Go Guide — Newfoundland and Labrador community events March 27-April 3

Published on March 27, 2014
The sale of more than 34,000 good used books continues at the Arts and Culture Centre on March 27 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. with the half-price sale on March 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There’s a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction, most at $2 or less, plus other Newfoundland and Labrador books and pre-1930 collectible books. Please sponsor CFUW St. John’s to support scholarships.
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Thursday, March 27
• Berries for the Newfoundland Garden on March 27 from 1–2 p.m. at The Landing, MUN University Centre, St. John’s Campus. This PowerPoint presentation will discuss the best small fruits to grow in a Newfoundland garden setting. Some of the fruits to be discussed include strawberries, raspberries and allies, currants and gooseberries. Registration not required. Admission is by donation. Free for students. All proceeds help support Botanical Garden education program. For more information, please call the Botanical Garden at 864-8590 or visit the garden’s website at www.mun.ca/botgarden.

• Lent 2014 at Mercy Centre for Ecology and Justice, 101 Mt. Scio Rd. Evening film and discussion on March 27 from 7–9 p.m. of “ Journey of the Universe,” an epic story of cosmic, Earth and human transformation. Followed by discussion and refreshments. Registration is required. Call 722-0082 or email mcej@live.com.

• The Newfoundland Historical Society will hold its monthly free public lecture on Thursday, March 27 at 8 p.m. at Hampton Hall at the Marine Institute. This month’s lecturer will be Suzanne Sexty, and her talk is titled “James Vey: photographic journalist/artist.”


Friday, March 28

The Eastern Avalon Chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada will hold its second annual glow bowling and pizza party in St. John’s on April 6 at 2 p.m. at Holiday Lanes, Elizabeth Avenue. The event is open to the public and free of charge. Anyone affected by Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis is encouraged to attend and bring along a friend. Those wishing to attend must RSVP by March 28 as space is limited. Please call Kathy Power at 579-3700 or kpower@ccfc.ca.

Saturday, March 29

• Kidney Cancer Canada holds its 5th Annual Patient Education Conference “Managing Your Health and Well-being.”  The conference will take place at the Courtyard Marriott Downtown Toronto, Saturday, March 29 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. For those who are unable to attend, the conference will be webcast live throughout the day.  To participate, either in person or via webcast, please go to www.kidneycancercanada.ca and register or phone 1-866-598-7166. For more information please go to info@kidneycancercanada.ca.

• Teachers on Wheels will hold a daylong tutor-training workshop on Saturday, March 29. Call Tom Dawe for details at 738-3975.

• On Saturday March 29 Memorial University school of pharmacy, in partnership with the RCMP and RNC, will be holding its second annual prescription drug dropoff day. The event will run from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary HQ at #1 Fort Townshend. Entry will be through the main lobby of the building in the media room. Members of the public are encouraged to clean out their medicine cabinets and drop off any unused or expired medications. This will ensure the proper disposal of medications as chemical waste and, additionally, prevent medications from falling into the hands of youth. All identifying information will be removed from any and all pill bottles and persons turning in the medication will remain anonymous.

• Come on down to the Rocket Room Saturday, March 29 and meet the Swinging Belles, a local swing band for kids. Kick up your heels and have a swinging good time with the whole family. The Belles will perform from 2-3 p.m. but why not come on down 1:30 p.m. for the Belle Hop, a chance to warm up with the musicians and have a little playtime.

• Please join us as we commemorate the Newfoundland disaster with a presentation and a reading from Gary Collins, author of “Left to Die: The Story of the SS Newfoundland Sealing Disaster,” on Saturday, March 29, at 2 p.m. at the A. C. Hunter Public Library. The book will be available for purchase, and the author will speak and give a reading before signing copies.

• The 30 Plus Singles Club holds a singles dance on Saturday, March 29 at St. Teresa’s Parish Hall, Mundy Pond Road. Members $5, non-Members $9. Dance starts at 9:30 p.m. No jeans. For information about our club, visit our website at www.30plussinglesclub.ca.

• Wake Up! Kids Club program at The Suncor Energy Fluvarium on March 29 and March 30 at 1:30 p.m. The winter is coming to an end and we can just start to see nature getting ready for spring.


Sunday, March 30

• Wesley United Church will hold a roast beef dinner, with dessert and tea/coffee on March 30 starting at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $6 for children, and can be obtained by calling Pheobe Sheppard at 782-1689, Marvin Barnes at 579-7900 or the church office at 579-3682.

Monday, March 31

• Earth Day Canada (EDC), in partnership with Mill Street Brewery and the RBC Foundation, is looking for everyday eco-heroes who are doing extraordinary work to create greener communities across Canada. The Hometown Heroes Award Program recognizes and celebrates environmental leaders, groups and small businesses, who foster meaningful, long-term community awareness and action. For more information, please visit www.earthday.ca/hometown. Nomination deadline is March 314.


Tuesday, April 1

• The Newfoundland Horticultural Society’s monthly meeting will be held at St. David’s Church Hall, Elizabeth Avenue at 8 p.m. on April 1. Mike Fleming will present a video on “The Gullage garden; one hundred tips for a successful garden.” New and returning members welcome. Refreshments and friendly garden chat following the meeting.

• DanceNL is thrilled to issue a call for workshop proposals for our third season of NL Moves Workshops. Applicants must be DanceNL members in good standing (membership information is available at http://dancenl.ca/membership) The application deadline is April 1.

• The April meeting of the Avalon Prostate Cancer Support Group will be held on April 1 at Daffodil Place on Ropewalk Lane at 7:15 p.m.

 • Survivors of Suicide Support Group will meet Tuesday, April 1 at the school of social work, MUN in the Boardroom at 7:30 p.m. For more information call Tina Davies at 726-4223.


Upcoming events

• Nominations are now being called for the election of six alumni representatives to the board of regents, the governing body of Memorial University of Newfoundland. Alumni representatives are elected for a three-year term which commences this year on Sept. 1. Nominations for these positions will be accepted until Friday, April 4. Voting will take place online. To complete a nomination and learn more about the election process and the board of regents, please visit www.munalum.ca.

• The St. John The Evangelist Church annual fish and brewis takeout on April 4. Takeouts will be ready for pickup at the church hall between 10 a.m. and noon. Tickets are $8 each and are available from any vestry member or by calling Maxine at 786-6342 or Debbie at 786-0555.

• Fort Townshend Sea Cadets and Fort Pepperell Navy League Cadets will hold their annual dinner, auction and entertainment on April 4 at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 56, Pleasantville, at 7:30 p.m. There will be a stuffed chicken dinner and entertainment by The Walsh Brothers with an auction to follow. Tickets are $15 each. Call 570-4636 or 237-1378.

• The Cupids Legacy Centre and New World Theatre Project proudly present “Shake the Leg.” On April 5 cheer on Conception Bay Celebrities as they brave the stage with Shakespeare’s greats at the beautiful Cupids Legacy Centre. Tickets $25 per person, on sale at the Cupids Legacy Centre, 528-1610.

• All Saints Parish ACW of Foxtrap will host a flea market and bake sale with soup and sandwiches for lunch on Saturday, April 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you wish to book a table please contact Barb at 834-4795 or the church office 834-4501.

• The annual SAEN (Salmonid Association of Eastern Newfoundland) dinner and auction will take place on April 5 at the Holiday Inn. Cocktails and preview of auction items at 6 p.m. Dinner at 7:30 p.m. Raffles, silent and live auction to follow. Single tickets are $75, of which $40 is tax deductible. Tables of 8 or 12 available. Call Ian at 579-0843, Scott at 368-8125 or the SAEN office at 722-9300, or email saen@nfld.com.

• Tanglecove in concert at Gower Street United Church on April 5 at 7:30 p.m. with special guests Geoff Panting, Andrew McCarthy and the STEP Fiddlers. Tickets for the concert are available now from Fred’s Records and O’Brien’s Music and may be reserved online at the Tanglecove website. Advance: $12, at the door $15. For more information, visit www.tanglecove.ca

• Tap-able trees workshop with the Friends of Pippy Park. Celebrate the first maple syrup harvest  on Sunday, April 6 from 1-3 p.m. at Pippy Park Headquarters, Mount Scio Road. This free workshop is brought to you by The Friends of Pippy Park.  For more info email growinginpippypark@gmail.com. 

• The Whitbourne Lions Club is hosting its monthly Sunday afternoon of fun and fabulous old-time country music on April 6 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 mic or bring your instrument and play along or just tap your feet to that great old country beat.

• Fundraising concert in aid of the Singing Legionnaires will be held on April 9 at 7:30 p.m. in St. James United Church on Elizabeth Ave. Performances by Erin Winsor, Meghan Herder, Erin Eaton and Rachel Huys and featuring The Singing Legionnaires in songs of yesteryear and the best-known war songs. Tickets $20 at Fred’s Music on Duckworth St and C’est Moi in Churchill Square and at the door.

 • Radical Forgiveness, with Susan Cummings for six weeks ongoing to April 9, at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Rd. Please pre-register by phone at 753-8760 or by email at information@thelantern.nf.net.

• There will be a Bishop Spencer luncheon on April 12 at Clovelly. The cost is $25 which must be paid by April 8. For further information call Elizabeth at 722-4546 or Ruby at 579-6219.

• Topsail United Church Men’s Club annual breakfast with the Easter bunny will take place on Saturday April 12 from 8 until 11 a.m. Usual Great Menu. Adults $7, children under 12, $3.  Face painting and colouring for the children. All are welcome.

• The Ladies of the Sabre will hold their Easter afternoon tea at the Shrine Club,Topsail Road on Saturday, April 12 at 2 p.m. Usual spins on baskets, and prizes for best three Easter bonnets. Cost is $10. Please call Sylvia Downey for tickets at 368-0696.


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• Creating the year-round garden. A workshop for green thumbs and greenhorns on Saturday or Sunday, April 12 or 13. This full-day workshop will help you create a year-round garden so you can raise and harvest food all year long, by combining raised beds with protective structures like cloches, cold frames, tunnels, row covers and greenhouses. Workshop fee $45, including lunch. Workshop will be held at Points East Bed & Breakfast in Pouch Cove. To register for the workshop or for more information visit www.perfectlyperennial.ca or call 335-2340 or email secondstage@hotmail.com. Pre-registration is required

• The 5th annual Earth Day Fair at The Suncor Energy Fluvarium on April 13 from 12 - 4:30 p.m. Since 1990 Canadians have been coming together on Earth Day to look at successes, possibilities and opportunities to stand up for and support our Earth all year long.  Now in its 5th year, The Suncor Energy Fluvarium is hosting a c-operative, community Earth Day Fair. This is an event for everyone: adults, youth and families alike. Free admission.

• Fluvarium’s Nature Connections Spring Camps April 14 -17 for grades 1 and 2 and April 22–25 for grades 2 to 4. Make lots of fun new connections to the Freshwater habitats around the Suncor Energy Fluvarium! Nature Connections Spring Camp is the perfect choice for the budding naturalist or animal lover. With small group sizes (10 campers per session) fun and adventure await. Camp hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Camp is $145 to attend all 4 days in one week or $40 per day. For more information and to receive a registration package contact Denise Hennebury at 754-3474 or email kids@fluvarium.ca. Registration is now open.

• Newfoundland and Labrador Author Readings Series presents Dan Rubin reading from “A Fire on the Sea” at the A.C. Hunter Library at the Arts and Culture Centre on April 16 at 7 p.m.

• 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 April 17 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 contact the Alzheimer Society at 576-0608.

• On April 19 Family Palooza will be hitting Paradise with a day of fun for the whole family. Newfoundland Reptiles will be wowing the crowd with various reptiles to see and touch. While perusing the gift market, guests are invited to have their face painted by the talented Spry Creations. Realtime Photography will be preserving the day’s memories with their photo booth and props, so come prepared to smile! All the entertainment is free of charge and donations will be accepted at the door in support of the Single Parents Association of Newfoundland. Family Palooza will be held from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Rotary Paradise Youth and Community Centre on McNamara Drive. Stay up to date on this event and many more to come by visiting Wildfire Event Management on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wildfireevents.

• An egg-cellent Easter at the Fluvarium on Saturday, April 19 between 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. for Easter excitement at the Suncor Energy Fluvarium. There will be ‘baskets’ of fun family activities. Bring a camera to have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny, who will be appearing on the hour. Cost of the event is $5 per person (children 2 and under are free).