Events

ONLINE EVENTS

August 22 5 Strategies to Encourage a Love for Learning online workshops by How to Homeschool My Child at noon, 4pm, and 10pm Atlantic Time.

EVENTS IN NOVA SCOTIA

Many activities available for families and homeschoolers each month at your local library: Cape Breton, Halifax Region, Across Nova Scotia.

August

16 (Halifax) NSHEA Homeschool Registration Writing Support Workshop at Keshen Goodman Library, Room C, 6-8pm. Whether it’s your first time, you’re transitioning to a new home ed approach, or you’re a pro and would like to just get it over with – come join us! We’ll be providing the nibblies with coffee and tea (decaf options too). There is a limit of 30 people in that space so we will need to have your attendance confirmed by clicking GOING on the event page so I can get you on the list. Table space will be available to bring laptops, notebooks, pens, etc. should you wish. We booked an evening to hopefully allow for child care support after work hours if possible. But if you need to bring little ones, feel free if you think they’ll be ok with whatever you bring to keep them occupied.

18-20 (Parrsboro) Nova Scotia Gem and Mineral Show at the Fundy Geological Museum, 10am-5pm. $5 admission. Thirty vendors. Demonstrations.

19-20 (Denmark) Artisan Soap Making Workshop at Sutherland Steam Mill. $105 for two half day workshops.

20 (Clam Harbour) Clam Harbour Beach Sandcastle Competition 9am-6:30pm. Rain or shine.

23 (New Ross) Nothing But the Flax at Ross Farm Museum. Staff will be on hand to inform and demonstrate the steps involved from the planting of the seed to the spinning of the fiber.

24 (Louisbourg) Fortress of Louisbourg Homeschool Trip at 10am arranged by Cape Breton Homeschoolers Facebook group. $2.40 per child. Please sign up in advance.

24 (Iona) Evening Ceilidh Tour at the Highland Village Museum. Céilidh from house to house for a guided storytelling tour of the Highland Village. This special folk life experience will give you insight into the lives and stories of Nova Scotia Gaels. The group will have an opportunity to enjoy some tea and traditional Cape Breton oatcakes. Cost: $25.00 per person. Reservations preferred. Call to pre-book your tickets: 902-725-2272.

24 (Bridgewater) Spinning Demonstration at Wile Carding Mill. Join Karen Wentzell , Ice House Spinners, for an educational and entertaining afternoon as she demonstrates the heritage skill of spinning wool into yarn. Regular museum admission fees apply.

26 (Mount Uniacke) Sunset Secrets at Uniacke Estate Museum Park. What happened at Uniacke house when the sun went down? Explore the rooms behind the ropes. Discover the secret language of courtship and the life of an old maid.

26 (Truro) Back to School Bash organized by Colchester County Homeschooling, NS Facebook group from 10am-2pm at the Bible Hill Recreation Park.

31 (Bridgewater) Spinning Demonstration at Wile Carding Mill. Join Karen Wentzell , Ice House Spinners, for an educational and entertaining afternoon as she demonstrates the heritage skill of spinning wool into yarn. Regular museum admission fees apply.

31-Sept 10 (Halifax) Fringe Festival Full lineup of plays HERE.

September

4-8 (Caledonia) 17th Annual Nova Scotia Not Back to School Camping Trip at Mount Keji National Park. Organized by The Comedy of Errors Facebook homeschool group.

5 (Dartmouth) Indigo Kids Book Club hosted by Chapters Dartmouth, 6-7pm. Discuss The Little Prince.

10 (Halifax) Halifax Colour Festival 11am-5pm at Dalhousie University. Play with colours and dance to the music. All ages welcome. Ages 5 and under get free admission and one free colour pouch.

13-17 (Halifax) Halifax Celtic Festival at the Halifax Forum Multipurpose Centre and around the HRM. Free admission. Culture, language, music, dance, food vendors, family friendly events.

14 (Iona) Highland Village Homeschool Trip at 10:30am arranged by Cape Breton Homeschoolers Facebook group. Please sign up in advance.

14 (Halifax) September Food Truck Party at the Museum of Natural History from 4-8pm. $2 admission. Kids are free. Pet friendly. Rain or shine.

14-23 (Halifax) Prismatic Arts Festival. Fun for the whole family. Performances in theatre, dance, music spoken word, visual arts, and media arts by artists from across Canada.

22-24 (Halifax) Hal-Con Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Gaming Convention at the WTCC and Scotiabank Centre. Fun for all ages.

23 (Halifax) Quinfest Family Fun Day on Quinpool Road, 11am until 3pm. Carnival games, food, fun, and the SwampDonkeys!

 

2018

April

27-28 (Lower Sackville) HEMS Homeschool Conference – with speaker Steve Demme from Math-U-See

PAST 2017 ONLINE EVENTS

July 3-9, 2017 Digital Homeschool Convention  Online homeschool conference with sessions from each day available free for five days each!

February 2-15 Free Parenting Teens Summit. Sign Up Today for this FREE Christian Online Conference for Parents Starting February 2. 40+ Amazing Speakers Will Provide Tips and Encouragement to Help You and Your Teens Build Lifelong Faith.

February 3-7 Free Canadian Online Conference is a multi-day virtual event featuring many of the things that make an in-person conference a success: knowledgeable speakers, a vendor hall, opportunities to interact with other attendees, fun, giveaways, and more. It is absolutely free to attend live (with the option to buy a complete – access pass after the event). We are excited to have you join us – I am one of the speakers!!

January

20 (Windsor) Puppet Power, a 7-week puppetry course at Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. For children ages 9-12. The program will run Fridays from 6-8 pm, From Jan. 20 to Mar. 3.

27 (Sydney) Star Wars Day! at the McConnell Library, 6 PM – 7 PM. “Use-The-Force” Games and Crafts. For: Ages: 7-12 year. Call (902)-562-3161 to register! Featuring: “These are the Droids you are looking for” Droid hunt, stormtrooper target practice, make-your-own-lightsaber, and other fun-filled use the force activities! *If you wear a costume you will be entered into a draw to win a Star Wars prize pack!

31 Submit a photograph, drawing or piece of creative writing on the theme “Celebrate Your Future” to the #CanadaDayChallenge and you could win great prizes! You have until March 31, so don’t delay! http://www.canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1449069450337/1449069580788

PAST 2016 ONLINE EVENTS

December 6-10 – 4th annual Homeschooling Special Needs Conference – it’s a powerful conference exclusively about special needs and we also have a speaker who will address the gifted child.

October 11-13 – Free Online Mom Conference! Includes 20 online classes by 20 rock star speakers.

August 29-September 2nd – Best of Homeschool Super Heroes Week. Listen in 8-11pm Atlantic Time (7-10pm ET) nightly to interviews with homeschool super heroes such as Andrew Pudewa from IEW. FREE.

July 5-11 A Homeschool Parent’s Guide to Grades, Credits and Transcripts, a free webinar from The HomeScholar available to watch all this week on demand.

July 22-25 The Digital Homeschool Convention offers more than 30 different sessions. Topics vary from special needs homeschooling, to creating homeschool portfolios, to finding margin as a homeschool mom! You will enjoy these encouraging uplifting words from amazing homeschool moms.

PAST 2015 ONLINE EVENTS

September 2 Creating Transcripts for Your Unique Child webinar with Lee Binz, The HomeScholar at 9pm Atlantic (8pm Eastern)

June 7 – Roadschooling radio show with Kimberly Travaglino and Mary Beth Goff and special guests at 10pm Atlantic (9pm ET).

June 25 – Getting Organized Amidst the Chaos (with Evernote) at 5pm Atlantic Time (4pm ET) presented by HECOA.

May 4 – HTML 101 for Kids: Basics of Web Programming, free 14-week online course! Open to ages 9+

March 30 – April 3 – Easter Facebook Co-op with Amanda Bennett. Easter tips, treasures, and Printables.

April 2 – A Course Description Pajama Party with The HomeScholar, Lee Binz. Free online webinar at 9pm AT (8pm ET).

April 6 – HTML 101 for Kids: Basics of Web Programming, free 14-week online course! Open to ages 9+

April 15 – Andrew Pudewa is partnering with CollegePlus to teach YOU The Art (and Science) of Motivation at 9pm AT (8pm ET). A half-hour packed with topics like: Three laws of motivation, four forms of relevancy, and two secret weapons successful moms use to motivate their children

April 23 – You Can Do This! Homeschool Encouragement Chat with Joe and Zan Tyler – a Hip Homeschool Moms Google Hangout at 4pm AT (3pm ET).

March 10 – How to Make HUGE Projects Feel Easy at 1pm AT (noon ET). Put on by Power of Moms.

March 11 – How to Make HUGE Projects Feel Easy at 1pm AT (noon ET). Put on by Power of Moms.

March 12 – How to Make HUGE Projects Feel Easy at 4pm AT (3pm ET). Put on by Power of Moms.

March 12 – From Clutter to Clean in 60 Minutes: Tips, tools and strategies to get you and your family organized. For good. 2pm AT (1pm ET). The Great Parenting Show interviews organizational expert Andrew Mellen.

March 26 – Brookdale House Facebook Party at 9pm AT (8pm ET). Enjoy learning about great books and homeschool curricula and win prizes such as a Kindle Fire!

February 2 – Help, My Child Wants to Be an Artist! webinar by Landry Academy at 10pm AT (9pm ET). Should they pursue their artistic passion, be it music, dance,
painting, filmmaking, or some other creative path? How can we encourage and equip our children in a creative path
that releases their God-given passion and special ways of seeing the world?

February 3 – How to Love Your Transcript! Free webinar with Lee Binz, The HomeScholar at 9pm AT (8 ET).

February 12 – Logic: The Beginning of Wisdom? Free webinar by Landry Academy with Bethany Barnosky at 10pm AT (9pm ET). In this brief logic sampler, discuss argument, reasoning, and propaganda. How can you distinguish truth amidst lies? How do you convince a guerrilla to choose peace? Explore the various branches of logic, their power, and their limitations.

January 6 – My Child Has Trouble With Math, Now What? Free webinar by ShillerMath at 3pm Atlantic (2pm ET). How to pinpoint the problem, effective, easy-to-use strategies, and the tools for taking action. Includes free e-book and money-saving promo code. Space is limited.

January 7 – Making Sense of Attention Problems online course offered by the Neufeld Institute. Runs for 5 weeks.

January 15 – The Teachability Factor online course offered by the Neufeld Institute. Runs for 9 weeks.

January 27 – Bullies: Their Making and Unmaking online course offered by the Neufeld Institute. Runs for 5 weeks.

PAST 2017 EVENTS IN NOVA SCOTIA

June

9-10 (Lower Sackville) HEMS Homeschool Conference

24-25 Storytelling: The Heart of Waldorf Education. Featuring keynote speaker, storyteller & Waldorf educator Dawne McFarlane plus 12 other workshops to choose from, including: how to make up stories on the spot, discovering the story a rock can reveal, simple puppetry, and creating stories with others through movement.
Cost is $150 for the full weekend, $100 a day for Saturday or Sunday, and $25 for individual workshops. Snacks and lunch are included. Childcare is available at additional cost.

March

Click here for a list of Mainland Nova Scotia March Break Camps

Click here for a list of Cape Breton March Break Camps

1 (Halifax) Free Admission to the Discovery Centre every Wednesday 5-8pm.

7 (Iona) Caidreabh na Tì at the Highland Village from 2 pm – 4 pm. You are invited to join us for our Gaelic tea and Social. Drop in anytime between 2-4pm for tea and Gaelic conversation. Only Gaelic will be spoken. All are welcome.

7 (Halifax) Ghosts and Maritime Folklore at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic at 7 pm. Join Andrew Aulenback, Heritage Interpreter, Historical Re-enactor, Librarian and Folklorist for a hair-raising tour of some of the Museum’s darkest corners. He’ll be recounting tales of the Sambro Island Light, Sable Island also known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic and many more.

7 (New Ross) Rug Hooking Workshop – Sheep in a Box at Ross Farm Museum from 1 pm – 4 pm. If you would like to try rug hooking, join us for an afternoon workshop to create a charming Ross Farm sheep. No previous hooking experience is required. Fee – $75. Class size – minimum 8 and maximum 15. The workshop fee includes: A kit with backing, fibres and a shadow box ; Expert instruction for hooking and finishing; use of Ross Farm hook and hooking frame; Afternoon coffee break. Registration Required.

8 (Halifax) Free Admission to the Discovery Centre every Wednesday 5-8pm.

10 (Iona) Moonlight Snowshoe Walk at Hector’s Poin at 7 pm. This hike will see you walking around the snowy Highland Village by moonlight. It will be approximately 3km and will end back at the Frolic’n Folk Pub. There you will receive a cup of Jill’s Hot Chocolatea or for those that are 19/over a 10oz pint. Walk is for all ages. Shorter routes are available. $15 per person including snowshoes, or $10 if you bring your own. Space is limited, so reserve online at ionaheightsinn.com/events/ Everyone will meet at The Frolic’n Folk Pub to start off the walk.

11 (Dartmouth) Don Bidgood Children’s Chess Tournament at the Alderney Gate library 9am-3pm. Contact the library at 490-5748 for more information and to pre-register. Pre-registration begins March 1. Free.

11 (Kempt) SCHOOL FIELD TRIP FOR THE LOVE OF TURTLES, 1:00pm – 4:30pm at Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute, 9 Mount Merritt Road. Learn some interesting facts about the life and habits of both freshwater and sea turtles species, several of which are now deemed at risk. Learn what is being done, and what we can all do to help them survive and thrive. There will be a Mi’kmaq story about these iconic creatures, as well as crafts, games, and snacks! Free. All ages welcome. No pre-registration required. For more info: 902-682-2371

15 (Halifax) Free Admission to the Discovery Centre every Wednesday 5-8pm.

19 (Iona) Daytime Walk at Hector’s Poin at 1 pm. This hike will see you walking around the snowy Highland Village. It will be approximately 3km and will end back at the Frolic’n Folk Pub. There you will receive a cup of Jill’s Hot Chocolate or for those that are 19/over a 10oz pint.Walk is for all ages. Shorter routes are available. $15 per person including snowshoes, or $10 if you bring your own. Space is limited, so reserve online at ionaheightsinn.com/events/ Everyone will meet at The Frolic’n Folk Pub to start off the walk.

21 (Halifax) Climate Change: A Panel Discussion at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic at 6 pm. The Rotaract Club of Halifax is hosting an Academic Panel discussion. Climate, Political and Social Scientists will provide the most up-to-date facts about the climate change happening in Canada and the world at large. The panel discussion will be followed by a question and answer period. The panel will consist of Kate Ervine, PhD, John Cullen, Professor Emeritus, John Loder, Emeritus Scientist and Christine Stortini, PhD Candidate.

22 (Halifax) Free Admission to the Discovery Centre every Wednesday 5-8pm.

23 (Halifax) Devour! The Sea – A Maritime Fundraiser at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm. A special fundraising event for the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre. Join us for a historical “magical mystery tour” where our museums spaces and exhibits bring alive our Maritime heritage, regional food and films of “the ocean”. Experience the world’s largest film festival on the waterfront, support a wonderful organization and attend this intimate, exclusive evening that’ll be a feast for the senses!

25 (Dartmouth) HEMS Annual Science, Art & Technology Fair at Bedford Institute of Oceanography at 10am. To register, contact mn.daniels@hotmail.com. $5 per participant.

25 & 26 (New Ross) Wonders of Maple Syrup at Ross Farm Museum. Sample maple syrup and pancakes in Rosebank Cottage, learn about the process of tapping trees, collecting sap and boiling sap down over an outdoor fire.

26 (Halifax) Nova Scotia Provincial Chess Challenge at Mount Saint Vincent University. Registration: 11:00 am to 11:45 am; Tournament: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Entrance Fee: $30.00 (Pre-register: $20)

28 (Halifax) The Magic and Mystery of Sable Island at 7:00 pm at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.
Join Bill Barton as he presents a new documentary film on Sable’s history and environment. Bill has sailed his boat from Massachusetts to Sable three times. In 2010 and 2015 he combined his historical research on Sable with Dan Finamore, Curator of Maritime Art and History at the Peabody Essex Museum, to conduct the first on-island archaeological investigations on Sable. The film is narrated by world renowned sailor and America’s Cup commentator, Gary Jobson. Bill will be on hand for a Q&A session following the film.

29 (Halifax) Welcome Wednesdays from 10 am to 12 pm at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. We are inviting young families, day cares and newcomers to the Museum every Wednesday morning for a chance to explore the Museum and engage in a number of fun, self and staff guided activities. Enjoy our puppet theatre so little ones can explore their creativity and imagination, activity and colouring sheets, crafts and books in both official languages, and Arabic for young readers.

29 (Halifax) Free Admission to the Discovery Centre every Wednesday 5-8pm.

April
1 Girls Get Wise Science Retreat at Mount Saint Vincent Univeristy in the Multipurpose room of the Rosaria Student Centre, 10am-3:30pm. For girls in grades 7-12 to explore science through hands-on activities, and discover careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) by meeting and chatting with women working in STEM fields. A limited number of spaces are available so be sure to register early.

8 (Dartmouth) HEMS 7th Annual Mother Daughter Day at Forest Hills Fellowship Church, 8am-3pm. $25 each. To register, contact stephanie@hems-ns.ca.

February
8 (Halifax) Homeschool Fun at the Playbox at noon. Kids Up to 12 on the apparatus have discounted rate. Adults, Babies, and 13+ are free. Discount is calculated by number of kids on apparatus which is calculated using the sign in sheet. About an hour or so after the start time the discounted prices are calculated. We let you know how much per child and per family.
9 (Port Williams) Clean Foundation Puppet Show at the Booker School 10:30-11:15am for ages 3-6 years. “Eddie’s Litterless Road Tour” – Eddie is a loveable cat (puppet) and environmental superhero standing up for all the “critters” of the world and the environment they live in. Through humour, rhymes and song, children learn the importance of keeping their neighbourhoods clean from litter and the importance of energy and its conservation. RSVP at admin@bookerschool.com
18 (Head of St. Margaret’s Bay) Unicorn Theatre Pegasus Program Lighting & Sound Workshop 12-3pm. Ever wonder how theatre technicians, lighting designers and sound designers set up and adjust their equipment and pull a show together with light and sound? Your Instructors, JoAnne and Ron Noël, will teach you about setting up the necessary equipment and give you all the tips and tricks needed to design your own show. Workshop cost is $20.00, please email unicorn.theatre.pegasus@gmail.com to sign up or for more information.

PAST 2016 EVENTS IN NOVA SCOTIA

December

7 (Dartmouth) NSHEA FESTIVE FUN at PLAYBOX from 12-3pm. Chances to win AWESOME raffle prizes from generous community and homeschool vendors. Please bring a FEED NS Grocery donation.

9 (Dartmouth) HEMS Christmas Pool Party 10:30am – 2pm at the Dartmouth Sportsplex. $15 per family. Registration deadline December 2nd.

18 (Big Bras D’or) Winter, Fire & Snow at St. James Presbyterian Church, 7pm. An annual concert celebrating the Christmas season with a diverse mixture of holiday standards, sacred, folk, musical theatre, jazz, and pop. Tickets: $20; $15 Students & Seniors. Tickets available at the church or book tickets by phone: 902.202.2155.

19 (Bridgewater) South Shore Homeschoolers’ Christmas Pot Luck Supper from 5 pm to 7 pm. Join the South Shore Homeschoolers Facebook group at the link above for more information.

20 (North Sydney) Winter, Fire & Snow at The Black Spoon Market & Cafe on
Convent Street, at 6pm. An annual concert celebrating the Christmas season with a diverse mixture of holiday standards, sacred, folk, musical theatre, jazz,
and pop. Tickets: $20; $15 Students & Seniors. Tickets available at the church or book tickets by phone: 902.202.2155.

21 (Baddeck) Winter, Fire & Snow at Knox Presbyterian Church at 7pm. An annual concert celebrating the Christmas season with a diverse mixture of holiday standards, sacred, folk, musical theatre, jazz, and pop. Tickets: $20; $15 Students & Seniors. Tickets available at the church or book tickets by phone: 902.202.2155.

22 (Sydney River) Winter, Fire & Snow at Sydney River United Church at 7pm. An annual concert celebrating the Christmas season with a diverse mixture of holiday standards, sacred, folk, musical theatre, jazz, and pop. Tickets: $20; $15 Students & Seniors. Tickets available at the church or book tickets by phone: 902.202.2155.

November

4-5 (Blockhouse) Waldorf East Fall Conference at South Shore Waldorf School. Time to Play: Promoting outdoor play for a healthy childhood. Friday 7:30-9pm. Saturday 9am-3pm. REGISTER online by clicking here. You can also call 902-688-1857 to register or for more details. $65 including lunch and snacks.

24 (Tantallon) Religion and Mythology for Homeschoolers at the Tantallon Library. Contact (902) 826-3333

October

8 (Halifax) Lake Echo Fire Department Spaghetti Fundraiser and Fire Demonstration. Kick Off to the 2016 Fire Prevention Week. Tickets are available now ($12.00 or $6.00 for kids under 10 years old). Contact any Lake Echo firefighters to purchase your ticket or contact the Syation Chief, Pierre Cadieux, Call: (902) 237-7413 Fire demonstration starts at 2 PM (Vehicle Extrication, Fire apparatus tour and kids’ activities). 50/50 Raffle. Spaghetti dinner fundraiser starts at 4:30 PM.

13 (Tantallon) Philosophy for Homeschoolers at the Tantallon Public Library. How to make arguments, how to listen. Discuss the four schools of philosophy: ethics, aesthetics, epistemology, and metaphysics. Contact (902) 826-3333 or drewe@halifax.ca

21 (Wolfville) NSHEA Noggins Farm Day at Noggins Farm at 10:30am. Apple picking, wagon rides, corn maze, playground, and more. The event is open to ALL AGES and homeschool families. The cost is $6.50 per child (includes access to everything plus they can pick their own bag of apples). Chaperones (parents) are free. NSHEA will be on-site with membership cards and to answer your questions about homeschooling in the province. Please register in advance. Dress appropriately, bring water and a picnic lunch.

22 (All over NS)Cineplex Community Day. Free Movies at a Cineplex theatre near you.

September

5-11 (Annapolis) 16th Annual Not Back to School Camping Trip! At Keji National Park, homeschoolers in Nova Scotia gather to celebrate and connect with other families. Generally, all stay in the Jim Charles Loop. Stay the entire week, or just a few days.
Park fees can be found here: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/ns/kejimkujik/visit/tarifs-fees.aspx

15 (South Shore) Growing Green Festival Earth Savers of Tomorrow event, 9 am – 2pm. For students in Grades 3 – 6. The focus of the presentations is local, green, sustainable, environmentally friendly. We want students to teach students about their special talents. If you have an idea and would like to see if it is a fit please contact Bernice Theriault 902 521 6046 or email growinggreenfest@gmail.com.

16 (Hantsport) NSHEA Not Back to School BBQ Picnic at Hantsport Memorial Community Centre at Noon.

21 (Halifax) Fox Talk: Decoding Domestication at the Keshen Goodman Library. For Grades 3-6. Ever wonder where domestic animals came from? Why they look the way they look and act the way they do? Learn about a remarkable experiment that decoded domestication. Based on Lindsey’s award-winning book Fox Talk, this program includes video of experimentally domesticated foxes and answers the eternal question, “What does the fox say?”

23 (Sydney)Free Public Lecture with Sarabeth Carnat (goldsmith, artist, designer) at 7:00 pm at the Centre for Craft and Design. The lecture will discuss the fine craft scene in the 21st century in Canada, the U.S., and the world. For more information, contact Diane at 902 539 7491 ext 112. Please RSVP to info@capebretoncraft.com by Wednesday, September 21, 2016.

30-October 1 (Weston) Valley Homeschool Encouragement Conference at Weston Christian Fellowship Church, Friday 2-8pm and Saturday 9am-4:30pm. $40 admission or pre-register by August 31st to save $10.

August

3 (Halifax) Playdate at the Park at Flinn Park, 1-4pm. Put on by The Comedy of Errors Facebook group.

9 (Tantallon) Tide Pools of Nova Scotia at the Tantallon Public Library. 10:30-11:30am.

11 (Dartmouth) Playdate at the Park at Northbrook Park, 1-4pm. Put on by The Comedy of Errors Facebook group.

13 (Glace Bay) Movie Under the Stars at Town House. Watch Homeward Bound: The Incredible Story out under the stars at 8:30pm.

17 (Halifax) Summer Fun at The Play Box. Noon at The Play Box. Put on by The Comedy of Errors Facebook group. Must RSVP.

25 (Dartmouth) Playdate at the Park at Northbrook Park, 1-4pm. Put on by The Comedy of Errors Facebook group.

26 (Dartmouth) Learn to Needle Felt Drop-in at Art Happening Bridgewater, 9:30am-12:30pm. All ages. Come on by and learn to needle felt with Kacy.
No cost – donations appreciated.

29 (Halifax) Playdate at the Park at Halifax Commons Playground, 1-4pm. Put on by The Comedy of Errors Facebook group.

30 (Halifax) Artist of the Day: Create Crazy Sea Creatures at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, 2-5pm. Create creatures from the depths of the ocean or the depths of your own imagination. Our artist of the day, Peter Lockerbie, will guide you as you paint and draw sea creatures, real or imagined. Kids can also draw inspiration for their sea creatures from the museum’s exhibits and the waterfront. This program is FREE and will take place outside the museum at the Art Boat. Registration not required, just drop by the Art Boat outside the Museum on the waterfront (‘moored’ on the boardwalk outside the Small Craft Gallery).

31 (Weston) Pre-registration DEADLINE for Valley Homeschool Encouragement Conference. Save $10.

31 (Halifax) DEADLINE to register for fall THR!VE homeschoolers day camps for kids 8-13 for as little as $35 per session. From exceptional public speaking training, to autumn nature adventures, to life-changing community service opportunities, to incredibly unique “VIP” field trips – there’s something for everyone’s budget and schedule! Minimum enrolment is 8 children and deadline is August 31, so contact NOW (via Facebook or at wendy@thriveeducation.ca) to express your interest and they’ll send the details.

31 (Halifax) Summer Fun at The Play Box. Noon at The Play Box. Put on by The Comedy of Errors Facebook group. Must RSVP.

 

July

1 (Mount Uniacke) Canada Day at Uniacke Estate from 10am to 5pm. Discover Canadian inventions on display in the Museum. Treats will be available in the Tea Room.

1 (Windsor) Old Fashioned Canada Day at Haliburton House. Old fashioned toys and games on the lawn, birthday cake and refreshments. Regular Admission.

2 (New Ross) Making Do – Curator Talk on the Quilts of 1800-1920 at Ross Farm Museum from 1 to 3pm. Join Polly for a conversation about the antique quilts displayed in the Learning Centre this summer, how and why they were produced, and what we can learn about the people and the time period from these textiles.

3 (New Ross) Atlantic Spinners and Handweavers at Ross Farm Museum, 10 am to 4 pm. Members of the Atlantic Spinners and Weavers Guild will be demonstrating in the Learning Centre.

July 5-8 (Franey Corner) Homeschool Camp – Specialty Week at Sherbrooke Camp, 420 Church Camp Road.
How it works:
– Families can sign up to attend together as a family camp (all ages) OR you can choose to send your children (age 6-16) to come on their own. *If not enough interest in sending just campers we will make it fully a family
– Big home cooked meals provided!
– Depending on registration numbers, families may be asked to share a cabin. Once cabins are all accounted for, they have unlimited amount of space for tents!
– Program staff, lifeguards, first aiders & counsellors will all be on site with director and assistant director

6 (Halifax) Play date at Flinn Park, 1-4pm. Organized by the Comedy of Errors homeschool Facebook group.

8 (Dartmouth) 100 Kids United meeting at 6:00pm in the hall of Port Wallis United Church! Charities being presented include Out of the Cold, the Canadian Cancer Society, the Boys and Girls Club, and Feed Nova Scotia. All kids 15 years old and under are welcome to attend. Bring $5 and be part of the vote to make a difference in your community.

8 (Dartmouth) Playdate at Northbrook Park 1-4pm. Organized by the Comedy of Errors homeschool Facebook group.

9 (New Ross) An afternoon with Writer Christy Ann Conlin from 1:30 to 3 pm at Ross Farm Museum. Join Christy Ann Conlin for a reading from her new novel, The Memento, a literary ghost story, published by Doubleday/Penguin Random House. Christy Ann will share her love of ghost stories, discuss the haunted embroidery in the novel, and how growing up in rural Nova Scotia and participating in 4-H shaped her literary career.

9-10 (New Ross) Tatting Demonstration in Rosebank Cottage at Ross Farm Museum and chat with interpreters as they demonstrate the beautiful art of both needle and shuttle tatting.

13 (Starr’s Point) Fun Fungi and Likable Lichens Children’s workshop at Prescott House Museum from 10 am – 12. A hands on workshop with Acadia Mycologist Allison Walker. Age 5 and up. $8 Please register in advance by contacting the museum 902 542 3984 or diana.baldwin@novascotia.ca

14 (Dartmouth) Playdate at Northbrook Park 2-5pm. Organized by the Comedy of Errors homeschool Facebook group.

17 (Starr’s Point) Strawberry Social at Prescott House Museum from 1:30 to 3:30. You are invited to join us in the garden for an afternoon of music and delicious homemade strawberry shortcake. Lively music provided by the Forever Young Fiddlers. $8 includes a tour of the museum. Rain or shine.

20 (Halifax) Medicinal Herb Walk at 10:30am at Fort Needham Memorial Park. Come for a walk in the park with herbalist Savayda Jarone, a wonderful teacher who loves sharing her knowledge of plants and their healing powers! Organized by the Comedy of Errors homeschool Facebook group.

20 (Halifax) Playdate at Flinn Park 1-4pm. Organized by the Comedy of Errors homeschool Facebook group.

23 (Mount Uniacke) 200th Anniversary Opening Ceremonies at Uniacke Estate, 2-4pm. Featuring guest speakers, a town crier, a theatrical performance by the Maitland Theatre Group, and more!

24 (Starr’s Point) Public Talk – A Brief History of Crazy Quilts and Other Embroidered Treasures at Prescott House Museum at 2pm. Lisa Bower Assistant Curator/Registrar for the Nova Scotia Museum’s History Collection will present a brief history of crazy quilts and other embroidered treasures from Prescott House and the Nova Scotia Museum’s Textile Collection. $10 Please register in advance by contacting the museum 902 542 3984 or diana.baldwin@novascotia.ca

June
4 (Halifax) FREE Sea School Day Sail in Halifax Harbour. Departs at 10am and 1:30pm.
10-11 (Windsor) Free History and Archaeology Symposium from noon to 7:30pm at Hants County War Memorial Community Centre. Learn about World War I.
10-11 (Lower Sackville) HEMS Homeschool Conference at Stoneridge Fellowship Church, 85 Temple Terrace. Speakers: Paul Faris, Stephanie Jackson, Kristen Habermehl, Tracey Bigney, Stephen Michels, and Kristen Ortiz.
25 (Halifax) HEMS End of Year Beach Party at Martinique Beach.

May

3 (Lower Sackville) Art and Craft classes for homeschool children from Primary to Grade 6. Choose from Tuesdays May 3, 10, 17, and 24 from 9:30-11 or Thursdays May 5, 12, 19, and 26 from 9:30-11. $20 for four classes. Contact Jody at sjfillmore@gmail.com

4 (Halifax) Homeschool Fun at the Playbox. Kids Up to 12 on the apparatus have discounted rate. Adults, Babies, and 13+ are free. Discount is calculated by number of kids on apparatus which is calculated using the sign in sheet. About an hour or so after the start time the discounted prices are calculated. We let you know how much per child and per family (Usually around $3-$4 per child – the regular rate is $7.70!)

4 (Halifax) Holocaust Memorial Day at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. The Struggle to Maintain the Human Spirit During the Holocaust at 7:30pm.

5 (Lower Sackville) Art and Craft classes for homeschool children from Primary to Grade 6. Choose from Tuesdays May 3, 10, 17, and 24 from 9:30-11 or Thursdays May 5, 12, 19, and 26 from 9:30-11. $20 for four classes. Contact Jody at sjfillmore@gmail.com

7 (Middleton) Valley Homeschool Expo, 11am to 1pm at the NSCC Annapolis Valley Campus, 295 Commercial Street. Learn about homeschooling and view work from homeschool families for the past year. Light refreshments will be served.

7 (Halifax) Artist for a Day at NSCAD Port Campus, Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design, and Museum of Immigration. Free full day of art making for all ages, 10am-4pm.

7 (New Ross) Grand Opening of the Learning Centre at Ross Farm Museum at 10am.

8 (New Ross) Mother’s Day at Ross Farm Museum. Free admission for mothers.

10 (Halifax) From Cabin Boy to Master Mariner by Jane Baird Barry at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic at 7:00 pm. The Times and Travels of Nova Scotia’s Baird, Stoddard and Bigney Families since 1752

14 (Halifax) Become a ship portrait painter at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic from 1 pm until 3 pm. Registration spaces for 8 participants – Cost: $20.00. For those interested in registering, it is necessary to have some previous experience working with acrylic paint. There will be a supply of paints, brushes and sketching paper on hand for use during the workshop. Feel free to bring along your own personal supply of brushes. Participants will receive a 10 by 12 flat canvas to take home. This is a whimsical workshop and will be taught by an amateur painter for amateurs painters. This workshop is ideal for ages 15 and up. Registration deadline is May 12th. For more information contact Krista at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, 902- 424-7491 or krista.jordan@novascotia.ca

14 (Parrsboro) Four Billion Years Presentation at Fundy Geological Museum at 3pm.

20-22 (Halifax) Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon in downtown Halifax

21 (Halifax) Merlin the Macaw’s Hatch Day at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, 10am-4pm. Scavenger hunt, arts and crafts, and cake.

21-23 (New Ross) Wooly Weekend at Ross Farm Museum. Sheep shearing, and washing and spinning demonstrations.

21-22 (New Ross) World War II Encampment at Ross Farm Museum.

28 (Parrsboro) Tour of Clark Head with Ken Adams at Fundy Geological Museum. Departs at 9am. Cost $20 per person, must register by May 27th.

31 (Halifax) Telling the Empress of Ireland Story at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic at 7:30 pm. The sinking of the Canadian ocean liner Empress of Ireland in 1914 comes close, and in a few ways even exceeds, the tragedy of the famous Titanic disaster. Far more Nova Scotians perished in the sinking of Empress of Ireland on the Saint Lawrence than died on Titanic but Empress has often been forgotten in Nova Scotia and the rest of the world.

April

2 (Halifax) Sci-Fi Fantasy Family Fun at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic 11am-3pm.

9 (Bedford) HEMS Science, Art, Technology, and History Fair
at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography from 19:30am-12:30pm.

9 (Halifax) Cape Breton All Ages Dance and Ceilidh at St Agnes Church Hall,
6903 Mumford Road, from 6pm to 9pm. Admission: $7 per person, $20 per family, Children under 5 years free

12 (Dartmouth) Free Zumba – Kids Welcome at 10am at 44 Cumberland Drive.

19 (Halifax) S(t)able Island: The Beauty of the Free, a documentary film about Sable Island and its mysterious wild horses. 7:00 pm at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.

20 (Halifax) The Significance of the Battle of the Atlantic and HMCS Sackville to Canada at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic at 7:00 pm. The Battle of the Atlantic was the longest campaign of the Second World War, stretching from 03 September 1939 to May 1945. It was a battle between German forces, particularly U-boats, and Allied convoys and their escorts which maintained the lifeline of food, fuel, war materiel and troops to Britain and other Allied ports.
Against the backdrop of the Battle for the Atlantic, Dr. Marc Milner (Director of UNB’s Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society, and well-respected author of numerous books and articles about World War II – particularly the war at sea) will chart the fascinating development of the battle, and the important role Halifax, the Royal Canadian Navy, and many ships like HMCS Sackville played in winning this pivotal campaign.

22 (Lower West Pubnico) Cerfs-volants, 16-18h a Le Village historique acadien de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Entrée Gratuite!
Faites voler votre cerf-volant! Cadeau pour enfants.

22 (Lower West Pubnico) Kite Flying at Le Village historique acadien de la Nouvelle-Ecosse, 4-6pm.

March

10 (Windsor) Homeschooler Trip to Ski Martock from 1-7pm.

February

2 (Sydney) Homeschool Field Trip to see Hamlet at CBU’s Boardmore Playhouse. $5 per child. Parent chaperones free. Email kimberly @ homeschoolinginnovascotia.com (remove spaces first).

6 (Sydney) All Ages Square Dance Workshop at CBU in the Verschuren Centre from 4-6pm. FREE.

18 (Halifax) Pier 21 Homeschool Field Trip, 1055 Marginal Road. An interactive day exploring the history of immigration in Halifax and modern immigration throughout Canada. The moring will begin with a contemporary video highlighting the experiences of immigrants and then move into the Immigration Simulation for ages 8+ and Teddy Bear’s Journey for the little ones. Registration must be received by February 1st. Cost: $9.20/student; parents & children under 5 FREE

PAST 2015 EVENTS IN NOVA SCOTIA

December

4-13 (Halifax) The Nutcracker at the Rebecca Cohn auditorium. Tickets begin at $30; $15 for students and children.

6 (Glacé Bay) The Nutcracker at the Savoy Theatre at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets: $34.50

12 (Halifax) Arts of the Sailor – Monkey’s Fist Christmas Tree Ornament from 1 – 4 pm at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. A workshop on making a unique Christmas tree decoration based on the monkey’s fist knot. Instructions and a ten foot piece of paracord will be provided. Maximum number of participants: 6 Cost: $10

November

2 (Halifax) Want your child aged 12-16 to meet some of Canada’s best YA authors? Halifax Learning is hosting A FREE Book Launch EVENT with local success stories Vicki Grant, Kelley Armstrong, and Marthe Jocelyn!

17 (Tantallon) Tantallon Children’s Library 2 – 4 pm, homeschool families can dabble with two electric kits: Little Bits (http://littlebits.cc/) and Squishy Circuits (http://courseweb.stthomas.edu/apthomas/SquishyCircuits/).

October

3 (Tantallon) Homeschool Parents time at the Tantallon Children’s Library, 2 – 4 pm. This is a time for the grown-ups to share ideas and materials. Toys and activities provided for any children who come along for the ride.

3 (Dartmouth) Share the Warmth at Atlantic Fabrics from 10am-3pm. Spend a few hours building simple quilts to help provide warmth and comfort to those in local shelters. No sewing skills required. Organized by HEMS Homeschooling.

3-4 (New Ross) Lunenburg County Pudding & Sausage Making Demo at Ross Farm Museum. Come and witness a traditional demonstration in Lunenburg County Pudding & Sausage Making. Meat will be made into these traditional dishes.

6 (Sydney) School/Homeschool showing of Alice in Wonderland at the Highland Arts Theatre at 10am. $5 each payable in advance to Kimberly. Email kimberly@homeschoolinginnovascotia.com

6 (Halifax) Book Event at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic: The Citadel on Stage by A. D. Boutilier, 7 pm. A lively and entertaining social history of British military officers stationed in colonial Halifax. A.D. Boutilier hails from Sydney Mines, Cape Breton.

8 (Sydney) Free Family Skate at Centre 200 from 5-6pm. Bring a food bank donation. Sponsored by Family Services Nova Scotia.

10 (Halifax) Information Session Regarding Homeschool Notice of Intent Forms at Alderney Gate Library at 1:30pm. Organized by HEMS Homeschooling.

12 (New Ross) Thanksgiving Day at Ross Farm Museum. Can’t think of anything special to do on Thanksgiving Day? Bring the family out for some good old fashioned fun. Enjoy demonstrations of open-hearth cooking, coopering and sauerkraut making. Take part in a fun auction for everyone in the afternoon at 2:00 pm.

15-Nov 1 (Halifax) Mosaic for Mental Health Art Exhibition and Sale. Free Admission.

16 (Halifax) NSHEA Monthly Public Meeting at Alderney Gate Library at 2pm.

17 (Halifax and Dartmouth) Nocturne: Art at Night. Various Halifax and Dartmouth locations from 6:00pm-midnight

20 (Tantallon) Homeschool Crafting Costumes session at the Tantallon Children’s Library from 2 – 4 pm!

20 (Halifax) Latin Drama in Concert at 7pm at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Welcome the exciting ensemble Latin Drama for an evening of thrilling music that is sure to get you off your seat and dancing!

22 (Dartmouth) Gym Jam at 1:30pm weekly at First Baptist Church, 100 Ochterloney Street. A fun gym time geared toward the elementary crowd. Structured games, sports and open play time. Cost is $5/child. Fall term needs to be prepaid. Dates for the fall term are: October 22, 29, November 5, 12, 26, December 3, 10. Organized by HEMS Homeschooling.

23-24 (Iona) Oidhche nam Bòcan (Night of the Spooks) at Highland Village from 7 – 9 pm. Come and celebrate Halloween with a special evening tour of the Highland Village by lamplight, complete with storytelling, skits and special effects. The tour is followed by a storytelling session in “The Tuning Room” with fuarag, oatcakes and more. This is a family activity. Prepaid reservations are required. No refunds or discounts. Cost $18 per adult, $40 per family, or $10 per student. Call (902) 725-2272 for tickets.

24 (Across Nova Scotia) Community Day at Cineplex theatres across the province. Free movies at 9am. Doors open at 8:30am.

27 (Across Nova Scotia) Open House at Nova Scotia Comminity College Campuses Across Nova Scotia 10am-7pm. Tour the campus. Apply in person and your registration fee will be waived!

27 (Halifax) Ghosts and Maritime Folklore at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, 7 pm. Nova Scotian ghosts and restless spirits have been seen, sensed or heard along the coast by more than just one person! Join Andrew Aulenback, Heritage Interpreter, Historical Re-enactor, Librarian and Folklorist for a hair-raising tour of some of the Museum’s darkest corners. He’ll be recounting tales of the Sambro Island Light, Sable Island also known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic and many more.

28 (Hammonds Plains) Halloween at Hatfield Farm from noon to 2pm. Children can dress up but no noise makers that could scare the horses! Please bring enough treats for trick or treating for each child attending. Enjoy the journey of learning about horses & other farm animals! All-You-Can-Eat Hot Dogs or Pizza (one or the other) with Unlimited Refreshments. $12.00 + HST per Person (13.80). Payment is due in advance to jill_delorey21@hotmail.com Please Note: Waivers must be signed at the shed. Please arrive at the farm 30 minutes prior the departure time

30-Nov 1 (Halifax) Hal-Con sci-fi, fantasy, and gaming convention.

September

3 (Sydney) Not Back to School Pool Party noon-3pm. Contact Kimberly@homeschoolinginnovascotia.com for more details.

3-13 (Halifax) Atlantic Fringe Festival 2015. Hundreds of performances around the city, including musicals, dramas, comedies, belly dance, and more!

7-13 (Caledonia) 15th Annual Not-Back-to-School Camping Trip at Kejimkujik National Park. Organized by The Comedy of Errors.

11-13 (Sydney) CaperCon at Cape Breton University. Sci-fi, fantasy, gaming, anime, and more!

15 (Tantallon) Homeschool family-focused gathering at the Tantallon Children’s Library, 2 – 4 pm. Bring your favourite games!

17-24 (Halifax) Atlantic Film Festival. Film, media, and music performances from around the world, across the city!

19 (Weston) Valley Homeschool Conference at Weston Christian Fellowship Church 8am-5pm.

19-27 (Halifax) Sausage Fest. Events and delicious sausages available at local restaurants across the city.

20 (Halifax) Latin Drama in Concert at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Enjoy this exciting ensemble for an evening of thrilling music that is sure to get you off your seat and dancing!

August

12 (Grand Pre) NSHEA Monthly Meeting

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July

1 (Cape Breton) Canada Day activities across the CBRM.

1 (HRM) 19 Canada Day Events in Halifax, Dartmouth, Bedford, and Beyond.

3 (Halifax) End of Year Get Together at Memory Lane Heritage Village. Organized by The Comedy of Errors.

7 (Wolfville) Grand Pre National Historic Site Educational Programs at 10:30am. Costume, Song, and Dance for 4-8 year olds. The Mysterious Mixed Up Artifacts for 9-14 year olds. Building a Dyke for 9-15 year olds. Email cvhomeschoolers@outlook.com. Cost is $3.90 for the first activity and $2.40 if you choose two guided activities. Money has to be in by July 7th. Organized by the Annapolis Valley Homeschoolers Facebook group.

20 (Wolfville) The Mysterious Mixed Up Artifacts at Grand Pre National Historic Site at 10:30am. Grades 4-9. $3.90 per student. Organized by The Comedy of Errors.

22 (Dartmouth) Climbing Fun at the Play Box at noon. Organized by The Comedy of Errors Facebook group.

27 (Dartmouth) NSHEA Family Picnic at Dartmouth Commons, 1-4pm. Organized by NSHEA.

June

2 (McMaster Mill Falls) Nature Walk & Scavenger Hunt at 6pm. Organized by the Greenwood & Area Nature Club Facebook Group.

3 (Halifax) Halifax Citadel Time Detectives. 10-noon at the Halifax Citadel. Organized by The Comedy of Errors.

6 (Tantallon) Lego Mindstorms at the Tantallon Public Library at 1-4pm. For ages 10 and up. Call 902-826-3330 to register.

6-7 (Halifax) Doors Open Halifax. Visit buildings architectural, cultural and historical significance in our city, free of charge.

6-7 (Lake Charlotte) Eastern Shore Cold Waters Seafood Festival at 5435 Clam Harbour Road

7 (Hampton Beach) St. Croix Falls and Hampton Beach Trip at 2pm. Hike and enjoy nature. Organized by the Greenwood & Area Nature Club Facebook Group.

8 (Middleton) Planting Day – Part 1 at Annapolis Seeds, 8528 HWY 201, RR#3, in Nictaux. Plant bean seeds. Owen is a past home schooler and he is going to share his passion for saving heritage seeds. Returning in the fall to learn how to harvest the seeds! Stay tuned for a time. Organized by the Annapolis Valley Homeschoolers Facebook group.

9 (Middleton) Railway tracks nature walk at 6pm. Organized by the Greenwood & Area Nature Club Facebook Group.

10 (Halifax) Pier 21 Culture and Identity Program for Grades 2-6 at 10:30am at the Canadian Museum of Immigration. Organized by The Comedy of Errors.

10 (Wolfville) Hennigar’s Farm Trail Hike from 1-3pm. Organized by the Forest Friends Facebook group.

10 (Tantallon) Cantatrice Girls Ensemble choir is auditioning for next year’s choir from 7-8:30pm at Tantallon Senior Elementary School. (There are a few homeschooled kids in the group). Must be in grades 7-12. Audition piece is O Canada. For further information or to book an audition, please contact 902.865.7677 or KNewhook-MacDonald@hrsb.ca.

11-14 (Halifax) Halifax Greek Fest at 38 Purcells Cove Road. Enjoy Greek food and entertainment.

12-13 (Lower Sackville) HEMS Homeschool Conference & Resource Fair at Stoneridge Fellowship Church. Workshops: Friday 6:45-9:15pm & Saturday 9am-4:30pm
Second Hand Sale: Friday 4:30-6:30pm
Vendors: Friday 5-8pm & Saturday 8:30am-4pm
Entrepreneurs: Saturday 8:30am-4pm
Speaker: Sonya Shafer
$40 per family.

13 (Across Nova Scotia) Public Archaeology Program at Nova Scotia Museum sites across the province.

16 (Halifax) Nature Zone at the Museum of Natural History, 9:30am-noon. $3.50 per child. Organized by The Comedy of Errors.

16 (Tantallon) All About Birds at The Tantallon Public Library, 2-4pm. Organized by The Comedy of Errors. Free.

17 (Tantallon) Cantatrice Girls Ensemble choir is auditioning for next year’s choir from 7-8:30pm at Georges P. Vanier Junior High School. (There are a few homeschooled kids in the group). Must be in grades 7-12. Audition piece is O Canada. For further information or to book an audition, please contact 902.865.7677 or KNewhook-MacDonald@hrsb.ca.

17 (Canning) Blomidon Provincial Park Vernal Pond Re-Visit. Hiking from 1-4pm. Organized by the Forest Friends Facebook group.

18 (Welsford) June Parent Meeting: BBQ and Potluck at 6pm. Organized by the Annapolis Valley Homeschoolers Facebook group.

18 – July 4 (Halifax) She Stoops to Conquer at Theatre Arts Guild.

20 (Halifax) Homeschool Awards and Letters Expo, at 11am at Saint Mary’s University. Share projects, achievements, and performances with other homeschoolers.

22 (Tantallon) Cantatrice Girls Ensemble choir is auditioning for next year’s choir from 7-8:30pm at Cavalier Drive School. (There are a few homeschooled kids in the group). Must be in grades 7-12. Audition piece is O Canada. For further information or to book an audition, please contact 902.865.7677 or KNewhook-MacDonald@hrsb.ca.

22 (Halifax) Titanic to Twitter at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. $3.65 per student. Organized by The Comedy of Errors.

23 (Annapolis Royal) Upper Clements Park Trip at 10am – 5pm. Cost is $11.50+tax per person. Little people 2-4 years only need to pay the once a year fee of $5.75. This is the cost for entry into the park and the ride excluding the zip line over the lake and geocaching. Please contact Mandy Horne to do email transfer by June 20th at steveandmandy@eastlink.ca. Please also send your head count to cvhomeschoolers@outlook.com. Organized by the Annapolis Valley Homeschoolers Facebook group.

24 (Kingsport) Beach Day! Meet at the end of Longspiel Rd at 1pm. Organized by the Forest Friends Facebook group.

25 (Dartmouth) Auditions for the 2015/2016 touring cast of Project ARC at 124 Main Street, 6:30-8:30pm.

26-28 (Halifax) Nova Scotia Multicultural Festival at the Halifax Seaport. Admission: General-$7, Seniors-$6, Children 12 and under-Free

27 (Dartmouth) NSHEA Homeschool Picnic at 1pm at Dartmouth Commons.

27 (Parrsboro) Butterflies in the Meadow at Fundy Geological Museum at 10 am. From the museum, travel by car caravan to park at the Parrsboro Blueberry Co-op and see: Swallowtails, ringlets, skippers and crescents, all flying, mating and laying eggs in the meadow alongside the Farrell River. Length of Event: 1 hour.

28 (Sydney) Needle-felting for 9-12 year olds at 1pm at The Bobbin Tree (inside My Fair Ladies Ethical Emporium).

30-July 7 (Halifax) Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo at The Scotiabank Centre.

May

2 (Mabou) Gaelic songs, conversation and games for ages 4-10
at An Drochaid (The Bridge Museum). Òrain, còmhradh, agus cleasan. Saturday May 2, May 16th and May 23rd, 10:30-11:15. All welcome. Admission by Donation. Organized by the Mabou Gaelic and Historical Society.

2 (Mabou) Ceilidh! Le gu leòr Gàidhlig! Featuring local singers, step-dancers, and musicians at An Drochaid (The Bridge Museum) at 7:00 pm.
Gheibh sibh balgam ti/Tea served. Thigibh uile! Come and have a great time! Donations at the door. Organized by Comunn Gàidhlig agus Eachdraidh Mhàbu/Mabou Gaelic and Historical Society.

5 (Dartmouth) Laser Tag at Alpha Strike (202 Brownlow Avenue) at 10.30am. Organized by T.H.E. Social Group on Facebook. Join the group to participate. $6 for 1 game, $11 for 2 games, or $15 for 3 games. Parents welcome to play, too!

6 (Halifax) “Reel Justice” part of the 2015 Mayworks Festival, at the Halifax Central Library, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, sponsored by ACTRA Maritimes. Free admission. 10 Short Films by local filmmakers that you won’t see at the multiplex: Hey Baristas! (5 mins), Simply the Best (24 mins), Little Thunder (3 mins), Pink Dollar$ (2 mins), All Out! Dancing in Dulais (23 mins), Cape Breton Miners’ Museum (Glace Bay) Profile (5 mins), Black Teen Public Relations (2 mins), Anatomy of Assistance (13 mins), Masculins (12 mins), Outport Lesbian (3 mins).

16 (Mabou) Gaelic songs, conversation and games for ages 4-10
at An Drochaid (The Bridge Museum). Òrain, còmhradh, agus cleasan. Saturday May 2, May 16th and May 23rd, 10:30-11:15. All welcome. Admission by Donation. Organized by the Mabou Gaelic and Historical Society.

22 (Halifax) Halifax Circus has invited homeschoolers to a special viewing of their show, Down the Rabbit Hole at 2pm.
From Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum to The Mad Hatter – all of your favourite characters make an appearance. “Down the Rabbit Hole” features acrobatics, aerials, juggling and more! Please note – while this IS an all ages show, Alice In Wonderland is a darker show that has themes that may make some small children uncomfortable. This event is being organized by The Comedy of Errors Facebook Group. Join the group to participate.

23 (Mabou) Gaelic songs, conversation and games for ages 4-10
at An Drochaid (The Bridge Museum). Òrain, còmhradh, agus cleasan. Saturday May 2, May 16th and May 23rd, 10:30-11:15. All welcome. Admission by Donation. Organized by the Mabou Gaelic and Historical Society.

April

11 (Halifax) Screening of the movie, Class Dismissed, at the Halifax North Public Library at 1pm. Put on by the Waypoint Self Directed Learning Centre.

13 (Bridgewater) Open Creative Drop-in at Art Happening, 430 King Street.

16 (The Valley) How-To Homeschool High School Talk at 7:30 pm. A gathering to discuss transcripts and portfolios and a general How-To. For more information, join the South Shore Homeschoolers group on Facebook.

23 (Fall River) Cooking Class for Homeschooling Tweens at Sobeys Fall River at 9am. Prepare a full meal with Chef Miranda. $20 each. Please note: Class is full – waiting list only. Join the Tween Home Educators Facebook Group for more information.

25 (Kentville) 3rd Annual Valley Homeschool Expo at NSCC Kentville from 11am-2pm. Performances, exhibits, curriculum sale, prizes, light refreshments. Free!

March

10 (Halifax) Maritime Museum of the Atlantic presents a talk on Canada’s New Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships at 7:30 pm. This fall, Canada’s Navy will be on the cusp of change when steel is cut on the first Arctic Offshore Patrol Ship; HMCS Harry DeWolf. Though the Arctic is not a new area of exploration and patrol for the RCN, this will be the first class of ships purpose built for the RCN for this area. Join us for a public talk with Pat Devenish on the new Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships as well as a little backgrounder on the Arctic.

11 (Halifax) Days of Sail at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, organized by The Comedy of Errors Facebook group. For grades 1-6. $3.50/student (chaperones free).

14 (Parrsboro) Fundy Birders at Fundy Geological Museum at 1:00 pm. Monthly meet at the museum for workshops, slide shows and presentations on local birding.

16-20 March Break Camps Across Nova Scotia

16-20 March Break Camps Across Cape Breton

21 (Parrsboro) Hiking Group at Fundy Geological Museum at 1:00 pm. Interested in hiking? Meet at the museum to talk about forming a local hiking club.

21 (Dartmouth) HEMS 5th Annual Mother & Daughter Day for mothers and grandmothers with their young ladies (ages 12+). Begins at 8am at Cora’s for breakfast and moves to Lake Echo Fellowship Church for the rest of the day. Cost: breakfast and a love offering. Registration deadline: March 1st.

24 (Halifax) Discovery Centre Homeschool Sessions.
Ages 5-7, 8-12, and 13+
You must register ahead of time in the order to participate in programming. Please contact ehamm@thediscoverycenter.ca to register. Prepayment is required. Please sign up for the age appropriate session offered. Other Scheduled dates: April 21, May 12, June 23

28 (Parrsboro) Flower Arranging & Ceramic Painting at Fundy Geological Museum at 1:00 pm. Create your own Easter flower arrangement, join Rose MacAloney from Rose Buds and Petals as she works with you. Bring along your children and they can paint an Easter Ornament! Please pre-register: Flower arranging $25, Ceramic Painting $6

28-29 (New Ross) Wonders of Maple Syrup at Ross Farm Museum. Sample maple syrup and pancakes, watch a pot of syrup boil down over an outdoor fire and enjoy a sweet day at the museum.

31 (Dartmouth) Registration deadline for HEMS swimming lessons. Lessons run April 10 to June 19 at the Sportsplex.

31 (Halifax) Canada and the Battle of the Atlantic at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic at 7pm. Join Patrick Devenish for a presentation on how Canada contributed to the longest single campaign of World War II. The presentation will also include Canada’s contributions other than her Navy, Air Force and Merchant Navy. The sacrifices and successes as well as way we will remember them with the development of Battle of the Atlantic Place.

February

1 – (Annapolis Valley) The anual Sheffield Mills Eagle Watch. Eagles are fed 8-10am. The Eagle viewing field is open all day. Eagle Viewing is free.

2 (Windsor) CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS – Homeschool Ski Trip to Martock at 8:30am for ages 8 and up. $25 Day Pass, Instruction & Rental of Equipment including helmet; $15 Day Pass and Instruction; $15 Rental of Equipment and Instruction; $5 Helmet Rental. *Forms and Money MUST be submitted by January 24th. Contact: lindsaymlaidlaw@gmail.com

2-6 – (Wolfville) The Acadia New Music Festival presents Shattering the Silence at the Festival Theatre. Click link for full schedule – some daytime and some evening performances and some are even free!

4 – (New Minas) Money and Youth Workshops, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Investors Group, 8927 Commercial Street. Organized by Central Valley Homeschoolers. Parents are invited to attend 6 sessions FREE of charge for a series on Money and Youth. Included free of charge will be a full color workbook that you can use to teach your teens about money matters and access to online teachers guides as well.

5 (Welsford) Central Valley Homeschoolers February Parents’ Meeting at 4444 Hwy 221, Berwick at 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM. Come on out for an evening of encouragement for your homeschool.

6 (Middleton) Lego Robotics! at NSCC Middleton at 12:30 – 4:00 PM. Anyone from the age of 7 and up and interested in robotics is welcome to come out and spend a day learning and playing with Lego robotics!

7 (Annapolis Valley) The anual Sheffield Mills Eagle Watch. Eagles are fed 8-10am. The Eagle viewing field is open all day. Eagle Viewing is free.

8 (Annapolis Valley) The anual Sheffield Mills Eagle Watch. Eagles are fed 8-10am. The Eagle viewing field is open all day. Eagle Viewing is free.

8 (Richmond County) Richmond County Winter Festival. Merchandise Bingo at 2 PM at Fourchu Hall
Contact: Sarah Morrison, 902-884-2024
Winter Fun (depending on snow) from 1 PM – 4 PM at Camp Rankin
Contact: Lorraine Gates, 902-535-2876

11 (North Sydney) Back2Basics will be providing a free Learn With Me skating lesson at 9:15 a.m., sponsored by Emera Centre Northside for children under five with a parent. Visit Back2Basics Facebook page to keep updated on the program or email marylynnhurley@gmail.com for more information.

12 (Richmond County) Richmond County Winter Festival Valentine Tea, 12 noon at Riverdale Community Centre. Contact: Marg Windsor, 902-625-2183, email: graham.windsor@bellaliant.net

14 (Richmond County) Richmond County Winter Festival.
Winterfest Breakfast, 7 AM – 11 AM at Grand River Fire Hall. Contact: Joanne McCormack. 902-587-2143, bilmac1111@yahoo.com
West Bay Winterfest, 1 PM – 5 PM at West Bay Community Centre. Contact: Derrick Talbot, 902-631-3597, derricktalbot@seaside.ns.ca
Valentines Dinner and Dance, 6 PM – 1 AM at Riverdale Community Hall. Contact Graham Windsor, 902-625-2183, graham.windsor@bellaliant.net

15 (Louisbourg) Heritage Day at the Fortress of Louisbourg. 11:30am-1:30pm. Celebrate Heritage Day with a special focus on 50 years of the Canadian flag. Test your knowledge with a flag quiz, sing the national anthem during the raising of the flag and get some fresh air with our first ever played Capture the Flag game. Warm up beside the campfire in the King’s Bastion courtyard with marshmallow roasting and Heritage hot chocolate. Bring a picnic and your snowshoes. Audio-guided tours of the grounds will also be available. For more information visit http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/ns/louisbourg/activ/speciales-special.aspx

15 (Richmond County) Richmond County Winter Festival.
Tea and Tunes, 2 PM at Bonnie Brae Club. Contact: Wilma Martell, 902-587-2206, wilmamartell@hotmail.com
Camp Rankin Winter Festival, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM at Camp Rankin
Contact: Doug Landry, 902-535-2531, doug.eva@ns.sympatico.ca
Valentines Tea, 2 PM – 4 PM at St. Marks Church Hall
Contact: Alice Beaton, 902-625-0775
Teen Trivia, 2 PM at R.C. Legion Branch 110, L’Ardoise
Contact: Bernard Gagnon, 902587-2423
Snowshoeing at the Park, 2 PM – 4 PM at Lennox Passage Provincial Park, Martinique. Contact: Marg Herdman, 902-226-2440

16 (Sydney) Free Family Skate at Centre 200 9:30-11:30am.

17 (Halifax) Discovery Centre Homeschool Sessions.
Ages 5-7: 9:45 AM – 10:30 AM in Kilowatt Room for H2Olympics – Examining Water Properties
Ages 8-12: 10:45 AM – 12:00 Noon in Enterprise Room for Zoom
Age 13: 10:45 AM – 12:00 Noon in Kilowatt Korner for Population Dynamics
Registration closes end of day February 12th. You must register ahead of time in the order to participate in programming. Please contact ehamm@thediscoverycenter.ca to register. Prepayment is required. Please sign up for the age appropriate session offered. Other Scheduled dates: March 24, 2015, April 21, 2015, May 12, 2015, June 23, 2015

17 (Tantallon) Presentations for Homeschoolers at the Tantallon Library, 2-4pm. Registration required (monthly).

17 (Halifax) Activities at the Central Library
Teen Open Create at the Central Library at 3pm for ages 12+. Play and create with funky gadgets and craft supplies.
Be an Energy Super-Hero! with Ecology Action Centre staff, 7-8:30pm. To register call Emma Norton at 902-442-0199.

17 (Sackville) Activities at the Sackville Public Library
The Drop: Pancake Day at 3pm for ages 8-13. Hang out, eat healthy snacks, use the computers, and participate in fun activities.
Choosing a Career at 6:30pm for ages 14+. This session will help you figure it all out and show you how to develop a plan to achieve your goals.

17 (Musquodoboit) Rug Hooking at Musquodoboit Harbour Public Library at 1pm.

17 (Bedford) Movie, Diary of a Wimpy Kid at Bedford Public Library at 2pm.

17 (Halifax) Activities at the Keshen Goodman Library
Movie, Brave, showing at 2pm.
Yu-Gi-oh! Tuesdays for ages 11+ at 3:30pm. Duel, play, and trade. House decks available.
Lunar New Year Special – Spring in the Ruined City: Ancient Chinese Poet Du Fu at 7pm. Listen to poems by Du Fu in Chinese and English followed by discussion.

17 (Dartmouth) Needle Niche Social Group at Woodlawn Public Library at 7pm. Knitting, crocheting, quilting, etc.

18 (Dartmouth) Activities at the Alderney Gate Public Library
Evergreen Writers Group at 10:15am. Always welcoming newcomers, the Group gets together for discussion, feedback, guest speakers, and workshops for aspiring writers. Call 902-463-5612
Doctor Who Fan Club at 6pm for Ages 11+. Want to meet other Whovians in Dartmouth? Meet twice a month to discuss Doctor Who, make crafts, and eat snacks that are out of this world!

18 (Tantallon) History of the Soviet Union (1917-1991)
with Dr. Michael Collins at Tantallon Public Library. This course emphasizes the politics, ideology, and social institutions of the Soviet era from revolution to dissolution. Many recent events in the Ukraine can be better understood with this background.

18 (Hubbards) Activities at JD Shatford Memorial Public Library.
Scrabble. Have a fun afternoon around a Scrabble board or try the game Quiddler.
Movie Night: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day at 6:30pm.

18 (Dartmouth) Homeschoolers at the Library at the Woodlawn Public Library, 2:15-3:15pm, Ages 5+. The library has resources just for you! All homeschooling families are invited to check out the library and learn about a different fun topic each month.

18 (Halifax) Activities at the Central Public Library
Teen Open Create For Ages 12+, check out the Creative Lab and play with our funky gadgets and craft supplies. Your imagination is the limit.
Choosing a Career at 7pm with Scott MacMillan, Mount Saint Vincent University, for Ages 14+. Do you know what you want to do for a career? Do you know what your choices are and what you need to get there? This session will help you to figure it all out and show you how to develop a plan to achieve your goals.

18 (Halifax) Activities at Halifax North Memorial Public Library
OK Computer Crew, 4-5pm for Ages 5-12. Games, quizzes, music, and videos in the lab. Weekly from January 7-February 25.
The Amazing Race: In Africa, 4-5pm for Ages 8+. Travel the continent learning fun facts about Africa’s history and culture.

18 (Spryfield) Happiness from Head to Toe: Youth Wellness Series – Morning Smoothie at Captain William Spry Public Library with Instructor Stephanie Amos, dietitian. For Ages 8-12. Try a recipe that has healthy ingredients and lots of energy for the beginning of the day.

18 (Musquodoboit) LEGO in Musquodoboit Valley at Musquodoboit Valley Education Centre, 6:30-7:30pm for Ages 5+. The love for LEGO is everywhere. Build your masterpiece. Co-sponsored by Eastern Shore Musquodoboit Valley Literacy Network.

19 (Halifax) Activities at the Central Library
Teen Open Create at 3pm for Ages 12+. Check out the Creative Lab and play with funky gadgets and craft supplies. Your imagination is the limit.
Teen Zone: African Heritage Month Youth Showcase at 6pm for Ages 12+. This is your place to hang out, meet new people, play games, do homework, explore your artistic side…and have fun!
Youth Showcase for All Ages at 7pm. Centreline Studios presents a celebration of music and spoken word featuring local youth performers in Paul O’Regan Hall.

19 (Halifax) Teen Zone: Candy Sushi! at the Keshen Goodman Public Library at 3:30pm for Ages 12+. Make candy sushi. This is your place to hang out, meet new people, play games, do homework, explore your artistic sid and have fun!

19 (Spryfield) Teen Zone: Games Night in the Centre at Captain William Spry Public Library at 6pm for Ages 12+. This is your place to hang out, meet new people, play games, do homework, explore your artistic side and have fun! In partnership with HRM Recreation.

19 (Dartmouth) Tween Scene: Chinese New Year Craft at Dartmouth North Public Library for Ages 10+. A safe, supportive and supervised space for young people to hang out, eat healthy snacks, use computers, and participate in fun activities.

19 (Sackville) Teen Zone: Pancake Night at Sackville Public Library for Ages 14+. This is your place to hang out, meet new people, play games, do homework, explore your artistic side and have fun! In partnership with the Kinsmen Club of Sackville.

19 (Dartmouth) Teen Machine at Woodlawn Public Library at 6pm for Ages 14+. Take part in activities, games, movies and more. To register each week before Thursday at 3p.m. call 902-490-2636. In partnership with the Dartmouth Community Health Board.

19 (Cole Harbour) Anime & Manga Club for Grades 7-12 at Cole Harbour Public Library. Watch anime, discuss manga, make crafts, and eat snacks.

19 (Hubbards) Needle Niche Social Group at 6:30pm. Knitting, crocheting, quilting, embroidery—share your passion or develop a new hobby.

19 (Tantallon) Needle Niche Social Group at 7pm. Knitting, crocheting, quilting, embroidery—share your passion or develop a new hobby.

20 (Musquodoboit) Craftspace: Painting at Muswuodoboit Harbour Public Library at 12:30pm.

20 (Kingston) Show Much Fun at Kingston Duck Pond, Bridge Street from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Snowshoeing, skating, cross country skiing, and hiking!

20 (St. Peter’s) Richmond County Winter Festival Family Square Dance, 7 PM – 9 PM at United Church Hall. Contact: Reg Landry, 902-535-2093

20 (Tantallon) Games at the Library, Tantallon Public Library, 12:30-2:30. An afternoon of Scrabble, Crib, or 45’s with old friends and new.

20 (Halifax) Pandemics from Plague to Ebola with Prof. Jonathan Roberts, History Department at the Keshen Goodman Public Library at 1:30pm. The history of epidemic disease is a fascinating record of human reactions— panic, xenophobia, scapegoating, violence—that have created social divisions in communities throughout the ages. This
course explores major global pandemics, from the bubonic plague to Ebola, and how they have exposed human vulnerability in the face of incurable diseases.

20 (Dartmouth) Astronomy with Dr. Gary Welch at the Woodlawn Public Library from 1:30-3:30pm. This course is for anyone interested in astronomical events. It includes life in space, black holes, the expanding universe, supernovas, and the death of our sun.

20 (Halifax) Activities at the Centrao Public Library.
In Service Day: Tech Lounge for Ages 12+ at 2pm. Drop by the second flor to use iPads, laptops, video games, and cool new gadgets like the Makey Makey! Feeling old school? Try some board games!
Teen Open Create for Ages 12+ At 3pm. Check out the Creative Lab and play with funky gadgets and craft supplies. Your imagination is the limit.

20 (Halifax) Hallelujah Praise Choir at Halifax North Memorial at 7pm. Made up of 50 singers, the Hallelujah Praise Choir has performed jazzinfluenced four-part harmonies from a range of traditional to contemporary music. For over 40 years now, this gospel choir has received accolades and praise, which show no sign of stopping.

21 (Sackville) LEGO® at the Library, Sackville Public Library, 10-11:45am for Ages 5+. Let your imagination go wild with the Library’s LEGO® collection. Fun for the whole family.

21 (Cape Breton) The Knit Fit Knit-a-Thon at Libraries across Cape Breton. Donate yarn or knitted/crocheted items, collect money for the library, and come out on February 21st for a day of knitting. All finished items are donated to charity.

21 (Burnside) The HEMS 14th Annual Science, Art & Technology Fair will be held at 9:30am – 1:30pm at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography.

21 (West Bay) Richmond County Winter Festival Winter Fun Day, 1 PM – 5 PM at West Bay Community Centre. Contact: Murray MacPhie, 902-345-2988

21 (West Arichat) 9th Annual West Arichat & District Winterfest, Various Events/Various Times at Acadiaville Community Centre. Contact: Brenda Martell, 902-226-2645, Brenda.martell@ca.gt.com

21 (Tantallon) Activities at the Tantallon Public Library
Super Saturdays: NFB films for African Heritage Month for All Ages. 10:30am.

21 (Hubbards) Chinese New Year at JD Shatford Memorial Library at 11am for All Ages. Celebrate the Year of the Sheep with fun crafts and folklore.

21 (Dartmouth) Chess Club with Don Bidgood, Dartmouth Junior Chess Club at the Alderney Gate Public Library, 1-4pm for Ages 5+. Learn to play against others, take on new challenges, and develop your own strategies. Call Don at 902-463-7667.

21 (Halifax) Activities at Halifax North Memorial Public Library
50 Years Since Malcolm X’s Assassination: The Legacy Endures, The Struggle Continues at 2pm. One of the most influential and radical figures of the 20th century is celebrated and examined by prominent community thinkers.
LEGO® at the Library for Ages 5+ At 2pm. Let your imagination go wild with the Library’s LEGO® collection. Fun for the whole family.

21 (Halifax) Movie: Muppets: Most Wanted at Keshen Goodman Public Library at 2pm.

21 (Dartmouth) Movie: How to Train Your Dragon 2 at Woodlawn Public Library at 2:15pm. Tickets given out 60 mins before.

21-22 (New Ross) Flax Demonstration at Ross Farm Museum. Staff will be on hand to inform and demonstrate the steps involved from the planting of the seed to the spinning of the flax fibre to produce linen.

22 (Dartmouth) Stolen Identity: Who Am I? with Mc’Edward Jones at Alderney Gate Public Library at 2pm. Jones tells the story of the Creole tribe, descendants of freed slaves that settled in Sierra Leone. He shares their history and how they continue to struggle to discover their identity and where they belong in the big picture.

22 (Grand Anse) Richmond County Winter Festival.
Floor Shuffle, 2 PM at Royal Canadian Legion Br. 47. Contact: Mary Alice Doyle, 902-345-2646

22 (Richmond County) Richmond County Winter Festival
Winterfest Free Skate, 3:30 PM – 5 PM at Richmond Arena. Contact: Tracy Randall, 902-226-0032, trandall@richmondcounty.ca

22 (Halifax) Games for All Ages! at Central Public Library, 2-4pm for Ages 5+. Drop by and play with the library’s cool collection of games—fun for everyone!

23 (Glace Bay) Glace Bay Glee now accepting new students. Registration is at St Mary’s Hall from 6-8 pm (for new and returning students). Fun and relaxed learning environment for young performers. A place to make new friends, build self-esteem and shine on stage! Next session begins in March.

23 (Dartmouth) Y.O.L.O. Program at Ellenvale Junior High
Grades 7-9 at 4pm. The Woodlawn Library is going to school! We are hosting a safe and supportive program for youth to hang out, eat healthy snacks, and participate in fun activities. In partnership with HRM Rec and Ellenvale Jr. High School. LOCATION: Ellenvale Junior High School, 88 Bellevista Dr. Dartmouth. To register each week before Monday at 2 p.m., call 902-490-2636.

23 (Halifax) Women in Ancient Rome (ca. 500 BCE-100 CE)
with Geraldine Thomas at the Keshen Goodman Public Library, 1:30-3:30pm. This course looks at women’s lives inside and outside an ancient patriarchal society. For example, Cornelia, mother of the martyred Grachii brothers, called her children her “greatest jewels”; however, she was also a noted social figure for hosting cultural gatherings. As well, she once received—and rejected—a marriage proposal from a pharaoh of Egypt.

23 (Halifax) Teen open Create at the Central Public Library at 3pm for Ages 12+. Check out our Creative Lab and play with our funky gadgets and craft supplies. Your imagination is the limit.

24 (Dartmouth) Activities at Dartmouth Public Library.
Computer club at Dartmouth North Public Library at 3:30pm for Ages 5+. Registration required.
Knitting the Night Away at 7pm. Enjoy knitting and friendly conversation. Supplies and help are available for beginners. Registration required.

24 (Halifax) Yu-Gi-oh! Tuesdays at Keshen Goodman Public Library at 3:30pm for Ages 11+. Calling all Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelists! Come meet, play and trade—all in a casual setting. Players of all levels are welcome and house decks are available.

24 (Halifax) Youth Quiz! Semi-Final and Final Matches for Grades 7-9 at Halifax North Memorial Library at 9:30am. Students from local junior high schools compete in an annual tradition: a game show style quiz that tests their knowledge of African heritage and culture. Cheer for your favorite team! (Snow Date: Wednesday Febuary 25)

24 (Halifax) Activities at Central Public Library
Art & Money with Max Haiven at 1pm. CSTU 3400—How does money influence and shape art and creativity in our globalizing world? Can we approach money and our use of it as something creative, artistic, and cultural? And how are artists using various forms of money as media of imaginative expression? *a film screening beginning at 11:30 a.m. may occasionally proceed the lecture. Check: reimaginingmoney.net/course/
Teen Open Create for Ages 12+ at 3pm. Check out our Creative Lab and play with our funky gadgets and craft supplies. Your imagination is the limit.

24 (Sackville) The Drop: Crafty Kids at Sackville Public Library at 3pm from Ages 8 – 13. A safe, supportive and supervised space for young people to hang out, eat healthy snacks, use computers, and participate in fun activities. In partnership with the Kinsmen Club of Sackville.

25 (St. Peter’s) Richmond County Winter Festival Floor Shuffle, 2 PM at Royal Canadian Legion St. Peter’s Br. 47. Contact: Wes Peeples 902-345-2260, Wesley.peeples@ns.sympatico.ca

25 (Tantallon) History of the Soviet Union (1917-1991)
with Dr. Michael Collins at the Tantallon Public Library at 12:15pm. This course emphasizes the politics, ideology, and social institutions of the Soviet era from revolution to dissolution. Many recent events in the Ukraine can be better understood with this background.

25 (Halifax) Religion & Art (Western Traditions) with Wendell Eisener at Central Public Library at 1pm. RELS 3338.2 DT—The arts of Western society are heavily indebted to their religious heritage, especially the influence of Christianity. This course examines the religious aspect of Western arts—especially iconography and music—in order to understand the nature, purpose, and pervasiveness of religious symbolism.

25 (Hubbards) Scrabble at JD Shatford at 2pm. Join us for a fun afternoon around a Scrabble board or try the game Quiddler.

25 (Halifax) Teen Open Create at Central Public Library at 3pm for Ages 12+. Check out our Creative Lab and play with our funky gadgets and craft supplies. Your imagination is the limit.

25 (Halifax) Activities at Halifax North Memorial Public Library
OK Computer Crew at 4-5Pm for Ages 5-12. Games, quizzes, music, and videos in the lab. Weekly January 7-February 25.
Teen Zone: African Heritage Month at 5pm for Ages 13+. This is your place to hang out, meet new people, play games, do homework, explore your artistic side…and have fun!

25 (Dartmouth) Trading Card-palooza at 6pm for Ages 11+. Calling all Yu-Gi-Oh!, Pokemon, or Magic The Gathering fans! Bring your cards and join us for casual and tournament play. Players of all levels welcome.

25 (Spryville) Activities at Captain William Spry Public Library
West African Drumming with Andrew Dahms, percussionist at 6pm For Ages 8-12. Hear the beauty of the Djembe and other instruments and then take part in an interactive workshop on West African rhythms and techinque. Drums provided. Registration required.
Happiness from Head to Toe: Youth Wellness Series – African Dance with Instructor: Andrew Dahmns for Ages 8-12. Let dance/cardio work your body and spirit.
Knitting for Beginners at 7:15pm for Ages 10+. Curious about making your own clothes and accessories? Try knitting! Learn different techniques and the basic knit stitch. Some yarn and needles are available. Space is limited. Registration required
Knitting the Night Away at 7:15pm. Enjoy knitting and friendly conversation. Supplies and help are available for beginners.

25 (Halifax) Gaming unplugged at Central Public Library at 6:30pm for Ages 12+. Board games galore! Get some friendly competition going on and maybe have a few snacks.

25 (Musquodoboit) Pokemon Trading Challenge Party at Musquodoboit Harbour Public Library at 6:30pm for All Ages. Bring your cards, make a challenge, and trade some cards!

26 (Halifax) Activities at Central Public Library
Saint Mary’s Lunch & Learn Lecture Series – Love with Mary Hale at 1pm. RELS 2351.2 DT—Our culture has represented love in a multitude of ways, and through a variety of lenses: biological, philosophical, anthropological. This course will use religious studies to explore that highest of all loves—”true love”. What is it? Who seeks it? Why?
Teen Open Create at 3pm for Ages 12+. Check out our Creative Lab and play with our funky gadgets and craft supplies. Your imagination is the limit.
Teen Zone: Karaoke Night at 6pm for Ages 12+. This is your place to hang out, meet new people, play games, do homework, explore your artistic side…and have fun!
Poetry Reading: Sylvia D. Hamilton: And I Alone Escaped to Tell You at 7pm. The settlement of African peoples in Nova Scotia is a richly layered story encompassing many waves of settlement and diverse circumstances – from captives to freedom runners. The poems endeavour to give these historical events a human voice and thus becomes a moving meditation on the place of African-descended people in the Canadian story.

26 (Halifax) Activities at Keshen Goodman Library
Lunchtime Wellness Series – Chinese Medicine with Dr. Qing Zhang, Canadian College of Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine at 1pm. Learn some basic and practical ideas of traditional Chinese medicine for your health and well-being with your daily life.
Teen Zone: Pizza Tasting Contest at 3:30pm for Ages 12+. Be a food critic! Taste and then vote for the best local pizza! This is your place to hang out, meet new people, play games, do homework, explore your artistic side and have fun!

26 (Halifax) Activities at JD Shatford Memorial Library
Build, Wreck, & Experiment: Construct a Catapult at 3:30pm for Ages 8+. Sign up for four weeks of engineering fun. Space is limited. Please register by February 12.
Needle Niche Social Group at 6:30pm. Knitting, crocheting, quilting, embroidery—share your passion or develop a new hobby.

26 (Spryville) Teen Zone: Jewelry Making at Captain William Spry Library at 6pm for Ages 12+. This is your place to hang out, meet new people, play games, do homework, explore your artistic side…and have fun! In partnership with HRM Recreation.

26 (Dartmouth) Tween Scene: Polar Bear Pies at Dartmouth North. At 6pm for Ages 10+. A safe, supportive and supervised space for young people to hang out, eat healthy snacks, use computers, and participate in fun activities. Registration required

26 (Sackville) Teen Zone: Scrapbooking at Sackville Library at 6pm for Ages 14+. This is your place to hang out, meet new people, play games, do homework, explore your artistic side…and have fun! In partnership with the Kinsmen Club of Sackville

26 (Halifax) Teen Machine at Woodlawn Library at 6-8pm for Ages 14+. Take part in activities, games, movies and more. To register each week before Thursday at 3p.m. call 902-490-2636 or message us at Teen Machine Facebook Group Page. In partnership with the Dartmouth Community Health Board. Registration required.

26 (Cole Harbour) Activities at Cole Harbour Public Library
Teen Zone: CREATE – Expression at Cole Harbour Library at 6:30pm for Ages 12+. This is your place to hang out, meet new people, play games, do homework, explore your artistic side and have fun!
CREATE: Expression (Speaking Up – Spoken Word) led by Base Y Youth Association at 6:30pm for Ages 14-18. Creative expression can give you the courage to speak about things that matter and in an effective way. Also, it’s LOADS of fun!

26 (Musquodoboit) Craftspace: Knitting at Musquodoboit Harbour Library at 6:30 pm.

26 (Halifax) Hear this! with Liliona Quarmyne at Halifax North Memorial Library at 7pm. An evening of sharing of women’s voices and true tales, big and small – all real, developed in workshops with Liliona Quarmyne of Tatamagouche Centre.

26 (Tantallon) Needle Niche Social Group at 7pm. Knitting, crocheting, quilting, embroidery—share your passion or develop a new hobby. Meet in the lounge

27 (Musquodoboit) Craftspace: Painting at Musquodoboit Harbour
Library at 12:30 pm.

27 (Tantallon) Games at the Library at Tantallon Library at 12:30. Join us for an afternoon of Scrabble, Crib, or 45’s with old friends and new.

27 (Halifax) University Lecture Series – Pandemics from Plague to Ebola with Prof. Jonathan Roberts, History Department at Keshen Goodman Library at 1:30pm. The history of epidemic disease is a fascinating record of human reactions— panic, xenophobia, scapegoating, violence—that have created social divisions in communities throughout the ages. This course explores major global pandemics, from the bubonic plague to Ebola, and how they have exposed human vulnerability in the face of incurable diseases.

27 (Halifax) Activities at Woodlawn Library
Astronomy with Dr. Gary Welch at 1:30pm. This course is for anyone interested in astronomical events. It includes life in space, black holes, the expanding universe, supernovas, and the death of our sun.
Scrabble, 2-4pm. Join us for a fun afternoon around a Scrabble board or try the game Quiddler.

27 (Halifax) Teen Open Create at 3pm at Central Library for Ages 12+. Check out our Creative Lab and play with our funky gadgets and craft supplies. Your imagination is the limit.
Open Create

28 (Tantallon) Super Saturdays: Banned Book Storytime at 10:30am for All Ages. It’s better when we get to do it together. Let’s make or learn something. Games, crafts, movies, and more.

28 (Halifax) LEGO® at the Library at JD Shatfield Library at 11am for Ages 5+. Let your imagination go wild with the Library’s LEGO® collection. Fun for the whole family.

28 (Dartmouth) Chess Club with Don Bidgood, Dartmouth Junior Chess Club at Alderney Gate Library 1-4pm for Ages 5+. Learn to play against others, take on new challenges, and develop your own strategies. Call Don at 902-463-7667.

28-Mar 1 (New Ross) Snowshoe Demonstration at Ross Farm Museum. Interpreters will be demonstrating the traditional art of snowshoe making. Snowshoes available for you to experience snowshoeing first hand.

January

2 (Dartmouth) Deadline for HEMS Swimming Lessons Registration. Lessons are held at the Dartmouth Sportsplex beginning January 9th.

9 (Sackville) Free skating every Thursday 3-4pm at the Sackville Arena.

14 (Sydney) Cape Breton Naturalists Society presents Adventures of a Travelling Biologist with speaker Maureen Cameron-MacMillan at 7:30pm at the New Dawn CSI (former Holy Angels School).

21 (Halifax) Museum of Natural History Homeschool Program organized by The Comedy of Errors Facebook group. 10-10:45am for ages 5-8; 11-11:45am for ages 9-12. $3.50/child. Theme: Water.

22 (Sackville) Swimming at the Sackville Sports Stadium 2:15-4pm. $3 per person; $13 per family.

22 (Halifax) Navigating Youth in a Digital World at Armbrae Academy, 1400 Oxford St at 7pm. Presented by The Atlantic Conference of Independent Schools, Katie Davis talks about the research in her book, The App Generation. Free public lecture, donations (suggested $10) appreciated.

 

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