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The Association for the Arts in Mount Pearl wants you to give the arts a spin at our eighth annual ARTFUSiON festival on Sept. 15 from 12-6 p.m. at Kenmount Park Community Centre (25 Holden St.). Listen to our fabulous performers, check out some interesting artwork, get involved in making crafts, contributing to our community art projects and noodle around in our sound room. It’s up to you to decide how “artsy” to be. Email info@aamp.ca or call 765-9383 for more information. Here Julie participates in ARTFUSiON’s 2011 Get Messy event. — Photo courtesy of Christine Hennebury

Today September 13

Positive Change through Engaging with Works of Art with Florence Samson, educator, on Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Rd. No formal knowledge of art is required. For information or to indicate attendance please call The Lantern at 753-8760 or email information@thelantern.nf.net.

Friday, September 14

The St. John’s Retired Citizens Club at 10 Bennett Ave. is offering an exercise program. We offer seven sessions for $30 with a professional trainer. Registration is at 9:45 a.m. on Sept. 14 and the first class will follow at 10 a.m. For more information call Geraldine at 722-6538.

Saturday, September 15

The Vestry of St. John the Evangelist Church of Coley’s Point is holding a breakfast on Sept. 15, from 8-11 a.m. All proceeds go to the CLB Bay Roberts H. Company.

Sunday, September 16

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 at nl@terryfoxrun.org.

Monday, September 17

The Salmonid Assoc. 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.

Tuesday, September 18

“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.  Free resource materials and prizes are included. Group runs every Tuesday from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Smokers’ Helpline office, at 15 Pippy Place. For more information and to register, contact the Smokers’ Helpline at 1-800-363-5864. Sessions begin Sept. 18.

Wednesday, September 19

Stop Thinking and write from 10-11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at Mount Pearl Library. Join writer Christine Hennebury for a free writing class. Learn how to ease yourself into writing habits, turn off your inner critic and get some words on paper. Register by email at info@aamp.ca or call 765-9383.

Thursday, September 20

The annual alzheimer coffee break will be held at First United Church, Mount Pearl on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 10:30 a.m. Come along for a cuppa and support the Alzheimer Society in your community.

General Listings

Friday, September 14

• Who am I? The basic goodness of being human. A program to be led by Moh Hardin, a senior teacher in the Shambhala-Buddhist tradition at 120 Lemarchant Rd. beginning at 7 p.m. on Sept. 14 with a talk and concluding on Sept. 16 with a reception. For more information or to register contact Danielle at irvinedanielle@gmail.com or call 690-7225 or visit  http://stjohns.shambhala.org/.

Saturday, September 15

• 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.

• The St. John’s Choir is having a car wash fundraiser on Sept. 15 at the Irving Gas Station on Topsail Road, corner of Burgeo Street from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Cost is $7. (Weather permitting). Come out and get your car washed for a musical worthy cause.

• Elks of Canada Celebrate 100th anniversary. On Sept. 15 we will have a ’50s dance with music by Stained Glass. Music starts at 9 p.m. On Sunday, Sept. 16 the Lodge will host a pig roast from 2-9 p.m. Tickets for both events can be obtained by calling the Elks Club at 722-0095.

• The popular Port Rexton reading series “Just Before Dinner” continues on Sept. 15 with award-winning poet Mary Dalton. The reading takes place 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 on the Just Before Dinner Reading Series please see the Writers’ Alliance website at www.wanl.ca.

• 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.

• A Night at the Caravanserai — An evening of bellydance and other eclectic acts on Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. at The Rockhouse on George Street. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. On sale now at Rosie the Rebel or from Seraka Dance Company.

• 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 Beaches Heritage Centre in Eastport present Mike Sinnicks and Friends on Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. for an evening of great music. Admission is $15. All proceeds to go to the Beaches Heritage Centre. To purchase tickets please call 677-2360.

Sunday, September 16

• St. Philip’s ACW take out turkey teas will take place on Sept. 22. Includes turkey, ham, three salads, roll, lettuce and tomato at a cost of $10 each. Teas will be ready for pickup at the parish centre at noon. To order, call Rebecca Tucker at 895-2343 before Sept. 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 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 at 11 a.m. at the church on Smithville Crescent.

• The Association for the Arts in Mount Pearl presents Jedi Training (all ages) on Sept. 16 at 1 p.m. at Centennial Park, next to city hall. Register by email info@aamp.ca or calling 765-9383.

• 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.

• 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.

• St. John’s Orienteering Club event on Sept. 16 at 1:30 p.m. rain or shine. Starting location is Butterpot Park. Maps $2, beginners welcome. Please pre-register at www.sjoc.ca to ensure sufficient maps available. Details at 864-8634.

• 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.

• The Association for the Arts in Mount Pearl presents “Promoted to Death” — a murder mystery (Ages 15/16+) on Sept. 16 from 7:30-10 p.m. at Around the World Restaurant on Commonwealth Aveune. Admission is $15. Reserve your tickets by email — info@aamp.ca or calling 765-9383.

• The Writers’ Alliance Come From Away Reading Series is back. Once again the WANL readings committee has asked three Newfoundland authors to invite three “Come-From-Away” authors to read on the Rock. Griffin Prize-winning poet Karen Solie will kick-start the 2012 season with readings in St. John’s on Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Cox & Palmer Second Space, LSPU Hall and Corner Brook on Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. at The Bar Room, atop Jennifer’s. Solie has been invited to the CFA series by local poet Mark Callanan, who will host the event in St. John’s.

Monday, September 17

• 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.

• Taoist Tai Chi beginners’ class starts Sept. 17 from 7-8.30 p.m. in the basement of Hindu Temple at Penny Lane. Classes also start this week in Mount Pearl, Holyrood and Kelligrews. Phone 579-5276 for more information.

• The Association for the Arts in Mount Pearl present the Michael J. McCarthy Youth Readings on Monday, Sept. 17 from 7-8 p.m. at the Ross King Memorial Library.

• The Salvation Army School of Nursing Alumnae will be holding its annual general meeting and election of officers on Monday, Sept. 17 at the Salvation Army Temple on 101 Torbay Rd. Start time 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, September 18

• The Association for the Arts in Mount Pearl presents Get Messy on Tuesday, Sept. 18 from 9:30-11 a.m. and a Sing-A-Long for kids from 4-5 p.m. at Admiralty House Museum. Register by email info@aamp.ca or calling 765-9383.

• The Wesley Church Thrift Shop will reopen starting on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 1 p.m.

• The Association for the Arts in Mount Pearl presents Storytime (all ages) on Monday, Sept. 18 from 4-5 p.m. at the Ross King Memorial Public Library. Join us at the library for an animated reading of some fun children’s stories by Angela Hennebury.

• Knights of Columbus, Council 7405, will hold their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday Sept. 18 in the meeting room of Mary Queen of Peace church on Torbay Road. Rosary begins at 7:30 p.m. followed by the meeting. All Brother Knights are reminded to bring their current membership card.

• The Association for the Arts in Mount Pearl presents a free dance class (16+) on Sept. 18 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. at the Mount Pearl Track and Field Complex (park behind MAX building, by the dog park on Olympic Drive because the complex parking is being paved). Instructor C. Matthew Pike will be leading us through a fun dance lesson incorporating modern dance, jazz, hip-hop and, for the brave, breakdance. Register by email info@aamp.ca or calling 765-9383.

Wednesday, September 19

• 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.

Thursday, September 20

• Fine craft. Fine dining. Fine cause. Craft enthusiasts and supporters of the local arts community will gather on Sept. 27 for the eighth annual Friends of the Craft Council Fundraising dinner and auction. This exclusive, ticketed event takes place at the Johnson Geo Centre and features a delicious dinner, musical entertainment and a silent and live auction of fine craft. Support the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador by bidding on one-of-a-kind treasures. Limited tickets available until Sept. 20 at  www.craftcouncil.nl.ca or by calling 364-8553.

 • Some ideas to increase and stabilize funding for Environmental Non-Government Organizations (ENGOs) in N.L. 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.

• Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, St. John’s Centre monthly meeting, on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. at MUN Chemistry/Physics Room C-2045. Free parking in Lot 5 at rear of building. Details at www.stjohnsrasc.ca.

Upcoming

• Family Constellations Sept. 21-23 at 120 Lemarchant Rd. Developed by Bert Hellinger, German philosopher, author and psychotherapist, family constellation work can reveal the hidden dynamics underlying symptoms and current issues in our lives. This unique perspective can lead to new insights and resolutions. During constellation people or elements are chosen to represent family members, co-workers or abstracts like illness, symptoms, anxiety, joblessness, etc. No previous experience needed. For more information contact taichiontolt@gmail.com.

 • For the second year, the 2nd Canadian Army Veterans Beaumont Hamel Motorcycle Unit has teamed with the Health Care Foundation to conduct Support our Troops. Reaching out to Veterans Ride on Sept. 22. This ride is in support of the creation of the Jim Shields Memorial Garden at the Caribou Veterans Pavilion. Fee is $25/motorcycle. Online registration is available at www.healthcarefoundation.ca/events-programs/ride-for-veterans/ or 777-5901. Event day registration is 9-10 a.m. at the Canadian Forces Station St. John’s drill hall parking lot. Opening ceremonies 10 a.m. Closing ceremonies 3 p.m. at the Caribou Pavilion.

• 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 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.

• Would you like to volunteer to help another adult learn to read and write? If you can read, you can tutor. Teachers on Wheels will be holding a daylong tutor-training workshop on Saturday, Sept. 22. Call Tom Dawe for details at 738-3975.

Announcements

• Heavenly Creatures, registered animal charity, is conducting a fall 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 Tenacious String Orchestra is an amateur community orchestra under the leadership of Alison Black, concert master of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. We practice weekly from September to June and have several performances a year. If you play the violin, viola, cello or bass and would like to share the joy of making music, come check us out. No auditions required. For more information, please contact Kathy Skinner at kathy@mun.ca.

• Special Olympics Newfoundland and Labrador and their volunteers will be offering the following free programs for children with an intellectual disability. Active Start (ages 2-6) on Mondays from 9-10 a.m. Basketball (ages 7-14) on Tuesdays from 6:45-7:45 p.m. For more information please contact Jennifer Ryan at Special Olympics Newfoundland and Labrador, via email at jenrr@sonl.ca or phone 738-1923 or visit www.sonl.ca.

Organizations: Smokers, Retired Citizens Club, Evangelist Church of Coley CLB Bay Roberts H. Company Association for the Arts Mount Pearl Library First United Church Alliance Come Alzheimer Society AW Irving Gas Station Elks Club Loft Inn Before Dinner Reading Series The Rockhouse Anglican Church Hall The Beaches Heritage Centre The Rooms Arthritis Society Orienteering Club The Conception Harbour Heritage Group World Restaurant on Commonwealth Aveune Away Reading Series Cox Palmer Second Space CFA Ches Penney Family Y Tai Chi The Salvation Army School of Nursing Alumnae Salvation Army Temple Admiralty House Museum The Wesley Church Thrift Shop Ross King Memorial Public Library Knights of Columbus Peace church Avalon Laser Health Wedgewood Medical Centre Craft Council Fundraising Johnson Geo Centre Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Non-Government Organizations Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

Geographic location: Mount Pearl, Quidi Vidi Lake, Newfoundland King George V Park Port Rexton Bonaventure Avenue Holyrood Topsail Road Burgeo Street St. Thomas Manuels George Street Eastport Centennial Park Bowring Park Bonavista Corner Brook Northeast Avalon Kelligrews Torbay Road Jason Lawlor, DC

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