• Top 10 Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2017

    May 08, 2017

    iStock-577952592Mothers are amazing. We wouldn’t exist without them! Mother’s Day gives us pause to be thankful for our parent and to reflect on our childhood. While we may occasionally argue, nitpick, obsess, or regress, it’s our mothers who understand us, know us, and love us the best. Mother’s Day is just around the corner, on Sunday May 14, 2017. To celebrate, Timbercreek Communities has created this Top 10 Mother’s Day Gift Guide to help you celebrate your mom.

    Flowers

    Simple, classic, fragrant and loveable -- flowers really do say it all. From roses to a simple grocery store bouquet, flowers show your love and give your Mom a splash of color and fragrance that will brighten her whole week.

    A Bottle of Wine or a gift card

    Wine is almost always a great gift. Best of all it can be cheap yet thoughtful. If you don’t trust your own taste in wine, ask for help at your local wine store or the LCBO or skip the guesswork with a gift card like this.

    Massage or Reflexology

    While upping the price point to between $50 and $120, a massage or reflexology session is a solid Mother’s Day gift option. If full body massage is too intense, the more minimal but no less effective foot reflexology can be a great alternative. Look for businesses like Massage Addict which only employ well trained Registered Massage Therapists.

    A book or gift card

    If your mom is a reader, she will love a new book or an Indigo or Amazon gift card. You might need to drop some subtle hints to tease out a title that she wants without spoiling the surprise, but whether hard copy or gift card, it’s an inexpensive gift that goes a long way. 

    Fitbit

    The Fitbit is a solid gift idea for fit moms. Though it’s a slightly pricier option, the Fitbit is a thoughtful gift that simply and effectively encourages fitness by measuring steps per day. Get more info here.

    Chocolate

    One word for this one: Toblerone. Or maybe two words: Ferrero Rocher.

    Scandinave Spa Day

    An offshoot of our massage and reflexology idea, Scandinave Spa in Blue Mountain, Ontario is a full body, full day, pampering experience. From hot pools to saunas, steam bath and massage, Scandinave is a spa day Mom will love. Check the Scandinave website here.

    Beauty Products

    From bubble bath to soaps and moisturizers, it’s pretty easy to hit a Mother’s Day home run with a few bath and/or beauty products. The Body Shop is a great place to grab pre-made gift packs. Learn more here.

    A Card

    Last but not least is a simple card. From handmade to Hallmark, a card can accompany every gift, or be a gift in itself for Mother’s Day.

    Happy Mother’s Day from Timbercreek Communities!

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  • A low-key May 2-4 weekend plan

    May 20, 2016

    The May 2-4 long weekend is nearly here, offering you a much needed extra day off from work. How can you relax and reboot over the holiday? For today’s post, the Timbercreek Communities blog team has put together a few ideas for a low-key weekend near Ottawa apartments.

    A day at the beach

    Celebrate the start of spring with a low-key afternoon at a neighbourhood park or beach. Bring a book, pack a lunch and throw in a frisbee for outdoor fun with friends and family. Near Sunset Heights & Sunview Apartments (2880 & 2900 Carling Avenue), walk just across the street to picturesque Britannia Beach (2805 Carling Avenue), located along the shores of the Ottawa River.

    Visit a farmers market

    Over the May 2-4 long weekend, treat yourself to a laid-back stroll through a local farmers market, grabbing a light lunch to go or fresh produce to enjoy at home. The Ottawa Farmers Market at Landsdowne Park (1000, Exhibition Way) is the city’s only year-round producer-only market. Beginning May 1st, the market transitions to regular Spring and Summer hours (9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.) on Sundays. Warren Arms Apartments (222 Maclaren Street) is a 10-minute bike ride from the park.

    Canadian Tulip Festival

    Ottawa’s beloved Canadian Tulip Festival continues through Victoria Day, May 23rd. Depositphotos_4739446_s-2015The festival is one more reason to visit Landsdowne Park, a 10-minute drive or 15-minute bike ride from Castle Towers Apartments (1161 & 1171 Wellington Street West). In addition to the beautiful blossoming flowers, Thursday through Sunday there will be art displays, events and live performances inside the park’s Aberdeen Tulip Pavilion. Festivities run from 9:00 a.m. until midnight.

    The Timbercreek Communities blog team hopes today’s post helps you plan a fun and low-key May 2-4 weekend close to home. For more information about Ottawa apartments, simply visit our website today.

  • Don't miss Cirque Du Soleil!

    May 19, 2016

    World-renowned Cirque du Soleil is coming to Hamilton. Don’t miss this incredible show so close to Hamilton apartments. Find more need-to-know details in today’s post, compiled by the blog team at Timbercreek Communities.

    A performance unlike any other

    Originally from Quebec, Cirque du Soleil is an outstanding acrobatic performance group that has toured the world and gained a global following. This creative, outside-the-box group promises a stunning show that is both visually beautiful and emotionally compelling.

    Coming soon

    On May 20th, Cirque du Soleil will come to Hamilton. The group is currently touring Toruk The First Flight, a show inspired by Avatar, the film. To prepare for the concert, you may want to watch the 2009 James Cameron movie, if you have not seen it already.

    Mark your calendar

    The Spring show will be held at the FirstOntario Centre (101 York Boulevard), a Depositphotos_7432015_s-2015(1)five-minute drive or 20-minute walk from Mainwell Apartments (23 Spring Street), or a 10-minute walk if coming from Le Palais & Capital Terrace Apartments (175 & 205 Hunter Street West). There will be one performance May 20th and two performances each day, May 21st and 22nd. Tickets are expected to go quickly, so be sure to reserve seats online for you and your family or friends today.

    Another way to connect

    Want to learn more about Cirque du Soleil and the Toruk production, specifically? Learn more about the show and be a part of the action before and after the performance by downloading the innovative Toruk app for your smartphone or tablet.

    The Timbercreek Communities blog team wants to make sure that you don’t miss your chance to see the incredible Cirque du Soleil during their spring visit to Hamilton. For more information about Hamilton apartments, located near the FirstOntario Centre, visit our website today.

  • Simple spring cleaning solutions

    Apr 20, 2016

    Spring cleaning is here, which means you’re likely looking for simple and effective ways to freshen up your Brampton apartments. For today’s post, the Timbercreek Communities blog team has assembled a list of cleaning solutions, without the potentially dangerous chemical ingredients.

    DIY dusting spray

    It’s likely you’ll notice an immediate difference after you dust your apartment. Wiping TC Brampton Cleaningaway the thin layer of dust that built up over winter will leave your furniture and decor looking like new. Make your own citrus dusting spray to add extra shine without adding extra chemicals that could be harmful for your family or your pets.

    DIY window cleaner

    Another hack for seeing major cleaning improvement in little time is to start with the interior windows in your rooms at Rambler Towers Apartments (25 Rambler Drive). Use a homemade window cleaner that’s better for the environment. Start by finding a spray bottle to hold your mixture. Then combine white vinegar, rubbing alcohol, corn starch and water. If you want to add a fresh scent to your spray, add a few drops of your favourite essential oil.

    Health Planet Brampton

    For a variety of organic and natural cleaners that are ready-made on the shelf, visit Health Planet Brampton (150 West Drive). This local spot is just over a five-minute drive from Rambler Towers Apartments. Didn’t find what you’re looking for? The Whole Foods Market (155 Square One Drive) in neighbouring Mississauga is another good bet for finding natural cleaners. This store is a 15-minute drive away.

    Timbercreek Communities wants to make spring cleaning as simple and efficient as possible. The blog team hopes today’s post gave you a few new ideas of how you can green clean by using all-natural cleaners or visiting a store that specializes in organic products. For more information about our Brampton apartments, visit our website today.

  • Don't miss The Ha!ifax ComedyFest

    Apr 18, 2016

    Ha!ifax ComedyFest is coming soon near Halifax apartments. Don’t miss out on your chance for four days of great laughs with friends and family. Learn more about the event in today’s post from the Timbercreek Communities blog team.

    11 years and counting

    Ha!ifax ComedyFest first kicked off in 1995. Now, 11 years later, the festival is one of three in the nation that is broadcast nationally on prime time television. Mark your calendars today for this spring’s event, April 27 through 30th.

    Laughter citywide

    Participating comedians perform at various venues throughout Halifax. Locations include the Schooner Showroom at Casino Nova Scotia (198TC Halifax Festival3 Upper Water Street), a 10-minute drive from Woburn Manor Apartments (238 Bedford Highway) and Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club at The Westin Nova Scotian (1181 Hollis Street), a 15-minute drive from Clayton Park Towers Apartments (210 Willett Street). Finally, don’t miss the hilarious events happening at the Spatz Theatre at Citadel High (1855 Trollope Street), under a 10-minute drive from Terrace View Apartments (41 Cowie Hill Road).

    Pick your date night

    Shows are already beginning to sell out for this end-of-the-month festival. Go online today to learn more about each of the featured comedians, who have travelled from across Canada and around the world to participate in this extraordinary affair. Compare your favourite performers and the performance dates with your schedule to decide which shows you would like to buy tickets for in this year’s lineup.

    Connect online

    Once you have your tickets, you are ready to connect with other festival-goers online. Follow the Ha!ifax ComedyFest Facebook page and the festival’s Twitter account for the latest news and updates regarding the festival. Share with your friends and encourage them to join the fun.

    Timbercreek Communities knows you’ll have a blast at the upcoming Ha!ifax ComedyFest. For more information about our Halifax apartments, many of which are located just a short drive from this spectacular event, visit our website today.

  • Last-minute tax help in Windsor

    Apr 15, 2016

    Get the help you need to complete your taxes now. Today’s post from Timbercreek Communities has a handful of places near our Windsor apartments that can help you successfully file this spring.

    Windsor Public Library

    On April 12th the Windsor Public Library’s Central branch (850 Ouellette Avenue) will host a tax preparation clinic. The clinic will go from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and can be attended without any appointment. Mintz River Apartments (1400 Ouellette Avenue) is less than a 15-minute walk from this local library.

    Place du Partage

    Place du Partage (7515 Forest Glade Drive) provides tax filing help in both English and French to anyone in the community. These services are offered through April 22nd, every Tuesday and Friday evening. An appointment is required. Call 226-773-2950 to reserve your spot today. Place du Partage is a short five-minute drive from Trinity Apartments (1170 Lauzon Road, 1145 & 1175 Adair Court).

    The Downtown Mission of Windsor

    In addition to providing thousands of meals, overnight accommodations, clothing and job training to those in need, The Downtown Mission of Windsor (664 Victoria Avenue) also gives assistance to anyone struggling to file their annual tax return. Year-round services are provided on weekday afternoons. The Mission is a 15-minute walk from King Edward Apartments (1333 Ouellette Avenue).

    Life After Fifty

    Adults age 50 and above can get free tax assistance from Life After Fifty (635 McEwan Avenue), a senior recreation centre in the Windsor-Essex area. This service is offered through mid-April, and appointments must be made in advance by calling 519-254-1108, extension 201. The East Side branch, where the clinTC Windsor taxesic is offered, is around a 10-minute drive from Alexander Park Apartments (3445 Riverside Drive East).

    Timbercreek Communities hopes you or a friend or family member who needs help can find the assistance to successfully file your taxes by the April deadline. For more information about our Windsor apartments, visit our website today.

  • Check out the Calgary Underground Film Festival

    Apr 05, 2016

    Don’t miss the Calgary Underground Film Festival, happening this spring near our Calgary apartments. Today’s post from the Timbercreek Communities blog team features need-to-know info about the event.

    13 years and running

    The 13th annual Calgary Underground Film Festival is scheduled this spring for April TC Calgary CUFF11th through 17th. The event showcases films with plots and messages that defy convention. Films are shown at Globe Cinema (617 8 Avenue Southwest), a 10-minute walk from both First on Tenth Apartments (123 10 Avenue Southwest) and Lofts on First Apartments (1010 1 Street Southwest).

    This year’s lineup

    With seven days full of films, plus a launch reception on April 10th, there is plenty to see and do at the upcoming Calgary festival. Pack your day full of films or pick and choose which titles interest you most.


    Get your tickets

    Ready to save your spot for the upcoming festival? One option is a Punch Pass, which gives you five tickets for any five films of your choosing. You can share these tickets with your friends, too, if you prefer. The second option is for the true film enthusiast. Invest in a film pass for seven days of unlimited films, two free drinks and additional VIP perks.

    Connect via social media

    Now that your calendar is marked and your seats saved, connect with other festival goers online. Start by following the Calgary Underground Film Festival, a non-profit organization, on Facebook. Next, stay up-to-date through the Calgary Underground Twitter page.

    Use today’s post from the blog team at Timbercreek Communities to make the most of this spring’s Calgary Underground Film Festival. For more information about our nearby Calgary apartments, visit our website today.

  • Coming up at the TIFF Kids Film Festival

    Mar 31, 2016

    The TIFF Kids Film Festival is an extraordinary opportunity for children to learn and engage through film, and it’s being held not far from our Toronto apartments. For more information about the upcoming event, refer to today’s post by the Timbercreek Communities blog team.

    The fun begins this spring

    One of the largest film festivals in the world, the incredible TIFF Kids Film Festival, TC Toronto TiffKidskicks off this spring, April 8th through 24th. The festival is held at the downtown Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West), a 15-minute walk from 165 Bathurst Apartments, or less than a 10-minute drive from Garden View Apartments (321 Sherbourne Street) or Sherwood Apartments (392 Sherbourne Street).

    What’s on for 2016

    Dozens of films from around the world will come together in Toronto to create a kid-friendly festival experience. Parents can browse the lineup of movies for 2016 on the event website, with options to filter by age or by the country the film is from. Find your movie picks on the complete schedule to add the time and date of the showing to your family calendar.

    digiPlaySpace 2016

    Another component of the festival that is already underway is digiPlaySpace 2016. 25 installations from nine different countries put technology to use to offer kids hands-on experimentation, exploration and creativity. Stop by the Bell Lightbox today to experience this innovative learning centre before it’s gone for the year.

    Join the fun

    Ready to take part in the 2016 installment of the TIFF Kids Film Festival? For questions and inquiries, call 416-599-8433. To participate in the opening night party, scheduled for April 8th, reserve your free tickets online today.

    The blog team at Timbercreek Communities is excited that the TIFF Kids Film Festival is returning to Toronto this spring. We hope today’s post inspires you to add this fantastic event to your family calendar. For more information about our Toronto apartments, visit our website today.

  • Get outside in Oshawa this spring

    Mar 28, 2016

    Spring has sprung! Use today’s post from the Timbercreek Communities blog team to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather ahead near our Oshawa apartments.

    Dust off your bicycle

    One of the best ways to experience the beauty of Oshawa during the springtime is toTC Oshawa Outside go for a bike ride. Start by ensuring your bike is road ready with a trip to Bicycles Plus (843 King Street West, #11). This locally-owned-and-operated business is only a three-minute drive from 380 Gibb Street Apartments.

    Best trails nearby

    380 Gibb Street Apartments is only about a five-minute bike ride from the Joseph Kolodzie Oshawa Creek Bike Path. This paved trail is seven kilometres long and surrounded by green plant life. Follow the creek this spring to visit Lakeview Park or stop by the Oshawa Valley Botanical Garden. The trail will open for the season beginning April 1st.

    A day at the park

    Grab a book and a blanket and head to Lakeview Park (Lakeview Park Avenue), about a 15-minute bike ride or five-minute drive from 380 Gibb Street Apartments. One of Oshawa’s most popular picnic spots, this local park also connects with the Waterfront Trail. The trail is over 1,600 kilometres long, connecting over 70 communities and 400 parks.

    Visit a farmers’ market

    Farmers’ market season is just around the corner. Treat yourself to fresh local produce this spring. Take your pick of one of the farmers’ markets in Oshawa near 380 Gibb Street Apartments or visit them all throughout the spring and summer months.

    How will you get outside in Oshawa this spring? Timbercreek Communities hopes that today’s blog post gave you a few ideas for how to savour the season nearby. For more information about our scenic Oshawa apartments, visit our website.
  • March Break in Mississauga

    Mar 07, 2016

    March Break is coming soon near our Mississauga apartments. Make the most of your child’s break from class with one of today’s recommended events and activities, compiled by the blog team at Timbercreek Communities.

    Living Arts Centre

    There is no better time to see a show at the Mississauga Living Arts Centre (4141 Living Arts Drive) than during March Break. Attend a family-friendly production, such as Room on the Broom. If your child loves art, whether performing or drawing, the centre is also hosting a March Break Camp for youth ages six to 17. The Living Arts Centre is a 10-minute drive from Dixie Square Apartments (1750 Bloor Street & 3315 Fieldgate Drive).

    North Mississauga Soccer Club

    Do your kids love soccer? The North Mississauga Soccer CluTC Misissauga MarchBreakb is hosting a March Break Soccer Camp for ages six to 14. The camp, which runs March 14th to 18th, is held on the indoor turf at the Hershey Sports Zone (5600 Rose Cherry Place), about a 10-minute drive from Bridgewood Place Apartments (1867 Bloor Street). Attend one day or all five, with various registration options to choose from.

    Sky Zone Trampoline Park

    Soar this March Break by participating in the March Break Camp at Sky Zone (3636 Hawkestone Road), only a five-minute drive from The Omeath Apartments (30 Central Parkway West). Five half-days of games, activities and crafts will be included in the youth camp, which runs March 14th through 18th.

    PAMA

    When is the last time your family visited the Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives (9 Wellington Street East)? Take advantage of this nearby Brampton resource by attending one or a few of the March Break events being held here March 12th through 20th. Drop-in activities are designed with families in mind. PAMA is a 20-minute drive from Dixie Square Apartments.

    There is much to see and do this March Break, including today’s fun opportunities, compiled by the Timbercreek Communities blog team. For more information about our Mississauga apartments, visit our website.

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