Events

The Grapevine Questionnaire: Alysha Brilla

The Grapevine Questionnaire: Alysha Brilla By Susan Wedlock Twice Juno Award nominated singer-songwriter, producer, and community organizer Alysha Brilla is a critically acclaimed Indian-Tanzanian Canadian artist who just released her third self-produced album, “HUMAN”.  Alysha Brilla will have a show at the Evergreen Theatre in Margaretsville on May 26. Visit evergreentheatre.ca for ticket info. Susan Wedlock (SW): Can you list five words that describe you? Alysha Brilla (AB): Colourful, Dreamer, Soul Seeker, Idealist, Curious SW: “Best Dressed Brilla” – I believe this term was used at the Juno Awards in 2015. What was that about? AB: My friend and designer…
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Ron Lightburn at the Berwick & District Library, April 22

Ron Lightburn at the Berwick & District Library, April 22 To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, the Annapolis Valley Regional Library is highlighting a different Canadian author or illustrator for each month of 2017 with #BookClub150. April’s featured storytellers are Sandra and Ron Lightburn of Coldbrook. About Sandra and Ron Lightburn Sandra has written two picture books illustrated by Ron, *Driftwood Cove*  and *Pumpkin People*. Ron illustrated his first children’s picture book, *Waiting for the Whales*, in 1991 and received three national awards including the Governor-General’s Literary Award for Children’s Illustration. He went on to illustrate many books, including his most recent,…
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A New Community Park at Wolfville School

A New Community Park at Wolfville School By David Edelstein, Playground Improvement Committee member On the heels of the major renovations to Wolfville School, the parent-led Playground Improvement Committee has unveiled plans for a re-imagined playground space. The “Wolfville School Activity Park” is a comprehensive plan to fill unused space and replace aging play equipment with new facilities and landscaping that will bring greater enjoyment of sports, fitness, and the outdoors to students and the entire community. The new Activity Park is based around three main themes: sport, play, and nature. Soccer court We will replace the bare dirt soccer…
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Chris Norman Ensemble: Season Finale of the Acadia Performing Arts Series April 8, 2017

Chris Norman Ensemble: Season Finale of the Acadia Performing Arts Series April 8, 2017   The Acadia Performing Arts Series is pleased to present the Chris Norman Ensemble on Saturday, April 8 at 7:30pm at Festival Theatre in Wolfville. This is the Season Finale for the Acadia Performing Arts Series and will feature Celtic music from across the centuries and around the world. The concert is sponsored by Michelin. The performance will feature Chris Norman on flutes, pipes, and vocals; Kris Saebo on bass; and Andy Thurston on guitar and mandola. Chris Norman, aka the Man with the Wooden Flute,…
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The Grapevine Questionnaire: Port Cities

The Grapevine Questionnaire: Port Cities By Susan Wedlock Port Cities is an exciting new east coast group blending the talents of Dylan Guthro, Breagh MacKinnon, and Carleton Stone. All three hail from Cape Breton. Breagh is a trained jazz musician, and Carleton and Dylan (yes, son of Bruce Guthro) have their own solo careers. Together they create something dynamic and unique. Port Cities  is playing at the Evergreen Theatre on April 15 at 8pm. For tickets visit: evergreentheatre.ca Susan Wedlock (SW): Breagh, tell me a bit about your mentor and producer Gordie Sampson? Breagh: Growing up in Cape Breton, I…
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Spring into Action Challenge Gets Communities Moving

Spring into Action Challenge Gets Communities Moving Submitted The 14th annual physical activity challenge, “Spring Into Action”, takes place April 10 to May 21, 2017. It helps support people making a commitment to a physically-active lifestyle. Coordinated by Horizons Community Development Associates (horizonscda.ca), the challenge, which involves teams made of friends, family, or work colleagues, has grown to include teams from across Canada and other parts of the world. It was also featured as a model health promotion initiative at the Atlantic Summer Institute in Prince Edward Island. “We are so proud that the challenge has motivated 7,000 people over…
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Annapolis Valley Farmland Trust

Annapolis Valley Farmland Trust By Jenny Osburn Standing at the stunning Lookoff and gazing over thousands of hectares of Nova Scotia’s best farmland, you could be forgiven in believing that farms are forever. Unfortunately, farmland in Canada is disappearing at a disturbing rate with over 6 million hectares lost mainly to development since 1966. Nova Scotia is certainly not immune to the trend, which is why the work of the Annapolis Valley Farmland Trust is so important. Formed by a group of concerned but enthusiastic Valley community leaders in 2009, the AVFT set out to facilitate the preservation of farmland,…
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Wolfville’s Acadia Cinema Building Receives Provincial Heritage Property Status

Wolfville’s Acadia Cinema Building Receives Provincial Heritage Property Status Submitted The neon ACADIA marquee on the Acadia Cinema building, a key landmark on Wolfville’s Main Street, is now protected as a provincially-registered heritage property. The Co-op received notification in January that the property has been registered under the Provincial Heritage Property program of the Department of Communities, Culture, and Heritage. The Acadia Cinema Co-operative, the non-profit operators of the Al Whittle Theatre in the Acadia Cinema building, applied to have the theatre’s century-old significance as a cultural venue recognized both provincially and municipally. Inclusion in the provincial program offers conservation…
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WHO’S WHO: Janet Rendell, Let Me Hear Your Body Talk!

WHO’S WHO: Janet Rendell, Let Me Hear Your Body Talk! By Mike Butler Does your body talk? What does it say if it does? Have you every looked at someone and been able to know how they’re feeling based on their body language? Of course you have because anyone with a visible injury, someone who might be grieving, exercising etc., all display how their body is feeling. Your body has a language and yes your body talks and there are people out there who specialize in listening to how bodies talk. Janet Rendell, The Bodytalker, recently contacted me and invited…
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Going to Council Meetings!

Going to Council Meetings! By Emily Kathan Probably like many of you, I have always felt a little intimidated by the idea of sitting in on council meetings as a member of the public, and even wondered if I’m really allowed to be there. Now, I know better. The Nova Scotia Municipal Government Act says explicitly that (with some specific exceptions), “council meetings, and meetings of committees appointed by council, are open to the public” so in general, anyone can attend. How should you prepare? Most municipalities in the Valley provide documents on their websites about various concerns of the…
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