October 2020

October 2020
2nd Annual Harvest Dinner

It’s been a fantastic season in the Elmsdale Community Garden. To celebrate, we’re holding our 2nd annual Harvest Dinner over two days: October 15th & 16th, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Because of COVID-19, we’ll be doing things differently, but we hope you will make this event just as special as last year.

The biggest change is making this a drive-thru and pick-up style event. Tickets are assigned in 15 minute intervals. You will pull into our drive way and be directed to the drive-thru to pick up your meals. Please bring a printed or electronic version of your ticket to help us quickly serve you. Staff and volunteers will quickly get your food to you and we encourage you to enjoy it at home, together with family and friends.

Tickets are $5 and selling fast – Friday, October 16th is sold out and only a few remain for Thursday, October 15th. To book your spot, visit our website at www.easthantslearning.com/harvest-dinner/.

Let us know if you’re having any trouble with registration:
e-mail: elmsdalecommunitygarden@gmail.com
phone: (902) 883-1608

Our selection this year is even tastier than last year. We’ve added a new main course: apple sausage stuffed pork loin with mixed roasted root vegetables. Yum!

When booking your ticket, you select your meal in advance. If you don’t know what everyone is having, please let us know as soon as possible so we know the quantities we need to order.

Thanks to Cup of Soul for helping us provide a feast for our community! Good food shared as a community brings us together, even when we must eat apart.

Golf Tournament Supporting
Medical Transportation

An enormous thank you to Jessica, Carolyn and everyone involved in organizing the charity golf fundraiser “Birdies for Boobies” at The Links at Penn Hills on Friday, October 16th, starting at 8:30 a.m. Funds raised by this tournament will assist local families with the costs of transportation to medical treatment at hospitals.

Transportation into the city is often expensive due to mileage and wait times. This donation will help us make hospital trips more affordable.

To register for the tournament, please contact Herb Minard:
email: herbminard@gmail.com
phone: (902) 497-1167

Municipal Elections 2020
Saturday, October 17th is the date of our municipal election. How are you voting this year? There are three options in East Hants:
  • Online
  • Telephone
  • In-person
To vote online or over the telephone, you will receive a voter instruction letter in the mail. This letter will contain a personal identification number to allow you to vote electronically. Electronic voting starts at 8 a.m. on Friday, October 9th and runs 24 hours a day until polls close on Saturday, October 17th at 7 p.m.

Have you had a look at your local candidates? The municipality has posted the 2020 List of Candidates. Best of luck to all running for office!

For more information about the municipal elections:
email elections@easthants.ca
call (902) 751-0588
Speak Up For Local Transit
What issues are important for you in this municipal election? After months of isolation after COVID-19, East Hants & Area Community Rider is starting to get busy again. However, it’s important to recognize how services like ours connect individuals with transportation.

Our costs are determined by the funding we receive. We have outstanding partners in the Municipality of East Hants, as well as through Halifax Transit in enabling our expansion into HRM communities and the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage in offering subsidies and support. However, with more local voices speaking up for local transit comes greater integration into civic planning. Let your candidates know that local transit is important to you and share your thoughts on what would make your community more accessible.

Help us keep local transit accessible and available to everyone.

Know someone that could use a ride? Get in touch with the Community Rider:
call (902) 883-4716
e-mail dispatch@communityrider.com

Don’t Fear Technology

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by technology? Wanted help but didn’t know who to turn to? East Hants Community Learning Association is committed to helping you learn what you need to thrive in our digital society.

We provide free assistance in learning all the ins and outs of technology. From smart phones to computers to tablets, become comfortable with your devices and learn how to use them effectively. Don’t have a computer? Learn on one of ours in class.

Classes are available Monday to Thursday from morning until evening. Space is limited, so book with Tom to confirm your spot.

To register:
call or text (902) 830-9844
e-mail pgitom@easthantslearning.com

Looking for something fun and active to do this summer? Join the East Hants Family Resource Centre for a guided hike every Thursday at 9:30 am. It’s a great opportunity for you and your kids to get outside and explore different trails in East Hants.

Be sure to register in advance as there’s limited space. Prior to attending the hike, check out the EHFRC Facebook page for more info on COVID-19 guidelines.

Contact saraehfrc@gmail.com to register.

A Bit of Trivia
Last month’s question:
How many flowers do honeybees need to visit in order to make one pound of honey?
2 million flowers! Bees also travel over 80,000 km to collect the nectar. Busy as a bee, indeed.

This month’s question:

What is the word ‘deli’ short for?

Check out the newsletter next month for the answer!

Thank you for reading. See you next month!

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