• Mercy Centre for Ecology and Justice and Development and Peace host a Ten Thousand Villages Christmas fair trade sale of beautiful, fair-traded gifts benefiting artisans from more than 30 developing countries. at St Pius X Parish Hall, 16 Smithville Cres. on Dec. 5 from 1-8:30 p.m. and Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Your purchases will give steady work, fair wages, and a better life to struggling families around the world.
• NLOWE will promote local businesses with holiday business crawl. The Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs (NLOWE) will be visiting various women-owned businesses in downtown St. John’s during its Holiday Buy Local Business Crawl on Thursday, Dec. 5. Members and staff, as well as the public, are encouraged to patronize participating stores and restaurants in order to learn more about businesses in their community and find fun and unique gifts for the holidays. From 12-4 p.m., patrons can enter their names for a draw at each participating business for a chance to win a NLOWE prize pack. Later in the evening, NLOWE will be hosting a Holiday Networking Session for over 80 registered guests at The Capital Hotel in St. John’s.
• Dr. Tiffany Keenan, a Canadian emergency physician and Memorial University medical graduate will present a talk titled “Grassroots Up: Building a Health Program in Rural Haiti.” The talk will take place Thursday, Dec. 5, from 1-2 p.m. in Lecture Theatre A, Health Sciences Centre. Everyone is welcome.
• Families supporting families — information sharing session for parents, partners and friends supporting persons with eating disorders on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. at 31 Peet St., Suite 230. For more information please contact the Foundation at 722-0500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Up close and personal with “The Man in the Red Suit” Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. at the LSPU Hall, 3 Victoria St. Join Artistic Animateur Amy House as she interviews Bruce Templeton, author of The Globe and Mail bestseller “The Man in the Red Suit: A Memoir.” “Templeton is a local St. John’s businessman who has spent the better part of the past three decades assisting Santa Claus by visiting schools, hospitals, even riding in the annual Downtown Christmas parade. Through the years he has collected hundreds of stories and questions during more than 1,000 visits — some of them curious, some happy, and some heartbreaking. As Bruce says “it’s your presence, not presents that count.”
Friday, December 6
• Coming up Dec. 6 and 7 the St. John’s Shambhala Centre will be offering a foundation program in the view and practice of meditation, called “The Art of Being Human.” The program, which will be taught by Shastri Christine Sloan, is open to all. There will be a free talk on Friday Dec 6 at 7:30 p.m., and a teaching and practice session on Saturday Dec. 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The fee for first timers is $75 or whatever you can afford, and $35 for people repeating the program. The sessions will take place at the Shambhala Centre at 120 Lemarchant Rd. For more information, or to register, you can visit www.stjohnsshambhala.org.
• Exploring Meditation: Find stillness and inner peace in a calming and peaceful setting at Virginia Water Retreat House, Parsonage Drive (off Logy Bay Road) on Fridays, Dec. 6, and Dec. 13 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Facilitator: Judy Power, certified Kripalu yoga and holistic health educator. Cost is $50 or $15 per session. To register call 754-1582.
Saturday, December 7
• SPCA pet Pics with Santa on Saturday Dec. 7. Get beautiful holiday photos with the four legged friends in your life at St. Davids Church. Please call 682-7963 for appointment.
• Topsail United Church Men’s Club annual breakfast with Santa will take place on Dec. 7 from 8-11 a.m. Usual great menu. Cost $7 adults, $3 children under 12. Face painting and pictures with Santa. All are welcome.
• Wesley United Church Women will host a breakfast with Santa and mini-bake sale on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 9 a.m. Pancakes, sausage, bacon, toast, juice, tea and coffee. Tickets — adults $8 or children $4 — are available from Phoebe: 782-1689 or Ruby:
• St. Mary’s Anglican Church, Craigmillar Ave., will hold a Christmas flea market and white elephant stall in the church auditorium on Saturday, Dec. 7, from
9 a.m. to 12 noon. Christmas candy and fudge will also be available.
• The Delta St. John’s Hotel and Conference Centre is pleased to announce that it will be collecting gifts and non-perishable food items for those less fortunate in our main lobby once again this holiday season. All donations will go to support the programs of the VOCM Happy Tree and Community Food Sharing Association. On December 7 from 10 a.m. to noon the Jolly Old Elf himself will be stopping by the see who has been naughty or nice. Why not come by with the little ones to take their picture with Santa Claus while you drop off your donation.
• Mount Pearl Lions Club Santa Claus Parade takes place Saturday Dec. 7, starting at 10 a.m. Parade route starting from Mount Pearl Intermediate School traveling along Ruth Avenue and Park Avenue — finishing at Mount Pearl Square on Topsail Road. Along the route, food items can be donated to the St. Vincent de Paul Society’s local food bank, and loonies can be donated to the Community Food Sharing Bank. For more information contact Ches Pike of the Mount Pearl Lions Club at 782-7453.
• On Dec. 7, Melanie Jacqueline Custom Clothing Design and CharlotteStreet will be hosting “All I Want For Christmas: A Mini Craft Fair.” The event will take place at 267 Duckworth St. from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will feature other local crafts people such as Tulip Baroo Vegan Catering, Mauzy Metalworks, Esskin, Blue Dragon Clay. There will be complimentary cocktails as well as door prizes.
• Country Christmas event happening at Murray’s Garden Centre (1525 Portugal Cove Rd.) on Saturday, Dec. 7 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. This is a free community event with tractor-driven hay rides, complimentary seasonal soup and treats, and the opportunity to enter a prize draw. We will also be accepting donations to the Thrive Community Youth Network. Visitors can make a cash contribution or they can help us fill Santa’s giftbag by dropping off a small gift for Thrive’s Christmas Store for Youth.
• On Saturday Dec. 7 Parks Canada and the Society of Newfoundland Radio Amateurs (SONRA) will host “Signals to Santa” at the Signal Hill National Historic Site Visitor Centre Annex between noon and 4 p.m. During the event children will be given the opportunity to speak with Santa directly at the North Pole via shortwave radio. Admission is free and milk and cookies will be provided.
• Living an Advent Spirituality at Presentation Retreat House, 47 Parsonage Dr. (off Logy Bay Road) on Dec. 7 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Presenter is Gerard Whitty. Donation is $10. To register call 754-1582.
• City of Mount Pearl Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place Saturday, Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at Centennial Park next to Mount Pearl City Hall. Come along and join members of Council as we celebrate the beginning of the festive season. The Mount Pearl Girl Guides and the O’Donel High Choir will lead us in the singing of our favorite Christmas Carols, hot chocolate and cookies will be available. Remember to dress warm. For further information, please call the Community Services Department at 748-1008.
Sunday, December 8
• Victims of the Water Witch tragedy commemorated. Memorial to be unveiled Dec. 8 in Cupids.The Cupids Historical Society will unveil a granite memorial to honour and commemorate all victims of the schooner Water Witch tragedy on Sunday, Dec. 8 starting at 2 p.m. in the Cupids United Church (on Seaforest Drive opposite the Flag Site). The unveiling will follow in the graveyard, with a social next door in the Cupids Legacy Centre afterwards.
• The Town of Flatrock’s Santa Claus Parade is being held on Sunday Dec. 8 starting at Ocean View Park at 2 p.m. weather permitting. The town’s tree lighting will follow at 4:30 p.m. at the town hall where hot chocolate will be served and Christmas carols will be sung. To enter a float, please contact the town office at 437-3612 or email email@example.com.The alternate date in case of weather is Sunday, Dec. 15.
• Memory Candle Light Service: to remember those who have died by suicide on Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. at the St. John’s Chapel (attached to the School of Social Work), Memorial University. This annual event is held to support family and friends during the difficult holiday season. Share in music, poems, prayers and candle lighting. Everyone is invited to bring a photograph of their loved one to be displayed during the memorial. Refreshments and conversation to follow. Free parking is available in Area 22 next to the chapel.
• The Compassionate Friends extend an invitation to all bereaved parents and extended family members to join with them and other parents worldwide as we remember and celebrate the lives of our children who are no longer with us. The annual “Children remembered” candlelight gathering will be held on Sunday, Dec. 8 from 6:30-:30 p.m. We meet in Room 2J618, HSC, St. John’s (Main entrance near Pastoral Care). Please bring photos for the remembrance table and memorabilia, poems and/or readings to share. For information call Diana at 753-3530 or Mary at 834-4027.
• Saint Luke’s Homes 13th annual Christmas concert at the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre on Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $20. Tickets may be purchased by calling 729-3900 or visit artsandculturecentre.com.
Monday, December 9
• MUN Botanical Garden is hosting a show and sale of artistic wall hangings and other small quilted items. The theme of the show is the natural environment and the work has been produced by members of Eastern Edge Quilters in St. John’s. The show continues daily until Dec. 17 inclusive. Gallery hours for this show are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Our gift shop will also be open during this time.
Tuesday, December 10
• December Storytelling Circle on Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at The Crow’s Nest Officers’ Club, off Duckworth Street on the east side of the War Memorial. Admission is $3. Starting this month, the Storytelling Circle will meet on the second Tuesday of each month. For more information about the Storytelling Circle and the annual St. John’s Storytelling Festival, visit storytellingstjohns.ca or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Bingo on Dec. 10 at the Benevolent Irish Society, 30 Harvey Rd. Doors open at 7 p.m. Cards three for $5, extra cards 50 cents each. Proceeds in aid of The School Lunch Program. Come and support this worthwhile cause. For more information call 754-0570.
• Theatre Newfoundland Labrador will hold registration for Youth Theatre 2014 Winter Classes Tuesday, Dec. 10 from 4-6 p.m. and Wednesday, Dec. 11 from 6–8 p.m. TNL provides theatre training in acting and stagecraft to youth from Grade 1 to 18 years, while also encouraging the development of focus, confidence, teamwork and communications skills. Classes are set to begin the first week of January. For more information contact Sarah at 639 7238 or email email@example.com.
Wednesday, December 11
• Corpus Christi Parish, 260 Waterford Bridge Rd., will hold a dinner and roast of Mayor Dennis O’Keefe on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 6:30 p.m. One of the guest roasters is Deputy Mayor Ron Ellsworth. Delicious meal/silent and live auctions/games of chance/great door prize/lots of fun and a chance to get some early Christmas presents. Tickets cost $50 per person with a $30 tax receipt upon request. To purchase tickets please call the Parish office at 368-9751.
• Coastal Sounds C.B.S. community choir’s annual Christmas concert, will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at the Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre at 7:30 p.m. with a special presentation of the Christmas cantata “When Love was Born,” featuring members from The Anchormen Chorus, Afterglow and the Topsail United Church Combined Choirs. Tickets $20, tickets available by calling Bob at 782-0388. Donations for the C.B.S. food bank greatly appreciated.
• Winter Solstice, presented by Presentation Retreat Team, on Dec. 11 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Rd. Please pre-register by phone at 753-8760 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday December 11
• Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. join Canadian tenor, John McDermott, as he delivers holiday cheer and celebrates 20 years of performing. During the show, McDermott will sing holiday favourites as well as songs from his long musical career. As is McDermott’s tradition, he will also perform some tasteful Remembrance tributes. Tickets are $42. For more information visit the centre’s website at https://artsandculturecentre.com/stjohns/Online.
• Preparing for Christmas at Presentation Retreat House, 47 Parsonage Dr. (off Logy Bay Road) on Dec. 12 from 7-9 p.m. Presenter is Phillip Lewis. Donation is $10. To Register call 754 - 1582.
Holidays are here again, and so is the Anna Templeton Centre’s annual Christmas tea and sale. The beautiful building at 278 Duckworth St. is transformed into a cozy wonderland withmore than 50 craftspeople and artists selling their work, with many beautiful pieces only available at this event on Dec. 13 from 12-8 p.m., Dec. 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Dec. 15 from 12-4 p.m. Take a break from shopping with friends and relax in the tea room. Snack on some home-made Christmas quiche, soup and salad, coffee, tea, and sweet treats, while you decide what to get for that special someone, or for yourself. Admission is $2 at the door. Kids under 12 are free.
• Port de Grave 15th annual boat lighting and carol sing will take place on Friday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. on the Marginal Wharf. It will be a great night of singing, hot chocolate will be served and there will be a visit from the man in the red suit, Santa Claus. Each year we have 50 to 60 boats lit with thousands of lights. It is indeed a magnificent site. This year “Land & Sea” is filming — so they are hoping for a huge turn out. Email Joyce Morgan at email@example.com or call 680-1231 (After the opening the lights will be on every night until Jan. 6.)
• The Annual Christmas candlelight service of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 30 Aldershot St. will be held on Friday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. Everyone is cordially invited. A festive treat will be served following the service.
• Benevolent Irish Society, 30 Harvey Rd. is having a Christmas Raffle on Dec. 14 and 15. Raffle runs from noon to 5 p.m. Goods and money wheel. Come and brings your friends. For more information call 754-0570.
• St. John the Evangelist, Topsail will host a Christmas holly tea on Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Parish Hall on Rectory Road from 2:30-4 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are available by calling Shirley at 368-9504, Betty at 834-4736 or Sandra at 834-8834. Join us for an afternoon of food, fun and fellowship.
• The Compassionate Friends Room 2J618 HSC on Sunday, Dec. 14 from 6–9:30 p.m. (Candle Lighting).
• Bluegrass and Old-time Country Music Jam Session at the Bay Roberts Lions Club on Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. Come by and hear some great songs and music performed by great musicians
• “Finding Christmas” — Red Fisherman’s Shed on the Shoreline Heritage Walking Trail. “Finding Christmas” on Dec. 15 at 8 p.m. (Must have tickets in advance; limited number.) Free shuttle bus service from the Cable Building at 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by Bartlett’s Irving Bay Roberts. Tickets $10. Proceeds to O’Shaughnessy House. Can be purchased at the town office, Cable Building, Bay Roberts. For information contact Sandra Roach at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 683-1195.
• Benevolent Irish Society Mummers Night on Dec. 20 taking place at 30 Harvey Rd. Meal starts at 7:30 p.m. Meal is jiggs dinner, music by Smartsound. Cost $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Tickets for this event will be available Sunday Dec. 1. Call 754-0570 for tickets.
• For the 11th year, the Basilica Museum will be hosting the popular exhibit “Nativities from Around the World” ongoing to Dec. 22. Experience Christmas at the Basilica Museum featuring a large number of depictions of the Nativities from around the world. Exhibit Hours are Tuesday-Sunday: 1-4 p.m. and Wednesday Evenings 7-9 p.m. Also Available for Groups by appointment
• “O Christmas Tree” kids club program for December at The Suncor Energy Fluvarium. Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. Runs ongoing to Dec. 22. Program runs approx. 45-60 minutes. Discover where this popular holiday tradition comes from and why evergreen trees are important to our forest and river friends throughout the winter.
• The 4th Annual “Shine Your Light on Tibbs Eve” fundraising concert is Dec. 23. An exciting lineup of performers will once donate their time and talent in support of the St. John’s Women’s Centre programs. Tickets are on sale noe at the LSPU Ticket office. Ticket price is $50 and includes a $25 charitable tax receipt as well as a free glass of wine or beer. The show will make a great gift for that someone special. Help support our Women’s Centre programs.
• Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation launches its new Christmas fundraising initiative to raise funds in support of cancer patients and their families. The Lights for Hope Campaign will run to Dec. 31, 2013. During this time, donors will be given the opportunity to dedicate a light in the Garden of Hope at the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre in St. John’s. To show the impact throughout the campaign, the white lights in the Garden of Hope will change from white to yellow to showcase the impact donors are having on cancer care right here in Newfoundland and Labrador. For more information and to make your donation visit cancercarefoundation.nl.ca.
• Benevolent Irish Society, 30 Harvey Rd., New Year’s Eve on Tuesday Dec. 31. Meal starts at 7:30 p.m. Meal your choice stuffed chicken breast or roast beef. Music by Smartsound. Cost $35 for members and $40 for non-members. Tickets for this event will be available Sunday Dec. 1. Call 754-0570 for tickets.
• Bay Roberts Festival of Lights ongoing to Jan. 6, 2014. Share the spirit of Christmas. For the complete schedule visit www.calendarwiz.com/bayroberts.
• A round trip to any WestJet destination could be yours in the Alzheimer Society annual ticket draw fundraising event. Tickets are just $5 each, so call toll-free at
1-877-776-0608 to get your tickets today. Total of five prizes worth more than $8,700 so make sure to turn your $5 into a fantastic prize worth thousands. The winning tickets will be drawn on Feb. 14, 2014 so contact the Alzheimer Society of Newfoundland and Labrador at 576-0608 or online at www.alzheimernl.org/ticketdraw to get your tickets today.
• This season, Canadian Blood Services is asking residents of St. John’s to be someone’s holiday miracle. This month alone, the clinic in St. John’s needs more than 1,000 donations and Newfoundland and Labrador needs more than 2,200 donations. To book an appointment or for more information, visit us at www.blood.ca or call
• As Christmas time rolls around in Newfoundland and Labrador, your chances of seeing someone dressed in a very strange costume increased dramatically. These are padded figures, with humps on their backs, protruding bellies, shoes on the wrong feet, their auntie’s bra on the outside of their clothes, with faces hidden behind masks or bits of old lace. If you have a memory to share, phone 685-3444 or by email at email@example.com. Or, if you have an old photo you want the world to see, you can post it in the Vintage Newfoundland Christmas group on Facebook.
• If you want to change poor eating habits, there is help. It’s free and accessible to anyone in the province with a landline phone or computer. To find out about an anonymous weekly phone/pnline meeting of people who face serious eating struggles, please call 1-877-738-1742 (toll free) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• “Flight of the Butterflies” in 3D at the Johnson GEO Centre. Call 738-7880 or visit www.geocentre.ca for showtimes.
• Addiction is a family disease. It affects the relationships of those close to the addict, family, friends, employers. If someone’s addiction is affecting you, first you must help yourself. Nar-Anon is a support group for families and friends of addicts. Just come to a meeting on Thursday and Sundays at 8 p.m. at St. Theresa’s Church basement or call 682-9111 or
691-0366 or 690-6007.
• A St. John’s all male choir The Singing Legionnaires, is in need of men who love to sing. Come along to meet us at City Hall Wednesdays at 7:15 p.m. For more information phone Bill at 364-2875 or Jim at 753-3121.
• Lunch and bridge every Wednesday at the ReMax Centre (St. John’s curling club.) Please call Shirley Kelly at 754-3260 for more information.
• Beagle Paws is seeking caring individuals and families to foster loving homeless beagles on a temporary basis. Supplies and veterinary care are provided, you provide the love. If you have room in your home and heart for a beagle in need then we would love to hear from you. Please call 738-7297 or visit www.beaglepaws.com for more information.
• The St. John’s Farmers’ Market is held weekly, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. from June to December and is located behind the ReMax Centre off Bonaventure and Mayor avenues. Arrive early for in-season produce.
• Canadian Publications is offering a revised edition of the “Canadian Subsidy Directory,” a guide containing more than 3,200 direct and indirect financial subsidies, grants and loans offered by government departments and agencies, foundations, associations and organizations. In this new 2013 edition all programs are well described. To order a copy, please call