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Community events in and around St. John's, Monday, December 10 to Thursday, December 13

Heavenly Creatures' Christmas pet food and donation drive starts today. The food drive runs from Dec. 10-23 at 3-7 Cashin Ave. (in the same building as Centre City Pharmacy, Aquarium 101 and Big Al's). More information is available on our website, www.heavenlycreatures.ca.
Heavenly Creatures' Christmas pet food and donation drive starts today. The food drive runs from Dec. 10-23 at 3-7 Cashin Ave. (in the same building as Centre City Pharmacy, Aquarium 101 and Big Al's). More information is available on our website, www.heavenlycreatures.ca. - 123RF Stock Photo

Monday, December 10

Activities

9 a.m.

Tour Government House

Free tours of Government House are available Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment only. To request a tour, call Regina Whiteway at 729-2669 or email ReginaWhiteway@gov.nl.ca.

Animals

Ongoing

Donation Drive

Heavenly Creatures' Christmas pet food and donation drive starts today. The food drive runs from Dec. 10-23 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.

Church

Ongoing

Christmas 2018 Memory Tree

Christmas is a time of celebrating the birth of Jesus. As with all special celebrations, we remember with fond and loving memories those who are no longer with us to share in these occasions. One of the ways we at St. James United Church acknowledge this at this time is through the Memory Tree. For a donation of $5, a coloured bulb will be changed to a white one in memory of your loved ones. The changing of lights is a beautiful, seasonal visible symbol. Deadline is Monday, Dec. 19.

Groups

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.

7 p.m.

The Writers’ Circle

Need help with an assignment or just enjoy writing creatively? Come to the Writers’ Circle – an informal, friendly group that meets bi-weekly at St. James United Church, 330 Elizabeth Ave., on Mondays. This participant-driven group is facilitated by Chris Penney, BA history and political science, MA history, and is open to anyone with an interest in writing. You don't need to be a member of our congregation. Drop in any time to have a coffee, relax, chat and write. For more information, call 722-1881, ext. 200.

Live Music

7 p.m.

Bill Kelly

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

Music to Warm Your Heart

A concert featuring Holy Heart Choral and Instrumental ensembles performing concert and seasonal repertoire at the Holy Heart Theatre. Tickets can be purchased at holyhearttheatre.com or by calling 579-4424.

10:30 p.m.

Larry Foley

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

Meetings

5 p.m

RCA Annual General Meeting

Come to the Cox & Palmer Second Space at LSPU Hall and meet the board of directors and staff of the Resource Centre for the Arts as they report on the past year. If you are a voting member, you will have the opportunity to participate in the approval of our financial statements and in the annual election of our board of directors. To RSVP for the AGM, call the Hall at 753-4531 ext. 201 or email generalmanager@lspuhall.ca.

Tuesday, December 11

Classes

10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m.

Wisdom Healing Qigong

Come “Awaken the Energy Within.” Relax! More wellness, more energy, more joy! Weekly classes with Sheila Leonard at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Rd., run until Dec. 11. Class times are 10:30 a.m. for beginners, 1:30 p.m. for beyond beginners and 7 p.m. for a combined class of both beginners and beyond beginners. Focus on postural alignment, gentle repetitive movements, visualization and sound, with focused intention and attention. Call 727-7863 or visit www.sheilaleonard.ca for more information.

6:30 p.m.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course

MBSR was developed at the UMass medical school's centre for mindfulness in 1979. Through group and individual practices, discussions and presentations, participants learn a variety of formal and informal approaches for cultivating mindfulness in daily life, and meeting stress and pain with as much resiliency as possible. Course held at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Rd. For more information, visit mbsrstjohns.wordpress.com, email mbsr.stjohns@gmail.com or call 685-6027.

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+).

Art

Ongoing to December 22

The Gerald Squires Gallery, 52 Prescott St., is happy to be able to present 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 until Dec. 22; Other times by chance or appointment — call 746-7076. Online: www.geraldsquiresgallery.com.

Social

Upcoming

New Year’s Eve Ball

St. John's Shrine Club New Year’s Eve Ball will be held at the Mazol Shrine Centre, 530 Topsail Rd. Music by Exodus, featuring Neil Hefford (guitar/saxophone) and Junior Reid (keyboards/vocals). Prime rib dinner catered by Fireside Catering. Dinner served at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $85 single. Dress is business suit or tuxedo. Tickets can be purchased from Sandi at the Mazol Shrine Centre, or by calling 368-5459.

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.

Wednesday, December 12

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.

St. John’s Storytelling Festival Monthly Story Circle

Gather round the proverbial campfire from 7-9 p.m. at Erin’s Pub for a wonderfully warm story circle. Host Mary Fearon is an accomplished and dynamic teller with a brain full of Jack tales that are sure to tickle your fancy. Cuddle up with a mug of beer, glass of wine, or hot cup of tea and revel in the joy of stories. Whether it’s your first time or you’re a seasoned teller, we welcome you to share you tales during our open mike. And as always, we need warm and lovely listeners. Whether you are there to listen, to tell or to gather up your courage to tell a story, we’d love to see you. Admission $5 (cash only).

Ongoing

Merry and Bright Holiday Light Festival

The Merry and Bright Holiday Light Festival is on at the MUN Botanical Garden. 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. Merry and Bright will take place 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/.

Classes

10 a.m.

Boxing to Beat Parkinson’s

Specialized exercise program for Parkinson's patients using boxing techniques. Classes are free. Call 754-4428 for details.

10:30 a.m.

Gentle Yoga with Sherry

Gentle yoga with Sherry at Yoga Kula Coop (Coakers Meadow Plaza) is great for seniors. $110 for eight-week session. To inquire or register, email info@sherryryan.com or call 631-6138. Sherry is a certified yoga instructor and has a degree in occupational therapy.

10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.

T’ai Chi Chih

Come “Awaken the Energy Within.” Relax! More wellness, more energy, more joy! Weekly classes with Sheila Leonard at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Rd., run until Dec. 12 at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. for new and returning students. Includes 20 gentle, repetitive movements that help increase the flow of our natural energy. Call 727-7863 or visit www.sheilaleonard.ca for more information.

6:10 p.m.

Bully Beware

Tired of being bullied or having your child bullied? You’re not alone. The Mount Pearl School of Martial Arts has a well-structured program to arm you/your child with techniques to recognize, defuse and defend against bullying. The Bully Beware program is only one element of the school’s comprehensive martial arts program. Self-confidence through self-defence. Contact Pat Cochrane at 682-0335 for details.

7:30 p.m.

Aikido

Aikido is an effective martial art with an ethical approach: use the aggressor’s energy against them without harming them. Get fit and focused while having fun. Aikido is offered by the Fudoshin School of Aikido at St. Theresa School, 100 Mundy Pond Rd. It’s a welcoming place for everyone. It is a non-profit with a low monthly membership fee; no one is turned away for financial reasons. For more information, visit www.2017.fudoshinaikikai.ca.

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.

Radio

7:30 p.m.

VOWR Guest Interview

Barbara De Land speaks with Douglas Ballam, president of Nature Newfoundland and Labrador, a non-profit, certified charitable organization. They talk about the organization, which aims to promote enjoyment and protection of wildlife and natural resources in the province through hikes, trips to significant natural areas, naturalist speakers, and information concerning pollution prevention. 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.

Social

Upcoming

Christmas Turkey Dinner and Raffles

St. John's Shrine Club Christmas turkey dinner is coming up on Friday, Dec. 14 at noon. Cost $20 per person. Tickets available at the Mazol Shrine Centre, 530 Topsail Rd., or call 368-5459. Also, the St. John's Shrine Club’s Christmas raffles will be held at Mazol Shrine Centre on Friday, Dec. 14, Monday, Dec. 17 and Tuesday, Dec. 18 starting at 5:30 p.m. each day.

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.

Thursday, December 13

Activities

9 a.m.

Tour Government House

Free tours of Government House are available Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment only. To request a tour, call Regina Whiteway at 729-2669 or email ReginaWhiteway@gov.nl.ca.

7:30 p.m.

Guided Meditation Class

Guided meditation led by Pam Senior at Torbay Public Library from 7:30-8:15 p.m. The class will start with a few gentle stretches before moving to a guided meditation to release tension from your body and mind. Bring a mat or blanket to lie on, a blanket or wrap to cover up, and any other props for your comfort. If you are unable to lie down, you can use a chair from the library. No previous experience required. Age 16+. No fee or registration.

Ongoing

Merry and Bright Holiday Light Festival

The Merry and Bright Holiday Light Festival is on at the MUN Botanical Garden Thursday 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. Merry and Bright will take place 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/.

Children and youth

7 p.m.

Young Adult Book Club

The Young Adult Book Club at Torbay Public Library is for anyone ages 12-18. No fee, no advance registration necessary. For more information, email torbayyabookclub@gmail.com. Follow Torbay Public Library on Facebook for this and other events.

Classes

1:30 p.m.

T’ai Chi Chih

Come “Awaken the Energy Within.” Relax! More wellness, more energy, more joy! Weekly classes with Sheila Leonard at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Rd., run until Dec. 13 at 1:30 and 7 p.m. for returning students. Refining our practice of the 20 gentle and repetitive movements, helping further increase the flow of our natural energy. Call 727-7863 or visit www.sheilaleonard.ca for more information.

Live Music

5:30 p.m.

Homely-Made Jam Session

Enjoy some good 'ole home cookin', a beer and the Homely-Made Jam Session with Matthew Hornell, featuring everything from bluegrass to old timey tunes. All welcome. Free event from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Rocket Bakery on Water Street.

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