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Community events in and around St. John's, Thursday, December 13 to Sunday, December 16

Tonight at Fred’s Records, check out the album release party for The Reaction — one of the province’s premier punk bands back in 1979-81. Enjoy a meet and greet, pick up the new album and watch a performance by band member Mike Fisher (pictured performing on Rogers TV). More details in the events listing below.
Tonight at Fred’s Records, check out the album release party for The Reaction — one of the province’s premier punk bands back in 1979-81. Enjoy a meet and greet, pick up the new album and watch a performance by band member Mike Fisher (pictured performing on Rogers TV). More details in the events listing below. - Contributed

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.

2 p.m.

Advent Mini Retreat

Advent — a time of waiting, of welcoming a deeper awareness of divine presence within all creation. Join us at the Mercy Centre for Ecology and Justice, 101 Mount Scio Rd. You may choose one of the following sessions: 2-4:30 p.m. or 7-9:30 p.m. We will explore four themes: hope, bravery, welcome and being yourself. You are also welcome to bring along a verse of scripture, a poem, a song, a symbol or anything that speaks to you of one of these themes. To register, email mcej@live.com or phone 722-0082.

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/.

Art

Noon

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.

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 ol’ 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.

7:30 p.m.

The Reaction

A meet and greet and vinyl album release takes place at Fred’s Records for one of the premier punk bands in Newfoundland from 1979-81. This event features a live performance from band member Mike Fisher. The first 100 copies of “East End Rockers” have a vintage button reproduction.

Friday, December 14

Art

Noon

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 December 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.

Live Music

8 p.m.

Rasa at The Rooms

Rasa is the award-winning duo of Erin Best and Sandy Morris. Since the release of their Christmas album "Do You Hear What I Hear?" in 2004, they have performed live shows featuring songs from that record and other Christmas favourites. They are delighted to bring this festive show to The Rooms this December. Tickets are $40 (10 per cent discount for Rooms members). For tickets, call 757-8090 or buy online at events.therooms.ca.

Upcoming

Holiday Wassail

The 13th annual Holiday Wassail at George Street United Church is coming up on Sunday, Dec. 23 at 2 p.m., featuring Fretboard Journey, the Swinging Belles, the Kubasonics, the Old Contemporaries and Friends, the Quintessential Vocal Ensemble, Dave Paddon, Elizabeth Clarke, the Mummer & the Paupers and the STEP Fiddlers.

Tickets are available at O’Brien’s Music, Fred’s Records and online at etixnow.com. Visit nlfolk.com for more details.

Saturday, December 15

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.

Church

2 p.m.

Wesley United Church Christmas Communion

The annual Saturday Christmas Communion Service is held at Wesley United Church, beginning at 2 p.m. with refreshments to follow. Anyone needing transportation to and from this service should call the church office at 579-3682. All are welcome to attend.

Sunday, December 16

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/.

Fundraiser

7:30 p.m.

St. John’s Youth Social Justice Society

The St. John’s Youth Social Justice Society is hosting a bingo fundraiser in support of The North East Avalon Food Bank. The event will take place at the Royal Canadian Legion (5 Legion Rd.) in Portugal Cove. Funds will be used to support the annual Christmas hamper project for families in need during the holidays. We invite individuals and groups of all ages to join us. Bingo cards can be purchased for $2 or 3 for $5. There are lots of great prizes to be won!

Radio

2 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.

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