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The bright flame-like petals of this tulip should attract many bees at MUN Botanical Garden. Canada Day Celebrations will be hosted at MUN Botanical Garden on Sunday, June 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 pm and Monday, July 1, from 2-4 p.m. Everyone is invited to drop by MUN Botanical Garden to enjoy the Celebrations. A variety of crafts, stories, games, activities, duck-feeding, nature hikes and prizes will be provided throughout the day.  Create a one-of-a-kind Canada Day butterfly, follow the Maple Leaf Trail, go on a Canada Day scavenger hunt and find the hidden butterflies in the flower gardens. Refreshments, including a birthday cake, will be provided. Admission fees apply. All children must be accompanied by an adult. — Photo by Neville Webb, Mount Pearl

Friday, June 28

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 or Geoff Peters at 722-2146.

Saturday, June 29

Murray's Garden Centre helps support the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation with Pink Days in Bloom, Canada Day fundraiser' at Murray's Garden Centre, 1525 Portugal Cove Road happening all Canada Day Long weekend on June 29, 30 and July 1. During the entire long weekend the Garden Centre will be fundraising in support of Growing a Future without Breast Cancer. Pink garden displays will be highlighted throughout the centre to create awareness.

Sunday, June 30

° Kent Cottage at Landfall, Battery Road in Brigus will have an Open House on June 30 from 2 - 5 p.m. Visit www.landfalltrust.org for more information.

° The Lebanese Association of NL will host its seventh annual "Meet & 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.

Monday, July 1

° Telegraph companies had offices around the world, and employees had the opportunity for globe-trotting careers. Join us for a multi-cultural celebration of our global connections on July 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Heart's Content Cable Station-Provincial Historic Sites. Experience multi-cultural food, music and dancing.

Tuesday, July 2

° Easter Seals NL is recruiting volunteers to assist with the delivery of its various programs for children and youth with disabilities. Dedicated volunteers are needed to assist with sledge hockey, art therapy, wheelchair basketball, swimming and disability awareness presentations. Other opportunities also exist. A volunteer orientation session will take place on Tuesday, July 2 at 7 p.m. at Easter Seals House, 206 Mt. Scio Road. For more information or to register for this session please contact Lesley at programs@eastersealsnl.ca or 754-1399.

Thursday, July 4

° Resource Centre for the Arts Theatre Company is proud to present "Sex, The Rules of" in association with newfoundlandartistx & White Rooster Theatre playing at the LSPU Hall from July 4-7. Early bird tickets are on sale now until June 16 for $25. Tickets are $32 general, $27 student/senior/artist | $18 Matinee (July 7 at 2 p.m.) To purchase tickets, call the Hall at 753.4531, ext 200 or book online www.rca.nf.ca.

 

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° From June through August, Jehovah's Witnesses will hold 54 conventions in 25 locations throughout Canada. The convention theme "God's Word Is Truth!" focuses on where real and satisfying truth can be found. This year our convention will be held in NL at the Mount Pearl Glacier from July 5-7. For further information concerning our conventions please visit www.jw.org/en/jehovahs-witnesses/conventions.

° Girl Guides of Newfoundland and Labrador are having blitz on July 6. We will be out in neighbors and stores. If interested in getting some cookies call 1-800-565-8111.

° 5th Annual Glenn Kennell Memorial "Ride for the Breath of Life" for Cystic Fibrosis. Open to all makes and models of motorcycles on July 6. Registration from 9 to 10 a.m. at Freemasons Hall, Mount Carson Ave. Fee is $25 per motorcycle, which includes continental breakfast, lunch and BBQ. Pledges equal to or greater than $50 can be used in lieu of the reg. fee. Ride Schedule: 10:30 a.m. depart from Freemasons Hall, Mount Carson Ave, Mt Pearl to Shearstown (free lunch) by way of TCH. Leave Shearstown 2:45 p.m. return to Mt Pearl. Come join us, have some fun and help raise funds for research to find a cure for cystic fibrosis - a fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults. For pledge sheets or more information, contact: Lorraine Duffett at 777-4532/747-2951 or lduffet@hotmail.com or Betty Sheppard at 777-2219 or sheppardbetty@hotmail.com. Also see www.cysticfibrosis.ca - Ride for the Breath of Life.

° The Senior Choir of St. John the Evangelist Topsail will be hosting "Riversong", a women's a cappella choral group from Moncton, New Brunswick on Sunday, July 7 at 10:30 a.m. This group will be in St. John's for Festival 500 and will share their music ministry with us as part of the "Break Out Sunday" initiative.

° The Whitbourne Lions Club is hosting its monthly Sunday afternoon of fun and fabulous old time country music on July 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 mic or bring your instrument and play along or just tap your feet to that great old country beat.

° Workshop on depression with psychotherapist Lito Libres on July 8 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at Marguerite's Place, 170 Cashin Avenue Extension. This is a free workshop, call 753 0220 to register.

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

° The Floral Design Group of the Newfoundland Horticultural Society will present a floral art show at MUN Botanical Garden on Saturday, July 13 (noon - 5 p.m.) and Sunday, July 14 (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.). Admission to the show is free. For more information please call 864-8590, e-mail bgprograms@mun.ca or visit the Garden's website at www.mun.ca/botgarden.

° All Saints open mic in Foxtrap on July 13. Doors open 7:15 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m. Come and entertain or be entertained.

° Join Marlene Creates as she leads a walk with readings of site-specific poems in The Boreal Poetry Garden - six acres of boreal forest where she lives in Portugal Cove - with musical responses to the site provided by 3 acoustic musicians on July 17, 23 and August 4. The events this summer will focus on the audible. We will experience the boreal forest by listening to its soundscape -- and its silences. Come hear the resonance of words and wind, of wind instruments and woods, of percussion and ancient volcanic rock, of river rhythms and phrases, of vibrating strings and stars, of sparks from the bonfire and toasted marshmallows. Limited to 25 people. Advance registration required. For directions and to register: marlene.creates@nf.sympatico.ca or phone 895-1020. Cost is $25; $20 students & seniors.

° Beaconsfield High School Class of 1993, 20th year reunion is taking place on July 19, 2013. Contact Dawn Dooling-Ryan at dawnryan33@yahoo.ca for further information.

° Take a look back to the music and culture that shaped our province, at the 3rd Annual Celtic Roots Folk Festival on Saturday, July 20. The day kicks off at 11 a.m. with a Gaelic football game at the Carbonear soccer pitch. It's free and anyone can play. Then at 1 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Grounds in Carbonear, there's music from performers like Fergus O'Byrne, Jenny Gear & Sandy Morris, Joanna Barker, Graham Wells, and The Freels.

° The John Cabot Rose Society will host their Seventh Annual Rose Show at MUN Botanical Garden on Saturday July 20 (noon - 5 p.m.) and Sunday, July 21 (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.). This is a non-competitive event and admission to the show is free. Members of the public are invited to enter their roses (vases provided) in the upcoming rose show. Please bring exhibits on Saturday, July 20, from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information on the John Cabot Rose Society, please contact Frank Smith, (e-mail: fsmith@mun.ca, telephone 726-5232).

° Budgeting 101 on Tuesday, July 23 from 7 - 8 p.m. at the A. C. Hunter Library, Activity Room, 1st Floor Children's Library, Arts and Culture Centre. You will receive Tips on Budgeting, Tips on Managing Debt and Tips on Savings and best of all its offered at no cost to you. Register at 737-3950. Want to Squeeze more out of your Budget.

° His Honour the Honourable Frank F. Fagan, Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Her Honour Patricia Fagan invite the public to join them at the Annual Garden Party on Government House grounds from 3 to 4:30 p.m., on Wednesday July 24. Featuring The Church Lads' Brigade Band, The Signal Hill Tattoo and The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Mounted Unit. Light refreshments will be served by the Girl Guides. In case of inclement weather on July 24, the Garden Party will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m., on July 25.

° 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, 2013. 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 rappell 150 feet down Atlantic Place in downtown St. John's and make a difference in life of a child. To register visit http://www.thedropzone.ca/stjohns/

° Pop Up Deli On The Square - Celebrate Canada Food day with your favourite chefs and their favorite Newfoundland-inspired deli dish with delectable side dishes, lemonade, coffee and dessert on August 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fort William Ballroom at The Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland. All for the low price of $15. No reservations, first come-first served, communal seating (family style).

° The 20th Year Reunion of the 1993 class from Holy Heart of Mary. Our cocktail reception and dance will be Thursday, August 8 at the CLB Armoury. For more information email holyheart93@gmail.com.

° The Avalon Dragons invite community groups and businesses to enter a team to Paddle in Paradise which will take place on August 17. Dragon boating is the fastest growing water sport in the world - and it's a great team-builder. Anyone at almost any age or fitness level can enjoy the thrill of dragon boating. Your members or co-workers and their families, 16 years of age or over will have the time of their lives! The Avalon Dragons will provide a training session, paddles, life vests and someone to steer the boat. Only the first 30 teams to register can be accepted, so hurry, hurry, hurry. For more details, email the Dragons at info@avalondragons.com or visit them online at www.avalondragons.com.

° 5th Annual Remembering Renata - Hope Always Walk on August 25 at Quidi Vidi Lake (Bandstand). Registration is at 11 a.m. The walk is at 12 noon. Refreshments to follow.

° Nalcor Energy Lower Churchill Project and Big Brothers Big Sisters proudly present the "Go Girls Golf Tournament" on September 10 at Clovelly, Black Duck Course. This women's only tournament isn't about being a good golfer, it's about having a good time while raising money to support young women through our "Go Girls! Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds" mentoring program. For more information on how you can get involved and help impact the lives of young women in your community, contact Kelly at 368-2900 or Kelly.leach@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca

° Be part of the World's Largest Coffee Break! The Alzheimer Society is currently looking for individuals to participate in their 18th annual Coffee Break fundraiser where they send you free coffee! On September 19 you can make your coffee count by inviting co-workers, family and friends to make a donation in exchange for their coffee. From a coin box to a kitchen party or pot luck, your Coffee Break can be as big or as small as you want it! For more information, please contact the Alzheimer Society at 576-0608 or visit www.alzheimernl.org/coffeebreak. Don't forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter at www.facebook.com/asnl2 or and www.twitter.com/asnl2 to stay up to date on our latest programs and services, volunteer opportunities and events!

Announcements

° Special Olympics Newfoundland and Labrador would like for all children and youth with an intellectual disability to be involved this summer! We are offering bocce, golf, bowling, guided play, basketball and walking programs! To become involved as volunteer or participant please call Jennifer at 738 1923 or email jenrr@sonl.ca for more 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: Apply@BullyingCanada.ca or by fax at: 866-780-3592. For more information visit: www.BullyingCanada.ca/org or contract BullyingCanada by telephone at: 1-877-352-4497.

° With some great weather on the way, now is the time to buy some new plants for your home and garden. The Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador's annual flower sale is on now. Drop into the Elaine Dobbin Centre for Autism at 70 Clinch Crescent for a selection of locally grown flowers and tomato plants, all grown by our Supportive Employment Program participants in the Aliant Pioneer's greenhouse. We offer a selection of annual and perennial flowers to beautify your home and garden, as well as handmade wooden window boxes, window box refills, and much more. Please visit our website, www.autism.nf.net for our price list. For more information call 722-2803.

° Wanted-females interested in forming an Aboriginal Women's group in the St. John's area. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Jo-Ann at 769-2289.

° The St. John's Farmers' Market is held weekly, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. from June to December and is located behind the ReMax Centre off Bonventure and Mayor Avenues. Arrive early for in-season produce.

° Historical walk - All about the Irish in Newfoundland on Thursdays starting at 7:15 p.m. at The Rooms. See www.boyletours.com for complete information.

° Smart Recover (free) Addictions Support Group - Helping You Break Free, from 7-8:30 p.m. every Tuesday, at 71 Casey Street. Call 579-2000 or email sheila@helpingmattersnl.ca for more information.

° Yoga starting on Wednesdays from 6-7:15 p.m. and Zumba, Wednesdays from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at Marguerite's Place, 170 Cashin Avenue Extension. Free classes- Call 753-0220 to register.

° Community Relaxation Yoga summer session and essential work course is for everyone. We practise "feeling good" knowing what we practise we strengthen!. For more information call Rita at 682-7671 or see www.relaxationyoga.ca.

° The Visiting Artist Program funds schools to bring artists or arts organizations into the school to offer presentations or work with students in a wide variety of artistic disciplines. Administered by the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Contact the NLAC for an application form and details at 726-2212, or toll free 1-866- 726-2212 (NL only), or email nlacmail@nlac.ca.

° 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.

° Kinesiology students from MUN are looking for volunteers for a new program aimed at helping people get active again after physical therapy. The Ripple Effect is a new hydro wellness program for people with conditions such as stroke, chronic pain, cancer rehabilitation, and other conditions for up to two pool sessions per week. Volunteers will be trained in first aid, CPR, safe pool practices and fitness instruction. If you would like to get involved contact Olivia Manning at ripplevolunteer@gmail.com or call 728-5258.

° 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.

° Free Internet access at the Centre Communautaire des Grands-Vents, 65 Ridge Road. For more Information call 726-4900 or visit www.acfsj.ca.

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

° The First Link Learning Series Care Essentials sessions are being held at the Alzheimer Society of Newfoundland and Labrador at 835 Topsail Road, Mount Pearl. Use the Internet to connect to the Learning Series anywhere in Newfoundland and Labrador www.alzheimernl.org/firstlink. For more information contact the First Link Co-ordinator at 576-0608.

° The Newfoundland and Labrador Laubach Literacy Council Inc. is seeking individuals across Newfoundland and Labrador, interested in helping others reach their full literacy potential by becoming a tutor. Training provided. If you or someone you know is in need of a tutor please call. All services are free. Are you are former tutor for a Laubach Literacy Council? Are you still interested in tutoring but would like a refresher training first? For more information call Sherry Humber at 634-1441 or e-mail laubach.adprojects@gmail.com.

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

° 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.

° 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).

° 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.

° Newfoundland and Labrador Laubach Literacy Council Inc. (NLLLC) will launch a provincial fundraising campaign called "Change Your Luck with Literacy 2013" Ticket Lottery with only 213 tickets printed. The tickets are $100 each or can be bought in shares of $5 of up to 20 people with one grand prize draw of $10,000 on Friday, Sept. 13 at 8:40 a.m. on CFCB Radio Station. For more information, please call Sherry Humber at 634-1441 or email laubach.adprojects@gmail.com.

° 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. MUN Botanical Garden is open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There are flower gardens to view, five nature trails available for hiking, and a variety of workshops, family programs and special events scheduled for the 2013 season. The Garden café is open daily, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

° On June 19, 12 crew members of the Navy frigate HMCS St. John's left Port Aux Basques and started running towards the province's capital city in the 18th Annual Run The Rock fundraiser for The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada. They will arrive at City Hall, St. John's at 12 p.m. on June 29. People are encouraged to come out along the route and support the runners as they pass by their communities on the Trans Canada Highway. For updates and photos along the "Run" You can follow their journey across the island on Twitter @RunTheRock2013. To make a donation or to arrange to meet the runners along the TCH, the public can call 1-800-267-WISH (9474) or visit www.childrenswish.ca/runtherock

° 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.

Organizations: Garden Centre, Knights of Columbus Hall on St Clare, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Lebanese Association of NL Bally Haly Country Club Content Cable Station-Provincial Historic Sites Easter Seals House Resource Centre Arts Theatre Company White Rooster Theatre

Geographic location: St. John's, Canada, 1525 Portugal Cove Road Battery Road Brigus Logy Bay Road

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