Go Guide community events for Nov. 28-Dec. 5

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Thursday, November 28
The Compassionate Friends invite parents of children of any age who have died, to join us in our monthly gathering on Thursday, Nov. 28 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. We meet in Room 2J619 (near Pastoral Care Office), Health Sciences Centre, St. John’s. For information call Diana at 753-3530. The world-wide candle lighting event in memory of all our children who have died will occur on Sunday, Dec. 8. We invite parents to come at 6:30 p.m. and light a remembrance candle with us.

The Mummers Festival is turning five this year. The Festival begins Dec. 1 with events leading up to the Mummers Parade on Saturday, Dec. 14. Don’t just watch the parade, be in it. Get dressed up or come to the “Rig Up” an hour before the parade to fashion yourself the perfect disguise. If you really want to spice up your disguise this year, the festival is hosting three different workshops: ugly stick, hobby horse and box mask workshops. New this year, the scuff ‘n’ scoff party at the end of the Mummers Parade will take place outside on the lawn of The Rooms. You might want to stuff an extra pillow in you pants to stay warm. The event will feature two musical acts including The Armagh Rhymers. Chatman’s, the little bakery that could, is busy making 2,500 fruitcakes for all the hungry mummers. And you can wash it all down with a drop of Purity syrup. For more information and a full listing of events visit mummersfestival.ca. — File photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram

Friday, November 29

• St. John’s Public Libraries host a seniors’ appreciation tea at the A.C. Hunter Library in the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre on Friday, Nov. 29 from 2-4 p.m. Special guest will be Myrle Vokey.

• The ladies of St. Agnes Church in Pouch Cove will hold a Christmas raffle on Nov. 29 at the Lions Club on Satellite Road. The event runs from 7:30-11 p.m. Live music by the Martin Family. Many spins and lots of draws. Everyone 19 and over welcome.

• Exploring Meditation: Find stillness and inner peace in a calming and peaceful setting at Virginia Water Retreat House, Parsonage Drive (off Logy Bay Road) on Fridays, Nov. 29,  Dec. 6, and Dec. 13 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Facilitator: Judy Power, certified Kripalu yoga and holistic health educator. Cost is $50 or $15 per session. To register call 754-1582.

• Canada World Youth group of Canadians and Ghanaians have a fundraiser on Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. at St. James United Church called the ExtravaGHANAza, to benefit Giving Means initiatives, a number of youth-led development projects around the globe. Tickets are $15 and can be bought through 725-5715.


Saturday, November 30

• Memorial University’s Botanical Garden has opened its 36th annual “Garden & Nature Art” exhibition. The exhibition, which will run until Nov. 30, is an annual event intended to encourage the photography and illustration of natural things by both amateur and professional artists.This multi-media show has featured local artists of all ages for 36 years. The exhibition will be on public view in both the conference room and display room of the field centre of the Botanical Garden, 306 Mount Scio Rd. Viewing hours in the conference room will vary due to private bookings of the facility. Please call ahead to ensure both rooms are available for viewing.

• The Connexions are releasing their debut album “Connect Four” on Nov. 30 at the Rose and Thistle. Joining The Connexions will be Thom and the Tomcats and Run to the Rocks. Tickets are $7 at the door or $15 with a cd or cassette and a beer ticket.

 • St. John’s Shrine Club — Throughout the month of November there will be a daily draw of $100 except each Saturday, when a cash prize of $250 will be awarded. Nov. 30 will be the $1,000 final draw. Each ticket entitles you to 30 draws. Daily draws to be held on VOCM at 4:30 p.m. Proceeds for the benefit of Shriners activities. Tickets can be purchased for $10 each from the Shrine Club on Topsail Road or by calling Ed at


• St. Bonaventure’s College will hold its annual Christmas craft/bake sale and tea room on Saturday, Nov. 30 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Welcome the Christmas season with some festive shopping, a treat in our tea room, and a special children’s craft corner.

• “O Christmas Tree” kids club program for December at The Suncor Energy Fluvarium. Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. Runs Nov. 30 – Dec. 22. Program runs approx. 45-60 minutes. Discover where this popular holiday tradition comes from and why evergreen trees are important to our forest and river friends throughout the winter.

• The UCW of Gower Street Church host its Christmas/fall afternoon tea and sale of baked goods, jams, jellies, preserves and crafts on Saturday on Nov. 30 between 2-4 p.m, at the Lecture Hall, (back entrance}. Tickets are $5 and are available at the church office (753 -7286) and from members or at the door.

• Clarke’s Beach United Church will hold an annual afternoon tea and bake sale on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 2 p.m. Entertainment by “New Found Sound.” Come enjoy a wonderful afternoon.

• The AIDS Committee of Newfoundland and Labrador will hold the organizational annual general meeting on Nov. 30 beginning at 2:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Tommy Sexton Centre, 47 Janeway Pl., St. John’s.

• The 30 Plus Singles Club is having a Christmas Dance on Saturday, Nov. 30 at the Knights of Columbus (Downstairs), 49 St. Clare Ave. from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Members $5 non-members $9. Tickets at the door. Proper dress. Visit our website for list of upcoming events at www.30plussinglesclub.ca.

• On Saturday, Nov. 30 the Refugee and Immigrant Advisory Council (RIAC) will hold a vintage clothing market from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. We’re selling beautiful gently used clothes, jewelry, shoes and bags on the third floor of Rocket Bakery at 272 Water St. Admission is $3 and all proceeds go to the RIAC. Come start your Christmas shopping in the true spirit of the season.


Sunday, December 1

• Arts Northeast, visual artists, Dora Cooper, Michelle Whitten Lacour, Joan Roberts and Brenda Rowe, will hold an art exhibition and sale of original works and reproductions on Sunday, Dec. 1 at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel,

131 Duckworth St. from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free Admission. Everyone welcome.

• The Salmonid Association of Eastern Newfoundland (SAEN) will hold a rod building course on Sundays at 1 p.m. starting Dec 1. Cost is $50. Call 722-9300 (leave a message) to register.

• The Whitbourne Lions Club is hosting its monthly Sunday afternoon of fun and fabulous old time country music on Dec. 1 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 mic or bring your instrument and play along or just tap your feet to that great old country beat.

• The Newfoundland and Labrador Multicultural Council Inc will hold a special general meeting of council members and the public to discuss the future role of the council in promoting the aims and purposes of a multicultural society in NL. The meeting will be held on Sunday, Dec. 1 at the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre’s Irwin’s Court on the 2nd Floor at 2 p.m. NLMC Inc. is a not for profit community organization dedicated to the promotion of a multicultural society. Contact information telephone 693-9163 or nlmc_inc@bellaliant.net

• The Newfoundland Symphony Youth Orchestra presents “Ghastly & Glorious,” Sunday, Dec. 1st at 2 p.m. D. F. Cook Recital Hall, MUN. Tickets $10 adults & $5 children. Visit www.nsyo.ca for more information.

• On Dec. 1 at 3 p.m. The Cloudberries Choir at St. George’s Heritage Church, Brigus. Guest performers The Berry Blossoms of Upscale Music Studio. Admission: $10 adults and $6 children 12 years and under.

• Holy Heart of Mary Alumnae Choir, directed by Dr. Valerie Long, and the Seniors Resource Centre present a free Christmas concert for seniors and guests at The Kirk on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 3 p.m. Special guests Les Ms. A donation for the food bank would be appreciated. A great start to the Christmas season.

• Dance your way into fitness on Dec. 1 from 8-12 p.m. at Quidi Vidi Breweries. Fundraiser for RIAC. Free to attend. Free Zumba lesson, free salsa lesson, dance demonstrations and lots of latin music to dance the evening away.

• The Choir of the Basilica of St. John the Baptist presents its 17th annual Advent Festival of Carols and Scripture, Dec. 1 at 7;30 p.m. at the Basilica. The event offers a candelight service for people of all faiths with a reception to follow. Free-will offerings gratefully accepted.


Monday, December 2

• St.  Michael and All Angels Choir presents its annual advent candlelight service of lessons and carols on Monday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Thomas’ Anglican Church, Military Road.


Tuesday, December 3

• The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association — Newfoundland and Labrador will hold an interactive display with information about hearing and hearing loss on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at the GAP Court, Avalon Mall from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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• An Introduction to Spiritual Direction, with Carmel Doyle, Tuesday from 7-8:30 p.m., Dec. 3 at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Rd. Please pre-register by phone at 753-8760 or by email at information@thelantern.nf.net.

• NLE (Newfoundland and Labrador Editors) proudly presents Michael Crummey, Lisa Moore, and Jessica Grant in a panel discussion about their experiences of editors and editing on Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at LSPU Hall, Second Space. What works well, what’s disastrous, what sends writers over the edge? This will be NLE’s last session for the calendar year, so they’re going all out and offering a cash bar and some munchies. Here’s your chance to hear some of our finest writers talk about what happens to their books behind the scenes! All welcome

• The Christmas Social for the Avalon Prostate Cancer Support Group is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at Canon Wood Hall on Military Road.

• The Independent Living Resource Centre will host a celebration in honour of International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Dec. 3 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 4 Escasoni Place. Food and beverages available. ASL Interpreters and Go Bus tickets available. For more information please contact the ILRC at 722-4031 or online at ilrc-nl.ca. Break barriers, open doors: for an inclusive society for all.


Wednesday, December 4

• Annual Grand Old Christmas Time by the Bay Roberts Cultural Foundation on Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m.Tickets $7. Stories, music, songs, skits, drills and mummers. Followed by a “Cup of Tea” MC Dennis Flynn featuring the Bay Roberts Cultural Foundation, Sonya Gosse, Lewis Gosse, Sister Keeler, Sister Ward, and Elder Hawks from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Morman Church) other local performers. Silent auction with many valuable items. Tickets available at the town office, visitor information centre, Bartlett’s Irving, and on the door. For information contact Sandra Roach at sroach@pigeoninlet.ca or call 683-1195.

• SPCA tribute tree lighting. Honour and remember a beloved pet with a special light on our tribute tree. We will light the tree on Wednesday Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m. There will be hot chocolate and treats, and of course treats for our four legged friends as well. Visit our website for more information.


Thursday, December 5

• Mercy Centre for Ecology and Justice and Development and Peace host a Ten Thousand Villages Christmas fair trade sale of beautiful, fair-traded gifts benefiting artisans from more than 30 developing countries. at St Pius X Parish Hall, 16 Smithville Cres. on Dec. 5 from 1 - 8:30 p.m. and Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. and Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Your purchases will give steady work, fair wages, and a better life to struggling families around the world.

• Families supporting families — information sharing session for parents, partners and friends supporting persons with eating disorders on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. at 31 Peet St., Suite 230. For more information please contact the Foundation at 722-0500 or info@edfnl.ca.

• Up close and personal with “The Man in the Red Suit” Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. at the LSPU Hall, 3 Victoria St. Join Artistic Animateur Amy House as she interviews Bruce Templeton, author of The Globe and Mail bestseller “The Man in the Red Suit: A Memoir. “Templeton is a local St. John’s businessman who has spent the better part of the past three decades assisting Santa Claus by visiting schools, hospitals, even riding in the annual Downtown Christmas parade. Through the years he has collected hundreds of stories and questions during more than 1,000 visits — some of them curious, some happy, and some heartbreaking.


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