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MWONL invites you to celebrate Multiculturalism Week, 2013 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 younger free.) For more information contact 726-0321 or email kaberi.debnath@gmail.com. Above, audience members try out a traditional Filipino folk dance during 2012 Multiculturalism Week activities.
— Telegram file photo

Today, March 21

The Meniere’s/Tinnitus Resource Group of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association-Newfoundland and Labrador (CHHA-NL) will be holding a meet and greet at the CHHA-NL, Dr. Norah Browne Centre, 1081 Topsail Rd., on Thursday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome. Call Irene at 753-3224 for more information.

Saturday, March 23

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.

 Sunday, March 24

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.

Tuesday, March 26

St. Bonaventure’s College presents “SBC in Concert” at Holy Heart Theatre on March 26 at 7 p.m.. The Wind Ensemble and the Senior Chamber Choir will be joined by the kindergarten to Grade 6 students. A highlight of this gala concert will be a mass performance of the traditional African song, “Ipharadisi — Rhythm of the Nations.”  The band and senior choir will be performing this same work with the Kodaly Boys Choir in Budapest while on tour in April. General admission is $15, $5 for students. Tickets at the door and at the school office by calling 726-0024. 

General Listings

Today, 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.

• 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 NL 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.

Saturday, March 23

• 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.

• The Beaches Heritage Centre, Eastport — Sheila’s Brush Concert on March 23 at 8 p.m. Admission is $12. Join Sheila Kelly-Blackmore with local and invited guests for an evening of great entertainment. To purchase tickets please call 677-2360.

Sunday, March 24

• March 24 at 10:30 a.m. the Gower Community Band’s annual Palm Sunday Musicale before the Sunday morning worship service. This year the band celebrates “Renewal”: The joy of spring and the passion of Easter in works from classical, sacred and contemporary composers.

• Introduction to Tango with Cecilia McGruer on March 24 from 2-4 p.m. at the Arts and Culture Centre, third floor gallery. Learn foundation moves for dancing the tango socially. Wear comfortable clothing. All are welcome. Free of charge.

• 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. Rumor 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.

• NL Moves is a monthly workshop series by DanceNL designed to expose the public to many different dance genres while promoting wellness and physical activity. Workshops are led by DanceNL members and highlight some of the amazing work and skills of the dancers and movers of the province. 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 2-4 p.m. at the Arts and Culture Centre, third floor gallery.

• The Wesley Male Choir and Rev. Bill Mercer will conduct an evening service of song on March 24 starting at 6:50 p.m. The service will be held at Wesley United Church and should prove to be an enjoyable evening of praise and worship. All are welcome to attend.

Tuesday, March 26

• Free public meeting — What You Need to Know about Personal Care Homes. Are you a senior or do you have a senior in your life who is considering a personal care home as a future living option? Join the NL Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse’s next public meeting on March 26, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn (Salon A/B) to find out information on how personal care homes operate, how they are monitored, and what living arrangements they offer. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome. If you are a senior living in St. John’s or Mount Pearl, some transportation support is available for this event. For more information call the Seniors Resource Centre at 737-2333.

• 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.

• The March meeting of the Family History Society of Newfoundland and Labrador will be held on March 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Hampton Hall, Marine Institute. The speaker will be Craig Peterman. The topic will be “Cemetery Secrets — A look at burial places, grave markers, and what we can learn from them.” All are welcome, come and bring a friend. Admission and parking are free.

Wednesday, March 27

• Finalists for the 2012 BMO Winterset Award will read from their work on March 27 at 7 p.m. at The Rooms (in the Theatre) 9 Bonaventure Ave. Admission is free. Reception to follow. Finalists are Andy Jones — “Jack & Mary in the Land of Thieves,” Greg Malone — “Don’t Tell The Newfoundlanders” and Russell Wangersky — “Whirl Away.”

 • Free Women’s Cafe Night on Wednesday March 27 from 7-9 p.m. featuring Vicky Hynes. Come relax with your friends and have a great girls night out. Vicky is a self-taught musician with a truly unique voice. She heads off the annual Feast of Cohen event and you can catch her from time to time in a play or a movie. Her talents have no limits. We are thrilled to have her join us for this event. Space is limited so don’t be disappointed. Call 753-0220 to reserve your seat. Coffee and treats are on us. Location is 170 Cashin Ave. Extension.

Thursday, March 28

 • Kittiwake Dance Theatre presents Reflections: Faeries Fey — an evening of song and dance inspired by Newfoundland folklore — on Thursday, March 28 at the Arts and Culture Centre. Tickets are $22 ($17 students/seniors) at the ACC Box Office. Call the ACC Box Office at 729-3900.

• The Compassionate Friends invite parents of children of any age who have died, to join us in our monthly gathering on March 28 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. We meet in room 2J619 (near Pastoral Care Office), Health Sciences Centre. For information call Diana at 753-3530.  

 Upcoming

• 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.

• Cowan Heights United Church, 141 Frecker Dr. are having a fish and brewis supper at 5 p.m. on Good Friday March 29. Tickets $15. and are available from the office 745-2871. All are welcome.

• Underground Puppy Railroad Rescue Fundraiser “Raise the Woof” on March 29 at Westside Charlies Torbay Road from 9 -11 p.m. (comedy) 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. (DJ Soundwave). Admission: $5 from 9-11 p.m. Donation at door 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Comedians confirmed — Adam Benson, Ray Alyward, Michael Lynch, Andrea Brazil, Nicole Downtown, Lisa Baker. All proceeds go to Underground Puppy Railroad Rescue.

• Positive Thinkers monthly breakfast on March 30 at Bally Haly, Logy Bay Road from 9-11 a.m. Cost for members $15, non-members $18. Guest speaker: Edsel Bonnell — Best Before … reserve your seat email positivethinkersclub.ca.

• 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. – 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 at 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.

• St. Michael and All Angels parish are holding a morning coffee with bake and craft stalls at 10 a.m. on April 6 at the Shrine Club, Topsail Road. Come and bring your friends. Cost is $5.

• Open mike will be held at All Saints Parish Hall, Foxtrap on April 6. Doors will open at 7:15 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m. Come along and entertain or be entertained by local musicians. Admission on door, canteen services available. For more information call Sandra at 834-4627.

• The Whitbourne Lions Club is hosting its monthly Sunday afternoon of fun and fabulous old-time country music on April 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.

• NL Moves is a monthly workshop series by DanceNL designed to expose the public to many different dance genres while promoting wellness and physical activity. Sessions are happening every month throughout Newfoundland until May, 2013 and all workshops are 100 per cent free. 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.

• The Jewish Community Havura of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Atlantic Jewish Council invite the public to a Holocaust Memorial Service at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 7, at the Sheraton Newfoundland Hotel. We are very excited to announce that this year, well known Newfoundland Holocaust survivor Philip Riteman will be our speaker.  His topic will be, A Survivor Speaks: The Holocaust  Experience of Newfoundland’s Philip Riteman.

• Taoist Tai Chi Society are currently offering two beginner classes, one on Monday evenings from 7-8:30 p.m. staring April 8 and Thursday mornings from 10-11:30 a.m. starting April 11. The classes will take place at the Hindu Temple, 26 Penny Lane. For further information, please call 579-5276 or visit our website at www.taoist.org.

• La Leche League Canada — St. John’s breastfeeding support group on April 8 at 7 p.m. at Sobeys Community Room (Torbay Road and Highland Drive). Topic is nutrition and weaning. Pregnant women, nursing moms and babies welcome. Members and non-members welcome (free of charge).

• Bishop Spencer College Alumni are holding their spring lunch on April 13 at 12:30 p.m. at the Clovelly Golf Club. Tickets are $30 and must be purchased on or before April 9 by calling 579-6219 or 722-4546.

• Managing Anger 1, on April 9 from  7-9 p.m.  at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Rd. Please pre-register by phone at 753-8760 or by email at information@thelantern.nf.net.

 • Family Life Bureau April events — mindfulness (seven weeks) begin on April 10 and Anger Management for Men (six weeks) and Parenting Children Course (0-11 years — five weeks) begin on April 11. For more information or to register:  http://rcsj.org/content/line-registration-form for online registration, call Sister Loretta at 579-0168 or email flb@nf.aibn.com.

• CFUW St. John’s Book Sale will be held April 17-19 at the Arts and Culture Centre, St, John’s. For the best selection come Wednesday April 17 from 7-9 p.m. and Thursday, April 18 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. All remaining books will be half price on Friday April 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information about the sale or to join CFUW, please email us at cfuwstjohns@gmail.com or call 570-7596.   

• St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, will be holding its annual spring sale and morning coffee, Saturday, April 20 in the church hall, at the corner of Longs Hill and Queen’s Road. Stalls will include baked goods, jams and jellies, crafts, books, plants and white elephant table. Tickets are $5 which include the admission of $.50, and a sit-down cup of tea, coffee and yummy edibles. Doors will open at 10 a.m.

• The Anglican Church of St. Philip’s 13th annual goods and services auction on April 20 at 6 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion, Blackmarsh Road. Cost is $30. For tickets call the church at 895-0715 or George at 895-3360 or Susan at 754-6259.

• The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada, St. John’s Chapter, is holding its first annual family fun day on Sunday, April 21 at Holiday Lanes, Elizabeth Avenue, St. John’s, from 2-4 p.m. Admission is free and open to the general public. The event will include glow bowling, pizza and a door prize. Everyone is welcome. Call Kathy at 579-3700 to register or email kpower@ccfc.ca.

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

• The 24th annual St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival is now open for submissions. Whether you’re a filmmaker or part of a film-related organization, we’d love for you to submit a film or help us get the word out. We accept any and all films directed, written or produced by women. Co-gender productions are also accepted. The 24th annual St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival will take place from Oct. 22 to Oct. 26. The early bird deadline to submit a film is March 18 and the final deadline is May 20. Submissions will be accepted through Withoutabox or by mail. For more information visit www.womensfilmfestival.com. For a list of accepted formats and to download the required forms go to www.womensfilmfestival.com/submit.

• Join the Alzheimer Society in Staying One Step Ahead of Alzheimer’s Disease on May 26 at 2 p.m. at Kenny’s Pond, St. John’s for their Walk for Memories. There will be various walks taking place this year in support of over 7,681 families living with Alzheimer’s disease in Newfoundland and Labrador so contact the Alzheimer Society toll free at 1-877-776-0608 for more information. Many people walk in honour or memory of a loved one whose lived with the disease — participate in this year’s Walk for Memories as a tribute to someone you love. Register online: www.walkformemoriesatlantic.ca or email alzheimer_eventsplanner@nf.aibn.com.

• The Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador (WANL) in partnership with the Literary Arts Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador is calling for submissions to one of the country’s most lucrative literary awards for unpublished writers: the Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers. The Award, sponsored by the Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union, is intended to serve as an incentive for emerging writers in the province by providing them with financial support, recognition, and professional editing services for a book-length manuscript in any genre. Rules of eligibility and submission guidelines contact the Writers’ Alliance at 739-5215, toll-free at 1-866-739-5215, or email wanl@nf.aibn.com. Send submissions to: Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador, Haymarket Square, 208-223 Duckworth St., St. John’s, NL, A1C 6K1. Alternately, submissions may be delivered in person at the above address. Postmark deadline: June 14. http://wanl.ca/index.html

• Beaconsfield High School Class of 1993, 20 year reunion is taking place on July 19. Contact Dawn Dooling-Ryan at dawnryan33@yahoo.ca for further information.

• College of the North Atlantic Journalism Alumni Reunion. Are you a current or past student of the Journalism program at College of the North Atlantic’s Stephenville campus? Plans are now underway for a Journalism Alumni Reunion this summer in Stephenville. The organizing committee is looking to get in touch with potential attendees so that we can find out how many people are hoping or planning to attend. The event will take place during the weekend of July 26-28. For more information, please email: journalismreunion2013@live.ca or wrose72@facebook.com.

• Get involved in the 2013 Easter Seals Drop Zone on July 27 at Atlantic Place. In the event’s first two years we have raised more than $95,000 for Easter Seals NL. In 2013 we are hope to raise $100,000. Join us and rappel 150 feet down Atlantic Place in downtown St. John’s and make a difference in life of a child. To register visit www.thedropzone.ca/stjohns/.

 Announcements

• Support group for those who have lost a loved one to suicide.  Meetings take place the first Tuesday and third Monday of each month in the boardroom, School of Social Work, Memorial University. For information contact Tina Davies at 726-4223.

 • 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.

• Are you affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia? First Link is your first step to living well with dementia. Whether you are living with Alzheimer’s disease, another form of dementia, or supporting someone who is, First Link connects you to health services and information in your community. For more information on the First Link program you can contact the First Link co-ordinator Megan Harris-Edwards by telephone at 1-877-776-0608 or by email at alzheimer_firstlink@nf.aibn.com.

• March is Water Month at the Suncor Energy Fluvarium. Kids ages eight to 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.

• 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.

• 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 call 754-2425.

Organizations: CHHA-NL, Tinnitus Resource Group of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association, Bay Roberts Lions Club Holy Heart Theatre Senior Chamber Choir Kodaly Boys Choir Aboriginal Resource Office University Centre Shrine Club James United Church Terra Nova Art Foundation The Beaches Heritage Centre MUN School of Music Gower Street United Church Chamber Choirs Flankers ACC Box Office Wesley United Church NL Network Holiday Inn Seniors Resource Centre Family History Society of Newfoundland and Labrador Marine Institute The Rooms Kittiwake Dance Theatre Near Pastoral Care Office Health Sciences Centre

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Bonaventure, Budapest Topsail Road Eastport Belize Mount Pearl

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