October 2023

October 2023
5th Annual Harvest Dinner
Thursday, October 19th
3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Our signature fall feast is back! Join us for our drive-thru Harvest Dinner on Thursday, October 19th. It’s a 3-course meal for $10 (though if you’re feeling extra generous, donations are graciously accepted). 15 minute time slots for pick up are between 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.Please note that this event is always very popular and time slots fill up very quickly. You can book online at easthantslearning.com/harvest-dinner-5 or call our office at 902-883-1608.This year’s menu is another delicious spread, made by our amazing friends at Cup of Soul. Here’s a look at what is being served up:

Appetizer: Tomato Basil Soup or Mixed Green Salad
Main: Chicken & Gravy or Braised Beef, served with a savoury biscuit, roasted vegetables and mashed potatoes
Dessert: Apple Ginger or Blueberry Cake, served with whipped cream

Gluten free options are available upon request.

Spread the word and make plans to have dinner together with friends and family on October 19th!

Stay up to date on events and programs from the garden by following us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ElmsdaleCommunityGarden

Celebrating Our Supporters
Of the Past Year

Over the last year, we’ve had amazing support from our Corporate Supporters. Businesses, organizations and more have enabled us to focus on what matters: offering more food, programs and support for our community. Thank you to the following supporters for being there for us the past year:
  • Allison Land Surveys Limited
  • Athena Computer Solutions
  • Carruthers, MacDonell & Robson
  • CBDC Blue Water
  • Colchester East Hants Health Centre Foundation
  • E-Commerce Solutions by Canucks Inc.
  • East Hants Family Resource Centre
  • East Hants & Districts Chamber of Commerce
  • Enhard Distribution
  • Elmsdale Landscaping Ltd.
  • Elmsdale Lumber Co. Ltd.
  • Gateway Facilities MLS
  • Golden Star Pizza & Grocery
  • The Hearing Specialists
  • Leno’s Stop Shop
  • John A. Macdonald, MLA
  • McNeill’s Shell
  • Pete’za Perfect
  • ProTX
  • Ribahi Brothers
  • RBC Elmsdale
  • Shooters Bar & Grill
  • Tots Academy
We already have new names being added to the list for 2023-2024. Join in the support, get recognized in the community and help others get access to the programs they need.
To sign up as a Corporate Supporter, get in touch:
phone: 902-883-1608
email: communications@communityrider.com
Help Us Keep the Garden
Going Strong!

Would you like to see more garden activities going into the fall and winter? We’re looking for Corporate Supporters to help us bring more events forward in the coming months.This support is more important than ever before. The garden has no stable source of funding, meaning it is reliant on whatever grants and funds we can secure each year. Receiving support can increase the number of times we can hold events or even create new programs to address areas of need in the community.It’s not all about us, either! Corporate Supporters get recognized in this newsletter, on our Facebook page and in our Annual Report each year for their contributions towards the community. There are also opportunities to advertise through our Facebook pageon our sign on Highway 214 and on East Hants Community Rider vehicles.

So whether it’s a free, hot meal for the community, keeping our freezer stocked with healthy, home-cooked meals or a chance to showcase your community spirit, we would love to chat with you about how you can support our programs!

You can read up on our Corporate Support Program here: https://www.easthantslearning.com/corporate-support
New Free Programs
Through East Hants
Community Learning

This year, we will be offering a variety of new programs to help people learn the skills you need to save money, stay safe and use technology easier. These workshops will be offered in our office (224 Highway 214 in Elmsdale) and around East Hants.
New programs will be announced as they are planned on our Facebook page. If there are skills or topics you are interested in, please let us know and we will do our best to fit it into the schedule.
Interested in learning more about EHCLA’s programs and services? Visit us online:
website: www.easthantslearning.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/EastHantsCommunityLearningandRider
Sauerkraut & Friends
Fermentation Workshop

Did you know there’s a healthy way to make fresh food last? Fermentation has been used for centuries to extend the life of foods and gives us many dishes that taste great and add variety to our diet.Join us for a Fermentation Workshops on Wednesday, October 11th & 18th. We’ll be making sauerkraut on the 11th. On the 18th, we’ll be doing cordito and kimchi.Registration is required and spaces are limited. To book your spot, call 902-883-1608 or email Jean at ehalainstructor1@gmail.com

For information about upcoming workshops, follow our Facebook pages:
Community Learning: facebook.com/EastHantsCommunityLearningAndRider
Community Garden: facebook.com/ElmsdaleCommunityGarden
Low Income? Need a Ride?
Apply for our Fare Assistance Program

The East Hants Community Rider has a program available for individuals that needs help accessing transportation for a reduced cost. The Fare Assistance Program reduces the price of transportation to $5 for rides within 12 km and 50% off costs over 12 km for one day per week.To qualify, an individual must make less than $35,000 per year or a couple/family must make less than $60,000 per year.To apply, please visit our website and fill out an application form. We also require a copy of an applicant’s 2022 Notice of Assessment. This can be sent via e-mail, dropped off or sent to our office (224 Highway 214, Suite 101, Elmsdale, NS B2S 1J7), or picked up by one of our drivers.

This program will be available until March 31, 2024 or until the fund is fully expended. Thank you to the province of Nova Scotia’s Department of Public Works for this support. It enables us to help those that need it most and make our region more accessible for all residents.

For information about the Fare Assistance Program:
website: https://communityrider.ruralrides.ca/our-services/fare-assistance/
Thank you for reading. See you next month!Phil Laven
Communications Manager
East Hants Community Rider
(902) 883-1608