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Community events in and around St. John's, Wednesday, May 8 to Saturday, May 11

A young moose is curious to see what is going on at a house across from the Royal Newfoundland Yacht Club on Greenslade’s Road in Manuels, Conception Bay South, on Tuesday morning.
A young moose is curious to see what is going on at a house across from the Royal Newfoundland Yacht Club on Greenslade’s Road in Manuels, Conception Bay South, on Tuesday morning. - Joe Gibbons
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. —

Wednesday, May 8

Activities

5 p.m.

Full STEAM Ahead

Bring the whole family to The Rooms for Full STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) Ahead: Building a Community, an evening of creativity and making. Local students have been busy making buildings, houses, boats, trees, lighthouses and other structures. Local artists will set up Makerspaces throughout the atrium. Build a model house, a ship or another. Free event.

7 p.m.

Trivia

Join us every Wednesday night at The Battery Café for trivia hosted by St. John's trivia moguls Jack Etchegary and Charlotte Genest. Prizes for each round.

Books

10 a.m.

Great Big Book Sale

This year’s Great Big Book Sale concludes today from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the St. John’s Curling Club (RE/MAX Centre). Over 50,000 gently used books. Fiction and non-fiction – all ages and interests. Most $2 or less. Cash only. Students with ID card spending $10 or more, and community groups – come for free books today from 2-3 p.m. Bring your own bag. The sale supports Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) scholarships and community projects.

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 May 22. Classes at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. for both new and returning students. Includes 20 easy-to-learn, gentle, repetitive movements that help increase the flow of natural energy. 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

Join us for a fun night out. Drop in to our meeting at Mount Pearl City Hall to meet a friendly group of people and learn about public speaking. For more information, simply 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.

Information

7 p.m.

Playfulness in the Early Years and Beyond

Learning stories from Finland. Join us at The Rooms for a presentation by world-renowned leader in early childhood education and research, Kristiina Kumpulainen, from Finland's Playful Learning Center, University of Helsinki. Included with admission. Free to Rooms members.

Radio

7:30 p.m.

VOWR Guest Interview

Barbara De Land speaks with Gordon Jin about the early history of Chinese immigration to Newfoundland, beginning in 1895 with two men in St. John's and their lonely years working in hand laundries that they established. Six additional men, each paying a “head” tax of $500, began arriving in 1906. By 1949, this tax policy had ended, and wives and children were allowed to enter.

Tune in on VOWR radio AM 800, online at VOWR.org, or on cable radio Rogers 945 and Bell Aliant 756.

Thursday, May 9

Classes and groups

1:30 p.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 May 23. Classes at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. are for returning students only. Refining our practice of the 20 easy-to-learn, 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.

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.

Comedy

9 p.m.

Jokes at John’s

Voted best comedy night in Newfoundland. Featuring a new headliner and lineup every Thursday at 9 p.m. No cover at Trapper John’s, 2 George St.

Discussion

2:30 p.m.

Creativity, Art and Education in NL

A panel discussion at The Rooms. The Rooms welcomes Lakecrest teacher Natasha Hart, ArtSmarts educator Catherine Wright and Perchance Theatre's Danielle Irvine for a discussion about creativity and the importance of arts education for children. Included with admission. Free to Rooms members.

Friday, May 10

Arts and crafts

7 p.m.

Art Night: Inspired by Still Life

Join art educator Jason Sellars for an evening inspired by still life artists and their works in The Rooms collections. Learn about the works of Mary Pratt, Grant Boland and Helen Parsons-Shepherd, then try your hand at a series of drawing techniques used by artists.

$45 per person; 10 percent discount for members (includes one drink ticket).

Quilting presentation

Krista Hennebury’s trunk show, Poppyprint: The Search for Signature Style, will be held at The Lantern, 36 Barnes Rd., from 7-9 p.m. $10. Hosted by the St. John’s Modern Quilt Guild. For more information, email stjohnsmqg@gmail.com.

Live music

10:30 p.m.

Red City

Performing at the Martini Bar. No cover. Happy hour until 11 p.m.

Reading

7:30 p.m.

Lee Maracle

Multiple award-winning writer Lee Maracle reads from “Hope Matters,” co-written with her two daughters, which focuses on the journey of Indigenous people from colonial beginning to reconciliation, at the Eastern Edge Gallery. Supported by First Light, the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Memorial University’s departments of English and philosophy.

Saturday, May 11

Activities

11 a.m.

Science Rendezvous 2019

Come out and get hands on with science, technology, engineering and math. You might event have fun, too. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. staff, students and faculty at Memorial University will have interactive exhibits for the public to view and try as they put off Science Rendezvous, an annual national celebration of science, technology and engineering that takes place coast to coast. The Ocean Science Centre will be here with their touch-tank, the Chemistry Magic Show is back, Bricks 4 Kidz will be in engineering, and we're very excited to have the faculty of medicine taking part for the first time with their Body Works display, as well as Placentia Bay Ocean Debris Survey, which will show you exactly how much garbage is really in the ocean. It's free and great for young and old alike.

6 p.m.

NSO Pork & Pints

Join us at Quidi Vidi Brewing Company for a night of fun, music, and great food and drink as the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra presents Pork & Pints. The event will support the ongoing operations of the NSO, and will include a pig roast catered by Mallard Cottage, an open bar featuring a new NSO-inspired beer, live and silent auctions, raffles and great entertainment. For tickets go online to https://bit.ly/2uPWe1Y.

Live music

1 p.m.

Property

Fred's Records presents Property to celebrate the launch of Property's new CD, “How To Be Human.” A free show will take place from 1-1:30 p.m. All ages, all are welcome.

7:30 p.m.

La Rose des Pop

La Rose des Pop is the French choir’s spring concert, featuring French popular music, with special guests Étienne Gendron on percussion and Maude-Julia Blanchet with her own interpretations of works by the great French singers. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Centre des grands-vents. Tickets ($18 and $14, free for those under age 10) are available online, from the Francophone Association office and from choir members. It'll be a fun night for all, with a cash bar and a reception after the show.

8 p.m.

Damhnait Doyle

Record release concert at The Ship.

10:30 p.m.

Red City

Performing at the Martini Bar. No cover. Happy hour until 11 p.m.

Shopping

9 a.m.

Flea market

The Church of St. Mary the Virgin on Craigmiller Avenue will hold a flea market in the Canon Stirling Auditorium. Doors open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Flea market

St. Augustine’s Men’s Service Club’s annual flea market will be held at the corner of Elizabeth Avenue and Westerland Road from 9 a.m. to noon. Admission $1.

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