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Today, May 9

Creative Book Publishing will be launching "The Birchy Maid" at Chapters, 943 Kenmount Rd. on May 9 from 6-8 p.m.

Friday, May 10

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 56 Pleasantville, will be having a Mothers 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 to Saturday after 4 p.m. Cost is $25 single.

Saturday, May 11

Hearing Matters information day on May 11 in the Foran Room - St. John's City Hall. Questions about hearing? Hearing loss? Join us for this informative and interactive day. No charge to attend. Free parking at City Hall parking garage. Guest speakers, displays by local hearing health professionals, technology demonstrations and more. More information and to sign-up or 1-888-753-3224.

Sunday, May 12

Canada World Youth Fundraising will be having a car wash at Canadian Tire Gas Bar, Kelligrews on May 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. More ways to donate on Canada World Youth Donations Facebook page. For more information contact Allison Wight at 834-2195 or email

Wednesday, May 15

Topsail United Church will be hosting a musical concert on May 15, at 7 p.m. featuring the Youth Band, Rhythm Band, children's choir, and other ensembles and soloists. With traditional, classical, and popular music - there will be something for everyone. Donations, accepted at the door, will be used to support the music program for children and youth of the church.

Thursday, May 16

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.

General Lisings

Today, May 9

The Independent Living Resource Centre in partnership with JAC and Compusult Ltd. will mark Global Accessibility Awareness Day by hosting an Open House on Thursday, May 9 from 2-4 p.m. at 4 Escasoni Place. During this event, local leading experts in assistive technology Compusult will be available to demonstrate the latest in adaptive technologies including various software and mobile programs available to increase technology usability for people with disabilities.

° Storytelling Circle on May 9 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at The Crow's Nest Officers' Club, off Duckworth Street on the east side of the War Memorial. Admission is $3. For more information about the Storytelling Circle and other events throughout the year, visit or email

Friday, May 10

° Friends of Midwifery warmly invite all members of the public to attend a friendly rally in celebration of the International Day of the Midwife. The gathering will take place in front of the Confederation Building in St. John's at 8 a.m. on May 10. Gerry Rogers, MHA for St. John's city centre and Sheilagh O'Leary, City of St. John's Councillor and mayoral candidate will both be speaking at the event.

° 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-and-A session at noon and a nature hike at 2:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

° Award winning author Lyndsay Green will be in St. John's on May 10 from 3-5 p.m. at the Retired Citizen's Centre, 10 Bennett Ave. to launch her newest title, "The Perfect Home for a Long Life: Housing Ourselves for the Future."

° Public Forum on May 10 from 7-9 p.m. at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Rd. Charity Won't End Poverty - Where is Plan B? Admission is free, all are welcome. For more information call 691-4045.

° On Friday, May 10 the newly formed Social Justice Co-operative of Newfoundland and Labrador will be officially launched at The Lantern, from 7-9 p.m.

° 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 30 Plus Singles Club is having a Mother's Day dance on Friday, May 10 at the Shrine Club, 530 Topsail Rd. starting at 9:30 p.m. Singles only - no jeans or denim.

Saturday, May 11

° Provincial Toastmasters Convention - A weekend to Speak about is cancelled for May 11th weekend due to unforeseeable circumstances. Memorial Toastmasters club regrettably apologizes for any inconvenience caused to anyone who has registered for the convention. We will still have regular weekly meetings on Wednesday evenings at Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation. For information email to or tweet @positively4ever.

° RLP's fifth annual national garage sale on May 11 from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. at Royal LePage Atlantic Homestead and Royal LePage Vision Realty 81 Kenmount Rd. The event is committed to supporting women's shelters and ending violence against women and children. Activities will include a barbecue, kids games, face painting, a bouncy castle and celebrity guests.

° The Women's Health Clinic at Eastern Health will hold its annual Women's Health Day on Saturday, May 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Health Sciences Centre. There will only be female staff in attendance and Pap tests and breast exams will be offered. Refreshments will also be provided. Those interested are encouraged to book an appointment by calling 777-3018 or 777-7460.

° 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.

° Discover glow-in-the-dark crystals. Explore microscopic pond life. Make slime. Solve puzzles. Science Rendezvous, a national science festival will be taking place this Saturday, May 11, at Memorial University from 12-3 p.m. Come to the Science Building lobby to begin.

° There will be a goods bingo on May 11 at the Tilton Bingo Hall. Great prizes $25 and up. Doors open at 1 p.m. Bingo starts at 2 p.m. There will also be a 50/50 draw, spins and canteen. Admission is $5. Proceeds to Cat Concerns Cat Shelter Building Fund. For more information email

° On May 11, St. David's Presbyterian Church will hold its annual Theme Tea at 2:30 p.m. Seating for this afternoon tea is limited to one sitting, maximum 120 people, so you should book your tickets ($10 each) early by calling the church office at 722-2382, Lillian at 754-2362, or Millie at 579-4248.

° 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 or contact any member of SAEN.

° 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 steak or lobster meal for $30, or the combo dinner for $45. To reserve tickets please call the church office at 834-4567.

° 10th anniversary Lilies for Lillie Concert - in aid of Daffodil Place on Saturday, May 11. doors open at 9 p.m. at The Bella Vista. Performing: Damian Follett, Siochana, Blue Eyed Blonde and Chad Murphy Trio. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Tickets available at The Bella Vista, Daffodil Place, O'Brien's Music Store or online at

° Arthritis Society Joints In Motion Dance Fundraiser at Colliers Parish Hall, Harbour Drive on May 11. Doors open at 10 p.m. Music by Country Soul. Admission is $5. Contact Gary Whelan at 229-3824 or 682-5560.

Sunday, May 12

° Family Fun Day: In celebration of the "magic" of the spring season, the Knights of Columbus, St. Teresa's Council in conjunction with the Family Life Bureau will be having a special event for kids of all ages, and especially for families at St. Teresa's Parish Hall beginning at 1 p.m. on May 12. Come and join us for an entertaining afternoon. The featured entertainment is none other than "Mark the Magic Man." All are welcome.

Tuesday, May 14

° 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. and Spring Labyrinth - A Walking Meditation with Donna Burt on Wednesday, 7-9 p.m on May 15. Please pre-register by May 14 by phone at 753-8760 or by email at

° Road to Innovation, a three evening share, experience, engage and discover workshop in visual art, will be led by educator, Florence Samson, Ph.D., on Tuesdays, May 14, 21, and 28 from 7-9:30 p.m. May 14 and 28 sessions at Eastern Edge Gallery. May 21 session at Ultramarine Fine Art Studio, 100 Duckworth St. where artist June Walker-Wilson will discuss her innovative approach to art making. Refreshments and materials provided. Limited to ten participants. Fee $135. For further information or to register call 368-8918 or email

Wednesday, May 15

° Tickets for the Wesley Church flipper dinner on Wednesday, May 15 have been completely sold out. Thank you for your support.

° May is Vision Health Month and CNIB with the NL Association of Optometrists will be hosting a free vision health seminar titled You and Your Vision Health: Yes! Something More Can Be Done. The session will be held May 15 at 6 p.m. at the CNIB Centre, 70 The Boulevard and is open to clients, caregivers and health-care providers looking for information about eye conditions and CNIB vision rehabilitative services. These sessions will be facilitated by members of the NL Association of Optometrists and a CNIB Low Vision Specialist. Seating will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Book your seat today by calling CNIB 754-1180, extension 5800.

° Don Gillis will be reading from his book "The Siren: Poems & Photos" on May 15 at 7 p.m. at the A.C. Hunter Public Library, Arts and Culture Centre.

° Coastal Sounds C.B.S. Community Choir spring concert will be held on May 15 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Thomas of Villa Nova Hall in Manuels, with special guest The Anchormen Chorus. Tickets $15, available at the door or from choir members. Donations for the C.B.S. Food Bank greatly appreciated. Refreshments to follow.

Thursday, May 16

° The next Newfoundland Writers Guild workshop will meet on May 16, from 7-10 p.m. in the Community Room at Sobey's, 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.


° Powers Court open-mike show at St. Thomas Of Villanova Parish Hall in Manuels, C.B.S. May 18. Doors open at 7 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m. Come along and enjoy some great music and company. For more info call Frank at 834-8196 or Ian at 834-3544.

° The Conception Harbour Heritage Group hosts its monthly open mic show on the third Sunday of each month and this month's will be held on May 19 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.

° Open House at Landfall, Brigus on May 19 from 2-5 p.m.

° The ACW, St. John the Evangelist, Topsail is sponsoring takeout roast beef/ham cold plates at $10 per plate for pickup or delivery by noon on May 31. Orders must be placed between May 1 and May 19. Call the church office at 834-2336, or Betty at 834-4736.

° 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 For a list of accepted formats and to download the required forms go to

° Cinema Politica St. John's presents "The Pipe," with guest speaker for Q-and-A on May 21 at 7 p.m. at MUN Arts Building, room 1046. The story of a divided community, a clash of cultures, and a struggle with Shell and the state over a controversial pipeline. Donations accepted.

° 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 Register early as space is limited to 10 children per week. The deadline to register is Friday, May 24.

° Wills and estate planning what you need to know on June 13. A free information session hosted by the A.C. Hunter Library. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. 2nd Floor, A.C. Hunter Library. Register at 737-3950. Limited space available.

° 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 Send submissions to: Writers' Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador, Haymarket Square, 208-223 Duckworth St., St. John's, N.L., A1C 6K1. Alternately, submissions may be delivered in person at the above address. Postmark deadline: June 14.

° Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction is an approach to self-care that teaches stress management techniques that are powerful and long lasting. The program assists people in managing the stress related to pain, mental health issues, and life in general. This five day retreat in scenic Torbay will take place from June 16-20. For information call Maureen Barry at 685-6027, Marie Wall at 727-7429, and visit the website at

° Beaconsfield High School Class of 1993, 20th year reunion is taking place on July 19. Contact Dawn Dooling-Ryan at 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: or

° 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 the life of a child. To register visit


• The Literacy NL Learn Line 1-800-563-1111 can provide information on a variety of local programs and services. For more information visit

• The latest work from artist Christine Koch is on exhibition at Fishers’ Loft Conference Centre in Port Rexton. Show hours are from 10 a.m to 6 p.m. Monday to Sunday. For more information, call 1-877-464-3240. Exhibition ends August 30.

• May is Cystic Fibrosis Awareness month. Cystic fibrosis is the most common fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults. There is no cure. It is a multi-system disease that attacks the lungs and digestive system. There are almost 4,000 Canadians living with cystic fibrosis. Each week in Canada, two children are diagnosed and one person dies from the disease. May is a time to focus on Canadians with cystic fibrosis and support the important work Cystic Fibrosis Canada is doing to combat this devastating disease. We encourage our citizens to join Cystic Fibrosis Canada’s, Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter fundraisers in May with the Great Strides Walk and in July for Ride for the Breath of Life. Join the fight to find a cure for cystic fibrosis.

• Eastern Health reminds the public that this month its Centre for Pain and Disability Management in St. John’s is offering public education sessions about chronic pain and self-management. Chronic pain is long-term or persistent recurring pain that can impact all aspects of an individuals’ life. The public education sessions will be held in the Cafeteria Conference Room on the main floor of the Dr. L. A. Miller Centre, at 100 Forest Rd. Sessions are May 8, 15, 22, 29 and are from 7-8 p.m. Registration is not required. Free parking is available, and coffee and tea will be provided. For additional information about chronic pain and self-management services offered as part of the Centre for Pain and Disability Management at the Dr. L. A. Miller Centre call 777-7048.

• The Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra (NSO), with support from The Newfoundland & Labrador Arts Council, AVIS, and Provincial Airlines, is thrilled to announce its upcoming school tour of Northern Newfoundland and Labrador. Featuring the Crucible Quartet (Clayton Leung, violin; Paul Bendzsa, clarinet; Jim Tranquilla, trombone; and Rob Power, percussion), the tour will visit schools in St. Anthony, Gunner’s Cove, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Wabush, Labrador West and Churchill Falls. It will also feature evening performances (with pianist Bill Brennan) in Labrador West (Arts & Culture Centre) and Happy Valley-Goose Bay (O’Brien Arts Centre). The Crucible Quartet will be on the road from May 21-30.

 • Are you or is your parent homebound? Have mobility problems? At risk for falls? The VON’s in home S.M.A.R.T. Seniors Exercise Program is now accepting new participants. The program comes to you. Call 726-8597 for details.

• BullyingCanada, Canada’s national anti-bullying charitable organization is now accepting applications from individuals who are interested in being a part of the national Board of Directors. Interested applicants can forward their resume to the organization by email at: or by fax at: 866-780-3592. For more information visit: or contract BullyingCanada by telephone at: 1-877-352-4497.

Organizations: MAY 9Creative Book Publishing, Chapters, Royal Canadian Legion Branch Reg House St. John's City Canada World Youth Fundraising Canada World Youth Donations Facebook United Church Shrine Club

Geographic location: St. John's

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