TODAY, DECEMBER 12
Tonight at the St. John's Arts and Culture Centre Shelley Neville presents "O Holy Night," an evening of Christmas classics with guests performers Tenor David Pomeroy, Cory Tetford, Peter Halley, Sheila Williams, the Shallaway Children's Chorus, John Neville, Brian Way, Paul (Boomer) Stamp, Sandy Morris and more. Showtime is 8 p.m.
On Dec. 16, The Celtic Fiddlers will perform at Gower Street United Church at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and available at the door. The Celtic Fiddlers continue to celebrate 20 years of performance and the recent release of their fifth CD, “Times and Tides.” — Submitted photo
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13
Port de Grave 15th annual boat lighting and carol sing will take place Friday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. on the Marginal Wharf. It will be a great night of singing, hot chocolate will be served and there will be a visit from the man in the red suit, Santa Claus. Each year we have 50 to 60 boats lit with thousands of lights! It is indeed a magnificent sight. This year "Land & Sea" is filming - so they are hoping for a huge turnout. Contact Joyce Morgan at email@example.com or call 680-1231 (After the opening the lights will be on every night until Jan. 6).
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14
CLB Regimental Band will hold its annual Christmas concert and sing-a-long on Dec. 14 at 3 p.m. at the CLB Armoury on Harvey Road. Admission is free, but non-perishable food items or cash donation in support of Bridges to Hope would be very much appreciated.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15
"Finding Christmas" - Red Fisherman's Shed on the Shoreline Heritage Walking Trail. "Finding Christmas" on Dec. 15 at 8 p.m. (Must have tickets in advance; limited number.) Free shuttle bus service from the Cable Building at 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by Bartlett's Irving Bay Roberts. Tickets $10. Proceeds to O'Shaughnessy House. Can be purchased at the town office, Cable Building, Bay Roberts. For information contact Sandra Roach at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 683-1195.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 16
MoMonday is like an open mic for professional speakers and other people like you with a great story and life lessons to share. Cost is $10 in advance (plus HST) with online tickets available until Friday, Dec. 13, or you can do $15 cash at the door.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17
Take a break from the bustle of the busy holiday season and drop by the Cox & Palmer Second Space in the LSPU Hall to join us for a glass of cheer on your way home from work. Our social begins at 5:30 p.m. The winners of this year's Christmas scene contest will begin reading their submissions at 7 p.m. Admission is free.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18
Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, St. John's Centre monthly meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 8 p.m. in MUN Chemistry/Physics Room C-2045. Free parking is available in Lot 5 at rear of the building. Christmas Social and short video "Ring World - The Story of Cassini." Visitors welcome. Details at www.stjohnsrasc.ca.
Friday, December 13
° Holidays are here again, and so is the Anna Templeton Centre's annual Christmas tea and sale. The beautiful building at 278 Duckworth St. is transformed into a cozy wonderland with just over 50 craftspeople and artists selling their work, with many beautiful pieces only available at this event on Dec. 13 from noon to 8 p.m., Dec. 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Dec. 15 from noon to 4 p.m. Take a break from shopping with friends and relax in the tea room. Snack on some home-made Christmas quiche, soup and salad, coffee, tea and sweet treats, while you decide what to get for that special someone or for yourself. Admission is $2 at the door. Kids under 12 are free.
° The Annual Christmas candlelight service of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 30 Aldershot St. will be held on Friday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. Everyone is cordially invited. A festive treat will be served following the service.
Saturday, December 14
° Find the Floor Dance Collective presents a dance show extravaganza, Saturday, Dec. 14 at Mary Queen of the World, Topsail Road. Local dancers from Jill Dreaddy Danceco, School of Mount Pearl Dance, Philip McDermott - winner of Do You Think You Can Dance Newfoundland - and the Sereka Dance Company will join professional modern dancers, Rhonda Baker and Simon Renalu for an energetic evening of dance. Advance tickets are $15 and available by contacting Shannon at Jill Dreaddy Danceco. Tickets will be at available at the door on performance night for $20. For more information contact Shannon Roberts at Jill Dreaddy Danceco, 834-9789 or 722-9789. www.facebook.com/findthefloordancecollective
° St. John the Evangelist, Topsail will host a Christmas holly tea on Saturday, Dec. 14 at the parish hall on Rectory Road from 2:30-4 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are available by calling Shirley at 368-9504, Betty at 834-4736 or Sandra at 834-8834. Join us for an afternoon of food, fun and fellowship.
° St. Mary's Anglican Church, Craigmillar Avenue will host a breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 9-11:30 a.m. in the church auditorium. Cost is $5 per person. Please call the church office at 579-0039 for more information.
° The Compassionate Friends Room 2J618 HSC on Sunday, Dec. 14 from 6-9:30 p.m. (candle lighting).
° Benevolent Irish Society, 30 Harvey Rd. will hold a Christmas raffle on Dec. 14 and 15. Raffle runs from noon to 5 p.m. Goods and money wheel. Come and brings your friends. For more information call 754-0570.
° O Christmas Tree Kids Club program for December at The Suncor Energy Fluvarium on Saturday Dec. 14 and Sunday Dec. 15 at 1:30 p.m. Program runs about. 45-60 minutes. Discover where this popular holiday tradition comes from and why evergreen trees are important to our forest and river friends throughout the winter.
Sunday, December 15
° Clarke's Beach United church senior choir will present a service of Carols and readings on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. Pre-service sing-a-long with the guitar group at 6.45 p.m. All are welcome.
° Bluegrass and old-time country music jam session at the Bay Roberts Lions Club on Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. Come by and hear some great songs and music performed by great musicians.
Wednesday, December 18
° Celebrating the winter solstice on Wednesday, Dec. 18 from 7-8: 30 p.m. A time for reflection, meditation and affirmation offered by Judy Power, certified yoga instructor and holistic health educator alive with yoga. For details call 754-2425 or www.alivewithyoga.ca. Advance registration required.
• Any plans for Christmas Day? If you’re alone or without family this Christmas, The Gathering Place invites you to come and share a festive meal with us at the Knights of Columbus Hall at noon on Dec. 25. Reservations are required. To reserve a seat, please call 753-3234 between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday to Friday, or confirm by email at email@example.com. Deadline for reservations is Friday, Dec. 20.
• Wesley Church will hold its annual Christmas Saturday Communion on Saturday, Dec. 21 starting at 2 p.m. Refreshments will follow. Anybody desiring transportation to and from this event should contact the Church Office well in advance at 579-3682. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.
• Powers Court Open Mic Show at St. Thomas Of Villanova Parish Hall in Manuels, C.B.S. on Dec. 21. 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 834-8196 or Ian 834-3544
• Experience Christmas at the Basilica Museum with its popular “Nativities from Around the World” exhibit ongoing to Dec. 22, Tuesday to Sunday from 1-4 p.m. and Wednesday evenings from 7-9 p.m. Also available for groups by appointment. Visit our Christmas tree and leave a present for a needy child. For further information, please call 726-3660.
• Heavenly Creatures Christmas pet food and donation drive ongoing to Dec. 22 at Heavenly Creatures office, 3-7 Cashin Ave., St. John’s (we’re in a strip mall that borders on Mundy Pond Road). We’re next to a new Tropical fish store called Aquarium 101, and very near the Tim Horton’s that’s on Ropewalk Lane. During the weekdays of the drive we’ll be at our office from 6 to 9 p.m. During the weekends of Dec. 14, 15, 21 and 22 we’ll be there from 12 noon to 7 p.m. Our annual Pet Food and Donation Drive is a chance for HC supporters to pop by for a visit (Feel free to bring your dog with you if you have one!), and to make a Christmas donation to help us help homeless animals.
• The 4th Annual “Shine Your Light on Tibbs Eve” fundraising concert is Dec. 23. An exciting lineup of performers will once donate their time and talent in support of the St. John’s Women’s Centre programs. Tickets are on sale noe at the LSPU Ticket office. Ticket price is $50 and includes a $25 charitable tax receipt as well as a free glass of wine or beer. The show will make a great gift for that someone special. Help support our Women’s Centre programs.
• Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation launches new Christmas fundraising initiative to raise funds in support of cancer patients and their families. The Lights for Hope Campaign will run to Dec. 31, 2013. During this time, donors will be given the opportunity to dedicate a light in the Garden of Hope at the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre in St. John’s. To show the impact throughout the campaign, the white lights in the Garden of Hope will change from white to yellow to showcase the impact donors are having on cancer care right here in Newfoundland and Labrador. For more information and to make your donation visit cancercarefoundation.nl.ca.
• Benevolent Irish Society, 30 Harvey Rd., New Year’s Eve on Tuesday Dec. 31. Meal starts at 7:30 p.m. Meal your choice stuffed chicken breast or roast beef. Music by Smartsound. Cost $35 for members and $40 for non-members. Call 754-0570 for tickets.
• New Year’s Eve dance at St. Lawrence Parish Hall, Portugal Cove, on Dec. 31 starting at 9 p.m. with music by Fred Lee; soup, chili, roll, tea or coffee will be served later in the evening. Tickets are $25 single. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please call 895-6424 or the Church office at 895-2215.
• Fluvarium Kids Club — January program every Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 26 at 1:30 p.m. Winter Wonders Winter is here and the animals that tough it out all winter have to stay warm, safe and find food. Discover how the animals around the Fluvarium find everything they need, even throughout the winter! Fluvarium Kids programs are complimentary with admission. www.fluvarium.ca.
° The Overeaters Anonymous skype/telephone meeting takes place every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. To take part, please call toll free 1-877-738-1742 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
° St. Marks Anglican Church, 203 Logy Bay Road, is asking you to help "Fill a Stable with Hope" this Christmas. This year the children from St. Mark's will "Fill a Stable with Hope" by raising funds to buy sheep, goats, chickens, pigs, cows, and ducks. This is a tangible hope that will allow families in developing countries to break the cycle of poverty. They're not only filling a stable with hope, but with health and self-reliance. All donations are welcome but here is a breakdown of what your gift purchases: $500 or more buys a cow; $100 buys a sheep; $85 for a safe place for a (human) mother to give birth; $80 buys a goat; $60 buys a piglet; $50 buys two hens and a rooster; $30 buys a family of ducks. Christians believe that over 2000 years ago in a dirty stable God changed the world by filling it with the most unlikely of things: a tiny baby boy. That boy filled not only the stable but the whole world with hope, hope that things would be better and hope that love can heal a broken world. Please help St. Mark's give hope, but someone a cow or duck this Christmas.
° The Outer Battery Neighbourhood Association announces its 2014 Calendar. This years' calendar is a collection of unique photographs of the Battery taken by local Battery residents. A great Christmas gift, especially for family on the mainland. Calendars are available at Blue Moon Pottery and at Belbin's Grocery, $15 each or two for $25.
° Taoist Tai Chi classes for beginners will start in January - several locations. Experience the health benefits. Phone 579-5276 for more information.
° This season, Canadian Blood Services is asking residents of St. John's to be someone's holiday miracle. To book an appointment or for more information, visit us at www.blood.ca or call 1-888-2-DONATE.