Go Guide — Newfoundland and Labrador community events April 23-May 1

Published on April 24, 2014
Have you ever gone owl watching? On April 27, haul on some warm clothing and your rubber boots and join park manager Keith Brown for a late excursion of Butter Pot Provincial Park in search for owls. We will meet at the park entrance (main gate next to the TCH underpass) at 7:30 p.m. and head out for a two-hour walk (non-strenuous). Owls are difficult to find, but there is a good chance of seeing and/or hearing boreal and great-horned owls. This event is weather permitting (and limited to 20 people), so if you are interested please register at http://naturenl.ca/archives/1186 so we can keep you posted. — Submitted photo

Thursday, April 24
2014 marks 30 years of service by the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association-Newfoundland and Labrador, to people with hearing loss across this province. To mark the occasion, the assocition presents “The Joy of Sound” at the Johnson GEO Centre on Thursday, April 24 at 8 p.m. Hosted by Kevin Blackmore, it promises to be an entertaining evening of storytelling and appreciation for the spoken word. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association at 753-3224 or email events@betterhearingforlife.com.

Friday, April 25

• Wesley United Church will hold a fish luncheon Friday, April 25 at noon. Cod, salmon, dessert and coffee or tea will be served. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling Pheobe at 782-1689, Eric at 368-3941 or the church office at 579-3682.

• Shake off the winter blahs and join us for springtime family fun up to April 25: a week of activities to celebrate the arrival of the warmer weather at the Fluvarium. Special interactive activities will happen throughout the day from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Regular admission rates apply. Call ahead if you are bringing a youth or larger family group at 754-3474. For more information call 754-3474.

Saturday, April 26

• St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, will hold its annual spring sale/morning coffee on April 26 in the church hall, corner of Longs Hill and Queen’s Road. Stalls will include baked goods, preservatives, crafts, books, plants and white elephant table. Tickets are $5 which include the admission and a sit down cup of tea, coffee and yummy edibles. Doors will open at 10 a.m.

• The St. John’s Minor Baseball Association has started registering players for the 2014 season. To registar visit the website at www.baseballstjohns.ca and complete the application and email it to the baseball office at info@sjmba.ca. There will also be a registration blitz on Saturday, April 26 at Buckmaster’s Community Centre from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or visit the baseball office any time from Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Players wishing to tryout for all-star teams or attend spring training must be registered. Don’t be disappointed — register now. For additional information, visit the website or contact Mike Buist, executive director at 576-8464.

• Positive Thinkers meeting on April 26 from 9-11 a.m. We have Eric White speaking about “From positive thoughts comes positive language.” We also have to warm us up with an affirmation. We meet at Uptown Gourmet Grill and Bar. Members: $18, non-members: $21. Please rsvp your seat at daemon@positivethinkersclub.org or go to the website www.positivethinkersclub.ca.

• CWF Walk for Wildlife April 26. Join the PCSP Walking and Hiking Club for a walk along the Manuals River trail in Conception Bay South. Meet 10 a.m. at the parking lot of the Manuals River Hibernia Interpretation Centre, Manuals, C.B.S. After the walk a visit to the interpretive centre is free for us. There is a cash café there for those who wish to end the tour with lunch. The hike is free, however we will “pass the hat” for donations to the Canadian Wildlife Federation in aid of species at risk. www.walkforwildlife.ca.

• St. Michael’s Parish holds a spring sale with craft and bake stalls on April 26 at the Shrine Club, Topsail Road. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Morning coffee $5 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., pea soup lunch $5 from 12-2 p.m., hot roast beef dinner $20 at 5 p.m. To book tickets call 368-2844 or 722-4511. You are invited to come and bring your friends.

• St. Mary’s Church ACW will host a luncheon on Saturday, April 26 at 1 p.m. in the church auditorium, Craigmillar Avenue. Quiche, salad and dessert will be served. Lunch will be followed by a card game (120s and Bridge). Tickets are $15 and are available by calling the church office at 579-0039.

 • George St. United Church women spring afternoon tea and sale on April 26 at 2 p.m. in the Jimmy Pratt Memorial Outreach Centre. Tickets are $6. Please phone church office at 726-8775 for any further information required.

• St. John the Evangelist Parish, Topsail holds a lasagna supper on Saturday, April 26 at 6 p.m. in the parish hall. Tickets $10 for adults, $6 for children under 12. Phone Sandra at 834-8834, Betty at 834-4736 or Shirley at 368-9504.

• Powers Court open mike show at St. Thomas of Villanova parish hall in Manuels, C.B.S. on April 26. Doors open at 7 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m. Come along and enjoy some great music and company. For more information call Frank at 834-8196 or Ian at 631-8439.

• The 29th Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council Arts Awards will take place Saturday, April 26 at 8 p.m. in the Clarenville Events Centre Theatre. Tickets are $20 including surcharges and are on sale at the venue box office or by calling 466-4105 ext. 222. Six awards will be presented during an evening of great entertainment featuring host John Sheehan, along with the Long Distance Runners, Katie Baggs, Monica Walsh, and Bryan Hennessey. For further information about the awards call 726-2212.

• People throughout our province have been voicing concerns about the crisis in mental health service provision for some time. Recently, well-known artists Andy Jones and Mary-Lynn Bernard publicly shared the story of the struggles of their 28-year-old son, Louis Jones-Bernard, who succumbed to a long drawn-out battle with mental illness. As a result, on April 26 with special guests such as Joel Thomas Hynes, Dave Sullivan, Liz Solo, Sherry Ryan, Dale Drew, Calvin Powell and Kat McLevey will perform together at the Gower Street United Church Lecture Hall for this special fundraising event. The event runs from 8-10 p.m. Tickets are $25 and must be purchased in advance. For tickets and more information call 753-3687 or join the “Coffee House Fundraiser” Facebook event page.

• Preschoolers and their families can jump right in to some nature-themed fun with the Froglets program at The Suncor Energy Fluvarium this spring. Designed and delivered by early childhood education student Jessica Wamboldt, the program includes songs, games, stories and activities for exploring with the Fluvarium critters and the great outdoors. It costs $7 per family, per session, and runs from 10-10:45 a.m. on April 26, May 10, 24, June 7 and 21. To attend all six sessions get your pass for only $35!  Preregistration is required.  Register for all six sessions or contact us by Friday before each session to book yourself in. Register your Froglet today at 754-3474  or visit kids@fluvarium.ca.

• April Showers Kids Club program for April at The Suncor Energy Fluvarium. Water, water, everywhere, it is in the sky, on the land and under the ground. Every plant and animal on earth needs clean water.  Discover how nature cleans her water and how we can help her out on April 26 and April 27 at 1:30 p.m.

Sunday,  April 27

• The Nautilus Running Club presents the Mundy Pond 5K Road Race on April 27. Start time is 9 a.m. and the route is two clockwise loops of Mundy Pond starting and finishing by the Mews Centre on Mundy Pond Road. Medals for age-group winners, draw prizes including Timex watches and refreshments for all will be served in the Mews Centre Community Room immediately following the race. Pre-registration online closes Thursday night and in-person, race-morning registration is available at the Mews Center from 7:30-8:30 am. Visit races.nautilusrunning.com for more information.

• The Outreach Committee and Congregation of Cowan Heights United Church, 140 Frecker Dr. would like to invite you to the Annual Spring Fling on April 27 from 2-4 p.m. in the auditorium. Come and bring a friend and enjoy afternoon tea, other refreshments and fellowship. Entertainment by Kilmainham. Admission a non-perishable food item for Bridges To Hope food bank. We look forward to seeing you there.

• Bluegrass and old-time country music jam session at the Bay Roberts Lions Club on April 27 at 2 p.m. Come by and hear some great songs and music performed by great musicians.

• A concert with heart on April 27 at 7 p.m. at First United Church, 221 Park Ave., Mount Pearl. Featuring the musical talent of Irene Bridger and her sister, Madge Jennings, a ventriloquist. Funds for this concert will help purchase a portable defibrillator for our church. Tickets just $10. Call the church office at 368-2194 or Inez Penney at 782-3551.

• Have you ever gone owl watching? On April 27, haul on some warm clothing and your rubber boots and join park manager Keith Brown for a late excursion of Butter Pot Provincial Park in search for owls. We will meet at the park entrance (main gate next to the TCH underpass) at 7:30 p.m. and head out for a two-hour walk (non-strenuous). Owls are difficult to find, but there is a good chance of seeing and/or hearing boreal and great-horned owls. This event is weather permitting (and limited to 20 people), so if you are interested please register at http://naturenl.ca/archives/1186 so we can keep you posted.

• Beth El Synagogue will hold its annual Holocaust education and memorial event at 7:30 p.m. on April 27 at the synagogue on Elizabeth Avenue and Downing Street. Guest speaker Dr. Michael Paul, from MUN’s faculty of medicine, will give a talk entitled “Medicine Perverted — Medicine under Nazi Rule, 1933-45.” The public is invited to attend. Coffee/tea following. Parking on Downing Street.


Monday, April 28

Are you interested in getting involved with your city’s libraries? The St. John’s Public Library Board is looking for new members. Come to our annual general meeting to find out more on April 28 at 7 p.m. at the A.C. Hunter Public Library in the Arts and Culture Centre.

• Bioenergetics exercise classes with Donna Burt, Tuesdays from 1:30-2:30 p.m. ongoing weekly classes continuing to April 28, at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Rd. Please pre-register by phone at 753-8760 or by email at information@thelantern.nf.net.

• Tickets to the SAGGH School of Nursing Annual Alumnae Dinner on June 2 will be available from April 28–May 25 at a cost of $45 each. Call Cheryl at 753-8309 or Jean at 722-0629 for more information.

• Stephenville Theatre Festival is heading in an exciting new direction and we’re looking for people to help us grow by leaps and bounds. The public is invited to attend STF’s Annual General Meeting, taking place on April 28 at 7 p.m. at Stephenville Arts and Culture Centre’s Backstage Pass. Those who wish to serve on the STF board or auxiliary are welcome to express interest at the meeting. We’ll also be holding an election of officers, and review our accomplishments from the past year, along with taking nominations from the floor. The bar will be open following the meeting. For more information, contact Elizabeth Brown, board chairperson, at 643-7977 or stfchair@gmail.com.

• St. Philip’s ACW monthly card game will be held on April 28 at 8 p.m. in the Parish Centre, 20 Coady’s Road, St. Philip’s. Usual good prizes, door prize and ticket draws. Cost is $5. Lunch will be served.

• April 28 to May 4 is Dance Week 2014. We are celebrating International Dance Day (April 29) with a full week of dance events throughout the province. Visit www.dancenl.ca to read about an event near you.

Tuesday, April 29

• On Tuesday, April 29, at 7:30 pm, authors Ed Kavanagh and David Benson will read at The Ship Pub in St. John’s. Novelist and musician Kavanagh will read from “Strays,” his new shortstory collection. Benson will read his novel in-progress. This event is part of the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Spring Tides Reading Series, taking place in locations around the province. The readings are free and open to the public.  

• Join Al Antle, executive director of Credit Counseling Services of Newfoundland and Labrador, for an informative session entitled “Seniors and their Money: Making Wise Choices and Being Financially Savvy,” on April 29 at 7 p.m. at the A.C. Hunter Library, 1st Floor Activity Room. To register call 737-2133.

Wednesday, April 30

• Folk Night at the Ship is every Wednesday at 9 p.m. The last Wednesday of the month is our traditional session night, where musicians are welcomed to join in an acoustic session hosted by an experienced player.

Thursday, May 1

•  St. Michael and All Angels Men’s Association spring flipper dinner (pork alternate) and bake sale will be held at the St. John’s Shrine Club Topsail Road on May 1 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. Please call 579-8279 to book  tickets. Take outs are available. Call early to avoid disappointment.

• Canadian Culinary Federation flipper dinner on May 1 at Glenndenning Golf Course. Take out 4:30-5 p.m. Eat in at 6 p.m. For tickets and information regarding event contact Chef Robert Piercey at 685-0452 or email robertpiercey@hotmail.com. In aid of CCFCC St. John’s branch.