Go Guide — Newfoundland and Labrador community events — Dec. 5-12

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Thursday, December 5
• NLEE Connections event — “Dreaming of Green Christmas” on Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at The Suncor Energy Fluvarium. Bring a few gifts, some old cards and let’s try some waste-free gift wrapping ideas. Nothing makes sharing easier then when you have tried it yourself. We can try some new ideas, get some wrapping completed and share about other ways to help teach others how to reduce waste during a season that seems the trickiest of them all. RSVP: info@nlee.ca.

On Friday Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. Jim Payne and Fergus O’Byrne will be at the Royal Canadian Legion, Water Street, Bay Roberts. Two of Newfoundland’s most respected performers combine instrumental prowess and humorous repartee, to present a wonderful program. Sponsored by Pam Norman, Exit Realty on the Rock. Tickets $15. Soup and roll $3. Tickets available at the town office, visitor information centre, and Bartlett’s Irving. For information contact Sandra Roach at sroach@pigeoninlet.ca or call  683-1195. — Submitted photo

• 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. to 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.

• NLOWE will promote local businesses with holiday business crawl. The Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs (NLOWE) will be visiting various women-owned businesses in downtown St. John’s during its Holiday Buy Local Business Crawl on Thursday, Dec. 5. Members and staff, as well as the public, are encouraged to patronize participating stores and restaurants in order to learn more about businesses in their community and find fun and unique gifts for the holidays. From 12-4 p.m., patrons can enter their names for a draw at each participating business for a chance to win a NLOWE prize pack. Later in the evening, NLOWE will be hosting a Holiday Networking Session for over 80 registered guests at The Capital Hotel in St. John’s.

• Dr. Tiffany Keenan, a Canadian emergency physician and Memorial University medical graduate will present a talk titled “Grassroots Up: Building a Health Program in Rural Haiti.” The talk will take place Thursday, Dec. 5, from 1-2 p.m. in Lecture Theatre A, Health Sciences Centre. Everyone is welcome.

• 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. As Bruce says “it’s your presence, not presents that count.”


Friday, December 6

• Coming up Dec. 6 and 7 the St. John’s Shambhala Centre will be offering a foundation program in the view and practice of meditation, called “The Art of Being Human.” The program, which will be taught by Shastri Christine Sloan, is open to all. There will be a free talk on Friday Dec 6 at 7:30 p.m., and a teaching and practice session on Saturday Dec. 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The fee for first timers is $75 or whatever you can afford, and $35 for people repeating the program. The sessions will take place at the Shambhala Centre at 120 Lemarchant Rd. For more information, or to register, you can visit www.stjohnsshambhala.org.

• 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, 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.


Saturday, December 7

• SPCA pet Pics with Santa on Saturday Dec. 7. Get beautiful holiday photos with the four legged friends in your life at St. Davids Church. Please call 682-7963 for appointment.

• Topsail United Church Men’s Club annual breakfast with Santa will take place on Dec. 7 from 8-11 a.m. Usual great menu. Cost $7 adults, $3 children under 12. Face painting and pictures with Santa. All are welcome.

• Wesley United Church Women will host a breakfast with Santa and mini-bake sale on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 9 a.m. Pancakes, sausage, bacon, toast, juice, tea and coffee. Tickets — adults $8 or children $4 — are available from Phoebe: 782-1689 or Ruby:


• St. Mary’s Anglican Church, Craigmillar Ave., will hold a Christmas flea market and white elephant stall in the church auditorium on Saturday, Dec. 7, from

9 a.m. to 12 noon. Christmas candy and fudge will also be available.

• The Delta St. John’s Hotel and Conference Centre is pleased to announce that it will be collecting gifts and non-perishable food items for those less fortunate in our main lobby once again this holiday season. All donations will go to support the programs of the VOCM Happy Tree and Community Food Sharing Association. On December 7 from 10 a.m. to noon the Jolly Old Elf himself will be stopping by the see who has been naughty or nice. Why not come by with the little ones to take their picture with Santa Claus while you drop off your donation.

• Mount Pearl Lions Club Santa Claus Parade takes place Saturday Dec. 7, starting at 10 a.m. Parade route starting from Mount Pearl Intermediate School traveling along Ruth Avenue and Park Avenue — finishing at Mount Pearl Square on Topsail Road. Along the route, food items can be donated to the St. Vincent de Paul Society’s local food bank, and loonies can be donated to the Community Food Sharing Bank. For more information contact Ches Pike of the Mount Pearl Lions Club at 782-7453.

• On Dec. 7, Melanie Jacqueline Custom Clothing Design and CharlotteStreet will be hosting “All I Want For Christmas: A Mini Craft Fair.” The event will take place at 267 Duckworth St. from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will feature other local crafts people such as Tulip Baroo Vegan Catering, Mauzy Metalworks, Esskin,  Blue Dragon Clay. There will be complimentary cocktails as well as door prizes.

• Country Christmas event happening at Murray’s Garden Centre (1525 Portugal Cove Rd.) on Saturday, Dec. 7 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. This is a free community event with tractor-driven hay rides, complimentary seasonal soup and treats, and the opportunity to enter a prize draw. We will also be accepting donations to the Thrive Community Youth Network. Visitors can make a cash contribution or they can help us fill Santa’s giftbag by dropping off a small gift for Thrive’s Christmas Store for Youth.

• On Saturday Dec. 7 Parks Canada and the Society of Newfoundland Radio Amateurs (SONRA) will host “Signals to Santa” at the Signal Hill National Historic Site Visitor Centre Annex between noon and 4 p.m. During the event children will be given the opportunity to speak with Santa directly at the North Pole via shortwave radio. Admission is free and milk and cookies will be provided.

• Living an Advent Spirituality at Presentation Retreat House, 47 Parsonage Dr. (off Logy Bay  Road) on Dec. 7 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Presenter is Gerard Whitty. Donation is $10. To register call 754-1582.

• City of Mount Pearl Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place Saturday, Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at Centennial Park next to Mount Pearl City Hall. Come along and join members of Council as we celebrate the beginning of the festive season. The Mount Pearl Girl Guides and the O’Donel High Choir will lead us in the singing of our favorite Christmas Carols, hot chocolate and cookies will be available. Remember to dress warm. For further information, please call the Community Services Department at 748-1008.


Sunday, December 8

•  Victims of the Water Witch tragedy commemorated. Memorial to be unveiled Dec. 8 in Cupids.The Cupids Historical Society will unveil a granite memorial to honour and commemorate all victims of the schooner Water Witch tragedy on Sunday, Dec. 8 starting at 2 p.m. in the Cupids United Church (on Seaforest Drive opposite the Flag Site). The unveiling will follow in the graveyard, with a social next door in the Cupids Legacy Centre afterwards.

• The Town of Flatrock’s Santa Claus Parade is being held on Sunday Dec. 8 starting at Ocean View Park at 2 p.m. weather permitting. The town’s tree lighting will follow at 4:30 p.m. at the town hall where hot chocolate will be served and Christmas carols will be sung. To enter a float, please contact the town office at 437-3612 or email info@townofflatrock.com.The alternate date in case of weather is Sunday, Dec. 15.

• Memory Candle Light Service: to remember those who have died by suicide on Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. at the St. John’s Chapel (attached to the School of Social Work), Memorial University. This annual event is held to support family and friends during the difficult holiday season. Share in music, poems, prayers and candle lighting. Everyone is invited to bring a photograph of their loved one to be displayed during the memorial. Refreshments and conversation to follow. Free parking is available in Area 22 next to the chapel.

• The Compassionate Friends extend an invitation to all bereaved parents and extended family members to join with them and other parents worldwide as we remember and celebrate the lives of our children who are no longer with us. The annual “Children remembered” candlelight gathering will be held on Sunday, Dec. 8 from 6:30-:30 p.m. We meet in Room 2J618, HSC, St. John’s (Main entrance near Pastoral Care). Please bring photos for the remembrance table and memorabilia, poems and/or readings to share. For information call Diana at 753-3530 or Mary at 834-4027.

 • Saint Luke’s Homes 13th annual Christmas concert at the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre on Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $20. Tickets may be purchased by calling 729-3900 or visit artsandculturecentre.com.



Monday, December 9

• MUN Botanical Garden is hosting a show and sale of artistic wall hangings and other small quilted items. The theme of the show is the natural environment and the work has been produced by members of Eastern Edge Quilters in St. John’s. The show continues daily until Dec. 17 inclusive. Gallery hours for this show are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Our gift shop will also be open during this time.


Tuesday, December 10

• December Storytelling Circle on Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at The Crow’s Nest Officers’ Club, off Duckworth Street on the east side of the War Memorial. Admission is $3. Starting this month, the Storytelling Circle will meet on the second Tuesday of each month. For more information about the Storytelling Circle and the annual St. John’s Storytelling Festival, visit storytellingstjohns.ca or email storytellingstjohns@gmail.com.

• Bingo on Dec. 10 at the Benevolent Irish Society, 30 Harvey Rd.  Doors open at 7 p.m. Cards three for $5, extra cards 50 cents each. Proceeds in aid of The School Lunch Program. Come and support this worthwhile cause. For more information call 754-0570.

• Theatre Newfoundland Labrador will hold registration for Youth Theatre 2014 Winter Classes Tuesday, Dec. 10 from 4-6 p.m. and  Wednesday, Dec. 11 from 6–8 p.m. TNL provides theatre training in acting and stagecraft to youth from Grade 1 to 18 years, while also encouraging the development of focus, confidence, teamwork and communications skills. Classes are set to begin the first week of January.  For more information contact Sarah at 639 7238 or email youth@theatrenewfoundland.com.

Organizations: Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs, Health Sciences Centre, Shambhala Centre Holiday Networking Session The Capital Hotel Lecture Theatre Victoria St. Join Artistic Animateur Amy House Globe and Mail Virginia Water Retreat House Davids Church Wesley United Church Women Society of Newfoundland Radio Amateurs Anglican Church Presentation Retreat House VOCM Happy Tree and Community Food Sharing Association Mount Pearl Lions Club Santa Claus Parade Community Food Sharing Bank Garden Centre Thrive Community Youth Network Christmas Store for Youth. Parks Canada Signal Hill National Historic Site Visitor Centre Annex Community Services Department Cupids.The Cupids Historical Society Cupids United Church Cupids Legacy Centre Memory Candle Light Service School of Social Work Benevolent Irish Society Youth Theatre Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre The Anchormen Chorus Topsail United Church Combined Choirs

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Cres, Logy Bay Road Rural Haiti Mount Pearl Park Avenue Country Christmas Portugal Cove North Pole Mount Pearl Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Centennial Park Flatrock Ocean View Park Room 2J618 Saint Luke Duckworth Street Waterford Bridge

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