Free Comic Book Day

golden age action comicsThe 1st Saturday of May is Free Comic Book Day (May 7th this year – 2011), where particpating stores provide free comics, in addition to so social activities like a BBQ, prizes, etc.

Every Geek parent should be taking their kids to this.

Use the Free Comic Book Day Store Locator to find a participating store near you.

Gamezilla in Moncton is hosting Free Comic Book Day, which I’m taking our family to.

The free comics include Spider-man, Green Lantern, and a whole lot I haven’t heard of.

Top News Stories In Moncton

Snow. It’s all about snow. Headlines from local news sources:

  • Local newspaper, The Times and Transcript: Will snow cleanup ever end?
  • From all News radio station, News 91.9: Moncton poised to break snow record.
  • Winter weather persists in Atlantic Canada from Global news.
  • Moncton High contingency plan may be revealed from CBC (it’ll be news for them when Moncton breaks that record).

The Mystery Of Magnetic Hill

Scientist tackles Magnetic Hill mystery:

A Japanese scientist has won an award for duplicating the kind of optical illusion that for decades has baffled tourists who visit the fabled Magnetic Hill in Moncton, N.B.

Magnetic Hill is an area that appears like you’re going up a hill when you’re really going down.

It’s dumb-founding if you’re new to it: you take your car “down” a hill, put it in neutral, then experience the car going back “up” the way came on its own, when it’s really going down a hill. It is cool.

Wikipedia says there are hundreds of these magnetic-type hills. I had no idea.

Moncton’s Annual Used Book Fair

used book saleMoncton has an annual used book sale at a curling club in the Spring. Every couple of years I purge my books for those I don’t want, delivering them to the local fire station with the kids (because every kid loves fire stations).

Moncton‘s longest running used book sale is once again looking for donations of gently used books.
The 47th Annual Book Fair will be held at the Beaver Curling Club on May 7th, 8th, and 9th, 2009.
The money raised provides scholarships and bursaries for local women. Hardcover and paperback English and French books, in good condition are welcome, as well as puzzles, games, CDs, DVDs, videos and cassettes. No encyclopedias, textbooks, magazines or record albums, please.
Donations may be dropped off at Moncton, Dieppe or Riverview Fire Stations etween now and May 1st.

The books are cheap. They organize them by category, putting most on tables. I don’t remember finding any gems there, but the sale is still worth a browse.