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Fibre Arts Festival begins Oct. 10


Following the warmest September on record in 30 years, above normal temperatures and plenty of sunshine has helped to prolong our gardening season.  

Now that October has begun, it will soon be time to tidy up our gardens, plant spring flowering bulbs and get them put to bed for winter. You may choose to leave plant debris in your garden over winter to help build up the organic matter present in your soil, however if you happen to have any diseased leaves or plant material present, it is highly recommended to rake and remove the infected debris to prevent the further spread of any fungal diseases from overwintering.
A great way to provide winter interest throughout your garden is to leave perennial grasses or spent flowers with attractive seed heads standing, not only are they visually pleasing but they also help to serve as a food source for wildlife and birds throughout the tough winter months.
The 10th Annual Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival in celebration of 150 years of Canada’s heritage kicks off Tuesday, Oct. 10.
This award-winning festival offers all things fibre including knitting, quilting, rug hooking, felting, weaving, crocheting and much more. The festival opening event will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at festival headquarters in Amherst Town Hall.
Timi Levy, a classical violinist, fiddler, chamber and orchestra musician with both the Symphony of NB and Symphony of PEI will be performing during the opening ceremony. Stop into festival headquarters, located at 98 Victoria Street East throughout the week to pick up your maps, get directions and visit with volunteers to learn about local displays and specials as well as things to do and see in historic Amherst.
From Tuesday, Oct. 10 to Saturday, Oct. 14 you will find displays at local businesses, quilt shows, Maritime Hooked Rug Show, Zonta Bazaar, Pop-Up Shops, workshops, classes and demonstrations.
For a full schedule with event times and locations please visit the website, www.fibreartsfestival.com.
Public skating is offered free of charge as part of the Town of Amherst’s Physical Activity Strategy to be the most active, healthy community in Nova Scotia. The Amherst Recreation Skating schedule offers a variety of daily skating times including adult/senior, lunchtime skates and parents and tots.
After school skates will take place on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. Adult/Senior skates will occur on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
The indoor walking track is open daily.
To book ice times or birthday parties, please call 902-667-6500. For the full skating schedule visit Amherst.ca.
Help support your local food bank! The 10th Pumpkins for Poverty will be taking place on Friday, Oct. 13 downtown in Victoria Square.
Get a free pumpkin with a donation to the Amherst Food Bank. Food or cash donations accepted.
Learn what else is happening around the community by visiting amherst.ca for our free community events listing and following our Facebook page.
If you have questions, community events and information to share, email amherstrecreation@amherst.ca or call 902-667-6500.
Here is a taste of what’s coming up around Amherst:
• Roctoberfest 2017
• Jr A Ramblers vs Summerside Capitals Hockey Game
• Public Skating
• Pumpkins for Poverty
• Fibre Arts Festival Opening, Classes & Shows
• Maritime Hooked Rug Show
• Fibre Arts Festival Zonta Bazaar

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