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Art for the Parks offers many events to the public

Simultaneous events took place at the Bahamas National Trust’s (BNT) Art for the Parks on Jan. 26 – one of which was the 2013 Chalk Art Festival. Thirty blocks of art work by Abaco artists were aligned along the boardwalk and were sponsored by local churches, business establishments and banking institutions. The event was organized by The Rotary Club of Abaco.

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New Year’s Junkanoo held on Green Turtle Cay

As usual, the New Year’s Day Green Turtle Cay Junkanoo Parade was a display of colours, music and good will as residents and visitors joined in the rush going through town. At 2:30 pm, heralded by children, the Green Turtle Cay Slammers Junkanoo group made their way down hill towards Parliament Street, the colorful feathers of the costumes bobbing in the wind. Girls dressed in pink and white, wearing feathery masks, lead the procession in the front row of the group.

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Urban Renewal Drill Core after-school programs beginning

The registration for the Drill Core after-school program will be held for all grades 4 to 6 at Central Abaco Primary School (Private schools have been invited to join) on that campus on Wednesday, 16 January 2013 at 3:30pm.

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Artist Profile – Leanne Russell

As a self-taught Bahamian artist, Leanne Russell remembers a connection to art from an early age. She recalled a humourous story of being attached to her pacifier as a toddler. One day her mother gave her crayons, and she coloured on her pacifier. From then on she relinquished the pacifier, and became quite content to gaze upon its transformation to that of a work of art atop a shelf.

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Project Hope focuses on improving parenting relationships

Project H.O.P.E. (Helping Our Potential to Emerge) was facilitated by Simmone Bowe on Jan. 5. The event took place at Garnell Limperes’ Island Waves Community Center in Marsh Harbour, and will take place every six weeks. Bowe, a transformation strategist for the Horizons Development Group, explained that the free community forum for parents provides strategies on understanding teens, exploring the learning process, and engaging in the child's learning experience.

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Two Abaconians nominated for the 2012 Cacique Award

Two Abaconians, nominated for the 2012 Cacique Award, have remained on the finalists list in their category. They are Mr. Malcom Spicer in the Event Planner category and Mrs. Candace Key, who was nominated in two categories, Human Resources Development and Sustainable Tourism. The list of their contribution to Abaco tourism is impressive, with both of them achieving international recognition.

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Art displayed and sold at the Abaco Inn for good cause

A one man art show was held at the Abaco Inn on December 29. The paintings were the work of Rolf Sauer and were being sold for a worthy cause. Mr. Sauer and his wife, Susan Maxman, are second-homeowners on Elbow Cay’s North End who built their home here five years ago and now spend six months a year here. Mr. Sauer was selling his paintings to raise funds for the Bahamas Lighthouse Preservation Society.

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Grand opening of Hummingbird Cottage Art Centre receives enthusiastic response

Artists from at home and abroad, art lovers and well-wishers gathered at the newly restored Hummingbird Cottage in the heart of Hope Town on January 5 for the grand opening of the Hummingbird Cottage Art Centre. Hummingbird Cottage, located in the centre of town behind the post office, is one of the most charming historic Loyalist cottages in Hope Town. It has been lovingly restored by owners Jim and Christy Young who, for many years, had a vision of opening it as an art centre. Christy, who hails from Maryland, is herself an artist who is experienced in all mediums but recently discovered a passion for oils under the tutelage of Walt Bartman who has been instrumental in assisting her with her dream of beginning this art centre. She is excited for this centre to become an educational centre for workshops and is hoping that it will be a vibrant entity which will bring people from all over the world.

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ECC provides great entertainment at Christmas Assembly

Every Child Counts (ECC) held its annual Christmas Assembly on December 14. Performances were given by all classes as ECC students, staff members and volunteers ushered in the holiday season with an upbeat selection of Christmas songs and skits. Cardesha Wright served as moderator of the program during the assembly.

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Christmas traditions strengthen Cherokee’s community

Other settlements do indeed have their traditions over the holidays, but Christmas in Cherokee is one of the most popular. Every year Cherokee-roots families come back together from across the island to be a part of it. On December 16, the Kids Korner kids put on their Christmas program. And on the Dec. 17 the tiny tots Fire Flies had their program in the Old Schoolhouse. Within the week before Christmas, carolers gathered and walked the streets singing Christmas carols. On December 20 the Youth Group put on an evening of songs at the Old School. Then, the Sunday night before Christmas, the Methodist Church had its Candlelight Service.

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