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Community events in and around St. John's, Wednesday, December 19 to Monday, December 24

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.
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. - 123RF Stock Photo

Wednesday, December 19

Activities

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.

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 is on at the MUN Botanical Garden Wednesday 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.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 3 ½ 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 is on at the MUN Botanical Garden Friday evening. Merry and Bright will take place Friday and Saturday. 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/.

Sunday, December 23

Live Music

2 p.m.

Holiday Wassail

The 13th annual Holiday Wassail takes place at George Street United Church, 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. Visit nlfolk.com for more details.

Monday, December 24

Social

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.

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