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Real estate sales decline

Real estate sales have dropped significantly on the Sunshine Coast, but prices are remaining firm. Detached home sales, for the three-month period May to July, fell from 235 a year ago to 173 this year, a drop of 26.4 per cent, according to information compiled by the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver. Sales of ... Read More »

Calling social entrepreneurs

Community Futures Sunshine Coast is seeking its 2018 fall cohort of social entrepreneurs whose businesses will help address social, environmental, or economic challenges on the Sunshine Coast and beyond. The Local Entrepreneur Accelerator Program (LEAP!) is a nine-week enterprise accelerator program focused on testing and launching innovative business ideas. More than 30 past alumni have ... Read More »

See the sky at night

After a two-year absence, the Sunshine Coast astronomy club is bringing the popular Astronomy in the Park program back to Porpoise Bay Provincial Park in Sechelt on Sat. Aug. 11, 1-11:30pm. There will be club telescopes and displays. Weather permitting. The first “star” of the day will be the sun and, with the club’s safe ... Read More »

Persephone gets official approval

It’s official: Persephone Brewery is legal. A July 3 letter from the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) says Persephone is “operating in compliance” with ALC regulations at its 11-acre site on Stewart Rd. just outside Gibsons. Persephone’s application for “non-farm use distinction” was rejected in early 2017 and they were given two years to comply with ... Read More »

New distillery opens in Roberts Creek

Owners Jeff Barringer and Danise Lofstrom show off their newly-opened Bruinwood Estate Distillery at 2040 Porter Rd. in Roberts Creek, where they are making vodka and (soon) gin. The distillery’s tasting room is open afternoons Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Cari Miller photo Read More »

Teaching young dogs how to greet

Sometimes young friendly dogs become overly exuberant and jump up when greeting people. This might start out when the dog is small and can become a problem as the puppy gets bigger and heavier and grows longer nails. The boisterous greetings can be frightening for a child or for someone who is worried about being ... Read More »

Library a perfect respite on a hot summer’s day

Summer is a busy time at the library. Our programs for children and youth are bustling as young people of all ages participate in a range of activities, including creating stories and flash fiction, learning to code spheros, DJ training, playing Dungeons and Dragons and much more. As the diversity of our programming demonstrates, libraries ... Read More »

Creating a home bar can help you be a popular host

Many people enjoy opening their homes to friends or family. In fact, according to the National Eating Trends survey and custom research by the NPD group, in 2016 the average person ate 38 meals at other people’s homes. Knowing how to cook, set the mood and entertain is increasingly important for many homeowners. Installing and ... Read More »

How to cool your house

BC Hydro is reporting power demand has increased significantly, coming close to BC’s all-time record for summer peak hourly demand. Hotter than average weather has developed across much of BC with temperatures climbing above 30 degrees Celsius in many coastal communities and above 35 degrees Celsius in some Interior communities. The result on July 16 ... Read More »

Save with new appliances

According to Energy Star, the U.S. Department of Energy and Consumer Reports, homeowners who want to curb their energy consumption can consider upgrading, repairing or replacing the biggest energy consumers in their homes. The following appliances tend to consume the most energy in a typical home. • Heating & cooling unit: Nearly half of all ... Read More »

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