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Celebrate | Guelph 190 & Canada 150

2017 is a monumental year both locally and nationally. Throughout the year, celebrations of Guelph’s 190 year have been taking place alongside the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation. Guelph 190 Guelph was founded in 1827 and since then it’s grown into a vibrant community full of creativity, innovation, drive and some of the nicest people you will ever meet. The Royal City has been listed as a top place to live as well as a great place to purchase real estate. This Summer there are lots of opportunities to celebrate. CELEBRATE 150 | CANADA DAY | JULY 1, 2017 Guelph | Riverside Park Event Information Elora | Downtown Elora Fireman’s Pancake Breakfast, Soap Box Derby, Dominion Day Parade, Hot Dogs in the Park, Rotary Duck Race, Entertainment, Canada Day 5 or 10k run/walk Event Information Fergus | Centre Wellington Community Sportsplex Canada Day Family Picnic, Entertainment & Fireworks Event Information Exhibitions Ripple Effect: Canadians & Fresh Water Guelph Civic Museum “A Ripple Effect examines Canadians’ relationship with fresh water by focusing on the Thames, Speed, and Eramosa rivers. Organized under the themes of work and play, the exhibition explores the ways in which we have used fresh water for domestic and industrial pursuits. Presented in partnership with Museum London, with generous support from Canadian Heritage.” -Guelphmuseums.ca Learn more about this exhibition To The Gathering Place | Begins June 24 McCrae House Learn more about this exhibition Events This is a year-long celebration, but here are some of …

The Home Owner’s Guide To Energy Saving in the Living Room

The living room is a popular place for families to spend quality time together. Review these energy efficiency tips to ensure your living room isn’t costing you.   Program your home In the Summer, program your thermostat to cool less while you’re away on vacation, and in the Winter program it to heat less while you’re sleeping or away from home. Use A Powerbar The theme here is controlling how much energy is used in your home. A powerbar is a great option, especially if it has a timer. Use a powerbar with a timer or an auto shut-off option to eliminate wasted electricity. Tip: put your lamps on timers so you won’t have to worry about forgetting to turn them off when you go to bed. Go LED Replace your light bulbs with LED bulbs. These high-quality light bulbs last longer than incandescent bulbs. Turn Your Devices Off It’s always a good idea to turn your devices off and unwind at the end of a hectic day. Turning your computer off at night can help conserve energy. Many electronic devices, including a PVR, will use energy will on standby. Shut them down to be most efficient with your energy use. Seal The Fireplace You have less control over the air temperature and your bills if air is escaping through your fireplace. Ensure it is properly sealed and not letting outside air in. This goes for your windows and doors as well – check for any air leaks. Having control over …

Local Events Calendar | May

The Spring flowers and farmers’ markets are coming out in full swing this month. We’re so fortunate to live in such a vibrant community with lots of events, activities and opportunities for outdoor fun. Mark your calendars for May 13! Royal City Realty’s Annual Garage Sale For Shelter will be popping up all over town. Our Fergus office will be hosting a garage sale at our Tower St. location and neighbourhoods across Guelph will be coming together to help raise money for our local women’s shelter. Like our Facebook page to stay up to date with the latest news on our upcoming Garage Sale for Shelter. And if you’d like to get involved with hosting a garage sale, you can get more details and register here. Local Events in May Click ‘+ events’ to see more events each day. Local Farmers’ Markets Elora Farmers’ Market | Saturdays 9:00am – 12:00pm | Starts May 6! Guelph Farmers’ Market | Saturdays 7:00am – 1:00pm Aberfoyle Antique Market | Sundays 8:00am – 4:00pm  

The Home Owner’s Guide To Energy Efficiency In The Kitchen

Saving Energy in the Kitchen Use an Electric Kettle An electric kettle with an automatic shut-off feature will use only the necessary amount of energy to heat your water. It’s also a safety feature in case you walk away and forget about your water. Check Your Taps You would be amazed how much a little drip can add up (especially on your water bill). Check the taps in your kitchen to make sure they are properly sealed. Air Dry Dishes The drying system in a washing machine can use a lot of electricity. Let your dishes air dry over night to help lower your energy usage. According to Save On Energy, “letting your dishes air dry instead of using the heat-dry option will save you up to 50% of your dishwasher’s energy consumption”. Heat Efficiently Need to heat something up? Your microwave will use less energy than your electric stove. Put A Lid On It When using your stove top to heat water or food, cover the pot with a lid. This will keep the heat in, heating it quicker and using less energy.   Stay tuned for more Home Owner’s Guide To Energy Efficiency in the Home.   To learn more about how you can be more energy efficient, visit www.saveonenergy.ca.

On The Screen | 11 Times Rockwood Was In The Movies

We all love the serene spots in Rockwood. From the quaint downtown to the beautiful sceneries of the Rockwood Conservation Area, it’s a lovely place to live and visit. In fact, it’s so lovely that a number of films have used it as their backdrop. Here are 11 times Rockwood was in the movies. A History of Violence Release Date: 2005 Starring: Viggo Mortensen This American crime thriller filmed around Ontario, including in Rockwood Conservation Area (IMDB). Cheaper by the Dozen 2 Release Date: 2005 Starring: Steve Martin, Bonnie Hunt, Eugene Levy, Hilary Duff The family-friendly sequel finds the Baker family competing with a rival family on their Summer vacation. Rockwood was the perfect backdrop for these cottage scenes (Wikipedia). Men with Brooms Release Date: 2002 Starring: Paul Gross, Leslie Nielson This Canadian curling flick showed a lot of love to Canadian backdrops and curling clubs around Ontario, and of course the lovely Rockwood Conservation Area (IMDB). eXistenZ Release Date: 1999 Starring: Jude Law This science fiction body horror film was written, produced, and directed by Canadian director David Cronenberg (Wikipedia). Parts of the movie were filmed in the Rockwood Conservation Area. Duct Tape Forever Release Date: 2002 Starring: Steve Smith, Patrick McKenna Red Green and the residents of Possum Lodge took their story to the big screen in this 2002 comedy. Many well-known Canadian faces pop up in the film as well as some well-known locations, including Burlington, Rockwood and Rockwood Conservation Area (IMDB). The Barrens Release Date: 2012 Starring: …

April Events Calendar

April showers bring May flowers…but before May gets here there are lots of fun activities in our community.  In April, we have Easter (April 16) and Earth Day (April 22) to look forward to as well as great shows, unique markets and fun festivals. Take a look at the April calendar to find community events coming your way. Click “+ events” to see more events each day. Community fun April 1-2 – Rogers Hometown Hockey April 1 – Syrup in the City April 3-9 – 2017 Canadian Masters Championship April 5-9 – Kazoo! Fest 2017 April 9 – Tartan Day in Fergus April 22 – Doors Open Guelph April 22 – Guelph 190: History at Night Party @ Guelph Civic Museum April 28 – Bowl For Kids Sake | Click here to donate to Royal City’s effort to support BFKS Guelph April 28-May 7  – Guelph Pride   On the stage April 8 – When the Lights Went Out @ Fergus Grand Theater April 13 – Abbamania and Night Fever @ River Run April 20-30 – I Hate Hamlet @ Guelph Little Theatre April 20 – An evening with Moe Berg, Chris Murphy, Craig Northey and Steven Page @ River Run April 21 – ONES – The Number One Hits of the Beatles @ River Run April 27-30 – 9 to 5 The Musical @ River Run April 29 – Only Yesterday: The Carpenter’s Story @ Fergus Grand Theatre Markets & more Saturdays – Guelph Farmers’ Market April 22-23 – Elora …

Fun Facts About Fergus

Did you know that Fergus, Ontario used to be known as “Little Falls”? Join us March 28 for the Grand opening of the Royal City Realty Fergus Office. Meet the team, enjoy great food and enter to win one of two fabulous prizes: Dinner & A Movie (Dinner at the Elora Brewery and movie tickets to the historic Elora Gorge Cinema plus more) Afternoon Lunch in the Park (Wine glasses, 2 bottles of wine, a My kitchen By Gancea gift card, and an I Love Chocolate gift card) Learn more about our grand opening here. See you there! Here are some more things you might not know about the historic town. “Following an ancient native path upstream from Elora, Adam Fergusson and James Webster first laid eyes on “Little Falls”, the future site of Fergus in 1833. Excited by the prospect of fertile farmland, and not only one mill site, but two along that stretch of the Grand River, their decision was made. They purchased 7400 acres and the little Scottish hamlet was born.” –Centrewellington.ca “Fergus achieved village status in 1857 as its people overcame a variety of obstacles: fires, floods, icy winters, and a rash of wandering pigs were among the problems! Nevertheless, Fergus’ citizens ploughed onwards, constructing rugged limestone buildings and homes to satisfy the growing population. One of the biggest contributors to Fergus’ growth was the Beatty family, who built a large factory and employed most of the town in the late 1800s.” – Centrewellington.ca “Fergus was an …