Community Events

Greg Sorbara discusses his book The Battlefield of Ontario Politics: An Autobiography (Nov. 17)

Time: Mon Nov 17, 7 pm
Location: Central Library, 2331 New St.
Reserve: Different Drummer Books 905-639-0925 or
Details: A senior figure in Ontario’s governance, as long-serving MPP, as Liberal Party president and as Minister of Finance, Greg Sorbara will take you through the many colourful challenges of his long and extraordinary career, and share the startling facts and opinions newly revealed in his candid and provocative memoir.

Open House, Royal Botanical Gardens (Nov. 17)

Time: Mon Nov 17, 6:30-8:30pm, remarks at 7 pm
Location: Royal Botanical Garden Centre, 680 Plains Road West
Details: Learn about two new Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System initiatives: (1) Fostering stewardship and conservation with private landowners (2) Management planning of core areas of the ecopark system. Find out how we can help you restore and protect natural areas on your property. Learn about environmental initiatives in the Hamilton-Burlington area and how you can get involved. Enjoy delicious locally grown refreshments and fun family-friendly activities. Meet the Mountsberg Birds of Prey.
Contact: Deborah Herbert, Coordinator, Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System,, 905 527-1158, ext. 225

Downtown Runway (Nov. 18)

When: Nov 18, 2014 7:00 pm to 12:00 am
Where: Burlington Performing Arts Centre, 440 Locust Street
Details: See the hottest fashion trends on the runway. Enjoy tasty treats from Downtown Burlington restaurants. Plus, enjoy shopping and lots of door prizes!
Tickets: Tickets are $30 and are available at all participating Downtown Burlington merchants or call us at Vogue Models & Talent 905-529-8182 to reserve your tickets to pick up at the door!
Contact: Phone: 905-681-6000;;

Sugarplum Pop-Up Holiday Art Market in Village Square (Nov. 22-Dec. 19)

Time: Nov. 22-Dec. 19, Thursday (12-9pm), Friday (12-9pm), Saturday (12-8pm), and Sunday (12-6pm)
Location: Village Square across from The Blyth Academy
Details:The market will feature curated original art and handmade goods. So rather than hitting the mall to battle the crowds, why not slip into the little shop and have some hot mulled apple cider while you shop in an inspiring environment.

Knox Presbyterian Church Christmas Concert (Nov. 24)

Time: Mon Nov. 24, 7:30 pm
Location: Knox Presbyterian Church, 461 Elizabeth St.
Tickets: Adults $15, 13 and under $10, Contact the church at 905-333-3013
Details: Join Knox Presbyterian Church for an evening of entertainment with special guests The ArcelorMittal Dofasco Male Chorus and the ArcelorMittal Dofasco Ladies Choral Ensemble.

Leaders of Today Speakers Series at Burlington Hive (Nov. 25)

When: Nov 25, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Where: The Burlington HIVE, 429 Elizabeth Street
Tickets: $10.00+HST Burlington Chamber of Commerce Member Price: $5.00 + HST
Details:Join new entrepreneurs and young professionals to network and share ideas. Inspirational presentations from successful local entrepreneurs will be featured. 5:30pm – 6:00pm registration & networking; 6:00pm – 6:45pm Inspirational Presentation & Interactive Q&A by Shaun Pennell, president of Burlington Hive, Innovative Co-working Space; 6:45 – 7:30pm – Networking
Contact: 866-427-2450;;

Seminar on Your House: saving energy = saving money (Nov. 25)

Time: Tues. Nov 25, 7-9 pm
Location: Central Library, 2331 New St.
Register: Call 905-639-3611, ext. 1321
Details: The City’s Sustainable Development Committee invites you to learn how you can make a difference in home energy conservation. Participating organizations include Burlington Hydro, GreenVenture, Halton Region, Philips Lighting and Union Gas.

MollyCake Holiday Open House (Nov. 26)

When: Nov 26, 6-9pm
Where: 361 Brant Street
Details: Celebrate with MollyCake at their EXCLUSIVE HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE featuring seasonal offerings, free samples and refreshments to enjoy!
Contact: 905-631-9647;;

Candlelit Stroll through Downtown Burlington (Nov. 28)

Time: Nov 28, 2014 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Location: Begin at Civic Square, 426 Brant Street; end at Village Square
Details: Join us for a magical evening as downtown Burlington lights up for the holiday season and kicks off the Lakeside Festival of Lights.

Shop the Neighbourhood (Nov. 29)

Time: Sat. Nov. 29
Location: Downtown Burlington
Details: Show your support for small businesses and local shopping! Come downtown to enjoy special promotions and exclusive sales throughout the core from retailers, restaurants, spas and salons, health & wellness professionals and more! Send in a photo/video of your favourite place and or person (i.e. bartender, waiter, hairdresser, barista, etc). Post to downtown Burlington’s Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Be entered into a draw for a $250 gift card from BRANT ST. BUTCHER Use hashtag: #shopthehoodburl

Christmas Parade (Dec. 7)

Time: Sun. Dec. 7, 2pm.
Location: Burlington Mall to Downtown
Details: Hosted by the City of Burlington, the 49th annual Christmas Parade features entries including bands, colourful floats, clowns, mascots and jolly St. Nick himself. NEW! Vote online for your favorite float. The 2014 People’s Choice Award voting will begin on December 7, 2014. Congratulations to the 2013 People’s Choice Award Winner – Keller Williams Edge Realty.

Christmas Collage Ice Show (Dec. 12)

Time: Fri. Dec. 12, 7-8pm
Location: Rotary Centennial Pond (skating rink) – at Spencer’s at the Waterfront, 1400 Lakeshore Road
Details: Mercedes-Benz Burlington presents…The 1st Annual Christmas Collage Ice Show!! A one hour, choreographed on ice performance showcasing local youth talent! The choreography encompasses 7 ice sports; figure skating, synchronized skating, speed skating, ringette, hockey, sledge hockey and curling. Free Hot Chocolate! Free Public Skate after the show! Free Giveaway for the first 200 families! Make this event your family’s new Christmas Tradition!
Tickets: General Admission: FREE – donations to Jumpstart at the event are appreciated! VIP Balcony: Adults:$30.00, Children (under 12) $15.00, Family Pack (2 adults and up to 4 children) $75.00 (seating, blankets provided, overhead heating) A portion of the proceeds generated by the event will be donated to Canadian Tire’s Jumpstart Charity.

Written by Marianne Meed Ward

A Better Burlington began in 2006 after my neighbours said they felt left out of city decisions, learning about them only after they’d been made.

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