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The Amherst News - - SPORTS - Ta­mara Porter is the ac­tive liv­ing co-or­di­na­tor for the Town of Amherst.

Keep­ing up with the win­ter tem­per­a­tures can be chal­leng­ing.

Staying ac­tive, even dur­ing the win­ter months is im­por­tant. Dress in lay­ers, while staying warm, safe and dry when ex­er­cis­ing in cold weather.

Snow­shoes are avail­able for lend­ing as part of the Town of Amherst equip­ment lend­ing pro­gram.

Ven­ture out on one of our trails, or sim­ply through a field or around an out­door walk­ing track. Snow­shoes can be signed out at the Amherst Sta­dium, Four Fa­thers Li­brary or the Cum­ber­land YMCA free of charge.

The Big Block Walk is a pri­or­ity for town staff to have the side­walks clear as soon as pos­si­ble af­ter a snow­fall, mak­ing it safe for cit­i­zens to walk. The Big Block walk route fol­lows Vic­to­ria Street to Church to Prince Arthur to Have­lock and is 0.8 km in dis­tance.

On those messy snowy days, you can still get your steps in at the Amherst sta­dium in­door walk­ing track, open daily.

Have you al­ways wanted to learn how to skate but haven’t had the op­por­tu­nity? Well, here is your chance! Join us for the free Adult Learn to Skate ses­sions on Tues­days at the Amherst Sta­dium from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.

Get fa­mil­iar with the ice, skat­ing and stop­ping. For those with lim­ited or no ex­pe­ri­ence. If you need a hel­met, we have some avail­able for lend­ing! To sign up email [email protected] or call 902-667-6500.


Also new for adults is the Amherst Sport and So­cial League. Come to West High­lands El­e­men­tary on Wed­nes­days at 8 p.m. start­ing Jan. 16. This is a great way to meet new peo­ple while play­ing dif­fer­ent sports in­clud­ing basketball, soccer, floor hockey, pick­le­ball and more. For more in­for­ma­tion, email amher­st­sportand­so­[email protected]

The Af­ter the Bell youth skat­ing pro­gram is start­ing at the Amherst Sta­dium, which al­lows stu­dents to en­joy free skat­ing, shinny hockey, and ringette Mon­day, Wed­nes­day, Thurs­day and Fri­day from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. This pro­gram gives youth a fun way to stay ac­tive at no cost. Af­ter the Bell pro­gram­ing is part of the town’s Phys­i­cal Ac­tiv­ity Strat­egy to make Amherst the most ac­tive, healthy com­mu­nity in Nova Sco­tia.

Town staff con­tinue to main­tain and flood the down­town out­door ice sur­face to keep it smooth, weather per­mit­ting. It’s up to Mother Na­ture to keep it solid. Evening skates feel mag­i­cal un­der the dec­o­ra­tive light­ing at the out­door ice sur­face lo­cated at the cor­ner of Vic­to­ria Street and Maple Av­enue, open un­til 10 p.m. daily, weather per­mit­ting. Vol­un­teers are wel­come to bring shov­els and clear the sur­face as needed.

Please re­spect the guide­lines as posted. We all have to do our part in mak­ing Amherst a great place to live, work and play. Dig out your skates and gather some friends and fam­ily for some fresh air, a few laughs, and fun ac­tiv­ity while mak­ing mem­o­ries.

Plan­ning for the fifth an­nual Amherst Win­ter Car­ni­val has started, and is sched­uled to take place Feb. 12 to 18. The Town of Amherst is seek­ing part­ners to par­tic­i­pate in the car­ni­val and en­cour­ages all to join in cel­e­brat­ing heart, cul­ture and play. Pop­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties will be re­turn­ing to the sched­ule in­clud­ing an out­door skat­ing party, Chili Chal­lenge, Out­door Play Day, and swim­ming, along with some new events. If your or­ga­ni­za­tion would like to be part of Win­ter Car­ni­val and has an event or ac­tiv­ity to add to the sched­ule, email amher­strecre­[email protected]

Learn what is hap­pen­ing around the com­mu­nity by visit­ing amherst.ca for our free com­mu­nity events list­ing and fol­low us on Face­book and twit­ter. If you have ques­tions, com­mu­nity events and in­for­ma­tion to share, email amher­strecre­[email protected] or call 902-667-6500.

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