Go Guide – Community event listings Aug. 21-28

Published on August 21, 2014
The AboutFace Family Picnic goes ahead Saturday, Aug. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Maple Leaf Gardens, located behind the Janeway. RSVP lisa_sooley@hotmail.com. Alternate date: Sunday, Aug. 24. The event features Sassy Tuna Studio tattoos and face painting, Magician Michael Conway, a barbecue and the kids kitchen party hosted by Ray Lake. — Submitted photo

Thursday, August 21
What a great summer we’re having. Lots to do at the Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre, 7 Conception Bay Highway in Conception Bay South. On Aug. 21, 28 — family campfire and sing-along, Thursdays from 7-8 p.m. We provide the marshmallows for roasting. Feel free to bring an instrument and join in the sing-along. More information at manuelsriver.com.

Friday, August 22

• A Teddy Bear Sleepover on Aug. 22 and 23 at the Cupids Legacy Centre. Time: Dropoff, Friday 3-4 p.m. and pickup, Saturday, 10-11:30 a.m. Cost: $15. Please pre-register by calling Cupids Legacy Centre 528-1610.

• 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.

• Where Once They Stood historical walk remembers the 100th anniversary war proclamation by Governor Sir Walter Edward Davidson on Aug. 22. Meet at the Sheraton Hotel at 9:55 a.m. Finish at National War Memorial at 11:15 a.m. Reservations only. Call 364-6845 or see www.boyletours for more information. The first 30 people to register will get a copy of the proclamation poster as a souvenir. Be part of our history — sign up for this amazing one-off historical walk.

• The first ever C.B.S. Adult Choir Camp will culminate in a free concert on Friday, Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. at Topsail United Church. Selections will include Newfoundland folk songs, other choral favourites, and a chance for the audience to sing along with the choir. A freewill offering of both monetary and food donations will be accepted in support of the C.B.S./Paradise Food Bank.

• Lots to do at the Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre, 7 Conception Bay Highway in Conception Bay South. On Aug. 22 and 23 — Young Scientist: Float Your Boat from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. We’ll learn about buoyancy and make our own boats to float down the river. This session will take place outdoors. In the event of rain, it will be cancelled. Please wear appropriate walking shoes and bring water and sunscreen. Included with membership or general admission. Parents must remain with their children at all times. More information at manuelsriver.com.

• 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. Lunchtime 11:30 a.m. to 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. Freewill offering at the door.

Saturday, August 23

• Clovelly Stables Community is hosting a horse show which is a fundraiser for the Spirit Horse Therapy program in memory of Alison Walsh on Aug. 23-24.  For a schedule of events visit http://clovellystables.ca.

• “Queen of Paradise’s Garden” (puppet show) on Saturday, Aug. 23 at the Cupids Legacy Centre at 7:30 p.m. Featuring Andy Jones. General admission: $10, under 16: $5, family pass: $25. For tickets: visit http://perchancetheatre.com.

• The Pouch Cove Open Studios is a two day event on Aug. 23 and 24 from 12-5 p.m. where Pouch Cove area artists and artisans open their homes and studios to the public to showcase their work. You will find paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, photographs, hooked mats, folk art and knitted goods. Go to www.pouchcoveopenstudios.com for details.

Sunday, August 24

•  Flatrock Garden Party on Sunday, Aug. 24. Turkey teas (eat in or take out), goods and cash wheels, Nevadas. Bingo at 8 p.m.

• Please come to the SPCA St. John’s shelter for our open house on Aug. 24 from 1-5 p.m. Take one of our hourly tours to get a behind-the-scenes look at the SPCA St. Johns. Hear stories about our work, meet other animals — and amazing humans — that make our shelter so special. Bring your furry friend for a mani/pedi at our nail trim station, have a bite to eat at our barbecue, get a glitter tattoo! Fun for the whole family! We also encourage you to help us fill our shelter van with donations of blankets, cleaning supplies, litter, etc to help the shelter animals. We want to see those van doors bursting with donations.

• Grandma’s Apron on Sunday, Aug. 24 at the Meet at Cupids Legacy Centre 1-3 p.m. Cost is $15. Please pre-register by calling Cupids Legacy Centre 528-1610.

Monday. August 25

• Camp season, en français, offered by the YMCA in conjunction with CPF Northeast Avalon Chapter, continues in August at Centre grands vents, Ridge Road. Choose among the remaining amazing themed weeks. Call 726-9622 or come by the YMCA main desk to register for Week Nine (Aug. 25-29).

• Each year the Heart and Stroke Foundation provides every Grade 4 student in the province with a Back to School Healthy Lunch and Snack Kit. This project requires a large team of volunteers to help in preparing the materials we will be providing to schools across Newfoundland and Labrador. This year the dates are Aug. 25-29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Anyone interested in helping out, contact Brittany at the Heart and Stroke Foundation at 383-1028.

• 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.

• Bluegrass and Old-time Country Music Jam Session at the Bay Roberts Lions Club on Aug. 24 at 2 p.m. Doors open at 1 p.m. Come by and hear some great songs and music.

• The Taoist Tai Chi Society welcomes interested people to our open houses on Aug. 25 at 6.30 p.m. at the  Holyrood Community Centre, and Aug. 27 at 10 a.m. at the  Kiwanis Building C.B.S., and Sept. 3 at 6.30 p.m. at the Church of the Ascension, Mount Pearl and Sept. 6 at 10 a.m. at the basement of the Hindu Temple. Beginners’ classes start week of Sept. 8. For more details phone 579-5276.

• The St. Philip’s ACW monthly card game will be held on Monday, Aug. 25 at 8 p.m. in the Parish Centre, 20 Coady’s Rd., St. Philip’s. There will be the usual good game prizes, door prize and ticket draws. Lunch will be served. Cost is $5. Everyone is welcome.

Wednesday, August 27

• On Aug. 27 (weather permitting) 10 swimmers will embark upon a 5-km swim across the tickle from Bell Island to Portugal Cove St.-Phillip’s in support of CMHA-NL’s work across this province. The aim of the event is to raise awareness surrounding mental health issues in our province, and the inherent need for all of society to maintain good mental fitness as we focus on our physical fitness. Please support our swimmers in their efforts by joining us on Aug. 27 to cheer on this amazing group as they take on this tremendous endeavour to raise funds and awareness for mental health in this province and help dispel the stigma around mental health. Donations in honour of each swimmer can be made by visiting Canada Helps Giving pages and search Tickle Swim.

• Giant Flag Raising on Wednesday, Aug. 27 at the Cupids 1910 Flag Site at 12 p.m.

• Animal Tracks on Wednesday, Aug. 27 at the Cupids Legacy Centre at 7 p.m. Cost: $8

Thursday, August 28

 • Bereaved parents are invited to meet with other parents who have suffered the loss of a child. Compassionate Friends welcome you to meet with them at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 28 at Room 2J618 near the main entrance of the Health Sciences Centre. For information call Diana at 753-3530. Next meeting will be Sept. 25.

• 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. 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 was added to the display.

Upcoming events

• The Sixth Annual North Shore Volunteer Fire Department Fundraiser will be held at the Church at Ochre Pit Cove on Friday, Aug. 29 starting at 7 p.m. As always, we invite performers of all kinds to step up and sing a song, play a tune or tell a story. Raffle item donations are welcome as well as potluck snacks. Performers should contact Lisa Porter at 685-3307 or info@thechurchatochrepitcove.com to help us schedule the evening.

• “Queen of Paradise’s Garden” (puppet show) on Aug. 30 at the Cupids Legacy Centre at 2:30 p.m. General Admission: $10, under 16: $5, family pass: $25. For tickets: visit http://perchancetheatre.com.

• 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.

• Painting in the Garden — Botanical Garden Tuesday art group exhibition. Runs until Aug. 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.

• Trouting at Cupids Pond on Aug. 31 from 1-2:30 p.m. Meet at Cupids Legacy Centre. Cost is $10. Please pre-register by calling Cupids Legacy Centre at 528-1610.

• 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 until 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.

• Lots to do at the Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre, 7 Conception Bay Highway in Conception Bay South. Summer Day Camp — one-week sessions for ages 6-8 and 9-11, through August.  Each day has a different environmental theme with activities in and around the Interpretation Centre. Children must enrol for the full week of camp. Fee: $120 per child (10 per cent discount for members). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Children may be dropped off as early as 8:30 a.m. and picked up no later than 4:30 p.m. Extended hours available at additional fee. Registration info at manuelsriver.com. More information at manuelsriver.com.

• 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.

• Labour Day 2014 Family Fun Day and Picnic on Sept. 1 from 1-5 p.m. at the Swilers Rugby Club on 100 Crosbie Rd. Rain or shine, all you need to bring is a lawn chair.

• The Hant’s Harbour Crab Festival presents the “Bugs and Debbie Greene Musical Comedy Show,” Sunday, Aug. 31 from 3-5 p.m. This show is high energy, foot-stomping fun for all ages — with a great blend of Newfoundland comedy and traditional music. Call 586-2652 for ticket details, or check out the Hant’s Harbour Fire Department Facebook page.

• Coastal Sounds C.B.S. Community Choir is open to people of any age and singing background. No auditions required. Entering its eighth successful year. Rehearsals are held on Wednesday evening from 7:30 until 9:30 p.m. at Admiral’s Coast Retirement Centre in Upper Gullies. First meeting is Sept 3. Please visit us at www.coastalsounds.ca or info@coastalsounds.ca or the facebook page at www.facebook.com/Coastalsoundschoir. New members especially welcomed.

• The Newfoundland and Labrador Prostate Cancer Support Groups will be holding its annual survivors’ conference and retreat at the Lion Max Simms Memorial Camp in Bishop’s Fall’s from Sept. 5-7. Conference, meals and lodging are free of charge. For more information or to register, please contact Susan Penney at 757-8530 or 1-888-753-6520

• Heavenly Creatures, a local animal rescue group is hosting its second annual silent auction and dinner on Sept. 6 at the Knights of Columbus on St. Clare Avenue. Doors open at 6 p.m., dinner served at 7 p.m. Cost is $35/ticket. Meal is stuffed chicken breast. Vegetarian option available. Over 100 prizes to bid on, plus games of chance. Krissy Holmes from CBC will be hosting. To get tickets, visit our website at www.heavenlycreatures.ca or call Ashley at 576-0440.

• The Agnes Pratt Auxiliary Cold Plate Luncheon and Card Game will take place on Thursday, Sept. 11 at 12:30 p.m. at Wesley United Church lecture hall on Patrick Street. Tickets are $15 and may be obtained by calling Marjorie at 722-6825 or Pheobe at 726-1689.

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

• The Newfoundland and Labrador Musicians’ Association will host a fundraising concert for the NL Musicians’ Emergency Fund at The Ship on Sept. 13 at 10 p.m. Lynda Boyd and Krystin Pellerin from “Republic of Doyle” along with jazz songstress Katie Hopkins will be singing jazz and blues standards accompanied by Bill Brennan, Andrew McCarthy, Greg Bruce and Mark Peddle. Proceeds from this concert will be contributed to the Newfoundland and Labrador Musicians’ Emergency Fund. $15 at the door.

 • 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 a largely a cappella repertoire. To find out more or sign up for an audition, email info@coastalsounds.ca or visit www.coastalsounds.ca.