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The 24th annual RBC Rennie’s River Duck Race and free family fun day will take place 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 spectacle 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. — Telegram file photo

Today, September 27

The Compassionate Friends, a support group for bereaved parents, monthly meeting 7:30-9:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27 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.

Friday, September 28

Wesley United Church will hold a fish luncheon on Sept. 28, with sittings at12 p.m. and 1 p.m. Cod, salmon, dessert and coffee or tea will be served. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling Pheobe at 782-1689, Marvin at 579-7900 or the Church office at579-3682.

Saturday, September 29

Turks Gut Heritage House seniors giant flea market at Marysvale RC Church property — rain or shine on Sept. 29-30 from10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Proceeds in aid of Canadian Cancer Society Telethon and Turks Gut Heritage House seniors. For further information contact Cecilia at 528-9825.

Sunday, September 30

Open-jam session at Liddys in Torbay on Sunday, Sept 30 at 3 p.m.

Monday, October 1

La Leche League Canada — St. John’s Breastfeeding Support Group meeting on Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. at Sobeys Community Room (Torbay Road and Highland Drive). For more information call Jane at 722-5815 or Jan at 739-9368.

Tuesday, October 2

The regular monthly meeting of the Newfoundland Horticultural Society will be held at 8 p.m. on Oct. 2 at St. David’s Church Hall onElizabeth Ave. The presenter will be Dan Rubin and the topic is collecting seeds, raised beds and extending the season. He will be doing a slide presentation. All gardeners welcome. New members always welcome. There will be a plant sale following the presentation.

Wednesday, October 3

Twelve Step Spirituality, with Agnes Hutchings, Wednesdays beginning Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. to noon, at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Rd. For information and/or to register call753-8760 or email information@thelantern.nf.net.

Tuesday, October 4

Pippy Park (brook trout) walk on Thursday Oct. 4 at 10 a.m. Meet at Three Pond Barrens. All who want to see brook trout and have a great fall walk with John Gibson. Sponsored by Nature NL.

General Listings

Today, September 27

• Join The Landfall Trust for open house — Culture Days on Sept. 27 from 2-4 p.m. at the 200-year-old heritage property, Kent Cottage at Landfall, Battery Road in Brigus. Tour the cottage and its surroundings, and chat with our writer-in-residence. www.landfalltrust.org.

Saturday, September 29

• Monthly Positive Thinkers meeting on Sept. 29 at Hotel Mount Pearl. Cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Guest speaker is Kathy Hickman speaking about “change your paradigm, change your life.” Remember to reserve your seat at daemon@positivethinkersclub.org.

• The annual Burry Heights food, fun, and fellowship day will be held on Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Burry Heights United Church camp and retreat centre just off the Trans-Canada Highway on the Salmonier Line. Soup, hot dogs and dessert will be served at lunchtime, and a hot pork loin supper for the evening meal. Other attractions will consist of a sale table of crafts, baked goods and preserves etc., and a silent auction. The evening will wind up with entertainment in the form of a fun filled variety show.

• Heavenly Creatures’ fall flea market will be held at The Curling Club (a.k.a. The Re/Max Centre), 135 Mayor Ave., on Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. We hope you can come out to support our cause. All money raised goes toward the veterinary bills and supplies, for the animals (of which there are over one hundred) in our care. We’ll be at The Curling Club (upper level) the day before the flea market on Friday, Sept. 28 from 12-8 p.m. for the donation drop-off. If you have furniture or other items that you need picked up, please let us know. Call 739-0077 or email info@heavenlycreatures.ca.

• On Sept. 29 La Leche League Canada, an organization offering support to breastfeeding families since 1961, will be holding their annual fundraising Walk for Breastfeeding at 10:30 a.m. at Kenny’s Pond playground. To participate call Jane at 722-5815 or Jan at 739-9368.

• Are you a breast cancer survivor who would like to get fit, have fun and make new friends? The Avalon Dragons invites you to try dragon boating on Sept. 29. Meet at the Paradise Recreation Centre, 68 McNamara Dr., at 1 p.m. A short talk will be followed by a paddle on nearby Octagon Pond. Paddles and life-jackets will be supplied. Rain or shine. For more information online visit www.avalondragons.com or on Facebook.

• The Pouch Cove Library Board and Pouch Cove Heritage Committee invite all local residents and the public to attend a free Culture Days event on Sept. 29 from 1-5 p.m. in Pouch Cove. For more information visit www.pouchcoveheritage.org.

• Rick Fines will be teaching a three hour acoustic guitar workshop taking place on Saturday, Sept. 29 from 1-4 p.m., upstairs at Rocket Bakery at 272 Water St. Cost is $55 and includes a copy of Ricks instructional DVD “Fingerstyle Blues with Rick Fines.” For tickets call the Hall at 753-4531 or book online at www.rca.ca. For questions or more information email john@slideguy.net or call 697-5755.

• The 14th annual St. Francis Blessing of the Animals service on Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. at the Anglican Cathedral, Gower Street entrance. All animals and their owners are welcome. For more information visit www.stjohnsanglicancathedral.org.

• The Bluegrass and Old-Time Country Music Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, Inc. announces the eighth annual Bluegrass and Old-Time Country Music Jamboree on Sept. 29-30 at the Comfort Inn. Tickets now available at O’Brien’s Music Store (753-8135) or at the door. For further information, please visit the Society’s website at www.bluegrass-nl.ca.

Sunday, September 30

• 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.• St. John’s Orienteering Club Event on Sept. 30 at 1:30 p.m., rain or shine. Starting location is at the junction of the TCH and Holyrood Access Road. Beginners welcome, maps $2. Please preregister at www.sjoc.ca or phone 864-8634.

• K of C Thanksgiving raffle on Sept. 30 from  2-4 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus on St. Clare Ave. Free parking.

• LifeChain is an annual prayer and silent public witness to life, held on the same day on the street corners in every Canadian province and American state. To ensure that the most eastern link is upheld, Pro-Life NL will be hosting LifeChain in front of 202 Lemarchant Rd. on Sunday, September 30 at 2:30 p.m. You are invited to join us as we pray and promote awareness. For information contact prolifenl@gmail.com.

Monday, October 1

• The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council (NLAC) is now accepting applications for its community arts program to support projects by community based non-profit arts organizations and groups. Application deadline is Monday, Oct. 1 (projects must start on/after Dec. 1). Contact the NLAC for an application form and details: The Newman Building, 1 Springdale St., 726-2212 or toll free 1-866-726-2212 (N.L. only), nlacmail@nlac.ca, www.nlac.ca.

Tuesday, October 2

• The October meeting of the Avalon Prostate Cancer Support Group will be held at 7:15 p.m. on Oct. 2, at the Elk’s Club on Carpasian Road.

Upcoming

• Topsail United Church Annual Harvest Festival Celebrations begins on Saturday Oct. 6 with Thanksgiving breakfast from 8-11 a.m. Usual good menu. Cost is $7 adults, $3 children. On Monday Oct. 8 annual fall sale from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. of baked goods, preserves, crafts with a soup luncheon, dessert, tea or coffee, luncheon cost is $7. Tickets for the luncheon available at the door. Annual Jiggs dinners from4:30-6 p.m. To reserve your tickets for the jiggs dinners call 834-4567.

• The popular Port Rexton reading series Just Before Dinner concludes Saturday, Oct. 6 with award-winning poet Mark Callanan. The reading takes place Saturday, Oct. 6 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: www.wanl.ca.

• The Whitbourne Lions Club is hosting its monthly Sunday afternoon of fun and fabulous old-time country music on Oct. 7 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 Royal Canadian Legion Branch 56 Pleasantville, will be holding its monthly seniors bingo and dance on Oct. 8. Music by Brian Finn. Soup at 10:30 p.m. Come out and bring a friend.

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

• Registration is now open for the ornamental fruit workshops offered at MUN Botanical Garden on Oct. 9, from 7-9 p.m. Instructor Todd Boland will discuss the various trees and shrubs, both native and exotic, which can be cultivated in the garden for their ornamental fall and winter value. This workshop will take place indoors. For more information, please call the Botanical Garden at 864-8590 or visit the Garden’s website at www.mun.ca/botgarden

.• The first Wessex Society lecture of the season will be held on Oct. 10, at 8 p.m. at the Marine Institute, Ridge Road. Archaeologist William Gilbert will speak on the topic “Voyage of the Indeavour 1612 and Aboriginal Occupance in Trinity Bay.” All are welcome. 

• Dinner and roast to honour the Venerable John Dinn celebrating 25 years of ordained ministry. This event will take place Friday, Oct. 12 at 6:30 p.m. It will be held at All Saint’s Parish Hall, Foxtrap, C.B.S. The cost is $30 per person. For tickets call Shirley Glynn at 368-9504

.• St. Thomas’ Church Fall Fair will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13 starting at 9 a.m. at Canon Wood Hall, 8 Military Rd. Morning coffee will be served. A hot roast beef dinner will be served at 12:30 p.m. Tickets for the dinner at $15 each and are available at 754-0151.

 • A social is planned for former residents of Tack’s Beach, Placentia Bay on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the SUF Hall, Topsail. For further information contact Vera at 895-6429.• George Street UCW is hosting the Tapestry of Love Concert featuring Brian Stevens and Diana Chappell, as they help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the UCW at George Street United Church on Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 (children 12 years and under free) and are available from UCW members or contact the Church Office at 726-8775.

• The House of Diamonds Art Centre has partnered with the Autism Society of NL to proudly present its second annual “October is Autism Awareness Month.” October 1-14 is "A Visual World" October 17-30 is "In-Vested in Autism". To submit artwork or for more information regarding the exhibit call 533-1168 or email: hoda-programco-ordinator@hotmail.ca

• The Parish of the Good Shepherd will present a dinner and cabaret Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Mount Pearl Reid Community Centre, featuring comedian Amy House. Tickets are $50. Call Kathy at 364-9077, Wanda at 745-3471, Donna at 364-6673 or the church at 747-1022.

• St. Patrick’s Mercy Home Foundation is having its fourth Emerald auction and dinner on Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Holiday Inn St. John’s. This evening of friendship, fun, laughter and fundraising is in support of the residents of St. Patrick’s Mercy Home. There will be live and silent auctions, raffles and a three course meal with wine. Tickets are $75 each (tax-in) with tax receipt available. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For tickets call Jim at St. Patrick’s Mercy Home 752-8745 or email jbyrne@spmhf.nl.ca.

• “Halloween Howl” programs at MUN “Boo-tanical” Garden. K-6 teachers are invited to book a special Halloween program at the Botanical Garden from Oct. 22-31. Space is limited and all groups must book in advance. Please call 864-8590 for more information.

 • Topsail United Church annual giant auction will be held on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. Numerous items to bid on. All are welcome. To view a preliminary list of auction items please visit the church web page at www.tosailunitedchurch.nf.net.

• The Compassionate Friends, a support group for bereaved parents, monthly meeting from 7:30-9:30 p.m. on Oct. 25 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.

• Visit MUN “Boo-tanical” Garden on Oct. 27-28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a fun weekend of Halloween arts and crafts, story time and face painting. Come on a special Halloween nature hike with our education staff and explore the Batty Bat trail, our pumpkin patch and more. A full weekend of family fun is available for young children and parents alike. Free admission for children in costume, friends of the garden and MUN students. Registration is not required. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Suitable for young children and their families.  

• La Leche League Canada — St. John’s Breastfeeding Support Group meeting on the The Art of Breastfeeding & Avoiding Difficulties on Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. at Sobeys Community Room (Torbay Road & Highland Drive). For more information call Jane at 722-5815 or Jan at 739-9368.

• The second annual Canadian Cancer Society-Eastlink Telethon will broadcast live on Eastlink TV Dec. 2 from 1-7 p.m. This telethon will raise funds to support the increased demand for our support programs and services, including items free-of-charge practical support items, emotional support groups, cancer information, and our largest support program, Daffodil Place. We are looking for community groups, service groups, church groups, and individuals to host a fundraiser in their community for the telethon. Your group can be pre-recorded or appear live at the telethon to present your contribution. For more information, contact Donna Gear, Revenue Development Coordinator at 1-888-753-6520 extension 231 or visit www.cancer.ca/nl.

Announcements

• The 2012 Festival of New Dance kicks off with Toronto Dance Theatre in two weeks at the Arts and Culture Centre. As you can imagine, it’s going to be a busy time for us over at Neighbourhood Dance Works from now until closing night. We are looking for lots of volunteers for the Festival. We need people to drive, help with the dressing rooms, help with off-site performances and running the merch table. If you are interested, please contact Lisa at lporter@nfld.net and tell us your name, phone number, email address, schedule of availability and whether or not you’d be able to be a chauffeur. Festival Volunteers receive a complimentary ticket to one performance, or more, depending on your contribution.

• The RCMP Klondike Night committee is looking for their 2013 charities. Last year Klondike Night raised $67,228.24 for VOCM Cares in Support of Rainbow Riders and the SPCA-NL. They each received a cheque for $33,614.12. If you're part of a provincial charity and you’re interested in being an RCMP Klondike Night charity, go to our web site at: http://rcmp.ca/nl. All Klondike Night information is listed on the right hand side under “Events.” Deadline is Oct. 16 or contact Helen Cleary-Escott at 772-7334

.• Folk Music Canada has extended the deadline to submit nominations for the Innovator Award by just over a week. Rather than close on the last day of summer, members can now submit nominations until day’s end on Sept. 30. Do you know an innovator in the folk music industry? Are you an innovator? Visit Folk Music Canada’s website to submit a nomination today at www.folkmusiccanada.ca. While there is no fee to submit a nomination, the person submitting the nomination must be a member of Folk Music Canada.

• 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.

• Animal costumes at The Suncor Energy Fluvarium on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m from Oct. 6 - 28. Many animals use camouflage and unique hiding places to stay safe from predators year round. Some even become brighter and prettier at special times of the year. Families will explore animals such as the caddis fly, hare, trout and frogs to find out what they “wear” at Halloween.

• Lunch and bridge every Wednesday at the St. John’s Curling Club Re/Max Centre. Please call Shirley Kelly at 754-3260 to reserve your table. 

• 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.

Organizations: Heritage House, Health Sciences Centre, Wesley United Church Marysvale RC Church Cancer Society La Leche League Canada Breastfeeding Support Group Sobeys Community Room Newfoundland Horticultural Society Church Hall The Lantern

Geographic location: Torbay Road, Highland Drive, David Pippy Park

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