Friday, December 20
• Any plans for Christmas Day? If you’re alone or without family this Christmas, The Gathering Place invites you to come and share a festive meal with us at the Knights of Columbus Hall at noon on Dec. 25. Reservations are required. To reserve a seat, please call 753-3234 between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday to Friday, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for reservations is Friday, Dec. 20.
• 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 December 1. Call 754-0570 for tickets.
Saturday, December 21
• Wesley Church will hold its annual Christmas Saturday Communion on Saturday, Dec. 21 starting at 2 p.m. Refreshments will follow. Anybody desiring transportation to and from this event should contact the Church Office well in advance at 579-3682. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.
• Powers Court Open Mic Show at St. Thomas Of Villanova Parish Hall in Manuels, C.B.S. on Dec. 21. Doors open At 7 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m. Come along and enjoy some great music and company. For more info call Frank 834-8196 or Ian 834-3544
Sunday, December 22
• Experience Christmas at the Basilica Museum with its popular “Nativities from Around the World” exhibit ongoing to Dec. 22, Tuesday to Sunday from 1-4 p.m. and Wednesday evenings from 7-9 p.m. Also available for groups by appointment. Visit our Christmas tree and leave a present for a needy child. For further information, please call 726-3660.
• Heavenly Creatures Christmas pet food and donation drive ongoing to Dec. 22 at Heavenly Creatures office, 3-7 Cashin Ave., St. John’s (we’re in a strip mall that borders on Mundy Pond Road). We’re next to a new Tropical fish store called Aquarium 101, and very near the Tim Horton’s that’s on Ropewalk Lane. During the weekdays of the drive we’ll be at our office from 6 to 9 p.m. During the weekend of Dec. 21 and 22 we’ll be there from 12 noon to 7 p.m. Our annual Pet Food and Donation Drive is a chance for HC supporters to pop by for a visit (Feel free to bring your dog with you if you have one!), and to make a Christmas donation to help us help homeless animals.
Monday, December 23
• 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 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. Call 754-0570 for tickets.
• New Year’s Eve dance at St. Lawrence Parish Hall, Portugal Cove, on Dec. 31 starting at 9 p.m. with music by Fred Lee; soup, chili, roll, tea or coffee will be served later in the evening. Tickets are $25 single. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please call 895-6424 or the Church office at 895-2215.
• Fluvarium Kids Club — January program every Saturday and Sunday Jan. 4 to Jan. 26 at 1:30 p.m. Winter Wonders Winter is here and the animals that tough it out all winter have to stay warm, safe and find food. Discover how the animals around the Fluvarium find everything they need, even throughout the winter! Fluvarium Kids programs are complimentary with admission. www.fluvarium.ca.
• The Whitbourne Lions Club hosts its monthly Sunday afternoon of fun and fabulous old time country music on Jan. 5 at the Lions Club in Whitbourne. The doors open at 1 p.m. and the excitement starts at 2 p.m. Join the other performers at the open mike or bring your instrument and play along or just tap your feet to that great old country beat. Happy New Year to all of our supporters and performers.
• Join the Community Sector Council Newfoundland and Labrador on Thursday Jan. 30, 2014 at the Annual Volunteerism Luncheon, being held at Bally Haly Country Club on Logy Bay Road, St. John’s. Tickets are $30 per person and must be purchased in advance. To obtain tickets or for more details, contact the community sector council at 753-9860 or go to CSC’s website communitysector.nl.ca.
• 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.
• The Overeaters Anonymous skype/telephone meeting takes place every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. To take part, please call toll free
1-877-738-1742 or email email@example.com.
• The Outer Battery Neighbourhood Association announces its 2014 Calendar. This years’ calendar is a collection of unique photographs of the Battery taken by Battery residents. A great Christmas gift, especially for family on the mainland. Calendars are available at Blue Moon Pottery and at Belbin’s Grocery, $15 each or two for $25.
• Taoist Tai Chi classes for beginners will start in January — several locations. Experience the health benefits. Phone 579-5276 for more information.
• The Yes I Dance survey has received quite good response so far from dancers across Canada. But we are hoping to achieve even more complete coverage of your dance community. This survey is an essential contribution that individual dancers can make so we all can benefit from a more complete picture of dance in Canada: who is dancing, where they are dancing, why they are dancing. The survey link is www.ekos.com/yesidance-survey. Participate in this first-of-its-kind survey in December.
• There is a new market opened up in Downtown St. John’s called the Water St. Variety Community Market. Located above Water St. Variety at 151 Water St, great vendors and craftspeople! Free admission. Hours are Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Running all December, taking a break in January but will be back in February with a Valentine’s edition of the market. Opening full time in March. For more info call 726-1698! Shop local, help the little guys and gals.
• 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 1-888-2-DONATE.
• As Christmas time rolls around in Newfoundland and Labrador, your chances of seeing someone dressed in a very strange costume increases 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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/online meeting of people who face serious eating struggles, please call 1-877-738-1742 (toll free) or email email@example.com.
• “Flight of the Butterflies” in 3-D 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. Teresa’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 1-866-322-3376, 450-229-1942.
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