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Community events in and around St. John's Monday, Feb. 11 - Thursday, Feb. 14

Steve O’Connell, on playing Dr. Jon Lien: “Working on something like this is an affirmation of normal, everyday people becoming superheroes, and just living extraordinary lives — it’s a wonderful thing to see people doing the best that they can for each other.”
Between Breaths Orchestral — “Between Breaths” tells the story of Dr. Jon Lien, the Whale Man, played by Steve O’Connell. Following a sold out run last summer, “Between Breaths” returns to the stage with a re-imagined soundscape! Features the original cast and band plus the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. Two performances only on Feb. 14 and 15 at 8 p.m. at the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre. See more information below. - file photo by Juanita Mercer/The Telegram

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Monday, February 11

Activities

10 a.m.

Tours of 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.

Bingo

The St. John’s Retired Citizens Association’s bingo is held every Monday night at 10 Bennett Ave. The doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the games start at 8 p.m. The cost is just $5 per card. The escalating jackpot is about $1,000.

Upcoming

Friendship and Fun

Join us at St. James United Church on Feb. 15 for a night of decadence and delight with our Valentine’s Day ‘Friendship and Fun’ fundraiser! A concert and a dessert party with a wine table and a silent auction. The concert at 7 p.m. will kick it off with four groups performing, including the St. James Jazz Trio and the St. John's Gay Men's Choir. The dessert party will follow about 8 p.m. with many fantastic desserts, more music, a wine table "raffle" and a silent auction (cash only). We are now gratefully accepting donations of gift cards, quality items and home-made desserts. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. for previewing of auction items and ticket sales. Note: Please bring indoor shoes and use the side entrance. Tickets are $20 (cash only) and are limited. To donate or to buy tickets, contact Robin: 754-5409, 682-3927 or robinbartlett1224@gmail.com; or SuAn at the church office, 722-1881, ext. 200, or drop by Monday to Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Come warm up in the mid-winter with the warmth of our friendship!

Upcoming

Life as a Mountainous Journey

TA Loeffler will entertain and inspire with a multimedia presentation of the life lessons learned from training for, reaching, and climbing the world’s highest mountains in a talk with the Positive Thinkers Club at the Bella Vista (26 Torbay Rd.) on Feb. 23. Deadline to purchase tickets is Thursday, Feb. 21. Cost is $18 for club members, $22 for non-members and $20 for youth under 22. For more information, visit positivethinkersclub.ca.

Children

Upcoming

Fluvarium’s Easter Camp

Connect with nature this Spring break at the Fluvarium’s nature and art camp. We have four all-day camps from April 23-26. Open to grades K-2. $35 plus HST per session. There is limited spacing and preregistration is required. Join us at the Suncor Energy Fluvarium and connect with nature through art, games and exploration. This program will include arts and crafts and discovering more about the critters in and around the Fluvarium. We will have a special guest each day and campers get outdoors daily, and stay out longer if the weather co-operates. For more information or to register, contact phone 754-3474 or email kids@fluvarium.ca.

Groups

3 p.m.

Loose Threads Sewing Studio

Looking to join a sociable group? Loose Threads Sewing Studio meets every Monday in the Fellowship Room at St. James United Church. No matter your gender, age, ability or faith, drop in any time between 3 and 6 p.m. Bring along a project you are working on or start a new one. Relax, sew, chat, laugh, receive help and friendship from others in an informal atmosphere. No cost – just bring your own materials, equipment and refreshments if you wish. You do not have to be a member of St. James. For information, contact Susan at 722-1881, ext. 204 or susan@stjamesuc.org. Note: St. James is an accessible venue. Please use the side entrance. On bad weather days, this event may be cancelled. Call or email in advance to check.

7 p.m.

Writers’ Circle

Need help with an assignment or writing creatively? Want to share your reflection with others or learn from them? Join the Writers’ Circle at St. James United Church (Fellowship Room) – a participant-driven, informal, friendly group open to everyone! Come relax, chat over coffee or tea and write. For more information, contact 722-1881, ext. 200. St. James is an accessible venue; elevator at side entrance.

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. Fudoshin is 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

CPFF Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group

Support groups are typically patient-directed, and are extremely helpful in fulfilling areas of need that cannot be achieved during clinical visits. Feedback from other centres across Canada has been very positive. Topics may be disease-specific, but can include anything that patients feel is relevant to them or their loved ones. The next support group meeting is on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 2-4 p.m. in the second-floor conference room of the Summit RecPlex, 126 Smallwood Dr., in Mount Pearl. Open to any interested family members. RVSP to cpffnl@gmail.com to confirm attendance. Spread the word to others who might benefit from this meeting (all are asked to RSVP).

Live Music

7 p.m.

Dave White

Performing at Green Sleeves.

Hugh Scott

Performing at Shamrock City Pub on Water Street.

8:30 p.m.

Kelly McMichael

Moody Mondays at The Black Sheep with Kelly McMichael and friends.

10 p.m.

Damian Follett

Performing at Green Sleeves.

10:30 p.m.

Chris Ryan and Fred Jorgenson

Performing at Shamrock City Pub on Water Street.

Theatre

Upcoming

Between Breaths Orchestral

Between Breaths tells the story of Dr. Jon Lien, the Whale Man, and his 20 years of work freeing whales trapped in fishing nets. Following a completely sold out run last summer, Between Breaths returns to the stage with a re-imagined soundscape! The beautiful score by The Once has been adapted by composer and arranger Duane Andrews to a full orchestral treatment. Featuring the original cast and band plus the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra under the conduction of Kellie Walsh. Two performances only on Feb. 14 and 15 at 8 p.m. at the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre. Presented by Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland. Tickets ($40-$65) available at the Arts and Culture Centre box office, by calling 729-3900 or online at artsandculturecentre.com. For more information, visit artisticfraud.com.

Tuesday, February 12

Classes

10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 7 p.m.

Wisdom Healing Qigong

Come awaken the energy within! Relax! More wellness, more energy, more joy! Weekly daytime and evening classes with Sheila Leonard at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Rd., from Jan. 15 to March 5. Classes at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. for new and returning students. Class at 1:30 p.m. for returning students only. Focus is on postural alignment, gentle repetitive movements, visualization and sound, with focused intention and attention. Register at your first class. Call 727-7863 or visit www.sheilaleonard.ca for more information.

Fundraiser

7 p.m.

Cribbage

The weekly crib game in support of the Canadian Mental Health Association N.L. Division takes place in the basement of St. Teresa's Church from 7-9 p.m. Admission is $5, with a prize awarded to the winner. The event is open to everyone. Contact Andrew Walsh at 726-3935 for more information.

Groups

7 p.m.

The Cross and Bean

A new monthly, café-style, book club at St. James United Church is starting with an exploration of the book, “The Great Spiritual Migration” by Brian McClain, a very interesting and relevant read about the future of Christianity in our time. Come with an inquisitive, open mind to explore and discuss McClain’s ideas each month over coffee or tea. People of all ages, races, denominations and faiths – skeptics, atheists, believers, too – are all welcome! For more information, contact Susan Sheppard, DLM, at the church office at 722-1881. Note: St. James is an accessible venue. Please use the side entrance.

7:30 p.m.

Inner Healing Ministry

Do you want a touch of the Holy Spirit? Every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., Inner Healing Ministry meets at Wesley United Church auditorium for a wonderful hour of music and prayer, a time to let the worries of life go away for an hour, a time of healing, a time for you. Open to everyone and a great place to meet new friends from all denominations. For more information, call Roger at 895-3499.

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.

7 p.m.

Andrew Rodgers

Performing at Green Sleeves.

Mark Manning

Performing at Shamrock City Pub on Water Street.

8 p.m.

The Night the Stars Come Out for the Hall

The Hall presents: Amelia Curran, Craig Young, Earle & Coffin, Jim Payne and Fergus O’Byrne, Jenny Gear and Sandy Morris, with host Glen Tilley. A fundraiser for the Resource Centre of the Arts and The LSPU Hall. Includes drink specials and a raffle. Call 753-4531 or visit lspuhall.ca.

9 p.m.

Len O’Neil

Len O’Neil and friends perform at The Black Sheep every Tuesday.

10 p.m.

Dave White

Performing at Green Sleeves.

Open Mike Night

Hosted by Chris Ryan at O’Reilly’s Pub.

10:30 p.m.

Larry Foley and Kevin Evans

Performing at Shamrock City Pub on Water Street.

Meeting

7:30 p.m.

Canadian Federation of University Women

The CFUW is holding its monthly meeting in Room 4065 of the Earth Science Building at Memorial University. Our guest speaker is Larry Dohey from The Rooms on the topic, “Finding Women in the Archives.” Members and guests are invited to attend.

Public Lecture

Upcoming

Wessex Society Lecture

The next Wessex Society Lecture will be on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. at the Marine Institute. The presenters will be Dr. Don Downer, Elizabeth Scammell Reynolds, and David Quinton. Shipwrecked rounding Cape Horn in 1886, sailor Bill Downer of Fogo Island eventually returned home, married and carried his family to his sheep ranch in Patagonia. His descendants returned last summer to see the land of their ancestors. Their distant relatives, Dr. Don Downer, Elizabeth Scammell Reynolds and David Quinton will tell the tale of The Patagonian Invasion.

Rally

Noon

National Call for Migrant Healthcare Rally

Join Planned Parenthood Newfoundland and Labrador at the Confederation Building as the health community calls on the federal government to stop the denial of healthcare on the basis of immigration status. Inclement weather location to be announced.

Theatre

Upcoming

Between Breaths Orchestral

Between Breaths tells the story of Dr. Jon Lien, the Whale Man, and his 20 years of work freeing whales trapped in fishing nets. Following a completely sold out run last summer, Between Breaths returns to the stage with a re-imagined soundscape! The beautiful score by The Once has been adapted by composer and arranger Duane Andrews to a full orchestral treatment. Featuring the original cast and band plus the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra under the conduction of Kellie Walsh. Two performances only on Feb. 14 and 15 at 8 p.m. at the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre. Presented by Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland. Tickets ($40-$65) available at the Arts and Culture Centre box office, by calling 729-3900 or online at artsandculturecentre.com. For more information, visit artisticfraud.com.

Wednesday, February 13

Activities

Noon

Dance workshop

Looking to learn some smooth moves in time for Valentine’s Day? Why not check out Memorial University’s Ballroom Latin Dance Club’s upcoming dance lesson/workshop where we will be teaching the rumba! Happening at The Landing (Room 3018) of the University Centre. Cost is $5 at the door. You do not have to be a member of MUN BLDC to attend – open to all! You do not need a partner to attend, but feel free to bring along that special someone to take on this romantic rumba with. Or come along as a single and maybe this romantic dance will bring that special someone to you!

Upcoming

ChillFest 2019

Celebrate winter with a variety of free activities taking place Feb. 14 to 18. Indoor and outdoor events are planned for ChillFest 2019, including a family skate at The Loop with some of your favourite storybook characters, a screening of the movie Peter Rabbit at the Scotiabank Theatre, a kitchen party at the Johnson GEO Centre and Mega Play for children and families at St. Teresa’s Elementary School. ChillFest has something for everyone and all activities are offered free of charge. Find the complete events listing on the City’s webpages for Events and Festivals or the Calendar of Events, or at facebook.com/CityofStJohns/events.

Upcoming

Guided Forest Bathing Walk

Rekindle your relationship with nature this Valentine's! Forest bathing is a great way to decrease stress and anxiety, boost your immune system, reduce blood pressure and stress, increase creativity and focus, reconnect with nature, and so much more! Come and see what medicine the forest holds for you. This Saturday, Feb. 16, we will slow down, awaken our senses, and help restore our relationship to both our self and nature. Our walk will end with a tea ceremony featuring tea from locally foraged plants. When we depart, we'll have a new appreciation for our Boreal woodlands, and a practice we can readily apply in our daily lives. Notes: Please dress warm, preferably in layers – snow pants may be a good choice (this is not a hike – as such we will not generate much body heat). In the event of rain this event will be rescheduled. Cost is $28 or pay what you can. Space is limited to about 12 to 15 participants. Event takes place between 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Book your space at www.NatureMinded.ca.

Arts

7 p.m.

Artist Talks

Artist Talks at The Rooms featuring Philippa Jones and “Suspended”. Limited seating. Pre-registration is required. Contact Visitor Services at 757-8090.

Ongoing

Funding opportunity

ArtsNL is accepting applications for its Annual Operating Program for Professional Arts Organizations. The deadline is Friday, Feb. 15. Organizational annual operations must start on/after April 15. Contact ArtsNL for details: 726-2212 or toll-free 1-866-726-2212 (N.L. only), email kmurphy@nlac.ca or visit http://www.nlac.ca/grants/aoppao.htm for info and video, and to apply.

Choir

Upcoming

Let’s Make a Choir 2019

Let’s Make a Choir 2019, under the direction of Dr. Valerie Long and now in its fifth year, is now open for registration! Come and enjoy a unique 10-week session for adults. It begins in March and culminates with a concert performance in June. No audition, no experience required, but tons of fun while learning choral music! For more information, visit heartnotes.net and follow the link for registration for “Let’s Make a Choir 2019” or email letsmakeachoir@gmail.com.

Classes and groups

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

T’ai Chi Chih

Come awaken the energy within! Relax! More wellness, more energy, more joy! Weekly daytime and evening classes with Sheila Leonard at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Rd., until March 6. Classes 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. Can register at your first class. 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 are not alone. The Mount Pearl School of Martial Arts has a well-structured program to arm you and/or your child with the know-how and techniques to recognize, defuse and defend against bullying. Our Bully Beware program runs Wednesday and Sunday evenings and is only one element of our school’s comprehensive martial arts program. Gain self-confidence through self-defence. Contact Pat Cochrane at 682-0335 for details.

7 p.m.

Cabot Toastmasters Club

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

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. Fudoshin is 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

CPFF Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group

Support groups are typically patient-directed, and are extremely helpful in fulfilling areas of need that cannot be achieved during clinical visits. Feedback from other centres across Canada has been very positive. Topics may be disease-specific, but can include anything that patients feel relevant to them or loved their loved ones. The next support group meeting is coming up on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the second-floor conference room of the Summit RecPlex (126 Smallwood Dr.) in Mount Pearl. Open to any interested family members. Please RVSP to cpffnl@gmail.com to confirm attendance. Spread the word to others that may benefit from this meeting (all are asked to RSVP).

Live Music

6 p.m.

Nashville Night

Country music artists and bands performing at O’Reilly’s Pub.

7 p.m.

Carl Peters and Bob Taylor

Performing at Shamrock City Pub on Water Street.

Dave White

Performing at Green Sleeves.

8:30 p.m.

Andrea Monro

Performing every Wednesday night at The Black Sheep.

10 p.m.

Damian Follett

Performing at Green Sleeves.

10:30 p.m.

Arthur and Fred of The Navigators

Performing at Shamrock City Pub on Water Street.

Public Lecture

7 p.m.

River Talk: Fishing the Gander River

The Salmonid Association of Eastern Newfoundland (SAEN) presents a River Talk titled, “Fishing the Gander River” by Dave Downton at the Fluvarium. All are welcome.

8 p.m.

Wessex Society Lecture

Tonight’s Wessex Society Lecture will be held at the Marine Institute. The presenters will be Dr. Don Downer, Elizabeth Scammell Reynolds, and David Quinton. Shipwrecked rounding Cape Horn in 1886, sailor Bill Downer of Fogo Island eventually returned home, married and carried his family to his sheep ranch in Patagonia. His descendants returned last summer to see the land of their ancestors. Their distant relatives, Dr. Don Downer, Elizabeth Scammell Reynolds and David Quinton will tell the tale of The Patagonian Invasion.

Radio

7:30-8 p.m.

VOWR Guest Interview

Barbara De Land speaks with Robert Lemesserier about his work with the Marine Institute, locally and internationally, a historic Newfoundland hike across Newfoundland before the construction of the Trans-Canada highway, work with the Boy Scout organization, and his hopes and wishes for the future of Newfoundland and Labrador. Tune in to VOWR radio at 800 on the AM dial, online at VOWR.org, or cable radio Rogers 945 or Bell Aliant 756.

Social

Upcoming

Valentine’s Dance

The St. John’s Retired Citizens Association is holding a Valentine’s Dance at 10 Bennett Ave. on Friday, Feb. 15. Music is provided by the association’s in-house band, Benny and The Jets. The doors open at 7 p.m. and the music starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are just $15 each. Email elaineaylward@nf.sympatico.ca for tickets.

Theatre

Upcoming

Between Breaths Orchestral

Between Breaths tells the story of Dr. Jon Lien, the Whale Man, and his 20 years of work freeing whales trapped in fishing nets. Following a completely sold out run last summer, Between Breaths returns to the stage with a re-imagined soundscape! The beautiful score by The Once has been adapted by composer and arranger Duane Andrews to a full orchestral treatment. Featuring the original cast and band plus the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra under the conduction of Kellie Walsh. Two performances only on Feb. 14 and 15 at 8 p.m. at the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre. Presented by Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland. Tickets ($40-$65) available at the Arts and Culture Centre box office, by calling 729-3900 or online at artsandculturecentre.com. For more information, visit artisticfraud.com.

Thursday, February 14

Activities

2:30 p.m.

Coffee & Culture: Love & Seduction

Discover how to attract that special someone using 18th and 19th century techniques. Curator of history, Maureen Peters, will explain how clothing styles evolved as desires changed and highlight tokens of love from our collection. Included with admission. Free to Rooms members.

Arts

7 p.m.

Picasso’s Valentines

The art of Pablo Picasso and the women who loved him is the subject of this art history lecture by Beth Pratt at Memorial University (Education Building, room 2003). Explore the many phases of Picasso's art and the women that inspired some of his most famous works. Delve into his complex life and look at the art created by some of his muses, including photographer Dora Maar and artist Francoise Gilot. Drop-ins welcome. Email arthistorylectures@gmail.com for more information. Cost for this lecture is $25/person.

Deadline tomorrow

Funding opportunity

ArtsNL is now accepting applications for its Annual Operating Program for Professional Arts Organizations. Deadline: Friday, Feb. 15. Organizational annual operations must start on/after April 15. Contact ArtsNL for details: 726-2212 or toll free 1-866-726-2212 (NL only), email kmurphy@nlac.ca or visit http://www.nlac.ca/grants/aoppao.htm for info, video, and to apply.

Classes and groups

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., until March 7. Class at 1:30 p.m. today is for returning students only. Refining our practice of the 20 gentle, repetitive movements, helping further increase the flow of natural energy. Register at your first class. Call 727-7863 or visit www.sheilaleonard.ca for more information.

Comedy

9 p.m.

Jokes at John's

Voted best comedy night in Newfoundland. Hosted by Jennifer Somerton and featuring a new headliner and lineup every Thursday at 9 p.m. No cover at Trapper John's, 2 George St.

Fundraisers

9 p.m.

St. John's Women's Centre

A fundraiser for the St. John's Women's Centre will be held on Valentine’s Day at Treble Lounge, Holdsworth Court, George Street. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online through Event Brite. Evelyn Jess & The Black Dress perform original, folk and Newfoundland songs at 9:30 p.m. The Terra Novas perform at 10:30 p.m. Evelyn Jess & The Hot Mess perform high-energy original rock and pop covers at 11:30 p.m. The event will be hosted by the sweetest drag queen of the scene: Irma Gerd.

Live Music

6:30 p.m.

Rob Cook

Performing at Green Sleeves.

7 p.m.

Arthur and Fred of The Navigators

Performing at Shamrock City Pub on Water Street.

Fergus O’Byrne

Performing at O’Reilly’s Pub.

9:30 p.m.

Tim Maher

Performing at Shamrock City Pub in Goulds.

10:30 p.m.

Irish Descendants

Performing at O’Reilly’s Pub.

The Ugly Sticks

Performing at Shamrock City Pub on Water Street.

11 p.m.

Glory Days

Performing at Green Sleeves.

Social

Upcoming

Stew Supper

Cowan Heights United Church will host a moose and beef stew supper on Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. Tickets ($15) are available at the church office.

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