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The CBTS Inc. Heritage Group invites you to The Church by the Sea 2013 “Paintings Collection” calendar official launch. The event will take place on Sunday, Dec. 2 from 4-6 p.m. at the Rotary Sunshine Park,
940 Thorburn Rd. The 15 month calendar features 16 paintings of the St. Philip’s 1894 Heritage Church. Relax and enjoy with a free cup of coffee, hors d’oeuvres and finger foods. Other items such as bottle moose and prints of the steeple will also be available for purchase at the event. This image was painted by Terry Moore. — Submitted image

Today, Novermber 29

Heavenly Creatures’ goods bingo will be held Nov. 29 at the Knights Of Columbus on St. Clare Avenue beginning at 8 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m). In addition to 13 games of bingo for fabulous prizes there will be ticket spins on prizes and cash. Admission to the bingo is $1 and that gives you a chance to win the door prize. Bingo cards are $2 each or three for $5. Any person or business who is interested in donating goods to our bingo should contact the event organizers at 691-5466 (Kim) or 576-0440 (Ashley), or email ashleyandkim@hotmail.com.

 Friday, November 30

Fourth annual fall fair on Friday, Nov. 30 at 3 p.m. at Kenny’s Pond Retirement Residence, 135 MacDonald Dr., 757-7145, www.kennyspondresidence.com. Celebrate the season with the return of our very popular craft and bake sale. All proceeds in aid of the Perlin Players.

 Saturday, November 1

The Goulds’ Girl Guides will be hosting a breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Goulds Recreation Centre from 8-11 a.m. Cost is $4.

 Sunday, December 2

Family fun, Sundays from 2-4 p.m. at The Rooms on Dec. 2. creating traditional Christmas decorations. Looking for something a little different to hang on your tree? Spend a relaxing afternoon creating your own traditional Christmas decoration made from everyday objects with a little extra glitter. Create and hang an ornament on a special Rooms tree while you are here.

Monday, December 3

A free bereavement session “Coping with the Holidays” is being offered for anyone dealing with grief during the holiday season. The session is being held on Monday, Dec. 3 from 7-9 p.m. at the Health Sciences Centre. Registration is required. For further information or to register call Lisa Higgins at 777-8972.

 Tuesday, December 4

The Christmas social for the Avalon Prostate Cancer Support Group is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. on Dec. 4 at Canon Wood Hall, Military Road.

 Wednesday, December 5

St. Thomas’ Church Men’s Service Club will be hosting its annual Christmas card party on Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Canon Wood Hall, Military Road. Turkeys for main card prizes plus raffle for other turkeys. Admission $5. Please bring your own cards and baskets.

Thursday, December 6

The Singing Legionnaires at Kenny’s Pond Retirement Residence 135 MacDonald Dr. on Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. Since 1973, this men’s choir have been bringing music to thousands. Come share the love of music with these veterans, legion members and other dedicated individuals.

General Listings

Today, November 29

• Spirit of Newfoundland, Peter Halley, Shelley Neville and Bill Brennan on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 3 p.m. at Kenny’s Pond Retirement Residence, 135 MacDonald Dr., 757-7145, www.kennyspondresidence.com. Enjoy the incredible harmonious vocals of these powerful, gifted singers performing a variety of musical genres including Christmas traditional favourites.

• Come have breakfast with Santa at St. Lawrence Parish Hall, Portugal Cove on Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to noon. Serving brunch: sausages, eggs, toast, pancakes, juice, tea/coffee, Adults — $7, kids under 12 —  $4, kids under 5 — no charge. To book your tickets, call 895-2215, tickets must be purchased by Nov. 29.

• Rotary Youth Exchange information session. The St. John’s area Rotary Clubs will be holding an information session for high school students who may be interested in Rotary’s Long-Term Youth Exchange. Each year Rotary in St. John’s supports students who will travel to another country for a full school year. You will stay with host families and attend school (even if you will graduate this year.) You will learn and explore a new culture and be an ambassador for your school, community, and your country and Rotary. If you would like more information there will be a session for students and their parents on Thursday, Nov. 29 from 7:30-9 p.m. at the Anglican Cathedral on Church Hill in St. John’s. Please use the entrance off the Church Hill parking lot.  Also, please Google “Rotary Youth Exchange” or visit rotary.org and click on the “Student and Youth” tab, and then click on the “Rotary Youth Exchange” link, for additional information.

Friday, November 30

• Association communautaire francophone de Saint-Jean Centre scolaire et communautaire des Grands-Vents Christmas Supper: Dec. 8. Tickets will be on sale no later than Nov. 30. There will be no ticket sales at the door. For more Information call  726-4900 or visit www.acfsj.ca.

• Inner Healing Christmas dinner — The annual Christmas dinner will be held on Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Wesley United Church basement. Tickets $20 each. For tickets call Yvonne at 368-9313. Avoid the disappointment and call for the your ticket today. Deadline is Nov. 30.

• The Avalon Nordic seventh annual winter gear swap on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Turn no longer needed or used equipment into someone else’s new gear. Bring in any used skis, boots, poles or winter gear to sell. Members of the Avalon Nordic Club will be on hand to offer assistance with equipment and answer questions about Club activities and registration for this ski season at Butter Pot Park.  The event takes place at The Outfitters — 220 Water St. Products are accepted up to and including Friday, Nov. 30 to have it tagged and priced. For more information call 579-4453.

• The last historical walking tour of the season takes place friday Nov. 30. Contact www.boyletours.com for complete information.

• Fifteenth annual general meeting of the Conseil scolaire francophone provincial de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador (CSFP) will be held on Friday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m., at the Centre scolaire et communautaire des Grands-Vents, situated at 65 Ridge Rd., St. John’s. At 6:30 p.m., the public is invited to visit the new classrooms of the Grands-Vents School. The 69th regular meeting of the CSFP will be at the same address on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to noon. Everybody is welcome. For more information 722-6324 or email conseil@csfp.nl.ca.

• La 15e Assemblée générale annuelle (AGA) du Conseil scolaire francophone provincial de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador (CSFP) aura lieu le vendredi 30 novembre 2012 à 19h00, au Centre scolaire et communautaire des Grands-Vents, 65 chemin Ridge, Saint-Jean. L’AGA sera précédée, à 18 h 30, d’une visite des nouvelles salles de classe de l’École des Grands-Vents. La  69e Réunion régulière du CSFP aura lieu au même endroit le samedi 1er décembre, de 9h00 à 12h00. Bienvenue à tous. Info: 709-722-6324, conseil@csfp.nl.ca.

• St. John’s Public Libraries are hosting a Seniors’ Appreciation Tea at the A.C. Hunter Library in the Arts and Culture Centre on Friday, Nov. 30 from 2-4 p.m. Special guest will be Myrle Vokey.

Saturday, December 1

• Wesley United Church Women, Patrick Street, will hold “Breakfast with Santa” and a mini bake sale on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 9 a.m. Pancakes, sausages, bacon, toast, juice, tea or coffee will be served. Tickets $8/adults, $4/children are available by calling 782-1689 or 579-3682.

• Mount Pearl Lions Club Santa Claus Parade on Dec. 1 starting at 10 a.m. Parade route, starting from Mount Pearl Intermediate School traveling along Ruth Avenue and Park Avenue — finishing at Mount Pearl Square on Topsail Road. Along the route, food items can be donated to the St. Vincent de Paul Society’s local food bank, and loonies can be donated to the Community Food Sharing Bank. For more information contact Gerald Coombs of the Mount Pearl Lions Club at 368-6186.

• A turkey/ham raffle sponsored by Mary Queen of Peace Knights of Columbus  will be held on Dec. 1 in the basement of Mary Queen of Peace Church from 1-4 p.m. Please use the entrance to the right of the Church.

• Gower Street United Church Women will be hosting their annual fall afternoon tea and sale on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 2:30 p.m.Tickets are $5 at the door.

• St. John the Evangelist church will be holding their Christmas Holly Tea on Saturday, Dec. 1  from 2:30-4 p.m. in the Parish Hall on Rectory Road, Topsail. An afternoon of food, fun and fellowship, with a silent auction, entertainment and prizes.  Tickets at $10 per person will be available Nov. 20. For information please call Shirley at 368-9504.

• Clarke’s Beach United church annual afternoon tea, craft and bake sale on sat. Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. Entertainment by New Found sound. Come enjoy a great afternoon. All are welcome.

 • The Town of Conception Bay South will be hosting the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 1 at 4 p.m. (will go ahead on Dec. 2 at the same time in case of bad weather, weather permitting) at the Town Hall, Conception Bay South. There will be free hot chocolate, treats for the kids and musical entertainment. Also, at this year’s ceremony, the Town of Conception Bay South will honor another veteran as part of the Community and Family Covenant. Santa Claus will arrive just in time to help lead the crowd in a countdown to light up the tree. Non-perishable food items will be collected for the C.B.S./Paradise Food Bank. During this event, we are encouraging residents to bring along their own mug to have filled with hot chocolate in an effort to keep the event environmentally friendly.

• Giving back at The Suncor Energy Fluvarium on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. from Dec. 1-16. In this season of friends and family, how can we show that we care while respecting the Earth?  Families will discover ways to make their gift giving more green and how we can give back to the Earth during the holidays. This Fluvarium Kids program is family fun and usually includes an outdoor component, game, story and craft.

• City of Mount Pearl Christmas tree lighting ceremony takes place Saturday, Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m. at Centennial Park next to Mount Pearl City Hall. Come along and join members of Council as we celebrate the beginning of the festive season. Mary Queen of the World Elementary School Choir and the O’Donel High Choir will lead us in the singing of our favorite Christmas carols, hot chocolate and cookies will be available. Remember to dress warm. For further information, please call the Community Services Department at 748-1008.

• The Southern Shore Folk Arts Council will be hosting “Tis the Season — Christmas Dinner and Dance” scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Regional Arts Centre, Ferryland. Hot meal served with dinner show by Jackie Sullivan and dance to follow with Ronnie and Johnny. Tickets are $30 each and must be purchased in advance. Tickets available at: Riverside Restaurant, Cape Broyle Ultramar, Ferryland Convenience, Ferryland Foodland, Regional Arts Centre or by calling the Southern Shore Folk Arts Council office at 432-2052. Special Group rates available by calling the SSFAC office.

Sunday,  December 2

• The Whitbourne Lions Club is hosting its monthly Sunday afternoon of fun and fabulous old-time country music on Dec. 2 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 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 Co-ordinator at 1-888-753-6520 ext. 231 or visit www.cancer.ca/nl.

• St. Michael and All Angels Annual Advent Service of Lessons and Carols will take place on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Thomas’ Anglican Church. A free-will offering to support choral scholarships will be gratefully received.

• The Basilica Choir presents the 16th annual Advent Festival of Carols and Scripture. This is a wonderful opportunity to kickoff the Christmas season in its true spirit, with scripture and songs for all faiths. The 16th annual Advent Festival of Carols and Scripture will take place Sunday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the Basilica Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. There is no admission but a free-will donation is graciously accepted.

Monday, December 3

• International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Dec. 3 — “Removing Barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all.” Come join our open house celebration at The Independent Living Resource Centre, at 4 Escasoni Place from 2-4 p.m.

Tuesday, December 4

• Cemetery Workshop — Tuesday, Dec. 4 at the Johnson Geo Centre Celestial Gallery from 1-5 p.m. Cemeteries throughout Newfoundland and Labrador are revered as special, sacred places. They occupy both emotional and physical space in our communities. Cemeteries are also expressions of our spiritual beliefs and cultural values, as well as rich repositories of genealogical and community history. This half-day workshop offered by the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador looks at the history, folklore and conservation of historic graveyards in the province, and will give opportunities for participants to ask questions of the experts. Moderator: Dale Jarvis, ICH Development Officer, Heritage Foundation of NL. To register, contact Lisa at: 1-888-739-1892 ext 3 or email lisa@heritagefoundation.ca.

• The Green Violin: My Life With No Ears on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at The Capital Hotel.  International Guest Speaker, Francis Smith. Overcoming adversity and removing barriers related to hearing loss, facial reconstructive surgeries, intensive speech therapy, bullying and discrimination. Two opportunities to attend: 2-3:30 p.m. or 7-8:30 p.m. Seating is Limited, please register in advance. Register online: http://conta.cc/RVAeXQ or by phone: 753-3224. Sponsored by the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association — Newfoundland and Labrador.

Thursday, December 6

• 10,000 Villages Fair Trade Gift Sale, a non-profit sale of handcrafted items from developing nations. This is a program of the Mennonite Central Committee, sponsored in St. John’s by the Mercy Centre for Ecology and Justice at Ten Thousand Villages at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Rd. Dec. 6 from 1-8:30 p.m., Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Dec. 8 from 10:30 a.m to 3 p.m.

Upcoming

• Family Friday night at the movies — featuring: “The Polar Express” on Dec. 7 at the Family Life Bureau. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and the movie will start at 6:30 p.m. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served.

 • Topsail United Church Men’s Club annual breakfast with Santa will take place on Dec. 8 from 8-11 a.m. With the usual good menu. Cost $7 adults, children under 12 are $3. Pictures with Santa, face painting and colouring for the children.  

• Breakfast with Santa at All Saints Parish Hall, C.B.S. from 8:30-11:30 a.m. on Dec. 8. Bring your own camera to have your picture taken with Santa.

• The members of the Mary Queen of Peace Scouting Community will host a food drive and toonies for turkeys collection for the St. John’s Foodsharing Association on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Mary Queen of Peace Gym, Torbay Road. Donations of non-perishable food items and toonies for turkey are welcomed and appreciated.

• The Autism Society of N.L. and Opera On the Avalon will host its third annual Old Fashioned Christmas Raffle benefiting both local charities. All proceeds from this event will go directly to ASNL and OOTA. The raffle will take place at the Avalon Mall Food Court on Dec. 8 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Dec. 9 from 12-5 p.m. Wheel Spin tickets will be $.50 per ticket for each spin on the wheel of chance. In addition to the wheel spin, there will also be other fabulous ways to win including two amazing ticket draws on a 42” TV, iPhone, Christmas food hampers, and Eric White decorated Christmas tree and much more.

Announcements

• Looking for new copies of Volumes 4 and 5 of the Encyclopaedia of Newfoundland and Labrador? The Canadian Federation of University Women is selling them for $20 each  (Two for $35). Check out our large selection of used books about Newfoundland and Labrador, too. Contact us at cfuwstjohns@gmail.com or call 570-7596 and leave a message.  

• Fourth annual Stuff-A-Sock campaign. Many individuals in our city and province are unable to provide the necessities that we often take for granted. To help organizations and individuals, we are inviting you to personally “stuff a sock.” Purchase a pair of warm socks, and stuff them with personal hygiene and care items. Socks can be dropped off on or before Dec. 5 to: United Way of Newfoundland and Labrador, 39 Pippy Place, Suite 1D. For more information on the Stuff-A-Sock campaign call 753-8288.

• Presbyterian Church in Newfoundland — Over 500 delicious recipes complied from the congregations — these are the best of the best. An excellent gift for any occasion. Only $15. Proceeds go towards Youth Ministry. Pick up your copy from the church office at St. Andrew’s (76 Queens Rd.) or St. David’s (98 Elizabeth Ave.).

• Wanted — females interested in forming an Aboriginal Women’s group in the St. John’s area. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Jo-Ann at 769-2289.

• 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.

• Taoist Tai Chi new beginners class starting Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. at the basement of Hindu Temple, Penny Lane. Call 579-5276.

Organizations: Knights Of Columbus, The Rooms, Health Sciences Centre Avalon Prostate Cancer Support Group

Geographic location: Clare Avenue, Military Road, St. Thomas Church Men

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