Today 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 has been bringing music to thousands. Come share the love of music with these veterans, legion members and other dedicated individuals.
Friday, December 7
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.
Saturday, December 8
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.
Sunday, November 9
The Gathering Place is having a Christmas brunch and bake sale on Sunday, Dec. 9 from 12-1:30 p.m. Brunch will be served at the Knights of Columbus on St. Clare Ave. Tickets are $10 and must be purchased in advance. Tickets are available at The Lantern on 35 Barnes Rd., between Monday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All proceeds in support of The Gathering Place.
Monday, December 10
Christmas pet food and donation drive from Dec. 10-22 at Heavenly Creatures’ (HC) new Office, 3 Cashin Ave., St. John’s (we’re in a grey strip mall like building that borders on Mundy Pond Road — the entrance to our parking lot is on Mundy Pond Road. During the weekdays of this drive we’ll be at our office from 6-9 p.m. The weekend of Dec. 15-16, and Saturday, Dec. 22, we’ll be there from 12-7 p.m. Our annual pet food and donation drive is a chance for HC supporters to pop by for a visit. Feel free to bring your dog with you if you have one. Please make a Christmas donation of money or pet supplies to help us help those who cannot help themselves.
Tuesday, December 11
The Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador is celebrating 25 years of contributing to the literary arts of the province with a special Christmas party on Tuesday, Dec. 11 starting at 7 p.m., at The Ship Pub in St. John’s. Come as a contestant, come for the readings, come and party. Admission is free, and everyone is welcome. For more information, contact the Writers’ Alliance at wanl.ca or call 739-5215.
Wednesday, December 12
Coastal Sounds C.B.S. Community Choir annual holiday concert will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Thomas of Villa Nova Parish Manuels. Tickets are $10 from a choir member or at the door. Children 12 and under are free. Donations for the C.B.S. Food Bank will be accepted. Reception to follow. All are welcome. Please visit our website at www.coastalsounds.ca.
Thursday December 13
Champagne Christmas on Dec. 13 at 3 p.m. at Kenny’s Pond Retirement Residence, 135 MacDonald Dr. Join us for an extravagant afternoon filled with champagne, hors d’oeuvres, sweets and pleasant-sounding harp music by Deborah Clarke and Len Penton.
Today, 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 & 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.
• Come and have your Christmas at The Rooms on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 2:30 p.m. Visiting with friends and neighbours during the Christmas season has long been a tradition in Newfoundland and Labrador. In some communities this meant having your Christmas and included a chat, some treats and of course seeing the tree. Come in and share special memories of Christmas’ past — bring along your own special Christmas tree ornament to show and share.
• A Christmas Raffle will be held at the Orange Hall in Cupids on Dec. 6 , at 7:30 p.m. Great prizes, and a fun event. One night only, come and bring a friend. All funds go to charity.
Friday, December 7
• Do you struggle with promoting your work via social media? Do you know what to include on your Facebook page, your twitter feed or your website to attract your customers? Let Marketing Consultant Seamus Heffernan show you how to make the most of your social media at this free workshop on Dec. 10 from 7:30-9 p.m. at the Mount Pearl City Hall, hosted by the Association for the Arts in Mount Pearl. Register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 765-9383.
Saturday, December 8
• Topsail United Church Men’s Club annual breakfast with Santa will take place on Dec. 8 from 8-11 a.m. The usual good menu will be served. Cost $7 adults, children under 12, $3. Pictures with Santa, face painting and colouring for the children are available.
• 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.
• Back by popular demand, it’s Heavenly Creatures’ annual Pet Pictures With Santa event on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 12-8 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 9 from 1-8:30 p.m. at St. Theresa’s Church, 120 Mundy Pond Rd. The cost is $20 for two 5x7s of your pet; additional pets are only $10. Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are welcome. Any type of pet is allowed to attend — dogs, cat and exotics. To make an appointment, please call us at 739-0077, or email us at email@example.com.
• Tuba Noel is a gathering and celebration of Newfoundland’s tuba and euphonium players, and takes the form of a benefit Christmas concert. On Dec. 8 players will arrive at Memorial University’s School of Music at 10 a.m. to prepare for the day’s events. The concert, conducted by Karen Bulmer, Low Brass Professor at the School of Music, begins at 2 p.m. outside Scotia Centre on Water Street, St. John’s. This year, Tuba Noel will be in benefit of the Lung Association of Newfoundland and Labrador. For more information contact event coordinator Tony Taylor at 770-5624 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.mun.ca/music/tubanoel.
Sunday, December 9
• A magical Christmas event in a lovely, historical, B&B. “At Wit’s Inn,” Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 3 Gower St. Crafts, baked goods, prints and paintings, whimsical items for both children and adults, lotions and creams, jewelry and much more. All items locally crafted and hand produced. Bring your Christmas spirit and join us for a warm drink in a beautiful setting. E mail email@example.com with any questions or check us out on Facebook.
• Pocket Mummers at The Rooms on Dec. 9 from 2-4 p.m. Learn how to turn a handkerchief into a mini-pocket mummer, and then rig it up with all the mini-mummer gear: ugly sticks, silly tricks and even a mini hobby horse. They may be mini, but it’ll be major fun.
• The C.B.S. Local Foster Families Association will be holding a Childrens Christmas Party on Dec. 9 from 2-4 p.m. Please email Tina at firstname.lastname@example.org with the name and age of your children attending or call 744-2848. The next monthly meeting of the C.B.S. Local will be on Dec. 19 from 7-8:30 p.m. Would be great to see our Foster Parents at this meeting.
• The Sights Before Christmas at The Rooms on Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. “The Sights Before Christmas” explores the fantasy world of Barnaby Doyle, a young child who is determined to stay awake all night so he won’t miss one second of Christmas magic. When he finally drifts into a deep sleep, mummers come in and bring their own enchantment to the stage. Written and performed by Beni Malone, “The Sights Before Christmas” is a thrilling romp that celebrates a child’s wonder in the magic of Christmas. Tickets are just $5 and free for Rooms members.
• St. John’s Choir, under the direction of Maria Conkey, will be holding its annual Christmas Concert on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church, Craigmillar Avenue. Tickets are $15 with free admission to Children 12 and under and are available at the door. Donations of non-perishable food items for Bridges to Hope will be gratefully accepted.
• Holy Heart of Mary Alumnae Choir, directed by Dr. Valerie Long, and the Seniors Resource Centre present a free Christmas concert for Seniors and guests at The Kirk on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. Special guests Les Ms. A food bank donation would be appreciated.
• Come join us for the second annual Christmas Bells in Bannerman Park on Dec. 9 at 3:30 p.m. Ring in the season with a community carol sing-a-long. Hosted by Mary Walsh, with performances by Bishop Field School Choir, Stella Burry Inclusion Choir and Terry Reilly. Hot chocolate and apple cider will be provided. Bring your bells to make a joyful noise and remember a non-perishable item for the food bank.
• The Compassionate Friends invites all bereaved parents, family members and friends to join us in remembering our children at our annual candlelight memorial gathering on Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m. in room 2J619, (near Pastoral Care) at The Health Sciences Centre. We will participate with bereaved parents in every time zone around the world to light candles of remembrance honoring our children who have died. As candles go out in one time zone, they will be lit in the next, creating a wave of light that encircles the globe. You are invited to bring a picture of your child for our “Children Remembered” table. A special part of the evening is sharing and socializing. For Information call Diana: 753-3530.
• Cowan Heights United Church are having a community tree lighting on Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. (whatever the weather). This year we are excited to have Cowan Heights School Jump-Its join us and perform for us. Come and join us for this special Christmas event for carol singing and refreshments.
• Wesley United Church will hold their service and readings on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. All are welcome. If you would also like to light a bulb on the Tree of Memories, placed in the sanctuary, in memory of a loved one you can pick up a form at the Church office (579-3682).
Monday, December 10
• La Leche League Canada — St. John’s Breastfeeding Support Group meeting on nutrition and weaning on Dec. 10 at 7 p.m., at the Sobeys Community Room (Torbay Road and Highland Drive). For more information call Jane at 722-5815 or Jan at 739-9368.
Tuesday, December 11
• St. Lawrence Men’s Group will be hosting a card game at St. Lawrence Parish Hall Portugal Cove, Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. Bring your own cards, lunch will be provided. Admission is $5.
• Reverend Burrows, Eric White, and team are hosting A Christmas for Giving in support of those affected by Hurricane Sandy. All proceeds raised will be given to Hurricane Sandy victims to help share the joy of Christmas. A Christmas for Giving will take place Tuesday, Dec. 11 at the C.L.B. Armoury, St. John’s. The gala includes a three-course dinner, silent auction, live auction and performances by various local artists. Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased at the following several locations including Parish of the Ascension, Mount Pearl; House to Home, Mount Pearl; Johnny Ruth, Downtown St. John’s; and Living Rooms, Churchill Square.
Wednesday, December 12
• The Catholic Women’s League will be hosting this year’s Advent Spiritual Celebration and Dinner on Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. in the St. Pius X Parish Hall. The evening will include a spiritual program, catered hot turkey dinner with all the trimmings, wine, prizes and music to follow. Cost of tickets will be $22 per person. This event is open to all parishioners, families and friends from other parishes. As part of the parish’s 50th anniversary celebrations, we are hoping that many of our present and past parishioners can attend. Tickets are available by contacting the parish office at 754-0170.
• The Knights of Columbus will hold a Vigil at 11 p.m. on Dec. 12 at the K of C Monument, Harvey Road, in memory of the 99 members of the Armed Forces and civilians lost in the K of C Hostel fire on Dec. 12, 1942. All are welcome. This year is the 70th anniversary of the fire.
• The next Wessex Society Lecture will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 8 p.m. at the Marine Institute, Ridge Road. Historian Dr. Patrick O’Flaherty will speak on the topic: “Aspects of the Newfoundland National Convention.” The lecture will be followed by a Christmas carol sing-a-long with Myrle Vokey. All are welcome.
• Engaging evening at The Rooms on Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. How do you mummer anyway? A public forum with mummers. We know what mummers look and sound like, but there’s much more to it than dressing up and dancing around like a happy fool. Want to learn some tricks of the trade? We’ve invited a group of seasoned mummers to answer all the vital questions. Like, what is the best way to disguise yourself? To knock or not knock? And how do you go to the bathroom in a costume like that? Hear about the many aspects of a mummer’s night out. Offered in collaboration with the Mummers Festival
Thursday, December 13
• The Town of Conception Bay South and its Youth Advisory Council will be hosting a Seniors Christmas Social on Thursday, Dec. 13 from 2-4 p.m. at Worsley Park. There will be refreshments and musical entertainment by Blacky O’Leary. This event is free for everyone. We hope to see you there. If you require further information, please contact the Recreation and Leisure Services Department at 834-6534.
• Up close and personal with “The Man In The Red Suit” on Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. at the LSPU Hall, 3 Victoria St. Join Artistic Animateur Amy House as she interviews Bruce Templeton, author of the recent Globe and Mail bestseller “The Man in the Red Suit: A Memoir” (Creative Book Publishing). Templeton is a local St. John’s businessman who has spent the better part of the past three decades assisting Santa Claus by visiting schools, hospitals, even riding in the annual Downtown Christmas parade. Through the years he has collected hundreds of stories and questions during more than 1,000 visits — some of them curious, some happy and some heartbreaking. As Bruce says “it’s your presence, not presents that count.” Reception with champagne and tapas to follow. Please note: This special appearance is for adults only. Tickets are $35. To purchase tickets, please go to www.rca.nf.ca or call 753-4531 ext. 200.
• The annual Christmas candlelight service of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 30 Aldershot St., will be held on Friday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. Everyone is cordially invited. No admission. A festive treat will be served following the service.
• Mummers Parade Concert and Jam on Dec. 15 at 3 p.m. at The Rooms. Following the fourth annual St. John’s Mummers Parade, join us for a rousing time with some traditional music, dancing and treats. (Alternate weather date is Sunday, Dec. 16). The Mummers Parade Concert and Jam is offered in collaboration with the Mummers Festival
• Powers Court open-mike show at St. Thomas Of Villanova Parish Hall in Manuels on Dec. 15 at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Come along and enjoy the festive music and great company. For more information call Frank 834-8196 or Ian at 834-3544.
• Positive Thinkers monthly breakfast at the Hotel Mount Pearl on Dec. 15 from 9-11 a.m. Christmas party to follow the breakfast. Cost: $15 members/$18 non-members (cash/cheque). To book your seat email Positive Thinkers Club at positivethinkersclub.ca.
• Monthly French Mass on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 1 p.m, Basilica Marian Chapel. Access may be gained through the Basilica driveway (off Bonaventure Avenue — across from The Rooms). For details, please contact Celia at email@example.com or 763-5757. Please note that French mass is celebrated every third Sunday of each month same time, same venue.
• Due to unforseen circumstances all technology classes being held at the A.C. Hunter Library will be cancelled in December.
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 570-7596 and leave a message.
• Scottish country dance classes on Monday evenings ongoing 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.
• Canadian Blood Services is launching a special social media campaign for the 2012 holiday season. Visitors to blood donor clinics across Newfoundland will be able to dedicate a holiday miracle to someone special in their lives. With a traditional holiday card, as well as a Facebook holiday message, donors can honour someone on their holiday list with a unique gift. Canadian Blood Services knows that the holiday season is a challenging time for everyone. Trying to fit everything, including a blood donation, into the holidays can take a special effort. Making it possible to dedicate a holiday miracle is just our way of saying thank you to visitors to the clinic this holiday season.
• 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.).
• Are you a woman who is ready for a change? Do you want to make some serious career decisions while having fun and making new friends? WISE Career & Employment Services will be offering a free nine-week career planning program in January. Program includes self-assessment, occupational research and personal development. For more information regarding specific dates call WISE today at the location nearest you, or apply online. www.wiseprograms.com/apply.htm. For more information call 739-1375 (St. John’s), 256-8070 (Gander) and 596-3311 in Carbonear.