September 2021

September 2021
Back to School

As this long, hot summer comes to a close, another school year is on the horizon. But it’s not just kids that are going back to school – adult learning classes across the province are returning as well.

Our instructors at East Hants Community Learning Association return on Wednesday, September 15th and would love to help you learn.

Our classes are there for everyone at any skill level. We can help you:

  • overcome a fear of math
  • improve your reading
  • get comfortable with a computer or smart phone
We also offer workshops throughout the year on a variety of topics. We’re always looking for new class ideas, so reach out if there’s something we can help you with.
Send us an e-mail or give us a call. It’s never to late too learn a new skill or improve your abilities!
phone: 902-883-1608
Fresh Food Brought Close to You!

We’ve seen great numbers at our pop up markets this year and will keep them going into the fall. We’ve held them in Enfield, Elmsdale and Shubenacadie so far this year, and our next one will be held at the Mount Uniacke Legion on September 8th from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The goal of these pop up markets is to help people in our communities access free, fresh food. Fruits and vegetables are expensive and often come in large quantities, especially for small households. Everyone is welcome – from seniors to young families to individuals. Also, every person fed helps us show our funders the need for programming like this. If you have time, drop by and help yourself to some tasty produce and learn a bit about our project.

Interested in hosting a pop up market in your community? Reach out to us at 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:

East Hants Community Plan Update
The Municipality of East Hants is looking for feedback on the growth and development of our communities. If there’s an issue that’s top of mind for you, this is the perfect place to highlight it. Survey closes September 1st and can be accessed here:

Looking for more information on Municipal services? Check out their website or get in touch:
phone: 902-883-2299

Federal Election – September 20
Last month we selected our MLA – now it is time to choose our MP.

To help you make a decision, we have compiled a few resources for you:

You can also watch the party leaders debate in French on Wednesday, September 8th from 9 – 11 p.m. and in English on Thursday, September 9th from 10 p.m. – 12 a.m. It will be broadcast over the major TV networks and online.

We hope you’ll take the time and take part in this election. If you need a ride to the polls, Community Rider can help you get there. Once you know when you want to vote, book your ride in advance.

To book a ride with the Community Rider:
phone: 902-883-4716
EHFRC School Supplies Drive

Thank you to our community for generously donating school supplies this year. The East Hants Family Resource Centre has helped over 70 families obtain some or all of their supplies.

There are still families looking for supplies and donations are still being accepted. If you have any extras, please drop them off in the tote in front of the office (214 Highway 224, the old Elmsdale Elementary school). You can also call ahead to check what items are needed most.

E-transfers are also welcome and donations over $10 are eligible for a tax receipt.

For more information about EHFRC’s programs and services:
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:

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:
phone: 902-883-4716

September Suggestions for Listening
This month’s recommendation:

September is always a busy month. Between back to school, more cars on the road and the lead in to fall, there can be a lot of stress.

To help you cope with this crazy time, we have some storytelling podcasts to sooth your frazzled nerves. These can be downloaded to listen on your drive into work, in the office, or leading up to bed time.

Mythos – Stories are something that unites us across all cultures. A great way to learn about new places is to listen to their folklore. The Mythos podcast explores stories from all over the world. There’s also a list of resources, inspiration and additional reading on the website.

Nothing Much Happens – All too often, our busy lives get in the way of sleeping. Kathryn Nicolai is a storyteller that focuses on the mundane, with simple, sleepy stories that will ease you into sleep.

Everything is Alive – This unusual podcast takes the form of an interview between host Ian Chillag and a random object, personified by an actor. From a can of cola to a grain of sand to a chainsaw, it’s a curious look into the world around us.

1001 Classic Short Stories & Tales – The world is full of stories, but some authors and their works habe stood the test of time. If you’ve ever meant to explore some of these stories but never found the time, this podcast is for you. It’s family-friendly and explores a wide range of writing across centuries.

Hope that you have a safe and happy September!

Thank you for reading. See you next month!

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