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Get Active, By Cathy von Kintzel

Music Week, concert series, festivals all on tap in coming weeks

Attention all you music lovers in Colchester County. This year is for you.

Did you know that Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week 2014 is coming to the region from Nov. 6 to 9, offering numerous opportunities to catch performances by more than 100 of the province’s top musicians?

And, if you want to get even closer to the action, you could consider volunteering!

Volunteer registration is now open for the annual event at www.nsmw.ca.

By volunteering with NSMW you not only become part of an ever growing and internationally recognized event, but you also open yourself up to opportunities for personal development. The conference provides a great opportunity to meet new people and gain valuable skills and experience. It also provides rewards in exchange for your time and efforts, including the chance to hear great music made in Nova Scotia.

For more information about volunteering, you can contact me, Cathy von Kintzel, volunteer coordinator, at cvonkintzel@truro.ca or 902-893-6094.

For those who are looking for a music fix sooner, Truro Parks, Recreation and Culture’s annual Sunday in the Park Concert Series resumes at Victoria Park June 15 and will run until Labour Day weekend.

Free concerts will be held every Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the J. Arch Fraser Bandshell. A list of performing artists is available on the Town of Truro website at www.truro.ca. Bring your own chair and don’t forget the sunscreen.

Also, stay tuned in coming weeks for the 2014 lineup for the Riverfront Park Concert Series. Concerts will be held every Friday night in July from 7 to 8 p.m.

And be sure to mark Aug. 15 on your calendar so you don’t miss the kickoff to the Nova Scotia Wild Blueberry Harvest Festival at the Marigold Cultural Centre. Live entertainment will be featured on the Marigold roof, weather permitting. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the music, as well as blueberry treats and blueberry themed activities.

The annual Embrace Festival, featuring entertainment and activities that celebrate cultures and diversity in Truro, will take place Sept. 13. Activities will be centred around the Truro Farmers’ Market earlier in the day and will then move to the Marigold Cultural Centre where drumming workshops and a special drum-themed performance will be held.

Finally, on a topic unrelated to music, recent opportunities for people to try the new-to-the-region sport of pickleball have been overwhelmingly successful. Efforts are underway to identify ideal times and venues for the sport long-term. Until then, drop-in pickleball events will be held throughout the month of June at Douglas Street Recreation Centre, each Tuesday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Equipment is provided and instruction is available during the nighttime sessions only. Pre-registration isn’t required. The drop-in is free, but donations to help grow the sport are appreciated.

Cathy von Kintzel is the special events and culture coordinator for Town of Truro Parks, Recreation and Culture.

Organizations: Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week 2014, Marigold Cultural Centre, J. Arch Fraser Bandshell Riverfront Park Concert Series Douglas Street Recreation Centre

Geographic location: Colchester County, Truro, Nova Scotia Victoria Park

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