Go Guide — Newfoundland and Labrador community events May 29-June 5

Published on May 29, 2014
Learn to canoe or kayak May 30 to June 1. For further information, visit www.paddlen.ca or email paddle.nl@gmail.com. — Image by Thinkstock.com

Thursday, May 29
Easter Seals Newfoundland and Labrador annual general meeting Thursday, May 29 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Husky Energy Easter Seals House, 206 Mount Scio Rd. in St. John’s. Guest speaker Paul Davis, minister of Health and Community Services. RSVP to Katie Janes at info@eastersealsnl.ca.

• Free at Marguerite’s Place, 170 Cashin Ave., on May 29 from 1-3 p.m. presenting a “Movie.”

Friday, May 30

• Stepping Out with Brian Way and His Large Band. Join us for an epic night of dining and dancing. Enjoy a fantastic four-course meal. Get down to the music that spans a generation from swing to Motown, The Doors to Michael Bublé on May 30 at

7 p.m. Reservations required; 753-5899; www.bellavista.ca. $75 per person plus HST and gratuity.

• Bill Rose pop-up art show — “Rock ’n’ Roll” on Friday, May 30 from 5-8 p.m. at the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre.

Saturday, May 31

• On Saturday, May 31 an alpine trough workshop is being offered at MUN Botanical Garden. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. To register, or for more information, please call 864-8490.

• Positive Thinkers breakfast on May 31 starting at 9 a.m. at the Uptown Gourmet Grill and Bar. Guest speaker Dana Meadus topic “You Can Make a Difference.” Please rsvp your seat at daemon@positivethinkersclub.org or go to the website www.positivethinkersclub.ca.

• Hearing Matters Day on May 31 at St. John’s City Hall from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Information sessions and displays on hearing, communication and tinnitus. No charge to attend. Register to guarantee your seat. More information at www.chha-nl.ca or call 753-3224. Hosted by Canadian Hard of Hearing Association.

 • Mindfulness based stress reduction on May 31 at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Rd. from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please pre-register by phone at 685-6027 or email mbsr.stjohns@gmail.com.

• N.L. Pet Expo 2014 is all about pets and all about fun. Happening May 31 and June 1 at the Mount Pearl Glacier from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Family fun includes a kids’ zone, jungle zone, exciting events like weiner dog races, dog agility, flyball and more. Admission $6 (weekend pass $10), kids five years and under free. This is a fundraiser for Beagle Paws. For more information call  738-PAWS or visit www.nlpetexpo.com.

• Opera Arias and Art Songs Concert May 31 at D.F. Cook Recital Hall, Memorial University school of music, 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 student/senior. Tickets may be purchased from Opera on the Avalon by email info@operaontheavalon.com or by calling the Opera on the Avalon office at 738-1322.

• The Landfall Trust of Brigus Announces the 2014 Rockwell Kent Centennial in Brigus and St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador Symposium on May 31-June 1, June 4 and 8. Get your tickets now at www.landfalltrust.org/kcregistration.php. For complete details, see the Landfall Trust Website.

• Salmon the Leaper Kids Club program for June at the Suncor Energy Fluvarium. Discover the Salmon life cycle, hear a story of the mysterious Salmon People and play a game about the great journey a salmon takes to the ocean on May 31 and June 1 at 1:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 1

• Concert in the Cove at Memorial United Church, Portugal Cove on June 1 at 7 p.m. Tickets available at the door or by calling 895-3413. Adults $10, children $5. Promises to be some wonderful music and conversation.

• The Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation, Canadian Cancer Society, Young Adult Cancer Canada and Eastern Health are partnering to present a free event — National Cancer Survivors Day Walk on Sunday, June 1. Join us at 1 p.m. at New World Fitness, 15 Burgeo St. and connect with other cancer survivors, family members and health-care professionals. Call 777-7908 for more information.

• St. John’s Orienteering Club event on June 1 at 1:30 p.m. rain or shine. Starting location is at the tennis court area in Bowring Park, pre-registration via the website www.sjoc.ca is encouraged to ensure sufficient maps available. Maps $2, beginners welcome. Contact 864-8634 for details.

• The Travel Group of Holy Heart of Mary Alumnae Choir, directed by Valerie Long, will perform at St. George’s Church in Brigus at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 1. This is the choir’s last appearance before travelling to Portugal and Spain for a series of concerts. Admission $10 at the door. All proceeds go to St. George’s Church.

• The Whitbourne Lions Club will host its monthly Sunday afternoon of fun and fabulous old-time country music June 1 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.

Monday, June 2

• Topsail United Church Men’s Club annual flipper dinner will be held on Monday, June 2 at 7 p.m. Take outs available at 5:30 p.m. Cost $20. To reserve please call the church office at 834-4567 or Bob at 782-0388.

Tuesday, June 3

• On Tuesday, June 3 at 7:30 p.m. authors Paul Bowdring and Helen Forsey will read at The Ship Pub in St. John’s. Bowdring will read from his novel, “The Strangers’ Gallery,” which won the 2013 BMO Winterset award. Forsey will read from “The Caboose at the Cape,” and “Eugene Forsey, Canada’s Maverick Sage.” The reading event is free and open to the public.

• The Nfld Horticultural Society’s monthly meeting will be held at St. David’s Church Hall, Elizabeth Avenue on June 3 at 8 p.m. Tim Walsh will talk on “Our Most Common Pests and How to Combat Them Using ‘IPM’ Integrated Pest Management.” Our popular spring plant sale will take place at this meeting. New and returning members welcome!

Wednesday, June 4

• Second annual Mental Health @ Work Fair on  June 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at

St. John’s City Hall Foran Room. For more information call 631-3654.

• Mindfulness-based stress reduction on Wednesdays ongoing to June 4 (except May 7) at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Rd. from 6:30-9 p.m. Please pre-register by phone at 685-6027 or email mbsr.stjohns@gmail.com.

• A town hall on mental health will be held Wednesday, June 4 from 7-9 p.m. at St. Teresa’s parish hall (120 Mundy Pond Rd.) Wheelchair accessible, sign language interpretation (please rsvp 697-9738). Information booths, music and refreshments. Everyone welcome.

• An evening with Jeremy Hansen on June 4 from 7-8 p.m. at the Johnson Geo Centre. Canadian Space Agency astronaut Jeremy Hansen is a modern-day explorer. On his path to the stars, he has taken part in geological expeditions in the High Arctic, explored alien caves and continues to regularly fly the CF-18 fighter jet. In Newfoundland to speak with future Canadian space explorers and scientists, he stops at the Johnson Geo Centre to share his journey. General Admission $12. Geo members/MUN students, faculty and staff $10.

Thursday, June 5

Lester’s Farm Market (173 Brookfield Rd.) is hosting a Pink Day fundraiser on June 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Pink flowers, ice cream and cupcakes support the cause!

Upcoming events

• The Northeast Avalon Atlantic Coastal Action Program and the Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association are inviting you to participate in a free erosion and sediment control workshop on June 6. Learn from industry experts on how we can responsibly develop our land while preventing unnecessary damage to our natural environment. Find out more and register at http://neia.org/workingtogether.

• On June 6 Maj. Jeremy Hansen from Canadian Space Agency will speak about his career path — how, from the shy boy he was, he became a fighter pilot and was selected as one of two members of the third Canadian Astronaut selection. He will also provide insights on women in the Canadian space industry. This free event is at MUN, EN 2006 and takes place from 7-8 p.m. For more information about the event and to register go to http://wisenl.ca.

• Ben Moore Concert on June 6 at D.F. Cook Recital Hall, Memorial University school of music, 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 student/senior. Tickets may be purchased by emailing Opera on the Avalon (info@operaontheavalon.com), or by calling the Opera on the Avalon office at 738-1322.

• On June 7 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., the Friends of MUN Botanical Garden will host the annual spring plant sale. All proceeds help support the Botanical Garden.

• Lester’s Farm Market is hosting a Pink Day fundraiser on Saturday, June 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation — Atlantic Region. Pink flowers, ice cream and cupcakes support the cause!

• Heavenly Creatures’ Walk-A-Thon and Family Fun Day on June 7 at Bowring Park (in the Bob Whelan Field). The Bob Whelan Field is across from the swimming pool, and is near the upper, smaller duck pond. Join us for a bark in the park. Come strut your mutt and put your best paw forward for a good cause. Registration starts at 1 p.m. The walk is at 2 p.m. You don’t have to have a dog to take part. However, if you’d like a dog to take in the walk-a-thon contact us at info@heavenlycreatures.ca. We may be able to provide you with a foster dog. Sponsor sheets are available for download on the front page of our website, www.heavenlycreatures.ca. If you have trouble downloading a sheet,  let us know, and we’ll email you one, or you can pick one up at our office.

• Geraldine Ryan-Lush will be reading from and signing copies of her ghost thriller “Hannigan’s Hand” at Chapters bookstore, Kenmount Road on June 7 from

1-3 p.m. A novel of spirits’ revenge, based on a true Newfoundland exorcism. Come and get your scare on for the foggy, caplin weather!

• On Sunday, June 8 thousands of participants will take part in the 2014 St. John’s Walk for Miracles at Quidi Vidi Lake to raise funds for the Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation. The eleventh annual Walmart Walk for Miracles is being held consecutively in 12 cities from coast-to-coast. The company hopes to raise millions of dollars to support the 4,900 children who receive care each day at children’s hospitals across the country. Opening ceremonies at 9:40 a.m. Walk begins at 10 a.m.

See GO GUIDE, page B2

• Join us for our St. John’s run and walk for HD in support of the Huntington Society of Canada on June 7 at Quidi Vidi Lake. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to mingle with the people in our community. Proceeds from this event help fund programs in family services and research for people affected by Huntington disease. Registration is at 1 p.m. at the gazebo next to the parking lot, with the run beginning at 1:30 p.m. Refreshments and social time will follow. For more information and event details visit http://huntingtonsociety.kintera.org/StJohnsRun4HD.

• C.B.S. craft and gift fair on Sunday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Riverdale Banquet Hall, Kelligrews. Admission $1; kids under 12 free (in aid of Dr. Jack Hand Legacy Foundation).

• The Colony of Avalon in Ferryland opens for the season June 9. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Oct. 3. Site features include an interpretation centre, active archeological dig, conservation laboratory and 17th-century kitchen and gardens.

• All Saints Parish Ways and Means, Foxtrap will host a Father’s Day luncheon Thursday, June 12 at 12:30 p.m. There will be soup, sandwiches, dessert and a game of cards. Tickets are available by contacting Barb at 834-4795 or Sandra 834-4627.

• A free information session on “Wills and estate planning: what you need to know,” hosted by the A.C. Hunter Library, on June 12 at 6:30 p.m. Presented by Kellie Cullihall, Gittens & Associates www.gittenslaw.com. Register at 737-3950. Limited space available.

• Holy Cross Elementary, St. Clare Avenue school closing ceremony on Friday, June 13 from 1-3 p.m. All former staff, students, parents and friends of the school are invited. Come out and share memories with other Crusaders.

• Father’s Day at the Geo Centre on June 15 from 2-4 p.m. So much to do!  Join us for craft and art stations, science demonstrations, “DIY for Dad” card-making stations and even a silly pictures photo booth. All activities are included with the cost of admission and you receive 50 per cent off adult admission when accompanied by a child.

• T’ai Chi Chih joy through movement eight-week daytime and evening classes Monday to Thursday for new and returning students at various sites until week of June 16. With 20 gentle, easy moves, T’ai Chi Chih is a simple way to help yourself feel better in body, mind and spirit by using your own natural resources to help facilitate the flow and balance of your body’s internal energy. Can also be done seated. For further details please contact Sheila at sheilaleonard@nf.sympatico.ca or 579-7863 or visit www.taichichihnl.ca.

• Colony of Avalon. The 2014 dig season begins on June 16, led by Dr. Barry Gaulton of Memorial University. This year archeologists will further investigate the levelled terrace behind the Mansion House hall to determine if there are any 17th-century structures from the Calvert era (1621-1637) or the Kirke period (1638-1696). They will also explore the pre-colonial occupations of Ferryland by excavating the 16th-century occupations associated with the Beothuk and European migratory fishermen.

• Chakras for beginners with Donna Burt, Tuesdays ongoing June 17 at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Rd. from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Please pre-register by phone at 753-8760 or email information@thelantern.nf.net.

• Chow Qigong eight-week Tuesday daytime and evening classes for new and returning students ongoing to June 17 at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Rd. Combining energy testing, posture, breath, exercises, massages, qi-pressure, meditation, nutrition and more, Chow Qigong is away to help yourself feel better in body/mind/spirit using your own natural resources to help facilitate the flow and balance of your body’s internal energy. Please contact Sheila at sheilaleonard@nf.sympatico.ca or 579-7863 or visit www.taichichihnl.ca and browse the Chow Qigong menu link for more details.

• The Alzheimer Society will hold its next monthly family support group meeting June 19 at 7 p.m. at 835 Topsail Rd., Unit 107. For more information, contact the Alzheimer Society at 576-0608.