October 2021

October 2021
Fall is Back

The weather is getting cooler and the days are getting shorter. Fall is in the air. But don’t let that bring you down. There is still plenty to look forward to in the months ahead. From fresh fall food to the changing leaves to a warm fire on a cold day, there is plenty to celebrate in this season.

This is also a great season to get back into learning. Keeping up your reading, writing and math skills is important. It keeps the mind active and brings people together. What’s more, East Hants Community Learning Association’s adult learning classes have people of all ages in them, so it’s a great way to make friends across generations.

Computer and phone skills are also something we help with. Get in touch if you or someone you know would benefit from a bit of assistance.

Send us an e-mail or give us a call. It’s never to late too learn a new skill or improve your abilities!
e-mail: jean@easthantslearning.com
phone: 902-883-1608

Free Fresh Food and Lunch
in Mount Uniacke

We still have some life left in the Elmsdale Community Garden. While many crops tail off this time of year, we have installed cold frames to extend the season in a few of our garden beds. We also purchase additional produce for our pop up markets to ensure a nice selection.

We’ll be holding a larger event on Friday, October 8th from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mount Uniacke Legion, 14 Veterans Lane. We ran out of produce early last time we were there and will be geared up for a larger crowd. We’ll also be bringing lunch! There will be soup, biscuits or rolls and cookies along with a selection of vegetables for anyone interested in dropping by.

Interested in hosting a pop up market in your community? Reach out to us at elmsdalecommunitygarden@gmail.com. We’re always looking for new places to connect with communities and share what we’ve grown. We can also re-distribute any extra produce from your garden – let us know and we’ll happily take it off your hands.

For more information about the Community Garden, check out the page on
our website:

Another Election!
We seem to be on a roll. First it was provincial, then it was federal and now it’s a by-election. People in Lantz and Milford will be going back to the polls on November 6th to vote for a new municipal councillor. John A. MacDonald has been elected as MLA and his space on the council is now up for grabs.

Know someone who would make a great local representative? Make sure they know. They can contact the returning office at 902-883-6224 or e-mail election@easthants.ca

Advance polling will begin on Thursday, October 28th. Don’t forget to get out and vote.

Looking for more information on municipal services? Check out their website or get in touch:
website: easthants.ca
e-mail: info@easthants.ca
phone: 902-883-2299

Catch the Reading Bug

Have you ever wanted to get back into reading? Now is the perfect opportunity. Our friends at East Hants Family Resource Centre have a new FREE 5 week program geared towards kids ages 2-5 and their adults. There will be books to read, games to play and social skills to be built.

The program will be on Thursdays from 10-11 a.m., starting October 7th. You can register online or over the phone at 902-883-4349.

For more information about EHFRC’s programs and services:
website: https://ehfrc.com/
e-mail: ehfamilycentre@gmail.com
phone: 902-883-4349
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: https://communityrider.ruralrides.ca/our-services/#services-offered

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

Getting Out in October
This month’s recommendation:

October is such a beautiful month. If you have some time, you should get out and enjoy it before the cold weather hits. Here’s a list of a few ideas to get your road trip started:

Annapolis Valley – From farmers markets to wineries to the Oaklawn Farm Zoo, there’s lots to enjoy in the valley. Call up some friends and make it a day trip to remember.

Eastern Shore – The waters are getting chilly, but don’t shy away from the beach because of that. A wetsuit will make the surf at Lawrencetown Beach more palatable. Want to stay dry? Try out rock hunting! Nova Scotia has an amazing array of rocks to find.

Cape Breton – Have some time to go further afield? The Celtic Colours festival is happening from October 8th-16th. While you’re up there, take a drive around the Cabot Trail while the leaves are still on the trees.

Enjoy the weather while it lasts and stay safe out there!

Thank you for reading. See you next month!

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