Summer Movie Fun in York Region

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Posted on Jul 19, 2017

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Do you need help thinking of kid-friendly activities for summer?  Smurfs and Boss Baby are just two of them many great summer outdoor movies free provided by the Town of Newmarket.

Date: Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Maple Leaf Public School Gymnasium (155 Longford Drive) (indoor movie only)

Date: Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Time: approximately 8:15 p.m. (dusk)
Location: St John Chrysostom School (800 Joe Persechini Drive)
Inclement weather location is inside the gym.

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Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Time: approximately 8:15 p.m. (dusk)
Location: Glen Cedar Public School (915 Wayne Drive)
Inclement weather location is inside at the Ray Twinney Recreation Complex – Rink 1 (100 Eagle Street West)

Date: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Time: approximately 8:15 p.m. (dusk)
Location: St Nicholas School (480 Keith Avenue)
Inclement weather location is inside the gym.

Date: Monday, August 28, 2017
Time: approximately 8:15 p.m. (dusk)
Location: College Manor Park (College Manor Drive)
Inclement weather location is inside the Magna Centre Tim Horton’s Gym (800 Mulock Drive)

Date: Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Time: approximately 8:15 p.m. (dusk)
Location: Ken Sturgeon Park (1035 Lockwood Circle)
Inclement weather location is inside the Magna Centre Tim Horton’s Gym (800 Mulock Drive) ​​

Date: Sunday, Septe​mber 3, 2017
Time: approximately 8:15 p.m. (dusk)
Location: Lion’s Park (424 D’Arcy Street)Inclement weather location is inside the Community Centre & Lions Hall (200 Doug Duncan Drive)​

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East Gwillimbury Music at Civic Square

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Posted on Jul 18, 2017

Music at Civic Square

NewRoads is a proud sponsor of the Town of East Gwillimbury Music at Civic Square

Join the NewRoads Community Crew on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in July for our Music at Civic Square and Music on the Move Concert series.

Tuesday, July 11 Green River Revival (CCR Tribute)

Green River Revival is North America’s most authentic sounding CCR tribute band.  You’ll recognize all of the greatest hits all evening long.  Enjoy a night full of nostalgia, sing-alongs and good ol’ family fun!

Music at Civic Square

Thursday, July 13 Music on the Move

Holland Landing Community Centre 19513 Yonge St, Holland Landing, ON

The Rob Watts Band (Country)

The Rob Watts Band pride themselves on a high energy, crowd-involved, live performance and put their own spin on what’s now considered modern country music by highlighting some of the key elemental instruments used in classic country, while keeping the tempo up, and the songs catchy and fun.

Music at Civic Square

Tuesday, July 18 The FabFour (Beatles Cover)

The FabFour are an entertaining, musical and historical re-enactment of the life of pop-rock music’s most revered and influential bands – The Beatles! The FabFour take pride in accurately re-creating love performances of The Beatles’ vast repertoire in full costume.  A splendid time is guaranteed for all!

Tuesday, July 25 Hotel California (Eagles Tribute) 

Hotel California is the premier tribute band to the Eagles; one of the world’s best selling bands of all time.

At NewRoads we believe strongly that in order for business to be strong communities need to be strong. To learn more about the NewRoads Community Crew and where you might find them next visit www.newroads.ca/community.

 

York Region Splash Pads and Parks

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Posted on Jul 18, 2017

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Summer is in full swing and parents everywhere are in search for inexpensive ways to keep their children active, happy and cool.  The excitement of running through the cold water,  the anticipation of when they are going to be sprayed, or when the giant bucket will tip dumping water all over them is a wonderful feeling no child will ever forget.

“WE HAVE THE LIST!”  Summer fun close to home!

Summer fun for kids

Stouffville

Tresstown Neighbourhood Park
East of 10th line at Sunnyridge Avenue & Raxlin Street map

Byer’s Pond Way Park
Byers Pond Way & Duffin Drive, Stouffville.

Madori Neighbourhood Park
Millard Street and Winlane Drive.

Wheeler’s Neighbourhood Park
East of Niine at the corner of Hoover Park Drive & Mostar Street.

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Aurora & Newmarket

Town Park
Corner of Lamont Street and Metcaffe Street.

Ada Johnson Park
At the corner of Conover Avenue & Hartwell Way

Harvest Hills Park
Splash pad, playground and covered over picnic area. Located at the corner of Woodspring Avenue & Harvest Hills Blvd. (behind Costco

Rogers Spray Pad
Rogers Park, 170 London Road, Newmarket

Riverwalk Commons
Doug Duncan Drive, Newmarket

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Richmond Hill

Bridgeview Park
Marshall Street, south of Observatory Lane.

Crosby Park
Crosby Avenue and Newkirk Road

Dr. James Langstaff Community Park
Red Maple Road and Bantry Avenue

Grovewood Park
Large splash pad at the corner of Grovewood Street, south east of King Road and Bathurst Street.

Humber Flats EcoPark
small splash pad & playground. Located on Red Cardinal Trail at Barberry Crescent. map

Newberry Park
Bernard Avenue, west of CNR tracks

Richmond Green Sports Centre & Park
Elgin Mills Road East and Leslie Street

Russell Tilt Park
Blackforest Drive, north of Regatta Avenue.

Silver Stream Park
Wayside Avenue and Shirley Drive.

William Neal Park
Tower Hill Road southeast of Jeffereson Sideroad and Bathurst Street.

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Georgina

The ROC (Recreational Outdoor Campus)
26479 Civic Centre Rd, Keswick

Whipper Watson Park
153 Carrick Ave, Keswick

Const. Garrett Styles Park
176 Laurendale Ave, Keswick

 

Is it Worth it to Buy Premium Gas?

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Posted on Jul 17, 2017

Premium Gas

 

It may seem logical to buy premium fuel if you own a high-performance vehicle, but is it really worth it?  Let’s find out…

 

What is premium gas?

 

Many people assume that premium fuel is better, but have no idea what actually makes it superior.  The majority of gas stations offer three types of fuel: regular, midgrade, and premium, with the latter possessing the highest octane rating. An octane rating shows how easily the fuel will ignite when compressed. The higher, the better.

 

In general, high-performance vehicles need a higher compression ratio, which is why some require premium gas.  While a higher octane rating may be seen as a good thing, it still doesn’t mean it’s worth the extra money.

 

Read your Vehicle Manual

 

Before you do anything, check your owner’s manual to see the minimum octane rating your car requires.  While you should never dip below the minimum level, it likely won’t benefit you much if you use fuel that has a higher rating than what’s required. Despite what you may hear, many experts believe you won’t actually notice a difference in your car’s performance.

 

If your manual recommends premium fuel but doesn’t require it, then the decision is really up to you. However, many studies have shown that the cost of premium gas often outweighs the benefits.

 

But my fuel economy will improve!

 

A common myth is that premium gas will significantly improve your fuel economy because it burns better.

 

While you may see a slight uptick in your vehicle’s fuel efficiency if you own a high-performance car, the improvement will likely be minimal, and certainly won’t be worth that extra dollar amount you’re paying.  If you’re using premium fuel simply because you want to improve your efficiency – perhaps so a little more homework and possibly reconsider.

 

But plenty of people use premium gas!

 

Sure, premium gas is still used by many drivers across the country, but that doesn’t mean they actually know what they’re getting when they fill up.  Many people are mythed into believing that “premium” coincides with good value, and think they’re truly saving money in the long-term by using premium fuel.

 

When is it worth it?

 

As mentioned earlier, you should really own use premium fuel if your car requires it. Otherwise, you’re likely just throwing away your hard-earned money.  While it’s rarely a bad thing to take care of your vehicle, in this instance, it’s simply not worth it.

 

 

It’s Strawberry Season

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Posted on Jul 14, 2017

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Strawberry picking is a family must and now it’s the perfect time of year to get picking.  Enjoy a great day with the family and enjoy these tips courtesy of our NewRoads Crew!

 

Strawberry Picking Tips

 

Bring sunscreen, hats, bug spray and comfortable shoes.  This can be a little messy so plan on clothing that can get dirty. Bring your own basket to be on the safe side and don’t overfill.

 

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Pick strawberries off the bush by twisting at the stem.

 

Call in advance to be sure your farm is open for the day and that they have berries in good supply. Typically Strawberry season runs from mid June ending sometime in July.

 

Cleaning: Rinse your strawberries in a mixture of water and vinegar to kill off any molds or spores that can be on the surface, this will make your strawberries last up to whole week longer. Store your strawberries in the fridge.

 

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Pick-Your-Own Berry Farms

 

Applewood Farm & Winery
12442 McCowan Rd, Whitchurch-Stouffville, ON

 

Brooks Farms
141 Ashworth Rd #122, Mt Albert, ON

 

Organics Family Farm
7550 19th Ave, Markham, ON

 

Reesor Farm Market
10825 Ninth Line, Markham, ON

 

Strawberry Creek Farms
Woodbine & Davis Drive, Newmarket ON

 

Trapper Bob Farm
16864 Warden Ave, Newmarket, ON

 

Whittamore’s Berry Farm
8100 Steeles Ave. East, Markham, ON

 

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4 Packing Tips for a Weekend Getaway

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Posted on Jul 14, 2017

Packing Tips and Ideas

 

Weekend trips are a great way to enjoy a few days away from the hustle and bustle of your everyday life. However, packing for these short-term getaways often proves to be a bit of a challenge. Whether you are flying to a wedding and don’t want to check luggage or driving up to a friend’s cottage with limited space in your vehicle, chances are you’ll need to pack light. Here are four tips for an efficient and stress-free packing experience:

 

  1. Make a packing list

 

Before you even unzip your suitcase, it’s important to make a packing list – and even more important to stick to it. Checking out the weather forecast for your destination will help you to determine what and what not to bring along – you don’t need a jacket taking up precious space when it’s going to be 25 degrees and sunny all weekend long. Make a list of all the essentials you require, from clothing to toiletries to electronics (don’t forget your chargers!).

 

Take the list with you on your trip so that you can refer to it while packing up to come home to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything at your destination.

 

  1. Plan your outfits in advance

 

Avoid packing any unnecessary clothing items by planning your outfits in advance. Lay out the tops and bottoms you plan on wearing together as well as any accessories (such as jewelry or watches) that you plan to wear with that outfit. Not only will this method save you packing space, it will also save you time on your trip when you are looking for something to wear that morning.

 

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  1. Pack neatly and tightly

 

By now you’ve probably heard that the most efficient way to pack is to roll your clothing – not fold it. Well, it’s true. This method will save you space and also cause less wrinkles than folding.

 

Now that you have your pre-arranged outfits, pack them together. If you don’t own packing cubes, large Ziploc bags are perfect for compressing your clothing and keeping everything neat and compact. Pack each outfit in its own bag and use a marker to write a brief description on it – that way it will be super quick and easy to find what you are looking for when you need an outfit to wear.

 

Re-sealable plastic baggies are also perfect for storing your toiletries and any liquids that could potentially leak. They are also great for keeping all of your chargers and earbuds untangled.

 

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  1. Leave extra space

 

While it may be tempting to use every bit of room you have in your suitcase, it’s important not to pack to the max and leave some extra space for any shopping you may do while on vacation. Better safe than sorry!

 

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Planning the Perfect Beach Day

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Posted on Jul 5, 2017

Beach Day

 

Now that the weather has finally warmed up here in Ontario, it’s time to kick summer into full gear – and what better way to do so than planning a trip to the beach? Whether you decide to stay in the city and head over to Woodbine Beach or make the drive to the beautiful beaches at Sandbanks National Park, there is no shortage of sandy destinations to choose from in central and southern Ontario. However, there are a few things to keep in mind while planning for your day in the sun. Check out these five tips and tricks for planning the perfect day at the beach:

 

  • The last thing you want is to arrive at the beach in your swimsuit only to discover the water isn’t safe to go into. The website https://www.theswimguide.org provides up-to-date water quality information for more than 7000 beaches, so you’ll know which ones meet water quality standards and which ones don’t before you depart. They even have an app you can download on your smartphone so you can get all your beach info on the go!
  • Get to the beach early. While sleeping in on a day off of school or work is always tempting, doing so will likely result in arriving to an already jam-packed beach with limited room for you to set up your towels and umbrellas. Hit the road early and you’ll be guaranteed a prime spot in the sun (or shade, if you prefer!)
  • Bring extra towels or old bedsheets for your car. You and your passengers will likely be covered in sand by the end of the day and placing covers on your seats for the ride home will save you from having to vacuum out your vehicle.
  • Pack lots of water – in the heat, it’s easy to become dehydrated without even knowing it. Freeze some water bottles overnight to that your drink stays cold throughout the whole day. If you want to go the reusable route, check out this comprehensive list of the top water bottles available on the market http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-water-bottle/. Keep in mind that some common signs of dehydration in an adult include increased thirst, fatigue and dizziness.
  • If you are hitting the beach with a large group, remember to label all your belongings, such as your towel, water bottle and cooler – beach gear often looks similar and it’s easy to get yours mixed up with someone else’s.

 

Still unsure which beach to visit? Take a look at BlogTO’s list of the top 25 beaches in and around Toronto.

 

6 Ways to Protect your Car from the Elements

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Posted on Jun 27, 2017

Protect your Car from the Elements

 

Summer weather is great, but it can also be a hazard to your vehicle’s exterior.  While you’ll never be able to escape the elements altogether, there are several things you can do that will help minimize the damage done to your car’s paint during the summer months.

 

Park in the shade

 

Unless you’re in a rush, you should avoid parking in direct sun whenever possible. Not only will shade help to keep your car cool, but it will also keep your paint from fading.  This may not seem like a huge deal, however the damage can add up if you allow your car to roast in the hot sun day after day.

 

Wash often

 

Washing your car on a regular basis is the most important thing you can do to ensure your exterior stays fresh. However, it’s really only beneficial if you take the time to wash it properly.

 

Before you begin, make sure your car is parked away from direct sunlight.  Next, take a hose and rinse off any dirt that’s accumulated since the last wash. Now it’s time to give it a good cleaning.

 

If you’re still having trouble getting grime off after washing, use a clay bar and gently glide it over any sticky areas. When that’s done, make sure to rinse one more time to clear off any residue.

 

Finally, make sure to dry it thoroughly. Grab a microfiber cloth and dry your entire vehicle by hand, making sure not to miss any spots. If you don’t take the time to dry it yourself and allow your car to air dry instead, water spots will begin to develop on your car’s paint.

 

Wax

 

Like washing, waxing your car consistently can help minimize any damage done to your car’s paint. If you wax your car often enough, you can prevent dirt and debris from sticking to your vehicle and avoid causing long-term damage to the exterior.

 

Clear off any debris

 

Before you leave for work in the morning, take a moment and wipe off any bugs or debris that may have stuck to your vehicle overnight.

 

Park in a garage

 

If you drive to work every day, you may have difficulty finding a parking spot that will be completely protected from the sun throughout the entirety of your shift.  Consider using a parking garage. There, your car will be nice and cool and protected from the hot rays. Your tires and headlights will also endure less wear and tear.

 

Car cover

 

If you often have trouble finding shade, keep a car cover in your trunk at all times. It will come in handy during a summer event such as a family barbecue or your child’s baseball tournament.

 

 

Where to Celebrate Canada Day this Long Weekend

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Posted on Jun 26, 2017

Canada Day York Region

 

The Canada Day long weekend is quickly approaching and this year, the celebrations are going to be bigger and better than ever. Canada will be celebrating a big birthday this time around – the country is turning 150! – and the magnitude of the events that will be held across the country this weekend is expected to reflect that major milestone. Wondering where you can go to party in your red and white? Look no further. Here are five local Canada day events you can attend this weekend:

 

Newmarket Canada Day

 

Begin your Saturday with a pancake breakfast at Riverwalk Commons before making your way over to Fairy Lake for an afternoon of family fun and entertainment that will include rides, inflatables, food vendors, shows and musical performances. End the day by enjoying a firework display at George Richardson Park compete with live music and, of course, more food.

 

Town of East Gwillimbury Canada Day

 

The Town of East Gwillimbury will be hosting a Canada Day event of their own this July 1st. The community celebration will be held at the Sharon Temple and will feature a BBQ, games and activities, live music and much more. At night, there will be a concert and firework show at the Mount Albert Lions Community Centre. Free Viva bus shuttles departing from local landmarks will be available to help you get to and from the event.

 

Main Street Canada Day Festival

 

Newmarket’s Main Street always knows how to throw a good party – and their Canada Day festival this Saturday should be no exception. All day long, there will be a free kid’s carnival, food, live music and tons of prizes to be won.

 

Richmond Hill Canada Day

 

The Richmond Green Park always play host to great events throughout the summer, and their Canada Day celebrations will be the best of them all. There will be a “Canadiana” pavilion complete with Canada 150 exhibits showcasing Canadian history, a marketplace, art exhibit and of course, the midway, which will be filled with rides and attractions. Entertainment will include live music by Canadian singer Karl Wolf, a SuperDogs performance, and even a lumberjack show. No Canada Day at Richmond Green would be complete without fireworks! This year, the pyrotechnics will be set to a musical soundtrack. Check out their website for a complete schedule of the day’s events.

 

Aurora Canada Day Parade

 

The Town of Aurora’s annual Canada Day parade is a can’t-miss event. This year, it will feature a new route that travels south on Yonge Street from Mosley Street to Murray drive. Dress up in your craziest Canada gear and cheer on the hundreds of floats as they pass by. After the parade, you can head over to Lambert Wilson Park for an afternoon of fun and celebration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

NewRoads proudly supports the 11th annual Tour de Speed

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Posted on Jun 23, 2017

Tour du Speed

 

On Saturday, June 3rd at the North Union Community Centre in Queensville, ON was the 11th annual Tour de Speed, presented by Newmarket Eagles Cycling Club.  NewRoads is a proud sponsor of this event encouraging riders between the ages of 9 and 18.  The event had an OCA (Ontario Cycling Association) record field for a youth event with 122 registered riders.
A special guest joined in the fun – our NewRoads LakeRide ambassador and Canadian cycling champion Ed Veal. Ed was at the starting line during the Time trials offering coaching and motivation to the riders. After the racing at the medal ceremony he gave a great motivational speech.

 

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It was great to see the community come together to support this inspiring event.  NewRoads would like to thank the Newmarket Eagles president Dean Robertson for including NewRoads year after year.  Watching it grow over the years has been wonderful and you can count on NewRoads for years to come.

 

Newmarket Eagles and Ed Veal

 

 

At NewRoads we believe strongly that in order for business to be strong communities need to be strong. To learn more about the NewRoads Community Crew and where you might find them next visit www.newroads.ca/community.

 

Tour du Speed and NewRoads

“The 11th annual Tour de Speed was a great success, we had an Ontario youth race record crowd of 122 registrations with racers coming from as far away as Windsor and Ottawa. The weather was perfect for racing, the temperature was in the low 20s, sunny and no wind.  Racing started at 9:01 and didn’t stop until 12:45 with ten separate races taking place. There were two new format changes this year, the maximum age changed from 16 to 18 years old, but the most exciting was that groups were based on ability and not on gender. Proving the girls are just as fast the boys was 12 year old Mia Till of the Midweek Cycling Club from Toronto, she won silver in her group racing 3 kms in 3:27, three seconds behind the winner. Next years’ race is already scheduled for June 9th! The Newmarket Eagles Cycling Club are grateful for the support we receive from Michael Croxon, Kelly Broome, and The NewRoads Automotive Group. ”
– Regards, Dean Robertson

 

Tour du Speed Event

 

 

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