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Physical activity great for good mental health

As the leaves change hue, take some time to enjoy fall’s beautiful colours.

Studies show physical activity is essential for good mental health. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins that reduce feelings of pain and increase feelings of pleasure, boosting your mood. Exercise also reduces the amount of stress hormones floating around your body. So, visit one of our outdoor trails or tracks, or simply take a walk to clear your head and enjoy the fresh crisp air!

Recreational skating at the Amherst Stadium has resumed for the season. The Town of Amherst is proud to offer free daily skating as part of our Physical Activity Strategy, which supports an active healthy Amherst.

Free skates include adult-senior skates, parent and tot skates, after the bell skates and open skates. Please take note that wearing a CSA-approved helmet is mandatory for all skaters during recreational public skating as per the town’s Ice-Skating Helmet Policy that went into effect in August 2018. Skate 9 B

Don’t have a helmet? No worries, take advantage of our equipment-lending program, where you can sign out a helmet for free!

The stadium indoor walking track is open daily. It’s free and offers walkers a safe, out-of-the-weather space they can enjoy. 

To see a full stadium schedule visit Amherst.ca.

Fibre Arts Festival

The 12th annual Fibre Arts Festival is in full swing, running from Oct. 15 to Oct. 19 in downtown Amherst.  Experience a wide variety of workshops and courses including Needle Felting, Rug Hooking, Painting Warp, Needlework Boot Camps, Fabric Pop-ups, Zonta Bazaar, Quilt show and Rug show.  Find a full festival schedule at www.fibreartsfestival.com.  

Spooky Halloween fun

Amherst is feeling the spookiness this Halloween!

The Maggie’s Place Halloween Fun Day will take place on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to noon. Wear your costume and enjoy fun crafts, songs and trick or treating.

The L.A. Animal Shelter is hosting a Creepy Carnival family fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Dayle’s Grand Market. Buy tickets and play fun carnival games with a Halloween-themed twist. There will be carnival snacks, sparkle tattoos, a cupcake walk and more for sale.  All proceeds go to the shelter. Bring your four-legged friends to Howl-O-Ween at Park your Paws from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for a BBQ, photos and treats. 

Join downtown Amherst for a Spirit Walk on Thursday, Oct. 24 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. It’s trick or treating for adults! Visit participating shops throughout the downtown to sample tasty treats or witches’ brews from our local craft breweries and distilleries, hear spooky ghost sounds and see magical tricks. 

Christmas is coming

It is 10 weeks until Christmas! 

This year’s theme for the Amherst Christmas parade is “Light up the Night Traditional Christmas.”

The parade will be held on Saturday Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. It starts downtown on Victoria Street. Christmas parade float applications can be found online at Amherst.ca. You can also pick one up at Amherst town hall or at the Amherst Stadium.   

What’s happening

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