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Get your hoop on at Bishop Field School on Jan. 5 from 3-5 p.m. All are welcome to this free workshop that will introduce participants to the basics of hooping technique and to hooping for fitness. There will be an energetic warm-up followed by instruction on hooping and toning combos using body weight with and without the hoop. The class will end with a relaxing cool down and stretching with the hoop. Please wear fitted clothing and indoor sneakers. Bring your hoop and if you don’t have one there will be hoops on site. For more information email DanceNL info@dancenl.ca. — Photo by Thinkstock

Saturday, January 5

Old Christmas Day dance at Immaculate Conception Parish, Harbour Drive, Colliers on Jan. 5 at 10 p.m. Music by: Ron Rose. Tickets Only $6 each at the door. All welcome for a grand old time. For more information call 229-3858 or 229-6286.

Sunday, January 6

The Whitbourne Lions Club is hosting its monthly Sunday afternoon of fun and fabulous old-time country music on Jan. 6 at the Lions Club in Whitbourne. The doors open at 1 p.m. and the excitement starts at 2 p.m. Celebrate Old Christmas Day with 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.

Tuesday, January 8

The January 2013 meeting of the Avalon Prostate Cancer Support Group will be held at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at the Elk’s Club on Carpasian Road. The speaker will be Rev. Dr. Peter Barnes, Regional Bereavement Coordinator, Palliative Care at Eastern Health. The topic will be understanding loss, grief and bereavement.

Tuesday, January 15

A free bereavement session for people who have lost a loved one is being held on Tuesday, Jan. 15 from 7-9 p.m. at the Miller Centre. No registration is required. For further information call Lisa Higgins at 777-8972.

General Lisings

Saturday, January 5

• “Life Goes On” at The Suncor Energy Fluvarium on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. from Jan. 5-27. Join us to help prove that there are still lots of animals active and awake all winter long. Once we know which animals are still near the stream, we can find ways to help make the winter months a little easier for them. Please bring a clean milk carton or food-grade plastic bottle per child.

Monday, January 7

• St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church Women will be holding an Old Christmas Day card game. It will be held at Topsail Anglican Parish Hall on Monday, Jan. 7 at 8 p.m. A lunch is included with a visit from the mummers to liven things up a bit. The cost is $5 per person.

Tuesday, January 8

• Healthy Relationships and Healthy Communication, with Helen Martinez and Labyrinth, a walking meditation, with Donna Burt from 7-9 p.m. on Jan. 8 at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Rd. Please call 753-8760 or email information@thelantern.nf.net to register.

• The Canadian Federation of University Women invites you to attend their next meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 8. The guest speaker will be Helenna Butler speaking on Shaki Yoga and Fitness. We meet at 7:30 p.m. in room 4065 in the Alexander Murray Building at MUN.

Wednesday, January 9

• The next Wessex Society Lecture will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 8 p.m. at the Marine Institute, Ridge Road. The speaker is Folklorist, Dale Jarvis, who will speak on the topic “Wessex Superstitions.” All are welcome.

Upcoming

• Taoist Tai Chi open house on Jan. 12 from 10 a.m. to noon in the basement of Hindu Temple, Penny Lane. Beginners classes starting in January in St. John’s and Mt.Pearl, Topsail and Holyrood. Phone 579-5276 for more information.

• T’ai Chi Chih Joy thru movement eight-week daytime and evening classes Monday thru Wednesday for new and returning students. Beginning the week of Jan. 14 at Mews and Wedgewood Centres and the week of Jan. 21 at The Lantern and in Mount Pearl. With 20 gentle, easy  moves that promote greater vitality and health in body/mind/spirit.  For all ages. Can also be done seated. Simply come along and register at the first class. For further details please contact Sheila at 579-7863/727-7863 or sheilaleonard@nf.sympatico.ca or visit www.taichichihnl.ca.

• Coastal Sounds C.B.S. community choir, rehearsals will commence on Jan. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Admiral’s Coast Retirement Centre, Upper Gullies. New members are most welcome. Please visit our website at www.coastalsounds.ca and like our Facebook page.

• The St. Andrews Society of Newfoundland and Labrador is celebrating the revered Scottish poet Robert Burns on Jan. 19 at the Pleasantville Royal Canadian Legion Branch 56 on The Boulevard at 7 p.m. Come enjoy haggis, pipe music from the City of St. John’s Pipe Band, dancing with the Royal Scottish Dance Society — St. John’s Branch and of course a selection of Burn’s poems. Close out the evening with ceilidh dancing with Corryvrekan. Tickets are $50 each. Contact David at 579-6114 or dallison@nl.rogers.com for tickets.

• Kick off the new year as 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 Jan. 20 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.

 • Family Life Bureau self-empowerment group (eight weeks) starting on Jan. 22 from 7-9:30 p.m. This course will help you learn when to say yes and when to say no, to take control of your life. A simple concept that can change your life. For more information or to register, visit www.rcsj.org for online registration or call Sr. Loretta Walsh, Director at 579-0168, or email: flb@nf.aibn.com.

• Family Life Bureau separation and divorce (eight weeks) — separation and divorce hurts. Learn how to deal with the pain of the past and look forward to rebuilding your life. Topics include facing your anger, depression and loneliness, forgiveness, moving on etc. as well as Mindfulness (six weeks). Mindfulness practice brings us back to the here and now and helps us to not get caught up in the story lines in our head about the past and future. Courses start on Jan. 23 from 7-9:30 p.m. For more information or to register visit www.rcsj.org for online registration or call Sr. Loretta Walsh, Director at 579-0168, or email: flb@nf.aibn.com.

• New Chow Qigong (Chee-gong) eight-week daytime and evening classes on Thursdays starting Jan. 24 at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Rd., in St. John’s. Combining western practices and traditional Chinese medicine to help facilitate the flow and balance of our body’s natural vital energy for greater vitality and health in body/mind/spirit. For all ages and abilities. Simply come along and register at the first class. For further details please contact Sheila at 579-7863/727-7863 or sheilaleonard@nf.sympatico.ca or visit www.taichichihnl.ca and browse Chow Qigong menu link.

• Family Life Bureau anger management for men (six weeks). Do you have difficulty containing your anger in everyday life? Topics include: the role of anger, beliefs that fuel anger, connections: thought/behaviour, stress reduction techniques, etc. Course starts on Jan. 24 from 12-2 p.m. For more information or to register visit www.rcsj.org for online registration or call Sr. Loretta Walsh, Director at 579-0168, or email, flb@nf.aibn.com.

• Family Life Bureau parenting teens course: (seven weeks). This course is designed to prepare parents for helping their children (ages 11-18) grow into the persons they were destined to become. How can we meet our children’s deepest needs? How and where do we set the boundaries? How can we pass on our values to our children? Course starts on Jan. 24 from 7-9:30 p.m. For more information or to register visit www.rcsj.org for online registration or call Sr. Loretta Walsh, Director at 579-0168, or email: flb@nf.aibn.com.

• The 25th annual Arctic char dinner sponsored by the Church of the Good Shepherd will be held Jan. 26 at the Reid Community Centre in Mount Pearl. For the low price of $25 per ticket you can enjoy an Arctic char dinner, a silent auction and dance. Tickets will be available after Dec. 3 by calling the church office at 747-1022 or by email cotgs@nf.aibn.com.

• T’ai Chi Chih joy thru movement eight-hour weekend course for new and returning students. Friday evening and Saturday, Feb. 8, 9 at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Rd., in St. John’s. With 20 gentle, easy moves that promote greater vitality and health in body/mind/spirit. For all ages. Can also be done seated. Please pre-register by the Thursday before. For further details please contact  Sheila at 579-7863/727-7863 or sheilaleonard@nf.sympatico.ca. or visit www.taichichihnl.ca.

Announcements

• French classes winter 2013. This winter, the ACFSJ will offer French courses at all levels. For more information or to sign up, visit our website: www.acfsj.ca/education or call us at 726-4900.

• Are you wondering how to make good use of social media to promote your work or your arts-related business? 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 hosted by the Association for the Arts in Mount Pearl. Register by emailing info@aamp.ca or calling 765-9383. For more information visit www.aamp.ca.

• Historic maps of the Outer Battery, a calendar for 2013 put together by the Outer Battery Neighbourhood Association contains a colourful selection of historic maps showing what was happening at the Battery over the past four centuries. The 2013 calendar contains unique maps of handline grounds, cod trap berths, sunkers and fortifications dating from 1675 to the present. Copies are available for $10 each at Belbin’s Grocery, 85 Quidi Vidi Rd. and Blue Moon Pottery, 17 Outer Battery Rd.  

• 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.  

• 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.).

• The Latin mass is offered every Sunday at 5:15 p.m. at St. Pius X Catholic Church on Smithville Crescent (next door to St. Patrick’s Mercy Home on Elizabeth Avenue) in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Latin-English translations provided. In your quest for the spiritual, discover the ancient silent regeneration of the mass. Sponsored by Una Voce. For information visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqvYjwTr8C0 or call 722-4842.

• Community relaxation yoga, fun cardio and strengthening classes at Church of Ascension in Mount Pearl. For more information please call Rita at 682-7671 or see www.relaxationyoga.ca.

• 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 at www.wiseprograms.com/apply.htm. For more information call 739-1375 (St. John’s), 256-8070 (Gander), and 596-3311 in Carbonear.

• Since 1997 The Community Sector Council of Newfoundland and Labrador, which is a non-profit social planning agency, has been helping citizens with their applications for income support (social assistance), with completing appeals, that is, if they are dissatisfied with a decision of Government, and we also assist citizens in navigating through all the various income support programs. Need help in applying for income support, deciding which income security program to apply to, searching policy or preparing appeals? Call the Community Sector Council at 753-9860.

• 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.

• Family Life Bureau special events 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.

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

• Association communautaire francophone de Saint-Jean Centre scolaire et communautaire des Grands-Vents. Bowling every Thursday from 6-8 p.m. Badminton every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Free internet access open Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For more info: 726-4900, www.acfsj.ca.

• Torbay New Horizons computer classes are offered free to male and female seniors/50+. Classes taught on a one on one basis, at your own pace. To register or for further information for fall and winter classes please call Mary at 437-6314. Classes take place at the Kinsmen Community Centre, Bauline Line, Torbay.

• Resource Centre for the Arts is sharing the exciting details of our 2012-13 season, which will bring something borrowed, something new and some old hands to banish the winter blues. Subscribe to our newsletter and be the first to know what’s on at The Hall: operations@rca.nf.ca. Buy tickets www.rca.nf.ca or call 753-4531, ext 200.

• 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.

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