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Community events in and around St. John's, Wednesday, March 13 to Friday, March 15

St. John’s Pride Inc. is offering $300, complimentary access to St. John’s Pride Week events, and exclusive branding for the winning design of a T-shirt logo. We require that the chosen theme reference 2019 and celebrate the Newfoundland LBGTQ2S+ community. Additional guidelines available at stjohnspride.ca.
St. John’s Pride Inc. is offering $300, complimentary access to St. John’s Pride Week events, and exclusive branding for the winning design of a T-shirt logo. We require that the chosen theme reference 2019 and celebrate the Newfoundland LBGTQ2S+ community. Additional guidelines available at stjohnspride.ca. - SaltWire File Photo
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. —

Wednesday, March 13

Contest

Ongoing

St. John’s Pride T-Shirt Design Contest

St. John’s Pride Inc. is offering $300, complimentary access to St. John’s Pride Week events, and exclusive branding for the winning design of a T-shirt logo. We require that the chosen theme reference 2019 and celebrate the Newfoundland LBGTQ2S+ community. Additional guidelines available at stjohnspride.ca.

Classes and groups

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.

120s at The Rooms

Have you always wanted to learn how to play 120s but have never had the chance? Join our enthusiastic volunteer instructors at The Rooms as they share their love of this iconic card game. Spaces are limited and pre-registration is recommended for each session. To register, contact visitor services at 757-8090.

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.

Upcoming

Free ESL Classes

The Association for New Canadians is offering free evening English as a Second Language classes beginning Tuesday, March 19, at the ESL Training Centre, 148 Elizabeth Ave. (off Smithville Crescent). To register, phone 726-6848 or email linc@ancnl.ca.

Lectures

7 p.m.

Engaging Evenings: Michael Winsor’s Ferryland

Engaging Evenings at The Rooms. Michael Winsor is a leading landscape photographer in Newfoundland and Labrador whose work is exhibited and published locally, nationally and internationally. Michael's award-winning image of the Ferryland Iceberg was recently selected to represent our province on an international postage stamp in Canada. As founder and owner of Newfoundland Photo Tours, Michael strives to provide the best locations and times to photograph the rugged beauty in this province.

Using Data Storage Tags to Study Atlantic Salmon

The Salmonid Association of Eastern Newfoundland (SAEN) presents a River Talk titled “Using Data Storage Tags to Study Atlantic Salmon” by Zoe Zrini at the Fluvarium at 7 p.m. Bar service will be available along with snacks, and there will be draws for salmon flies tied by SAEN members. All are welcome.

Live Music

7 p.m.

Dave White

Performing at Green Sleeves.

9:30 p.m.

High & Lonesome Bluegrass

Performing at Erin’s Pub.

10 p.m.

Damian Follett

Performing at Green Sleeves.

Meetings

11 a.m.

National Association of Federal Retirees

The annual members meeting of the National Association of Federal Retirees, Avalon/Burin branch will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion, Blackmarsh Road, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A complimentary luncheon will be served. Agenda will include regular business, election of officers and guest speaker Michael Goodrige from Johnson's Insurance, whose topic will be the MEDOC travel insurance program. All members welcome.

Radio

7:30 p.m.

VOWR Guest Interview

Barbara De Land speaks with Aiden Flynn, actor, director and playwright. Flynn is also director of the provincial arts and culture centres. He will chat about his acting career, upcoming acting roles, and the design and events at various arts and culture centres across the province. Tune in on radio at AM 800, online at VOWR.org, or cable radio Rogers 945 or Bell Aliant 756.

Religion

Noon

Informal Lenten Worship and Communion

All are warmly welcome to join Rev. Brian Colbourne and others for an informal Lenten worship and communion every Wednesday at lunchtime from March 13 to April 17. Bring your lunch to share time with us afterward and enjoy the warmth of our community as we explore and share our faith together during this significant time in the Christian calendar. Please enter through the side door. For more information, call 722-1881 or write to revbrian@stjamesuc.org. Also visit www.stjamesuc.org or our Facebook page.

Symposiums and workshops

9 a.m.

Opportunity Knocks NL

YWCA St. John’s and Memorial University are excited to announce Opportunity Knocks NL, a one-day symposium at Emera Innovation Exchange that will explore solutions to career and employment challenges facing women of diverse cultural and racial backgrounds. The symposium will offer a mix of sessions designed for newcomer women, local employers and employment support organizations, as well as an “UnPanel” session that will facilitate collaborative sharing of knowledge, experiences and skills between all of the speakers and attendees. The day will be an exciting chance to explore strategies to develop employment and mentorship opportunities, as well as support the entrepreneurial activities of immigrant women. To purchase tickets and register for the symposium, visit https://bit.ly/2VnpF6G.

6:30 p.m.

Phase Boxes

The A.C. Hunter Public Library and the Museum Association of Newfoundland and Labrador present a mini workshop, “Phase Boxes for Book Storage and Preservation.” A Phase Box is a simple, low-cost, enclosure made from archival quality materials. It is designed to protect rare, fragile, or valuable items from damage and further deterioration during storage. All materials are provided for this free workshop held in the first floor community room of the A.C. Hunter Public Library. Adults-only program. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. Register using your library card by calling 737-3950.

7 p.m.

Pop Up Campaign School

Equal Voice Newfoundland and Labrador invites you to join us for the first session of Pop Up Campaign School featuring Dr. Amanda Bittner at 7 p.m. at Rocket Bakery, 272 Water St. Free admission. Coffee and tea will be served. The session will be held on the main floor and will be accessible.

Theatre

8 p.m.

‘Huff’ by Cliff Cardinal

Cliff Cardinal’s “Huff” has travelled the world and garnered rave reviews everywhere it’s performed, and now we are so delighted to welcome them to St. John’s. “Huff” is the wrenching, yet darkly comic tale of Wind and his brothers, caught in a torrent of solvent abuse and at high risk of suicide. Wind’s fantastic dream world bleeds into his haunting reality, as he’s preyed on by the Trickster through the hallways at school, the abandoned motel he loves more than home and his own fragile psyche. Ancestral history combines with harsh reality and gas-induced hallucination in a tale of family, love, despair, and the possibility of redemption. Presented by Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland. Onstage at the LSPU Hall until Saturday. For tickets, visit www.lspuhall.ca.

Thursday, March 14

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.

Groups

7 p.m.

TOPS Club

The Iris Bonnell Memorial Chapter of TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) NL meets every Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Paul Reynolds Community Centre in the Frances Lambe Room No. 2. Come learn about TOPS and what it has to offer you. What do you have to lose? Email kathypower123@hotmail.com. Only $46 per year and $3 per week weigh-in fee.

Theatre

7 p.m.

Context

Echo Productions presents “Context,” a theatrical exploration of mental health March 14-16 at 7 p.m. at the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre, 2nd floor MMAP Room. Admission $20. Tickets available at echoproductions.ca or at the door.

Live Music

6:30 p.m.

Rob Cook

Performing at Green Sleeves.

7:30 p.m.

Colin Harris

Songwriters’ Stage with Colin Harris at Erin’s Pub.

11 p.m.

Glory Days

Performing at Green Sleeves.

Upcoming

Irish Open Mike

The St. John’s Retired Citizens Association is holding an Irish open-mike show on Sunday, March 17 at 10 Bennett Ave. The doors open at 1 p.m. and the show starts at 2 p.m. Admission is $5. Canteen service is available. Bring your friends and get your Irish on.

Friday, March 15

Film

7 p.m.

Firecrackers

The St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival presents Newfoundland and Labrador premiere of critically acclaimed film “Firecrackers” by Jasmin Mozaffari at The Rooms as part of the festival’s Scene and Heard series. The much-buzzed-about debut feature pairs remarkable talents, Toronto International Film Festival Rising Star Michaela Kurimsky and award-winning music video director and actor Karena Evans, as two friends faced with a devastating threat to their relationship as well as their freedom. Created with an almost entirely female key crew, “Firecrackers” portrays a powerful, female-driven narrative about friendship, independence and resilience. Globe and Mail Current Canadian Screen Awards Best Director nominee Mozaffari will take part in a Q&A after the screening.

Groups

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, message us on Facebook to confirm the location of kirtan, as we occasionally practice in other locations. For more information, 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.

8:30 p.m.

Billy Sutton

Traditional session with Billy Sutton at Erin’s Pub.

Midnight

Derek Graham and John Ennis

Performing at Green Sleeves.

Social

6:30 p.m.

Celebrity Talent Show

Hosted by The Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Craigmiller Avenue and Cornwall Crescent, at 6:30 p.m. Lots of fun, food and foolishness, including beef and/or moose stew, entertainment by our own group, The Sweet For-Get-Me-Nots, followed by a dance to the music of Eastern Gate. Tickets $20 each from church office by calling 579-0039, Fred at 738-2830 or Everett at 364-2428.

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