Tuesday, July 10
Sound Symposium presents: Sunrise Meditation with Rozalind MacPhail at Atlantic Place Arts Space. Please bring a yoga mat.
T’ai Chi Chih
Free one-hour T’ai Chi Chih sessions with Sheila Leonard on the Government House lawn. All welcome. Lessons include 20 gentle, repetitive movements that are easy to learn. Simply come and follow along. For more information, visit www.sheilaleonard.ca.
Fishcakes & Accordions Experience
O’Brien’s Music is partnering with Rocket Bakery to offer a unique hands-on experience with the quintessential Newfoundland folk instrument: the button accordion. Visit Rocket Bakery to find out all about how the instrument works and we’ll even help you try your hand at playing a tune. While you listen to traditional Newfoundland tunes played on a variety of different instruments, you’ll learn about how the button accordion came to be so popular in Newfoundland and you’ll enjoy Rocket Bakery’s take on a traditional fish cake dinner featuring two of Rocket’s special kitchen party fish cakes, salad, dessert and tea or coffee. Beer and wine available, too. $45 per person. Event runs 6:30-8 p.m.
The weekly crib game in support of Ronald McDonald House continues every Tuesday in the basement of St. Teresa’s Church. Admission is $5 with a prize awarded to the winner. The event is open to everyone. Contact Andrew Walsh at 726-3935 for more information.
Inner Healing Ministry
Do you need to find time for you? The Inner Healing Ministry meets every Tuesday evening at the Wesley Church basement on Patrick Street. It is an hour of spiritual music, quiet time, and also a chance to meet new people from all denominations. Open to everyone. Come and see if it’s for you! For more information, call Roger at 895-3499.
Trad Tunes at Rocket Bakery
Enjoy some of Newfoundland’s best as they gather to play a selection of traditional Newfoundland music at Rocket Bakery from 12:30-1:30 p.m. This is a free event.
Sound Symposium Concert
On stage at the LSPU Hall: Nesting (Work, Dream & Build), music, video and performance by Terri Hron; “The Space Between Us,” duo music by Jennifer Thiesson, Viola d’amore & Ida Toninato, baritone saxophone; Noice improvisation ensemble. For more information, visit www.soundsymposium.com.
The July storytelling circle with Charis Cotter, presented by the St. John’s Storytelling Festival at the Crow’s Nest Officers’ Club. It may not be the season for spooky stories by Charis is amongst the best in ghost stories of Newfoundland. We welcome first-time and accomplished tellers, and first-time and accomplished listeners! Anyone interested in cultivating the traditional art of storytelling is invited to this warm and casual gathering. Every kind of story or recitation can be told as long as it’s by word of mouth, rather than being read aloud. Whether you are there to listen, to tell or to gather up your courage to tell a story, we’d love to see you. For more information, visit www.storytellingstjohns.ca.
Wednesday, July 11
Boxing to Beat Parkinson’s
Specialized exercise program at Boxfit, 878 Topsail Rd., for Parkinson’s patients using boxing techniques. Classes are free. Call 754-4428 for details.
Join Fishing for Success at Rocket Bakery from 5-8 p.m. for a family-friendly evening of hands-on activities that are all about fish and fishing. Learn ancient skills of weaving rope and knitting net — but with a modern twist all your own. Make your very own souvenir to keep. Learn skills that have been handed down through Newfoundland and Labrador families for generations.
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. Come try it out! For more information, visit: www.2017.fudoshinaikikai.ca.
Fish Fry at the Fluvarium
Save the date: On July 31st our Red Seal chef, Antoine Harding, will prepare a delicious three course fish dinner for the Fluvarium’s annual Fish Fry Fundraiser. All proceeds go toward children’s environmental education programs. Call 754-FISH (3474) for tickets. Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under.
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.
Regular weekly meeting held every Wednesday at St. James United Church on Elizabeth Avenue. For more information, call 738-1742.
Blandfords of Herring Neck and Greenspond
A special Family History Society lecture will take place at Hampton Hall at the Marine Institute on Ridge Road. The speaker will be Amalie Tuffin. The topic is “Blandfords of Herring Neck and Greenspond”. There is no charge for admission and free parking is available. Open to the general public.
NSO Suds ‘n’ Symphony
Who doesn't love beer? How about beer with some amazing music? Join Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra (NSO) players Heather Kao, Theo Weber and Brian Way for the NSO's first ever Suds 'n' Symphony event! Your ticket gets you into the brand spankin' new Quidi Vidi taproom and a flight of superb QV beers. Plus enjoy some great easy-listening music. What's not to love? Grab your friends, tell you co-workers and join us for the happiest of happy hours! Tickets available on Eventbrite.
The Diversity Stage
An inclusive summer concert series dedicated to featuring a balanced and dynamic lineup of musicians. The concert series will be free for all ages on the George Street Main Stage in Prince Edward Plaza each Wednesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. until Sept. 12. Presented by Corby Spirit and Wine Ltd. and Coors Light. Artists will include the following (in no particular order): Janet Cull Band, Denis Parker, Carolina East, Rum Ragged, The Kubasonics, Clare Follett, Kalem Mahoney, Rachael Cousins, Mick Davis & His Skinny Jim’s.
VOWR guest interview
Barbara De Land speaks with Mary Walsh, manager of Access 311 for St. John’s. Judging by busy wait times in order to speak with a customer service agent, it seems the public views 311 as an extremely useful and practical service. Mary takes us behind the scenes at Access 311 and describes how it was formed and now functions. Tune in on VOWR AM 800, online at vowr.org, cable radio Rogers 945, or Bell Aliant 756.
Summer Series: Yoel Perez
The St. John’s Storytelling Festival welcomes Yoel Perez, a storyteller, folklorist, and scholar visiting us from Israel. He presents a unique evening at The Lantern (35 Barnes Rd.) that mixes history with storytelling, as he shares with us his work in collecting folk tales from the Middle East. Yoel has collected over 100 folktales from Bedouin tribes, alongside many more from Turkey, Iraq, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, and his native Israel. He will intersperse tales of his research and experiences as a folklorist with stories and folktales from his collection, with time afterward for questions and casual chatting over tea and treats. Tickets are $15 at the door.
Thursday, July 12
We blitz’d the Memorial University Botanical Garden in the spring, now it is time to see what is moving and growing in the summer. Race around the garden to see how many creatures and plants you can record so they can be added to the national database.
Team Ronald McDonald House Charities entering the 2018 Tely10 invite you to support Ronald McDonald House at the Goods Bingo at Columbus Hall on St. Clare Avenue. Doors open at 7 p.m. and Bingo starts at 8 p.m. Advance tickets are $15 or $20 at the door. A lot of great prizes to be won. Space is limited. Contact Ronald McDonald House at 738-0000 or email@example.com for advance tickets. Thank you for helping to keep families with a sick or injured child close at Ronald McDonald House.
Homely-Made Jam Session
Join Matthew Hornell at Rocket Bakery for some home cookin’ and The Homely-Made Jam Session featuring everything from bluegrass to old time tunes. Free event.
Cuso International meet and greet
Calling all Cuso International alumni, supporters and volunteers! Cuso International CEO Glenn Mifflin is coming home to St. John's and will host an informal meet and greet from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Quidi Vidi Brewing Company (35 Barrows Rd.). Come out and meet others who have been involved with Cuso International over its 57 years in operation. Please RSVP by calling 888-434-2876 Ext. 222 or by email at
Saturday, July 14
The City of St. John’s, in partnership with the MMSB and MUN Botanical Garden, are offering this free backyard composting information session to residents of St. John’s at MUN Botanical Garden (306 Mount Scio Rd.). Workshops are free and no registration is required. St. John’s residents who have attended the one-hour session can purchase bins from the City of St. John’s. A standard compost bin is $50 and a tumbler compost bin (free standing, doesn’t touch the ground) is $75.
VOWR guest interview
Barbara De Land speaks with Lisa Browne, CEO of Stella’s Circle, an organisation in St. John’s. Since it began in 1945, Stella’s Circle greatly increased its number of projects and locations, including one project in western Newfoundland, in order to assist people over 18 with "hand up, not hand out" efforts offering "real help, real homes, and real work". Tune in on VOWR AM 800, online at vowr.org, cable radio Rogers 945, or Bell Aliant 756.
The Bay Roberts Cultural Foundation is hosting the much-loved summer event, Bazaar at the Bay Arena, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m on Saturday, July 21. Arts, crafts, books, baked goods, toys, bath and beauty products and more will be made available by over 70 vendors. Hot dogs, homemade soup and freshly cooked toutons will be available. Byron Hierlihy will be on site offering pony rides for children. 50-50 tickets and tickets on a donated product will also be on sale. Admission is $3.00. For further information, please visit www.bayrobertsculture.com.