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July 21, 2015

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What's New and Innovative in Kentville?
Kentville Recreation has Balance Bikes!
If you think back to when you were a kid and that day you finally learned how to ride a bicycle, I’m willing to bet a whole quarter that it didn’t really happen until after the training wheels came off and you had to try and try and try until you finally got it. After more than a few falls.
While training wheels have seemingly been an integral tool to help children ride a bicycle, the only skill they really help with is pedaling. And that’s the easy part!
Of the three ABC’s of physical literacy (Agility, Balance, and Co-ordination), balance is the key.
There are several types of balance bikes on the market, but we’ve opted to go the recycled route. We’ve partnered with Valley Stove & Cycle to convert a few old children’s bicycles into balance bikes that will be available free on loan starting July 13.
Let your child take one for a spin for a week or two. Once they’ve mastered the balance, they’ll be ready to move on to a pedal bicycle, and that means FREEDOM!
For a more in-depth critique of training wheels, click here!

Contact Kentville Recreation to sign yours out today!

What's Happening in Kentville

Check out these websites to find out what is happening in the area!
Top 5 Events Happening in Kentville!
1. Breakfast at the St. James Anglican Church, July 25
2. Son Spark Lab Daily Vacation Bible School at Kentville's Salvation Army, week of August 3
3. Lego Stop Motion Program and Lego Mindstorm Program for Youth at the Kentville Library
4. Event about moths at the KCA parking lot, July 24
5. Wednesday Farmers' Market, daily public swims and much more!

In the Community
National Moth Week Event: Mothing in the Valley, July 24
National Moth Week  is a global citizen science effort to learn about, observe, and document moths in backyards, parks, and neighborhoods.

This year the Blomidon Naturalists' Society will host its inaugural mothing event led by one Atlantic Canada’s leading invertebrate experts, Jim Edsall. This event will involve a combination of techniques for drawing moths and other nocturnal insects in close for observation and photography (e.g., baiting and sheeting).
This event is family friendly and will be a great opportunity to view, and be inspired by, some of the Province’s rich biodiversity that we rarely get to see!

Meet at 8:00 p.m. at the KCA School parking lot, in Kentville on Friday, July 24.
Recreation News
New Recreation Calendar! Want to know what Kentville Rec activities are happening? Check out the new calendar of events. New events are being posted all the time! Click on the link and scroll to the bottom of the page to see.
CANgaroo Tennis - Town of Kentville
CANgaroo Tennis is offering professional tennis lessons for ADULTS Monday and Wednesday from 6-8pm including the Valley's ONLY Cardio Tennis classes offered by certified Cardio Tennis Canada staff coaches. Classes are $5 per session and is on a drop-in basis. Equipment is provided for those who do not have their own racquets. Email for more information!

Mondays - 6-7pm - Teenagers

Wednesday 6-7pm - BEGINNERS
Check out for more information.
Swimming in Kentville! In addition to our regular swimming lessons (pre-school and levels 1-10) we're offering private lessons as well!
Private Swimming Lessons $25.00 per lesson $100.00 for 5 lessons
We're also offering Adapted Swimming Lessons this summer. There are four lessons over 2 weeks (twice a week) or over 4 weeks (once a week) with flexible days to suit busy schedules. $75.00 for 4 lessons
We're happy to offering the Aqua Adults Program again this summer! $70.00 Lifesaving Programs Bronze Star Bronze Medallion Bronze Cross $110.00
We're offering an Aqua Fitness class at our pool, and it will operate similarly to our other fitness programs (no sign-up commitments, and a drop in fee) Monday-Friday 5:30-6:30pm $2.00 drop in

Public Swim Information: Daily 2:00-4:00pm & 6:30-8:00pm Cost $2.00 Children under 12 $1.00 Children under 5 Free Because this season there will not be a free-access kiddie pool, we've decided that the largest user group (5 and under) will not be charged admission to the pool.

Kentville Summer Camps
Our camps are filling up quickly, if you're interested in signing up for Day Camps this year fill out an application form and drop it by the office or get in touch with Karlee, our Rec. Intern at or (902) 679-2556.
Kentville Business Profile
Paddy's Pub and Rosie's Restaurant
With two locations In the heart of the Annapolis Valley you won't find a better place to enjoy a meal and a drink with friends!

The Brewery: Since we made our first batch of fresh handcrafted beer in 1995, Paddy's Brewery has produced more than 1 million pints of all natural ales and lagers from our modern 800 hl brewhouse. We brew all of our beers on-site using the best domestic and imported malts, the finest hops available and pure water.

Paddy's always has something special to offer. Seasonal ales from Blueberry ale to Hefeweizen to Honey Ale. Ask about our latest brew.

Kentville's Paddy's also hosts weekly Irish jams and many other musical guests. View their calendar.

Stop in to Paddy's at 42 Aberdeen Street for one of their signature dishes, enjoy a meal on the patio, book a party or have a beer with friends!
Visit Paddy's Pub

In the Kitchen
Each edition we will feature a different Kentville resident with a favourite recipe. Would you like to be featured? Email us!

Eric and Carolyn Vander Heide have lived in Kentville since 2005.
"I love the walking paths, (Miner's Marsh is a gem! ) the big trees and pubs. We love the neighbours. We love to watch the birds in our feeders and to sit in our gardens. I love all the inspiration for my art work and teaching art to the local kids at the library. I love working for the people of this town at the library and knowing their preferences for reading and hearing about their day when they stop by."

The recipe I want to share was given to me by one of the first friends I made when I moved to Kentville, Carl Maxwell. 
Eggplant Fans
3 tbs olive oil
3 small onions
1 red and 1 green pepper seeded and chopped
Sautée these ingredients and salt and pepper to taste, set aside.
4 eggplants about 4-5 cm in diameter 
3 tomatoes sliced
2 cloves of garlic
8 fresh basil leaves
Black olives to taste
3 tbs olive oil
2 tbs chopped flat leave parsley

Trim the stem off eggplant and halve lengthwise. Slice slits into each eggplant half without going through completely and stuff tomato slices inside; scatter garlic, olives, and basil leaves alongside the tomato. Pour onion mixture into the bottom of pan ( small cookie sheet) then carefully top with eggplant fans. Drizzle with remaining olive oil and bake at 400ºF for 35 minutes. Remove from oven and scatter with parsley. Serve immediately.
Historical Moment
How Kentville became the Shiretown
In a recent article, historian Ed Coleman explores how Kentville became Kings County's Shiretown.

Read more
Arts and Culture
CentreStage Presents: Too Soon for Daisies
A comedic-thriller by William Dinner and William Morum
July 31, August 1, 7, 8, 9m, 14, 15, 21, 22, 23m, 28, 29, September 4, 5

Showtime 8pm; 2pm matinee on June 28 and July 12
Tickets $15/$12 (Call 902-678-8040)

Three elderly ladies rebel against a 1960’s world that has them locked up in an old folk’s home for the destitute. After escaping in a rowboat, they are washed ashore in the village of Trotley, England where they take over an abandoned cottage. Suddenly, a mysterious stranger shows up claiming to be the cottage's real owner, and before you can say "Bob's your Uncle", he drops dead of a heart attack and the ladies hatch a convoluted plan to hide the body. A nosy neighbour, a too-helpful handyman and the arrival of the dead man's niece all contribute to high-spirited fun. Can these determined women conceal a dark secret that, if revealed, will upset all their plans to grow old...ungracefully?

Phone 678-8040 for reservations
Kings County Historical Museum: The Kings County Museum is OPEN June Monday—Friday 9AM-4PM
July and August: Monday– Saturday 9AM-4PM
(Closed Sat August 29, 2015 and July 1 Canada Day)

Monopoly Exhibit now on! Now showing until the end of August! This year marks the 80th anniversary of the introduction of the iconic board game “MONOPOLY”.
Over the years the popularity of the game has led to close to 300 million copies being sold in 111 countries, and the game being produced in 43 languages. Some of the popular themes over the years are reflected in the collection on display here.

Citizen Question
Question: We love the trail and use it all the time, but the problem is when you leave the trail heading west through downtown on justice way, you need to cross Cornwallis to station lane but there is no crosswalk. You have to go up to Webster St to access the crosswalk and then back down. A crosswalk across Cornwallis at station lane would be great.  Designated bike lanes through downtown to connect the trail would be amazing, especially as we want to encourage kids to bike to the playground and KCA safely and (eventually) independently. 

Response: We have had many discussions about how to move people around Kentville and connecting the two trail heads has certainly come up a number of times. The big issue is our one way streets and where to send bikers (including little bikers) safely through town. Currently we are working on a grant that we hope will allow us to move forward on our wayfinding strategy in Kentville and the trail system will be a big part of this!

From the Kentville Town Council
Back:  Tony Bently, Eric Bolland, CAO Mark Phillips, Mark Pearl, Bernie Cooper
Front: Town Clerk Carol Harmes, Bill Boyd, Mayor David Corkum, Nola Folker-Hill
The next Town Council meeting is Monday, July 27 at 7pm in Council Chambers. These meetings are open to the public.

Agendas and Minutes
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