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From January 28 through January 30, 2015, industry leaders and professionals from all aspects of urban planning and general business will gather together at the Shaw Conference Centre for the popular Winter Cities Shake-Up 2015 conference. This is an event that is designed to add some excitement to the doldrums of the winter season, and it is designed to explore new ideas and creative approaches to city planning on a broad scale as well as localized business efforts. Whether you are an entrepreneur, an urban designer or even a local artist or cultural performer, you may have ideas and plans for the city that you want to share, and this is the place to go to get your ideas heard.

Who Is Attending

When you attend the Winter Cities Shake-Up 2015

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In today's business environment, many business professionals and executives must go to great lengths in order to help their business grow and thrive. After all, the marketplace is known for competition, and the state of the economy often complicates the challenges associated with stiff competition in almost every industry. While many professionals take great steps in their jobs, the fact is that some professionals have achieved true greatness in their efforts. Each year in Alberta, top business leaders come together to celebrate the successful achievements of truly great individuals at the Business Person of the Year Luncheon. This is a wonderful networking opportunity that you can make plans to attend.

This Year's Event

The Business Person of the

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Whether you are a fan of dirt biking, moto cross, ATV adventures or other motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle activities, you will not want to miss out on the chance to attend the Edmonton Motorcycle & ATV Show that is scheduled to hit the area soon. This special event runs for several days from January 15 through January 18, 2015 at the Edmonton Expo Centre in Northlands. Whether you buy a one day pass for yourself or passes for all events for the whole family throughout the event, this is a must-attend event for motorcycle and ATV enthusiasts. When you take time to learn more about the features, you will see why this is a must-attend event for the year.

Special Features and Events

There is much to see and do every day of the Edmonton Motorcycle &

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If you are like many career-minded professionals in the Edmonton-area, you may already be making your New Year's resolutions. Many professionals are interested in improving their profitability and in furthering their career, and one of the best steps that almost any professional in any industry can take to achieve these goals is to attend networking events. Through networking, you will be able to meet and establish wonderful relationships with others who can help you in countless ways. The fact is that the most successful individuals network on a regular basis, and the good news is that there are several important networking events planned for January that can help you to kick off the New Year on the right foot.

BNI Alberta North: Leadership Team

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There are few things that can get a music lover more excited than learning that some of their favourite bands and performers are coming to their hometown. Kicking back with your friends and watching your favourite groups perform live on stage can be memorable and fun. Regardless of the type of music that you love, the good news is that plenty of great acts have plans to visit Edmonton in January 2015. You may want to purchase your tickets soon if you want a seat at the show.

Hard Rock

If you are a fan of hard rock music, alternative music or other edgy, heavy music, you will love the fact that top acts like Silverstein are heading to the area soon. Silverstein will perform on January 17 at Rexall Place. If you are a fan of alternative rock music,

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To paraphrase Daniel Defoe and, to a lesser extent, Benjamin Franklin: there are no certainties in this universe other than death and taxes. Similar to income tax, the amount of property tax a household pays depends on different variables. Geographic location and the value of real estate are some of the issues that must be considered when deciphering how Edmonton's property tax structure affects your finances.

Composition of Property Taxes in Edmonton

The biggest portion of your annual Edmonton property taxes is calculated according to the budget set up by City Council every year. This portion typically makes up 68 percent of your property taxes. Another significant portion of your property tax is determined according to the Alberta government.

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Do you have an anniversary approaching? Or perhaps you're trying to make up for an insensitive remark made to your spouse? Whatever the case, if you need to plan a big date where you can woo your significant other there are plenty of restaurants in the Edmonton area that will help to set the perfect mood. Between the dishes, the ambiance and the atmosphere, these three locations are sure to impress.

Violino Gastronomia For Fine Italian Dining

If your special someone has a love for Italian dining, Violino Gastronomia is the perfect venue. Located among mansions and flower gardens in a fine classic home on High Street, this restaurant offers an intimate setting that stays true to Italian culture. With two private dining rooms and large verandas, love

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Dabbling in real estate can be an incredibly fulfilling experience, and one that often leads to financial benefits as well. When it comes to purchasing an investment property, there's a lot of money to be made - both in the long-term and short-term - especially if you have good market knowledge and discerning foresight. If you're planning on buying an investment property in Edmonton, here's what you'll need to get started.

Professional Help in a REALTOR®

Hiring a professional real estate agent sooner rather than later can be beneficial when it comes to finding the right investment property. Especially if you're new to purchasing real estate for investment purposes, there are plenty of lessons that can be learned from a seasoned professional that

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Moving to a new neighbourhood can be a nerve-wracking and if you have children, a sometimes frightening experience. Arriving into a new area means not knowing any of the individuals and families living around you, and if you're not the most social person, it could be tough to get to know them. The good news is that breaking the ice with those new neighbours is easy enough that even shy people can get to know some new people and make some new friends. With that in mind, here are a few tips that can make the process a bit easier.

Throw a Housewarming Party

Too shy to stop by a neighbour's house and say hello? Consider throwing a simple housewarming party. Whether it's a sit down dinner for those living closest or a friendly backyard barbecue for the

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Sometimes you just have to treat yourself. When you're in the mood for something sweet, a chocolate bar from the corner store doesn't always do the trick. The good news is that you can visit these specialty confectioner and ice cream shops in St. Albert and get yourself and the family a fun sugary treat that is guaranteed to satisfy any craving.

Marble Slab Creamery: Ice Cream and Toppings Made to Order

The Marble Slab has become an ice cream hot spot. In the summer you may have to line up before getting to place your order, but it's always well worth the wait. Using their unique chilled mixing surface, these ice cream artists will mix your favourite flavour of ice cream with toppings you pick yourself for a treat that's just perfect for you. With

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