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by Pat Martin (582-1250)

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Roxy Peterson of London, England joined the artistic team at Ross Creek Centre for the Arts last year, bringing a decade of camp experience with him. Peterson gained the Centre’s camps accreditation by the Camping Association of Nova Scotia.

Peterson is notably excited about this season as the new Education Director at Ross Creek, and Executive Director Chris O’Neill is also thrilled Peterson has accepted the position.

The 2009 programs embrace traditional programs such as theatre and innovative camps like urban graffiti, DJ and mosaics.

March Break arts programs for kids ages 5-16 run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Bursary applications are accepted until Feb. 15.

Call 582-3842 or visit for details.

Kings County LookOff to 2030 survey: By completing the 15-question, 10-minute confidential Municipality of the County of Kings survey you can help the municipality set directions and priorities toward becoming a more sustainable community. Contact 690-6137 or e-mail or visit www.county, for survey and information.

Open house: Before you discard your New Year’s resolutions, the 4810 Canning TOPS invites everyone big and small to come into the Canning Lions Hall Monday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. to learn more about the weight loss support group held downstairs in the Lions Den.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) is a non-profit weight-loss support organization established in 1948 that currently has over 180,000 members and nearly 10,000 chapters worldwide.

The 4810 Canning TOPS meets weekly for Monday evening weigh-ins and friendly encouraging meetings at the Lions Hall, side door entrance, same as for the food bank. Discreet weigh-ins at 6 p.m. and meetings 7 p.m.

The club offers guest speakers, nutrition and exercise education while providing positive reinforcement and motivation. Incentives are also offered like earning and winning large fruit baskets or, after reaching and maintaining goals, members become KOPS (Keeps Off Pounds Sensibly), giving them additional recognition.

For more information, contact Ruth at 582-3708 for details.

Gaspereau Press Blog: Gaspereau Press is a contemporary literature publisher for both emerging and established Canadian award-winning authors and is one of the few that print and bind their own books in-house.

Recently, it introduced its new blog:

Check for regular updates and photos to print shop activities and publishing adventures and previews so that when to purchase a Gaspereau title at your local bookshop you can say you saw it back when it was just a manuscript.

Canning Recreation Commission offers winter programs like Monday and Friday night open gym, after school and public skate, fitness classes, Tai Chi, women’s floor hockey, self-defense classes and ice hockey, yoga, indoor floor curling, adult volleyball, jam session night, belly dancing, adult karate and more.

Contact the commission at 582-2033 or visit the website at for details.

Canning Walkers invites everyone to get active, have fun, meet new people and get motivated. Walkers meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. and Sunday mornings at 8 a.m. at the Glooscap District Arena on J. Jordan Road. Contact Susan Wheaton, Walkabout Leader, at 582-1529 for details.

Glooscap Elementary School: Bookmobile arrives Feb. 12 from 10:15-11:45 a.m.; there will be an assembly Feb. 13 and an early dismissal of 11:05 a.m. on the 17th; parent/teacher interviews begin at 6:30 p.m. on the 26th and parent/teacher interviews in the a.m. on the 27th followed by a staff in-service in the p.m.

Skating continues until March for all students. CSA-approved helmets are mandatory for all children, and adults are encouraged to wear one and are welcome to help with skate-tying. Skates must be equipped with guards and/or carried in padded bags.

Northeast Kings Education Centre: High school report cards go home Feb. 11 and there will be an early dismissal of 12:15 Feb. 12.

Student ambassadors Quinton McCamon and Mr. Doucet have created a new Alumni Link to the existing NKEC website for past graduates. It’s a great resource for present students, for reunion organizers, or for general information. Information can be entered like post-secondary schooling, if working or traveling, what area they live, and e-mail contact information.

Dal’s Computer Science Day: students are invited to attend the 3rd annual computer science day at Dal Saturday, Feb. 14 that begins with the student software competition.

It’s an excellent opportunity for students and parents to meet professors and current students and to explore the facilities and attend workshops. Free lunch included.

Contact Dal at 1-902-494-2093 or

NKEC Yearbooks can be ordered through Mrs. Whitman in the library at a cost of $40.

Bookmobile returns to Northeast Kings Tuesday, Feb. 3 from 10:45-11:15 a.m.

Eagle watch continues at the Lloyd Memorial Centre, Medford. Warm up with a homemade soup or chowder with rolls and dessert for $6.50 Saturday, Feb. 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s a great way to get in out of the cold and meet new and old friends.

The Fieldwood Heritage Society invites everyone to its 2009 annual general meeting and open house Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Canning Library and Heritage Center on Main Street. (Note new location)

An open house of the library and heritage centre will follow the meeting and refreshments will be served. Members and non-members are welcome to attend.

The Canning Library book club #3 will meet at the library Thursday, Feb. 26 from 7:30-8:30 p.m., weather permitting, to discuss Mother of Pearl by Melinda Haynes, and the new edition of the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer. Hope to see you there!

Organizations: Ross Creek Centre, Camping Association of Nova Scotia, Gaspereau Press Recreation Commission Tai Chi Glooscap District Arena Glooscap Elementary School Canning Library Fieldwood Heritage Society Heritage Center

Geographic location: Kings, London, England Ross Creek J. Jordan Road

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