p.m. at Mark Jutzi Funeral Home, 291 Huron St., with a 2 p.m. service at the New Hamburg Arena, on Boullie Street.

A sculpture in the form of an open book. The text of the poem "In Flanders Fields" is written within and a small red poppy lays on top.

IN FLANDERS FIELDS

by Lieutenant Colone John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
      Between the crosses, row on row,
   That mark our place; and in the sky
   The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
   Loved and were loved, and now we lie
         In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
   The torch; be yours to hold it high.
   If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
         In Flanders fields.

Weekend Fun Ideas

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Hi there! As a fun loving and frugal mother of three, Bargain Hunting Momma is always on the lookout for cheap & cheerful (and sometimes FREE) family fun.  Here is my ongoing listings which change almost daily as I hear about new things.. keep checking back to see what turns up next!

If you really want to get in the loop for the hottest deals and news about goings on you should  join my Facebook Group by clcking on this link..

FACEBOOK GROUP https://www.facebook.com/groups/174840402618136/

Have a Great |Weekend! 

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Movember for Kids Event TODAY Sat Nov 10th at Kitchener Farmer’s Market

Fun in the kitchen, Facepainting, live music, colour pages & MORE! + Meet AJ from CBC’s show Over the Rainbow!

Movember Kids KW @ Kitchener Market's Kids In The Kitchen

Don’t forget this fun family event tomorrow morning 10am to Noon at the Kitchener Farmer’s Market – Movember for Kids features face painting, live music, colouring pages, kitchen fun and you can meet AJ from CBC’s Over the Rainbow! (Movember for Kids)! See ya there!

 

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A fun way to spend the day.. today only 10am to 5pm — Take a multi-home walking tour of Kitchener’s Central Neighbourhood. Local artisians invite you to view and purchase original works.

Check out the grand opening of The Art House Studio today.. new location is in downtown Galt (40 Ainslie St N, Cambridge)