The Avalon Dragons’ second annual Paddle in Paradise, a fun day of dragon boat racing will take place July 28 at Octagon Pond in Paradise with first race at 9 a.m. Fourteen community and corporate teams are registered to compete for “Fastest Team,” “Most Pledges,” and “Most Spirited.” The public is invited and there will be activities for kids, delicious food and music as well as racing excitement. For more information on the Avalon Dragons visit www.avalondragons.com or https://www.facebook.com/AvalonDragons. — Submitted photo
Today, July 26
Each year Neighbourhood Dance Works presents the First Look series, an opportunity for local choreographers to present works-in-progress. First Look is held in a supportive environment, followed by a moderated discussion led by a local senior artist. This year’s will take place July 26 at 8 p.m. at 6 St. Clare Ave. Cost is $10.
Friday, July 27
Sing-a-long at the Admiralty House Museum July 27 from 2-3 p.m. This is a free event for preschoolers. Email email@example.com for more information.
Saturday, July 28
The fourth annual Dub Show in Bowring Park is on Saturday, July 28. Registration is at 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the show is from 1-4 p.m. Free to register a car or spectate. We will be collecting non-perishable food items to support the local food bank and having a barbecue to support Ronald McDonald house. Visit www.dubshow.org for more information.
Sunday, July 29
NL Long Term Pain Association for Persons with Chronic Pain is having a car wash July 29 at 10 a.m. at the Irving on the corner of Burgeo Street and Topsail Road. Cost is $5 or any donation you are able to give.
Monday, July 30
St. Philip’s ACW Christmas in July card game July 30, at 8 p.m. in the Parish Centre. Visitors who can’t be home for Christmas can get in the holiday spirit. Lunch will be served. Cost is $5.
Thursday, August 2
Creative Book Publishing and the Newfoundland Historic Trust invite you to an evening of Wine and Words, featuring fiction authors, Gerard Collins, Kate Story, and Michelle Butler Hallett. Join us at The Newman Wine Vaults, 436 Water St., on Aug. 1 from 7-9 p.m., for an exceptional evening of literature. Admission is $5 or $10 (including admission and a glass of Newman’s celebrated port wine).
Today, July 26
• The Compassionate Friends, a support group for bereaved parents, monthly meeting from 7:30-9:30 p.m. July 26 in room 2J619, (near Pastoral Care) at The Health Sciences Centre. All parents dealing with the death of a child at any age are welcome to attend. For information call Mary at 834-4027.
• A Night at the Opera at St. Teresa’s Parish Church on July 26 at 8 p.m. Featuring the Mercy Centre for Ecology and Justice Singers and players Robin Williams, conductor. With guests Barbra Mason, soprano; Anna Dominic, soprano and Ron Hutton, tenor.
Friday, July 27
• Join us for the finale of the MAC Rally of Hope July 27 from 5-7 p.m. at the Legion in Pleasantville on The Boulevard. Tickets are $10 and includes food. Proceeds to the Weekend to End Women’s Cancers. For more information visit www.macrallyofhope.ca.
• Eastpen Players Summer Sizzler Concert on July 27-28 at 8 p.m., at the The Beaches Heritage Centre in Eastport. Admission is $15. To reserve tickets please call 677-2360.
Saturday, July 28
• Positive Thinker’s monthly breakfast meeting July 28 from 9-11 a.m. at the Hotel Mount Pearl. The speaker will be Brent Beshara “From Bombs to Beliefs.” The cost for members is $15 and $18 for non-members. Please reserve your seat by calling 579-5009, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The Manuels River Natural Heritage Society will be hosting its second annual recycling blitz July 28. Recycling donations will be accepted throughout the day, however there will be refreshments, prizes and activities for the kids of those who drop off their donations between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Penny donations will be accepted along with your recyclables so drop by and help support the Manuels River.
• St. Anne’s Parish, Conception Harbour will have Newfoundland Night dinner and dance July 28 at 8:30 p.m. in Marion Hall. Tickets $12.50 single and $25 double.
• Dominion Checkout Summer Fair event — a fun outdoor sampling opportunity for local customers at three St. John’s area locations, which will benefit the President’s Choice Children’s Charity (and through the Charity, local children in need). There are three events in the St. John’s/Mount Pearl area, on Saturday, July 28 at Blackmarsh Road Dominion from 12-4 p.m., Sunday, July 29 at Cabot Square Dominion (Stavanger Drive) from 12-4 p.m., and Monday, July 30 from 3-7 p.m., at Pearlgate Plaza Dominion, Mount Pearl. Sampling, treats, giveaways and more.
Sunday, July 29
• Rainbow Riders family fun day on Sunday, July 29 from 12-4 p.m. on Mount Scio Road, will go ahead rain or shine.
• Everyone is invited to drop by MUN Botanical Garden to enjoy a Wading into Wetlands family program July 29. Meet a real pitcher plant, and discover how (and why) our provincial floral emblem eats insects. A variety of crafts, games, activities and nature hikes will be provided by education staff throughout the day. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is not required. Admission fees apply. Free for members of the Friends of the Garden and MUN students. For more information on the family program series at MUN Botanical Garden, please visit www.mun.ca/botgarden, call 864-8590 or email email@example.com.
Tuesday, July 31
• The Roberta Thomas Legacy Award was established by her family as a way to continue Robbie’s infectious human spirit by supporting development and presentation in the field of dance and dance collaboration. Neighbourhood Dance Works is currently accepting applications for the first installment of the RTLA. For more information please call 722-3663. Deadline is July 31.
Wednesday, August 1
• St. Anne’s Parish, Conception Harbour will have a card game on Aug. 1 at 8:30 p.m. in Marion Hall.
Thursday, August 2
• The Tuckamore Festival presents a free Prelude Concert on Aug. 2 at 12:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (The Kirk). For more information call 864-2372 or visit www.tuckamorefestival.ca.
• “Tempting Providence” at the Mount Pearl soccer building on Aug. 2 at 7 p.m. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to reserve tickets.
• All about the Irish in Newfoundland, religion, rum and rebellion walking tour starts from The Rooms on Aug. 2 at 7:20 p.m. For more information call 364-6845.
• PWC Class of 1982 — time to celebrate our 30-year reunion with a meet and greet on Aug. 3 from 7-10 p.m. at Bianca’s Piano Bar on Water St. For more details contact Lynne at 579-5184 or email email@example.com.
• St. Anne’s Parish, Conception Harbour will have a special bingo on Aug. 3 at 8:30 p.m. in Marian Hall.
• The Avalon Kennel Club is hosting all breed dog shows and obedience and rally trials on Aug. 4-5 at the Re/Max Centre, (St. John’s Curling Club) on Mayor Avenue. Come along and cheer for your favourite breed of dog. Only dogs pre-registered in the shows/trials are permitted in the building. Great family fun. Hope to see you there. For information call 754-2340.
• St. Anne’s Parish, Conception Harbour garden party is Aug. 5 at 2 p.m. on the Parish Grounds
• Old-time country music concert on Aug. 5 at 2 p.m. at Rorke Stores Museum on Water Street in Carbonear. This is a fundraising event for Carbonear and Freshwater Heritage Societies. Admission is $7.
• Canning’s Cove Come Home Year 2012 from Aug. 6-12. A full week of events at the recreation Centre.
• Annual garden party on Aug. 6 at the St. John The Evangelist Church Hall in Coley's Point. There will be entertainment, games of chance for all ages, jumping castle, bingo, cold plate supper, take-out or eat-in and a card game later that evening. For more information or for cold-plate supper tickets call Gary at 786-0555, Maxine at 786-6342, or Roland at 786-9394. Hope to see you all there, fun for all ages, come along and bring a friend. Going ahead rain or shine.
• Charity dinner at Atlantica Restaurant Aug. 7 starting at 6:30 p.m. Eight courses (2 from each chef), silent auction in aid of charity. $200 per ticket. Call Atlantica for details and tickets at 895-1250.
• Memorial University alumni will have the chance to reconnect with friends and colleagues and reminisce on their time at the university at havin’ a time: Reunion 2012, happening Aug. 8-12 at St. John’s campus, the Marine Institute and Grenfell campus. There are more than 70 events planned, including showcase events, edu-tourism adventures, a speaker series, activities presented by individual faculty and school groups, family-oriented events and The Wicked Memorial Variety Show at Mile One Centre, featuring live bands, comedy, guest hosts and much more. Visit www.reunion.mun.ca for more information and to register now.
• Memorial University’s Faculty of Arts is hosting Spinnin’ a Yarn on Friday, Aug. 10, as part of havin’ a time: Reunion 2012. Billed as a celebration of storytelling and storytellers, the event features alumni and star faculty members telling their own tales. The event in the Bruneau Centre’s Innovation Theatre (IIC-2001, formerly the Inco building) will be followed by a super mixer in the lobby featuring music from Chris Youé and Glenn Collins, door prizes and a cash bar. Spinnin’ a Yarn begins at 7 p.m. and admission is $20. Alumni and friends can visit www.reunion.mun.ca/4305_spinnin_a_yarn.php for more information or to register.
• There will be a barbecue, dinner and dance at the legion in Pleasantville, on Aug. 11, featuring DJ music by Pat Cullinane, music of the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and modern day. Tickets are $25 per person, and can be purchased at the legion. Come along, everyone welcome. Visit our website at www.rcl56pleasantville.ca.
• A free bereavement session for people who have lost a loved one is being held on Aug. 14 from 7-9 p.m. at the Miller Centre. No registration is required. For further information call Lisa Higgins at 777-8972.
• Join Marlene Creates as she leads a walk with readings of site-specific poems in The Boreal Poetry Garden — six acres of boreal forest where she lives in Portugal Cove — with additional commentary by an invited natural historian on Aug. 18. Limited to 25 people. Advance registration required. For directions and to register email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 895-1020.
• The A.C. Hunter Library is looking for children aged 7-9 in need of extra help with their reading on Wednesday afternoons ongoing until Aug. 22. For more information and to register contact email@example.com or call 737-3317.
• Annual Flower Service to be held at the St. John the Evangelist Anglican Cemetery in Topsail Wednesday, Aug. 25 at 7 p.m.
• St. Anne’s Heritage Folk Festival is Sunday, Aug. 26 at the Parish Grounds at 1 p.m. For more information please call 229-4011.
• Are you a woman who wants to make some serious decisions about your future while having fun and making new friends? WISE Career and Employment Services will be offering a free nine-week Career Planning Program in September. Program includes self-assessment, occupational research and personal development. For more information call WISE today at the location nearest you St. John’s at 739-1375 or Carbonear at 596-3311 and Gander at 256-8070.
• The Parkinson Society Newfoundland and Labrador will be sponsoring its annual Parkinson SuperWalk on Sept. 9. If you would like a pledge sheet or more information on the walk in your area call 754-4428 or 1-800-567-7020.
• Walk for Paws dog walk and family fun day on Sept. 16 at 1 p.m. at Bowring Park, St. John’s and Fisher’s Ultramar in Bonavista. Beagle Paws annual fundraiser, this event is all about dogs and all breeds are welcome. An afternoon of fun dog games, entertainment, cake for dogs and people, door prizes and much more. Enter your pooch in our “Best Dressed Pooch” contest. Walk pledge sheets available by visiting www.beaglepaws.com or phone 738-7297.
• Newfoundland and Labrador Public Sector Pensioners’ Association 22nd annual general meeting on Sept. 21 and Convention on Sept. 22-23 at the Hotel Gander. For online registration, go to www.nlpspa.ca. For more information call 754-5730 or toll free 1-800-563-4188. To reserve your hotel room, call Hotel Gander at 1-800-563-2988. Refer to NLPSPA convention at time of booking. Room rate is $106 plus taxes.
• The 2nd Annual Canadian Cancer Society-Eastlink Telethon will broadcast live on Eastlink TV Dec. 2 from 1-7 p.m. This telethon will raise funds to support the increased demand for our support programs and services, including items free-of-charge practical support items, emotional support groups, cancer information, and our largest support program, Daffodil Place. We are looking for community groups, service groups, church groups and individuals to host a fundraiser in their community for the telethon. Your group can be pre-recorded or appear live at the telethon to present your contribution. For more information, contact Donna Gear, Revenue Development Coordinator at 1-888-753-6520 ext. 231 or visit www.cancer.ca/nl.
• Once again this summer the very popular lunches sponsored by Time Out for Women of Cochrane Street United Church will be held every Thursday during the month of August. Lunch will be served between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. through the entrance on Bannerman Street.
• The St. John’s Farmers’ Market provides a wide variety of vendors including farmers with local produce, international food, arts and crafts, fresh coffee, waffles, baked goods, sweet snacks, buskers and special events.The market runs every Saturday from June through mid-December, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lion’s Club Chalet on Bonaventure Avenue near the Re/Max Centre.
• The Deck Café at the Suncor Energy Fluvarium, 5 Nagles Place will be open Monday to Friday from 12-2 p.m. with coffee, soups, salads, sandwiches, and desserts until the end of August. Reservations recommended. Call 754-3474 to make yours today.
• At Gower Street United Church, we are offering tours all summer long. Come out and celebrate Gower’s unique history with us, with guided tours at one of St. John’s oldest churches. Located on 99 Queen’s Rd., we are in the heart of the city, boasting beautiful architecture and dazzling stained glass windows. Tours are 1-3 p.m. each weekday for July and August. For more information give us a call at 753-7286 or visit www.gowerunited.ca. Immerse yourself in part of the history of St. John’s at Gower Street United Church, part of the Heritage Foundation.
• Corvettes anyone? Do you own or are you interested in North America’s premier sports car? The NL Corvette Club meets for a cruise each fine Thursday in July and August at 7 p.m. at Canadian Tire, Mount Pearl. All are welcome to view these incredible cars. For more information on other club events and/or to join the club please visit www.nlcorvetteclub.com
• The James J. O’Mara Pharmacy Museum, Apothecary Hall, 488 Water St., St. John’s is open Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Aug. 24. Added to the display is a ship’s medicine chest (circa 1947). Visitors welcome.
• The staff of the Memorial University Botanical Garden is now offering advice and expertise twice a week on local AM radio channel VOWR 800. Tune in on Wednesdays at 12:45 p.m. and Saturdays at 5:30 p.m. for timely tips about gardening in Newfoundland and Labrador. VOWR can be heard on the AM dial at 800 (on the Avalon Peninsula), online by visiting VOWR’s website (www.vowr.org/), on Rogers digital television on channel 945 and on Bell Aliant digital cable. Questions and feedback for “Garden Time” can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide a return address with your question so you can receive a small token of appreciation from the botanical garden. For more information on the Memorial University Botanical Garden’s programs and events visit www.mun.ca/botgarden.
• Heavenly Creatures, registered animal charity, is conducting a summer appeal in St. John’s. Help save pets — join our Guardian Angel program. Seeking foster homes for cats and dogs. Accepting donations of pet food, leashes, collars, pet dishes, kennels and cat climbers. For more information visit www.heavenlycreatures.ca or call 739-0077.
• Tidy Towns, Newfoundland and Labrador’s only provincial community beautification program gets underway as judges prepare to travel the countryside and evaluate participating communities. The annual contest for the most well tended town in Newfoundland and Labrador began in 1995 and is named after its Irish counterpart and modelled after the national Canadian program Communities in Bloom. A complete list of participating communities and their evaluation dates can be found on the MNL website, www.municipalitiesnl.com/?Content=Tidy_Towns/2012_Communities.
• Join Rita Lester, Kripalu Yoga Teacher for a summer relaxation yoga program in Mt. Pearl. Please email email@example.com or call Rita at 682-7671.
• Summer fun at MUN Botanical Garden. Feed the ducks, go on a nature hike and explore the great outdoors during one of our family programs, offered weekday mornings and afternoons and all day Sunday. MUN’s Ocean Sciences Touch Tank will be at MUN Botanical Garden every Wednesday morning from 10-11:30 a.m. Every Sunday is family day. Drop by for a nature hike at 10 a.m., Meet the Critter session at 2 p.m. and duck-feeding, arts and crafts and story times are offered every Sunday afternoon, rain or shine between 2-4 p.m. Admission fees apply. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Free for MUN students and Friends of the Garden. MUN Botanical Garden is located at 306 Mount Scio Rd. For more information, please call 864-8590 or visit www.mun.ca/botgarden.
• Canadian Parents for French, Northeast Avalon offers French summer camps through MUN’s Lifelong Learning Dept. Full- and half-day camps are available until Aug. 24 (ages 5-8 and 9-12). Themes include art, business, science, engineering recreation and much more. Excellent French counselors, low student ratio and hands on activities. Camp site, Centre Grands-Vents, Ridge Road. For more information and to register call 864-7979 or visit www.mun.ca/lifelonglearning.