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Adult Learn to Skate program has started at Amherst Stadium

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Keeping up with the winter temperatures can be challenging. Staying active, even during the winter months is important. Dress in layers, while staying warm, safe and dry when exercising in cold weather.

Snowshoes are available for lending as part of the Town of Amherst equipment lending program. Venture out on one of our trails, or simply through a field or around an outdoor walking track. Snowshoes can be signed out at the Amherst Stadium, Four Fathers Library or the Cumberland YMCA free of charge.

The Big Block Walk is a priority for Town staff to have the sidewalks clear as soon as possible after a snow fall making it safe for citizens to walk. The Big Block walk route follows Victoria Street to Church to Prince Arthur to Havelock and is 0.8 km in distance.

On those messy snowy days, you can still get your steps in at the Amherst Stadium indoor walking track, open daily.

Have you always wanted to learn how to skate but haven’t had the opportunity? Well here is your chance! Join us for the free Adult Learn to Skate sessions on Tuesdays at the Amherst Stadium from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.

Get familiar with the ice, skating and stopping. For those with limited or no experience. If you need a helmet, we have some available for lending!

To sign up please email tporter@amherst.ca or call (902)667-6500.

Also new for adults is the Amherst Sport and Social League. Come to West Highlands Elementary on Wednesdays at 8 p.m.

This is a great way to meet new people while playing different sports including basketball, soccer, floor hockey, pickleball and more! For more information, please email amherstsportandsocial@gmail.com.

The After the Bell youth skating program starts this week at the Amherst Stadium, which allows students to enjoy free skating, shinny hockey, and ringette Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. This program gives youth a fun way to stay active at no cost. After the Bell programing is part of the Town’s Physical Activity Strategy to make Amherst the most active, healthy community in Nova Scotia.

Town staff continue to maintain and flood the downtown outdoor ice surface to keep it smooth, weather permitting. It’s up to Mother Nature to keep it solid. Evening skates feel magical under the decorative lighting at the outdoor ice surface located at the corner of Victoria Street and Maple Avenue, open until 10 p.m. daily, weather permitting. Volunteers are welcome to bring shovels and clear the surface as needed. Please respect the guidelines as posted. We all have to do our part in making Amherst a great place to live, work and play. Dig out your skates and gather some friends and family for some fresh air, a few laughs, and fun activity, while making memories.

Planning for the 5th annual Amherst Winter Carnival has started, taking place Feb. 12 to 18. The Town of Amherst is seeking partners to participate in the carnival and are encouraging all to join us in celebrating heart, culture and play. Popular activities will be returning to the schedule including an outdoor skating party, Chili Challenge, Outdoor Play Day, and swimming along with some new events. If your organization would like to be part of Winter Carnival and have an event or activity you would like to add to the schedule, please email amherstrecreation@amherst.ca.

Learn what is happening around the community by visiting amherst.ca for our free community events listing and follow us on Facebook and twitter. If you have questions, community events and information to share, email amherstrecreation@amherst.ca or call 902-667-6500.

Tamara Porter is the active living co-ordinator for the Town of Amherst.

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