Lively Songs for Little People
Tuesdays & Thursdays
The Music Man Mike Pendergast resumes his drop-in music shows for children. Each Tuesday at The Guild in Charlottetown and each Thursday at the Stratford Gym, Michael presents his interactive show “Lively Songs for Little People” at 10:45 am in both locations. Expect songs, dances, marches, and playful fun. A family rate is available. Shows run until spring.
Ball Hockey Program
Registration now open (May 6–June 10)
A five and a half week Ball Hockey Program will begin on May 6, continuing until June 10 at the Cody Banks Arena. The program will have a focus on fun and skill development and will also include mini games with the groups. Participants will be divided according to age levels which will dictate what time that particular program is run. The ages for the program at 5–7, 8–10 and 11–12. A fee will apply and all participants will receive a t-shirt. Registration is now open online as well as in person at City Hall. Registrations will not be accepted at the rink. Space is limited.For more information on any of the spring programs, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 902-368-1025.
Mi’kmaq Legends will unveil their 2017 production at The Mack in Charlottetown on March 25 at 2 pm.
Contributing to the new show design has been Mi’kmaq Elder Joel Denny. Joel has been teaching the cast traditional Mi’kmaq dances, songs and chants. The cast has been working with script doctor Marlane O’Brien on the production. Sets and lighting have been improved.
Playwright and lead actor, Julie Pellissier-Lush says, “This production is fantastic. Marlane, Joel and my fellow cast members have worked wonders…We have added 5 new legends and the show now runs 2 hours, with an intermission.”
Mi’kmaq Legends has Mi’kmaq youth use acting, storytelling, music, dance and visual arts to bring Mi’kmaq legends to life on stage. Since its debut in 2011, Mi’kmaq Legends has received provincial and national attention. It won a PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation Heritage Award and the Parks Canada Sustainable Tourism Award. Its members comprise Atlantic Canada’s only Aboriginal theatre group. The show was performed as part of the PEI 2014 Celebration, at the Atlantic Aboriginal Awards show in Membertou First Nation in Sydney, NS, across eastern Canada, at the Petapan First Light Symposium in Moncton and opening for Inuk Throat Singer, Tanya Tagaq at Confederation Centre.
The Mack show is a free. Reservations are recommended by calling the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI, 626-2882.
Family Sundays at CCAG
Gather up the kids and head to the gallery on the last Sunday of the month from 2 to 3:30 pm for free family Sundays at Confederation Centre Art Gallery in Charlottetown. Activities include scavenger hunts, crafts, and more. www.confederationcentre.com
Atlantic Green Expo
The first annual Atlantic Green Expo, presented by Charlottetown company e365, will take place April 21 to April 23 at the UPEI School of Sustainable Design Engineering. Coinciding with Earth Day this event will give Islanders the chance to learn more about sustainable products and services available in the Atlantic region.
Atlantic Green Expo will showcase green solutions from eco–friendly exhibitors covering topics such as clean and energy saving technologies, organic farming, eco-friendly products, transportation, watersheds and more. Educational sessions will be held throughout the Expo for people interested in making more environmentally sound decisions when choosing products and services.
Atlantic Green Expo will also feature Keynote speakers and activities for children. Participants can see PEI’s first solar powered tour boat, or pitch a green business idea for a chance to win a cash prize. The expo is open to everyone and admission is free.
Atlantic Green Expo is an initiative of PEI based company e365 in partnership with Transform Events & Consulting, UPEI Climate Lab, UPEI School of Sustainable Design Engineering and Sierra Club Canada - PEI Chapter.
For more information, visit atlanticgreenexpo.com or follow on Facebook and Twitter.
Rock-a-palooza: PEI Schools of Rock Showcase 2017
Rock-a-palooza: PEI Schools of Rock Showcase 2017, a school concert featuring rock bands from Island elementary, intermediate, and senior high schools, will be held at Murphy's Community Centre in Charlottetown on April 22 at 5 pm. Entry by donation. Draw for prizes throughout the evening provided by Long & McQuade Charlottetown. See their Facebook event page for details.
Saturday Art Classes
Begins April 22
Music Together classes
Did you know that all children are musical? Have you ever wondered what you can do to nurture musical growth in your child? Experience Music Together classes at The Guild in Charlottetown on Saturdays at 11 am and find out how important and fun your role can be. Weekly classes for 0-5 year olds with the grownups who love them.
Navy League Cadets
Summerside Sea Cadets
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/mentalhealth, www.strongestfamilies.com
LGBTQ+ Youth Group
This youth group is offered as a partner project between AIDS PEI and Pride PEI and is open to youth ages 18 and under regardless of sexual ordination or gender identity. No one will be asked to identify and allies are welcome. Each meeting will be facilitated by trained staff and volunteers. Come meet peers, contribute to discussion, and participate in fun activities. 902-566-2437
Be a Big Brother/Big Sister
Deadline May 1
ArtsSmarts at the CCAG
May 12 (open house) May 19–23 (exhibition)
An annual exhibition entitled ArtsSmarts will take place from May 19 to 23 at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery in Charlottetown featuring artwork created by local students in collaboration with Island artists and community members.
A collaboration between Confederation Centre and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, ArtsSmarts supports a creative learning process where artists are selected to join teachers in integrating arts activities into non-arts subject areas.
Participating students from kindergarten to senior high from nine different Island schools took part and their work will be on display. The public is invited for an open house and reception on May 12 at 6 pm in the Gallery.
Dandelion Festival 2017
The PEI Environmental Health Co-op is hosting its 11th Dandelion Festival at Stratford Town Hall on May 22 from 10 am–3 pm. The Festival is a celebration of the majestic Dandelion and of living in an ecologically friendly manner. Admission is free.
This family event has activities for children that include art & craft tables, making newspaper hats, outdoor games and activities, wall space to post art work, and more.
Display booths cover many topics dealing with healthier living, care of the environment, renewable energy and sustainability. Samples of dandelion pancakes and syrup will be offered. Everyone is invited to display their art work, writing, photographs, and recipes celebrating the Dandelion.
Chef Chris Sallie of The Island Food Skills Initiative will offer hands on food preparation with Dandelions. Snacks will be available from the Kitchen Witch. There is a cost for thes.
There will be music throughout the day by Harpist Jill Harris, and the Singing Strings.
Workshops include: Cooking with Dandelions (Margaret Prouse) at 10 am; Vegetable Fermentation & Kombucha (Amy Smith & Verena Varga) at 11:15 am; Pesticide-Free Lawn & Garden Care (Jamie Smith) at 12:30 pm; and Herbs for Wellness (Cassandra Goodwin) at 1:45 pm.
The PEI Environmental Health Co-op is a group concerned with the health effects of indoor and outdoor contaminants in our environment. This exposure can create chemical sensitivities and environmental illnesses. The Festival allows people to look at ways to reduce their chemical burden to live in a healthier and more sustainable fashion. The Dandelion is one of nature's great gifts due to its nutritional and medicinal properties. Info: Ruth Lacey, 902-675-4282. peienvironmentalhealth.org.
In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday and the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Confederation Bridge, Strait Crossing Bridge Limited has announced BridgeFest 150 for June 16 to 18, 2017.
One of the core activities of BridgeFest 150 consists of the IWK Run for Families, an event lead by the IWK Foundation. This event, held on the Confederation Bridge, will consist of a 5k/10k/half marathon run and a walk open to all. The IWK Run for Families will take place on June 18, 2017. For information and to register, visit www.iwkrunforfamilies.ca.
Programming for BridgeFest 150 includes a fireworks display on June 16 in Borden-Carleton, a gala night in Summerside on June 17 and a day of activities and entertainment in Gateway Village in Borden-Carleton June 18.
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.
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