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The Crowdsourcer

The Crowdsourcer Watch our community change the world one dollar at a time. Title: Art Attack by the Valley Community Learning Association Website: avivacommunityfund.org/voting/project/view/16-524 Description: Our goal is to set up an Arts Centre in downtown Kentville that serves the general public and also intentionally supports the inclusion of marginalized populations: at-risk youth, people with disabilities, seniors, indigenous groups, and generally those community members ‘at the margins’. The goal is to create a Centre that is welcoming of all community members, regardless of age, disability, socio-economic status, etc. Fundraising Goal: Votes Needed! Visit the website to register and vote for…
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Trick or Read? By Angela Reynolds

Trick or Read? By Angela Reynolds Annapolis Valley Regional Library Community Engagement Coordinator This Halloween, you can add stories to the candy haul. Some of you may know about Neil Gaiman’s Halloween book initiative, All Hallows Read (www.allhallowsread.com). Mr. Gaiman encourages people to give away scary books on October 31. This is a great idea, and if you have scary books to give away, join in the fun. For instance, local authors Christy Ann Conlin and Ami McKay both have new books out that would fit the bill for your adult pals. But if you cannot afford to give a…
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“Small Beauty” Book Launch at the Box of Delights, Wolfville

“Small Beauty” Book Launch at the Box of Delights, Wolfville Thursday, October 27 Making its first East Coast appearance later this month, “Small Beauty” will launch at Venus Envy in Halifax on Wednesday, October 26 and at the Box of Delights Bookshop in Wolfville on Thursday, October 27. While trans identity gains increasing public attention in North America, be it through celebrity coming-out stories or legislative changes, there remains a dearth of trans stories not explicitly about transitioning. “Small Beauty” is just that. A novel by emerging author and long-time musician jia qing wilson-yang, “Small Beauty” explores the protagonist’s transness…
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Who’s Who: Ami McKay: On The WRITE Track!

Who’s Who: Ami McKay: On The WRITE Track! By Mike Butler It’s been almost seven years since I started writing for the Grapevine. What an unbelievable journey it’s been. If you’ve stuck with me through the years, you’ve read that one of my biggest interests is reading and promoting literature. If I had a nickel for every book and local author I’ve promoted in my articles over the years, I’d be quite wealthy. There’s nothing quite like being completely absorbed in a piece of literature, and here in the Valley we have quite a batch of very talented authors right…
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Mike Uncorked: To Learn or Not to Learn

Mike Uncorked: To Learn or Not to Learn By Mike Butler It’s October and school is officially underway. I hope everyone had a summer filled with terrific adventures and experiences. Acadia University and the town of Wolfville are buzzing with the returning students asking directions; chatting at the coffee shops; forming lines at the liquor store, drug store, grocery store, and the bank; and hopefully embracing this wonderful town and what it has to offer – including their education! I follow many guidelines in my life, like: always be polite, think positive thoughts, give of yourself when you can, make…
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The Fundy Dental Community Project

The Fundy Dental Community Project The Fundy Dental Centre is launching a new community-minded program to help reach out to Annapolis Valley residents in need of dental services but who are without the financial means to access the appropriate treatment at full cost. “When you have good teeth it is easy to take it for granted that there are many people that do not,” says dentist Scott Schofield. “At the emergency clinic we see a higher proportion of the population that cannot afford preventative dental care, and only seek treatment when the last resort is extracting a tooth (or even…
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Crafting the Perfect Pairing for Cider Making in Nova Scotia

Crafting the Perfect Pairing for Cider Making in Nova Scotia Julie Glaser, Ross Farm Museum, Hwy #12, New Ross Ross Farm Museum and Muwin Estate Wines are launching ‘Cider Days’, a weekend of activities on October 22 and 23, that focus on the centuries-old craft of cider making, but with a twist – they want the public to participate in the creation of a new product, ‘The People’s Cider’. Muwin, who produces the award-winning Bulwark brand ciders, in partnership with Ross Farm Museum, want more Nova Scotians to be aware of the myriad heritage varieties of apples still growing unattended…
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Horton High School Annual Harvest Craft Fair

Horton High School Annual Harvest Craft Fair October 15, 9am to 4pm Sally Benevides Hopkins The Horton High School music students are gearing up for the annual Horton High School Harvest Craft Fair! This year it will be on Saturday, October 15, from 9am to 4pm. The fair will be held at the school, in Greenwich, just south of the Old Orchard Inn. Admission is $2. This is the first local craft fair of the season! With over 150 tables of crafts, most of which are handmade by local artisans, there will be unique cards, candles, jewelry, jams, soaps, sweaters,…
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What’s growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Groundnut

What’s growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Groundnut Melanie Priesnitz “I dug some groundnuts with my hands in the railroad sand bank, just at the bottom of the high embankment on the edge of the meadow. These were nearly as large as hen’s eggs. I had them roasted and boiled at supper time. The skins came off readily, like a potato’s. Roasted they had an agreeable taste, very much like a common potato, though they were somewhat fibrous in texture. With my eyes shut I should not have known but I was eating a somewhat soggy potato. Boiled…
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Family Fun in the Valley: Share Thanksgiving By Laura Churchill Duke

Family Fun in the Valley: Share Thanksgiving Laura Churchill Duke This year, why don’t you consider Sharing Thanksgiving with a newcomer family? Our family has participated in this program for the past two years and can’t wait to do it again this year! Engage Nova Scotia has put together this wonderful program where your family is paired with a newcomer who joins you for your Thanksgiving dinner. Simply go to the website and indicate when you are having your meal (Sunday or Monday) and then indicate who else will be at your table. The organization will match you and connect…
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