Thursday, August 14
• “Queen of Paradise’s Garden” (Puppet Show) Thursday, Aug. 14 at the Cupids Legacy Centre at 7:30 p.m. Presented by Perchance Theatre at Cupids. For tickets visit: http://perchancetheatre.com.
The Avalon Dragons’ 4th annual SunSplash Paddle in Paradise, an exciting day of dragon boat racing, will take place Saturday Aug. 16, at Octagon Pond in Paradise. Thirty community and corporate teams will compete for “Fastest Team,” “Most Pledges,” and “Most Spirited.” The public is invited and there will be activities for kids, food, and music, as well as racing excitement. Opening ceremonies at 8 a.m. Races from 8:45 a.m. to the championship race at 3:40 p.m. There will be a break from 12:05 to 12:30 p.m. for the very moving flower ceremony, to remember those who have not survived breast cancer and to give hope to those still struggling. If weather causes a cancellation, the festival will take place on Sunday. Friday night, Aug. 15, at Octagon Pond, the public is invited to an official opening, starting at 7 p.m. The Avalon Dragons will be introduced, followed by entertainment by 709, Blue Eyed Blonde and, at 10 p.m., Shanneyganock. In case of bad weather, the event will take place at the Rotary Paradise Youth and Community Centre, 68 McNamara Dr. More information at www.townofparadise.ca. For a complete race schedule visit avalondragons.com. — Submitted photo
• The annual Knights of Columbus rosary and light procession, will take place on Thursday, Aug. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Basilica of St. John the Baptist. This year’s rosary will commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the start of the First World War. The public is welcome. A reception will follow at St. Bon’s school gym (main entrance).
• The Rug Hooking Guild of Newfoundland and Labrador holds its annual rug hooking school Aug. 14-17. This year it is being held in St. John’s at the College of the North Atlantic, Prince Philip Drive campus. Beginner and experienced rug hookers are welcome. Non-guild members should apply for an annual membership at a cost of $30. Rug school information, membership and school application forms are available on the Guild’s website www.rhgnl.ca.
• What a great summer we’re having. Lots to do at the Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre, 7 Conception Bay Highway in Conception Bay South. On Aug. 14, 21, 28 — family campfire and sing-a-long, Thursdays from 7-8 p.m. We provide the marshmallows for roasting. Feel free to bring an instrument and join in the sing-along. More information at manuelsriver.com.
• Remember those photo booths where you would sit with a friend, pose, and then leave with a few photos? The Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador is setting up something similar this weekend in Petty Harbour. The only difference is that they will be recording memories, instead of photos. The foundation is setting up what they call “The Memory Store” — an oral history recording booth located in a fishing shed along the Petty Harbour waterfront. The recording booth is being set up as part of the Petty Harbour-Maddox Cove 6th Annual Arts and Heritage Festival, which runs Thursday Aug. 14 to Sunday Aug. 17. The Memory Store will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Look for the Memory Store banners and signs during the Arts and Heritage Festival. The Memory Store will be in the yellow shed, right on the harbourfront, three buildings up from the convenience store. For more information, email email@example.com.
Friday, August 15
• This season the Colony of Avalon continues its archeologist for a day summer program. This twice-weekly program runs until Aug. 15. Spaces are limited. Group discounts are available.
• On Friday, Aug. 15 starting at 3 p.m. the Trinity Historical Society will be holding its annual auction and garden party in the Trinity Museum Garden. A wide selection of items will be up for bidding — accommodation and restaurant packages; handcrafted items from the Green Family Forge and Cooperage; hooked mats from Trinity Museum; books; antique furniture (beds, dressers and trunks); and much more. Light refreshments will be served. Come along and enjoy a fun filled afternoon while supporting the Trinity Historical Society who are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year of Preserving, Presenting and Promoting our Heritage. For more information please contact them at 464-3599 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The Bugs and Debbie Greene Musical Comedy Show at The Beaches Arts and Heritage Centre, Eastport on Aug. 15 at 8 p.m. Admission: $20. To purchase tickets please call 677-2360. Visit us at www.beachesheritagecentre.ca.
Saturday, August 16
• The Bay Roberts Cultural Foundation holds a giant crafts sale and live auction at the Bay Arena in Bay Roberts on Saturday, Aug 16, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Doors open at 10 a.m.
• Beach firing and pottery sale on Aug. 16 at 10 a.m. at Middle Cove Beach. The 13th Annual Craft Council Clay Studio Beach Firing is happening Aug. 16. Experience the ancient art of pit firing and buy beautiful ceramics straight out of the fire. One-of-a-kind ceramic tableware, sculptures, vessels and more from $2 to $200. Support a community fundraiser. This all-day, all-ages, free event is not to be missed. The fire is lit around 10 a.m. and the first pieces are ready for purchase at approximately 1 p.m. Rain date Aug. 17.
• What a great summer we’re having. Lots to do at the Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre, 7 Conception Bay Highway in Conception Bay South. On Aug. 16 — Family Fun Day: community picnic from 1-3 p.m. Rain date Saturday, Aug. 23. Join us for a community picnic at Manuels River. Bring your own lunch, basket and blanket and participate in an array of traditional picnic games. Included with membership or general admission. Parents must remain with their children at all times. More information at manuelsriver.com.
• Does your family tree include the names Breddy, Kelson, Heytor, Miller, Sheppard, Stevenson or Swyers? Do you have roots in Trinity, Trinity Bay? Then the Willow Tree Heritage Society may be looking for you. On Aug. 16 the Willow Tree Heritage Society of Hant’s Harbour will be unveiling a plaque in memory of the seven crew members who were lost on the ship “Fanny” which was shipwrecked near Hant’s Harbour in December 1835. It is the hope of the Willow Tree Heritage Society that there may be descendants of the crew living in the province, and they would love to invite them to the official unveiling of the plaque on Aug. 16. If you or someone you know might be related to the crew of the “Fanny” contact Gertie Pelley at 586-2355.
• Soup and sandwich lunch Saturday, Aug. 16 at the Cupids Legacy Centre at noon. Cost: $7, sponsored by the Cupids Historical Society.
Sunday, August 17
• The Friends of Pippy Park will host its annual open garden tour on Aug. 17. Open to both the pubic and organizations of the park, with visits to various gardens across the park and the city.
• The 12th annual Railway Folk Festival, a fund raising event for the Kelligrews Ecological Enhancement Program (KEEP), will be held on Sunday, August 17th , 2014, by the beach at the end of Station Road in Kelligrews from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The festival features railway artifacts, stories, activities for children, BBQ, flea market, and live entertainment for the whole family. Admission is free.
• Pony ride fundraiser for Ashleigh Hudson on Aug. 17 from 12-4 p.m. at Clovelly Stables in Logy Bay. Pony rides will be $5 each, and this event will take place rain or shine (we have an indoor arena). This fundraiser is to help Ashleigh achieve her dream of going to the Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships in Quebec this October.
• GEO’s BIG Summer BASH on Sunday, Aug. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a barbeque from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. So much to do. Join us for barbaque, photo booth, bouncy castle, face painting, star lab, science demonstrations and more. Activities are included with the cost of admission! This includes one bouncy castle ride, but excludes barbeque (cash only). For more information visit www.geocentre.ca or 737-7880.
• Landfall artists 2014 workshops and talks. Come join us on Aug. 17 for a printmaking workshop at Kent Cottage at Landfall, Brigus from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Follow in the footsteps of Rockwell Kent and learn the basics of woodblock engraving — all in one day. In the afternoon, artist Jennifer Morgan will introduce participants to basic engraving technique. Visit Jennifer at www.jenniferleemorgan.ca to see her woodblock engravings. All materials and a delicious “Landfall Lunch” are included. Registration is $75 per person, and is limited to 10 participants. To register email email@example.com or call Milly at 722-2239.
• Open Garden Day tour and bus tour 2014. The bus tour will be on Aug. 17 from 1-3 p.m. The Gardens in Pippy Park Bus Tour was created to connect and showcase all of the organizations and people that are engaged in exciting projects in Pippy Park. The tour included MUN Botanical Garden, MUN Community Garden, Elaine Dobbin Centre for Autism, Mercy Centre for Ecology and Justice, Easter Seals Garden and the Friends’ own Family Garden (previously co-facilitated with FEASt). Open Garden Day is a guided tour of some of St. John’s many food gardens. Home gardens, community gardens, demonstration projects and art installations have all been featured in past tours. The Wellness Coalition — Avalon East are partnering with Friends of Pippy Park, FEASt, Daybreak Parent Child Centre, and Food Security Network to bring you the best Open Garden Day to date.
• Citizenship ceremony for New Canadians Sunday, Aug. 17 at 2 p.m. at the Cupids Legacy Centre.
• The Conception Harbour Heritage Group hosts its monthly open mic show on the third Sunday of each month and this month's show will be held on Aug. 17 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.
Monday, August 18
• Camp season, en français, offered by the YMCA in conjunction with CPF Northeast Avalon Chapter, continues in August at Centre grands vents, Ridge Road. Choose among the remaining amazing themed weeks. Call 726-9622 or come by the YMCA main desk to register for Week 8 (Aug. 18 to 22) and Week 9 (Aug. 25-29).
Tuesday, August 19
• Do you want to find peace in your life? Come to the Inner Healing Ministry on Tuesday nights in August and September at 7:30 p.m. at Wesley United Church basement on the corner of Hamilton Avenue and Patrick Street, St. John’s. For info call Roger at 895-3499.
• There will be a card game at St. Lawrence Parish Hall, Portugal Cove, Tuesday, Aug. 19 at 8 p.m. Bring your own cards, lunch provided, $5 admission. Call 895-2215 or 895-6424 for more information.
Wednesday, August 20
• Bird Watching on Wednesday, Aug. 20 at the Cupids Legacy Centre at 7 p.m. Cost is $8.
Thursday, August 21
• Opening Reception Aug. 21 from 7-9 p.m. “Focus on Fogo — Two Artist’s Perspectives” Featuring artists Peter Lewis and Michael Kilburn. The show continues until Sept. 13. For info visit www.peterlewisgallery.com or call the gallery at 722-6009.