Upcoming Events


There are so many opportunities for lifelong learning all around us. Since the pandemic, many programs have shifted online allowing for even more possibilities. Below are some of the events/programs we have found. This site will be updated often, however, for the most recent information please follow the links provided for each group. This information is also available on our ALL Facebook page.

Acadia University Events/Programs

Acadia Alumni Virtual Events Series

Acadia's Alumni Affairs Office have created a Virtual Events Series. These events will be presented live on the Microsoft Teams platform. Registration is required for each session. For event descriptions, presenter bios and registration links, please visit the links below. For a complete list of upcoming events, as well as recordings of past events, please visit the Alumni Events webpage.

Silver Linings in Education - What has the pandemic taught us? : January 24, 2022 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Coping from home during the COVID-19 pandemic : February 7th, 2022 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Archived Sessions

International Day of People with Disabilities

Working toward equitable community recreation through research

Celebrating National Coaches Day

Let's Talk About Celiac Disease

The US Election: the good, the bad and the ugly

Hindsight is 2020 – Lessons from the past year as we look to the future

A Labour of Love- Understanding (and Tasting!) The Nova Scotia Wine Industry

Panel Discussion: Diversity at Acadia: Fact and Fiction to Action - Acadia-specific initiative supporting black and Indigenous students

Out Of Milk: Infant Food Insecurity In A Rich Nation

Municipal Government and Women in Government

Question and Answer Period with the Doctor from the comfort of your own home

Imagining ourselves otherwise: the value of video games as a humanities research tool

Has climate change driven human history? Lessons from the past for a climate future

How to take great photos using your smartphone

A passion for puppets and performance: the Maritime Marionettes

Gardening for People and the Planet – Native plants of the Acadian Forest Region

Residence and Student Life: Moving back to Acadia

 

Acadia Athletics Complex

Acadia University will maintain many of the current health and safety protocols in keeping with the province's safety-first approach. Below is a list of health and safety protocols that are required to enter and use the Athletics Complex and its facilities.

Will the Acadia Athletics Complex require proof of Vaccination?

  • Yes, because Acadia hosts activities that both the general public and Acadia students can attend, the Acadia Athletics Complex will require proof of vaccination for both Acadia students and anybody participating in any programming within the Athletics Complex.

Will we have to present our vaccination card every time we come in?

  • Yes, you are required to present this every time you come into the facility.

Will you be storing my information?

  • Privacy is of the utmost importance. Acadia will not store any personal health information.

Will I be able to access the facility at alternate entrances?

  • The Acadia Athletics Complex will require all participants to check in at the Athletic Service Desk prior to their program or activity. If stairs are a concern, please let the staff know and we will be happy to assist you through the elevator and through the lower door.

What are acceptable forms of Proof of Vaccine?

More information on Proof of Vaccination visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/vaccine/#proof-of-vaccination

Acadia Café

The Acadia Café is continuing to support Acadia students during the pandemic. Online mentoring sessions have been very successful and are often easier to schedule. Please join for updates on how you can help mentor Acadia students as they design their futures. In July, the Acadia Cafe was discussed as part of the Alumni Affairs Virtual Events Series. To see a recording of that session and learn about the value of participating in the Acadia Cafe, please watch here.

 

Acadia History & Classics Dept

From Dr. Chelsea Gardner...

Peopling the Past is a Digital Humanities initiative that hosts free, open-access resources for teaching and learning about real people in the ancient world. All our content is aimed at a general audience, so no specialized background knowledge required if that's what's holding you back!

We have a video series, a blog with thematic posts (Earth Month, Unknown Peoples, New Projects, Grad Student features) and, of course, the podcast. Our first season featured 12 episodes on Greek Art & Archaeology, on topics ranging from old age, water, music, women & the economy, the sensory experience of producing pottery, eyes and seeing, home renovation, zooarchaeology, seafaring, and more! Our second season is on Roman Art & Archaeology and has upcoming episodes on curse tablets, pigments, burial practices, bread making, olive processing, Palmyran funerary reliefs, Egyptian coin molds and - our season premiere - Roman shoes from the site of Vindolanda in Roman Britain (called "If the (Roman) Shoe Fits)

 

Acadia Performing Arts Series

Have you joined the Acadia Performing Arts Series' Music Club yet? All PAS subscribers from last year have been automatically enrolled, but new subscribers can join as well for $150. Details about the Music Club and how to join can be found here. There are many concerts to be watched and discussed on the Performing Arts Music Club's exclusive platform. All of them can be watched by new members in their own time. We have released beautifully produced virtual performances of the first two concerts that were scheduled for our (cancelled) 2020-21 live Series.

The PAS has announced that they will return to in person and live events for the 2021-2022 season! They are planning on having six concerts, with the first one on November, and the last concert to be held at the end of March. Proof of vaccination will be required. The full schedule for this year's PAS can be found below.
 
  • November 21, 2021, 7:30pm, Convocation Hall - Duo Cavatine
  • December 9, 2021, 7:30 pm, Convocation Hall - "The Innkeeper's Christmas" Lennie Gallant
  • January 29, 2022, 7:30pm, Festival Theater - Tom Regan Memorial Concert
  • February 13, 2022, 7:30pm, Convocation Hall - Jazz performance by Laila Biali
  • March 19, 2022, 7:30pm, Convocation Hall - Guitar performance by Tariq Harb
  • March 27, 2022, Convocation Hall - Symphony Nova Scotia Orchestra
You can now buy subscriptions or individual concert tickets at the Acadia Box Office
By phone : (902)542-5500

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Acadia University Art Gallery

The Acadia University Art Gallary is featuring an ongoing online exhibit titled "ALONE at Acadia"

This exhibit depicts the importance of art, a sense of community, and wellbeing. The work represents and reflects on the impacts of COVID-19

Click here, To visit the virtual exhibition, ALONE at Acadia

To learn more about the artists, artwork and process the exhibition archive is also available to view.

Click here, To visit the exhibition archive.

 

Acadia University Library

The Acadia University Library, in partnership with the Annapolis Valley Regional Library, is pleased to announce a new initiative called “Pick up at the Public”.  

Due to on-campus restrictions this fall for those folks not studying or teaching, the Acadia Library wants to continue to provide access to both Acadia and Novanet print collections.

Effective immediately, these valued Library users can send a request for Novanet items through the library catalogue.  The items will then be delivered each week to the Wolfville Memorial Library.  Borrowers will receive a message when the material is available for pick up and will have two weeks to pick it up.  Most materials will have an extended loan period this fall.

Materials can be returned at any Nova Scotia Public Library.

This informative video shows you how to place your request.  Questions?  Please contact our Access Services Staff at access.circ@acadiau.ca

 

Local Community Events

Annapolis Valley Regional Library

The Annapolis Valley Regional Library Virtual Book Club continues via Zoom. This month's book is The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin. They will be meeting online Friday, March 4 at 10am to discuss. For more information on the Club, please visit https://www.valleylibrary.ca/avrl-virtual-book-club-9.

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For more information on all events available through AVRL, please visit their Events Calendar.

 

Blomidon Naturalists Society

The Blomidon Naturalists Society have been busy during the pandemic organizing guided hikes, webinars and other events. If these type of events interest you, please consider joining the group. Many events and outings have been recently announced for the fall months. For more information, please visit their events page.

 

CentreStage Theatre

During these COVID times, CentreStage Theatre has shifted gears and brought back radio plays! For all of you who are missing theatre in your lives, please visit the CentreStage website to find recordings of the plays they have offered so far.

  • The Snow Goose
  • Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Tolling Bell
  • Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Neglected Farm
  • Sherlock Holmes: The Night Before Christmas
  • Valentine's Day
  • Curtain!
  • Spring Cleaning
  • Dinner for Twelve
CORAH - Where People Come Together

For followers of our page who live further down the Valley (or anyone who might be up for a little drive), we wanted to share some information with you about a group called CORAH - Where People Come Together, based out of the NSCC Middleton Campus. CORAH is community hub which serves older adults of Annapolis and Kings Counties. They offer all sorts of programming for seniors...exercise classes, computer sessions, in-person lectures, and even wine & cheese events! All in-person events follow public safety regulations and judging by the pictures from their events, they have a lot of fun doing it. For more information about CORAH, please contact heather.mccormick@nscc.ca, (902) 526-0220 or visit their Facebook page.

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CORAH has recently received additional funding to expand their programming which allows for satellite sites across the Valley. For more information, please click here to read the article about the expansion.

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Starting in February CORAH is offering a variety of programs and events. To register for the events below, please email heather.mccormick@nscc.caor call (902) 526-0220, unless otherwise indicated. If you are not in the Middleton area, ask about satellite locations for the sessions.
 
Spurr Family Farms - Tuesday, February 8, 10:30-11:00 am
Learn about farming from five generations of farming in the valley.
 
Spotlight on Arthritis - Wednesday, Feb. 9, 10:30-11:30 am
Join Dr. Gina MacDonald for updates, tips and strategies to manage arthritis.
 
Ancestry: Let's Get Started - Thursday, February 10, 1:00-2:30 pm
Join AHS researcher Cheryl Anderson to learn about Geneology.
 
Power of Attorney, Wills and Estates - Friday, February 11, 10:30-12:00
Join lawyer Arielle Francis & RCMP Sr. Safety Officer, Sharon Elliott to learn about the power of attorney, the benefits of wills and estate planning, how to safeguard your assets, and what happens when you don't have a will.
 
Rebates, Benefits and Supports - Tuesday, February 15, 10:30-11:30 am
Join Annapolis MLA Carman Kerr & Evan Fairn for a workshop to learn about property tax rebates for homeowners, supports for caregivers, emergencies, heating rebates, and funding for seniors.
 
 
 
Kings County Seniors' Safety Society

The Kings County Seniors' Safety Society are continuing their efforts to connect with seniors in our area during the pandemic. They also offer services such as their Senior Safety Program, as well as additional resources on many topics such as healthy living, legal services and support groups. For more information on their programming, please visit their website.

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The Kings County Vulnerable Persons Registry (VPR) is a free, voluntary and confidential service aimed at improving the safety of residents living at home who would be at greater risk during emergencies. Learn more at https://www.kingsremo.ca/vpr/.

 

Town of Kentville

The Town of Kentville has been putting a lot of effort into creating safe activities for members of the community. They are now offering public skating, indoor walking, fitness classes, rug hooking, indoor pickleball and many more!  For more information, please visit kentville.ca/programs.

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Kentville is offering electric vehicle test drives.

February 19th, 10:30 am-4:00 pm and February 20th, 10:00 am-3:30 pm

At the Kentville Recreation Centre, 348 Main St, Kentville

To register click here

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The Kentville Historical Society is hosting an open house!

The Heritage Open House will be on February 21st from 11 am-3 pm

At the Kentville Heritage Centre, 66 Station Lane Kentville

They will be serving coffee to our visitors and local historians, Louis Comeau and Ed Coleman will be onsite!
*Please note that COVID measures will be in place and Proof of Vaccine will be required upon entry.
 
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Kentville is once again offering the Mi'kmaw Seven Sacred Teachings. A series of workshops exploring the seven sacred teachings and how they can be applied to your life. Hosted by Carolyn Landry!

Tuesday evenings from 5:30 pm-7:00 pm, March 1st to March 22nd (4 Weeks)
 
At the Kentville Lower Rec Centre, 348 Main Street
 
There will be a $30 cost, for registration click here
 

 

 

Town of Wolfville

The Town of Wolfville frequently updates their website with activities, festivals, recreation and anything else that is going on in town. Visit their website for more information at https://www.wolfville.ca/

 

The Town of Wolfville has created a community engagement page where they ask for feedback from residents in a number of areas such as the climate action plan, active transportation, community comment, and many more. Wolfville Blooms is a virtual space to plant ideas, grow projects and harvest the bountiful results of community collaboration. To visit the webpage click here

Wolfville & Area Newcomers Club

Last year, ALL hosted a very popular Science Discussion Group, and this year the group is meeting via Zoom in connection with the Wolfville Newcomers Club. For more information on the Discussion Group and other programs they offer, please visit wolfvillenewcomers.org.

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The Wolfville Newcomers have started their monthly meetings from September 2021 - May 2022. Some of their special interest groups may still have fall sessions, with COVID-19 precautions in place. For more information, please visit https://wolfvillenewcomers.org/meetings/.

This month's meeting will be held in person at the Wolfville Lions' Club on Thursday, December 9th, at 7:00 pm. "Valley resident, Garry Leeson, author of the award-winning The Dome Chronicles, will introduce us to his new novel, The Secret of the Spring.." Proof of vaccination and photo ID as well as masks will be required at entry. Remember to check either here, or the Wolfville Newcomers' website for information on future meetings and events.

Additional Opportunities

Revel, events and community for women 40+
Revel is a membership-based community where women in midlife and beyond can create and engage in what matters most to them. They offer many virtual programs including yoga classes, writing rooms, meditation, and many more. To learn more and sign up visit their website here
 
Carleton University Lifelong Learning Program

Another program that has flipped to online programming during the pandemic is the Carleton University Lifelong Learning Program, They will offer 5 different lecture series beginning in February 2022, running for 3 weeks each this winter, completely online via ZOOM. The Lecture Series titles are...

A Grand Tour of Solar Systems
Journey to Three Musical Destinations: Reggae, Hip Hop, and New Technologies
Genesis as Myth and History
The Neuroscience of Stress, Mental Health, and Resilience
Thriving in the Digital World: Taking Control of Your Tech

For more information and registration details, please visit https://carleton.ca/lifelong/winter-2022-session/

McGill Community for Lifelong Learning

We have just learned about this program recently (thank you Lee Lewis!), and it is a game-changer! They are offering SO many online options this year, you really owe it to yourself to take a few minutes and flip through their extensive catalog. Their winter registration opens on December 6th. Despite being such a large program, all of the lectures they are offering will once again be held virtually. Other lifelong learning programs are facing the same challenges as us! For more information, please visit their website.

 

Seniors' College Association of NS

The Seniors’ College Association of Nova Scotia is offering in-person courses each Tuesday to Thursday, April 14th to June 3rd, in venues throughout HRM. Two Spring Term 2022 courses via Zoom will be available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from April 19th to May 25th. To register and/or to access the video recording following each Zoom class, please visit www.thescans.org.

They are also hosting an Information Session, Monday, March 28th at 10:00 AM, at Hope United Church, 3055 Connaught Avenue, Halifax. Lecturers will provide a brief presentation of their courses. To register online visit www.thescans.org.
 
Membership entitles you to enrol in any number of courses per year. It can be started at any time and is valid for three consecutive terms. The annual fee is $150 + HST.
 
For more information and to see courses available visit www.thescans.org or www.facebook.com/theSCANS.org, email SCANSinfo at gmail.com or 902-444-7588. See below for the attachment for the brochure.
 
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

Did you know that the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia has free virtual tours on their website? They currently offer tours of a number of exhibits... Maud Lewis Gallery, Ned Pratt: One Wave, Gallery North and Good Earth: The Pots & Passion of Walter Ostrom, Making Space and Deanne Fitzpatrick: The Very Mention of Home. Details available at https://www.artgalleryofnovascotia.ca/virtualtour

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The Gallery also offers a wonderful series available online called "Studio from Home". They have over 20 sessions available where artists show you how to make your own art with everyday objects. For more information, please visit their website.

 

Community Links - Aging Well Together

Community Links is a provincial organization (based in Halifax) that promotes healthy and age friendly communities for NS seniors through community development and volunteer action since 1992. Membership is free and they share all types of info and events for seniors across Nova Scotia. Please visit their website at https://nscommunitylinks.ca.

Halifax Public Libraries

The Halifax Public Libraries and Saint Mary's University have a wonderful partnership that allows members of the public to attend an academic class virtually. Classes may be joined live, or participants can view recorded sessions at their convenience. For Winter 2022 they are offering "Pop Culture in Latin America" and "Imagining the North in Canadian Literature". Please visit https://studio.smu.ca/librarycourses for more information.

The Library also offers a whole suite of videos you can enjoy from cooking tutorials to reading suggestions and much more.

Mentoring Plus

Mentoring Plus continues to move ahead with their initiative of bringing seniors and youth together in our community. They asked that we share an open invitation to anyone who would like to join them. A link to their invitation can be found here. For more information, please contact the Mentoring Plus Coordinator, Kori Levy at mentoring@kentville.ca or visit their website at www.mentoringplus.ca.

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Our friends at Mentoring Plus are offering a virtual Computer Basics course. From their website...

Computer Basics for Seniors
Are you feeling overwhelmed by new technology? Would you like more tools to reach out to your community safely and effectively? Would you like to learn more about the Internet and how to use it? The Mentoring Plus Strategy and Dalhousie University College of Continuing Education are thrilled to offer a 5-week home computer training course, free of charge, for seniors (55+) in Nova Scotia.
This course will combine live virtual group lessons with independent online training to help improve social connections and enhance digital learning. This course will be taught by an experienced instructor from the College of Continuing Education at Dalhousie and a certificate will be provided to participants upon completion. Topics covered will include: Internet Safety, Social Media, Video Calling, and Google Applications.
To register, please visit https://www.mentoringplus.ca/training.html

 

Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia

The Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia is hosting a panel presentation via Zoom on January 27th from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. The presentation will include insight from a physician, a community partner, and someone with lived experience. It will include a range of perspectives and suggestions for support.

To register and see speaker bios click here

Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library

The Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library is now offering a mix of online and in-person programs and events. To see everything they are offering as well as registration details visit their website here

February 23rd- A reading of "Pluck" by Donna Morrissey online via zoom and teleconference at 6:55 pm-8:00 pm (Access details are available on the website)

March 8th- Online Book Club 10 am-11 am (Registration Required)

March 9th- Illustrated presentation of "Waterfalls of Nova Scotia" with author Benoit Lalonde online via zoom and teleconference at 6:55 pm-8:15 pm

(Access details are available on the website)

April 13th- A reading of "Bluebird" by Genevieve Graham online via zoom and teleconference at 6:55 pm-8:00 pm (Access details are available on the website)

 

Writer's Federation of Nova Scotia

The Writers Federation of Nova Scotia offers a variety of writing workshops, sessions, and panels. For more information visit their website https://writers.ns.ca/workshops/

 

Becoming an Illustrator of Books for Children (virtual) with Emma FitzGerald

Recommended experience level: New and emerging children’s book illustrators

Location: Zoom

Date of workshop: Thursday, Mar 17, 2022 (7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Atlantic) [rescheduled from Jan 13]

Non-member price: $104 (includes 2022 General Membership in WFNS)

2022 member price: $39

 

The Question and the Answer: Writing Mysteries (virtual) with Tom Ryan

Recommended experience level: Emerging and established writers who have drafted at least one fiction project

Location: Zoom

Dates of 4-week workshop: Tuesdays, Mar 22 + Mar 29 + Apr 5 + Apr 12, 2022 (7:00pm to 9:00pm Atlantic)

Non-member price: $214 (includes 2022 General Membership in WFNS)

2022 member price: $149

 

A Podcast Primer: Storytelling with Sickboy (virtual)

Location: Zoom webinar. Attendees may send questions in advance (to communications@writers.ns.ca) or ask questions during the workshop (via Zoom’s Q&A function).

Date of workshop: Thursday, Mar 24, 2022 (7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Atlantic)

Nonmember/member price: $39

 

Staying in Scene: Assembling the Building Blocks of Fiction (virtual) with Jeff Miller

Recommended experience level: New and emerging writers

Location: Zoom

Dates of 4-week workshop: Wednesdays, Apr 6 + Apr 13 + Apr 20 + Apr 27, 2022 (7:00pm to 9:00pm Atlantic)

Non-member price: $214 (includes 2022 General Membership in WFNS)

2022 member price: $149

 

Raising the Dead: Bringing Facts to Life in Creative Nonfiction (virtual) with Tyler LeBlanc

Recommended experience level: New and emerging nonfiction writers, including more establish authors who are new to nonfiction forms

Location: Zoom

Dates of 4-week workshop: Wednesdays, Apr 6 + Apr 13 + Apr 20 + Apr 27, 2022 (7:00pm to 9:00pm Atlantic)

Non-member price: $214 (includes 2022 General Membership in WFNS)

2022 member price: $149

 

Promptly: The Workshop (virtual)

Recommended experience level: New writers and seasoned scribes alike

Location: Zoom

Dates of 4-week workshop: Tuesdays, Apr 12 + Apr 19 + Apr 26 + May 3 (7:00pm to 8:00pm Atlantic)

Registration fee + a copy of Promptly (shipping included): $120

Registration fee only: $100

 

Creative Writing for Newcomers (virtual) with Anne C. Kelly

Recommended experience level: New and emerging writers

Location: Zoom

Please note that this workshop has been rescheduled from its original dates in February.
Dates of 4-week workshop: Thursdays, April 21 + April 28 + May 5 + May 12 (7:00pm to 9:00pm Atlantic)

Nonmember/member price: $49

 

Landscape as Muse: A Poetry Workshop (virtual) with Margo Wheaton

Recommended experience level: Writers at all levels and stages are warmly invited to attend

Location: Zoom

Dates of 3-week workshop: Saturdays, Apr 23 + Apr 30 + May 7, 2022 (10:00am to 12:00pm Atlantic)

Non-member price: $214 (includes 2022 General Membership in WFNS)

2022 member price: $149

 

Writing Sci-Fi & Fantasy Short Stories (Virtual) with Julian Mortimer Smith

Recommended experience level: New and emerging writers

Location: Zoom

Dates of 4-week workshop: Wednesdays, May 4 + May 11 + May 18 + May 25, 2022 (7:00pm to 9:00pm Atlantic)

Non-member price: $214 (includes 2022 General Membership in WFNS)

2022 member price: $149

 

Foundations of Fiction (virtual) with Altenburg, Beynon, & Babcock

Recommended experience level: New and emerging writers

Location: Zoom

Dates of 9-week workshop: Wednesdays, May 4, May 11, May 18 + May 25, June 1, June 8 + June 15, June 22, June 29, 2022 (7:00 pm to 9:00 pm)

Non-member price: $284 (includes 2022 General Membership in WFNS)

2022 member price: $219