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ith the recent spell of sunshine, it looks like the winter-that-wouldn’t-end has finally lost its will to live. Golf clubs and hiking boots, boat trailers and tent bags are being dusted off all over the Lower Mainland, but when the weather once again turns – and it will – you’d be forgiven for reaching for the first all-inclusive trip out of here. But is that still the first option you should turn to? The flagging economy hasn’t drained the creativity of people who keep things moving in new directions, so it depends what type of traveller you are. 1) You know what WWOOFing is. Working organic farm-stays and garden camping are adventurously simple solutions for a cash-strapped sojourner. If you are at home in the muck, meeting new people and living in their backyards, even working while you travel, you can see the world. (Campinmygarden.com, WWOOF.ca) 2) You’ve been alive for at least three decades, but still have things to see. When the backpacking grows old, the creative get flashpacking – a neologism that refers to the “disposably incomed” backpacker. Trading in your 75-litre pack for a suitcase with wheels
doesn’t mean you’ve outgrown budget travel, but the novelty of top bunk wears off for many by the time they hit 30. Gravitating towards cheap hotels or private rooms at hostels, and packing clothes that you could be seen wearing in your hometown supermarket are the mark of a flashpacker. 3) You’re more likely to be going on your first cruise than your first trip to Europe. With word of mouth still being the most effective way of guaranteeing a good time, crowd-sourcing vacation tips from your social networks and local travel agents is putting the human back in holiday. Nothing is worse than investing five-star dollars in a subpar experience. The overwhelming amount of information found online can be unreliable and is often easily boiled down by experienced travellers to the good, the bad and the “it will be funny one day.” 4) You’re a woman. The comfort and security of women’s-only has been popular in the fitness industry for decades, but it is now dipping a painted toe into the travel sector. Floors exclusively for women are becoming popular. The 10th floor of the Georgian Court in Vancouver is a local example, with 18 rooms set aside containing amenities such as curling irons, blow dryers, nail polish and yoga mats.
5) Airline workers greet you by name. The American Transportation Security Administration is partnering with private enterprise to change the face of travel. Security lanes for pre-screened passengers are already opened in Florida and Denver, and the pilot program will expand by May to San Francisco and Fort Worth. All together, 25 major airports are tapped to have Clear Lanes, which arguably eases overall congestion at security checkpoints while raising money and providing a service for time-pressed business travellers who are willing to choose convenience over cash ($179 per year). If iris scanners and fingerprint biometrics don’t sound freakishly futuristic, than you can soon be a trusted traveller, and all that time in the air means you’d probably be excited to see a new airport. Myanmar, Ukraine, Jordan, Uganda and Denmark are making names for themselves in 2012 – or you could be really farsighted and visit Russia before the 2014 Olympics defibrillates their struggling tourism industry. No matter what your budget or lifestyle, the annual trip is often the only thing that provides enough watercooler chit-chat and evenly tanned Facebook photos to get the West Coaster through to the summer, so don’t be afraid to do it differently.
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Wish You Were Here is the name of the next show at Abbotsford Arts Council’s Kariton Gallery. This show, by Central Fraser Valley Graphic Guild artists, runs April 20 to May 15 with an official opening reception and meet and greet with the artists on April 22 from 1-4 p.m. Kariton Gallery is located at 2387 Ware St. Call 604852-9358 for more information.
April 25 Langley’s Credo Christian Secondary is bringing its production of the Broadway musical Oliver to Abbotsford. The show will be presented at the Abbotsford Arts Centre on April 25-28. Tickets are $15, with Thursday’s show offered at $10. Call the school’s office at 604530-5396. Doors open at 7 p.m.; show starts at 7:30 p.m.
April 20 Fraser Valley Stage is presenting Gilbert & Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore on April 20-21 at the Abbotsford Arts Centre located at 2329 Crescent Way. The show will later be taken to Buxton, England. For tickets and information visit www.fraservalleystage.com The Valley concert society will present Karl Stobbe, violinist; Joel Stobbe, cellist and Betty Suderman, pianist in a special concert set for April 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium 32315 South Fraser Way. For more information visit www.valleyconcertsociety.com
May 8 The Fraser Valley Watercolour Society will host its annual Spring 2012 Art Show from Tuesday, May 8 to Friday, May 18 at the Clearbrook Library, 32320 George Ferguson Way in Abbotsford. The show will feature a wide range of original new works by local artists. The show will be open to the public during library hours with the Opening of the Show at 5 p.m. on May 8. For more information regarding the show or membership, please call Carol Portree at 604-850-9694 or Anne White at 604-855-5363.
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Since January, students have been working on their collections for the show. They began by researching the market and looking at trends, fabrics and colours. After determining their target customer and presenting their concepts to a panel of instructors and industry professionals, students were able to start development. “Every year the collections are unique and really showcase a variety of markets,” said Devitt. “We have everything from evening wear, to casual, to costume wear. Students really try to target a niche market that they are interested in.” The timeline that students are given to create their line closely mirrors that of the fashion industry. Working backstage at the Absolute Style show will add another element to their knowledge, as they will have to choose the hair and makeup for their models, along with their catwalk music. “They really get to see how fashion works,” said Devitt. “They have to do
UFV’s annual fashion showcase Absolute Style returns for another season on April 25 it all — everything they would do in the fashion industry, including the decisions you have to make.” The fashion show often draws industry professionals, visitors from around B.C., community members, and high school students. “It’s a great way for us to showcase what our university has to offer, show prospective students the campus, and feature the high quality work that our students do,” said Devitt. “It’s very innovative and creative.” The afternoon Absolute Style show is at 2:30 p.m., with doors opening at 2
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Comfort: The whole idea behind an outdoor entertaining area is to have a relaxing place to spend time outside. So be sure to choose furniture that’s comfortable and can handle the elements. Metal furniture, for example, might be durable, but such furniture can also get very hot if out in the sun. Versatility: Many homeowners enjoy changing their home’s interior decor from time to time, and it can be just as enjoyable to do the same to a home’s exterior decor. That said, look for furniture that can be accented with a variety of accessories, so you can change the look of your outdoor entertaining area easily. Protection: Protecting exterior furniture from the elements should be a priority. When shopping for outdoor furniture, figure out if protective covering is available or if it will need to be custom made. The latter alternative can be quite expensive, so you might want to consider more generic furniture that comes with standard protective coverings to make it more affordable.
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ife is complicated enough, choosing a countertop does not need to be. With all the choices offered today, choosing a countertop can be a seemingly challenging task. No matter the material you select or the treasures you add to accent your design, all are combined to make a statement that defines your essence and personality. When looking for countertops you need to define how your family uses the spaces they live in, and determine what material is the most functional for daily use. Each countertop surface offers a different texture and durability which needs to be tailored to your lifestyle. Selecting the desirable material for your home needs to meet everyoneâ€™s taste, style and budget. Today there are many choices for countertops which include laminate, granite, quartz, marble, solid surface, soapstone, concrete, stainless steel, butcher block and tile. A popular choice for todayâ€™s countertops is granite. Granite grew in popularity about 5 years ago and has not slowed down. Many people think granite is all the same, however there are many levels in price and quality. When choosing granite you want to ensure the slabs you select are consistent in colour and have no imperfections. Remember granite is a natural product and has a variation in colour and grain pattern, so selecting your slabs will allow you to ensure you are getting the look you want. With graniteâ€™s porous nature, it is more susceptible to stains, so a sealer needs to be applied every 12-18 months depending on your level of use. Granite can be cold to touch, yet it presents a rich appearance that is guaranteed to provide a unique look in every home. Quartz has resurfaced in the
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