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The fifth annual Fogo Island Partridgeberry Harvest Festival on Oct. 6 and 7 at the Fogo Island Iceberg arena, Fogo Island Central. For more information visit Here visitors view items offered by one of the many vendors who attended the 2011 festival. — TC Media file photo

Today, October 4

“The Edible Garden” at MUN Botanical Garden will be opening on Oct. 4 from 5-7 p.m. For more information, please contact Margaret Walsh Best at or at 753-2643 or 699-4599 or Monique Maynard at MUNBG at or at 864-7669. Runs until Nov. 5.

Saturday, October 6

Topsail United Church Annual Harvest Festival Celebrations begin on Saturday Oct. 6 with Thanksgiving breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Usual good menu. Cost is $7 Adults, $3 Children. On Monday Oct. 8 annual fall sale from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. of baked goods, preserves, crafts with a soup luncheon dessert, tea or coffee. Luncheon cost is $7. Tickets for the luncheon available at the door. Annual Jiggs dinner from 4:30-6 p.m. To reserve your tickets for the Jiggs dinners call 834-4567.

Sunday, October 7

The Whitbourne Lions Club is hosting its monthly Sunday afternoon of fun and fabulous old-time country music on Oct. 7 at the Lions Club in Whitbourne. The doors open at 1 p.m. and the excitement starts at 2 p.m. Join the other performers at the open mike or bring your instrument and play along or just tap your feet to that great old-country beat.

Monday, October 8

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 56 Pleasantville, will be holding its monthly seniors’ bingo and dance on Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. Music by Brian Finn. Soup at 10:30 p.m. Come out and bring a friend.

Tuesday, October 9

On Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m., the Johnson Geo Centre will present a free public lecture: Northern Voyages: Experiences of an Arctic Captain, with speaker Captain Andrew C. McNeill of the Canadian Coast Guard. Free admission.  Everyone welcome. Doors open at 7 p.m. Call 737-7880 for more information.

Saturday, October 13

The first Wessex Society lecture of the season will be held on Oct. 10, at 8 p.m. at the Marine Institute, Ridge Road. Archaeologist William Gilbert will speak on the topic “Voyage of the Indeavour 1612 and Aboriginal Occupance in Trinity Bay.” All are welcome.

 Monday, October 8

The Wesley Church fall fair will take place on Saturday, Oct. 13. Breakfast will be served at 9 a.m. (adults $10/children $5). A sale will start at 10 a.m. A sit-down roast beef dinner will start at 5:30 p.m. (adults $20/children $7). An auction will follow the dinner. For tickets call Pheobe at 782-1689, Marvin at 579-7900 or the church office at 579-3682.

Tuesday, October 16

George Street UCW is hosting the Tapestry of Love concert featuring Brian Stevens and Diana Chappell, as they help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the UCW at George Street United Church on Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 (children 12 years and younger are free) and are available from UCW members or contact the Church Office at 726-8775.


 General Listings

Today, October 4

• Pippy Park (Brook Trout) walk on Thursday Oct. 4 at 10 a.m. Meet at Three Pond Barrens. All who want to see Brook Trout and have a great fall walk with John Gibson. Sponsored by Nature NL.

Saturday,  October 6

• Grocery Store Botany Workshop at MUN Botanical Garden on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 1:30-4 p.m. For more information, or to register, visit the Botanical Garden’s website at or call 864-8590.  

• The popular Port Rexton reading series “Just Before Dinner” concludes Saturday, Oct. 6 with award-winning poet Mark Callanan. The reading takes place Saturday, Oct. 6 from 6-7 p.m. at Fishers’ Loft Inn, Port Rexton. Admission is free. If you’d like to stay for dinner, please call the Inn at 1-877-464-3240 for reservations. For more information on the Just Before Dinner reading series please see the Writers’ Alliance website:

Sunday,  October 7

• Mary Queen of Peace Parish Mission with Father Ray Earle and Anne Walsh. Theme is “A busy life-time for God” from Oct. 7-10. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday at 7 p.m. service, Monday and Tuesday at 11 a.m. Mass, and Wednesday at 11 a.m. Devotion and 7 p.m. Mass. Call the parish office 726-9924 for details.

Tuesday, October 9

• Family Life Bureau special event — The Marriage Enrichment Course (seven weeks). — A video series to help enrich your marital relationship. Topics include: communications, conflict resolution, forgiveness, parents and in-laws, good sex, etc. Each meeting is done in the context of a candlelight, dessert/coffee. Facilitators are Claude and Grace Pike on Oct. 9 from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

• A free bereavement session for people who have lost a loved one is being held on Tuesday, Oct. 9 from 7-9 p.m. at the Miller Centre. No registration is required. For further information call Lisa Higgins at 777-8972.

• Registration is now open for the Ornamental Fruit Workshops offered at MUN Botanical Garden on Oct. 9, from 7-9 p.m. Instructor Todd Boland will discuss the various trees and shrubs, both native and exotic, which can be cultivated in the garden for their ornamental fall and winter value. This workshop will take place indoors. For more information, please call the Botanical Garden at 864-8590 or visit the Garden’s website at

• Easter Seals NL is currently recruiting volunteers to assist with the delivery of its various programs for children and youth with disabilities. Dedicated volunteers are needed to assist with sledge hockey, art therapy, wheelchair basketball, swimming and disability awareness presentations. Other opportunities also exist. A volunteer orientation session will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. at Easter Seals House, 206 Mt. Scio Rd. For more information or to register for this session contact Eileen at or 754-1399.

• The next meeting of the Canadian Federation of University Women will be held on Oct. 9, in Room 4065 of the Alexander Murray Building at MUN. Kimberly Yetman Dawson, director of NL Housing and the Homeless Network will be speaking on the topic of homelessness. New and prospective members are welcome to attend. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 11

• Self esteem program with Agnes Hutchings on Thursdays from Oct. 11 – Nov. 15 at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Rd. For information and to register call 753-8760 or email


• Dinner and roast to honour the Ven. John Dinn celebrating 25 years of ordained ministry. This event will take place Friday, Oct. 12 at 6:30 p.m. It will be held at All Saint’s Parish Hall, Foxtrap, C.B.S. The cost is $30 per person. For tickets call Shirley Glynn at 368-9504.

• St. Thomas’ Church fall fair will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13 starting at 9 a.m. at Canon Wood Hall, 8 Military Rd. Morning coffee will be served. A hot roast beef dinner will be served at 12:30 p.m. Tickets for the dinner at $15 each and are available at 754-0151.  

• A social is planned for former residents of Tack’s Beach, Placentia Bay on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the SUF Hall, Topsail. For further information contact Vera at 895-6429.

• The Anglican church of St. Philip’s will have a Halloween dance with music by the Flankers on Oct. 13.  Cost $12. Doors open at 8:30 p.m.

• The Parish of the Good Shepherd will present a dinner and cabaret Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Mount Pearl Reid Community Centre, featuring comedian Amy House. Tickets are $50. Call Kathy at 364-9077, Wanda at 745-3471, Donna at 364-6673, or the church at 747-1022.

• The Anglican church of St. Philip’s on 20 Coadys Rd. in Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s Harvest Festival from Oct. 13-29. For further information on activities please call the church office at 895-0715 or Linda Roberts at 895-1077 or Rebecca Tucker at 895-6542 or George King at 895-3360.

• Come From Away reading series brings Dionne Brand to the East Coast. Once again the WANL readings committee has asked three Newfoundland authors to invite three “Come-From-Away” authors to read on the Rock. Griffin Poetry Prize winner Dionne Brand will be reading in St. John’s on Oct. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at The Ship Pub and in Corner Brook on Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. at The Bar Room stop Jennifer’s. Brand has been invited to the CFA series by poet and educator Stephanie McKenzie, who will host the event in Corner Brook.

• On Oct. 15 The Anglican Church of St. Philip’s will have a harvest Jiggs dinner. Cost is $12 for adults and kids under 10 free. Two sitting at 5 and 6:30 p.m. Take-outs available.

• “Radical Forgiveness” with Susan Cummings on Mondays from Oct. 15 – Nov. 19 at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Rd.  For information and to register, please call Susan at 777-3545 or email

• A holistic approach to menopause at the Spa at the Monastery on Oct. 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $245. To register contact Phyllis or Sean Register by Oct. 15 to secure your spot. Space is limited.

• “Responding to Change” with Helen Martinez on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Rd. For information and to register, please call 753-8760 or email

•  Bioenergetic exercise classes and bio-spiritual focusing with Donna Burt, Tuesdays, beginning Oct. 16, at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Rd. For information and to register, please call Donna at 728-2987 or email

• St. Patrick’s Mercy Home Foundation is having its fourth Emerald auction and dinner on Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Holiday Inn St. John’s. This evening of friendship, fun, laughter and fundraising is in support of the residents of St. Patrick’s Mercy Home. There will be live and silent auctions, raffles and a three course meal with wine. Tickets are $75 each (tax-in) with tax receipt available. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For tickets call Jim at St. Patrick’s Mercy Home 752-8745 or email

• St. Michael and All Angels’ mens association will be having their annual flipper dinner (pork alternative) at the Shrine Club, Topsail Road on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are available by calling 722-4511 or 579-8279. Tickets are limited.

• Gospel concert, sponsored by the Glenbrook Lodge Ladies' Auxiliary, at the Salvation Army Temple, Torbay Road, on Friday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m., featuring the Wesley Male Choir, NewFound Sound, and other groups and vocalists. Tickets available from the SA Bookstore on Adams Avenue, or by calling 752-8874.

• The Arthritis Society is seeking volunteers for arthritis-self management program training. Sign up for the three-day training program from Oct. 19–21 in Gander. Training is free and expenses are covered by The Arthritis Society. If you would like to get involved and make a positive difference in someone’s life contact: Judi Burgess at 1-800-321-1433 or Visit for more information.

• Topsail United Church annual fall flea market will be held on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m to 3 p.m.

• The third annual fall fair sponsored by Heritage Collegiate cheerleaders on Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Heritage Collegiate in Lethbridge. A very unique shopping experience. Admission is $2 per person. Children under 12 years of age are free.

• St. Augustine’s Anglican Church will be holding their fall fair supper on Oct. 20 at 5:30 p.m. Buffet style, turkey, salads, dessert and coffee or tea will be served. With a gospel concert to follow at 7 p.m. music by South Division Country Gospel. Tickets are $12 for supper/$10 for concert and can be purchased by calling April at the parish office at 753-1931.

 • The Conception Harbour Heritage Group hosts its monthly open-mike show on the third Sunday of each month and this month’s will be held on Oct. 21 at the Parish Hall next to the Jamie Murphy Memorial. The doors open at 1 p.m. and the excitement starts at 2 p.m.

• “Halloween Howl” programs at MUN “Boo-tanical” Garden. K-6 teachers are invited to book a special Halloween program at the Botanical Garden from Oct. 22-31. Space is limited and all groups must book in advance. Please call 864-8590 for more information.

 • Family Life Bureau — Spiritual Book Club (six weeks) lectures series — “What happened at Vatican II.”  Learn “What Happened at Vatican II” through a 12 guided CD lecture series by church historian, John O’Malley, SJ. Facilitator is Sr. Mae Kierans, CSJ. Begins on Wednesday, Oct. 24 from 1-2:30 p.m.

• Topsail United Church annual giant auction will be held on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. Numerous items to bid on. All are welcome. To view a preliminary list of auction items please visit the church web page at

• On Thursday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Memorial University Botanical Garden, Todd Boland will speak about David Austin’s english roses, an illustrated lecture. All are welcome at this meeting of the John Cabot Rose Society.

• The Compassionate Friends, a support group for bereaved parents, monthly meeting 7:30-9:30 p.m. on Oct. 25 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.

• Family Life Bureau — Family Friday night at the movies on Friday, Oct. 26 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. This month’s movie title is, “Front of the Class,” popcorn provided.

• Harvest Moon Fundraiser on Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. The International Women’s Day planning committee proudly presents this fun event. Come join us at The Bella Vista, 26 Torbay Rd. for a wonderful event celebrating women. Invite your mother, sister and a friend for an evening of entertainment with songs, dancing and storytelling, you will be supporting two great organizations MWONL and St. John’s Women’s Centre. Tickets are $15 each or 2 for $25 available at The Travel Bug Avalon Mall and Water Street (cash only). Call Patricia for more information at 753-0220.

• The Anglican church of St. Philip’s will have a halloween celebration for all ages commencing at 1-2 p.m. with a halloween costume walkabout with surprises on route on Oct. 27

• Visit MUN ‘Boo-tanical’ Garden on Oct. 27-28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a fun weekend of Halloween arts and crafts, story time and face painting. Come on a special Halloween nature hike with our education staff and explore the Batty Bat trail, our pumpkin patch and more. A full weekend of family fun is available for young children and parents alike. Free admission for children in costume, friends of the garden and MUN students. Registration is not required. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Suitable for young children and their families.  

• The St. John’s Guild of Embroiderers will meet Oct. 30 at Corpus Christi Hall at 7:30 p.m., business meeting at 8 p.m. Welcome all interested, a great place to meet embroiderers. We will be discussing fall workshop, and collecting handwork donations for the auction and morning coffee, which will be Nov. 3 from 9:30 a.m. until noon, at Bally Haly.  

• La Leche League Canada — St. John’s Breastfeeding Support Group meeting on the The Art of Breastfeeding & Avoiding Difficulties on Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. at Sobeys Community Room (Torbay Road and Highland Drive). For more information call Jane at 722-5815 or Jan at 739-9368.

• The second 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

• La Leche League Canada — St. John’s Breastfeeding Support Group meeting on nutrition and weaning on Dec. 10 at 7 p.m., at the Sobeys Community Room (Torbay Road and Highland Drive). For more information call Jane at 722-5815 or Jan at 739-9368.


• The 2012 Festival of New Dance kicks off with Toronto Dance Theatre in two weeks at the Arts and Culture Centre. It’s going to be a busy time for us over at Neighbourhood Dance Works from now until closing night. We are looking for lots of volunteers for the Festival. We need people to drive, help with the dressing rooms, help with off site performances and running the merch table. If you are interested, please contact Lisa at and tell us your name, phone number, email address, schedule of availability and whether or not you’d be able to be a chauffeur. Festival volunteers receive a complimentary ticket to one performance, or more, depending on your contribution.

• The House of Diamonds Art Centre has partnered with the Autism Society of NL to proudly present its second annual “October is Autism Awareness Month.” To submit artwork or for more information regarding the exhibit call 533-1168 or email

• More blood donors are needed in Newfoundland between now and Thanksgiving. Please visit us online at or call 1-888-2-DONATE (1-888-236-6283) to book an appointment to donate today.

• The RCMP Klondike Night committee is looking for its 2013 charities. Last year Klondike Night raised $67,228.24 for VOCM Cares in support of Rainbow Riders and the SPCA-NL. They each received a cheque for $33,614.12. If you’re part of a provincial charity and you’re interested in being an RCMP Klondike Night charity, go to our web site at: All Klondike Night information is listed on the right-hand side under “Events.” Deadline is Oct. 16.

Contact Helen Cleary-Escott at 772-7334.

• Historical walking tour — where once they stood. Tuesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m. Meet at the Sheraton Hotel. For more information call 364-6845 or visit

• Animal costumes at The Suncor Energy Fluvarium on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. from Oct. 6-28. Many animals use camouflage and unique hiding places to stay safe from predators year round. Some ever become brighter and prettier at special times of the year. Families will explore animals such as the caddis fly, hare, trout and frogs to find out what they “wear” at Halloween.

• Lunch and bridge every Wednesday at the St. John’s Curling Club Re/Max Centre. Please call Shirley Kelly at 754-3260 to reserve your table.


Organizations: Whitbourne Lions Club, Royal Canadian Legion Branch, Johnson Geo Centre Canadian Coast Guard Wessex Society Marine Institute Wesley Church George Street United Church

Geographic location: Jiggs, Whitbourne, Ridge Road Trinity Bay

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