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What's on in Spryfield
Written by Shaina Luck   
Friday, 05 December 2014 02:11

The St. Paul's Family Resources Institute is in need of toys for the Christmas season. It is for a toy store that gives parents an opportunity to "shop" for their children to help them find a Christmas gift. The institute also gives out Christmas hampers to families, and would gladly accept food donations. If you have something to donate please drop it off to use by noon on Wednesday December 17. For more information, contact Kristen Hollery at 902-479-1015. 

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Downhome Christmas Concert

When – Sunday, December 14th, 2014 – 6:30pm

Where – St. James United Church – 3811 Old Sambro Rd

St. James United Church will be having a downhome Christmas Concert on December 14th. There will be lots of lively entertainment and everyone is encouraged to attend.

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Quarter Note Singers Presents: December Coffee House

When – Thursday, December 11th, 2014 – 7 to 9pm

Where – Captain William Spry Center

Please join the Quarter Note Singers for their December Coffee House. They will have special guests: Hydrostone Ukulele Ensemble in attendance and refreshments will be served. Everyone is encouraged to attend for an evening of fun.

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Boys & Girls Club 1st Annual Breakfast with Santa Fundraiser

When – Saturday, December 6th, 2014 – 9 to 11am

Where – Boys & Girls Club – 11 Aldergrove Drive, Spryfield (behind Jessy's Pizza on Herring Cove Rd.)

The Boys & Girls Club of Spryfield will be hosting their first annual Breakfast with Santa fundraiser event. This event will help raise funds to go toward program materials, our subsidy program, and to help off-set the cost of our annual holiday party for our members. Cost of admission is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for children and older, and free for children 3 years old and under. 

Registration is also still available for the Boys and Girls Club after school program. There are spots available for remaining school in-service day and March Break day camps. 

The Boys & Girls Club of Spryfield is looking into offering a Food Handling Course out of their Club. They will not come out to teach one unless they have a minimum of 25 people interested. The cost of the course is $23.00 each and it would be a full day course probably offered on a Saturday. If there's enough interest, the course will happen in the early new year.

For information about any of the above, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call us at 902-477-9840 or stop by the Boys & Girls Club of Spryfield located at 11 Aldergrove Drive.

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Salvation Army Kettles Campaign has Begun – Volunteers Needed

The Salvation Army of Spryfield is looking for Volunteers who are willing to help with their Christmas Kettle Campaign. There are still a large number of shifts available and need to be covered. Please call 902-477-5393 if you can help or for further information.

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Ladies, Its Time to Explore YWCA Program – ‘The Bridge’

When – Every 2nd Tuesday

Where – YWCA Spryfield, 358 Herring Cove Road, Spryfield

Multi-service supports for women returning to education to better their financial situation. Women work individually with YWCA mentors and within a peer community to overcome obstacles to achieve their family, education and career goals. Participants develop an action plan the addresses educational goals at a high school or college level, and received career mentoring in a field that pays a family-sustaining wage, priority access to YWCA Early Learning & Child Care, financial management, and personal and family wellness.
For More Info, please call Nicole Boutilier at 902-423-6162 ex. 4241 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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YWCA Spryfield - Woman’s Health Clinic

As part of the YWCA Woman’s Health Clinic, they will have a nurse practitioner/clinician offering office hours on a monthly basis. The appointments are 45 minutes long. You can have assessments, screenings done (pap smears, breast examinations, STI tests), counselling (menopause, PMS) and family planning.

The next scheduled date is December 18th – Appointments start at 9am. To make an appointment, call Wanda at the YWCA – 902-404-9922 or call the IWK at 902-470-6755.

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Upcoming Events from the Chebucto Community Health Team
Assertiveness Training Weekly Program – Every Tuesday until December 15, 2014. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Wellness Centre

Learn how to speak up for yourself in a respectful way. Assertiveness is a communication style. Learning to be more assertive can improve relationships and improve self-confidence. Start any week and attend as many weeks as you decide that you need.

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The Captain William Spry public library is having the first Community Art Exhibit at the library! Featuring artist - Ron Hartley. The opening is Friday between 2-4:30 pm. It will be open during the weekend as well - Saturday & Sunday 2 -4:30 pm.

Last Updated on Friday, 05 December 2014 14:13
 
Spryfield events
Written by Shaina Luck   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 17:34
Hello everyone....here are a few more events that have been emailed to me. 

Lending Library at Chebucto Connections
Do you love to read?  Well, we can help!  Chebucto Connections in conjunction with Reachability have created a FREE lending library at 531 Herring Cove Rd.  Stop in and browse the books ranging from beginner to advanced. There is sure to be something for everyone’s taste.  It’s a “pick-up a book…   …leave a book” arrangement, so if we all follow these simple instructions all eager minds can enjoy the literature. Our hours are Mon-Fri from 9am to 4pm.
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I mentioned in a past post about the ECHO community hub. The schedule is up here:
http://www.echohub.ca/community-calendar/.
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One of the services offered will be by Reachability, every Friday from 11:15am-1:15pm with Form Filling Aid. The Form Filling Assistance program is free and assistance will be provided for forms such as criminal record pardons, lease agreements, applications and more! Feel free to drop in at 531 Herring Cove Rd.
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‘Soup’s On Again’ is based on the pilot project “Soup’s On” offered to the Spryfield community in 2013/2014. The project offers nutritious and homemade soup and sandwiches on a weekly basis during the colder months of the year. Last year during the pilot project two facilitators were hired who were in receipt of Social Assistance to become trained in food handling and First Aid/CPR. The two facilitators planned, shopped, cooked and served the meal for the project and reported to a community steering committee. We are looking for two such people again this year. For more information, or to apply, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
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Project WELL: Helping Mature Women Further Their Education is a non-profit society, incorporated in 2014. It’s a 100% volunteer run society that is focused on raising funds to assist mature women in furthering their education. To find out more, please check out: www.project-well.org or Facebook: www.facebook.com/projectwellsociety.
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We have lots of non-profits in Spryfield, and…the Ecology Action Centers efficiency coordinator Emma Norton is looking for non-profit organizations who are interested in becoming more energy efficient and want to have a clearly laid plan to make it possible.  Through their latest culture of efficacy project, they are offering workshops, consultations, educational materials and an energy management plan. Please contact Emma Norton at 1-902-422-0199 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
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Coverdale Courtwork Society has some upcoming workshops for women who have been involved in the criminal justice system.  Feel free to refer women who you know or work with.  Please call or email to register for any of these workshops, by phoning 902-42-6417 and press “0” or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , attn. Workshops. They are located at 2346 Hunter St., Halifax.  You can also learn more about Coverdale by checking out their website at www.coverdale.ca. Workshop topics include “Beyond Trauma,” and “Managing Feelings of Anger.”
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Spryfield 41st Santa Claus Parade – 2014 Application deadline is Monday, November 17.This year’s Spryfield Santa Clause parade will be taking place Sunday, November 30th starting at 2pm. For more information contact Bruce Holland with the Spryfield and District Business Commission (SDBC) for an application and set of parade rules. Bruce can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by calling 902-452-7472.
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The Spryfield business community is invited to a networking event at Pavia Gallery, where people will have an opportunity to meet Halifax MP Megan Leslie. The event being hosted by the Spryfield and District Business Commission on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 2:00pm. Please RSVP to Bruce Holland This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 902-452-7472 by November 5.
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Gingerbread Tea, auction, and cake walk on Saturday, November 15 from 1-3pm at St. James United Church at 3811 Old Sambro Road. Also at St. James United, on Sunday November 16 from 6:30 to 9:30pm there will be a singer/songwriter circle. Song writers will be sharing their songs and stories of what inspired them to write the tunes.  Admission by donation and all are welcome.
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‘Taking Action Against Abuse of Older Adults’ Workshop on November 3rd, 2014 – 12:30 to 4:30pm at the YWCA Spryfield. The YWCA invites you to attend a free four-hour workshop on taking action against abuse of older adults.  This introductory workshop will teach you basic awareness of abuse of older adults. Through the workshop, you will gain awareness of abuse, neglect and self-neglect; practices to respond to abuse, communication skills and how to be part of the solution. This workshop is geared towards frontline staff and volunteers. Space is limited, so please respond to Twyla Nichols at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 902-423-6162 ext. 4228 before Oct 30th if interested.
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Every 2nd Tuesday at the YWCA Spryfield at 358 Herring Cove Road a support program for women is being offered. It is called “The Bridge” and consists of multi-service supports for women returning to education to better their financial situation.  Women work individually with YWCA mentors and within a peer community to overcome obstacles to achieve their family, education and career goals.  Participants develop an action plan that addresses educational goals at a high school or college level, and receive career mentoring in a field that pays a family-sustaining wage, priority access to YWCA Early Learning & Child Care, financial management, and personal and family wellness. For More Info, please call Nicole Boutilier at 902-423-6162 ex. 4241 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
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Noon meditation classes at the Spryfield Mall Wellness Centre: October 29th & November 5th, 2014 – 12pm. For more info and to register, please contact Yvonne Macor at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
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Car Seat Training Course on Oct. 31, 8:30am to 4:30pm at the Chebucto Family Centre. Car crashes are a major cause of death and severe injury for children in Canada.  Car and booster seats can reduce that risk.  The Children’s Restraint Systems Technician Course provides participants with the knowledge and skills to help parents choose the correct seat for their child, install it correctly and adjust the harness straps.  Participants receive a certification and become members of the Child Passenger Safety Association of Canada.
Call 902-479-3031 ext. 310 if interested in registering.  Tea, coffee and snacks will be provided but lunch is not.
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Indoor Yard Sale, Saturday, November 1st, 2014 – 9am till Noon at 5 Kirk Rd, corner of Parkhill and Kirk Rds,  Jollimore. Parkhill United Church will be holding an Indoor Yard Sale this Saturday, Nov 1st.  It will be held at the Church. 

 
NOT Spryfield events
Written by Shaina Luck   
Monday, 13 October 2014 00:47
Hello everyone, I have one Spryfield and three non-Spryfield events to post. (I thought they might be of interest though, because they all have a Spryfield connection). 


McIntosh Run Watershed Association (MRWA) Open House
Starts: October 15th, 2014 - 5:00pm
Where: Captain William Spry Centre
A new trail is being extended along the McIntosh Run. The Open House commences at 5:00 p.m. for viewing maps and discussing the plans, with a formal presentation scheduled for 7 p.m.

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Halifax Regional Municipality Volunteer Conference - Friday, November 21 & Saturday, November 22, 2014

Now in its 14th year, the Volunteer Conference gives residents an opportunity to participate in training, networking and learning equipping them with the tools to become more effective in their volunteer work and to help enhance the strong leadership base in the region.

The conference includes:
* A wide selection of interactive and informative sessions
* Dynamic and experienced speakers
* Lunch and refreshments
* Networking opportunities
* Participant welcome packages
* Community showcase
Harbourview Holiday Inn, Dartmouth, 101 Wyse Road

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Community Conversation: Fairview and Clayton Park 
Your community.  Your health.  Your voice.   The Chebucto Community Health Team, a partnership of Capital health and the IWK Health Centre, offers many programs in the Clayton Park and Fairview area.  You can help shape the free health and wellness programs that are offered here in your community.   Community Health Teams provide free wellness programs and navigation in your community where people live, work and play.  We also work closely with our great community partners to help build a stronger community together.  We need your help to shape the programs and services to best address the needs and concerns of your neighborhood.  Come make your voice heard and receive a $10 grocery gift card for your time. 
 
Thursday October 23
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
St. Benedict Parish
45 Radcliffe Drive
 
Tuesday November 4
3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Fairview Legion
50 Hillcrest St.
 
Snacks will be provided. Space is limited, so call early to ensure a seat.  Please call 902-487-0652 and leave a message to register, or to inquire about special considerations. Please specify which event you plan to attend.  We hope to see you there!

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Author Reading: Sylvia D. Hamilton - And I Alone Escaped to Tell You
HALIFAX NORTH MEMORIAL PUBLIC LIBRARY
Thursday Oct 16 / 7 p.m.
 
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’ who sailed north from the United States with hopes of establishing a new life. The poems in And I Alone Escaped to Tell You endeavour to give these historical events a human voice, blending documentary material, memory, experience and imagination to evoke the lives of these early Black Nova Scotians and of the generations that followed. This collection is a moving meditation on the place of African-descended people in the Canadian story and on the threads connecting all of us to the African diaspora.
 
Copies of the book from Gaspereau Press will be available for sale and for signing by the author.
 
Sylvia D. Hamilton is a filmmaker and writer whose awards include a Gemini and the Portia White Prize. Her poetry has been published in The Dalhousie Review, West Coast Line, The Great Black North and Untying the Apron: Daughters Remember Mothers of the Fifties. She was a contributor to, and co-editor of, We’re Rooted Here and They Can’t Pull Us Up: Essays In African Canadian Women’s History. She lives in Grand Pre, Nova Scotia.
 
ECHO partnership launched at Chebucto Connections
Written by Shaina Luck   
Friday, 19 September 2014 12:52
Hello everyone,

I've been talking to Bonnie at Chebucto Connections, and she was telling me about the launch today of a new partnership of 12 agencies that are working towards the Eastern Chebucto Hub Organization (ECHO) initiative. You may have heard of pop-up shops. This is sort of like that, but for services like Addictions & Mental Health Program, Captain William Spry Public Library, Boys & Girls Club of Spryfield, Chebucto Connections, Chebucto Family Centre, Chebucto Community Health Team, IWK Primary Health, Legal Aid Nova Scotia, Progress Centre for Early Intervention, SchoolsPLUS-HRSB, St. Paul’s Family Resources Institute and the YWCA.

All twelve will rotate through the Chebucto Connections office at 531 Herring Cove road, monthly. According to the press release: "Examples of what residents from the area can drop-in for are: legal aid services, to inquire about mental health, to learn how to use an iPad, to get help navigating the health system, to ask about child development or behavioural concerns, to find support to quit smoking or simply to find out what services are available to them. ECHO will bring services to the residents, breaking down barriers such as transportation, time and accessibility." 

Funding comes from the United Way.
Last Updated on Friday, 19 September 2014 12:57
 
More September events
Written by Shaina Luck   
Thursday, 28 August 2014 21:00
I can tell September is coming because I'm getting a lot more event notices.

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From the Chebucto Community Health team, which has expanded its services:

Now serves those who live, work or have a family doctor in -Beechville, Lakeside, Timberlea (BLT), Hackett’s Cove, Hatchet Lake, Hubbards, Peggy’s Cove, Prospect, St. Margaret’s Bay, Tantallon, Terrence Bay in addition to our already served communities of Halifax Mainland (postal codes: B3M, B3N, B3P, B3R, B3S, B3V). We are working to offer programs and services in these new to us communities, so stay tuned! In the meantime, people from these communities can register for existing programs.
The new FALL SCHEDULE is here!
Registration opens September 9th. Clients may register for programs on or after September 9th by calling 902-487-0690, online at www.communityhealthteams.ca or by dropping in to the office.
New this Fall:
-Ready, Set, Move! 5 Week Program
-Community Health Team Social
-New lunch time and evening times for Community Health Team Drop in

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This Saturday there will be a community clean up in the Greystone neighbourhood. Volunteers are needed:

Saturday August 30, 9am to 2pm @ Greystone Spryfield
Please come and help, we can make difference one community at a time!
(please meet at the Family SOS office Greystone Drive)
There will be some snacks and the necessary clean up materials provided such as garbage bags and gloves…
The Metropolitan Regional Housing Authority is also planning to install a community playground in Greystone and to fix up the basketball court.


Last Updated on Thursday, 28 August 2014 21:15
 
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