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Today, March 11
Tickets are available today for the Avalon Dragons annual gala dinner, live and silent auction to be held Saturday, April 10 at the Bella Vista, 26 Torbay Road. Tickets are $50 and are available at Julia's Closet and The Model Shop, 285 Water St., The Headroom, 61 Le Marchant Rd., Bridie Molloy's, 5 George St., The Celtic Hearth, 300 Water St., from any member of the Avalon Dragons or call 437-6358.

Friday, March 12

St. John's Public Libraries are offering a series of technology classes. For inquiries and registration, call the A.C. Hunter Library at 737-3950. Some classes require that you bring your own equipment. Please check when registering.

Rabbittown Theatre Company presents (Julius) Caesars Palace Casino Night, a fundraiser for the New World Theatre Project, at the Rabbittown Theatre, 106 Freshwater Rd. has been postponed until further notice. Two whimsical nights of Las Vegas-inspired act

Today, March 11

Tickets are available today for the Avalon Dragons annual gala dinner, live and silent auction to be held Saturday, April 10 at the Bella Vista, 26 Torbay Road. Tickets are $50 and are available at Julia's Closet and The Model Shop, 285 Water St., The Headroom, 61 Le Marchant Rd., Bridie Molloy's, 5 George St., The Celtic Hearth, 300 Water St., from any member of the Avalon Dragons or call 437-6358.

Friday, March 12

St. John's Public Libraries are offering a series of technology classes. For inquiries and registration, call the A.C. Hunter Library at 737-3950. Some classes require that you bring your own equipment. Please check when registering.

Saturday, March 13

The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 56, Pleasantville, will hold a St. Patrick's dinner and dance at 7:30 p.m. A roast beef dinner will be served and a dance to follow. Music will be by Exodus. Tickets are available at the bar for $35 double. All welcome. Come and celebrate St. Patrick's with us.

Sunday, March 14

A benefit concert in aid of the Sayad Pacha School in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in the hopes of offering education and a future to the children of this war-torn region, will be held in the Holy Heart theatre starting at 7 p.m., featuring performances by Afterglow, the Celtic Fiddlers, HHM Chamber Choir vocalists, Sarah Harris and many other incredible musicians. Tickets will be sold at the door: $10 each; $7 for students and seniors.

Monday, March 15

Engineers Without Borders Memorial University will host a public discussion, Who Said Aid is Dead?, 3:30-4:50 p.m. in room 1043 of the Arts and Admin building at Memorial University. Guest speaker is Glen Pearson, MP for London North Centre and critic for international co-operation. Admission is free and all are welcome. For more information, visit www.mun.ewb.ca.

Tuesday, March 16

The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council (NLAC) is accepting applications for its professional project grants program (for individual artists, groups, and non-profit arts organizations). Deadline is March 16 (projects must start on/after May 15). For an application form and details, contact the NLAC at 726-2212, toll free 1 (866) 726-2212 (NL only), or visit www.nlac.nf.ca.

Wednesday, March 17

Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, St. John's Centre monthly meeting will be held 8 p.m. at MUN Chemistry/Physics Room C-2045. Speaker will be Glyn George. Topic, "A tour of the Solar System and Beyond". Public welcome. Free parking in Lot 5, behind the building. Details, visit http://www.rasc.ca /stjohns.

thursday, March 18

The Benevolent Irish Society will hold Irish language events every second Thursday until the end of May. These events are hosted by BrÍd Falconer, who is from County Fermanagh, Ireland. All events will take place at the Benevolent Irish Society, 30 Harvey Rd. and start at 8 p.m. Events are open to the public and admission is free.

General listings

Thursday, March 11

The Benevolent Irish Society of St. John's has a number of events scheduled to mark this years' Irish Week celebrations, including Irish-Newfoundland cultural presentations March 11. The annual St. Patrick's Day dinner and dance will take place March 13 and music and entertainment on March 14. The society will meet 9 a.m. March 15 and parade to the Basilica.

Join the Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs for Part 2 of a free online series focused on marketing. "Using Tips, Tools and Tricks" will take place from 9-10 a.m. To register, visit www.nlowe.org or call 1-888-NLOWE-11.

Wesley United Church will hold special Lenten Reflection Services every Thursday evening during Lent (March 11, 18 and 25) at 7 p.m. in the Chapel/Multi-purpose Room. All are welcome.

Budgeting 101 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the A.C. Hunter Library, Activity Room, Arts and Culture Centre. Hosted by Marilyn Miller, credit counsellor with Credit Counselling Services of Atlantic Canada. Register at 737-3950.

Tango group meets every Thursday, 8:30 p.m. at the RCA Building, 10 Bennett Ave., for practice and dancing Argentine tango. Beginners welcome. Please visit www.tangoontheedge.com.

The Rooms new Coffee and Culture program, runs every Thursday from 2:30-3:30 p.m. and is included in the cost of admission to The Rooms. For more information, call The Rooms at 757-8000 or visit www.therooms.ca.

Saturday, March 13

Southern Shore Folk Arts Council will celebrate St. Patrick's Day at the Arts Centre/Kavanagh Premises. Program includes afternoon youth session, stories and recitations, Irish stew at supper time, music and songs from local entertainers and followed by dance with music by Roddy Paul Tickets available at SSFAC office, 432-2052, or Ferryland Foodland. Come celebrate our Irish heritage.

Renews-Cappahayden Cultural Weekend will be held March 13-14. Two days of cultural activities including a visual arts exhibition, a day of artists and artisans at work in the Renews complex; an evening dance with the band, Dactara; and, on Sunday an afternoon of local entertainment, starting at 2 p.m. in the Fermeuse Hall. For more information, call 363-2940, 363-2558 or 363-2588.

Cupids400 Inc. will host a film series entitled "East Country Meets West Country" March 13 and 20 at the Cupids Community Centre on Seaforest Drive. Admission to the events is $5 with proceeds to the Cupids Legacy Centre Trust Fund. A reception will follow screenings. On Thursday, April 15 the Visiting Author Series will feature Paul Rowe and his book "The Silent Time". For more information, visit www.cupids400.com.

The Stephenville High School Humanitarian Club will host a 10,000 Villages Craft Fair from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. at Stephenville High School. Crafts sold at this event are from third world countries and the individual craftpeople get most of the profits. In conjunction with the craft fair, The Community In Schools and Stephenville art department have joined forces with local artists to put together a silent art auction with proceeds from the auction to go to Haitian Earthquake relief efforts.

The Salon offers you an evening of entertainment starting 8 p.m. with featured guests musical duo Night Kitchen (Mark Tremblett and Dan Rubin), and writer Lynette Adams. Members of the audience are also invited to share in their creative works. Poets, authors and singer/songwriters are invited to offer your gifts to create a relaxed and entertaining evening fit for people of all ages.

Sunday, March 14

The New World Running Club will host the annual Paddy's Run today. Registration is 10 a.m. at Bowring Park West Gate. Race starts at 10:30 a.m. Distances are 2 km and 5 km. Cost is $5 or a non-perishable food item for the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank. For more information, contact Ben Dunne at New World Fitness at 368-3422 ext. 109 or e-mail b.dunne@nf.sympatico.ca.

Traditional Latin mass Sunday at 9 a.m. in the Oratory of the Sacred Heart, Convent of Our Lady of Mercy, 170 Military Rd., side door facing the Basilica. For information, call 726-6727 or 722-4842.

The St. John's Shambhala Meditation Group will host an open house from 1-4 p.m. at Billy Rahal Clubhouse, 100 Elizabeth Ave., behind Elizabeth Towers. For more information, call 690-7225, visit www.stjohns.shambhala.org or e-mail shambhala.meditation@gmail.com.

The Salmonid Association of Eastern Newfoundland (SAEN) will offer fly rod building on Sunday afternoons from 1-3 p.m. Call the office for details at 722-9300.

Gower St. United Church presents, Jesus at the Movies - Part 4: Sunday, March 14 "Henry Poole is Here" (2008) followed by a sermon on Luke 15:1-3; 11b-32 The prodigal son. Sermons will be available on the Gower website, www.gowerunited.com in both audio and print formats after they have been preached.

Monday, March 15

Gentle Flow yoga class Mondays from 9:30-10:45 a.m. and yoga re-boot class Thursdays from 7:30-8:45 p.m. at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Rd. All levels and drop-ins welcome. Visit www.exhaleyoga.ca or call 237-2756.

Graduates from Eastern Health Cardiac Rehab Program are invited to join the Newfoundland Cardiac Rehabilitation Associations exercise program at the NL Sports Centre Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. For more details, call Barb Baldwin at 579-2593.

Exceptional Patients Against Cancer will hold its regular monthly meeting 7 p.m. at 1 Bally Haly Pl. For further information, contact Monica at 722-9166.

The Down Syndrome Awareness Centre, 21 Pippy Pl., Suite 106, will be open Monday and Tuesday from noon to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

St. Thomas of Villanova will hold a giant card game at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $10, and include admission and a chance at 15 draws. Please bring own cards and baskets. Tickets can be purchased at door or call 834-9481.

Tuesday, March 16

The YMCA-YWCA of Northeast Avalon will host its seventh "Stay in Newfoundland and Labrador" career fair at the Holiday Inn in St. John's from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 754-2982 ext. 24 or visit www.ynortheastavalon.com.

The Family Life Bureau's new anger management group will begin today from noon to 1:30 p.m. To register, call Sister Loretta Walsh or Helen MacKinnon at 579-0168. Visit www.stjohnsarchdiocese.ca/flb.

A free ceramics class for young adults aged 15-35 is being offered by For the Love of Learning Inc. Visit the drop-in centre at Gower United Church Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:15 p.m.

Relaxation yoga class for all ages and levels at the Church of the Ascension in Mount Pearl Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 10 a.m. Call Rita Lester at 368-7643 or 682-7671 to inquire.

Knights of Columbus, Council 7405, will hold its regular monthly meeting in the meeting room of Mary Queen of Peace church on Torbay Road. Rosary begins at 7:15 p.m. followed by the meeting. All members are reminded to bring their current membership card. Please use the side door, to the right, for entry.

MERIT Contractors' Association, invites all open shop contractors to attend its annual general meeting at the MUN Botanical Garden. Lunch will be at noon; the AGM will begin at 12:30 p.m. No charge to attend. Call Jenna to RSVP at 57-MERIT [576-3748] by March 16.

Wednesday, March 17

Wesley United Church will hold a ham and bean supper with dessert at 6 p.m. Cost is $10 and a social will follow. For tickets call the Church Office at 579-3682.

The Parish of St. John the Evangelist, Topsail will host a Lenten CafÉ series of meals Wednesday nights up to March 24. Come and enjoy a three course meal at 5:30 p.m. and attend our Lenten Service at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Space is limited. Call 834-2336 to reserve your tickets.

Parents and caregivers of preschoolers are invited to join the Michael Donovan Library's free, fun family storytime Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. in March. Call 737-2621 to register. Program is free, but space is limited.

Wednesdays: Exhale Yoga at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Rd., 9:30-10:45 a.m. Details at www.exhaleyoga.ca or call Cheryl at 237-2756.

Lunch and bridge every Wednesday at the Remax Centre (St. John's Curling Club). Call Shirley Kelly at 754-3260 to book a table.

Seniors yoga with Sherry Ryan Wednesdays from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at Nova Yoga Studio, 125 Long's Hill. Eight classes for $90 or $12 to drop in. To register, call 753-7267 or e-mail info@sherryryan.

The Newfoundland Gaelic Games Association, led by chairman Brendan Toland of County Donegal, Ireland, will present a Hurling and Gaelic Games Expo at The Rooms at 7 p.m. All welcome and admission free. Contact Cabot_Hill_Hurling_Club@yahoo.ca for more details.

Thursday, March 18

St. Patrick's Day Kitchen Party sponsored by Mary Queen of Peace Parish and MQP Knights of Columbus hot roast beef dinner, entertainment and dancing at 7 p.m. at St. Pius X Parish Hall. Tickets are $15 each. Call 726-9924.

"A Quiet Reflection for Lent" at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Rd. with Lois Greene and Colleen Menchions from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Please pre-register at 753-8760 or information@thelantern.nf.net

Camera 35 Photography Club meets every second Thursday at 8 p.m. at a new location - Lecture Theatre "B" 80 at Medical School/Health Science Complex (Janeway Parking on Lot 9 on Clinch Crescent). Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with an 8 p.m. sharp start time. For more information, call Ken (834-4606) or Matt (368-2073). Next meeting date is March 18.

Join the Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs for the final session in a free, online series focused on marketing. "Making the Most of Marketing Trends" will help you learn about the powerful modern marketing trends on which successful businesses are built. To register, visit www.nlowe.org or call 1-888-NLOWE-11.

Prince of Wales Collegiate presents the musical sensation "Rent" (school edition) directed by Tolson Barrington, with musical direction by Terry Howlett, on the main stage at the Arts and Culture Centre, from Thursday, March 18 to Saturday, March 20. Tickets are now on sale at the box office 729-3900.

Coming up

Mary Queen of Peace Parish and Knights of Columbus will host a dinner, dance and entertainment Friday, March 19 starting at 7 p.m. at St. Pius X. Tickets are $15 each. Call Susan at 726-9924 for tickets.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs is seeking nominations for its board of directors. Two positions are up for election, effective April 22: director, Avalon Region (one position) and director at large (one position). Deadline for nominations is March 19. Interested members should contact NLOWE for a nomination form at 1-888-NLOWE-11 or visit www.nlowe.org.

The Agnes Pratt Home Foundation will hold a flea market Saturday, March 20 at 8:30 a.m. at The Agnes Pratt Home, 239 Topsail Rd.

Focusing "Felt Sense" Workshop - "Let the Body Speak its Mind" at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Rd. with Donna Burt Saturday, March 20 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Contact Donna at 364-5201 or dburt@nf.sympatico.ca to pre-register.

A Book Blitz will be held Saturday, March 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Arts and Culture Centre main parking lot and at Lester Farms Inc., 92 Pearltown Rd. off Brookfield Road. Sponsored by the Canadian Federation of University Women St. John's for its Giant Book Sale to be held April 23 and 24 to fund scholarships. We are unable to accept encyclopedia, Reader's Digests and textbooks. For more information, call 570-7596 or e-mail cfuwstjohns@gmail.com.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Lung Association will hold the Breath of Hope Walk and Skate March 20 at the Jack Byrne Arena in Torbay. The event will run from 2-8 p.m., and includes healthy living activities for all ages and abilities. Early registration is recommended; participants can register individually, or as a team. The money raised will help maintain programs in our province that assist with smoking cessation, clean air initiatives, lung disease support, travel assistance for lung transplant patients, and youth asthma awareness. To register, e-mail health@nf.lung.ca or call 726-4664 ext. 210.

Powers Court Open Mic Show will be held at St. Thomas Of Villanova Parish Hall in Manuels, CBS, Saturday, March 20. 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.

The Salvation Army St. John's Citadel Band Concert, Spring Praise 2010, will be held Saturday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m., at St. John's Citadel, Adams Avenue. Special guests include Jude Gotrich (Vocal) from Atlanta, Georgia, Gary Compton (Cornet) from Tampa, Florida, along with the St. John's Temple Songsters. For more information, call 739-6391.

Shake, rattle, and roll for Parkinson's dinner and dance at the BIS, Harvey Road Saturday, March 20. Tickets $25 single. Call the Parkinson's Office for tickets at 754-4428.

A two-hour bereavement seminar for people who have lost a loved one, presented by Rick Singleton, Director of Pastoral Care and Ethics with Eastern Health, will be held Monday, March 22 from 7-9 p.m. at the Health Science Centre in room 2J-618-19. Stay on the main corridor through the main entrance. No registration is necessary. For more information, call 777-6959.

Finalists for the 2009 Winterset Award - Michael Crummey, Jessica Grant, and Lisa Moore - will read from their works Wednesday, March 24 4 p.m. at The Studio (272 Water St.). Admission free. Reception to follow. For more information, call the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council at 726-2212.

Spring Equinox - "Celebrating the Seasons: Lent and Spring as Rhythms of Life" at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Rd. with Presentation Sisters Retreat Team Thursday, March 25 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. (Please pre-register at 753-8760 or information@thelantern.nf.net.

Dream Workshop with Dorothy Corrigan at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Rd. Friday, March 26 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 27 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Pre-register at 753-8760 or information@thelantern.nf.net.

Topsail United Church men's club will host a breakfast with the Easter Bunny Saturday, March 27 from 8-11 a.m. Usual good menu. Cost $7 adults, $3 for children under 12. Face painting and colouring for the children.

A SPCA giant flea market will be held Saturday, March 27 at St. Mary's Church Auditorium on Craigmillar Avenue. Doors open 10 a.m. Lots of great bargains. Call 726.0301 or visit www.spcastjohns.org.

St. Jame's United Church spring tea and variety stalls, sponsored by the UCW, will be held Saturday, March 27 from 2-4 p.m. at St. James Church auditorium, 330 Elizabeth Ave. Tickets are $4 and are available from members or at the door.

Announcements

Futures in Newfoundland and Labrador's Youth (FINALY!) is pleased to announce that Experience Labrador, a cultural exchange for youth, will take place in April 2010. The program will allow 25 youth aged 15-35 from all over the province to travel to Labrador for a five-day exchange, providing them the opportunity to experience the diverse culture, traditions, employment opportunities and self-government in Labrador. The project is made possible by funding from the Newfoundland and Labrador Government's Youth Retention and Attraction Strategy. Brian Ash is the Youth Exchange Coordinator. Applications for the exchange is available at www.finaly.ca. At least one youth from each of the province's 20 economic zones will be selected to participate.

The Alzheimer Society is seeking walk organizers in communities across the province for their 21st annual Walk for Memories! To organize a walk in your area, contact Elizabeth at 1-877-776-0608.

Sick and tired of your harmful eating behaviours? Whether you eat excessive amounts of food or restrict your eating in unhealthy ways, you can have freedom from these harmful eating behaviours. Help is available and it's free, no strings attached. There are weekly meetings in the St. John's area. You are welcome, just as you are. For information, call Overeaters Anonymous at 738-1742, e-mail info.oa.nl@gmail.com or visit www.oa.org.

The Landfall Trust is seeking Expressions Of Interest from established writers for a two week Writer In Residence in September 2010. For further information, visit www.landfalltrust.org.

Do you have difficulty reading? Are you looking for a tutoring service or a family learning program? Would you like more information on completing adult basic education or high school equivalency? Literacy Newfoundland and Labrador has information on local programs operating across the province. Review our program directory at www.literacynl.com or call 1-800-563-1111 for information on advancing learning for yourself and your family.

Have you ever thought about fostering? There is currently a provincial shortage of foster homes. Would you like to make a difference in the life of a child? Call the Nfld and Labrador Foster Families Association for more information at 754-0213, 877-754-0218 (toll free) or e-mail amykendall@nfld.net.

Individual, couple, and family counselling services is available upon request. For more information, call Helen MacKinnon at 579-0168 or e-mail flb@nf.aibn.com. Space is limited.

The St. John's Public Libraries invite you to donate new and gently used children's books at any St. John's library for the Brain Food Program. Collected books will be presented to the Community Food Sharing Association before the Valentine's Day weekend for distribution to local families.

Organizations: Newfoundland and Labrador Organization, Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council, A.C. Hunter Library Wesley United Church Benevolent Irish Society Royal Canadian Legion Sayad Pacha School Holy Heart theatre HHM Chamber Choir The Rooms Borders Memorial University The Lantern London North Centre Astronomical Society of Canada St. John's Centre Lenten Reflection Services Knights of Columbus RCA Building Salmonid Association of Eastern Newfoundland Cupids400 Cupids Community Centre on Seaforest Drive Cupids Legacy Centre Trust Fund Visiting Author Series Stephenville High School Humanitarian Club Villages Craft Fair The Community New World Running Club St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank Shambhala Meditation Group Newfoundland Cardiac Rehabilitation Associations NL Sports Centre YMCA-YWCA Holiday Inn Family Life Bureau Learning Inc. Church of the Ascension Peace church Lenten Service Michael Donovan Library Remax Centre Curling Club Newfoundland Gaelic Games Association Patrick's Day Kitchen Party Janeway Parking on Lot 9 on Clinch Crescent Agnes Pratt Home Foundation The Agnes Pratt Home Lester Farms Canadian Federation of University Women St. John Newfoundland and Labrador Lung Association CBS The Salvation Army Health Science Centre The Studio Church Auditorium UCW James Church Newfoundland and Labrador Government Alzheimer Society Landfall Trust Nfld and Labrador Foster Families Association Community Food Sharing Association

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