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  • Winter Tennis at Indoor Sports Complex
    November 25, 2015 11:04 am

    Attention tennis enthusiasts! The Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex is providing indoor tennis times during the winter months. Four courts will be set up for drop-in play on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. Affordable drop-in fees and a welcoming environment for all levels of players is another way Active Pictou County is making it easier to be active this winter. Contact Complex Manager, at 902-752-3793 for details
  • Active Living Ideas in your InBox
    November 6, 2015 1:19 pm

    Active Pictou County has started a monthly e-newsletter that highlights active living opportunities taking place thoughout our community.  Staff gather information on new programs and special events that are being organized by our partners and create a helpful tool to encouarge residents to be more physically active.  Don't Miss Out & Sign Up Now!     Active Pictou County ~ Making it Easier to be Active
  • Kinsmen Add Learn to Sledge to Power Skating Program
    October 2, 2015 9:51 am

    The New Glasgow Kinsmen have been "serving the community's greatest need" since 1943. The service club is well known in Pictou County for their baseball and power skating programs that have benefited thousands of children over the years.  Active Pictou County is excited to support the New Glasgow Kinsmen Club as they expand their power skating program to include learn to sledge. It is a learn-to-skate program using sleds and picks/sticks instead of regular skates. Throughout the program the participants will learn how to propel themselves, keep themselves upright and perform turns and stops.
  • Tumblebugs: Physical Literacy for Preschoolers
    September 9, 2015 1:45 pm

    Tumblebugs is an introductory program for basic movement and modified gymnastics that is fun, safe, inclusive and developmentally appropriate for 3 ½ to 5-year-old children in early childhood settings. The consistent and progressive activity plans include both active and quiet segments with directed and exploratory learning. Tumblebugs is about fundamental movement skills that support healthy growth and development, and improve physical literacy.  Click here for the Registration Form  Active Pictou County will be hosting a Tumblebugs Leader Training workshop on September 27th from 12:30 pm until 5 pm at the YMCA in Pictou County.
  • Bikes Take Over Downtown New Glasgow on August 23
    August 10, 2015 12:30 pm

    cri·te·ri·um noun  a one-day bicycle race on a circuit road course. Pictou County Cycle adds to their race inventory with the addition of the Critz of Fury, taking place August 23 on the streets of downtown New Glasgow.  Criteriums are exciting races for both the athletes and spectators as the action is close-up and fast! There are several divisions throughout the day and there will be opportunities for the youngest of riders to enjoy biking on the car-free streets.  Full event details are available Choose languageAfrikaansAlbanianArabicArmenianAzerbaijaniBasqueBelarusianBengaliBosnianBulgarianBurmeseCatalanCebuanoChinese (Simplified)Chinese (Traditional)CroatianCzechDanishDutchEsperantoEstonianFilipinoFinnishFrenchGalicianGeorgianGermanGreekGujaratiHaitianHausaHebrewHindiHmongHungarianIcelandicIgboIndonesianIrishItalianJapaneseJavaneseKannadaKazakhKhmerKoreanLaoLatinLatvianLithuanianMacedonianMalagasyMalayMalayalamMalteseMaoriMarathiMongolianNepaliNorwegianNyanjaPersianPolishPortuguesePunjabiRomanianRussianSerbianSinhalaSlovakSlovenianSomaliSpanishSundaneseSwahiliSwedishTajikTamilTeluguThaiTurkishUkrainianUrduUzbekVietnameseWelshYiddishYorubaZulu
  • First Section of NS "BLUE ROUTE" Opens on August 6
    July 30, 2015 8:05 am

    After many years of hard work and collaboration, the Blue Route is ready to launch! This is the first step in creating a provincial cycling network that will connect communities all over Nova Scotia, with 3000km of signed bicycle routes.  We would love it if you could just us for this exciting event! To learn more, please visit the website: www.blueroute.caTo view the first segment of the Blue Route: http://bit.ly/BlueRouteLaunchContact: blueroute@bicycle.ns.caTwitter: @BlueRouteNSFacebook: http://bit.ly/BlueRouteFacebook 
  • You're Not Too Late! Registration Deadline Extended for 55+ Games
    July 2, 2015 10:54 am

    We are excited to see so many registrations coming in for the 2015 NS 55+ Games to be hosted in New Glasgow and throughout Pictou County from September 17-19, 2015 and are pleased to announce that our registrations deadline has been extended to August 15. We encourage those interested to register as soon as possible and look forward to welcoming you all to our community in September. For details  contact Event Coordinator Jan Keefe phone: 902-301-0588 email: 55plusgames@activepictoucounty.ca 
  • Michelin Junior Bike Event Returns June 14
    June 1, 2015 12:11 pm

    The Michelin Junior Bike Event is a sure indication that summer is just around the corner! The event celebrates the milestone of learning to ride a bike as a child by encourating the development of safe riding skills. This year's event will be held at the Pictou County Wellness Centre Parking Lot on Sunday, June 14, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Rain or Shine!) The Michelin Junior Bike is open to children ages 5 to 11 years old. Registration is FREE plus participants receive a FREE bicycle helmet and a chance to WIN one of two bikes! To...
  • Bike Week 2015 Schedule Released
    May 25, 2015 7:20 am

    June is around the corner and that means it  is almost time for Pictou County Bike Week. Bike Week is celebrated across Nova Scotia in June each year with the purpose to promote the benefits of cycling (and there are MANY) in a fun and social way. We have over a dozen events between June 6th and 14th and they are all FREE thanks to the support of our amazing volunteers and community partners.  A detailed schedule for Bike Week 2015 can be downloaded New this year - BIKE WEEK T-SHIRTS (Limited Edition) Organizers asked a local designer to come...
  • Bike Week Grants Available: Apply NOW
    April 11, 2015 12:00 am

    The Pictou County Active Transportation Committee, with the support of Active Pictou County, is excited to offer 10 grants of up to $100 to community organizations and schools who want to organize an event during Bike Week 2015. The event must celebrate, promote, or educate others on the benefits of biking and be held between June 5 -14, 2015. We are always looking for new ideas to make Pictou County Bike Week 2015 better than ever and we hope that the community will take this opportunity to make their ideas a reality, explains Active Pictou County Coordinator, Rae Gunn.
  • Job Opportunity: Promoting Healthy Eating at the NS 55+ Games
    March 12, 2015 9:19 am

    "To perform your best...you need to properly fuel your body". This is the message NS 55+ Games 2015 organizing committee is planning on  promoting during the upcoming Provincial Games begin hosted by Pictou County in September.  Active Pictou County has received funding from the Province of Nova Scotia from the Thrive Strategy to assist with the creation and implementation of a healthy eating policy for the Games.  The goal is to adopt as many of the recommendations outlined in the Healthy Eating in Recreation and Sport Settings Guidelines, ensuring that healthy food and beverage options are provided and promoted during...
  • Skating Equipment Loan Program Targets Schools
    March 5, 2015 1:41 pm

    Introducing children to the benefits of being active by making it possible for them to sample a variety of sports and activities is crucial in the development of physical literacy. Schools often plan outings for students, but access to the proper equipment becomes a barrier.  Thanks to the support of the Department of Health & Wellness, Active Pictou County has a Skating Equipment Kit available for elementary schools in Pictou County to borrow. The kit includes 15 helmets and 24 pairs of skates in a variety of sizes.
  • Looking for Skateboarding Experts to Teach the Next Generation
    February 3, 2015 8:30 am

    NEW DATE due to previous storms... Share your passion for skateboarding with the next wave of skaters! Making Tracks: Skate Pass program gives Youth Leaders the skills to teach children the basics needed to skateboard safely in their community.  Active Pictou County, in partnership with Pictou Recreation & Parks and the Ecology Action Centre, will be offering a Skate Pass Youth Leader Training Course on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at the Pictou Academy Gymnasium from 12:30 until 4:00. Participants must be at least 13 yrs of age and register by contacting coordinator@activepictoucounty.ca or calling 485-4372.  Course participants then will have...
  • Public Feedback Sought In Active Transportation Study for Exit 23
    January 19, 2015 8:59 pm

    Exit 23 Active Transportation Feasibility Study  As a critical part of the process exploring feasible design options to promote safe travel by foot or bike within the area surrounding Exit 23, near the Wellness Centre, the consultants retained by the Municipality (MMM Group Ltd) will be hosting a PUBLIC MEETING on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. The focus of the meeting will be understanding the challenges and concerns residents have regarding walking/biking to and from the Wellness Centre and other services within the vicinity of Exit 23.
  • Give the Gift of Physical Activity This Christmas
    December 18, 2014 7:51 am

    It's only a week until Christmas. If you have some shopping left to do -- why not purchase gifts that promote physical activity? Here are Active Pictou County's TOP FIVE suggestions. Number 1 Many children's recreation and sport programs are not free so the offer to pay for a session or a portion of a registration fee will mean a lot to both the parent and the child. It may also be the perfect opportunity to introduce a new activity! Maybe dance lessons, a membership to our local squash club or a summer sports camp.
  • Schedule of Local Events Released for Sports Day in Canada
    November 24, 2014 9:01 am

    RBC Sports Day in Canada, presented by ParticipACTION, CBC and True Sport, will take place on Saturday, November 29 in communities from coast to coast to coast. This national celebration of sport, from grassroots to high-performance, is an opportunity for all Canadians to celebrate the power of sport, build community and national spirit and facilitate healthy, active living. Get into the spirit and participate in one of the over a dozen activities being held across Pictou County on Saturday. Printable version of the event schedule is available    
  • Coaching Course Part of Sports Day in Canada Festivities
    November 17, 2014 10:11 am

    The positive influence a coach has on a young athlete is carried with that individual long after the season ends. Offering educational sessions like High 5 Sport is one way Active Pictou County supports the development of caring adults who volunteer to lead sport programs in our region. High Five Sport is a five-hour training which is aligned with the FUNdamental and Learn to Train stages of the Canadian Sport for Life model and focuses on social, emotional and cognitive development of athletes. It is designed for coaches, instructors or volunteers providing direct leadership to children aged 6 to 12...
  • Tim Hortons Holiday Free Skates
    November 12, 2014 5:00 pm

                Need something active to do over the holidays?  Why not go to a free skate at your local rink, sponsored by Tim Hortons. This skate is intended for all ages, a use of a helment is encouraged.  Schedule has been released so make sure to mark your calendars.  Click for the complete schedule
  • Active Pictou County Shares Annual Report
    October 31, 2014 11:42 am

    Communicating to stakeholders is key when an organization is attempting to create change...Active Pictou County's purpose is to create a culture of physical activity in homes, workplaces, schools and communities across our county. It's a big task, but one staff are eager to take on and we're pleased to say we're making progress. Take a look at our Annual Report for 2013-14 to learn more about what Active Pictou County is all about. If you have ideas - please contact us at coordinator@activepictoucounty.ca  
  • Local Pools Providing Active Options for Trick-or-Treaters
    October 14, 2014 2:30 pm

    If you ask a child, they would probably tell you there is no such thing as too much candy. This is probably the reason why Halloween is at the top of the list for favorite holidays. Unfortunately, there are more children who cannot enjoy the sugary treats, chocolates and chips like their peers due to allergies, diabetes or other health concerns. As an ACTIVE alternative, Pictou Parks & Recreation and the Pictou County YMCA are selling books of 10 child swim passes for $20.00 until October 31st.   Passes for the Pictou Pool can be purchased at the Fisheries Training Pool or...

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