Fun Family Day Events Near You!
Bring your family and have some Family Day Fun!
There will be an indoor petting zoo, face painting, an indoor axe-throwing booth, inflatable obstacle course, family fun photo booth, carnival games, hot dogs, and so much more! The best part is this is all FREE!!
Where: Gateway Family Church
When: 11:00AM – 2:00PM
Activities will include:
Wagon rides, Cabane a Sucre, Magician shows at 1pm & 2:30pm, Mini golf, Glitter Tattoos, Giant Janga, Kids Craft, A.I.M.B.O.T. LEGO Building workshops, Fire pit outside with s’mores, loose part workshop, BBQ sponsored by Sobeys.
Where: Beaumont Community Centre
When: 12:00AM – 4:00PM
Everyone is welcome! 7th annual Family Ice Fishing Day @ Wizard Lake.
There’ll be fishing, sledding, chilling around the campfire and general shenanigans! An added bonus is no license is required! Bring any ice fishing gear you have, and warm clothes.
Campfire, Lunch, drinks (both hot & cold!) and full equipment provided!
Where: Wizard Lake Jubilee Park (50 Street 50 Ave, Calmar)
When: 10:00AM – 3:00PM
Where: Heritage Museum
5007 50 Ave
When: 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Try a 20 minute led session of snowshoeing, cross country skiing or nature trail walking. Relax around the campfire while cooking bannock, play a giant game, visit with a therapy dog, build a snowman, or go on a scavengar hunt!
Where: Devon Lions Campground
1140 Saskatchewan Ave E
When: 1:00PM – 3:00PM
Enjoy an evening of food and local culinary artists.
Looking for closet design ideas to start the new year off on an organized foot? Whether you have a spacious walk-in or a slim space with a single rod for clothing, keeping your closet neat and clutter-free is a problem everyone can relate to.
The good news: With some clever planning and creativity, you’ll no longer have to brave the deluge of stuff every time you open the closet door. Check out these tips from home design pros to see how it’s done, regardless of how much space you have (or don’t have) inside your closet.
“Mirrors are the best way to add a bit of glamour as well as create the illusion of a larger space,” says Dawn D. Totty, a designer based in Chattanooga, TN. “When it comes to mirrors: the bigger the glass, the larger the impact.”
Try a free-standing, framed mirror, which will let you view an outfit from head to toe.
Photo by California Closets Southdale
Organize your clothes not just by type, but also by color, says Laura Stein, owner of Laura Stein Interiors in Toronto. Not only will it make your closet space look neater, it will also “help you find what you’re looking for faster,” she adds.
Taking your closet door off its hinges can make even the smallest space appear much bigger. “’Open concept’ is trending for closets and a great way to open up a small space,” Totty says.
“If you have the space available [and yes, we know that’s a big if], an island or sitting bench—or a combination of the two—can give a walk-in closet an upscale, dressing room vibe,” says Sarah Eppard, owner of Closets by Design Minneapolis. These seating areas can also be useful for storing shoes or other accessories.
“A closet door is typically unused real estate,” says Marty Basher, home organization expert for Modular Closets. Why not add hooks and storage bags to make the most of the vertical space? A faux leather storage bag ($34.99, target.com) from Chip and Joanna Gaines‘ Target line should do the trick.
Nowhere does it say that your closet walls have to match the walls of the room it’s in. So why not fill your space with a color—or better yet, add a trendy removable wallpaper. But how on Earth do you choose the right shade or pattern?
“Evaluating what clothing items are your go-to staples will help inform you of the colors you find most appealing,” says Dee Schlotter, senior color marketing manager for PPG, a global supplier of paints and coatings.
For instance, if you live in dark denim, consider a rich navy shade. Fancy yourself a bohemian at heart? Try an airy, floral pattern like the one above.
Many closets in apartments and older homes don’t have individual lighting—or electrical outlets. If you’re accustomed to using your flashlight app each time you look for a sweater, LED light strips (battery-operated, no less!) may be a game changer for you. Choose from a basic peel-and-stick, drill-mount, or motion-sensor style.
A closet that’s far wider than it is deep is the perfect layout for a closet office. Remove the door and hanging bars, add shelves, and move your desk and chair in. Suddenly, you’ve got a quiet nook where you can get stuff done. Plus, repurposing your closet into a space for creativity will add versatility to your home when it comes time to sell.
Not every square inch of wall space needs to be filled with shelving stacked with sweaters, shoes, and other doodads. Those fortunate enough to own a nice-sized walk-in closet should hang a painting or framed photograph on a blank wall to add some interest.
“Art can be a fun and inexpensive way to add color and personality to any space,” Totty says. “It’s least expected in a closet, which makes it more impactful.”
Don’t settle for that single hanging lightbulb in the closet. Jazz it up with a chandelier or pendant light fixture.
“Chandeliers are a cool way to introduce personality and a touch of class to your closet,” Totty says. “Think of lighting as the jewelry [of your] space.”
WHEN: Feb. 2 – 4 2017
WHERE: Civic Centre, Kinsmen Outdoor Arena, William F. Lede Park
Celebrate all things winter at the third annual Frostival. From Feb. 2-4, take part in a variety of free, family-friendly activities happening throughout the city.
Frostival Frolic 3 or 5km fun walk/run
Spectators are welcome at Slo-Pitch National’s (SPN) annual Valentine’s Sno-Pitch tournament in William F. Lede Park. If you’re interested in registering a team, contact SPN at 780-999-6245.
Bundle up and head out to the Kinsmen outdoor rink to cheer on Leduc Minor Hockey at the Frozen Four outdoor tournament.
Need window treatment ideas for your home? If you aren’t sure about the difference between drapes and curtains or shades and blinds, we’ve got your back! This rundown of various types of window treatments will give you the inside track. Because despite its light and fluffy connotations, “window dressing” can have a dramatic impact on a room, and not just in terms of decor.
“Window treatments often serve as a way to provide privacy for those inside the building, while also helping to control the levels of natural light,” explains Christine Burdick, owner and lead designer at Christine Burdick Design in Burlington, VT. “Window treatments can also help with the cooling or insulating of a room.”
To help you figure out which type of window treatment is best for you, check out the various styles below, and the pros and cons of each.
Shades are soft panels of fabric that are attached to a frame. They come in various lengths, widths, fabrics, and textures, and a cord is used to manipulate them up and down.
If you’re looking for shades, you’ll find lots of options. Roman shades will pleat when drawn up, while balloon shades jut out, providing a puffy appearance. Tie shades must be tied on each end to remain up.
“Shades fit into the window frame, not above the frame like curtains or drapes,” says Dawn Stafford, interior designer and CEO of Gathering Souls in Washington, DC.
“To allow light, the shade must be lifted entirely,” Stafford notes. That means if you need privacy, you’ll have to sacrifice natural light in the process.
Blinds, on the other hand, are window treatments that open and close with a cord. Unlike shades, they’re not made from one piece of fabric. Instead, blinds have louvers or slats, which open and close. This lets in light but can help maintain privacy at the same time.
Blinds tend to be made of wood, vinyl, bamboo, or aluminum, and they come in a variety of sizes to fit various windows. Another consideration: The size of the slats in the blinds. Typically you’ll find half-inch or 1-inch miniblinds, and 2-inch slats called Venetian blinds, which are a bit more durable.
Curtains are one of the most popular types of window treatments on the market. Typically sold in pairs, these panels come in a variety of colors, fabrics, and sizes, and they can be installed alone or over blinds or shades. Curtains hang from curtain rods, which are installed with supports above or beside the window frame. They usually have tabs at the top, through which a homeowner can feed the curtain rod.
Drapes are often confused with curtains, but the two are slightly different, Stafford says. “While drapes are also fabric panels, drapes are lined, and typically the lining blocks incoming light, which makes them perfect to use in bedrooms,” she says. “Draperies most often are the length of the top of the window to the floor and many times allow for a puddling effect.”
Another difference? “Drapes are usually custom-made in luxury fabrics to fit exact window specifications,” according to Stafford, and they tend to have more of a formal appearance than your garden variety curtain.
Choosing the right window treatment for your home tends to come down to function, says Jessica Weigley, co-founder and designer at design firm Síol in San Francisco.
Weigley suggests asking yourself the following questions before deciding on a window treatment:
Here’s which type of window treatment is right for you based on your objectives:
To let in light but maintain privacy: Blinds allow light in, but without sacrificing privacy.
To block out light: Drapes, with their added layer, block out light and are thus popular for bedrooms. They can also insulate against heat and cold.
To make a decor statement: Curtains tend to come in fabrics with patterns and colors that make them a focal point, and they can be used to cover up blinds or shades that are less aesthetically pleasing.
To save money and maintenance: For homeowners with a tight budget, roller shades are often the least expensive option, Burdick says. Depending on the size of a window, roller shades run from $20 to $100, and the flat surface makes them easy to clean.