Top News

Community events in and around St. John's, Wednesday, June 20 to Sunday, June 24

Boxing to Beat Parkinson’s, a specialized exercise program for Parkinson’s patients using boxing techniques, takes place at 10 a.m. at Boxfit, 878 Topsail Rd. Classes are free. Call 754-4428 for details.
Boxing to Beat Parkinson’s, a specialized exercise program for Parkinson’s patients using boxing techniques, takes place at 10 a.m. at Boxfit, 878 Topsail Rd. Classes are free. Call 754-4428 for details. - 123RF Stock Photo

Wednesday, June 20

Classes

10 a.m.

Boxing to Beat Parkinson’s

Specialized exercise program at Boxfit, 878 Topsail Rd., for Parkinson’s patients using boxing techniques. Classes are free. Call 754-4428 for details.

5 p.m.

FISHCRAFT

Join Fishing for Success at Rocket Bakery from 5-8 p.m. for a family-friendly evening of hands-on activities that are all about fish and fishing. Learn ancient skills of weaving rope and knitting net — but with a modern twist all your own. Make your very own souvenir to keep. Learn skills that have been handed down through Newfoundland and Labrador families for generations.

Groups

7:30 p.m.

Overeaters Anonymous

Regular weekly meeting held every Wednesday at St. James United Church on Elizabeth Avenue. For more information, call 738-1742.

Health

6:30 p.m.

Mental Mistakes

Learn how to reduce stress and anxiety, how to change the way you feel, and how we sabotage our success, and tips to control our thoughts. With presenter Gary Summers at the A.C. Hunter Public Library. Call 737-3950 to register.

Radio

7:30 p.m.

VOWR guest interview

Barbara De Land speaks with Elling Lien, director of the Nickel Film Festival, taking place at the LSPU Hall and NIFCO in St. John’s June 19-23. The two speak about various film styles, subjects, formats offered by filmmakers from Newfoundland, elsewhere in Canada, and beyond. Tune in on VOWR AM 800, online at vowr.org, cable radio Rogers 945, or Bell Aliant 756.

Live Music

7 p.m.

Chris Hennessy

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

10:30 p.m.

Heel ‘N’ Toe

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

Thursday, June 21

Classes

1:30 p.m.

T’ai Chi Chih

Come “Awaken the Energy Within”! Relax! En-JOY! Weekly wellness classes with Sheila Leonard at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Rd. This beyond beginners class is ongoing throughout June at 1:30 p.m. Refining our practice of the 20 gentle repetitive movements, helping further increase the flow of our natural energy. Call 727-7863 or visit www.sheilaleonard.ca for more information.

Gardening

Ongoing

Free Potato Seeds

The Seed Company by E.W. Gaze in St. John’s is offering free trials of exotic heirloom seed potato cultivars. The historic local business has partnered with P.E.I.-based Phytocultures Ltd. to bring in four unique cultivars of potatoes never before grown in the province: Yellow Sun, Red Smile, Kiss-me-a-lot, and Lobster Red. According to Phytocultures Ltd., these varieties are new to Canada, but are actually quite ancient, originating in antiquity and with possibly 1,000 or more years of production and taste selection behind them. While supplies last, customers are encouraged to take a free sample of one of the varieties and grow them to harvest. All the company asks in return is feedback on how well they grow and taste, to help determine whether they will be brought in as a new product to be sold alongside their regular seed potato selection next year.

Art

Ongoing

Brushes with Nature

An exhibition of works by Monday’s Company at Memorial University Botanical Garden, 306 Mt. Scio Rd. Monday’s Company have been painting with Diana Dabinett for 25 years. The exhibition runs from June 8 to July 12. As the room is sometimes in use, phone ahead to make sure the exhibition is open. Call 864-8590.

Film

7 p.m.

‘I am Inuk, I am Alive’

In celebration of National Aboriginal Day, the A.C. Hunter Library and the National Film Board present this feature-length documentary, in which eight Inuit teens with cameras offer a vibrant and contemporary view of life in Canada’s North. They also use their newly acquired film skills to confront a broad range of issues, from the widening communication gap between youth and elders to the loss of their peers to suicide. In Inuktitut with English subtitles. Presented at the A.C. Hunter Public Library. Call 737-3950 to register.

Live Music

Upcoming

How Sensible!

An evening with Sheila Williams at Holy Heart Theatre is coming up on Friday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. Join us for an evening of songs, laughs and, of course, stories. Includes special guests Shelley Neville, Dana Parsons, The 8-Track Favourites, Darrin Martin, and Etcetera. Tickets are $55 (plus tax) and are on sale at the Holy Heart box office.

5 p.m.

Fergus O’Byrne

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

5:30 p.m.

Homely-Made Jam Session

Join Matthew Hornell at Rocket Bakery for some home cookin’ and The Homely-Made Jam Session featuring everything from bluegrass to old-time tunes. Free event.

6:30 p.m.

Rob Cook

Performing at Green Sleeves.

8 p.m.

Irish Descendants

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

11 p.m.

Glory Days

Performing at Green Sleeves.

11:30 p.m.

Ceiligh

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

Social

6:30 p.m.

Booze and Botany

On the Summer Solstice, join research horticulturalist Todd Boland as you sip botanical cocktails and stroll around the Memorial University Botanical Garden, taking in the sights and smells of the garden at the start of summer. This is a special ticketed event. For tickets, visit https://www.mun.ca/botgarden/.

Public consultation

7 p.m.

New Francophone K-12 school

A public consultation about planning for the new Francophone K-12 school for the greater St. John’s area will be held at Ecole Rocher-du-Nord, 7 Ricketts Rd., at 7 p.m. Key topics to be covered include target population, Ecole Rocher-du-Nord and Ecole des Grands-Vents, school-community centre, new school location, timeline, and daycare. Snacks will be provided at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 722-6324 or email communications@csfp.nl.ca.

Friday, June 22

Art

Ongoing

Brushes with Nature

An exhibition of works by Monday’s Company at Memorial University Botanical Garden, 306 Mt. Scio Rd. Monday’s Company have been painting with Diana Dabinett for 25 years. The exhibition runs until July 12. As the room is sometimes in use, phone ahead to make sure the exhibition is open. Call 864-8590.

Live Music

4 p.m.

Rob Cook

Performing at Green Sleeves.

5 p.m.

Chris Hennessy

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

6 p.m.

Busking in the Blooms

Scattered between blooms, come see Memorial University students at their best. Busking around the MUN Botanical Garden, 306 Mount Scio Rd., from 6-8 p.m., you’ll not only be surprised by the flowers, but by the musicians. Entry by donation.

8 p.m.

Damian Follett

Performing at Green Sleeves.

The Reels

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

11:30 p.m.

Station Road

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

12 a.m.

Goodtime Charlie

Performing at Green Sleeves.

Saturday, June 23

Children

10 a.m.

Family Bloom Days

Calling all flower lovers! Spend a family day at the Memorial University Botanical Garden, 306 Mount Scio Rd. Feeling competitive? Enter the flower bonnet contest, or make a flower head wreath and join the petal parade. Children’s games and crafts all day. Admission is free, and our friends from Sci-Fi on the Rock will pop up in the garden, too. This event runs until 5 p.m.

Drag Story Time

Reading isn’t a drag! Come to the A.C. Hunter Library for our inaugural Drag Story Time with drag king Johnny Diamond. In partnership with RaiseUp NL Fundraising.

Live Music

5 p.m.

Bill Kelly

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

6:30 p.m.

Dave White

Performing at Green Sleeves.

8:30 p.m.

The Bishops

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

11 p.m.

Goodtime Charlie

Performing at Green Sleeves.

11:30 p.m.

Station Road

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

Radio

All day

Amateur Radio Field Day

The Marconi Radio Club of Newfoundland will conduct a demonstration of amateur radio and emergency communications in quest for its third consecutive title to the coveted ARRL Field Day (Smallwood) Trophy, awarded to the top scoring class A or B station in Newfoundland and Labrador (VO1/VO2) as published in QST. This year’s operation will be held in the town of Bauline. For more information, Google VO1MRC.

Retreat

9:30 a.m.

Wisdom Healing Qigong Retreat

Come awaken the energy within! Relax! En-JOY! This retreat runs from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at Virginia Water Retreat House, 47 Parsonage Dr. (off Logy Bay Road). Practice, review, and reflection time. For new and returning participants. Treat yourself! Please pre-register. Call Sheila at 727-7863 for more information or visit www.sheilaleonard.ca.

Sunday, June 24

Children

10 a.m.

Family Bloom Days

Calling all flower lovers! Spend a family day at the Memorial University Botanical Garden, 306 Mount Scio Rd. Feeling competitive? Enter the flower bonnet contest, or make a flower head wreath and join the petal parade. Children’s games and crafts all day. This event runs until 5 p.m.

Live Music

3 p.m.

Wales in the Harbour

Quintessential Vocal Ensemble (QVE) is performing at St George’s Anglican Church in Petty Harbour. Tickets are $25, or $20 for students and seniors, and can be purchased at Holy Heart Theatre box office, from choir members, or at the door. The concert will feature QVE’s competition repertoire that will be performed at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales next month. This is one of the oldest and most prestigious choral festivals in the world. The newly named choirs of QVE – Aquae and Ventus – as well as six-part a cappella group, Afterglow, will compete in four different categories. Representing Canada, they will compete against choirs from South Africa, Singapore, Germany, Poland, the United States, and more. Businesses in Petty Harbour are supporting the choirs at their upcoming send-off concert by offering special discounts to ticket holders from the day of the event up until the end of the month. Come support choral singing in Newfoundland and Labrador of the highest calibre.

3:30 p.m.

Sunday Traditional Session

At O’Reilly’s.

7 p.m.

Fergus O’Byrne

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

Mark Manning

Performing at Green Sleeves.

10:30 p.m.

Con O’Brien & Patrick Moran

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

11 p.m.

Dave White

Performing at Green Sleeves.

Radio

2 p.m.

VOWR guest interview

Barbara De Land speaks with Maureen Lymburner, director of development of the Home Again Furniture Bank, about the bank, how it works, how much it benefits both donors and recipients, who receive much-needed, gently used furniture and housewares. Tune in on VOWR AM 800, online at vowr.org, cable radio Rogers 945, or Bell Aliant 756.

Recent Stories