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Dreaming of lush greenery on a cold winter's day

Do all these cold days have you dreaming about warmer weather and lush greenery?

Well, those days are eventually coming but, in the meantime, there is still plenty that you can do to ensure the growing season ahead is a successful one.

This is the perfect time of year to plan ahead for what you intend to plant in those holes in your gardens that you noticed during the past growing season. This is also a great time to sit down with your favourite seed catalogue, or host a seed swap with friends and plan what it is you will be growing this year to provide a valuable food resource for yourself, your family or your friends.

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Fifth annual Winter Carnival has something for everyone

The fifth annual Winter Carnival is in full swing, with activities for all ages taking place until Feb. 18.

In support of an active and healthy Amherst, this week-long festival has more than 100 ways to celebrate heart, culture and play.

Highlighted Winter Carnival events include the Celebrate Vince Art Exhibit, the Amherst Valentines Run, wellness expo, free swims, outdoor play day, chili cookoff, alpine curling, Maritime Story Telling Circley, family bowling and darts.

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Family fun packed into winter carnival

The countdown is on for our fifth annual winter carnival. 

Activities and events from our community partners and businesses are filling up our schedule and the week from Feb 12 to 18 is sure to be packed with fun, active, healthy activities for the whole family to enjoy! 

A few sneak peeks:

We will be hosting A Valentines Comedy Night on Feb 14 at the Community Credit Union Business Innovation Centre. Ticket are $15 and can be purchased at Amherst town hall, Bliss Café at Dayle’s Grand Market, at Simply for Life and on Eventbrite. Your ticket price includes the choice of a decadent dessert, tea or coffee, there will also be a cash bar available. The night will be full of fun and laughs, get your tickets before they are gone!

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Plenty of opportunities to lead healthy, active life

Time to kick those New Year fitness resolutions into gear!

Our goal is to be the most active, healthy community in Nova Scotia, and we need your help. Are you in?

 It’s time to sit less and move more! We all need activity in our lives. Being active daily will leave long-lasting, positive benefits to your physical, social and mental health.

Looking to try something new? The Town of Amherst has many opportunities available including free recreational skating, free snowshoe equipment lending, an outdoor trail system, indoor walking track at the Amherst Stadium and a dog park for your four-legged friends. Programs available include Adult Learn to Skate, Adult Multisport, Pickleball, YMCA Full of Life Programming and an indoor walking club, all offered free of charge.

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Prepare for greener days

Even though the ground is white and the plants are dormant, we know there are many gardeners out there who are looking forward to the greener days ahead.

Whether you are anxiously flipping through your seed catalogues, pinning gardening ideas on Pinterest or planning out your gardens on paper, a gardener’s mind is never truly dormant, regardless of temperature or weather. Taking the time to plan what you are going to grow and what you will need to have to create a beautiful and bountiful garden this growing season is an absolute must for gardening success.

Why not try to grow something this year that you have never tried before? Try adding in a new vegetable to your vegetable garden or a fruit tree or shrub to your property. Not only will this provide yourself and your family with a healthy and affordable food resource, it is also a great way to learn through doing while staying active close to home.

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