Go Guide — Community event listings July 31-Aug. 7

Published on July 31, 2014

Thursday, July 31
• On Thursdays, ongoing to July 31, family campfire and sing-a-long at the Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre, 7 Conception Bay Highway, 7-8 p.m. We provide the marshmallows for roasting. Feel free to bring an instrument and join in the sing-a-long.

The Johnson Geo Centre is pleased to host adult-only science evenings called Geo After Dark as its newest fundraiser. The next evening entitled “Glowology: The Science of Luminescence” will take place July 31 and cover the topic of light found and produced in nature. As there will be cash bar services available it is a 19+ event. It will surely be an evening perfectly suited to adults of all ages and interests. Why should kids have all the fun? Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Event starts at 7 p.m.

• On Aug. 3 the Association of the Arts in Mount Pearl will be making mini piñatas at 10 a.m. and comic books at 7 p.m. All our events the week will be taking place at the Admiralty House Museum in Mount Pearl and are open for kids of all ages.


Friday, August 1

• Story Time with Andy Jones on Friday, Aug. 1 at 2:30 p.m. Offered by Perchance Theatre at the Cupids Legacy Centre. For tickets visit http://perchancetheatre.com.

• Painting in the Garden — Botanical Garden Tuesday art group exhibition. Runs from Aug. 1-31. Viewing of the shows is during the Botanical Garden regular visitor hours, daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. but is unavailable during conference room bookings. Please call the visitor services desk at 864-8590 to confirm viewing times.

• Newfoundland comedian Matt Wright’s debut comedy album “Vasectomy Baby” is rated No. 2 two comedy album this week on iTunes Canada. Matt will be doing a Newfoundland release in the fall. Matt is also competing in the SiriusXM Top Comic contest for $15,000. Voting is once a day until Aug. 1. Vote at https://topcomic.siriusxm.ca. For info on Matt mattwrightcomedy.com.

• The Kid’s Picnic at the Airport will be held from 12-2 p.m. on the Gander International Airport lawn on Friday, Aug. 1. The picnic is geared toward elementary school-aged children, but all are welcome. Admission is free, but donations are accepted for children’s charities. The event is weather dependent.


Saturday, August 2

•  Bellfest on the Beach, Aug. 2 from 2-8 p.m. Call of interest for vendors. Walk the plank, food vendors, games of chance booths, craft/gift tables, concession stands and more. To book your space at the 2nd annual Bellfest on the Beach call Glenda at 488-2120. Special bus services available for Bell Islanders. Bus Stop locations and times to be announced.

• The Cupids Legacy Centre will hold its second annual lobster supper Saturday, Aug. 2 at the centre. Cash bar opens 6 p.m., supper at 7 p.m. Tickets: $35 each. To purchase tickets call the legacy centre at 528-1610.


Sunday, August 3

• On Saturday the Aug. 2 there will be an Arts Carnival from 2-4 p.m. at Centennial Park, with a juggler, caricature artists and lots of fun games with prizes, presented by the Association of the Arts in Mount Pearl.

• Tom Coddin’ in the Gut on Aug. 3. Meet at Cupids Legacy Centre at 10 a.m. Cost $10.

• The Whitbourne Lions Club hosts its monthly Sunday afternoon of fun and fabulous old-time country music on Aug. 3 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. Enjoy the dog days of summer at the Whitbourne open mike show.

• “Boreal Breaths and Steps.” Events in The Boreal Poetry Garden, Sunday Aug. 3 at 7 p.m. and Sunday Aug. 24 at 2 p.m. Join Marlene Creates (poetry), Nicola Hawkins (dance), Don McKay (poetry), and Louise Moyes (dance) as they lead a walk in The Boreal Poetry Garden — six acres of boreal forest in Portugal Cove, Newfoundland. Come and hear site-specific poems that refer to the immediate environment where you’re standing, and see dance/movement in relation to the site’s natural features. After the walk, we will gather around a small bonfire for some refreshments. Limited to 25 people. Advance registration required.

• “Shake the Leg” at Perchance Theatre, Burnt Head, Cupids on Aug. 3 at 7 p.m. For tickets visit, http://perchancetheatre.com.


Monday, August 4

• St. John the Evangelist Church in Coley’s Point will hold its annual garden party on Monday, Aug. 4. Tickets are on sale now for turkey cold plate suppers for eat-in and take-out. They are $10 each and are available from any vestry member or by calling 786-6342 or 786-0555. We will also be having games of chance, bingo, pony rides, balloon twisting, entertainment, and so much more starting at 1 p.m. at the church hall in Coley’s Point. Hope to see you there.

• The Tuckamore Festival proudly presents its 14th season featuring two weeks of powerful performances by brilliant artists. Aug. 4-17 will feature over 15 concerts, masterclasses and workshops from internationally recognized artists. For more information visit www.tuckamorefestival.ca. For tickets visit www.ticetpro.ca or call 1-888-311-9090 (ticketpro).

• On Aug. 4 the Colony of Avalon hosts Colony Day, a celebration of the 393rd anniversary of the founding of Lord Baltimore’s colony in Ferryland: 11 a.m. Lecture and site tour with archeologist. Barry Gaulton; 2 p.m. performances by local musicians; 2:30 p.m. heritage workshops for all ages including wool dying and toy making. For more information about the Colony of Avalon, and updates on our discoveries, please call 432-3200, visit www.colonyofavalon.ca, twitter.com/ColonyofAvalon.Eastport or www.facebook.com/ColonyOfAvalon.  

• Are you interested in becoming a skilled human with words? Do you want to finally win that argument with Mom, Dad, your best friend or your partner? If so, this is the camp for you. From Aug. 4-8 the NLSDU in association with MUN debate will run a debate camp for students from grade 7-12. Please contact coordinator@nlsdu.ca with any questions or check out nlsdu.ca for general information.

• On Monday, Aug. 4 there will be the First week of Arts in the Park in Centennial Park presented by the Association of the Arts in Mount Pearl. At 7 p.m. we will have Free a Action Improv performing and at 7:30 p.m. Ashley Hunter will be playing music.


Tuesday, August 5

• Join guest Executive Chef Steve Watson on Tuesday Aug. 5 at the Suncor Energy Fluvarium, 5 Nagle’s Pl. Enjoy Atlantic Salmon, mussels and salad. Bar service will be available. Adults $35/Children 12 and under $15. Call 754-3474 for your tickets today. Event sponsored by the Suncor Energy Fluvarium and the Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association in support of environmental education and freshwater stewardship.

• On Tuesday Aug. 5, at 2 p.m. the Association of the Arts in Mount Pearl will combine art and science to do some cool experiments that produce unique artistic projects. All our events the week will be taking place at the Admiralty House Museum in Mount Pearl and are open for kids of all ages.

• St. Michael’s Printshop celebrates its 40th anniversary with a steamroller printmaking spectacular. SMP’s 40th anniversary offers an opportunity to celebrate SMP's cultural impact and influence on the artistic community over the past four decades. SMP has planned a schedule of events (see attached calendar) where the community at large can join in the celebration. One exciting event marking this auspicious year is our Steamroller Printmaking Spectacular! This event will be happening Lakeside, on the Dominion Parking Lot, from 6-9 p.m. on Regatta Eve (Aug. 5). We are going to be employing a steamroller as part of a printmaking method called “linocut.” Using various carving tools (basically different types of knives and gouges), an image is carved into a large piece of basic, everyday linoleum (the kind you find in your kitchen). In celebration of a beautiful St. John’s summer and all the city has to offer, we have opted to do a Regatta scene. Visit www.facebook.com/events/276355719214593/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular for information


Wednesday, August 6

• Needle Felting with Anne Lucas on Aug. 6 at the Cupids Legacy Centre at 7 p.m. Cost $30. Pre-registration required by Aug. 4. Pplease pre-register by calling the Cupids Legacy Centre at 528-1610.

• Giant Flag Raising at the Cupids 1910 Flag Site on Aug. 6 at 12 noon. Free and everyone welcome.

• Association of the Arts in Mount Pearl to let you know about some of our upcoming summertime events. All our events the week will be taking place at the Admiralty House Museum in Mount Pearl and are open for kids of all ages.On Wednesday, August 6, we will be having our Get Messy event at 2 p.m.


Thursday, August 7

The Tuckamore Festival Presents: Late Night Jazz with Patrick Boyle and Bill Brennan on Aug. 7 at 10 p.m. at the Rocket Bakery. For more information visit www.tuckamorefestival.ca. Tickets and passes available online at www.ticketpro.ca or by calling 1-888-311-9090.


Upcoming events

• The Winterset in Summer Literary Festival will be held in Eastport from Aug. 8-10. The festival schedule can be found at www.wintersetinsummer.ca. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-866-904-5049. Winterset in Summer is Newfoundland and Labrador’s unique literary festival designed to celebrate the writers of our splendid province. Meet new and established authors and hear them talk about their writing with celebrity hosts.

• The Avalon Artists Group — Avondale Mid-Summer Art Show at Rumors Hall from Aug. 8-10. Works in oil, acrylic, watercolor and mixed media. Photography, book sales, sculptures. Art demos at 45-minute intervals. Public auctions and many door prizes. For more information call 229-0639.

• Stephenville Theatre Festival’s 36th season runs to Aug. 10. Visit www.stephenvilletheatrefestival.com or check out the festival’s Facebook page. For tickets call the Festival Box Office at 643-4553.

• All Saints Open Mike, Foxtrap Parish Hall, C.B.S. on August 9. Doors open 7:15 p.m. Come enjoy an evening of great music. For more information call Selina at 834-5960.

• Green Team to conduct second environmental awareness event at the Friends of the Pippy Park family garden on Aug. 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be held at 15 Mount Scio Rd. Admission is free.

• Meet the Lonely American Man on Spectacle Head Trail on Aug. 10 at 1 p.m. Meet at Cupids Legacy Centre & walk Spectacle Head Trail. Cost: $10. Pre-registration required by Aug. 7, please pre-register by calling the Cupids Legacy Centre at 528-1610.

• The annual Knights of Columbus Rosary and Light Procession will take place on Thursday, Aug. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Basilica of St. John the Baptist. This year’s rosary will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. The general public is welcome. A reception will follow at St. Bon’s School Gym.

• The Rug Hooking Guild of Newfoundland and Labrador holds its annual rug hooking school Aug. 14-17. This year it is being held in St. John’s at the College of the North Atlantic, Prince Philip Drive campus. Beginner and experienced rug hookers are welcome. Non-guild members should apply for an annual membership at a cost of $30. Rug school information, membership and school application forms are available on the Guild’s website www.rhgnl.ca. A mat exhibit will be open to the general public during the evening of Aug. 16.

• This season the Colony of Avalon continues its archeologist for a day summer program. This twice-weekly program runs until Aug. 15. Spaces are limited. Group discounts are available.

• Does your family tree include the names Breddy, Kelson, Heytor, Miller, Sheppard, Stevenson or Swyers? Do you have roots in Trinity, Trinity Bay? Then the Willow Tree Heritage Society may be looking for you. On Aug. 16 the Willow Tree Heritage Society of Hant’s Harbour will be unveiling a plaque in memory of the seven crew members who were lost on the ship “Fanny” which was shipwrecked near Hant’s Harbour in December 1835. It is the hope of the Willow Tree Heritage Society that there may be descendants of the crew living in the province, and it would love to invite them to the official unveiling of the plaque on Aug. 16. If you or someone you know might be related to the crew of the “Fanny” contact Gertie Pelley at 586-2355.

• Landfall artists 2014 workshops and talks. Come join us on Aug. 17 for a printmaking workshop at Kent Cottage at Landfall, Brigus from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Follow in the footsteps of Rockwell Kent and learn the basics of woodblock engraving — all in one day. In the afternoon, artist Jennifer Morgan will introduce participants to basic engraving technique. Visit Jennifer at www.jenniferleemorgan.ca to see her woodblock engravings. All materials and a delicious “Landfall Lunch” are included. Registration is $75 per person, and is limited to 10 participants. To register email admin@landfalltrust.org or call Milly at 722-2239.

• The Friends of Pippy Park will host its annual open garden tour on Aug. 17. Open to both the pubic and organizations of the park. Will consist of a visit to various gardens across the park and the city, to serve as a visual presentation of St. John’s greenery while also serving as an educational overview about organic farming.­

• Open Garden Day Tour and Bus Tour 2014. The bus tour will be on Aug. 17 from 1-3 p.m. The ‘Gardens in Pippy Park’ Bus Tour was created to connect and showcase all of the organizations and people that are engaged in exciting projects in Pippy Park. The tour included MUN Botanical Garden,  MUN Community Garden, Elaine Dobbin Centre for Autism, Mercy Centre for Ecology and Justice,  Easter Seals Garden and the Friends’ own Family Garden (previously co-facilitated with FEASt).  Open Garden Day is a guided tour of some of St. John’s many food gardens. Home gardens, community gardens, demonstration projects and art installations have all been featured in past tours. The Wellness Coalition - Avalon East are partnering with Friends of Pippy Park, FEASt, Daybreak Parent Child Centre, and Food Security Network to bring you the best Open Garden Day to date!

• The Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador has announced a $5,000 grant program for projects that document, record, present or safeguard the intangible cultural heritage (ICH) of the fishery in the province. The Fisheries ICH Grants are open to town councils, museums, archives or incorporated non-profit cultural and/or heritage organizations. Information available online at www.heritagefoundation.ca, or by contacting the intangible cultural heritage office at 1(888)739-1892 ext 2. Deadline for applications is Aug. 22.

• All Saints Parish Foxtrap are hosting the Spirit of the Sea Festival — Aug. 22-24. Friday night there will be an adult dance with music by Lloyd Snow. Tickets will be available at the door. Saturday morning from 8:30-11:30 a.m. there will be a Newfoundland style breakfast. Lunch time 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. soup, sandwiches, moose burgers, tea and coffee. On Saturday at 6 p.m. enjoy your choice of mouth-watering salmon or cod dinner with all the trimmings, dessert, tea and coffee while enjoying our dinner entertainment. Tickets are available by contacting Aura Farrell 834-9384 or Sandra Taylor at 834-4627. Sunday evening at 7 p.m. our Grand Finale will be a Gospel Hymn Sing with invited local entertainers. Free Will Offering at the door.

• MUN Botanical Garden Summer Programs ongoing until Aug. 25. Beyond the Backyard: Fun Beyond Your Fence — weekdays, 10:30–11:30 a.m. Suitable for pre-schoolers of all ages and primary school-age children. Afternoon Nature Hike — Weekdays, 2:30–3:30 p.m. Suitable for anyone who can hike on a nature trail for one hour. Registration is not required for these outdoor programs. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Participants are invited to bring a healthy, nut-free snack. Admission fees apply. Free for MUN students, Friends of the Garden and children 5 years old and younger. MUN Botanical Garden is located at 306 Mount Scio Rd. For more information, please call 864-8590 or visit www.mun.ca/botgarden

• Summer nature camps at The Suncor Energy Fluvarium running to the end of August. Best kept secret in the city. Small numbers, professional staff, outdoors and flexible kid-centered programming. Some spaces still available. Experience, explore, discover nature. Only 10 campers per week. Register now. Full details at and registration forms at: www.fluvarium.ca. For more information contact: 754-3474 or kids@fluvarium.ca

• The James J. O’Mara Pharmacy Museum, a heritage drug store circa early 1900s is open to the public 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from ongoing until Aug. 28. Situated at 488 Water St. St. John’s. A set of oak drug store fixtures made in England in 1879 and many other pharmacy artifacts are on display. Last year a sea medicine chest had been added to the display.

• Visiting Author Jennifer Higgens reads from her book “Perished: The 1914 Newfoundland Sealing Disaster” at the Cupids Legacy Centre at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 30.

• Memorial University’s Queen Elizabeth II Library (QEll) hosts a commemorative exhibit of travelling artists’ books from the Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition. This international arts coalition continues to sponsor a number of different projects in response to the horrific car bombing on Al-Mutanabbi Street in Baghdad, Iraq, that killed 30 people and wounded more than 100 on March 5, 2007. The street, named after 10th century Arab poet Al-Mutanabbi, is famous for its booksellers and book market. The exhibit is on display from ongoing to Aug. 31 on the second floor of the QEII Library. For further details see www.al-mutanabbistreetstartshere-boston.com. The exhibit is free and parking is available in lot 18. For QEII Library hours, please see www.library.mun.ca/qeii/hours.

• Historical walks of St. John’s until September on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Sheraton Hotel at 10 a.m. Reservations needed. Call 364 6845 or check out the website www.boyletours.com.

• Artists Alley Holyrood – Carbonear on Sept. 11 through to Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Follow artists on the CB Hwy. All artists will have a TAAG sign and # inviting people into their homes. For further Information call Rosemary at 229-0639.

 • The Coastal Sounds choir organization is building a new Ladies’ Choir! Auditions will take place on Saturday, Sept. 13 or by appointment. This opportunity is being offered to female singers in the C.B.S. and surrounding areas who are looking for an opportunity to work with other serious-minded singers in a small ensemble setting on largely a cappella repertoire. To find out more or sign up for an audition, email info@coastalsounds.ca or visit www.coastalsounds.ca.

• Be part of the World’s Largest Coffee Break on September 18. The Alzheimer Society is currently seeking volunteers to help with the distribution of Coffee Break kits. Coffee Break is a signature event where businesses, social clubs, individuals etc., are provided with free coffee as an incentive to donate. If you would like to volunteer to help distribute the kits or would like some more information, contact the Alzheimer Society at 576-0608. Don’t forget to check us out on Facebook and Twitter at www.facebook.com/asnl2 and/or www.twitter.com/asnl2 to stay up to date on our latest programs and services, volunteer opportunities and events!

• The Juggernaut is here! It’s a challenging (and fun!) 5K obstacle course designed to test your all-around strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie. Coming to St. John’s on October 4, The Juggernaut has teamed up with Clovelly and MAX to bring Newfoundland a safe and exciting event. Conveniently constructed in the heart of east end of St. John’s, The Juggernaut consists of 18 obstacles – all unique and bound to be an experience! The Juggernaut is guaranteed to be a memorable day for all participants – regardless of your skill level. For full details and to register, check out thejuggernautchallenge.com. Registration has started for both individuals and teams. The early bird ticket price of $65 (plus applicable fees and taxes) ends July 25.

• Share a Scare — Once again the three St. John’s city libraries are coming together to present youth in the St John’s area with an opportunity to share. We are hosting our 6th annual ghost story writing contest with celebrity judge, Dale Jarvis (international storyteller, personality, author and cultural protector of NL culture). St. John’s is a wonderful old city steeped in mystery, folklore and spooky tales, so what could be better than sharing a creepy story? This is an opportunity for children ages 7-17 to share their stories and showcase their writing and story-telling talents. The winner receives a $50 Chapters gift card , a gift bag full of writing goodies, a chance to talk to an award winning author and a showcase for their work. Drop off your entry at the library nearest you before October 17 or visit http://stjohnsghoststorycontest.blogspot.ca/ and email your entry to juliamayo@nlpl.ca.

 • Awareness to Action: Training to recognize, report and respond to elder abuse. Join us on Oct. 20 and 21 at the Holiday Inn, St. John’s for two days of information/resource sharing and training. This conference will hosted by the Seniors Resource Centre of Newfoundland Labrador’s Newfoundland and Labrador Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. Register now at www.nlnpea.ca/conference. Contact us at 737-2333 or 1-800-563-5599 or email eaconference@seniorsresource.ca. Cost is $75 for network members and $90 for non-members.