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Harrietsfield residents plan water march
Written by Shaina Luck   
Friday, 29 May 2015 12:57
Harrietsfield residents are planning a march Saturday to raise awareness against contaminated water in their community, which has been a problem in their community for years. Here are the details of the march, from resident Melissa King:

All Canadians NEED the Right to a Healthy Environment
Please Join Us in Our Fight for Clean Water
Safe drinking water is essential to all life, and if contaminated, all life will suffer.
This has happened in the Harrietsfield-Williamswood community.
* Several wells and lakes have been impacted with uranium and heavy metals for 34 years.
What: Peaceful Water March (1.5km walk)
When: Saturday, May 30 at 11am
Where: beginning and ending at the Harrietsfield-Williamswood Community Center - 1138 OldSambro Road, Harrietsfield

And here is an overview of the history of the problem, via the Halifax Media Co-op.
Last Updated on Friday, 29 May 2015 13:04
What's on in Spryfield, June edition
Written by Shaina Luck   
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 19:34
Hi folks, here are a few things going on in the next month in the Spryfield area. You can email events to me directly for re-posting. Use the link on the left hand sidebar.

----MAY 28----
The YWCA on Herring Cove Road will be holding its annual general meeting on May 28 at 7pm. There will be a presentation and guest speaker on the topic "Fostering Girls' Leadership for 140 years."

--------JUNE 2, 9, and 16----------

On Tuesdays in June (June 2, 9, and 16 from 10am to 12pm) you can learn to get the most from your food budget. Food shopping techniques as well as kitchen and meal planning techniques. The course description says it covers "low cost casseroles, soups, meatless meals, egg dishes, potatoes and many more." Call Call 902-487-0690 to register or register in person at the Wellness Centre, beside the Dollarama in the old South Centre Mall on Dentith Road.

---------JUNE 3---------
On June 3rd, the Halifax Food Policy Alliance will release of Halifax’s first ever food assessment report called "Food Counts." It's a report that examines how people in Halifax could all get enough healthy, sustainable food - and where we are failing to do this. It's not only about Spryfield, but some researchers in Spryfield did contribute to the report.

When: Wednesday, June 3, 2015 (light refreshments at 10:30 am, remarks at 11 am)
Where: Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market, Main level (centre doors), 1209 Marginal Road
Val Blair, Co-author of the report (Public Health Services, Nova Scotia Health Authority, Halifax and West Hants)
Dr. Gaynor Watson-Creed, Medical Officer of Health (Nova Scotia Health Authority, Halifax and West Hants)
Aimee Carson, Co-chair, Halifax Food Policy Alliance (Ecology Action Centre)

For more information:

---------JUNE 4---------------
From the Spryfield and District Business Commission: the annual AGM and business awards night will be on June 4 at 6pm at the Golden Age Social Centre at 212 Herring Cove Road.

E-mail or call Bruce Holland, Executive Director of SDBC at (902)452-7472 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to reserve tickets. Bruce says there are only a few left at this point:

"We have several local business owners who are going to be speaking this year about their experience of doing business from Spryfield, both locally and internationally. We will be filming this year’s event and other events throughout the year to create a promotional video of the Business District and surrounding communities."

----------JUNE 6---------------
The folks who brought you the Red Swing Project last year are at it again. They're conducting 100in1day on June 6, a day when dozens of free community events will be offered to all comers. Check the website for the full list, including: a craft party, interactive classes, children's soccer game, etc. Here are a few Spryfield events:

-2pm Yoga on the Ketch Harbour wharf
-9:30am Movement and Play at the "fire road" on Acres Road in Williamswood
-Outdoor community Zumba at Lynette Road, hosted by the Chebucto Family Centre
-10am walk along Macintosh Run. Meet at the Spryfield Lions Rink
-Clean up of Macintosh Park and Kidston Road at the Urban Farm on Rockingstone Road
-Everything you need to know about bicycling at the Captain William Spry library
-1pm Disco dancing demo in the parking lot of Ready to Rumba Dance studio

----------JUNE 15-----------
The United Way is funding an artist-in-residence program for Spryfield, to be coordinated by the ArtsExpress program that the wonderful Sabine Fels runs out of J.L. Ilsley high school. If you are interested in applying by the deadline of June 15, here's more about it, via Chebucto Connections:

"The program is coordinated by ArtsExpress in collaboration with the AGNS; NSCAD's extended studies, Dance Nova Scotia and Theatre Nova Scotia. Submit applications to ArtsExpress, J.L.Ilsley High School, 38 Sylvia Ave, Halifax, N.S. B3R 1J9 on or before Monday, June 15, 2015. 4pm. Late or incomplete proposals will not be considered. If you require more information, an application form or wish to speak to someone in person about this opportunity, please contact ArtsExpress Coordinator Sabine Fels at 479-4612 ext. 570-1008 in advance of the deadline."

---------JUNE 18-------------
The YWCA Women's health clinic continues with a nurse practitioner offering 45 minute appointments. Pap smears, breast examinations, and STI tests are all examples of procedures that can be done during the appointments. The appointments start at 9am on June 18. For appointments call Wanda at the YWCA at 902-404-9922 or call the IWK at 902-470-6755.

------JUNE 20---------
St. James United Church in Sambro is having a halibut supper on June 20. 4-6pm at 3811 Old Sambro Road. $15.00 for adults and $7 for children.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 May 2015 19:38
What's on in Spryfield, May edition
Written by Shaina Luck   
Thursday, 30 April 2015 15:05
Chocolate Lake change room/washroom facilities to be open longer hours, starting May 1. Previously the change room and washroom building was closed at 5pm when life guard service ended. This year between May 1-October 31 the building will be open from 8a.m. to 8p.m.


The Cowie Hill Connector has been re-named Peter Saulnier Drive. Peter Saulnier died in Spryfield in 2008, age 61. He portrayed Santa in the annual Santa Claus Parade for many years and was an active volunteer for local causes.


The YWCA Spryfield Women’s Health Clinic continues this month on May 21. See a nurse practitioner for a 45 minute appointment where you can have assessments, ask questions, get services done such as pap smears, breast examinations, and family planning. To make an appointment, call Wanda at the YWCA at 902-404-9922.


The annual Spryfield book bonanza will be held May 2 at the Capt. William Spry library in the lobby. This is an event where anyone can come and take books for free - as many books as you want. All the books were donated and are in good condition. I’ve been in past years and you can pick up some good finds for zero dollars.


On May 7, the Chebucto Family Centre is holding a comedy night fundraiser. It’s called “Comedy for Community” and features two stand-up comedians: James Uloth and Steve Mazan. There will be wine and cheese and a silent auction. For more information on the night or to donate silent auction items, contact the centre at (902) 479-3031.


The annual Seedy Saturday plant sale will be held on Saturday May 9th, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Captain William Spry Community Centre. Here are the features:
Bedding plants, herbs, perennials at great prices
Seeds – heritage, organic seeds
Tools – sharpening, repair, donations accepted
Sign up for gardening at the Urban Farm


Central Spryfield Elementary School is holding a Family Fun Night fundraiser on May 28th. For more information, you can contact the school at 902-479-4286. The Fun Night will feature a canteen, cake walk, and games with prizes, among other activities. The school is also searching for donations to support the Fun Night, so if you have a good or service that could help, please give them a call.
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 April 2015 15:10
What's on in Spryfield, April edition
Written by Shaina Luck   
Friday, 03 April 2015 23:46
Hello folks - after a very long hiatus, I finally put together another post of some events going on in April. I'll try to update monthly from now on. 


100in1Day Halifax is offering an upcoming workshop at Chebucto Connections (531 Herring Cove Road) on April 20th. 6:30-8:30pm. 

100in1Day calls itself a “festival of community engagement happening on June 6th.” Organizers are looking for people to bring their ideas for 100+ actions that citizens could takee to make a better city. 

Find more information at: www.100in1day.ca

From the Crowell’s Guardian Pharmacy on Herring Cove Road: 

“Crowell’s Pharmacy is now offering enhanced mental illness and addictions services for patients in the Spryfield community. The Bloom Program is the Mental Health and Addictions Community Pharmacy Partnership Program. Its aim, which aligns with the province’s mental health and addictions strategy, is to improve the health and quality of life of people with mental health and addictions problems. Selected patients with mental illness and/or addiction problems taking psychotropic medications are eligible for the program. Each enrolled patient will receive enhanced clinical and support services from their pharmacist for a minimum of 6 months.

As participants in this program, patients can expect comprehensive consultations and follow-up to identify and address mental health and addictions problems as well as medication-related problems. Pharmacists in the Bloom Program work collaboratively with patients, families, and health providers to resolve issues over time. Patients are discharged from the program after 6 months unless there are ongoing problems that continue to be addressed by the pharmacy team. Each participating pharmacy provides specific mental health and addictions resources for patients and the public to support better access and care in the community.

Please contact a pharmacist at our pharmacy if you would like to refer a patient to the Bloom Program. You can also learn more about the Bloom Program at our website www.bloomprogram.ca. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.”


MLA Brendan Maguire’s office will be offering free haircuts for men and children. Barber services will happen on the second Monday of the month, 2-4pm. Better call ahead if you are planning to get a cut this month, since this month’s date falls on Easter Monday. Address: 349 Herring Cove Rd, call 902-444-0147 for appointments. Walk-ins are okay too. 


Local plug: MetroWorks job search assistance on Herring Cove Road. 
Address: 349 Herring Cove Rd, Suite 105


YWCA Spryfield is offering monthly woman’s health clinics with a nurse practitioner/clinician. Book a 45 minute appointment for pap smears, breast examinations, STI tests, counselling and family planning. Call Wanda at the YWCA – 902-404-9922 or call the IWK at 902-470-6755. The next date is April 23.


St. James church in Sambro is once again putting on a dinner theatre. This year it’s called “Rock Around Sambro” and has a 50s theme. Shows run April 24, 25, 26, 40, May 1, May 2 at 6:30. The April 26 production is at 4:30. Tickets $35 each. Call 902-868-2791 for more information. 


The community health team at the Chebucto Wellness Centre in the old South Centre Mall is having a meet and greet to share snacks and work on an art project spearheaded by a local artist. Tuesday, April 7 at 1:30-3:30. Call 902-487-0690 for more information. 


The Soups On program at St. Paul’s Family Resource Institute continues every Tuesday until June. 12-1:30pm, receive a meal of hot soup and sandwiches free of charge. All welcome, call 902-479-1015 for more information. 


Legal Aid continues to offer appointments at Chebucto Connections at 531 Herring Cove Road every Tuesday. Call 902-420-3450 for more information or appointments. You can receive legal help for free for any problems such as landlord/tenant disputes, social assistance programs, etc. A lawyer who specializes in youth concerns (12-18) will be available the third Tuesday of each month from 2-5pm. Also, an adult criminal lawyer will be available the first Tuesday of each month from 1-4pm. 
In Spryfield and need help over the holidays?
Written by Shaina Luck   
Tuesday, 23 December 2014 01:44
Hi everyone, 

We are coming up on the Christmas holidays so fast...enough time for one last post. To start off, this can be a pretty stressful time and if you do need some help, I cannot post this enough times: 

The Spryfield Helping Tree: http://www.cdha.nshealth.ca/system/files/sites/4002/documents/helping-tree-chebucto-cht.pdf

If you need help with housing, food, furniture, clothing, healthcare, mental healthcare, education, childcare, or pretty much any other social service, someone on that page should be able to help you. 

In other news, here are a few notes:

The Halifax Regiol School Board has put out a tender for structural upgrades to Central Spryfield Elementary. See it here: http://www.hrsb.ca/sites/default/files/documents/tenders/3728.pdf
But I hope you know how to read an architectural drawing!

The 4th annual Kyle Henneberry Memorial Hockey tournament will take place at the Lions Rink on Dec. 26-31st. The organizers are seeking cash or in kind contributions, all proceeds support Chebucto Minor Hockey. For more information contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

St. Paul's will be getting a new minister soon. Last week I was speaking with Reverend Catherine Macdonald, who currently works at the United Memorial Church on Young street in the North End. She will be moving churches and is excited to learn more about Spryfield. 

Pavia Gallery, which opened its first store in Herring Cove, just went through a major expansion and hired 40 people to work in its two new branches at the Halifax Central Library. If you haven't been to Central yet, just go. You have to see it. Pavia is also doing the following fundraiser for the YWCA:

"This New Year's Day individuals will come together to form a very special swim team in an effort to raise over $5,000 for the YWCA Halifax.For the second year in a row our friends at the Pavia Gallery, along with some special guests, will brave the North Atlantic Ocean on New Year's Day all to raise awareness and funds for the YWCA Halifax. The event will be held January 1, 2015. at 12:00 noon at The government Wharf in Herring Cove. Registration at St. Paul's Parish Hall, start at 9:30 am."

Speaking of the YWCA, those good people have prepared some frozen turkey dinners that can be picked up free by families in need at the Chebucto Family Centre until Dec. 24 at noon. The centre is open 9-5 on Herring Cove Rd, call 902-423-6162. 

Have a wonderful holiday and best wishes for the New Year! 


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