Open Gym         
Open Gym is a free play program that allows all school aged children to be the masters of play! Children are invited to attend this weekly program in the new gym at SMECA and choose their own equipment and activity. Equipment will be provided, but must be respected and cleaned up at the end of the program. Open Gym will take place Wednesdays from 6-7pm Starting January 8th, 2020.

Girls Group       
Girls Group activities will begin in January 2020. The girls will be exploring the relationship between physical activity and creativity with a variety of projects and activities. The group is for girls ages 12-17 and is based on the interests of the girls in the group. Please keep an eye on the municipal facebook page, and at school for updates when and where we will be meeting.

Learn to Skate  
Learn to Skate continues at the St. Mary’s Recplex in the New Year. The program runs every Friday from 6-7pm and you can still sign up for the program by showing up on Friday nights before 6pm and filling out a registration form. Registration fees for this program are $25. Learn to Skate is for youth who are in the early stages of learning to skate. Children only require skates and a hockey helmet.

After School Recreation Hockey              
After School Recreation Hockey continues to take place Wednesdays from 3-4pm at the St. Mary’s Recplex for school aged children. This is an opportunity for kids to enjoy the sport of hockey no matter what their skill level is. Participants will take part in basic shooting, passing and skating drills along with unstructured play. Recreation Staff will walk registered participants in this program from school to the Recplex leaving the school at 2:40. Note: Children must wear full hockey gear to participate.

Free Skates       
Free skates are back at the St. Mary’s Recplex! Skates will take place each Saturday from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00pm. Skates are free for all, all season long. There are limited amount of helmets and skates available for use free of charge.  The Recplex also offers skate sharpening now at $5 per pair. All skaters must wear helmets on the ice, no exceptions. Free Skates are made possible through financial support from the Province of Nova Scotia.

Make it Take it Craft Program at the Recplex     
This all ages program will take place at the St. Mary’s Recplex in the warm room on Friday’s from 7:00-8:00pm. This is a free program. Parents are invited to come out and watch some hockey while children make crafts in the warm room!

Men’s Hockey League  
Men’s Hockey League games take place on Wednesday and Friday evenings at 7 & 8 p.m. Teams have been drafted and a full schedule is available on the municipal Facebook page or at the municipal office. Fans are invited to come out to the Recplex and take in some great hockey!

Volunteer of the Year Nominations       
The Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s is looking for individuals and organizations within our communities to nominate candidates for the St. Mary’s Volunteer of the Year Award. This year, there are no categories, just three simple questions to answer. Nomination forms have been sent out to organizations and can also be found on our website. Nominators are encouraged to include as much information as you can about the volunteer. If you need to attach a separate page to answer the questions, please feel free to do so. Municipal Council will choose one volunteer based on the completed nomination forms who will represent the municipality as Volunteer of the Year at the Annual Provincial Volunteer Awards. The provincial ceremony will take place on April 27th, 2020 at Casino Nova Scotia. The Municipality will be hosting its own Volunteer Recognition Event in April. Planning is underway for that event. All nominated volunteers will be recognized at this event. If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact Kerri Penney at the 902-522-2598.

Youth Drop-in Events 
The Community Development and Recreation Department will be hosting two youth drop-in events in January. Drop-ins are for youth ages 13-17 and will take place from 3-5:30 p.m. Students with bus notes can get off the bus at the community centres. The event will be casual, with a hot chocolate bar, popcorn and snacks, board games, a movie, or additional activities that youth would like to do. These events are free. Jan. 17th- Port Bickerton and Jan. 31st - Liscomb

St. Mary’s Fitness Centre

Nova Scotia has many health concerns, including obesity and obesity related illnesses. Physical inactivity is one of the major causes of these illnesses. The St. Mary’s Fitness Centre can be your way to avoid obesity related illnesses and live a more healthy life. Make 2020 the year that you make small changes that will improve your well-being. Small consistent changes become healthy habits and habits turn into an overall lifestyle change before you know it. Have you ever heard the saying “slow and steady wins the race”? This quote is tried and true in health and fitness. Come see us at the St. Mary’s Fitness Centre to start your journey to a healthier you. Staff will help new comers navigate the facility and start their journey. Your first visit is free. Visit www.saint-marys.ca for hours and rates.