Grand Porch Party, Waterloo. Photo by Alex KinsellaNew Year’s resolutions you can keep Alex Kinsella December 21, 2016 Columns, Ecosystem, Tech About Town The end of the year is time for reflection and goal setting for the new year to come. It’s also a time to remember the New Year’s resolutions you made last year that you never kept. Instead of setting ourselves up for failure yet again, here’s our set of New Year’s resolutions for 2017 that you can stick to. See a show at a local theatre Waterloo is home to some great local theatre companies. The Kitchener-Waterloo Little Theatre in Waterloo and Lost and Found Theatre in Kitchener produce shows throughout the year. If you’re looking for variety, look no further than Drayton Entertainment with seven theatres across the region producing musicals, comedies, pantos and more. Last, but not least, make plans to see one of the world renowned shows at the Stratford Festival. Head out to a local festival The towns and villages around the region are famous for their annual festivals. I start the year off with pancakes at the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival in April. Then, to celebrate the start of fall, we head over to Wellesley for the Wellesley Apple Butter Festival. Make sure you get there in time for the Wellesley Idol competition. One of the newer entries to the local festival circuit is The Irish Real Life Festival in March. It’s a celebration of Irish culture, food, and music that you don’t want to miss. If music is your passion, the Elora River Fest is for you. Last year’s lineup included Chromeo, The Sheepdogs and Walk Off The Earth. Buy art from a local artist You’ve got a wall at home that is looking pretty bare. Add something eye catching to your decor with a painting or photography by one of our talented local artists. There are shows happening year-round at galleries like the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery and the Art District Gallery. If you’re in the market for a photograph, the annual Flash WR photography show is in January. Looking for even more resolution ideas? Head over to Explore Waterloo Region to discover more. # # # While I’m out doing last minute shopping, I see and hear that … Christie Digital is turning Kitchener City Hall into a living holiday card with their wicked awesome projection display technology. Shows run through Dec. 31. Check here for the full schedule. If you’ve been good and have all your shopping done, treat yourself and head down to Jane Bond (5 Princess St., Waterloo) for DJ Haylien and Boogaloo Shrimp, who’ll be spinnin’ funked up soul, r&b, and 90s hip hop jamz this Friday, Dec. 23, starting at 10 p.m. The Apollo Cinema (141 Ontario St. N., Kitchener) has a holiday themed edition of their B movie bingo with “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians,” this Thursday, Dec. 22 at 6:45 p.m.