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Community events in and around St. John's, Wednesday, December 5 to Saturday, December 8

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 5

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 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.

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. This year the festival is running more nights than ever. Merry and Bright will take place 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

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.

Upcoming

Write for Rights

Words have power! Last year, more than 4.5 million letters from over 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.

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 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.

Live Music

7 p.m.

Chris Hennessy

Performing at O’Reilly’s from 7 p.m. to midnight. O’Reilly’s is also celebrating 22 years with a customer appreciation event, including specials, hors d’oeuvres and prizes.

10:30 p.m.

Heel ’N’ Toe

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

Radio

7:30 p.m.

VOWR Guest Interview

Barbara De Land speaks with Phil Coates of Upper Gullies. Coates is a farmer and owner of Island Composting. He began his company to enrich his farmland with valuable natural nutrients, reducing unnecessary landfill additions. 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.

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.

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/.

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. 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/.

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.

Upcoming

Write for Rights

Words have power! Last year, more than 4.5 million letters from over 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 bffice (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.

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.

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