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What’s Happening at the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre: Seeds for the future

What’s Happening at the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre: Seeds for the future Robin Browne, Propagation Specialist The K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre at Acadia University not only houses a collection of dried plant specimens within the Irving Biodiversity Collection’s E. C. Smith Herbarium, it is also home to a seed bank of native plant species from the Acadian Forest Region. The storage of seed is considered an important conservation strategy for preserving biodiversity and protecting our native plants for the future well-being of the planet. Factors like human population increase, habitat loss, disease outbreaks, competition from invasive species, and…
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Recipe: Pumpkin Bundt Cake

Recipe: Pumpkin Bundt Cake Amanda Ferguson The Rolled Oat Cafe, 402 Main Street, Wolfville We love pumpkin. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin cupcakes…Ok, I guess we love pumpkin desserts. This cake was very popular at our last Friday night dinner. Glazed or dusted with icing sugar this cake is great with coffee, tea, or a hot cup of cider (or maybe a cold bottle of cider). Pumpkin Bundt Cake 1 cup white sugar 3/4 cup brown sugar 3/4 cup oil 3 eggs 3 cups white flour 2 tsp baking soda 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice 1/2 salt 2 cups pumpkin…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Acadian Forest

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Acadian Forest Melanie Priesnitz, Conservation Horticulturist   If you’ve read my column, taken one of my courses, or walked through the woods with me, you will know that I spend a lot of time talking about why the Acadian Forest Region is such a precious place and how important it is that we work together to preserve it. For one night on Monday October 23 I get to sit back and listen to someone else share their passion and knowledge of our amazing, unique, and at-risk forest.   To kick off Acadia’s…
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New Exhibits for Bob Hainstock

New Exhibits for Bob Hainstock Submitted   Nova Scotia artist Bob Hainstock might be forgiven if he looks a bit worn around the edges these days as he contemplates his exhibition and teaching schedule for the next while: five exhibition openings, several artist talks, two teaching workshops related to the exhibitions, and an annual open house at his Annapolis Valley studio/gallery.   It begins Friday, October 6 at Acadia University Art Gallery with the opening reception of his two-month solo exhibition “Emptying Landscapes – An Altered Place.” The extra large 4’x4’ pieces are all mixed media on rust prints and…
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The 25th Valley Harvest Marathon

The 25th Valley Harvest Marathon Raymond Field, Acadia University, Wolfville   On Thanksgiving Weekend the Wolfville area welcomes several thousand runners for the Valley Harvest Marathon (VHM). The event is certainly a draw for many runners, eager for the event along with all the harvest-time activities on the go in the surrounding area.   Each year the VHM supports various organizations in return for their volunteer time dedicated to putting on the event. Last year, those organizations included the Shriners, the Evangeline Middle School Breakfast Program, the Central Kings Bank, the Canadian Ski Patrol, the Kingsport Wellness and Fitness Society,…
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The Q&A: Running with Cheri

The Q&A: Running with Cheri Emily Leeson   The Valley Harvest Marathon is coming up and we wanted to know more about running in the Valley! We asked runner Cheri Killam a couple questions:   How long have you been running? I started running in 2011 — right at the end of my first year of law school. I started all by myself with an app call Couch to 5k, which was apt because I’d always been a Couch Potato. I began in May that year with my first goal of making it to the 10k at the Valley Harvest…
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Community Round Tables: Annapolis Valley HomeShare Program

Community Round Tables: Annapolis Valley HomeShare Program   The Women’s Place Resource Centre is holding a series of community round table events to discuss the Annapolis Valley HomeShare Program, an innovative housing initiative that they are hoping will take off in the region.   HomeShare programs match people who have an extra room in their home (Home Providers) with people who need an affordable place to live (Home Sharers). Home Sharers offer help in the home in exchange for low or no-cost accommodation. HomeShare programs normally interview both Home Sharers and Home Providers to ensure good matches, support both parties…
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New Ideas About Co-Housing in the Annapolis Valley

New Ideas About Co-Housing in the Annapolis Valley Emily Leeson   There are new ideas afoot about how to live in our valley. Two groups are holding meetings and inviting the public to discover new ways to interact with neighbours and live out what it means to be part of a community.     Co-Housing Public Meeting in Windsor   A group in the Windsor area has been meeting over the past year to discuss and learn about Co-housing. On Sunday, October 22 (1pm-3pm) the group is hosting their first Co-Housing Public Meeting at the Cedar Centre in Windsor and…
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The Travelling Trunk Theatre Troupe Presents Storybook Theatre

The Travelling Trunk Theatre Troupe Presents Storybook Theatre   The Travelling Trunk Theatre Troupe will be at Wolfville’s Al Whittle Theatre on October 7 for a presentation of “Storybook Theatre” featuring the stories of Robert Munsch and many other great children’s literature classics like the Adventures of Gerald and Piggy, The Gingerbread Man, Click, Clack, Moo and more.   The troupe, made up of local actors Linda-Levy Fisk, Candy O’ Brien, Brian Smit, Sharon Churchill-Roe and Mike Butler, have performed at local schools and businesses, as well as Centrestage Theatre, and are excited to bring the show to Wolfville this…
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A Laughing Matter: Kentville Gets a Comedy Club

A Laughing Matter: Kentville Gets a Comedy Club Genevieve Allen Hearn   It started almost by mistake. Comedian Mike MacDonald was supposed to perform in Sydney, Cape Breton in April and had a last minute cancellation. Marc Sauvé contacted Paddy’s Pub in Kentville to see if Mike could perform there instead. The show sold out, and the K-Town Comedy Club was born.   Marc Sauvé, a stand up comedian himself, organizes the monthly comedy weekends at Paddy’s in Kentville. He said he fell in love with the Celtic Hall when Mike MacDonald did a show there. “It’s perfect for stand-up…
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