Canadian Blood Services will have the following local clinics open prior to and during the long weekend: St. John's - 7 Wicklow St., Thursday, May 16 - 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, May 17 - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and Tuesday, May 21 - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Grand Falls-Windsor - 105 Lincoln Rd., Thursday, May 16 - 12-2:30 p.m., 4-7:30 p.m.; Mobile Clinics, Salvation Army, 249 Main Rd., Arnold's Cove, Thursday, May 16 - 5-8 p.m.; Sir Humphrey Gilbert Building, 165 Duckworth St., St. John's, Tuesday, May 21 - 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. You can make an appointment to donate blood by booking online at www.blood.ca or by calling 1-888-2-DONATE (1-888-236-6283). - Telegram file photo
Today, 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.
Saturday, May 18
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 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.
THURSDAY, MAY 23
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.
SATURDAY, MAY 25
2013 Mount Pearl Waterford River cleanup blitz takes place on Saturday, May 25 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help pick up litter and small debris along the Waterford River banks. Businesses, residents and community groups are invited to lend a hand. Meet at Mount Pearl City Hall to sign up and receive supplies (gloves and bags). Barbecue to follow at noon for all volunteers at Centennial Park (next to City Hall). Visit www.mountpearl.ca for details or call 748-1117 or 748-1145.
SATURDAY, MAY 25
It's not long now until the thunder of roller skates and cheers of the crowd will be echoing through the Mount Pearl Glacier as the 709 Derby Girls prepare to open the 2013 season with a home game. The Neversweets, undefeated in 2012, will take on the Red Venom Vixens on Saturday, May 25. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the action getting underway at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door with children younger than 12 getting in for free when accompanied by an adult. Advance tickets will be available soon at Trouble Bound Studio, Signal Skates and online at signalskates.ca.
Sunday May 26
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 has 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 email@example.com.
Today, 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 - come bring your friends. Cost is $10.
° The Meniere's/Tinnitus Resource Group of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association-Newfoundland and Labrador (CHHA-NL) will be holding a meeting at the CHHA-NL, Dr. Norah Browne Centre, 1081 Topsail Rd., on Thursday, May 16 at 7 p.m. All are welcome. Call Irene at 753-3224 for more information.
Saturday, May 18
° The 30 Plus Singles Club will be having a barbecue and dance on Saturday, May 18 at the RCAF Club, 565 Roosevelt Ave., Pleasantville (wheelchair accessible). Barbecue costs $10 for members/$20 for guests. Dance only costs $5 for members, $9 for guests. Please call 722-3060 by 5 p.m. on May 17 to order steaks. Barbecue meal at 8 p.m. and dance from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Sunday, May 19
° The monthly French mass will be held Sunday, May 19 at 1 p.m. at the Basilica Marian Chapel. Access may be gained through the Basilica back driveway (off Bonaventure Avenue - across from The Rooms). For details, contact Celia at firstname.lastname@example.org, 763-5757 or visit and like our Facebook page. French mass is celebrated every third Sunday of each month.
° 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 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.
° Celebrate spring with a visit to Kent Cottage at Landfall on Battery Road in Brigus Sunday, May 19, from 2-5 p.m.
° The ACW, St. John the Evangelist, Topsail are sponsoring takeout roast beef/ham cold plates at $10 per plate for pickup or delivery by noon on May 31. Orders must be placed by May 19. Call the church office at 834-2336, or Betty at 834-4736.
Tuesday, May 21
° 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 Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra (NSO), with support from The Newfoundland and 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 and Culture Centre) and Happy Valley-Goose Bay (O'Brien Arts Centre). The Crucible Quartet will be on the road from May 21-30.
° There will be a card game at St. Lawrence Parish Hall, Portugal Cove, on Tuesday, May 21 at 8 p.m. Bring your own cards, lunch provided, $5 admission. Call 895-2215 for 895-6424 for more info, all are welcome.
Thursday, May 23
° Family Life Bureau will hold Mindfulness in Recovery; (a six-week course), May 23 to June 23, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Facilitators: Andrew Safer, Mindfulness instructor. Michele Pike, addictions counselor. Location: The conference room, Pastoral Centre - West End of Basilica. To register: Andrew Safer, email@example.com or call 722-2716.
° Overeaters Anonymous is holding a public information meeting on Thursday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Sobey's Community Room, Howley Estates, east end of Elizabeth Avenue.
° 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Register early as space is limited to 10 children per week. The deadline to register is Friday, May 24.
° Positive Thinkers monthly breakfast at Hotel Mount Pearl May 25. Members $15, non-members $18. Speaker: Dominque Hurley. Topic: "Living an Inspired Life: Listening to Your Higher Self and Moving Into Action."
° NL Pet Expo will take place May 25 and 26 at the Re/Max Centre in St. John's. A weekend that is all about fun and all about pets. Meet the many exhibitors and enjoy the exciting pet demonstrations that will take place throughout the weekend. Admission: $5 per person, kids five years and under free. Visit www.nlpetexpo.com or phone 738-PAWS.
° C2C Theatre invites you to help shape their signature annual theatre event 4Play before it hits the stage for one night only, Saturday, May 25 at 8 p.m. at the LSPU Hall (3 Victoria St.). Tickets are on sale now. The price is $24 at the door. Advance tickets are $20 or $15 for students and seniors. Call The Hall at 753-4531, or book online at www.rca.nf.ca.
° Bluegrass and old-time country music jam session at the Bay Roberts Lions Club Sunday, May 26 at 2 p.m. Songs and music by great musicians. Doors open at 1 p.m.
° Les Ms. in concert, under the direction of Valerie Long, with special guests Holy Heart of Mary Alumnae Choir and members of The Dance Centre on May 26 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church (Kirk). Admission is $20 at the door.
° Bereavement information and support program Part 1, with Susan Templeton and Donna Burt, Mondays, 1:30-3:30 p.m. from May 27 to June 17, at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Rd. Please pre-register by phone at 753-8760 or by email at email@example.com.
° Literacy Newfoundland and Labrador will hold its annual general meeting Saturday, June 1 from 3-4 p.m. at the Delta St. John's Hotel and Conference Centre and can also be accessed via teleconference. Call 1-800-563-1111 or visit www.literacynl.com for more information.
° 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 to you.
° The St. John's Guild of Embroiderers will be meeting on May 28 for the AGM at the Corpus Christi Hall at 7:30 p.m. All members are encouraged to attend and anyone interested.
° The Raise the Woof Comedy show is coming to Newfoundland in support of four SPCA's across the island. Each event supports the SPCA in that area. It starts in St. John's on May 29 at the Bella Vista and goes to Bay Roberts, Clarenville and Corner Brook. Tickets for the St John's SPCA event can be purchased at www.spcastjohns.org, at the shelter or call 682-7963.
° 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 favorite sing-along hymns will be a wonderful lineup, including Earl Howell, Wesley Men's Choir, George St. 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.
° Tickets are on sale for "The Mousetrap" by Agatha Christie. Our inaugural performance will be held at Sheila Nagiera Theatre on May 31 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 each, $10 for students and seniors. If you are a member tickets will be discounted a further $5, plus reserved seating. For more information call 596-0598 or 596-7278 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
° Topsail United Church Outreach Committee annual spring flea market will be held on Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All are welcome.
° The Literacy NL AGM will be held Saturday, June 1 from 3-4 p.m. at the Delta, St. John's. It can also be assessed via teleconference. Call 1-800-563-1111 or visit www.literacynl.com for more information.
° Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Workshop on May 31, June 1, June 7 and June 8 at The Lantern, Barnes Road. EFT is a powerful tool for helping release personal negative emotions and beliefs. These personal negative thoughts can keep you from moving forward in life and can also contribute to stress and disease. In this three-hour EFT Workshop you will be introduced to the concept of EFT; you will learn the Tapping process for personal use and will practice the procedure in relation to a personal peace process. Cost is $45 per workshop. To register contact Phyllis at email@example.com.
° A Sunday afternoon musical revue, June 2 at 2:30 p.m. at St. Teresa's Church, Mundy Pond Road in St. John's. Cost $10 and for ticket information contact Gloria 364-7388.
° A Memorial Hymn Sing will be held at St. Agnes church on Sunday, June 2 beginning 6:30 p.m. Information forms to remember our past members are available at the church or call Deana Moores at 335-8258. Make your wishes known on or before May 27. Income tax receipts will be issued. Make cheques/money orders payable to St. Agnes Parish.
° Holy Heart of Mary Alumnae Choir, with founding director Dr. Valerie Long, presents the 13th annual "Spring into Song" concert and sing-along, with special guests Ronalda Hutton MacDonald and Peter MacDonald on June 2 at Holy Heart Theatre 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 adults, $10 age 12 and younger. Available at the theatre box office or at the door.
° Wishes Take Flight is the largest charity golf tournament ever assembled in Newfoundland & Labrador. In a wonderful new partnership, Provincial Airlines and Innu Mikun Airlines has paired with the Children's Wish Foundation of Canada to host the inaugural "Wishes Take Flight Charity Golf Tournament" in five locations across the province: Clovelly Golf Course (St. John's, June 6), Gander Golf Club (Gander, June 8), Amaruk Golf Club (Happy Valley-Goose Bay, June 8), Tamarack Golf Course (Wabush, June 8) and Humber Valley Resort (Corner Brook, Aug 22). Registration forms can be found at www.childrenswish.ca/wishestakeflight. For more information contact Edie Newton at Children's Wish Foundation or Stephen Dinn at Provincial Airlines.
° Taoist Tai Chi intensive beginners' class starting Thursday evening June 6 at 7-8:30 p.m. in the basement of Hindu Temple, Penny Lane. Complete in four Thursday evenings and one all-day Saturday. For more information call 579-5276.
° The Becoming an Outdoors Woman will be held at Lavrock Camp on the Salmonier Line from June 7-9. Learn outdoor skills such as rifle, shotgun, fly fishing and backpacking. Cost of $240 includes all meals and accommodations from Friday to Sunday. For more information, or to register, please call 229-7888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
° Lupus NL will be hosting the Walk for Lupus on June 9 at 2 p.m. at the Reid Centre in Mount Pearl. Everyone is welcome. Please call 368-8130 for more information or to obtain a pledge sheet.
° Concert with a Difference Tuesday, June 11 at 8 p.m. at the LSPU Hall in support of the Iris Kirby House. Music by Inner Healing Music Team. Admission is free. For more info, call Yvonne at 368-9313 or Jackie at 747-0698.
° The latest work from artist Christine Koch is on exhibition at Fishers' Loft Conference Centre in Port Rexton, Trinity Bay. Show hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Sunday. For more information, call 1-877-464-3240. Exhibition ends Aug. 30.
° Volunteers wanted by the Victorian Order of Nurse. The VON is providing volunteer opportunities which are both rewarding and flexible. Call 726-8597 to volunteer one hour per week with the VON's SMART Program. SMART is an in-home exercise program for housebound seniors.
° The Family Life Bureau has counselling services. Individual, couple, family, sexual abuse and group counselling available upon request. For more information or to register: http://rcsj.org/content/line-registration-form for online registration, call Sister Loretta Walsh, director, at 579-0168 or email email@example.com.
° The Literacy NL Learn Line 1-800-563-1111 can provide information on a variety of local programs and services. For more information visit www.literacynl.com.
° 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 Aug. 30.
° Canadian Parents for French and The YMCA of Northeast Avalon have partnered this summer to bring you French Camp, geared for campers aged 6-12 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.
° Eastern Health advises the public that select drop-in breastfeeding support groups in the St. John's and surrounding areas that were scheduled for Tuesday, June 11, have been rescheduled for Monday, June 10. For more information about breastfeeding, or for a complete list of Breastfeeding Support Groups available in the region visit www.easternhealth.ca/WebInWeb.aspx?d=3&id=1535&p=1540.
° 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.
° 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.