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From smart watches to smart kettles, technology is entering homes at the speed of light.

One of the biggest home technology trends for 2018 is that devices now provide many uses — just one function won’t cut it anymore.

A new voice activated mirror recently came out that changes the lighting, tells you the weather and plays music as you get ready. There’s a door alert system that not only provides lighting but also extends the home’s wifi.

Part of it is an issue of space and availability of outlets — why buy an item that only does one thing when the same sized device does many functions?

Home security is a key example of how technology in the home is taking off.

Many of the security systems on offer are fully integrated and often

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Silver Skate Festival (Feb. 9 – 19)
Nearly three decades of sports celebrations, this festival is rooted in Dutch tradition and love of winter.

Proteus Saxophone Quarter (Feb. 17)
Redefining the tradition of saxophone in this vibrant and vivacious concert.

Indian-inspired meals (Feb. 22)
Who needs to order in when you can learn to make your own delicious meals.

Intersect (Feb. 23 – 24)
Dynamic ballet performance, bringing together two very different pieces.

Swing n’ skate (until Feb. 25)
Local bands bring the swinging, the swaying and the jazz to this free event every Sunday. 

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After a busy month of holiday planning and party-going, what better way to bring in the New Year that to relax with a spa treatment. No need to look far, everything you need for top notch pampering is right at home.

With just a few steps, you’ll have real relaxation at your fingertips with a home-based spa:

1. Creating an atmosphere
Part of the luxurious vibe of a spa is how it engages all five of your senses. Dim the lights (avoid harsh fluorescent lights) and light some scented candles. Play some low, soothing music without lyrics. Pour yourself a drink – wine, water with fresh cucumber or tea are all good choices.

2. Towels
Having the right towel – fluffy, soft and big – makes all the difference (and you can reuse it or keep it as a guest

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Swing n’ Skate (Jan. 7 – Feb. 25) - Skate around to the sounds of jazz and swing music. Skates are free on a first come, first served basis.

Onegin (Jan. 17 - 28) - Music performance from the renowned fiddler. 

Ice on Whyte (Jan. 25 – Feb. 4) - Annual festival on the boardwalk, packed with the best outdoor winter activities like ice carving.

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