The Learning Centre was once the Wentworth Consolidated Elementary School which closed in 2015.
The school building was bought by the Wentworth community and renamed the Wentworth Learning Centre, which through hours of volunteer work and grants, has as its mandate “to provide educational opportunities and programming for the advancement of life-long learning and the well-being of the Wentworth community and surrounding rural areas.”
This Learning Centre is doing a magnificent job of trying to maintain a meaningful infrastructure in the Wentworth area.
At present, it provides a Jamboree the second Sunday of the month 2 to 5 p.m., Maggie's Place Pop-Up ages 0-6 (Tuesdays at 9 a.m.), Girl Guides, Sparks and Brownies (Thursday at 5:30 p.m.), community library (open weekdays from Mondays through to Thursdays 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays 2 to 7 p.m.), and Chase the Ace.
Chase the Ace is presented by the Wentworth Volunteer Fire Department with proceeds benefiting the Learning Centre. Volunteers from both the fire hall and Learning Centre look after selling the tickets and doing the weekly draw.
Tickets for Chase the Ace may be bought at the Learning Centre weekly on Sundays 2 to 7 p.m., Mondays to Thursdays 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fridays 9 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. for three tickets at $5, and more tickets can be bought if desired.
The weekly draw is at 9 p.m. on Fridays. To join one must be age 19 and over.
On each Friday from 6 to 8:45 p.m., people may come to play games until the draw is done at 9 p.m. One ticket is drawn from the container of tickets and if your ticket is drawn you automatically win the consolation prize (20 per cent of night's income).
If the ticket winner is not present, he or she will be telephoned (make sure you can answer at this time or you forfeit your ticket) and the winner of this ticket may designate someone at the Learning Centre to pick a card for he or she from those cards laying on the table.
If the card drawn is not the Ace of Spades, the ticket winner still wins the consolation prize and then his or hers specific card drawn is torn up, and the reduced deck of cards and the jackpot is kept for the draw on the next Friday.
If the card drawn at this time is the Ace of Spades, he or she wins the jackpot.
The funds from the ticket sales are divided into three parts: the Learning Centre keeps 50 per cent, the winner of the lottery tickets takes 20 per cent, and 30 per cent goes into the jackpot.
In Wentworth the proceeds going to the Learning Centre go towards child care programming.
What is spectacular about Chase the Ace is that it was invented in Canada in Inuvik, a town in the Northwest Territories of Canada.
It is fascinating that people in the community of Noel, Hants County, copied the idea of Chase the Ace in 2013 from a fundraiser in Inuvik. Then, Chase the Ace became very popular in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, and P.E.I.
For more information phone 902-548-2076.
Other events coming up at the Wentworth Learning Centre are the Dream Catcher Wholistic Centre, an interesting new start-up business opening in mid-January, and “Jimmy the Janitor,” a hilarious comedian performing a concert on Saturday, March 3, 7 p.m., aged 14+.