Christmas for Kids launches Nov. 21
Greetings. We had our first snowstorm on Friday and the weather for Remembrance Day was the best that it has been for many years.
I watched the Remembrance Day service in Ottawa and a few other places on television. I was lazy and enjoyed the comforts of home.
Please Note: There is a black lab missing from the Southampton area. His name is Tucker and he is greatly missed so, if you find him or have seen him, please call 902-669-2369.
There will be a general meeting for board members and friends of the Brookdale Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at the Brookdale Hall at 7 p.m.
The Brookdale Community Sewing Circle will meet at the Brookdale Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m.
There will be a holiday craft and bake sale and a soup and chili luncheon on Saturday, Nov. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the K of C Hall, 5 Robie Street, Amherst. Admission will be a non-perishable item for the food bank. The cost is $8 per person. The luncheon will consist of soup or chili, roll, tea or coffee and dessert. Over 30 tables have been rented for a variety of sale items. The table rentals and all other proceeds will go to the Christmas for Kids Angel program. We appreciate your support. For more information, you may call Terri at 902-667-7541.
The Coats for Cumberland campaign is now on the go. It will be held at the Amherst Centre Mall on Friday, Nov. 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Christmas for Kids does not have funds to buy coats so this is an excellent way to get coats for your children at no cost.
Christmas for Kids is now open for requests on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The phone number is 902-667-1949. If the line is busy, just keep on trying as we do have times when the phone is idle. We are at the mall and our door faces the parking lot between Sobeys and Shoppers Drug Mart.
We must receive the requests first before we do anything and they have to be approved and then we have a process that we have to do to track the Angel cards. When they are finished we have to have enough available for all our trees so it takes a week or so before they go out to those who requested them as well as for our Angel Trees. Please be patient with us. Just remember the last date for requests will be Friday, Dec. 5. On the week of Dec. 8-13 we will call all those who will be receiving gifts, to come and pick up their parcels. On Dec. 13 we will close up shop until next year.
On Saturday, Dec. 6, the Brookdale Circle will be holding its annual Christmas Brookdale Tea and Craft Sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Brookdale Hall. They are selling tickets on a beautiful quilt and Anne Hatfield is looking after this project.
Victoria’s Quilts will hold its monthly half- day meeting on Nov. 26. They have had several requests for their quilts. The next full day meeting will be on Dec. 10 at which time they will also host their Christmas appreciation. There is a lot of excitement here in Brookdale from members of the Tae-KwonDo members in this area. They travelled to Regina, Sask. to the C.T.F.I National Ta-Kwan-Do Championships. Placing Gold in Sparring was Pre-junior Black Belt Dylan Corkum; Super Senior female 3rd degree Black Belt, Terri McKillop won Gold in Patterns and Silver in Sparring.
Lucas Bickerton won a Bronze in Sparring; Gunter Libmann won Gold in Sparring and Bronze in Patterns; Chris McCarthy won Silver in Patterns and Bronze in sparring; Brandon Arsenault won Silver in patterns and Silver in Sparring; Joey Lafrenier won Bronze in Patterns and Gold in Sparring and, last but not least, Patrick and Jessica both won Bronze in Patterns and Gold in Sparring. Congratulations to one and all and special thanks go out to Jim Ripley who is their instructor. (ED: If there are any errors in this just let me know.)
We congratulate Clare Christie on her book “My Dear Alice” about letters written during the war 1937-1950 to family in Great Britain. On Wednesday, Nov. 19, 3:30-5 p.m. a book launch will be held at the Cumberland County Museum. On Tuesday, November 25th there will be a book signing from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Nova Scotia Highlanders’ Regimental Museum at the armoury on Acadia Street. Entry is at the door facing the curling rink. On Saturday, Nov. 29 from noon to 1:30 p.m. a book signing will be held at Cole’s in the Amherst Centre Mall.
Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) will be out and about Nov. 18 to Jan. 5, 2015. This is their 10th anniversary and they will be holding their Red Ribbon Campaign to help us remember “Don’t Drink - Don’t Drive.” Some people are still learning this the hard way. Fines are becoming higher as well as points.
Weekly Quote: “Friends are like quilts... lives pieced together, stitched with smiles, colored with memories and bound with love.”
Something to think about: The 39th President of the U.S.A., Jimmy Carter, once spoke these wise words. “I have one life and one chance to make it count for something. I’m free to choose what that something is, and the something I’ve chosen is my faith. My faith demands - this is not optional - that I do whatever I can, wherever I am, whenever I can, for as long as I can with whatever I have to make a difference.” These words are similar to my own motto.
School is in for the uyear so we should remember to drive with caution as children could be out and about. If you have any events, birthdays, travels, etc. to put in the paper, please call me at 902-667-8107 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.