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 Lifelong Learning Discussion Group

Hello Everyone,

While we are waiting for campus to re-open for in-person events, we are thrilled to announce that we will be offering a virtual event for you to enjoy!  We will be bringing back the ALL Discussion Group, in a virtual format, and in our typical Lunchtime Learning timeslot, at noon on Friday. This first session will focus on our climate future. Details are below…

ALL Discussion Group

Friday, December 3rd
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Online via ZOOM
 
Session Description

COP26 in Glasgow dominated ‘the news’ while it was happening.  Now that it has finished, has the world changed, is our climate future more secure, what should we do or watch for?

In order to get the most out of the session, as well as if you would like to contribute, we encourage you to read the four documents below regarding COP26. They are informative, engaging and relevant to the discussion. Once you have read the documents, please visit this link and fill in the very quick form (just name and email). Shortly before the event we will send you the ZOOM link for the meeting. It’s as simple as that!

We hope you’ll join us…virtually…for now, at least.

Below are the documents pertaining to the Discussion Group session:

Into water uncharted

Negotiators Strike a Deal

New York Times Extra Summary

What really goes on

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.

Upcoming Sessions

International Day of People with Disabilities- December 6, 7:00 - 8:00pm

Archived Sessions

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 Dept. of Politics: International Speaker Series

Acadia's Department of Politics is offering an exciting international speaker series every Friday this fall. The sessions will all be hosted by Dr. Natalie Ghosn Esq. (lecturer at Acadia and SMU) and offered virtually through the Microsoft Teams platform. RSVPs will be required for each event. To join, please email natalie.ghosn@acadiau.ca and she will send you the Teams invitation. Posters for each event will be linked as they are available. Upcoming sessions include...

 

Acadia Entrepreneurship Centre

Over the past three years, the Acadia Entrepreneurship Centre has been centrally-involved in a provincially-funded program called Redefining Retirement (www.redefiningretirement.ca). Redefining Retirement is a 5-part hands-on workshop series that helps older adults (typically 55+ but not always) answer the question: what am I going to do when I retire? In contrast to the many retirement programs that focus solely on finances, this program is about enabling older adults to determine how they will engage with their communities, deploy their skills, and connect with like-minded people once they ‘retire’. The program helps participants live fully and purposefully in their later years, to the benefit of all.

The sessions will be facilitated by the Acadia Entrepreneurship Centre (www.acadiaecentre.com) and Third Sector Enhancement Ltd.(http://www.thirdsectorenhancement.com). You can also find the program on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/redefiningretirementprogram.

 

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 - Performance by Duo Cavatine
  • December 9, 2021, 7:30pm, Convocation Hall - "Innkeeper's Christmas Concert" presented by 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 Gallery has recently opened a new exhibition titled "Wood Type".

This exhibition features a selection of wood type prints created by typographer Andrew Steeves for the artist book Literatum Ex Arboribus: An Exuberant Showing of the Wood Type at Gaspereau Press. The prints are a whimsical celebration of wood type’s enduring potency as a tool for communicating human experiences through graphic means.

The exhibit will be open to all members of the public until October 24th. Click here for event registration, and for more information on the exhibit.

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

Al Whittle Theatre
Acadia Cinema's Al Whittle Theatre is Getting Back Together at the Whittle with their Fall Film Series! All films will be $10 + hst at the door, and proof of vaccination will be required at entry. Contact tracing and masks are still required, but there will be no social distancing in the theatre.
 
 
The next film in the series will be 'Portraits From a Fire" playing Sunday, November 28th at 4:00 and 7:00 pm.
 
The Al Whittle Theatre is also showing several holiday classics free of charge! Click here for a poster of the films.
ArtCan Gallery

The ArtCan Gallery in Canning has started classes and workshops for the fall. For more information about the courses as well as registration, visit their classes and workshops page at https://artcan.com/classes-workshops/. You can also visit their Facebook page for updates and information on upcoming events.

 

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.

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BNS are offering several meetings, workshops and field trips in the coming weeks.

Field Trip: Preparing for Winter

Date/Time: Sunday, November 14th, 2:00 pm
Location: Millennium Trail Wolfville
 
Annual General Meeting
 
Date/Time: Monday, November 15th, 7:30 pm
Location: TBA
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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Below are posters for a number of events that CORAH has coming up. To register, please email heather.mccormick@nscc.ca or give her a call at (902) 526-0220. All events will be held at the NSCC Campus in Middleton, with satellite sites in Berwick, Centrelea, Centreville, Cornwallis Park and Port Williams.

 
Men's Strength and Fitness: Fridays, 9:00-10:00am, November 19th - December 10th

 

  • The link between coffee farmers and Sissiboo
  • How they use fair trade beans
  • The art and science of roasting beans
  • Friday, December 3rd, 10:30 - 11:30 am
Join Shelley Rector and Others to:
  • Learn the basics of knitting
  • Be on the road for hours of relaxation
  • Learn a Traditional Nova Scotian Skill
  • Thursday, November 25th, 10:00 - 11:30 am
  • Understand Diabetes and Insulin resistance
  • Learn about prevention and management
  • Hear about the effects of diet and exercise
  • Friday, November 26th, 10:30 - 11:30 am
Join Annapolis County's RCMP Senior safety Officer, Sharon Elliott, and Learn to:
  • Protect your personal safety
  • Increase your home security
  • Enhance your safety while travelling
  • Deal with unwelcomed calls/solicitations
  • Tuesday, November 30th, 10:30 - 11:45 am
Marketing Specialist Suzanne Miller will:
  • Expand your skills with the Canva program
  • Help your event or program get noticed
  • Learn about new crops and innovations
  • Help you design flyers, posters and brochures
  • Wednesday, December 1st, 2:00 - 3:30 pm

 

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/.

 

Randall House Museum / Wolfville Historical Society
Historic Wolfville Walking Tours are back this summer, via the Wolfville Historical Society. They have two tours you can join...
  • Main Street Walking Tour - Mondays & Saturdays at 10:30am, meet at Clock Park
  • Waterfront Walking Tour - Fridays & Sundays at 10:30am, meet at Randall House

For more information, please contact Randall House at randallhouse@outlook.com or call (902) 542-9775.

Wolfville Historical Society 2021 Membership Survey:

"The Wolfville Historical Society is undergoing a renewal and we need your opinion. Over the summer we created a new survey that will help us bring more to our membership and to the public based on their needs and wants. In appreciation of filling out the survey we have a couple of prizes that you can win including a Herbin Jewellers $150 Gift Certificate, a "Heritage Tea" experience at Randall House Museum, and a T.A.N. Cafe $20 Gift Card & Mug. I've posted the live link below to the survey - it should take approximately 3 minutes to complete. We thank you in advance for filling out the survey."

Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/F86VGZ7

"As a side note - we have partnered with Church Brewing Co. to host a special trivia night in support of the WHS on Tuesday November 16th at 7pm! The Church Brewing Co. have also selected the WHS as their Brew Good, Do Good campaign recipient where $1 from their monthly special is donated to the WHS!"

Town of Kentville

The Town of Kentville have been putting a lot of effort into creating safe activities for members of the community. They have been leading guided nature hikes, outdoor socially-distanced events and most recently, a Seniors Multi-Rec League. For more information, please visit kentville.ca/programs.

 

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/

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, November 11th, at 7:00 pm. "Scientific Historian Elizabeth Haigh will share with us the life of Valley resident, Abraham Gesner, whose discovery has “enlightened” our lives." 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

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 two groups of courses this fall, completely online via ZOOM. Courses began the week of September 13, but if that is to soon for you, more classes will be announced for later in the fall shortly. For more information, please visit their Lectures & Workshops page or jump right to their Early Fall 2021 offerings here.

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 provides learning opportunities for seniors on academic topics. This year they are providing five courses each term delivered online via Zoom. Their membership model is an annual fee of $150 (plus HST). You can register for as many classes throughout the year as you like (as long as seats are available) with no additional fees. All of their courses are scheduled on different days, so technically you could participate in all of them!!

Due to the on-going COVID situation, the Seniors' College have announced that their Fall 2021 semester will also be virtual, via Zoom. They will offer 5 courses again, and the details are below. They plan to go back to in-person programming for the Winter 2022 term, but they have also committed to offering two of the Winter courses via Zoom as well. To keep apprised of all of their programming, and to register for the courses below, please visit thescans.org. Their brochure including dates/times and course descriptions can be found here.

• Women Artists Through Art History: Hidden but Very Present
• Criminal Justice in Nova Scotia: One Size Does Not Fit All
• Frameworks for Understanding the History of Photography
• Plants, People and Politics
• (Almost) Everything You Wanted to Know about Medical Imaging but Were Afraid to Ask!

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The Seniors’ College have also announced they will offer a public lecture on October 28th at 10am via Zoom entitled “Things That Go Bump in the Night” with Vernon Oickle. The event is free, however registration is required. Details can be found on their website.

 

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 Fall 2021 they are offering "Renaissance Art and 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

 

reachAbility: Seniors for Seniors

The reachAbility Organization is hosting a week long series of events for seniors that will involve both virtual, and in person events. The week of events is being held to celebrate the 55+ community in Nova Scotia! There will be a 15 minute live opening ceremony on the reachAbility Youtube channel at 1:00 pm on Friday, October 1st. Visit their YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/reachabilityassociation.

Details for the full week of events and schedule can be found here.