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WHAT’S GOIN ON: COMMUNITY AND OTHER EVENTS: JANUARY 25- 31

Thursday, January 25

Adult Skating

Glace Bay Miners Forum, Glace Bay

9:30-11:30am

 

Tech Thursdays

Glace Bay Library, Glace Bay

10am-4pm

Need help with your computer, laptop or cell phone? Make an appointment and get some support.

Thursdays in January. Call the library to book an appointment 902-849-8657.

 

Exercise Class with instructor Vicki White

Mira Centre, Marion Bridge

10:30am, FREE

All levels are welcome as Vicki will show different levels for those of us who may need to slow it down or ramp it up.

 

Pre-School Skating

Emera Centre Northside, North Sydney

11:30am-12:30pm

 

Fitness Skating

Centre 200, Sydney

12-2pm

 

Adult Skating

Emera Centre Northside, North Sydney

1-2:30pm

 

Fibre Lunch

North Sydney Library

1-3pm

Bring your current craft project to the North Sydney Library on Thursday afternoons and enjoy the company of other crafters. No registration necessary.

 

Line Dancing with Linda

Louisbourg Fire Dept Hall, Louisbourg

1:30pm Free

Whether you're a beginner or have experience, this program promises a fun-filled afternoon of grooving to the beat. Line dancing is a fantastic way to stay active, meet new people, and let loose on the dance floor. Linda, our talented instructor, will guide you through various dance routines, ensuring everyone has a great time. No partner is required, so feel free to come alone or bring your friends along. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes that will slide on the floor. This is a free program.

 

Philosophy Café: Is Political Polarization in Democratic Societies a Sign of Civilization Collapse?

CBU Library – Student Lounge, Sydney

2:30-4pm

This edition of Philosophy Café explores the question, “Is political polarization in democratic societies a sign of civilization collapse?” with CBU’s Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies, James Gerrie. Are social media and populists like Donald Trump the main causes of the increasing political polarization in democratic societies? Or is some other deep factor at work? Historian Joseph Tainter’s theory of societal collapse provides an alternative explanation of political polarization. That explanation challenges many of the assumptions of contemporary social commentators and suggests some radical approaches to addressing the political challenges of our time.

 

Gears in Motion

Glace Bay Library, Glace Bay

3:30-4:30pm

Build, play and create with our Robots in Motion Gears STEAM kits. All ages welcome! Space is limited. Register by calling 902-849-8657.

 

Sport and Social Club CBRM: Basketball

St. Theresa's Hall, Sydney

6:30pm $10 (drop-in) 19+

SSCC is always fun-first, welcoming, and open to all genders, fitness levels, and skill levels. Come try it out, or message sscc.cbrm@gmail.com with your questions.

 

The Uniqorn Cafe

CBU Art Gallery, Sydney

6:30-8:30pm

This 2SLGBTQ+ and ally-friendly event offers music, colouring, button-making, board games and more with free refreshments in a friendly, fun safe space. Open to all ages, the Cafe invites participants from CBU and the broader community. It’s free to attend!

 

Games Night

Mira Centre, Marion Bridge

6:30pm

Share your favorite game (board game) with friends and neighbours. Or just come to chat and socialize.

Everyone is welcome.

 

IMAC Old-timers Taekwando Program

Southend Community Centre, Sydney

7pm, 1970s prices

Start Your New Year off in the right direction. Walk in our door and try the Old-timers Taekwondo Program. Relaxed, enjoyable, full the benefits, fitness and new start you are looking for in 2024. 1970s prices in effect. Contact 902-562-1494, imacsydney1@outlook.com.

 

Old Sydney Society Lecture Series

Sydney Museum, Sydney

7pm

The lecture series takes place the third Thursday of the month October-April at the Sydney Museum on 173 Charlotte St. For 2024, lectures are scheduled for January 25, February 29, March 28, and April 25. January’s lecture will feature Mitchell Jabalee and his presentation Forgotten Stories: James Arthur Murphy and the Trench Raids of Vimy Ridge.

 

Tarabish

St. Margaret’s Community Hall, Grand Mira South

7:30pm

 

 

Friday, January 26

Parent & Tot Skate

Membertou Sports & Wellness Centre, Membertou

9–10am

 

CBRM Active Winter Walk Series

New Waterford Library, New Waterford

Join us for a series of gentle walks guided by trained walk leaders. For more information or to register visit cbrmrecreation.ca, call 902-563-5245, or email pmjacobs@cbrm.ns.ca.

 

Tots Skating

Sydney Mines Community Centre, Sydney Mines

10-11am

 

Adult Skating

County Arena, Coxheath

10am-12pm

 

Senior Skate

Membertou Sports & Wellness Centre, Membertou

10am–12pm

 

Adult Skating

New Waterford and District Community Centre, New Waterford

10am 

 

Dr. Linda’s Writing Class

Mira Centre, Marion Bridge

10am-12pm

Please bring a lunch.

 

Story Time

Louisbourg Library, Louisbourg

10:30-11am

Fridays in January you can join library staff for stories, rhymes and songs. The story time activities will be aimed for toddlers and preschoolers and their parents (or caregivers). No registration for this fun activity. Drop-in.

 

Public Skate

Membertou Sports & Wellness Centre, Membertou

12–1pm

 

Adult Skate

Sydney Mines Community Centre, Sydney Mines

12-2pm

 

Fibre Lunch

McConnell Memorial Library, Sydney

1pm-3pm

Drop into the McConnell Library on Fridays to knit or crochet with a community of crafters. Bring your own project or use donated yarn to make warm items for local non-profit organizations. Enjoy tea and friendly conversation.

 

Friday Knitting Club

Glace Bay Library, Glace Bay

1:30-3:30pm

Everyone is welcome to join us for an afternoon of knitting, tea and great conversation.

 

Elementary Drop-In

Undercurrent Youth Centre, Glace Bay

3:30-4:30pm

Contact info@undercurrentyc.com for more information.

 

Jr./Sr. High Drop-In

Undercurrent Youth Centre, Glace Bay

4:45-6pm

Contact info@undercurrentyc.com for more information.

 

Dungeons & Dragons

Glace Bay Library, Glace Bay

4:30-5:30 pm

Presenting our new D&D group run by Wizards of the Coast. Teens and adults are welcome to join us for an hour of dice-rolling RPG fun. Space is limited. Register by calling 902-849-8657 or emailing ewilliams@cbrl.ca or cminnis@cbrl.ca.

 

Jr./Sr. High Drop-In

Undercurrent Youth Centre, Glace Bay

4:45-6pm

Contact info@undercurrentyc.com for more information.

 

Country Line Dancing

Radio Club, Glace Bay

6-8pm $10

 

Ultra Violet Lights & Neon Nights Paint, Sip 'N Dance Party!

Howie Center

6:30-9:30pm $40 19+

Prepare to experience a paint party like you’ve never experienced it before - in the dark! Dress in old white or neon clothing. Grab a drink in one hand, a brush in the other and get your creative juices flowing, your brush strokes going with ultra-violet lights, neon lights, glow in the dark paint, good beats, a video dance party and laughs all night long! Enjoy a free drink on arrival to wet your whistle while creating a painting you’ll be proud of hanging on your wall at home - all in the dark! Don't be nervous, come and let's make some fun art together! This is the perfect unique night out for those looking for something a little different. No prior experience necessary - just bring your enthusiasm and willingness to create. Registration includes art supplies, one drink ticket (wine, beer or a cooler) and light snacks. Contact rmacisaac9@gmail.com to register yourself or a group.

 

 

10th Annual Vital Unama'ki - Cape Breton Excellence Awards

Port of Sydney - Royal Cape Breton Room, Sydney

7-9pm | $57.50

NextGen Unama'ki - Cape Breton and the Cape Breton Partnership co-host the 10th Annual Vital Unama'ki - Cape Breton Excellence Awards presented by RE/MAX Park Place. This will be an exciting evening filled with recognition and inspiration as youth and young professionals aged 16 to 40 who have made a lasting impact on their community and workplace are celebrated. We're also putting the spotlight on local employers who go above and beyond, showcasing a special category that acknowledges their continued commitment to providing young professionals with meaningful employment. Tickets are available at eventbrite.ca/e/10th-annual-vital-unamaki-cape-breton-excellence-awards-tickets-770258733607.

 

Darts

St. Margaret’s Community Hall, Grand Mira South

7:30pm

 

 

Saturday, January 27

Cape Breton Farmers’ Market, Sydney

9:30am-1:30pm, free

 

Super Saturday: Make a Mini Book

Glace Bay Library, Glace Bay

10am-2pm

Drop into the library to make your own mini book! No registration required.

 

Super Saturday: Polar Bear Craft

New Waterford Library, New Waterford

10am-12pm

No registration required.

 

Super Saturday: Fairytale Crafts

McConnell Library, Sydney

10am-1pm

Drop into the library to enjoy free fun activities! All are welcome.

 

IMAC Old-timers Taekwando Program

Southend Community Centre, Sydney

11am, 1970s prices

Start Your New Year off in the right direction. Walk in the door and try the Old-timers Taekwondo Program. Relaxed, enjoyable, full the benefits, fitness and new start you are looking for in 2024. 1970s prices in effect. Contact 902-562-1494, imacsydney1@outlook.com.

 

Family Skating

Sydney Mines Community Centre, Sydney Mines

11am-12:20pm

 

Women's Learn to Play Pickleball

Shipyard Elementary School, Sydney

1-3pm Free

Want to give pickleball a try? This learn-to-play program for women is the perfect program to do just that! Our knowledgeable instructors will guide you through the basics of pickleball, including rules, techniques, and strategies. You'll have the opportunity to practice and participate in friendly matches to put your newfound skills to the test. Don't worry if you don't have any equipment - we'll provide everything you need, including paddles and balls. Wear comfortable clothing, bring clean indoor sneakers, and don't forget a water bottle to stay hydrated. This is a free event.

 

Information Session for Current Nurses Interested in Educating Nursing Students

CBU - Arseneau-Britten Science Building, Sydney

2-4pm

Would you like to play a role in educating future CBU School of Nursing students? The School of Nursing is hosting an Information Session/Open House directed towards current nurses who are interested in various opportunities in teaching, supervisory, lab instructor, and preceptor duties in the School of Nursing. The event takes place in room A-227, Arseneau-Britten Science Building (Nursing Lab). For more details contact nursing@cbu.ca.

 

Story Hour Drop In

Glace Bay Library, Glace Bay

2-3pm

Celebrate Family Literacy Day by dropping in for some stories!

 

Story Time

North Sydney Library, North Sydney

2:30-3:30pm

Drop in to the North Sydney Library on Saturday afternoons for an hour of stories and craft making. Registration is not required; stories and activities will be geared to the school age crowd.

 

Book Launch - In the World of Flesh and Bone: Uncovering the Spiritual Ways of Earth by Nova Poirier

McConnell Library, Sydney

2:30-3:30pm

Join author Nova Poirier for an afternoon of sharing from her newly published book. Nova considers relationship to the Land to be the most necessary and transformative aspect of communal and personal healing. For over 20 years she has offered land-based spiritual teachings, hands on skills, ritual work and personal healing sessions from her beloved home, a forested upland region of Northern Nova Scotia.

 

Family Skating

New Waterford and District Community Centre, New Waterford

3:30pm

 

Boardgame Night

Doktor Luke’s, Sydney

6-9pm, $5

Bring a game or play one of ours. Everyone welcome, all ages.

 

Sunday, January 28

Family Skating

Whitney Pier Community Rink, Whitney Pier

1:30-2:30pm

 

Stepdance Workshop with Leanne Aucoin

Doktor Luke’s, Sydney

1:30-3pm $20

Intermediate level. Email leanne.aucoin@gmail.com to register.

 

Family/Beginner Skateboarding

Undercurrent Youth Centre, Glace Bay

4:30-5:45pm

Contact info@undercurrentyc.com for more information.

 

Family Skating

Dominion Rink

5-6pm

 

Shred Sirens

Undercurrent Youth Centre, Glace Bay

6-7:15pm

Contact info@undercurrentyc.com for more information.

 

Intermediate Skateboarding

Undercurrent Youth Centre, Glace Bay

7:30-8:45 (14+)

Contact info@undercurrentyc.com for more information.

 

Monday, January 29

Parent & Tot Skate

Membertou Sports & Wellness Centre, Membertou

9–10am

 

Tots Skating

Sydney Mines Community Centre, Sydney Mines

10-11am

 

Senior Skate

Membertou Sports & Wellness Centre, Membertou

10am–12pm

 

Adult Skating

County Arena, Coxheath

10am-12pm

 

Public Skate

Membertou Sports & Wellness Centre, Membertou

12–1pm

 

Adult Skate

Sydney Mines Community Centre, Sydney Mines

12-2pm

 

Beginner Bridge Classes

Club 55, Sydney

1pm, $5 members | $6 non-members

The Cape Breton Duplicate Bridge Club is offering Beginner Bridge classes. Play with instruction for next level players. Relaxed game for all levels: new, improving and experienced players. No partner required. ACBL sanctioned games. No partner required.  Bridge offers excellent benefits, regardless of age, income or physical condition. It is challenging and inexpensive.

 

Lego Program

Undercurrent Youth Centre, Glace Bay

3:30-4:30pm (grades P-5)

Contact info@undercurrentyc.com for more information.

 

Scooter

Undercurrent Youth Centre, Glace Bay

4-5:15pm (all ages)

Contact info@undercurrentyc.com for more information.


Jr./Sr. High Drop-In

Undercurrent Youth Centre, Glace Bay

5:45-7:30pm

Contact info@undercurrentyc.com for more information.

 

Yoga

Royal Canadian Legion - Branch 126 (Westside Legion), Sydney

6-7:30pm

 

Sport and Social Club CBRM: Ultimate Frisbee

Brookland Elementary School, Sydney

6:30pm $10 (drop-in) 19+

SSCC is always fun-first, welcoming, and open to all genders, fitness levels, and skill levels. Come try it out, or message sscc.cbrm@gmail.com with your questions.

 

Ceramics with Fired Creations

Emera Centre Northside, North Sydney

7–9pm

Each participant will receive on tile and one item of their choice for painting. The tile will be used for a community mosaic. All supplies are provided. All ages and abilities welcome. Children require adult supervision. Deposit is required to hold your spot in the program. Deposit is refunded upon participation in the program. If a deposit is a barrier to your participation, email connectarts@cbrm.ns.ca for an alternative registration.

 

Cape Breton Toastmasters weekly meeting

Kiwanis Pool, Sydney

7-8:30pm

Cape Breton Toastmasters group meet every Monday evening. This is a hybrid meeting with online and in-person members. Please reach out to capebretontoastmasters3285@gmail.com to receive the zoom link and the agenda. To learn more about our club please visit https://3285.toastmastersclubs.org/.

 

Tuesday, January 30

Adult Skating

Glace Bay Miners Forum, Glace Bay

9:30-11:30am

 

Senior Art

Glace Bay Library

10am-12pm

Create water colour snowflakes. To register, please call the library at 902-849-8657.

 

Volunteer Opportunity: Seed Packaging

McConnell Library, Sydney

10am-12pm

The fifth annual CBRL Seed Library is fast approaching and we need help packaging seeds! If you have a little time to spare and would like to contribute to food literacy in Cape Breton, please register below. Volunteers will spend two hours scooping seeds into small envelopes and sealing them with labels while enjoying lively conversations with library staff and other volunteers. Tea will be available.

 

Pre-School Skating

Emera Centre Northside, North Sydney

11:30am-12:30pm

 

Fitness Skating

Centre 200, Sydney

12-2pm free

 

Adult Skating

Emera Centre Northside, North Sydney

1-2:30pm

 

Beginner Bridge Classes

Club 55, Sydney

1pm, $5 members | $6 non-members

The Cape Breton Duplicate Bridge Club is offering Beginner Bridge classes. Play with instruction for next level players. Relaxed game for all levels: new, improving and experienced players. No partner required. ACBL sanctioned games. No partner required.  Bridge offers excellent benefits, regardless of age, income or physical condition. It is challenging and inexpensive.

 

Chair Yoga

Bateston Athletic Club, Bateston

1:30pm

Join us for a relaxing Chair Yoga session at the Bateston Athletic Club! Chair Yoga is a gentle form of yoga that can be practiced by individuals of all ages and fitness levels. It offers the benefits of traditional yoga while utilizing a chair for support and stability. During this session, you will learn various yoga poses and stretches that can be performed while seated or using a chair for balance. These movements aim to improve flexibility, strength, and overall well-being. Whether you are a beginner or have previous yoga experience, Chair Yoga is a fantastic way to relax, reduce stress, and improve your physical and mental health. Don't miss out on this opportunity to enhance your well-being in a friendly and supportive environment!

 

Chess Club

McConnell Library, Sydney

2:30-4:30pm

Do you play chess? Interested in learning or building your chess skills? Drop-in to the McConnell Library for Chess Club. Some instruction available with chess club volunteer Donald MacLean donaldmaclean935@yahoo.com. For more information call Tara MacNeil 562-2013 or email tmacneil@cbrl.ca.

 

 

Kids Art

Undercurrent Youth Centre, Glace Bay

3:45-4:45pm (grades P-5)

Contact info@undercurrentyc.com for more information.

 

Youth Art

Undercurrent Youth Centre, Glace Bay

4:45-5:45pm

Contact info@undercurrentyc.com for more information.

 

Floor Hockey

Undercurrent Youth Centre, Glace Bay

4-5pm (ages 12-18)

Contact info@undercurrentyc.com for more information.

 

Jr./Sr. High Basketball

Undercurrent Youth Centre, Glace Bay

5-6:15pm (grades 6-12)

Contact info@undercurrentyc.com for more information.

 

CBRM Active Winter Walk Series

Civic Center, Sydney (Parking Lot Staircase)

5:30pm

Join us for a series of gentle walks guided by trained walk leaders. For more information or to register visit cbrmrecreation.ca, call 902-563-5245, or email pmjacobs@cbrm.ns.ca.

 

English Conversation Group

Glace Bay Library, Glace Bay

6-7pm

Looking to improve your English skills? The group welcomes newcomers to Cape Breton and provides opportunities to practice English.

 

Knitting Group

New Waterford Library, New Waterford

6-7:30pm

Bring your current knitting, crocheting, or handicraft project to the New Waterford Library Tuesdays at 6pm and enjoy the company of other crafters. No registration necessary. For more information, call 902-862-2892.

 

Beginner Yoga

McConnell Library, Sydney

6:30-7:15pm

Yoga Instructor, Bindu will teach a free, beginner yoga class at the library. No experience necessary. There will be an option to sit or stand for this beginner practice. Registration is required. Sign-up online at: cbrl.ca/events/beginner-yoga/?occurrence=2024-01-30. Mats are not necessary, but if you have one you can bring it. Consult with your physician before taking this program if you have high blood pressure. Bindu Balakrishnan is a 200hr certified yoga instructor with 4 years teaching experience.

 

Paint Night with Bailee Higgins

Holy Family Church Hall, Sydney Mines

7-9pm

All supplies are provided. All ages and abilities welcome. Children require adult supervision. Deposit is required to hold your spot in the program. Deposit is refunded upon participation in the program. If a deposit is a barrier to your participation, email connectarts@cbrm.ns.ca for an alternative registration.

 

IMAC Old-timers Taekwando Program

Southend Community Centre, Sydney

7pm, 1970s prices

Start Your New Year off in the right direction. Walk in our door and try the Old-timers Taekwondo Program. Relaxed, enjoyable, full the benefits, fitness and new start you are looking for in 2024. 1970s prices in effect. Contact 902-562-1494, imacsydney1@outlook.com.

 

Country Line Dancing

Cedars Club, Sydney

7pm $10

 

Tarabish

Marion Bridge Community Hall

7:30pm

 

Wednesday, January 31

Parent & Tot Skate

Membertou Sports & Wellness Centre, Membertou

9–10am

 

Adult Skating

New Waterford and District Community Centre, New Waterford

10am

 

Senior Skate

Membertou Sports & Wellness Centre, Membertou

10am–12pm

 

Volunteer Opportunity: Seed Packaging

McConnell Library, Sydney

10am-12pm

The fifth annual CBRL Seed Library is fast approaching and we need help packaging seeds! If you have a little time to spare and would like to contribute to food literacy in Cape Breton, please register below. Volunteers will spend two hours scooping seeds into small envelopes and sealing them with labels while enjoying lively conversations with library staff and other volunteers. Tea will be available.

 

Baby Playgroup

McConnell Library, Sydney

10:30-11:30am

A drop-in session for babies and their parents/caregivers. The McConnell Library’s program space will be arranged for fun, creative play. Make connections and have fun. Feel free to bring your own snacks/coffee.

 

Tea & Trivia

New Waterford Library, New Waterford

10:30-11:30am

Come to the New Waterford Library for a cup of tea (you can even wear a fancy tea hat!) and engage in some friendly trivia. Registration is required. Please call the library at 902-862-2892 to reserve your spot.

 

Pre-School Skating

County Arena, Coxheath

10:45-11:45am

 

English Conversation Group

North Sydney Library, North Sydney

11:30am-12:30pm

The English Conversation Group at the Cape Breton Regional Library welcomes newcomers to Cape Breton and provides opportunities to practice English. For more information, please email Dorothy at dkaiser@cbrl.ca. Brought to you by: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and the Cape Breton Regional Library.

 

Library Lunch & Learn: PressReader

North Sydney Library, North Sydney

12-1:30pm

Join CBRL Librarians for a light lunch and learn how to use the PressReader app and your library card to gain FREE access to more than 7,000 of the world’s top newspapers and magazines. Publications include the Cape Breton Post, the Chronicle Herald, the Globe and Mail, and many more. Registration is required. Please call the library at 902-794-3272 to reserve your spot! A New Horizons for Seniors Digital Literacy Program.

 

Adult Skate

Sydney Mines Community Centre, Sydney Mines

12-2pm

 

Cookie Exchange

Glace Bay Library

6-7pm

“C” is for Cookie! Bake your favourite cookie and bring some to share with others. Exchange cookies and try new ones. Registration is required. Please call 902-849-8657 to reserve your spot.

 

Indoor Soccer (Futsal)

Centre Scolaire Etoile de L'Acadie, Sydney

6:30pm $10 (drop-in) 19+

SSCC is always fun-first, welcoming, and open to all genders, fitness levels, and skill levels. Come try it out, or message sscc.cbrm@gmail.com with your questions.

 

Tower Road Community Firehall, Glace Bay

Yoga Wednesdays

7pm

 

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