Since beginning in Ottawa in 2000, the Ride For Dad has grown to include 30 cities across Canada and plans are underway for several more. To date, more than 100,000 men, women and children have been involved, raising more than $9 million to fight prostate cancer. This year there were two rides scheduled. One in Gander June 9 ran to support the Avalon ride, which will take place Saturday, starting at the Newfoundland Power building on Kenmount Road. Register 3-8 p.m. Friday or 8:30-9:30 a.m. Saturday to join the hundreds of local riders fighting prostate cancer. For more information, visit www.motorcycleridefordad.org/chapters/avalon. — Telegram file photo
Today, June 14
The CLB Regimental Band will be offering a free outdoor evening concert June 14 at 7 p.m. at the Colonial Building on Military Road. Come hear the band as it performs a wide variety of favourites old and new. Weather permitting.
Friday, June 15
Topsail United Church annual plant sale will take place Friday June 15 from 7-8:30 p.m. There will be a selection of mature perennials, shrubs and trees, etc. Come early for the best selection.
Saturday, June 16
Atlantic Author Day celebrates the best of what Atlantic Canadian publishers have to offer. Author signings happen simultaneously across New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador. It provides an opportunity for book-lovers of all ages to come out and meet their favourite Atlantic Canadian authors and pick up some great books for summer reading. Mark Saturday, June 16 on your calendar and remember to come out and celebrate Atlantic Author Day.
Sunday, June 17
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 June 17 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, June 19
Interested in learning about container gardening? We are inviting seniors, their friends and families to join us for a hands-on, informative workshop and take home a beautiful container garden of your own June 19 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Mercy Centre for Ecology and Justice at 101 Mt. Scio Rd. Bring your questions and enthusiasm, and if necessary, your gardening gloves. A cup of tea will be provided. To register email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 722-0082 before June 17. No cost, but if you wish, a donation is acceptable.
Wednesday, June 20
The sixth annual All-Stars Ready to Rock will be held June 20-24. An all-star team of top comics is roaring its way to St. John’s. Led by CBC Radio host Jian Ghomeshi, the list of prime talent includes Mike Bullard, Gavin Crawford, Nikki Payne, Cathy Jones, Jonny Harris, Trent McClellan, Snook, John Sheehan, Steve Cochrane, Paul Warford and Dave Sullivan. The standup workshop returns, as will two versions of last year’s hit show “Talk About Funny.” All details available at stjohnscomedyfest.ca. Tickets: Holy Heart box office: 579-4424 or online at www.holyhearttheatre.com.
Friday, June 22
TD Summer Reading Club launch party at the A.C. Hunter Children’s Library June 22 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Celebrate the first day of summer with music, games, stories and prizes. The touch tank from the Ocean Sciences Centre will be set up. Every child who signs up for the TD Summer Reading Club will receive an activity booklet, stickers and a poster. For more information call 737-3953.
Today, June 14
• The Town of Conception Bay South invites the 50+ population to participate in a 50+ bus outing to the Rodriguez Winery in Whitbourne June 14. Participants will have the opportunity to take a guided tour of the winery and have the opportunity to sample the local wines, followed by lunch at Monty’s Place Restaurant. Pickup will start at 9:30 a.m. and arrival back to Conception Bay South is estimated for 3:30 p.m. Transportation will be provided by motor coach. There is no fee for this event, but participants are asked to purchase their own lunch and wine tasting (if desired). Pre-registration is required for this event. To register for this event or for more information call 834-6534.
• 12th annual Seniors’ Day at the Garden to be held at MUN Botanical Garden Thursday, June 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free transportation will be provided throughout the day. Ron Cook, of Cooks Bus and Charter, has provided the transportation for Seniors’ Day since its inception in 2001. Members of the public wishing to book a seat with Ron should contact the Garden to book a seat. You may also visit our website at www.mun.ca/botgarden and we are also on Facebook.
Friday, June 15
• Please join the NL Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse’s next public meeting June 15 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Bethesda Pentecostal Church (multi-purpose room), 1 Escasoni Place. This free event will feature short presentations, including information on the new Adult Protection Act, the Neglected Adults Act, protecting yourself from financial abuse and more. If you can’t make it in person, feel free to join the meeting online. Please go to www.nlnpea.ca/Event_postings for further information or call 737-2333.
• School Touring Program (STP): The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council (NLAC) is accepting applications from professional artists, groups, and non-profit arts organizations. Application deadline is June 15 (tours must take place between Sept. 12, 2012 and June 21, 2013). Contact the NLAC for an application form and details at 726-2212 or toll free 1-866-726-2212 (N.L. only), email@example.com or visit www.nlac.ca.
• On Friday, June 15 at 7:30 p.m. Wesley Church will be showing the Disney animation classic “Robin Hood.” Admission is free and all are welcome.
• “Love and Relationships on the Spiritual Path — Applying Mindfulness in Everyday Life” from June 15-17 at Corpus Christi Parish Centre. Cost is $10 For Friday night, $60 for full weekend. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 722-2716 for more information.
Saturday, June 16
• The public is invited to stop by McDonald’s on Stavanger Drive Saturday, June 16 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. to have their documents shredded on-site and loaded into the mobile shred truck, which is operated by Shred Guard professionals. All paper will be recycled. This service will be provided by Shred Guard for a donation to Ronald McDonald House. Documents you would be wise to destroy include bank statements, medical information, tax returns, cancelled cheques and any other old personal or business records you may have. There is no need to remove file folders, staples, paper clips or any other type of fasteners. For more information please contact Ronald McDonald House at 738-0000 or email@example.com. Thank you for helping Ronald McDonald House give sick children what they need most, their families!
• Support “Team Holly” in the Spring Sprint, a fundraiser for the Brain Tumour Foundation, June 16 at the Paradise Community Centre on McNamara Drive. Registration starts at 10 a.m. With walk, run or sprint around Octagon Pond at 11 a.m. Then join us back at the community centre from 12:30-1:30 p.m. for hotdogs, and children’s activities. Further information can be found at www.springsprint.ca or you can call 689-1679.
• The Friends of India Association is showing another Bollywood (Indian) movie yet again. This time, it’s “Vicky Donor,” one of the best comedies of the year, June 16 at 10 a.m. at the Empire Theatres (Avalon Mall). Tickets are $10 for adults, and $7.50 for kids 13 and under. Film has English subtitles, so all are welcome.
• Sponsored by the Stephen Lewis Foundation, Canadian grandmothers are walking to support and raise funds for African grandmothers caring for their grandchildren orphaned by AIDS. Join the Terre Neuve Grannies on our third annual St. John’s walk for this worthy cause. Registration is at the Mews Centre, Mundy Pond Road from 11:30 a.m. to noon, June 16. Walk starts around Mundy Pond at 12 p.m. Come and join the fun.
• Powers Court open mike show at St. Thomas of Villanova Parish Hall in Manuels June 16. Doors open at 7 p.m. Come along and join the great music and company. For more Information call Frank at 834-8196 or Ian at 834-3544.
• St. John’s will welcome two human rights activists, Claudia Castellaños Roncancio, human rights lawyer, Organización Femenina Popular-Colombia and Lucy Talgieh, Women’s Program Co-ordinator, the Wi’am Centre for Conflict Resolution-Bethlehem, Occupied Palestinian Territories at the Lantern on June 16 at 7 p.m. and Gower Street United Church June 17 at 11 a.m. Service followed by coffee hour. Join us in a dialogue with these partners from Colombia and Palestine and with local community groups. For more information contact Patricia Mercer at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 579-9915.
Sunday, June 17
• RCMP community policing office along with Bay Roberts Crime Prevention Committee will be hosting the annual Father’s Day Bicycle Rodeo at Powell’s Supermarket in Bay Roberts June 17 from 9-11 a.m. Powell’s Supermarket provides a pancake breakfast to all participants, prizes such as new bicycles and loot bags for the kids. Powell’s employees help host the event with Ground Search and Rescue and the Bay Robert’s Fire Department. Come out and have a great time and enjoy the first part of Father’s Day. If your community or community group is looking for RCMP involvement in your event you may contact the Trinity Conception offices at Bay Roberts (786-2118) or Harbour Grace (596-5014). You may also contact the community policing officer directly at 589-5635.
• You’re invited to come out and support the St. John’s YPAHD Volunteers of the Huntington Society of Canada. Please join us for a fun run or walk around 3.8 kilometres June 17 at the Quidi Vidi Lake Trail. Registration starts at 10:30 a.m. and the run/walk will begin at 11 a.m., followed by lunch and refreshments. This fundraising walk is in support of family services and research for those affected by Huntington disease. If you’d like to enjoy a fun family day while contributing to a great cause this event is for you. To register, visit http://huntington.akaraisin.com/RunNFLD2012
• Mass in French will be held Sunday, June 17, at 1 p.m. in the Marian Chapel of The Basilica. The main doors of the Basilica will be closed. Access from St. Bonaventure’s College parking lot, facing The Rooms, at the back of the basilica. Next masses will be on every third Sunday each month. For more details contact Celia at email@example.com or visit our Facebook group — Messe en français à Saint-Jean (NL).
• La prochaine messe mensuelle en français se déroulera le dimanche 17 juin, à 13h00 (1:00pm), dans la "Marian Chapel" de la Basilique. Les portes principales de la Basilique seront fermées. Accès par le stationnement de “St. Bonaventure's College” face au Musée “The Rooms,” à l’arrière de la Basilique. Les messes suivantes auront lieu tous les troisièmes dimanches de chaque mois. Pour plus de détails contacter Celia à firstname.lastname@example.org ou visitez notre groupe « Messe en français à Saint-Jean (NL) » sur Facebook.
• St. John’s Orienteering Club event June 17 at 1:30 p.m. rain or shine. Beginners welcome, maps $2. Starting location is at the end of Cribbies Lane, north side of Petty Harbour, turn at the War Memorial, proceed to top of hill. Please pre-register at www.sjoc.ca to ensure sufficient maps available.
• The Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador (WANL) Spring Tides Reading Series presents reading events featuring local writers across the province, and we’re pleased to be presenting a reading in St. John’s featuring Jeff Bursey and Michelle Butler Hallett June 17 at the Ship Pub located on 265 Duckworth St. at 7:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome, admission is free. For more information contact the Writers’ Alliance at www.wanl.ca.
Tuesday, June 19
• Knights of Columbus, Council 7405, will hold their regular monthly meeting Tuesday, June 19 in the meeting room of Mary Queen of Peace Church on Torbay Road. Rosary begins at 7:30 p.m. followed by the meeting. All Brother Knights are reminded to bring their current membership card.
• Framed Drama presents its 11th annual Screenwriting Competition and Workshop in preparation for this year's filmmaking camp. We are looking for scripts between five and 10 pages to produce a short film that will screen at the St. John's International Women's Film Festival this year in October. Sign up for our screenwriting workshop happening June 23. You do not have to attend the workshop to submit a script, but it is highly encouraged. For more information and to sign up email Jackie at email@example.com call 754-3141.
• 30th annual SPCA Walk for the Animals, Saturday June 23 at Bowring Park, Bob Whelan Field. Registration is a 1 p.m. Register online to accept pledges by credit card, register as an individual or as part of a team. Dogs not required to walk. Plenty of activities including SkyHigh Amusements entertainment, Paradise Animal Hospital Microchip clinic, Wags N' Tails free nail trimming and more! Visit www.spcastjohns.org to register or get more information.
• Tuckamore Festival and the City of St. John's present a free concert in celebration of St. John's Day June 23 at 8 p.m. at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church (The Kirk).
• Bluegrass and old-time country music jam session at the Bay Roberts Lions Club on June 24 at 2 p.m. Come by and hear some great songs and music performed by great musicians. Doors open at 1 p.m.
• MUN Botanical Garden will offer nine junior naturalist camps from June 25-Aug. 24. For a complete listing of events and programs visit www.mun.ca/botgarden or call 864-8590.
• The Mercy Centre for Ecology and Justice invites children in Grades 2 and 3 this school year to attend a week-long Summer Environmental Day Camp at 101 Mount Scio Rd. in St. John's. Art, song, hiking, video, field trips, games and other creative experiences. Children may attend on one of the following weeks: June 25-29; July 2-6 or July 9-13. The cost of the program is $50. To register or for further information, call 722-0082 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Summer Labyrinth, A Walking Meditation with Donna Burt on June 26 from 10 a.m to noon or 7-9 p.m. at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Rd. For information and/or to register call 753-8760 or email email@example.com. Please register by June 25.
• Independent Living Resource Centre annual general meeting June 28 from 7-9 p.m. at the Bethesda Pentecostal Church Auditorium at 1 Escasoni Place. Transportation for Go Bus and Metrobus available upon request. For more information or to confirm attendance contact Amanda at 722-4031 or TTY 722-7998, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The 2012 "Safeguard your heart district convention of Jehovah's Witnesses" will take place from June 29-July 1 at the Mount Pearl Glacier on 45 Olympic Dr. The public is invited to attend any session or the entire program. The morning sessions will begin at 9:20 a.m. each day. On Friday, the afternoon session will begin at 1:50 p.m. On Saturday, the afternoon session will begin at 1:35 p.m. On Sunday, the afternoon session will begin at 1:25 p.m. More information is available at www.jw-media.org or the newsroom section at www.jw.org.
• The Lebanese Association of N.L. will host its annual "Meet & Greet" July 1 from 2-5 p.m. at Bally Haly Golf and Curling Club on Logy Bay Road. For tickets and more information call 722-8684.
• The Memorial University Medical School Class of 2015 is now accepting applications from registered charitable organizations in Newfoundland and Labrador for proceeds from the Monte Carlo Gala, an annual charity fundraising event to take place in November 2012 at the St. John's Convention Centre. If your charity would like to receive a portion of the proceeds from this year's Monte Carlo night please email email@example.com to receive an application. Completed applications should be returned via email no later than Friday, July 6.
• The art exhibit "The Nature of Our Year" by Monday's Company, is on display at MUN Botanical Garden, 306 Mount Scio Rd., ongoing to July 29. Please call 864-8590 for viewing hours, as the exhibit space is sometimes privately booked. For more information on MUN Botanical Garden programs and events, please visit the Garden's website at www.mun.ca/botgarden.
• Camp Hollywood's very popular summer camps for young performers is offering camp dates through July and August. An exciting week filled with entertainment orientated fun that culminates in a Camp Hollywood stage production. We have classes for all age groups. Register at camphollywood.ca. Visit us on Facebook page camphollywood nl. Space is limited.
• Canadian Parents for French, Northeast Avalon offers French summer camps through MUN's Lifelong Learning dept. Full- and half-day camps are available from June 26 to August 24. Ages 5-8 and 9-12. Themes include art, business, science, engineering recreation and much more. Excellent French counsellors, low student ratio and hands on activities. Campsite, Centre Grands-Vents, Ridge Road. Call 864-7979 to register or visit www.mun.ca/lifelonglearning.
• Rebel Revolution Rollers are St. John's newest Roller Derby League. We recruit women 18+ year round. Please check out our site www.rebelrevolutionrollers.ca or email for more details firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The Latin mass is offered every Sunday at 5:15 p.m. at St. Pius X Catholic Church on Smithville Crescent (behind Rennie's River School on Elizabeth Avenue). In your quest for the spiritual, discover the ancient silent regeneration of the mass. English-Latin resources provided. For information watch www.tinyurl.com/LatinNL or contact email@example.com or 709-722-4842.
• The SPCA St. John's is offering a 2-for-1 adoption fee for cats and kittens from now to June 30. In an effort to find good homes for as many cats as possible and free space for more cats to enter the shelter, we are offering a 2-for-1 adoption fee ($125 total) for cats and kittens at the Shelter and the PetSmart Adoption Center. We are also extending shelter hours on Wednesdays in June to 8 p.m. to make it easier for families to find their new feline friends.
• The St. John's Farmers' Market provides a wide variety of vendors, including farmers with local produce, international food, arts and crafts, fresh coffee, waffles, baked goods, sweet snacks, buskers and special events.The market runs every Saturday from June through mid-December, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lions Club Chalet on Bonaventure Avenue near the Re/Max Centre.