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The Autism Society of N.L., South and Central Chapter is proud to bring photo's with the Easter Bunny for the third straight year to the Exploits Valley Mall. We will be in the mall on March 14-15 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. and finishing March 16 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. All proceeds go directly to help families in the South and Central Region of the province who are affected by autism. - Thinkstock photo

Today, March 14

Wesley United Church will host a soup luncheon with a social to follow on Thursday, March 14 starting at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be obtained by contacting Marvin Barnes (579-7900); Pheobe Sheppard (782-1689); Walter Young (364-7440); or the Church Office (579-3682).

Friday, March 15

Come join Sci-Fi on the Rock for our fundraiser The Trouble with Tribbles. We will be putting on a live dramatic reading of Star Trek's famous comedic episode, The Trouble with Tribbles. In addition to the reading there will be other fun events and surprises. Who knows you might even be able to enjoy a glass of Romulan Ale. Show dates are March 15/16 at Beaconsfield Jr. High, 210 Waterford Bridge Rd. Doors open at 7 p.m. Curtain 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and will be sold at the door. For more info on the upcoming convention please go to scifiontherock.com.

Saturday, March 16

The Vestry of St. John the Evangelist Church, of Coley's Point will be having a Paddy's Day Breakfast at St. John the Evangelist Church Hall in Coley's Point, on March 16 from 8-11 a.m. On the menu, we have, eggs, rise 'n' fries, toutons, baked beans, and lots more. Everybody come out and help us celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

Sunday, March 17

Studio5, a group of five artists from Conception Bay South are currently producing their Third Annual Art Exhibition in Conception Bay South. Shelley Blundon, Velma Dalton Boudreau, Tessa Crosbie, Glenda Bartlett and Joanne Stone regularly work together to promote and encourage artists in this area. This year, 20 artists will be featured at Worsley Park on March 17 from 12-6 p.m. Admission is free.

Monday, March 18

The Dream Gala will take place on March 23 at the C.L.B. Armoury, St. John's. The event will celebrate the children we have worked with over the last five years, and also honour the late Dr. Jack Hand. The Dream Gala will co-headline Kim Stockwood and Shawn Silver. Dinner music provided by Frequency Jazz Collective. Tickets are $60 and include a stuffed chicken breast dinner. Must be 19+. Tickets are available now at the C.L.B., online at www.dreambuzz.ca, or by calling 277-5177. Purchase tickets by March 18.

Tuesday, March 19

Knights of Columbus, Council 7405, will hold their regular monthly meeting on March 19 in the meeting room of Mary Queen of Peace church on Torbay Road. Special rosary in the chapel begins at 7:30 p.m. followed by the meeting. All Brother Knights are reminded to bring their current membership card.

Wednesday, March 20

Scuba N.L. with Diving St. Pierre and Miquelon with Tony Merkle and Exploring the reefs of Cozumel and the Cenote caverns in Mexico with Neil Burgess on Wednesday, March 20 at 7 p.m. in the activity room at the A.C. Hunter Public Library, Arts and Culture Centre.

Thursday March 21

 Join Nature Newfoundland and Labrador for our annual general meeting. It will be held on March 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the MUN Science Building, room SN 2067. Everyone interested in Nature N.L. is invited. It is our tradition to quickly deal with the formal business so we can move onto the casual part of the AGM: our members' annual slide show. Please attend and bring along some of your favourite nature photos to share.

General listings

Today, March 14

° March Storytelling Circle hosted this month by Stella Mair Evans on March 14 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at The Crow's Nest Officers' Club, off Duckworth on the east side of the War Memorial. Admission is $3.

° Parade Masks with Heidi Wagner on March 14, 21 and 28 from 7-9:30 p.m. at The Anna Templeton Centre. Join textile artist Heidi Wagner for three evenings of papier-mâché mask making. Cost is $80 (all materials included!) Register today at the Anna Templeton Centre for this wonderfully unique creative opportunity.

Friday, March 15

° First United Church Women will host a stew supper on Friday, March 15 at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets may be purchased at our church office, 122 Park Ave., Mount Pearl or by calling 368-2194.

° Opening reception for Fieldwork & Elbow Rooms Residency Series: Philippa Jones at The Rooms on March 15 at 7:30 p.m.

° Alcoholic Anonymous spring convention with Al-Anon participation on March 15-17 at The Comfort Inn, 106 Airport Rd. Starts Friday at 8 p.m. Open to the public.

Saturday, March 16

° Gower Street United Church Women are holding their St. Patrick's Day morning coffee and sale on Saturday, March 16 from 10-11:30 a.m. Admission is $5. Tickets can be purchased at the door or from a member.

° Memorial University's department of history is holding an ongoing public lecture series - History Beyond the Documents: Material, Visual, and Oral Approaches on March 16 at 2 p.m. at the Rocket Room, 272 Water St. Presented by Dominique Brégent-Heald, Marica Cassis, Neil Kennedy and Lianne Leddy.

°Tuckamore "Hello Spring!" concert outside Diamond Design in Churchill Square on March 16 from 2-3 p.m.

° St. Mary's Anglican Church, Craigmillar Avenue, will be hosting a Let's All Be Irish night on March 16 at 6 p.m. Moose and beef stew will be served along with music, skits, dancing and entertainment by Flanigan's Pub Party. Tickets are $15 and are available by calling the church office at 579-0039. Please note this event is BYOB. Come along and bring a friend.

° Come Celebrate The Irish In You: The Emerald Ball in support of Children's Wish Foundation will be at The Sheraton Hotel, Fort William Ballroom on March 16 at 6 p.m. The Emerald Ball is our most prestigious event of the year and helps us grant five to seven wishes every year in Newfoundland & Labrador. Tickets are $175.00 (with $91.00 tax receipt.) Call 739-WISH(9474) to get your tickets today.

° Powers Court open mike show at St. Thomas Of Villanova Parish Hall in Manuels on March 16. Doors open at 7 p.m. and show starts at 8 p.m. Come along and celebrate St Patrick's Day with some great music. Stew will be served. For more information call Frank at 834-8196 or Ian at 834-3544.

° The Southern Shore Folk Arts Council will be hosting "Get Your Irish Up III" featuring The Harrington Brothers with special guests D'Arcy Broderick and Ron Kelly on Saturday, March 16 at the Regional Arts Centre, Ferryland. Tickets are available at the following locations: Ferryland Foodland, Ferryland Convenience, Cape Broyle Ultramar, Riverside Restaurant, O'Brien's Music Store or by calling the Folk Arts Council office at 432-2052.Tickets (19+) are $30 in advance and $35 at the door.

Sunday, March 17

° 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 March 17 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.

° The Newfoundland Writers Guild Workshop meets from 2-5 p.m. in the Community Room at Sobey's, Howley Estates on March 17. Visitors interested in exploring the many forms of writing, e.g. prose fiction, non-fiction and poetry, are welcome.

Monday, March 18

° Family Life Bureau - Self-Empowerment Women's Group (eight weeks) Based on Cloud and Townsend's DVD video series, "Safe People." Facilitator: Deidre Keating from 7-9:30 p.m. For more information or to register - http://rcsj.org/content/line-registration-form for on line registration, call Sister Loretta at 579-0168 or email flb@nf.aibn.com.

Wednesday, March 20

° Spring Equinox, "Celebration of Divine Mystery and Miracle", with Presentation Sisters Retreat Team, Wednesday, 7:30-9:30 p.m. on March 20, at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Rd. Pre-register by phone at 753-8760 or by email at information@thelantern.nf.net.

° How to Know About Oil - The Cultural Politics. The department of English at Memorial University presents Dr. Imre Szeman, Canada Research Chair at the University of Alberta, discussing the cultural politics of oil on Wednesday, March 20 in the Bruneau Centre's lecture theatre, IIC 2101 at 7:30 p.m.

° Royal Astronomical Society of Canada St. John's Centre Monthly meeting on March 20 at 8 p.m. at Memorial University Chemistry/Physics Room C-2045. Free parking available in Lot 5 at rear of the Building. The public is welcome. Details at www.stjohnsrasc.ca.

Thursday, March 21

° Taking a stand against racism at Memorial. To mark the International day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Memorial University's Aboriginal Resource Office is partnering with several on- and off-campus groups to present United We Stand on March 21. Designed to highlight cultural diversity and awareness, United We Stand will take place on the third floor of the University Centre from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature a variety of presentations and activities from the Memorial community and beyond. All are welcome to attend and more information can be found at www.mun.ca/aro/about/UnitedWeStand.php.

Upcoming

° Topsail United church men's club breakfast with the Easter Bunny will be held on March 23 from 8-11 a.m. Usual good menu. Cost is $7 for adults, $3 for children under 12. Face painting and colouring for the children. Pictures with the Easter Bunny. All are welcome.

° MWONL invites you to celebrate Multiculturalism Week, 201 with a Cultural and Social Festival, showcasing various ethnic cultures at St. David's Church, 98 Elizabeth Ave, on Saturday, March 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come with family and friends to enjoy many delicious dishes from Canada, Hungary, India, Pakistan, Russia and entertainment with folk dances, music, exotic handicrafts and lots of fun. Tickets $3 (children 12 and under free.) For more information contact 726 0321 or email kaberi.debnath@gmail.com.

° The Ladies of the Sabre Easter afternoon tea will be held at the St. John's Shrine Club on Topsail Road on March 23 at 2 p.m. Admission is $10. Usual spins on baskets and prizes for the best Easter hat. For tickets please call Sylvia Downey at 368-0696.

° St. James United Church Women spring sale and afternoon tea baked goods and variety stalls on Saturday, March 23 from 2-4 p.m. Tickets are $5 and are available at the door or from any UCW member.

° The Christina Parker Gallery will host a Fancy Cocktail Party and Art Auction Fundraiser to assist the Terra Nova Art Foundation on March 23 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets $150. Live Art Auction at 8:30 p.m. with Chris O'Dea. Silent Auction, live Jazz, door prizes of original artworks by Will Gill and Peter Wilkins. Please contact the gallery to reserve tickets.

° Bluegrass and Old-time country music jam session at the Bay Roberts Lions Club on March 24 at 2 p.m. Come by and hear some great songs and music performed by great musicians. Doors open at 1 p.m.

° MUN School of Music presents "Thank you Dr. Dunsmore" on March 24 at 3 p.m. at Gower Street United Church. Douglas Dunsmore, MUN's beloved director of choirs is retiring after over 30 years of making choral magic in Newfoundland and Labrador. Join us for a grand finale tribute concert featuring the MUN Festival and Chamber Choirs singing some of Doug's favorite works, including music by Rutter, Willan, Thompson, Watson Henderson and others. Rumour has it that there will be a sizeable contingent of alumni to perform a few of the special signature works from past celebrations. Tickets available at the door: adults - $15, seniors and students - $10.

° Belize Mission Dance at St. Peter's Parish Hall, Upper Gullies on March 24. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Music by The Flankers. Cost is $12. A group of men are travelling to Belize to assist in the construction of a new worship centre. Please come out and support us, while you have an evening of fun.

° N.L. Moves is a monthly workshop series by DanceNL designed to expose the general public to many different dance genres while promoting wellness and physical activity. N.L. Moves workshops are led by DanceNL members and highlight some of the amazing work and skills of the dancers and movers of the province. N.L. Moves sessions are happening every month throughout Newfoundland until May, 2013 and all workshops are 100 per cent free. Introduction to Tango on March 24 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Arts and Culture Centre, Third Floor Gallery. Also coming up in April Butoh Inspired Movement on April 7 from 6-8 p.m. at Vanda Maunder Dance Studio, 59 Farm Rd., Brigus. Using vocabulary drawn from the modern Japanese dance form Butoh, students will explore what it means to be present in the body.

° St. John's Guild of Embroiderers welcome all first-time visitors and members to embroider in the spring, at our March meeting on March 26 at Corpus Christi Hall, 260 Waterford Bridge Rd. at 7:30 p.m.

° Topsail United Church annual fish cake luncheon will take place on March 29 at 11:30 a.m. Menu of baked beans, fish cakes, molasses raisin bread and dessert, tea/coffee. Adults $12. To reserve, please call Gillian at 781-1562 or the church office at 834-4567. No tickets at the door.

° Cat Concerns is hosting a flea market on Saturday, March 30 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion, Water Street, Bay Roberts. Admission is $1.

° Join us Saturday, March 30 between 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for Easter excitement at the Suncor Energy Fluvarium. There will be "baskets" of fun family activities such as Easter egg crafts, egg games, face painting, Easter egg hunt and more. Remember to bring a camera to have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny who will be appearing on the hour. Cost of the event is $5 per person (children 2 and under are free.)

° The Alzheimer Society will be relocating their office on April 1 and we are seeking the generosity of volunteers to help with our new location. The new space requires flooring, paint and plastering and we are seeking your generosity in donations of flooring for 1,000 square feet, paint and accessories. Your generosity will help us continue our mission to help those who rely upon our programs and services. Your support would be very welcomed.

° Fluvarium's Nature Connections Spring Camp - April 2, 3, 4 and 5, for kids in Grades 2-5. Make lots of fun new connections to the Freshwater Habitats around the Suncor Energy Fluvarium. Nature Connections Spring Camp is the perfect choice for the budding naturalist or animal lover. With small group sizes (10 campers per session) fun and adventure await. There are four days available with only 10 camper slots per session. Camp if $40 per day or $140 to attend all four. Each day will be with a different Fluvarium educator as counselor. Each will have a different theme. Camp days are on a first come first served basis and fill fast. Camp hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (with drop off and pick up from 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.) For more information contact Denise Hennebury at 754-3474 or email dhennebury@fluvarium.ca.

° CFUW St. John's is still collecting used books in preparation for the giant used book sale which will be held April 17-19 to raise funds for scholarships. Please bring your gently used books (fiction and non-fiction) to our sorting centre in the Hamlyn Road Plaza (the former Pennington's site) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday until April 5. Sorry, we cannot accept encyclopedia, magazines, textbooks and Reader's Digest Condensed Books. For more information, please email us at cfuwstjohns@gmail.com.

Announcements

° Members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Newfoundland and Labrador are once again offering free income tax services to senior citizens and low income residents of the St. John's, Mount Pearl and surrounding areas. Senior citizens with total personal income of $30,000 or less and other individuals with income of $25,000 or less qualify for this free service. The program excludes all persons with self-employment or rental income or income from foreign sources. For more information or to arrange for an appointment, please call the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Newfoundland and Labrador at 753-7566.

° An Hour of Prayer, Sundays in Lent, at 4 p.m. at Presentation Retreat House, 47 Parsonage Dr. Everyone is welcome. Call 754-1582 for information.

° The First Link program of the Alzheimer Society of Newfoundland and Labrador offers a Learning Series for caregivers and family members. Participants have the opportunity to learn and share with others who are affected by dementia. For more information on the First Link program or to find out how you can participate in the Learning Series call First Link Co-ordinator Megan Harris-Edwards at 576-0608.

° March is Water Month at the Suncor Energy Fluvarium. Kids ages 8-12 with their families are invited to join educators from the Fluvarium and Let's Talk Science on Thursdays for the month of March, after school from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Each week we will focus on a different aspect of water, water creatures and water habitats. Pre-registration is recommended. Wake Up! at The Suncor Energy Fluvarium, Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. the month of March. The winter is coming to an end and we can just start to see nature getting ready for spring. But who is waking up, who is still asleep? Who is building nests? Who is hunting again? Let's discover who is getting up and on the move despite the snow. For more information or to register contact Denise Hennebury at 754-3474 or email dhennebury@fluvarium.ca.

° Alive with Yoga invites you to move your body and free your spirit with this new session of Yoga. Whether you're beginning or experienced, the schedule provides many choices, for all ages, a.m. and p.m. classes, gentle, and meditation. Kripalu Yoga, recognizes every body is different, it views postures as tools to release chronic tension, stretch and strengthen the body and increase self-awareness, postures are modified to meet individual needs. Gentle beginner yoga, Fridays at 11 a.m. For people living with Injury, Illness or restriction or requiring a gentle pace. An opportunity to gently stretch, strengthen and tone the body, improve your breathing and learn to relax. Classes taught by Judy Power, certified Kripalu Yoga and Holistic Health Educator, www.alivewithyoga.ca or 754-2425.

° Torbay 50+ Friendship Club would like to invite you to join us for a fun evening and to meet new friends on Wednesday nights at 7:30 p.m. at the Kins Centre, Bauline Line. Your choice: card game, darts or board games. Men and women welcome, cup of tea and goodies served after our games. For more information call 437-1803.

° Do you love a good story? Do you have one to tell? Join us each month for an evening's entertainment. For more information about the Storytelling Circle and other events throughout the year, visit storytellingstjohns.ca or email storytellingstjohns@gmail.com.

° Wesley United Church (corner of Hamilton Avenue and Patrick Street) will be holding a Lenten Reflection Service every Wednesday evening during Lent at 6:30 p.m. in the Chapel/Multipurpose Room. Please use the entrance from the lower (paved) parking lot. All are welcome.

° Morning or evening Relaxation Yoga and Morning FUN Cardio Strengthening Class held at The Church of Ascension in Mount Pearl. These classes are non competitive, friendly and suitable for people of all ages and abilities. For more information and to register please call Rita at 682-7671 or go to www.relaxationyoga.ca.

° 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.

° The Business Development Bank of Canada invites applications from young entrepreneurs, 18-35, for the 2013 BDC Young Entrepreneur Award. To enter, create a short video to present a turning point your company has reached and the solution you propose to take your business to the next level. Eleven finalists, one per province and one for the combined territories, are short-listed to compete for a $100,000 Grand Prize. The winners are selected by public vote with a second prize of $25,000 in consulting services for runner-up. Deadline is April 2, at noon EDT. Info: www.bdc.ca/yea

° Hours at the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Depot at Robin Hood Bay have been increased. The HHW Depot is now open two days a week year-round on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Properly dispose of used batteries, leftover propane and paint, compact fluorescent light bulbs, chemicals, solvents and more. For a detailed list of common HHW products residents can visit www.curbitstjohns.ca or call Access St. John's at 311 with further questions.

° The Club du Samedi offers entertaining and educational activities in french for children aged five to 14. Each Saturday morning, the Club meets between 9 and 11:45 a.m. at the Centre des Grands-Vents. Participants take part in language-based activities, crafts, music, sports and more. For more information, please call 726-4900 email us at bonjour@acfsj.ca.

° Fluvarium Kids Club Weekend Programs. Have you heard? Kids ages five to 10 and their families are invited to join Fluvarium Kids! Receive updates, collect stickers, and earn a Fluvarium Kids Fresh Water Friends certificate when you attend sessions in four different months. Fluvarium Kids programs are complimentary with admission. Ask about our annual family pass. For more information contact Denise Hennebury at 754-3474 or email dhennebury@fluvarium.ca.

° Are you a woman who needs help accessing the hidden job market? Need encouragement to stay positive? WISE Career and Employment Services offers a free three-week job search strategies program that includes resume and cover letter writing, mock interviews and much more. For more information about specific dates call WISE today at the location nearest you, or apply online at www.wiseprograms.com/apply.htm.

° Literacy Newfoundland and Labrador is currently looking for dedicated people who wish to be nominated for election to our board of directors. There are four vacant seats for which we are accepting nominations: Labrador Region; Central Region (two seats); Adult Learner Representative. Nomination forms are available at www.literacynl.com.

° Heavenly Creatures, registered animal charity, is conducting an appeal in St. John's. Help save pets - join our Guardian Angel Program. Seeking foster homes for pets. Accepting donations of pet food (wet and dry) and kitty litter. For more information visit www.heavenlycreatures.ca or call 739-0077.

° Newfoundland and Labrador Division of Navy League Cadets will be selling tickets to send cadets to Navy League Summer Camp. Tickets are $5, and are on a Lund 12' aluminum boat with 4hp Mercury 4-stroke and Yacht Club Trailer. Tickets can be purchased by the cadets and officers of Northern Ranger, Fort Pepperell, Clyde and Polynia. For more information contact Denise Williams at 738-1955 or 743-3638. Draw date is May 12.

° Torbay New Horizons Computer Program for Seniors. Learn how to browse the internet and send email to family and friends. Free to 50+. One on one instructions at your own pace in a relaxed atmosphere. To register call Mary at 437-6314.

° The Anchormen, Newfoundland and Labrador's only male Barbershop Chorus is recruiting new members. If you can carry a tune and like to sing, the Chorus invites you to join them for a regular Monday night rehearsal. Melody, as well as harmony singers are needed and the ability to read music is not a requirement. This could become a fun night out and a very enjoyable experience, which you might not want to miss. For further details please call either Alex at 834-0666 or Albert at 746-9311.

° Become a volunteer with the Canadian Cancer Society. Have you or someone you know been touched by cancer? Would you like to be part of a growing organization to help others who are affected by cancer? Every Monday evening the cancer society emotional support volunteers hold a social evening for patients staying at the Agnes Cowan Hostel. The volunteers serve a cup of tea and a light snack while offering emotional support to those that attend. If you would like further information on how to become a volunteer please contact Lori Whitten, volunteer co-ordinator at 757-8533 or lwhitten@nl.cancer.ca

Organizations: Evangelist Church Hall, Anna Templeton Centre, Knights of Columbus Peace church A.C. Hunter Public Library Nature Newfoundland and Labrador The Crow's Nest Officers Suncor Energy First United Church Women Fieldwork Elbow Rooms Residency Series The Rooms Al-Anon The Comfort Inn Airport Rd Gower Street United Church Women Topsail United church Anglican Church Pub Party Wish Foundation The Sheraton Hotel The Emerald Music Store Folk Arts Council The Conception Harbour Heritage Group Sobey's Family Life Bureau The Lantern Department of English University of Alberta Bruneau Centre Royal Astronomical Society of Canada St. John's Centre Monthly Institute of Chartered Accountants of Newfoundland and Labrador Aboriginal Resource Office University Centre Learning Series Shrine Club James United Church Women Fancy Cocktail Party Terra Nova Art Foundation Bay Roberts Lions Club MUN School of Music Chamber Choirs Flankers Royal Canadian Legion The Alzheimer Society Presentation Retreat House Alzheimer Society of Newfoundland and Labrador Let's Talk Science Friendship Club Kins Centre Wesley United Church Lenten Reflection Service Max Centre The Business Development Bank of Canada HHW Depot Career and Employment Services Newfoundland and Labrador Division Navy League Cadets Yacht Club Trailer Barbershop Chorus Canadian Cancer Society

Geographic location: St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Mount Pearl Worsley Park Torbay Road Cozumel Mexico Duckworth 122 Park Ave. Churchill Square Craigmillar Avenue St. Thomas Manuels Belize Ferryland Self-Empowerment Women Lent David Canada Hungary India Pakistan Russia Topsail Road Gower Street Brigus Water Street Bay Roberts Hamilton Avenue Patrick Street Robin Hood Bay Central Region New Horizons

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