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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, January 1 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. In this Telegram file photo their Honours (at right), Lieut.-Gov. John Crosbie, and his wife Her Honour Jane Ferneaux Crosbie, welcome visitors to the annual New Year’s Day Levee in January 2012. — Telegram file photo



MONDAY, Dec. 31

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.

Saturday, Jan. 5

“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.



Wednesday, Jan. 9

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.

Saturday, Jan. 12

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.


General Listings

Today, 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, please email or call 737-7878.


Saturday, December 29

• 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.


Monday, December 31

• 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 take 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 C.B.S./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 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.


• 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.

• 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.

  • Healthy Relationships and Healthy Communication, with Helen Martinez and Labyrinth, a walking meditation, with Donna Burt from 7-9 p.m. on Jan. 8 at The Lantern 35 Barnes Rd. Please call 753-8760 or email to register.

• 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 the Mews and Wedgewood Centres and the week of Jan. 21 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 or visit

• 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.

• Coastal Sounds C.B.S. Community Choir, rehearsals will commence on Jan. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Admiral’s Coast Retirement Centre, Upper Gullies. New members are most welcome. Please visit our website at and like our Facebook page.

• 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 for tickets.

• New — Chow Qigong (Chee-gong) eight-week daytime and evening classes on Thursdays starting January 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 the first class. For further details please contact Sheila at 579-7863/727-7863 or or visit and browse Chow Qigong menu link.

• 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 are available by calling the church office at 747-1022 or by email

• 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 or visit


•  As we turn the page on another year, Canadian Blood Services is asking eligible Canadians to “Give A Holiday Miracle” by donating blood and platelets during the days around Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Collecting blood during the holiday season is a challenge, as many donors go away or are busy with other activities. Yet many patients will spend their holiday receiving cancer treatment or undergoing life-saving surgery and emergency care. This year, in clinics across Newfoundland, donors can dedicate your holiday miracle to someone they love or a hospital patient. For more information on the campaign visit our Facebook page at

• French classes winter 2013. This winter, the ACFSJ will offering French courses at all levels. For more information or to sign up, visit our website: , or call us at 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 or calling 765-9383. For more information visit

• Historic maps of the Outer Battery, a calendar for 2013 put together by the Outer Battery Neighbourhood Association contains a colourful selection of historic maps showing what was happening at the Battery over the past four centuries. The 2013 calendar contains unique maps of handline grounds, cod trap berths, sunkers and fortifications dating from 1675 to the present. Copies are available for $10 each at Belbin’s Grocery, 85 Quidi Vidi Rd. and Blue Moon Pottery, 17 Outer Battery Rd.  

• 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 or call 570-7596 and leave a message.  

• Presbyterian Church in Newfoundland — over 500 delicious recipes compiled 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. 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 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

Organizations: Tim Hortons, The Suncor Energy Fluvarium, The Lantern 35 Barnes Rd Wessex Society Lecture Marine Institute Tai Chi Geo Centre Paradise Food Bank Eve Party The Whitbourne Lions Club Mews Wedgewood Centres Miller Centre Andrews Society of Newfoundland and Labrador Pleasantville Royal Canadian Legion Branch Royal Scottish Dance Society Church of the Good Shepherd Reid Community Centre Canadian Blood Services Association for the Arts Outer Battery Neighbourhood Association Canadian Federation of University Women Presbyterian Church Newfoundland and Labrador Laubach Literacy Council CFCB Radio Station

Geographic location: Mount Pearl, Ridge Road, Holyrood Robert French Memorial Stadium Newfoundland and Labrador Whitbourne Arctic Queens

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