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Go Guide: St. John's area events for May 12 to 17

The City of St. John’s, in partnership with the MMSB and MUN Botanical Garden, are offering free backyard composting information sessions to residents of St. John’s at the MUN Botanical Garden at 1 p.m. today. Read below for details.
The City of St. John’s, in partnership with the MMSB and MUN Botanical Garden, are offering free backyard composting information sessions to residents of St. John’s at the MUN Botanical Garden at 1 p.m. today. Read below for details. - Submitted

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Saturday, May 12

Art

3 p.m.
Opening Reception
An opening reception for three new exhibitions at the Leyton Gallery: “Future Constructions” by Jonathan Green, “In Everything” by Michael Pittman, and “In All Weather” by Michael Connolly.

Books

10 a.m.
Todd Boland
Todd Boland will be signing copies of his latest book, Favourite Perennials for Atlantic Canada: How to Choose Plants and Design Your Garden at Costco until noon. For more information, contact Amanda at 895-6483 or awill@boulderpublications.ca.

Causes

9 a.m.
Flea Market
The Men’s Service Club’s annual flea market is at St. Augustine’s Church on the corner of Elizabeth Avenue and Westerland Road. Admission is $1.

10 a.m.
PLEASE NOTE: Garage Sale has been rescheduled to May 26
This garage sale at St. Andrew’s Church (the corner of Long’s Hill and Queen’s Road) runs until 12:30 p.m. and includes kitchenware, clothes, toys, linens, books, sporting goods, and more. Admission is $1.

Children

11 a.m.
SS Florizel Stained Glass Crafternoon
2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the SS Florizel disaster which is an important part of Newfoundland history. Join us at the Admiralty House Communications Museum (365 Old Placentia Rd.) as we talk about the SS Florizel and make a stained-glass tissue paper craft. Recommended for ages 7 and up. Event runs until 1 p.m. $3 per child. All supplies provided. Space is limited and registration is required. Parents and guardians are welcome to view our “Faces of the Florizel” exhibit as their children take part in this event in the classroom. To register, call 748-1124 or e-mail admiraltyhouse.asstmgr@gmail.com.

Groups

11 a.m.
Overeaters Anonymous
This is a one-hour meeting that happens every Saturday at the Carnell Building (13-15 Pippy Pl.). For more information, call 738-1742.

7 p.m.
Sacred Chant Circle
Join The Lotus Centre at The Landing at Memorial University until 9 p.m. for a sacred chant circle with Meranda and friends. Join in. Open your heart. Tune in to the universal beat. Increase your vibratory level. Bring your friends! Cost is $15 or donation. For more information, e-mail m_squires@nf.sympatico.ca or call 739-4429.

Information

1 p.m.
Backyard Composting
The City of St. John’s, in partnership with the MMSB and MUN Botanical Garden, are offering free backyard composting information sessions to residents of St. John’s. This approximately one-hour session is at MUN Botanical Garden. You can purchase a standard compost bin for $50 or a tumbler bin for $75 (HST included). These sessions are for St. John’s residents only. You can attend a free backyard composting information session without registering — just show up. If you will be purchasing a bin after the session, cash will be the only method of payment. Receipts will be provided.

Live Music

3:30 p.m.
Luke & John
Performing at The Black Sheep.

5 p.m.
Noel Worthman
Performing at O’Reilly’s.

6:30 p.m.
Derek Graham
Performing at Green Sleeves.

7 p.m.
The Duds
Performing at The Black Sheep. $10 cover.

7:30 p.m.
Aurora Women’s Choir
The Aurora Women’s Choir presents its 4th annual spring concert at St. James United Church, Elizabeth Avenue, with special guests the Trinitas Chamber Ensemble. The ensemble features Michelle Cheramy (flute), Nathan Cook (cello) and Phil Roberts (piano). Tickets are $20, but $18 for students and seniors, and free for children 12 and under. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit www.coastalsounds.ca.

9:30 p.m.
The Masterless Men
Performing at O’Reilly’s.

11 p.m.
Groovy
Performing at Green Sleeves.

12:15 a.m.
The Bishops
Performing at O’Reilly’s.

Meetings

1 p.m.
SJFM Cooperative AGM
The St. John’s Farmers’ Market Cooperative’s annual general meeting at the Foran Room at St. John’s City Hall.

Science

11 a.m.
Science Rendezvous 2018
Science Rendezvous is the marquee event to kick off Science Odyssey Week, occurring this year from May 11-20. Today from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., representatives from the Faculties of Science, Humanities, and Engineering at Memorial University and many external exhibitors will present exciting and interactive exhibits and activities for students of all ages. Exhibitors include the Ocean Sciences Centre, Bricks 4 Kidz, the NL Archeological Society, Let’s Talk Science and many more. Most events will be found in the lobbies of the Science and Engineering buildings at Memorial University. It will be a great event you don't want to miss!

Shows

8 p.m.
Etcetera 32
Come see this amazing celebration of song and dance at The Mount Pearl Glacier. Tickets are available at the Glacier Box Office and by calling 748-1100.

Social

11 a.m.
Geek Out the Library Day
Calling all geeks and nerds, the A.C. Hunter Public Library is hosting a free day-long event where we celebrate geek culture! Panels, workshops, costume and cosplay parades, comic book, Lego, Dungeons and Dragons experts and more will be on hand to have fun and celebrate fandom with us! Come and join in on the fun from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday, May 13

Causes

10 a.m.
Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet
Join us to celebrate Mother’s Day and support education work at The Fluvarium with a Mother’s Day brunch buffet. There are seatings at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. After your meal, families are invited to visit the exhibits or join our educators for stories, crafts and feeding time. Cost for the event is $26.50 for adults and $14.50 for children ages 10 and under. Limited seats available. Buy your tickets now by visiting The Fluvarium or call 754-3474.

Live Music

3:30 p.m.
Sunday Traditional Session
Hosted by Fergus Brown-O’Byrne and Tony O’Brien at O’Reilly’s.

7 p.m.
Dave Whitty
Performing at Green Sleeves.

Fergus O’Byrne
Performing at O’Reilly’s.

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’s Guest Interview
Host Barbara De Land speaks with Jim Millan, NRC Director of Research and Development, as he describes several marine projects located at the St. John’s, Newfoundland office, speaking today about evaluations of various designs in the Canadian Navy's upgraded Victoria Class Manned Submarine, bought from the UK 20 years ago. Rebroadcast May 15 at 7 p.m. Listen at VOWR am 800, VOWR.org, cable radio Rogers 956, Bell Aliant 745.

Monday, May 14

Art

Ongoing — ArtsSmarts deadline
ArtsNL is accepting online applications from schools, school boards or groups of schools to operate ArtsSmarts projects. ArtsSmarts provides funding to schools to bring professional artists into the classroom to help teachers and students integrate arts activities into non-arts subject areas. The application deadline is May 31 (for projects starting after Sept. 15, 2018 and completed by June 22, 2019). Visit https://artsnl.smartsimple.ca to apply. Contact ArtsNL with any questions at 866-726-2212 (toll-free).

Children

11 a.m.
Active Start Playgroup
Caregivers get active with the little ones up to age five at the Paul Reynolds Community Centre’s active playgroup. Recreation staff will be on site to develop fundamental movement skills and physical literacy through active play. Cost is $3 per child aged two to five. Children under age two can participate free of charge.

Causes

7 p.m.
Great Big Book Sale
The Canadian Federation of University Women’s (CFUW) annual used book sale starts today at the ReMax Centre (St. John’s Curling Club) from 7-9:30 p.m. Admission is $1 and most books are $2 or less. Cash only. Bring bags for your books. There are more than 40,000 gently used books for sale for all ages and interests. This sale supports scholarships and community outreach of the St. John’s CFUW. From 2-3 p.m. today, registered charities and recognized community groups can pick up free books, but must check in with Thelma Hodder upon arrival before 2 p.m. Students are also welcome to come between 2 and 3 p.m. for free books when they spend $10 (must have student ID).

Live Music

6 p.m.
Dave White
Performing at Green Sleeves.

10 p.m.
Damian Follett
Performing at Green Sleeves.

10:30 p.m.
Larry Foley
Performing at O’Reilly’s.

Ongoing

NSO welcomes The Tenors
The Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra (NSO) is happy to announce that tickets are on sale now for the NSO ExxonMobil Big Ticket, the NSO’s annual fundraiser. The concert will take place on Oct. 11 at Mile One Centre and will feature The Tenors, backed by the NSO. A decade after forming in their native Canada, The Tenors are an international success story. With their robust singing and seamless blend of classical and contemporary pop textures, Victor Micallef, Clifton Murray and Fraser Walters have scored multi-platinum sales, performed for the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Queen Elizabeth II, and shared stages with superstars such as Paul McCartney and Justin Bieber. Tickets, including a limited number of VIP meet-and-greet packages, can be purchased through the Mile One Centre box office, by phone at 576-7657 or online at www.mileonecentre.com.

Meeting

7 p.m.
St. John’s East Quidi-Vidi NDP District Association
The annual general meeting is taking place at the Elk’s Club (19 Carpasian Rd.) with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. There will be an election for our new district association officers. Executive committee positions include: chair, vice chair, treasurer, recording secretary, communications secretary, youth rep, labour rep and members at large. If you have any questions, please contact info@sje-qv.ca. The guest speaker will be NDP leader Gerry Rogers. We hope to see you there!

Panel Discussion

2 p.m.
To Reserve or Not to Reserve
A panel discussion by the Community Sector Council. Join our distinguished panel from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Provincial Learning Centre – NL Housing and Homelessness Network (1 East Dr.) to discuss the needs, barriers and possibilities of setting up reserve funds for your nonprofit organization! Panel includes Penny Rowe, Darlene Scott, Tammy Davis, Laura Wardle, Brian Scammell, and Josh Quinton. Register online at http://communitysector.nl.ca/BTBReserves. For more information, contact Shelley Martin at 753-9860 or by e-mail: shelleymartin@cscnl.ca.

Seniors

10:30 a.m.
Seniors’ Walking Group
Want to go for a walk, but find it too cold or slippery? There is an amazing walking group at Cowan Heights United Church. Join us in the auditorium Monday, Wednesday, and Friday each week from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Admission is $1.

Tuesday, May 15

Causes

10 a.m.
Great Big Book Sale
The Canadian Federation of University Women’s annual used book sale runs today at the ReMax Centre (St. John’s Curling Club) from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is $1 and most books are $2 or less. Cash only. Please bring bags for your books. There’s over 40,000 gently used books for sale for all ages and interests. This sale supports scholarships and community outreach of the St. John’s CFUW.

Live Music

6 p.m.
Andrew Rodgers
Performing at Green Sleeves.

10 p.m.
Dave White
Performing at Green Sleeves.

Wednesday, May 16

Causes

10 a.m.
Great Big Book Sale
The Canadian Federation of University Women’s annual used book sale runs today at the ReMax Centre (St. John’s Curling Club) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is $1 and most books are $2 or less. Cash only. Please bring bags for your books. There’s over 40,000 gently used books for sale for all ages and interests. This sale supports scholarships and community outreach of the St. John’s CFUW.

Classes

10 a.m.
Boxing to Beat Parkinson’s
Presented by the Parkinson Society Newfoundland and Labrador, this is a specialized exercise program for Parkinson’s patients using boxing techniques. These one-hour classes are free, and are offered every Wednesday at Boxfit (878 Topsail Rd.). Call 754-4428 for details.

Groups

7:30 p.m.
Overeaters Anonymous
We meet at St. James United Church on Elizabeth Avenue every Wednesday. For more information, call 738-1742.

Live Music

6 p.m.
Dave White
Performing at Green Sleeves.

10 p.m.
Damian Follett
Performing at Green Sleeves.

Radio

7 p.m.
VOWR’s Guest Interview
Host Barbara De Land speaks with Jim Millan, NRC Director of Research and Development, as he describes several marine projects located at the St. John’s, Newfoundland office, speaking today about evaluations of various designs in the Canadian Navy's upgraded Victoria Class Manned Submarine, bought from the UK 20 years ago. Rebroadcast May 15 at 7 p.m. Listen at VOWR am 800, VOWR.org, cable radio Rogers 956, Bell Aliant 745.

Theatre

7:30 p.m.
Bent Broadway
Performed by Miranda MacDonald, Peter MacDonald, Jamie Pitt, and John Williams, and accompanied by Gillian Vaughan, Bent Broadway is a one-night-only spectacle of subversive song at the LSPU Hall. Featuring songs from Company, Sunday in the Park with George, The Last Five Years, The Book of Mormon, Tick, Tick… Boom!, Hair, and more, this rich blending of avant-garde pieces explores themes urgent, political, and deeply moving. Mature content. Accessible seating. Tickets $35 available online at www.rca.nf.ca/event/bent-broadway/ or by calling the Hall at 753-4531.

Workshops

6:30 p.m.
Preserving by Encapsulation
Encapsulation is a preservation method used by libraries, museums, and archives for storing and protecting frequently handled paper items, such as posters, maps, and architectural plans. The A.C. Hunter Public Library is pleased to partner with the Museum Association of Newfoundland and Labrador to host this hands-on mini-workshop where participants will learn how to encapsulate an item of their choosing. This is an adult’s only program; sharp knives will be involved and materials will be supplied. Workshop takes place at the A.C. Hunter Public Library’s 1st floor Community Room. Registration is limited.

Thursday, May 17

Children

10 a.m.
Active Playgroup
Recreation staff are on site at the Paul Reynolds Community Centre to encourage active play and facilitate opportunities for story time, music and creative play for lots of activity and fun. For children up to five years old and their caregivers. $3 per child, no cost for children under six months old.

Art

1 p.m.
Dave Hoddinott
Dave Hoddinott is the artist-in-residence at the Heritage Shop
(309 Water St.) this month and until June 17. Visit Dave at the second-floor gallery, where you can watch him paint and view his artwork every Wednesday through Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Live Music

6:30 p.m.
Rob Cook
Performing at Green Sleeves.

Games

8 p.m.
Trivia Matters
Join host Geoff Inder for trivia every Thursday night at The Station.

8 p.m.
Karaoke at the Hall
Now is your chance to belt out your favourite karaoke tunes live from the LSPU Hall stage! Jody Richardson hosts Karaoke at the Hall: A fundraiser for Resource Centre for the Arts/LSPU Hall.
There will be exciting special guests, delicious food from local chef Amanda Bulman, and prize baskets to be won. A great night out for a good cause! Tickets are $25 for admission to the event. A $50 premium ticket is also available which includes admission, a free drink, free menu items, and a $25 tax receipt. Buy online at rca.nf.ca or call the Hall at 753-4531. Resource Centre for the Arts is a non-profit organization. The funds raised from this event are used by RCA to help subsidize rental rates for all artists who rent the LSPU Hall. Keeping rental rates affordable is an integral part of our mandate to provide accessible, supportive and well-resourced programs and venues, with a primary focus on the creation, development, and advancement of the performing arts in Newfoundland and Labrador.

11 p.m.
Mark Manning & Carl Peters
Performing at Green Sleeves.

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