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Thursday October. 31
New fantasy novel “Hallow Hour” launches on Halloween night at downtown comics written by local teenage author Caighlan Smith on Oct. 31 at Downtown Comics, 141 Duckworth St. from 7-9 p.m. Book reading and signing by the author. Wear your costume for treats and the chance to win prizes.

Dog’s day out on Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. at the Quidi Vidi Bandstand. Join Subsea 7 for a walk around Quidi Vidi to raise funds for the SPCA St. John’s. Minimum donation per dog $10. Dog bandannas provided. Register at event or to pre-register in advance contact Jessica Inkpen at jessica.inkpen@subsea7.com or call 753-8467. — Image by Thinkstock.com

Friday, November 1

•  St. Philip’s Anglican Church will be holding a Harvest Festival Dance on Friday, Nov. 1 at

9:30 p.m. in the Parish Centre, 20 Coady’s Rd., St. Philip’s.  Music by Stan Butler. Admission $12 single. Door Prize is a $25 gas card.  Bring your own refreshments. For more information or to reserve tickets, call Margaret at 782-0988.

• Over the past 30 years, the RCMP’s annual Klondike Night has raised $914,188.49 for 43 charities in Newfoundland and Labrador. 2014 will be the 31st anniversary of this historic event and the final year. The RCMP Klondike Night committee is hoping 2014 will be the million dollar year. Raising $85,812 will take us to the million dollar mark. We are looking for two provincial charities who will be the final benefactors of Klondike Night. Charities can find the criteria and application information on the RCMP web site at rcmp.ca/nl under the “Klondike Night” tab. The cut off for applications is Friday, Nov. 1. For more information, contact Helen Cleary-Escott, RCMP Media Relations Unit at 772-7334. The final RCMP Klondike Night will be Friday, March 7th, 2014.

• VON St. John’s presents the sixth annual Trivia Challenge with quizmaster Krissy Holmes. Get your thinking caps on and grab friends and family for a fun night to support a great cause on Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Reid Community Centre. Auctions, draws, prizes, snacks and a cash bar. All proceeds go to VON services and programs like Meals on Wheels, SMART, Coping at Home and Foot Care. Just $35 per person (with a $20 tax receipt).

• Old-time variety concert on Friday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Cupids Legacy Centre.

 

Saturday, November 2

• The Colony of Avalon cordially invites one and all to a Christmas open house on Nov. 2 and 3. The Colony of Avalon Gift Shop and 17th-century Kitchen, Ferryland open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Free admission

• St. Michael and All Angels parish will hold its annual fall sale Saturday, Nov. 2 at St. Mary’s parish hall on Craigmillar Avenue in

St. John’s. Doors open 9:30 a.m. with usual stalls, morning coffee 10 a.m. to noon, ($5), buffet supper 5 p.m. ($20) and card party 7 p.m. ($2). For takeouts ($12) call 579-8279 or 368-2844.

• St. James UCW will be holding a sale and morning coffee on Saturday, Nov. 2 in the church auditorium, 330 Elizabeth Ave. from

9:45 a.m. to 12 noon.  Tickets $6 available at the door.

• St. Peter’s Parish, Upper Gullies will be holding its annual fall fair on Saturday, Nov. 2, beginning at 10 a.m. with morning coffee.  A variety of items for sale: preserves, baked goods, sewing and knitted goods, Christmas items and a silent auction.  Dinner at 6 p.m., consisting of cold turkey and buffett of salads and desserts, followed by a card game. For tickets call the church office at 744-2648.

• St. Lawrence ACW, Portugal Cove holding a fall sale on Nov. 2 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Parish Hall. Usual tables. Brunch will be served, $8 adults, $4 children 12 and under. For more info call Church office 895-2215.

• “A Fish’s Tale” Kids Club program for November at The Suncor Energy Fluvarium. Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. from Nov. 2 to 24. Program runs approx. 45-60 minutes. Note that special programs run during Spawning Festival Nov. 9 and 10. Discover the changes a little fish must go through as we take Fluvarium Kids on the journey of a Brown Trout.  It is spawning season at The Fluvarium, some lucky visitors may even get to see the fish laying eggs!  Enjoy this family fun program with a fishy tale, game and craft!

• Afternoon tea and sale on Nov. 2 from 2-4 p.m. at First United Church Women, 221 Park Ave., Mount Pearl. Adults: $5/children: $1. Call church office for tickets at 368-2194 or pay at the door.

• Readings, a panel discussion and three evening book launches with Pedlar authors Souvankham Thammavongsa, Stan Dragland, Susan Downe, Rachel Lebowitz, Sandra Ridley, Warren Heiti, Carole Glasser Langille and Ken Sparling on Nov. 2 from 2-5 p.m. Book launch from 7-9 p.m. at the Cox & Palmer Second Space, LSPU Hall.

• Teachers on Wheels will hold a day-long tutor-training workshop Saturday, Nov. 2. Call Tom Dawe for details at 738-3975.

• The Anchormen Barbershop Chorus will have it’s annual show at Cochrane St. United Church, on Saturday November 2 at 8 p.m.  Also appearing  with the Anchormen will be the ladies barbershop chorus, Newfound Sound, as well as quartets. This years special guests are well know entertainers, Shelly Neville and Peter Halley. Tickets are $15.00 and are available at the door or by calling 746 9311 or 579 2732.

• The 30 Plus Singles Club is having a dance on Saturday, November 2 at the Knights of Columbus, 49 St. Clare Avenue from 9:30 - 1 a.m. Tickets at the door - singles only. No jeans or denim clothing.

 

Sunday, November 3

• The Sixth Annual Festival of Remembrance commemorates the service and sacrifice of those who have served and continue to serve our country, through pageantry, music, song, story and prayer at Holy Heart Theatre Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets  available from the box office or online at www.holyhearttheatre.com. Adults $15, seniors and students $10, children $5. Personnel in uniform admitted free.

• On Sunday, November 3 the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) NL will be hosting their second annual Polar Plunge in support of Special Olympics NL. Individuals, alongside law enforcement officers will experience heartwarming and bone chilling extremes as they take the plunge into the ice NL waters while raising funds for Special Olympics. We will all be “Freezin’ for a Reason” and we want you to join us. The Polar Plunge will take place on Sunday, November 3, at the Rotary Sunshine Park, Thorburn Road, St. John’s. Registration 12 p.m. plunging starts at 1 p.m.  Participants who raise $100 or more in donations from friends, family and co-workers get the privilege to jump into the icy waters and a t-shirt. If you raise $200 you will also get a snazzy Polar Plunge toque. For more information contact the SONL office sonl@sonl.ca 738-1923.

• Mircochipping Clinic at the SPCA Shelter, on Nov. 3 from 1 - 4 p.m. Only $25 per pet, all proceeds support the SPCA. Great for cats and dogs! Call 576-0438 for an appointment.

• The Whitbourne Lions Club is hosting its monthly Sunday afternoon of fun and fabulous old time country music on November 3 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.

 

Monday, November 4

•  The Newfoundland and Labrador Archaeological Society presents a free public talk on Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. at QC 4028, Queen’s College, MUN, followed by its annual general meeting. The public lecture will be on on the 2013 MUN Archaeology Field School at the First World War site of Admiralty Station, Mount Pearl. For information: www.facebook.com/NLArchSociety or nlas@nlarchsociety.ca.

• MUN Global Brigades bake sale on November 4 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the MUN science building lobby. Global Brigades itself is a widely recognized organization and the world’s largest student-led global health and sustainable development organization. The MUN Global Brigades team will be engaging in a combined medical/ dental/ public health brigade in which we will aid in a community clinic. Fundraising efforts will allow us to improve the quality of life of those living there and to provide medical care to individuals whom, otherwise, may have to walk miles upon miles to find it. MUN GB will be travelling to Honduras in July 2014 to aid in a community clinic.

 

Tuesday, November 5

• The Town of Flatrock will be holding a community bonfire on Tuesday, Nov. 5 in celebration of Guy Fawkes Night. The bonfire will be held at the beach at 6:30 p.m. refreshments will be provided. Bring your own roasting sticks.

• The monthly meeting of the Nfld Horticultural Society will be held at St David’s Church Hall, Elizabeth Avenue at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Mike Fleming will give a  demonstration of how to use balsam to create seasonal, decorative swags and centerpieces. Our AGM will take place at this meeting and there are positions available on our Board. New and returning members welcome! Refreshments and friendly garden chat following the meeting.

• The Spiritual Book Club (5 weeks) begins Tuesday Nov. 5, 1 - 2:30 p.m. “Truly our Sister-Theology of Mary in the Communion of Saints”.

• Night Hike — For Educators of all Kinds! Interested in exploring how to take youth outdoors at night? Worried about safety or activity ideas? Join the Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Educators on November 5 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Suncor Energy Fluvarium. Be prepared to go outside and we will share one organization’s successful Night Hike program and share other activities that you can use outdoors in different seasons. This event is open to anyone who works with kids and wants to help connect them with the natural world! Snacks and chats to follow! RSVP to info@nlee.ca or call 754-3474 and ask for Denise.

• Easter Seals NL is currently recruiting volunteers to assist with the delivery of their 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, November 5 at 7 p.m. at Easter Seals House, 206 Mt. Scio Road. For more information or to register for this session please contact Emma at emma@eastersealsnl.ca or 754-1399.

  • The November meeting of the Avalon Prostate Cancer Support Group  will be held at 7:15 p.m. on November 5 at the Elk’s Club on Carpasian Road. Speaker: Jennifer Spracklin, Clinical Sexologist. If you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, and/or have questions or concerns about prostate cancer, you are encouraged to attend and share your experience.

 

Wednesday, November 6

• “The Rose of No Man’s Land: Women on the Western Front” on Nov. 6 at

7 p.m. at The Rocket Bakery. During WWI women were actively drafted into service as nurses, VADs and ambulance drivers. What did it mean to be a woman during this time? In this talk, Nancy Martin shares their stories through an examination of literary texts as well as their memoirs and autograph books.

• Bio-spiritual Focusing with Donna Burt, Wednesdays, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 6 -27 at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Road. Please pre-register by phone at 753-8760 or by email at information@thelantern.nf.net.

 • It’s fall release season and here at Breakwater, we’re doing it up in style. Come help us celebrate the release of new books by NTV newsman Glen Carter and firecracker mommyblogger Vicki Murphy on November 6 at 7 p.m. at Bianca’s on Water Street.  We’ll be raising a glass to Glen’s new thriller, Last Witness, and Vicki’s laugh-out-loud Motherfumbler the only way that makes sense - with custom-designed martinis, of course. Short readings! Designer drinks! Party favours you won’t believe. All are welcome, and of course, admission is free. Refreshments will be served.

 

Thursday, November 7

•  The Marjorie Mews Public Library is proud to welcome Jamie MacWhirter author of “A Soldier’s Tale” on Thursday Nov. 7 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.

• On November 7, Atlantic Light Theatre, St. John’s newest theatre company, presents “Do You Hear The People Sing?” an evening of musical favourites performed by the stellar cast of the upcoming production of Les Miserables. This all ages concert will be held at the D. F. Cook Recital Hall and co-hosted by Jacinta Mackey Graham and Doug Vaughan. Tickets for the Nov. 7 concert are $25 and available at the Arts and Culture Centre Box Office.

• Creating Connections Course for Women (5 wks.-Part I) on Nov. 7 from 7-9 p.m.This is a course for women who feel the pressure to meet the expectations of others and often struggle with feeling “Never Enough, despite their best efforts.: Facilitator: Denise Sargeant BScPT, MMFT Call Sr. Loretta 579-0168 or email: flb@nf.aibn.com

• Jim Fidler will be launching his new CD ‘RPM’ on Thursday, November 7 at Spirit of Newfoundland Productions from 8 p.m. to 12 midnight. Tickets are $30 single and $50 double and includes a copy of the CD. Please call 579-3023 or go to jimfidler.com to reserve your spot, Seating is limited.

 

 

 

Upcoming events

• Friday movie night: “October Baby” in the conference room, Pastoral Centre Nov. 8 from 7-9:30 p.m. On a journey to discover her hidden past and find hope for her unknown future, Hannah discovers that every life is beautiful.

• On Friday, Nov. 8 and Saturday, Nov. 9, two free public workshops will be held in St. John’s to promote the agricultural use of biochar, an organic soil amendment with remarkable agricultural and environmental properties. Seating is limited and pre-registration is recommended. Contact Lori Heath, rootconnection@gmail.com or call 738-7542.

• Book sale at the A.C. Public Library in the Arts and Culture Centre on Nov. 8 and 9 from 9:30 a. to

5 p.m. Fiction/mystery/fantasy/history/canadiana/newfoundlandia/romance/cooking/children’s and much more. Donations of gently used books are welcome. Label your box/bag “St. John’s Library Board “ and drop it off at one of the three branches.

• Alcoholic Anonymous (with Al-Anon participation) is holding its annual fall convention and banquet on Nov. 8-10 at The Comfort Inn, 106 Airport Rd. The Opening AA/Al-anon speaker meeting starts Friday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. More information at www.aastjohns.nf.net under events.

• The Craft Market in Mt Pearl on Nov 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Church of the Ascension, 58 Smallwood Dr. Check out our local, handcrafted goods, visit our Charity Café for Team Diabetes; relax over coffee or lunch. Eat, shop, relax!

 • SPCA Howliday Fair on Nov 9 at St. Mary’s Church on Craigmillar Ave. Open from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., $2 admission. Booths from various vendors, gently used Christmas items, craft and baked items and more!

• The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada will host a public education symposium in St. John’s on Sunday, Nov. 10 at the Ramada Hotel in St. John’s.  The symposium is being held as part of Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Month, which is commemorated in November each year across Canada. The symposium is open to anyone who would like to learn more about Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis commonly known as IBD, which is a chronic disease that affects more than 233,000 Canadians — over 5,000 in Newfoundland and Labrador. Guest speakers include:  Dr. Bharatti Reddy and Dr. Mark Borgoankar; Brad Priddle who will share his experience living with Crohn’s disease for the past 26 years; and Investors Group will speak on the insurance side of the disease. The event is open to the general public and is free of charge. It gets underway at 11:30 a.m. and wraps up at 4:30 p.m. A light lunch will also be provided.  Registration is required. Register online at www.ccfc.ca/2013symposia or call Kathy Power at 579-3700.

• Torbay Fall Fair on Nov. 11 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Torbay Parish Hall, off Convent Lane in Torbay. Admission is $1 or non-perishable food item. All donations are going to local food bank.

• The Flatrock Heritage Committee will be having a Remembrance Day Ceremony at the War Memorial on Monday, Nov. 11. People are asked to assemble at the War Memorial at 10:40 a.m. Refreshments will be served at the town hall Following the ceremony.

• Effective communications seminar begins Nov. 13 from 7-9:30 p.m. at the Corpus Christi Centre Facilitator: Lito Libres, family counsellor.

• Boundaries, with Agnes Hutchings, Thursdays, 10 a.m.-12 noon, ongoing to Nov. 14 at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Road. Please pre-register by phone at 753-8760 or by email at information@thelantern.nf.net.

• A.C. Hunter Public Library’s annual Christmas Tree Decorating with Eric White of Beyond Design on November 14 at 6:30 p.m. To Register, call 737-3950. Donation of a blown glass ornament is required.

• Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Workshop at The Lantern, Barnes Road on Nov. 15 and November 16. You will also receive my EFT E-Book. To register contact Phyllis at phyllis@coachphyllis.com. Attendance is limited.

• George St. United Church Women afternoon tea and variety sale on Saturday, Nov. 16. Tickets are $6. Sale is at 2 p.m. in the gym, main floor. Tea and silent auction at 2:30 p.m. Jimmy Pratt Memorial Outreach Centre. For Tickets call Ruth at 722-4961, Ruby at 745-4817 or George Street United Church Office at 726-8775

 • St. Lawrence Parish, Portugal Cove holding silent and live auction on Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. at the parish hall. Wine and cheese and finger foods will be served. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased by contacting the church office at

895-2215 or Christine at 895-3215.

• The annual general meeting for the Quidi Vidi/Rennie’s River Development Foundation will be held at the Suncor Energy Fluvarium, 5 Nagle’s Pl. on Monday, Nov. 18 from 1  to 3 p.m. Refreshments will be served. For more information call 722-3825 or email info@fluvarium.ca.

• SA Grace Nurses: Annual bring and buy potluck supper will be held Monday, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. at the SA Temple on Torbay Road (gym entrance on the side of the building).   Call Cheryl Trask at 753-8309 or Jean Babstock at 722-0629 for additional info.

Announcements

• Flight of the Butterflies in 3-D at the Johnson GEO Centre. Call 738-7880 or visit www.geocentre.ca for showtimes.

• Addiction is a family disease. It affects the relationships of those close to the addict: family, friends, employers. If someone’s addiction is affecting you, first you must help yourself. Nar-Anon is a support group for families and friends of addicts. Just come to a meeting on Thursday and Sundays at 8 p.m. at St. Theresa’s Church basement or call 682-9111 or  691-0366 or 690-6007.

• A St. John’s all-male choir The Singing Legionnaires is in need of men who love to sing. Come along to meet us at City Hall Wednesdays at 7:15 p.m. For more information phone Bill at 364-2875 or Jim at

753-3121.

• Beagle Paws is seeking caring individuals and families to foster loving, homeless beagles on a temporary basis. Supplies and veterinary care are provided, you provide the love. If you have room in your home and heart for a beagle in need then we would love to hear from you. Please call 738-7297 or visit www.beaglepaws.com for more information.

• A round trip to any WestJet destination could be yours in the Alzheimer Society annual ticket draw fundraising event! Tickets are just $5 each, so call toll free at

1-877-776-0608 to get your tickets today! Total of 5 prizes worth over $8700 so make sure to turn your $5 into a fantastic prize worth thousands! The winning tickets will be drawn on Feb. 14, 2014 so

contact the Alzheimer Society of Newfoundland and Labrador at

576-0608 or online at www.alzheimernl.org/ticketdraw to get your tickets today!

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

• Win $10,000! Compete in 10 challenges for the fastest time. Urban Pursuit brought to you by Easter Seals and TW Fitness. Be good enough to win! Register today www.eastersealsnl.ca.

• The scientific evidence is now confirming what many of us already knew: obesity and eating disorders are a very serious threat to our nation’s health. If you or someone you care about are concerned about this, you can do something about it.

For more information, please call Overeaters Anonymous: 738-1742 (toll free outside St. John’s:1-877-738-1742). Check out the 12 Step program that has given hundreds of thousands back their lives and happiness at www.oa.org

• Counselling Service Family Life Bureau: Individual, couple, family and sexual abuse counselling available upon request. To register, visit our website www.rcsj.org/family life or call Sr. Loretta Walsh, director at 579-0168, or email flb@nf.aibn.com.

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