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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
 
Community announcements, late August and September
Written by Shaina Luck   
Tuesday, 26 August 2014 14:43

Hello everyone! Here are a few things going on this month and next month (and one outlier for December). Also, fun fact about the neighbourhood - did you know that there is excellent bouldering in this area? If you don't know much about bouldering, here's a description. I'm heading out to Crystal Crescent beach this afternoon with a friend to enjoy the beautiful day and do some rock climbing. In the meantime, enjoy the day and these upcoming events. 


Step Up to Leadership Training

When - Tuesdays, Sept. 23 – Dec. 2, 6:30 pm – 9:00pm

Where - St. James United Church  3811 Old Sambro Rd., Sambro

Free 10 week leadership development program for volunteers

• Want to take on the challenge of leadership?

• Want to make a difference in your community?

• Want to get more knowledgeable and effective in a group or board setting?

To register please call 902-869-4755 or email us This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

For more information visit www.halifax.ca/volunteerservices



Noon Meditation Classes TODAY!

When – Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 – 12pm

Where – Spryfield Mall Wellness Centre

Please join Meditation Canada for an expansive meditation – Feel your connection to the Universe.

Next Session will be September 16, 2014.

For More Info, please contact Yvonne Macor This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



Theatre Arts Guild 2014-2015 Presents the Season Opener – “Doubt: A Parable”

When – Show Runs September18th to October 4th – Tickets On Sale August 22nd, 2014

This award winning play, which has also been turned into a movie, takes place at a Catholic School in the Bronx in 1964.  When a priest can’t escape the suspicious eye of an old-school nun, it starts a battle that shakes the reputation and faith of the community.

For More Info, please visit www.tagtheatre.com. To reserve a seat, call (902) 451-1221.


(I’m excited to see this play, as it contains a wonderful quote that I came across a few years ago: 

“Doubt requires more courage than conviction does, and more energy; because conviction is a resting place and doubt is infinite – it is a passionate exercise. You may come out of my play uncertain. You may want to be sure. Look down on that feeling. We’ve got to learn to live with a full measure of uncertainty. There is no last word. That’s the silence under the chatter of our time. ") - Shaina


Emmanuel Church Players Presents A Dinner Theatre Specular - “Spryton Abbey - A Musical Comedy”

When – October 17th, 18th, 19th, 24th and 25th, 2014 – Tickets go on Sale September 1st, 2014

Where – Emmanuel Church – 322 Herring Cove Rd., Halifax

Tickets - $30/per person.  Reserved Seating - for advanced tickets, please phone (902) 477-7870.

“Quarter Note Singers” Rehearsals

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

Where – Captain William Spry Community Centre

Please stop by as New Members are Welcome


Community Dance – Emmanuel Church – All Welcome

When – Saturday, September 13th, 2014 – 8 pm to 12am

Where – Emmanuel Church, 322 Herring Cove Rd., Halifax

Admission is $7/per person


Emmanuel Church Talent Show of Traditional Newfoundland & County Music

When – Sunday, September 14th, 2014 – 2 to 4:30pm

Where – Emmanuel Church, 322 Herring Cove Rd., Halifax

Admission is $6/per person.  Featuring the delightful and entertaining music of Big City Band, Chain & Anchor, Bill Grover, Billy Bob, Ray Brushett, Fraser Newcombe and Jocelyn Parlee.

All are Welcome to Attend


Spryfield Village 2nd Annual Harvest Festival

When – September 18th to 22nd, 2014

Please join in for a weekend of fantastic fall fun at the second Spryfield Village Harvest Festival. The SDBC has committed financial Resources to produce the festival, however they are still in need of additional sponsors and partners. Sponsors will be recognized on all advertising material including radio, posters and media releases.

If you have questions or require additional information about the Festival, please contact Bruce Holland, Festival Chairperson at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Coffee House – Talented Local Musicians

 When – Sunday, September 21st, 2014 – 6:30 to 8:30pm

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

Please join St. James United Church for an evening of song by talented local musicians. ALL ARE WELCOME!!

For More Info or questions, please contact Tabatha Zinck at (902) 868-2791.


For those who like to plan their coffee houses WELL in advance…take note!


“SPECIAL EVENT” – Coffee House

When – December 11th, 2014 – 7 to 9pm

Where – Captain William Spry Community Centre

Please stop by to check out the great entertainment. With special guests, the Hydrostone Ukulele Ensemble. Everyone is WELCOME!


Legal Aid – Every Second & Forth Tuesdays at Chebucto Connections

Do you have questions or problems with CPP, Disability, Income Assistance, Employment Insurance, Housing Grants, Landlord/Tenant relationships? An experienced Lawyer will meet with you privately to discuss your problems and provide free legal service if needed.

Nova Scotia Legal Aid will offer legal aid services in Spryfield at the Chebucto Connections Office located at 531 Herring Cove Road every Second & Forth Tuesdays of the month. The next upcoming date are Aug 26th and so on.

To set up an appointment please call 420-3450 and ask for an appointment at the Spryfield Office. Nova Scotia Legal Aid will also accept walk-in clients. You can also check out their site for more information at www.nslegalaid.ca.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 14:59
 
Announcements and events coming up
Written by Shaina Luck   
Sunday, 27 July 2014 22:52
I had the pleasure of talking to Marjorie Willison this week. Although she recently retired from Chebucto Connections, Marjorie is busy as ever. She's spent some of her time writing a book called "Come Grow With Us: A Family Guide to Growing Vegetables." The book will be launched Thursday, August 12 at 7pm during a celebration at the Urban Farm on Rockingstone Road and Ardwell Ave. You can purchase a signed copy at the event and also tour the garden. There may be garden produce for sale too.

The Spryfield and District Business Commission is holding a fundraiser golf tournament for the Spryfield Boys and Girls Club. It will take place at Indian Lake Golf Club on Thursday, August 21 at 2pm. Call Eric at 477-6621 to reserve a spot.

---announcements below are from the Chebucto Connections weekly community announcements list. To add an announcement to their mail out, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it --

The Rotary Club of Halifax Presents – “Toonies for Change” – 50/50 Fundraiser

“Toonies for Change” is a NEW and EXCITING Weekly 50/50 draw that will benefit the Spryfield & Sambro areas. Anyone aged 19+ is invited to play. Â Playing is simple and like any 50/50, you have to play to WIN! Â Visit www.rotaryclubhalifaxnw.org for a list of vendors, rules and regulations.

Playing is as easy as 1, 2, 3…

1)Fill out the play card & drop portions 1 & 2 into the play box (leave portions attached)

2) Write your play number on the provided sticker, attach it to your play toonie and drop the toonie into the play box

3)  Draws are held weekly and only those numbers played can win.

The option of pre-paying up to 52 weeks of play is available. Â Visit their website for details.


“Yum Yum” - Lobster Chowder Supper

When – Sunday, August 10th, 2014 – 3 to 6pm

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

The Sambro-Jollimore Pastoral Exchange would like to invite one and all to a Lobster Chowder Supper. Costs for the supper are:

Adults - $12/ea

Child - $6/ea

For More Info or questions, please contact Tabatha Zinck at 868-2791.


Legal Aid – Every Second & Forth Tuesdays at Chebucto Connections

Do you have questions or problems with CPP, Disability, Income Assistance, Employment Insurance, Housing Grants, Landlord/Tenant relationships? An experienced Lawyer will meet with you privately to discuss your problems and provide free legal service if needed.


Family SOS Drop in Support Groups for Parents

Where – Family SOS – 2006 Gottingen St, Halifax

Family SOS will be having drop in groups for Mother and Fathers. The group for mothers will be happening on the 2nd Tuesdays of the month and the drop in groups for fathers will be happening every 2nd Wednesday of the month. They will take place from 6 to 7pm in the evenings.

For More Info, please contact Nicole Hankinson, Coordinator for Family SOS Support Services at (902) 455-5515 or email - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Nova Scotia Legal Aid will offer legal aid services in Spryfield at the Chebucto Connections Office located at 531 Herring Cove Road every Second & Forth Tuesdays of the month. Upcoming dates are Aug 12th & 26th and so on.

To set up an appointment please call 420-3450 and ask for an appointment at the Spryfield Office. Nova Scotia Legal Aid will also accept walk-in clients. You can also check out their site for more information at www.nslegalaid.ca.


Spryfield Village 2nd Annual Harvest Festival

When – September 18th to 22nd, 2014

Please join in for a weekend of fantastic fall fun at the second Spryfield Village Harvest Festival. The SDBC has committed financial Resources to produce the festival, however they are still in need of additional sponsors and partners. Sponsors will be recognized on all advertising material including radio, posters and media releases.

3 Levels of Sponsorship include:

Gold - $500 (Gold Sponsors will also be given the opportunity to sponsor individual events)

Silver - $250

Bronze - $100

If you have questions or require additional information about the Festival, please contact Bruce Holland, Festival Chairperson at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Last Updated on Sunday, 27 July 2014 23:39
 
Long Lake flower beds planted and other events
Written by Shaina Luck   
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 12:41
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Hi everyone. First, my apologies for being very slow to update the site in the last six months. I’ve been away a lot, although that shouldn’t be an excuse. Here is a picture of a flower to make up for it. 

The flower and the flowerbed below are at the top of the Spryfield end of Long Lake. Yesterday, councillor Stephen Adams and MLA Brendan Maguire organized a planting party to put those flowerbeds in. There has been a question for several years now about who should maintain the little strip of lawn at the end of Dentith road and the access to the lake from that side. There are a few places to park along Old Sambro Road and keeping the grass cut and the flowerbeds maintained might make it easier to get down to the water. If you have a canoe or a kayak there is a place you could put in fairly easily.

Still on the topic of Long Lake, Haligonia is reporting a dog walker was approached yesterday by the Department of natural resources. They were putting up signs warning people not to let their pets off leash. There is a $270 fine for violations, and apparently the department will be enforcing the bylaw.


In other news... Thursday, July 15 there will be a free reading with local author Darren Greer, who will read from “Just Beneath My Skin.” A story about three generations of men trying to get out of a dead-end town. Published by Cormorant Books, you can read the full synopsis here. http://www.cormorantbooks.com/9781770862555/


The St. Paul’s Family Institute summer program “Camp Paul” has a position open for a camp counselor.  Looking for someone who just graduated from high school or who is currently in University and will be returning in the fall.  The job will begin ASAP. Contact:
Kristen Hollery
Community Ministry Director
St. Paul's Family Resources Institute
khollery_stpaulsfri@hotmailcom
(902) 479-1015


Nova United Martial Arts is raising funds with a bottle drive at the EnviroDepot at 374 Herring Cove Road. Bring your bottles in, make sure the caps are removed and bottles are empt, wait for the receipt, and ask for the funds to be added to NUMA’s account. Funds raised will go towards tournament fees, transportation costs, education, equipment, and coaching.


Join a weekly walking group on Wednesdays (hey, that’s today!) at 11am, weather permitting. Meet at the Spryfield Lions Rink at 25 Drysdale Road. For more info call Bernadette at 475-310-


The annual Natal Day party at the Dingle is coming up on August 4, 2014. 11am-2pm at Fleming Park. Live music, Atlantic Cirque Musical show, BBQ and refreshments, free canoeing and water activities, bouncy castles, kids games, art activities, heritage walk and display. There will be a shuttle bus from Frog Pond and J.W. MacLeod parking lots. 

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 20:52
 
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