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Charlottetown Legion Choir

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Outdoor Adventure Camp
August 17

A few spaces are still available for the Outdoor Adventure Camp traveling to TreeGO in Moncton, NB on Thursday, August 17. The Outdoor Adventure Camp is for youth ages 11 to 15 years old. Registration for the day includes travel, admission fees, lunch and snacks. The camp runs from 8:30 am to 6 pm with drop off and pick-up at the West Royalty Community Centre. TreeGO is an aerial adventure course that offers a series of surprising and progressively challenging tree to tree activities. For more information about TreeGO, visit www.treegomoncton.com. For more information or to register, please contact the Parks and Recreation office at 902-629-4020.

Art for kids

Art for kids takes place for ages 6 and up at various locations in August: The Old Cape Schoolhouse on Rte 16 Monticello Wednesdays at 10 am; Souris Gateway Beach or Gazebo gazebo August 19 at 10 am; St. Peters Landing on Rte 2 St. Peters Rd August 22 at 10 am; Monticello August 26 at 10 am call. Info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 902-215-0941

Safely view the solar eclipse at UPEI
August 21

Joseph Jabbour safely observes the sun at an event hosted by the UPEI Department of Physics (photo: submitted)

On Monday, August 21, the moon will pass between the Earth and the Sun, creating a rare and spectacular show. A solar eclipse is a memorable event, but one that needs to be enjoyed with great caution. UPEI’s Department of Physics is hosting a viewing event for Monday’s eclipse to help you safely observe the eclipse—and learn a thing or two about astronomy.

The event begins at 2:30 pm outside the student entrance of UPEI’s School of Sustainable Design Engineering. There will be solar telescopes and viewing glasses to watch the eclipse, and activities for all ages to understand how eclipses work. A viewing screen will also be set up to monitor NASA’s live feed of the total eclipse as it is experienced across the United States. The Canadian Cancer Society will also be on hand to provide information about lifelong sun safety.

Can’t make the viewing event? Read this blog post with tips of how to watch from home, including tips on how to construct a device to help safely observe the sun.

The eclipse peaks at 3:50 pm, but the event will continue until 5:00 pm. For more information, visit projects.upei.ca/astronomy.

LGBTQ+ Youth Group

LGBTQ+ Youth Group meets on the last Tuesday of the month from 6–8 pm at Murphy’s Community Centre, Richmond St, Charlottetown. It’s open to all youth 18 and under. Allies are welcome. Come to meet peers, contribute to discussion, and participate in fun activities. Snacks and materials are provided. The group is facilitated by trained staff and volunteers.

Confederation Ceilidh at the Mall

Michael PendergastCeilidhs will take place at Confederation Court Mall, Charlottetown at 10:30 am on Fridays until the end of August. Musicman Michael Pendergast will entertain all ages with traditional, Maritime and PEI songs and stories.

Stratford Scout Troop 2017/2018 

Stratford Scout Troop offers adventurous programming for children (Beaver Scouts ages 5 to 7 and Cub Scouts ages 8 to 10) with activities that include nature hikes, snowshoeing, camping, canoeing  and much more. Scouts give children a chance to meet new friends, learn cooperation and teamwork skills, and develop self-confidence. Save by registering early for the upcoming 2017–2018 (September–June) season. New Scouts are eligible to join for the remainder of this season and for the entirety of next season with their early registration fee. Early registration ended June 30. Register online or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.  

Camp Goodtime
August 20–25

For over 30 years, the Canadian Cancer Society’s Camp Goodtime has been bringing a fun–filled week to kids living with or beyond cancer. Campers are invited to Camp Goodtime, hosted at Brigadoon Village on Aylesford Lake, Nova Scotia from August 20 to 25, 2017. Summer camp can be a fun experience for any child, but for kids with cancer it is a wonderful way to remind them they are kids above all else and not just cancer patients. Campers have a week where they don’t have to worry about treatment, medical jargon, or what is coming next. It’s a place to connect with others who are going through a similar experience. There are many special people behind the scenes who help make camp a great experience for the children — volunteers, counsellors, program staff, medical staff, and donors. There is a medical room for kids who need chemotherapy while at camp staffed by nurses who volunteer their time. Thanks to generous donors, such as Atlantic Equipment Repair, Island children are able to attend camp fully funded.  For more information about Camp Goodtime, please visit cancer.ca or call toll free 1-866-566-4007. 

Spring Park United Church Vacation Bible School
August 21–25

Kids going into K–6 this fall are invited to Vacation Bible School running August 21–25 from 8:45 am–12 pm at Spring Park United Church, 65 Kirkwood Drive, Charlottetown. The camp will feature crafts, stories, games and snacks as they explore stories of visions and dreams in the Bible. Cost is freewill offering. Register at springparkunitedchurch.ca/vbs. 902-368-1822

Festival of Forests
August 27

The second annual Festival of Forests will be held on Sunday, August 27 from 2 to 6 pm at the Macphail Homestead. Everyone is invited to join the staff and friends of Macphail Woods for a day of celebration of Island forests. Activities for children will include face-painting, games, and arts and crafts. Local food will be available for sale and families are also encouraged to bring their own picnics. There will be guided forest walks, “micro” workshops on topics such as plant identification and bushcraft, and a silent auction. Tickets will be sold on site. For more information call 902-651-2575 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For the past 26 years the award-winning Macphail Woods, a project of the Environmental Coalition of Prince Edward Island, has been a centre for conservation, forest stewardship and environmental education. 

NEXT150 for young leaders
August 31

Young emerging leaders in Atlantic Canada are invited to participate in NEXT150 Atlantic Canada Conference and Model Parliament—a unique opportunity for young minds to discuss issues and solutions relevant to the next 150 years of Atlantic Canada in August. In honour of the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, events and celebrations are taking place on local, regional, and national levels. With plenty of opportunities in 2017 for Canadians to come together, learn from each other, and understand Canada’s past and present, NEXT150 Atlantic Canada is a chance to acknowledge the last 150 years and visualize the next 150 years in the region. This NEXT 150 Conference will bring together stakeholders and future leaders to set a vision for our region. NEXT150 will partner with the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island for the Model Parliament portion of the Conference where the NEXT150 delegates will debate and vote on their desired direction of Atlantic Canada. The conference, from August 31 to September 2, 2017, will capture and consolidate solutions proposed by twenty-four emerging leaders from across the region. Applications are now being accepted from innovative and passionate young leaders from Newfoundland & Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick. The application and information regarding the conference can be found at www.next150ac.com.

Youth trip to Uganda

Jade Knockwood (aged 17) represented PEI as part of an 18 day tour to Uganda in July. Organized by the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation (ACIC), the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation (ACGC), the ACT 4 Global Change Tour is an opportunity for young Atlantic Canadians to increase their understanding of international cooperation and discover how they can have an impact. In Uganda, Jade met with youth, staff and volunteers from local organizations, and community members to learn more about the work being done in partnership with Atlantic Canadian organizations and their international colleagues. Jade is a school leader and artist who embraces diversity and advocates for equality for all. She’s an artist, activist, writer and a traveler who’s excited to bring back her experiences to her community and school.

Youth leadership program

The Workers Compensation Board (WCB) recognizes high school students from across PEI who participated in this year’s Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Leadership Program. 9 schools and 17 students completed this year’s program, which ran from Oct to May. Students in grade 11 or 12 can apply to participate in the program, with 2 students selected from each school. Students attend an Orientation Day in October, and then become safety ambassadors for their school. To complete the program, each team must hold a min number of educational events before the end of the school year. Those students who complete the program receive $500 at the end of the school year, along with a certificate of participation. Some events that students held at their schools this year included: Photo booths (students dressed up in safety equipment with pictures posted to social media); safety tips (over the announcements or social media); and classroom presentations. Info: www.wcb.pe.ca/Workplace/YoungWorkers or contact Rebecca McQuaid, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Navy League Cadets
Thursdays

Free program for youth ages 9–12 meets every Thursday from 6–8 pm at HMCS Queen Charlotte. Activities, community, camps, and more. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Summerside Sea Cadets
Wednesdays

Free program for youth ages 12–18 meets every Wednesday 6–9 pm at 10 Parkway Ave, Slemon Park. Activities include sailing, community, music, biathlon, camps, and more. All activities are free. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. 

Mental health resources at home

Mental health resources for children and youth are helping Island families from the comfort of their own homes. The online programming and telehealth services of the Strongest Families partnership have no wait times and fit families’ schedules, eliminating the need to travel, take time off work or school, or change normal routines. Over the past year, they have helped more than 130 families with children and youth ages 3 to 17 who experience behaviour, anxiety, and/or nighttime bedwetting problems. Families can be referred to the Strongest Families programs through their primary care provider or community mental health services by calling 1-866-833-5443. There are currently three programs offered: Behaviour program (for ages 3 to 12); Anxiety program (for ages 6 to 17); Nighttime bedwetting (for ages 5 to 12). Participants receive written materials and skill-demonstration videos (via handbooks or delivered by smart-website technology) as well as weekly telephone support from a coach. On PEI, the program represents an investment of $100,000 annually, funded from within Health PEI’s Mental Health and Addictions division. www.healthpei.ca/mentalhealthwww.strongestfamilies.com 

Be a Big Brother/Big Sister

Make a difference with Big Brothers Big Sisters. Pass your wisdom, knowledge and experience on. Be a Big Brother, Big Sister, Big Couple or an In-School Mentor. Making a difference in the life of a child is easier than you think. Info: 569-KIDS (1-877-411-3729), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or www.bbbspei.ca 

Under 30 ticket discounts 

TD Bank and Confederation Centre of the Arts have partnered on a year-round ticket access program that offers youth 30 and under a $10 discount on theatre and concert tickets. TD Under-30 Tickets are available for select performances from Sobeys LIVE @ THE Centre, which runs until the end of April. These include Out Innerspace Dance Company. TD Under-30 Tickets must be purchased in person at the Box Office and ID is required for proof of age. Individuals 30 and under are allowed one discounted ticket per person and one discounted ticket per show. This program applies to The Charlottetown Festival. 

Visit our Library programs page for kids/youth and family events at your local library.

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Down With Demon Rum

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The Belle of the Ball

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