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Everything’s Coming up “Rhodies” at MUN Botanical Garden — the second annual Rhododendron Festival: takes place on June 8 and 9. The Botanical Garden is growing more than 200 varieties of rhododendrons.  Join us June 8, 9 for special exhibits, talks and walks and information, all about rhododendrons. On Saturday and Sunday afternoon, 2-4 p.m., rhododendron presentations will be followed by a walk in the flower gardens or nature trails to look at specimens growing at MUN Botanical Garden. MUN Botanical Garden is located at 306 Mount Scio Rd. in St. John’s Registration is not required. — Telegram file photo

TODAY, JUNE 6

Neighborhood Watch Information Session for Mount Pearl Residents on June 6 at 7 p.m. at the Kenmount Community Centre, 25 Holden St. Get the latest information about crime in our neighborhood, meet our Community Police Officer, and learn more about crime prevention.

FRIDAY, JUNE 7

The Mazol Shriners Patrol is having a lobster takeout dinner at the St. John's Shrine Club, Topsail Road on June 7. Pickup time 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Price $20 each. For tickets please call Max at 368-0696 or George at 579-0975.

SATURDAY, JUNE 8

Junior Forest Wardens tree sale on June 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 406 Marine Dr., Logy Bay. Even larger selection of annuals, trees and shrubs.

SUNDAY, JUNE 9

St. John's Orienteering Club event on June 9 at 1:30 p.m. rain or shine. Starting location is at the top of Nagles Hill Road, past the golf course entrance, Pippy Park. Beginners welcome, maps $2. Details and pre-registration encouraged at www.sjoc.ca.

MONDAY, JUNE 10

Wesley United Church will hold a lobster supper (including three salads, roll, dessert, tea/coffee and a glass of wine) on Thursday, June 13 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $30 each and must be picked up and paid for by June 10. For tickets please call Phoebe Sheppard 782-1689, Marvin Barnes 579-7900 or the Church Office 579-3682.

TUESDAY, JUNE 11

On Tuesday, June 11 at 8 p.m. there will be a gospel concert with a difference at the LSPU Hall in support of Iris Kirby House. The concert will be conducted by Living Waters Inner Healing Ministry and be led by Roger Maunder, with musical accompaniment by the Living Waters band. Admission is free but donations would be gratefully accepted on behalf of Iris Kirby House. For more information, contact Yvonne at 368-9313.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12

Summer Labyrinth - A Walking Meditation with Donna Burt on June 12 from 7-9 p.m. Please pre-register by June 11 at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Rd., by phone at 753-8760 or by email at information@thelantern.nf.net.

 

TUESDAY, JUNE 13

Wills and estate planning: what you need to know. A free information session hosted by the A.C. Hunter Library on June 13 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the second floor of the A.C. Hunter Library. Register at 737-3950. Limited space available.

 

General listings

Friday, June 7

° 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 brendapike@gov.nl.ca.

° Book Launch "Caught" by Lisa Moore and "Under the Keel" by Michael Crummey on Friday, June 7 at 7 p.m. at Christina Parker Gallery, 50 Water St.

° Emotional Freedom Technique workshops on June 7 and 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 phyllis@coachphyllis.com.

Saturday, June 8

° The general public is invited to stop by Ronald McDonald House, 150 Clinch Cres. in St. John's on June 8 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. to have their documents shredded on-site and loaded into the mobile shred truck, which is operated by Shred Guard professionals. All paper will be recycled. This service will be provided by Shred Guard for a donation to Ronald McDonald House. Documents you would be wise to destroy include bank statements, medical information, tax returns, cancelled cheques and any other old personal or business records you may have. There is no need to remove file folders, staples, paper clips or any other type of fasteners. Barbecued hotdogs and drinks will also be available. For more information please contact Ronald McDonald House at 738-0000 or info@rmhnl.ca.

° 10th annual CARSTAR Soaps It Up Car Wash for Cystic Fibrosis on Saturday, June 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at CARSTAR Collision Centre on 1085 Topsail Rd., St. John's and CARSTAR Bay Roberts, 71 CB Access Road, Bay Roberts.

° The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 50 in C.B.S. will hold a flea market on June 8, with doors opening at 9 a.m.

° St. Augustine's Anglican Church Women will be hosting their 50th Anniversary Tea on Saturday, June 8 at 2:30 p.m. There will be bake stalls, craft tables and chances to win beautiful prizes. Fancy hats and gloves are welcome, but definitely not mandatory. For tickets call April at 753-1931.

° On June 8, St. James United Church at 330 Elizabeth Ave. will be visited by the Watoto Children's Choir. These children from Uganda will give a performance at 7 p.m., only asking that we show up for their songs, dances and space to open our hearts with their smiles and song. Visit www.watoto.com for more information.

Sunday, June 9

° Approximately one in 150 Canadians suffer from IBD, putting Canada among the nations with one of the highest childhood-onset rates of IBD in the world. This disease not only affects individuals personally through a diminished quality of life, but also society as a whole, as the average cost to Canada's economy is $11,900 per patient per year. On Sunday, June 9, 57 communities across Canada will participate in the GUTSY WALK. Visit www.gutsywalk.ca for up-to-date event start times and locations in your area. Newfoundland and Labrador GUTSY WALK walk-sites include Corner Brook, Exploits Valley, Gander, Lake Melville, St. John's, Trinity Conception and Upper Trinity South.

° As one of the many projects of the Year of Faith the Basilica Pastoral Council has invited Brother J.B. Darcy to help us explore and uncover the fascinating history that surrounds us at the Basilica. You are cordially invited to this presentation which will take place on June 9 at 2 p.m. in the Basilica on Military Road. This will be followed by guided tours of the Basilica. Afterwards, tea and coffee will be served in our newly renovated Parish Room. There will be no admission charge. A donation of a non-perishable food item for the Food Bank, Emmaus House, would be appreciated.

° Lupus NL will be hosting the Walk for Lupus on June 9 at 2 p.m. at the Reid Centre in Mount Pearl. Everyone welcome. Please call 368-8130 for more information or to obtain a pledge sheet.

° Less Violence, More Violins: Concert for Oxfam Sunday, June 9 at 2 p.m. at the Kirk, St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church. Classical violinists Jennifer Johnson and Nancy Dahn along with Andrea Lane-Gardner on piano will be performing music from Bach, Prokovief and Brahms. Proceeds will go to assist Oxfam with the purchase of goats, vegetable gardens and mosquito nets. Tickets are $10 or $20 for families with children and are available at Fred's Records and Food for Thought. To buy a goat, sponsor a note. Contact bill.hynd@oxfam.ca or phone 691-4045.

Tuesday, June 11

° The Agnes Pratt Home Auxiliary will hold a lasagna luncheon (lasagna, tossed salad, dinner roll, dessert, tea and coffee) with social to follow at Wesley Church Fellowship Hall on Thursday, July 11 at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 and are available from Phoebe 782-1689 or Marjorie 722-6825.

° Annual St. Andrew's (The Kirk) Lobster Dinner on June 11. Calling all lobster lovers. Come and join us for this popular, long-running event. Your choice of take out (pick up after 4.30 p.m.) or eat in at the hall, 6:30 for 7 p.m. For $48, you'll get two lobster, salads, trifle, white wine, etc. Get your tickets, available in advance only, by calling the church office at 726-5385.

° A free bereavement session for people who have lost a loved one is being held on Tuesday, June 11 from 7-9 p.m. at the Miller Centre. No registration is required. For further information call Lisa Higgins at 777-8972.

Thursday, June 13

° The local editors' group - Editors Talk Shop - presents a talk by Claire Wilkshire on Thursday, June 13 about activities at the June 7-9 Editors' Association of Canada conference in Halifax. Claire will pass on tips, information, and lessons learned. The session is at the Lantern on Barnes Road, and begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $7 to cover costs, and all are welcome. This will be the last ETS meeting before the summer break.

° Time again to roar out loud, and this year we'll do it as the Exit Realty on the Rock Comedy Festival. Our CBC Gala - opens our Fest, in fine fashion, at the Arts and Culture Centre, on June 13. It will star headliners Derek Seguin, Rebecca Kohler, Jon Steinberg, John Sheehan, Steve Coombs, and Paul Edwards. Hosted by Snook, this big nite-o-fun also features fast-rising talent Sarah Walsh and Jason Card. Steve Patterson of The Debaters fame returns to host both the Talk About Funny show (Friday, June 14) and Spotlight Showcase (Saturday, June 15), both at the Bella Vista. Steve will also cap off the week with his own one-man show on Sunday, June 16 (Bella Vista) - a killer triumph not to be missed. And the Standup Workshop will once again prepare the next generation of comic talent to shine at the open-mike night at the Bella Vista on Wednesday, June 12. Fits and giggles for everyone, in a variety of formats. Details available at ExitRealtyComFest.com. Ticket sales at the Arts and Culture Centre box office.

Upcoming

• Canada’s first National Garden Day is taking place on Friday, June 14. To celebrate, the MUN Botanical Garden is inviting the public to join in a full day of family-friendly activities. “The Botanical Garden will be celebrating this inaugural event in fine style,” said Anne Madden, education co-ordinator. “We are offering a variety of activities for visitors of all ages, with something for everyone, including free admission to the flower gardens, nature trails and our special National Garden Day programs.” For more information, please check the garden’s website at www.mun.ca/botgarden, email bgprograms@mun.ca or call 864-8590.

• TRANE Open House. Help us celebrate 100 years of operation and our grand opening on Friday, June 14 at 22 Beclin Rd., Mount Pearl from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Vendors, door prizes and grand prize — an iPad.

• There will be a DJ dance and barbecue at The Legion in Pleasantville on Friday, June 14 at 7 p.m. Featuring music of the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. Tickets can be purchased at the Legion, from 4 p.m. to midnight for only $25 each. If you have any questions call Lisa at 753-9820.

• Cochrane Street United Church Men’s Club is hosting a plant, book and bake sale on June 15 in the Church Hall, Bannerman Street entrance from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information call the church office at 722-3023. Admission is 50 cents.

• Mark your calendar June 15 Centre for Life Walk for Life and Family Fun Day 9 a.m. to noon. Registration at 9 a.m. at St. Teresa’s Parish Hall. Walk around Mundy Pond and return to the parish hall for a barbecue. Fun for all ages, face painting, music, food, games and prizes. Come meet Sassy Tuna and have a caricature done. Participants can enter their name for the grand prize of $200. Pledge sheets available by calling 579-1500. Come and support the work of the Centre for Life.

• Cornerstone Housing Society, a non-profit charitable organization working to establish a L’Arche community in N.L., is holding an indoor/outdoor yard sale on Saturday, June 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 41 Shaw St. (Longside Club). No early birds. Household items, toys, books, baked goods, plants. Visit website http://cornerstonehousingsociety.ca/

• Garage sale/flea market in support of St. John’s Curling Club (Re/Max Centre) on June 15 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

• The Charlie Horwood Memorial Pink Lady Slipper Orchid Walk will be held Saturday, June 15 at 10:30 a.m. (Rain date, Sunday, June 16). Leader: Allan Stein. Contact arstein@mun.ca or 709-895-2056. Meet at the MUN Vivarium parking lot, opposite to the Botanic Garden.

• Stride to Turn the Tide is a grandmother-led initiative of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. All proceeds go to grassroots organizations in sub-Saharan Africa that work with African grandmothers and the children in their care. The Terre Neuve Grannies are proud to participate in the national fundraising walk of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign. Please join us on June 15 at the Mews Community Centre to walk with us. Registration from 11 a.m. Soup and rolls will be available. Pledge forms can be found at www.stridetoturnthetide.ca under “Materials.”  

• Powers Court open-mike show at St. Thomas of Villanova Parish Hall in Manuels, C.B.S. on June 15 at 8 p.m. For more information call Frank at 834-8196 or Ian at 834-3544. Doors open at 7 p.m.

• 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 June 16 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.

• Integration: Revisiting filipino values and traditions (speaker: James Rosario). Embracing Newfoundland values and traditions (speaker: Larry Dohey). Understanding the Stages of Integration (speaker: Lito Libres), on June 16 at 3 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Church Meeting Hall.

• Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) 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 at 685-6027, or Marie at 727-7429, and visit the website mbsrstjohns.wordpress.com.

• The Consecration Service for the new inter-denominational cemetery, Memorial Gardens, in Southlands at the end of Ruth Avenue, will be held on Monday,  June 17 at 7 p.m. All are welcome.

• Summer Solstice, hosted by Presentation Retreat Team on June 19 at 7:30 p.m. at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Rd. Please pre-register by phone at 753-8760 or by email at information@thelantern.nf.net. Free will offering graciously accepted.

• The Archdiocese of St. John’s is holding a dinner theatre on Saturday, June 22, to raise funds to help build a school residence for female students in Ghana, Africa. These students currently live in deplorable conditions which are unsafe and unsanitary. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased by calling 726-3660 or 754-1195.

• The Canadian Cancer Society’s 12th annual Greater MetroRelay For Life — encompassing participants from St. John’s, Mount Pearl, and Paradise — will take place June 22 at the Glacier Arena in Mount Pearl from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. Register or join a team today at www.cancer.ca/nl.

• Salmon the Leaper! Kids Club program for June at The Suncor Energy Fluvarium. Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. until June 23. Discover the salmon life cycle, hear a story of the mysterious Salmon People and play a game about the great journey a salmon takes to the ocean.

• A dance and fundraiser for radio station VOWR will be held Friday, June 28 at the Knights of Columbus Hall on St. Clare’s Avenue in St. John’s. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be obtained by calling Albert Spurrell at 746-9311, Geoff Peters at 722-2146.

• The Lebanese Association of NL will host its seventh annual meet and greet on Sunday, June 30, 2-5 p.m. at Bally Haly Country Club, Logy Bay Road. Cost $10/person. Tickets to be purchased in advance by calling Sharon Dominic at 722-8684.

• Beaconsfield High School Class of 1993, 20th 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/.

• Fifth annual Remembering Renata — Hope Always Walk on Aug. 25 at Quidi Vidi Lake, bandstand. Registration is at 11 a.m. The walk is at noon. Refreshments to follow.

 

Announcements

The Colony of Avalon in Ferryland is open for the 2013 season. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Oct. 4. The unique history of the Colony of Avalon is brought to life for visitors through guided tours and demonstrations of life in the 17th century. For more information about the Colony of Avalon, and updates on our discoveries, please visit www.colonyofavalon.ca or www.facebook.com/ColonyOfAvalon.

° Need help in applying for income support, deciding which income security program to apply for, searching policy or preparing appeals? Call the Community Sector Council, at 753-9860.

° The Rosary is recited each Thursday at 8 p.m. at Terra Nova Council, Knights of Columbus, St. Clare Avenue. All are welcome.

° Volunteers wanted by the Victorian Order of Nurses. 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 City of St. John's has wood chips at no charge at Bowring Park and Wishingwell Park. This material is very beneficial to residents for home gardening purposes and to the City for use in public parks. These wood chips come from our annual Christmas tree drop-off program and trees which were destroyed during Tropical Storm Leslie last summer. Wood chip locations are Wishingwell Park and Bowring Park West Parking Lot (off Waterford Bridge Road west of the Cowan Avenue intersection).

° 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 are coming your way. To register call 754-2962 or go to www.ynortheastavalon.com.

° Join the Alzheimer Society in Staying One Step Ahead of Alzheimer's Disease for their Walk for Memories which will be taking place in various locations throughout Newfoundland and Labrador this summer. Contact the Alzheimer Society toll free at 1-877-776-0608 for more information or register online at www.walkformemoriesatlantic.ca for any of the upcoming walks taking place in your area. No walk taking place in your community? Contact us today to learn how to organize a walk in your town, and we'll support you every step of the way. 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.

° Sunday Nature Programs at MUN Botanical Garden. Nature programs are offered every Sunday at MUN Botanical Garden. Drop by for a nature hike at 10 a.m., Meet the Critter session at 2 p.m. and duck-feeding, arts and crafts and story times are offered every Sunday afternoon, rain or shine between 2-4 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. MUN Botanical Garden is open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. MUN Botanical Garden is located at 306 Mount Scio Rd. For more information on Botanical Garden events and programs, please email bgprograms@mun.ca or telephone 864-8590.

° Summer Concerts at Signal Hill National Historic Site at Dusk. Parks Canada is hosting a series of concerts throughout June and September that will highlight local talent in an intimate and unique setting. Get your tickets at the Signal Hill NHS Visitor Centre. ($15.70 for adults/$6.30 for students). Space is limited. For more info visit www.facebook.com/SignalHillNHS.

° 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 on line registration, call Sister Loretta Walsh, director at 579-0168 or email flb@nf.aibn.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.

Organizations: Kenmount Community Centre, Mazol Shriners Patrol, Shrine Club Iris Kirby House Orienteering Club Wesley United Church A.C. Hunter Library Living Waters Inner Healing Ministry

Geographic location: St. John's, Topsail Road, Logy Bay Nagles Hill Road Pippy Park

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