eNews for June 22, 2017

Canada Rocks!

Help us celebrate Canada’s 150 by painting a rock and placing it in our entry gardens at the Halifax and Shearwater sites of the MFRC. With red and white paint, decorate a rock with a maple leaf, a heart… be creative! Please deliver your rocks by Thursday, June 29.

*Please no boulders!

Summer has arrived! Save the Date for Beach Day

Summer has finally arrived and we couldn’t be happier! As you start to fill up your summer calendar we wanted to let you know about our Annual Family Beach Day on August 20, 2017. Every year we invite military families to MacDonald Beach in Shearwater for an afternoon of fun in the sun! There will be games, BBQ, Sand Castle contests and so much more. Details and ticket info will be posted on our website and Facebook in the near future. Hope to see you all there!

Coffee Connections Reminder

Halifax & Shearwater

Here’s a friendly reminder that our weekly Coffee Connections group will be cancelled on June 23, 2017. The group will reconvene June 30, 2017 at both sites.

Canada Day Closure

All sites

The H&R MFRC will be closed on July 3, 2017 for the Canada Day long weekend. Our 24/7 Information line will be available for urgent calls at 902-427-7788 or 1-888-753-8827.

If you’re still making your Canada Day plans you can visit destinationhalifax.com/content/canada-day-events-halifax for a list of all the events going on around the Halifax region

Changes to the Trident

You may have noticed that the Trident newspaper has changed its look! It’s also changed its delivery. The Trident is no longer available for home delivery. It can be picked up twice monthly (every other Monday) at local organizations, like Sobeys, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, and of course, at the MFRC!

Adult & Community

Weekly Walking Group


Tired of walking alone? Looking for a new way to motivate yourself and meet others? Come out and walk the Shearwater Flyer Trail Wednesday morning’s with us. Get outside, enjoy the fresh air and chat with friends while getting some exercise. Strollers are welcome!

Date: Wednesday mornings from 9:30 – 11am

Cost: Free

Registration Deadline: Drop-in

June Book Club: Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn

Henderson Sweetman Youth Centre Shearwater

Book Club is a community based program for military families who are avid readers. All are welcome to meet and discuss the book that they have read and express their opinions, likes, dislikes, etc. We meet once a month and this month’s book is “Gone Girl” - Gillian Flynn

Date: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 from 6:30 – 8:30pm

Cost: Free

Registration Deadline: Friday, June 23 2017

Child, Youth & Parenting Programs

Next week at New Baby

Shearwater: Tuesdays | Halifax: Wednesdays

Are you a mother “to be” in the last trimester? Maybe a parent with babies up to 12 months? Whether this is your first child or fifth, our New Baby program is a great opportunity to share tips, tricks, games and more with other parents! We’re inviting you to come spend your morning connecting with other expecting moms and parents and take advantage of our warm and comfy environment and learn about baby-friendly activities, development, and self-care.

Next week’s topic: Travel time – Are you planning on travelling this summer? We will be discussing some tips and tricks to overcome some of the challenges of travelling with a baby.

Dates: Tuesday (Shearwater) & Wednesday (Halifax) from 9:30 - 11:30am

Cost: $1 drop-in / Casual care: $3 per child or $6 per family

Registration Deadline: Drop-in

Halifax Gymboree

Halifax Site

Are you looking to get out of the house and enjoy some fun with your children one morning a week? Check out our Gymboree program and take advantage of the opportunity to get to know other military families and have your children interact and play with kids in their age group. Each week activities will feature gym mats, scooters, large balls, tunnels, hula hoops, ride-on toys, parachutes, bean bags and much more! A snack will also be provided. All children are welcome, but the program is best suited to those aged 12 months to 5 years.

Dates: Tuesdays & Thursdays from 9:30 – 11:30am

Cost: $1

Registration Deadline: Drop-in

School’s out for youth!

Henderson Sweetman Youth Centre, Shearwater

WOOHOO! School’s finally out for the summer and it’s time to celebrate! Head over to the YC and kick off summer hanging with your friends, playing some awesome games and eating hotdogs fresh off of the barbeque. Forget about homework for a couple months and have some fun at the YC!

Date: Saturday, June 24, 2017 from 7 – 9pm

Cost: $4/person

Francophone Programs

Café Français

Henderson Sweetman Youth Centre

Avis à toutes les familles militaires, arrêtez-vous au CRFM les jeudis matins et participez à notre activité Café Français. L’ambiance y est détendue et les participantes peuvent se réunir, créer des liens et parler de leurs expériences liées au mode de vie militaire. Venez faire de nouvelles connaissances en savourant un café et faites une petite pause loin des enfants. Service de garde disponible.

Date: Les jeudis de 9h30 à 11h30

Festival Stella – Célébration de la Francophonie

Conseil Communautaire du Grand Havre, 201C ave. du Portage,

À l’occasion du 150e anniversaire du Canada et dans le cadre de la fête nationale du Québec - la Saint-Jean-Baptiste - nous vous invitons à venir célébrer la francophonie avec nous. Au programme, une foire artisanale, des activités pour les enfants (châteaux gonflables, maquillage, barbe à papa et autres jeux), une scène artistique, le camion restaurant Smokinstein qui vous proposera un assortiment de poutines et bien d’autres surprises! Cette journée familiale se conclura par le spectacle du Festival Stella. 9 artistes émergeants de la Nouvelle-Écosse vous présenteront leur travail lors d’un spectacle multidisciplinaire. Andre Muise, Amateur Trahan, Benito Madison, Céleste Godin, Emma LeBlanc, Ivy Marchant, Jacques Surette Fans, Karine Lahaie Artist, Nora Robicheau.

Date: Les 24 juin de 13h à 22h

Soupers francophones

Baton Rouge. 1877 Hollis St, Halifax

À chaque dernier vendredi du mois, les membres des familles militaires francophones sont invites à souper dans l’un des nombreux restaurants du grand HRM. C’est une belle occasion pour rencontrer de nouvelles personnes tout en discutant et en s’amusant. C’est pour les membres de familles militaires seulement. Chaque participante défraie le coût de son souper

Date: Le 30 juin de 18h30 à 21h30

Date limite d’inscription: Le 28 juin

Deployment Programs

HMCS St Johns: Harbour Hopper

1751 Lower Water St, Halifax

Journey the streets of historic downtown Halifax aboard the Harbour Hopper. Visit historical points of interest such as St. Paul’s Church, Citadel Hill, the Public Gardens, Government House, City Hall, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and more! Then, cast off into Halifax Harbour (without ever leaving your seat!), for a mariner’s view of Halifax’s naval fleet, spectacular harbourfront, and the beautiful skylines of both Halifax and Dartmouth. It’s a fully narrated hour, and included such topics as the Halifax Explosion and the rich history of Halifax’s role during war and peace while pointing out the many interesting anecdotes relative to our current fleet of naval vessels. A fun-filled amphibious adventure you’ll never forget. Enjoy a 55-minute tour of historic Halifax - By LAND and by SEA!

Date: Saturday, June 24, 2017 from 12:30 – 2pm.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, June 21, 2017


Halifax Site

Attention St. John’s families, are you preparing for your loved one’s return from deployment? Many military families would agree that homecoming is the best part of the deployment process, however it may take some time and patience for life to settle back down again. Like other phases of the deployment cycle, the reunion phase has unique stressors. Please join us for our R2MR (Road to Mental Readiness) workshop. This workshop is similar to what your loved one will be receiving prior to homecoming and it is here that you will both gain the same language and tools for understanding the stress, joys, and challenges of reunion. Our workshop will cover all of these elements and provide you with resources and helpful practices on how you can share your feelings and have open and honest communication with your loved one prior to and during your reunion. Casual care will be offered for children 12 years and younger, with age appropriate reunion activities.

Date: Sunday, June 25 2017 from 1:30 – 3:30pm.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, June 21 2017

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