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The Flower Cart Group Launches $5.8 Million Capital Campaign 

The Flower Cart Group is launching a $5.8 million capital campaign to raise funds for a new facility. The Building Opportunities Capital Campaign is the largest fundraising effort in the organization’s fifty-year history. The Flower Cart Group, based in New Minas, provides opportunities to adults with intellectual disabilities and complex barriers to employment. Participants develop new skills through training in areas including woodworking, baking, and product packaging. The organization also supports members who join the workforce with job skills and with finding employment. Located in a former school building at 9412 Commercial Street, the Group identified three years ago that…
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Caring for our Students and the Women who Feed Them

Jenny Osburn | The Union Street Cafe Cookbook | jennyosburn.com Colourful salad bars, made-from-scratch meals crafted with love from locally-sourced ingredients, children happily lining up for a wholesome meal served by smiling, fairly-compensated cooks: this is the stuff that school lunch dreams are made of. So WHY is it taking us so long to get there? Most people do not realize that cafeteria workers rely on sales to children to pay every cent of their wages. Over the past few decades, food budgets and paid hours in many institutions have been whittled down to the bare minimum, meaning workers just aren’t given the…
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Mike Uncorked: Harvest for Health

The Valley Regional Hospital Foundation has a tasty new fundraiserMike Butler Hillary Webb says “Jump” and I say “How High?”! For years, any project that Hillary has been involved in has been a huge success and I am always so honoured when she asks me to come aboard for her next adventure. Hillary, of ‘Hill’s Grills’ fame, is the new fund development coordinator for events and community giving with the Valley Regional Hospital Foundation; she is responsible for coordinating and creating events that support whichever fundraising efforts are being conducted at that point in time, and to build on pre-existing…
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Thank You from the Kings-Kikima Grannies

The Kings-Kikima Grannies wish to thank the wonderful, caring Valley community, who never fail to support us in our fundraising endeavours. Because of Covid, we were unable to have our usual yard sale at the Lions Hall in June. As life gradually became easier throughout the summer we thought we would try an outside yard sale like we did 13 years ago, and for many years after, until too many sales in the rain drove us indoors to the Lions. The idea at first was to have a ‘pop up’ sale, but it quickly took on a life of its…
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Kings Kikima Grannies Return to Their Fundraising Past

By Wendy Elliott The Kings Kikima Grannies are returning to outdoor yard sales due to Covid 19 cancellations. The prospect of no community theatre events, where the grannies had previously set up shop, led to a recent decision to hold a yard sale at the end of August. In 2009 the Wolfville-based group held their first yard sale on Chestnut Avenue. This year, on August 29, once again, there will be a fun neighbourhood-wide sale. The local Grannies were inspired by a group of women in Wakefield, Quebec, who linked to grandmothers in South Africa in 2005. They were joined…
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Devour! and Chimney Chefs for Charity Donate to Local Food Banks

Devour! and Chimney Chefs for Charity Donate to Local Food Banks Devour! The Food Film Fest and the Chimney Chefs for Charity recently donated nearly $4,500 to three regional food banks in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley. The funds, which were raised during the 2019 Great Devour! Chicken Dinner and Street Food Rally, were divided equally amongst the Fundy Food Bank, the Canning and Area Food Bank, and the Wolfville Area Food Bank. “It’s important to us that Devour! gives back to the community while also offering something for everyone at the festival,” says Michael Howell, executive director of Devour!. “From…
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Sofa to Safety: Raising Awareness of Youth Homelessness in the Valley

Sofa to Safety Raising Awareness of Youth Homelessness in the Valley By Kelly McGregor Watch the streets and in front of local establishments across the Annapolis Valley over the next month for a bright yellow sofa. The Portal Youth Outreach Association is doing a series of pop-ups to bring awareness and education around the issue of youth homelessness in the Annapolis Valley and their need for more host homes. The couch highlights the fact that youth homelessness most often looks like couch surfing. The Portal’s last survey indicated that there are 60+ youth at risk or experiencing homelessness in the…
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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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