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Community events in and around St. John's, Wednesday, February 6 to Friday, February 8

Today is the registration deadline for a workshop on creating Valentine’s Day cards. The workshop will be held Saturday, Feb. 9 from 2-4 p.m. at Kraken Art Gallery and Studio, 29 Rowan St. Registration required by noon today, by emailing culture@acfsj.ca. For more information, call Sade at 726-4900.
Today is the registration deadline for a workshop on creating Valentine’s Day cards. The workshop will be held Saturday, Feb. 9 from 2-4 p.m. at Kraken Art Gallery and Studio, 29 Rowan St. Registration required by noon today, by emailing culture@acfsj.ca. For more information, call Sade at 726-4900. - 123RF Stock Photo

Wednesday, February 6

Arts

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.

Upcoming – registration deadline today

Watercolour Valentine’s Day Card Workshop

Over the course of two hours, we will paint in watercolours to create beautiful Valentine's Day cards. Participants will have the freedom to explore several styles and work independently while receiving tips for furthering their project. This workshop will be held Saturday, Feb. 9 from 2-4 p.m. at Kraken Art Gallery and Studio, 29 Rowan St. Coffee/tea and snacks provided. All materials provided. Everyone is welcome. Cost is $5 for ACFSJ members or $10 for non-members. Registration required by noon today at the latest. Register by emailing culture@acfsj.ca. For more information, call Sade at 726-4900.

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.

Live Music

7 p.m.

Dave White

Performing at Green Sleeves.

10 p.m.

Damian Follett

Performing at Green Sleeves.

Radio

7:30-8 p.m.

VOWR Guest Interview

Barbara De Land speaks with Cathy Newhook, project manager for the 2018 Vital Signs of Newfoundland and Labrador Report. The report is a yearly newsprint supplement which includes numeric and pictorial provincial statistics for such subjects as population composition, food costs, average wages, voting patterns and participation, health and wellness, number of newcomers, the economy and more. Tune in to VOWR radio at 800 on the AM dial, online at VOWR.org, or cable radio Rogers 945 or Bell Aliant 746.

Social

3 p.m.

Frosty’s Seniors Drop-In

Throughout the Mount Pearl Festival, Frosty will bring cheer to Mount Pearl seniors. Frosty will join the Mount Pearl Seniors Independence Group at their drop-in centre for an afternoon of fun and refreshments from 3-4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, contact the Mount Pearl Seniors Independence Group at 748-6485.

6:30 p.m.

Pedestrian Parade of Lights

Mount Pearl Frosty Festival’s Pedestrian Parade of Lights and Cauldron Lighting will take place from 6:30-8 p.m., beginning at O’Donel High School and heading to St. David’s Park. Full details and Frosty Festival schedule is available online at FrostyFestival.ca.

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.

Thursday, February 7

Activities

6:30 p.m.

Harry Potter Book Night

Celebrate with fans around the world on Harry Potter Book Night 2019 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Torbay Public Library. Free event. No registration required. Activities for kids and fans of all ages at “Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.” Games, spells, crafts, sorting hat, trivia, prizes! Come early for the Hogwarts School Welcome. Feel free to wear a witch, wizard or Harry Potter-themed costume or bring your Harry Potter art or items to share. Children under age eight must be accompanied.

Choir

Upcoming

Let’s Make a Choir 2019

Let’s Make a Choir 2019, under the direction of Valerie Long and now in its fifth year, is 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.

Church

Upcoming

Hope for a Winter’s Night

Gower Street United Church will host a unique community gathering entitled “Hope for a Winter’s Night.” The event will be a quiet time of reflection through inspirational song, reading and prayer and is open to those who are grieving a loss of any type, find winter difficult, are struggling with illness, or would like a quiet space of inspiration and hope. St. John Ambulance therapy dogs will be on hand. This is an inspirational community gathering and all are welcome. Happening Feb. 10 at 4 p.m.

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.

7 p.m.

Paradise Lost: The Art of Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin

This two-hour lecture with Beth Pratt at Memorial University (Education Building, Room 2003) focuses on the life and art of post-impressionist painters Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin. We'll look at what makes their art unique, how they were influenced, the relationship with each other and the art that they've inspired. Drop-ins are welcome. The cost is $25 per person. For more information, email arthistorylectures@gmail.com.

Volunteer Orientation

If you've been thinking about volunteering with the Association for New Canadians (ANC), here's your chance to find out how. Join us for a volunteer orientation from 7-8 p.m. at the ESL Training Centre, 15 Smithville Cres. You'll learn about the many different ways you can help the ANC welcome new Canadians to our part of the world. For more information, or to register, contact volunteer co-ordinator Megan Howse by email at mhowse@ancnl.ca or by phone at 722-9680.

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.

Information

7 p.m.

Amnesty International 101

Amnesty International St. John's Action Circle will be at the A.C. Hunter Public Library to discuss amnesty and what you can do in your community. Call 737-3950 to register.

Live Music

6:30 p.m.

Rob Cook

Performing at Green Sleeves.

11 p.m.

Glory Days

Performing at Green Sleeves.

Friday, February 8

Activities

7 p.m.

Kirtan St. John’s

Kirtan St. John's is a weekly westernized kirtan group that meets on Friday evenings at the Shambhala Room, 120 LeMarchant Rd. If you are attending for the first time, please message us on Facebook to confirm the location of kirtan, as we occasionally practice in other locations. For more information, please message us on Facebook, or email KirtanYYT@gmail.com.

Live Music

5 p.m.

Rob Cook

Performing at Green Sleeves.

8 p.m.

Damian Follett

Performing at Green Sleeves.

10:30 p.m.

Bump

Performing at The Martini Bar. No cover until 11 p.m.

Midnight

Boys & Girls

Performing at Green Sleeves.

Religion

7 p.m.

Finding God in ‘The Heart of the World’ Retreat

Ignatian retreat for men and women, ages 18-35. Experience Ignatian contemplations, tools of discernment and prayer for everyday life. Facilitated by Fr. John O'Brien, SJ from 7-9 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 9 from 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. at St. Pius X Church on Smithville Crescent.

Theatre

7:30 p.m.

A Night at The Oscars – Frosty Style

Written and directed by Peter Halley and hosted by Mount Pearl’s Keith Power, Dana Parsons, Peter Halley and Shelley Neville. Guests will be taken on a musical journey celebrating the best movies, music, characters and songs from motion pictures. The Spirit of Newfoundland cast and band along with choirs, soloists and ensemble groups will bring the very best music from motion pictures to life. Doors open at the Glacier Arena at 5 p.m. All-ages show. For more information, contact the festival office at 748-6480 or info@frostyfestival.ca.

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