Experience the ancient art of pit firing at the Craft Council’s 11th annual Beach Firing fundraiser Aug. 11 at Middle Cove Beach. Join in the festivities on the beach with prizes to be won. See sculptures, bowls, luminaries and more come out of the flames, ready for purchase. All fundraiser proceeds support our non-profit community Clay Studio. All ages welcome. Rain date is next sunny weekend day. More details and photos available at www.craftcouncil.nl.ca. — Submitted photo
Today, August 9
Singer, actor and dancer James Daly and pianist David Chafe present an exciting program of favourite songs from musical theatre. "Along the Way, with James Daly and David Chafe" takes place Thursday, Aug. 9 at 8 p.m., at the LSPU Hall. Tickets are $20 and available at the LSPU Hall box office by calling 753-4531 or online at www.rca.nf.ca.
Friday, August 10
To mark the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 and 250th anniversary of the Battle of Signal Hill, Parks Canada is hosting a series of spectacular events at Signal Hill National Historic Site from Aug. 10 to 12. Events will begin with a short military parade along Queen’s Road to St. John’s City Hall on Friday at 2:30 p.m. This weekend, Signal Hill will come to life with the rich colours of our local and visiting uniformed French and British military interpreters, with the rhythmic sounds of military music, the boom and cracks from historic weapons and artillery, and the settling smoke following battle re-enactments. Weekend highlights include sunset military performance and feu de joi in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee at 8 p.m. on Friday. Signal Hill Tattoo and Halifax Citadel military demonstration at 11 a .m. on Saturday. Simultaneous noon day gun firings from Cabot Tower and the Signal Hill performance field on Saturday and Sunday. Signal Hill Tattoo and Fortress of Louisburg military demonstration at 3 p.m. on Saturday. West Novies pipe and drum performance at 5:30 pm on Saturday. Recruiting party and weapons demonstration at 10 a.m. on Sunday. Battle of Signal Hill re-enactment at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. Period fireworks show at 9:15 p.m. on Sunday. Metrobus will be offering a free shuttle from the Baine Johnston Centre parking lot to Signal Hill on Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday, August 11
The Newfoundland Horticultural Society is having a members flower show in conjunction with Farmer's Field Day at the Cool Climate Research Station at 308 Brookfield Rd. Aug. 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will also be a cake cutting ceremony with the awards at 3 p.m.
Monday, August 13
Arts in the Park, at Centennial Park (next to Mount Pearl City Hall) on Aug. 13 from 7-8 p.m. weather permitting. An evening of crafts, snacks and live entertainment from local performers. This is a free event, open to children of all ages. Email email@example.com for more information.
Tuesday, August 14
The Independent Living Resource Centre (ILRC) invites you to attend an information session on the Registered Disability Savings Plan on Aug. 14 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Reid Community Centre at 126 Smallwood Dr. Contact Amanda to confirm, or if you require any disability related supports phone 722-4031, TTY: 722-7998 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, August 15
The Craft Council "Thumbs Up to Craft" photo contest. As part of our new Like and Tweet Challenge, we're asking the public to take a photo of themselves with any kind of NL craft giving a thumbs up in the picture. Send this photo with your name and a description through our Facebook or Twitter accounts to be entered to win one of five fine craft prizes. See the photo entries and find out more details online at www.craftcouncil.nl.ca or on our Facebook Page. Ongoing until Aug. 15.
Friday, August 10
• Memorial University’s Faculty of Arts is hosting “Spinnin’ a Yarn” Friday, Aug. 10, as part of “Havin’ A Time: Reunion 2012,” in the Bruneau Centre’s Innovation Theatre (IIC-2001, formerly the Inco building), followed by a super mixer in the lobby featuring music from Chris Youé and Glenn Collins, door prizes and a cash bar. Begins at 7 p.m. and admission is $20.
• The Capital Automotive Group will host its first of two Rally For The Kids charity car washes in support of Ronald McDonald House Newfoundland and Labrador from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Capital Subaru, 150 Kenmount Rd. Staff from Capital Subaru, BMW St. John’s and MINI St. John’s will be participating all day.
Saturday, August 11
• Summer brunch on Saturday, Aug. 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. James Anglican Parish Hall on Bond Street in Carbonear. Bologna, sausages, baked beans, pancakes and eggs. $7 per plate.
• The Manuels River Natural Heritage Society will be hosting its second annual recycling blitz on Aug. 11 at the Manuels River Tourism Information Centre, 12 Conception Bay Highway. Recycling donations will be accepted throughout the day; however there will be refreshments, prizes and activities for the kids for those who drop off their donations between the hours of 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Penny donations will be accepted along with recyclables.
• There will be a barbecue dinner and dance at the Royal Canadian Legion in Pleasantville, on Aug. 11. Tickets are $25 per person, and can be purchased at the legion. Everyone welcome. Visit our website at www.rcl56pleasantville.ca for more info.
Tuesday, August 14
• Youth Ventures, sponsored by the Gander and Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a visitor appreciation barbeque on Aug. 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Tourist Information Centre.
• A free bereavement session for people who have lost a loved one is being held on Aug. 14 from 7-9 p.m. at the Miller Centre. No registration is required. For further information call Lisa Higgins at 777-8972
Wednesday, August 15
• Theatre Games at the Admiralty House Museum on Aug. 15 from 2-3 p.m. This is a free event for children of all ages, email email@example.com for more information.
• Craft time at The Admiralty House Museum Friday, Aug. 17 from 2-3 p.m. We’re making felt finger puppets. This is a free event for children of all ages, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
• Join Marlene Creates as she leads a walk with readings of site-specific poems in The Boreal Poetry Garden — six acres of boreal forest where she lives in Portugal Cove — with additional commentary by an invited natural historian Aug. 18. Limited to 25 people. Advance registration required. For directions and to register email email@example.com or phone 895-1020.
• On Saturday, Aug. 18, the Cape St. Mary’s Performance Performance Series presents a Cape Shore evening with singers Joy Norman and Hayleigh McGrath, accordionist Jesse English, and storyteller Tony Power at 8 pm at the Interpretation Centre at Cape St. Mary’s. For more information visit www.capestmarys.ca.
• 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 Aug. 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.
• Monthy French mass Aug. 19 at 1 p.m. at Basilica “Marian Chapel”. Access may be gained through the Basilica driveway (off Bonaventure Avenue – across from The Rooms) adjacent to St. Bonaventure’s School parking lot. This mass will be celebration of the “Acadian Feast” therefore it will be followed by a BBQ. Please inform if you intend to participate into the BBQ. For Details and notification of participation to the BBQ please contact Celia at firstname.lastname@example.org or 763-5757. Visit our Facebook group « Messe en français à Saint-Jean (NL) ». Please note that French mass is celebrated every third Sunday of each month same time, same venue.
• Dimanche 19 août, à 13h00, dans la “Marian Chapel” de la Basilique. Accès par le stationnement du “St. Bonaventure’s College” (face au Musée “The Rooms”), à l’arrière de la Basilique. Cette messe commémorera la « Fête des Acadiens » et sera suivie d’un BBQ. Pour plus de détails et informer de votre participation au BBQ contacter Celia à email@example.com ou au 763-5757. Visitez notre groupe « Messe en français à Saint-Jean (NL) » sur Facebook. Merci de noter que la messe en français à lieu tous les troisièmes dimanches de chaque mois, même heure, même lieu.
• The A.C. Hunter Library is looking for children aged 7-9 in need of extra help with their reading on Wednesday afternoons ongoing until Aug. 22. For more information and to register contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 737 3317.
• All Aboard for Bellfest 2012. The first annual Folk Music and Friends Festival celebrating the life and times of “Big” Tom Fitzgerald Aug. 25 at the Helping Hands Park/Sports Field on Bell Island. The Music Festival will be noon until 10:30 p.m. Old time games and races throughout the day. $5 day admission, $4 for students and seniors and children 12 and under free. Register your own Go Cart for the BellFest Soapbox Derby. Register by 3 p.m. Races to begin at 5 p.m. Stop, drop, and stroll onto the Ferry and be shuttled to the festival free of charge.
• Annual flower service at the St. John the Evangelist Anglican Cemetery in Topsail on Wednesday, Aug. 25 at 7 p.m.
• On Saturday, Aug. 25 at 8 p.m., the Cape St. Mary’s performance series features writer Don McKay, classical guitarist Andrew Wicks, and traditional singer Minnie Murphy at the Interpretation Centre at Cape St. Mary’s. For more information visit www.capestmarys.ca.
• New Plant Showcase Aug. 26 at MUN Botanical Garden on 306 Mt Scio Road. MUN Botanical Garden presents the New Plant Showcase, featuring new plant introductions and/or plants deemed worthy of trialing in our Newfoundland and Labrador climate. Included with regular admission, there will be a ‘1/2 hour pot talk’ tour highlighting the new plants at the following times, 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. For more information, please contact MUN Botanical Garden at 864-8590.
• St. Anne’s Heritage Folk Festival on Sunday, Aug. 26 at the Parish Grounds at 1 p.m. For more information please call 229-4011.
• The Volunteer Hall of Fame has extended its deadline for nominations to Aug. 31. Nomination forms are available at the Volunteer Hall of Fame’s website at www.volunteerhalloffame.ca.
• Are you a woman who wants to make some serious decisions about your future while having fun and making new friends? WISE Career and Employment Services will be offering a free nine-week career planning program in September. Program includes self-assessment, occupational research and personal development. For more information call WISE today at the location nearest you St. John’s at 739-1375 or Carbonear at 596-3311 and Gander at 256-8070
• Taoist Tai Chi Beginner Classes start week of Sept. 1. Open houses will be held in St. John’s, Topsail, Holyrood and Mt.Pearl the previous week. For more information phone 579-5276 or email: email@example.com.
• Shinerama will shine shoes for donations all over St. John’s on Sept. 7 from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. with proceeds go to Cystic Fibrosis Canada. Volunteers come to the UC at MUN. If anybody would like to register to volunteer they can do so online at www.munsu.ca/shinerama.
• On Saturday, Sept. 8, the Cape St. Mary’s Performance Performance Series presents writer Paul Bowdring, musicians Danny Mills and Julia Bowdring, and The Atlantic String Quartet at 8 p.m. at the Interpretation Centre at Cape St. Mary’s. For more information visit www.capestmarys.ca.
• The Whitbourne Lions Club is hosting its monthly Sunday afternoon of fun and fabulous old time country music on Sept. 9 at the Lions Club in Whitbourne. The doors open at 1 p.m. and the excitement starts at 2 p.m. Join the other performers at the open mike or bring your instrument and play along or just tap your feet to that great old country beat.
• The Parkinson Society Newfoundland and Labrador will be sponsoring its annual Parkinson SuperWalk on Sept. 9. If you would like a pledge sheet or more information on the Walk in your area call 754-4428 or 1-800-567-7020.
• The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 56 Pleasantville, will be having a seniors barbaque and dance on Sept. 10. Music by Two Grey. Tickets are $20 each, and can be purchased after 4 p.m. at The Legion. No jeans please.
• Benefit dance for Selena and Ricky Hussey at the St. Philips Anglican Church Hall on Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. $5 cover. Prizes and games, BYOB
• The St. Pius X Parish of St. John’s is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year. If you or your family were parishioners, when the parish opened in 1962 could you please call the parish office at 754-0170 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. We hope you will be able to join us for a Mass of celebration and reception on Sept. 16 along with a number of other events of celebration during the year.
• Walk for Paws dog walk and family fun day on Sept. 16 at 1 p.m. at Bowring Park, St. John’s and Fisher’s Ultramar in Bonavista. Beagle Paws annual fundraiser, this event is all about dogs and all breeds are welcome. An afternoon of fun dog games, entertainment, cake for dogs and people, door prizes and much more. Enter your pooch in our “Best Dressed Pooch” contest. Walk pledge sheets available by visiting www.beaglepaws.com or phone 738-7297.
• Newfoundland and Labrador Public Sector Pensioners’ Association 22nd annual general meeting on Sept. 21 and convention on Sept. 23/23 at the Hotel Gander. For online registration, go to www.nlpspa.ca. For more information call 754-5730 or toll free 1-800-563-4188. To reserve your hotel room, call Hotel Gander at 1-800-563-2988. Refer to NLPSPA convention at time of booking. Room rate is $106 plus taxes.
• The second annual Canadian Cancer Society-Eastlink Telethon will broadcast live on Eastlink TV Dec. 2 from 1-7 p.m. This telethon will raise funds to support the increased demand for our support programs and services, including items free-of-charge practical support items, emotional support groups, cancer information, and our largest support program, Daffodil Place. We are looking for community groups, service groups, church groups, and individuals to host a fundraiser in their community for the telethon. Your group can be pre-recorded or appear live at the telethon to present your contribution. For more information, contact Donna Gear, revenue development co-ordinator at 1-888-753-6520 extension 231 or visit www.cancer.ca/nl.
• Canadian Blood Services has launched a provincewide Facebook campaign for the month of August called, “Be On Sam’s Side.” The campaign is in support of nine-year-old Sam Gardner of Grand Falls-Windsor who is battling aplastic anemia, as well as all the other kids in Newfoundland hospitals who, like Sam, need blood. Learn more about how to “Be On Sam’s Side” by visiting the site: www.facebook.com/NLBlood. Anyone with questions can call 1-888-2-DONATE to confirm their eligibility to donate, or make an appointment online at www.blood.ca.
• St. Philips Anglican Church draw — A Day at the Signature Salon — valued at $500 was drawn July 30. The winning ticket number was No. 638 and was won by Dave Earle.
• Memorial Toastmasters meet every Wednesday night from 7-9 p.m. at: Beatrice Watts boardroom, Memorial University campus, Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovationin in room IIC-2014. Guests are welcome. For details visit http://www.mun.ca/toastmasters or contact: email to email@example.com .
• Western Health is advising a new parking lot will be available for renal patients and hospital staff only beginning August 6. All other patients and visitors will continue to park in the main parking lot. Renal patients may enter the facility through the new entrance next to the Renal Unit between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Monday to Saturday. Security will be on site to provide information to patients and visitors about the new parking regulations and ensure that people are parking in the designated areas. Western Health would like to remind patients and visitors that parking along the main entrance area in front of the hospital is not permitted..
• Heavenly Creatures, registered animal charity, is conducting a Summer Appeal in St. John’s. Help save pets — join our Guardian Angel Program. Seeking foster homes for cats and dogs. Accepting donations of pet food, leashes, collars, pet dishes, kennels, and cat climbers. For more informaiton visit www.heavenlycreatures.ca or call 739-0077.
• Canadian Parents for French, Northeast Avalon’s French summer camps through MUN’s Lifelong Learning Department offers the following themes for August 6-10 (ages 5-8) Enviro Kids and Campers’ Choice. (Ages 9-12) CSI St. John’s and Campers’ Choice; all at the regular camp site, Centre Grands-Vents, Ridge Road. Please note camps from August 13-24 will only be for ages 5-8 and camp site will move to MUN Campus. Call 864-7979 to register or visit www.mun.ca/lifelonglearning.
• Once again this summer the very popular lunches sponsored by Time Out for Women of Cochrane Street United Church will be held every Thursday during the month of August. Lunch will be served between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. with the entrance on Bannerman Street.
• The St. John’s Farmers’ Market provides a wide variety of vendors including farmers with local produce, international food, artsand 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 Lion’s Club Chalet on Bonaventure Avenue near the Remax Centre.
• The Deck Café at the the Suncor Energy Fluvarium, 5 Nagles Place will be open Monday to Friday from 12 noon to 2 p.m. with coffee, soups, salads, sandwiches, and desserts until the end of August. Reservations recommended. Call 754-3474 to make yours today.
• At Gower Street United Church, we are offering tours all summer long. Come out and celebrate Gower’s unique history with us, with guided tours at one of St. John’s oldest churches. Located on 99 Queen’s Road, we are in the heart of the city, boasting beautiful architecture and dazzling stained glass windows.Tours are 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. each weekday for July and August. For more information give us a call at 753-7286 or visit www.gowerunited.ca. Immerse yourself in part of the history of St. John’s at Gower Street United Church, part of the Heritage Foundation.
• Corvettes anyone? Do you own or are you interested in North America’s premier sports car? The NL Corvette Club meet for a cruise each fine Thursday in August at 7 p.m. at Canadian Tire, Mount Pearl. All are welcome to view these incredible cars. For more information on other club events and/or to join the club please visit www.nlcorvetteclub.com.