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Giving Thanks: Valley Yoga Teachers on Yoga, Gratitude, and Thanksgiving Traditions

Giving Thanks: Valley Yoga Teachers on Yoga, Gratitude, and Thanksgiving Traditions Thanksgiving is one of our favourite holidays at The Grapevine, and this year we’ve been thinking a lot about gratitude in general. We asked yoga teachers from all over the Valley about yoga and gratitude. We also asked each of them to share a little something about their own Thanksgiving traditions along with their answers. The Grapevine: How does gratitude inform your yoga practice and teaching? “I am grateful every day that I am able to get to my yoga mat to practice even if it is for just…
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Featurepreneur: A Look Through the Kaleidoscope

Featurepreneur: A Look Through the Kaleidoscope By Genevieve Allen Hearn Kaleidoscope in New Minas is a program started by Donna Randell in 2015. Donna is a slight departure from the usual entrepreneurs that we feature in this column because her venture is a nonprofit. Kaleidoscope offers social and recreation opportunities for adults with special needs at the Louis Millett Community Complex in New Minas. The Grapevine (GV): Tell us about how Kaleidoscope got its start. Donna Randell (DR): Kaleidoscope started when I couldn’t find daytime activities for people with special needs. Kathleen Purdy, executive director of the Alexander Society for…
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A Community That Bakes Together

A Community That Bakes Together By Genevieve Allen Hearn Adam Barnett and Duncan Ebata share the same enthusiasm for building vibrant and resilient communities. This common interest, matched with their take-action approach to ideas, has resulted in a collaborative effort to build a community oven in Wolfville’s Robie Tufts Nature Park. Before we delve into this any further, it may be prudent to quell any presuppositions that the community oven will be built in or around the chimney that is home to the threatened chimney swifts. The accompanying image illustrates the proposed location of the oven. Fear not – those…
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Space to Roost: Helping Shorebirds Continue their Migration

Space to Roost: Helping Shorebirds Continue their Migration By Jaya Fahey and Sue Abbott, Bird Studies Canada While enjoying the Bay of Fundy coast, you’ve probably noticed thousands of sandpipers in late summer. Coastal beaches in the Minas Basin are vital places for semipalmated sandpipers and other shorebirds during their 4,000km migration to South America. Semipalmated sandpipers are in trouble – their population in the Bay of Fundy has declined by 50% since the 1970s, and they need our help. The Minas Basin of the Bay of Fundy is a critical stopover site for hundreds of thousands of semipalmated sandpipers…
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The Crowdsourcer

The Crowdsourcer Watch our community change the world one dollar at a time. Title: The Firefly Eco Cabin Project Website: kickstarter.com/projects/1236776413/the-firefly-eco-cabin-project-0?ref=nav_search&result=project&term=firefly%20eco%20cabin Description: The idea behind The Firefly Eco Cabin Project is to create an eco-friendly living space for people of all ages to experience and learn about sustainable construction. The Firefly Eco Cabin will be built at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts. It will function as an exhibit for visitors to interact with and explore, including information about how the building works. The Eco Cabin will also be a space to accommodate visitors, such as professional art instructors…
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Booker School Bikes: Give your old bike a new life!

Booker School Bikes: Give your old bike a new life! Over the past month, Middle Years students at The Booker School have been working on a “personal project” as part of their schoolwork. The project needed to be related to something they were passionate about and that they could take action on. It also had to be connected to the United Nations ​17 Global Goals For Sustainable Development. Colin Stephens, a Grade 6 student at The Booker School, thinks biking is fun, healthy, and good for the environment. For his personal project, he is donating bikes to people who need…
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Valley Family Fun: Fill a Box of Cheer: A huge success!

Valley Family Fun: Fill a Box of Cheer: A huge success! By Laura Churchill Duke, info@valleyfamilyfun.ca   For the second year in a row, the Fill a Box of Cheer program was a huge success! We’ve managed to help hundreds of people this Christmas across Kings County.   The idea of Fill a Box of Cheer is to target those individuals who fall through the cracks of traditional programs. They are often seniors living alone, or mental health clients who need a little extra cheer during the holidays. We asked people to fill a shoebox with a variety of items,…
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Elderdog: 6 Years of Support

Elderdog: 6 Years of Support By Hilary Graham   Elderdog is a national non-profit registered charity, and was started approximately 6 years ago by Dr. Ardra Cole from Lunenburg County. Dr. Cole is a professor at Mount St. Vincent University and assistant dean of education.   Since its beginning, Elderdog has grown to 18 pawds (chapters), including Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and Alberta. Elderdog relies entirely on fundraising and donations to support our work, and we are 100% volunteer run. There are no fees for any Elderdog supports and services.   Do you know a…
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Chrysalis House’s Big ‘Wish List’ Item

Chrysalis House’s Big ‘Wish List’ Item By Genevieve Allen Hearn   Chrysalis House is at the top of our ‘nice’ list this holiday season. They not only address a very poignant need in the community by providing shelter to women and children fleeing domestic violence, but they do it all in an aging structure that requires substantial repairs and maintenance in order to meet health and safety standards. For Chrysalis House, Santa came early in the form of one million dollars of federal funding from Housing Nova Scotia in October. This is the first step toward their capital campaign for…
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New SPCA Thrift Store in New Minas

New SPCA Thrift Store in New Minas   If you are looking to downsize your home, moving, de-cluttering or have a parent moving into a long term facility and are overwhelmed with finding a place for a home filled with items you need to relocate… donate to the new Kings SPCA Thrift Store, now located at 8759 Commercial Street in New Minas (the former RE-used Resale Co-op Ltd. location).   Your donation will directly impact the lives of companion animals in need in our community and help the Kings SPCA continue to serve those animals.   Courtney Barber is the…
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