First Bell: Fall 2018

By Our Children

Explore space with Woodlawn Public Library and local scientists

Are you curious about outer space? Want to learn how you can have a career studying the cosmos? On Sept. 22 the Woodlawn Public Library is hosting an opportunity to explore space with local scientists from 2 to 3 p.m.
WISEatlantic hosts local scientists, who will showcase their space-related research and discuss how they ended up with their awesome careers. All are welcome to attend. Light refreshments available.

The event is part of Science Literacy Week and sponsored by NSERC. WISEatlantic (Women in Science and Engineering, Atlantic Region) aims to shift gendered science, technology, engineering and math stereotypes. The group empowers girls to consider STEAM-based careers by raising their awareness of the diversity of jobs within these fields and enabling them to visualize themselves working in these fields.

11th annual Symphony Week host free concerts

Symphony Nova Scotia presents a series of free concerts and special events during its 11th annual Symphony Week, in partnership with the nationwide arts celebration Culture Days. The combined week of free performances will run from Sept. 23 to 30.

Symphony Nova Scotia musicians will give free, live performances in public spaces throughout the region, including two shows at the Halifax Central Library featuring Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser. Performances include everything from children’s music to orchestral concerts featuring the entire Symphony.

This will be Symphony Nova Scotia’s eighth year participating in Culture Days, an interactive, free-of-charge festival celebrating arts and culture from coast to coast to coast. For the full Culture Days schedule, visit

All public events during Symphony Week and Culture Days are free to attend. For more information about Symphony Week, call 902-421-1300 or visit

Symphony Nova Scotia is Nova Scotia’s orchestra. With a home base in Halifax and performances across the province, Symphony Nova Scotia reaches more than 50,000 Nova Scotians of all ages each year with a diverse mix of concerts, free community programs, and educational outreach. It’s the largest employer in Nova Scotia’s cultural community, and has won many awards, including five East Coast Music Awards for classical music.

For more information, contact Heidi MacPhee, director of communications and marketing, at 902-421-5264,, or

Hal-Con 2018 hosts LeVar Burton, John de Lancie, and Gareth David-Lloyd Oct. 26–28

Hal-Con is the region’s largest celebration of all things science fiction, fantasy, superhero, gaming, and, of course, cosplay.

Originally showcasing comic books, this community-focused conference now brings some of the biggest names in the sci-fi, fantasy, and gaming world to Halifax.

For 2018, Hal-Con will feature LeVar Burton, John de Lancie, and Gareth David-Lloyd. Catch all the action at the Halifax Convention Centre, from Oct. 26 to 28.

The Wiggles return to Halifax Sept. 28

One of the world’s favourite children’s entertainment group, The Wiggles, is coming to perform in Halifax. The concert features some of the Wiggle’s most loved songs, such as “Hot Potato” and “Rock A Bye Your Bear.”

The fab four of fun will, of course, be joined by their Wiggly friends Dorothy the Dinosaur, Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog, and Henry the Octopus, along with the Wiggly red coat dancers.

The Halifax stop on the Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle! Tour takes place on Sept. 28 with shows at 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Halifax Exhibition Centre.

All patrons age one year and over must have a ticket, which are available at participating Atlantic Superstores, the Ticket Atlantic box office, or by calling 902-451-1221 or toll-free (Canada only) 1-877-451-1221. No professional cameras or audio/video recording allowed. Line-up subject to change.

Get spooky at Kejimkujik

Thanksgiving weekend (Oct. 5 to 7, 2018) has become one of Kejimkujik’s most popular weekends of the year. Soak up the brilliant colours of fall and participate in the annual pumpkin carving contest, the Haunted Jaunt, and take the plunge at the annual Cold Turkey swim. It’s the perfect weekend to spend with friends and family. For more information, visit

Carnivals and critters and cake… oh my!

Looking for a day of family fun? Try Quinfest, taking place on Sept. 23 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Quinpool Road. This community festival features carnival games, music, animals, and lots of great deals from Quinpool merchants.

Formerly known as Quinpool’s Fall Fair, the free event is now in its 10th year and continues to grow. This year attendees can meet some working animals in the Halifax Vet parking lot where the Mounted Unit and the K9 Unit will be stationed, along with a fire truck and a free barbecue courtesy of Organic Earth Market. Get your face painted by KC’s Face Painting at CIBC (12 to 2 p.m.), check out the sale on anime products at the Ikebana Shop, and play carnival games with Bib ‘N Tucker, NSCECE, and Scotia Physiotherapy.

View a robotics demo at Sylvan Learning and help Lucky Penny celebrate its first birthday with live jazz and free birthday cake. Play Connect 4 and get a free airbrush tattoo in the Oxford Learning parking lot, where Superstore will host a barbecue in support of Kidsport. Drop by Clay Café for face painting, and visit Subway, Visage Day Spa, Riot Snack Bar, 2b Theater Company, and Live Art Dance for samples, raffles, and prizes.

Visit the former St. Pat’s Green Space for some Humani-T lemon iced tea and white chocolate bark with N.S. blueberries, courtesy of Seasons by Atlantica. Jump on the bouncy castle and play Froggy Fly Fling with Shoppers Drug Mart. Meet the volunteers from Common Roots Urban Farm, selling products, produce, and flowers. Play a game of croquet and enjoy a free live concert with The Swampdonkeys, from 1:30 to 3 p.m., presented by RBC Royal Bank.

The Swampdonkeys bring together a smooth collaboration of rock, pop, and country, featuring Shaky White, J.D. Clarke, Mark Cameron, and Mark McCormack. The Swampdonkeys formed in 2017 after 12 years of performing as solo artists.

Free food samples are available from 12 to 2 p.m. at Dilly Dally Coffee Cafe, East Coast Bakery, Freeman’s Pizza, Lucky Penny Coffee Co., Organic Earth Market, Roll The Dice Board Game Café, Royal Bank, Scotiabank, Seasons By Atlantica, Superstore, SweetHereafter Cheesecakery, six 303 Eatery, and Subway. The West End Baptist Church is also hosting a free barbecue and kids play area.

Did we mention great deals? Participating merchants include: Aerobics First, Bib’ N Tucker, Courtside Sneakers, Finer Things Antiques and Curious, Happynest Antiques and Home Store, Ikebana Shop, Nautilus Aquatics and Hobbies, Proskates, The Trail Shop, Visage Day Spa, and Vogue Optical. CarShare Atlantic will be offering $40 off any new full membership in the Organic Earth Market parking lot.

For more information, contact Karla Nicholson, Quinfest’s executive director, at 902-209-2210 or

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