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The monthly meeting of the Newfoundland Horticultural Society will be held at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 4 at St. Davids Church Hall. Ross Traverse will speak on root cellars and storing vegetables. Tea, cookies and a social will follow and we have a library of books and magazines for members to borrow. — Thinkstock photo

Today, 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 Street. 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

• 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 be partnering 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.

Wednesday, September 5

• 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. The choir will hold an AGM and info session on Sept. 5 at this same time and location for all current and potential members. For more information contact info@coastalsounds.ca or visit our website at www.coastalsounds.ca.

Saturday, September 8

• On Saturday, Sept. 8, the St. Joseph Prayer Group will again sponsor the Annual Flatrock Pilgrimage. The walk will start at 10:30 a.m at the junction of Windgap and Torbay roads (Duffett’s Parking Lot) and end at the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes at approximately 1 p.m. Please bring your own lunch. Tea and coffee will be available in the adjacent community hall. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will begin at 2:30 p.m. preceded by Confessions. Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament will follow. For information call 753-2681 or 722-4 842 or visit www.flatrockpilgrimage.org.

General Listings

Friday, August 31

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.

Saturday, September 1

St. Philip's Anglican Church on 20 Coady's Rd. in Portugal Cove-St. Philip's will be holding a Flea Market on Sept. 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For further information call Rebecca at 895-2343.° Just Before Dinner reading series opens for another season Sept. 1. The reading takes place Sept. 1 from 6-7 p.m. at Fishers' Loft Inn, Port Rexton. Admission is free. If you'd like to stay for dinner, please call the Inn at 1-877-464-3240 for reservations. For more information visit the Writers' Alliance website: www.wanl.ca.

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

Friday, September 7

Newfoundland and Labrador's largest, most popular and successful youth theatre program is now 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 youth@theatrenewfoundland.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 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 www.munsu.ca/shinerama.

Saturday, Sept. 8 The Avalon Prostate Cancer Support Group will sponsor a 'Walk a Mile in his Shoes' at the Mundy Pond Trail on Sept. 8. Registration at 9:30 a.m. at the Mews Centre.

The Walk begins at 10 a.m. Pledge sheets available from the Canadian Cancer Society.° MUN Botanical Garden's annual fundraiser, the fall plant sale, will be held on Sept. 8, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. 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, please call 864-8591 or visit www.mun.ca/botgarden

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 marlene.creates@nf.sympatico.ca or phone 895-1020. Cost is $20 general, $15 for students, seniors, unwaged (includes refreshments).°

The 10th annual Bartlett Lecture on Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. at St. Georges' Heritage Church in Brigus. Pre-lecture dinner at 5:30 p.m. RSVP by Aug. 31. For tickets and more information call 753-5515.

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 www.nfldathleticdog.com/events/events.html.

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 www.capestmarys.ca.

Sunday, September 9

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.

A Parkinson SuperWalk and Family Fun Day will be held in St. John's on Sept. 9 at St. Teresa's Parish Hall, Mundy Pond Road. Registration opens at 1 p.m. Please call 754-4428 or 1-800-567-7020 for more information.

Monday, September 10

Women's Auxiliary, St. David's Presbyterian Church at 98 Elizabeth Ave., will have a luncheon at 12:30 p.m. with Bridge to follow on Sept. 10. Cost is $12/person. To book a table of four, call the church office (Monica) at 722-2382 or Lillian at 754-2362.

The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 56 Pleasantville, will be having a seniors barbecue 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 and registration is on a first-come-first-served basis, $50 per person, including project kit and lunch. To register, contact Milly Brown by email at brownmpf@gmail.com or by telephone at 722-2239.

Wednesday, September 12

Join us for a free information session and learn the secrets of making your own savory and satisfying soups with local Chef Nick Hender on Sept. 12 at the Children's Activity Room, A.C. Hunter Library. Register by calling 737-3950

Thursday, September 13

The Agnes Pratt Home Auxiliary will hold a Cold Plate Luncheon and Social at Wesley U.C. Lecture Hall on 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.

Back by popular demand - Gospel concert with a difference with live performances by Sweet Anointing at the LSPU Hall on Sept. 13 at 8 p.m. Admission is free. Donations gratefully accepted on behalf of the LSPU Hall. For more information call Yvonne at 368-9313.

Saturday, September 15

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 on 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 wanl@nf.aibn.com or call 739-5215.°

Lupus NL will be hosting 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. Please contact Doug Bartlett at 689-2028 for details, to make a donation or to request a pledge sheet.°

Powers Court Open Mike Show at St. Thomas Of Villanova Parish Hall in Manuels on Sept. 15. Doors open at 7 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m. Come along and join the great music and company. For more information call Frank at 834-8196 or Ian at 834-3544.°

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, call the parish office at 754-0170 or email stpiusx@rogers.com 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.

Sunday, September 16

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: ttcnib@nl.rogers.com

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 on Sept. 16 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.°

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.

Monday, September 17

The Salmonid Assoc. of Eastern Newfoundland (SAEN) will offer beginners and intermediate fly tying classes beginning Monday night Sept. 17. Contact the SAEN office to register at 722-9300.°

The YMCA-YWCA of Northeast Avalon will be hosting its 12th public career fair. The career fair attracts employers looking for skilled and unskilled labour. It will be held on Sept. 17 from 12 -7 p.m. at the Ches Penney Family Y, 35 Ridge Road. To participate as an employer or to find out more information call Tonya Belbin at 757-2665, ext. 227 or visit www.ynortheastavalon.com.

Wednesday, September 19

Arthritis Awareness Day is Sept. 19 at Avalon Laser Health at 12 Gleneyre Street, 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 www.avalonlaserhealth.ca

Thursday, September 20

Some ideas to increase and stablize funding for Environmental Non Government Organizations (ENGOs) in Newfoundland and Labrador on Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at room SN2067 in the Science Building at Memorial University. Everyone is invited to public presentations of Nature Newfoundland and Labrador.

Friday, September 21

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.

Saturday, September 22

On Saturday, September 22 walk a coastal trail through five abandoned, resettled and living communities in Conception Bay North. The eight kilometre walk begins in Broad Cove at 10:30 a.m. For further information, contact Helen Woodrow at 598-2870 or email hmwoodrow@gmail.com.

Sunday, September 23

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: jagollop@acnl.net. Hope to see you there.

Tuesday, September 25

St. John's Guild of Embroiderers welcome new people to join our fall meeting and fellowship time for the 2012/13 year on Sept. 25 at Corpus Christi Hall, 7:30 p.m. for 8 p.m. A great way to share and learn with friends who enjoy any type of needlework.

Saturday, September 29

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 Road. For additional information, please call 864-8590 or visit www.mun.ca/botgarden.

Sunday, September 30

The 24th Annual RBC Rennie's River Duck Race and free family fun day on Sept. 30 from 12-4 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 info@fluvarium.ca for more information.

Sunday, December 2

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 www.cancer.ca/nl.

 Announcements

• As we head into the last long weekend of the summer, Canadian Blood Services needs 1,200 more donors nationally to book an appointment to donate blood to help meet the needs of hospital patients. Every minute of every day, someone in Canada needs blood. Most often, it takes more than one donor to save a hospital patient’s life. A single car accident victim may require 50 units of blood and blood products to survive injuries. That’s why this long weekend, communities, groups and families across the country are encouraged to rally together to donate blood. To book an appointment or for more information, visit www.blood.ca or call 1-888-2-DONATE. 

Historical walking tour — Where once they stood. Tuesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m. Meet at the Sheraton Hotel. For more information call 364-6845 or visit www.boyletours.com.

Fall Hours at MUN Botanical Garden. Fall operating hours will come into effect Sept. 1 at MUN Botanical Garden. The flower gardens and trails will be open daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from September to November. For more information, visit the Garden’s website at www.mun.ca/botgarden 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 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.

Nurturing Nature in Programs and Play — Fall Workshop Series at MUN Botanical Garden. For more information, or to register, please visit the Botanical Garden’s website: www.mun.ca/botgarden. 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, please contact bgprograms@mun.ca or telephone 864-8590.

Scottish country dance classes on Monday evenings from Sept. 10 to Dec. 10 from 7:45-10 p.m. at Wesley United Church on Patrick Street. We have classes for beginners and experienced dancers. All are welcome — you don’t need a partner or a kilt. For more information please contact Ken at 722-5787 or see our website at www.rscdsstjohns.ca.

The Traditional Latin Mass is offered weekly on Sunday at St. Pius X church at 5:15 p.m. Latin/English Missals supplied. For information call 722-4842 or 726-6726.

‘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’ how they all are getting ready for their long journey south. 

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 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 number one cause of death in our province. Register your team today, and help make a difference. Visit www.bigbike.ca or call 753-8521 for more information.

 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 5 kilometre event by walking, running, volunteering, or donating. All support is needed. For more information contact Amy Stewart at 727-9820 or email amy.stewart@ed.cna.nl.ca.

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 www.ilrc-nl.ca or call 722-4031.•

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.

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 www.mun.ca/toastmasters or  email toastmasters@mun.ca.

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, registered animal charity, is conducting an 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 www.heavenlycreatures.ca or call 739-0077.

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 (www.vowr.org/), on Rogers digital television on channel 945 and on Bell Aliant digital cable. Questions and feedback for Garden Time can be emailed to bgprograms@mun.ca. 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 www.mun.ca/botgarden.

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, http://www.municipalitiesnl.com/?Content=Tidy_Towns/2012_Communities.

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

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 info.oa.nl@gmail.com or visit www.oa.org.

Rebel Revolution Rollers are St. John’s newest Roller Derby League. We recruit women 18 and older year round. Please check out our site www.rebelrevolutionrollers.ca/ or email for more details rebelrevolutionrollers@gmail.com.

The Family Life Bureau offers individual, couple, family and sexual abuse counselling. See website www.rcsj.org 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 Night at 8 p.m. For more info, visit www.hauntedhike.com 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.

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