This months presentation for the Natural History Society of Newfoundland and Labrador will be held 8 p.m. today at the MUN Botanical Garden, 306 Mt. Scio Rd. Climbing enthusiast Leslie Grattan will describe the training, planning, health, safety and gear
Today, April 16
• Canadian Blood Services is asking residents of St. John's and surrounding area to make regular blood donations. You can donate blood every 56 days, it only takes one hour and you can save up to three lives with one donation. Call 1-888-236-6283 to book an appointment at 7 Wicklow St., St. John's, Monday-Wednesday, 11:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m., and 4-7 p.m.; Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Friday, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
• The St. John's-Avalon Chapter of CARP, the Canadian Association for the 50 Plus, will hold a general meeting from 2:30-4:30 p.m., at the reception centre, Carnell's Funeral Home, 1045 Topsail Rd., Mount Pearl (west of the Commonwealth Avenue-Mount Carson Avenue intersection). This meeting will include a talk by Geoff Carnell entitled "Important Information about Funerals and Finances." There will be opportunity for questions. Refreshments will be provided. Members and guests are invited. For further information, call Ed Williams at 753-1187.
• The next Corner Brook Bizlaunch Aliant seminar called "How to Market Your Business" will be held at the Pepsi Centre, 1 Canada Games Place from 6:30-8 p.m. Register at www.bizlaunch.ca/aliant.
• A three-day seminar, "Pursuing Intimacy with God," with the Rev. Garth Hunt, national prayer co-ordinator for the Anglican Network in Canada, will take place April 16-18 at the Eastern Gate Church, 759 Empire Ave. Thursday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m. (Youth Focus); and, Saturday, April 18, 9 a.m., 2 and 7:30 p.m. Everyone welcome. No registration but a free will offering will be gratefully received. For more information, visit www.ststephenthemartyr.ca.
• The Meniere's/Tinnitus Group of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association - Newfoundland and Labrador (CHHA-NL) will hold a meeting at the CHHA-NL Centre, 1081 Topsail Rd. at 7:30 p.m. Guest speaker will be Dwight Ough, audiologist. For more information, call Irene at 753-3224.
• Tango on the Edge holds dances/practices every Thursday at 8:30 p.m., at our new location, the Retired Citizens Club, 10 Bennett Ave. Everyone welcome. For more information, visit www.tangoontheedge.com.
Friday, April 17
• MUN Botanical Garden offers its parent and tot program at the Bowring Park Conservatory Fridays, 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m. (four sessions). Suitable for pre-schoolers and their care-givers. Pre-registration is not required, everyone is welcome. Fee: General admission. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Bowring Park Conservatory (located near the duck pond and the Peter Pan statue). Duck feed will be provided. For more information, contact Anne Madden at 737-8590, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.mun.ca/botgarden.
• Friday lunches (continued by popular demand) at the Shrine Club, 530 Topsail Rd. (next to Burger King), 12:30 p.m. Friday, April 17. Menu: Jiggs' dinner, plus usual spins. Cost $12 each (HST included). Please call by Thursday noon prior to lunch to reserve ask for Ed Hillier 368-5459 or leave message as to how many are coming. This helps us to know how many to cook for.
Saturday, April 18
• Open mike at All Saints Parish Hall, C.B.S. the second Saturday of every month. Come along and share in some good old Country, Bluegrass, Newfoundland, Irish and Gospel Music. Doors open at 7:15 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Admission $5 at the door.
• Powers Court open mike show at St. Thomas of Villanova Parish Hall in Manuels, C.B.S. Doors open at 7 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m. All Stringed instruments (Acoustic). For more information, call Frank at 834-8196 or Len at 834-3842.
• Young Cinema 10 a.m. "Horton entend un Qui!" (USA 2008), presented by the Francophone Association at the Centre des Grands-Vents, 65 Ridge Rd. Free admission. For more information, call 726-4900 or visit www.acfsj.ca.
• Club du Samedi. Saturday morning activities in French for children aged 5-14 offered by the Francophone Association. For more information or to register, visit www.acfsj.ca/club or call 726-4900.
• MUN Botanical Garden presents "Conservatively Wild" at Bowring Park Saturdays, from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Pre-registration is not required and everyone is welcome. Fee: General admission. All proceeds help support the Bowring Park Foundation and MUN Botanical Garden. For more information, contact Anne Madden at 737-8590, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.mun.ca/botgarden.
• The Fluvarium announces April Showers Saturdays and Sunday up to April 26, 1:30 p.m. There is no need to register in advance, and participation is complimentary with admission to the Fluvarium. This is an interactive family program that looks at the water cycle and helps us learn why clean water is so important to ecosystems. For more information, contact Ian Murphy, environmental interpreter, at 754-3474 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• "What It Means To Be Catholic" - free weekly multi-media sessions addressing top questions asked about the Catholic faith. Every Saturday afternoon 2 p.m. at 170 Military Rd., parking at Basilica. Suitable for both non-Catholics and Catholics. Refreshments served. Call 728-9009 or visit PillarOfTruth.org
• Cowan Heights United Church, UCW ham and bean supper will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 adults and $5 children and are available from members of the UCW or from the Church Office at 745-2871.
Sunday, April 19
• The New World Running Club will host the annual six-kilometre "Spring-into-Spring" road race today. Start time is 9:30 a.m. with an early bird registration at New World Fitness on Topsail Road Thursday, April 16 from 6:30-8 p.m. and the day of the race from 8:45-9:15 a.m. at the junction of Dundee Street and Glencoe Drive (race start point). Reception to follow at New World Fitness from 11 a.m. to noon. For information, contact Ben Dunne at 368-0684 or e-mail email@example.com.
• Avalon Unitarian Fellowship Sunday service at 10 Bennett Ave., 10:30 a.m. Special guest Betti Woodford. Topic: Reiki and My Spiritual Journey. Refreshments will be available after the service. Everyone welcome.
• In conjunction with the exhibition, Discovering Bartlett: An Archival Exploration, join us 2 p.m. at The Rooms for a viewing of The Viking. This event is included in the cost of admission to The Rooms. For more information, call The Rooms at 757-8000 or visit www.therooms.ca.
• The Archbishop E. P. Roche Assembly of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus will participate in the annual Devine Mercy Sunday Rosary at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Logy Bay beginning at 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome. All Sir Knights are encouraged to attend.
• New sets of T'ai Chi Chih Joy Thru Movement daytime and evening classes begin the week of April 19 at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Road. This series of 20 gentle, easy movements promote greater vitality and health in body/mind/spirit. For all ages. For further details, contact Sheila at 579-7863/727-7863 or visit www.envision.ca/webs/taichichihnl. Registration for weekly classes takes place at the first session.
• Spring bellydance classes with the Neighbourhood Strays will start April 19: Beginners, Intermediate Veils, Improv, the "Andrea Intensive" and "My First Solo". For more information or to register, visit www.theneighbourhoodstrays.com.
• A special band concert by the CLB Regimental Band in aid and support of the CLB Mission to Belize 2009 will be held 8 p.m. at the CLB Armory on Harvey Road. To order tickets, call the CLB Armory at 722-1737. Tickets are $10 each.
Monday, April 20
• The Food Security Network of Newfoundland and Labrador (FSN) is developing a provincial grow local agriculture campaign, entitled "Root Cellars Rock!" and is currently seeking logo submissions. The campaign is scheduled to launch May 2009, and is aimed to stimulate healthy local food consumption across the province by celebrating Newfoundland and Labrador's agricultural heritage and stimulating growth in agriculture, through citizens, community groups, and agricultural producers. This is a fantastic opportunity for graphic artists seeking experience. FSN has stipend $300 for the successful candidate. Deadline for submissions is April 20. For questions, more information about the campaign, or to submit a logo, contact Kristie Jameson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• If you have graduated from the Eastern Health Cardiac Program and would like to continue on the road to good health, come and join the Newfoundland Cardiac Rehabilitation Associations exercise program at the NL Sports Centre on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8 a.m. Call Barb Baldwin at 579-2593 for more information.
• Aikido, a Japanese Martial Art, for all ages. Relaxation, fitness and well-being. Certified black belt instructors. Five optional classes a week, Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturday mornings. First three classes free, monthly fee of $20. For information, e-mail email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Overeaters Anonymous hold weekly meetings in the St. John's area on the following days: Sundays 8:15 p.m. at Mary Queen of The World Parish Hall, Topsail Road, Mondays 12:15 p.m. at 23 Cashin Ave., Wednesdays 8 p.m. at St. James United Church, Elizabeth Avenue, beginners meeting starts at 7:15 p.m., and Saturdays 11 a.m. at St. Thomas' Anglican Church, Military Road. For more information on the Overeaters Anonymous 12 step program, call 738-1742.
• For the Love of Learning offers free lunch for youth between 15 and 35 Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1 p.m. in the basement of Gower Street United Church. Ring doorbell to get in. E-mail email@example.com for information.
• Everyone is invited to Cafe Scientifique to discuss issues related to the use of personal health information in health services and policy research from 7-9 p.m. at Lower Path Bar, 312 Water St. Host is Ramona Dearing of CBC. This event is sponsored by Memorial's Faculty of Medicine. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 777-7333.
• Women's Accordion Circle. Do you love the accordion? Let's get together every Monday, 7:30 p.m. at the Arts and Culture Centre, second floor, Old Art Gallery Space. Interested? Call 746-2399 (after 6 p.m.) or e-mail Kelly Best at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, April 21
• The Arthritis Society will hold an arthritis pain management workshop from 2-4 p.m. at The Arthritis Society Office, 78 O'Leary Ave. If arthritis pain is affecting your quality of life you'll want to attend this informative workshop to learn techniques to help you break the pain cycle. Cost is only $5 and includes handouts and refreshments (no charge for support person attending with you). If you would like to attend, call Donna at 579-8190 or e-mail email@example.com.
• The Blue Castle presents, "Should Women Have the Vote? or, What will men wear when women wear pants?" 8 p.m. at The Ship Pub, 265 Duckworth St. Admission Free. Join us for what promises to be a highly interactive and entertaining evening.
• Registration is now on-going for evening classes, weekend workshops and the young artist program at the Anna Templeton Centre for Craft Art & Design. Younger kids, ages 3-5, will enjoy pre-school art discovery Tuesdays, 10-11 a.m.; while kids ages 7-11 can enroll in cartooning classes on Sunday afternoons; and young aspiring actors, 10-14 years, can gain experience in performing arts classes on Saturday mornings. To find out more about classes at the Anna Templeton Centre, call 739-7623 or click www.annatempletoncentre.com.
• Gentle Relaxation Yoga with Rita Lester in Mount Pearl Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 10 to 11 a.m. To inquire, call 368-7643.
• Spring Session of Gentle Yoga Tuesday or Friday at 11 a.m. for people living with illness or injury, beginner and continuing classes also available, with a certified instructor. Call Judy at 754-2425.
• CHANNAL, 120 LeMarchant Rd., "Bridging The Gulf Of Understanding" peer support groups, will be held Tuesdays at 7 p.m., Wednesdays at 2 p.m. and a Social Saturdays from 2-4 p.m.
• Join us at the A.C. Hunter Library for a free decorating session with Marilyn Mitchell from the Paint Shop, 979 Topsail Rd. from 7-8:30 p.m. in the activity room, first floor Children's Library, Arts and Culture Centre. Feel free to bring along pictures to show the decorator. Space is limited. To register, call 737-3950.
• Town of Petty Harbour/Maddox Cove Tidy Towns card party at the Petty Harbour Rec Centre. Admission: $3. Bring your own cards and basket. For details, call Jackie at 368-0077.
Wednesday, April 22
• Come mark Earth Day 2009 with the free public screening of "The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream," 7 p.m. at the Engineering Lecture Theatre, main floor S.J. Carew (Engineering) Building on Arctic Avenue, north side of MUN campus off Prince Philip Drive. Free parking in Lot 16, Arctic Avenue ($2 parking in Lot 61 under the Earth Sciences Building).
• The Wesley United Church Men's Service Club will hold its annual flipper dinner starting at 6 p.m. Tickets (eat in or take out) cost $15 and are available by calling the Church Office at 579-3682 or from any member of the club.
• Lunch or bridge every Wednesday at The St. John's Curling Club (Remax Centre). Call Shirley Kelly at 754-3260 to book a table.
• MUN Botanical Garden presents tropical topics at the Bowring Park Conservatory, Wednesdays, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Suitable for seniors (60+) and adults. Pre-registration is not required and everyone is welcome. Cost general admission/free for members of the Bowring Park Foundation and the Friends of MUN Botanical Garden. For more information, contact Anne Madden at 737-8590 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Cabot Toastmasters meets every second Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m. at Mount Pearl City Hall. Come and see how we can help you gain more confidence, and improve your listening, speaking and leadership skills. For more information, call 745-0071 or 368- 0087.
• The Family Life Bureau will hold The Marriage Course (7 weeks) starting today from 7-9:30 p.m. The Marriage Course is very practical, giving any married couple the tools to build a strong and healthy marriage that lasts a lifetime.
• The Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs (NLOWE) is pleased to offer a free, one-hour training Webinar called "Detecting and Deterring fraud in Small Businesses" from 9-10 a.m. This session will cover the everyday frauds and schemes that can threaten the vulnerabilities of your small business. We'll also discuss how prevention might be achieved by limiting tempting environments and how internal control processes can help prevent, and perhaps catch, budding frauds. Educating yourself on the scope of this growing challenge and the tools you might use to minimize its impact on your business is your first step to avoid becoming a victim of fraud. Pre-registration is required. Visit www.nlowe.org or call 1-888-NLOWE-11.
Thursday, April 23
• A public reception with a presentation by Quebec author and journalist AndrÉ Duchesne in celebration of World Book Day will be held from 5-7 p.m. Presented by the Francophone Association and the Francophone School Board at the Centre des Grands-Vents, 65 Ridge Rd. Free admission. For more information, call 726-4900 or visit www.acfsj.ca.
• CHANNAL Peer Support Group "Bridging The Gulf Of Understanding" at 120 LeMarchant Rd. Tuesday night group from 7-9 p.m. and Wednesday afternoon from 2-4 p.m. Guest Speaker: April 23, Linda Andrews on Relationships. For more information, call 753-7710.
• The Compassionate Friends, a support group for bereaved parents, will meet in room 2J619, Health Science Centre from 7:30-9:30 p.m. All parents dealing with the loss of a child are welcome to attend. For more information, call Arlene at 722-4168 or Mary at 834-4027.
• CLB roller skating for 30 years and over at the CLB Armoury on Harvey Road in St. John's Thursdays 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Roller Skating to the music of the 60's and 70's. Admission $5 per person. For more information, call 364-2888 or 722-1737.
• Japanese Language instruction available on Thursday evenings and by appointment. Contact Nami Ohara at email@example.com or visit www.oharaconsulting.ca.
• Tango on the Edge will hold workshops in Argentine Tango from April 23-25. Guest instructor is Marilyn Spore from Tango Nova, NS. For details, visit our website www.tangoontheedge.com.
• Gigantic book sale (over 20,000 books) Friday, April 24 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Arts and Culture Centre. Popular authors, mystery, children's and much more. Fill a supermarket bag of bargain books for a toonie. Sponsored by the Canadian Federation of University Women St. John's. Proceeds help fund scholarships and educational projects. For more information, contact 368-5062 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Memorial alumni again have an opportunity to tease their palate and meet all friends at the eighth annual wine tasting event April 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Marine Institute Cafeteria at the MI campus. The St. John's Chapter of the Memorial University Alumni Association hosts the event. Tickets are $50 and are available through Alumni Affairs and Development Office. The participants will receive a $10 cab voucher.
• St. Michael's Parish St. Clare Avenue spring sale Saturday, April 25, morning coffee ($3.50) with stalls 9:30 a.m., soup lunch ($3), buffet suppers (turkey, ham, salads and desserts) 5 p.m. ($15). For take out suppers ($10), call 722-4511 or 754-7178. Card game 7 p.m. ($2).
• Spirituality Workshop: "The Word, the Image, the Story: Tools of Transformation," Saturday, April 25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Rd., with renowned author/artist/activist, Jan Phillips. Come and join us as together we connect the dots between creativity, spirituality and inspired action. Pre-register by April 17, call 753-8760. Cost $30, including lunch. Cash or cheque only.
• The Ladies Auxiliary of Masonic Park will hold its spring afternoon tea and sale Saturday, April 25 in the Pearl Room of the Masonic Park Nursing Home. Doors open at 2 p.m. and tickets are $3. All are welcome.
• St. Thomas' Church Spring Cold Plate Supper and Silent Auction, Saturday, April 25 5 p.m., at Canon Wood Hall, 8 Military Rd. Tickets $10 each and are available at 754-0151.
• The Memorial United Church Women, Bonavista will be holding a hot roast beef supper 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25 at the UC Hall Bayley's Cove. Tickets are $9 and are available from Mervie Snook at 468 -7944, Marge Swyers at 468-2498, Marg Hicks at 468- 2156 and Eliza Mouland at 468-7640. Proceeds go to the African Mission to build a school house for orphaned children in Uganda. A local team from the Bonavista area will be going to Uganda in October.
• The Split Peas of Twillingate back by "popular demand" to Gower Street United, April 25, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and available from Gower Street United Church office (753-7286), Fred's, 198 Duckworth St. (the Split Peas CDs also are available there) and the Hair Factory, Churchill Square.
• Lady Cove presents a Spring Fever Concert and Live Auction April 25, 8 p.m. at the CLB Armoury. Tickets are $20/$15 and are available at Auntie Crae's or C'est Moi. A fun night of music and friends in a relaxed atmosphere. Audience members are invited to bring their own bottle of wine (or beverage of choice) while the choir provides bread, cheese and sweets.
• A concert in remembrance of Dr. John Ashton, former principal of Grenfell College, will be held Sunday, April 26, 2 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion, West Street, Corner Brook. Titled Barnsley Embracing Bonne Bay, the concert will feature 10 musical acts. Net proceeds will go to the John Ashton Bursary.
• Bluegrass and Oldtime Country Music Jam session will be held at the Bay Roberts Lions Club Sunday, April 26 and Sunday, May 24 at 2 p.m. Bring an acoustic instrument and participate or just come along and enjoy the music. Non alcoholic event. Doors open at 1 p.m. See you there.
• The Agnes Pratt Home Foundation presents an Old Time Gospel Sing A Long with Rennie Gaulton, Earl Howell and Friends Sunday, April 26, 7 p.m. at Wesley United Church, Patrick Street. Admission $10. Tickets available by calling 570-1251. Refreshments to follow.
• A spring fashion show and reception, to support Meghynn Norman who is in need of a double lung transplant, will be held at the Geo Centre Sunday, April 26 at 8 p.m. Hosted by Sheilagh Guy Murphy, the show will feature fashions from Samuel & Co. and will be modeled by The School of Dance and media celebrities. Tickets are on sale at Samuel & Co., The Travel Bug or call Sheilagh at 726-0038.
• The SPCA are selling tickets to see Elton John in Ireland. Tickets are on sale now $5 each or five tickets for $20. You can purchase tickets at the shelter, the flea market, spring sale or call Cheryl at 726-0301. Draw date is April 26.
• The Eastern Avalon Chapter of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC) will hold its annual Bingo for the Cure fundraiser Monday, April 27 at 8 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus on Greenwood Crescent in Mount Pearl. This goods bingo will include 15 games. Cost is $5 for three cards and $1 for additional cards. Lots of prizes to be given away - door prizes, spin prizes and 50/50 draws. For more information, call Theresa at 754-5417.
• Nova Yoga spring yoga classes. Vinyasa (Flow) Yoga with certified yoga teacher Melanie Caines. Classes start April 28 for eight weeks, Tuesdays from 5:45 p.m. and 7 p.m., Thursdays 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., at The Lantern (35 Barnes Rd.), Sundays 1:30 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. at Jill Dreaddy Danceco, 120 LeMarchant Rd. Cost for eight classes $85, 16 classes $150 or a $12 drop in fee. All ages and experience levels welcome. Please bring your own mat. Space is limited to register, contact Melanie at email@example.com.
• Do you have the winning ticket? If you bought a 50/50 ticket at the RCMP's Klondike Night you could be the owner of $2,200. The winning ticket number is: 1921. This prize has not been claimed. If it is not claimed by April 28, we will make a second draw. If no one claims it then, we will make one more draw on May 28. If it is not claimed within 30 days after that, the money will be given to the two Klondike Night charities on June 27. If you have the winning number, contact the RCMP at 772-5400.
• French Cinema April 29 at 2 p.m. Maurice Richard (Canada 2005). Presented by the Francophone Association at the Centre des Grands-Vents, 65 Ridge Rd. Free admission. For more information, call 726-4900 or visit www.acfsj.ca.
• The Mount Pearl Citizens Crime Prevention Committee is hosting a "Citizens against Crime Forum 2009 " at the Mount Pearl Track and Field Complex, Wednesday, April 29 from 6:30-9 p.m. Open to all and free. A panel presentation will be held with an opportunity for you as a citizen to voice what you identify as the current crime related concerns and needs of our city. For more information, contact Mount Pearl Citizens Crime Prevention Committee at 685-5104 or 368-7071.
• The Arthritis Society will start an Arthritis Self-Management Program Wednesday, April 29, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room at the Dominion Pearlgate Supermarket, Mount Pearl. Take control - learn how to become more involved in managing your arthritis and improving your quality of life. Small class size and leaders ready to help. For more information or to register, contact Donna at 579-8190 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Applications now available for the 2009 Student Work and Service Program, SWASP Community Service Component. Online at www.envision.ca or call the Community Services Council at 1-877-753-9190. Deadline is April 30.
• After 80 years on the hill, Thunder Bay's Hillcrest High School - formerly known as Port Arthur Technical and Commercial High School (P.A.T.S.) will close its doors in June 2009. Before this happens, everyone is invited to attend our final High School Reunion scheduled for May 1-2. For further information and tickets, contact the school at 807-345-1461 or e-mail 80th_Reunion@Lakeheadschools.ca. Registration forms can also be downloaded from www.lakeheadschools.ca.
• You're invited to a spring tea and bake sale to be held at The Salvation Army Temple, 101 Torbay Rd. Saturday, May 2 from 2-4 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be reserved, call 722-2467.
• Living Together, Diversity and Integration, Saturday, May 2 at the Royal Canadian Legion, Pleasantville. Reception 6 p.m. (cash bar), dinner at 7 p.m. Presentation of Scholarships, Multicultural Show and dance with taped music from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Cost: $25 members and seniors, $30 for the general public, and $20 for students and children (age 5-12). For more information or tickets, call 753-2917.
• Join community leaders, volunteers and Kids Help Phone supporters in St. John's and participate in the eighth annual Walk for Kids Help Phone Sunday, May 3 at Bowring Park. Registration begins at noon. For more information, visit wwwwalkforkidshelpphone.ca.
• The UCW of Wesley United Church will serve a Hot Roast Beef Dinner Sunday, May 3 at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $12/adults and $5/children and are available at the Church Office, 579-3682 or any member of the UCW.
• SPCA Super Goods Bingo Wednesday, May 6 at St. Teresa's Parish Hall, Mundy Pond Road. Doors open 6:30 p.m. and bingo starts at 7:30 p.m. Admission $10 (paper bingo) with extra cards available at the door. For more information, visit www.spcastjohns.org or call 726-0301.
• The next Gander Bizlaunch ALIANT seminar called 'How to Market Your Business' will be held Tuesday, May 12 at the Hotel Gander, 100 Trans Canada Hwy. from 6:30-8 p.m. Participants are to register at www.bizlaunch.ca/aliant.
• Holy Heart is holding a Founders' Award dinner to honour Mark Critch for alumni achievement in the arts on May 14 at 7 p.m., at Gushue Hall. Tickets are $60 (with $30 tax receipt). Proceeds go toward the Holy Heart Legacy Fund at MUN. Tickets are available at the HHM box office 579-4424.
• Would you like to own your own home? Cabot Habitat for Humanity may be able to help and is currently accepting applications for home ownership from residents of St. John's and Mount Pearl. Deadline for applications is May 15. For more information or to receive an application package, contact Cabot Habitat for Humanity at 737-2823 or visit website at www.cabothabitat.ca.
• This spring over 140 communities across Canada will participate in the Purina Walk for Dog Guides. This year, St. John's will take part in this national event May 31. While the cost of placing and training a Dog Guide is approximately $20,000, each eligible candidate is provided a Dog Guide - including all required training, travel and accommodation - at no cost.
• The 18th annual Trinity Conception Placentia Health Foundation dinner and auction will take place Saturday, June 13 at the Royal Canadian Legion in Spaniards Bay. There will be artwork from Newfoundland's best artists, trips, weekend excursions and much more. The night consists of a silent, Chinese and regular auction. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call Don or Shelly at 945-5289.
• Aliant will offer another free Bizlaunch seminar on "How to Market Your business" for St. John's small business owners Tuesday, June 23 from 8-9:30 a.m. at Ramada Inn, 102 Kenmount Rd. Please register at, www.bizlaunch.ca/aliant.
• The Great Fogo Island Punt Race To There and Back, sponsored by Shorefast Foundation, is seeking rowers and volunteers for the 2009 race, taking place July 28. Information is available at www.fogoislandregatta.com. Rowers can download a registration form and volunteers can find information on opportunities to get involved. For more information, contact Colleen Higgins at 266-7192.
• A Forest Road Reunion is planned for July 31-Aug. 1 of 2009 for all residents and former residents of Forest Road in the east end of St. John's. For more information, visit www.forestroadreunion.com or contact Jim Byrd at email@example.com or Bruce Tilley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The next deadline for applications for Registered Heritage Designations and for funding under the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador (HFNL) grants program for Registered Heritage Structures is Aug. 15. Application forms are at www.heritagefoundation.ca or call 1-888-739-1892.
• Aliant is offering another free Bizlaunch seminar on "How to Grow Your Business using the Internet" for St. John's small business owners Wednesday, Sept. 30 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Ramada Inn, 102 Kenmount Rd. Understand how to promote your business using Facebook, Meetup, Blogger and Twitter. Learn how to use Google applications to manage your work. And, find out how to reduce costs with free surveys, photos, software and more. Please register at. www.bizlaunch.ca/aliant.
• Aliant is offering another free Bizlaunch seminar on "How to Run a Successful Small Business" for Corner Brook entrepreneurs Thursday, Oct. 15 from 8-9:30 a.m. at the Pepsi Centre, 1 Canada Games Pl. This seminar will show you how to create a vision, write a solid Business Plan, conduct market research, find advisers, secure financing, recruit talented people, manage your operations and stand out from your competitors. Please register at www.bizlaunch.ca/aliant.
• Aliant is delivering its final free Bizlaunch seminar of 2009 on "How to Market Your business" for St. John's small business owners Wednesday, Nov. 11 from 8-9:30 a.m. at Ramada Inn, 102 Kenmount Rd. You'll learn how to get new customers, keep your existing ones and sell more to them. Please register at. www.bizlaunch.ca/aliant.
• Katimavik is seeking billet families in Mount Pearl and St. John's from May 1-10. Katimavik participants are aged 17 to 21. As part of its learning program, participants must spend 10 days in a host family of the region they are volunteering in, in order to get a better grasp of the culture and local life. How can you become a billeting family? Contact the project co-ordinator, Allyson Howse at 368-8101 to set-up a meeting and explore the option of billeting one of these outstanding young volunteers in your community.
• Nominations are now being accepted for the annual Provincial Environment Awards. Nominate deserving individuals and groups for public recognition. For forms or further information, call 729-5783 or 753-8780.
• St. Edward's School will hold a spring fair May 9 and is collecting Canadian Tire money and used books. The fundraiser is in aid of much needed playground equipment. To make a donation, contact the school at 834-4421 or Tamara at 834-0949.
• April is Cancer Awareness Month. The Cervical Screening Initiatives Program encourages young women to have a pap test once they become sexually active. Women of all ages can develop cervical cancer. Get with the program - have a yearly pap test. For more information, call 1-866-643-8719.
• For the Love of Learning offers free Internet and computer use for resilient youth between 15 and 35 years old, noon to 6 p.m., weekdays in the basement of the Gower Street United Church. For more info, visit www.fortheloveoflearning.org or call Darcy at 722-8848.
• Do you need help in applying for income support, preparing appeals or finding information from the policy manual? Call Ron at the Community Services Council, 753-9860.
• The Alzheimer Society of Newfoundland and Labrador invites you to have A Mother's Day of Remembrance. Tickets are on sale now for our Mother's Day Basket draw valued at approximately $500. Tickets are $1 each and can be purchased at 687 Water St. or call 576-0608 or 1-877-776-0608.
• Volunteers needed. The Alzheimer Society of Newfoundland and Labrador is seeking volunteers to help with its fundraising activities. If you have any time to spare, call 576-0608 or 1-877-776-0608.
• Time to renew your East Coast Trail Association membership. For the same low price of $25 and individual or family; $100 for community or organization; or $500 for a life membership in which you will receive a tax receipt for the full value of your membership. The East Coast Trail Association is a registered charity, membership supported and volunteer driven. For more information or to register, call 738-4453 or e-mail email@example.com. See you on the trail.
• Many people carry sacred heart medals and medals of saints with them on their journey as a guide to heaven. For a free medal, phone 745-8671.
• A new set of focusing sessions will begin at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Rd. For more information, contact Donna at 364-5201.
• The SPCA's million penny challenge is still ongoing. You can donate pennies at the shelter, flea market or the spring sale. Coins do not have to be rolled.
• Easter Seals NL is currently looking for individuals who are interested in volunteering with its programs or administration. For more information, call Eileen at 754-1399 or visit www.easterseals.nf.ca.
• Foster homes are needed throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. Can you help? To find out more about becoming a foster parent, call the Newfoundland and Labrador Foster Families Association at 754-0213 or 877-754-0218 (toll free), or your local Child, Youth and Family Services Office, or visit www.nlffa.com.