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On Sept. 8 and 9, 17 sites around St. John’s will be participating in Doors Open Days. The event is a unique opportunity for the citizens and visitors of St. John’s to visit sites that have historical, architectural or
cultural significance, that they may otherwise pass by every day. Admission is free, so take the time and become a tourist in your own city. Visit www.doorsopendays.com, visit the Doors Open Days Facebook
page or call 739-7870 for more information. The St. John’s Farmers Market is located at Lion’s Park, Bonaventure Avenue (next to the Re/Max Centre) and will be participating in Doors Open on Saturday only from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. — Telegram file photo

Friday, Sept. 7

Newfoundland and Labrador’s largest, most popular and successful youth theatre program is now accepting applications for their Fall 2012 semester. TNL provides theatre training for youth aged 6-19 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.

Saturday, Sept. 8

MUN Botanical Garden will be holding its first fall program, the ever-popular Edible Plant Hike, on Sunday, Sept. 9. This program includes a delicious lunch and blueberry dessert, provided by the Garden Café. Space is limited — pre-registration is required and participants must register by Saturday, Sept. 8. For more information on this program, or other upcoming workshops, please call 864-8590 or visit the Garden’s website at www.mun.ca/botgarden.

Sunday, Sept. 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.

Monday, Sept. 10

Taoist Tai Chi open house on Sept. 10 from 9:15-11:15 a.m. at Topsail United Church and 7-8.30 p.m at the Holyrood Community Centre. All welcome. Beginners classes start the week of Sept. 16. Phone 579-5276 for more information.

Tuesday, Sept 11

The September meeting of the Avalon Prostate Cancer Support Group will be held at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at the Elk’s Club on Carpasion Road.

Wednesday, Sept. 12

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. 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.

Thursday, Sept. 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.

Saturday, Sept. 15

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.

 

General Listings

 

Friday, September 7

• 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.

Saturday, September 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.

• Taoist Tai Chi open house on Sept. 8 is from 10-11.30 a.m. in the basement of Hindu Temple on Penny Lane. All welcome to observe, meet instructors, have tea and register for classes starting the week of Sept. 16. Phone 579-5276 for more information.

• MUN Botanical Garden’s annual fundraiser, the fall plant sale, will be held on Sept. 8 from 10 a.m.–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’s Heritage Church in Brigus. Pre-lecture dinner at 5:30 p.m. For tickets and more information call 753-5515.

• 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 in Cape St. Mary’s. For more information visit www.capestmarys.ca.

• CKC-sponsored Canine Good Neighbour classes to be offered Sept. 8-9 and assessment on Sept. 15 by the Newfoundland Athletic Dog Association. Contact Sandy at 834-4871 to register. For more information visit  www.nfldathleticdog.com/events/events.html.

Sunday, September 9

• Targa Newfoundland is scheduled for the following communities: Flatrock, Torbay on Sunday, Sept 9; Colliers, Conception Harbour, Marysvale, Sunnyside, North West Brook, Gooseberry Cove on Monday, Sept. 10; Appleton, Point Leamington, Glover’s Harbour, Bobby’s Cove, Pleasantview, Gander on Tuesday, Sept. 11; Main Point, Davidsville, Frederickton, Carmanville, Musgrave Harbour, New-Wes-Valley, Greenspond, Port Blandford, Clarenville on Wednesday, Sept. 12; Boat Harbour, Petit Forte, Mooring Cove, Marystown, Garnish, Burin, Frenchman’s Cove on Thursday, Sept. 13; and Little Bay East, Harbour Mille, Carbonear, Freshwater, Brigus Friday, Sept. 14.

• 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.

• St. John’s Orienteering Club event — training for beginners on Sept. 9 at 1:30 p.m. rain or shine. Maps $2. Location is top of Nagle’s Hill, Pippy Park past the entrance to golf course. Details at www.sjoc.ca or call 864-8634.

Monday, September 10

• Women’s Auxiliary, St. David’s Presbyterian Church at 98 Elizabeth Ave. will have a luncheon on Sept. 10 at 12:30 p.m. with bridge to follow. 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 Francophone Association choir, La Rose des vents, will be holding an open rehearsal, followed by wine and cheese, on Monday, Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the French Centre at 65 Ridge Rd. Anyone who might be interested in singing with the choir is invited to come along and try it out. For more information email chorale@acfsj.ca.

Tuesday, September 11

• 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 brownmpf@gmail.com or by telephone at 722-2239.

• The NL Thrombosis, Blood and Immune Disorders Education and Research Project invites the public to attend an event called “Primary Immunodeficiency: How we all learn from very rare genetic disorders” on Sept. 11 from 6-9:30 p.m. at the Johnson GEO Centre. This will be of interest to people with a primary immunodeficiency, or other immune system or blood disorder, their families, physicians, nurses, students and other health-care workers. Everyone is invited and admission is free.

• A free bereavement session for people who have lost a loved one is being held on Tuesday, Sept. 11 from 7-9 p.m. at the Miller Centre. No registration is required. For further information call Lisa Higgins at 777-8972.

• Taoist Tai Chi open house on Sept. 11 from 7-8.30 p.m. at the Church of the Ascension, on Smallwood Drive, Mount Pearl. Beginners’ classes start the week of Sept. 16. Phone 579-5276 for more information.

Wednesday, September 12

• Orchids 101 — Lunch & Learn on Sept. 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at MUN Botanical Garden. This workshop will take place indoors and will be followed by a delicious lunch from the Garden Café, including sandwiches, salad, coffee or tea and a blueberry cake with caramel sauce for dessert. Space is limited — pre-registration is required. Deadline to register is Sept. 11. For more information, please call the Botanical Garden at 864-8590 or visit the Garden’s website at www.mun.ca/botgarden.

• 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

• 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.

Upcoming

• Lupus NL will be hosting its 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.

 • 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.

• Sunday, Sept. 16 at 1 p.m., 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. For Details, please contact Celia at infomfsjnl@gmail.com 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 16 septembre, 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. Pour plus de détails, contacter Celia à infomfsjnl@gmail.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 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 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.  

• 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.

• Old-time country open mike/jam on Sept. 16 at Carbonear in the United Church basement at 2 p.m. Admission is $5.

 • It’s time for the 32nd annual Terry Fox Run on Sunday, Sept. 16 at 11 a.m. Dogs welcome. Walk, run, roll as far as you like around Quidi Vidi Lake. Start at King George V Park soccer complex, located at the head of Quidi Vidi Lake. Arrive early to register and pass in your pledges and purchase Terry Fox T-shirts and other merchandise. With no entry fees, no minimum pledge amounts and a non-competitive, all-inclusive approach, participation could not be easier. For more information email Heather Strong: nl@terryfoxrun.org.

• 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.

• The Salmonid Association of Eastern Newfoundland will be offering 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 Rd. To participate as an employer or to find out more information call Tonya Belbin at 757-2665, ext. 227 or visit www.ynortheastavalon.com.

• “You Can Stop by Starting with Us” is a four-week smoking cessation group program offered by the Smokers’ Helpline for people who are thinking about quitting smoking, those who have quit and are trying to remain smoke free, or for people who have had a slip and need support.  Led by a trained facilitator, the meetings provide an opportunity to learn helpful quit tips and receive support from others. Free resource materials and prizes are included. Group runs every Tuesday from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Smokers’ Helpline office, located at 15 Pippy Place, St. John’s. For more information and to register, contact the Smokers’ Helpline at 1-800-363-5864. Sessions begin Sept. 18.

• 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 www.avalonlaserhealth.ca.

Announcements

• Persons interested in donating to development and peace for West Africa relief can have their funding topped up 50 per cent between now and Sept. 30. Cheques or money orders can be sent to Development and Peace, 1425 Boul. Rene-Levesque Quest, 3rd floor, Montreal, Que., H3G IT7.

• Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs’ (NLOWE) has launched a new blog. The blog will feature posts by members and staff of NLOWE, as well as community partners and guest experts, and is designed to be a forum for them to share their expertise on topics that are relevant to the NLOWE membership and the provincial business community. “Around & About” will offer many benefits for readers and bloggers alike. Readers will benefit from the experience and expertise offered by businesswomen in their own province, while bloggers will have the opportunity to enhance their reputation, grow their networks, build greater online traffic and get their company’s name into the online sphere. “Around & About” with NLOWE can be found online at http://aroundandaboutwithnlowe.wordpress.com.

• Family Life Bureau special events for fall 2012 including self-empowerment women’s group, mindfulness, new anger management for men, power of positive parenting, separation and divorce. To register for any of the above groups go to our website at www.rcsj.org for online registration or call Sr. Loretta Walsh, director, at 579-0168 or email flb@nf.aibn.com. Most groups beginning the week of Sept. 25.

• Lunch and bridge beginning in September at the St. John’s Curling Club, Re/Max Centre. Please call Shirley Kelly at 754-3260 to book a table.

 • Guiding has something for every girl/women. Learn to be a team player, develop self-confidence, do community service projects and get involved with your community, learn about camping, and do sports safety awareness. Joining is easy. Visit www.girlguides.ca/join-us or email membershipgrowth@ggcnf.org or call 1-800-565-8111.

 • Are you a person with a disability? Are you curious about how you can make your environment work for you? If you have questions or concerns about accessibility and inclusion, contact the Independent Living Resource Centre at 722-4031 or through the website www.ilrc-nl.ca.

Organizations: WANL, Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador, Whitbourne Lions Club Tai Chi United Church Holyrood Community Centre Avalon Prostate Cancer Support Group Second Space Theatre Agnes Pratt Home Auxiliary

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Whitbourne, Elk Carpasion Road Victoria St. Thomas

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