March Break programs available across Cumberland County

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Arts Alive with Andrew MacGregor

Does the arrival of spring break mean that spring is near? Well the answer is no if the continuing cold weather means anything.

That being said spring break must go on and there is no shortage of activities for the vacationing students in the Amherst area.

The Four Fathers Memorial Library has activities everyday next week including a March Break Storytime and Puppet Show, a Diary of a Wimpy Kid Party, an evening with the ever popular Minecraft video game, a day dedicated to science, a showing of the movie Monster University, an afternoon of Robots, a version of Amazing Race and Lioness Day at the Library next Friday.

There are lots of other activities not only at the Four Fathers Memorial Library, but also at the other area branches in the Cumberland Public Library system.

To register or for more information go to

The Joggins Fossil Centre will be offering a number of events for March Break.

On March 10, there will be a free Maggie’s Place Babysitting course, for those 12 and over. Lunch will be included From March 11 until the 13 there will be fun workshops and activities children ages five and older, from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

There will be Mad Scientist workshops, Mr. J the Magician, Zumba, Art Class, Organic Gardening, crafts and games.

The cost is $5 per student, and pre-registration is required.

Contact the Joggins Fossil Centre for more information at 251-2727, or email

The International Women’s Day Luncheon is today at the Amherst Lions Center from noon until 1:30 p.m.

Clare Christie will give a brief presentation on one of Amherst’s outstanding historical residents, Grace McLeod Rogers.

Admission is free, but donations to Autumn House are welcome. Tickets will be sold on a gift basket, with the proceeds to the Go Girl Self Esteem Workouts summer program. Feel free to wear a hat reminiscent of the past 124 years, in conjunction with Amherst’s 125 celebration.

In Oxford, International Women’s Day will be celebrated at the Capitol Theatre tomorrow from 2 until 4 p.m.

Girls and women of all ages will be represented and celebrated, with presentations and entertainment.

Tickets will also be sold on a gift basket, there will be door prizes and refreshments. Admission is free, but donations are welcome to support the Go Girl Self Esteem Workouts summer program.

If you are looking to hear some live music tonight in Amherst, Drew Moore is on the stage at Bella's Cafe tonight while Duncan’s Pub is featuring Steve Wells from 4 until 6 p.m. and starting at 8 p.m. Kyle Johnson will be filling the pub with sound.

If you are in and around Tatamgouche this weekend, The North Shore Players will be presenting “Vintage Hitchcock” on Friday and Saturday March 7and 8 at 7:30 p.m., at Tatamagouche Elementary School.

It’s a live radio play with adaptations of three classic Alfred Hitchcock films: The Lodger, Sabotage and The 39 Steps, complete with 1940s commercials, costumes, music, and live sound effects.

Tickets at the door or in advance at Village Florist in Tatamagouche.

Andrew MacGregor’s arts and culture column appears weekly in the Amherst News.

Organizations: Joggins Fossil Centre, Wimpy Kid Party, Monster University Cumberland Public Library Amherst Lions Center Autumn House Capitol Theatre Tatamagouche Elementary School Amherst News

Geographic location: Amherst, Cumberland County, Oxford Tatamgouche Tatamagouche

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