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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – The Language of Flowers

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – The Language of Flowers By Melanie Priesnitz Gifting plants and flowers has long been a tradition for a myriad of occasions. We give bouquets and potted plants in times of joy and sorrow, for celebration, and for commiseration. My favourite bouquets are the ones that hold special meaning. They are the ones collected by my partner who arrives home late and muddy because he stopped on the side of the road and fell in the ditch to reach the roadside daisies that he knows I love. They are the ones gathered…
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Acadia’s English Language Centre Looking for Homestay Hosts

Acadia’s English Language Centre Looking for Homestay Hosts By Sharon Churchill Roe, English Language Centre Acadia University’s English Language Centre is looking for homestays to host students in their homes from February to December, 2017. This winter, we have several students arriving from Japan who will be studying at Acadia until December. They would all like to stay with Canadian families, but we currently do not have enough families to host them all. Great Homestay Hosts are all different: they can be couples with children, young and old; empty nesters; or single moms and dads. However, they all are patient…
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AVRL News: Books – the gift you can open again and again

AVRL News: Books – the gift you can open again and again By Angela Reynolds, Community Engagement Coordinator, Annapolis Valley Regional Library Picture Book Month is an international literacy initiative that celebrates the print picture book during the month of November. In this digital age where people are predicting the coming death of print books, picture books (the print kind) need love. And the world needs picture books. There’s nothing like the physical page turn of a beautifully crafted picture book. If you’ve ever sat with a child on your lap, and shared a picture book, you know the magic…
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“A Child’s Christmas in Wales” By Caravan Theatre

“A Child’s Christmas in Wales” By Caravan Theatre Caravan Theatre brings alive the magic of Christmas with its dramatic retelling of Dylan Thomas’ timeless classic, “A Child’s Christmas in Wales”. Performing on a modest stage embellished only by Thomas’ poetic and evocative language, four actors transport the audience back to old-time Christmases of years gone by. Meet teacup-tipping aunts, snoring uncles, and boys who tumble into adventures out in the snow. Join them for this family-friendly story recounting the awe and wonder of childhood immortalized in holidays past. Show dates: Monday, December 5, 7pm, Dawn Oman Art Gallery 298 Granville…
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Give a Jewel Feed a School! By Connor Sheehan

Give a Jewel Feed a School! By Connor Sheehan Help the All That Glam Fundraiser raise funds for Nunavut school breakfast programs with your donations of gently-used jewellery and handbags. Food costs in Northern Canada have created a food epidemic that sends children to school hungry everyday. The average cost of 2.5 kg of flour in Nunavut is $13 compared to $5 in the rest of the country. In the farthest North towns such as Iqaluit Orange Juice costs at least $26.29. Because of food costs such as these 70% of households in Iqaluit are food insecure, which is eight…
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Mike Uncorked: SHOW ME THE SHOWS!!!!

Mike Uncorked: SHOW ME THE SHOWS!!!! By Mike Butler You know, if I had a nickel for every hour I spent on stage performing in a show or sitting in a theatre as an audience member watching a show; I would be a very rich man! The reason I practically drown myself in live theatre is because I love it! I love everything about rehearsing, fine-tuning, gathering props and costumes, developing characters, and presenting all that hard work to an enthusiastic audience. On the flip side, I love seeing all that come together in front of me! There’s a lot…
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The Grapevine Questionnaire: Bif Naked

The Grapevine Questionnaire: Bif Naked By Susan Wedlock Bif Naked is an international recording artist, cancer survivor, advocate, activist, vegan, and now author of her new memoir “I, Bificus”. She will bring her acoustic “Songs and Stories” tour to the Evergreen Theatre November 25, at 8pm. Visit evergreentheatre.ca for ticket info. I have read that you were born in India and your given name was Beth Torberts. Your professional name is so unique, what is the origin of it? My name is a nickname that I received in junior high school, and “Bif Naked” has been my punk rock stage…
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AVDS Cares: Local Dentists Work Together to Provide Free Care

AVDS Cares: Local Dentists Work Together to Provide Free Care By Emily Leeson Just before the holiday season of giving begins, a group of local dentists and volunteers have just recently banded together to give their time and skills for free to help Annapolis Valley residents unable to otherwise access dental treatment. One of the biggest obstacles faced by many people is the cost of dental treatment and unlike other areas of the health care system, dentistry is not subsidized by health care tax dollars. This means that the full cost of the services provided by dentists in private practices…
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Ways to Beat Mealtime Battles

Ways to Beat Mealtime Battles Laura Churchill Duke, Valley Family Fun Are there ever mealtime battles at your house? Do the kids ever ask you how much more they have to eat before they can leave the table? I have lots of people who have told me how stressful meals can be. It’s no different at our house either! But we have found a few tricks, when used sparingly, that can really work. 1. Kids Help with Meal Planning: We do up a weekly meal plan and I always ask the kids to pick one meal each that they would…
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This Place Matters in Kentville

This Place Matters in Kentville Angela Reynolds The Friends of the Kentville Library have been selected to compete for $40,000 in prize money in the National Trust for Canada’s “This Place Matters” Main Street competition. During the competition, the group will be working to raise $5000 to help build a beautiful children’s area in the new library. Head to thisplacematters.ca/project/440-main-street/ to register and vote daily until November 15. Once you’ve registered, you can vote every 24 hours.