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August 18, 2017– Weekly Amherst Recreation Department Update


What’s up Rec?

We’re excited to welcome another year of Wild Blueberry Harvest Festival activities to Amherst and area next Thursday-Saturday, Aug 24-26. There is something for everyone to take part in, whether it’s

getting exercise, eating delicious blueberry pie or enjoying entertainment of all forms to all ages. Some highlights include the big blue swim, ‘A’ blueberry social, music in the square, ‘A’ movie in the park, berry bingo, wagon rides, the bungee jumper, Great Amherst ghost stories with Charlie Rhindress, blueberry adult beverage garden and more available at! As another method of celebration, local food organizations are preparing some special blueberry specials in honour of the occasion. We hope to see you in attendance for the 2017 Wild Blueberry Harvest Festival; it’s going to be the best year yet!

Just a quick reminder the Kraft Heinz Project Play nominations are closing at midnight tonight, August

18th. Many community members have submitted a nomination in support of the Amherst Lions Park,

which only takes a couple minutes and could impact the community dramatically! Prize money will help guarantee the plans of a new splash pad, basketball court, senior family park area and more. Your online nomination will also help in achieving Amherst’s goal in being the most active, healthy community in Nova Scotia – don’t hesitate and nominate by end of day today.

The third off leash dog park public meeting will take place on September 7th, from 7-9pm at the Community Credit Union Business Innovation Centre.  The three information sessions are being offered to gather input from citizens regarding an Off Leash Dog Park and everyone is encouraged to attend.

As many of you know, Syahrul Anwar Jamaludin or ‘Shaw’, our Community Food Program Coordinator, is working with the Town of Amherst and the Gettin’ Healthy Amherst Partners to increase access to healthy, local food for everyone. Shaw can be found daily at Town Hall, at the community garden, local farmer’s market and at recreation events and programs providing healthy snacks and giving out samples and recipes as part of the “Gettin’ Healthy” - Community Food Project.

Remember to stop by Golf Fore! Health tomorrow, August 19th, at Bacon’s Par 3. Join the family fun, make a meaningful contribution to the Clara Bacon Bursary Fund, and enjoy a few twists, yummy foods, chances to win prizes and more.

Learn what else is happening around the community by visiting for our free community events listing and following our Facebook page. If you have questions, community events and information to share, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or call 902-667-6500. Here is a taste of what’s coming up around Amherst:

  • Family First Movie Night (at dusk): Smurfs: The Lost Village
  • Amherst & Area Trails Society Nature Walk
  • Atlantic Stars Academy - Soccer Camp
  • TGIM: Basketball and Ball Hockey
  • YReach Bowling Evening
  • Wild Blueberry Harvest Festival (August 24-26)

Registration for Local Performers & Entertainers Master List

The Amherst Recreation Department is creating a detailed mater list of local performers and entertainers. Please fill out the below form if you are a performer looking to register on this master list. The information will be kept on file in the event a performance is needed for a future event but please be advised it does not guarantee a booking.

2015 Performer/Entertainer Registration