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Welcome to this LOVELY sought after College Park neighborhood, spacious 3 bdrms up, gleaming refinished original hardwood, bright south facing HUGE covered patio with natural gas BBQ connection for entertaining all year round. Spotless bright, WELL cared for home with 1 bdrm registered suite & extra bdrm down for upstairs use. Close to skytrain, bus, schools (french Immersion Glenayre Elementary), restaurants, shopping & more! OPEN HOUSE Sunday, February 18th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.
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FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENTS:

Family Day at Fort Langley
Come and learn the traditions of the families at Fort Langley – from varied backgrounds like Scottish, Hawaiian, First Nations and Metis, the workers embraced their cultures here! Enjoy the feature presentation on First Nations resources, make some Scottish bannock, or challenge your skills playing ‘Ulu Maika – a game meant to train Hawaiian warriors. • Fort Langley National Historic Site, 23433 Mavis Ave. • Feb. 10-12 • http://www.pc.gc.ca/fortlangley

Massey Madness: Family Arts Fest
An all-inclusive day of arts activities and live theatre performances for the whole family to enjoy. Includes theatre performances for young children with Axis Theatre’s Th’owxiya: The Hungry Feast Dish (11 a.m.); a First Nations story by Joseph Dandurand, Confessions of a Grocery Store Clerk (2 p.m.); and The New Conformity by Cause and Effect Circus and Travis Bernhardt’s comedic magic (7 p.m.). There will also be free family activities in the lobby and the Plaskett Gallery from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. • Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Ave., New West • Feb. 10 • $5-$25/single show tickets, $10-$35/full day pass, ticketsnw.ca, 604-521-5050, masseytheatre.com

Enjoy some of Travis Bernhardtâs comedic magic at Massey Madness. SUBMITTED PHOTO/BONNIE ALLAN PR

Lunar New Year at the Library
Lion Dance and Music: Start the Lunar New Year with a lion dance, qigong and kung fu demonstrations, then explore the beautiful sound of world music with musical performance), and make wishes for a lucky and prosperous year. Feb. 10, 12:30-2 p.m., VPL Central Branch, 604-331-3603 • Sound of World Music: Explore the beautiful sound of world music with performances, and make wishes for a lucky and prosperous year. Feb. 10, 3:30-4 p.m., VPL Kensington Branch, 1428 Cedar Cottage Mews, 604-331-3603 • Free, vpl.ca/events

 

VSO: Platypus Theatre: Peter and the Wolf
In a fresh take on a well-loved classic, Peter is a dreamer who suddenly finds himself in the middle of an adventure: a mystifying mission to capture a wily wolf. Two dancers and an actor, colourful sets and incredible masks make for a modern and humorous re-telling of this enduring story. Peter and the Wolf brings listeners in on the action as they help catch the mangy marauder once and for all. • Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe St. • Feb. 11, 2 p.m. • 604-876-3434, 


vancouversymphony.ca

PJs, Paws and Jaws: Family Day Sleepover at the Aquarium
Learn about the fascinating ways that animals camouflage from their predators by paying a visit to see them outside. Then head inside for an evening snack and get hands on with cool artifacts like sea otter paws and shark jaws. Then everyone will call it a night and head down to Underwater Steller’s Bay to catch some z’s. Breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m. followed by time to explore the galleries. • Vancouver Aquarium, 845 Avison Way, Stanley Park • Feb. 11-12 • $92/$115, vanaqua.org

Jellyfish at the Vancouver Aquarium. SUBMITTED PHOTO / PNG

Children’s Arts Festival
A fun-filled day of creative interaction, entertainment and more. Visitors to the festival will be able to wander through multiple zones where they can enjoy fun performances for kids of all ages, participate in hands-on arts and crafts or sign up for Creativity Classes led by professional artists. • Richmond Cultural Centre, 7700 Minoru Gate • Feb. 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. • $5, childrensartsfestival.ca

Cinderella
With wit and humour for all ages, DuffleBag Theatre charms audiences with their original adaptions of fairy tales and classic stories. They create a magical experience by inviting up audience members to become the stars of the show, making an exciting, interactive, and unique experience for everyone, and this time is no different. Cinderella’s life is storybook perfect. That is, until circumstances force her into a life of drudgery in the home of her wicked stepmother and stepsisters. • Chilliwack Cultural Centre, 9201 Corbould St. • Feb. 12, 2 p.m. • $12, 604-391-7469, chilliwackculturalcentre.ca

The DuffleBag Theatre’s production of Cinderella. SUBMITTED PHOTO: ANN GOUDSWAARD, MARKETING MANAGER, CHILLIWACK CULTURAL CENTRE

Family Day at the Carousel
Celebrate Family Day at the carousel with a special program designed for families with young children. Enjoy the antics of a children’s entertainer, get creative with children’s art activities, join in some heritage games and enjoy unlimited carousel rides. • Burnaby Village Museum, 6501 Deer Lake Ave. • Feb. 12, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. • $6.50, drop-ins welcome if space allows, pre-registration recommended, 604-297-4565, burnabyvillagemuseum.ca

Family Fun on the Farm Spend the day on a working farm right in Vancouver. Meet the chickens, goats, sheep, horses, and ponies. Roast marshmallows on the bonfire. (Pony rides available for $10/child.) A huge garage/moving sale includes horse books, tack, equipment, and clothing. Home baked goodies and coffee available. Wheelchair accessible. • Southlands Heritage Farm, 6767 Balaclava St. • Feb. 12, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. • 604-261-1295, www.southlandsfarm.ca

Family Day Concert with Rick Scott
Celebrate Family Day with beloved children’s entertainer, Rick Scott. Combining music, storytelling and humour, this lively participatory concert is great for all ages. Rick Scott will be joined by Nico Rhodes on electric piano. • The ACT, 11944 Haney Place, Maple Ridge • Feb. 12, 1 p.m. • $15, 604-476-2787, theactmapleridge.org

Into the Arctic: B.C. Family Day
The Vancouver Maritime Museum will be at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre for a family-friendly day of arctic exploration. Check out the Into the Arctic exhibition and make Inuit-inspired snow goggles, check out the Arctic-inspired music of Thomas Beckman and drop-in for free hot chocolate. • Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 630 Hamilton St. • Feb. 12, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. • vancouvermaritimemuseum.com

Lunar New Year Fest
Celebrate Lunar New Year with free family fun including cultural music, dance, crafts, lucky draws, a traditional lion dance, and more! • Central City, 10153 King George Blvd., Surrey • Feb. 12, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. • Free, 604-587-7773, centralcity.ca

Kids Takeover UBC at MOA
The Museum of Anthropology will be celebrating Family Day with a kids takeover event. Bring your whole family along for a day of youth-led art activities, dancing, and live African fusion music by Zhambai trio. The event is part of the Kids Takeover UBC event, with activities happening all over campus. • Museum of Anthropology at UBC, 6393 NW Marine Dr. • Feb. 11, noon-5 p.m. • Free with admission, 604-822-5087, moa.ubc.ca

Family Day with Will Stroet & Pebble Star Artists
Celebrate B.C. Family Day with concerts by CBC Kids star and Juno-nominee Will Stroet, along with fellow Juno-nominee Ginalina, Bollywood dancer Karima Essa and The Blues Berries. • Jewish Community Centre, 950 W. 41st Ave. • Feb. 12, 11 a.m. • $12/early bird tickets, 604-727-4413, pebblestar.eventbrite.ca

Family Day at the Canadian Museum of Flight
Have your photo taken in a real Canadian Snowbird or Starfighter jet, enjoy museum tours, crafts and the really, really big candy bowl! • Canadian Museum of Flight, 5333 216th St., Langley • Feb. 12, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. • By donation, museumofflight.org

Family Day at the Canadian Museum of Flight. SUBMITTED PHOTO/CREDIT, THE CANADIAN MUSEUM OF FLIGHT

Family Flag Day
Spend Family Day with your clan by going back in time. This free, fun-filled drop-in event for all ages will include an opportunity to discover the various flags, tartans and coat of arms families once used to represent themselves. Visitors can even make a family crest of their own to take home as a keepsake. Enjoy a guided tour of the house, pioneer children’s games and more. • Historic Stewart Farm, 13723 Crescent Rd., Surrey • Feb. 12 • Free, 604-592-6956, surrey.ca/heritage

FlyOver Canada: Flight of the Dragon
Follow a mythical dragon as you soar over some of China’s most spectacular landscapes and scenery – including the Great Wall of China, Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, the city of Shanghai and more. Then take off again to experience FlyOver Canada, an exhilarating journey from east-to-west across Canada. • FlyOver Canada, Canada Place • FlyOverCanada.com/Flight-Of-The-Dragon

Soar over China at FlyOver Canada’s Flight of the Dragon. SUBMITTED PHOTO/FLYOVER CANADA

Family Valentine’s Train Ride
Enjoy a Valentine’s train ride and crafts. • Bear Creek Park, 13750 88th Ave., Surrey • Until Feb. 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. • $6, bctrains.com

Family Day at the Vancouver Aquarium
Celebrate Family Day with our aquatic family. Meet a tortoise and a penguin, pose for family pictures with Ollie the Sea Otter, and enjoy aquatic-themed puppet shows, story time and face painting. Receive 25% off Aquarium membership over the Family Day long weekend. • Vancouver Aquarium, 845 Avison Way, Stanley Park • Feb. 10-12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. • $22-$39, vanaqua.org

B.C. Sports Hall of Fame: Red Mitten Weekend
In conjunction with the start of the 2018 Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame will be hosting an event that honours British Columbia’s Olympic and Paralympic heritage with a Red Mitten Weekend. Participate in a 2010 Olympic-themed scavenger hunt, and re-live all the highlights and unforgettable moments of the Vancouver Olympics and Paralympics on the Hall’s big screen. • B.C. Place, 777 Pacific Blvd. • Feb. 10-12 • bcsportshalloffame.com


OUTDOOR FUN:

Family Day at Surrey Nature Centre
​Celebrate being a family outdoors this Family Day. Test your skills at the family challenge station, go on a guided nature walk, join a story time and more. • Surrey Nature Centre, 14225 Green Timbers Way, Surrey • Feb. 12, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. • Free, metrovancouver.org/events

Robson Square Ice Rink
Renew a classic Vancouver tradition and enjoy some old-fashioned fun at Robson Square’s outdoor skating rink. Come and celebrate winter in style with free skating in the heart of downtown Vancouver. • Robson Square, until Feb. 28, opens daily at 9 a.m. • Free, skate rentals available, robsonsquare.com, 604-646-3554

Extreme Survivors: Winter Wildlife
From chickadees to crows, insects to amphibians, and shrews to squirrels, animals display a bewildering variety of adaptations for surviving the winter. Bundle up and take a walk with Stanley Park Ecology Society and begin exploring how wintering animals beat the cold and meet their shelter, food and water needs. • Stanley Park Nature House, Lost Lagoon, Stanley Park • Feb. 11, 1:30-3:30 p.m. • $5-$12.50, 604-718-6522, stanleyparkecology.ca

Take a walk through Stanley Park and learn how animals survive the winter. NICK BRANCACCIO /WINDSOR STAR

Family Day Campfire
​Drop by a cozy campfire and learn about nearby nature through story and song. Bring a mug for a taste of hot chocolate. • Pacific Spirit Regional Park, meet at the park centre on W. 16th Ave., west of Blanca Street • Feb. 12, 12:30-3:30 p.m. • Free, all-ages, drop in, 604-432-6359, metrovancouver.org/events

Mt Seymour Family Day Weekend: Free Lift Tickets
To celebrate B.C. Family Day, children 12 and under and a maximum of two children per paying adult, can enjoy a complimentary lift ticket after 2:30 p.m. Some terms and conditions apply. Check website for full details. • Mt Seymour, North Van • Feb. 10-12, mtseymour.ca

B.C. Family Day Long Weekend at Sea to Sky Gondola
Have some winter fun this Family Day with 50% off lift tickets. A full weekend of family fun has been planned including snowshoeing, snow-tubing, and children’s activities like face-painting and live music by Will Ross on Sunday. • Sea to Sky Gondola, Squamish • Feb. 9-12 seatoskygondola.com

Enjoying the view from the Sea to Sky Gondola bridge. PNG


MARKETS:

Eastside Flea Spring Markets
Features more than 50 local vendors, rotating food trucks, seasonal drink specials, artisan showrooms, pinball, door prizes and great tunes. • The Ellis Building, 1024 Main St. • Feb. 10-11, plus every other weekend until May 20, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. • $3 admission, eastsideflea.com

Cannery Farmers’ Market
This unique indoor winter market features local food and artisan merchants inside a historic cannery setting. • Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site, 12138 Fourth Ave., Richmond • Feb. 11, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. • Free admission, 604-664-9009, gulfofgeorgiacannery.org

Nat Bailey Winter Farmers’ Market
Each week you can look forward to finding locally grown vegetables and fruit, meat, and seafood from local ranchers and fishermen, artisan cheese and bread, herbs and seasonal nursery items, baked goods, prepared foods and artisanal craft. There will also be a selection of food trucks and hot drink vendors on site, along with market musicians. • Parking lot and plaza of Nat Bailey Stadium • Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. until April 21 • 604-879-3276, eatlocal.org

Hastings Park Winter Farmers Market
Shop for farm-to-table goodness from more than 30 farms and producers each week, including a great selection of winter produce, meat, fish and eggs, artisanal cheeses, bread, and prepared food, craft alcohol, wild harvested product, handmade craft, and delicious food truck offerings. • PNE Fairgrounds, 2901 E. Hastings St. • Sundays 10 a.m.-2 p.m., until April 29 • Free admission, 604-879-3276, eatlocal.org

Port Moody Winter Farmers Market
Find fresh, locally grown produce, meats, artisan baked breads, treats, prepared foods, food trucks, craft beer, wine and spirits. • 300 Ioco Rd., Port Moody • Sundays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., until April 20 • makebakegrow.com


MUSIC & CONCERTS:

Destroyer
Canadian rock band from Vancouver, fronted by singer-songwriter Dan Bejar. On tour in support of their 12th studio album, The Wild Ones. With guests Mega Bog. • Commodore Ballroom, 868 Granville St. • Feb. 9, 9 p.m. • $25, ticketmaster.ca, livenation.com

Frontman Dan Bejar of the band Destroyer. IAN LINDSAY / VANCOUVER SUN

Tribute to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons (The Jersey Boys)
A Las Vegas-style evening featuring four of the U.S.’s most sought-after singers paying tribute to Broadway’s smash hit Jersey Boys and the timeless music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. • Blue Frog Studios, 1328 Johnston Rd., White Rock • Feb. 9-10, Feb. 14-17 • $47, bluefrogstudios.ca

East Van Mardi Gras
Jazz, horns, funk, costumes, stilts, parades and more all go in the hall pot to create a magical evening of a New Orleans-style Mardi Gras – East Van Style. With the Big Easy Funk Ensemble. • WISE Hall, 1882 Adanac St. • Feb. 9, 8 p.m. • $15/$20, brownpapertickets.com

B3 For Bunny: Pat Bianchi Trio
Grammy-nominated organist and winner of Downbeat Magazine’s 2016 rising star poll, Pat Bianchi has established himself as one of the premier organists on the international scene today. • Frankie’s Jazz Club, 765 Beatty St. • Feb. 9 and 10, 8 p.m. • $20, coastaljazz.ca

VSO: A Romantic Pops Valentine
Love and romance are front and centre as conductor William Rowson and the VSO perform music that will get you in the mood for Valentine’s. Joined by pianist Jon Nakamatsu, soprano Robyn Driedger-Klassen, and tenor Frédérik Robert, the orchestra dials up some of the most sensual and romantic music ever written, including Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, sizzling selections from Bizet’s Carmen, and beautiful music by Strauss, Puccini and Mascagni. • Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe St. • Feb. 9 and 10, 8 p.m. • 604-876-3434, vancouversymphony.ca

Kimbra: The Primal Heart Tour 2018
Pop singer-songwriter from New Zealand tours to support her latest release, Primal Heart. • The Imperial, 319 Main St. • Feb. 9, 9 p.m. • $26.50, ticketweb.ca, Red Cat, Zulu, timbreconcerts.com

Ndidi Onukwulu
Canadian singer-songwriter’s style is classified as jazz and blues, but she often combines several musical genres in her songs including surf music, electric blues, gospel and country. • Shadbolt Centre, 6450 Deerlake Ave., Burnaby • Feb. 9, 8 p.m. • $40, 604-205-3000, tickets.shadboltcentre.com

2007 Maple Blues Award and two-time Juno Award nominee, Ndidi Onukwulu. HANDOUT PHOTO/JARED BOWLES, SHADBOLT CENTRE

PIGS: Canada’s Pink Floyd Tribute
Features selections from the entire Floyd catalog, including a few special surprises from Floyd solo records. In addition to classics from legendary albums like Dark Side Of The Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, and The Wall, the band will showcase material that has rarely—if ever—been performed live by Pink Floyd. • Chilliwack Cultural Centre, 9201 Corbould St. • Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m. • $42, 604-391-7469, chilliwackculturalcentre.ca

An Intimate Evening with Shari Ulrich
From Pied Pumkin through The Hometown Band, and on as a solo artist this Juno Award-winning multi-instrumentalist has put out twenty-three albums – including her collaboration with solo artists Bill Henderson and Roy Forbes, Barney Bentall and Tom Taylor, and more recently The High Bar Gang. • Chilliwack Cultural Centre, 9201 Corbould St. • Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m. • $30, $32, $35, 604-391-7469, chilliwackculturalcentre.ca

West Coast musician Shari Ulrich. SUBMITTED PHOTO/ANN GOUDSWAARD, MARKETING MANAGER, CHILLIWACK CULTURAL CENTRE

Dan Auerbach and the Easy Eye Sound Revue
Eight-time Grammy-winner Dan Auerbach announces the 20-date Easy Eye Sound Revue Tour, featuring Robert Finley and Shannon Shaw, with special guests Shannon & The Clams. • Vogue Theatre, 918 Granville St. • Feb. 10, 9 p.m. • $45, ticketfly.com, livenation.com

Dan Auerbach brings his Easy Eye Sound Revue Tour to the Vogue Theatre. DARIO AYALA /MONTREAL GAZETTE

Hippie Sabotage
Sacremento electronic music duo formed by brothers Kevin and Jeff Saurer. • The Imperial, 319 Main St. • Feb. 10, 9 p.m. • $20, livenation.com

Old Dominion
American Music Awards-nominees blend old-fashioned country charm, lyrical wit and rock n’ roll grit. With guests Cold Creek County Washboard Union. • Abbotsford Centre, 33800 King Rd. • Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m. • $39.50, $59.50, $69.50, ticketmaster.ca

Country music band Old Dominion. DAVID MCCLISTER / VSUNWP

The Boots & Babes Ball
New Country 93.7 JR-FM presents the 5th Annual Boots & Babes Ball, featuring James Barker Band and Meghan Patrick, with special guest JoJo Mason. • Commodore Ballroom, 868 Granville St. • Feb. 10, 8:30 p.m. • $25/$30, ticketmaster.ca, livenation.com

Brassfire
An eclectic mixture of musical genres and styles from classical to jazz, exemplifying the capabilities of the modern trumpet, featuring Master trumpeter Jens Lindemann. • Kay Meek Centre, 1700 Mathers Ave., West Van • Feb. 11, 3 p.m. • $29-$45, 604-981-6335, kaymeek.com

Strings Attached
The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra is pleased to join Sound of Dragon Society in co-presenting this unique chamber concert, featuring cellist Bo Peng and his octet Cellissimo, Lan Tung (erhu), and the talented young string players of the Richmond Delta Youth Orchestra, conducted by Jonathan Der. • Orpheum Annex, 823 Seymour Street • Feb. 11, 3:30 p.m. • $15, $19.99, $30, brownpapertickets.com, vi-co.org

Jenn Grant
Canadian folk pop singer-songwriter brings her Western Canadian Tour to Venue, with Mick Flannery. • Venue Nightclub, 918 Granville St. • Feb. 11, doors 7 p.m. • $17, venuelive.ca, Red Cat, Zulu, Neptoon

Jenn Grant is a Canadian folk pop singer-songwriter. VSUNWP


STAGE –  COMEDY & CABARET PERFORMANCES:

Snowed In Comedy Tour 10-Year Anniversary
This comedy show celebrates its 10-year anniversary with Scott Thompson, Pete Zedlacher, Paul Myrehaug and Dan Quinn. • Rickshaw Theatre, 254 E. Hastings St. • Feb. 10, doors 8:30 p.m. • $35, rickshawtheatre.com

The Comic Strippers
A fictitious male stripper troupe played by a cast of some of Canada’s best improvisational comedians performs a sexylarious improv comedy show. These guys try to be sexy… it just comes out funny. Semi undressed and completely unscripted, The Comic Strippers take off their shirts and take on your suggestions to create a whole new genre of comedy. • Feb. 9, Bell Performing Arts Centre, Surrey, bellperformingartscentre.com • thecomicstrippers.com

Romance Week
Vancouver TheatreSports League puts the ha-ha in Ha-ha-happy Valentine’s. Let VTSL’s improvisers tickle your funny bone with three special shows: Love Matches – classic TheatreSports matches given a romantic twist; Love Unscripted – celebrates all the inane clichés and funny, awkward moments you’d expect to see in any romantic comedy as suggested by the audience; Red Hot Improv – takes its cue from today’s hook-up culture. Romance Week climaxes with My Funny Valentine, a special Valentine’s Day event on Feb. 14, hosted by none other than Cupid himself along with the Goddess of Love, Aphrodite (aka Venus). • Improv Centre, 1502 Duranleau St., Granville Island • Until Feb. 14 • From $11.75, vtsl.com

Get in the mood this Valentine’s with a variety of improv shows at Vancouver TheatreSports League’s Romance Week. SUBMITTED PHOTO/MORGAN SOMMERVILLE, SERENA PR


STAGE – DANCE PRODUCTIONS:

Anastasia
A Russian Grand Duchess, born to privilege, is cast out into a post-revolutionary world…What will become of her? Canada’s Ballet Jörgen brings back the magical tale of the Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia for the 100th anniversary of the story. • Feb. 9-10: Kay Meek Centre, West Van, $29-$45, kaymeek.com

Go back in time to the beginning of a modern myth with Anastasia. SUBMITTED PHOTO/CREDIT JIM ORGILL


STAGE – PLAYS & THEATRE PRODUCTIONS:

Fun Home
This Tony Award-nominated coming-of-age musical is based on the graphic novel memoir by Alison Bechde. The show features a protagonist, Alison, at three different stages in life—as a child, a college student and an adult—revealing memories of her uniquely dysfunctional family along the way. Alison’s father, Bruce, was many things: a historical preservationist, a funeral home director, a distant parent, and a closeted gay man. In the struggle to understand her father while also dealing with her own coming out, Alison documents the story of her life in coloured panels. An Arts Club Theatre Company production. • Granville Island Stage • Feb. 8-March 10, from $29, 604-687-1644, artsclub.com

The Arts Club Theatre Company presents the Tony Award-nominated coming-of-age musical Fun Home.PHOTO CREDIT DAVID COOPER

Merrily We Roll Along
This traditional showbiz musical is turned on its head in this thrilling and compelling Broadway fable about friendship, compromise, and the high price of success. Merrily We Roll Along begins in the present and moves backwards, tracing the lives of wealthy, jaded composer Franklin Shepard and his two friends through each milestone of their personal and professional lives. Presented by the United Players. • Jericho Arts Centre, 1675 Discovery St. • Until Feb. 11, $33-$38, 604-224-8007, unitedplayers.com

Jitters
The Arts Club Theatre Company presents David French’s raucous comedy that celebrates the ups and downs of life in the theatre. Four actors, a director, a playwright, and one grand dream of Broadway-bound success. Anything from a forgotten line to a faulty wig may just make or break their new Canadian play. Can this motley crew set aside their egos and anxieties in order to make it to the big time? • Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, 2750 Granville St. • Until Feb. 25, from $29, 604-687-1644, artsclub.com

Sleeping Beauty Dreams
Mexico’s famed Marionetas de la Esquina present Amaranta Leyva’s whimsical and enchanting puppet show. A princess with overprotective parents and a lonely boy whose single mother works all the time are at the heart of this international collaboration. As they embark on a journey of self-discovery, both the princess and boy learn about the power of positive risk-taking. • Feb. 9: Evergreen Cultural Centre, 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, pay-what-you-can, evergreenculturalcentre.ca or 604-927-6555 | Feb. 10, 2 p.m.: Surrey Arts Centre, 13750 88th Ave., $15 at 604-501-5566, surrey.ca

Sleeping Beauty Dreams by Mexico’s Marionetas de la Esquina. PNG

The Foreigner
The Langley Players’ winter play is a comedy that will whisk audiences away to the warmth of a fishing lodge in rural Georgia where they will find an array of entertaining characters. When one of the characters pretends to be a ‘foreigner’ who doesn’t speak any English, the possibilities for comedy are endless. • Langley Playhouse, 4307 200th St. • Until Feb. 24, $15, 604-534-7469, langleyplayers.com

The Garage Sale
Surrey Little Theatre presents this comedy by award-winning B.C. playwright, David King. Phil, a middle-aged father, is frustrated with the direction his life has taken. But…he has a plan – sell everything and move his wife and two teenagers to the desert. Unfortunately he has neglected to mention this to his family. Through their discovery of the true reason for the garage sale and the wonderfully strange collection of characters that attend, we get a delightful day-in-the-life comedy and some surprising resolutions. • Surrey Little Theatre, 7027 184th St • Until Feb. 24, $15/$17, 604-576-8451, surreylittletheatre.com

Ruined
Mama Nadi’s bar both protects and profits off the bodies of the women who have become casualties of a long and brutal civil war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She ensures survival by catering to both sides of the conflict, but how long can she keep the war outside her walls? • Pacific Theatre, 1440 W. 12th Ave. • Until Feb. 17, $20-$36.50, 604-731-5518, pacifictheatre.org

Drinking Habits
Wine and secrets are spilled in this laugh-out-loud production. Two nuns at the Sisters of Perpetual Sewing Convent have been secretly making wine to keep their convent open. Everything starts to go wrong when two snooping reporters, Paul and Sally, show up and go undercover in the convent as a nun and priest. Presented by the Vagabond Players. • The Bernie Legge Theatre, Queen’s Park, New West • Until Feb. 25, $12-$17, vagabondplayers.ca

The Skin of our Teeth
Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy is as pertinent today as when it was written during the Second World War, celebrating humanity’s resilience in the face of climate change, floods, fire, plague and war. The cast of colourful characters includes the Antrobus family, their maid Sabina, a pet dinosaur and a woolly mammoth. Combining tragedy with comedy, wit, intelligence and imagination, the play has been described as ‘a marriage of Plato and Groucho Marx.’ Presented by Studio 58. • Studio 58, Langara College, 100 W. 49th Ave. • Until Feb. 18, $20, $21, $25, ticketstonight.ca, 604-684-2787, studio58.ca

Studio 58 presents Thornton Wilderâs Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy, The Skin of Our Teeth.SUBMITTED PHOTO/ARTWORK BY EMILY COOPER.

Legally Blonde
Align Entertainment presents this hilarious, romantic hit musical based on the 2001 hit film. The show follows the bombastic adventures of blonde beauty Elle Woods. This Bel Air princess with a passion for everything pretty and pink enjoys a would-be perfect life until boyfriend Warner breaks up with her in favor of more serious pursuits at law school. Proving she too can have serious ambitions, the lovelorn Woods ditches her Delta-Nu dames and calls on her good looks and wits to follow her sweetheart to Harvard University. Casting away stereotypes, her cunningness in the courtroom earns her a new love and hot career as she outsmarts a criminal and makes off with the trial. • Michael J. Fox Theatre, 7373 Macpherson Ave., Burnaby • Until Feb. 17, $27-$39. 778-888-8444, alignentertainment.ca

Align Entertainment presents the romantic and hilarious Broadway hit, Legally Blonde. SUBMITTED PHOTO/MURRAY PATTERSON MARKETING GROUP

Sylvia
When Greg stumbles on a homeless mutt in the park, it’s love at first sight, but when he brings her home, it shakes up his life, his job and his marriage. Sylvia is A.R. Gurney’s endearing comedy about empty nests, mid-life crises, and attachments, both human and canine. Presented by the North Vancouver Community Players. • Theatre at Hendry Hall, 815 E. 11th St., North Van • Until Feb. 17, $18/$16, 604-983-2633, northvanplayers.ca

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Star-crossed lovers, graceful fairies courtly royals and country bumpkins come together for a night of fantasy and romantic comedy in one of the Bard’s most beloved works. A Midsummer Night’s Dream captivates with its lively juxtaposition of lofty and lowly, earthly and fantastical. The play opens with the mythic couple Theseus and Hippolyta, planning their wedding festival. As the festivities start, the entanglements of a quartet of sparring lovers and medley crew of amateur actors unfold against the backdrop of an enchanted forest, full of mischievous fairies. An Exit 22 Company Production. • BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts, Capilano University • Until Feb. 10 • $10-$22, capilanou.ca/blueshorefinancialcentre

Jabberwocky
The Old Trout Puppet Workshop’s brand new puppet extravaganza. Using Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky as the impetus to examine the things that keep us all awake at night, the Trouts dive deep into the abyss of our own frailty. • York Theatre, 639 Commercial Dr. • Until Feb. 17, from $22, 604-251-1363, thecultch.com

Motown the Musical
Featuring more than 40 classic hits such as My Girl and Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Broadway Across Canada’s production tells the story behind the hits as Diana, Smokey, Berry and the whole Motown family fight against the odds to create the soundtrack of change in America. • Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 630 Hamilton St. • Until Feb. 11, from $30.50, ticketmaster.ca

Broadway Across Canada brings Motown the Musical to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre’s stage. PHOTO CREDIT JOAN MARCUS / PNG

Don’t Dress For Dinner
A sex farce sequel to Boeing Boeing. Bernard and Robert are back! Now married, Bernard has not given up his swinging lifestyle. Hoping to spend a romantic weekend with his mistress, he tries to send his wife, Jacqueline, to her sick mother’s, under the pretense that he’s going to have a boy’s weekend with his pal, Robert. But when Jacqueline finds out Robert, who happens to be her lover, is coming, she finds a way to stay, throwing off her husband’s perfect plans. • Coast Capital Playhouse, 1532 Johnston Rd., White Rock • Until Feb. 24, $10-$22, 604-536-7535, whiterockplayers.ca

My Funny Valentine
Zee Zee Theatre commemorates their 10th anniversary with a remount of this critically-acclaimed, award-winning play. The show was created in response to the tragic 2008 murder of Lawrence King, a 15-year-old shot by his male classmate after asking him to be his valentine. Vancouver actor Conor Wylie’s powerful one-man tour-de-force explores a community in mourning through a series of profoundly moving monologues. • Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St. • Until Feb. 18, $27-$32, theatrewire.com, zeezeetheatre.ca

 

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I have listed a new property at 903 2950 PANORAMA DR in Coquitlam.
Immaculate 2-bedroom, air-conditioned, bright penthouse unit in beautiful Cascade complex built by Liberty Homes on Westwood Plateau! Nearly 1,500 sq/ft w/ 9 ft ceilings & hardwood flooring. Spacious & open kitchen w/ beautiful maple cabinets, granite countertops & stainless steel appliances. Large master bedroom includes spacious walk-in closet & 5-piece ensuite w/ double vanity sinks, heated flooring, and separate tub & shower. Custom California Closets throughout the home. Two separate balconies w/ view of the sunrise in the morning and afternoon sun. Both bedrooms & living room have access to massive balcony, access to other balcony is through dining room off of kitchen. Includes 2 side-by-side parking stalls & 1 large locker. OPEN HOUSE on Saturday, February 10th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
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I have sold a property at 203 1005 7TH AVE W in Vancouver.
ENJOY BEAUTIFUL, PANORAMIC CITY & MOUNTAIN LANDSCAPE VIEWS FROM THIS 2 BEDROOM CONDO IN TREE-LINED STREET LOCATED ON CUL-DE-SAC. Nearly 1,000 square feet featuring 2 spacious bedrooms (second bedroom has window and brick fireplace, no closet). Over $17,000 spent on gorgeous hardwood flooring throughout. Recently repainted. Spacious kitchen and living room with surreal views of the city, mountains & False Creek. New dishwasher. Large master bedroom features well-appointed walk-in closet that leads into ensuite. Fully rainscreened building. Includes 1 parking and 1 storage locker. SUPER walkscore - close to shopping, restaurants, seawall & Canada Line. Don't miss out - make it yours today.
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I have sold a property at 2346 18TH AVE W in Vancouver.
Welcome to this Lovely Arbutus Ridge affluent residential neighbourhood in Vancouver's West Side. Great level 50' x 122' lot, perfect to build your Dream Home on this tree-lined street. All this and steps to trendy Granville Street for shopping, restaurants and more.
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I have sold a property at 3440 JERVIS ST in Port Coquitlam.
Extremely PRIVATE yet CENTRALLY-LOCATED updated 4 bedroom 3 bathroom home on an almost 14,000 sq/ft lot! On one side of the house is green space. Step up into the spacious living room, dining room and renovated kitchen w/ beautiful maple cabinets & crown moulding. Huge master bedroom has brand new ensuite w/ quartz countertop. Brand new main bathroom features quartz countertop & new tub. 2 other good-sized bedrooms complete main floor. Downstairs features large recreation room, 4th bedroom & large mud room w/ built-in shelving units. Features central air-conditioning. The backyard is a MUST-SEE. Includes spacious covered patio & above-ground pool. There is potential to build carriage/coach-house on property for additional income. Close to schools, shopping & short walk to Evergreen Line.
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I have sold a property at 1878 WESTERN DR in Port Coquitlam.
Welcome to this lovely 4 bedroom 2 bathroom home on Mary Hill. Beautifully renovated kitchen features elegant white cabinets and granite countertops with S/S appliances and 5-burner gas stove. Refinished original hardwood flooring and crown moulding throughout. 3 good-sized bedrooms upstairs. Renovated 5-piece bathroom with double vanity and deep soaker tub. Newer roof, pot lights and double-pane windows. Bright and spacious family room includes free-standing wood stove for those cold winter nights. Family room is off of kitchen leading to front porch. Lots of parking at front. Within walking distance to all levels of schools, bus stop and recreation centre.
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Economic theory tells us that when the supply of a product becomes scarce, the price of that product increases. This principle is holding true in Metro Vancouver’s housing market.

As this graph indicates, the supply of detached homes for sale began to decline significantly in early 2014, largely the result of elevated demand, and bottomed out in the middle of 2016. Within that period, detached home prices increased nearly 70 per cent. When the supply of homes began to accumulate in 2017, in tandem with weakening demand, prices levelled off. 

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This trend is repeating itself in the condominium market today. This graph shows how condominium prices have increased nearly 50 per cent in Metro Vancouver since increased demand caused the inventory of condominiums for sale to fall in May 2015. 

 
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"There’s a clear relationship between home seller supply and home price changes in our region today,” Jill Oudil, Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver president said.

The question that emerges from these trends is, what's driving this demand? Oudil says that the answer likely rests in a variety of factors.

“Our provincial population and economy are growing. Interest rates remain low, the baby boomer generation is downsizing, millennials are entering their household forming years and foreign buyers continue to see Metro Vancouver as a desirable investment. These factors are all supporting housing demand and diminishing housing supply across our region today.” 

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After reaching record levels in 2015 and 2016, Metro Vancouver* home sales returned to more historically normal levels in 2017. Home listings, on the other hand, came in several thousand units below typical activity.

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that sales of detached, attached and apartment properties reached 35,993 on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in 2017, a 9.9 per cent decrease from the 39,943 sales recorded in 2016, and a 15 per cent decrease over the 42,326 residential sales in 2015.

Last year’s sales total was, however, 9.7 per cent above the 10-year sales average.

“It was a steady year for home sales across the region, led by condominium and townhome activity, and a quieter year for home listings,” Jill Oudil, REBGV president said. “Metro Vancouver home sales were the third highest we’ve seen in the past ten years while the home listings total was the second lowest on record for the same period.”

Home listings in Metro Vancouver reached 54,655 in 2017. This is a 5.1 per cent decrease compared to the 57,596 homes listed in 2016 and a 4.5 per cent decrease compared to the 57,249 homes listed in 2015.

Last year’s listings total was 4.4 per cent below the 10-year listings average.

“Market activity differed considerably this year based on property type,” Oudil said. “Competition was intense in the condominium and townhome markets, with multiple offer situations becoming commonplace. The detached home market operated in a more balanced state, giving home buyers more selection to choose from and more time to make decisions.”

The MLS® HPI composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Metro Vancouver ends the year at $1,050,300. This is up 15.9 per cent compared to December 2016.

The benchmark price of condominiums increased 25.9 per cent in the region last year. Townhomes increased 18.5 per cent and detached homes increased 7.9 per cent.

“Strong economic growth, low interest rates, declining unemployment, increasing wages and a growing population all helped boost home buyer demand in our region last year,” Oudil said.

December summary

Sales of detached, attached, and apartment properties totalled 2,016 in the region in December 2017, a 17.6 per cent increase from the 1,714 sales recorded in December 2016 and a 27.9 per cent decrease compared to November 2017 when 2,795 homes sold.

Last month’s sales were 7.5 per cent above the 10-year sales average for the month.

“As we move into 2018, REALTORS® are working with their clients to help them understand how changing interest rates and the federal government’s new mortgage qualifications could affect their purchasing power,” Oudil said. “Only time will tell what impact these rules will have on the market.

“Home buyers today should get pre-approved before making an offer to ensure that your home buying goals align with your financial situation,” Oudil said.

There were 1,891 residential homes newly listed for sale in December 2017. This represents a 44.1 per cent increase compared to the 1,312 homes listed in December 2016 and a 54 per cent decrease compared to November 2017 when 4,109 properties were listed.

The total number of homes currently listed for sale on the MLS® in Metro Vancouver is 6,958, a 9.7 per cent increase compared to December 2016 (6,345) and a 20.5 per cent decrease compared to November 2017 (8,747).

The sales-to-active listings ratio for December 2017 is 29 per cent. By property type, the ratio is 14.4 per cent for detached homes, 38.8 per cent for townhomes, and 59.6 per cent for condominiums.

Generally, analysts say that downward pressure on home prices occurs when the ratio dips below the 12 per cent mark for a sustained period, while home prices often experience upward pressure when it surpasses 20 per cent over several months.

Sales of detached properties in December 2017 reached 617, a 14 per cent increase from the 541 detached sales recorded in December 2016. The benchmark price for a detached home in the region is $1,605,800. This represents a 7.9 per cent increase compared to December 2016.

Sales of apartment homes reached 1,028 in December 2017, a 12.3 per cent increase compared to the 915 sales in December 2016.The benchmark price of an apartment in the region is $655,400. This represents a 25.9 per cent increase compared to December 2016.

Attached (or townhome) property sales in December 2017 totalled 371, a 43.8 per cent increase compared to the 258 sales in December 2016. The benchmark price of an attached home in the region is $803,700. This represents an 18.5 per cent increase compared to December 2016.

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Open House on Sunday, February 4, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM
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The year’s most-read news stories take in the BC election, the mortgage stress test and some diverging market predictions

In a year of market uncertainty, various government interventions and a provincial election, REW’s News + Trends category saw more clicks than ever before. But what were the hottest of all those hot topics? Here’s our countdown of our five most-clicked News + Trends stories of the year…

5. “Stress Test” for All Mortgages to Launch in New Year

The fifth most-read news story of 2017 was the announcement of the dreaded “stress test” qualification rules being extended to all new mortgage applicants. The test had already been applied to applicants for insured mortgages (less than 20% down payment) in the fall of 2016, but fears that even those buyers with 20% down payment or more were overstretching themselves – and putting banks at risk – led to the much-anticipated announcement in October 2017. There was a lot of pushback, with some decrying the decision as likely to make things worse.

4. NDP Plans 2% Yearly Tax for Non-Resident Home Owners

The only provincial election story to hit our top five most-clicked is this pre-election piece about a key NDP housing promise. The eventually victorious party pledged that if it were to gain power, it would impose a 2% tax on owners of Vancouver homes who do not pay Canadian income taxes (with many exemptions for non-taxpaying locals). As of December 2017, there’s no sign of any such tax so far, but it’s still early days.

3. New Mortgage Rules Set to Further Cool Markets Up To 10%

The second of two stories on the new stress test, this one anticipates the October confirmation about the new policy, with TD Bank predicting that it could cool the housing market. The reduction in buyers’ purchasing power could be as much as 20%, and with some markets already seeing a slowdown, the new rules could exacerbate any price corrections, said the bank. We’ll see in the first part of 2018 whether TD’s number-crunchers were right…

2. Vancouver Housing Market “Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet”

One of two prediction stories about Vancouver’s housing market in these rankings, this piece was more of a warning than an optimistic outlook. At an industry event, leading real estate marketer Cameron McNeill from MLA Canada warned that the relatively slow rate of new home construction combined with increased demand and population growth meant that Vancouver was “dancing on the edges of a massive problem” in housing supply. What does this mean for market activity and home prices? “We ain’t seen nothin’ yet,” McNeill warned. The article that covered his comments obviously rang our users’ alarm bells, as it was the year’s second most-read News + Trends story.

1. 2017 Vancouver and BC Real Estate Market Outlook

Our top story of the year was also our first story of the year. This January 3, 2017 article was a round-up of market predictions from various industry groups and Big Banks – some of them bullish, some less so. Most predicted a drop in home sales compared with the frenzy of early 2016 – correctly, as it turns out. But the overall consensus that Vancouver and BC home prices would lose ground turned out to be inaccurate – only Central 1 was correct, in that home prices in fall of 2017 would be higher than a year previously. This story was popular right off the bat in January, but readers also kept coming back to it throughout the year – perhaps to see whose predictions had been right…

 

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Homes don’t clean themselves. But these easy-peasy rules (wake and make!) will make you feel like they do.

 

Here’s the thing you may have noticed about houses: They don’t clean themselves.

Which is unfortunate, because if houses cleaned themselves you could spend less time cleaning yours, and more time doing something more fun, like watching “The Golden Girls,” because dang, that’s actually a great show.

A few simple daily habits could make it seem like you’ve got a self-cleaning house.

Rules like …

#1 Dedicate 20 Minutes a Day Every Day

You don’t need to set aside 20 hours one day to get things in order. You only need 20 minutes every day.

Focus on tackling clutter in just one room. You might only pare down a single drawer or shelf, but “it will make you feel accomplished at the end of the day, and at the end of a week, you will see how much you can declutter,” says professional organizer Helena Alkhas.

 

#2 Follow a "One-Minute" Rule

Small tasks add up quickly when you’re saving them to do all at once. So if it takes less than a minute to complete, do it immediately.

 

 

Put that cup in the dishwasher rather than the sink.

Break down that Amazon box for recycling right after you unbox your goodie.

(Hot tip: Want a reminder of how much you can get done in a minute? Next time your coffee goes cold, pop it in the microwave for a minute, and just stand there. For the whole minute. It’s kind of a long time.)

#3 Start a Load of Laundry Before Work

If you have a full load in the hamper, toss it in while you’re getting ready for work. By the time you leave, it will be ready for the dryer.

When you get home, you’ll already feel ahead of schedule with just a little fluffing and folding to do. Just make sure you’ve properly maintained your dryer to reduce the risk of a fire.

#4 Always Leave a Room With Something in Hand

 

 

Whatever room you’re in, chances are there’s a toy, cup, blanket or T-shirt that needs to be delivered back to another room.

Oh hey, conveniently, you’re always walking into other rooms. Why not pickup a hitchhiker or two?

Every time you leave a room, take a quick scan for anything that belongs where you’re going, and you’ll start habitually keeping clutter under control.

#5 Deal With Your Mail Every Time You Bring It In

 

 

 

With so much of your important mail going straight to your inbox, sometimes you’ve got days of fliers and junk mail to wade through every time you make it to the USPS mailbox.

To banish paper clutter from your home — and make sure you catch anything actually worth reading — immediately sort through your mail, recycling the nonsense and putting the keepers in an assigned spot.

Related: The Link Between Clutter and Depression

#6 Scan and Trash Weekly

 

 

You don’t really have to choose between forgetting what time the reception starts and stumbling over your cousin’s wedding invite for three months.

Thanks to this fancy technology stuff, you can clear out all receipts, invitations, insurance documents, and other important paperwork.

Take a few minutes every weekend to scan and save everything, then toss it all it the recycling. With smartphone apps like Genius Scan, you always have the tools in the palm of your hand.

#7 Tidy Up During Downtime

In the five minutes it takes to nuke your lunch, you can unload and possibly reload the dishwasher, or wipe off the countertops and appliances. You’ll be surprised how much order you can restore to your home during these normally wasted waiting-on-something moments.

#8 Make Your Bed as Soon as You Get Up

 

 

There’s a reason the Marines start the day with this simple task — also known as “wake and make.”

According to retired Admiral William H. McRaven, author of “Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life … and Maybe the World,” “It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another. By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed.”

#9 Do Chores in the Same Order

Whether you’re cleaning on a Saturday or Wednesday, your mind (and body) will move more quickly from vacuuming to mopping to dusting if you check chores off in the same order — making it easier to keep your home tidy and clean.

Headphones and a throwback playlist are a recommended, but not required, part of the routine.

#10 Spot-Clean Bathrooms Nightly

Just as clutter attracts clutter, bathroom funk quickly multiplies.

Stock every bathroom with Lysol wipes and you can quickly and easily clean the countertop and toilet when you brush your teeth or help the kids get ready for bed, Alkhas says.

While wiping, you’ll naturally put away the floss, hair ties, and other clutter in your path.

#11 Stop Dirt and Clutter at the Door

    

 

Establish a house rule that shoes, bags, jackets, and “pocket items” — your keys, sunglasses, wallet, and phone — are stowed in a drop zone at the door.

Make this easy to enforce by assigning one hook and open shelf for every member of the family — double that for those with lots of extracurriculars, Alkhas says.

Related: 7 Genius Entryway Storage Ideas to Get You Out the Door Faster

#12 Clean Out the Fridge Weekly

 

 

Don’t let moldy leftovers take over shelf space and your mind.

The night before your garbage day, “wipe off the shelves and clean out anything that has no chance of being eaten,” Alkhas says. You’ll get a clearer view of your food options and open up space for ingredients needed in the coming week.

#13 Empty the Dishwasher Every Morning

The conquest of a homemade dinner (OK, a “home-prepared” dinner, most days) feels short-lived when you’re left with a mountain of dishes and no place to put them.

Take a couple minutes every morning to empty the dishwasher and you’ll stay ahead of the game.

#14 Conduct a Nightly Tidy-Up

Every night, take a laundry basket on a tour of your house and pick up anything that’s out of place. “You don’t have to put it away now. If you want, plan to do it on Saturday and it won’t take much time at all,” Alkhas says.

If there are more than two people in your household, separate the day’s clutter into assigned baskets for each family member to put away daily or weekly.

With this routine, Alkas adds, “you’ll wake up to a living room that’s decluttered and a kitchen that is tidy, and you can start your day fresh.”

#15 Follow a Clean-Out Schedule for Your Storage Areas

Just because it’s hidden behind a cupboard door doesn’t mean it’s exempt from clutter status.

Establish a schedule, perhaps every month, to rid a specific storage space of its dead weight — like expired food in the pantry, excess gadgets in a kitchen drawer, or the cupboard holding the gazillion ragged dishtowels you’ve had since your tiny college studio apartment. (It’s time to let those go.)

#16 Keep Everyone Involved

When one person leaves a dish in the sink, it paves a slippery slope for others to follow suit.

So have a “The Brady Bunch”-style family meeting to make sure everyone understands their responsibilities and chores for maintaining order in the home. Serve brownies. They’ll show up.


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I have sold a property at 209 1132 DUFFERIN ST in Coquitlam.
This place is amazing and has been professionally renovated. Large spacious unit offering a den that is more like another bedroom with built in murphy bed. or use it as an office. Large patio with views of greenbelt and gardens. Gas fireplace, wine cooler and a seperate laundry room, radiant floors in the bath are just a few features to mention. Great location near all ammenties, schools, college and skytrain. Prefect for first time home buyers - and affordable with a small downpayment. Open house cancelled
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I have sold a property at 907 660 NOOTKA WAY in Port Moody.
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Please visit our Open House at 1 7665 209 ST in Langley.
Open House on Saturday, January 27, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Luxurious Archstone-Yorkson complex. Deluxe end unit townhouse. Feels like you are in a single family home. Open concept, bright and spacious. 3 Bedrooms up + Den down, 3 bathrooms, 3 levels. Kitchen features High End Stainless Steel appliances, natural gas cook top and oven, built-in coffee system, quartz countertops, lots of cupboards/drawers, spacious island with pendant lighting. Decks off living room and kitchen. Gas hookup for BBQ. Fully fenced front yard with built-in sprinkler. Double garage. Great family location, close to schools, shopping, parks and walking trails. Measurements taken by Draft on Site.
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