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Away in a Manger: Nativities From Around the World. Experience Christmas at the Basilica Museum featuring over 60 nativities from around the world until Dec. 23. Exhibit hours are Tuesday-Sunday 1-4 p.m. and Wednesday evenings 7-9 p.m. Also available for groups by appointment. For more information call Anne Walsh at 726-3660 or email amwalsh@nf.aibn.com. — Telegram file photo

Today, December 20

Fundraiser for Visual Artists of Newfoundland and Labrador. Silent auction at Ultramarine Fine Art Studio, 100 Duckworth St. on a one-of-a-kind handcrafted folding screen. Bidding closes Dec. 20. All proceeds donated to VANL.

Sunday, December 23

The Quintessential Vocal Ensemble’s annual Sing We Joyous All Together takes place Dec. 23 at 3 p.m. at Cochrane Street United Church. Tickets $20 ($18 senior/student) available at Holy Heart Theatre box office (online at www.holyhearttheatre.com or by phone at 579-4424), from choir members and at the door.

 Monday, December 24

 You are invited to attend a Christmas Eve Candlelight Pageant from 7-8 p.m. on Dec. 24 at  Bethesda Pentecostal Church, MacDonald Drive.

Tuesday, December 25

If you find yourself alone or without family this holiday season, come share a meal with us. St. Thomas’ annual Christmas outreach dinner will be offered again this year. This will be our 11th year of providing a Christmas dinner, on Christmas day, to our brothers and sisters in the community.  We all need the nourishment for body and soul, and the warmth of human contact at this time of the year. There will be two seatings — 11:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. The meal is free. Reservations are required. For more information or to reserve a seat, or arrange transportation, (including Wheelways), please call 576-6632, ext 401 or email christmas_dinner@hotmail.com.

General Listings

Saturday, December 22

• Wesley United Church will be holding its annual Christmas Saturday communion on Saturday, Dec. 22 at 2 p.m., with refreshments to follow. If you require transportation please contact the Wesley Church office at 579-3682. Everyone is welcome.

• Heavenly Creatures’ annual pet food and donation drive ongoing to Dec. 22 at Heavenly Creatures’ office, 3-7 Cashin Ave. Donation dropoff hours during the weekday evenings are from 6-9 p.m., and Dec. 22 from 12-7 p.m. For more information visit www.heavenlycreatures.ca or call 739-0077.

Sunday, December 23

• The Gower Community Band presents the 40th annual band Christmas Musicale at Gower Street United Church on Sunday, Dec. 23. The Musicale begins at 10:30 a.m., followed by the fourth Sunday of Advent worship service. The band Musicale has become a Christmas tradition at Gower since 1973, and this year's event will begin a year of special GCB performances celebrating 40 years of music and community service.

• The St. John’s Women’s Centre is pleased to announce the return of the “Shine Your Light on Tibbs Eve” fundraiser on Dec. 23 at 8 p.m. at the LSPU Hall. All moneys raised benefit the Women’s Centre to provide services and programs to women and children in the St. John’s area. Raffles, cash bar and an artist merchandise table will also be available. All tickets bought are eligible to win the door prize of a return flight for two to New York provided by Porter Airlines. Tickets are $48 including all surcharges. You will also receive a $25 charitable receipt for each ticket. Call 753-4531 or go online to www.rca.nf.ca.

Thursday, December 27

 • Geo Christmas Camp at the Johnson Geo Centre. Registration is now open for the Johnson Geo Centre Christmas Camp, taking place on Dec. 27, 28 and 29. Our three-day camp will be packed with mad science and tons of fun. Experiments, demonstrations and hands-on science activities for children ages 7-10. Space is limited, so enroll soon. Sign up for all three days and receive a 10 per cent discount on registration fees. For more information, email deb.calvetti@geocentre.ca or call 737-7878.

Upcoming

• Sound Symposium New Year's concert will be held at the Arts and Culture Centre concourse on Dec. 29, at 3 p.m. All are welcome — bring the kids. This is a free, family-friendly concert, featuring the Scruncheons percussion ensemble, The Black Auks, Patrick Boyle, Curtis Andrews and the Dzolali African Drum and Dance Ensemble.

• The Town of Conception Bay South in partnership with Tim Hortons will be hosting the annual Tim Hortons Family New Year’s Eve Skate. This event will be taking place at the Robert French Memorial Stadium on Monday, Dec. 31 from 5-7 p.m. At 7:30 p.m., fireworks will start at Sgt. Ned Nugent’s Field. There will be Tim Hortons beverages and tim bits, prize draws, giveaways and more. There will also be a collection for the CBS/Paradise Food Bank so please bring a non-perishable food item. For more information please contact the recreation and leisure services department at 834-6534.

• New Year’s Eve dance at St. Lawrence Parish Hall, $20 per person, music by Southern Shore Drifters; soup, chili, rolls, tea/coffee will be served during the evening. BYOB. Music to start at 9 p.m. Call 895-6424 or 895-2215 for tickets.

• New Year’s Eve party at the Parish of St. Philip, 20 Coady’s Road. Tickets are $20 single. Music: Jean and Derek Smith and Reg Crane. For more information call Una at 895-0074 or Bernice at 895-6491 or Cecile at 237-5577.

• The lieutenant-governor and Mrs. Crosbie invite members of the public to join them at Government House for the traditional New Year’s Levee on Tuesday, Jan. 1 from 3-4:30 p.m.

• Old-Christmas Day dance at Immaculate Conception Parish, Harbour Drive, Colliers on Jan. 5 at 10 p.m. Music by: Ron Rose. Tickets Only $6 each at the door. All welcome for a grand old-time. For more information call 229-3858 or 229-6286.

• “Life Goes On” at The Suncor Energy Fluvarium on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. from Jan. 5–27. Join us to help prove that there are still lots of animals active and awake all winter long. Once we know which animals are still near the stream, we can find ways to help make the winter months a little easier for them. Please bring a clean milk carton or food grade plastic bottle per child.

• The Whitbourne Lions Club is hosting its monthly Sunday afternoon of fun and fabulous old-time country music on Jan. 6 at the Lions Club in Whitbourne. The doors open at 1 p.m. and the excitement starts at 2 p.m. Celebrate Old Christmas Day with 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.

 • The next Wessex Society Lecture will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 8 p.m. at the Marine Institute, Ridge Road. The speaker is Folklorist, Dale Jarvis, who will speak on the topic “Wessex Superstitions.” All are welcome.

• Taoist Tai Chi Open House on Jan. 12 from 10 a.m. to noon in the basement of Hindu Temple, Penny Lane. Beginners classes starting in January in St. John’s and Mount Pearl, Topsail and Holyrood. Phone 579-5276 for more information.

 • T’ai Chi Chih joy thru movement eight-week daytime and evening classes Monday thru Wednesday for new and returning students. Beginning the week of Jan. 14 at Mews and Wedgewood Centres and the week of Jan. 2 at The Lantern and in Mount Pearl. With 20 gentle, easy moves that promote greater vitality and health in body/mind/spirit.  For all ages. Can also be done seated. Simply come along and register at first class. For further details please contact Sheila at 579-7863/727-7863 or sheilaleonard@nf.sympatico.ca or visit www.taichichihnl.ca.

• A free bereavement session for people who have lost a loved one is being held on Tuesday, Jan. 15 from 7-9 p.m. at the Miller Centre. No registration is required. For further information call Lisa Higgins at 777-8972.

• The St. Andrews Society of Newfoundland and Labrador is celebrating the revered Scottish poet Robert Burns on Jan. 19 at the Pleasantville Royal Canadian Legion Branch 56 on The Boulevard at 7 p.m. Come enjoy haggis, pipe music from the City of St. John’s Pipe Band, dancing with the Royal Scottish Dance Society — St. John’s Branch and of course a selection of Burn’s poems. Close out the evening with ceilidh dancing with Corryvrekan. Tickets are $50 each. Contact David at 579-6114 or dallison@nl.rogers.com for tickets.

• New Chow Qigong (Chee-gong) eight-week daytime and evening classes on Thursdays starting Jan. 24 at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Rd., in St. John’s. Combining western practices and Traditional Chinese Medicine to help facilitate the flow and balance of our body’s natural vital energy for greater vitality and health in body/mind/spirit. For all ages and abilities. Simply come along and register at first class. For further details please contact Sheila at 579-7863/727-7863 or sheilaleonard@nf.sympatico.ca or visit www.taichichihnl.ca and browse Chow Qigong menu link.

• Anglican Parish of the Church of the Good Shepherd announces the 25th annual Arctic Char dinner. The 25th annual Arctic Char dinner sponsored by the Church of the Good Shepherd will be held Jan. 26 at the Reid Community Centre in Mount Pearl. For the low price of $25 per ticket you can enjoy an Arctic Char dinner, a silent auction and dance. Tickets will be available after Dec. 3 by calling the church office at 747 1022 or by email cotgs@nf.aibn.com.

• T’ai Chi Chih joy thru movement eight-hour weekend course for new and returning students. Friday evening and Saturday, Feb. 8, 9 at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Rd., in St. John’s. With 20 gentle, easy  moves that promote greater vitality and health in body/mind/spirit. For all ages. Can also be done seated. Please PRE-REGISTER by the Thursday before. For further details please contact  Sheila at 579-7863/727-7863 or sheilaleonard@nf.sympatico.ca. or visit www.taichichihnl.ca.

Announcements

• French classes winter 2013. This winter, the ACFSJ will offer French courses at all levels. For more information or to sign up, visit their website: www.acfsj.ca/education, or call  726-4900.

• Are you wondering how to make good use of social media to promote your work or your arts-related business? Do you know what to include on your Facebook page, your twitter feed or your website to attract your customers? Let marketing consultant Seamus Heffernan show you how to make the most of your social media at this free workshop hosted by the Association for the Arts in Mount Pearl. Register by emailing info@aamp.ca or calling 765-9383. For more information visit www.aamp.ca.

• Due to unforseen circumstances all technology classes being held at the A.C. Hunter Library will be cancelled in December.

• Looking for new copies of Volumes 4 and 5 of the Encyclopaedia of Newfoundland and Labrador? The Canadian Federation of University Women is selling them for $20 each (two for $35). Check out our large selection of used books about Newfoundland and Labrador, too. Contact us at cfuwstjohns@gmail.com or call 570-7596 and leave a message.  

• Are you concerned about your eating habits during the holidays? It’s a hard time for some people who feel they can’t control their eating. We’ve been there. We know the feeling. We can offer you help if you think you might need it. Call Overeaters Anonymous at 738-1742 or email info.oa.nl@gmail.con for information about the free program and local meeting times.

• Canadian Blood Services is launching a special social media campaign for the 2012 holiday season. Visitors to blood donor clinics across Newfoundland will be able to dedicate a holiday miracle to someone special in their lives. With a traditional holiday card, as well as a Facebook holiday message, donors can honour someone on their holiday list with a unique gift. Canadian Blood Services knows that the holiday season is a challenging time for everyone. Trying to fit everything, including a blood donation, into the holidays can take a special effort. In order to show how much that effort is appreciated, the special holiday campaign was designed to give donors a little help with their holiday list. Making it possible to dedicate a holiday miracle is just our way of saying thank you to visitors to the clinic this holiday season.

• Presbyterian Church in Newfoundland — over 500 delicious recipes complied from the congregations; these are the best of the best. An excellent gift for any occasion. Only $15. Proceeds go towards youth ministry. Pick up your copy from the church office at St. Andrew’s (76 Queens Rd.) or St. David’s (98 Elizabeth Ave.).

• Newfoundland and Labrador Laubach Literacy Council Inc. (NLLLC) will soon be launching a provincial fundraising campaign called “Change Your Luck with Literacy 2013” ticket lottery with only 213 tickets printed. The tickets are $100 each or can be bought in shares of $5 of up to 20 people with one (1) grand prize draw of $10,000 on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at 8:40 a.m. on CFCB Radio Station. For more information, please call Sherry Humber at 634-1441 or email laubach.adprojects@gmail.com.

• Are you a woman who is ready for a change? Do you want to make some serious career decisions while having fun and making new friends? WISE Career & Employment Services will be offering a free nine-week career planning program in January. Program includes self-assessment, occupational research and personal development. For more information regarding specific dates call WISE today at the location nearest you, or apply online. www.wiseprograms.com/apply.htm. For more information call 739-1375 (St. John’s), 256-8070 (Gander), and 596-3311 in Carbonear.

• Since 1997 The Community Sector Council of Newfoundland and Labrador, which is a non-profit Social Planning Agency has been helping citizens with their applications for income support (social assistance), with completing appeals, that is, if they are dissatisfied with a decision of Government, and we also assist citizens in navigating through all the various income support programs. Need help in applying for income support, deciding which income security program to apply to, searching policy or preparing appeals? Call the Community Sector Council at 753-9860.

• Wanted — females interested in forming an Aboriginal Women’s group in the St. John’s area.  If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Jo-Ann at 769-2289.

• 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.

• Family Life Bureau special events including self-empowerment women’s group, mindfulness, new anger management for men, power of positive parenting, separation and divorce. To register for any of the above groups go to our website at www.rcsj.org for online registration or call Sr. Loretta Walsh, director, at 579-0168 or email flb@nf.aibn.com.

• Taoist Tai Chi new beginners class starting Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. at the basement of Hindu Temple, Penny Lane. Call 579-5276 or just come along.

• Association communautaire francophone de Saint-Jean Centre scolaire et communautaire des Grands-Vents. Bowling every Thursday from 6-8 p.m. Badminton every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Free internet access open Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more info: 726-4900, www.acfsj.ca.

• Torbay New Horizons computer classes are offered free to male and female seniors/50+. Classes taught on a one-on-one basis, at your own pace. To register for fall and winter classes please call Mary at 437-6314 to register and for further information. Classes take place at the Kinsmen Community Centre, Bauline Line, Torbay.

• Resource Centre for the Arts is sharing the exciting details of our 2012-13 season, which will bring something borrowed, something new, and some old hands to banish the winter blues. Subscribe to our newsletter and be the first to know what’s on at The Hall: operations@rca.nf.ca. Buy tickets www.rca.nf.ca or call 753-4531 ext 200.

• The Newfoundland and Labrador Laubach Literacy Council Inc. is seeking individuals across Newfoundland and Labrador, interested in helping others reach their full literacy potential by becoming a tutor. Training provided. If you or someone you know is in need of a tutor please call. All services are free. For more information call Sherry Humber at 634-1441 or email laubach.adprojects@gmail.com.

•  Eastern Health reminds the public that it is seeking volunteer leaders to help facilitate Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshops, which are offered as part of both Eastern Health’s Chronic Disease Prevention and Management Strategy and the provincial government’s policy framework for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management — Improving Health Together. The Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshops are offered through the Home and Community Care Program free of charge once a week for six weeks. To register to become a self-management lay leader,or sign up for a self-management workshop in your area please call 752-3946 or toll free 1-866-880-8998. For further information on workshop and training schedules please visit Eastern Health’s website at www.easternhealth.ca.

• Heavenly Creatures, registered animal charity, is conducting an 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.

• The Tenacious String Orchestra is an amateur community orchestra under the leadership of Alison Black, concert master of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. We practice weekly from September to June and have several performances a year. If you play the violin, viola, cello or bass and would like to share the joy of making music, come check us out. No auditions required. For more information, please contact Kathy Skinner at kathy@mun.ca.

• Anna Templeton Centre for craft art and design. For more information on classes offered visit www.annatempletoncenter.com/adult-classes/.

• Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador. Good eating = good thinking. Help kids get a nutritious start to the school day. Support your local Kids Eat Smart Club — where all kids get the benefit of a healthy breakfast or snack at school. Donate, volunteer. Contact 1-877-722-1996 or visit www.kidseatsmart.ca for more information.

• Many people rely on the miraculous medal for intercession on serious issues. For your free miraculous medal, call 745-8671.

• Heavenly Creatures Fives for Lives campaign. Five dollars may not seem like a lot in today’s society, but added to five dollar donations from other animal lovers, it can mean the difference between life and death for a homeless animal. Donations can be sent through Paypal on our website. For more information on how to donate call 739-0077 or email info@heavenlycreatures.ca.

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