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Community events in and around St. John's, Wednesday, October 17 to Monday, October 22

The Mount Pearl School of Martial Arts has a well-structured program to arm you and/or 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 368-8343 for details.
The Mount Pearl School of Martial Arts has a well-structured program to arm you and/or 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 368-8343 for details. - 123RF Stock Photo

Wednesday, October 17

Activities

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.

Classes

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 Oct. 17 to Dec. 5 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 368-8343 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.

Film

7 p.m.

‘An Audience of Chairs’

The St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival’s ExxonMobil Opening Night Gala features the film, “An Audience of Chairs,” directed by Deanne Foley and starring Carolina Bartczak as Maura in this winning adaption of Joan Clark’s novel. Screened at Scotiabank Theatres (Cineplex, Avalon Mall) from 7-9 p.m.

Groups

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.

Live Music

6 p.m.

Dave White

Performing at Green Sleeves.

7 p.m.

Chris Hennessy

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

10 p.m.

Damian Follett

Performing at Green Sleeves.

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 Carson Kenny and Tristan Paranavitana, young track and field athletes. They talk about how much fun they had taking part in their long-distance runs from May through September this year, the coaching they do, as well as other sports and special high school subjects which interest them, especially in the direction of possible future careers. Tune in at 800 AM, online at vowr.org and cable radio Rogers 945 or Bell Aliant 756.

Shopping

2 p.m.

St. John’s Farmers’ Market

Large weekly indoor/outdoor farmers' market from 2-8 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, October 18

Children and youth

10:30 a.m.

Story Time at Torbay Public Library

Story time takes place at the Torbay Pubic Library every Thursday morning until Nov. 15 for preschool children and babies, accompanied by an adult. Drop-ins welcome. No fee. Session usually includes a story and a simple craft. For more information, call the library at 437-6571 during open hours, or email agriffiths@nlpl.ca.

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. 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 from Oct. 18 to Dec. 6, 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 natural energy. Call 727-7863 or visit www.sheilaleonard.ca for more information.

Film

2:30 p.m.

Coffee and Culture

The St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival presents “The Woman Who Loves Giraffes” at The Rooms until 4 p.m.

7 p.m.

‘A Dysfunctional Cat’

Screened by MUN Cinema at Scotiabank Theatre as part of the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival.

Evening Shorts

An evening of short films at the LSPU Hall from 7-8:30 p.m. A part of the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival.

9:30 p.m.

‘What Walaa Wants’

The St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival late feature at the LSPU Hall.

Live Music

5 p.m.

Fergus O’Byrne

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

6:30 p.m.

Rob Cook

Performing at Green Sleeves.

8 p.m.

Irish Descendants

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

11 p.m.

Glory Days

Performing at Green Sleeves.

11:30 p.m.

Ceiligh

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

Shopping

Upcoming

Fall Book Sale

Mark your calendar — the fall book sale by the Friends of St. John’s Public Library is on Oct. 27 at the A.C. Hunter Children’s Library on Allandale Road. There will be a wide variety of books for all ages and stages of reader, as well as some music CDs. Great prices, and funds from the sale go to support public library programs. Donations of gently used books welcome. Please drop them off at either of the three branches labelled St. John's Library Board.

Friday, October 19

Film

7 p.m.

Friday Night Shorts

Short films at the LSPU Hall, followed by a Q&A discussion with local and visiting filmmakers. A part of the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival.

9:30 p.m.

‘The Heat: A Kitchen (R)evolution’

The St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival late feature at the LSPU Hall.

Games

10:30 a.m.

Beginners’ Bridge Lessons

The St. John’s Retired Citizens Association offers beginners’ bridge lessons at 10 Bennett Ave. (off LeMarchant Road) beginning Friday from 10:30 a.m. until noon. Cost is $5 per person per lesson. Reg Kingsley is the instructor.

Live Music

4 p.m.

Rob Cook

Performing at Green Sleeves.

8 p.m.

Damian Follett

Performing at Green Sleeves.

10:30 p.m.

Missconduct

Performing at The Martini Bar.

Midnight

Derek Graham and John Ennis

Performing at Green Sleeves.

Saturday, October 20

Film

Noon

‘Falls Around Her’

The St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival noon feature film at the LSPU Hall.

3 p.m.

Afternoon Shorts

Short films at the LSPU Hall. A part of the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival.

7 p.m.

‘Love, Scott’

The St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival evening feature at the LSPU Hall, followed by a Q&A.

9:30 p.m.

‘Ordinary Days’

The St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival late feature at the LSPU Hall.

Live Music

6:30 p.m.

Dave White

Performing at Green Sleeves.

10:30 p.m.

Missconduct

Performing at The Martini Bar.

11 p.m.

Ale House

Performing at Green Sleeves.

Shopping

9 a.m.

Flea Market

A flea market at St. John the Evangelist Church, 20 Rectory Rd., Topsail, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is $1.

10 a.m.

Flea Market

The Topsail United Church annual fall flea market takes place from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. $1 admission. All are welcome. There is something for everyone.

Sunday, October 21

Film

Noon

‘They Call Us Warriors’

The St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival noon feature at the LSPU Hall.

3 p.m.

Afternoon Shorts

Short films at the LSPU Hall from 3-4:30 p.m. A part of the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival.

7 p.m.

Emera NL Closing Night Gala

Closing night of the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival at ScotiaBank Theatre from 7-9 p.m. Featuring the 2017 RBC MJ Award Short Film, “Crush” and the closing night feature, “Hopeless Romantic.”

Live Music

7 p.m.

Dave Whitty

Performing at Green Sleeves.

11 p.m.

Dave White

Performing at Green Sleeves.

Radio

2 p.m.

VOWR Guest Interview

Barbara De Land speaks with Tim Walsh, nursery manager at Memorial University's Botanical Garden. They speak about autumn gardening suggestions, the scent process connected with flowers, plants, mushrooms and forested areas, mushroom searches, and conservation suggestions and reminders. Tune in at 800 AM, online at vowr.org, and cable radio Rogers 945 or Bell Aliant 756.

Religion

5:15 p.m.

Latin Mass

The holy sacrifice of the mass in the extraordinary form (traditional Latin) is celebrated on Sundays at St. Pius X Church on Smithville Crescent. Latin-English missals provided. Come experience the ever ancient and the ever new. For more information, email unavoce.sopc@gmail.com.

7 p.m.

United Community of Faith Service

Everyone is invited to attend an evening service of worship with the United churches from St. John’s and surrounding area at Cowan Heights United Church, 141 Frecker Dr. Choirs from these churches have also been invited to participate in a joint choir. Members and friends of all congregations are extended a warm welcome to attend. Join us for prayer, spiritual and uplifting music, and scripture. Refreshments will be served following worship. There will be plenty of parking available. All proceeds from this service will be donated to Bridges to Hope.

Monday, October 22

Environment

7 p.m.

Healing an Earth in Distress

This important talk is sponsored by the Mercy Centre for Ecology and Justice to shine a light on “Healing an Earth in Distress.” The talk addresses the urgent need for immediate change to protect our planet home. The presenter is Margaret Twomey from Ireland. Everyone is welcome to attend. This is a free event and will take place at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Rd. For further information, phone 722-0082 or email mcej@live.com.

Festival

Upcoming

Spirit Song Festival

Spirit Song Festival is a yearly Indigenous arts festival that focuses on highlighting talented Indigenous artists from this province and across the country. The festival will be held Nov. 16-17, with many activities planned for the whole community. The entire event is free and open to the public. It will include workshops and stage shows.

Live Music

6 p.m.

Dave White

Performing at Green Sleeves.

10 p.m.

Damian Follett

Performing at Green Sleeves.

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