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The following items are for a variety of community events in and around the greater St. John's region:

A Scrabble tournament and silent auction (cash or cheque only) will be held on March 22 from 2-5 p.m. at St. David’s Church on Elizabeth Avenue. All funds raised will be sent to the Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Admission to the tournament is $10 and participants can bring a partner, several partners, or come alone and we will provide a partner. Top prize is $50 with several smaller prizes. Above all, it is an afternoon for fun and friendship. (If you have one, bring your own board). Refreshments will be served afterwards. — Thinkstock photo

Today, March 20

• All Saints Parish Ways and Means Committee, Foxtrap will host a St. Paddy’s Day Luncheon on March 20 at 12:30 p.m. There will be soup, sandwiches, dessert and a game of cards. Tickets are available by contacting Barb at 834-4795 or Sandra at 834-4627.

Saturday, March 22

• Cowan Heights United Church, 141 Frecker Drive, will be holding a spaghetti dinner on March 22 at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 and can be obtained by phoning the church office 745-2871. All are welcome.

Sunday, March 23

• Bluegrass and old-time country music jam session at the Bay Roberts Lions Club on March 23 at 2 p.m. Come by and hear some great songs and music performed by great musicians.

Tuesday, March 25

• Time to start something new in a new season on March 25. The St. John’s Guild of Embroiderers welcomes visits of anyone interested in any type of embroidery, free. Meet at Corpus Christi Hall, (in back) 260 Waterford Bridge Rd., at 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 26

• The Canadian Federation of University Women present a Gigantic used book sale of more than 25,000 books plus CDs and DVDs. Most selling at $2 or less, at the Arts and Culture Centre, St. John’s on March 26  from 6-9 p.m. and March 27 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and a half-price sale on March 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $1 admission good for 3 days. Please bring shopping bags.

Thursday, March 27

• Lent 2014 at Mercy Centre for Ecology and Justice, 101 Mt. Scio Rd.  Evening film and discussion on March 27 from 7-9 p.m.  Film: “Journey of the Universe, an Epic Story of Cosmic, Earth and Human Transformation.” Followed by discussion and refreshments. Registration is required.  Call 722-0082 or email


Thursday, March 20

• Are you or someone you know affected by Alzheimer’s disease? The Alzheimer Society will be holding its next monthly family support group meeting on March 20 at 7 p.m. at 835 Topsail Rd., Unit 107. If you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease and would like to attend a meeting with other family members please join our meeting. For more information, please contact the Alzheimer Society at 576-0608.

• Meniere’s and Tinnitus provincial webinar on March 20 from 7-8 p.m. For more information or 1-888-753-3224.

• Breastfeeding expert and Pediatrician Dr. Jack Newman will give an educational talk  on what you really need to know about breastfeeding. The presentation will be followed by a Q & A session. The event, sponsored by the Baby-Friendly Council of NL, will be held at the  Johnson Geo Centre, Signal Hill Rd, St. John’s, on March 20 from 7-9 p.m.

 • Spring equinox — celebrating the return of light and life, with presentation retreat team from 7:30-8:30 p.m. on March 20, at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Rd. Please pre-register by phone at 753-8760 or by email at


Friday, March 21

• St. Lawrence Anglican Parish, Portugal Cove, will hold a Paddy’s Day irish stew and dance on Friday, March 21 at 7 p.m. Live music by Dennis Kendell (Me & Him). Tickets are $12 per person and can be purchased by calling Kevin at 895-0123 or the church office at 8595-2215.

Saturday, March 22

• Visit the Craft Market on March 22, at the Church of the Ascension on Smallwood Drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Just $2 admission and a chance to win lots of door prizes. Visit the vendors, then stop for a chat, tea or lunch at the Charity Café, hosted by the Diabetes Association. Visit us on facebook or drop us a note at

 • The Celtic Fiddlers have been accepted to perform in New York this coming June/July for Canada Day as well as on Ellis Island, Central Park and Long Island. On Saturday, March 22, we are holding our annual Celtic Gala. This will be a dinner and silent auction and tickets are $30 each. This year we are holding the event at St. Kevin’s Parish Hall, Goulds. This will be our biggest fundraiser so we are depending on your continued support! You can purchase your tickets at 743-3918 or Susan at 745-0944.


Sunday,  March 23

• Come and enjoy a delicious afternoon tea with the St. John’s Choir on March 23 at Wesley United Church, Patrick Street from 2-4:30 p.m. There will be musical entertainment, ticket draws and some special diet treats. Tickets are $12 and are available from choir members, or by calling Sandra at 745-8320.

• Clarke’s Beach United Church Senior Choir present a service of music on March 23 at 7 p.m. on the theme “God so loved the world.” The guitar group will lead the pre-service singalong at 6:45 p.m. Refreshments and a time of fellowship to follow in the church hall. All are welcome.

 • Have you been sitting in the stands cheering your favorite team? Are you yearning to strap on a pair of skates and see what you can do in the exciting game of flat track Roller Derby? Well, here’s your chance! 709DG will be hosting a Learn to Skate night on March  23 at Mt Pearl Intermediate Gym from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Any one and everyone is welcome to come and try it out! There’s no fee to attend and no obligation! If you have your own safety gear, great! If not, you can email us at and we can provide it for you. You are required to provide your own molded mouth guard, which can be obtained from Walmart, Canadian Tire or any local sporting goods store. 709DG are also on the lookout for referees to join team zebra and other non-skating officials! You could be male or female but must be 18 yrs and over. For more information call Alicia Vocke at 728-0641 or visit


Tuesday, March 25

• Lent 2014 — Soup and Substance at Mercy Centre for Ecology and Justice, 101 Mt. Scio Rd. on March 25. The Film is “Awakening the Dreamer: Changing the Dream.” Looking toward environmental sustainability, justice and spiritual fulfilment. View the film and enjoy hot soup from 12-1 p.m.


Wednesday,March 26

• General cancer support group meeting on March 26 at Sobeys Community Room, Mount Pearl, 50 Old Placentia Rd. from 7:30 to 9 p.m. This is an open meeting for cancer patients and caregivers. The topic will be information on support services. For further information contact Denise McCarthy at 753-6520 ext 228.



• Teachers on Wheels will be holding a daylong tutor-training workshop on Saturday, March 29. Call Tom Dawe for details at 738-3975.

• Wesley United Church will hold a roast beef dinner, with dessert and tea/coffee on March 30 starting at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $6 for children, and can be obtained by calling Pheobe Sheppard at 782-1689, Marvin Barnes at

579-7900 or the church office at 579-3682.

• Rev. Bill Mercer and the Wesley Male Choir will have another hymn sing and request time at Wesley Church on March 30, starting at 6:50 p.m. We had such a beautiful evening of music and singing of a lot of the favourites from the congregation last time, that we decided to do it again! We use the “Praise Book” for our evening service, and the requests are made from there. All are invited to attend to sing and to hear the spoken word.

• Earth Day Canada (EDC), in partnership with Mill Street Brewery and the RBC Foundation, is looking for everyday eco-heroes who are doing extraordinary work to create greener communities across Canada. The Hometown Heroes Award Program recognizes and celebrates environmental leaders, groups and small businesses, who foster meaningful, long-term community awareness and action. For more information or to nominate yourself, a friend, a group or small business from your community visit The nomination deadline is March 31, 2014.

• DanceNL is thrilled to issue a call for workshop proposals for our third season of NL Moves Workshops. Applicants must be DanceNL members in good standing (membership information is available at

membership/)  and the application deadline is April 1.

• The James Beard team is raising money for its next NYC endeavor. Mark your calendars for the dinner and auction. Join the James Beard Team 2014 on April 1 at the Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland in the Fort William Ballroom for a dinner and auction. Reception at 6 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. Live auction items, silent auction, and dessert auction. Cash bar and wine sales throughout the evening. Ticket price $50 per person.

• Money maven and television host Gail Vaz-Oxlade will be the keynote speaker at an annual conference aimed at women business owners on April 2-3 at the Delta Hotel and Conference Centre in St. John’s. Host of Slice’s “Til Debt Do Us Part,” “Princess,” and “Money Moron,” Vaz-Oxlade offers sound financial advice and strategies to help viewers take back control of their money and their lives. Registration available online at

• The St. John the Evangelist Church annual fish and brewis takeout will take place April 4. Takeouts will be ready for pickup at the church hall between 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Tickets are $8 each and are available from any vestry member or by calling Maxine at 786-6342 or Debbie at 786-0555.

• The Cupids Legacy Centre and New World Theatre Project present “Shake the Leg.” On April 5 cheer on Conception Bay Celebrities as they brave the stage with Shakespeare's greats at the beautiful Cupids Legacy Centre. Tickets $25 per person, on sale at the Cupids Legacy Centre by calling 709-528-1610.

• Tanglecove will be in concert at Gower St. United Church on April 5 at 7:30 p.m. with special guests Geoff Panting, Andrew McCarthy and the STEP Fiddlers. Tickets for the concert are available now from Fred’s Records and O’Brien’s Music and may be reserved online at the Tanglecove website. Advance: $12, at the door $15. For more information, visit

• The annual SAEN (Salmonid Association of Eastern Newfoundland) dinner and auction will take place on April 5 at the Holiday Inn. Cocktails and preview of auction items at 6 p.m. Dinner at 7:30 p.m. Raffles, silent and live auction to follow. Single tickets are $75, of which $40 is tax deductible. Tables of eight or 12 available. Call Ian at 579-0843, Scott at 368-8125 or the SAEN office at 722-9300, or email

Organizations: All Saints Parish Ways and Means Committee, Cowan Heights United Church, Mercy Centre for Ecology Bay Roberts Lions Club Alzheimer Society Canadian Federation of University Women Wesley United Church Baby-Friendly Council of NL Johnson Geo Centre The Lantern Church of the Ascension on Smallwood Drive Diabetes Association Beach United Church Senior Choir Walmart Canadian Tire Sobeys Community Room Cupids Legacy Centre EDC Mill Street Brewery RBC Foundation Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland Evangelist Church The Cupids Legacy Centre and New World Theatre Association of Eastern Newfoundland Holiday Inn

Geographic location: Scio, Waterford Bridge, Portugal Cove New York Ellis Island Central Park Long Island Goulds Patrick Street Mount Pearl Canada

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