By Fianna McKnight

Here’s to another successful month with the AE Youth Council! Our Arran-Elderslie Festival of Lights has finally come to a close, and we have a big announcement to make: the winners of the draw. If your name is on this list, please contact Laura Fullerton at the Municipal Office to work out delivery of your prize.

$25 Side Street pizza gift cards: Allyson Nagel, Gail Dalman, April Mulholland, Saugie Suds Laundromat

$25 Mills Home Hardware gift cards: Jennifer Marshall-Foxcroft, Joyce & Kelly Noble and McAuley

$100 Hatten’s Home Hardware gift card: Ken and Donna Cormack

Special thank you to Hatten’s Home Hardware, Mills Home Hardware, and the Chesley Kinsmen for their extremely generous donations, and thank you to everyone who submitted their amazing decorations! You all made this event possible, and we couldn’t be more grateful.

If you’ve been keeping up with our socials and last month’s article, you know all about this month’s big event in collaboration with the Paisley Artscape Society– the Milne-Crawford Reboot! If you haven’t, we want you to join us Saturday, February 13 online to celebrate the lives of painter David Milne and poet Isabella Valancy Crawford. To “reboot” something is to start something anew or to make a fresh start, and that is exactly what we want to do with these local legends, all with your participation!

We want youth all over the community to submit art, poems, or a spoken word piece to be displayed– your submission will be added to our virtual gallery, you will have the chance to win prizes and a chance at being published in our highlights publication after the Reboot (with a $10 honorarium… lots of incentive)! How-To videos featuring local celebrities are being uploaded to the Paisley Artscape Society YouTube channel, and may make an appearance on arranelderslieyouth’s IGTV. 

If you’re interested in submitting, the link is in the linktree in our bio on Instagram @arranelderslieyouth, or scan the QR code below (if you’ve never used one before, fear not– just download a scanner app on your phone and open it, point your camera at the code, et voila) The early bird deadline has already passed, but don’t miss your chance– final submission date is February 5th at midnight!

Another awesome opportunity for youth to get involved with the Reboot is with the open mic– at the live portion of the event (Saturday, Feb 13 at 7pm– don’t forget!) we’re holding an open mic event where you have the chance to give any kind of live performance– music, spoken word, poetry– as long as it’s broadly related to the works of Milne or Crawford. The submission form is also in our linktree, so use the QR code or visit our Instagram bio!

We look forward to seeing all of your beautiful submissions, and hope to see you at the event in a few weeks, so don’t forget to register!

Finally (we weren’t kidding about a busy month), we’re bringing you the first official Youth Council book recommendation, and it’s romance! With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, you’ve got to indulge in Forever by Judy Blume. Council Member Ruby Padbury says: “Forever is about a 16-year-old girl who falls in love. When she goes away to summer camp she meets another boy who she starts to fall for. Who will she choose? Is there a difference between first love and true love? 

This is definitely a read for ages 13+. It is an amazing book, though contains age-appropriate content. ‘Forever’ is forever a classic coming-of-age award-winning book.” Lucky for you, this book is available at the Bruce County Public Library, so head on over to the website and put it on hold before someone else does!

As always, stay safe, stay tuned, and we’ll see you next month!

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