Defining the province

Shirley Newhook
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Whether in cities or in fishing communities across Newfoundland and Labrador, it’s been said that CBC Radio’s “Fisheries Broadcast” is a touchstone to the industry that has defined the province.

It’s also the longest-running current affairs radio show and one of the oldest in North America. On March 7, the show will mark its 60th anniversary.

Among the plans for the full week: a dip into the archives to bring back voices and stories from the past, chats with notable people in the field about what the broadcast means today and a chance for listeners to explain why they listen.

There will be a number of on-air contests and one lucky listener will get a chance to win a traditional Newfoundland dory.

Wake up

With all the snow outside it’s hard to believe, but nature is getting ready for spring and the optimists at The Fluvarium are watching for signs.

Who is waking up, who is still asleep, who’s hunting and who is building nests?

Check out the programs that run for about an hour at The Fluvarium on Saturdays and Sundays from March 5-7. For information, call Denise at 754-3474.

By popular demand

After a wildly successful run in November 2009, c2c Theatre  is bringing back “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.”

In the cast: Brad Hodder, Janet Cull, Chris Driedzic, Matt Hender, George Robertson and Vaughan Grimes. The show runs March 10-11 at 9 p.m. and March 11 at midnight at The Rock House on George Street.

Customers and loyalty

Attracting customers isn’t always easy, but studies show it’s cheaper to get repeat customers than to try to attract new ones.

Women in business will be interested to know there will be a free online seminar by the Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs (NLOWE) where you can learn how to get your customers to return time and time again — and tell their friends why a business is worth their loyalty. The webinar will provide tips for business owners. It’s online on Thursday, March 17.

Pre-registration is required. Email by 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16.

NLOWE is holding its 14th annual conference  from March 30-31 at the Pepsi Centre in Corner Brook.

Toronto bound

From March 3-6, local artist Christine Koch will be in Toronto participating in The Artist Project — a fair for independent artists. Two hundred artists from all over the country, working in all media, will be showing.

Mark your calendar

The seventh annual St. John’s Storytelling Festival will delight audiences from March 8-15 when it welcomes participants from Ireland, the mainland and this province.

Among the host of well-known personalities: Anita Best, Didi Gillard-Rowlings, Dave Penny and Kelly Russell.

Two of the popular events: Five-Minute Story Slam (with the subject drawn at random from a bag) and The Jack Cycle, based on Newfoundland’s favourite hero.

Location: Ship Pub on Tuesday, March 15, hosted by Chris Brookes.

Email or call 754-4665.

The swilin’ life

George Allan England was the first and only person to write a detailed account of Newfoundland’s offshore seal hunt. When he died, his obituary in The New York Times referred to his book “Vikings on the Ice” as resembling Kipling’s “Captains Courageous” as a study of men and the sea.

The book comes alive when read by Frank Holden (hailed by Publishers Weekly as “a masterful performance”). It was awarded the Audie Award Finalist 2011, and is now available from

Helping Laos read

Two years ago, Neil Hardy and Sharon Collett, representing Community Learning International, embarked on an eight-month backpacking trip around the world. On their trip they spent considerable time in Laos (one of the poorest countries in Southeast Asia) where education is paramount to people’s  independence. The speakers shared their story at last week’s St. John’s Rotary meeting.

Story and music

The Concert Crowd comes to the Arts and Culture Centre in St. John’s this Saturday and Sunday. For ticket info, call 729-3900.

Canadian film

“Oscar-worthy masterpiece” was the description given to the 2010 Canadian film “Incendies.” You can see it at the MUN Cinema Series screening at the Avalon Mall theatres March 10.

The Hectic Pace returns next Friday.

Organizations: The Fluvarium, CBC Radio, Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs The Rock House on George Street.Customers Pepsi Centre New York Times MUN Cinema Series

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, North America, Laos Toronto Ireland Southeast Asia

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