This Long Weekend in Hamilton

August 02, 2018

 

 

Friday August 3rd to Sunday August 5th


Festival of Friends – Gage Park
Free
An annual (since 1976) outdoor music, arts & crafts festival.
Headliners: Sam Roberts Band (Friday), High Valley (Saturday) & Tom Cochrane w Red Rider (Sunday)
For more information & set times: www.festivaloffriends.ca

 

Friday August 3rd to Monday August 6th

Enchanted Garden Weekend – Royal Botanical Gardens – Rock Garden
1185 York Boulevard
Cost: Adults $20.92, Youth/Senior $18.27, Age 4-12 $13.85, Age 3 and under Free
Tickets required
905-527-1158
A touch of magic awaits in the enchanted garden.

 

Friday August 3rd

Funday Friday  - Hamilton Children’s Museum
9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Cost: $2 for adults, seniors and students, $4 for children, free for infants under 1 year, $9 for family
Learn something about science, natures & creative design.

Friday Night Tour – Central Library
Meet in the living room on the first Friday of every month.
5:00 pm
Free
Highlights tour of the art collection at HPL.  At 6:00 pm you will continue to the Art Gallery of Hamilton for a docent led free tour.

AGH Friday Free Night – Art Gallery of Hamilton
123 King Street West
4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
On the first Friday of the month admission is free from 4:00-8:00 pm.

 

Saturday August 4th

Community Archaeology Dig – Erland Lee Museum
522 Ridge Road, Stoney Creek
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Adults 16+ $25, Juniors (age 12-15) $15
Participate in a real archaeological dig!

 

Sunday August 5th

MERIT Brewing Tour & Tasting – Merit Brewing
107 James Street North
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
$10 + HST
Tour the taproom & bottle shop & discover how beer is made.  Includes 12oz beer samples & 30 minute tour.

Historic Garden Tours – Dundurn National Historic Site
610 York Boulevard
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Free
Garden staff lead the tour where you will enjoy informative stories & learn historic gardening knowledge.


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This Weekend in Hamilton

July 18, 2018

 

 

Some happenings in Hamilton:

Fringe Festival – various venues, downtown Hamilton
July 19 – 29
For more information: http://hamiltonfringe.ca/

Thursday July 19th

Hamilton Tiger Cats vs Saskatchewan Roughriders – Tim Horton’s Stadium
7:00 pm
Tickets – ticketmaster

Friday July 20th

Music in the City – Jackson Square
2 King Street West
12:00 noon to 2:00 pm
All ages, free
Rooftop Gardens above Jackson Square

Mounted Police Visit  - Dundas Public Library
18 Ogilvie Street, Dundas
All ages, Free
A visit from one of Hamilton’s mounted police officers & his horse partner

Saturday July 21st

Hamilton Farmers’ Market – 35 York Boulevard
7:00 am to 5:00 pm
Established in 1837 with over 60 vendors open year round.

Shop the Cotton Factory – 270 Sherman Avenue North
11:00 am to 4:00 pm
On the 3rd Saturday of the month you can view & purchase at the studios.
For more information: 905-547-8256

T-Shirt Printing – Centre 3
173 James Street North
11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Youth
For more information: 905-524-5084

Sunday July 22nd

Yoga in the Park – Gage Park
10:00 to 11:00 am
Cost – pay what you can
All levels are welcome

The Spirits of Paradise – Royal Botanical Gardens Arboretum
16 Old Guelph Road
All Ages, $15
1.5 hour theatre experience helps you understand how the landscape has changed over the last 2 centuries

40th Anniversary Celebration – Hamilton Children`s Museum
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Free, All ages
Indoor and outdoor activities, popcorn & refreshments.


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June Stats

July 17, 2018

 

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The REALTORS Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 1,257 sales were processed through the RAHB Multiple Listing Service  (MLS) System in June, 14.2 per cent fewer than the same month last year and 19.2 per cent fewer than the 10-year average for the month.

All property listings were 19 per cent lower than the same month last year, but 1.1 per cent higher than the 10-year average. Residential sales were 13.7 per cent lower than June of last year, with residential freehold sales 13.3 per cent lower and condominium sales 15.6 per cent lower than the same month last year.

“Having a more balanced market this year really showcases how busy the market was for the last few years,” says RAHB CEO George O’Neill. “Sales and listings are down from last year, but they’re being compared to a year impacted by government regulations. The regular spring market pattern has returned this year.”

Although the average residential sale price for June 2018 is lower compared to June 2017, prices have made healthy gains over the past five and 10 years.

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There has been an increase in sales in some areas of our market, such as Hamilton West, Dundas, Grimsby and Dunnville. Some areas which were particularly active over the last few years, such as Hamilton East, Hamilton Centre and Burlington, are still experiencing fewer sales.

“The numbers show the fluctuations and distinct characteristics between our various communities,” adds O’Neill. “This is why a local RAHB REALTOR®’s professional advice is critical when buying and selling your property.”

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*Average sale price is based on the total dollar volume of all properties sold through the RAHB MLS® System. Average sale price can be useful in establishing long-term trends, but should not be used as an indicator that specific properties have increased or decreased in value.

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This weekend in Hamilton…Friday the 13th Edition

July 13, 2018

 

 

Friday July 13th to Sunday July 15th

Because Beer Craft Beer Festival – Pier 4 Park
19+, $19.99-$54.99
Three days of love music, 45+ vendors, food trucks, an arcade tent & a home brew competition.

 

Friday July 13th

Friday the 13th Armouries Ghost Walks – 200 James Street North
All Ages, $19.47
8:3 0pm to 10:00 pm
info@ghostwalks.com
855-844-6787
Stories of ghosts scaring men, shadows playing tricks & more!

James Street North Art Crawl
All Ages, Free
4:00 pm to 11:00 pm
On the second Friday of every month is Art Crawl time where shops stay open late & performers and displays line the sidewalks.

Aftercrawl with Born in the Eighties – Absinthe
19+, $10
10:00 pm
80’s & 90’s cover band Born in the Eighties

 


Sunday July 15th

Hamilton Grooves with Laughter Yoga – Hamilton Waterfront
47 Discovery Drive
All ages, $5
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Deep breathing and brain fitness exercises, interactive laughter, playing & a cool down.


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Thinking of getting a pool?

July 11, 2018

 

 

Thinking of getting a pool?  There are many things you’ll have to consider, including: cost, how much time you will spend doing pool maintenance, local laws & what kind of pool you want.  Doing your research and making a plan will make things easier.

You’ll need to consider cost. 
The actual cost of the pool & all equipment & chemicals you require.
The cost of maintenance
Proper fencing
Landscaping
Deck
Security equipment
Insurance protections

Permits.  In Hamilton you do not need a building permit to install a pool, but you do need one to construct the fence.  After you get the permit you can have the pool put in, but you cannot fill the pool with water until the fence is in place and you get a final approval from the City.

Consider the size of your yard, how big of a pool you want & if you want in ground or above.  Going to a pool professional is a great idea as they can help you figure out what will work for you.

Think about the placement of the pool considering parts of the yard that get lots of sun, if you want the pool close to the house, or further back in the yard.  You might want to avoid areas that have trees nearby that produce sap, and remember that some trees have extensive root systems which could interfere with the pool.

Safety first!  You’ll need to purchase a safety cover for your pool and remember the simple things like proper supervision as well as life jackets or floatation devices.   A pool alarm system alerts an in house receiver if any large object enters the pool.  When you want to swim put the alarm in sleep mode and you’re good to go. 


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This Weekend in Hamilton

July 06, 2018

 

 

Friday July 6

Music in the City – Jackson Square
noon to 2:00 pm
All ages, Free
Rooftop Gardens above Jackson Square
This lunchtime music series occurs weekdays through until August 31st

AGH Friday Free Night - 123 King Street West
4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Free admission, donations welcome
On the first Friday of every month, admission is free from 4-8pm.  At 6:00 pm you can go on a free guided tour that is more casual.

Harry Potter Epic Fridays – Zoetic Theatre
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
All ages
Each month a different Harry Potter movie!  Prop bags, costume contests & more!

 

Saturday July 7

Burlington Downtown Car Show – Burlington City Hall
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
All ages, Free
4th annual celebration of automobiles on display

Air Force Day – Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
All ages, Free
See 50+ aircrafts from Canada’s air force from WW1 to current & the collection of vintage military aircraft from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum.

Hamilton’s Dark History Tour – Alleyway behind Radius Restaurant
8:30 pm to 10:00 pm
All ages, $13.27 – reserve at ghostwalks.com
Meet your guide in an alley before exploring with stories of mafia & more!

Carnival Day – Wild Waterworks
11:00 am to 8:00 pm
Enjoy all that Wild Waterworks has to offer plus some carnival games

 

Sunday July 8

Yoga in the Park – Gage Park
All ages, pay what you can
10:00 am to 11:00 am
This beginner class occurs every Sunday starting July 8th until August 26th.


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