Hamilton Happenings: March 2011

                                                                                                                               Photo by Dan Johnston

The temps are rising, the days are getting longer, and it's time to break out of hibernation mode! Easier said than done, I know, but the city of Hamilton is doing their part to help by planning a bunch of fun events over the next few weeks. I challenge you to attend at least one. Let your city surprise you.

Library Book Sale: Feb. 28 - March 5 / City Centre (lower level) / 9-6 / Even though I have piles of unread books, this event is really hard to resist. There are literally thousands of books for sale at unbeatable prices (fiction $1, non-fiction 2 for $5). I went yesterday and scored 6 novels and a great sewing reference book! The tables are continually restocked throughout each day, so it's worth it to keep checking back. All proceeds go to the Hamilton Public Library and Soroptimist International.

Ideal Home & Garden Show: March 3-6 / The Careport Centre, 270 Longwood Rd. S / $7 online / If you're thinking about improving your home or garden this year, it sounds like this event is perfect for you! They will have 3 fully decorated show homes on site, a home decor stage and a food stage featuring celebrity guests (including Mary Dobs from Cityline!), 3000 sq. feet of landscaping and gardens, and hundreds of exhibitors!

Art Crawl: March 11th / James St. North / 5-11ish / If you live in Hamilton and don't already know what this is, shame on you. There's not much out yet about what will be featured this month, but keep checking back here for the usual update.

Bake and Dough: March 19th / Finian Films, 211 Locke St. S. / 3-1 / $10 / Cake+Loaf Bakery will be hosting a celebration of local food and live music, supporting the Juravinski Cancer Centre and Cake+Loaf Bakery. There will be a bake sale, children's activities, a cake-decorating competition, and live music! There will also be a raffle, where you will have the opportunity to win an apron made by yours truly!

Music: The Casbah has an impressive lineup of shows this month, three bands in particular that are in constant rotation around our house: March 6 Plants and Animals / March 8 Yukon Blonde  / March 26 Born Ruffians. I'm also seriously interested in checking out the classic rock tribute band, Benny and the Jets, on March 25th. Who's with me?

And if you haven't been to the newly renovated library and farmer's market, I highly recommend a trip there as well. In my opinion they are shining examples of the positive upswing this city has been heading on lately. 

As usual, this is by no means a complete list of the events happening in the city, but merely what has come across my radar that I would personally be interested in attending. If you have any events you would like to add, by all means leave details in the comments.

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