Community Notices


1.  Lecture – PEI National Park: Creation and Landscape Change

Special 75th anniversary lecture entitled “PEI National Park: Creation and Landscape Change”

by Dr. Alan MacEachern
Thursday, August 9th at 7:00 pm
North Rustico Lions Club, located on 17 Timber Lane in North Rustico.

The 45-minute presentation will open with a description of how the park was created in 1937, including the reasons for the decision to have a park in PEI, the rivalry between Island communities to have the park nearby, and the early establishment of the park. He will also examine landscape change in the park using visuals from the “Aerial Photography & Landscape Change in PEI National Park” exhibit he curated, (with Institute of Island Studies Research Associate Dr. Josh MacFadyen) as featured in the Confederation Centre Art Gallery. The focus of the lecture will be on the section of the park from Cavendish to North Rustico.

A discussion will follow the lecture and light refreshments will be provided. You’re welcome to share this invitation with others you think might be interested in attending the lecture next week.

2.  25 Years for Atlantic Fiddlers Jamboree

The Atlantic Fiddlers Jamboree has been a fixture in the traditional music scene in Atlantic Canada for twenty five years. Hosted in Abram-Village, hub of Acadian hospitality in Prince Edward Island, the Jamboree welcomes musicians from all parts of Atlantic Canada and traditional music enthusiasts from near and far.

Festival Organizers are planning a year of musical events to celebrate this milestone beginning with the annual Jamboree held on the first weekend of August and continuing with a full slate of Fall and Winter events including house concerts, dances and workshops. This year the Jamboree runs from Friday, August 3 through Sunday, August 5. In honour of the Jamborees 25 anniversary, Festival Organizers were eager to gift their faithful audience members and musicians with more opportunity to inter-relate with guest musicians and take to the stage to offer their own musical talents. Festival coordinator, Ward MacDonald speaks on behalf of Organizing Committee, “The Jamboree has a faithful following of music fans, talented artists and an ever generating influx of enthusiastic and energetic youth. We want to thank all of them over all the years for their ongoing support and energy.”

The Jamboree is back with it’s signature events including Friday Night Jam session, 7:30pm at the Expo de Centre bring your instruments. Saturday, August, 4, 2 P. M. till 5 P.M. book a private &/or group fiddling class with Jamboree special guest Betrand DeRaspe. To book your space, interested participants must RSVP by calling 902. 888. 7857. Also on Saturday, August, 4, 8pm an Open Mic Soiree will be hosted at the Moonlight Campground, admission by donation. Sunday, August 5, begins with Musical Brunch at the Expo de Centre from 11 A. M. till 1 P. M. followed by the Afternoon Concert from 2 P. M. till 5 P. M. with the best in traditional music featuring PEI’s own JJ Chaisson, Peter Chaisson, and Anastasia DeRoches as well as very special guest Betrand DeRaspe from the Magdalene Islands. Adults $15 students/seniors and children under twelve, free.

For more information on musicians bios, tickets, directions visit, call 902.888.7857, email Camping is available at 902.854.3300

3.  Women Build Week

Habitat for Humanity PEI is excited to announce that August 6th – 11th is Women Build Week!

We hope to see a great turn out of women to support the “Rodd House for Shayna and Family!”
Monday to Thursday
8:30am—5:00pm & 6:00pm—10:00pm
Friday and Saturday
Located at 308 Buell Road, Mermaid, PEI

What is the Women Build Project?
The Women Build program is not about excluding men, it’s about including women. This program enables women to discover for themselves that they can build Habitat homes, and Women Build projects provide an environment in which women can feel comfortable learning skills they might not of have the opportunity to learn otherwise!

Women currently make up 50% of Habitat for Humanity’s volunteer force, but account for less than 25% of workers on the construction sites!

To sign up for the event, visit and click on the volunteer button.
Any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact Emily Smith, at 367-3041 or email

4.  Free at Rock Barra: Songwriting for the earth

Landscape, Seascape, Soundscape……a collaborative music writing camp at Rock Barra Artist Retreat 

August 7 -9 and 14 -16, 2012

Artists and the General Public are invited to come together to create music inspired by the natural environment. We welcome people with no musical experience to collaborate with professional artists in the creative process. Come enjoy the beach at Rock Barra Artist Retreat and be part of this special event funded by the Canada Council of the Arts. This songwriting camp is being offered to the public for free. Come for a day or come for the whole camp. We want your voice to be heard. Contact Teresa at to register.

Around the planet people are shocked by our environmental crisis. What is our role as artists, as musicians, as a community ? Have we lost our connection to the land and the sea? Landscape, Seascape, Soundscape is a response to this crisis engaging the power of the arts and the artistic process. Over a two week period in August artists, students, and community members of all ages are invited to come together to re-connect with nature and learn to express that connection through song writing, free improvisation and spoken word. Rock Barra Artist Retreat is the perfect setting for this project. It is an artist run co-operative on twenty acres of wilderness beachfront on the north shore of Prince Edward Island.

Bginning at noon on Tuesday the focus will be the sea and the marine environment of Prince Edward Island. Our guest facilitator for the the first day will be marine botanist Dr. Irene Novaczek, Director of the Institute of Island Studies. Irene has been conducting seaweed workshops at Rock Barra for the past five summers.

For more information about our retreat go to to register contact or call 902 838 2973.

5.  Art Show and Coffee House Concert, Saturday, Aug 11, 7- 10 pm

The ‘Drawing on Nature’ Art Show Opening and Concert will be held at Bites Cafe in Hampton, PEI on Saturday August 11 from 7 to 10 pm. Performers will be Margie Carmichael-Scotto, Roy Johnstone, Peter Bevan-Baker, and Tony Reddin, who are among those featured on the ‘Stop Plan B CD’ recording, plus other special guests.

Artists include Jennifer Brown, Julia Purcell, P. John Burden, Marion Copleston , Helene LaRouche, Bruno Peripoli, Julie Arsenault, Ron Arvidson, and BJ McCarville. MCs for the evening are Erskine Smith and David Weale.

Admission: by donation. Everyone welcome.
Bites Cafe is at the Hampton intersection, 19566 Trans Canada Highway.

This event is part of the campaign ‘Stop Plan B’, to protect the beautiful natural areas in Churchill that would be destroyed or affected by construction of the ‘Plan B’ Highway between New Haven and Bonshaw.

The Art Show Exhibit will also be open August 10-12 and Aug 17-19 from 12- 4:30pm. For more information contact Peter Bevan-Baker 658-2741 or Tony Reddin 675-4093 or go to



1. PEI Business Women’s Association – SAVE THE DATE!

This Halloween, for the 2nd year running,
PEIBWA is pleased to present….
“The Business of Murder”

Venue Sponsored by: Stanley Bridge Country Resort

While the fine details of this “spooktacular” fundraising event are still being worked out, we do know it will be held on Saturday, October 27th and that you won’t want to miss out on all the fun which will include a reception, murder mystery event, 3 course meal, music, and more!

Tickets go on sale soon. Mark your calendar now, because only a limited number will be available.
Stay tuned for details!

Phone: 902-892-6040 |  Fax: 902-892-6050


Bestselling Canadian novelist Lawrence Hill, author of The Book of Negroes, is presenting in Stratford. The Book of Negroes was inspired by the historical document of the same name which maintained a list of black Americans who settled in the Maritimes under the promise of freedom following the American Revolution. There will be a book signing opportunity after the lecture at the Stratford Town Centre, Thursday, August 9 at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome.

In addition, on Wednesday, August 8 at 3:45 p.m, Shepard Drive in Stratford will be officially dedicated . The descendants of David and Kesiah Shepard, Black settlers to PEI in the 1700’s, account for over half of PEI’s Black community today.  This street is named in recognition of all Black Islanders and their important contribution to our community; the ribbon cutting duties will be shared by Canadian author Lawrence Hill. All are welcome.


SAVE THE DATE – February 26 to March 1, 2013

The Canadian Domestic Violence Conference 3 will showcase the grassroots initiatives that are happening across the country to address intimate partner violence.  The presentations will be made by community-based groups as well as academics and government agencies. Some of these organizations include women’s shelters, Partner Abuse Response (PAR) programs, probation offices, victim services offices, counselling centres, private practice. The focus of this Conference is to help foster effective conversations with women and men about domestic violence in these various professional contexts.

While focusing primarily on men’s violence against women, the Conference will also provide the opportunity to focus on conversations that are often on the margins of the field: violence in same-sex relationships, violence with people with disabilities, in aboriginal relationships, first generation immigrant relationships, and straight women’s perpetration of abuse.

Some presentations will focus on important distinctions being made among cases based on the level of risk and nature of the abuse.  Such distinctions include high risk cases as well as moderate and low risk cases.

In the context of men’s violence against women, the Conference will focus not only on conversations in which women want to leave, but it will also focus on women who are ambivalent about their relationships and other women who know they want to stay. This broad range of conversations includes individual, couple, family and group conversations.

To move the field forward, the purpose of this Conference is for participants and presenters to highlight and share the innovative approaches that are developing in the various communities across Canada.

Delta Chelsea Hotel and Conference Centre
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

A Call for Presentation Proposals will be available soon.  To be on our email list, please contact

4. Macphail Homestead Writing Workshops for Children and for Adults

The Macphail Homestead in Orwell will host a series of four writing workshops for adults and for children in August facilitated by writer, poet, and children’s author Deirdre Kessler.

Participants will complete writing exercises that call on them to create fiction, nonfiction, life writing, and poetry on the spot. Weather permitting, some of the workshop will be held outdoors and some of it in the Macphail Woods Ecological Project Nature Centre or in the Great Room of the Macphail house.

See how fiction, poetry, and life writing can begin with a sense of place and with close observation of the natural world. Even imaginative writing or fantasy most often begins with geography, with landscape, with real flora and real fauna. Through timed exercises developed by an accomplished teacher, participants will write short pieces in a number of genres as they explore nature and their response to it during the workshop.

Writers at all levels of experience are welcome. Supplies needed: notebook and pencil, non-disposable water bottle, and bug repellent if bugs are a bother.

Writing Workshops for children ages 10-12 will be held Saturday mornings, 9 a.m. to 12 noon, on August 18 and August 25, 2012.

Writing workshops for adults will be held Saturday afternoons, 1:15 p.m. to 5 p.m., August 18 and August 25. The cost for children’s writing workshops is $20 ($30 for two members of same family); the cost for adults is $40. To reserve a space, contact Deirdre Kessler:

The Macphail Tea Room serves light lunches for under $10, so that participants can have lunch before or after the workshop. Contact:

5. Taste Our Island Award 2012

Nominations are now open for the ADAPT Council 6th Annual Taste Our Island award. This prestigious and sought after award recognizes the province’s best innovative chefs and restaurateurs who are supporting Prince Edward Island’s local food system.

Prince Edward Island’s bountiful and delicious harvest is part of what defines its land, heritage, and culture. Supporting local food strengthens the local economy and ensures a secure source of high quality produce.

Everyone is encouraged to help by nominating someone whose outstanding culinary talents they admire. The nominee should be someone who has built effective relationships with farmers, wholesalers and distributors in order to help sustain a regional agricultural food system in new, innovative and effective ways.

The winner and runner-up awards will be presented at the Taste Our Island Roving Feast during the Fall Flavours celebration in late September. Last year’s winner, Barb Jabbour of Papa Joes in Charlottetown, along with a committee of food aficionados, will evaluate incoming nominations and select the 2012 winners.

The Taste Our Island award is an extremely valuable prize. The winner receives a full-page feature article in the 2013 PEI Tourism Guidebook valued at $8,000, and the beautiful “Taste Our Island” commemorative handcrafted plate, courtesy of Victoria’s Glass. The four runners-up will also be highlighted on the Tourism Guidebook page. In addition, the ADAPT Council will give special recognition to all restaurants that receive valid nominations by offering a uniquely designed decal that will identify the establishment as a ‘Taste Our Island’ Restaurant.

The criteria for the award looks not only for top-notch cuisine, but, at how supportive the chef/restaurant is in promoting a local, sustainable food system. Each nominee is judged on the percentage of Island foods included on menus, and how creatively the local foods initiative is profiled there. They are also evaluated on how well the use of local foods is advertised and promoted in general to customers.

Anyone who knows a chef or restaurant that meets the above description can submit a nomination by visiting the ADAPT website at, or find a Taste Our Island nomination form at various restaurants and locations around the Island this summer.

The deadline for nominee submissions is August 22, 2012. Nominations may be made online or mailed to: PEI ADAPT Council ‘Taste Our Island Award Nominations’
c/o The Farm Centre
420 University Avenue, Suite 103
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island C1A7Z5.
For more info please contact

6.   2012-2013 Fall/Winter/Spring Course Calendar Is Now Available at UPEI’s Centre for Life-Long Learning!

The Centre for Life-Long Learning 2012-2013 Fall, Winter, and Spring course calendar is now available.

After months of planning, we are pleased to launch a calendar of courses which includes both new and well-tested courses.

Some highlights include:

To view our complete calendar listing, visit:

Inquiries: 566-0336 or

7. Remembering Hiroshima

August 6th
12 noon, Monday
The Rounda, near Peakes Quay, Charlottetown, PEI

  • Music
  • Poetry
  • Speeches
  • Readings

The 67th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. The militarized murder of defenseless civilians continues…

Event hosted by Island Peace Committee and Unitarian Fellowship. For more information, contact 368-7337.


8. Tuesday Talks at the Acadian Museum of PEI


Hope you can attend one or more of the annual Tuesday Talks at the Acadian Museum of PEI. Why not mark down on your calendar the ones that you don’t want to miss?

For the list of the six lectures (three in English), check this link:

Thanks for forwarding this email to your friends. Hope to see you at the Musée this summer.

Georges Arsenault, Coordinator of the Tuesday Talks


FREDERICTON – The Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation is accepting proposals for funding from registered charities, for projects dealing with the problem of family violence.

The organizations selected will be awarded a grant, to a maximum of $3,000 to undertake projects in areas including counseling, training, public education and educational research.

To be considered for funding, the proposal project must fall into one of the following categories:

  • the operation of emergency shelters and the provision of counseling and other services to victims of family violence;
  • the development of counseling and training programs for the education of counselors working with victims of family violence;
  • the development of public education programs about family violence;
  • the support of educational research into the causes of family violence, and to assist with the education and training of victims of family violence.

The deadline for receiving applications is Monday, August 13, 2012.

The Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation is a charitable organization committed to eliminating family violence and to relieving the suffering of those affected.

For more information please visit our website:

For more information contact:

Therese M. Murray, Executive Director
Rebekah Thomas, Project Manager/Resource Developer
Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation
Phone: (506) 472-5085
Fax: (506) 472-5084
E-mail: /


Community Events and Notices are forwarded to you by the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women for your information and interest. The PEI Status of Women cannot guarantee the accuracy of notices or control re-postings, and does not necessarily endorse every notice or event posted.

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