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It takes a Big Heart to ride a Big Bike. The Heart and Stroke Foundation is inviting local organizations, community and service groups, families and individuals to join the Big Bike Ride in their community on Canada’s only 30 seat bike. The Heart and Stroke Big Bike will be pedalling across Newfoundland from Sept. 9 to Oct. 5, visiting more than 40 communities. An easy and fun ride, the Big Bike, as powered by Premier Kathy Dunderdale and St. John’s Mayor Dennis O’Keefe and others, can be a great team-building event, a meaningful way to honour a loved one affected by heart disease or stroke, or a unique way to support the health of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. Heart disease and stroke is the No. 1 cause of death in our province. Register your team today and help make a difference. Visit or call 753-8521 for more information. — Telegram file photo by Joe Gibbons

Today, August 23

The Compassionate Friends, a support group for bereaved parents, monthly meeting 7:30-9:30 p.m., Aug. 23 in Room 2J619, (near Pastoral Care) at The Health Sciences Centre. All parents dealing with the death of a child at any age are welcome to attend. For more information call Mary at 834-4027.

Friday, August 24

A charity car wash to support Rally for the Kids, a Ronald McDonald House fundraiser will go today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Capital Hyundai, 479 Kenmount Rd. The goal is to raise $5,000. For every donation of $5 or more, participants will receive three tickets on the grand prize draw for a 2013 Accent GL. Draw date Jan. 16, 2013. This event was scheduled for Aug. 17, but was postponed due to weather.

Saturday, August 25

St. Anne’s Heritage Group Folk Festival on Sunday, Aug. 26 from 1-7 p.m. at the Church Grounds, Conception Harbour. Entertainment and refreshments with the usual attractions with bouncy castle and face painting for the children. For more information call 229-4011or 4627.

Sunday, August 26

Bluegrass and old-time country music jam session at the Bay Roberts Lions Club on Aug. 26 at 2 p.m. Come by and hear some great songs and music, performed by great musicians. Doors open at 1 p.m.

Wednesday, August 29

The Canadian Merchant Navy Veterans Association will hold a short ceremony and service on Aug. 29 commencing at 10 a.m. at the MN Memorial, outside the Marine Institute on Ridge Road. This date will be the 15th anniversary of its unveiling and dedication. A 2003 Act of Parliament marks Sept. 3 as the date recognized as Merchant Navy Veterans Day, throughout Canada and is similar to many other commemorations in Commonwealth countries. Veterans, relatives and the public are welcome.

Thursday, August 30

Fundraiser for Nate Lundrigan on Aug. 30 at The Levee. Bands performing will include Two Oceans, Vireo and Vegas Lounge Lizard.

Friday, August 31

Join the Neighbourhood Strays Bellydance Troupe (and special guest Brian Cherwick) on Aug. 31, for a candlelit dance performance at the historic Newman Wine Vaults at 436 Water St. The Strays are a bellydance troupe located in St. John’s. Admission is $15 at the door. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.

Saturday, September 1

Acoustic old-time country open-mike and jam session on Sept. 1 at St. Augustine’s Westerland Road. Jam session follows open-mic show. Admission is $5 for adults, free for children. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Open mike starts at 8 p.m.

General Listings

Friday, August 24

• Royal Astronomical Society of Canada St. John’s Centre Annual Star Party on Friday, Aug. 24 through Sunday, Aug. 26. Evening and daytime events; park admission $5. Details at

• Audiovision, presented by Ora Ensemble with special guest Patrick Boyle on Aug. 24 at 8 p.m. at the LSPU Hall Second Space, 3 Victoria St. Experience first-hand the wonder of a live silent film soundtrack. Pairing silent film classics with both existing scores and original improvisation, this one-time only contemporary music event features the silent film performance veteran, trumpeter Pat Boyle. With Krista Vincent, Michelle Cheramy, Heather Kao and Vernon Regehr. Tickets $10 at the door.

Saturday, August 25

• All Aboard for Bellfest 2012, the 1st Annual Folk Music and Friends Festival on Aug. 25 at the Helping Hands Park/Sports Field on Bell Island. The Music Festival will be 12-10:30 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 begin at 5 p.m. Stop, drop and stroll onto the ferry and be shuttled to the festival free of charge. Text 709-687-3791 for free shuttle service to Bellfest. On Aug. 26 at 2:30 p.m. it’s our runaway hit sure to make a big splash, Walk the Plank. Check out our Facebook page or call 687-3791 for more details.

• The Gros Morne Theatre Festival has partnered with several community not-for-profit groups for various fundraising efforts. St. Mary’s Anglican Church Women’s Christmas Toy and Clothing Drive on Saturday, Aug. 25. Just 4 months until Christmas. On Saturday, Aug. 25, we will partner with the ACW in a fundraising effort for their annual Christmas toy and clothing drive. On that day, there will be a Christmas tree and donation box in the lobby of the theatre. Our theatre patrons and company members will be asked to bring a new toy or new piece of clothing to place under the tree — or to make a monetary donation to this worthwhile charity.

• Heavenly Creatures is holding  a recycling and pet food drive at our new office at 3-5 Cashin Aven., Saturday, Aug. 25 from 12-3 p.m. Recylables, only beverage containers that you’ve paid a deposit on. Wet and dry dog and cat food.  Cat litter and pet supplies.  For more information call 739-0077.

• The 35th Teddy Bears’ Picnic is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 25 in Bannerman Park. Beginning at 11 a.m., there will be the traditional teddy bear’s hospital and face painting to help create the festive atmosphere well known to picnic attendees. Terry takes to the stage at noon. The only cost is a suggested donation for the Salvation Army food banks programs.

• Chuckwagon dinner at the Royal Canadian Legion in Eastport at 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 25. Admission is $15. For more Information and to purchase tickets, call 677-2360.

 • 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

• Learn to camp on Signal Hill National Historic Site with experts from Parks Canada and The Outfitters on Aug. 25 from 1 p.m. to 10 a.m. on Aug. 26 at the Performance Field next to the Signal Hill National Historic Site Visitor Centre. This program will teach participants camping basics, cooking and safety measures as well as provide them with the opportunity to participate in an evening campfire with smores and campfire songs. Participants will also get to preview some of the exceptional programming offered at Signal Hill, which includes guided tours, interactive soldier-for-an-hour kids program, yoga and ghost stories with Dale Jarvis. You will need to bring a sleeping bag and pillow. Cost is one family/tent (four people) — $88 or $22 each. Maximum six people per tent. Dinner on Aug. 25 and breakfast on Aug. 26 will be provided by the Signal Hill Canteen Café.

Sunday, August 26

• Positive Thinker Breakfast on Saturday, Aug. 26 from  9-11 a.m. at the Mount Pearl Hotel, Fireside Eatery in Mount Pearl. Stefanie Finn will speak about Out of Your Comfort Zone.

• Alumni, friends and families of Allied Youth are invited to join us for an AY Family Fun Day at Mundy Pond Park on  Aug. 26 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be fun for the whole family including face painting, relay races, ultimate frisbee, soccer and two games of softball. All this activity will be sure to make you hungry, which is why hot dogs, hamburgers and refreshments will be offered for a small fee to support our program. Admission is free to get in. However, non-perishable food items are greatly appreciated in support of the Community Food Sharing Association. Get in touch with us online on the Allied Youth NL Facebook page or visit us at

• Children’s second annual tea party at MUN Botanical Garden Café, 306 Mount Scio Rd. on Aug. 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children are welcome to wear their tea party attire. Lots of fun activities and games are planned. $15 per person. For more information contact the café at the garden at 753-0173.



° 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

° The Gros Morne Theatre Festival has partnered with several community not-for profit groups for various fundraising efforts. Cow Head Ambulance Committee on Saturday, Sept. 1. On Saturday, Sept. 1, we will partner with the Ambulance Committee in a fundraising effort for Cow Head's new ambulance. On that day, there will be a donation box in the lobby of the theatre, and the paramedic and other ambulance staff will be on hand before the show and at intermission to take patrons' blood pressure and check their oxygen levels. If you want to be checked out, drop by before the Elvis and Mavis show, get checked out, and make a donation to this worthwhile cause.

° Coastal Sounds non-auditioned community choir with members from C.B.S. and surrounding areas is seeking new members who have an interest in singing. No prior experience is necessary. Rehearsal time is Wednesdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Admiral's Coast Retirement Home in Upper Gullies. The choir will hold an AGM and info session Sept. 5 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. and location for all current and potential members. For more information contact or visit

° Newfoundland and Labrador's largest, most popular and successful youth theatre program is accepting applications into their fall 2012 semester. TNL provides theatre training for youth ages six to 19 years in acting and stagecraft while also encouraging the development of focus, confidence, teamwork and communications skills. Deadline for application is Sept. 7. Class space is limited. To apply or for more information contact Sarah at 639-7238 or email

° Shinerama will shine shoes for donations all over St. John's on Sept. 7 from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. with proceeds going 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

° MUN Botanical Garden's annual fundraiser, the fall plant sale, will be held Sept. 8, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Botanical Garden is located at 306 Mount Scio Rd. All proceeds raised help support the Botanical Garden, a non-profit organization. Plant sale lists will be available the day of the sale. For more information, call 864-8591 or visit

° Flatrock Penitential 8th annual pilgrimage on Sept. 8. Register at 10:30 a.m. at the corner of Torbay and Windgap Roads (Duffett's parking lot). Group goes by foot or car to the Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto with stops for prayer. The holy sacrifice of the mass offered at 2:30 p.m., preceded by confession and followed by benediction of the most blessed sacrament, the body and blood of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Give God a chance to break through amid the distractions of daily life. Sponsored by the St. Joseph Prayer Group. For information visit or watch or call 753-2681.

° 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 - on Sept. 8 at 2 p.m. After the walk, we will gather around a bonfire with some refreshments while we enjoy a reading by guest poet Don McKay. Limited to 25 people. Advance registration required. For directions and to register, email or phone 895-1020. Cost is $20 general, $15 for students, seniors, unwaged (includes refreshments).

° CKC-sponsored Canine Good Neighbour classes to be offered Sept. 8-9 and assessment on September 15 by the Newfoundland Athletic Dog Association. Contact Sandy at 834-4871 to register. For more information visit

° On Saturday, Sept. 8, the Cape St. Mary's 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

° 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 sponsor 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 have 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.

° The knit-along with "Shirl the Purl" at Kent Cottage at Landfall, Brigus from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. on Sept. 11. We have room for 12, registered on a first-come-first-served basis, $50 per person, including project kit and lunch. To register, contact Milly Brown by email at or by telephone at 722-2239.

° The Agnes Pratt Home Auxiliary will hold a cold plate luncheon and social at Wesley U.C. Lecture Hall Sept. 13 at 12:30 p.m., with a bake sale starting at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $15 and are available by calling 782-1689.

° The Writers' Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador (WANL) is delighted to offer a professional development opportunity for writers, editors, and others who want to make their words work better Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Second Space Theatre, LSPU Hall, 3 Victoria St.The cost is $100 for WANL members; $130 for non-WANL members. Participants are asked to register and pay the required fee by 5 p.m. on Sept.4. If space permits, late registrations will be accepted up to Sept. 12 at an additional $20 cost. For more information contact the Writers' Alliance at or call 739-5215.

° Lupus NL will host our second annual Ride for Lupus- Diane Bartlett Memorial Ride on Sept. 15 with registration starting at 8:30 a.m. and the ride starting at 9:30 a.m. at the A&W in Mount Pearl. There will be many great prizes, including our grand prize draw of a trip for two anywhere WestJet flies. Contact Doug Bartlett at 689-2028 for details, to make a donation or to request a pledge sheet.

° Benefit dance for Selena and Ricky Hussey at the St. Philip's 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 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.

° Taoist Tai Chi beginner classes start the week of Sept. 16. Open houses will be held in St. John's, Topsail, Holyrood and Mount Pearl the previous week. For more information phone 579-5276 or email:

° 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 or phone 738-7297.

° Arthritis Awareness Day is Sept. 19 at Avalon Laser Health at 12 Gleneyre St., Suite 306, Wedgewood Medical Centre. The Arthritis Society has partnered with the clinic and will provide information about arthritis and the programs and services available for those living with arthritis for a donation of $20 to the Arthritis Society, Dr. Jason Lawlor, DC, will provide an assessment to all new patients at no further cost. There will be prizes and refreshments. Come and bring your friends to help raise community awareness of the challenges of living with arthritis. For more information visit

° Newfoundland and Labrador Public Sector Pensioners' Association 22nd Annual General Meeting on Sept. 21 and Convention on Sept. 22-23 at the Hotel Gander. For online registration, go to 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.

° On Saturday, Sept. 22 walk a coastal trail through five abandoned, resettled and living communities in Conception Bay North. The 8 km walk begins in Broad Cove at 10:30 am. For further information, contact Helen Woodrow at 598-2870 or email .

° On Sunday, Sept. 23 the AIDS Committee of Newfoundland and Labrador will be hosting the annual Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life in St John's at Quidi Vidi Lake. Registration starts at 12:30 p.m., and the Walk will begin at 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome. If you need further information please call the ACNL office at 579-8656 or by email: Hope to see you there.

° MUN Botanical Garden proudly presents The Ken Proudfoot Potato Festival on Sept. 29. Admission by a food (or fund) donation. All proceeds help support the Community Food Sharing Association. Everyone is welcome. MUN Botanical Garden is located at 306 Mount Scio Rd. For additional information, please call 864-8590 or visit

° The 24th Annual RBC Rennie's River Duck Race and free family fun day on Sept. 30 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at the Herder Bridge, Rennie's River. Live music including Newfoundland's own Ashelin, fresh from touring internationally. Free entertainment, test your skills with RBC's Hockey Shootout, get your face painted like a super hero, adopt a bug made from balloons or jump inside Sparky the bouncy castle. In the mean time, you just might win a trip for two to New York City, an iPad 3 or a Kobo Vox as rubber ducks race down the river; a sceptical in itself. Proceeds help fund the Quidi Vidi Rennie's River Development Foundation's projects and initiatives. Contact Trina at 722-DUCK or for more information.

° The 2nd 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


• Fall Hours at MUN Botanical Garden will come into effect Sept. 1. The flower gardens and trails will be open daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. September to November. For more information, visit the Garden’s website at or telephone 864-8590.

• 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 offer a free nine-week career planning program in September. Program includes self-assessment, occupational research and personal development. For more information call WISE at the location nearest you; St. John’s at 739-1375 or Carbonear at 596-3311 and Gander at 256-8070.

• Nurturing Nature in Programs and Play — Fall Workshop Series at MUN Botanical Garden. For more information, or to register, visit the Botanical Garden’s website: Special discounts are available for full-time students, including MUN, and CNA, and for members of AECENL (Association of Early Childhood Educators, Newfoundland and Labrador). MUN Botanical Garden is located at 306 Mount Scio Rd. For more information on Botanical Garden events and programs, contact or telephone 864-8590.

• “Dabblers and Divers” at The Suncor Energy Fluvarium on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. (bring two paper rolls if you can) from Sept. 8-30. It is the beginning of fall migration and a great time to discover ducks. Join us as we learn more about “Dabblers and Divers,” and how they all are getting ready for their long journey south.

• “Run for the World” (October  2012) celebrating 50 years of international development work through skilled professional volunteers. Cuso International volunteers are sharing knowledge, resources and tools to build a better world. Please support this five-kilometre event by walking, running, volunteering  or donating. All support is needed. For more information contact Amy Stewart at 727-9820 or email

• Are you a person with a disability? Heading back to school in September? Did you know there are a variety of technology supports that could help you in your studies? Call the Independent Living Resource Centre  or check out the AT section of our website to learn more at or call 722-4031.

• Are you a person with a disability? heading back to school in September? Did you know there are a variety of technology supports that could help you in your studies? Call the Independent Living Resource Centre(ILRC) or check out the AT section of our website to learn more at 722-4031 or

• The St. John’s Farmers’ Market happens every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lion’s Club Chalet on Bonaventure Avenue. There are a wide variety of vendors including farmers with fresh produce, free-range meat and eggs, international foods, art and craft, fresh coffee, photography, waffles, sweet snacks, kids events, buskers, special events and the sense of community Newfoundland is renowned for. There is no entry fee and the market runs event Saturday until the middle of December.

• Canadian Blood Services has launched a province-wide 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: Anyone with questions can call 1-888-2-DONATE to confirm their eligibility to donate, or make an appointment online at

• The Latin Mass is offered every Sunday at 5:15 p.m. at St. Pius X Catholic Church on Smithville Crescent (behind Rennis 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 or contact or 709-722-4842.

• Coastal Sounds non-auditioned community choir with members from C.B.S. and surrounding areas is seeking new members who have an interest in singing. No prior experience is necessary. Rehearsal time is Wednesday nights, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Admiral’s Coast Retirement Home in Upper Gullies. For more information contact or visit our website at

• Memorial Toastmasters meet every Wednesday night from 7-9 p.m. at: Beatrice Watts boardroom, Memorial University campus, Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation in room IIC-2014. Guests are welcome. For details visit or  contact

• Western Health is advising a new parking lot will be available for renal patients and hospital staff only. 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, a 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 information visit or call 739-0077

• 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 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 1-3 p.m. each weekday for July and August. For more information give us a call at 753-7286 or visit 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

• The James J. O’Mara Pharmacy Museum, Apothecary Hall, 488 Water Street, St. John’s is open Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Aug. 24. Added to the display is a Ship’s Medicine Chest (circa 1947). Visitors welcome.

 • The staff of the Memorial University Botanical Garden is now offering advice and expertise twice a week on local AM radio channel VOWR 800. Tune in on Wednesdays at 12:45 p.m. and Saturdays at 5:30 p.m. for timely tips about gardening in Newfoundland and Labrador.VOWR can be heard on the AM dial at 800 (on the Avalon Peninsula), online by visiting VOWR’s website, on Rogers digital television on channel 945 and on Bell Aliant digital cable. Questions and feedback for Garden Time can be emailed to Please provide a return address with your question so you can receive a small token of appreciation from the botanical garden. For more information on the Memorial University Botanical Garden’s programs and events visit

 • Tidy Towns, Newfoundland and Labrador’s only provincial community beautification program gets underway as judges prepare to travel the countryside and evaluate participating communities. The annual contest for the most well tended town in Newfoundland and Labrador began in 1995 and is named after it’s Irish counterpart and modelled after the national Canadian program Communities in Bloom. A complete list of participating communities and their evaluation dates can be found on the MNL website,

• Join Rita Lester, Kripalu Yoga Teacher for a Summer Relaxation Yoga Program in Mount Pearl. Email rita@relaxationyoga,ca or call Rita at 682-7671

• Summer Fun at MUN Botanical Garden. Feed the ducks, go on a nature hike and explore the great outdoors during one of our family programs, offered weekday mornings and afternoons and all day Sunday. MUN’s Ocean Sciences Touch Tank will be at MUN Botanical Garden every Wednesday morning from 10-11:30 a.m. Every Sunday is family day. Drop by for a nature hike at 10 a.m., “Meet the Critter” session at 2 p.m. and duck-feeding, arts and crafts and story times are offered every Sunday afternoon, rain or shine between 2-4 p.m. Admission fees apply. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Free for MUN students and Friends of the Garden. MUN Botanical Garden is located at 306 Mount Scio Road. For more information, please call 864-8590 or visit

• There is help for anyone who recognizes that their eating is out of control and who is willing to do something about it. Call Overeaters Anonymous at 738-1742  or 1-877-738-1742 toll free outside St. John’s. For more information, email or visit

• Traditional evening prayer services will be held at 7 p.m. on Sundays in August at St. John the Evangelist Historic Church, Church Terrace, in Topsail, CBS. For more information call 834-2336

• Rebel Revolution Rollers are St. John’s newest Roller Derby League. We recruit women 18+ year round. Please check out our site or email for more details

• The Family Life Bureau offers individual, couple, family and sexual abuse counselling. See website or call Sister Loretta Walsh at 579-0168 for further information.

• Daring escapes, murdered pirates, ghost ships, buried treasure, tragic drownings, and headless phantoms: it is all in a nights work at Signal Hill National Historic Site. From the creator of the award-winning St. John’s Haunted Hike comes an evening of ghost stories and strange adventures by lamplight inside the historic Queens Battery ongoing until Sept. 15 every Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. For more visit or look for Ghosts of Signal Hill on Facebook. Tickets $15 ($10 for kids 12 and under) Cash sale only. Buy your tickets and meet your guide at the Visitor Centre.

• The Canadian Cancer Society offers a toll free service called Cancer Information and Support. If you require information on any type of cancer or are in need of emotional support please contact 1-888-939-3333.

• Are you or someone you know affected by cancer? The Canadian Cancer Society has an online community for people with cancer and their caregivers. This community is a safe and welcoming place where both English and French speaking Canadians can share their experiences throughout their cancer journey and build relationships that will support them in their fight against the disease. Please visit or

• The Children’s Centre Preschool is now accepting summer and September registrations.The Centre offers full-time and part-time programmes for children ages 2-5.  We offer opportunities for parent involvement, affordable rates and a beautiful outdoor playscape. Call 579-9053 or visit for more information.

• The Habitat for Humanity ReStore recycles. The ReStore accepts donations of good quality used furniture, household goods, building materials and more for resale at the ReStore – 6 Robin Hood Bay Rd. Your donation will help keep our community green, and help a family to a home. Call 753-2721 for details or to schedule a pickup, or visit

• Newfoundland (All Breed) Kennel Club spring classes at the St. Johns Recreation Center, Buckmaster’s Circle on Sunday afternoons. Please call or email 782-6100, or 745-5082 for more information.

• Weekly bioenergetic exercise classes, with Donna Burt on Tuesdays from 1-2 p.m. at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Rd. For information and/or to register, call 753-8760 or email

• Do you need help in applying for income support, deciding which income security program to apply to, searching policy or preparing appeals? Call Ron at the Community Sector Council at 753-9860.

• T’ai Chi Chih with Sheila Leonard at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Rd. For information call 579-7863 or email

• New in St. John’s — monthly mass in French in the Marian Chapel of the Basilica. Access from St. Bonaventure’s College parking, facing The Rooms. Masses thereafter will be held on every third Sunday of each month. For more details contact Celia at

• Nouveau à Saint-Jean - Messe mensuelle en français, dans la Marian Chapel de la Basilique. Accès par le stationnement de St. Bonaventure’s College face au Musée The Rooms. Les messes suivantes auront lieu tous les troisièmes dimanches de chaque mois. Pour plus de détails contacter Celia à

• The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association Newfoundland and Labrador is pleased to offer its annual post-secondary scholarship program to hard of hearing, late-deafened, and oral deaf students in Newfoundland and Labrador. For more information about CHHA-NL’s scholarship program, or our programs and services, please contact us at 709-753-3224, toll free at 1-888-753-3224, by email: to, text to 709-725-3224,  fax to 709-753-5640 or visit us online at

• Mom and Baby Yoga at Shakti Yoga Studio, Thursdays, 1:30-2:45 p.m. and Gentle Yoga 5:30-6:45 p.m. at 286 Torbay Rd. For more information call 722-9642 or email Check out our website at

• Practica: A practice session for Tango Dancers. Join Tango on the Edge for social Argentine Tango dancing. Tango on the Edge Practica will meet Sundays from 7-9 p.m. at the Mmap Room, Arts and Culture Centre.

• The Newfoundland and Labrador Laubach Literacy Council Inc. is seeking individuals across Newfoundland and Labrador, interested in helping others reach their full literacy potential by becoming a tutor. Training provided. If you or someone you know is in need of a tutor please call. All services are free. For more information call Sherry Humber at 634-1441 or email

 • Wesley United Church (corner of Patrick Street and Hamilton Avenue) holds a Thrift Shop every Tuesday from 1-2 p.m. (weather permitting). Articles for sale include good quality children’s and adult’s clothes and household goods. All items are available for very affordable prices. A light lunch is also served. All are welcome.

• Have you been diagnosed with cancer within the past year? If so, Memorial University’s School of Nursing would like to hear from you. Researchers would like to interview individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer within the past year to learn about their concerns and needs so that strategies can be developed to help patients with cancer better. If you are interested and would like more information about this study contact Joanne Smith-Young at 777-7106 or toll-free 1-888-477-6844 or email

 • Foster parents are needed throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. If you’d like to make a difference in the life of a child, please call the Newfoundland and Labrador Foster Families Association at 754-0213, toll free 1-877-754-0218 or email Check out our website at

• There is a game of Bridge every Tuesday from 2-4 p.m. at Wesley Church corner of Patrick Street and Hamilton Avenue. Cost is $4 per person. All are welcome

• Fluvarium Kids Club Weekend Programs. Fluvarium kids programs are complimentary with admission. Ask about our annual family pass for only $35. For more information contact Denise Hennebury at 754-3474 or email

 • Do you have a friend or loved one who you think may have an eating disorder? If so there are many programs and services offered by the Eating Disorder Foundation that can help. Drop by our office at 31 Peet Street or call 722-0500 or visit our website at

• Community Relaxation Yoga at Church of Ascension in Mount Pearl. For more information call Rita at 682-7671 or see

 • Free technology classes at the A.C. Hunter Library. Whether you’re a complete novice, or you just want to brush up on office software, or you’re looking to take advantage of the new e-Library, we’ve got a class for what you need. For more information call 737-3950.

 • Shambhala St. John’s, meditations weekly schedule on the second Floor of 120 Lemarchant Road (please use west door at back of the building). Monday through Friday 8 -9 a.m., Wednesday Evening 7:30 -8:30 p.m.(6:45 p.m. for beginners)., Sunday Morning 10 a.m. to Noon (9:30 a.m. for chants)

• Capital Toastmasters: St. John’s NL has a new Toastmasters Club. If you want to gain self-confidence, communications skills and overall leadership abilities, for your career and your life, then Capital Toastmasters is the club for you. Email or call 687-1031 for further details.

• Bingo every Sunday night at 8 p.m., at St. Teresa’s Parish Hall, 120 Mundy Pond Road in St. Johns. Doors open at 7 p.m.

• The Visiting Artist Program funds schools to bring artists or arts organizations into the school to offer presentations or work with students in a wide variety of artistic disciplines. Administered by the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Contact the NLAC for an application form and details at 726-2212, or toll free 1-866-726-2212 (NL only), or email

•  Newfoundland and Labrador Laubach Literacy Council Inc. has launched a provincial fundraising campaign called “Roll Pennies for Pages.” If you would like to register or request more information call Sherry Humber at 634-1441 or email

 • Anyone wishing to support the Love of Learning’s programs can do so while recycling simply let the staff at Evergreen recycling know when you drop off your empty beverage containers. For more information call 722-8848.

• Al-Anon Family Groups are open to anyone who feels his or her life has been deeply affected by close contact with a problem drinker. If you think you fit in to this category, you may be interested in attending the Twelve Steps Study Group, an Al-Anon Family Group which meets at the Church of the Good Shepherd on Richard Nolan Drive, Mount Pearl on Thursdays at 8 p.m. For information, call 722-2666.

• The NL Foster Families Association has developed two educational presentations that staff can offer at your school, agency or group at any time. Different Kinds of Families is a presentation for children/youth, and Foster Care: What You Need to Know is a presentation for adults who would like to learn more about foster care in the province. Call Amy at 754-0213, toll free 877-754-0218, or email

 • The Conception Harbour Heritage Group monthly open mike show on the third Sunday of each month at the parish hall next to the Jamie Murphy Memorial. Doors open at 1 p.m.

• Raise funds for Ronald McDonald House Newfoundland and Labrador with The Star Achievers team of Avon Independent Sales Representatives. Choose from four Avon Gift sets $10 each, and $4 donated to Ronald McDonald House capital campaign. Any group or individual wishing to participate, call 1-877-738-6753 for further information.

• Terra Nova Council, Knights of Columbus, is collecting memorabilia related to the Knights of Columbus. Anyone wishing to donate an item to its archives can do so by dropping it off at the Knights of Columbus, St. Clare Avenue, or phone 726-1452 for pick up.


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