My Nanaimo This Week - January 6-12, 2020

Jan 06, 2020

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This week we move into a new year, get active with Parks and Recreation and Committee meetings are back from a holiday break. 

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Happy New Year!

Last week we rang in a new year. From the City of Nanaimo, we wish you a healthy and prosperous 2020. 

Get active in 2020

With the holidays and all the indulgences they bring over, you may be making resolutions to get more active. Our Parks and Recreation department has a number of ways for all ages and abilities to get out and be active. 

Gain Strength: Looking to get toned and gain strength? Check out our Fitness classes available at our recreation facilities. 

Stay Balanced: Looking for a good physical and mindful workout? Try one of our yoga classes. We offer classes tailored to all levels. Find the yoga class for you starting on page 57 of the Fall & Winter Activity Guide.

Get in the Water: Try one of our drop-in aquafit classes, swimming lengths or an Everyone Welcome swim.

Get on the Ice: Never been skating or want to refresh your skills? We have a variety of skating lessons both private and as part of our RecSkate program to help get your footing right.

Dance: How about trying a dance style that is new to you? We offer a variety of dance classes including Ballroom, Bollywood, Hip Hop and Ballet. Find them beginning on page 46 of the Fall & Winter Activity Guide.

Get Outside: Take a moment to enjoy Nanaimo's natural beauty by exploring one of our many parks and trails

Be active as a family: from Baby and Me Fitness to ski and snowboard lessons, check out how families can stay active together and have fun on page 31 of the Fall & Winter Activity Guide.

Check out the Fall and Winter Activity Guide for more ways to stay active in 2020 and watch for the Spring and Summer Activity Guide coming out at the end of February!

It's not easy being green!

These famous words from Kermit the Frog, ring true when we make changes in our life to be more environmentally responsible. But, after making it a habit to do things like recycling or choosing an active transportation mode, it doesn't seem so hard. Let's make changes together to make 2020 our greenest year yet.

A new year means new opportunities to get closer to Zero Waste! The City of Nanaimo is here to help you get closer to meeting your Green Resolution with these simple tips:

  • Reduce – Say no to single use, and put together an ‘On the Go’ zero waste kit with a reusable bag, water bottle, travel mug, reusable food container and cutlery.
  • Reuse – Give away what you can’t use! Share or donate items around your house that aren’t being used.  One person’s trash is another’s treasure!
  • Recycle – Say no to wishcycling and recycle right!  When in doubt, find out. When you aren’t sure if something is recyclable, don’t just toss it in the bin. Use the What Goes Where recycling directory on the City website or on the Nanaimo Recycles app. Download the free app on the App Store or Google Play

Where do all the Christmas Trees go?

Not in the green bin! Did you opt for a real Christmas tree this year? If you missed all the tree-chipping fundraisers this past weekend, you can responsibly dispose of your tree at the RDN Landfill located at 1105 Cedar Road. Please make sure all lights, tinsel and decorations have been removed.

If you have a yard, consider gifting your tree back to wildlife! Your tree can provide habitat to birds and other small animals on cold winter nights and blustery storms.

Upcoming Community Events:

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Council and Committees

This week’s Council and Committee Meetings 

Council isn't in session this week, but the Economic Development Task Force will meet and a Public Hearing will take place.

Visit the Meetings, Documents and Videos page on the City website to view upcoming meetings, agendas and past meeting videos or visit the Council Meeting Summaries page to read a recap of decisions made in previous meetings. 

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Here's a recap of City news from December 16 to January 3:

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