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Community events in and around St. John's, Friday, March 15 to Sunday, March 17

A weekly beginners’ practice session of people of all ages who are learning to play the ukulele takes place every Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at St. James United Church. For more information, contact Susan at 722-1881, ext. 204 or susan@stjames.org.
A weekly beginners’ practice session of people of all ages who are learning to play the ukulele takes place every Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at St. James United Church. For more information, contact Susan at 722-1881, ext. 204 or susan@stjames.org. - 123RF Stock Photo
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. —

Friday, March 15

Film

7 p.m.

‘Firecrackers’

The St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival presents Newfoundland and Labrador premiere of critically acclaimed film “Firecrackers” by Jasmin Mozaffari at The Rooms as part of the festival’s Scene and Heard series. The much-buzzed-about debut feature pairs remarkable talents, Toronto International Film Festival Rising Star Michaela Kurimsky and award-winning music video director and actor Karena Evans, as two friends faced with a devastating threat to their relationship as well as their freedom. Created with an almost entirely female key crew, “Firecrackers” portrays a powerful, female-driven narrative about friendship, independence and resilience. Globe and Mail Current Canadian Screen Awards Best Director nominee Mozaffari will take part in a Q&A after the screening.

Groups

7 p.m.

Kirtan St. John’s

Kirtan St. John's is a weekly westernized kirtan group that meets on Friday evenings at the Shambhala Room, 120 LeMarchant Rd. If you are attending for the first time, message us on Facebook to confirm the location of kirtan, as we occasionally practice in other locations. For more information, message us on Facebook or email KirtanYYT@gmail.com.

Live Music

5 p.m.

Rob Cook

Performing at Green Sleeves.

8 p.m.

Damian Follett

Performing at Green Sleeves.

8:30 p.m.

Billy Sutton

Traditional session with Billy Sutton at Erin’s Pub.

10:30 p.m.

Red City

Performing at The Martini Bar. No cover and happy hour until 11 p.m.

Midnight

Derek Graham and John Ennis

Performing at Green Sleeves.

Social

6:30 p.m.

Celebrity Talent Show

Hosted by The Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Craigmiller Avenue and Cornwall Crescent, at 6:30 p.m. Lots of fun, food and foolishness, including beef and/or moose stew, entertainment by our own group, The Sweet For-Get-Me-Nots, followed by a dance to the music of Eastern Gate. Tickets $20 each from church office by calling 579-0039, Fred at 738-2830 or Everett at 364-2428.

Theatre

8 p.m.

‘Huff’ by Cliff Cardinal

Cliff Cardinal’s “Huff” has travelled the world and garnered rave reviews everywhere it has been performed, and we are delighted to welcome it to St. John’s. “Huff” is the wrenching, yet darkly comic tale of Wind and his brothers, caught in a torrent of solvent abuse and at high risk of suicide. Wind’s fantastic dream world bleeds into his haunting reality, as he’s preyed on by the Trickster through the hallways at school, the abandoned motel he loves more than home, and his own fragile psyche. Ancestral history combines with harsh reality and gas-induced hallucination in a tale of family, love, despair and the possibility of redemption. Presented by Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland. Onstage at the LSPU Hall until Saturday, with a matinee on Sunday. For tickets, visit www.lspuhall.ca.

Saturday, March 16

Activities

9:30 a.m.

Aikido Open House

Come discover an effective martial art with an ethical foundation. Learn to defend yourself with fun, fellowship and fitness. We are a not-for-profit, inclusive dojo and offer very affordable monthly rates; no one turned away for financial reasons. We accept students from eight years old onwards. Live life to the fullest with confidence in your abilities to address any type of conflict that you might face. Open house Saturday until 4 p.m. at the Fudoshin School of Aikido at St. Theresa School, 100 Mundy Pond Rd. More information is available online at www.2017.fudoshinaikikai.ca.

Noon

Dance Workshops

Participate in dance workshops offered by Memorial University’s Ballroom Latin Dance Club. At noon, an introduction to salsa dancing. At 1 p.m., learn popular ballroom line dances (zorba and everybody salsa), and at 2 p.m. learn advanced ballroom line dances (dizzy and September). Workshop is held at the University Centre in The Landing (UC 3018). Cost is $5, pay at the door.

1:30 p.m.

Beginners’ Ukelele Practice Session

Ever thought about learning to play the ukulele? If so, come join a weekly practice session of people of all ages who are learning to play the ukulele. Held at St. James United Church. It's not too late to begin. If you don't have a ukulele, the A.C. Hunter Public Library's Musical Lending Library has some to borrow. If you're interested, this session is followed by lessons at Long and McQuade at 3 p.m. for $15. For more information, contact Susan at 722-1881, ext. 204 or susan@stjames.org.

3 p.m.

Instant Choir – St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

Let's get together for an hour at the Atlantic Place atrium and sing an Irish ditty to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Everyone is welcome. No singing experience is necessary. We will teach you everything you need to be fabulous. Don't forget to wear something green. Underground parking is free. We are collecting $5 at the door. Singing starts at 3 p.m. Watch the last Instant Choir we did in St. John's online at https://youtu.be/BZZGO2E2Fi4. Event organized by Growing The Voices: Festival 500.

6 p.m.

Games night and potluck

Enjoy playing board games? Then come participate in the fun of sharing a potluck meal and an evening playing games with others. Bring your family. Open to all ages, ethnic groups, faiths, sexual orientations, etc. The only request is to contribute food or beverages to the meal. Held at St. James United Church, an accessible venue. Please use the side entrance. For information or to indicate your interest, contact Susan Sheppard, DLM, youth ministry, at 722-1881, ext. 204 or susan@stjamesuc.org. Visit www.stjamesuc.org, or on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Groups

11 a.m.

Overeaters Anonymous

Regular support group meeting every Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon at the Carnell Building, 13-15 Pippy Pl.

Information

10 a.m.

Tech Time

Have a technical question or problem? Need help with your computer, mobile device or software (such as the internet, Excel, graphic design, social media)? Here's your chance to get help during this informal session at St. James United Church. Open to all ages. Free. For information, call the church office at 722-1881, ext. 200, or email Sarah at srhnorman@gmail.com. Note: St. James is an accessible venue. Please use the side entrance.

Live Music

Various times

St. Patrick’s Day celebrations

For full Green Sleeves entertainment lineup Saturday, visit greensleevespub.ca.

The Big Irish Bash

The Sundance and Club One present The Big Irish Bash. Two days, three venues and 24 performances featuring awesome acts such as Celtic Connection, Connemara, Siochana, Wabana and many more. The first 200 people on Saturday and Sunday get free brunch.

1 p.m.

Lo Siento

Fred’s Records presents Lo Siento, a new release celebration. All are welcome. A free show.

2:30 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Day at The Trinity Pub

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day all weekend at The Trinity Pub, beginning at 2:30 p.m. with the Celtic Fiddlers. Others performing throughout the day and evening include Evan Aucoin, Rowan Sherlock, Justin Fancey, Bishops Trio, and Rugged Shores.

6 p.m.

Chris Ryan

Performing at The Martini Bar.

8 p.m.

Stoodley & Young

Performing at The Martini Bar.

8:30 p.m.

Matt Hornell

Performing at Erin’s Pub.

10:30 p.m.

Red City

Performing at The Martini Bar. No cover and happy hour until 11 p.m.

Upcoming

Placentia Bay Matinee

A special day is planned for Sunday, April 7 at Oderin Hall at the Trinity Pub on George Street to celebrate the talent the Placentia Bay area has churned out over the decades, and highlight the heritage of the area. The show will take place early in the day, from 1-5 p.m., so you still can have a chance to go to Nan's for Sunday supper. Performers from all around Placentia Bay will take part in the matinee, with music by Placentia's Larry Foley & Mock Greene, East Isle Wind (from Little Bona), Kevin Hartley & Whisky in the Shade (from Dunville), and Kevin Pomeroy and friends (Merasheen). There will be a special reading by poet Agnes Walsh (from Placentia), with stories and Oderin Hall dedication by Gordon Lake. Freshwater's award-winning singer/songwriter and broadcaster, Colleen Power, will host the event. Tickets are $15. Pre-sales start on Monday, March 18 at The Trinity Pub.

Visual Art

3 p.m.

Fantasy at The Leyton Gallery

Fantasy: the faculty or activity of imagining things, especially things that are impossible or improbable. The Leyton Gallery of Fine Art, 6 Clift's-Baird's Cove, presents a fantasy-themed exhibition. An exhibition of new works by Toby Rabinowitz, Nicholas Aiden, Kent Jones, Louise Sutton, Anastasia Tiller and Virginia Mak. Opening reception Saturday from 3-5 p.m. Exhibition runs until April 7.

Shopping

9 a.m.

St. John’s Farmers’ Market

Indoor/outdoor farmers' market with up to 70 plus vendors: fresh produce, prepared foods, hot food, crafts and more. Everything made, baked and grown locally. ATM and café on site. Weekly vendor lists, parking info and more at www.stjohnsfarmersmarket.ca.

Theatre

8 p.m.

‘Huff’ by Cliff Cardinal

Cliff Cardinal’s “Huff” has travelled the world and garnered rave reviews everywhere it has been performed, and we are delighted to welcome it to St. John’s. “Huff” is the wrenching, yet darkly comic tale of Wind and his brothers, caught in a torrent of solvent abuse and at high risk of suicide. Wind’s fantastic dream world bleeds into his haunting reality, as he’s preyed on by the Trickster through the hallways at school, the abandoned motel he loves more than home, and his own fragile psyche. Ancestral history combines with harsh reality and gas-induced hallucination in a tale of family, love, despair and the possibility of redemption. Presented by Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland. This is the production’s last night on stage at the LSPU Hall, with a matinee tomorrow. For tickets, visit www.lspuhall.ca.

Sunday, March 17

Activities

1 p.m.

Nature Nook

Do you have questions about our natural environment? Do you want to get hands-on with some real specimens? Visit our Nature NL volunteers at The Rooms from 1-4 p.m. to feel pelts, bones and feathers and ask your questions about our province's wild plants, animals and spaces.

2 p.m.

Fairy Door Tours

Fairies are visiting The Rooms this St. Patrick's Day. Join Fairy Door Tour host Tina White to see how many doors you can find in our Connections Gallery. Leave a letter for the fairies and see what they've left behind. Don't forget to bring a shoebox to make your very own Leprechaun trap. Tours run for 30 minutes from 2-4 p.m. with registration on site.

Fundraisers

10 a.m.

Habitat for Humanity Donation Drive

Renovating? Spring cleaning? Don’t know what to do with that great chair you don’t use anymore? Take part in the first ever ReStore #FillTheTruck Challenge. We want you to fill our truck with your gently used furniture and appliances or leftover building materials. Your goods help a family to a home and is a green action that builds community. Join us from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Torbay Town Hall parking lot, 1288 Torbay Road. Every item donated will give you a chance to win a $100 ReStore gift card.

Live Music

Various times

St. Patrick’s Day celebrations

For full Green Sleeves entertainment lineup Sunday, visit greensleevespub.ca.

The Big Irish Bash

The Sundance and Club One present The Big Irish Bash. Two days, three venues and 24 performances featuring awesome acts such as Celtic Connection, Connemara, Siochana, Wabana and many more. The first 200 people on Saturday and Sunday get free brunch.

1 p.m.

Irish Open Mike

The St. John’s Retired Citizens Association is holding an Irish open mike show Sunday at 10 Bennett Ave. The doors open at 1 p.m. and the show starts at 2 p.m. Admission is just $5. Canteen service is available. Bring your friends and get your Irish on.

12:30 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Day at The Trinity Pub

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day all weekend at The Trinity Pub. Sunday’s live music begins at 12:30 p.m. with Adrian House. Others performing throughout the day and evening include Evan Aucoin, Rowan Sherlock, Justin Fancey, Bishops Trio, East Isle Wind, Ceiligh Band, and Jordan Harnum.

8:30 p.m.

Matthew Hornell

Performing at Erin’s Pub.

Radio

2 p.m.

VOWR Guest Interview

Barbara De Land speaks with George Murphy, former MHA, current manager of Jiffy Cabs and weekly research-based reporter of local gasoline and oil conditions and prices. Murphy speaks about his interest, experience and participation in these areas. Tune in on radio at AM 800, online at VOWR.org, or cable radio Rogers 945 or Bell Aliant 756.

Social

Noon

P.I.E. Day

St. James United Church’s PIE Day (Public, Intentional, Explicit) event for diversity and inclusion takes place Sunday. St. James welcomes everyone, regardless of age, faith, sexual orientation, ethnic background, ability, etc. to their PIE Day event to increase awareness of, and to celebrate, their commitment to becoming a more diverse and inclusive congregation. PIE Day is the United Church of Canada’s national event on March 14 for its “Affirm United” mission and commitment to diversity and inclusion. The chosen date is a numerical play on the mathematical pie formula: 3.14. However, this specific event is held on March 17. Slices of pie will be available on a donation basis and the funds will be used to support diversity at St. James. (Donations of pies are also gratefully accepted.) Come enjoy a slice of pie, tea or coffee and mingle with members of the congregation. For more information, contact Katie Vardy, diversity committee chair, at katelyn_1997@hotmail.com, or the church office at 722-1881, ext. 200. Note: St. James is an accessible venue; please use the side door.

Upcoming

Easter Afternoon Tea

The Ladies of the Sabre’s Easter afternoon tea is being held on April 13 at 2 p.m. at the Mazol Shrine Centre, 530 Topsail Rd. Tickets to be sold on Easter baskets and prizes for best three Easter bonnets cost $10 each. For tickets, call Sylvia Downey 368-0696.

Theatre

2 p.m.

‘Huff’ by Cliff Cardinal

Cliff Cardinal’s “Huff” has travelled the world and garnered rave reviews everywhere it has been performed, and we are delighted to welcome it to St. John’s. “Huff” is the wrenching, yet darkly comic tale of Wind and his brothers, caught in a torrent of solvent abuse and at high risk of suicide. Wind’s fantastic dream world bleeds into his haunting reality, as he’s preyed on by the Trickster through the hallways at school, the abandoned motel he loves more than home, and his own fragile psyche. Ancestral history combines with harsh reality and gas-induced hallucination in a tale of family, love, despair and the possibility of redemption. Presented by Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland. For tickets, visit www.lspuhall.ca.

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