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Gonzaga High School will be holding its annual Ocean Ranger Memorial Prayer Service to remember those who lost their lives in this tragedy 31 years ago. The service will be held on Friday, Feb. 15 at 10:45 a.m. at
St. Pius X church. All are invited to attend. Above, Andrew Hynes and Alice Brun-Newhook each light one of 84 candles during the 2012 memorial service commemorating the sinking of the Ocean Ranger.
— Telegram file photo

Today, February 14

February’s Storytelling Circle — “Tales of Love” hosted this month by Dale Jarvis on Feb. 14 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at The Crow’s Nest Officers’ Club, off Duckworth on the east side of the War Memorial. Bring a story of love; funny, sweet, salty or savage. You could win a lovely prize. Admission is $3.

Friday, February 15

 Dust off your brooms and head over to the Re/Max Centre in St. John’s for the 15th annual Memorial University Alumni Curling Bonspiel on Saturday, Feb. 23. Alumni, friends, students, faculty, staff and others in the community are welcome. You won’t want to miss the action. Call 864-2313 or email rsvpalumni@mun.ca to register. Registration closes on Friday, Feb. 15. The fee is $30 per person and includes lunch. For more information on this and other alumni events, please visit www.munalum.ca.

Saturday, February 16

Powers Court open-mike show at St. Thomas of Villanova Parish Hall in Manuels, C.B.S. on Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. For more information call Frank at 834-8196 or Ian at 834-3544.

 Sunday, February 17

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 Feb. 17 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.

Monday, February 18

To celebrate Heritage Day, the Georgestown Neighbourhood Association will be hosting a talk by emeritus professor Shane O’Dea on Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mullock Hall Cafeteria at St. Bonaventure’s College, about conservation in St. John’s and, in particular, in Georgestown. A discussion and refreshments will follow.

 Tuesday, February 19

Scrapbooking your Stories workshop at The Rooms on Feb. 19, 26 and March 5 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. How can objects and documents inspire your story? Start scrapbooking your personal history in this three-part hands-on workshop at The Rooms. This workshop is for adults, costs $60 and pre-registration is required. Cost includes some materials; please bring your own scrapbook. To register, contact visitor services at 757-8090.

 Wednesday, February 20

Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, St. John’s Centre monthly meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 8 p.m. Location is MUN Chemistry/Physics Room C-2045. The public is welcome. Free parking in Lot 5 at rear of building. Details at www.stjohnsrasc.ca.

 Thurday, February 21

The Meniere’s/Tinnitus Resource Group of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association-Newfoundland and Labrador (CHHA-NL) will be holding a meet and greet at the CHHA-NL, Dr. Norah Browne Centre, 1081 Topsail Rd., on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome. Call Irene at 753-3224 for more information.

General Listings

Today, February 14

• Theatre Newfoundland Labrador presents its annual Winter Carnival dinner theatre for kids — “Leif the Unlucky” on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Palace Theatre on Broadway. There are two shows — at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. with pizza from Louis Gee’s Pizza. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are on sale until Feb. 14. Please call Cynthia 639-7238 to book.

• On Thursday, Feb. 14 people in the St. John’s area will join with activists around the world for One Billion Rising, the largest day of action in the history of V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. One Billion Rising — St. John’s, goes ahead at the Knights of Columbus Hall, St. Clare Avenue, from 4-10 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14.  Everyone is welcome, admission is free, the building is wheelchair accessible. Two visual language interpreters will be there for the night — as well.  For more information, visit Facebook: One Billion Rising — St. John’s. We are looking for volunteers. If you would like to be one please email: asedlickas@ nape.nf.ca or call 728-2168.

Friday, February 15

• Valentine’s Day party at Theatre Centre communautaire des Grands-Vents, 65 Ridge Rd., St. John’s on Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. For more information: 726-4900, www.acfsj.ca.

• Memorial Ambassador is a competitive volunteer program at Memorial University that allows successful students to get involved on and off campus by attending events such as affinity dinners and presidential awards ceremonies. The students also participate in useful training sessions on topics like networking. The application deadline is Feb. 15. For more information on the program, email answers@mun.ca or visit the Answers front desk in the University Centre, room 3005.

Sunday, February 17

• The 50th Anniversary Committee is celebrating our parish schools, St. Pius X Girl’s and Boy’s Schools, on Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. The celebratory service will open in the St. Pius X Church followed by a reception and open house in the Parish Hall and the elementary school from 2:30-4 p.m. Past administrators, faculty, staff, students and friends of both schools are invited to join us for this event. Come and celebrate, meet old friends, share memories and reminisce about the good old days. There will be a display of photos and memorabilia from both schools. For more information or if you have photos you would like to share contact the parish office at 754-0170 or email: stpiusx@nl.rogers.com.

Tuesday, February 19

• Ciné-franco: The Artist (Drama- France-2011) on Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Theatre Centre communautaire des Grands-Vents, 65 Ridge Rd. Free for members upon presentation of the membership cards ($2 for non-members). For more info: 726-4900, www.acfsj.ca.

 • Knights of Columbus, Council 7405, will hold their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 19 in the meeting room of Mary Queen of Peace church on Torbay Road. Special Rosary in the chapel begins at 7:30 p.m. followed by the meeting. All Brother Knights are reminded to bring their current membership card.

Wednesday, February 20

• The St. John’s Women’s Centre presents an afternoon of important discussion on violence in women’s lives today on Feb. 20 from 2-4 p.m. at Marguerite’s Place, 170 Cashin Ave. Extension. A short 15 minute film “One Hit Leads To Another” will be viewed followed by a panel discussion made up of knowledgeable women that include; Connie Pike from the Coalition Against Violence Avalon East, Natasha Bader, St. John’s Women’s Centre, Alisha Cox, Planned Parenthood and others with some inspiring stories of courage and determination. Event is free but please call 753-0220 to register.

Thursday, February 21

• De-Constructing Anger with facilitator Lito Libres, M.A. (Couns. Psych)  on Feb. 21 from 7-9 p.m. at St. Teresa’s Church.  All are Welcome. For more information or to register visit www.rcsj.org for online registration or call Sister Loretta at 579-0168, or email flb@nf.aibn.com.

Upcoming

• Are you a caregiver for a family member or friend? A caregiver cares for a person whose abilities are restricted due to illness, disability, accident, medical condition or aging. Information sessions for caregivers will be held in Mount Pearl (Feb. 22) and St. John’s (Feb. 28) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn about: information, self care, resources, community and government services. Refreshments and lunch served. Funding for respite care and transportation is available. The sessions are free. For details and to register, phone Paula Lancaster at the Provincial Caregiver Out of Isolation Office, 726-2370.

• Clarke’s Beach United Church will hold a Macaroni and Cheese and Bean supper in the church hall on Feb. 22. Take out from 4-5 p.m. Eat in at 5:30 p.m. All are welcome.

 • Chase away your winter blues with the sizzling tastes of Mexico at the Anna Templeton Centre’s fundraising dinner on Feb. 22. Their friends from Mexico will be cooking up a fiesta with flavours guaranteed to spice up your winter chills. Get your dinner tickets in advance by calling 739-7623 and reserve with a credit card or go to the Centre’s website annatempletoncentre.com.

• Family Life Bureau Couples Valentine’s Movie Night “Fireproof” on Feb. 22 from 7-9:30 p.m. For more information or to register visit www.rcsj.org for online registration or call Sister Loretta Walsh at 579-0168, or email flb@nf.aibn.com.

 • Cowan Heights United Church Membership and Spirit Of Newfoundland are having dinner and a show: “Go Duet Yourself” with duets such as “Islands in the Stream” and “I had the Time of My Life” featuring Peter Halley, Shelly Neville and other well known artists from Newfoundland on Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. at the former Masonic Temple on Cathedral Street. Spirit of Newfoundland is kindly donating their time to what is our major fundraiser for the year. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. We will also be having a silent auction. Tickets are $75 per person with a $25 receipt per ticket. Deadline to purchase tickets is Feb. 22. For tickets phone Sharon at 745-4074 or the church office at 745-2871.

• Positive Thinkers breakfast on Feb. 23 at Bally Haly, Logy Bay Road from 9-11 a.m. Guest speaker: Dr. Craig Stone-Dirty Hands … Can’t Be Happy Without Them. To reserve your seat email positivethinkersclub.ca.

 • Heavenly Creatures’ Winter flea market will be held at The Curling Club (aka The Re/Max Centre), 135 Mayor Ave. on Feb. 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. We hope you can come out to support our cause. All money raised goes towards veterinary bills and supplies for the animals in our care. We are seeking donations of used items. We’ll be at The Curling Club (upper level) the day before the flea market, Friday, Feb. 22 from 12-8 p.m. for the donation drop-off. If you have furniture or other items that you need picked up, please let us know by calling 739-0077 or emailing info@heavenlycreatures.ca. We’ll take everything except clothes, old computer monitors and VCRs.

• All Saints Parish of C.B.S. will be having a flea market on Feb. 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the All Saints Parish Hall. To rent a table call Barb Tilley 834-4795. Soup/sandwiches and moose burgers will be served throughout the day. All proceeds are going toward our church renovation project.

• Canadian Motorcycle Cruisers 024 will be hosting a fundraising dance in aid of The Children’s Wish Foundation (Twist Your Wrist Motorcycle Ride). This event will be held at The Knights of Columbus 49 St. Clare Ave., on Feb. 23. The cost to attend will be $10 each. All proceeds will be donated to the Children’s Wish Foundation to grant the most heartfelt wish of children in our province living with a life-threatening illness.To purchase tickets call Wayne Byrne at 685-5893, Robert Chafe at 727-9379 or Gerard Bursey at 746-3861.

• College of the North Atlantic junior culinary team fundraiser, all you can eat brunch buffet on Feb. 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Prince Phillip Drive Campus Cafeteria. Cost $20 per person. We will only be selling 150 tickets. For tickets please contact roger.andrews@cna.nl.ca.

• Animal Tracks at The Suncor Energy Fluvarium on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. ongoing to Feb. 24. Every footprint tells a story … what stories are being told around the Fluvarium this winter? Help us find out what critters might be hiding in the woods and explore some mysterious tracking stories.

• Bluegrass and old-time country music jam session at the Bay Roberts Lions Club on Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. Come by and hear some great songs and music performed by great musicians. Doors open at 1 p.m.

 • The Nickel will be hosting a swanky Oscar Viewing Party in the Underbelly at Yellowbelly Brewery and Public House starting at 8 p.m. on Feb. 24. Come watch the Oscars in style on the big screen with delicious food, drinks and even more prizes. The Nickel will be selling tickets on an incredible door prize — a locally themed Oscar swag bag filled with incredible goodies from all your favourite local businesses — Moksha Yoga St. John’s, Melanie Jacqueline Clothing Design, Model Citizens, Post Espresso, Terry Rice Photography, Sugar Mamas Cupcakes, Velvet Snow Accessories and so much more. The catch? You have to be at the party to claim your prize. Buy your tickets now and join us Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. at The Underbelly for all the fun.

• Women’s Centre new Let’s Talk Series starting Feb. 25 to April 8. Let’s Talk Series will cover a variety of topic areas. You can sign up for a single session or all six. We have transportation and childcare funds available, call 753-0220 to register or to speak with Sheila or Pennie for more information. All sessions are free however registration is required.   

• February meeting of the NL Family History Society on Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Hampton Hall, Marine Institute. A Soldier or Sailor in the Family: Getting into the Primary Evidence, presented by Valerie Burton and Mark Humphries.

• Time to get out in the cold — to stitch in the warmth of friends. The February Guild of Embroiderers meeting is on Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Corpus Christi Hall — 260 Waterford Bridge Rd. Free to first time visitors.

• 2013 World Day of Prayer on Friday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the St. John’s Seventh-day Adventist Church, 30 Aldershot St. An ecumenical celebration for all city churches. The theme this year is “I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me.” All are welcome to attend.

• A charity comedy event sponsored by The Rotary Club of St. John’s East — ROTFL — Rolling on the Floor Laughing on March 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bella Vista, Torbay Road. For ticket information contact Chris Roos at croos@ynortheastavalon.com.

• The second annual Mid Winter Bivver, Newfoundland’s premier snowmobile and culinary festival, is happening in the Exploits Valley from March 1-3. This exciting festival features food prepared by award winning chef Roary MacPherson and the Senior Newfoundland Culinary Team, a snowmobile trail ride with gourmet lunch, five-course dinner and wine pairing, a night ride with star gazing, demo rides and much, much more. Tickets are on sale now. Get yours at www.MidWinterBivver.com or call 1-877-990-6624.

• Family Life Bureau — Making Friends With Yourself (weekend seminar) from March 1-3. For more information or to register visit www.rcsj.org for on line registration or call Sister Loretta Walsh at 579-0168, or email flb@nf.aibn.com.

 • “Wake Up!” at The Suncor Energy Fluvarium, Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. starting March 2 and continuing until the end of March. The winter is coming to an end and we can just start to see nature getting reading for spring. But who is waking up, who is still asleep? Who is building nests? Who is hunting again? Let’s discover who is getting up and on the move despite the snow.

 • All Saints Parish Ways and Means Committee are holding a skit night on March 2 starting at 7:30 p.m. These skits will be performed by the Topsail S.U.F. Players and Friends, music intervals between skits will be performed by Saints Alive Band. Tickets are $8 single and can be purchased at the door.

• The Whitbourne Lions Club is hosting its monthly Sunday afternoon of fun and fabulous old-time country music on March 3 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.

• All Saints Ways and Means Committee are having an Easter raffle at All Saints Parish Hall, on March 8 starting at 7 p.m. Come along and bring a friend. For more information call Sandra at 834-4627.

• The 2012 Rhonda Payne Theatre Award will be presented following the Grenfell Theatre Program’s presentation of Peter McGuinty (an adaptation of “Peer Gynt”), which takes place Friday, March 8 at 8 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre (Grenfell Campus, University Drive — Corner Brook). The award honours the memory of actor, writer and director Rhonda Payne. It assists women theatre artists in Newfoundland and Labrador who are struggling to achieve their goals as actors or writers and comes with a $500 cash prize. For more information contact the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council 726-2212, nlacmail@nlac.ca, www.nlac.ca.

• Would you like to volunteer to help another adult learn to read and write? If you can read, you can tutor. Teachers on Wheels will be holding a daylong tutor-training workshop on Saturday, March 9. Call Tom Dawe for details at 738-3975.

• Mary Queen of Peace Knights of Columbus will be holding a St. Patrick’s Day dinner and dance on March 9 at St. Pius X Parish Hall on Smithville Crescent beginning at 6:30 p.m. Hot roast beef dinner and dessert. Silent auction, entertainment, door prize and dance. Tickets $15 each and available from Jim Ford at 738-0308, John Walsh at 726-6729 and Annetta Power at 579-0112 and from MQP parish office at 726-9924.

• Alcoholic Anonymous spring convention with Al-Anon participation on March 15-17 at The Comfort Inn, 106 Airport Rd. Starts Friday at 8 p.m. Open to the public.

 • The 24th annual St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival is now open for submissions. Whether you’re a filmmaker or part of a film-related organization, we’d love for you to submit a film or help us get the word out. We accept any and all films directed, written or produced by women. Co-gender productions are also accepted. The 24th annual St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival will take place from Oct. 22 to Oct. 26. The early bird deadline to submit a film is March 18 and the final deadline is May 20. Submissions will be accepted through Withoutabox or by mail. For more information visit www.womensfilmfestival.com. For a list of accepted formats and to download the required forms go to www.womensfilmfestival.com/submit.

• The Dream Gala will take place on March 23 at the C.L.B. Armoury, St. John’s. The event will celebrate the children we have worked with over the last five years, and also honour the late Dr. Jack Hand. The Dream Gala will co-headline Kim Stockwood and Shawn Silver. Dinner music provided by Frequency Jazz Collective. Tickets are $60 and include a stuffed chicken breast dinner. Must be 19+. Tickets are available now at the C.L.B., online at www.dreambuzz.ca, or by calling 277-5177. Please purchase tickets by March 18.

• Join us Saturday, March 30 between 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. for Easter excitement at the Suncor Energy Fluvarium. There will be “baskets” of fun family activities such as Easter egg crafts, egg games, face painting, an Easter egg hunt and more. Remember to bring a camera to have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny who will be appearing on the hour. Cost of the event is $5 per person (children two and under are free).

• Fluvarium’s Nature Connections Spring Camp — April 2, 3, 4 and 5, for kids in grades 2-5. Make lots of fun new connections to the Freshwater Habitats around the Suncor Energy Fluvarium. Nature Connections Spring Camp is the perfect choice for the budding naturalist or animal lover. With small group sizes (10 campers per session) fun and adventure await. There are four days available with only 10 camper slots per session. Camp is $40 per day or $140 to attend all four. Each day will be with a different Fluvarium educator as counselor each will have a different theme. Camp days are on a first come, first served basis and fill fast. Camp hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (with drop off and pick up at 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.) For more information contact Denise Hennebury at 754-3474 or email dhennebury@fluvarium.ca.

• The Anglican Church of St. Philip’s 13th annual Goods and Services Auction, on April 20 at 6 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion, Blackmarsh Road. Cost is $30. For tickets call the church at 895-0715 or George at 895-3360 or Susan at 754 -6259.

• College of the North Atlantic is holding a journalism alumni reunion. Are you a current or past student of the journalism program at College of the North Atlantic’s Stephenville campus? Plans are now underway for a journalism alumni reunion this summer in Stephenville. The organizing committee is looking to get in touch with potential attendees so that we can find out how many people are hoping or planning to attend. The event will take place during the weekend of July 26-28. For more information, please email journalismreunion2013@live.ca or wrose72@facebook.com.

Announcements

• The Business Development Bank of Canada invites applications from young entrepreneurs, 18-35, for the 2013 BDC Young Entrepreneur Award. To enter, create a short video to present a turning point your company has reached and the solution you propose to take your business to the next level. Eleven finalists, one per province and one for the combined territories, are short-listed to compete for a $100,000 Grand Prize. The winners are selected by public vote with a second prize of $25,000 in consulting services for runner-up. Deadline is April 2, at noon EDT. Info: www.bdc.ca/yea.

• Hours at the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Depot at Robin Hood Bay have been increased. The HHW Depot is now open two days a week year-round on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Properly dispose of used batteries, leftover propane and paint, compact fluorescent light bulbs, chemicals, solvents and more. For a detailed list of common HHW products residents can visit www.curbitstjohns.ca or call Access St. John’s at 311 with further questions.

• Fluvarium Kids Club weekend programs. Have you heard? Children ages five to 10 and their families are invited to join Fluvarium Kids. Receive updates, collect stickers and earn a Fluvarium Kids Fresh Water Friends certificate when you attend sessions in four different months. Fluvarium Kids programs are complimentary with admission. Ask about our annual family pass. For more information contact Denise Hennebury at 754-3474 or email dhennebury@fluvarium.ca.

• Are you a woman who needs help accessing the hidden job market? Need encouragement to stay positive? WISE Career and Employment Services offers a free three-week job search strategies program that includes resume and cover letter writing, mock interviews and much more. For more information about specific dates call WISE today at the location nearest you, or apply online at www.wiseprograms.com/apply.htm.

 • Literacy Newfoundland and Labrador is currently looking for dedicated people who wish to be nominated for election to our Board of Directors. There are four vacant seats for which we are accepting nominations: Labrador Region; Central Region (two seats); Adult Learner Representative. Nomination forms are available at www.literacynl.com.

 • Heavenly Creatures, registered animal charity, is conducting a Winter Appeal in St. John’s.  Help save pets — join our Guardian Angel Program. Seeking foster homes for pets.  Accepting donations of pet food (wet and dry) and kitty litter. For more information visit www.heavenlycreatures.ca or call 739-0077.

• Newfoundland and Labrador Division of Navy League Cadets will be selling tickets to send cadets to Navy League Summer Camp. Tickets are $5, and are on a Lund 12 aluminum boat with 4-horsepower Mercury 4-stroke and Yacht Club Trailer. Tickets can be purchased by the cadets and officers of Northern Ranger, Fort Pepperell, Clyde and Polynia. For more information contact Denise Williams at 738-1955 or 743-3638. Draw date is May 12.

• Torbay 50+ Friendship Club would like to invite you to join them for a fun evening and to meet new friends on Wednesday nights at 7:30 p.m. at the Kin Centre, Bauline Line. Your choice: card game, darts or board games. For more information call Dot at 437-1803.

• Space needed by non-profit group, the Canadian Federation of University Women, to collect and sort books in preparation for their annual sale to support scholarships being held at the Arts and Culture Centre from April 17-19. Ideally 1,000 square foot walk-in accessible space needed from mid-February to mid-April. Contact 727-5099.

Geographic location: Duckworth, St. Thomas, Manuels

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