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ARTS CULTURE COMMUNITY April 7 – April 21, 2016 Issue No. 13.05 – 5000 printed copies

An Apple A Day, Any Which Way: THE ANNAPOLIS CIDER COMPANY /p.2 Mike Butler Gets To Know THEA BURTON /p.3 PULSES: Nutritious, Delicious, and Contributing to Sustainable Agriculture /p.12

A FREE PAPER FOR THE PEOPLE WHO FIND THEMSELVES IN THE ANNAPOLIS VALLEY

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MIPAC

THE ANNAPOLIS CIDER COMPANY: AN INTERVIEW WITH SEAN AND GINA

FAMILY SERIES 2015-2016 Family Series

Founded in 2015 and soon to be opening at 388 Main Street in Wolfville, The Annapolis Cider Company will be producing ciders from 100% Annapolis Valley apples at its cidery. The cidery will be open year round and will offer tours and tastings. The company’s co-founders are Gina Haverstock and Sean Myles. How long have you been planning this new venture? Since we came together in the Valley six years ago, we began thinking about how we could get more involved in the local food and beverage movement. About a year and a half ago we started putting together a plan for cider. Once we were able to secure a space in downtown Wolfville, we never looked back. How did your backgrounds influence your decision to open this business? Gina is the winemaker at Gaspereau Vineyards and has been producing wines from local grapes since 2006. Sean is a Dalhousie University apple researcher who established an orchard with more than 1000 apple varieties at the Kentville Research and Development Centre. Born out of a passion for supporting local, the cidery unites Gina’s fermentation expertise with Sean’s interest in apple diversity. But we’re not leaving our careers behind to operate the business — we’re keeping our day jobs as winemaker and professor and have hired a great team to lead the charge at the cidery. When will you be opening? We aim to open sometime in April. The fermentation is currently bubbling away and we’re working on the yeast’s schedule! How long have the renovations to your new space on Main Street in Wolfville taken? We started on November 1 and finished up in early March. The cidery is designed by local architect, Brian McKibbin, and was completed by a crew of local tradespeople under the direction of Todd Davison of TABS Davison Construction. We’re very fortunate to have had such a great group of people transform the space on Main street into our cidery. What can visitors expect to notice first during their visit to the Annapolis Cider Company? Stainless steel and smiling faces. Customers can peer directly into the cidery right from the tasting bar, and get an intimate view of a working cellar. And our manager, Katie Barbour, is committed to providing a worldclass customer service experience that will keep the crowds smiling. How many cider varieties do you plan to offer? The cidery will start by serving two main ciders called “Crisp and Dry” at 7.7% alc. and “Juicy and Sweet” at 5.6% alc. Customers can also

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Ages 5+

get a third cider called “Something Different”, whose style will vary batch to batch to keep things exciting. And as we evolve, we'll continue to produce specialty products - we've got a few things up our sleeves already.

Photo Credit: James Skinner

Will ciders be on tap or exclusively sold in bottles? Customers will be able to try our ciders at our tasting bar and buy re-usable, refillable bottles that we'll fill with fresh cider from the taps. Once we get our bottle filler up and going, we'll also have one-way bottles of our main products, the "Juicy and Sweet" and the "Crisp and Dry". People will also start to see our ciders popping up at restaurants and bars by mid-summer we hope.

Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre 106 Gerrish Street, Windsor, NS

All tickets $13 advance / $15 door

Performing Arts Series Sponsors:

General admission

Daniels Flower Shop Moe’s Place Music Sales Let’s Eat Personal Chef Services Oulton Fuels, Ltd. Schoolhouse Brewery Ticketpro.ca West Hants Recreation Windsor Home Hardware

What size annual production are you aiming for? We aim to make 20,000 litres in our first year and the sky is the limit after that!

Tickets available online at Ticketpro.ca, by phone at 1-888-311-9090 or in person at Windsor Home Hardware and all Ticketpro outlets. mermaidtheatre.ca/MIPAC @MermaidImperial Facebook.com/MermaidImperial The Clockmakers Inn

What apples will you use? We use 100% Annapolis Valley apples. We select a combination of varieties that give us the balance between tannins, sweetness, and acidity that we are aiming for. Because varieties differ in how long they can be stored, the availability of varieties varies throughout the year and so our product will vary throughout the year too. For example, the flavour of our ciders will be different at harvest, when we can get the early apples that don't store well, than the flavour in May when we're using apples that have been in cold storage for the winter. Despite the variation, every batch is likely to contain Golden Russet, McIntosh, Cortland, and Jonagold. And every batch of our “Crisp and Dry” contains a local crab apple, called Hyslop Crab, that contributes great tannins and aromas. What was the process like in deciding on your apple cider varieties? Local apple growers have been keen to help us find the apples we need to make our ciders. We’re very fortunate to have access to diverse apple varieties in the Annapolis Valley that enable us to create unique combinations of flavours. We started about a year ago securing the apples we need and testing various combinations of apple varieties and yeasts. Together with our cidermaker, Melanie Eelman, we dialed in on the flavour profile we’re aiming for which we feel captures the taste of the Valley. Learn more at drinkannapolis.ca

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WHO'S WHO: FUN & GAMES WITH THEA BURTON Mike Butler

One of the challenges with writing these Who’s Who articles is trying to offer a portrait of someone (in less than a thousand word) who some people know very well, and, who is to others, a complete stranger, and making that profile both informative and entertaining. For six years I have tried my best to meet that challenge with hundreds of profiles of some of the Valley’s top talent. And so far so good; I think I’ve met those challenges. In most articles, my subject confesses to his or her own life challenges and adventures and that inspires me to press on. Having watched, worked beside, and known Thea Burton for all these years, I didn’t think there was ANYTHING that would be considered a challenge for this very talented actress, director, and community theatre staple, but… everyone gets a challenge or two thrown at them once in a while. Let’s have some fun and games with Thea Burton!

Back to this theatre business. Now that her four children are grown and pursuing their own careers, Thea has evening and weekend hours to spare and she has chosen to spend them in the theatre as much as possible.

Thea Burton moved to Wolfville thirty years ago after having finished her first Master's Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and finding out that she was pregnant with her first child. Thea was born and raised outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois where she met her then husband, a Canadian. She states, “It was quite a culture shock moving from Philadelphia and Chicago to Wolfville, Nova Scotia, but I haven't looked back, and wouldn't want to live anywhere else.”

While Thea’s children were in school, growing into their own talents of singing, acting, and playing music, Thea filled her creative passion by directing the school musicals at Wolfville School and Horton High School. With years of Fezziwig Society productions, CentreStage Theatre shows, and Stage Prophets shows (Anne of Green Gables, Mary Poppins) under her belt, Thea came off the stage recently and directed the musical Annie for Quick As A Wink Theatre in Windsor with a stellar cast and ensemble. Thea is also the founder of the Women of Wolfville (WOW) and was the director of their first production The Vagina Monologues which snowballed into many years of terrific productions.

Most of us know Thea as the “ball of fire, force of nature” stage actress but she has a day job too! Thea began her career as a SpeechLanguage Pathologist with the Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Clinic and then moved on to the Annapolis Valley School Board, which allowed her to enjoy her children as they grew during the summer holidays. The best part of her job is working with the students and sharing in their joy when they accomplish something, or make progress with their communication skills that they didn't think they could make, which harkens back to my intro about meeting and exceeding life’s challenges.

She says, “Theatre is my true passion, and was my first career path. Having attended the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts and majoring in theatre at Northwestern, I had every plan to live on the stage, but then life happened, and before I knew it I was married with children, and choosing a different path. Through the years, I have managed to perform with professional and semi-professional companies in Arizona and Maui while on leave from the school board, and my most treasured experience was performing with the Atlantic Theatre Festival for a summer season where I was able to act in two of my all time favorite productions, Chekov's Three Sisters, and Sondheim's Into the Woods.”

And where can you see Thea perform next? Well, after recently portraying a Hungarian maid, and learning to speak Hungarian, Thea is now working on the dramatic comedy Enchanted April at CenterStage Theatre where she has to learn Italian for the role. But before that, Thea returns to the role of a lifetime with the character of Martha in the Wolfville Theatre Collective's remount of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.

Please come out to my satellite office at the Coldbrook Heritage Hall on Monday, April 11 from 9 - 4:30pm to share your issues and ideas.

Photo Credit: Mike Butler After such tremendous response last fall and a near sold-out run, the production is moving downstairs to the larger Al Whittle Theatre, with some tweaks to the production. For Thea, and any actress who has taken on the role, the character of Martha has been one of the biggest challenges of her career. But, as with all her projects, Thea dove in headfirst and wowed everyone who witnessed it. After watching the show, her good friend and colleague on stage, Sherry Bishop, said to Thea, "If you never do another role that would be okay because this role was THE role for you."

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The uncut and uncensored Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is being performed April 13 - April 16 at the Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main St., Wolfville). Tickets are available for purchase at the door or through the Box of Delights Bookshop (902-542-9511) in Wolfville. This is one show and performance you don’t want to miss! And then catch Enchanted April at CentreStage Theatre starting April 22 and running until May 28. Always up for a challenge, determined to give it her best, and never letting anyone down — be it audience or friend — who’s afraid? ...not Thea Burton!

FIT AT THE LIBRARY Angela J. Reynolds

Where do you go for health and fitness information? Is your first stop Google?

parties, rainy-day indoor fun, or an afternoon at the park with friends.

Here at Annapolis Valley Regional Library, we have some alternative suggestions. For anyone involved in making health care decisions, Cochrane Library (a collection of online databases in medicine and other healthcare specialties) provides reliable and up-to-date information on the latest research regarding health treatments, interventions, clinical trials, and more. Access this resource from home, using your library card. We have gathered this, and a wide range of websites and resources, for you at valleylibrary.ca/health. Find resources for child health, mental health, air quality, and more!

We also loan pedometers. Want to challenge your friends? Have an office step-off? Borrow several pedometers and let the fun begin!

If staying fit with your kids is your goal, check out a Be Fit Kit. These kits are available to borrow for three weeks, and include balls, skip ropes, scarves, Frisbees, books, and a binder full of ideas for use. These ideas are great for

Of course we have plenty of books to help you as well. We have cookbooks for just about every eating style; books and DVDs on yoga; and books on fitness, mental health, and alternative medicines. Want to learn to belly dance? We have DVDs to get you started. Need a new Wii game to get you off the couch? We have those too. You may not have thought of the library as your fitness partner, but we hope you do now. Stop by and see what we can do to help you be your best you. valleylibrary.ca

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INDEX

Who’s Who............................... p.3 About Us................................... p.4 Furry Feature........................... p.4 Random Act of Kindness.......... p.4 Uncorked........................... p.4, 17 Crossword /Eat to the Beat ...........p.5 Grapevine Questionnaire.......... p.6

Active & Healthy Living............ p.6 Tides.................................................... .p.6 Weekly Events..................................... .p.7 Horoscopes ............................................p.8 Recipe........................................... .p.9 Crowdsourcer.........................................p.10 Valley Family Fun............................... .p.10

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WHERE TO FIND US WOLFVILLE: Just Us! Café, Farmers' Market, T.A.N. Cafe, EOS, Public Library, Carl's Independent, Muddy's Convenience Street Mailbox, The Box Of Delights Bookstore, Pita House, Il Dolce Far Niente Espresso Bar GASPEREAU: XTR Station, Gaspereau Valley Fibres Reids's Meats GRAND PRÉ: Convenience Store, Just Us! Roastery

AVONPORT: Kwik-Way HANTSPORT: Jim's Independent FALMOUTH: Petrocan, Fruit & Vegetable Company WINDSOR: T.A.N. Café GREENWICH: Hennigar's, Blomidon Nurseries PORT WILLIAMS: The Noodle Guy CANNING: Kwik-Way, ValuFoods CENTREVILLE: Kwik-Way, TJ's Convenience

NEW MINAS: Pita Pit, Irving Big Stop, Milne Court KENTVILLE: Designer Café, T.A.N. Café, Café Central, Hospital, Save Easy COLDBROOK: T.A.N. Café, Callister's Restaurant BERWICK: North Mountain Coffee, Union Street Café KINGSTON: Library, Pharmasave GREENWOOD: Country Store

MIKE UNCORKED: THE LITTLE TRAINER THAT COULD! Mike Butler

Last winter I was driving home from Port Williams to Wolfville in some very cold weather and my car came to an icy stop going up Hennigar’s Hill. I got out and spread kitty litter behind the back wheels but the road was so icy I nearly slipped under the car. I got back into the car not knowing what to do next. Suddenly there was a knock on the window and a man told me that he would stop the cars going down the hill on the ice-free

part of the road. He told me I should reverse down into that lane and when I felt I had enough momentum drive back into my lane and keep going till I reached the top of the hill. I could not stop to thank that stranger but if he reads this, I would like him to know how much I appreciated his act of kindness. Helen

FURRY FEATURE

I’ve never been a smoker or a drinker (except the occasional glass of Valley wine) so food was my crutch and I ate poorly for many years without including exercise into the mix so the weight piled on and eventually, at 250 pounds on my 5’7 frame, something clicked. I needed a change!

Laverne is a domestic short-haired female cat with black and white fur. Born approximately November 11, 2015, she was part of a stray litter from the Wolfville area. Laverne has Siamese-like facial features. She's very cute and playful. You can meet Laverne at the Nova Scotia SPCA, Kings County branch, Tuesdays through Thursday between 11am and 7pm, or Fridays through Sundays between 10am and 4pm. We are located at 1285 County Home Road in Waterville. You can also check out our website at spcans.ca/kingscounty/, look us up on Facebook, or call 902-538-9075.

Wolfville Animal Hospital 12-112 Front St. Wolfville 902-542-3422

UPDATE Prince has been adopted!

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Health and wellness have become very important components of my life. As I’ve watched the health of friends and family decline over the years; heard horror stories about people’s health, that with a little awareness and prevention could have been stopped; and read stories about illness and death caused by poor health throughout the world, I’ve been motivated to take charge of my well being. I used to be very overweight and unaware of the damage I was doing to my body and mind. I was quite blind to how important learning about my health, and asking for help, was to getting myself trained to take care of my health.

The first step was finding the strength to say, “I need a change” and the second step was finding someone to help me make the change. As I was very timid of the gym environment, very worried about screwing up my exercises and hurting myself, and very green about how to actually properly workout, I knew I needed the aid of a personal trainer. A personal fitness trainer, certified in exercise plans and assessments was a no-brainer for me and I was happy to pay the fees, knowing it would be a benefit to my new life change. Are you new to the gym world? Are you trying to lose weight, increase flexibility, and energy levels? Are you a bit lost on your fitness journey? Well, look no further than Abs-Olute Health Club on Commercial Street in New Minas. I’ve been a dedicated member since

Photo Credit: Mike Butler January 2013 and I love the clean, friendly atmosphere and the incredibly helpful staff. I have changed workout programs many times as my workout needs have shifted and I’ve never been disappointed with the process or the results. What you may not know is that anyone can benefit from the expertise of his or her own trainer. Even if you already have a great workout program, you know what you're doing, and you're motivated, their trainers still have something to offer you. You can hire a trainer for just one session to guide you through a new workout and to change things up from your usual routine. We need to be aware of our body and what it tells us. Do you have sore joints in the morning? This stems from bad form and underdeveloped muscles around the joints. We need muscle endurance and strength to sustain a Mike Uncorked – Continued on p 17


(Schedule subject to change)

Union Street Café (Berwick): Open Mic (8th, 15th) 8pm

& Lenny Show (9th), Broke w/ Money (16th) 8:30pm

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THURSDAYS: 7, 14, 21

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Edible Art Cafe (New Minas): Marshall & Lake (7th) 12pm

Oaken Barrel Pub (Greenwood): Groove Kings (8th), Broke with Money (15th) 8pm

Paddy’s Pub (Kentville): Music by Broke w/Money (9th) 8:30pm

Doolys (Greenwood): Open Mic w/The RedEye Blues Band (8th) 8:30pm

Paddy’s Pub (Wolfville): Music by Ron Edmunds Band (16th) 9pm

Dooly’s (New Minas): Karaoke w/Denny Miles (8th, 15th) 10pm

Tommy Gun’s (Windsor): Music Videos (9th, 16th) 10pm

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SPRING FEVER

Troy Restaurant (Wolfville): Ron Edmunds Duo (7th, 14th) 6pm

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Spring Fever

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Kings Arms Pub by Lew Murphy’s (Kentville): The Tony & Lenny Show (7th, 14th, 21st) 7:30pm

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The Library Pub (Wolfville): Tony Wood (7th, 14th, 21st) 8pm Paddy’s Pub (Kentville): The Hupman Brothers (7th, 14th, 21st) 9pm

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Paddy’s Pub (Wolfville): Trivia Night (7th, 14th, 21st) 9pm Anvil (Wolfville): Last Class Bash w/DJ FRD $4 (7th) 10pm, Top 40 DJ (14th, 21st)10pm

FRIDAYS: 8, 15 Edible Art Cafe (New Minas): Marshall & Lake (8th) 12pm Kings Arms Pub by Lew Murphy’s (Kentville): Paul Brushett (8th), Shawn Hebb (15th) 5:30pm Blomidon Inn (Wolfville): Jazz Mannequins (8th, 15th) 6:30pm Joe’s Food Emporium (Wolfville): John Duggan (8th), Morgan Davis (15th) 8pm Spitfire Arms Alehouse (Windsor): John Cole Porter Band (8th), 3 Way Radio (15th) 8pm

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Anvil (Wolfville): Heiroglyph 3 Female DJs (8th)10pm

Anvil (Wolfville): DJ FRD (9th), DJ Sean & Jack (16th) 10pm

SATURDAYS: 9, 16

SUNDAYS: 10, 17

Farmers’ Market (Wolfville): Malia Rogers (9th) 10am

Designer Cafe (Kentville): John Tetrault (10th), Jack McDonald & Kory Bayer (17th) 12pm

Edible Art Café (New Minas): John Tetrault (9th) 12pm Designer Cafe (Kentville): Steve Lee Group (9th, 16th) 12pm The Noodle Guy (Port Williams): Alex Hastie’s Wham Bam Spaghetti Jam (9th, 16th) 1:30pm The Library Pub (Wolfville): Bob and Ro (9th, 16th) 2pm West Side Charlie’s (New Minas): Natural Sound (9th) 3pm, DJ IV w/Tyron & Rude Dog (9th) 10pm, Bev Sheffield (16th) 3pm , A Call For Submission (16th) 9pm Spitfire Arms Alehouse (Windsor): Rowdy Dow (9th), GuyPaul Thibault (16th) 8pm Oaken Barrel Pub (Greenwood): GuyPaul Thibault (9th), Adam Cameron (16th) 8pm Union Street Café (Berwick): Ian Sherwood $17 +tax (9th) 8pm King’s Arms Pub by Lew Murphy’s (Kentville): The Tony

Paddy’s Pub (Wolfville): Paddy’s Irish Session (10th, 17th) 8pm Union Street Café (Berwick): Donovan Woods $22 +tax (17th) 8pm

MONDAYS: 11, 18 Paddy’s Pub (Wolfville): Open Mic w/Tom Savage (11th), Open Mic w/The Hupman Brothers (18th) 8pm

TUESDAYS: 12, 19 Paddy’s Pub (Kentville): Irish Jam Session (12th, 19th) 8pm T.A.N. Coffee (Wolfville): Open Mike & Donna (12th, 19th) 8pm

WEDNESDAYS: 13, 20 West Side Charlie’s (New Minas): Billy T’s Karaoke (13th, 20th) 9pm

MEET AT THE CROSSROADS: THE CROSSROADS CREATIVE COLLECTIVE INVITE YOU TO PARTY AT THE BALLROOM! Genevieve Allen Hearn

Crossroads are where roads intersect and where people come to meet. They are a main centre of activity. The Crossroads Creative Collective is a group of artists, creative entrepreneurs, and cultural workers who share a common objective – to build and support a collaborative and sustainable creative economy in Kings County. By offering opportunities for members of the cultural sector to cross paths, the group enables the intersection of disciplines, ideas, information, and skills. In a region where cultural workers often work remotely, a gathering point is vital to the health

and vitality of a creative economy. The group has been meeting in Kentville – a historic crossroads of business and cultural activity in the Valley. Although the group has a special interest in cultivating the creative economy in Kentville, it is their mission to nurture and support creative businesses and build relationships with likeminded organizations across the Kings County region. The Crossroads Creative Collective is holding its first public event at the Cornwallis Inn ballroom on Friday, April 22nd. It will be a social

evening with local music, food, drink and entertainment. The Cornwallis Inn ballroom was an intentional choice of venue - the group sees potential in revitalizing public spaces in the Cornwallis Inn, including the ballroom which hasn’t seen much use in the past couple years. Steering Committee member JD MacCulloch states, “As the Cornwallis was for many decades the social and commercial hub of the valley, it seems only fitting that we spark our new cultural renaissance in this historic location. We believe this is the start of something very exciting.”

Tickets to the Party at the Ballroom are $10 in advance and $12 at the door, and can be purchased at Designer Café in Kentville or the Box of Delights Bookshop in Wolfville. Attendees can have a bit of fun and dress up as their favorite artist, musician, or creative personality. All are invited to join – whether ones identifies as a cultural worker or not. It will be an enjoyable event for anyone who wants to meet at the crossroads.

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ACTIVE AND HEALTHY LIVING: LAUGHING Lee-Ann Cudmore, Registered Acupuncturist | Call/text: 902-300-5109 | valleyacu.ca We had a great night the other weekend. We had a child-free night!!! Are the exclamation points overkill? Really, when you have parents (aka the grandparents) that are nutty enough to sacrifice their relaxing evening for a potentially sleep disturbed night and at least one early riser, I should be able to insert as many exclamation points as I want! I will celebrate you lovely and crazy grandparents! I digress, so child-free Lee-Ann and Parker have a fantastic meal at Troy, a nice crisp stroll up the hill, and I also get a short lesson on the rotational pattern of the planet Jupiter. Then we pop by for a drink at our neighbour's. They have their kids in bed and we sit down to a very ridiculous game which is the equivalent to the game “Apples to Apples” but is the very dirty older brother. My disclaimer, this is not a game to play with your little old granny, your teenagers, or your minister. That would just be awkward, and I am trying to save you the embarrassment. So it’s my husband turn to read the cards. My normally serious hubby is laughing like that comedian Jeremy Hotz. You know the guy, he’s kind of pathetic and he chuckles as he delivers his jokes with his hand up to his mouth. If you’ve never seen his act, look it up, it’s totally worth it. We are killing ourselves laughing. At

times during this game, we are laughing as if we are trying to wake the children, sleeping so peacefully and unaware upstairs. It was refreshing. That laughter felt cleansing and it made me think about the properties of laughter. I come from a long line of bellylaughers. My nanny, my mom, my sisters, and I (and now my oldest), all have that type of laugh. We will laugh if you apply just the right amount of pressure. Holding a giant pane of glass, my sister and I nearly died of laughter — similar story with moving anything heavy and breakable. Our family has also been so shamefully laughing at the drive-thru that we couldn’t even place our order. Don’t even think about watching a movie like *Trains, Planes and Automobiles* with my mom. That scene with John Candy singing to Ray Charles’ “Mess Around” while he’s driving will send you into an asthma attack just laughing at her, laughing at the movie. So I appreciate laughter and know that it makes my body feel good to do it. But is there more to laughter? The answer appears to be complex and inconclusive when looking at evidence based research, but simplistic when looking at the subjective data. People feel better when they have laughter and humour in their lives. You will find a plethora of websites that link laughter to such health benefits as: reducing stress, improving immune response, and enhancing a person’s mood. However, diving deeper into more scholarly articles, laughter has less support. In laughter’s defence there is limited funding for such studies.

article, “Laughter Prescription” by William B. Strean, PhD. “Laughter and humour are not beneficial for everyone, but since there are no negative side effects, they should be used ... to help reduce stress and pain and to improve healing. Findings range from suggesting that, in addition to a stress-relief effect, laughter can bring about feelings of being uplifted or fulfilled, to showing that the act of laughter can lead to immediate increases in heart rate, respiratory rate, respiratory depth, and oxygen consumption. These increases are then followed by a period of muscle relaxation, with a corresponding decrease in heart rate, respiratory rate, and blood pressure.” ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2762283/ Another study suggests that laughter and music should be prescribed in a similar fashion as physical activity and healthy eating. Certainly it should not be looked upon as a stand alone treatment but as one of many healthy lifestyle choices. So my recommendation to you? Find someone in your life to share your laughter with and be present in the moment. Spread the viral videos. Go to YouTube and look up your favourite comedian. When playing with your kids do something unexpected and catch them off guard and just be silly. Years from now, those are the moments you’ll remember, those bonding moments. Spread the laughter and the love. Wolfville Integrated Health Care wihc.ca

I loved reading this particular quote from the

TIDE PREDICTIONS

at Cape Blomidon

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there are normally two high and low tides a day * Highest High: 45.3 feet  ** Lowest High: 38.1 feet

THE GRAPEVINE QUESTIONNAIRE Susan Wedlock

What do you look for in a friend? A friend is a friend. It’s not what you look for but what you find. If you could change one thing about yourself what would that be? Listening to what Betty, my wife, says, because she remembers everything.

Ron Fraser is a retired Power Engineer. He and his wife Betty live on Stronach Mountain surrounded by acres of woods and lots of sky. What are you most proud of? Being aware of my limitations. What would you tell your seventeen-year-old self? Fish is delicious. I never listened to my grandmother when she told me that. I might have listened to myself. Maybe.

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What music are you listening to this week? I’m liking Hillsburn, great harmony’s. There’s another sort of music I’ve been listening to a lot lately. I have a nice sheltered spot on the south side of the house where I can sit and enjoy the birds at the feeder. The juncos hurl themselves at the ground. The nuthatches, they don’t care about up or down. And the hairys and downys (woodpeckers), they come and go, while the chickadees always put on a good show. And just today I heard a grouse drumming. What makes you happy? Seeing my granddaughter and simple things like food, a good night’s sleep, bringing in the wood, nature. Do you have a motto? If I had a motto, it would be: don’t stop trying. What do you dread? All of the usual things that sometimes run through your mind in the middle of the night.

But on a more practical note, running out of coffee for the morning. What is the first item on your bucket list? To sail along the eastern shore up past Cape Breton and across to Labrador. What makes you excited? Reaching with a strong west wind in the sails. Seeing dolphins and whales and sea turtles. Going to my favourite wilderness spot.

Which movie would you recommend? Little Big Man with Dustin Hoffman is one of my all time favourites because it shows the life of an ordinary person against the backdrop of historical events. I’ve always thought of my own experience as more like Forrest Gump, with attitude. If you could be anything you wanted to be what would that be? Being’s just fine with me.

What was the best thing you had to eat recently? It would have to be supper and it’s not just because I happen to cook most of the main meals either. Betty does the bread and pastries and I subscribe to the R&B school of cooking that is characteristic of French cuisine — reduction and butter. So between the two of us we do OK.

What is your favourite material possession? It’s a toss-up between the chainsaw and the splitter.

What are you reading currently? Up until recently it was the newspaper but since the strike started we’ve been waiting and it appears to us that the employer is not bargaining in good faith. So we cancelled our subscription. We’re waiting and seeing as to whether we will renew it. We still have Rural Delivery and Saltscapes to fall back on, and, of course, The Grapevine.

What are you really good at? I’ve always been glad that I never had an all-consuming passion because it has allowed me to enjoy so many other things. So I guess what I’m really good at is not being really good at anything.

Where would you like to be on your last day on earth? Being aware and able to say goodbye to my loved ones.

What do you regret? Regrets, I’ve had a few, but then again, too few to mention.


WEEKLY EVENTS PLEASE NOTE: Event information may change without notice.

THURSDAYS Open Studio — The Bread Gallery, Brooklyn 10am–2pm. Also Tuesdays. • Weekly drop-in session open to artists and crafters working in all mediums. All you need to take part is to show up with a project! TIX: no charge INFO: 902-757-3377 / managerbreadgallery@gmail.com Gab and Grub Social — CMHA Kings County Branch, Kentville 1–3pm. Social time for adults who independently live with mental illness, including anxiety and depression. FEE: no charge INFO: 902-670-4103 / club@cmhakings.ns.ca The Hantsport Seniors & Elders Club “Drop-in” — St. Andrews Church Hall, Hantsport 1–4pm. Play an assortment of games with a tea-break at 3pm. All ages! INFO: 902-352-2085 / davidold@eastlink.ca In the Round Knitting Group — Gaspereau Valley Fibres 1–4:30pm. Also Tuesdays 6–9pm. Bring your knitting, rug hooking, spinning, or felting. INFO: 902-542-2656 / gaspereauvalleyfibres.ca Meditation — Healer’s Emporium, 49 Water St., Windsor 6pm. All levels welcome. FEE: donation INFO: Mary, 902-306-0385 Taekwondo — Baptist Church, North Alton 6:30–7:30pm (kids), 7:30–8:30pm (adult). Also Tuesdays • Exercise, self defense, respect, listening skills, focus, self discipline and tremendous confidence. Instructor is a 4th degree black belt. TIX: no charge to try a class INFO: 902-670-8714 / devin@ennissecurity.ca Boardgame Night — C@P Lab, Wolfville Public Library, 7pm. Bring your games! Ages 12+ FEE: no charge INFO: 902-790-4536 / turpin56@gmail.com NonDuality Meetup — Manning Memorial Chapel, Wolfville 7pm–9pm. Every other Thursday (Next: March 31). A non-denominational group of people, who get together to discuss life and our place in the scheme of things. 19+ FEE: no charge INFO: 902-365-5235 / johnotvos@hotmail.com Tremont Board Game Café — Tremont Hall, 738 Tremont Mountain Rd., 7–9:30pm, every 1st and 3rd Thursday (Next: April 7). Many of the newest and coolest games in a friendly and relaxed environment. FEE: no charge INFO: 902-765-4326 Music Jam — Community Center, Cambridge 7–10pm. 50/50 tickets. Refreshment donations appreciated. Proceeds for hall upkeep. TIX: $2 minimum entry INFO: 902-538-9957 / gands@xcountry.tv Jam Session — Community Centre, Wilmot 7–10pm • Jam session with snack TIX: $2 INFO: 902-825-3125

FRIDAYS Fibre Ops Fridays — Library, Windsor 10am–12pm • For knitters, crocheters, hookers, spinners, and weavers. Bring your own project. Everyone welcome. TIX: no charge INFO: valleylibrary.ca Bookworms Preschool Storytime — Port Williams Library, 10:30am. Stories, games, songs and fun for kids aged 3-5. TIX: no charge INFO: 902-542-3005 / valleylibrary.ca BusyBabies — Murdoch C. Smith Memorial Library, Port Williams 11:30am • So many books, songs and rhymes, so little time! These babies are busy! For ages 0–2 and caregivers. No registration required. TIX: no charge INFO: 902-542-3005 Art for Wellness — Canadian Mental Health Association, New Minas 1–4pm. An arts and crafts program for adults who live independently with mental illness, including depression and anxiety. All materials

provided. TIX: no charge, but please pre-register. INFO: 902-670-4103 / club@cmhakings.ns.ca Chase the Ace — Royal Canadian Legion, Berwick 5pm. Chase the Ace drawn at 7:15pm, light supper served 5–7pm TIX: $5 Chase the Ace, $7 supper INFO: 902-375-2021 / rubyl@eastlink.ca Chase the Ace — Curling Club, Middleton 6:30–8pm • Winning ticket is for 30% of the evening ticket sales plus the chance to pull the Ace of Hearts for the Jackpot. Draw at 8pm. Enjoy playing cribbage, Crokinole, Yahtzee in the dining hall. TIX: 3 tickets for $5. INFO: 902-825-2695 / bemorine@hotmail.com Fun Night — Legion (downstairs), Kentville, 7pm. Variety of music. 50/50 tickets available. FEE: $2 INFO: kentvillelegion@eastlink.ca Friday Night Jam — Royal Canadian Legion, Wolfville, 7–10pm. INFO: 902-542-5869 / wolfvillelegion@gmail.com

SATURDAYS Wolfville Farmers’ Market — DeWolfe Building, Elm Ave., Wolfville 8:30am–1pm

April 9 Music: Malia Rogers April 16 Theme: Celebrate the Seed INFO: wolfvillefarmersmarket.ca Peace Vigil — Post Office, Wolfville 12–1pm Drop in and Drum! — Baptist Church, Wolfville

1–2:30pm. W/Bruno Allard. Drop in for a hands-on workshop & jam. Learn to play the djembe with rhythms & songs from West Africa. Everyone welcome, drums provided. FEE: $5–10 INFO: brunoallard7@gmail.com / facebook: Djembes and Duns Wolfville Chase the Ace — Legion, Kingston 1–3pm. Tickets are 3 for $5. Draw will take place by 3:30pm. Must be 19+ to play. License # AGD 107472-15 INFO: 902-765-4428 / legion98sect@eastlink.ca Valley Game Night — Gametronics, New Minas 6pm. Board game/card game group. Yu Gi Oh – Thursdays, 6pm. Friday Night Magic (Magic: The Gathering) – Fridays, 6pm FEE: no charge INFO: facebook.com/GameTronics

SUNDAYS Port Williams Flea Market — Square Professional

Centre, 8am–1pm. Lots of vendors and bargains! We accept donations for the local food bank. INFO: donlilaporter@yahoo.ca

MONDAYS Free Community Walking/Running —­ Acadia Athletic Complex, Wolfville 6-9am & 6-9pm (Mon.–Fri.). On the indoor & outdoor track. FEE: no charge INFO: 902-542-3486 / sread@wolfville.ca Painting Morning — Recreation Centre, Wolfville 9:30am–12pm. W/Evangeline Artist Cooperative. Bring your own projects to work on & be inspired by like-minded artists. FEE: $2 INFO: Susan, 902-542-4448 Harmonica Jams — Sobey’s Community Room, New Minas 10–11:30am. Light music: country, waltzes, jigs & reels. All levels welcome, bring your harmonicas. FEE: no charge INFO: Lloyd, 902-681-3711 / Ed, 902-678-4591.

Windsor Game Night — Library, Windsor 6pm. Board game group. New players welcome! FEE: no charge INFO: meetup.com/valleygames / turpin56@gmail.com The Berwick Makery — Berwick District School “Hive” (former Family Studies Room) 6–8pm. Hang out, work on projects, learn new skills, and teach each other! April 11: Garden Planning April 18: Homemade pizzas April 25: Adult Colouring Night INFO: theberwickmakery.wordpress.com/classes Toastmasters — 2nd Floor, Irving Centre, Acadia 6:30–8pm. Communicative skills to enhance peaceful and effective dialogue. INFO: Chris, 902-691-3550 / vppr.wolfville.tm@gmail.com Musical Jam Night — Community Hall, 659 Victoria Rd., Millville 7pm. Bring your instrument or just relax & listen to the sounds. INFO: cadavis@nspes.ca Kings Community Concert Band — Bishop’s Hall, Greenwich 7:15pm. Music with a little challenge. New members (all band instruments) welcome. Some instruments available for use. INFO: Andrea Lynn, 902-542-4158 / eyelyn@eastlink.ca Insight (Vipassana) Meditation — Manning Memorial Chapel, Acadia, 7:30–8:30pm. Weekly meditation sitting group. Drop ins welcome. 45 minute meditation followed by a short discussion. FEE: free-will offering. INFO: 902-365-2409

TUESDAYS Book in the Nook — Wolfville Memorial Library 10–10:30am. Suggested age range: 3–5. INFO: 902-542-5760 / valleylibrary.ca Friends in Bereavement — Western Kings Mem. Health Centre, Berwick 10am–12pm. 1st & 3rd Tues. each month (Next: April 5). VON Adult Day Program Room (main floor). INFO: 902-681-8239 / friendsinbereavement@gmail.com Rug Hooking — 57 Eden Row, Greenwich 1–3:30pm. Drop-in rug hooking. FEE: donation INFO: Kay, 902-697-2850 Friends in Bereavement — United Baptist Church, Kentville 2–4pm. 1st & 3rd Tues. each month (Next: April 5). Left parking lot entrance, sponsored by Careforce. INFO: 902-681-8239 / friendsinbereavement@gmail.com Toastmasters Club — Birchall Training Centre, Greenwood 6:30pm. Develop leadership skills using a variety of tools including speaking off the cuff and speaking in public. Guests always welcome! TIX: no charge INFO: Christine, 902-825-1061 / CFernie.CA@gmail.com Learn Irish Music — Paddy’s Pub (upstairs), Kentville 7–8pm. Bring your instrument & learn to play traditional music in a relaxed, convivial setting. FEE: no charge INFO: 902-697-2148 / slowsession@outlook.com Valley Voices — Kentville Baptist Church CE Centre, 7–9:30pm. Until end of May. Valley Voices is a female a cappella show chorus. Interested women of any age are welcome. INFO: valleyvoices.org Sign Language Classes — Community Hall, Millville 7–9pm. Learn sign language or build on what you already know. Cost is to cover hall rental. FEE: $3 INFO: Shirley, 902-847-1736 (call or text) Village Dancing — Curling Rink (upstairs), Wolfville, until end of May. Traditional Balkan and Middle Eastern no-partner-style dances. Easy-to-learn, good exercise, great music from Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey, Israel and more. Expert instruction. Introductory level 7:30–8:30pm. Advanced and request session till 10pm. FEE: $7 per session INFO: 902-690-7897 Valley Scottish Country Dancers — 125 Webster St., Kentville, 7:30–9:30pm. All levels, no partners

needed. Feb. 2–May 3. FEE: $6/class, $60/term. INFO: 902-542-5320 / vscd.info Board Game Night — Paddy’s Pub, Wolfville 8pm–12am TIX: no charge INFO: 902-542-0059 / judy@paddys.ca Cardio Kickboxing — Baptist Church, North Alton 8:30–9:30pm. Adult-only class to improve coordination, strength building, cardiovascular improvements, self defence, stress reduction, and weight reduction, taught by a 3rd degree black belt in Taekwondo. TIX: no charge for 1st week of classes INFO: 902-365-5660 / devin@ennissecurity.ca

WEDNESDAYS Talk Sing Read! Storytime — Library, Berwick

9:45–10:15am. Ongoing. Enjoy rhymes, songs, and books with your child. Geared towards ages 0–5, but all welcome! TIX: no charge INFO: valleylibrary.ca

Wolfville Breastfeeding Support Group — Library (upstairs), Wolfville

10am–12pm. INFO: facebook.com/ AnnapolisValleyBreastfeedingSupportGroups Kentville Farmers’ Market — Lion’s Club, 78 River St., Kentville 10am–2pm. Open year-round. INFO: marketmanager@kentville.ca / kentvillefarmersmarket.ca Cozy Corner Storytime — Isabel & Roy Jodrey Memorial Library, Hantsport 10:30–11:30am. Until May 25. A fun-filled hour of stories, rhymes, games and crafts. For ages 2–6 and their caregivers. TIX: no charge INFO: valleylibrary.ca Insight (Vipassana) Meditation — Vaughan Memorial Library (Quiet Reading Room), Acadia 12:15–12:45pm. Door opens 12pm. Weekly meditation sitting group. Drop-ins and beginners welcome. Free will offering. INFO: 902-365-2409 / laurabourassa@msn.com Fibre Craft Wednesday — Isabel & Roy Jodrey Memorial Library, Hantsport 1–3pm. For knitters, hookers, crocheters, weavers and spinners, anyone who enjoys the fibre craft arts. Bring your own project. TIX: no charge INFO: valleylibrary.ca Wolfville Community Chorus — St. Francis of Assisi Parish Centre, Wolfville 5:30–7pm. New members welcome! FEE: $180 per year ($90 per term) INFO: 902-300-1001 / susan_dworkin@hotmail.com Valley Youth Project — Louis Millett Community Complex, Rm 128, New Minas, 6:30–8:30pm. First and third Wed. of each month, September to June (Next: April 20). All LGBTQ+ and MOGI individuals 25 years and under are welcome. You can bring your friends too. FEE: no charge INFO: valleyyouthproject@gmail.com / valleyyouthproject.wordpress.com New Horizons Band — Festival Theatre, Wolfville 7pm. Fun, informal community band under the direction of Brian Johnston. New members welcome! FEE: $100 INFO: Donna, 902-542-7557 / macdonaldwilson@accesswave.ca Jam Session — Lions Club, Kentville 7–10pm. Come play, sing or just sit back and listen. All styles and abilities welcome. TIX: $2 per person INFO: 902-679-4899

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Horoscopes for the week of April 7th

ARIES (March 21-April 19): French artist

Henri Matisse (1869-1954) is regarded as one of the greats, in the same league as Picasso and Kandinsky. Even in his eighties, he was still creating marvels that one critic said seemed “to come from the springtime of the world.” As unique as his work was, he was happy to acknowledge the fact that he thrived on the influence of other artists. And yet he also treasured the primal power of his innocence. He trusted his childlike wonder. “You study, you learn, but you guard the original naiveté,” he said. “It has to be within you, as desire for drink is within the drunkard or love is within the lover.” These are good, sweet thoughts for you to keep in mind right now, Aries.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Taurus-

born Kurt Gödel (1906-1978) was among history’s greatest logicians. His mastery of rational thought enabled him to exert a major influence on scientific thinking in the 20th century. Yet he also had an irrational fear of being poisoned, which made him avoid food unless his wife cooked it. One of the morals of his story is that reason and delusion may get all mixed up in the same location. Sound analysis and crazy superstition can get so tangled they’re hard to unravel. The coming week will be an excellent time to meditate on how this phenomenon might be at work in you. You now have an extraordinary power to figure out which is which, and then take steps to banish the crazy, superstitious, fearful stuff.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): For a time, pioneer physicist Albert Einstein served as a professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ. On one occasion, a student complained to him, “The questions on this year’s exam are the same as last year’s.” Einstein agreed that they were, then added, “but this year all the answers are different.” I’m seeing a similar situation in your life, Gemini. For you, too, the questions on this year’s final exam are virtually identical to last year’s final exam — and yet every one of the answers has changed. Enjoy the riddle. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Your personal oracle for the coming weeks is a fable from 2600 years ago. It was originally written by the Greek storyteller Aesop, and later translated by Joseph Jacobs. As the tale begins, a dog has discovered a hunk of raw meat lying on the ground. He’s clenching his treasure in his mouth as he scurries home to enjoy it in peace. On the way, he trots along a wooden plank that crosses a rapidly-flowing stream. Gazing down, he sees his reflection in the water below. What? He imagines it’s another dog with another slab of meat. He tries to snatch away this bonus treat, but in doing so, drops his own meat. It falls into the stream 8 | April 7 – April 21, 2016

and is whisked away. The moral of the fable: “Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.”

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): “I never get lost because I don’t know where I am going,” said the Japanese poet known as Ikkyu. I stop short of endorsing this perspective for full-time, long-term use, but I think it suits you fine for right now. According to my astrological projections, you can gather the exact lessons you need simply by wandering around playfully, driven by cheerful curiosity about the sparkly sights — and not too concerned with what they mean. P.S. Don’t worry if the map you’re consulting doesn’t seem to match the territory you’re exploring. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “If literally every action a human can perform was an Olympic sport,” Reddit.com asked its users, “which events would you win medals in?” A man named Hajimotto said his champion-level skill was daydreaming. “I can zone out and fantasize for hours at a time,” he testified. “This is helpful when I am waiting in line.” You Virgos are not typically Olympic-class daydreamers, but I encourage you to increase your skills in the coming weeks. It’ll be a favorable time for your imagination to run wild and free. How exuberantly can you fantasize? Find out! LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In his book

Strange Medicine, Nathan Belofsky tells us about unusual healing practices of the past. In ancient Egypt, for example, the solution for a toothache was to have a dead mouse shoved down one’s throat. If someone had cataracts, the physician might dribble hot broken glass into their eyes. I think these strategies qualify as being antidotes that were worse than the conditions they were supposed to treat. I caution you against getting sucked into “cures” like those in the coming days. The near future will be a favorable time for you to seek healing, but you must be very discerning as you evaluate the healing agents.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In his poem “The Snowmass Cycle,” Stephen Dunn declares that everyone “should experience the double fire, of what he wants and shouldn’t have.” I foresee a rich opportunity coming up for you to do just that, Scorpio. And yes, I do regard it as rich, even marvelous, despite the fact that it may initially evoke some intense poignance. Be glad for this crisp revelation about a strong longing whose fulfillment would be no damn good for you! SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “When I look at my life I realize that the mistakes I have made, the things I really regret, were not errors of judgment but failures of feeling.” Writer Jeanette Winterson

said that, and I’m passing it on to you at the exact moment you need to hear it. Right now, you are brave enough and strong enough to deal with the possibility that maybe you’re not doing all you can to cultivate maximum emotional intelligence. You are primed to take action and make big changes if you discover that you’re not feeling as much as you can about the important things in your life.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19):

Psychotherapist Jennifer Welwood says that sadness is often at the root of anger. Feelings of loss and disappointment and heartache are the more primary emotions, and rage is a reflexive response to them. But sadness often makes us feel vulnerable, while rage gives us at least the illusion of being strong, and so most of us prefer the latter. But Welwood suggests that tuning in to the sadness almost always leads to a more expansive understanding of your predicament; and it often provides the opportunity for a more profound selftransformation. I invite you to apply these meditations to your own life, Capricorn. The time is right.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “The causes of human actions are usually immeasurably more complex and varied than our subsequent explanations of them.” Fyodor Dostoyevsky said that in his novel The Idiot, and now I’m passing it on to you just in the nick of time. In the coming weeks, it’s especially important for you to not oversimplify your assessments of what motivates people — both those you respect and those you don’t fully trust. For your own sake, you can’t afford to naively assume either the best or the worst about anyone. If you hope to further your own agendas, your nuanced empathy must be turned up all the way. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “Believing

love is work is certainly better than believing it’s effortless, ceaseless bliss,” says author Eric LeMay. That’s advice I hope you’ll keep close at hand in the coming weeks, Pisces. The time will be right for you to exert tremendous effort in behalf of everything you love dearly — to sweat and struggle and strain as you create higher, deeper versions of your most essential relationships. Please remember this, though: The hard labor you engage in should be fueled by your ingenuity and your creative imagination. Play and experiment and enjoy yourself as you sweat and struggle and strain! Homework: Comment on Bertrand Russell’s statement, “The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.”

I WILL NOT BE QUIET: VOICES OF RESILIENCE Submitted

On Friday, April 8, 7pm (doors open at 6:30pm) and in honour of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, NSCC students and community volunteers will present "I Will Not Be Quiet: Voices of Resilience" Charity Cabaret. Tickets are $10 at the door (cash only). Proceeds will go to Chrysalis House. The evening will consist of dance, spoken word, song, film, and art all on the theme of violence against women and resilience. Come explore the voices of survivors and allies as we use art to make a channel for awareness, healing, and change. Local artists will have pieces on display in a silent auction with proceeds split between the artists and Chrysalis House to support the local arts community. Coordinator Laura Fisher (2nd year NSCC Business Administration student) was moved to create the event because “I think it is time to not only openly and unashamedly address the violence many women experience over the course of their lifetime, but to begin to create spaces for resilience and hope. This night to me is a welcoming to both survivors of violence and allies, to band together through art and create the seed of a movement for change.” Performances will include: • Angie Oriana Jenkins and her Belly Dance Students • Debut film piece by local filmmaker Kimberly Smith and local students -from the work of Jeremy Loveday • Local writer and NSCC student/event coordinator Laura Fisher • Writer and Chrysalis House Family Transitions Support Worker Brenda Wood • Kayla Mansfield Brown performing "Quiet" by Mary Black • Singers Emma Van Rooyen, Angela Johnson, and Candy O'Brien • Local artist work of Jen White, Margaret Forsey, Giselle Morine, and more This event is proudly sponsored by NSCC Entrepreneurship. Please see event link below. If you have accessibility needs or want to ensure reserved seating please contact Laura at laura.coldwell@yahoo.ca with subject line "cabaret". facebook.com/IWillNotBeQuietCabaret


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RECIPE: CREAMY TUSCAN BEANS Jenny Osburn, The Union Street Cafe Cookbook One month ago, I cooked for the last time at Union Street Cafe. It was a doozy of a night for sure, but I didn't just walk out the door (though I, and every line cook ever, have fantasized about doing just that). It was planned.

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I had already brought my beloved cookbooks home and cried a few tears into my focaccia dough. This kitchen had been my second home for fifteen years — a place where my children grew up, my urges to create were satisfied, and where I had made at least 15,000 clubhouse sandwiches. It's where my sister and I planned nearly a thousand concerts and events, with rarely a harsh word between us. Whether it is my recent (intended and highly anticipated!) unemployment or the fact that it is still really winter in Nova Scotia for another month, we've been eating a lot of hearty peasant food... and really digging it. It's satisfying to know that you can feed your family, healthfully and deliciously, for just a few dollars.

SAME OLD, SAME OLD… Lila Hope-Simpson I stopped by a yard sale last Saturday morning and the woman of the house had a rack of used clothing she was selling. I noticed about a dozen pairs of beige pants all neatly hanging in a row and remarked with a grin, “Wow you must really like beige pants!” She smiled sheepishly and said something about how they don’t fit anymore. The following day when I was getting dressed, I realized that I had at least six tops, all with similar black and white patterns. “Oh my,” I said to myself, rather alarmed, thinking of the lady with the beige pants. What’s going on here? There’s more. When I was at Value Village last time with a friend, I got all excited about a pair of silver leather sandals in my size, and my friend said, “Didn’t you get a pair just like that the last time we were here?” You see where I am going with this? Are we creatures of habit or just too timid to step out of our comfort zones? Because it’s not just fashion I’m talking about. I mean, how many stainless steel bowls or graters do we need in our kitchens? Even groceries. Same cereal, same brand of bread, same cookies, same ice cream, same veggies, same cranberry juice. The list goes on. So now we beg the question of why? Well, relating to clothes, it’s easy. We think we look good in a certain style or colour, so we go with it. It brings out our eyes, or makes us look slimmer, or accentuates our skin tone, or goes with our hair. We get complimented and reinforced, so we wear it again, we buy it again, we are rewarded yet again. Sometimes we tend to develop ‘brands’ for ourselves, consciously or unconsciously. You know, certain looks or styles that fit the image we want to portray. It may be professionalism, alternative, or sleek. It doesn’t seem to matter, but all I know is we tend to repeat this image again and again, and, yes, again.

I know that children like routines. It makes them feel secure when they know what is going to happen next. Maybe we never quite grow out of that need for certainty and predictability. I like to think of myself as fun, wild, and spontaneous, but my clothes and shopping habits tell me otherwise! They tell me that I prefer predictability and that I am comfortable with the tried and true. Jeans? Skinny jeans please. Capris? Lots of capris, especially khaki with lots of pockets. Tops? As I mentioned, black and white please. Dresses? Loose and comfortable, maybe black and white as well (shudder). Cardigans? Definitely long and beige. As for lipsticks, let’s not even go there. Clinique. Copper tones and plenty of them. Who can resist a free gift with purchase? In the kitchen? Many stainless steel pots and pans, some duplicated. Utensils? Enough spatulas for a party of thirty, and wine glasses? You can never have too many of those. Purses are another fashion statement that I seem to repeat over and over. Apparently one style in various colours. Same pockets, same compartments, same over-theshoulder straps, same inner zipper.

This recipe is Italian in origin and is adapted from Alice Water's inspirational Chez Panisse Cookbook. So it's really best with some crusty bread (Marie et Guy's French Bakery is "incroyable". Find them at their store in Kingston, the Kentville Farmers Market, and the Annapolis Royal Farmers & Traders Market), perhaps some locally made sausage, a glass of red wine, and an appreciation for the finer, simpler things in life. Creamy Tuscan Beans

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3 cups Navy, Pea, or other small Beans 2 Bay Leaves 4 sprigs Parsley 1 tablespoon dried Sage or 2 sprigs fresh Sage 2 Onions 2 Carrots Salt Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2 cloves Garlic pinch of Red Pepper Flakes 1 teaspoon ground Fennel Seed 1 teaspoon dried Rosemary, crushed

To serve: Olive Oil, Black Pepper, Parmesan Cheese (optional)

Soak the beans overnight in plenty of water to cover. The next day, drain them and place in a large, heavy pot with the bay leaves; parsley; sage; one of the onions, quartered; and one of the carrots, cut in chunks. Cover with water and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce to a simmer. After the beans begin to soften (an hour or more) add a generous amount of salt and continue to cook until very tender. Meanwhile, finely dice the remaining onion and carrot. Heat a frying pan over medium-low heat and add enough olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Add the onion and carrot. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and golden. Add the garlic, red pepper flakes, fennel, and rosemary. Stir and cook for another minute, then turn off the heat. When the beans are very tender, fish out the parsley, bay leaves, and sage (if you used fresh) and discard. Place 1 cup of the beans in a blender along with whatever chunks of carrot and onion you can find. Blend to a paste and stir back into the beans along with the sautéed carrot and onions mixture. Add the fennel and rosemary and taste, adding salt if the beans need it (they probably do). Serve with a drizzle of olive oil, a grind of pepper, and possibly a dusting of Parmesan cheese on top. Jenny Osburn now lives the simple life on the North Mountain after fifteen years of co-owning and running the Union Street Cafe in Berwick. She is the author of The Union Street Cafe Cookbook, available at fine retailers across Nova Scotia. Find her cookbook, recipes, and more at jennyosburn.com!

So should I change my repetitive ways? I happen to like my black and white tops and it is entirely possible that the next time I am at Frenchie’s I will rummage through the bins until I find another one! I challenge you to look into your own closets. See what I mean?

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changed Sonja Wood's life forever. The headon collision left her paralyzed - never to walk again. Sonja has lived almost 31 years in a wheelchair, yet she has never received a dime of disability pension. Any day now, she and her family could loose their property, home, and the fossil museum business they've worked so hard for.

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FAMILY FUN IN THE VALLEY: HEALTH AND WELLNESS Laura Churchill Duke, Valley Family Fun

It’s a fact. If you model a physically active lifestyle, your kids are more likely to have such a lifestyle when they are older too! What a great excuse to get out and be active with your children. Put away the phones, turn off the computers, and find an activity you can all do together! Here are some suggestions:

Racers Rec Room – located in Coldbrook, this is old-fashioned slot car racing at its finest. Children as young as 4 can participate by sitting on a parent’s lap, or having Mike turn the speed very low! What a great place for a family or neighbourhood party for kids or kids-at-heart.

Hiking – walks can easily be modified for all ages. Pick a route that meets the needs of everyone from a stroller to short loops. Suggestions can be found on ValleyFamilyFun.ca under GET MOVING and HIKING.

Whatever you decide to do, go out and have fun with your family and model that healthy lifestyle away from electronics!

Bowling – we often forget about bowling, but it’s a great activity for all ages. Even those as young as 4 can participate in the same game as older youth and adults. If you are going with small children, phone ahead to get a lane with bumper guards!

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SEE D L ING S / YO U N G R EADER S REACHING FOR THE TOP:

AN INTERVIEW WITH LOCAL CLIMBING SENSATION AVERY SCHRADER What drew you to the sport? Personally, the most appealing thing about climbing is the dynamic of constantly being in competition with yourself and the sport itself. In climbing, even at National level competitions, it's really more about pushing yourself to your limit rather than outdoing another competitor. This, along with the extremely welcoming and friendly community that climbing has to offer, has kept me enthralled since the beginning. Where and how often do you practice? At the moment I am training pretty hard. I spend between 2-3 hours daily training, and often climb an additional hour or so about six days a week. I do most of my training at Adventure Climbing Gym in Greenwich, which I have managed for the last couple of years. I also travel into the city three times a week to train at Seven Bays Bouldering as it offers a different level of difficulty.

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KAELYN'S BOOK CLUB Regan Alford April is National Poetry Month, so Kaelyn's Book club is excited to share two selections of Poetry by two different Canadian Authors.

Photo Credit: Charles R. Hill, Scenics Abound Photography Avery Schrader recently returned from Canadian Youth Bouldering Nationals, The Grapevine Newspaper caught up with him to ask him a few questions about climbing in the Annapolis Valley. When did you start climbing? I was introduced to climbing around two years ago by, my then science teacher, Adam Conner. He coaches a small youth climbing team which I became hooked on instantly.

Wee Ones Selection (ages 0-3): Little You by Richard Van Camp & Julie Flett (Orca Books) "Little you, little wonder. Little wish, gentle thunder. You are mighty, you are small. You are ours, after all." Little You is perfect to be shared, read, or sung to all the little people in your life — and the new little ones on the way! Little Ones Selection (ages 2-6): Toes in My Nose: And Other Poems by Sheree Fitch & Sidney Smith (Nimbus  Publishing) "I stuck my toes, In my nose, And I couldn’t get them out…" From Popcorn Pete and Mabel Murple to Zelba Zinnamon, these are some of the best-loved poems and characters in Canadian children’s literature. Both books are available at The Box of Delights Bookshop, Wolfville. kaelynsbookclub.wordpress.com

What category did you compete in during the Canadian Youth Nationals? Because I turned 18 just a few days before the National Competition, I competed in the Junior (18/19) category in both the Qualifier competitions in Ontario and Quebec as well as the national competition in Toronto. I was the youngest competitor in my category. How did you do? I did well, I competed against 29 of the best male Junior climbers in Canada and I finished just one 'top' (completed climb) from making semi-finals. Basically, the setup is as follows: They guide you to a climb, you have five minutes to kind of solve the puzzle of figuring out how to do it, and then you climb it in as few attempts as possible. I was just finishing a problem when the buzzer

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How was the trip? The trip was fantastic, we used public transport to travel from gym to gym, and Adam (my coach) seemed to love planning out every bus stop and tram ride. Seeing bigger gyms is always a great learning experience, as the people creating the climbs always vary in style. The trip was short but sweet, and I can't wait for the next of its kind. What advice would you give to a young person trying out the sport for the first time? I think it's important to approach climbing with a different mindset than other sports. You have to be willing to to fail in order to succeed. You have to be able to remember that in the end you are there for the fun of it, otherwise it is easy to get frustrated. Climbing is a sport where individual skills develop quickly, as long as you are willing to sacrifice a little pride, and a lot of skin. Why do you think that they should give it a try? Because it is the perfect way to challenge yourself physically and mentally while just enjoying the time you spend doing it. It is rarely repetitive and you might just find yourself amazed by the things you can accomplish with a little practice. Follow Avery on Instagram @ Mraverydylan or on Facebook @Avery Schrader.

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LOCAVORE PULSES: NUTRITIOUS, DELICIOUS,

THE LOCAVORE LINGO Conventional Depending on the farm and what is being produced, conventional farming may include the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, antibiotics, added hormones, and other approaches.

Genetically Modified Genetic modification, or genetic engineering, refers to techniques by which the genetic material of an organism is changed in a way that does not occur naturally. In Canada, there is no requirement to label foods that are the product of genetic modification, or that contain genetically modified ingredients.

Natural Generally, natural foods are expected to contain no artificial colours, artificial flavours, or preservatives, and be minimally processed, however, this term is not regulated. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency uses the following guideline: “foods or ingredients of foods submitted to processes that have significantly altered their chemical, physical, or biological state should not be described as ‘natural’”. Source: A Short Guide to Food and Farming Terms, Farmers' Markets of Nova Scotia, farmersmarketsnovascotia.com. *

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Provided by the Farmers' Markets of Nova Scotia Blog, farmersmarketsnovascotia.com/blog Pulses. Your first question is likely, “what are pulses anyway?” Pulses are the dried seeds of plants in the legume family – common varieties include dried peas, beans, lentils, and chickpeas. Pulses come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colours and can be consumed in many forms including whole or split; ground into flours; or separated into fractions such as protein, fibre, and starch. If you haven’t tried a member of the pulse family yet, make sure to add them to your shopping list – they are seriously delicious! Pulses are an affordable, sustainable, and nutritious source of plant-based protein. For those of you looking to get the most ‘bang for your buck’, pulses are a very budget-friendly addition to your grocery basket. They are super versatile and can be substituted for meat in many recipes. You can top salads with oven roasted chickpeas for a satisfying crunch; incorporate beans into your favorite pasta sauce; add lentils and peas to soups and stews; or use chickpeas to make homemade hummus and spread on sandwiches, crackers, and raw veggie sticks. You can also use lentil and bean purees in baked goods to increase the fibre and protein content of your favourite goodies. Yum! As far as nutrition goes – these tiny guys really pack a punch! Pulses are high in protein and dietary fibre, keeping you satisfied after a meal (thus preventing the urge to over-eat or over-snack). While soluble fibre helps to decrease blood cholesterol levels and control blood sugar levels, insoluble fibre helps

promote regularity and a healthy digestive system. According to Dietitians of Canada, men and women over the age of 18 should aim for at least 21-38 grams of total dietary fibre each day (as a reference point, a ¾ cup of cooked black beans contains 5.4 grams of soluble fibre). Pulses are low in fat and are also a great source of minerals like iron, zinc, and phosphorous, as well as folate and other B-vitamins. Pulses can also lend a hand in sustainable agriculture and soil production. These nitrogen-fixing crops can improve soil fertility and eliminate dependency on synthetic fertilizers, extending the productivity of the farmland. Pulses are highly water efficient when compared to other protein sources. For example, the production of 1kg of lentils or split peas requires 50L of water compared to 1kg of chicken, which requires 4,325L of water. Pulses can be stored for months without losing their nutritional value which provides increased food availability between harvests. Another bonus is that certain varieties of beans and peas (such as Pigeon peas and Bambara beans) can be cultivated in very poor soil conditions and semi-arid environments. Looking for local pulses? Well you’re in luck! You can purchase locally grown dry beans from Webster Farms Ltd. which are grown in the Annapolis Valley and available for purchase across Nova Scotia. Webster Farms Ltd. produces three varieties of quality baking beans (Yellow Eye, Jacob’s Cattle and Soldier), two of which are heirloom varieties! Need another reason to incorporate pulses into your next meal? The 68th UN General Assembly has declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses. The campaign aims to increase public awareness of the nutritional benefits of pulses and the role they play in sustainable food production, food security, and nutrition. Click here for more resources, recipes, and all things pulse-related! References: pulsecanada.com fao.org/pulses-2016/en dietitians.ca/Your-Health/Nutrition-A-Z/Fibre/ Food-Sources-of-Fibre.aspx

EVENTS CELEBRATE THE SEED (A SEEDY SATURDAY EVENT) Saturday, April 16, 8:30am - 1pm Wolfville Farmers' Market 24 Elm Ave, Wolfville

Join us for a fun-filled market day full of seeds, plants, art, and speakers offering up tools and tricks for transplanting and growing, discussions on seed diversity, and the value of seed saving. Kids of all ages are invited to an interactive seed game that includes seed identification. There is something for everyone whether you have a green thumb, are just learning, or are a seasoned veteran - and, you have a chance to win a basket of seed goodies! Be sure to bring your seeds to swap at the Community Seed Exchange Table. Everything starts with a seed!

KENTVILLE FARMERS' MARKET RETURNS TO CENTRE SQUARE

Wednesday, May 18, 10am-2pm Kentville Farmers' Market Centre Square, Kentville The Kentville Farmers' Market will be returning outdoors to Centre Square on May 18 for our Spring & Summer 2016 season! Join us for more great food and fine crafts in the heart of Kentville!

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October 17, 2015 - May 14, 2016, 9am-12noon Main Courtyard and Gift Shop at the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens. 441 St. George Street Annnapolis Royal historicgardens.com/experience_ calendar.php WINTER MARKET: • Late October to May, Sat. 9-12 Historic Gardens

Greenwood Farmer's Market Thursdays Year Round 12 - 4 pm Located in the Greenwood Mall , 963 Central Avenue, Kingston

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THE DOME CHRONICLES: THE BOYS OF SUMMER Garry Leeson

In 1972, a boxcar from Toronto containing a menagerie of farm animals and an eager young couple pulled into the station platform in Kingston, Nova Scotia. They were bound for a deserted hundred-acre farm on the South Mountain, determined to preserve the foundations of farmsteads past while constructing a geodesic dome. They were pioneers of the future, armed with respect for tradition and an irrepressible sense of humour. They didn’t call themselves farmers. They were back-to-the-landers. Farming was industry and their calling was sustainability. Over the next forty years, through flood and fire, triumph and catastrophe, they persevered, unwittingly sowing the seeds for the modern small-farm movement. Our arrival at our little plot of land in the woods immediately aroused the curiosity of countless neighbours. We were constantly visited by people wanting to see what we, being “come-from-aways", were up to. It was an opportunity for us to learn about the history of the area and to pick up a bit of the local vernacular. Our front yard would henceforth be known as our dooryard, my wallet would be called my purse, and aunt (“ant”) would be pronounced “awnt”. In addition to the adults that dropped by, a cadre of teenage boys attached themselves to us on a semi-permanent basis. They were from the farms close by and when their chores were done, or any other time they could get away, they would walk, bike, or

ride old Toby (the family horse) back to hang around and help us out. Three of the boys, Doug, Vance, and Raymond were brothers from the Morse farm just up the road, and the fourth member of the resident gang was Tommy Collins, an intrepid chicken catcher who lived on the mountain above us. During summer vacation their numbers swelled with the arrival of our two nephews, Michael and Johnny. They were all around the same age and equally full of hellery. Tommy was a great help for Andrea as she learned about keeping hens and ducks. Vance, a quiet, serious young man, was still helping me fence another property a year later in 1973. Raymond was our most frequent visitor, especially when steak was on the menu for supper! Dougie was a fun-loving, intelligent boy who always seemed to be around when we most needed help. Andrea and I took delight in teaching him another side of life beyond farm, 4H, and school. One afternoon Andrea and I were setting off for Halifax. She was going to drop me at the airport so I could catch a plane to Toronto and set off on one of my horse buying trips. When we reached the turn in the road that would take us down the mountain we saw Dougie racing around his Dad’s hayfield on an old tractor pulling a side delivery rake. As we watched him, a thought occurred to me. “Wouldn’t it be nice if he were able to come with me on the

trip?” Andrea agreed, so we hailed Dougie and he shut the tractor down, jumped the ditch, hopped up on the running board of our truck, grinning with his friendly enthusiasm. After we told him what we had in mind, he wasn’t long hightailing it to his house to get permission from his father. Old Bertram, his Dad, was pretty deaf and whether he understood what was being said or not, would say “Aye-yu” to almost anything. Minutes later Dougie was sitting in the truck beside us clutching a paper bag containing his travelling wardrobe. Andrea and I knew that Dougie, although seventeen at the time, had never ventured further away from the farm than Kentville.

Bearing that in mind, Andrea couldn’t resist the opportunity of striking terror in the boy’s heart when he saw an old bulky haversack in the back of the truck and asked what it was. “Why, that’s my Dad’s parachute bag for Garry. Don’t you have a parachute?” He shouldn’t have been too startled by aircraft considering the proximity of his father’s farm to the Air Force base but as we stood on the viewing platform watching the incoming aircraft, his mouth gaped open and seemed to stay that way for the remainder of the trip. When we arrived in Toronto, Dougie’s summer partners in crime, Michael and Johnny, greeted us.

WORD OF THE ISSUE Margaret Drummond

Primaveral Adjective

Of or pertaining to early spring. "We welcome the arrival of primaveral weather, along with pussywillows, crocuses, and robins."

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THURSDAY, 7 Artist Talk — Box of Delights Bookshop, Wolfville 6–7pm • Join photographer Arthur Grebneff as he tells us the stories behind his black-andwhite pictures of daily street life in Paris, from his exhibit “Paris in Passing.” TIX: No charge INFO: 902-542-9511 / boxofdelightsbooks@gmail.com

NOSH Gala Event — NSCC Kingstec Campus, Kentville 7–9:30pm • Our Annual Gala Event. The gardens and the food are all incredibly created around an Asian theme. This year we have a great mix of Nova Scotia wineries, distilleries and microbreweries. The music will compliment your night and put a kick in your step. TIX: $40 INFO: 902-679-7595 / kyla.dunn@nscc.ca Jam Session — Community Centre, Wilmot 7–10pm • Jam session with snack. TIX: $2 INFO: 902-825-3125 A Really Big Night of Adventure — Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville 7:30–10pm • There will be 5 presenters speaking about how wonderful N.S. is, Canada is, and how important it is for all of us to get outside! TIX: $8 advance@ Box of Delights Books (Wolfville), $10 at door, $5 students INFO: 902-698-9364 / greeneradventures@gmail.com Joel Plaskett Emergency — Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre, Windsor 8pm • Nova Scotian rock artist/record producer Joel Plaskett with his band the Emergency. TIX: $33 advance, $35 door, $43 VIP seating and post-show backstage reception. Ticketpro.ca, 1-888-311-9090, Home Hardware (Windsor) INFO: 902-798-5841 / puppets@mermaidtheatre.ca Quartetto Gelato — Evergreen Theatre, Margaretsville 8–10:30pm • A mix of classical, salon and folk music full of national character and humour. TIX: $25, $10 students INFO: 902-825-6834 / evergreentheatre@gmail.com

FRIDAY, 8 Food Security initiatives — Louis Millet Community Complex, New Minas 9:30am–12pm • An opportunity to discuss initiatives to create a more food secure Kings County. Please let us know if you would like to speak and your topic. All welcome. TIX: no charge, but please register. INFO: 902-538-7088 / leanne.graham@nshealth.ca Chase the Ace — Hantsport Memorial Community Centre, Hantsport 6:30–8:30pm • Fundraiser for HMCC. There is still a chance for someone to find the Ace! Prize this week expected to be over $5000 TIX: $5 for 1 ticket, $10 for 3 tickets, $20 for 7 tickets. Bonus ticket with food bank item(s). INFO: 902-684-3461 / hmccinfo@gmail.com

Charity Cabaret – I Will Not Be Quiet: Voices of Resilience — NSCC Kingstec Campus, Kentville 7–9pm • Proudly sponsored by NSCC Entrepreneurship. Silent auction with work by local artists. Performances include: Angie Oriana Jenkins and her Belly Dance Students, debut film piece by local filmmaker Kimberley Smith and local students - from the work of Jeremy Loveday, local

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writer and NSCC student/event coordinator Laura Fisher, writer and Chrysalis House staff Brenda Wood, Kayla Mansfield Brown doing “Quiet” by Mary Black, singers Emma Van Rooyen, Angela Johnson, and Candy O’Brian, Annapolis Royal dancers, and more, plus local artist work of Jen White, Margaret Forsey, Giselle Morine and more. Proceeds shared between the artists and Chrysalis House. TIX: $10 at the door, cash only INFO: 902-300-2000 / laura.coldwell@yahoo.ca

Fundraising Concert — Wolfville Baptist Church, Wolfville 7:30–9:30pm • Father Abhi has found a house for the children! “Canadians for the Railway Children of India” are holding a fundraising concert to help him with the purchase. Featuring Sarah Pound, Ryan Roberts, Ariana Nasr and Andy Flinn. TIX: $20 suggested donation INFO: 902-542-0558 / manzer@ns.sympatico.ca

SATURDAY, 9 Spring Fling — Lions Club, Auburn 8am–3pm • Hope to see you there! Vendors: book your table soon! TIX: $1 entry INFO: 902-300-5398 / delsey3000@hotmail.com Breakfast — Baptist Church, Kingston 8–10am • Enjoy a delicious hot breakfast. All are welcome! TIX: donation INFO: 902-765-4891 Ticket Auction — Community Centre, Melvern Square 10am–4:30pm • Fundraiser for Melvern Square United Baptist Church. 50/50, bake table, food basket worth $100+, canteen, Silent Auction. Draws start at 2pm. TIX: no charge INFO: 902-765-0033 / stuart.crawford66@gmail.com Soup/Chowder Luncheon — Baptist Church, Forest Hill 11am–1pm • Soup or chowder, rolls, crackers, juice, tea/coffee, and strawberry shortcake for dessert TIX: $8 per serving INFO: 902-542-2601 / judysin@eastlink.ca Make your own Emily Carr — Library, Berwick 12:30–2pm • Make your own artwork inspired by Emily Carr. Dress to make a mess. For ages 5 and up. Space limited. TIX: no charge but pre-registration is required. INFO: 902-538-4030 / valleylibrary.ca Merchandise Bingo — Fire Hall, New Minas 1pm • Hosted by The New Minas 50+ Club. Everyone is welcome. Door prizes, bake table and 50/50 draw. TIX: purchase books at the door INFO: 902-542-4027 Raise a Glass to Riesling — Planters Ridge Winery & Vineyard, Port Williams 2–3pm • Learn about the origin, versatility, and longevity of Riesling in this fun and informative wine seminar! Led by sommelier and wine critic Mark DeWolf. TIX: $35 + tax per person @ the winery. INFO: 902-542-2711 / info@plantersridge.ca Kick n’ Balls Social Night — Doolys, New Minas 7pm • Hosted by Victory Taekwondo Parents & Athlete’s Committee in partner with Doolys. Watch a screening of Dodgeball, and see some demonstrations by Victory Taekwondo. TIX: $10 admission, $5 for pool tournament (optional) INFO: 902-691-3688 / tlromeril@gmail.com Variety Show & Auction — Fire Hall, Greenwich 7–10pm • Featuring Make Mine Country, and Dave Riley and Friends. Canteen, 50/50, and Door Prize.

Proceeds for the 1st Lawrencetown Spring Horse Show and Pull. TIX: donation INFO: 902-542-3863 / pinchdeidra@yahoo.ca

Quartetto Gelato — Festival Theatre, Wolfville 7:30pm • One-of-a-kind concerts combining classical masterworks with Argentinian tangos, gypsy ballads and Latin love songs. Boasting a Cirque de Soleil acrobat, a four-time world champion accordionist and a brilliant tenor, they perform without scores and with plenty of humour, all at a high level of skill and artistry. TIX: $26, $20 for students @ Acadia Box Office, 1-800-542-8425 INFO: 902-585-1282 / pas@acadiau.ca Ian Sherwood — Union Street Cafe, Berwick 8–11pm • “Everywhere To Go” is Sherwood’s latest

studio creation. The album is considered to be his best to date and is chalk-full of instantly appealing hooks and singable choruses. TIX: $15 advance (+ fees/tax), $17.50 at door INFO: 902-538-7787 / contactunionstreet@gmail.com

Dance: Still Doin Time — Royal Canadian Legion, Kentville 9pm–12am • Bar and kitchen open. 19

and over. TIX: $ 7 per person INFO: 902-678-8935

SUNDAY, 10 Vintage Snowmobile Show — Hants County Exhibition, Windsor 10am–3pm • Come and show off your sleds, or meet and swap. BBQ and prizes. TIX: non-perishable food item donation INFO: Lonny Curry, 902-798-9419 Ticket Auction — Louis Millet Community Complex, New Minas 11am • Proceeds to support Darlene Reade’s cancer care. Bake table, 50/50 draw, canteen, fishing, and face-painting for the kids, and more! Draw starts at 2pm TIX: no charge INFO: 902-365-5084 / kmhatt@msn.com Frenchy Bag Day — Royal Canadian Legion, Canning 1–3pm • Frenchy Bag Day at the Canning

Legion. Donations of slightly used, clean clothing, household items, etc. welcome. All remaining items will be donated to the Diabetes Association. TIX: $5 for a large garbage bag INFO: 902-582-3157

Variety Show — Forties Community Centre, New Ross 1:30–4pm • Tammy Adams, Harold Hunt & Make Mine Country, Chet Brown & friends, Just for Fun with Zilla Gaul and Patsy Hubley. Canteen available. TIX: $5 INFO: 902-689-2000 / 902-689-2612 Musical Benefit — Lions Club, Berwick 1:30pm • Great lineup of local talent! Lois Lutz & Friends (incl. yodeller, Kristina McCulley), brother/sister duo, Carroll Crouse & Julia Wright, Country Kids, Country Harmony, Newfie Wanda B. and David Graves. 50/50 draw. All proceeds to support upgrades to Hardwood Lake Girl Guide Camp. TIX: donation INFO: 902-538-3392 / brucebeattie155@gmail.com Benefit Show for Doug Johnstone — Royal Canadian Legion, Kentville 1:30–4:30pm • Musical talent with various entertainers, 50/50, Auction. All are welcome. TIX: donation INFO: 902-678-8935 Golf Masters — Royal Canadian Legion, Berwick 2pm • Watch the golf masters with other golf

enthusiasts!! Everyone welcome! TIX: $5 ticket, $5

for slice of pizza at 5:30pm INFO: 902-538-9340 / duskapoirier@bellaliant.net

Bach and Vivaldi — Festival Theatre, Wolfville 2pm • The Acadia University and Chorus and Orchestra are joining forces for a spring concert featuring the music of J.S. Bach and Antonio Vivaldi. The Acadia Chorus and Orchestra Directed by Michael Caines TIX: $10, $5 students @ the Acadia Box Office, and at the door. INFO: 902-542-5500 Sparky’s Birthday! — Fire Hall, Port Williams 2–4pm • Come join Sparky and his firefighter

friends as he celebrates his 65th birthday! Cake, fun activities, and a chance to see the fire trucks up close! TIX: no charge INFO: 902-690-7137

Canadian Staff Band — Salvation Army Church, Kentville 3pm • The Salvation Army

in Canada’s brass band will perform a free concert to thank the community for all they do to support us in meeting the needs of the community. TIX: donation INFO: 902-678-2039 / joshua_downer@can.salvationarmy.org

Fundy Cinema screens 1001 GRAMS — Al Whittle Theatre, 4pm & 7pm • A recently divorced, work-

obsessed lab technician encounters a whole new world of experience when she attends an important scientific conference in this charmingly offbeat comedy from Norwegian master Bent Hamer. TIX: $9 INFO: 902-542-1050

Four Seasons Orchestra — War Memorial Community Centre, Windsor 7–8:30pm • A concert of light orchestral music. Also, special guest performance by the Valley Community Concert Band. TIX: $10 at door INFO: 902-798-1730 / dhamusic@ns.sympatico.ca New Song Trio Concert — Baptist Church, Wilmot 7–8pm • All welcome! Wheelchair

accessible. TIX: no charge INFO: 902-765-2386 / pastorjdhoward@gmail.com

MONDAY, 11 Popovers — Library, Kingston 10–11am • A preschooler fun time with stories, crafts, and songs for ages 2–5, accompanied by a parent/ caregiver. Please register. TIX: no charge INFO/Reg: 902-765-3631 / valleylibrary.ca Port Williams Learning Circle I — United Baptist Church, Port Williams 7pm, April 11, 18, and 26.

• A series of free educational talks for adults called The Learning Circle. Series One: “In the Spirit of Giving” participants will explore the importance of charitable giving, as well as disciplines and methods for giving. Paul Lannan and others from the RBC Wealth Management team will cover topics including financial stewardship, insurance, planned giving and estate planning. Series Two: “Who is My Muslim Neighbour?” As we welcome Muslim refugees and immigrants into our communities here in Atlantic Canada, what do we need to know so that we can be hospitable and sensitive toward our new neighbours? Guest speakers include Dr. Jamie Whidden of Acadia University, and Imam Hamza Mangera of Halifax. Both series run concurrently. TIX: no charge INFO: 902-542-3495 / office@pwubc.org

Valley Gardeners Club — NSCC Kingstec Campus, Kentville 7:30pm • The Valley Gardeners Club will


TICKET GIVEAWAY– CHANCE TO WIN 2 TICKETS TO: The first inaugural Canaan Country Music Fest, hosted by NS's country superstar - George Canyon! at Canaan View Farm, July 2, 2016, 2pm - 11pm Draw date: Thursday, April 14 Enter all draws: valleyevents.ca/win hold its regular meeting. The Kingstec students who received the Club’s scholarships will do a presentation. All are welcome to attend. TIX: no charge INFO: 902-681-0049

TUESDAY, 12 Community Luncheon — Lions Club, Kingston 12–1pm • Chicken Supreme with mashed potatoes, vegetables, dessert, coffee, tea and juice. TIX: $9 at the door, $9.50 delivered (Kingston/Greenwood area only, and ordered by 10:30am) INFO: 902-765-2128 Public Information Meeting — K.C. Irving Centre, Wolfville 7–9pm • Regarding the development of the Lands of Viking Ventures Ltd. (PID 55268379) and 2231266 Nova Scotia Ltd. (PID 55268494). TIX: no charge INFO: Devin Lake, 902-542-3232 / dlake@wolfville.ca

WEDNESDAY, 13 Storytime — Library, Kentville 11–11:30am. Also April 20 • Share the fun and adventure of reading with your child. Enjoy rhymes, songs, and books! Ages 2–5 with parent/caregiver. TIX: no charge INFO: valleylibrary.ca Potato Scallop, Beans, Ham Supper — Holy Trinity Church, Middleton 4:30–6pm • In support of the Middleton refugee family. Scallop potato (gluten free available), baked beans and ham supper, and desserts. Take out available. TIX: $12 adult, $6 children. Family rates available. INFO: 902-825-3337 / gemm@ns.sympatico.ca Roast Beef Supper — Lions Club, Wolfville 5–7pm • Eat in or take out. Please call to reserve. TIX: $15 INFO: Len, 902-697-2351

THURSDAY, 14 Canada Pension, Old Age Security, Guaranteed Income Supplement and Canada Pension Disability Information Session — Rosa M. Harvey Middleton & Area Library, Middleton 11am–1pm • Thinking about retirement? Come for an informative talk about Service Canada programs and services for seniors. Bring a brown bag lunch, and ask Citizen Services Specialist Bill Gregory your Canada Pension and Old Age Security questions. Learn about Guaranteed Income Supplement and Canada Pension Disability. TIX: no charge, but please register. INFO: 902-825-4835

50/50 draw TIX: donation INFO: 902-678-3050 / jnanaw62@gmail.com

Greenfield Memoria Co. LTD Annual Meeting — Gaspereau Valley Elementary School, Wolfville 7:30pm • Everyone welcome. TIX: no charge INFO: 902-542-2846 Annapolis Valley Decorative Artists — Fire Hall, Greenwich 8pm • Programme: “Pen-tangle” design on watercolour paper. Anyone interested in decorative art is welcome. TIX: $2 INFO: 902-542-5800 / sm.fullerton11@gmail.com

FRIDAY, 15 Clothing GiveAway — United Baptist Church, Centreville 8:30–11:30am • Spring & Summer clothing available at no charge. Friday morning only. Sponsored by Missions In Action. TIX: no charge INFO: Marilyn, 902-678-3939 / church, 902-678-1946 Dance: Meredith — Royal Canadian Legion, Windsor 8pm–12am • 19+ TIX: $5 INFO: 902-798-2031 / windsorlegion@eastlink.ca

SATURDAY, 16 Wolfville Lions Breakfast — Lions Club, Wolfville 7am–10am • Scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, bacon, beans, hash browns, toast, tea/ coffee, juice. TIX: $6 adult, $3 children under 10 INFO: 902-542-4508 Centreville Breakfast — Community Hall, Centreville 7–10:30am • The Good Neighbour

Club is having a breakfast. Eggs, bacon, sausages, homemade hash browns, homemade beans, juice, tea, coffee, toast, etc. Everyone welcomed. TIX: donation INFO: 902-678-3999

Community Breakfast — Royal Canadian Legion, Windsor 7:30–10am • Bacon, sausage, ham, eggs, pancakes, hash browns, toast, baked beans, juice, coffee/tea. Takeout available. Also booths including fundraising sales for local SPCA. TIX: $6 adults, $4 children (6–12 years), no charge under 6 INFO: 902-798-2031 / windsorlegion@eastlink.ca

Breakfast — United Church, Aylesford 8–11am • Homemade pancakes, sausages, ham, scrambled eggs, toast, tea, coffee and juice. Free will offering. Wheelchair accessible. TIX: donation INFO: 902-847-9624

National Association of Federal Retirees Luncheon and AGM — Lions Club, Coldbrook 12pm • Cold plate luncheon will be served. TIX: freewill offering. Please RSVP by April 11. INFO: 902-365-2189 / dalmoore1@eastlink.ca

Church Yard Sale — United Church, Kingston 9:30am • Canteen, plant table, assorted items. Rain or shine. INFO: 902-765-3621 / njarmstrong@eastlink.ca

Dessert Party — Hants Community Hospital, Windsor 7pm • Guest speaker: Nancy O’Halloran,

Shifters Bikers Swap Meet — Louis Millet Community Complex, New Minas 10am–3pm

owner of Braveheart First Aid, will do a talk on First Aid, how you can help in an emergency and current changes in First Aid Guidelines for 2016. Delicious desserts, tea and coffee. Proceeds to go towards equipment purchase for the Hants Hospital. TIX: free will offering INFO: 902-757-1791 / jpjank@soironic.ca

Jam Session — Community Hall, North Alton 7–10pm • Come on out and play, sing or enjoy listening to the music. Join us for a great lunch, tea and coffee. We also have a door prize and

• The Valley’s largest bike swap meet. Motorcycle parts, leather gear and accessories, jewelry, sewing seamstress, patches, motorbike accessories, gel seats, sheep skin covers, and much more! Canteen, 50/50, door prizes, tickets to win a BBQ, draw at 2:45pm. Proceeds for the Kidney Foundation. Vendors are 90% bike related! TIX: $4 adult, no charge under age 12. $25 per table, contact to book. INFO: 902-840-2861 / shirleypeck@eastlink.ca

Ticket Auction & Vendor Fair — Annapolis East Elementary School, Middleton 10am–4pm • Over

20 vendors! Canteen on site. All proceeds go to Annapolis East Elementary School! TIX: no charge INFO: 902-825-6977 / m.wagstaff@hotmail.com

Ticket Auction — Fire Hall, Aylesford 11am–3pm • 20 tickets for $1, draw starts at 3pm. All proceeds support the West Kings 2016 Grad Class. Raffles for a hand-stitched quilt and a hand-crafted aluminum sunflower. TIX: donation INFO: 902-847-4440 Scotian Hiker: Amethyst Cove — 999 Cape Split Rd, Canning 11:00am–4:30pm • Meetup at the Cape Split trailhead parking lot. This hike involves a 20-30 minute leg-and-lung burning hike to the top of the ridge along woods road to the ropes, then descend the steep hillside with the assistance of guide ropes 400ft to the beach below. We must walk 1 to 1.5 hrs eastward along rocky shoreline to reach the cove proper. We will spend some time here for lunch and searching for amethyst souvenirs before returning the way we came. Physically challenging. Please see website for gear list and possible changes. TIX: no charge INFO: scotianhiker.com Crib Tournament — Royal Canadian Legion, Kentville 12:30pm • Ladies Auxiliary crib tournament. Lunch provided TIX: $20 per team INFO: 902-678-8935 Baked Bean and Ham Supper — Baptist Church, Cambridge 4–6:30pm • Ham, baked beans, brown

bread, and gingerbread for dessert. TIX: $10 adults, $5 ages 5–12 INFO: dpministry2000@gmail.com

Variety Supper — Baptist Church, North Alton 4:30pm • Casseroles, salads, desserts, tea/coffee. Come and bring a friend. TIX: $12 adult, $6 children under 12 INFO: valerihope@hotmail.com Fundraiser — Fire Hall, Waterville 7–10pm • Fundraiser for the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Organized and MC’d by Joyce Seamone, NSCMHF Inductee. Houseband: Stagecoach, with special guests, Michelle Colp, Cindi MacAulay, Barb Crowell and Dave Guptill. Sound by Gerald Seamone. TIX: $10 at the door INFO: 902-543-5053 / joyceseamone@bwr.eastlink.ca Spring Auction — Horton Community Centre, Grand Pré 7pm • Horton Community Centre

Association are holding their Annual Spring Auction. The Association is a registered charitable organization, run entirely by volunteers, which provides a meeting-place for other non-profit youth and community groups. TIX: no charge INFO: kaiserhallett@yahoo.ca

Vinyl Record Sale — AVM Morfee Center, Greenwood 12–4pm. Sale runs April 17–24 (hours vary) • VINYL RECORD SALE. Thousands of albums available. Come out and check for some of your old favorites. Sponsored by The Friends of Greenwood Library. Closed Thursday and Saturday. Look for details on 14 Wing Library’s Facebook Page. TIX: no charge INFO: anneb@email.com Everyday Citizenship: Local Agriculture & Regional Food Systems — The Box of Delights Bookshop, Wolfville 1pm • Duncan Ebata from the HarvestHand Community speaks about the importance of locally sourced food and the agriculture of the area. Q&A to follow. TIX: no charge INFO: 902-542-9511 / boxofdelightsbooks@gmail.com Matt the Music Man — Cotton Tale Cafe + Play, New Minas 3pm • Join the fun and sing along! For all ages. TIX: $5 at the Cafe or reserve by phone INFO: 902-680-1691 Fish Chowder/Chili Supper — Community Hall, Cambridge Station 4–6pm • Fish Chowder or Chili, rolls/crackers, tea, coffee and dessert. All proceeds go towards maintaining the Centre. TIX: $10 adults ($12 Take Out), $6 children under 12 INFO: 902-538-7666 / mooretl4@hotmail.com Fundy Cinema screens THE GIRL IN THE BOOK — Al Whittle Theatre, 4pm & 7pm • In order to find love and rediscover her creative voice a young assistant book editor and aspiring writer in New York’s publishing world must first overcome a troubling teenage relationship with her father’s best friend when he re-enters her life 15 years later as a best-selling author. TIX: $9 INFO: 902-542-1050 Valley Voices Gospel Concert — Bethany Memorial Baptist Church, Aldershot 7–9pm • Gospel concert and hymn sing. Fellowship to follow. TIX: free will offering INFO: 902-448-2414 / president@valleyvoices.org Hymn Sing — United Baptist Church, Wolfville Ridge 7–9pm • Special guests: Windsor Plains

Baptist Church Choir. Refreshment and fellowship time to follow. TIX: donation INFO: 902-542-3419

Donovan Woods — Union Street Cafe, Berwick 8–11pm • The Union Street is proud to present,

Donovan Woods. TIX: $20 (+fees & tax) INFO: 902-538-7787 / contactunionstreet@gmail.com

MONDAY, 18

Musical Variety Show — Royal Canadian Legion, Wolfville 7:30pm • Caroll Edwards, Country Kids, Make Mine Country. 50/50 and canteen. TIX: $5 INFO: 902-542-0471 / ellen.hunt@ns.sympatico.ca

Popovers — Library, Kingston 10–11am • A preschooler fun time with stories, crafts, and songs for ages 2–5 and their parent/caregiver. TIX: no charge, but please register. INFO: 902-765-3631 / valleylibrary.ca

Dance: Side Winders — Royal Canadian Legion, Kentville 9pm–12am • Bar and Kitchen open. 19+

Coffee Party — The Beehive Adult Service Centre, Aylesford 10–12pm • Spring Coffee Party. Baked

TIX: $7 a person INFO: 902-678-8935

Goods - Materials - Used Books TIX: donation INFO: 902-847-9696 / beehiveasc@eastlink.ca

SUNDAY, 17 Windsor & District Lions Club Breakfast — Community Centre, Windsor 7–9:30am • Full

breakfast menu, tea/coffee included. TIX: $6 INFO: 902-798-8143

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Plein Air Annapolis Valley — The Lobster Pound, Halls Harbour 10am–1pm • Join Anne and Edward

in the parking lot. This is an inaugural meeting for all artists and art lovers, from beginner to pro, who would like the experience of creating art on location, outdoors (plein air). A new location each week – suggestions welcome. Any art media: watercolour, oils, acrylics, gouache, pastels, inks, graphite. A short session is devoted to mutually-supportive critiques for those who are interested. TIX: no charge INFO: 902-701-8106 / edwardwedler@gmail.com Seniors Come Celebrate Spring! — Library, Kentville 10:30–11:30am • Come enjoy Springtime stories, songs, and conversation. For Seniors TIX: no charge INFO: 902-679-2544 / valleylibrary.ca Library Lab — Isabel & Roy Jodrey Memorial Library, Hantsport 3–4:30pm • Library Lab will run the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month ending May 17, 2016 and is for kids ages 10–14. Kids will be exploring a variety of crafting techniques, art materials and science related activities. Snacks included! TIX: no charge, but registration is required. INFO: 902-684-0103 / valleylibrary.ca Public Hearing — Town Hall, Wolfville 6pm • Regarding the deregistration of Christie House (503-505 Main Street) as a Heritage Property. TIX: no charge INFO: Devin Lake, 902-542-3232 / dlake@wolfville.ca 100 Men Who Give a Damn! — Community Centre, Port Williams 6:30–7:30pm • (Members Only) An open-membership group whose sole goal is to donate money to local charities. The concept is simple: 4 times annually, 100 men convene in a room, listen to three presentations, and then donate $10,000 to one of the charities ($100 per member). Membership is open and your only obligation is to donate $100 four times annually. TIX: donation INFO: info@100menannapolisvalley.ca Teen Buddies — Library, Kentville 6:30–7:30pm • Members of Kentville Library’s Teen Council will be on hand to read, colour, draw, build and play with kids aged 3–8. Parents/caregivers must remain in the library. TIX: no charge INFO: 902-679-2544 Support Group for caregivers helping someone with an Eating Disorder — Louis Millet Community Complex, New Minas 7–9pm • We know how bewildering, challenging and exhausting being a caregiver can be. Our meetings are a safe place for you to just be. Confidentiality is one of our key principles. No-one judges. Everyone understands. So why not come and get some support for yourself too. Please call or text either if you have any questions or if you would like support but aren’t able to make the meetings. TIX: no charge INFO: Brigitte, 902-691-2319 / Laura, 902-840-1495 / AV.FC4SWEDs@outlook.com

WEDNESDAY, 20

Generational Expectations — Military Family Resource Centre, Greenwood 9:30–11:30am • Different generations see the world through a different lens because they have been influenced by the times in which they grew up. Understanding a bit about each generation will help you to establish effective working relationships. Workshop Facilitator: Leona Conrick BBA, CVA Leona has been the Volunteer Services Manager at the Greenwood Military Family Resource since 2010. TIX: no charge INFO: 902-678-1398 / coordinator@kingsvolunteerresourcecentre.ca Soup/Chowder Luncheon — United Baptist Church, Port Williams 11:30am–1pm •Last of the Season! Along with your delicious hamburger soup or corn chowder we offer fresh french bread or rolls,

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an array of delicious desserts, tea and coffee. Takeout are available (Port Williams) by calling 902-542-3012 after 9am that day. TIX: $8 per person, no charge for children under 10 INFO: 902-542-3681 / pburden@ns.sympatico.ca Fundy Cinema screens THE MESSENGER — Al Whittle Theatre, 7pm • A visually thrilling ode to the beauty and importance of the imperilled songbird and what it will mean to all of us, both globally and personally, should we lose them. TIX: $9 INFO: 902-542-1050

THURSDAY, 21

Driver Refresher Course — Fire Hall, New Minas 10am–2pm • Topics include: new driving

laws, distracted driving, vehicle technology, driving to your ability, impaired driving and more. RCMP driving simulator will be onsite. Light lunch provided. TIX: no charge, but preregistration is required. INFO: 902-375-3602 / michelle.parker@rcmp-grc.gc.ca Third Thursday Social — Library, Windsor 2–4pm • Join us for some easy listening entertainment provided by local musicians while you read, browse, do the puzzle, or just relax. Coffee/tea & light refreshments. TIX: no charge INFO: valleylibrary.ca Wilmot Community Centre Jam Session — Community Centre, Wilmot 7–10pm • Jam session with snack TIX: $2 INFO: 902-825-3125 Windsor Legion Meeting — Royal Canadian Legion, Windsor 7:30–8:30pm • General meeting at the Windsor Legion Branch 009, Fort Edward Mall. Members only please. TIX: no charge INFO: 902-798-2031 / windsorlegion@eastlink.ca

LIVE THEATRE Murderous Crossing: Dinner Theatre — CentreStage Theatre, Kentville April 8 & 9, 6:15pm • It’s April, 1925, and the perfect time to take a cruise on the HMS Victoria! You are invited to dine at the Captain’s table for an evening of murder and mayhem. 4-course roast beef dinner, Cash bar, lotto tree, and silent auction. Bon Voyage! TIX: $50 (tax receipts issued for $25) INFO: Lana, 902-678-8040

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? — Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville April 13, 14, 15, 16, 7pm • After a sold out run last fall, the Wolfville Theatre Collective is proud to present another run of Edward Albee’s Classic drama Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Starring Thea Burton, Paul Abela, Mike Dennis and Emily Lutz, and directed by Mike Butler. TIX: $15 @ The Box of Delights Bookshop (Wolfville) INFO: butlermike50@gmail.com It Takes a Village: Tales from the Mud, eh? — Festival Theatre, Wolfville April 14, 15, 16, 7:30, April 16, 2pm • A look at creating, building, preserving and celebrating community through dance, song and drama. TIX: $15 adult, $12 students/seniors @ The Box of Delights Bookshop (Wolfville) and at the door. INFO: pat@daysend.ca Frozen, Ice Show — Arena, Windsor April 17, 3–5pm • Performed by Riverview Skating Club; all skaters from ages 3 and up will be participating in this family favorite. Come out and enjoy great local skating talent and support our local skating club. Also a bake table, 50/50 and more. TIX: $6 @ the door. No charge for preschool-age children. INFO: 902-757-2497 / tleopold@ns.sympatico.ca UPCOMING:

Enchanted April — CentreStage Theatre, Kentville April 22, 23, 29, 30, May 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21,

27, 28, 7:30pm, May 8, 15, 2pm • Who doesn’t

dream about escaping from their dreary existence by running away to an exotic location? Following the First World War, four very different English women rent a remote castle in Tuscany and try to come to grips with their lives and relationships. Under the spell of their idyllic, sun-drenched surroundings, they rediscover laughter, themselves, and romance. It’s April in Italy and anything can happen...even love! TIX: $15 general, $12 student/senior INFO: 902-678-8040 / centrestage@centrestagetheatre.ca

EXHIBITS “Paris in Passing” — The Box of Delights Bookshop, Wolfville. April 7–21 • Arthur Grebneff. Black-andwhite photography capturing daily moments on the streets of Paris. Artist Talk: April 7, 6–7pm. Join photographer Arthur Grebneff as he tells us the stories behind the photos. INFO: 902-542-9511 / boxofdelightsbooks@gmail.com

illness. FEE: $35. Pre-registration is required INFO: Loreen Keddy, therapeuticyoga@outlook.com

Voice & Piano Lessons — Private music instruction. All ages and levels. Learn to read music: Group sight-singing classes on demand. INFO: 902-300-1001 / Susan_dworkin@hotmail.com Taoist Tai Chi™: Classes at — Kentville: Lions Hall 78 River Street, Tuesdays 6–9pm; Thursdays 11:30am–2pm. Berwick Legion, Mondays, 6–7:30pm. INFO: Mary Anne, 902-678-4609 / kentville@taoist.org Inner Sun Yoga — Classes for every level of student with certified instructors in our inviting studio space. INFO: 542-YOGA / innersunyoga.ca Community Yoga — Wed. & Fri., 12–1pm @ Dance Studio, Downstairs, Old-SUB, Acadia. FEE: $5, no charge for Acadia students INFO: Carole, cazaflows@gmail.com

Bob Hainstock — Harvest Gallery, Wolfville. April 16–May 15 • Mixed media works by Bob Hainstock.

INFO: harvestgallery.ca

“Critical Incident” — Acadia University Art Gallery, Wolfville. Until April 21 • Paintings

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Apple Bin Art Gallery — Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville • Approximately 100 pieces of affordable

The Apple Tree Foundation — The Foundation provides financial support for Kings Regional Rehabilitation Centre to assist clients with disabilities and mental health challenges. They are looking for volunteers to help with their 5km charity run on April 24. Volunteers will direct runners, help with set-up and teardown, and assist with registration. INFO: tbambrick@krrc.ns.ca

by Anthony Clementi. The works selected for the exhibition explore moments of crisis from around the world. Artist talk, March 30, 2pm. INFO: artgallery@acadiau.ca

original art created by local Valley artists. Part proceeds go towards hospital equipment and to help support Annapolis Valley health care programs.

Judith J. Leidl — Oriel Fine Art, Wolfville • Fine art: floral paintings, scarves, acrylic paintings, prints, ceramics, and Inuit work from Baffin Island. INFO: 902-670-7422 / judithleidlart.com

CLASSES & WORKSHOPS Beginner Knitting w/Devon Koeller — April 19, 6–9pm. • Whether you have never picked up a set of needles or you just need a little refresher from when Grandma taught you, Devon will be happy to get you started. Learn to cast on, knit, purl and how to bind off. Start your very first project, a super cozy chunky cowl! Skill level: Beginner. FEE: $40 +HST, includes all materials and instruction. INFO: gaspereauvalleyfibres.ca Generational Expectations — Wed. April 20, 9:30–11:30am @ Greenwood Military Family Resource Centre, Greenwood. • Each generation sees the world through a different lens because they have been influenced by the times in which they grew up. Understanding a bit about each generation will help you to establish effective working relationships. FEE: no charge INFO: 902-678-1398 / coordinator@kingsvolunteerresourcecentre.ca

Actor’s Workshop — April 23, 3–9pm @ CentreStage Theatre, Kentville. • With Andrew Kacprzak. FEE: $25 INFO: Beth Irvine, 902-678-0293 / atfeirvine@gmail.com

Spring Wellness Workshop (Therapeutic Yoga For Better Mobility) — Sat. April 23, 1pm–3pm @ Lahara Yoga, Wolfville. • Learn simple movements that you can do every day to help improve mobility, decrease tension and pain, and keep you moving well. Designed for people with pain, injury or

Campaign for Kids — A Foundation dedicated to helping underprivileged children and youth in Kings County. They are looking for board members, especially in the Western end of the Valley. There are monthly board meetings where they review funding requests and 3-4 fundraising events a year. INFO: 902-582-3409 / info@campaignforkids.com L’Arche Homefires — A community organization that supports adults with disabilities. They are seeking volunteers that can fill a variety of roles including preparing meals, taking part in social activities, helping with weaving, knitting, sewing, candle making, etc. INFO: Roxanne Brown, 902-542-3520 / admin@larchehomefires.org CNIB — A non-profit that provides rehabilitation services for people who are blind, visually impaired and deafblind. They are looking for 10 volunteers in Wolfville, Windsor, Kentville, and New Minas for their Vision Mate position. Vision Mates are matched up one-on-one with a person with vision loss to provide sighted assistance for two hours a week. INFO: Jeff deViller, 902-453-1480 / jeff.deviller@cnib.ca Wolfville Public Library CAP Lab — Looking for two volunteers April & May for one afternoon a week from 12:30–4:30pm. Responsibilities include supervising the CAP Lab, opening and closing, and assisting patrons with basic computer questions/ tasks. INFO: wolfvillecap@valleylibrary.ca. Wickwire Place for Senior Care — Wickwire Place is enriching their recreation program, and is looking for speakers, performers, volunteers who can teach knitting, painting, exercise classes, etc. Preference goes to volunteers who can make a regular commitment (weekly, monthly, etc.) INFO: tclahane@eastlink.ca for more information.


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FOR HIRE/PURCHASE: Property Management/Home Checking: Experienced property manager available to help you look after your rental property, or regularly check your house while you’re away (complying with insurance requirements). Also would be glad to feed your pet daily. In the Wolfville, New Minas, Kentville areas. INFO: 902-599-3060 / wagon975@gmail.com Intuitive Therapy and Readings: Intuitive Therapy combines intuitive readings with therapeutic guidance. Understanding the meaning behind the message and its importance for you, at this time. Receive a therapeutic reading in person, by phone, by email, by text, or Skype. Catherine Skye Knott, Intuitive / Intuitive Nature Therapist / Reiki Master / Health Professional. INFO: lisbonchai@gmail.com Travel Planning Professional: Book your summer vacation! Free, no obligation quotes. Friendly, professional service. Valley based. Denise MacMillan with The Destination Experts. INFO: 902-692-9581 / dmacmillan@TheDestinationExperts.com / FB/Denise.TravelPlanning/

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Teaching English as a Second Language Conference: Sat. May 14 @ Acadia University, Wolfville. Presented by TESL Nova Scotia. Program will include presentations, workshops, networking opportunities, and an information session with Nova Scotia’s Minister of Immigration, Lena Diab. Topics include volunteering with refugees, cultural competency, Canadian Language Benchmarks, and more! All are welcome, including volunteers and community members. FEE: $30, includes lunch and refreshments. INFO/Reg: teslns.com

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DO YOU KNOW THIS LITTLE CAT? The Grapevine has been recruited by a Wolfville resident to help find out where this little cat belongs. Does anyone own, or know anything about, this lovely little Tuxedo cat who has come visiting on Kent Ave. twice in the past few weeks after a year's absence? He looks well kept but is very hungry and wants some loving. Please contact editor@grapevinepublishing.ca if you have any information.

Fish Soup director and producer, Rami Katz

DINNER OUT: DEVOUR REVIEW:

FISH SOUP Scott Campbell

Fish Soup was one of the short films chosen to be screened at Wolfville’s Devour Food Film Festival. The documentary short was directed and produced by Rami Katz – a Vancouver filmmaker and the son of the subject of the documentary. Fish Soup is a warm and enlightening film which is described by the director (Rami Katz) as, "a personal film, providing an intimate look at family and cultural traditions through the making of fish soup". I agree with Rami but I think the film is also, very much, about fathers and sons. The subject of the documentary (Rami Katz’s father), with his gentle yet strong and confident voice, leads us through the intricacies of selecting the proper fish at the Granville Island Fish Market in Vancouver. My favourite quotation from the movie is

when Rami Katz asks his dad how he knows to come to his place (referring to a particular fish stall). His dad replies with a smile, “I look at his face”. This confidence evokes a trust in the viewer that transcends fish markets and, as Katz the film maker points out, takes us through a cultural journey as well. We start to learn as much about Rami’s relationship with his father as we learn about his father’s relationship with his own father. If you’d like to learn a little bit about the fine art of creating a traditional Jewish Fish Soup, and also discover something about the cultural threads that can join father to son through the decades, then I urge you to go see this inviting and generous film, Fish Soup. Follow Scott on Twitter or Instagram @ ScottsGrapevine

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DINNER OUT: ICEWINE FESTIVAL DINNER AT LECAVEAU Scott Campbell

Restaurant LeCaveau was bustling Friday night (March 4). It was the final night of their mid-winter opening as part of the annual Icewine Festival. A special fixed menu dinner was presented to a sold out dining room and yours truly was smack in the middle of it. Chef Jason Lynch was on point as usual with an amazing menu of delectable dinner fare that had each menu item expertly paired with a wine selection. We started off with a choice of Winter Salad or Gnocchi. The Winter Salad was an incredible collection of roasted root vegetables, bitter

greens, hazelnuts, and dried cranberry in a shallot vinaigrette. This was offered with a Vintner’s Reserve Riesling. The Gnocchi was a potato gnocchi with a Dragon’s Breath cream sauce and house-smoked sustainable Blue Salmon. This was paired with a Rosé. There were three choices for the main: A Seared Hanger Steak, a Koulibiac of Sustainable Blue Trout, or a Nova Scotia Red Deer Tagliatelle. The Seared Hanger Steak was served with fingerling potato hash, demi, and seasonal vegetables served with a Vintner’s Reserve Castel. The Koulibiac (a traditional Russian fish pie often done with Salmon and

sometimes spelled "Coulibiac") of Sustainable Blue Trout was a puff pastry filled with trout, rice, mushrooms, eggs, and herbs. It was paired with Vintner’s Reserve L’Acadie. And finally, the Nova Scotia Red Deer Tagliatelle was a ragout of red deer tossed with handmade tagliatelle (pasta) and Old Growler gouda. This was paired with a thick rich Baco Noir – more than a match for the robust deer. I had the Koulibiac. The nicely balanced acidity of the L’Acadie wine was perfect with the rich puff pastry and the earthy trout flavour.

an almond crumble and strawberries. This was paired with the Vidal Icewine which was an amazing match. The sweet Vidal Icewine against the tart lemon meringue was a delicious reminder of why we celebrate these fantastic wines with their own festival. If you missed out on this great celebration of Valley food and wine then make sure you mark it on your calendar for next year. It is a highlight of our winter season for sure. Cheers. Follow Scott on Twitter or Instagram @ ScottsGrapevine.

For dessert I had a Lemon Meringue with

Seared Hanger Steak

Winter Salad

Nova Scotia Red Deer Tagliatelle

Lemon Meringue with Almond Crumble and Strawberries

Koulibiac of Sustainable Blue Trout

Gnocchi

WAY BACK WHEN Emily Leeson

All photos courtesy of Randall House Museum 259 Main Street, Wolfville, NS 902-542-9775, wolfvillehs.ednet.ns.ca Now closed for the season, but please check the website for Winter and Spring Programming! DATE: 1879 OBJECT TYPE: Illustration, Periodical MATERIALS: Paper DESCRIPTION: A framed illustration from a newspaper or other periodical showing three buildings and people standing around in front.

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This illustration shows the scene of the murder, on Main Street in Wolfville, of Bessie Harris DeWolf, wife of Dr. Albert DeWolf. From the Recorded, Halifax, June 20, 1879, pg.3, "The deceased was married to Dr. DeWolf about two years ago but immediately after the ceremony he changed his mind and they agreed to separate. A short time after, he wished her to come back and live with him but she refused. She was living as a servant at Fred Brown's." The murder took place on June 18, 1879 when Albert shot Bessie twice "in the vicinity of Caldwell and Murray's store" (near the corner of Main and Highland streets). Albert was arrested about two hours after the tragedy, having attempted to rid himself of the pistol by dropping it down the chimney of his parents' home. He committed suicide by hanging himself on July 3 in the jail at Kentville before he could be tried.


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WHAT’S GROWING AT THE HARRIET IRVING BOTANICAL GARDENS

LITERACY LOOP

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Melanie Priesnitz, Conservation Horticulturist

If you’ve walked the Woodland Trails at Acadia lately you may have noticed the addition of a tiny red and yellow house filled with books. The Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens has just joined the movement to share books, bring people together, and create communities of readers by installing a Little Free Library on the trails. There are over 36,000 Little Free Libraries around the world in 70 countries — from Iceland to Tasmania to Pakistan and now Wolfville. The library belongs to the community, everyone is invited to take books and leave books. It’s intended to be a place to exchange favourites as well as to share books with those who cannot afford to buy their own. Given that the Botanical Garden staff members are the stewards of the library you can expect to find a plant book or two. Currently on the shelf are a collection of gardening books as well as a few murder mysteries and a handful of kid’s books. Hiking for books can be a fun family outing. You can hike a literacy loop on the Woodland Trails from our library, just off of the Park Street entrance to the trails, to a community member’s Little Free Library located in their front yard off of the Beckwith trail extension. We look forward

to watching our little library evolve and hope that community members will help us keep it vibrant and active. You can search for additional Little Free Libraries and view the listings for the two on the Woodland Trails on the international website. Currently there are just 9 registered in Nova Scotia and it would be great to see more. Rumour has it there are ten in the Annapolis Valley, they just haven’t all been registered. If you’re interested in creating your own Little Free Library you can find building plans and suggestions for getting started on the website at littlefreelibrary.org. If you’re a steward of a local library join the Annapolis Valley Little Free Library Facebook page so we can all connect and support literacy together. facebook.com/ AnnapolisValleyLittleFreeLibraries Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens Acadia University botanicalgardens.acadiau.ca

Photo Credit: M. Priesnitz

ANTHONY CLEMENTI: CRITICAL INCIDENT Lindsay Bilodeau

The Acadia University Art Gallery’s latest installation Anthony Clementi: Critical Incident, explores world crisis through powerful and real images translated into paintings. Clementi’s work not only highlights issues, but seeks to display, using techniques and styles inspired by the old masters, the beauty and hope that can be found even within a crisis. Throughout the exhibition the works take the visitor on a journey through the world and an assortment of recent incidents of crisis spanning environmental disaster, disease epidemics, and the on-going refugee crisis. A particularly interesting aspect of his work is his selection of images that include what he calls “optimistic objects”. One might think that a plastic bag or a medical mask would fade into the background of an image, but Clementi’s work highlights these objects and uses

them as symbols of optimism. Objects play a number of important, and less important, roles in our every day lives. Many objects go on existing without us ever recognizing how useful and important they are, but others are revered and take on meaning outside of their practical, physical existence and purpose. There are objects that act as a connection to the past or to other people, some that make us feel something, or that remind us of someone special. There are objects to symbolize love, happiness, celebration, and sadness. Objects, whether we realize it or not, have an immense hold on human lives and their importance is infinite. Clementi’s use of images that feature every day objects being used in times of crisis emphasizes the power and symbolism of objects we see as everyday (read:

unimportant), and in some cases, objects we see as trash. Arguably the most striking objects in his works are plastic bags, which are especially visible in the section of the exhibition centered on the Syrian refugee crisis. The bags aren’t just being used in a temporary capacity in these images; instead they’re being clutched in the hands of people who have lost all but the contents of their plastic bags. The bags are certainly optimistic images, they indicate that the people so brilliantly captured in these images, have hope that one day they will find safety and comfort, and that, until then, they will carry what they have. Without hope, these people would have no use for these bags; they would have no interest in keeping anything if they did not believe that they would survive to see a better life. Perhaps more powerfully, the bags act as

optimistic objects by making the people in the paintings relatable. We all know what it feels like to hold a plastic bag in our hands, we all understand the object, and somehow that offers a connection to these people. The bags offer a glimpse into the impact of crisis on human beings who have the same fundamental needs as those of us living in a relatively stable and privileged world. There is nothing more optimistic than humans making connections with one another, and humans empathizing, because it is human connection and empathy that lead people to demand change. Anthony Clementi: Critical Incident can be viewed at the Acadia University Art Gallery (Beveridge Arts Centre, 10 Highland Ave.) until April 21, 2016.

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THE WOMEN OF WOLFVILLE FOCUS ON COMMUNITY Submitted

What makes a good, strong, caring community is the theme of the 16th annual Women of Wolfville (WOW) production that runs from April 14-16. The collective creation, which is full of storytelling, song, and dance, is entitled It Takes a Village – Tales from the Mud, eh?. The production takes an original look at creating, building, preserving, and celebrating community. WOW is a network of over 300 women, about 40 of whom have been preparing for this production in recent months. They range in age from six to 76. The production will be staged four times at Festival Theatre in Wolfville, April 14-16 at 7:30pm. The Saturday matinee is set for 2pm.

The Thursday evening presentation will support the on-going L’Arche Homefires' renovation of its hall on Main Street in Wolfville. The proceeds from this year’s production will help not only L’Arche, but also Chrysalis House; a yet-to-be built youth centre in Lac la Loche, Saskatchewan; and the commemoration of Wolfville’s unsung WWII heroine, Mona Parsons. Support for the Lac la Loche project was requested by a former WOW member, Paula MacPherson, who did counseling there after the school shootings. Through their annual theatrical adventures, WOW has raised over $175,000 for charity since 2001. Tickets for this year's production are $12 for students/seniors and $15 for adults. They are available at the Box of Delights Bookshop in Wolfville, or at the door.

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