What’s hap­pen­ing in Ox­ford?

The Amherst News - - CUMBERLAND COUNTY - Ruthie Pa­triquin is Ox­ford’s com­mu­nity eco­nomic devel­op­ment of­fi­cer.

To sup­port lo­cal small busi­nesses, Ox­ford will be of­fer­ing a se­ries of free sup­per meet­ings at the town hall.

Re­becca Tay­lor, an ex­pe­ri­enced en­tre­pre­neur and Amherst’s eco­nomic devel­op­ment of­fi­cer, will be the guest speaker for the first ses­sion, Ef­fec­tive Small Busi­ness Pro­mo­tion. (Ses­sions be­gin Nov. 21 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.) What gets peo­ple in the door? How do peo­ple find out about you? This ses­sion will pro­vide use­ful, hands-on in­for­ma­tion on these top­ics and more, an op­por­tu­nity to net­work, and time to ask ques­tions.

Whether you op­er­ate a re­tail store, restau­rant, home busi­ness, or other small busi­ness, this ses­sion will ben­e­fit you. A light meal is in­cluded and pre-reg­is­tra­tion for lim­ited seat­ing is re­quired. Reg­is­tra­tion dead­line is Nov. 9.

In the new year this se­ries will con­tinue with Busi­ness Start-Up In­for­ma­tion (Jan. 16) and So­cial Me­dia Mar­ket­ing (ten­ta­tively Feb. 20).

The town is part­ner­ing with the Cum­ber­land Busi­ness Con­nec­tor to pro­vide these events. More de­tails are avail­able on the town’s of­fi­cial Face­book page, the Town of Ox­ford web­site, at the town hall and the Ox­ford li­brary.

Also check out these sources for de­tails on the Ox­ford photo con­test. We’re look­ing for­ward to the re-devel­op­ment of the town web­site in the new year and want your pho­to­graphs of Ox­ford for the site. Dead­line to sub­mit your pho­tos is Dec. 31.

The Walk About signs have been posted through­out the town and on the trail. There are nine, in­clud­ing the one on the gazebo which reads, “It’s a 10-minute walk to the Ox­ford Re­gional Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre.”

Both Ox­ford and Amherst re­ceived grants from the Heart and Stroke Foun­da­tion to en­cour­age walk­ing for health. Ox­ford’s Recre­ation Depart­ment has also posted sev­eral No Smok­ing signs through­out the town.

If all goes as planned OREC stu­dents will be at­tend­ing school here in town by Nov. 6 and all those af­fected will be set­tling back into their re­vised rou­tines.

The town hall is the Ox­ford drop-off lo­ca­tion for your do­na­tions of coats (and any other outer cloth­ing) to be dis­trib­uted to the Coats for Cum­ber­land cam­paign of Em­pow­er­ing Be­yond Bar­ri­ers. Dead­line for drop-offs is Nov. 20. All sizes are wel­come. Ox­ford Home Hard­ware is also col­lect­ing coats for the needy.

Are you work­ing on a Wild Blue­berry “Blue” float for Ox­ford’s Nov. 30 It’s a Blue Christ­mas Pa­rade? It will be fun to see how in­di­vid­u­als, groups and busi­nesses in­ter­pret this year’s theme. Pa­rade en­try forms must be sub­mit­ted by Nov. 29.

Dual stream re­cy­cling will be re­quired as of Dec. 1. This means that we di­vide our re­cy­cling into two bags. Bag Num­ber 1is for pa­per prod­ucts and Bag Num­ber 2 will be for re­cy­clable con­tain­ers. For more de­tails, check out the Cum­ber­land County Solid Waste App at www.cysma.ns.ca or drop in to the town hall for the hand­out.

Lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions are busy plan­ning events for Novem­ber and De­cem­ber, some show­cas­ing the tre­men­dous tal­ent we have in our area.

The Church Mouse Play­ers have sched­uled their Fall Din­ner Theatre for Nov. 21 to 24, The Nick of Time Christ­mas Show. Ruth Collin’s Cum­ber­land Per­form­ing Arts group will be pre­sent­ing Char­lie Brown’s Christ­mas, Nov. 28, 29 and Dec. 1 (note that there is no per­for­mance on the Fri­day evening as this is Jam Night).

Many of you may be won­der­ing if the Ox­ford & Area Lionettes are hold­ing their Christ­mas in the Park this year and the an­swer is yes, but in a new lo­ca­tion. The Lionettes’ 24th an­nual Craft Sale, Dessert & Quiche Cafe will be on Dec. 1 at the Trin­ity United Church Vestry, 5192 Main St. in Ox­ford (across from the Scott’s In­de­pen­dent Gro­cer).

New this year: His­tor­i­cal Christ­mas Tours of Ox­ford Churches, from 1 to 4 p.m. on Dec. 16, spon­sored by the Ox­ford His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety in col­lab­o­ra­tion with six churches. Lunch is in­cluded with the price of the tour.

Tick­ets are avail­able from mem­bers of the his­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety or by call­ing Eleanor 902-447-3040.

At the Ox­ford River­side Gallery, the cur­rent ex­hibit, Po­et­ics, will end Nov. 16. Be sure to drop in be­fore that.

Open­ing Night of Cather­ine Bussiere’s Ex­hibit, The Square Crow, is Nov. 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. Ad­mis­sion to the gallery and open­ing nights is al­ways free but do­na­tions to the OREC youth art pro­gram are grate­fully ac­cepted.

To learn about more events in Ox­ford, check out the Ox­ford Com­mu­nity Cal­en­dar (printed and on the town web­site) and con­sult the town web­site’s events cal­en­dar for items that have been sched­uled af­ter the cal­en­dar is dis­trib­uted. These two ser­vices are the town’s way of sup­port­ing and pro­mot­ing com­mu­nity events.

At your re­quest, we will also post your Ox­ford event on the Town of Ox­ford Recre­ation and Events Face­book page. To avoid more than one event on the same date, don’t for­get to con­sult these re­sources be­fore sched­ul­ing your event. And re­mem­ber to send your events in as soon as pos­si­ble – we can’t pub­li­cize it if we don’t re­ceive it.

For ad­di­tional ideas on event ad­ver­tis­ing, see Pro­mot­ing Your Event on the town web­site: www. town.ox­ford.ns.ca.

En­joy all that Ox­ford has to of­fer, and un­til next time, stay healthy and help keep oth­ers healthy by get­ting your flu shot – it’s free!

CON­TRIB­UTED

Walk About signs have been erected in Ox­ford. Nine signs have been posted around the com­mu­nity thanks to a grant from the Heart and Stroke Foun­da­tion. There are sim­i­lar signs in Amherst.

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