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Sci-Fi On The Rock is Newfoundland’s premiere science-fiction and fantasy event. The seventh event takes place April 26-28 and promises to be the biggest and best one yet. Doors open 2 p.m. It all takes place at
The Holiday Inn, 180 Portugal Cove Rd. For information visit www.scifiontherock.com. Sydney Parsons has her face painted by Dylan Cag of Wandering Brush during the 2012 event. — File photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram

Today, April 25

The Compassionate Friends invite parents of children of any age who have died to join us in our monthly gathering on Thursday, April 25 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. in room 2J619 (near Pastoral Care Office), Health Sciences Centre, St. John's. For information, call Diana at 753-3530.

Friday, April 26

Ecumenical Church Service - "Hymns for Hope" at St. Paul's Anglican Church, Harbour Grace on Friday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. Dedicated to all those who have lost their fight with cancer and all those who refuse to quit fighting. All proceeds go to the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation. Please join us for some inspirational hymns and readings. Join us after the service in the parish hall for fellowship hosted by the ladies of St. Paul's Anglican Church.

Saturday, April 27

Positive Thinkers monthly breakfast meeting on April 27 from 9-11 a.m at Bally Haly on Logy Bay Road. The topic will be Fighting Cancer with Attitude. Book your seat at www.positivethinkersclub.ca.

Sunday, April 28

Bluegrass and old-time country music jam session at the Bay Roberts Lions Club on April 28 at 2 p.m. Come by and hear some great songs and music performed by great musicians. Doors open at 1 p.m.

Tuesday, April 30

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

Wednesday, May 1

MUN Botanical Garden's trails and flower gardens open for the season on Wednesday, May 1. Opening hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission to the Botanical Garden and all compost week programs will be free of charge May 1-10. Registration for the Junior Naturalist Camp program and spring gardening workshops will commence on May 1. For a complete listing of events and programs, please visit www.mun.ca/botgarden, call 864-8590 or visit the Garden on Facebook.

Thurday, May 2

The Knights of Columbus will participate in the annual Rosary and Light procession on May 2 at the Basilica of St. John the Baptist beginning at 7:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome at this holy event. Bring a friend and come along.

Saturday, May 4

Gower Street United Church Women are having a flea market in the lecture hall on Saturday, May 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is 50 cents.

General Listings

Today, April 25

Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador announces its 10th annual fundraising gala - Alice in Newfoundland - taking place Thursday, April 25 at the Sheraton Hotel N.L. at 6:30 p.m. The evening will raise funds to support over 200 Kids Eat Smart Clubs that provide a nutritious breakfast to over 20,000 children and youth across the province. There to support the cause will be Krystin Pellerin and Steve O'Connell from "Republic of Doyle," and performer Andy Jones. The evening will be MCed by Anthony Germain of CBC Radio's "St. John's Morning Show," includes dinner, live and silent auctions, games and much more. Tickets are selling fast and are $150 per person or $1,500 for a table of 10. They are available through the foundation's website at www.kidseatsmart.caor by calling 722-1996.

Friday, April 26

° The Newfoundland Historic Trust is calling for nominations for the 2013 Southcott Awards. The Southcott Awards were established in 1984 by the trust to recognize those who have demonstrated excellence in building design, preservation and restoration of the architectural heritage of Newfoundland and Labrador. Forms are available at http://historictrust.ca/advocacy/southcott-awards/2013-nomination-forms.aspx. Deadline for nominations is April 26.

Saturday, April 27

° Cat Concerns is holding a book fair at TC Square, Carbonear on Saturday, April 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

° The Masonic Park Ladies Auxiliary will be holding their spring sale on April 27 from 2-3:30 p.m. Tickets are $5.

° Lodge Newfoundland Kilwinning spring flipper/pork dinner at the St. John's Shrine Club, 530 Topsail Rd. on April 27. Takeout 5:30 p.m. Sit down 6:30 p.m. Cost is $20. For ticket delivery contact Keith at 753-8899.

° Annual AGM of the Girl Guides of Canada Newfoundland and Labrador on April 27 at 8 p.m. at the Provincial Office, 63 Roosevelt Ave , Pleasantville. Everyone welcome.

Sunday, April 28

° Gospel Hour at St. Lawrence Anglican Church, Portugal Cove, April 28 at 8 p.m. All are welcome. Call 895-2215 or 895-6424 for more information.

° Lantern Festival Friends of Victoria Park - Pool house spring cleanup on April 28 from 2-5 p.m. Calling all volunteers to come out to give a hand in a big pool house cleanup day. We want to get the pool house ready for a full summer of creativity. We have new shelves, cubby holes and cupboards. We are ready to organize all our tools and equipment like never before. Please come out and give us a hand to move and re-arrange things.

° The Wesley Male Choir and Rev. Bill Mercer will conduct an evening service of song on April 28 starting at 6:50 p.m. Guest soloist will be Anna Beth Loveys. The service will be held at Wesley United Church (corner of Patrick St. and Hamilton Ave.) and should prove to be an enjoyable evening of praise and worship. All are welcome to attend.

Tuesday, April 30

° Free public meeting/information session - Seniors and the Law - Planning Ahead on April 30 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at The French School (Centre scolaire et communautaire des Grands-Vents), 65 Ridge Rd., Room 109. This session will help address what you need to know to ensure your wishes are followed in the future by providing plain-language information on wills, power of attorney and health-care directives. Refreshments will be served. This is a free event and all are welcome. Free transportation available for seniors living in St. John's or Mount Pearl. For more information call the Seniors Resource Centre N.L. at 737-2333.

° St. Michaels and All Angels Men's Association will be hosting a spring flipper dinner (pork alternate) at the St. John's Shrine Club Topsail Road Tuesday, April 30 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. Please call 579-8279 to book tickets. Takeouts are available. Tickets are limited so please call early to avoid disappointment.

Wednesday, May 1

° The Men's Service Club at George Street United Church will be having their annual Flipper Dinner in the Jimmy Pratt Memorial Outreach Centre on Wednesday, May 1 at 5:30 p.m. Take-outs available at 5 p.m. Tickets are $20. Tickets are available from any member of the Men's Service Club or by calling the church office at 726-8775.

° The Newfoundland and Labrador Brain Injury Association will be holding their annual meeting and election of officers on Wednesday, May 1 at Tiffany Towers commencing at 7 p.m. All are welcome.

Thursday, May 2

° Eating disorder foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador information sharing session on May 2 from 7-8:30 p.m. at 31 Peet St., Suite 230. For more information call 722-0500 or info@edfnl.ca.

Upcoming

George Street United Church will be hosting a Gospel Concert featuring the Morgan Brothers and the George Street Men's Choir on May 3 at the church. The concert gets under way at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $10 per person and available at the church office on 25 Buchanan St. or you can call the church office at 726-8775 to reserve yours. Tickets will also be available at the door. Come and enjoy some lively gospel music. Host Tom Hann.

° Registration is now on for two watercolour workshops and an open studio with Margaret Walsh Best on May 3, 4 and 5. You can find all the details on her website, www.MargaretWalshBest.com. For registration or inquiries please contact Margaret at info@MargaretWalshBest.com or call 753-2643.

° Join us on Saturday, May 4 for the great yearly Long Pond cleanup. Meet us at The Fluvarium parking lot at 10 a.m. We will go from there and pick up as much litter as we can around Long Pond (bags will be provided). Please dress for spring weather. Everyone is welcome - Nature NL will be there.

° The Whiteway Spring Hare Committee, in association with Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council, will be hosting an afternoon of poetry reading, storytelling and music along with an exhibit of original artwork and photography at the same time at the Whiteway Memorial Centre on May 4 from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information contact Jane Prior at 588-2905, Albert Legge at 588-2368 or Wayne George at 588-2070. Admission is free.

° First United Church Women afternoon tea on May 4 from 2-4 p.m. at 221 Park Ave., Mount Pearl. Adults $5 and children $1.

° Compost Awareness Week at MUN Botanical Garden from May 5-11. Come to MUN Botanical Garden and celebrate composting during International Compost Awareness Week. Admission is free. Registration is not required. Drop by for a slice of celebration cake (gummy worms included) during the Three Cheers for Composting Family Program on May 5, view compost exhibits and information in the display room and the compost demonstration garden. Free lunchtime lectures offered May 6-10. For more information on composting week call 864-8590 or visit www.mun.ca/botgarden.

° Wesley United Church Women will be holding a hot-turkey dinner with dessert, tea and coffee on May 5 at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and children younger than 12 are $7, available by calling Phoebe at 782-1689 or Ruby at 754-0916.

° The Whitbourne Lions Club is hosting its monthly Sunday afternoon of fun and fabulous old-time country music on May 5 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.

° Holy Family Parish, Paradise, will host a variety concert on Sunday, May 5 at 7 p.m. at Holy Family Church on St. Thomas Line, Paradise. The concert will feature a selection of local performers from the youth of the parish. Tickets are $10, available at the door or in advance by calling the parish office at 781-1696.

° The Neighbourhood Strays are continuing the celebration of bellydance in Newfoundland and Labrador with "Dance on the Edge 5." We are very excited to offer a spectacular show that will take place at Holy Heart Theatre on Sunday, May 5. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20, and a portion of the proceeds will go to Stella's Circle. To book tickets go to www.holyhearttheatre.com.

° Newfound Sound Women's Barbershop Chorus is holding a concert at the D.F. Cook Recital Hall on Sunday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased at the door. To reserve tickets, call Helen at 753-6383 or email newfoundsound@hotmail.com.

° Applications are now available for the 2013 SWASP Student Work and Service Program, community service component. Apply online at www.communitysector.nl.ca/swasp or call CSC toll-free at 1-877-753-9190. Deadline is May 6.

° Topsail United Church Men's Club annual flipper dinner will take place on May 6 at 7 p.m. Takeouts will be available at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $20. To reserve please call Bob at 782-0388 or the church office at 834-4567.

° The Friends of Salmonier Nature Park AGM will be held at 7 p.m. on May 9 in the Sobeys Community Room, Howley Estates, St. John's. General public are welcome.

° Admission to MUN Botanical Garden and its special National Public Gardens Day programs will be free on May 10. Programs will include a family nature program at 10 a.m., a gardening Q & A session at noon and a nature hike at 2:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

° Celebrating life in recovery at the Johnson Geo Centre, 175 Signal Hill Rd. on May 10 at 7 p.m. Cheri Peters was on drugs at 11, pregnant at 12 and homeless at 13. It seems she was destined for a short and miserable existence, but then God stepped in. How did she do it? Is there hope for you? Come find out. Free admission. Everyone welcome.

° The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 56 Pleasantville, will be having a Mother's Day stuffed chicken dinner and dance on Friday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. Music by Reg House. Tickets can be picked up at the club Monday-Saturday after 4 p.m. Cost is $25 single.

° Provincial Toastmasters convention on Saturday, May 11 at Bruno Innovation Centre. "A weekend to Speak About." Guest speakers and contests. Members, guests and public are invited. Registration is $80, including Friday night reception and Saturday dinner and dance. For more information visit www.mun.ca/toastmasters/ or goto Facebook - Memorial Toastmasters group for details or email alick.tsui@gmail.com.

° ACW of All Saints Parish, Foxtrap will be holding a book fair on Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A Newfie mug-up of toutons and tea buns will be served at 11 a.m. for a minimal cost of $5. For more information please call Dot at 834-5052.

° Topsail United Church annual lobster/steak meal will be held on May 11 at 7 p.m. Menu of potato salad, pasta salad, caesar salad, oven roasted potatoes, desserts, tea/coffee. Enjoy a steak or lobster meal for $30, or the combo dinner for $45. To reserve tickets please call the church office at 834-4567.

° The 24th annual SAEN (Salmonid Association of Eastern Newfoundland) dinner and auction will take place on Saturday, May 11 at the Holiday Inn. Cocktails and preview of auction items at 6 p.m. Dinner at 7:30 p.m. Auction to follow. Tickets are $75. Call 722-9300 or email saen@nfld.com or contact any member of SAEN.

° Join Tina Jackman from LeGrow's Travel for information and tips on planning a great cruise on May 14 at 7 p.m. at the A.C. Hunter Public Library, Children's Activity Room. Please call 737-3950 to register.

° Stress Management, with Helen Martinez, PBVM, Psy.D., on May 14 from 7-9 p.m. at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Rd. Please preregister by phone at 753-8760 or by email at information@thelantern.nf.net.

° Ladies of the Sabre dessert party and card game at the St. John's Shrine Club on May 16. Dessert served at 7 p.m. and cards start at 8 p.m. Usual spins and door prize - bring your friends. Cost is $10.

° The next Newfoundland Writers' Guild Workshop will meet on May 16 from 7-10 p.m. in the Community Room at Sobeys, Howley Estates. We explore and encourage all forms of writing - prose fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Visitors are welcome at no charge. Drop in and join our round-table.

° 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. 22-26. 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 Alan Goodridge for a free information session on canoe camping on Tuesday, May 21 at 7 p.m. at the A.C. Hunter Library, Children's Activity Room. Register by calling 737-3950.

° The Marjorie Mews Public Library is proud to welcome Lisa Moore, author of "February," on Thursday, May 23 at 7 p.m. Tea and coffee will be served. Hope to see you there. This is a registered event. Please call 737-3020 for details.

° Mercy Centre for Ecology and Justice, 101 Mt. Scio Rd., invites children in grades 2 and 3 in the current school year to attend a week-long summer environmental day camp the week of June 24-28 or July 2-5, and children in grades 4 and 5 in the current year to attend camp July 8-12. Through art, song, hiking, video, planting, field trips and other activities children gain a greater awareness of themselves as part of creation and of all creation as part of them. Registration is $50. To register phone 722-0082 or email mcej@live.com. Register early as space is limited to 10 children per week. The deadline to register is Friday, May 24.

° 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 who lived with the disease - participate in this year's Walk for Memories as a tribute to someone you love. Register online at www.walkformemoriesatlantic.ca or email alzheimer_eventsplanner@nf.aibn.com.

° The annual Grace Nurses Alumnae Dinner will be held on June 3 at the Holiday Inn, St. John's. Tickets are $45 and will be available for sale beginning the last week of April and will continue until May 27. There will be multiple ticket sellers so feel free to contact Cheryl at 753-8309 or Jean at 722-0629 and they will guide you to the seller nearest you.

° Adoptive T cell Therapy for Cancer - How your Immune System Can Cure Cancer on May 30 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the GEO Centre, 175 Signal Hill Rd. This is an exciting and promising leukemia/cancer therapy news event. We will hear from Dr. Kevin Curran, a pediatric oncologist who is a member of a large research team, and working at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Clinic, New York. Dr. Curran is the principal investigator for a study using this treatment for children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).

° The Agnes Pratt Home Foundation is proud to present an old-time gospel sing-along at Wesley United Church, Patrick Street, on May 30 at 7 p.m. Performing our favourite sing-along hymns will be a wonderful lineup, including Earl Howell, Wesley Men's Choir, George Street Men's Choir, the Sight Restored Band from St. James and the St. James United Church Musical Group. Tickets are $10, available by calling 752-8950 or at the door.

° Best Kind Productions is proud to present "Avenue Q" - adult puppet musical. A gut-bustingly hilarious modern musical focusing on a group of unique 20-somethings making their way in the big city, trying to find jobs, dates and their ever-elusive purpose in life on May 30 to June 2 at the LSPU Hall. Leave the kids at home and get ready for some ridiculous, riotous and downright raunchy puppet behavior. Warning: full puppet nudity and other vulgarities will induce laughter. Tickets are on sale now at the LSPU Box Office, by calling 753-4531 or online at www.rca.nf.ca and are $27.

° 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, 20th 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

• Join yoga instructor Anna Fewer on Wednesdays at 12:15 p.m. for a midday class and again on Sundays at 7 p.m. for free yoga classes. Location is 170 Cashin Ave. Extension, Marguerite’s Place. Classes are free, but you must register by calling 753-0220. Classes can be booked one week in advance. Limited spots available.

• Registration is now ongoing for fun summer camps for budding artists at the Anna Templeton Centre for Craft Art & Design. Get details at annatempletoncentre.com or by calling 739-7623.

• VOWR has been serving our listeners since 1924 via AM Radio, more recently through Cable TV and around the world on the Internet. We know that VOWR has many devoted regular listeners and that number is increasing due to our unique programs, especially our music. Operating a radio station like ours requires financial resources to help with the ever-increasing costs related to ongoing operation and equipment maintenance and replacement. Our main source of revenue has always been you, our loyal listening audience. We want to continue this broadcast service, but to do so we need your help. This is an opportunity for you to help VOWR by making a donation. You can make a credit card donation by visiting our website at www.vowr.org or you can send a cheque to P.O. Box 26006, St John’s, NL, A1E 0A5 or you can drop by our station on Patrick Street (at Wesley United Church) with your financial help. All donations will receive an official receipt. Your help will be really appreciated.

• Canadian Parents for French and the YMCA of Northeast Avalon have partnered this summer to bring you French camp, geared for campers aged six to 12 au Centre Grands Vents throughout the summer. Themes include Autour du monde, Imagination/Création, La Planète Terre and others. Sports, swimming, art and music coming your way. To register call 754-2962 or go to www.ynortheastavalon.com.

• Volunteers are needed at the Agnes Pratt Home to assist with recreation activities and friendly visiting. Residents and staff would appreciate your time and friendship. For further information contact Judy Cook, co-ordinator volunteer resources at 752-8705 or fax 752-8715 or email judy.cook@easternhealth.ca.

• Due to scheduling conflicts, the 13th annual Joe and Clarice Goodyear Business Achievement Awards Gala has been postponed to Thursday, May 2. Venue and time will still be the same. We will be in contact with those who have booked tickets already. The chamber is sorry for any inconvenience this change of date may cause. If you require additional information contact the chamber office at 256-7110.

• Spring workshops at MUN Botanical Garden. Need some advice on getting your garden ready this spring? MUN Botanical Garden can help. A wide variety of workshops are scheduled for May and June to help green your thumb and provide some practical advice on gardening in our temperamental climate. For more information on fees, or to register, please visit the Botanical Garden website at www.mun.ca/botgarden or call 864-8590.

• Overeaters Anonymous offers a program of recovery from compulsive eating. Our members come in all shapes and sizes, from extremely overweight through “normal” weight ranges to very underweight. Our common struggle is with out-of-control eating behaviours. For information on the program and meeting times, please call 738-1742 (1-877-738-1742 toll-free outside the St. John’s area) or email info.oa.nl@gmail.com www.oa.org.

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