The following is a list of community events and activities slated for the Greater St. John's area:
Friday, January 17
• Kids Club program for January at The Suncor Energy Fluvarium on Jan. 17-18 at 1:30 p.m. Winter is here and the animals that tough it out all winter have to stay warm, safe and find food! Discover how the animals around the Fluvarium find everything they need, even throughout the winter.
• The First Space Gallery in the Queen Elizabeth II Library is pleased to present “Fluid and Form” — a multimedia exhibition of 28 female artists living in Newfoundland and Labrador. The opening event takes place on Friday, Jan. 17, from 6-7:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 18
• Powers Court Open Mike Show at St. Thomas Of Villanova parish hall in Manuels, C.B.S. on Jan. 18. Doors open at 7 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m. For More information call Frank at 834-8196 or Ian at 834-3544
Sunday, January 19
• Memorial University’s faculty of arts is sponsoring the fifth annual SPARKS Literary Festival on Sunday, Jan. 19, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Suncor Energy Hall, school of music, on the St. John’s campus. The festival is divided into four sessions, each of which will consist of a lively mix of various genres and a combination of readings and discussion. Books will be available for sale and local magazines and letterpress publishers will be displaying material. An evening reception will follow the day-long event. Admission is free and complimentary parking will be available in lot 15B. Further details on the festival can be found at www.arts.mun.ca/sparks/ or at www.facebook.com/SparksLiteraryFestival.
• 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 Jan. 19 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.
Tuesday, January 21
• Cinema Politica St. John’s and MUN Aboriginal Resource Office present: “Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change,” a film by Zacharias Kunuk and Ian Mauro at 7 p.m. on January 21 at Memorial University, Bruneau/INCO building, Room IIC 2001. This is a public event. Donations accepted: cash for Shanawdithit shelter and non-perishable food items for MUN campus food bank.
• There will be a card game at St. Lawrence Parish Hall, Portugal Cove on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 8 p.m. Bring your own cards, lunch provided, $5 admission. Call 895-2215 or 895-6424 for more information.
Wednesday, January 22
• Author reading by Charles O’Keefe on Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. at the A.C. Hunter adult library.
• The St. John’s Choir will be sponsoring a luncheon and a social at Wesley United Church on Wednesday Jan. 22 at 12:30 p.m. Lunch will consist of soup, roll, dessert, tea or coffee for a cost of $12. To reserve your seat call Helen at 745-1064 or Jennifer at 579-7900.
Thursday, January 23
• Resource Centre for the Arts is proud to present c2c Theatre’s Art by Yasmina Reza. The show runs from Jan. 23-25 at 8 p.m. at the LSPU Hall, 3 Victoria St. There is a half-price matinee on Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. To purchase tickets or for more information, please go to www.rca.nf.ca or call 753-4531 ext. 200.
• There will be a variety concert of contemporary and traditional choral and choir music on Friday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Salvation Army St. John’s Citadel on Adams Avenue in aid of the Centre for Life. Performances by Avalonia, Conway, Coastal Sound Community Choir CBS, Corpus Christi Parish Choir, International Gospel Choir of NL, Salvation Army St. John’s Citadel Songster Brigade and St. Teresa’s Parish Choir. Admission is $10 at the door. For more information please call 579-1500.
• Start the new year off right with the first breakfast meeting of the Positive Thinkers Club on Jan. 25 from 9-11 a.m. New location is Uptown Gourmet Grill, 193 Kenmount Rd. Members: $18, non-members: $21. Please rsvp your seat at firstname.lastname@example.org
• St. John’s Pride is holding a public forum to launch their new website and logo, as well as highlight some of the changes they are hoping to make in the coming year. The forum will also act as a meet and greet with the Pride board, to foster discussion and get feedback from the LBGTQ and ally communities of St. John’s. Everyone is welcome. The forum will be held on Jan. 25 at 11 a.m. and will be located at Key Assets, 120 LeMarchant Rd. Parking is available behind the building.
• The ACW of St. John the Evangelist Parish, Topsail invites you to join them on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 12:30 p.m. for a soup and sandwich lunch followed by an afternoon card game. Doors open at 12 p.m. Cost is $10. Please bring your own cards. For more information call Betty at 834-4736 or Sandra at 834-8834.
• The St. Andrews Society of Newfoundland and Labrador will be celebrating the 255th anniversary of the birth of Scottish Poet Robert Burns on Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion in Pleastantville. Dinner with haggis, bagpipes, poetry and scottish country dancing will fill the evening. Tickets are $50 each and are available from David Allison at email@example.com or 579-6114.
• St. Philip’s ACW will hold their monthly card game on Monday, Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. in the parish centre, 20 Coady’s Road, St. Philip's. Usual good prizes, door prize and ticket draws. Lunch will be served. Cost is $5.
• On Monday, Jan. 27 at 8 p.m., Music at Memorial presents Larry Vine and Friends. Larry Vine, virtuoso principal horn of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, presents music for horn and piano, horn quartet, and brass quintet. Tickets are $20/$15 can be purchased at the door 30 minutes prior to the concert. For more information on Music at Memorial concerts please visit www.mun.ca/music.
• Embroidery Guild Invitation — Start the new year learning a new skill or renewing an old interest by visiting the St. John’s Guild of Embroiderers meeting. A great way to expand skills and make friends at Corpus Christi Hall — 260 Waterford Bridge Rd. (around back) on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m.
• The Magic of Elder Mediation: A free public meeting/information session for seniors and their family members, service providers, and community workers on Tuesday, Jan. 28 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Location: Tiffany Village (theatre), 50 Tiffany Court, St. John’s. This talk will explore how elder mediation can help a family work through issues related to aging (such as financial issues, living arrangements, caregiving, etc.) with dignity and respect. This is a free event and all are welcome. Free transportation available for seniors living in St. John’s or Mount Pearl. For more information call the Seniors Resource Centre NL at 737-2333.
• Members and the public are invited to attend the next lecture of the Family History Society of NL at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at the Marine Institute’s Hampton Hall. The guest speaker is Gerald Barnable, and the topic is “The Journal and Cases of Robert Carter Esq. J.P. 1832-1840.”
• Family Life Bureau has several courses beginning Jan. 29-30. Connections, a course for women who feel the pressure to meet the expectations of others. Separation & Divorce course, Mindfulness — Awareness course, Parenting Teens — this course is designed to prepare parents for helping their children (ages 11-18) grow into the persons they were destined to become. To register for any of the above groups, visit our website http://rcsj.org/family-life for online registration or call Sr. Loretta Walsh at 579-0168, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Join the community sector council Newfoundland and Labrador and guest speaker Dr. Andrew Furey of Team Broken Earth for the annual volunteerism luncheon on Jan. 30 at Bally Haly. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Call 753-9860 or go to communitysector.nl.ca.
• Hot Earth Ensemble presents Celebrating C.P.E Bach — Sunday, Feb. 2, at 3 p.m. (weather contingency Monday, Feb. 3- 8 p.m.) at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (The “Kirk) Tickets: $20 general; $15 senior; $7 student. Available at Home on Water Street and at the door.
• A round trip to any WestJet destination could be yours in the Alzheimer Society annual Ticket Draw fundraising event! Tickets are just $5 each, so call toll free at 1-877-776-0608 to get your tickets today. Total of five prizes worth more than $8,700 so make sure to turn your $5 into a fantastic prize worth thousands! The winning tickets will be drawn on February 14, 2014 so contact the Alzheimer Society of Newfoundland and Labrador at 576-0608 or online at www.alzheimernl.org/ticketdraw to get your tickets today.
• Western Health is offering an eight-week support and education group for families in February. “It’s Okay” is for people who have experienced separation and divorce. There will be a group for children aged 7-12, a group for teens, and a separate group for parents. Some topics included in the sessions are: understanding divorce and feelings families experience, introducing concepts of new family members, learning how the court system works for families, nurturing self-concept and self-esteem, and learning how to cope with feelings and situations related to separation and divorce. For further information, or to make a referral to this group, please contact Blomidon Place at 634-4171.
• The RCMP Klondike Night is being postponed until Friday, May 9. The RCMP Headquarters has sustained water damage. The area of the building affected is where Klondike Night is held each year. Due to the damage the RCMP Klondike Committee has decided to move Klondike Night to Friday, May 9. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. The RCMP Klondike Night beneficiaries are: Candlelighters and Children’s Wish Foundation. Both are children’s charities.
• The First Link program of the Alzheimer Society of Newfoundland and Labrador offers a Learning Series for caregivers and family members. The courses in the Learning Series will provide participants with a comprehensive overview of dementia, coping strategies, resources and support systems. Participants have the opportunity to learn and share with others. For more informco-ordinator at 1-709-576-0608.
• New Year, New Hope. ... If you or someone you care about has problems with food, overeating or undereating, there is help. Overeaters Anonymous is a 12 Step support group with face to face, online and telephone meetings. No fees or dues. What have you got to lose? Call 738-1742 (toll-free 1-877-738-1742) email email@example.com or visit www.oa.org. Your anonymity is respected.
• Salmonid Association of Eastern Newfoundland (SAEN) fly-tying classes. Call the SAEN office at 722-9300 to register.