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Whether you’re moving to Edmonton from across the country, or just moving across town, a little preparation can make moving day, and the days that follow a lot easier on young kids. While you’re probably excited about moving to a new home, remember that moving means leaving behind a place your child knows and loves. Kids are very adaptable beings though, so here’s some things to keep in mind while you’re preparing to move:

1. Give them lots of notice, preferably before you even start packing. They’re going to know something is going on once things are put into boxes, especially if some of their favourite things go missing. Tell them in language they understand - this depends on their age but toddlers will probably get “we’re going to live a different

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Continuing in its tradition of consistently finding reasons and occasions to celebrate, Edmonton is playing host to the Expanse Festival again in 2014, an exciting celebration of art in motion, March 6-9, 2014, at the TransAlta Barns (10330 84 Ave). Though many people would not intuitively associate Edmonton with a bursting arts scene, the fact is that the city has a thriving artistic community. As a cultural center, Edmonton is constantly surprising the world with the quality of art that comes out of it, and Expanse Festival is no exception. Here’s what you need to know about the Expanse Festival – including how you can get involved!

Expanse Festival Recognizes Body Made Art

You might never have stopped to consider what "body made art" was before,

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Buying a home is exciting, especially if it's your first. However, there are a number of ways that your home-buying experience can turn sour if you're not diligent. Failing to do the proper prep work can lead to expensive surprises cropping up later. Most Canadians know that buying a home is sometimes a risky endeavour; however, that doesn’t stop the horror stories from happening. Here are a few tales of Canadian consumers' home ownership dreams turning into nightmares, so you can avoid repeating their mistakes.

False Advertising Misleads Drayton Valley Couple

In May of 2013, the CBC reported that a couple in Drayton Valley, Alberta, purchased a house through the brokerage that had listed the home. It turned out to be decades older than it was

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It’s not surprising that The Silver Skate Festival is the longest running winter festival in the City of Edmonton. It’s a ton of fun! Get your mittens and toque and head to Hawrelak Park for a day full of winter activities. The festival runs until February 23rd, with a host of different events happening every day.

We went on Family Day and it was packed, although there was a bit of a line up to get into the park, there is plenty of free parking on site. There is also a $2 ETS shuttle from the U of A.

There is plenty to do at the festival, including skating, horse drawn sleigh rides, cross country skiing, show shoeing, and face painting, all of which are free! Our kids particularly enjoyed the snow maze, ice slide, and make your own cabane à sucre

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Every time February 14th rolls around, the emphasis is placed on all of those adorable couples out there. If you're looking for someone to enjoy Valentine's Days with in the future, the Edmonton Valley Zoo is ready to help. Not only are they going to share the steamy secrets practiced by other members of the Animal Kingdom to attract mates, but they are also providing an opportunity to practice these freshly learned techniques on the field with a speed dating event organized by Eight Minute Date Edmonton!

You may not end up with a mate of your own, but no matter what happens, this evening will be sure to put a smile on your face. On top of meeting new people and learning about the Animal Kingdom's evolutionary secrets to finding love, there will be

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The Provincial Government has announced three new schools will be built in Edmonton, opening in 2016. Residents in Lewis Estates, Ambleside and Summerside are excited to have new schools being built close to home. In addition, a major expansion to 5-year old Lillian Osborne High School in Terwillegar will make room for 600 new students. In all, the new schools will make room for 3,100 new students.

Lewis Estates is a neighbourhood in the far west end of Edmonton, west of the Anthony Henday and North of The Whitemud. Many families in the area have had to drive long distances to get their kids to schoo. The new junior high school in Lewis Estates will accomodate 900 students.

Ambleside is a neighbourhood in the Windermere area, south of the Anthony

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Like tobogganing? As part of the Winter City Edmonton initiative, the City and Global TV have teamed up for "Sip 'n Slide Sundays." Bring your sled, crazy carpet, saucer or snow racer to some of the best hills in the city and get warmed up with some free hot chocolate.

Every Sunday in February from 1-5 at Rundle ACT Park, Jackie Parker Park, and Gallagher Park. 

Want to live near some of Edmonton's best hills? Check out homes for sale in Beverly Heights, Cloverdale, Greenview and Jackson Heights.

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Whether you just watch Bruno Mars and the commercials, or you're cheering your heart out for the Broncos or Seahawks, Super Bowl Sunday is fun for everyone. While many people like to stay home, or host a Super Bowl party, there are plenty that prefer to watch at a local sports bar. Here are some great places to watch the game in Edmonton:   The Pint - Downtown My personal favourite, with the best deep fried pickles around. The Pint is having a "Sunday Funday" Super Bowl Party with drink specials, and a special NFL Menu. The great thing about The Pint (aside from the beer selection) is there is no bad seat in the house - you'll be able to see the action from anywhere. You might want to book a table ahead of time.   Schank's - West End This…
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As we all know, Edmonton truly is a winter city, so embrace winter and get active! Cross country skiing is easy to learn, offers an excellent full body workout, and is an fun way to enjoy Edmonton. 

The Edmonton Nordic Ski Club offers lessons and equipment rentals and there are many other places around Edmonton where you can rent equiment as well (MEC, Strathcona Wilderness Centre, and Totem Outdoor Outfitters to name a few).

The City of Edmonton web site offers trail maps and descriptions, so it's easy to find a place to ski, especially in our beautiful river valley.

Much of the river valley trail system is plowed and maintained through the winter as part of the winter city strategy, including 55 km of groomed cross-country ski terrain. The

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Buying a home is the most important investment many people will make in their lifetimes, which means that the process should not be taken lightly. Home buyers looking in the Edmonton, Alberta area will have lots of options to choose from since there are plenty of quality Edmonton condos and houses up for sale. Not sure which property type is right for you? Here are five signs that suggest that you should be looking for a condo rather than a house.

Location, Location, Location!

People who are determined to live in a certain area should consider buying a condo rather than a house if the Edmonton neighbourhood they've got their eyes on is one where there are lots of condo units but few houses. If location is a potential deal breaker, house hunters may

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