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What's Up Rec with Jennifer Bickerton

Amherst is in full swing with holiday spirit with Christmas right around the corner.

hope everyone got out to enjoy our holiday light up, [arade and the Tree for Boston send off this year. With a record number of floats registered, it made for a wonderful parade. “A” big congratulations goes out to all the float winners and a thank you to all who put so much work and time into participating in our parade this year.

Also, a thank you goes out to our 2019 Volunteer of the Year Shelley Carroll for being our parade marshal. Volunteers are so important in a community and we want to honor them. Please visit amherst.ca and pick up your nomination forms today and nominate a volunteer.

Every nominee will be invited to our annual reception and receive a certificate of appreciation. provincial volunteer nomination applications are also now being accepted with three categories to nominate outstanding volunteers: representative volunteer, youth volunteer and family volunteer. Please be sure to nominate those deserving who give to our community.

We know December will be very busy with everyone getting ready for Christmas, but we want to encourage you to still get out and get active. Did you know that exercise in almost any form can act as a stress reliever? Being active can boost your feel-good endorphins and distract you from daily worries and stress…. And we have lots of activities for you!

know that snow is certainly on its way, so we wanted to remind you that the Amherst Stadium Recreation Office, Four Fathers Library, and the Cumberland YMCA loan snowshoes free of charge. What a great way to enjoy our outdoor tracks and trails over the winter.

We also have our holiday skates, and swimming at the YMCA. Don’t forget about our outdoor skating surface at the corner of Victoria Street and Maple Avenue, once the weather is prime for ice, the surface will be open daily again this winter, weather permitting. We also have our indoor walking track available at the Amherst Stadium. This is a safe easy way to keep up your walking over the cold winter months.

Another way to stay active, is to stay social, and get out to enjoy all the fun events and activities our community has to offer. We are looking forward to second annual Cookie Crawl, Victorian Christmas and of course, our New Year’s Eve Family First Celebration.

Ring in the New year with us and enjoy some fun at the Amherst Stadium Tuesday, Dec. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. We will have live music with Liz and Ben, a light show, ice colouring, horse and wagon rides, chili and hot chocolate and rooftop fireworks.

All activities are free of charge and tobacco and alcohol free!

Our next scheduled regular council meeting will be held on Monday, Dec. 23 at 7 p.m. at Amherst Town Hall. Meetings are open to the public. Attending these meetings is a great way to be involved in your community and to stay informed. If you are unable to attend, you are now able to livestream meetings online.

For more information contact Amherst Town Hall.

Do you have an event you want us to share? We love to share, so please feel free to contact us at amherstrecreation@amherst.ca with your information and we will spread the word.

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. Here is a taste of what’s happening around Amherst:

Dec. 6-7 – 2019 Amherst Cookie Crawl

Dec. 7 – Sant Visits the Barbershop

Dec. 7 – Dec the Halls Christmas House Tour

Dec. 7 – Santa Pictures for Pets

Dec. 14 – Victorian Christmas
 

Jennifer Bickerton is the culture, events and marketing co-ordinator for the Town of Amherst.

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