The following is a listing of events and activities scheduled to take place throughout the region in the next seven days:
Thursday, June 19
• Nature Newfoundland and Labrador and Friends are celebrating this valuable part of our natural environment with an evening walk along the shores of Long Pond and part of Rennie’s River. Dr. John Gibson, DFO scientist emeritus and long-time urban rivers advocate, will discuss the importance of maintaining the natural character of Long Pond, its valuable wetlands, and Rennie’s River under the threat of biodiversity loss and the uncertainties of a changing climate. Join us on June 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Fluvarium parking lot.
• The Alzheimer Society will hold its next monthly family support group meeting June 19 at 7 p.m, at 835 Topsail Rd., Unit 107. For more information, contact the Alzheimer Society at 576-0608.
Friday, June 20
• Tuckamore Festival with the City of St. John’s present a free St. John’s Day Concert on June 20 at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (The Kirk) at 8 p.m. Award-winning Duo Concertant, Nancy Dahn, violin and Timothy Steeves, piano, perform a delightful program of music by Bach, Beethoven, and Debussy. The evening will also feature the premiere of a brand new work by Clifford Crawley.
• “The Practice of Kindness in Everyday Life,” — a mindfulness seminar with Ken Friedman on June 20 from 7-9 p.m. and June 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost $10 Friday; $70 Friday and Saturday. Key Assets Training Room 120 LeMarchant Rd. More information or tickets call 770-3122 or email email@example.com.
Saturday, June 21
• M&M Meat Shops is hosting a barbecue on Saturday, June 21 from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. at both their locations on Portugal Cove Road and Topsail Road. M&M has donated all the hot dogs and hamburgers and RCMP members will be at both stores doing the barbecuing. All funds raised go to the RCMP Fallen Members Fund. Bring your family and friends.
• The Centre for Life’s annual Walk for Life and Family Fun Day will be on Saturday June 21 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration starts at 9 a.m. at St. Teresa’s Parish Hall. Fun and food for the young and the young at heart. Sponsor sheets available by calling 579-1500. Proceeds in aid of the Centre for Life’s community outreach and Rachel’s Vineyard healing retreat weekend in September for post-abortion healing.
• There will be a beginner weekend in Taoist Tai Chi on June 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (lunch provided) and June 22 from 9.30 a.m. to 12 noon. Location: basement of the Hindu Temple, Penny Lane. To register call 579-5276.
• Simply Summer Extravaganza on June 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Torbay parish hall, off Convent Lane in Torbay. Admission is $1 or non-perishable food item (kids 12 and younger free). All donations are going to the local food bank.
• The NL chapter of the Stephen Lewis Foundation Grandmothers’ Campaign holds its annual walk to raise funds for the African grandmothers who are raising their orphaned grandchildren due to AIDS. The walk will be held on June 21 around Quidi Vidi Lake from 12-2 p.m. Registration will be at the Royal Canadian Legion, 930 The Boulevard, Pleasantville from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Coffee/tea/water/juice and hot soup and rolls will be provided after the walk. Donations are requested for the SLF programs. Children, “grandothers” and dogs are welcome.
• SPCA St. John’s makes helping animals a walk in the park. St. John’s: Bowring Park will be filled with walkers on two legs and four on Saturday, June 21 during the SPCA St. John’s Annual Walk for The Animals. Registration for the walk begins at 1 p.m. at Bowring Park’s Bob Whelan Field with the walk beginning at 2 p.m. The event is more than just a walk in the park though! Skyhigh Amusements will be there with a bouncy castle, Kings Photography will be doing pet photos as well as games you and your pet can compete in for prizes. Paradise Animal Hospital will be microchipping animals again this year. Get your pet microchipped for just $25 per pet and proceeds support the shelter. Participants can register online at www.spcastjohns.org.
• Kids Club program for June at The Suncor Energy Fluvarium. Discover the Salmon life cycle, hear a story of the mysterious Salmon People and play a game about the great journey a salmon takes to the oceans on June 21-22 at 1:30 p.m. This Fluvarium Kids program is Family Fun and can include an outdoor component, game, story and craft.
• Open House at Kent Cottage at Landfall, Brigus, on June 21 from 2-4 p.m. Join The Landfall Trust on the occasion of Rockwell Kent’s birthday as we unveil the replica of the wooden figurehead that Kent installed at the cottage in 2014. Unveiling at 3 p.m.
• The Gaelic Athletic Association of Newfoundland and Labrador will be holding hurling and Gaelic football matches this Saturday, June 21 on the lower field of Swilers Rugby Complex. All newcomers and experienced players, both men and women, are welcome. Games start at 2 p.m.
• Powers Court open mike show at St. Thomas of Villanova parish hall in Manuels, C.B.S. on June 21. Doors open at 7 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m. Come along and enjoy some great music and company. This is the last show for the summer and there will be a draw for a new guitar. For more information call Frank at 834-8196 or Ian at 631-8439.
• Coastal Sounds C.B.S. Community Choir will be in concert at Grace United Church, Coley’s Point on June 21 at 7 p.m. Tickets $5 are available at the door. Donations for the Bay Roberts area food bank will be greatly appreciated.
Sunday, June 22
• The Newfoundland and Labrador Fiddlers Association will hold the last session until thae fall on June 22 from 2-5 p.m. at the Arts and Culture Centre, in the 4th floor lecture room. This session is open to members and non members. The focus is on traditional and Down East music. We play acoustic string, whistle and flute with some exception for a bass or piano. Check our website at http://nlfiddlers.org to find out more about us.• Every year, thousands of whales migrate to the waters off the east coast of Newfoundland and Labrador to feed. The Cape Spear-Petty Harbour region annually witnesses hundreds of migrating whales with humpback, minke and fin whales being the most common seen. In celebration of their arrival off our shores, Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site and the Petty Harbour Mini-Aquarium will host the fourth annual Whale Festival on Sunday, June 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with special events, kid’s activities, artist’s displays, whale watching (of course!) and more.
• Moksha Karma Class for the Victoria Park Lantern Festival on June 22 from 8-9 p.m. at Moksha Yoga St. John’s (223-233 Duckworth Street). All levels welcome. Class will be lit by lantern lighting. Drop-in only (first come, first serve) by cash donation (minimum $5).
Tuesday, June 24
• Bereavement information and support program, with Susan Templeton and Donna Burt, eight weeks on Tuesdays ongoing to June 24, at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Rd. Please pre-register by phone at 753-8760 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 12 Step Spirituality, with Agnes Hutchings, Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. ongoing to June 24, at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Rd. Please pre-register by phone at 753-8760 or by email at email@example.com.
• The A/B E. P. Roche Assembly of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus will hold their regular monthly meeting on June 24 in the meeting room of the Mary Queen of Peace church on Torbay Rd. All Sir Knights are invited and encouraged to attend. Rosary begins at 7:30 p.m. meeting will follow. Sir Knights are reminded to bring their 3rd Degree card and their 4th Degree card to the meeting.
Wednesday, June 25
• Wednesdays is Yoga Night at MQW. Affordable seven-week summer session from June 25 to Aug. 6. Relaxation Yoga at 6 p.m. Yin Yoga at 7:15 p.m. www.relaxationyoga.ca or call 682-7671.
• Join us for a free presentation on how to grow and prepare culinary herbs on June 25 at 7 p.m. to add healthy flavour to your meals. Get helpful kitchen tips and learn about how to grow a variety of herbs locally. Hosted by AC Hunter Public Library and Food Security Network NL. Register in advance by contacting 737-3950.
• General cancer support group meeting for cancer patients and caregivers on June 25 at Sobeys community room in Mount Pearl, 50 Old Placentia Rd. from 7:30-9 p.m. Topic will be information on support services. For further information contact Denise McCarthy at 753-6520 ext 228.
Thursday, June 26
• Wesley UCW at Patrick Street will hold a soup/chili luncheon, rolls, dessert, tea or coffee on Thursday, June 26 at 12:30 p.m. with social to follow. Tickets $12 and available from Phoebe at 782-1689 or Ruby at 754-0916.
• The 14th annual Seniors’ Day at the Garden, to be held at MUN Botanical Garden on Thursday, June 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Friends of the Garden and Botanical Garden staff have organized a day just for seniors (60+), with free admission, delicious refreshments, garden tours, gardening advice and much more. C.A.R.P. (The Canadian Association of Retired Persons, Avalon Chapter) are supporters of Seniors’ Day at the Garden once again this year. For more information visit our website at www.mun.ca/botgarden.
• Annual Charlie Horwood Memorial Pink Lady Slipper Orchid Walk on June 26 at 6:30 p.m. Meet at the MUN Vivarium Parking Lot, off Mount Scio Road, opposite to the Botanic Garden entrance. Park in the paved lot off that roadway, on the right very near Mount Scio Road. NatureNL has an annual short fieldtrip on Mount Scio to view the pink lady slipper orchids. Initially the walk was led by Charlie Horwood, a long-time natural historian and a founding member of NatureNL. Since his death, we have continued the traditional outing as the Charlie Horwood Memorial Lady Slipper Walk. While the re-growth and development of trails in the area have markedly reduced their numbers, we normally see several hundred blooms in the 70-90 minute easy walk.
• Bereaved parents are invited to meet with other parents who have suffered the loss of a child. The Compassionate Friends welcome you to meet with them at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 26. Place: room 2J618 near the main entrance of the Health Sciences Centre. For information call Diana at 753-3530.
• This season the Colony of Avalon continues its Archeologist for a Day summer program. This twice-weekly program runs June 26 to Aug. 15 and spaces are limited. Group discounts are available.