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Weekend Wrap-up April 21-23

Celebrate our Earth! Join the Ecology Action Centre and get positive about our planet! The focus this year is Earth Optimism, a global initiative that focuses on solutions and hope. At their new Fern Lane location, the EAC is offering free family friendly workshops from 10:30-12:30 on Saturday.


Clean up and reduce waste! Earth day starts with you. Be part of The Great Nova Scotia Pick Me Up, take the family, and join your nearest roadside clean-up. Whether you can make it out or not, don’t be afraid to take the initiative to stop using items commonly found on the side of the road: beverage cups, grocery bags, and diapers. These are all things that can be avoided in the first place. If you don’t already… drink from re-usable travel mugs and bottles, take your own basket to the grocery store when you’re going for a couple things, or diaper your baby in cloth… challenge yourself and your family to reduce and re-use as much as possible!


Fix it, don’t buy it! Use that bike again with Bike Again! This volunteer-run, DIY bike shop is having an Open House on Saturday from 1-5. Check out what a community bike garage looks like: they provide the space, tools, and some know-how; YOU do the work. Feel free to bring a bike that needs a tune up or bike parts that need new homes. Remember, fixing up a bike to pass down from one sibling to another is not only saving money, it’s a small act of environmentalism. You’ll also have a chance to check out the Radstorm Open House in the same building at 6050 Almon for screen printing, zines, art, music, and snacks! Bonus!


Geek out! Guess what else the Earth provided? Video games! Hah—technically, it’s true. If board and video games, cosplay, and comics are yours or kids’ things, Geequinox is the place to be. It’s a two-day event (Saturday 11-7 and Sunday 10-6) held at the Halifax Forum in the Multi-Purpose Centre. There will be guests and performances, panels, a Geeks vs Nerds debate, gaming, and vendors. There’s even a way for babies to participate on Sunday at 1:30, the Kid Costume Event age range starts at infant and ends at 12 years. Weekend passes are $15 and allow up to two children aged 5-12 to tag along. Anyone under 5 is free if they bring a paying supervising adult.


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