June 2021

June 2021
Save the Date!

We’re encouraged to see the number of COVID-19 cases dropping in Nova Scotia. As a result, we may be able to have more people attend our Annual General Meeting this year. It is scheduled for Tuesday, June 22nd. We’re hoping to hold it outdoors, but Zoom will be an option for anyone that wishes to attend remotely.

We’ll be watching the guidelines closely and will update you when we have the specifics ready. In the meantime, if you would like to register, please e-mail Phil at communications@communityrider.com or call 902-883-1608.

Thanks for coming out and taking part in the programs we had available this year!

For more information on programs and services:
e-mail: communications@communityrider.com
phone: 902-883-1608

Colchester East Hants Hospice Bucket List Lotto Tickets

Our friends at Colchester East Hants Hospice have an online lotto coming up with the chance to win big. For $50, you have a chance to win $1000 every two weeks for the next year, starting in July. Sounds like a great way to start off the summer and support a great charity.

To get your ticket:
e-mail: info@cehhospice.org
phone: 902-893-3265

Accessibility Committee Openings
– Apply Now –
Accessibility is a topic we are very passionate about. Everyone deserves the right to access education, employment, healthy food and their community. If this is something you care about, you should apply to join the Accessibility Advisory Committee for East Hants. They are currently looking for new members.

If you have a disability, work or volunteer with an organization that represents people with disabilities, or simply care that our community is accessible for all, you should apply.

If you know someone that needs access to accessible transportation, the Community Rider is there to help. Please get in touch:
e-mail: dispatch@communityrider.com
phone: 902-883-4716

Shifting Gears with the
Community Garden
This has been an exceptional year for the Elmsdale Community Garden so far. We’ve had Community Lunches at the Elmsdale Legion and our Community Freezer has had a wide range of meals available for pick up during office hours.

However, with many bright summer days ahead, we will be shifting gears towards our typical summer activities. This means pop up markets and fresh produce for all in our garden beds. We hope you’ll make the garden a regular part of your summer outings and enjoy our little green space in Elmsdale.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for news about upcoming pop up markets and what to pick in the garden. 

For more information about how to use the Elmsdale Community Garden, check out our website.
Fare Assistance Program

Do you know someone that struggles to afford the cost of transportation? The Fare Assistance Program is open to anyone who is low income or faces financial barriers to access transportation.

Rates for this program are between $5 and $10, depending on your region. For a complete regional breakdown, please visit our website: easthantslearning.com/fare-assistance-program/.

Please spread the word about this program. We want everyone that struggles financially in our area to be able to access transportation.

For more information or to book a ride:
e-mail: dispatch@communityrider.com
phone: 902-883-4716

Endless Entertainment on the Internet
This month’s recommendation:

With the improvement in Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 numbers, we may soon have access to the rest of the province, the Atlantic bubble, and more! But in the meantime, you may need a few more digital activities to get you through the next few weeks.

Apps across phones and tablets have become a very popular way to pass the time. It’s an easy way to access what you need through your devices. Here are a few apps that can help you and your family learn and grow in the days and weeks ahead.

Libby – This app works through local libraries to provide access to books and audiobooks for anyone with a library card. It’s easy to use, has a large catalogue of materials and you can extend your loans as long as no one has put a hold on the book. Great for story time or losing yourself in a great read.

Happy Color – Do you love to color but don’t feel like going out and finding a coloring book you like? Happy Color has a wide range of paint-by-tapping pictures that look beautiful and give the same satisfaction as any coloring book.

Duolingo – Learning languages is all about practice and having a reason to learn. Duolingo can certainly help with the practice part. It builds your vocabulary through constructing sentences and pictures. I recommend pairing it with Wikipedia to look up places you’d like to visit. Wikipedia has multiple language settings, so you can read in English, then piece it together in the local language to help in the learning process.

Stardew Valley – This is the game that got me through the pandemic. While it does cost money, it’s a wonderful mix of a “Tend and Befriend” farm simulator. The characters are charming and each day lasts about 30 minutes, making it easy to fit in for a quick play session.

Hope you all continue to do well in the days to come. There’s lots of hope in the air and with any luck, next month’s newsletter will include resources to get out and explore our beautiful province.

Thank you for reading. See you next month!

Phil Laven
Communications Manager
East Hants & Area Community Rider
(902) 883-1608