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A Conundrum for the Charles Macdonald House Museum

A Conundrum for the Charles Macdonald House MuseumBy Fred Macdonald, DirectorThe Charles Macdonald Concrete House The Charles Macdonald House of Centreville Society has had a good run.In 1997 the Society was formed by a group of interested citizens keen to preserve and celebrate the lifeworks of Charles and Mabel Macdonald. The grand opening was an event held at the Concrete House in Centreville and featured the Lieutenant Governor, musical entertainment, and dignitaries from far and wide. In the early years, The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, who had mounted an exhibit of Charlie and Mabel’s work in the 1980s, were…
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AVRL News: Food For Fines Initiative

AVRL News: Food For Fines Initiative The Annapolis Valley Regional Library is once again offering a Food for Fines initiative during the month of February at all of its eleven locations, and the Bookmobile. Just give us an item for the food bank and we’ll forgive up to $3.00 in fines. The really good news is that there is no limit on the number of fines which can be forgiven! Do you owe $8.50? Three food bank items will take care of that. The most needed food items are:• Soup and stew• Canned meat and fish• Canned vegetables and fruit•…
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A Year of Better School Food

A Year of Better School FoodBy Jenny Osburn | The Union Street Cafe Cookbook | jennyosburn.com 2019 was truly a Year of Better School Food in the Annapolis Valley! Through incredible grassroots efforts by administrators, cafeteria and health workers, and dedicated parents, at least ten Valley schools added salad bars and are working on healthier options on their menus. Central Kings Rural High School made room for a giant new salad bar and replaced many of their highly processed menu items with real home cooking, perhaps the first high school in Nova Scotia to do so. Berwick and District School…
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Donate to Acadia Performing Arts Series And Win a Train Trip to Montreal!

Donate to Acadia Performing Arts Series And Win a Train Trip to Montreal!By François Côté Make your charitable donation to the Performing Arts Series before February 1, 2020, for a chance to win an all-inclusive round-trip train cruise for two from Halifax to Montreal aboard Via Rail’s The Ocean. The trip includes double bedroom accommodations and all meals. Dates are to be chosen by the winner, who may also gift the trip to someone else. What a wonderful opportunity for a cultural adventure to La Belle Métropole! For decades, your Acadia Performing Arts Series has been bringing world class performances…
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The Valley Community Learning Association Releases 2020 Calendar

The Valley Community Learning Association Releases 2020 CalendarBy Sophie Bérubé The Valley Community Learning Association (VCLA) is a not-for-profit charitable group that works to raise the literacy levels of adults in Kings and Annapolis Counties. Since 2011, we have offered a creative writing class to our adult learners who are drawn to the literary arts. VCLA believes that adults learners, like children, also benefit from engaging in artistic creation. What began as a writing group has expanded into visual arts, song writing and music production programs. Since 2018, we have produced a calendar with photos of the Valley featuring poetry…
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Give to the Fundy Dental Community Project

Give to the Fundy Dental Community ProjectSubmitted Are you looking for a unique and life-impacting gift to give this holiday season? What about giving someone you don’t know the gift of a smile, with all of its additional benefits! Treatment through the Fundy Dental Community Project (FDCP) has life-impacting results for their clients. This type of opportunity can be an invaluable turning point and catalyst towards a future built on stronger mental, emotional, and physical well-being; overcoming obstacles that they previously felt were insurmountable, and opening doors to more opportunities. One recent FDCP patient says, “this program has been a…
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Chrysalis House Thanks Mrs. Claus

Chrysalis House Thanks Mrs. ClausBy Ginger McPhee For The Grapevine‘s Season of Giving issue, we’d like to tell you about an amazing woman in our community who is most certainly deserving of some recognition for her great work. At Chrysalis House, Wendy Richardson is also known as Mrs. Claus. She lives in Greenwood, and she has been hosting a Christmas breakfast pajama party for the Chrysalis House Association every year for the past nine years. On December 7, she hosted her tenth fundraiser. Every year, she contacts the Chrysalis House Association to collect a wish list from the shelter, and…
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Donate to the Kingston Library Expansion

Donate to the Kingston Library ExpansionBy Muriel West Are you looking for a new option for Christmas giving? A worthy project where you can be assured that a large portion of your donation isn’t being used for “administrative” expenses? Are you looking for a project that will benefit a large swath of society: the privileged as well as the disenfranchised, the elderly well as children? Something that will provide you with a tax receipt for the full amount of your gift? Perhaps your group, class, or workplace wants to impact the local community with a meaningful project at holiday time…
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The Grapevine’s Season of Giving Food Bank Listing

The Grapevine‘s Season of Giving Food Bank ListingPlease Give Generously Every year we donate a portion of our sales profit from our Season of Giving issue to a local cause. This year, we’ve directed those funds towards buying tangerines for the Wolfville Area Food Bank Holiday Hampers. These hampers are a true community effort. Each hamper is packed with the goods for a festive meal with all the fixings. Each ingredient is collected by local community groups. For example, local students gather donations of gravy; apple juice, stuffing, cranberries, potatoes, carrots, and peas all come in from the congregations of…
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The Spirit of Giving One’s Time

The Spirit of Giving One’s TimeBy Bria Stokesbury Ask any non-profit organization what their volunteers mean to them and you will likely hear similar answers. Without an unpaid workforce it might be hard to operate, if not darn near impossible. It isn’t just non-profits that rely on volunteers. Almost all aspects of Canadian society are impacted by the work of thousands and thousands of hardworking selfless individuals who show up day and night, fair or foul weather, to make sure the work gets done. Volunteers are the lifeblood of our cultural and heritage organizations. I should know, I’ve worked with…
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