Free and Low Cost Activities to do this Winter

Free and Low Cost Activities
to do this Winter

This winter has been brutal, to say the least: one of (if not THE) coldest winters in the last 25 years, according to Environment Canada. And it’s not about to let up. The cold weather will be sticking around for the next little while and staying cooped up in the house until winter ends is becoming less of an option. So we thought we’d put together a list of activities families can do without breaking the bank. After all, it’ll still take a little bit longer to recuperate from all that spending most families did during the Christmas season. There’s no need to fret, though.  There are a number of activities in Durham Region and around Toronto that families can take part in and still create fond memories this winter without having to go bankrupt. Here are a few.

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Alma Latina’s Top 10 Romantic Novels of All Time

Alma Latina’s Top 10 Romantic Novels of All Time

In honour of Valentine’s Day and as a tribute to romance and love, we thought we would present a list, by no means exhaustive, of what in all my years as an avid reader I've considered to be the most romantic novels I have ever come across—having read countless novels, both in Spanish and English since I was a child. There are many lists out there, selected by people whose profession it is to do this kind of thing. I am by no means an authority on the field, but I have been reading anything that falls into my hands ever since I remember, and these books have stayed with me forever and are thus my favourite love stories of all time. Hopefully I’m not done yet and I will add many more books to this list as I read some more of these classics and what other people consider their all-time favourites. Thus, the list will probably change in time. But right now, I present to you here, Alma Latina readers, in no particular order, my top 10 most romantic books (both in Spanish and English) of all time.

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Alma Latina Online Magazine is giving away two (2) pairs of tickets to see
3-Time Grammy Nominated Cuban Band "TIEMPO LIBRE"
at the Flato Markham Theatre in Markham.
(Total value of each 2-ticket package: $120)
Check Out Tiempo Libre's Performance in "Dancing With The Stars" HERE.

To participate, send us an email to and tell us:
1) In what year did "Tiempo Libre" form? 2) What is the name of Tiempo Libre's 2013 Grammy nominated album? And 3) What is the name of Tiempo Libre's latest album?

Contest closes on Monday, February 17, 2014.
Winners will be announced on our Facebook Page on Tuesday, February 18 and notified via email/phone.

Contest Rules: Contest not open to City of Markham employees or family members. Prize must be accepted as awarded. Not redeemable for cash. Open to Ontario residents only. One entry per valid email.
Two (2) prize packages to be won. Prize includes: Two tickets to the Friday, February 28, 2014 Tiempo Libre concert at the Flato Markham Theatre, 171 Town Centre Blvd., Markham, ON.
Prize package may be claimed at the Flato Markham Theatre Box Office on day of concert (Friday, February 28, 2014) between 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.  Concert Time: 8 p.m.

For more information visit The City of Markham website. Alma Latina Online Magazine newsletter subscribers also get a $15.00 discount when purchasing tickets by entering/mentioning the code AlmaLatina at the Box Office website, by phone or in person at the Box Office.

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February 2014 - Upcoming Events

February 2014 - Upcoming Events

Check out our upcoming events for the month of February… Learning For Hope/Harmony Center's Annual Zumba Party Fundraiser @ St. Mary C.S.S. in Pickering; Pickering's Artfest on The Esplanade is now accepting applications for artists/artisans/performers; Pickering Heritage Day @ PTC; Purisima Nicaraguense @ Parroquia San Lorenzo and much more/// Algunos de los eventos que tendrán lugar en el mes de Febrero… Learning For Hope/Harmony Center Zumba Party en el St. Mary C.S.S.; participa en el Pickering ArtFest que se lleva a cabo en Mayo; Heritage Day en Pickering en el Pickering Town Centre, Purisima Nicaraguense en la Parroquia San Lorenzo y mucho mas.

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Be sure to check out next month's Alma Latina Online Magazine's newsletter for details on how to win tickets to Tango Legends at the Sony Centre!
In the meantime, you can purchase tickets through the Sony Centre website, by calling 1-855-872-SONY(7669), or in person at the Sony Centre Box Office. Readers of Alma Latina Online Magazine may save $5 per ticket to Tango Legends by using code ALMA5.

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Spanish-language Sony Centre Tango Legends page.
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