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Community events in and around St. John's, Monday, Dec. 17 to Thursday, Dec. 20

Heavenly Creatures’ Christmas Pet Food and Donation Drive runs until Dec. 23 at 3-7 Cashin Ave. The shelves are quite bare and they could use some help paying vet bills. See more information below.
Heavenly Creatures’ Christmas Pet Food and Donation Drive runs until Dec. 23 at 3-7 Cashin Ave. The shelves are quite bare and this group of volunteers could use some help paying vet bills. See more information below. - 123RF Stock Photo

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Monday, December 17

Activities

3 p.m.

Susan’s Sewing Studio

Looking to join a sociable group? Whatever your gender, age or ability, bring along whatever project you are working on, or start a new one. Drop in to the Fellowship Room at St. James United Church any time between 3-6 p.m. Relax, sew, chat, laugh, receive help and friendship from others in an informal atmosphere. No cost — just bring your own materials. This is an accessible venue; please use side entrance. For information, call Susan at 722-1881.

Upcoming

Making Music Work

An information-packed series of professional development workshops for artists and industry professionals is being presented by the N.L. Musicians’ Association, MusicNL and the Memorial University school of music. The series of eight evening workshops will be offered during 2019 to help working music professionals sharpen their skills in the areas of branding and promotion, record keeping and taxes, recording, touring, musical rights and revenue sources, relieving physical stress, music teaching and scoring for film.

Presenters for the workshop series include some of Newfoundland and Labrador’s most respected and knowledgeable local musicians, including Tim Baker, Megan Warren, Kevin Blackmore and Wayne Chaulk (of Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers), Nancy Dahn and Timothy Steeves (Duo Concertante), Matthew Hornell, Lori Clarke, Sandy Morris and Duane Andrews, along with more than 20 other music professionals who work to support the province’s performers and recording artists. Pre-registration is required. The workshops begin in January 2019 and continue through the year, with sessions taking place at the Suncor Energy Hall at Memorial University on Wednesday evenings. These workshops will be accessible and affordable, in order reach a wide range of musicians. This series is for musicians and industry professionals at all levels of development. For full details or to register for the workshop series, visit makingmusicwork.ca or call the N.L. Musicians’ Association at 722-8005.

Upcoming

Winter Solstice Celebration at Fluvarium

Join the Fluvarium for an evening celebration on Thursday, Dec. 20 at 6:30 p.m. Share a story and hot chocolate, decorate a tree full of treats as a gift for the animals and sing some holiday songs. We encourage everyone to bring a song they love to sing this time of year. Winter solstice is the longest night of the year. We will enjoy some time together outdoors, so come prepared to be outdoors for half of the program. All ages welcome. Special $6 for everyone two years and older. RSVP to 754-3474 or kids@fluvarium.ca. Note: there is also an afternoon celebration on Dec. 16 at 1:30 p.m.

Animals

Ongoing

Donation Drive

Heavenly Creatures’ Christmas Pet Food and Donation Drive runs until Dec. 23 at 3-7 Cashin Ave. (in the same building as Centre City Pharmacy, Aquarium 101 and Big Al’s). It’s the end of the year, so our shelves are quite bare at the moment, while our vet bills are high. In addition to the huge number of animals we are sheltering through our foster program — almost 100 — we run a pet food bank for low-income pet owners. Please make a donation of money or pet supplies to help us help them. Consider putting together a second-chance box for a homeless animal or sponsor one through the form on the front page of our website (www.heavenlycreatures.ca). More information is available on our website.

Social

Upcoming

Christmas Raffles

St. John’s Shrine Club Christmas raffles will be held at Mazol Shrine Centre (530 Topsail Rd.) on Monday, Dec. 17 and Tuesday, Dec. 18 starting at 5:30 p.m. each day. For more information, call 368-5459.

Upcoming

New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dance

The Elks Club on Carpasian Road is again holding its New Year’s Eve dinner and dance, giving members and the public two options to welcome in 2019. The first is a three-course meal (arrive at 6:30 p.m.), followed by a dance with party favours and champagne. $90 per person. The second option is to arrive at 9:30 p.m. for the dance with party favours and champagne. $40 per person. Music by Lew Skinner and the New Generations, featuring the vocal talents of Bob McDonald. Call the club at 722-0095 for tickets. Come one, come all and help support our local charities.

Tuesday, December 18

Activities

7:30 p.m.

Holiday Wreath Making

Join us at the St. John’s Tool Library (151 Empire Ave.) for a hands-on workshop with Shawn Dawson, and leave with your very own holiday wreath! We’re partnering with QV Brewery to have local beer available, and you’ll be working with lots of locally foraged materials. The $45 workshop fee covers the cost of your wreath, materials, and tools. Visit stjohnstoollibrary.ca. All workshops are family and beginner-friendly.

Fundraiser

7 p.m.

Weekly Crib Game

The weekly crib game in support of the Canadian Mental Health Association N.L. Division takes place Tuesday at St. Teresa’s Parish Hall. Admission is $5 each, with a prize awarded to the winner. The event is open to everyone. Contact Andrew Walsh at 726-3935 for more information.

Live Music

12:30 p.m.

Trad Tunes at Rocket Bakery

Enjoy some of Newfoundland’s best as they gather and play a selection of traditional Newfoundland music at Rocket Bakery on Water Street from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Free event.

10 p.m.

Open-mike Night

The longest-running, most popular open mike in Newfoundland starts 10 p.m. each Tuesday at O’Reilly’s. All are welcome (ages 19+).

Movies

7 p.m.

Christmas Movie Night

Christmas Movie Night at Quidi Vidi Brewery showing a double feature: “The Muppet Christmas Carol” and “Home Alone”. We will have snacks available, or you can feel free to bring your own!

Theatre

Noon, 8 p.m.

Penning the Carol

Aiden Flynn performs a solo retelling of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The play supposes that Scrooge and the accompanying cast of characters are created in a session of intense writing and storytelling on Christmas Eve, 1843. Written and Performed by Aiden Flynn. Tickets on sale now at http://lspuhall.ca or call the Hall at 753-4531. A fundraiser for Resource Centre for the Arts/LSPU Hall.

Wednesday, December 19

Activities

10 a.m.

Away in a Manger

An exhibit of nativity scenes from around the world at the Basilica Museum, right next door to the Basilica. This exhibit is ongoing Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day until Dec. 23. Admission is free but gifts for children in need can be placed under our tree. All are welcome. A great way to get in the spirit of Christmas.

12:30 p.m.

Lunch and Bridge

Lunch and bridge take place every Wednesday at the St. John’s Curling Club. Lunch is served at 12:30 p.m. sharp. Call Shirley Kelly at 754-3260 to book a table.

7 p.m.

Cabot Toastmasters

Is a fear of public speaking holding you back? Drop in to our meeting at Mount Pearl City Hall to learn what we’re all about. For more information, simply Google Cabot Toastmasters.

7:30 p.m.

Christmas Craft Night

Join us at Mad Catter Café (124 Duckworth St.) for an instructional craft workshop! Make your own Christmas cat paw stocking for your favourite furry friend. $20 per person, all supplies included. Book now at madcattercafe.com/reservations.

Ongoing

Merry and Bright Holiday Light Festival

The Merry and Bright Holiday Light Festival launches at the MUN Botanical Garden this evening. With well over 50,000 lights and hundreds of glowing candles, festival highlights include an extended caterpillar of lights, the giant puffins, a glowing garden of candles and the 12 gnomes of Christmas. After sold out nights in previous seasons, the garden is thrilled to announce that this year the festival is running more nights than ever. Merry and Bright will take place Nov. 28-30, Dec. 1-2, Dec. 5-9, Dec.12-16 and Dec.19-22. Parking is located at the Marine Institute on Ridge Road. Every 20 minutes, guests can hop aboard a free shuttle to and from the festival at 306 Mount Scio Rd., complete with carol singing. For tickets, visit: https://www.mun.ca/botgarden/.

Art

Noon-5 p.m.

Artists at The Heritage Shop

Visit local artists Dave Hoddinott and Leona Ottenheimer at The Water Street Gallery on the second floor of The Heritage Shop, 309 Water St. Featuring a wide selection of local artwork and great gift ideas. Artists will be in the studio Wednesdays to Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. until Dec. 23.

Gerald Squires Gallery

The Gerald Squires Gallery, 52 Prescott St., presents some works saved toward the establishment of a museum of Squires’ life and work. Also on hand will be paintings, drawings, prints, limited edition hand-bound books and fine art reproductions by such artists as Boyd Chubbs, George Horan, Sharon Puddester, Des Walsh and Gerry Squires. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 12-5 p.m. until Dec. 22; Other times by chance or appointment — call 746-7076. Online: www.geraldsquiresgallery.com.

Radio

7:30 p.m.

VOWR Guest Interview

Barbara De Land speaks with Donna Kearney Adams about her father Joseph Kearney. He was a young Newfoundlander who enlisted in the British Royal Artillery at the age of 18 in 1940. His dangerous role in the small commando group sent to Libya – to find and destroy the base of German General Erwin Rommell – as well as his later three and a half years as a prisoner of war, and his safe return to Newfoundland at age 23, are some of what is included in the letters he sent home throughout that period. His story is told in the recently published book, "Joseph Kearney and the Hunt for Rommell". Tune in on the AM dial 800, online at VOWR.org., or through cable radio – Rogers 945 and Bell Aliant 756.

Shopping

11 a.m.

St. John’s Farmers’ Market

Large weekly indoor/outdoor farmers’ market from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. every Wednesday at 245 Freshwater Rd. Seventy or more vendors, featuring fresh produce, prepared foods, hot food, crafts and more. Everything made, baked and grown locally. ATM and café on site. Weekly vendor lists, parking information and more available online at www.stjohnsfarmersmarket.ca.

Thursday, December 20

Activities

10 a.m.

Away in a Manger

An exhibit of nativity scenes from around the world at the Basilica Museum, right next door to the Basilica. This exhibit is ongoing Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day until Dec. 23. Admission is free but gifts for children in need can be placed under our tree. All are welcome. A great way to get in the spirit of Christmas.

Books

4 p.m.

Agnes Ayre’s Notebook: Recipes from Old St. John’s

Join Roger Pickavance and Agnes Murphy as they celebrate the launch of Agnes Ayre’s Notebook: Recipes from Old St. John’s at The Grounds Café (1525 Portugal Cove Rd., Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s) from 4-6 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Books will be for sale. Everyone is welcome.

Social

6:30 p.m.

Winter Solstice Celebration at Fluvarium

Join The Fluvarium for an evening celebration. Share a story and hot chocolate, decorate a tree full of treats as a gift for the animals, and sing some holiday songs. We encourage everyone to bring a song they love to sing this time of year! Winter Solstice is the longest night of the year. We will enjoy some time together outdoors, so please come prepared to be outdoors for half of the program. All ages welcome. Special $6 for everyone two years and older. Please RSVP to 754-3474 or kids@fluvarium.ca.

Friday, December 21

Activities

Ongoing

Merry and Bright Holiday Light Festival

The Merry and Bright Holiday Light Festival launches at the MUN Botanical Garden this evening. With well over 50,000 lights and hundreds of glowing candles, festival highlights include an extended caterpillar of lights, the giant puffins, a glowing garden of candles and the 12 gnomes of Christmas. After sold out nights in previous seasons, the garden is thrilled to announce that this year the festival is running more nights than ever. Merry and Bright will take place Nov. 28-30, Dec. 1-2, Dec. 5-9, Dec.12-16 and Dec.19-22. Parking is located at the Marine Institute on Ridge Road. Every 20 minutes, guests can hop aboard a free shuttle to and from the festival at 306 Mount Scio Rd., complete with carol singing. For tickets, visit: https://www.mun.ca/botgarden/.

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