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Community events in and around St. John's, Thursday, December 6 to Sunday, December 9

The Merry and Bright Holiday Light Festival is on tonight at the MUN Botanical Garden. 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/.
The Merry and Bright Holiday Light Festival is on tonight at the MUN Botanical Garden. 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/. - 123RF Stock Photo

Thursday, December 6

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 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/.

Upcoming

Karaoke Challenge Fundraiser

Join us tomorrow night (Friday, Dec. 7) for a fun night of stand-up comedy, live music and karaoke with a twist! Challenge your friends to sing a song of your choice. They'll either have to take the challenge or pay the price to get out of it! Hosted by Denielle Hann at the Johnson Geo Centre, the night includes performances from Darrell Power, Len O’Neill, Kat Burke and Andrew Kay along with a cash bar, silent auction (great chance to get those unique holiday gifts), a 50/50 draw and prizes for best and "not the best" karaoke performances! Tickets $22 in advance at www.powerproductions.ca or $25 at the door (limited availability). Power Productions Inc. is a not-for-profit theatre company. Proceeds from this event in support of accessible supports and programs in our arts community.

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 p.m.

Fergus O’Byrne

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

7 p.m.

St. James Guitar Group

Come to Kenny’s Pond Retirement Home, 135 MacDonald Dr., and join in as we enjoy singing along to favourite songs, melodies, hymns and Christmas carols with the St. James United Church’s guitar group from 7-9 p.m.

8 p.m.

Irish Descendants

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

11:30 p.m.

Ceiligh

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

Theatre

8 p.m.

The Christmas Spirit

St. John’s Players present “The Christmas Spirit” by Frederick Stroppel, directed by Louise Kearley. “The Christmas Spirit” is a comical yet inspiring and touching play to capture the magic of Christmas and rekindle one's Christmas spirit. Onstage at the Barbara Barrett Theatre at the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre from Dec. 5-8. Showtime is 8 p.m. nightly. For tickets, call 729-3900 or visit artsandculturecentre.com.

Friday, December 7

Activities

Ongoing

Merry and Bright Holiday Light Festival

The Merry and Bright Holiday Light Festival is on at the MUN Botanical Garden Dec. 6-9, 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/.

10 a.m.

Away in a Manger

An exhibit of nativity scenes from around the world is 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.

8 p.m.

Karaoke Challenge Fundraiser

A fun night of stand-up comedy, live music and karaoke with a twist! Challenge your friends to sing a song of your choice. They'll either have to take the challenge or pay the price to get out of it. Hosted by Denielle Hann at the Johnson Geo Centre, the night includes performances from Darrell Power, Len O’Neill, Kat Burke and Andrew Kay along with a cash bar, silent auction (great chance to get those unique holiday gifts), a 50/50 draw and prizes for best and "not the best" karaoke performances. Tickets $22 in advance at www.powerproductions.ca or $25 at the door (limited availability). Power Productions Inc. is a not-for-profit theatre company. Proceeds from this event in support of accessible supports and programs in our arts community.

Upcoming

Write for Rights

Words have power! Last year, more than 4.5 million letters from more than 200 countries for Amnesty International’s annual Write for Rights Campaign proved the power of words to release political prisoners, stop the use of torture and protect human rights defenders globally (writeathon.ca/successes). Join us to sign letters and write cards for this year’s write-a-thon at 3 Gardiner Pl., St. John’s, on Saturday, Dec. 8 and Sunday, Dec. 9 from 1-4 p.m. Hosted by M-F Scully. Letters and cards will be provided as well as tea and coffee.

Art

5:30 p.m.

Proximity — Opening Reception

Christina Parker Gallery is pleased to announce “Proximity,” an exhibition by Ned Pratt that features a selection of photography from 2017 and 2018. This exhibition runs from Dec. 7-29, with the opening reception Friday from 5:30-8 p.m. Pratt will be present. Music by Boyd Chubbs. The photographs in “Proximity” take a simplified approach, with attention to three basic principles: light, colour and composition. In Pratt’s own words, he states, "the images become more than photographs, they are abstractions in colour and form with minimal composition; light, colour and texture are the unifying elements."

6 p.m.

NL Art Expo

From Dec. 7-9, the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre gallery space will host the 2nd annual N.L. Art Expo exhibit. This artist-run organization procures local professional artists to install recent works for sale and public viewing. This year, 10 artists will submit new works of art: Lily Taylor, Lisa Lebofsky, Frank Barry, Veselina Tomova, Rodney de Vries, Joy Hecht, Alison Rideout, Brenda Rowe, Irene Duma and James Shebib. There will be at least 50 paintings to view in a broad range of styles and sizes. Opening night is Dec. 7 from 6-10 p.m. The public is invited to attend. For more information, go online to www.burntwoodgallery.wixsite.com/artxponl.

Live Music

5 p.m.

Chris Hennessy

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

8 p.m.

Acoustic Bishops

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

NSO Handel’s Messiah

In a Christmas tradition, the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of guest conductor Stephen Candow and with the Philharmonic Choir of the NSO, presents Handel’s Messiah. Set in the historic and captivating Basilica of St. John the Baptist, soloists include: Suzie LeBlanc, soprano; Aleks Romano, mezzo-soprano; E. Mark Murphy, tenor; and Joel Allison, baritone. This concert is presented by Cox & Palmer. Tickets ($28-$38) are available at the box office (729-3900) and online at www.artsandculturecentre.com or at the door.

11:30 p.m.

Tarahan

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

Theatre

8 p.m.

‘The Christmas Spirit’

St. John’s Players present “The Christmas Spirit” by Frederick Stroppel, directed by Louise Kearley. “The Christmas Spirit” is a comical yet inspiring and touching play to capture the magic of Christmas and rekindle one's Christmas spirit. Onstage at the Barbara Barrett Theatre at the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre from Dec. 5-8. Showtime is 8 p.m. nightly. For tickets, call 729-3900 or visit artsandculturecentre.com.

Workshop

9 a.m.

Turf, Trust and Collaboration

Turf, Trust and Collaboration workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with Liz Weaver of the Tamarack Institute. A workshop for community groups, charities and nonprofits. Sponsored by the Community Sector Council of Newfoundland and Labrador (CSC NL). $40 per person. CSC NL is offering a gift with compliments for the holiday season: pay for three — get one free. To register, visit http://communitysector.nl.ca/eventturftrust or call Neil at 753-9860.

Saturday, December 8

Children

8 a.m.

Breakfast with Santa

The Topsail United Church Men's Club’s annual breakfast with Santa is Saturday from 8-11 a.m. with the usual great menu. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children. There will be face painting, colouring and, of course, pictures with Santa. All are welcome.

Groups

11 a.m.

Overeaters Anonymous

Regular support group meeting at 13-15 Pippy Pl. in the Carnell Building. For more information, call 738-1742.

Live Music

2 p.m.

Land of the Lakes, Banana Vacuum

Indie rock group Land of the Lakes play an all-ages show at the LSPU Hall with St. John’s newest (and youngest) punk sensation, Banana Vacuum. Tickets available online at lspuhall.ca or by calling 753-4531.
 

5 p.m.

Bill Kelly

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

7 p.m.

A Baccalieu Christmas

The Music Box presents “A Baccalieu Christmas” concert with special guests at Topsail United Church. Tickets are available by calling the church office at 834-4567 or can be purchased at the door. Admission is $12 for adults, $5 for children. Food donations greatly appreciated for the C.B.S./Paradise Food Bank.

8 p.m.

Acoustic Bishops

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

NSO Handel’s Messiah

A Christmas tradition! The Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra under the direction of guest conductor Stephen Candow, with the Philharmonic Choir of the NSO, presents Handel’s Messiah. Set in the historic and captivating Basilica of St. John the Baptist, soloists include: Suzie LeBlanc, soprano; Aleks Romano, mezzo-soprano; E. Mark Murphy, tenor; and Joel Allison, baritone. This concert is presented by Cox & Palmer. Tickets ($28-$38) are available at the ACC box office (729-3900) and online at www.artsandculturecentre.com or at the door.

11:30 p.m.

Tarahan

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

Shopping

9 a.m.

St. John’s Farmers’ Market

Weekly indoor/outdoor farmers' market at 245 Freshwater Rd. from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday. 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 at www.stjohnsfarmersmarket.ca.

10 a.m.

Plantation Christmas Craft Open House

A special event where Quidi Vidi Village Plantation artisans invite alumni and other local craftspeople and makers to showcase their work in picturesque Quidi Vidi Village. There will be more than 20 vendors with beautiful, handcrafted products, live music, warm beverages and treats. Visitors can expect to see – and purchase – pottery, textiles, leather work, prints, copper tooling and much more. The open house takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Quidi Vidi Village Plantation, 10 Mapleview Pl.

Social

5 p.m.

Festival of Music and Lights

Ring in the holiday season with our annual celebration of bright lights and festive music at the Festival of Music and Lights at the Bowring Park Duck Pond. Enjoy performances by choirs and musicians, and have a free cup of hot chocolate, as we officially switch on the beautiful light display. Don’t forget to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Community Food Sharing Association. This event includes a wheelchair accessible viewing area. A limited number of noise reducing-headphones are available to borrow, with a photo ID including name and address, at the Bowring Park Lodge (near the duck pond).

Theatre

8 p.m.

‘The Christmas Spirit’

The St. John’s Players present “The Christmas Spirit” by Frederick Stroppel, directed by Louise Kearley. “The Christmas Spirit” is a comical yet inspiring and touching play to capture the magic of Christmas and rekindle one's Christmas spirit. Onstage at the Barbara Barrett Theatre at the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre until Dec. 8. Showtime 8 p.m. For tickets, call 729-3900 or visit artsandculturecentre.com.

Sunday, December 9

Activities

Ongoing

Merry and Bright Holiday Light Festival

The Merry and Bright Holiday Light Festival is on at the MUN Botanical Garden Sunday 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. 6-9, 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, go online to https://www.mun.ca/botgarden/.

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

Upcoming

Candles in Memory Service

A Candles in Memory Service will take place on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church in Topsail. Remember loved ones who have passed by lighting a candle in their memory. Contact the church office weekdays between 9 a.m. and noon for details by Dec. 12 at 834-2336.

Crafts

10 a.m.

Christmas Craft Fair

The St. John’s Shrine Club Christmas Craft Fair will be held at 530 Topsail Rd. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $2, with free admission for children under 12. There’s a door prize and 50-50 draw.

Live Music

2 p.m.

Sunday Traditional Session

Hosted by Fergus Brown O’Byrne and Tony O’Brien at O’Reilly’s.

2:30 p.m.

A Hallelujah Christmas

The Gospel Folk Seniors Choir invites you to “A Hallelujah Christmas” at St. Mary’s Anglican Church on Craigmillar Avenue. Complimentary tickets are available from the church office, choir members or by phone at 739-8714, 728-0808 or 728-1534. A free-will Christmas offering would be gratefully accepted for church projects. You may also be one of those attendees who will receive a Christmas gift of one of The Gospel Folk’s first CD.

5 p.m.

Fergus O’Byrne

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

8 p.m.

Con O’Brien and Patrick Moran

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

Upcoming

Holiday Wassail

The 13th annual Holiday Wassail at George Street United Church takes place 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 and Fred’s Records, and online at etixnow.com. Visit nlfolk.com for more details.

Radio

2 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.

Social

Upcoming

Christmas Turkey Dinner and Raffles

The St. John's Shrine Club Christmas turkey dinner is coming up on Friday, Dec. 14 at noon. Cost is $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.

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