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The 26th annual Brigus Blueberry Festival takes place in Brigus from Aug. 8-11. There are activities for everyone including a pie eating contest. Visit www.brigus.net/blue-schedule-13.html for more information and the complete schedule. Rosilyn Parsons (above) eats a blueberry pie during the 2011 pie eating contest. Parsons went on to win the ladies’ division title — TC Media file photo

Today, August 8

“In Stitches” with Bernie Stapleton and Amy House on Aug. 8 at The Beaches Heritage Centre Eastport. Admission: $23 in advance, $28 at the door. To purchase tickets please call 677-2360.

Friday, August 9

The 30 Plus Singles Club is having a barn dance on Aug. 9 at 9:30 p.m. at St. Teresa’s Parish Hall, Mundy Pond Road. Dress for the occasion in your western attire. Members $5, non-members $9.

Saturday, August 10

All Saints open mike, Foxtrap. Aug. 10. Doors open 7:15 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m. Come and entertain or be entertained.

Tuesday, August 13

A free bereavement session for people who have lost a loved one is being held on Tuesday, Aug. 13 from 7-9 p.m. at the Miller Centre. No registration is required. For further information call Lisa Higgins at 777-8972.

General Listings

Thursday, August 8

• Everyone is welcome to an information session highlighting the work of L’Arche at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 8 at West End Baptist Church, 314 Topsail Rd., St. John’s. “Communities of Possibility — Scenes and Stories from L’Arche in Atlantic Canada” with guests Jenn Power and Silas Donham. Founded in 1964 by Canadian Jean Vanier, L’Arche is an international organization dedicated to the creation and growth of homes, programs and support networks with people who have intellectual disabilities. Cornerstone Housing Society is working to establish a L’Arche community in N.L. For more information visit cornerstonehousingsociety.ca.

 • August storytelling circle on Aug. 8 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at The Crow’s Nest Officers’ Club, off Duckworth on the east side of the War Memorial. Admission is $3. Do you love a good story? Do you have one to tell? We welcome first-time and accomplished tellers, and first-time and accomplished listeners. Join us each month for an evening’s entertainment, hosted this month by Stella Maire-Evans. For more information about the storytelling circle and other events, visit

storytellingstjohns.ca or email

storytellingstjohns@gmail.com.

• Sherry Ryan and Her Country Band at The Ship Pub on Aug. 8 at

9 p.m. Special guests Bill Rose and Shirley Dalton. Admission is $10 at the door.

• The 20th year reunion of the 1993 class from Holy Heart of Mary. Our cocktail reception and dance will be Thursday, Aug. 8 at the C.L.B. Armoury. For more information email holyheart93@gmail.com.

 

Friday, August 9

• Join the Association for the Arts in Mount Pearl on Aug. 9 for Play-Doh sculptures and makeshift music. On Aug. 12-13 we have mask making and musical painting. Admiralty House Museum, Old Placentia Road, Mout Pearl. Call

765-9383 for more information. All kids welcome.

 

Saturday, August 10

 • Join The Newfoundland Horticultural Society, as we participate in the 55th annual Farm Field Day on Aug. 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cool Climate Crop Research Centre, on Brookfield Road. This free event (with free parking) welcomes the public to enjoy a day of learning about the agricultural industry in our province, and the research taking place. This day of nature and fun, includes tractor rides for the kids, a farm animal tent, a barbecued chicken dinner at noon. (small fee). Come view an amazing display of flowers grown by our members, as well as a stunning display of competitive floral arrangements, to inspire your gardening creativity. Hope to see you there.

• The North East Avalon Crime Stoppers will have a “Fun Dog Show” Aug. 10 at the Re/Max Centre on Bonaventure Avenue in St. John’s, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This dog show is for all dogs! Anyone can come to the dog show and be a spectator, enjoy the barbecue and watch the dogs in their costumes and doing special tricks. If you’d like to register your dog, go to www.nlcrimestoppers.com for a registration form or information. Its cost $15 for one dog and $10 for each additional. Categories are: tallest dog, smallest dog, waggiest tail, most creative trick, best dog costume and handler duo, musical dogs (dog sits when music stops), and longest stay. You can go to our website or call 709-729-8246.

 

Sunday, August 11

• The 4th Degree Knights of Columbus will support the Catholic Women’s League at a Rosary on Sunday Aug. 11 beginning at 3 p.m. at Our Lady Lourdes Grotto in Flatrock. Everyone is more than welcome.

• St. George’s grounds is the perfect place to watch the Brigus Blueberry Festival Fireworks on Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. Come early, enjoy The Nickel Theatre’s series of short films and stake out your spot to watch the fireworks. Free admission.

 

Tuesday, August 13

• Family history workshop: Cupids families on Tuesday, Aug. 13 at 2:30 p.m. at the Cupids Legacy Centre, Cupids, N.L. Two experienced genealogists will explain researching family history using the Fowler family as an example. Admission is $8.

 

Wednesday, August 14

• Faerie tales on Wednesday, Aug. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Cupids Legacy Centre, Cupids. More local stories about the little folk from those in the know. Admission is $8.

Upcoming

• The Taoist Tai Chi Society will have a booth at the Kiwanis flea market, Kelligrews, on Saturday, Aug. 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Drop by and learn about the benefits of doing Tai Chi. Phone 579-5276 for more information.

• On Saturday, Aug. 17 at Middle Cove Beach join us for the Craft Council Clay Studio’s 12th annual beach firing. The fun starts at

9:30 a.m. and runs throughout the day until 4 p.m. Everyone welcome. Experience the ancient art of pit firing. Buy beautiful ceramics straight out of the fire and support a community fundraiser. The beach firing fundraiser is a dynamic outdoor summer event that captures the imaginations of visitors each year. Sunday is the alternate day if it rains on Saturday. Visit the Craft Council website for more details www.craftcouncil.nl.ca/clay-studio/studio-events/ or call 753-2749.

• The Avalon Dragons invite community groups and businesses to enter a team to Paddle in Paradise which will take place on Aug. 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.

• 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 Aug. 18 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.

 • Join underwater explorer Jill Heinerth at the Suncor Energy Fluvarium at 2 p.m. on Aug. 19 for her presentation and preview of her new movie — “We are Water.” “We are Water” explores the spiritual and physical connections to water while inspiring audiences through amazing underwater footage.  Jill’s presentation is part of her 7,500 km bike ride across Canada to spread information about water literacy, and is free with the admission to the Suncor Energy Fluvarium.

• The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council will hold a public information session in St. John’s, Monday, Aug. 19 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the LSPU Hall’s Cox & Palmer Second Space. For information call 1-866-726-2212, nlacmail@nlac.ca. Learn about arts funding programs for individual artists, groups, not-for-profit arts organizations, not-for-profit arts festivals, community arts groups, and schools, with a special focus on the Professional Project Grants Program.

• All Saints Parish, Foxtrap, is all set for the annual Spirit of the Sea Festival Aug. 23-25. On the Friday night we will host a local talent evening as well as spins, silent and Chinese auctions. Saturday morning, a Newfoundland-style breakfast from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. there will be soup and sandwiches, moose burgers, tea/coffee and a sweet treat. Activities for children plus baked goods/crafts and silent auction, cake walks and more throughout the day. At 6:30 p.m. Saturday, there will be a dinner theatre with a meal of salmon and all its trimmings. Sunday evening at 7 p.m. our grand finale will be a gospel hymn sing with local talent providing the music. For more information contact Sandra Taylor 834-4627.

• 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.

• The day has gone to the dogs, or at least it will on Aug. 25 as the SPCA St. John’s host a dog’s day of summer open house event. The event will start at 1 p.m. and go to 5 p.m. It will include activities such as Sunday sundaes, ice cream treats for doggies, barbecue, Dog U-Wash station, door prizes, hourly shelter tours and more. The highlight of the day is the micro-chipping clinic being held 1-4 p.m. For a discounted rate of $25 per pet, with all proceeds supporting the SPCA St. John’s, pet owners can get their pet micro chipped on site. At 2:30 p.m. the stars will shine as we have a meet and greet with some of the winners of our pet photos contest.

• Kittiwake Dance Theatre is looking for male and female dancers for their junior (12+) and senior (15+) company for the 2013-2014 season. Open auditions are being held on Sunday, Aug. 25 at 1 p.m. at the Arts and Culture Centre’s dance studio (3rd Floor, St. John’s A.C.C.). For more information visit www.Kittiwakedancetheatre.ca/auditions. Female dancers should bring pointe shoes (if appropriate).

• Taoist Tai Chi open houses will be held on Aug. 26 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Holyrood Community Centre, Aug. 28 from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Church of the Ascension, Mount Pearl and on Aug. 31 from 10 a.m. to noon in the basement of the Hindu Temple, Penny Lane. Call 579-5276 for more information.

 • Walk for Paws, dog walk and family fun day on Sept. 8 at 1 p.m. at Bowring Park (west entrance). An afternoon of dog games, dog costume contest and walk through the park. Fundraiser for Beagle Paws, to get your pledge sheet visit www.nlpetexpo.com or phone 738-PAWS. Prizes for individual and team with highest pledges.

• Parkinson SuperWalk is an event driven by ordinary people carrying the extraordinary hope that this year will be the year researchers find that elusive cure. From Port aux Basques in the west, through Corner Brook, Pacquet, Grand Falls-Windsor, Gander (virtual walk), Carbonear, New Perlican, and St. John’s. Its ordinary volunteers unite on Sunday Sept. 8 with a common purpose to raise funds to support the programs and services for Parkinson Society Newfoundland and Labrador. To register, donate, or find a Walk, visit www.parkinsonsuperwalk.ca. For more about Parkinson’s disease, Parkinson Society Newfoundland and Labrador, and to find support in your community, visit www.parkinsonNL.ca or call 1-800-567-7020. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

• Nalcor Energy Lower Churchill Project and Big Brothers Big Sisters proudly present the “Go Girls Golf Tournament” on Sept. 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 the “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.

• Newfoundland and Labrador Laubach Literacy Council Inc. launched 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 638-9619 or email laubach.adprojects@gmail.com. Only a little over a month left.

• The Avalon Chapter of the Newfoundland and Labrador Prostate Cancer Support Group will be holding its annual Walk-a-Mile in his Shoes event on Saturday, Sept. 14.  Registration will take place at the HGR Mews Centre, Mundy Pond Road at 9:15 a.m.  Pledge sheets are available at the Canadian Cancer Society, 70 Ropewalk Lane or by contacting Keith Guzwell at 726-9782.

• 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 Sept. 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 potluck, 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.

• The annual Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life will be held in St. John’s on Sunday, Sept. 22 at Quidi Vidi Lake. Registration is at 12:30 p.m. with the walk starting at 2 p.m. For more information call 579-8656 or email jagollop@acnl.net.

• A Body, Mind and Spirit Retreat will be held Oct. 4-6 at the Max Simms Camp, Grand Falls-Windsor. Brought to you by Lucy O’Driscoll M.Sc., B.Ed. Be Kind to Yourself. Attend a Body, Mind and Spirit Retreat in Central Newfoundland at the Max Simms Camp. Join other like-minded folks for two days and nights and learn about the many tools and programs available for healing, grounding and gaining serenity. Your fee covers two nights’ accommodations, six meals, four workshops and evening programs. For more information call 895-0544 or email odriscoll16@gmail.com.

Announcements

• James J. O’Mara Pharmacy Museum located in Apothecary Hall, 488 Water St. is open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The closing date is Aug. 30. A ship’s medicine chest has been added to the display with the set of antique oak drug store fixtures imported from England in 1897. Admission is free.

• The Canadian Red Cross urges you to take advantage of their free personal flotation device loan program now available. For more information contact your local Red Cross office or visit www.redcross.ca/lifejacket.

• Coastal Sounds is a community choir based in Conception Bay South, The choir invites new members to join in September, no prior singing experience is necessary and all people enthusiastic about singing and willing to learn are welcome to join. Rehearsals are currently held on Wednesday nights from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Admiral’s Coast Retirement Centre in Upper Gullies, C.B.S. and will resume on Sept. 18. Please visit our website at www.coastalsounds.ca or Facebook at www.facebook/coastalsoundschoir, or email at info@coastalsounds.ca.

• The Community Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador is now accepting applications from registered charities for grants of up to $2,000 to fund innovative projects that will benefit the communities of our province. Projects in a variety of fields will be considered, including health, heritage, arts, education, social welfare and environmental protection. The deadline for applications is Oct. 31. Visit cfnl.ca to download an application form, or call 753-9899 for more information.

• Heavenly Creatures, registered animal charity, is conducting an appeal in St. John’s. Help save pets — join our Guardian Angel Program. Seeking foster homes for pets. Accepting donations of pet food (wet and dry) and kitty litter. For more information visit www.heavenlycreatures.ca or call 739-0077.

• Experience our history and culture by going on a historical walking tour of the narrow streets and pathways which the average tourist never experiences. Meet at the Sheraton Hotel at 9:55 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays only. Space limited. Register by calling 364-6845. See morning tour at www.boyletours.com for complete information.

• Afternoon Nature Hikes at MUN Botanical Garden, weekdays to Aug. 23 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. and Beyond the Backyard Nature Program from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at MUN Botanical Garden, 306 Mount Scio Rd. 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 nature programs and special events scheduled for the 2013 season. The Garden café is open daily, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission fees apply, except for the first Wednesday of every month, when admission to the Garden is by donation. For more information please call 864-8590, email bgprograms@mun.ca or visit our webpage at www.mun.ca/botgarden.

• Technology Classes at the A.C. Hunter Public Library. To register for classes, please call the library at 737-3950. Require help with a specific topic? Help is available every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in August in the A.C. Hunter Public Library from 1:30 to 4 p.m. For more information contact Anita Murphy by email at amurphy@nlpl.ca or phone 737-4086. To register for a class phone 737-3950.

• Programs for Women at Marguerite’s Place, 170 Cashin Ave. Extension in August. Free Yoga every Wednesday from 6-7:15 p.m. Free art therapy classes Tuesday’s from 10-11:30 a.m. Free body image workshops Thursday’s 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Free drop in program Thursday’s 12-3 p.m. Free morning yarn craft program Friday’s 10 a.m. to noon. Registration required for some programs. For more information call 753-0220 or email programs@margueritesplace.ca.

• The Tuckamore Festival is looking for volunteers Aug. 5-18 to assist with a variety of roles. If you are interested, email info@tuckamorefestival.ca with your name, age, contact info, and a bit of information about yourself. Our mailing address is: Tuckamore Festival, P.O. Box 23203, Churchill Square RPO, St. John’s, NL A1B 4J9, Canada.

• The Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival will be held Aug. 9-11 in Bowring Park in St. John’s. When you purchase tickets in advance, you receive a more affordable ticket rate than at the gate. Most importantly, you are also supporting the festival, which is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting, sharing, and preserving the folk arts. You can purchase tickets online at Ticketpro or in person at O’Brien’s Music, Heritage Shop Avalon Mall, MUN Copy Centre,Travel Bug, and Brewed on Bernard in Corner Brook For a complete breakdown of ticket prices please check out the Folk Festival website http://nlfolk.com/fest/tickets/.

• Girls and the temptations of St. John’s. A determination to keep the young women off the streets and participating in respectable activities. Read more: http://archivalmoments.ca/2013/07/the-girls-and-the-temptations-of-st-johns/ You can now follow “Archival Moments” on Facebook and or Twitter @LarryDohey.

• Kinesiology students from Memorial University are looking for participants 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, acquired brain injury, multiple sclerosis and others for up to two pool sessions per week. The program offers a supportive environment with a low instructor to participant ratio. The fitness and wellness program, which involves light cardiovascular, strength and flexibility training, will take place at the H.G.R. Mews Community Centre starting in the fall. If you would like to take part, contact Olivia Manning at ripplevolunteer@gmail.com or call 728-5258, or Olivia Drodge at 427-6398.

• 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 Re/Max Centre off Bonaventure and Mayor Avenues. Arrive early for in-season produce.

• Local storyteller Micheal Boyle conducts a historical and literary walking tour of St John’s on Thursday evenings during the summer. Meet outside The Rooms at 7:10 p.m. and the walk starts at 7:20 p.m. This event will have poetry reading, short dramatic speeches and storytelling. The event is limited to 30 people and you can reserve your place by calling 364-6845 or emailing info@boyletours.com. For complete details see evening tour at www.boyletours.com.

• Every Friday and Saturday night in August, daring escapes, murdered pirates, ghost ships, buried treasure, tragic drownings, and headless phantoms: it is all in a night’s work at Signal Hill National Historic Site. From the creator of the award-winning St. John’s Haunted Hike comes an evening of ghost stories, historical tales and strange adventures. Join the dashing Lieutenant Ranslaer Schuyler by lamplight inside the historic Queen’s Battery, and find out what happens on Newfoundland’s most historic hill, after the lights go out. Tickets are $15 ($10 for kids 12 and younger) — cash sale only. Buy your tickets and meet your guide at the visitor centre. For more info visit www.hauntedhike.com.

• The Atlantic Publishers’ Marketing Association (APMA) is pleased to announce the release of this year’s “Atlantic Summer Reading Guide.” This year the “Summer Reading Guide” has been transformed into a book guide for travellers in the region, and will appeal to locals and visitors to the Atlantic Provinces. An editorial voice guides readers through books that are relevant and interesting throughout the region. The publication focuses on people, places and, most importantly, the books that complement them. The full guide can be viewed at www.atlanticpublishers.ca/images/uploads/SRG%202013%20DIGITAL.pdf or you can pick up a copy at your local bookstore or library. To visit the APMA’s site go to  www.atlanticpublishers.ca.

• 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.

Organizations: Amy House, Plus Singles Club, Miller Centre

Geographic location: Mundy Pond Road, All Saints

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