Go Guide — Newfoundland and Labrador community events Feb. 20-27

Published on February 20, 2014
Arctic Invasion: The Snowy Owl Event of 2013-14 on Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in room S. 2101 at MUN  (Note room change). Jared Clarke is an avid birder and naturalist who lives in St. John’s. Having grown up on the northeast coast of Newfoundland, Jared was introduced to the outdoors at a very young age — mostly by his grandfathers. Always a nature enthusiast, he became interested in birds while working for a local conservation group and never looked back. While his “day job” is that of a health researcher, he especially enjoys sharing his passion for birds with others and has led nature tours big and small across the province and further afield. Jared has also served on environmental advisory committees with both federal and provincial governments. Parking is available in the Science Building car park. — Photo by Bruce Mactavish/Special to The Telegram

Thursday, February 20
• Come meet your “purrfect” match, as the City of St. John’s Humane Services Animal Care and Adoption Centre at 81 Higgins Line hosts Kitty Bachelor Night on Thursday, Feb. 20 from 12 to 7 p.m. The Animal Care and Adoption Centre currently has a large selection of eligible male cats who are ready and eager to commit, move in and form a life-long loving relationship. All adoptions made during Kitty Bachelor Night will also have the adoption fee reduced by 50 per cent. So drop by our City of St. John’s Humane Services for Kitty Bachelor Night and accept a rose from your purrfect feline match.

• Wesley United Church will host a soup luncheon with a social to follow on Thursday, Feb 20 starting at 12:30 pm. Tickets are $12 and can be obtained by contacting Pheobe Sheppard at 782-1689, Marvin Barnes at 579-7900 or the Church Office at 579-3682.

• An Alpha Course will be offered at the Victory Christian Center at 10 Pearl Pl. on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 9 p.m. It will run from Feb. 20 to April 3 and is free of charge. This course gives you the opportunity to ask life’s questions such as: If there is a God why does he allow suffering? You may forward any questions to Karren at her contact information which is kaarenr@gmail.com or 895–8048.

• Are you or someone you know affected by Alzheimer’s disease? The Alzheimer Society will be holding its next monthly family support group meeting on Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. at 835 Topsail Rd., Unit 107. If you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease and would like to attend a meeting with other family members please join our meeting. For more information, please contact the Alzheimer Society at 576-0608.

Friday, February 21

• On Feb. 21, MUN Engineering Student Society ‘A’ is hosting their 8th Annual Winter Charity Ball, this year in support of Single Parents Association of Newfoundland. The dinner, dance and silent auction will take place at the Johnson Geo Centre beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $60 ($50 for students). To purchase tickets or for more information call 864-3095 or 693-7693 or email munengrsocietya@gmail.com.

• Help us celebrate Let’s Talk Energy Week – It’s On! at the Johnson Geo Centre Feb. 21, 26, 27 and 28. Energy themed science demos. These science demos will concentrate on “What is energy?”, “How is it generated?” and “Alternative energies to fossil fuels.”  The demos will involve water, tidal, wind, and solar power. In addition to the demos, staff will be giving away information about nuclear power in Canada. All ages welcome. Free with the cost of admission.  For more information visit www.geocentre.ca or call 737 7880.


Saturday, February 22

• Join the Positive Thinkers Club for a special 25th Anniversary brunch on Feb. 22 from 9 a.m. to- 1 p.m. at Uptown Gourmet Grill, 193 Kenmount Rd. Cost is$25 per person. This event is tickets only and they must be purchased in advance. For tickets please go to the website: www.positivethinkersclub.ca. Brunch will be served at 11 a.m.

• Howley Volunteer Fire Department’s 50/50 ice fishing derby on Feb. 22. Cost is $20 per person. Registration ends Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. No registrations on day of the derby. Weigh in 12 to 4 p.m. at Howley Community Centre. Where to register: Dan Mustard, Howley 635-3641; Byrons Shoe & Tarp Repair, Deer Lake 635-3966; Barnes Sporting Goods, Corner Brook 639-4867; Arctic West, Woody Point 453-2548; Howley Shopping Centre, Howley 635-2973.

• St. Lawrence Parish, Portugal Cove, will hold Valentine’s Dinner and Dance on Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. Cost is $25 per person, roast beef dinner, dessert, tea/coffee.  Music by Valerie and Friends. BYOB. Tickets must be pre-purchased. For more info contact 895-6424 or Church office 895-2215.

• The S.U.F. Cabot Lodge No. 41 Topsail will be having an open mike at the Lodge on Saturday Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.  Every one Invited. Canteen services. For more information contact Bill Cox at 834-8585.

• “Life on Ice” — Kids Club program for February at The Suncor Energy Fluvarium Saturday and Sunday Feb. 22 and 23 at 1:30 p.m. See how nature around Fluvarium changes in the icy winters. Rediscover the water all around us and how that ice and snow actually helps to keep animals warm and safe.

Sunday,  February 23

• Bluegrass and Old-time Country Music Jam Session at the Bay Roberts Lions Club on Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. Doors open at 1 p.m.

• Open jam session at Liddy’s in Torbay on Feb. 23 at 3 p.m. Everybody welcome.

• Clarke’s Beach United church will hold an evening service on Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. Special guests are Coley's Point Male choir. Pre service singalong at 6:45 p.m. Refreshments and fellowship time to follow in the  church hall.

• The Catholic Women’s League of Newfoundland and Labrador is hosting its annual winter meeting at St. Pius X Parish Hall, Feb. 23–24. All CWL members, or any parishioner wishing to know more about the League, are invited to attend. On Sunday evening from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. our guest speaker is Sr. Margie Taylor, who will speak about human trafficking. On Monday morning, 9 to 9:45 a.m. our guest speaker is Sr. Marie Crotty, who will speak on The Role of Women in the Church, Post Vatican II. For more information email ritajanes@nf.sympatico.ca.


Tuesday, February 25

• The next lecture of the Family History Society of NL will take place on February 25 in room 2040 of the MUN Engineering building at 7:30 p.m. Free parking is available in lot 16. Our guest speaker is Rene Estrada who will speak about the history of the R.C. Archdiocesan archives and museum and their importance to scholarly and genealogical research. Non-members are welcome to attend.

• Understanding the New Adult Protection Act: A free public meeting/information session for seniors and their family members, service providers, and community workers on Feb. 25 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Kenny’s Pond Retirement Residence (Common area, 6th floor), 135 MacDonald Drive. This presentation will describe the key components of the Act, which was passed in 2011. When the Act is proclaimed, it will provide the legislative authority for the delivery of services to adults in need of protective intervention because they are at risk of abuse and neglect and do not understand or appreciate that risk. Guest speaker: Carol Snelgrove, Office for Aging and Seniors, plus learn more about the NL Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. Refreshments will be served. This is a free event and all are welcome. Free transportation available for seniors living in St. John's or Mount Pearl. For more information call the Seniors Resource Centre NL at 737-2333.

 • The A/B E. P. Roche Assembly of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus will hold their regular monthly meeting on Feb. 25 in the meeting room of the Mary Queen of Peace church on Torbay Road. All Sir Knights are invited and encouraged to attend. Rosary begins at 7:30 p.m. meeting will follow. Sir Knights are reminded to bring their 3rd Degree card and their 4th Degree card to the meeting.

• Embroidery Guild gathering — The St. John’s Guild of Embroiderers welcomes visits of all interested in any type of embroidery, free. Meet at Corpus Christi Hall, (in back) 260 Waterford Bridge Rd. at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 25.

• On Feb. 25 the A.C. Hunter Library will host a launch event for Freedom to Read Week. Noted Newfoundland and Labrador author Kevin Major will be our guest speaker, local publishers will be in attendance, and there will be refreshments and a door prize. Please come join us at the A.C. Hunter Library for the launch event that marks the wonderful freedoms to read that we Canadians enjoy. For more details please contact Newfoundland Librarian at 737-3432.

Wednesday, February 26

• Join Al Antle, executive director of Credit Counseling Services of Newfoundland and Labrador, for an informative session about making wise consumer choices and being financially savvy Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. at the A.C. Hunter Public Library, 1st Floor.

• What on earth does a wealthy, single Protestant woman from Toronto have to offer to Grenfell's Labrador Mission? In this illustrated talk on Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. at The Rocket Room (upstairs at The Rocket Bakery) Jennifer J. Connor and Heidi Coombs-Thorne join us to share their research into the life and work of Miss Julia Greenshields, a woman who is now almost forgotten, but whose myriad philanthropic projects had a profound impact on Newfoundland and Labrador. Admission is free.

• Join Friends of Poverty Cove Wednesday Feb. 26 at Quidi Vidi Brewery at 8 p.m. for a wonderful evening of performances by some of Newfoundland and Labrador’s most talented artists including Greg Malone, Robert Chafe, Ed Riche, Chad Pelley, Aiden Flynn, Amy House, Jason Card, Matt Wright and many more. All proceeds of the event will support PCTC’s upcoming spring production of Rabbit Rabbit. Written by one of Canada’s most promising new voices award winning playwright Amy Lee Lavoie, Rabbit Rabbit has received rave reviews from critics across the country. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20. Silent auction and cash bar.

• On Feb. 26 Newfoundland and Labrador Editors presents a talk on “Editing for the Web” by Tamara Reynish of Reynish Communications. Learn important techniques to help you edit web content into sharp, engaging material that draws users in and keeps them coming back. This presentation will take place at 8 p.m. at the Lantern on Barnes Road, and there’s a $10 admission charge. For more information, please email nle.twig@editors.ca.

Thursday, February 27

• Gardening with Raised Garden Beds workshop will take place on Feb. 27 from

1 -2 p.m. at the Landing, University Centre, MUN campus. Registration is not required and admission is by donation (free for students). In this one hour workshop, MUN Botanical Garden will demonstrate how to successfully grow vegetables in raised beds, including site selection, construction, soil and vegetable selection.  For more information, please call 864-8590.

• Lupus NL will host a public information session with rheumatologist, Dr. Al Ghanim at Mount Pearl city hall Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. AGM to follow. Everyone welcome. Call 368-8130 for information.

• Bereaved parents are invited to meet other parents who have suffered the loss of a child. The Compassionate Friends welcome you to a meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 27. We meet in Room 2J618 near the main entrance of the Health Sciences Centre. For more information call Diana at 753-3530.