Fi­bre Arts Fes­ti­val be­gins Oct. 10

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Fol­low­ing the warm­est Septem­ber on record in 30 years, above nor­mal tem­per­a­tures and plenty of sun­shine has helped to pro­long our gar­den­ing sea­son.

Now that Oc­to­ber has be­gun, it will soon be time to tidy up our gar­dens, plant spring flow­er­ing bulbs and get them put to bed for win­ter. You may choose to leave plant de­bris in your gar­den over win­ter to help build up the or­ganic mat­ter present in your soil, how­ever if you hap­pen to have any dis­eased leaves or plant ma­te­rial present, it is highly rec­om­mended to rake and re­move the in­fected de­bris to pre­vent the fur­ther spread of any fun­gal dis­eases from over­win­ter­ing.

A great way to pro­vide win­ter in­ter­est through­out your gar­den is to leave peren­nial grasses or spent flow­ers with at­trac­tive seed heads stand­ing, not only are they vis­ually pleas­ing but they also help to serve as a food source for wildlife and birds through­out the tough win­ter months.

The 10th An­nual Nova Sco­tia Fi­bre Arts Fes­ti­val in cel­e­bra­tion of 150 years of Canada’s her­itage kicks off Tues­day, Oct. 10.

This award-win­ning fes­ti­val of­fers all things fi­bre in­clud­ing knit­ting, quilt­ing, rug hook­ing, felt­ing, weav­ing, cro­chet­ing and much more. The fes­ti­val open­ing event will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at fes­ti­val head­quar­ters in Amherst Town Hall. Timi Levy, a clas­si­cal vi­o­lin­ist, fid­dler, cham­ber and or­ches­tra mu­si­cian with both the Sym­phony of NB and Sym­phony of PEI will be per­form­ing dur­ing the open­ing cer­e­mony. Stop into fes­ti­val head­quar­ters, lo­cated at 98 Vic­to­ria Street East through­out the week to pick up your maps, get di­rec­tions and visit with vol­un­teers to learn about lo­cal dis­plays and spe­cials as well as things to do and see in his­toric Amherst.

From Tues­day, Oct. 10 to Satur­day, Oct. 14 you will find dis­plays at lo­cal busi­nesses, quilt shows, Mar­itime Hooked Rug Show, Zonta Bazaar, Pop-Up Shops, work­shops, classes and demon­stra­tions.

For a full sched­ule with event times and lo­ca­tions please visit the web­site,­brearts­fes­ti­

Pub­lic skat­ing is of­fered free of charge as part of the Town of Amherst’s Phys­i­cal Ac­tiv­ity Strat­egy to be the most ac­tive, healthy com­mu­nity in Nova Sco­tia. The Amherst Re­cre­ation Skat­ing sched­ule of­fers a va­ri­ety of daily skat­ing times in­clud­ing adult/se­nior, lunchtime skates and par­ents and tots.

Af­ter school skates will take place on Mon­day, Wed­nes­day, Thurs­day, and Fri­day from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. Adult/Se­nior skates will oc­cur on Tues­day, Wed­nes­day, and Thurs­day from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. The in­door walk­ing track is open daily. To book ice times or birth­day par­ties, please call 902-667-6500. For the full skat­ing sched­ule visit

Help sup­port your lo­cal food bank! The 10th Pump­kins for Poverty will be tak­ing place on Fri­day, Oct. 13 down­town in Vic­to­ria Square.

Get a free pump­kin with a do­na­tion to the Amherst Food Bank. Food or cash do­na­tions ac­cepted.

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 amher­strecre­ or call 902-667-6500.

Here is a taste of what’s com­ing up around Amherst:

• Roc­to­ber­fest 2017

•Jr A Ram­blers vs Sum­mer­side Cap­i­tals Hockey Game

• Pub­lic Skat­ing

•Pump­kins for Poverty

•Fi­bre Arts Fes­ti­val Open­ing, Classes & Shows

•Mar­itime Hooked Rug Show

•Fi­bre Arts Fes­ti­val Zonta Bazaar

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