October 2022

October 2022
Recovering from the Storm

Hurricane Fiona certainly hit us hard, but we’re starting to recover. October has lots coming up that will get you out and about. Especially now that fall is upon us, it’s important to make plans to get out and stay active in the community.

If there’s a community event or activity you would like us to highlight, please let us know. We’re happy to promote anything going on in the area that encourages people to reconnect and rebuild after the past 2 and a half years of isolation. We’re social creatures and interaction with others does us good.

To share an event or activity, please contact Phil:
e-mail: communications@communityrider.com
phone: 902-883-1608
Harvest Dinner
Sunday, November 6th

Registration Opens
Tuesday, October 11th

We’re excited to announce that our 4th annual Harvest Dinner will be happening on Sunday, November 6th from 1 – 5 p.m. We will continue to hold this as a drive-thru style event, with attendees picking up their meals at the front door of our building. As before, we’ll be partnering with Cup of Soul Café to bring you a delicious three-course meal made with local ingredients.

Tickets will be $10 each this year. Funds raised from this event directly support the Elmsdale Community Garden and greater access to food in our community. Additional donations and support are greatly appreciated.

Registration will open on Tuesday, October 11th at the following link: easthantslearning.com/harvest-dinner-4/. Please note that registration is by time slot (15-20 meals per slot). Because of this, certain time slots may fill up quickly and be taken down. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Thanks to everyone in our community for supporting this celebration of the garden and our community!

Any questions about the Harvest Dinner? Let us know:
e-mail: communications@communityrider.com
phone: 902-883-1608

Free Computer Classes

Computers come with plenty of challenges. If you are looking to learn how to use one, EHCLA is offering free computer classes starting September 19th. Learners of all ages are welcome! Some of the topics we assist with include:
  • E-mail
  • Social Media
  • Online Banking
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Navigating websites
  • and more!
Give us a call at 902-883-1608 and one of our instructors will meet with you to discuss how we can help you get more comfortable with technology.
To learn more about EHCLA, our programs and services:
website: http://www.easthantslearning.com/
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EastHantsCommunityLearningandRider
Senior Social at the Aquatic Centre

For the past 2 and a half years, social events have been few and far between. However, as life continues to normalize, more and more activities are returning to our communities. One that we’re particularly excited to see is the free senior social through Active East Hants.

These socials will take place on the first Tuesday of every month at the East Hants Aquatic Centre in the Community Room. There will be coffee, tea, activities, the special guests and more.

For information on recreation services and more in East Hants:
website: https://www.easthants.ca/residents/resident-services/recreation-services/
phone: 902-883-3387
Have extra winter clothes?
Help keep others warm

As the weather gets cooler, it’s important to get prepared for the seasons ahead. The Community Offering Assistance Together Association (C.O.A.T) is collecting a range of supplies to help out individuals and families get ready for winter in Nova Scotia. The following donations for all ages and sizes would be greatly appreciated:

  • Gently used winter coats, snow pants/suits
  • Hats, gloves/mitts
  • Items with minor damage (small rip, tear, broken zippers) will be accepted
  • New for this year: sleeping bags, queen/double comforters, socks and yarn for making mittens

Throughout the month of October, a number of locations will be set up to collect donations:

  • Lloyd E. Matheson Centre, 15 Commerce Court, Elmsdale (Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
  • Lantz Fire Department (Available anytime using the outside drop-off bin)
  • Milford Fire Department (Wednesday nights from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.)
  • Elmsdale Fire Department (Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Wednesdays 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
  • Nine Mile River & District Fire Department (Wednesday nights from 7 – 8:30 p.m.)
  • Household Hazardous Waste Event, Mount Uniacke Fire Hall (October 15, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
  • Household Hazardous Waste Event, Lloyd E. Matheson Centre Parking Lot, 15 Commerce Court, Elmsdale (October 22, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.)

Anyone in need of winter wear items, or looking to donate winter wear items, can contact C.O.A.T.:
phone: 902-221-3396
email: coatassociation@gmail.com

Struggling with the Cost of

The price of transportation isn’t getting any cheaper and we’re getting more calls all the time from folks looking to save on getting from point A to B.

To assist low-income passengers, we have received funding to bring back the Fare Assistance Program. Passengers will be offered to apply for the subsidy if they identify as low income:

  • An individual making less than $24,000 per year
  • A family of 2 making a combined income of less than $30,877 per year
  • A family of 3 making a combined income of less than $37,816 per year
  • A family of 4 or more making a combined income of less than $43,666 per year
  • Passengers will be eligible for one (1) day of subsidized transportation weekly to a monthly maximum of $300
    • EXCEPTION: Medical transportation for dialysis or frequent medical appointments, ie. cancer treatments

Here is a breakdown of regions and costs:

Regions Cost per person
Trips under 12 km $5
Trips between 12 – 25 km $10
Trips over 25 km 50% of
regular fare

For a full list of details, check out the information page on the Community Rider website.

If you know someone that struggles to afford the cost of transportation, get in touch with the Community Rider at:

phone: 902-883-4716
e-mail: ehcrdispatch@gmail.com
Get Your Tickets for the
Chamber Awards
Tuesday, October 25th

The East Hants & Districts Chamber of Commerce is bringing back their Business Excellence Awards this year, We’ve been nominated for Non-profit of the Year! The awards will be happening on Tuesday, October 25th at Oakfield Golf & Country Club. Get your tickets now on the Chamber website: https://www.ehcc.ca/online-event-calendar/#id=10130&cid=1748&wid=901

There’s lots going on with the Chamber this year, with Workplace Education Programs, networking over coffee and more. Check out their Facebook page for details on what is coming up.

For more info about the chamber, it’s programs and services:

phone: 902-883-1010
e-mail: info@ehcc.ca
Food from Around the World 

One of the biggest challenges of cooking is to keep things fresh and interesting. We all have our favourites, but there’s a world of food out there. For each month, I will share an interesting recipe from somewhere around the world. I hope you will try it out. 

This month’s recipe: Shakshuka
Country of Origin: Tunisia

As we move into the cooler seasons, comfort food is king! Breakfast for dinner is one of the best examples of this and to help you bridge that gap, we’re giving you a taste of North Africa.

Shakshuka is said to originate in Tunisia, but has become a popular dish throughout the region. Think poached eggs in tomato sauce and spices and you’ll see why this recipe is so popular. Great for brunch with friends, those busy evenings where time is precious, or simply to satisfy that craving for breakfast at any time of the day. 

Ingredients (serves 6):

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, peeled and diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 4 cups ripe diced tomatoes, or 2 cans (14 oz. each) diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon mild chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley or cilantro
  • sprinkling of feta cheese


  1. Heat a deep, large skillet or sauté pan on medium. Slowly warm olive oil in the pan. Add chopped onion, sauté for a few minutes until the onion begins to soften. Add garlic and continue to sauté till mixture is fragrant.
  2. Add the diced bell pepper, sauté for 5-7 minutes over medium until softened.
  3. Add tomatoes and tomato paste to pan, stir until blended. Add spices, stir, and allow mixture to simmer over medium heat for 5-7 minutes until it starts to reduce. At this point, you can taste the mixture and spice it according to your preferences. Add salt and pepper to taste or more cayenne pepper for a spicier shakshuka.
  4. Crack the eggs, one at a time, directly over the tomato mixture, making sure to space them evenly over the sauce. I usually place 5 eggs around the outer edge and 1 in the center. The eggs will cook “over easy” style on top of the tomato sauce.
  5. Cover the pan with a lid. Allow mixture to simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until the eggs are cooked and the sauce has slightly reduced. Keep an eye on the skillet to make sure that the sauce doesn’t reduce too much, which can lead to burning.
  6. Some people prefer their shakshuka with more runny yolks. If this is your preference, let the sauce reduce for a few minutes before cracking the eggs on top– then, cover the pan and cook the eggs to taste, making sure the egg whites are set before serving. Garnish with the chopped parsley or cilantro, if desired. A sprinkle of feta cheese on top is also nice!

Share your pictures with us and we’ll have another recipe for you to try next month. Enjoy!

Thank you for reading. See you next month!

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