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. Dr. Adam Fenech, Director of the Climate Lab at UPEI says that “the opportunity and technologies exist for Prince Edward Island to generate its own energy needs and to become carbon neutral. It is a tall order, but it can be done.” 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. PEI Sierra Club is hosting the family and children's activities from noon to 4 pm on April 22 and 23, with The Music Man Mike Pendergast, Earth Art Show, Clothesline Art, family art activities, face painting, seed planting, reading tent, and more. 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
101 Dalmatians KIDS
April 22–30 (select dates)
Linkletter Music School presents 101 Dalmatians KIDS, based on the classic animated film, at The Guild in Charlottetown. Disney’s 101Dalmatians KIDS is a fur-raising adventure featuring Cruella De Vil, Disney’s most outrageous villain, and 101 of the most adorable heroes to set their paws onstage. With a high-spirited score and lovable characters, this stage adaptation promises to entertain all audiences. Pet owners, Roger and Anita, live happily in London with their Dalmatians, Pongo and Perdita, stalwart dogs devoted to raising their puppies. Everything is quiet until Anita’s former classmate, the monstrous Cruella De Vil, plots to steal the puppies for her new fur coat. The Dalmatians rally all the dogs of London for a daring rescue of the puppies from Cruella and her bumbling henchmen. Shows take place April 22 at 2 and 7 pm, April 23 at 2 and 7:30 pm, April 28 at 7 pm, April 29 at 2 and 7 pm and April 30 at 2 pm at The Guild in Charlottetown.
Youth projects for Canada: "My Community, My Canada!"
Deadline April 28
Parks Canada and Confederation Centre of the Arts have launched a contest for PEI youth: “My Community, My Canada!" Participants age 11–15 are asked to create a representation of their Canada. Participants will choose an important person in their community to interview and create a project to show how they contribute to the make up and vision of their Canada. Participants may use the medium of their choice to capture the spirit of their project. Prizes will be awarded for individual and group categories. Deadline April 28. Info: www.parkscanada.ca/provincehouse
Creative Writing Awards for Young People
Island youth will be recognized for their excellence in the literary arts at the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Creative Writing Awards for Young People on Saturday, April 29. This year’s gala will run from 1:30–3:00 pm at Studio 1, Confederation Centre of the Arts and will be hosted by Deirdre Kessler, Poet Laureate of PEI. The Short List includes: Early Elementary: Senali Ranujana, Zoe Lanz, Shaelyn-Rae Russell, Cora VanEyk, Dominic Hardy; Late Elementary: Ethan Mackinnon, Laurel Wigmore, William Beardsley, Sophia Li; Junior High: Keridwen Campbell, Haley MacQuarrie, Aiden O'Kane, Jimmy Hulton, Eris Liu; and Senior High: Sebastien Saez, Shelby Downe, Alex Affonso, Naomi Dreise, Katie Dunn. The Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Creative Writing Awards for Young People recognize excellence in creative writing by Island students.
Youth film competition
Deadline May 5
The Atlantic Film Festival has just announced its 14th annual ViewFinders Youth Film Competition for Atlantic Canadians ages 18 and under. Deadline for submissions is May 5 at 5 pm. Presented by DHX Media and produced by ViewFinders: Atlantic Film Festival for Youth, the competition accepts short films less than five minutes long from youth participants living in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Top entries are eligible for prizes that will be awarded at a special Red Carpet screening at the Scotiabank Theatre Halifax on June 3. Prizes will be awarded in three categories: animation, live action and documentary. There will also be a grand prize. For over a decade, ViewFinders has been hosting competitions for young people with a passion for filmmaking. During this time, a number of participants have gone on to film schools and careers in the film industry.
In addition to the ViewFinders Youth Film Competition, the Atlantic Film Festival is currently accepting submissions for its FROM AWAY Film Competition. Part of Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations, this competition provides an opportunity for post-secondary student filmmakers, including past ViewFinders participants, to continue their craft in an event designed specifically for them. The challenge will be to construct their own interpretation of the nation that surrounds them and how immigration has influenced their place within it — connecting audiences with Canada’s past and present. To learn more about FROM AWAY, visit: www.atlanticfilm.com/from-away-film-competition.
The Atlantic Film Festival will once again present the ViewFinders School Tour. This year’s tour, taking place in October of the 2017–2018 school year, offers a free program of matinee features, short film programs for school groups and several filmmaking workshops for students and teachers. The tour will visit Cineplex Cinemas in the Halifax Regional Municipality as well as in Saint John, Charlottetown, Yarmouth and Sydney. Although pre-registration is required, schools attending the 2017 ViewFinders events will only be responsible for the cost of transportation to and from the event.
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.
Princess and Superhero Party
Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada – Prince Edward Island Chapter will host its first ever Princess and Superhero Party at the Delta Prince Edward Hotel on May 7 from 2–6 pm. This enchanted afternoon will raise funds to help grant wishes to Island children between the ages of 3 and 17 who have been diagnosed with a life–threatening illness. Children will have the opportunity to meet their favourite princesses and superheroes, interact with them and take photos. There will also be entertainment (singing, dancing and acting by local, young professionals), a Royally Rockin’ Dance Party, Princess Parlour, Superhero Training & Activity room, sing-a-longs, storytelling, ballerinas, fancy face painting, silent auction, balloon twisting, photo area with props, cupcakes and snacks, surprises and more. Attendees are encouraged to arrive dressed as their favourite Princess or Superhero. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets can be purchased online at childrenswish.ca/princessandsuperheropei or contact the Children’s Wish office at 902-566-5526.
Friends’ Arts Scholarships
Deadline May 8
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 these. 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.
PEI French student bursaries
Deadline May 31
Parent-Child Mother Goose Program
Every Tuesday to June 13
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.
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.
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
PEI’s First Forest School
Youth job skills and experience
A new project will help youth develop job skills and gain hands-on work experience. The project, delivered by The Adventure Group, will serve 60 youth (10 men and 50 women) and run for 27 months. Through programs developed, youth will overcome barriers to employment, and develop the skills and knowledge necessary to make a successful transition to the labour market or return to school. They will attend sessions and workshops to improve their financial literacy, communication skills, time management skills and learn how to balance parenting and work, among others. They will have an opportunity to participate in courses such as First Aid/CPR and employee safety. The Government of Canada will provide approx $451,331 in funding through the Skills Link program.
Team Seafood student jobs
Team Seafood initiative is recruiting students to work in PEI’s seafood processing sector this summer. In addition to hourly wages, students who meet program requirements can earn bursaries up to $1,000 towards their education. Team Seafood is funded by the federal and provincial governments and PEI Seafood Processors Assoc. www.teamseafood.ca
Bursaries for youth projects
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
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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