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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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Holiday Concert and Event Listings

Holiday Concert and Event Listings There’s no better way to celebrate the season than by experiencing the incredible events the Valley has to offer. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, creatures were stirring, including a mouse! Kick off your family’s yuletide season with Ken Ludwig’s comic take on the classic poem. Saturdays November 23 and 30 and December 7, at 11am and 2pmDoors Open at 10:30amUpper Performance CentreTickets are $5/under 12: $7/ adult, cash or cheque. Call 902-678-8040 for reservations. CentreStage Theatre61 River StreetKentville, Nova Scotiacentrestage@centrestagetheatre.ca(902) 678-8040 Old Holy Trinity Church…
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‘Twas the Night Before Christmas at Centrestage

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas at Centrestage ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.” But wait! A mouse is stirring – because Santa missed his house last year. Before you can say “Merry Christmas!”, we’re off on the wild adventures of a mouse, an elf, and a spunky little girl who just won’t take no for an answer. Don’t miss this joyful tribute to the holiday season! A delight for the whole family. Ken Lugwig’s ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas comes to the CentreStage’s Upper Performance Centre. It…
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7th Annual “The Stockings Were Hung” Fundraiser Is Ready To Go

7th Annual “The Stockings Were Hung” Fundraiser Is Ready To Go The 7th Annual “The Stockings Were Hung” community fundraiser is underway. Donna Conrad and her team at RE/MAX Advantage in Kentville are excited to lead this project again, which they started in 2013. “The Stockings Were Hung” is a collaborative effort of local businesses, service and community groups, sports teams, and families. Its purpose is mainly to collect items to fill Christmas stockings for local youth (from primary to grade 12) and their families. Toys are also donated, and this year the stocking project has grown to incorporate some…
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Craft Fair and Art Sale Listings

Craft Fair and Art Sale Listings Crafters, artists, and artisans all over the Valley are out in full force to help you get ready for the holidays. Here are more of the many upcoming events where you can find endless gift ideas, enjoy tasty treats, and support local entrepreneurs and community organizations in the process: 6th Annual Artisan Christmas Market–HarbourvilleEnjoy a relaxed atmosphere to Christmas shop original items created by local artisans. Hot lunch and refreshments available. Saturday November 16, 10am – 4pm & Sunday November 17, 10am – 4pmNorth Mountain United Tapestry3201 Long Point RoadHarbourville, Nova Scotiaunitedtapestry@gmail.com — Somerset…
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Repurposing to Bring us Joy

Repurposing to Bring us JoyBy Laura Churchill Duke How often do you look around your home and see things that you don’t use, but yet you love them so much, you just can’t bear to part with them?Consider repurposing your items, starting with clothes. Brenda Wilson of Aldershot, NS is an expert at doing just this. She creates memory quilts from old clothes. She started about 10 years ago, when she made a quilt for her daughter out of her old onesies. “I couldn’t part with them, so I turned them into a blanket,” says Wilson. “There was no point…
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Craft Fair and Art Sale Listings

With the festive season already fast approaching, crafters, artists, and artisans all over the Valley are out in full force to help you get ready for the holidays. Here are some of the many upcoming events where you can find endless gift ideas, enjoy tasty treats, and support local entrepreneurs and community organizations in the process: Art Show and Auction–Wolfville This show features the work of the members of Evangeline Artists’ Cooperative. Beautiful and affordable pieces will include large and small paintings as well as jewelry of semi-precious stones set in fine silver. Friday November 1, 4pm – 7pm, and…
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West Kings Hungry Bowls Fundraiser: Youth Raising Awareness of Food Security Issues

West Kings Hungry Bowls Fundraiser: Youth Raising Awareness of Food Security IssuesSubmitted West Kings District High School’s first Hungry Bowls fundraising dinner is taking place in the cafeteria on Tuesday, October 22 from 5:30-7:00pm as a drop-in meal. Tickets are $25 at the door in support of local food banks, and include a meal of soups, rolls, and desserts, and a handcrafted, one-of-a-kind bowl. A free will offering at the suggested minimum of $5 allows the event to be accessible to children and families. Artwork in both traditional and electronic media will be on display to raise awareness of hunger….
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Songs for Our Fragile Earth

Songs for Our Fragile Earth By Kim Barlow Friday, September 20, was a big day around the world. It was the launch of an intense week of global activism focused on climate change, urging governments to act. Here in the Valley we did our part. Glooscap Elementary School planted trees for their new outdoor classroom, Acadia University students led a climate strike from campus through town, and at the Wolfville Farmers Market, a very special afternoon helped get people in the spirit of hope and inspiration. Celes and Sue Davar came to our community not long ago, but have contributed…
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Valley Harvest Feast for School Food

Valley Harvest Feast for School Food Jenny Osburn | The Union Street Cafe Cookbook | jennyosburn.com Chefs and restaurateurs from all over the Annapolis Valley will band together at the Berwick and District Lions Hall on October 19 to cook a Valley harvest feast and change school food for the better. Chefs Jason Lynch, Chantelle Webb, and Nelson Penner are part of the culinary team tying on their aprons to support Berwick School’s Pay-What-You-Can Healthy Lunch Program. The Union Street will start off the party with their famous grazing table, loaded with tasty appetizers, while the Lions open the bar….
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