Go Guide — Newfoundland and Labrador community events May 8-15

Published on May 8, 2014
Sunday is Mother’s Day and there are events planned throughout the region to mark the occasion. Check the Go Guide listings for more information. — Image by Thinkstock.com

Thursday, May 8
• Free at Marguerite’s Place 170 Cashin Ave. on May 8 from 1-3 p.m. Tonya Whittle presents: “Understanding food labels.”

* May is Better Hearing Month. Visit the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association – Newfoundland and Labrador display on May 8 in the GAP Court, Avalon Mall from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Friday, May 9

• As a part of CNIB Vision Health Month and North American Occupational Safety and Health Week, Husky Energy will present a CNIB Eye Safety Lunch and Learn on May 9 at the Capital Hotel on Kenmount Road. Lunch will be served at 12 p.m. sharp, with the workshop beginning at 12:30 p.m. You can register now by calling 754-1180, extension 0. Tickets are $50 per person. Corporate tables are available.

• The RCMP Klondike Night is Friday, May 9. The RCMP Klondike Night beneficiaries are: Candlelighters and Children’s Wish Foundation. Both are children’s charities.

• Explore science May 9 and 10 from 1-3 p.m. at the Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre, 7 Conception Bay Highway. Geared to ages 3 to 10, though children of all ages are welcome. We’ll focus on colours through messy fun with hands on activities, crafts, stories and more! Parents must remain with their children at all times. Check out our website, manuelsriver.com or follow us on Facebook or Twitter for more information.

• Free at Marguerite’s Place 170 Cashin Ave. Extension, drumming sessions with Katie Power from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Begins May 9.

• The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 50 at 60 Legion Rd., Kelligrews, in conjunction with the Town of Conception Bay South will be celebrating the end of our country’s military mission in Afghanistan with a National Day of Honour on May 9 at 2 p.m. The people of C.B.S. are encouraged to make a special effort to attend to honor those who lost their lives as a result of the Afghanistan mission and to show our appreciation to our new veterans and their families who gave up so much for us. Everyone is invited to the Legion for snacks and refreshments after the ceremony.

 • Looking for more than a summer fling? We’ve got the “furrever” cat for you at our Adopt-A-Thon. The SPCA is having an Adopt-a-Thon from May 9-11. All cats adopted through the SPCA St. John’s have $50 adoption fees! Original adoption fees are $150 for kittens and $125 for adult cats. All cats still come with microchips, vaccinations, vet check and extreme cuteness.  Drop in during shelter hours or visit spcastjohns.org/adoption.php to see who is available for their forever home.


Saturday, May 10

• Garage sale on May 10 from 8–11 a.m. at Cowan Heights United Church, 141 Frecker Drive. All are welcome.

• The Women’s Health Clinic at Eastern Health will hold its annual Women’s Health Day on May 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Health Sciences Centre. There will be only female staff in attendance and Pap tests and breast exams will be offered. Those interested are encouraged to book an appointment by calling 777-3018 or 777-7460.

• St. Augustine’s Men’s Service Club will be holding its annual flea market at St. Augustine’s Church, corner of Elizabeth Avenue and Westerland Road, on Saturday, May 10. Doors open at 9 a.m. and close at 12 p.m. Admission $1.

• Nature Newfoundland and Labrador will hold its annual cleanup of Long Pond on May 10 starting at 10 a.m. Meet behind the “Splash” facility on the south side of Long Pond (behind the MUN School of Business and other campus buildings). Clean St. John’s will supply garbage bags and collection. Volunteers should bring their own gloves and wear boots. For more information, email naturenl@naturenl.ca.

• Since 2004, the Outfitters Adventure has been helping outdoor enthusiasts buy and sell second-hand outdoor clothing and equipment with a portion of the proceeds going to support the East Coast Trail Association. Bring in any no longer needed backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, cookware, stoves, camp accessories, apparel or other gear and equipment to sell.This year’s annual Spring Gear Swap takes place on May 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration forms can be completed at the Outfitters on Water Street. Email operations@theoutfitters.nf.ca or call 579-4453 for more information.

• St. Andrew’s Church, Queen’s Road, will hold a garage sale in the church hall on Saturday, May 10 starting at 10 a.m. Stalls will include linens, clothing, kitchenware, books, toys, white elephant, accessories/jewelry and electrical.

• CWF Walk for Wildlife May 10. Join the PCSP Walking and Hiking Club for a guided walk along a road/trail to several ponds in search of frogs. Meet 10 a.m. at the end of Blast Hole Pond Road, Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s. There is a small parking lot there, and some parking is available on the road. Car-pooling recommended. 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. John’s Pride’s first fundraiser of 2014, the All Out Auction, will take place on May 10 at Uptown Grill and Bar, 193 Kenmount Rd. We’ll be kicking the day off with some family fun at 11 a.m. Our live and silent auction will start at 1 p.m. There’ll be lots of live entertainment, door prizes, and raffles for gift cards from some of our fantastic sponsors. Come out and show your support. Check out stjohnspride.ca for more information or email ky@stjohnspride.ca.

• Royal Astronomical Society of Canada celebrates International Astronomy Day on Saturday May 10 at the Johnson Geo Centre from 2-5 p.m. with outside observing (weather permitting) 8-10 p.m. Details at hwww.stjohnsrasc.ca.

• Children and teenager intro samarpan meditation workshop on May 10 at 4 p.m. at the St. John’s Hindu Temple. Adult Intro Samarpan Meditation Workshop on May 10 at 4 p.m. at the St. John’s Hindu Temple Basement. Open to people of all backgrounds. Call 754-1133 or email vgadag@mun.ca.

• Topsail United Church annual lobster/steak dinner, will be held on May 10 at 7 p.m. Enjoy lobster or steak for $30, or the combo meal for $45, with caesar, pasta and potato salad, oven roasted potato, dessert, tea or coffee and entertainment. For tickets please call the church office at 834-4567.

• All Saints Open Mike. Come up to Foxtrap Parish Hall, CBS on May 10. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Come enjoy a great evening of entertainment.  For more information call Selina at 834-5960.

• QVE Kitchen Party — Join us for a scoff, a scuff and other musical treats. Bally Haly Country Club will be serving good ol’ Newfoundland favourites like split pea soup, and the night will be filled with the sound of QVE members showcasing their musical talents on May 10 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25, available from QVE members and at the door.

• The 30 Plus Singles Club is having a mother's day singles dance on Saturday, May 10 at the Shriner Club, 530 Topsail Rd., starting at 9:30 p.m. Music by Mainline. Members $5, non-members $9. No jeans. www.30plussinglesclub.ca.


Sunday, May 11

•  Mother’s Day at the Geo Centre on May 11 from 2-4 p.m. So much to do! Join us for Crafts, science demonstrations, card making station, dress up photo booth, and even a jewelry prize draw. All activities are included with the cost of admission and you receive 50 per cent off adult admission when accompanied by a child.

•  Three Cheers for Composting family program at MUN Botanical Garden on May 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come to MUN Botanical Garden and celebrate composting during International Compost Awareness Week. Admission is free. Registration is not required.  

• The Nautilus Running Club presents the Harbour Front 10K Road Race on May 11. Start time is 8 a.m. on Harbour Drive and the route is 1 loop of Water Street / Harbour Drive, then west out Waterford Bridge Road to Waterford Lane, returning east down Southside Road, across the Leslie Street Bridge back onto Water Street and east to the Harbour Drive finish line. Race day registration is available in the Foran Room at City Hall from 6:45-7:30 a.m.

• Mother’s Day at Manuels River on May 11 at the Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre, 7 Conception Bay Highway. This day is all about Mom. Come join us for crafts and activities and show your Mom how much you care. There will be a Mother's Day brunch, with 10 a.m. and 12 noon seatings. Enjoy the natural views and live classical music. Adults: $35+tax; Children (under 12): $20+tax. Call 834-2099 to make a reservation. Check out our website, manuelsriver.com or follow us on Facebook or Twitter for more information.

• Come celebrate mother's day with your pinkies up and support the YWCA St. John’s. Our afternoon tea with a twist will include entertainment, prizes and decadent delights, all hosted in the Rocket Room of the Rocket Cafe and Bakery. Pinkies up will take place from 3-5 p.m. on May 11. Tickets are $45 and proceeds will support ongoing YWCA programs locally. For ticket information, email info@ywcastjohns.ca.

• Mother’s Day bingo on May 11 at the Gander Elks Lodge. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Bingo starts at 8 p.m.

Monday, May 12

• T’ai Chi Chih Joy thru Movement eight-week daytime and evening classes Monday to Thursday for new and returning students at various sites until week of June 16. Contact Sheila at sheilaleonard@nf.sympatico.ca or 579-7863 or visit www.taichichihnl.ca.

Tuesday, May 13

• May Storytelling Circle on May 13  at 7:30 p.m. at The Crows Nest Officers' Club, off Duckworth on the east side of the War Memorial. Admission is $3.

• On May 13 Melanie Knight from Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium and Chelsie Archibald from Oceans Learning Partnership, will talk about the goals and achievements of their organizations and share their thoughts on the value of marine education. They will also provide insights on their career paths. This free event is at the Fluvarium and takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information about the event and to register go to http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e98i6h1p74b0c1f9&llr=sco4cxdab

• Bingo at the BIS, on 30 Harvey Rd. on May 13. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Proceeds in aid of The School Lunch Program. Come and bring a friend. For more information call 754-0570.


Wednesday, May 14

• Superwomen: Amazing Female Leaders Share Their Success Stories on May 20 at the Junior Common Room, R. Gushue Hall, Memorial University’s St. John’s campus from 5:30-9 p.m. Come join us and experience an evening of engaging conversation with successful superwomen who are ready to share their wisdom with you. Tickets are $25, Includes a three-course meal with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available. To register email rsvpalumni@mun.ca or call 864-2313.

• The Annual International Peace Officers Memorial Day Service will be held Wednesday, May 14 at 11 a.m. at the St. John’s Seventh-day Adventist Church, 30 Aldershot Street. All are cordially welcome.



Thursday, May 15

 • The 25th Annual Festival of New Dance call for submissions. Mail submission to Neighbourhood Dance Works, P.O. Box 815, Station C, St John’s, NL, A1C 5L7. For full details visit http://neighbourhooddanceworks.com/callforsubmissions.php. Deadline is May 15.

• Free at Marguerite’s Place 170 Cashin Avenue on May 15 from  1-3 p.m. the Floral Design Group presents “A Floral Workshop.”

• 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 May 15 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.

• Aaron O’Brien grew up in Cape Broyle on the Southern Shore of the Avalon Peninsula. He has a passion for wilderness areas and has been an avid hiker for the past 15 years. He will give an overview of the condition of the wilderness reserve, paying particular attention to threats to its ecological integrity and discussing violations of reserve regulations that he has observed on May 15 at Memorial University, Science Building Room SN 2067 at 7:30 p.m.

• PC Association of St. John’s North annual general meeting to elect officers and leadership convention delegates on May 15 at 45 Kelsey Drive (Sobey’s Community Room) at 7:30 p.m. ID needed (Drivers License, or two ID’s showing address and/or signature).

• The City of St. John’s, through the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Seniors, annually recognizes a senior who has made significant volunteer contributions to the community by presenting the Senior of the Year award. Nominations for the Senior of the Year award are now open, and close on May 15. To nominate a senior in St. John’s, 60 years of age or above, find the form at www.stjohns.ca (look under quick links, forms, council committees) or request a copy by calling 576-8620.