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Things to do in St. John's, Aug. 13

Increasing levels of artificial light along coastlines is causing fledgling puffins to get lost when making their way to sea. CPAWS-NL’s Puffin and Petrel Patrol rescues the birds, but the organization is working toward a dark sky designation for the Witless Bay area to prevent pufflings from going off course in the first place.
The puffins need you! Join the Puffin Patrol. Read below for details on how you can help rescue puffins in Bay Bulls. -File photo

Monday, August 13

Art

1 p.m.

Artist Spotlight

Every Monday, The Rooms will host a visual artist at work. We invite you to visit them and ask them questions about their professional practice. Every Monday from 1-3 p.m.

Classes

7:30 p.m.

Aikido

Aikido is an effective martial art with an ethical approach: use the aggressor's energy against them without harming them. Get fit and focused while having fun. Aikido is offered by the Fudoshin School of Aikido at St. Theresa School, 100 Mundy Pond Rd. It’s a welcoming place for everyone. It is a non-profit with a low monthly membership fee; no one is turned away for financial reasons. For more information, visit: www.2017.fudoshinaikikai.ca.

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Fundraiser

Upcoming

Stephen Lush Charity Golf Tournament

The 11th annual Stephen Lush Charity Golf Tournament is coming up at The Wilds on Sept. 13. Registration is now open. Proceeds will help fund a workshop program called Brain Basics, a training program for frontline health care workers, caregivers and family members of people with a brain injury. For more information or to register, call Tom at 682-2613 or 753-1324 or email viviangulliver@gmail.com.

Live Music

6 p.m.

Dave White

Performing at Green Sleeves.

10 p.m.

Jason Greeley

Performing at Green Sleeves.

10:30 p.m.

Larry Foley

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

Upcoming

Kevin Collins

VOWR presents Kevin Collins’ show, “The Moment Is Mine” at Wesley United Church on Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling radio station VOWR at 579-9233 or can be picked up at Fred’s Records, Outfitters Army Navy Store, or O’Brien’s Music. Previous Kevin Collins concert tickets sold out fast, so get yours early to avoid disappointment.

Entertainment

Upcoming

An Evening With the Gosse Family

You are invited to join the Bay Roberts Cultural Foundation for dinner and a show on Friday, Aug. 17. “An Evening with the Gosse Family” will be presented at the Bay Roberts branch of the Royal Canadian Legion beginning at 7 p.m. A limited number of tickets are available at a cost of $50, of which $25 can be used as a tax receipt. Tickets must be booked by Tuesday, Aug. 14 by contacting Sandra Roach at 683-1195.

Environment

9 p.m.

Puffin Patrol

Each mid-August until September, members of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society Newfoundland and Labrador (CPAWS NL), in partnership with the Canadian Wildlife Services (CWS) and residents of the Southern Shore, actively patrol the area for stranded juvenile puffins. CPAWS organizes and co-ordinates volunteer patrols of the area to help rescue the stranded birds, where they are then stored overnight at our headquarters, at O'Briens Bird Island Charters in Bay Bulls. Volunteers are welcome to visit the headquarters between 9 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. every night to receive their kits and training and begin patrolling. To learn more about the program and get involved, how to make your home puffin-friendly or donate to this initiative, visit www.cpawsnl.org.

Tuesday, August 14

Activities

1 p.m.

Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon

You're invited to Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon: NL Writers Edition at Memorial University's QEII Library, in the Computing Classroom on the first floor (Room L2028). Wikipedia Edit-a-Thons are events where a group of people meet to edit and expand a specific subject on Wikipedia that has noticeable gaps in it. Our topic will be writers of Newfoundland and Labrador. The purpose is to make significant historical writers who have been overlooked more easily found and researched, while also teaching those who attend how to use the Wikipedia platform. Although we will have mainly collected research on past writers (many of whom are now deceased), we encourage you to bring any knowledge or research you have about any N.L. writer, living or dead. If you’d like to sign up for the event or learn more, email student@wanl.ca. Computers will be provided and there's no need to have any prior knowledge of editing. The QEII library is accessible.

Entertainment

6:30 p.m.

Fishcakes & Accordions Experience

O’Brien’s Music is partnering with Rocket Bakery to offer a unique hands-on experience with the quintessential Newfoundland folk instrument: the button accordion. Visit Rocket Bakery to find out all about how the instrument works and we’ll even help you try your hand at playing a tune. While you listen to traditional Newfoundland tunes played on a variety of different instruments, you’ll learn about how the button accordion came to be so popular in Newfoundland and you’ll enjoy Rocket Bakery’s take on a traditional fish cake dinner featuring two of Rocket’s special kitchen party fish cakes, salad, dessert and tea or coffee. Beer and wine available, too. $45 per person. Event runs 6:30-8 p.m.

History

9:55 a.m.

Where Once They Stood

Boyle Tours’ “Where Once They Stood” walking tour departs the Sheraton Hotel at 9:55 a.m. every Tuesday and Friday. Experience history come alive in St. John’s. Come along with one of our experienced guides and get a true sense of this place. This event lasts 90 minutes. For more information, visit www.boyletours.com.

History

1 p.m.

‘Fleming’ – A Walking Tour

The award-winning “Fleming” — a walking tour — runs until Aug. 23 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week. This one-of-a-kind tour received a Manning Award from the Historic Sites Association of Newfoundland and Labrador for exceptional public presentation of Newfoundland history. Paul Rowe, in the character of Bishop Michael Anthony Fleming, takes his audience on a tour like no other. “Fleming” tells the story of the Basilica — with little known facts about the construction, and the social issues of the times — in a fresh and engaging manner. The one-hour walking tour starts at 1 p.m. Tickets are available at the door at the Basilica. Cash only; $12 for general tickets and $10 for seniors and students.

Live Music

12:30 p.m.

Trad Tunes at Rocket Bakery

Enjoy some of Newfoundland’s best as they gather and play a selection of traditional Newfoundland music at Rocket Bakery from 12:30-1:30 p.m. This is a free event.

6 p.m.

Andrew Rodgers

Performing at Green Sleeves.

10 p.m.

Damian Follett

Performing at Green Sleeves.

Open Mike Night

Open Mike Night at O’Reilly’s hosted by Chris Ryan.

Theatre

7 p.m.

Southern Shore Summer Dinner Theatre

Spin the Wheel Dinner Theatre takes place on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. until Sept. 7. Join the residents of St. Ferry's, circa 1959, as they prepare for the highlight of their outport summer: the annual garden party. With the usual attractions, plenty of shenanigans, and a subtle plot attempting to outwit the clergy, it promises to be a garden party you'll never forget. Reservations required by calling 1-888-332-2052 or visit www.ssfac.com/request-a-reservation.

Wednesday, August 15

History

1 p.m.

‘Fleming’ – A Walking Tour

The award-winning “Fleming” — a walking tour — runs until Aug. 23 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week. This one-of-a-kind tour received a Manning Award from the Historic Sites Association of Newfoundland and Labrador for exceptional public presentation of Newfoundland history. Paul Rowe, in the character of Bishop Michael Anthony Fleming, takes his audience on a tour like no other. “Fleming” tells the story of the Basilica — with little known facts about the construction, and the social issues of the times — in a fresh and engaging manner. The one-hour walking tour starts at 1 p.m. Tickets are available at the door at the Basilica. Cash only; $12 for general tickets and $10 for seniors and students.

Classes

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.

Live Music

Noon

Emily and Thomas Conway

Performing at O’Reilly’s as part of the Lunch Time Concert Series.

7 p.m.

Chris Hennessy

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

10:30 p.m.

Heel N Toe

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

Radio

7:30 p.m.

VOWR Guest Interview

Barbara De Land speaks with Rowena House, executive director of the Newfoundland and Labrador Craft Council, recently moved from one historic 1890s building on the east end of Duckworth Street to another historic 1911-era building on Duckworth Street, opposite the Anna Templeton Centre. Rowena has much to tell about the continuing and future exhibitions and sale of juried craft items, created mostly by Newfoundland and Labrador craftspeople. Tune in to VOWR radio AM 800, online at VOWR.org., or cable radio Rogers 945 and Bell Aliant 756.

Thursday, August 16

Activities

Various times

Taoist Tai Chi

Learn to relax and improve your health by trying a free Taoist Tai Chi class for month of August in various locations in St. John’s and surrounding areas. Contact stjohns.nl@taoist.org or call 579-5261 for more details on times and locations.

History

1 p.m.

‘Fleming’ – A Walking Tour

The award-winning “Fleming” — a walking tour — runs until Aug. 23 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week. This one-of-a-kind tour received a Manning Award from the Historic Sites Association of Newfoundland and Labrador for exceptional public presentation of Newfoundland history. Paul Rowe, in the character of Bishop Michael Anthony Fleming, takes his audience on a tour like no other. “Fleming” tells the story of the Basilica — with little known facts about the construction, and the social issues of the times — in a fresh and engaging manner. The one-hour walking tour starts at 1 p.m. Tickets are available at the door at the Basilica. Cash only; $12 for general tickets and $10 for seniors and students.

Live Music

Noon

Luke Mercer

Performing at O’Reilly’s as part of the Lunch Time Concert Series.

5 p.m.

Fergus O’Byrne

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

5:30 p.m.

Matthew Hornell

Enjoy some good ol’ home cookin’, a beer and The Homely-Made Jam Session with Matthew Hornell at Rocket Bakery (Water Street) featuring everything from bluegrass to old timey tunes. All welcome.

8 p.m.

Irish Descendants

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

9:30 p.m.

Open Mike and Jam Session

Every Thursday night at Yes B’ys Social Bar the stage is open to anyone who wants to perform, whether it’s a musical performance, comedy, poetry or storytelling, followed by a jam session. Hosted by Justin Foley.

11:30 p.m.

Ceiligh

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

Theatre

6:30 p.m.

How Do You Get to Jellybean Row?

Best Kind Productions is thrilled to announce the premiere of an original musical, “How Do You Get to Jellybean Row?” at Bowring Park's beautiful amphitheatre. An outdoor musical theatre experience for the whole family. The show runs August 16 to 19 at 6:30 p.m. nightly, with 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is at the gate and cash only. $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Featuring opening act concerts 30 minutes before show time by local youth singer-songwriters, including Rachel Cousins, The Antle Sisters, and more. For more information, visit www.bestkindproductions.com.

7 p.m.

Southern Shore Summer Dinner Theatre

Spin the Wheel Dinner Theatre takes place on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings at 7 p.m. until September 7th. Join the residents of St. Ferry's, circa 1959, as they prepare for the highlight of their outport summer: the annual garden party. With the usual attractions, plenty of shenanigans, and a subtle plot attempting to outwit the clergy, it promises to be a garden party you'll never forget. Reservations required by calling 1-888-332-2052 or visit www.ssfac.com/request-a-reservation.

Friday, August 17

History

9:55 a.m.

Where Once They Stood

Boyle Tours’ “Where Once They Stood” walking tour departs the Sheraton Hotel at 9:55 a.m. every Tuesday and Friday. Experience history come alive in St. John’s. Come along with one of our experienced guides and get a true sense of this place. This event lasts 90 minutes. For more information, visit www.boyletours.com.

Live Music

Noon

Brandon Bowen

Performing at O’Reilly’s as part of the Lunch Time Concert Series.

5 p.m.

Chris Hennessy

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

Upcoming

Kevin Collins

VOWR presents Kevin Collins’ show, “The Moment Is Mine” at Wesley United Church on September 27 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling radio station VOWR at 579-9233 or can be picked up at Fred’s Records, Outfitters Army Navy Store, or O’Brien’s Music. Previous Kevin Collins concert tickets sold out fast, so get yours early to avoid disappointment.

Theatre

7 p.m.

Southern Shore Summer Dinner Theatre

Spin the Wheel Dinner Theatre takes place on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings at 7 p.m. until September 7th. Join the residents of St. Ferry's, circa 1959, as they prepare for the highlight of their outport summer: the annual garden party. With the usual attractions, plenty of shenanigans, and a subtle plot attempting to outwit the clergy, it promises to be a garden party you'll never forget. Reservations required by calling 1-888-332-2052 or visit www.ssfac.com/request-a-reservation.

Saturday, August 18

Groups

11 a.m.

Overeaters Anonymous

Regular one-hour meeting at the Carnell Building, 13-15 Pippy Place. For more information, call 738-1742.

Live Music

Noon

Brandon Bowen

Performing at O’Reilly’s as part of the Lunch Time Concert Series.

2 p.m.

Emily and Thomas Conway

Performing at O’Reilly’s as part of the Lunch Time Concert Series.

5 p.m.

Bill Kelly

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

Social

10 a.m.

Washer Toss Tournament

The Mount Pearl and Paradise Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual Washer Toss Tournament a St. David’s Field in Mount Pearl starting at 10 a.m. Free hamburgers and hot dogs. Bring the family for a day of fun. Plenty of cash prizes to be won plus there’s a 50-50 draw. Team entry is $50 for Chamber members and $60 for non-members. For more information, call Wanda at 364-8513 or e-mail wanda@mppcc.ca.

Sunday, August 19

Environment

9 p.m.

Puffin Patrol

Each year Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society Newfoundland and Labrador (CPAWS NL) in partnership with the Canadian Wildlife Services (CWS) and local residents of the Southern Shore, actively patrol the area for stranded juvenile puffins. Last year over 700 young pufffins, or puffilings, were rescued! Starting from mid-August until September, young puffilings will leave their burrows for the first time at night, following the light of the moon to direct them out to sea. Unfortunately, some chicks are attracted by artificial lights along the coast and they end up stranded on land where they would be vulnerable to cars and other hazards. CPAWS organizes and coordinates volunteer patrols of the area to help rescue the stranded birds, where they are then stored overnight at our headquarters, at O'Briens Bird Island Charters in Bay Bulls. Eager volunteers are welcome to visit headquarters between 9 p.m. -12:30 a.m. every night to receive their kits and training and begin patrolling. To reduce the number of stranded chicks, we encourage local residents of the area to dim all unnecessary lighting in their homes, turn off outside lighting when applicable and use colored lights or shades outside the home. To learn more about the program and get involved, how to make your home puffin-friendly, or donate to this initiative, please visit www.cpawsnl.org.

Live Music

Noon

Youth Traditional Session

A traditional session for young musicians at O’Reilly’s. All ages. Free show. Tips welcome.

2 p.m.

Sunday Trad Session

Hosted by Fergus Brown O’Byrne and Tony O’Brien at O’Reilly’s.

5 p.m.

Fergus O’Byrne

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

8 p.m.

Con O’Brien and Patrick Moran

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

11:30 p.m.

The Reels

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

Upcoming

Open Mike

The St. John’s Retired Citizens Association’s open mike show is held on the last Friday of each month at 10 Bennett Ave. This month’s show will be held on Friday, August 31. The doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Admission is just $5. Canteen service is available. Come along and bring your friends.

Radio

2 p.m.

VOWR Guest Interview

Barbara De Land speaks with Mark Gould from the Canadian Coast Guard's Maritime Rescue Sub-Centre, which has been re-established in St. John's after its transfer six years ago to Halifax. He discusses the centre's very important continuing role helping all kinds of vessels in distress, some added responsibilities, and new spaces planned for the centre when it moves into its new building to be located beside the present one on the south side of St. John's. Tune in at VOWR radio AM 800, online at VOWR.org., or cable radio Rogers 945 and Bell Aliant 756.

Monday, August 20

Art

1 p.m.

Artist Spotlight

Every Monday, The Rooms will host a visual artist at work. We invite you to visit them and ask them questions about their professional practice. Every Monday from 1 to 3 p.m.

Tuesday, August 21

Theatre

7 p.m.

Southern Shore Summer Dinner Theatre

Spin the Wheel Dinner Theatre takes place on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings at 7 p.m. until September 7th. Join the residents of St. Ferry's, circa 1959, as they prepare for the highlight of their outport summer: the annual garden party. With the usual attractions, plenty of shenanigans, and a subtle plot attempting to outwit the clergy, it promises to be a garden party you'll never forget. Reservations required by calling 1-888-332-2052 or visit www.ssfac.com/request-a-reservation.

Wednesday, August 22

Children

10 a.m.

Wonderful Wednesdays Drop-In Storytime

Join us at Marjorie Mews Public Library for a family story-time. All ages, no registration required. It’s 30 minutes of silly stories, mixed-up melodies and ridiculous rhymes all about the things we are most passionate about. Today’s theme is “Crazy for Colours”. Please bring your library card to attend. No card? No problem! They are free. For more information about this event, please call 737-3020.

Radio

7:30 p.m.

VOWR Guest Interview

Barbara De Land speaks with Mark Gould from the Canadian Coast Guard's Maritime Rescue Sub-Centre, which has been re-established in St. John's after its transfer six years ago to Halifax. He discusses the centre's very important continuing role helping all kinds of vessels in distress, some added responsibilities, and new spaces planned for the centre when it moves into its new building to be located beside the present one on the south side of St. John's. Tune in at VOWR radio AM 800, online at VOWR.org., or cable radio Rogers 945 and Bell Aliant 756.

Thursday, August 23

Theatre

7 p.m.

Southern Shore Summer Dinner Theatre

Spin the Wheel Dinner Theatre takes place on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings at 7 p.m. until September 7th. Join the residents of St. Ferry's, circa 1959, as they prepare for the highlight of their outport summer: the annual garden party. With the usual attractions, plenty of shenanigans, and a subtle plot attempting to outwit the clergy, it promises to be a garden party you'll never forget. Reservations required by calling 1-888-332-2052 or visit www.ssfac.com/request-a-reservation.

Friday, August 24

Theatre

7 p.m.

Southern Shore Summer Dinner Theatre

Spin the Wheel Dinner Theatre takes place on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings at 7 p.m. until September 7th. Join the residents of St. Ferry's, circa 1959, as they prepare for the highlight of their outport summer: the annual garden party. With the usual attractions, plenty of shenanigans, and a subtle plot attempting to outwit the clergy, it promises to be a garden party you'll never forget. Reservations required by calling 1-888-332-2052 or visit www.ssfac.com/request-a-reservation.

Saturday, August 25

Groups

11 a.m.

Overeaters Anonymous

Regular one-hour meeting at the Carnell Building, 13-15 Pippy Place. For more information, call 738-1742.

Sunday, August 26

Live Music

Noon

Youth Traditional Session

A traditional session for young musicians at O’Reilly’s. All ages. Free show. Tips welcome.

2 p.m.

Sunday Trad Session

Hosted by Fergus Brown O’Byrne and Tony O’Brien at O’Reilly’s.

5 p.m.

Fergus O’Byrne

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

8 p.m.

Con O’Brien and Patrick Moran

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

11:30 p.m.

The Reels

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

Radio

2 p.m.

VOWR Guest Interview

Barbara De Land speaks with Chris Rusted, founder and owner of the Manna European Bakery and Deli, located on Freshwater Road for the last 30 years. Under Chris, Manna Bakery became a well-known St. John's institution after he decided his business would follow the European style of baked goods and desserts under the direction of a St. John's woman, originally from Prague, who had begun offering these sorts of items not long before. The direction of the business is now being passed on to Chris’ son, Jonathan.

Tune in at VOWR radio AM 800, online at VOWR.org., or cable radio Rogers 945 and Bell Aliant 756.

Monday, August 27

Art

1 p.m.

Artist Spotlight

Every Monday, The Rooms will host a visual artist at work. We invite you to visit them and ask them questions about their professional practice. Every Monday from 1 to 3 p.m.

Tuesday, August 28

Wednesday, August 29

Radio

7:30 p.m.

VOWR Guest Interview

Barbara De Land speaks with Chris Rusted, founder and owner of the Manna European Bakery and Deli, located on Freshwater Road for the last 30 years. Under Chris, Manna Bakery became a well-known St. John's institution after he decided his business would follow the European style of baked goods and desserts under the direction of a St. John's woman, originally from Prague, who had begun offering these sorts of items not long before. The direction of the business is now being passed on to Chris’ son, Jonathan.

Tune in at VOWR radio AM 800, online at VOWR.org., or cable radio Rogers 945 and Bell Aliant 756.

Thursday, August 30

Friday, August 31

Activities

Upcoming

Coastal Sounds Community Choir

Making plans for fall activities? Coastal Sounds Community Choir invites anyone who loves to sing to join them during the month of September! Come along just for fun or sign up for the term. No audition required, just a love of song and a willingness to learn. Rehearsals are Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. at Holy Spirit High School in Manuels, beginning September 12.

Live Music

8 p.m.

Open Mike

The St. John’s Retired Citizens Association’s open mike show at 10 Bennett Ave. The doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Admission is just $5. Canteen service is available. Come along and bring your friends.

Monday, September 10

Art

1 p.m.

Artist Spotlight

Every Monday, The Rooms will host a visual artist at work. We invite you to visit them and ask them questions about their professional practice. Every Monday from 1 to 3 p.m.

Wednesday, September 12

7:30 p.m.

Coastal Sounds Community Choir

Coastal Sounds Community Choir invites anyone who loves to sing to join them during the month of September! Come along just for fun or sign up for the term. No audition required, just a love of song and a willingness to learn. Rehearsals are Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. at Holy Spirit High School in Manuels, beginning tonight (Sept. 12).

Thursday, September 13

1:30 p.m.

Stephen Lush Charity Golf Tournament

The 11th Annual Stephen Lush Charity Golf Tournament at The Wilds. Proceeds will help fund a workshop program called Brain Basics, a training program for frontline healthcare workers, caregivers, and family members of people with a brain injury. For more information about the tournam

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