Don’t miss the Regent Park Film Festival!

Background image is of film to be screened, The Breadwinner

 

The longest running free community film festival in Toronto, the Regent Park Film Festival, returns for its 16th season from Wednesday, November 14th to Saturday, November 17th, 2018. The Festival is dedicated showcasing the films of local and international independent talent. The films showcased are selected because they break cultural stereotypes, are relevant to people from all walks of life, and reveal the multi-faceted realities of being a human being.

 

A Rich History

 

This community festival began as the result of the determined efforts of community residents and volunteers. It was established with the goal of offering residents of Regent Park, and beyond, access to quality films that resonate with their personal experience. Its purpose was for residents to come together as a community to enjoy and engage with film, both as a means of human expression and as a catalyst for change.

 

Here is a little bit of what you can expect and look forward to at this year’s Festival.

 

EMERGING DIRECTOR’S SPOTLIGHT

Photo credit: Film “A Little Different” directed by Kayla Resendes, courtesy of Regent Park Film Festival

 

The Emerging Directors’ Spotlight is the opening night program for the festival. It takes place on November 14th, from 7:30 pm until 10 pm, and features some of the most promising talents and work from female directors under 26 years old. Following the screenings of their short films, there will be a Q&A session and a pitch contest with an Industry Panel. Attend to see who wins the cash prize to fund their next project! Be advised that the program contains mature subject matter. Some scenes of the films that will be screened contain nudity and a description of suicide.

 

The films included in this year’s Spotlight are:

 

A Little Different — Directed by Kayla Resendes

This 12-minute film follows a young boy and his mother as they work through the challenges they face as Portuguese Canadians.

 

The Citizen — Directed by Rebeca Ortiz

A 5-minute documentary following Fernando Ortiz. Fernando moved to Canada from Chile in the 1980’s in order to escape the dictatorship of Pinochet. Watch to follow his 25-year journey to become a Canadian citizen.

 

1 vers(us) 1 — Directed by Kourtney Jackson

This 5-minute experimental film takes you inside the mind of a young woman dealing with the intersectionality of faith, womanhood and the immigrant experience.

 

Feathers Falling — Directed by Maddy Pilon

A 20-minute documentary that examines the shocking death rates of Indigenous youth in Canada.

 

SELECTED FESTIVAL PROGRAMMING

Photo credit: Film “The Breadwinner” directed by Nora Twomey, courtesy of Regent Park Film Festival

 

The program schedule for this year’s Festival offers an impressive selection of feature films, shorts, documentaries, workshops, mixed media installations and Virtual Reality experiences. These are a few of notables you won’t want to miss.

 

The Breadwinner

On Saturday, November 17th, attend a breakfast screening of the celebrated animated feature The Breadwinner, Directed by Nora Twomey. A free breakfast will be served at 9 am and the movie will start at 10 am. You can watch the trailer for the film here.

 

Digital Activism Panel

The Digital Activism Panel gathers local artists and filmmakers together to discuss and explore the impacts and implications of the #MeToo movement on communities of colour, trans folks and beyond. Panellists will focus on how their work engages with ideas of social justice, sexual literacy and more. Join the discussion on Saturday, November 17th, from 12 pm to 1:30 pm.

 

Virtual Space

In addition to the films, this year’s festival offers Virtual Spaces on November 15th and 16th, from 4 pm to 8 pm, and on November 17th from 11 am to 8 pm. These VR and video-based pieces are connected by a common theme of what it means to inhabit ground — where we stand and who we stand with. These spaces are open to the public, with no reservation required.

 

Home Made Visible

Photo credit: Film “Portrait of a Zamboni Driver” directed by Nadine Arprin, courtesy of Regent Park Film Festival

 

Home Made Visible is a collection of 7 short docs and mixed media installations from the BIPOC communities (Black Indigenous People of Colour) who are not proportionately represented in all media. Home Made Visible is a part of the free year-round programs run by the festival. Its mission is to expand the representation in Canada’s media archives of Indigenous and Visible Minorities by digitizing old home movies for free. This program runs on November 17th, from 2:30 pm to 4 pm.

 

This is only a sliver of what you can expect to see on the silver screen and beyond at the 16th annual Regent Park Film Festival. Come and see what you’ve been missing all these years. The Festival is free to attend, but your seats should be reserved in advance.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help you experience all the that your city and community have to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

Why renting beats buying in a housing bubble

 

To buy, or not to buy? That is the question plaguing many Torontonians these days. As our hot real estate market stays sizzling year after year, young people are questioning whether it is more profitable to save up a sizeable down payment and build equity in a home or invest that money elsewhere and free themselves from the burden and responsibility of home ownership.

 

Many people who call Toronto home grew up in an era where real estate was the smartest and safest bet you could make. It was accepted wisdom that owning a home is an investment and renting is simply throwing money away. In today’s super-inflated Toronto real estate market, is the old wisdom still as wise?


A first-time home buyer today cannot necessarily expect the same return on investment that the baby boomers enjoyed. The housing market has changed dramatically, yet many of our attitudes and emotions about the market haven’t changed along with it. The dreaded term “bubble” has often been used to describe the real estate market in Toronto. We are often told that the market is overdue for a “correction”. So far, the bubble hasn’t burst. Even with the slight cooling of housing prices, and bidding wars becoming less common, the market continues to rise.


People often feel that the value of real estate only moves in one direction, that real estate prices will always go up in value. There are a great many factors that contribute to the cost of house and condo prices. The location of the building and the age and condition of the building are important factors to consider. When all factors and expenses are considered, including inflation, maintenance costs and all the rest, the actual value of many homes and condos can remain relatively stagnant or even drop over time. It’s been a long time since real estate values decreased in the GTA, but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen. It means a decrease is overdue.


Toronto is in the midst of a condo boom. The cranes that dot our skyline are a sign of the constant construction our city is enduring. With more product on the market every day, condo owners looking to sell and buy a larger home may find themselves outpaced. Condo prices simply don’t rise as fast as those of detached houses.


When you choose to rent rather than buy, your monthly expenses are lower. Investing that money in a diversified portfolio means that you could build your wealth at about the same rate through compounding interest, rather than building equity in your home.


The average price of a 2-bedroom condo in Toronto is roughly half a million dollars — according to the Financial Post. The new lending rules in Ontario means buyers must pass a ‘stress test’, meaning in order to qualify for the mortgage, applicants must prove that they can afford to make the payments if interest rates increase. This makes borrowing more difficult and is simply pricing many people out of the market. To qualify for that average mortgage you would require a six-figure income.


A minimum down payment of 5% is required to qualify for a mortgage. If you are putting down less than 20% you are required to purchase mortgage insurance for the full amortization period. That can mean an additional few hundred dollars a month over the next 25 years — not to mention rising mortgage interest rates. Then there’s your closing costs and home insurance to factor in. Property taxes, utilities as well as maintenance and repair costs are expenses that stay with you and increase, even after your mortgage is paid off.


Let’s take a look at some rough numbers. A 20% down payment on a $500,000 home works out to $100,000. If you only have the minimum of 5% to put down, that leaves you with a mortgage of $475, 000. That translates into a mortgage payment of approximately $2500 per month at the current average interest rates. Add in all of the additional expenses and you could be looking at a monthly payment of roughly $3500. The average price of a 2-bedroom rental suite is about $2500 per month but without all the additional expenses. That’s a savings of about $1000 per month. What could you do with that extra money?


Buying in a city like Toronto is like playing a game of real estate roulette. You’re putting your hard-earned money down on red or black, to rent or to buy. Saving every penny you can for a decent down payment, plus keeping on top of ownership responsibilities, maintenance and unexpected repair costs means most of your money may be tied up in one place, leaving you more vulnerable to the market and its corrections and fluctuations. The first thing you learn in money management is to diversify. Keeping all your eggs in the real estate basket may make for a fragile financial future. It’s all about opportunity cost. The money that is freed up by renting could be invested in a diversified portfolio to help protect against the ebb and flow.


But your life isn’t just about money, is it? Opportunity costs aren’t exclusively financial. In addition to freeing up money to be invested in areas other than real estate, renting also frees up your life. If you are absolutely certain that you are going to live in the same home for a decade or more, and you are reasonably confident that the real estate market will outpace inflation over the same time period, then buying may be the right choice for you.


If you hoped that travelling, or living for a time in a different city, or even the same city in a different home, was in the cards for you — then renting is tough to beat. Renting can buy you more freedom. The freedom to move, the freedom to travel, or the freedom to work fewer hours in order to upgrade your skill set, continue your education or simply spend more time doing things you love.


Life, as well as markets, can be unpredictable. The unknown can be positive or negative. An illness in the family or a job opportunity in another city can change your life circumstances quite considerably overnight. Renting gives you the freedom and flexibility to adapt to whatever unexpected or unavoidable situations life throws your way.


Ultimately, everyone must decide what is right for them, at this moment. How much are you willing to bet on the housing market? What is your freedom and flexibility worth to you?


Greenrock Property Management Limited wants you to enjoy all the freedom, flexibility, comfort and convenience that you can. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue) and Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.



 

 

A fun night near Davisville Village

 

In a city like Toronto, most people lead fairly busy lives. As bogged down at work and at home as we all get, it’s important to make time for fun when we can. If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed, and too busy to make fun plans, allow us to help. Here are some suggestions for ways to enjoy a fun night near Davisville Village.

 

Absolute Comedy

 

When you’re laughing, nothing else seems to matter. Laugh the night away at Absolute Comedy (2335 Yonge Street). This nearby comedy bar features nightly shows on Tuesday through Sunday. Shows on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday are only $12, and Friday and Saturday shows are $20. Since laughter is the best medicine to cure the midweek blues, tickets on Wednesday nights are only $8.

 

Absolute Comedy makes it easy to make a night of it with their Dinner & A Show deal. In addition to reserved seats for the show, you’ll get to dig into an all-you-can-eat buffet that features hearty options like roast beef, mashed potatoes, rice pilafs, mixed vegetables, veggie lasagna, chicken-sausage jambalaya, fresh salads, bread and butter, desserts and coffee or tea. Come hungry, leave laughing!

 

Snakes & Lattes Midtown

 

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Here’s a simple recipe for a fun night: Combine a few friends with more than 1000 games and season liberally with beverages and tasty snacks. Snakes & Lattes Midtown (45 Eglinton Ave East) is open Sunday to Thursday from 11 am until midnight, and Friday and Saturday from 11 am until 2 am. Whether you’re an honest-to-goodness game nerd, or you’re playing for the first time since childhood, Snakes & Lattes Midtown has the games you want to play in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. From easy to pick-up party games to full-on hardcore strategy games, they’ve got it all!

 

Escape Casa Loma

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Escape the everyday with Escape Casa Loma – A Secret City Adventure. Casa Loma (1 Austin Terrace) is an amazing, ornate and intricate castle. If you’re not in the mood to take a tour, you can still enjoy this unique castle in the city. Escape Rooms are all the rage these days, and you and your crew can enjoy them at Casa Loma, too! You’ll have to solve puzzles and work together in order to complete your quest before your time runs out. It’s kind of like a real life video game.

 

The problem with most escape rooms is that they are set up in less-than-inspiring industrial parks, or warehouse spaces. Escape Casa Loma, on the other hand, uses its existing dramatic setting to create an escape experience that is second to none! Their immersive escape rooms combine great stories and situations, with a cast of actors and detailed production sets. It doesn’t get any more real or fun than this! Choose from several great escapes:

 

Escape from the Tower will bring you back to the year 1941. You and your team must find the coordinates of enemy U-boats from your research tower in the castle. Will you save the day?

 

Station M takes place after WWII. You and your friends must escape from the soon to be decommissioned Station M, located deep beneath the iconic castle.

 

King of the Bootleggers takes place during the 1920s prohibition. You’ve received a secret invitation to Rocco Perri’s swingin’ speakeasy, but nothing is easy once you enter the world of the King of the Bootleggers.

 

Escape experiences run 7 days a week and take 60 minutes to play. Don’t miss out!

 

Sky Zone Trampoline Park

 

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Get ready for all the fun you can handle at Sky Zone Trampoline Park Toronto (45 Esandar Dr #1A). Can you think of anything more fun than a game of trampoline dodgeball? Book a game of 60, 90 or 120 minute intervals. A group booking requires at least 15 people, so it’s the perfect birthday party, bachelor party or team building activity. If you just want to give gravity a break for a bit, Freestyle Jump is for you. Grab a friend or two and get bouncing!

 

Make Friday night even better with their glow-in-the-dark jumping parties! Or, if you’re looking to make your workout routine a lot less routine, check out their incredible SkyFit Classes.

 

The Chef Upstairs

 

Learning new skills is always fun. When those new skills involve making delicious food, it’s downright life changing! Spice up your life with cooking classes at The Chef Upstairs at 516 Mount Pleasant Road. Regular classes are held on Tuesday nights from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Their classes cover many cuisines — like French, Spanish, Thai, Moroccan, vegan and more! If you’re looking for a different kind of date night, try their couples-only Friday night classes. You’ll learn to prepare a few different dishes from scratch, so you can expand your culinary repertoire. And yes, every class includes a complete meal with themed courses. It’s a truly fun and educational night out.

 

Healthy Butcher Classes

Credit: The Healthy Butcher

 

If meat is your passion, take a class at The Healthy Butcher. It’s your neighbourhood source for ethically-raised meats and more. Check out their Knife Skills Class, or choose your favourite meat and carve out some time to learn how to prepare PoultryPorkBeef or Charcuterie like a pro, all in fun and friendly environment.

 

You work hard, so when you’ve earned some downtime, make sure you make the most of it! Have fun and enjoy your neighbourhood!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to connect you to all the fun and excitement that your community has to offer. For information onGreenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.

Winter sports clubs in Toronto

 

Winter is coming. How are you going to spend your time? It’s easy to want to curl up and retreat into a semi-hibernation state until the warm weather returns — but that only makes the winter seem to last longer. Since you can’t escape winter, why not embrace it? Get out and get active and let the weather do what it wants while you have a blast. To help you get started, here are some winter sports clubs in Toronto that you might want to check out.

 

North Toronto Ski Club

 

If you love to ski or snowboard, and you love to socialize, then you’re going to love being a member (minimum age 19) of the North Toronto Ski Club. Since 1960, the club has been bringing people together and getting skiers onto the slopes. The club is run by volunteer members. They organize Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday day trips for alpine skiers and snowboarders, and Saturday and Sunday nordic ski trips to different destinations throughout Ontario and beyond. Just sign up, get on the bus and go! There is a bus pick up point at the NTSC Clubhouse at 214 Merton Street #105, only steps from Davisville Village.

 

But that’s not all! For serious powder-hounds, they also offer weekend and week-long ski charters to world-class ski resorts across the globe.

 

In addition to the skiing, this club is a great way to get out and meet new people and have fun. There are fun and informal General Socials every two weeks all season long, as well as the Special Socials including the Start Up Bash, Pub Crawl, Holiday Party, and Year-End Gala.

 

If you need to improve your ski skills, they have over 70 qualified instructors offering alpine skiing, snowboarding or nordic skiing lessons for all levels.

 

Central Toronto Skating Club

 

If you’re looking to sharpen your skating skills, and have some fun this winter, the Central Toronto Skating Club (140 Sherbourne Street) is ready to hit the ice with you. The club operates out of two main locations: Moss Park Arena, and Mattamy Athletic Centre (formerly Maple Leaf Gardens).

 

They offer affordable skating lessons for adults and children of all skill levels. The club features professional coaches certified through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). They follow the program developed by Skate Canada, the governing body of figure skating in Canada. The program consists of:

 

CanSkate – This program teaches the fundamentals of skating to kids 4 to 17 years of age. It lays the foundation for figure skating, hockey or recreational skating.

 

CanAdult – This is a learn-to-skate program for adults. Lessons are taught in groups by a certified coach and assisted by experienced adult skaters.

 

StarSkate – If you take your skating seriously, this club offers group lessons as well as private coaching and practice time for figure skaters and ice dancers from Preliminary to Gold/Diamond level.

 

Wherever you’re at, the Central Toronto Skating Club can help take your skills to the next level.

 

Extreme Toronto Sports Club

 

 

If you take your sports seriously, you should seriously consider joining the Extreme Toronto Sports Club (XTSC) at 90 Sheppard Ave E Suite 102. The club was started in 2004 by a group of sports enthusiasts looking to take their game to the next level, while bringing the fun and excitement back into the local sports scene. Choose from men’s, women’s, co-ed, individual or team sports from XTSC’s year-round programs. In winter, they offer indoor soccer, volleyball and more. Take your fun to the extreme this winter

 

Just 4 Fun Sporting Club

 

 

If an extreme sports club sounds a bit too extreme for your taste, give the Just 4 Fun Sporting Club a try. There’s no pressure, you don’t have to be great, you just need to want to add some fun into your day. They offer drop-in league sports everyone can enjoy. Choose a league that’s right for you, that plays a regular game at a regular time. Seasonal leagues last between 10 and 14 weeks. The club offers men’s, women’s and co-ed leagues for soccer and ball hockey, as well as scheduled drop-in games of volleyball, basketball, soccer, football and more, depending on the season. They are located at 163 Weston Road, just north of Keele Street and St. Clair Avenue.

 

The Boulevard Club

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Established in 1905 as the Parkdale Canoe Club,  The Boulevard Club (1491 Lake Shore Blvd W) has evolved over the years to become one of the most exclusive private sports and social clubs in Toronto. The picturesque location on the lake couldn’t be more perfect.  The club offers a full slate of athletic programs, including badminton, lawn bowling, karate, lawn bowling, tennis, yachting and more.

 

The fun doesn’t stop when the snow flies. There are 8 bubbled championship tennis courts for winter as well as a host of other Indoor Drop-In Sports including basketball, indoor lawn bowling, volleyball and pickleball. Never played pickleball? It’s like a combination of badminton and table tennis. It’s played on a badminton court with a lowered net, a whiffle ball and big hand-held paddles. It’s super fun and all the required equipment is provided.

 

Time flies when you’re having fun. Sign up with a winter sports club and you may find yourself wishing winter would last a little longer.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help you have fun and stay active this winter, with a little help from all the great resources your city and community have to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue) and Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

Expand your fitness horizons

 

We all want to be as healthy as we can be. If your current fitness routine has become too much of a routine, or the monotony of going to the gym keeps you from moving forward in your fitness journey, you’ve got options. It’s time to expand your fitness horizons with some of the most interesting and intense workouts you can find in Toronto.

 

Barry’s Bootcamp

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Lace up and get ready to sweat at Barry’s Bootcamp (310 Richmond St. West Unit 1). Barry Jay began sharing his original cardio and strength interval workouts in Los Angeles in 1998. Now he shares his passion and great workouts in an enormous 8,000-square-foot space in Toronto. You’ll never get used to your workouts at Barry’s. Exercises are never duplicated here, and instructors design classes according to their personal style. What is consistent is the intensity of the workout sessions here. They specialize in High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and their workouts are divided into four 15-minute sections of cardio and floor exercises using weights, resistance bands and body-weight exercises. A single Barry’s class can burn up to 1000 calories or more! A special energy fills the room the moment the lights turn down, the music turns up, and all the action kicks into high gear.

 

Barreworks

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Barreworks is a workout unlike any other. It’s no wonder it was voted Toronto’s Best Workout Studio (bar none) by the readers of NOW Magazine for 5-years in a row! That dancer’s body you’ve always dreamed of is now within reach. All it takes is consistency and intensity.

 

Barreworks offers barre fitness classes, or dance-inspired workouts that are focused around the ballet barre. This is not a novelty fitness class. The workout is based on a combination of core conditioning, fitness training, yoga and Pilates in an all-in-one package. Visit their flagship location at Barreworks Queen Street (625 Queen Street West, 3rd Floor), or visit their boutique studio, Barre Yonge Street (2576 Yonge Street, 2nd Floor), in the heart of midtown, just north of Eglinton at Briar Hill.

 

Studio Lagree

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Studio Lagree offers Hollywood’s hottest workout in Toronto. Founder Sebastian Lagree began as a bodybuilder who later got into Pilates.  The workout could be described as “Pilates 2.0”. Sebastian modified the Pilates Reformer machine into his own Proformer to address what he saw as the machine’s limitations. The result is a workout that fuses Pilates with cardio/circuit training for an intense 50-minute workout.

 

Sebastian suggests doing 2-3 classes per week, which he says are designed to maximize strength building while minimizing stress on joints and connective tissues. The space (at 788 King Street West) is impressive, with 16’ ceilings, exposed brick walls, towel service and complimentary personal care products you can use to pamper yourself after you sweat it out.

 

The Forest Hill location (at 435 Spadina Road) boasts a large studio with a light and airy atmosphere, thanks to the large skylights, as well as separate rooms for private classes

 

F45 Training

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F45 Training leads participants through a fully interactive group training circuit. These classes are accessible for all fitness levels. You can go as high or as low intensity as you like. Workouts are displayed, giving the on-site trainer more time for one-on-one adjustments and instruction. It’s a new workout every time you walk in. The workouts are based on 31 unique and systematized programs. They are a potent combination of HIIT, Circuit Training and Functional Training. You can count on a truly unique and intense 45-minute workout that will improve your cardio as well as fat burning and muscle building. There are locations throughout Toronto, including F45 Yonge and Eglinton (1 Eglinton Avenue East) and F45 Yorkville (110 Bloor West).

 

Scullhouse Rowing

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Scullhouse Rowing (35 Jarvis Street at King) is the city’s only dedicated indoor high-intensity rowing studio. A Scullhouse rowing session works 85 percent of the muscles in your body and can burn more calories than cycling or running according to founder Kristin Jeffrey. Jeffrey represented Canada at the World Rowing Championship in Poland in 2009. She wanted to bring group indoor rowing home to Toronto. The workout is described as part moving meditation because 15 minutes of repetitive group rowing, in a dimly light room, can help to focus your mind. These rowing sessions are then interrupted by a one-minute HIIT interval on the floor — just in case you were getting too comfortable.

 

One Academy

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One Academy (858 Eastern Avenue) was named Best Specialty Fitness Club in Toronto by BlogTO in 2018. This 10,000-square foot functional training playground brings a bit of fun to intense exercise. It’s basically a giant obstacle course and adult jungle gym. When you sign up for classes, you’re encouraged to set a goal and record it in a journal, or on the “I CAN” wall. Workouts follow a 4-week training cycle to keep you from getting used to your workout and ensure that you continually challenge yourself.

 

It’s hard to get bored when you are always being challenged. Give these unique fitness classes a chance and start moving beyond what you thought was possible.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to connect you to all the intensity, fun and fitness your city and community have to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue) and Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.