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The Grapevine

December 12 – 19, 2013

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December 12 – 19, 2013 | Issue No. 4.16




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Stewart Bishop p.3 | An Inquisitive Toy Story p.5 | Union Street Cafe Update p.8 HerbivoreCarnivore: Le Caveau Restaurant p.10 | A Magical Enchanting Story p.10 Lola Osborne-Gidney p.11 | Petitot: A Closer Look p.14 | Fezziwig: Alice! In Pantoland p.14


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Furry Feature p.3 Random Act of Kindness p.3 Backstage Pass p.3 The Free Tweets p.4 Mike Uncorked p.5 Crossword p.5 Freewill Horoscopes p.6 Scotian Hiker Trivia p.6 Tide Chart p. 6



Slow and steady growth has always been our style, and this will certainly continue to be the case in 2014. It’s safe to say that we’re not done yet! Lastly, we owe everything to you – our wonderful community of dedicated readers who help us to create a solid platform to promote your: events, views, and business. Through your dedicated and unwavering support (please make a point of thanking our advertisers), The Grapevine will continue to grow and flourish throughout 2014. Sincerely, Jeremy Novak & Jocelyn Hatt

ON THE COVER: Alice! In Pantoland

StarDrop p.13 Recipe p.13

Photo: Wendy Elliot

Weeklies, Theatre, Exhibits p.15

Eat to the Beat p.19

Editor's Up date

Looking back on 2013, The Grapevine had several noteworthy accomplishments. We started the year by continuing to produce podcasts and although we ended this experiment after only six episodes, it taught us that there are various ways we can promote the arts and community here in the Valley. FYI: You can still listen to the shows by clicking the podcast link at We were also able to grow the team in 2013 (see the full team list on the right). Emily Leeson has been an amazing addition helping us assemble content each issue (it's a bonus that she can tap into her talented family for possible submissions). Pamela Swanigan joined us to provide another layer of editing and a bucket load of publication experience. Also, The Grapevine delivery team expanded with the addition of: Keeler, Lauren, and Mark. But by far, the greatest change in 2013 was the switch to a newsprint format. This resulted in a production increase – we were able to expand from 1,550 issues to 3,000!

Who's Who p.11

Free Classifieds p.18


December 12 – 19, 2013

PE VIN If all goes as planned, The Grapevine is printed every second Thursday, but every once in a while we're thrown a logistical holiday curveball. This will be the first time in four and a half years since Joss and I took the helm of the paper that we will be having back-to-back issues in order to produce our goal of 26 every year. As we're not about to print on December 26th or January 2nd, we will be back on December 19th with an issue that will cover three weeks of Annapolis Valley content. So please, in the meantime, enjoy this 20 page edition!

Acadia Page p.9

What's Happening Events p.16 & 17


About Us p.2





Alice in Pantoland — Festival Theatre, Wolfville, Dec. 12-14, 7-9pm. Dec. 14, 2pm • What happened in Wonderland after Alice left? And what about all the fairytale Panto characters from the past few years, after all that “happily ever after”? Jeremy Webb's new holiday show answers those questions for you, with great song and dance and comedy mayhem. The Red Queen meets Widow Spanky, and you KNOW that means trouble. See poster page 14. TIX: $12 adult, $10 students/seniors @ Box of Delights (Wolfville) or at the door. INFO: 542-9788 /

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The Furry Feature Feature Pet – AUTUMN:

Autumn is a spayed, domestic short-haired tortoiseshell female born at the beginning of September 2012. Someone moved out of their apartment and left this beautiful cat behind. She would certainly add colour to someone's Christmas!


December 12 – 19, 2013

BACKSTAGE PASS Stories from Valley musicians compiled by Mike Aubé

Calling all Valley performers and songwriters! I'm looking for your gig stories and stories-behind-the-song. If you have something to share, mail them, along with a high-resolution photo, to This week’s installment comes from Garry Leeson.


music stands and risers, wired the lights and sound, and most often set up everything at the gigs himself. He was sort of his own roadie.

tewart Bishop founded the Nova Swing band here in the Annapolis Valley. He passed away on December 4, 2013.

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s a worker at Paddy’s, I recently had a customer comment that it must be really annoying having to deal with intoxicated customers. It really got me thinking—thinking about all of the deeply wonderful things I have been fortunate enough to be a part of in the service industry. Yesterday morning a couple of college guys asked to pay for the bill of an elderly couple simply because "They're adorable!" I have also seen a young man take the bill for a single dad who had saved up money to take his son out for his birthday. I was there the day a waitress saved a man's life. I have spent countless hours trying to mediate between customers who each wanted to pay for the other's lunch. I watched as a customer gave a homeless lady $100. We have all contributed funds to our friends and co-workers in times of need. My intoxicated customers dance with me and give me high fives, and help my smile last through a 10-hour shift. Thanks for the magic. I wouldn't have it any other way! Courtenay Violet Baltzer

John Philip Sousa, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman—all fairly good band leaders, but I doubt that any of them could surpass the passion and dedication that Stewart Bishop brought to his music. If he wasn’t marching with his horn in a parade, rehearsing with the concert band, or counting in a swing tune, he was busy researching and adding to his incredible collection of band arrangements. Stewart liked to play music just for music’s sake, but he wasn’t one for hiding his light under a bushel. The truth is, he liked to perform, and it seemed to me that he was always on the lookout for opportunities to do just that. A few years ago I was sitting next to him in the trumpet section when inspiration struck and he leaned over and said, “I know: Let’s put on a show at the Al Whittle Theatre.” At first I thought he had been watching too many 1940 Mickey Rooney movies, but as it turned out it was a good idea, and we all had a great time doing it. Stewart’s lip was in good shape in those days, and when he got to his feet and played “Danny Boy” on his new trumpet, the whole audience applauded. Stewart was a hands-on kind of guy. He directed the band, made the posters, built the

Occasionally there was a bit of a communication problem between Stewart and the band members. It depended on whether or not he had his hearing aids turned on. Once, hoping to add a bit of class to one of the shows we were putting, on I suggested that we include some ballet dancers. He nodded agreement, then proceeded to arrange for a troupe of Belly dancers. What the hell: we played “Temptation” and they were the hit of the show. Stewart knew his music and always spent a great deal of time making sure that the band performed arrangements appropriate to the venue. On one occasion, however, he did make a bit of a faux pas when we opened at the Correctional Centre with “Who’s Sorry Now?” Ah, well. A mere smudge on a nearly perfect record. I know it’s trite to say that Stewart will be sorely missed, but in this case it couldn’t be closer to the truth. He did so much and provided so much enjoyment Compiled by Mike Aube for those he played with and for.

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Starpoint Healing — Zoe Macdonald, R.Ac., Starr’s Point & Windsor, 670-9113 / • With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, we sometimes forget to follow the quiet signs of nature, to wind down and take some inward time for ourselves. What better time to relax on a massage table in a cozy, peaceful setting and let your cares melt away? Offering acupuncture, acupressure massage, fire cupping and reiki–for wellness and relaxation. Gift certificates available. SoundMarket Recording Studios — 63 Pleasant Street, 542-0895 / facebook: Soundmarket Live • Music producers Terry Pulliam and Kory Bayer invite musicians/songwriters to visit our professional studio! Gold-record–winning service and gear. Low rates and assistance with funding. We’ll capture your sound your way! Harwood House Bed & Breakfast — 33 Highland Ave., Wolfville, 542-5707 / • Our time to celebrate with family is right now here in Calgary at -29°C! The warmth and love of being with them in their new home brings us much joy, if only for a short week. Christmas from afar will be celebrated on Skype with both Simone and Jonathan and their young families. Inner Sun Yoga — 461 Main St. Unit 4, Wolfville, 542-YOGA / / • Give the gift of yoga to your loved one. Yoga improves your health and helps you recover from injury and stress.

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Atlantic Lighting Studio — 430 Main St., Wolfville, 542-3431 / • Chris and her team at Atlantic Lighting would like to spread a de-Lightful, warm Christmas wish to our past & present customers. May you all have a safe and happy holiday season. Sister Lotus Body Care Products, Belly Dance & Herbal Education — 680-8839 / sisterlotus. com • We have our favourite holiday soap varieties back in stock: Solstice Spice (lemongrass/ cardamom/anise), Sacred Tree (pine/eucalyptus/cypress/rosemary), & We 3 Kings (frankincense/myrrh/gold....belly-dance coins!) See you at the Wolfville Farmers' Market! Energy Healing Therapist — Railtown, Wolfville, 365-5323 • Give the gift of peace and well-being to a loved one this Christmas with an Energy Healing treatment. Energy Therapist Kathy France offers Pranic Healing, The Release Technique, EFT, Eden Energy Medicine, Reiki and more. Book a single session or gift a Holiday special of 3 treatments for the price of 2. Call for an appointment. Union Street Café — 183 Commercial St. Berwick, 538-7787 / • We are taking the winter off to sparkle up the place and enjoy time with our families. We’ll be back in April with a fresh coat of paint, a new menu and a full slate of exciting musical acts. We’re open until Dec. 23, and our last concert of 2013, Gordie Sampson, will be on Dec. 18. Check facebook for updates. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us at Union Street Café! Natural Touch Reflexology & Reiki — 4738 Hwy 12, North Alton, 678-0454 / 691-4148 / • In the Spirit of Christmas, I will donate all monies collected from mini therapy sessions and natural bath bombs sold at the Holistic Wellness Market Dec. 14 to local charities. Give the Gift of Health. Gift Certificates are available. MONsters by Mon — New Minas, / Facebook: MONsters by Mon • It’s such a busy time of year. I’m looking forward to slowing down a bit and spending some time with my own little MONsters - my two kids - while they enjoy a vacation from school!

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December 12 – 19, 2013

MIKE Uncorked:

An Inquisitive Toy Story!


uppets, magic sets, rubber duckies, puzzles, fake vomit…. have I just stepped into my own personal heaven? I think so! Last week I had my first—but definitely not my last—visit to the new Inquisitive Toy Store in Wolfville, and I lost my mind! I don’t like candy, but I do love toys, so I was like a kid in a toy store (ha ha). I was out of control! I have never been in one space that housed so much cool and interesting stuff! This is a fantastic new addition to the Wolfville retail circuit, perfect for all ages and all occasions. It is well worth a visit for the young and old. With Christmas just two weeks away, make this one of your stops for a special gift for someone on your list! Inquisitive is owned and operated by Jake Rideout and Miranda Collins. Jake is from Upper Tantallon and Miranda from Bedford. I asked them how it all began. Jake replied, “We were sitting in a coffee shop one Sunday afternoon in the spring talking about what we thought the town was missing in terms of businesses. A young family came in behind us with a three-year-old and a baby, so we asked them where they bought their toys. They were tired of shopping at big-box stores or driving to the city, and loved the idea of having a local toy store that carried good quality toys for kids.” Jake and Miranda, two “big kids” themselves, really know their toys, and their enthusiasm for the products they carry and have access to is infectious. Miranda gave me the toy-store tour and knew every inch of the space and all the merchandise in house. I was impressed!

Oh, ladies and gentleman, nothing prepared me for the trip down memory lane I had while poring through the products. They have pop guns, the floating-ball game, classic board games like checkers, chess, charades, backgammon, dominoes, hangman, and Who is it?, classic card games like War, Old Maid, Crazy Eights, and Go Fish. They have pick-up sticks, Lego, a wide assortment of Playmobil and Bruder toys, as well as a section devoted to instruments like accordions, tin whistles, a red ukulele, jaw harps and more! Anyone want to start a band? ’Cause I now own a jaw harp!!! The coolest thing about Jake and Miranda’s toy store is their emphasis on carrying products that require NO batteries or electronics to run them. They sell toys of the mind, perfect for all ages and abilities. They have a huge section of Melissa & Doug Art Supplies such as activity pads, finger-painting pads, markers, water-paint books, stamps, art sets,

easels, travel art games, origami and puffy sticker sets. And then I discovered the puppets! I am a giant fan of the Muppets and the art of puppetry and Inquisitive has a vast selection of puppets. They also sell the full Puppet Time Theatre, ideal for puppet shows. It was such a throwback to my childhood. That section plus the Smart Lab and Primary Science Kits to build your own brain, human body, weather lab and active volcano, as well as the Keva brand build-your own catapults and trebuchets, just made my day! Inquisitive carries Sock Monkeys and the full line of Melissa & Doug train sets (compatible with the more expensive Thomas the Tank train sets), and they just received a batch of the new Goldie Blok read- and build-along play sets. These Goldi Blok have been a big hit all over the world, so get them before they’re gone.

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2. Santa is coming to town, best not to cry or ____. 5. You'll hear them on every street corner. 9. The fourth Reindeer. 10. Of wonder and light. 11. This shaggy and brown beast carried Mary, up hill and down. 12. They bring the good tidings, you hand over the ____ pudding. 13. Thumpety thump ____. 15. A jolly, happy soul.

1. Deck the halls with boughs of this. 3. Only a ____ will do. 4. The sorts of games Rudolph never got to play. 6. Seven ____ a-swimming. 7. Ring-a-ling, hear them ___. 8. All is calm, all is ____. 14. Oh what fun it is to ride in a one ____ open sleigh!

For the eco-friendly consumer; Inquisitive has a full line of eco-design toys for boys and girls, including Totter Tower, Quattro, and planes and trains and cars all made from bamboo! You can enjoy an afternoon tea on the tea sets made from 100% recycled plastic. And I have barely scratched the surface on this great shop! Inquisitive Toy Company is located at 360 Main Street, in the Tim Horton’s/Pete’s complex, in the old Juandaro’s Soccer shop location. Call 697-3009, visit inquisitivetoys. com or check them out on Facebook. You can email or miranda@ for questions regarding the in store products or the potential to order something special. But the best way to get a hold of this awesome and unique store is just to take the time to go and explore! Jake says, "I encourage everyone to shop locally this Christmas. Every Valley business owner works hard to run and sustain a business counting on the support of their neighbours. If we all remember that while we're doing our shopping, we all benefit." From this Big Kid and many others—best of luck, Jake and Miranda! Mike Butler

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Horoscopes for the week of December 12th

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): In 2009, actress Sandra Bullock starred in three films, two of which earned her major recognition. For her performance in All About Steve, she was given a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress. Her work in The Blind Side, on the other hand, won her an Oscar for Best Actress. I'm thinking that you may experience a similar paradox in the coming days, Taurus. Some of your efforts might be denigrated, while others are praised. It may even be the case that you're criticized and applauded for the same damn thing. How to respond? Learn from Bullock's example. She gave gracious acceptance speeches at the award ceremonies for both the Golden Raspberry and the Oscar.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Don't linger in a

years ago, a Roman doctor named Scribonius Largus developed recipes for three different kinds of toothpaste. One contained the ashes of burned-up deer antler, aromatic resin from an evergreen shrub known as mastic, and a rare mineral called sal ammoniac. His second toothpaste was a mix of barley flour, vinegar, honey, and rock salt. Then there was the third: sun-dried radish blended with finely ground glass. Let's get a bit rowdy here and propose that these three toothpastes have metaphorical resemblances to the life choices in front of you right now. I'm going to suggest you go with the second option. At the very least, avoid the third.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Are you feeling

a bit pinched, parched, and prickly? Given the limitations you've had to wrestle with lately, I wouldn't be surprised if you were. Even though you have passed some of the sneaky tests and solved some of the itchy riddles you've been compelled to deal with, they have no doubt contributed to the pinched, parched prickliness. Now what can be done to help you recover your verve? I'm thinking that all you will have to do is respond smartly to the succulent temptations that life will bring your way in the coming weeks.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Have you ever situated yourself between two big bonfires on a beach and basked in the primal power? Was there a special moment in your past when you found yourself sitting between two charismatic people you loved and admired, soaking up the lifegiving radiance they exuded? Did you ever read a book that filled you with exaltation as you listened to music that thrilled your soul? These are the kinds of experiences I hope you seek out in the coming week. I'd love to see you get nourished stereophonically by rich sources of excitement.

doorway, Libra. Don't camp out in a threshold or get stuck in the middle of anything. I understand your caution, considering the fact that life is presenting you with such paradoxical clues. But if you remain ambivalent too much longer, you may obstruct the influx of more definitive information. The best way to generate the clarity and attract the help you need will be to make a decisive move -- either in or out, either forward or backward, either up or down.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): "It's a rare person who wants to hear what he doesn't want to hear," said TV talk show host Dick Cavett. I will love it if you make yourself one of those rare types in the coming week, Scorpio. Can you bring yourself to be receptive to truths that might be disruptive? Are you willing to send out an invitation to the world, asking to be shown revelations that contradict your fixed theories and foregone conclusions? If you do this hard work, I promise that you will be granted a brainstorm and a breakthrough. You might also be given a new reason to brag. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): There are pregnant truths I could reveal to you right now that I've decided not to disclose. I don't think you're prepared to hear them yet. If I told you what they are, you wouldn't be receptive or able to register their full meaning; you might even misinterpret them. It is possible, however, that you could evolve rather quickly in the next two weeks. So let's see if I can nudge you in the direction of getting the experiences necessary to become ready. Meditate on what parts of you are immature or underdeveloped -- aspects that may one day be skilled and gracious, but are not yet. I bet that once you identify what needs ripening, you will expedite the ripening. And then you will become ready to welcome the pregnant truths. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): "Finifugal"

is a rarely used English adjective that I need to invoke in order to provide you with the proper horoscope. It refers to someone who avoids or dislikes endings -- like a child who doesn't want a bedtime story to conclude, or an adult who's in denial about how it's finally time to wrap up long-unfinished business. You can't afford to be finifugal in the coming days, Capricorn. This is the tail end of your cycle. It won't be healthy for you to shun climaxes and denouements. Neither will it be wise to merely tolerate them. Somehow, you've got to find a way to love and embrace them. (P.S. That's the best strategy for ensuring the slow-motion eruption of vibrant beginnings after your birthday.)

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): According to 20th-century British author John Cowper Powys, "A bookshop is a dynamite-shed, a drugstore of poisons, a bar of intoxicants, a den of opiates, an island of sirens." He didn't mean that literally, of course. He was referring to the fact that the words contained in books can inflame and enthrall the imagination. I think you will be wise to seek out that level of arousal in the coming weeks, Aquarius. Your thoughts need to be aired out and rearranged. Your feelings are crying out for strenuous exercise, including some pure, primal catharses. Do whatever it takes to make sure that happens. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): "I am not

fearless," says Mexican journalist and women's right advocate Lydia Cacho, "but I'm not overtaken by fear. Fear is quite an interesting animal. It's like a pet. If you mistreat it, it will bite, but if you understand it and accept it in your house, it might protect you." This is an excellent time to work on transforming your fright reflexes, Pisces. You have just the right kind of power over them: strong and crafty and dynamic, but not grandiose or cocky or delusional. You're ready to make your fears serve you, not drain you.

[Here's this week's homework:] What holiday gifts do you want? Express your outrageous demands and humble requests.

Holiday Arts and Crafts Workshops for Adults and Kids! Held at the Greenwich Art Studio with artist Rachel Reeve. "This is a great time of year to be creative and learn new skills. With eight years experience teaching visual art in the Annapolis Valley I am excited to offer this unique series of holiday workshops for all ages." Family Workshops: 10 am - 2 pm. Pre-registration is required Sat Dec 14th - Printmaking, create a series of multicoloured prints; mounted and ready to frame or use to create a set of holiday cards. Fee: $8 per person or $20 per family ADULT HOLIDAY WORKSHOPS Pre-registration is required 3 Weeks: Friday (Dec 13) 6 pm - 8 pm. We will create handmade gifts, ornaments, holiday décor, cards and tags. Learn techniques in printmaking, mixed media and origami. Fee: $25 per workshop or $70 for all 3 CHILDREN'S HOLIDAY WORKSHOPS (Ages 6 - 8) Pre-registration is required 4 weeks: Tuesdays and Thursdays 3 pm - 5 pm (Dec 12) We will create original prints, cards, ornaments and holiday décor. Participants will have fun learning new skills while creating handmade gifts. Fee: $20 per workshop or $75 for all 4 HOLIDAY WORKSHOPS FOR LITTLE ONES (Pre-school) - Pre-registration is required 3 Weeks: Friday (Dec 13) 10 am - 12 pm We will create festive and fun art and crafts with music and movement. Fee: $20 per workshop or $55 for all 3



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The resin from what common type of Christmas tree was used to treat wounds during the American Civil War?


Who is the mascot for the Christmas Tree Council of Nova Scotia?


VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Mythically speaking, this would be a propitious time for you to make an offering to the sea goddess. In dreams or meditations or fantasies, I suggest you dive down into the depths, find the supreme feminine power in her natural habitat, and give her a special gift. Show her how smart you are in the way you express love, or tell her exactly how you will honor her wisdom in the future. If she is receptive, you may even ask her for a favor. Maybe she'll be willing to assist you in accessing the deep feelings that haven't been fully available to you. Or perhaps she will teach you how to make conscious the secrets you have been keeping from yourself.

1. Yarmouth; 2. Christmas Island; 3. February; 4. Balsam Fir; 5. Buddy Balsam

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected President of the United States four times, more often than any other president. We can conclude that he was one of the most popular American leaders ever. And yet he never won a majority of the votes cast by the citizens of his home county in New York. I foresee the possibility of a comparable development in your life. You may be more successful working on the big picture than you are in your immediate situation. It could be easier for you to maneuver when you're not dealing with familiar, up-close matters. What's outside your circle might be more attracted to your influence than what's nearer to home.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Almost 2,000

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All workshops will be held in Greenwich. For information and registration contact Rachel at: or call 697-2079


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I recently returned from an epic backpacking tour through Italy and Germany. I did a ton of research before I left about how to travel light, cheaply, and comfortably. Here’re a few things I learned:

Packing Rule #1: Travel with quickdry clothing. It allows you to wash and wear the next day. I wear merino tops and quick-dry bottoms. I highly recommend merino apparel from the brands Smartwool and Icebreaker. Merino does not smell bad after multiple days of wearing and it keeps you warm even when you are wet. Rule #2: Layer your clothing. Always carry a light rain jacket as a layer. Rule #3: General rule of thumb, pack 3 pairs of everything. You can go lighter, but 3 of everything is comfy.

Finding Great Food On this last trip I used Yelp. com,, and I Googled “Slow Food (name of town).” In Italy, TripAdvisor and Slow Food worked very well and I did find a few gems using Yelp in less-travelled areas. For speciality coffee shops, I use Coffee-, tweet to the Speciality Coffee Association for recommendations, and Google “top 10 cafes in (name of town).”

Travel Stretching Stretching is key when you are travelling. I find that if I stretch daily, travelling becomes much more pleasant. It’s very easy to get injured when you are over-tired and your muscles are tight. There are many great links out there for flying and for long days of walking (check out Yoga is also awesome when you travel, as it keeps your muscles nice and loose.

Finding Places to Stay I recommend booking ahead of time if you are in Europe because if a festival is on, cities often have very limited vacancy. Most recently in Berlin during a festival, I called 10 places before

I found a room when my booking was accidentally cancelled. For Europe, I tend to use, as this site has the most reviews and up-to-date reservation info. Then, if for some reason the place is not well-reviewed, I recommend cross-referencing it with TripAdvisor. Also, is a site that allows people to rent out their apartments, and there are listings for most of the cities I’ve looked at. In the past year, the rental locations on AirBnB have gained a good list of reviews. I also just love the idea of shared economy, so I am definitely using more the next time I travel. Finally, is quite user-friendly and allows people to tap into local resources (beyond just couches). I'm just getting registered on it now myself. Duncan Ebata

Devour! Golden Tine Award Winners Announced


our filmmakers from three countries took home the coveted Devour! Golden Tine Awards designed and created by Annapolis Royal metal artist Brad Hall. The winners were selected from the 70 films from around the world featured during the five-day festival in Wolfville. Natasha Subramaniam and Alisa Lapidus from the U.S. were awarded Best Short Documentary for their film Reverie. The film explores the visionary cuisine of Chef Jordan Kahn. Best Short Drama went to the Swedish short Grandpa and Me and a Helicopter to Heaven by Johan Palmgren and Åsa Blanck, a beautiful story of a boy, his bedridden grandfather, and one last adventure together. Italian Marco Bonfanti’s

The Last Shepherd won Best Feature Documentary for the compelling story of Renato Zuchelli, the last traveling shepherd in Milan. Americans Jason Cortlund and Julia Halperin’s film Now, Forager won Best Feature Drama. The film is a bittersweet drama about Lucien and Regina, Basque-Americans who gather wild mushrooms in the woodlands of New Jersey and sell them door-to-door to New York restaurants. Along the way they learn to look at themselves and their relationship in a new light. “We set out to make a film about working with food. One that speaks to cooks, purveyors, farmers—all the folks who get their hands dirty every day,” said Jason Cortlund. “Devour! not only brings that core audience to


December 12 – 19, 2013 Annapolis Valley Health Establishes Position Statement On Tobacco And Healthy Communities

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the films, it also provides a stage for them to show what they do best in parallel and create a conversation. It was an amazing festival to attend and I hope to come back again.” “The success of this festival confirms that there is obviously a huge appetite for culinary films and events promoting awareness of local food and wine,” said Michael Howell, Devour! Executive Director. “The reaction from participants, visiting industry session panelists, celebrity chefs, media and our sponsors lead us to believe that this extraordinary event has international appeal.” The next Devour! The Food Film Festival will be held November 12-16, 2014.

Throughout the 2013-’14 academic year, the students of Landmark East School will be involved with Free the Children, an international humanitarian organization that seeks to reduce global child poverty and exploitation and show young people that they have the power to effect change in the world.

A new position statement from Annapolis Valley Health outlines the health authority’s stance on tobacco use and health outcomes. Tricia Cochrane, the Vice President of Community and Continuing Care for Annapolis Valley Health, says, “We’ve been doing a lot of work over the past number of years with community partners and organizations to address the impact of tobacco use on health of our citizens. It became increasingly clear that, as a leader and partner in this work, it was important to define our position on tobacco use.” The two-page position statement, which contains background information about the impact of tobacco use on Canadians and Nova Scotians, outlines AVH’s stance related to policy and legislation, nicotine-treatment support, industry marketing, and strategic partnerships. “This statement not only guides our work in advocacy but also defines the many approaches needed to combat harmful impacts of tobacco use,” says Cochrane. “We know that tobacco use among youth and vulnerable populations in our communities continues to be a challenge—and we want to change health outcomes for the better.” AVH has a rich history in tobacco-control work. Staff, volunteers and physicians have worked together with local coalitions and partners to envision healthier communities

in which tobacco use is not the norm. Cochrane also notes the momentum of various policies and legislation that have been implemented across the province and country. “We know that there is no safe use of tobacco and we are committed to helping individuals, families and communities be healthier.” This position statement is the first of several that will be released in the new year on various issues. All statements are based on the best current evidence. Position statements will be reviewed every three years to ensure that they reflect the best evidence available. The full position statement can be accessed on the AVH website, www.avdha.nshealth. ca, along with more information about AVH’s Advocacy Framework under ‘Population Health’. Public Relations AVH,

Wolfville Is ‘Canada’s Secret Food Destination’ rom November 13 to 17, Wolfville was the FFood host of an incredible event, Devour! The Film Fest. This international festival celebrates cinema, food and wine culture, and Wolfville Town Council, staff and residents could not be more pleased with this year’s outcome.

The festival created an infectious and exciting vibe at a time of year when most cities, not to mention rural communities, are in their pre-Christmas lull. Devour! organizers Michael Howell and Lia Rinaldo worked tirelessly along with many volunteers to bring a culinary-cultural fusion to Wolfville that delighted not only many residents from the town but also many out-of-town visitors who travelled to take part in the newest and hottest festival in the region. Store-owners, craft vendors, restaurant chefs, hotel patrons, and Acadia students and faculty welcomed a whole new crowd and a much-appreciated

rush in foot traffic. The festival made such an impression that people are still talking about it and already looking forward to 2014. Wolfville mayor Jeff Cantwell says, “Many thanks to Michael and Lia for their dedication and commitment to this special event and this special place. Their vision for the ultimate food-film festival in the culinary epicentre of the province became a reality. In fact, the Hollywood Reporter named Wolfville ‘Canada’s secret food destination,’ and thousands of people came out to get a taste. Bravo! I’m sure I am not the only one who is already salivating in anticipation of next year's menu and production.” Denise Bonnell, Town of Wolfville

kill vast numbers of people. The burden of carrying water every day prevents many girls from receiving an education at school and the lack of safe drinking water keeps many African villages trapped in a state of suffering and despair.” Teams of three will each be carrying a four-litre container of water on November 20. Carl Oldham, the owner/general manager of the Wolfville SaveEasy, has generously donated 25 containers of President's Choice water for our Water Walk event.

On November 20, to mark the start of Landmark’s involvement with Free the Children, students and staff will be participating in a Water Walk through Three keen Action Team participants: Wolfville. The walk will demonstrate our solidarity with women and girls During the school year, a group of energetic and committed student volunRebecca Holleman, Emma DePutter, in Sub-Saharan Africa who have to carry water long distances every day to teers from Landmark East, known as the “Me to We Action Team,” will work Joe LePabic. supply their communities with water. As Free the Children observes, “Water to support a Free the Children Clean Water and Sanitation Project. They will reservoirs are often contaminated and end up being sources of disease that may weaken and engage in numerous acts of volunteer service and other initiatives in the Wolfville community.


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t was seed-exchange night a few weeks ago at our garden club in Nicholsville, so that afternoon I did a final comb-through of my garden for the last seed heads and pods. Straightening up, I was almost struck in the face by a wall of dried brown Scarlet Runner Bean pods, plentiful and forgotten. I had to chuckle at my wasted effort, planting so many and eating so few, but each year I can’t resist planting them.

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Scarlet Runner Beans were perhaps the first vegetable I ever saw growing. I grew up in the city, and although we decamped to the Laurentians every year from the end of June until the day after Labour Day, Mum and Dad were too busy surviving having four children in under five years to indulge in their quiet love of gardening. Two back yards up from ours in the city lived my sister’s friend Liz. While the driveways of most of the people we knew were stocked with sedans and practical station wagons, Liz’s held an MG TF and then later, when I was 9 or 10, a Jaguar XKE in British racing green, owned by Liz’s most handsome older brother. Occasionally I was allowed to tag along while Liz and my sister chatted on her back verandah, which was draped with a vine covered in little red flowers and long green pods filled with huge red beans, all exotic to my eight-year-old eyes. Liz would intermittently pull green beans off of it and eat them, snap, snap, crunch, crunch. So Scarlet Runners are paramount in my gardening memories. My children don’t like them and have asked me why I keep planting them. Along with being my first garden vegetable, they’re a reminder of that time, that verandah, and those cars. No wonder I still plant them. Wouldn’t you? Andrea Leeson

UNION STREET CAFE TWO HEARTS COLLIDE From the beginning, Union Street Café has been about sharing our love of food and music with our community. And it's really worked: Hundreds of successful concerts and open-mic nights, 1,000 weekend brunch buffets, 4,000 pots of soup, 7,000 orders of North Mountain Nachos and 13 years later, Meagan and I love food and music and the wonderful people of the Annapolis Valley more than ever. So we're closing!

An exhibition by Jen White and Heather Alexis Designer Café, 373 Main Street, Kentville If the average heart pulse is 72 beats per minute, the human heart beats 100,800 times per day, pumping around 7,000 litres of blood to of our tissues and cells. Yet the heart is so much more than just a pump: it's the very seat of human emotion. Although crows appear to appreciate their solitary time, the impact of crows is significantly more intense when they combine their presence into a raucous community.

We are taking the winter off to sparkle up the place, skate with the kids, take in some live music and play in the kitchen. In April we will re-open with a fresh coat of paint, a full slate of exciting musical acts, and a new menu that includes more takeaway options.

Jen White and Heather Alexis, like a community of crows, have discovered similar themes in their work, and have let their work collide to create a visual impact that explores the notion of togetherness vs solitude.

We're still open until December 23, and we have a few tickets left for our last concert of 2013 on Saturday, December 18, with Gordie Sampson. Call us to reserve seats at 5387787.

Exhibition of the artwork will be on display at Designer Café for the month of December.

Stay tuned! We'll be updating our calendar of events and our Facebook page regularly and can't wait to welcome you in the spring. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us at Union Street Café! Jenny Osburn

Mermaid Theatre Will Reach Milestone In Montreal Atlantic Canada’s foremost touring company, Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, will celebrate a milestone on December 13, 2013, when it presents the 3,000th performance of its signature production, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Now recognized as one of North America’s most popular family shows, Mermaid’s compilation of beloved stories by author/ illustrator Eric Carle has generated remarkable statistics both at home and abroad. The Windsor-based company will offer the French-language version (La chenille qui fait des trous) during a monthlong residency at Montréal’s prestigious

Maison Théâtre, with the premiere scheduled for December 12. On the road since 1999, simultaneous tours with identical versions have enabled Mermaid to entertain close to 2 million spectators in 13 countries. English, French and Spanish renditions of the show are currently on tour, with performances scheduled in three provinces and 18 states. The Korean version will follow in April 2014 when the company returns to Seoul for a fourth visit. Founded in 1972, Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia provides a unique travelling

showcase for Atlantic Region talent with its innovative adaptations of children’s literature. In addition to its worldwide touring productions, Mermaid offers instruction at all levels through its Institute of Puppetry Arts, welcomes artists-inresidence through its Theatre Loft, provides a unique outreach program for adolescents through the Youtheatre, and offers a vibrant entertainment series at the Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre (MIPAC). Sara Lee Lewis, Managing Director


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The Acadia Page Acadia University Art Gallery 23rd Annual Acadia Art Exhibition Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni & Community Exhibition Dates: January 11 – February 15, 2014 Submission Dates: January 3 & 4, 11-4pm



lease join us for our annual celebration of the creativity in our community; which has become a popular tradition of the Acadia University Art Gallery. We welcome and support all forms of artistic creativity (if you are interested in presenting a short dance, piece of music or poetry reading please contact the gallery directly). For more information, visit: Acadia University Art Gallery 10 Highland Avenue Wolfville, NS, B4P 2R6 902-585-1373 email: web:

CONNECTING STUDENTS AND LOCAL BUSINESSES Do you have a job opportunity open for students? Whether it's part-time, full-time, or a summer job, the Acadia Students’ Union is looking to connect Acadia students with potential employment opportunities. Businesses in the Annapolis Valley are fortunate to have access to Acadia students to fulfill part-time and seasonal employment needs. Graduating students can also be a ready resource for full-time staff. The Acadia Students’ Union has created an online employment posting site where businesses can make contact with potential employees. Local businesses with opportunities for students can post information at:!submit-job-opportunities/c1iq5

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Sunday, December 15 The Acadia Performing Arts Series hosts the Barra MacNeils’ Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 15 at 7:30 at the Festival Theatre in Wolfville. This performance will kick off the Nova Scotia leg of their Christmas tour which will visit eight communities across the province. The Wolfville show is presented by the Ritcey Team at Scotia McLeod and the tour is sponsored by Scotiabank. The MacNeil siblings are widely regarded as one of the greatest live concert acts in the Celtic world. Hailing from Sydney Mines, NS, the family group is deeply rooted in Celtic music, culture, dance, language and history. Their numerous critically acclaimed recordings have included their own original songs as well as standards, both instrumental and vocal. The Barra MacNeils’ live concert experience brings much more to the stage than most live acts ever can. Multiple lead vocalists, beautiful sibling harmonies, and top-drawer instrumental prowess on a wide variety of acoustic, stringed, percussion and wind instruments blended with dancing, storytelling, Gaelic songs and a journey through an ancient culture—it is family entertainment at the highest level. The Wolfville performance is now sold out. Their new Christmas CD, O Christmas Three, will be on sale at the concert, as will their two previous Christmas albums. INFO: Peter Smith 585-1282 /

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BY JANCIS DIENES AND CARITA LEWIS Anna and the Otherwhere unravels the story of a lonely princess as she ventures into a fantasy world where magic happens and dreams can come true.

We’re here to eat. Emily, the herbivore, will order vegetarian or vegan & happily taste-test any gluten-free options. Jesse, the carnivore, will literally eat anything put before him. Watch out napkins! Le Caveau Restaurant | 11611 Highway 1, Grand Pre, NS |


ast week was an eventful one in our household. Our bathroom sink fell apart, our fridge started to hum the buzz of death, and our stove exploded from the inside out. The perfect week to dine out! And as it happens, Le Caveau is the ideal place for a romantic night out, relaxing, contemplating the better things in life, like … how long one can live without a stove, how to install a sink, or you know, other stuff.

Tucked away amidst the grapevines, Le Caveau is the restaurant nestled in the middle of the Domaine de Grand Pre winery. Chef Jason Lynch grew up locally and has a strong connection to the surrounding land and farms. He’s a craftsman with a strong vision for the food he creates.

At the same time, on another planet, the child prince Ari, whose father died before he can remember, longs to know more than the stories of his father’s heroism and bravery. Ari wants to meet his father, but can he? Are such dreams possible on the Somewhere Else Planet? Are The Somewhere Else Planet and The Otherwhere the same place?

The Scene

The sun was setting as we made our way up the cobblestone path toward the restaurant. The nights are getting colder now, but as a trade-off, the menus are getting cozier. Le Caveau just recently changed to their winter menu, and the offerings speak of the season. The earthy tones of the carefully crafted interior made for the perfect setting to a warm meal. All of our courses were paired with wines from the Domaine de Grand Pre.

A story of hope, passion and fantasy, Anna and the Otherwhere is an enlightening saga that reveals the importance of dreaming and believing in one’s abilities and talents. It teaches readers that in life, magic does happen and sometimes wishes can come true. A wonderful and vibrant art book for children and children at heart, this volume will surely delight and fascinate readers through its inspiring and colourful pages.

The Starters

THE HERBIVORE: Warm Spatzli Salad paired with L’Acadie Blanc. A warm dish to start the evening. This crisp and deeply flavoured salad paired perfectly with the freshness of the l’Acadie Blanc. THE CARNIVORE: House-cured Duck Prosciutto paired with Rosé. Cured in-house, this appetizer was a visual display of summer colour but imbued with deep flavours from the shaved Old Growler gouda and duck. Best assembled with a thick layering of apple butter on the grilled crostinis, every bite paired perfectly with the Rosé. THE HERBIVORE: Wild Mushroom and Black Truffle Risotto paired with Vintner’s Reserve Ortega. Wild Mushroom and Black Truffle—yes please! Succulent brussels sprouts, crackling kale and cheesy risotto with bursts of cherry tomato contrast the smooth and sweet Ortega: an earthy dish that clearly relies on the natural flavours of its ingredients. THE CARNIVORE: Confit of Martock Glen Boar paired with Vintner’s Reserve Castel. A dish which brought an aroma of festivity, the confit of boar towered atop a creamy polenta ringed by a moat of demi-glace, bridged by perfectly cooked brussel sprouts, roasted beets, pureed squash and chanterelle mushrooms. This is my castle and I am its king. The Castel added its berry and peppery notes. A joy to devour.


e offer for Christmas, a selection of traditional French yule log as well as kouglof. Also we will have homemade chocolates at our store in Kingston. .... and always our fabulous French bread.

For more information on this book, interested parties may log on to and go to “Book Store” or log on to Jancis Dienes has also written two other children’s books: Billy’s Dream, a story of a little boy looking for his forgotten dream; and The Little Shell’s Adventure, the adventures of a little shell washed up on the beach. These two are available as ebooks at Printed versions will be coming soon. Anna and The Otherwhere is available at Box of Delights in Wolfville.

The Mains

THE CARNIVORE: Coconut Rice Pudding paired with Pomme d’Or. The Pomme d’Or brought out the pudding’s sweeter qualities. Made with sticky rice and other Japanese elements, this pudding was a delicious last act. The proof certainly was in the pudding.

Author Jancis Dienes and artist Carita Lewis have created a colourful, heartwarming and enchanting fantasy of a young princess on a quest to find genuine friendship. Set in northern Finland, in the days before recorded history, Anna and the Otherwhere tells the tale of a young princess living in a remote castle and longing to have a playmate, her own special friend. One day, as she is playing by herself in the fields behind the castle, Princess Anna suddenly discovers that she is in a strange place. The castle is gone and she meets a beautiful child who hands her an unusual flower. Should she take the flower? How can she get back home? Is this the special friend?


THE HERBIVORE: Flourless Dark Chocolate Cake paired with Dolce Vita. Dancing between thick chocolate, dreamy sauce, mousse and candied walnuts, this is a winter confection. The beautifully balanced Dolce Vita is marvellous here. A dessert to be leisurely snacked upon.

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ANNA AND THE OTHERWHERE | By Jesse Gadon & Emily Leeson

The Finish

Outside, it was now a chilly night, the sky was a black ceiling bespeckled by the occasional light from emerging stars. The magic of the evening was broken only by the cold breeze that swept us along as we left. Stepping outside the restaurant and hustling down to our car was a bit like jumping out of the hot tub and rolling down the snowy hill before hopping back in again. Ah, youth. Tonight, though, we’ll savour the brisk air and quiet night before cozying into bed with our iPad, to pursue a few of Jason Lynch’s recipes from the ebook version of his new cookbook, Straight From the Line, and eventually dream of more warm meals to come. A final note about Straight From the Line: Just as soon as our new stove arrives, we’ll be sure to christen it with our own attempt at Jason’s recipes. His book is full of delicious recipes, beautiful pictures and an honest philosophy of cooking and eating. These recipes are not just good reading: Jason has written a cookbook meant to work. As he says, “The recipes in this book were designed around simplicity, not a whole lot of ingredients, with the ability to adapt and change the recipes to suit your needs, depending on what you have in your cupboards and fridge at home.” That is of course assuming that we still have a fridge by the time our stove arrives. ISBN: 978-0-9917785-0-8 - Published in 2013 by Able Sense Publishing Limited

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Lola Osborne-Gidney: The Wind Beneath The WIGS! I met her through email from my friend Jocelyn. She’s an image consultant with a pretty grin. Her name is LOLA… L-O-L-A LOLA! I have wanted to do a Who’s Who on a person named Lola for a long time JUST so I can start my intro that way! What a wonderful lady you’re about to read up on.

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Who's WhoBrought to you by T.A.N. COFFEE en who have, as a thank you, sent me money that I pass on to buy another wig—so they help without knowing it. I strongly believe we were put on earth to help each other in any way we can. I hope this article will encourage other hair stylists to do their part to help out.”

For the past five years I have donated money to the Run for the Cure, but this year, after having had a close Lola Osborne-Gidney is Photo: Eden's Garden Photography friend diagnosed with breast originally from Quebec. She cancer, I fundraised and moved here 19 years ago. took part in the actual walk Family is very important to for the first time. It was inspiring to see the her, so Nova Scotia is a great fit: one of Lola’s fighters and survivors. Taking that extra step brothers is handy, and Lola’s parents moved made me feel great and more determined for here seven years ago. She is the mother of two next year. (both are at MSVU studying to be doctors), and she loves living in this beautiful area. Lola says, “To be able to put a smile on their face by lending them hair is the best feeling.I Lola is a Total Image Consultant. She took a feel so strongly about this. I often extend my course at NSCC in Middleton, and soon afterown bills to buy wigs. I believe in God and I ward started her own business, Lola’s Touch know he takes care of things, so...bills in life of Beauty, located at 95 Commercial Street in can wait for us healthy people, but having hair Middleton. Lola always wanted to be a doctor, but she had her daughter at a young age, shift- ready for when you lose it to chemo cannot wait. To some people it doesn’t bother them ing her life path (in a good way), so a different to lose their hair, but for the majority I have career was in order. She always loved doing witnessed, it is an awful feeling, and I want to hair and makeup, so she is a doctor of sorts… help them.” a doctor of beautification! Lola says, “Making people look good makes them feel good and It’s not all work for Lola. For fun, she goes this is a very rewarding part of my work.” sea-glass–hunting with her husband and spends as much time outside as possible. She’s About eight years ago, Lola saw a need for also an active member of the Digby Wesleyan wigs in our area for ladies with cancer. After Church, who pride themselves on helping out hearing that these ladies were being charged in the community. Lola plans to continue with the full retail price of $150-$500 for their her work, as she loves what she does. She’s wigs, she was disgusted! What with these hoping to expand the wig-lending program women having to worry about treatments and spreading the notion of making the and taking care of family, etc., Lola felt that world better by making others feel good. Lola having to pay so much for a wig was atrocious. doesn’t worry about the future, because she Shortly after losing a best friend to a brain has no control over it. She wakes up every day tumour, Lola started a wig-lending program out of her business. She began buying her wigs and goes to work and helps others, and she’ll through a wholesaler and lending these wigs to do this for as long as God lets her. She lives for today and she loves with all her heart. It’s women going through the process of chemoa simple idea but with amazing results. Thank therapy. This is something Lola pays for on you, Lola! her own, with no funding coming back to her. Sadly, there are so many people in need and She works very hard each and every day not enough wigs to go around. In fact, writing Doing God’s work in her own special way this profile on Lola is not a form of advertisHer name is LOLA…. L-O-L-A LOLA ! ing for this portion of her business, because the demand would be far too high, but I need You can find Lola on Facebook at Lola’s Touch to include it because I was so touched by her of Beauty, call her for information at 825efforts. 2125, or email with questions to lolas_tob@ Lola says, “I use my tips from my amazing clients at work to buy wigs, and I use my own Mike Butler income, so really they’re the ones who deserve the credit. And I have had some amazing wom-

TRIPALADY NEW YEAR'S EVE DANCE If there really is no future and no past but only an eternal now, and yet somehow you still have a calendar, you could do worse than to spend this year's final night with retro-pop dance-rock adventurers TripALady. Join them, why don't you, as they wander ever further into the jungles of deepest Eighties radio in search of excellent tunes to drop nets over, the better to woo them with their patented fiddle-bothering, three-part harmonizing and awesome full kit groove.


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rom the very first notes of Tchaikovsky’s overture to The Nutcracker, a sense of mystery and magic pervades the theatre as Herr Drosselmeyer sets in motion the events that will see his beloved nephew, Hans Peter, freed from the enchantment of the evil Mouse King by the resourceful Clara. The Nutcracker unfolds over two glorious

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acts. For Act I it is Christmas Eve and we are brought to a party at which Drosselmeyer gives young Clara a nutcracker doll—beginning a night that includes a magically growing Christmas tree, a midnight battle of toy soldiers where the Nutcracker defeats the villainous Mouse King and his army of mice, and a headlong pas de deux in which Clara and Hans Peter meet and celebrate their triumph before

What: The Nutcracker - Royal Opera House When: Friday December 13 & 22, 7pm Where: Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville being enveloped in a magical snowstorm. Act II whisks the young pair off to the Kingdom of Sweets, where they are entertained by the Sugar Plum Fairy with her handsome Prince and her glittering court in a series of dazzling dances. Peter Wright’s classic production, first seen at Covent Garden in 1984, is an essential part of Christmas for audiences of all ages.

and Bee stings (Slow Dough) will be sold at intermission. Note: The December 13 screening is almost sold out, so we have added an encore screening on December 22. The second screening is being presented by AVR 97.7 and Magic 94.9 in conjunction with Orpheum Entertainment. Profits made at this screening will be used for equipment upgrades at the Al Whittle Theatre. James Skinner -

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Sunday, December 22, 2013 4:00 – 5:00 Kentville Centennial Arena

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The Holiday Season is

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Read this recently and believe it to be true: "It's not what's under the tree that matters. It's who's around it." Merry Christmas Everyone and Good Health to you. Gift Certificates and Herbal Bath Bombs still available.

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December 12 – 19, 2013

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A Delightful Little Bookshop on Main St Wolfville




Fundy Film Society


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Acadia Cinema's Al Whittle Theatre Sunday, December 15: 4 & 7 p.m.

450 Main Street, Wolfville Cas & Dylan! 542-5157 Sunday, January 5: 4 & 7 p.m. The Experimental Eskimos! Wednesday, January 8: 7 p.m.

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through January 12

Tickets $8 - at the door 30 minutes before


Recipe - Fresh Ginger Cake with Creamy Lemon Sauce Chef Kerina Dykstra

’Tis the season for gatherings of friends and family! Entertaining can be time-consuming, but this quick ginger cake, with its creamy lemon sauce, is always a crowd-pleaser—and, of course, tasty! Try dividing this delightful cake into portions and keeping it in the freezer as an easy treat for those unexpected guests. Enjoy, and as always, have a tasty day!” Chef Kerina

Fresh Ginger Cake 1 ½ c. flour 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp cinnamon ½ tsp cloves ¼ tsp salt

½ c. packed light or dark brown sugar ½ c. molasses 1 large egg ½ c. finely chopped ginger 8 tbsp butter ½ c. water Preparation: Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 9x13” pan with parchment paper, and grease and flour the sides. In a small saucepan, melt the butter with the ginger and water. Whisk in the molasses mixture. Stir in the flour mixture until just comes together. Scrape the batter into a prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 25-30 minutes. Let cool in the pan on a rack for about 10 minutes. Slide a thin knife around

the cake to release it. Invert the cake and peel off the paper, let cool right side up on the rack. Serve on its own or with Lemon Sauce!

Quick Creamy Lemon Sauce Juice from 3 lemons (approx 1 cup) Zest from 2 lemons, finely chopped 2 c. whipping cream 1 ½ c. sugar 1 tsp vanilla Pinch salt Slurry: Mix together in a small bowl: 2-3 tbsp cold water 2 tbsp cornstarch Preparation: Whisk all the ingredients together in a heavy-bottomed pot on medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and add the slurry mixture to thicken. Add additional slurry if you desire a thicker consistency. Add zest and serve with warm cake. Refrigerate any leftover sauce for another use. 542-5157

Heartfelt Shout-out E

arlier this autumn I badly hurt my back. I had to stay in bed for a week, and had to stay home from work for almost three weeks! Although this could have been a depressing, lonely time, it wasn't at all. In fact, it was quite a heart-warming experience! I received such love and care from my community. Friends came over to tidy my apartment, cook, help me bathe and change my clothes. They brought me movies, books, muscle relaxants, ice-packs, and snacks. Acquaintances offered to help drive me to appointments and pick up groceries. My boss was understanding and supportive, and my chiropractor, osteopath, and massage therapist were amazing!!! Even strangers I ran into were sweet. They would ask how I was and offer to give me rides and other help. I was so touched by all of this care! Because of it, I was able to rest and relax deeply, which led to my healing.

Now my back feels stronger and healthier than it ever did. Thank you so much, Wolfville! I am so proud and happy to belong to such a kind community. Thanks, Margaret

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PETITOT: A CLOSER LOOK Thursday December 12, 2013, 7pm Il Dolce far Niente Espresso Bar, 16 Elm Street, Wolfville Wolfville authors Susan Haley and Dana Mills will read from their newly released works of fiction at this fantastic new venue. Come and check out some great books, coffee and conversation! I regularly meet some of the most interesting and talented members of our community at the Just Us! counter. Recently, I was delighted to bump into Wolfville-born Black River resident Susan Haley, author of the recently published Petitot. This novel displays the depth of local talent here in Nova Scotia and deserves my best attempts at persuading you to get a copy. Petitot’s titular character, a French Catholic priest, arrived in the Canadian northwest in 1862. For many years after Father Émile Petitot’s death, he was known only by a small group who read his copious papers and books and paid little attention to the man behind the words. It is an omission Haley discerningly corrects. With a steady hand, Haley paints a detailed portrait of Petitot the priest and the explorer, the abuser and the victim, the friend and the lover, and overwhelmingly, Petitot the human. It is Haley’s eye for the complexities of the human condition that explode previous historical accounts of Petitot and challenge our whole approach to the knotty interrelationships between whites and First Nations over the past 150 years.

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ver wonder what happened in Wonderland after Alice left? What about all those fairy tale characters like Cinderella, Snow White, Peter Pan and various Fairy Godmothers? What became of them after all the 'happily ever after'? And how did Alice fare once she went back UP the rabbit hole? Did her schoolmates believe her stories? Producer Jeremy Webb and the Fezziwig crew will answer those questions for you with Alice in Pantoland. This year’s witty new British-style pantomime brings back some of your favourites from previous years and introduces a host of Wonderland characters as well. We may even get the audience involved! At the very least you can sing along. There will be lots of song and dance and comedy mayhem, with music ranging from Lorde and the Spice Girls to Lennon and McCartney and Rodgers and Hammerstein. Children and youth from the area will support the adult cast. It promises to be a fabulous holiday treat for all ages. Many of the cast and crew have taken part in Fezziwig productions for most of its 19-year history and keep coming back. As cast member Thea Burton said, “Where else do adults get to tap into their inner child by playing dress-up and make-believe?” This year she joins retired school principal Ray Baltzer as they portray the wacky Tweedle Dumb and Dumbest. Baltzer says the annual productions require many people “all working together in a common cause to achieve a most worthy goal. It is quite impressive and extremely exhilarating. That's why we've become a family in my opinion.” Playing the evil Red Queen this year, Sherry Bishop is looking forward to playing together with other actors “to bring characters to life. We ask for help from each other and offer ideas for each other to try. We laugh a lot at our rehearsal mistakes, and we share the excitement when someone creates a moment that really works.” Alice in Pantoland will be held at Festival Theatre in Wolfville Dec. 12-14, at 7pm nightly, with a 2pm matinee on the 14th. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students/seniors. They are available at Box of Delights in Wolfville or at the door.

Useful to a deeper understanding of these connections is Haley’s framing of Petitot’s story by the modern-day story of Marcus, a young teacher who, disoriented and depressed after a failed marriage, finds himself working at a school in a tiny northern-Canadian community. Confronted in turn by culture shock, bitterness, compassion, and fatigue, Marcus finds himself in a state of emotional turmoil that will resonate with readers who enter the novel’s bleak world. Despite Marcus’s many and serious shortcomings of character, readers will form a bond with him that sees them journeying together towards a vision of the real Petitot. Haley prudently uses third-person narrators, presenting Petitot through the eyes of his Inuit and Cree contemporaries, his superiors in the Oblate order, his fellow whites in the north, and his family in France. Though Petitot’s erratic behaviour and seasonal transformations make him variously admired and despised, revered and ignored by these

characters, Haley resists presenting the elicited emotions through an overworking of the omniscient point of view. Often, instead of direct descriptions of characters’ reactions to Petitot, we are given questions, spoken or unspoken, regarding the priest: “‘Do you [Petitot] love me, my love?’”; “But what will become of him if goes back Up There?” This interrogative approach leads readers to construct Petitot rather than to discover him. Readers must decide for themselves where Petitot falls on the spectrums of good and bad, principled and perverted, righteous and sinner. And you, the reader, must weigh for yourself the impact of intervention by missionaries, teachers, town planners and other whites in First Nations communities—both then and now. Haley confided today that Petitot may be her last work of historical fiction for a while. While I hope she changes her mind, I urge you in the meantime to experience first-hand Haley’s exceptional ability to cast the shadowy events of the past in a contemporary light. Petitot is available at Charlotte Rogers


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Weekly Events


Fit As A Fiddle — Lion’s Hall, Wolfville 9:30-10:30am. Seniors’ fitness w/Janet Mooney. Also Mondays 9:3010:30am. FEE: $2 drop-in. INFO: 542-3486 / sread@ Cochrane’s Walk & Talk — Pharmasave, Wolfville 10am. Heart & Stroke walkabout program. Also Tuesdays 10am. INFO: 542-3972 Babies & Books Drop-in — Wolfville Memorial Library 10-11am. Closed Dec. 26. Newborn to 2 years. INFO: 542-5760 / Fun & Fables — Library, Windsor 10:30-11:30am. Closed Dec. 26. Stories, songs, and crafts for ages 2 to 5. FEE: no charge. INFO: 798-5424 In the Round Knitting Group — Gaspereau Valley Fibres 1-5pm. Also Tuesdays 6pm. Closed Dec. 24, 26 & 31. INFO: 542-2656. Seniors’ Afternoon Out — Wickwire Place, Wolfville 1:30-4:30pm. Please call for holiday schedule. Social afternoon with peers. Also Tuesdays 1:30-4:30pm. FEE: $5. INFO: Robin, 698-6309. Boardgame Night — CAP Lab, Wolfville Public Library, 7pm. No game night Dec. 26. Bring your games! Ages 12+. FEE: no charge. INFO: Liam, 542-9482. Tai Chi — L'Arche Hall, Wolfville 7-9pm. FEE: Fall term: $115, no charge to try a class. INFO: 542-0558

Fridays Community Yoga — Dance Studio, downstairs, Old SUB, Acadia 12-1pm. No classes: Dec. 25, 27, Jan. 1 & 3. W/ Carol Fellowes. All levels, mats available. Also Wednesdays 12-1pm. FEE: $5, no charge for Acadia students. INFO:

Saturdays Wolfville Farmers' Market — DeWolfe Building, Elm Ave., Wolfville 8:30am-1pm December 14 Music: Whistling Winds of Wolfville Theme: Yule Market - Yule cake and a great Yule craft! December 21 Music: Donna and Andy. INFO: Windsor Farmers' Market — Coach House, Waterfront 10am-2pm. Hot breakfasts, fruits & veggies, & many craft items. INFO: Just for Fun Run Club — Recreation Centre, Wolfville 10-11am. Running games for ages 5-14 w/Valley Athletics volunteer coaches. FEE: $1 drop-in. INFO/Reg: 542-3486 / Peace Vigil — Post Office, Wolfville 12-1pm Weekly West African Drumming Workshop — Wolfville Baptist Church 1-3pm. Check facebook for holiday schedule changes. FEE: $5. INFO: 681-9870 / /

Sundays Capoeira — Clark Commons, Wolfville 1-3pm. Afro-Brazilian martial art w/strong emphasis on dance and music. Check facebook for holiday schedule. FEE: no charge. INFO:

Mondays Painting Morning — Recreation Centre, Wolfville 9:30am-12pm. W/Evangeline Artist Cooperative. Informal, unstructured & social. FEE: $2 drop-in. INFO: Jean, 542-5415

Toastmasters — 2nd Floor, Irving Centre, Acadia 6:308pm. Over until Jan. 2014. Communicative skills to enhance peaceful and effective dialogue. All welcome. INFO: Gail, 798-1053 / Mixed Dart League — White Rock Community Centre (dart room, downstairs) 7pm. Please call for holiday schedule. Until end of April. INFO: 542-7073 Tai Chi Classes — White Rock Community Centre (lower level) 7-8:30pm. Until end of May. Instructor Ed Schofield. FEE: $5. INFO:

Tuesdays Book in the Nook — Wolfville Memorial Library 1010:30am. Closed Dec. 24 & 31. Suggested age range: 3-5. INFO: 542-5760 / River Street Rug Hooking Studio — 38 River Street, Kentville 1-3:30pm. Please call for holiday schedule. Drop-in rug hooking. FEE: donation. INFO: Kay, 6972850 / Mona, 680-6054 Homework Club — Memorial Library, Wolfville (upstairs) 5-8pm. Closed Dec. 24 & 31. Looking for a little homework help or just a quiet place to settle in and get it all done? Ages 12+. INFO: 542-5760 /

December 12 – 19, 2013

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Marianne Morrison — CentreStage Theatre, Kentville • Watercolour and acrylic paintings by self-taught artist. INFO: 679-4013 / Holly Carr: New Works — Harvest Gallery, Wolfville • A collection of selected new works by Holly Carr inspired by "Light in the Forest": an installation of towering silk paintings, hung to surround the viewer in layers of beauty and veiled apparitions. INFO: 5427093 / Size Matters: Our Annual Big Show of Small Works — Harvest Gallery, Wolfville. Until year end • By all your favourite gallery artists—everything in the show $200 or less. Be original. Buy original. Buy local. INFO: 542-7093 / Doretta Groenendyk — Harvest Gallery, Wolfville. Until they’re gone • A show and sale of the original artwork for Step Outside, the latest book by Doretta Groenendyk. A beautiful combination of sport, art, poetry, nature and family. INFO: 542-7093 /

Social Group for Adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder — Various Wolfville locations 6-8pm. No meetings until Jan. 20. INFO: 357-3031 / avautism@

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

Dukes of Kent Barbershop Chorus — Bethany Memorial Baptist Church (gym), Aldershot 7pm. Rehearsals over until Jan. 2014. We sing four-part harmony. INFO:


Card Parties (45’s) — White Rock Community Centre (upstairs) 7:30pm. Please call for holiday schedule. Until end of April. Prizes and snacks provided. FEE: $3 INFO: 542-7234

Old Love — CentreStage Theatre, Kentville Dec. 13, 14, 8pm • Old Love can mean a chronological age or a remembrance of a time past—and sometimes it’s both! Although this play is romantic and clever, it’s definitely not sentimental. The story spans three decades and a handful of meetings. He was smitten from the first, and she—well, let’s just say “less so.” The witty dialogue of this dramatic comedy keeps you chuckling as each discovers what is important in life and in love. Not recommended for children under 13. TIX: Tickets $15 adult, $12 seniors & students. INFO: 678-8040 / centrestage@

Wednesdays Kentville Farmers’ Market — Town Hall Recreation Centre, 350 Main Street, Kentville 10am-2pm. No market Dec. 25. Open year-round. INFO: Toddler Rhyme Time — Civic Centre, New Minas 10:45-11:45am. Please register. FEE: no charge. INFO: 678-5760 Wolfville Farmers' Market — DeWolfe Building, Elm Ave., Wolfville 4-7pm. Featuring Community Market Suppers! December 18 Music: Ernie Laidlaw December 25: No market INFO: Wolfville Community Chorus — 30 Wickwire Ave., Wolfville 5:30-7pm. Please contact for holiday schedule. New members welcome! FEE: $180 yearly membership, no charge for first-time drop in. INFO: 542-0649 / Valley Game Night — Gametronics, New Minas 6pm. Also Thursdays, 7pm @ Memorial Library, Wolfville. No game night Dec. 25. Board game/card game group. New players welcome! FEE: no charge. INFO: Valley-Game-Night New Horizons Band — Festival Theatre, Wolfville 7-9pm. Fun, informal community band under the direction of Brian Johnston. Upbeat contemporary & jazz. FEE: $100 adult (per term), no charge for Acadia/high school students. INFO: Donna, 542-7557 / / 902 . 365 . 3322

Landmark East Winter Fine Arts Showcase — Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville, Dec. 12, 7-9:30pm • Music, art, and drama, a fun evening featuring middle-school and high-school students. See what they’ve been working on this year while helping to raise money for their trip to New York City. Raffle for a basket, and beautiful art to win. TIX: $10 suggested donation. INFO: kerri@ The Best Christmas Pageant Ever — Port Williams United Baptist Church, Dec. 14, 7pm, Dec. 15, 2pm & 7pm • In this hilarious Christmas classic, a mother struggles to put on a church Christmas pageant after the regular organizer has an accident. She is faced with casting the Herdman kids—probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won't believe the mayhem—and the fun—when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on! The show stars Port Williams United Baptist Church and community members of all ages. Appropriate for children aged 5 and older. TIX: donation INFO: 542-3495 /

Grand Opening: Your Own Art Gallery — Valley Credit Union, New Minas. Opening Dec. 13, 2-4pm. Until March • Sponsored by Evangeline Artists' Cooperative & Valley Credit Union. Featuring the work of seven Nova Scotian artists. TIX: no charge. INFO: 542-5415 / Various — Jack’s Gallery, (Acadia Cinema) Wolfville. Until Jan. 5 • Featuring works by Ruth Frampton and Courtney May. Jack’s Gallery is always looking for submissions. For submission forms see: acadiacinemacoop/ jacksgallery INFO: jacksgallerywolfville@gmail. com “Provocative” — Edible Art Café, Greenwich. Until Jan. 14 • Pushing the boundaries of textile art, a small group known as Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Bee (NS FAB) are presenting a stimulating and thought-provoking exhibit. INFO: “When Two Hearts Collide” — Designer Cafe, 395 Main St., Kentville. Until Jan. 12 • Artwork of Jen White and Heather Alexis Porter. A visual impact that explores the notion of together vs. solitary. See page__ INFO: 365-3322 / Apple Bin Art Gallery — Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville • Valley artist paintings.

Alice in Pantoland — Festival Theatre, Wolfville, Dec. 12-14, 7-9pm. Dec. 14, 2pm • What happened in Wonderland after Alice left? And what about all the fairytale Panto characters from the past few years, after all that “happily ever after”? Jeremy Webb's new holiday show answers those questions for you, with great song and dance and comedy mayhem. The Red Queen meets Widow Spanky, and you KNOW that means trouble. See poster page 14. TIX: $12 adult, $10 students/seniors @ Box of Delights (Wolfville) or at the door. INFO: 542-9788 / pat@daysend. ca Bob & Bryen's HoHoHo Christmas Show — Centrestage Theatre, Kentville Dec. 21, 8pm •. An evening of food and festive entertainment! Performers include Cherie Zinck, her elf, Ernest, Teresa Patterson and some of the Sweet Peas from How the Pea Came to Be. The Valley Voices will be lending their musical notes to the joy of the evening. And, of course, there will be some surprises! Cash bar available. See poster page 12.TIX: $20, includes nibbles and entertainment. INFO/RSVP: 6788040 / A Christmas Carol — Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville Dec. 19 & 20, 7:30-9pm • Jeremy Webb's A Christmas Carol celebrates its tenth anniversary! Take a break from the Holiday rush and settle in for this dramatic telling of this holiday classic. Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future will remind us with laughter and tears that the true Christmas spirit comes from giving. Webb plays all thirty roles in the production, it has to be seen to be believed! TIX: $20 / $15 advance from Box of Delights, Wolfville. INFO: 542-9511 / /


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THURSDAY, 12 Stress Reduction Session — Manning Memorial Chapel, Wolfville 3-4:30pm. Also Dec. 13, 14, 15, 3-4:30pm • 30 min. sessions for Acadia students and staff wanting stress relief and sharper focus throughout exams. Be grounded and alert so you can perform at your best. A variety of techniques including: guided meditation, mindfulness practices, breathing exercises and physical movement to support you in this challenging time. TIX: no charge INFO: 680-6856 / Municipal Taxation Focus Group — Fire Hall, Canning 6:30-9pm • The Municipality of the County of Kings holds a session to present our municipal tax system and obtain feedback from residents on what they believe is working and ways to improve or change that system. Limited to 25 participants. TIX: no charge, but please register INFO/Reg: 690-6181 / Open Arms Berwick — St. Anthony's Parish, Berwick 7-9pm • Open Arms is open again to the community. Come in on Monday 2-4pm, Wednesday 10am12pm Thursday 7-9pm and Saturday 6-8pm for refreshments, fellowship and friends. Open Arms helps with the hungry homeless and hurting. Located at 100 Mill St., Berwick TIX: no charge INFO: 538-0295 / kelly_everett2003@ Landmark East Fine Arts Showcase — Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville 7-9:30pm • Featuring the middle school and high school students at Landmark, this fun evening is a chance to see what the students have been working on this year while helping to raise money for their trip to New York City in April. Don't miss this musical evening of fun, art and theatrics. TIX: suggested $10 donation INFO: Author Reading — Il Dolce far Niente Espresso Bar, Wolfville 7-8:30pm • Wolfville authors Susan Haley (Petitot) and Dana Mills (Someone Somewhere) will read from their newly released works of fiction at this fantastic new venue. Come and check out some great books, coffee and conversation! See page___ TIX: no charge INFO: 678-6002 / info@

FRIDAY, 13 Christmas Bake Sale — Windsor Elms Village, Falmouth 9-11am • All proceeds go towards quality of life for our residents. Sponsored by our Golden Hearts. Thank you for your support. TIX: various pricing INFO: Grand Opening of Your Own Art

Gallery — Valley Credit Union, New Minas 2-4pm • Sponsored by Evangeline Artists' Cooperative & the Valley Credit Union. Refreshments and meet the artists. TIX: no charge INFO: 542-5415 / Lego Mindstorm Robotics — Town Hall, Berwick 3:30-5:30pm • For ages 10-17. If you are interested in Lego, computer programming, or learning something new then this workshop is for you. Come weekly or as a one time workshop and learn how to build and program your own Robot! Please register. TIX: no charge INFO: 538-4030 / windsorlibrarycap@ Christmas Fair at The Vine — Valley Gate Vineyard Christian Fellowhip, Kentville 5-8pm • Support local businesses as we celebrate the holiday season with a Christmas Fair that can't be beat by big box retail! Featuring: The Naked Crepe and LIVE Christmas Music, Artisan Crafts, Fine Arts, Baked Goods, Dips, Ornaments, Handmade cards, Sea-glass Art, Sculptures and much more! (A few booth rentals remain, please email inquiries) TIX: no charge INFO: contactmegc@ Christmas Light Show — Kings Regional Rehabilitation Centre, Waterville 6-8pm. Also Dec. 14-22, 6-8pm • "Lighting our Path for a Brighter Tomorrow" features over 8,000 lights along a 400 foot walking path on the grounds of Kings Regional Rehabilitation Centre. Presented by the Apple Tree Foundation in support of the Centre greenhouse project. TIX: $1 or by donation. INFO: 538-3103 x 802 / Student Recital & Community Chorus Fundraiser — Wolfville Baptist Church, Wolfville 6:30-8:30pm • Annual Student Recital, Wolfville Community Chorus and Food Bank Fundraiser under the direction of Susan Dworkin-Hachey. Enjoy festive music from around the globe with the Wolfville Community Chorus. TIX: suggested donation $10, food items gratefully accepted. INFO: 542-0649 / Film: The Nutcracker — Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville 7pm, Also December 21st • On Christmas Eve Drosselmeyer gives young Clara a nutcracker doll – beginning a night that includes: a magically growing Christmas tree, a midnight battle of toy soldiers, a villainous Mouse King, The Sugar Plum Fairy, and much more. Peter Wright’s classic production is an essential part of Christmas for audiences of all ages and is performed by the Royal Opera House. TIX: $20 adult, $15 student/ child @ / 1-888-311-9090 / all locations / at the door starting at 6:15pm INFO: (678) 3480503 / Concert: Shine! — Baptist Church,

Middleton 7-9pm • The Kings Chorale Children’s Chorus and the Annapolis Valley Honour Choirs team up for their annual Christmas concert. Three choirs perform songs about peace, hope, and the power a child’s voice has in the world. TIX: $10 adults/seniors, $5 students INFO: 670-3896 /

SATURDAY, 14 Community Breakfast — Masonic Hall, Berwick 8-10:30am • Community Fundraiser Breakfast. Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Pancakes, Toast, Coffee or Tea. Tours are also available of the Lodge Hall for those people interested in learning about the world's oldest and largest Fraternity. TIX: $6 adult, $3 child INFO: 538-8351 Annual Yule Market — Farmers Market, Wolfville 8:30am-1pm • Celebrate the spirit of the tradition where families and friends gather for a warm and cheery celebration. Children are welcome to create a Yule log and everyone can try a delectable piece of celebratory Yule log cake by Gourmandises Avenue. TIX: no charge INFO: 697-3344 / manager@ Holistic Wellness Market — Curling Club, Wolfville 9am-2pm. Also Dec. 23 • A unique opportunity to shop for gifts and services supporting wellness, health, and personal growth. Vendors offering: healthy weight programs, crystals, jewelry, body talk, access consciousness, psychic readings, reflexology, Feng Shui, hot sauces and gourmet spicy food, Epicure and more. TIX: no charge INFO: 240-3610 / Christmas Miracle — Recreation Centre, Kentville 9am-12pm • Last day to apply for Christmas Gifts for children through the Kinsmen & Kinette Christmas Miracle. Gifts may be requested for children 2 to 13 years old. Acceptable identification for the children includes: a valid NS Health Card, a valid Hospital Card or a Birth Certificate. TIX: no charge INFO: 679-2540 YNC: Annual Christmas Bird Count — Lumsden Pond Provincial Park, 10am12pm • Sherman Boates has invited the Annapolis Valley Young Naturalists Club to join him on a short leg of his all-daywalk at Lumsden Pond Provincial Park to be part of the great annual event of counting the local overwintering birds, a tradition since 1900 that combines numbers from all across North America. Dress warmly! Please register by email. TIX: no charge INFO/Reg: 300-4465 / / facebook: Annapolis Valley Young Naturalist Club Lego Mindstorm Robotics — Library, Windsor 10am-12pm • For ages 1017. Interested in Lego & Computer

Programming? Then this workshop is for you. Learn how to build and program your own Robot! Complete tasks, make your robot run a course and even talk. Please phone the library for registration or more information! TIX: no charge INFO: 798-5424 / windsorlibrarycap@ Christmas Guitar Recital — St. Joseph Catholic Church, Kentville 10:30am-12pm • Guitar, banjo, bass and bouzouki; suitable for the whole family! Featuring special guest Eugene Cormier, guitar instructor at Acadia University, and the talented students of Webster's Guitar Academy. Funds raised go towards the Canning Area Music Education Fund which helps subsidize the cost of private lessons for students. Coffee/tea kindly donated by Just Us! TIX: donation INFO: 582-1786 / andy@ Kwanzaa Celebration — Elementary School, Aldershot 2-4pm • TIX: no charge INFO: 678-3390 / regedsecretary@ Theatre: Best Christmas Pageant Ever — United Baptist Church, Port Williams 7pm. Also Dec. 15, 2pm & 7pm • A hilarious Christmas classic, a mother struggles to put on a church Christmas pageant after the regular organizer has an accident. She is faced with casting the Herdman kids--probably the most inventively awful kids in history. The show stars Church and community members of all ages. Appropriate for children aged 5 and older. TIX: donation INFO: 542-3495 / Fundy Folk Night — Evergreen Theatre, Margaretsville 8pm • The last Fundy Folk Night for 2013! Finger-style guitar picker Bob Ardern (, Celtic-infused folk singer Lynnea Rose (Lynnearose. com), accompanied by Anna Wedlock on fiddle. Sketch comedy of the Dead Sheep Scrolls ( Also, Wine Hardt-Django Uncorked a new acoustic-jazz project based out of Wolfville that brings together five musicians with a shared passion for fine red wine and gypsy jazz. TIX: $10 at door INFO: 825-2062 / rogerellis99@gmail. com Dance: Rte. 12 — Royal Canadian Legion, Kentville 9:30pm-12:30am • 19 & over, bar is available TIX: $6 per person INFO: 678-8935 /

SUNDAY, 15 Flea Market — Royal Canadian Legion, Kentville 8am-12pm • Variety of items - everyone welcome. Wheelchair accessible, canteen available, help loading & unloading. Proceeds for the Legion. TIX: $1 admission, $5 per table INFO: 678-8935

Christmas Lessons and Carols — Wolfville United Baptist Church 11am • With special guest musicians. INFO: 542-5524 / An Out of the Box Christmas — United Baptist Church, Kentville 11am-12pm • The Kids for Christ junior choir presents the Christmas musical "An Out of the Box Christmas". All are welcome! TIX: donation INFO: 678-3162 / info@ Author: Stephanie Domet — The Box of Delights Bookshop, Wolfville 2pm • Join Stephanie Domet for a reading from her latest novel Fallsy Downsies: Lansing Meadows has one last shot to get it right. With the clock ticking, he sets out on the road one last time, to sing his songs to anyone who’ll listen, and to try to right his wrongs, before it’s too late. Fallsy Downsies is a novel about aging, art, celebrity, and modern Canadian culture, told through the lens of Lansing Meadows, the godfather of Canadian folk music; Evan Cornfield, the up and comer who idolizes him; and Dacey Brown, a young photographer who finds herself along for the ride. TIX: no charge INFO: 542-9511 / boxofdelights@ns.aliantzinc. ca Fundy Film screens WADJDA — Al Whittle Theatre, 4 & 7 pm • The first film ever shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and first feature film ever by a female Saudi filmmaker! Where cinemas are banned and women cannot drive or vote, writerdirector Haifaa Al Mansour's acclaimed new film breaks barriers to tell the story of a feisty young girl determined to have the right to ride a bicycle in a society where doing so is considered a danger to a girl’s virtue. See ad p. ___ TIX: $8 INFO: 542-5157 / Traditional Christmas Music — Kingsway Assembly, Kentville 6-8pm • "In Christ Alone" Violinist, Jared Mosher accompanied by Pianist, Siwei Wang and Guitarist and Flautist Wayne & Kathleen Nicholson with Kingsway Vocalists TIX: no charge INFO: 678-3455 / office@ Celebration Under the Stars — United Baptist Church, Kentville 6:30-8pm • Celebration Under the Stars - a night of music by our church family for the whole family! Join us for an evening to remember, with music by the Seasonal Choir, the Sunday School Kidz, Simplicity Acapella Quartet, Terry Webber, Alison Brathwaite, Juanita MacDonnell, Band2Gether, Ladies Trio, Pam McCready, Janet Ross and more! Reception to follow. All welcome! TIX: donation INFO: 678-3162 / Christmas Gospel Concert — Bethany Memorial Baptist Church, Aldershot 7pm • Christmas Gospel Concert with award winning Christian songwriter


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December 12 – 19, 2013

Valley Event Ticket Giveaway: Chance to win 2 tickets to: TripALady New Year’s Eve Dance, Tuesday, December 31st, 8:30pm, Old Orchard Heritage Barn, Greenwich. Draw date: December 20th Enter all draws: and recording artist Elizabeth Deveau. Fellowship time follows. TIX: donation INFO: 678-6755 / The Barra MacNeils Christmas — Festival Theatre, Wolfville 7:30pm • The Barra MacNeils live concert experience brings so much more to the stage than most live acts ever can. Multiple lead vocalists, beautiful sibling harmonies, top-drawer instrumental prowess on a wide variety of acoustic, stringed, percussion and wind instruments blended with dancing, storytelling, Gaelic songs and a journey through an ancient culture; it is family entertainment at its highest level. (Not included in regular Performing Arts subscription). See page___ TIX: $40 regular, $30 students @ Acadia Box Office (1-800-542-8425) INFO: 585-1282 /

MONDAY, 16 Oral Defence — K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre, Wolfville 10am • W/ Ti Wang, Candidate for the Master of Science (Computer Science) Classification Via Reconstruction Using A Multi-Channel Deep Learning Architecture. Examining Committee: Dr. Thomas Trappenberg, Dalhousie University, External Reader: Dr. Jim Diamond, Internal Reader: Dr. Daniel Silver, Supervisor: Dr. Darcy Benoit, Acting Director of School: Dr. Elizabeth Gillis, Chair. Open to the public TIX: no charge INFO: 585-1706 / CS.consultant@ Fibre Op — Library, Hantsport 3-4:30pm • Knitters, spinners, crocheters, hookers, needleworkers and weavers! For those who enjoy the fibre craft arts, we'll be gathering twice a month to share stitches & time. Bring your project and join us at the library for some creating and relating. Hantsport Library is in the school. TIX: no charge INFO: 684-4005 Game Night — War Memorial Community Centre, Windsor 6-10pm • Welcome new players with or without experience. To learn more about the type of games we bring and play, visit boardgamegeek. com. It is acceptable to bring games you own and are willing to teach to others. Everyone age 12 years and up is welcome to attend, younger kids can attend with a parent present. TIX: no charge INFO: 790-4536 /

WEDNESDAY, 18 Foot Health Assessment Clinic — Careforce Home Health Services, Kentville 1-5pm • Have you ever wondered about the health of your feet? Call to book a space in our Free Foot Health Assessment Clinic for a free 30 minute, one-on-one meeting with Advanced Foot Care Nurse Lori Given, who will assess your feet and provide you with useful foot care

information. TIX: no charge INFO: 3653155 / Community Market — Farmers Market, Wolfville 4-7pm • Last chance of the season to come for your mid-week Community Night at the Market where you get locally harvested groceries, our amazing $10 Market Suppers, great community vibe, and tonight live music with Ernie Laidlaw. Don't forget our Handmade Holiday Pavilion featuring eight Artisans as you get ready for the holidays! Wednesday Markets return in the Spring! TIX: no charge INFO: 697-3344 / manager@ Concert: Gordie Sampson — Union Street Cafe, Berwick 8pm • Gordie Sampson is a whirlwind of musical activity. A Grammy award-winning songwriter, he resides and writes in Nashville where his songs have been covered by Carrie Underwood, LeAnn Rimes, Little Big Town and Rascal Flatts – to name just a few. TIX: $30 @ Union Street Cafe (Berwick) INFO: 538-7787 /

THURSDAY, 19 The 3rd Thursday Social — Library, Windsor 2-4pm • Come join fellow patrons for coffee, tea and maybe a sweet. Some songs and stories or just conversation. A time to relax with old friends and meet new ones TIX: no charge INFO: 798-5424 / windsor@ Municipal Taxation Focus Group — Fire Hall, Waterville 6:30-9pm • The Municipality of the County of Kings is holding a focus group session to present our municipal tax system and obtain feedback from residents on what they believe is working with the municipal taxation system, along with ways to improve or change that system. Limited to 25 people. Please register. TIX: no charge INFO/Reg: 690-6181 / chunt@ A Christmas Carol — Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville 7:30-9pm. Also Dec. 20 • Jeremy Webb's A Christmas Carol celebrates its tenth anniversary! Take a break from the Holiday rush and settle in for this dramatic telling of this holiday classic. Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future will remind us with laughter and tears that the true Christmas spirit comes from giving. Webb plays all thirty roles in the production, it has to be seen to be believed! TIX: $20 / $15 advanced from Box of Delights, Wolfville INFO: 5429511 / / offtheleash. ca

FRIDAY, 20 Singing for our Supper — Manning Memorial Chapel, Wolfville 7-9pm • Join Donna Holmes, Alan Slipp, Tim McFarland and the Funtime Brigade for an evening of Christmas music and stories. 50% of proceeds will go towards the Wolfville Community Christmas Dinner (held at the Lion's Hall for all community members on Christmas Day). The other half will go to the Canadian Red Cross in support of the Typhoon victims in the Philippines.TIX: donation INFO:


Winte r S olstice Breakfast — Lions Club, Coldbrook 8-11am • Bacon, sausage, pancakes, eggs, hash browns, beans, toast, juice, tea and coffee. Everyone welcome! Proceeds for the Coldbrook Lions. TIX: $5 adults, $3 children 12 years and under; no charge for children under 3 years. INFO: 538-1350 Breakfast — St. James Anglican Church, Kentville 8-10am • Breakfast of homemade baked beans, scrambled eggs, bacon, fishcakes, fruit cocktail, muffins, yogurt, toast, tea, coffee or juice. All proceeds for church activities. TIX: $6 minimum donation INFO: 678-3123 / Christmas Caroling around the Town — Tim Horton's, Wolfville 1-2:30pm • Join Susan Dworkin-Hachey, The Wolfville Community Chorus and students as we walk in and out of shops around downtown Wolfville singing Christmas Carols. Booklets with words available. Everyone welcome! TIX: no charge INFO: 542-0649 / susan_dworkin@hotmail. com Christmas Storytime & Craft — Library, Hantsport 1:30-2:30pm • Join us for some Christmas stories and crafts. For ages 3-7 and their caregivers. TIX: no charge INFO: Gentlemen's Chorus & Carol Sing — Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville 3-5pm • Chorus Concert and Sing-Along Carols TIX: $5 @ Box of Delights (Wolfville), at door, plus a donation to the Wolfville & Area Food Bank INFO: 542-2723 / miamezzo@ YNC: Winter Solstice Family Frolic — Noggin’s Farm Market, Greenwich 6:30-8pm • W/ The Young Naturalist Club and the Blomidon Society. Everyone is invited to welcome the winter season and continue the 5000-year tradition of celebrating the return of the Sun after the longest night of the year. We will meet around a roaring bonfire and set off for a hike through the centuries-old pine

and hemlock forest. Wear warm clothing. Hot apple cider provided. TIX: no charge INFO: Deann, 300-4465 / facebook: Annapolis Valley Young Naturalists Club The Longest Night — St. James Anglican Church, Kentville 7:30-9pm • Longest Night Concert with Celtic Harpists, Ardyth and Jennifer. Beautiful music, storytelling, and candle lighting. TIX: $10 at the door. INFO: 678-3123 / stjames@ ns.sympatico Bob & Bryen's HoHoHo Christmas Show — CentreStage Theatre, Kentville 8pm • An evening of food and festive entertainment. Cash bar available. TIX: $20 includes nibblies and entertainment INFO/RSVP: 678-8040 / centrestage@ Big Deal (Branch Christmas Party) — Royal Canadian Legion, Kentville 9:30pm12:30am • 19 & over, bar is available TIX: $6, no charge for members and a guest INFO: 678-8935 / kentvillelegion@

SUNDAY, 22 Christmas Candlelight Service — Stoneyhill United Baptist Church, Lockhartville 3pm • Annual Christmas Candlelight Service in music and dialogue. Everyone is welcome. TIX: no charge INFO: 542-2014 Free Skate — Centennial Arena, Kentville 4-5pm • Annual free skate sponsored by Kings Physiotherapy. Light refreshments will be provided. TIX: no charge INFO: 679-3285 / Candle Light Spiral Ceremony — L'Arche Hall, Wolfville 4-6pm • A wonder-filled community event for all ages. Harp music will be performed by Johanne McInnis as people walk the evergreen spiral and light their candles. Please RSVP. TIX: $5 suggested donation INFO: 582-3888 / Christmas Cantata — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 440 Belcher St., Kentville 6:30pm • Everyone welcome. TIX: no charge INFO: Candle Light & Carols — Christian Reform Church, Kentville 6:30pm • Choose your favorite carols for us all to sing. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served. TIX: no charge INFO: 6786293 A Manger Filled With Love — Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Kentville 6:30-8pm • Featuring the Kentville Ward Choir. Directed by Crystal Peach, accompanied by Amy Bush. A special night of music and the spoken word celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. TIX: no charge INFO: 678-2116 / jollybean@

Film: The Nutcracker Encore — Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville 7-9:10pm • NOTE: Profits from this screening will be used. See Friday, December 13th for more details.INFO: (678) 348-0503 /

MONDAY, 23 Holistic Wellness Market — Curling Club, Wolfville 9am-2pm • See Saturday 14th for details.TIX: no charge INFO: 2403610 /


For a list of Christmas services, contact the Wolfville Area Inter-Church Council: 542-0040 / / Christmas Eve Service — Port Williams Baptist Church, 4pm • Featuring the talented youth of our congregation INFO: 542-3495 / Family Service & Communion — St. John's Anglican Church, Wolfville 6:15pm • Family service at 6:15pm, service of Communion with full choir at 11pm. On Christmas day, we'll have a simple Communion service at 10am. All are most welcome. INFO: 542-2487 / Christmas Eve Candlelight Service — United Baptist Church, Wolfville Ridge 7-8pm • Everyone is welcome. TIX: no charge INFO: 542-3419 Christmas Eve Services — Covenanter Church, 1989 Grand Pre Road 11pm • A peaceful, beautiful location for this Holy Night. INFO:

WEDNESDAY, 25 M e rry Chri stmas Eve ryo n e !

Christmas Dinner — Lions Club, Wolfville 5pm • Free range turkey dinner with all the fixings, delicious vegan menu available including tofu turkey and mushroom gravy. Homemade pie and ice cream for dessert. Locally sourced food, dairy free and gluten free. TIX: donation INFO: 542-5511 / pickford@

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CLASSES/LESSONS: Learn To Dance: Ten 2-hour dance lessons @ the Anglican Church Hall, Kentville. W/ Garry Darris. Beginners in Waltz, Jive & Fox Trot starting Wed., Jan. 22. Advanced couples start Thurs., Jan. 23. FEE: $140 per couple. INFO: 681-6230 / Voice & Piano Lessons: W/ music educator Susan Dworkin-Hachey. Studio lessons until June. Register now! Music helps develop skills in reading, math, creativity, memory, ambition, discipline, concentration, fine-motor skill, musicianship, hand/eye coordination... also good for your spirit and soul! INFO/Reg: 542-0649 / English for Immigrants: Free ESL classes for Immigrants (Permanent Residents, Canadian Citizens born outside of Canada). Class locations: Kentville, Middleton, Wolfville INFO: VCLA (Valley Community Learning Association), 679-5252



Handbags for Habitat: Seeking new or gently used handbags for annual auction (Jan. 24) in support of The Annapolis Valley Project of Habitat for Humanity. Businesses are encouraged to fill bags with promotional materials (coupons or samples). Bags can be dropped off in New Minas at KRock Station or Valley Credit Union. Include your name and value of the purse & contents. INFO: Children Sought for a Study: Do you have a child between the ages of 6 and 12 who is exhibiting inattentive, hyperactive, or anxiety symptoms? Or have they been diagnosed with ADHD or an anxiety disorder? We are looking for children to participate in a study examining the effects of probiotic milk on the symptoms of ADHD and anxiety. A child must meet certain eligibility requirements in order to participate in the study. Sponsored by Acadia University. INFO: Seeking Community Health Volunteers: Are you interested in actively promoting health and wellness in your community? The EK Community Health Board is currently looking for new members! We meet once per month. INFO: 542-1244 / Letters of Support for KVRC: The Kings Volunteer Resource Centre has 2 year Employment & Social Development Canada funding, ending in Dec. 2014. With PeopleWorx in January 2014, there will be a job developer in the Centre 2 days/week to help individuals seek volunteer opportunities to increase skills to acquire employment. To keep our funding, our Federal funder is requesting support letters along with our proposal. Your help will help the KVRC initiatives move forward. Please send a brief letter of support on your letterhead with your signature by Dec. 24 so they may be added to our proposal. Your support is appreciated! INFO: 678-1398 /

FOR HIRE/PURCHASE: Smokin’ Blues Fest Tickets: On sale now for the July 11-12, 2014 show! Great gift for the music lovers in your life! Save the hassle of box stores and lineups, and take advantage of our Early Bird special. TIX: $50.50 weekend pass, $28.50 Friday Day Pass, $31.75 Saturday Day Pass @ Ticket Atlantic box office (451-1221), participating Superstores, online. INFO: /

Interior Painting: Women in Rollers does accurate quotes, shows up on time to work, and performs to perfection. We even leave your home neat and tidy! Call today for your free estimate. INFO: Pamela, 697-2926 Hand-Crafted Urn Boxes: Respectful, wooden, locally-made. INFO: Farmer Eddie, 542-3387 Massiah's Cleaning: The BEST services, prices and quality of work. Stripping and finishing (stripping and waxing), deep scrubbing and finishing (recoating), burnishing (buffing), tile & grout cleaning, cement cleaning and degreasing, carpet cleaning, general cleaning available throughout the Valley, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—even on short notice! Maintenance plans are available! INFO: 691-3614 Dragonsister Herbals: Offering Herbal Consultations and Remedies for all walks of life. 10% off for members of HAN, and fellow practitioners of Alternative Modalities. INFO: 678-0911 / / Eggs: Emily teBogt’s Produce is offering an 8-month egg share. Members can call or sign up online to receive either 1 dozen or ½ a dozen free-run eggs each week. Many pick-up locations available. INFO: 6703408 / Potential Acadia Student Employees: Local businesses are fortunate to have access to students and graduate students to fulfill part-time or full-time employment needs that you may have to help grow your business. The Acadia Students’ Union has created an online employment posting site where you can make contact with potential employees. INFO: 585-2120 / Christmas Suggestion: This is a very easy solution, no wrapping involved, no dusting afterwards! Why not buy gift certificates or season passes to CentreStage Centre! See Front of House or stop into Chisholms (Kentville) or Rick’s Frame and Art (New Minas) and they will be very happy to look after it for you. There: done! Mark those people off your list! INFO: Conflict Management & Mediation: W/ Sue Barthos, BIS, MBA. Patient, confidential, and knowledgeable help from an accredited mediator for individuals, organizations, and businesses. Services include conflict analysis, coaching, facilitation, asset division, and mediation. FEE: reasonable rates, sliding fee scale based on income. INFO: 697-2285 / Complementary Diagnostic Consultation: W/ Amin Nasr, registered traditional Chinese medicine practitioner and acupuncturist, and Rebecca Nasr, zen kiatsu therapist and healthy lifestyle adviser. For any health issue. Call or email for an appointment. FEE: no charge INFO: 697-2661 /

ACCOMMODATIONS: Room for Rent: Lovely room for rent, available Jan. 1 in Wolfville. We are three friendly folks (two fellows and a lady) who enjoy: music, creative pursuits, chess, philosophical conversations and great food. Unfurnished room, $450 per month includes: all utilities, internet, washer (no dryer), fridge and cupboard space and equal access to all living areas of the home. Gorgeous sunroom filled with plants that is perfect for yoga, two bathrooms and a beautiful property with plenty of privacy. FEE: $450 per month. INFO: 678-0911 / tanis.

House-Mate Wanted!: Live with a herbalist, an international student, & a cat in a sweet little house very close to campus & walking distance to downtown. Woodstove, big bath tub. Limited daytime kitchen use due to home-based business but nights are open. Natural body care products/scents only please. Environment-friendly household. All amenities included. INFO: 680-8839 /

GENERAL: Discover Business Opportunities in the UK: May 12-16, 2014. The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) are organizing a multi-sector trade mission to London, England to provide an opportunity to re-establish or create ties with companies in this region as a stepping stone to the rest of Europe. Space is limited. Registration Deadline: Jan. 31. FEE: $500 registration fee, refunded after the trade mission. INFO/Reg: John McKay, 426-9556 / The Portal Drop-In Center: 437 Main St., Kentville. Thursdays, 4-8pm: Need a space to paint or draw? Get ready to let your art take shape! No charge; everything provided. Just bring your creativity! Tuesdays, 7pm: REAL Men is a group of young men learning together what it means to watch each other’s back. The group encourages one another to be all that we were meant to be, and to press forward into a better tomorrow. Want to know more? Come check us out! INFO: 365-3773 / Refresh Food: January 17-19, 2014 @ Acadia University. 48 hours to come up with solutions to create start-up ventures in the new-media space that focuses on one of our greatest assets here in the Annapolis Valley: Food! Get involved! Early registration is now open! INFO: Wolfville Community Chorus: Wednesdays, 5:307pm @ 30 Wickwire Ave., Wolfville. W/ director Susan Dworkin-Hachey. Join us for musical fun & friendship. No experience necessary; all ages/stages! TIX: $180 per year membership, no charge for first time drop in. INFO: 542-0649 / Martock Ski Race Club: Registration now open. We offer programs for children learning to ski and young athletes interested in competitive skiing or freestyle. We host an evening masters/university program and the NSSAF middle and high school race program. (Note: We are a volunteer, non-profit group, not Ski Martock). INFO: / Solar Nova Scotia Survey: Solar Nova Scotia is initiating a renewal process, and seeks your input through a survey. We would very much like to have your ideas. Please go online and give us your thoughts. It’ll take about 15 minutes. INFO: Your Art Here: Mark your Calendars for the 23rd Annual Acadia Art Exhibition. The Acadia University Art Gallery's annual non-juried exhibition that celebrates the visual creativity of alumni, students, staff, faculty and community. Submit your work on the following dates: January 3 & 4, 11-4pm. Full guidelines on our website. Exhibition dates: Jan. 11 - Feb. 15. INFO: 5851373/ /

Child Security Measures For Youtube "Whoa! What was THAT??" The only Internet-connected computer in our house to which the boys have access is located in a high-traffic location right by the kitchen. We put it there so we can keep an eye on their online activities, which consist mostly of watching YouTube videos or playing web-based games. On YouTube, though, it can be only a couple of clicks for children to get from something you're comfortable with them watching to something that you most definitely aren't! On more than one occasion we've been brought running from the kitchen by language or other things that have been totally inappropriate. There are a couple of things you can do to limit exposure to inappropriate material on YouTube, though. If you have a Google account (which you will if you use Gmail or Google+, for example), you can access YouTube's safety settings. Scroll to the very bottom of any YouTube page and you'll see a button called "Safety: Off". You can select it, and,by signing into your Google account you can set that safety setting to "On". Note that this is a filter, not an absolute ban: as the setting itself says, "No filter is 100% accurate, but it should help you avoid most inappropriate content." Of course, one content area that YouTube definitely DOES want viewers watching, but which can also contain content inappropriate for children, is the advertisements that precede almost every video. Believe it or not, you can block these too! We use a free add-on called Tube Enhancer (www.tubeenhancer. com). Among other features, you can set it to block the ads that appear in or before YouTube videos—a great feature when those ads are full of the death and mayhem of Call of Duty: Ghosts or GTA 5! There are Tube Enhancer add-ons for Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer browsers. Again, though, add-ons such as Tube Enhancer will only filter content inappropriate for kids, not guarantee total blocking. There is no substitute for being involved in your children's Internet activity. David Duke for Valley Family Fun


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THURSDAYS: Just Us! (Wolfville): Open Mic w/Kim Matheson (12th), w/Pete Adams (19th) 7-9pm

Angles Pub (Windsor): Guy-Paul (14th) 7pm The Kings Arms Pub & Steakhouse (Kentville): 331/3 (14th), John Duggan (21st) 9pm-1am

Angles Pub (Windsor): Adam Cameron (12th,19th) 7-10pm

Lew Murphy’s (Coldbrook): Memphis Nights (14th), Matt Millett & Rob Hunt (21st) 9pm

Spitfire Arms Alehouse (Windsor): Open Jam w/Glen Campbell (12th), w/Kevin Meyers (19th), 7-11pm

Paddy's Pub (Wolfville): Updog (14th), Tristan Legg (21st) 9pm

Paddy’s Pub (Kentville): The Hupman Brothers (12th, 19th, 26th) 9pm

Anvil (Wolfville): DJ Victor (14th, 21st) 10pm

Library Pub (Wolfville): Tom Hall (12th) 9pm

Dooleys (New Minas): DJ Kayla K (14th, 21st) 10pm

Paddy’s Pub (Wolfville): Trivia w/Graham (12th, 19th, 26th) 9:30pm

West Side Charlie’s (New Minas): DJ Fade (14th), DJ Mutt (21st) 10pm

Anvil (Wolfville): DJ Lee 10pm (12th,19th)

Tommy Gun’s (Windsor): DJ Shorty P, $3 (14th) 9:30pm-1:30am, Gordie Duggan, $5 (21st) 10pm-2am


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FRIDAYS: The Kings Arms Pub & Steakhouse (Kentville): John Duggan (13th), Al King Ugly Christmas Sweater Party (20th) 6pm

SUNDAYS: Privet House (Wolfville): Live Jazz w/Ian (15th, 22nd) 12-2pm

Joe’s Food Emporium (Wolfville): Kitchen Party Attitude w/Paul Marshall (13th), Adam Cameron (20th) 7-10pm

Paddy's Pub (Wolfville): Irish Music Session (15th, 22nd) 8pm

The Port Pub (Port Williams): Caleb Miles (13th), Paul Marshall (20th) 8pm


Spitfire Arms Alehouse (Windsor): Swig (13th), Knee Deep (20th) 8pm Union Street Café/Wick Pub (Berwick): Open Mic w/Mike Aube (13th), w/TBA (20th) 8:30pm West Side Charlie’s (New Minas): DJ Lethal Noize (13th, 20th)10pm Dooley’s (New Minas): DJ Kayla K (13th, 20th) 10pm

Paddy’s Pub (Wolfville): Open Mic w/ The Hupman Brothers (16th), w/Mike Milne (23rd) 8pm

TUESDAYS: The Port Pub (Port Williams): Open Mic w/ Ian Brownstein & Steve Lee (17th) 7:30pm T.A.N Coffee (Wolfville): Open Mic (17th) 8-10pm


Paddy’s Pub (Kentville): Irish Music Session (17th) 8-10pm

Farmers’ Market (Wolfville): Whistling Winds of Wolfville (14th), Donna and Andy (21st) 10am-1pm


Library Pub (Wolfville): Irish Saturdays w/ Bob & Ro (14th, 21st) 2-4pm Spitfire Arms Alehouse (Windsor): Ron Edmunds Trio (14th), Marshall, Lake & Murphy (21st) 7pm

Farmers’ Market (Wolfville): Ernie Laidlaw (18th) Union Street Café/Wick Pub (Berwick): Gordie Sampson, $30 (18th) 8pm West Side Charlie’s (New Minas): Karaoke w/Billy T (18th) 9pm

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