Free and Low Cost Leisure Ideas Calendar

January/February 2015
A calendar of free and low cost community leisure and recreation opportunities….
01) Running & Walking
02) Flea Market
26) Farmers’ Markets
19) Art Gallery of Nova
23) Knitters Circle
27) Swimming
15) Scrabble
24) Hot Yoga
28) Learn to Speed Skate
11) Open Mic Night
16) Women’s Group
20) Try a gym
25) Singing
29) Contra Dance
12) Cooking class
17) Line Dancing
21) Healthy Thursdays
06) Pickleball!
10) Maritime Museum
of the Atlantic
04) Chanting
22) Badminton
09) Crochet
08) Family Play Group
18) Aqua Zumba
05) Meditation
07) Board Game Café
03) Walk on an Indoor
14) Museum of Natural
13) Neptune Theatre
Please note….
Need Bus or Ferry Information?
These programs are offered by various groups and organizations throughout HRM
Programs are open to everyone in the community (as indicated)
All programs are subject to change by the organization providing the opportunity
Use the contact information provided to confirm details prior to attending
Call HRM at 311
or visit them online:
See Reverse for Details 
New Year’s Fitness Goals?
What’s happening at your local library?
Other Free and Low Cost Ideas!
Ask your local gym for a free trial pass
and/ or facility tour!
Get up and Go!
(Membership assistance available if needed)
Dartmouth: 21 Woodlawn Rd., 469-9622
2269 Gottingen St. 422-9622
*YMCA Park Street is now closed, new facility
will open in 2017.
Festivals & Events!
Other Ideas!
30) Hiking Club
33) ScotiaBank Hockey Day
36) Movie matinee
31) Explore a Trail
34) Valentines Cards and Crafts
37) Community Choir
32) Skating
35) Knitting the Night Away
38) Book club
39) Symphony Nova Scotia
Under 30 Pass
HRM libraries host a wide variety of
free classes and events!
General Inquires 902-490-5753
Pick up a copy of the library guide or visit
Get Connected to Rec!
Take a look at the HRM Recreation
Program Catalogue located at your local
community recreation centre. For
information call
or visit
01) Running & Walking. Please bring water and wear
appropriate clothing and footwear. New to exercise or running?
Let the leader know! Running Room: For runners and walkers!
Free! Wed 6pm & Sun 8:30am. Two locations: Bedford
(Sunnyside Mall, 902-832-5240) & Halifax (5514 Spring
Garden Rd, 902-420-0774). Sign-up online: Mountain Equipment Co-Op: Run 5 or
10km. Open to all! Mon at 5:30 p.m. (Wave on the Waterfront).
Women only on Sat 8:30 am. at Seaport Market. For more
info: 902-421-2667
02) Flea Market. Halifax Forum, 2901 Windsor St. $1.50. Sun,
9am-2pm. Info at
03) Walk or run on an indoor track. Canada games
Centre $3 between 12- 3 pm to walk on the indoor track.
Call 490-2400 for more information or visit for more info.
Dartmouth Sportsplex $3 to run or walk on the indoor
track. Times vary – call 464-2600 or visit for details.
04) Chanting. Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi - Atlantic
Region, 2029 North Park St, Halifax.
Phone: 902-422-8142, Email: [email protected] Every
Sunday morning 9 am - 10 am. Everyone is welcome.
05) Meditation. Shambhala Centre (1084 Tower Rd, Halifax).
Introductory Meditation: Wed, 6pm ($5) – light dinner followed
by instruction, meditation practice and discussion. Meditation:
Sun 9am-noon, Mon - Fri, 7-8am, 9-10am & 5-6pm. Free!
Questions? Visit, or call 4201118.Alderney Gate Library – Mondays 7p.m. (begins Jan. 13)
Everyone welcome. See Library Guide (p. 16).
06) Pickleball. $6. A unique low impact fun sport combining
Badminton, Tennis & Racket Ball. Equipment provided. All
Welcome! East Dartmouth Community Centre Mon 12pm2:30pm, Wed, 9-11:30am, Thurs 8am-11:30am and Sun
10:30am-1pm. PH: 902-435-6211 or info at
07) Board Room Game Café. Open gaming night that
provides an opportunity to meet new people and play
great games at the same time! Open Gaming: Mondays
6pm- midnight, $5. 1256 Barrington St., Halifax 902423-7545, or visit
08) Family Play Group There is snack time, reading
circle, rhymes, games, crafts and more. Mondays,
9:30-11:30am, Fairview United Church, 3524 Dutch
Village Road (lower level), Halifax. No cost! For more
information call 443-9569 ext.1. Or
09) Crochet Club. Dartmouth North Library. New to
crochet or a seasoned pro? All are welcome! Tuesday,
Jan 13 at 7pm, Tuesday Feb. 10 at 7pm.
10) Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (1675 Lower Water
St, Halifax) Free admission (or donation) Tuesday 5-8pm; or
$5 during regular hours. For more info visit or call 902-424-7490.
11) Open Mic Nights. Free for all to enjoy!
Humani-t Café: Tuesdays, 8 pm – 11 pm, 1451 South Park St.
& Fridays, 8 pm - 11 pm, 5755 Young St., Halifax.
22) Badminton: $6. Everyone welcome. East Dartmouth
Community Centre (50 Caledonia Road). Wed 9am-11:30am
and Fri, 4-6pm.
12) Cooking Class. Expand your skills and recipe ideas!
Superstore: Sign up at the customer service desk for ‘What’s
for Dinner,’ a weekly cooking class. $10 (receive a $10 gift card
at the end of the class!). More info at your local Superstore or
online at
Sobeys: Sobeys offers Healthy Cooking classes ($15) and
Taste and Learn (Free) where you learn and sample new
recipes. Contact your local Sobeys for details.
23) Knitters Circle. Fridays/10:00 am, begins Jan.9
Knitters from all over the world make new friends, share
stories and knitting tips. Keshen Goodman Library (330
Lacewood Drive, Halifax).
13) Neptune Theatre. Neptune offers Pay What You Can
on the first Tuesday night of every show. Admission is by
donation, cash only, and there is no advance ticketing.
Numbers are distributed to patrons waiting in line to
ensure fairness (max two numbers per person. Numbers
do not guarantee entry.) Doors open at 7 pm for 7:30pm
performance start. There is no assigned seating. Jan 20:
Hitchcock Meets Hilarity – The 39 Steps; Jan 27: What a
Young Wife Ought to Know.
14) Museum of Natural History. 1747 Summer St., Hfx.
Free! Wed from 5-8p.m. $6.25 during regular hours. Current
Exhibit: is Dinosaurs Unearthed. Questions? Call 902-4247353 or visit:
15) Scrabble. Free. Bring your friends and join in for a fun
afternoon around a Scrabble board. J. D. SHATFORD
library, Wednesdays/2 p.m. Visit the Library Guide for
other times and locations;
16) Women’s Group. Free. A weekly program of
activities and discussion. HALIFAX NORTH library,
Wed/10:30 a.m.
17) Edgett Social Dance Studio – Line Dancing
Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Starts Jan. 14 $10 drop in
fee. No partner needed! Open to all levels. 36 Brookshire
Crt, Bedford, 455-1924 for more information.
18) Aqua Zumba. Zumba + aqua fitness! Thurs 7pm, $4.
Captain William Spry Wave Pool. Call 420-7946 for more info.
19) Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. 1723 Hollis St, Halifax. Free
on Thursday nights from 5:00-9:00pm. Questions? Call 902424- 5280 or visit
20) Try a gym. At the Captain William Spry Community
Centre, 16 Sussex St., buy a day pass for $5 and use the
facilities. Mon- Fri 6:30am - 9:00pm, Sat 8:30am - 8:00pm,
Sun 8:30am- 8:30pm. *The centre is open to members
and punch card holders only from 6:30am to 8:30am.
Call 902-477-7665 for more info.
21) Healthy Thursdays A weekly focus on the most importantthing on your check list—your health. Alderney Landing Library,
No cost! Jan: 22, 29, Feb: 5,12,19,26. At 2pm. Visit for more information, or
check out the Library Guide.
24) Hot Yoga. Halifax Yoga: Sunday 6:30 – 7:30 January: 4,
11, 18; Feb: 1. Classes are $5. 406-9642 or for more information.
Breathing Space Yoga (6389 Coburg Road) Saturdays.
10:00 a.m. $5. 446-9642
Shanti Dartmouth: 114 Woodlawn Road (Friday, 8:30pm).
Shanti Bedford: 620 Nine Mile Drive (Friday, 7pm). More info :
visit or call 902-835-6415 (Bedford) or
902-435-1155 (Dartmouth)
25) Singing – Lunch Bunch. Free. This 20-25 voice
group meets Fridays 12:15-1:15 in the Sanctuary at St.
Matthews Church, 1479 Barrington Street. This choir is
comprised mainly of singers working in the downtown
area who gather each week for the sheer joy of singing
and to shake off work-week stress. All welcome.
26) Farmers Markets. A fantastic spot for local treats.
Alderney Landing: Dartmouth waterfront next to the Ferry
Terminal. Sat 8am-1pm & Sun 11am-3pm). More info at
Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market: 1209 Marginal Rd.
Tues - Fri 10am - 5pm; Sat. 7am – 3pm; Sun 9am - 3pm.
More info at
27) Swimming! Spryfield Wave Pool: $4 Lane Swims: Mon,
Thurs 8pm-9pm, Wave swims: Tues 7pm-8:00pm FREE,
Sat/Sun 2pm-3:00pm $4.00 Family Wave Swim: Sat/ Sun
3:00-4:00pm $4.00/$2.25
Canada Games Centre: $3. 26 Thomas Raddall Dr
Tues & Sat 8-10pm, Friday 8-10am, Sun (women only) 78:15pm, and Sun (men only) 8:30-9:45pm. More info at Or call 902-490-2400
Needham Pool: re-opening in February!
Centennial Pool: $4 lane swims. Every week day 7:45-2:00
Monday 3:330-8pm; Tuesday 3:30 -5:15, 6:15-7:30, 8:30-9:30,
Wed 3:30 – 7; Thurs. 3:30-7:30, 8:30 – 9:30, Fri. 3:30 – 4:30, 69pm; Sat. Women’s only swim from 6:45-7:45. More info at or 490-7219
28) Learn to Speed Skate. At the Oval, $10. Saturdays in
January: 10, 17, 24; February: 7, 21, 28. Participants should be
comfortable on skates, with good balance and directional
control. Helmet mandatory (they can be rented with valid photo
ID). Call RecConnect at 490-6666 to register.
29) Contra Dance Live Music! All dances taught, no
experience necessary, and no need to come with a
partner. $8-$10. All Nations Church, 2535 Robie Street,
Halifax, 8:00-11:00 pm, but come at 7:30 for beginner's
30) Hiking Club. Chebucto Hiking Club! Events are 10kms +
with a designated walk leader and "ender" familiar with the trail.
Walks usually take a little over 2 hours. No need to pre-register.
Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. Free! For
info call 902-432-1458 or visit
31) Explore a Trail! Explore HRM’s beautiful parks & trails.
Visit or ask about HRM’s walking kit at
your local library (including bus routes & safety tips)
32) Skating. FREE. Emera Oval. Skates and protective gear
available with Photo ID. For a schedule of skate times 490-2347
Dartmouth Sportsplex. Drop in for skating, $5. Mon,
Wed, Thurs, Fri and Sun. at 10:15.
Call 902-464-2600 for info
33) Scotiabank Hockey Day: Live from the Emera
Oval with Ron Maclean Saturday, February 14, 2015
FREE event includes shinny hockey tournament, NHL
alumni hockey clinics for youth, Valentine’s Day jersey
skate, LED screens showing live NHL game4s, ice and
snow sculptors, the Stanley Cup, free food. Scarves and
toques provided by Scotiabank while supplies last.
34) Valentine’s Day Cards and Crafts. Library Social in
Cole Harbour. February 13 . Relax and enjoy yourself
at this welcoming and warm social event.
35) Knitting the Night Away. Enjoy knitting and
friendly conversation – supplies and help available for
beginners. Captain William Spry – Wednesdays 7:15pm
(Jan: 14, 28; Feb: 11, 25). Dartmouth North Tuesday
Jan. 20 and Feb 24 at 7pm. Registration required, call
36) Movie Matinees. Missed seeing that great film in
the theatres? Now is your chance to catch some on the
big screen. Library Matinees. Free. Visit the library guide
(p.39) for exact dates or go to for the online guide.
37) You Gotta Sing! A non-auditioned, all ages community
choir welcoming everyone, no singing experience necessary!
Visitors welcome! New members can join anytime! Classes
just under $10 per week (sliding scale and bursaries available).
North Halifax or Birch Cove/Bedford. More info at 902-8187702 or visit
38) Book Club. Free. Discover new authors, meet new
people, and share insights. Visit pg. 11 of the guide or for a book club near you.
39) Symphony Nova Scotia Under 30 Pass
Under 30? Attend any of their classical concerts for only
$15, tax included.
Visit or call 4943820 for concert listings.