A rea­son to cel­e­brate

Wolfville Chil­dren’s Cen­tre flour­ish­ing for 45 years

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There cer­tainly was a party on Sept. 30 at the Wolfville Chil­dren’s Cen­tre to cel­e­brate 45 years in op­er­a­tion.

For a non-profit in the child­care realm, di­rec­tor Lau­rie St. Amour says ev­ery an­niver­sary is worth mark­ing with face paint­ing and cake.

The cen­tre be­gan op­er­a­tion in the Aca­dia Stu­dent Union build­ing in 1972. It was one of the first cen­tres in Nova Sco­tia to in­cor­po­rate as a reg­is­tered, non-profit char­ity.

St. Amour says the non-profit model works and for her one im­por­tant rea­son is a com­mit­ted board. The cen­tre has four par­ents and four com­mu­nity mem­bers serv­ing on its board.

She pays trib­ute to long­time mem­bers Mike Townsend, Oon­agh Proud­foot and Suzanne Ste­wart for their es­sen­tial ser­vice.

Cur­rently at ca­pac­ity, the cen­tre has 44 pre-school­ers and 21 school-age chil­dren in its af­ter school pro­gram. Iron­i­cally, that pro­gram is op­er­at­ing out of the old stu­dents union build­ing at Aca­dia, where the cen­tre started.

Cer­tainly the fa­cil­ity has moved a fair amount in more than four decades. It fi­nally landed in the old Fundy Men­tal Cen­tre on Earn­scliffe Ave. in 1999. A decade later the cen­tre was able to pur­chase the build­ing.

Now all the in­fra­struc­ture wear and tear chal­lenges the board, St. Amour said. Any time the roof needs re­pair or an ap­pli­ance should be re­placed, “we won­der (if) we’ll come up with the money” be­cause op­er­a­tional fund­ing hasn’t kept up.

In some ways pro­vin­cial fund­ing to op­er­ate non-profit day­cares has im­proved and staff with cre­den­tials “earn more of a liv­ing wage,” she notes, how­ever, the prov­ince doesn’t rec­og­nize years of ser­vice.

She ac­knowl­edges se­nior staff mem­bers Alice Tay­lor, who be­gan in 1991 and is now as­sis­tant di­rec­tor, and cook, Melissa White­head, who has run the kitchen for 17 years.

“I’d love to list them all,” says St. Amour, look­ing around the busy cen­tre filled with cheery voices.

When asked if kids have changed much in 45 years, she thinks it is per­haps par­ents who are dif­fer­ent.

“Par­ents are very con­cerned. They ask a lot of ques­tions about diet and be­hav­iour, more than they did 30 years ago.”

She also has ob­served chil­dren to­day are tech­nol­ogy savvy at a young age. They op­er­ate swipe phones and use dig­i­tal plat­forms.

The day­care di­rec­tor be­lieves kids need guid­ance to de­velop a sense of self-reg­u­la­tion rather than al­ways opt­ing for in­stant grat­i­fi­ca­tion with the flick of a switch or a phone.

“None of us are born with so­cial skills,” says St. Amour. “They de­velop in com­mu­nity. There are so many la­bels now. Peo­ple want to di­ag­nose ev­ery­thing. They tend to want to put a name to ev­ery­thing.”

“Early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion is not just about pre­par­ing chil­dren to at­tend school, it is about de­vel­op­ing the so­cial, the emo­tional, all the pieces that make up hu­man be­ings,” she con­tends.

Fundy Cinema starts up again

The fall Fundy Cinema sea­son con­tin­ues Oct. 11 with Af­ter­im­age.

Renowned Pol­ish di­rec­tor An­drzej Wa­jda’s fi­nal film is a pas­sion­ate biopic about avant-garde artist Władysław Strzemi ski, a dou­ble am­putee and rest­less force of na­ture who re­fused to bend to the Stal­in­ist or­tho­doxy of so­cial re­al­ism and su­per­fi­cial pos­i­tivism in post­war Lodz. Showtime is 7 p.m.

All screen­ings are at the Al Whit­tle Theatre, 450 Main St., Wolfville. Tick­ets are $9 and go on sale 30 min­utes be­fore each screen­ing.

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Berwick at­tracts tal­ent

The Union Street Café has Matthew Byrne lined up for Oct. 6 on a CD re­lease tour. The Mike Bo­choff Band will bring an EP re­lease con­cert to Berwick on Oct. 21.

Sherwood hold­ing CD re­lease party

Well-known Nova Sco­tia mu­si­cian Ian Sherwood is hold­ing a CD re­lease con­cert on Oct. 7 in Wolfville

He will re­lease his new record­ing, Bring the Light, at 8 p.m.

Ready to grow with art

Grow with Art work­shops have re­sumed for the sea­son. Pe­ter Gor­don is the artist lined up next. He will be at King­stec on Oct. 7.

The classes run from 1–3 p.m. for ages six to 14 years. Cost: $2 per child.

See some chil­dren’s theatre

The Trav­el­ling Trunk Theatre Troupe and In­quis­i­tive Toy com­pany present Sto­ry­book Theatre on Oct. 7 at the Al Whit­tle Theatre.

Three fun, fast-paced shows are lined up for the young and young-at-heart and they will fea­ture many favourite chil­dren’s sto­ries.

Come see the Pigs and Pals col­lec­tion at 10 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. The Munsch and More col­lec­tion goes on stage at 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 7, or stay for both.

Tick­ets are $5 (for youth 12 and un­der) and $10, and are avail­able at In­quis­i­tive Toy Com­pany in Wolfville.

See com­edy at Cen­trestage Theatre

A Fine Mon­ster You Are is an­other wild and hi­lar­i­ous Monk Fer­ris play on stage at Cen­trestage Theatre in Kentville.

Sweet old Emily Hol­brook is in­ter­view­ing naive young Suzette Lar­son for a job as sec­re­tary com­pan­ion. But how sweet is dear old Emily?

The lu­nacy ex­tends to a mind­bog­gling cli­max that de­lights au­di­ences of all ages. Those of you old enough to re­mem­ber

The Carol Bur­nett Show will rec­og­nize some of the char­ac­ters.

A Fine Mon­ster You Are is di­rected by Su­san Monro and Bryen Stod­dard. The cast, in or­der of ap­pear­ance, is Ca­role Ball, Chérie Zinck, Ash­ley Hurl­burt, Ethan Van­meek­eren, Pe­ter Booth, Chelsea Rus­sell, Mindy Vin­qvist-tym­chuk.

The fea­tured artist on the theatre wall is Alice Cochrane.

The show runs Fri­days and Satur­days at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:45 p.m.), un­til Oct. 14. Cost: $15 for adults, $12 for se­niors and stu­dents. Cash or cheque only. Call 902-678-8040 for reser­va­tions. Reser­va­tions are held un­til 15 min­utes be­fore the show be­gins.

Go on­line For more in­for­ma­tion, www.cen­trestageth­e­atre.ca

In the Gal­leries

is show­ing a col­lec­tion of works by Dr. Avery Vaughan, from Oct. 1-29. The sur­geon, who passed away in 2014, was a self-taught painter and spent about 40 years help­ing to inspire other artists. He pro­duced more than 300 paint­ings and do­nated many to char­ity. The Bread Gallery is lo­cated at 7778 High­way 14 in Brook­lyn and is open Tues­day to Sun­day.

new paint­ings by F. Scott Ma­cleod, has opened at Har­vest Gallery in Wolfville. The show runs through Oct. 8.

cen­tre in An­napo­lis Royal, has Mathieu Léger as the artist show­ing cur­rently in the main space. His ex­hibit, Plau­si­ble Space, will re­main on through to Oct. 7.

Gallery in Wolfville are a se­ries of draw­ings by Gil­lian Bald­win. Un-no­ticed, As­sem­blages of the Ev­ery­day. It will be up un­til Nov. 5. Send arts news to welliott@kingscountynews.ca

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