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Walk About signs have been erected in Oxford. Nine signs have been posted around the community thanks to a grant from the Heart and Stroke Foundation. There are similar signs in Amherst.
Walk About signs have been erected in Oxford. Nine signs have been posted around the community thanks to a grant from the Heart and Stroke Foundation. There are similar signs in Amherst. - Contributed

Oxford economic development with Ruthie Patriquin

To support local small businesses, Oxford will be offering a series of free supper meetings at the town hall.

Rebecca Taylor, an experienced entrepreneur and Amherst’s economic development officer, will be the guest speaker for the first session, Effective Small Business Promotion. (Sessions begin Nov. 21 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.) What gets people in the door? How do people find out about you? This session will provide useful, hands-on information on these topics and more, an opportunity to network, and time to ask questions.

Whether you operate a retail store, restaurant, home business, or other small business, this session will benefit you. A light meal is included and pre-registration for limited seating is required. Registration deadline is Nov. 9.

In the new year this series will continue with Business Start-Up Information (Jan. 16) and Social Media Marketing (tentatively Feb. 20).

The town is partnering with the Cumberland Business Connector to provide these events. More details are available on the town’s official Facebook page, the Town of Oxford website, at the town hall and the Oxford library.

Also check out these sources for details on the Oxford photo contest. We’re looking forward to the re-development of the town website in the new year and want your photographs of Oxford for the site. Deadline to submit your photos is Dec. 31.

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The Walk About signs have been posted throughout the town and on the trail. There are nine, including the one on the gazebo which reads, “It’s a 10-minute walk to the Oxford Regional Education Centre.”

Both Oxford and Amherst received grants from the Heart and Stroke Foundation to encourage walking for health. Oxford’s Recreation Department has also posted several No Smoking signs throughout the town.

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If all goes as planned OREC students will be attending school here in town by Nov. 6 and all those affected will be settling back into their revised routines.

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The town hall is the Oxford drop-off location for your donations of coats (and any other outer clothing) to be distributed to the Coats for Cumberland campaign of Empowering Beyond Barriers. Deadline for drop-offs is Nov. 20. All sizes are welcome. Oxford Home Hardware is also collecting coats for the needy.

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Are you working on a Wild Blueberry “Blue” float for Oxford’s Nov. 30 It’s a Blue Christmas Parade? It will be fun to see how individuals, groups and businesses interpret this year’s theme. Parade entry forms must be submitted by Nov. 29.

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Dual stream recycling will be required as of Dec. 1. This means that we divide our recycling into two bags. Bag Number 1is for paper products and Bag Number 2 will be for recyclable containers. For more details, check out the Cumberland County Solid Waste App at www.cysma.ns.ca or drop in to the town hall for the handout.

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Local organizations are busy planning events for November and December, some showcasing the tremendous talent we have in our area.

The Church Mouse Players have scheduled their Fall Dinner Theatre for Nov. 21 to 24, The Nick of Time Christmas Show. Ruth Collin’s Cumberland Performing Arts group will be presenting Charlie Brown’s Christmas, Nov. 28, 29 and Dec. 1 (note that there is no performance on the Friday evening as this is Jam Night).

Many of you may be wondering if the Oxford & Area Lionettes are holding their Christmas in the Park this year and the answer is yes, but in a new location. The Lionettes’ 24th annual Craft Sale, Dessert & Quiche Cafe will be on Dec. 1 at the Trinity United Church Vestry, 5192 Main St. in Oxford (across from the Scott’s Independent Grocer).

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New this year: Historical Christmas Tours of Oxford Churches, from 1 to 4 p.m. on Dec. 16, sponsored by the Oxford Historical Society in collaboration with six churches. Lunch is included with the price of the tour.

Tickets are available from members of the historical society or by calling Eleanor 902-447-3040.

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At the Oxford Riverside Gallery, the current exhibit, Poetics, will end Nov. 16. Be sure to drop in before that.

Opening Night of Catherine Bussiere’s Exhibit, The Square Crow, is Nov. 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission to the gallery and opening nights is always free but donations to the OREC youth art program are gratefully accepted.

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To learn about more events in Oxford, check out the Oxford Community Calendar (printed and on the town website) and consult the town website’s events calendar for items that have been scheduled after the calendar is distributed. These two services are the town’s way of supporting and promoting community events.

At your request, we will also post your Oxford event on the Town of Oxford Recreation and Events Facebook page. To avoid more than one event on the same date, don’t forget to consult these resources before scheduling your event. And remember to send your events in as soon as possible – we can’t publicize it if we don’t receive it.

For additional ideas on event advertising, see Promoting Your Event on the town website: www.town.oxford.ns.ca.

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Enjoy all that Oxford has to offer, and until next time, stay healthy and help keep others healthy by getting your flu shot – it’s free!

Ruthie Patriquin is Oxford’s community economic development officer.

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